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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.
The markets: Aerospace (2021)
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.
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.
WSU-NIAR awarded $13.5 million for high-speed missile materials research
Partnership with Spirit AeroSystems will develop manufacturing processes and material characterization for advanced composites for future thermal protection systems.
Automated aerocomposites production: Liquid molding or welded thermoplastic?
Two materials and process approaches are demonstrated for CFRP bulkhead production.
Update: Lower wing skin, Wing of Tomorrow
Airbus is evaluating several advanced composites technologies as part of its Wing of Tomorrow program. Among these is liquid resin infusion of the lower wing skin, being developed by Spirit AeroSystems.
Teijin Ltd. Tenax carbon fiber qualified for Airbus A320neo
Tenax dry reinforcements non-crimp fabrics and braided fibers will form the skins and stiffeners via automated RTM.
Aerion Supersonic, Spirit AeroSystems expand composites agreement
Spirit will expand its work on the composite forward, pressurized fuselage for the AS2 supersonic business jet, leading to full-rate production in 2023.
Spirit AeroSystems receives $80 million Defense Production Act Title III funding
The funding, in national response to COVID-19, will support and expand Spirit’s production capabilities for composites and metallic fabrication.
High-rate, automated aerospace RTM line delivers next-gen spoilers
At Spirit AeroSystem’s Prestwick facility in Scotland, a glimpse of the future of aerocomposites manufacturing in a resin transfer molding line for A320 spoilers.
Spirit AeroSystems pauses work on 20 737 MAX shipsets
The move was made following a request from Boeing that Spirit pause additional work on four 737 MAX shipsets and avoid starting production on 16 737 MAX shipsets to be delivered in 2020.
Boeing pauses 737 MAX delivery and production
Spirit notes that it will take determine a definitive plan with Beoing for the 737 MAX.
Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus
Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.
Spirit AeroSystems to power Wichita facility with wind energy
The company’s 12.8 million-square-foot aerospace manufacturing facility will be converted to Kansas wind-generated electricity.
Spirit AeroSystems announces new cost-reduction measures in light of coronavirus
Measures taken include an extended suspension of production for Boeing aircraft and workforce reductions.
Spirit AeroSystems suspends Boeing production work
The announcement follows Boeing’s temporary suspension of Puget Sound production activity due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Spirit AeroSystems acquires Fiber Materials Inc.
FMI is an industry-leading technology company specializing in high-temperature materials and composites for defense.
Spirit AeroSystems opens new spoiler manufacturing facility
The Scotland-based facility will use advanced composites technology for high-volume production of spoilers for the Airbus A320 aircraft family.
SAERTEX extends carbon fiber contract with Bombardier
SAERTEX supplies textile reinforcement materials and carbon fiber noncrimp fabrics, with which Bombardier produces wingskins for the Airbus A220 aircraft at its Belfast facility.
Spirit AeroSystems announces 737 MAX production agreement with Boeing
Under the agreement, Spirit will restart production slowly, ramping up to reach a total of 216 MAX shipsets delivered to Boeing in 2020.
Spirit AeroSystems initiates workforce reductions due to 737 MAX production suspension
Layoffs affecting 2,800 employees have been issued at the Wichita facility, due to ongoing production suspension and expected lower production going forward.