Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Airbus A330 selected for Indian Indigenous AWACS platfrom

Indian Defense Ministry has cleared the purchase of two Airbus A330 aircraft for the indigenous Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) radar platform for Indian Air Force.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Airbus delivers winglet equipped C295

Airbus Military has delivered the first winglet equipped C295 medium transport airlifter, dubbed the C295W to Mexican Navy.

HondaJet achieve FAA provisional certificate

The new Honda HondaJet light business jet has received provisional type certification (PTC) from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The certificate is FAA's approval of the HondaJet design based on certification testing, design reviews, and analyses completed to date.

A provisional type certificate is a design approval by the FAA and is common for business jets when final certification is near. Honda Aircraft has demonstrated that the HondaJet is safe for flight and meets the airworthiness standards defined by the PTC.

Melvin Taylor, manager of the FAA's Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), said: "It is a pleasure for the Atlanta ACO to issue Honda Aircraft Company a provisional type certificate for the Model HA-420. It is a milestone event for a first time aircraft manufacturer to receive its first type certificate".

Honda Aircraft is targeting final FAA type certification in the next few months, following the completion of final testing and approval by the FAA.

The four HondaJets in the flight test fleet have performed as expected and flown more than 2,500 hours. The flight test program has conducted extensive testing for certification at more than 70 locations in the United States.

The HondaJet is being manufactured at Honda Aircraft Company's world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, where aircraft production is underway in preparation for customer deliveries. The final assembly line is full with 12 aircraft and another five are currently in the production flow.

 Honda Aircraft will begin first deliveries after FAA type certification is achieved.
The HondaJet was developed from a clean sheet design and incorporates advanced technologies and innovations. The HondaJet Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural-laminar flow wing and composite fuselage were developed from long-term Honda research activities.

These innovations combine to make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.

HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck featuring a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Upgraded Mirage delivered to IAF

Dassault Aviation delivered the first two upgraded Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighters from its Flight Test Centre in Istres on Thursday.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

747-8 achieve 330 minute ETOPS

Boeing 747-8
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved 330-minute Extended Operations (ETOPS) for the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, a first for four-engine airplanes.

nEUROn complete French flight trials

With the completion of its 100th flight in February, the European nEUROn Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator has completed its test campaign in France.

The demonstrator has been flying since December 1 2012. Further evaluations will take place in Italy and then in Sweden.

The program is led by Dassault Aviation as prime contractor under the authority of French defense procurement agency DGA. It federates expertise from across Europe, consisting of French industrial firms Thales and EADS France, Saab (Sweden), EAB (Greece), Alenia (Italy), RUAG Aerospace (Switzerland) and EADS CASA (Spain).

The nEUROn, in full stealth configuration, was operated by Dassault. In the first phase, the purpose of the tests was to open the flight envelope (including with weapon bay doors open), to test the electro-optical sensor and to evaluate datalink performance.

In the second phase, most flights were dedicated to infrared and electromagnetic signature/detection confrontations against operational systems.

Stealth-related data and feedback will serve as a reference for future aircraft projects.

The nEUROn program is designed to validate the development of complex technologies representing all mission systems: high-level flight control and stealth, launching real air-to-ground weapons from an internal bay, integration in the C4I environment, innovative industrial collaboration processes, etc.

The demonstrator reportedly measures 10 m long, 12 m wide and weighs 5 tons. It is powered by a single Rolls Royce Adour turbofan engine, which powered the Anglo-French SEPECAT Jaguar fighter.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Vueling adds first A320 with Airbus Space-Flex module

Spanish carrier Vueling, the low cost platform for International Airlines Group (IAG), has taken delivery of the first Airbus A320 incorporating the new Vueling cabin configuration.

Antonov An-178 roll out in April

Ukranian Antonov has completed final assembly of the first An-178 airlifter prototype, ahead of roll out in April 2015.

FlyMojo commits to 40 CS100 jets

The new Malaysian airline, flymojo, announced today at Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA), have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for 20 Bombardier CS100 aircraft with options for an additional 20.

