Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands, will be the site of Bombardier Aerospace’s first wholly owned European aircraft service center. According to the company, the new addition is to better support a fleet of over 550 Learjets, Challengers and Globals in the region. It is slated to open early next year, joining a network of six facilities in North America.
Pratt & Whitney Canada last month announced that it is cutting 410 jobs and closing its Longueuil plant near Montreal, citing the global slowdown in the aerospace market. It plans to eliminate 250 jobs by year-end and another 160 by the end of next year, when it shuts down the Longueuil facility.
Eclipse Aerospace held a supplier summit on October 27 for manufacturers and vendors of Eclipse EA500 very light jet components. Eclipse Aerospace purchased the assets of bankrupt manufacturer Eclipse Aviation on September 1 and is focusing on supporting the existing fleet of EA500 VLJs.
US Aviation’s maintenance and avionics division is offering full Phase 1 through 5 inspections and structural inspections on the Hawker and most Cessna Citations. The Denton, Texas-based MRO is also a factory-authorized maintenance facility for Mooney and Diamond Aircraft, and Pratt & Whitney Canada jet engine service.
EADS and Eurocopter last month signed a cooperation agreement with sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna to create a public-private joint venture in Kazakhstan. Under the agreement, EADS and Eurocopter will transfer “skills and know-how”
Aerion chairman Robert Bass said that the company remains committed to its supersonic business jet program “as long as we see progress in our discussions with OEMs. We are seeing progress,” he told attendees at the NBAA Convention late last month. “In fact, we are quite encouraged by our discussions.
Global Aerospace has announced its online insurance certificate processing site, www.eCert.global-aero.com. By early 2010, brokers and customers of the Short Hills, N.J.-based company (Booth No. 1845) will be able to issue and print insurance certificates anywhere in the world.
Panasonic Avionics yesterday introduced what it calls a “global communications suite” designed to provide world leader head-of-state aircraft with the ultimate in airborne connectivity. Branded as eXConnect and eXPhone, the Ku-band satellite services will make their debut in a Boeing Business Jet within the coming weeks.
Here at NBAA as a first-time exhibitor, Liebherr-Aerospace (Booth No. 4073) is rapidly gaining ground in the Americas and other parts of the world and developing new products for aircraft interiors. Its parent company, Liebherr-International in Bulle, Switzerland, opened its first U.S. operation in Saline, Mich., and recently has moved more aggressively to gain market share in the Western Hemisphere.
Aerion chairman Robert Bass is using the NBAA Convention next week to reiterate the company’s commitment to forging a partnership with one or more OEM partners and to being first to market with a supersonic business jet (SSBJ). “I am committed to the Aerion program as long as we see progress in our discussions with OEMs,” he said. “We are seeing progress. In fact, we are quite encouraged by our discussions.