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2008-06-30
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Bosch Rexroth is supplying the hydraulic systems to operate the 16 platforms required for two wing jigs for the Airbus A400M multi-role military transport. The aircraft’s wing boxes are 23 m long and 4 m wide, and each has a mass of 3 t. They are believed to be the largest carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic composite wings ever made.
2008-06-30
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AgustaWestland recently held a grand-opening ceremony for its new AW139 medium twin helicopter assembly line in Philadelphia. The event underlined the company’s growing presence in the U.S. and the expansion of its Philadelphia complex, which in addition to the AW139 assembly is also responsible for AW119 Ke production and support of the expanding fleet of AgustaWestland helicopters in North and South America.
2008-06-30
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The SA2 machine is the latest in the Low Voltage Electromagnet Riveter (LVER) family of automated fastening equipment from Electroimpact, and it is being used on the Airbus A320 aircraft.
2008-06-30
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SAE International has adopted ARP4418A, an aerospace recommended practice that provides guidance to measure contaminant levels in engine bleed air used in aircraft environmental control systems.
2008-06-30
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The FAA has approved a regulation that requires cockpit voice recorders (CVRs) to retain the last two hours of conversation. As part of the regulation, the FAA is imposing additional requirements related to CVRs and digital flight data recorders (DFDRs).
2008-06-30
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To accelerate its processes for ground vibration testing, EADS-CASA recently implemented LMS Test.Lab, a complete software solution for test-based engineering combining high-speed multi-channel data acquisition with a suite of integrated testing, analysis, and report generation tools.
2008-06-30
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Eclipse Aviation says its Eclipse 500 was built upon the principle of a total product lifecycle management approach combining mechanical, electronic, electrical, and manufacturing disciplines. The integration of subsystems into a final wire harness was key, this being the “living neurological system” of the aircraft, controlling all electrical and electronic signals to all essential systems.
2008-06-30
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he use of alternative, environmentally compatible power sources for aircraft is moving ahead cautiously. Although full details have not been released, Airbus has confirmed that it had successfully flight-tested a fuel-cell system in an A320 to power backup hydraulic and electric power systems.
2008-06-30
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3-D woven preforms offer a low-cost method of manufacturing composites with high through-thickness thermal conductivity without an attendant loss of strength or stiffness.
2008-06-30
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With a surface composed of tightly packed nanostructures that resemble tiny nails, thus the term “nanonails,” University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers and their colleagues from Bell Laboratories have created a material that can repel almost any liquid. But with a jolt of electricity, the liquid on the surface slips past the heads of the nanonails and spreads out between their shanks, wetting the surface completely.
2008-06-30
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Lufthansa Technik is responsible for keeping the Lufthansa fleet in shape. It was facing a huge challenge due to required fuselage inspections of all Boeing 737s prescribed by Boeing as a consequence of the “Aloha” accident in 1998.
2008-06-30
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When a new aerospace material is being developed, the companies or organizations involved must always consider the tooling that will be necessary to see it into production. Belgian tooling specialist Elsyca claims that its newly announced tooling design service for companies involved in coating and plating parts­ can provide up to a 30% reduction in lead times, a 20% reduction in materials wastage, and a 10% reduction in manpower.
2008-06-30
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Sandvik Coromant’s cooling system for high-pressure coolant applications solves chip removal and swarf control problems, supports higher speed cutting data, and increases productivity.
2008-06-30
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Vought Aircraft Industries has secured another contract to supply Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. with Black Hawk helicopter cabin structures. Under the preceding contract with Sikorsky, assembly work on the cabin structure for the newest Black Hawk variant, the UH-60M, began last year at Vought’s 5.4 million-ft2 Jefferson Street plant in Dallas, where it also builds tail sections, wings, and other major components for a variety of aircraft makers.
2008-06-30
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The Hexagon Loxham Precision Laboratory, a new facility designed for leading-edge ultra precision research, has been opened at Cranfield University in the U.K. Cranfield has strong links with aerospace technology, and the laboratory will aid significant research into the manufacture of mirrors for the NASA James Webb Space Telescope and will also help scientists develop technologies for finding Earth-like planets and forms of life in space.
