Cockpit changes in 777X: Aviation Week has a detailed article about changes in the cockpit for the Boeing 777X, including displays and its fly-by-wire system. The changes enable a common type rating with the 787, according to Aviation Week. Along with changes planned for the cockpit of the 737 MAX, Boeing is moving toward the Airbus philosophy of common cockpits throughout the family line, a feature that Airbus was able to adopt having been able to start from scratch with its airplane families while Boeing was more constrained, having airplanes that spanned decades.
Airbus has used the common cockpit approach as a key element of its sales campaigns.
CSeries test progress: Bombardier’s CSeries flight testing has cleared flight envelope extremes, according to Flight Global.
Order bubble? There is a perpetual question whether there is an order bubble in which airlines have over-ordered airplanes from the Big Two. (The Smaller Two don’t seem to count in the debate.) David Strauss of UBS has long believed this to be the case. Ascend consultancy will have a webinar May 22 to discuss this issue.
MH370: The Wall Street Journal reports that some investigators now have doubts about the validity of the pings detected in the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.