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Boeing is nearing finalization of its proposed fix to the 737 MAX since the fleet-wide grounding in March. Listen in as ...
05/17/2019
Podcast: When Will the Boeing 737 MAX Fly Again?

Boeing is nearing finalization of its proposed fix to the 737 MAX since the fleet-wide grounding in March. Listen in as our editors discuss the ramifications for pilot proficiency, automation and other civil aircraft programs.

As Boeing nears finalization of its proposed fix to the 737 MAX since the fleet-wide grounding in March, our editors discuss the ramifications for pilot proficiency, automation and other civil aircraft programs.

FAA leadership sees the upcoming meeting of regulators discussing the Boeing 737 MAX return-to-flight approval process a...
05/16/2019

FAA leadership sees the upcoming meeting of regulators discussing the Boeing 737 MAX return-to-flight approval process as a key step towards restoring global aviation safety-related collaboration. http://qoo.ly/xe44d

As the number of would-be electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) concepts continue to proliferate, Germany-based ...
05/16/2019
Full-Scale Lilium eVTOL Demonstrator Enters Flight Test

As the number of would-be electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) concepts continue to proliferate, Germany-based Lilium has stepped ahead of the wave by starting test flights of a full-scale, five-seat production-weight prototype.

With a focus on range and speed, Lilium’s eVTOL concept targets metro and intercity markets.

Did the Boeing and Saab team “buy in” to the program by submitting a money-losing price to secure a franchise defens...
05/16/2019

Did the Boeing and Saab team “buy in” to the program by submitting a money-losing price to secure a franchise defense? http://qoo.ly/xdv4q

FAA’s aim for the upcoming meeting: present details behind its analysis of proposed changes that Boeing is making to t...
05/16/2019

FAA’s aim for the upcoming meeting: present details behind its analysis of proposed changes that Boeing is making to the MAX’s flight control computer software and training, and answer questions. http://qoo.ly/xduj5

Experts from the German Aerospace Center and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have not given up on efforts to fully de...
05/15/2019
Mars Insight Heat Probe Detective Work Continues

Experts from the German Aerospace Center and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have not given up on efforts to fully deploy the Mars InSight lander’s subsurface thermal probe.

Experts from the German Aerospace Center and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab have not given up on fully deploying the Mars InSight lander’s subsurface thermal probe.

The errant instructions were to turn left instead of right towards an assigned heading during a rare departure pattern o...
05/15/2019
ATC Mistakes Sent 777 Towards California Mountain, NTSB Finds

The errant instructions were to turn left instead of right towards an assigned heading during a rare departure pattern out of Los Angeles International Airport.

An air traffic controller’s errant instruction to turn left instead of right towards an assigned heading during a rare departure pattern out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) led an EVA Air Boeing 777 to within hundreds of feet of a mountain peak topped with large antennas, an NTSB invest...

The proposals are part of a future defense strategy published in a white paper on May 14 by the Swedish Defense Commissi...
05/15/2019
Swedish Gripen C/Ds Could Serve Until Late 2030s

The proposals are part of a future defense strategy published in a white paper on May 14 by the Swedish Defense Commission, an all-party committee studying the country’s future defense needs.

Sweden is proposing strengthening its air force by retaining older model Gripen C/D fighters well into the 2030s.

https://www.airpower.org.uk/air-space-power-conference-2019/The UK Chief of the Air Staff’s Air and Space Power Confer...
05/15/2019

https://www.airpower.org.uk/air-space-power-conference-2019/

The UK Chief of the Air Staff’s Air and Space Power Conference is taking place in London 17/18 July, ahead of the world’s largest military air show, the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford 20/21 July.

The conference will address the key strategic challenges facing the Royal Air Force and its international partners as they progress towards the next generation of air and space power.

Aviation Week Network joins as a media partner.

Is your company doing enough to drive digital change in its culture, products and services? Listen in as we discuss how ...
05/14/2019
Podcast: Why Your Company Is Trailing in the Digital Race

Is your company doing enough to drive digital change in its culture, products and services? Listen in as we discuss how the A&D industry is wrestling with the challenges in driving digital change.

Chances are your company is not doing enough to drive digital change in its culture, products and services. listen in as we discuss how the A&D industry is wrestling with the challenges, from figuring out where to invest to what to expect.

