Six years ago, the team from Airbus Military promoting the A400M came to the Paris Air Show full of confidence and good intentions. Germany had just confirmed its order for 60, finally launching the program after years of negotiations. Italy and Portugal dropped out, leaving a total requirement of 180 aircraft for six European countries (seven, if you count Luxembourg taking one aircraft).
“Significant extra investment” is required by the UK government and industry if the country is to retain its position as an aerospace powerhouse, the Society of British Aerospace Companies warned just before the Paris Air Show opened. The SBAC has just released figures for 2008 that show sharp declines in both employment and research spending in the UK industry, but a significant shift toward export markets–particularly defense.
The world financial crisis is hitting military budgets as well as commercial aviation, forcing Finmeccanica, Italy’s leading defense and aerospace group, to keep a close eye on the evolving situation.
With larger airliners flying longer routes, accommodations that more truly live up to the to the term “first class” are in high demand, and EADS Sogerma (Hall 4 Stand E53) and Lufthansa Technik (Hall 4 Stand E54) plan to fill a niche in that market.
Various “planet friendly” initiatives have emerged in Europe over the past few years as the aerospace industry reacts to the environmental challenge, which has now moved center stage. As the aerospace world converged on Paris it seems like every topic has a green backdrop. The recent annual conference of the Royal Aeronautical Society in London provided a timely summary of the work being done, as Ian Sheppard reports.
Starting next month, Airbus subsidiary Quovadis will begin offering required navigation performance (RNP) services to airlines, airports and authorities. RNP requires the use of state-of-the-art onboard navigation systems and GPS technology and is recommended by the ICAO especially for reducing flight time and fuel consumption. Services provided will range from RNP procedures design, testing and flight operations packaging to training.
Mexico’s fast-growing aerospace sector is here at the Paris Air Show in strength once again (Hall 3 Stand D24), and the latest projections for its future suggest it is set to get bigger still in the next six years or so. Much of the growth in the past few years has come from foreign OEMs opening new facilities and expanding existing properties in their increasingly urgent pursuit of lower production costs and access to markets.
Like it or not, we live in a global economy. While balance-of-trade issues are complex, a free-market economy opens up new sources for raw materials, goods and services and creates new markets for U.S. businesses.
Heavy-iron operators traveling to India and the neighboring region will soon have
Emivest Aerospace appears to be getting the SJ30 light jet program back on track since deliveries stalled more than a year-and-a-half ago. SJ30 S/N 008, the first aircraft built under the Emivest name since the Dubai-based firm became the majority shareholder of the San Antonio-based aircraft manufacturer last June, is expected to be delivered this summer. Two more copies are planned to be handed over to customers this year.