The X4 could replace the Eurocopter Dauphin (above).
The replacement for the Eurocopter Dauphin helicopter series could be a “game changer,” says the CEO of Eurocopter. However, the amount of technological advancement for the rotorcraft could depend on partial French funding of the project, according to reports.
AIN Online reports that company CEO Lutz Bertling has set the bar high for the Eurocopter X4 project, offering a higher payload and increased performance in a safer, greener model. AIN reports that fly-by-wire controls might be a feature in the new model, which is expected to launch this year.
Flight Global reports this week that Bertling said an X4 will be “a totally different aircraft” if the French government declines a financial support application.
A previous AIN report said the French financial support could cover up to 30 percent of the program’s cost. In Fall 2010, Eurocopter began testing its X3 model, a turboprop hybrid.
The Falcon SMS will replace the Falcon 50 (above)
Business Jet Traveler recently posted an update on the progress on the "super mid-sized" Falcon SMS. The article says Dassualt Falcon is ramping up the new business jet model to "full-speed development," with wind-tunnel tests being performed on a basic shape.
The company hopes to have the aircraft certified by 2016. Read more here.
The Falcon SMS twin engine will be a replacement to the three-engine Falcon 50, produced from 1996 to 2008, when the last Falcon 50 was delivered and plans were announced for the new model.
Business Jet Traveler recently weighed in on the year that was 2010 in the realm of used business aircraft sales. It still is somewhat obvious to most in business, whether aviation related or not, that markets remain timid. However, some segments of the private jet market have fared better than others.
Furthering a trend seen in new models presented at the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta this October, large-cabin long-range jets continue to move.
The BJT article notes that buyers went after these aircraft, such as the Gulfstream V at prices below $20 million and the Gulfstream IV/SP under $12 million, and Gulfstream IV under $10 million.
The article notes that these prices hover around half the value for these aircraft three years ago, when the industry saw its pre-recession peak.
Many of the used business jets advertisements placed at GlobalAir.com seemed to reflect that trend, although this is unscientific and based only on memory. Marketing among larger Hawker and Falcon Jet models for instance, in addition to the above-mentioned Gulfstream aircraft, appeared more agressive than with some other models.
The BJT article says other business jets, such as the Learjet 60XR, saw a tougher time in a sometimes-stagnant used-aircraft sales market.
Read the full report here.
We were somewhat late to see this but still wanted to share it.
The video above shows testing by Sikorsky of its X2 helicopter. And boy does it fly.
The X2, which operates with ‘fly by wire’ controls and rear-mounted propulsion system, shattered the world speed record for a helicopter during the testing above, topping out at more than 250 knots in September.
The U.S. Army is also looking a light tactical version of the speedy rotorcraft. According to the video's poster on YouTube, a full-scale mockup can be seen at the video’s start.
This week we are looking back on other aircraft developments during the 2010 NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention not previously discussed on the GlobalAir Blog.
Another aircraft from the week of NBAA 2010 came from Hawker Beechcraft aside from the King Air 250. (Scroll below or click here for more on that airplane.) Executives also rolled out the Hawker 200, a light jet modeled from the Premier II program.
A statement from Hawker Beechcraft says this newest addition to the Hawker jet family will fly high and fast without affecting cost and comfort. The company’s specs max it out at 450 knots and 43,000 feet while maintaining a lower operating cost than the other competitors in the small-jet race.
The single-pilot Hawker 200 combines new winglets, Williams International FJ44-3AP engines and a higher gross weight and ceiling to deliver on the company’s promises. Other highlights include MultiScan Weather Radar, ADS-B Out capability and 10-year composite airframe warranty. A mockup interior made the trip to NBAA 2010, where company officials sought feedback to fine-tune its layout.
“After tallying up the changes, there was no question that this business jet had graduated into a new class and deserved nothing less than being called a Hawker, a brand synonymous with constant innovation, high performance, proven reliability and unmatched cabin comfort,” said Shawn Vick, executive vice president of Hawker Beechcraft, prior to the voyage to Atlanta, Ga.
First deliveries for the Hawker 200 are slated for late 2012.