Farnborough Air Show - 2014

Farnborough Air Show
AW169 contract signing at Farnborough Airshow

AgustaWestland announced at the Farnborough Airshow on Thursday that the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance of the UK has selected an AW169 twin-engine light intermediate helicopter to conduct emergency medical services (EMS) missions. The contract is the first EMS order in the UK for the AW169.

BAE Systems launched a new version of the Striker integrated display helmet for combat aircraft pilots here at the Farnborough Airshow this week. Mark Bowman, the company’s chief test pilot, demonstrated how BAE has leveraged its work on an alternative helmet-mounted display (HMD) for the Lockheed Martin F-35 to produce Striker 2. The company was tapped to provide the alternative, using night-vision goggles, after serious development problems with the Elbit Systems/Rockwell Collins HMD that is integral to the F-35 cockpit.

More than 60 cyclists representing TAG Aviation, Gulfstream, Cessna, Jetex and the Resource Group completed a 250-mile ride from Paris Le Bourget Airport to Farnborough Airport on Monday. The riders raised approximately $85,000 for aviation charity Fly2help, which gives people living with disability, serious illness, bereavement or isolation the chance to experience a flight.

AgustaWestland (exhibiting here at the Farnborough Airshow with parent Finmeccanica, Outdoor Exhibit 1) gained a contract worth £90 million (around $150 million) here yesterday to integrate Europe’s next-generation maritime missile on the AW159 Wildcat helicopter.

Airbus is working hard to complete the A350 flight-test campaign, which it hopes to close by the end of August in preparation for formal European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) airworthiness approval in September. By early last week, the five A350 test aircraft had logged 2,189 hours during 516 flights that involved more than 1,360 take-off/landing cycles.

The heritage of aviation is a proud one, and nowhere is there more history than right here at Farnborough. Some of the history lives on in flying examples of some of the most memorable and heroic aircraft of their time. For example, the world’s only airworthy Avro Vulcan can be seen in the skies over Farnborough. Photo: David McIntosh

The tradition of military participation at what is now the Farnborough Airshow dates back to the 1920s, when the Royal Air Force Airshow was held at RAF Hendon. The event moved around, settling here at Farnborough in 1948.

The military and airline segments tend to get all the big headlines at the Farnborough International Airshow, but business aviation certainly has a presence. The ability of executives to travel the globe in safety, security and privacy is a cornerstone of international trade at the highest levels. These chariots of international trade are a big part of the Farnborough show. Photo: Mark Wagner

Boeing’s developmental “Dash 9” version of the 787 Dreamliner was one of the hits of the Farnborough Airshow this year. The graceful, composite airframe put on an impressive show in the flying displays, and those who got to tour the inside got to see some of what goes into a new aircraft development program. Photo: Mark Wagner

An international airshow such as Farnborough draws participants and attendees from around the globe. The effort involved in preparation and execution boggles the mind. Set-up on the show site starts months in advance, and continues right up until the opening ceremony. Photo: Mark Wagner

Before the show starts, performers at the Farnborough International Airshow are required to demonstrate their routines for show officials. These “validation flights” take place in the days leading up to the show’s opening, and often reward work crews and other early arrivals with some of the best flying. In this shot, a vintage Avro Vulcan (the only airworthy example left) shows off its impressive power. Photo: David McIntosh

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July 17, 2014, 8:56 AM

AgustaWestland announced at the Farnborough Airshow on Thursday that the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance of the UK has selected an AW169 twin-engine light intermediate helicopter to conduct emergency medical services (EMS

July 17, 2014, 8:42 AM

A commitment today for 12 A330neos and eight A330s from Russia’s Transaero gave Airbus its sixth customer for the re-engined widebody, launched with a memorandum of understanding from Air Lease Corporation for 25 units on the first day of the show.

July 17, 2014, 7:40 AM

Delhi-based OIS AeroSpace (Hall 4 Stand 4/C12), an investor in advanced technology products and services with a focus on the aviation supply chain, offers products that could be tapped to honor India’s defense offsets.

At Farnborough 2014 yesterday OIS announced IObserver, a low-cost, fixed-wing, manned aerial surveillance platform based on the Italian SkyArrow very light aircraft (VLA). The platform was developed by OIS, OEM for the SkyArrow platform in India.

