The first prototype of the Marenco Swisshelicopter SKYe SH09 would be assembled “over the next weeks,” the company predicted early last month. CEO Martin Stucki said testing of gearboxes and rotors was confirming expectations and simulations. The program’s schedule has the prototype flying four to six weeks after the completion of final assembly.
With some 30 airplanes in various stages of completion parked outside the 787 production line in Everett, Washington, Boeing’s goal to deliver at least a dozen of the carbon-fiber jetliners after it gains expected certification this year might seem as remote as its aim to meet each of its customers’ mission requirements.
As preparations continue for the construction of Honda Aircraft’s new world headquarters building in Greensboro, N.C., Honda engineers are refining the aircraft design and laying the groundwork for more prototypes.