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Boeing’s robotic and human workers join up to start production of 777X jets
By Alan Boyle – The 777X is bigger than the 787 Dreamliner, but it picks up on a lot of the technologies pioneered by the smaller plane, ranging from wider windows to a common layout for the flight deck and the cargo handling system.

Boeing says it has improved the production process as well.

The 777X production process builds upon lessons learned from the 787 Dreamliner program, which has shifted Boeing toward greater automation and wider use of lightweight carbon fiber for components.

Boeing’s two 777X variants, the 777-8 and 777-9, are designed to carry between 350 and 425 passengers. That stretches well beyond the 396-seat capacity of Boeing’s biggest current-generation 777. The new jets are expected to be 20 percent more fuel-efficient as well.

The 777X’s 235-foot wingspan is so wide that each wingtip has an 11-foot-long section that’s built to fold upward, just in case extra clearance is needed at small airports.

The showcase for the upgraded production system is Boeing’s 1.3 million-square-foot Composite Wing Center, the billion-dollar facility where the carbon-fiber wing components for the 777X are being fabricated. more>

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Boeing – The 737 MAX 10 will be the airlines’ most profitable single-aisle airplane, offering the lowest seat costs ever. Like Boeing’s other 737 MAX models, the MAX 10 incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays, and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

The entire 737 MAX family has been designed to offer customers exceptional performance, flexibility and efficiency, with lower per-seat costs and an extended range that will open up new destinations in the single-aisle market.

The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history. The first MAX variant, the 737 MAX 8 has entered commercial service and will followed by the MAX 9, MAX 7 and the MAX 10, which will be introduced in the 2020 time frame. more> https://goo.gl/93eRP2

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787-10 Dreamliner Makes Its First Flight
Boeing – The 787-10 Dreamliner is the newest and longest member of the super-efficient 787 family.

As a stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 leverages the family’s proven technology, long range and preferred passenger experience, with unprecedented efficiency: 10 percent better fuel and emissions than the best on offer by the competition and 25 percent better than the airplanes it will replace. more> boeing.com/commercial/787-10

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737 MAX 9 Factory Rollout
Boeing – Following on from 737 MAX 8 rollout and flight test, we are now rolling out the first new 737 MAX 9, right on schedule.

737 MAX 9 is the perfect answer to the need for growth while maintaining maximum airline profitability. As well as 16 more seats than the incredibly popular 737 MAX 8, it offers lower trips costs than the competition, the lowest trip costs, which minimizes the risk airlines take on as they grow. And yet provides more than enough additional seats to deliver consistently higher profits through all market conditions.

What’s more, 737 MAX 9 enables airlines to reach farther than almost every single-aisle route they operate today. It has the longest range in its sector without the investment in any auxiliary fuel tanks, and with one auxiliary tank, matches the versatility of the 737 MAX 8 with a range of 3,515 nautical miles. more> https://goo.gl/FsrDdR

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Boeing – The mission of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system is to provide broadband communications connectivity for U.S. and allied warfighter s around the world. WGS is the highest – capacity military communications system in the U.S. Department of Defense arsenal, providing a quantum leap in communications capability for the U.S. military.

Boeing’s investments in phased array antennas and digital signal processing, combined with innovations in the commercial satellite market, have resulte d in a flexible WGS system that
delivers the capacity, coverage, connectivity and control required by the most demanding operational scenarios.

WGS is designed for coverage, capacity and connectivity, and can process more than 3.6 gigabits per second of data – more than 10 times that of the previous system. Operating at both X-band and Ka-band, the system will enable networks for tactical Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR).

WGS supports communication links throughout the allocated 500 MHz of X-band and 1 GHz of Ka-band spectrum. Through frequency reuse and digital channelization, each WGS payload can exploit more than 4.8 GHz of usable communications bandwidth. more> boeing.com/innovation

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Shhh… The New 737 MAX Redefines a Quiet Airplane
Boeing – “The noise safety standards are becoming increasingly stringent as people start to live closer to airports,” said Barry St. Germaine, a Boeing Test & Evaluation (BT&E) pilot.

