Thursday, November 03, 2011

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President Elect Trump slams Boeing’s Air Force One deal

December 6, 2016 · 145 Views

Before his inauguration, Donald Trump, the U.S. President Elect, is already creating waves over the current deal for Boeing to provide two new and modified 747s as Air Force One presidential jets. Boeing had set a budget of approximately US$3.2 billion to cover from 2010 through to 2020, US$2 billion of which was for research and development.
In 2015 the Undersecretary of Defense approved the plan to replace Air Force One with the new jets by 2024. In January and July this year, the Air Force signed deals with Boeing to design certain aspects of the new presidential aircraft, including the interior, electrical and power system, and maintenance systems. The two current Air Force One planes, VC-25s which are military versions of 747-200s, have been in service since 1990 when delivered to the then president, Ronal Reagan. Today the planes are described as “obsolete”.
On Tuesday of this week, President Elect Trump called for the cancellation of the deal with Boeing to develop new aircraft, citing different budget costs, but without providing any evidence. In a Tweet, he said: “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” after which he told reporters at Trump Tower, “The plane is totally out of control. It’s going to be over $4 billion for Air Force One program and I think it’s ridiculous. I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money.”
According to Boeing, the current deal for Air Force one’s development is worth US$170 million, stating that “We look forward to working with the U.S. Air Force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best planes for the president at the best value for the American taxpayer.”
An Air Force spokesman has indicated that the military is preparing a statement on Trump’s outburst and why it believes the replacements are necessary. The Air Force had pledged to “keep costs down” when it awarded the initial development contract to Boeing in January, making it clear that the replacements were necessary. Col. Amy McCain, manager of the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, said in a statement at that time: “Parts obsolescence, diminishing manufacturing sources and increased downtimes for maintenance are existing challenges that will increase until a new aircraft is fielded.”
According to Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst at the Teal Group, anything in the US$3 billion to US$4 billion range would be reasonable, and a belief otherwise is “completely ignorant.” He then went on to say that “This is the wrong place to talk about cost control. People aren’t upset in Washington about a relatively small program being canceled. They’re upset we have a president who doesn’t understand what is needed to be president.”


Boeing CFO James Bell announces April 2012 retirement

November 1, 2011 · 65 Views

Boeing Executive Vice President, Corporate President and Chief Financial Officer James Bell announced plans to retire from the company, effective April 1, 2012. Greg Smith corporate controller and finance vice president, has been elected by Boeing’s board of directors to succeed Bell as executive vice president and chief financial officer effective Feb. 1, 2012; the two will work together over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition. Diana Sands, vice president of investor relations and financial planning and analysis, has been appointed corporate controller, also effective Feb. 1, 2012.


NAYAK becomes MRO partner for Boeing GoldCare program

November 1, 2011 · 73 Views

Boeing Commercial Airplanes selected NAYAK Aircraft Services in Europe to provide Boeing GoldCare maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. The GoldCare program is a maintenance concept Boeing designed to maximize airline operations for the 737 NG and the new 787 Dreamliner aircrafts. NAYAK is one of the largest independent providers of aircraft maintenance in Europe, headquartered in Cologne (Germany) and with offices in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Rome (Italy).


Skytech-AIC appointed to manage seven additional Q400S

November 1, 2011 · 64 Views

Skytech-AIC have been appointed by Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) to act as Lease Managers for seven Bombardier Q400 aircraft recently acquired from Flybe by RMB and leased to South African Express Airways (SA Express). Skytech-AIC and RMB have worked together on a number of aviation transactions over some 15 years and Skytech-AIC already manage five RMB-owned Q400s: three on lease to Flybe and two on lease to SA Express.


Cathay Pacific is first operator of newest Boeing freighter in Asia Pacific

November 1, 2011 · 124 Views

Boeing has delivered a 747-8 Freighter to Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways, making it the second freight operator worldwide to take delivery of Boeing’s newest freighter. With this new addition to its fleet, Cathay Pacific also becomes the first carrier in Asia Pacific to operate the 747-8. The new airplane is the first of 10 747-8 Freighters Cathay Pacific has on order with Boeing.


GE Aviation breaks ground on Auburn facility

November 1, 2011 · 103 Views

GE Aviation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its new jet engine components factory in Auburn on October 31st. The 300,000 square-foot advanced manufacturing plant will produce precision, super-alloy machined parts for GE jet engines that will power future commercial and military aircraft, and also to support the vast fleet of GE jet engines already in service.

Following the start of construction, the facility is on schedule to open in late 2012. Limited hiring will begin next year. Additional hiring is slated for 2013 as production begins to ramp up.  GE Aviation’s goal is to employ 300 to 400 people when the plant is at full ramp-up later this decade.


United States Army to receive Turbomeca’s 10,000th Arriel production engine

November 1, 2011 · 4 Views

Turbomeca (Safran group) reported the delivery of its 10,000th Arriel production engine, which will power a United States Army UH-72A Lakota helicopter. During a ceremony at the Turbomeca USA site, Olivier Andriès, Turbomeca Chairman & CEO and Russ Spray, Turbomeca USA President & CEO, presented the United States Army a commemorative plaque to mark this event.

