Archive | June, 2009

The Road to 787 First Flight – June 7 – Intermediate gauntlet complete (Update1)

Twenty-five individual blocks of testing covering nine days wrapped up today in Everett as ZA001′s intermediate gauntlet came to a close. Boeing confirms the completion of second phase of gauntlet testing and Aviation Week reports that the intermediate wrapped up during the afternoon of June 7th. The testing put all 92 of the 787s systems […]

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JAL and ANA rebalance 787, 767 orders

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) have rebalanced their mid-size long-range widebody orders in recent weeks to reflect the changing production planning of Boeing 787 and 767 aircraft. JAL, which served along side ANA as launch customer for the short to mid-range 787-3, has abandoned its order for the type, instead converting […]

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The Road to 787 First Flight – June 3 – Intermediate gauntlet rolls on

Simulated Dreamliner Test Flights from Liz Matzelle. Dreamliner One’s seven-day treadmill run known as the intermediate gauntlet has entered its late phases and appears set to wrap up by the late hours of Thursday night. Boeing has stuck closely to it round-the-clock 24-hour testing schedule for ZA001, which began on Friday evening. Video captured on […]

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Spirit outlines 787 build plan for 2009

Spirit Aerosystems is ready to begin ramp up on 787, as soon as Boeing gives the signal. Richard “Buck” Buchanan, senior vice president for Spirit’s fuselage business segment says the company is currently capable of delivering shipsets at a rate of seven per month, if Boeing orders such a rate increase. Buchanan says the Boeing […]

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Air France 447 and ADS-B

I’ve been getting questions from many corners asking how it’s possible that Air France 447, or any commercial aircraft for that matter, could cross an ocean without air traffic controllers knowing the exact location of the flight at all times? Right now the only ubiquitous way to have a real time track of an aircraft […]

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Speculative musings: What does the future hold for Vought?

In its first quarter earnings, Vought Aircraft Industries announced it was planning for an industry downturn that puts the aerostructures manufacturer in the cross-hairs of significant production cuts in 2010. “Our forecast now reflect impact from the global economic slowdown,” said CEO Elmer Doty. Doty cited production cuts on the 777, G450 & G550, A330/A340 […]

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A closer look: Inside the A330-200 flight deck

This video was shot on board the flight deck of a Qatar Airways Airbus A330-200 (A7-ACB)and provides a VERY detailed look at the controls and displays of the long-haul twinjet. I recommend watching with the HD setting on to see all the detail. Like Air France, Qatar’s A330s are also powered by General Electric CF6-80 […]

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Few clues as Air France Flight 447 investigation begins

Word this morning of the tragic disappearance and presumed crash of Air France Flight 447 somewhere off the Northeastern coast of Brazil has the entire planet asking a lot of questions with few available answers. With so little information available, including the whereabouts of the aircraft, those desperately seeking information – the airline, the manufacturer, […]

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