International Aero Engines comes to Farnborough celebrating the 25th anniversary of the landmark deal on March 11, 1983, between Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney and Japanese Aero Engines to develop a brand-new engine–the V2500–to compete with the CFM56 to power the Airbus A320 family.
Early next year, Boeing will offer a kit for BBJs and BBJ2s that will provide a 6,500-ft cabin at FL 410 instead of the standard 8,000-ft cabin. Boeing officials here said that the lower cabin option is being offered because of customer demand to “improve the level” of comfort in the big business jet, but they also said the move was made to be more competitive.
Jet Aviation recently added three Boeing Business Jets–one BBJ and two BBJ2s–to its managed fleet in Europe. The two BBJ2s are the first of that model to enter Jet Aviation’s fleet, bringing the total number of managed BBJs to five. The Boeing Business Jets are three of nine new aircraft recently added to Jet Aviation’s worldwide managed fleet, which totals 116 aircraft.
FlightSafety Boeing Training International (FSB) officially opened its new UK training center at London Luton Airport over the summer. The 35,000-sq-ft facility is equipped with a pair of Boeing 737-300 full-flight simulators, a 737-700/800/900 (New Generation) unit and a 757 unit.
Community objections to the increased use of Teterboro Airport, and to its use by the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), have pitted Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ) against supporters of the airport and in particular Boeing Business Jet director of regional sales Steve Barlage.
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.