Photos of World’s last active service F-14 Tomcat jets overhauled in Iran

lunes, 2 de marzo de 2015

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Bombardier CS300 Aircraft Successfully Completes Maiden Flight

February 27, 2015 Montréal Aerospace,  Press Release

  • Aircraft and its systems performed as expected
  • CS300 aircraft joins five CS100 flight test vehicles in the CSeries flight test program


Another major milestone in Bombardier's CSeries aircraft program was reached today with the maiden flight of the CS300 airliner. The technologically advanced CSeries aircraft will provide operators with an all-new family of single-aisle mainline jets specifically designed for the 100- to 149-seat market segment.

The CS300 airliner – bearing Canadian registration markings C-FFDK – departed Montréal–Mirabel International Airport at 11:00 EST and returned at 15:58 EST. It reached an altitude of 41,000 feet (12,500 metres) and a speed of 255 knots (470 km/h).

At Bombardier's Mirabel, Québec facility, some 2,000 Bombardier employees, Board members, partners, suppliers and customers braved frigid temperatures to witness the flight.

Capt. Andris (Andy) Litavniks, who was the co-pilot on the historic maiden flight of the smaller CS100 model on September 16, 2013, was pilot-in-command on today's milestone flight. Capt. Litavniks was assisted by co-pilot Christophe Marchand and flight test engineers Anthony Dunne and Mark Metivet.

"It was an absolute privilege to fly the first flight of the CS300 airliner and I'm absolutely ecstatic with how well it handled. It's a pilot's aircraft and handled exactly as predicted by simulation," said Capt. Litavniks. "Pilots will find it easy to transition from the CS100 to the CS300 aircraft or vice versa, which will greatly reduce training costs for operators using both models."

"Our CSeries aircraft program is progressing well, with results from testing as expected or better. The CS300 airliner will now join the five CS100 aircraft flight test vehicles that have amassed more than 1,000 flight test hours to date," said Rob Dewar, Vice President, CSeries Program. "We are confident the CS100 aircraft will be certified in the second half of 2015, followed closely by entry-into-service. The CS300 airliner is expected to follow about six months later."

"It was a thrill to see the first CS300 aircraft take to the skies for the first time and I heartily congratulate our teams for this achievement," said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.  "We continue to see increased interest from all over the world and as our performance targets are validated, we expect the enthusiasm for the CSeries family of aircraft to grow even more."  

The CS300 aircraft offers the best seat-mile cost in its category, making it the most profitable solution for mid-sized markets with up to 150 passengers per flight, and ideal for a range of routes from short-haul to longer transcontinental markets.

Stakeholders are encouraged to follow further developments in the CSeries aircraft program at www.cseries.bombardier.com and via our social media feeds on Twitter (www.twitter.com/bombardier_aero) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/BombardierAero).

About CSeries Aircraft
Bombardier is creating the future with its CSeries aircraft -- the only 100 per cent-new family of airliners specifically designed for the100- to 149-seat, single-aisle market. Benefitting from a clean-sheet design that includes leading-edge technology and systems integration, advanced materials and latest generation aerodynamics, the CSeries aircraft offer a 15 per cent* cash operating cost advantage, a 20 per cent* fuel burn advantage, exceptional operational flexibility, widebody comfort and an unmatched environmental and noise footprint.

Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 563 CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 243 CSeries airliners.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world's largest manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, we posted revenues of $20.1 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier

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​Embraer’s Phenom 300 is the most delivered business jet for the second year in a row



São José dos Campos, Brazil, March 2, 2015 – Embraer Executive Jets delivered 73 Phenom 300 in 2014, making it the most delivered business jet in the world, according to a report by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Deliveries of this aircraft reached a total of 60 in 2013, also the largest quantity for that year.

"We are very grateful for our customers' preference for the Phenom 300, a truly revolutionary aircraft, designed with extensive customer input and feedback," said Marco Túlio Pellegrini, President and CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. "This achievement further reaffirms our commitment to deliver the highest level of customer support and services."

In just five years of operation, the Phenom 300 fleet has reached the 250 aircraft mark, having accrued a 57% market share in the light jet category. The aircraft is in operation in more than 20 countries and has accumulated close to 200,000 flight hours.

The Phenom 300 is one of the fastest light jets, having recently established a National Aeronautic Association (NAA) cross-country speed record in the United States, from Bellingham, Washington, to Albany, New York.

About the Phenom 300

The Phenom 300 performs among the top light jets, with a high speed cruise of 453 knots and a six-occupant range of 1,971 nautical miles (3,650 km) with NBAA IFR reserves. This range allows nonstop flights from Miami to Telluride, or Los Angeles to Orlando. With the best climb and field performance in its class, the Phenom 300 costs less to operate and maintain than its peers. The aircraft is capable of flying at 45,000 feet (13,716 meters), powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E engines with 3,200 pounds of thrust each.

The Phenom 300 offers a spacious cabin, designed in partnership with BMW Designworks USA, and the largest baggage compartment in its category. The largest windows in the class deliver abundant natural lighting in the cabin as well as in the aft private lavatory. The comfort of the seats, with recline and full movement capability, is enhanced by the best pressurization among light jets (6,600 ft. maximum cabin altitude). The Phenom 300 features distinct temperature zones for pilots and passengers, a wardrobe and refreshment center, voice and data communications options, and an entertainment system.

The pilot-friendly cockpit enables single-pilot operation and offers the advanced Prodigy Touch Flight Deck. The features it carries from a class above include single-point refueling, externally serviced lavatory, and an air stair.

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No-fly zone over Eastern Ukraine – a $200 million fortune for neighbouring countries, including Russia

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