March 2008
Volume 06, Issue 10
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Chopper Toppers

While the general public might associate Boeing with fixed-wing aircraft, the company has a successful defense rotorcraft business. Here's what the company has done to make itself a leader in this market.

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Chopper Toppers
A number of reasons Ed Turner Photo

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A number of reasons

Three Boeing facilities—Exmouth, Australia; Everett, Wash.; and Portland, Ore.—have earned ISO 14001 certification. Here’s why this internationally recognized standard is important to Boeing’s efforts to improve its environmental performance—and how Lean+ fits into this effort.

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Commercial Airplanes

We see the light

Thanks to a new tool involving a system of networked lasers and computer programs, the task of painting jetliner liveries at the Everett, Wash., paint hangar has become easier and more accurate. Also in BCA coverage this month: What makes the Boeing Research Aerodynamic Icing Tunnel a unique facility at Boeing; what teams at Boeing Fabrication Auburn Machining/Emergent Operations are doing to avoid waste and rework; and much more.

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Integrated Defense Systems Ron Bookout photo

Integrated Defense Systems

The right connections

With several milestones on tap for 2008, Boeing is accelerating its activities in developing and delivering the cutting-edge Distributed Mission Operations training network for the U.S. Air Force. This work has invigorated the Boeing team supporting this effort. Also in IDS coverage: A Fort Walton Beach, Fla., team keeps U.S. Air Force Special Operations Forces aircraft ready for missions; the KC-10 Contractor Logistics Support program in San Antonio delivers its first “paperless” aircraft; and much more.

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Special features

Fulfilling everyone's potential

Leaders “bring out 100 percent of their people’s potential as well as their own,” Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney told attendees at the recent annual Global Diversity and EEO Compliance Summit. Here’s a look at the happenings and lessons shared at this gathering, which took place last month.

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Fulfilling everyone's potentialMichael Gail photo