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    Airbus Opens Composite Manufacturing Centre in Harbin, China
    Tuesday, 1 March 2011

    Airbus has inaugurated its new composite manufacturing centre in Harbin, China.

    A joint venture between Airbus and its Chinese partners, the new facilities will mainly be used to manufacture composite parts for the A350 XWB, Airbus’ latest aircraft programme.

    The 33,800-square-metres state-of-the-art facilities which have opened are the first of what will be an 80,000-square-metres manufacturing compound, comprising production, technical support, office areas and other services.

    Li Fangyong, Vice President of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), said, “The inauguration of the Manufacturing Centre demonstrates we are well prepared for the production of the A350 XWB components. It’s our honour and pleasure to be involved in the production of the world’s most advanced aircraft, the A350 XWB, and to become an integrated part of the global supply chain of Airbus, the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer.”

    The Harbin Manufacturing Centre will produce A350 XWB components (53% of the aircraft’s structure will be made of composite materials) including rudders, elevators, Section 19 maintenance doors and belly fairing parts – all in all a significant part of the 5% A350 XWB airframe work packages share to be carried out in China. The Manufacturing Centre uses the world’s most advanced equipment and technology, including automated-tape-laying, autoclave, automated trimming, and non-destructive test equipment.

    The construction started in June 2009. The facilities were built to the highest industry standards and eco-efficiency has been a decisive factor when designing its buildings and processes. Key features to minimize its environmental footprint include the management of heating, lighting, power and electricity systems, careful management of the supply chain and environmental awareness training for employees and suppliers. By 2016, around 600 employees are expected to be working at the Harbin Manufacturing Centre.

    So far, the A350 XWB has won 583 firm orders from 36 customers. Development of the A350 XWB programme is progressing on track towards entry into service in the second half of 2013. The final assembly of A350 XWB will start at the end of this year at the new Final Assembly building in Toulouse, France.

    *ttp://www.asiatraveltips.com/news11/13-AirbusHarbin.shtml


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    Cirrus Acquired By Chinese Company
    February 28, 2011

    By Russ Niles, Editor-in-Chief

    Cirrus Industries Inc., parent company of Cirrus Aircraft, has been sold to China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. (CAIGA) of Zhuhai, China, but it appears the company will continue to build parts in Grand Forks, N.D., and assemble airplanes in Duluth, Minn. It has long been rumored that a Chinese company would acquire Cirrus and the final announcement was made Monday morning. CAIGA is a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC), the state-owned aviation company of China that makes everything from military jets to airliners. In a news release, Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters says the deal will be a shot in the arm for the company and for its employees in Grand Forks and Duluth. "CAIGA understands the strength and the talent of Cirrus's workforce and the prominence of the Cirrus brand in general aviation," Wouters said. "Through this transaction, CAIGA will invest in our employees in both Minnesota and North Dakota by committing to the continued use of our world-class production facilities."

    Although it was not specifically mentioned in the news release, the transaction could result in an immediate acceleration of Cirrus's long-awaited Vision jet program. The single-engine jet project has stalled in recent years due to a lack of funding but Wouters has maintained throughout that an injection of investment capital would revive the jet. For its part, CAIGA says its focusing on the piston market with Cirrus. "We are very optimistic to begin our partnership with Cirrus and add Cirrus's strong brand as the cornerstone in our aviation product portfolio," said CAIGA President Meng Xiangkai. Cirrus was founded by Alan and Dale Klapmeier about 12 years ago and Dale Klapmeier is the current chairman. He said he was "thrilled" to make the announcement. "With this transaction, Cirrus will continue to develop and build the best, most exciting aircraft in the world," Klapmeier said. "The original dream remains alive and well at Cirrus. We are just embarking on our next chapter on a global stage."

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    An Epic Deal Between Builders Group, Chinese Company
    By Mary Grady, Contributing editor

    Facing a judge's deadline to either come to terms or see the remains of Epic Aircraft go to a third party, a Chinese aviation company and a group of Epic LT builders have sealed a deal. China Aviation and the LT Builders Group together will pay $4.3 million for Epic's assets. The builders will retain the rights to sell the LT single-engine turboprops in the North American market, while the Chinese have rights to the rest of the world. Douglas King, a member of the LT Builders Group, said they plan to reopen the Epic facility in Bend, Ore., and continue with kit production and builder assistance. "We intend to run it honest and straight, according to the law, be good neighbors here in Bend," King told Kitplanes editor Marc Cook. "We're going to do what we say … and not over-promise. We are going to work really hard at producing high-quality airplanes."

