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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for Boeing

Bystanders watch the first take-off of a Boeing 787, which will be getting an update in the 787 series with the new Boeing 787-10 in production.
Bystanders watch the first take-off of a Boeing 787, which will be getting an update in the 787 series with the new Boeing 787-10 in production.

In the past month, Boeing had its ups and downs economically. The company is looking forward to some new orders from prospective business partners, and have also dealt with situations involving backlash from the President concerning Air Force One, and with their current buyouts and layoffs of engineers.


Starting on the positive side, Boeing delivered their 500th 787 Dreamliner on 22 Dec. 2016, a remarkable achievement on the company’s part.


“Achieving 500 deliveries – the fastest to 500 for twin aisles – is a great accomplishment, made possible by the hard work and dedication of our employees and global suppliers,” said 787 Program Vice President Mark Jenks.


On 8 Dec. 2016, Boeing announced that the final assembly for their new aircraft, the 787-10, began. They have already received 154 orders for the 787-10.


“This is the result of years of preparation and solid performance by our Boeing teammates and supplier partners,” said 787 Program Vice President Ken Sanger. “This achievement is another example that demonstrates Boeing’s ability to develop great airplanes in a disciplined fashion in order to meet our customer commitments.”


More recently, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) ordered 75 737 MAX 8 planes from Boeing, an immense order valued at $8.25 billion. The 737 MAX has more than 3,500 orders from prospective customers, making it a highly demanded plane.


“When it comes to demand, this order shows the MAX 8 remains at the heart of the single-aisle market,” said Brad McMullen, vice president of leasing sales for Boeing. “We appreciate the confidence GECAS has in the 737 MAX, and look forward to seeing the airplanes placed with carriers all over the world.”


On 11 Jan. 2017, Boeing stated they would begin their buyout and layoff notices in the following week. The company sent buyout notices to employees in Washington, California and South Carolina, while involuntary layoff notices were planned to be sent to specifically engineers in Washington.


“[The job cuts were] driven by our business environment and the amount of voluntary attrition,” said Boeing’s Engineering Vice President John Hamilton.


Back in December, Boeing received a little lashing when their plans for Air Force One were bashed by at-the-time President-elect Donald Trump. Their estimated cost for the Air Force One program was around $4 billion.


“I think it’s [Boeing’s Air Force One program] ridiculous, I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number,” said Trump. “We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money.”


In other news, earlier in January, United Airlines announced the last 747 flight, which will take place in the fourth quarter of 2017.


“Today, there are more fuel-efficient, cost-effective and reliable widebody aircraft that provide an updated inflight experience for our customers traveling on long-haul flights,” said United Airlines president Scott Kirby. “For these reasons, we’re saying farewell to the Queen of the Skies, which has been part of our fleet since we first flew the aircraft between California and Hawaii in 1970.”


In addition to the retirement of the 747, Boeing fell below Airbus’s order sales for the rest of 2017 with the newest Airbus order surge. Airbus currently has 731 sales for 2017, although the sales have declined recently for both Airbus and Boeing.
“We are essentially sold out at this point,” said Airbus Sales Chief John Leahy. “That doesn’t mean we can’t increase our production, and we will next year and the year after. We have to build what we already have orders for, not worry about getting new orders.”

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Nintendo empties the pockets of RAHS students

The Nintendo Switch's video trailer, released on 20 Oct. 2016, demonstrated the new design, the Nintendo Switch Dock, and the Joy-Con, the controller for the console.
The Nintendo Switch’s video trailer, released on 20 Oct. 2016, demonstrated the new design, the Nintendo Switch Dock, and the Joy-Con, the controller for the console.

Last year, gaming giant Nintendo made news with some of their new releases, such as their new game Pokémon: Sun and Moon and the new Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic Edition console that paid homage to the original NES console that was released in 1985.

One new product announced this year that has gaming fanatics hyped is the Nintendo Switch, the successor to the Wii U which is slated to be released in March of this year. The Nintendo Switch offers flexible playability in and out of home, and is a new design compared to previous Nintendo consoles.


“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Nintendo’s President and Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”


The Nintendo Switch introduces an all-new design, with detachable controllers and a mountable gamepad that can connect to a TV with the Nintendo Switch Dock. RAHS sophomore and game fanatic Eric Lottsfeldt believes that Nintendo is on the right track.


“It has potential,” said Lottsfeldt. “I can’t say much about it yet because they haven’t released any specs whatsoever, just what it looks like. But I feel that Nintendo definitely learned from their mistakes on the Wii U.”


Sophomore and long time Nintendo fan Kenny Pham feels the idea of the Nintendo Switch is a great concept for gamers constantly on the go.


“Not many people have the time to sit down in front of their television to play video games in our modern, commute-based society,” said Pham. “The Nintendo Switch transfers the home console experience over to a handheld, which will be able to fit into many schedules, ultimately reaching out to a wider audience.”


Though the specifications are not yet known, word has gotten out about some key components of the Nintendo Switch.


“Rumours have it [that] the price is actually very low, around $250 I think,” said Lottsfeldt, “I personally think that’s very good because my main problem with the Wii U was that it was very expensive for what it was, and I did not want to invest that much money into that console.”


