AIN Air Transport Perspective » May 23, 2011

May 23, 2011 - 11:45am
The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that Airbus received illegal...

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has rejected much of Airbus’s July 2010 appeal against its ruling that the European airframer has unfairly benefitted from subsidies, but its May 18 judgment still leaves plenty of scope for the protagonists to argue over how it gets interpreted.

May 23, 2011 - 11:40am
Recovery crews pull the remains of Flight 447’s avionics bay from the South A...

Both Airbus and the French BEA (Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses) have denied reaching any conclusions about the June 1, 2009, crash of Air France Flight 447, following reports in the French media that Airbus advised its customers that investigators had found no technical faults with the accident aircraft, an A330-200 that crashed into the South Atlantic on June 1, 2009, implying human error.

May 23, 2011 - 11:35am
Onboard electric systems will account for eight to 10 percent of an “all elec...

Despite the well documented complications arising out of the Boeing 787’s “more electric” architecture, French engine and equipment manufacturer Safran earlier this month restated that electric systems will replace hydraulics and bleed air in future aircraft at an accelerated rate.

May 23, 2011 - 11:25am
GKN’s technology team is advancing in methods for combining composites and me...

Not so long ago, the ascent of composites in aerostructures manufacturing seemed an unstoppable progression that could only happen at the expense of metals. Fresh thinking at progressive companies like GKN Aerospace is changing that thinking, with engineers increasingly coming to the conclusion that the two families of materials can coexist in cooperative harmony to give manufacturers the best of both worlds.

 

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