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Sebastien Remy, founder of Airbus’ alternative fuels advisory group, has been appointed to lead the innovation works office for Airbus parent company EADS starting June 1. He will manage more than 800 workers based at international research centers and will report to Chief Technical Officer Jean Botti, EADS said Tuesday. “Sebastien's key mission will be […] More
The U.K.'s coalition government will set aside hundreds of millions of dollars to invest in its aerospace sector in a bid to jump-start growth in the sector. Reuters reports that Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will announce the 10-year plan before Wednesday's budget proposal. Airbus, Bombardier and Rolls-Royce will contribute funding for the initiative and […] More
Cobham Plc has earmarked $1.2 billion for civil sector investments in an effort to broaden its portfolio beyond defense and security sales. The U.K.-based airborne refueling kit manufacturer is targeting acquisitions in civil markets, where 34 percent of its sales come from, Bloomberg reported Thursday. “We think there are businesses that have good exposure to […] More
Lockheed Martin Canada has agreed to acquire some assets from Aveos Fleet Performance Inc. in a move aimed at increasing Lockheed’s presence in Canada's engine maintenance and repair industry. Lockheed did not disclose terms of its agreement with the Montreal-based aerospace firm. “We look forward to expanding our corporation's presence in Canada, and plan to […] More
FADEC International, a joint venture of BAE Systems and Sagem, has partnered with General Electric to develop, produce and support the full-authority digital electronic control (FADEC) for aircraft engines and related specialized technologies. According to a BAE statement, the partnership, which will be called FADEC Alliance, will be the exclusive FADEC supplier for CFM International's […] More
ITT Exelis and an Airbus subsidiary are partnering to develop a new system for airports and airline customers to track aircraft and vehicle movement between gates, Exelis announced Monday. The companies will draw on Exelis’ web-based Symphony OpsVue, which visualizes flight data, and Metron’s web-based Harmony, used to manage flow and collaborative decision making. Goals […] More
Boeing will work with Airbus and Embraer to develop and promote aviation biofuels, the Chicago-based aerospace firm announced Thursday. Jim Albaugh, commercial airplanes president and CEO, signed the agreement with Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders and Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer’s commercial aviation president. Albaugh said the price of oil and the impact of commercial […] More
Alliant Techsystems celebrated the grand opening of its new Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence facility in Clearfield, Utah, yesterday, less than one year after the expansion was announced. The facility serves as the headquarters for ATK’s commercial aircraft programs and supports the manufacturing of composite airframe and engine components for the Airbus A350 XWB, and […] More
ATK will open its new 615,000 square-foot Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence in August in Clearfield, Utah. The facility will serve as the headquarters for ATK Aerospace Structures commercial aircraft programs and will manufacture commercial airframes, engine components for the Airbus A350, General Electric and Rolls-Royce engine programs. The facility was designed to meet the […] More
There may be truth in advertising after all. Boeing's Dreamliner might just turn out to perform like a dream. The Boeing 787 completed its 1,000th flight yesterday. The flight test program includes seven airplanes that have flown almost 3,000 hours and more than one million miles. According to Capt. Mike Carriker, chief pilot for the […] More
Defense industry experts are bracing for a major consolidation after public comments last Tuesday from Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing’s defense, space and security division, fueled rumors that the company might consider a merger with Northrop Grumman. However, a Boeing-Northrop merger would put almost half of all defense work in the hands of one giant […] More
Now that Boeing and EADS have each submitted bids for the Air Force’s lucrative KC-X refueling tanker contract, the war of words between supporters of both companies has kicked into high gear. Following a WTO ruling against illegal subsidies provided to EADS by European governments and the Pentagon’s refusal to take the KC-45’s greater fuel […] More
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