Japanese manufacturing giant Matsushita, the company behind the Panasonic brand, announced a name change for its cabin electronics division effective April 1. Matsushita Avionics Systems becomes Panasonic Avionics, according to the company, which said it made the swap because of the strong brand recognition of Panasonic throughout the world.
Airbus last month unveiled its first complete A380 double-decker, making the European consortium the builder of the world’s biggest passenger airplane. In the high-profile January 18 ceremony at the Toulouse final assembly facility in Southern France, the European manufacturer unveiled to 5,000 guests, among them four heads of state, F-WWOW, which will be the first of the 555-seaters to fly.
With an eye on the future, Gore Design Completions (GDC) officially opened its big, new interior shop in San Antonio on February 8 amid ceremonies hosting some 400 guests and dignitaries.
Major orders for airliners and their engines once again raised the profile of the biennial Dubai Air Show, held December 7 to 11. The bulk of the $6 billion sales announced during the event were accounted for by a $1.5 billion order by Emirates Airline for 101 Engine Alliance GP7200 turbofans to power 23 of its Airbus A380s.
Toulouse, France-based aerial work specialist AeroVision is further developing its proprietary aerial cinematography system, which Airbus uses exclusively for in-flight images. The camera system is mounted on a modified Aerospatiale Corvette.
The horizontal wake-turbulence avoidance distance currently required when a lighter aircraft is behind a heavier aircraft might have to be doubled when flying behind the new Airbus A380, according to preliminary recommendations by the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Amid ceremonies December 12 in Toulouse, France, the Airbus A380 received joint type certification approvals from the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency. At 1.19 million pounds, it is the largest airliner ever built and as an executive/VIP bizliner will offer 6,819 sq ft of floor space. It will be capable of carrying several hundred VIP passengers about 8,000 nm.
Rockwell Collins continues to increase its presence aboard the Airbus A380, most recently by securing multimillion-dollar contracts to supply the avionics communications routers and airline operational communications applications for the mega airliner.
Air France Industries (AFI) and Lufthansa Technik (LHT) are joining forces in Airbus A380 component support, the two companies announced at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport on Friday. The two arch rivals in the European maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market have created a joint venture called Spairliners. They are targeting a 30-percent market share within three years.
New products covering a wide range of civil and military applications are showcased by the Meggitt Group, which has become not just much larger since the last Paris Air Show but is also more integrated.