AAS - Digital and Traditional Aerospace Archiving, Documentation and Retrieval Services
German-based Aviation Archive Service (AAS) is a specialist for the stringent archiving requirements of the aerospace industry. Increasingly we find ourselves providing consultancy for corporations as well as small and medium-sized companies in other industries. In the process, our goal is to create a long-term relationship with our customers.
Conception, development and operation of digital and traditional archiving systems
The main emphasis of our work is the conception, development and operation of digital and traditional archiving systems. We offer solutions to meet the demands of professional long-term archiving and at the same time satisfying the individual requirements of our customers.
AAS was founded in May 2004. The founder and managing director Uwe Kraft has been working for consulting companies in the fields of documentation and archiving since the mid 1990
AQUILA TECHNISCHE ENTWICKLUNGEN GmbH
Company formed August 1996 to develop A210; employed 12 staff at Schonhagen aerodrome by Aptil 2000; increased to 20 during 2001 and reached 35 by December 2002, following mid-2000 commissioning of new production hangar; capacity 50 aircraft per year. Distrubutors for France, Belgium and Netherlands have been appointed.
AVCRAFT AEROSPACE GmbH
On 20 December 2002, AvCraft agreed purchase of former Fairchild Dornier 328Jet and 428 programmes with bankruptcy administrators; assets included Dornier name, type and production certificates, tooling, spares stock, production parts and works production (five aircraft on assembly line and 18 'white tails'). Sale finalised in January 2003 and last of assets formally transferred in September 2003, at which time AvCraft had sold three-quarters of the 'white tail' stock and executed first delivery (Hainan Airlines).
B&F TECHNIK VERTRIEBS GmbH
The FK series, which began in 1959, is designed by father and son, Dipl Ing Otto Funk and Peter Funk. B&F continues to market the original FK 9 ultralight in parallel to a new version in composites. Latest products are the nostalgic FK 12 and FK 14 Polaris composites ultralights and a version of FK 9 powered by a Smart motorcar engine, development of which is being undertaken by Otto Funk's company Ecofly.
Work on B&F's new 900 m2 (9,700 sq ft) factory on the same airfield began in January 2002.
In 2003, B&F employed six people at its headquarters plus a further 45 at its Krosno, Poland, factory.
BECKER FLUGFUNKWERK GmbH
Profile Becker Flugfunkwerk GmbH is a 100% privately owned company and was founded in 1956 in Germany. Becker has been a leader in the avionics industry.
In its forty years of existence Becker Avionics Group has earned an excellent international reputation for unsurpassed quality and reliability if its products designed and built by highly qualified engineers and technicians.
Advanced technology and high levels of quality in the fields of communication and navigation systems have made Becker known worldwide. Becker is the only European company, which offers a complete range of systems for ground and airborne applications.
The user- friendless and renowned sturdiness mean the Becker products are installed everywhere. Compact size and products with state of the art technology, at reasonable costs combined with international sales and support organisation, allows Becker Avionics Group to successfully compete worldwide on the highest level.
Press Release Becker Flugfunkwerk GmbH is a 100% privately owned company and was founded by Max Egon Becker in 1956. The headquarter of Becker Avionic Systems is located in the Baden Airpark, 77836 Rheinmunster, Germany. Becker Avionic Systems has a worldwide net of independent Becker owned companies with integrated repair facilities for General Aviation as well as military applications. Due to the worldwide activities Becker Avionic Systems is acting inside Germany as well as in all foreign markets as a well known and qualified supplier to military and civil customers.
Becker is an approved company for development, manufacturing and product support of avionic equipment and systems and is holding the appropriate certificates of domestic and foreign airworthiness authorities.
