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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aircraft Supplier & MRO News North America) Nov 27, 2011

AAR, Kawasaki, ShinMaywa AAR to Build Cargo Systems for Kawasaki's C-2 Military Transport Aircraft. AAR announced today that it was selected by the team of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and ShinMaywa Industries to manufacture cargo handling systems for the Kawasaki C-2, formerly the C-X aircraft. The C-2 is Japan 's next-generation military transport aircraft slated to replace its aging C-1 fleet. AAR is manufacturing systems for two initial production aircraft, with delivery expected to be completed in calendar year 2013. The overall program requirements are expected to run for ten years. AAR worked with Sojitz Aerospace, international distributor for the C-2 program, and has been working with Kawasaki Heavy Industries and ShinMaywa Industries since it was selected to design and develop the aircraft's cargo system in 2004. The systems are being produced at AAR's Cargo Systems Division at its Goldsboro, North Carolina manufacturing facility. "We are very proud of our role in the development and production of this new cargo aircraft designed to support the Japanese Ministry of Defence transport requirements," said Terry Stinson , Group Vice President for AAR's Structures and Systems segment. "The order further strengthens AAR's position as a leading cargo systems provider to the global aerospace market and we are pleased to extend our close working relationship with Kawasaki and ShinMaywa Industries." AAR plans to expand its cargo systems business with the acquisition of Telair International GmbH and Nordisk Aviation Products, known for their leadership position in the commercial cargo market. The acquisition is expected to close during the first week of December. AAR Cargo Systems specializes in the design and manufacture of in-aircraft cargo handling systems for military and commercial applications. AAR is a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and government and defense industries. With facilities and sales locations around the world, AAR uses its close-to-the-customer business model to serve customers through four operating segments: Aviation Supply Chain; Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul; Structures and Systems; and Government and Defense Services. Nov 16, 2011

AeroMechanical Services AeroMechanical Services Ltd.: First AFIRS 228 Production Units Shipped to Customers. AeroMechanical Services Ltd. today will ship the first three production units of the next generation Automated Flight Information Reporting System ("AFIRS*") 228B to customers for implementation and integration testing. The production units passed the quality assurance tests conducted by the Company prior to shipment as well as all hardware and software tests. "The first shipment of 228 units is a major accomplishment and milestone for AMA," commented Bill Tempany, CEO. "As with many of our 228 development achievements this year, this shipment is an indication of the Company's success and hard work with our new product. The customers are excited to be the first to install this revolutionary technology." "Our team has worked extremely hard to reach this stage and it is important that we celebrate the shipment as it will propel us into the next stages of development." AMA will receive Supplemental Type Certificates on many models when flight tests are completed later this year. A provisions STC has already been received for the Boeing 777, the Bombardier CRJ 900 and the Hawker 987 series and a launch installation has been completed on the Hawker. The equipment must undergo a flight test to complete each STC and the CRJ 900 will be the next to fly. The 228B is the first release in the series of 228 products, which are a new generation of AMA's AFIRS product line that has been delivered to over 35 customers globally for installation on over 300 aircraft on all seven continents. When the AFIRS 228S is completed in early 2012, the AFIRS 228 family will be fully certified to provide safety services, voice, data, text, and electronic flight bag ("EFB") integration, including support of ACARS over Iridium and FANS over Iridium. It is anticipated that one version of the 228 - the 228U - will provide Link 2000+ Controller Pilot Data Link Communications ("CPDLC") compliance for some aircraft types and will be available before the EU deadlines. The AFIRS 228 will be the first safety services certified platform to provide real-time data streaming through FLYHTStream, the Company's patent pending triggered data streaming facility. Nov 14, 2011

