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Defense

Kaman Composites Wichita announces contract with Boeing

Kaman Composites to manufacture the refueling boom assembly for the MH-47 program and expand facility to accommodate production scale.

Defense

Boeing Loyal Wingman uncrewed aircraft completes first flight

Successful test progresses Royal Australian Air Force’s teaming aircraft program. The Loyal Wingman has been manufactured from design to flight in three years.

Aerospace

Boeing said to be evaluating new twin-aisle program

Aviation Week reports that Boeing is in the early stages of developing a twin-aisle in response to the Airbus A321XLR that will use composite wing and fuselage structures.

Aerospace

Boeing commits to deliver commercial airplanes ready to fly on 100% sustainable fuels

According to Boeing, the ambitious goal is considered the safest and most measurable solution to reduce aviation carbon emissions in the coming decade.

Aerospace

Boeing announces Q4 2020 deliveries

With steps taken to adapt to its new market in 2020, Boeing is entering 2021 with an emphasis on enhancing safety culture, preserving liquidity and transforming its future business.

Aerospace

Boeing shutters commercial composites R&D facility

In an effort to trim costs, commercial composites R&D at Boeing’s Advanced Developmental Composites (ADC) center in Seattle is being distributed among other Boeing composites facilities in the Puget Sound region.

Aerospace

Uncrewed Loyal Wingman conducts first high-speed taxi test

The aircraft has been through low-, medium- and high-speed taxi tests since October. Flight testing is to commence in early 2021.

Prepregs

Boeing conducts inspections of 787 composite inner fuselage skin

Boeing reports that it is checking the flatness of inner fuselage skins on all undelivered 787s to verify structural integrity.

Aerospace

Boeing adjusts 2021 787 production downward

Persistent headwinds in international air travel have compelled Boeing to reduced 787 production from six to five per month by mid-2021.

GKN Aerospace receives silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

GKN earned the silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period supporting the Apache and Chinook programs, from October 2018 to September 2019.

Aerospace

FAA rescinds suspension order, approves 737 MAX operations

All airlines under the FAA’s jurisdiction, including those in the U.S., can now resume services. Boeing has further strengthened its safety and quality assurance.

Defense

Quickstep acquires Boeing Australia component repairs

Purchase of Boeing Defence Australia MRO capabilities will include acquisition of operating assets plus inventories and certain customer contracts from Boeing Australia Component Repairs.

Aerospace

Boeing forecasts strong growth in China’s aviation market

China remains on track to become the world’s largest aviation market despite near-term challenges, with 20-year demand for commercial airplanes and services worth $3.1 trillion.

Thermoplastics

Turkish Aerospace, Boeing partner to produce thermoplastic composites

Per the partnership, Boeing will provide technical support to establish a fully automated facility in Turkey for the production of thermoplastic aerospace components, as well as training technical personnel. 

Testing

Boeing, Etihad sustainability alliance test ecoDemonstrator 787

The ecoDemonstrator program uses commercial aircraft to test technologies that can make aviation safer and more sustainable now and into the future. Use of a 787-10 Dreamliner will evaluate ways to reduce emissions and noise while flying on sustainable fuel.

Aerospace

Solvay and Boeing sign long-term enterprise agreement

Solvay’s contract extension covers composites and adhesives across all Boeing commercial and defense aircraft programs. 

Aerospace

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.

Injection/Overmolding

Aviation research program kicks off for continuous complex composite profiles

InPro project combines blow molding technology with Continuous Compression Molding (CCM) process for efficient, sustainable continuous composite profile production.  

Testing

Unmanned Loyal Wingman aircraft performs low-speed taxi test

Reaching maximum speeds of 16 mph on the ground, the low-speed taxi determined the Loyal Wingman’s runaway independence for its maiden flight later this year.

Epoxies

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.

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.

Defense

Boeing to assemble unmanned Loyal Wingman in Queensland

Queensland’s investment will evolve Boeing’s Australian defense manufacturing capability and will make Queensland the final assembly facility for the Boeing Loyal Wingman project.

Aerospace

Boeing releases annual aerospace market forecast

The 2020 Boeing Market Outlook (BMO) projects near-term challenges in the commercial aviation and services market and resilience in the long-term, showing a resilient $8.5 trillion total market over ten years.

Aerospace

Boeing to consolidate 787 production in 2021

According to Boeing, the single site in South Carolina will improve operational efficiency as it adapts to the market downturn and positions for recovery and long-term growth.

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