Company formed on 1 September 1996 to continue development of CargoLifter large multipurpose airship for transportation of heavy and outsize cargoes. Nominal start-up capital of DM15.5 million; by June 2001, some 27 million shares sold in Germany and internationally and raised capital €40.5 million (DM79.2 million). Huge, 360x210x107 m (1.181x689x351 ft), 5.5 million m3 (194.2 million cu ft) hangar at Brand, south of Berlin, began construction March 1999 and completed in November 2000; can house two CL 160s. Second hangar was planned at new site in South Carolina, USA, for completion in about 2005. Full-size CL 160 preceded by subscale 'Joey' as proof-of-concept prototype and CL 75 AirCrane transport ballon; Skyship 600B, known as 'Charly', acquired in July 2000 for crew training, certified by LBA August 2001 abd re-registered D-LCLA.
Additional shares offered in November 2001 in attempt to increase capital to a potential €50.6 million, but insufficient investment received. US office closed as economy measure in second quarter 2002, and on 9 May company offered convertible bonds to general public in renewed effort to raise working capital. However, this also failed to meet expectations and, on 28 May, CargoLifter admitted inability to pay creditors or employees. Applications for insolvency filed, on 31 May and 7 June 2002 respectively, by CargoLifter Development GmbH (wholly owned subsidiary) and CargoLifter AG; Professor Dr Rolf-Dieter Monning appointed administrator for both companies. Number of shareholders at latter date was 72,000. CargoLifter AG restructured under two-man management board in order to develop new programme concept which would focus first on sales and production of CL 75 AirCrane, while maintaining core competencies for eventual realisation of CL 160. However, plans suffered further setback on 11 July 2002 when envelope of sole CL 75 AirCrane was ruptured during a storm.
Letter of intent signed with Boeing Phantom Works on 2 May 2002, under which each to investigate business opportunities for CL 160 "beyond CargoLifter's current focus"; Boeing interest said to include military surveillance possibilities; was reaffirmed in 30 July 2002 announcement of contract signature between CargoLifter AG and Boeing Unmanned Systems for joint exploration of stratospheric airship concets.
Insolvency proceedings began on 1 August 2002; on 9 August, application for public sector assistance was rejected by German Ministry of Economic Affairs. Workforce was 491 in early June 2002, of whom 284 involved in airship development at Brand, but most of these suspended by insolvency administrator, leaving a staff of only 30 by mid-August 2002.
D'Long Aerospace was formed i June 2003 as a division of D'Long International Strategic Investment Co Ltd of China following the latter's acquisition of the 728/928 twinjet airliner from the bankrupt Fairchild Dornier. The company employs 20 former Fairchild Dornier personnel. During the second half of 2003, d'Long began efforts to raise between US$300 million and US$400 million from private and public sources to re-launch the programme, with the aim of starting deliveries in 2006. The company intends to retain the Oberpfaffenhofen assembly line, but expects to subcontract some 40 per cent of manufacture to China to ensure a price competitive with the Embraer 170/190.
DRAEGER AEROSPACE GmbH
Drager Aerospace is a worldwide leader in oxygen systems for commercial aviation, building on experience dating back to the early days of flying. Nowadays, Draeger Aerospace provides total oxygen system solutions, supplying passenger emergency oxygen systems based on chemical generator and gaseous oxygen technology, cockpit oxygen systems, portable oxygen equipment, On-Board Oxygen Generating Systems (OBOGS) as well as Protective Breathing Equipment (PBE).
Drager Aerospace is the passenger oxygen system supplier of choice for nearly all of the Airbus and Boeing airliner types currently produced. Moreover, it is successful in Russia and the CIS with nearly 70 Tupolev and Antonov aircraft equipped with its systems so far.
EADS DEUTSCHLAND GmbH
On 14 October 1999, former DaimlerChrysler Aerospace and France's Aerospatiale Matra signed agreement for merger as basis of EADS, CASA of Spain following suit on 2 December 1999. EADS officially formed as an International company on 10 July 2000.
German component known until mid-2003 as EADS Military Aircraft, when merged with Defence and Civil Systems under new title.