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February 4, 2008 - 10:41am

Leesburg, Va.-headquartered AvCraft Aviation’s takeover of Fairchild Dornier’s 328 program, including the 328JET production line at Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, was pronounced complete on March 26 by insolvency administrator Dr. Eberhard Braun, who is responsible for selling off the various divisions of the bankrupt aircraft manufacturer. According to the plant’s new management, production should resume during the first quarter of next year.

January 28, 2008 - 6:29am

When reports began circulating last month that Leesburg, Va.-based AvCraft Aviation had reached an agreement to buy Fairchild Dornier’s 328 production and associated support businesses in Germany, signs of a less-than-healthy state of affairs within AvCraft, particularly at its Tyler, Texas-based repair station, emerged as fast as disgruntled ex-employees could log onto their e-mail servers.

January 28, 2008 - 6:29am

When reports began circulating last month that Leesburg, Va.-based AvCraft Aviation had reached an agreement to buy Fairchild Dornier’s 328 production and associated support businesses in Germany, signs of a less-than-healthy state of affairs within AvCraft, particularly at its Tyler, Texas-based repair station, emerged as fast as disgruntled ex-employees could log onto their e-mail servers.

January 21, 2008 - 11:34am

Concorde, the Anglo-French supersonic airliner that is the flagship of British Airways and Air France, could become a victim of the current economic downturn. Almost exactly 34 years after its first flight and less than 18 months since the aircraft returned to service after being grounded following the July  25, 2000 accident in Paris, British Airways confirmed that it is reviewing Concorde’s future.

January 21, 2008 - 11:34am

Concorde, the Anglo-French supersonic airliner that is the flagship of British Airways and Air France, could become a victim of the current economic downturn. Almost exactly 34 years after its first flight and less than 18 months since the aircraft returned to service after being grounded following the July  25, 2000 accident in Paris, British Airways confirmed that it is reviewing Concorde’s future.

January 17, 2008 - 3:39am

Boeing confirmed today that it will delay first flight of the 787 Dreamliner once again, from the end of the first quarter to around the end of the second quarter, due to what 787 program boss Pat Shanahan described as inaccurate assessments of the time needed to complete so-called traveled work in Everett, Wash.

January 10, 2008 - 10:30am

The FAA has issued an emergency AD on Bombardier CRJ700s that limits center-tank fuel quantity to 1,500 pounds at takeoff and flight paths to within 30 minutes of an alternate airport. The directive (2003-02-51) cites instances of cracked fuel feed lines and damaged transfer couplings due to vibration and fuel-line misalignment in the center tank. The problem could cause the center tank to overfill and leak, the FAA said.

January 9, 2008 - 5:19am

Following the wide acceptance of portable cockpit computers (even by the FAA), there comes news of wearable hardware for aircraft maintenance personnel and pilots. Aviation Automation, a startup company based in Arlington, Texas, offers a line of portable computers and electronic flight bags (EFBs) that can be secured to the user’s hip and connected to tiny head-mounted displays.

January 9, 2008 - 4:34am

Air Wisconsin last month placed a firm order for six more 50-passenger Bombardier CRJ200s to serve its recently inaugurated code-share relationship with Orlando, Fla.-based AirTran Airways. The transaction, valued at $140 million, represents the partial conversion of a conditional order for 26 of the Canadian jets. It increases the size of the Appleton, Wis.-based airline’s order book to 64 airplanes, 27 of which it has already accepted.

January 9, 2008 - 4:20am

Fairchild Dornier on December 20 sold its Airbus components manufacturing and general maintenance businesses to Switzerland’s RUAG Aerospace after weeks of intense competition between the Swiss firm and the Russian partnership of Irkutsk Aircraft Works and Basic Element.

 
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