ACJ319neo sets new distance record

Two days after conducting its maiden sortie, the first ACJ319neo set a new record for the longest flight made by an Airbus-crewed A320-series aircraft.

The re-engined VIP narrowbody (MSN8612) flew from Airbus headquarters in Toulouse to northern Greenland and back on 26 April, with the mission lasting 16h 10min.

Airbus describes the sortie as an “endurance flight that included a simulated diversion under 180min [extended twin-engine operations]”, for which the A320 family is already certificated.

Asset Image

Airbus

The previous record was set in 1999, when an Airbus-crewed ACJ319 made a 15h 15min flight from Santiago to Paris.

On the latest trip, the crew were accompanied by Erik Scheidt, chief executive and chief pilot of charter and management firm K5 Aviation, which will take delivery of the CFM Leap-1A-powered aircraft in the coming weeks on behalf of its unnamed owner.

K5 has appointed Dutch maintenance firm Fokker Techniek to outfit the aircraft, which has five extra fuel tanks installed to deliver a range of more than 6,750nm (12,500km); redelivery to K5 is planned for 2020.

“We want to fly customers to their destination using the quickest routes, as well as delivering unsurpassed comfort and service, and it’s impressive to see such long-range capability at first hand,” says Scheidt.

Airbus says it has orders and commitments for 14 ACJ320neo-family aircraft, which are available with a choice of Leap-1A or Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines.

The first ACJ320neo, powered by the Leap-1A, was handed over in January to Swiss completion house AMAC Aerospace. Service entry with its UK owner, Acropolis Aviation, is due by the end of the year.

Around 200 Airbus corporate jets are in service worldwide.


Source link

قالب وردپرس

Please follow and like us:
Share this:

LHT sets up dedicated aviation data exchange

MRO provider Lufthansa Technik has established a standalone company to create an industry-wide platform for the collection and storage of technical and operational aircraft data, and plans to share the entity’s ownership with other aerospace players later this year.

The new company, named Aviation DataHub, was incorporated earlier this month to serve as an “independent” platform for airlines, maintenance companies, manufacturers, IT specialists and other service providers to aggregate and exchange data without competitive restrictions, LHT says.

As part of the move, it is separating the handling and storing of data from the provision of digital services – such as predictive maintenance – via the proprietary Aviatar software platform.

Speaking during a financial results briefing in Hamburg on 21 March, LHT chief executive Johannes Bussmann described the data hub’s ownership as a co-operative model; a noncommercial platform is required for airlines to store data and share it with the service providers of their choice, he argues.

“Our aim is to ensure the independence of airlines and to maintain competition,” Bussmann says, adding that the guiding principle is to ensure “[data] control, choice and competition”.

While LHT is the data hub’s current sole owner, the MRO group says talks are under way with aftermarket players – including its own competitors, as well as equipment manufacturers – to add further shareholders over “the next few months”.

LHT intends to “ultimately reduce its stake significantly”, it says.

Meanwhile, the number of aircraft enrolled in LHT’s Aviatar platform has grown to more than 1,000, the majority of which are not operated by Lufthansa Group carriers, says head of digital fleet solutions Christian Langer.

Wizz Air has previously been named as an Aviatar customer.

Langer says the client base includes members of all three main airline alliances, low-cost and cargo operators in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Demand for Aviatar has exceeded LHT’s expectations, he says.

Lufthansa, budget arm Eurowings and Swiss are among the carriers within the parent group that use the system.

Sister carrier Austrian Airlines wants to implement it too, but Langer says that the priority has been to integrate external customers.

He argues that – while certain predictive maintenance functions can be accomplished purely by analysis of aircraft onboard data – repair shop insight into component failure modes is central to refining the algorithms that automatically monitor performance of in-service equipment.

Especially in regard to reducing the number of “no fault found” cases – where equipment has been replaced because of failure alerts but no malfunction is later determined in the shop – it is crucial to “train” algorithms with insights into why and how parts might fail, Langer says.

While Aviatar’s development has thus far been concentrated on technical aircraft support, LHT now intends to add functions for the improvement of flight and ground operations.


Source link

قالب وردپرس

Please follow and like us:
Share this:

Global 7500 sets business jet range record

Bombardier’s Global 7500 has completed an 8,152nm (15,100km) non-stop flight, which the manufacturer bills as the world’s “longest mission ever flown by a purpose-built business jet”.

