A board stacking connector, sometimes known as a board to board connector or simply PCB connector, is an item that provides a foundation, housing, and terminals for printed circuit boards. Manufacturers in the industry will use board stacking connectors because it enables them to utilize more than one printed circuit board while simultaneously keeping them organized and condensed. By stacking the printed circuit boards on top of one another, you can save space inside of your computer or wherever else you are placing your printed circuit boards
There are many different types of board stacking connectors, with a common one being the two piece standard pitch with pin-to-pin sockets. Two stacks of PCBs is common but you can also utilize three or more. The process of putting PCB boards together in this fashion is known to some in the manufacturing sector as “flexible stacking” and it is used in various fields including telecom, medical, tech, automotive, instrumentation, industrial, etc.
Another reason why board-to-board connectors are referred to as flexible stacking is because of its ability to move the plastic insulator up and down the terminal pin. You can move the printed circuit board around to different heights, some of which include a low profile of 2.29 mm as well as elevations of 5.08 mm, 1.27 mm and 1.00 mm. If you cannot find a board to board connector that offers the heights and customizations that you are looking for, then you may be able to request customization from your trusted provider. Such modifications include the atypical angling or bending of pins, modified footprints, specialized paltings, screen printing of part numbers, headers with ferrites, special cable or wiring, and more.
Transformers are electrical devices that allow an AC input signal (like audio) to produce a related AC output signal without the input and output being physically connected. This phenomenon is called inductive coupling. Inductive coupling occurs by having two or more coils of insulated wire wound around a magnetic metal core. These wire coils are called windings. When an AC input passes through the input winding (the primary), a related AC out signal appears on the output winding (the secondary). This wireless magnetic field communication is preferred over expensive and inefficient downtimes of physical connectors that wear down quickly due to mating and de-mating. In this article, we will focus on transformers designed for audio.
There are two basic types of audio transformers, step-up / step-down transformers and Unity 1:1 transformers. In a step-up / step-down transformer, the primary and secondary have a different number of windings, thus they can create different impedances. These impedances cause a signal level change as it passes through the transformer. When the secondary has more windings than the primary (a higher impedance), the secondary signal level will be a higher voltage than the primary. When a transformer has multiple taps access to multiple impedances and different signal gains or losses can be achieved. For example, a microphone may utilize a step up transformer that ultimately steps up the signal level and impedance of input currents, resulting in an amplified audio output.
Unity 1:1 transformers, often called isolation transformers, use the same number of windings on each coil. Identical impedance of the primary and secondary, ensures that the signal level does not change. These transformers transfer an unmodified audio signal from the primary to the secondary and also block DC voltage and radio frequency interference (RFI).
Limitations for audio transformers include frequency response, a maximum input level, and the inability to step up a signal more than 25 dB (when typical audio circuits are used). Audio transformers will reduce or block signals that are below or above the audio range of 20 - 20,000 Hz. When the max allowance is surpassed, distortion occurs and the transformer is considered “saturated” and cannot hold anymore signal
With the debut of GPS for the consumer and business market, the technology has seen tremendous growth in its use and applications. From smartphones to vehicles, GPS services are often just a click away and can provide life saving information. Within marine equipment, GPS can now help increase safety and navigation while traversing the open waters. As the years go by, technology for marine navigation is constantly improving as well. In this blog, we will give a short overview of the various types of GPS and navigational systems that can be used for vessels.
The first type of GPS Antenna that can be used are handheld devices. These prove to be reliable, easily transportable, and fairly cheap. As they are not specifically designed for marine vessels, they can be used for other things such as driving, travelling, hiking, and more. As they are smaller it is recommended that external antennas be attached for increased signal if possible, as well as have them mounted for easier use.
The second type of marine navigation is through chartplotters. With chartplotters, GPS information can be displayed with nautical charts, making them more suitable and useful for marine vessels. These types of systems often need to be mounted, and with an external antenna and a GPS receiver, which are often included, they can be very powerful and reliable.
The last type is through connecting a computer through a GPS, which allows for the use of chartplotters, various software, planning routes, and navigating all through one system. These can be extremely useful, through their drawbacks come in their price.
With a GPS, navigation through open waters can be much easier and safer. If there is an emergency, many GPS allow for the sending of your vessel’s coordinates to rescuers so they can easily locate you and provide assistance. Some GPS even can provide warnings if you stray too far off your plotted course, increasing the ease of traversing the ocean. A reliable GPS can be one of the most important marine hardware and hull items, and with their technology constantly growing in power and decreasing in price, having one can be a major benefit for any vessel.
In any electric circuit breaker, resistors play a key role in managing the flow of electricity. Sometimes however, an electrical engineer only wants to limit certain amounts of current, rather than a blanket level. In these cases, the designers or engineers will install a varistor, a voltage-dependent resistor. A portmanteau of “variable resistor,” a varistor’s resistance decreases as the voltage flowing through it increases. In the case of an excessive voltage increase, their resistance drops dramatically, making them very useful serving as transient voltage suppression, which can be caused by natural phenomena like lightning strikes and electrostatic discharges.
Voltage Control have what is called a nonlinear varying resistance. This means that impedance is high under nominal load conditions, but decreases sharply to a low value when a voltage threshold, called the breakdown voltage, is exceeded. Varistors are typically used to protect circuits from excessive voltages; when a circuit is exposed to a high enough voltage transient, the varistor starts to conduct and clamps the transient voltage to a safe level. The energy of the incoming surge is partially conducted and absorbed, which in turn protects the circuit.
The most common type of varistor is made from metal oxide, constructed from a sintered matrix of zinc oxide grains. The grain boundaries provide P-N junction semiconductor characteristics, similar to a diode junction. When a low voltage is applied, only small amounts of current flow, caused by reverse leakage through the junctions. However, when a high voltage is applied to the varistor, the breakdown-voltage is exceeded, and the junctions experience an avalanche breakdown allowing a large amount of current to flow.
Another common type of varistor consists of silicon carbide, which used to be the most common type of varistor before metal oxide varistors. They are used extensively in high power, high voltage applications, but suffer from the drawback of drawing significant standby current, and require a series gap to limit their standby power consumption. Other alternatives include selenium cells, zener diodes, and crowbar devices like Bellows Gas Turbine and thyristor surge protection devices.
The nonlinear characteristics of varistors make them ideal as surge protector devices. Varistors can typically be found in surge protector power strips, telephone and communication line protection, cable TV surge protectors, PC power supply protection, microprocessor protection, electronics equipment protection, and more.
Maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) describes the maintenance activities conducted regarding aircraft and aviation. Often, MRO are professional services provided by a variety of businesses and experts, working with different segments of aviation including business and commercial aircraft, helicopters, military, and more. For aircraft in general, there are various set FAA guidelines for required inspection, repair, and overhaul to ensure that aircraft remain airworthy and safe to operate. MRO is an important service to ensure aircraft remain airworthy, and these providers play a very integral role in supply chain management.
With MRO being important for the management of aircraft, their condition, and airworthiness, it is important for buyers to have an effective MRO infrastructure with inventory and spending management. With effective MRO practices, buyers will find decreased downtime of equipment, organized spending and budgets, as well as happier stakeholders.
To aid buyers’ budgets, measuring MRO spending should be done as a percentage based amount rather than a set number. As maintenance and repair parts do not need to represent much more than a small amount of inventory, three to ten percent of one’s procurement budget is what is recommended to be set towards these services and parts. The popularity of one stop MRO distributors are also rapidly increasing with time and can often supply most needed parts and services from various aircraft manufacturers. By working to narrow the amount of suppliers for parts procurement and utilizing one stop shops, buyers can reduce the amount of spending for MRO and create a manageable inventory sourcing system.
When it comes to managing inventory and purchasing, it is recommended to have total accountability for all parts, as well as avoid making hasty purchases that may lead to unneeded expansion of inventory. It is also important to keep track of, and keep stock of all part types that are to be used for MRO services. Having a strong MRO procurement system with parts in the stockroom ready when needed will create trust and strength in your strategy. By optimizing inventory management and spending, more efficiency and supplier accountability can be achieved.
National Stock Numbers (NSNs) are assigned by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, which is a sub-branch of the U.S. Department of Defense. All items that are stocked, sourced, and procured within the U.S federal supply system is assigned an NSN by the DLA. A manufacturer can not request an NSN. Instead, there must be an official need for the component from either the U.S. military itself, a government contractor, or a NATO country. Also known as NATO number, NSNs are officially recognized by all the NATO countries. Although a U.S. based program, components manufactured outside the U.S. are eligible for NSNs.
The idea of the NSN system stems back to WWII where the need for components was understandably high. It became apparent however, that there was no clear identification system for parts, which meant that there was often a surplus of parts in one place, but a deficit in others. Manufacturers also had free liberty to name their parts, so one part had multiple different names. From an efficiency point of view, part sourcing during WWII was ineffective and necessitated change.
NSNs are easily identifiable as a 13-digit serial numbers that are usually in the format xxxx-xx-xxxxxxx. The first four digits of the NSN are known as the Federal Supply Classification Group. The FSCG determines which of the 645 subclasses an item belongs to. The FSCG is further split into the Federal Supply Group (FSG) and the Federal Supply Classification (FSC). The FSG is made up of the first two digits of the NSN which determines which of the 78 groups an item belongs to. The second 2 digits make up the FSC, which determines the subclass an item belongs to. The remaining 9 digits are made up of the 2-digit country identifier followed by the 7 digit National Item Identification Number (NIIN). The US for example, has the country identifier, 00. The Department of Defense publishes the H2 handbook that lists all the current federal supply groups and classes. This is a handy reference guide for aviation and defense components as it lists all the part inclusions and exclusions in the federal groups and classes.
There are 10s of millions of NSNs within the federal supply system. Due to the sheer number of NSNs, the DoD relies on other suppliers to regulate the supply chain. Using NSNs, parts can be located and sourced from all NATO countries in an efficient manner. Independent suppliers such as ASAP Parts Online can source and distribute all different categories of NSNs for the aerospace and defense industries. Owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, ASAP Parts Online has an inventory of over 2 billion NSNs. We make sure to list all our NSNs alongside their corresponding sourcing information such as FSC, FSG, NIIN, and the manufacturer. Visit our website, ASAP Parts Online, or call us at +1-702-919-1616 to learn more about NSNs or begin sourcing today.
Derived from the term “thermally sensitive resistor,” thermistors are accurate and cost-effective sensors for measuring temperatures. Thermistors are available as negative temperature coefficient (NTC), and positive temperature coefficient (PTC), with NTC thermistors being the more commonly-used. NTC thermistors have their resistance decrease as their temperature increases, while PTC thermistors’ resistance increases as their temperature increases.
Thermistors are made from metallic oxides, binders, and stabilizers, pressed into wafers and cut into chip size, left in disc form, or made into another shape. The precise ratio of these materials governs their resistance/temperature “curve.” This is closely controlled, as this determines how the thermistor will function.
Thermistors are comprised of materials with a known resistance. As the temperature increases, an NTC thermistor’s resistance will increase in a non-linear fashion, following a particular curve. The shape of this resistance vs. temperature curve is determined by the properties of the materials that make up the thermistor.
Thermistors are available with a variety of base temperatures and resistance vs. temperature curves. Low-temperature applications generally use lower-resistance thermistors, while higher temperature applications use higher-resistance thermistors. Thermistors must be accurate, durable, long-lasting, and inexpensive. They are often chosen for applications where ruggedness, reliability, and stability are important, where environmental conditions are extreme, and where electronic noise is present. Thermistors with epoxy coatings are used in lower temperature applications (-50 to 150 degrees Celsius), while glass-coated thermistors are used in higher temperature applications (-50 to 300 degrees Celsius).
Thermistors are available in several configurations. The three most commonly-used are hermetically-sealed flexible (HSTH) thermistors, bolt-on/washer, and self-adhesive surface-mounting. HSTH thermistors are sealed within PFA (plastic polymer) jackets to protect the sensing element from moisture and corrosion. They are used to measure temperatures of liquids like oils, chemicals, and food. Thermistors with bolt or washer-mounted sensors are installed to standard-sized threaded holes or openings. Lastly, surface-mounted thermistors have adhesive exteriors and can be stuck in place on flat or curved surfaces, and can be removed and re-mounted at will to serve their various commercial and industrial applications.
What goes up must inevitably come back down. An aircraft’s landing gear ensures that the “coming back down” part ends safely and allows the aircraft to maneuver safely on the ground. Landing gear on aircraft comes in several different types and configurations, which this blog will explore.
What are the types of landing gear?
The first type of widely used landing gear is tailwheel-type landing gear, also called conventional gear because so many early aircraft used it. Tailwheel fitting actuator landing gear places the center of gravity behind the main wheels, causing the tail to require support from a third wheel assembly. A few early aircraft designs used a skid rather than a wheel, but improvements to landing runways and wheel durability negated the need for them. A tailwheel configuration causes the aircraft’s nose to angle upwards when on the ground, which elevates the engine and allows a larger propeller to be installed, which compensates for older, unpowered engines. This greater clearance also allows the aircraft to operate in and out of unpaved runways, and in the wilderness for bush flying. For these reasons, and for the fact that a light tail assembly saves weight, tailwheel aircraft are still made to this day.
However, tricycle-type landing gear is the most frequently used type in modern aircraft. In a tricycle aircraft, the center of gravity is in front of the main gear, requiring a wheel in the nose to support the aircraft’s weight and balance it on the ground. Tricycle landing gear have several advantages: they allow for more forceful application of the brakes without nosing over when braking, they provide better visibility from the cockpit during landing and ground maneuvering, and they prevent ground-looping on the aircraft since forces affecting the aircraft’s center of gravity push it forward rather than causing it to loop. Most aircraft have steerable nose gear, either attached via mechanical linkage to the rudder panels, or by hydraulic power linked to an independent tiller in the cockpit.
How does aircraft landing gear work?
Main landing gear are attached to a reinforced wing or fuselage structure and will often have two or more wheels to spread the aircraft’s propellers weight over a larger area and provide a safety margin should one tire fail. When more than two wheels are attached to a landing gear strut, it is called a bogie. The number of wheels on a bogie is a function of the gross weight of the aircraft, and the surface type the aircraft is intended to land on. The Boeing 777, for instance, uses a triple bogie main gear featuring six wheels.
Alternative landing gear types do exist. Tandem landing gear sets, featuring a main and tail gear aligned on the longitudinal axis of the aircraft, are used by sailplanes, several military bombers like the B-47 and B-52, and the VTOL Harrier jet. Helicopters use landing skids, and seaplanes will mount floats rather than wheels to be able to take off and land on water.
