November 1, 2013
WICHITA, Kan., Oct 31, 2013 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, recently concluded all high-speed certification flights with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the new Citation X. This marks the completion of all testing requirements needed to validate the aircraft’s unmatched maximum operating speed of Mach 0.935 (617 mph, 536 ktas), solidifying the Citation X’s position as the fastest civilian aircraft in the world.
Michael Thacker, Cessna senior vice president of Engineering, said: “The high-speed testing of the new Citation X was a success. All responses from the high-speed certification testing were well within the expected performance envelope. While these are the results our engineers fully anticipated, this final round of testing went so smoothly the conditions were completed in fewer flights and hours than planned.”
The high-speed testing regimen includes handling qualities, stability and control in addition to maneuverability conditions at high speeds. The Citation X high-speed validation was accomplished as a result of collaboration with FAA pilots and Cessna’s Engineering Flight Test Team during the past weeks. Over 1,300 hours have been flown in the Citation X test program in preparation for certification, expected in the early part of 2014.
Brad Thress, Cessna senior vice president of Business Jets, said: “Our Citation X customers will be glad to know they will own the fastest civilian aircraft in the world. There is no quicker way to get from point A to point B than inside a Citation X.”
The Citation X has a range of 3,242 nm, a seating capacity for 9 people, and the cutting edge Garmin G5000 avionics package. Four intuitive, full-color touch-screen LCD control panels and three 14-inch high-resolution displays face the pilots upon entering the updated, ergonomic cockpit. Maximum altitude is 51,000 feet, giving the new Citation X the ability to fly above weather patterns and commercial traffic. Two FADEC-controlled Rolls-Royce AE3007C2 turbo fan engines provide passengers with the fastest way to travel non-stop from New York to London, Dubai to Singapore, or Panama City to Sao Paulo.
August 27, 2013
Bordes – Moscow / 27 August 2013 – Turbomeca (Safran) and Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec) today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the opening of a new Maintenance Centre.
In the frame of this agreement, Russian Helicopters will provide maintenance Level 1 and 2 activities on Turbomeca engines operated by the Russian helicopter operators. The engines covered are the Arrius 2G1 and the Ardiden 3G, respectively powering the Ka-226T and the Ka-62 helicopters.
This Maintenance Center is part of a global common support strategy aimed at providing a highest level of support to all operators flying with Turbomeca engines in accordance with the best practices and standards.
The new Arrius 2G1 engine with performance in the 700 to 800 shp class, has been tailored to perfectly fit the Ka-226T. This new variant is a derivative engine from the existing Arrius 2, which has proven its durability and reliability worldwide with more than 3000 engines already delivered. To address the requirement of public transport, the Arrius 2G1, among other specific devices, is equipped with a FADEC controlling the power delivery to the helicopter. The engine has been certified in 2011.
Designed for 6 to 8 tonnes helicopters to achieve multiple missions, Ardiden 3 engines offer, under all weather conditions, the most increased performances in the range of the 1,750 to 2,000 shp power engines. The modular design and dual channel FADEC, make the Ardiden 3 highly reliable, with the benefit of low operating costs and an exceptional low fuel consumption (more than 10% less than the others engines in the same range). A contract for over 300 engines has already been signed. Ardiden 3G certification is expected in 2014.
The Ka-226T light multi-purpose helicopter may be operated in urban conditions for high-rise construction works, patrolling, as well as for police operations. Coaxial main rotor system ensures Ka-226T great load capacity and flight height advantages. The Ka-226T is capable of reaching higher altitudes than most other helicopters in its class. Thanks to its maximum climb rate of 10 m/s, low environmental impact and small sound signature, the Ka-226T can operate in various climactic conditions and landscapes, including urban conditions and built-up areas.
Built using new technologies and materials, the new Ka-62 is a single-rotor design, with an enclosed tail rotor and an airframe and propeller blades consisting of over 50% polymeric composite materials. The helicopter will also feature a glass cockpit, a five-blade rotor, secondary hydraulics circuit and energy-efficient wheeled landing gear. The Ka-62 is designed for cargo transportation, medevac and search-and rescue operations, and can also be used in the oil and gas sector and for corporate purposes.
