Monday, February 1, 2010

Boeing Improvements Produce Better Next-Generation 737s Faster

- Next-Generation 737s production surpasses all other 737 models combined
- GOL Airlines receives record-making airplane

Defense News ~ SEATTLE, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In just 12 years, Boeing (NYSE: BA) employees in Renton, Wash., built and delivered 3,133 Next-Generation 737 airplanes. It took 32 years to produce that same number of earlier-model 737s. Relentless employee and supplier focus on efficiency has resulted in 121 customer airlines receiving their airplanes more quickly.
On Dec. 23, GOL Airlines flew the record-making airplane, a 737-800, to its base in Brazil. Minutes later, a second GOL flight crew departed from Seattle on an identical 737-800.
Shortly after delivering the first Next-Generation 737 in 1997, Boeing employees and suppliers began a dual journey to continuously update the airplanes and produce them more efficiently. Employees now assemble the airplanes in just 10 days, compared to 22 days in the past. Boeing produces 31 Next-Generation 737s a month - better than an airplane a day, including weekends and holidays.
Next-Generation 737s are lighter, consume less fuel, release fewer emissions and are more economical to operate and maintain. Airplanes delivered between September 2008 and September 2009 had so few technical issues that passengers left the airport gate on time 99.8 percent of the time.
Next-Generation 737s are as versatile and flexible as they are efficient. The airplane serves as a platform for military transport and surveillance vehicles, as private jets and as commercial airplanes operated around the world by every type of carrier from low-cost to those offering premier service.
In the next few years, passengers will enjoy the new 737 Boeing Sky Interior and airlines will operate models that reduce fuel consumption and emissions by a further two percent.
Vicki Ray
737 Communications
+1 206-852-3319
Nicolaas Groeneveld-Meijer
Boeing International & Sales Communications
+1 206-228-4527
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Boeing Solicits Small Businesses for Space Station Work in Houston

Defense News ~ HOUSTON, Feb. 1, 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that it is preparing competitive procurement opportunities for qualified small businesses to support the company’s work on the International Space Station (ISS).
Boeing’s Space Exploration division, headquartered in Houston, will issue restricted competitions for small and diverse businesses with NASA program experience. The technical disciplines associated with the solicitations are:
*software engineering
*program integration and configuration management
*engineering design and analysis
*safety and mission assurance
*avionics and systems engineering
*logistics and maintenance.
“In today’s business environment, many small businesses bring innovative and cost-competitive solutions that can complement our business in support of these Houston-based programs,” said Russell Carroll, director of Supplier Management for Boeing Space Exploration. “Boeing has been a leader in providing opportunities to small businesses in the Houston community for nearly half a century.”
Boeing’s legacy in human spaceflight programs spans four decades. The company has worked on every major human spaceflight program since the beginning of the Space Age.
“Our small-business outreach efforts are an opportunity to listen to representatives from the community and facilitate a process to select the best suppliers to support our Boeing team and offer the best value to NASA,” Carroll added. “With these latest opportunities, we are especially interested in suppliers that possess proven experience with human spaceflight programs.”
Business representatives who would like to receive more information can contact Small Business Liaison Kevin Howard in Houston at 281-226-4381 or via e-mail at Prospective small businesses must submit a completed supplier profile (provided by Howard) no later than Feb. 7 to be eligible to participate.
Boeing is the prime contractor to NASA for the ISS. In addition to designing and building all the major U.S. elements, Boeing also is responsible for ensuring the successful integration of new hardware and software -- including components from international partners -- as well as for providing sustaining engineering work for the ISS.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.

Adam Morgan

Space Exploration
Office: 281-226-4030
Mobile: 281-386-4396
Ed Memi
Space Exploration
Office: 281-226-4029
Mobile: 713-204-5464

Boeing, HAVELSAN Install Simulator and Support Hardware for Turkey's Peace Eagle AEW&C Program

