Northrop Grumman is developing the next-generation F-35 Lightning II radar for the future Block 4, of which the radar will be a major component... While waiting for the turbojet engine with a higher thrust. The AN/APG-85 radar will replace the AN/APG-81 currently in service on the single-engine aircraft.
Sabena technics continues its development by integrating within its group the activities of Fleet Management & CAMO, Powerplant & APU Boroscope, Aircraft Modifications and Flight Ops & OCC previously operated within Aéroconseil AKKODIS.
LCI adds Elroy Air's Chaparral to its fleet
Leasing company LCI is adding Elroy Air and its autonomous vertical take-off and landing cargo aircraft to its portfolio of aircraft and helicopters. Under the terms of the deposit-backed agreement, LCI will initially acquire 20 aircraft with an option for a total of 40 units. The ADAVs are currently under development at the facilities of Elroy Air, a start-up with a staff of about 40 in South San Francisco, California.
Airbus has sold more than 800 aircraft in 2022
While the target of 700 deliveries by 2022 has not been met, Airbus has largely passed the 700 net sales mark, with 820 net sales in 2022, compared with 507 in 2021. This represents a 62% jump from one year to the next.
Constellium signs a multi-year agreement to supply Daher
Constellium SE announced that it has entered into a multi-year contract with Daher to supply a wide range of flat-rolled aluminium products, particularly for the TBM and Kodiak aircraft.
First interception of a Chinese WZ-7 Soaring Dragon drone
While interceptions of Chinese aircraft are a daily occurrence in Japan, this new year begins with a double exception. On January 1 and 2, Japanese fighters took off to intercept a Chinese drone flying not far from Japanese airspace. This was a first, as it was the latest Chinese HALE reconnaissance drone, the WZ-7 Soaring Dragon.
First flight for the future Turkish stealth combat drone Kizilelma
Turkey continues to develop its drones, with the first flight of a jet-powered fighter aircraft expected to partially offset the country's ban on F-35 purchases.
Initial talks between Dassault Aviation and Colombia on Rafale purchase fail
Colombia has finally decided to launch an international tender open to countries that have fighter aircraft for sale and are able to deliver them quickly.
EFW re-delivers to DHL 10th A330P2F conversion freighter
DHL Express’ Airbus A330-300P2F fleet will continue to grow, with eight more aircraft on firm order to be redelivered by EFW, a subsidiary of ST Engineering and Airbus.
Safran Aero Boosters expands with new low-pressure compressor blade plant
Safran Aero Boosters has decided to set up a subsidiary, Safran Blades, with two Belgian public entities, to ensure its supply chain and maintain its independence in the design of compressors for future low-emission engines. This €50 million investment will create a high-tech plant. By 2026, the plant is expected to produce nearly 2,000 compressor blades per day for aero engines.
Avio Aero launches hybrid electric technology demonstration program in Europe
Avio Aero has launched a new technology demonstration program that continues to advance development of hybrid electric propulsion technologies for commercial aviation to reduce CO2 emissions.
SCAF: Airbus successfully demonstrates the concept of dropping drones from an A400M
Airbus has officially announced that it has successfully demonstrated the release of a DO-DT25 test drone from a Luftwaffe A400M transport aircraft. This new capability for the A400M is a further step forward for the SCAF and in particular the projection capability of future UAVs in this program.
Successful multi-domain demonstration for Airbus
This summer, Airbus, for the first time in Europe, demonstrated its new system for controlling drones from an aircraft or helicopter. This demonstration launches phase 3 of the Bundeswehr-funded program, with a future demonstration involving real combat aircraft and helicopters controlling specially developed drones. This capability is expected to be operational by 2030.
Falcon Aviation Services upgrades its helicopter fleet with an order for five Airbus H130s
Leading Emirati air charter and sightseeing helicopter tours operator Falcon Aviation Services has ordered five new Airbus H130 helicopters to upgrade its fleet.
Robobrosse: A signature innovation by The MRO Lab
AFI KLM E&M's The MRO Lab CRMA presents a new cleaning robot, initially developed to automate a difficult and repetitive task: the descaling of brake pistons.
Swiss Air-Rescue Service Rega orders 12 more five-bladed H145s for its mountain bases
The Swiss Air-Rescue Service Rega has ordered a second batch of 12 five-bladed H145 helicopters to be operated from its mountain bases. They will replace the current fleet of Leonardo AW109SP helicopters.
