Aerospace Industry

News and issues concerning aerospace companies, including formations, acquisitions, mergers and financials; and announcements of significant aircraft sales, delivery statistics and personnel appointments.

February 10, 2014 - 11:00pm
Goh Yong Kiat

Goh Yong Kiat is a rare individual: a senior manager in the aerospace industry who is also an avid aviation enthusiast and historian. This home-grown talent has just published his fifth book, a pictorial history of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) entitled “Full Spectrum Force.”

Goh’s backlist includes histories of air logistics in the RSAF, and the history of Tengah airbase. But his major work was “Where Lions Fly,” a comprehensive history of aviation in Singapore, which was published in 2012 and is still available from Straits Times Press.

February 10, 2014 - 5:20pm
A worker loads aircraft parts into a new autoclave at the expanded Aerospace Composites Malaysia facility, jointly owned by Boeing and Hexcel. The factory is to be expanded by 40 percent to accommodate increased production by Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Asia Pacific governments have long considered development of their aerospace industries a prime opportunity for technology renewal and overall economic growth. Several big OEMs have answered the call to help, allowing countries such as Singapore and Malaysia to develop into some of the world’s most active aerospace manufacturing, services and technology centers. Others, such as the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, show particular promise due to their rapidly expanding economies and young, energetic populations hungry for jobs.

February 10, 2014 - 5:10pm
Rolls-Royce’s Trent 1000, although destined for the 787-10, is scheduled to enter service first on the smaller 787-8 and -9 by mid-2016.

As Rolls-Royce (Booth N23) prepares to begin a two-year development and testing phase for the latest Trent engine–the Model 1000-TEN, designed to power Boeing’s stretched 787-10 large twin-aisle twinjet–it has completed three full demonstrators and is building a fourth that will be used in a 500 flight-cycle trial.

February 10, 2014 - 5:50am
AVIC’s display at the Aviation Expo China show included this scale model of the company’s J-31/Project 310. It’s designed to be marketed as China’s stealthy export competitor to Lockheed’s F-35.

The past two years have seen a number of developments with the military aircraft programs of the People’s Republic of China’s aerospace industry.

February 10, 2014 - 5:40am
Indonesia’s Lion Air operates Boeing 737s in Southeast Asia.

Boeing delivered a bullish market forecast for airplane sales in the Asia-Pacific region on February 10, citing strong anticipated economic and passenger growth over the next 20 years. The manufacturer expects that the region’s gross domestic product will grow at 4.5 percent annually over the next two decades, fueling annual passenger traffic growth of 6.3 percent and cargo growth of 5.8 percent.

February 9, 2014 - 7:30pm
Airbus’s A350 XWB MSN 003 completed cold weather testing in Iqaluit, Canada, on January 28, just ahead of the Singapore Airshow. At the show, the OEM is presenting its twin-aisle A350-900, which is making its first full international airshow display. Here in Singapore this week, industry observers will be keen to understand the manufacturer’s plans for the smaller A350-800, which has seen a steady erosion of orders as customers have upgraded to the baseline model.

As the Airbus A350-900 twin-aisle twinjet makes its first full international airshow display here in Singapore this week, industry observers will be keen to understand the manufacturer’s plans for the smaller A350-800, which has seen a steady erosion of orders as customers have upgraded to the baseline model. With average aircraft seat capacity moving inexorably to the right, Airbus executives are also mulling a possible double-stretched variant beyond the longer A350-1000.

February 9, 2014 - 6:40pm
By January, Rolls-Royce had completed some 6,000 hours and 11,250 real and simulated flight-cycles of running with 13 development examples of the Trent XWB-84 that powers the new Airbus A350-900 twin-aisle twinjet. Two of the engines were being used for cyclic tests at Rolls-Royce North America’s Outdoor Jet Engine Test Facility at the NASA John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Ahead of an initial engine run in the second quarter of this year, Rolls-Royce (Booth N23) has started to assemble the 97,000-pound thrust Trent XWB-97 powerplant that will power the heavier, 308-metric-ton (680,000-pound) max takeoff weight Airbus A350-1000 stretch variant of the new twin-aisle twinjet that has been flying since last June. The first items for the powerplant were arriving in the Rolls-Royce (RR) finished parts stores during January, according to program director Chris Young.

February 9, 2014 - 5:45pm

Newly merged divisions aiming to increase profitability and growth

February 7, 2014 - 11:10pm
This Mi-17-V5 was one of three operated by the TNI-AD’s (Indonesian Army Aviation) SkUAD 31 squadron at Achmad Yani, Semerang, and was sent to  South Sudan for use by the United Nations.

After years of neglect, the Indonesian Army Aviation (TNI-AD) is now set for some radical modernization in a bid to stem the country’s increasing threats. A deal for eight AH-64E Guardian helicopters worth around $500 million was announced in August 2013, but it is not clear if a contract has been signed. The original DSCA (Defense Security Cooperation Agency) notification quoted a figure of $1.42 billion to cover all the associated weapons (including 32 Hellfire missile launchers and 140 Hellfire AGM-114R3 missiles), support and other associated equipment. According to the U.S.

February 7, 2014 - 11:05pm
The first few of 16 KAI T-50Is were delivered to the Indonesian Air Force last September. All were scheduled to arrive at their new base at Madiun-Iswahyudi by the end of the year, but in January only 12 had arrived. The first six are in the colors of the TNI-AU’s Elang Biru aerobatic team.

Boasting one of the fastest growing economies in the world is allowing Indonesia to invest much-needed funds in its military. After years of stagnation caused by the 1997 financial crisis, leading to most of Indonesia’s military acquisition programs being cancelled, the situation deteriorated further when the U.S. imposed an arms embargo in 1999 that lasted until 2005.

 
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