Hotelima From France, joined May 2009, 23 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 12 months 11 hours ago) and read 2687 times:
Late 2007 in Auburn (Maine), when LH Technik bought the Maurice Roundy's last 3 L-1649 A Starliners in order to restore one of them (reg : N 7316C) to airworthy condition, this year 2011 was announced as a first flight target. Can anyone bring some light on the actual restoration work situation and eventually a new first flight plan ?
na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1695 times:
The Starliner will not fly before 2012 a much as I have heard. The fact that this plane is intended to fly on a regular basis for the airline which is rightfully known for its unsurpassed safety standards requires more effort and more new parts than initially was expected.
Newark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1644 times:
Last August I visited Lewiston airport where work is underway. I'm not technically minded enough to tell exactly how far along things were but they had stripped the airplane down to its barest shell. Don't quote me on this, but as I recall they had been determining structural integrity. They also have a second aircraft (N8083H) sitting outside their hangar- what the LH Technik man who spoke to us said was that it was essentially a "blueprint" for them in case they couldn't determine how to assemble something from the original technical documentation, as well as a parts source. They seemed to be a little leery of photography of what they were doing and since they had been so accommodating letting me in in the first place I deferred to that.