Aerospace engineering

October 22, 2013 - 7:45am
Thales is designing its Avionics 2020 cockpit to enhance decision-making by the flight crew.

Thales is here at the NBAA show (Booth No. N216) exhibiting its Avionics 2020 flight deck demonstrator, a human-machine interface designed to preserve pilots’ cognitive resources, thus enabling them to focus on what they are good at: making decisions. In other words, according to its promoters, this is a cockpit designed for airmanship. The development schedule of Avionics 2020 should suit a business jet program aiming at a 2020 entry into service.

October 22, 2013 - 6:30am
When the still-developing Learjet 85 joins its forebears, its designers expect it will continue Bill Lear’s vision of creating a beautiful aircraft that outperforms the competition.

This month Bombardier commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Learjet’s first flight even as the company struggles to launch a larger new flagship, the Model 85, and switch to composite airframe construction. Since 1963, Learjet has become one of the world’s most iconic brands, often generically misused to describe any make/model of private jet, and a conspicuous sign of affluence.

October 22, 2013 - 6:15am
Big Ass Fans has found a niche in the aviation market, where its fans are used to circulate and cool air in hangars. Some of the models can be equipped with security cameras, fire-suppression equipment and LED lights. The company’s booth at the show is being cooled by an 18-foot ceiling fan.

The firm started in 1999 as the HVLS Fan Co., an acronym for high-volume low-speed fans. That name accurately described the design and efficiency of the company’s products, but after three years in business, according to the Lexington, Ky.-based manufacturer, “we finally had to bow to the sentiments of our customers and concede that we do, in fact, design and manufacture some Big Ass Fans.” Hence, the current brand name.

October 22, 2013 - 4:00am
Shown in flight above Edwards AFB, with the test side visible, is Aerion’s phase-two test article mounted under a NASA F-15B.

Reno, Nev.-based Aerion is releasing results from recent flight tests of a natural laminar flow (NLF) wing test article this week here in Las Vegas, while the company continues to work to have its supersonic business jet enter service in 2020. The goal of these tests was to measure “real-world robustness” of supersonic NLF, which is a key technology for the Aerion SSBJ, in regards to surface quality and manufacturing tolerances.

October 22, 2013 - 2:15am
USAIG president and CEO Dave McKay

Insurance is a necessity that operators hope never to put to use, but with operating costs, especially for fuel, running so high, any opportunity to save money is always welcome. Insurance underwriter USAIG is helping lower costs with its new Performance Vector Plus program, which can save flight departments as much as 15 percent on insurance premiums.

October 21, 2013 - 7:10pm
The cabin volume of the 5X is 1,770 cu ft compared to 1,550 cu ft on the 7X

“We have worked a lot to define the volume and to look at how the 7X is used for long flights, to find the most comfortable and efficient way to use [the new 5X],” said Olivier Villa, Dassault senior v-p for civil aircraft.

The cabin volume of the 5X is 1,770 cu ft compared to 1,550 cu ft on the 7X. The unfinished cabin interior height is 78 inches, which is four inches more than the 7X/900LX, and the maximum width is increased by 10 inches.

October 21, 2013 - 7:00pm
The jet will have a range of up to 5,200 nm (with eight passengers, three crew, NBAA IFR reserves at ISA and full fuel).

Dassault Aviation, the French business aircraft and fighter manufacturer, launched its all-new Falcon 5X yesterday here at NBAA. A twin-engine, Mach 0.8, fly-by-wire business jet powered by Snecma’s new Silvercrest engine, the 5X is scheduled to fly before mid-2015, with certification and entry into service following in the first half of 2017.

October 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

Today at NBAA 2013, aircraft remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace revealed its next project–a King Air C90 outfitted with GE H80 turboprop engines, Garmin G1000 glass cockpit, zero-timed components, winglets, strakes and new paint and interior. Initial deliveries of the G90XT, a $2 million to $3 million like-new turboprop twin with single-lever power controls, will start later next year.

October 21, 2013 - 10:10am

European companies might still face a serious challenge to remain competitive in an increasingly global supply base, but the growing membership of the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP) has found that cooperation in keys areas such as building skills and research and development work can benefit them collectively more than if they battle with each other at every level.

October 20, 2013 - 3:50am

Honeywell researchers have added to or modified SmartView’s symbology, which is based on the company’s head-up display symbology, to help pilots more quickly and intuitively see where they are on the approach and where the airplane is going.

 
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