Embraer rolled up to the show with a raft of E-Jet orders, including five firm positions plus five options for 190s from Niki Lauda’s low-fare airline Niki, but the Brazilian manufacturer played down threats from Bombardier’s C-Series, which its Canadian rival launched before the show.
Farnborough Air Show » July 15, 2008
Northrop Grumman’s X-47B UCAS-D carrier-borne unmanned combat air system demonstrator is currently undergoing sub-system checks before final assembly for a first flight date in November next year. Having been developed at El Segundo, the first X-47B (AV-1) is now at Palmdale, California, where the vehicle’s centerbody/inner wing structure is essentially complete.
The advanced stand-off radar (ASTOR) ground surveillance system produced by Raytheon has passed a major operational test, and will be officially accepted by the UK Royal Air Force by September. Raytheon and British military officers lined up here yesterday to describe recent progress on a system that is, in fact, three years behind schedule.
International Aero Engines has been awarded a follow-on order from Hainan Airlines for V2500 engines to power 13 Airbus A320s. Along with a long-term V2500Select aftermarket agreement, the deal is worth $350 million. The Chinese operator took delivery of the first of 20 V2500-powered A319s in June, becoming the latest Chinese airline to fly the Airbus narrowbody.
Cessna Aircraft has selected Eaton to supply the fuel system for the Citation Columbus, a $28 million large-cabin business jet due to enter service in 2014. The contract calls for Eaton to design and produce the fuel system, including the electric fuel boost pump, ejector pumps, flow control valves for fuel transfer, the refuel/de-fuel subsystem and fuel quantity measurement system.
Piaggio Aero Industries is developing a special version of the P.180 Avanti for the Italian air force intended for navaid flight inspections. Private firm Norwegian Special Mission will supply its Unifis 3000 inspection terminals for the reconfigured airplanes, due to enter service in 2010. Italy’s Aeronautica Militaire 14th Stormo is providing four Avantis from its fleet for upgrades with the flight inspection gear.
The Swedish Security Services have detained a man for reportedly trying to blackmail Saab. The 48-year-old engineer was arrested in Gothenburg last Thursday, but AIN understands that he does not work for the company. However, he has “illegally gained access to documents regarding the operations of Saab Microwave Systems,” the company said. The man, who has no criminal record, denies the allegation.
Austrian all-cargo carrier Amerer Air plans to become the first customer for the re-launched British Aerospace Regional Aircraft BAe 146QT (Quiet Trader) freighter program. Its aircraft, a Series 200 recently converted by Aerostar in Bacau, Romania, is undergoing painting and final maintenance checks in the UK before delivery. The 146QT will be ferried to Linz, Austria, where Amerer Air has created a major logistics center.
Rolls-Royce and British Airways are embarking on a study to identify practical alternatives to jet fuel that would make real reductions to aircraft carbon footprints. The companies will initiate a joint tender process, inviting suppliers to offer alternative fuel samples for testing on a Rolls-Royce RB211 from a British Airways Boeing 747.
Appearing for one day only, the F-22 Raptor thrilled the Farnborough crowd yesterday with a majestic display of power and agility. Now the Raptor heads home to join the rest of its unit at Langley, Virginia, as the F-22 fleet gathers experience and capability.
- Page 1