Aviation

November 15, 2013 - 6:30am
On August 27, Boeing flew the Advanced Super Hornet demonstrator for reporters and visiting delegations from Denmark and Brazil at its St. Louis facility. Visible are the Northrop Grumman conformal fuel tanks on the upper fuselage and Boeing-build centerline enclosed weapons pod.

The sunset could be farther off than thought for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the mainstay of the U.S. Navy’s carrier-based fighter fleet. With initial operational capability of the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter that will eventually replace the F/A-18 now planned in early 2019, Boeing and partner Northrop Grumman are proposing an “Advanced Super Hornet” upgrade designed to operate until 2030 and beyond.

November 15, 2013 - 6:00am
The “Pearl” business-class section holds 40 flatbed seats, each with aisle access.

“Etihad Airways is the fastest-growing airline in the history of commercial aviation,” said James Hogan, president and CEO, upon the announcement that Etihad will begin nonstop flights to Los Angeles from Abu Dhabi beginning June 1, 2014.

November 15, 2013 - 5:00am
Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines powered the Boeing 787-9’s first flight in September. The upgraded Trent 1000-TEN is under development and is to enter service on the 787-8 and -9 in 2016.

Rolls-Royce (R-R) has completed a 1,500-cycle test of its new Trent 1000-TEN engine and is well into the demonstration phase ahead of formal testing in early 2014, according to T1000 program chief engineer Gareth Jones. In mid-October, the initial demonstrator unit was being stripped down in R-R’s development department as the company prepared to assemble a second test engine.

November 15, 2013 - 4:00am
With an eye on expansion, Royal Jet is looking to replace its six BBJs this year. In contention for the role are Boeing’s BBJ Max (based on the 737 Max) and Airbus’s A320 neo.

Abu Dhabi’s Royal Jet, the commercial luxury private-jet operator, is to issue an RFP for the replacement of six Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) aircraft within the next two months, as it seeks to expand regional charter operations in the Middle East, Africa and beyond.

November 15, 2013 - 3:30am
To improve support for operators, Jetex and Honeywell recently signed an agreement providing customers access to Jetex’s trip planning and 24-hour on-the-ground concierge service, and Honeywell’s Global Data Center live dispatching and flight-tracking service.

The latest figures from the International Air Transport Association show that international traffic growth and passenger demand in the Middle East is still outpacing the rest of the world. With competition among operators getting tougher every day, the need for proper flight planning is more important than ever.

November 15, 2013 - 3:00am
Testing of the Leap-1 powerplant will involve 60 engine builds over the next three years. Engine certification is slated for 2015 ahead of commercial service entry on the Airbus A320neo in 2016, according to CFM International.

With initial running of the new Leap-1 engine on schedule in September, CFM International (CFMI) has embarked on an “unprecedented” level of testing that should involve 20 developmental units by the end of next year and seven of the remaining eight planned examples before 2016 (when a final powerplant will take part in a short exercise–possibly a Leap-1C blade-out check).

November 15, 2013 - 2:00am
Saudi Arabia is developing a national EWOS capability with Selex ES to provide operational mission data files for aircraft such as the Typhoon.

With around 1,000 employees, the electronic warfare arm of Selex ES is a major player in the EW marketplace, as a lead integrator on programs, such as the Praetorian defensive system of the Eurofighter Typhoon; a provider of equipment; and as a developer of new technology. It is also increasingly involved in supporting EW operations of air arms as nations move toward greater control over their own electronic warfare resources.

November 15, 2013 - 12:30am
In one new, formerly closed market that Boeing has managed to penetrate, Iraqi Airways took delivery of its first 737-800 in August. The airline has committed to thirty 737NGs and ten 787s, although it does not plan to take its first Dreamliner until after 2020.

The Middle East has undoubtedly become key market for Boeing and Airbus alike, but the extent to which the two manufacturers enjoy market share in various capacity categories differs dramatically.

November 15, 2013 - 12:10am
The Gripen E/F demonstrator in a test flight over Sweden last May, with a Swiss air force pilot onboard. In the competition among the three contending fighters, the Swiss chose the Swedish jet for its New Fighter Aircraft over its larger European rivals, the Eurofighter and the Rafale.

First it was Dassault with the Rafale and then it was Eurofighter with the Typhoon that competed for the favor of the UAE Air Force. In Oman, it was the Saab Gripen against the Typhoon. In Qatar, who knows? Around the world, Europe’s three rival fighters have been locked in virtual combat.

November 14, 2013 - 2:39am
Next Generation Jammer

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) sustained BAE Systems’ protest of the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) contract award, referring back the procurement to the U.S. Navy.

 
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