Executives with Wasaya Airways are hoping the prospective purchase of new transport planes for its fleet will go a long way to drive down prices of food and other goods in northern First Nations.An Airbus C295W transport plane, owned by the Mexican Air Force, was shown to the First Nations-owned airline, media and the public on Thursday in Thunder Bay."This airplane, literally, is sipping fuel compared to our existing equipment ... and they can bring a lot of goods into a community, really cheaply, so that's the attractiveness of this aircraft," said Michael Rodyniuk, Wasaya's president and CEO.Rodyniuk said the airline is looking for new planes to replace existing Hawker Siddeley 748 craft and to expand their fleet, adding that right now, they're looking at the feasibility of initially buying two Airbuses, followed by three more."I have every expectation it's going to perform very well," he said in advance of a Thursday afternoon flight, which was slated to take company officials to Pickle Lake, then Kasabonika Lake First Nation, before returning to Thunder Bay.[continua]
The aircraft, which is owned by the Mexican Air Force, will also make stops in Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Thunder Bay before touching down in more remote communities like Resolute Bay and Churchill.The purpose of the tour is “to expose the aircraft to Canada’s diverse and extreme weather conditions and terrain.”It’s also meant to demonstrate the robustness, reliability and versatility of the C295W which makes it suited for operations in Canada’s challenging environments.A product of Airbus Defence and Space, the C295W is able to operate and takeoff from short or unprepared runways. It’s also able to carry up to nine tonnes of payload or up to 71 personnel.The aircraft can be used for either military or humanitarian purposes and is designed to thrive in different weather conditions.(...)
O consórcio europeu de aeronáutica Airbus e o grupo francês Dassault Aviation anunciaram esta quarta-feira um acordo de princípio para a construção do futuro avião de combate aéreo franco-alemão, uma intenção anunciada em julho por Paris e Berlim.A Airbus e a Dassault “juntaram forças para o desenvolvimento e produção do Sistema de Combate Aéreo do Futuro (europeu)” no horizonte de 2040, anunciaram os dois grupos no salão aeronáutico de Berlim.“É um acordo de princípio. A primeira mensagem é dizer ‘sim, estamos prontos'” para desenvolver o SCAF, declarou o presidente da Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, numa conferência de imprensa conjunta com o patrão da Airbus Defense and Space, Dirk Hoke, na capital alemã.“Estamos prontos e queremos dizer aos nossos ministérios da Defesa, aos nossos responsáveis políticos: estamos prontos, avancem”, acrescentou.“É um momento histórico para a indústria aeronáutica”, declarou Dirk Hoke, sublinhando que “é um passo em frente para desenvolver as comeptências na Europa e assegurar a soberania europeia”.Paris e Berlim concordaram, no ano passado, com o desenvolvimento de um sistema destinado a substituir no horizonte de 2040 as atuais esquadras de aviões de combate, a Rafale (França) e a Eurofighter Typhoon (Alemanha).