    The bankruptcy court still must give final approval to the deal. Then the builders must start negotiations with the lease-holder of the hangar where all of their unfinished aircraft remain under lock and key, to resolve issues of unpaid rent and get the operation going again. But the builders group was excited about the deal. "We did it!" Daryl Ingalsbe, another member of the builders group, told The Oregonian. "We kept control of this wonderful company in the United States." According to KTVZ.com, the group hopes to eventually attain FAA certification for the LT.

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    Teledyne Technologies Agrees to Sell Teledyne Continental Motors to AVIC International

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. and BEIJING, China – December 14, 2010 – Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: TDY) (“Teledyne”) and AVIC International Holding Corporation (“AVIC International”) announced today an agreement to sell Teledyne’s general aviation piston engine business to Technify Motor (USA) LTD., a subsidiary of AVIC International, for $186 million in cash. Under the transaction, AVIC International will acquire Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. (“Continental Motors”) and Teledyne Mattituck Services, Inc.

    Headquartered in Mobile, Ala., Continental Motors is a leading manufacturer of FAA-certified piston engines, as well as spare parts and components, used in small propeller-driven general aviation aircraft around the world. Continental Motors employs approximately 400 workers in Mobile, and has been a highly reliable manufacturer of commercial aircraft piston engines for more than 80 years. Continental Motors also maintains service centers in Fairhope, Ala. and Mattituck, N.Y.

    With major customers such as Boeing, Airbus, Honeywell and Snecma, AVIC International is a trusted supplier and partner of leading aviation companies in the U.S. and around the world. The transaction will enhance the ability of Continental Motors to compete globally, especially in growing overseas markets, such as China. Today, Continental Motors’ primary markets are the U.S. and Europe. On the other hand, China opens one of the world’s largest potential markets for general aviation aircraft, due to its growing population, large geographical area and expanding infrastructure. Compared to 230,000 general aviation aircraft in the U.S, China has approximately 900 small aircraft operating in the country. That number is expected to grow over the next decade, raising demand for FAA-certified piston engines.

    AVIC International was attracted to Continental Motors’ long history in the general aviation market and the company’s reputation for product quality, safety and service. With the acquisition of Continental Motors, AVIC International is making a principal commitment to the Mobile region. AVIC International expects to retain the senior management of Continental Motors and maintain Continental Motors’ global headquarters in Mobile, Ala. Furthermore, the transaction sets the stage for new hires of skilled workers in Mobile, as international demand for piston-powered aircraft would result in increased engine manufacturing at Continental Motors. AVIC International also plans continued investment and upgrades in Continental Motors’ operations, as well as increased research and new product development.

    “I am excited about the opportunity to work with the AVIC International team,” said Rhett Ross, President of Continental Motors. “AVIC International will greatly strengthen Continental Motors’ market access. In addition, increased investment will accelerate new products, such as Continental Motors’ TD-300 diesel engine, which is well-suited to growing regions given international fuel availability. The transaction will allow Continental Motors to continue to be a global leader in the general aviation piston engine industry.”

    “The sale of Continental Motors to AVIC International is the right long-term solution for Continental Motors, its workforce and the Gulf Coast Community,” said Robert Mehrabian, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Teledyne. “This sale allows Teledyne to focus on its core businesses, while ensuring a bright future for Continental Motors to build on its long, successful history as a manufacturer of proven piston engines for general aviation aircraft. This will significantly enhance Continental Motors’ opportunity to enter the global market for the sale and service of general aviation piston engines.”

