As part of the United Arab Emirates’ general technology drive, and in line with its move to netcentric warfare operations, a Space Reconnaissance Center has been established to receive and disseminate reconnaissance data from satellites. It is also being developed to handle downlinked information from other platforms, such as UAVs, aerostats and manned aircraft.
IAM Jet Centre’s second Caribbean FBO, at Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica, will open on December 15. IAM Jet Centre has its own airport entrance separate from the airline passenger entrance. The 4,500-sq-ft FBO terminal houses passenger and crew lounges, private meeting rooms and in-house customs and immigration processing as well as X-ray and electronic security screening equipment.
Emirates Airline and Lufthansa Technik subsidiary Hawker Pacific signed a contract here yesterday covering exchange, overhaul and support of the landing gear on the carrier’s 21 Boeing 777-200, -200ER and -300 aircraft. The three models have respective maximum takeoff weights of 545,000, 632,000 and 660,000 pounds.
Jet Aviation held the official grand opening of its new Dubai FBO and maintenance center Sunday night in front of local dignitaries and officials. The first full-service FBO in the United Arab Emirates, Jet Aviation Dubai’s maintenance center technically opened in May and has since gained approval to provide in-house customs as well as immigration and security clearance.
Flight planning and VIP air charter service provider Jetex Flight Support is applying for an air operator’s certificate (AOC) from Dubai’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). The local company so far operates six aircraft, all based in Bucharest, Romania. Jetex started operations in April this year.
France’s Safran is here at the Dubai airshow for the first time since engine maker Snecma and electronics specialist Sagem merged. The group also includes Snecma’s landing gear and brake division.
Kazakhstan’s KazCosmos, is making its first appearance at Asian Aerospace, having been founded only last March. Kazakhstan has long been known for being the home of the famous Baikonur Cosmodrome, the site from which most of the major Soviet space launches were conducted, and has a wealth of facilities which the country now wants to market to the international space launch/satellite community.
Hamburg, Germany, plans to present the first Crystal Cabin Awards at the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo, to be held in the city from April 17 to 19 next year. The awards will be divided into several design categories, including comfort and health, environmental, entertainment and communication, innovation, safety and security, and future concepts, as well as an overall winner. Winners will receive a Crystal Cabin trophy.
Jeppesen and Rockwell Collins have teamed up to offer a customer-focused, flexible electronic flight bag (EFB) to airline and military operators. The agreement between the two companies allows them to provide compatible EFB solutions that may include all or part of Jeppesen’s software and data offerings with all or part of Rockwell Collins hardware, software, service and support offerings.
Emirates Airline plans to be one of the major international carriers for the 2008 Beijing Olympic games and the Shanghai World Expo two years later. But these two events are not the only reasons for expansion into China. The People’s Republic is one of the United Arab Emirates’ biggest trading partners and the airline has long targeted growth in routes and frequencies to Chinese cities.