Guy Norris

Aviation Week
Boeing chief: MAX return has priority over NMA 
Boeing says returning the 737 MAX safely to service is its first priority and with extra resources being channeled into this effort hinted for the first time this may impact the outline schedule for launching its next proposed airliner project, the new midsize airplane (NMA).
MAX 7 flight test aircraft landing
Boeing completes testing of 737 MAX software upgrade 
Boeing has taken several major steps toward completing upgraded 737 MAX maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS) flight control law software in recent days, giving the company confidence that it is “making steady progress” in its bid to get the grounded MAX fleet operating again, its top executive said.
CFM checking LEAP engine fleet for Southwest MAX engine failure link 
CFM International is monitoring its LEAP engine fleet for signs of an issue believed to be tied to the March 26 contained engine failure on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 that was being ferried to storage.
Embraer E195-E2 is certified 
Embraer’s E195-E2 has been awarded simultaneous Brazilian, European and US type certification, clearing the way for initial deliveries of the stretched 146-seat airliner to begin early in the second half of the year.
FDR analysis of Ethiopian MAX crash supports vane detachment, incorrect procedures 
As the investigation continues into the causes of last month’s Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX accident, sources close to the probe say flight data recorder (FDR) data firmly supports the supposition that the aircraft’s left angle-of-attack (AOA) sensor vane detached seconds after takeoff and that, contrary to statements from the airline, suggests the crew did not follow all the steps for the correct procedure for a runaway stabilizer.
Boeing: Pilots positive on proposed 737 MAX software changes 
Boeing said pilot feedback on the proposed software changes to the 737 MAX maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS) flight control law is positive.
Boeing outlines MAX changes to add redundancy, pilot control 
Key changes to the Boeing 737 MAX’s maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS) will incorporate more redundancy into the aircraft’s much-scrutinized flight-control law and give pilots ultimate elevator authority by limiting the degree of nose-down stabilizer command the automated system can trigger.
Boeing quietly unveils 777-9 
Boeing quietly debuted the 777-9, the first member of the 777X family, to employees at an event closed to the media at Everett, Washington, on March 13.
Rolls-Royce pulls out of running to power Boeing NMA 
In a shocking move, Rolls-Royce is withdrawing from the contest to power Boeing’s proposed new midsize airplane (NMA), citing challenges presented by the aircraft’s tight development schedule.
777X business class concept
Boeing unveils flexible 777X cabin design 
Amid preparations for the rollout and first flight of the 777-9, Boeing has unveiled the first details of the all-new interior design for the 777X, which is scheduled to enter service in 2020.
Boeing’s high-capacity 737-8 makes first flight 
Boeing flew the initial high-density seating minor-model derivative of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft for the first time Jan. 13.
Airbus breaks ground on A220 final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama 
Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Guillaume Faury sees the A320 and A220 to be ideally placed to “evolve in parallel” and anticipates making further decisions on how later this year.
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.
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