Archive | November, 2010

Flash: 787 test fleet grounded after electrical fire (Update5)

Boeing has grounded it six 787 test aircraft following Tuesday’s aft electrical bay fire aboard ZA002. “We have decided to focus on ground tests while we better understand the incident on ZA002,” says Boeing. UPDATE 1:39 PM ET: Here’s my full story on the grounding: According to a source briefed on the incident, the fire […]

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Breaking: Smoke in ZA002′s cabin forces evacuation (Update5)

Boeing 787 Dreamliner N787EX ZA002, originally uploaded by flightblogger. Smoke in the cabin of ZA002, Boeing’s second 787 flight test aircraft prompted an evacuation of the 30-plus test personnel on board. The test aircraft was enroute to Harlingen, Texas for trials of the aircraft’s nitrogen generation system, when smoke was seen in the main cabin. […]

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Trent 900 IP turbine in the spotlight as QF32 investigation unfolds

View Enlarged Graphic Five days into the investigation of the uncontained engine failure aboard Qantas Flight 32, several reports have focused attention around oil leaks in the intermediate pressure turbine inside the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 that flies under the wing of the the Australian carrier’s A380s.  The Trent 900s on Qantas’s A380s, which are officially […]

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Boeing restarts 787 deliveries with arrival of wings for Airplane 31

SEATTLE — Operating as Giant 4151 late Friday afternoon, one of Boeing’s four modified 747-400 Dreamlifters operated by Atlas Air touched down at Paine Field in Everett, Washington carrying a set of wings for the 31st 787, marking the restart of structural deliveries following a two week halt.  The wings, built at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ […]

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Video: Qantas Flight 32 and A380′s hydraulic system redundancy

Twenty-four hours after the A380′s first major incident, a continuing question remains around the state of the aircraft upon touchdown in Singapore and to what extent the aircraft’s systems were impacted due to the uncontained failure of engine two. Commercial jetliners for years have been designed with multiple levels of redundancy to endure even the […]

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Qantas A380 fleet grounded following Trent 900 failure (Update2)

 This is a developing story and will be updated What do we know? An Airbus A380 VH-OQA operating as Qantas Flight 32 from Singapore to Sydney appears to have suffered an uncontained failure of the second of four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. The flight was operated with 440 passengers and 26 crew on board. The 450-seat […]

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Boeing reviewing 787 delivery schedule as post-certification rework looms

Boeing is once again examining its 787 delivery schedule as it seeks to address the mountain of post-certification rework required to turn partially completed airframes into deliverable passenger aircraft, confirm multiple program sources. Staff from around Boeing and its supply chain tell FlightBlogger that driving the current schedule review is the formulation of a plan […]

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Bombardier’s CSeries chief has strong words for Alenia

During a visit to Montreal last week, I had an opportunity to discuss the progress of the CSeries with Bombardier vice president of commercial aircraft programs Ben Boehm and we covered a lot of ground in the interview, including the latest on the airframer’s sales campaign with Gulf Air, progress on the PW1524G engine, as […]

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Movie Monday – Building the 747-8I one clip at a time

This week’s Movie Monday is a bit shorter than usual, but I thought it was worth sharing the series of short videos Boeing released during the assembly of RC001, the first 747-8I. The clips take you through first wing build up all the way to structural section moves, wing-to-body join, stairwell installation and into final […]

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