Archive for September, 2012

Embraer Executive Jets launches Legacy 450 fabrication

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012


Embraer Executive Jets


Embraer Executive Jets passed a major milestone in the mid-light Legacy 450 program last week when the first part was milled for the business jet, ushering in the beginning of fabrication.

“Even as we have been making progress on the Legacy 500, we have been anticipating this event for the Legacy 450,” said Ernest Edwards, president, Embraer Executive Jets. “The first metal cut for the Legacy 450 is a landmark event for the program and is the latest step in bringing this, the second of our revolutionary jets, to reality.”

A component of the forward fuselage, the part was milled from a block of aluminum alloy by a five-axis, high-performance machining center. Fully automated, the milling process drew data directly from a digital mockup of the 2,300-nm-range Legacy 450. Once completed, the part was approved by a quality control process that employed the use of laser devices for design validation with the digital mockup.

The Legacy 450 is designed with the latest engineering software, CATIA V5, with production planning for the business aircraft simulated by digital virtual manufacturing software.

The first metal cut comes after the completion of the Joint Definition Phase for the aircraft in May. The Detailed Design and Certification Phase is ongoing and the Critical Design Reviews are scheduled to be completed at the end of August.

For both the Legacy 450 and mid-size Legacy 500, Embraer has completed more than 8,000 systems test hours with 2,500 hours logged on the Iron Bird since November 2010.

The two aircraft bring fly-by-wire technology to the mid-light and mid-size segments for the first time. Based on extensive customer feedback, the aircraft have a six-foot, stand-up cabin with a flat floor making them the largest cross sections and cabin volume in their classes.

They also offer the only wet galley in their segments as well as Honeywell’s Ovation Select cabin management and entertainment system. They come with a vacuum toilet standard, also unique to each class. The cockpit sports the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics, ready for upcoming CNS/ATM requirements.

Legacy 500 prototype production advances

Serial Number 001 of the Legacy 500 is continuing the completion of its pre-flight testing program having completed taxi tests, ground vibration tests as well as the fuel system tests. The aircraft is on track for first flight in 2012.

The first prototype was rolled out in January while the second prototype, S/N 002, rolled out in May. S/N 003 is in final assembly with the wing-to-fuselage mating completed in June.

The Company is currently building the Static and Fatigue Test articles.

13.08.2012   Press release issued by Embraer.


Weston Aviation opens new FBO at Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Monday, September 17th, 2012


Weston Aviation … FBO Doncaster Airport


Dignitaries from Luxembourg and Thailand have been amongst the first to make the most of Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s new fixed base operator (FBO). Weston Aviation, the UK based FBO and business aviation services company has already welcomed new business to the area.

The announcement in June that Weston Aviation had been awarded the FBO and business aviation concession at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, took the company’s portfolio of UK business aviation centres to four making Weston Aviation the second largest independent UK chain of FBOs in terms of locations.

Nick Weston, managing director of Weston Aviation said: “Opening a new business aviation centre at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield was a significant advancement in the company’s growth.

“This new partnership with the airport is going very well and already we’ve had a very positive response from both regular and new customers alike. Aircraft movements have slightly increased since last year and we see this as a positive step in the right direction for the future.”

As part of the arrangement, Weston Aviation have taken responsibility for local charter development and marketing for both business aviation and cargo aircraft operations at the airport and promotion of the airport for ad-hoc charters, working closely with charter brokers and operators.

Mr. Weston added, “We’ve begun marketing the new facility to local businesses and we have already had a number of new enquiries and significant levels of interest as a result of this. We’d like local businesses to use private aircraft charter to benefit their business and see it as an effective business tool.”

The new Business Aviation Centre started operations on the 9th July 2012.

Steve Gill, airport director at Doncaster Sheffield Airport added, “We are glad to see that Weston Aviation is bringing business through the airport. We knew there was tremendous potential by working with them to develop additional business, complementing the existing scheduled and charter passenger services.”The time is right to establish Doncaster Sheffield Airport in the business aviation, cargo and ad-hoc charters markets. We believe that this will benefit not just the airport but businesses across the region too.

17.08.2012 Press release issued by Weston Aviation.

London Oxford Airport successfully launches new radar service

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012


London Oxford Airport … New Radar System


London Oxford Airport’s investment in a brand new radar system has reached completion with the new Thales system now up and running in advance of the London 2012 Olympics.

Installation of the latest generation radar system, which is amongst the most modern and sophisticated radars available today, commenced at London Oxford in the middle of last year. The system has been supplied by Thales UK under project management by NATS. Combined with further system upgrades, the overall investment in communications equipment by the expanding UK airport has been approximately £4.5 million.

The primary and secondary (Mode-S, MSSR) surveillance radar system enables more efficient transits through local airspace as well as increasing the throughput of IFR flight activity (from up to nine minutes to under three minutes’ aircraft separation). The state-of-the-art Thales solid state STAR 2000 primary and secondary radars feed data into the Eurocat-C radar display system.

Initial reaction from aircrews using the radar for the first time has been very positive with much faster access onto the approaches.

Commenting on the completion of the radar project, Business Development Director, James Dillon Godfray said: “With the steady increase in both business and commercial aviation traffic at Oxford, this new radar system is one of the most significant moves in the airport’s history, representing the single most important infrastructure enhancement to date. The radar is another important tool in our ability to facilitate a faster throughput of movements, giving us an even greater advantage over a number of our peer airports in the South East.”

Oxford can now follow air traffic movements half way up the county, beyond London out to the Thames Estuary, south as far as the English Channel and to the west over Wales. Mike Sparrow, Oxford’s Airport Manager added: ‘This major investment demonstrates our owner’s commitment to the future of London Oxford Airport by selecting market-leading technology in this field. The completion of the project is particularly timely as we anticipate a considerable increase in demand for capacity with the 2012 Olympic Games starting later this month.”

Wholly owned by the Reuben Brothers, investment for continued growth at the airport will continue, making London Oxford one of the most progressive airport’s in the London region.

09.07.2012   Press release issued by Oxford Aviation Services Ltd.