I'm very much alive and kicking and my apologies for not posting much in the last two weeks. I'm back from some much-needed time off and I'm (enthusiastically) tackling a mountain-sized to-do list I'm thrilled 2010 is now fully underway with a big year ahead (which I'll cover later this week). By the looks of the stock market, aerospace is breathing a collective sigh of relief after a rocky 2009 (Boeing up almost 4%, Embraer up almost 5%, Spirit up 3.25%, Lockheed up 2%, Northrop Grumman up 1.7%).
Here's a brief list of the items I'm working on for this month: Top 10 Aerospace Stories of the Decade, 787 Flight Test update, pre-flight preparations for the 747-8 - including an interview with Joe Sutter, a guide to the flight deck of the 787 and a structural overview of the A350 XWB. Needless to say, I'm going to be busy with the Singapore air show coming up in early February.
In the meantime, I put together a video comparing the sound of the 777 and 787 on their respective take off rolls. Last week, an Aerologic 777-200LRF and 787 ZA001 departed KPAE within minutes of one another. A close friend captured both departures from the same spot on the grassy knoll in Everett. I spliced the footage together to give an sense of the different sound each aircraft makes as it takes off.