RAA 2012: Regional airlines poised for massive fleet renewal

CHICAGO O’HARE AIRPORT, K TERMINAL (en route to Minneapolis) — It could not be a more auspicious moment for the US Regional Airline Association (RAA) to stage its annual convention this week in Minneapolis.The RAA’s airlines members are in upheaval, with two (American Eagle and Pinnacle) in bankruptcy, one (Republic Airways Holdings) reorganizing a major […]

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The missing 747-8I story – An explanation

After some middle-of-the-night self reflection, punctuated by the largely negative comments on my 18 May posting regarding Lufthansa’s 747-8I and its slight delivery slip, I decided to delete the posting early Saturday morning. I know that doesn’t erase the fact that the posting did exist for several days and was probably read far and wide.  […]

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EBACE: Notes on the back of Learjet cocktail napkin …


  Photo/Billypix Conventions such as Europe’s biggest aviation gathering always have two purposes: meet customers or show us new products. In the last few years at EBACE, there was less of the former and almost none of the latter. For the (ahem) wags churning out the event’s three show dailies, which depend on almost exclusively […]

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Movie Monday: Remembering Canadair and the Challenger

GENEVA, Switzerland — In 1980, the National Film Board of Canada commissioned a young director named Stephen Low to document an ambitious plan to revive struggling Canadair by developing an advanced business jet — the Challenger. The rest of the story is now well-known. After surviving a disastrous crash in flight test, the Challenger went […]

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EBACE: Goldman Sachs, Onex to sell off Hawker Beechcraft

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A Beechcraft Baron sits on the static display outside the PalExpo convention center in Geneva./Billypix GENEVA, Switzerland — Hawker Beechcraft has clarified that GS Capital Partners, a Goldman Sachs company, and Toronto-based Onex Capital Partners are selling their equity ownership stakes as part of a restructuring under Chapter 11. That means Hawker Beechcraft’s employees face […]

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NTSB: Two wing drop events preceeded G650 crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has quietly released hundreds of pages of information on the Gulfstream G650 crash on 2 April 2011 in Roswell, New Mexico, although a final report has still not been released. You can browse all of the documents on this page on NTSB’s web site. It’s a rare glimpse inside a […]

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BREAKING: Superjet 100 missing in Jakarta [Updated]

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UPDATE: Russian aviation blogger Sergey Dolya, who is on-scene in Jakarta, shows us the full Superjet 100 flight path. As a grease pencil retracing of radar data, its accuracy is difficult to gauge, but it gives some idea of the aircraft’s course and environment as it circled what appears to be the Mount Salak volcano. […]

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MOVIE MONDAY: Collier Trophy and Whitcomb winglets edition

Movie Monday subjects are sometimes tough to decide. This week, for instance. Do we go with the Collier Trophy homage, in honour of the 2012 award that is being presented on Thursday to the Boeing 787? Or do we make it about the winglet, a la the vortex-reducing airframe accessory unveiled last Wednesday for the […]

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Video: Will Sugar Volt kill the Turboprop?

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Boeing’s Sugar Volt research programme, if it progresses from paper to structure, looks like a perfect candidate to one day replace today’s turboprop configurations like the Q400 and ATR 42/72 in 20 years or so. With a 70% cut in fuel burn compared to today’s aircraft in that size category, and no externally whirling machinery like […]

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VIDEO: P&W media day with Geared Turbofan and 747SP

Pratt & Whitney allowed a group of reporters on board the 747SP flying testbed today at Bradley airport near Hartford, Connecticut. Two days ago, the former Korean Air airliner now owned by P&W completed the first flight of the PW1217G, the engine designed to power the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). It’s another step towards the […]

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