Archive for January, 2011

Momentum builds for ABACE2012 in Shanghai

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has announced that the world’s major business aircraft manufacturers have committed to exhibit at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2012).

“When NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) announced our plans for ABACE2012, the overwhelming support for the show expressed by industry leaders and CEOs was unprecedented,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We are delighted that virtually all the major manufacturers, including Airbus Corporate Jets, Boeing Business Jets, Bombardier Aerospace, Cessna Aircraft Company, Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation, Embraer Executive Jets, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation have turned their declarations of support for the show into commitments to exhibit.”

NBAA’s announcement about the exhibitors’ commitments follows a recent ABACE planning meeting in Shanghai between Bolen and high-ranking government and airport officials. The meeting provided the Shanghai officials with an overview of the efforts underway to ensure ABACE2012 will not only be the premier business aviation event in Asia, but will take its place alongside NBAA’s Annual Meeting & Convention, the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition and the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition as one of the key business aviation events in the world.

Gulfstream makes business aviation history with first flight to use electrically powered flight control system

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Gulfstream test pilots & flight-test engineers recently made business-aviation history when they flew the Gulfstream G650 flight-test aircraft for the first time using only an electrically powered, fly-by-wire back-up flight control actuation system.

 

Gulfstream’s Serial Number (S/N) 6001 flew for a total of 3hrs & 33 minutes on 21st December 2010. Test pilots Jake Howard and Gary Freeman along with flight-test engineers Bill Osborne & Nathaniel Rutland evaluated the fly-by-wire system in electric back-up actuation mode for 2hrs & 20 minutes of the flight, performing five landings with the backup system engaged.

“The system performed flawlessly” said Pres Henne, senior vice president, programs, engineering & test, Gulfstream. “There was no difference in handling qualities between the electrically and hydraulically powered modes”

“It flew so well that unless pilots were told they were in the back-up actuation mode I don’t think they would notice” said test pilot Freeman.

Typically, fly-by-wire uses a third hyraulic system to provide redundancy in the event of a dual hydraulic system failure. However, Gulfstream’s fly-by-wire architecture uses electric back-up hydraulic actuators (EBHA): electronically controlled actuators that are primarily hydraulically powered but offer electric power as a back-up.

The G650 has an EBHA at every primary control surface (elevator, rudder & aileron) as well as the outboard spoiler. These Provide enhanced safety & aircraft availability because of the two different power sources. The self contained actuators also offer an advantage following extremely rare failure scenarios, such as a rotor bust.

The 21st December G650 flight began with evaluating the electric back-up mode handling qualities in one axis and then progressed to full evaluations in all axes (pitch, roll & yaw). The test conditions consisted of all flap settings at 10,000 feet for speeds ranging from.13 reference stall speed (VSR) to maximum flap extended speed (VFE). Cruise configurations were evaluated at FL280, FL350 & FL450 and the full speed spectrum. The pilots also initiated an emergency decent profile from FL450 to FL250. Additionally, they evaluated handling qualities in the landing configuration by making multiple offset approaches at Brunswick Golden Isles Airport in Brunswick, GA.

EBAA confronting illegal charter flights head on

Monday, January 17th, 2011

The European Business Aviation Association has launched a campaign for operators, brokers and passengers to curtail illegal charter flight activity within Europe.

The operation of illegal charters has been a top agenda item for EBAA over the past year, and the Association is taking this forward into positive action in 2011. Operating without a valid Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and failing to comply with traffic rights are key concerns for many within the business aviation community. To help eliminate such practices, EBAA has published “Is My Flight Legal. Ensure the Safety and Legality of the Business Aircraft you Charter”, which provides guidance to operators and brokers on the subject.

“It is in the reputational and commercial interest of all in business aviation to ensure that the flights advertised and arranged are legally permissible and in compliance with the regulatory safety standards demanded of AOC holders,” stresses Brian Humphries, EBAA President and CEO. “EBAA has therefore compiled a document that clearly stipulates what activities fall within the realm of permissible flight activity within Europe, which do not. This electronic document is addressed to operators and brokers, and has been distributed to all EBAA Members. Furthermore, we encourage operators and brokers to forward copies of it to as many colleagues as they can to ensure the widest reach possible for this important campaign.”