Flight test

November 30, 2011 - 11:04am

Smyrna Air Center has begun a flight test/data recording program with the new GE H80, 800-shp engine on the King Air 90 series. The engine is the next step up in performance for the Power90 Conversion.

November 14, 2011 - 9:08am
Airbus A330MRTT cockpit

While the A400M program enters a new phase of turbulence, with Germany looking to slash its purchase to 40 from 53 and France looking to renegotiate a maintenance deal, the flight-test campaign is forging ahead with the aim of getting the European airlifter delivered by the end of 2012.

November 12, 2011 - 9:20am
Bombardier C100

Bombardier expects to complete all the so-called data sets for the CSeries airliner by year-end, as it continues its march toward a second-half 2012 first flight of the 100- to 125-seat CS100.

October 10, 2011 - 5:20pm

Elbit Systems of America’s Kollsman Commercial Aviation unit is celebrating delivery of its 1,000th infrared enhanced vision system (EVS), which went to Gulfstream Aerospace. Pres Henne, Gulfstream senior v-p for engineering and test programs, accepted a plaque commemorating the event from Roy Gentry, Kollsman Commercial Aviation vice president.

August 17, 2011 - 11:30am

Why some engines fail in flight is the subject of a new NASA research program. “There is a question regarding the effect that moisture has on newer-technology engines.

August 3, 2011 - 12:05pm

Boeing finished the flight-test program for certification of the new 747-8 Freighter yesterday, the company announced this afternoon. Flight test airplane RC522 completed testing of the flight management computer (FMC) and RC523 concluded function and reliability testing. Both GE GEnx-2B-powered airplanes landed at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., following their final test flights.

July 18, 2011 - 5:10am
The Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstration aircraft ...

The U.S. Navy stepped closer to the first carrier landing of an autonomous, unmanned aircraft following the July 2 carrier touchdown of a manned F/A-18D surrogate aircraft. It is equipped with the same avionics and software planned for the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstration (UCAS-D) aircraft.

June 30, 2011 - 7:05am

Gulfstream has resumed test flying its G650, and two of the aircraft are now flying as part of the flight-test program. The program was suspended after the fatal April crash of one of the aircraft engaged in certification test flights.

June 1, 2011 - 5:25am

Honda Aircraft recently achieved new milestones during flight testing of the first conforming HondaJet (F1), which reached a maximum speed of 425 ktas, rate of climb of 3,990 fpm and maximum operating altitude of 43,000 feet. Powered by two GE Honda HF120 turbofans, the $4.5 million HondaJet is scheduled to enter service in the third quarter of next year. The next HondaJet to fly will be F2, and this is the third conforming jet.

June 1, 2011 - 5:10am

Eurocopter’s compound helicopter demonstrator, the X3, reached 232 ktas, above the stated goal of 220 knots, last month. This speed was maintained “for several minutes” in “stable, level flight.” The aircraft had taken off from Istres flight test center in southeast France, near the manufacturer’s Marignane headquarters.

 
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