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Aerospace is a technology-heavy business.  But the pace of technology change is accelerating.  Consider just 15 years ago that composites were too expensive and unproven for aircraft structural applications, large geared turbofans were a lab experiment, hybrid cars were new, flip phones were state of the art, and the hard drive on my computer had less storage than my USB thumb drive today.  And technology continues to accelerate at a faster pace.

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GE has been at the forefront of additive manufacturing for a while.  Though not alone in seeing the benfits from this technology, GE is touting an interesting example of what this means.  They explain that their new ATP has 855 parts eliminated because of additive manufacturing.

To date Textron has been the only OEM to select this engine for their forthcoming Cessna Denali, which is aimed at the Pilatus PC-12.  There had been rumors that Textron might have another announcement at NBAA but this did not happen. Continue reading

Bombardier announced that its 2016 C Series deliver schedule will be delayed, while citing the statistics from the first two aircraft in service with Swiss.  The good news is that the two CS100 aircraft in service with SWISS have collectively flown nearly 400 revenue flights, and accumulated nearly 600 flight hours.   The bad news is that Bombardier stated engine delivery delays will cause delivery reductions from a planned 15 to only 7 aircraft in 2016.  Since the OEMs are paid their final installment on delivery of aircraft, it impacts revenues and cash flow. The company will deliver the third CS100 to SWISS next month and deliver the first CS300 to airBaltic in the fourth quarter.

The supply chain is under stress.  During the UTC media day event prior to the Farnborough airshow,  P&W pointed out their greatest concern was parts supply and the supply chain.  At that time, one official noted that P&W and CFM… Continue reading

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