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BBA, DAE Merger Talks Surface
BBA Aviation and Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) are exploring possibly merging certain parts of their businesses, a combination that, depending how much of the businesses would be merged, could create one of the largest independent engine and airframe MRO entities.
Finmeccanica Aims For Profits This Year

Italy’s Finmeccanica expects to return to profitability this year as the restructuring of the aerospace and defense conglomerate over the last 18 months begins to reap rewards.

Progress was slowed by goodwill write-downs in 2012 on its U.S.-based DRS and Europe-based Selex ES defense electronics businesses, and the removal of top management in February amid allegations of corruption that the company strenuously denies.

Oil Industry Boosts GE's Helicopter Business 
LE BOURGET - GE Aviation’s helicopter engine business is bringing in $1 billion a year, with sales weighted 70% to the military. But a resurgence of interest in its civil CT7 is expected to swing sales to 70% commercial by 2016.
RUAG Sees Renewed Interest In Dornier 228s 
A resurgence of interest in the updated Dornier 228 NG from commuter airlines has prompted RUAG Aviation to consider producing another batch of the twin-turboprop multirole aircraft.
Interjet Takes Its First SSJ100
Delivery marks the aircraft’s entry into service in the West
GE's Power Lab Will Run 'Copper Birds'
GE to open electrical power research and development facility.
PW Flies Engine For Airbus A320NEO
Pratt says it will operate engine for about 100 hours to get a good baseline.
Oil Industry Boosts GE's Helicopter Business

GE Aviation’s helicopter engine business is bringing in $1 billion a year, with sales weighted 70% to the military. But a resurgence of interest in its civil CT7 is expected to swing sales to 70% commercial by 2016.

The quantities will remain the same – around 800 engines a year, says Jean Lydon-Rodgers, VP and General Manager of GE Aviation’s military systems. The engine in question is the 2,000 shp-class T700, which powers all Black Hawk and Apache helicopters.

Finmeccanica Aims for Profits This Year
Restructuring over the last 18 months begins to reap rewards.
All Change On Regional Jet Engines

Pratt & Whitney (P&W) will dominate the regional jet market after dealing a blow to GE Aviation earlier this year when its geared turbofan was selected to power Embraer’s second-generation E-Jets.

P&W’s clean sweep included its earlier selection by Bombardier for its CSeries, and by Mitsubishi for the MRJ regional jet.

All Change On Regional Jet Engines 

Pratt & Whitney (P&W) will dominate the regional jet market after dealing a blow to GE Aviation earlier this year when its geared turbofan was selected to power Embraer’s second-generation E-Jets.

P&W’s clean sweep included its earlier selection by Bombardier for its CSeries, and by Mitsubishi for the MRJ regional jet.

Rockwell Collins Bets On Versatility 

“This is a full-steam ahead transition, not a course correction. There is no change in direction,” says Kelly Ortberg, president of Rockwell Collins and the successor to CEO Clay Jones when he retires at the end of next month after 34 years.

Jones was named president in 1999, and became CEO in 2001 after leading Rockwell through its initial public offering.

Rockwell Collins Bets On Versatility

“This is a full-steam ahead transition, not a course correction. There is no change in direction,” says Kelly Ortberg, president of Rockwell Collins and the successor to CEO Clay Jones when he retires at the end of next month after 34 years.

Jones was named president in 1999, and became CEO in 2001 after leading Rockwell through its initial public offering.

Rockwell Collins Bets On Versatility
Incoming CEO Ortberg will continue to follow civil/military strategy.
All Change On Regional Jet Engines
Pratt & Whitney will own the future regional jet market after securing deals on major programs.
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