Aviation

June 17, 2013 - 3:00am
Although air flows through the H80 from the rear to the front, with the two exhausts located just behind the propeller, it is a compact straight-flow design with no complex flow-reversal sections.

General Electric is ranked as one of the world’s leading aero engine manufacturers, with a $20 billion business powering airliners, fighters and many other types of aircraft around the world, plus servicing and systems provision. Currently just $400 million of that annual business comes from the Business and General Aircraft (BGA) division, but the company has plans to dramatically expand in that sector, and in so doing is taking on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 family that currently dominates the marketplace.

June 17, 2013 - 2:55am
This chart explains Finmeccanica’s strategy to offer its expertise for earth monitoring and climate change; natural resources management; energy management, sustainable mobility; and healthcare and education.

If you look closely at the exhibits of the major aerospace and defense companies here this week, you will likely notice some unexpected capabilities on display. With their traditional defense businesses threatened by declining budgets, many of these companies are exploring “adjacent markets.”

This trend started with offers in the security and IT realms. But now they are extending to other areas, such as energy, environment and climate; food and water security; and natural disaster protection and response.

June 17, 2013 - 2:50am
The Raytheon deployable radar approach control (D-RAPCON) system is a modular ATC system that can be transported by four C-130s.

The Raytheon standard terminal automation replacement system (Stars) began continuous operations in early May at the Dallas-Fort Worth terminal radar approach control (Tracon) facility, the first of 11 large Tracons in the U.S. to manage air traffic continuously using the new ATC automation system.

June 17, 2013 - 2:45am

The UK government and key aerospace companies have formed a joint venture to invest more than £2 billion (approximately $3 billion) over the next seven years in a move designed to keep the country’s aerospace sector globally competitive, and to increase its market share. Under the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP), the government’s £1 billion investment will be matched by industry and will see the creation of a new Aerospace Technology Institute.

June 17, 2013 - 2:35am
Full-scale maintenance trainer in development at AgustaWestland’s facility in Sesto Calende, Italy.

AgustaWestland is in an expansive mood when it comes to civil rotorcraft training. The northern Italy-based helicopter manufacturer recently installed a new CAE-built AW139 full-flight simulator (FFS) at its primary training center in Sesto Calende and plans to add FFSs for the new AW189 and AW169 designs by 2014 and 2015, respectively. In addition, the company has recently launched courses in Switzerland and Malaysia, and anticipates future training expansion into the UK and Russia. The Middle East and South America are on its radar also.

June 17, 2013 - 1:00am
With the Trent 1000 Package C upgrade, Rolls-Royce aims to offer 76,000 pounds of thrust “with margin” to meet Boeing 787-9 power requirements and provide increased performance for the 787-10X.

Rolls-Royce says that by August it expects to have demonstrated a new high-pressure turbine (HPT) destined for its Trent 1000-Ten engine, which is being offered to power the prospective Boeing 787-10. Assembly of the first full development engine is scheduled before year-end.

June 17, 2013 - 12:55am

UTC Aerospace Systems (Chalet A330, Hall Concorde 35) has won a contract from Virgin Atlantic Airways to supply the wheels, carbon brakes and MRO services for the airline’s fleet of 16 Boeing 787-9s, the first of which the airframer plans to deliver in September 2014. UTC Aerospace said it would supply the parts through its Wheels & Brakes division, based in Troy, Ohio.

The carbon brakes on the 787-9 use UTC’s Duracarb carbon heat sink material, which, according the company, lasts 35 percent longer than competitive products.

June 17, 2013 - 12:50am
Final assembly of the 787-9 started on May 30 on the 787 surge line at Boeing’s widebody plant in Everett, Washington.

Boeing has finished modifying the lithium-ion battery systems on all 50 of its 787 Dreamliners in the field and all the airplanes’ operators have re-launched service.

June 17, 2013 - 12:30am
An artist’s concept shows the future configuration of Boeing’s narrowbody plant in Renton, Washington, where plans call for creating a third line meant to ease the full transition to 737 Max production by 2019.

A switch from composite to titanium inner wall of the thrust reversers on the Boeing 737 Max has allowed designers to increase the fan diameter in the airplane’s CFM Leap-1B turbofans without a proportional increase in the size of the nacelle.

June 17, 2013 - 12:20am
Plans call for Boeing’s new 787 factory in Charleston, South Carolina, to produce three airplanes a month by the end of the year.

Boeing has left little doubt that it harbors bigger plans for its new plant in Charleston, South Carolina, where by the end of this year it expects to deliver three Dreamliners a month.

 
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