Visitors to the 2014 EAA AirVenture this week in Oshkosh, Wis., can view an unusual aircraft making its first appearance at the air show: The Lark of Duluth, a fully flyable replica of the first airplane to carry a paying passenger. It is being featured in front of the show site’s vintage red barn for the entire week.
News and issues concerning aerospace companies, including formations, acquisitions, mergers and financials; and announcements of significant aircraft sales, delivery statistics and personnel appointments.
Airbus is working hard to complete A350 flight testing, which it hopes to close by the end of next month in preparation for formal European Aviation Safety Agency airworthiness approval in September. Principal remaining work involves long-range flights now under way following a maximum-energy rejected take-off (MERTO) demonstration at Istres Air Force Base in France on July 19. By July 22, the five A350 test aircraft had logged more than 2,250 hours during about 540 flights involving more than 1,380 takeoff/landing cycles.
Bombardier announced the retirement of Bombardier Aerospace president and COO Guy Hachey yesterday as part of a wider restructuring that will see 1,800 layoffs “in the coming months.” Hachey leaves the company after six years as COO.
Bombardier on Wednesday announced the retirement of Bombardier Aerospace president and chief operating officer Guy Hachey as part of a wider restructuring that will see 1,800 layoffs “in the coming months.”
Bombardier Aerospace recently completed a non-temperature-restricted bleedless auxiliary power unit starting test, following a 10-hour cold soak at -40 degrees F and using a starter/generation system and lithium-ion battery system. The Safran Microturbo e-APU system included a starter generator and power electronics from Thales and a Saft Li-ion battery system. The prototype equipment was designed for business jets, Bombardier said. The tests were conducted at the Safran Turbomeca cold-chamber facility in Pau, France.
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. It also concluded a sales rally by Airbus that resulted in the company winning business worth $75 billion, making this the most commercially successful Farnborough show in its history.
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.
Parker Aerospace is here at FIA 2014 (Hall 4 Stand A18) highlighting a variety of technology developments and improvements in its customer support provisions.
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.
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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