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February 20, 2015 · 542 Views
The bitter dispute between US- and Gulf-based airlines has reached a new level after Emirates flatly rejected an open apology made concerning what was seen as incredibly tactless and insensitive remarks made by Delta’s Chief Executive, Richard Anderson. The unfortunate incident relates back to comments made by a group of American airlines that a number of the larger Gulf carriers had benefited from state subsidies amounting to a figure in excess of US$40bn. As a consequence the American airlines either wanted to renegotiate or scrap the current Open Skies agreement.
Offended by such claims, the Gulf carriers retaliated by questioning whether or not US airlines had received government subsidies totaling US$5bn in the wake of 9/11. Unfortunately Delta’s Anderson, responding to this claim on CNN, said: “It’s a great irony to have the United Arab Emirates from the Arabian Peninsula talk about that, given the fact that our industry was really shocked by the terrorism of 9/11, which came from terrorists from the Arabian Peninsula.” While the UAE and Qatar, two of the States’ allies who have offered either military or logistical support for international operations were particularly upset by these comments, Delta simply made it clear that Anderson had been responding to claims regarding post 9/11 subsidies. “He didn’t mean to suggest the Gulf carriers or their governments are linked to the 9/11 terrorists. We apologize if anyone was offended.”
Unfortunately the largest of the three main Gulf carriers did not see this as acceptable. “We believe that the statements made this week by Mr. Anderson were deliberately crafted and delivered for specific effect,” it confirmed in a statement. However US airlines continue to complain that they have lost significant numbers of bookings since 2008 as a result of Gulf competition and cited documents they indicate demonstrate aid which has allowed their competitors to offer cheap fares. In retaliation, Gulf officials say that most US carriers do not fly the same routes and are losing business only because they offer an inferior service.
This is not a dissimilar situation to the one between Gulf airlines and European carriers, including Lufthansa, and coincidentally has come at the same time as US airlines are trying to have US Exlm Bank closed down. They believe Gulf carriers are benefitting to a greater degree from the export credit agency. The tit-for-tat dialog continues with Western airlines showing concern for the safety of thousands of service industry jobs, a complaint to which Gulf carriers have responded by making it very clear they support at least as many jobs in the aerospace sector with their huge orders for aircraft.
February 20, 2015 · 640 Views
Snecma (Safran), a leading manufacturer of aircraft engines, and Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL), a leading aerospace manufacturer, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 28th, 2015 in Bangalore to explore establishing a joint venture in India for the production of aero-engine parts. The proposed joint venture will initially focus on the manufacture of high-tech parts for the Dassault Rafale’s Snecma M88 engine, then subsequently contribute to other major aerospace projects of HAL & Snecma, in India and worldwide. Spanning over 30,000 m², the proposed joint venture’s new plant is expected to benefit from substantial investment by the two partners, providing it with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. This agreement marks a major step forward in the long-standing collaboration between Snecma and HAL. The proposed joint venture will further broaden the scope of the excellent relations established over the past 60 years between Safran affiliates and the Indian aerospace industry. For example, Snecma manufactures the M53 engines powering the Mirage 2000H “Vajra” fighters operated by the Indian Air Force.
December 2, 2014 · 195 Views
On the 7th January 2013 a fire was reported on board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner while parked at Boston’s airport in the USA. The fire was put down to a problem with one of the plane’s lithium-ion batteries. A week later an All Nippon Airways 787 Dreamliner had to make an emergency landing after smoke was discovered inside the plane which was subsequently traced back to another lithium-ion battery. As a consequence of this incident, all 787 Dreamliners were grounded until April of that year until further acceptable testing and improvements were carried out to the battery system on board the plane. The battery itself was manufactured by GS Yuasa and comprised eight individual cells making up a combined weight of 63lbs.
Nearly two years later and the results of the investigation into the first incident have concluded that the lithium-ion battery installed in the plane should not have received certification by the FAA. The National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) were also critical of Boeing who they believed had erroneously ruled out the chances of thermal runaway in its assessment of the battery’s safety. Boeing’s battery tests to obtain original certification included crushing battery cells, driving nails through them and deliberately introducing short circuits to cause failure. Boeing found “nothing adverse happened” while these tests were carried out, and so deemed the battery’s box and internal protection to be of an acceptable standard. Boeing stated that it had followed the certification process set out by the FAA. It would seem that while the cause of the fire has been clearly identified, responsibility for its occurrence has not been accepted in full by anyone.
