The second of four 777X test aircraft made its first flight on April 30 to test handling characteristics and other aspects of airplane performance.
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Ten GE9X engines have been delivered to power Boeing’s four 777X flight test airplanes after completing just under 5,000 hours and 8,000 cycles for certification.
The 8,500-square-meter United Arab Emirates facility will supply carbon fiber prepreg to Boeing for primary structures on the 777X program.
Boeing technical fellow Kurtis Willden, Aligned Vision and the Boeing Co. received 2020 Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Awards.
With Spirit AeroSystems buying Bombardier’s Belfast operations, the future of composites fabrication for large commercial aerostructures starts to come into focus.
The manufacturing world likes to think of composites fabrication as a single, global entity that operates to serve its customers’ needs with a variety of highly engineered parts and structures.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically decreased air passenger travel, causing a dramatic decline in new aircraft orders and production. Boeing and Airbus are implementing efforts to reduce costs.
Inline inspection technologies continue to evolve with the aim of providing faster and more accurate part inspection.
CompositesWorld was at SAMPE 2019 and offers a summary of highlights from the show and conference.
Infused carbon fiber composite structures are not new, but they have never been built at the rates anticipated for next-generation, single-aisle aircraft. It is a daunting prospect — but a feasible one.
The GE9X is the first commercial aircraft engine to reach production with significant additive content. The story of GE’s accomplishment and why it matters.
As the commercial aerospace sector prepares for a new round of major program launches, the question of where and how composites will be applied weighs heavily on the supply chain.
The new production facility will produce precision-formatted composites for OEMs in the Pacific Northwest, including the Boeing 777X assembly plant.
The 777X jetliner, which features the longest carbon fiber composite aircraft wings yet manufactured, took to the skies for its maiden flight on Jan. 25.
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Boeing CTO Dr. Greg Hyslop, in SAMPE keynote, discusses the company’s aircraft programs and the role composites will play in the future of aerial infrastructure.
The global commercial aerospace industry is at a unique time.
Bombardier Belfast, fabricator of the infused composite wings for the Airbus A220 single-aisle aircraft, is for sale. The ownership under which this facility lands may say a lot about the future of infusion in large aerostructures.
CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan reflects on first impressions from JEC World 2019, from aerospace industry insights to automotive composite technologies.
Recent news reports have said that this week’s debut of the Boeing 777X jetliner has been postponed.
With the 737 MAX grounded, the global aerospace supply chain was thrown into disarray in 2019. Still, several new programs on the horizon portend increasing composites use in commercial aerostructures for coming decades.
The Boeing Co. (Chicago, IL, US) and Thermwood Corp. (Dale, IN, US) have employed additive manufacturing technology to produce a large, single-piece tool for the 777X program.
CAMX 2018 was held Oct. 15-18 in Dallas, and if you could not attend this year, CompositesWorld did it for you. This compendium of written and video reporting from the show is designed to bring you up to speed on the new products, trends, presentations and more that the show had to offer.
Cincinnati Inc. explains the process for creating and their record-holding additively manufactured tool.
Insights and inspiration from the 2018 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo which was held in Dallas, TX, US last week.
The tool was printed as a single piece from 20% carbon fiber reinforced ABS using the Vertical Layer Print system.