Sukhoi Civil Aircraft and Alenia Aeronautica yesterday announced the launch of an executive version of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) regional jet. Dubbed the SBJ, or Sukhoi Business Jet, the project willwould fall under the responsibility of Italian support and marketing arm Superjet International, the joint venture between Alenia and Suhoi Holding.
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French plastics specialist Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is showcasing materials made from its Meldin 7000 lightweight, high-temperature polymer on Stand E138 Hall 2B.
Boeing and China’s Avic have signed an agreement to set up a joint-training center specifically aimed at improving the quality of products made in China for Boeing aircraft. Avic has also been awarded a contract to build 1,000 Boeing 737 rudders by the U.S. company.
ATR revealed yesterday that Brazilian carrier Azul Lanhas Aéreas had signed up for another 10 ATR 72-600s, and that the European turboprop manufacturer, in a gradual “strip tease” of show orders, will have announced customers for a total of 78 additional aircraft–worth $2.4 billion at list prices–by the time the trade days are over. ATR chief executive Fillipo Bagnato indicated that he liked the strip-tease approach.
Breitling(Static AA168) recently ran a photo competition on Facebook that had the theme of capturing the spirit of aviation. Jeremy Hampton from Overland Park, Kansas, won first prize with a picture of a child admiring an aircraft that beat 5,000 other entries. The honor also got him an all-expenses-paid training course for a pilot’s license.
Boeing’s Phantom Works has taken a number of important strides toward flying the Phantom Eye high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The first vehicle has just completed 12 days of ground vibration and structural mode interaction tests at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California. It has also had its fuel tanks filled for the first time.
Hawker Beechcraft is displaying for the first time the latest addition to the company’s customer demonstration fleet, a King Air 350ER configured to highlight the type’s adaptability to a variety of special missions. Appropriately, the aircraft carries the registration N1459, corresponding to the number of special mission turboprops that had been sold by this spring.
ADS, the trade organization for the UK aerospace, defense and security industries, has reported that new defense orders slumped by 29 percent in 2010 due to the stringent defense cuts by Britain’s new coalition government. Despite this, 2010 proved to be a fairly good year for aerospace sales, which were up by 2.1 percent to £23.1 billion ($37.8 billion).
The first three AH-64D Block III Apaches, the latest update of the attack helicopter, were advancing through production this month at the Boeing Global Strike facility in Mesa, Arizona, in advance of first deliveries to the U.S. Army this fall.
Multi-national missile developer and manufacturer Yesterday MBDA showed off the results of its second concept- visions initiative--–, the CVS 401 Perseus maritime strike missile--–eyesterday at the Paris Air Show.