Embraer says its fourth E190-E2 prototype has officially joined the test team with a two-hour flight last week. The petite Brazilian twin is the most refined of the four siblings and will be used specifically for interior tests: cabin evacuation, environmental comfort and internal noise. The three aircraft already in testing have accumulated 650 flight hours, and Luis Carlos Affonso, COO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, says the advanced certification tests—high speed flying qualities, flutter, natural ice and cold soak reliability—are coming soon.
Of the 19 aircraft that set out from Crete, Greece on November 12, 14 survivors of the Crete2Cape Vintage Air Rally arrived in Cape Town, South Africa after 8,000 miles and over a month of flying. The pre-WWII aircraft were the first to land at the Egyptian Pyramids at Giza in 80 years and the first to receive permission for level overflight of Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Those failing to complete included a Boeing Stearman, piloted by John Ordway and his daughter Isabella, which was destroyed in a forced landing 80 miles from Nairobi following a total engine failure.
Centennial Airport based Boom Technology, would-be maker of the first supersonic airliner since the Concorde, has raised an additional $33 million to fund development of its 1/3 scale demonstration aircraft, the XB-1, according to a company press release. An SEC filing on Tuesday reported that the company had raised $41.9 million, though $7.9 million of that probably reflects a restructuring of amounts previously raised. Boom CEO and founder Blake Scholl says “our mission is to make supersonic flight a reality,” and expects to see the XB-1 close to ready to fly in the next year.