July 13, 2014 at 2:05 PM
In other news ahead of Monday’s formal start of the Farnborough Air Show:
- Organizers of the Air Show said Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter won’t be appearing at the show Monday. An engine fire last month temporarily grounded the entire F-53 fleet. “The aircraft is still awaiting US DoD clearance but we are hopeful that it will fly at the airshow by the end of the week,” said a statement from the show organizers. A Pentagon official said Sunday that the fire was caused by “rubbing between some blades of the engine and the cowl around them” but it isn’t considered a systemic problem.
- The struggling CSeries small passenger jet by Bombardier won a modest vote of confidence from UK-based lessor Falko Regional Aircraft Ltd., which inked a letter of intent for up to 24 planes. Terms weren’t revealed. “With its clean-sheet design aimed specifically for the 100- to 149-seat market, we are creating the future with the CSeries aircraft,” said a Bombardier executive. The plane has won only 203 firm orders and fewer than 300 additional commitments. It is currently grounded after a May engine incident that is now attributed to a seal in its oil system, not the low pressure turbine engine.
- Much of a Russian delegation was barred from entering the U.K. for the Air Show. “Due to Russian actions in Ukraine, no representatives from the Russian government have been issued HMG (Her Majesty’s Government) invitations to FIA 2014,” a spokesman said in a statement to AFP. The Russian Embassy told AFP that “delegates from the Russian industry and trade ministry, the Russian space agency and air transport agency, plus dozens of Russian companies” were kept out, along with technicians for Russian aircraft meant to be flying at the show.