Emirates builds own light sport aircraft
Emirates builds own light sport aircraft
The two-seater RV 12 is six-meter long and is the result of thousands of hours of dedication by a group of Emirates’ engineering trainees, working in their spare time.
Over a two-year period, the group of 40 trainees rose to the challenge of assembling 11,000 parts of the aircraft.
“The trainees’ first task was to unpack the crates, check the components against the inventory and create a storage system where items could be easily retrieved,” said Adel Al-Redha, Emirates EVP & CEO.
The build process started with the aircraft’s tailfin and rudder. Along the way, students learned about the alignment of different sections, anti-corrosive treatments, painting, drilling, wiring, testing and approval processes. Click here to see the short video of the build process.
“The canopy and rear window proved to be a huge challenge as the thermoplastic glass had to be drilled without cracking. This required extreme patience and was fortunately completed without any mishaps,” Al-Redha added.
Not surprisingly, the project has already drawn quite a bit of attention and visitors to Emirates Engineering Centre in Dubai.
The propeller-driven aircraft, weighing in at 335 kg and with a wingspan of 8.1 meters, is a far cry from its larger relatives in the Emirates’ fleet.
The RV 12 has a range of around 900 kg, a top speed of 217 kg per hour, and would just about make it to Doha in Qatar, Salalah in Oman or Riyadh.
“Constructing this aircraft from scratch is a tremendous achievement for our trainees whose knowledge and hands on technical experience have now been significantly enhanced,” said Al Redha.
The aircraft will be used to promote Emirates’ UAE national training programs. It will also be on display at the Dubai Air Show, running between Nov. 17-21 at Al Maktoum International, Dubai World Central in Jebel Ali.
The excitement for the Turkish National Children’s Day Celebrations is lived in Dubai
It is the 98th year of celebrating 23 April National Children’s Day and the joy and excitement of these celebrations have taken place for the 9th time in Dubai. The event took place on Friday 20 April at 3pm at The Cultural & Scientific Association in Al Mamzar, Dubai.
23 April is a day, that is dedicated to the children of Turkey by the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk to emphasize that they are the future of the new nation. Every year, the children in Turkey celebrate this "Sovereignty and Children's Day" as a national holiday since 1927. In Dubai, this organization aims to provide a great opportunity to enrich the cultural and traditional bonds between the United Arab Emirates and the Turkish Community.
23 April National Children’s Day celebrations are organised under the patronage of the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey, invaluable support of Turkish Business Council in Dubai and Northern Emirates, and brought to life by a group of volunteer Turkish ladies from “Sultans of Dubai”; a group of Turkish Women living in Dubai.
The two-part event was held in this exquisite venue made up of a theatre and external areas with entertainment consisting of folkloric dance show by a group from “Barbaros Hayrettin Ilkokulu” a primary school in Izmir travelling from Turkey with generous contributions of Turkish Airlines; the Consulate’s Turkish class’ choir showcasing their dance, songs and poems; Dubai Drums demonstrating a taste of African Drums; Bogz the Magician with his rather extraordinary magic show and many more activities to dazzle its young guests.
A delicious selection of Turkish and International cuisine generously offered by Turkish Restaurants around Dubai together with numerous entertainment stations for all children and Irem Derlen and her orchestra travelling from Turkey just to give a concert at the event were also part of the program for our children.
Pinar and Turkish Airlines played the main role in the sponsorship arena for these celebrations. They were joined by Burjuman Arjaan by Rotana Dubai, MNG, LC Waikiki and Rani as Platinum Sponsors; Turkish Village Restaurant, HealthBay Polyclinic, Mahmoud Tea, Dr Tosun Dental Clinic, TAV Construction, Deligourme as Silver Sponsors; Marmara Hotel Apartments, Bophorous Turkish Restaurant, Abdulla Al Suwaidi Advocates & Legal Consultants, Pomegranate Institute, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Zouzou Restaurant and Sesame Restaurant just to name a few.
In addition, all sponsor companies offered gifts, favours, vouchers, and experiences for the draw which attracts much interest from all participants.
As has been witnessed in the recent years, the event attracts over a thousand people and is eagerly awaited by the rather large Turkish Community in the UAE.