from Gerard David of Intertechnique
would like to start by saying a great "thank-you"
to those of you who followed our helicopter trip last weekend from New York
to the mid-Atlantic on L'Esprit d'Intertechnique 1997. I hope our mutual
disappointment in the early end of the helicopter flight will only be a
momentary one, and a new concept will be born in the coming months.
I am also delighted to say a friendly "Hello"
to all the aerospace readers of AeroWorldNet and to wish you good
reading about all the events taking place at Le Bourget outside of Paris
this week. It is the pleasure of Intertechnique to sponsor this daily online
coverage on AeroWorldNet.
We especially want to call your attention to the fact that Intertechnique
equipment is installed on every aircraft shown here at the Paris Air Show.
From Airbus to Boeing, from the Indonesian commuter aircraft to the Brazilian
EMB-145 Regional Jet through Canadair and Gulfstream. Dassault, Aerospatiale,
Saab, Sikorsky, Eurocopter. We are very proud to be associated with all
of those famous names.
In fact, we invite you to visit our exhibit at the Air Show. Over the
next several days,
we will have sections of our exhibit online on AeroWorldNet for you to see.
During this week, we will take you on a cyber-tour of the four main parts
of our activities - oxygen and life support, electrical power management,
fuel systems, and systems management. Of course, we will also introduce
you to another very important part of our Groupe is telemeletry transmissions.
Intertechnique is proud to take a leading position in funding research
and development, in light of recent reductions in European government funding
for these activites.
Despite these cuts, Intertechnique not only continues but increases its
own budget for R&D, so we can maintain our advances in the fields where
we are leaders. We do this to ensure that Intertechnique equipment will
continue to be installed on the large majority of the world's aircraft.
Internal R&D budgeting represents about 17% of our total revenues.
There are several examples of where this R&D is paying off.
We have a new system being demonstrated for ground deicing system detection
that will be tested in flight next winter. We think we have a very good
technical advance in this very critical safety area just prior to take-off.
The improvement of system for the management of electrical power is another
area. In the future, electrical power is essential to accomplish more and
more tasks aboard every aircraft. The
management of electrical power aloft becomes one of the most immportant
tasks we must fulfill and it is an essential area for our R&D.
A third example is our development of new systems for the maintenance
and calibration of navigational aids. This is very high technology at a
low cost. You'll see evidence of this research and development at the entrance
to the Air Show, Instead of calibrating an ILS from the air. The small truck
with the Intertechnique sign can calibrate an ILS as accurately as it can
be done from an aircraft -- for 1/10th the cost.
Intertechnique has always made a commitment to technology. We have just
launched our new Web site at www.intertechnique-air.com.
In one week it will become www.intertechnique.fr. While it is still under
construction we invite you to stop in and look around.
In the meantime, please continue to enjoy the coverage of Paris 1997.
We hope to meet you in person in the future.
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