GE Aviation has signed an exclusive distributor agreement with Aviall Services that covers unique spare parts of the GE CF34-3 for the remaining life of the engine.
Parked proudly outside the Tailwind Capital Chalet (No. 19) here on the MEBA static display is a newly converted 2003 Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ), dubbed the Hemisphere 200XR. It is one of five CRJ200s that Tailwind acquired for the purpose of changing the former regional airliners into business jets that are nearly identical to new Challenger 850s.
The Egyptian actor and martial arts professional Yousef Mansour is expected at MEBA today to sign a contract at the Action Aviation Outdoor Stand 5 for a Project Phoenix CRJ aircraft. The 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional airliner has been extensively converted to a long-range executive jet role. It seats up to 12 passengers in VIP configuration and will be based in Cairo.
If you are looking for a large-cabin Bombardier Challenger (or near Challenger) business jet, there are 16 here on display in the MEBA static park for your inspection. This includes one Challenger 601, six 604s, five 650s, two 850s and two Canadair Regional Jets CRJ200s converted to executive/VIP interiors. The latter two illustrate an interesting cross-fertilization that exists between business jets and regional jets.
Project Phoenix, which is offering Bombardier CRJs reconfigured as business jets, has concluded an agreement with MedAire that will see aircraft owners being offered a complimentary medical package, including a one-year subscription to the 24/7 MedLink global response center.
Bombardier CRJ700, Allentown, Pa., Sept. 19, 2008–A Mesa Airlines CRJ was involved in a runway incursion with a Cessna 172 at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) in night VMC. The 172 was landing on Runway 6 when the tower told the CRJ to position and hold on the same runway. As the CRJ was taking off, the 172 missed its taxiway exit and continued down the runway.
Montreal-based CAE plans to add a Global Express full-flight simulator to its training facility in Dallas next year. In addition, the company is adding a Bombardier CRJ200 level-D simulator to its Madrid training facility, doubling its CRJ platform capacity in the region. The new CRJ simulator will complement the currently installed CRJ200/900 level-D simulator in Madrid and is scheduled to enter into service early next year.
An interesting cross-fertilization exists between business and regional jets. The Canadair CL-600 Challenger spawned the Canadair Regional Jets. Now refurbished, VIP-configured CRJs are appearing on the market as alternatives to Gulfstreams and Globals, at much lower price points.
An integration fault in the Bombardier CRJ1000’s fly-by-wire rudder control system has forced the company to install a software revision in the prototype destined to make the type’s first flight, resulting in delays to ground testing and contributing to the postponement of first flight.
The Kentucky Supreme Court heard arguments last month on the question of whether a lower court can hold Lexington Blue Grass Airport liable for the Aug. 27, 2006, crash of a Comair Bombardier CRJ that killed 49 of its 50 occupants. Comair contends that the airport should bear some responsibility for the crash for not adequately notifying the pilots of a construction project that diverted airplanes on the taxiway.