Last month, bidders submitted proposals for the U.S. joint air-to-ground missile (JAGM) and they now await a contract award for a 27-month risk-reduction phase. That announcement is expected in August or September, with two teams being selected to demonstrate their technologies, including live-firing.
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When Boeing rolled out its new ATC management system last summer, a satellite-based arrangement that takes a significantly different direction from the FAA’s solution, the aerospace giant offered few concrete details on how its plan would work.
Boeing’s planned Connexion airborne broadband data service was dealt a damaging blow last month when its three largest customers–American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines–abruptly withdrew from the project in the face of their own fiscal difficulties. As a result, Boeing is left with no equity partners in the venture and only one customer, Lufthansa, for the fledgling in-flight Internet and e-mail service.
A General Electric spokesman confirmed the sale of its Garrett Santa Barbara completion center to Yankee Pacific and WestCap Partners Private Equity Fund. The deal is expected to close by the end of the month. The Santa Barbara, Calif.-based facility delivered the second of two Boeing Business Jet completions this year and has a contract with Bombardier for a series of Global Express completions.
The market for business jets–both new and used–has taken on a decidedly more global complexion in the past three years in the estimation of Jay and Josh Mesinger, CEO and vice president, respectively, of Boulder, Colorado-based J.Mesinger Corporate Jet Sales. “It used to be when the U.S. sneezed the rest of the world caught a cold,” said Jay Mesinger. “That’s not so much the case anymore, and we think that’s a good thing.”
Alliance Aerospace, the manufacturing facility in Macon, Ga., that was to continue development of the entry-level Century Jet while simultaneously performing subcontract work for Boeing and others, is bankrupt and has been shut down by Bill and Lori Northrup, principal owners of both Century Aerospace and Alliance.
When Boeing unveiled its air traffic management (ATM) plan last June, it presented a future world of advanced communication, navigation and surveillance technologies that would modernize today’s ATC system, greatly increase capacity and significantly reduce delays.
Boeing and Russia’s privately owned East Line signed an agreement to establish Russia Technique at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport for maintenance of non-Russian-made airplanes. East Line plans to invest between $40- and $45 million in the project over the next 30 months. The facility will start work on Boeing 737s in about seven months, according to Boeing.
Glenn Hess, a longtime Boeing and McDonnell Douglas senior executive, has been named president and COO of Bell Helicopter. He fills a hole in the senior staff vacated by John Murphey when he was promoted to chairman and CEO. Key to both Hess’ and Murphey’s success will be putting Bell’s troubled civil and military tiltrotor programs back on track.
Operators of some posh FBOs sometimes complain that pilots are “looking for Wal-Mart prices.” At Beaver Lake Aviation at Rogers (Ark.) Airport (ROG), that’s exactly what they’ll find. The FBO is a division of the massive retailer and grew out of its corporate flight department. Wal-Mart has a lengthy aviation heritage, with founder (and avid pilot) Sam Walton having traveled the country by air, seeking new store locations.