The NTSB is investigating whether a rudder problem caused a United Boeing 737 to swing suddenly left and right and bank sharply while descending for landing in Chicago late last month. The pilots reported the airplane suddenly swung to the left and right when it started to descend at about 9,000 ft msl. When the autopilot was disconnected, the airplane banked sharply. Rudder problems are suspected in two fatal U.S.
Following September 11, the FAA issued a requirement that all U.S. commercial aircraft and all foreign commercial aircraft flying to the U.S. be equipped with new fortified cockpit doors by April 2003. But it left the specifics of what constitutes a “fortified cockpit door” pretty much up to the industry.
Boeing completed a redesign of a 737 rudder control system and, as expected, the FAA formally proposed an AD that will require the installation of the system on some 2,000 Boeing 737-100s, -200s, -300s and -400s within a five-year period.
Boeing (Booth No. 7479) here at EBACE announced that it has begun work this week on the first BBJ3, a new larger business jet based on the 737-900ER. The BBJ3 was launched in October 2006 and is expected to enter service next year with an unidentified customer. Boeing received FAA approval for the 737-900ER in April last year and EASA certification last month. According to Boeing Business Jets, the BBJ3 has 1,120 sq ft of floor space.
London-based aviation services provider Ocean Sky (Booth No. 237) is expanding its profile on a variety of fronts, not the least of which is a major role in the upcoming James Bond thriller “Quantum of Solace,” scheduled to open in theaters this October.
Boeing continues to add utility to its BBJ series corporate jets, and the latest effort is the addition of enhanced vision system (EVS) capability to the BBJ’s head-up display (HUD). To add safety to BBJ operations, however, Boeing is also working on delivering the EVS display on one of the Honeywell LCDs on the instrument panel, so the first officer can see the same EVS picture that the pilot sees on the HUD.
No fewer than 10 Boeing 757-200s–both VIP and head-of-state aircraft–now benefit from Aviation Partners’ Performance Enhancing Blended Winglet Systems, the company reported as it prepared for business at EBACE this year. The company places the global market for Blended Winglet VIP and head-of-state upgrades at some 25 Boeing 757-200s, five 767-300ERs and 25 Boeing 737 NG and Classic airframes.
To those outside Boeing, you are, and probably will be for a long time, associated most closely with the Boeing Business Jet. How did that happen?
Boeing Business Jets are included in an emergency AD issued last month that prohibits using the speedbrakes on 737-600s and -700s at airspeeds in excess of 300 kias. The FAA said it issued the directive (AD 2002-08-52) after receiving a report that on April 5, a 737-700 with its speedbrakes deployed at 19,500 ft msl and 315 kias experienced “a severe high-frequency vibration” of the horizontal stabilizer.
FlightSafety Boeing Training International (FSB) opened its UK training center at London Luton Airport on July 27. The 35,000-sq-ft facility is equipped with a pair of Boeing 737-300 flight simulators, a 737-700/800 unit and a 757 device.