When BaySys Technologies, a completion and refurbishment center, decided to expand last year, the site selected was far from its headquarters in the sleepy Eastern Shore town of Onancock, Va. The new site, BaySys West, a 70,000-sq-ft facility in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains of California, opened for business six months ago.
An AD should be issued requiring all operators of transport-category airplanes with certain pressure-vessel structural repairs to determine if they were done properly or whether there’s hidden damage that could lead to multiple-site fatigue cracking and possible structural failure, according to the NTSB.
“We need the Mars! Get the Mars!” shouts a frantic firefighter over the VHF fire frequency. A wildfire is racing up a hillside on the eastern fringe of Osoyoos, B.C., Canada, and seems certain to engulf a house in its path. Helicopters are bucketing water onto the flames in an effort to slow the fire’s advance, but still the flames leap up the side of the valley unimpeded.
Lufthansa Technik’s completion center has signed letters of commitment to complete two widebody Airbus A330-200s for undisclosed customers. The first is scheduled to arrive at the company’s Hamburg, Germany completion center early next year and the second around the end of 2009. The company (exhibiting at Booth No. 1327) is capable of completing VIP jets up to the size of an Airbus A380.
The delivery this month of the first Boeing 747-400F cargo aircraft to United Parcel Service (UPS) comes as the package hauler mulls its next move.
Lufthansa Technik’s relentless quest for innovation has led it to develop a technical operations Web suite branded “manage/m.” The program enables aircraft operators to control all aspects of their fleets’ technical operations via the Internet.
Following a fierce bidding process, Jet Aviation’s Basel, Switzerland completion and refurbishment center has won a contract from Dubai Air Wing to outfit two Boeing 747-400s. The airline interiors of both airplanes will be removed and the airframes overhauled before installation of the new executive/VIP cabins. A Jet Aviation spokesman said the contract represents the biggest cabin outfitting order ever received by the center.
Since Connexion by Boeing was announced four years ago, the service has matured from tantalizing possibility to in-service reality.
Lufthansa Airbus A340-300s and -600s are already providing the service on the carrier’s Munich-Tokyo and Munich-Los Angeles routes, and the first Connexion-equipped All Nippon Airlines and Scandinavian Airline System (SAS) aircraft should be in service this fall.
It’s really, really big, and as an executive transport, the giant Airbus A380–unveiled in Toulouse, France, last month– will be the biggest and most complex challenge ever to roll into an independent completion center hangar to be outfitted for executive or personal use.
The FAA on Friday is expected to publish a widespread proposal that would require operators and manufacturers of airliner-size airplanes to incorporate technology to meet reduced levels of flammability exposure in fuel tanks (particularly center wing tanks) “most prone to explosion.” The rules would apply to new airframe designs, as well as some 3,200 U.S.-registered Airbus and Boeing airplanes with center wing tanks currently in operation.