The aircraft (C-FXAI) – the initial production example – departed Singapore at 07:12 local on 4 March carrying three pilots, three passengers and luggage with a combined weight of 360kg (800lb). Taking a transpacific route, it arrived in Tucson, Arizona just over 16h later at 08:19 local, which also set a new speed record for this city-pair, says Bombardier.

Asset Image

Bombardier

The GE Aviation Passport 20-powered aircraft landed with 1,950kg of fuel remaining – representing 90min of additional flight time and “well above” industry requirements, the airframer adds.

The previous record for the longest, official non-stop flight by a business jets was achieved by the Gulfstream G650ER in 2015. That aircraft flew 8,010nm from Singapore to Las Vegas with four passengers and crew.

Asset Image

Bombardier

C-FXAI was handed over to its unnamed customer on 14 December and has been operated as a demonstrator by Bombardier under a lease-back arrangement. To date, the aircraft has logged over 170h.

The Global 7500 has an advertised range of 7,700nm and a maximum speed of Mach 0.925. Bombardier has a backlog of over 110 aircraft and production is sold out to 2022.


Source link

قالب وردپرس

Please follow and like us:
Share this:

Concorde still sets the pace, 50 years from first flight

“From the beginning of time until about 1840, the distance a man could travel between getting up and going to bed was about 75 miles… then technology produced the aeroplane, and today a man can travel 7,000 miles in his waking hours. When the supersonic era is inaugurated this 12h distance will have become 12,000 miles, which is pretty well anywhere on earth.”

This summary of transport evolution ­appeared in Flight as Concorde took to the air for the first time in March 1969. However, the conclusion that followed would ­unfortunately turn out to be wide of the mark: “One of the basic laws of transport… is that traffic volume increases as journey time decreases.”

Asset Image

Airbus

Concorde did everything that was asked of it from a technical point of view, but sadly that “basic law” did not manifest itself and make supersonic air travel a sustainable business proposition for airlines.

The development and introduction of Concorde by the British Aircraft Corporation and Sud Aviation took more than a decade, from the signing of the Anglo-French Supersonic Transport Aircraft Agreement at Lancaster House in November 1962 to service entry in January 1976.

There have been many words written about why Concorde failed, or why it was even built in the first place. But suffice to say that the single objective of all involved in its creation was to make “operation of the aircraft a safe and economically viable proposition”.

Jet-airliner economic viability was a ­rapidly moving bar in the 1960s and 1970s (as was the environmental one). Aircraft such as the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 – long-haul benchmarks when Concorde was conceived – were facing obsolescence when it arrived in service.

The aircraft that would revolutionise air transport had taken to the air exactly three weeks before Concorde. At the time of that maiden flight, the Boeing 747 faced as much uncertainty as its supersonic rival, with many convinced that speed would win over size.

But the jumbo jet’s combination of high capacity and high-bypass powerplants – allied to rapidly rising oil prices – moved the economics dial to a point beyond the industry’s wildest dreams a decade earlier. Thus, Concorde’s prospects were shattered and just 14 aircraft were delivered – but not before the needle-nosed dart had earned a special place in the hearts of even the most hardened unbelievers.

Many happy returns, Concorde!


Source link

قالب وردپرس

Please follow and like us:
Share this:

FAA sets Thailand set 26 tasks to reach Category I standard

The United States Federal Aviation Administration has set Thailand 26 items that need rectification before its safety rating can be upgraded to Category I.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) states that a four-person team from the FAA conducted an audit of its oversight systems between 11-15 February that identified the deficiencies, but gave no specific details.

After the items have been rectified, the CAAT says it can then ask for a new audit, and that if passed, it will be upgraded to Category I status.

Under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment programme, the Administration audits a foreign country’s regulatory system against ICAO criteria. Countries that have deficiencies are given Category II status, which prevents new carriers from flying to the US, or existing operators from adding new capacity on existing US routes.

Thailand’s aviation regulatory systems have been under scrutiny since an ICAO audit in early 2015 identified a number of “red flags” over the then-Department of Civil Aviation’s oversight and air operator certificate awarding process.

That led to some Thai carriers being barred from starting services to China, South Korea and Japan, while all airlines were forced to undergo a recertification process for their air operator’s certificates.

It also led to the DCA being replaced by the CAAT, and as a result of all those issues the red flags were removed by ICAO in October 2017.


Source link

قالب وردپرس

Please follow and like us:
Share this:

Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways sets 16 January launch date

Vietnamese start-up Bamboo Airways has set 16 January as its launch date, one week after gaining its air operator’s certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV), and sticking to its previous announcement of a mid-January launch.

