Archive For July 28, 2010

A future without fuel?

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The world is seeing radical series of tests in flight to find alternatives to fossil fuels.  So much of an airline’s costs are fuel driven, you can expect to see these tests monitored closely.  The USAF is deep into its own bio-fuels tests and pleased so far.  EADS is doing equally important tests with bio-fuels. …

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Farnborough-post mortem

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The Farnborough Air Show largely exceeded expectations, with Airbus and Boeing announcing more orders than anticipated. As always, there were a number of orders announced that had been previously booked but unidentified. Still, the Big Two OEMs came away with more orders than anticipated and the mood of these OEMs was particularly upbeat. Embraer turned…

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The Future by Airbus

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The Future by Airbus






For those of you who haven’t yet seen The Future by Airbus, a download of their 14 page PDF presentation is available here: The Future by Airbus.  One example future concept, with a U-Shaped tail, is shown below. Looking ahead 40 years is always interesting.  The one thing for certain – our technologies will be…

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No CSeries Orders at Farnborough – No Need for Panic

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No CSeries Orders at Farnborough – No Need for Panic






I published an analysis on the lack of CSeries orders at Farnborough on GLGNews today, and have added graphical data to that article for our Air Insight blog readers.  As posted before the show on this blog, Air Insight did not expect orders for the CSeries at Farnborough, which turned out to be correct.  In…

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Farnborough – Day Four

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Farnborough – Day Four






The show closed today and a clearly exhausted Scott Hamilton shares his assessment of the show’s news. The orders were a lot bigger than anyone expected. Airbus’ John Leahy declared the recession over – and he has good reason to feel that way, as his recession is clearly over. For many others this is manifestly…

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Aluminum Alloys to Challenge Composites?

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Aluminum manufacturer Alcan, a division of Rio Tinto PLC, has announced new aluminum alloys under the brand name AirWare that are lighter in weight and can compete with carbon fiber composite materials.  With composites gaining a significant share of the aerospace market, especially with new programs like the Boeing 787, the aluminum industry has begun…

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