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Embraer Regional Jets Receive Type Approval for Operation in Russia and the CIS

Article By: www.aero-news.net
Russian Airlines Now Able To Buy E190, E195

The Embraer 190 and the Embraer 195 jets have received the Type Certificates from the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), also known by its Russian acronym MAK, paving the way for Russian airlines to acquire the 112 to 124-seat aircraft.

“This is a significant milestone in the program that now allows prospective customers in Russia to add E-Jets to their fleets,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “We see tremendous potential in the Russian market, which has such a rich aviation history. I’m confident that these two E-Jets can bring new operating efficiencies to Russian airlines and help them succeed in a fast-growing domestic market.”

Embraer estimates that domestic airline passenger volume in Russia will grow an average of 5.6% per year over the next 20 years and that its airlines will need some 445 new aircraft with 30 to 120 seats. This represents 7% of the world demand in that capacity segment. In the 91 to 120-seat category where the E190 and the E195 are positioned, the Russian market will need about 300 new aircraft.

The E-Jets are already well established in several countries in Russia’s vicinity – Poland, Finland, Bulgaria, Estonia and the Republic of Moldova – and in CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries where Embraer has E-Jets customers in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Ukraine.

(Embraer E195 image from file)
FMI: www.embraer.com

Blue Angels Announce 2014 Schedule

Article By: www.aero-news.net
As Always, Performances Planned From Coast To Coast


It never hurts to plan ahead. The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced its show schedule for the 2014 season at the annual International Council of Airshows convention.

Following winter training, the team begins the season Mar. 15 at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, CA, and will conclude the season Nov. 8 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, FL. The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 65 shows at 34 locations throughout the United States in 2014.

The 2014 (yes, we said 2014 ... which is already posted by the team) show schedule is:

March

  • 15 NAF El Centro, CA
  • 22-23 March ARB, CA
  • 29-30 NAS Kingsville, TX

April
  • 5-6 Lakeland, FL
  • 12-13 Fort Smith, AR
  • 26-27 NAS Fort Worth JRB, TX

May
  • 3-4 St. Louis, MO
  • 10-11 Vero Beach, FL
  • 17-18 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
  • 21 US Naval Academy, MD
  • 23 US Naval Academy, MD (flyover)
  • 24-25 Jones Beach, NY
  • 31 La Crosse, WI

June
  • 1 La Crosse, WI
  • 7-8 Pittsburgh, PA
  • 14-15 Smyrna, TN
  • 21-22 Milwaukee, WI
  • 28-29 Dayton, OH

July
  • 5-6 Traverse City, MI
  • 12 Pensacola Beach, FL
  • 19-20 Offutt AFB, NE
  • 26-27 St. George, UT

August
  • 2-3 Seattle, WA
  • 23-24 Duluth, MN
  • 30-31 Selfridge ANGB, MI

September
  • 6-7 Cleveland, OH
  • 13-14 Baltimore, MD
  • 20-21 NAS Oceana, VA
  • 27-28 MCB Hawaii, HI

October
  • 4-5 MCAS Miramar, CA
  • 11-12 San Francisco, CA
  • 18-19 Millington, TN
  • 25-26 Jacksonville Beach, FL

November
  • 1-2 Houston, TX
  • 7-8 NAS Pensacola, FL


Demonstration sites are selected in support of the Department of Defense objectives and in the interest of the armed services with safety as the primary consideration. Performances support the recruiting and retention goals of our military services, enhance esprit de corps among uniformed men and women and demonstrate the professional skills and capabilities of the Naval services to the American public and U.S. allies.

For information about individual air shows, please go to each air show’s official website.
FMI: www.blueangels.navy.mil

First Flight: Production Eurocopter EC175

Article By: www.aero-news.net
Eurocopter Announces Projected Performance Figures For The Medium Twin Helo

Eurocopter has conducted the first flight of its no. 1 series-production EC175, and confirmed the performance of this next-generation multi-role helicopter. The maiden flight occurred last week at Eurocopter’s Marignane, France headquarters facility, with company pilot Augustin Dupuis at the controls.

“With this first production series aircraft now airborne, the EC175 helicopter is a reality, and Eurocopter is very pleased to bring this new product in its civil range to the market,” said Lutz Bertling, Eurocopter’s President & CEO. “This first flight is the occasion to confirm our objective – which was to develop, in cooperation with our industrial Chinese partner, AVIC – the safest and best medium-sized rotorcraft, which also is a leader in terms of competitiveness, power efficiency and comfort. Following the success of Eurocopter’s EC130 T2 and the EC145 T2, the EC175 is yet another example of our strategy to provide outstanding value to customers.”

