Bombardier has moved into the next stage in the development of its new C Series aircraft, having secured the supply chain and completed the selection of all major suppliers. It is also preparing to break ground on the final assembly plant at Mirabel and is well ahead in planning its other facilities in Canada, Northern Ireland and China.
Spectrum Aeronautical sister company Rocky Mountain Composites has completed a test article version of the all-composite S.40 Freedom midsize jet fuselage at its Spanish Fork, Utah manufacturing facility. The fuselage manufacturing demonstrator (FMD) is the first of a series and was built as a single piece using co-cured carbon/polymer material, also known as the company’s FibeX process.
Testing continues on the Boeing 787 despite the now three-week-long machinists’ strike estimated to cost the company $100 million a day. Yesterday, Boeing successfully completed a high-pressure test, known as “high blow,” on the Dreamliner test airframe at its Everett, Wash. factory.
Engineers at Cessna are finishing architecture and layout planning for the Wichita OEM’s largest jet, the fly-by-wire Columbus, and the company revealed new details about vendors and facilities. The Columbus will be assembled at new facilities in Wichita, and Cessna plans to break ground on the factory later this year.
Boeing announced today it has closed on the deal to acquire Vought Aircraft Industries’ interest in Global Aeronautica, the South Carolina fuselage subassembly maker for the Boeing 787. Under the terms of the transaction, Global Aeronautica becomes a 50-50 joint venture between The Boeing Company and Alenia North America, a subsidiary of Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica.
An incident in which the elevator controls on a Socata TBM 700 literally froze up and jammed because water accumulated in the fuselage and froze led to a French AD in October last year requiring compliance with a June 2000 Socata Service Bulletin calling for a new fuselage strainer draining system on the turboprop single.
The NTSB is examing the structural integrity of the all-composite tail of the Airbus A300-600 that crashed November 12 after liftoff from New York JFK Airport. During an encounter with wake turbulence, the tail of the twin-engine airliner tore away virtually intact. Today’s business jets use a wide variety of composite parts, including Raytheon Aircraft, whose Premier I has an all-composite fuselage.
Boeing announced today it has agreed to acquire Vought Aircraft Industries’ interest in Global Aeronautica, the South Carolina fuselage subassembly facility for the 787 Dreamliner. Upon completion of the transaction, Global Aeronautica will become a 50-50 joint venture between Boeing and Alenia North America, a subsidiary of Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica–a Finmeccanica company.
Assembly and integration of the Aviation Technology Group Javelin prototype continues to accelerate at Soloy in Olympia, Wash. The company has joined the front and rear sections of the fuselage and will soon mate the wing with the fuselage. Electrical, flight control and fuel system components have been arriving from their respective suppliers and are now being installed.
Raytheon Aircraft announced a lightweight interior modification for its Premier I that the company says reduces cabin average noise level to 82.2 dBA on takeoff and 73.6 dBA during long-range cruise.