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Safran’s Ardiden 3Z has been selected to power Zunum Aero’s hybrid-to-electric ZA10 aircraft, with the turbo generator providing 500 kW of electric power to the ZA10’s electrical generator. While still in development phase, the ZA10 is expected to operate as a 608-nm aircraft with seating for 12.

After receiving funding from Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue Technology ventures in 2017, Zunum announced JetSuite as a launch customer earlier this year. The company expects to reach ground and flight-testing milestones for the ZA10 next year, while service entry is scheduled for the early 2020s.

“Today marks a significant milestone on the path to delivery of the ZA10,” said Matt Knapp, co-founder and CTO of Zunum Aero. “The Zunum ZA10 will bring breakthrough performance to regional aviation, paving the way to fast, electrified, affordable high-speed air services to communities everywhere.”

Thanks to its ducted fan electric propulsion system, the ZA10 is expected to achieve an 80 percent reduction in emissions and noise with a maximum cruise speed of 296 knots. Safran’s turbo-generator unit will be installed on the Zunum flying testbed next year after completing ground testing at Safran’s facility in Bordes, France. 


Source: ainonline.com


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DHC-6 Twin Otter

Twin Otter Series400


In 1965, de Havilland Canada developed the DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft – a high winged, un-pressurized twin engine turbine powered aircraft with fixed tricycle land gear. Designed as a rugged Short Take Off and Landing (“STOL”) commuter, the Twin Otter was capable of carrying passengers and cargo into remote unimproved locations, including ski and water-based operations.

The Twin Otter aircraft have been sold around the world to customers operating in the harshest environments, including sub-zero temperatures in Antarctica, the hottest deserts of North Africa, the mountainous regions of the Himalayas, and the open water of the Indian Ocean archipelagos. A testimony to its rugged construction and incredible STOL performance, the Twin Otter became the best-selling 19 passenger aircraft of all time, still unmatched for its dependability and versatility.

Viking puts the Twin Otter back in Production

In 2005, Viking purchased the Type Certificates for all of the out-of-production de Havilland aircraft (DHC-1 through DHC-7), including the Twin Otter. After an extensive market analysis was conducted, it was determined that an overwhelming demand existed to bring the Twin Otter back into production, thus the Viking Series 400 Twin Otter Production Program was announced in 2007. The first production aircraft was delivered in 2010 and by mid 2015, 75 of the new series had been delivered.


DHC-6 Twin Otter


The Series 400 Twin Otter picks up where the original de Havilland Series 300 Twin Otter left off, introducing upgraded Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34 engines, fully integrated Honeywell Primus Apex digital avionics suite, internal and external LED lighting, and approximately 800 other modifications incorporated to improve upon the original production model.

However, like its predecessor, the Series 400 Twin Otter retains the ability to operate economically, safely and reliably from remote and unimproved airfields due to its robust design, equalized maintenance program and dependability of the Pratt & Whitney engines.

Special Missions & Aircraft Uses

A Special Missions variant of the Series 400, the Twin Otter Guardian 400, has also been developed for Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations. Offered as a versatile airframe that can be customized for unique configuration requirements, the Guardian 400’s low acquisition cost and flexible architecture allows operators to mix and match sensors and interior layouts to meet their specific mission profiles.

The Legacy Fleet

The de Havilland Twin Otter experienced a production span of twenty-three years before the line was officially shut down in 1988, after a total of 844 aircraft were delivered. The “Legacy fleet”, as it is now known, has remained in active use since the program end, carrying out jobs no other aircraft can do; in 2001, the Twin Otter was chosen as the only aircraft capable of performing an emergency evacuation flight of a critical patient from the South Pole under extreme -60-degree conditions.

This ability to reliably operate in any environment with minimal maintenance requirements has kept the legacy fleet at the forefront of niche markets around the world. It is often said that the only thing that can replace a Twin Otter is another Twin Otter, which explains the high demand in the market to keep the nearly 500 remaining legacy aircraft in operation.


Source: vikingair.com

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Textron Aviation said Cessna Citation Hemisphere is still in its plans, even though it paused development of the large-cabin business jet earlier this year. (Photo: Textron Aviation)

Although Textron Aviation has paused development of its largest-yet Cessna Citation—the Hemisphere—due to delays with the jet’s Snecma Silvercrest engines, “The Hemisphere is still a program that we’re very excited about,” said Rob Scholl, Textron Aviation senior v-p of sales and marketing.

