Boasting a rich heritage of developing special mission aircraft stretching back more than 40 years, Bombardier has only recently formed a Specialized Aircraft Solutions unit with Derek Gilmour as its vice president. Over that period the company has designed, built and delivered well over 300 special mission aircraft for customers worldwide.
Highlighting the rising demand for business jets in Europe, Bombardier Aerospace yesterday announced sales for its two newest models, the Challenger 605 and Learjet 60XR. Developed as replacements for existing models, the airplanes included in the deals are slated for delivery to operators in Austria and Eastern Europe.
Bombardier is forecasting continued growth for the business aviation industry over the next half-decade and is positioning itself to take advantage of the market. Its research suggests that among the market hotspots, super-midsize business jets will be generating the most heat.
Viking Air (Hall 4 Stand C16C) is an experienced aerospace manufacturer that has specialized in de Havilland Canada (DHC) products for over 30 years. It has moved a step closer to confirming it will restart production of the widely used 19-seat Twin Otter short takeoff and landing aircraft, to be designated the Twin Otter Series 400.
International Water-Guard (IWG) Industries, a Canadian firm specializing in water treatment products and systems for the aviation industry, on Tuesday filed a patent infringement suit against Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier.
Bombardier Aerospace reached outside the company to appoint Pierre Gabriel Côté as president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, a position that has been held on an interim basis for the last 10 months by Pierre Beaudoin, president and COO of Bombardier Aerospace. In September, Beaudoin replaced Peter Edwards, who had been with the Canadian manufacturer for 10 years.
Viking Air, a British Columbia aircraft maintenance and modification facility, is seeking an undisclosed number of firm orders to launch a re-engined version of the de Havilland Canada Series 300 Twin Otter. Some 600 of the 19-passenger turboprop twins remain in operation out of the nearly 850 produced between 1965 and 1989.
Midcoast Aviation and Bombardier Aerospace inked an agreement for completion of green large-cabin Bombardier jets. The agreement boosts Midcoast’s completion backlog for new Bombardier jets to 2011, according to Midcoast president Kurt Sutterer, more than doubling the company’s workload on behalf of Bombardier.
The FAA awarded Bombardier (Booth No. 3097) its 2005 Diamond Certificate of Excellence at a ceremony here at the convention on Sunday, signifying the commitment of the company and its technicians to ongoing training and education.
Bombardier Aerospace has announced that on October 5 Transport Canada granted approval for the new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and aircraft window modifications on the Challenger 605, one month ahead of schedule. Approvals by the FAA and other regulatory agencies are expected within weeks, a company spokesman said.