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September 20, 2018 - by Kurt Hofmann
French Polynesian regional carrier Air Tahiti is considering procuring jets so it can expand international routes from its home base of Papeete, CEO Manate Vivish told ATW on the sidelines of this week's IATA Aviation Day in Mauritius.
The carrier is evaluating the Airbus A220-100 (formerly the Bombardier CS100) and Embraer 195-E2. "We are thinking about a maximum of a 100-seat aircraft. As a first step, we would order two aircraft," Vivish said. The aircraft would enter service in two to three years, he said, so a decision must be made in the near future.
One of the most frequent services—up to 12 daily flights—is from Papeete to the tourism destination of Bora Bora. "Also on such a route, we could use jets like the A220-100. The airport could accommodate them," he said.
So far, the only international route for Air Tahiti is...
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Airbus’ handover of the first A350-900 Ultra Long Range (ULR) opens a new frontier in non-stop air travel
Ultra Long Range A350 XWB goes the distance
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Airbus' handover of the first A350-900 Ultra Long Range (ULR) opens a new frontier in non-stop air travel
With the delivery of the first A350-900ULR to launch customer Singapore Airlines (SIA), the A350 XWB Family is positioned to lead the way for new ultra-long-range operations, including on the world's longest commercial route, between Singapore and New York.
Airlines already use the A350-900 and A350-1000 primarily for long-distance flights, but there is also demand for non-stop services on extreme long-haul missions, which is why Airbus developed its new game-changing variant.
The A350-900ULR – derived from the A350-900 – has an extended range of up to 9,700 nautical miles. This was achieved by integrating a modified fuel system, which increases the aircraft's fuel carrying capacity by 24,000 litres without the need for additional fuel tanks.
With a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 280 tonnes, the A350-900ULR is capable of flying over 20 hours non-stop, combining the highest levels of passenger and crew comfort with unbeatable economics for such distances.
The first A350-900ULR (Ultra Long Range), which has an extended range of up to 9,700 nautical miles, was delivered to launch customer Singapore Airlines in September 2018
Setting new standards for long-haul travel
Since entering service in 2016, the A350 XWB Family has set new standards for long-haul travel in the mid-size category. Based on a clean sheet design, it has brought a step change in efficiency, reduced fuel consumption and lower cash operating costs compared to the older-generation aircraft it replaces. And in service both the A350-900 and A350-1000 are demonstrating high levels of operational reliability and maturity. The A350 XWB's flexibility also means the A350-900ULR can easily be reconfigured as a standard -900, if required.
Evolving the ULR from the A350-900 was made possible thanks to extensive design and upstream industrial studies at Airbus, avoiding complex modifications. Some of the engineering development, for example, involved the relocation of sensors in the fuel system – enabling existing tanks to carry the maximum fuel load for the ULR. This eliminated the need for additional fuel tanks.
Japan's First SM-3 IB Test Underlines International Cooperation
PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY, Hawaii, Sept. 12, 2018
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the United States Missile Defense Agency completed a successful intercept flight test in cooperation with the U.S. Navy off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii.
A Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) SM-3® Block IB missile intercepted a ballistic missile target, marking the first time Japan has tested the sophisticated interceptor as announced by MDA.
The target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, and the interceptor was launched from the Japanese ship JS Atago (DDG-177), verifying the newest ballistic missile defense engagement capability of the upgraded destroyer. The flight test mission is a significant milestone in missile defense cooperation between Japan and the U.S. Japan currently employs the SM-3 Block IA interceptor, but the IB variant's improved two-color seeker and upgraded throttling divert and attitude control system enables engagements with a larger set of threats.
"The Standard Missile-3 family consistently demonstrates capability against sophisticated threats, both on land and at sea," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president. "This test underlines the importance of allied ballistic missile defense interoperability and the powerful results we generate when we work together with our allies."
The SM-3 is produced at Raytheon's Space Factory in Tucson, Arizona, and the company's integration facility in Huntsville, Alabama.
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Unease over 'stolen' jets at Lagos airport
September 2018 - by By Wole Oyebade for TheGuardian
Two Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 aircraft formerly used by Topbrass Aviation Services Limited, a local operator, have been allegedly stolen in Lagos.
The airplanes (registration numbers 5N-TBB and 5N-TBC) have been the focus of a legal tussle between the lessor, Seagold Investment Limited, and Topbrass Aviation Services. Some interested parties from the presidency, however, acquired the aircraft contrary to the orders of the Federal High Court in Lagos.
Findings by The Guardian revealed that the planes have been removed from their lots at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA).
They are now stationed at the Aero Contractors' Maintenance and Overhaul (AMO) hanger but with registration numbers already wiped off. Further investigations revealed that the jets are set for maintenance to enable them to fly out of Lagos to an undisclosed location.
Apparently not unaware of the development, the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Friday served a Contempt of Court order on the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), NCAA boss, Capt. Muktar Usman, Aero Contractors, its Managing Director Capt. Ado Sanusi and a pilot in the presidential fleet, Capt. Baba Mohammed.
"What kind of image are we selling to the global community, especially at a time we are looking for investors in Nigeria Air? If we can freely violate our own agreements, disregard rules of law and use public offices to settle personal scores against one another, how much more foreigners. And that is where the public should be very worried."
Airbus A220-100 - First Delta Aircarft To Be Delivered This Fall (CSeries CS100) - MSN 50020 - Picture: Airbus
18:45 (22:45 UTC) - September 19, 2018 - by Sylvain Faust for Fliegerfaust.com
Can Airbus deliver?
