Cessna, Bombardier and Raytheon have taken fundamentally different approaches to their new business jet designs. Here at the show, the talk reflects just how stark those distinctions are.
U.S.-based Nordam will support the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) here in Singapore in the creation of an aerospace composites training program under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed at the ITE College Central, Yishun Campus.
As it prepares for an anticipated program launch of its C Series airliners later this year, Bombardier continues to fine-tune the design to achieve further operating cost reductions. With the price of jet fuel having almost tripled over the past three years, Bombardier’s goal of achieving a 15-percent cash operating cost benefit had become all the more daunting.
Gulfstream Aerospace's announcement yesterday of four new directors at its Savannah, Ga. headquarters hints at design elements for the widely expected G600, which is thought to be a composite-fuselage, long-range widebody business twinjet. Gulfstream has repeatedly denied such speculation, and a spokesman today maintained there officially is no G600 model, even though the company holds trademarks for this model name, the G625 and G675.
GMT, a Rhode Island-based composites specialist, recently delivered two highly customized showers to MAV Aircraft Services for installation in an executive Boeing 767 being done by the Fort Worth-based interiors specialist. Both composite enclosures measure 40 inches in diameter, 80 inches tall and feature curved, transparent Lexan doors and a slightly raised floor that allows water to run off around the edge and into a hidden drain.
GKN Aerospace is working toward out-of-autoclave processing of carbon-epoxy laminated structures upward of 23 feet long and 275 pounds in weight and has already manufactured components up to 8.2 feet long and weighing 175 pounds in an R&D environment.
Boeing made the apparently radical decision two years ago to use composites for most of the primary structure of its new 787 jetliner, resulting in a need for around 35 tons of the material per airplane. Japan’s Toray Industries, whose Torayca pre-preg is used already by Boeing for the 777’s tail and floor beams, was selected a year ago to supply the raw material, which combines carbon fibers with toughened epoxy resin.
Tests currently under way at the Airbus UK facility in Filton are exploring technologies aimed at extending the use of advanced composite materials on the main wing of future airliners such as the A350.
French aerospace research agency Onera (Stand A321) is exploring a new way to cut noise inside the cabin of an airplane. Researchers have used a principle that simply is the reverse of the usual one.
The recently unveiled Spectrum 33 business jet can be categorized as “very light” in terms of weight and yet its cabin is roomier than that of a Cessna Citation CJ2, which would not be categorized in the very light jet (VLJ) class. The new airplane’s composite airframe and its additional electric systems are no strangers to this paradox. The first prototype built by U.S.