“We will not be able to fly into certain airports if we don’t meet the noise requirements, so tests like this ensure we continue to maintain the current market and gain access to new markets around the world,” he said.

The 737 MAX is designed to be 40 percent quieter than today’s Next-Generation 737. Community noise testing is intended to validate that design. more> https://goo.gl/DtYV7H

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The KC-46A: Air Refueling in 3D
Boeing – On January 24th, Boeing and U.S. Air Force aircrews successfully completed the KC-46A tanker’s first refueling flight in the skies above Washington state. Following takeoff from Boeing Field in Seattle, the KC-46A test team worked through a series of test points before smoothly offloading 1,600 pounds of fuel to an F-16 fighter aircraft flying at 20,000 feet.

The KC-46A that accomplished the refueling milestone will soon begin refueling a number of other military aircraft as well, including a C-17, F/A-18, A-10 and AV-8B. Also known as EMD-2, the tanker made its first flight September 25, 2015 and has now completed 32 flights.

The KC-46A is a multirole tanker Boeing is building for the U.S. Air Force that can refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures and can carry passengers, cargo and patients. Overall, Boeing plans to build 179 KC-46 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. more> boeing.com/innovation/

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Supercharge Me: How Boeing Helped GE Reinvent Jet Travel
By Tomas Kellner – When Bill Boeing opened his Seattle factory in 1916, his first product was a seaplane made from wood and canvas called Bluebill. That biplane could seat a pair of flyers and cover 320 miles. Boeing built just two of them.

In many ways, the Boeing planes also tell GE’s aviation story.

As its name implies, GE started out as an electricity company building power plants and rolling out the electric grid across the United States and Europe. The early generators mostly used steam, but in 1903, a young engineer named Sanford Moss hit on an idea to produce power with a gas turbine.

Moss, who had just received a doctorate in gas turbine research from Cornell University, joined GE and started building a revolutionary radial gas compressor. It used centrifugal force— the same force pushing riders up into the air on a swing carousel—to squeeze the air before it entered the gas turbine.

Moss’ early experiments failed; his machine guzzled too much fuel and produced too little power. He didn’t know it yet, but his patented technology pointed the way to the jet engine before the Wright Brothers even took off. more> http://goo.gl/2WhGGz

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Boeing: UAV’s. Holograms. Wildfire.
By Jennifer Beloy – While more than 625,000 acres of wildfires burned throughout the Pacific Northwest, crew members of the Insitu Rapid Response team launched a ScanEagle unmanned aircraft into the hazy skies above the Paradise Fire in Washington’sOlympic National Park. Insitu is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company located in Eastern Washington. The event marked the beginning of an operational demonstration designed to show how unmanned aircraft technology can be a powerful partner in the fight against wildfires.

ScanEagle flew six operations, delivering more than 37 hours of infrared video in real time to Incident Command personnel. Motion imagery software provided enhanced video and geo-registration capabilities that enabled fire officials to pinpoint the fire’s perimeter and identify areas of intense heat. The drone also assisted helicopter assets with evaluating water drop locations. more> boeing.com/innovation

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Farnborough: Flights of Wonder
Boeing – Boeing’s Centennial Experience pavilion is proving a major attraction at the Farnborough International Airshow, drawing thousands of people already by the second day of the exhibition.

Immersing themselves in Boeing’s history, innovation and its future, visitors to the exhibit get a vibrant and hands-on way to learn about the company’s products, technology and people.

The crowd’s favorite? “Probably the VR headsets,” said Laura Buck, a Boeing flight test engineer who volunteered to host visitors at the pavilion. The VR headsets provide a stunning virtual reality world for wearers, allowing them to step inside Boeing’s products like the 737 MAX cabin and flight decks. “They just seem to get lost in there,” said Buck. more> http://goo.gl/PCtebt