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Aerospace and Defense: Who are the Digital Frontrunners?

What aerospace and defense firms are investing in the digitization of their businesses? According to a new study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the answer is just about everyone. But simply spending money on digital capabilities doesn’t make you a leader in this rapidly changing sector. “How much a company invests in digital generally does not influence whether it is a digital frontrunner or a digital follower,” says Greg Mallory, a BCG senior partner and a coauthor of the report. “Rather, the frontrunners in the race to extract value from digital are those A&D companies that define an...

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Taking Flight: Ohio Valley’s Aerospace Exports Take Top Dollars

Aircraft manufacturing has a long history in the Ohio Valley region stretching back to the Wright Brothers’ first shop. Today aerospace products are among the area’s top-dollar exports — the second biggest export for Ohio, and number one for Kentucky. Becca Schimmel visited one aerospace facility in rural Kentucky to learn how the industry has developed, and where it might be heading.  From the outside Summit Aviation, in the small town of Somerset, Kentucky, looks like any other nondescript, white warehouse. But inside workers craft parts for drones, weapons casings, wing stabilizers and other high-flying products.   Click Here to...

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Researchers Develop New Ceramic Coating for Use in Hypersonic Travel

A new type of ceramic coating has been developed by researchers at the University of Manchester in the UK, which is expected to significantly change hypersonic travel for air, space and defence purposes. Co-developed in partnership between the university’s Royce Institute and China’s Central South University (CSU), the newly developed carbide coating is capable of resisting temperatures up to 3,000°C. The new coating has also proved to be 12 times better than the existing ultra-high temperature ceramics (UHTC), such as Zirconium carbide (ZrC), an extremely hard refractory ceramic material commercially used in tool bits for cutting tools. Click Here...

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Paris Airshow: Eight Takeaways from the Major Aerospace Event

The Paris Airshow took place during the week of June 19th.  The event is held every other year – alternating with the Farnborough Airshow – and is a showcase for the world’s biggest commercial aviation and defence companies – as well as some plucky upstarts that are not quite household names. Deals worth tens of billions of dollars are done at the show as the hundreds of firms exhibiting their wares pull out all the stops to encourage the top brass from the world’s air forces of the world to stop by, as well as wooing slightly less visible...

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US Aerospace, Defense Exports Growth Decelerated, Says Report

WASHINGTON — U.S. aerospace and defense exports growth has slowed after its robust 60-percent increase from 2010 to 2015, according to a recent report by consultancy firm Deloitte. The A&D exports contributed to 10 percent of all U.S exports in 2016, an increase from 7 percent in 2010, and its growth has benefited the U.S. export versus import trade balance. “As a net exporter, the sector reduced the U.S. trade deficit by $85.5 billion and was the top contributor to the U.S. trade balance amongst some of the major sectors,” according to the report. Since 2015, U.S. A&D growth slipped from...

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The Paris Air Show Will Showcase America’s Aerospace Industrial Might

On June 19th, one of the world’ largest and most prestigious air shows will open at the Le Bourget airfield outside Paris. This is an event that the aerospace world attends, one which private companies and governments both employ as a stage to showcase some of their best products and impressive capabilities. European companies, in particular, are fond of using the Paris Air Show to launch major new platforms. In addition, it has become quite common for aircraft manufacturers to announce major sales during the show. Historically, the biennial Paris Air Show has provided a snapshot of the state...

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Investment in Skills is Paying Off for Icon Aerospace Technology

While the manufacturing sector struggles to entice younger people and the workforce steadily becomes too old to operate, some businesses are given a new lease on life by fresh graduates. One such organisation is Icon Aerospace Technology, part of Icon Polymer: an industry specialist in the manufacture of polymer composite products for aerospace, transport, energy, and industrial. Icon is doing its best to build a talent bridge by forming links with the academic world, due to the remarkable success of one young engineer who started as a graduate in September last year.   Click Here to Read the Full...

