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Diesel engines emerging as new tech for future of GA aircraft
PRNewswire via Aviation Pros
With several major aircraft and engine manufacturers recently announcing the development of new diesel aircraft engines, the general aviation industry in the U.S. appears to be entering a new diesel evolution phase, said Allen Schaeffer, the executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. In just the past month, aircraft and engine manufacturers like Cessna, Continental Motors, American Champion Aircraft, Lycoming and DeltaHawk Engines have announced new diesels for general aviation aircraft in the U.S., Schaeffer said.
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AAR to build MRO facility at Chicago airport
The Chicago Tribune via Aviation Pros
AAR Corp. — an airplane maintenance company based near Chicago O'Hare airport — said recently it will open a new facility at Chicago Rockford International Airport that will employ about 500 people. Wood Dale-based AAR is expected to occupy the facility in early 2016. "This is a monumental economic and workforce development opportunity for and the Rockford region," said Mike Dunn, airport executive director.
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Flying high begins with mechanics on the ground
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Noisy fans push hot air around the aircraft hangar but most of the soldiers don't seem to notice the noise or the heat. Sweat dampens foreheads and moistens uniform t-shirts but the hands attached to tools large and small keep working on a helicopter older than many of the mechanics charged with making it flight worthy. Every nut, bolt, hose, switch, filter, bulb of the 35-year-old UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter is being checked, fixed, replaced if needed and rechecked. It is part of a maintenance cycle that occurs every 360 flight hours.
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Boeing leads Airbus in race for new commercial airplane orders in 2014
Forbes
Boeing is leading its European competitor, Airbus, in the race for new commercial airplane orders in 2014. Through July this year, Boeing has mopped up orders for 833 commercial airplanes, compared to 705 orders received by Airbus. The launch of wide-body 777X by Boeing late last year has given a boost to its order tally this year.
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Algae-based biofuels a sustainable way to fly
The Age
Next time you fly, ask the unsuspecting attendant if they happen to know how much carbon dioxide the aircraft will emit during the journey. Chances are you will be greeted by a blank stare. Acutely aware of the contribution that jet travel makes to the enhanced greenhouse effect, and hence the ravage of climate change, airlines the world over are searching for greener, more renewable sources of energy.
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Lockheed F-35 training work gets big boost
Orlando Sentinel
Lockheed Martin Corp. has received a nearly $233 million boost to its Orlando, Florida, work on flight-training and maintenance simulators for the advanced but often troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The contract increase — one of the largest for Lockheed Martin's F-35 simulation work — calls for production of 19 training simulators and nearly 70 technical support systems, the U.S. military announced recently. The vast majority, 96 percent, of the work will be done in Orlando.
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Space plane tech could power hypersonic aircraft for US military
CBS News
Engine technology being developed for a British space plane could also find its way into hypersonic aircraft built by the U.S. military. The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is studying hypersonic vehicles that would use the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, which the English company Reaction Engines Ltd. is working on to power the Skylon space plane, AFRL officials said.
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