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http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2014/04/02/new-chinese-jet-doing-test-flights-out-of-windsor-airport/

 

Windsor is playing a role in the Chinese government’s ambitious push to enter the multibillion-dollar global commercial passenger airline business.

Using Windsor International Airport as its flight hub over the next two months, the Commercial Aircraft of China Corporation is undertaking tests of its Made-in-China ARJ21 passenger jet, a 78- to 90-seat aircraft expected to enter service in 2015.

With its orange highlights and distinctive Chinese lettering on a white fuselage, the twin-engined jet arrived Friday and has been flying in and out of Windsor using leased tarmac space and servicing adjacent to the western hangars at the airport. An international crew of 70 aviation and engineering specialists are helping put the ARJ21 Xiangfeng (‘Soaring Phoenix’) through its paces.

David Lu, a California-based spokesman for COMAC, told The Star via email that the jet is “chasing the clouds” over the Great Lakes and adjacent provinces and states from its Windsor base of operations as part of the aircraft’s “natural icing certification requirements.”

“Any aircraft must be certified to fly into the clouds,” said Wagdi Habashi, president of Montreal -based Newmerical Technologies International, one of a number of Canadian and other international companies involved in the project. Habashi is also a mechanical engineering professor at McGill University and expert in “aero-icing” and computational fluid dynamics.

The local flights are designed to test flight performance in atmospheric icing conditions.

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A Chinese airplane sits at Windsor Airport on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (TYLER BROWNBRIDGE/The Windsor Star)

According to aviation experts, China’s eventual goal is to break the “duopoly” in the large-jet airliner market represented by aerospace giant Boeing and Europe’s Airbus. As part of that effort, state-owned COMAC signed a strategic co-operation agreement three years ago with Canada’s Bombardier Inc.

The Chinese air passenger market alone is expected to continue to grow by five per cent or better annually over the next 20 years, according to market research conducted by Boeing, which forecasts China’s airlines requiring 6,000 new airplanes between now and 2032 at a sales value of US$780 billion.

The ARJ21, which stands for Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st century, began development in 2002 and is already several years behind its originally scheduled entry into the marketplace. It recently completed cold weather tests in Inner Mongolia.

Given the required confidentiality typical of such commercial business relationships, Mayor Eddie Francis, who is also the airport’s acting-CEO, said there’s little he can divulge publicly about COMAC’s Windsor venture.

“All I can say is, we’re very pleased — Windsor Airport continues to see diversification in a variety of uses,” he said. Hosting COMAC is “a revenue generator for the airport,” with the local economy, particularly hotels and eateries, also benefiting from the large group of first-time visitors.

Lu said his company will be “pumping a substantial amount of money into Windsor’s economy” and that the current arrangement could lead to further business in the future. He described COMAC’s local presence as “a feather in Canada-China’s cap that will hopefully augur a long-term co-operation in aerospace.”

As for the local reception so far, “we must admit that we are in awe of Windsor’s business and other people’s readiness, co-operation and welcome,” said Lu.

COMAC is also in the midst of developing a second, larger airliner, the 158-seat C919, for the global market, with a first flight expected next year and first deliveries before the end of 2016.

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Jato regional COMAC ARJ21-700 Xiangfeng é certificado para rotas domésticas!

 

A Administração de Aviação Civil da China (CAAC) garantiu, na última terça-feira (30/12), a certificação para que o jato regional ARJ21-700 possa voar rotas domésticas.

A certificação da aeronave segue mais de 12 anos de desenvolvimento, incluindo seis em testes de voo. Seu próximo obstáculo está a receber a certificação FAA, o que amplia o seu mercado.

O ARJ21-700 acomoda até 90 passageiros em configuração única, ou até 70 em duas classes.

O primeiro operador do modelo será a Chengdu Airlines, que pertence a grupo Comac. A entrada em serviço da aeronave está prevista para abril ou maio de 2015.

O ARJ-21 foi desenvolvido com base no avião de transporte comercial DC-9, da Douglas. Distinguem-se dois modelos:

– ARJ-21-700, equivalente em dimensões ao DC-9-10

– ARJ-21-900, equivalente ao DC-9-30 / MD-87

Os contatos entre a McDonnel Douglas e as autoridades chinesas remontam ao inicio dos anos 80, altura em que foi negociada uma autorização para montar localmente as aeronaves comerciais do fabricante. As ferramentas, prensas e equipamentos da linha de montagem foram adquiridos nos EUA e são as mesmas máquinas que a Boeing retirou de serviço, tendo sido extensivamente repotencializadas.

A empresa chinesa aproveitou a base do DC-9-10 mas modernizou o interior do aparelho incluindo sistemas de navegação e aviônicos modernos, de origem americana, assim como também os tanques de combustível, os trens de pouso e as unidades de geração de energia.

A mudança mais importante em comparação ao DC-9 é a introdução de uma asa ligeiramente melhorada, com maior performance aerodinâmica, que permite uma velocidade de cruzeiro de 900km/h.

Os motores do ARJ-21 são da família CF-34, a mesma dos motores utilizados pelos Bombardier CRJ-700 / CRJ-1000 e pelos Embraer E-170 / E-195.

Está previsto o lançamento do ARJ-21-900, uma aeronave alongada para 36,4m de comprimento, aproximadamente a mesma dimensão do DC-9-30. Esse modelo terá uma capacidade de transporte máxima de 105 passageiros.

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Ao total, já existem 278 encomendas firmes para a aeronave.

Fonte: http://www.cavok.com.br/blog/?p=82618

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