The increasing complexity of aircraft engine systems has facilitated more requirements of proper lubrication. Aircraft engines require lubrication to prevent friction from reducing the engines’ efficiency; oil is the lifeblood of the engine. If the oil flow to the bearings stops, the lubricating films break down and cause degradation, wear and tear, and burning between moving parts. Fortunately, the engine fuel pump and oil system are very reliable. Like the circulatory system of the human body, they quietly perform their functions.
The central purpose of lubricant is to reduce friction caused by metal foil resistors. Lubricating oils provide a film that permits surfaces to glide over one another with less friction. Therefore, lubrication is essential to prevent wear in mechanical devices where surfaces rub together repeatedly. The selection of the proper lubricant depends on the design of the equipment and the operating conditions. Maintenance instruction manuals or maintenance requirements cards list the type of lubricant required for specific aircraft. With an understanding of the different types of lubricants, their characteristics, and purposes, you will know why we must utilize the proper lubricant. Using the wrong type of lubricant, mixing different types, or lubricating improperly can cause extra unnecessary maintenance and part failures.
Lubricants are classified according to their source—petroleum, mineral, or synthetic. Mineral-base lubricants are usually divided into three groups: solids, semisolids, and liquids. Petroleum-based oils were used in early aircraft engines. This oil was distributed in two grades—1010 for normal use and 1005 for extremely low temperatures. A MIL-PRF 6081 grade 1010 is still used as reserve oil in fuel systems. As the power output of jet engines increased, aircraft were able to fly higher. The operation of jet engines at these higher, colder altitudes and higher engine temperatures created greater demands on lubricating oils. This, in turn, required the development of synthetic lubricants that could withstand these higher bearing temperatures.
Engine lubrication is one of the primary functions oil provide. Oils should have the following characteristics to lubricate properly:
Lubricating oil must cool moving parts by carrying heat away from gears and bearings. This is a vital process considering the numerous parts located next to burners or turbine wheels, where temperatures can reach over 1700°F. Liquid lubricants cool by pumping or spraying oil on/around bearings or gears. The oil absorbs the heat and dissipates it through oil coolers.
Another function of lubricating oil is cleaning. Oil carries dirt, small carbon and metal particles, gum, and varnish to filters. This has become increasingly important with the higher compression ratios, engine speeds, operating temperatures, and closer tolerances between parts in newer engines.
Within each flight cycle, an aircraft fuel system must deliver clean fuel to the engine at a proper flow rate to sustain flight— regardless of the operating conditions. A fuel system is composed of boost pumps, tanks, strainers, selector valves, pressure gauges, engine-driven pumps, and more.
Typically, there are several tanks to store the required amount of fuel. The location of these depends on the system design and structure of the aircraft. In a standard assembly, a line leads to the selector valve from each one of these tanks, which is operated from the cockpit. The aircraft fuel pump boosts then forces fuel through the selector valve to the main line strainer. The strainer acts as a filtering unit, which removes water and dirt from the fuel. It then travels through a bypass in the engine-driven pump, causing it to rotate. Once it is operating at an adequate speed, it delivers fuel to the metering device to measure, allowing the aircraft to start up. These aircraft fuel systems can be categorized into two variations: a gravity feed system or a pump feed system.
It is not uncommon for aircraft to come equipped with a fuel tank in each wing. In this design, gravity is used to deliver the fuel to the engine; hence, a gravity feed system. The area above the fuel is vented to sustain atmospheric pressure on the fuel as the tank is emptied. The tanks are also vented to each other to maintain equal pressure between the two of them. An outlet on each tank feeds lines that connect to a fuel shutoff valve or multi position selector valve. As the fuel travels it passes through a main system strainer which removes sediment and/or water. It then flows to the carburetor or the primer pump for engine starting and operating. The gravity feed system doesn’t require a fuel pump and is simplistic in design.
Pump feed systems involve one or more pumps that are used to move fuel from the fuel tanks to the engine. Each fuel tank has a line from the outlet to a selector valve. In this system, fuel cannot be drawn from both tanks simultaneously. If the fuel in one tank is depleted, the pump would draw air. This negates the need to connect the tank vent spaces together. The fuel then passes through the selector valve, making its way through the main strainer, where it can then supply the engine primer. It then travels downward to the fuel pumps; one electric pump and one engine-driven fuel pump are arranged next to each other. These draw fuel from the tank and transport it to the carburetor. The two pumps facilitate each other as the engine-driven pump is the primary operator while the electric pump provides a supportive option.
Some high-performance aircraft are equipped with a fuel system that features fuel injection as opposed to a carburetor. This design combines gravity flow with the use of a fuel pump, operating in unison; but we’ll save that for next time.
In order to ensure optimal performance of your drone, it is important to consider battery care. Most drones run off of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery or lithium-polymer battery. There are a few common tips that manufacturers recommend preserving a battery’s power capacity. Take note of the following suggestions to ensure battery efficiency and longevity.
Pay Attention to Your “Low Battery” Alert
In taking care of your drone battery, you’ll want to make sure to avoid a common mistake— depleting your battery completely. Doing this not only increases the length needed to recharge, but also causes the battery to deteriorate quicker over time and it shortens the flight cycle durations. Most drones have a low battery alert that operates cohesively with smart return, which directs the drone back to its designated home location. It is important to utilize this automatic control or direct your drone to land as soon as the low battery alert is given.
Overcharging a battery can reduce its lifespan and weaken its power capacity, meaning your drone won’t perform with the same power efficiency and you’ll have to replace your battery more frequently. To prevent this, charge your battery 24 hours before your intended flight.
Keep Temperature In Mind
Drastic temperatures alter the way a battery will charge. Hot and cold temperatures provide challenges. Ideally, you should charge your battery in a cool, dry environment between 60 and 75 ?. A battery achieves its most optimal charging rate between this temperature range.
Remove Your Battery After Flight
When your drone is not in use, remove the battery. Leaving it attached to your drone depletes the battery faster. As with overcharging, leaving a battery attached to your drone for extended periods reduces the battery’s power capacity.
And there you have it, the 4 key suggestions to keep in mind for drone battery parts & their care. Keep these in mind to preserve your battery and keep it operating at its best. Happy flying!
Aircraft are under a constant state of stress when logging flight hours. Boeing aircraft, for example, have the ability to fly upwards of 14 hours non-stop and their lifetime can extend anywhere from 20 - 27 years in operation. In this time, an aircraft will experience about 35,000 pressurization cycles and will undergo the associated, and often expected, degradation and parts fatigue. So, how do modern aircraft maintain their reliability and safety over time?
Beginning at the production level, an aircraft undergoes FAA regulated inspections and checks to ensure quality control and safety. Manufacturers of commercial airliners usually resort to a non-destructive evaluation (NDE) when an aircraft is on the production line. This program is structured to ensure that components are free of defects before they even see a buyer. Companies that consult these large-scale evaluations include the likes of Boeing and Airbus, among many others.
Maintenance checks are regulated by the FAA and scheduled over the life cycle of an aircraft. Standard parameters set forth by manufacturers by these regulations will include the following: line maintenance, A checks, C checks, and D checks. B checks have actually been absorbed into the A category, as B checks have become obsolete or covered by the A category with the advancement of aviation technology.
Line maintenance of an aircraft often involves up to 12 hours of inspection per week. System checks include some of the elements you may have seen in standard automotive servicing. The assessment will survey the brakes, wheels, fluid levels and landing gear of an aircraft. Any necessary repairs are also attended to during this phase of maintenance.
Proceeding through the life cycle of the aircraft, the next inspection it will encounter is the A-check. These checks are required after every 100 flight hours. Processing of the inspection takes longer than line maintenance, often totaling over 12 hours. Under this careful examination, lubrication and oil are changed, and systems and functional checks should be performed.
Defined as a heavy maintenance check, a C-check is completed between 18 months and 2 years, 1800 flight hours, or 2,000 pressurized cycles. It is typically a 3-week process in which airlines might make changes to interior cabin design or amenities.
Lastly, a D-check is performed after the aircraft has been in service for about 6 years, or after it has received a total of four C-checks. This assessment is broken up into a series of steps, often referred to as C4 or C8 checks. During this inspection, the aircraft is dismantled including the cabin, landing gear, and any applicable accessories. The airframe is then removed, and the engine/s undergo routine maintenance checks.
Despite inspection during and post production, it is crucial to stay up to speed on the durability limits specified by a parts manufacturer. Each aircraft will encounter different levels of pressurization and degradation, and each part’s component will have its own established flight cycle limit. With proper care, following manufacturer and FAA parameters will promote the longevity of the aircraft.
Despite the millions of dollars it costs to fly and maintain, aircraft have a surprisingly short lifespan with an average of around 30 years. Once the aircraft has to be retired, they go to boneyards— large plots of land where airplanes are parked until further notice. It’s interesting to learn about what happens at the world's largest boneyard— how aircraft life is determined and how retired planes are salvaged for parts.
Retired American planes all end up at boneyards located in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, where the dry and arid climate is perfect for decelerating rust. So, it makes sense that the world’s largest boneyard is the 209th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) in Tucson Arizona. AMARG’s large lot currently holds more than $32 billion of retired airplanes, with a total of 4,400 parked planes.
The operational life an airplane is not determined by years, but by the number of pressurization cycles. It is estimated that an aircraft can make up to 35,000 pressurization cycles, which is around 135,000 to 165,000 flight hours before metal fatigue sets in and the FAA deems it unsafe to fly. In years, it is estimated to be 25 to 30 years depending on the destination and if the aircraft is used for domestic or international flights.
Once an aircraft is retired or decommissioned, it’s stripped and sold for parts. Aircraft parts are huge commodities because while the lifespan of the aircraft as a whole is over, the parts still have a lot of life left in them due to the regular maintenance and repair. Parts are often salvaged and sold for other aircraft still in operation because used parts are cheaper than new ones. Just the scraps of a single aircraft can be sold for up to $55,000.
When preparing for a flight, there are many things to worry about and consider like packing luggage, arriving at the airport on time, fitting the carry-ons in the overhead compartment, and so on. The one thing no one really thinks about and often does automatically, that’s boarding. And no matter if it’s the massive Airbus A380 or the luxurious Embraer Lineage 1000E, when we board a plane, we board on the left side. But most of us can’t even begin to explain why.
Boarding from the left stems from two major reasons: traditional nautical custom and the pilot’s field of view. In nautical tradition ships are docked portside (on the left) because of the tiller, what is controlled by the ship’s wheel and resultingly turns the ship, being starboard (on the right). Many historians believe that planes follow the same marine convention out of habit.
The other reason is that back when planes had to taxi in front of the terminal to discharge passengers, pilots had to be on the left side to more accurately judge the wingspan of the plane and dock in the terminal. As a result, it was easier to have passengers embark and disembark on the left and have all the servicing of the plane done on the right.
Servicing a plane can involve anything from unloading and loading cargo, restocking the food carts, refueling, or hooking up the plane to the auxiliary power unit. With how complex planes are and how many different tools and aviation parts can be required to service them, servicing on the right and away from passengers is safer too.
The efficiency of a gas turbine cycle rises as the turbine entry temperature is increased. Because of this, the hotter the combustion gases that go in to the first turbine stage, the more particular power the jet engine can create. In a modern engine, about twenty percent of compressed air bleeds off for cooling and sealing purposes. This is mostly for guide vanes and turbine blades. The stators and the outer wall of a turbine’s flow passage utilize cooling air moving from the compressor between the combustor and casing of the outer engine.
The turbine rotor blades, disks, and inner walls of a turbine flow passage uses the air that bleeds from the compressor though inner passageways. Because the stators materialize before the first row of rotating blades, it is expected that the first stage of stators are uncovered to very high temperatures. This includes local hot-spots from the combustor close by. The temperature at this first stage is slightly lowered by dilution of the gases with cooling air, along with the relative velocity effecting and powering extraction from the turbine.
The laws of thermodynamics demand that because of combustion inefficiencies, there be a pressure loss inside the combustor. This means that the mainstream pressure at the first row of stators in the turbine located after the combustor is lower than on the way out of the last stage of the compressor. This difference in pressure is used to guide the cooling air through the internal passageways and into the stators and blades.
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Earlier in the year, The Boeing Company finished up the flight tests for the newest model of the KC-46 Pegasus wide-body, a plane used to re-fuel other squad member’s during flight. Now they are waiting on word from the FAA to see if their new tankers can fly legally. More certifications are needed on this aircraft than normal because it is classified as a tanker, meaning it may take longer for the tanker to become airworthy.
This new model is based off a classic Boeing 767 with some modifications to allow for refueling multiple planes. The tanker can also be re-fueled itself by other planes, which required a few tweaks to the previous model. The new tanker model is being built in Boeings private Everett location, just north of Seattle, Washington, and testing is taking place in Seattle proper.
The draw of building a new tanker, like the KC-46A, is the fact that it’s a multitasking dream. Not only can it re-fuel other planes in its squadron but it can also handle a load of cargo, quite a few passengers, and if needed, individuals who need medical attention.
The KC-46 has successful flown with seven different types of aircrafts and logged over 2,000 miles in flight. Even though the delivery, and implementation, of the KC-46 line is still some ways out, the fact that they successfully passed flight tests means its one huge step closer to being air worthy.
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Boeing Service restores its overseas crusader with an even larger aircraft The beginning of transatlantic flights began in 1919 and progressed over the years with bigger and more efficient aircrafts. One of the more modern accomplishments to date is the implementation of Boeings 747 jumbo aircraft to their transatlantic excursion from Austin, Texas to Heathrow, London. This daily nonstop flight was added to British Airways in March of 2014 which departs from Austin’s- Bergstrom International Airport.
Its departure and arrival times are:
“*BA190 departs Austin at 6:35pm and arrives at London Heathrow at 10:00am.
* BA191 departs London Heathrow at 12:00pm and arrives in Austin at 4:20pm.”
This aircraft is unique due to its size and its outstanding luxurious qualities. The aircraft is so large it is able to offer four different cabin spaces with different number of amenities. The most luxurious kind of cabin space that this aircraft offers has the entire characteristics of first class along with other high scale characteristics. Equipped with a 6ft comfortable bed to in enjoy in complete privacy. Equipped with a state of the art table design to able to sit up and eat properly alone or with passenger across from you. This space is also accompanied by an “a la carte a” service at mostly any hour of the flight. Along with eating and sleeping the airways provides a new entertainment system that for children and adults to enjoy.