EADS North America was awarded the United States Army’s Light Utility Helicopter contract in 2006 for 345 UH-72A Lakota twin-engine helicopters powered by Turbomeca’s Arriel 1E2. Today, 454 Arriel 1E2 engines have been delivered on schedule for the U.S. Army’s UH-72A Lakota. The U.S. Navy has purchased five additional Lakotas for their Test Pilot School.


FLY Leasing reports third quarter 2011 financial results

November 2, 2011 · 61 Views

FLY Leasing, a global lessor of modern, fuel-efficient commercial jet aircraft, reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2011. FLY’s net income and basic and diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2011 were $3.4m compared to $12.2m in the same period of 2010. The decrease in net income is primarily due gains realized on the sale of three aircraft in the 3rd quarter of 2010 and recognition of $2.9m of end of lease revenue also in the 3rd quarter of 2010, neither of which is present in the current period.

At September 30, 2011, FLY’s total assets were $2.0bn, including flight equipment with a net book value of $1.6bn. Restricted and unrestricted cash at September 30, 2011 totaled $392.4m, of which $230.3m was unrestricted. These amounts compare to total cash of $329.0m and unrestricted cash of $164.1m at December 31, 2010.


Rolls-Royce delivers first LiftFan from new advanced facility

November 2, 2011 · 64 Views

Rolls-Royce has delivered the first Rolls-Royce LiftFan, for the F-35B Lightning II, to have been assembled at its new LiftFan Factory near Indianapolis, IN, US. The LiftFan is part of the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem that provides Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) capability for the first aircraft to combine the technology with stealth and supersonic speed. This fifth-generation fighter will provide the US Marine Corps and other future customers with increased capability and the option to deploy from forward bases.


Mubadala Aerospace announces formation of leadership team for global MRO network

November 2, 2011 · 58 Views

Mubadala Aerospace reported the formation of a senior leadership team for its global Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) network, encompassing ADAT in Abu Dhabi and SR Technics, based in Zurich, Switzerland. 

Homaid Al Shemmari will be the Chairman of the Mubadala Aerospace MRO network; Jeremy Chan is appointed Executive Vice Chairman; and James Stewart is appointed Group Chief Executive Officer, leading a highly talented leadership team with long-standing industry experience. Other key members of the leadership team are: Abdul Khaliq Saeed: President, MENA , André Wall: President, Europe, Abdulla Mohamed Shadid: Chief Commercial Officer and Pierre Steffen: Chief Supply Chain Officer


Kaman to acquire Vermont Composites

November 2, 2011 · 65 Views

Kaman Aerospace Group, has entered into an agreement to acquire Vermont Composites Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of composite aerostructures and advanced composite medical equipment based in Bennington, Vermont. The senior management team of Vermont Composites, including its President and CEO, Patrick J. Wheeler, have agreed to continue their employment with Kaman. Vermont Composites will become part of the Kaman Composites Division, led by President James C. Larwood.

Founded in 1979, Vermont Composites is expected to generate sales of $32m for 2011, and has approximately 230 employees. Vermont Composites has high profile positions on a number of major aerospace platforms including V-22 Osprey, P-8 Poseidon, C-130 Hercules, MH-60 BLACK HAWK and various UAVs.


PAS Technologies Miramar attains accreditation for AS9100C and AS9110A certifications

November 2, 2011 · 59 Views

PAS Technologies has received dual registration by SAI Global for the International Standards ISO 9001:2008 +AS9110A and ISO 9001:2008 +AS9100C certifications for its Miramar, Florida facility.  As a provider of plating services and component overhaul and repair services, these certifications validates PAS Technologies’ commitment to quality, continuous improvement, and provides the Company with performance based analysis aimed toward operational consistency and improved customer satisfaction.


JSC SCA and Aeroflot complete technical acceptance procedure for SSJ100 SN95011

November 2, 2011 · 61 Views

On November 1st, the completion of the technical acceptance procedure, JSC SCA and Aeroflot signed the Acceptance Act for the third deliverable Sukhoi Superjet 100 SN 95011. The document states that the aircraft is technically sound, fully meets the performance criteria without any operational limitations.  On November 7th the aircraft will arrive in Moscow and start commercial operation on Aeroflot’s route network.


Tail section for THAI’s first A380 rolls out of paint shop

November 2, 2011 · 8 Views

The vertical tail section for the first A380 for Thai Airways International (THAI) has been painted with the airline’s orchid logo at Airbus facilities in Hamburg. The painting was completed at the weekend and the section is now being prepared for shipment to Toulouse, where assembly of the airline’s first aircraft is set to begin this month. 

THAI will become the ninth operator of the A380 when it takes delivery of its first aircraft in the third quarter of 2012. The airline has firm orders for six A380s and will operate the aircraft on its premier routes from Bangkok to Europe.