EAA AirVenture, as usual, brought the aviation family together for another week of celebration, innovation and pure enjoyment at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.
Aviation International News » September 2010
The new Raisbeck Engineering Learjet 60 aft fuselage locker made its Labace debut as part of the Bombardier exhibit. The locker’s two compartments provide 25 cu ft of stowage volume outside the cabin and a 300-pound capacity. According to sales manager Tobin Shackelford, the modification does not affect the airplane’s performance. The first factory optional lockers are expected to enter service in next year’s first quarter.
Dassault Falcon president and CEO John Rosanvallon sees Brazil as “one of the fastest-growing markets in the world,” and his company expects to deliver 13 new Falcons in Brazil over the next five years.
Bombardier’s first safety standdown in Latin America drew a crowd the day before the opening of the annual Labace show. The company had 150 people signed up in advance but 210 showed up for the event. The manufacturer sponsors similar standdowns in Wichita and Geneva, where it coincides with Ebace. The Labace standdown emphasized the importance of the sharing of knowledge and experience acquired outside the formal learning venue.
Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada and the Brazilian maintenance and engineering division of TAP Portugal announced an agreement to provide “comprehensive engine overhaul services for PT6A and PW100 turboprop operators in Latin America.” Engine services will be provided by TAP at its Porto Alegre facility, which offers the region’s only engine test cells.
In the three years since the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace) was relaunched, it has benefited from an increasingly healthy economic environment in Latin America and in particular in host country Brazil.
More than 14,000 visitors this year attended the three-day show–the seventh–500 more than last year. Labace also hosted a record-setting number of static display aircraft (56) and exhibitors (150).
The possibility of Hawker Beechcraft moving some of its Wichita-based manufacturing elsewhere came up again early last month with the release of the company’s second-quarter earnings.
The investigation continues into the cause of last month’s crash of a de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Otter turboprop-conversion floatplane in Alaska that killed five, including former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), and left four others seriously injured, including former NASA administrator and current EADS North America chairman Sean O’Keefe and his teenage son.
Business jet manufacturers are quietly progressing toward more-electric architectures, where electricity replaces hydraulic and pneumatic power in systems such as brakes, landing gear or even control-surface actuation. This avoids the use of environmentally unfriendly hydraulic fluids and ultimately should help reduce fuel burn.
Operating an aircraft accounts for 80 percent of the machine’s lifetime environmental footprint, according to a newly released Dassault study.
Manufacturing and dismantling account for the remaining 20 percent, and Europe’s Clean Sky research initiative includes an E80 million ($104 million) project called EcoDesign-Airframe, co-led by Dassault, aimed at greening aircraft cradles and graves.