Daher to take majority interest in EADS Socata

Daher and EADS announced the conclusion of the agreement for Daher to acquire a 70% majority share in EADS Socata. “This Daher-Socata association will allow the creation of a leading European industrial player in the domain of aerostructures and open up new development prospects in general aviation, including for the new Socata aircraft project”, declared Jean-Michel L

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Esterline announces divestiture of Muirhead Aerospace subsidiary to AMETEK

Esterline Corporation announced the divestiture of its UK-based Muirhead Aerospace subsidiary to AMETEK. Muirhead, one of Esterline’s smaller operations, designs and manufactures a range of specialized motion technology including precision electro-mechanical actuators and servo components for a wide variety of aircraft, land vehicles, ships and missiles. The operation also provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services to the UK’s aviation industry. Esterline anticipates an after-tax gain on the sale of about $16 million. The gain will be reported in the company’s first quarter, ending January 30, 2009.

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P&W to wash 800 engines for U.S. Air Force with EcoPower service

Pratt & Whitney will provide EcoPower engine wash services for the entire U.S. Air Force F117 fleet of 800 engines, as part of a C-17 F117 Engine Overhaul and Repair support contract from The Boeing Company, announced in October. As part of this support contract, Pratt & Whitney will also provide EcoPower engine wash services for other C-17 customers worldwide. Pratt & Whitney launched the EcoPower service business in late 2004 and to date has completed nearly 4,000 washes for more than 60 customers in 10 countries. This F117 engine maintenance contract managed by Boeing is for a one year Read more

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Cavotec MSL acquires German Meyerinck Group

Global engineering group, Cavotec MSL Holdings reported the acquisition of Meyerinck Group, based in Fernwald, Germany, a leading international manufacturer of refuelling and industrial loading systems. The transaction is effective as of November 1, 2008. Established forty years ago, and based in Fernwald, Germany, Meyerinck designs and manufactures advanced refuelling and loading systems for the supply of aircraft fuel, and chemical and petrochemical liquids. Meyerinck

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Frontier can outsource aircraft maintenance only as 'last resort'

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge on Friday granted Frontier Airlines’ motion to reject its contracts with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters covering mechanics and material specialists. The Teamsters, which represent Frontier’s mechanics, have been struggling to stop Denver-based Frontier from permanently outsourcing all of its maintenance work to El Salvador-based Aeroman. Though Frontier and the Teamsters earlier reached an agreement regarding wage cuts, their negotiations broke down after Frontier insisted on the unlimited right to permanently outsource its heavy-check aircraft maintenance. The Teamsters refused to agree to Frontier’s outsourcing demand and Frontier sought to reject the Teamster contracts. The judge Read more

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EADS Revima announces change in ownership and new strategic orientation

EADS REVIMA, one of the leaders in landing gear maintenance for wide-body aircraft (Airbus and Boeing) reported that Christian Grzanka, Managing Director of EADS REVIMA and Christian Knapp, previously CEO of Aircelle and Messier-Dowty signed an agreement with EADS SOGERMA on October 28th to take over the company. Within the company, renamed REVIMA, Christian Knapp will take the position of President of the company and Christian Grzanka will stand as Managing Director. A growth strategy has been developed taking advantage of the existing capacity of the Caudebec-en-Caux (France) plant and its highly skilled workforce. Five hundred gears to be handled Read more

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