Earlier this year, the biggest threat to airports included in the FAA’s Contract Tower Program seemed to be program-cut plans announced just before the passage of the FAA Reauthorization in February. According to the president of Melbourne, Fla.-based Quadrex, Dr. Dave Byers, other airports could again find their contract towers at risk for closure when the FAA issues a long-overdue update to its cost/benefit analysis structure.
JetTech Aerospace delivered its first BBJ green completion in February and shut its doors not long after. According to the company’s former v-p of completions, Colt Mehler, a stagnant economy was the reason the Spokane, Wash.-based completion and refurbishment center went out of business.
“We had just delivered a great [BBJ] and the owners were happy with it, but there was little follow-on business,” Mehler explained, “and the risk-versus-reward was no longer appealing.”
Boeing has achieved a production rate of 35 Next-Generation 737s a month at its factory in Renton, Wash., the company announced today.
Boeing has hung a proverbial carrot in front of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) by promising to build the new 737 MAX in Renton, Wash., in return for approval of an early contract extension for hourly employees in Washington, Oregon and Kansas.
Boeing has begun building the first Next-Generation 737 at the program’s new production rate of 35 airplanes a month from 31.5, the company announced on Tuesday evening.
Boeing completed all flight tests required for type certification of the Rolls-Royce-powered 787-8 Dreamliner last month. ZA102, the ninth 787 built by Boeing, performed the final flight on Saturday, August 13. Chief pilot Mike Carriker returned ZA102 to its home base at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 1:58 p.m. local time following a 90-minute flight that originated in Billings, Mont.