Jon Fingas released an article on Engadget talking about the hypersonic aircraft. The hypersonic aircraft is considered any aircraft above Mach 5 such at the SR-72. Any type of hypersonic aircraft could be at any destination globally within the span of a few hours. Although many of these hypersonic aircrafts are in speculation, some are starting to show its true colors.
According the Lockheed, there is plans for the company to have a demonstrator hypersonic aircraft that will have a price tag of a little less than $1 billion. In terms of dimensions, Lockheed has mentioned that the hypersonic aircraft will be roughly the size of an F-22 aircraft.
Although this is a high ticket item, there are other programs that cost even more than this. With this being said, it can be inferred that hypersonic aircrafts that Lockheed Martin are planning to build could materialize in the years to come.
Lockheed Martin was founded March 15, 1995 about 21 years ago. It is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland in the Washington DC area in the United States. The company has a little bit over 120,000 employees around the world. Lockheed Martin is considered one of the largest defense contractors in the realm of aerospace, security, defense, and technology industries.
Fingas mentions a little bit about how the hypersonic aircraft will be able to reach hypersonic speeds without the use of other aircrafts or a booster engine.
“While the existing Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept project will rely on a booster to reach the altitude where its ramjet kicks in, the new concept embraces the SR-72's "turbine-based combined cycle," where conventional jet tech meets a ramjet” writes Fingas.
Even with all the plans in works, it will still be a while before Lockheed and present something tangible. There is a possibility that the hypersonic demonstrator aircraft will be ready by 2018. Along with this, there is also a possibility that it will be into the 2020s when Lockheed Martin will be able to provide hypersonic vehicles. It is said that these hypersonic vehicles will be used as weapons.
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The finishing touches are being applied on the final assembly line for the first ever CSeries CS300 designed for Air Baltic near Montreal at a plant in Mirabel. Concurrently, the first aircraft for the CS100 launch for operator Swiss International Air Lines is being prepped for its first flight in Mirabel as well. The CS100 is scheduled for six flights a day in SWISS service to work out the kinks with the first of the CS100, aircraft P1 to begin rout-proving flights with SWISS providing ground support. The P1 is flown by bombardier pilots and is currently flying back and forth from Brussels to Hannover and has completed three-fourths of its 600-hour extended functionality and reliability testing phase. This testing phase will need to be completed before the P1 can enter into service (EIS). There have been hang-ups but no dispatch interruptions thus far. Meanwhile the FTV7 which is the first of 2 CS00 flight-test aircrafts, is hovering around the 500-hour mark in terms of testing.
The second of the 2 CS flight-test aircrafts has an interior and is on track for certification six months after the CS100 who received its Transport Canada Approval in December of last year. With 9 CSeries having been built, Bombardier is on track to deliver 15-20 CSeries this year to air Batlic, SWISS and other operators who have placed an order for it in the past years. The CS100 can comfortably seat 100-133 passengers while the longer Bombardier CS300 can accommodate up to 160 but is typically specified with 148 seats single-class and 137 for dual.
This past week, aerospace juggernaut Bombardier unveiled that their Challenger 650 aircraft has been awarded complete certifications from the European Aviation Safety agency (EASA). The 650 had already received FAA certification last year, so receiving this new EASA was key in expanding to and connecting with the European market.
“Our Challenger 650 aircraft successfully entered into service in 2015 and is now about to make its European debut in 2016. Demand for this aircraft is strong around the world and with certification now in-hand, we are eager for EASA-registered customers to experience this brand new jet,”
said David Coleal, President, and Bombardier Business Aircraft.
“Customers who are already operating the aircraft are delighted with its new cabin design, increased comfort and added productivity,”
Bombardier’s 600 Series group of jets are known across the aerospace industry both for reliability and low cost, the Challenger 650 aircraft continues to build upon this reputation. The newest member of the 600 Series, the Challenger 650 has several key upgrades from previous iterations of the aircraft including wider seats, innovative touch screen controllers, more powerful engines, and metal accents throughout. Additionally, the aircraft will feature a revamped galley, monitor displays, Blue Tooth capabilities, and Bombardier’s current generation Synthetic Vision System. All of these features and upgrades make the Challenger 650 an instant contender within the European aviation market. Look for Bombardier to introduce even more upgrades to its 600 series platform in the years to come.
Bombardier’s Commercial Aircraft division has recently unveiled that have reached a new five-year extended Authorized Service Facility (ASF) agreement with Australian aerospace company Hawker Pacific. The new deal was largely expected by those familiar with Bombardier since Hawker had already been collaborating with Bombardier since 2007.
This updated ASF agreement authorizes Hawker Pacific to perform all upgrade and maintenance duties on a number of different Bombardier aircraft, chief among which are the Dash 8 and the Q Series. Slowly but surely Bombardier has been expanding their fleet in the Asia-Pacific region, and new ASF deals such as this will be crucial towards fleet upkeep.
"We're very pleased to extend our contract with Hawker Pacific as one of our trusted Q Series Aircraft Authorized Service Facilities," said Todd Young, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "Hawker Pacific has been providing maintenance expertise and first-class customer service to our Asia-Pacific aircraft operators for over eight years and has a reputation for consistently meeting our customers' needs. I am confident that this level of service will continue."
Although many may think of Airbus or Boeing when it comes to prominent aircraft manufacturers, Bombardier is actually the largest producer of planes in the entire world. Just this past year, Bombardier had total revenues in excess of $18 billion. By delivering reliable and efficient products, they have become a leader in the aerospace industry. Look for even more Bombardier aerospace news in the coming months.
