All In Depth – Page 20

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    What Airbus has done since taking on the A220


    Just 18 months after Toulouse acquired the twin-jet from Bombardier, production of the A220 is ramping up steadily

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    Singapore’s urban air mobility dreams take off


    Against the backdrop of the iconic Marina Bay Sands in downtown Singapore, the aircraft took off, circling the Marina Bay area for two minutes, before landing. That marked the first-ever manned flight in an Asian city for urban air mobility company Volocopter, which used its 2X prototype for the ...

  • Singapore F-15SG
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    Singapore’s air force eyes long-term challenges


    Airpower is fundamental to Singapore’s status as a sovereign nation. The tiny country, among the world’s most prosperous, utterly lacks strategic depth. It relies on foreign nations for its food and energy needs. Its economy is highly exposed to global trade. Yet for all its lack of landmass, Singapore’s geography ...

  • Airbus Helicopters H145
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    Steady as it goes in ASEAN civil helicopter market


    Viewers of the film Crazy Rich Asians may get the sense that civilian helicopter operations in Southeast Asia are simple matter of ‘get in and go’. One scene depicts a trio of three (clearly digitized) VIP helicopters fly in close formation from Singapore to a container ship sailing in the ...

  • Pratt & Whitney Singapore Facility Automation_Visual
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    For Singapore’s aerospace industry, innovation is its trump card


    At Rolls-Royce’s sprawling facility in Singapore, the robots are feeling the heat — literally. At its Trent fanblade manufacturing facility — the only other such facility outside of R-R’s Derby headquarters — the robots take the lead in a process known as super plastic forming. Source: ...

  • Boeing 777-9 folding wingtip
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    Key changes introduced on new wing for 777X


    Composite design features revised high-lift system compared with previous variants - and folding tips

  • American Eagle E175
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    Checklist concern emerges after E175 crew's pitch-trim battle


    US investigators have discovered chafed horizontal stabiliser control wiring on an American Eagle Embraer 175 involved in a serious mis-trim and pitch-control incident on departure from Atlanta. The pilots of the aircraft, operated by Republic Airways, were unable to engage the autopilot at 2,200ft and experienced difficulty in holding ...

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    Why Bell plans to vertically integrate its eVTOL business and compete with Uber


    In a partial break with its partner Uber – as well as its own historical business model – Bell plans to vertically integrate aircraft production, flight operations and nearly everything in between, in order to grab a large piece of the nascent electric-vertical-take-off-and-landing (eVTOL) air taxi industry.

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    Airbus Helicopters enters home straight with H160


    For Airbus Helicopters, the end of the long road to certification for the H160 now appears to be in sight. Launched in 2015, the medium-twin is in the final stages of its development campaign; test flights ended in late 2019 and, at the time of writing in mid-January, Airbus Helicopters was preparing to submit the final pieces of documentation to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

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    Bell’s eVTOL vision changes as it eliminates two rotors and goes all electric


    Bell changed the design of its proposed electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, removing two rotor ducts and adding a purely electric propulsion option, after hearing from potential customers that shorter inner city travel would likely come before longer-range trips between metropolitan areas.

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    Kopter accelerates as gearbox issue fades from view


    Swiss manufactuerer Kopter is making full use of its flight-test base in Sicily as it works to overcome setbacks and bring its SH09 light-single to market.

  • Boeing 747 Pan am first delivery 1969
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    Boeing 747 marks 50 years since Pan Am service debut


    This week marks exactly 50 years since the 747’s first passenger service with Pan Am

  • Ben Smith, Air France-KLM
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    Which airline CEOs face the biggest challenges in 2020?


    Our annual assessment of some of the airline chief executives from across the world who are facing the biggest challenges – and, in several cases, opportunities – over the next 12 months

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    Has airline safety peaked?


    The shock of a second 737 Max tragedy in the past year has prompted an urgent rethink of certification and training priorities after a long period of improving accident statistics

  • Indonesian regulator found crew of a 737 Max 8 lost in 2018 had not been trained in MCAS operation
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    Accident reports issued during the second half of 2019


    Final report: Lion Air 737 Max 8, loss of control in flight, 29 October 2018 The Indonesian national transport safety committee (KNKT) found that the aircraft (PK-LQP), during the climb-out from Jakarta international airport on a short domestic flight, crashed when the crew lost control following a technical malfunction. It ...

  • Boeing's Renton plant
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    Max effect drags down overall sales and deliveries in 2019


    Boeing’s pain across both orders and production significantly impacts overall metrics in the mainline airliner sector 

  • FORECASTS INTRO c Peter Komka_EPA-EFE_Shutterstock
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    Outlook for 2020


    For airframers, the year to come holds technical, regulatory and organisational challenges sure to keep management focused – or even awake at night. A turbulent economy is buffeting airlines, while the technology race for military advantage is only speeding up. Assessing ongoing trends and pending trials, FlightGlobal presents our outlook ...

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    Airline deals offer hints of a sector in recovery


    The year just gone was clearly one of some financial turbulence for airlines – high-profile failures included BMI Regional, Germania and Wow Air in Europe, Avianca Brazil, India’s Jet Airways and, of course, Thomas Cook. And the general backdrop of continued trade tensions hit demand while creeping fuel, labour and ...

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    Max crashes prompt regulatory review


    Like flashing Master Warning lights on a flight instrument panel, the Boeing 737 Max fatal crashes in the past two years have signalled that an airworthiness certification oversight system that served the world’s most powerful aviation industry well for decades is no longer coping – and needs updating. Meanwhile, silently ...

  • Hypersonics China (2) c Ng Han Guan_AP_Shutterstock
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    Hypersonic arms race accelerates


    The USA is hurrying to catch up with China and Russia, which could field an operational hypersonic boost-glide vehicle capable of carrying a nuclear weapon as soon as 2020. That urgency has prompted the US Department of Defense (DoD) to spend $2.6 billion on hypersonic weapons research as part of ...