The number of aircraft delivered in the first quarter of this year paled in comparison with the same period last year, according to numbers released this afternoon by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, which cited the global economy’s effects on general aviation.
At the opening session of the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2009 in Hamburg last month, a panel of industry executives acknowledged the challenges facing the interiors business during this economic and credit crisis, but they also emphasized the importance of adapting to meet the challenge as an opportunity, while at the same time preparing for the next upswing.
National Aerospace Laboratories Saras, Bangalore, India, March 6, 2009–The number-two prototype of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-powered Saras crashed on its 49th test flight, killing three test pilots. The Indian National Aerospace Laboratories expects to certify the 14-seat Saras next year.
Hyannis, Mass.-based Prime Turbines has been acquired by Avatas Aerospace. The FAA-certified repair station, which specializes in the PT6 turboprop, conducts hot-section recertification, power section repair, gas generator repair, fuel nozzle overhaul and exchange, and bleed valve overhaul and exchange.
Prime is an authorized distributor of FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval parts for PT6 hot sections.
Representatives of the U.S. aerospace industry, academia and federal government agencies urged the Aerospace States Association (ASA) last week to pursue its “Call to Action” for the nation to focus on U.S. aerospace competitiveness by encouraging science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) education.
San Antonio-based M7 Aerospace launched a quick-turn wet processing program available to aerospace parts manufacturers that need to outsource chemical processes or need faster service for large numbers of products. Processes available include anodizing, alodining and primer and paint application, and M7 offers a six-business-day turnaround time.
Tennessee-based Aerospace Products has become an authorized worldwide distributor for SAFT aviation batteries. API is a wholly owned subsidiary of
First Aviation Services.
Two former officials of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration along with former President Clinton’s national science advisor have issued a report suggesting that the space agency should return to its roots by restoring the aeronautics portion of its mission.
The first decade of the 21st century has seen Mexico’s aerospace sector quietly expand at an impressive rate, and, according to its cheerleaders, the country stands poised for another big leap forward in aerospace capability.
Freedom Aero Service, a new repair station founded by former Weco Aerospace Systems employees, received FAA certification on January 29. Freedom Aero offers helicopter and business jet electrical and electronic component and instrument repair and overhaul. The company plans to move to Sacramento-McClellan Airpark, where Freedom Aero has leased a 24,000-sq-ft former military repair facility.