August 15, 2013
For Immediate Release – August 15, 2013
Toronto, ON – Vector Aerospace (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com) and SECA, a Vector Aerospace Company (SECA – www.seca.vectoraerospace.com); leading providers of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services are pleased to announce the signing of a Service Agreement with TAM EXECUTIVA, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil to perform engine repair, hot section inspections (HSI), testing, modification, overhaul services, and parts distribution on PT6A and JT15D Series Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines and to perform engine repair, Major Periodic Inspection (MPI), testing, modification, Core Zone Inspection (CZI) services, on TFE 731 Series Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines.
“This Service Agreement is important for Vector Aerospace and SECA, as it is an excellent opportunity for us to present our wide range of fixed-wing and helicopter MRO services within the Latin American market,” says Jeff Poirier, president of Vector Aerospace Engine Services – Atlantic. “Our knowledgeable team of Sales and Customer Service specialists look forward to closely working with TAM EXECUTIVA to provide superior service and support their specific repair, overhaul and fleet maintenance requirements.”
Jean-Jacques Reboul, president of SECA (Interim) says, “We look forward to working with TAM EXECUTIVA. It is an excellent opportunity to present our extensive portfolio of services including our GEMS (Global Engine Management Service) program; a combination of support and services aimed at addressing each and every specific need of TAM EXECUTIVA.”
A combined comprehensive service portfolio from Vector Aerospace and SECA includes: Rolls-Royce M250; Rolls-Royce T56/501D; Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T, PT6A, JT15D, PW100, PW305, PW307 and PW308A series engines;Turbomeca Arriel 1 and Arriel 2; General Electric T58 / CT58 and CT-7A / T700 engines; Honeywell TFE731 and Honeywell ALF 502/LF507 (all engine lines include complete test capability); dynamic components, full-service avionics capability; up to and including glass cockpit engineering, development and integration, complete aircraft rewires, as well as airframes and major inspections support for a variety of Eurocopter, Sikorsky, Boeing and AgustaWestland helicopter models.
Alenia Aermacchi and the Italian National Armaments Directorate: agreement to jointly develop a new jet trainer
June 18, 2013
Alenia Aermacchi and the Secretariat General of Defence/National Armaments Directorate of the Italian Ministry of Defence have signed an agreement to jointly define the operational specifications and collaborate on the development of a new basic-advanced trainer, the M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) and expected to enter service between 2017-2020.
The agreement, announced today at the Le Bourget Paris Air Show by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Defence, Gen. Claudio Debertolis and Alenia Aermacchi Chief Executive Officer, Giuseppe Giordo, calls for the immediate creation of a joint working team between the Defence and industry to define the technical specifications of this new aircraft and identify the steps necessary for the preliminary study and its consequent development, taking into account the principles of cost effectiveness and to satisfy the possible requirements of the global market.
The new HET will be a further development of the M-345 jet trainer, the latest solution proposed by Alenia Aermacchi for the basic-advanced phase of military pilot training.
The avionics system of the M-345 HET, through a significant containment of acquisition and operation costs, aims to offer a cheaper and more effective solution in the training of military pilots compared with the current advanced turboprop solutions which, although sharing the same weight class of the M-345 HET and similar on-board equipment, provide only limited performance and training effectiveness.
The M-345 HET will be equipped with a turbofan engine in the 1.600 kg (3,500 lb) thrust class and will offer long endurance and high load factors between +7/-3,5 g. Furthermore, it will feature state-of-the-art avionics, including a HUD (Head Up Display) in the front cockpit and a repeater in the rear cockpit and multi-function digital displays for both pilot stations and HOTAS (Hands On Throttle-And-Stick) controls. The new trainer will be designed to guarantee a training syllabus perfectly aligned with that of the advanced and pre-operative M-346, starting from the elevated similarity between the two cockpits that will allow for the interoperability in joint training missions.
