Archive | March, 2008

Embraer adds two – that makes four, or is it five?

Embraer’s board has approved the launch of the MLJ medium-light and MSJ mid-size business jets. They are to enter service in 2012 (MSJ) and 2013 (MLJ). They come hard on the heels of the launches of Cessna’s large-cabin Citation Columbus and Gulfstream’s ultra-long-range G650. Bombardier has also unveiled, but not formally launched, the mid-size Learjet […]

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Is the Hawker 4000 finally ready?

Hawker Beechcraft has just put out a nice press release about its achievements in its first year as a private company. Record sales, record backlog etc, etc. What’s not included on the list is delivery of the super mid-size Hawker 4000. The official word is “soon”, maybe with weeks, but I’m not holding my breath […]

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Picture of the day

“Makes you want to rush out and buy a couple of hundred Skyraiders!” says my colleague Kieran Daly of this Embraer picture of a pair of purposeful Super Tucanos. I’m not sure Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6A, even at 1,600shp, sounds quite the same as a Skyraider’s Wright Cyclone, or a Sea Fury’s Bristol Centaurus […]

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Private Sea Harrier heading back to flight

Remember the privately owned ex-Royal Navy Sea Harrier that had to make an emergency vertical landing on only its second flight after being restored for the US airshow circuit? Well Elyse Moody of Overhaul & Maintenance magazine has an update on owner and pilot Art Nalls’ efforts to get the beast back in the air. […]

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In the ‘tanker war’, beware bogus blogs

As if there wasn’t enough information, disinformation and misinformation already circulating about the KC-X tanker competition, now the pro-Boeing, anti-EADS tankerblog.com is trying to dirty the water. Claiming to provide “facts and commentary” on the tanker issue, so far it has offered up little other than tired innuendo. At least the authors make clear their […]

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Picture of the day

Working on a Chinook feature, and I found this… “Shall we dance?” (RAF Chinooks – Crown Copyright)

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P&W’s Geared Turbofan – right engine, right time?

Having just spent two days at Pratt & Whitney’s Connecticut facilities, some of the company’s fervour for the Geared Turbofan appears to have rubbed off on me. With oil at $110 at barrel and jet fuel at $2.70 a gallon, an engine that promises to reduce aircraft fuel burn by 12%, and noise and emissions […]

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Up close and…

…personal, the finalists in this week’s Chubby Cheeks competition:

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Night, night, Nighthawk. F-117 retires

The US Air Force is retiring its Lockheed F-117s, 27 years after the stealth fighter first flew in secret and two decades after it was revealed to the public. I remember being at the formal roll-out – of the last F-117. Must have been 1990. At the Skunk Works in Palmdale, California. I was amazed […]

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What happens if…

…your harpoon decklock is broken? “It’s mine, I caught it first!” (US Navy photo)

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