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June 20, 2011 - 3:00am
Gregory Polek

Sanguine projections for equipment demand by the air transport industry suggest good times ahead for the likes of Boeing and Airbus, and increasing production levels by both of the world’s major airframe OEMs would seem to reflect a level of optimism not seen in quite some time. But for Adam Pilarksi, senior vice president with U.S.

June 20, 2011 - 2:45am
Jeff Apter

Final assembly of GECI Aviation’s multi-purpose twin-turboprop SK-105 Skylander is to begin in the second half of this year, with a first flight scheduled for the second half of 2012 leading to type certification expected during the first half of 2013. This is six to nine months later than the original plan outlined by the French company.

June 20, 2011 - 2:33am
R. Randall Padfield

Aero Sekur’s new office in Parsippany, New Jersey, announced in late May, has two planned phases, explained CEO Mark Butler. In the initial phase, the “essentially engineering office” will support the existing activities of its sister companies–Aero Sekur SpA in Italy and Aero Sekur Ltd. in Farnborough, England–with their programs for customers Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and others.

June 20, 2011 - 2:30am
R. Randall Padfield
Aero Sekur’s airbag crash-landing system for helicopters promises to reduce G...

Aero Sekur is continuing discussions with helicopter manufacturers here at the Paris Air Show in its search for a launch customer for its in-development, crash-landing protection system for helicopters, which it introduced last year at the Farnborough airshow.

June 20, 2011 - 2:00am
Matt Thurber

Hampson Industries is enjoying a string of new contracts and ongoing programs that will help the U.S. company continue growing as a supplier of tooling used to manufacture structural aircraft components and as manufacturer of the components themselves.

June 20, 2011 - 1:30am
David Donald

Missile developers in the U.S. are working on new weapons that combine the effects and capabilities of several previous munitions into single weapons, with the aim of significantly reducing the number of types held in the inventory and dramatically increasing the in-flight flexibility of aircraft and helicopters compared with current armament options.

June 20, 2011 - 1:00am
Gregory Polek

More than a dozen so-called working teams from Pratt & Whitney, Airbus and various suppliers continue their evaluation of the integration challenge the companies face as orders mount for geared turbofan-powered versions of the Airbus A320neo airliner, with the airframer looking to advance entry into service by six months, to October 2015.

June 20, 2011 - 12:55am
Chris Pocock

The U.S. Air Force is adding new sensors to the Lockheed Martin U-2 Dragon Lady and postponing retirement of the veteran spyplane, after the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk UAV failed an operational test and evaluation (OT&E).

June 20, 2011 - 12:45am
Gregory Polek
Boeing’s new 747-8 Intercontinental says, “Bonjour,” to the City of Light as ...

The first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental flew into a blustery Le Bourget Airport Sunday morning, fittingly marking its international airshow debut in its distinctive reddish-orange Sunrise livery.

June 19, 2011 - 10:45pm
Vladimir Karnozov

So where do young Russians go to become airline pilots? How does the training startTypically, they apply to the advanced flying school at Ulianovsk, which is a well-regarded old institution. In 2010, Ulianovsk accepted 200 new cadets and graduated 82 of them.