For the first time at any Dubai Air Show, the daily flying display is being opened by the United Arab Emirates’ own aeobatic team, Al Fursan (The Knights). The team flies seven black-and-gold Alenia Aermacchi MB339 NATs, a single-engine jet trainer and light-attack aircraft. The UAE celebrates its 40th anniversary on December 2.
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Swiss company Unmanned Systems is showing a model of its Orca rotary-wing unmanned air vehicle for the first time here at Dubai. The Orca employs a revolutionary tip-jet propulsion method that not only improves performance in many key areas, but also overcomes many of the operational problems encountered with conventional propulsion methods.
While the first Embraer Legacy 500 prototype continues to near the end of the production line, the midsize business jet will not make its maiden flight by year-end as originally scheduled.
Russia’s RAC MiG Corp is displaying a new simulator system at the Dubai Air Show this week, and is inviting show attendees to try their hand at mastering it. The simulator provides three-dimensional visualization of the beyond-cockpit space, but at much reduced cost and complexity compared to other 3-D systems.
Bombardier Aerospace unveiled its new CSeries flightdeck demonstrator Sunday at the Dubai Air Show.
Air Arabia has selected the Rockwell Collins dPAVES in-flight entertainment (IFE) system for 44 Airbus A320 aircraft, becoming the first airline in the Middle East to order the system.
Airbus Corporate Jets has restructured as a new Airbus integrated business unit, incoming ACJ president Habib Fekih told journalists hereat the Dubai Air Show on Sunday. Two ACJs are on display at the show–an Al Jaber Aviation ACJ318 and a Comlux ACJ320 (Static A49-52).
Garuda Indonesia has ordered CFM International’s Leap-1A engines to power the airline’s 10 Airbus A320neo jets. The $220 million deal takes total business for the new Leap turbofan family to nearly 2,450 engines worth $29 billion at list prices. The Leap series will power three aircraft types: the A320neo (Leap-1A), Boeing 737 Max (Leap-1B) and Comac C919 (Leap-1C).
Honeywell has signed distribution agreements with Global Aerospace Logistics (GAL) of Abu Dhabi and Transworld Aviation of Dubai to quicken response times on orders from Honeywell customers.
Embraer expects to finish discussions with prospective customers about a powerplant choice for a re-engined version of its popular E-Jets in around two months’ time.