Pats Aircraft Systems has announced the signing of a major refurbishment contract for the new owner of a Boeing Business Jet based in the Asia-Pacific region. Work is already under way at the independent completion and refurbishment center.
Boeing won't consider submitting the 787 Dreamliner for certification in the third quarter without Etops capability, notwithstanding differences in qualification testing the FAA has instituted since the 777 earned its FAA ticket–complete with Etops approval–in 1995, CEO Jim McNerney said during the company's January 26 fourth-quarter earnings call.
Airbus in-house cabin completion provider Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC) has just delivered its sixth aircraft, an A320 Prestige for an unidentified Middle East customer.
The big-cabin bizliner is particularly well equipped, with an en suite lavatory, satellite-direct television, high-speed Internet access and OnAir in-flight personal mobile phone access.
The newest Boeing 787–designated ZA102–flew for the first time yesterday, a Boeing spokesperson confirmed. The airplane took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 3:53 p.m. local time and landed just over an hour later at the same location, per plan. ZA102 will serve as a temporary member of the flight-test fleet, tasked with helping to demonstrate 787 extended twin-engine operations (Etops) and complete function-and-reliability testing.
Boeing won’t consider submitting the 787 Dreamliner for certification in the third quarter without Etops capability, notwithstanding differences in qualification testing the FAA has instituted since the 777 earned its FAA ticket–complete with Etops approval–in 1995, CEO Jim McNerney said during the company’s January 26 fourth-quarter earnings call.
Airbus has discovered a lucrative niche for its Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) family, and charter operators are happy with the OEM's executive/VIP contribution to the market. In a press conference yesterday, Airbus announced that 10 charter providers representing seven countries are now operating a total fleet of 15 aircraft from the ACJ family; a mix of A318 Elites, ACJs (A319s) and A320 Prestiges. Francois Chazelle, v-p of worldwide sales
Last week bidders handed in their latest proposals for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X program, which seeks 179 new tanker/transports to replace the aging KC-135 fleet. The deadline had been extended to allow EADS North America to prepare a new proposal following the withdrawal of Northrop Grumman, with whom EADS had been partnered until March.
Gulfstream II, Seattle, Wa., April 8, 2010–The twinjet sustained structural damage to its left wing when it collided with a fuel truck while taxiing to the runway for a
Part 91 flight at Boeing Field/King County International Airport. VMC prevailed at
Gulfstream III, Farmingdale, N.Y., March 10, 2010–Soon after takeoff from Republic Airport (FRG), while climbing through 35,000 msl en route to Stuart, Fla., the crew of the GIII reported hearing a sound similar to a compressor stall, followed by a loss of power on the right engine. The pilot-in-command declared an emergency and initiated an in-flight engine shutdown.
Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124A, Norfolk Island, Australia, Nov. 18, 2009–While on an aeromedical flight from Apia, Samoa, to Melbourne, Australia, the crew of the Australian-registered twinjet attempted a scheduled fuel stop at Norfolk Island Airport, where weather conditions had deteriorated considerably during the course of the flight.