All posts tagged 'Aircraft' - Page 9

A380 Wins 'Prestigious' UK Award

Article by: www.aero-news.com
Noise Abatement Society Award Recognizes Aircraft For Reduced Noise

The UK’s national noise reduction charity, the Noise Abatement Society, presented the Airbus A380 with one of its top award at their annual award ceremony Tuesday night ... recognizing the aircraft for its reduced noise signature around airport communities.

There will be 10 daily A380 flights to Heathrow by the end of the year, which has the strictest noise regulations of any airport worldwide and is the benchmark on which noise measurement for aircraft is based.

At a special event held at the House of Commons in London, the Society presented Airbus with the John Connell Silent Approach Award for the A380 and its innovations in quiet technology. Presented by Sir Bob Russell MP, the award recognizes local authorities, industry, organisations and individuals judged to have been outstanding in their efforts to reduce the impact of noise nuisance, or seeking to pioneer practical and innovative solutions to noise pollution and the enhancement and management of the soundscape.

“The NAS was immensely impressed with the reduced external noise emissions of the A380 compared to typical equivalent aircraft and with its quiet and peaceful interior acoustics," said Lisa Lavia, Managing Director of the Noise Abatement Society. This proves that with commitment and engineering excellence noise pollution need not be the inevitable by-product of progress. And that traditionally noisy operations and equipment can be made quieter for the benefit of all.”

“The A380 has been in service with airlines for over five years and is the quietest long-haul aircraft for the foreseeable future - generating only half the noise on departure of some other large long haul aircraft and up to four times less noise on landing while carrying 40% more passengers," said John Roberts, Airbus in the UK A380 Chief Engineer. "The A380 is also recognized as having made a step change in passenger comfort by the huge reduction of noise levels within the cabin, making long haul flying a more enjoyable experience."

Typically seating 525 passengers in three classes, the aircraft is capable of flying 8,500 nautical miles non-stop. To date, Airbus has recorded 257 firm orders for the A380 from 20 customers.

(A380 stock photo provided by Airbus)
FMI: www.airbus.com, https://noiseabatementsociety.com/

NRC Flies World's First Civil Jet Powered by 100 Percent Biofuel

Article by: www.aero-news.com
Falcon 20 Burns Unblended Replacement Fuel In Test Flight

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) achieved a major milestone for the aviation industry as it recently flew the first civil jet powered by 100 percent unblended biofuel. This historic flight symbolizes a significant step not only for the aerospace industry, but also towards advancing sustainable sources of renewable energy.

"I have now flown the world's first 100 percent biofuel flight," said Tim Leslie, one of NRC's pilots. "We have been working hard with our partners for many months, and it is most rewarding to see it all come together. It is truly inspiring to take this step towards an eco-friendly future."

"I congratulate the aerospace team at the National Research Council of Canada for achieving today's milestone in aviation history," said the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology). "This is a perfect example of how government and industry work together to bridge the gap between Canadian innovation and commercialization. The NRC, through our government's investments, helps support the Canadian economy by enabling its partners to develop and bring effective sustainable energy solutions to market."

The pure biofuel flowed into the engines of the Falcon 20 - one of NRC's specifically-equipped and the best-suited jet for this challenge - as it flew over Canada's capital. A second aircraft, the NRC’s T-33, outfitted with an array of under-wing sensors, tailed the Falcon in flight and collected valuable information on the emissions generated by the biofuel. Research experts at the National Research Council will analyze this information to better understand the environmental impact of biofuel. Preliminary results are expected to be released in the following weeks.

The biofuel used for this flight was transformed by Applied Research Associates and Chevron Lummus Global using oilseed crops commercialized by Agrisoma Bioscience Inc. This aviation initiative is funded by the Government of Canada's Clean Transportation Initiatives and the Green Aviation Research and Development Network.

(Image provided by NRC of Canada)
FMI: www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Cessna Introduces A New Citation Sovereign

Article by: www.aero-news.com
New Avionics, New Engines In The Latest Of The Line

Cessna has introduced the latest variant of its Citation Sovereign line at the NBAA convention in Orlando, and announced that the "Citation X" will live on.

“This year, we are thrilled with the steps we have taken to deliver what our customers want and need,” said Scott Ernest, Cessna President and CEO. “These innovations further underscore our commitment to bring cutting edge aircraft and service to market for today and tomorrow and to exceed our customers’ expectations year after year.”

The New Citation Sovereign now delivers increased range, updated technologies and enhanced capabilities. Features of the airplane, currently on display at NBAA include:

  • New cockpit with Garmin G5000 avionics suite
  • Increased range by 150 nm, boosting the New Citation Sovereign total range to over 3,000 nm
  • Powered by the new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D engine
  • New cabin amenities including the integrated Cessna Clarity cabin management system, in addition to improved seat design
  • Improved short runway performance
  • Integrated automatic throttles
  • Winglets have been added, giving the aircraft a distinct appearance and an aerodynamic boost
  • Improved ground cooling performance

Line flow has already started on the New Citation Sovereign, and entry into service is expected in the early third quarter of 2013. The new Sovereign will also be available with a utility configuration, with options to carry payload, people, or both, depending on the mission requirements.

