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The evolution of mobility

2016 Issue 2

Aviation Manufacturer

The Editor

Aviation dreamers



Martin Ashcroft


he history of aviation is centuries old, but at the turn of the 20th century, people were still only dreaming of powered flight. Scroll forward a hundred years and aircraft are so comfortable and flights are so long that we can now fall asleep and dream while we are up in the sky. I wonder if anyone dreamt, when the original aviation pioneers took to the air, that future aircraft would carry 500 people at a time half way across the world in a single journey. The term aviation, derived from the Latin word “avis” meaning “bird”, was coined in 1863 by a Frenchman named Guillaume Joseph Gabriel de La Landelle, in a work entitled “Aviation ou navigation aérienne.” His dream involved a steam-powered helicopter, which hasn’t flown yet. Aviation pioneers are still dreaming, thank goodness, although their dreams would be pure science fiction to Landelle and the Wright Brothers. One of my favourite innovations was Concorde, the first commercial aircraft to achieve supersonic flight. I dreamt of flying on it, but it was decommissioned before I got the chance. Who knows, but I may get another chance to

fly supersonic with Boom, a Colorado based aviation dreamer packed with ideas and industry heavyweights, and also heavily backed by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. We have a page on it in this issue. Equally exciting to me is the revival of the airship, a long forgotten mode of air travel making a comeback thanks to the dreams of aviation innovators prepared to look backwards as well as forwards. In this issue we look at Lockheed Martin’s hybrid LMH-1, due for its first commercial delivery in 2019, which will have the ability to carry 20 metric tons of cargo and up to 19 passengers, and is currently attracting great interest from mining companies in remote locations. A hugely valuable, if less sexy, innovation, is the development of light-weight materials like carbon composites for aircraft components. The Boeing 787 (Dreamliner, no less!), Bombardier C Series and Airbus A380 and A350XWB aircraft all use these cutting-edge materials to deliver exceptional gains in environmental performance. And they’re all in this issue of Aviation Manufacturer. Dream on, aviators!

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Contents Cover story: bombardier: the evolution of mobility Page 6 Page: 3 • The Editor: Aviation dreamers


• Cover story: Bombardier: The evolution of mobility


• News & features


• New simulators from CAE for Airbus Defence and Space

• Air Canada introduces new routes


• Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems expands Kentucky facility


• Lockheed Martin opens Advanced Pilot Training facility • Airbus delivers 10,000th aircraft


• Boeing, COMAC expand collaboration

• Donghai Airlines finalises order for five 787-9 Dreamliners


• Magellan Aerospace signs agreement with BAE Systems for F-35


• GAS acquires D&D GSE

• EDAC Technologies acquires Flanagan Industries


• Raytheon chooses Mississippi for Air Force jet trainer

• Duval increases grinding capabilities

• UK chosen as a global F-35 repair hub

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news & features page 20 lockheed martin: engineering a better tomorrow page 70


Page: 30 • Boom Supersonic prototype unveiled 31

• Straightline Aviation to use hybrid airships at northern Quebec mine

• Vector Space Systems in Arizona


• Qingdao chooses Pratt & Whitney

airbus: even more awesome page 38

• Air China & Shenzen select V2500s 33

• Boeing contracts for Magellan Aerospace

• Qatar Airways orders more Boeings


• ATEC selected for helicopter work

• Atlas Air orders nine Boeing 767 passenger to freighter conversions


• Ryanair to expand Lithuania base


• Avcorp awarded Boeing contracts

• Puma Energy acquires BP terminal in Northern Ireland


• Features: Airbus: Even more awesome


• SACS/Boysen Aerospace Group: Everything from one source


• Lockheed Martin: A better tomorrow

SACS/Boysen aerospace group: everything from one source Page 64

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Bombardier: The evolution of mobility

Bombardier is one of the world’s leading aircraft and rail manufacturers. Delivering today while looking ahead at tomorrow, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere.

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“Bombardier’s highperformance aircraft and services set the standard of excellence in several markets”

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ombardier is headquartered in Montreal, Canada, with more than 31,200 employees and a leadership position in global markets. Bombardier Aerospace designs, manufactures and supports innovative aviation products for the business, commercial, specialized and amphibious aircraft markets. It has the most comprehensive aircraft portfolio and holds the number one position in business and regional aircraft. Bombardier’s highperformance aircraft and services set the standard of excellence in several markets, including: •

Business aircraft: Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft families

Commercial aircraft: new C Series program, CRJ Series and Q Series aircraft families

Aerostructures & engineering services: aircraft structures, component repair and other services

Specialized aircraft solutions: Bombardier aircraft modified for special missions

Aircraft services and training: aircraft parts, maintenance, comprehensive training, technical support and publications, and online services

develop aircraft and systems that define the industry – it works in close partnership with the best in the world.

Aerostructures and engineering

As the world leader in the design and manufacture of complex aircraft structures, Bombardier provides design, manufacture and aftermarket support for primary metallic and composite structures, such as fuselages, doors, wings and horizontal stabilizers. The company is a centre of excellence for composites, featuring such processes as resin transfer infusion and automated fibre placement and it also has a diversified fabricated metal parts capability which supports primary structure manufacturing. Bombardier operates state-of-the-art automated assembly processes to deliver best-in-class time to market and has industry-leading expertise in systems components fabrication and in tooling. Key to Bombardier’s service provision are its testing services, offered as part of its support programme. Work in partnership is Bombardier’s strategy to enable it to offer its clients and suppliers the best support and the prolonging of aircraft life.


Building strong supplier relationships

Maintaining its world-class performance, competitiveness and track record of excellence and innovation requires strong collaboration across Bombardier’s value chain. That’s why the company works with high-performing suppliers to build rewarding partnerships based on trust, respect and recognition. Bombardier’s suppliers focus on delivering superior engineering, quality and supply chain excellence. They are driven to be the best in their field. Their rigour allows Bombardier engineers to design and manufacture leading-edge aircraft at optimal life-cycle cost, while providing an amazing customer experience. Bombardier has in place key supplier relationship managers, and supplieraccessible systems that allow them to work on projects remotely. This high level of cooperation has helped Bombardier

Learjet aircraft: small business jets For years the industry’s pacesetter, Bombardier’s Learjet family of aircraft is where the business jet experience and innovation truly begins. Over 50 years of revolutionary achievement with exceptional style, performance and reliability, today’s Learjet aircraft continue the tradition for raising the bar as a dependable business tool. Bombardier’s experience and expertise ensure that with each evolution, the Learjet family of

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finishing is only the beginning TNM is specialized in surface finishing for the aviation industry and its goal is to provide their customers with “one stop shop”.TNM is a fully approved facility for Bombardier, Airbus and Boeing along with many other major OEMs and we’re in the process of also getting fully approved for Lockheed Martin. Our Mission “Our mission is to be amongst the elite processors for surface finishing. We are committed to providing superior value and service to our customers and sustained profitability to our stakeholders by investing in our people and services. At TNM “FINISHING IS ONLY THE BEGINNING”. Why TNM?

• Approvals for all Major OEMs • Capacity for small, medium and Large Parts • Various Type of treatments • Aggressive Lead Time • On Time Delivery, Quality and Services are guaranteed • Certified for ISO 9001, AS9100, NADCAP

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bombardier the evolution of mobility aircraft passengers travels in maximum comfort - faster, farther and ever more efficiently.

“Bombardier’s Challenger 350 is the most successful business jet of the last decade”

The Bombardier Learjet 70 fully leverages Bombardier’s efficient high speed aircraft experience, carrying six passengers with full fuel. Class-leading technology features, such as a high definition cabin management system featuring an Ethernet backbone, an iPod interface and touchscreens make the Learjet 70 business jet cabin highly appreciated by business travellers. The Learjet 70 aircraft provides six passengers with spacious seating in a forward club configuration, and an interior that is significantly wider and more comfortable than passengers expect. The Bombardier Learjet 75 business jet delivers a class-leading high speed cruise of Mach 0.81. Powerful engines and evolutionary aerodynamics featuring a new winglet design allow travel with eight passengers and full fuel. The spacious cabin is complemented by 16 windows that fill this exceptional environment with natural light. The Learjet 75 aircraft is the only jet in its class that offers touch-screen controllers in the cockpit, decreasing pilot workload while increasing situational awareness and enhancing safety.

