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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

747-8 Flutter Fix Gonna Cost Boeing

The FAA has decided the 747-8 flutter issue is real and needs fixing. Note that it only can happen in very limited circumstances, but Boeing will have to foot the bill at $400,000 per plane to fix it. That's about 30 million dollars to cover all of the currently delivered frames.

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  1. The article you cite says:

    "The directive makes mandatory changes that Chicago-based Boeing had recommended to operators in February 2014 “to ensure airplanes are configured with the latest certified software and system changes,” Karen Crabtree, a company spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.
    About 71 of the four-engine jets delivered globally before that date are affected, she said."

    So the total cost should come in closer to $28 million. Do you have details of what the specific fix or fixes are?

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    1. Well, I rounded nearest 40 million :)

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  2. Also, this is something that was noted by Boeing to operators via bulletins and other directives in the past. I believe this was addressed as part of the FMC or avionics changes that were part of the PIP? This FAA statement is simply a formalization to be applied to United States registered aircraft (eight I believe?) for the changes that have most likely already been made or are planned for all the pre-PIP frames.

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  3. LN1501 is back to KPAE as AirBridge Cargo VQ-BFU:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/woodysaeroimages/19766214726/

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  4. It looks like LN1312 B-2461 will be returned to service:
    http://www.flightradar24.com/data/airplanes/B-2461

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    1. Well, I hope this is a return to service and not just a storage move. That would be a good omen for the ex Jade three, and maybe the other China Southern 744F as well

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  5. RC673 is next Seahawks' bird...
    https://twitter.com/woody2190/status/622878448839561216

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    1. Photo: https://twitter.com/mattcawby/status/622887543021789184
      reg is N841BA

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    2. Piotrek sometimes I feel like I should just give you the keys to this blog. :) Thanks for all the heads ups!

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    3. HL7630 is airborne :)
      https://twitter.com/woody2190/status/623208191338266624

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    4. Here she is back from B1:
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/royalscottking/19861962962/

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  6. Is it true that LN1437 has a customer? That would be good news (if true) that is.

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