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Massive, speedy robots ready to build composite wings for Boeing 777X

To fabricate the composite parts of the giant wings of Boeing’s 777X, Mukilteo-based engineering firm Electroimpact has designed and built a new generation of robotic machines that haven’t been previously shown to outsiders. Inside a new building just west of Paine Field in Everett, a...

Airbus in talks to delay some A320neo deliveries: sources

Airbus is renegotiating delivery schedules for its revamped A320neo jet and has told some airlines the aircraft will be delayed by around two months, industry sources said. The European planemaker missed a 2015 target for delivering the first aircraft, an upgraded fuel-saving version of its...


AAC Completes First Head-of-state Boeing 787-8

Completions specialist Associated Air Center (AAC) redelivered the industry’s first head-of-state-configured Boeing 787-8 to an undisclosed customer. (In 1989, AAC completed the first head-of-state-configured 757-200 for the same customer.) AAC’s in-house team designed the interior. Its 2,404 sq ft of cabin space can accommodate 82 passengers in three cabin zones, while...

CFM claims 50-second start-up time for A320neo engine

Start-up times are not a problem for the Leap-1A engine nearing entry into service in mid-2016 for the Airbus A320neo, manufacturer CFM International says. Each of the two Leap-1A engines installed on an A320neo need 50s to spool-up after the activation sequence is started, says CFM executive vice-president Allen Paxson, speaking on a teleconference with journalists on 5 February....

Airbus Helicopters’ H145 demonstrates its ability to perform offshore missions

The twin-engine multipurpose helicopter H145 has successfully proved its operational capabilities for challenging offshore missions. During a two-day flight trial in late January the established offshore operators Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH and HTM Offshore were able to test the H145 in all the relevant fields of offshore operations. Both aviation companies collaborate closely to offer their c...

Poland scraps $3 billion Airbus heli deal, launches Lockheed talks: report

Poland has decided to scrap the $3 billion deal for 50 Airbus utility helicopters and will buy only a few aircraft from the European company, the daily Rzeczpospolita reported on Thursday citing defense sources. The move, coming months before a NATO summit in Warsaw where Poland is expected to seek more allied presence on its territory, could strain Warsaw's ties with France and delay...

Eight top-secret aircraft that definitely aren't UFOs

Since its establishment in 1955, the Groom Lake airfield at Edwards Air Force Base—better known as Area 51—has hosted the development of some of the most exotic and advanced aircraft the world has ever seen. These so-called black projects, named for their ultra-classified nature, have produced planes like the SR-71 Blackbird, which is still the fastest and highest-operating aircraft ev...

Certification of the Rig’N Fly automatic oil platform approach mode for the H225

Airbus Helicopters has received EASA certification for the Rig’N Fly (Rig Integrated GPS approaches with eNhanced Fly-ability and safetY), an avionics enhancement designed to provide automatic rig approaches for offshore operations. First developed on H225. it will also be implemented on H175 (end 2016) and on H160. Rig’N Fly uses a combination of sensors (GPS, barometric...

HondaJet Nominated for 2015 Collier Trophy

Honda Aircraft’s HA-420 HondaJet is one of nine nominees—and the only business jet contender—selected by a National Aeronautic Association (NAA) committee to vie for the 2015 Robert J. Collier Trophy, the NAAannounced on Tuesday. The Collier Trophy is awarded annually “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America.” While the&nbs...

UK contract for Zephyr HAPS imminent

The UK Ministry of Defence is close to signing a contract with Airbus Defence & Space for the manufacture and testing of two Zephyr 8 high-altitude pseudo satellites (HAPS). A £10.6 million ($15.5 million) deal is expected to be firmed in the coming weeks which will see the unmanned air vehicle assessed through an operational concept demonstrator (OCD) programme to determine if the ca...

Gulfstream G500 Completes Flutter Testing

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced the Gulfstream G500 has completed flutter testing, achieving another milestone in the new aircraft's flight-test program. The first G500 test aircraft, T1, performed the tests over the course of more than 50 flights. "The G500 has accomplished a great deal since we launched the flight-test program in May 2015," said Da...

Tupolev 104: Harsh Proof Of Rapid Soviet Progress (1956)

A London-based journalist had a tough job of compiling a profile of the Tupolev 104 for Aviation Week in 1956, based entirely on observations of its landing at London Airport, photographs, and experts such as engineers knowledgeable in typical Russian aircraft design. The result is a comprehensive look at the civil aircraft painted in the livery of Aeroflot, Russia’s state-run...

