The FAA issued Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) to Aero-Instruments yesterday for a replacement pitot probe that can be installed on the more than 4,500 Airbus A318s through A340s in the field. The new 0851HL-AI pitot probe can replace any or all of the three Thales or Goodrich probes installed on Airbus jetliners, according to Aero-Instruments vice president and general manager Ryan Mifsud.
At face value, Europe’s EADS group appeared to come off slightly worse than its U.S. rival Boeing from financial results announced in late July. EADS reported a 23-percent drop in operating profits for the first half of this year, compared with a 22-percent decline at Boeing over the same period.
Embraer E170, Washington, D.C., Feb. 17, 2008–Inadequate ground separation by the pilot of a Republic Airlines E170 was the probable cause of a taxiing collision between it and an US Airways Airbus 319. The Embraer, destined for Rochester, N.Y., was moving in the run-up area of taxiway J at Reagan National Airport when it struck a stationary A319 that was awaiting ATC clearance.
The Romanian air force took delivery of its first Alenia C-27J Spartan at Bucharest-Otopeni air base. Seven Spartans are on order to replace the last of Romania’s Communist-era transports and to bolster the transport fleet’s ability to support international operations. The last aircraft is due in 2012.
Jim Ziegler has joined Greenwich AeroGroup as president and CEO. He was previously COO of Jet Aviation, responsible for all North American operations, after a 21-year career with Learjet and Bombardier. Ziegler brought with him a deal he brokered to acquire Banner Aerospace on behalf of Greenwich AeroGroup. Banner Aerospace is a diversified group of companies with interests in parts distribution and repair and overhaul.
Aerion last month at the Paris Air Show said it is nearing a decision on an aerospace manufacturing partner to lead the development and production of its supersonic business jet (SSBJ) design. According to the company, the next step is to carry out a pre-launch phase jointly with the OEM to confirm the Mach 1.6 jet’s performance, costs and market before formal launch in the third quarter of next year.
Aerion this week at the Paris Air Show said it is nearing a decision on an aerospace manufacturing partner to lead the development and production of its supersonic business jet (SSBJ) design. According to the Reno, Nev.-based company, the next step is to carry out a pre-launch phase jointly with the OEM to confirm the Mach 1.6 jet’s performance, costs and market before formal launch in the third quarter of next year.
If you can imagine the Paris Air Show as a stock market then what it has enjoyed this week is a nothing less than a rally–and a very welcome one at that. The world’s aerospace industry arrived here at Le Bourget on Monday morning in a torrential downpour of rain that seemed to symbolize its torrid fortunes over the past year.
Royal Air Maroc (RAM) and Air France Industries yesterday signed a shareholder agreement to create a joint-venture MRO facility at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport. The companies will each own and operate an equal share of the operation. The companies expect to strengthen their respective positions in the European and African markets by providing a dedicated MRO service to support A320-family airliners.
Thales, Europe’s third largest civil and defense aerospace group, makes its first appearance at Le Bourget since it acquired a new shareholder and executive board last month.