In a statement, the carrier states it will operate on a hybrid business model, offering economy and business class cabins on its aircraft. Flights will operate out of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to various domestic points in Vietnam. Subsequently, it is looking to operate international services.

Prior to obtaining its AOC from the CAAV, the airline was also approved as an aircraft maintenance organisation, it adds.

Bamboo’s own booking engine indicates that the initial flights will be operated out of Hanoi to seven domestic points. For flights out of Ho Chi Minh City, it will be linked to Hanoi and Quy Nhon.

Asset Image

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that five Airbus A320 family jets – one A319 and four A320s – will see leases start with the carrier on 15 January 2019. The lease of another A320 will commence on 25 January.

Two A320s and the A319 are managed by Standard Chartered. Dragon Aviation Leasing manages one of the remaining A320s, and Aviation Capital Group another A320. The last A320 is managed by Lithuania’s Small Planet Airlines.

None of the six jets has received a Vietnamese registration. The A319 is equipped with 128 seats in a two-class configuration, with eight in business class and 120 in economy. Three of the A320s have 180 seats in an all-economy configuration. The remaining two A320s have 159 seats in an all-economy configuration.

In addition, three on-order A320neos managed by CDB Aviation are scheduled to start their leases in October 2019.

The airline also has letters of intent for 24 A321neos and 20 Boeing 787-9s.


Source link

قالب وردپرس

Please follow and like us:
Share this:

​Airbus sets date for first A330neo delivery to TAP

Airbus plans to deliver the first A330-900 to launch operator TAP Air Portugal on 26 November.

The hand-over of the first A330neo will be marked by a ceremony at the Airbus delivery centre in Toulouse.

Asset Image

Max Kingsley-Jones/FlightGlobal

Delivery to TAP comes much later than the early 2018 date originally scheduled, after the flight-testing programme was delayed primarily by hold-ups with the re-engined twinjet’s Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines.

European type certification for the A330-900 was secured in late September while Airbus expects approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration by year-end.

Airbus revealed at the first flight of the smaller A330-800 earlier this month that it has 23 A330neos “in the system for the final assembly line”. These include eight customer “heads of version” comprising TAP, Air Mauritius, Wow Air, Azul, Rwandair, Delta Air Lines, Thai AirAsiaX, and Air Senegal.


Source link

قالب وردپرس

Please follow and like us:
Share this:

California Pacific sets November launch date

Start-up California Pacific Airlines plans to commence service from the McClellan-Palomar airport near Carlsbad, California, on 1 November.

The airline will initially operate 12-times weekly to San Jose, California and four-times weekly to Reno with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft, it says. It will add three-times weekly service to Las Vegas on 15 November.

Asset Image

California Pacific

“Today’s announcement marks the culmination of a multi-year effort that will bring significant convenience in air travel between San Diego’s North County and the top western-region destinations,” says Ted Vallas, chairman of California Pacific, in a statement. “Our initial set of cities will address the needs of both business and leisure travelers from nearby McClellan-Palomar airport.”

California Pacific will operate flights under the US Federal Aviation Administration operating certificate of Aerodynamics Inc (ADI). The carrier acquired Aerodynamics and its certificate in late 2017, according to reports.

Aerodynamics operates scheduled essential air service routes between Denver and Pierre and Watertown in South Dakota, as well as charters. Its operations will be rebranded under the California Pacific name on 1 September.

California Pacific has been working towards launching scheduled air service since at least 2010. It initially planned to operate Embraer 170 aircraft from Carlsbad to West Coast destinations, but was forced to postpone those plans after the FAA rejected its application for an air operator’s certificate multiple times.

The airline says it still plans to acquire E170s in the future.

California Pacific operates four ERJ-145s, Flight Fleets Analyzer shows.

No airlines offer scheduled air service from Carlsbad, FlightGlobal schedules show. Elite Airways was the last carrier to serve the airport with flights to Las Vegas that operated from September 2017 through April 2018.

United Airlines regional partner SkyWest Airlines served the Carlsbad airport for years until it retired its Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia aircraft in April 2015.


Source link

قالب وردپرس

Please follow and like us:
Share this:

Airbus sets flight endurance record with Zephyr UAV

Airbus Defence & Space looks to have earned a new world record for aerial endurance by keeping its Zephyr S solar-powered unmanned aircraft aloft for just minutes shy of 26 days. At 25 days 23h 57min, the maiden flight in Arizona lasted nearly twice as long as the previous record-breaking flight of more than 14 days, set by the aircraft’s predecessor. The company has applied to have the achievement ratified as a world record.

