Paris Air Show opens

June 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

PARIS, 19 June 2017: The aircraft industry descends on Paris, Monday, for the world’s biggest airshow, a prime battleground for bitter rivals Boeing and Airbus, but also a chance for new kids on the block to snap at the heels of the two giants.

Single-aisle planes for short and medium distances are the hottest ticket in the world’s civil aviation industry, with airline demand for models in the Airbus A320 family giving the European company an edge, for now, over its American opponent which is racing to return in force to the mid-range segment.

But the duopoly is not without challengers: Competition is looming, notably from Russia and China who have each been test-flying their own mid-range models. Read more

Dreamliner needs a debug

May 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

NEW YORK, 6 May 2015: In a new problem for the Boeing 787, the US aviation regulator has ordered repairs to correct a software bug that could cause the aircraft to suddenly lose all power.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a directive dated Friday warning that after a 787’s generators have run continuously for 284 days, they could abruptly shut down, leading to a loss of aircraft control.

The FAA said Boeing itself identified the problem: an internal software counter in the generator control units (GCU) will overflow after 248 days of straight use.

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