Monthly Archives: July 2014

Spirit AeroSystems adds aviation veteran John Plueger to its board

Spirit AeroSystems has a new member on its board of directors.

John Plueger, president and chief operating officer of Air Lease Corp., has been appointed to Spirit’s board, the company said.

Plueger, 60, previously was  CEO, president and chief operating officer of International Finance Corp.

He is a pilot with multiple jet type ratings. Plueger also holds single-engine, multi-engine and intrument instructor ratings.

“John is a prominent leader in the aerospace industry, who brings a wealth of experience to the table,” Spirit board of directors chairman Bob Johnson said in a statement. “We are very pleased to welcome John to the Spirit board and believe it will be particularly valuable for him to share his expertise from the perspective of the airframe customer.”

Plueger will also serve on the audit committee.

He currently serves on the board of directors of Air Lease Corp., the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Pepperdine University’s Board of Regents and The Wings Club Board of Governors.

Aviation Design Challenge for high school students in third year

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association is hosting its third annual Aviation Design Challenge for high school students.

The nationwide competition is to promote science, technology, engineering and math skills.

In 2014, the challenge attracted entries from 79 schools in 33 states plus Washington, DC., the trade group said.

Under the competition, GAMA will provide 100 teachers who enter with a “Fly to Learn” curriculum and five copies of airplane design and simulation software powered by X-Plane for their classrooms.

The lessons can be used to teach the basics of aerospace engineering and design, GAMA said.

Students learn to apply that knowledge to modify and fly their own virtual airplane in a fly-off.

Teachers wanting to learn more about the competition can e-mail their name, school name and school’s city and state to STEMcompetition@gama.aero.

GAMA will release more information about the competition later this year.

Flying Magazine: Top 100 Warbirds

Flying Magazine publishes its picks of the world’s top 100 Warbirds of all time.

The publication calls the aircraft on the list “the best, most influential, fastest, most powerful, most effective and most revered fighting airplanes.”

Each plane is described with photos and its place in the line-up.

You may not agree with all of the picks.

But you’ll learn a lot.

Number 100 is the Northrop P-61 Black Widow.

 

 

 

Boeing finalizes order from Emirates for 150 777X jetliners

Boeing and Emirates Airline have finalized an order for 150 777Xs, valued at $56 billion at list prices, Boeing announced Wednesday.

The order was first announced as a commitment at the Dubai Airshow last year.  Emirates is the largest 777 operator in the world.

The order is for 115 777-9Xs and 35 777-8Xs. It also includes purchase rights for another 50 planes, which if exercised could increase the order’s value to about $75 billion at list prices.

Spirit AeroSystems builds the 777′s forward fuselage in Wichita.

The 777X is an upgraded version of the 777.

The first 777X delivery is expected in 2020.

Boeing has 300 orders and commitments for the model from six customers.

 

Boeing delivers first 787-9 Dreamliner to Air New Zealand

Boeing delivered its first 787-9 Dreamliner Wednesday to launch customer Air New Zealand, the company said.

The milestone was marked by a celebration in Everett, Wash., attended by about 1,000 employees, airline executives and guests.

Spirit AeroSystems builds the plane’s composite nose section in Wichita.

The delivery of the 787-9 is the first of 10 planes on order from Air New Zealand and are part of the airline’s fleet modernization effort.

The 787-9 is a derivative of Boeing’s 787-8. The version is stretched by 20 feet and will carry up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles, Boeing said.

Boeing has orders for 409 787-9s from 26 customers. That accounts for 40 percent of all 787 orders, it said.

So far, all is quiet at Spirit AeroSystems

Despite lots of rumors and anxiety, it appears all is quiet at Spirit AeroSystems, the day rumored to be a day of a big announcement.

“We don’t comment about rumors, and have no announcements to make at this time,” Ken Evans, Spirit spokesman, said this morning.

In June, Todd Tiahrt, who is running for the 4th Congressional District seat, said sources told him that Spirit appears to be exploring the sale of its metal fabrication work to an outside company.

Tiahrt has been getting calls from concerned employees, he said, including some who told him they had attended meetings about the issue.

Last month, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace asked Spirit to respond to a list of rumors that have been circulating about the possible sale of detail parts fabrication and non-Boeing-related assembly work and about rumors that Boeing was taking back some of its work at the site.

Spirit has steadfastly said it doesn’t comment on rumors.

At the same time, Spirit has its Oklahoma facilities up for sale.

The company has received a lot of interest in those facilities.

So any announcement could involve the Tulsa site, SPEEA Midwest director Bob Brewer has said.

Brewer said Wednesday morning that the union hasn’t heard a thing about any announcements today.

“We’re just talking business here today,” Brewer said. “If something happens, something happens.”

He’s staying tuned.

“It may not be today,” Brewer said. “It could be tomorrow. It could be next week. We don’t know.”

 

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