Archive | June, 2008


Exclusive: Boeing delays Dreamliner Four in Charleston after structural damage

Delivery of the fourth 787 flight test aircraft has been delayed indefinitely due to damage sustained to the center fuselage at the Global Aeronautica facility in Charleston, SC, Boeing has confirmed.

Sources in both Everett and Charleston tell FlightBlogger that the repair, which was completed this past weekend, centers around damage caused to section 44, a monolithic bonnet structure joined to the center wing box fabricated by Italy’s Alenia Aeronautica.

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Bombardier Unveils new CSeries Variant

My colleague Mary Kirby got a huge scoop today on the specifications for Bombardier’s CSeries. (initial details) The full story should be running at soon. The new variant gives good indication of customer interest if Bombardier is willing to tailor a new variant around specific types of performance. Bombardier unveils new CSeries variant; changes […]

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June 30 – The Week Ahead Open Thread

777F to the sky!Boeing has narrowed its 777F first flight from June 27 to July 9. The heart of that window is this week and sources point to July 3 as the likely date for the new freighter to fly for the first time. This, of course, depends on the weather. Look for the first […]

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World Premier: Pratt & Whitney’s GTF Trailer

In dramatic fashion, Pratt & Whitney has produced a video previewing its upcoming flight test program for the new Geared Turbofan engine. The company graciously given FlightBlogger the trailer for its world premier here on the blog. Some more background: Geared Turbofan™ Engine Completes Phase II Ground Testing, Cleared for First Flight BERLIN AIR SHOW […]

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Spiroid Wingtip Technology: The best kept secret in aviation?

EXTRA: Listen to the IAG Podcast with Aviation Partners CEO Joe Clark Imagine an improvement in aerodynamics that might just have the potential to transform aviation. Joe Clark, CEO of Aviation Partners, believes he’s got just the thing. Spiroid tipped wing technology has the potential to save airlines a lot of fuel. Rather than the […]

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Fuel Bites

I’m working on a bunch of differing things this week that will be rolled out in the coming days and weeks. We’re also working on a new design for the blog I think you’ll really like. I finished up the new header yesterday and added gave representation to all four members of the B.A.B.E.. It […]

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June 23 – The Week Ahead Open Thread

Boeing’s Goings OnBoeing launched its power-on feature at It gives a good rundown of the power-on process, as well as some of the first shots of a very alive ZA001 flight deck. Also, it looks as though the first sections of LN7, the first production 787 for ANA, have been delivered to the US. […]

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After power-on, what’s next for 787?

Image Courtesy The Boeing Company The completion of the 787 first power-on sets the stage for the next phase of the Dreamliner’s march toward first flight. The milestone was met to the day according to sources familiar with the schedule. The initial power-on testing began on June 11 and wrapped up yesterday. The testing, according […]

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Boeing Achieves 787 Power On

EVERETT, Wash., June 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) has completed the Power On sequence for the first 787 Dreamliner, marking the completion of the next major milestone on the path to first flight later this year. Power On is a complex series of tasks and tests that bring electrical power onto the […]

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Bring Your Own In-Flight Entertainment Who needs in-flight movie selections when you can hook up to iTunes movie rentals at 30,000 feet for $3.99? Count this blogger in for a connected flight!

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