    “AVIC International is eager to begin its collaboration with Continental Motors, continuing its reputation as a highly respected maker of FAA-certified piston engines,” said Wu Guangquan, President & CEO, AVIC International. “We are impressed with Continental Motors’ products, employees and facilities. Furthermore, we were attracted to Mobile’s international environment focus and the continually growing concentration of aviation-related international companies in the Mobile area. We look forward to working with current leadership at Continental Motors to expand the Continental Motors’ facility to supply expected growth in the general aviation market worldwide, in particular, to ensure safe and reliable aircraft operations for all customers.”

    The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011. The acquisition of Continental Motors by AVIC International is subject to customary closing conditions, including clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and by the U.S. Government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), as well as obtaining all relevant Chinese Government Approvals.

    Continental Motors and its predecessors produced their first commercial aircraft engine in 1929 and have been in continuous production ever since. The company’s current engines range from 100 to 350 horsepower and are used in small general aviation aircraft for personal and business use. Continental Motors does not produce or use military or defense-related technology.

    A brief presentation summarizing the proposed transaction and growth opportunities will be posted to Continental Motors’ website at..

    About Teledyne Technologies
    Teledyne Technologies is a leading provider of sophisticated electronic subsystems, instrumentation and communication products, engineered systems, aerospace engines, and energy and power generation systems. Teledyne Technologies’ operations are primarily located in the United States, the United Kingdom and Mexico. For more information, visit Teledyne Technologies’ website at Teledyne Technologies, Inc..

    About AVIC International
    AVIC International Holding Corporation, headquartered in Beijing, China, is a multinational commercial business with 60 international offices and 7 listed companies whose businesses operate in world aviation subcontracts and commercial aircraft sale and after-sale service, trade and logistics, luxury consumer and retail, real estate, industry manufacturing and resource development. In 2009, AVIC International has consolidated annual sales of approximately US$ 6 billion. With over 30 years of aerospace manufacturing and sales experience, AVIC International’s aviation customers include Boeing, Airbus, Snecma and Honeywell. For more information, visit AVIC International’s website at..

    Forward-Looking Statements Cautionary Notice
    This press release contains forward-looking statements of Teledyne, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, relating to a potential divestiture and strategic focus. All statements made in this press release that are not historical in nature should be considered forward-looking. Actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained in Teledyne Technologies' periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its 2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K and Forms 10-Q. Teledyne Technologies assumes no duty to update its forward-looking statements.

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    SOURCE:Flight International
    AVIC tops list of Emivest buyers
    By John Croft

    The general aviation arm of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has emerged as the front runner in the bidding war to purchase the assets of Texas-based Emivest Aerospace, builder of the SJ30 light business jet. The company is targeting mid-February to complete the deal.

    Emivest declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October after delivering only two of the $7.25 million jets. Previous owner Sino-Swearingen also delivered two aircraft before selling the company in 2008. During bankruptcy proceedings, Emivest said it had been in contact with "as many as 15 potential purchasers or long-term investors".

    Though the company has not stated its intended buyer, a letter of support from SJ30 engine provider Williams International in December revealed the favoured party, information that Flight International has learned continues to be the case.

    "Together with jet designer Ed Swearingen, my late father conceived and launched this project, and also invested several million dollars in its critical start-up phase," wrote Gregg Williams, chairman, president and CEO of Williams in a letter to the court in support of Emivest's sale proposal.

    AVIC's general aviation arm, aka CAIGA, bought the assets of bankrupt Epic Air in April 2010 for $4 million and is in the process of purchasing the piston engine business of Teledyne for $186 million.

    "As the SJ30's most patient and important supplier, I urge you to accept the CAIGA's bid for the assets of this bankrupt program," Williams writes, adding that CAIGA is capitalized at "roughly $1.5 billion and is committed to investing more than $100 million" to re-establish and improve the SJ30 production line.

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    The Modern Ark 700 or MA700 is an stretched version of the MA600 regional turboprop featuring increased seating capacity for up to 70-80 passengers. Antonov of Ukraine is providing Xian Aircraft Company with technical assistance on the aircraft's development. The MA700 was demonstrated along with the MA600 during the Beijing International Air Show in September 2009. First flight is expected soon in or after 2010. First deliveries of production aircraft are expected in 2012-2014. The MA700 introduces a high-efficient six-blade propeller and a T-tail empennage resulting in a faster aircraft than its predecessors.

