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.
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.
Boeing subsidiary Alteon Training has extended its agreement with Thales UK with a $30 million deal to buy three more Boeing 787 training suites, comprising full-flight simulators (FFSs), flat-panel trainers and related desktop equipment. A May 2005 contract covers provision of an initial six such suites. The FFSs will feature Thales’ EM2K electric motion system.
New Airbus boss Christian Streiff yesterday issued a firm declaration of his intent to restore the company’s market credibility by unveiling the long-awaited revamped A350, known now as the A350 XWB. Although not an industrial launch, the announcement offered the first detailed look at the airplane, Airbus’ latest answer not only to the Boeing 787s, but to the 777-200ER and -300ER.
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.
One of the most technology-packed airplanes of all time recently received its brain, as it were. Rockwell Collins announced delivery of the Boeing 787’s core network cabinet, the first in a long line of components Collins is supplying for the program. The cabinet plays a key role in Boeing’s idea for an “e-enabled” airplane.
Three years ago, Boeing product support experts started thinking about new ways to take care of the 787 fleet. Many small airlines and startups were placing orders for the new airplane, and Boeing figured some airlines might want to focus more on getting customers to destinations and less on the logistics of operating and maintaining complex jet airliners. The U.S.
The need for tier-one aerospace suppliers to assume systems integration roles in major programs is viewed as conventional wisdom, but five years ago when Smiths (Chalet P1-5) started making this move it was not a decision to be taken lightly. According to Smiths Aerospace president Dr. John Ferrie, the leap up the supply chain has meant substantial extra investment, with $200 million to be plowed into new programs this year alone.