Archive For July 29, 2011

Podcast – American’s Order – A Contrarian View

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The reaction to American’s recent fleet order was not positive from the financial analyst community. They have valid concerns regarding the firm’s financials.  But in typical fashion, MIT Researcher Bill Swelbar decided to take contrarian view and look at the order from a positive viewpoint. He provides his take on his blog.  Take a look…

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Resin Transfer Injection – A New Era in Composites?

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Resin Transfer Injection – A New Era in Composites?






Resin transfer injection (RTI) is about to join resin transfer molding and composite layup as a construction technique used for high volume production of aerospace components.  Bombardier’s Belfast operations in Northern Ireland (formerly Shorts) have patented this new technique that is being used to build the wings for the Learjet 85 and Bombardier CSeries.  AirInsight…

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Competing with 737RE and A320neo – The Outlook for Embraer and Bombardier

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Now that Boeing has elected to follow Airbus and proceed with the re-engining route for its single aisle jet, the 737, Bombardier and Embraer have clarity from which to make decisions. For Embraer, which has been waiting for Boeing to move, its decision revolves around whether to enhance the current E-Jet line or proceed with…

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737RE Survey Results

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737RE Survey Results






As the chart illustrates, the survey has pretty much run its course. As of this writing, we have 233 responses. Recognizing this is not a scientific survey we also need to accept the responses come from a primarily qualified audience given this site’s traffic sources. So we would tend to consider these results as worthy…

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About those ticket taxes

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Two senators wrote to Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines and chairman of the Air Transport Association. The letter addresses the ticket taxes which airlines are still collecting even though the partial shutdown means the government is not collecting that money. “Although this policy may increase your bottom line in the short term, we…

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Kestrel Chooses Honeywell for New Turboprop

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Kestrel Chooses Honeywell for New Turboprop






Kestrel Aircraft has chosen the Honeywell TPE 331-14 engine for its new turboprop aircraft currently under development.  Kestrel is headed by Alan Klapmeier, former CEO and founder of Cirrus Design. For this application, Kestrel will utilize a version of the engine de-rated from the normal 1,760 shp to only 1,000.  This should provide wide margins…

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