Archive | November, 2010

Confirmed: A320 NEO to launch Wednesday, EIS targets 2016

Airbus will launch a re-engined version of its A320 family aircraft Wednesday, for entry into service in 2016, say industry sources. The A320 NEO (new engine option) will be launched with variants of Pratt & Whitney’s PW1000G and CFM Leap-X engines. The 150-seat A320, the original member of the European airframer’s narrowbody family, will be […]

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Repairs complete in Laredo, ZA002 to return home to Seattle (Update1)

Just out from Boeing: Boeing has readied ZA002, the 787 flight test airplane that experienced an electrical fire on Nov. 9, to be flown from Laredo, Texas, to Seattle. Maintenance technicians replaced the damaged P100 power distribution panel, repaired damage to interior composite structure and installed new insulation material. The team in Laredo, Texas, has […]

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Back in the saddle: 787 ire, A350 production, Qantas, CSeries engines, ARJ21 and a Dassault mystery jet

First day back at my desk in DC since November 12 following China and Thanksgiving, and I’m a bit slow getting back up to speed today, but wanted to share some Monday news items to chew on: ANA says 787 delays are “a great disappointment” and the carrier is “pushing” Boeing to “present the detailed […]

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Breaking: Electrical redesign to push 787 first delivery (Update3)

Boeing says its first 787 delivery will slide due to software and minor hardware changes to the electrical system, an assessment the company says will be completed within “the next few weeks.” The airframer needs to implement changes to the software that manages and protect power distribution on the aircraft, as well as a minor […]

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Boeing nears end to 787 fire investigation

In the 15 days since ZA002, Boeing’s second of six 787 flight test aircraft, suffered a fire in its aft electrical equipment bay, forcing a fleet-wide halt in certification testing, the airframer is days, if not hours, away from releasing its findings of its investigation and disclosing the impact to the aircraft’s first delivery, say company […]

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Airbus customer memo defends A380 redundancy

HONG KONG — In an customer memorandum dated Wednesday, November 17, Airbus’s Toulouse-based Flight Safety Department issued an incremental update to its findings on Qantas Flight 32. The brief memo is a clear, if not directly stated, defense of the A380′s redundancy following the QF32 investigation into the uncontained failure of the aircraft’s number two […]

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Front wing spar, wiring, fuel lines among damage sustained by QF32

Australian reporter Ben Sandilands has published an extraordinary visual and technical account of the damage sustained by VH-OQA when its number two Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine suffered an uncontained failure on November 4 six minutes after takeoff from Singapore’s Changi International Airport. Sandilands’ report originates from the preliminary Airbus assessment for the Australian Transportation Safety […]

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Flightglobal’s iFlight gets you up close with day two of Airshow China

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Get inside Comac’s C919 with day one of iFlight from #Zhuhai10

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Boeing’s ZA002 fire update points the way to more 787 delays

ZHUHAI — Few companies on the planet are as disciplined as Boeing with their words, so how the US airframer chooses to express itself can illuminate how the company’s leadership is thinking. Boeing released its third statement Tuesday on the November 9 fire that occurred while ZA002 was on approach to Laredo, Texas. The most […]

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