Embraer plans to introduce gradual improvements to its E-Jets over the next three years, including a fuel-burn-improvement package by year-end, before the planned 2018 service entry of re-engined versions of the E175, E190 and E195, known now as the G2 series. Plans call for new winglets and some aerodynamic “clean-up” to achieve a near-term fuel-burn improvement of 5 percent in the E175 and 3 percent in the E190, said Embraer commercial aviation president Paulo Cesar Silva.
Brazil’s Embraer took a brand-spanking-new Legacy 650 on a demonstration tour of the Eastern U.S. last month to show the airplane’s updated cabin and specifically the better soundproofing, revised layout, materials and in-flight entertainment system. The large-cabin twinjet’s visit to Teterboro coincided with the NBAA Regional Forum there on June 7 and Embraer invited several media people, including two AIN editors, on a “dinner aloft” with three Embraer marketing staff.
The NTSB has opened the docket on the fatal crash of a Las Vegas tour helicopter late last year.
Jay Johnson, chairman and CEO of Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics, will retire at the end of the year. He will be succeeded by Phebe Novakovic, who was recently named the company’s president and COO.
Even though its investigation is ongoing, the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) issued five safety recommendations on June 26, relating to the May 9 crash this year of a Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional airliner on a demonstration flight from Jakarta.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released details on June 24 of its investigation into the July 4, 2011 fatal crash of a Cessna Caravan 208B on takeoff from runway 33, the 3,000-foot gravel strip at the Pukatawagan Airport (CJR3), Pukatawagan, Manitoba.
Eurocopter released a statement on June 15, absolving the UK’s Bond Offshore Helicopters of responsibility for the May 10, 2012 ditching of an EC225 Super Puma into the North Sea.
Airbus plans to start building a new A320-family assembly plant in Mobile, Ala., next summer, the European airframer confirmed today, marking yet another expansion of its narrowbody production ambitions. Scheduled for completion at the beginning of 2016, the plant will produce between 40 and 50 A319s, A320s and A321s annually and employ 1,000, estimates Airbus.
Airbus could withdraw its commitment to increase A330 production to 11 aircraft per month in 2014 if there is no change to the European Union emissions trading scheme (EU-ETS), according to Tom Williams, executive vice-president of Airbus programs.
Preliminary Report: Turboprop Single Crashes from Altitude
Pilatus PC-12, Lake Wales, Fla. June 7, 2012–A PC-12 on a Part 91 IFR flight, last reported in cruise flight at FL260, crashed near Tampa, Fla. The flight was en route from St. Lucie County Airport in Fort Pierce, Fla., to Freeman Field, Junction City, Kan.