MANAGEMENT ON THE MOVE
May 09. Aero-Composites Limited is pleased to announce the opening of a new state of the art aircraft paint facility on the Isle of Wight, which has been built with a view to providing greater availability to the aircraft refinishing market whilst ensuring the best value for money for customers. The company utilises the latest in horizontal linear flow filtration systems to ensure the highest quality paint finish. The paint facility, which is fully climate controlled, was custom designed and built for the company by AJW Construction and can accommodate a range of general aviation aircraft up to the size of a Twin Otter. The facility can also accommodate helicopters up to the size of a Sea King. Aero-Composites has a wealth of experience in painting a wide variety of products ranging from vehicles and industrial components through to fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.
18 May 09. In support of its increasing business activities in Portugal, AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company is pleased to announce the opening of its new regional business headquarters in Lisbon, following the establishment of its in-country subsidiary AgustaWestland Portugal S.A.
12 May 09. The U.S. Air Force Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, awarded ITT Corporation a contract to provide full range of base support services to Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. and the Gunter Annex. After successful resolution of a protest, the award is for a three month base period with five one-year options and has a total value of $350 million with all options exercised. Work will be performed by ITT Systems Division, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo.
20 May 09. A new £150m floating jetty which will be a sophisticated home for the Royal Navy’s next generation of nuclear-powered submarines arrived at HM Naval Base Clyde yesterday, Tuesday 19 May 2009. The Valiant Jetty has been five years in the planning, five years in build, and is designed to serve the Royal Navy’s submarines for the next 50 years. The jetty can accommodate any of the Royal Navy’s nuclear-powered, conventionally-armed submarines but the jetty has been designed specifically with the new Astute Class in mind. First of class, Astute, has already been launched and is scheduled to arrive at its base port on the Clyde later this year. The submarine is one of seven which are planned – they are the largest and most powerful attack submarines ever commissioned by the Royal Navy. The jetty will be in place and fully operational in time for the arrival of the second of class, Ambush. The jetty will float up and down with the tide to provide significant operational benefits and is secured to the loch bottom by four giant piles, each one as big as Nelson’s Column. The operation to move Valiant into place was complex. Built and floated from Inchgreen dry dock in Greenock, the jetty was towed the 12 miles (19km) to Faslane by five tugs and took around six hours to complete the journey. At 200 metres long, 28 metres wide, over 10 metres deep and 44,000 tonnes, the jetty is as long as the Navy’s current aircraft carriers and more than twice the tonnage, which meant that negotiation of the Rhu Narrows into the Gareloch required careful co-ordination and temporary closure of the port to provide a safe route for the tow.
21 May 09. NDCC Almirante Saboia, handed over to the Brazilian Navy. At a ceremony in Falmouth on Thursday 21st May Commodore Paul Cunningham of the Royal Navy, acting on behalf of the Disposal Services Authority, will officially hand over the most recent addition to the Brazilian Navy, the NDCC Almirante Saboia, to Rear Admiral Rodolfo HENRIQUE SABOIA,. This follows an extensive, refit, reactivation and training programme to bring the former RFA Landing Ship Logistic, Sir Bedivere, back into service from a period of extended lay-up. The contract for the reactivation of the ship was signed on