Honeywell selected to supply key avionics and mechanical systems for new Gulfstream

Honeywell will supply a broad suite of new avionics and mechanical systems for the all new Gulfstream G650 aircraft. The value of the contract is estimated at $3 billion including aftermarket sales over the life of the platform. The company will be providing the first business jet application of its Next Generation Flight Management System (NGFMS), previously announced for the Boeing 747-8, as well as its RDR4000 turbulence certified weather radar that is in service on the Airbus A380 and Air Force C-17 aircraft. Other new avionics products for the new G650 include dual five inch LCD Standby Multifunction Controllers Read more

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Goodrich to provide advanced systems and components for new Gulfstream

Goodrich’s Landing Gear team will provide the main and nose landing gear, Goodrich Interiors will supply the jet’s flight deck observer seats and the Goodrich Engine Control Systems team will provide the Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system, comprising an electronic engine control, fuel metering unit, fuel pump and engine actuation for the Rolls-Royce BR725 engines that power the G650.

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Spirit AeroSystems designs and manufactures wing for new G650

Spirit AeroSystems announced Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation as the customer for one of its previously awarded business jet contracts. Spirit’s contract to design, produce, and integrate a flight-ready wing for the Gulfstream G650 Business Jet is worth in excess of $1 billion. Spirit won the contract through a global competitive bid process. The company will utilize its internal capability and global supply base to design and manufacture components for the aircraft. Final assembly, testing and delivery will be done at its Tulsa, Okla., facility.

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B&B Air to acquire five aircraft

Babcock & Brown Air Limited has acquired five additional aircraft, increasing its portfolio to a total of 59 acquired and committed aircraft. The five new aircraft include: — One Airbus A319-112 on lease to Virgin America (US) — One Airbus A330-200 on lease to LTU (Germany) — Two Boeing 757-200s on lease to Icelandair (Iceland) — One Boeing 777-200ER on lease to KLM (Netherlands) The five aircraft, on lease to four airlines in two continents, cost approximately $265 million. The acquisitions are being funded from the Company’s five-year, $1.1 billion acquisition credit facility. When combined with the seven purchases announced Read more

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More than 900 aircraft will be needed within next 20 years in Russia

In its latest Global Market Forecast (GMF) Airbus predicts that the Russian airlines will need more than 900 passenger aircraft over the next 20 years in response to the strong growth in this market. The Russian passenger aircraft fleet of 100 seats or more is expected to grow strongly from 528 aircraft in service in 2006 to nearly 950 by 2026. Over the next 20 years, Russia will require more than 900 aircraft to meet demand for aircraft replacement as well as fleet growth. This will represent a value at current list price of US$ 79 billion. These additional aircraft Read more

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Government of Iraq orders six CRJ900 NextGen airliners

The Government of Iraq has placed a firm order for six CRJ900 NextGen airliners which will be used for civilian airline services in Iraq. The transaction includes options on an additional four CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, the value of the firm contract is approximately $239 million. If all options are exercised, the contract value could rise to approximately $400 million.

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GE's GEnx-2B engine achieves 70,000 Lbs. takeoff thrust in first test

The GEnx-2B engine that will power the new Boeing 747-8 airplane demonstrated 70,950 lbs. of takeoff thrust during ground testing on March 12th, at GE’s outdoor testing facility in Peebles, Ohio. Ground testing on the GEnx engine began with idle runs on February 29 and reached 70,950 lbs. of standard day sea-level takeoff thrust on March 11. The certification program for the GEnx-2B engine will involve five engines. Engine certification is anticipated in first half of 2009 with entry into service in late 2009.

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Sean O'Keefe to head GE Aviation's Washington D.C. operations

Effective June 2, Sean O’Keefe will head GE Aviation’s Washington D.C. operations, replacing Dr. Thomas Cooper, who is retiring after serving in the role with distinction for 21 years. Over the past 30 years, O’Keefe has held key U.S. Government positions in Washington, including NASA Administrator (2001-2005), Deputy Director and Deputy Assistant to the President at the Office of Management and Budget (2001), and Secretary of the Navy (1992-93).

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Lufthansa Technik increases sales and profit in 2007

In the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market for commercial aircraft the Lufthansa Technik Group reports a 6.7% rise in external revenues and pre-tax earnings of 287 million euros in 2007. This represents an increase of 18.6% over the previous year. The current Annual Report shows a total revenue of 3.6 billion euros for the 19 consolidated companies within the Lufthansa Technik Group. Furthermore Lufthansa Technik released that it is building a research and development center in Hamburg for the Cabin Innovation business unit. Construction will start in March and the move into the new building is scheduled to begin Read more

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