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    Post  Austin on Mon Dec 20, 2010 6:41 pm

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    Post  Austin on Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:10 pm

    Good Details on PD-14/18 engine in latest AW&ST (pg 82 )

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    Post  Vladimir79 on Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:32 pm

    SSJ flew past Italy
    Alitalia has decided not to buy Russian planes

    Alitalia has decided not to buy Russian regional planes Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ), in development and promotion of which involved the Italian Alenia Aeronautica, instead of them taking 20 Brazilian Embraer. The main reason was the failure of the timing of the operation of SSJ. The refusal has drawn sharp criticism in Italy. But in the JSC "Sukhoi Civil Aircraft" promise in early 2011 to compensate for the loss of a similar contract with another airline.

    On Friday, the head of Alitalia Rocco Sabelli said the company has abandoned plans to acquire Russian SSJ 100. Instead, it will lease 20 new aircraft Brazilian concern Embraer. "The main problem is that the Sukhoi is not flying," - said Rocco Sabelli, who was quoted by Reuters. He added that the airline could not postpone a decision on the choice of the provider of aircraft. "Certainly, we would like to choose SSJ, since its creation involved the Italian manufacturers, but it seems to us that his delivery is not consistent with those we have time" - added a top manager, noting that the delivery of Embraer is scheduled for 2011-2012. The cost of lost Russia contract valued at $ 500 million

    Start of commercial operation of SSJ, indeed, have often tolerated. But in the UAB GSS surprised by Alitalia, arguing that the "willing to put these aircraft into the company possible." In the GSS was assured that the type certificate SSJ get to the end of the year and first customer - "Aeroflot" and "Armavia" - put the aircraft in operation in the first quarter of 2011.

    SSJ - regional aircraft with a capacity of 75-95 people. Developer and manufacturer of a company GEO. Assembly of aircraft is carried out in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Promoting the aircraft to overseas markets and after-sales service the company does SuperJet International (51% owned by Alenia Aeronautica, 49% - Concern Sukhoi). Now signed contracts to supply solid 150 aircraft.

    The fact that Alitalia holds a tender to upgrade the regional aircraft fleet, it became known in October. In addition to the tender SSJ participated Canadian concern Bombardier aircraft with CRJ900/1000 and Brazilian Embraer with the E190. A source in the GCC states that the SSJ were good chances - the plane flew at a presentation in Rome, where he received positive feedback from company representatives. In early December, President Dmitry Medvedev, along with Russian and Italian prime ministers examined at the Sochi airport is one of the SSJ, after which Vladimir Putin has said that Italy was ready to buy from Russia, "a sufficiently large number SSJ". In addition, almost 10% of components for the SSJ is made in Italy, which, according to the representative of GSS, was supposed to be an added advantage. "But in the end no SSJ, not Bombardier, of components for aircraft which is also produced in Italy, did not win," - emphasizes the interlocutor of Kommersant.

    Alitalia denial of SSJ drew criticism in the country itself. President of the Italian certification agency ENAC Vittorio Ridge said that Alitalia has missed a "huge opportunity to reach out to the Italian industry, the agency ASCA. In Alenia Aeronautica also said that industry and socio-economic system of the country would only benefit from the choice of SSJ. "This would provide a good return on investment and growth in the number of regions affected by the economic crisis", - explained in the company.

    Program SSJ defeat in the Italian bid would cause substantial damage, says the editor of Air Transport Review "Alex Sinitsky. "Certainly it is unpleasant, but also major manufacturers customers come and go, breaking even hard contracts," - says the expert. A source in the GCC adds that in mid-January 2011 the company will receive a firm order, a comparable volume to that which would conclude with Alitalia.

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    Post  Austin on Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:07 pm

    Russia's Superjet 100 moves closer to final certification

    Russia's Superjet 100 medium-haul passenger aircraft has completed two tests vital for its final international certification, the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft company said Tuesday.

