EADS Airbus has proposed major revisions to its contract with seven European nations for the A400M airlifter, including a delay in the first deliveries until 2012. The company still has no idea when the first flight might take place, although the C-130 testbed for the A400M’s huge TP400 turboprop engines did finally get off the ground last month.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted Part 145 approval to Aerospace Welding Minneapolis, based in Eagan, Minn. The approval allows Aerospace Welding to export overhauled and repaired parts such as exhaust systems and engine mounts to customers located in any country that is a member of EASA.
San Antonio-based aerospace maintenance, repair and manufacturing company M7 Aerospace has named J.R. “Rick” Hundley to the position of president and CEO. Hundley succeeds Ron Frederick, who retired last month.
VLJ manufacturer Eclipse Aviation announced that Peg Billson has resigned as president and general manager of the company’s manufacturing division to pursue other career opportunities.
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is launching an outreach campaign aimed at the incoming Obama Administration and the new 111th Congress to underscore the value of the aerospace and defense industry to the U.S.’s economic health.
European aerospace firms will have an opportunity to evaluate the potential for manufacturing investments and partnerships in Mexico at the MexicoNow conferences to be held in London and Toulouse. On January 27, the first conference will convene at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Hotel, before the Mexican industry delegation moves on to France for a January 29 conference at the Hotel Sofitel Toulouse Centre.
Airbus last month established the Airbus Corporate Foundation to coordinate charitable activities among its employees, aviation associations and international organizations. The foundation launched operations December 1, with Airbus president and CEO Tom Enders as president of the board of directors. It will focus its resources on humanitarian and community support, youth development and the environment.
Global Express operators have another option for 4C/8C inspections. Innotech Aviation now offers the major airframe inspections at its Montreal P.E. Trudeau International Airport facility.
European helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland and Russian conglomerate Oboronprom last month signed an agreement for a civil AW139 final assembly line near Moscow, less than six months after announcing the project’s outlines.
NASA and Gulfstream last month wrapped up six weeks of flight testing at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB in California aimed at proving whether pilots can use high-definition video cameras and LCD monitors to take off and land a supersonic business jet (SSBJ) in lieu of natural forward vision.
Concluding a transaction first announced in August, General Dynamics last month finalized its purchase of Jet Aviation at a cost of approximately $2.18 billion from Dreamliner Lux, a company controlled by the Permira Funds.