Archive For October 28, 2011

Another new A380 customer

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Another new A380 customer






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…

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Taking a bite out of Ryanair

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Taking a bite out of Ryanair






(Photo – Virginia Mayo/AP) Earlier this week Ryanair’s CEO was his usual loquacious self.   Mr O’Leary has been at this growth phase for a long time and has a successful track record to show for it. But every bubble must burst and we suspect that Mr O’Leary’s growth bubble is about to do just…

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A Common Sense Solution from the FAA!

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A Common Sense Solution from the FAA!






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…

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KC-390 Update

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KC-390 Update






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).” Related posts: Jet vs. Turboprop…

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RIP Piper Jet?

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RIP Piper Jet?






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,…

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A350 tail assembly starts

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A350 tail assembly starts






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…

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