The long-anticipated decision as to which helicopter would next carry the U.S. President was always going to leave one contender reaping the spoils and the other licking its wounds. In the end, it came down to a decision to go with the Lockheed Martin US101, a helicopter largely of British and Italian design.
Lockheed Martin is scheduled to take over operation of Flight Service Stations today in what the company promises to be a seamless transition. In February the FAA awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to provide FSS services now offered by the agency’s 58 automated flight service stations in the continental U.S. Over the next 18 months the company plans to upgrade the FSS system and consolidate the number of stations from 58 to 20.
As the maintenance paperwork trail on the Lockheed JetStar has wound its way from the Atlanta manufacturer to the FAA’s Transport Aircraft Certification branch in Seattle, the owners of the four dozen or so JetStars still flying worldwide are trying to figure out whether or not they actually have a problem on their hands.
An upcoming standoff for parts could spell serious problems for Lockheed JetStar owners. Some operators report Lockheed Martin will soon revise the maintenance manual with life limits for wing attachment bolts, tail pivot fittings, flaps and nosewheel steering. While not yet mandated by an AD, repairs could cost each operator up to $300,000, or about one-third of the aircraft’s current hull value.
An upcoming standoff for parts could spell serious problems for Lockheed JetStar owners. Some operators report Lockheed Martin will soon revise the maintenance manual, setting life limits for wing attachment bolts, tail pivot fittings, flaps and nosewheel steering. While not yet mandated by an AD, repairs could cost each operator $250,000 to $300,000, or about one-third of the aircraft’s current hull value.
U.S. firm Pratt & Whitney is at the forefront of building the international partnerships that are the foundation of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. On Tuesday at Le Bourget, P&W president Louis Chênevert and Turkish undersecretary for defense industries Murad Bayar signed a letter of intent to award part of the production of the F-35’s F135 engine to Turkish aerospace companies Alp Aviation and KaleKalip.
The Korea Aerospace Industries/Lockheed Martin T-50 Golden Eagle could capture a large proportion of future world orders for advanced jet trainers. This transpacific joint venture made its aerial debut at the Seoul Air Show last month, and is now taking to the international stage here at Dubai 2005 this week. It is the first new, supersonic purpose-built jet trainer to fly in 40 years. The Koreans are very proud of it.
Lockheed Martin announced its bidding team for the FAA’s nationwide automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) program. The team includes ground station manufacturers Sensis and Rannoch, avionics integrator Honeywell and secure network communications specialist Harris. The FAA plans to award a “performance-based” contract next July, under which the winner will fund, build and operate some 500 ground stations.
Underwater Projects Group (UPG), part of the Singapore-based faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is developing an airdrop-capable underwater vehicle. The Trident Mk1 is said to be modular, allowing several kinds of payload to be accommodated. Either thrusters or water jets, both vectoring, power it.
Briefings to the eight international partners in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program on what role their industries can play in the massive F-35 production effort will begin next month. Some intensive negotiations will follow, including the vexed issue of U.S. technology transfer, so that a production sustainment and follow-on development (PSFD) MoU can be signed in December.