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How NASA Might Push Aerospace’s Next Big Propulsion Breakthrough

What does fast food have to do with interstellar travel? At first blush, not much. But halfway through the film, “The Founder,” on a grueling, recent ten hour flight, but aerospace, even NASA, might learn something from McDonald’s corporation founding CEO Ray Kroc. Three years before Sputnik, Kroc was a frustrated milkshake mixer salesman eating at a never-ending string of low-rent drive-ins. Likewise, in our quest to send humans and massive payloads over interplanetary distances and beyond, aerospace is arguably still stuck in what in food service terms might be seen as the drive-in era, circa 1954. We need...

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Aerospace Suppliers Spending Huge Sums to Boost Capacity

The shop floor at Cobalt Enterprises in Lake Stevens is abuzz with activity as half-million-dollar machine tools turn metal blocks into airplane parts. The company has expanded at breakneck speed in recent years — consistently growing for several years until 2016, when it doubled in size. The aerospace supplier expects to do about $25 million in sales this year. With airplane makers cranking up production and military spending on the rise, there is plenty of work for Cobalt and other aerospace suppliers. To win it, suppliers are under intense pressure to keep costs down, quality high and deliveries on...

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As Army Aviation Looks to the Future, Modernization of Existing Aircraft Continues

While the Army is continuing work on the next generation of engines and aircraft, modernization of existing platforms, like the UH-60 Blackhawk, AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook is continuing. Since the Army has said they want to fly those platforms for many years, prime contractors like Boeing and Sikorsky are working to improve those aircraft to keep them relevant.  An example is the CH-47F. The current production model is the Block I, and earlier this month, the Block II hit milestone B, allowing it to proceed into the development phase.    Click Here to Read the Full...

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NASA Selects Small Business, Research Projects for Advancement

Washington, D.C. – NASA has selected 399 research and technology proposals from 277 American small businesses and 44 research institutions that will enable NASA’s future missions into deep space, and advancements in aviation and science, while also benefiting the U.S. economy. The awards have a total value of approximately $49.9 million. The agency received 1,621 proposals in response to its 2017 solicitation for its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. From those, NASA selected 338 SBIR and 61 STTR Phase I proposals for contract negotiations. The SBIR Phase I contracts last for six months and STTR...

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Liebherr-Aerospace has First 3D Printed Aircraft Component Flown on Airbus A380

Airbus has successful test of a 3D printed spoiler actuator valve block on its A380 passenger airliner. The level of performance is the same as the conventional valve block, but this one is 35% lighter and made from fewer parts.   Airbus has successfully flown a 3D printed spoiler actuator valve block made by Liebherr-Aerospace. Liebherr says the part, flown on an Airbus A380 passenger airliner test flight, is the first 3D printed primary flight control hydraulic component flown on an Airbus aircraft.  It offers the same level of performance as a conventional valve block, but is 35% lighter and...

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The Sky is the Limit in Aerospace Education

CLARKSBURG — The growing aerospace industry in West Virginia has a demand for workers who are able to manufacture and repair airframe parts. Those in North Central West Virginia who are interested in mechanics and avionics have an aerospace facility in their back yard in Bridgeport. The Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center is the only facility of its kind in the state, said Dr. Sarah Tucker, chancellor of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia. “Individuals from across West Virginia, dislocated workers and coal miners are the majority of students we see enrolled in the...

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Thank These Riveting Robots for Planes That Don’t Fall Apart

IF YOU FEEL like you’ve taken a beating after spending eight hours on a plane, try spending a shift on the assembly line that rolls out the flying metal tubes you so hate. It takes two humans to install each of the more than 60,000 rivets that hold a Boeing 777 together: one firing the rivet gun, the other holding the steel bucking bar that forces the fastener into place. The benefits of this tiring job include repetitive stress injuries to the arms, back, and shoulders. To improve life on the line, Boeing took a note from Kenny Chesney: no shoulders,...

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Amazon’s Air Force is Hiring to Fill Aerospace Jobs in Seattle

Amazon’s Prime Air is amping up its air services. It’s hiring at least 43 more staffers for its aviation unit as the e-commerce giant boosts its air division, which includes drone delivery development.   Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Air wants to hire two veteran aerospace managers in Seattle to oversee airframe and aircraft engine maintenance programs for its contract air cargo carriers across the U.S. Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) needs the managers to ensure that its partners, including Atlas Air Holdings (Nasdaq: AAWW) and Air Transport Services Group (Nasdaq: ATSG), comply with all Federal Administration Administration regulations and industry best practices. Details of the job openings were posted...