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    IOC: 2014

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    MA-700
    Modern Ark 700

    Accommodation: Crew 2, Passengers 80

    Other: Number of Engines 2, Propeller Blades 6

    *ttp://www.deagel.com/Turboprop-Airliners/MA700_a001816003.aspx
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    Harbin Y-12F

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    C919 no threat to Airbus/Boeing order backlog in China
    1st March, 2011

    Europe Airline Daily

    CAAC Administrator Li Jiaxiang stated China will not reduce its orders for Boeing and Airbus aircraft as he believes locally produced aircraft are "still far away from satisfying domestic needs". The CAAC will decide the scale of production for the C919, being developed locally by COMAC, as the programme progresses over the next five years.

    Also in China, Harbin Hafei Airbus Manufacturing Centre commenced operation on 28-Feb-2011. The plant will manufacture and assemble airframe parts for Airbus widebody aircraft. The facility will produce belly fairing parts, cabin doors, and other airframe parts for the A350 XWB and A320. Airbus holds a 20% stake in the venture while Chinese partners, including Harbin Aircraft Industry Group CO, hold the remaining 80%.

    Louis Gallois, CEO of Airbus parent EADS, stated the loss of the US aerial tanker contract to Boeing was a “missed opportunity” and the company may look to acquire more companies for its military business, to reduce its reliance on commercial aerospace. Thales has been identified as a company of interest.

    *ttp://www.centreforaviation.com/news/share-market/2011/03/01/c919-no-threat-to-airbusboeing-order-backlog-in-china-eads-looking-at-defence-acquisitions/page1
     
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    F. Zimmermann GmbH
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    Ryanair Considering C919s and MS-21s For Fleet
    Mar 1, 2011

    DUBLIN

    Ryanair is in the early stages of talks with both Russia’s United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) and China’s Comac regarding a possible order for either the MS-21 or the C919 jets. “They are very keen to work with Ryanair,” CEO Michael O’Leary says. “We haven’t got a firm offer on price and at the moment we don’t have certainty about when they will actually deliver the aircraft,” he cautions. “There is a long way from the lovely, shiny brochure to ‘there’s the aircraft over there.’”

    O’Leary believes it would not be difficult to convince passengers to fly on Russian or Chinese aircraft. “Passengers want the aircraft to be safe, pretty new and that the flight is going on time.” The Ryanair CEO doubts that the MS-21 and the C919 can be delivered as planned, in 2017. “If the aircraft is not delivered until 2022, it does not matter what the pricing is. And everybody has missed all their deadlines, including Airbus and Boeing.”

    O’Leary says Ryanair needs to place an aircraft order any time between now and 2015 if it wants to continue growing. He doesn’t want to resume talks with Boeing by himself, but says that Boeing has to come back to the table. Negotiations over a new order collapsed over terms, conditions and guarantees last year.

    *ttp://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=comm&id=news/awx/2011/02/28/awx_02_28_2011_p0-292948.xml&headline=Ryanair%20Considering%20C919s%20and%20MS-21s%20For%20Fleet

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    Latecoere to release company-saving plan -report

    Tuesday February 22, 2011 07:00:21 PM GMT
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    PARIS, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Latecoere <LAEP.PA>, the distressed airplane parts supplier, will announce an industrial solution or possible buyer in a month, French newspaper La Tribune said on Monday, citing sources close to the situation. The company, which makes passenger doors for Airbus's <EAD.PA> A380 superjumbo airplane and Boeing's <BA.N> 787 Dreamliner, has more than 300 million euros in debt and has been looking for an industrial partner for several months.

    The company prefers to be bought out by EADS, La Tribune said, but talks are also going on with China's Avic, Spirit AeroSystems [SPERO.UL], the Netherlands Fokker and Britain's GKN <GKN.L>.

    Rumors emerged last year that Spirit AeroSystems would buy Latecoere. The potential move would have marked a second attempt by the world's largest aircraft structures supplier to install itself in France after Spirit, formed from a spin-off of Boeing activities, was discouraged from bidding for two Airbus factories in 2008. [ID:nLDE68R0TR] (Reporting by Nina Sovich; Editing by Jan Paschal)

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