Embraer conducted a ceremonial rollout of the prototype KC-390 airlifter at Gaviao Peixoto in Brazil on October 21. The company said that more than 30 countries were represented at the event, and that guests included Brazilian defense minister Celso Amorim and air force commander Bg Gen Juniti Saito. First flight is planned by year-end, with deliveries starting two years later. A second prototype is also being built.
Winglet Technology (Booth 4359) has completed testing its new elliptical winglets on the Cessna Citation Sovereign. The Wichita firm is collaborating with the Citation service center network on the project and released test results for the $395,000 kit (excluding labor) here at NBAA.
Speed increases by 12 to 14 knots at FL450, time-to-climb direct to FL450 drops to 26 minutes and range increases 205 nm with payloads under 1,200 pounds and by 265 nm with payloads over 1,450 pounds.
FAA deputy associate administrator John Hickey handed Embraer Executive Jets president Marco Túlio Pellegrini the FAA type certificate for the fly-by-wire Legacy 500 this afternoon at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The U.S. approval comes just two months after the super-midsize jet earned authorization from Brazil’s civil aviation authority.
RocketRoute and Aircraft Performance Group (APG) have partnered to offer APG’s runway performance data as part of the RocketRoute flight-planning system. APG has been providing aircraft takeoff/landing and engine-out performance data since 1999. By adding APG data to the RocketRoute system, detailed runway analysis can be accessed directly on the flightdeck, which is especially useful when operating to and from short fields and those at high altitudes. APG’s data also provides tailored engine-out procedures and allows in-flight appraisal of potential diversion airfields.
Winglet Technology has completed testing its new elliptical winglets on the Cessna Citation Sovereign. It is collaborating with the Citation service center network on the project and released test results for the $395,000 kit (uninstalled) today at NBAA 2014. Speed increases by 12 to 14 knots at FL450, time-to-climb direct to FL450 drops to 26 minutes and range increases by 265 nm with payloads over 1,450 pounds. FAA certification is pending. The company’s elliptical winglets for the Citation X were approved by the FAA in 2009.
Aerion’s long-awaited AS2 supersonic business jet (SSBJ) program received a major boost last month when Airbus signed up for a partnership involving an exchange of knowledge and capabilities in design, manufacturing and certification. According to Aerion, the collaboration will support the Mach 1.6, $100+ million AS2 through to certification. Although the industrialization plan for the new jet has still to be confirmed, the Reno, Nev.-based group said that this will happen “over the course of the next year” and confirmed that it is no longer searching for a manufacturing partner.
Lighting specialist Luma Technologies (Booth 1562) has introduced two new products aimed at the Beechcraft King Air family. Having developed its Lumatech series of LED-based caution/warning annunciator panels to meet the needs of larger King Air variants (200, 300, 350 and 1900D), Luma has introduced a 45-station variant for the King Air C90. As with all the Lumatech series, the King Air panel is designed as an easy-to-install drop-in replacement for older incandescent units.
Esterline CMC Electronics is showing off its PilotView crew information system for the first time at NBAA 2014. Working in conjunction with the PilotView aircraft information server, the crew information system provides integrated cockpit connectivity, complete with a tablet interface. The system is compatible with the PilotView electronic flight bag.
Raisbeck Engineering is introducing new performance mods for Beechcraft King Air 90s and celebrating the arrival on the market of its aft fuselage locker for the Learjet 60. Company founder James Raisbeck told AIN that his firm is now studying Cessna Citations for possible modification opportunities.
Up to 9,450 new business jets worth $280 billion are forecast to be delivered over the next 10 years, according to Honeywell Aerospace’s 23rd annual Business Aviation Outlook released on Sunday evening just ahead of NBAA 2014. This reflects an 8-percent increase in projected billings over the 2013 outlook, thanks to 200 more anticipated aircraft deliveries, “modest” list price increases and the continued strong demand for larger business jets.