Heli-Expo 2020: Leonardo acquires Kopter
Leonardo shakes up the Heli-Expo 2020 helicopter show by unveiling the acquisition of the Swiss Kopter in order to “further strengthen its worldwide leadership and position in the rotorcraft sector”.
Raytheon-UTC merger interests BAE Systems
BAE Systems intends to buy Collins Aerospace’s military Global Positioning System business for $1.9 billion and Raytheon’s Airborne Tactical Radios division for $275 million, to be sold for antitrust clearances.
Liebherr on the Boeing 777X
Liebherr-Aerospace supplies components for the folding wing tip system as well as electronic components of the main gear steering system, the power drive unit and the hydraulic motor of the Boeing 777X.
Saab starts production of T-7A’s aft
Saab starts to produce the aft fuselage section of the T-7A Red Hawk aircraft, the advanced trainer developed and produced together with Boeing for the United States Air Force.
Thierry Breton addresses the European space community
The European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services concluded the 12th Conference on European Space Policy. A much awaited speech.
Boeing 737 MAX: no return before mid-2020
Boeing has just announced to its customers and suppliers that the 737 MAX would not return to service before mid-2020. This postpones both return to service and deliveries of aircraft stored for the fall.
Hybrid electric propulsion: the European Commission selects IMOTHEP
A consortium of thirty-three aviation research and industry partners led by ONERA officially launches the IMOTHEP project, an ambitious research initiative on hybrid electric propulsion funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020.
Europe invests €200 million for Ariane 6 and space SMEs
The European Commission and the European Investment Bank Group provide €200 million for the Ariane 6 program and SMEs in the space sector.
Boeing 737 MAX: fear of rock-bottom prices
Meeting in Dublin, the plane lessors are worried about the risks of sales and leasing of the Boeing 737 MAX at rock-bottom prices.
Airbus successfully tested its first fully automatic vision-based take-off
Airbus has successfully performed 8 take-offs with an Airbus A350-1000 test aircraft using a fully automatic vision-based system.
Latécoère acquires Bombardier’s EWIS activities
Latécoère and Bombardier agree on the condition of the acquisition of the Electrical Wiring Interconnection System assets in Querétaro, Mexico, under which the French company will supply Bombardier with EWIS.
Russian MC-21 and Chinese C919 medium-haul aircraft methodically continue their flight tests
Whilst the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX continues, the Russian Irkut MC-21-300 and Chinese Comac C919 medium-haul aircraft are methodically continuing their flight test programs.
Boeing 737 MAX: wiring under study
The audit carried out by Boeing about its 737 MAX, at the request of the FAA, revealed a potential risk due to the proximity between two bundles of wires playing an important role in the control of aircraft tail.
Tempest: Rolls-Royce manufactures electrical starter generator
The future sixth-generation British combat aircraft, Tempest, intended to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon within the RAF, will benefit from additional electrical systems, including an embedded turbine engine starting device developed by Rolls-Royce.
Airbus stays at 768 net sales in 2019
Spirit Airlines having decided to confirm its 100 Airbus A320neos in 2020, Airbus did not near 900 net sales in 2019 but rather 800 thanks to the A321XLR and the A330neo.
Maxar sells its Canadian subsidiary MDA
On December 30, Maxar announced the sale its Canadian commercial unit MDA to Northern Private Capital, a private investment company based in Toronto.
Italy boosts Piaggio Aerospace activity with several orders
Piaggio Aerospace ends 2019 with three new contracts worth €246 million. The Italian Ministry of Defense signs contract for nine copies of Avanti EVO turboprop aircraft as well as the modernization of the 18 copies in service within the Italian Armed Forces and technical-logistic support for Chinook.
Leonardo launches the Aerotech Academy
Leonardo and Federico II, University of Naples, Italy, institute the Aerotech Academy, an advanced training course on leading engineering issues, to start in March 2020.
EASA awards maintenance certification 145 to EME Aero
On December 12, 2019, EME Aero — a 50/50 joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and MTU Aero Engines — obtains EASA 145 certification as a maintenance organization.
Crash of a Su-57
A Sukhoi Su-57 crashed into the taiga, in Khabarovsk Krai territory. The pilot managed to eject. According to the preliminary investigation, the cause is due to a malfunction of the tail flight controls.
Boeing: Dennis Muilenburg resigns
Dennis Muilenburg, Chief Executive Officer and Board director of Boeing, resigns. He will be replaced by David Calhoun, currently Chairman of the Board of Directors. Greg Smith, CFO, will take over the interim.
Aeronautics: a growing industry for Europe
An ASD Communication study shows the crucial place of the aeronautical and defense industry in Europe.
Lisi Aerospace on the Pratt & Whitney GTF
MTU Aero Engines and Lisi Aerospace sign a major contract to supply high pressure compressor blades for the Pratt & Whitney GTF, whose variants equip the Airbus A220 as well as the A320neo and Embraer E2 families.
Boeing 737 MAX: no return before the second quarter of 2020
According to the U.S. investment bank Jefferies, deliveries of the Boeing 737 MAX should start from the second quarter of 2020. Delivery of stored aircraft won’t end before the end of 2020.
Boeing suspends production of the 737 MAX
Boeing has decided to suspend production of the 737 MAX from January 2020. Faced with a longer than expected re-certification, Boeing had no other choice.
