In an opinion piece on AvationWeek (free subscription required), former ODA administrator and FAA Aircraft Certification Office manager Mike Borfitz suggested that Boeing and the FAA contract a third-party ODA to handle the the approval process for the 777X STC (such a party is known as a qualified ...Jump to post
And said Starliner flight has now been delayed due to the ISS orientation issues due to the Russian Nakua module thruster misfire:
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This event has delayed the Starliner launch.
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keesje wrote:The fundamentel issue us that it's not a derivative, it's a new aircraft. FAA had to play along, but JATR and EASA didn't after taking a good look at the MAX certification process.
Is it typical for a derivative to take longer than a new design though? If the engines are the delay, why did flight testing start 18 months ago? Is there a sudden delay that has not been reported that the engines are causing? As I recall, the engine issues occurred early on in the flight test regi...Jump to post
It also means Boeing thinks MAX can soldier on not just through the 2020s but deep into the 2030s as well. Somehow I think they may be a bit too optimistic. On the one hand, we have folks telling us the significant majority of single-aisle missions are under 2000km, which the MAX10 works great for....Jump to post
Do we know when deliveries will start again? I mean, what’s the actual problem? Is it that much of a problem to repair the already build aircraft? Or is it not yet certified? There haven’t been noteworthy 787 deliveries for ages. It cannot be such a big deal to modify at least some frames per month...Jump to post
I’m confused by this whole issue. I see what ( kanban is) saying by the lack of AD, but on the other hand Boeing is willing passing on huge cash receipts by delaying deliveries for many months. It doesn’t sound like that minor a problem for them to do that. The fact that the structure is out of tol...Jump to post
As much as I want Europa Clipper to get to Jupiter ASAP, if they can save significant amounts of money ($500 million or more), that can be directed to help fund new programs. Hell, $1.5 billion is a nice down payment on another Flagship / Large Strategic Science mission (like maybe the Titan Saturn ...Jump to post
They've done the classic corporate US move of dumping staff during lean times with no plan to deal with what happens upon recovery. Heck they do that after every new airplane model launch and it always comes back to bite them in the arse. They offered all the senior (and expensive) engineering staf...Jump to post
This would be Artemis I, which is the first "all-up" test of the Orion MPCV and Space Launch System super heavy-lift rocket. It is scheduled for a 22 November 2021 launch.
Also noteworthy that there are not 3x Ryanair listed as EI-HGO flew away at 1.21am local time on 1 July. Were Boeing signing contracts with Ryanair in the middle of the night then? I would have expected that one to have been signed off in June. Ryanair's fiscal Q2 starts on 1 July so maybe they wan...Jump to post
audidudi wrote:There were no A350 movements for 16 July 2021...that's three consecutive weekdays with no commercial movements!
Assuming this gap issue with the pressure dome is present on in-service 787s, it does not appear to be adversely affecting the pressurization of the cockpit and cabin so it might be either they use some type of sealant to seal the gaps or they adjust the tolerances to allow for this level of gap in ...Jump to post
More information this morning from The Seattle Times . Boeing has identified larger than acceptable gaps in the forward pressure bulkhead of Section 41 (the most forward fuselage section). Located just forward of the instrument panel, it seals the cockpit and cabin from the outside environment. Whil...Jump to post
I am guessing the HGW models of the A321 would be the most desirable from a conversion standpoint, but those would also be the frames that still have the most appeal to remain in passenger service.Jump to post
The hardest hit aircraft is the 747-8i. It is not even mentioned. As the entire fleet is owned, there is nothing to compute a lease rate on, especially since none of the owners would be leasing their frames out to another operator. And since nobody other than the current operators would be in the m...Jump to post
Until I see a line item in a FY 202x Defense Budget stating the E-4 replacement has been funded through a purchase of 747-8s from an existing operator, I refuse to believe such a purchase is being considered by the USAF and by extension refuse to believe any random change in status of an airline or ...Jump to post
Do we have any images anywhere of VC-25B pre VC-25? Just came across a show from February 2021 on the National Geographic Channel that covers the early modification process for the VC-25Bs from their former Transaero "green" configuration. It is titled "The New Air Force One: Flying ...Jump to post
It's available to watch on NatGeo's website and also on cable On Demand. It is about the modifications for what will become the VC-25B along with footage of the current VC-25A as reference material.
The full title is "The New Air Force One: Flying Fortress"
Do we have any concrete information on what they are looking for from KC-Y? Not really. The main driver appears to be that the KC-X contract is capped at 179 frames and the USAF feels it needs more than that to continue to replace the KC-135 fleet as it ages out until the true "next generation...Jump to post
MohawkWeekend wrote:Just throwing this out there - how about a tanker version of a MAX 7 BBJ ?
