Aircraft

July 11, 2012 - 3:33pm

Here are some fascinating supersonic facts about the Concorde:

•Just over 202 feet long, nine-foot-wide tube;

•Tail and cockpit sections added at Filton were built at Weybridge (Vickers, later BAC);

•Stretches six to eight inches in flight;

•Pressurized to 6,000 feet, so comfortable in cabin;

•Cruise: 1,350 mph (Mach 2 at 60,000 feet);

•Range: 4,300 miles, with 100 passengers in single class;

July 11, 2012 - 3:30pm

Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, a few short miles from Farnborough not only has a Concorde (G-BBDG) but it has also reassembled and refurbished the simulator that British Airways used to train pilots on the iconic supersonic aircraft. AIN went to find more about the “Brooklands Concorde Experience” before the show.

July 11, 2012 - 12:25pm
L-R: Lanny Schindelmeiser, director of customer response team; Marc Walker, manager of Farnborough RSO; Andy Nureddin, vice president of customer services and support, Bombardier Business Aircraft; and Eric Martel, president of Bombardier Customer Services and Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft celebrate the opening of the Farnborough RSO.

Farnborough, UK is the site of the newest Bombardier Aerospace regional support office (RSO). It is the 10th to open outside North America in the past four years and will anchor regional support capabilities for Bombardier’s business aircraft customers in Europe. The new RSO is located with Bombardier’s international sales office within the TAG Farnborough Airport Terminal building and alongside Bombardier’s authorized service facility, TAG Farnborough Engineering.

July 11, 2012 - 12:05pm

A new $11.5 million, 45,000-sq-ft. aircraft paint shop has entered service at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb., facility. It can support aircraft as large as the Gulfstream G650, Bombardier Global Express, Dassault Falcon 7X and Embraer Legacy. The new facility follows on the heels of last year’s implementation of a chrome-free paint process.

July 11, 2012 - 8:20am

AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters here have signed a “preliminary agreement” to jointly develop a new 2.5-metric-ton class (5,500 pounds) single-engine helicopter. Bruno Spagnolini, CEO of AgustaWestland, and Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitry Petrov inked the document. The program will be shared on a 50/50 basis.

July 11, 2012 - 5:45am

BAE Systems has been busy negotiating a full-rate production contract this week for its advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS), which was fielded by the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan this spring after years of development and testing.

July 11, 2012 - 1:50am

Boeing made history a few weeks ago when it rolled out the first commercial airliner built outside of its manufacturing base in the Puget Sound region of Washington state: a 787 Dreamliner produced at its new final assembly plant in North Charleston, South Carolina. For the U.S. airframer, it was a breakthrough after a changed approach to manufacturing that has been far from straightforward and uncontentious.

July 11, 2012 - 1:20am

Airliner manufacturers aren’t mind readers, so it isn’t easy for them to work out what passengers will request beyond the current generation of cabin services. To find out with more certainty, Airbus has surveyed more than 10,000 people who could be passengers four decades from now to learn their preferences.

July 11, 2012 - 1:10am

Airbus is producing a “final fix” to strengthen parts of the A380’s wing structure that have developed cracks on early examples of the very-large airliner. Aircraft now in production will be modified and the changes will be retrofitted to in-service aircraft. The cracks occurred on wing-rib feet that fasten skin panels to internal wing ribs.

July 11, 2012 - 12:40am

The emergence of “new competitors in very powerful places around the world” has led Airbus to pursue new technologies as a way to differentiate itself, according to strategy and future-programs executive vice president Christian Scherer. For instance, despite the tough economic times, the European airframer is investing around $2.5 billion in environmental research-and-development work this year alone.

 
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