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September 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014
Military Aviation

Defense News

F-22 Continuing Operations in Syria

The kid gloves appear to be fully removed from the F-22 Raptor, with a U.S. Air Force general indicating Monday that the fifth-generation fighter will be available for future operations over Syria for the foreseeable future. See more

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Airbus Seeks 15,000 A320neo Sales in 20 Years to Lower Fuel

Airbus said it aims to sell about 15,000 A320neo planes over the next 20 years as customers look to replace existing single-aisle airliners with a model that promises 20 percent more fuel efficiency. See more

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Retuers

Airbus Conducts Maiden Flight of Hot-Selling A320neo

Airbus predicted more jetliner sales and said it was confident in the performance of a new Pratt & Whitney engine as it prepared the first flight of a revamped version of its best-selling A320 airliner on Thursday. See more

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Military Aviation

United Press International

Lockheed, Pratt & Whitney Praise Korean Acquisition of F-35 Fighters

Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney have praised South Korea's decision to procure 40 F-35 Lightning II aircraft through the Foreign Military Sales program. See more

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Military Aviation

Defense News

F-35 'On Track' for Carrier Tests in November

The F-35 joint strike fighter is on track to conduct trials aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier in November, but there are still variables as to what may be tested, the program's top official said today. See more

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Military Aviation

Reuters

F-35 Jet Combat Ready Next Year Despite Engine Fix - Lockheed

Lockheed Martin expects the cost of the F-35 fighter jet to drop to its target level by 2019 and still sees the first version of the aircraft combat ready by mid-2015, despite an engine fire which still needs a fix, the firm said on Thursday. See more

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Government News

National Defense Magazine

Sen. Levin: Military Should Not Give Up on Sequestration

There is no chance that Congress will repeal sequestration before he retires, but Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., insists that lawmakers might find a way to relieve the military and civilian agencies from automatic budget cuts next year. See more

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Government News

Defense News

Sen. Levin: 'We're Gonna Have an Authorization Bill'

A key U.S. senator believes Congress will pass a Pentagon policy bill this year, but he cast further doubt on the upper chamber ever taking up its own version of the legislation. See more

Monday, September 22, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus, Boeing Spar Over Jet Production Strategy

Airbus and Boeing clashed over jet production on Monday, with the European planemaker questioning the viability of its rival's proposals to hike output and Boeing insisting it will only build the number of jets that its buyers and suppliers can handle. See more

Monday, September 22, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

Bombardier Keeps CSeries on Target Despite Grounding

Bombardier is confident the CSeries is back on track for service entry next year, following its return to the air earlier this month. See more

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Special Topics

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Higher Aluminum Prices Help Alcoa

One of Alcoa's biggest initiatives in recent years has been shuttering outdated, inefficient smelters and focusing on more lucrative downstream markets like aerospace and automotive. See more

Friday, September 19, 2014
Government News

Defense News

Pentagon Unveils Draft of New R&D Strategy; Waits for Industry, Hill To Weigh In

The Pentagon's top weapons buyer formally released a draft of his proposed new guidance for acquisition reform this morning, calling for a renewed focus on research and innovation to maintain the increasingly tenuous lead that the U.S. holds in military technology over its adversaries. See more

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Military Aviation

Reuters

Lockheed Eyes 2-4 Percent Cost Reduction in Next F-35 Contract

Lockheed Martin is close to signing a roughly $4 billion deal with the U.S. Defense Department for 43 more F-35 fighter jets that will lower the cost of the jet's airframe by 2 to 4 percent, sources familiar with the program said. See more

July 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Pratt, Alcoa Pioneer Use of Aluminum Fan Blades

Pratt & Whitney and Alcoa recently have revealed that the fan blades of the PW1000G family of geared turbofans will consist mainly of aluminum alloy–an industry first. See more

Monday, July 28, 2014
Military Aviation

Armed Forces Press Service

Kendall: F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone

The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said Saturday. See more

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Defense News

Interview with Bennett Croswell, President of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines

Defense News interviewed Bennett Croswell, the man in charge of Pratt's military engine division, at the start of the Farnborough International Airshow, before details of the engine fire were made public. See more

Friday, July 25, 2014
Government News

Defense News

Senate's Top Republican Appropriator Doubts 2015 Defense Bill Reaches Floor

Can the US Senate put aside a years-long procedural impasse and pass a Pentagon spending bill? The top Republican on the Appropriations Committee has his doubts. See more

