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IN-FLIGHT CONNECTIVITY RETROFITS
Monday, October 16, 2017
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Source: Gogo


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NEWTOWN, Conn. - Gogo recently announced AVANCE L5 was selected for production on Falcon and Embraer airframes. The service offers live streaming video and audio, on-demand movies, and use of personal smartphones. Dassault will offer the technology on new production Falcon 2000S, 2000LXS, 900LX, 5X, 7X, and 8X airframes. AVANCE L5 will also be available for installation at Dassault-owned service centers.

The first Falcon Jet equipped with the system will be delivered later this year. AVANCE L5 will be available on Legacy 450 and 500 business jets starting in the first quarter of 2018.

Reliable, high-speed, cheap WiFi has shifted to a necessity for many airline passengers. As line-fit installation of WiFi increases in the coming years, charter operators and airlines without high speed, reliable WiFi, will be forced to make retrofits in order to meet customer demand and match competitors.

WiFi retrofits will see strong demand for the foreseeable future, as many world airlines are not yet connected. More than 80 percent of European aircraft are not yet connected, and more than 90 percent of Asia-Pacific and Chinese aircraft are not connected.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: October 16, 2017
Author: M. Beres, Analyst 
Posted: 10/16/2017

 
 
P&W TESTS NEXT-GEN PURE POWER GEARED TURBOFAN TECHNOLOGY AS PART OF FAA SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM
Thursday, October 12, 2017
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Source: Pratt & Whitney


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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., recently completed more than 175 hours of ground testing of a next-generation Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine propulsor technology as part of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) program, an FAA NextGen initiative to accelerate the development of environmentally-friendly aircraft technologies. The full-scale test, conducted in West Palm Beach, Fla., marks 10 years since Pratt & Whitney first successfully demonstrated the GTF, a revolutionary new engine that delivers 16 percent better fuel efficiency, 50 percent lower nitrogen oxide emissions to the regulatory standard and a 75 percent smaller noise footprint.

This advancement builds on the completion of 275 hours of fan rig testing of the technology in 2014 and 2015. The demonstrator used an existing development engine from a certified Geared TurboFan product to validate the performance capability of a second-generation, ultra-high bypass fan design. The engine successfully operated in a design space never before demonstrated with significantly fewer lower-pressure ratio blades than the current production engine, and a shorter duct inlet. The rig and engine tests are expected to demonstrate a suite of technologies that will help reduce fuel burn by an additional 2 percent.

A key element in the technology maturation is the development and application of highly-integrated United Technologies Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools, which provide accurate predictions and design guidance to enable rig-to-engine scalability and optimized performance. A comprehensive aerodynamic, aeromechanical and acoustic test program showed the technology contributing significantly to meeting FAA CLEEN program goals, demonstrating again UTC's leadership in technology and manufacturing.

"The success of this ground test is an important step in taking our Geared Turbofan engine technology to the next level," said Alan Epstein, vice president of Technology and Environment for Pratt & Whitney. "We are working to make sure the next generation GTF engine - already a game-changer - remains on the cutting edge of performance and sustainability."

Pratt & Whitney continues to advance the compressor and turbine technology in collaboration with the FAA as part of the CLEEN II program, a follow-on program that develops and demonstrates aircraft technology and alternative jet fuels.

The CLEEN program is an FAA initiative to accelerate the development of environmentally friendly aircraft technologies. The program is part of the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) strategy and focuses on the reduction of aircraft noise, emissions and fuel burn. For more information on the CLEEN program, visit the FAA.

Source:  Pratt & Whitney
Associated URL: pratt-whitney.com
Source Date: October 12, 2017
Posted: 10/16/2017

 
 
SEPANG AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING NOW A FULLY OWNED AIRBUS SUBSIDIARY
Thursday, October 12, 2017
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TOULOUSE, France - Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE), an MRO center based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, partially owned by Airbus since 2011, has become a fully owned Airbus subsidiary, following the acquisition by Airbus of its remaining shares.

With this acquisition, SAE becomes an integral part of the Airbus Customer Services network and is set to represent a key element of Services by Airbus’ growth strategy in the dynamic Asia Pacific market.

"Since its creation in 2007, SAE has established a strong reputation in the MRO market for on-time and reliable service," said Laurent Martinez, Head of Services by Airbus. "Our ambition is for SAE to be a leading MRO in the region by becoming an innovation flagship for servicing Airbus commercial aircraft."

As recently as September 2017, SAE celebrated the opening of a second hangar to deal with increasing demand. The MRO now has a combined floor area of some 50,000 square metres. The first hangar can accommodate up to six single-aisle aircraft or two widebody aircraft, while the second hangar can accommodate two A320 aircraft at any time for major maintenance checks. It also features Malaysia’s first eco-friendly closed-door dedicated paint bay, as well as state-of-the-art workshops for the repair and overhaul of a wide range of aircraft components, including hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

In addition to its commercial aircraft activities, SAE provides spare parts and technical support services to the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s fleet of A400M military airlifters. The facility also houses a major regional inventory of spare parts for Airbus single-aisle and wide-body aircraft for airlines that have selected the Airbus Flight Hour Services (FHS) total support package for their fleets.

SAE employs some 500 people. Its customers include the AirAsia Group, Cebu Pacific, Indigo, Jetstar Asia, Scoot, Malindo Air, MASWings, and VietJet Air.

Apart from SAE, Airbus Customer Services already has a strong footprint in the region - particularly in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. In Singapore, Airbus’ Customer Services Asia Pacific base includes: FHS-TSP; Flight Ops Support; the Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC) joint venture with Singapore Airlines; HMS Services MRO joint venture with SIAEC; and the regional Service Centre for Airbus spare parts subsidiary Satair Group. Meanwhile in Thailand, Bangkok, Airbus hosts Asia Pacific Airbus Flight Operation Services. In Malaysia, customers benefit from the Airbus Malaysia Customer Services for Engineering Support, FHS Customer Order Desk and FHS Supplier Management - located in Kuala Lumpur.

Source:  Airbus
Associated URL: airbus.com
Source Date: October 12, 2017
Posted: 10/13/2017

 

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