Boeing has begun instituting what it called minor design changes to power distribution panels and updates to the systems software that manages and protects power distribution on the 787 Dreamliner. An investigation into the November 9 electrical fire aboard the second test airplane in Laredo, Texas, revealed the need for the changes, according to the company.
AIN Air Transport Perspective » November 29, 2010
The FAA has finalized a rule addressing more than 4,000 U.S.-registered aging commercial aircraft with a takeoff weight of 75,000 pounds or more, certified after 1957 and operated under FAR Parts 121 or 129.
Boeing’s path for further development of the 737 series doesn’t necessarily include replacing the jet’s CFM56 engines, although that remains an option, according to John Hamilton, 737 chief project engineer. Meanwhile, 737 production continues at escalating rates, and Boeing is adding incremental aerodynamic improvements, as well as the new Sky Interior to keep the line fresh.
The China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition staged in the southern city of Zhuhai earlier this month served as a high-profile platform from which to trumpet the growing achievements of China’s civil aircraft business. Indeed, much of the $9.3 billion worth of new business announced at the show went to the home team.
A new pilot flight- and duty-time rule proposed by the U.S. FAA has elicited a predictably negative reaction from the airline lobby, but even elements within the pilot community have voiced opposition to a number of the plan’s most fundamental provisions.
Qantas resumed flying two of its six A380s on November 26, after replacing some of their Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. In total, Rolls must bear the cost of replacing some 40 Trent 900s from the 20-strong fleet of Rolls-powered, four-engine A380s.