The UK Military Airworthiness Authority (MAA) is taking a leading role in a forum that aims to harmonize requirements within Europe for military airworthiness. The move would help the aerospace industry design future pan-European products. But although the forum is basing the requirements framework on European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations, there is no intention to create a pan-European regulatory agency for military aircraft, according to Air Vice-Marshal Martin Clark, the MAA’s technical director. “Regulation will remain a national responsibility,” he told AIN.
Gulfstream Aerospace “is the primary growth engine for both earnings and revenue” at General Dynamics, parent company chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic said yesterday during a fourth-quarter investor call. The company’s aerospace unit, which includes Gulfstream and Jet Aviation, had a “very good year” in 2013, she added.
During a press event last Friday in Russia, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) president Andrei Kalinovsky told AIN that completion of the first VIP Superjet airliner is under way. “Today, the contracted machine is being worked on, the interior is being installed. Certification for this version will be obtained later this year,” he said. “Delivery to the customer is scheduled by the middle of this year.”
National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) president and CEO and long-time general aviation advocate Henry Ogrodzinski passed away last night after a battle with cancer. He joined NASAO in 1996 and also served on the boards of directors of the National Aeronautic Association, the Aero Club of Washington, the Airport Cooperative Research Program, the Board of Nominations for the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Selection Committee for the annual Collier Trophy.
Regional turboprop manufacturer ATR saw orders and deliveries grow again last year, reaching record levels and steady profitability, but it has not convinced shareholders Airbus Group and Finmeccanica to launch a new aircraft.
Singapore’s intention to upgrade its fleet of about 60 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighters was indicated by a recent notification to Congress by the Pentagon. But no choice has yet been made between rival upgrade systems integrators BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin. According to the notification, the upgrade will cost Singapore an estimated $2.43 billion, although this total also includes three new weapons.
Airbus has decided to bring an A350 XWB flight-test airplane to the Singapore Airshow next month, marking the first “full” display of the model at an international airshow. Plans call for flight-test airplane MSN3 to appear on static display on February 11 and 12. Airbus also expects the airplane to participate in the flying displays on both days.
Bahrain International Airport will be home to Mena Tempus, a new joint venture between Mena Aerospace Enterprises and Tempus Jet Centers (Tempus Jets). The new venture will focus on delivering aviation services to the Middle East.
Leipzig-based Volga-Dnepr Technics (VDT), the division responsible for Volga-Dnepr Group’s maintenance operations in Europe, has expanded its maintenance capability on Western-built aircraft. VDT’s EASA Part 145 certificate enables the MRO to extend A-check services on the Boeing 737-300/-400/-500, 747-8F and 747-400 (PW4000-powered). The company’s EASA Rating C14 has also been expanded to cover wheel and brake repair shop activities on a number of 747 variants.
“In 2014 we aim to reach…C-check capability on Western aircraft,” said VDT managing director Ildar Ilyasov.
Jet Aviation Basel has been selected to complete the interior of an Airbus ACJ320 for an undisclosed head-of-state. The aircraft will be delivered to the Basel completions center in the third quarter.
Configuration of the ACJ320 includes a luxurious bedroom, bathroom, lounge and office area in addition to a large executive staff area. The aircraft will be redelivered to the client at the end of next year.