Raytheon is launching here at Farnborough the latest member of its growing family of AESA (active electronically scanned antenna) radars. Known as the Raytheon advanced combat radar (RACR, “racer”), the new sensor is aimed at both the retrofit market, for aircraft such as the F-16, F/A-18 and others, or for installation in new-build fighters.
The success of Rolls-Royce’s flight test program for the Boeing 787’s Trent 1000 engine has led it to consider retaining the Boeing 747 it acquired for the tests and using it as a flying test bed for future programs. These programs include the new RB212 turbofan Rolls-Royce is developing for the Dassault Falcon super mid-size business jet.
At the Finmeccanica exhibit here at Farnborough (Outside OE2) visitors once again can find Alenia Aermacchi’s M-346 lead-in fighter trainer. At a first glance the aircraft looks the same as that exhibited at previous airshows, but close up it is possible to note some of the differences featured in this first preproduction aircraft, which was rolled out from the Italian group’s assembly line in April.
Precision Pattern of Wichita, a subsidiary of DeCrane Aircraft’s Cabin Management Group, has been selected by Cessna Aircraft to provide cabinetry for the Citation Sovereign and the recently announced Citation CJ3. PPI (Booth No. 1133) provided the cabinetry for both the Sovereign and CJ3 mockups at NBAA (Booth No. 5277), including galleys, closets, entertainment cabinets, storage cabinets, tables, arm ledges, bulkheads and vanity assemblies.
Dassault Aviation’s unwillingness to develop a new light business jet to replace the Falcon 10 and 20 models is starting to cost it business. European executive charter firms, in particular, are increasingly looking to add smaller, more affordable models to their fleets in a bid to attract new business aviation users.
Cessna Aircraft is living up to its marketing tag line “Sure Thing” with the introduction yesterday afternoon of the Citation CJ3.
A business is an institution when one of a city’s major thoroughfares and one of its fine hotels bears its name. That’s the way it is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Collins Road runs near the Collins Plaza Hotel. There, in 1933, hometown boy Arthur Collins began the Collins Radio Co.
Air France Industries is set to deliver its first completed Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) this month, with a second aircraft to leave its Toulouse, France completions center during the first quarter next year. Both ACJs are for undisclosed customers.
Founded in 1946 as Transair SA at the small airfield of Colombier in western Switzerland, Transairco was part of the Beech Aircraft sales organization for 50 years–from 1947 to 1997. That association came to an end four years ago, when aircraft manufacturer Pilatus took over the company and moved to Geneva Airport.
DASSAULT FALCON 10, LAWRENCE, KAN., DEC. 9, 2001–The nose of a 1984 Falcon 10 (N202DN) suddenly pitched down while flaring to land at Lawrence Municipal Airport and the aircraft slammed onto the runway. The jet suffered substantial damage but there were no reported injuries to the occupants. The twinjet was registered to Air Del, Inc. of Jackson, Miss.