Having taken just five orders for new aircraft in 2011, Airbus Military now has 25 sales already for 2012, and is cautiously optimistic about more before the year’s end. At the heart of the turnaround is the light tactical transport family.
Embraer plans to introduce gradual improvements to its E-Jets over the next three years, including a fuel-burn-improvement package by year-end, before the planned 2018 service entry of re-engined versions of the E175, E190 and E195, known now as the G2 series. Plans call for new winglets and some aerodynamic “clean-up” to achieve a near-term fuel-burn improvement of 5 percent in the E175 and 3 percent in the E190, said Embraer commercial aviation president Paulo Cesar Silva.
Embraer plans to introduce gradual improvements to its E-Jets over the next three years, including a fuel-burn-improvement package by the end of this year, before the planned 2018 service entry of re-engined versions of the E175, E190 and E195, newly designated as the “G2” series.
West Star Aviation (ALN) recently accomplished the “Big Three” on a Falcon 2000 by completing the first 3C Inspection, installing API blended winglets and performing a wing tank dry bay modification. All three operations were accomplished at West Star Aviation’s East Alton, Ill., facility. The 3C inspection is an 18-year calendar inspection that includes opening and inspecting all access points of the exterior structure, including wing fairings and with the wing tank dry bay modification, opening of the fuel tanks.
Despite initially approving the operation of Gulfstream’s new flagship G650 at Colorado’s Aspen-Pitkin County Airport when it enters service, officials there have reversed their decision after a citizen’s group pointed out that the wingspan of the ultra-long-range business jet exceeds the width limit set by local code and the FAA. The airport’s management initially based its approval on the span of the wing’s lifting surface, which according to Gulfstream does not include the winglets.
Bombardier drew a huge crowd yesterday at the EBACE show as it announced two new aircraft types in the light-midsized jet segment: the Learjet 70 and 75. “We are pleased to be building on the Learjet heritage and forecast a strong recovery in the business aviation market,” declared Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft.
Today at EBACE, Bombardier announced the Learjet 70 and 75, longer-range variant successors to the Model 40XR and 45XR. Set to enter service early next year, both jets will feature a new Bombardier Vision flight deck based on the Garmin G5000 digital avionics suite, complete with synthetic vision.
Inside, the aircraft will offer a black and white interior inherited from the Learjet 85, including new seats and an advanced cabin management system with individual pop-up touchscreen monitors. The cabins will also have LED lighting, a large baggage area and a spacious galley.
Aviation Partners (Stand 128) is introducing its Falcon 50 blended-winglet modification to the European market with the arrival of its flight test aircraft in the static display at EBACE 2012. The aircraft made the 3,129-nm trip from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Geneva International Airport with one stop, in Keflavik, Iceland, according to pilots Dave Hurley, Bo Corby and John Reinhold.
The latest Airbus ACJ319 is making its world airshow debut on the EBACE static display. Operated by Swiss-based business aviation services company Comlux (Stand 227), the aircraft can carry 19 passengers and features a cabin by the group’s outfitting arm Comlux America (see page 42).
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system for installation and flight on Bell 212 helicopters. Certification for Bell 204s and 205s is imminent, and EASA approval of BLR’s best-selling Bell 412 FastFin system is in the works.