Aircraft flight control systems

January 31, 2011 - 10:00am

Gulfstream described G650 S/N 6001’s recent tests using the electrically powered fly-by-wire (FBW) backup flight-control actuation system as “flawless.” During a three-hour, 33-minute flight, test pilots Jake Howard and Gary Freeman and flight-test engineers Bill Osborne and Nathaniel Rutland evaluated the fly-by-wire system in electric backup actuation mode for two hours and 20 minutes, performing five landings with the backup system engaged.

January 26, 2011 - 4:15am

On December 20, Honda Aircraft achieved a milestone in the development of the HA-420 HondaJet when it flew the first conforming HondaJet, launching the formal flight-test program that will lead to FAA certification next year and first deliveries in the third quarter of 2012.

January 13, 2011 - 11:09am

Gulfstream G650 flight-test aircraft S/N 6001 recently flew for the first time using only an electrically powered, fly-by-wire (FBW) backup flight-control actuation system, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday.

December 23, 2010 - 8:08am

The technology in Embraer’s newest business jet series, the Legacy 450 and 500, enables detailed exploration and development to take place much further ahead of first flight, according to Eduardo Camelier, chief test pilot for the Brazilian manufacturer. “We are flying this airplane before first flight a lot more than we did with the E170,” he said.

December 23, 2010 - 7:59am

From a distance, the exterior of the Dassault Falcon 900LX–F-WWFB–reminded me of a lady caught without her makeup when I saw her sitting on the ramp outside Epps Aviation at Atlanta's Peachtree Airport (PDK).

December 3, 2010 - 10:09am
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A preliminary factual report released today by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau recounts a laudable effort on the part of the five-member flight crew to land the Qantas A380 stricken by the uncontained failure of one of its Rolls-Royce Trent 900 turbofans over the Indonesian island of Batam on November 4.

October 27, 2010 - 11:03am

System ground tests and static structural stress testing of production-conforming aircraft continue at the HondaJet research and development center in Greensboro, N.C., as Honda Aircraft’s light business jet proceeds toward planned certification and first ­delivery in the third quarter of 2012.

October 27, 2010 - 6:39am

The delivery in early September of a Dassault Falcon 7X to a Fortune 500 customer furnished opportunities to ride along on the flight to the airplane’s new home base, as well as to get some stick time in the level-D flight simulator at training provider CAE. Both experiences revealed quite a lot about Dassault’s flagship bizjet.

October 13, 2010 - 7:31am

The high level of technology employed in Embraer’s newest business jet ­family, the Legacy 450 and 500 program, enables detailed exploration and development to take place much further ahead of first flight, according to Eduardo Camelier, chief test pilot for the Brazilian manufacturer.

September 18, 2010 - 11:17am

The November 2008 crash of an Airbus A320 into the Mediterranean Sea off Perpignan, France, was mainly due to the pilots’ improvisation of procedures during an “operational flight check,” leading to a heavy workload that prevented the crew from seeing that two angle-of-attack sensors were jammed, according to France’s investigation bureau BEA.

 
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