Boeing’s path for further development of the 737 series doesn’t necessarily include replacing the jet’s CFM56 engines, although that remains an option, according to John Hamilton, 737 chief project engineer. Meanwhile, 737 production continues at escalating rates, and Boeing is adding incremental aerodynamic improvements, as well as the new Sky Interior to keep the line fresh.
BLR Aerospace has named Heritage Aviation of Burlington, Vt., an authorized dealer for its King Air winglets. Heritage Aviation, a 79,000-sq-ft green FBO with maintenance and avionics capabilities, joins a global network of 21 dealers with service facilities in 35 locations.
Boeing and Indian budget carrier SpiceJet announced an order for 30 Next Generation 737-800 with winglets in the presence of U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday in Mumbai. The contract, valued at some $2.3 billion at list prices, came as part of $10 billion worth of trade deals announced during the President’s visit. SpiceJet currently operates a fleet of 24 Boeing 737-800s and 737-900ERs.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) announced the rebranding of its Premier light jet as the Hawker 200 and introduced the King Air 250, a replacement for the King Air 200GT, at the NBAA Convention. The company also announced an upgrade program for the Hawker 400XP that will include new engines.
The Premier/Hawker 200 re-branding is one result of customer surveys and usage analysis Wichita-based HBC recently conducted.
Cessna has selected Winglet Technology’s elliptical winglet for the new Citation Ten. The winglet was jointly developed and certified by Winglet Technology and Cessna Aircraft during a collaborative STC project. Winglet Technology initially received FAA approval of the STC permitting installation of the elliptical winglets on the Citation X in June last year.
Seattle-based Aviation Partners claimed yesterday that its blended winglets will save almost 4.5 million gallons of fuel during the current three-day NBAA Convention. The winglets have been installed on more than 4,000 business and commercial aircraft, according to the company, which credited the winglets for total worldwide fuel savings to date of more than 2.3 billion gallons.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) announced the rebranding of its Premier light jet as the Hawker 200 and introduced the King Air 250, a replacement for the King Air 200GT, at the NBAA Convention yesterday. The company also announced an upgrade program for the Hawker 400XP that will include new engines and other improvements.
Big Ass Fans is here at NBAA (Booth No. 8061) displaying two of its most popular aviation application fans: the Powerfoil X Plus and the AirGo.
“The Powerfoil X Plus fans range in size from ten to twenty-four feet in diameter,” said a spokesperson for the Lexington, Ky.-based company.
BLR Aerospace chose Heritage Aviation (Booth No. 2433) of Burlington, Vt., as an authorized dealer for its King Air winglets. The winglets reduce time to climb and lower fuel burn by 3 to 5 percent. The company said they also improve climb and cruise speeds, enhance aerodynamic performance and stability and deliver safer low-speed handling qualities. <o:p></o:p>
David Bonnus, cofounder of Paris-based Step Consulting, recently analyzed the causes of major aerospace program delays and suggested how airframers could better keep to their schedules. The release of the analysis comes as Boeing, Airbus and others keep struggling with program delays. It bears the stamp of common sense, which some big companies’ executives seem to have lost under financial pressure.