Is there a pilot alive whose pulse has not raced upon seeing Concorde’s lithe shape part the sky? Of the many airliner cockpit rides I have been fortunate enough to take over the past 25 years, uppermost in memory have to be seven flights aboard British Airways Concordes, six of them viewed from the jumpseat in that decidedly cozy cockpit.
The Regional Airline Association last month lambasted the FAA for the agency’s highly publicized drop test of an ATR 42-300 turboprop in Atlantic City, N.J. The FAA said the July 30 test would help it assess the need for dynamically tested seats
Shipments and billings for business aviation jets and turboprops reached all-time highs in the second quarter, according to data released this afternoon by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), while the piston market took a dive.
At best, a total of 300 to 400 supersonic business jets (SSBJs) could be sold over the next 30 years, according to Andrei Ilyin, general director at Sukhoi Civil Aircraft. “The market is too small for competition,” he said.
Embraer’s Legacy is an impressive corporate version of the company’s venerable ERJ-135/145, some 700 of which are currently the workhorses of many regional airlines around the globe.
Almost a century ago, Henry Ford launched his Model T as a car for the masses and subsequently produced 15 million automobiles over 19 years. Camilo Salomon, president and CEO of Safire Aircraft, does not fancy himself a Henry Ford, but he has high hopes that the company’s six-place Safire Jet will become the personal jet for masses of owner-flown operators.
Early last month a Boeing 737-300 requiring an 8A check was the first aircraft to be towed into Ameco Beijing’s A380 hangar. A spokesman for the company said it is ready to support aircraft flying to the Olympic Games. The new hangar will simultaneously accommodate six widebody and four narrowbody aircraft, encompassing the spectrum of Boeing and Airbus airplanes, including the A380.
It will probably not have escaped the attention of American readers of this column over the past six months that much of the history of aviation during the first half of the 20th century was written by the French, British and Germans. America took the first step when Orville and Wilbur Wright flew their Flyer on Dec.
As an outgrowth of its continuing investigation into the November 12 crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in New York City, the NTSB has recommended that the FAA order manufacturers and operators of transport-category airplanes to revamp pilot-training programs with regard to rudder use.
More than a year after predicting at last year’s Paris Airshow that the new 787 twin-aisle twinjet would fly within three months, Boeing is no closer to achieving that important milestone. After three acknowledged delays, Boeing now expects the airplane to fly in the fourth quarter of this year.