AIN Air Transport Perspective » May 16, 2011

May 16, 2011 - 7:43am
Boeing plans to start building 787s at its new plant in North Charleston, S.C...

National Labor Relations Board acting general counsel Lafe Solomon finally responded publicly last week to the uproar from Republican lawmakers and conservative pundits who claim an April 20 NLRB complaint against Boeing amounts to retribution for the company’s decision to locate a new factory in South Carolina–a so-called “right to work” state.

May 16, 2011 - 7:41am
Algae has shown particular promise as a basis for aviation biofuel....

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by the aviation industry will increase three-fold by 2050 in spite of an industry goal to cut them in half, according to a new World Economic Forum report that identifies biofuels as one of the most promising ways to reduce aviation’s carbon footprint.

May 16, 2011 - 7:39am
Embraer executive vice president for the airline market Paulo Cesar de Souza ...

Embraer will wait until as late as year-end for Boeing to decide on a plan for a 737 replacement before the Brazilian company commits to a successor for its own E-Jet series, according to Embraer executive vice president for the airline market Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva. Still, Embraer already knows what it will not do–namely, follow Bombardier into a size and range category that, in Silva’s estimation, the Airbus A320neo also occupies.

May 16, 2011 - 7:37am
RNP-capable aircraft can fly approaches within a tight, linear containment ar...

GE Aviation published its second “public-use” required navigation performance (RNP) approach procedure in the U.S., now available for operations into Deadhorse Airport, Alaska. The company is developing a third public-use RNP procedure at Dallas Love Field as part of an air traffic management trial there.

May 16, 2011 - 7:35am
Boeing 747-8I RC001 recently completed a series of tests to validate airframe...

Boeing’s latest iteration of the 747, the “Dash 8” Intercontinental, recently completed its first series of flight-testing at Moses Lake, Wash., according to company sources.

While at Moses Lake, the first of two 747-8I test aircraft–dubbed RC001–performed a variety of tests, including flutter and modal suppression. The testing conducted at Moses Lake constituted part of the normal flight-test plan, according to Boeing.

May 16, 2011 - 7:33am
DOT Secretary Ray LaHood (Photo: Paul Lowe)...

The Regional Airline Association has scheduled Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the exhibit hall Tuesday afternoon at the Nashville Convention Center, site of this year’s annual RAA convention.

 

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