Eurocopter announced performance figures for the aircraft Wednesday which are better than the helo's original estimates. Its recommended cruise speed is 150 kts. – 10 kts. faster than the previous figure without affecting payload range – while the maximum cruise speed exceeds 165 kts. Eurocopter’s program flight tests to date also have confirmed the EC175’s power performance, including hover out of ground effect (HOGE) at maximum take-off weight at 4,500 ft. at ISA+20°C conditions; excellent one engine inoperative (OEI) hover performance, which ensures safety during hosting for search and rescue missions ; extensive power reserve and heli-deck performance (PC1) at maximum take-off weight in ISA+20°C conditions –available with application of the latest certified version of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6C-67E engines.

The EC175 avionics extends the EC225’s undisputed superiority of in-flight envelope protection, pilot assistance and situational awareness and includes the most innovative alerting and self-monitoring system. “Helionix,” the newest avionics family being certified, meets the latest international avionics standards, and makes the EC175 the second aircraft to apply them – after the Airbus A380.

For these new state-of-the-art standards compliance to be available from the initial helicopters provided to customers, Eurocopter has shifted the EC175’s certification date – while not impacting the first deliveries, which are to begin in September 2013. “Flying the EC175 is a fantastic experience,” said Eurocopter company pilot Dupuis. “The excellent avionics, power, speed and low vibrations levels make it a unique aircraft.”

The first EC175 version to receive airworthiness certification will be for the highly-demanding oil and gas market. With the designed-in attributes that meet rigorous operating conditions for off-shore missions – along with its range and speed – the EC175 is the best choice to address all missions, including search and rescue, emergency medical services, public services, VIP and executive transport.

(Image provided by Eurocopter)
FMI: www.eurocopter.com

HyperMach Reconfigures SSBJ Design, Aiming for Mach 4.5

Article By: Chad Trautvetter
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HyperMach Aerospace announced a new configuration for its SonicStar supersonic business jet (SSBJ) that it claims will boost the aircraft’s top speed by about 12 percent to Mach 4.5, while increasing range by 500 nm, to 6,500 nm. At its planned high-Mach cruise speed of Mach 4.4 at FL620, the SonicStar would be able to fly from New York to Dubai in only two hours and eight minutes.

HyperMach has reconfigured the design of its proposed supersonic business jet, SonicStar, with a larger fuselage, new swooped delta wing and redesigned V tail. It has also boosted the output of the aircraft’s in-development H-Magjet 4400 engine to increase the top speed to Mach 4.5.

The updated version–which includes a new swooped delta wing, redesigned V tail and a pair of more powerful engines–is “slightly larger” than when the SonicStar was first announced at the Paris Airshow last year. Thus, it could now accommodate up to 32 passengers, instead of the original 20.

Work is now said to be under way on the SSBJ’s 65,000-pound-thrust H-Magjet 4400 “hybrid turbofan ramjet” engines, which are being developed by Portland, Maine-based sister company SonicBlue. The company says it plans to start engine rig testing next year, followed by core and then electrical compressor tests in subsequent years. A full engine run is scheduled for 2018.

The redesign has pushed estimated first flight one year to the right, to 2022, but HyperMach says it still expects certification and entry into service in 2025. The company will start taking orders for the $180 million SonicStar next month.

First Flyable A350 XWB 'MSN-001' Structurally Complete

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Aircraft Makes Its 1st Journey 'On Wheels'

Airbus has successfully completed the main structural assembly and system connection of A350 XWB ‘MSN-001’ – the first flight-test aircraft. The aircraft is shown here on its wheels for the very first time moving out of the main assembly hall (Station 40) at the recently inaugurated “Roger Béteille” A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse. It then entered the adjacent indoor ground test station (Station 30).

The assembly work performed in Station 40 included the successful electrical power-on of the aircraft's entire fuselage and wings. Soon work in Station 30 will start by testing the aircraft's hydraulic system, followed by the full electric and hydraulic power-on of the aircraft which will be completed by around the end of the year. This will mark the start of several weeks of comprehensive functional system testing.

After the A350 XWB MSN-001 exits station 30, the aircraft will go through a series of extensive production and certification / development tests, be painted and have its engines installed. It will then be delivered to the flight-line and be readied for its first flight in mid-2013.

(Image provided by Airbus)
FMI: www.airbus.com

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