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Another E190-E2, serial number 20.003, took off on its maiden flight last Saturday, August 27, from the company’s facility in São José dos Campos. The new E-Jet is the third of four prototypes to join the E190-E2 certification program.  Prototype 20.003 will be used primarily to test flying qualities and evaluate how the aircraft handles in icing conditions.

The first E190-E2 prototype aircraft, serial number 20.001, is currently conducting tests on systems, loads, aero-elasticity, external noise and handling in crosswinds. It first flew on May 23 of this year and made its international debut at the Farnborough Air Show in London in mid-July. The second E190-E2 prototype, serial number 20.002, made its inaugural flight on July 8. It is used to test systems and general aircraft performance. These two prototypes have accumulated more than 150 flight hours.

The fourth prototype, serial number 20.004 is scheduled to take flight by… Continue reading

For medium and long-hauls, the twin engine passenger aircraft are the backbone of the fleet.  This first chart demonstrates how twin engine aircraft have become the dominant type.  In 2000, twins were about 50% of the fleet.  By 1Q16 this had risen to about 70% of the widebody fleet. Continue reading

In a previous story we wrote about the growing demand for pilots.  The demand is real and well documented.  But what about the other side of the equation?  Where will these pilots come from?

In its recently released study, Boeing notes a demand for 617,000 airline pilots by 2035.  They go on to say: “Meeting this demand will require innovative solutions — focused on educational outreach and career pipeline programs — to inspire the next generation of pilots, technicians, and cabin crew. New technologies, devices, and training methods will be needed to meet a wide range of learning styles. The growing diversity of aviation personnel will also require instructors to have cross-cultural and cross-generational skills to engage tomorrow’s workforce.”  Airbus forecasts a need for 560,000 pilots by 2035. The demand for pilots is not exclusively a commercial issue.  Even the USAF… Continue reading

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft announced that, at the request of CityJet, the SSJ can now operate from runways that are only 30m wide.  This new EASA allowance enables the airline to deploy the aircraft in a number of important airports, most crucially, London City.

SuperJet and Sukhoi are working on the steep approach to London City as an additional tweak on the SSJ according to SuperJet CEO Nazario Cauceglia.  As we heard at Farnborough, the SSJ is also going to get winglets produced by Sukhoi.


The SSJ now has two influential western customers helping to advance the aircraft’s development.  InterJet in Mexico and Eire based CityJet will ensure the aircraft becomes more acceptable to other western airlines.   Airlines in southwestern Europe are watching the developments with growing interest.  The SSJ offers an ever more compelling combination of size, performance and pricing.

As the SSJ performance is… Continue reading

Irkut Corporation delivered the MC-21 fuselage designated for static to Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute tests to confirm the strength characteristics of the new aircraft and to provide certification of the type for static strength.  On August 12, the MC-21 fuselage was delivered to Zhukovsky from Irkutsk by An-124 freighter. In the near future other parts of the airframe will arrive to TsAGI. In particular, Irkutsk Aviation Plant, a branch of Irkut Corporation where MC-21 fuselage was assembled, will hand over auxiliary power unit compartment.

5 Unload MC-21 fuselage, airfield RamenskoyeIrkut’s specialists, together with the employees of TsAGI and partner companies, will perform the airframe assembly.
The first stage of the airframe test includes leaks inspections.  Then TsAGI specialists will initiate static tests which include simulation of structural loads in all flight modes with registration of stress-strain state of the aircraft structure.

The purpose of tests comprises experimental verification of static strength, checks of “correctness… Continue reading

BAE Systems just announced they are considering working towards the possible launch of a passenger-to- freighter conversion program for the Avro RJ jetliner and is seeking customer feedback to help assess market potential.

RJ Freighter livery 1

BAE says building on the experience gained and in-service success of the BAe 146QT (Quiet Trader) freighter, of which around 30 aircraft were produced, they spent the past year assessing the suitability of the newer-build Avro RJ as a freighter. This work has created a full OEM-designed specification for the freighter which is now being offered to the market.  The principal variant for conversion would be the RJ100 aircraft which are now starting to come out of passenger service and will be available over the next few years.

The Avro RJ Freighter, which can carry up to 14 tonnes of cargo, fits the gap between the 7- tonne freight capacity of current large turboprops and the… Continue reading

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