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June 19, 2011 - 5:01am
AIN Staff

Eight Trent XWB engines–serial numbers 20990 and 20001 through 20007–are being used in Rolls-Royce’s test program. Following are descriptions of the status or goals for each of the eight:

By the end of this month, the manufacturer hopes to complete pass-off tests of Trent XWB 20990, its most highly instrumented flight-test engine ever, ahead of trials aboard the Airbus A380 flying test bed.

June 19, 2011 - 5:00am
AIN Staff

With positive early test results and an accelerating work schedule, Rolls-Royce is confident it can deliver the Trent XWB as a mature engine, ready for full production before the end of 2014. Related technology programs are said to be on track in terms of high temperature and thrust.

June 19, 2011 - 3:50am
Chris Pocock

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 is the Pentagon’s largest cooperative program. Eight partner countries are collectively contributing $4.9 billion to the system design and development phase (SDD). They have projected a total buy of 597 aircraft as follows: Australia, 100; Canada, 65; Denmark, 30; Italy, 131; The Netherlands, 85; Norway, 48; Turkey, 100; and the UK, 138.

June 19, 2011 - 3:00am
Ian Goold

International Aero Engines (IAE) will begin to consider a “SelectThree” variant of its established V2500 turbofan around the end of 2011 as a potential follow-on to the SelectTwo version unveiled earlier this year and launched by Middle East operator Gulf Air.

June 19, 2011 - 2:40am
Thierry Dubois

Building on a strong upturn in global airline traffic, Airbus is ramping up production of all its models–A320 family, A330 and A380–while keeping a careful eye on possible supply chain issues that could hit increased output rates for these models and also for the new A350 XWB widebody. Meanwhile, costs and an uncompetitive euro-dollar exchange continue to give headaches to the European airframer’s top management.

June 19, 2011 - 2:25am
Charles Alcock

L-3 Communications has confirmed plans to more than double the size of its Mobius optionally manned aircraft. The new version will be 140 percent larger to allow for a two-seat manned configuration. The second seat can be occupied by a second pilot and/or sensor operator.

The existing development model has a maximum takeoff weight of 3,000 pounds and a wingspan of almost 27 feet.

June 19, 2011 - 2:20am
Charles Alcock

Prompted in part by the prospect of squeezed Pentagon budgets, U.S. defense groups have been consolidating operations in pursuit of higher value, higher technology pursuits.

June 19, 2011 - 2:00am
R. Randall Padfield

European aerospace giant EADS and its four divisions–Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter–will hold more than 20 workshops here at the Paris Air Show to help recruit more than 4,000 new-hire employees and 4,000 interns. Entitled “Work for EADS,” the workshops will take place every day this week, apart from Sunday. Participants will meet top EADS executives, engineers and human resources representatives.

June 19, 2011 - 1:40am
Bill Carey
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency uses Raytheon’s SeaVue radar in...

Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems division has upgraded its SeaVue maritime surveillance radar, incorporating a situational awareness package that has been fielded with the U.S. Navy and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency and is now available for export.

June 19, 2011 - 1:21am
Charles Alcock

There is one segment of aviation that has been largely impervious to the economic downturn–the highest of the high fliers; namely, owners and passengers in large-cabin business jets. They have proved to be early adopters of the most advanced in-flight connectivity and so it is to this sector that OnAir has turned its attention more recently, with half a dozen of its three dozen clients in this market to date.