AIN Air Transport Perspective » June 25, 2010

June 25, 2010 - 9:45am

Boeing insists that a newly identified assembly flaw with the Boeing 787's horizontal stabilizers will not delay service entry of the new airliner, which is scheduled for the end of this year. On June 24, engineers discovered a production quality issue with the brackets that attach the stabilizer to the fuselage.

June 25, 2010 - 6:40am
European companies' work toward “greener” air transport under the Clean Sky p...

The European Union's €1.6 billion ($1.9 billion) aeronautics research effort known as Clean Sky recently has gained momentum, and officials expect to see several demonstrators running on the ground or in the air by 2014 or 2015. After a slow start in 2008-2009, the so-called joint technology initiative (JTI) is now progressing at almost nominal speed.

June 25, 2010 - 6:30am
The Leap-X eCore 1, containing an eight-stage compressor and a single-stage h...

CFM International has completed the second phase of testing of the Leap-X core demonstrator known as eCore 1, meaning all three major elements of the first core-the turbine, the combustor and the compressor-have undergone evaluation. The results, according to Leap program director Ron Klapproth, have matched or exceeded all the company's early projections, leaving the program on schedule for certification in late 2014.

June 25, 2010 - 6:11am
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Gary Scott said Boeing and Airbus ha...

When Boeing CEO Jim McNerney early this month referred to the Bombardier C Series as one of a class of “regional jets that are getting a little bigger,” executives at the Canadian company might have taken offense. After all, since the launch of the program, Bombardier has spent untold marketing resources positioning the airplane as a mainline jet, capable of flying from Denver to either coast of the U.S.

June 25, 2010 - 6:04am

Introduced in 2004, Embraer's E-Jet family in ordinary circumstances should produce market demand for at least 20 years. But the fact that engine technology has developed faster and more convincingly than Embraer CEO Fred Curado had imagined only a couple of years ago raises the question of whether the airplanes will need an upgrade to reach their lifespan potential.

June 25, 2010 - 5:58am
The fifth Boeing 787 and the first Dreamliner powered with GE engines took to...

The June 16 first flight of the fifth Boeing 787 Dreamliner (ZA005) also marked the first time a pair of GE Aircraft Engines' GEnx-1B turbofans powered an airplane to altitude on their own. Captains Mike Bryan and Mike Carriker flew the airplane for three hours and 48 minutes, and reported no anomalies. 


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