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Upbeat Engine OEMs Focus on R&D for Tomorrow
As orders pour in for existing engine models, engine OEMs are devoting time and money to developing powerplants for future net-zero airline operations.
IAE Sees V2500 Engine Business Continuing for Decades
The IAE AG partnership, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, expects its V2500 engine family to remain in service beyond 2045.
Standard for 100 percent Drop-in SAF Likely Two Years Away
Approval of a drop-in fuel standard will predate by several years approval of a separate initiative to develop a non-drop-in standard for 100 percent SAF.
CFM To Build 34K-pound thrust-rated Leap for A321XLR
The highest-thrust version of the Leap, physically identical to all other Leap-1A engines, will obtain the thrust bump by means of a data plug change.
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Bizav Aircraft Cabins Entering New Era in Connectivity
As new 5G and satcoms networks increase bit rates to bizav aircraft, providers expect passengers to benefit greatly from the expanded broadband capacity.
Consolidated Structures Business Broadens Collins Reach
Collins Aerospace merged its Aerostructures and Mechanical Systems businesses to develop advanced lightweight materials for all aerospace activities.
Promising Future Expected for Thermoplastic Composites
Advances in high-volume manufacturing and welding of thermoplastic carbon-fiber parts prompt OEMs to study further applications for the material.
Digital Copilot Approach Cuts Pilot Workload, Say OEMs
Automation has become key in reducing pilot workload and Merlin Labs expects entry of its one-pilot solution into commercial service by end-2023.
Pratt & Whitney Pursues Transformation Through Digitalization
Well into its digitalization mission, Pratt & Whitney believes the process will lead to further agility and efficiency throughout the organization.
ATR’s Hard-Landing Analysis Tool Proving Worthwhile
Within its first three months of service the Smart Lander tool allowed ATR to advise operators rapidly of landing gear maintenance needs.
GE Automation R&D Center Focuses on MRO Challenges
Having developed automation solutions for GE Aviation plants worldwide, GE Bromont is automating inspections for engine MRO.
Green Infrastructure Critical to Hydrogen Propulsion’s Success
Hydrogen’s success as a zero-CO2 emissions aviation fuel depends largely on its production and distribution using renewable energy at huge scale.
Overflight Bans Adding Time, Cost to Airline Routings
While Russian airlines feel the brunt of overflight bans, Western European airlines have seen disruption to their schedules in the Far East.
OEMs Still See Massive Market for Commercial Turbofans in Asia
Together, the nations of the Asia-Pacific region will account for nearly half of all commercial-jet deliveries in the next 20 years, engine OEMs reckon.
Thales Sees Asia-Pac as Fertile Ground for UAM Development
The Asia-Pacific region’s vast population, huge cities and poor road systems make it ripe for UAM market development, says Thales.
Small Narrowbodies a Natural Fit for Asia-Pacific
Embraer and Airbus reckon carriers’ post-pandemic efforts to adjust capacity to reduced demand represents a key Asia-Pacific sales opportunity.
Asia-Pacific To Drive Strong Demand for Bizav Avionics
Three major avionics manufacturers expect strong Asia-Pacific market demand for business aviation equipment, and for a variety of reasons.
OEMs See Many Asia-Pac Roles for Utility Aircraft
Textron, Viking Air and Britten-Norman outline widely differing Asia-Pacific mission opportunities for their utility aircraft types.
Asia-Pacific at Forefront of Collins Sustainability Efforts
Collins Aerospace has implemented many of its largest and most important industrial sustainability initiatives at its Asia-Pacific facilities.
UAL To Carry Pax on 737 Max 8 Flight Using 100 Percent SAF
United Airlines flies passengers on a Max 8 flight using 100 percent drop-in SAF.
GE Completes Its 1,000th Engine Foam Wash
As 360 Foam Wash engine-cleaning washes accumulate and customer numbers grow, the sustainability benefits of GE’s product increase.
Commercial-Engine OEMs Detail Emissions Work
All four major OEMs are working hard on engine-efficiency advances and hybrid-electric propulsion.
Asia-Pacific Offers Prospects For New ATR Turboprop
Almost a third of the total number of short-runway airports open to service by the new ATR variant are in the Asia-Pacific region.
Collins Aerospace Unveils Singapore Innovation Hub
The technology accelerator plans to deliver proof of concept on over 40 robotics, automation, data science and software projects within five years.
DHC Explores OEM Dash 8-400 Freighter Conversion
Interest from cargo companies in a Dash 8-400 freighter has persuaded DHC to consider launching its own conversion program.
De Haviland Sees APAC Opportunities for New Dash 8-400s
Strong interest in the version from Asia-Pacific carriers persuades De Havilland Canada to exhibit an Extra Capacity Dash 8-400 at Singapore.
MTU Expects Particularly Strong MRO Business Growth from Asia
Asia will provide a third of MTU’s engine-MRO shop visits by 2030 and China will account for half of the company’s Asian total.
Collins Expects Substantial Synergies from UTC-Raytheon Merger
Collins Aerospace will remain largely intact following the merger but its in-house military GPS business will be divested.
Air BP Begins Rolling out Fueling-safety Digital Platform in Middle East
Air BP is now acquiring the hardware and software needed to roll out its Airfield Automation platform at its Middle East and Northern Africa locations.
Leap Production and Deliveries Fully on Schedule: CFM
The Leap production ramp-up hasn’t really been affected by Boeing’s reduced 737 Max assembly rate, says CFM CEO Gaël Méheust.
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