Manufacturing

June 20, 2013 - 3:45am

Marenco Swisshelicopter has selected Donaldson Aerospace & Defense to provide the fuel filtration system for its new Skye SH09 helicopter. The equipment will protect the performance of the Honeywell HTS900-2 turboshaft that will power the eight-seat helicopter. Donaldson specializes in making lightweight, advanced filtration systems.

June 20, 2013 - 1:00am

At the Paris Air Show in 2009 Liebherr Aerospace & Transportation and Thales Avionics Electrical Systems announced a memorandum of agreement covering a range of business and technological initiatives in the field of power-optimized aircraft. The first joint research project is being showcased here in the form of a mock-up of the GETI test platform.

June 17, 2013 - 5:45am
Smac’s engineers create new elastomer formulas every month.

Smac Aero, a Toulon, France-based company specializing in elastomers for soundproofing and vibration dampening, is here at the Paris Air Show (Hall 2B Stand C140-158) exhibiting Smacpreg, a combination of pre-impregnated (prepreg) carbon fibers with a layer of rubber. As CEO Philippe Robert emphasized during a visit to the company’s development and production facilities, the new product is suited to fiber placement robots.

June 17, 2013 - 3:55am

Cabin technology appears to be moving at the speed of light, and more evidence of that rapid advance can be found here at the Panasonic and Thales exhibits in the form of eye-tracking and hand-gesture video controls.

June 17, 2013 - 3:25am
The FlexTrack device drills holes in 777 fuselage panels nearly perfectly.

To automobile mass-producers, automation in the aerospace manufacturing probably looks fundamentally immature. However, Boeing’s efforts in introducing robotics into 777 production at its widebody plant in Everett, Washington, have translated into some considerable efficiency gains following the company’s transition some eight years ago to a moving, U-shaped assembly line and simultaneous implementation of lean production processes.

June 13, 2013 - 1:15pm

The pre-owned business jet market showed “incremental weakness” last month, according to the latest business jet monthly report from J.P.Morgan North American Equity Research. “A single month does not make a trend, but May used-market data, including a sequential increase in inventory by 0.4 percentage points and 3.6-percent decline in pricing not seen since the first half of 2009, suggest that business jet demand will remain weak,” it said.

May 30, 2013 - 3:40pm

Pre-owned business jet and turboprop inventories continued their downward trajectory last month, according to data released yesterday by business aviation market information firm JetNet. But the overall picture of the pre-owned market remains mixed at best.

May 16, 2013 - 3:35pm

Inventories of pre-owned business jets and turboprops continued to edge downward in March, according to the latest figures from business aviation market information firm JetNet. While turboprops are a seller’s market, for business jets “it’s still a buyer’s market, with ample inventory at near-low average asking prices,” the company said.

April 17, 2013 - 1:12pm

Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS), the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft, now has parts warehouse in Brazil to support commercial operators of the S-76 and S-92 in that country. Powerpack, Sikorsky’s long-standing Brazilian representative, will manage inventory operations through the country’s special customs system known as Depósito Especial.

April 5, 2013 - 12:35pm

The AgustaWestland deal in India for AW101 helicopters that is being investigated after bribery allegations has prompted the Indian government to re-examine its already delayed defense procurement procedure 2013 (DPP). This is now focusing on “indigenization,” which defense minister A.K. Antony described recently as the “ultimate solution to the scourge of corruption.”

 
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