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.
By the end of this year, the Aviation Partners Boeing joint venture is expected to receive certification of the new split-scimitar winglet for the Boeing 737. This modification should be of interest to Boeing BBJ owners, too. A United Airlines 737-800 equipped with the split scimitar winglet made its first flight on July 16 at Boeing’s Everett, Washington plant. United is retrofitting its 737-800 and -900ER fleet with the new winglets, starting early next year after certification is complete.
Rockwell Collins’s next-generation TTR-2100 traffic alert and collision avoidance system (Tcas II) for transport aircraft has achieved FAA certification. The new system, which provides NextGen traffic surveillance in a lighter and more capable unit, is available for Boeing aircraft as a forward-fit and retrofit solution. Airbus and other aircraft types will follow soon. Both the TTR-2100 and the soon-to-be certified TTR-4100 for helicopters and business and regional aircraft meet the emerging requirements of NextGen airspace.
Edward Dolanski has been named president and CEO of Aviall. Dolanski joined Aviall in 2007 as senior vice president of operations. He was promoted to executive v-p and COO in January 2010, and in this role he was responsible for Aviall’s day-to-day business, including operations, information technology and sales.
With acquisition of an equity position in Aviation Technical Services (ATS), Greenpoint Technologies, a Kirkland, Wash.-based center specializing in executive outfitting of Boeing bizliners, has expanded its ability “to meet current and future completion needs.”
L-3 Platform Integration has earned a four-year extension of its FAA organization designation authorization (ODA) and passed a biennial audit of its ODA-related process. It has also won FAA approval for modification of the composite-fuselage Boeing 787.
The FAA-granted ODA allows a center to issue certificates of airworthiness and supplemental type certificates as designees on behalf of the agency.
Business jet interior components supplier Yankee Pacific Aerospace is doing “really well this year,” according to managing director Ken Goldsmith.
“We’ve seen an uptick, largely driven by the advent of the executive 747-8 and we see the future further driven by executive variants of the 787, [and] still to come are the business and private versions of the Boeing 737 Max and the follow-on 777X,” said Goldsmith. He also noted that the re-engined Airbus A320Neo is still to come, as is the A350 XWB from Airbus.
Pats Aircraft in Georgetown, Del., has rationalized its workflow to build on the record performance it achieved last year.
Once part of DeCrane Aerospace, Pats was spun off as an independent company in 2010 when Goodrich acquired DeCrane. (United Technologies subsequently acquired Goodrich.) In late 2011 Pats was restructured in a debt for equity swap and today it is majority-owned by Minnesota-based Wayzata Capital Partners.
The FAA is proposing a $2.75 million civil penalty against Boeing for allegedly failing to maintain its commercial airplane quality control system in accordance with approved FAA procedures. In September 2008, Boeing discovered it had been installing nonconforming fasteners on 777s. The following month, the FAA sent Boeing a letter of investigation that requested a response within 20 working days.
Jeppesen signed an agreement with Rockwell Collins to automatically and securely transfer electronic charts via Wi-Fi and cellular networks using Rockwell Collins’s Ascend Aircraft Information Manager (AIM). Operators will be able to use AIM in Pro Line Fusion and Pro Line 21-equipped aircraft to streamline access to Jeppesen flight data, provided through an “enhanced direct connection to the flight deck of the aircraft.” This data includes Jeppesen e-charts, flight management system navigation, performance and V-speed databases and checklist files.