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  • The AS2 has a lower maximum range of 4,200 nautical miles at Mach 1.4 and also 5,300 nautical miles (7,778 kilometers) at Mach 0.95, in comparison to at least 7,500 nautical miles for the Global 7500 and the G650ER at Mach 0.9. Cutting the flying...
    The AS2 has a lower maximum range of 4,200 nautical miles at Mach 1.4 and also 5,300 nautical miles (7,778 kilometers) at Mach 0.95, in comparison to at least 7,500 nautical miles for the Global 7500 and the G650ER at Mach 0.9. Cutting the flying time from New York to London by almost two hours. Also, Aerion AS2 is going to have a digital fly-by-wire system. Aerion has yet to select an avionics supplier citing the fast rate of technological advances in the avionics.


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    The United States along, Europe and the Middle East have proven the most promising markets, with Asia lagging in demand as it has a less mature business jet market.


    Aerion expects to Sell 600 aircraft over the next twenty years, at $120 each. Sales contracts, including non-refundable deposits, will be signed as development hurdles are met over the next two years.


    With the enormous growth of business jets in China, Aerion expects to deliver one or two aircraft within the China market yearly. Nevertheless, challenges concerning regulations and infrastructure in Asia could put a chill on sales prospects.


    Aerion has teamed With TAG Aviation as sales partners. TAG’s UK branch will manage Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, while TAG Asia will cover China, Hong Kong, and other areas of southwest Asia.


    Aerion is on track to make its first flight five years from now in 2023. It expects to build five flight-test vehicles en route to certification in 2025.


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    A year ago Aerion announced an agreement with GE Aviation to build engines to power the AS2, for which Aerion said it is paying over $1 billion. Aerion intends to utilize A modified variant of a GE engine core employed in Boeing Co 737 jets to help cut back on costs.


    The engine will utilize The core of an already existing GA Aviation engine that produces about 18,000-pound-thrust. Aerion claims that the chosen powerplant has already accumulated over one billion hours of service, suggesting its probably the CFM56. A low-bypass turbofan engine.


    Aerion is working with the US and EU regulators on emissions and noise standards for the era of supersonic flight. The FAA just recently announced that it was working on a new noise certification and a clarification of procedures necessary to acquire special flight authorization to conduct supersonic flight testing over the U.S.


    The Proposed rules wouldn’t rescind the present ban on supersonic flight over land without special FAA approval. However, Aerion’s is assuming that the aircraft is going to be prohibited from supersonic flight over the Continental U.S. Therefore any relaxation of that prohibition would be an upside for the company.

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  • The Swallow TP was the company’s primary aircraft model. It was a two-place, a metal-framed, fabric-covered biplane used primarily for flight training.


    In 1924, Beech, along with Lloyd Stearman and Clyde Cessna, created the Travel Air Company....
    The Swallow TP was the company’s primary aircraft model. It was a two-place, a metal-framed, fabric-covered biplane used primarily for flight training.


    In 1924, Beech, along with Lloyd Stearman and Clyde Cessna, created the Travel Air Company. In 1929, while at Travel Air, Beech designed the Travel Air cabin plane that would meet National Air Transport specifications for a passenger plane. It soon became the standard for airmail transportation. Shortly after that, Travel Air merged with Curtis Wright. Beech became the vice president, and later, the president of the new company. His executive duties kept him busy traveling and away from the production plant which is where he really wanted to be.


    In the span of 27 years, Beech had taken his early interest in aviation and used his experience in both aviation and manufacturing to understand the emerging business of flying, designing, and building aircraft as well as running a successful aircraft manufacturing company.

    Wanting to be more in touch with aircraft design and construction, he resigned from Travel Air in 1932 and established the Beech Aircraft Company. His wife Olive Ann, whom he had married two years earlier, became the new company’s secretary-treasurer. From the beginning, Beech began to set construction and performance standards for aircraft that exceeded that of most of his contemporaries.




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    Beech Model 17R Staggerwing, Beechcraft Museum Tullahoma, Tennessee. A total of 785 Staggerwings were delivered.

    Beech Model 17R Staggerwing, Beechcraft Museum Tullahoma, Tennessee. A total of 785 Staggerwings were delivered.