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Czech Aircraft Manufacturer Aircraft Industries Reduces Machining Time More Than 50%

Horizontal 5-axis machining, high spindle power, long-term reliability, small floor space, and the flexibility to efficiently machine all their big structural parts on one machine led Aircraft Industries to choose a 5-axis horizontal HBZ AeroCell machining center. The Czech aircraft manufacturer performs design, aluminum sheet and roll forming, steel forming, machining, welding, riveting, surface treatment, hardening, painting, measuring, assembly, testing, and overhaul under one roof. The company covers the whole process from raw material to the finished aircraft in building the L 410 twin turboprop commuter aircraft designed for severe flight conditions. German machine tool manufacturer Handtmann is an...

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Metal 3D Printing to Shape the Aerospace Industry

Billions of dollars in investments along with years of R&D in metal and composite 3D printing are beginning to pay off for the aerospace industry as 3D-printed engine parts pass their testing phase and become integrated into final designs. Collaboration between startups, larger companies, and 3D printing services has led to engines with less assembly parts, better fuel economies, and a shorter time to market.  3D printing with metal has enabled several major breakthroughs in the aerospace industry this past year. Companies such as NASA and General Electric have invested in testing and developing new alloys that can be 3D printed to survive high speed, high heat...

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Aerospace and Defense 2017 Predictions

2016 has been another very good year for the aerospace industry. At the Farnborough Airshow alone [they] saw US$123.9 billion of deals recorded. The global A&D market continues to enjoy huge revenue momentum, with historically high backlogs for Tier 1 suppliers, and the industry has to try to keep up with this demand. Airbus and Boeing are now at the point where they are no longer competing in the same way. There are now too many orders for both combined, and the new battleground moving into 2017, will be fought in their factories, as they race to see who can increase...

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NASA Selects Industry Team to Advance Green Aviation Engine Technology

Hampton, Virginia – NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) has chosen a Connecticut-based company to conduct an aircraft engine flight demonstration designed to showcase quieter, more fuel-efficient, less polluting engine technology. United Technologies Corp. (UTC)/Pratt & Whitney in Hartford has been selected for NASA’s Ultra-High Bypass Advanced Nacelle Technologies Flight Demonstration – part of NASA Aeronautics’ research efforts to make commercial airliners more environmentally friendly.   Click Here to Read the Full...

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Strata, Reliance Form Partnership to Advance Aerospace Composites

Abu Dhabi-based Strata Manufacturing PJSC (Strata) and Reliance Defence Limited (RDL, Mumabi, India) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on aerospace composites manufacturing capabilities between India and the United Arab Emirates. The partnership will look at opportunities in the production of carbon fiber aerostructures, prepegs as well as 3D printing of aerospace components and airframe panels. The Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park, located at the Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN), is being considered by Reliance Defence Limited (RDL) for a new facility to support its aerospace ambitions, and forms part of the emerging aerospace...

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Raising the Stakes with High-Speed Aerospace CNCs

In the aerospace world, as in all sectors of manufacturing, the race is on for faster, more automated and connected machining operations. Aerospace builders have steadily pushed for more automotive-like automation over the past several years in order to improve productivity and more effectively handle large order backlogs in commercial aviation. Key aerospace and defense (A&D) CNC controls functionality offered today by most major machine control developers include faster cutting operations techniques for part cycle-time reduction combined with much smoother, more-efficient precision cutting to improve part quality.   Click Here to Read the Full...

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US Aerospace Industry: Flying High, Soaring Higher?

With so much focus on worries about American products being uncompetitive with those produced elsewhere in the world and the associated impact on jobs and domestic economic activity, it is easy to forget that there are a number of manufacturing sectors for which American dominance has persisted for decades and shows very few signs of ebbing. Perhaps the best example is the aerospace sector.   The United States currently accounts for half of global production (with Canada adding another 5%). While this share has declined substantially from close to 70% in the 1980s and 1990s, the reasons for the...

