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Boeing 787 bug could cause ‘loss of control’- US aviation authority:

The US air safety authority has issued a warning and maintenance order over a software bug that causes a complete electric shutdown of Boeing’s 787 and potentially “loss of control” of the aircraft. In the latest of a long line of problems plaguing Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, which saw the company’s fleet grounded over battery issues and concerns raised over possible hacking vulner...

SpaceX will try to launch, land another Falcon 9 LIVE

Launch of a resupply mission to the ISS scheduled for 4:30 Eastern today. https://livestream.com/spacex Later today, the commercial launch company SpaceX will make another attempt at retrieving its Falcon 9 first stage following a launch. The company's one previous effort had resulted in a rather explosive off-balance landing that damaged the barge that was the intended touch-down ...

Ex-Im Bank approves financing for sale of American-made helicopters for use in Colombia’s offshore oil and gas industry

Washington – The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has approved a $22.4 million loan guarantee to finance the export of U.S.-made AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters to North Pole Investments in Panama for leasing and use in Colombia's offshore oil and gas industry. The lender is Apple Bank for Savings of New York, N.Y. According to Ex-Im Bank estimates derived from Departm...

Pratt & Whitney uses 3D printing for Aero Engine Parts

Engine-maker is first to use AM to make compressor stators and synch ring brackets for Bombardier production engines. AM components for Bombardier's CSeries aircraft family. When engine maker Pratt & Whitney delivers its first PurePower PW1500G engines to aerospace giant Bombardier for its CSeries passenger aircraft, the engines will be the first to feature ...

A Reversed, Tilted Future For Pratt’s Geared Turbofan?

As designers of future airliners look increasingly beyond traditional tube-and-wing configurations to meet the high efficiency goals of the 2030s and beyond, new territory is being carved out in the critical area of airframe-engine integration. Unusual features ranging from recessed inlets to pylon-mounted upper-surface engines have become familiar sights in wind tunnels, but even seasoned ...

USA Aerospace Manufacturing

The aerospace industry is shifting more manufacturing investment to the United States after a decade in which production jobs in the sector flowed to China and other emerging economies, according to a new study. Consultancy ICF International analyzed more than 2,000 investment transactions made since 2000, and found 28 manufacturing investments in the United States from 2012 to 2013, ...

Machinists Challenge Gov Opposition, Move Closer to Unionizing Boeing’s South Carolina Plant

Boeing's largest union filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board Monday  to unionize 2,400 workers at the company's airplane factory in South Carolina, setting the stage for a clash between the two sides in the strongly anti-union state. South Carolina's government is strongly anti-union, so expect serious opposition from S.C. Governor Nikki Haley, and from Boeing itself ...

20,000 3D Printed Parts Are Currently Used on Boeing Aircraft as Patent Filing Reveals Further Plans

Two quick ways to gauge the growth of additive manufacturing within our society are to look at the number of related patent filings, as well as the number of fortune 500 companies who are putting the technology to use. The number of patent applications related to 3D printing has soared over the past decade by over 800%, while the number of granted patents has also risen substantially. At the same ...

Composite plane life cycle assessment shows lighter planes are the future

A global fleet of composite planes could reduce carbon emissions by up to 15 per cent, but the lighter planes alone will not enable the aviation industry to meet its emissions targets, according to new research. The study, by the Universities of Sheffield, Cambridge and University College London, is the first to carry out a comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA) of a composite plane, ...

Bombardier Completes First Flight Of 135-160-Seat CS300

In a sign of the increasing maturity of Bombardier’s CSeries airliner, the first test aircraft for the stretched, 135-seat CS300 variant flew for about 5 hours on its first flight from Mirabel, near Montreal, on Feb. 27. Flight test vehicle (FTV) 7 is the fifth CSeries to fly. Four test aircraft for the initial 110-seat CS100 version have logged more than 1,000 hours since the CSeries ...