Everybody's been somewhere and done something. But Israel Aerospace Industries chief test pilot Ronen Shapira has been a few more places and done a few more things than most of us.
Chuck McKinnon is this year’s recipient of the NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell award, granted for lifelong individual achievement in supporting business aviation. At age 95 and newly remarried to Jan Barden of Aviation Personnel International, McKinnon looks back to a long lifetime of involvement with aviation. “I’ve been interested in aviation since I knew there was such a thing,” he told AIN.
Gulfstream Aerospace on Friday evening said its G650 S/N 6001 skirted the speed of sound on August 12, reaching Mach 0.995 during flutter testing as part of the 1,800-hour flight-test program for the wide-cabin, long-range business jet.
The eagerly anticipated arrival of the 787 Dreamliner here at Farnborough yesterday is a major boost to the troubled program’s credibility. If seeing is believing, this first opportunity for much of the global air transport industry to examine the 787 should bolster belief that the twinjet is just months away from entering commercial service– even though this key milestone is set to slip for a seventh time from late this year into 2011.
Gulfstream is on track to fulfill business aviation’s need for speed with its new G650 jet reaching its top operating speed of Mach 0.925 during a test flight on Sunday.
The large-cabin aircraft is on track to enter service as the world’s fastest in-production civil aircraft, overtaking the Cessna Citation X and perhaps heading off the challenge posed by planned supersonic business jets.
The first Gulfstream G650, S/N 6001, yesterday reached its top operating speed of Mach 0.925 during a test flight from the company’s headquarters in Savannah, Ga. When certified, the G650 will become the fastest transport-category aircraft in service, a spot currently held by the Mach 0.92 Cessna Citation X.
Boeing has completed initial airworthiness testing on the 787 Dreamliner, the company announced last Friday. The milestone will allow more crewmembers to take part in flights and more airplanes to join the flight-test program, Boeing said.
Former Lear Jet chief test pilot Henry “Hank” Beaird Jr. died February 2 at the age of 84. Beaird was a World War II aviator, flying fighters and transports for the U.S. Army Air Force. After a stint at Chance Vought, Beaird joined Lear Jet, where he made the first flights of the Lear 23, 24 and 25. He also made first flights on the Lear Fan and OMAC aircraft.
Test pilots yesterday flew the first ARJ21-700 regional jet from its production site in Shanghai to China’s Flight Test Establishment in Xi’an, the capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi province, where developers plan to continue flight testing and earn type certification from the country’s civil aviation authorities. The 700-nm, two-hour, 19-minute trip marked the ARJ21’s longest flight to date, according to official Chinese sources.
The Paris Air Show, marking its 100th anniversary, has come a long way since it was first staged at the Grand Palais in the center of the French capital back 1909. It has long been a truly global gathering of the aerospace and defense industries.