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Jobs Broker for Aviation Training

Talent Solutions Coalition, a new nonprofit, connects aviation employers and partner colleges with academic programs that could send graduates across state lines for well-paying jobs.   Like many sectors of the economy, the $70 billion aviation manufacturing and maintenance industry has a work force problem, with three-quarters of companies reporting a substantial shortage of skilled workers. Colleges aren’t producing enough graduates who have the right certification and training, aviation companies say, or who are willing to move across state lines for a job, assuming they even know about openings outside their region. “Everybody is trying to find people,” said Crystal Maguire, executive director...

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Automating Aerospace Manufacturing

There is an impressive new process for aerospace manufacturing happening in Hamburg. Airbus’s site is a spectacle of automated manufacturing. Its latest aircraft range, the A350, has a much larger proportion of composites in its structure. To make this manufacturing process easier, new technologies have been implemented. For example, the wings of the aircraft are wholly composite, and the company has switched from manual to fully automated production as a result. The company has recently started using automated fibre placement to build the wing covers. Once laid by hand, the layers of carbon fibres are arranged side by side and impregnated...

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The End Of The Airbus-Boeing Supercycle

After a remarkable 12-year boom, world aircraft industry output growth sputtered to a halt in 2016. The market fell 1.2% (in constant dollars) relative to 2015, the first aggregate decline since 2003. While military demand remains robust, most civil segments are feeling the impact of negative macroeconomic and geopolitical developments. The previous year, 2015, was also a lackluster year, with just 1.3% growth relative to 2014. The industry had been expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5% in 2003-14. Those good times have come to a halt. There are few signs of impending improvement this year....

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Airbus Retains Order Lead over Boeing with Late Sales Windfall

Airbus Group SE (IW 1000/44) booked 320 jetliner orders in December alone to rack up 731 sales for the year, extending its backlog and beating rival Boeing Co. Deals signed in the last month of 2016 included the sale of 98 new planes to Iran Air and 72 to India’s Go Airlines India Pvt., according to figures released Wednesday. Two other transactions saw 132 narrow-bodies purchased by buyers whose identities weren’t disclosed.   Click Here to Read the Full...

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Aerospace Starts Recruitment in Pre-K to Compete with Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley and other tech centers have always a dream for some engineers, luring their workforce with cutting-edge technology, culture, and benefits. Aerospace is now feeling an even bigger sting as these technology companies begin to also explore drones and autonomous systems. Aerospace employers are realizing they have to adjust their strategies and go even deeper into recruitment strategies to get top talent. Aerospace companies have decided to extend their efforts to younger potential employees, going back as far as elementary school or pre-kindergarten. There hope is that these efforts will encourage them to get involved in science and math within...

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At Boeing’s 777X Wing Factory, Robots Get Big Jobs

As the first 110-footlong wing skin panel for Boeing’s new 777X jet moved slowly across a mammoth new Everett factory building one morning earlier this month, a small crew walked alongside, watching for any possibility of an expensive collision. The “spotters” escorted the panel’s bright-orange transport platform as it followed invisible tracks embedded in the concrete floor and slid with a tight fit into the big cylindrical autoclave where the part would bake to hardness. Until the automated system for moving these big wing parts is proved, “we do have four people watching it,” said Darrell Chic, acting director...

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Boeing Robotics Partner Kuka Aerospace Has a New Owner

Key Boeing robotics supplier Kuka Systems Aerospace North America has been acquired by Texas-based Advanced Integration Technology, the companies announced. Plano-based Advanced Integration Technology is also a Boeing supplier and a leading player in aerospace factory automation and robotics integration. inancial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Sterling Heights, Michigan-based Kuka Aerospace was sold by German-based Kuka Systems Group. The U.S. government required Kuka Systems to divest its Kuka Aerospace unit before it sold the rest of its industrial technology company to a Chinese buyer, home appliance company Midia. Kuka opened a 75-employee plant in Everett two years ago to help Boeing implement robots...