    The emergency evacuation and interrupted takeoff tests were carried out at an airfield in Zhukovsky, near Moscow, under the supervision of the Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (AR IAC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

    The first test required 98 volunteers of different age groups and five crew members to evacuate the plane in 90 seconds during an emergency landing. They made it in 73 seconds.

    The interrupted takeoff test probed the wheels, tires and brakes at maximum possible braking speed. In full compliance with the certification requirements the test was performed without a thrust reverser.

    The aircraft loaded to its maximum takeoff weight (45,880 kg) performed emergency braking at a speed of over 300km/h and came to a stop after running 700 meters, within the required parameters.

    The results of the tests showed full compliance of the plane with the EASA and AR IAC certification requirements, the company said.

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    Post  Austin on Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:54 pm

    Tu-204SM Completes First Flight ( aviationweek )



    Aviastar-SP has completed the first flight of the Tupolev Tu-204SM, an upgraded version of the twin-engined aircraft aimed at giving the product a new lease on life.

    The flight, on Dec. 29., took place at Aviastar’s Ulyanovsk facility.

    The Tu-204 has been in production since 1989, but Russia’s aerospace industry is hoping that the enhancement being introduced now will help bridge the gap until the single-aisle MS-21 is fielded in significant numbers.

    The aircraft, featuring 174-seats in a two-class layout, features slightly decreased airframe weight, more modern avionics package, a two-pilot cockpit, new auxiliary power unit and improved Perm PS-90A2 engines, designed by Russian Aviadvigatel in cooperation with Pratt & Whitney.

    Next year, Aviastar-SP plans to produce another prototype, with a goal of completing type certification by 2012.

    But whether the venture can really stave off the large inroads Airbus and Boeing are making in the Russian market is questionable. So far, only Red Wings, a Russian charter operator, is considering buying the aircraft, with a potential order of up to 44 aircraft under discussion. The airline is looking for more price discounts and commitments from the government to become the launch customer. Red Wings already is the largest single operator of the Tu-204.

    This year, Aviastar has rolled out three Tu-204s (in cargo and passenger configurations) and now has more orders in its backlog.

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    Post  Austin on Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:24 am

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    Post  GarryB on Sun Jan 16, 2011 5:33 am

    Recently came across this article:

    http://www.ruaviation.com/docs/3/2010/11/1/7/

    About the Tu-214.

    Rather than post it all the link is above, but a small part of the story interested me quite a lot...

    The Tu- 214D (engineering reference) with additional fuel tanks can cover over 11,000 km or stay in the air for some 14 hours. Introduction of the NK- 93 geared fan engines promises reduction in specific fuel burn from 18.3 (for the PS-90A powered baseline version) down to 15 gram per km*passenger.

    So the NK-93 engines are going to be used... and presumably since they were designed some time ago they are probably all Russian... unlike the PS-90A which seems to have some American components in it.

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    Post  Austin on Sun Jan 16, 2011 5:38 am

    Thanks for the link Garry , I have been trying to follow NK-93 geared turbofan engine for some time and I believe that project has either been cancelled or freezed.its not actively being pursued.
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    Post  GarryB on Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:39 am

    Well the article I posted is very recent and mentions it is in testing and its performance is clearly superior to any available alternative.

    It just comes down to getting the thing into production now I would guess... this engine could make the Tu-214 a different aircraft.

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    Post  Austin on Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:19 pm

    Here is a nice interview from Alexey Fedorov on MS-21 program.

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    Post  Andy_Wiz on Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:19 am

    Hello, Good job Austin here is my contribution - Tu-204SM booklet.
    http://www.tupolev.ru/images/pictures/news/2011/204CM.pdf


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    Post  Austin on Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:53 am

    Andy_Wiz wrote:Hello, Good job Austin here is my contribution - Tu-204SM booklet.
    http://www.tupolev.ru/images/pictures/news/2011/204CM.pdf

    WoW ,thats awesome the redesigned cockpit looks great , this looks like a completely new aircraft.

