Aircraft

July 17, 2014 - 4:58am

Boeing’s centerpiece display at the show, the 787-9 not only represents a revolution in technology, but perhaps more important, it embodies a validation of the company’s decision a year and a half ago to reorganize its management structure to segregate airplane development from production.

July 17, 2014 - 4:30am

BAE Systems launched a new version of the Striker integrated display helmet for combat aircraft pilots here at the Farnborough Airshow this week. Mark Bowman, the company’s chief test pilot, demonstrated how BAE has leveraged its work on an alternative helmet-mounted display (HMD) for the Lockheed Martin F-35 to produce Striker 2. The company was tapped to provide the alternative, using night-vision goggles, after serious development problems with the Elbit Systems/Rockwell Collins HMD that is integral to the F-35 cockpit.

July 17, 2014 - 4:20am

Aero Vodochody launched a new version of the popular L-39 jet trainer in Farnborough yesterday. The L-39NG will be powered by a Williams FJ44-4M turbofan.

Other changes from the original version include a new wet wing, lighter structure, single-piece canopy, and modern cockpit. Company officials told AIN that they hoped to finish the prototype by the end of 2016, certify the L-39NG in 2017 and begin deliveries in 2018.

July 17, 2014 - 3:50am

Airbus is working hard to complete the A350 flight-test campaign, which it hopes to close by the end of August in preparation for formal European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) airworthiness approval in September. By early last week, the five A350 test aircraft had logged 2,189 hours during 516 flights that involved more than 1,360 take-off/landing cycles.

July 17, 2014 - 3:35am

Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic) has chosen Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW150C engine to power the new MA700 regional turboprop, P&WC (Exhibit Outdoor Exhibit 3/4) announced at Farnborough 2014. The PW150C will provide increased performance over the PW150A turboprop designed for the Bombardier Q400, the manufacturer said.

July 17, 2014 - 3:05am

IAI subsidiary European Advanced Technology (EAT) has acquired a 40-percent stake in Brazilian company Avionics Services. The acquisition is another step in IAI’s strategic move into the Brazilian marketplace, which it sees as offering considerable opportunities in the years to come, particularly in the defense and public security sectors.

EAT and Avionics Services also signed an agreement to market and manufacture aircraft systems, UAVs, sensors and platform upgrades.

July 17, 2014 - 3:05am

IAI subsidiary European Advanced Technology (EAT) has acquired a 40-percent stake in Brazilian company Avionics Services. The acquisition is another step in IAI’s strategic move into the Brazilian marketplace, which it sees as offering considerable opportunities in the years to come, particularly in the defense and public security sectors.

EAT and Avionics Services also signed an agreement to market and manufacture aircraft systems, UAVs, sensors and platform upgrades.

July 17, 2014 - 2:55am

Myanmar’s state-owned national airline, Myanma Airways (to be renamed Myanmar National Airlines in the near future), ordered six ATR 72-600 regional turboprops and placed options for another six on Wednesday here at the Farnborough Airshow.

The new aircraft are scheduled for delivery from 2015 to 2017 and will be used for both increasing and replacing Myanma’s existing ATR fleet.

The Toulouse-based manufacturer will also assist Myanma Airways in establishing a modern maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Yangon.

July 17, 2014 - 2:50am

The first level D flight simulator for the Airbus Helicopters EC175 medium twin has just received EASA certification, thus allowing the manufacturer to use it to train customer pilots. Designed by Spain-based Indra and located at the Helisim training center adjacent to the Airbus factory in Marignane, France, it features a 210- by 80-degree continuous field of view. Another EC175 full-flight simulator will be installed in the U.S. Airbus Helicopters is here at Outdoor Exhibit OE13.

July 17, 2014 - 2:45am

The contract to begin full integration of the MBDA Storm Shadow long-range precision attack missile with the Eurofighter Typhoon is expected to be signed today. Philip Dunne, UK Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, announced the signing while speaking at Farnborough yesterday.

The contract is between Eurofighter and NETMA, the four-nation Eurofighter management agency, and is worth €150 million ($205 million).

 
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