Greenville,Texas-based L-3 Mission Integration announced that it has chosen the Bombardier Q400 regional airliner as the platform for a new maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) offering. The company is partnering with Bombardier, Marshall Aerospace and Cascade Aerospace for the venture.
Signaling an apparent decision to abandon any immediate plans for a new large turboprop, Bombardier has found a way to squeeze another six seats into its Q400 by offering an option to convert the airplane’s forward baggage door into a passenger exit. The new interior design would replace cargo capacity with as much as another row and a half of passenger seats, raising the Q400’s total seating capacity to 86.
The U.S. Transportation Command (USTranscom) has awarded hundreds of millions of dollars worth of new contracts for companies providing helicopter support in Afghanistan. Recipients include AAR Airlift, $151 million; Columbia Helicopters, $87 million; Construction Helicopters, $33 million; and HNZ Group, $6 million.
Bombardier has landed a new customer for its Q400 turboprop in Africa, inking a conditional order with Air Côte d’Ivoire for a pair of the 74-seat turboprops here at the Dubai Airshow yesterday. The national carrier of the Ivory Coast, established in January, has also signed for two options, convertible until November next year. Bombardier values the potential firm order at $69 million based on list prices.
Rolls Royce (Stand 1845) celebrated last week the completion of the 1,500th AE 2100 engine, destined for installation on a Lockheed Martin C-130J and scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Air Force next year. The engine is manufactured and assembled at the company’s Indianapolis, Indiana facility. More than 300 of the four-engined C-130J military transports have been delivered or are on order to customers in 15 countries, according to Rolls-Royce. The company’s firm and announced order book stood at over $110 billion on June 30, 2013.
The AirTanker consortium comprises Babcock, Cobham, EADS, Rolls-Royce and Thales. These partners have all contributed equipment and/or buildings to the project. AirTanker Ltd. holds the contract with the UK MoD; service delivery is via another registered company, AirTanker Services Ltd.
The wreckage of a Polish-built M18 Dromader water bomber was located on October 30 in the rough terrain of southeastern New South Wales. A witness to the October 24 accident, which killed the pilot, reported that one of the wings broke off before the aircraft hit the ground. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority grounded seven other models of the same aircraft as a precaution.
Levi Phillips, director of maintenance for Carson Helicopters Services, pleaded guilty on September 23 in the U.S. District Court in Medford, Oregon, for his role in falsifying documents pertaining to a Sikorsky S-61N helicopter owned and operated by Carson.Two company executives were indicted earlier this year in relation to the crash.
Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has entered into a long-term fleet management program with Pratt & Whitney Canada in support of its P&WC-powered aircraft.
C-17 production will end in 2015, Boeing announced. Denis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, described the decision as “difficult but necessary.” Since production of the heavy airlifter for the U.S. Air Force began winding down some years ago, Boeing has extended the line every six months, based on signed or anticipated export orders.