Within the upcoming 5 years British Airways is to invest £4.5 billion (6197169133.14 US) into their new Wireless programs along with the delivery of their 72 aircrafts. Being a part of British Airlines First, Club World, Gold, Silver executive club members allows the holder to be able to utilize traits certain amenities on board and in the terminals before and after their flights. Along with the large investments into their travel system the company is also investing £600m (825934338.22) into their Club World along with new Club World Amenities to begin to take place in 2019.
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Lake Forest, CA has been home to the testing of Panasonics third generation Ku-Band satellite network. This new innovative system will be allowed for Panasonic to be able to reach the needs of its customers but also be able to stay on top of the rapidly evolving industry of airborne network connectivity. It has been stated that a handful of airlines will be converting over to Panasonics new network following the completion of the satellite. The transitioning from the airlines will take place during the first part of 2018.
Panasonic has teamed up with different companies such as Newtec to be able to perform at higher power than it once was. Along with the help of their subsidiary, ITC Global, Panasonic has been to reach newer heights of connectivity with its enterprise, energy and maritime customers increasing its capabilities in the industry.
The entire satellite system is being built on what is known as a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) service, designed to support more difficult connectivity found in mobility traffic area. To date Panasonic supports more over than 1800 aircrafts with the inflight connectivity service has plans to grow exponentially by an increased number of 10,000 within 15 years.
Since the integration of the supporting company Newtec, Panasonic has showed improvement of their bandwidth over 20 times than before. The satellite is undergoing precision testing performed in an anechoic chamber taking place at the Panasonics very own Lake Forest facility.The crew and customers will benefit greatly from enhanced connectivy for their applications from improved TV picture quality to 3G phone service. Increased connectivity allows for customers to stay connected and therefore more enticed to fly with the airlines with the Panasonic satellites.
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An avid travelers worst fear is arriving upon boarding and experiencing a delay on the onboarding process. Airbus has created new way of allowing the customer to witness the aircraft they will flying upon before even boarding. Introducing an IOS compliant IflyA380 application for Apple smart devices created to revolutionize the way of interacting with the aircraft. The application will give the passenger a live report to keep them on top of their flight.
Creating a more hands traveling encounter allows for the customer to take their trip into their hands and “design their own experience” with IOS mobile operating system.
The application comes jammed packed with new features that the aircraft offers such as additional content, booking assistance, and newly added locations research is available for passengers upon arrival.
These newer states of the art features allow for the passenger to be more active with expanding their knowledge on newer destinations.
Researching by geolocation and other new desired destinations is also made available to occupy passengers time while on board.
One of the most hands on visual feature the application has to offer is its Augmented Reality. The augmented reality shows the user the cabin space as a tour if desired including the cockpit area.
Modernizing travel to be user friendly is one of most looked for characteristic in an airline for most travelers when booking. Airbus has finally discovered a way to be user friendly and place the passenger in charge of basic tasks that were not available before. The airline has learned to capitalize on reaching the consumer on a component that people have begun to make part of their daily life.
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Allegiant Travel Company is looking for twelve A320s. The company is trying to snatch up some used models to keep the cost of their conversion to a fleet containing a single type of aircraft, as low as possible. At the end of 2017, Allegiant Travel Company will have a fleet containing eighty-nine planes. Thirty-seven of which are McDonnell-Douglas MD-80’s. Once 2018 rolls around the McDonnel-Douglas aircrafts will be dropped from the fleet and will be replaced with Airbus planes, and by 2020 Allegiant Travel Company will be manning a fleet of 110 aircrafts.
The airline has been obtaining Airbuses ever since 2013. By 2020 their fleet will contain exclusively Airbuses. As they continue to add more aircrafts to their fleet, some will also be modified to hold more people. The A320s can have 186 seats installed, meaning more customers for less money. Allegiant is being very specific about the used aircrafts they want to add. They are looking for planes exclusively built in the last 11-17 years and that are powered by CFM. This gives Allegiant Travel Company only about three-hundred and fifty planes to pick from, that hit all the right criteria.
By transitioning into a fleet that carries only one type of aircraft, maintenance and upkeep is simplified and they even want to combine their planes to one base, the Orlando Sanford International airport in Seminole County, Florida.
While this transition is going to take some time, putting in all the effort now will help Allegiant Travel Company come out on top in the end.
Airbus was founded in December 1970 and today it became one of the most important names in the aerospace industry. Airbus designs, manufactures and delivers aerospace products and services to customers around the globe. Apart from its main civil aeroplane business, the company has two divisions : Space and Defence as well as Helicopter. Airbus manufactures and markets Airbus A320 which is the first commercially practical digital fly-by-wire airliner, in addition to the largest passenger airliner, Airbus A380 in the world.
On January 5th, Airbus confirmed completion of the first A321 neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex) at its location in Hamburg, Germany. CFM Leap – 1A Engines powers the aircraft and it will experience ground tests prior to its scheduled first flight in the forthcoming weeks. In mid 2018, Airbus A231 neo ACF will be delivered to its first customer.
The passenger door configuration was modified and due to that change it was possible to add a new rear section on the ACF variant and the aircraft can seat up to 240 passengers. This number is accomplished by seating 102 passengers ahead of the overwing exist, six right by the exist itself, 59 in the cabin between the remodeled exits and the wing, and the last 73 Furthermore, includes the most contemporary engines, aerodynamic advances, cabin revolutions. The most noticeable changes, affiliated with previous A321 version, are a new back end section and the modified passenger door configuration, as previously mentioned. Also, a new overwing emergency exit in the center area will be established.
At the moment, A321 neo ACT is considered an option, but Airbus says it will become standard for all A321 neos by 2020.
China is making history by being the first country that sets the largest amphibious aircraft into flight. Chinese officials have all the last-minute preparations happening in the city of Zhuhai, which can be found in the Guangdong province in Southern China.
The aircraft, an AG-600, is due for its test flight any day now. China Aviation Industry General Aircraft has been working on the amphibious plane project since September of 2009, trying to fill the amphibious plane gap that China has had for the last few decades. There was a brief stretch of time where the Chinese Navy had a few amphibious planes, but the fleet was quickly withdrawn. The company building the new planes has already reported seventeen orders from various local and government organizations.
As far as statistics go, the AG-600 stacks up well against its other, non-amphibious, counterparts. Its roughly the same size as a Boeing Aircraft 737 with a working range of 4,500 kilometers. The AG-600’s size means it is easily bigger than Japan and Russia’s sea-to-air planes.
The planes will be used in water search and rescue missions, helping to put out forest fires, and transportation of goods and people between nearby islands. The planes impressive gas mileage means it can make it from Sanya, across the ocean, to James Shoal, and back, without stopping to fill up. That’s about a six-hour plane ride both ways, with no need to grab new provisions.
The plane itself seats around fifty people and can fill up on water for fire missions in just twenty seconds flat. Everyone is eagerly waiting to see how the AG-600 performs once it finally hits the water.
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Aircraft Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) plans to launch a regional airliner within the next five years that will be all-composite. They are researching potential for 100 plus seat passenger aircraft in a five-year time span after the launch of the airliner. Chief executive Temel Kotil stated he was setting a different timeline for the aircraft than the airline, because his workers will have more experience after these next five years. Due to all the needed information and knowledge that passenger aircrafts require to build, only after that five-year timeline can they start developing the passenger aircrafts. Their focus for now is on defense, and that is something they are very successful with for the time being. Not only will the decade long plan have 100 plus seat aircrafts, but these aircrafts will be made from full-composite materials.
The only downside to the Turkish Aerospace Industries’ plans, is that they get in the way of a Turkish regional aircraft program lead by the SNC, a US firm Sierra Nevada. The SNC has gone far in their planning, they have certain certificates that are needed along with already choosing Pratt & Whitney Canada as their supplier of engines. They have even put in order with Pratt & Whitney so far in advanced, their orders are spanning into 2019. If TAI’s plan intrudes on SNC’s plans. it could cost SNC a lot of money and time that they cannot afford to lose. TAI and the Turkish government have been in contact in the past, and there was mention of them working together, but luckily for SNC nothing was ever finalized.
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The FAA has recently approved a Universal Avionics Insight Display System. Created for a more user-friendly operation and for a better manual performance.
This newly improved system creates a new way to operate. Essentially building a faster more effective way to maneuver from a screen. The Insight has been opted with the latest technology to be able to be fitted and added to new platforms/retrofit installations.
Great for adding an additional component opposed to the replacement of the entire operating system. Being cost efficient was one of the main ideas while creating the entire systems. Having to replace the entire control systems can be pricey which Is why many operators stick with the manufactures system.
Per a statement made by Dan Reida, Universal Avionics Vice President of Sales mentions U.A is a great product for many types of different operations despite the obstacles,
"high-resolution terrain with ice and water features, and advanced airport maps, runways, and special use airspace, we are able to add value to almost any flight deck."
Different types of configurations are available such as the 3- and or the 4-10.4
Some of the characteristics that are very valued by customers are the system’s ability for enhanced mapping systems, embedded charting, radioing capability, and a weather broadcasting.
Along with many of those traits the EFI- Displays are equipped with new innovative “Point & Click “control system for maximum efficiency.
Bringing almost wireless connectivity with less service terminations to project display on display communication and control. Operators are able to create their own personal profiles when using the system to create a more centered system on personal preferences.
Able to be adjusted to fit the “single SPD/HDG/ALT SEL controller or multiple separate HDG/CRS and SPD/ALT SEL controllers.”
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World renown leasing aircraft company Company has finalized their decsion on inputting the latest GEnx engine into a Boeing 787. The Genx Engine is one of the newest, most innovative engines that promotes eco friendliness along with being very fuel efficient. The Boeing 787 will be built for GE Aviation use as they promote “eco imagination.” Ecomagination is GE Aviation’s standards of being more efficient and more ecofriendly with all their projects and products.
This transaction is only a continuation of a relationship that Air Leasing Company and Boeing carry. Their previous works has been the implementation of 30 GenEX engines into previous 787 aircrafts.
Officials have been very pleased with the new engines and their efficiency. This not only benefits their business but the business of their customers. Per the President and CEO of Air Lease Company, John L Plueger,
“This engine has demonstrated excellent operational performance and environmental efficiency and will deliver real advantages to airline operators.”
Being compared to GE’s CF6 engine the GEnx-1B engine is a far better of a choice for a large aircraft distributing company such as the Air Leasing Company. The GEnx-1B engine not only more fuel efficient and creates far less noise as well. Reduces an approximate 15% less emission of CO2.
The GEnx engines has the capability of also reducing NOx gases as much 50 % alongside other known gases up to 90%. Including the potential to be able to lower the noise percentage by 40 %. The noise reduction is possible by the innovative fan blades working at a slower tip speed.
Per their efficiency they have been a commodity on the market with a total 1600 Gene-1B engines to 51 separate worldwide customers.
Airbus, an international pioneer in the aerospace industry, has collaborated with Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, a company that delivers manufacturing solutions, to create 3-D printed polymer components for its A350 XWB aircraft. Stratasys will use its production- grade thermoplastics to build strong, long lasting and stable parts required for the aircraft. Stratasys will also employ its ULTEM 9085 material to print the components needs for system installation. This agreement and the use of 3-D printed parts will allow Airbus to achieve supply cost flexibility and competitiveness. It will also reduce material consumption and waste, making it a great investment for the environment.
This agreement will allow for Stratasys to be able to print and deliver multiple parts on demand to airbus, allowing for improved reactivity and shorter turnaround times aka not having to wait three to four weeks for factory production. Stratasys has an expertise in building parts that are aircraft ready, they also have a process that sets them apart from everyone else allowing them to improve quality procedures and controls. There are clearly so many advantages to 3-D parts, airbus is taking full advantage of this new era. Now almost all airbus aircraft parts will be made from 3D materials.
As a company, Stratasys began making 3-D parts in 2014 using ULTEM 9085 material to build applications that were available to be put on an aircraft. It was in the same year that the production of flying components, specifically for Airbus, were starting to be made. This is a huge step towards the future for the aerospace world. No longer will parts be extremely heavy, take forever to make, or be highly fragile and breakable. 3-D part printing is not only the future of Airbus parts but the future of aerospace, and soon many more aircrafts will jump on the train.
Boeing, the world’s largest and leading aircraft company, recently completed its KC-46 tanker electromagnetic testing. The testing team included the US Airforce and the Naval air systems command. The testing was conducted to determine whether or not the aircraft would operate safely while going through electromagnetic fields produced by radars, radio towers and other systems under mission conditions. The KC-46 tanker has multiple hard-shell shielding technologies that are all designed into the aircraft to nullify any bad effects on the aircraft.
The KC-46 is a military aircraft, it goes by the code name Pegasus. It is a widebody, multirole tanker that has the ability to refuel all United States allied and coalition military aircraft that are adaptable with international aerial refueling procedures. This military aircraft is designed to carry passengers, patients and cargo. It is also able to detect, avoid, overpower and survive threats. The KC-46 does this using its multiple layers or protection, as mentioned above. The testing conducted for the KC-46 confirms that the number one key risk factor can be retired.
The testing for the military aircraft was conducted on the Naval Air Station Patuxent River for electromagnetic pulse. Testing also took place at the Naval Electromagnetic Radiation Facility, and the Benefield Anechoic Facility at the Air force base in Edwards California. The testing involved hitting the military aircraft with large pulses from coil/transformer that was situated directly above the aircraft. The main goal was to make the simulation as real as if it were happening while in flight. The KC-46 military aircraft has protection that ranges from pulse hardening to cockpit armor.
This aircraft also has an unbelievable lifecycle, which overall makes it a cost-efficient choice. This includes redundant displays and controls which improves controls for improved instruction and reliability.
In this advanced day of gaming having the top computer technology goes a long way. Yorkshire based sensing firm Peratech designed the world’s first computer mouse with force-sensitive analogue buttons called the Z mouse of Swiftpoint. It is the first mouse with pivot, tilt and roll, letting user to access dozens of different button actions while barely moving their fingers. Peratech’s intellectual property is around a group of elastomers dubbed ‘quantum tunneling composites. The mouse buttons have been branded ‘Deep Click’ and are used with the mouse’s built-in tactile feedback. One of the benefits for gamers is it includes the configuring activation force and the ability to control throttle or speed when driving, flying or running. Integrated scope and zoom control is now possible, and gamers can use a normal click for a light attack or a harder click for heavy attack.
Swiftpoint CTO Grant Odgers commented,
“The force control offered by Peratech’s SP200-10 sensors enabled us to create a product with the intuitive analogue control gamers want, and it isn’t just gamers who can benefit, Deep Click pressure-sensitive buttons give designers and programmers an enhanced user experience through multi-level text selection and enhanced copy and paste. In fact, anyone who creates, edits and views documents now has more precise control when navigating applications and data as they can scroll through documents slowly or quickly based on force.”