November 5, 2014 · 162 Views
Back in February this year, Rolls-Royce, the FTSE-100 engine maker, lost over £3bn of its value after shocking the market with its first profits warning in a decade. To announce a second one this October has created considerable concern and Rolls-Royce has decided that over the next 18 months they need to reduce costs by up to £80m a year by axing 2,600 jobs, the majority of which will be in the aerospace sector in Britain and the United States. The focus is on Rolls-Royce’s key Trent engines as they move from the development to the production phase, which consequently requires fewer engineers.
Back in February John Rishton, Rolls-Royce group’s Chief Executive, had admitted that the future was “bumpier than I had expected”, while blaming the current problems on deteriorating economic conditions and a tit-for-tat trade war between the EU and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis which had affected its nuclear and energy business as well as its power-systems unit. This week Rishton has had to admit that “We are taking determined management action and accelerating our progress on cost. The measures announced today will not be the last; however they will contribute towards Rolls-Royce becoming a stronger and more profitable company.”
Another consequence of the situation is the unexpected departure of Finance Director, Mark Morris, leaving the company after 27 year without any explanation. He will be replaced by David Smith, who is being promoted from Finance Director of the Rolls-Royce Aerospace division. This second profit warning saw share value fall 11% to 832p, wiping a further £2bn off the company’s value. However, news of the redundancies was well received by investors and the share price rallied by 2%, currently standing at 832p. This is clear confirmation of comments made by Espirito Santo’s analyst, Ed Stacey, who indicated that investors would be expecting a clear message from the new Finance Director and tight control on all finances.
March 25, 2014 · 111 Views
Air France-KLM selected the GEnx-1B engine to power its 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 12 leased 787 aircraft. The total engine order is valued at more than $1.7bn. Air France-KLM and GE Aviation have also signed an agreement that will allow Air France-KLM to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the GEnx-1B engine. Under this agreement, Air France-KLM will be licensed to perform maintenance and overhaul work on the GEnx-1B engine and GE will provide technical support and assistance on overhaul workscoping and component repair licenses, comprehensive material support and training.
March 7, 2014 · 78 Views
International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has closed a new senior secured term loan of $1.5 billion. The loan will bear interest at LIBOR plus 275 basis points with a 0.75% LIBOR floor, is priced at 99.5% of par value, and will mature in 2021. The collateral used to support the transaction has an initial weighted average age of 9.1 years. It will be secured primarily by a first priority-perfected lien on the equity of certain of ILFC’s subsidiaries, which directly or indirectly own a pool of aircraft and related leases. ILFC plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including purchasing aircraft and supporting the company’s liquidity cushion.
February 26, 2014 · 78 Views
In 2013, Airbus achieved a new industry record of 1,619 gross commercial orders (FY 2012: 914 gross orders) with net orders of 1,503 aircraft (FY 2012: 833 net orders), excluding ATR. Gross orders comprised 1,253 A320 Family aircraft, 77 A330s, 239 A350 XWBs and 50 A380s. Fourth-quarter orders included Emirates Airline’s agreement for 50 A380s and Etihad Airways’ order for 50 A350 XWBs, 36 A320neos and one A330-200F. Airbus Military (now part of Airbus Defence and Space) received 17 net orders (FY 2012: 32 net orders). Airbus’ net order intake increased sharply to €202.3bn (FY 2012: €88.9bn). At the end of 2013, Airbus’ consolidated order book was valued at €647.4bn (year-end 2012: €525.5bn). The Airbus Commercial backlog was worth €627.1bn (year-end 2012: €505.3bn), comprising 5,559 Airbus aircraft (year-end 2012: 4,682 units) and representing over eight years of production. Airbus Military’s order book was worth €20.8bn (year-end 2012: €21.1bn). Airbus series aircraft deliveries increased to 626 aircraft (FY 2012: 588 aircraft, including three A330s without revenue recognition). Airbus Military delivered 31 aircraft (FY 2012: 29 aircraft). Airbus’ consolidated revenues increased seven percent to €42,012m (FY 2012: €39,273m), reflecting higher commercial and military aircraft deliveries. The Division’s consolidated EBIT rose to €1,710m (FY 2012: €1,252m). Airbus Commercial’s revenues rose to €39,889m (FY 2012: €37,624m). The Airbus Commercial reported EBIT was €1,595m (FY 2012: €1,147m) with the EBIT before one-off at €2,216m (FY 2012: €1,669m). Airbus Commercial’s EBIT before one-off benefitted from the improved operational performance, including favourable volume, some better pricing and an improvement in A380 losses. It also included higher A350 XWB programme support costs. Revenues at Airbus Military rose to €2,893m (FY 2012: €2,131m), driven by the A400M ramp-up and higher volumes from both light and medium transport planes and tankers. The EBIT at Airbus Military was €166m (FY 2012: €93m).
