Even as it works toward delivery of the first flying A350 cockpit later this year, Thales (Hall Concorde) is exploring possibilities for the post-2020 generation of aircraft at its Le Haillan facility in Bordeaux.
Paris Air Show » June 20, 2011
Major orders for the new CFM International Leap-X turbofan engine are due to be announced during the first four days of the Paris show, intensifying the battle with Pratt & Whitney to power the Airbus A320neo. “We’re set for this to be one of our best shows ever,” said the company.
Dassault Aviation has awarded GKN Aerospace a life-of-program contract to design and build the wing movable surfaces for its next-generation, super mid-sized (SMS) business jet. It is one of the first major system supplier selections to be announced for the long-anticipated program. The work likely will be done at GKN’s Filton operation in the UK, which to date has focused mainly on wing production for Airbus.
After the preliminary design review was completed on schedule in April 2003, every subsequent milestone in the F-35 program was missed by at least one year. Yet Lockheed Martin continued to exude optimism, rejecting criticism that production was being ramped up before development and producibility issues were solved.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 development program has met or exceeded the revised flight-test schedule that was written following a technical baseline restructuring (TBR) last August, according to Lockheed Martin officials. But some significant technical issues remain, and affordability continues to be a key concern for the new-generation combat aircraft.
Airbus got a jumpstart on its goal of boosting the backlog for its new A320neo family of airliners to 500 orders by the end of this year’s Paris Air Show by signing a deal with Cebu Pacific earlier this week. The Philippines-based carrier has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for the purchase of 30 A321neos.
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hong Kong-based aircraft lease and maintenance company ANI Group Holdings covering a firm order for five of its new MRJ regional jets. ANI Group currently leases aircraft to five Indonesian airlines.
A fix has been designed and certified for the runaway elevator trim control that was experienced by a Falcon 7X in late May. Dassault chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne said the aircraft was grounded by EASA at Dassault’s behest. “We immediately mobilized all the resources at our disposal to identify the cause of this malfunction and develop a solution,” he said.
Embraer Defense and Security has selected Liebherr-Aerospace to provide the environmental and cabin pressure control system for the KC-390 military airlifter. The systems will be developed and manufactured in Toulouse, France, and will feature integrated control architecture combined with high-reliability lightweight pneumatic and mechanical components.