European Aerospace and Defense Systems (EADS) is the world’s second-largest aerospace and defense company (after Boeing).
In its effort to catch up with fast-growing neighbor Dubai as an aerospace hub, Abu Dhabi companies announced several key developments here at the Farnborough show. The deals will launch tier-one aerospace manufacturing in the Arabian Gulf, and significantly expand local maintenance, repair and overhaul capability.
AVPK Sukhoi’s ambition to use U.S.-built avionics on the Russian Regional Jet appear dashed due to an apparent lack of interest on the part of both Honeywell and Rockwell Collins. Honeywell, developer of the Primus Epic avionics software implicated in the certification delay of the Embraer 170, simply failed to respond to Sukhoi’s request for proposals, according to the Russian company.
At best, a total of 300 to 400 supersonic business jets (SSBJs) could be sold over the next 30 years, according to Andrei Ilyin, general director at Sukhoi Civil Aircraft. “The market is too small for competition,” he said.
Archedyne Aerospace of Merritt Island, Fla., is still pursuing Lake Aircraft and Armand Rivard for a $1.4 million judgment, which Rivard has appealed, and development of the Archedyne NauticAir 450 has been on hold for three years during the legal wrangling, but now a group of five “advisors” has added the amphibian business jet to its proposed line of amphibian airplanes that includes designs seating 110, 210, 364 and 530 passengers.
Scott Donnelly has left his position as president and CEO of GE Aviation to take on the role of executive vice president and COO of Textron, the parent company of Cessna and Bell Helicopter. Donnelly spent 19 years at GE, most recently heading
up the company’s jet engine and aircraft systems division. David Joyce, formerly vice president for commercial engines at GE, replaces Donnelly.
Recent industry scuttlebutt that Daher Aerospace will take a majority stake in EADS Socata is likely to be confirmed next month following “exclusive negotiations” between the two companies announced last month.
Hong Kong’s Metrojet has been given the title of recognized maintenance facility and mobile repair team for Pratt & Whitney Canada engines. The appointment allows the MRO to provide additional service on P&WC engines, including components, engine changes, troubleshooting and various engine inspections.
A company that supplies high-tech, fault-resistant databus components for the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 has launched a research project aimed at bringing low-cost fly-by-wire flight control systems to light general aviation airplanes.
Marshall Aerospace, in response to what it described as “the changing nature of the corporate market,” has restructured its corporate aviation activity by “ceasing work on Gulfstream and Bombardier aircraft types to concentrate fully on Cessna Citation maintenance and support.” The UK-based facility had been a partner with Bombardier in doing green aircraft interior completion work on the Canadian company’s Global Express.