January 29, 2014 · 74 Views
Boeing Commercial Airplanes fourth-quarter revenue increased to $14.7bn and full-year revenue increased to a record $53bn on higher delivery volume. Fourth-quarter operating margin improved to 10.3% and full-year operating margin grew to 10.9% on the higher volume, favorable delivery mix and continued strong operating performance. During the quarter, the company launched the 777X with 259 orders and commitments. During the year, the 787 program completed first flight of the 787-9, successfully launched the 787-10 and began operating at a 10 per month production rate in final assembly. The 737 program delivered at a record production rate of 38 per month and has won nearly 1,800 firm orders for the 737 MAX since launch. In 2013, a record 648 commercial aircraft were delivered. In January 2014, the company reached an eight-year contract extension through 2024 with the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 (IAM). Commercial Airplanes booked 465 net orders during the quarter and 1,355 during the year. Backlog remains strong with 5,080 airplanes valued at a record $374 billion.
January 9, 2014 · 65 Views
The A350 XWB development aircraft, MSN3, is in Bolivia where it will perform a series of tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz. Cochabamba is around 8,300 feet above sea level, and La Paz is one of the world’s highest airports at 13,300 feet. Operations at such high altitude airfields are particularly demanding on aircraft engines, Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and systems. The aim of these trials is to demonstrate and validate the full functionality of engines, systems, materials as well as to assess the overall aircraft behaviour under these extreme conditions. A number of take-offs with all engines operating and with simulated engine failures are being performed at each of the airfields to collect data on engine operating characteristics and validate the aircraft take-off performance. The autopilot behaviour will also be evaluated during automatic landings and go-arounds. Since the A350 XWB’s first flight with MSN1 on June 14th 2013, over 800 flight test hours have been performed in close to 200 test flights by both MSN1 and MSN3. In total the A350 XWB flight test campaign will accumulate around 2,500 flight hours with the fleet of five aircraft. The rigorous flight testing will lead to the certification of the A350-900 by the European EASA and US FAA airworthiness authorities, prior to entry into service in Q4 2014.
July 5, 2013 · 64 Views
Firefly, Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary carrier has taken ownership of its first brand-new ATR 72-600. The aircraft is the first of 20 latest generation firm ATRs, plus 16 options, ordered by Malaysia Airlines in December 2012. Firefly currently operates 12 ATR 72-500s, and with the arrival of the new ATR 72-600s will almost triple its exclusively ATR 72 aircraft fleet, taking the total to over 30 aircraft.
June 26, 2013 · 40 Views
Certification testing is underway on the first Passport development engine at GE Aviation’s Peebles Testing Operation in Ohio. The engine began ground testing on June 24th and ran for more than three hours, reaching more than 18,000 lbs. of standard day sea-level takeoff thrust. Eight Passport engines and one core will be involved in the engine certification program. Flight testing on GE’s flying testbed is scheduled for 2014. Engine certification is expected in 2015. The Passport engine certification program follows three years of validation testing. GE Aviation has conducted validation tests on the fan blisk design, including two fan blade-out rig tests, ingestion tests and a fan aero rig test to demonstrate fan efficiency. Testing is complete on the third eCore demonstrator, and GE has accumulated more than 300 hours of testing on eCore demonstrators to date.
May 22, 2013 · 53 Views
Rolls-Royce has won an order from US leasing company CIT Aerospace for Trent XWB engines, to power ten Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and Trent 700 engines to power 13 Airbus A330 aircraft. The Trent XWB engines will power ten CIT A350 aircraft that were announced in January 2013 which were in addition to five A350 XWB aircraft already on order. The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the Airbus A350, is the fastest selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,200 already sold. The engine variant that will power the A350-800 and -900 was awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification in February. The engine will power the first flight of the Airbus A350 XWB this year and the aircraft’s first in-service flight in 2014.