With regards to logistics, operating costs will be reduced due to the fact that the M-345 will be designed with a two-level maintenance concept, eliminating the third and most onerous level of general revision of the aircraft. Easy access to the simple on-board systems and devices and a HUMS (Health and Usage Monitoring System) that provides all information on structure, engine and system for an effective monitoring of the condition of each single component/system, will simplify maintenance. The introduction of the pressure refueling system and of an OBOGS (On-Board Oxygen Generating System) will significantly reduce the quantity of personnel required for aircraft ground operations, thus reducing the interval time between flights and making the M-345 HET even more advantageous under the management profile.
June 14, 2013
Aircraft and its engines perform excellently
The first A350 XWB to fly has landed back at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France at
14.05 hours local time after successfully completing its first flight that lasted four hours and five minutes (245 minutes).
The aircraft was flown by Peter Chandler, Airbus’ Chief Test Pilot, and Guy Magrin, Project Pilot for the A350 XWB. Accompanying them in the cockpit was Pascal Verneau, the A350 XWB Project Test Flight Engineer. Monitoring the progress of the flight profile were the three flight test engineers: Fernando Alonso, Head of Airbus Flight & Integration Test Centre; Patrick du Ché, Head of Development Flight Tests; and Emanuele Costanzo, lead Flight Test Engineer for the Trent XWB engine.
Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier said: “I congratulate the whole A350 XWB development team for having completed the first flight preparation in a record time. I also wish to thank the first flight crew today for taking this aircraft where it wants to be – in the sky.” He added: “I would also like to extend my gratitude to all our teams in the design offices, at programme and manufacturing level, the ground crews as well as our colleagues in airlines and suppliers and many others who helped define this all-new aircraft. The A350 XWB which has flown today, integrating the latest available technologies, is now entering the final stage of its development. And it is ready. Ready to head towards certification and entry-into-service in the second half of next year.”
For its first flight, the A350 XWB – carrying the registration F-WXWB – took off at around 221 tonnes. During the flight, which took the aircraft around south western France, the crew explored the aircraft’s flight envelope. The aircraft was accompanied by a chase plane to observe and film the various manoeuvres. Its progress was monitored by experts on the ground in real-time via a direct telemetry link. This maiden flight marks the beginning of a rigorous test flight campaign involving five A350s, and around 2,500 flight hours. It will culminate in the aircraft’s certification followed by its entry into airline service in the second half of 2014 with first operator Qatar Airways.
The A350 XWB is the all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions and seating between 270 and 350 passengers in spacious three-class layouts. The new family will bring a step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category, using 25 per cent less fuel and providing an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions. To date the A350 XWB has already won 613 firm orders from 33 customers worldwide.
May 20, 2013
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND–(Marketwired – May 20, 2013)
Bombardier Aerospace announced today that it has expanded its leading Challenger family of business jets with the addition of the new Challenger 350 aircraft. The Challenger 350 jet was launched, with worldwide leader in private aviation NetJets(R) as the worldwide launch partner, at a special event at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.
“The Challenger 350 jet will take our existing Challenger family to new heights,” said Steve Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “This aircraft further enhances our leading business aircraft portfolio and will provide our customers with redefined design standards. Passengers will experience new comfort levels as they relax in the completely new cabin, enjoy a purpose-built and intuitive cabin management system and increase their efficiency with superior performance, and all at best-in-class operating costs. There is simply no substitute for a Challenger jet.”
“Designed to meet the ever growing needs of our customers, this new aircraft reflects the feedback received from our existing Challenger customers. Based on our owners and operators’ needs, we have taken the world’s bestselling super midsize jet and further increased its capability to better meet the growing requirements of our ever expanding Challenger customer base worldwide,” added Mr. Ridolfi.
Jordan B. Hansell, NetJets Chairman and Chief-Executive-Officer, said: “We are excited about the addition of our exclusive NetJets Signature Series Challenger 350 aircraft to our fleet and the tremendous value this aircraft will bring to our unmatched global capabilities and most importantly, to our customers. This super midsize aircraft will deliver an experience that meets both our customers’ travel and comfort requirements. The inflight experience is exceptional and unlike any other. The aircraft has an exceptionally quiet cabin, allowing both serenity and conversation, soft, hand-crafted leathers, meticulously designed wood finishes, an in-flight entertainment system offering choices for every taste, and a single-service beverage maker, all designed specifically by NetJets.”