Some lucky delegates of the annual SpeedNews Aerospace Manufacturing Conference in North Carolina were given a tour of t...
05/14/2019

Some lucky delegates of the annual SpeedNews Aerospace Manufacturing Conference in North Carolina were given a tour of the Honda Aircraft Assembly line facility. What a treat! Join us at the next conference for senior level A&D industry leaders. http://speednews.com/

The crash of Lion Air Flight 610, a 737 MAX 8, started as a mystery. An Ethiopian Airlines 737-8 crash five months later...
05/14/2019
Timeline: Boeing 737 MAX Crisis | Aviation Week

The crash of Lion Air Flight 610, a 737 MAX 8, started as a mystery. An Ethiopian Airlines 737-8 crash five months later led to the MAX's worldwide grounding. See a timeline of the crisis, as reported by Aviation Week Network.

The crash of Lion Air Flight 610, a 737 MAX 8, started as a mystery. An Ethiopian Airlines 737-8 crash five months later led to the MAX's worldwide grounding.

SpaceX has packed 60 Starlink satellites into the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket for a trial operational run of its low Ea...
05/14/2019
SpaceX To Send 60 Broadband Sats To LEO

SpaceX has packed 60 Starlink satellites into the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket for a trial operational run of its low Earth orbit (LEO) broadband satellite network, targeted for May 15.

SpaceX has packed 60 Starlink satellites into the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket for a trial operational run of its low Earth orbit broadband satellite network.

Accurate data allows for an accurate assessment. Start trusting your aircraft valuation data by relying on Aircraft Blue...
05/14/2019

Accurate data allows for an accurate assessment. Start trusting your aircraft valuation data by relying on Aircraft Bluebook. Learn more now or visit us at booth #R107 during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. https://bit.ly/2WNbR6Y

The U.S. Air Force has described a possible new approach to rescuing downed pilots and wounded soldiers: Air-drop an aut...
05/14/2019
Autonomous, Air-dropped Vehicles Eyed For Rescue

The U.S. Air Force has described a possible new approach to rescuing downed pilots and wounded soldiers: Air-drop an autonomous aircraft to pick them up and fly them to safety.

The USAF has described a possible new approach to rescuing down pilots and wounded soldiers: Air-drop an autonomous aircraft to pick them up and fly them to safety.

According to operators, Piper Meridian is easy to fly, very reliable and relatively economical to operate.
05/14/2019
Piper Meridian: Cheapest High-Performance Single-Engine Turboprop

According to operators, Piper Meridian is easy to fly, very reliable and relatively economical to operate.

Piper's PA-46-500TP Meridian has been the lowest-priced pressurized, single-engine turboprop offered by an airframe manufacturer for nearly two decades.

From the search for wreckage after Lion Air Flight 610 crashed in October 2018 to today's news, follow Aviation Week's c...
05/14/2019

From the search for wreckage after Lion Air Flight 610 crashed in October 2018 to today's news, follow Aviation Week's coverage of the developing Boeing 737 MAX story. http://qoo.ly/xcdzg

The experience underscores the importance of pilots understanding severe runaway trim recovery procedures.
05/13/2019
Ethiopian MAX Crash Simulator Scenario Stuns Pilots

The experience underscores the importance of pilots understanding severe runaway trim recovery procedures.

A simulator session flown by a U.S.-based Boeing 737 MAX crew that mimicked a key portion of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 (ET302) accident sequence suggests that the Ethiopian crew faced a near-impossible task of getting their 737 MAX 8 back under control, and underscores the importance of pilo...

Almost halfway through 2019, cargo operators are now expressing much more pessimism about their business outlooks. http:...
05/13/2019
Clouds Loom On Cargo Horizon

Almost halfway through 2019, cargo operators are now expressing much more pessimism about their business outlooks. http://qoo.ly/xbv8t (🔒 for subscribers)

Demand is down 1.5% from last year in seasonally adjusted terms, according to IATA, while capacity is rising.

Turkish is cranking up development of its second and third indigenously developed medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE)...
05/13/2019
Turkey Calls For Greater Indigenous UAV Capability

Turkish is cranking up development of its second and third indigenously developed medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) platforms. http://qoo.ly/xbrgh(🔒 for subscribers)

Turkish industry is responding to local and export needs for longer-legged, more capable drones. Two twin-engine MALE UAVs are currently in development.

Digitizing the immense volumes of aircraft and component manuals, technical publications and illustrated part catalogues...
05/13/2019
One Solution for Distributing and Editing Technical Documentation

Digitizing the immense volumes of aircraft and component manuals, technical publications and illustrated part catalogues has certainly made maintenance easier. But what if engineers and mechanics have to go to different systems, learn different methods and language to work with the digital manuals of each airframe, engine or component manufacturer?

