Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) Global Customer Support has received FAA supplemental type certification for the Hawker 800XPR modification. The 800XPR features more powerful Honeywell TFE731-50R engines and HBC-designed winglets.
Dassault’s new Falcon 2000S begins with the basic Falcon 2000 platform, but that’s pretty much where the resemblance ends, from high-Mach blended winglets to the next-generation Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308C engines to the EASy II cockpit redesign. But for the passengers, it is the cabin that will catch the eye.
United Continental Holdings has ordered blended winglets for its Boeing 767-300ERs from Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) of Seattle, Washington. With the order, the U.S. airline group becomes the largest single customer of APB, having ordered 375 Blended Winglet systems to date.
Airbus has already started to produce the first elements of the “sharklet” wingtips for incorporation on wings for standard A320 aircraft that are expected to enter service in about 18 months’ time, during the fourth quarter of 2012. It also has begun to convert the original A320 (MSN 0001), including installation of flight-test instruments, to act as a test bed.
When GKN Aerospace CEO Marcus Bryson gets bullish about market conditions it is probably worth paying attention. He was quick to identify the full extent of the downturn triggered by the global financial crisis and has generally erred more toward the “glass-half-empty” view than seeing the glass as being half full.
Airbus Military is exploring an airborne early-warning and control version of the C295 tactical airlifter. A company-owned aircraft that has been modified with a six-meter-diameter dummy rotodome will start a three-month flight-test campaign next month.
Aviation Partners (Stand 674) of Seattle, Washington, said the first certified scimitar-tip blended winglets are now flying on a Hawker 800. The patented scimitar tip is an aerodynamic change to the tip cap of the existing blended winglet, providing an additional 0.5-percent drag reduction over the existing 7.3 percent at long-range cruise.
Hawker Beechcraft expects to begin deliveries of the King Air 250 this quarter, following receipt of its type certificate, which Shawn Vick, executive vice president, said is imminent. The twin turboprop, the latest derivative of the popular King Air, is making its European debut here at EBACE 2011.
At the NBAA convention in October, Hawker Beechcraft announced the King Air 250, the predecessor to the King Air B200GT. Here at EBACE, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support made its first major King Air announcement, King Air 200GTR. Quite simply, this is the aftermarket upgrade of the 200GT that gives it the performance improvements of the King Air 250.
Hawker Beechcraft GCS also announced here at EBACE its development of an aftermarket retrofit kit for Hawker winglets on the Hawker 750. Emmanuel Muntmark with Monsson S.A. of Romania, is the launch customer for the modification. Bucharest-based Alfa Air flies Muntmark’s Hawker 750 for charter.