Here at EBACE, Bordeaux, France-based Otonomy Aviation has announced a recent order for its Parabellum security system and CamHD high-definition camera system for an undisclosed Boeing 747-8 VVIP completion. This latest order brings to 25 the number of completions on which Otonomy (Booth 1826) has installed its security systems and high-definition cameras. “This is a great accomplishment for Otonomy Aviation,” said company CEO Guillaume Daudon.
The business jet market remains highly mixed as it continues on its recovery path, according to the latest business jet monthly report from J.P.Morgan North American Equity Research. Large-cabin jets and an improving pre-owned market are helping the recovery, while light jets and lower flight activity are acting as drags.
Congressional and local lawmakers have called on the FAA to use newly available funds to stave off the June 15 closure of 149 contract towers under budget sequestration. Signed into law last week, the “Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013” allows the FAA to reallocate unassigned funds from the Airport Improvement Program to end FAA employee furloughs and keep the national airspace system functioning smoothly through the end of Fiscal Year 2013.
President Obama nominated Charlotte, N.C. mayor Anthony Foxx yesterday to be the next Secretary of Transportation. He will succeed current Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who announced in January he would leave the post once a successor is chosen. Under Foxx, Charlotte has developed a facility connecting freight from the city to global ports, along with a third parallel runway at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.
Nordam announced that Phil Marshall joined the company as vice president and general manager for the interiors and structures division. Marshall’s most recent positions include vice president of production operations for United Launch Alliance, and general manager for Boeing facilities in Decatur, Ala. and Pueblo, Colo. His previous positions have included responsibility for industrial engineering, manufacture, assembly, testing and product support of space-launch vehicle components and commercial aircraft parts.
Boeing subsidiary Insitu has sold several export variants of its Integrator unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to international customers, the company said this week. The Block 2 variant for export is described as a separate baseline system to the 135-pound maximum takeoff weight (mtow) Integrator being developed for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps RQ-21A small tactical UAS (STUAS) requirement. The Integrator and its smaller sister, the 44-pound mtow ScanEagle, use a common pneumatic catapult launch and SkyHook catch cable retrieval systems, and a common command-and-control system.
Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City, Okla., the state’s largest single-site employer with some 20,000 civilian employees, is preparing for a lead role in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
Airport perimeters are the weak links in the nation’s aviation security efforts, warns former Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta, now a vice chairman with Hill & Knowlton Strategies.
The ease with which anyone can penetrate an airport perimeter may shock those familiar with today’s elaborate security inside terminals, Mineta wrote recently in an op-ed article for The Washington Post. In Philadelphia last year, a driver crashed through a gate and onto a runway. There were similar “near-catastrophes” in Miami and Dallas, he said.
The U.S. industry and government committee that was formed to define performance standards enabling unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to fly in unrestricted airspace will break into separate groups focused on component aspects of UAS because of concern over the committee’s slow progress.
“New business jet demand remains weak, especially at the small end, but there have been intermittent signs of recovery,” says J.P.Morgan in its latest business jet market report. However, the higher end of the market remains strong while the lower end is still weaker.
Backlog for new business jets remains stable, ending 2012 at about $40 billion, which J.P.Morgan says is consistent with each of the last two years but still down more than 50 percent from the peak in 2008. “We estimate that half of this backlog is attributable to the G650 and the Global [series],” it noted.