July 24, 2013 · 20 Views
MTU Aero Engines increased its revenues by 19 % to €1,852.2m in the first six months of 2013 (1-6/2012: €1,559.0m). Operating profit for the period came to €171.7m (1-6/2012: €175.8m), which corresponds to an EBIT margin of 9.3 % (1-6/2012: 11.3 %). The group’s net income amounted to €105.1m, compared with €109.7m in the first six months of 2012. “Our commercial series business registered strong growth in the first half year as planned. It is of vital importance to MTU’s future growth, but it initially cushions the earnings development. At present, the spare parts business is unable to fully counterbalance, because sales have been lower than expected in certain programs. Moreover, business in the industrial gas turbine sector is stagnant,” explained Egon Behle, CEO of MTU Aero Engines AG. “We expect to see only a moderate improvement of this trend in the second half of the year and have therefore decided to specify our full-year revenue estimate and to revise our earnings guidance.” MTU now expects to generate revenues of around €3.7bn in 2013, in line with its earlier forecast of an increase of between 10 and 12% (group revenues 2012: €3,378.6m). MTU’s earnings guidance now foresees an operating profit (adjusted EBIT) of around €375m, i.e. on the level of last year (2012: €374.3m), and an adjusted net income of around €235m (2012: €233.4m). Until now, each of these two figures had been expected to increase by 10 to 12%.
July 24, 2013 · 19 Views
GE Aviation has named TAG Farnborough Engineering as an authorized service center for GE’s CF34-3 engines that power the Bombardier Challenger series. Under this agreement, TAG Farnborough Engineering can perform engine line maintenance, as well as provide OnPoint solution agreement and warranty support and facilitate access to both GE parts and technical support. TAG Farnborough Engineering Ltd offers a comprehensive range of engineering and maintenance services for Bombardier, Dassault and Hawker Beechcraft aircraft at TAG Farnborough Airport, located 40 miles from central London.
July 24, 2013 · 23 Views
Apollo Aviation Group, an international full service aviation asset manager, has promoted Marcus Miller from Contracts Manager to Business Manager, responsible for the general management of Apollo Aviation’s Dublin office, headquarters for the firm’s origination activities. Mr. Miller’s role involves overseeing the firm’s financial analysis, credit analysis, consignment analysis and tax teams, all of which report to him.
July 24, 2013 · 4 Views
Frontier Airlines recently added its newest aircraft to its fleet, an Airbus A320 with sharklets. The sharklets, which are eight foot tall wingtip devices, help save fuel and enhance the overall efficiency of the aircraft. The sharklets are expected to save up to four percent, or up to $400,000 per year in fuel burn by reducing drag while also lowering noise emissions and improving take-off performance.
July 24, 2013 · 9 Views
Alenia Aermacchi delivered the first ATR72-600 TMUA (Turkish Maritime Utility Aircraft) to the Turkish Navy, the first of a total order of eight ATR72s, which consist of two TMUAs and six ATR72-600 TMPA (Turkish Maritime Patrol Aircraft) maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. Compared to the ATR72-600 basic platform, the two ATR72 TMUA, modified at Alenia Aermacchi’s plants in Napoli-Capodichino and Torino-Caselle, feature new radios; an IFF (Identification Friend or Foe system) and a cabin area equipped with tactical tables and communications equipment for the crew. Both aircraft, to be easily reconfigured into cargo, will be used for utility roles, personnel and cargo logistic transport. The first Turkish Navy flying instructors just completed the training on the new aircraft at Alenia Aermacchi’s Training Centre in Caselle. The second aircraft will be delivered within the first half of August.
July 24, 2013 · 11 Views
Etihad Airways has signed an agreement with IAE International Aero Engines AG to upgrade the airline’s current and future fleet of 35 V2500 engine-powered Airbus A320 family of aircraft to the V2500 SelectTwo engine standard. The United Arab Emirates flag carrier will purchase 73 V2500 SelectTwo engine upgrade kits, which also makes provision for spare engines. An upgrade option for the V2500 SelectOne engine, the main advantage of SelectTwo is improved fuel burn. Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said, “The V2500 engine has played an important role in our Airbus A320 type operations, and SelectTwo is the latest example of how IAE strives for new solutions that add value to our fleet, whilst making our fuel-burn more efficient.”
July 24, 2013 · 5 Views
BOC Aviation has signed an operating lease agreement with KLM subsidiary KLM Cityhopper for six Embraer E190 aircraft as part of the KLM Group’s programme to replace KLM Cityhopper’s fleet of Fokker 70 aircraft. The E190 aircraft will be delivered between November 2013 and April 2014.
July 24, 2013 · 19 Views
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft is now offering brake maintenance support for the Jetstream 41 regional turboprop airliner and has secured its first customer for this new service from Sky Express of Greece. In co-operation with Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems of Coventry – the Original Equipment Manufacturer – BAE Systems is now able to offer a very competitive fixed price overhaul for Jetstream 41 brakes maintenance with a 30-day turnaround time.