Flatirons says it has worked with the top 10 U.S. airlines and many other airlines and MROs on its applications to simplify technical documentation management and distribution.

Two weeks after a U.S. U-2 reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by Soviet air defenses on May 1, 1960, Aviation Week wa...
05/13/2019
When Aviation Week Fell For Lies About U-2 Crash In Russia (1960)

Two weeks after a U.S. U-2 reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by Soviet air defenses on May 1, 1960, Aviation Week was still buying the false line that the aircraft had not been taken out by a Russian missile but crashed after an engine failure.

Two weeks after a U.S. U-2 reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by Soviet air defenses on May 1, 1960, Aviation Week was still buying the false line that the aircraft had not been taken out by a Russian missile but crashed after an engine failure.

A contract signing by July would break a string of protracted negotiations between Lockheed and the Joint Program Office...
05/13/2019
Next F-35 Deal Expected Soon, But Multi-Year Strategy Shifts

A contract signing by July would break a string of protracted negotiations between Lockheed and the Joint Program Office over each annual production lot.

A contract signing by July would break a string of protracted negotiations between Lockheed and the Joint Program Office over each annual production lot.

As OneWeb’s first six satellites reach their operational orbits, a factory in Florida is stockpiling flight hardware a...
05/13/2019
OneWeb Gears Up To Produce Two Satellites Per Day

As OneWeb’s first six satellites reach their operational orbits, a factory in Florida is stockpiling flight hardware and fine-turning software, robotics and equipment to prepare for the start of spacecraft production (🔒 for subscribers).

Florida factory features robots to distribute parts kits and to move spacecraft through work sites and test chambers.

A simulator session that mimicked a key portion of Flight 302 accident sequence suggests the Ethiopian crew faced a near...
05/13/2019
Ethiopian MAX Crash Simulator Scenario Stuns Pilots

A simulator session that mimicked a key portion of Flight 302 accident sequence suggests the Ethiopian crew faced a near-impossible task of getting their 737 MAX 8 back under control.

A simulator session flown by a U.S.-based Boeing 737 MAX crew that mimicked a key portion of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 (ET302) accident sequence suggests that the Ethiopian crew faced a near-impossible task of getting their 737 MAX 8 back under control, and underscores the importance of pilo...

In U.S., China and Russia, the new priority among air forces is to usher a new generation of bombers through flight test...
05/10/2019
New Strategy Fuels Global Demand For More New Bombers

In U.S., China and Russia, the new priority among air forces is to usher a new generation of bombers through flight testing and into production as quickly as possible.

A new appreciation for large, long-range combat aircraft is reshaping global military fleets around a class of new stealth bombers.

When asked about potential 2019 headwinds, MRO executives ranked the rising cost of fuel as the second-to-last factor ou...
05/10/2019
Will Fuel Prices Be An Airline Profit Spoiler In 2019?

When asked about potential 2019 headwinds, MRO executives ranked the rising cost of fuel as the second-to-last factor out of 15 trends driving business conditions.

Analysts offer their outlooks on fuel prices and what effect there might be on airlines and aircraft orders.

Government regulatory boards grapple with establishing requirements to protect civilian infrastructure from rogue drone ...
05/10/2019
Regulatory Uncertainty Roils UK Response To Drone Threat

Government regulatory boards grapple with establishing requirements to protect civilian infrastructure from rogue drone incursions. The challenge will only become more acute as new generations of drone technology arrive in the consumer market. http://qoo.ly/xa4j3 🔒

Failure to get approval to jam drones during a planned UK demonstration, even after months of trying, illustrates challenges facing industry.

Rolls-Royce's lofty Test Bed 80 will be the company’s most capable indoor evaluation facility and, sized for engines o...
05/10/2019
Rolls' Test Site For 140,000-lb.-thrust On Track For UltraFan in 2021

Rolls-Royce's lofty Test Bed 80 will be the company’s most capable indoor evaluation facility and, sized for engines of up to 140,000 lb. thrust, a concrete testament to its belief in the promise of the next-generation UltraFan family. http://qoo.ly/xa3mq 🔒

Sized for the highest thrust turbofans yet imagined, Test Bed 80 marks a new generation of test facility with a 140,000-lb. thrust capacity.

