Satair (Hall 1 Stand C12) has become the exclusive distributor for Eaton Aerospace Group’s fuel systems division (FDS) in the UK. Denmark-based Satair has also agreed to provide aircraft-on-ground (AOG) and warranty return administration and support. Eaton and Satair have established a phased implementation plan designed to assure continuity of service and support during the transition.
Farnborough Air Show » July 19, 2010
Bombardier is about to freeze the design of its C Series airliner, marking the end of the project’s joint definition phase and the official start of the detailed design phase. In fact, according to Bombardier Commercial Airplanes president Gary Scott, many of the work packages have already entered detailed design, including parts of the structure, the wing and some of the systems.
This week’s Farnborough airshow will provide the closest look yet at what Irkut Corp. plans to deliver when it completes development of its MC-21 airliner family. The Russian company has had an almost full-scale mockup of the single-aisle transport produced in the U.S. and it will unveil it here today.
Sargent Aerospace & Defense is investing in extensive new facilities and reorganizing itself to be ready for what it anticipates will be an upturn in the aerospace market during the second half of 2011. The 90-year-old U.S. company has initiated a strategic realignment plan resulting in the integration of its four main manufacturing operations for OEMs and others for aftermarket support services.
L-3 Communications is here at the Farnborough airshow highlighting some of the technology with which it has been able to assert itself as a leader in systems developed to greater capability to existing military aircraft. The U.S.
Although last December’s world environmental meeting in Copenhagen ended with more of whimper than a bang, the head of the U.S. Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) predicts that aviation’s environmental impact will be a hot topic here when the CEOs of American and European manufacturers hold their annual dialog.
You could be forgiven for thinking that the best part of a generation has been expended in talking up the promised benefits of the U.S. NextGen air traffic management system. But, like its counterpart Single European Sky program over here, NextGen is now becoming a reality and the ITT group is a big part of this reality.
GE Aircraft Engines plans to build 100 GEnx engines this year and double that number next year, as the company accelerates production to meet a demand for 700 units from now through 2013. Now flying engines on the Boeing 747-8 and the 787 Dreamliner, GE–as of June 1–had built 28 GEnx-2Bs for the Boeing 747-8 and some 20 for the GEnx-1Bs for the 787.
Let’s face it: the aerospace and defense industries do not have good track records when it comes to keeping new product developments on-time and on-budget. And, like many other industries, they suffer from the habitual problems of inefficiencies throughout the sales, production and customer-support chains. Throw in the added pressures of squeezed income levels and rising costs and you have the makings of a major management headache.
Involvement in the European Space Agency’s Intermediate Experimental Vehicle program to devise re-entry technology for low-earth orbit programs has given Aero Sekur an opportunity to take its expertise in the use of lightweight, flexible structures literally into the realms of rocket science. The company was selected for the work in November 2009 and is due to complete the project by the end of this year.