The European Aviation Safety Agency granted type approval for the Airbus A330-200F today, following a 200-hour flight-test campaign. Airbus performed the trials with two aircraft, covering both engine types on offer: the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 and the Rolls-Royce Trent 700.
Hamilton Sundstrand’s Power Systems business has successfully completed ETOPS (extended-range operations) testing of its APS5000 auxiliary power unit (APU) for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Boeing has added the fourth 787 to its flight-test fleet with yesterday’s first flight of Dreamliner ZA003. The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 10:55 a.m. local time and landed at 2:01 p.m. at Boeing Field in Seattle.
Captains Ray Craig and Mike Bryan piloted the airplane on its three-hour, six-minute flight. ZA003 is the final 787 with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines to enter the flight-test program.
United Airlines has signed a firm order for 25 Airbus A350-900 XWBs, formalizing a commitment originally announced last December, the European manufacturer announced today. Plans call for deliveries of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered jets to begin in 2016 and run through 2019.
The first Boeing 787 prototype had to make an emergency landing at Grant County International Airport at Moses Lake, Wash., after test pilots lost thrust on one of the airplane’s Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines. Boeing and Rolls-Royce determined that a faulty pressure-sensing component led to the loss of power, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth wrote in his blog yesterday.
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is planning to expand into manufacturing civil aircraft, with possible programs including a sub-100-seat airliner and a business jet. The company aims to increase its civil business to 50 percent, up from the current 35 percent, according to executive vice president and general manager for marketing Enes Park.
A fuel-flow restriction at the fuel/oil heat exchanger (FOHE) on the right engine and “most likely” on the left-hand FOHE resulted in the January 2008 crash of a 777
British safety officials have issued recommendations for flight-data recorders (FDRs) to record engine fuel-metering information and for reviews of landing-gear failure requirements and Boeing 777 data buffering. Accident investigators call for the action among nine safety recommendations in the final report of the Jan. 17, 2008, British Airways Boeing 777-236ER accident at London Heathrow Airport, which was released on Tuesday.
The Boeing 787-3 program appears all but dead after Boeing vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth yesterday expressed grave doubts about the market viability of the short-range version of the present 787-8. “This is an airplane that is designed for the Japanese market. We have no Japanese customers. We have no customers for it at all,” said Tinseth. “I would find it far fetched to believe that we’ll proceed with that airplane.”
Here in Singapore Airbus hosted the first public presentation of the A330-200F Freighter, less than a week after the Pratt & Whitney PW4000-powered cargo hauler finished cold-soak testing in the decidedly less sultry environs of Iqaluit, Canada.