Boeing set a company record in 2013 for the most commercial airplanes delivered in a single year with 648, the company announced Monday. Its unfilled commercial orders stood at 5,080 at the end of the year, also a new Boeing record.
Airbus rolled out its third A350 XWB flight-test aircraft, MSN2, from the paint shop in Toulouse on Thursday, marking the latest milestone on the path to entry-into-service in the fourth quarter.
Two thousand thirteen was another year during which aviation was deprived of seeing the Great Recession recede in the rear-view mirror, but there were bright spots. Deliveries and sales of top-of-the-line large-cabin jets each with price tags well on their way to nine figures continued strongly while smaller segments struggled. And manufacturers with the convictions and the resources were not deterred from forging ahead with plans to develop new flying machines.
The Federal Aviation Administration has designated universities and other public entities in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia to establish research and test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), fulfilling a key requirement of Congress in the 2012 FAA reauthorization act.
On Saturday December 28, the Legacy 450, Embraer’s newest business jet, took to the air for the first time, according to the manufacturer.
Flown by company test pilots Eduardo Camelier and Eugênio Cará along with flight-test engineer Carlos Kobayashi, the twinjet successfully demonstrated its handling and performance characteristics during the hour and thirty-five minute flight.
When the FAA was looking for ways to slash expenditures by more than $600 million in Fiscal Year 2013 as part of “sequestration” cuts mandated by the U.S. Congress last spring, part of the plans was a shutdown of 149 low-activity contract control towers.
Cessna Aircraft celebrated Christmas two days early with first deliveries today of both the new Citation M2 and the Citation Sovereign+ models. Deliveries began immediately following certifications by the Federal Aviation Administration, with the first M2 going to best-selling author, pilot and former Citation Mustang owner Stuart Woods.
The FAA’s refusal to acknowledge reality rears its ugly head in Advisory Circular 120-76B, Guidelines for the Certification, Airworthiness, and Operational Use of Portable Electronic Flight Bags.
China’s Avic officially launched the MA700 turboprop program last Thursday in Beijing, according to the Chinese state-run press service The People’s Daily.
Boeing has delivered the first 747-8 with performance-improved GEnx-2B engines as part of the airplane’s performance improvement package (PIP), the company announced Wednesday. A Cathay Pacific Airways 747-8 Freighter was the first of the jumbo jets delivered with the PIP engines.