Bombardier and Canada based airline Air Inuit have announced that they will soon begin working on a joint project involving the conversion of Bombardier Q300 turboprop aircrafts from passenger planes to cargo freighters. As one of the most prominent users of the Q300 aircraft, Air Inuit had been pushing for a Q300 turboprop passenger to freighter conversion for quite some time. Essentially, the project will involve the two companies working together to add a large cargo door and create as much space inside the Q300s as possible. The final cargo freighter version of the Q300s will have a capacity of approximately 12,500 lbs.
“With its excellent airfield performance–especially on gravel runways–the Q300 aircraft is well adapted for remote operations like those required to support Canada’s resource industries and northern communities,”
said Air Inuit vice president and COO Christian Busch, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Air Inuit.
“The Q300 aircraft has served us well in our passenger, charter and cargo operations in Nunavik and other markets for many years, and we look forward to enhancing our cargo services with three Q300 Large Cargo Door freighters.”
Air Inuit is a Quebec based airline that was founded in 1978 and today takes part in many different sectors within of the aviation industry including emergency air transport, medical transport, passenger flights, cargo flights, and charter flights. This airline is especially unique in that each plane within its fleet is equipped with artic-adapted enhancements. Look for Air Inuit to expand their freighter capabilities in the coming years.
On February 19, 2016, Tom Kington of Defense News wrote an article talking about how Europeans defense is spending more money because of the fear of Russian aggression. The European defense has increasing their spending by over 8 perfect this year which, in the grand scope of things, has reversed on declining budgets of 20 years.
The Istituto Affari Internazionali, Institut de Relations Internationales Et Strategiques, and SWP released a PMA report with more information on this. Here is what the report had to say about the decline: “The decline that has affected European defence budgets for over twenty years, and more acutely after 2008, has halted.” There has been a rise in Eastern and central Europe, which covers the Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Poland. Where will be over a 19 percent increase in spending with the seven countries listed above while Hungary will be leading at a 22 percent increase which would be nearing €1 billion. On the southeastern side of Europe, seven countries will be experiencing a rise in over 9 percent. These seven countries include Slovenia, Serbia, Romania, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, and Bulgaria.
The only three countries that will remain with a stable budget is Sweden, Greece, and Italy. However, Sweden is preparing to increase their spending in 2017 or later. Not only this, but reports say that the French defense budget will be expected to pass €33 billion in 2019 which is up €30 billion from last year in 2015.
Ravn Alaska, an air marketing brand operated by Corvus Airlines and formerly known as Era Alaska, has recently selected Universal Avionics, an international company primarily focused on cockpit instrument displays and Flight Management Systems, for their MFD-890R Multi-Function Display (MFD). Integrations are currently taking place at Avmax in Calgary through the Engineering Division in order to provide weather and critical flight safety information to Dash 8 operators.
The MFD-890R offers regional airline operators with previously unavailable packages for terrain, weather, and obstacle awareness. The MFD-890R is also Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatible, which happens to be convenient for the increasing numbers of Dash 8/Qs being deployed for special operations. This Multi-Function Display is also capable of displaying video from mission systems and infrared and electro-optical sensors.
“Universal Avionics is working with regionals to provide Multi-Function Displays and a navigation system with high-resolution mapping, traffic, weather and terrain,” said the Regional Sales Manager for Universal Avionics Canada, Norm Matheis. “The end of life for the obsolete Primus 800 radar in the Dash 8/Q is driving this today…The MFD-890R with a new modern radar provides the basis for a level of SA not available until now for Dash 8/Q operators. The ability to now see the projected flight path with TCAS traffic is a powerful safety tool.”
“The advanced MFD system provides an important level of situational awareness to complement increased navigational performance upgrades available for the Universal Avionics SBAS-FMS onboard the Dash 8/Q Series,” said the Airlines Sales Manager for Latin America and USA at Universal Avionics, Robert Kline. “Operators will be better able to achieve high levels of navigation performance.”
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Engineered Propulsion Systems is in the process of building a clean sheet diesel engine for aviation purposes, with everything going according to plan so far. The engine is thought to combine power and efficiency unlike anything that has ever been seen before. It is a Graflight V-8 engine, but is not based on automotive design. Through its initial testing, it has been even better than experts expected. It has displayed a horsepower of 360, and it is looking likely it will break that barrier once modifications are made. EPS president Michael Fuchs expressed his delight in a February 3rd news release.
“We spent considerable time tweaking the calibrations and adjustments to assure optimal performance,” Fuchs said in news release last week. “That’s the only way to reach peak efficiencies and maximum horsepower. We have turned up 360 horsepower so far and expect to reach higher as the software is enhanced.”
After one hundred hours of testing, the pre-production version had posted exceptional results. It was given an inspection and a complete teardown after the first few hours of testing. Once it reached thirty hours with no problems, they knew it was a great sign. It had received a partial teardown that added in plenty of new components and systems, and still ran smoothly.
“We are extremely proud that the EPS team and suppliers have reached this important milestone,” said vice president and company cofounder Steven Weinzierl. “Clean sheet designs are essential for advancing power plant technologies and our test runs have clearly demonstrated their merits.”
The tests have been running for about six months now, and the tests will get harder as time goes on. This continued progress will result in certification for the engine as long as there are no unexpected holdups. Dick Rutan is expected to pilot the first flight.
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