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Airbus updates A320, A220 production rates

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.

Aerospace

Airbus releases 2020 orders and deliveries

The company reports 383 new orders and 566 deliveries in 2020 across all market segments.

Aerospace

Airbus awards A400M supply contract to Teledyne CML Composites

The contract includes thermoplastic composite wing components, in line with Teledyne CML Composites’ recent investments in thermoplastics processing.

Testing

EcoPulse hybrid aircraft demonstrator completes Preliminary Design Review

PDR completion paves the way toward validating the project’s feasibility and firming up the architecture for a first flight scheduled in 2022.

Aerospace

Airbus delivers first A400M to the Belgian Air Force

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.

Carbon Fibers

Airbus qualifies Europe's first 5-meter deployable reflector for radar satellites

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. 

Defense

Airbus concludes Zephyr HAPS flight test campaign

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.

Design/Simulation

Testia releases multi-method acquisition system for NDT inspection methods

Multi-method UE1 Box, phased array U32 Box and SKD architecture improve activity efficiency and meets technical specifications on a flexible, cost-effective platform.

Aerospace

FACC delivers first entrance area for A320 Airspace cabin

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. 

Defense

Spirit AeroSystems reports third quarter earnings

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 AeroSystems completes Bombardier acquisition

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.

Aerospace

Airbus delivers first U.S.-assembled A220

The built and delivered aircraft from the company’s Mobile, Alabama, facility indicates Airbus’ growing industrial footprint in North American markets.

ATL/AFP

Moving forward on the Multifunctional Fuselage Demonstrator (MFFD)

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.

Thermoplastics

Episode 34: Carmelo Lo Faro, Solvay Composite Materials

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.

MTU Aero Engines highlights potential hydrogen applications

Since the industry’s move toward emission-free aviation, the German engine manufacturer has been developing three additional concepts for hydrogen application. 

Aerospace

Boeing, Airbus announce Q3 delivery results

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.

Energy Storage

Carbon fiber in pressure vessels for hydrogen

The emerging H2 economy drives tank development for aircraft, ships and gas transport.

Aerospace

Airbus Albatross flapping wing achieves gate-to-gate demonstration

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.

Design/Simulation

Clean Sky project completes carbon fiber canopy structure for RACER demonstrator

Coordinated by Airbus Helicopter, the canopy structure was designed and manufactured to optimize low aerodynamic drag and meet bird strike requirements.

Aerospace

Airbus Corporate Jets launches TwoTwenty business jet

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.

Aerospace

Airbus reveals new zero-emission concept aircraft

The three concepts — all codenamed ZEROe — each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight. The aircraft could enter service by 2035.

Aerospace

TU Delft, KLM's Flying-V aircraft performs successful maiden flight

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.

Aerospace

Nikkiso, Airbus partner for UltraFan demonstrator project

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. 

Thermoplastics

CAMX 2020 announces conference program and keynote speaker

Presentations from Microsoft, Uber Elevate, BFG International, Joby Aviation, Anzac Contractors, the Florida DOT will be featured at CAMX 2020.   

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