Head units connect Any delay in terms of schedule or not meeting the specifications or budget can have a huge impact on the viability of a program as well as the companies involved. New software demonstrates companies can actually deliver on what they commit.
Advanced aluminum solutions for next-gen aerospace structures Airline competitiveness and the demand for improved aircraft performance and affordability (acquisition and operational) are driving advancements in technologies that can enable these improvements. 2050 vision Airbus provides a far-ranging, thought-provoking, reach-out toward some of the changes the commercial aerospace industry might expect to see by 2050.
Big fans gear up for new battles The big difference in newer commercial airplanes comes where it can't be seen: in the structure, in new materials, in the avionics, and most importantly, in the engines. Integrated Vehicle Health Management The aims of IVHM include improved safety through the use of diagnostics and prognostics to fix faults before they are an issue, as well as improve availability of fleets through better maintenance scheduling.
PEFCs to transform UAVs Advancements in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells have resulted in longer endurance missions for smaller UAVs as well as an enabler for electric aircraft that require vertical takeoff and landing capability. Hovering aircraft programs The AW609 tiltrotor and the X3 compound helicopter offer different technology solutions to the challenge of achieving higher speeds and higher quality point-to-point air transport.
Simulation helps manage change in aircraft manufacturing Commercial aircraft demand is up even while sequestration and other forces are forcing scale-backs in defense-related programs. From managing complex supply chains to improving scrap rates in casting, digital simulation is proving a valuable aid.
Filling the space A look at the changing face of manned spaceflight and the commercialization of orbital access. Distribution of power When designing the electrical distribution system for a turboelectric architecture, it is imperative to select technologies that will provide the highest efficiency and stability for the propulsion system.
The French resurgence Despite facing great domestic political challenges, resulting from the growing national debt level and a general financial malaise in the Euro-zone countries within the EU, successive French governments have remained highly supportive of their aerospace sector.
High hopes or just dreaming? A look at how Asia's aircraft manufacturers are trying to break into new markets to challenge the status quo. Camelina-based biofuel shows advantages in turboprop Researchers within the government of Canada see the need to improve the emissions performance of the Rolls-Royce T56 engine, which despite its age remains a workhorse for its military aircraft fleet.
Simulation supports aircraft safety From analyzing crashes to hard landings, the industry is evolving in how much it relies on CAE simulation to provide safer aircraft designs. As aircraft systems become more complex, simulation itself is evolving as well.
Managing positioning integrity Thales has established a new reference system to comply with the most demanding RNP-AR navigation procedures. Business jets wait for the uplift A look at how the global executive jet market is fighting back after a hard few years.