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September 29 - The Week Ahead Open Thread

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GTF set to fly again
The Pratt & Whitney PW1000G geared turbofan demonstrator is all hooked up to an A340-600 in Toulouse. The first A340-600 (MSN360) also known as F-WWCA, is set to fly again this coming week. The PW1000G is mounted on the number two pylon aside three Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engines. According to P&W, ground runs on the A340 were supposed to be completed this past weekend.

The second phase of the flight test program has three key goals for Pratt & Whitney:

1. Validate the data from the 747 test bed by repeating phase one conditions.
2. Explore the acoustic characteristics of the PW1000G. This wasn't done on phase one because of the less than quiet JT9D engines on the 747SP.
3. Work with Airbus to improve the aerodynamic characteristics of the engine to find the best way to mount the PW1000G.

With the help of Apture, you can see the side-by-side differences between the PW1000G mounted on the A340 and the 747SP.

SPEEA & Boeing

With the IAM strike beginning its fourth week, the negotiations between the SPEEA and Boeing are set to unfold over the next eight weeks. The contract of 21,000 engineers expire at 12:01 AM on December 1. SPEEA has started tweeting updates during the contract negotiations. This ominous item was posted on Saturday:

Debunking the rumor that SPEEA won't go on strike if the IAM are still on strike. That's just wishful thinking coming from Chicago.
QANTAS Aires its A380

NBAA Bound
The National Business Aircraft Association is hosting its annual convention in Orlando starting next Monday and this blogger will be on the ground covering it live. Twitter will be out in full force. Next week should bring us the new G250 from Gulfstream, Hawker 450 and certification of the Phenom 100 - and likely much, much more. For a business jet fan, this is Paris and Farnborough combined!

Movie Monday
I started last week with the 787 composite material lecture from University of Washington and this week, through the joys of the newly discovered treasure trove of content on Hulu (via Apture), I bring you one of my favorite IMAX films, Operation Red Flag! This documentary takes you inside the international air forces training operations that take place at Nellis Air Force Base outside of Las Vegas each year. This isn't typically a fighter blog, but the F-15E footage is amazing. Enjoy!

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