AeroMechanical Services, Sierra Nevada AeroMechanical Services Files Arbitration. AeroMechanical Services, Inc. announced today it has filed an application with the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta against Sierra Nevada Corporation seeking the appointment of an arbitrator as a result of the absence of progress on discussions regarding outstanding accounts payable. The two companies were working together on the development of the Automated Flight Information Reporting System ("AFIRS*") 228. Late in 2010, AMA's management recognized the progress on the AFIRS 228 was not on track, delayed and over budget and moved development in-house. Since then the Company has been attempting to resolve the outstanding issues with SNC. To date, there has been no satisfactory resolution found and in order to make progress AMA has terminated the License and Manufacturing Agreement that was executed on December 29, 2008 for material breach and asked the courts to appoint an arbitrator to resolve the outstanding issues. AMA is claiming damages in the amount of USD1,329,976 and CDN2,650,000 for the breach of the agreement. AeroMechanical Services Ltd., under the brand name FLYHT*, provides proprietary technological products and services designed to reduce costs and improve efficiencies in the airline industry. The company has patented and commercialized three products and associated services currently marketed to airlines, manufacturers and maintenance organizations around the world. Its premier technology, AFIRS* UpTime*, allows airlines to monitor and manage aircraft operations anywhere, anytime, in real time. If an aircraft encounters an emergency, AMA's triggered data streaming mode, FLYHTStream*, automatically streams vital data, normally secured in the black box, to designated sites on the ground in real time. The company has been publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange since 2003 under the trading symbol AMA. AFIRS, UpTime, FLYHT, FLYHTStream and aeroQ are trademarks of AeroMechanical Services Ltd. Nov 18, 2011

Airbus, EADS Airbus did announce the sale of A320neos to lessor Aviation Capital Group for USD2.7 billion on Tuesday. ACG Chief Executive Stephen Hannahs said the Pacific Life unit had access to capital because it was investment grade, but that conditions in the market were tough. "The bank market, and the European bank market in particular, which has been a large supporter of the aviation sector, is undergoing a lot of stress right now," he said. "I suspect for the next six months, you're going to see banks in the euro zone sitting on the sidelines -- they won't be active participants until they sort out their capital structure. So there are going to be challenges." Nov 15, 2011

Airbus, EADS An unexpected morale boost to Canada's Bombardier, which has been suffering headwinds in trying to market a new model for 110-130 seats. It announced a provisional deal to sell 10 of the CS300 Series aircraft to Turkey's Atlasjet Havacilik worth USD776 million. Nov 15, 2011

Airbus, EADS, Boeing Airbus, Boeing fly high with orders from Dubai Airshow. Boeing and Airbus proved to be winners at the Dubai Airshow held this week in United Arab Emirates. Boeing received USD18.56 billion in new orders, while Airbus received USD13.71 billion in firm orders. "We're really bullish on the Middle East because the Middle East is bullish on aviation," said Airbus Chief Operating Officer John Leahy. Nov 17, 2011

Airbus, EADS, Boeing Gulf demand lifts Dubai air show. The world's top planemakers issued bullish forecasts for demand from the Middle East on Monday, underlining the region's importance to the industry a day after Boeing unveiled a blockbuster deal to sell 50 of its 777 jetliners to host airline Emirates. The U.S. company predicted that airlines in the Middle East would need 2,520 airplanes worth USD450 billion by 2030, while its European rival Airbus said it saw demand for 1,920 aircraft worth USD347 billion in the same period. "We believe that our customers will have the ability to weather the storm in Europe and the Middle East is booming," Habib Fekih, president of Airbus Middle East, told Reuters. The forecasts and Emirates' USD18 billion order for 50 wide-body Boeing jets boosted the showcase event and pushed talk of global recession to the sidelines -- though analysts said getting aircraft financing was proving an increasing challenge. Qatar Airways was expected to give the final word on possible Boeing and Airbus orders at the show while sources familiar with the matter said Abu Dhabi's Etihad had struck a USD2.5 billion deal for 12 Boeing jets on the show's sidelines. The Gulf's big three are buying wide-body aircraft to serve Asia and the United States and redraw the world's transport and logistics map with the Gulf at the center, thanks to its ability to reach most of the world's population in one long-haul hop. Kuwaiti lessor Alafco placed a USD4.6 billion expanded order for 50 Airbus A320neo passenger jets, adding to the flood of orders. Middle East demand makes up 8 percent of anticipated global aircraft demand over the next 20 years but 11 percent by value. Tinseth said the UAE alone could soak up 1,000 aircraft deliveries in the next 20 years as they access foreign markets. Alafco's chairman Ahmad Al Zabin said he was not greatly concerned about economic turmoil in Europe derailing...

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