Meanwhile the Citation X name will live on. When the plans were drawn to improve on the Citation X systems and performance, that aircraft was to be called the “Citation TEN”. Through the design and certification process, the Citation TEN has claimed the title of world’s fastest business jet, but customers have told Cessna that they prefer the new aircraft retain the Citation X name.

“You can see customer input present throughout the entire process,” said Roxanne Bernstein, senior vice president of Marketing. “We’ve implemented customer input with various designs, we value customer feedback with services, and we also listen to the customer when it comes to guidance with naming our aircraft. Customers value the performance and system improvements with the updated aircraft, the fact that the new Citation X is the world’s fastest business jet with a top speed of Mach 0.935, and they value the original name. So Cessna has decided that, moving forward, this aircraft will be called the new Citation X.”

Cessna also reinforced the company’s activities tied to the smart global growth strategy including opening Citation Service Centers in the United Kingdom and Spain. The company announced the first Cessna-owned Citation Service Center in the UK, located at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield. The newly-acquired 50,000-square-foot facility, rebranded as the Doncaster Citation Service Centre, offers a wide range of services to Citation customers, from maintenance to modernization and paint. Previously known as Kinch Aviation Services, the business has operated for 15 years and been a Cessna authorized service facility for the past four years.

Cessna highlighted the grand opening of its new regional Citation Service Center in Valencia, Spain. The 100,400-square foot (9,328-square meter), state-of-the-art facility is located at Valencia Airport (ICAO: LEVC) in eastern Spain, convenient for Citation customers across Western Europe and North Africa. The Center offers a one-stop shop for comprehensive repair, completion, fulfillment, maintenance and customization services.

In addition to Cessna’s extensive U.S. based network, Cessna now operates four Citation Service Centers in Europe, with Valencia and Doncaster complementing facilities in Paris, France, and Prague, Czech Republic.

(Images courtesy Cessna)
FMI: www.cessna.com

Boeing To Offer BBJ Version Of 737 MAX

Article By: John Morris
Source: Aviation Week

Responding to strong interest from customers, Boeing Business Jets is launching a VIP version of the 737-8 from its new MAX range.

The BBJ MAX 8 will have the fuel-efficient CFM International Leap-1B engines and Boeing advanced technology winglets, coupling the BBJ2-sized cabin of the 737-8 with a more than 14% improvement in range.

“We’re taking the increased efficiency of the [737-8] and turning it into a VIP aircraft with 600-700 miles more range with the same fuel,” says BBJ president Steve Taylor. “This is a radical step improvement, driven by an increased range that opens up many more city pairs.” Range will be some 6,325 nm. for a typical four-passenger VIP mission with NBAA IFR reserves, he notes.

“We anticipate the BBJ MAX 8 will be a very strong seller as a VIP aircraft and will likely capture a larger share of the market because it’s the right combination of performance, space and comfort,” says Taylor.

He expects initial sales will be to existing customers, a number of whom want to trade up from their BBJ1s that are in some cases approaching 15 years in service. Compared to the “regular” BBJ “which we jokingly call ‘the light twin,’” says Taylor, the BBJ MAX 8 will offer a 19-ft.-longer cabin and three times the cargo capacity – as does the current BBJ2 version.

The BBJ1 is based on the 737-700, while the BBJ2 is based on the -800. Availability of the BBJ MAX 8 will likely be about six aircraft a year, the same as today, as that’s the traditional number that Boeing Commercial Airplanes allows to be drawn from its airline production line. Boeing has firm orders for nearly 900 737 MAX family aircraft; first delivery is scheduled for 2017.

VIP versions of the shorter 737-7 and longer 737-9 are also being considered, says Taylor.

Embraer Executive Jets Debuts Legacy 450 Mockup At NBAA

Article by: www.aero-news.com
Attendees To Get First Up-Close Look At The New Airplane Design

Embraer Executive Jets will display a complete Legacy 450 cabin and cockpit for the first time at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, FL, next week. While the mockup will be at Embraer Executive Jet’s booth at the convention center, the Company’s entire portfolio of in-production business aircraft will be at the static display at Orlando Executive Airport. A public unveiling of the mockup will be held at 10 am at the company’s booth on October 30.

“NBAA is an important show for Embraer Executive Jets which is why we chose to debut the Legacy 450 mockup to emphasize its role as a revolutionary business aircraft,” said Ernest Edwards, President, Embraer Executive Jets. “The Legacy 450 is the only mid-light aircraft with fly-by-wire technology and a six-foot, stand-up cabin with a flat floor. Our participation at NBAA is designed to reflect the advances our aircraft bring to the business aviation market. The fact that this year’s NBAA is in our home state allows us not only to show off our aircraft but our Customer Center and headquarters in nearby Melbourne.”

In addition to the entry-level Phenom 100 and light Phenom 300, the large Legacy 650 and the ultra-large Lineage 1000, Embraer Executive Jets will also be showing a Pre-Flown, super-midsize Legacy 600.

(Pictured: Legacy 450 artist's rendering)

FMI: www.embraer.com

End of content

No more pages to load