Boeing’s new Connexion satellite Internet service last month began operating in revenue passenger service aboard a Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 flying daily between Frankfurt, Germany, and Washington Dulles International Airport. The good news for passengers is that Lufthansa is offering the service free of charge for the duration of this initial three-month trial.
“They’ve forgotten us,” said Victor Guzman, owner and president of GZM Aircraft Interiors, a small independent completion and refurb shop based at Executive Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “They,” he explained, are a growing number of vendors who typically provide cabin interior components to independent (non-OEM) completion and refurb centers such as his.
A persistently optimistic outlook was in evidence at the first Large Executive & VIP Aircraft Conference: Opening speaker Arnaud Martin, program director of corporate and VIP aircraft for Airbus, noted that while sales are suffering as a result of a depressed U.S. economy, “The market is still alive.” The event, held December 11 and 12 in Hamburg, Germany, attracted some 50 delegates.
The U.S. civil aviation and space programs have developed what Aerospace Industries Association president and CEO John Douglass calls “a creeping crisis,” where “almost every day some kind of relatively bad news has come in, despite what I consider to be an aggressive effort by our government to fix the security problems.”
Millennium Concepts of Wichita, a specialist at development and certification of aircraft interiors, has been selected by Gore Design Completions of San Antonio to provide engineering, design and fabrication services for the executive interior of a Boeing Business Jet. It is the second aircraft completion project on which the two companies have been partners.
Lufthansa Technik has signed a contract to do its first cabin completion on an executive version of the new Boeing 747-8. The four-engine airplane is scheduled to arrive at the company’s Hamburg, Germany completion center in early 2011 and will be delivered to the unidentified customer 18 months later.
Boeing 747-132, over Lake Michigan, Oct. 20, 2004–The Safety Board attributed the separation of the cargo 747’s number-one engine from its mounts to the uncontained separation of a portion of the second-stage turbine disk rim after the second-stage turbine vanes contacted the disk, due to the operator’s inadequate inspection of the high-pressure turbine module and the improper repair of the module.
Rockwell Collins said last month that it has completed the purchase of the SkyLink broadband terminal product line from Arinc for its relaunched eXchange data offering. Collins will sell and support the product line to large business jet operators and OEMs, while Arinc will continue to provide SkyLink Ku-band satellite services.
On December 17 a C-17 Globemaster III heavy airlift airplane touched down at McGuire AFB in New Jersey, completing the type’s first transcontinental flight using a synthetic fuel blend. The flight, which carried an AIN editor on its last leg from McGuire to Andrews AFB, is a crucial step in the Air Force’s plan to certify its entire fleet on synthetic fuel by 2011.
AMAC Aerospace is preparing to open as a new completions, refurbishment and maintenance provider for business aircraft in August. The Swiss start-up company is being founded by former Jet Aviation CEO Heinz Köhli and will be based at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, near Jet Aviation’s completions center. In late October, AMAC signed a 35-year lease on a 452,000-sq-ft site at the airport.