No one said it would be easy, but Embraer seems to have hit its stride after struggling early on to meet development and certification targets for its new four-airplane series of commercial jets.
Phazar Flight Support at Meacham nternational Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, is expanding. In particular, its aircraft refurbishment center, due for completion this month, is growing. The new facility includes a 44,000-sq-ft hangar devoted to completion work and the company is already converting two MD-87 airliners to executive/VIP configuration.
Eclipse Aviation signed a contract with Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) of Japan for the manufacture of complete wing assemblies for the Eclipse 500 very light jet. As part of the long-term agreement, Eclipse also licensed its friction-stir welding process to FHI for use in the wing assemblies, as well as other potential applications within FHI’s manufacturing operations.
In recent years on the international airshow circuit, the Airbus A380 super-large airliner has dominated static displays. But here in Dubai, the double-decker had to vie for visitors’ attention among some 140 aircraft of all sorts of shape, size, origin and purpose. There is something here for everyone, from freighters and fighters to the fanciest VIP jets.
All jetliners might look alike to anyone who thinks that an airplane is an airplane is an airplane. And, yes, to the casual observer there is great similarity between Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s, and much in common between A330s and 777s. Even the mighty new A380, with its low, swept wings and four underslung engines, follows established trends apart from a full-length upper deck–and that also has been tried before.
The variety of types and average size of business and private aircraft is changing here in the Middle East, with new customers increasingly willing to fly in medium-sized jets that would have seemed out of the question in this market a few years ago.
Jormac Aerospace, a Yankee Pacific division, has developed an overhead bin/cabin liner for Boeing 727, 737 and 757 single-aisle aircraft as a solution to storage in the staff seating areas of executive versions of these aircraft. The bins are 28 percent larger than standard airliner bins and can accommodate wheel-first stowage of most carry-on bags.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer took advantage of the NBAA Convention to introduce a full-size, partial-cabin mockup of its Lineage 1000, the executive version of the company’s E190 airliner. The mockup was built by PATS Aircraft of Georgetown, Del.
The business aviation industry is on a constant quest to create a more comfortable cabin environment for the traveler, but only in the past several years have aircraft manufacturers tackled the nagging issue of cabin altitude and its physiological effects, and with some success.
It’s no secret that Embraer is rapidly adding new business jets to its product line, but what’s interesting about that is that the Brazilian company seems to be the only aircraft manufacturer expanding its offerings to compete with super-prolific Cessna.