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NASA Embraces IBM’s Watson for Future Space, Aerospace Technology Development

IBM and NASA have had one of the longest, most successful relationships in the high-tech world and it looks like the future holds much the same. While the relationship has its roots in the very beginnings of the space program as well as large-scale computing, its current incarnation in many cases revolves around the cognitive computing specialties found in IBM’s Watson system.  The forthcoming movie Hidden Figures in fact shows some of the earliest IBM and NASA computing interactions. Hidden Figures follows a group of African-American female mathematicians who calculated flight trajectories on IBM computers for John Glenn’s first orbital flight in 1962....

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Carbon Fiber May Be the Future of Automotive and Aerospace Manufacturing

Carbon fiber is an interesting material, especially when used as the key ingredient in fiber-reinforced plastics and other composites. Carbon fibers are nearly five-times stronger than steel, three times lighter, twice as stiff and have better yield strength. This makes them particularly interesting to developers of high performance vehicles, who use the composite material as an alternative to traditional steel construction. Research from Frost & Sullivan has outlined carbon fiber as a way for aerospace and automotive manufacturers to build better vehicles – a necessity when standards for auto emissions will reach new highs by 2025.   Click Here to Read...

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The Next Era of Aerospace and Defense

Aerospace and defense industry analysis shows that “staying the course” with the same strategies and business models may not fly much longer. Strategy matters Why do so many aerospace and defense (A&D) companies “stay the course” when faced with disruption, sticking with strategies and business models designed for a different era? New Deloitte research makes a compelling case for change. We found that A&D companies that adapted their strategies and business models significantly outperformed those that didn’t. Eras of aerospace and defense Deloitte analyzed the performance of the 100 largest companies in the A&D industry over the last 25...

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MIT and NASA Design ‘Morphing” Aircraft Wings for Efficient Flight

Researchers from MIT and NASA have designed a flexible “morphing wing” system made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) that draws inspiration from the twisted wings from the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight. The wing design is based on a system of tiny, lightweight composite subunits called “digital materials” that could be assembled like Legos by a team of small specialized robots, and ultimately could be used to build the entire airframe. MIT says the digital materials can be assembled into “a virtually infinite variety of shapes.” Click Here to Read the Full...

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The Final Frontier: How Entrepreneurs Cracked the Aerospace Industry

Space exploration is a complex, highly technical and increasingly expensive endeavor that traditionally has been the domain of big governments. But more private firms are jumping into the fray and achieving success. In a recent paper, “Watershed Moments, Cognitive Discontinuities, and Entrepreneurial Entry: The Case of New Space,” Wharton management professors Laura Huang and Anoop Menon — along with coauthor Tiona Zuzul from the London Business School — studied the watershed moments that have enabled this frenzy of entrepreneurial activity. Huang and Menon recently spoke with Knowledge@wharton about their findings.   Click Here to Read the Full...

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Boeing Names New Senior Leaders, Launches Integrated Services Business

CHICAGO, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg [Monday] named Kevin G. McAllister president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, succeeding company Vice Chairman Ray Conner in that role.  Muilenburg also appointed Stanley A. Deal president and CEO of Boeing Global Services, a new business unit to be formed from the customer services groups within the company’s existing commercial airplanes and defense, space and security business units. McAllister joins Boeing from GE Aviation. Deal is a veteran Boeing executive. Conner, 61, will continue to serve as Boeing vice chairman through 2017. He will work closely with McAllister in the months ahead on a purposeful hand-off...

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Computer-Aided Inspection in Aerospace Manufacturing

If you’re looking for cutting-edge manufacturing technology, look no further than the aerospace industry. From 3D-printed materials to using drones for quality assurance, what aerospace lacks in production volume it makes up for in innovation. Computer-aided inspection (CAI)—in which production parts are directly compared to 3D CAD models—is one of the latest examples of the aerospace industry’s use of advanced technology. This isn’t just about heavyweights Airbus and Boeing, but their suppliers and the tier 2 and 3 suppliers as well. Advancements in CAI trickle down the supply chain.   Click Here for the Full...

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China’s Big Aerospace Ambitions are Delayed

STEALTH fighter jets are designed to be as furtive as possible and sneak through radar without being noticed. China’s new J-20 stealth fighter demanded plenty of attention as it roared over the heads of spectators during its public debut at the Zhuhai air show this week. The message was clear: China is aiming high in the aerospace business. That ambition, though, is as much about commercial aircraft as it is about fighter jets, and in particular one model was noticeably absent from the show: the C919, a single-aisle short-haul passenger jet which China is developing to take on Airbus...

