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Beechcraft King Air 350ER Sets Speed Record

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Flight Covered 1,681 Nautical Miles At 276.03 MPH

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has recognized Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) for a new speed record set by its Beechcraft King Air 350ER. Jonathan Gaffney, President of the NAA, awarded the company with the official certificate at the 2012 NBAA annual convention in Orlando.

HBC’s Multi-Mission Beechcraft King Air 350ER demonstrator aircraft set the record for “Speed Over a Recognized Course” during a Sept. 11 flight at 276.03 miles per hour from Luxor, Egypt to Nairobi, Kenya. It is a new world record, sanctioned by both the NAA and the Federation Aeronautique International (FAI) in Switzerland.

“This speed record, along with the successful world tour of the demonstrator, verifies the high performance, flight characteristics and versatility of the King Air 350ER and our commitment to the worldwide special mission market,” said Dan Keady, senior vice president, Special Missions.

The record setting flight covered 1,681 nautical miles and consumed 3,770 lbs. of fuel, about 73 percent of the total usable fuel capacity of 5,192 lbs. While this record-setting flight was done with the external configuration of a surveillance aircraft (with radome and strakes installed), in a standard King Air 350ER with the slick interior (ready for mission equipment and mission modifications) that same flight would leave 3,510 lbs. of useful load for crew, mission equipment and fuel reserves. This range/payload demonstration is why the aircraft is so popular for special mission applications in the U.S. and around the world.

The demonstrator is on display at NBAA this week and in May of this year made its first appearance at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition after completing a tour that covered 40,000 miles to 14 countries on five continents – all on schedule and without any unscheduled maintenance required.

The Multi-Mission Beechcraft King Air 350ER demonstrator aircraft is a standard extended-range airplane, which is capable of more than 12 hours endurance or more than 2,500 nautical mile range. The demonstrator has been fitted with a search radar radome with electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) lift for surveillance missions, high density seating for military transport missions, and two medical sleds and a medical storage cabinet for air ambulance missions. All of these installations are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency, and available for immediate delivery on new aircraft from the factory.

FMI: www.hawkerbeechcraft.com

Cessna Introduces A New Citation Sovereign

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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

Dassault Introduces 2000LXS

Article By: Mark Huber
www.ainonline.com
Dassault Falcon is introducing yet another new version of its popular super-midsize twin. The Falcon 2000LXS combines the range and amenities of the Falcon 2000LX with the short field capabilities of the Falcon 2000S. The new aircraft is expected to cost $500,000 more than the 2000LX (2012 $) and gain certification in 2014 when it replaces the 2000LX.

As on the 2000S, the LXS features forward edge wing slats to reduce Vref speeds and takeoff and landing distances. Preliminary estimates indicate the 2000LXS will require a takeoff balanced field length of 4,675 feet at mtow, a landing distance of 2,300 feet, and a Vref of 107 knots, a substantial difference from the performance of the 2000LX (5,750 feet, 2730 feet and 116 knots, respectively).

However, unlike the 2000S, the LXS does so without compromising range or payload. Dassault engineers found ways to remove 300 pounds from the wing structure, even with the addition of winglets, and 100 lbs from the cabin interior. Consequently, they estimate with full fuel the LXS will still have a range of 4,000 nm (0.8M, full fuel, six passengers, 85 percent Boeing annual winds, NBAA IFR reserves), an mtow of 42,800 pounds and a maximum payload of 2,190 pounds. Possible city pairs include New York-Anchorage, Singapore-Dubai and Beijing-Mumbai.

Power on the aircraft comes from a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW308C engines (7,000 pounds of thrust each) fitted with Talon II combusters that cut NOx emissions by 20 percent without any power penalty. The engines will burn 40 percent cleaner than ICAO CAEP/6 standards, according to Dassault.

The aircraft’s cabin also includes a variety of improvements including better soundproofing that reduces noise by two decibels, the new Rockwell Collins FalconCabin HD+ cabin management system with HD viewing on monitors up to 22 inches and functions that can be controlled wirelessly from anywhere in the aircraft via Apple iOS devices. A dedicated application allows passengers to control entertainment, window shades, lighting and temperature. The Aircell Axxess II satcom System is standard on the aircraft and the LXS will be delivered with a restyled cockpit that includes the Honeywell Primus Epic-based EASy II avionics system.

Dassault (Booth No. 3760) also confirmed that it is producing parts for its new SMS twinjet and promised to offer full details on the program next year.

The 2000LSX is on track for certification next year and first year production is sold out. The 7X long-range trijet continues to sell well, primarily outside North America. The highest-time 7X has accumulated 4,000 flight hours and will soon receive upgrades including a new cabin management system, updated flight deck, higher crosswind approval, vacuum toilets and an optional shower for the rear lavatory.

Overall, Dassault is on track to deliver 65 Falcons this year, CEO Charles Edelstenne said yesterday, who said the pace of global economic recovery was slow, but encouraging.

Dassault is increasing its global service capabilities to reflect its growing customer base outside North America and now has 50 authorized service centers.

Embraer Executive Jets Debuts Legacy 450 Mockup At NBAA

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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

Boeing Starts Building First 777 at New Rate

Article by: Gregory Polek
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Boeing on Tuesday began building the first 777 at the highest rate ever for any of its twin-aisle models, the company said today. The rate of 8.3 airplanes per month amounts to a nearly 20-percent increase over the previous rate of seven per month.

Assembly mechanic Ryan Hoover monitors 777 drilling progress of the Flex Track on his laptop computer. Flex Track fuselage drilling equipment consists of numerically controlled drill machines riding on flexible tracks that attach to the exterior of the fuselage skin with vacuum cups. (Photo: Boeing)

Workers loaded into position the first part—the lower lobe of the 777’s aft fuselage—for assembly under the new rate in its factory in Everett, Washington.

“The preparation the team has done for this historic rate increase has been comprehensive from floor to ceiling,” said Scott Fancher, 777 vice president and general manager. “We’ve hired and trained hundreds of additional employees and the efforts of the team to get us to this point have been simply outstanding,” he said.

Boeing has applied new technologies to achieve the highest production rate the Everett plant has seen. Flex-track drilling machines in the 777 body and wings area along with automated spray-painting equipment have increased productivity and improved quality and safety, according to the company.

Boeing plans to deliver the airplane, a 777 Freighter, to Korean Air in February. Since the program’s inception, 62 customers from around the world have ordered 1,380 of the airplanes, 1,049 of which have entered service.

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