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PILATUS PC-12NG NOW APPROVED FOR COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS IN EUROPE
Thursday, March 30, 2017
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STANS, Switzerland - Following a decision by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Pilatus PC-12 NG single-engine turboprop aircraft is now approved for commercial operations in Europe. The PC-12 has been in successful commercial use for years in other parts of the world, be it for business, medical transport or cargo flights. Single-engine turbine aircraft were approved for commercial operations in Europe on March 1, 2017. This important decision by EASA means that the PC-12 can now be operated commercially at night, and under instrument flight rules, across all 32 EASA member states (Commercial Air Transport Single-Engine Turbine in Instrument Metrological Conditions CAT SET-IMC). A big cabin, high loading capacity and large cargo door make the PC-12 an extremely versatile aircraft. Those qualities combined with a range that is sufficient to cover all of Europe, plus lower operating and maintenance costs compared to twin-engine aircraft, will open up interesting new perspectives for commercial operators in Europe. The worldwide fleet of nearly 1,500 PC-12s has now completed over 6 million hours in the air.

Source:  Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.
Source Date: March 30, 2017
Posted: 03/30/2017

 
 
EMBRAER'S RE-ENGINED E195-E2 MAKES MAIDEN FLIGHT
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil -- Ten months after the first flight of the E190-E2, Embraer performed the inaugural flight of another member of the E2 family, ahead of schedule.

The E195-E2, the largest aircraft of the E-Jets family, made its maiden flight on March 29. The flight, originally scheduled for the second half of the year, happened just three weeks after roll out.

"With 1.4 meters longer wingspan than the E190-E2, the E195-E2 becomes the aircraft with the highest aspect ratio among single-aisle jets thus increasing fuel efficiency," said Luís Carlos Affonso, COO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. "We also applied experience from over 17 million hours of flight and 100 jet airline customers to develop the E195-E2 with the most competitive life cycle cost in the industry." Embraer says the airplane will save up to 24 percent in fuel and 20 percent in maintenance costs per seat compared to the current E195.

Embraer will use two aircraft for the E195-E2 certification campaign. The first prototype will be used for the aerodynamic and performance tests. The second prototype, which will also make its inaugural flight by the end of this year, will be used for the validation of maintenance tasks and of the interior. The E195-E2 will entry into service in the first half of 2019, with Azul Brazilian Airlines.

The E195-E2 has three additional rows of seats, when compared to the current generation E195, and it can be configured with 120 seats in two classes of service, or up to 146 in a single class. The aircraft also has a significant increase in range of 450 nautical miles, which allows trips of up to 2,450 nautical miles.

The E2 has accrued 275 firm orders, including 90 for the E195-E2, in addition to 415 options, purchase rights, and letters-of-intent, totaling 690 commitments from airline customers and leasing companies. Currently, the E-Jets are operating with about 70 customers in 50 countries, being the global leader in the segment of aircraft with up to 130 seats, with over 50 percent market share.

Source:  Embraer
Source Date: March 29, 2017
Posted: 03/30/2017

 
 
NEED FOR SPEED PROPELS GLOBAL 7000 AIRCRAFT TO MACH 0.995 IN EARLY FLIGHT TESTING
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Global 7000 First Flight Test Vehicle (FTV1)

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Global 7000 First Flight Test Vehicle (FTV1)

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MONTREAL - Bombardier Business Aircraft confirmed that its Global 7000 aircraft flight test program continues to progress well, with two Global 7000 flight test vehicles currently flying. Both flight test vehicles have been demonstrating excellent reliability accumulating flight hours at a steady pace, as the aircraft prepares to enter into service in the second half of 2018.

"Our flight test vehicles continue to show a high degree of maturity in testing, dispatching twice daily in many cases," said Michel Ouellette, Senior Vice President, Global 7000 and Global 8000 Program. "We have strong momentum in the program right now, and we are on track for entry into service in 2018. The Global 7000 Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) completed its maiden flight in November 2016. It was transferred to the Bombardier Flight Testing Center in Wichita ahead of schedule and, to date, has achieved approximately 200 flight hours."

The flight test crew has also successfully demonstrated FTV1’s performance capabilities by opening the aircraft’s flight test envelope to Mach 0.995. Not only is the Global 7000 aircraft the largest business jet to reach this high speed, achieving it only 5 months after the start of the flight test program is an unprecedented milestone. In addition to its impressive speed and 7,400 nm (13,705 km) range capability, the Global 7000 aircraft offers unparalleled comfort and an exceptionally smooth ride, made possible by the aircraft’s advanced wing.

The second Global 7000 Flight Test Vehicle (FTV2), which completed its initial flight in Toronto on March 4 and shortly after also transferred to Bombardier’s Flight Testing Centre in Wichita, is dedicated to testing aircraft propulsion, electrical and mechanical systems.

Source:  Bombardier
Associated URL: bombardier.com
Source Date: March 29, 2017
Posted: 03/30/2017

 

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