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HALTS JAVELIN PROGRAM ATG, which hopes to one day see
production of its tandem-seat twin-turbofan executive Javelin jet,
announced yesterday that it will halt the jet's development. "Due to
circumstances beyond ATG's control, it is unlikely that adequate funding
can be secured in a timely manner," the company said through an e-mail,
Tuesday. It seems a 12-month search to secure funding for the
high-performance business jet/military trainer has come up short and the
company says plans for its future will be decided "after proper
communication with our strategic business partner." In January, ATG
announced that Action Aviation had placed firm orders for 40 Javelin
jets worth $120 million for delivery over a period of eight years from
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BRAKING MOVES JOBS TO MEXICO Season's Greetings ... you're
going to lose your job. Meggitt acquired Aircraft Braking Systems in
March and last week announced it will, over the next two years, shift
certain operations from Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems' Akron, Ohio,
facility to a new facility in central Mexico. Meggitt's nearly 370
hourly employees working in Akron learned, through a letter from the
company, that they will soon be impacted by a "reduction of employment,"
the company said. The letter, made available to Akron's The Beacon
Journal, tells employees that Meggitt will be meeting with Mexican
officials over the next few weeks to conclude negotiations regarding
construction of a second manufacturing facility in Mexico. It states,
"This is not a negative comment on the quality of work or dedication of
the employees in Akron, but a decision the company believes is necessary
in order to operate efficiently, economically and competitively."
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LEASES FARNBOROUGH TAG Aviation signed the head lease in
2003 and has now acquired the freehold for Farnborough Airport (EGLF) --
home of the Farnborough Air Show -- from the UK's secretary of state for
defense. Fans of the Farnborough Air Show need not expect a change of
venue; TAG says it intends to keep the airport as the show's long-term
home. TAG says it will invest in the airport to transform it into a
full-service business aviation center under a plan to be made public in
2008. Also in 2008, TAG will begin to operate European air-taxi service
Blink Ltd.'s 30 Cessna Mustang VLJs as they are delivered. Stateside,
TAG recently agreed to pay $10 million to the FAA as part of a final
resolution for its role in the operations of AMI Jet Charter.
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FUNDS BUY LANDMARK AVIATION Following on the heels of the
largest-ever Dubai Air Show and with strong growth projected for
business aviation in the Middle East, two private U.S. equity funds plan
to use $436 million to take over Landmark Aviation from Dubai Aerospace
Enterprise to form one of the largest FBO networks, AVweb has learned.
The deal is expected to close early next year. GTCR Golder Rauner and
Encore FBO (owned by Platform Parties) are the buyers. "The sale of the
Landmark business was a condition on grounds of U.S. national security
of DAE's previous $1.9bn purchase of the Landmark and Standard Aero
businesses from the Carlyle group, as part of its ambitious expansion
into aircraft and engine maintenance, repair and overhaul," according to
MSNBC. Landmark and Encore are expected to merge under the Landmark
Aviation brand, allowing Landmark to make use of Encore's 42 North
American and European bases. More...
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OF ILLINOIS JOINS THRUST FOR SUPERSONIC BIZJET The Department
of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign has entered into an agreement with Rolls-Royce
Deutschland and Gulfstream Aerospace to "conduct research relevant to
the potential development of a supersonic business jet." While specific
details are confidential, "Illinois is involved in research to mitigate
the sonic boom from supersonic business jets," according to Michael
Bragg, associate dean for research and administrative affairs in the
College of Engineering. Proving that a supersonic aircraft can produce
environmentally acceptable noise levels may be key to development of an
aircraft that might one day be allowed by the FAA to fly at supersonic
speeds over the continental U.S. The five-year agreement includes three
years of funding to support special facilities to provide computational
and experimental work. More...
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service operations. Reducing legacy sites. Bringing 15 upgraded sites
and three hubs online. Retaining 1,200 specialists. Marrying local needs
with national information sources. The result: ever-improving levels of
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FALLING DOLLAR AND THE GLOBAL BIZAV BOOM At a summit
organized by Canadian think tank Aero Montreal, Pratt & Whitney Canada
made it known it is among those concerned that a falling dollar -- plus
strong local currency, rising fuel prices and environmental demands --
is pushing cost-cutting methods for production (outsourcing). At the
same time, those pressures are demanding investment in research for
development of new "green" technology and materials. In short, amid a
worldwide aviation boom that's seen record orders for new aircraft, the
fall of the American dollar is managing to make long-term viability
challenging for companies -- especially those that traditionally produce
aerospace products in their own country and pay for labor in native
currencies, but sell their products in American dollars.
Collier Trophy Collectible Medallion Series 3
Now Available NAA's Collier Trophy Centennial Medallion Series 3 is now
available for gift-giving or for your own collection, along with Series
1 and 2. A commemorative card encases a heavy metal medallion showing
the Collier Trophy on one side and an image of the F-22 Raptor on the
reverse. Series 1 reverse shows SpaceShipOne, and Series 2 reverse shows
the Eclipse 500.
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CORPORATE JET ARRIVES IN FLORIDA Associated Air Center (AAC)
has delivered its tenth Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) VIP interior -- and
the first U.S.-based ACJ -- to a customer in Florida. The aircraft's
interior colors are "similar to the customer's personal DC-9" and boast
a spacious master bedroom and lavatory with shower. Other sleeping
positions are provided by sofas in the aircraft; other furnishings are
clad in polished wood veneer. The main dining room and lounge area
include three-leaf tables and access to office-in-the-sky functionality
provided by Honeywell's full cabin management system. The system allows
voice calls to be made from the aircraft's cordless (or corded) handsets
to cellphones and landlines. AAC is a part of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise
Engineering division. More...
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If You Need a Tax Deduction, This is the
Perfect Cause IRS & FAA Approved! Build A Plane (BAP) the non-profit organization
helping children learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics
by building real airplanes is in need of aircraft donations. Any
aircraft, or aircraft component, is valuable to a high school program.
For complete details, call Katrina Bradshaw at (804) 843-3321,
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