New 1 million-square-foot production facility follows CMC R&D center and publicized strategy for next-gen engines.
Senior Editor, CompositesWorld
Market environment responses will see current A320 and A220 production rate plans slowly ramp up as 2021 progresses. Airbus expects the commercial aircraft market to return to pre-COVID-19 levels by 2023-2025.
The company reports 383 new orders and 566 deliveries in 2020 across all market segments.
The contract includes thermoplastic composite wing components, in line with Teledyne CML Composites’ recent investments in thermoplastics processing.
PDR completion paves the way toward validating the project’s feasibility and firming up the architecture for a first flight scheduled in 2022.
Despite challenges caused by the pandemic, Airbus’ teams have achieved all 10 aircraft deliveries scheduled this year, bringing the A400M global fleet in operation to 98 aircraft.
The unfurlable, parabolic, composite reflector offers significant advantages in satellite deployment and marks Airbus’s entry into the market for cost-effective and small radar missions and constellations.
The coronavirus pandemic, a once-in-a-millennia global catastrophe, has depressed commercial air travel in unprecedented and disastrous ways. Implications start with the airlines themselves and trickle down to major airframers and the entire tier structure of the aerospace supply chain.
The composites-intensive Zephyr HAPS satellite is a stratospheric unmanned aerial system, which, with this recently successful flight test, is one step closer to providing local satellite-like services.
Multi-method UE1 Box, phased array U32 Box and SKD architecture improve activity efficiency and meets technical specifications on a flexible, cost-effective platform.
The delivery coincides with serial production ramp-up of the cabin components, which comprises the entire lining of the entrance and door area in the front, middle and rear sections of the aircraft.
Although Spirit’s revenues declined 58% in the quarter compared to third quarter 2019, CEO Tom Gentile says the company anticipates steady growth going forward as the 737 MAX returns to service.
Spirit pays $865 million for Bombardier’s Belfast, Northern Ireland, plant, plus others. The Belfast facility fabricates the infused composite wings for the Airbus A220 single-aisle aircraft.
It used to be enough that AFP systems could precisely and quickly place and cut multiple tows to build complex aerostructures. Now, fabricators need those tows steered, and the tighter the radius, the better.
Clean Sky 2’s MFFD program continues to move toward its goal of delivering a welded, thermoplastic composite fuselage demonstrator using next-generation manufacturing processes.
Carmelo Lo Faro, president of Solvay Composite Materials, talks about how he sees aerocomposites evolving in the time of COVID-19, the rise of computational power to evolve composites use, the prospects for increased composites use in the automotive market, and the increasing importance of education in the composites industry.
Since the industry’s move toward emission-free aviation, the German engine manufacturer has been developing three additional concepts for hydrogen application.
Year to date (YTD), Airbus has delivered a total of 341 commercial aircraft, Boeing 98 aircraft. Numbers still clearly reflect the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the industry.
The emerging H2 economy drives tank development for aircraft, ships and gas transport.
AlbatrossONE demonstrator with 75% longer wing-tips vs. phase one proves freely flapping wing-tips can alleviate wing loads and avoid tip stall for improved aircraft performance.
Additively manufactured cores, CFRP face skins produce large tools for prototype, low-volume aerostructure parts.
Coordinated by Airbus Helicopter, the canopy structure was designed and manufactured to optimize low aerodynamic drag and meet bird strike requirements.
Based on the Airbus A220, the ACJ TwoTwenty business jet’s cost, reliability and high performance address the requirements of the heavy and long-range business jet categories.
The three concepts — all codenamed ZEROe — each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight. The aircraft could enter service by 2035.
With the V-shaped long-haul aircraft’s successful maiden flight underway, next steps include using the data collected during the flight to develop an aerodynamic model.
The project aims to provide nacelle components for the engine UltraFan demonstrator. Nikkiso’s role is to reduce manufacturing costs by a new out-of-autoclave curing method.
Presentations from Microsoft, Uber Elevate, BFG International, Joby Aviation, Anzac Contractors, the Florida DOT will be featured at CAMX 2020.