July 24, 2013 · 11 Views
AJW Aviation has been contracted to carry out the rebranding of Azerbaijan Airline’s entire fleet. The fleet of eighteen aircraft includes A319, A320, B757 and B767, all of which are to undergo rebranding by the end of 2013 to meet the airline’s operational deadline. AJW has already delivered the first A320 aircraft in the new livery, and a second is currently under-going the rebranding work. AJW has selected Eirtech Aviation to carry out the painting of the aircraft.
July 24, 2013 · 10 Views
Delta’s net profit for the June 2013 quarter was $844m, excluding special items. This result is a record June quarter profit excluding special items and is a $258m improvement year-over-year. Including $159m in special items, Delta’s GAAP net income was $685m. The company announced a balanced capital deployment plan, targeted at creating up to $5bn of value for shareholders by 2017 through further debt reduction and the return of more than $1bn to shareholders over the next three years by means of $200m of annual dividends and a $500m share repurchase program. June quarter results include $118m of profit sharing expense in recognition of Delta employees’ contributions to the company’s financial performance. Delta generated $1.3bn of operating cash flow and $730m of free cash flow in the June 2013 quarter, and ended the period with adjusted net debt of $10.2 billion.
July 24, 2013 · 20 Views
Boeing reported that second-quarter core earnings per share (non-GAAP) increased 13% to $1.67, driven by strong performance across the company’s businesses. Second-quarter core operating earnings (non-GAAP) also increased 13% to $2.0bn from the same period of the prior year. Second-quarter revenue was $21.8bn, GAAP earnings from operations was $1.7bn and earnings per share was $1.41. Core earnings per share guidance increased to between $6.20 and $6.40 and GAAP earnings per share guidance increased to between $5.10 and $5.30, reflecting the strong performance. The company also increased its revenue guidance to between $83 and $86bn on higher Defense, Space & Security revenues, and reaffirmed its 2013 operating cash flow outlook.
July 24, 2013 · 7 Views
AAR reported that the U.S. Marshals Service has signed a purchase commitment for two Boeing 737-400 aircraft for delivery in September. In addition to sourcing the aircraft, AAR will provide airframe and landing gear overhaul, aircraft painting and interior reconfiguration. AAR recently delivered two similar aircraft to the Colombian Air Force as part of a cost-effective program that included the conversion of the aircraft for cargo transport and the supply of custom seat pallets. The program demonstrates AAR’s wide range of capabilities, which the Company combines to create custom-tailored solutions for its commercial, federal civilian government, and defense customers.
Transat A.T. announces agreement to lease four Boeing B737-800s and to renew the leases of six Airbus A330s
July 24, 2013 · 8 Views
Transat A.T. reported the signing of an agreement with ILFC for the long-term (eight-year) leasing of four Boeing B737-800 aircraft. These planes will be introduced in summer 2014 and become the core of Air Transat’s permanent narrow-body fleet. They will be used on sun-destination routes to Mexico, the Caribbean and Florida. The agreement also includes the renewal through 2020 and 2021 of the leases on six Airbus A330 aircraft—three A330-200s and A330-300s—with improved terms. The three long-range A330-200s were originally to be phased out of the fleet. Transat and ILFC, however, reached an agreement that will enable Transat to achieve its objective of reducing costs, and that, in the case of these aircraft, will prove more advantageous than the seasonal subcontracting arrangement originally envisioned.
July 24, 2013 · 9 Views
US Airways Group reported its second quarter 2013 financial results. For the second quarter 2013, pretax profit excluding net special items was $409m, the highest in Company history. Net profit excluding net special items was a record $324m. Net profit excluding net special items for the second quarter 2012 was $321m. The Company’s 2013 second quarter net profit excluding net special items was negatively impacted by a non-cash provision for income tax of $85m. There was no provision for income tax recorded in 2012. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a net profit of $287m for its second quarter 2013. This compares to a net profit of $306m for the same period in 2012. The Company’s 2013 second quarter net profit was negatively impacted by a non-cash provision for income tax of $67m.
July 25, 2013 · 12 Views
MTU Aero Engines AG’s supervisory board voted to extend chief operating officer Dr. Rainer Martens’ contract. Martens has been a member of MTU’s board of management since April 15, 2006, with overall responsibility for engineering and production. The contract renewal is for a term of five years, commencing on April 15, 2014.