Defense News ~ SEATTLE, Feb. 1, 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and industry supplier HAVELSAN announced today that they have completed installation of Mission Simulator and Mission Support Center hardware for Turkey's Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) program.
The hardware installation was completed in October and November 2009 at the Peace Eagle Ground Support Center in Konya, Turkey. The team will next install software, then conduct an integration and checkout program.
The Mission Simulator features 10 mission consoles, instructor operator stations, and aircraft equipment rack assemblies. It will provide training for Turkish Air Force crews on a full range of AEW&C missions, reducing the monetary and environmental costs associated with training on the aircraft.
The Mission Support Center hardware includes both mission planning and flight planning terminals, replay terminals, and Electronic Support Measures workstations. The center has two main functions: loading mission software onto the Peace Eagle aircraft and providing initial data analysis following a mission.
"These installations are a major step forward for the program and set the stage for formal integration of the hardware and software, as well as for developmental test and evaluation in spring 2010," said Mark Ellis, Peace Eagle program manager for Boeing. "We appreciate the significant cooperation and support we have received from the Turkish Air Force at the base in Konya. Likewise, HAVELSAN demonstrated outstanding capability, focus and enthusiasm while working with us over the past 15 months to achieve these two complex design and installation tasks."
HAVELSAN designed the subsystems, acquired the equipment and performed the two installations. Boeing is providing technical guidance and oversight to ensure total system integration according to the Turkish customer's requirements.
"Boeing has been an incomparable partner to us in the achievement of this major milestone," said Buyurman Baykal, Peace Eagle program manager for HAVELSAN. "HAVELSAN will continue to demonstrate excellence in the Airborne Early Warning and Control domain."
Installation of a third subsystem, the Software Support Center, is scheduled to be completed in Konya in 2010. This center will be used for software testing and upgrades. It features a live communications capability for interaction with the Peace Eagle aircraft.
The Peace Eagle program includes four 737 AEW&C aircraft plus ground support segments for mission crew training, mission support and system maintenance.
The Boeing 737-700 features 21st century avionics, navigation equipment and flight deck features. Because of its advanced technology and a worldwide base of suppliers, parts and support equipment, the aircraft requires minimal downtime for maintenance.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.

Dave Sloan

Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Boeing Begins In-country C-17 Pilot Training for Royal Australian Air Force

Defense News ~ AMBERLEY, Queensland, Feb. 1, 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) today welcomed the first class of C-17 Globemaster III student pilots at RAAF Base Amberley.
Two RAAF student pilots entered Pilot Initial Qualification (PIQ) training today, and two more will begin the second PIQ training course on Feb. 15. Boeing Defence Australia instructors will provide them with 350 hours of programmed training over 100 days, including 85 hours of computer-based training and 120 simulated flight hours with the C-17 Globemaster III Aircrew Training System (ATS).
The Boeing-developed C-17 ATS, provided through a U.S. Air Force Foreign Military Sales contract, consists of a Loadmaster Station, Learning Center, various support systems and a Weapons Systems Trainer (WST), which is a realistic, full-motion simulator used for pilot training.
"Becoming a RAAF C-17 pilot is my ultimate goal, and knowing I'm only a few months away from achieving this is incredibly exciting for me," said Pilot Officer Stephen Maunder, one of the two RAAF student pilots who began training today. "Being able to carry out my PIQ training under Boeing instructors at RAAF Base Amberley is a huge advantage, and I'm sure the WST will feel like our second home until we graduate in mid-April."
After completing the training, which will culminate in five flights at the controls of a real C-17 and acceptance by the RAAF's No. 36 Squadron, the students will graduate as qualified RAAF pilots.
The RAAF commissioned the C-17 ATS in November, making Australia the first C-17 ATS customer outside the United States. Previously, all RAAF C-17 pilots and aircrew trained in the United States.
"Training in the United States has been an amazing opportunity for all pilots and loadmasters, and Boeing's U.S. team and the U.S. Air Force at Altus and Hickam bases have provided second-to-none training along with warm hospitality," said Squadron Leader Brent Taylor, 36 Squadron Training Flight Commander. "But now that the C-17 WST is operational, the strategic opportunities presented by a locally based training system include removing substantial travel costs and providing increased capability through reduced aircraft training hours, making way for increased tasking.
"The Boeing Defence Australia instructors have strong aviation backgrounds in military and civilian operations, and I look forward to a long and rewarding relationship and have no doubt the in-country training will be of the highest standard," Taylor added.
Boeing Defence Australia C-17 ATS site lead Nigel Page said that in-country C-17 pilot training "will allow the RAAF to develop a new generation of qualified pilots while saving a considerable amount of time and money through the use of its own facilities at Amberley. The RAAF is an important Boeing customer, and we look forward to supporting the C-17 strategic airlift capability for national and international operations while expanding our training capability in Australia."
Boeing Defence Australia provides instructors for PIQ training and continuation training for current RAAF C-17 pilots and loadmasters, as well as scheduling and logistics support. The company's full range of training solutions includes mission planning systems; aircrew and maintenance training devices; training centers; and training services including instructors, courseware and logistics support.
Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company and a business unit of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, is a leading Australian aerospace enterprise. With a world-class team of nearly 2,000 employees at 13 locations throughout Australia and two international sites, Boeing Defence Australia supports some of the largest and most complex defense projects in Australia.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.

Sarah Wills

Boeing Defence Australia
+1 (61) 7 3306 3132
Alison Sheridan
Boeing Training Systems & Services
+1 314-232-8187