A pair of first flights last week carried big stakes for each of the respective airplanes’ North American airframe makers. But while the maiden mission of the Boeing 787-9 meant a return to “business as usual” in Everett, Washington, the first flight of the Bombardier CSeries outside Montreal, in Mirabel, Quebec, marked the climax of a project on which the Canadian company has bet its future.
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As Jet Aviation Basel prepares to perform private Boeing 787 completions, the company sent a team of maintenance technicians from the completions center to receive EASA Part 66 B1/B2 type training on the all-composite jetliner at Boeing’s facilities in Seattle. Jet Aviation engineers have already completed an advanced 787 structural repairs training course provided by Boeing.
Boeing will expand the capacity of its factory in Helena, Montana, by nearly 50 percent to support increased demand for commercial airplanes and new work for the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, company CEO Jim McNerney announced Tuesday during the Montana Jobs Summit in Butte. McNerney appeared at the event with Montana Senator Max Baucus and Governor Steve Bullock.
NASA researchers recently conducted drop tests of a Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight to test improved seats and seat belts. They recorded the crash from more than 350 data channels as the helicopter, suspended by cables, was dropped into a bed of soil from 30 feet up. Just before impact, pyrotechnic devices released the suspension cables from the helicopter to allow free flight toward impact with a forward speed of approximately 30 mph.
Greenpoint Technologies, an executive cabin completions specialist for Boeing Business Jets, has delivered its fourth Aeroloft kit.
The Aeroloft’s design and manufacturing process supports third-party installations. A Greenpoint team installed the first three Aerolofts to be delivered with assistance of Boeing its Wichita facility. This is the first Aeroloft to be installed by the customer at the customer’s own facility. Greenpoint supports the customer during the installation and certification phase.
Boeing has completed assembly on the first 787-9, the company announced on Saturday. The second member of the Dreamliner family rolled out of Boeing’s Everett, Washington, widebody plant to the flight line, where teams have begun preparing it to fly by the end of the summer.
With acquisition of an equity position in Aviation Technical Services (ATS), Greenpoint Technologies, a Kirkland, Wash.-based center specializing in executive outfitting of Boeing bizliners, has expanded its ability “to meet current and future completion needs.”
The FAA is proposing a $2.75 million civil penalty against Boeing for allegedly failing to maintain its commercial airplane quality control system in accordance with approved FAA procedures. In September 2008, Boeing discovered it had been installing nonconforming fasteners on 777s. The following month, the FAA sent Boeing a letter of investigation that requested a response within 20 working days.
Boeing will replace Mike Sinnett as vice president and chief project engineer for the 787 program with his counterpart on the 777, Bob Whittington, as part of a major management shuffle within the company’s engineering ranks, the company announced last Friday.
Boeing president and CEO Jim McNerney said he sees “a clear path” to raising 737 production rates above 42 airplanes a month as 737 Max 8s begin to supplant current-generation airplanes on its assembly lines in Renton, Washington, and its share of the market for its re-engined narrowbodies reaches equilibrium with that for Airbus’s A320neo.