The SLON blown at TsAGI
The future strategic transport aircraft to succeed the Antonov An-124 Ruslan is currently undergoing a wind tunnel testing campaign at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) in Zhukovsky, Russia.
Gulfstream relocates its European parts distribution Center in Amsterdam
Gulfstream moves the European Customer Support Parts Distribution Center from the London area to near Amsterdam, in preparation for Brexit.
Russian Helicopters expects to sign a big contract in 2020
Russian Helicopters is moving towards the signature of a contract with Moscow for its Kamov Ka-52M attack helicopter project, according to Andrei Boginsky, General Director of the company.
The first modernized Tu-160M starts testing
Russia has assembled its first Tupolev Tu-160M, a strategic missile transport bomber that began its ground tests, preliminary to flight tests.
FCAS: Safran and MTU Aero Engines define partnership
Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines finally settled the details concerning their partnership to develop the engine of the next-generation European fighter aircraft NGF.
Boeing 737 MAX: The FAA takes full control of certification
Boeing lost its authorization to certify 737 MAX twin-jets for the flight as a result of an FAA decision to prohibit the manufacturer from issuing its own certificates of airworthiness.
UAC plans to produce six MC-21s for 2021
United Aircraft Corporation plans to manufacture six MC-21s in 2021 and twice as many aircraft of the type in 2022, bringing production to 72 by 2025.
Piaggio Aerospace launches call for tenders
The Italian Ministry of Economic Development formally authorized the execution of the program for the re-launch of Piaggio Aerospace. The Italian manufacturer seeks a new owner interested in “its entirety”.
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Dubai Airshow 2019: Mubadala rationalizes its MRO business activity with Sanad
The Abu Dhabi Emirate government's Mubadala Investment fund has decided to rationalize its various activities in the MRO sector within a single subsidiary called Sanad.
CAAC authorizes AFI KLM E&M for CFM LEAP maintenance
Following on from its approval by the EASA and FAA, the AFI KLM E&M group has now received authorization from the CAAC to carry out maintenance operations on CFM International LEAP engines.
Boeing announces debut of the 737 MAX 10
On November 22, thousands of employees gathered at the Boeing’s Renton, Washington, factory for the debut of the first 737 MAX 10.
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Dubai Airshow 2019: Bolloré Logistics carries CFM engines to India
Bolloré Logistics will carry out CFM56 et CFM Leap engine transportation toward India under a contract signed at the Dubai Airshow 2019 with CFM Aircraft Engine Support South Asia Private Ltd.
Rolls-Royce Trent 700 to power new Airbus BelugaXL
The Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engine receives EASA certification to power the new Airbus BelugaXL air transporter.
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Dubai Airshow 2019: Airbus anticipates a near-tripling of fleets serving the Gulf and the Emirates
The global fleet of operators serving the Arabian Gulf and the United Arab Emirates could rise to 1,730 aircraft in 2038 (against 630 today), with passenger traffic forecast to grow 5.8% per annum over the next 20 years.
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Dubai Airshow 2019: UAE launch Edge
The Dubai Airshow 2019 will be the opportunity for the new conglomerate of defense Edge, launched by the United Arab Emirates, to set up partnerships with European and American manufacturers.
Boeing 737 MAX: four more steps before returning to flight
The Seattle-based aircraft manufacturer announced it was aiming for the resumption of deliveries of the Boeing 737 MAX in December 2019. The return to flying service of the aircraft, which will occur at best in the first quarter of 2020, will depend upon passing four stages.
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CFM International records $4 billion order from Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways announces an order worth $4 billion for CFM LEAP-1A engines. CFM International’s engines will equip 50 Airbus A321neo aircraft.
Airbus reaches 542 net sales
With the contract awarded by IndiGo, Airbus net sales have increased from 127 to 542 in one month since the beginning of the year. The order backlog will continue to grow with contracts in the line. Airbus is about to score better than in 2018.
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China: CFM concludes $1 billion agreement
Colorful Guizhou Airlines selects CFM LEAP-1A to power its future fleet of Airbus A320neo. The deal also includes five spare engines.
Trent 1000 TEN, the turbine blade issue solved in 2021
Rolls-Royce is going to delay the introduction of the new high pressure turbine blade redesigned for the Trent 1000 TEN, after discovering it will not be as durable as initially expected.
Safran and AECC strengthen industrial cooperation on helicopter engine
Safran and Aero Engine Corporation of China sign a MoU to strengthen industrial cooperation on the WZ16 French-Chinese helicopter engine.
The Airbus A350 will also be delivered from China
The visit of the French President Emmanuel Macron to China was also the opportunity for Airbus to expand its industrial partnerships, particularly at the Tianjin site where the A350 will also be delivered.
KLM UK Engineering and West Atlantic UK extend contract
KLM UK Engineering, a subsidiary of AFI KLM E&M, and West Atlantic UK sign contract extension for airframe heavy maintenance on Boeing 737 Freighters.
Bombardier sells its aerostructures business to Spirit AeroSystems
Bombardier announces a definitive agreement to sell its aerostructures business to Spirit AeroSystems Holding. The Canadian aircraft manufacturer will further focus on its two strong growth pillars, trains and business aircraft.
Liebherr-Aerospace supplies Rolls-Royce with pneumatic valves for new business jet engine
Liebherr-Aerospace has been selected to supply all pneumatic components for Rolls-Royce’s next-generation business jet engine Pearl 700: the design, manufacture and maintenance of the pneumatic valves and related actuators are handled by Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS, Toulouse, France.