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EXPECTED AT PARIS AIR SHOW
Attendees of the Paris Air Show,
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Although no appearance has been formally announced, the betting is that
Airbus will include a low and over or two at Le Bourget as part of its
very early "test" flights for the new aircraft. As we reported last week
the aircraft, which will compete with the Boeing 787 and Boeing 777 in
the long-haul market, had its maiden flight last Friday and is minutes
away at Toulouse. The Paris show is traditionally the stage for major
order announcements by the big manufacturers and they didn't disappoint
on opening day. Airbus continued to rack up sales of its re-engined A320
Neo while Boeing announced a few sales of 777s. But so far Embraer has
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VLJ DEBUTS IN PARIS
Flaris, a Polish company, introduced its
prototype single-engine personal jet at the Paris Air Show this week.
The all-composite airplane reportedly has begun taxi tests and first
flight is expected soon. It weighs about 1,430 pounds and can carry five
people. Top speed is over 375 knots, according to the company website,
and the range is 1,350 nm. It can fly from grass strips as short as 820
feet. It glides well, the company says, and comes with a ballistic
parachute that's packed in the nose. Also, the wings can be removed for
easier storage. The cockpit features Garmin avionics. The engine is by
Pratt & Whitney, but the company told a French news site they are still
considering other options. Flaris said it plans to start production next
year and has set a price of about $1.5 million. More...
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FOUNDER JAILED AS TRIAL PROCEEDS
Frank Thielert, founder of
Thielert Aircraft Engines, which produced Centurion diesel engines for
the aviation market, last week was jailed by a judge in a German
bankruptcy court who reportedly considered him a "flight risk."
According to the Google translation of a story in the Hamburg Abendblatt newspaper, the judge said Thielert faces
several years in prison if convicted on charges that investors in his
company were "systematically deceived." The Thielert AG company went
public in 2005 and declared insolvency in 2008. More...
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PLANS SMALL PASSENGER PLANE
Diamond Aircraft Industries is
partnering with Russia's Rostec to develop a low-cost, 19-seat,
diesel-powered, composite utility aircraft designed to service
communities in vast reaches of the country that have no road or rail
links. The aircraft will be designed to replace the ancient An-2
biplanes and L-410 turboprops that ply these obscure routes now. "An-2
and L-410 [aircraft] currently in service have low fuel efficiency and
high operating costs," said Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov. "Creating a
principally new aircraft will fulfill this niche and allow us to replace
the obsolete fleet." Russia doesn't currently build any aircraft in that
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Safran and Honeywell have unveiled an
electric taxiing system for airliners that is expected to save millions
of gallons of fuel and make airports much nicer places. According to France 24 the companies collaborated on
the system, which puts electric motors on the main wheels to allow
pilots to maneuver on the ground without using the main engines. The
system is virtually silent and the weight penalty is more than
compensated for by the smaller fuel load it allows aircraft to carry.
It's estimated that about 5 percent of jet fuel is burned before takeoff
and after landing and taxi times are on the increase at airports all
over the world. The companies are demonstrating the system on an A320,
which is actually at the upper end of the target market.
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MUSIC OF THE MERLINS
assembly of Merlin-powered warbirds took to the skies over Hamilton,
Ontario on Father's Day weekend, providing sights and sounds not
experienced in decades. The star of the show was Jerry Yagen's recently
rebuilt de Havilland Mosquito (the only one of its type flying), and it
flew in formation with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's
Lancaster, alongside two Spitfires and two Hurricanes. AVweb's
Russ Niles spoke with Mosquito pilot Mike Spalding of the Military
Aviation Museum. More...
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