Boeing has begun the so-called power-on process for the 787 in Everett, Wash., the company confirmed today. The milestone marks the start of a procedure under which engineers power different sections of the airplane over a series of days, expected to culminate in full power-on by the end of this month.
Eclipse Aviation, the Albuquerque, N.M. company that premiered its Eclipse 500 twinjet in March 2000, said it has secured a launch customer that may make its dreams of solvency a reality.
Airbus claims to have found ways to make aircraft end-of-life dismantling a greener and more profitable business. Administrators of the Pamela (an acronym that stands for process for advanced management of end-of-life aircraft) demonstrator project in Tarbes, southwest France, concluded that about 85 percent of the dry weight of an aircraft can be recycled, rather than the currently accepted maximum of 60 percent.
Raytheon Aircraft and Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI) are teaming up to offer turbine aircraft resale customers an hourly-fee maintenance program. Called Tip to Tail, the program covers the cost of airframe and avionics parts, as well as the cost of labor required to maintain those components.
The Airbus A400M military airlifter will be ceremonially rolled out on June 26, but the plan to make a first flight by “the end of the summer” seems overly optimistic, unless rapid progress can be made with the TP400 engine testbed, which has not yet flown. About 50 hours are scheduled for this modified C-130, carrying one of the four big turboprops that will power the A400M.
EADS Socata this week at EBACE outlined what its next product launch could be next year–a twin-engine business aircraft that is bigger than its TBM 850 turboprop single. “The future product will have two more seats than the [six-seat] TBM,” said Socata CEO Jean-Michel Léonard.
An airframe match for one or both new small turbofan designs currently under development by Pratt & Whitney Canada may be announced at this month’s NBAA Convention. Two years ago, the engine maker revealed it was working on two new engines: the PW600F, a 2,000- to 2,400-lb-thrust model, and, in a joint development program with Raytheon Aircraft, the 2,500-lb-thrust PW625F.
On June 10 Honda flew its latest jet engine design for the first time. In the 1,900-lb-thrust range, the engine flew on a modified Cessna CitationJet from Honda’s purpose-built research facility at Atlantic Aero in Greensboro, N.C. Concurrently, Honda is busily at work on a CJ-size airframe in Greensboro, with first flight expected in January.
Landmark Aviation has expanded its agreement with Air Alliance of Germany to offer aircraft maintenance, repair, modification and completion to owners and operators of turbofan- and turboprop-powered aircraft in Europe.
ROCKWELL AERO COMMANDER 690B, HOMERVILLE, GA., MARCH 27, 2003–An in-flight encounter with unforecast severe turbulence resulted in the design limits of Aero Commander 690B N53LG being exceeded an overload failure of the airframe, concluded the NTSB. The airplane was at 27,000 feet when the turbulence was encountered and the pilot called “Mayday” to Jacksonville Center.