Airbus can't increase the A220 delivery rate, at least not at the moment for sure. Currently there are three (3) A220-300s (CS300 CSeries) that were supposed to have been delivered but are instead suffering from some type of snags indigestion.
MSN 55040 SWISS has been at the delivery stage for 2 weeks…
MSN 55043 airBaltic is at the delivery stage since Monday. Let's see if it could be delivered by the week-end.
MSN 55035 Korean Air is at the delivery stage and waiting for client next week for its acceptance flight. Let's hope for no serious snag delaying its delivery.
MSN 55041 airBaltic, is still in test flight with many snags and was slow to get to its first flight. Two flights have been done.
MSN 50020 First Delta A220 (A220-100) is progressing since it was on the fuel pad Saturday, assuming it did its fuel flow test, obviously far from its delivery. Sunday it was also outside the hangar, this could be for its new Gogo Inflight Internet system that requires being outdoor for its satellite communication linked-up tests. Hey, Internet on a A220 flight, Delta is the first customer who will be using this option. Its first flight should be in about 2 weeks, it is about the length of time after the fuel flow test are done that we usually have a first flight. First Engine run have been done over the week-end with its normal black smoke associated with it.
Will Airbus/Bombardier be able to deliver all its third quarter planed A220 aircraft?
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September 20, 2018 - Bloomberg News
Persian Gulf airline Emirates is looking at taking over unprofitable neighbor Etihad, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg News, a move that would create the world's biggest carrier by passenger traffic.
Any deal, talks on which are only at a preliminary stage, would require the blessing of the rulers of the richest sheikhdoms in the United Arab Emirates.
The Department of National Defence has released this photo above of the first C-295W in the process of being built by Airbus for the RCAF. The first aircraft is scheduled to be delivered next year. The RCAF will receive 16 such aircraft for search and rescue missions
Canadian military ditches plan to paint new search-and-rescue planes grey, will stick with familiar yellow
September 20, 2018
Canadian military ditches plan to paint new search-and-rescue planes grey, will stick with familiar yellow
RCAF leadership had requested the new planes be painted tactical grey because they wanted the aircraft to be available for other missions, including combat.
Extract from an article by Sylvain Faust on Fliegerfaust published on November 10, 2018
I'm told an intermediate solution is currently being worked on by some civil servants in Ottawa to modify the existing new contract to Airbus to swap two (2) of those sixteen (16) C-295 SAR (search and rescue) equipped aircraft for the C-295 MPA (maritime patrol aircraft). This would allow doing some of the equivalent work the CP-140 Aurora is doing. But two is not enough, as Canada operates fourteen (14) Aurora. Those two (2) C-295 MPA could be used for general maritime surface reconnaissance (detecting drug operations, smuggling of illegal immigrants, fisheries protection patrols, pollution monitoring, etc.), search-and-rescue assistance and Arctic sovereignty patrols. Thus, another solution (aircraft) will have to be contemplated because the C-295 MPA lacks the heavy and sensitive anti-submarine warfare capability as well as the anti-surface warfare fittings of the CP-140 Aurora. A faster aircraft with more range would be necessary. CP-140 (750 km/h - Range: 9,300 km) vs the C-295 MPA (480km/h – Range 5,630 km)
Airbus is hard at work in Canada (Ottawa) as you can see.
Could Ottawa then show its True Colors and go for a Canadian based Aircraft solution for the replacement of the Aurora CP-140 aircraft fleet? Let me say it "again"…"
Canada's military has reversed its plan to abandon the familiar yellow paint scheme for the country's new search-and-rescue planes after debate within the ranks over the aircraft's need to be visible on such missions.
The new fleet of 16 Airbus C-295W planes will replace the main Royal Canadian Air Force search-and-rescue fleet of Buffalo aircraft as well as the Hercules transport planes which are also used at times in a search-and-rescue role. Postmedia reported last year that RCAF leadership had requested the new planes be painted tactical grey, asking for a change to the original contract which had stipulated the familiar yellow colour scheme, because they wanted the aircraft to be available for other missions, including combat.
But the move to the grey paint scheme has now been reversed. "While there was, last year, a stated interest in painting the C-295W grey, a decision was made following further consultation to maintain the iconic yellow colour scheme of the RCAF's current SAR fleet, such as the Buffalo, Twin Otter, Cormorant and Griffon," the Department of National Defence said in a statement Wednesday. "This colour, which provides a higher level of visibility and recognition in the ground and the air, is also widely known by Canadians — especially those who might find themselves in a situation requiring our aid."
Asked last year about the plan to ditch the yellow paint scheme, the Forces said in a statement to Postmedia that "the RCAF has made the decision to use a grey colour scheme for the C-295W fleet to enable surging flexibility for the very wide range of missions the RCAF is required to conduct, from humanitarian and disaster relief missions, to security missions with partners, and all the way to full spectrum operations."
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My name is Normand Hamel. After a 35 year career in aviation I retired in 2009 to better concentrate on my favourite activities: reading and writing. If you wonder what Run-up Pad means it refers to this special section of a run-up area on an airport that can be heated up in cold temperatures to prevent an aircraft from slipping forward when power is applied to test the engines. It also refers symbolically to the yellow pad I am using to write these articles for which I intend to bring our readers to contribution to test my ideas, like one would test an engine to make sure it works properly.