The concept and rumored low price of the Nintendo Switch are not the only things that have prospective fans hyped. New processing technology in the hardware brings potential for innovations in gaming software.


“The fact that the Nintendo Switch’s processor is the NVIDIA GPU is already something to be looking forward to,” said Pham. “As it’s based on [the] world’s top performing, commercially available graphics cards, Nintendo will have a lot of creative freedom when it comes to developing video games.”


Nintendo has already demonstrated creative freedom with the upcoming release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [BotW], which promises to revolutionize the series.


“I’m very excited for this game [BotW] because Nintendo is switching up the formula for this series — creating new mechanics, a complete open world environment, and more importantly a new design for our protagonist, Link,” said Pham. “This game is truly going to be a breath of fresh air for all gamers alike.”

Fans are relieved to know that Nintendo has their best interests in mind for whatever they decide to release, and the stream of nostalgic products continue to capture the hearts of fans worldwide.


“I haven’t played a legit Pokémon game in the main series for around 4 years, and seeing Pokémon: Sun and Moon on the shelves made me really happy because it gave me something I could relate to,” said Lottsfeldt. “Even though I’m older now, it gave me something that I related to as a young child, with his Gameboy in his room all alone for hours upon hours.”

Students anticipate the new Aviation Theatre

Friday's improvisation games often lead to some hysterical moments, such as Grant Gilbert acting like a tyrannosaurus rex to scare Maren Gibson (12) and Miranda Anders (9).
Friday’s improvisation games often lead to some hysterical moments, such as Grant Gilbert acting like a tyrannosaurus rex to scare Maren Gibson (12) and Miranda Anders (9).

Following up on students wanting more art credit classes to bypass the art contract, this year, the RAHS community has been presented with a new class called Aviation Theatre as an alternative to obtaining one’s art credit.


The class is taught by Aviation English teacher Wayne Storer, and it provides a different curriculum than other STEM related classes at RAHS. It’s one of the only classes at RAHS that offers art credit.  Sophomore Olivia Tagorda is taking the class this semester and is appreciating it so far.


“For one,” said Tagorda, “I really enjoy Mr. Storer. I think he’s doing a really good job leading an artistic class in a school full of STEM nerds.”


For some students, the class is a way to escape the continuously pounding workload of one’s core classes  and go into a safe, relaxing environment.


“I also really enjoy the way the class is set up and kind of the way it’s free flowing and easy going in a place where everything is kind of supposed to be set up to a specific standard,” said Tagorda. “I really enjoy the way there’s kind of like a creative outlet.”


Sophomore Reece Keller is also a part of the class this semester, and is enthusiastic about the class.


“Aviation Theatre really allows the opportunity for us to express our individuality in the classroom,” said Keller. “I think this is excellent for most students, as it allows for them to really feel like they’re part of the school, feel like they’re involved.”


The new class started with a bang, and has hosted many different bonding activities. Junior Danil Gossen is excited about the possibility of what he can learn in Aviation Theatre.


“I always struggled with poetry, although I always enjoyed them [poems],” said Gossen, “but with Mr. Storer, he is implementing poetry into the class, and I am excited to gain knowledge in that.”


The class also encourages students to show one’s emotions through acting, and that calls for a lot of vulnerability to be put on the line. Some activities in the class do push students to go outside their comfort zone, but at their own pace.


“The different vulnerability activities contain many benefits,” said Gossen, “such as realizing the history of your peers within the class, and that causes you to be more careful of what you say or do.”


Some concerns have risen about how people are people not taking the class seriously because of the curriculum.


“There are some challenges with kids who really do want to be there [in the class],” said Tagorda, “versus kids who don’t want to really be there, disrupting the learning environment of kids that do want to be there.”


There are also challenges with students not comfortable with getting out of their comfort zone during problem solving activities.


“I believe these activities are unnecessary for this class,”  said Gossen, “because some things people want to keep to themselves and not share with the world.”  


That is one of the challenges that is being faced in the class right now, along with misconceptions on how acting is hypocritical to one’s true personality.


“Especially since it’s an acting class,” said Keller, “there’s a lot of hypocrisy involved in the sense that you’re pretending to be someone you’re not. But in truth, and in purity, you’re really being the person you really are.”


The class does call for a lot of pretending, because of the acting involved, but the environment is meant for the acting to be meaningful, and to have purpose.


“It’s really a chance for you to shine,” said Keller. “It really just gives everyone an opportunity to experience such a notion of relief and a stress free environment.”


There’s sometimes a point where enough gets to be enough, and that’s where the line gets drawn for people who believe that acting shouldn’t be completely personal.


“I was looking forward to gaining knowledge in the theatre field because it’s an art of its own and I am a sucker for the arts,” said Gossen. “But the class is also strong on bringing in your personal life into the class, which caught me off guard initially.”


Overall, the class is a great way to bond with fellow peers at RAHS, and it’s also a great way to delve into the immense field of theatre performance.


“All in all I love the class!” said Gossen. “I am able to explore an art-form and enjoy doing it on daily basis. I am sure I will be able to use this knowledge in the outside world.”


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