About two weeks ago, Textron Aviation president and CEO Scott Ernest and senior vice president of engineering Brad Thress visited Snecma for an update on the Silvercrest. The engine had suffered problems with its high-pressure axial compressor during flight testing. “We’re working with them to see how their testing’s going,” Scholl said. “We’ll probably know in about 12 to 18 months where they are. But we are still very much committed to the Hemisphere.”

According to Thress, “Next July they’re supposed to run that test with the redesigned compressor and prove that the engine is where it needs to be. So that’s what we’re waiting on. In the meantime, we’re working closely with them, and they’re giving us engineering performance data as they gain it, with respect to modeling performance of the changes that they’re making. We’re staying hand in glove with them as they work through it to make sure that we understand the design limitations on the overall airplane.”

Scholl explained that Textron Aviation is still collecting customer feedback on the Hemisphere design. “We’ve had the mockup over in our advanced design studio and we take customers through it all the time. We’ve gotten their feedback, so there’s still some time to make some changes if we want to.”

Regarding Snecma, Thress said, “I couldn’t be more confident. These are competent people. They built 40,000 CFM56s. They’re the largest turbine helicopter engine maker on the planet. They have a host of military engines. They absolutely know what they’re doing.”


Source: ainonline.com

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This video is an extended compilation of aircraft landings and departing at various times of day and night and in the types of weather conditions which can be encountered when spotting. Some highlights are Emirates A380 & SQ B747 Cargo landing on a wet runway with cross wind approaches starting at 8:39 & Xiamen Air United Nations B787-9 special livery at: 3:23. Please enjoy what Melbourne has to offer!

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Fractional aircraft and lease sales at Flexjet climbed 17 percent year-over-year in the first half of 2018, the company announced yesterday. New business was even more robust, soaring by 76 percent from a year ago, it said, adding that 57 percent of new Flexjet owners came through referrals from existing owners.

“During the past several years, Flexjet has delivered the fractional industry’s youngest fleet, expanded service overseas, and introduced programs such as our Red Label by Flexjet premium offering. The results of this investment are clear: strong growth, driven in large part by the satisfaction of current owners,” said Flexjet CEO Michael Silvestro.

Meanwhile, the fractional provider continues to expand its Red Label program, which offers young aircraft with “artisan aircraft interiors” and dedicated flight crews. In fact, Flexjet said that 42 percent of its fractional clients now fly under Red Label.

Flexjet’s large-cabin offerings are also increasing in popularity, with the company noting a more than 100 percent increase in Gulfstream G450 sales during the first half. In addition, shares in the two ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650s Flexjet received in October were sold out by year-end, it said. To meet demand, Flexjet will take delivery of 19 more aircraft over the next three months, including two more G650s.


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Hurricane Formation


Source: wunderground.com

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Spike Aerospace, which is developing the 18-passenger S-512 supersonic business jet (SSBJ), said it shares “critically important” concerns raised in recent reports regarding the potential impact of supersonic flight on the environment. In fact, the company is aiming for its low-boom Mach 1.6 aircraft to meet stringent Stage 5 engine noise and emissions regulations.

“It is completely unacceptable to advance technology or transportation at the detriment of the environment or the community,” said Spike Aerospace CEO Vik Kachoria. “That is simply irresponsible.”

Thus, the company said it promises to minimize emissions and maximize the fuel efficiency and economy of its S-512 design, as well as reduce noise around airport zones. “We welcome discussions with environmental groups to understand concerns and considerations important to them,” Kachoria added. “We will be working with those groups, engine manufacturers, airports, and the regulatory bodies to assess potential impact—both positive and negative.”

He concluded, “Our hope is that before environmental groups lobby the Senate to ban supersonic flight, they seek to understand more about what Spike Aerospace and our competitors are doing to minimize the impact. Before banning supersonic flight, let’s talk first.”

The Boston-based company intends to have the S-512 flying by early 2021, with customer deliveries starting in 2023.


Source: Business Aviation News | Aviation International News

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