composite

May 13, 2014 - 3:33pm

Dassault is considering using a large proportion of composite materials on the next generation of Falcons. “Hopefully we will have a full composite wing 10 years from now,” an executive at the company’s Biarritz factory, which has expertise in composites manufacturing, told AIN.

The rationale is that the expected weight reduction will provide fuel savings. Another executive at the Bordeaux Martignas plant, which specializes in wings–so far made of aluminum alloys–confirmed the new path.

April 23, 2014 - 11:28am

Transport Canada has granted Innotech Aviation a rating in the category of advanced composites. The rating allows the facility to perform advanced repair, modification and replacement of primary composite aircraft structural components. This includes all fairings and flight control surfaces on the Bombardier Global and Challenger series.

March 27, 2014 - 3:05pm

Bell Helicopter officially opened its composite manufacturing facility in Broussard, La., yesterday. The new 28,000-sq-ft facility was designed specifically for manufacturing and repairing composites for most of the helicopter manufacturer’s in-production and legacy fleet. Bell said it implemented lean manufacturing processes throughout the facility to improve efficiencies and reduce lead times.

June 14, 2013 - 10:50am

Earlier this month AAR (Hall 3, B117) shifted responsibility for order management of its composite flat-panel and standard products to its distribution and supply chain operation, along with distribution and customer support responsibilities.

March 5, 2013 - 7:00pm

The AgustaWestland AW169 represents a new generation of helicopter technology, and the multinational companies that designed and manufactured its innovative thermoplastic composite horizontal tailplane: Fokker Aerostructures (Netherlands), AgustaWestland (Italy), TenCate Advanced Composites (Netherlands) and Ticona (Germany), are being celebrated with the prestigious JEC innovation award, which will be presented at the opening ceremony of the JEC Composites Show, to be held

February 6, 2013 - 1:50pm

M1 Composites Technology recently opened an advanced composites repair facility “to meet increasing corporate, commercial and military demand,” Lorenzo Marandola, president and founder, told AIN. The 24,000-sq-ft facility features a certified clean room, large curing oven, paint finishing operation and a full complement of repair equipment.

The MRO also recently received its Transport Canada approval for composite and metallic repairs.

December 12, 2012 - 11:25am
Lou Martin, president of Lou Martin Associates

Lou Martin & Associates (Stand 571) makes more than the iconic window shades that have long been associated with the San Antonio, Texas-based company. Here at the MEBA show, the company is introducing new composite flat panels, made by sister company Technical Composites. The panels are available in a variety of core and skin material types.

December 5, 2012 - 3:05am

AAR Composites has a new line of Fiberglas-skinned flat panels for business jet cabinetry that it says feature twice the skin peel strength without adding weight.

According to the company, the new flat panels for interior cabinets and credenzas use a phenolic resin formulation that has shown a 10-percent increase in bending properties.

Also, the surface finish is ready for paint, which reduces labor for the cabinet maker, said Tim Dumbauld, v-p and general manager at the Illinois company’s Clearwater, Fla. composites fabrication facility.

November 28, 2012 - 2:16pm

GE Aviation has acquired Morris Technologies and sister company Rapid Quality Manufacturing, of Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of a planned expansion of engineering and manufacturing capability. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The two privately held companies specialize in additive manufacturing, an automated process for creating rapid prototypes and end-use production components.

October 26, 2012 - 7:00am
Hawker 4000 on Viper

Reaction to the collapse of negotiations between Hawker Beechcraft and Superior Aviation Beijing seems to be less that of surprise and more about the inevitability of the dead end the two companies reached.

 
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