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Luxaviation happy with first Phenom 300

Luxaviation, the second largest business aviation group of Luxembourg, says to be happy with its first Embraer Phenom 300. The aircraft was delivered on 7 July 2015.

The bizzjet joins a Luxaviation Group fleet of more than 250 business aircraft, including 18 Embraer business jets.

Patrick Hansen, CEO of Luxaviation Group says: “The integration of the Embraer Phenom 300 type aircraft into our jet fleet allows us to diversify (…) specifically for the fast-growing Asian business jet market. It responds to clients’ needs for a diversified fleet providing high flexibility.”

The Phenom 300 is now in operation in more than 20 countries and the type has accumulated over 200,000 flight hours. In five years of operation, the Phenom 300 fleet has surpassed the 250 aircraft mark.

The Phenom 300 has a high speed cruise of 453 knots and a six-occupant range of 1,971 nautical miles (3,650 km) with NBAA IFR reserves. This range allows nonstop flights from f. ex. Los Angeles to Orlando. The aircraft is capable of flying at 45,000 feet (13,716 meters), powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E engines with 3,200 pounds of thrust each. The Phenom 300 features distinct temperature zones for pilots and passengers, a wardrobe and refreshment centre, voice and data communications options, and an entertainment system. It has single-point refueling, an externally servicable lavatory and an so-called air stair.

Source: Embraer
Featured image: The first Phenom 300 of Luxaviation on 7 July 2015 (Image © Embraer)

Recap: defense orders at Paris Air Show

UPDATED 19 June | As always its the orders for airliners that fight for attention at the Paris Air Show, but on the military side, things are happening as well. Most interesting little fact was the apparent first export order – announced on Monday – for the Pakistan-made JF-17 Thunder, although no country was mentioned. Let’s not be surprised however when it turns out to be Myanmar.

Pakistan Air Force officials only described the country that soon may add the JF-17 to its military inventory, as ‘Asian’. The same officials reported that current turmoil in the Middle East has slowed down export talks. The JF-17’s development meanwhile continues, with a possible two seat version on the way.

On the slower spectrum, Mali and Ghana agreed to buy six and five A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft respectively, while Saudi Arabia signed for four Airbus C295W medium transport and patrol aircraft. Perhaps the most prominent deal was the purchase of four Boeing C-17s for the Qatar Emiri Air Force.

As far as helicopters are concerned, Malaysia placed an order with Airbus Helicopters for two AS365 Dauphins for SAR duties.

Unnoticed by many was the first sale for Aero Vodochody of its new L-39NG aircraft. More on that is here.

Dassault’s Rafale was the most numerous aircraft. Three Rafales were on the ground, while a fourth gave a flying display. In the trade halls, models of Rafales in the colours of Qatar, India and Egypt were seen. Given the recent orders from those countries, further Rafale sales are unlikely.

Also in the halls, Alenia Aermacchi was pitching its M-345 jet trainer. France is reportedly interested in this trainer aircraft. Elsewhere, Antonov was pitching its new An178 transporter. The Ukrainian company also announced the An188, a military transport aircraft in the A400M and Boeing C-17 category, powered by four turbofan engines.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): Caught by its tail: a Black Panther’s JF-17 from Pakistan. (Image © Dennis Spronk)

New lease of life for Brazilian Skyhawks

A true timeless classic: the A-4 Skyhawk was given a new lease of life today in Brazil. The first of 12 Skyhawks was re-delivered to the Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil) after being upgraded to A-4KU Skyhawk II (locally known as AF-1B Falcão) standard by Embraer.

The upgrade brings the Skyhawks to a standard similar to that of the air force’s F-5 Tigers and involves the installation of HOTAS (Hands On Throttle and Stick) cockpit controls, a Head Up Display (HUD), two MDF displays in the cockpit, plus a new Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) system. The modification program started in 2009, but was struck by many delays.

