EADS will receive an extra €2 billion to continue the A400M program, as well as a loan of €1.5 billion to be repaid as a levy on future exports of the airlifter. An ”understanding” with the eight European partner nations also includes forgiveness of all late delivery penalties to date, and an acceleration of pre-delivery payments.
Bombardier Aerospace plans to open a new regional-support office (RSO) in Mumbai, India, during this fiscal year’s second quarter, the Canadian manufacturer announced today. Bombardier’s second fiscal quarter runs from May 1 to July 31.
The Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (Afra) and Bombardier Aerospace have announced that Bombardier’s aircraft dismantling operations have received Afra accreditation for teardown efforts for CRJ100/200s at Bombardier’s service centers in Bridgeport W.Va., and Tucson, Ariz. Afra promotes best practices for salvaging and recycling components taken from aging aircraft during disassembly.
Friends and family honored the memory of Dick Friel, 76, the flashy and well-loved marketing executive for winglet maker Aviation Partners, with a missing-man flyover on January 25 at Seattle Boeing Field. A memorial service was held for Friel at Boeing Field’s Museum of Flight, after which a formation of Learjets and a Falcon 900 flown by aviation luminaries passed overhead.
MarathonNorco Aerospace (Booth No. 2738) has its latest products on display. The 30-year-old Waco, Texas-based company specializes in a “total solution” to all aircraft power needs, including ground support, APU starting, emergency power and battery maintenance. The company traces it roots back to 1923 when Marathon Battery was incorporated.
Circor Aerospace (Booth No. 2516) has unveiled its latest product–a water-activated life raft inflation system. With this technology, the life raft can be vacuum-packed and dropped into the water where it automatically deploys, thanks to the Circor water-activated mechanism. This, says Circor, allows for more precise delivery of the rescue apparatus directly to the location.
Frasca International announced that Bristow Academy of Aberdeen, Scotland, has received dual qualification for its Frasca Sikorsky S-92 full-flight simulator (FFS). The S-92 FFS is the first device approved under JAA with both level B FFS and level 3 FTD approval. A second FFS for the Eurocopter EC225, scheduled for delivery to Bristow in mid-2010, will also be dual certified.
Southeast Aerospace Buys Global Aerospace
Reno, Nev.-based Aerion is evaluating preliminary results of a new global market survey indicating strong demand for its proposed supersonic business jet. Preliminary data of the latest study confirms Aerion’s earlier research, which projected a 10-year market for about 300 supersonic jets. Meanwhile, Aerion plans to conduct a new series of flight tests on its natural laminar flow (NLF) wing design at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is planning to expand into manufacturing civil aircraft, with possible programs including a sub-100-seat airliner and a business jet. The company aims to increase its civil business to 50 percent, up from the current 35 percent, according to executive vice president and general manager for marketing Enes Park.