Saab achieved the first flight of the Gripen Demo from the company’s Linköping airfield in Sweden on May 27. Crewed by test pilots Mikael Siedl and Magnus Ljungdahl, the flawless 30-minute flight marked the start of a three-year campaign, during which the fighter will demonstrate a wide range of new technologies destined for the Gripen Next Generation aircraft, as well as options for existing models.
It is almost five years since the Concorde retired, but little has been achieved in terms of replacing the world’s most iconic commercial aircraft.
Hamilton Sundstrand (Hall 4 Stand F13) has been on the frontline of the ongoing battle to get Boeing’s repeatedly delayed 787 airliner program back on track. It is one of a group of key subsystem suppliers Boeing has entrusted with a pivotal role in the complex supply chain that, at times, has threatened to unravel.
Several steps to add to the support structure for MU-2 operators were announced at NBAA 2002 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America’s aircraft products support division. These include appointment of Aero Air of Hillsboro, Ore., as an authorized Mitsubishi MU-2 service center, and Turbine Aircraft Components (TAC) of Addison, Texas, as exclusive distributor for a number of aircraft overhaul components.
Compared with business jet cabins, helicopter cabins–even those in many executive helicopters–lean toward the utilitarian. Now American Eurocopter, in partnership with Heritage Aviation Services (both in Grand Prairie, Texas), has designed a cabin interior for the EC 155 that offers business jet amenities along with embedded acoustical barriers for improved soundproofing.
Newly built Piper Meridian turboprops will be more “useful” than their predecessors after FAA approval of modifications that will increase useful load by 235 lb, a 15-percent increase, New Piper Aircraft announced at the NBAA show yesterday. The modifications, expected to be certified by the end of the year, consist of aerodynamic and structural changes.
Steecon Enterprises (Booth No. 1061) recently announced availability of its Star Trak “pocket” doors for the Dassault Falcon Jet 900/900EX following a ruling by the FAA to allow owners of these aircraft to install doors in partitions between passenger compartments.
After a successful flight program and anticipated certification, Aviation Partners Inc. (API) is announcing the Hawker 800SP blended winglet program, with initial customer deliveries beginning early next year.
It’s a sad fact of economic life that there is often opportunity in tragedy, and while some helicopter industry leaders aren’t necessarily looking to cash in on the worldwide terrorism scare, they have approached the U.S. government with a proposal that would make thousands of commercial helicopters available in times of national crisis.
The flight department of Greek-based construction company Consolidated Contractors International was faced with a challenge when the group’s 82-year-old chairman asked them to fit his Bombardier Challenger 601-3R with a wheelchair lift. Their boss’ arthritic knees made boarding the aircraft painful, and he was sick of the indignity of having to have the crew lift him up the steps.