The wide-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 received full FAA type certification today, just days after the Savannah-based aircraft manufacturer obtained final FAA and Israeli approval for its super-midsize G280. Gulfstream Aerospace expects to deliver the first outfitted G650s to customers before year-end; it delivered 12 green G650s late last year after receiving provisional FAA certification in November.
EADS has replaced Stefan Zoller as head of Cassidian, the group’s defense business. Cassidian has not enjoyed the same level of success as other EADS divisions, and is facing a difficult home market in Europe. An official statement says Zoller is leaving “to pursue new professional challenges.”
Russian Helicopters, the company that parents Russia’s two helicopter design bureaus and five helicopter-manufacturing plants, is moving forward with a new-generation helicopter that is intended to replace the hugely successful Mil Mi-8/17 series. The new project, dubbed Rachel (Russian advanced commercial helicopter), clearly has many military applications.
Embraer started Phenom 300 production at its Melbourne, Fla. facility this week, the Brazilian manufacturer announced today. Phenom 100s have been assembled at the Florida plant since early last year, with 14 of the U.S.-built light jets delivered to U.S., Canadian and Mexican customers to date.
Bombardier switched on the electrical and avionics systems of the first Learjet 75 to roll down the company’s Wichita production line during the week of August 21. The Learjet 75 is an updated version of the 45XR, and the 70 replaces the 40XR. Both feature a new Garmin G5000-based Bombardier Vision flight deck with touchscreen controllers mounted in the cockpit pedestal, synthetic vision display on the PFDs and Garmin’s new solid-state GWX 70 radar.
Gulfstream Aerospace has extended the operating hours at its company-owned service center in Westfield, Mass., to provide 24-hour service Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekends. Gulfstream Westfield offers AOG support, airframe inspections, avionics installations and interior refurbishments. The MRO facility currently employs 168 people, including 90 A&P technicians and 16 avionics technicians. Facility technicians are certified to work on large- and mid-cabin Gulfstream aircraft along with Hawker Beechcraft, Dassault Falcon and Bombardier Challenger business jets.
Three jets are now flying in the Learjet 70/75 flight-test program. The first two are a Learjet 40XR and 45XR modified with the Bombardier Vision cockpit, which was installed at Garmin’s New Century AirCenter facility near company headquarters in Olathe, Kan. The Vision flight deck in the Learjet 70 and 75 is based on a Garmin G5000 avionics suite, which features touchscreen controllers mounted in the cockpit pedestal, synthetic vision display on the PFDs and Garmin’s new solid-state GWX 70 radar.
The Learjet 85, the first all-composite Part 25 business jet, remains on track for certification and entry into service next year, according to Bombardier. “Four test aircraft are in various stages of production,” the company noted, and shipment of the first pressure vessel from Bombardier’s factory in Querétaro, Mexico, to the final-assembly plant in Wichita was imminent (in mid-July). At the Querétaro factory, technicians completed construction of the first Learjet 85’s wing internal structure and the wing was moved to the final-assembly position for installation of the wing plank.
The Embraer Phenom 100 light jet recently received type certificate validation by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer announced today. “Embraer has been strengthening its market position in China’s executive aviation market over the past few years,” said Embraer China president Guan Dongyuan. “The CAAC’s certificate for the Phenom 100 is great news for Embraer and prospective customers. With the approval, the company can deliver copies of the eight-seat jets to Chinese customers.
MRO provider Vector Aerospace has been appointed a Pratt & Whitney Canada designated overhaul facility (DOF) for the PW150A turboprop and plans to have an MRO facility in the Asia-Pacific region fully operational by the middle of next year. The company, which has engine MRO facilities in Prince Edward Island & British Columbia, the UK, Africa and France, is a P&WC designated overhaul facility supporting the P&WC PT6A/PT6T/JT15D/PW100/PW305/PW306/PW307/PW308.