    Beech immediately set specific performance goals for the first of several iconic aircraft that would become associated with the Beech name. The goal was to build a luxurious five-seat aircraft with a top speed of 200 mph, with a landing speed of no more than 60 mph, and a range of 1,000 miles. It had to have sound aerodynamic characteristics and be easy to fly. Working to achieve these goals, Beech designed, built, and flew the first Model 17 in 1932. While the prototype performed well, two years of modifications and redesign efforts were required before the first Model 17R satisfied Beech and the aircraft was ready for market.


    The most significant design element of the Model 17 was the negative staggered wing design, where the top wing was set back from the lower wing, giving it its most recognized name, the “Beech Staggerwing.” The wing “stagger” improved flight control at all speeds. The aircraft also had retractable landing gear—that reduced drag and contributed to its speed, and also made the aircraft safer in the event of a belly landing.


    Priced between $14,000 and $17,000, Beech sold only 18 aircraft in 1933 in the immediate years after the Great Depression. Each aircraft was, and the luxurious five-seat cabin was trimmed in leather. Over its production life, buyers had several radial engine options ranging 350 to more than 600 horsepower. Both fixed gear and retractable landing gear were available.


    Many pilots achieved headlining performances in their Staggerwings: In 1934, one was flown around the world by pilots Farquhar and Beiler, and in 1939 Arlene Davis placed fourth in the 2,042-mile Bendix Trophy Race completing the trip in 8:42 at an average speed of 231 mph. The high standards that Beech insisted on are demonstrated by the many Beech Staggerwings still airworthy today.


    https://ban.aero/images/Blog/Art/walter_beech/TwinBeech.jpgThe second iconic Beech aircraft rolled off the production line in 1937—the Beach Model 18, commonly called the “Twin Beech.” More than 9,000 Twin Beech aircraft were continuously produced over a span of 32 years. More than 4,500 served in World War II as light transports and trainers. It was even used as a light bomber by China. After the end of the war, many Twin Beech aircraft became commercial airline aircraft serving as a commuter and regional airlines well into the 1970s. Others were converted to richly appointed corporate aircraft for many businesses.


    Walter Beach became seriously ill in 1940, and his wife, Olivia Ann Beech took over management of the company during the 1940s, securing more than $80 million to expand the company for war production. The company produced more than 7, 400 aircraft of different models during WWII.

    After the war, Olivia Beech remained in control of Beech. In 1947, Beech continued its line of iconic aircraft with the launch of the single-engine Beech Model 35 Bonanza that had the distinctive “V-tail.” Walter Beech died of a heart attack in 1950, but the Beech legacy continues to this day. The Bonanza line has become the longest-running aircraft production program in history.




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    Beech Model 35 V-Tailed Bonanza – 

    More than 17,000 Bonanzas in 

    all variants have been produced

    Beech Model 35 V-Tailed Bonanza – More than 17,000 Bonanzas in all variants have been produced


    The V-tail version of the Bonanza was in continuous production from 1947 through 1882. In 1952, Beech introduced the Debonair, which was the Model 35 with a conventional tail. This aircraft was later renamed the Bonanza. Today’s six-seat, 300 horsepower Model 36 Bonanza can trace its lineage back to the original 1937 Bonanza.


    Olivia Beech remained chairman of the board until 1962. Olivia Beech was awarded the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy (1980) and inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1981. She died in 1993 in Wichita, Kansas.


    The Walter and Olivia Beech legacy continues today having survived mergers and sales including Raytheon (1980), Hawker Beechcraft (1994), and as the Beechcraft Corporation (after Hawker Beechcraft went bankrupt in 2012). It was not until after Raytheon purchased the company that Olivia Beech stepped down as chairman of the board.


    Beechcraft continued to produce the Bonanza, Baron, King Air as well as T-6 and AT-6 military trainers. In 2014, the Beechcraft Corporation was purchased by Textron, which had already purchased Cessna Aircraft Company in 1992. Textron has kept the two aircraft brands separate.

    Over the history of the company, Beech Aircraft and Beechcraft have produced more 25 models of aircraft, including target drones for the military.

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