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Engineering

Voice of America

Airbus Adds Metal 3-D-Printed Parts to New Jets

By the end of this year, European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus plans to deliver the first of its new, extra-wide-body passenger jets, the A350-XWB. See more

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Special Topics

Aviation Maintenance Magazine

The MRO Inflection Point

Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) is a $60 billion business and growing and right now the industry is at an inflection point. See more

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Commercial Aviation

CNET News

Want Major New Aircraft Designs? Wait Until 2030

Over the last century, the aviation industry has steadily pushed ahead with bold new designs. See more

Friday, July 18, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Seattle Times

The Core of Commercial Aviation Innovation for the Next Decade: The Engine Makers

With Airbus and Boeing both determined to pursue "incremental" development of their current airplanes for at least the next decade, the advances from one generation of airplanes to the next depend crucially upon innovation from the big three engine-makers. See more

Friday, July 18, 2014
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Forbes

No Pain, No Gain: Pratt & Whitney's F135 Engine Still Looks Like A Winner

The 2014 Farnborough International Airshow probably isn't going to be remembered fondly at Pratt & Whitney, the aircraft-engine unit of industrial powerhouse United Technologies. See more

June 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014
Engineering

Inside 3DP

13 Universities Investing Heavily in 3D Printing

In April 2013, the Pratt & Whitney Additive Manufacturing Center at UConn was born. See more

Monday, June 16, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Leeham News

PW works toward 10% fuel efficiency gain for 2020's GTF

With the Airbus A320neo expected to enter flight testing this fall, equipped with the Pratt & Whitney P1000G Geared TurboFan and the Bombardier CSeries, also with the GTF, already in testing, P&W is already engaged in research to improve fuel efficiency by up to 10% by the middle of the next decade. See more

Friday, June 13, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation Week

Trends Suggest Solid Aftermarket Prospects For Pratt & Whitney

Rising fleet utilization, a soon-to-be growing installed base and a bigger share of engines under long-term maintenance agreements has Pratt & Whitney bullish on its aftermarket outlook, UTC CEO Louis Chênevert says. See more

Friday, June 13, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

Airbus upbeat on A320neo test progress

Airbus has achieved test instrumentation power-on for its first A320neo, and is conducting load calibration of the aircraft while its Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines undergo podding. See more

Friday, June 13, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Boeing Wins Biggest Ever Order From a Chinese Airline

Boeing Co. won its biggest order from a Chinese carrier as China Eastern Airlines Corp. (670) agreed to buy 80 737 jets valued at $7.4 billion. See more

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Airbus Sees Profit Focus as Upgrades Supplant New Models

Airbus Chief Executive Officer Fabrice Bregier said he's focused on profitability as he embarks on an extended period of improving existing planes instead of new models that have consumed billions in development. See more

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon sees progress on F-35 jet; software still a concern

Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet is making steady progress but needs further work to accelerate software development, increase reliability and lower the cost of operating and maintaining the new warplanes, the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer said on Thursday. See more

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Special Topics

Iowa Farmer Today

Aviation biofuel takes flight

After years of research, biofuels in the aviation industry are almost ready for take off. See more

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Government News

DoD Buzz

House Appropriators Add More F-35s for 2015

A U.S. House of Representatives committee has voted to add more funding for the F-35 fighter jet program in fiscal 2015. See more

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Special Topics

The Engineer

Nine things we learned at The Engineer conference 2014

From curious technical challenges to the mega-trends shaping industry's future, delegates to The Engineer Conference 2014 left with plenty to think about. Here are nine things that jumped out at us. See more

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Military Aviation

National Defense Magazine

International F-35 Sales Set to Ramp Up, Bring Down Per-Jet Price

By the end of summer, Lockheed Martin will have sealed a deal with the Defense Department for 43 more joint strike fighters, a contract that along with burgeoning international sales should bring the per-jet price down to levels that have long been promised but never delivered, the company's JSF program chief said June 9. See more

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Government News

Defense News

House Panel Approves Massive Pentagon Spending Bill

A US House panel on Tuesday approved $570 billion in Pentagon spending for 2015, but became the first committee to support retiring the A-10 fleet. See more

Monday, June 9, 2014
Top Stories, Commercial Aviation

Hartford Business Journal

Pratt seeks to be commercial engine leader for generations

Now that Pratt & Whitney has come roaring back into the commercial airline engine business with its PurePower series, the East Hartford aerospace manufacturer plans to stay on the leading edge of the industry for decades to come, the firm's new president said. See more

