Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) managed to fly the fourth Superjet 100 prototype for the first time on February 4, notwithstanding continuing delays associated with the airplane’s engines, built by the joint venture between France’s Snecma and Russia’s NPO Saturn known as Powerjet.
Sukhoi Superjet 100
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) missed its December target for delivery of the first Superjet 100 regional jets to launch operator Aeroflot after delays involving the certification and delivery of the program’s PowerJet SaM146 engines forced the Russian manufacturer to revise its schedules once again.
Air Works, which claims to be India’s largest independent maintenance provider, has become the first in the country to complete certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency. The approval covers ATR 42 and 72 regional airliners, as well as the Boeing 737 series, and will soon extend to the Airbus A320 range. The company has also been selected as an authorized service partner for the Superjet 100 twinjet.
The second Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 successfully completed its high-altitude flight test campaign in Armenia this week, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) announced yesterday. According to SCAC, the tests confirmed all design takeoff and landing characteristics and ensure safe and reliable operation from airfields situated as high as 10,000 feet.
The global recession didn’t seem to suppress the appetite for new equipment among customers of Russia and the former Soviet Union at this month’s MAKS’2009 airshow in Moscow, where a number of programs, new and established, drew a surprising level of interest from buyers from around the globe.
Esterline CMC Electronics unveiled the newest version of its PilotView electronic flight bag last month at the Paris Air Show. The CMA-1410 features a 10.4-inch-diagonal display, Intel Centrino mobile processor running Windows XP, USB ports and built-in Wi-Fi capability. The new system will allow pilots to view electronic charts, graphical weather downloads, checklists, operator manuals and other electronic data in the cockpit.
The next variation of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 will almost certainly involve a stretch of the existing 95-seat baseline platform, leaving the once highly anticipated 75-seat version in a state of virtual limbo.
If you can imagine the Paris Air Show as a stock market then what happened at this year’s event (held from June 15 to 21) was nothing less than a rally, spurred by unexpectedly strong sales activity. With the worldwide economy still in the grasp of the largest downturn since the Great Depression in the 1930s, most observers had predicted slim pickings at this year’s show.
For one week at least, the gloom of the global recession seemed to lift along with the storm clouds gathered over the grounds of the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France. An unexpected flurry of sales activity gave the air transport market in particular a welcome boost, as contracts for firm orders, options, letters of intent and memoranda of understanding totalled close to $17 billion.
Russian aircraft lessor Avialeasing yesterday converted a letter of intent for 24 Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional airliners signed at last July’s Farnborough airshow into a firm order valued at $715 million. Scheduled for delivery between 2011 and 2013, the airplanes are destined for Avialeasing customer airlines.