Welding

November 6, 2013 - 12:50pm

Dallas Aeronautical Services (DAS) recently began construction of a $3 million, 50,400-sq-ft facility on three acres in the High Meadows Industrial Park, Cedar Hill, Texas. The new facility is expected to open in next year’s first quarter.

The company currently overhauls and repairs all the components in a leased five-building, 22,500-sq-ft complex.

June 12, 2013 - 1:40pm
U.S. Pavilion

With serious uncertainties in their domestic market sparked by federal budget sequestration and the resulting cuts in military spending, U.S. aerospace has more reason than ever to be out chasing new export business. This probably explains why the official U.S. Pavilion in Hall 3 remains the largest national contingent at the Paris Air Show. At more than 44,000 sq ft in size, this year’s pavilion is the largest in the past decade.

June 11, 2013 - 4:05pm

Eclipse Aerospace announced late last week that it received FAA approval to double the life limit on existing Eclipse 500s and new-build Eclipse 550s to 20,000 hours/20,000 cycles. Cary Winter, senior vice president of engineering for the Albuquerque, N.M.-based company, said the extension “validated the strength and superiority of” the friction stir welding process used to assemble the aircraft’s fuselage and wings.

February 5, 2013 - 3:20am

Finding skilled welders is an industry-wide challenge, causing AAR to rethink the answer with a public-private partnership with Goldsboro, N.C.’s Wayne Community College. Working in partnership, the two have designed an eight-week welding certificate program to address a shortage of welders at AAR Mobility Systems. A spokesman for the company said it typically takes a year to earn a welding diploma at Wayne.

January 7, 2013 - 12:00pm

EADS Innovation Works is reviewing options for the materials Airbus could use on an airplane to replace the A320eo in 2022. The competition between metal and composites remains intense, prompting EADS IW boss Yann Barbaux to advise against betting on a full-composite airplane, now designated the A30X.

November 3, 2011 - 2:05pm
Eclipse 500 at NBAA 2011

Eclipse Aerospace announced at last month’s NBAA Convention that it is resuming new-build production of its iconic very light twinjet, newly dubbed the Eclipse 550. At the show, Eclipse began taking orders for the new jet, which sells for $2.695 million (2011 $). The company expects to produce 50 to 100 Eclipse 550s per year once production resumes in 2013.

April 14, 2011 - 10:15am

GKN Aerospace has been selected to build the entire fuselage for the HondaJet, the UK-based aerostructures specialist said today at a press conference in London. It will build the all-composite fuselage in two sections before they are combined. Production fuselage sections are due to start being delivered in the second quarter of next year to Honda Aircraft for final assembly at its Greensboro, N.C. facility.

April 7, 2011 - 10:15am

Eclipse Aerospace has completed fatigue testing of the Eclipse 500 and is in the process of getting this data together to submit to the FAA, company executive vice president Mike Press told AIN at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-in last week.

February 2, 2010 - 1:45am

German company BCT is exhibiting its adaptive machining systems for the manufacture and overhaul of gas turbine engine components. The company claims that by automatically compensating for part-to-part deviations and inaccurate clamping positions, its system can improve accuracy and throughput while lowering costs.

June 16, 2009 - 1:58am

Aluminum specialist Alcan (Hall 2 Stand B19) is developing new alloys and new processes to better compete with composite materials, the proportion of which has been steadily increasing in airframes over the past decades. At Voreppe in France, Alcan Engineered Products (Alcan EP) has a major research-and-development  (R&D) center to devise and test these solutions.

 
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