Archive | June, 2009

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Ahead of the final gauntlet, ZA001 to be calibrated, weighed

With the rapidly approaching third and final phase of gauntlet testing, Boeing’s first 787 is set to leave the flight line for a series of system calibrations. As early as Monday, ZA001 will make a short trip out of Stall 105 and will be towed to the compass rose for calibration of the aircraft’s navigation […]

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Flight readiness review set for today, 787 first flight targets June 30th

Boeing is kicking off the final ten days of preparations for the maiden flight of ZA001 with a flight readiness review set for today. The review will evaluate the preparations and maturity of ZA001′s ability to fly before the month is out and according to program sources, the June 30th date remains Boeing’s scheduled target […]

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iPhone 3G S Video Test

This is the first YouTube to blog video code test. The video above was not taken by the 3G S, but rather I was able to directly embed a YouTube video into a blog post using the new copy and paste feature and a bit of crude substitution. Ultimately, when first flight comes, I’ll be […]

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Alive and well stateside

Got a few emails this morning me asking if I was alive/alright because I hadn’t posted anything in two days and the answer is a resounding yes. I didn’t have a chance to post yesterday because I was traveling AND I had to catch up on that little thing called sleep that I skipped last […]

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Working on a Super Connie

Working on a Super Connie, originally uploaded by flightblogger. Flight deputy editor Max Kingsley-Jones interviews Paul Zitzer the pilot of the Lockheed L1049F-55 Super Constellation operated by Breitling.

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Video: Sukhoi Superjet takes to the sky

The Sukhoi Superjet took to the skies over Le Bourget in its first public flying display. The aircraft has had a very good week with firm orders from Avia leasing for 24 and a letter of intent for 30 from Hungarian flag-carrier Malev. Here are the show there are additional murmurs of more order announcements […]

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Boeing hints at nearing decision on second 787 line, remains committed to 10/month by 2012

PARIS — Boeing’s vice president of airplane programs, Pat Shanahan, suggested that the American airframer is nearing a decision on a second 787 production line and labor stability is a key factor in determining its location. Shanahan called his company’s decision on a second line “more mature and advanced than it was a year ago,” […]

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Blue sky ahead for day three

Blue sky ahead for day three, originally uploaded by flightblogger.

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Paris Air Show 2009: Day Two Wrap Up

We’re goofy, we’re tired, we’re over caffeinated and we’re at the Paris Air Show. Mary Kirby and I bring you the second exciting installment of our (slightly off the wall) wrap up on the 2nd day the show. We discuss the big Air Asia order, MD-80s and the themes we are seeing this week. By […]

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GE & Boeing team up for ramp-side composite damage diagnostic tool

PARIS — With 787 first flight targeted for the end of this month, Boeing and GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies are looking ahead to the entry into service of the first majority composite airliner with Bondtracer, a tool enabling ramp and flightline crews to evaluate damage to composite structure. GE partnered with Boeing to build […]

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