Friday, June 6, 2014
Top Stories

Manufacturing Engineering

3D Printing Builds Up its Manufacturing Resume

The additive manufacturing revolution is in full stride, flying in aircraft and giving manufacturers a robust tool for design and production. See more

Monday, June 2, 2014
Top Stories

Fortune

How United Technologies became a top gun

The ultra-profitable industrial giant has made a bundle outfitting skyscrapers in China. Now it’s shaking up the world of aviation. See more

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Top Stories, Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Pratt attacks costs in ramp-up to make new jet engine

Pratt & Whitney is working to preserve profit margins as it gears up production of a highly efficient new jet engine for planes such as the Airbus A320neo, coming out next year, the company's president said. See more

May 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014
Top Stories

CBIA

Pratt Exec: Aerospace Taking Off, Manufacturers Must Get on Board

The nation’s aerospace industry is taking off and Pratt & Whitney wants to make sure that as many Connecticut manufacturers as possible go along for the ride—if they can meet very high standards. See more

Friday, May 30, 2014
Engineering

Flight International

What is the future for 3D printing in aerospace?

Will the F-35B land vertically at the Royal International Air Tattoo or the Farnborough Air Show? No. Will it hover? Yes. See more

Friday, May 30, 2014
Military Aviation

Breaking Defense

F-35B Will Fly, Hover, Not Land Vertically At RIAT, Farnborough

Will the F-35B land vertically at the Royal International Air Tattoo or the Farnborough Air Show? No. Will it hover? Yes. See more

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Engineering

Leeham News

Pratt & Whitney's lean, additive manufacturing

Airframe manufacturers have long been transitioning to Lean Manufacturing, improving efficiency, increasing production rates, going to robotics and just-in-time supply chains. See more

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Aviation Today

P&WC Updates Progress on PT6, PW200 Series Engines

During a media briefing at Pratt & Whitney's headquarters where President Paul Adams and other executives reflected on the state of the aviation industry, Rotor & Wing had a chance to interview Richard Dussault, vice president of marketing for Pratt & Whitney Canada. See more

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Pratt Sees 'Winning Conditions' for NGRT Launch

While ATR and Bombardier continue to vacillate over plans to introduce a new 90-seat turboprop, Pratt & Whitney Canada keeps moving forward with an engine it believes will deliver a 20-percent fuel burn improvement over existing engines in the 5,000- to 7,000-shp range by the turn of the decade. See more

Monday, May 26, 2014
Top Stories

Hartford Business Journal

Pratt succession plans rely on engineers, experience

In the five months since Paul Adams took over as president of East Hartford aerospace manufacturer Pratt and Whitney, he said he has encountered exactly zero surprises. See more

Friday, May 23, 2014
Engineering

Flight International

Three 'miracles' required for mainstream electric-powered aircraft, says P&W

Though electric aircraft technology continues to improve, an engineer at Pratt & Whitney says the technology must make revolutionary leaps before being applicable to commercial or military aircraft. See more

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Military Aviation

AirInsight

Beyond the GTF – Transformational Change at Pratt & Whitney

The mood at Pratt & Whitney is more optimistic today than we've seen it in several years. See more

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Military Aviation

Jane's

Pratt continues AETD design work, preps for 2016 testing

United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney military engines unit is working on the final two years of design work on the Pentagon's Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) programme, according to the company official who oversees the company's sixth-generation engine work. See more

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Military Aviation

Jane's

Pratt to ramp up KC-46A engine production

United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney military engines unit is preparing to increase production of a PW4000 commercial derivative for the US Air Force's (USAF's) Boeing KC-46A aerial refuelling tanker at its Hartford, Connecticut factory. See more

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Military Aviation

DVIDS

F-35B performs first East Coast public demonstration

The F-35B Lightning II made its East Coast performing debut May 16 – 18 during the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point "Inspiration to Innovation" Air Show. See more

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Hartford Courant

5,500 And Counting: Pratt Orders Soar For Geared Turbofan Engine

Orders for Pratt & Whitney's commercial geared turbofan engine have topped 5,500, the company's president said Tuesday. See more

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Reuters

Pratt & Whitney secures more than 5,500 orders for new engine

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, has secured more than 5,500 orders for its closely watched geared turbofan engine for commercial jets, its top executive said on Tuesday. See more

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Associated Press

Pratt & Whitney cites strong jet engine backlog

The investment by United Technologies Corp. in its energy-efficient, quieter jet engines is paying off with a sizable order backlog for Pratt & Whitney, the subsidiary's president said Tuesday. See more

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Pratt & Whitney signs $10 bln in supply agreements for engine ramp

