SpaceX designs, a company who manufactures and launches advanced spacecraft and rockets, launched its first static fire test on its brand-new Zuma Falcon 9 rocket. The firing occurred at the Kennedy space center, located in Florida. This scheduled test launch was working towards the actual launch of the Zuma Payload for Wednesday the 15th. The test took place just outside the pad gate LC-39A. This particular Falcon 9 is under contract with NASA and was used the Dragon mission to ISS. Scientist from NASA will review the test launch that the rocket passed before its upcoming launch back into orbit. The falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket that is reliable and safe to transport satellites into orbit. This rocket is the first orbital class rocket that is capable of reflight. The reusability of rockets is one of the key breakthroughs that SpaceX created. With reusable rockets the cost of space accessibility will decrease drastically, allowing the possibility of humans to live on different planets.
The Falcon 9 is an extremely reliable rocket, so it’s no surprise that it officially passed its test launch. The rocket has a two-stage configuration, which reduces the amount of separation events. Even in the event of a complete engine shutdown, the Falcon 9 will still safety complete its mission, a huge step forward for the world of space travel. The Falcon9 was first introduced in 2012 when it safety and efficiently delivered the “Dragon” into the correct orbit. The completed mission made SpaceX the first company to ever visit the space station. Currently, SpaceX is working alongside NASA to make regular human space travel a possibility soon.
GE has opened America’s first silicon carbide plant in Huntsville Alabama, where its product will be used to produce ceramic matrix composites used in aerospace manufacturing. The facility is estimated cost $200 million and will employ approximately 300 people. GE has diversified its hiring profile for the plant with engineers coming from a variety of backgrounds including petroleum engineering and consumer goods.
The plant will primarily manufacture ceramic matrix composites for jet engine and turbine based applications. Ceramic matrix composites (CMC) are used to fabricate strong and light components, perfect for the aerospace and aviation industries. Additionally, CMC components are great for thermal regulation and can handle a high number of termal cycles, making them ideal in the high temperature and high stress environment of turbine engines. The plant will be the only currently operating producer of ceramic matrix composites in the world, but it will not be the only. Use of ceramic matrix composites is expected to increase tenfold as its adoption by GE Aviation and Boeing company applications spreads to gas turbine and jet engine parts. As CMC technology improves, it is expected to phase out the heavier alternative of metal alloys.
GE’s primary customer will be the United States Department of Defense, and CFM international. CFM is a joint venture between GE and Safran which produces turbine shrouds for the LEAP and GE9X engines. These cutting edge engines use ceramic matrix composites in the turbine and combustion sections to reduce overall weight and increase internal combustion pressure. A higher pressure increases temperature which leads to more complete combustion which increases thrust and lowers emissions. As more opportunities arise for the use of CMC’s we will continue to see lighter and more efficient engines powering the wide-body aircraft of the next generation.
Over the years many new parts of the world have been able to obtain means of aircraft travel creating the need for MRO services. With all new required services, they are the many airlines have been able to capitalize on the idea. From previously only manufacturing parts OEMs have begun to venture off into the MRO industry to gain a new source of profit. Sources say that with the rise continuing to occur the market is expected to be worth over 95 Billion US by the year 2023. In the year 2013 it was recorded that the OEMs gained 50 % of their revenue from only manufacturing while the other half came from MRO services.
MRO companies have begun to work with other smaller MRO companies and relocate inside of Airline facilities to expand their line of work for these private entities. One Airline that has many MRO companies working for them is Asia Pacific. Asia Pacific has been working with HAECO, GMF AeroAsia, and ST Aerospace MRO companies.
Pratt and Whitney is a prime example of manufactures that have become MRO service companies. P&W have established their name in creating and manufacturing engines but have begun to use their resources for MRO services.
One area that has benefited greatly from the uprising of MRO services is the greater Asia area. Companies such as Indigo, Tigerair Singapore, Tigerair Australia, and Air Asia have been airlines to take advantage of these this newer market.
The US has also been able to take advantage of the MRO companies in Asia. The US has sent much of its MRO services to Asia for cheaper labor costs.
The MRO services industry has expanded tremendously to be able to include tier II and tier III suppliers.
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Airbus has its origins in Europe and the company designs, manufactures and sells civil and military aviation products worldwide. It is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally.
The world’s most modern widebody aircraft had its debut in December 2014, and just 30 months later Airbus delivered the 100th piece of A350 XWB. China Airlines received a A350-900 and it is the seventh of 14 A350s the carrier has on order. Airbus has delivered 36 A350s per total this year, and it is on the right path to reach a production rate of ten A350 aircraft per month by the end of 2018.
“China Airlines is happy to be receiving the 100th A350 XWB,” said Nuan-shuan Ho, Chairman of China Airlines. “This remarkable new aircraft has not only met, but exceeded our expectations at every level. This includes operational efficiency, the step-change reduction in fuel consumption and the in-flight comfort standards it offers our passengers. Worldwide demand for air travel will continue to grow strongly, especially on long haul routes linking Asia with Europe and North America. The A350 XWB is one of the key assets in our fleet and will be the basis for the development of our long haul route network.”
Until now, more than 13 million passengers have enjoyed the benefits of A350 XWB’s. The aircraft features the most up-to-date aerodynamic design, carbon fiber wings and moreover new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. All of this together made the aircraft to have low maintenance costs with 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions. Furthermore, the “Airspace by Airbus” cabin brand offers the passengers luxury comfort and latest technology.
