Boeing has rolled out the first 777 built at the program’s increased production rate of 8.3 per month, or 100 airplanes per year, the company announced Thursday. Plans call for delivery of the airplane—a 777 Freighter—to Korean Air in February.
GE Aviation has expanded its CT7 engine overhaul subcontract agreement (EOSA) with H+S Aviation to include all CT7-5A and CT7-9B engine care maintenance program (ECMP) commercial engine shop visits. Under the terms of the agreement, GE will continue to manage CT7 ECMP contracts and supply OEM parts to H+S, which will perform all labor on engine shop visits.
In 2011, CT7-5A and -9B engines accounted for 170 shop visits, more than 80 percent of all CT7 shop visits.
Pentastar Aviation’s maintenance facility at Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Connecticut has received FAA FAR 145 satellite repair station certification. Pentastar Aviation’s satellite repair station certification reflects the expansion of maintenance services from the original repair station at Oakland County International Airport, Mich., where the MRO has maintained heavy jets, including Challengers, Falcons and Gulfstreams, for nearly 50 years. Pentastar also has a facility at Van Nuys Airport in California.
Greenwich AeroGroup has agreed to buy military aircraft parts and logistics specialist Aero Precision Industries. Among the main platforms supported by Livermore, Calif.-based Aero Precision are F-15, F-16 and F-18 fighters, C-130 transports and helicopters such as the UH-60/S-70, UH-1, AH-64 and CH-47 types.
Embraer has chosen Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower Geared Turbofan to power the next generation of E-Jets, the companies announced Tuesday afternoon.
With 12 jet deliveries to completion centers and another 12 outfitted bizliners handed over to clients in 2012, Boeing Business Jets is celebrating what it calls “a monumental year.” Company president Steve Taylor described last year as “terrific,” noting that the company met its goal of “12 [green] and 12 [completed deliveries] in 2012.” In addition, with the delivery of eight new 747-8s for completion, 2012 was a record year for Boeing Business Jets in terms of delivery value, totaling more than $3 billion last year.
Gulfstream Aerospace plans to hire approximately 100 more employees over the next year at its Appleton, Wis. facility to support growing volume in completions work for Gulfstream large-cabin aircraft, including the recently certified G650. The site currently has approximately 725 employees, including nearly 425 technicians. Gulfstream Appleton is home to a completions and service center. It has about 275,000 sq ft of hangar, shop and support space.
Aerion, which aims to develop a supersonic business jet, promoted Doug Nichols to CEO yesterday. Nichols, who was previously COO at the company, also joined Aerion’s board of directors. In his new capacity he is responsible for all corporate activities of Aerion, including its recently acquired Desktop Aeronautics aerospace software and consultancy subsidiary based in Palo Alto, Calif. “Doug’s promotion…will allow an increasingly vertically integrated Aerion to expand and monetize its portfolio of transonic and supersonic intellectual property,” said Robert M.
In a late fourth-quarter sales blitz, Bombardier logged 12 new business jet orders. On December 21, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer secured an order for five Global 6000s worth $293 million from an undisclosed customer. Six days later, another undisclosed customer placed an order for six Learjet 75s worth approximately $81 million. The first Learjet 75 is scheduled to be delivered later this year.
Missouri senator Claire McCaskill (Democrat) hit the nail on the head when she wrote to the FAA about easing rules on the use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) in aircraft. Her letter seeks to have the FAA reconsider restrictions on PEDs, citing as one example the fact that many airline pilots are now using switched-on iPads during taxi, takeoff and landing without any problems.