Bombardier hopes to perform high-speed taxi tests with its CSeries airliner on Thursday, in preparation for first flight “in the coming weeks.”
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Transport Canada has issued Bombardier’s CSeries Clight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) its flight-test permit, clearing it for its maiden flight “in the coming weeks,” the manufacturer announced Friday. The approval follows a series of pre-flight tests including low-speed taxi runs.
Russian airframer Irkut has begun exploratory talks with Bombardier over plans to cooperate in providing customer support for its planned MC-21 narrowbody airliner. Irkut wants to tap the Canadian group’s expertise in setting up customer support infrastructure.
Boeing has completed assembly on the first 787-9, the company announced on Saturday. The second member of the Dreamliner family rolled out of Boeing’s Everett, Washington, widebody plant to the flight line, where teams have begun preparing it to fly by the end of the summer.
Boeing has advised all operators of 787s to inspect their airplanes for “improperly configured” engine fire extinguisher bottles following discoveries by Japan’s All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines of a problem in a total of four Dreamliners.
The Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) joint venture has in recent weeks signed additional airline customers for its Boeing 737NG split scimitar winglet modification since receiving a firm commitment from launch customer United Airlines in January. The new winglet design improves upon the aerodynamic efficiency of APB’s blended winglet for the 737NG, enabling an estimated 2-percent extra reduction in fuel consumption.
Encouraged by a bounty of sales commitments during the Paris Air Show, Airbus parent company EADS now predicts that the civil airframer will receive orders for 300 more aircraft than it previously projected for this year. While releasing its half-year financial results on July 31, EADS said it expects Airbus will receive orders for at least 1,000 airplanes and deliver between 600 and 610, up from last year’s 588.
Cargo carrier UPS has begun installing new systems in its aircraft to help contain intense fires such as the one that brought down UPS Flight 6, a Boeing 747-400 freighter, on Sept. 3, 2010, in Dubai. The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) issued its final report on the crash on July 24. The report suggests that a shipment of lithium batteries possibly caught fire and led to the fatal crash.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Friday proposed levying a $2.75 million civil penalty against Boeing Commercial Airplanes for its alleged failure to maintain its quality-control system in accordance with approved FAA procedures.
Bombardier’s new CSeries airliner won’t fly by the end of July as most recent program schedules had indicated, the company confirmed in a statement released Wednesday. It now expects first flight to occur “in the coming weeks.”