AvAero, a maker of Learjet hush kits, has received an STC for a fuel-saving aerodynamic modification of the Boeing 737-200/300. The company claims the mod will decrease the twinjet’s fuel burn by an average of 4 percent, equating to about a 230-pph fuel-burn reduction. By repositioning the trailing-edge flaps, AvAero said it increases aft wing camber, which lets the airfoil generate the same lift at a lower angle of attack.
Proposed Embraer Business Jets To Feature Stand-Up Cabins
At the NBAA Convention last month, Brazilian manufacturer Embraer introduced concept studies for two new clean-sheet business jets in the form of a midsize (MSJ) aircraft and a “mid-light” (MLJ) model (see story on page 1). A full-size cabin mockup
Embraer’s Lineage 1000 “ultra-large” business jet is on display at NBAA (Booth No. 3737) in the form of a cabin mockup built by PATS Aircraft (Booth No. 2857). The Lineage 1000 is the executive/VIP version of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s E-195 airliner. PATS, a division of DeCrane Aerospace, has been selected to do the aircraft interiors, and the first Lineage is scheduled to arrive next month at its Georgetown, Del.
When a China Airlines 737NG caught fire soon after landing at Okinawa’s Naha Airport on August 20, initial suspicions centered on maintenance issues, but new developments show the problem might be more widespread than first considered. Investigators discovered that a loose bolt in the leading-edge slat track assembly–believed to have been missing a washer–pierced the wing fuel tank, allowing fuel to escape.
After celebrating its 10th year with record sales of 19 aircraft, Boeing Business Jets has logged 30 sales since last year’s NBAA Convention, said Steve Hill, BBJ president, at a press conference here in the Georgia World Congress Center on Monday. Total value of the orders increased from $2.25 billion last year to $2.9 billion this year. Included in this total are 16 BBJs, two BBJ2s, three BBJ3s, two 747-8 VIPs and seven 787 VIPs.
It took a couple of years longer than expected, but operators of the Hawker 800 might find the wait has been worthwhile. After three years of work, Aviation Partners last month finally obtained an STC for its performance-enhancing blended winglets for the Hawker 800 series.
As studies on Bombardier’s proposed 110- to 130-seat jets progress, all the early talk about extensive use of new high-tech composites in the airframe now appears somewhat exaggerated if not a complete misrepresentation.
At the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in late May, a representative of Airbus expressed frustration at the difficulty in finding sufficient slots at independent completion and refurbishment centers to do executive cabin work at the same pace the company is producing airplanes.
Seattle, Washington-based Aviation Partners Boeing is racking up sales of its efficiency-enhancing Blended Winglets, with new orders from Air China and Shenzhen Airlines for a total of 50 shipsets and from Austrian Airlines for six 767-300ER, the first such application in Europe.
CFM International is having a bumper airshow, announcing more than $2 billion of contracts by the end of Tuesday and with more deals worth potentially another $200 million due to be signed today.