Aviation News

February 29, 2012

Final Call: Ryanair CEO Calls Boeing 737 MAX a ‘Dog’s Dinner of a Design’

Photo of the Day: In this nighttime photo from the International Space Station, Long Island and the New York City area are visible in the lower right, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are near the center. Parts of two Russian vehicles parked at the orbital outpost are seen in left foreground.
Photo of the Day: An ISS astronaut shot this photo of the US east coast earlier this month. Washington D.C. and Baltimore are visible to the left, Long Island and the New York City area are visible in the lower right, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are near the center. Parts of two Russian vehicles parked at the orbital outpost are seen in left foreground.
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary is not impressed by the design of the latest and greatest Boeing narrowbody, saying calling the 737 MAX a “dog’s dinner of a design” that the airframer had drawn “on the back of a fag packet as a response to the [Airbus A320] Neo”. [Flightglobal]

• Boeing’s most recent development programs have been plagued by delays, but the CEO of 737 MAX launch customer Southwest Airlines thinks the manufacturer could actually deliver the MAX early. [MarketWatch]

• A very rare glimpse inside the US Air Force U-2 operations at Osan Air Base in South Korea. [Associated Press, via Washington Post]

• Testing the icing properties of a 737-200 hush kit doesn’t sound all that interesting, until you see how they do it. [Alligator Inc.]

• A brief history of the parachute in honor of the 100th anniversary of the first successful parachute jump from an airplane. [Popular Mechanics]

Albert Seifert, a Boeing machinist who started his career working on the B-17 Flying Fortress and worked at the company for seven decades, has passed away at the age of 91. [Seattle PI]

• TSA agents at Sacramento International Airport left a walk-through metal detector unmanned for a period this past Saturday, allowing five passengers through without screening, forcing the shutdown of the whole terminal. [Los Angeles Times]

• Chinese airlines are looking to recruit American pilots. [KNTV]

• For the first time ever, a US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft landed on a Navy cargo ship, loaded up a few pallets of supplies, and took off, during an at-sea exercise. [US Navy]

• Check out GE’s new cold-weather jet engine testing facility in Winnipeg. [Flightglobal]