Business aviation’s hopes for the famous BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) were somewhat dented last year by mixed economic fortunes across the board, but they continue to be the focus of long-term optimism.
Aircraft spares specialist Global Parts is expanding its manufacturing capability in order to be able to make a variety of machined items under contract from manufacturers. Equipped with five-axis machining facilities, the U.S. company’s capability in this area now includes items such as wing assemblies and landing gear braces.
The French Air Force accepted its first A400M airlifter on August 2, when an all-military crew flew the first production aircraft–MSN7–from Seville to its operational base at Orleans. The flight followed a July 31 declaration by the pan-European procurement agency OCCAR that Airbus Military had achieved the contracted specifications for the initial operating capability of the new airlifter.
The first Airbus ACJ321 interior is being completed at Comlux America in Indianapolis, with delivery to sister company and charter operator Fly Comlux in Zurich expected next year.
The airplane is the newest private jet from the Airbus ACJ series, and when Fly Comlux takes delivery, its fleet will include at least one each of the entire ACJ single-aisle bizliners: the ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320 and ACJ321. The ACJ321 will be the largest of that ACJ series in the Fly Comlux fleet.
Less than three years after it was renamed Cassidian, the defense and security business of EADS is being rebranded again. In fact, the EADS name will disappear in a reorganization that includes application of the “globally recognized Airbus brand” to all the group’s activities. “We affirm the predominance of commercial aeronautics in our group,” said CEO Tom Enders.
Fokker Services has received FAA and EASA approval for its new component repair shop in Singapore. The component repair shop focuses on regional aircraft and offers avionics, hydraulics and limited structural component maintenance. Fokker Technologies has been doing business in the Asia-Pacific region for many years and opened the new facility in Singapore in February last year to adapt to the growing market.
None of the five people aboard a Sukhoi Superjet 100 was injured on July 21 when the aircraft landed gear-up during an early-morning approach at Iceland’s Reykjavík-Keflavík International Airport (BIRK). The Russian aircraft had departed Reykjavik at just after 4 a.m. local time on a training flight and was conducting an approach to Runway 11 when it executed a go-around and a circuit over the sea before returning to land.
An IndiGo Airlines employee at India’s Kolkata Airport (VECC) fell to his death onto the apron after accidentally walking through the open rear cabin doorway of a parked Airbus A320. The man’s job was to supervise aircraft cleaners and maintain a safe work environment. The airline normally places stairs or a jetway only for the forward door, while allowing the back door to remain open to ventilate the cabin, with yellow caution tape strung across the open doorway as a safety precaution. An IndiGo spokesman reported that the tape was in place at the time of the accident.
There may be no Farnborough Air Show this year, but two other defense shows in the UK this summer are boosting the country’s claim that it’s the best place to do business in Europe. The government-supported Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) event in London scheduled for September 9 through 13 has attracted more than 1,200 exhibitors (including 40 international pavilions), and the organizers expect nearly 30,000 visitors.
Heightened awareness of the steady growth in regional air traffic among small and medium-sized cities has convinced the Indian government to commit some $2 billion for the development of a 70- to 90-seat civilian aircraft. “This is a strategic sector where there is a need to have a presence in the long term, particularly in view of the rapid growth of our aviation sector.” said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.