Fuselage

June 16, 2013 - 2:00am

Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Nordam Interiors and Structures division (Hall 3 Stand E145) has manufactured its 20,000th composite window frame for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This is the first ever composite window frame for a commercial airliner and it features an almost 50 percent weight reduction compared with traditional aluminum frames, according to Nordam, as well as “superior damage tolerance.”

The Nordam window frame incorporates Hexcel HexMC low-density composite material, which is made from high-strength carbon fiber and epoxy resin.

January 7, 2013 - 12:00pm

EADS Innovation Works is reviewing options for the materials Airbus could use on an airplane to replace the A320eo in 2022. The competition between metal and composites remains intense, prompting EADS IW boss Yann Barbaux to advise against betting on a full-composite airplane, now designated the A30X.

November 20, 2012 - 3:10pm

The first Bombardier Learjet 85 wing shipment arrived yesterday at the company’s Wichita assembly line and is now in the process of being readied for mating to the composite fuselage of flight test vehicle one (FTV1).

June 6, 2012 - 2:35pm

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive for the Gulfstream GII, GIIB and GIII requiring a measurement to determine the clearance gap of the exposed rounded portion of the doubler and clothespin fitting at the wing-to-fuselage attachment and repair if necessary.

April 23, 2012 - 10:00am
Spirit AeroSystems debris

Spirit AeroSystems’ Wichita employees returned to work en masse today to restart production following successful efforts to restore power and clean debris left by a tornado that tore through the company’s 45-building campus on April 14. Spirit said it intends to work on “quickly ramping back up to full-rate production” now that its workers have returned.

April 16, 2012 - 3:23pm
Spirit Aerosystems damage

Spirit Aerosystems will remain closed for at least two days after a tornado tore through its sprawling campus in Wichita on Saturday night, causing severe structural damage to at least “three or four” of the site’s 45 buildings.

March 14, 2012 - 9:48am
A350 XWB rear fuselage Hamburg

Airbus has finished structural assembly of the aft fuselage destined for the first flying A350 XWB (MSN1) at its manufacturing site in Hamburg, Germany.

December 9, 2011 - 10:00am
A350 XWB front fuselage St. Nazaire.

The first 21-meter-long front fuselage section for the Airbus A350 XWB has begun to take shape in Saint-Nazaire, France, where mechanics have begun joining the forward fuselage and nose sections, the European manufacturer announced today. The exercise will continue over the “coming weeks,” said Airbus.

August 15, 2011 - 11:42am
ANA’s first 787 Dreamliner rolled out of Boeing’s paint hangar in Everett, Wa...

Boeing expected the 787 Dreamliner to complete its type certification testing over the weekend, pending final analysis of function and reliability data collected during some 335 hours of flying with the seventh airplane to participate in the program, ZA102. All told, the program clocked more than 4,800 hours during some 1,700 flights since ZA001 took to the air for the first time on Dec. 15, 2009.

June 20, 2011 - 7:01am
Premium Aerotec successfully cured the first example of the A350XWB’s largest...

One of the big changes when Airbus unveiled its market-driven XWB revamp of the A350 back in May 2007 was the new structural concept: a fuselage constructed of 12 panels of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) mounted on frames of aluminum-lithium alloy.

 
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