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New aircraft The stretched

Dreamliner, Boeing’s
progress update 787-9, is expected
to enter service in

Boeing 777X wind tunnel tests – Low-speed engines, auxiliary power units (APUs), and
wind tunnel tests will continue through systems. The aim of the trials was to dem-
March for the Boeing 777X at QinetiQ’s test onstrate and validate the full functionality
facility in Farnborough, UK. Testing will of engines, systems, and materials, as well
also be conducted later this year at the as to assess the overall aircraft behavior
Boeing Transonic Wind Tunnel in Seattle, under extreme conditions. A number of
Washington, US, to further validate 777X takeoffs with all engines operating and with To earn TIA, Boeing test crews flew the
high-speed performance projections. simulated engine failures were performed at 787-9 fleet at a variety of speeds, altitudes,
Wind tunnel models allow experts to test each of the airfields to collect data on and configurations to demonstrate its capa-
many different configurations for the air- engine operating characteristics and vali- bilities throughout the flight envelope.
plane. Hundreds of sensors are embedded date the aircraft takeoff performance. The
in the model to measure pressure to deter- autopilot behavior was also evaluated dur- CSeries delayed – Bombardier Aerospace
mine the in-flight loads as well as provide ing automatic landings and go-arounds. has delayed delivery of its first new CSeries
valuable diagnostics of the aerodynamic A350 XWB entry into service is expected commercial aircraft by about six months.
performance of a given design. in Q4 this year. The CS100 is now expected to enter into
The airplane introduces new technologies service in the second half of 2015, to be fol-
in multiple places, including the GE9X Boeing 787-9 TIA – Boeing has earned lowed about six months later by the larger
engine by GE Aviation and an all-new high- FAA type inspection authorization (TIA) CS300 aircraft.
efficiency composite wing that has a longer for the 787-9, marking the start of a new A delay of the CSeries delivery was widely
span than today’s 777. phase of flight testing in which agency per- anticipated due to the small number of test
sonnel join the company’s engineers in flights since mid-September when the
Airbus A350 high-altitude – The A350 XWB Washington state’s Puget Sound region to CS100 flew for the first time after years of
development aircraft, MSN3, was in Bolivia, gather the data required for certification. preparatory work.
South America, for a series of tests at the The authorization applies to 787-9 test “We are taking the required time to
high-altitude airfields of Cochabamba and airplanes powered by Rolls-Royce Trent ensure a flawless entry into service. We are
La Paz. Cochabamba is around 8,300 feet 1000 engines, ZB001 and ZB002, the first very pleased that no major design changes
above sea level, and La Paz is one of the two members of the fleet. The company have been identified; this gives us confi-
world’s highest airports at 13,300 feet. expects to soon earn TIA for the third 787-9 dence that we will meet our performance
Operations at such high-altitude airfields test airplane, a General Electric GEnx- targets,” stated Mike Arcamone, president,
are particularly demanding on aircraft powered Dreamliner. Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

Rig Approach system reduces pilot workload

A new automated helicopter guidance sys- system is claimed to reduce cockpit work- puter establishes this point based on wind
tem created by Sikorsky Aircraft should load by 60% and allows for more consistent direction previously entered by the pilot.
make offshore oil rig landings safer and operations under challenging weather and Approaching the rig, the aircraft’s ground
easier, even in bad weather and total dark- operating conditions. speed is adjusted to 80 knots two miles from
ness. The Rig Approach system was The helicopter takes off from its shore its final descent. The final approach course is
requested by and developed with PHI pilots base and proceeds to its GPS destination offset to the left or right of the platform to
in Lafayette, Louisiana, on the US Gulf Coast. waypoint. As the pilot nears the waypoint, he present an obstacle-free go-around path. The
Rig Approach automatically positions the presses an “Approach” button, the autopilot two miles give the crew time to observe the
helicopter in the ideal place for an approach takes over, and the helicopter begins a turn approach area using the weather radar in
to the rig using data from satellites. The to the “turn point.” This flight control com- ground-mapping mode.
The Safety and Technical Journal of IFALPA | InterPilot Vol 2 | No 1 | March 2014

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