Alongside ostentatious neighbors like the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain has tended to get overlooked as a Middle Eastern hub for air transportation. Yet, the island kingdom in the Arabian Gulf actually lays a fair claim to being the birthplace of aviation in the Middle East. Next month (January 21 to 23) it intends to point the world to its aviation future when it hosts its own airshow for the first time.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » December 21, 2009
As the anniversary of the Feb. 12, 2009 crash near Buffalo, N.Y., of a Bombardier Q400 regional airliner operated by Colgan Air fast approaches, the U.S. government still hasn’t issued proposed new rules governing fatigue for Part 121 pilots.
A conversion of a letter of intent into a firm order for 22 CRJ700s by American Airlines this month failed to save the jobs of more than 600 employees at Bombardier Aerospace, as the company prepares to move ahead with plans to cut CRJ production rates for its 2010 fiscal year.
Pratt & Whitney’s new PW1000G–formerly known as the Geared Turbofan–found its third application this month in the MC-21 narrowbody under development by Russia’s Irkut Corporation. For Irkut, Pratt’s willingness to spend the resources necessary to adapt a 30,000-pound-thrust version of the PW1000G to power a hypothetical Russian airliner lent some much desired credibility to the still relatively obscure program.
While Boeing enjoyed its long-deferred moment of triumph in achieving first flight of the 787, Airbus quietly moved forward with the initial manufacturing stages of the rival A350XWB. In early December, Airbus manufactured the first composite lay-up for the new widebody at its factory at Nantes, in western France.
With the first flight of its mold-breaking 787 Dreamliner finally accomplished, Boeing now will attempt the Herculean task of finishing flight testing and obtaining certification by the end of next year. Only the weather marred the first flight of the first 787 (ZA001) on December 15, forcing test pilots Mike Carriker and Randy Neville to cut the planned four-hour mission to three hours.
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