Jim Albaugh, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, made a comment last week on the sidelines at the American Airlines order announcement in Dallas that initially escaped my note, in response to a question about the industrial footprint for re-engining the 737 and Renton’s role in building the updated narrowbody…
The single-engine SF50 will remain in Williams’ possession until the US State Department determines whether design data on the FJ33-4A-19 engine can be shared with a foreign-owned company, Brent Wouters, president and chief executive of Cirrus, said.
Use of the traditional airline datalink ACARS (airborne communications addressing and reporting system) has doubled in five years, reaching a landmark two million messages a day linking 10,000 user aircraft, airline operations centres, air traffic control, and aircraft and engine manufacturers, communications giant SITA said.
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Defense Leaders Mourn Shalikashvili
By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, July 24, 2011 – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen issued statements yesterday expressing their condolences on the death of retired Army Gen. John M. Shalikashvili.
Born June 27, 1936, in Warsaw, Poland, Shalikashvili immigrated to the United States with his family in 1952 and was drafted into the Army in 1958. He served as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1993 to 1997.
Shalikashvili died yesterday at Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington state of complications from a stroke, according to an Army statement. He was 75.
Panetta said the general, “one of this country’s finest,” was an extraordinary patriot who faithfully defended the nation for four decades.
“He lived the American dream, arriving from Europe with his family as a teenager after World War II, and he dedicated his life to defending the country that had quickly adopted him and his family,” Panetta said.
Panetta, then White House chief of staff, worked closely with Shalikashvili during his years as chairman, the secretary said.
“I came to rely on his wise counsel, his wealth of military expertise, and his candor as we were challenged by foreign policy crises in Haiti, the Balkans, and elsewhere,” Panetta said. “I will remember John as always being a stalwart advocate for the brave men and women who don the uniform and stand guard over this nation.”
Mullen echoed the secretary’s sentiments in a similar statement.
“The Joint Chiefs and the more than two million men and women in uniform join me today in mourning the death of retired General John Shalikashvili,” the chairman said.
Mullen said during Shalikashvili’s tenure as chairman, the general shepherded the U.S. military through the early post-Cold War era, helping to redefine U.S. and NATO relationships with former members of the Warsaw Pact, while leading the armed forces to increase their joint capabilities and interoperability.
Shalikashvili “further distinguished himself leading the highly successful Operation Provide Comfort, a humanitarian and peacekeeping Operation in Northern Iraq following Desert Storm,” Mullen said.
“We are a stronger, more capable military today because of his efforts to make us so. He will be deeply missed,” the chairman said.
Both men extended condolences to Shalikashvili’s wife, Joan, and son, Brant.
First, archrival Airbus won the larger piece of a blockbuster American Airlines order. Second, Boeing was forced into a major strategy shift: modernizing its 737 with new engines rather than launching an all-new replacement plane.
The U.S. planemaker won an order for 200 single-aisle jets yesterday from American Airlines, with half of its jets updated variants of its latest 737 airliner to follow Airbus down the route of new engines. Airbus took home 260 orders, in the biggest-ever industry deal.
Here is a round up of some of the most relevant news items surrounding the AA order. One element of particular interest, missing from the debate is the notable absence of the C-Series from the news these days. Following a mediocre Paris Air Show, Bombardier is nowhere to be seen at AA. Although there is strong potential with Delta and Southwest for the C-Series family of aircraft, our view that the product will remain a niche market of about 700-900 aircraft is being firmed up.
From Scott Hamilton: American’s order presentation, 19 page PDF: AMR Aircraft
Lockheed Martin flew a K-Max helicopter to NAS Patuxent River to start an evaluation that will result in an unmanned airborne cargo delivery system being deployed to Afghanistan. The K-Max is competing against the Boeing A160 Hummingbird for a U.S. Marine Corps requirement. Lockheed Martin’s MS2 division has adapted two examples of the Kaman rotorcraft, which was originally designed to haul logs from forests and to fight fires, as an optionally piloted vehicle.
According to Dan Spoor, vice president of MS2, the K-Max has the advantage over the A160 in terms of payload (it can haul 6,000 pounds at sea level) and operating cost ($1,000 per hour). He told AIN that delivery by an unmanned helicopter can save lives when improvised explosive devices (IEDs) threaten a ground convoy, and is also more flexible. It can also overcome the physical difficulties of resupplying remote bases located in difficult terrain.
American has pledged to purchase 200 Boeing aircraft, spilt between current Next Generation 737 models and “Boeing’s expected new evolution of the 737NG, with a new engine”, which will be the CFM International Leap X. Deliveries of the current model aircraft begin in 2013.
The Airbus order includes 260 A320 aircraft with flexibility to convert its delivery positions into the A319 and A321. Deliveries of 130 current generation A320s start in 2013, said American, followed by deliveries of 130 A320neos beginning in 2017.
The US airframer anticipates formal launch authority for its as yet-unnamed re-engined 737 variant – which will be powered by CFM International’s Leap-X engine – some time between the end of September and the end of December 2011.
New ideas are powerful things, even when they are wrong. Aviation legend Dick Rutan is not criticising his younger brother when he says the aerodynamic ideas of the now-retired founder of Scaled Composites are generally wrong two times out of three.
After a 46-year career as a test pilot and pioneering aircraft and spaceship designer, a list of Burt Rutan‘s failed projects could fill the world’s most eclectic aviation museum.
But, oh, the ideas that worked…
Time for DoD and this Administration to point fingers towards Beijing…
Only five or six years (but who’s counting) after the Advanced Persistent Threat was first detected, jimmying away at every portal in the US defense and defense-industry database, the Pentagon has a cyberstrategy, unveiled on Thursday.
It’s focused on defense and is crafted to sound inoffensive — in part to allay fears that the US wants to militarize cyberspace. The strategy’s “overriding emphasis is on denying the benefits of an attack”, says deputy defense secretary William Lynn, spokesman for the new approach.