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Air Force begins 3D printing nonstructural aircraft parts

2019-09-04
The 60th Maintenance Squadron at Travis Air Force Base is the first field unit in the United States Air Force to produce approved nonstructural aircraft parts using 3D printing – an additive manufacturing technique. The first parts: latrine covers on the Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy strategic airlifter.
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Boeing's latest contract secures new wings for remaining A-10 fleet

2019-08-22
After wrapping up a wing swap on 173 Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support attack aircraft, the Boeing Company was awarded with another Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) sustainment contract award from the U.S. Air Force to continue re-winging the rest of the A-10 fleet.
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Raytheon to upgrade B-52 with AESA radars

2019-07-15
Under the contract, Raytheon will design, develop, produce, and sustain active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems for the U.S. Air Force’s entire B-52 long-range strategic bomber fleet, keeping the nearly 65-year-old aircraft mission ready through 2050 and beyond.
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Sonex Aircraft is developing the world's most afforadable jet trainer

2019-07-11
The Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based kit aircraft manufacturer is developing a two-seat variant of its SubSonex JSX-2 personal jet. The SubSonex JSX-2T is designed to be the lowest cost jet trainer ever built and the company hopes that it will lead to further interest in its single-seat JSX-2.
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Boeing’s next ecoDemonstrator test bed will be a 777

2019-07-03
The Boeing Company is kicking off a new round of flight-testing to research approximately 50 technology projects related to safety, environmental sustainability, and passenger experience. More than a dozen partners are participating in the 2019 program.
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L3 makes its C-130 modernization package available to global operators

2019-06-25
The new C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) is based on the company’s certified and fielded U.S. Air Force C-130 avionics solution and includes modern Communication, Navigation and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management-compliant (CNS/ATM-compliant) avionics and glass cockpit upgrades that integrate with modern satellite communications and automation systems.
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NASA crash landing is a complete success

2019-06-24
The test was conducted to better understand the dynamic forces on an aircraft and its passengers during a crash landing. Findings form the event will support a new FAA performance-based rule that will simplify aircraft certification by eliminating or minimizing the use of special conditions.
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Sikorsky’s autonomous Black Hawk helicopter takes flight

2019-06-06
Sikorsky tested a new full-authority, fly-by-wire flight control technology kit for the first time on a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk medium-lift utility helicopter. The flight marked the beginning of the flight test program for the soon-to-be optionally piloted rotorcraft.
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