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CFM, GE Aviation win $36 billion in jet engine deals
West Chester Township, Ohio-based CFM International and Evendale-based GE Aviation have signed $36.3 billion in new jet engine deals at the 2014 Farnborough Air Show near London.
CFM, a joint venture between GE Aviation and French company Snecma, received $21 billion in orders, purchase commitments and long-term service agreements for more than 1,000 engines at the showcase.
About four in five engines sold were LEAP engines, which are now undergoing testing for future delivery to customers.
Bronze bust honors mechanic who helped Wright brothers take flight
Long ago, Charles Taylor did the Wright thing for a pair of brothers and now aviation enthusiasts have done the right thing for the man who built the engine for the first powered aircraft.
Taylor, a mechanic who worked in the Dayton, Ohio, bicycle shop owned by Orville and Wilbur Wright, is credited with building the lightweight engine that powered the craft that took flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Dec. 17, 1903. If the Wright brothers get the credit for starting the aviation industry, Taylor is the man with a greasy wrench who made it all work.
Dassault readies to begin Falcon 8X ground tests
Dassault Aviation announced that it has joined the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307D engines, wings and fuselage of the first Falcon 8X, paving the way for initial power-on and the start of ground tests. First electrical power-on is expected at the end of this month, in line with the production and test schedule. Dassault expects to fly the 8X trijet early next year, with certification slated for mid-2016 and initial deliveries anticipated by the end of 2016.
FAA reviewing 9 potential 100LL replacements
The questions over how to replace 100LL avgas and what the impact will be on the approximately 167,000 aircraft that depend on it continue. The FAA is now in the process of reviewing nine potential replacement fuels from several companies that have submitted proposals to the government agency. The companies are Afton Chemical Company, Avgas LLC, Shell, Swift Fuels and a BP, Total and Hjelmco consortium.
The FAA will now determine which of the fuels will be selected for phase-one laboratory and rig testing.
Aviation technical services recognized as minority-owned business
Aviation Technical Services was certified and recognized as a Minority Business Enterprise with the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the 24 regional affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. ATS becomes only one of four aerospace MBEs within the Northwest Mountain region, which represents Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
In Kansas, the 787 Dreamliner gets its head start
When technicians at Spirit Aerosystems are done with their assembly work on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, they power it up. The aircraft's computers thinks it's ready to fly, and it would be — but for one thing: The plane has no wings or tail, and is missing most of its body.
Still, a Dreamliner wouldn't be a Dreamliner without Spirit, which since 787s were first being built in 2007 has been the company that makes the next-generation composite plane's forward section.
Aircraft segments boost revenues, profits at Textron
Second-quarter revenues at Textron Aviation, which includes Cessna and Beechcraft, climbed $623 million year-over-year, to $1.18 billion, reflecting the Beechcraft acquisition in late March and higher jet deliveries. Textron Aviation delivered 70 turbine business aircraft during the quarter–36 Cessna Citations and 34 Beechcraft Kings Airs, up from 20 jets and 14 King Air turboprops in the same period last year.
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