An intensive series of system ground tests and static structural stress testing of production conforming aircraft continues at the HondaJet research and development center in Greensboro, N.C., as the light business jet proceeds toward a planned certification and first delivery in the third quarter of 2012.
At this year's NBAA convention, Nextant Aerospace is making its debut in the static display with not one, but two of its new 400XT Beechjet conversions. The Cleveland-based company (Booth No.
Jet Parts president and CEO Al Toimil is optimistic about growing demand for aftermarket spares for older aircraft and the company has expanded its Boca Raton, Fla. warehouse to accommodate more parts and services.
The high level of technology employed in Embraer’s newest business jet family, the Legacy 450 and 500 program, enables detailed exploration and development to take place much further ahead of first flight, according to Eduardo Camelier, chief test pilot for the Brazilian manufacturer.
The plunging values of certain models of older business jets has rekindled a timeless debate: when is a jet too old to fly? “A rule of thumb is when the aircraft is somewhere around age 25 to 30 years,” said Conklin & de Decker’s David Wyndham. “At that point costs are really going to be increasing and it will be harder to get the spare parts and the maintenance expertise” for aircraft of that vintage.
This AIN pilot/reporter had an opportunity to fly the Eclipse on two different occasions, once on a short cross-country trip in March between Chicago and Nashville and again to Rockford, Ill., for some approaches, landings
and airwork. My instructor pilot was North American Jet Eclipse instructor Mike Vautell.
Health and usage monitoring systems (Hums) have been available for integration with fixed-wing flight deck avionics for some time. The idea is to have a central point that monitors aircraft systems to provide an up-to-the-minute look at the overall health of the aircraft. An indication of excessive temperature, for example, could foreshadow a component or system failure.
Boeing hasn’t finished inspecting parts of the tail sections of flight-test and production 787 Dreamliners, several weeks after the Chicago-based aerospace giant identified some “workmanship issues” attributed to the supplier of the 787’s horizontal stabilizer, Italy’s Alenia.
Millions of years ago, scientists say, the dinosaurs were rendered extinct by a cataclysmic event that shook the world. Today, the dinosaurs among business aircraft could be facing their own extinction in the aftermath of the financial asteroid that threatened recently to obliterate the world’s economies.
The National Research Council Canada Institute for Aerospace Research (NRC Aerospace) generally doesn’t engage in the sort of fundamental research commonly done at the university level. Instead, it occupies a sort of a middle ground between academia and industry, filling an innovation gap as wide as three technology readiness levels (TRLs). As a result, it engages primarily in what Dr. Ibrahim Yimer calls mission-oriented research.