Veteran NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore (shown below with Chris Ferguson-R) will join astronauts Mike Fincke and Nicole Mann for NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test, the inaugural crewed flight of the CST-100 Starliner launching to the International Space Station in 2021. Wilmore will take the place of Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson on the flight test as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
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Boeing is taking serious flak for its decision to take all its 787 production to South Carolina. ‘Their decision to consolidate 787 production in North Charleston and abandon its Dreamliner line in Everett is disappointing and frustrating to the thousands of engineers, technical workers and pilots represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE Local 2001,’ says SPEEA Union leaders state that they have asked Boeing for specifics about the move and which employees will be impacted. As many engineers and technical workers’ jobs span multiple programs, and Boeing having issues with its own “Worklife” employee system, it’s difficult to immediately know which employee groups are affected.
The FAA posted the draft Flight Standardization Board (FSB) report on the proposed pilot training for the Boeing 737 MAX Tuesday afternoon, as FSBR B737. The report incorporates the recommendations from the Joint Operations Evaluation Board (JOEB) which recently met for nine days. The JOEB was comprised of civil aviation authorities from the United States, Canada, Brazil, and the European Union.
It may be good to be a Marine… especially if you’re a pilot looking to re-up and stick around for the foreseeable future. A Marine Admin notice (MARADMIN) is offering SERIOUS bucks to keep their valued flying personnel on the job through the initiation of a Marine Corps Aviation Bonus (AvB) Program for FY21. The MARADMIN documentation states that “The AvB is a special pay utilized to increase the inventory stability of the aviation officer population.
It’s been a LONG road back to redemption for the Boeing 737 MAX as, first, US test pilots and engineers, followed by their Canadian counterparts examined the updated hardware and software for the airplane in anticipation of a return to commercial flight sometime (reportedly) before the end of the year. Now,. It’s EASA’s turn — The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has now completed its test flights of the Boeing 737 MAX.
Boeing’s 737-800BCF Freighter now has 134 orders and commitments. Two additional freighter conversion lines are launched to meet strong demand in express traffic and e-commerce markets. Boeing has announced a firm order from an unidentified customer for two 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF), as well as agreements to open additional conversion lines in Guangzhou, China, and Singapore to meet strong market demand. Based on the popular Next-Generation 737, the 737-800BCF offers operators newer technology, lower fuel consumption and higher reliability than other standard-body freighters.
It’s not been a good year for the Collings Foundation… The U.S. Department of Transportation’s FAA has proposed a $247,000 civil penalty against the Collings Foundation of Stow, Mass., for allegedly conducting unauthorized flights in a P-51D Mustang airplane. The Mustang in question is a limited category aircraft, and FAA regulations prohibit charging people for flights in this category of aircraft.
A major aerospace company is making its home at the North Carolina Global TransPark in Kinston. Draken International, a Texas-based firm that owns the world’s largest commercial fleet of privately-owned tactical aircraft, has leased hangar and office space at the Global TransPark. Draken plans to help prepare pilots at nearby Seymour Johnson Air Force Base by acting as the enemy force during training missions and war games.
Boom Supersonic has been awarded a contract by the Air Force under a program meant to help fund innovations with future Air Force applications. The contract will fund explorations of an Overture configuration designed for Air Force executive transport. The Department of Defense and the Air Force manage all air transport for executive branch top leadership, including Air Force One.
A letter from Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun (pictured) to his employees have addressed the poignant realities of the current COVID-19 pandemic-affected aerospace market. Calhoun notes that, “These past few months have been unlike anything we’ve seen. The pandemic’s effect on our communities and industry is ongoing.