Making its debut this week at the Farnborough International show, Raytheon’s Airborne Stand-off Radar (ASTOR) system will be delivered to the Royal Air Force (RAF) in stages over the next year. Comprising five modified Bombardier Global Express business jets and eight ground stations, ASTOR is a major new ground surveillance capability for the UK. Raytheon is now looking for additional customers.
Farnborough Air Show » July 17, 2006
Boeing is using Qinetiq’s low-speed wind tunnel for continuing evaluation of the 747-8, the latest iteration of the world’s first twin-deck widebody jetliner now midway through its fourth decade. The facility is located here at Farnborough, on the north side of the airfield.
After celebrating a bumper year in 2005, Rolls-Royce is pushing ahead with a huge program of reorganization to capitalize on its increasingly strong global position and secure its long-term stability.
In the 1950s and 1960s, turboprop aircraft such as the Vickers Vanguard were more electric than 2006 in-production airplanes. The Vanguard had an electric anti-icing system. So had the Shorts Belfast in the 1960s. The Rolls-Royce Tyne-powered aircraft had eight 50-kVA generators–two per engine. They featured variable frequency (320-485 Hz). The Vickers Valiant bomber had electric landing gear actuation.
While Boeing has arguably taken the lead in more electric aircraft systems with the new 787 airliner, European manufacturers are trying to strike back. Airbus and a group of equipment makers have joined forces on European research projects to validate more electric technologies. The Power Optimized Aircraft (POA) was the first of these projects, initiated in 2002, while More Open Electrical Technologies (MOET) is now the follow-on.
Probably more active here at Farnborough International 2006 than any other exhibitor is ATC Lasham (Hall 1/Stand B22), which handles all arriving and departing aircraft.
Honeywell Aerospace (Hall 1 Stand A9) is expanding its presence in Europe with a new Prague-based research and development facility that will employ up to 150 people by the end of 2006, increasing to 475 next year.
Last week’s transatlantic hop to Farnborough by two Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotors proved the long-range self-deployment capability of the revolutionary tilt-rotor. The daily flying display here by Bell Boeing test pilot Steve Grossmeyer is sure to be one of the highlights for show visitors.
India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), headquartered in Bangalore, has brought two examples–one civil production aircraft and a military prototype–of its indigenously designed Dhruv helicopter to show here at Farnborough International.
Embraer in the space of just 12 months has extended its range of business aircraft with three new jets. The announcement of its family of Phenom jets in May 2005 marked a new phase in the company’s strategy since it launched the Legacy 600 super mid-size executive jet in 2000.