Gulfstream delivered 54 business jets in the first half of this year versus 41 in the first half of last year, according to figures released yesterday by parent company General Dynamics.
Air Transport and Cargo
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Boeing adopted the mantle of systems integrator in a big way with the 787, calling on a group of international partners to produce complete subassemblies for an aircraft that it will assemble in days. It also took the bold step of opting for a composite primary structure throughout, with advantages including lower maintenance costs, increased airframe life and significantly reduced weight.
Failure of a large Boeing 787 composites fuselage-barrel test section is not expected to delay the new jetliner’s initial services with Japan’s All Nippon Airways in just under two years’ time. Boeing is relying on successful production of composite structures, which constitutes a significantly larger part of the new design–including the entire fuselage–than any of its previous jetliners.
Honda Motor revealed today that it has established Honda Aircraft, a wholly owned subsidiary, to handle development, sales and production of the HondaJet. The company will start operations in October from Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., where the HondaJet prototype was assembled and flown. Michimasa Fujino, the chief engineer who has led development of the HondaJet, will be president and CEO.
Responding to queries from AIN about U.S. sanctions recently imposed on Russia’s Sukhoi and state agency Rosboronexport for their alleged dealings with Iran, Boeing issued a statement today that tentatively expressed optimism that the move will not affect its consultancy contract with Sukhoi relating to the Superjet 100 (née Russian Regional Jet) program. “Our assessment of the U.S. government sanctions continues,” it said.
Disruption of a terrorist plot to bomb airliners flying from the UK to the U.S. prompted the Transportation Security Administration this morning to raise the aviation sector threat condition to high (orange) for all U.S. domestic airline flights and those bound to the U.S. from any foreign country except the UK. Flights to the U.S.
Raytheon Aircraft has provided operators of the Beechjet/Hawker 400XP with revised airplane flight manual (AFM) pages on the use of engine anti-icing procedures intended to prevent further flameouts on the P&WC JT15D-powered twinjet. The revisions, based on Raytheon Aircraft Safety Communiqué No.
• A problem with an attitude indicator in a Cessna 402C “caused” the death of a young cargo pilot. “The problems could have grounded a passenger jet filled with people. But not so for air cargo–where delivering goods on time is industry lifeblood.”
• The rules allow cargo pilots to fly 40 percent more hours per year than passenger airline pilots, and cargo operation rules are generally less stringent.
A series of articles in the Miami Herald that took a look at the safety of air-cargo operations has exposed what the articles’ author seems to view as the ugly underbelly of commercial aviation. To hear the paper tell it, the air-cargo industry is a business rife with lawbreaking operators, pilots pushed to fly while dangerously fatigued and old airplanes that barely hold together.
A surge of orders for executive conversions of airliners and projections for continued buoyancy in the business aviation market at large has convinced Stork Aerospace to embark on a “major” expansion of its Fokker Services conversion and completions business.