Challenger aircraft: mediumsized jets

The Challenger 350 business jet is the widest purpose-designed super midsize aircraft with both a flat floor and safe access to baggage. With the lowest direct operating costs in its class, charter operators and corporations depend on the Challenger 350 aircraft. It has industryleading connectivity, immersive sound, ergonomically-positioned touch screens and a cabin management system that effortlessly brings it all together. Bombardier’s Challenger 350 is, simply put, the most successful business jet of the last decade. With its redefinition of the ultimate in-flight experience, industry-best overall value, proven reliability and efficiency, and new performance capabilities, the Challenger 650 aircraft is another example of Bombardier’s industry leadership. A better standard equipped aircraft than any other business jet in its class provides customers with everything they need and more. A comprehensive technology offering sets the Challenger 650 aircraft ahead of all in its class, with business aviation’s most advanced flight deck experience, best equipped cabin management system, largest-in-class HD monitors, audio video on demand,

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“In early November Bombardier Business Aircraft announced the successful maiden flight of the first Global 7000 flight test vehicle”

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bombardier the evolution of mobility Bluetooth integration and industryleading connectivity capabilities among its many advantages. In August this year Bombardier delivered its first Challenger 650 aircraft to be operated from Germany. This aircraft joins the Bombardier business jet fleet in Europe comprised of more than 430 aircraft in service. “This first German customer delivery of a Bombardier Challenger 650 jet confirms the aircraft’s leadership in Western Europe,” said Christophe Degoumois, vice president, sales, Europe, Russia and CIS, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Challenger aircraft series, and the Challenger 650 jet in particular, are leaders in their category in Europe, with a market share of over 40 per cent. With the Synthetic Vision System offered as baseline, its cabin almost six inches wider than the closest competitor, as well as the latest entertainment and productivity solutions, the Challenger 650 aircraft is the right choice for customers seeking uncompromised performance.” In service since 2015, the Challenger 650 jet builds on the legacy of the Bombardier Challenger aircraft series, which set the business aviation standard for reliability, efficiency and productivity for timepressed executives and VIPs for over 30 years. Featuring a completely new and innovative cabin redesign, the Bombardier Vision flight deck technology and optimized engine thrust, the Challenger 650 aircraft delivers the industry’s best overall value, proven reliability and efficiency.

Global aircraft: large business jet

Global leaders are Bombardier’s inspiration for the Global aircraft family. The most exceptional aircraft experience available allows world business leaders to meet at the juncture of sophistication and synergy. An advanced aircraft in every way, Bombardier’s Global 5000 aircraft flies passengers faster than any super-large business jet of its closest competitor. It will carry eight passengers and three crew members, nonstop, from continental Europe to the US west coast. Certified to the highest standards, the Global 5000 aircraft boasts advanced avionics and systems technologies, with the greatest

level of system redundancy of any true corporate jet. Bombardier’s Global 6000 aircraft is the performance benchmark in the ultra-longrange jet category. This jet was purposebuilt to fulfil the desires of the most sophisticated and demanding business travellers without compromise. With a cabin responsive to customer needs, the Global 6000 aircraft offers the ultimate in spaciousness, privacy, luxury and comfort. From a well-appointed aft stateroom, to the separate and generous main cabin, the Global 6000 provides the ideal 12-hourplus environment.

Global 7000: First flight

The Global 7000 business jet will fly farther unrefuelled to more destinations, and connect more key cities faster than any jet in business aviation today. It is uniquely designed from the inside out to deliver a cabin experience like no other. The first and only business jet to offer four unique living spaces and a dedicated crew area, the Global 7000 aircraft will set the standard for a new category of large business jets, offering unparalleled comfort and interior design flexibility. Engineered with a next-generation transonic wing design, the Global 7000 aircraft offers not only a smooth flight, but also a steep approach capability and short field performance, coupled with highly efficient engines, the largest cabin and the most advanced cockpit, to get you closer to your final destination. The Global 7000 business aircraft will also be able to connect London to Singapore, or New York City to Dubai non-stop, and will feature a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925. Passengers flying on the Global 7000 business jet will experience an impressive long-range capability of 7,400 NM (13,705 km) at M 0.85 with eight passengers. In early November Bombardier Business Aircraft announced the successful maiden flight of the first Global 7000 flight test vehicle. This first flight marks the start of a flight test program for the newest member of Bombardier’s flagship Global aircraft family, which is scheduled to enter into service in the second half of 2018. “The first flight is the culmination of

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“Purposedesigned to balance productivity and pleasure, and crafted with luxury and lifestyle in mind, the cabin of the Global 8000 aircraft provides an unparalleled environment from which to lead the world”

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bombardier the evolution of mobility an incredible amount of knowledge and experience from our dedicated employees, partners and suppliers,” said David Coleal, President of Bombardier Business Aircraft. “This is a very proud moment for Bombardier and confirms the Global 7000 aircraft program development is on schedule. It is the industry’s most innovative and uniquely designed business jet and the only aircraft on the market to offer four living spaces for unparalleled comfort and flexibility, creating an unforgettable experience for our customers. The Global 7000 business jet’s impressive capabilities promise to establish a whole new category for large business jets,” he added. “This is a great day for Bombardier and a very proud moment for the thousands of employees who made this significant milestone a reality,” said Michel Ouellette, senior vice president, Global 7000 and Global 8000 program, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Hard work and dedication from the entire team, including our suppliers, went into this amazing milestone of the development program. With today’s first flight successfully completed, all teams remain focused on meeting the program’s development and certification schedule and the aircraft’s

entry-into-service in the second half of 2018.” “It was very exciting to see our Global 7000 aircraft take to the skies,” said François Caza, vice president, product development and chief engineer, Bombardier Product Development Engineering. “Our world-class product development team, supported by our suppliers, followed our rigorous first flight readiness process, which included systems, structures and aerodynamics technical reviews, as well as the extensive use of test rigs and state-of-the-art simulation. The successful conclusion of this process clears the way for the start of our comprehensive flight test program leading to certification.” Also in development is the Global 8000, which will comfortably seat up to 19 passengers plus a crew of up to four, depending on configuration. The Global 8000 business jet will deliver unsurpassed range, speed and short field capabilities, connecting travellers to more destinations faster, and with greater efficiency than has ever previously been achievable. Purposedesigned to balance productivity and pleasure, and crafted with luxury and lifestyle in mind, the cabin of the Global

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“The C Series aircraft is moving the industry forward by leveraging over 40 years of experience in advanced materials in a quest to reduce weight, optimize cost of ownership and lessen environmental impact”

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bombardier the evolution of mobility 8000 aircraft provides an unparalleled environment from which to lead the world. The Global 8000 reaffirms the leadership position of this jet family in business aviation. It also advances the Global aircraft reputation for ingenuity. When it becomes a reality the Global 8000 will be an aircraft to inspire.


The C Series is the only single-aisle aircraft specifically designed to serve the 100- to 150-seat market. This drives the aircraft’s phenomenal economic proposition and performance, opening up new opportunities for single-aisle operations. The C Series cabin was designed from inside out to provide the widest seats on a single-aisle aircraft, largest windows and one roller bag per passenger.Since the early days of powered flight, aircraft have been built using traditional materials, mainly aluminium. Today, however, the C Series aircraft is moving the industry forward by leveraging over 40 years of

experience in advanced materials in a quest to reduce weight, optimize cost of ownership and lessen environmental impact. Built from a clean sheet 21st century design, the C Series is the only single aisle aircraft with a composite wing and aluminium-lithium fuselage. The C Series aircraft wing, centre wing box, wing-to-body fairing, empennage, aft fuselage, and nacelles are all made of composite materials allowing for over 2,000 lb. of weight savings. Composites not only make the aircraft lighter, they also reduce the number of components in the assembly and allow for greater simplicity and lower costs. The C Series fuselage is manufactured using third generation aluminiumlithium, one of the most advanced aluminium alloys on the market. It is a lot lighter, about 40% more fatigue resistant and 250% more resistant to corrosion than traditional aluminium.As a clean sheet design, the C Series jet is free from the constraints of the past. By using advanced materials, airlines can reduce costs of operation while increasing operational efficiency.

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“Providing the lowest seatmile cost of any regional jet, for medium-haul applications, the CRJ Series family of aircraft is the benchmark for regional jet efficiency in the 60- to 100-seat segment”

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bombardier the evolution of mobility CRJ Series

replaces. Simply put, the Q400 has the lowest fuel consumption per passenger of any turboprop in the industry, making it an efficient and greener option. During a 500-mile journey, the Q400 consumes 3 litres of fuel per seat per 100km, which is comparable to any other modern nextgeneration aircraft flying today.

With over 1,900 CRJ Series aircraft ordered worldwide, Bombardier’s CRJ Series family of regional jets is recognized as the most successful regional aircraft program in the world. The CRJ Series performance on reliability is over 99.5% thanks to its mature systems and robust technology. The CRJ Series shares commonality benefits from being an integrated family, providing flexibility to operators and allowing them to optimize their fleet to specific market demands. No other regional aircraft delivers this capability.

