In an unprecedented move, A J Walter Aviation has purchased 16,000 surplus lines of spare parts for the BAE Systems Harrier and Sea Harrier, making it the largest independent supplier of Harrier components in the world.

The stock, valued at £30 million, was acquired from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The spares and equipment relate specifically to exported models such as the GR5 and GR7. The company says global customers will benefit from this extensive stock holding as they will no longer need to forward plan or bulk buy.

This month A J Walter Aviation has also purchased a large package of spare parts for the Westland Sea King, Sepecat Jaguar, Eurocopter Puma and BAE Systems Hawk from the MoD, valued in excess of £20 million.

Delivering goods

Evans & Sutherland's Ensemble PC-based image generator has been delivered to Concurrent Computer Corporation for the United Kingdom Attack Helicopter simulator debrief stations. Evans & Sutherland (E&S) is currently under contract to Concurrent to deliver four Ensemble image generators and training databases for this programme.

Concurrent provides integration services for the debrief stations to Boeing Aerospace, the prime contractor to the Ministry of Defence for the United Kingdom Attack Helicopter simulator programme.

Joint manoeuvres

Join forces for greater impact - that's the simple philosophy behind the Northern Defence Initiative (NDI) Aerospace Group.

The group, exhibiting in Hall 1, stand B2, brings together the talents of five aerospace companies from the North East of England under one umbrella in a bid to increase business opportunities.

Aerospace Systems and Technologies has expertise in aircraft ice protection systems, as well as the design and manufacture of major structural assemblies and components for aircraft, while Ford Component Manufacturing makes pressings, shims and high precision components for aerospace, defence and commercial applications.

The third member of the team is Hardy Advanced Composites which designs and manufactures bespoke composite tubing.

Amsterdam picked

Schipol Airport, Amsterdam, will be home to a new Hamilton Sundstrand/KLM engineering and maintenance joint venture company later this year. Hamilton Sundstrand announced the formation of EPCOR (European Pneumatic Component Overhaul and Repair) at the show.

EPCOR will repair and overhaul all large commercial aircraft pneumatic components, such as environmental control systems.

Source: Flight Daily News