Archive | August, 2008


Avidyne introduces text messaging for general aviation

Have you ever seen “that guy” on the road? Have you even been “that guy?” You know, the one who feels compelled to text message while driving. What about while flying? Well, starting in the fourth quarter of this year, Avidyne will begin delivering its MLX770 two-way Datalink Transceiver. For the first time, general aviation […]

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Breaking: IAM Leadership Recommending Rejecting Contract

A email from IAM leaders: The Union leadership unanimously recommends rejection of the Company’soffer and ask members to reaffirm the strike sanction vote. Dominic Gates of the Seattle Times has an expanded report.

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Supplier woes delay second Emirates A380; daily JFK superjumbo service to be impacted

Delivery of the second Emirates Airbus A380 has been delayed at least several weeks due to supplier issues with interior outfitting, delaying introduction of the first daily A380 service to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. According to sources in both Dubai and Hamburg, delivery has been delayed until October 20 “at the earliest.” […]

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Cessna’s Mustang in Action

On the second day of Oskhosh, I had the opportunity to see the Cessna Mustang in action. The Mustang is Cessna’s entry into the very light jet market, competing with aircraft like Embraer’s Phenom 100 and the Eclipse 500. Along with my colleague Phil Nasskau from Flight Daily News (who was flying right seat) and […]

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Breaking: CRJ1000 first flight slips to “later this year”

First flight of the CRJ1000, the final member of Bombardier’s regional jet family, has slipped to “later this year,” the airframer tells Flight. Bombardier did not specify a cause of the delay or if there was any impact on the late 2009 entry into service for the 100-seat aircraft. At the Farnborough air show in […]

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August 25 – The Week Ahead Open Thread

The system is back! Sorry for the delay everyone. Farewell to Alaska’s MD-80Yesterday, Alaska Airlines retired its final MD-80s. These MD-80s have been particularly storied and quite tragic. Tales of jackscrews and lax maintenance marked the later years of these aircraft, though more broadly its the beginning of the end for US operation of the […]

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Vice Presidential Picks and Planes (Update5)

The last time I wrote about politics and planes on this page it was Super Tuesday and the race was still up for grabs. Well, the campaign is entering its next phase and Vice Presidential picks by both Senators Obama and McCain are right around the corner with upcoming Democratic and Republican conventions. Obama has […]

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767-400ER Tanker Tailstrike Expanded

I took a few comments in the 767-400ER Tanker Conundrum and I felt it was necessary to expand on what I was getting at. One reader pointed out that the -400ER has a landing gear height advantage over the -200, so my calculations (which were admittedly rough) were definitively off. I decided to use a […]

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The 767-400ER Tanker Conundrum

With the final re-bid tanker proposals from Boeing and Northrop Grumman/EADS expected later this fall, speculation abounds that Boeing is considering offering the larger 767-400ER in place of the 767-200ERX. The FlightBlogger art department decided to peek into the looking glass and see what a 767-400ER tanker (KC-764) would actually look like. The point of […]

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August 18 – The Week Ahead Open Thread

Contract NegotiationsBoeing/IAM contract negotiations get underway on Thursday. Main issues include changes to the pension system and healthcare provisions, though look for a broader conversation about strategic direction of outsourcing. That particular point could be like nailing jell-o to a wall, each side has an idea of where the company should go strategically, and a […]

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