Airbus and Renault Group to advance research on electrification
Airbus and Renault Group have signed a research and development agreement to mature technologies associated with next-generation battery systems.
ALUULA Composites selected for future NASA Lunar and Mars Missions
Canadian firm ALUULA Composites ultralight and strong composite materials have been selected by Thin Red Line Aerospace for future NASA Lunar and Mars missions.
Embraer supports lawsuit against Boeing for «talent poaching»
Embraer, together with other Brazilian entities of the Security and Defense sector, support the lawsuit against Boeing for its strategy of co-opting Brazilian engineers, reports AviacionLine.
MRO : HAECO et GE Aerospace signent un accord de service pour le moteur CF34-10A
HAECO et GE Aerospace ont signé un accord de services de marque GE (GBSA) pour les moteurs CF34-10A.
Introduction of PW1100G-JM engine at MTU Maintenance Zhuhai successfully concluded
MTU Maintenance Zhuhai has received CAAC approval, marking the final step in the introduction of the PW1100G-JM engine to that facility.
MTU Maintenance testing Aramco engines with Lower-Carbon Fuel
MTU Maintenance, the world’s leading provider of maintenance solutions for aircraft engines, continues to lead the way in lower-carbon fuels (SAF) for acceptance testing services. MTU Maintenance recently tested an Aramco CFM56-7B engine at its cell in Hannover using an almost forty-percent SAF fuel blend. That’s unprecedented in the MRO world.
Leonardo AW169 mission capabilities and configuration options expanded with skid and Advanced SAR Mode certifications
The AW169 offers all undercarriage options, including retractable/fixed landing gear and skids; it is the first and only modern CS-29 certified helicopter with these options. The first civil-certified rotorcraft with IFR single pilot SAR Modes operational capability.
Bell signs purchase agreements for four Bell 505 in Europe
Bell Textron Inc. announced the signed purchase agreements for four Bell 505s and one Bell 505 delivery in the Baltic region at European Rotors 2022.
Pratt & Whitney Welcomes Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance to the GTF MRO Network
Pratt & Whitney announced that it will expand its global network of providers that maintain the Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine to include AFI KLM E&M. The facility will serve PW1500G engines for the Airbus A220 with full disassembly, assembly and test capability. The announcement was recognized at an in-person signing ceremony at Air France-KLM Group headquarters in Paris.
SAF Aerogroup signs HCare In-Service contract for fleet of five Airbus Super Puma helicopters
SAF Aerogroup has signed via its subsidiary Aero Support Force an HCare In-Service support contract to cover their fleet of four Airbus H215 family helicopters and one H225 helicopter, operated by their subsidiaries Starlite Aviation and SAF International.
Pratt & Whitney to Help Shenzhen Airlines Grow with Six GTF-powered A321neo Aircraft
Pratt & Whitney today announced that Shenzhen Airlines has selected Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines to power its inaugural fleet of six Airbus A321neo aircraft, which the airline sourced from ICBC Leasing. Shenzhen Airlines has also selected an EngineWise® Comprehensive service agreement for long-term engine maintenance. The airline expects to receive its first GTF-powered A321neo aircraft later this year.
EFW and Ameco to Collaborate on A330P2F Conversions
Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) and Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Corp (Ameco) announced at Airshow China 2022 a new collaboration on Airbus Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversions.
HENSOLDT flight recorder receives EASA certification
HENSOLDT is launching a new flight recorder that combines the latest sensor technologies in an extremely compact design to record flight, data link, video and audio data.
Pratt & Whitney opens STEM Labs in Bengaluru in partnership with United Way
Pratt & Whitney, through its subsidiary United Technologies Corporation India Pvt Ltd (UTCIPL), and in partnership with United Way Bengaluru (a not-for-profit organization) today announced the opening of two STEM labs in Bengaluru, India.
HAECO Group and EHang explore partnership in advanced air mobility
Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (“HAECO Group”), a member of the Swire Group, today announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the potential partnership with EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang”), the world's leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company.
Embraer Signs MoUs for Cooperation with the Aerospace Industry in South Korea
Embraer announced today that it has signed several Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the aerospace companies ASTG (Aerospace Technology of Global), EMK (EM Korea Co.) and Kencoa Aerospace, from South Korea with the objective of strengthening collaboration with Korean defense industry partners for the future supply of parts for the C-390 Millennium aircraft.