Wouldn't Boeing get new freighter orders if they only could build more new ones? I think they took final orders just a little too early. Boeing made a "last call" a few years ago and everyone who wanted a freighter placed their final orders. And even then, some of those customers ended up...Jump to post
bikerthai wrote:Have you seen how the Italian KC-767 is set UP?
889091 wrote:Does the Bone have individual ejection seats or does the whole pod get ejected a-la F-111 style?
Game theory. If I bid for a contract while knowing that I can not win, I am still limiting the profit the competition can make with their bid. What would Lockheed-Martin care? They don't make commercial airframes so spending scores of millions to "hurt" Boeing Commercial bring them no com...Jump to post
keesje wrote:Billions have been spent getting the C46 right, it would be waste of money ordering something from Europe now.
Does Boeing have a problem with a bad project management team overseeing software development? I have a strong feeling that Boeing has bad project management teams overseeing *all* development. And unfortunately, this is not a new thing. While the 787 has so far been the most public example of this...Jump to post
Revelation, I know GAO = congress & far from objective, they don't even pretend. And yet Congress could have easily done for KC-X what they with the 2001 KC-767 lease deal and just declared Boeing the only viable contractor and not accept bids from anyone else. Neither Airbus nor Lockheed-Marti...Jump to post
Stupid question here: Can a 772 or 77W get a retrofitted folding wing for Freight Operators? Quick answer is "no". Longer answer is also "no", just with all the reasons it can't be done, which distills down to the wing is not designed for it and to make it designed for it would ...Jump to post
E.g. the Australians and RAF can be savvy/ focused with their expensive C17's, because their MRTT's can do a lot, for much lower cost. Boeing sees that as a threat to their C-17 bu$iness. Well Boeing doesn't have a C-17 business anymore, so... And even when KC-X was being fought over the C-17 progr...Jump to post
Ah, the "Airbus is a government funded job creation scheme" thing eh? You know my posting history well enough to know it was not that, but on reflection, it was a statement that I should not have put forward and thank you for calling me out on it. *shame* And unfortunately, "hiding t...Jump to post
Airbus management could afford to be open and frank because their jobs were not at risk. Noel Forgeard and Gustav Humbert disagree. I will spot you Gustav Humbert as he resigned over his responsibility over delays in the A380 program, but Noël Forgeard resigned because of alleged insider trading th...Jump to post
We should also consider that Boeing is a publicly-owned company where Airbus in the A380 days was effectively government-owned. What I mean by this is that the governments held control over the Board of Directors (via proportional direct appointment) whereas Boeing's BoD is controlled by the largest...Jump to post
The idea is that they're not going out of their way to accelerate the decline in value or even decline in utility of extant airframes, so I don't see tolerating continued use of those frames as a 'loophole.' They're saying 'no more after 2028' -- conversions aren't "more." Fair enough, an...Jump to post
So the 763 conversions aren't useable beyond 2027? As I understand it... All in-service passenger and freighter aircraft can continue to operate post-2028 when the ICAO rules take effect. Deliveries of new-build aircraft that do not meet the 2028 standards cannot happen once the ICAO rules take eff...Jump to post
For both the freighter business > 2027 and KC-Y a GENX upgrade for the 767 makes sense. EIS 2018 would even have been better IMO. Well we know Boeing (and, presumably, GE) have been floating it, but I am guessing the value proposition is just not there for the commercial operators. Likely the same ...Jump to post
At the start of the year, Boeing supposedly starting considering of an increase of the 767 production rate beyond the current Rate 3. If these plans are still in play, IMO that might be to allow FedEx and UPS to complete delivery of any final top-off 767-300F orders prior to the model being removed ...Jump to post
If KC-Y selection is pulled forward Boeing can increase production rates, improving efficiencies. With the final KC-X tranche buys now pushed back to at least 2024, realistically a KC-Y win will just extend the production line deeper past 2028 at the current Rate 3. In 2018, when Boeing announced t...Jump to post
My guess is these aircraft are the -10-10 replacements...which still leaves a real 10-30/MD-11 gap, to say nothing of growth. I know the -30s would have higher operating weights so they can lift heavier total loads than the -10s, but are those frames flying out trending towards being payload weight...Jump to post
In hindsight the criticism of moving Boeing headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001, and the decoupling the executives from the engineering team will probably increase in strength after this delay and strong words from FAA. A CEO needs to be involved and hands on every aspect of the business. ...Jump to post
I feel like this defeats the purpose of flight testing, you flight test to catch these issues and it was caught. I understand the FAA wants to be extra careful and such after the MAX disaster but my goodness. Sounds to me like the FAA wants major issues addressed before they allow Boeing to continu...Jump to post
Well the structural differences between a 777-200LR and 777-300ER should not be so great that IAI could not do both. I mean they supposedly spent years researching a conversion STC for the 777-200 and 777-200ER and I expect they drew on that when they decided to do the 777-300ERSF. I expect GE helpe...Jump to post