With this new technology comes with many electronic components and sensor products and accessories parts that need to be ordered and distributed. Some of the parts that they used for the Z mouse are plug-in SP200-10 sensors and carbon inter-digitated connectors.
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In the south of Spain lies the Morón Air Base. this is where Airbus leading aircraft manufacturer just completed noise tests for their A35-100 model between March 27 and April 5. As part of its type certification flight test campaign. These tests are being conducted prior to the Airbus aircraft model’s entry into service, projected to happen before the end of this year.
The company utilized ground facilities on the air base to measure external noise levels during take-off and landing phases of flight. They also tested and measured the engine run-ups and general fly-over noise level. The ground facilities were equipped with instruments and sensors to take highly accurate measurements of the Airbus aircraft noise levels.
The Airbus aircraft model comes equipped with the newest Rolls-Royce engine, offering the latest and most up-to-date aerodynamic technology. This brand new Rolls-Royce engine also helps to keep the Airbus A350-1000 aircraft’s noise footprint extremely low.
The first results from the test already showing promising signs that this model is very quiet. It is within compliance with external noise certification requirements with significant margins. A similar Airbus model, the A35-900, is currently in service with eleven carriers worldwide, making it very likely that this new model will be a great addition, and will make the neighborhoods around airports pleased by its ability to avoid high noise levels.
The Type Certification campaign, which is a very intensive process, is progressing as planned. Three Airbus A350-1000 aircraft are flying this campaign. This model offers unparalleled levels of operating efficiency. It is the leading widebody group, while also having very low noise levels and true long-range capabilities. This on top of the fact that it has a longer fuselage to accommodate 40 mote passengers than Airbus’ previous version. It has a much more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engine.
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Honeywell Aerospace leading manufacturer of aircraft engines and avionics. They also produce auxiliary power units and other miscellaneous aviation products.
In recent news, the organization has announced they are making high-speed in-flight connectivity for helicopters more accessible with its Aspire 200 satellite communications. This connectivity has always been relatively problematic since the rotors essentially distort the incoming and outgoing microwave radio beam. This causes errors, and delays in time and efficiency.
Thankfully, Immarsat has a High-Data Rate mode, or HDR, on its L-band SwiftBroadband service, making things a little bit easier on helicopter owners and operators. This HDR mode came into use after they had completed a software update to its satellites, which originally had short-burst waveform. This was extended to include longer bursts of data.
HDR has the added positive feature of being able to provide faster speeds for fixed-wing aircrafts. This gives aircraft operators and passengers faster internet broadband while airborne. Honeywell states the Aspire 200 SwiftBroadband system brings reliable, consistent, high-speed connectivity capabilities to the helicopter.
These capabilities were recently demonstrated from a Leonardo AW139 which was in the air. It was able to connect a passenger to the ground during a FaceTime conversation. This high-spped in-flight connectiviity, via the Aspire 200 SwiftBroadband, is an exciting advancement for the organization and for aircraft technology as a whole
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Home to 59 twin-engine UH-1N helicopters, The Air Force is preparing for an increase in their current inventory. The existing helicopters first entered service 1970. They are currently being used for security at a number of nuclear missile sites. The Air Force defense contractors are currently in preparation to release proposals for more than 80 helicopters to be added to the existing inventory. This comes under service’s UH-1N Huey Replacement Program. A draft request for proposals is being anticipated for release in April, with the final plan to follow this summer. A contract is planned to be presented in 2018, with deliveries to begin one year later.
The service had come across some resistance from Congress for a previous contract to be awarded to Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky for UH-60M Black Hawks. After failure to complete the initial contract, the Air Force made the decision to complete this program last spring. There were some delays by about 2 months, but the requirement for 84 helicopters within the contract is expected to stay the same.
In February Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky announced that it will offer Black Hawk helicopter for the program, in addition to three HH-60Us the service already possesses. The U-model has modifications which include an electro-optical sensor and a rescue hoist. Sikorsky’s Black Hawk offers a tested and proven helicopter that the Air Force already has in inventory in compliance with the requirements of the UH-1N Huey Replacement Program. Sikorsky states this is a safe solution for the Air Force. It will result in considerable savings and enable to service to support two vital national defense missions.
In addition to the Sikorsky offer, on February 25, Boeing also announced that it would be making an offer for the AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter for the requirement. Boeing collaborated with Italy’s Leonardo Helicopters for this offer. Boeing would serve as the prime contractor for an MH-139 variant, which is built by Leonardo.
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The General Electric CF6-80 engine was introduced in 1982 as a 52,500 – 63,500 lb. thrust engine meant to power mid and large size aircraft like the Boeing 767 and Airbus A330. The engine has aged well despite newer and more fuel-efficient models because of cheap fuel costs and passenger demand for long distance high capacity flights. Ultimately the engines will be phased out, but units are not uncommonly going through their second overhaul at MRO’s for GE CF6-70 engines. That’s an estimated 80,000 hours in flight or 9 years. Globally, the market for GE CF6-80 engines is only expected to shrink by 8% in 2021, meaning MRO shops will be busy for years to come.
According to Aviation Week, the CF6-80 maintenance market will be worth $1.5 billion in 2017. That will be followed by a sharp decline to $1.1 billion in 2018, and then a steady rise as service prices increase for aging engines and replacement parts become increasingly rare. Even now high-pressure turbine blade replacements are highly in demand for CF6-80 maintenance. There are currently about 2400 of these GE engines in service powering widebody airplanes. Their reliability and better lease rates keep the CF6-80 engine as a leader over comparable units such as the Pratt and Whitney PW4000-94.
A growing trend with used aircraft engines such as the CF6-80 is leasing units out that still have run time. Sometimes a passenger engine that is soon due for an overhaul can be moved to a freight aircraft and flown additional cycles to maximize its lifespan. This technique is called green-time leasing and is incredibly popular with the CF6-80 engine. Once the lease is up, the unit can be overhauled and put back on a passenger plane. Time is the true testament to this engines’ success and GE is has been well recognized for such a well-crafted engine.
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On March 14th 2017, there was an article posted on New Electronics by Neil Tyler that talks about how NXP Semiconductors Dutch global semiconductor manufacturer, launched automotive grade tools and software to support the ARM Cortex-based MCU. These automotive grade tools are part of the S32K1 family.
The combination of the automotive grade tools and software allow for a development time to decrease in many different items in the market in a broad range of automotive applications.
In most cases, automotive grade drivers are dependent on AUTOSAR. There are a few rare cases where the applications do not require this. In these cases, the automotive grade drivers are self-developmental, however this means it comes more labor intensive. Where AUTOSTAR is not needed, NXP Semiconductor comes in.
Here is what Neil Tyler has to say about this. “In applications where the use of AUTOSAR is not mandated, NXP is looking to provide an alternative, turn-key option for self-development with a free-of-charge, pre-qualified, automotive-grade software development kit (SDK) that enables rapid prototyping with simple drag and drop functionality. It includes: MISRA and SPICE Level 3 compliant low-level drivers (LLDs) for all peripherals; optional application-specific middleware for LIN, NFC and touch sensing; FreeRTOS operating system; drivers for complementary NXP ICs for faster application bring-up and production readiness e.g. system basis chip (SBC) drivers and documented source code and out-of-the-box examples, eliminating the need for device documentation during application bring-up.”
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Finding technical solutions might sound like a boring task but if it wasn’t for these tasks we would have never had all these smart gadgets and technologies that makes our lives much easier and more productive. What we couldn’t do a hundred years ago as a population or people on this planet; one man can do today because of how much information, knowledge and innovation we have created, it made all what we have today seem to be natural or part of life. Millitech is a company with more than 25 years of technical solutions experience that has created solution requirements that will modify current component designs and is able to fabricate certain characteristics of special components in order to come out with a better product. Recently Millitech has introduced a new Millimeter-Wave Assemblies (MMWAs) to the Aerospace and aviation industry.
Militech Inc. in Northampton, Mass has introduced the new MMWAs to the aerospace and aviation industry featuring the upconverter (BUC) and downconverter (BDC) options which are integrated in the same unit. The operator can customize the BUC and the BDC to high frequencies that wasn’t available before and now it’s found in a very small cubical which can save a lot of space when integrated into any system. These small Millimeter-Wave Assemblies consist of amplifying, mixing and filtering functions. The small wave assembler also comes with a connector for installation.
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Helicopters are a great asset to any consumer, and the US Navy has a high demand in utilizing helicopters for many reasons. Military helicopters are designed by a number of companies but recently Bell Helicopter has been assigned by the US Navy to design and assemble the AH-1Z military helicopter, also known as AH-1Z attack helicopter, and other related avionic work for the U.S Marine Corps under a contract by the U.S Navy for $49 million. The U.S Navy officials are requesting Bell Helicopter to order enough parts to build 27 Bell AH-1Z Attack Helicopters. Without mentioning the features of the AH-1Z but the helicopter features a four blade rotor system and an additional twin-engine which is based off the Super Cobra AH-1W helicopter. The AH-1Z also has an upgraded transmission and a new targeting system. Having said that the aircraft is going to have a whole new range of precision weapons that will utilize the new target indicator which can locate far away targets with great precision.
This program will not end at assembling the new and upgraded AH-1Z helicopters but officials in the Navy want to upgrade all the Super Cobra helicopters and the Huey Utility Helicopter to a much more advanced and upgraded versions. For example; they want to upgrade the AH-1W to AH-1Z and upgrade the UH-1N to UH-1Y. Those helicopters are very sophisticated and are capable of flying up to 360 nautical miles at a speed of 220 knots and carrying approximately 5 tons.
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Conflicts are a huge problem that people in the aerospace industry must deal with, which can make things difficult because certain companies might not want to sell you their parts. This can be difficult because they might be the only supplier with that specific part, so you are out of luck and won’t be able to get that part. Currently the U.S. is dealing with a problem that is catching up to the fifth-generation fighter aircraft capabilities. This situation is putting the F-35 fighter jet program at risk to ongoing cyber vulnerabilities. If the United States does not figure out a way to diversify or improve their advantage in the stealth and weapon capacity, then other competitors will be passing them up and taking the lead. So, they are going to take the good from the fourth generation and their new ideas to create a fifth generation that stands out from the other threats.
One advantage that the United States has right now with the ongoing war in Syria is that Russia has not yet found a way to detect the fifth-generation fighter jets. So right now, the U.S. only flies fifth generations because if they fly the fourth generation, Russia created a S-400 that can eliminate any fourth-generation fighter jet. So, with this advantage we can hold these threats at risk, and continue to have American domination where we need to across the globe. With the new program incorporated in the F-35’s, it gives the United States an edge over competitors to ensure the jets software is fully operational. The new software that is going to be placed in the F-35’s called Block 3F will give the jet ability to process any radar signal, track moving targets, and operate the planes weapons system.
One problem that they are still dealing with is the jet is susceptible to cyber branches even with the numerous reassessments of its software. Another problem that they are is their off-board systems that are connected to various systems that enemies might be able to hack into. In the past, this system was hacked and the information could get to the Chinese government. These threats caused the air force to do extensive training on any troop that is working on the fighter jets.
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This month a division of United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney announced that it will invest roughly $386 million dollars into its Columbus, Georgia facility. This investment will increase production of parts and also the maintenance services and this will also reduce existing and new engine programs. With many equipment upgrades, construction of two new buildings and purchase of new automated machinery. The largest new area will be constructed for the facility to overhaul GTF engines with over 200,000 square feet to work with. This will include a 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility for specialized parts, and an area to develop turbine disks and compressor rotors for Pratt & Whitney Engines.
Many upgrades to equipment are also planned and will be unveiled upon completion of the expansion.
"We're investing heavily in our Columbus facility to support the increased production and services planned for our F135 and GTF engines,"said Chris Calio, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines.
"This investment will help ensure that we have the appropriate infrastructure, tooling and trained workforce in place to provide the best products and services to our customers worldwide. The tremendous support we receive from the community and state have contributed to our success in Georgia."
"Pratt & Whitney has maintained a presence in Muscogee County since 1984 and this latest expansion speaks to Georgia's support for our robust aerospace industry,"said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.
"Georgia's pro-business structural framework and deep talent pool help to retain industry leaders such as Pratt & Whitney. By adding these new high-quality manufacturing jobs, Pratt & Whitney is making a significant investment in the Columbus community and we look forward to strengthening this longstanding partnership as the company continues to grow."
Another great aspect of this expansion is the relationship Pratt & Whiney has with Columbus Technical College. This will provide new and existing employees with new training centers that they did not have in past. Columbus Technical College will provide short and long term programs for aerospace and advanced manufacturing technologies that will support the company’s growth better. This location maintains and overhauls the PW1100G-JM, V2500, PW2000, F117 and F100 engines at the Columbus location.
"This announcement from Pratt & Whitney is the latest example of the hard work put forth every day by our economic development team locally and the professionals at the Georgia Department of Economic Development,"
said Brian Anderson, president & CEO of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
"The project would not have happened without the tremendous relationships we have with the local Pratt & Whitney leadership team here in Columbus as well as those at both Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies Corporation in Connecticut."
This expansion is not only significant for the Pratt & Whitney business but also for the community of Columbus, Georgia.
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NanoRacks and Boeing to join forces to create the first privately funded commercial airlock. This could possibly enable the U.S. to triple the number of small deployed satellites from the International Space Station during only one single airlock. NanoRacks has selected Boeing to create and install the new airlock on the international space station. This new airlock is currently being manufactured at the Alabama Boeing facility along with other engineering services required for development. Safety, operations, quality assurance, avionics along with mechanical design and of course the final assembly of the airlock. The NanoRacks airlock will be permanently installed onboard the International Space Station once fully developed with an estimated launch date of 2019.
Along with more satellites the new airlock will provide more capabilities when transferring equipment from the space station to spaceship. The goal in the future is to be able to detach the airlock and place it into another orbital mission. The United States is currently already using an airlock system on the International Space Station Japan Experiment Module. It’s said the new commercial airlock will be much more equipped to handle increased market requirements while being larger and much more robust. I am seeing this as a big step in giving the private sector more responsibilities in space travel.
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Cathay Pacific Airways has to choose a supplier for their e-Enabled, airborne global connectivity program and they have chosen Avionica because they have a very strong experience in STC development and finding solutions for e-Enablement installation. Cathay Pacific has choose to spread their e-Enabled system across their various airplanes including the Boeing 777, Boeing 747, Airbus 320 and Airbus 330 airplanes. Avionica will become a single solution to the e-Enablement hardware and software across all their airplanes. Cathay Pacific is very excited for Avionica to come on board with this project because they will provide solutions to all the connectivity and hardware concerns that Cathay will have. Avionica has a very good reputation in STC integration and they have very good experience in designing data packages which is one of the highest quality there is.
