Wide range of services in the field of aeronautical maintenance on both Airbus and Boeing aircraft, their engines and thrust reversers. Repair and overhaul of airborne components. Engineering capacity, to carry out cabin, structural, electrical and avionics modifications. Customized Fleet Service, with tailormade requirement such as fleet support engineering, light maintenance checks, line maintenance and training as well as world class logistics support to supply (engine, avionics and airframe) spare parts for entire fleets.
Basic MRO support (engines, components, fan thrust reverse), pool access, initial provisioning, recommandation on spares, inventory management, stock financing, fleet engineering, light maintenance, technical assistance 24h/24, engineering development, training, aircraft recovery, heavy maintenance. Airbus Industrie : A340 series, A330 series, A320 family, A310 series.
Boeing: B777 series, B767 series, B747 series, B737 series, C135FR, KC 135FR, E3F. Engines capability list CFM International : CFM56-5A/B/C, CFM56-3 General Electric- CF6-50 C2/E2, CF6-80C2A/B/D.
Fan thrust reversers General Electric: CF6-50 series, CF6-80 series, CFM International: CFM56 series.
Specialist services Avionics upgrades, B747 pylon modifications, B747 Section 41, Cabin noise reduction, Cargo conversion Cockpit layouts, Composite repairs, Corrosion prevention / Control, Engine health monitoring, Engineering services, Hushkitting, Interiors, lease / sale / exchange, Line maintenance, NDT Painting / stripping, re-engineering, SATCOM / TCAS / GPS / FMS / IFE, Sheet metal, Tanker conversions, OJT, Refurbishment, Windows tansparencies, VIP and corporate cabin conversion.
Three French light aircraft manufacturers are included in the holding company Apex International; products of BUL, CAP and Robin are described where appropriate; related companies are detailed here. In total, the group had 200 employees in 2001.
In late 2001, the company announced that it was embarking on restructuring its component parts and building a new customer service centre at Darois, due to be operational in April 2002.
However, Apex entered voluntary receivership in September 2002 and underwent financial restructuring while aircraft production at its member companies was slowed or stopped; on 30 May 2003 a French court approved an extension of receivership until July, by which time Apex hoped to have completed restructuring, including downsizing of its workforce and focusing on FAA certification for CAP and Robin aircraft, although work on the CAP 222 will continue when finance allows; receivership lifted on 25 August 2003. production will be at 25 to 30 per year, and in the year following receivership Apex delivered 23 aircraft of various types.
Constructions Aeronautiques de Bourgogne (CAB): Construction of BUL Zulu, CAP 10 and CAP 222 at Darois, and Robin aircraft at Bernay.
CAP Industries: Construction of CAP 232 and after-sales service of all CAP aircraft (including former Mudry CAP designs) at Bernay.
Aviation Service Center (ASCO): After-sales service and support.
Group administrative services are provided by Aeronautique Financements & Services.
Association Zephyr was founded in 1994 by fourth-year student engineers of the Ecole Superieure des Techniques Aerotechniques et de Construction Automobile (ESTACA), who have designed the Alize light aircraft, intended for amateur construction. Sponsorship and support is being provided by Dassault, EVRA and the RSA.
In 2002-03, students at ESTACA built a replica of the Wright Flyer for exhibition at the Paris Air Show of June 2003 and planned to make a 100th anniversary flight on 17 December that year.
BUL (Bourgogne Ultra Leger) is one of three light aircraft manufacturers owned by Apex International (formerly Aeronautique Service), its specialist area being ultralights. Details of the Zulu, its first product, were announced in 1998. Development has been protracted, but certification of a completely redesigned version was expected in 2002 or early 2003; however company's receivership in September 2002 has delayed this.
CAP Aviation (known as Akrotech Europe until January 1999) is owned by holding company Apex International (formerly known as Aeronautique Service - AES), also responsible for the Robin and BUL concerns. It formed in 1997, initially to market the Giles G-202 two-seat aerobatic aircraft, subsequently marketed in factory-completed form as the CAP 222.
Apex took over production of the Mudry series of aerobatic aircraft on 12 May 1997 following that company's bankruptcy. All aerobatic aircraft produced by Apex are marketed by CAP Aviation: the CAP 232 built at Bernay and CAP 10 and CAP 222 at Darois.
CAP Aviation's parent company, Apex International, entered voluntary receivership on 10 September 2002, pending a restructuring of its finances.
From its creation in 1974, CFM has become the undisputed world leader for aircraft engines with close to 380 customers / operators worldwide . Since its creation, CFM International has delivered over 13,500 engines, with an order book reaching 20,000 engines. The current CFM engine fleet flies more than 2,5 million hours each month. Last June, a CFM 56-3 engine reached 40,000 hours without a removal on a Malev 737-300 aircraft, establishing a world record in the hightly-prized high-cycle operation category.
The first A-318 aircraft is currently flying with CFM 56-5B engines and was delivered to Frontier Airlines early July 2003.
Former Avions Marcel Dassault-Breguet Aviation formed from merger of Dassault and Breguet aircraft companies in December 1971; French government acquired 20 per cent of stock in January 1979, raised to 45.76 per cent in November 1981; present company name adopted June 1990. Of government shareholding, 10.75 per cent held double voting rights so that French government had majority (55 per cent) control. On 17 September 1992, Dassault joined with Aerospatiale in state-owned joint holding company, SOGEPA, which has 35 per cent holding in Dassault Aviation; Dassault and Aerospatiale then pooled resources and co-ordinated R&D strategy, although each remained separate entity.
French government intention to merge Aerospatiale and Dassault Aviation implemented after State relinquished control of Aerospatiale; agreement, ratified by shareholders on 23 December 1998, allocated government's shares in Dassault Aviation to Aerospatiale, but without double voting rights. Aerospatiale later became Aerospatiale Matra and then incorporated into EADS. Last-mentioned affirmed continued stake in Dassault on 27 June 2000 and this endorsed by shareholders on 4 September 2000.
Related measures include separation from Dassault Aviation of Dassault Systemes, this becoming Dassault Participations, owned 45.94 per cent by EADS, 50.01 per cent by Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault and 4.05 per cent privately. Dassault intention to separate civil and military businesses, with Falcon business jet activities concentrated at Biarritz, Maitignas and Seclin, plus Merignac for flight test, vetoed by Aerospatiale Matra on 30 June 1999. However, de facto partition implemented on 1 January 2000, on "internal and informal basis".
Employees total some 8,600 at 10 industrial sites: St Cloud (2,800), Argenteuil (1,350), Argonay (550), Biarritz (1,200), Merignac (1,150), Maitignas (400), Istres (800), Cazaux (50), Poitiers (150) and Seclin (250). Sales in 2002 totalled