Boeing announced yesterday that it completed the review and analysis of the static test that it conducted November 30 to validate the side-of-body modification made to the 787 Dreamliner and reported that the 787 team has finished final gauntlet testing on the first airplane.
The Changhe subsidiary of China’s Aviation Industry Corp. (AVIC) completed its first Sikorsky S-76C++ airframe yesterday at its plant near Shanghai. It will now be shipped to Sikorsky’s Coatesville, Pa. facility for completion. Changhe will manufacture additional S-76 airframes in 2010.
Boeing has finished installing reinforcements within the side-of-body fuselage on the first 787 Dreamliner, the company announced last Thursday, and expects to complete the installations on the static test airframe and the second flight-test airplane in the coming soon. The modification entails installing new fittings at 34 stringer locations within the joint where the wing attaches to the fuselage.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Foundation (PAMF) has initiated the “Under Our Wing: Future Aviation Maintenance Professionals” campaign to help strengthen and expand the annual scholarships it provides to qualified students and Professional Aviation Maintenance Association members.
Boeing has begun installing the reinforcements for the side-of-body modifications to the first 787 Dreamliner test airplane and on the static airframe, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth revealed in his blog entry yesterday.
Daher has signed a contract with Eurocopter to design, develop and produce a “new generation” airframe for light helicopters. The airframe will offer “better tradeoff between performance and weight,” according to the company. Under the agreement, production will start in 2012 in Daher-Socata’s factory in Tarbes, southwest France.
To the casual observer, it looked like just another chunk of concrete apron on Airbus’s sprawling production complex at Blagnac Airport outside Toulouse. Nestled between giant hangars and the Airbus outdoor museum with its graffiti-covered airplanes, Airbus is spending approximately $184 million to build the production line for its new A350XWB airliner. The new facility is expected to be fully operational during the third quarter of 2010.
JetNet is highlighting its extensive helicopter database as well as its aviation business index at EBACE (Booth No. 251). As a source of information and intelligence on the worldwide business aircraft fleet and marketplace, the database includes some 60,000 airframes. The helicopter database covers some 30,000 airframes worldwide and encompasses 125 market-relevant turbine and piston rotary-wing models.
StandardAero and TAG Aircraft Interiors (Booth No. 651) announced at EBACE a joint venture for completions with interiors designed by the House of Versace. The latter will be responsible for content, design and style, while Standard Aero will manage logistics and technical aspects and act as marketing and sales agent. Actual completions will take place at StandardAero’s Springfield, Illinois facility.
Aviation information provider JetNet (Booth No. 1428) has launched a helicopter market summary report and is showcasing the new product here at Heli-Expo’09. The report includes “extensive data” on the number of airframes for sale within the industry, high and low average prices, average airframe and engine time, and average days on the market.