Everybody's been somewhere and done something. But Israel Aerospace Industries chief test pilot Ronen Shapira has been a few more places and done a few more things than most of us.
Israel Aerospace Industries
Moving production lines outside the U.S. to countries where the cost of manufacturing is lower is a thorny and complicated subject, as well as a practice that has been going on for more than a half century and affecting numerous industries. But now, as the unemployment level in the U.S.
Earlier this month Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) began flight trials of the single Boeing 767-200ER it has converted to multi-mission tanker transport (MMTT) configuration for the Columbian air force (Fuerza Aérea Colombiana). During the initial 3.5-hour post-conversion flight, the MMTT successfully cleared the full flight envelope, and subsequently engaged in refueling trials with an IAI Kfir C10 fighter.
Israel’s latest remote-sensing satellite, Ofeq-9, was successfully placed in orbit on June 22 by an Israel Aerospace Industries Shavit vehicle launched from Palmachim Air Force Base, near the cities of Rishon LeZion and Yavne. Three days later the IAI-built satellite began transmitting its first high-resolution images.
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The Lahav division of Israel Aerospace Industries has joined forces with Fort Worth, Texas-based InterConnect Wiring to win a contract worth more than $50 million from the Defense Supply Center Richmond. IAI Lahav will act as subcontractor to InterConnect in a five-year program that provides packages for the F-15 electrical power distribution system rewire program. Deliveries are to begin early next year.
The second super-midsize G250 took flight on March 24 from Israel Aerospace Industries’ facilities at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. Piloted by IAI chief test pilot Ronen Shapira, the G250 flew for one hour 57 minutes during its first flight and to 20,000 feet. G250 S/N 2002 joins the first test article in a test program that is expected to take more than 1,300 flight hours.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is proposing aerial tanker versions of business jets such as the Gulfstream G550. At the Singapore Airshow earlier this month, a company official told AIN that its small and smart tactical tanker (SSTT) is still only a proposal, aimed at reducing the costs of aerial refueling training.
As was true of much of the industry, Israel Aerospace Industries saw a fairly steep dip in sales during 2009, largely due to a marked softening in demand on the civil side of its business. Published financial results for the first three quarters of 2009 showed sales slipping by about 25 percent on 2008 and there were few signs that the fourth quarter numbers will have reversed this trend.