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Airbus Standardizes on Stratasys 3D Printing Material

We’ve heard a lot about how 3D printing is changing the way people make things—all sorts of things, from personal projects to industrial manufacturing.The latest example comes from Airbus, which has jumped on board with Stratasys, in an effort to improve aircraft parts using additive manufacturing. A major hurdle to this was the stringent guidelines that must be placed on aircraft parts and the materials used to make them – that is, until the polyetherimide (PEI) ULTEM 9085.   Click Here to Read the Full...

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US Aerospace and Defense Export Competitiveness

Growth in the US A&D sector Despite a decrease in total exports from the US in 2015, gross US aerospace and defense (A&D) sector exports jumped US$5 billion in 2015 with commercial aircraft leading the way. These exports are expected to grow another 3.2 percent in 2016. In addition, the A&D sector was the largest contributor to America’s net exports during the period 2010 through 2015, where the sector accounted for 9.5 percent of total US exports in 2015, rising from its contribution of 7.1 percent in 2010. This demonstrates that US A&D products are continuing a trend of...

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Trends and Themes in the Aircraft Market

The words, numbers, and graphs in this article illustrate who is building aircraft now and who will be in ten years. But the numbers represent only the value of deliveries; they exclude the broader footprint of the industry, which is about two to three times as large as the value of total new build deliveries. The numbers also exclude RDT&E and the generally more lucrative after-market support business. We estimate that the latter two broad business categories, plus upgrades, are worth about 200% of the value of new aircraft manufacture annually. Therefore, since the new aircraft market is worth...

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Boeing CEO Vows to Beat Musk to Mars

Boeing Co. once helped the U.S. beat the Soviet Union in the race to the moon. Now the company intends to go toe-to-toe with newcomers such as billionaire Elon Musk in the next era of space exploration and commerce. Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg sketched out a Jetsons-like future at a conference Tuesday, envisioning a commercial space-travel market with dozens of destinations orbiting the Earth and hypersonic aircraft shuttling travelers between continents in two hours or less. And Boeing intends to be a key player in the initial push to send humans to Mars, maybe even beating Musk to his...

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What is The Future of Aerospace?

Aerospace technology is rapidly advancing. Recently, many private space companies have been busy developing commercial space travel. One day very soon, you might be taking a rocket to your next vacation rather than an airplane. But the real advancements in aerospace technology are actually happening on a much smaller scale.  Click Here to Read the Full...

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Morocco Signs Deal for Major Boeing Hub

Tangiers (Morocco) (AFP) – Morocco signed an agreement with Boeing on Tuesday to build a new hub for the US aerospace giant that officials hope will create thousands of skilled jobs. King Mohammed VI oversaw the signing of a memorandum of understanding in the northern port city of Tangiers to establish an industrial zone where up to 120 Boeing suppliers and sub-contractors could operate. Click Here for the Full...

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Future Airplanes Will Fly On Twistable Wings

More than a century ago, the first aviation pioneers figured out a way to use rigid wings with flaps to generate enough force to lift a heavy craft into the sky. It was one of the great advances in human history and also the beginning of a new era in transportation. Airplanes, and the airline industry that depends on them, are now among the world’s largest businesses, with air travel producing over US $700 billion in annual revenues. However, commercial airlines spend more than 25 percent of their operating expenses on fuel, earning the industry a reputation for razor-thin margins that will eke...

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Boeing’s struggle with 777 assembly robots adds to Everett production snarl

Production of Boeing’s large 777 twinjet in Everett is significantly backed up, with incomplete jobs on each aircraft forcing catch-up work, some of which is being finished only after the jets roll out onto the airfield. Final-assembly mechanics are slammed. Scrambling to fix the mess, they’ve kept 777 deliveries on track only by working long overtime hours, including weekends, with just two days off a month.   Click Here to Read the Full...

