Alenia Aeronautica completes ultimate load tests on Boeing 787 horizontal stabilizer

Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, has successfully completed the “ultimate load testing” of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner horizontal stabilizer. The test has been carried out at the Laboratory of Structural Tests at Alenia’s Pomigliano plant in Naples in the presence of Boeing engineers. The test is a fundamental step as part of Boeing’s 787 certification efforts, and is key to clearing the Dreamliner for first flight. During the test, the stabilizer is subjected to the aerodynamic loads that could be experienced by the aircraft during flight in the most severe circumstances.

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Honeywell to provide FMS and AESS Systems for Airbus A350XWB

Honeywell has been selected to provide the Flight Management System (FMS) and the Aircraft Environment Surveillance System (AESS) for Airbus’s new long-range, wide-body A350XWB aircraft. The contract is expected to generate more than $1.5 billion (including aftermarket) in revenue for Honeywell over the life of the program.

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Midcoast Aviation to support Falcon 7X aircraft

EADS Socata chose Midcoast as western hemisphere repair center. Under this agreement Midcoast becomes the authorized repair center for the structures built by EADS Socata for the Falcon 7X aircraft. EADS Socata designs and builds two main work packages: the upper center fuselage section and the lower body fairing for the Falcon 7X under contract to Dassault Aviation. Midcoast is authorized to perform warranty and non-warranty repairs on the EADS Socata-manufactured structures which include both metallic and composite components.

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U.S. Army selects AAR for CH-47 component repair services

AAR has been awarded a five-year contract by the U.S. Army for the repair and overhaul of a key control component on the CH-47 (Chinook) helicopter, valued at $25 million. The work will be performed by AAR Aircraft Component Services — New York and is scheduled to begin in March 2008.

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Turkish Airlines to participate in GE's material scrap reclamation program

Turkish Airlines is the first customer to participate in GE Aviation’s new material scrap reclamation program, aimed at recycling hardware containing the rare and costly element — rhenium. Under the program, customers will return their scrap high pressure turbine (HPT) blades made from nickel superalloys that contain rhenium to GE Aviation. The material will be cleaned and melted for re-use in HPT blade manufacturing. “The program helps our customer as well as GE Aviation’s material stream,” said Scott Ernest, vice president of GE Aviation’s Supply Chain organization. “For our customers, like Turkish Airlines, the program will help them with their Read more

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Spirit AeroSystems to design and manufacture nacelle systems for RR BR725

Spirit Aero Systems has been selected to design and build the nacelle, thrust reverser and engine build up components for the Rolls-Royce BR725 engine; a contract worth in excess of $600 million. Spirit will also support the aforementioned products in the Rolls-Royce Corporate Care Program throughout the life of the airplane. The BR725 is the selected engine for Gulfstream’s recently-announced G650 business jet.

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Honeywell selected to supply key avionics and mechanical systems for new Gulfstream

Honeywell will supply a broad suite of new avionics and mechanical systems for the all new Gulfstream G650 aircraft. The value of the contract is estimated at $3 billion including aftermarket sales over the life of the platform. The company will be providing the first business jet application of its Next Generation Flight Management System (NGFMS), previously announced for the Boeing 747-8, as well as its RDR4000 turbulence certified weather radar that is in service on the Airbus A380 and Air Force C-17 aircraft. Other new avionics products for the new G650 include dual five inch LCD Standby Multifunction Controllers Read more

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Goodrich to provide advanced systems and components for new Gulfstream

Goodrich’s Landing Gear team will provide the main and nose landing gear, Goodrich Interiors will supply the jet’s flight deck observer seats and the Goodrich Engine Control Systems team will provide the Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system, comprising an electronic engine control, fuel metering unit, fuel pump and engine actuation for the Rolls-Royce BR725 engines that power the G650.

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