“The cabin’s design was all in an effort to allow our customers to relax and enjoy their flight whether for work or family. This state-of-the-art jet’s cabin, designed in partnership with Bombardier Aerospace, will provide our discerning customers the best flight experience, along with the safety and reliability they expect from the worldwide leader in private aviation,” added Mr. Hansell.
Performance and Efficiency
The Challenger 350 jet will offer increased performance from the new twin Honeywell HTF7350 engines, each producing 7,323 lbf (32.57 kN) of thrust and reduced emissions(i), increased aerodynamic efficiency with its new canted winglets and will fly eight passengers 3,200 nm (5,926 km)(i). The Challenger 350 jet boasts an impressive direct climb to 43,000 ft (13,106 m)(i).
With a flat floor and the widest cabin in its class, the Challenger 350 jet features an entirely new interior, that lets even more natural light into the cabin with larger windows, resulting in a jet that offers passengers state-of-the-art cabin comfort, technology and productivity. Featuring Lufthansa Technik’s next generation nice HD cabin management system, the cabin includes a complete redesign of the way passengers control the cabin environment, complemented by contemporary seat design, a new modular galley and the industry’s most advanced sideledge featuring an authentic metal trim, a first in business aviation cabin interior design.
The Challenger 350 aircraft’s cockpit will feature Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Advanced. Features of the new avionics include, among others, synthetic vision, dual inertial reference systems, a completely paperless cockpit and Multiscan Weather Radar. The new avionics will provide pilots with increased situational awareness and reduced pilot workload.
Customer Support Network
Challenger 350 aircraft customers will be able to count on a full range of 24/7 support around the world. In preparation for a smooth entry-into-service, Bombardier Aerospace is currently reconfiguring a flight training device and Level D full-flight simulator at its aircraft training centre in Dallas, Texas. Customer Services staff deployed throughout its worldwide network of Service Centres, Parts Depots and Regional Support Offices will also be ready to support upcoming entry-into-service activities including spare parts deployments, as well as updated information on the Customer Information Centre (CIC) website and the SmartFix Plus online troubleshooting tool.
April 19, 2013
FORT WORTH, TX (April 15, 2013) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), drew significant attention last week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the 2013 LAAD Defense and Security International Exhibition. The biennial event attracted more than 25,000 visitors and provided Bell Helicopter representatives an opportunity to connect with current and potential customers throughout Latin America.
“We have seen tremendous interest in our products throughout this region,” said Jay Ortiz, managing director, Latin America Commercial Business. “LAAD allows us to visit with our Latin American customers and have further conversations with prospective customers about how Bell Helicopter can best meet their mission requirements.”
During the show, Bell Helicopter signed a purchase agreement for a Bell 429, one of Bell Helicopter’s most popular aircraft in the region. The light twin aircraft delivers exceptional speed, range and safety performance, and is a best-seller for corporate/VIP markets worldwide. Backed by Bell Helicopter’s industry-leading service and support, it is a formidable competitor in the region.
“The Bell 429 is an outstanding aircraft for our customers in Latin America,” said Ortiz. “Our customers repeatedly tell us the aircraft’s performance, reliability and cabin configuration options make it ideal for corporate and VIP missions.”
On display at the Bell Helicopter booth, the new Bell 407GT attracted crowds of customers and enthusiasts alike. The only helicopter on display inside the pavilion, it was consistently surrounded by show attendees and provided numerous opportunities for Bell Helicopter representatives to educate customers about the capabilities of the commercially-qualified helicopter possessing armament capabilities.
The Bell 407GT, unveiled at HELI-EXPO 2013, features a Garmin G1000HTM glass cockpit and a highly flexible and configurable weapons system for tactical operations, including infrared camera system with laser designation capability, weapons management system, universal weapons pylon (UWP), tactical radio suite and aircraft survivability equipment.
