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September 16, 2011

Boeing Calls Off Delivery Celebration For 1st B747-8

Contract Issues With cargolux Apparently Serious Enough To Kill Official Delivery

It's kinda like getting left at the altar... With little in the way of actual detail to expl;ain the problem, Boeing has called off the much-ballyhooed celebration for the delivery of their 1st B747-8... because the customer, cargolux, is unhappy. Just yesterday (Wednesday) Boeing exec Randy Tinseth (appointed VP, Marketing, for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in April 2007) blogged that, "While final preps are underway for Monday’s first delivery of the 747-8 Freighter to our launch customer Cargolux, there’s a bit of a party atmosphere around the Everett factory right now...

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GAO Report Finds That Tarmac Delay Rules Make Cancellations More Likely

Effect Is Most Notable At Smaller Airports

A report published last week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that flight cancellations have become more likely since the imposition of a three-hour tarmac delay rule, and that the effects are most pronounced at airports serving communities of 50,000 or fewer.

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Yak 42 May Have Departed With Parking Brake Set

Russian Media Reporting Low-Time Crew May Have Made 'Blonde's Mistake'

In the case of a Yak 42 airliner (file photo shown) that crashed in Russia September 7, killing 44 people, Russian media is reporting that investigators have ruled out possible causes including low-quality fuel, engine failure and other technical malfunction. Speculation is now directed at a mistake almost everyone has made in an automobile at some point - forgetting to release the parking brake.

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PSA Airlines Flight Attendants Vote To Strike

FAs Say They Will Implement 'CHAOS' If New Contract Is Not Reached

PSA Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), have overwhelmingly authorized a strike should management fail to negotiate a new contract with terms that are fair to the PSA Flight Attendants. After mediated negotiations recently stalled over compensation, retirement, insurance and related issues, PSA Flight Attendants sent what the union calls a "loud and clear message" to management that action will be taken if a new, improved agreement is not reached.

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Abilene Regional Airport Gets FAA Grant

Projects Already Identified For $6.9 Million In Federal And Local Funds

Abilene Regional Airport (KABI) has been awarded an FAA AIP grant of nearly $7 million for improvements to the airport's taxiways and design for a taxiway reconstruction project. The federal money will be supplemented by $345,000 from the local government.

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GE Aviation Opens Electrical Power Research & Development Center In UK

R&D Center Will Focus On Advanced Power Generation, Distribution, & Avionic Control Technologies For Military And Civil Aerospace

A new Electrical Power Integration Center (EPIC) has been opened by GE Aviation in Cheltenham, UK. The 30,000 sq. ft. facility is located on the GE Aviation campus in Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham. "Electrical power engineers and technicians at the center will develop some of the latest end-to-end power generation, distribution, load and avionic control technologies,” said Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO of GE Aviation Systems.

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Suburban Chicago High School Near O'Hare Gets Noise Abatement Grant

Elk Grove High School To Receive $11.6 Million For Soundproofing

The FAA has approved an $11.5 million grant for noise abatement at Elk Grove High School in the Chicago suburb to insulate the school from jet noise from nearby O'Hare International Airport. The grant was announced at a meeting of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC).

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