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April 2014

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
Special Topics

CIOL

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