July 25, 2013 · 13 Views
Malaysia Airlines’ regional subsidiary MASwings took delivery of its very first ATR 72-600 aircraft. The aircraft was delivered in a handover ceremony held at the ATR’s facilities in Toulouse. Malaysia Airlines and ATR inked a deal in late 2012 for the purchase of a total of 36 ATR 72-600s (20 firm orders plus 16 options) to be operated by the airline’s regional subsidiaries, MASwings and Firefly. Based on the agreement between ATR and Malaysia Airlines, MASwings –which currently operates a fleet of 10 ATR 72-500s-, will introduce 9 ATR 72-600s until 2017, mostly for further expanding its total fleet.
July 25, 2013 · 19 Views
Panasonic Avionics has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Telecom Satellite Communications to jointly develop, implement and support in-flight connectivity solutions for the Chinese market. The signing of the MOU will also make possible the first ever provision of in-flight connectivity to Panasonic’s 36 non-Chinese customer airlines when flying into and over China. Panasonic Avionics’ eXConnect system uses its global Ku-band aeronautical satellite network to deliver in-flight broadband connectivity, enabling passengers to access the internet, send email or log onto their favourite social media sites.
July 25, 2013 · 16 Views
Aeronautical Engineers has redelivered the first CargoAir 737-400SF 11 Pallet Conversion in Dothan Alabama. The aircraft is a high gross weight 737-400SF, MSN 24474 was built in 1989 and has been placed into service flying for DHL Express from their hub in Leipzig. Additionally, CargoAir operates three AEI 737-300SF 10 Pallet Freighters for DHL Express throughout Europe.
July 25, 2013 · 3 Views
Component Control launched its latest product video revealing its highly flexible and robust user interface that can turn any user into a power user. The interface is designed to give users a quick overview of their detail-rich aviation business with the least amount of clicks possible and without having to move from screen to screen in order to complete a task. The key features of the Quantum navigation include:
a main navigation bar that acts as the gateway into every Quantum module, Hot keys for high-speed Quantum screen navigation, detailed search functionality to easily recall data.
July 25, 2013 · 6 Views
Alaska Air Group reported second quarter net income, excluding special items, of $105m compared to adjusted net income of $111m in the prior year quarter. Alaska Air Group recorded net income for the second quarter under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) of $104m compared to net income of $68m in 2012.
July 25, 2013 · 7 Views
Air Methods Corporation, a global leader in air medical transportation, has entered into an agreement with Appareo Systems to purchase 150 Vision 1000 flight data monitoring (FDM) devices. These devices will allow Air Methods to capture a variety of critical flight data and then analyze the data as part of its FDM program. The Company currently has 41 aircraft equipped with Appareo flight data recorders.
July 25, 2013 · 15 Views
Aeroman, a leading Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) organization in the Americas has started operations with the Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) service. AMI is an automated system which continuously ensures the automatic replenishment of high-usage and non-repairable Airbus parts. With a modern facility located at El Salvador International Airport, Aeroman provides maintenance services to A320 family operators from North and South America, who will all benefit from AMI. Aeroman has been providing world-class heavy maintenance repairs and avionics and interiors modification programs for 30 years. It employs a workforce of about 2,100 full time employees with its technical personnel being El Salvador’s CAA, FAA or EASA certified.
July 25, 2013 · 9 Views
Bombardier Aerospace confirmed that the integration of the CSeries aircraft’s auxiliary power unit and Pratt & Whitney PurePower Geared Turbofan PW1500G engines on the first flight test vehicle (FTV1) is running smoothly, allowing for testing of the aircraft’s key systems. It also confirmed that the latest software upgrades on the aircraft continue to be successfully completed. The CSeries aircraft’s overall integration is progressing well; however, the highly technical last steps are taking more time than initially anticipated to validate the overall systems and ongoing software integration. First flight is expected to occur in the coming weeks.
“While the process has taken more time than we had expected, we are pleased with the results and are very comfortable taking more time to ensure the required integration is finalized and the CSeries aircraft is cleared for its first flight,” added Mr. Arcamone.
While in its final testing stage in preparation for first flight, FTV1 is undergoing important and complex pre-flight tests, including aircraft in the loop testing (ACIL). During ACIL tests, FTV1 is “flown” on the ground in a simulated flight environment to ensure the first aircraft behaves in the same manner as experienced with the on-the-ground Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA), also known as “Aircraft 0.” This will be followed by low- and high-speed taxiing.