Aerospace engineering

May 13, 2014 - 3:33pm

Dassault is considering using a large proportion of composite materials on the next generation of Falcons. “Hopefully we will have a full composite wing 10 years from now,” an executive at the company’s Biarritz factory, which has expertise in composites manufacturing, told AIN.

The rationale is that the expected weight reduction will provide fuel savings. Another executive at the Bordeaux Martignas plant, which specializes in wings–so far made of aluminum alloys–confirmed the new path.

May 4, 2014 - 2:25am

Sikorsky is proceeding with the second phase of flight-testing for its Sara demonstrator, an S-76 fitted with special equipment to expand operational automation.

May 3, 2014 - 5:40am

Owners and operators of U.S-registered aircraft are facing some expensive avionics mandates and upgrade requirements to meet new NextGen navigation standards. To help pay for these upgrades, the NextGen GA Fund was created to facilitate low-interest loans for individual aircraft owners and businesses that operate aircraft. The Fund is a result of legislation in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

May 3, 2014 - 12:55am

Aviation Performance Solutions has convinced operators of the value of upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT). The Mesa, Ariz.-based company has expanded its customer base rapidly even during the economic slump and is now pushing to take its message around the world.

As APS founder Paul “BJ” Ransbury told AIN, professional pilots “walk away from [our training] with dramatically increased chances to prevent an accident.”

April 29, 2014 - 2:54pm

The AgustaWestland AW609 civil tiltrotor achieved another milestone on the road to certification, recently completing autorotation testing at the company’s facility in Arlington, Texas. Over the course of 10 flight hours in March and early this month, an AW609 test aircraft made more than 70 power-off conversions from airplane to helicopter mode.

April 28, 2014 - 12:25pm

The pilot of a Cessna Citation 501 departed in IFR conditions on a clearance that required 6,000 feet as the first level-off point. At approximately 3,000 feet the yaw damper and autopilot in heading mode were both engaged.

April 23, 2014 - 11:55am

The Bell Helicopter Training Academy has received Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approval to conduct Bell 412EP/412EPI B1.3 and B2 Part 147 technical training at its Singapore Service Center. The Australian CASA approval expands the academy’s ability to provide regulated maintenance courses in the Asia-Pacific region.

April 16, 2014 - 2:04pm
Saab Gripen 39-7

Selex ES announced it recently carried out successful end-to-end trials of its BriteCloud expendable decoy program, launched last November in conjunction with partner Saab, which is pitching BriteCloud as an electronic warfare option for the Gripen fighter. The announcement comes days after Saab revealed it had begun flight-tests with Selex ES’s Skyward G infrared search and track (IRST) system. The Finmeccanica group company is also supplying the ES-05 Raven AESA radar for the new-generation Gripen E.

April 11, 2014 - 3:00pm
Cirrus SF50

Cirrus Aircraft’s first production conforming Vision SF50 very light jet, dubbed “C-Zero” (C0), achieved its maiden flight last month from Duluth International Airport, where the company has its headquarters. V1–a nonconforming SF50 prototype of the all-composite, single-engine jet–has been flying July 3, 2008.

 
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