U.S. Federal Aviation Administration inspectors responsible for clearing airplanes for delivery returned to work this week at Boeing’s Charleston, South Carolina 787 plant following a nearly weeklong furlough due to the partial federal government shutdown, Boeing confirmed in a statement to AIN on Tuesday.
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Boeing launched a suite of iPad apps last week directed at airline maintenance providers. The aircraft manufacturer spent more than a year developing the apps with American, Alaska and United, with the goal of delivering necessary aircraft information to maintenance technicians more quickly.
Greenpoint Technologies in Kirkland, Wash., is best known for its green interior outfitting of executive and government variants of Boeing airliners. More recently, in August, the company announced it has contracted for a build-to-print and testing program that includes manufacturing interior bar units, coat closets and video control cabinets for eight new Boeing 777-200 airliners.
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.
The first Boeing 787-9 took off on its maiden mission from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, Tuesday at 11:02 a.m. local time. Plans called for the latest Dreamliner variant to land at Seattle’s Boeing Field some time between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Cessna Aircraft and Bell Helicopter both contributed to the design and development of parent company Textron’s new Scorpion military jet, which was unveiled yesterday. According to a Textron spokesman, Bell brought composite expertise to the project, while Cessna designed and built the jet at its Pawnee facility in Wichita. A nearly completed prototype, which has been fitted with a pair of Honeywell TFE731 turbofans, is expected to fly by year-end.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration expects that energy company ConocoPhillips will make the first commercial flight of an unmanned aircraft today. Under a restricted category type certification the FAA awarded in July, ConocoPhillips will launch an Insitu ScanEagle from the research vessel Westward Wind in the Chukchi Sea, part of the Arctic Ocean west of Alaska.
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.
Bell Helicopter and United Auto Workers Union (UAW) Local 218 continue their bargaining sessions in the wake of the union’s overwhelming rejection of the company’s latest contract proposal covering 2,500 production and manufacturing workers in the Fort Worth, Texas area.
India’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has issued a request for proposal for nine medium-range maritime reconnaissance (MRMR) aircraft for the Indian Navy, plus 38 anti-ship missiles. The Navy has taken delivery of the first of eight Boeing P-8I Poseidon jets, and Boeing Harpoon anti-ship missiles. Although the new RFP seems to encourage smaller, lower-cost airframes and weapons, its terms may limit the bids.