Archive For April 26, 2012

First new-build Sharklet-equipped A320 completed

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First new-build Sharklet-equipped A320 completed






Airbus produced its first new-build A320 with Sharklets. Seen here at its roll-out in Toulouse, MSN 5098 will is one of several A320 aircraft in the certification flight-test campaign starting in May and lasting around 600 flight hours. The Sharklet tests follow the successful ‘early flight-test’ campaign with Airbus’ A320 MSN 001 test aircraft. Seven…

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A350 XWB aft fuselage delivered to FAL

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A350 XWB aft fuselage delivered to FAL






Airbus delivered the aft fuselage for the A350 XWB static test (MSN 0) airframe to the final assembly line in Toulouse. This final section of the fuselage will be assembled with the front and center fuselage sections which were joined up in early April. Assembled at Airbus’ site in Hamburg, the 20m long carbon fiber…

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MRJ delay a small boost to Bombardier, Embraer

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The news that Mitsubishi is delaying EIS of the MRJ 70/90 by more than a year is a small boost to competitors Bombardier and Embraer. BBD offers the CRJ900 90-seater and EMB offers the E-170/175 70-seater and the 90 seat E-190. Mitsubishi has sold only 70 MRJs since launch and we have long believed the…

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MRJ delayed a year

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Following an in-depth review of the MRJ program, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation  (MITAC) announced the following program schedule update: MRJ first flight is scheduled for JFY* 3Q 2013, in order to: (i) Confirm respective fabrication processes. (ii) Provide sufficient time for technical studies. First flight details to be announced at a later date or during events…

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Sukhoi Superjet 100 is certified for Mexico

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Sukhoi Superjet 100 is certified for Mexico






On the 16thof April 2012 Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (Aviation Authority of Mexico) provided Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) with the Validating Letter (Type Certificate) for the Sukhoi Superjet 100. This document confirms the compliance of the SSJ100 aircraft to the certification requirements of the Mexican Aviation Authority and allows the delivery and operations…

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Share Their Turboprop Vision

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Richard Dussault VP Marketing at Pratt & Whitney Canada spent some time discussing the company’s substantial history in the making of turboprop engines. But as interesting as that is, its the vision of the future is special. PWC is well into the development of an engine of up to 8,000 SHP.  Such an engine could…

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