Specialised Aircraft

Providing the lowest seat-mile cost of any regional jet, for medium-haul applications, the CRJ Series family of aircraft is the benchmark for regional jet efficiency in the 60- to 100-seat segment, with reduced environmental impact and enhanced cabin interiors.

Q Series

Inside and out, the Q400 has been continuously improved to make it the largest and most comfortable turboprop in the world. Passengers enjoy a quieter cabin thanks to the Q400’s unique active noise and vibration suppression system, which results in noise levels lower than those of some jets. Displaying turboprop economics with jet-like performance, the Q400 offers the best of both worlds because it is able either to fly slower to minimize fuel burn or faster to maximize productivity. At lower speeds, it offers the same tripcost as competing turboprops, with up to 14 more seats. At higher speeds, the Q400 delivers over 30% cost advantage compared to the jet aircraft it often

Ever since the first Shorts S.26 and S.27 aircraft rolled off the line in 1910 and were delivered to the United Kingdom’s Royal Naval Air service, Bombardier has helped governments and other special mission providers meet their requirements. It has expertly adapted its class-leading platforms to provide a comprehensive range of specialized aircraft that are counted on to perform as promised. Bombardier has over 375 specialized aircraft in service today around the world and civil aircraft in more than 40 countries. From leading light jets, to superior Global aircraft, it can be said that no one puts more resources at the command of military, scientific and governmental agencies than Bombardier. In conclusion, a history that spans more than 100 years makes Bombardier a proud member of the centennial club. From biplanes to supersonic fighters, it has helped to define modern aviation. Bombardier created the first business jet, invented the regional jet, and has produced thousands of technological innovations that have advanced aviation. Its leadership position today continues a long-standing tradition. With orders from global clients including Air Canada, Swiss Global Air, Zetta and Zenith among others, Bombardier is set to continue as a global leader.

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irbus Defence and Space has signed a memorandum of understanding with CAE of Canada for the acquisition of two additional Full Flight Simulators for the C295 medium transport and surveillance aircraft. One device will be located at the company’s International Training Centre at Seville, Spain and the other with an undisclosed C295 operator. The deal will support the rapidly growing number of C295s in service worldwide and will take to six the number of C295 simulators purchased from CAE. Altogether, 169 C295s have been ordered by 24 countries worldwide, in a variety of configurations including maritime patrol and search and rescue.

“The C295 is the market leader in its class and it is essential that we invest in expanding our training services to match the growth in the global fleet,” said Simon Jacques, President Airbus Defence and Space Canada. The C295 is a leading contender for Canada’s new fixed-wing search and rescue (FWSAR) aircraft. Should it be selected for this important project, the additional simulator at the International Training Centre will immediately allow for the training of Canadian crewmembers until a training centre is established in Canada. The C295 contains a substantial quantity of Canadian content. Beyond CAE, the aircraft is powered by engines

Air Canada to launch new routes from Vancouver...


ir Canada is boosting international flights at its Vancouver hub next summer with daily seasonal flights from YVR to Frankfurt, and three times weekly seasonal flights from YVR to London Gatwick. Flights begin 1 June 2017 and 8 June 2017 respectively, and tickets are now available for purchase. Air Canada’s Vancouver-London Gatwick service will be operated by Air Canada Rouge with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft featuring premium and economy cabins. Flights are timed to optimize connectivity to and from flights within

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made by Pratt & Whitney Canada, electro-optical systems are provided by L3 Wescam and, in the FWSAR role for Canada, it would be supported in service through a partnership with PAL Aerospace. “We are extremely proud of the important role we play in the C295 program globally, and are excited to continue to provide the high-fidelity simulation equipment that will be used to train pilots from around the world in this aircraft,” said Gene Colabatistto, CAE’s Group President Defence & Security. “This is just a small part of the long-standing relationship that CAE and Airbus Group have, which sees Canadian technology and skills exported around the world.”

BC and the Pacific North West at Air Canada’s Vancouver hub. Vancouver-Frankfurt flights will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

...and montreal


ir Canada will introduce daily flights from Montreal to Shanghai, China from 16 February 2017. This will be Air Canada’s first direct service to China from Montreal and its first use of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on flights departing from Montreal. “China is Canada’s second largest trading partner and Air Canada has made a significant investment of more than $1 billion in aircraft and equipment allocated specifically to serve the Chinese market from our Canadian hubs,” said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada’s president and chief executive officer. Air Canada operates around 50 weekly flights to hina including 21 from Toronto and 21 from Vancouver.


news IN BRIEF UPS has placed an order for 14 Boeing 747-8



eggitt Aircraft Braking Systems (MABS), a division of the UK-based Meggitt group, held a ribbon cutting ceremony and facility tour in October, attended by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and other dignitaries, to dedicate a 66 job, $9.3-million expansion of its Danville manufacturing and distribution campus. “For the past decade, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems grew as a substantial employer and a major player in Boyle County’s economy. This project represents the company’s second expansion and an ongoing commitment to central Kentucky,” said Governor Bevin. “The expansion we dedicate today also exemplifies the Commonwealth’s increasing

role in the global aerospace industry. Corporate partners like MABS recognize Kentucky offers an ideal location and workforce for aviation and aerospace manufacturing. I look forward to seeing MABS continue to grow in the years ahead.” During the two-part project, MABS relocated and integrated its wheeland-brake maintenance and repair operations facility from Akron, Ohio, to Danville. The company also expanded its carbon brake manufacturing capacity with three new production furnaces and related support machines. The expansion will help MABS meet current and future demand from new clients, including providing components for the Canadian Bombardier

C-Series aircraft and Gulfstream 650 business jet. MABS initially located its carbon brake manufacturing facility in Danville in 2005. In 2011, it added an assembly and distribution operation, bringing its total Kentucky investment to approximately $70 million. “The MABS Danville campus has available land to accommodate growth in creating a single, global production and distribution center with significant economies of scale,” said MABS President Luke Durudogan. “Future plans call for additional building expansions in 2018-20, with additional carbon furnaces and support equipment, at an anticipated investment of $100 million.”

Lockheed Martin opens Advanced Pilot Training facility in Greenville, South Carolina


ockheed Martin has officially opened its Advanced Pilot Training facility in Greenville, South Carolina. The newly refurbished building will house the Ground Based Training System, as well as the tooling and manufacturing equipment to complete final assembly and flight operations for the T-50A trainer aircraft. The T-50A is low risk and highly capable, building upon the proven heritage of the

T-50, of which there are more than 150 flying today with over 200,000 flight hours, and more than 1,800 pilots who have trained in this aircraft. The T-50A was developed jointly by Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries. Lockheed Martin completed the initial flight test of its first T-50A configured aircraft on 2 June 2016 and the initial flight of its second T-50A configured aircraft on 26 July.

Freighters, with an option to purchase an additional 14 of the cargo airplanes. “These aircraft are a strategic investment for increased capacity for UPS customers around the globe,” said Brendan Canavan, president, UPS Airlines. “The 747-8 will allow UPS to upsize our network in both new and existing markets.” With its iconic nose door, 747-8 Freighter has 16 per cent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400F. *

The Royal Air Force

has awarded Raytheon UK a £131 million extension of its contract to manage support services for the Sentinel surveillance aircraft programme. The award extends the contract to 2021. Raytheon will optimise the design, modification, configuration management and support aspects of Sentinel at RAF Waddington and at Raytheon’s facility in Broughton, Wales. *

United Airlines, in partnership with the City of Houston and the Houston Airport System, is building a new United Technical Operations Center (UTOC) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The project will add approximately 200,000 square feet of additional hangar capacity for maintaining widebody aircraft, in addition to a new warehouse distribution center, technical services building and administrative offices. The new UTOC is expected to be completed in late 2018.

