News Listings for Fairchild Merlin

  • Western Air targets abandoned Air Jamaica routes

    News | 25 Mar 2010 21:16 | Megan Kuhn

    <p>Bahamian carrier Western Air seeks to grow its scheduled international network beyond two forthcoming Jamaican routes being abandoned by Air Jamaica.</p><p>The...
  • M7 appoints Fairchild service center in Brazil

    News | 02 May 2007 21:56 | Mary Kirby

    <body lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <div> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>M7 Aerospace has contracted Sao Paulo-based America Air Taxi <span class=spelle>Aereo</span> as its exclusive Brazilian service <span class=spelle>center</span> and parts distributor for Fairchild Metro and Merlin aircraft.</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>“The Metro and Merlin are perfect for the long stage lengths in the Brazilian passenger and freight aviation markets. This opens the door to excellent business opportunities in <st1:country-region u1:st="on"><st1:place u1:st="on">Brazil</st1:place></st1:country-region>,” says M7 VP of spares support and sales Don Jenkins.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><st1:country-region u1:st="on"><st1:place u1:st="on">Brazil</st1:place></st1:country-region>’s CAA, t
  • New life for Merlin executive twin-prop

    News | 09 Nov 2005 00:00

    <P><BR>The world’s fleet of 80 remaining twin-prop Fairchild Merlin executive aircraft manufactured between 1979 and 1986 are to be brought into the 21st century.<BR></P> <P align=center><IMG alt=Merlin src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=10324"></P> <P>M7 Aerospace, the OEM license holder of the Merlin aircraft, says it is rolling out a program of extensive refurbishment and announced the sale of the first updated M7 Merlin. This aircraft, MT50, is on display at the static park.</P> <P>“An M7 Merlin is a unique product. With all the available options, it’s as close as you can get to a brand-new airplane,” says Chester Schickling, vice-president. </P> <P><STRONG>Competitive<BR><BR></STRONG>Schickling adds that the new M7 Merlin is more relevant than ever due to its low unit cost, good comfort, competitive fuel economy and a range of 2,000nm (3,700km).</P> <P>Under the program, the company says Merlins or Metros are brought back to its San Antonio factory, where they are carefully
  • Converted ATR to aid African monsoon research project

    News | 05 Apr 2005 00:00

    <p>An ATR 42 twin-turboprop airliner has been fitted with a suite of radar and laser spectrometry sensors to conduct meteorological research on African monsoons.</p> <p>The Safire project is led by France's meteorological office, Meteo, and the ATR is being converted by EADS Sogerma in Bordeaux. The sensors are located on top of and underneath the aircraft's fuselage and on underwing pylons.</p> <p>"We need four to five months to put in the consoles for the internal equipment," says Marc Pontaud, head of Meteo's Safire project. "Hopefully they will be ready [for research] in September." </p> <p>Certification flights are expected to take place at the French air force base at Francazal, 3km (2 miles) from Blangnac, from June. The ATR 42 will replace Meteo's Fairchild Merlin IV A. </p> <p>For the joint UK/French monsoon research, a Falcon 20 is also being converted by Dassault Aviation for Meteo, and the UK Met Office's BAe 146 will aid the work.</p>
  • Meggitt's EFIS upgrade is Magic

    News | 14 May 2002 00:00

    <p>Meggitt Avionics has introduced a digital flight control system (DFCS) for retrofit to twin-turboprops. The Magic 2100 DFCS is a three-axis autopilot based on Mineral Wells, Texas-based Meggitt's air data, attitude and heading reference system (ADAHRS). The solid-state ADAHRS is the heart of the company's Magic electronic flight instrument system (EFIS).</p> <p>Features include an altitude pre-selector and airspeed hold function, voice annunciator and liquid-crystal display. The 2100 is a panel-mounted system, and the company plans to launch a more capable remote-mounted version within nine months.</p> <p>Meggitt is working on several twin-turboprop retrofit programmes, beginning with the Rockwell Commander 690. The Magic flat-panel EFIS is already certificated in the Commander. The company is also planning to certificate the EFIS, Magic engine instrument display system and DFCS in the Cessna Conquest II, Fairchild Merlin, Piper Cheyenne and the Raytheon King Air 90.</p>
  • New investors' equity stake is 90%-plus: Fairchild

    News | 28 Dec 1999 19:29 | Chris Kjelgaard

    <BODY LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#800080"> <P>The new equity investors in Fairchild Aerospace have taken more than a 90% stake in the company, the manufacturer reveals to <I>ATI</I>.</P> <P>Speaking from Munich, Fairchild senior spokesman Bob Stangarone confirms that the new equity investors - an investment fund managed by New York firm Clayton Dubilier &amp; Rice, and Allianz Capital Partners - now own almost all of Fairchild's stock, but says he does not know who holds the remaining percentage of less than 10%.</P> <P>Fairchild had always previously said that it needed about $1 billion in new capital to develop the remaining four of its planned five-type family of regional jets, but today revealed that it has obtained $400 million in new equity investment and $800 million of commercial lending.</P> <P>Asked about the $200 million discrepancy, Stangarone replies: "We would rather be over-funded than under-funded, and this really capitalises us very well."</P> <P>Stangarone confirms