AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 11, Number 24

June 19, 2013

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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A350 Expected At Paris Air Show

Attendees of the Paris Air Show, which started Monday, will likely get a look at Airbus's new A350. 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 the biggest order of the show.

The Brazilian planemaker formally introduced its next generation of the E jet and also announced orders and options for up to 400 aircraft. Launch customer for the new aircraft, which has new wings, engines and cockpit and up to 144 seats, is Skywest. The aircraft is a response to Bombardier's CSeries, which doesn't have as many orders as Embraer announced Monday. Bombardier didn't announce any new orders but it did reveal that start-up Odyssey Airlines was the previously unidentified customer for 10 CSeries. Odyssey will operate from London's City Centre Airport and picked the CSeries for its quiet operation and ability to serve New York from there.

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Polish VLJ Debuts In Paris

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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.

The airplane is the first aviation project undertaken by Metal-Master, a family-run business established in 2000 that manufactures parts for European automobile production. The chief designer is Andrzej Frydrychewicz, who also designed the Wilga, Kruk, and Orlik airplanes.

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Thielert Investigation back to top 

Thielert 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.

The court said Thielert and several other defendants misrepresented the company's economic situation to potential investors, making it out to be more positive than it was. More than 3,500 of the diesel aircraft engines have been delivered around the world. A separate company, Centurion, provides service to the fleet.

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Diamond Thinking Beyond Roads in Russia back to top 

Diamond 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 range and those built in other countries are updates of old designs, he said.

Diamond CEO Christian Dries said there is an initial market for at least 200 airframes but he said there is future potential in the Russian government's commitment to rebuild its crumbling aviation infrastructure in the outlying areas of the country and subsidize air service. "We anticipate Russia is a prospective market as it has considerable territories giving it great potential in domestic services development," he said. The diesel aircraft are expected to be 2.5 times more efficient than the current aircraft and the first one will be delivered in 2016. Meanwhile a couple of players in that market also had announcements at Paris. Canadian-based Viking Air announced Russian carrier Vityaz Avia ordered seven 19-seat Series 400 Twin Otters bringing its total order to 11 aircraft. And the Czech Republic's LET introduced a modernized version of the L-410, with new engines and avionics.

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A Better Way to Taxi back to top 

Electric Taxiing Unveiled

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.

The system is aimed primarily at airlines with short-haul routes because the fuel burn during taxi is a bigger portion of the overall use on a short flight. The companies estimate the market at about $5 billion. Other electric taxi systems are under development. Israel Industry Aerospace and Airbus are developing a detachable tug that is remotely controlled by the pilots and KLM is designing a system with an electric motor on nosewheel airliners.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Is the FAA Gouging EAA?

Without an itemized invoice for air traffic services at AirVenture, how can we tell? If the FAA forces industry to pay for these services, we at least ought to have the courtesy of an invoice, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog. The FAA gilds the lily on costs and shouldn't force private events to pay for that.

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AVweb Video: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 

Video: Music of the Merlins

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

An extraordinary 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.

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Video: Diamond DA40 Tundra Edition

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It turns out there's money in Russia, and people want to fly sophisticated airplanes into places where the runways suck or don't exist. Diamond has risen to the challenge with its DA40 Tundra edition. Paul Bertorelli recently had a flight demo in the airplane and prepared this video report.

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Names Behind the News back to top 

Meet the AVwebBiz Team

AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the world's premier independent aviation news resource.

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