The first H160 flight simulator is ready
The Thales Reality H flight simulator for the brand new H160 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters has just passed a major milestone with the certification of its FFS (Full Flight Simulator) level D qualification by the DGAC. Equipped with high definition 4K imagery with a wide field of view, the simulator brings even more realism and sensations to the training exercises.
Thierry Quillet is appointed Deputy Managing Director of GIFAS
The State to the rescue of Airbus Helicopters
The French government is considering helping Airbus Helicopters, which has been hit hard by order cancellations. Two ministries have begun to study the recovery of aircraft affected by these cancellations.
Airbus decided to temporarily pause production and assembly activities at its French and Spanish sites across the Company for the next four days
To allow sufficient time to implement stringent health and safety conditions in terms of hygiene, cleaning and self-distancing.
Safran to study biofuels production in southwest France
"Safran is committed to an industry that treats the environment with greater respect."
Saab bids for Canada’s future fighter
Saab offers Gripen E to Canada’s request for proposal for the country’s future fighter requirement of 88 new aircraft.
Spirit AeroSystems resumes production of Boeing 737 MAX fuselages
During the presentation of Spirit AeroSystems’ results, Tom Gentile, President and CEO, announced an agreement with Boeing. Production of the 737 MAX fuselages will be resumed in March and 216 will be manufactured in 2020.
Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN: problem solving on track
Despite the problems it encountered, the new Trent 1000 TEN will enter service in the first half of 2021. This was confirmed by Warren East, CEO of Rolls-Royce, during the presentation of the results of the year 2019 from the British engine manufacturer.
Europe: first MRO operations with 5G technology
Lufthansa Technik sets up 5G networks to perform maintenance operations in its Hamburg base.
CFMI will produce 10 Leap engines per week in 2020
In 2020, CFMI will produce ten Leap-1B engines per week, with the possibility of readjustment at Boeing request. Returning to normal could take some time, according to Philippe Petitcolin, CEO of Safran.
Zero Emissions Aviation: European industry and regulators meet in Norway
Key players from the European aviation industry met in Oslo to set the framework for a unique program that will transform Norwegian air transportation and serve as a learning ground for sustainable aviation on a regional scale.
FCAS: partnerships settled and launch of demonstrator phase
The governments of France and Germany award the initial framework contract for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and Airbus further strengthens its partnership with Thales and MBDA.
Bombardier will exclusively focus on Business Aviation
Bombardier announced its strategic decision to focus on business aviation selling the transportation division to Alstom. This will accelerate deleveraging but only in part since its debt amounts to $9.3 billion.
Airbus A330-800 ready for service
The Airbus A330-800 receives joint EASA and FAA type certification at the end of a program including 132 missions and 370 flight hours.
Willis Lease launches a MRO Blockchain Alliance
Willis Lease Finance Corporation launch a global MRO Blockchain Alliance with several key industry partners to trace, track and record aircraft parts.
Tupolev conducts first Tu-160M test flight
The first Tupolev Tu-160M, M as modernized, flew on February 2, 2020. The four-jet engine took off from the Kazan aeronautical plant airport for a flight lasting 34 minutes.
The United States increases tariffs on EU-imported aircraft
The Trump administration is increasing the additional duty rate imposed on aircraft imported from the EU to 15% from 10%, effective March 18, 2020
Airbus A220: Bombardier withdraws from the program
Bombardier has just sold its shares in the A220 airliner program to Airbus and the government of Quebec.
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Singapore Airshow 2020: Airbus anticipates $1.8 trillion for services in the Asia-Pacific region
This projection, over the next twenty years, represents more than a third of that concerning the world market for air services valued at 4.9 trillion dollars.
Dassault Aviation: Charles Wemaëre appointed Vice President Worldwide Spares
Charles Wemaëre is the new Vice President of Worldwide Spares, with responsibility for spare parts strategy and logistics efforts for the global Falcon fleet.
New delay for the Mitsubishi SpaceJet, formerly MRJ
The Mitsubishi SpaceJet program will experience another major delay. The parent company of Mitsubishi Aircraft has announced the first delivery of the SpaceJet in fiscal year 2021... or later.
PAK DA: production contract signed
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation signed every contract necessary for Tupolev to start the production of the Perspektivni Aviatsionni Kompleks Dalneï Aviatsii or PAK DA, to replace the Tu-95 Bear.
Bombardier continues to try to pay off its debts, which currently amount to $9 billion (about €8.16 billion). The Canadian company plans to leave the Airbus A220 program... but also to sell its business aircraft division to Textron. This would generate a deep change in the "bizjets" landscape.
Coronavirus affects Airbus China
After airlines, it is now the aeronautics industry’s turn to be impacted, and especially Airbus’ Chinese facility in Tianjin.
Jazeera’s LEAP-1As entrusted to CFM for $1.3 billion
CFM International will support the LEAP-1A engines that power the Jazeera Airways’ fleet of Airbus A320neo aircraft and provide spare engines.
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.