A third airplane–Dreamliner ZA004–joined the Boeing 787 flight-test program when it took off at 11:43 am local time yesterday from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Boeing said the program plan called for ZA004 to fly before ZA003 because the program needs the data from ZA004 more quickly both for certification and development of the next Dreamliner variant–the 787-9.
Aircell Appoints Abu Dhabi Sales Rep
Air Support is making its debut appearance as an NBAA exhibitor this year (Booth No. 4749), marking the company’s first entry into the North American market. The Billund, Denmark-based company’s preflight planning software (PPS) system has been available to European and Middle Eastern customers for a number of years but, for the first time, it is now available to North American operators as well.
The cream has risen to the top and has not gone sour is how Comlux would characterize today’s charter market, which is to say that demand for high-end, airliner-class aircraft has held up well in relation to the marked downturn still being suffered by operators of smaller jets. This explains why the Swiss-based group has come to Orlando (Booth No.
Orders for more than 1,400 A330s and A340s has been the Airbus reward for 15 years of continuous innovation, including the introduction of A340-600-technology flight deck, cabin, systems and structures upgrades across the range in 2002-04.
Dassault Falcon, which currently offers Emergency Vision Assurance System (EVAS) cockpit smoke protection as optional equipment on all new aircraft, finalized an agreement with EVASWorldwide of Mahwah, New Jersey, to equip all of the company’s demonstration aircraft with EVAS.
Bombardier has designated Comlux Completion USA as an official AOG/line maintenance facility for its Learjet, Challenger and Global product lines. The approval was confirmed yesterday at the end of a long period in which the Canadian airframer evaluated the company’s training and equipment infrastructure in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The FAA, EASA and Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency last month granted type certification to the Lineage 1000, the business jet version of the E190 fly-by-wire jetliner. The FAA also approved supplemental type certificates for the Lineage 1000’s interior, designed by Embraer and London-based Priestman Goode and manufactured by Pats Aircraft Completions. The interior features five cabin zones and a private suite with shower.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has opened its membership to include non-U.S. manufacturers. Although the announcement is not altogether surprising, it represents a major change for the association and its future influence in the worldwide business aviation community.
Six operators were represented at the first operators conference for the Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) held at the manufacturer’s Toulouse, France headquarters on September 14. In total, 15 pilots and managers made the trip, representing Aero Services Executive, DaimlerChrysler Aviation, Twinjet, the Italian and French government flight departments, as well as one other undisclosed operator.