Vought selected to build wings for Cessna Citation Columbus Business Jet

Vought Aircraft Industries has been selected as the provider of wings and slats for the Model 850 Cessna Citation Columbus business jet. The contract, with a potential value of more than $1 billion, covers engineering design, tooling and production work. Vought has a proven track record of developing and manufacturing aerostructures of superior quality and value for military and commercial use worldwide. Vought

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Alternative fuel partnership teams Airbus with Honeywell, IAE and JetBlue

In its continuing efforts toward eco-efficiency – and to help the whole aviation sector prosper with less impact on the environment, such as reducing emissions from aircraft operations – Airbus has teamed with Honeywell Aerospace; UOP, a Honeywell Company; International Aero Engines (IAE); and JetBlue Airways to pursue development of a sustainable second-generation biofuel for use in commercial aircraft. The companies’ joint activity will help develop renewable energy technology to convert vegetation – and algae-based oils into aviation fuels and to evaluate the challenges for obtaining approval for this fuel by standards organizations. Such non-food-crop biomass fuels are known to Read more

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FAA certifies all Pratt & Whitney CFM56-3 engine life limited parts

Pratt & Whitney received the remaining three Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) approvals. The three STCs certify Global Material Solutions life-limited parts for the CFM56-3 engine high-pressure compressor, high- pressure turbine, and low-pressure turbine; in total GMS has certified 19 CFM56-3 engine life limited parts. Each part is certified with FAA Chapter 5 life limits equal to the original type certificate holder.

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Finnair Technical Services signs maintenance contract with KLM

Finnair Technical Services and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have signed a contract covering nine scheduled C-checks for Boeing MD-11 passenger aircraft. Each maintenance visit will last approximately one week, the last one will be completed by 3 July 2008. KLM’s MD-11 fleet consists of 10 passenger aircraft.

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Boeing and Jeppesen Technology expand China market for China Eastern Airlines

A China Eastern Airlines Next-Generation 737-700 completed a flight into China’s Lijiang Airport on May 13th to validate the capability and benefits of an advanced navigation method known as Required Navigation Performance (RNP). RNP uses global-positioning satellites and onboard flight-management systems to guide airplanes along precise flight paths with pinpoint accuracy. RNP flight procedures provide operators a highly effective tool to enable safe and efficient operations in challenging terrain and weather conditions, such as those at Lijiang, in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Advanced arrival procedures like RNP will allow airlines to significantly save on fuel and reduce flight Read more

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Spirit AeroSystems secures Airbus A350 XWB contract

Spirit AeroSystems reported that it has signed a contract with Airbus to design and produce a major composite fuselage structure for the A350 XWB program. Spirit will design and manufacture the Section 15 center fuselage frame section, a composite structure that will be approximately 65 feet long, 20 feet wide and weigh nearly 9,000 pounds. To accommodate this and other new work packages, Spirit announced plans to expand its operations with a new facility in Lenoir County, North Carolina, near the city of Kinston. Spirit and the State of North Carolina have reached an agreement to begin implementation of a Read more

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Avcorp announces 2008 first quarter results

Avcorp Industriesm reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2008. Revenue increased 14% to $31,151,000 for the quarter ending March 31, 2008, and cash flow from operations increased to $1,529,000 compared to $1,101,000 for the same quarter last year. EBITDA of $1,375,000 was a significant improvement over the negative EBITDA of $1,282,000 incurred in the previous quarter. The Company had a loss of $423,000 for the quarter or $0.01 per share and expects this loss to be eliminated and to return to profitability for the remainder of the year.

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