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In spite of some challenges, EPS Diesel reports it is continuing to move closer to certification of the Graflight 8 engine.
The company now expects to complete the requirements for a Type Certificate in 2018.
"In some ways, we built in the additional challenges by working with a clean sheet design that has a tremendous number of innovations and new, interconnected technologies in it," said EPS CEO Michael Fuchs.
Rep. Bill Shuster may be leaving the House, but the fight over air traffic control reform isn’t over yet.
Despite speculation that Shuster, R-Pa., would shift his attention from air traffic control to an upcoming infrastructure package his final year in office, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is reaffirming his commitment to air traffic control reform, along with other legislative priorities.
Ruag Aviation continues to extend its on-site support, completing three complex maintenance and repair events on business aircraft in Siberia for Russian operator AeroGeo Airlines. The events involved two Pilatus PC-12s and a Cessna Caravan 208 that were grounded in Siberia in need of significant repair before they could return to service, Ruag said. The projects each lasted several weeks.
AeroGeo added a PC-12 that had been inactive for a period of time to its fleet to support flights in Central Siberia last year.
The largely hypothetical hypersonic aircraft race appears to have become a lot more real at an academic forum in Florida last week. Boeing showed off a model of what it thinks a Mach 5 aircraft might look like and a Lockheed Martin official may have let it slip that his company has already built one. Both developments occurred at the Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech Forum in Orlando, which had speakers on a variety of leading-edge esoteric topics that will define the design of future aircraft and spacecraft.
While deliveries of Embraer business jets were within its "outlook ranges," the 109 units the company shipped last year amounted to eight aircraft fewer than in 2016, according to data released today by the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer. Last year's total includes 72 light jets (18 Phenom 100s, 54 Phenom 300s) and 37 large jets (14 Legacy 450s, 15 Legacy 500s, seven Legacy 650s, one Lineage 1000) versus 2016's 73 Phenoms (ten 100s, sixty-three 300s) and 44 Legacy/Lineages (twelve 450s, twenty-one 500s, nine 650s, two 1000s).
GDC Technics has selected AMETEK Secondary Power Distribution Units (SPDUs) and AC Power Distribution Units for its 787 VVIP conversion program. GDC Technics, based in San Antonio, Texas, is a globally renowned aircraft modifications and technology company approved by both Airbus and Boeing for next-generation narrow and wide body aircraft structural and system refinements.
Rolls-Royce announced it is to operate a jet engine testbed at the Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.
Rolls-Royce has signed a lease to take over the entire 440,000 sq. ft. former Texas Aero Engine Services LLC facility, of which the testbed is a part.
The testbed will be used to carry out endurance test runs for Rolls-Royce Trent engines, allowing the company to continue to support its growing fleet at a time of unprecedented activity.
Business aviation flight activity last month in the U.S. fell short of forecast (5.6 percent growth), but still managed to post a 2 percent year-over-year increase, according to TraqPak data released today by Argus International. Analysts at the business aviation services company are calling for a 3.3 percent gain in flying this month.
By operational category, Part 135 flying came out on top, rising 4.6 percent from a year ago, while fractional activity wasn't far behind, with a 4 percent increase.
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