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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest airline, signed a MoU with Airbus for four A380s.  Transaero is the launch customer for the A380 in Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe. The Russian carrier plans to start operations with the A380 on its long-range network of high density routes from Moscow. The aircraft will feature a three class cabin layout, seating ~700. Transaero has yet to announce an engine selection. Continue reading

The FAA has proposed new rules to enable Part 135 charter pilots to update navigational databases on aircraft without the need for a licensed mechanic to sign off on that procedure.  While pilots of owner-flown aircraft under part 91 can perform routine maintenance such as these updates, requiring a mechanic to insert a CD-ROM or SD card into avionics to upload the most current revisions seemed like overkill. Continue reading

This morning Embraer made an interesting announcement, “The Brazilian company AEL Sistemas, based in Porto Alegre, was selected by Embraer Defense and Security to supply three more components to the KC-390 military airlifter and tanker jet: the Self-Protection System (SPS); the Directed Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM); and the Head-Up Display (HUD).” Continue reading

Another very light jet – the Piper Altaire – has hit financial turbulence before coming to market, and the development program has been suspended, despite the first aircraft flying and certification less than 2 years away.  A single engine jet with higher speed and a larger cabin than the twin engine Eclipse or Citation Mustang, the Altair should have competed well with those two programs and with single engine Diamond D-Jet and Cirrus SF-50 Vision programs under development. Continue reading

Airbus started assembly of the first A350 XWB’s horizontal tailplane (HTP) in Getafe. The joining of the two lateral boxes will produce the 17 meter span primary structure of the HTP.  Structural assembly will continue over the coming weeks, followed by the installation of the unit’s electric and hydraulic systems. Once the assembly and equipping work is finished, the HTP will be flown by Airbus’ Beluga transport aircraft to the Final Assembly Line in Toulouse. Continue reading

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