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HAECO Americas has extended its agreement with Alaska Airlines for airframe maintenance on its 737 fleet until 2020.
The extension is the second between the parties after the initial Alaska Airlines maintenance agreement, first signed in 2010, was extended for the first time in 2013.
Kurt Kinder, vice-president of maintenance and engineering at Alaska Airlines, said: "The company has a solid track record in performing quality airframe maintenance for us, and I look forward to continuing this partnership through to 2020."
PRNewswire via Aviation Pros
Aircelle began the manufacturing of titanium engine exhaust systems for Boeing's new 777X airplane, marking an on-time industrial activity start-up on Aircelle's first major role as a supplier to the U.S. aircraft manufacturer. This first exhaust system will be used as part of the overall engine development program in partnership with Boeing and GE.
The first Airbus aircraft produced by the company's U.S. manufacturing plant in Mobile, Alabama, performed its maiden flight as part of its production testing program.
The A321, destined for New York-based JetBlue, took off from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile at 9:36 a.m., performed its test sequences, and landed at 1:02 p.m.
Flown by test pilots Mark McCullins and Bruce MacDonald, the aircraft underwent tests on systems, engines and structure performance.
More than 300 employees who work at the facility witnessed the takeoff.
Airplane maker Airbus SAS will set up a pilot and maintenance training center in the National Capital Region at a cost of $40 million for the first phase, to support India's need for new Airbus pilots.
Srinivasan Dwarakanathan, president of Airbus division in India, said on an average one Airbus aircraft per week is expected to be delivered to Indian airlines over the next 10 years.
The Hillsdale Daily News
With the hanger doors open at the Hillsdale Municipal Airport, a mist of engine degreaser glistened in the sunshine as Will Carleton Academy senior Michael Gonzalez worked under a Beechcraft airplane.
Gonzalez, who has had a love for airplanes since the age of 9, is part of a work-study program at the airport.
Under the tutelage of Gene Stout, head mechanic, Gonzalez is learning a skill that will lead him to a career of his choice.
Tampa Bay Times
David Stuckenberg has flown thousands of hours as an Air Force pilot and a passenger on commercial airliners. He said a flight on Allegiant Air last month was his worst flying experience ever.
The takeoff from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport aborted at high speed, announced by a loud boom from a failing engine. It took more than three hours for Allegiant to find a replacement plane. Airline employees provided little information to passengers, who did not know if they would take off again in five minutes or five hours.
Structural failure accidents, often from getting too friendly with thunderstorms, kill both people and what little good press GA is able to garner. In the last decade, 50 accidents — about 10 per cent of all accidents—were due to in-flight structural failure. Worse, even with better weather data in flight, these accidents aren't going away.
This June, a French pilot will attempt the first zero-carbon flight across the Atlantic Ocean. His trusty steed, The Eraole, is a lightweight hybrid airplane is powered by solar energy and algal biofuels made specifically for this journey. The pilot, Raphaël Dinelli, is a French scientist and adventurer who is no stranger to feats of endurance. He's a four-time winner of the Vendée Globe race, in which competitors sail solo around the world.
According to author Pia Bergqvist: When legendary airplane designer Burt Rutan announced his retirement in 2011, a collective gasp rang through the aviation industry.
Airplane enthusiasts wanted to see more of Rutan's ingenious and sometimes whacky designs. Fortunately it wasn't long before a sigh of relief followed the shock when details emerged of Rutan's latest project — SkiGull.
SkiGull is the 47th aircraft designed by the award-winning engineer or produced by one of his companies.
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