posts tagged with Aircraft

License to Optimize

master_mem_jm26427_s.jpg “Nobody can give a good performance unless the authors and composers have written a good part”
-Judy Holliday

The license to operate is a familiar concept for most—if not all—sustainability-minded professionals. It essentially involves a community accepting business operations for the societal benefits they provide. It’s an externally-focused issue, it’s about the interaction between the company and the community, and it’s very important—something that sustainability professionals cannot afford to neglect. And it’s a focus that is often strongly maintained...

FedEx Meteorologists Deliver… Rain or Shine

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Depending on where you are in the world, the holiday season often delivers its own unwanted gift—rough weather. It’s the kind of weather that doesn’t just cause your car to skid. It shuts down roads, leaves you stranded at airports, disrupts large-scale global business, can cost billions of dollars in damages, and sadly, can even cost lives.

This is when the FedEx meteorology team delivers a crucial service—contingency planning. There were several instances over the last decade when my team has been on top of severe weather, as when significant ice and snow in Memphis threatened the operation. We executed our backup plan, which included rerouting aircraft through our other hubs. Events like this demonstrate how much trust and confidence FedEx has in the meteorology team...

A Hot Topic: Innovative Aircraft Temperature Controls

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnological products are often produced in one region of the world and sold in another.

As these products move across continents by ocean or air, their quality depends on the reliability of the selected shipping company and mode of transport. An international flight may last up to 14 hours or more (including ground time at transit points), and many shippers are unclear about the environmental conditions shipments may experience during a long-haul flight. Thermal mapping recommendations are typically made with refrigerated storage areas in mind. Aircraft manufacturers are known to test temperatures on empty cargo holds, but data remains too often proprietary and undisclosed to customers.

FedEx Express took a scientific approach towards aircraft thermal mapping about two years ago...

A Pilot Kit for the 21st Century

paperlesscockpit1.png ...Just like you’ve probably abandoned your old heavy phone books because you can look up information digitally now, FedEx is doing the same thing. In addition to on-aircraft computer access to digital information, we’ve finished distributing over 4,300 iPads to all our pilots so they can access all necessary information onscreen, and now we’re in the process of taking all the paper kits off all the airplanes in our fleet. It’s a lot of paper--- 32 TONS worth!...

Welcoming the 767 to Our Fleet

Like the old saying goes, nothing is constant in life except change, and we’re on the verge of a big one as we count down the minutes to the delivery of FedEx’s first Boeing 767. Personally, it has been very exciting for me to be a part of the process all the way from what started as a single mission several years ago: the evaluation of a domestic widebody replacement aircraft. Evaluating the different alternatives and observing the competition between different types led to the selection of the 767 in fall 2011. Then the long process of the purchase agreement, the excitement of seeing the building process begin---- it all culminates now in the first delivery on Sept. 4.