Companies within the McKechnie Aerospace group exhibiting in Hall 4 Stand G14 here at Farnborough International serve to highlight the complexity of modern airliners and just how important the smaller suppliers can be. For example, Hartwell–a member of its Structures group–has concluded an agreement with Aircelle to design and build a new fully remote, engine nacelle latching system for the Airbus A380.
Airbus’ confirmation that it is to go ahead with the A350 XWB, requiring much higher thrust engines than the original A350, has put the cat among the pigeons in the U.S. engine industry, with General Electric and Pratt & Whitney apparently poles apart on what they will offer.
Regardless of how massive the project, there’s no escaping the devil in the detail, as Airbus knows all too well since it announced the second major delay of the Airbus A380 last month. But until just recently it seemed the company would limit its public explanation of the problem to vague references to changes in wiring configurations and production bottlenecks.
EADS plans to appoint a British board member in the event BAE Systems goes forward with its sale of its 20-percent stake in the European conglomerate, company co-CEOs Louis Gallois and Tom Enders confirmed here during a morning press conference yesterday. Nevertheless, Enders made it clear that he has grown tired of the nationalistic politics that seem so fundamental to any discussion about the composition of EADS and its board.
CFM International predicts a huge demand over the next 20 years for up to 30,000 engines to power single-aisle aircraft as China, India, Latin America and Russia increase their fleet densities to the levels of western countries.
The Thales Formation Systems Trainer (TFST) being demonstrated here by the French group’s UK-based Thales Training & Simulation division (Hall 3 Stand C5) is part of a complete line of flight crew training equipment that embraces everything from PC-based desktop trainers to full flight simulators.
Airbus’ A318, and the A318 Elite executive version, are undergoing approval to make 5.5-degree steep approaches, such as that used into London City Airport. The steep approach approval, which included flight trials by the A318 into London City in mid-May, will enable the type to fly into airports that are constrained by surrounding obstacles or restrictive noise limits.
Last Monday, Airbus showed to the press its recently opened corporate jetliner center in the U.S.
Snecma Services (Hall 4 Stand B12) has won an engine maintenance, repair and overhaul contract from Nouvelair, a Tunisian leisure operator. The contract covers 27 CFM56-5A and –5B engines, which power Airbus A320 family aircraft. It notably includes double annular combustor support. In Morocco, Snecma Services’ joint venture with Royal Air Maroc, Snecma Morocco Engine Services (SMES), has upgraded its engine test cell.
Honeywell has signed several major long-term support contracts with JetBlue and US Airways.