December 2011 archive

Program delays continue with the ARJ21 program

The continuing saga of program delays continue with the ARJ21 program in China. After failing to meet many of the program’s goals declared at the beginning of 2011, the Comac ARJ21-700 regional jet is finally ready to enter the type inspection authorisation (TIA) stage, nine years after the project began. Comac said in a statement …

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Iron bird tests begin on Mitsubishi Aircraft MRJ

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) program passed an important milestone with the developmental aircraft’s “iron bird” rig beginning testing on aircraft systems. The MRJ’s iron bird rig is used to test flight deck, hydraulic and flight control equipment, and as well the software to be used aboard the MRJ. The testing rig is located at …

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Air Wisconsin CRJ200 Incident at Ottawa

On December 21st, 2011, an Air Wisconsin flight operating as US Airways Express and in those colors, had an inflight fire operating from Ottawa, Ontario to Charlotte, North Carolina. The aircraft, N434AW (MSN 7322) had fifty-two persons on board at the time. The aircraft returned to Ottawa approximately one half hour after taking off for …

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Estonian Air takes delivery of third CRJ900 NextGen aircraft

Estonian Air CRJ900 NextGen

Bombardier Aerospace has delivered a third CRJ900 NextGen regional jet to Estonian Air. The jet will be delivered to the airline on January 16th, 2012 and its first operational flight will be on January 18th, 2012 on the Tallinn-Copenhagen route. In addition to the  Boeing 737s and Saab 340s the airline operates, two new CRJ …

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