The development of e-Enabled systems is a milestone marker for Avionica as it is spreading its services to a global air transport market with a very confident voice and expertise in data connectivity solutions. In addition, Avionica provides a quick and direct connection between the aircraft and Avionica’s center where they follow any updates that can come from any aircraft that carries this system. Cathay Pacific has requested that they want the efficiency of the aircraft e-Enablement system to be very efficient and therefore; it is very important that there are synchronization on-board with the operation center at all times. On-board applications are very important for Cathay Pacific Airways e-Enabled systems.
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On December 7th 2016, Bohemia Interactive wrote an article talking about how Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) is working on creating a flight training and mission rehearsals through their Virtual Battlespace or VBS. Bohemia Interactive Simulations is a leader in military training and simulation software.
This VR technology is based on the F/A-18 Super Hornet training system which was part of the contract for the Naval Air Warfare Center.
Here is what John Burwell, BISim’s business development director has to say this new technology.
“We sought to leverage emerging VR technology to create a highly realistic yet affordable training solution that was portable enough to be transported for use in an aircraft carrier ready room. Results have exceeded expectations and show that the latest HMD and tracking technology have passed the threshold for widespread usability. Discomfort associated with previous application of VR technologies have been virtually eliminated.”
Bohemia Interactive Simulations was founded in 2001 which uses an in house team of engineers to create cost effective simulation software and components for military applications.
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The Boeing Company is considered to be an American multinational corporation. they are known to design manufacture and sell airplanes, roborant, rockets ad satellites worldwide. They are known to also provide easing and products support services. They are considered to be one of the largest exporters in the USA, they have been able to keep their high reputation for so many years. They headquarter are in Chicago. They have 5 different divisions. Each one is responsible for something else. There is the Boeing commercial airlines, Boeing Defense space and security Engineering, operations and technology. They have many other more and they are ranked to be one of best within a nation. They recently helped ABS to ender satellite service which will help deliver in-home communications services across Asia, Africa and Russia, south Asia, and Middle East.Tom Choi the CEO of ABS mentioned
“We have completed our three-satellite build investment in launching three satellites in three consecutive years, including ABS-2 in 2014 as well as Boeing’s ABS-3A in 2015 and ABS-2A in 2016”He also mentioned that
“ABS-2A is the latest high-capacity satellite providing expansion and continuity of satellite services at ABS’ prime gateway over the Indian Ocean region. It is located with ABS-2 at our premium neighborhood at 75°E optimized for video services for growing television community access and direct-to-home businesses.”
This is interesting and good news. This is going to make many people happy and ir will bring a lot of positivity. It is also a good deal for Boeing because it will reassure their leadership within the field and reassures customers of their loyalty. This new design for them is going to help minimize the cost that is associated with launching a single satellite which this will lead to more satisfied customers.
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We all know manufacturing airplanes is hard. It has been a tough ever since 1903 to come up with a perfect airplane. There are many opportunities and chances for improvements. Many engineers and intelligent people have been working on developing the best planes. They always have ideas on how to make it better. There are many weird aspects in an airplane and it takes a long time to builds the perfect airplane. When you go in a place there are many things that are built to make sure that the airplane functions perfectly for example, instructions to not using our phone, or seat belts, or warning us for takeoff and dimming the lights. finally, even the fact that they have tiny holes in the windows is pretty cool.
But everything has reason even for having little holes in the airplane windows, even though it does not seem that important, it is very crucial especially because they regulate the air pressure.
“As the plane gains altitude, the air pressure outside drops compared to the regulated air pressure inside the cabin”the windows are usually made up of three panes of glass, first is scratch pane the second pane is called the bleed hole and the last one is called out pane. And the holes lies in the middle pane. The hold is also known as the breather or the “bleed hole” which helps balance the pressure between the cabin and the air gap. So in a nutshell having these holes in the windows stop people from passing out at when we are over 30,000 ft. above sea level. This is important to know for and teaches us t appreciate the people who made the airplanes possible.
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Gulfstream aerospace has been around for a long time. They have been creating and delivering the world’s finest aviation experience. It has been leading the evolution of the business and aviation since 1958 debuted of the Gulfstream.
They are known for producing the world’s most advance business aircraft globally. Meaning they offer support and services all around the world. They have a promise of being committed and successful and efficient in the most possible way. They employ over 15,000 people worldwide which is what is making them the most efficient compared to others. They also facilitate on four different manufaturers which makes them very convenient.
To keep their high reputation, they recently announced that the claimed two more city pair records which brings them a new commitment to provide customers with high speed travel options. Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales, Gulfstream mentioned
“When you talk to customers, what many of them need is more time. These records demonstrate the G650ER’s ability to give our customers just that. We know time is precious, and opportunities are best met when customers arrive quickly and refreshed.”
This is exactly why they have been around for a long time. they can satisfy customers with any possible way their aircraft id known to be featured as the largest purpose built business jet cabin as well it is a lot more comfortable, efficient, and much more productive. It includes wider seats, wide windows, and the quietest cabin sound levels. It was also mentioned that that
“The G650 is the biggest, fastest, most luxurious, longest range and most technologically advanced jet — by far that Gulfstream has ever built. And they did it all on schedule while developing the brand-new super midsize G280 at the same time. To say that Gulfstream is doing well is an understatement”all these featured are excellent and is what kept them long lasting for a while.
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Andreas Rupprecht, a known Chinese aviation expert and Regular Aircraft contributor has recently published pictures of a newly discovered Chinese air-launched missile under the wing of the Shenyang J-16 fighter. Analysts believe it is a big one at about 6m long based.
The J-16 fighter was reverse-engineered from the Allied Witan Co Sukhoi Su-30MKK multi-role fighter bomber. This aircraft is part of the People’s Liberation Army Airforce also known as PLAAF for short.
The topic of the missile, dubbed PL-XX, and its intended purpose has become a trending topic in different forms of social media outlets. People are discussing the possibilities as the exact capabilities of the missile are still unknown. From pictures, it is apparent that the missile has no forward guidance fins which is uncommon in medium-long range air to air weapons released by China in recent years. Some of these releases includes designs of the Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter internal missiles.
Comparing the new model’s design to the previously released AAMs has caused speculation of whether the new weapon is even an AAM but an anti-radar missile instead. It could be an ultra-long range weapon meant to destroy other aircrafts like the E-3 AWACS surveillance aircraft, or intelligence gatherers like the RC-135. The weapon being carried by a J-16 is not typical for air to ground vessels. Others speculate that the missile is an anti-satellite weapon much like the US Air Force F-15A Eagle from the 80s. Though China has worked on creating and testing anti-satellite weapons, none have been intended to be carried by fighters. Therefore, a conclusion has not been made for the purpose of the missile.
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Airbus and Arconic have agreed to enter into two agreements for the production of 3D-printed metal parts and components. Both types of parts will be produced of two different types of materials such as high-temp nickel super alloys and titanium for the aircrafts parts that will be used on the Airbus’ commercial aircraft. These parts that are in the process of being produced are to be used on the A320 Airbus aircraft family. The material of the products was determined for certain reasons by Airbus to be used on their aircrafts such the nickel super alloy.
The Nickel alloy is being used on the production of the components due to the flow of hot air from the engine that is distributed to other areas of the aircraft. A part of the second agreement consist of the production of the titanium 3D parts will be used to make the aircrafts airframe bracket. Arconic is estimating to be able to deliver their part of the deal by no later than the second quarter of year 2017.
These agreements only being an addition to the Arconics April 2016 deal that was agreed to provide 3D printed titanium fuselage and engine pylon components. By establishing these agreements between Aronic and Airbus it has created a great partnership in the rapid growing metal 3D- printing space. Arrconics was the perfect choice with this type of work as the company is able to offer the
“Materials science and additive manufacturing expertise, to aerospace parts qualification experience and supply chain management.”
To keep the agreement private Airbus has agreed not disclose any more info about the agreement to the public. Arconic individualizes its self in the industry by being a part of top major aircraft and jet engine platforms in the industry.
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President Elect Mr. Donald Trump has put much thought into his advisory and has his eye on a certain Senator to be placed to lead the pentagon. US Senator Mr. Thomas Cotton, who served as an infantry officer on missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The choices for who to put in the Sectary of Defense position where varied from retired generals and many more contenders. There has already been some speculation about Cotton replacing the US nuclear triad with newer models. “replace aging B-52 bombers with the new B-21 Raider and take a hard line against Iran.”
Cotton conducted an interview with a journalist from the New York Times , David Sanger which took place during the Defense One Summit on November 17 in Washington DC.
“During the one-on-one discussion with Sanger, Cotton advocated rapidly expanding the land-based intercontinental ballistic missile network, while also modernizing the strategic bomber fleet and the submarine-launched ballistic missiles that make up the U.S. nuclear triad.”
He has proposed to senate to pass a 26.4 billion emergency bill to help the Department of Defense due to what Cotton has said to be as “neglect “from these past 8 years that president Obama was in office. Containing to bash President Obama and blame him for Russian leader Vladimir Putin success in many areas. They are well aware that some people do not agree with Trumps relationship with Putin but they can assure that it is to better the US relations with Russia as an ally.
Cotton alongside president elect have been thinking about the discontinuation of the nuclear nonproliferation agreement between countries such as ,” Iran and the U.S., UK, Russia, China, France and Germany.” Cotton stated that he is also not a fan of American soldiers blood being shed by Iran and believes that America would be safer if Trump abolishes this deal.
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If people have reached a very high level of technology and helicopters have become very useful in numerous aspects of life from personal use, to emergencies, to military, armed forces, to industrial and corporate use. A Helicopter is not only useful but it can be essential in some cases. Aurora Flight Sciences is determined to find ways to develop new and advanced ways to fly vertically from the ground without the help or the need for a pilot. This system has been at work for many years where people are trying to achieve autonomous flight system for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). This project is being planned to create an unmanned UH-1H helicopter, an UH-1H helicopter that is fully capable with advanced VTOL systems making it one of the few helicopters of its kind.
This project has been begun as a project for the Aurora’s work on the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) in order to speed up the delivery time of any cargo without the need for a human operator. They have mentioned that at least in the beginning it can be operated without a human operator and once the project has taken full motion then a person can be added to the project. This has become such an exciting project because the implementation of this project mean that we can develop an unmanned helicopters that vertically land and take-off but however there is always obstacles and that’s why it is such a challenge because you have to create a system that can be aware of dynamic obstacle detection with avoidance and allows unprepared landing in unidentified areas possible.
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We don’t usually think about light but people began to learn about light more than a thousand years ago. What are the characteristics of light and is the light we see the only light that exist? This was discovered by one of the most famous physicist of all time, Isaac Newton. When he was studying the different wavelengths of light he was experimenting with the different characteristics of the colors of the rainbow. He discovered that at every wavelength or every color of the rainbow carries different energy and the way he found that out is by placing a thermometer under each color. He had a piece of crystal that can reflect the suns light to all the colors of the rainbow on the table he placed it placed on. He placed a thermometer under each color and he saw a steady increase of temperature as he moved from one color to the next. The most interesting thing is that after he passed all the colors he placed the thermostat on the table close to the rainbow but not under any of the colors reflected from the crystal, what he saw was astonishing because the thermostat had the highest reading from all colors. That’s when the infrared light was discovered.
Moving in time more than a thousand years later and now we are able to manipulate and use with all its wavelengths to our advantage. Crane Industries has mentioned that the US Navy is going to be using Short Wave Infrared cameras (SWIR) for one of their targeting systems, the Multospectral Targeting System (MTS). This creates a whole new technology for Targeting systems especially for night vision targeting and for detecting heated objects in the sky when aiming. Infrared electro-optics, Multispectral Targeting System (MTS), Quantum Multispectral Targeting System are all going to become tools for the future especially in the favor of the air force.
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Airports are expensive and a lot of work goes into establishing the busy suitable airport for customers. It requires a lot of effort into establishing a good airport, recently British Airways announced that they are investing 110 Millions into the airport. This is done to better the airport experience for customers. The most important thing is the customer experience. Because if they like what they see and are comfortable with their travels they will manage to travel with them again. Therefore, British Airways announcement about the improvement that will be affecting JFK terminal 7 will better and improve the customer journey.
This new investment will start by improving the customer’s check in security and boarding gates. They will also improve their business class lounges which this is a big deal because this is where the if money comes from. When they fix this and improve it they could be expecting to make it a lot more price which will bring in more revenue to the company and this will help them expand and be one of the best airports that make the customers want to return to this airport. Some new lounges that are open in Boston, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Houston and Seattle are also thinking about investing to develop their airlines and their lounges. Their only stop point is that it would be expensive and the funding is going to be hard on it. But they know that the end results will bring them a lot of revenue.
Another announcement that this airline has announced is that they have partnered with the Alaskan Airlines this is to be able to give customers the option to connect with British airways from more US cities. This new beginning and improvement will able customers to book seats on Alaska Airlines flights and they can book it from seven new destinations. This allows a much easier and smoother booking.
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After a long consideration and planning, in spring of 2017 Rockwell Collins will officially take ownership of B/E Aerospace. Rockwell believes that this is an investment worth making, $8.3 billion is money well spent when it comes to investing into one of the most successful and significant leader in aircraft interior manufacturer that designs, develops and manufactures interior of cabin lights, oxygen systems, food or kitchen equipment and toilet equipment. They do this for commercial and business aircrafts. This can be a great addition to Rockwell Collins as Rockwell specializes in Cabin equipment such as electronics, flight deck avionics, communication systems, and information systems. These technologies get manufactured and designed with the manufacturing and design of the aircraft, therefore; making Rockwell Collins dependent on aircraft production rate. Having said that, B/E Aerospace is not dependent on Aircraft production rate, however they are driven by airlines needs and wants. B/E Aerospace deals with a lot more productions of components that wasn’t included in the original manufacturing.
Both companies approximately have about 30,000 employees and this combination is going to create a lot of outstanding outcomes that neither company has expected, even according to the founder and chairman of B/E Aerospace, Amin Khoury;
“This combination delivers significant long-term benefits neither company could realize on its own,”
For example, the combination of the two companies can create possibilities such as Rockwell Collins can give B/E Aerospace new and efficient cabin designs to develop while B/E Aerospace makes the cabin parts. Also it’s possible when Rockwell is working on an aircraft improving or developing avionic systems and components, B/E Aerospace can work on modifying the cabin Interior.
