The engineering team for GE Aviation’s new GE9X turbofan has completed development of the new carbon fiber composite material that will allow the powerplant for Boeing’s new 777X airliner to use fewer, thinner fan blades. Combined with the use of new composite case technology developed for the GEnx program, the engine will be around 1,000 pounds lighter than its predecessor.
The FAA last week issued oil company BP and unmanned aircraft manufacturer AeroVironment its first official approval for commercial operations over land in the U.S. using unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Flights using AeroVironment’s 13.5-pound Puma AE began immediately on June 8, performing aerial surveillance of BP’s pipelines and other facilities in support of the Prudhoe Bay oilfield in Alaska.
Last summer, the FAA issued restricted-category type certificates to the Puma for limited aerial surveillance but only over Arctic waters.
A contract from a Hong Kong-based owner of a Bombardier Challenger 850 has given Flying Colours Corp. the opportunity to develop its first cabin interior entirely made from carbon fiber. The aircraft was delivered after 16 weeks of work just before this year’s ABACE show, where the Canada-based maintenance, completions and refurbishment specialist is exhibiting (Booth H606).
For the fourth year in a row, NBAA’s Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference has given back to its host city in the form of its “Pay It Forward” charity drive, collecting some 525 pieces of gently used business attire to donate to local charities.
If romance is high on the list of interior design, Townsend Leather has a perfect idea: a new lace weave pattern. “In fashion, lace gives a romantic feel to any outfit, so why not do the same for your [aircraft] interior?” asks the company.
It’s not a true weave, but an embossing pattern that allows availability of full hides. For most part the tones are dark neutrals; new patterns use some different colors.
XOJet appointed Shari Jones as its new senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Based at the company’s Bay Area headquarters, she will be responsible for the development of integrated brand strategies and their execution across the company’s product offerings and consumer communication channels. Jones will report directly to XOJet president and CEO Bradley Stewart. She comes from Levi Strauss, where she led consumer marketing for Levi’s and Dockers clothing in the Americas.
For the third year in a row, NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers committee is sponsoring “Pay It Forward,” a charity drive centered around the annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which is taking place this week in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees were asked to bring gently used business attire to the show, which will then be donated to this year’s charity, Dress for Success San Antonio.
The ever-increasing use of composites in aerospace has given rise to technological advances not only in aerodynamics but in so-called green disciplines. Engineers have studied different processes for decades, and recycled composites from Boeing 787s have already found their way onto recreational products such as kayak paddles.
Green Hides Leather Studio describes Tango leather from the Verde Valley region of Italy, as “a modern classic” from the finest, hand-selected European hides. The Greensboro, N.C.-based purveyor of fine leather is introducing its new Tango line here (Booth No. 4150) as a full-grain, aniline through-dyed product with hand-applied two-tone tipped grain effect with “a luxuriously soft touch.”
Reaction to the collapse of negotiations between Hawker Beechcraft and Superior Aviation Beijing seems to be less that of surprise and more about the inevitability of the dead end the two companies reached.
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