Boeing now estimates that first flight of the 787 will happen sometime between mid-November and mid-December–at least three months later than originally planned–due to delays in coding flight-control software and completion of so-called “traveled work”–tasks originally meant for partners but passed on to Boeing’s final assembly facility in Everett, Wash.
American Eurocopter has received an FAA aircraft production certificate to manufacture its U.S. Army UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter and EC 145 commercial variant at the company’s plant in Columbus, Miss. The first helicopter produced under the certificate was delivered to the Army on August 27.
Growing East Coast FBO chain SheltAir Aviation ervices opened a new FBO–the chain’s fifth N.Y. facility–at Plattsburgh International Airport in New York on August 1. Formerly an Air Force base, the Plattsburgh Airport has an 11,750-foot runway and 240 acres of concrete ramp space. It is also served by airlines.
An extensive “restructuring” of Boeing’s Alteon Training subsidiary will see the company close four training centers, redistribute assets to other centers and open a new facility in Shanghai to house the first Boeing 787 simulator in China. The facilities marked for closure include Long Beach, Calif., Dallas, Texas, Kunming, China and Luton, UK. Boeing expects to close the two U.S. centers and the Chinese facility in December.
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John Zeidler, president of Evansville Regional Airport (KEVV)-based Tri-State Aero, didn’t come by his aviation career through his family, as many do. Rather, he came to the industry as a result of Midwestern practicality. “I grew up in Southern Illinois in the 1960s,” he said.
For fans of vintage military tin, the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey will hold its annual Wings and Wheels Expo of historic aircraft and vintage automobiles at Teterboro Airport on September 15 and 16. Among the historic aircraft scheduled to be there is a Douglas C-54 (shown here), a veteran of the Berlin Airlift. Guests will also be able to purchase flights on the Michigan-based B-17G Yankee Lady.
One prediction about which most fractional providers’ executives and consultants agree is that within five years there will be only two strong major providers, with the current majors either being relegated to a niche market or merging into one of the stronger players. While they all concur that NetJets will be one of those two companies, there is no consensus on which of the other three majors will hold the other spot.
Most of the fractional executives interviewed for this article were not optimistic that very light jets (VLJs) will enter the fractional fleet.