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WILLIAMS ENGINE FLIES ON TESTBED
On Monday, the new
3,400-pound-thrust Williams FJ44-4A FADEC engine slated for the Cessna
Citation CJ4 flew for the first time aboard a Citation testbed.
The first flight of the new engine went very well, and performance
exceeded our expectations during the 50-minute flight, said CJ4
Program Manager Norm Baker III. According to the Wichita aircraft
manufacturer, the coming "moderately swept" wing Citation CJ4will have a
full fuel payload of 1,000 pounds, a maximum payload of 2,1000 pounds
and a 435-knot cruise spawned from any runway longer than 3,299 feet.
The jet is scheduled for first flight in the first half of 2008, with
entry into service following in 2010. The FJ44-4A outshines the CJ3's
FJ44-3A thrust output by 580 pounds and "has the best thrust-to-weight
ratio in its thrust class," Cessna notes. It also incorporates
proprietary aerodynamic improvements that result in "a significant
reduction in fuel consumption." More...
PHENOM 100 TAKES SHAPE
Embraer's first four- to six-passenger
$2.75 million Phenom 100 jet, announced in May 2005, is headed for final
assembly. Production and design planning of Phenom jets are entirely
digital, allowing for pre-production parts manufacturing forecasts
("virtual" production) and a smooth production process, according to
Embraer. The second Phenom very light jet is already in the initial
assembly process. Two plants, both located in Botucatu, Brazil, are
being upgraded and expanded by 95,800 sq ft to provide facilities for
subassembly lines of the Phenom 100 and derivative Phenom 300 light jet.
Installation of the VLJs two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617 engines
is expected this month. First flight for the 100 is planned for the
summer, with the twinjet entering service by mid-2008.
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BRAZIL MIDAIR LAWSUITS FILED
At least 16 lawsuits filed
Friday in federal court are seeking financial compensation for the loss
of 154 people killed when a Gol airlines 737 made airborne contact with
an ExcelAire Legacy business jet over the Amazon rain forest last
September 29. The suits filed in Miami name New York-based charter
provider ExcelAire and the U.S. pilots of the Legacy -- Joseph Lepore
and Jan Paladino -- who were previously detained for more than 70 days
in Brazil following the accident. It claims the pilots did not maintain
proper altitude, failed to properly maintain communication with air
traffic control and didn't operate the aircraft properly. Defects in the
air traffic control system, which was developed and maintained by
Honeywell, Lockheed Martin and two other companies, also factor into the
crash and the lawsuit, according to the Associated Press.
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SEEKS STAGE 1 AND 2 AIRCRAFT BAN
Sen. Frank Lautenberg,
D-N.J., late last year submitted a bill (S. 4109) to prohibit all Stage 1 and Stage 2
aircraft -- regardless of weight. While it didnt pass in the
previous Congress, sources say he hopes to slip the bill into the FAA's
reauthorization legislation. The bill "would finally bring closure to
this issue by phasing out the use of all remaining Stage 1 and Stage 2
aircraft in the United States," according to Lautenberg. Individual
airports would be allowed to "opt out of this measure," writes
Lautenberg, and the act would not take effect until three years after
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TRIES HAND AT COMPOSITES
EADS Socata hopes to revolutionize
its manufacturing processes through the use of new advanced composites
manufacturing techniques that could provide it lighter parts, for less
money, built in less time. In partnership with other private-sector
entities it would provide 32 percent toward a EU$9.3 million FUSCOMP,
short for fuselage composite, program for the manufacture of a composite
fuselage demonstrator based on the turboprop-single TBM 850 fuselage
design but developed through vacuum infusion. The
research-and-design-focused program is based on using vacuum pressure to
inject liquid resin into dry fiber in a closed mold -- as opposed to
working with pre-impregnated fiber materials cured in an autoclave. The
new manufacturing method will allow for use of new materials and reduced
production cycles, materials and manufacturing costs. More...
Columbia Introduces 2007 Models
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COMMENTS ON AIR-TAXI RULE
The National Business Aviation
Association has filed comments on proposed rules for air-taxi
services in response to an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking issued
by the Department of Transportation. NBAA has advocated for the FAA to
provide rulemaking that would require Part 135 carriers to verbally
brief passengers on "operational control" for particular flights so that
the passengers may know what entity is operating the flight and thereby
be in a position to research any concerns regarding that operator. NBAA
extends that desire to include charter brokers and ticket agents, or
whomever sells or coordinates flights for the customer.
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TOP SELLING TURBINE: THE PC-12?
Every type of general
aviation airplane saw increased shipments in 2006, according to the
General Aviation Manufacturers Association report, but the Pilatus PC-12
now in its 14th year of production -- held top honors, according
to the Switzerland-based aircraft maker. The company says that this
makes it four consecutive years that the PC-12 has won the top spot as
the best-selling model of turbine-powered business aircraft. With 90
deliveries last year, the PC-12 turboprop single outsold the Citation
XLS and CJ3 business jets, as well as the Grand Caravan turboprop single
and midsize Citation Sovereign twinjet. The PC-12 is now seeing its
highest production rate to date, even as the "Next Generation" PC-12
(slated for certification at the end of this year) gears up to be
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BOOSTED BY BIZJETS
Bombardier saw a fourth-quarter gain in
profits of 30-percent based in part on higher deliveries of business
jets, according to the company. By the numbers, that translated to 69
bizjets amounting to an increase of 6.2 percent and buttressed by a
record 274 orders. Bombardier Aerospace president Pierre Beaudoin last
week told reporters, "Learjet is like everybody else in the industry,"
the business jet segment "is benefiting from a strong market." Looking
toward the future, last year's announcement of the Learjet 60XR has
sparked strong interest and the company says it is looking into use of
composites throughout the entirety of its product line.
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BROADBAND FOR BIZAV TRAVELERS
In case you haven't heard, AirCell is promising
an onboard seamless (within the U.S.) broadband coverage system for
business aircraft operators available in early 2008. The system, which
was announced in at the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in
Reno last week, includes a single LRU weighing in at 15 pounds and
accessed via an Ethernet port. It will be a modular option offered to
aircraft equipped with the AirCell Axxess cabin system and will provide
passengers an onboard 802.11b/g "hotspot" capable of DSL-type speeds and
supportive of all normal Internet activities (surfing, e-mail with
attachments, chat, etc.). Service coverage begins at 10,000 feet,
automatically transitioning between ground stations to provide
coast-to-coast uninterrupted service, according to AirCell.
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Eclipse delivers three Eclipse 500s,not yet for use
as air taxis, to DayJet...
MedAire is offering onboard medical kits
for child travelers...
FAA issues Gulfstream G200 AD...
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