Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Resistoflex Aerospace employs 84 people and reported sales of $16 million last year. The company, which invented PTFE extruded hose, also produces tubes and swaged fittings, including hydraulic beam seal fittings for aircraft and engine applications, and Nutlok, a separable fluid connector requiring no lockwire.
News and issues concerning aerospace companies, including formations, acquisitions, mergers and financials; and announcements of significant aircraft sales, delivery statistics and personnel appointments.
The sales and marketing gurus at the world’s major business jet manufacturers have long counted Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America as “potential” growth markets–all while focusing their attention on the “real” markets for business airplanes, namely the U.S., Western Europe and the Middle East.
More than five years after the 9/11 attacks, not only has the worldwide aerospace industry rebounded, in many cases it has soared far beyond pre-2001 levels, according to the latest industry figures. But like jealous siblings, not everyone is completely happy that the balance of prosperity across the segments within aerospace is skewed in the favor of business aviation.
Following a review by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the Final Report of the Commission on the Future of the Aerospace Industry, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) said it agrees with the GAO that challenges remain in addressing the recommendations.
Proposed funding cuts that could affect NASA’s ability to conduct aeronautics research–including work on the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS)–continue to draw fire from lawmakers, aerospace officials and academia.
Continued vigorous growth in business jet deliveries, particularly among midsize and large jets, will generate $70 billion worth of revenue for the engine industry over the next 20 years, according to a new market forecast released by Rolls-Royce here at the show.
NBAA visitors to the Experimental Aircraft Association exhibit (Booth No. 971) can inspect a 2007 Avitat Husky and register to win the airplane. It will be awarded in a drawing next July 29 at EAA’s AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wis.
Honeywell Aerospace and Rolls-Royce each expects the world’s business jet OEMs to set a new delivery record next year and establish a strong precedent for a 10-year forecast period during which Honeywell believes the industry will ship more than 12,000 airplanes worth $195 billion.
A Defense Department study published recently said that under the right circumstances windmill farms used to generate electricity have the potential to degrade the tracking capabilities of ATC radar. The study doesn’t cite any examples of this happening outside of flight tests done in the UK but recommends that more studies be conducted.
Gulfstream reported that its Quiet Spike sonic-boom mitigator successfully achieved supersonic flight on October 20. The OEM has been flight-testing the structural integrity of its Quiet Spike since mid-July. Mounted on the nose of a NASA F-15B and flown at Mach 1.2, the Quiet Spike operated as designed. It extended to its maximum length of 24 feet and performed as expected during the 1.5-hour test flight.