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to produce its second 10,000 jetliners compared to the first 10,000. Singapore Airlines placed its first order with Airbus in 1979 and over the years the carrier and its subsidiaries have ordered every successive model produced by the manufacturer. Today the mainline carrier operates the A330, A350 XWB and A380, while its regional subsidiaries Silkair and Tigerair fly aircraft from the single aisle A320 Family. Airbus delivered its first aircraft, an A300B2, to Air France on 10 May 1974. Initially working exclusively in the widebody sector with the A300 and A310, the manufacturer moved into the single aisle market in the mid-1980s with the launch of the best-selling A320. Technologies introduced on the A320 were subsequently incorporated on the A330 and A340 in the early 1990s, marking the first time that single aisle and widebody aircraft benefitted from similar operational characteristics. The high level of design commonality has been retained across the company’s product line, including on the double deck A380 and the all-new long range A350 XWB which entered service last year. In recent years the company has invested in the A320neo Family, which entered commercial service this year, and the A330neo Family, currently in development and with first delivery planned for the end of 2017. Also under an advanced stage of development is the second version of the all-new A350 XWB, the A350-1000, which is set for first flight before yearend and first delivery in the second half of 2017.

he delivery of an A350-900 to Singapore Airlines marks the 10,000th aircraft supplied by Airbus since the aircraft manufacturer’s initial delivery in 1974. Featuring a special ‘10,000th Airbus’ logo, the aircraft will be used to launch the airline’s new non-stop services between Singapore and San Francisco. A catalogue of remarkable statistics has also been collected to mark the event. Airbus has recorded over 16,700 orders for its various models and its aircraft are flying today with more than 400 airlines worldwide. The global Airbus fleet has undertaken more than 110 million total flights and flown some 135 billion miles. Airbus aircraft have carried over 12 billion passengers in commercial service – a figure representing approximately twice the world’s population.

“At current production rates, Airbus expects to deliver its 20,000th aircraft in approximately a decade” The 10,000th Airbus delivery comes as the manufacturer achieves its highest ever level of production and is on track to deliver at least 650 aircraft this year. At current production rates, Airbus expects to deliver its 20,000th aircraft in approximately a decade – taking about a quarter of the time

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oeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) have signed a new agreement to expand their joint research collaboration in support of the long-term sustainable growth of commercial aviation. The two companies signed an initial collaboration agreement in March 2012, and have been researching ways to improve aviation’s fuel efficiency and greenhouse-gas emissions reduction, including sustainable aviation biofuel and air traffic management (ATM) efficiency. Through this new agreement, signed at the Zhuhai Airshow, the companies will explore six areas of mutually beneficial research through the renamed Boeing-COMAC Sustainable Aviation Technology Center. They will also continue to exchange commercial aviation market forecasts. “As we approach the 45th year of collaboration between Boeing and China’s aviation industry, Boeing and COMAC are expanding our efforts to ensure commercial aviation’s longterm sustainable growth, improve its efficiency and reduce environmental impact,” said Ian Chang, vice president, supplier management China operations & business development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Our mutually beneficial research with COMAC supports Boeing’s global effort to enable growth and partner to address challenges for our industry.” “The two companies have enhanced mutual trust and understanding during five years of working together,” said Wu Guanghui, vice president of COMAC. “The agreement signed today extends and will bring our cooperation to a new level, enabling the two companies to leverage their own advantages for win-win results that can benefit not only China, but also the rest of world.” Research areas for the Sustainable Aviation Technology Center will include: • Technologies supporting sustainable aviation fuel development and assessing the benefit to aviation of using these technologies;

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ATM technologies and applications; Environmentally sustainable manufacturing, including enhanced recycling of materials; • Technologies to enhance the airplane cabin environment related to environmental stewardship and air travel by aging populations; • New industry or international standards in aviation energy conservation and emissions reduction; • Improvements in workplace safety during cabin and ground operations. As they have since 2012, Boeing and COMAC will jointly select and fund research by China-based universities and research institutions. Their initial agreement created the Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions (AECER) Technology Center. Since then, the Boeing-COMAC AECER Center has conducted 17 research projects, leading to an aviation biofuel demonstration facility that turns waste “gutter oil” into jet fuel and three ATM software prototype systems. The Center has attracted participation of 12 domestic and international research partners. In addition, Boeing and COMAC plan to open a joint venture facility in Zhoushan, China, that will install interiors and paint 737s before Boeing delivers these airplanes to Chinese customers.

Donghai Airlines adds more Boeings


hina is one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets. The Civil Aviation Administration of China has forecast that passenger traffic in China will reach 485 million this year and will reach 1.5 billion passengers in 2030. Boeing has estimated that Chinese airlines will

need to purchase more than 6,800 new airplanes through 2035 to meet the demand for domestic and international air travel. Thinking ahead, Donghai Airlines has finalised an order for five 787-9 Dreamliners, valued at $1.32 billion at current list prices.

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Shenzhen-based Donghai Airlines announced its intent to order twenty five 737 MAX 8s and five 787-9 Dreamliners in July at the Farnborough International Airshow. This new 787-9 order comes a few weeks after the carrier finalized its 737 MAX 8 order last month.

Donghai Airlines started freighter operations in 2006, expanding into passenger services in 2014. It currently has a fleet of 13 Boeing 737800s serving more than 10 cities across China. Donghai Airlines’ fleet is expected to reach 15 airplanes by the end of this year.




agellan Aerospace is to produce F-35 Lightning II horizontal tail assemblies under an agreement with BAE Systems. The agreement is the continuation of annual contract awards made to Magellan by BAE Systems for F-35 assemblies, valued at more than CDN $70 million over a two year period. Magellan and BAE Systems have been working together to produce horizontal tails for the global F-35 program for almost a decade, signing the original letter of intent for this agreement at the Farnborough Air Show in 2006. Building on that initial commitment, both companies have since made significant investment in the facilities, technologies and training to ensure the successful delivery of these flight-critical assemblies to the customer. The horizontal tail assemblies produced at Magellan will be used on the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant of the F-35. At present, Magellan plans to produce more than

1,000 ship sets of horizontal tail assemblies over the life of the F-35 program. “This contract represents significant quantities of horizontal tails awarded to Magellan in the ramping up to full scale production. The ability to meet the increased annual volumes is an essential element of achieving F-35 program objectives in support of our customer’s global obligations,” said Phillip Underwood, Magellan’s President and CEO. “Magellan will be producing approximately half of the CTOL horizontal tails required each year.” “Magellan’s projected total revenues for the F-35 program could reach CDN $2.0 billion based on the current anticipated aircraft requirements,” said Scott McCrady, Magellan’s Corporate F-35 Program Director. “We are seeing significant increases in annual program quantities from both the US DoD and the international partners.” The program could produce up to 4,000 F-35 fighters globally.



he Ministry of Defence has announced that the UK has been chosen by the F-35 Program Office to be a global repair hub providing maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for F-35 avionic and aircraft components. Over the lifetime of the programme, components for hundreds of European-based F-35 aircraft will be serviced and maintained in North Wales. This work will generate hundreds of millions of pounds of revenue for the UK defence industry, with the potential to unlock more than £2 billion of future F-35 support revenue over the lifetime of the programme. This will help sustain thousands of high tech jobs and skills. The work will involve maintenance and repair of systems for the F-35 aircraft including electronic and electrical components, fuel, mechanical and hydraulic systems, and ejection seats.

“This establishes Britain as a hub for all European F-35s and is hugely positive news for our high-tech and innovative defence industry,” said Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. “It is an endorsement of the skills and capabilities the UK offers, will create hundreds of high-end jobs, safeguard thousands more and be a substantial boost to UK exports.” The winning UK solution will be based on an innovative partnership enterprise between the Defence Electronics & Components Agency (DECA), BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman, supported by key F-35 original equipment manufacturers. The work will be centred at the Governmentowned DECA facility based at MOD Sealand, in North East Wales. The new global avionic and aircraft component repair service is expected to be operational from early 2018.

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lobal Aviation Services LLC has acquired D&D GSE Support Inc, a ground support equipment (GSE) maintenance provider serving the Fort LauderdaleHollywood International Airport (FLL). The acquisition enhances Global’s market position in South Florida and marks the company’s first acquisition. Global intends to pursue continued expansion by acquiring high quality GSE maintenance businesses across the country.

“I’ve spent nearly 50 years in the GSE maintenance business,” said Leo Dyke, principal owner of D&D. “We started D&D over 14 years ago to provide really good maintenance at a fair price. We worked hard every day to take care of our customers and to take care of our employees. When we started thinking about selling the business we knew we had to find a company that shared those same values.” Brad Osborn, CEO/ President of Global, agreed. “We started Global in 2007

based on the same core values: do quality work with integrity, earn your customer’s trust and care for your team. The vision and values of both companies align very well. We have a lot of respect for the work Leo has done. This should be a positive transition for D&D’s customers and we’ll work hard to continue to care for D&D’s employees.” Effective immediately, D&D will become Global Aviation Services. The operation will have 14 - 18 technicians and will serve as a primary hub for GSE Maintenance in South Florida and the Bahamas. Global was established in September 2007, and has grown to provide GSE maintenance service at over 75 airports in the United States. “Our growth has been organic, one new served location, one new customer at a time,” said Osborn. “Securing space to operate and finding qualified technicians to do the work has made organic growth challenging. The acquisition strategy enables us to more readily gain entry into a market. We expect to pursue several other acquisition opportunities in the coming years.”

