Flight test

June 20, 2013 - 7:00pm

CFM International, the General Electric/Snecma joint venture, expects to begin a second phase of ground testing for its 3-D woven resin transfer molding fan with its Moteur à Aubes de Soufflante en Composite Taille (Mascot) 2 fan-demonstrator engine. The fan is “foundational technology” for the CFM Leap engine that is scheduled to enter service in 2016.

June 16, 2013 - 1:00am
airbus a350

As launch customer Qatar Airways prepares to receive new Airbus A350s next year, the Arab operator will train using an operations department at the manufacturer’s Toulouse factory in southwest France. Until then, Airbus plans to conduct flight-test activities to mirror airlines operations at that facility.

May 23, 2013 - 1:41pm

“The HondaJet program is steadily progressing toward certification and first delivery,” Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino said this week at EBACE. As previously reported, FAA type certification of the light jet has been delayed by a year to late next year, primarily due to delays in certifying its GE Honda Aero HF120 engines. EASA certification is scheduled to follow in mid-2015.

May 7, 2013 - 10:59am

Bombardier has reaffirmed its intention to achieve the first flight of its new CSeries airliner next month, with complete airframe static tests (CAST) on track to establish that flight testing can commence safely.

May 2, 2013 - 12:35am

MD Helicopters’ selection of Selection of Universal Avionics to design and build a next-generation flight deck for the MD Explorer twin-engine helicopter represents a major milestone in the avionics maker’s 32-year history–the company’s first integrated flight deck to be delivered as original equipment from an OEM’s aircraft assembly line–but Universal’s main revenue source will continue to be retrofitting the flight decks of business aircraft, helicopters and

March 26, 2013 - 3:05pm

The third Embraer Legacy 500 joined the flight-test fleet on Friday, after making its initial flight from the company’s São José dos Campos, Brazil facility. “With the first two prototypes already well into the flight-test program, the first flight of the third Legacy 500 is a major milestone for the program,” said Embraer Executive Jets president Ernest Edwards. “The four-aircraft test program is designed to ensure all systems and features on the Legacy 500 reach maturity before entering service.

March 12, 2013 - 5:38pm

After a “thorough” review, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday approved Boeing’s certification plan for a redesigned battery system for the 787 Dreamliner.

March 4, 2013 - 1:30pm
Two AgustaWestland 609 tiltrotor prototypes have accumulated 750 test hours in flight tests, while two more test aircraft–slated to join the program this year and next–are under construction in Italy. Certification is planned for 2016.

AgustaWestland acquired the portion of the 609 program it did not already own from Bell Helicopter in 2011, effectively dissolving the joint venture known as the Bell Agusta Aircraft Co. The 609 program is headquartered at a new AgustaWestland facility in Arlington, Texas, across the field from its previous home at Bell’s XworX. The aircraft are to be certified initially by the FAA in the U.S. under Parts 25 and 29 and a new category called powered lift.

February 8, 2013 - 4:22am

The Federal Aviation Administration has given Boeing permission to conduct test flights of its 787 airliner to gather data about the performance of its lithium-ion battery and electrical system in flight.

January 15, 2013 - 3:20pm

Eurocopter continues to search for the root cause of the main gearbox failure that resulted in forced but controlled ditchings by two EC225s last year. Early last month, the manufacturer was still hoping it would be able to recommend a return to flight in February. In a written statement sent to AIN late last week, however, it refers only to an “update on the situation” at the end of February.

 
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