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Volcanic Ash Affects Airlines (In Case You Didn’t Hear)

You may have seen photos of that most unpronounceable volcano or airport departure boards listing nothing but CANCELLED, but here’s an interesting look at another side of the ash spewing over Europe.AirSpace user flame captured this photo of Ryanair 737-800s with their engines wrapped up to protect them from being exposed to ash. Some airlines […]

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Hawker Beechcraft adds power to armed AT-6

Hawker Beechcraft has demonstrated a more powerful version of its AT-6 turboprop, ahead of a US Air Force competition for a light attack and armed reconnaissance (LAAR) aircraft. The second AT-6 production-representative test vehicle flew on 5 April (below) and is equipped with a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68D engine, increasing thrust to 1,600shp (1,190kW) from 1,100shp. Continue […]

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Flight International 6-12 April: Narrowbody Re-engining

This week Flightglobal publication Flight International looks at playing the power game: who will show their engine card first in the gamble for tomorrow’s airline customers? Engine change – what next for the single-aisle builders? Re-engining – what might need changing? Re-engined single-aisles – who might launch? For this week’s cover image, Flightglobal artist Tim […]

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket

Successful rocket engine ground-test firings have taken Space Exploration Technologies and Orbital Sciences a step closer to filling their roles as key private-sector launch contractors to NASA. SpaceX achieved a 3.5s firing of its Falcon 9 rocket’s nine Merlin first-stage engines in preparation for an April maiden flight. Orbital is looking forward to verification and acceptance testing […]

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Graphic: Changes to 737 for re-engined variant

Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice-president marketing Randy Tinseth explained: “We think we’re going to need a new pylon, a new nacelle, strengthening of the wing and potential strengthening of the wing-box.” To accommodate the larger nacelles of the advanced turbofans under evaluation – including the CFM International Leap X and Pratt & Whitney PW1000G geared turbofan […]

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Argentina AT-63 Pampa

Argentina is again looking at upgrading the engine powering the indigenous AT-63 Pampa following the renationalisation of the local company that produces the jet trainer.The engine project could result in the next batch of 10 Pampas being delivered with the Honeywell TFE731-40, as well as re-engining all 18 of the TFE731-2-powered Pampas currently operated by […]

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Comparison of Comac C919 and conventional engine nacelle assembly

While officials from China’s Comac maintained a relativelyconservative stance when selecting design features for their new150-passenger single-aisle C919 airliner, they made at least onesignificant exception – picking a new company to wrap sometantalisingly new but unproven technologies around the aircraft’s twoCFM International Leap X1C engines. The new company wasNexcelle, a joint venture between Aircelle, a Safran […]

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Flight International 9-15 March: The Great (Engine) Leap Forward

This week Flightglobal publication Flight International looks at commercial engines in the great leap forward: rival camps step up a gear with their solutions to powering the future.Thecover photo is from CFM international and is of a full-scale demonstration Leap X 3-D woven RTM (resin transfer molding) composite fan installed on a CFM 56 5-C […]

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BA 777 LHR Incident

BA 777 LHR Incident

Carriers are on track to complete, within six months, modificationof nearly 1,900 Trent engines considered vulnerable to the fuel icingwhich brought down a British Airways Boeing 777-200ER two years ago. UK investigators have formally concluded that flight BA038 fromBeijing crashed on approach to London Heathrow after a highly-unusualset of circumstances conspired to restrict the fuel […]

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EASA: Thumbs-up for Oma Sud SkyCar

Italian general aviation manufacturer Oma Sud has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for its twin-engine piston-powered SkyCar pusher. The company applied for a type certificate in 2004 and first demonstrated a mock-up of the Textron Lycoming IO-360-C1E6-powered aircraft at the Paris Air Show in 2005. First flight took place in December 2007, at […]

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