    Can we have a english version of the pdf ?

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    Post  Austin on Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:19 am

    First commercial Superjet delivery to Armavia air carrier

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    Post  Vladimir79 on Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:00 am

    Russian airlines for fleet renewal should be a year to 100 new aircraft, the country produced only about 15 - Levitin

    MOSCOW, January 19. (ARMS-TASS). Russian airlines to upgrade its fleet to a year to one hundred new planes, the country produced only about 15. On Tuesday said Transport Minister Igor Levitin, the radio station Ekho Moskvy.

    According to him, the domestic aviation industry is now prepared to make airliners with a capacity from 51 to 299 passengers. Levitin said that it is, above all, "Superdzhe-100, AN-148 and Tu-204SM. "The rest - up to 50 seats and over 300, these are a niche that today the Russian aviation industry itself does not take" - the minister said. He stressed that in this connection to such a category of aircraft from 2010 lifted import duties.

    Answering a question, how much Russia needs to aircraft annually, Transport Minister said that "not less than one hundred, and made in recent years, about 15".
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    Post  Vladimir79 on Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:28 am

    MOSCOW, January 19. (ARMS-TASS). Program production of Tu-204SM will maintain and continue, said a source in the aviation industry.

    Today, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov held a meeting on the status of the project Tu-204SM.

    The source noted that the adopted "a positive decision, the program will be saved." Were instructed relevant departments to organize the financing and production program.

    The first customer of the Tu-204SM should become the Russian airline "Red Wings" (can buy 44 aircraft), already has experience operating Tu-204-100.

    The first flight of Tu-204SM held December 29, 2010 The plane will be built at Ulyanovsk factory Aviastar-SP.

    Tu-204SM equipped with PS-90A2. Universal cockpit designed for two crew members instead of three, as it was in previous aircraft Tu-204.

    Earlier, Director General of the leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co. "Alexander Rubtsov said that the government is ready to support the project only in terms of reduction cost aircraft. It is, in particular, about the price of 1 billion 70 million rubles. At the moment the cost of the aircraft is about 1.5 billion rubles. Work is underway with the suppliers of components at discounted rates. "If there is no discount, then the government will not support the project", - emphasized Rubtsov.
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    Post  GarryB on Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:47 am

    If only the Russian AF would find a need for these aircraft to replace obsolete types and make orders.

    Once the thing is in proper production in significant numbers then the price will come down and production capacity will be created to get these aircraft into full production.

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    Post  Austin on Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:24 am

    Ilyushin Finance and Red Wings negotiate on 44 Tu-204SM
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    Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC) says it is going to complete negotiations with Red Wings on 44 Tu-204SM aircraft in February so as to sign a firm order in March 2011.

    Russia’s largest aircraft lessor, Ilyushin Finance has previously placed Tu-204-100 aircraft with Cubana, Air Koryo and Red Wings, Tu-204-300s with Vladivostok Avia and Air Koryo. Besides, IFC leases three Tu-214s (Tu-204-200s) to Transaero.

    Red Wings already operates a fleet of Tu-204-100 and Tu-204-100V jetliners, to which it added one more airframe in 2010. It is the only operator of the Tu-204-100V version, the most recent mutation of the baseline Tu-204-100 model in production at Aviastar-SP. The plant has several “white-tale” Tu-204-100C/120C freighters. These have been on offer for more than a year after intended customer Volga-Dnepr had rejected them.

    Ilyushin Finance says the recent decision by Sergei Ivanov to support the Tu-204SM project is instrumental. It gives the airlines more assurance and allows the lessor to negotiate with the carriers on further deliveries of Russian-made narrow body jetliners.