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Lufthansa finally takes the plundge to obtain the remaining 55% of SN Airholding that the Belguim based Brussel Airlines had to offer. The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has finally approved and agreed to go through with obtaining the rest of SN, a holding company of The Belgain Airline. As the 2008 Lufthansa primarily owned 45 % of Brussel Airlines and has now approved to be processed by the early of next year Aircraft Propellers And Components. The decisions have still not been yet completed solely based on the approval of the SN shareholder’s opinions on the matter.
According to a report on Reuters, an English news based in the UK, it states that per a talk with Lufthansa earlier in the year they spoke about bringing Brussel Airlines to a Eurowings low cost platform. In doing so this would allow Brussel to impact tremendously with its fleet of 49 planes to an already existing 90 planes in the fleet that the Eurowing already has to offer.
One main reason for the purchase of Brussel was to be able to fur fill many routes in Africa that Brussel owned. Lufthansa looked to fill and purchase subsidiaries in areas in where do not have routes also known as gaps. Brussel Airlines has an established business from
“Brussel Zaventem Airport to several cities in Europe and Africa. To North America, Brussel Airlines serves New York JFK and Toronto, plus a seasonal flight to Washington Dulles. “
The goal in purchasing subsidiaries is to expand Lufthansa routes and be able to cover many countries with already existing airlines. To date Lufthansa owns,” Euro wings, Edelweiss, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Turkish Carrier SunExpress. “Despite Lufthansa primary base in Germany it has amounted to offer a combined global route network to a total 271 destinations in 107 countries.
On Sept 29, 2016 Country E. Howard wrote an article for Intelligent Aerospace talking about how Harris Corporation and Boeing are teaming up in order to provide their service for future military aircrafts. They are working on advanced core missions that includes aircrafts communications, sensors, displays, and navigation.
Harris Corporation will be the one producing the main hardware that will be then implemented into Boeing’s Secure Computing Solution hardware. This hardware will then have Boeing Phantom Fusion software and a multi-level network. Harris Corporation will have their custom advanced security and commercial off the shelf processors (also known as COTS) in order to provide mission processing hardware on open systems architecture.
Here is what Ed Zoiss, the Harris Electronic Systems president has to say about this.
“Our core processor hardware adapts to the mission needs of any military aircraft in a cost-effective way. We will use our expertise in ruggedized, high-performance COTS hardware to provide the processing power and cross-platform applicability needed for mission success.”
Harris Corporation is considered to be a large technology provider which supports over 100 countries. The company has over $7 billion in annual revenue along with over 20,000 employees worldwide. There are four different categories that Harris Corporation works under: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems, Electronic Systems, and Critical Networks.
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Chris Pocock write an article for AIN Online on September 8th 2016, talking about how Lord Corporation is providing a newly improved vibration control system of IVCS for the Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Completion of this program milestones under a contract that was rewarded by Boeing in late 2013.
Here is what Stuart Hartwell, the business development manager for Lord Global Aerospace & Defense says that
“The IVCS represents a major step in bringing significant weight savings to the H-47 platform.”
In order to measure aircraft vibration levels, the IVCS technology uses accelerometers. In addition to this there is a centralized computer that signals throughout a software algorithm in order to read data and send commands to force generators. The force generators are located under the seats of the pilot. In turn, these force generators will create an “anti vibration” that will then stop the progression of vibration. From these, this will create a comfortable vibration environment for the cabin.
There will also be a direct replacement or drop in replacement that can be used as a heavy passive turned vibration absorber. Here is was Pocock has mentioned that Mike Janowski stated.
“According to Mike Janowski, manager of electromechanical design at Lord, the IVCS is easily installed using existing mounts on the aircraft and outperforms the legacy system. It could be retrofitted to the MH-47Gs of U.S. Special Operations Command, as well as existing CH-47Fs and Chinooks that have been exported via the Foreign Military sales (FMS) process.”
Airbus Helicopter has dived into a new futuristic endeavor. As one of the leaders in the aeronautical industry, this new project does not seem so far reaching. Airbus plans on designing a self-flying taxi with an entire independent drone network. To step things up on this already ambitious plan, the firm plans testing for the flying taxi to begin by early 2017.Rodin Lyasoff, an engineer at Airbus has stated that
The company’s confidence comes from their reliability in the technologies they have developed from other projects. These machineries include batteries, motors, and other avionics.
The network that Airbus has envisioned is quite simple. Anyone could book a seat on what Airbus refers to as a zenHop “CityAirbus” drone which would lead to a zenHub Helipad. ZenLuggage would transport the user’s baggage. Fare to ride the flying taxi will be set to cost not much more than regular transportation as each ride would be shared with multiple passengers. The private zenCyber network would safeguard from any hackers. Engineers have been working on the electric aircraft design for about two years now, and though the architecture has not been formally approved, they do believe they are getting close to a model that would not need too many regulatory changes.
EHang, a Chinese firm has already developed a prototype for an electric passenger plane, while engineering company Volocopter has performed their first manned flight test. Though other firms have had similar projects, Airbus is the only company with an idea that seems feasible, especially as Airbus leads with second place in the aerospace manufacturing market. When compared to other companies, Airbus has over 55,000 workers that include top engineers that will help lead the project into a successful reality. Until then, the wait must continue for these flying taxis.
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On September 6th 2016, an article was released on Defence Blog talking about how VR Technologies Design Bureau has development an unmanned aerial vehicle that looks similar to the drone from the movie, Terminator. VR Technologies Design Bureau is part of Russian Helicopters JSC. The unmanned aerial vehicle has a tiltrotor. The drone has been dubbed the RHV-35 which was shown for display at the International Military and Technical Forum ARMY 2016.
After its display, there were several gas companies and various government agencies that have expressed interest in the project. The main purpose of the drone is to have a test bed to determine design layouts for efficiency and to search to innovative solutions.
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An Abu Dhabi airport welcomes the Solar Impulse 2 plane as it lands from its journey around the world. This remarkable journey helps the Solar Impulse 2 make its way in to the record books being the in several aspects. The Solar impulse 2 is a plane made out of carbon fiber which is solar powered by panels that have up to 17,248 solar cells to generate the plane. For night traveling the aircraft is able to recharge four lithium polymer batteries through the solar cells installed on the plane.
With one model prior to the impulse 2, modifications have made it to be one of its kind. In doing so it made it sturdier, more agile and more effective to traveling longer distances. This journey was completed with total of 558 hours of flight and the total distance traveled summed up to up to be approximately 26,744 miles. There were two Swiss pilots conducting this aircraft Andre Borschberg alongside the chairman of Solar Impulse, Bertrand Piccard. Borsch was able to shatter through other world records while on this journey. He managed to pilot the air craft for an approximate 76 hours and 45 minutes without refueling once. Followed by completing a 4480-mile ride from Japan to Hawaii in an astonishing 118-hour flight.
As successful as the journey was, it encountered minor problems along the way. During its stretch to Japan some issues arose with the planes battery to delay the voyage by 9 months. All in all, the voyage made several stops in many destinations all over the world before completing.
” Prior to its flight from Cairo to Abu Dhabi, Solar Impulse 2 made stops in Oman, India, Myanmar, China, Japan, Hawaii, California, Phoenix, Tulsa, Dayton, Lehigh Valley, New York and Seville.”
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The Bell 505 jet ranger X is an exciting helicopter that continues to raise interest in Latin America due to its capabilities, designed to be a safe aircraft, reliable and contains advanced avionic technology. The Paraguayan industrial group Signiture S.R.L. has decided to add the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to its fleet. The Boeing Aircraft Parts combines an active avionic design with active components and a dual channel FADEC Turbomeca Arrius 2R engine. The features don’t end here, the Bell 505 Jet Ringer X has a cabin size that accommodates the operator of the helicopter as well as any VIP passengers or business executives that appreciate a state of the art flight dick and travels fast with a superb range. The Bell 505 helicopter also has upgradable options such as synthetic vision, helicopter terrain avoidance system, second VHF com radio, and traffic advisory system.
The record shows that the new model of the Bell 505 helicopter is going to be released by the end of the year and the engineers have already started the testing of the flight with over 800 flight-test hours. Some of the design features of the Bell 505 is that it has an open cabin layout with a lot of space in the rear cabin with attenuating seats that gives room for passengers, or other missions that require more room. Also the cabin floor is fully flat which accommodates different needs. The double opening doors feature on the Bell 505 makes so much easier to load and unload anything into the deck of the helicopter. To top that the cabin is covered with glass which covers a large surface area of the cabin structure and this takes a great load off the operator of the helicopter and copes with different types of missions.
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There has been a couple of decades where the tech companies have been focused on electronics such as computers, cell phones and TVs. Specially cell phones have developed tremendously in the past decade and became smart phones to the point where societies all around the world have become dependent on them. However, smart phones have been developed to a point where not much can be done to improve on them anymore.
This is going to be a turning point for all the tech companies because now the potential for them to grow is going to happen in automobiles. We all know google has been working on a self-driving car that can drive itself in the city without a driver. They have succeeded in many ways to do this and the technology is still improving. High tech cars or maybe we will start calling them smart cars are going to be the focus for the next couple of decades.
Samsung Electronics, which has been a world leader in the past decade in making smartphones and memory chips, is putting together a team to focus on how to enhance the technology in the automotive business. There is going to be a race now between the Tech industries as well as the automotive industries in making self-driving, electric and internet accessible vehicles.
Samsung Electronics parts have been a great success in the past decade and they will continue in a new direction now to develop new growth in the automotive industry. Samsung has made a statement about their direction in the future and they said they will continue to invest in smartphones as well as electric vehicles. Economic reports in Korea has stated that Samsung can share 4% of their stake in the automotive industry which is going to cost Samsung around $450 million.
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Bell Helicopter has confirmed the first test aircraft and flight belonging to the 525 relentless programme has crashed and killed two company test pilots in central Texas on July 6th. This tragedy is another a major setback in the yearlong effort to certificate the first application of fly-by-wire technology for a commercial helicopter. Bell released a statement via Twitter informing the public that they are working with the relevant authorities on the case in order to determine the cause of this horrible accident.
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed details of the crash in a separate Twitter message that the crash occurred in “Chambers Creek”, Texas. Chambers Creek is a reference to a small river about 120km southeast of Fort Worth. The ill-fated flight test phase started on July 1st 2015 and initial pictures of the crash scene indicated that the wreckage belonged to the first 525 test aircraft. The twin-engined 525 is expected to enter service in 2017 and is jam packed with advanced technology and represents the first application of fly-by-wire flight controls in a commercial helicopter with abracon corporation. This combined with the Arc Horizon flight deck system which assists the pilot by automatically holding the aircraft in banks and hovers have created considerable anticipation for the 525.
Back in 2012 a two-member Bell flight crew walked away unscathed from a 214ST test aircraft crash. The 214ST test aircraft flight was intended to evaluate the main rotor components intended for the new helicopter models. The 525 crashed aircraft is just one of three prototypes involved in the flight test campaign so far with two more test aircrafts expected to join the fleet by the third quarter.
Bell Helicopter meanwhile has suspended further 525 flight testing but is proceeding ahead with ground-based testing and certification work for the 16-seat 525 helicopter as revealed by Scott Donnelly, Textron chief executive. Although the parent company Textron has not yet been able to provide an estimate of the length of the self-imposed 525 grounding or the impact on the certification schedule, Textron is still committed to the Bell 525 programme. Donnelly states that the failures has only strengthened Textron’s resolute will in ensuring that the “aircraft will be a safe, reliable and high-performance helicopter.”
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Kelsey D. Atherton wrote an article for Popular Science on July 29, 2016 which talks about how there is an engineer from California that is working to build a flying car that is based off of the gyrocopter. The engineer is named Dezso Molnar. The Bell Helicopter looks similar to the skeleton of an automobile. On the body of the skeletal car is a pusher propeller which needs an active rotor on top.
Molnar also doubles as a pilot. The way he sees this is that he wants to create a flying car that will be the catalyst to creating a flying car racing league.
This prototype plane that Molnar has been working on has even been approved by the FAA. The FAA has considered this to be a “light airplane.” This light plane can be found in the Mojave Desert.
Here is what Atherton has to say about how to mechanics of the gyrocopter work.
“Molnar’s plan is to combine this body with the rotor from a gyrocopter. While their overhead rotor makes them look similar to helicopters, gyrocopters have a major difference: in a helicopter, an engine spins the rotor, providing both power and lift. In a gyrocopter, a propeller pulls the vehicle forward, and the rotors spins passively, generating lift as an overhead spinning wing.”
Most of Molnar’s free time is spent working on the flying car. His day job includes working for a company that does water installations on a commercial level including things such as the fountain at the Bellagio hotel.
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On June 30th 2016, Aviation Pros wrote an article from PRNEWSWIRE talking about how 700 of local business leaders went to celebrate Boeing’s 100th anniversary. These 700 local business leaders were from the Pacific Northwest. Included into the 700 local business leaders was Alaska Airlines. The local business leaders celebrated at the Museum of Flight. At the Museum of Flight, there was a release of the new Alaska 737 which was painted in a special edition centennial paint color scheme.
Here is what Brad Tilden, Alaska Airline’s CEO, has to say about this.
"Boeing is a global aerospace leader and our country's leading exporter, and people throughout the Northwest should be very proud of them. They design and build amazing jets like the 737, and the more than 77,000 local employees of Boeing strengthen the economic and social fabric of our region. All of us at Alaska want to congratulate them on their 100th anniversary. We are truly honored to be Boeing's hometown partner, today, and into Boeing's next century."
On the Alaska 737 special edition plane, there is “100 years strong” painted across both sides of the 900ER fuselage. This is considered the 153rd Boeing 737 that is released. Alaska Airlines is happy to announce their fifty years together between them and the aircraft manufacturer.
The official birthday for Boeing is on July 15, 1916. That date this year will be considered the day after William Boeing first incorporated Pacific Aero Products in Seattle.
Now, Boeing has almost 160,000 employees working for them all over the world.
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Astronics corporation a subsidiary of Astonics Max- Viz's Engine Fuel System Components Nonaircraft, releases their latest EVS (enhanced vision system) going by the X1 + HR. This system is said to intensify vision for innovators building and experimenting aircrafts at home. Installed with a long wave infrared thermal imager with electronic zoom. The purpose behind this well designed system is to increase the amount that is seen more thorough and detected.
“Enables pilots to see temporary obstructions such as wildlife and construction barriers, which may not be in synthetic vision database.”
