Reuben F. Johnson

Reuben F. Johnson
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Embraer Announces New Authorized PRC Service Center, Market Forecast
Brazil's Embraer has achieved two major milestones for its business within the People's Republic of China (PRC).
Qatar Looking at G650 for Executive Jet Business 
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker has stated that the state-owned carrier will be receiving a demo of the Gulfstream G650 and that the carrier is interested in the new aircraft for its executive jet division. (Credit: Gulfstream )
Chengdu Developing J-10 Variant 

Chengdu Aerospace’s most famous product, the J-10 fighter aircraft, made its inaugural appearance at Zhuhai’s Air Show China in 2008, offering one of the most remarkable flight displays of the event. In the intervening two years, the program has made notable progress.

The J-10’s evolution mirrors that of another famous single-engine fighter aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-16 in more than one respect.

Russians Project ‘Second Wave’ Of Chinese Orders 

Russian industry officials and aerospace specialists here at Airshow China 2010 are optimistically projecting what they describe as a “second wave” of orders from China for aerospace products. “There have been some points of contention,” said one Russian official news agency representative, “but generally people see this as now dying down and relations returning to a normal, congenial state.”

Pakistan Expects To Buy More Chinese Aircraft following JF-17 

FARNBOROUGH — Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman is here at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow inspecting the two Joint Fighter (JF)-17 Thunder fighter aircraft, initially designed and produced at Chengdu Aerospace Corp. in China’s Sichuan province.

The JF-17s are now being produced at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra, and according to the PAF chief, cooperation with China is likely to increase.

Pakistan Air Force: This Is Not The Last Chinese Aircraft We Will Buy 

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman is here at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow inspecting the two Joint Fighter (JF)-17 Thunder fighter aircraft, initially designed and produced at Chengdu Aerospace Corp. in China’s Sichuan province.

The JF-17s are now being produced at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra, and according to the PAF chief, cooperation with China is likely to increase.

How Facebook May Have Saved The F136 

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates declares it’s a waste, but the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 alternate Joint Strike Fighter remains alive and the Facebook social networking website seems able to claim at least part of the credit.

Rolls Notches Next-Gen Core Test Successes 

Rolls-Royce successfully ran the latest core engine build for its E3E (efficiency, environment, economy) two-shaft research program.

E3E is a program to develop leading-edge technologies to increase engine temperature, pressure ratio and component efficiencies, also achieving a 25%-plus increase in thrust to weight ratios.

MTU, Luftwaffe Demonstrate Engine Maintenance Ease 

MTU Aero Engines and the German Luftwaffe have been jointly maintaining military aircraft engines for more than seven years. At ILA 2010, they are showcasing the unique merits of this collaborative approach: from 8-13 June, MTU employees and Luftwaffe personnel are giving live presentations of the ease with which the low-pressure compressor from the Eurofighter’s EJ200 engine is dismantled and reassembled — a sequence of operations that has become routine as part of the MTU-Luftwaffe cooperation.

Boeing Wins Nod For Aeroflot Order 

Boeing defeated Airbus and Russia’s own United Aircraft-Building Corporation, or OAK, to win a deal to supply the Russian national carrier, Aeroflot, with as many as 65 B737 mid-range passenger aircraft.

Russian state-owned holding company Russian Technologies (ROT) awarded the contract last Monday.

Paris Expo, With Putin Attending, Trumps ILA For Russian Exhibitors 

BERLIN — Russian aerospace companies, normally well represented at ILA, are noticeably small in number at this year’s show: a competing exhibition in Paris has drawn them off.

The Grand Palais exhibition center in Paris is hosting the Russian National Exhibition from June 12 through the 16th, organized by Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry and part of this year’s celebration of “Russia’s Year In France.”

Most Russian aerospace companies have dispatched large exhibits and delegations to Paris instead of ILA. Why?

CATIC Sees Ukraine As Prime Customer For L-15 Trainer 

SINGAPORE — The Ukrainian Air Force (VVS) is seen as a prime customer for the Hongdu L-15 jet trainer, according to the China Aviation Technology Import-Export Corporation (CATIC).

This effort is part of an aggressive promotion of the L-15 jet in which CATIC is looking beyond the usual suspects to find new customers in nontraditional markets.

Panasonic Announces New Inflight Broadband Service 

Lufthansa is returning to the business of offering inflight broadband service to its passengers with the use of Panasonic Avionics’ Global Communications Suite. The Panasonic package is a three-module system that includes the eXConnect broadband service, the eXPhone GSM service and the Panasonic Airborne Television Service.

 
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