Engine maker Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, said on Tuesday that it had signed more than $10 billion in long-term supply agreements in the past year as it prepares for an increase in commercial and military production. See more

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

Pratt & Whitney increases thrust on PurePower geared turbofan

Pratt & Whitney is developing a PurePower geared turbofan engine with a higher thrust of up to 35,000lb, the company announced. See more

Monday, May 19, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Leeham News

Next gen GTF to cut fuel costs 10%-15% over today's GTF

The Technology Panel at the Pratt & Whitney media days included Alan Epstein, moderator, chief technologist Michael Winter, Graham Webb and Jimmy Kenyon. The following was paraphrased by Scott Hamilton of Leeham News. See more

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

MRJ gears up for static strength tests

Mitsubishi Aircraft has rolled out the first ground test aircraft for its MRJ regional jet programme, as it prepares to start static strength tests. See more

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Government News

Defense News

Hagel Urges Congress Not to Alter Defense Budget Proposal

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged Congress on Tuesday to give the Pentagon "flexibility" in its fiscal 2015 budget proposal one day after the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee proposed shifting billions of dollars to fund major weapons programs and undo Defense Department reform initiatives. See more

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Military Aviation

Bloomberg

Bomber-Plane Budget by U.S. Air Force Projected to Double

The U.S. Air Force projects that its annual spending on long-range bombers will almost double after 2019 as it seeks a new stealth aircraft that may pit Northrop Grumman Corp. against a joint bid from Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. See more

Monday, May 5, 2014
Government News

Defense News

McKeon Wants DoD to Redo QDR

The chairman of the US House Armed Services Committee has drafted legislation that would require the Defense Department to re-write a major military strategy review that was sent to Congress in March. See more

Monday, May 5, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Leeham News

CSeries FTV 4 to launch this month with PW GTF testing focus

Bombardier's CSeries flight testing has now passed the 100 flight mark, with three Fight Test Vehicles (FTVs) in the program. See more

Friday, May 2, 2014
Military Aviation

United Press International

Navy readies X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle for new sea tests

Northrop Grumman's X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle is undergoing shore-based testing prior to its embarkation on an aircraft carrier this summer, the U.S. Navy has announced. See more

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

CSeries clears flight envelope extremes for speed, altitude

The CSeries test fleet has now cleared the altitude and speed extremes of the flight envelope, Bombardier announced in a quarterly earnings statement issued on 1 May. See more

April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Engineering

TechRadar.com

3D printing is a 'seismic' opportunity for aerospace and defence sectors

The arrival of parts produced using 3D printing technology, which can be used to fix a live issue with in-service planes, could cause a seismic shift across the aerospace supply chain. See more

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Military Aviation

Defense Update

International Debut for F-35 at Farnborough, Air Tattoo in July

The F-35 Lightning II aircraft will make its international debut in July this summer, the British Defence Secretary has announced. See more

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Government News

Defense News

If DoD Spending Levels Remain, $66B Modernization Cut Would Follow

The Pentagon's planned five-year spending plan for procurement and research-and-development projects, set forth in its 2015 budget proposal, would be cut by $66 billion if US federal spending caps remain in place, according to a new Defense Department report. See more

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Military Aviation

Flight International

X-47B conducts night flight, named Collier Trophy winner

A Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned air vehicle completed the type's first night flight on 10 April – the same day the UAV's development team won the Robert J Collier Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association. See more

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Embraer's Biggest Jets Nibble at Boeing-Airbus Duopoly

Embraer SA is stretching its newest, largest regional jets in a bet that it can nudge its way into the narrow-body airliner market dominated by Boeing Co. and Airbus Group NV. See more

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Engineering

Aviation Week

Pratt Predicts Additive Manufacturing In Every Shop

Pratt & Whitney's president of aftermarket, Matthew Bromberg, predicts that maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) shops in the future will "print" the parts they need with additive manufacturing technologies, speeding up repair tasks and reducing stored inventory. See more

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Engineering

Aviation Week

Additive Manufacturing: The Next Big Thing, But How Big?