2008-06-30
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Cessna unveiled a proof-of-concept of a light sport aircraft (LSA) in July 2006 and announced one year later that it would proceed with development of the aircraft, which was named the SkyCatcher. The aluminum aircraft is being designed to meet American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard F2245 for the light sport category.
2008-06-30
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For the average person, what constitutes a hot day is subjective. The same with a cold day. For aerospace engineers, though, it’s not subjective—and there’s a new SAE standard to prove it. The S-15 Gas Turbine Performance Simulation Nomenclature and Interfaces Committee recently published ARP210, “Definition of Commonly Used Day Types (Atmospheric Ambient Temperature Characteristics Versus Pressure Altitude).”
2008-06-30
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Ever wonder whether a diesel engine can be used to power a helicopter? Or if you can safely attach a 1-ton spray pod to a passenger turboprop plane with a cruising speed of 284 mph? These are not the typical subjects of aviation feasibility studies, but they are practically meat-and-potatoes for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Applied Engineering Research Center (AERC) in Daytona Beach, FL.
2008-06-30
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A variety of manufacturers have successfully shown how small, tactical, relatively low-cost UAVs can provide soldiers and marines on the ground with timely data on enemy positions. One of the keys to such programs is not the electro-optic/IR sensors through which data is collected, but the autonomous control systems that make such systems operable.
2008-06-30
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ASB Avionics uses dual Ametek engine interface units (EIUs) to transform analog engine sensor data into a digital format for its engine instrument display (EID) system, approved by the FAA for the L382G (civilian version of the C-130H) cargo aircraft.
2008-06-30
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Ball Aerospace & Technologies has completed the precision coating process of the primary mirror for NASA’s Kepler Mission, a mission that is specifically designed to detect Earth-size and smaller planets near stars within our region of the Milky Way galaxy.
2008-06-30
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Quatro Composites, a designer and manufacturer of carbon-fiber molded products, has been awarded three contracts to supply carbon-fiber panels to airframers and Tier 1 suppliers for drill qualification and assembly training.
2008-06-30
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Meeting safety requirements in all aspects of aerospace production and engineering demands high levels of expertise. Now, specialist technology company 3M has developed what it believes to be the world’s first two-part structural epoxy adhesive to meet aerospace fire, smoke, and toxicity (FST) standards (when tested stand-alone) without the need for additional treatments or surface coatings.
2008-06-30
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Boeing announced another three-month delay—from the end of the first quarter in 2008 to the end of second quarter—for the first 787 flight. Boeing is pushing back first delivery from late 2008 to early 2009.
2008-06-30
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Scorpius Space Launch Co. (SSLC) is capitalizing on—and contributing to—a growing trend in the aerospace industry: the increasing use of composite materials in place of more traditional metals. One has to look no further than the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which according to market research company Lucintel uses about 50% composites by structural weight, as evidence.
2008-06-30
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Purdue University engineers have been using an on-site wind tunnel to conduct experiments aimed at yielding critical data for the design of the X-51A test vehicle.
2008-06-30
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Machine tool makers, software developers, and companies involved in other facets of manufacturing are gearing up for the Westec show later this month in Los Angeles.
2008-06-30
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The world’s largest titanium producer, VSMPO-Avisma, has ordered four three-spindle MAG Cincinnati Ti (titanium) profilers for its plant in Verkhnaya Salda, Russia. The three-spindle machines will be used to produce several parts, including large landing gear components, for Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
2008-06-30
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Delivering ahead of schedule, GKN Aerospace recently supplied Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) with the first blended winglets for the Boeing 737-300/500. Under a multi-year agreement finalized in April 2007, GKN is to deliver 200 737-300/500 blended winglet aircraft sets over several years.
2008-06-30
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Lockheed Martin is drawing upon its experience in the practical use of advanced metals to make a number of significant improvements to the manufacturability and supportability of its three most important aircraft: the C-130J, F-22, and F-35.
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