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Eclipse Aerospace Completes Its First ‘New’ Aircraft

by GlobalAir.com 30. November 2012 10:26
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Article By: Rob Finfrock
www.ainonline.com

For the first time in more than four years, new aircraft have emerged from the former Eclipse Aviation final-assembly facility in Albuquerque, N.M. Two unfinished airframes left on the assembly line when that company declared bankruptcy in November 2008 were recently completed by the resurrected company, Eclipse Aerospace, and outfitted as factory-new Total Eclipse twinjets. Until now, Eclipse Aerospace’s Total Eclipse airplanes were pre-owned airframes delivered by the old company and later refurbished by Eclipse Aerospace.


For the first time in more than four years, new aircraft have emerged from the former Eclipse Aviation final assembly facility in Albuquerque, N.M.–in this case two Total Eclipse twinjets. These aircraft will soon be followed by new Eclipse 550s, which will start rolling off the line in mid-2013.

Both of the new aircraft–S/Ns 261 and 262–are available for delivery next month equipped with new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofans, known-icing certification and the Avio IFMS avionics suite, according to the company. The aircraft will also feature discounted pricing on an optional upgrade package that, upon FAA certification, will include synthetic- and enhanced-vision capabilities, as well as autothrottles.

A company spokesman told AIN the aircraft are the first two examples to pass down Eclipse Aerospace’s retooled production line for the upcoming Eclipse 550, which will be the first aircraft completely produced by the company. Eclipse 550 deliveries are expected to begin in the middle of next year.

Are You Insured When You Rent an Aircraft?

by Greg Reigel 29. November 2012 11:47
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When you rent an aircraft from an FBO or some other aircraft owner, you know that as pilot-in-command you have responsibility for operating that aircraft in compliance with the FARs. But other than having to face the wrath of the FAA, what is your responsibility if something bad happens during a flight (e.g. an accident)?  Ideally, you hope you have insurance to cover you.  Unfortunately, when you rent an aircraft, that may not always be the case. The estate of a renter pilot found that out the hard way in a recent case.

In Knezovich v. Hallmark Insurance Co., a student pilot rented an aircraft from an FBO. While he was operating the aircraft solo, he was involved in a midair collision that took his life, as well as the life of the pilot and passenger in the other aircraft. A number of wrongful death lawsuits ensued.  Additionally, the estate of the deceased student pilot sued the insurance company that insured the aircraft seeking a judgment declaring that the insurer owed the estate a duty to defend and indemnify the estate in the wrongful death lawsuits.

Ultimately, the Court determined that the insurer was not required to defend or indemnify the estate of the deceased student pilot because the policy language specifically excluded coverage for a pilot, student or otherwise, who rented an aircraft.  Since the student pilot rented the aircraft for a solo flight, rather than a flight in which he received instruction from one of the FBO's flight instructors, the Court held that the insurance policy did not provide coverage.

Although this is an unfortunate situation for the deceased pilot's estate, this case serves as a reminder to anyone who rents aircraft to confirm that insurance coverage is in place that will protect the renter.  It isn't enough to simply ask the FBO or aircraft owner whether they have insurance. You need to be sure that coverage is in place to protect you, the person renting the aircraft.  If the aircraft owner's or FBO's insurance doesn't provide coverage, you need to know that so you can understand your risk and either obtain coverage elsewhere or go without.

For more information regarding aircraft insurance, please read my articles Aircraft Insurance Coverage: Will You Have It When You Need It? and My Policy Says What?!: Understanding An Aircraft Insurance Policy.

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Embraer Legacy 500 Makes 'Flawless' First Flight

by GlobalAir.com 28. November 2012 09:00
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Article By: Chad Trauvetter
www.ainonline.com

The Embraer Legacy 500 made a “flawless” one-hour 45-minute first flight today from the aircraft manufacturer’s headquarters at Brazil’s São José dos Campos Airport, marking the beginning of the midsize jet’s flight-test program. Embraer test pilots Mozart Louzada and Eduardo Camelier, along with flight-test engineers Gustavo Paixão and Alexandre Figueiredo, flew the fly-by-wire aircraft, performing handling and performance characteristics evaluation.

The Legacy 500 achieved first flight today from Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

As a result of the extensive use of simulation and ground testing, the aircraft was able to cover a “significant flight envelope” on the maiden flight, though the company hasn’t yet released speed or altitude data. Aircraft systems were assessed during the flight, including landing-gear retraction.

“This is the aircraft that will move us from industry player to industry leader,” said Embraer Executive Jets president Ernest Edwards. “The Legacy 500 breaks through the traditional midsize jet envelope to offer something that has never been done before. It is hard to overstate the importance of fly-by-wire technology. Fly-by-wire does for business aviation what GPS has done for navigation. It will empower more precision, efficiency, safety and comfort every time the aircraft flies.”

