Archive For August 31, 2011

Goodbye to Flat Tires?

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Goodbye to Flat Tires?






Another use for composite materials has been discovered that I’d like for my personal automobile — the NeverFlat tire.  LoPresti Aviation Engineering is introducing a new tire technology for general aviation aircraft – with a 10 year guarantee against flats.  Apparently the secret is a layer of composite attached to the carcass before the tread…

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How does MAX compare?

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How does MAX compare?






[UPDATE – Podcast with Scott Hamilton and Jon Ostrower] We undertook an analysis based on the data available and have to say the Boeing 737MAX looks pretty good.  Indeed, by digging around the 2010 DoT data we were able to establish benchmarks using the 737-800 and A320.  Then we took the improvements promised by the…

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787: Countdown to delivery Sept. 26

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With certification of the Boeing 787 Friday, the countdown to delivery–now slated for September 26–is finally underway. Aspire Aviation has a piece that for the first time anywhere as far as we know has the actual number of airplanes to be delivered this year (seven). Boeing has been ambiguous about the actual deliveries, including line…

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AirInsight team OK after hurricane

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For those who wonder, Ernie Arvai and Addision Schonland came through the hurricane Irene storm OK. Ernie is in New England and had power outage and some trees come down, but no damage. Addison, now in Baltimore, still is without power but has no damage. Addison recently moved to Baltimore from San Diego after 24…

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787 Certified!

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After multiple delays, the Boeing 787 has finally been certified, with both the FAA and EASA granting type certificates and the FAA granting a production certificate. Congratulations to Boeing on persevering through a series of difficulties and the “unknown unknowns” that can plague aircraft development program.  Boeing’s Jim Albaugh summarized the moment at the celebration…

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The Orphan Airplane

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The Orphan Airplane






Possibly the airplane most qualified to go by this moniker is the Boeing 717.  It started life as the MD95 – and with it went much of the hopes of McDonnell Douglas. It made an early and crucial win at ValuJet which became AirTran.  There a few more sales here and there, but McDonnell Douglas…

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