Flying purely on solar power, the aircraft – which has a wingspan of 25m (82ft) but a mass of less than 75kg (165lb) – achieved daytime altitudes of around 74,000ft. Critically, it was also able to remain above 50,000ft overnight while running down its battery power. In a mid-flight briefing at the recent Farnborough air show, Airbus unmanned systems head Jana Rosenmann said remaining at a high altitude through the 24hr cycle was mission critical, as this allowed the aircraft to stay above the weather and commercial air traffic.

Battery management was key to this success, she said, adding that her colleagues believed it would be possible to achieve 100 day-night cycles before the aircraft would need to return to the ground to change batteries. The programme team is now preparing for a next set of flight trials, to begin later this year at Wyndham airfield in Western Australia.

Airbus categorises the aircraft as a High-Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS). The UK Ministry of Defence has three on order, being built at a new factory in Farnborough. While the MoD has not specified its plans for the aircraft, HAPS are seen as supplementary to satellites for Earth observation. HAPS could be fitted with a mission-specific payload and deployed tactically to provide persistent surveillance in response to a natural or human-caused disaster, or to act as a telecommunications relay station.

The Zephyr programme was created by British technology development company Qinetiq in the early 2000s, and later acquired by Airbus.

Zephyr’s endurance record is impressive in view of previous work on solar-powered aircraft. NASA’s Pathfinder flying wing UAV achieved more than 80,000ft in 1998, an altitude record for propeller-driven aircraft. Its successor, Helios, was designed to reach 100,000ft and sustain long-duration flight, but it was lost in air turbulence early in a Hawaii test flight in 2003.

An early success was the solo-pilot Solar Challenger, designed by the late Paul MacCready, founder of UAV pioneer AeroVironment and designer of the first successful human-powered machines, Gossamer Condor and Gossamer Albatross. Challenger’s claim to fame was a 262km (163 mile) English Channel crossing in 1981.

More recently, the piloted Solar Impulse flew for just short of five days to link Japan and Hawaii, the longest leg of its 2015-16 round the world trip. That sortie, at a maximum altitude of 28,000ft, set the endurance record for a solo flight – but overheating damaged the aircraft’s batteries, and repairs and testing meant that it was nearly a year before the journey could resume.


Source link

قالب وردپرس

Please follow and like us:
Share this:

Hong Kong airport sets traffic records in fiscal 2017

Hong Kong International airport (HKIA) continued to set new annual records for passenger traffic, flight movements, and cargo volume for the fiscal 2017/18 period, which ended on 31 March.

During the year, the airport handled 73.6 million passengers, representing a 4.5% year-on-year increase.

Cargo volume saw strong growth of 7.6% to 5.1 million tonnes, while flight movements increased 3.2% to 423,400.

Its network added nine new destinations, while 13 new carriers began services into Hong Kong. These include Air Seoul, Lanmei Airlines, Shandong Airlines, and Virgin Australia, raising the number of operators flying to Hong Kong to “more than 120”.

To address demand in the short- and medium-term period until the airport’s three-runway system (3RS) enters service, HKIA has started expansion works to its Terminal 1 building, which will feature new check-in counters, baggage carousels, and a bridge linking the terminal and its north satellite concourse being added.

The 3RS project began construction in August 2016, with HKIA stressing the project “has been progressing well”.

In addition to the terminal expansion, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) will soon open, which HKIA says will boost its regional hub role.

Construction on an intermodal transfer terminal facility has also started, which will be linked to the territory’s boundary crossing facility through a vehicular bridge. Scheduled for completion in 2022, the facility will eliminate the need for air passengers arriving or departing via HZMB to clear immigration in Hong Kong.

“HKIA is at the heart of Hong Kong’s economy, driving the development of our pillar industries. Without an efficient airport, our city would not have achieved its current level of success. We are committed to HKIA’s continuous development to meet the aviation needs of this part of the world,” says chairman of Airport Authority Hong Kong, Jack So.


Source link

قالب وردپرس

Please follow and like us:
Share this:
icon-car.pngKML-LogoFullscreen-LogoGeoJSON-LogoGeoRSS-Logo
office

loading map - please wait...

office 9.078535, 7.460747

DROP US A LINE!

Why not get in touch with us. You can use our social media links or vist us at our office.