Russian aerospace conglomerate Oboronprom has started “large-scale, long-term” cooperation with European manufacturer Agusta- Westland for helicopter distribution, maintenance and production.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) last month established an environment committee “to represent the general aviation manufacturing industry’s environmental policy and coordinate with other aerospace industry stakeholders and government entities.” According to GAMA, the committee will ensure that the association’s members are active participants in the discussions and policy decisions about GA’s environmental impact and init
According to Cessna’s v-p of service facilities Jim Morgan, “We are dedicated to expanding our worldwide Citation product network and doubling the capacity of our Cessna-owned service facilities during the next five years.” To keep up with the service requirements for the more than 3,700-strong (and growing) fleet of Citations, Cessna is expanding its Citation Service Centers here in Orlando and back at its home in Wichita.
According to Cessna chairman and CEO Russ Meyer, the company’s 75th year in business could be its best ever in terms of deliveries and billings. Meyer said that by year-end the Wichita airframer will deliver more than 300 Citations, 100 Caravans and 500 piston singles; billings are expected to top $3.2 billion.
The fortunes of the Bell/Agusta BA609 are closely linked to those of the U.S. Marines’ MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor transport, still grounded following a pair of well-publicized fatal accidents and even more sensational charges of records falsification and related wrongdoing by senior Marine program managers.
Cessna Citation II, Milwaukee, June 4, 2007–Pilots of the Citation II that crashed into Lake Michigan struggled to keep control of the aircraft as soon as the Marlin Air Citation took off from General Mitchell International Airport.
Rockwell Collins announced that Cessna has selected its HGS-6000 head-up guidance system for the Citation Columbus, set to debut as the Wichita manufacturer’s first-ever HUD-equipped airplane when it enters service in 2014.
Coping with a slowdown in both commercial and military sales, Bell Helicopter has laid off 45 more nonunion employees, bringing to 800 the number of jobs it has eliminated in its Dallas/Fort Worth and Mirabel, Quebec plants since September. While the layoffs have been taken from nearly every division of the company, by far the largest percentage has come from manufacturing operations.
AeroCourier Group announced it received a launch order for 20 aircraft from AirShares Elite. The turboprop freight hauler is currently in the first year of a three-year design and development program, and the company said it has raised an undisclosed amount of seed money to start development work in its Bloomington., Minn., and Wichita operations.
The third and final pre-production Bell/Agusta AB139 has begun its flight-test program at Agusta’s Vergiate plant in Italy. Under way since prototype one made its maiden flight in February, the AB139 flight-test program, which now numbers three prototypes and a so-called tiedown helicopter (TDH) ground-test item, has logged more than 100 flight hours.