The Harbin-Embraer Aircraft joint manufacturing venture on September 28 delivered the first of 100 airplanes to its biggest Chinese customer, Hainan Airlines Group (HNA) subsidiary Grand China Express.
Embraer ERJ 145 family
The FAA, EASA and Brazil’s aviation authority have approved a new maintenance program for the Embraer ERJ 145, allowing operators to increase C-check intervals from 4,000 flight hours to 5,000 hours. Embraer claims this extension, along with other recent efforts to lower maintenance costs, will cut maintenance workloads by 13 percent.
Brazil’s Embraer again revealed its flair for the dramatic during last month’s Regional Airline Association convention, when it flew the first Embraer 170 prototype from its flight test site in São José dos Campos to the company’s new heavy maintenance facility at Nashville International Airport. The 70-seat jet, now scheduled for certification during next year’s first quarter, has completed more than 100 flight test hours.
Embraer ERJ 145LR, Kansas City, Mo., May 19, 2005–The Safety Board attributed the uncontained engine failure of the American Connection flight in cruise to the fatigue failure of the fan spinner and forward fan retaining ring due to interference between the mating parts as a result of inadequate design by the manufacturer.
A spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Labor said the agency would need until at least the middle of next month to finish its investigation into the July 31 death of an American Eagle fleet service clerk at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). The accident, which occurred on the RDU ramp between 8:30 and 9 p.m., involved a parked Embraer regional jet and a baggage tug driven by the deceased, 43-year-old Lufuluabo Kalonji.
An FAA safety alert cautioning Embraer Legacy pilots against resting their foot on a footrest near the instrument panel because they might inadvertently put the transponder into standby mode has the aviation world scratching its head.
The Phenom 100, Embraer’s four-place, $2.98 million entry into the very light jet market, flew for the first time on July 26 from São Jos dos Campos, Brazil. According to the company, the one hour, thirty-six minute flight was successful. Test pilot captain Antonio Bragança Silva said, “We had a successful first flight.
FlightSafety International (FSI) has become the first non-domestic training organization to obtain a Part 147 maintenance training certificate from the General Administration of Civil Aviation in China. The CCAR-147 approval follows FlightSafety’s certification by the Chinese aviation authority to provide initial and recurrent pilot training for the Embraer ERJ 145.
Trans States and Chautauqua Airlines will serve seven new destinations from St. Louis starting September 5 as part of a push by American Airlines to replenish its downsized hub with regional jets. At the same time the airline will end American Connection service between St. Louis and Dallas Love Field, a route Trans States now flies for American directly against Southwest Airlines.
Embraer sent all operators of ERJ regional jets and Legacy business jets a field service letter reminding pilots of the procedure to follow in the event they receive a “landing gear disagree” message after an American Eagle Embraer ERJ 135 tried to land at Boston Logan Airport on June 20 with its landing gear raised. The airplane briefly scraped the runway when the crew aborted the landing for a go-around.