Leg-5 For the 5th leg we will take the Embraer ERJ-190. The leg will take us from Italy over Switzerland, Austria and Germany to the south part of the Netherlands where we will end this leg at EHBK Maastricht-Aachen Airport. With this leg we will have completed our second letter of the Skywriting program.
The Embraer ERJ-190 is a medium range twin-engine airliner produced by the Brazilian manifacturer Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica. It's part of the Embraer E-jet family. This Embraer E-Jets line consist of two main commercial families and a business jet variant. The smaller E-170 and E-175 make up the base model aircraft. The E-190 is a stretched version, fitted with a new, larger wing, larger horizontal stabilizer, adapted landing gear structure and a new engine, the GE Aviation GE-CF34-10E. The aircraft competes with the Bombardier CRJ-1000 and CS100, the Boeing 717-200 and 737-600, and the Airbus A318. Launched at the Paris Air Show in 1999, and entering production in 2002, the aircraft series has been a commercial success.The aircraft is used by both mainline and regional airlines around the world. As of 31 December 2013, there is a backlog of 279 firm orders for the E-Jets, 689 options and 998 aircraft delivered. Main operators using the ERJ-190 include Air Canada with 45 aircraft (with options for 60 more) and JetBlue Airways with 47 aircraft (104 firm orders), The KLM City Hopper fleet hosts 22 Embraer ERJ-190.
EHBK Maastricht Aachen airport is a regional airports in the Netherlands with some 41.000 aircraft movements a year. The airport, originally known as Beek Airport, is located in the city of Beek, about 8 km north of Maastricht in the Dutch province of Limburg. In 1939 the local authorities of Limburg approved the foundation of The Airport of Zuid-Limburg Ltd. However, because of the outbreak of Worldwar II the building had to be postponed. At the end of Worldwar II the USAAF 9th Air Force was tasked with constructing temporary airfields close to the advancing front. In October 1944, the advance headquarters of the XIX Tactical Air Command and the 84th and 303rd Fighter Wings were moved to Maastricht to keep up with the Ninth Army. Because of the proximity to the new headquarters, the decision was made to create a temporary airfield between the towns of Beek, Geulle and Ulestraten In January 1945 a start was made with the runway. The field was built in less than 2 months and was operational on 22 March 1945 as one of the temporary fields of the 9th Allied Tactical Airforce. In August 1945 the field was transferred to Dutch Government (although America kept open an option to reclaim it). After German capitulation the city of Beek requested to upgrade the now almost deserted airport to a civilian airfield. Maastricht-Aachen Airport has one runway RWY 21 / 03 measuring 2.750 x 45 mtr. The runway is equipped with ILS at both ends, being CAT-III for rwy 21 and CAT-I for rwy 03. In the past there also was a smaller track, RWY 07 / 25 (1.080 mtr), but this has been closed.