July 23, 2013

SAFETY

Damage Control

SAFETY

TRANSMITTER TROUBLE

SAFETY

Power Puzzle

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SAFETY

Damage Control

Large-scale repair of carbon-fiber structure is the latest challenge for Boeing on 787

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SAFETY

TRANSMITTER TROUBLE

Investigators looking into the July 12 Boeing 787 fire are now focusing on what caused an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) device to combust, and devising modifications to prevent any recurrence. The U.K. Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) is meanwhile recommending the temporary deactivation of the ELT after confirming it as the source of the problem.
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SAFETY

Power Puzzle

GE probes mystery of 777 engine transfer-gearbox failures after third inflight shut down

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SAFETY

Speed Trap

777 experts finger automation error in SFO crash

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SPACE

Seeing Stars

NASA flagship telescope mission adds technical, weight issues to challenging test regime

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SPACE

Making Money

Space station starts generating revenue

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AIRFRAME MRO

Not Business As Usual

Airframe OEMs’ support plans for next-gen jets go beyond what earlier models received

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MAINTENANCE CHECK

Betting on Expansion

On the sidelines of the Aviation Suppliers Association’s (ASA) annual conference in Las Vegas this month, a few parts distributor executives told me that they have been receiving partnership, joint venture and/or acquisition offers in the last several months.

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AIRFRAME MRO

A350 MRO PLAN

For the A350, Airbus is targeting a 10% reduction in direct maintenance costs compared to the rival Boeing 787-9, and as much as 40% against the 777-200ER. The A350’s airframe is 53% carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), along with 14% titanium.

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AIRFRAM MRO

737 MAX MAINTENANCE

When the first Boeing 737 MAX jets are delivered, operators should benefit from new technologies built on a derivative airframe. “We will offer differences training to assist maintenance providers in supporting the 737 MAX, but since this is a derivative, we do not anticipate special certification [for maintenance providers] beyond the current NG certification to be required,” says James Walker, senior manager for 737 MAX Commercial Aviation Services for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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