The tantalizing but complex topic of additive manufacturing – the production of parts built layer by layer -- was in focus as Day 2 of Aviation Week's MRO Americas conference opened in Phoenix on April 9. See more

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Military Aviation

Reuters

Pentagon sees deal with Lockheed, Pratt on next F-35 lot by end May

The U.S. Air Force general who runs the F-35 fighter jet program for the Pentagon said he expected to reach agreements with both Lockheed Martin Corp and engine-maker Pratt & Whitney by the end of May for the next order of fighter planes. See more

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Aviation International News

Bombardier: CSeries Outsells in Its Segment

Rebuffing descriptions of the CSeries' sales performance as "sluggish," Bombardier says it welcomes comparisons between its airplane and those that Boeing and Airbus offer in the 100- to 149-seat market segment. See more

Monday, April 7, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Air Transport World

Boeing leads Airbus in first-quarter orders and deliveries

Boeing is outpacing rival Airbus in orders for 2014, logging 275 gross aircraft orders in contrast to Airbus' 158 during the first three months of the year. See more

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Engineering, Top Stories

The Manufacturer

Additive manufacturing is taking hold in aerospace sector

P&W has used this technology to make more than 100,000 parts and prototypes; including casting patterns, tooling, and test rig hardware. More than 2,000 additive manufactured metal prototypes have been made to support developmental engine programs. See more

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Government News

Defense News

DoD Sends Congress $36B Wish List, But Passage Unlikely

The US military services have sent Congress wish lists that include $36 billion in priority items that were not included in the Pentagon's 2015 budget proposal. See more

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Top Stories

Forbes

Discipline And Imagination: How United Technologies Chairman Louis Chênevert Keeps His Powerhouse Humming

UTC has managed to stay on the leading edge of innovation in building and aerospace technologies without abandoning the place where it was born, without oppressing workers, and without cutting corners on matters of vital public concern such as environmental compliance. See more

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Commercial Aviation

AirInsight

Flight Test Updates

Here is the latest data from each of the three flight test programs through March. See more

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Special Topics

Aviation Business

Aviation safety performance for 2013 better than average

IATA has released the safety performance numbers for last year, showing that there were 210 fatalities from commercial aviation accidents in 2013, reduced from 414 in 2012. See more

March 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Engineering

Hartford Courant

From UTC Research, A Glimpse Of Future Innovations

In a small lab at the United Technologies Research Center, an air-powered gun shoots grains of metal at four times the speed of sound. See more

February 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

China Eastern Buys $6.4 Billion Airbus A320 Neo Aircraft

China Eastern Airlines Corp., the nation's third-largest airline, ordered $6.4 billion of single-aisle planes from Airbus Group NV (AIR) to meet demand in a country set to become the world's biggest aircraft market. See more

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Military Aviation

Reuters

Turkey likely to order Lockheed F-35 fighters in 2015

Turkey is likely to start ordering F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp from 2015 onwards and it will start with two orders initially, Turkey's undersecretary for state-run defence industries Murad Bayar said on Thursday. See more

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Top Stories

Reuters

United Technologies to build new Pratt HQ in Connecticut

United Technologies Corp will build a new headquarters for its Pratt & Whitney jet engine division in Connecticut as part of a commitment to keep operations in the state, Governor Dannel Malloy's office said on Wednesday. See more

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Boeing vs. Airbus: The Battle to Build Planes

XLR-8 Chairman and CEO Robert Nardelli discusses the competition between Airbus and Boeing on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance." See more

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Forbes

Boeing's Huge Commercial Airplanes Backlog Will Feed Its Growth In The Coming Years

Boeing's revenues and earnings are set to grow in 2014 as it delivers more airplanes to airlines on the back of its highest backlog in years. See more

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Rolls-Royce Unveils Engine for Future Boeing, Airbus Planes

Rolls-Royce Holdings, the world's No. 2 commercial jet-engine maker, will pursue geared turbofan technology championed by rival Pratt & Whitney as it seeks to power future Boeing Co. and Airbus Group NV aircraft. See more

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Airbus Predicts Profit Gain as It Boosts A320 Jet Production

Airbus Group NV (AIR) said profit rose 21 percent last year and predicted further growth in 2014 as it lifts production of the best-selling A320 single-aisle jet. See more

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Government News

Wall Street Journal

Pentagon Engine Plan Aims to Preserve Industrial Base

The Pentagon has responded to concerns that defense cuts could harm the U.S. military-industrial base by proposing support that could aid two unlikely beneficiaries: General Electric Co. GE and United Technologies Corp. See more

Monday, February 24, 2014
Government News, Military Aviation

Air Force Times

Pentagon, Air Force doubles down on engine technology

In his preview of the Pentagon's 2015 budget request, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel made a clear statement that the Air Force plans to invest heavily in new engine technology. See more

Monday, February 24, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation International News

