Archive | November, 2009

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787 passes crucial “2C” static test (Update1)

UPDATE: Boeing Completes 787 Dreamliner Static Test EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –Boeing (NYSE: BA) today completed the static test necessary to validatethe side-of-body modification made to the 787 Dreamliner. The companyexpects a full analysis of the test results to be concluded inapproximately 10 days. A successful test result is needed to clear theairplane for […]

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Exclusive: Bombardier aims to build 20 CSeries per month

Bombardier plans a major expansion of its Mirabel, Québec facility to support an ambitious ramp up that, if required, will see 20 new CSeries aircraft produced a each month by 2016. Gary Scott, Bombardier President of commercial aircraft, spoke to Flightglobal at the Dubai Air Show about the plans to “more than double” the size […]

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Movie Monday – November 30 – Comet to Jo’Burg

In the ever growing list of “Things Aviation Geeks Love”, combining airline nostalgia, classic route structures, new aircraft, trip reports and complex accident investigations might put this week’s Movie Monday close to the top of my favorites. The first half of this classic news reel from the earliest days of commercial jet travel chronicles the […]

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Chasing the clues: 787 static tests underway?

Boeing has publicly said that static testing on ZY997 to validate the 787 wing fix would begin in late November. Well, it’s late November and Matt Cawby’s KPAE blog that closely tracks the goings-on at the company’s Everett facility posted a small item that has attracted quite a bit of attention: A wing load test […]

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Gulfstream G650 first flight abbreviated after ‘unusual vibration’

UPDATE 5:06 PM ET: Gulfstream has put out a formal release on the successful maiden flight of the G650. The vibration that prompted the precautionary landing was centered on a landing gear door. UPDATE 2:45 PM ET: Early indications are that the unusual vibration that prompted the early landing was in the aircraft’s flap system. […]

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Down to Two: United weighs its widebody options

PODCAST: I discuss the United order with Addison Schonland of IAG and Julie Johnsson of the Chicago Tribune. Late last week, The Chicago Tribune reported that United Airlines had narrowed its options for the first phase of its wide-body fleet renewal to two choices: The Airbus A350 XWB and Boeing 787 Dreamliner. There are pros […]

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A Closer Look: Boeing’s new Charleston 787 final assembly line

I went digging through some US aerospace history today, and if I’m not mistaken, today marks the first time a new commercial jetliner final assembly site has been established in the United States since Lockheed built the L-1011 final assembly line in Palmdale, California in 1968. To go along with this massive expansion is a […]

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Getting Oriented: Where’s the 787 fleet? Part Three

Updating the whereabouts of the now-rapidly-growing 787 fleet has become a regular feature of this blog, and after a week out of the country it’s definitely time to get oriented. So, let’s get this show on the road. Test FleetZA001 is in paint hangar 45-04 going through restoration before it heads to the 40-24 building […]

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Photos of Note: The 2009 Dubai Air Show

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Mary Kirby and I review Day Three at #DXB09

This last daily wrap up from Dubai is a tad belated due to some late network issues. We also had to record this one a bit earlier on Tuesday because of some time constraints, so we didn’t get the full skinny on the orders announced during the day. That being said, I’m back safe and […]

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