July 17, 2014, 7:40 AM

The Irkut MC-21 program, which is developing a family of single-aisle airliners, is on track to meet its current development schedule, according to officials of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC, Chalet B10 and Hall 1 Stand E8), at the Farnborough Airshow.

Among milestones reached and planned are assembly of the first MC-21 starting late this year or early 2015; first flight at the end of 2015 or early 2016; and entry into service in late 2017.

July 17, 2014, 7:30 AM

DRS Technologies, part of the Finmeccanica group (Outside Exhibit 1), is promoting a flight data recorder that deploys upon impact in the event of a crash. The system has been used for many years in military aircraft and helicopters operating in the offshore industry, and has been put to the test many times. The need for a system for commercial aircraft that can be easily and quickly recovered has been brought into sharp focus following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in March.

July 17, 2014, 7:30 AM

Parker Aerospace is here at FIA 2014 (Hall 4 Stand A18) highlighting a variety of technology developments and improvements in its customer support provisions.

July 17, 2014, 7:25 AM

Israeli electronics specialist Elbit Systems is presenting a wide range of its pilot situation awareness capabilities that can be applied to civil and military uses. Several of them are being demonstrated “live” here at Farnborough (Hall 1 Stand C14).

July 17, 2014, 7:20 AM

Rotron, a Gilo Industries Group company, announced here at the Farnborough Airshow the launch of what the company calls the first series of commercial off the shelf (COTS) heavy-fuel engines in the 20-60 hp category.

July 17, 2014, 7:20 AM

Liebherr-Aerospace (Hall 4 Stand E6) is here exhibiting its flight control and actuation systems, landing gear, air management systems and gearboxes as well as Liebherr-Elektronik electronic components. Highlights include the nose and the main landing gear of Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft, a wingtip brake for the Airbus A350 XWB, a cooling pack for the Comac C919 and a newly developed gearbox for an unnamed, next-generation helicopter program.

July 17, 2014, 7:15 AM

Electronic-component manufacturer TT Electronics-IMS is showcasing here at Farnborough International Airshow 2014 its full range of specialized manufacturing capabilities, and its accreditation by the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap). The production capabilities include cable harness manufacturing and assembly, printed circuit board assembly, environmental qualification and full product integration. The company also offers manufacturing analysis expertise, such as its “Product Life Management” services.

July 17, 2014, 7:10 AM

U.S.-based ITT Corporation (Hall 4 Stand A11) is showcasing the expanding aerospace portfolio of its Aerospace Controls, Cannon, and Enidine divisions here at the Farnborough Airshow, highlighted by the debut of new valves, actuators and vibration control technologies.

July 17, 2014, 7:05 AM

Simulator specialist CAE has just signed a contract with the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control program management organization to perform a major upgrade to the flight crew simulators that are used to train crews from the 16-nation joint force that flies the Boeing E-3A Awacs. This upgrade is being performed in parallel with a new flight deck upgrade for the 17-aircraft operational fleet.

July 17, 2014, 7:00 AM

Sikorsky (OE3, OE4) here on Monday announced that it has begun delivering S-76 medium twin helicopters equipped for executive transport and search-and-rescue (SAR).

Among the features that executive transport operators will enjoy, the company said, is the ability to keep the rotors static, i.e. not rotating, while running an engine to power the air-conditioning. It also claims its active vibration control and Quiet Zone transmission technology provide smooth and quiet cabin conditions, allowing normal conversations.

July 17, 2014, 6:57 AM

A proliferation of large wind farms in recent years has posed a new challenge to both air traffic control and the renewable energy industry. The rotating blades of wind turbines can appear as false aircraft returns on air traffic and other radars. This clutter can lead to radars becoming de-sensitized in the area of the wind farms, resulting in genuine aircraft tracks being all too easily lost. This phenomenon has already prevented or delayed the establishment of new wind farms due to objections from aviation authorities.

July 17, 2014, 6:55 AM

Troy, Michigan-based AGM Aerospace is launching an international supply chain collaborative here at FIA 2014. The collaborative is designed to bring Tier 1 through 5 suppliers together to “collaborate on a new methodology,” according to AGM director of aerospace Gavin Brown, “to take the cost out of the cost, using the aggregate demand model.”

The plan is to share information on a cloud-based platform to facilitate digital manufacturing. This will include engineering, modeling, simulation, production and delivery of finished components.

 

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