Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of airliner development. Part 25. Safety monitoring and reporting

October 15, 2021, ©. Leeham News: Last week, we introduced the activities around Continued Airworthiness that we have to do during development and flight testing of our aircraft. As described, the majority of accidents for aircraft are attributed… Read More

Outlook 2021: Russia and China

Subscription Required By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction Jan. 14, 2021, © Leeham News: China and Russia are both developing a single-aisle domestic airliner in the A320/737 MAX class, a regional turboprop in the ATR 72 class, and is jointly… Read More

Looking ahead for 2020 and 2030 decades: UAC

Subscription Required Fifth in a series. By Bjorn Fehrm Introduction July 15, 2020, © Leeham News: UAC stands for United Aircraft Corporation, and is the name of the group owning the Russian aircraft industry. After the fall of… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Aeroflot SSJ100 crash at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport

May 10, 2019, ©. Leeham News: An Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash-landed Sunday at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport and burst into flames. We shall look closer at the likely cause of the accident, which involves the SSJ100 Fly-By-Wire (FBW)… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Time to reassess the safety standards for our airliners

April 26, 2019, ©. Leeham News: In the wake of the 737 MAX crashes the standards to which Boeing and the FAA qualified and approved the 737 MAX MCAS function is questioned. FAA has called the world’s aviation… Read More

2019 Outlook: Will Bombardier exit Commercial aircraft?

Subscription Required Introduction December 27, 2018, © Leeham News.: In July the CSeries changed from Bombardier to Airbus and in November the Q400 program was sold to Viking Air, the buyer of de Havilland Canada aircraft from Bombardier… Read More

Assessing the future of COMAC programs

Subscription Required Introduction Feb. 6, 2017, © Leeham Co.: China’s effort to become a viable commercial aerospace alternative was filled with rocky fits and starts for its two signature airliner programs, the AVIC ARJ-21 and the COMAC C919…. Read More

US, EU ignore Chinese, Russian subsidies

Nov. 15, 2016, © Leeham Co.: Government subsidies to commercial aircraft companies appear to be increasing despite the 12-year disputes before the World Trade Organization between Europe and the US over Airbus and Boeing aid. Yet the US… Read More

From zero to 10,000 in 50 years; can COMAC duplicate this achievement?

By Bjorn Fehrm October 19, 2016, ©. Leeham Co: Airbus delivered its 10,000 aircraft last week (Figure 1), an A350-900 delivered to Singapore Airlines. Delivering the 10,000 aircraft after 50 years of start of project is impressive, especially… Read More

Irkut MC-21, first analysis

By Bjorn Fehrm Subscription required. Introduction Feb. 08, 2016, © Leeham Co: We recently covered China’s COMAC C919 and now the time has come to the other new narrow body aircraft from the old Communist bloc, the Russian MC-21…. Read More