September 2009 Archives
Airbus Military approaches first flight in cautiously optimistic mood as contractual and technical issues make progress having served for the past 15 months as a resolutely earthbound monument to all that can go wrong with big-ticket pan-European defence projects, the Airbus Military A400M is finally poised to deliver.
Beset by problems associated with the aircraft's unprecedentedly complex full-authority digital engine control software since its official roll-out in June 2008, a mood of cautious optimism is returning to the project's Madrid management team.
FlairJet will be the first to put the Phenom 100 on the UK 'G' register.
London Oxford Airport's new private jet charter operator which has two aircraft (G-DRBN and G-SRBN). These are due to arrive into Oxford by mid to late October.
Chief executive oficer Captain David Fletcher says that the Phenom 100, including stylish interiors from BMWDesignWorks USA, will give us a real edge over other jet operators."
Saab has conducted the first customer demonstration with its recently expanded family of vertical take-off and landing unmanned air vehicles. Continue reading...
An Emirati woman has become Etihad Airways100th cadet pilot. Shareefa Al Bloushi, from Abu Dhabi, is a member of Etihad's tenth group of cadets which recently started the 18 month training programme at the Horizon Flight Academy in Al Ain.
She is also the sixth female Emirati cadet pilot, and eighth female overall to join the programme.
The Abu Dhabi airline's cadet pilot programme was launched in June 2007 with the first group of cadet pilots, who graduated from the course in February 2009, now training and flying aboard the airline's Airbus A320 fleet.
Captain Richard Hill, Etihad Airways' chief operations officer, said: "The recruitment, training and development of cadet pilots is of the utmost importance to Etihad Airways and an integral part of maintaining our position as a leading global airline.
Etihad's expanding female pilot community which currently includes 15 female first officers and cadet pilots within its ranks. The airline expects this figure to double over the coming year.
Shereefa Al Bloushi said: "I am extremely proud to be a part of the Etihad Airways female pilot community and to be learning alongside other women pilots from across the world. "Whilst the programme is rigorous and demanding it will ensure that I have the best training and development for when I graduate and become a fully-qualified Etihad pilot."
The cadets must complete 750 hours of classroom tuition and 205 hours flight training in single and multi-engine aircraft to gain the frozen Airline Transport Pilots Licence (ATPL).
During this time they also have to pass the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority's theoretical knowledge and flying exams. Etihad Airways' fleet will expand to 52 narrow and widebody aircraft by the end of 2009 and this will grow to 65 by the end of 2012.
Etihad's growing female pilot community (Left to right) Rebecca Hillyard; Shereen Al Mazroui; Shareefa Al Bloushi; Rose Omari; Salma Al Baloushi; Hamda Al Qubaisi.
Acquired through a lease agreement with Dublin-based AWAS, the A330-200 is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines and is configured with 20 business-class and 196 economy-class seats. Continue reading....
Announcing the proposal at the DSEi exhibition in London on 8 September, the company said the military variant could be used to carry between 80 and 109 passengers, or a cargo of between 11t and 12.5t in freighter configuration. Continue reading...
A Macau-based businessman took delivery of his new aircraft on August 24 at the Flying Colours Corporation completion facility in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
This Bombardier Phoenix CRJ No. 1 departed for the US for import/export formalities from where it routed west-bound via Anchorage, Petropavlovsk (Russia) and New Chitose (Japan) before arriving in Macau.
The aircraft is managed and operated by Macau-based Jet Asia.
The aircraft's 15-seat luxury interior includes a "state-of-the-art" cabin management system and IFE, with Airshow 4000, ipod stations and Satcom communications.
The aircraft is fitted with long range fuel tanks, providing a maximum range in excess of 3,000 nm and giving US coast-to-coast capability.
Aircraft profile: Bombardier CRJ
French VIP charter operator and sublease provider Blue Line has taken delivery of a VIP-configured Airbus A310-300 to cater for the demand for large group and heads of state transport.
The popularity of the aircraft, coupled with a paucity of suitable products on the market, has prompted Paris-based Blue Line to .... continue reading...
The Bristol Brabazon performed its maiden flight 60 years ago today.
Here is a profile page that aggregates all Flightglobal's content on the aircraft which includes pages in our pdf archive, cutaway images, black and white images, a video uploaded to Youtube showing the aircraft at Farnborough Air Show in 1950.
PDF archive finds on the Brabazon...
Aerial mapping articles in the Flight International archive:
Diagrammatic representation of how the moving film air camera operates. While the aircraft travels the distance B-A the image in the focal plane travels from b to a. The film is regulated to move ot the exact speed of the image, and as point C is passed
First details have emerged of a new family of unmanned air vehicles designed by scientists and students from the Mobile Systems Research Laboratories and Institute of Computing Science at Poland's Poznan University of Technology.
For years China has been a fast-growing airline market. Now the world's most populous state wants to join the elite club of civil aircraft manufacturing nations, with a strategy based on its ARJ21 regional jet and planned Comac 919 narrowbody, as well as partnering with established OEMs.
With the red banners in its modern factories espousing not Communist slogans but business school dogma, China is determined to learn from the best of the West.
On the eve of Asian Aerospace in Hong Kong, our 12-page special looks at how successfully the country is moving from customer of airliner manufacturers to partner and competitor. Continue reading...