Development of the Airbus A350XWB could lag by another month amid questions about problems with a machine in Broughton, UK, used to drill holes in the airplane’s composite wings.
Lockheed Martin executives contend that a new Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) that will provide long-term maintenance support for the F-35 Lightning II is evolving in line with the fighter. The ALIS was cited among F-35 program risks in a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.
EADS Cassidian redelivered to the German air force (GAF) the first two Tornado fighter-bombers to be upgraded to the ASSTA (Avionic System Software Tornado Ada) 3.0 standard. After several months of retrofitting, certification and acceptance flight tests, they were returned to the GAF’s 33rd Wing at Buechel at the end of June.
Austin (Texas) Executive Airport, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary, has opened a new 26,650-sq-ft hangar for business aircraft, bringing the airport’s available hangar lease space to more than 63,000 sq ft. According to airport officials, the 6,025-foot runway and hangars can accommodate business aircraft up to the size of ultra-long-range jets such as the Gulfstream G650 and Bombardier Globals. Henriksen Jet Center provides FBO services at the airfield.
West Star Aviation has purchased a roll-around set of landing gear for Hawker-series jets, so that aircraft undergoing landing gear overhauls or repairs can be moved. The roll-around landing gear will help shorten downtime during gear swaps and multi-shop events, according to West Star, which also offers overhauls and repairs for HS125 through Hawker 900XP landing gear. “This roll-around shipset will offer a whole new solution for operators who would like to have their aircraft serviced during a gear restoration,” said Steve Goede, accessories program manager.
Gulfstream Aerospace has enrolled more than 140 aircraft in its Flight Operations Risk Management Service (Forms) program, providing operators with access to data that can reduce operational hazards. Among its benefits, Forms data can be used to analyze airport-specific approach procedures that can challenge pilots. The larger the Forms database becomes, the better Gulfstream is able to identify trends and implement corrective measures through education and training, it said. Gulfstream’s Forms database now includes operational details on more than 25,000 flights.
ECA Program of Amsterdam has launched a VIP A319/320 fractional program. Each aircraft will be outfitted for 19 passengers. The company’s fleet will consist of three A319s and four A320s, the latter to be used for regional flights of less than eight hours and the former for intercontinental flights. The service will be operated by a new entity, operating under Dutch AOC and regulations, and the full fleet is expected to be operational by 2015.
Dealing with explosive mixtures in the fuel tanks of transport aircraft used to be high on the NTSB’s most-critical list. The subject evolved after the 1996 explosion of the center fuel tank of a TWA Boeing 747 just after departure from JFK Airport.
Airbus collected some $16.9 billion worth of business during last week’s Farnborough airshow, gaining firm orders for 54 airplanes and MOUs for another 61.
If Airbus doesn’t see a resolution to the row between China and the EU over Europe’s emissions trading scheme by year-end, it will have to seriously consider withdrawing its plan to increase A330 production from the current nine per month to 11 in 2014, Airbus COO for customers John Leahy said during a Thursday briefing at the Farnborough airshow.