Certification and initial deliveries of the Legacy 500 are expected in early 2014. Its mid-light sibling, the Legacy 450, is slated to cross the certification finish line about a year after that.

SaM146 Engine Certified by Indonesian Aviation Authority

by GlobalAir.com 27. November 2012 10:00
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The SaM146 Type Certificate validation process began in May 2012. It confirms compliance of the SaM146 engines to the certification requirements of the Indonesian Aviation Authority. The same Authority has also validated a Type Certificate on November 22 for the SSJ100 to JSC “Sukhoi Civil Aircraft” (SCAC), that will enable export to Indonesia and operation of the aircraft by Indonesian airlines.

“This certificate, which has been awarded following an extensive process by the Indonesian civil aviation authority, marks a major step for PowerJet. Our SaM146 regional jet engines perfectly met the airworthiness requirements of the country’s Civil Aviation Safety Regulations. In addition, it will allow PowerJet to power the SSJ100 in the Southeast Asian market,” said Jacques Desclaux, Chairman and CEO of PowerJet.
The Indonesian airline Sky Aviation is the first Southeast Asian customer. The airline ordered 12 SSJ100 from “Sukhoi Civil Aircraft” (SCAC) and signed a Customer Support Agreement (CSA) with PowerJet on June, 2012.

Both versions of the engine, SaM146-1S17 and SaM146-1S18, received the Type Certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in May 2010 and January 2012, respectively.

Since entering service in April 2011, the SaM146-powered Sukhoi Superjet 100 has confirmed its performance in revenue service. As of October 31, 2012, the SaM146 had logged nearly 27,000 flight-hours, flying to over 40 destinations worldwide. The SaM146 has also recorded excellent dispatch reliability, exceeding 99.9%.

PowerJet, founded in July 2004, is a joint venture of Snecma (Safran group) of France and NPO Saturn of Russia. The company manages the SaM146 engine program, including development, production, marketing and sales, as well as customer support and MRO services. In April 2003, the SaM146 engine was selected by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft to power its Superjet 100 regional jet.

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Lyubov Kalinina T:+ 7 4855 296 285 - E: lyubov.kalinina[.]npo-saturn.ru.

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Nexcelle Completes the Preliminary Design Review forits Nacelle to Equip GE’s Passport Engines on Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 Business Jets

by GlobalAir.com 21. November 2012 09:48
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The Nexcelle joint venture of GE’s Middle River Aircraft Systems and the Safran group’s Aircelle has completed the Preliminary Design Review for its nacelle on the GE Passport engine, marking a major milestone with the integrated propulsion system that will power the Bombardier* Global 7000* and Global 8000* twin-jet business aircraft.

The successful design review was held at Nexcelle’s Cincinnati, Ohio headquarters, with its results announced today.

“With this milestone, Nexcelle has once again demonstrated the capability to execute on the design and development responsibility for its programs,” said Nexcelle President Huntley Myrie. “Our teams also are well advanced in preparing the manufacturing and assembly infrastructure that will handle the Passport engine nacelle production.”

Nexcelle’s Passport nacelle incorporates the expertise of its Aircelle and Middle River Aircraft Systems parent companies, including their capabilities in composites, acoustic treatment and advanced production techniques.

Main nacelle elements include the inner and outer barrel, manufactured with composite materials for weight reduction; a fan cowl produced with composites for both weight reduction and strength; along with a target-type two-door thrust reverser and fixed aft nozzle, which are built largely with composites in a design chosen for both performance and weight reduction.

Among the advanced production techniques to be applied by Nexcelle is a robotic drilling and fastening installation for the nacelle’s inlet assembly to improve productivity, quality and repeatability. The Passport’s thrust reverser will be built on a moving assembly line, which applies techniques similar to those used in the automotive industry for improved production efficiency.

As part of the production preparations, tooling designs for the Passport nacelle are now being released by Nexcelle.

Aircelle will produce its Passport nacelle components at the company’s facilities in France and Morocco; while Middle River Aircraft Systems’ production activity is to include composite parts manufacturing and assembly in an all-new GE shared facility in the United States, which currently is taking form in Ellisville, Mississippi.

About Nexcelle
Nexcelle (nexcelle.com) is creating smart nacelle systems for tomorrow’s world travel. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, the company is a 50/50 joint venture of Aircelle and Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS), which are leading suppliers of engine nacelles, thrust reversers and aerostructures. Through Nexcelle’s relationship with CFM International, GE Aviation and Safran, the company brings unparalleled expertise in the design, development, production and support of integrated propulsion systems for a wide range of aircraft.

* Trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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Jennifer Villarreal, GE Aviation
T: +1 616 241 8643 - E: jennifer.villarreal3[.]ge.com.

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