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AIRBUS has transported the first A350 XWB nose section to its plant in St Nazaire
from partner Aerolia’s site in Méaulte, using one of the manufacturer’s Beluga
aircraft. The A350 XWB nose section comprises three main sub-assemblies: the
cockpit plus upper and lower forward fuselage parts, which incorporate door
one and the nose landing gear bay. Making the best use of modern, high-tech
materials, the A350 XWB nose section is made of 40 percent composites, 55
percent aluminium/aluminium-lithium and 5 percent titanium. Once assembled
and equipped, the nose section will be joined to the forward fuselage (made and
equipped in Hamburg) to form the A350 XWB front fuselage.
LIEBHERR-AEROSPACE Toulouse, the Liebherr Group’s centre of excellence
for aerospace air-management systems in Toulouse, France, held the opening
ceremony of its new test and development centre on 23 September 2011.
The new test centre, called ISA (Intégration des Systèmes d’Air, or Air Systems
Integration), will substantially expand Liebherr-Aerospace’s capabilities for
simulating the operating conditions of its systems – for example, engine
temperature and pressure, or acoustic environment. The 4,200 square-metre
facility will allow the company to conduct full-scale as well as digital-model
testing of all systems it develops, supporting research into subjects such as
future aircraft, reduction of vibrations and cabin noise, as well as concepts
such as the ‘more-electric aircraft’. The facility will “significantly contribute
to reducing development cost and enhancing performance of future air-
management systems”, Liebherr says . The new test centre represents a 27
Million euro (US$37 million) investment, part of which is borne by French
Government and the Region of Midi-Pyrénées. The test centre is progressively
entering into operation throughout the year 2011.
ST AEROSPACE says its commercial pilot training arm, ST Aerospace Academy
(STAA), has invested S$15 million (US$11.6 million) over six months to expand
its operations to meet increasing demand for its programmes. As part of
capacity expansion, STAA recently added a new facility at the perimeter of
Ballarat Airport, comprising 1,300 square metres of administrative space and
7,700 square metres of classroom facilities. It is also developing a new Flight
Operations Centre (FOC) at Ballarat, which is expected to be ready by end
2011. The FOC will feature an apron that can accommodate a fleet of up to
40 aircraft. STAA’s current facility is about 200m from the new location and
can accommodate as many as 20 aircraft. In line with its plan to establish
a simulator centre in Singapore, STAA has acquired an Airbus A320 flight
simulator, which will be delivered in July 2012. Upon delivery, it will be housed
in the centre currently being developed at Seletar Aerospace Park, with other
facilities for classrooms, briefing rooms, instructor rooms and corporate offices.
In addition, to enhance training delivery, STAA acquired an all-glass cockpit
aircraft fleet, comprising 12 single-engine Cessna 172S and four new multi
engine Piper PA44 Seminole aircraft. The new aircraft are fitted with cockpit
instruments similar to those found in commercial airliners, enabling cadet pilots
to get fully accustomed to an all-glass cockpit environment and better preparing
them for modern commercial aircraft operations.
GULFSTREAM has chosen Scott Neal, 45, a 17-year company veteran and
top sales executive in both the Eastern and Central US sales regions, to
succeed Larry Flynn as head of the company’s worldwide sales and marketing
organization. Flynn became Gulfstream president on 1 September 2011.
“Scott knows the company, the product and the people of Gulfstream and
has a superb reputation outside the company,” says Flynn. “His tremendous
knowledge of Gulfstream products and services will be a definite asset to our
customers, who can leverage his knowledge to enhance their flight operations.
Scott has earned the respect of his customers throughout North America,
and I know he’ll do the same internationally. I could not be more pleased to
announce this appointment and to welcome Scott to the Gulfstream leadership
team.” Most recently, Neal served as division vice president for the Central US,
a position he held since early 2010.
DAHER-SOCATA has announced the appointment of Patrice Charmey as its
Airplane Division’s Director of Sales for TBM aircraft models in Asia and the
Commonwealth of Independent States. Charmey has a 25-year background
in the information technology sector, having been assigned sales and account-
manager positions with companies including Hewlett-Packard. As a passionate
private pilot, he moved to the aviation industry in 2009, and worked as
a director of sales with RUAG Aviation – a leading niche supplier for the
maintenance of civil and military aircraft in Switzerland. “Patrice joins our
team at a time when opportunities for our TBM very-fast turboprop aircraft are
growing in emerging markets,” says Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice-president of
DAHER-SOCATA’s Airplane Division. “His experience in direct sales contacts and
the development of international networks within highly competitive markets
will be a valuable asset for us.” The TBM 850 is the world’s fastest single-
engine turboprop, with a maximum cruise speed of 320 KTAS at 26,000 ft.
(in ISA conditions).
Updates from Airbus, Liebherr, ST Aerospace
About 40 percent of the A350XWB nose section is made
from composite materials.
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