Bombardier is forging ahead with its Learjet 85 program, a company spokeswoman told AIN at the Paris Air Show. Composite component production at the company’s Mexico facility is advancing, with several parts for the first aircraft now produced using a low-pressure, vacuum-bag, oven-cure process. “We are extremely satisfied with the quality of these composite parts and are now focused on refining our production process,” she said.
AINalerts » June 23, 2011
Sikorsky has announced the end of S-76C++ production, thus firming up S-76D delivery plans for next year. The S-76D medium twin is undergoing flight testing, with the goal of achieving FAA sea-level certification in the fourth quarter of this year. Two prototypes are flying at Sikorsky’s flight center in West Palm Beach, Fla. A third was due to join them early this year but this has not happened yet.
Two years ago at the last Paris Air Show, jet biofuels were just talked about, but at the airshow this week they appear to have come of age. On Saturday, Honeywell made history by landing a Gulfstream G450 at Paris Le Bourget after the first transatlantic flight using a blend of biofuel and jet-A.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft and Alenia Aeronautica announced the launch of an executive version of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) regional jet, on Tuesday at the Paris Air Show. Dubbed the Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ), the project falls under the responsibility of Italian support and marketing arm Superjet International, the joint venture between Alenia and Sukhoi Holding.
Price Induction is about to embark on European certification of its DGen 380 general aviation turbofan, the Tarnos, the France-based turbine-engine manufacturer said this week at the Paris Air Show. An example of the engine, claimed to be the smallest such turbofan available, is on exhibit at the airshow, which runs through Sunday.
Sikorsky Aircraft president Jeff Pino shed more light on the company’s investment in Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aerospace, including the possibility of restarting production of the EA-500 very light jet, during a meeting this week at the Paris Air Show. “We’re good at working with supply chains, driving them down in cost, positioning things in the market [and providing] good aftermarket support,” Pino told AIN.