Kevin Flanagan, vice president Flanagan Industries, welcomed the acquisition by EDAC Technologies as a strategic opportunity to combine the expertise of two well respected aerospace companies. “With our combined resources and capabilities, we will have greater access to the global aerospace market and be

able to continue to grow in Connecticut,” he said. EDAC Technologies is a precision manufacturing company serving the aerospace and industrial markets. In the aerospace sector, EDAC offers design and precision manufacturing services for commercial and military aircraft engine components and related tooling and equipment.

EDAC Technologies acquires Flanagan Industries


DAC Technologies has acquired Flanagan Industries, an aerospace engine component manufacturing business in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Flanagan Industries is a premier supplier of precision machined and fabricated components and assemblies with a 70 year history of supporting leading OEM and Tier 1 customers. “The acquisition brings a highly complementary product portfolio and

capabilities that further strengthen our ability to support our aerospace and industrial gas turbine customers,” said Terry Bruni, EDAC Technologies’ president and chief operating officer. “EDAC is excited to welcome the people, technical skills and advanced manufacturing capabilities of Flanagan to the family. We are excited to have the Flanagan team on board and look forward to our future growth and success together.”

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aytheon Company plans to build the T-100 Integrated Air Training System on a shovel-ready site in Mississippi. Should the US Air Force approve the company’s proposal for the Advanced Pilot Training program, Raytheon would establish a final assembly and check-out facility in Meridian. “Our process determined that the best location for building the T-100 is Meridian, Mississippi,” said Rick Yuse, president of Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. “It provides the right blend of infrastructure, proximity to our customers, government support and a talent base that’s ready for the high tech jobs critical to our success.” Raytheon has manufactured products in Mississippi for more than three decades. The company manufactures active electronically scanned array radars at its facility in the city of Forest. “Mississippi’s existing partnership with Raytheon is one

reason we are a global leader in advanced manufacturing for the defense industry,” said Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant. “With a firm understanding of the significance of the advanced pilot training mission, we are excited about the possibility of expanding that partnership and creating hundreds of new, high-paying jobs supporting our brave men and women who serve this country.” The T-100 Integrated Air Training System is a comprehensive, next-generation training solution customized to meet and exceed the U.S. Air Force’s mission requirements. Based on the Aermacchi M-346, it combines cutting–edge, ground-based simulators with computerized classroom training to prepare the next generation of pilots. LeonardoFinmeccanica, CAE USA and Honeywell Aerospace have partnered with Raytheon to offer the T-100 to the US Air Force.

Duval increases precision grinding capabilities for landing gear


uval Precision Grinding is adding new equipment to expand its capabilities in outer diameter (OD) and jig grinding to accommodate growing demand for landing gear precision grinding and surface finishing. Over the last twelve months Duval has experienced an increase of up to 70% in landing gear work, attributing its success to its recently renewed NADCAP certification, depth of experience and consistent history of delivering quality parts on time. Some clients have been working with Duval Precision Grinding for more than a decade. To accommodate the growing demand for grinding services for landing gears and other flight-critical components, Duval has bolstered its grinding services with additional

equipment, effectively expanding its OD and jig grinding capabilities so it can process multiple jobs at a faster pace, thereby minimizing production turnaround time. The equipment also makes it possible for Duval to perform grinding services on parts of various shapes and sizes. Duval is capable of working with ferrous metals, stainless steel, non-ferrous metals and materials, and any kind of coating or plating. “Aerospace OEMs trust Duval because of our longstanding reputation for excellence,” says president, Ron Parlengas. “Manufacturers value a high level of quality in every step of the production process, including the griding and finishing of parts.”

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BOOM SUPERSONIC PROTOTYPE UNVEILED IN DENVER D enver-based start-up Boom Supersonic has unveiled the XB1, a one-third-size prototype of the 45-seater plane it plans to put in the air by the early 2020s. The so-called ‘Baby Boom’ is expected to make its first flight by the end of next year. Faster than Concorde, which made its last flight in 2003, the new plane will be capable of flying from New York to London in less than three and a half hours, making it possible for a business executive to cross the Atlantic for a meeting and fly home the same day. “Sixty years after the dawn of the jet age, we’re still flying at

of existing aircraft. Instead, it offers an entirely new set of air travel metrics, and a new product offering for major international airlines.” Virgin founder Richard Branson has taken a special interest in reviving supersonic travel and the Spaceship Company, Virgin Galactic’s manufacturing arm, has an option on the first ten aircraft from Boom. “I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights,” Branson said. “As an innovator in the space, Virgin Galactic’s decision to work with Boom was an easy one.”

“Sixty years after the dawn of the jet age, we’re still flying at 1960s speeds” 1960s speeds,” said Blake Scholl, chief executive officer and founder of Boom. Scholl’s ambition is to make supersonic travel affordable, and profitable, on a global scale. Aviation analysts at Boyd Group International (BGI) seem to think that is possible, with a report suggesting that if the production plane can deliver on its expected price and ticket costs, there could be worldwide demand for 1,300 of the $200 million planes. “In key business class markets—such as trans-Atlantic—it is projected that the new airliner will have enormous airline demand,” the BGI report said. “It is not a further evolution

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Boom claims that with advanced materials, more efficient engines and a more efficient wing design, it can make supersonic travel a commercial reality for the cost of today’s business class – around $5,000 for a return transatlantic trip. The XB-1 will be tested in association with the Virgin Galactic team from next year and will be used to refine the airframe and engines that will be needed to make commercial supersonic flights a reality. The new aircraft has a cruising speed of Mach 2.2 or 1,451mph, which is 10 per cent faster than Concorde’s speed of Mach 2 and 2.6 times faster than other airliners.




newly developed hybrid airship certification criteria, which is being used to complete the type certification. First commercial deliveries are scheduled in 2019. Hybrid airships combine the technology of lighter than air aircraft with airplanes, helicopters and hovercraft. Helium provides 80 per cent of the lift, while the remaining lift comes from the aerodynamic shape of the aircraft and its four thrust vectoring engines. The airship also features a unique hovercraft-like air cushion landing system that facilitates taxiing and grips the craft firmly on the ground. The airships present a cost-effective and environmentallyfriendly solution to Quest’s transport challenges. The LMH-1 is not only designed to use less fuel, emit less carbon dioxide and produce less noise than conventional aircraft, it also eliminates the need for costly ground-level infrastructure, avoiding impact on the area’s wildlife habitat compared to road transport and trucking along a road corridor to the Labrador Sea coast. The service agreement represents a value of approximately US$850 million over a 10-year period that starts in 2019, with further extensions of up to 20 additional years in line with the current projected life of the mine. Straightline Aviation is headquartered in the United Kingdom with offices in New York and Los Angeles.

traightline Aviation has signed an agreement with Quest Rare Minerals Ltd to provide dedicated air services for the transport of ore concentrate, supplies and personnel using Lockheed Martin’s hybrid airships. The airships will provide shuttle transportation between Quest’s Strange Lake complex mine site in Northern Quebec and Schefferville, a town with a direct rail link to the Port of Sept-Iles. Under the memorandum of understanding, SLA will operate a fleet of seven of the world’s first heavy-lift cargo hybrid airships, the LMH-1. The airships will transport personnel, critical supplies for mine operations, and carry more than 200,000 tonnes of rare earth ore concentrate annually for delivery to Quest’s Bécancour refining facilities. Rare earth metals are critical to hundreds of high tech applications, many of which define our way of life and are key to the emergence of green technologies. Developed and built by Lockheed Martin, the LMH-1 is well suited to Quest’s remote northern Quebec mine site location. The airship has the ability to land on virtually any surface including snow, ice, gravel and even water, with no runways required or other expensive infrastructure. The heliumfilled, heavier-than-air airships can carry 20 metric tons of cargo and up to 19 passengers. Both the US Federal Aviation Administration and Transport Canada have agreed on the

Vector Space Systems locates manufacturing facility in Pima County, Arizona


ector Space Systems, a micro satellite space launch company comprising new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, is locating its manufacturing facility in the Pima County Aerospace, Defense and Technology Business & Research Park.

said Chuck Huckelberry, Pima County’s administrator. I congratulate Vector Space Systems on its expansion and expect they’ll be seeing a few new neighbors in the near future.” “While Vector’s eyes are focused on the stars, our home is in Arizona because we believe in its potential as a competitive tech hub, and we’re honored to have the opportunity to contribute toward its economic development in the aerospace manufacturing industry,” said Jim Cantrell, CEO and co-founder of Vector Space Systems.

