California Aircraft Expo 2012 offers aviation enthusiasts the opportunity to view the latest products from California’s leading aircraft manufacturers all at one venue. Manufacturers exhibiting at the event include Cessna, Piper, Diamond, Husky, Hawker Beechcraft, Pilatus, Cirrus, Lancair and more. There will also be representatives from insurance and financial institutions to offer expert advice on the paperwork side of acquiring a private aircraft. For more information visit www.californiaaircraftexpo.com
Date: 1 December 2012
Venue: Pacific Air Center
City: Long Beach
Country: United States
With Boeing and Airbus dominating a global market valued at US$100 billion annually, the two aircraft manufacturers continue to vie for first place in this lucrative business sector. First quarter results for 2012 reveal that Boeing appears to be on course to recapture the top spot, as it delivered 137 commercial airplanes, compared to the 131 delivered by Airbus. Airbus has held the coveted number one spot since 2012, and with both manufacturers intent on increasing production of their best-sellers – the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 – they will be competing in emerging markets where medium-haul airplanes are becoming more in demand.
Boeing’s position was aided by the launch of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the enhanced version of its Boeing 747 – both of which had encountered major production delays. Among the airplanes delivered by Boeing were six Boeing 747-8s and five of the innovative carbon-composite Dreamliners. European manufacturer Airbus delivered four of its A380 superjumbos and has recently begun assembling its competitor to the Boeing 787 – the A350 – in its factory in Toulouse. It is anticipated that the A350 will enter service in mid-2014.
While airlines snapped up the fuel efficient model of the A320 in 2011, Boeing is reportedly ahead of Airbus in new orders for 2012. Furthermore, Airbus may lose some of its orders placed by China if the current conflict over emissions between the European Union and a group of countries including China is not resolved.
Just this week London Heathrow became the 200th airport welcome the Boeing 747-8, after having determined that the new airliner meets requirements for operating safely within an airport environment. Currently the Boeing 747-8 is the only airplane with a capacity of more than 400 seats approved by over sixty airports worldwide.
While cost-cutting may be a priority for commercial air travel, the world’s super-rich are offering Boeing and Airbus a new source of revenue. In early March this year a bespoke Boeing 747-8, dubbed the 747-VIP, took off from Paine Field near Seattle for delivery to an unnamed customer in the Middle East. Airbus is reportedly working on an A380 for the Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal, with the original plans making provision for transporting two Rolls-Royces, horses and camels, and a rotating prayer room which will always point toward Mecca. Business people in emerging and fast-growing economies such as China and Russia are also entering the market for larger long-range planes providing direct service to their destinations.
The Leesburg Executive Airport 2010 Air Show will be hosted on 23 October 2010, and the entry to the show is free of charge. Magnificent aerial and static displays will be available, with displays of flight schools, experimental aircraft, helicopters and aircraft manufacturers on the ground. In the air, visitors can look forward to seeing Kirk Wicker, David Brown, Jane Wicker, Rudy Lakin and Ron Saglimbene.
The Leesburg Executive Airport website features all the details of the show, including the hangar dance and other show features. Visit http://jyo.aero/.
Date: 23 October 2010
Venue: Leesburg Executive Airport
City: Leesburg, Virginia
Country: United States of America
With the popularity and rising demand for air travel in China, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, under the leadership of Wu Guanghui, began to design a commercial aircraft that will suit the needs of the aviation industry. A model of the aircraft was recently revealed, and Wu Guanghui spoke to the media in regard to the design process and vision that he has for the aircraft. It is estimated that the design will be completed by the end of 2010, revealing a new era of Chinese aviation to the world.
The new aircraft, named C919, will offer a range of features to increase the comfort of passengers, as designers are striving to improve on the designs used by trusted carriers such as Airbus and Boeing. One of the main design features will be bigger seating for passengers, as the C919 will be able to give passengers additional centimeters to ensure a comfortable journey. The new aircraft will still be able to provide seating for 150 passengers, with six seats being available in each row, but customers will have the choice between widening the aisle space or the seating size. With the correct outlay, the C919 team hopes to achieve new design innovation and move forward in the development of future commercial aircraft.
