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Marc St-Hilaire, Vice President, Technology and Innovation, CAE provided an interesting speech on “VIRTUAL AND SYNTHETIC TRAINING : TOMORROW’S NEW SIMULATION FOR A MORE EFFICIENT AEROSPACE INDUSTRY”.

Bombardier just released this: Delta orders up to 125 C Series aircraft – Largest C Series order yet

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Bombardier also announced today that Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Delta) has placed a firm order for 75 CS100 aircraft with options for an additional 50 CS100 aircraft. Based on the list price, the firm order is valued at approximately $5.6bn. Deliveries of the state-of-the-art aircraft to Delta are scheduled to begin in 2018. As a result of this order, the program is expected to enter into service with a backlog of more than 300 aircraft or up to 800 aircraft including all options and commitments. The other agreements consist of conditional orders, letters of intent, options and purchase rights.

The fact that the order is for CS100 will have many looking for details.  Of the 250 backlog now, CS100 is 21.2% of the business. Post the Delta… Continue reading

There has been a steady flow of news about A320neo program delivery delays.  So far, these have all been directed at the P&W GTF engine.  P&W has explained to us that the issue is minor and a fix is being implemented.  A number of GTF powered neos have been delivered and are, as far as we know, doing what they are meant to do.

Then yesterday, Reuters reported news about the hydraulics.  This is an Airbus issue, not an engine issue.  As one can see from the linked story, the source of the compliant is a familiar one.

Then Reuters added that the LEAP engine is also being modified. We contacted Reuters to ask about this and were told that CFM provided an explanation that it is re-blading the LPC which may or may not be related to an issue found in tests (CFM… Continue reading

It is not commonly known that Montreal, Quebec is the world’s third largest commercial aerospace hub after Toulouse and Seattle.  The names of companies based in the Montreal region are obviously Bombardier, but also CAE, Bell Helicopter, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Liebherr among others.

This week Aero Montreal is hosting an event to showcase the region’s impressive aerospace industry.  A look at the group’s leadership is evidence of the deep industry connections within the region.  The location of so much of the industry within the Montreal region serves to boost many other aspects of the community – for example the industry creates a strong demand for skilled workers that require cutting edge education.  This ranges from exotic materials and additive manufacturing to exploring new innovations.

Today we attended a session titled “The Future of Flying: Electric Aircraft and Aerostructures”.  The panelists included people Liebherr,… Continue reading

At the Russian Zhukovsky test center, the new PD-14 engine has been placed on their IL-78 test bed for flight tests.  This is the engine to be used on the IRKUT MC-21.  The test bed records 1,066 flight parameters of the engine and its systems.

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Here is a closeup of the engine showing off its 1.9M fan. Note the sensors taped to the inlet.

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The MC-21 will also offer a version of the P&W GTF (PW1428G & PW1430G).

St.Helena now has a real airport that can handle passenger aircraft. It’s rare in the western world to see a new airport like this open. The island used to depend on a mail ship (those of you from the colonies know what this means) so having air service is a big thing. For readers who like the idea of traveling someplace different, St. Helena should be added to your bucket list. Note you will need to fly way south to Johannesburg to fly north to the island. Continue reading

An old Chinese saying goes “Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still”.   Perhaps these words help Chinese aerospace managers deal with more delay news.

The next generation engines are rapidly approaching competitive flight operations – what’s the engine score?  The Pratt & Whitney GTF is already flying for Lufthansa and IndiGo on their A320neos.   The CFM LEAP is rapidly building hours on the Airbus neo fleet and will soon also be operating in customer fleets – the first two operational engines were delivered to Airbus two days ahead of schedule.  The Boeing MAX flight test program is rumored to be running ahead of schedule and should be in service no later than early next year.

These two engine programs may be the largest seen to date in the industry.  Production ramp up is going to be tough for both engine OEMs.  Take a look at the current score. Continue reading

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