Sikorsky continues to inch toward flying its X2 technology demonstrator coaxial-compound helicopter for the first time at its R&D and test facility in Horseheads, N.Y. Through the middle of this month, the X2 had made three separate “blades-on” ground runs, with a cumulative engine run time of 30 minutes. The ground runs are conducted with the engine on and rotors spinning.
AINalerts » May 22, 2008
Aviation safety officials probing the British Airways (BA) Boeing 777 accident at London Heathrow in January are continuing to focus on the fuel system. They want to know why the airplane lost power on final approach to LHR. The 777, on a long-range flight from Beijing to London, touched down 1,000 feet short of the paved surface of LHR’s Runway 27L before coming to rest astride a taxiway junction near the threshold.
Epic Aircraft continues development of its all-composite turboprop singles and very light jets, though without the $200 million in funding Indian billionaire Dr. Vijay Mallya pledged last September at the NBAA Convention.
EADS Socata this week at EBACE outlined what its next product launch could be next year–a twin-engine business aircraft that is bigger than its TBM 850 turboprop single. “The future product will have two more seats than the [six-seat] TBM,” said Socata CEO Jean-Michel Léonard.
Former EBAA CEO Fernand François and Jack Olcott, his counterpart from NBAA at the time, launched the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition eight years ago. Today, EBACE has grown by leaps and bounds.
The eighth annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), held this week in Geneva, has shattered records for attendance, as well as orders announced at the show. At press time, EBACE was heading to fulfill projections that more than 14,000 visitors would pass through its doors to visit the record roster of 444 exhibitors. Last year’s edition drew 11,267 attendees.