ITT/Boeing Team Wins Jammer Contract
As Airbus considers an A320-replacement to compete against prospective single-aisle models from Boeing and emerging challengers from Russia and Asia, it is also looking at technologies that could contribute to even longer-term designs in a program dubbed “A30X.” Mindful that modern jetliners are expected to have working lives of at least 40 years, chief operating officer for customers John Leahy said Airbus needs “future technology for future
Winglet Technology received EASA STC approval for its elliptical winglets on the Cessna Citation X. Just days after this announcement was made at Ebace last month, Cessna’s Wichita service center delivered the first European-registered winglet-equipped Citation X. This brings to 11 the total number of Citation Xs to receive the winglets, with more aircraft currently being modified at Cessna’s Wichita service facility.
The Premier II program is making progress, with first flight occurring in mid-March.
BLR Aerospace’s latest product, winglets for the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 90 series twin turboprop, received certification in March by authorities in the U.S., Europe and Brazil. The new winglets are currently available for all King Air C90A, C90GT and C90GTi models. BLR expects to receive certification shortly for a winglet package designed to fit earlier King Air C90 and C90E models as well.
Aviation Partners and Aviation Partners Boeing said their blended winglet technology has saved airlines and private jet operators from burning two billion gallons of jet-A. This represents a global reduction in CO2 emissions of almost 21.5 million tons, the company said. Aviation Partners winglets are currently flying on more than 3,700 airplanes and 21 different models.
BLR Aerospace winglets were STC’d last month for the King Air C90A, C90GT and C90GTi; approval will eventually be expanded to include the C90 and C90E. Deliveries have already begun, the company said. Current list price of the winglets
is $49,950, not including between 100 and 150 hours of installation time. According to BLR, the modification improves stability, cruise speed and rate of climb.
Friends and family honored the memory of Dick Friel, 76, the flashy and well-loved marketing executive for winglet maker Aviation Partners, with a missing-man flyover on January 25 at Seattle Boeing Field. A memorial service was held for Friel at Boeing Field’s Museum of Flight, after which a formation of Learjets and a Falcon 900 flown by aviation luminaries passed overhead.
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Shane Eddy has been named v-p of Sikorsky Global Helicopters. Most recently he served as senior v-p for customer support and services, and chief services officer at Bell Helicopter.
Boeing is “assessing the market viability of the 787-3” after the only remaining customer for the type, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA), converted its order for 28 of the planned high-density, short-range version of the 787 Dreamliner to an order for the same number of 787-8s.