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Report: Aerospace and Defense Exports To Grow 3.2 Percent in 2016

A new analysis of the aerospace and defense (A&D) sector predicts gross exports to increase by $4.6 billion, or 3.2 percent over 2015 numbers, by the end of this year.  The analysis by Deloitte, titled “US Aerospace and Defense Export Competitiveness Study,” concluded that sector exports topped $143 billion in 2015. Eighty-three percent of that total came from the commercial sector, showing that while defense exports remain lucrative, they pale in comparison to the money non-defense aviation exports can bring in.    Click Here to Read the Full...

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NAVAIR Demonstrates 3D-Printed, Safety-Critical Aircraft Parts

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) marked its first successful flight demonstration of a flight-critical aircraft component built using additive manufacturing (AM) techniques, On July 29, 2016, a MV-22B Osprey completed a test flight outfitted with a titanium 3D-printed link and fitting assembly for the engine nacelle. This assembly is one of four that secure a V-22’s engine nacelle to the primary wing structure and will remain on the aircraft for continued evaluation.   Click Here to Read the Full...

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Japan, Seeking to Regain Manufacturing Might, Bets on Aerospace

GIFU, Japan — Kato Manufacturing, based in the blue-collar enclave of Gifu Prefecture, in central Japan, is a microcosm of the country’s industrial evolution. The family-run metal shop, which was started 128 years ago, originally made simple farming tools for what was then a largely agrarian society. When Japan morphed into a manufacturing giant, churning out automobiles and electronics for the world, Kato supplied the metallic equivalent of skeletons: sculpted frames and housings that gave products their shape. Now, as Japan aggressively tries to regain some of its manufacturing might in the face of competition from lower-cost countries like...

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Upcoming Show: AeroDef Manufacturing Conference and Exposition

AeroDef Manufacturing 2016 will be taking place February 8-11, 2016 in Long Beach, California. Join leaders in commercial aerospace manufacturing and defense aerospace manufacturing at the ultimate event for OEMs to discuss the most in-demand solutions with their suppliers and potential partners. AeroDef is the place for industry leaders to find the latest and greatest technologies and innovations. Event Schedule:  Keynote Speakers: Scott P. Willoughby The Design, Development and Delivery of the James Webb Space Telescope Principal & Chairman of the BoardVice President & James Webb Space Telescope Program ManagerNorthrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Daniel G. Korte A View of...

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Calling All High Tech Entrepreneurs | Put NASA Technology to Work for your Startup! | #StartUpNASA

NASA is opening the doors to its patented technology with the new Startup NASA initiative. This initiative allows high-tech entrepreneurs and start-up companies to have access to more than 1,200 NASA patented technologies of their choice, including materials, coatings, sensors, aeronautic technologies, instrumentation, and more. The best way to manage your cash flow as a startup? Hold on to your money.   By offering a license with no up-front costs for commercial use of NASA’s patented technologies, NASA is letting companies hold onto their cash while securing the intellectual property needed to carve out competitive market space.   These technologies have been vetted for technical and commercial viability by NASA and external sources. Patents are maintained and protected by the US Government. NASA technical personnel and facilities can be available to lend additional support. Learn more about Startup NASA by visiting:...

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Publications as of October 2014

Fastener News Desk wants to keep you updated with all the latest issues of your favorite industry related publications! Below is an up-to-date collection of the current magazines that can be viewed online. If there are any publications you are looking for digitally that are not listed, please comment and let us know!   American Fastener Journal September/October 2014           Constructor Magazine September/October 2014             Distributor’s Link Summer 2014               Fastener + Fixing Issue 89 – September 2014             @FastenerNews      ...

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Alcoa Acquires Firth Rixson

It’s a great time to be Alcoa. According to a press release from the company, Alcoa is “flying high after $2.85 billion aerospace acquisition” of Firth Rixson, the world’s leading supplier of jet engine rings. The decreasing price of aluminum was a major factor behind the purchase. Alcoa aims to focus more on value-added products, as well as expand their presence in the aerospace industry – two wishes Firth Rixson can potentially fulfill. According to Forbes, the acquisition will increase Alcoa’s aerospace revenue by 20%. Since the news of the acquisition a few weeks ago, Alcoa has seen huge success with their second quarter results....

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