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.
Aviation Partners (API, Stand 1018) is exhibiting for the second time at a LABACE show, according to Gary Dunn, vice president of sales and marketing. While API is highlighting all of its winglet modification programs, in Brazil it is focusing on the market for Falcon jet winglet upgrades. So far, API’s winglet modification for the Falcon 2000 is approved in Brazil, but API is working on adding the Falcon 900 series as well–although there are newer Falcon 900s with factory-equipped API winglets flying in Brazil already.
Three aircraft modification specialists with major markets in Latin America, and in particular in Brazil, have joined forces at the LABACE show with a one-stop-shop exhibit (Stand 5005) featuring performance-enhancing technologies. In many ways, the products offered by Blackhawk Modifications, BLR Aerospace and Raisbeck Engineering complement one another, and combined may result in even better performance results, according to the U.S. companies.
Banyan Air Service is here in São Paulo to convince Latin American operators why they should bring their aircraft north to its maintenance and modifications center at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida. At its LABACE exhibit (Stand 3011) the company also is demonstrating its Banyan Wi-View media server, which can store up to around 100 movies on an aircraft.
Nextant Aerospace recently introduced the 400XTi model as the latest evolution of the remanufactured light business jet. Compared to the 400XT, the new version (the “i” stands for innovation) introduces a number of improvements, including an all-new cabin that offers more space and reducednoise.
The FAA has approved a process to remove an altitude restriction on 800-series Hawkers equipped with winglets developed by Aviation Partners (API). The agency issued an airworthiness directive in June, requiring operators to comply with API service bulletin SBH-13-001, which limited maximum altitude to 34,000 feet until a fix could be developed. AD 2013-11-16 was “prompted by reports of several instances of severe vibration and wing/aileron oscillations,” according to the FAA.
Boeing has completed firm configuration of the 737 Max 8 on schedule and in time for expected first delivery in third quarter of 2017, the company announced Tuesday. The milestone marks the conclusion of the major trade studies that define the capabilities of the three-member 737 Max family and allows engineers to start detailed design.
Tamarack Aerospace’s Cessna CitationJet equipped with active winglet technology made an unofficial distance record-breaking trip from Sandpoint, Idaho, to Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., on the night of June 4. The journey was to display the winglet-equipped CJ at the NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum in White Plains, N.Y.
As expected, the FAA has published an Airworthiness Directive for 800-series Hawkers equipped with Aviation Partners (API) winglets.
Boeing has shifted its 737 Max schedules to reflect first delivery of the Max 8 to Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017, as early as six months ahead of the original plan, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president and general manager Scott Fancher revealed here in Paris yesterday. As a result, schedules for the Max 9 and Max 7 would also shift by at least a quarter. The company expects the program to reach firm design configuration in July. “The risks are understood, they’re being managed effectively and we have no serious technical issues to deal with,” said Fancher.