Investing in the future: Airbus announces new UK wing development and test centre

A newly-announced wing development and test centre will expand Airbus’ “footprint” in the UK, while providing functional space for the company and its partners to develop new ideas for a broad range of applications. This facility – which is to open its doors in 2017, located on Airbus’ existing Filton site – will be an advanced development and testing centre...

Bombardier plans reverse stock split as shares dive: sources

Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier Inc, whose stock has hit its lowest level in 25 years, will soon announce plans for a reverse stock split, two sources familiar with the matter said, in order to remain a part of Canada's benchmark stock index. The sources, who are not authorized to publicly discuss the plans, said Bombardier's board of directors had already approved the plan be...

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Second Cessna SkyCourier test article took flight

Congratulations Textron Aviation on the successful flight of its second Cessna SkyCourier  flight test article P1! The milestone flight for the high-wing, large utility aircraft comes j...

Rolls-Royce gives updates on Trent XWB

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Elliott Aviation designated for TBM 940 upgrades/retrofits of Daher HomeSafe emergency autoland system in the U.S.

Daher has selected Elliott Aviation to install the HomeSafe™ emergency autoland system on TBM 940 very fast turboprop aircraft delivered in the U.S. market during 2019 and the first half of 2020...

New Bell manufacturing technology center unveiled

Bell  unveiled its new 140,000-square-foot Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) in Fort Worth, Texas. The MTC is an innovative proving ground where Bell will test and refine technologies and pro...

Airbus Orders & Deliveries July 2020

Airbus 2020 gross orders by July 31st totalled 369 aircraft with net orders, after cancellations, of 302 aircraft. The Company registered four new orders in July 2020. During the month, 49&nbs...

New Flagship of the best-selling turboprop family - Beechcraft King Air 360

Welcome the next generation of egendary King Air turboprop family - the Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER.The updated flagship turboprop offers the latest technological advancements in the cockp...

A unique Medevac solution - Phenom 300MED - for the best-selling light jet in the market

Welcome a unique Medevac solution - Phenom 300MED , which is also available for retrofit, through a partnership with umlaut and Aerolite. Embraer and umlaut are jointly developing and certif...

Cirrus Aircraft launches VisionAir Ownership Program

Cirrus Aircraft announced VisionAir, a revolutionary ownership program for the Vision Jet. Designed as a completely turnkey program, VisionAir includes everything needed to own, operate and manage a V...

Double delivery for Jetfly - 5th PC-24 and 1st PC-12 NGX

Jetfly Aviation took new aircraft: a fifth PC 24 and an initial PC-12 NGX. These acquisitions further reinforce the partnership of many years between the Swiss aircraft manufacturer and Europe&rs...

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Premier Aircraft as Diamond exclusive dealer for 19 U.S. states and two U.S. territories

Diamond Aircraft has appointed Premier Aircraft Sales as the exclusive Dealer for territories in the Northeast, Southeast and Central U.S. This announcement makes Premier Aircraft Sales the largest se...

New heights of manufacturing - Bell

Bell has proven its engineering and design prowess with the development of its V-280 Valor and Bell 360 Invictus aircraft, both of which have been down selected for the U.S. Army’s Future Vertic...

Gulfstream doubles down on Cabin Air Purification

Gulfstream announced an additional enhancement to its signature Gulfstream Cabin Experience, further investing in customer health through plasma ionization. The air purification system, which compleme...

Piper Aircraft 2020 apprenticeship class begins training

Piper Aircraft announced its second group of apprentices has begun their two-year training program. The apprentices recently made their first step towards a career in manufacturing by attending t...

New Bell manufacturing technology center unveiled

Bell  unveiled its new 140,000-square-foot Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) in Fort Worth, Texas. The MTC is an innovative proving ground where Bell will test and refine technologies and pro...

Rolls-Royce gives updates on Trent XWB

Rolls-Royce has identified indications of wear in the Intermediate Pressure Compressor (IPC) of a small number of engines during routine examinations of the engines following four to five years o...

Second Cessna SkyCourier test article took flight

Congratulations Textron Aviation on the successful flight of its second Cessna SkyCourier  flight test article P1! The milestone flight for the high-wing, large utility aircraft comes j...