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Dec 28, 2008

The U.S. Navy will commission a new amphibious transport dock ship, the USS Green Bay, at the port of Long Beach, Calif., on Jan. 24 -- the first USN ship to be commissioned there since 1994. Built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, the Green Bay will carry Marines and equipment to combat, humanitarian missions and special operations. Dec 26, 2008

Boeing

Boeing sources say fastener issues with the 787 have been all but resolved, and the first plane will be ready for painting by the end of February. Flight testing could begin as early as April, though no official announcement is expected until Boeing releases its full-year financial results on Jan. 28. Dec 22, 2008

Boeing

Boeing announced that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the all-new 787 Dreamliner's scheduled maintenance program. The scheduled maintenance program defines the maintenance tasks and intervals operators will use to maintain the 787 and is documented in the 787 Maintenance Review Board Report (MRBR). The report was accepted by the Maintenance Review Board, an FAA organization composed of specialists who review and accept maintenance requirements. This MRBR approval from the FAA is one of the many requirements needed for airplane certification. Boeing has designed the 787 to be 30 percent less expensive to maintain than any comparable product. This savings is largely due to the 787 advanced design, the wide use of composite structure and the highly integrated systems architecture, which allow for fewer maintenance tasks and longer intervals between tasks. Dec 22, 2008

Boeing, Southwest Airlines

Boeing yesterday announced a deal with Southwest Airlines to serve as lead integrator for the carrier's 737-300/-700 flight deck upgrade to incorporate performance-based navigation capabilities. Contract includes design, installation and integration of hardware and software from multiple suppliers as well as flight testing and certification. Integration program calls for 737-300 modification with avionics supplied by GE Aviation, Honeywell and Rockwell Collins. GE Aviation said it won a $40 million deal with Southwest to provide its SDS-6000 large area display suite. Systems will be installed on up to 150 aircraft. First production deliveries are slated for early 2011. Dec 23, 2008

Embraer

Embraer's Lineage 1000 executive transport today won type certification from both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and ANAC, Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency.On tap for the E190 derivative are FAA airframe certification and a supplemental type certificate for the custom interior, both of which are expected soon, says the airframer.The Lineage 1000's range has been extended to 4,400nm (8,149km) with eight passengers, or 4,500nm with four passengers. The $41 million CF34-powered aircraft, of which more than 20 have been sold, is certified for 120-minute extended range twin-engine operations (ETOPS).The Lineage is expected to enter service with the first customer in the first quarter of 2009. Dec 23, 2008

NASA

The chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee is urging President-elect Barack Obama to retain Michael Griffin as NASA chief, at least until the new administration can sort out its priorities for the space program. Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., said that Griffin, while often combative, "understands what he's doing, in contrast to previous administrations." Dec 22, 2008

Sukhoi Aircraft

Sukhoi has carried out the first flight of its second Superjet 100 test aircraft, days after a new phase of airborne trials of its PowerJet SaM146 engines began.The second aircraft, number 95003, departed Komsomolsk-on-Amur for a 2hr 30min flight and operated to a height of 6,000m (19,700ft). PowerJet partner NPO Saturn says the test enabled the pilots to validate aerodynamic stability and control of the regional jet.Test pilot Leonid Chikunov says control software for the aircraft has undergone a number of changes following tests of the first flying example, which started in May. He states that the aircraft has already shown evidence of improvements as a result. Dec 24, 2008

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