The Bell 407GT also features a night vision-compatible instrument panel and superior long-range reconnaissance and laser designation capabilities, with options including the Wescam MX-15DI and the FLIR Systems 230-HD. High-visibility windows and doors, sliding on both sides for rapid ingress and egress, also enhance situational awareness. A suite of aircraft survivability equipment is available to further enhance safety.
The Bell 429 is certified for Single or Dual Pilot IFR with a state-of-the-art fully-integrated glass cockpit, an advanced drive system that delivers power and superb performance and best-in-class WAAS navigation. The Bell 429 offers exceptional value as the first helicopter certified through the MSG-3 process, resulting in reduced maintenance costs for operators. Certified to operate at 7,500 pounds in seventeen countries, including Brazil, the increased gross weight configuration includes Helicopter Terrain Awareness Warning System (HTAWS), a radar altimeter, cockpit voice/flight data recorder and forward flashing lights.
April 9, 2013
World’s first ab initio flight schools to use aircraft equipped with custom flight data management system and traffic awareness technology
LAKELAND, USA–(Marketwired – April 9, 2013) – Piper Aircraft, Inc. and CAE announced today the introduction of 35 Piper single-engine and twin-engine training airplanes to its CAE Oxford Aviation Academy fleet.
The agreement includes firm orders for 22 single-engine Archer TX training airplanes and 13 twin-engine trainers, as well as parts and service. Deliveries will start this spring with 27 of the new aircraft going to CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in Phoenix, United States, and eight being sent later in the year to CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in Oxford, UK.
This initial order for 35 aircraft is part of a five-year fleet replenishment initiative agreement between the two companies. Under the agreement, CAE has designated Piper as its Preferred Aircraft Provider. CAE’s long term needs include the possibility of additional orders to continue its efforts to modernize its CAE Oxford Aviation Academy fleet.
“These Piper aircraft are equipped with multiple systems designed to enhance training and safety of flight, including flight data feedback systems and traffic awareness technology,” said Jeff Roberts, CAE Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services. “This addition of modern glass-cockpit aircraft is part of our goal to continue to make CAE Oxford Aviation Academy the highest-quality, safest network of cadet flight schools in the world. Once cadets complete their flight training at our academy, part of the world’s largest commercial pilot training network with long-term and joint venture relationships with airlines on every continent, they will be ready to fully realize their dream of becoming airline pilots.”
Piper is absolutely delighted that CAE Oxford Aviation Academy, a recognized world leader in civil aviation pilot training, has selected our company for its next large fleet procurement of learning aircraft,” said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. “The dual country destination for this fleet order is a first for Piper’s recent fleet sales and CAE’s order is confirmation that Piper single and twin-engine aircraft provide the best value and most appropriate training platforms in the industry for today and tomorrow.”
All of the aircraft will be equipped with Garmin G1000 avionics suites and Garmin Traffic Advisory Systems. The aircraft will have satellite enhanced dual antenna traffic awareness technology, enabling one-second updates for traffic situational awareness.
The aircraft will also become the first ab initio aircraft in the world to be factory-equipped with CAE-designed flight data analysis and cockpit video recording systems. These systems record data, audio and video and are important new additions to CAE’s Safety Management System (SMS). The recorded information will be replayed through the CAE Flightscape Insight flight data analysis software. It will enable students to debrief immediately after a flight using flight animation with synchronized audio/video and will allow CAE to gather statistical trends for longer term safety and performance benefits. This initiative provides for more consistent high-level training with objective flight animations and metrics to enhance the overall learning experience.
CAE Oxford Aviation Academy is the largest ab initio flight training network in the world with the capacity to train more than 2,000 cadets per year across 11 flight schools on five continents. Drawing upon over 85 years of pilot training expertise, CAE Oxford Aviation Academy cadet pilot training programs provide high quality, focused ab initio training to aspiring pilots across the globe. The range of programs includes CPL, ATPL and MPL training routes, all of which combine premier ground school courses with high quality flying instruction delivered in accordance with national aviation authority requirements. Training locations include Australia, Belgium, Cameroon, Hong Kong, India, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.