“Vector Space Systems becomes the second tenant of the county’s Aerospace, Defense and Technology Business & Research Park in the Sonoran Corridor, joining World View,”

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ingdao Airlines has selected the Pratt & Whitney PurePower geared turbofan (GTF) engine to power its firm order of 18 Airbus A320neo family aircraft. “Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower engine creates the cleaner, greener and quieter flight experience we are seeking for our passengers,” said Tang Huanguang, chairman, Qingdao Airlines. “We’re glad to deploy this next generation engine to power our success in the increasingly competitive airline market in China.” “We thank Qingdao Airlines for choosing our ground-breaking geared turbofan engine,” said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president, commercial engine sales, marketing & customer support, Pratt & Whitney. “We’re providing more than just an engine; we’re transforming aviation and leading a new era amidst one of the most exciting chapters in our history.” In October, the GTF engine was chosen by Spirit Airlines, the first US carrier to fly the Airbus A320neo. The aircraft made its first passenger service flight from Detroit to Los Angeles on Sunday 16 October. “Two things stood out immediately,” said Jyri Strandman, vice president of flight operations at Spirit Airlines, who piloted their first Airbus A320neo on the ferry flight from Germany to Florida. “Number one was that the engines are extremely quiet. Secondly, when we landed, we noticed we had a whole lot more fuel than we expected to have.” Spirit Airlines calculated that on the 2,000 mile flight between Detroit and Los Angeles, the new

aircraft saved about 422 gallons of fuel compared with the previous model. Performance on other aircraft also confirms that the PurePower geared turbofan engine reduces fuel burn by 16 per cent, lowers emissions by 50 per cent and reduces the noise footprint by 75 per cent. Eight carriers are currently flying GTF engine powered aircraft across the globe. Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp, has engine orders, including options, from more than 80 customers in 30 countries.

Air China and Shenzhen Airlines select V2500 engines


ir China and Shenzhen Airlines have selected the V2500 engine to power their Airbus A320ceo family aircraft, with 18 and 13 orders, respectively. The V2500 engine is offered through IAE International Aero Engines AG, a multinational aero engine consortium whose shareholders comprise Pratt & Whitney, Pratt & Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH; Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines GmbH. “We appreciate the trust Air

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China places in our products and people,” said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president, Commercial Engine Sales, Marketing & Customer Support, Pratt & Whitney. “We look forward to supporting Air China’s V2500 powered A320ceo family aircraft.” Founded in 1988, Air China is China’s only national flag carrier and a member of the world’s largest airline network, Star Alliance. Established in 1992, Shenzhen Airlines is also a member of the Star Alliance, operating passenger, freight and postal transport.




anadian manufacturer Magellan Aerospace and The Boeing Company have signed new long-term contracts for the supply of complex titanium machined components for the 777X program. These components will be manufactured by Magellan’s facilities in New York and Kitchener, Ontario. In addition to the new contract awards, Magellan and Boeing agreed to a long term contract extension on Magellan’s existing 787 Dreamliner program statement of work, produced at its New York facilities. The new contracts and the 787 extension period will take effect in 2017. In securing these agreements

Magellan has met Boeing’s customer affordability goals through the Partnering for Success program on these new long term contracts. “These awards reflect Magellan’s long term and ongoing commitment to the Boeing Company,” said Phillip Underwood, President and CEO of Magellan. “Magellan continues to focus on optimizing its performance in support of Boeing’s needs into the next decade.” Magellan Aerospace is a global, integrated aerospace company providing complex assemblies and systems solutions to aircraft and engine manufacturers, as well as defence and space agencies worldwide.

Qatar Airways orders thirty 787-9 Dreamliners and ten 777-300ERs


atar Airways has announced an order for thirty 787-9 Dreamliners and ten 777300ERs, valued at $11.7 billion at list prices. The airline also signed a letter of intent for up to sixty 737 MAX 8s, valued at $6.9 billion at list prices. The airline was the first to operate the 787 in the Middle East and is a launch customer for the 777X. This commitment to the 737 MAX 8 will make it the first Boeing single-aisle airplane to join Qatar Airways’ fleet for over 15 years. The 777-300ER is considered to be the flagship of the world’s elite airlines. It has the highest schedule reliability of any twin-aisle airplane at 99.5 per cent. The 787-9 Dreamliner is a stretch of the 787-8, flying up to 290 passengers 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km) in addition to extra cargo, allowing airlines the ability to grow routes first opened by the 787-8.

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he US Department of the Army has awarded a contract to the Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) – a joint venture of Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney – for the development and demonstration of advanced engine capabilities that could be applicable to a new fleet of future vertical lift combat helicopters. Part of the Army’s Alternate Concept Engine (ACE) program, the contract is a science and technology effort intended to develop and validate new engine designs that will significantly improve vertical lift, range, speed, payload, survivability and reliability for Army Aviation rotorcraft. “We are excited to play such a significant role in meeting the needs of Army Aviation through our involvement in the ACE program,” said Craig Madden, president of ATEC. “We are focused on ensuring warfighter success by delivering state-ofthe-art technology improvements for the Army’s future vertical

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lift platforms.” Under the ACE program, ATEC will demonstrate advanced variable speed turbine capabilities as well as other advanced technologies in a demonstrator engine test. In addition, the program is also focused on reducing operational and life cycle costs, and the logistical footprint for both the engine and future rotorcraft. “ACE gives us the opportunity to build on a very successful demonstration of our HPW3000 engine, and to add the variable speed turbine and other advanced features that are directly applicable to future vertical lift,” said Craig Madden, president of ATEC. ATEC was recently awarded a contract for preliminary design review (PDR) of the improved turbine engine (ITE), a more powerful and fuel efficient engine for the Army’s fleet of UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters.


tlas Air Worldwide Holdings has ordered nine Boeing 767 passenger airplanes for conversion into Boeing converted freighters (BCF). Four of the orders were previously announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in July, attributed to an unidentified customer. Atlas Air Worldwide, based in Purchase, New York has an allBoeing fleet. Boeing’s current market outlook forecasts a need for 400 wide body conversions over the next two decades, with strong demand for 767 freighter conversions due to a rise in e-commerce.




rish low cost carrier Ryanair is expanding its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) base in Kaunas, Lithuania. The airline is planning to invest around €250,000 into expanding the facilities of its maintenance unit, Kaunas Aircraft Maintenance Services (KAMS), which is located at Kaunas International Airport. “This year, the expected volume of airframe maintenance and aircraft components in Kaunas is increasing,” says Karolis Čepukas of KAMS, “so it was decided to open additional workshops for aircraft components within our existing hangars. We are opening workshops for repairing aircraft airstairs, filling oxygen cylinders, and working on metal and composite parts. In addition, we will be hiring additional aircraft airframe technicians.” The company expects its turnover to jump 20% this

year, and is planning a 30% increase in the number of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul specialists it employs. After the expansion, around 140 specialists will be employed at the facility. Lithuania’s aviation industry has the potential to continue growing in the future thanks to recent reforms to the study

more practical experience during their studies. In their third year, students will be able to do a full year internship at one of the many aircraft maintenance and repair organisations participating in the scheme. This will enable graduates to have at least one year of experience, thus meeting internationally recognised EASA requirements. Further

“Ryanair expects its turnover to jump 20% this year” programmes provided by Lithuanian higher education institutions, which were proposed by the industry and supported by Invest Lithuania. Aviation companies operating in the Kaunas region will provide Aviation Engineering students at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) with the opportunity to accumulate

initiatives by education institutions will mean study programs can be certified as meeting EASA basic training requirements. These steps mean companies will acquire well-trained technicians, and will lower the investment companies need to make, as the theory part of their training would be partially covered by government funding.

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synergies that complement Avcorp’s current 737 wheel well fairing high-rate production program, having daily just-in-time deliveries to 737 assembly lines. “These latest awards expand Avcorp’s manufacturing relationship with Boeing with a timeline that goes well into the future,” said Peter George, CEO of Avcorp Industries. “We are very proud to support Boeing on new programs such as the 737 MAX and 777X, and look forward to continued growth providing better solutions to all our customers.” “We appreciate Avcorp’s continued focus on quality, reliability and affordability to support our position in a competitive marketplace,” said John Byrne, vice president, Boeing commercial airplanes supplier manager for aircraft materials & structures. “Avcorp is a positive example of the strong ties between Canada’s aviation industry and Boeing.” Avcorp has been manufacturing and supplying Boeing with various aircraft components for more than 20 years.

anadian components manufacturer Avcorp Industries has been awarded production contracts from Boeing for a range of complex metal bond and multi-material structural assemblies. The new contracts include:

Production of spoilers for the Boeing 737 MAX program, Boeing’s new, more fuel-efficient single-aisle airplane, with first delivery anticipated next year. This will be one of the most significant contracts in Avcorp’s order backlog, involving considerable increases to its existing plant and equipment utilization for the coming years. Production of metal bond panels for the Boeing 777X, Avcorp’s first contract for this new Boeing program. The 777X will be the world’s largest and most fuel-efficient twin-engine commercial airplane, with first delivery anticipated in 2020. Production and supply of doors for the Boeing next-generation 737 and 737 MAX. This contract creates beneficial production

Puma Energy acquires BP terminal in Northern Ireland P

uma Energy, the globally integrated midstream and downstream energy company, has signed a purchase agreement with BP to buy its bulk storage fuel terminal in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This acquisition builds on the purchase of the 1.4 million m3 capacity Milford Haven Terminal in 2015, further supporting Puma Energy’s growth within the European market, and helping to ensure high quality, reliable fuels supply to Northern Ireland.

