On Tuesday, the one-year anniversary of the start of flight testing for its first conforming light jet, Honda announced that its third FAA design-conforming HondaJet (F2) joined the test program.
Evidently regarding discretion as the better part of valor, Airbus has revised the production schedule for its planned A350 XWB, owing to delayed sub-assemblies under production by partners in Europe and the U.S. Airbus has moved the twin-aisle twinjet’s first-flight date from late 2012 to the first quarter of 2013.
With engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, Airbus is developing an enhanced A350-1000 variant with “outstanding [increased] payload and long[er] range, the best economics and 25-percent lower fuel burn and carbon dioxide emissions than [the Boeing 777-300ER].”
Since the Boeing 787 entered service last month, the spotlight has turned toward Airbus, which is working hard on the competing A350XWB.
Cessna 550 Citation II, Manhuaçu, Brazil, Oct. 7, 2011–While landing just before dusk at Manhuaçu-Elias Breder Airport, the twinjet ran off the 3,840-foot runway after the brakes failed during rollout, according to reports. The pilot steered the airplane into a neighboring field, where the nosegear collapsed.
Work is progressing on the prototype of Embraer’s new midsize Legacy 500, and the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer says it is on schedule to fly the $18.4 million twinjet by year-end. The first aircraft will be receiving its wings “imminently,” according to the company, and the three fuselage sections on the second prototype were mated at the end of last month at Embraer’s plant in São José dos Campos.
Boeing completed extended twin-engine operations (Etops) testing on the 787 Dreamliner on Sunday, company vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth revealed today on his blog, Randy’s Journal. The team reached the milestone during a test flight of Dreamliner ZA102, the ninth 787 built and the same airplane that flew the longest flight for the type to date at just over 18 hours.
Just two years out of the box, Comlux America has delivered its first executive completion of an Airbus A320 Prestige. The twinjet was designed by Comlux Creatives and has joined the charter fleet of Zurich-based Fly Comlux.
As Airbus prepares to put together the first A350 XWB, the European manufacturer acknowledges the stiff task it faces to open the final assembly line (FAL) by the end of this year and to fly the aircraft within 12 months thereafter. It says significant challenges remain to start the FAL by year’s end with “an appropriate level of quality to prepare the ramp-up.”
The first production-conforming Nextant Aerospace 400XT will make its public debut next month at EBACE in Geneva. The 400XT–a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP with Williams FJ44-3AP engines, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and a zero-timed airframe complete with new paint and interior–has better fuel specifics and a greater 2,005-nm range than a base airplane. Winglets will be offered as an option in the near future.