The X1 +HR innovative technologies has won them a spot at the EAA Air Venture, the Experimental Aircraft Association event which will be held in Oshkosh Wisconsin on the 25 through the 29th of June 2016. Only weighting as little as 1.2 pounds for lighter traveling and a more agile invention. Often having problems seeing through slight obstructions the EVS combats the most in the toughest conditions.
“According to Astronics, the EVS also enhances daytime and nighttime visibility up to 10 times further in conditions such as smoke, haze or light fog.”
Much like similar models such as Garmin G500, G600, G1000, Avidyne R9, Bendix King KMD-850, AvMap EKP-V, Flipper, Rosen monitors and EFBs this EVS displays a 640 x 480 pixel resolution long waved uncooled thermal camera. Great Compatibility with any source that displays and accepts NTSC NTSC or PAL/Analog RS-170 signals. Or PAL/ Analog RS-170 signals. With controls having single pin on its control switches allows maximum mobility. Including a horizontal field of view including 45°, 69°and 90°angles. Priced at approximately 18000 and is manufactured and designed with a solid state technology which means no routine maintenance is required. This new model seems to be almost indestructible with all its new attributes including its metal fairing design. The new system has a metal fairing design, a Composite Video signal format (NTSC or PAL), selectable white-hot/black-hot polarity and is DO-160G compliant. The integral window heaters permit operation in all conditions with a temperature operating environment from -55° C to +70° C.
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The first step is to identify the product that you want. The name of the product could be found on the particular item itself. There are sometimes part numbers and serial numbers that might also be used to identify the part. If you do not know how to identify the part, you can search up keywords into Google to see if that part shows up. If all else fails, you can also try contacting the manufacturer so that they can assist you further.
The second step is to use you newly identified part and input the name into a search engine. The most common is Google. There is also eBay and Amazon for more hard-to-find items. In most cases after doing a search, websites leading to the item will populate on your browser.
The third step it so click on the website and see how much the part is. For more advanced users, you can do a little bit more market analysis in order to see if the price that is on your website is competitive.
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Boeing hosted a press conference at its Mesa, Arizona aircraft facility on June 7 that showcased the newly assembled AH-6i Little Bird attack and exploration helicopter. The Little Bird is planned to be delivered to Saudi Arabia at the end of June to the Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG). Currently numbered 61001, the helicopter has recently undergone the last part of the assembly process but has yet to undergo flight testing. The final step is delivering it to Saudi Arabia, one of the recipients of the new upsurge of U.S. weaponry distribution. Boeing is currently working with the U.S. Army on an agreement to supply foreign buyers with 72 Little Birds.
24 AH-6i helicopters are part of a 2014 foreign military sale (FMS). 7 of those are at different stages of the building process. The fuselages for the AH-6is built for Saudi Arabia have been provided by MD Helicopters, with other stages of manufacturing taking place in Monterrey, Mexico. Pilots from Saudi Arabia and pilots that will instruct in Saudi Arabia will train at Boeing’s Mesa, Arizona location. The Defense Contract Management Agency will carry out flight tests for Boeing’s AH-6i Helicopters before delivery to the Saudi Arabia National Guard.
The Little Bird has been designed for light attack with the inclusion of semi-active laser Hellfire missiles, 70mm missiles, an M-134 mini gun, and a .50 caliber GAU-19B machine gun. It also includes a small sensor with laser rangefinder and a laser pointer.
The 72 Little Birds contract with the U.S. Army was established to expedite foreign military sales. Though Boeing’s director of global sales and marketing, Mark Ballew, did not clearly state what countries were negotiating purchases of the helicopter models, he did express knowledge of Jordan showing interest in the Little Birds. Saudi Arabia is the only official recipient of the attack helicopter thus far. This is only part of SANG’s defense purchases which include 36 AH-64E Apaches, 36 AH-6is, 72 Sikorsky UH-60M Blackhawks, and 12 MD Helicopters MD-530Fs.
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The Navy has requested for their Boeing F/A-18E/F and EA-18G combat aircraft to be equipped with better transmitting technology. This innovation goes by Radio Frequency Blanking Unit (RFBU) and will allow an advanced receiving device to use two or more microwave/RF signals without interference with one another. The order to the Boeing Defense, Space & Security segment in Saint Louis was placed on Wednesday May 18th 2016.
The (RFBU) will approximately cost 13.5 million US dollars for building and testing. This prototype is designed to fit right in and take over the position of the Navy’s previous signal transmitter, Enhanced Interference Blanking Unit (EIBU). The EIBU is most commonly used on the Navy’s carrier- based F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet jet fighter bomber and EA-18G Growler Electronic Warfare aircrafts.
By replacing the EIBU with the RFBU Boeing is replacing hard to find parts with more efficient ones, removing all unnecessary electronic parts. The swap of signal receivers, the Navy hopes to prevent the crossing of signals upon Navy planes which have antennas so near to each other. The task of the developing these new receivers was giving to Boeing since they did manufacture F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft.
“Is the only source with the knowledge, expertise, facilities, and qualified personnel to build the new RFBU quickly enough to meet Navy needs”Navy officials say
“One of the many tasks the RFBU is for multi-functional Informational Distribution System (MIDS) Low Volume terminal (LVT) which will allow a voice communication and secure data network using a Link-16 tactical wireless networking structure. “MIDS LVT provides enhanced situational awareness, positive identification of participants within the network, secure fighter-to-fighter voice and data networking, secure voice communications, and tactical air navigation.”
On the Naval aircrafts the RFBU and the MIDS LVT work hand in hand to increase input/output signal capacity on board.
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Lilium, a Munich based Start-up Company which is hosted in the Bonney Forge Corporation business incubator, has recently been developing the first of its kind vertical takeoff and landing aircraft intended for personal use. This aircraft has been designed to seat two passengers and will potentially open up the door to a new class of airplanes available from 2018.
“Our goal is to develop an aircraft for use in everyday life”said the CEO and one of the company’s founders of Lilium, Daniel Wiegand.
“We are going for a plane that can take off and land vertically and does not need the complex and expensive infrastructure of an airport”Wiegand added.
“To reduce noise and pollution, we are using electric engines so it can also be used close to urban areas.”
This electric two-seat vertical takeoff and landing aircraft is intended to be quitter, simpler, as well as more environmentally friendly in comparison to traditional aircrafts. Lilium was founded in February of 2015 by four doctoral students and engineers from the Technical University of Munich in Germany. The company has already developed the concept with various scale, 25 kg prototypes. Now, Lilium is continuing to develop its first ultralight vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.
“Today, general public aviation offers fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. Conventional aircraft are efficient, fast and available in many sizes but require airports often 20–50 km from city centres because of their space-hungry runways and the high noise levels,”Suggested Heli Hub.
“As a VTOL aircraft, the Lilium’s fans point downwards to give it the necessary lift, but once at a safe height, the engines will swivel, allowing it to achieve speeds of up to 400kmph at an altitude of nearly 10,000ft”Reported Colm Gorey from Silicon Republic.
“In cruising mode, the craft is expected to have a range of around 500km and can be charged like modern electric vehicles (EVs) using a household wall socket.”
On April 24th 2016, Adnan Farooqui released an article on Uber Gizmo that talks about NASA’s plans to launch a new program for the Green Aviation Technology. The program that NASA is planning to launch is the New Aviation Horizons and Miscellaneous Aircraft Accessories And Components”
The plan for this new program is to aim towards having a whole new selection of fleet of X-Planes that will use and implement more of the green aviation that is being used in the industry. NASA is one of the forefront companies that is spearheading the project in order to change the future of aviation towards a more green industry.
There is plans for a new supersonic jet to begin testing in 2020. This new supersonic jet was awarded to NASA by Lockheed Martin. This new supersonic jet will be implementing Quiet Supersonic Technology in order to decrease the decibels in its sonic boom which is quite common with very fat planes.
NASA, also known as National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was formed in July of 1958 as an independent agency of the United States federal government’s executive branch. NASA is responsible mainly for civilian space programs along with aeronautics and aerospace research and development. NASA has over 17,000 employees and is headquartered in Washington D.C. The agency has over 7 manned programs that were used for space exploration among many other things. NASA’s most successful and known mission was the Apollo 11. The Apollo 11 put the first man on the Moon in 1969. NASA’s motto is “For the Benefit of All.”
At the Humans to Mars summit held in May of this year, Lockheed Martin announced that it will be joining SpaceX and NASA, just to name a few, in exploring Mars. Lockheed currently plans on building a staffed space laboratory that will orbit the red planet by 2028. A goal that is ambitious, not only because a manned mission to Mars has yet to take place but because they intend to beat NASA’s already anticipated goal by 2 years. This is Lockheed’s attempt to convince the space agency to implements the firm’s design plans before it sends astronauts to Mars in the 2030s.
The first mission is set to launch by 2018. Lockheed Martin aims to execute this goal successfully by utilizing knowledge of proven technologies. This is to ensure that the mission is practical, safe, and affordable. One of the Marine Hardware And Hull Items can use is their deep space crew capsule, Orion. It is the first of its kind, with capabilities to hold a command-and-control center that is sure to facilitate communication and navigation during the astronauts’ exploration of Mars, and with sufficient life support to enable the mission to last 1,000 days.
“Exploration augmentation modules”, are also being developed to support human life in deep space. These forms of habitats would provide a place of security where astronauts would live and work. Bill Pratt, a program manager at Lockheed claimed that placing the habitat at a location too far to easily return would enable a long-term mission to take place.
In the meantime, Lockheed, SpaceX, and other firms will continue to race each other to reach the completion of their Mars manned missions first.
Qatar Airways has announced that they canceled the order for the first Airbus Group SE’s A320neo plane. Qatar Airways as the initial launch customer and the airline was scheduled to receive the first plane of that order last year. On Friday, Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker cited months of delays to the single-aisle plane promised have allowed Qatar Airways to invoke a contractual cancellation clause. Even more troubling, the Doha-based airline who is one of Airbus’s biggest supporter and champion could potentially walk away from more A320neo orders once they have triggered the remaining walkaway clauses.
Airbus and the plane’s engine maker United Technologies Corp. have had a myriad of issues resulting in being unable to get the A320neo up to the performance standards that is spelled out explicitly and contractually. This has led to significant delays and has elicited a response from Fabrice Bregier. The head of Airbus’s plane making unit has expressed his apologies and admitted he fully understands why the customers are unsatisfied though he declines to go into more details about the contractual issues at hand.
Under the original contract Qatar Airways should have five A320neos in service by now and Mr. Al Baker expressed his extreme displeasure citing the delays as “making a huge impact on my bottom line”. This is yet another incident in a long line of Banjo Corp Parts that are undermining the commitments these plane makers have promised to their customers.
Airbus and Boeing have stumbled and failed to meet delivery dates and obligations due to aggressive ramp-up of productions spurred by huge orders. They failed to properly account for production delays and setbacks while taking in more orders than they could deliver. Airbus is taking assault on several fronts, as the newest long-range plane the A350 is running behind on schedule because of cabin interior component shortages in addition to the issues with the A320neo due to the concerns with engine performance.
Airbus believes that once hardware fixes are validated coupled with the new software upgrade to deal with spurious fault warnings, they would be able to deliver more of the A320neo planes. Qatar Airways is currently discussing buying the current version of the Boeing 737s and upgrading them to the 737 Max as a fall back option.
On June 5th 2016, Andreas Spaeth posted an article on Airways News. She wrote about on how June 3rd, a bunch of CEOs from top important airlines got together to sit in the same aircraft on a trip from Dublin to Zurich. The model of the plan that the CEOs of the airline companies took was the BBA505. June 3rd at a time during the IATA for the annual meeting at the Irish capital. This even is followed by a Chief Executive Board meeting of all Star Alliance in Switzerland.Here’s what Spaeth had to say about SWISS and the airlines.
“SWISS celebrates its tenth year as a Star member, and at the same time will operate the world premiere of this first all-new passenger jet in this category in decades on July 15. Belittled by Airbus salesman John Leahy only this week as “that cute little aircraft”, Bombardier called this special flight rightly “the most important take-off in the history of the CSeries.” Even after the recent mega-order by Delta Air Lines, Bombardier desperately needs to build trust and confidence in its product to attract more takers.”
This aircraft is somewhat unique in its own way as it comes in a 2-3 seat layout which is considered very different than its competitors. Competitors such as Embraer Aircraft offers a 2-2 and Airbus and Boeing offer a 3-3 seat layout.
In terms of the cabin width, the CSeries is at 3.28m whereas the Airbus A320 has one seat in every row which leads them to have a measurement of 3.70m
The CSeries also has a window that is 50% larger than that of the A320’s window.
Rockwell Collins, the American multinational company which provides information technology and avionics system and services, has recently announced that its Venue high-definition entertainment system as well as cabin management will be equipped on new Bombardier Global 6000 and Global 5000 aircrafts, beginning in the third quarter of 2016. This announcement was made at the 2016 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE). Rockwell Collins’s Venue system will also be offered as a retrofit solution through Bombardier Service Centers for in-service Global aircraft models.
Venue has already been installed in more than 850 corporate aircraft cabins as well as private aircraft cabins around the globe. Each system is custom made with the most advanced cabin technologies in order to recreate and mirror the latest advancements in boardroom technology and home entertainment. The open architecture design offered by Venue allows for a platform that can be easily implemented in future cabin technologies.
“Venue offers the proven reliability and the flexibility to allow passengers to work and play without compromise”
said the vice president of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support of Commercial Systems for Rockwell Collins, Scott Gunnufson.
“At the same time, Global aircraft operators can have peace of mind knowing that their cabin management system will accommodate new technologies as they become available.”
“Our long-range Global business jets routinely fly the world’s most discerning travelers to remote destinations in the ultimate luxury and comfort. These customers are seeking the same cutting-edge technology in the air as they use in their offices or living rooms. This new cabin management system seamlessly blends ease of use and advanced functionality to deliver the best in business productivity, and entertainment at 51,000 feet”
said the vice president of Strategy, Marketing, and Innovation for Bombardier Business Aircraft, Jean-Christophe Gallagher.
“The features, technology and reliability of the Venue system are a perfect fit with our high-performing Global aircraft family.”
“This announcement continues the long-term relationship of Rockwell Collins as the cabin management system supplier for Bombardier on the Global XRS, Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft,”
said Terry Spruce from Corporate Jet Investor.
