Embraer announced its second quarter financial results this morning and the numbers fell into the positive category, with 29 executive jet deliveries, compared with 12 deliveries in the first quarter of this year, and 20 deliveries for the second quarter of last year. The value of the total firm-order backlog, including commercial aircraft, jumped from $13.3 billion at the end of the first quarter to $17.1 billion at the end of the second.
A briefing on the Eurofighter Typhoon organized by BAE Systems at the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford last week provided a further indication that some key upgrades to the combat jet are being funded by Saudi Arabia and possibly Oman. The four original partner nations have proved reluctant to collectively fund in the near term enhancements that extend the aircraft’s air-to-ground capability, such as integration of the MBDA Storm Shadow cruise missile. The four partners have also so far failed to approve full development of the Captor-E AESA radar by the Euroradar consortium.
Selex ES is supporting sales of electronic warfare equipment with training courses in the company’s EWOS (electronic warfare operational support) facility at Lincoln, UK. A group of 11 Kuwait Air Force (KAF) personnel has just completed a training course there on the company’s Hidas (helicopter integrated defensive aids system) that equips the KAF’s AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters. The courses at the EWOS are also designed to allow customers to develop their own EWOS capabilities, so that they can react independently to meet emerging electronic threats.
GreenWing International is preparing to market the eSpyder electric airplane in the U.S., first as an amateur-built kit then as a factory-built light sport aircraft (LSA). U.S. production of the eSpyder is expected to begin later this year. The eSpyder was certified in Germany in February and is based on the Flightstar Spyder ultralight airframe.
One of the most eagerly anticipated demonstrations at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show is the first publicly planned flight of the Terrafugia Transition flying car. “This is the first public display of the Transition doing its thing,” said Richard Gersh, vice president of business development for Woburn, Mass.-based Terrafugia, although the company did host an invitation-only flight demo at Lawrence Airport near Boston last October.
Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has teamed with Aerocet to help bring to market the latter company’s new floats for the Quest Kodiak. The carbon-composite floats were designed by Tom Hamilton and the engineering team at Aerocet. MAF has a fleet of 136 airplanes, which includes Quest Kodiaks, that it flies to provide transportation for churches, medical teams, missionaries, relief agencies and others working in isolated corners of the world. Access to some of these remote locations requires float-equipped airplanes.
Jet Aviation St. Louis has launched an iPad app for customers to design the interior and exterior of their jets, beginning with Bombardier Challengers. Dubbed iDesignJets, the app allows customers to choose the color, fabric, design themes and floor plans for the interiors of their jets, as well as designs and colors for the exterior. The company said it plans to expand the app to all of the airframes that Jet Aviation St. Louis completes, which includes business aircraft from Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, Gulfstream and Hawker.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday issued an airworthiness directive (AD) calling for either the removal or inspection of the Honeywell fixed emergency locator transmitter (ELT) in Boeing 787s.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) plans to increase the annual contribution of local airlines to the China Airport Construction and Development Fund (CACDF) from 5 percent to 6 percent of their revenue starting next year.
Jet Aviation St. Louis has launched an iPad app that permits customers to design the interior and exterior of their jets. Now available to download free from iTunes on the App Store, the iDesignJets app from Jet Aviation St. Louis enables customers to choose the color, fabric, design themes and floor plans for the interiors of their jets, as well as designs and colors for the exterior.