Gulfstream Aerospace has added a hangar specifically for mid-cabin aircraft maintenance at its service and completions facility at Outagamie County Regional Airport in Appleton, Wis. The 25,500-sq-ft building, which is leased from Outagamie County, comprises 18,000 sq ft of hangar space and 7,500 sq ft of office space. The building includes new hangar doors that enable it to accommodate all Gulfstream mid-cabin models, remodeled customer and employee offices, and a glass-enclosed conference room.
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Boeing is forecasting continued strong growth in demand for commercial aviation maintenance technicians and pilots as the global fleet expands over the next 20 years. Boeing’s 2014 Pilot and Technician Outlook also projects that between 2014 and 2033 the world’s aviation system will require 584,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians and 533,000 new commercial airline pilots.
After eight years of litigation, a legal battle between ExxonMobil and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over mandatory pilot retirement age has concluded with a ruling by the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The appeals panel upheld the previous ruling that the energy company’s policy on mandatory retirement for its corporate pilots at age 60 (later 65) does not violate the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).
Pratt & Whitney has enlisted IBM to improve the engine fleet management and health “solutions” the engine company offers its customers. Pratt, with IBM’s help, plans to broaden its current engine performance monitoring capabilities.
Boeing’s centerpiece display at the show, the 787-9 not only represents a revolution in technology, but perhaps more important, it embodies a validation of the company’s decision a year and a half ago to reorganize its management structure to segregate airplane development from production.
Ameco Beijing is installing another tail dock at its four-bay hangar to handle growing overhaul workload. The design of the new dock, the fourth to be installed in this hangar, takes into account the needs of new aircraft types such as the Boeing 787 and 747-8. The hangar can be used at capacity with four docks, speeding turn-around time. The $1 million project is slated to be finished by the end of September.
Exelis (Chalet C4A) has received processor qualification designation from Boeing for its composite design and manufacturing center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The qualification, achieved after a technical review against six Boeing specifications (BAC5578 and BAC5317-1 through -5), designates Exelis as an approved supplier of advanced, composite-structures to the Boeing supply chain.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes has finally reached a period of stability after several years of struggle with the 787 Dreamliner and a three-year period in which it executed 15 production-rate increases across its product line, according to senior v-p and general manager of airplane programs Pat Shanahan.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is introducing new helicopter safety technology that allows flight in degraded visual environments. The program is an example of how the group is diversifying its activities to achieve a more balanced portfolio between civil and defense markets. Another example is its new TaxiBot system for more fuel-efficient airliner taxiing, which has just completed certification testing at Germany’s Frankfurt International Airport.
Boeing’s slow-selling 747-8 hasn’t struggled to gain market penetration for a lack of effort on the part of the company’s sales team, or, as program head Eric Lindblad would attest, a lack of ongoing performance improvements or technological innovation. In fact, today’s 747-8 weighs some 9,000 pounds less than the first example Boeing placed into service in 2011 and 2,000 pounds less than airplanes it delivered around a year ago. With further work, the company expects the weight to eventually drop by more than 10,000 pounds.
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