UK Government Backs Hybrid-electric Islander Project
The UK government is to provide 50% of the cost of a 30-month, £18 million ($23.3 million) demonstrator project to convert the nine-passenger Britten-Normal Islander to hybrid-electric propulsion for short-range flights such as interisland routes.
De Havilland Aircraft of Canada, emerging as a surprise star of the Dubai Airshow, landed a tentative agreement from Dubai-based Palma Holding Ltd. for 20 Dash 8-400s on Nov. 18, adding to a three-aircraft firm order unveiled on the eve of the show.
Operators of the GE AviationCF34-8C-powered fleet, made up of larger Bombardier CRJs, face expanded inspections of engine fuel control system components following the FAA’s mandate of GE recommendations that target reducing in-service fire risk.
Russian Helicopters is to build its new VRT500 single-engine light helicopter in Italy. The move, detailed by the company’s general manager for technology, Alexander Okhonko, at the Dubai Airshow here on Nov. 18, appears to be a radical departure for an OEM that has traditionally built its helicopters domestically.