Panasonic Avionics Upgrades Arc™ In-Flight Map With Host of New Features
Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic Avionics) has announced a wide range of new features for its sought-after in-flight map platform, Arc. The company’s Arc v2.0 release is a significant progression for the entire in-flight map category, and features live data capabilities and new tools that give customers control of their map experience.
Components for Condor's new A330neo fleet
Ten-year Total Component Support for most modern type in Condor's long-haul fleet First ever TCS for the Airbus A330neo
MTU Aero Engines expands aftermarket footprint in the PW800 engine program
MTU Aero Engines AG (MTU) and Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) have signed an agreement detailing MTU’s aftermarket participation in the PW800 engine program.
The EMALS and AAG of the future French aircraft carrier
The New Generation Aircraft Carrier (known in France as PANG) will be equipped with the latest generation of electromagnetic catapults (EMALS) and arresting strands (AAG). These two very recent systems will provide the French Navy with the latest technology for catapulting and landing aircraft.
GRAND OUEST INDUSTRY MEETING from October 4 to 6 in Nantes
A historic event in the region, created 30 years ago on the initiative of the principals and subcontractors of Western France, the Industrie Grand Ouest show brings together every two years the players in the industry: equipment, supplies, subcontracting for all sectors.
Defence: new cards in military helicopter MCO
Sabena Technics integrates Héli-Union, which becomes its helicopter division, taking over STM's activities in the Bouches-du-Rhône region: the whole group will weigh heavily in the French helicopter MCO market.
Erems: a nugget from the Occitan region that is becoming more independent
On the occasion of the International Astronautical Congress, we interviewed Gérard Dejonghe, president of Erems, one of the main space equipment manufacturers in the Occitania region.
SABCA joins the European reusable launcher project Themis
With more than 100 years of existence, SABCA is part of the Belgian and European aeronautical/aerospace landscape. After Ariane 5, Vega and the future Ariane 6, SABCA will also participate in the Themis program. This launcher should enable Europe to have a launcher capable of being reusable in order to be able to compensate for the other offers present on this growing market.
DGA certifies the new generation Link 16 on the E-3F AEW&C
The Air Force and Space Force's E-3F Sentry aircraft will soon be fully operational within NATO with the integration of the latest version of Link 16. This secure tactical data link streamlines international operations between the armed forces of NATO nations.
Safran inaugurates its new electrical engineering center of excellence
Safran's electrical engineering center of excellence was inaugurated in Créteil on September 23, 2022. The 6,400-square-meter facility brings together Safran Electrical & Power's design offices for electric and hybrid propulsion, power electronics, electrical distribution and electrical conversion, which were previously spread out over several sites.
Launch of work on future Franco-British cruise and anti-ship missiles
France and the United Kingdom signed an agreement yesterday with MBDA to launch work on the future anti-ship missile (FMAN) and the future cruise missile (FMC).
6th generation fighter plane, helicopter of the future: the United Kingdom is multiplying its agreements
Yesterday, the United Kingdom announced the launch of a new cooperation with Japan. This time, the aim is to develop a new sensor, called Jaguar, which will be common to the sixth-generation Tempest and F-X fighters. Another agreement was also signed yesterday between the United States and the United Kingdom. They have agreed to share information on their future helicopters, with a view to their interoperability.
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Airbus limits damages in 2020
During an unprecedented crisis, Airbus has managed to deliver 566 aircraft in 2020 and to sell 268 aircraft, once 115 cancellations are taken into account. Given the scale of the earthquake, what are the prospects for 2021 and 2022 ?
Does Airbus preparing something outstanding ?
The signals are weak, of course but they are there. The Airbus design offices would be working on something other than the decarbonized aircraft. So, is that a real or fake information?
Return of An-124 Ruslan to the heavens
Volga-Dnepr Airlines, the expert in the air transport of super-heavy and oversized cargo, has restarted commercial operations of the Antonov An-124-100 known as Ruslan. This flight restart follows the accident that occurred on November 13, 2020 during a flight from Novosibirsk to Vienna where an An-124 had suffered a broken dawn on a turbojet engine, followed by a crash landing.
The X-59 halfway through final assembly
The assembly of the X-59 made good progress in 2020 despite the Covid 19 pandemic. The silhouette of the X-59 is now clearly recognizable. GE Aviation has delivered the F414-GE-100 engine that will power the X-59 and will be installed on the airframe by the third quarter of this year. The first flight is expected in 2022.