Embraer is deferring entry-into-service of the E175-E2, the third member of its new-generation E2 airliner family, by a year to 2021, citing ongoing uncertainty over the settlement of scope-clause agreements at mainline carriers in the US, the chief market for the variant.
Boom Technology expects to start subsonic flight tests of its XB-1 supersonic demonstrator in late 2017. Dubbed “Baby Boom,” the delta wing aircraft is a one-third scale demonstrator for a small supersonic airliner that Boom aims to certificate for commercial service by 2023.
Accident investigators are puzzling over the causes of the first-ever failure of a second-stage high-pressure (HP) turbine stage on a GE Aviation CF6-80C2 engine, which experienced an uncontained release of debris during the Oct. 28 takeoff run of an American Airlines Boeing 767-300ER from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
Investigators delving into the highly unusual failure of the left CFM56-7B engine on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 on Aug. 27 are hoping for some quick answers as to why the engine’s inlet cowl detached in midair, causing it to be shut down as well as significantly damaging the airframe.
In the world of large new commercial airliner development, three-and-a-half years is no time at all. That’s why, with the Boeing 777X targeted at entry-into-service at the turn of the decade, initial engine tests have begun and the first structural components are already in development.
Despite being months away from entering service, the first production version of the 737 MAX is scheduled to emerge from Boeing’s Renton facility this month as part of a plan designed to ensure a trouble-free manufacturing and assembly build-up.
The GE Aviation/Pratt & Whitney joint venture Engine Alliance said it remains in contention to power the potential re-engined Airbus A380neo with a comprehensive upgrade to the GP7200, but it noted the timing of such a move is dependent on Airbus.
Ever careful with its stewardship of the cash-generating 777 program, Boeing is planning a series of upgrades to ensure the aircraft remains competitive in the long-range market well after the 777X derivative enters service.
With flight tests of the long-delayed Bombardier CSeries past the half-way stage and certification now on track for year end, key leasing companies say the airliner’s longer term success hinges on execution of the final approval phase to service entry as well as building credibility by attracting big orders.
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation team probing the cause of the Oct. 31 crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo spaceplane said two seconds before beginning to break-up in midair the vehicle’s two moveable tail booms unexpectedly began to deploy into a “feathering” position.
I flew to Abu Dhabi for a short work trip in January and, if I’m honest, I found the security and screening processes at that airport ahead of my flight back to Washington DC a bit annoying.
However, given today’s announcement about new US security rules for flights from that airport and nine others, most of them also in the Middle East, the focus of my annoyance has changed....More