Bjorn’s Corner: Fly by steel or electrical wire, Part 3

August 9, 2019, ©. Leeham News: In our series about classical flight controls (“fly by steel wire”) and Fly-By-Wire (FBW or “fly by electrical wire”), we this week turn to the actual Flight control system after covering the… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Fly by steel or electrical wire, Part 2

July 25, 2019, ©. Leeham News: In our series about classical flight controls (“fly by steel wire”) and Fly-By-Wire (FBW or “fly by electrical wire”) this week we cover the difference in system infrastructure the two controls methods… Read More

Commentary: Boeing’s Tylenol moment and the need for radical transparency

By Judson Rollins March 13, 2019, © Leeham News: The traveling public’s faith in Boeing – and that of regulators in dozens of countries – has clearly taken a beating. The 737 MAX has now been grounded or… Read More

Collins contract vote keeps 737 landing gear on track

By Bryan Corliss March 11, 2019 (c) Leeham News: Workers at the Collins Aerospace landing gear plant in Everett, WA, have approved their first union contract with the company. Both sides can come away feeling OK with how… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Yaw stability, Part 2

March 01, 2019, ©. Leeham News: We now continue our discussion of the yaw stability of an airliner. Last week we defined the basic conditions of yaw stability. The aerodynamic side force from an angled airflow stemming from… Read More

PIPs planned for A220 to improve operating costs

Jan. 17, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus is planning performance improvement packages for the A220, intended to shave operating costs off an airplane that already beat performance promises. The PIPs, as the upgrades are known, are common among… Read More

Countdown to Boeing’s decision on NMA, Part 2

Subscription Required Now open to all readers. Introduction Jan. 7, 2019, © Leeham News: As the airline, lessor and aerospace industries await Boeing’s decision whether to launch its New Midrange Airplane (NMA, aka 797), as of last month… Read More

Pontifications: Countdown to decision on Boeing’s NMA, Part 1

Jan. 14, 2019, © Leeham Co.: Two thousand nineteen begins with increasing focus on whether Boeing is going to launch the New Midmarket Aircraft (NMA, aka 797). Signs all point to a program launch, perhaps at the Paris… Read More

Airbus poised to out-deliver Boeing in 2019

Subscription Required LNC’s Corporate and Enterprise subscribers received this Jan. 3. Jan. 8, 2019, © Leeham News: Airbus is positioned to out-deliver Boeing this year, boosted by the addition of the Bombardier CSeries acquisition last year. LNC projects… Read More

2019 Outlook: COMAC’s slow but steady progress

Subscription Required Introduction Jan. 4, 2019, © Leeham News: This is not the year where China’s COMAC will have break-out progress for the C919, its challenge to the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737. Flight testing is slow and… Read More