Air Lease Corporation (ALC) is an American leading aircraft established 7 years ago and its purpose is purchasing commercial aircraft through direct orders from Boeing, Embraer Aircraft and ATR and leasing them to its valued airline customers worldwide. Operating on average 2500 flights a week to 87 different destinations, TAP Portugal is the flag carrier airline of Portugal. The company owns 86 airplanes, 66 of them are manufactured by Airbus, and the rest of 20 by Embraer and ATR, operating on behalf of TAP Express. Therefore, Air Lease Corporation (ALC) and TAP Portugal have signed a long-term lease agreement for four new Airbus A330-900neo and one new A320-200neo aircraft.
A330neo is generating savings through reduced fuel burn and it has incorporated the latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine, accompanied by aerodynamics improvements. On the other hand, A320-200neo is the culmination of several technological advances delivered by Airbus accommodating 165 passengers in two classes or up to 189 in a high-density configuration.
"TAP is the launch airline customer for the A330-900neo, and these four aircraft represent a substantial commitment to reinvesting in the airline’s wide-body fleet. Similarly, the A320neo will be the cornerstone of TAP’s reinvestment in next-generation narrow-body aircraft. ALC has been an important partner for TAP and we look forward to working together to realise TAP’s long-term fleet needs.” says TAP Portugal CEO Fernando Pinto.
TAP Portugal’s flag carrier airline is based at Lisbon Airport and ALC is based in Los Angeles, California.
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Blue Air, the largest Romanian airline, has ordered six 737 MAX aircraft from Boeing Aircraft during the 2017 Paris Air Show. In addition, Blue Air has also plans to lease six Next Generation 737-800s from the Air Lease Corporation.
Blue Air has become the largest airline in Romania partly through its partnership with the Boeing Company. The airline offers operational reliability, a stellar safety history and has experienced an increase in customer numbers. The addition of the 737 MAX to the Blue Air fleet will allow the airline to reach new destinations in a larger flight radius while still preserving low fares for all passengers.
The efficiency of the 737 MAX is directly responsible for this accomplishment. The effective design of the MAX model has made it the fastest selling airplane in Boeing’s product offering. The model is based on earlier 737 designs but has been re-equipped with a more efficient CFM International LEAP 1B, which is a high-bypass turbofan engine. This engine has tested 10-12% more efficient than previous versions. The 737 MAX also has improved aerodynamic features such as split-tip winglets, and modifications to the airframe. The split tip device design allows for maximized lift and is expected to offer at least 1.5% improvements in fuel economy.
This has allowed the company to generate more cash in the second quarter and to reward its shareholders with billions. Boeing Aerospace has increased not only the efficiency of its aircraft but the efficiency of their production. The increased production of the 737 MAX has impacted other models in the company’s product offering, causing fewer overall planes to be produced.
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Much of the reason of the newer system being implemented into these newer aircrafts is because Rockwell believes that it is vital to the know the status of a malfunctioning aircraft to try and avoid any possible disasters. According to Senior Vice President of the Rockwell Collins company, he believes that "The ability to automatically and instantaneously identify a possible issue can provide a significant advantage for airline operators interested in tracking their aircraft.”
There was an article on Aerospace Technology which talks about how XTI Aircraft Company has a utility patent for the TriFan600 vertical take off plane which was issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
The design patent on this was won in October 2015. XTI Aircraft Company has designer their aircraft to travel more than over 300mph with over 1000 miles in range. There are over 20 descriptions of technologies that are granted approvals on the claims filed by XTI. Not only are the description of the technologies patented but also the mechanical operations and configurations.
Here is what Robert LaBelle, the CEO of XTI, said about the patent. “This is another important milestone for the company. Issuance of this patent not only further validates the TriFan 600, it also means that our technology has an enhanced level of protection against potential competitors. That additional barrier to entry benefits the company and all its shareholders.”
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Embraer aircraft announced today that their Legacy 450 mid-light business jet has just set the speed record on a recent flight between California and Hawaii. According to the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the Hawaii trip hosted by AirSprint. AirSprint is a Calgary-based operator with Canada’s largest fractional aircraft fleet and was the Legacy 450’s launch customer.
Two pilots, four passengers and three hundred pounds of baggage departed for the demonstration flight which departed from Oakland to Maui and returned to San Francisco. James Eilan, President and COO of AirSprint expressed great pleasure in AirSprint playing a major role in regards to this history making trip. The first flight from Oakland International Airport lasted five hours and fourteen minutes covering over two thousand four hundred miles which was the longest recorded flight to date for AirSprint. With only twenty five minutes into the flight the aircraft had already reached its projected cruising altitude of forty three thousand feet.
Landing at Maui’s Kahului Airport, the aircraft still had ample fuel reserves of twenty five hundred pounds due to having consumed only two hundred forty three gallons per hour of flight for a total of eighty seven hundred pounds of fuel. The maximum speed achieved during the flight was four hundred and fifty knots or five hundred and eighteen miles per hour. The average speed was about four hundred and fifty miles per hour which established a new speed record for the course.
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There was an article posted on Aerotime which talks about how Safran has signed a 5Star Plans contract will Bell Helicopter’s Training Academy. This training academy is used to support Airrus 2R engines which are operated by Bell 505 customers.
The 5Star Plans is dedicated to help customers that are operating up to five helicopters which allows for services that covered scheduled and unscheduled events, standard exchange, warranty extension, and preferential engine pool access. This service is done by the hour support.
Here is what Franck Saudo, Safran Helicopter Engines EVP Support and Services, has to say about the contract. "We are proud to offer our new 5Star Plans contract to Bell Helicopter Training Academy to cover the Arrius 2R. It is perfectly tailored to support their demanding training missions where maximizing aircraft availability is a key parameter."
Here is what Ray Lamas, the General Manager, Global Customer Training at Bell Helicopter, has to say about this. "We are delighted to utilise Safran's 5Star Plans for our Bell 505 aircraft at the Bell Helicopter Training Academy."
To this date, there are over 3000 Arrius engines Safran has delivered to each of its 430 customers that are located in 60 countries around the globe.
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