There are almost 1,500 Bombardier CRJs still in service. But the future of the  aircraft and its aftermarket potential i...
05/10/2019
Fitting the CRJ Into A Restructured Bombardier

There are almost 1,500 Bombardier CRJs still in service. But the future of the aircraft and its aftermarket potential is unclear.

Bombardier plans to sell its aerostructures facilities in Belfast and Morocco, but what's not clear is what happens to the CRJ and its aftermarket potential.

Some 80,000 satellites are proposed to begin flying in low Earth orbit, but the talk at the Satellite 2019 was about whi...
05/10/2019
Podcast: Which LEO Constellations Will Survive?

Some 80,000 satellites are proposed to begin flying in low Earth orbit, but the talk at the Satellite 2019 was about which companies have the strongest leg up and which launch providers will take them to space. Listen in as our editors discuss.

Aviation Week editors discuss the events at Satellite 2019 in Washington, D.C. including which companies have the strongest leg up and which launch providers will take them to space.

The privatization of Paris airports owner and management company Groupe ADP could be a key step in the growth of large c...
05/10/2019
State Divestment Of Paris Airports May Be Boon For Airport Groups

The privatization of Paris airports owner and management company Groupe ADP could be a key step in the growth of large companies specializing in running airports on a global scale. http://qoo.ly/x9wth 🔒

As controversy continues about privatization of Paris’ airports, Vinci hopes its experience in airport operations will keep it at the front of the pack.

Thirty years after the Northrop Grumman B-2 became the last all-new bomber design worldwide to achieve a first flight, t...
05/10/2019
New Strategy Fuels Global Demand For More New Bombers

Thirty years after the Northrop Grumman B-2 became the last all-new bomber design worldwide to achieve a first flight, the 28th Bomb Wing has started preparing for the arrival of the first B-21 Raider within six years.

A new appreciation for large, long-range combat aircraft is reshaping global military fleets around a class of new stealth bombers.

Despite the conventional wisdom that high oil prices are bad for the world’s airlines, in general, they are not. Find ...
05/10/2019
Will Fuel Prices Be An Airline Profit Spoiler In 2019?

Despite the conventional wisdom that high oil prices are bad for the world’s airlines, in general, they are not. Find out why:

Analysts offer their outlooks on fuel prices and what effect there might be on airlines and aircraft orders.

Blue Origin's lunar lander is capable of soft-landing up to 6.5 metric tons on the surface of the Moon. The first test-f...
05/10/2019
Blue Origin Unveils Lunar Lander Mockup

Blue Origin's lunar lander is capable of soft-landing up to 6.5 metric tons on the surface of the Moon. The first test-firing is planned for this summer.

Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos has unveiled a full-scale mockup of a lunar lander capable of soft-landing up to 6.5 metric tons on the surface of the Moon.

Comac is building the first aircraft of the ARJ21 regional jet’s corporate version, intending to complete it next year...
05/09/2019
Meet The Comac Business Jet, An ARJ21 Version

Comac is building the first aircraft of the ARJ21 regional jet’s corporate version, intending to complete it next year as a demonstrator to show prospective customers. http://qoo.ly/x9hvi 🔒

The first ARJ21-based CBJ business jet will be a demonstrator. Comac is marketing it mainly in China.

Rolls-Royce plc is keeping to its original UltraFan future engine development plan and targeting a fast-paced series of ...
05/09/2019
UltraFan Testing Remains Key Focus For Rolls Despite NMA Withdrawal

Rolls-Royce plc is keeping to its original UltraFan future engine development plan and targeting a fast-paced series of tests through the remainder of 2019, despite its decision earlier this year to withdraw the geared-propulsion concept from Boeing’s new midmarket airplane (NMA) engine competition. http://qoo.ly/x9g4k 🔒

Demonstrator pace accelerates as Rolls hones technology for design of first geared large turbofan.

Learn how to automate and manage electrical compliance verification and reporting using model-based engineering in our l...
05/09/2019

Learn how to automate and manage electrical compliance verification and reporting using model-based engineering in our latest webinar. Register today: http://qoo.ly/x9es2

Despite the fact that Industry 4.0 technologies are likely to determine which companies will be frontrunners in the long...
05/09/2019
Opinion: A&D Is Out Of Alignment With Industry 4.0

Despite the fact that Industry 4.0 technologies are likely to determine which companies will be frontrunners in the long term, many companies today are not even in the race.

The aerospace industry’s ambitions for Industry 4.0 are not aligned with its efforts

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