Pratt & Whitney, CFM Dispute Heat Claims Ahead of A320neo First Flight

As CFM International and Pratt & Whitney progress toward the entry into service of their competing engines on the Airbus A320neo, the rival powerplant makers are at odds over which engine will deliver the best performance in terms of turbine temperatures. See more

January 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Bloomberg

Ethiopian Air Seeks Fleet Upgrade as It Studies U.S. West Coast

Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise is looking to add single-aisle and wide-body planes to feed an expansion as it studies Los Angeles, Madrid and Jakarta for future destinations, its chief executive officer said. See more

Monday, January 20, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Canadian Press

Bombardier delivered 238 aircraft in 2013

Bombardier Aerospace continued to feel the effects of a sluggish global economy last year as business jet deliveries missed company forecasts and net new orders fell dramatically. See more

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Telegraph

Nine-year wait for new aircraft orders

Airlines face a wait of almost a decade when placing new orders as the world's largest manufacturers, Boeing and Airbus, struggle to keep up with surging demand. See more

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Government News

Defense News

DoD Wins Big in Omnibus Bill

The Pentagon welcomed passage of a 2014 defense appropriations bill four months into the fiscal year, the earliest the Defense Department has received an appropriation in a number of years. See more

Friday, January 17, 2014
Military Aviation

United Press International

Assembly of fourth test KC-46A under way

Assembly of the fourth test KC-46A aerial refueling and tanker aircraft for the U.S. Air Force is under way by Boeing. See more

Friday, January 17, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Bombardier CSeries jet delayed by at least nine months

Bombardier Inc warned on Thursday it will delay putting its new CSeries jet into commercial use until the last half of 2015, a major setback in its plan to challenge Airbus Group NV and Boeing Co in the narrow body aircraft market. See more

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Government News

New York Times

In Defeat for Tea Party, House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday, 359 to 67, to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill for the current fiscal year, shrugging off the angry threats of Tea Party activists and conservative groups whose power has ebbed as Congress has moved toward fiscal cooperation. See more

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Flight International

Embraer business jet deliveries rise nearly 20% in 2013

Embraer today announced that business jet deliveries rose nearly 20% in 2013 despite delays that postponed entry-into-service of the new Legacy 500 jet. See more

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Special Topics

Climate Progress

Boeing Wants To Power Its Aircraft With Equal Parts Petroleum Jet Fuel And Renewable Diesel

Boeing Company, one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world, announced Tuesday that it's seeking approval from U.S. regulators to use a blend of renewable diesel as fuel for its airliners. See more

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Nikkei Report

Mitsubishi Aircraft Poised to Land New Regional Jet Orders

Mitsubishi Aircraft is in advanced talks with multiple airlines to sell its yet-to-be-flown regional jet, according to the company's president. See more

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Government News

Roll Call

Defense Budget Process for Fiscal 2015 Likely to Be More Stable

At least some of the uncertainty that plagued the fiscal 2014 defense budget process likely will be removed from the fiscal 2015 debate. See more

Monday, January 6, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Hartford Business Journal

Brantner kicks into gear as Pratt's top PurePower salesman

Following his promotion last June to Pratt's president of commercial engines, David Brantner, 46, is essentially in charge of putting as many of the East Hartford jet-engine maker's blockbuster geared turbofan engines onto the world's airliners as he can. See more

Monday, January 6, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Airbus outsold Boeing in 2013: sources

European plane-maker Airbus won its annual order race with U.S. rival Boeing in 2013, industry sources said. See more

Monday, January 6, 2014
Government News

Defense News

2015 US Budget Proposal Not Likely Until Late February

The US government is not likely to unveil its 2015 spending plan until late February at the earliest, according to budget experts. See more

Friday, January 3, 2014
Commercial Aviation

Montreal Gazette

Bombardier's Pierre Beaudoin on the CSeries and more

Last year was all about the CSeries's first flight for Bombardier Inc, and this year is all about delivering the actual airliner to actual airlines. See more

Friday, January 3, 2014
Military Aviation

National Defense Magazine

Fuel-Efficient Engine to Increase Range, Power of Army Helicopters

The Army over the next decade plans to phase out legacy equipment and introduce a new, more powerful engine that will be able to take a full squad twice as far, all while burning less fuel, and through the Improved Turbine Engine Program, or ITEP, the service will replace the T700 engines that power its Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. See more

Friday, January 3, 2014
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Technology innovations to dominate aerospace, defense industry in 2014

The continued decline of defense spending into 2014 will likely force new revenue streams for the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry that may include innovations in intelligence, precision strike technologies, and cyber security. See more