Aircraft

October 2, 2014 - 3:12pm

Cessna announced improvements in expected range and runway performance for the Citation Latitude, basing its projections on data from the flight-test program for the new twinjet. The OEM expects FAA certification of the Latitude in the second quarter of next year.

The midsize jet’s range is being extended by 200 nm, to 2,700 nm, at long-range cruise. In addition, the Latitude’s takeoff distance has been shortened to 3,668 feet, down from a previously projected 4,030 feet.

October 2, 2014 - 12:45am

Think less James Bond, more Captain Value.

New business jets under development have one thing in common: with a laser-like focus on value, almost to the model they have achieved a near-perfect balance of versatility, performance, comfort and costs.

Concern about costs per seat mile used to be the preserve of the airlines. No longer: it has helped define even the Mach 0.935 Cessna Citation X+.

October 2, 2014 - 12:40am

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into service for one of business aviation’s most enigmatic aircraft, the star-crossed Beech Starship, which was intended as a replacement for the King Air. As the first aircraft with an all-composite fuselage, the twin-turboprop pusher with radical canard forward design underwent a lengthy development and certification process before finally entering service.

October 1, 2014 - 10:35am

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America (HS-NA) has been named an Airbus Helicopters D-Level certified repair center for the AS350/AS355 and EC130. D-Level structural repairs include landing gear, main gearbox, engine and component attachment points as well as fuselage/tailboom, vertical fin and horizontal stabilizer junction.

October 1, 2014 - 10:30am

Hourly-cost maintenance provider Jet Support Services (JSSI) was selected by Canadian Helicopter operator Blackcomb Aviation to provide coverage for the Turbomeca Arrius 2B2plus engines on the company’s Airbus Helicopters EC135T2e. The premium service selected by Blackcomb covers the powerplants’ scheduled and unscheduled events as well as life-limited components.

October 1, 2014 - 8:19am

Making his first appearance at an European Regions Airline Association conference since assuming the top executive spot from the outgoing Filippo Bagnato, new ATR CEO Patrick de Castelbajac issued a predictably upbeat assessment of his company’s performance of late during a press briefing in Barcelona on October 1. Now holding, by its reckoning, an 80-percent share of the 70- to 80-seat turboprop airliner market, ATR expects a renewed emphasis on Europe following its encouraging sales over the past few years in Asia, whose operators now fly the highest numbers of the Franco-Italian turboprops of any region in the world.

October 1, 2014 - 3:30am

I pulled the Eclipse 550’s throttles back and allowed the jet to slow down. The autopilot and autothrottles were turned off, but as we neared the stall, an audio alert sounded (“STALL”), the autothrottles kicked in and automatically advanced power to maximum continuous thrust and the airspeed climbed back to a safe level as I simultaneously unloaded the wings. After leveling off, I reset the throttles and resumed normal cruise speed.

September 30, 2014 - 10:57am
Airbus A350-900 test aircraft

Airbus announced European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification of the A350-900 widebody on September 30. The manufacturer said U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certification should follow shortly.

September 26, 2014 - 2:05pm

Airstrikes against Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria this week featured the combat debut of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, and of the Royal Saudi Air Force F-15S Strike Eagle. The air forces of Bahrain, France, Jordan, Qatar and the UAE also participated, and the Royal Australian Air Force is en route to the fight with F-18s and a Wedgetail AEW aircraft.

September 26, 2014 - 8:05am

During last week’s African Aerospace and Defence show in South Africa Denel Dynamics revealed that the Marlin active radar-guided missile will undertake its first flight test early next year. This will be a ground-launched ballistic trial at the Overberg Test Range to examine the missile’s basic flight systems. Successful completion of this phase will lead to programmed tests of the missile’s guidance systems, before closed-loop guidance tests are undertaken, in which the seeker controls the guidance system.

 
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