Characterizing the Boeing 777X program as “stable” and the 787-9 as “lighter than projected,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of airplane development Scott Fancher issued an upbeat assessment of virtually all he surveys during press briefings at the company’s Everett, Washington, facilities on Tuesday.
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The first Boeing 787-9 took off on its maiden mission from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, Tuesday at 11:02 a.m. local time. Plans called for the latest Dreamliner variant to land at Seattle’s Boeing Field some time between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Boeing has completed assembly on the first 787-9, the company announced on Saturday. The second member of the Dreamliner family rolled out of Boeing’s Everett, Washington, widebody plant to the flight line, where teams have begun preparing it to fly by the end of the summer.
Boeing has finished modifying the lithium-ion battery systems on all 50 of its 787 Dreamliners in the field and all the airplanes’ operators have re-launched service.
CAE inaugurated pilot and maintenance technician training programs today at its Ansett Aviation Training facility in Melbourne, Australia, for the Beechcraft King Air 350 with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics. The program features a new full-motion simulator, which is qualified to level D standards by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Besides business aircraft operators, the King Air 350 simulator will be used to train military pilots, according to CAE.
De-icing fluid manufacturer Kilfrost has reported orders for its “environmentally driven” Sustain products in New Zealand, with Air New Zealand and Aviall purchasing 27 metric tons of them over the last year. “All our sustainable products offer significant environmental benefits in terms of carbon savings and low toxicity, with no compromise in terms of performance and functionality,” said CEO Gary Lydiate.
Bombardier Aerospace has strengthened its alliance with Fokker Services to increase the availability and reduce the cost of spare parts for operators of its out-of-production Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300. Under the agreement Fokker Services has secured more than 2,600 part numbers from Bombardier for worldwide distribution. Bombardier will also continue to market and sell Dash 8/Q-Series 100/200/300 parts to operators worldwide.
The last of 11 ATR 72-500s grounded on March 18 by New Zealand’s Mount Cook Airlines due to hairline cracks found on a front fuselage frame will likely return to service by the end of this week, an ATR spokesman told AIN Thursday. Subsequent checks on the entire fleet showed similar cracks on at least nine of the airplanes.
StandardAero has signed an exclusive maintenance agreement with West Atlantic to cover more than 80 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW126 and PW126A engines. The support agreement involves engine maintenance and field support as well as technical expertise to facilitate the development of West Atlantic's own internal capabilities of ensuring basic engine support sustainability requirements.
When it comes to creating mockups, Altitude Aerospace has taken the art to a new level with the Boeing Business Jet Pounamu cabin on display here at NBAA 2010 (Booth No. 1213).
Project Pounamu was formed in late 2009, the child of a collaboration of skilled business jet interior specialists, partially funded by the New Zealand government and with a grant from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
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