A push to entice corporate operators into considering pre-owned, non-airline derivatives of the Saab 340A and 340B, which are no longer in production, has been launched jointly by Sweden’s Saab Aircraft Leasing and FBO chain Piedmont Hawthorne of Winston-Salem, N.C.
Pan Am International Flight Academy (PAIFA) and Saab Aircraft of America signed an agreement to jointly develop maintenance training courses for North and South American operators of the Saab 340 twin turboprop. Courses, available on demand, will be held at the customer’s location or at PAIFA’s regional airline training centers located in Dulles, Va., and Minneapolis.
Piedmont Hawthorne has entered an agreement with Saab Aircraft Leasing (SAL) to market twin-turboprop Saab 340s for corporate shuttle use. The Winston-Salem, N.C.-based business aviation services group will seek corporate buyers and lessors for the Swedish-built regional airliners and will also refurbish the interiors and provide maintenance.
Within the span of a month, Saab is rolling out two new developments with export potential. On March 27, the first Saab 2000 twin-turboprop airliner to be modified with the Erieye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system made its public debut. Later this month, Saab’s upgraded Gripen fighter will emerge.
The FAA has granted an air agency certificate to New Berlin, Wis.-based Emteq. As a certified repair station, the company is authorized to issue Return to Service tags and FAA Forms 8130-3 as well as 337s for Emteq-designed and -manufactured Arinc 404/600 trays, coax cable assemblies, LED dome, reading, wash and strip lighting.
Vee Neal Aviation will expand its charter and management business into corporate shuttle operations using a leased Saab 340A. The Latrobe, Pa. company is the first Part 135 operator to order the 30-passenger twin turboprop for corporate transportation, according to Saab Aircraft Leasing in Washington. A Saab official said the aircraft should be delivered to Vee Neal by mid-month.
For business jets operating in potentially hostile areas, Sweden’s Saab might soon offer some protection. The company’s Avitronics division is hoping to receive EASA certification within the next eight months for its Civil Aircraft Missile Protection System (Camps). The company claims the defense system–based on countermeasures already in use on military aircraft–is the only such European system for civil aircraft.
After a long-running procurement saga, the Royal Thai Air Force has selected the Saab Gripen to replace its elderly Northrop F-5 fighter fleet. The deal also covers the supply of airborne early warning aircraft to bolster the nation’s air defenses.
On August 31 this year Saab held a party at its Linköping aircraft factory to celebrate the company’s 70th birthday. Guests were treated to a flying display by aircraft from Saab’s past and entertained at a forum where speakers from various business units described their vision of where the Swedish company might be in 30 years’ time, when it comes to celebrate its centenary in 2037.
The Austrian air force has signed a new deal with Saab Aerotech, covering the long-term support of the Saab 105OE. The agreement replaces one that also covered the Draken, but the Mach 2 fighter was withdrawn at the endof 2005 to be replaced by ex-Swiss F-5s. Saab Aerotech supplies integrated support solutions to a variety of customers in the defense and civil markets.