Archive | July, 2009

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Boeing completes Vought SC acquisition, picture worth 1000 words

Boeing announced yesterday it has completed the acquisition of Vought’s South Carolina share of the 787 program where aft fuselage sections are fabricated and stuffed before being shipped to Everett. The acquisition was first announced on July 7th after a week of reports that suggested the deal was rapidly approaching. Boeing will now be directly […]

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Ethiopian Airlines first 787 customer to reveal interior configuration

On the heels of its announcement earlier this week to procure Boeing 777-200LR and Airbus A350-900 aircraft, Ethiopian Airlines has become the first airline to unveil its interior configuration for its Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Ethiopian Airlines, who is Boeing’s African launch customer for the type, will fly 270 passengers in a two-class configuration. Business class […]

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Connectivity issues at Oshkosh

I’m posting this while I have a stable connection for this moment. #OSH09 connectivity has been…troubled..to be polite. I’m working on several different things simultaneously including a piece in relation to the Seattle Times article on the wing fix from this morning that will take a look at difficulty of the installation to come. Thanks […]

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Boeing and Crane deadlocked on revised 787 BCMS

The long and storied saga of the 787′s brake control monitoring system (BCMS) software has taken another strange turn with Boeing and supplier Crane Co. in a public spat over responsibility for the cost of the redesign of the software. The redesign of the BCMS is the result of the relocation of a remote data […]

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Oshkosh 2009: The Growing Gallery

Here’s a whole new batch of photos from Oshkosh. The count is up to 143 and will absolutely grow again before the week is out. The slideshow starts off with the beginning of the gallery that began earlier this week, so feel free to scroll through the already familiar ones. There are more pictures of […]

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My interview with Airbus CEO Tom Enders

During my time aboard MSN004 this afternoon I had an impromptu interview with Airbus CEO Tom Enders who was on hand to greet the arrival of the A380 in Oshkosh. I asked Mr. Enders about future of the A380 amid the slumping economy, composite technology development on A350, lessons learned from 787, the pending WTO […]

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Video: Challenging crosswind greets A380 in Oshkosh

The Airbus A380, the worlds largest commercial aircraft, touched down at Wittman Regional Airport for the first time EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI this afternoon at 3:15 PM CT. MSN004 arrived in the skies over Oshkosh to perform a seven-minute flying display for the assembled crowd that showed off the aircraft’s envelope protection and slow […]

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Video Blog: Monday at Oshkosh

Monday at AirVenture was a busy one for us with briefings and announcements from aerospace manufacturers like Hawker Beechcraft and Cirrus, as well as the arrival of WhiteKnight Two here at Wittman Regional Airport. Sir Richard Branson and Burt Rutan were also on hand to greet the arrival of the composite mothership.

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What it will take to get the A380 into Oshkosh

The worlds largest commercial airplane is on the ground in Wisconsin. MSN001 has made its first stop on its way to Wittman Regional Airport by way of Milwaukee. Having landed at around 2 PM CT today in Wisconsin, F-WWOW will spend the day at General Mitchell Airport for customs clearance and provide airport official a […]

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Oshkosh 2009: First photos from EAA

I took these shots during my time at the show on Sunday when everything was being set up. It should give a flavor of the assortment of aircraft at EAA and the activities across the airport in support of the show.

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