Boeing yesterday announced that the FAA has approved the 787’s scheduled maintenance program, marking a particularly noteworthy accomplishment for an airplane billed as 30 percent less expensive to maintain than any “comparable product.” The company bases its claims on projections for the performance of the 787’s composite structure and highly integrated systems architecture, which, it says, allow for fewer maintenance tasks and longer time in
Product lifecycle management
Dassault Falcon (Booth No. 235) has created a “virtual reality room” that lets aircraft designers step into the digital creations they have crafted on their Catia design screens to make sure every detail is right before ever building the real thing.
The governor of Missouri has signed a bill eliminating sales tax on aircraft repair parts, aligning the state with neighboring states having similar laws. Before passing the law, Missouri exempted aircraft used to carry people and property, but now the tax exemption applies to all materials, replacement parts and equipment used for modification, repair, replacement and maintenance of aircraft, powerplants and accessories from Jan.
Failure of the FAA to publish an advisory circular may prompt the National Air Transportation Association to request an extension of the October 6 implementation date for new repair station rules. The AC is intended to provide guidance for complying with the revised rules, particularly how contract maintenance is to be handled. “Our members need time to digest this,” the association claimed.
EDS (Hall 1A Exhibitor’s Club Restaurant and Bar) and product lifecycle management specialist Siemens PLM Software (Hall 4 Stand E17) are combining their respective aerospace and defense logistics and IT infrastructure services skills to create
The Teamcenter product lifecycle management suite being demonstrated here by Plano, Texas-headquartered Siemens PLM Software (Hall 3, Stand C6) has played a crucial role in the Sukhoi SSJ-100 Superjet’s progress from concept to its recent first flight, said Tim Nichols, the company’s managing director of aerospace global marketing.
Premier Turbines (Booth No. 2053), an engine overhaul and component/accessory repair shop based in Neosho, Mo., recently launched a quick-turnaround service for component repairs and specialized processes. The new service, named the Bullet Shop, guarantees return of parts within 10 working days of the date of receipt.
Late last month CAE was expected to acquire SimuFlite Training International. General Electric, which bought SimuFlite from Southern Air Transport in 1998, agreed to sell the company to Toronto-based CAE for $247 million.
The Falcon 7X will be the first Dassault business jet to be designed in a “plateau” organization, with all risk-sharing partners working in the same office for one year. Dassault executives expect this process to provide a smoother entry into production. Bruno Revellin-Falcoz, Dassault senior vice president, said maintenance requirements were also being integrated into the design from the start.
For years one of the most difficult aspects of creating a business aircraft interior has been providing a realistic representation of the finished product to the client. This is the first stage of the completion process, and it is critical to the on-time delivery of the finished airplane, within budget and meeting or exceeding the client’s expectations.