BAE Systems Regional Aircraft reports “good progress” with the conversion of the first relaunched BAe 146QT (Quiet Trader) freighter at the program’s Aerostar conversion center in Bacau, Romania. Program manager David van Veggel said he expects the first converted aircraft–a Series 200 (S/N E2099)–to roll out for service in the first half of next year.
With the goal of flight testing the system next year, BAE Systems recently signed a second contract with Mercury Computer Systems of Chelmsford, Mass., to provide its VistaNav synthetic-vision technology to create a rotorcraft brownout landing system. Award of the first contract was announced in March.
Harrods Aviation (Booth No. 1939) is set to open its new, purpose-built FBO at London Luton Airport in December. The $12 million investment by the UK business aviation services group consists of a substantial two-floor building constructed around an existing hangar, with room for dedicated arrival and departure lounges and extra office space.
Visit the Air BP booth (No. 2552) to see the custom hunter-green 2007 Mini Cooper convertible that the company will give away at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Eligible participants can fill out and submit entry forms (one per entrant) at the Air BP booth up until 2 p.m. tomorrow. The winner must be present to win and step forward within two minutes of the drawing.
AIN has learned that the first two Eurofighter Typhoons for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) are now on the final assembly line at BAE Systems’ Warton, UK factory, although the potential $40 billion deal to supply and support 72 Typhoons has not yet been formally announced.
Head to the Air BP booth (No. 2552) at this year’s NBAA Convention for a chance to win a custom convertible Mini Cooper. Eligible participants can enter by filling out a form by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26.
The future of the Defence Export Services Organisation is under review by the new UK government. The agency promotes British arms sales abroad, and has administered the ongoing but controversial Al-Yamamah contracts through which the UK sold the Royal Saudi Air Force 120 Tornado combat jets, 50 Hawk and 50 PC-9 trainers, all supplied and supported by BAE Systems.
Signature Flight Support parent BBA Aviation sold Oxford Airport in the UK to private investment group OA Acquisitions for £40 million ($80 million) late last month. The new owner is part of the Aldersgate Investments group, controlled by multi-millionaire British real estate developers David and Simon Reuben. The brothers declined to comment on their intentions for the airport, which has been trying to attract more business aviation traffic.
Signature Flight Support’s parent BBA Aviation has sold Oxford Airport in the UK to private investment group OA Acquisitions for £40 million ($80 million). The new owner is part of the Aldersgate Investments group controlled by multi-millionaire British real estate developers David and Simon Reuben.
Honeywell TFE731 maintenance shops at Harrods Aviation in Farnborough, UK, and Sweden’s Volvo Aero have signed a service agreement combining their offerings. The result is a one-stop, heavy maintenance and overhaul team fully supporting the popular turbofan. Honeywell has designated Harrods’ engine shop a major service center, while Volvo Aero has offered heavy maintenance on the TFE731 Classic, -20, -40 and -60 variants.