The Belfast terminal provides storage for gasoline, distillates and aviation fuels, with road gantry loading facilities and a jetty berth capable of handling MR class vessels. The site comprises 20 bulk fuel storage tanks with a capacity of around 143,000m3. The 53 acre former refinery site is located between George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast Harbour. The refinery was opened in 1964 and converted to a terminal in 1982.

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EV EN M OR E AW E S O M E With its 10,000th aircraft delivered this year, Airbus jetliners have become the aircraft of choice for many operators worldwide, from low-cost carriers to fullservice airlines flying many of the longest routes around the globe.

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Airbus The second half of 2016 has been much talked about and somewhat historic for Toulouse-headquartered Airbus, with first orders from newly open for business Iran. Airbus has been granted a licence by the US government to sell its first 17 planes to Iran as part of a landmark deal – made possible by last year’s historic nuclear agreement, which lifted sanctions on Iran in return for it curbing its atomic program. Justin Dubon, Airbus spokesman, said the company received the licence from the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. “Airbus was the first company to sign an agreement with Iran Air and we are pleased to now have a first licence that will allow us to start implementing this agreement,” said Dubon. The licence covers A320s and A330s, which are to be delivered soon. Spectators say that the announcement did not come as a surprise; after all Airbus has for many years led the aviation and aerospace industries in its development of products and markets. Going back more than forty years, the A300 became the world’s first twin-engine widebody jet with its commercial service entry in 1974. It was followed in the early 1980s

by Airbus’ shorter-fuselage A310 derivative, then later that decade by the company’s single-aisle A320 – which has developed into one of the most successful aircraft families in history with the A318, A319, A320 and A321. The 1990s saw Airbus introduce its long-range A330/A340 Family, and a new era of airline travel started in 2007 when the 600-plus-seat A380 began commercial operation. Responding to market requirements, Airbus launched its A350 XWB twin-engine jetliner in the 2000s. This highly efficient aircraft entered commercial service in 2015, bringing together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies. To maintain its competitive edge, Airbus continues to invest in improvements across its marketleading, modern product line – including development of the aforementioned A320neo version, the A330neo variant and more. The company’s international production network has also been significantly expanded over the years, highlighted by its single-aisle final assembly line in Tianjin, China, along with the Airbus US manufacturing facility for A320 Family jetliners, which commenced

“Airbus was the first company to sign an agreement with Iran Air and we are pleased to have a licence that will allow us to start implementing this agreement”  

aircraft deliveries in 2016. Airbus develops a clear empathy with its customers and suppliers, encouraging a two-way flow of views, ideas and technical feedback on its aircraft in service around the world. Airlines and their passengers know that an Airbus aircraft is the product of a high-performance company, which builds the safest, most reliable and best performing aircraft possible. To fulfil its potential, Airbus must constantly improve to meet customer needs and passenger desires. To this end, Airbus has grown its aircraft product line to offer a complete solution that is highly competitive on every level – reinforced by the company’s expanded service offer, as well as its increased global footprint. Additionally, Airbus’ ambitious product policy ensures it stays ahead of the competition through continuous improvement. The company has become more integrated, working towards one common culture across its global workforce, as well as aligning processes and planning with its global supplier base. Supplier relationships are vital to the continued development of the company, both in terms of the services they provide and the innovative ideas they offer. The company relies on industrial co-operation and partnerships with major companies all over the world, and has a global network of some 7,700 suppliers.


Airbus’ comprehensive product line comprises highly successful families of aircraft ranging from 100 to more than 600 seats: the single-aisle A320 Family (including A320neo, the bestselling aircraft in aviation history); the widebody, long-range A330 Family (including the A330-200 Freighter, plus the recently-launched A330-800neo and -900neo); the new-generation A350 XWB Family; and the flagship A380. Airbus jetliners have become the aircraft of choice for many operators worldwide, from low-cost carriers to full-service airlines flying many of the longest routes around the globe. The company’s product line of passenger aircraft is characterised by the highest comfort, unmatched economics and versatility. Airbus’ A320 Family is the undisputed leader in the single-aisle category; while its A330/A340 families

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The A320 single-aisle jetliner family (composed of the A318, A319, A320 and A321) is the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. It is used in a full range of services from very shorthaul airline routes to intercontinental segments, on operations from challenging in-city airports to high-altitude airfields and an Antarctic ice runway, and on VVIP and government missions with the most discerning passengers. To ensure this true market leader keeps its competitive edge, Airbus continues to invest in improvements across the product line, including the A320neo Family, enhancements to the jetliner’s aerodynamics such as Sharklets wingtip devices, upgrades to the widest passenger cabin in its class, and extended service intervals for the airframe. Airbus had booked over 4,500 firm orders for new engine option aircraft through June 2016, comprising an important percentage of the almost 12,500 overall orders logged by Airbus for the entire A320 Family.

– along with two A330neo versions – the A330-800 and the A330-900, which were launched in 2014. Low operating costs, high efficiency, flexibility and optimised performance make the A330 Family popular with an ever-increasing operator base, as well as passengers – who enjoy a truly 21st century travel experience. In addition to offering more personal space with Airbus’ modern long-haul comfort standard of 18-inch wide seats for economy class, A330s also provide the quietest cabins in their class and the latest in-flight entertainment – including video-ondemand, and mobile phone and email connectivity via satellite. The A330 remains the preferred choice for over 100 airlines worldwide, which continue to benefit from its proven and unrivalled low operating costs. From 30-minute flights up to 15-hour long-haul services, the A330 offers the most efficient option. Spanning 200-440 seats, the A330 does not compromise on comfort, while being one of the most reliable aircraft ever with average operational reliability of 99.4 per cent. Every 20 seconds, an A330 aircraft takes-off or lands somewhere in the world.

A330 Family


of twin-engine and four-engine aircraft cover all long-range requirements.

A320 Family

“Airbus has grown its aircraft product line to offer a complete solution that is highly competitive on every level”

Benefiting from over 20 years of continuous incremental innovation, the A330 is the most modern, profitable and reliable family of aircraft in the market, providing a tailored solution for every market today and for the future and an ideal complement to its sister aircraft: the all-new A350 XWB. The A330 Family, part of Airbus’ widebody family, has five in-service members – the A330-200, A330-300, A330-200F, ACJ330 and A330 MRTT

Airbus has committed to continuously improving the programme since the A330’s service entry. The company spends approximately 150 million euros each year on enhancements and incremental improvements for the A330 jetliner family. The newest evolution to the A330 Family is Airbus’ A330neo, which builds on the A330’s proven economics, versatility and reliability while reducing fuel consumption by a further 14 per cent per seat. The NEO’s two versions

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“The company’s international production network has been expanded over the years, including a single-aisle final assembly line in Tianjin, China, and a manufacturing facility in the United States”   Aviation Manufacturer Magazine



“An Airbus aircraft is the product of a highperformance company, which builds the safest, most reliable and best performing aircraft possible”

– the A330-800neo and A330-900neo – share the same fuselage lengths as today’s A330-200 and A330-300 current engine option jetliners, respectively. These aircraft incorporate latest-generation RollsRoyce Trent 7000 engines with 112-inch diameter fan for a 10:1 bypass ratio, along with new Sharklet wingtip devices. The A330neo cabin is also launching the company’s Airspace by Airbus cabin brand. This represents the best of Airbus’ cabin innovation and design, and will be applied progressively across all Airbus aircraft. At the heart of this new philosophy is Airbus’ commitment to passenger wellbeing, as well as unrivalled operational performance for airlines. Airspace by Airbus encompasses the four key dimensions: comfort, ambience, services and design. More personal space, smart monument and service solutions, and a unique welcome area are combined with Airbus signature design elements to transform the A330neo’s cabin. Planned for first deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2017, the A330neo will expand operators’ market opportunities with a range capability increase of up to 400 nautical miles. The platform for developing the NEO is Airbus’ 242tonne maximum take-off weight A330 variant. This upgrade was first applied to the A330-300 – with the no. 1 enhanced A330-300 variant delivered to Delta Air Lines in May 2015 – and subsequently for the A330-200 (in-service from early 2016), allowing operators to carry additional payload on longer missions.

