Aviation

June 17, 2013 - 8:40am

The European Commission (EC) has reacted to the recent strikes by French air traffic controllers by speeding up what it says are long overdue improvements to the European air traffic management system.

June 17, 2013 - 6:30am
Embraer super tucano E190-E

Embraer has chosen this Paris Air Show as the venue to launch its second generation E-Jet, now known as the E2. The company plans to reveal further details of the project here today and possibly announce a launch customer.

June 17, 2013 - 5:40am
The medium-altitude, long-endurance Yabon United 40 UAV is produced by the Adcom Systems group of companies, which is based in Abu Dhabi.

While the long-term goal for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is for 80 percent of their uses to be in the civilian sector, their main uses currently remain in the military sphere–although their role in border surveillance and disaster situations is increasing.

June 17, 2013 - 5:35am
The second of three low-rate initial production (LRIP) lots of the P-8A Poseidon was cycling through the mission systems installation and checkout facility at Boeing Field a few weeks ago. The three LRIP lots will produce 24 jets.

The U.S. Navy’s next-generation maritime patrol jet, the Boeing P-8 Poseidon, is months away from starting its first operational deployment, which will hasten the retirement of the venerable P-3C Orion turboprop.

June 17, 2013 - 5:30am
Since earlier this year GE Aviation has been delivering A350 wing fixed trailing-edge components that include structural composite panels and complex machined assemblies. The company said the work package means that, as a risk-sharing partner, it has “proved our capabilities and created a secure foundation to build on.”

GE Aviation, best known for its civil and military jet engines and integrated aircraft systems, plans to establish itself as a Tier 1 aerostructures supplier by the second half of the next decade. Ultimately, the company has a long-term vision to develop integrated propulsion systems (IPS) for future single-aisle airliners and regional aircraft, bringing together GE Aviation’s aerostructures capabilities in advanced wing and flying-control surface design with its turboprop engine and propeller activities in other divisions.

June 17, 2013 - 5:15am
HAL’s Light Combat Aircraft, a Mach 1.8, multi-role fighter that first flew last year, is scheduled to undergo carrier compatibility tests before year-end.

A target for criticism over delays in projects in the past, India’s largest defense manufacturer, government-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is undergoing a transformation of its human resource through training and innovative programs. This is focusing on two urgent requirements–the overdue Light Combat Aircraft (LCA); and the Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT).

June 17, 2013 - 5:00am
A320

Airbus is understandably relieved to have flown the A350 XWB widebody just before the Paris Air Show, but the European manufacturer’s twin-aisle family accounts for only a small proportion of outstanding orders as it prepares to proceed with the new aircraft’s flight-test program. Nevertheless, deliveries of 247 aircraft overall and net orders for 493 new jets by June 1 constitute a “strong start” to 2013 for the European manufacturer, according to marketing senior vice-president Christopher Emerson. Airbus delivered 588 aircraft in 2012 and expects to ship more than 600 this year.

June 17, 2013 - 4:50am
Last year an Airbus A320 completed Europe’s first initial 4-D flight as part of Sesar ATM trials. 

Economic woes risk crippling Europe’s rollout schedule of a revolutionary system that could transform regional air travel because airlines are simply too wary to invest at a time of low growth.

Europe has now spent millions in developing a blueprint for a nigh-on perfect system with which to manage an eventual albeit belated explosion in the number of aircraft traveling through its congested skies.

June 17, 2013 - 4:50am
A 747-8F destined for Saudi Arabian Airlines undergoes preparation for delivery in Everett, Washington.

The oft-critiqued Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental (747-8I) program appears finally to have found its stride following a series of development delays and struggles with performance shortcomings. Needing to adjust to soft demand in the very-large widebody market, however, Boeing (Chalets A324 and B321) recently cut 747-8 production rates from two to 1.75 per month and its 20-year projection for the large widebody market segment by 4 percent, leading to inevitable questions about the long-term viability of the latest iteration of the Queen of the Skies.

June 17, 2013 - 4:45am
Honeywell’s Primus Epic EASy II flight deck has been certified on Dassault’s new, large-cabin Falcon 2000S and 2000LXS.

Dassault Aviation comes to this year’s Paris Air Show with two newly certified business jets: the large-cabin Falcon 2000S and Falcon 2000LXS. Both received EASA and FAA approvals in March. The first Falcon 2000S was delivered in April to a Turkish customer. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the second half for the 2000LXS, when it replaces the 2000LX.

 
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