New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Technology North America) Sep 22, 2013
Boeing Boeing 787-9 completes maiden flight. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completed its maiden flight on Tuesday. The aircraft flew for around five hours after departing from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The first flight is part of a nine-month testing program for the aircraft. Sep 18, 2013
Boeing A longer version of Boeing Dreamliner made its first flight on Tuesday, passing a key milestone for a plane that should be more profitable both for Boeing to sell and for its customers to operate than the current production model. The 787-9 jet, which left the ground at 11:02 a.m. (1802 GMT), has room for 290 passengers, 40 more than the original 787-8 jetliner, and has about 300 more nautical miles of range. That means Boeing can charge $37.7 million more for the plane at list price, and airlines can sell more seats on longer routes. Boeing has unfilled orders for 936 Dreamliners, worth about $217 billion at list prices, or nearly eight years worth of production at its target construction rate of 10 per month, which it aims to hit by year's end. About 41 percent of the orders, or 388 planes, are for the 787-9. Boeing began selling an even longer version of the jet, the 787-10, in June. It has garnered 50 orders so far. The rest of the orders are for the 787-8. In its maiden voyage on Tuesday, the 787-9 will fly for about five hours, running detailed tests of its flight controls, part of a nine-month testing program. The aircraft used for the tests will eventually be delivered to Air New Zealand (NZC:AIR) in mid-2014, Boeing said. Sep 17, 2013
Bombardier Bombardier completes first flight of CS100 . Bombardier's new CS100 completed its first flight Monday. The new commercial jet revealed at least one minor technical problem when an "advisory message" went off, but it did not affect the plane's performance or force the plane's landing. "It flew very well," said Bombardier chief test pilot Chuck Ellis. "It's a very, very nice airplane." Sep 17, 2013
NASA Honoring the contributions of aerospace . National Aerospace Week is a time to recognize the ways in which the U.S. aerospace industry fuels national security, passenger safety, and global competitiveness, writes Charles Bolden, NASA administrator. "[T]hanks in part to the work of NASA's aeronautics innovators, aviation accounts for $1.3 trillion of U.S. economic activity annually and generates more than...