Boeing-Saab adapt SDB for artillery

Saab and Boeing have successfully adapted the Boeing’s Small Diameter Bomb I for launch from a ground artillery system.

Boeing announce improvements to 777

Boeing marketing vice-president Randy Tinseth, unveiled a series of product improvements to the 777 widebody jetliner at the ISTAT Americas conference on 9 March.

The improvements are aimed to win more orders, so as to keep the 777 assembly line running at full rate, for a smooth transition to 777X.

Any further cuts in the 777s current 100 per year rate could make it harder for Boeing to ramp up production of the 777X.

The product improvements will be available on the 777-300ER, the 777-200LR and the 777 Freighter variants.

The baseline engine, airplane weight and aerodynamic improvements will be phased into production by the third quarter of 2016, lowering trip fuel use by 2 percent. Along with the priced optional features, airlines will see an approximate 5 percent overall fuel use per seat improvement.

GE will provide combination of various improvements to the GE90 engine.

Weight reductions:

Optimized interior structural crown architecture, low density hydraulic fluid, lightweight insulation and tail skid removal— all resulting in a 1,200 lb. weight reduction.

Aerodynamic improvements:

Divergent trailing edge- A trailing edge device is added to the underside of the wing, outboard of the aileron. The profile of the device increases camber of the outboard wing, resulting in outboard wing efficiency.

Elevator trim bias and seal optimization- Elevator seals are improved to reduce drag and the pitch trim software logic is revised, enabling the elevator to augment the stabilizer trim during cruise flight, reducing profile and induced drag.

Slat enhancement- The slat trailing edge is made 60 percent thinner, resulting in lower drag.

Flap fairing optimization- The inboard flap track fairing is revised to optimize span-loading and reduce profile drag.

Window excrescence drag reduction- A new passenger window and seal design will result in greater flushness with the fuselage skin, reducing excrescence drag.

Tailskid deletion- Enhanced tail skid protection is integrated into the fly-by-wire control laws, eliminating the need for a physical tailskid on the 777-300ER.

Optional priced features:

Options such as next-generation lightweight galleys, space-saving lavatories and straightened aft seat tracks will improve fuel efficiency even more through the addition of seats (up to 14 seats, depending on the configuration).

Optional passenger experience upgrades include premium window shades, an LED lighting system to provide better quality of lighting, forward cabin noise improvements and an enhanced Door 2 entry.
GE is also considering an engine retrofit package for in-service airplanes.

The 777X, slated for deliveries from 2020, will feature new engines, new composite wings, and use technologies from the Boeing 787.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Boeing upgrades first NATO Boeing 707 AWACS

Boeing has completed the first flight of a upgraded NATO Boeing 707 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with modern flight deck and avionics systems that replace 1970s-era analog systems.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

First Qantas 747 retires to museum

Australian Qantas Airline's first Boeing 747-400 jumbo airliner, celebrated for having flown the longest commercial flight in history, made its shortest and final journey on March 7 when it landed at Illawarra Regional Airport, where it is set to become Shellharbour’s first jumbo tourist attraction.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Airbus rolls out 242 tonne A330 for Delta Airlines

Just four months after entering the Final Assembly Line, and less than two months after its maiden flight, the first 242 tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) variant of the A330 rolled out of the paintshop in Toulouse, France in Delta Air Lines livery.

Airbus Helicopters H160 unveiled

Airbus Helicopters unveiled its all-new twin engine H160 medium-class rotorcraft at the Heli-Expo industry show’s opening in Orlando, Florida on March 3.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Lockheed restarts P-3 wing production line

Lockheed Martin has restarted the wing production line for the P-3 Orion aircraft Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) program for Canada and Chile on March 4.

Monday, March 2, 2015

USAF to move 18 A-10s to Backup Inventory

US Air Force, with congressional authorization, will convert 18 primary combat-coded A-10 Thunderbolt II ground support aircraft from active units and place them into Backup-Aircraft Inventory (BAI) status with the possibility to convert another 18 at a later date in fiscal year 2015.

LCH complete cold weather trials

The cold weather trials of the Indian HAL Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) were carried out at Air Force Station, Leh recently.