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December 12, 2006, 12:12 PM

December 12, 2006, 12:05 PM

For several years large dark clouds have swept across the skies of light aviation in France. Last year less than 30 small piston airplanes were delivered here, compared with annual rates of 400 to 500 at the start of the 1970s.

December 12, 2006, 12:03 PM

International air show regulars have become accustomed to seeing Russian arms house Vympel’s line of air-to-air missiles (AAM) alongside Sukhoi’s fighter aircraft. But this week’s Le Bourget event marks the last time the companies will cohabitate.

December 12, 2006, 11:53 AM

Conventional winglets have come to be widely used on airliners, whether in the form of the Airbus A320’s wingtip fence or the up-swept devices characteristic of the A330/340 and Boeing 747-400. And if winglets are good, shouldn’t bigger ones be even better?

December 12, 2006, 11:51 AM

EDO Corp. is headquartered in New York and has grown by acquisition into a significant defense supplier. It now employs 2,700 people. Revenues last year totaled $461 million.

December 12, 2006, 11:50 AM

In the era of “smart weapons” a lot can still go wrong, not the least at the interface between the combat aircraft and the missile or bomb.

December 12, 2006, 11:48 AM

Last month Lockheed Martin chose Smiths Aerospace and Eaton Aerospace to participate in testing the F-35 JSF program’s approach to performance-based logistics (PBL) during the first phase of low-rate initial production of the multi-role stealth aircraft. The U.S.

December 12, 2006, 11:47 AM

Airliners now entering revenue service will be around for the next few decades, over which time forecasters expect the cost of kerosene to rise significantly. Higher oil extraction costs and likely carbon dioxide (CO2) emission limits will no doubt radically alter air transport economics.

December 12, 2006, 11:23 AM

Winglets increase efficiency by reducing lift-induced drag. They do this by relocating and diminishing the vortex at the wing’s tip, resulting in lower fuel burn, higher cruise speed and longer range.

December 12, 2006, 11:21 AM

Aviation Partners Boeing, the U.S. joint venture between “Blended Winglet” designer Aviation Partners and Boeing, last month received supplemental type certification for its winglet modification for the Boeing 757-200 airliner.

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