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KA-62 MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
Friday, April 29, 2016

Source: Russian Helicopters

MOSCOW - Russian Helicopters has conducted the first flight test of a prototype Ka-62 helicopter. The helicopter has previously passed a series of ground tests and the latest assessment was the first time that it had been put into the air.

The Ka-62 is a modified Ka-60, intended for the civilian market. Development of the Ka-62 began in 1992. It is unclear when the helicopter will be ready for serial production.

Russian Helicopters notes that the helicopter "is designed for cargo transportation, medevac and search and rescue operations, and can also be used in the oil and gas sector and for corporate purposes."

Source:  Tass News Agency
Associated URL: http://tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/3249841
Source Date: April 29, 2016
Source Language: Russian
Posted: 04/29/2016

 
 
DELTA AIRLINERS ORDERS 75 BOMBARDIER CS100S IN BIG WIN FOR BOMBARDIER
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Source: Bombardier Aerospace

NEWTOWN, Conn. - Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Delta Air Lines have signed a firm agreement covering the purchase of 75 CS100 regional airliners with options for an additional 50 aircraft. The agreement also allows Delta to convert a number of these orders into orders for the larger CS300 model someday.

The Bombardier C Series is larger than existing regional jet families made by Embraer and by Bombardier itself, but it is substantially lighter than Boeing's 737-700 or Airbus' A319 and features five-abreast seating rather than the six-abreast seating typical of narrowbodies. It thus straddles the high end of the regional jet market and the low end of the narrowbody market. It is not intended to replace Bombardier's existing CRJ line of regional jets, which tops out at the 104-seat CRJ1000.

The CS100, which features standard single-class seating for 110 passengers, competes primarily against Embraer's E190/195 regional jet family. The second model, the 135-160 seat CS300, will occupy the market segment now owned by the A319 and 737-700.

Bombardier's C Series was initially scheduled to enter service in 2013, but the program has suffered delays since launch. The program faced a short-term funding crisis in 2015, but the financial intervention of the provincial government of Quebec, where the CSeries program is based, allowed the program to continue.

The Delta order is a huge boost for the program and couldn't come at a better time. Bombardier listed a backlog of 243 orders for the C Series at the end of 2015, including orders for 53 CS100s and 190 CS300s. The total included 40 orders from the now bankrupt Republic Airways and 32 for Russia's Ilyushin Finance Co. The Republic orders are expected to be canceled, and IFC's orders look shaky as well due to declining economic conditions in Russia. The order book isn't a disaster, but there is no question Bombardier has had trouble selling the C Series and the Delta order might help change that.

There isn't anything obviously wrong with the aircraft. Rather, the major problem is one of positioning. The 100-120 seat segment of the regional jet market isn't very hot right now, and Embraer is blunting the attraction of the CS100 by offering a re-engined version of the E190/195 that will arrive around 2018.

Delta's embrace of the CS100 gives the aircraft the stamp of approval from a major player in the American market, the most important single market in the regional jet industry, and will help Bombardier sell the CSeries to other carriers. Delta was in a position to drive a hard bargain. Bombardier valued the order at approximately $5.6 billion US based on the list price of the CS100, but the price Delta paid is undoubtedly much lower than that.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: forecastinternational.com
Source Date: April 28, 2016
Author: Douglas Royce, Civil Aircraft 
Posted: 04/28/2016

 
 
WING PRODUCTION BEGINS FOR FIRST LM-100J
Monday, April 18, 2016

Source: Lockheed Martin/Marco Riccio

MARIETTA, Ga. - The first Lockheed Martin LM-100J commercial freighter aircraft has reached several production milestones. The LM-100J is a civil version of Lockheed Martin's C-130J Super Hercules military transport, and is an updated version of the L-100 (L-382) civil freighter.

Wing production for the initial LM-100J has begun at Lockheed Martin's site in Marietta, Georgia, which is home to the C-130J final assembly line. Other structural parts for the LM-100J are in production at facilities in Meridian, Mississippi, and Clarksburg, West Virginia.

"Watching the LM-100J move from concept to reality is monumental for everyone involved, including our team members, industry, and our customers," said George Shultz, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager of Air Mobility & Maritime Missions. "The LM-100J offers the commercial market a real-world, proven transport platform that is unmatched in capability, reliability, and versatility. The LM-100J is a derivative of the world-renowned C-130J, and is the only commercial airlifter that offers the same all-terrain and all-weather service."

Lockheed Martin submitted a Program Notification Letter to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in January 2014 for a type design update for the L-382J, the internal company designation for the LM-100J. The LM-100J is scheduled to make its first flight in 2017, then enter into an FAA certification phase.

Source:  Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Source Date: April 18, 2016
Posted: 04/28/2016

 

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