Guy Norris

Aviation Week
Boeing finalizes body join for first 777X flight test aircraft
The airframe of the first Boeing 777-9 flight test aircraft has been completed in the company’s Everett, Washington, facility marking a key milestone toward rollout and first flight of the initial 777X family variant in early 2019.
The first Ryanair 737 MAX 8-200 at Boeing’s Renton factory
Ryanair high density Boeing MAX emerges from factory 
Boeing has rolled out the first high-density seating minor-model derivative of the 737 MAX 8-200 aircraft that is specially modified with an additional set of passenger cabin exit doors so it can seat up to 200.
Pilots not told of Boeing MAX’s automatic stall-prevention system 
In a move likely linked to the on-going investigation into the fatal crash in October of a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8, the aircraft manufacturer has issued a bulletin to operators explaining a system unique to the MAX that automatically pushes the nose down to help prevent stalls in certain flight profiles.
Rolls addresses A330 engine corrosion problem 
Rolls-Royce will replace turbine blades on some Trent 700 engines powering the Airbus A330 because of corrosion issues the company says are unrelated to the similar, but more widespread, problem affecting operators of Trent 1000-powered Boeing 787s.
Safety key focus area in NASA urban air mobility program 
NASA is seeking industry on a Grand Challenge program aimed at fostering new urban air mobility (UAM) vehicle initiatives.
Rolls admits A330neo engine delays 
Rolls-Royce has acknowledged it has fallen behind on Trent 7000 shipments to Airbus that will cause knock-on delays to A330neo deliveries later this year and into 2019.
Boeing resumes MAX 7 flight tests as 737 production recovery continues 
Certification testing of Boeing’s latest MAX variant, the 737-7, has resumed after flight test crews were temporarily seconded to work on current production models as part of wider company efforts to overcome 737 delivery delays.
Grounded British Airways 787s without engines at London Heathrow Airport.
Rolls identifies 787 Trent engine fix; cites air pollution cause 
Air pollution, especially in large Asian cities, is believed to be one cause of reliability issues that have affected a large portion of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-powered Boeing 787 fleet.
Horizon Q400 crashes after being stolen by airline employee 
A Horizon Air Bombardier Q400 turboprop crashed near Tacoma, Washington, around 1.5 hr after it was stolen by an airline employee.
Boeing: 737 production problems could cause delivery delays 
Boeing continues to experience 737 production issues as cumulative problems with late and incomplete fuselages, a shortage of skilled mechanics, and the late arrival of CFM engines impact deliveries, which are not expected to recover until year-end, the company said.
Airbus, Boeing gain more than 960 aircraft orders at Farnborough 
The world’s commercial aircraft duopoly once again scored big at an otherwise lackluster Farnborough Air Show with Airbus and Boeing announcing firm net orders and commitments for more than 960 aircraft, valued at $160 billion at list prices.
Volga, GECAS among freighter buyers as cargo market rebounds 
Volga-Dnepr Group and CargoLogicHolding inked a deal with Boeing, firming an order for five 747-8Fs and covering an LOI for 29 777Fs.
Embraer sees more products & markets via Boeing JV 
The prospective partnership between Boeing and Embraer will spawn new aircraft models and could be approved months sooner than earlier reports have suggested, Embraer executives said.
US program will monitor responses to sonic booms 
NASA is planning to fly a low-boom supersonic demonstrator over selected areas of the US to collect information on public acceptance of the noise.
Former FAA head warns Hard Brexit will be ‘big problem’ for UK and US 
The UK government urgently needs to hammer out a withdrawal agreement from the European Union to avoid massive disruption to the aerospace industry on both sides of the Atlantic, former FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said at the AIAA Aviation conference in Atlanta.
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