Raytheon has trademarked the system of elements concept, which was described to Aviation International News by Dean Cash of the company’s Network Centric Systems. “Take a fighter aircraft,” he said. “It’s a system, but one composed of five elements: the platform itself, the pilot, the sensor suite, the weapons payload and the communications. You assign an IP address to each of these five elements.
In 1999, Operation Allied Force was a success, as Serbian forces were evicted from Kosovo. But then-USAF commander Gen. John Jumper was distinctly unhappy. He said those Serbian tanks that rolled out of hiding after the shooting stopped should have been spotted and destroyed by coalition airpower. Jumper also said he knew that the Serbian air defense system had never really been neutralized.
It would take a miracle–in fact, two miracles–for network-centric operations (NCO) to become a reality. So says John Allen of the Advanced Technology Office at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA). Many companies in the defense industry claim to offer solutions for NCO, but only a few have demonstrated even minor miracles in the field.
With seven full-flight simulators already in place at its new Farnborough flight training center in the UK, FlightSafety International expects to have an additional four “ready for training” (RFT) units by November, with two more by next May. Late last year, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued the facility a Part 142 certificate permitting crews to complete FAA-approved training there. This allows pilots from outside the U.S.
Africa is not the easiest part of the world in which to conduct executive aviation services, which is why Landover Aviation Services was established 14 years ago to foreign operators penetrate the complex bureaucracy in the region. Since then the company has become the leading source of assistance not only in Nigeria–where it is based in Lagos, but also in many other parts of Africa.
EBACE is a European show by definition, yet it attracts visitors from far away. Su Ningxia Mayer, responsible for Europe at Beijing-headquartered Deer Jet, visited the show on the second day.
Raytheon yesterday sold five Premier IA jets in two separate deals announced here at the EBACE show.
First, fast-growing UK executive charter operator Club328 agreed to acquire four more of the light jets from Raytheon Aircraft. The buyer has been operating two Premier Is since January and says the aircraft have been booked solid for leisure and business purposes.
Jet Aviation’s Dubai maintenance facility is just about to start serving the Hawker 800 business jet series. Raytheon Aircraft has named the company an authorized service center. Jet Aviation Dubai will thus perform line and base maintenance, as well as provide warranty and spare parts support. Operations are to start by mid-May.
While the Premier IA and Hawker 850XP business twinjets are targeted at very different buyers, Raytheon (Booth No. 1044) is here to explain why each airplane features traits sure to appeal to European buyers.
Back in 2000, customers were not thrilled with Raytheon’s product-support performance, and neither was the airframer itself. Ed Dolanski was brought in from retail giant Wal-Mart and over the past six years he has made significant progress by pushing through new processes and technology.