Spirit AeroSystems and Lufthansa Technik have entered into a multi-year cooperation agreement for the joint provision of repair, overhaul and supply services for the CFM56-7B and GE90-94/-115 thrust reversers and cowlings operated by Lufthansa Technik’s customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Under the terms of the agreement, Lufthansa Technik and Spirit AeroSystems will use each other’s repair facilities and capabilities in that region as well as other support elements of the other’s respective repair and overhaul services.
Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Nordam Interiors and Structures division (Hall 3 Stand E145) has manufactured its 20,000th composite window frame for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This is the first ever composite window frame for a commercial airliner and it features an almost 50 percent weight reduction compared with traditional aluminum frames, according to Nordam, as well as “superior damage tolerance.”
The Nordam window frame incorporates Hexcel HexMC low-density composite material, which is made from high-strength carbon fiber and epoxy resin.
Where are the great aviation clusters in the United States? Seattle? Wichita? Los Angeles? Yes, all of the above, and in Charlotte? Where?
Charlotte USA, an economic development organization representing 16 counties in both North and South Carolina, is here at the Farnborough International Airshow (Hall 2 Stand B23) to convince the world that it has the right ingredients to make it a hotbed of aerospace enterprise.
Spirit AeroSystems’ Wichita employees returned to work en masse today to restart production following successful efforts to restore power and clean debris left by a tornado that tore through the company’s 45-building campus on April 14. Spirit said it intends to work on “quickly ramping back up to full-rate production” now that its workers have returned.
Spirit AeroSystems said it expects its Wichita line employees to return to work next Monday to restart production following efforts to restore power and clean debris left by a tornado that tore through its 45-building campus last weekend.
Tornadoes that tore through Wichita on Saturday night left a path of destruction at several aircraft manufacturers but thankfully no fatalities. Damage at Hawker Beechcraft was “limited and isolated damage to the roof” of Plant IV, where final assembly of business jets and turboprops is performed, a company spokeswoman told AIN. “There is no effect on operations,” she added. Repair is under way on the building and employees have been reporting for work as scheduled this week.
Spirit Aerosystems will remain closed for at least two days after a tornado tore through its sprawling campus in Wichita on Saturday night, causing severe structural damage to at least “three or four” of the site’s 45 buildings.
Citing defense spending cuts and declining prospects for new business, Boeing said on January 4 that it will close its military modifications and maintenance operations in Wichita by the end of 2013, dealing another blow to a city reeling from the downturn in business aircraft manufacturing.
Taking a proactive approach toward the anti-icing regulations proposed by the FAA in June 2010–and still unscheduled for adoption into the FARs–Spirit AeroSystems (Booth No. C11720) has been working with Wichita State University and an undisclosed supplier to develop two new anti-icing systems for nacelles surrounding large aircraft engines.
Boeing’s conclusion that a short circuit or electrical arc caused by foreign debris in a P100 power distribution panel led to the November 9 fire aboard the second 787 flight test airplane might have come as a relief to those who feared the need for an extensive system re-design.
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