Some 40 of the 400 companies belonging to Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC), a trade association providing support to 1,200 aerospace- and defense-related companies in southern England, are enjoying “exhibition and marketing opportunities” here at Le Bourget. The organization “acts as a catalyst for business between large primes and the supply chain, particularly small- to medium-size enterprises.”
The retiring president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of America, John Douglass, said modifying the U.S export control system could double the trade surplus from the present record $55 million. “We have to get rid of a Cold War philosophy that puts many civil products in the military domain,” he told Aviation International News in an exclusive interview.
Snecma Services will provide Italian low-cost airline Wind Jet with maintenance for its CFM56 engines under an exclusive time and material contract signed before the show. The deal provides for maintenance, repair and overhaul for engines powering Wind Jets’s Airbus A320 fleet.
Hellenic Aerospace Industry and Irkut have signed a memo of understanding paving the way for future cooperation in the event that Greece buys the Beriev Be-200 fire-fighting aircraft. Kyriakos Linakis, HAI’s chairman, said the MoU provided an opportunity for the two companies to cooperate in maintenance and manufacturing. If Greece opts for the Be-200, the country will use the airplane for search and rescue, patrol and other operations.
The UK aerospace industry is well represented at Paris once more, and it continues to thrive as the second largest in the world after the U.S., directly employing some 124,000 people and supporting a total of more than 276,000 jobs, according to the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC).
The National Research Council of Canada Institute for Aerospace Research (Hall 3, C7, D7, D7B, E7 and E7B) has successfully completed a three-day controlled exercise, the first of its kind in Canada, that involved the deliberate demolition of a decommissioned, pressurized Boeing 727 at NRC’s Uplands campus in Ottawa. Participants in the exercise included a number of Canadian security technology developers and emergency response operators.
The next 30 days or so will be critical to the future of Airbus and its EADS parent company as top executives struggle to push through the core elements of the European airframer’s Power8 restructuring plan.
In Dubai, the temperature never gets anywhere close to freezing but that hasn’t stopped the Arabian Gulf state from building an artificial ski slope. As the emirate has sought to re-invent itself as a center for tourism and commerce to ensure its economic future as oil revenues dwindle, projects like this have earned it a reputation for money-no-object spending. So why shouldn’t it add an aerospace industry to its wish list?
France’s Aerospace Valley, with 94,000 jobs at 1,300 companies (including approximately 1,000 small and medium-sized enterprises– SMEs) and 8,500 research positions, has emerged on the industry map as Europe’s only true aerospace cluster. Aerospace Valley, the cooperative venture between Midi-Pyrénées and the neighboring southwest region of Aquitaine representing 61 SMEs, is again exhibiting here at Le Bourget in Hall 4.
Bombardier has assembly plants in Wichita, Toronto and Montreal and manufacturing plants in Montreal, Belfast in the UK, and Querétaro in Mexico. But Pierre Beaudoin, Bombardier president and chief operating officer, dismisses the notion that manufacturing in high-cost economies is an anachronism.