Another feature that will create interest amongst customers is the fact that the C919 will be ten percent more cost efficient than its contemporaries. A decrease in maintenance and running costs will lead to cheaper airfares, allowing the aviation industry to gain more passengers and offer affordability to the public. The maiden flight for the C919 will take place in 2014, and it is hoped that carriers will be able to accept delivery of the C919 by 2016. Wu Guanghui has predicted estimated sales to be at approximately 2000 units, saying: “I believe we can sell more than 2,000 aircraft, in general, the 150-seat aircraft has a breakeven point of approximately 300 units.” The new C919, will be developed and new models designed to grow with the industry and the demand of the public. It is foreseen that with the rate of growth in air travel in China that more than 2000 units will be needed in the country alone. The aviation industry will be waiting in anticipation to see the C919 take to the skies.
Cirrus Design was originally founded in 1984 as a kit plane manufacturer. Today, Cirrus produces the SR20 and SR22 single-engine piston aircraft that feature an emergency deployable parachute known as the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS). In 1998, Cirrus received FAA Type Certification for the four-seat SR20 which is built from composite materials. In 2000, Type Certification was awarded to Cirrus for the SR22, a faster aircraft than the SR20, and with more available options.
Cirrus Design has also contributed to the development of the Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) for the U.S. Department of Defense. Cirrus was responsible for manufacturing the empennage, wings, and fuselage.
Diamond Aircraft began in 1981 as Hoffmann Flugzeugbau when it developed the H36 motor glider. In 1985, the company became Diamond Aircraft Industries. It now manufactures general aviation aircraft, including single-engine jets as well as single and twin-engine propeller airplanes.
Though based in Austria, Diamond also has facilities in Canada. At AirVenture 2006, Diamond Aircraft unveiled the D-jet, a personal, single engine jet. Each year Diamond Aircraft is expanding and growing.
Embraer is based in San José dos Campos, Brazil. Though it began as a government initiative in 1969, Embraer became a privately owned company in 1994. As of 2006, the airplane manufacturer employed 17,000 people, mostly in Brazil. Embraer sells commercial and executive jets. Embraer also supplies military aircraft to various countries, including the EMB 145 AEW&C, an Early Warning and Control aircraft.
Embraer works to develop and adapt aircraft, bringing in new technology that will provide value in the way of reducing costs or creating greater comfort, safety and reliability. An interesting use of technology is Embraer’s Virtual Reality Center. This allows better lay out of 3D arrangements of components and allows drawings to be created quickly.
General Dynamics is based in Falls Church, Virginia and has 81,900 employees around the world. The Aerospace group of General Dynamics is comprised of General Dynamics Aviation Services and Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.
Beginning in 1958, Gulfstream Aerospace has specialized in designing and manufacturing advanced corporate jet aircraft. This includes mid-size and large cabin airplanes from the Gulfstream G100 to the Gulfstream G550.
Al Mooney began Mooney Airplane Company in 1929. In 1953, they moved their operation from Wichita, Kansas to Kerrville, Texas. Mooney designs and manufactures high performance four-seat, single-engine, piston-powered aircraft. Their production line consists of the M20 Bravo GX, the M20 Ovation2 GX, and the M20 Acclaim.
Mooney serves over 8 000 customers and has delivered above 11 000 aircraft around the world. Their airplanes have set a number of performance records including the fastest transcontinental flight with a piston-powered, single-engine production aircraft. They also make use of the latest technology. The GX series boasts the Garmin G1000 Integrated Avionics Suite.
Raytheon Company is based in Wichita, Kansas and in 2006 employed 8,000 people around the world, the majority of them in Kansas. Walter H. and Olive Ann Beech founded Beech Aircraft Corporation in 1932 to manufacture and develop business aircraft. During World War II, the company produced 7,400 aircraft for the U.S. military. In 1947, they released the first Beech Bonanza, Model 35. The Bonanza remains in production by Raytheon, which bought Beech in 1980.
Though Raytheon is primarily known as a military contractor, it also manufactures the Hawker and Beechcraft lines of aircraft, which are heavily used in commercial aviation. Military versions of those airplanes are also available. Raytheon Aircraft Company also supplies military forces around the world with the T-6A training aircraft.