March 18, 2013
Modelo líder de vendas no Brasil é o bi-turbina mais leve do mundo
São Paulo, 13 de março de 2013 – A TAM Aviação Executiva, que representa a Bell Helicopter no mercado brasileiro, apresenta a versão do Bell 429 com trem de pouso retrátil. Certificado pelo FAA e pela EASA, em 2009, e pela ANAC, em 2010, o Bell 429 é o mais avançado helicóptero bi-turbina leve do mundo e estabelece um novo parâmetro para a categoria. Oferece velocidade e alcance excepcionais, alta performance no voo pairado, maior margem de segurança e agora incorporou versão com trem de pouso retrátil, atendendo ao segmento de mercado que considera as rodas um equipamento imprescindível para suas operações.
O Bell 429 é o primeiro helicóptero do mundo certificado para WAAS, sistema de aproximação de pouso vertical em piloto automático. Outro segredo do 429 é a sua plataforma de aviônicos full glass cockpit. Com telas digitais de LCD de última geração já na versão standard, a aeronave possui os painéis de ponta, com piloto automático de quatro eixos (opcional) e homologação para voar por instrumentos com apenas um piloto (single pilot IFR).
O modelo possui a maior cabine da categoria, acomodando com conforto um piloto e sete passageiros. A configuração de assentos pode ser disposta em club-seating ou airliner (todos os assentos voltados para frente). Devido às suas qualidades e seu preço de aquisição e operação, o Bell 429 se tornou líder de vendas no Brasil.
Recentemente, o modelo recebeu certificação exclusiva da ANAC para operar com peso máximo de decolagem (MTOW) de 7500 Ibs (3402 kg), o que elevou sua capacidade de carga se destacando das outras aeronaves de sua categoria, que são limitadas a 7000 lbs (3175 kg).
“Neste ano cheio de novidades nos produtos Textron (Bell e Cessna), esta é mais uma para os clientes brasileiros. Com opção de trem de pouso retrátil, o Bell 429 vai ao encontro da demanda de uma fatia do mercado, sempre buscando superar as expectativas dos clientes. Agora, o Bell 429 atende ainda mais a todos os tipos de missões”, afirma Leonardo Fiuza, diretor de vendas da TAM Aviação Executiva.
March 11, 2013
Aeronave pode voar nas condições climáticas mais adversas
São Paulo, 08 de março de 2013- A Cessna, representada exclusivamente no Brasil pela TAM Aviação Executiva – anuncia que o Cessna Corvalis TTX completou sua primeira série de voos experimentais na semana passada no sudoeste do Kansas (EUA). Foram 275 voos em 339 horas no ar.
“Os voos aconteceram de forma excepcional. No decorrer dos testes, o piloto alcançou 17 mil pés de altitude e velocidade de 213 kts (394 km/h). O TTX é a aeronave a pistão monomotora de trem fixo mais rápida do mundo”, afirma Brian Steele, líder de negócios do TTX na Cessna.
O Cessna Corvalis TTX pode atingir a velocidade máxima de 235 kts (435 km/h) e tem como diferencial a capacidade de voar em condições climáticas adversas, como neve. O monomotor consegue atravessar os EUA com apenas uma escala. É o primeiro avião a ser equipado com o sistema de aviônicos Glass Cockpit Garmin G2000 que possui duas telas de 14,1 polegadas com controle touch screen. O Corvalis TTX também é equipado com o sistema de Proteção de Estabilidade Eletrônica da Garmin (ESP), que auxilia os pilotos a manterem o voo com alto desempenho. Além disso, a aeronave tem um interior sofisticado, confortável e seguro, com bancos de couro e airbags.
“Com seu painel Touch screen, o Corvalis TTX é pioneiro em tecnologia. Seu design limpo e estilo arrojado conferem performance e luxo ao modelo”, afirma o diretor de vendas da TAM AE Leonardo Fiuza.