While Gulfstream celebrates the 47th anniversary of the first flight of its first business jet this month, that very aircraft is in the process of becoming a museum piece, following a long service career. Grumman Gulfstream II S/N 0001 (built at the company’s Bethpage, N.Y. facility before the business jet division moved to Savannah), first flew on Oct. 2, 1966. After the certification flight-test program it was refurbished and sold to entrepreneur Robert Galvin, Motorola Corporation CEO, in 1970.
Airbus A320 family
The partial shutdown of the federal government in the U.S. might delay deliveries from Boeing’s 787 plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, because the Federal Aviation Administration hasn’t yet granted the manufacturer authority to assign FAA certification duties to designated company employees.
Wilbur Wright was the first pilot to record a bird strike (in 1905), and the first fatal crash attributable to a bird strike came seven years later. But to most members of the non-flying public, the first time aircraft bird strikes became newsworthy was probably in 2009, when a flock of Canada geese sent Chesley Sullenberger’s A320 into the Hudson River.
Airbus announced firm orders, purchase agreements and memoranda of understanding Wednesday at Aviation Expo China in Beijing covering 160 A320-family narrowbodies from four separate customers.
United Technologies and Rolls-Royce have agreed to drop plans to collaborate on a new family of engines for the 120- to 230-seat narrowbody market, “following further discussion and because of the current regulatory environment,” said UTC engine subsidiary Pratt & Whitney in a statement released Thursday.
Rockwell Collins has signed a long-term service agreement with AAR for maintenance, repair and overhaul of Rockwell Collins avionics on more than 300 aircraft, including the Airbus A319, A320 and A330; Boeing 737 and 767; and Bombardier CRJ.
“AAR currently supports more than 600 aircraft under long-term component support agreements, and this agreement will contribute to AAR’s on-time delivery of reliable, quality components to our customers,” Chris Fiddes, AAR’s v-p of business development, told AIN.
Delta Air Lines has placed its first order for Airbus airplanes in some two decades, signing for 30 A321s and 10 A330-300s, the European airframer announced Wednesday. The airline has chosen CFM56-5B engines from CFM International to power its A321s and CF6-80E1 engines from GE Aviation for its new A330s.
The airline industry will need more than one million new pilots and technicians to operate and maintain new aircraft due for delivery over the next two decades, according to a new forecast from Boeing. The 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook, released on Thursday at the launch of 787 training at the U.S. airframer’s Miami Flight Services campus, projects a requirement for 498,000 new airline pilots and 556,000 new maintenance technicians by 2032.
Airbus aerostructures supplier Aerolia has received the 500th shipset of nose landing gear bays for the A320 series from Russia’s Irkut. The landmark was celebrated on Tuesday at the MAKS airshow in Moscow. Irkut has been supplying structures and systems to Airbus since 2004 with work packages including keel beams, flap tracks and landing gear bays.
The FAA has reported that a JetBlue Airbus A320 conducted its first flight using ADS-B technology on June 9 between Fort Lauderdale and San Francisco and also became the first U.S. airliner to reach its destination using a predominantly ADS-B-created route. The aircraft flew the route over the Gulf of Mexico as it steered around weather along its regular company-filed flight-plan route. The reroute also shaved 100 nm from the aircraft’s trip, saving fuel.