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AAI AAI has unveiled the Shadow M2, a significantly larger and heavier version of its RQ-7B Shadow, the US Army's standard tactical unmanned air vehicle (UAV). The wingspan of the Shadow M2 grows from 20ft to 25ft (6.1m to 7.6m), and the aircraft is heavier by 120lb (54.4kg). It also features a redesigned fuselage, replacing the signature box with a streamlined, lift-generating structure. These changes extend the flight duration to 16h. "Basically the internal guts are the same internal guts that are in the upgraded RQ-7B," said Steven Reid, senior vice-president of AAI. "It's just that we can now carry additional payload and make use of that increased bandwidth that the TCDL [tactical common datalink] gives us." With the M2 upgrades, Shadow M2 can carry two separate payloads instead of the standard single EO/IR turrets. Dec 30, 2012

Boeing Boeing is about to begin a six-month Dream Tour with its all-new 787 Dreamliner. Customers and partners around the world will experience the revolutionary technology and passenger innovation offered on the first new airplane of the 21st century. The December schedule for the 787 Dream Tour includes six stops in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The tour begins Dec. 4 to 11 in China with stops in Beijing, Guangzhou and Haikou to visit customers, partners, and government officials including representatives from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Air China, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Aviation Industries of China (AVIC) and Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Co. (CAC). The tour continues Dec. 11 to 16 in Africa with stops in Addis Ababba, Ethiopia, and Nairobi, Kenya, to visit Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways. From Dec. 16 to 19, the tour will visit the Middle East with a stop in Doha to visit Qatar Airways. Specific dates for the subsequent segments of the tour will be announced about one month prior to the events. Additional tour stops are being planned for January through April 2012 and will be detailed in future announcements. The Dream Tour airplane, ZA003, has been retrofitted with special interior features designed to highlight the unique cabin features and performance capabilities of the Dreamliner. The flight test equipment on board ZA003, the third 787 to be built, has been removed and a new interior has been installed. The airplane also has received a refreshed Boeing livery. For more information, visit Dec 28, 2011

Boeing For more than a decade, aircraft development has been pointed towards long-range widebody aircraft - the Airbus A380 and A350 and the Boeing 787 and 777 - but attention shifted to the narrowbody market with the launch of the Airbus A320neo. Boeing must now decide how to chart a way forward faced with competition from Brazil, Canada, China and Europe, including Russia. Boeing's difficult choice comes down to two options: re-engine the Next Generation 737 family or build an all-new aircraft. Although the new jet's attributes have yet to be determined as, indeed, has its launch, its configuration is likely to match the familiar tube and wing that defines commercial air transport today - and only one jet would be launched, despite Boeing having shopped round two seating arrangements. Boeing has been quietly polling the world's most influential airlines, offering them a veritable "grab-bag" of technologies, industry officials say. The goal is to identify carriers' demands of a new jet that would enter revenue service in 2019 or 2020. A decision is to be announced by the time of the Paris air show in June. Dec 22, 2011

Boeing South Carolina 787 puts weight on wheels. BoeingOs North Charleston, S.C. production facility has seen its first 787 Oweight on wheelsO maneuver, signifying that the aircraft was rolled on its landing gear. The airplane moved on its landing gear, via tug, to the next production position where electrical, hydraulic and mechanical systems installation and testing will continue over the next several weeks. Installation of the airplane's engines and interior will begin soon, Boeing said. The Charleston facility opened two years ago. The first 787 delivery from South Carolina is scheduled for the first half of 2012. Dec 22, 2011

Boeing Boeing and a Swiss academic establishment have joined forces in efforts to co-ordinate and simplify certification standards for biomass-derived jet fuels. Concerns have been raised by environmental groups that certain types of biomass may harm local populations, particularly in the Third World, by taking up agricultural land that is used to produce food. Sustainable biomass sources must not distort the food chain, compete for fresh water resources or lead to habitat loss. The US airframer and the Ecole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne (EPFL) are creating the Sustainable Biomass Consortium, a research initiative aimed at bringing together voluntary standards and regulatory requirements for the biomass used to create fuel. Dec 19, 2011

Boeing Boeing Delivers 200th Boeing Sky Interior. Boeing's popular passenger-inspired 737 Boeing Sky Interior marked its 200th milestone with yesterday's delivery to Scandinavian customer, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA. Since the first 737 Boeing Sky Interior was delivered in October 2010 , 65 airlines and leasing companies have ordered the new interior. Norwegian Air Shuttle was one of the launch customers and the first airline in Europe to introduce the innovative Boeing Sky Interior to its passengers. Yesterday's delivery is the airline's 18th Next-Generation 737-800 with the new interior, making it the largest operating fleet. Norwegian Air Shuttle, based in Oslo , is the third largest low-fare airline in Europe and the second largest airline in Scandinavia. Norwegian operates 48 Next-Generation 737-800s in its fleet. Drawing from years of research, the 737 Boeing Sky Interior features new modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals that draw passengers' eyes to the airplane's windows. LED (light emitting diode) lighting allows the airline to put any color into the cabin. The new design offers larger pivoting overhead stowage bins that add to the openness of the cabin. The bins give more passengers room to store a carry-on roll-aboard near their own seat, adding both extra convenience and extra legroom. Other features that passengers appreciate are an intuitive placement of switches and call buttons. Boeing redesigned reading-light switches so passengers can find them more easily and avoid accidentally pressing the flight-attendant call button. Approximately 85 percent of Boeing's backlog of more than 2,300 Next-Generation 737s will be delivered with the Boeing Sky Interior. Customers of the 737 MAX also will benefit from the Boeing Sky Interior. Dec 20, 2011

Boeing The Boeing 787 has set new records for both speed and distance for the airplane's weight class, according to a Boeing statement. OThe sixth 787, ZA006, powered by General Electric GEnx engines, departed from Boeing Field in Seattle at 11:02 a.m. Dec. 6 and set the distance record for its class (440,000-550,000 lbs.) with a 10,710 n. mi. (19,835 km.) flight to Dhaka, Bangladesh, with credit for 10,337 n. mi. (19,144 km.). This record had previously been held by the Airbus A330 based on a 9,127 n. mi. (16,903 km.) flight in 2002,O Boeing said...

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