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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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