Air International 1989-05
The Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey - the world's first production tilt-rotor aircraft - flew for the first time at Bell Helicopter Textron’s Flight Research Centre at Arlington.
All aircraft in the Lufthansa fleet are expected to be wearing a new livery by the time the EEC Single European Market comes into effect in 1992, through a programme of work that began in a number of locations last October.
Embraer is now flying a Brasilia (the original prototype, PT-ZBA) fitted with a Garrett TPE331-12B turboprop in a nacelle on the rear port side of the fuselage. First flown on 4 January 1989, this unusual test-bed is being used to investigate interactive airflow around the rear fuselage and tail unit, as part of the development programme for the CBA-123. Unlike the latter, however, the Brasilia installation has a Hartzell four-bladed tractor propeller, whereas the TPE331s in the CBA-123 will be installed as pushers, in a similar position on each side of the rear fuselage and with the propeller plane identical. A 35-hr, 20-flight programme is planned, with the rear engine operating and the port wing-mounted PW117 feathered.
As the European launch customer for the British Aerospace 146 Srs 300, Air UK introduced the new stretched variant on its London Gatwick to Edinburgh and Glasgow trunk routes on 2 March 1989.