The FAA has finalized a rule addressing more than 4,000 U.S.-registered aging commercial aircraft with a takeoff weight of 75,000 pounds or more, certified after 1957 and operated under FAR Parts 121 or 129.
Embraer has started the first phase of building a new $48 million, 330,000-sq-ft facility in Évora, Portugal, dedicated to manufacturing complex airframe structures and components in composite materials. Completion of the initial phase is scheduled for the end of next year, while production of structures and components for the Brazilian company’s business aircraft and airliners will start in 2013.
Ikhana Group is rebranding its subsidiaries RW Martin and Total Aircraft Services; both will operate under the Ikhana Group brand. The company specializes in special-mission turboprops and business jets, particularly DHC-6 Twin Otter, King Air and Gulfstream airframes. “We underwent a merger about three years ago that allows us to perform both engineering and installation,” a spokesman for the company told AIN.
Friedrichshafen International Airport, in far southern Germany near the Austrian and Swiss borders, is the site of the newest Twin Commander factory-authorized international service center. “We have about 35 Commanders operating in Europe, and Airplus currently services 10 to 12 of them,” Matt Isley, president of Twin Commander Aircraft, told AIN. “We added Airplus because we wanted to beef up our airframe support in Europe.”
West Star Aviation donated a Learjet 35A to Northwestern Community College in Rangely, Colo. The company acquired the airplane last year as a source of parts for another Learjet project. That airplane “needed a fairly significant amount of work, and quite a few parts and components needed replacement.
Operating an aircraft accounts for 80 percent of the machine’s lifetime environmental footprint, according to a newly released Dassault study.
Manufacturing and dismantling account for the remaining 20 percent, and Europe’s Clean Sky research initiative includes an E80 million ($104 million) project called EcoDesign-Airframe, co-led by Dassault, aimed at greening aircraft cradles and graves.
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.
Yesterday, Boeing licensed the rights to AgustaWestland’s AW101 for the purpose of entering it in the latest U.S. presidential helicopter competition, known as VXX. Under the deal, Boeing will have full data, intellectual property and production rights for the three-engine, medium-lift helicopter.
Lockheed Martin announced yesterday that it is partnering with Sikorsky to promote the latter’s H-92 medium-lift helicopter for the new VXX presidential transport mission. This is the latest development in the tortured process to replace the fleet of aging Sikorsky VH-3Ds and VH-60Ns operated by the Marine Corps to transport the President and other government VIPs.
Following a thorough analysis of data gleaned from the March 28 ultimate wing and fuselage bending trial on the Boeing 787 static test airframe, the company has declared that it successfully met all test requirements.