News broke today at EBACE about the ExcelAire pilots being found guilty by a Brazilian court for causing the fatal September 2006 midair over the Amazon jungle. The collision of the ExcelAire Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 resulted in the deaths of all on 154 aboard the airliner, though the U.S. pilots were able to land their damaged business jet.
The Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) is celebrating its 15th anniversary, but the 747-8 Intercontinental VIP, Boeing’s executive-configured jumbo jet, stole the show at the BBJ press conference at EBACE yesterday. Company president Steve Taylor provided attendees with a thumbnail history and current state of the BBJ program, and an update on the 747-8 and 787 VIP delivery schedules.
Thanks in large part to the emergence of the PW1000G PurePower Geared TurboFan, Pratt & Whitney has staged what some might consider a stunning reversal in fortunes since its failure to win a place on the Boeing 787 and the well documented trials of the PW6000 just a few years back.
The FAA plans to issue an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) tomorrow that will require operators of specific early Boeing 737 models to conduct initial and repetitive electromagnetic inspections for fatigue damage, the agency announced this afternoon.
According to Honeywell, tests during installation of a Wi-Fi system in an airliner found that LCDs in the airplane experienced a “momentary blanking… when exposed to higher-than-normal levels of electrical interference. STC [supplemental type certificate] testing is conducted before aircraft are certified to fly. There are no instances of a Honeywell screen blanking in flight.
Embraer will decide on whether to develop a new five-abreast narrowbody aircraft some time by the end of this year, company CEO Frederico Curado said today during his company’s fourth-quarter earnings call.
Eastar Jet has signed an agreement with Ameco Beijing for MRO services on the airline’s five Boeing 737NGs. It calls for C-checks and landing-gear overhauls on four of the aircraft. The contract goes into effect next week. According to an Ameco Beijing spokesman, the MRO, Lufthansa Technik and Hawker Pacific are acting together as a worldwide landing gear alliance.
The single-aisle and widebody bizliner completion business is gaining traction on a global scale, and with new-aircraft sales by Airbus and Boeing on the rise, available slots for the highly specialized task of outfitting these large private aircraft could fill quickly, leaving some owners with a green airplane and no place to have it completed.
Amac, the Swiss MRO company founded in 2007, opened a 90,500-sq-ft widebody hangar at Euro Airport Basel on December 2. The new building stands next to the company's initial 45,000-sq-ft hangar, which is capable of accommodating two single-aisle airliners. Plans for another large hangar are already in the pipeline.
Boeing’s path for further development of the 737 series doesn’t necessarily include replacing the jet’s CFM56 engines, although that remains an option, according to John Hamilton, 737 chief project engineer. Meanwhile, 737 production continues at escalating rates, and Boeing is adding incremental aerodynamic improvements, as well as the new Sky Interior to keep the line fresh.