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AIN Farnborough Airshow News Day 4 7-12-12 Issue

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  • Big Orders for Big Two New Euro-Russian Helicopter AIN Flies Concorde ScanEagle for Singapore AINtv

    Airbus and Boeing notched up more sales on the third day of the show, with orders led by the leasing companies while engine companies were also delighted at the work bonanza. Page 8

    AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters signaled their intention to design and build a new single-engine helicopter. The British-Italian company has a strong presence at the show. Page 10

    Flying the Concorde is still possible thanks to Brooklands Museum in nearby Weybridge, where the British Airways simulator for the type has been brought back to life.Page 16

    It is confirmed now that Singapore is a customer for Insitus ScanEagle unmanned aerial system, which has come a long way since being developed for trawlers looking for schools of fish. Page 19

    Sir Richard Branson talks about his desire to be among

    the first space tourists.

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    MRJ90 gets boost from SkyWestby Gregory Polek

    Mitsubishi Aircraft received a huge dose of credibility at the Farnborough International airshow yesterday by announc-ing a 100-aircraft commitment for MRJ90s from the largest regional airline holding com-pany in the worldSkyWest Air-lines. The agreement in principle, signed just this week, poten-tially raises the MRJ regional jet family backlog to 170 airplanes and gives Mitsubishi its second major U.S. customer.

    This is the market weve been targeting all along, Mitsubishi Aircraft vice president of sales, Hank Iwasa, told AIN. Restric-tions in U.S. major airline union contracts that limit the size of airplanes that regional airlines may operate have long hindered the companys efforts to break into the U.S. market, but Iwasa expressed confidence that one or more of SkyWests major airline partners would negotiate less restrictive scope clauses by the time the first MRJ gets delivered.

    The MRJ90 holds 92 seats in a single-class configuration, but SkyWest could opt for a dual-class cabin that would likely hold closer to 80 seats, said Iwasa. U.S. scope clauses typically limit the size of regional jets to 76 seats.

    The contract, which gives Sky-West the option to convert part of

    Watchkeeper is late, but still in playby Chris Pocock

    Anglo-French cooperation on MALE UAVs may have stalled, according to reports from Paris and from informed sources AIN spoke to at the Farnborough

    International airshow yester-day. However, it appears that the proposed joint UCAV study will still be sanctioned when French defense minister Jean-Yves Le

    Drian visits London on July 24. Meanwhile, some progress can be reported on the recently trou-bled Thales Watchkeeper, which was the third (and least visible)

    UAV program discussed at the last Anglo-French defense sum-mit in February.

    The Thales Watchkeeper dis-play is prominent here at the show. A company official told AIN that there had been a lot of French [military] visitors to the display. At the February

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    Launch Customers Wanted: Sir Richard Branson was here yesterday to introduce LauncherOne, his satellite launching program. See story on Page 5.

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    FarnboroughAirshow NewsTM A400M engine bug confined to

    development aircraft onlyby Bill Carey

    The problems with the A400Ms TP400-D6 turboprop engine that caused the airlifter to be scratched from this weeks Farnborough International flight demonstrations will slow civil certifica-tion and first delivery of the aircraft, but are not expected to delay its entry into service with the French air force next year. Production aircraft do not have the same issues as the test aircraft.

    Simon Henley, president of engine manufacturer Europrop International (EPI), said here yesterday that gearbox and bearing issuesunrelated to the gear-box problem that relegated the A400M to the static display at last years Paris Airshowhave interrupted a 300-hour functional and reliability (F&R) test-ing regimen required for European Avi-ation Safety Agency (EASA) civil type certification of the airlifter. In turn, that interruption will delay, by a matter of weeks, delivery of the first production aircraft by Airbus Military to the French Arme de lAir originally targeted for the end of the year.

    EPI, the collaboration of ITP, MTU Aero Engines, Snecma and Rolls-Royce, was about halfway through F&R testing with Airbus when the engine problems

    arose. The company has accumulated 20,000 total engine test hours on the TP400-D6, including 14,000 engine hours in flight.

    In a briefing for reporters on Wednes-day, Henley said EPI was able to resolve the gearbox problems from Paris last year in a matter

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