612000 new pilots, 626000 technicians & 886000 cabin crew members are required to maintain the global commercial fleet in next 20 years (Boeing)

Boeing has released the latest edition of its Pilot and Technician Outlook 2021–2040. This is a forecast of how the aircraft manufacturer expects the industry to recover over the next few years. “Long-term demand for newly qualified aviation personnel remains strong, as 612,000 new pilots, 626,000 new maintenance technicians and 886,000 new cabin crew membersRead More

Hansa-NG conducts its maiden flight

The two-seater Hansa New Generation (Hansa-NG) trainer aircraft, being developed by India’s National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), has conducted its maiden flight. The aircraft, a revamped version of the original Hansa developed three decades ago, had a successful first flight when it took off from the HAL airport and flew for about 20 minutes. During theRead More

Aeralis announces investment agreement with an unnamed ‘Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund’

Aeralis has announced on 1an initial £10.5 million ($14.5 million) investment agreement with an as-yet unnamed ‘Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund.’ This financial injection will be used to ‘support the design, development and first flight’ of its Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) platform, writes JON LAKE. The investment closely follows the announcement that the company hasRead More

Rolls-Royce’s new power gearbox sets world aerospace record in Germany

Rolls-Royce’s UltraFan power gearbox has set a new world aerospace record at its facility in Germany. The gearbox has reached 87,000hp or 64 megawatts on test at Dahlewitz, near Berlin. The power milestone was achieved as build continues on the power gearbox that will be delivered for the actual UltraFan demonstrator engine, UF001, later thisRead More

Stratasys to purchase 25 F900 3D printers worth $20m in 5 years

The US Navy has awarded Stratasys a $20 million contract to purchase up to 25 Stratasys F900 3D printers over the next five years. The delivery of the first eight are expected before the end of the year. In addition to the printers, the contract includes initial support and sustainment, materials, and development of initialRead More

Bell Textron launches design concepts for its HSVTOL technology

Bell Textron has released an image depicting design concepts that employ the company’s High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) technology. The concepts build on the tiltrotor technology that Bell has successfully implemented in the V-22 Osprey and V-280 Valor aircraft, the latter having recently completed its test campaign. HSVTOL blends helicopter and fixed-wing technology intoRead More

Commercial aircraft aftermarket to reach $51.14b by 2026 (Polaris Market Research)

The global commercial aircraft aftermarket parts market size is estimated to reach $51.14 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 6.6% during the forecast period, according to a new study published by Polaris Market Research. The report ‘Commercial Aircraft Aftermarket Parts Market Share, Size, Trends, & Industry Analysis Report, By Product Type (MRO parts,Read More

RAC, ADB Safegate to launch next-generation airport management platform

Riyadh Airport Company (RAC), which operates King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh, has collaborated with ADB Safegate to launch a next-generation airport management platform at KKIA. The platform will enable RAC to take full control of operations at KKIA by facilitating proactive and data-driven decision-making, improving planning, disruption management and utilization of airport assetsRead More

BAE Systems to provide data management system to MOD

The Ministry of Defense (MOD) has awarded a five year contract to BAE Systems to provide a data management system to multiple ships in the Royal Navy fleet including the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, Type 45 destroyers and the new Type 26 frigates. The BAE Systems tool, known as Support Information Knowledge Management (S-IKM),Read More

Andover selects FactoryLogix’s Manufacturing 4.0 platform

Andover, Massachusetts-based Mercury Systems Inc., which offers secure mission-critical technologies for aerospace and defense, has selected Aegis Software’s FactoryLogix platform. Aegis is a global provider of manufacturing operations management (MOM) software. By implementing a holistic Manufacturing 4.0 platform, Mercury will rapidly achieve a digital transformation that supports global standardization and offers extensive yet effortless configurabilityRead More