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    Post  Austin on Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:58 pm

    Interjet lays out reasons for selecting Superjet 100

    Interjet chief executive José Luis Garza says the Superjet 100 was selected because it scored highly on a number of criteria that the carrier had set out in its regional jet wishlist. These criteria included a strong operational performance in high altitude locations because, as Garza explains, Mexico City is at an altitude of 7,900ft (2,400m).

    Garza highly rates the quality of the aircraft: "On a typical regional jet you have to degrade the quality, but with this [Superjet 100] we believe the quality standard is very close to an Airbus A320."

    Interjet will start taking delivery of its Superjets in the second half of 2012 and deliveries are scheduled to run until 2014. The carrier has signed a firm agreement for 15 of the jets plus five options.

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    Post  Austin on Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:20 pm

    Mexican airline praises Superjet 100 for its quality, price

    "In our opinion, this plane meets all most stringent requirements of an airline," Jose Luis Garza said in an interview with RIA Novosti on Friday.

    The Superjet 100 aims for lower operating costs than its Embraer and Bombardier competitors for the price of about $32 million.

    Garza praised high performance characteristics of the plane, especially considering hot climate and high elevation in Mexico.

    "The Sukhoi Superjet 100 can successfully compete on the global aircraft market and has good chances to penetrate the Latin American market," he added.

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    Post  Austin on Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:26 pm

    GarryB wrote:Well the article I posted is very recent and mentions it is in testing and its performance is clearly superior to any available alternative.

    It just comes down to getting the thing into production now I would guess... this engine could make the Tu-214 a different aircraft.

    The article is just a rehash of AirFleet Tu-214 article I had posted some time back.

    The NK-93 engine development by all accounts have been frozen and probably canceled though it was a promising design but has been under development for more then a decade.

    The only new civil engine underdevelopment is the PD-14 and in the recent AW&ST article i posted on PD-14 there is a 18T variant called PD-18 that would go for a geared turbofan type technology.

    I just wished they had pursued NK-93 program probably funding constrain would have done it.

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    Post  Austin on Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:09 pm

    Airfleet newest issue on website has good info on An-158 program

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    Post  Andy_Wiz on Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:53 pm

    UAC wide body airliner programme (earlier and more conservative than that mentioned in recent Fedorov interview) - 'ShF BSMS'
    Buklet_SF_001.pdf

    Buklet_SF_002.pdf

    Myasishchev long range transport aircraft project -

    http://forumimage.ru/uploads/20110116/129518939074009653.jpg

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    Post  Austin on Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:26 am

    Andy_Wiz wrote:UAC wide body airliner programme (earlier and more conservative than that mentioned in recent Fedorov interview) - 'ShF BSMS'
    Buklet_SF_001.pdf

    Fedrov recently said in the interview that for wide body aircraft they are working on two concept lifting fuselage and flying wing, the wide body aircraft will probably get developed by 2020 time frame.

    I think what ever they develop by that time frame show exceed A350 , B787 and its variant in most technical parameter and should cost lesser then the two , make its own niche in wide body market.

    Much like the MS-21 exceed B737-NG and Airbus A320 in most parameter and yes cheaper ,thats the only way they can remain competitive.

    I personally like the flying wings concept ,here is the Boeing,Lockheed concept for future airliner.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20028638-71.html

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    Post  Austin on Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:58 am

    I have updated Tu-204SM information on wiki based on latest information, Check the Tu-204SM and Specification part.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_Tu-204#Tu-204SM


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    Post  GarryB on Mon Jan 24, 2011 1:13 am

    The NK-93 engine development by all accounts have been frozen and probably canceled though it was a promising design but has been under development for more then a decade.

    I have read that the engine was tested and testing of the engine was complete and the only problem was that the aircraft it was designed for was cancelled and every other aircraft that might use it is not in production.

    What they need is for an aircraft that could use this engine to get into production so they have a reason to actually make them.

    The situation is ridiculous... they want to buy Ukrainian transports yet they are ignoring an engine created in their country that is world leading even now... 15 years later.


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