The new equipment, along with structural updates, will make the Skyhawks continue on until 2025. Embraer’s modernization program also includes supplying briefing and debriefing stations that are already being used for the training and proficiency of pilots of the VF-1 Falcão Squadron, in order to improve their use, to reduce costs, and to bring greater effectiveness to mission planning and execution.

“For the Brazilian Navy, the modernization of the AF-1 aircraft at Embraer is another important step in capacitating base of Brazil’s defense industry, and the results achieved will allow Naval Aviation to operate an aircraft with state-of-the-art sensors and equipment, representing a large forward leap in the Navy’s capacity,” said Fleet Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, Navy Commander.

 A non-upgraded A-4 Skyhawk lands on board the São Paulo. (Image © Marinha do Brasil)
A non-upgraded A-4 Skyhawk lands on board the São Paulo. (Image © Marinha do Brasil)

The update is quite remarkable,as the first flight of the A-4 Skyhawk happened over 60 years ago, on 22 June 1954. The type also still serves as a jet trainer in Israel, however not for much longer.

The twelve Skyhawks – nine single seaters and three two seaters – are deployable on board Brazil’s sole aircraft carrier São Paulo. However, the carrier – formerly ‘Foch’ in service with the French Navy – suffers from serviceability issues. The Skyhawks in question are former Kuwait Air Force aircraft that fled Kuwait when Iraq invaded the country in 1991.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top): The first modified Skyhawk II, seen during the hand over.(Image © Marinha do Brasil)



Azul finalizes firm-up: 30 to 50 E-Jets

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras has finalized the 30 firm orders for the Embraer E195-E2 jets, plus holds purchase rights for another 20 of these aircraft. The deal was signed on 21 May 2015.

Of course, Brazilian Embraer is really happy. “In the name of Embraer’s 19,000 employees, I want to thank Azul for choosing us,” says Paulo César Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

The contract for the E-Jets E2 has an estimated value of USD 3.2 billion if all purchase rights are converted to firm orders. The firm orders will be included in Embraer’s 2015 second-quarter backlog. The first delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2020.

Currently, Azul has a total of 82 E-Jets in service and another six E195s on order. It operates the largest fleet of E195s in the world. Azul is the airline with the greatest number of destinations served in Brazil. The company has a fleet of 143 aircraft, more than 10,000 employees, over 900 departures per day, 100+ destinations being served, and one-third of all the departures in the country.

With this firm order from Azul, the E-Jets E2 backlog reaches 242 firm orders, plus 348 options and purchase rights. The first delivery of an E-Jets E2 (the E190-E2) is planned for the first semester of 2018. The E195-E2 is scheduled to enter service in 2019 and the E175-E2 in 2020. Embraer’s E-Jets E2s have Pratt & Whitney PurePowerTM Geared Turbofan high by-pass ratio engines (PW1700G on the E175-E2, PW1900G on the E190-E2 and E195-E2). Combined with new aerodynamically wings, full fly-by-wire flight controls, and improvements to other systems, the E2s are set to deliver reductions in fuel burn, maintenance costs, emissions, and external noise compared to earlier models and other aircraft.

Source: Embraer
Featured image: Computer rendering of the new E195-E2 of Azul (Image © Embraer)

Embraer sets eyes on Amsterdam

Embraer is moving all of its European activities from Paris to Amsterdam, the company revealed this weekend. The Dutch capital will be the European hub for the Embraer sales division and maintenance activities. Amsterdam Schiphol could be the obvious choice for the latter, but Lelystad airport may also come into view.

Operations in Africa should also be led from Amsterdam, which undoubtedly was chosen because of the favourable Dutch tax climate. The move is thought to create 300 Dutch jobs. Brazilian company Embraer is the third largest aircraft manufacturer worldwide, following Boeing and Airbus. The main activities will remain in Brazil.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: A KLM Embraer 195 at Amsterdam Schiphol airport. (Image © KLM)