Had I not known already that today was opening day of the Farnborough International Airshow, it would have been apparent the minute I opened e-mail this morning. My inbox was full of press releases, many of them from Hawker Beechcraft, Bombardier, Embraer and Boeing.
Here are some highlights: Hawker Beechcraft announced the sale of a King Air B200 turboprop to Aerodata AG of Braunschwig, Germany, for modification and delivery to the Armed Forces of Malta for use in maritime border patrol missions. An order for a second aircraft is pending.
The company is proposing its King Air 350ER to potential prime contractors vying for the U.S. Army’s newly announced Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance Surveillance System. The Army is planning to acquire a manned multi-intelligence airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system that can detect, locate, classify, identify and track surface targets.
Hawker Beechcraft rolled out the first of 24 T-6C military trainers ordered by the Royal Moroccan Air Force. Production of the aircraft is on track.
The company has surpassed a number of significant milestones in the development of its AT-6 Light Attack and Armed Reconnaissance aircraft. The plane is on display at Farnborough.
Bombardier provided updates on its C-Series aircraft. The company said it has captured 50 percent of net orders in the 100- to 149-seat marekt segment over the past two years. The program is on schedule for entry into service in 2013.