December 15, 2015
Boeing is evaluating the results from its five-year fatigue validation test for its 787 Dreamliner. The accelerated test was intended to duplicate over 20 years of airframe fatigue capability.
A software defect has led the air traffic control agencies of Canada and Australia to "blacklist" all 787 aircraft, until a software fix can be loaded sometime next year. "Blacklist" aircraft are required to fly below 29,000 ft in Australian air space, and both Canada and Australia require that "blacklist" aircraft maintain a greater distance between aircraft. The software glitch causes the navigation system on the Dreamliner to provide erroneous location information to controllers.
Boeing officials expect to see orders for the 777X from Indian carriers in another 2-3 years. The delay is due to the relative youth of India's 777-300ER fleet.
GE Aviation has begun testing its new GE9X engine for the Boeing 777X. With a core compressor ratio of 27:1, it is expected to have the highest compression ratio of any commercial jet engine core in service.
A Qatar Airways A350-900 had to make an aborted take-off on its first attempted flight leaving the United States. The airplane successfully took off on its second attempt. No explanation was provided for why the first take-off was aborted.
Airbus' A380 super-jumbo jet won the annual "best aircraft type" award from Global Traveler magazine this year - the first time that the award went to an Airbus aircraft and not to Boeing.