In 2011, tor the eighth year in a row, the U.S. ranked first among exporters in the value of arms delivered. Helped by a huge sale of F-15s and other weaponry to Saudi Arabia in December, it also dominated in negotiating arms transfer agreements for future deliveries, according to the U.S. Congressional Research Service (CRS).
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Yankee Pacific started with a single office in Tulsa, Okla., a little more than a decade ago. Today it consists of two main divisions. Jormac Aerospace in Clearwater, Fla., has a staff of about 80 and specializes in building cabin liner systems: sidewalls, under-floor structures, overheads, bulkheads and attach fittings. Cabin Innovations in Lewisville, Texas, specializes in custom cabinetry manufacturing, from the galley to the lavatory and points between.
Pats Aircraft Systems has won a major contract to complete a green BBJ2 interior for an Asia-Pacific head-of-state.
The Georgetown, Del.-based completion and refurbishment shop will oversee “all aspects of the highly customized interior, including the integration of the latest available products for passenger comfort, entertainment and utility,” according to Pats v-p of business development Matt Hill.
The U.S. Army issued a draft solicitation seeking technical and cost proposals from industry to develop an air vehicle for its next-generation helicopter requirement, known as the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) aircraft. The first phase of the JMR technology demonstration effort would produce two demonstrator aircraft in 2017.
Boeing set an ominous tone for the start of the August 28 to 29 Asia Pacific Airline Travel Symposium (Apats) in Singapore with a warning that the region risks perhaps the most serious shortage of pilots and aviation technicians in the world over the next 20 years.
Gore Design Completions recently delivered its first aircraft of 2012, an ACJ320-200 for a returning head-of-state customer. The first cabin outfitting project for the unidentified head of state was a Boeing 767 completed in 2008.
The ACJ320-200 represents the first in a string of single- and twin-aisle bizliners scheduled for delivery by the San Antonio-based center this year.
AIN’s team of editors and reporters provided full coverage of the Farnborough International airshow this week. All the stories can be found online.
The Boeing 737 and its revamped progeny, the 737 MAX, showed little sign of losing sales momentum yesterday, as Irish leasing company Avolon committed to buy 10 B737 MAX 8s, five MAX 9s and 10 more 737-800NGs. The commitment carries a potential value of $2.3 billion and includes so-called reconfirmation rights for five more 737 MAXs.
Owned by four investors including the government of Singapore, privately-owned Avolon launched operations in Dublin in May 2010.
Boeing has expressed in no uncertain terms to AIN the pain of having to honor offsets in India and the challenge of managing a constantly shifting policy landscape. The growing Indian defense budget ($44 billion by 2016) may be attractive but it would seem that the trials and tribulations being faced by initial winners such as Boeing could be a significant downside for the foreseeable future.
In late June, Boeing and Embraer announced an extension of their April collaboration agreement to cover the KC-390 program. The pair will jointly assess the medium-lift military transport market. Boeing may help sell the KC-390 to “potential customers that had not been considered [as] initial market prospects,” the companies said.