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2011-11-17
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Aircraft makers are teaming with cellular and satellite service providers to let consumers access the Web at any elevation regardless of weather conditions.
2012-06-27
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Aircraft companies are racing to give passengers unique abilities to go online for entertainment, information, and business activities in an effort to gain market share and revenue.
2012-09-05
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Once aircraft are linked to satellites or ground-based stations, the design challenge shifts to disseminating signals to passengers.
2009-12-09
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Though corporate executives have talked about eliminating the “throw it over the wall” mentality for decades, it’s still common in many companies.
2011-09-21
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When warfighters on the ground think about UAVs, their needs are simple. They want lots of data, and they want it now. That shines the spotlight on the links that relay data to ground stations.
2011-08-08
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Two of the industry’s critical development efforts, the push to improve safety and trim size and weight, are being combined by avionics suppliers in integrated safety systems.
2010-09-16
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For years, researchers have been working on methods to combine plant-based fuels with conventional petroleum-based fuels. A key goal is to reduce carbon emissions, though related factors such as cost and sustainability are also driving the studies.
2009-04-20
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The transition from lead solder to lead-free alternatives occurred a few years ago, but it is still causing problems. Aircraft suppliers who need to know whether parts have lead are getting some help from i-Nalysis, which is marketing a comparatively low-cost portable tester that determines the makeup of solder alloys on chips.
2009-06-25
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With growing composites use, engineers are making more extensive use of simulation to better understand manufacturing operations and how design decisions impact production.
2009-04-21
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Rapid-prototyping equipment played an important role for Bombardier as it prepared to debut its Learjet 85 interior. As the company scrambled to prepare for a trade show last year, large and highly visible passenger service units were created in days using machines that are playing a bigger role throughout the aerospace industry.
2008-08-04
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Aircraft manufacturers are reducing tooling and equipment costs by building production parts with rapid prototyping equipment, a technique called direct manufacturing. Striving for more advances in this area, Boeing teamed up with a university and three industrial partners to set up the Direct Manufacturing Research Center.
2008-08-08
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Trimming electricity usage is critical for manufacturing operations that want to reduce their carbon footprint. These savings come from steps as simple as changing light bulbs to building new facilities that eliminate the waste that comes when energy generation creates heat.
2008-10-14
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Engineers have made huge strides in recent years regarding end-product quality, and it is not just a matter of improvements on the plant floor. Eliminating or reducing problems has become a team effort that includes representatives from all parts of a company, often with input from suppliers and customers.
2008-10-18
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Fuel conservation took center stage at the National Business Aviation Association Convention as vendors attempted to hold onto sharp growth in the business jet market.
2008-08-21
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Fires started by faulty lithium batteries are a major concern for air freight haulers such as Federal Express, which teamed up with Ventura Aerospace to develop an electronics system that smothers fires with foam that lasts up to four hours.
2008-10-23
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Teamwork is a critical element in all NASA flights, but never was it more important than when Apollo 13 came perilously close to disaster in April of 1970.
2008-10-02
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The aircraft industry is leveling off after a lengthy boom, but it’s expected to plateau nicely instead of seeing the sharp drops of past cycles.
2008-10-13
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It's getting a bit simpler to mill and machine complex parts. Five-axis machines are moving toward the mainstream, providing lower costs and simpler setup.
2008-10-13
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The Association for Manufacturing Technology is trying its hand at simplifying communications in the complex manufacturing world, developing a standard that could eliminate so-called islands of automation. MTConnect, developed with input from equipment makers, users, and other standards bodies, aims to help data flow throughout a production environment.
2008-12-05
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Software is a central part of aircraft design, and it is a key factor in the push to improve quality at every step from concept design to full production. Design tools are adding features that make quality an even more integral part of development, and other tools are helping elsewhere in product life cycles.
2008-11-16
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Mercury Computer Systems Inc. has developed a network that ties a range of sensors together, making it simpler to access input from radar, cameras, and other sources.
2008-11-24
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Multitasking is often considered a good business practice, but some Air Force repair depots in France and the U.S. found that focusing on tasks in what's called a critical chain shortened their turnaround times. Changing business processes brought big benefits, including 30-40% reductions in repair times.
2009-02-12
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Mitsubishi is entering the regional jet market, focusing on reduced fuel consumption and reduced noise. The company is finishing up its designs and preparing for first flight in 2011.
2009-02-12
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Aircraft manufacturers continue to devise new ways to reduce manual labor, turning to robots for repetitive jobs such as drilling holes. Research projects are helping improve precision so robots can be used for even the most demanding applications.
2009-01-08
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Ensuring the safety and reliability of software is always a time-consuming task. After a three-year testing cycle, the National Information Assurance Partnership has certified Green Hills Software’s real-time operating system to the highest level approved to date.
2016-01-03
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Commercials airlines are responding to customer demands by forging links with satellite providers that give flyers the same connection capabilities they have on the ground.
2016-11-15
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Connectivity spawns need for security designed-in from the beginning, a complex issue that spans many disciplines.
2014-01-22
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Concerns about airborne diseases and flu pandemics coupled with increasing passenger concerns about environmental conditions are prompting some aircraft designers to take a closer look at ventilation systems. In many instances, improvements in air quality and cleanliness are being expedited by using design tools such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
2013-11-21
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Pratt & Whitney Canada is transforming its design and manufacturing processes, streamlining operations by eliminating steps and improving connectivity and compatibility. The moves are being made to help the company improve and maintain its engines while also setting the stage for a move into 3-D manufacturing.
2014-01-15
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Digital controls are handling more engine control tasks on a wider range of aircraft.
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