- SPECIAL REPORTS
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC— Boeing will build an assembly plant here to make engine inlet components for the 737 MAX jetliner.
WARRENDALE, PA—A new book from SAE International examines how to automate the process of drilling and countersinking holes during airframes production.
MOBILE, AL—A bond issue totaling $260 million has been secured to help fund construction of Airbus’ assembly plant here. The bond will be repaid by lease payments from the A320 final assembly line already under construction.
WICHITA, KS—Beechcraft Corp. has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as a leaner, more efficient airplane manufacturer.
MOBILE, AL—Airbus is advertising two new professional positions for its assembly plant under construction here. Specifically, the company is looking for an avionics installation station coordinator and a mechanical installation station coordinator.
CAMBRIDGE, MA—MIT researchers have developed a lightweight structure whose tiny blocks can be snapped together much like the bricks of a child’s construction toy. The new material could revolutionize the assembly of airplanes, spacecraft, and even larger structures, such as dikes and levees.
SEATTLE—At a secret facility in Anacortes, WA, a small group of Boeing engineers will begin testing advanced automation methods for building the soon-to-be-launched 777X jet. The project promises to dramatically change how the plane’s metal hull is built.
JACKSONVILLE, FL—Aveo Engineering, which makes LED lighting for aircraft, is investing $7.5 million to build a new assembly plant in Flagler County, FL. The plant is expected to employ 300 people.
SEATTLE—FAA is proposing a $2.75 million civil penalty against Boeing Co.’s commercial airplanes unit for allegedly “failing to maintain its quality control system in accordance with approved FAA procedures.” In a statement, FAA said that in September 2008, “Boeing discovered that it had been installing nonconforming fasteners on its model 777 airplanes.”
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