Bell Helicopter Becomes First Such Company To Be Accepted
GAMA announced Monday that its Board of Directors has voted to
expand the Association’s membership to include rotorcraft
manufacturers and to accept one of the world’s leading
companies, Bell Helicopter, as the first GAMA member from this
sector of general aviation products.
Business Jets Increasingly Seen As Essential Business Tools In
Region, Company President Says
The Middle East market for Gulfstream jets continues to expand,
and, increasingly these aircraft are being used as essential
transportation to pursue investments and business interests around
the world, Gulfstream Aerospace President Larry Flynn told
reporters at the Dubai Air Show Monday.
Rolls-Royce has won a $280 million order, at list prices, from
Garuda Indonesia Airlines for Trent 700 engines to power four
Airbus A330 aircraft. In addition, the airline confirmed a previous
order for Trent 700 engines to power six A330s, which was announced
last year. All ten aircraft will have long-term TotalCare service
Cites Greater Efficiency, Lower Emissions As Important
Deutsche Lufthansa and CFM International announced the selection
of the CFM56-5B to power four new Airbus A320 aircraft in a firm
engine order valued at approximately $60 million (U.S.) at list
price at the Dubai Air Show Monday. The aircraft order was
announced in September of this year and the airline will take
delivery in 2012 and 2013.
Will Re-Engine Its E-Series Regional Jetliners Rather Than
Develop New Narrow-Body Airplane
Embraer's president of Commercial Aviation Paulo Cesar Souza e
Silva said that the company plans to re-engine its E-Series
regional jetliners and will not enter into a direct competition
with Boeing and Airbus for a share of the single-aisle narrowbody
market. Silva's remarks came during a Sunday news conference at the
Dubai Air Show.
American Eagle Airlines Fined For Lengthy Tarmac Delays
The U. S. DOT today fined American Eagle Airlines $900,000 for
lengthy tarmac delays that took place at Chicago O’Hare
International Airport on May 29, 2011. This is the first fine for a
violation of the Department’s rule, which took effect in
April 2010, setting a three-hour limit for tarmac delays on
Global Industry Leaders Joined By Growing List Of Confirmed
Speakers For 2012 Meeting
EADS/Airbus and Boeing, the two largest Original Equipment
Manufacturers (OEM) in the world, have confirmed their positions as
foundation partners of Global Aerospace Summit 2012 to be held in
Abu Dhabi from 16th- 19th April. As Foundation Partners, the two
companies will play a key role contributing to the development and
shape of the Summit program content, and already have
representatives on the Summit’s Advisory Board.
Handover Of First South Carolina-Built 787 Dreamliner Expected
Boeing marked the opening of its new South Carolina Delivery
Center at a ribbon cutting ceremony in North Charleston Friday.
Elected officials and representatives from community and business
groups, suppliers and subcontractors joined more than 500 Boeing
employees to commemorate the occasion. In honor of Veterans Day,
Boeing South Carolina paid tribute to veteran teammates by
selecting men and women who served in the armed forces from various
site operations to assist in cutting the ribbon on stage.
A rented Piper Archer flown by U.K. businessman Ian Dickinson
went down in the English Channel Saturday, resulting in the fatal
injury of the 79-year-old pilot. Dickinson's wife Ann-Marie
reportedly attempted to pull him from the sinking airplane, but was
unsuccessful. She was picked up by a passing Russian cargo ship,
and treated for exposure and hypothermia.
Was Returning From Vacation In Iceland, May Have Flushed Cash
In Airplane Lav
A man from Massachusetts has been arrested and charged with
stealing $300 from a flight attendant on an Iceland Air flight to
Boston on Sunday ... but the evidence may be difficult, and messy,
Mechanic's Contract Will Go To Membership For Approval
United Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Continental
Holdings, Inc. and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
announced that they reached a tentative agreement on a labor
contract for mechanics at United.
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Frank Robinson's Innovative Chopper Revitalized An
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company’s 10,000th helicopter to come off its production
line. A celebration was held at the Torrance factory. Company
employees along with representatives from the city, the FAA and
many of Robinson’s vendors were in attendance.
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Both Companies See Plenty Of Opportunity In The Region
Both Airbus and Boeing have released their market forecasts for
the Middle East at the opening of the Dubai Air Show, and both
companies see reasons for optimism about airline growth in the
region. Boeing projects that airlines in the Middle East will
need an estimated 2,520 airplanes worth $450 billion by 2030. The
forecast comes as the region's carriers continue to surpass global
air traffic and capacity growth rates. Airbus said it expects the
aircraft fleet to almost triple in the next 20 years.
Boeing and Oman Air, Sultanate of Oman's flagship carrier,
announced an order for six Boeing 787-8s at the Dubai Airshow
Monday. The airline completed an arrangement with Boeing and
Kuwait-based leasing company ALAFCO to transfer existing orders for
the six Dreamliners from ALAFCO to Oman Air.
Three New Members Added To The Association's Roster
The Board of Directors of GAMA has elected Caroline Daniels,
chairman and CEO of ATP, as GAMA’s chairman for 2012. Daniels
previously served as GAMA’s vice chairman of the board and as
chairman of GAMA’s Safety Committee. Brad Mottier, vice
president and general manager of Business and General Aviation at
GE Aviation, has been selected as GAMA’s vice chairman.
Mottier will also continue to serve as chairman of the Technical
Policy Committee throughout the coming year.
The Kuwait-based international Aviation Lease and Finance
Company ALAFCO has finalized a purchase order for 50 A320neo Family
aircraft and took options for 30 more to be finalized by year end.
The firm contract signed Monday at the 2011 Dubai Airshow is an
increase of the initial agreement made at the Paris Le Bourget
Airshow for 30 A320neo aircraft which are now confirmed.
When last we left me at KSC, the space shuttle Columbia was
poised for its second launch and I found myself as an NIP, (Non-
Important Person) observing at a place called Bunker number 7 among
a group of VIPs.
"We ... look forward to partnering with the rotorcraft
operating community, in particular the Helicopter Association
International, on efforts to bolster safety and increase the
economic reach of the industry.” Source: GAMA
President and CEO Pete Bunce.