Embraer has just unveiled their new design for a revolutionary interior that is a massive upgrade from the cabins reminiscent of a pressurized metal tube and small port holes. Commercial and business jets with eight-figure price tags still offer very little in terms of allowing natural sunlight into the cabin and for most people the idea of flying is scary enough without your aircraft resembling a metal tomb or coffin. Embraer has heed the cries of its customers and has proposed a new interior design concept christened the Kyoto Airship. Embraer has proposed to outfit their new Lineage 1000 business jets with state of the art skylights and huge vertical windows to allow customers a view that is indeed fit for the gods. The Kyoto Airship interior is available for any customer interested in ordering the Lineage 1000 valued at $55 million dollars by Embraer.
There are 30 year old aircrafts currently flying around with skylights such as the Cessna but skylights aren’t exactly a novel idea. This is however the first time ever that skylights have been offered on a jet this large and with a pressurized cabin that cruises at an average of 10,000 meters.
The Embraer executive jet team referenced an ERJ145 regional jet and drew inspiration from the technical aspect to come up with this new concept. According to Vice President of Interior Design, Jay Beever, the Embraer design team imagined a “hypothetical Japanese customer who may want to sit on the floor of the aircraft instead of a traditional seat” and dropped the window sills so that the customer can have a lower center of gravity. The large vertical windows will allow you to be bathed in sunlight and will illuminate your entire cabin however the Embraer design team is very cognizant of the fact that with all the sunlight coming in the cabin could become extremely hot.
For now it is still in the concept phase and being experimented with but Embraer is anxiously awaiting for the brave soul that is willing to buck the trend and become a trendsetter in terms of setting the new standard for a business jet.
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Raytheon has confirmed the sale of 254 missiles worth over $260 million to Qatar’s Armed Forces. It is said by many that Raytheon will be receiving $34.3 million in profit in this sale. This was confirmed by the United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
Raytheon is a major American defense contractor that was founded in 1922, and headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. They are the world’s largest producer of guided missiles, and are the fourth largest defense contractor in the United States.
In an April 22, 2016 press release, by the United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency stated a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar for RIM 11C and RIM-16C-2 Rolling Airframe Missiles. The order consisted of 252 RIM-116C Rolling Airframe Tactical Missiles, and 2 RIM 166C-2 Rolling Airframe Telemetry missiles. This deal also includes support equipment, manuals, publications, personnel training, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services, live fire test event support and other related integrated elements.
The Qatar Armed Forces consists of roughly 11,800 army, navy, and air force personnel. These missiles will be used to boost Qatar’s navy and coast guard, which is equipped with about 6 dozen small coastal patrol crafts. GlobalSecurity.org lists Qatar Armed Forces as under-trained, under-staffed and under-equipped.
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency states that this sale will not alter the basic military balance in the region. Also, they stated that the sale will be able to help aid Qatar’s military to protect its naval forces by nearby oil and gas infrastructures.
AvWeb, the World’s Premier Independent Aviation New Resource, released an article by Elaine Kauh on April 14th 2016, discussing about how the last space shuttle tank heads to California.
This shuttle tank has been identified as the Celab Ltd Parts, or ET-94, which has a weight of around 69,000 pounds. This is considered an artifact from the NASA’s space shuttle program. The External Tank 94 is going to be relocated to California Science Center in Los Angeles. This relocation will be considered permanent.
This tank is considered last of its kind as it was one of the 138 built in New Orleans at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility. This has been sitting at the storage location for quite some time, approximately five weeks. This tank will go through the Panama Canal and get into southern California in Los Angeles sometime next month. Once the tank gets into Los Angeles, there will be a special crew that will take this tank and have it transported on a wheel mount so that the part will be able to be navigated through the busy down town Los Angeles streets.
To get dimensions of the tank shuttle, it is roughly around 150 feet in length. It had the capability of taking in and spread out more than 7 million pounds of thrust. While doing this, the tank can pass liquid oxygen and hydrogen throughout the orbiter’s main engine.
Here’s what one of the NASA officials had to say about the External Tank 94.
"When you think about it, it's really appropriate for ET-94 to be the one that's on center stage now. It's time for it to have its day and be displayed."
Just last week Foxconn Technology Group reached a deal to take over Sharp Corp. The company had previously announced their plans to go green and improve energy efficiency at their factories to introduce more solar power in China and India. While the issues with pollution are well-documented in China, very few changes are being made to address the already full-blown issue at hand. By merging with Sharp Corp. the Taiwanese electronics giant gains access and connections to a well-established brand name (Sharp Corp.) of which to sell its solar panels.
This is all part of Advanced Ground Systems Engineering larger goal of being an industry leader for clean energy in some of the worst polluting countries in the world while also firmly establishing their footing in Japan. With a strong distribution network in Japan and highly regarded as a pioneer in the development of solar panels and clean energy applications, Sharp Corp. bolsters Foxconn Technology Group’s clout within the growing population pushing for renewable energy source.
Foxconn announced in October that it has plans to build 400 megawatts of solar power capacity by 2018 in Henan, China as part of an Apple Inc. initiative. Apple contracts Foxconn to make its iPhones and iPads at their factories in China. In June Foxconn teamed up with Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. and Bharti Enterprises Pvt. Of India to add 20 gigawatts of clean-energy capacity in India valued at over $20 billion. Terry Gou, Chairman of Foxconn believes that harnessing renewable energy is the chief responsibility for our society and in December the venture won its first solar project in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
Foxconn had revealed that earlier last year they were in talk with U.K. investors to raise $1.7 billion to make operations in China more environmentally friendly by building solar farms and replacing air-conditioning systems and installing energy efficient lighting systems. Sharp Corp. for their part has stated they intend to use the near 8 billion yen infusion from the merger to shore up its energy-solution business while some 200 billion yen has already been set aside and allocated for next generation screens utilizing organic light-emitting diodes.
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On April 05, 2016 at the annual Sun’n’Fun airshow in Lakeland, FL, Boeing announced the sale of 112 training aircrafts to the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation. UND Aerospace Foundation develops and provides aircraft training services to the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Piper Aircraft will deliver 112 single-engine Archer TXs and multi-engine Seminoles beginning Q4 of 2016, with a deal estimating at over $40 million.
UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences provides aerospace learning and aviation education, atmospheric research, space studies, and computer science applications. The program was developed in 1968 with 2 donated planes and 12 students who had a fascination with aviation. The Aerospace Science program is the second largest of UND’s degree-granting colleges, and has the largest fleet of civilian flight training.
Piper Aircraft, located in Vero Beach, FL was at one time considered one of the “Big Three” in the field of general aviation manufacturing. The company has produced over 144,000 aircrafts in 160 different models, with over 90,000 still flying.
The Piper Archer TX produces over 180 HP and can reach up to 128 knots. The Piper Seminoles produces over 180 HP and can reach a cruise speed of 155 knots. Students will be using both planes to reach their required 125,000 hours each year.It is said by Amy Laboda of AINonline
“The Archers and Seminoles are equipped with Garmin G1000 avionics and an autopilot. Piper is offering a flight-school interior with ergonomic seating and sidewalls hand crafted and fitted with heavy-duty vinyl and wear-resistant leather to maximize durability.”
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On Friday, April 15th 2016, Juliet Van Wagenen released an article on Aviation Today about the FAA releasing new regulations. There are two new agency rules that the FAA has released with regards to aviation training devices and flight simulators. These new rules will aid in the improvement of the number of situations that are considered not normal that an airline pilot would be approached with. Not only this, but the rules also help pilots get more credit for the instruments needed for an instrument rating.
On March 30th 2016, the FAA said that new standards for the flight simulator evaluations a qualifications will make trainings as well as testing more accurate and realistic. These flight simulation evaluations will include many realistic items such as upset recognition, stalls, recovery techniques, take offs, landings in windy conditions, bounced landed recovery, and scenarios in icy conditions. Much of these scenarios required training according to the rules in November 12, 2013.
Some of the National Transportation Safe Board safety recommendations were lacking a little bit. There is where one of the new rules comes into play and helps the safety board with more in congruent with the flight simulator training.
According the FAA, there will be approximately one-third of the simulators that will be modified in the next few years in order to accommodate for the new training that will be used in the flight simulator.
There will be upgraded requirements that air carriers must meet for their training programs for flight simulators. The deadline for this is March 12, 2019.
There will also be a 10 hour credit on basic aviation training device as well as up to 20 hour credit for advanced aviation training devices.
Here is how Wagenen explains a basic training device as well as an advanced training device.
“A basic aviation-training device is not required to have a visual system, GPS moving map, autopilot or independent instructor control station. An advanced aviation-training device must have these additional features, and a few other aircraft-specific functions. Basic aviation training devices may only be used for training specific to the private pilot certificate instrument rating requirements. Advanced aviation training devices can be used to satisfy training for higher-level certification such as flight instructor, commercial pilot and airline transport pilot.”
Airbus, the civil aircraft manufacturer, and Siemens, the largest engineering company in Europe, have recently announced that they will be collaborating in order to create electrically-powered airplanes. Both companies will be teaming up to form a group of 200 engineers who will be focusing on the development of electric propulsion for aircrafts, enabling such aircrafts to carry up to 100 passengers.
The Chief Executive Offices of both companies, Joe Kaeser and Tom Enders, have collectively launched a joint project in order to promote the electrification of aviation. The goal of this project is to demonstrate and clearly illustrate the technical possibility of a variety of electric and hybrid propulsion systems by 2020.
“Electric and electric-hybrid flight represent some of the biggest industrial challenges of our time, aiming at zero-emissions aviation,”said the CEO of Airbus Group, Tom Enders.
“The progress we have achieved in this arena, together with our industrial and governmental partners, in only a few years is breath-taking, culminating in last year’s channel crossing of our all-electric E-Fan aircraft. Big thanks today particularly to the Bavarian Government and Minister Aigner for their support here in Ottobrunn.”
Currently, there has been an increase of electrical propulsion systems that are being used on smaller jet aircrafts. Difficulty arises though when applying similar technology to larger jet aircrafts; larger aircrafts require more power in order to manage and maintain sufficient power storage as well as high electrical loads onboard in order to run the machines.
According to Aerotime, “Hybrid-electric propulsion systems can significantly reduce fuel consumption of aircraft and reduce noise. European emissions targets aim for a 75 percent reduction of CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to the values for the year 2000. These ambitious goals cannot be achieved by conventional technologies.”
The Airbus Group and Siemens have made plans to collaborate in order to develop prototypes of a variety of propulsion systems with power capabilities ranging from around 100 kilowatts up to 10 or more megawatts. These power classes allow for local, short trips on aircrafts with less than 100 seats, unmanned aerial vehicles, or helicopters for short and medium range distances.
Pratt & Whitney came to an agreement with the government on April 11 to provide 53 engines for Lockheed Martin F-35As, F-35Cs, and F-35B. This contract is estimated of over $1 Billion. To top off this massive deal, Pratt & Whitney is set to come to an agreement with Pentagon for another order in the coming days.
Lockheed Martin F-35 is a single seat, single engine aircraft that is designed for ground attack and air defense missions. The first F-35 flight took place back on December 15, 2006. The US is set to complete it’s F-35 fleet in 2037.
Pratt & Whitney have provided over 273 engines so far from their Middletown, CT & West Palm Beach, FL manufacturing facilities since the beginning of the F135 production back in 2009. The Pratt & Whitney F135 can reach a maximum thrust of 43,000lbf, and a 28,000lbf intermediate, with a 28:1 overall pressure ratio.
This order is the first 66 of the 167 Pratt & Whitney F135 propulsion systems that the United States and other NATO members and close U.S. allies have purchased. Mark Buongiorno, Vice-President of Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine program has stated that they
“Remain laser-focused on reducing costs, meeting our delivery schedule commitments, ensuring dependable engine performance and preparing for global sustainment”.
The United States were not the only ones involved in this transaction. Italy, Norway, United Kingdom, Israel, and Japan also contributed in the $1 Billion purchase, with The United States covering over 56% of the funding. The F-35 is the most expensive military weapon system in history.
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In an alarming bit of space news, NASA revealed that their prized Kepler spacecraft has been in emergency mode for the past several days and they are now frantically trying to resuscitate it. The issue was first discovered by NASA ground controllers on Thursday April 7th. NASA had decided to adjust the Kepler spacecraft to point towards the center of the Milky Way, but when ground control issued the command, there are several manufacturers for production of space craft.
Launched nearly seven years ago back in 2009, the Kepler spacecraft specializes in locating new planets in other solar systems. Over the past seven years, the Kepler has located over 5,000 new planets in other solar systems as well as stray planets. With nearly 75 million miles separating Earth from the Kepler spacecraft, repairs and analysis can prove to be quite time consuming.
"Even at the speed of light, it takes 13 minutes for a signal to travel to the spacecraft and back,"
Mission manager Charlie Sobeck said in a weekend web update from NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.
The Kepler cost NASA roughly $550 million to produce, and losing the spacecraft would be an immense loss for NASA and planetary research alike.
This isn’t the first instance of the Kepler experiencing trouble in cosmos, as the spacecraft lost one of its balancing wheels back in 2012. The Kepler cost NASA roughly $550 million to produce, and losing the spacecraft would be an immense loss for NASA and planetary research alike.
If NASA is able to repair the Kepler, it will begin a new mission to find even more small planets outside of our solar system. Formally dubbed Campaign 9, this new mission will actually be a collaboration between the Kepler spacecraft and ground based astronomers from five different continents. Hopefully NASA can recover the Kepler and make use its services for years to come.
Microsemi Corp announced on Thursday March 24 that it will sell their Board Level Systems Business to Mercury System Inc. for $300 Million, straight cash homie. Microsemi Corp states that they were able to free up capital and are able divert more focus to developing proprietary technology, focusing in on aerospace/defense, communications, industrial, and storage.
Microsemi’s chairman and CEO, James J. Peterson stated that
"The sale of Board Level Systems Business would benefit Microsemi strategically and financially"There are different manufacturers The money used from the sale will be used to retire debt that is associated with the previous acquisition of PMC-Sierra. Back in January Microsemi outbid their competition, Skyworks Solutions Inc. with an astonishing $2.2 billion bid.
Also on the day of the announcement Microsemi congratulated Lockheed Martin on the US Navy’s’ 158th, 159th, and 160th successful test launches of the Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile. Mark Swanson, Microsemi’s global account manager stated that
"They supported Lockheed Martin with several strategic designs and products."He also stated
“We are extremely pleased to have played such an important role in support the Trident II Program”.
For 30 years, Mercury Systems has been leading in next generation of defense electronics business model. With the acquisition of Board Level Systems Business they will be able to deliver innovative solutions and world class service focusing strategically on Mercury Commercial Electronics and Mercury Defense Systems.
The sale of Board Level Systems was a home run for both Microsemi Corp & Mercury Systems. Now we will have to wait and see who can turn the acquisition into something more profitable from the outcome.
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