A340 Family

The A340 has earned its reputation as a true globe-trotter – flying some of the world’s longest and most demanding routes while providing superior operating economics – even in challenging “hot and high” conditions – and excellent passenger comfort. The four-engine A340 has greater range at lower cost than other long-range widebody commercial jetliners and the aircraft’s extended reach and spacious interior also tailors it for VVIP and government use with highly discerning customers. There are four variants in Airbus’ A340 Family: the A340-200, A340-300, A340500 and A340-600. With the jetliners’ different fuselage lengths, this product line accommodates from around 250 to up to 475 passengers, providing extended operating ranges of up to 9,000 nautical miles. Powered by four engines, the A340 operates independent of restrictions that apply to twin-jet airliners, allowing direct

flights to destinations – even on extended over-water routes and across unforgiving terrain. It also enables operations from airports at high altitudes and climatic conditions that would be off-limits to other aircraft. The A340 has amassed some impressive numbers. Over 600 million passengers have flown well over 20 million flight hours and 2.5 million flight cycles with airlines flying A340s as long as 16 hours per day. Over 370 A340s have been ordered. As a member of Airbus’ modern aircraft product line, A340s enjoy full advantages from the company’s jetliner family strategy, including its application of digital fly-by-wire controls and a modern cockpit. Utilising the same basic fuselage and wing as Airbus’ twin-engine A330, the A340 shares similar airframe structures, components and systems – providing a true aircraft family with different versions to meet operators’ varied requirements. This system and operational commonality applied across the company’s product line facilitates the support and maintenance of A340s worldwide, while ensuring access to a wide base of qualified pilots who are rated on Airbus’ fly-by-wire aircraft. Qualified pilots can transfer to the A340 in three days from the A330, or seven days from the A320. Backed by the resources of Airbus, the A340 has been continuously improved ensuring the continued value that users expect – proven by the 99 per cent operational reliability. Sharing the same technology and as part of the same industrial programme as the best-selling widebody the A330, the A340 is built around modern technology. In addition, Airbus has introduced performance improvement packages, increases in operating weights, greater fuel capacity, new manufacturing techniques, more powerful engines specifically for the A340 and is working with certification authorities to increase the maximum passenger capacity of the A340-60. The A340 offers one of the quietest cabins in the sky and provides some of the most comfortable environments aloft, well suited for long- and ultra-long haul flights of up to 18 hours. Passengers enjoy the spaciousness of Airbus’ true widebody 222-inch cross-section, with designed-in cabin flexibility for customised cabin interiors. To meet the evolving needs of today’s passengers, Airbus has designed the A340 Family’s widebody cabin for the modern standard of comfort – an 18-inch wide seat in economy class, as well as flexible

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“The A380’s two decks offer 50 per cent more floor surface than the next largest aircraft, allowing airlines to optimize their cabin offering”

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Airbus premium class offerings. This ensures the aircraft remains suited to meet the requirements of travellers well into the future. The A340 has significant cargo capacity in lower holds sized for everything from industry-standard LD3 containers and 96-inch pallets to generous bulk cargo areas. The A340 can accommodate up to 25 tonnes of cargo capacity and 10-14 fullsized pallet positions, depending on the model.

A350 XWB Family

The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new family of widebody aircraft that is shaping the future of medium-to long-haul airline operations – overcoming the challenges of volatile fuel prices, matching rising passenger expectations and addressing increasing environmental concerns. This new-generation jetliner – which entered commercial service in January 2015 – offers seating capacities between 250-440 with its three passenger versions: A350800, A350-900 and A350-1000. The A350 XWB is setting a new standard of efficiency in its class, with 25 per cent lower fuel consumption compared to its current aluminium long-range competitors. It also provides superior passenger comfort, with more personal space and 18-inch wide seats as standard in economy. With the ultra-long range configuration for the A350-900, the A350 XWB demonstrates its versatility by offering the capability to perform flights of up to 19 hours. For Airbus’ newest widebody jetliner, it’s the “Xtra” that makes the difference. The A350 XWB’s 221-inch fuselage crosssection was specifically designed for an optimum travel experience in all classes of service – providing ample room to incorporate the widest seats of any jetliner in its category, while also allowing greater lateral movement and more personal space for passengers on long-range flights. Airbus is currently vying with Boeing for a coveted spot in the fleet of Singapore Airlines. By the end of the year, the airline is expected to back one of the company’s designs, according to three people familiar with the campaign. There’s a “pretty fierce campaign” for this order from Singapore, said one. At the moment, the Boeing and Airbus planes exist largely as PowerPoint presentations that are being evaluated by engineers at Singapore Airlines. Both planes would be the longest twin-aisle jets ever built and the biggest with just two engines. Nose to tail, they’ll be nearly the length of a football field. Airbus’

A350-2000 would be nearly 258 feet long and seat 400 passengers. That’s about 30 passengers more than the current largest A350 jet.


The A380 is designed for air transport needs in the 21st century. Its unique size allows airlines to maximize their revenue potential through an optimized, segmented cabin. The A380 cabin is the quietest and most spacious in the sky for passengers – offering layouts ranging from comfortable 18-inch seats at 11-abreast in economy up to a private three-room suite. It is no wonder travellers opt for the comfort of the A380 when given the choice. This results in higher market shares, higher load factors and higher revenues – allowing airlines to increase their contribution to profit by up to 75 per cent per flight. The A380 has been winning over business and leisure passengers alike since its service introduction in 2007, providing levels of comfort and reliability that have led travellers to specifically request flights on Airbus’ 21st century flagship – which is in operation with carriers around the globe. The double-deck A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft flying today, with capacity to carry 544 passengers in a comfortable four-class configuration, and up to 853 in a single-class configuration that provides wider seats than its competitor. Overall, the A380’s two decks offer 50 per cent more floor surface than the next largest aircraft, allowing airlines to optimize their cabin offering. With superior range of 15,200 km, the A380 is the ideal solution to alleviate traffic congestion at busy airports and maximize profitability on the busiest routes in the world. It has two full-length passenger levels with true widebody dimensions: a main deck and an upper deck, which are linked by fixed stairs forward and aft. In a worldwide airline market focused on high yielding traffic between today’s busiest cities, which doubles in size every 15 years, the A380 can win airlines greater market share with the best cabin in the sky. This flagship Airbus jetliner is proven to attract high-revenue travellers day after day, stimulating demand and offering the best capacity to match demand at peak hours, along with providing comfort aloft unrivalled by any other jetliner. It has the widest and most spacious seating in all classes of service, something that passengers opt for when they have the

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“Airbus is expanding its successful corporate jet series with two highly capable new members: the ACJ319neo and ACJ320neo, which provide further enhancements in comfort, flight distances and efficiency”

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Airbus choice. A380s are flown by members of all three major global alliances, ensuring that both point-to-point and connecting passengers can build mileage accounts with their favourite frequent flyer programmes. By combining the opportunity to capture growth, unmatched comfort and global accessibility, the A380 enables airlines to define new opportunities – and own the sky. Cabin arrangement flexibility allows airlines to differentiate their products and develop solutions for specific market mixes. Operators are making innovative uses of the aircraft’s decks, including the “Residence” suite on Etihad’s A380s – which has three separate rooms and 125 square feet (12 square meters). Airbus’ 21st century flagship A380 is setting new standards in terms of cabin layout and overall passenger comfort, fully leveraging its double-deck configuration to provide broader seats, more personal storage, better head room and wider stairs and aisles. Passenger comfort is further enhanced by a number of additional technologies equipped on Airbus’ A380, including advanced lighting systems and new standards of in-flight entertainment. Cabin air is recycled every three minutes to keep the atmosphere fresh, while 220 cabin windows provide natural light. Four high-level air outlets – as opposed to the industry standard of two – keep customers refreshed during all phases of flight.

Corporate Jets

The family begins with the Airbus ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320 and ACJ321, which feature cabins that are approximately twice as wide as traditional high-end business jets, without being much larger externally. This makes them the new

standard to which corporate jet customers aspire – with customers for these aircraft benefitting from unequalled comfort, space and freedom of movement on every trip. Airbus is expanding this successful corporate jet series with two highly capable new members: the ACJ319neo and ACJ320neo, which provide further enhancements in comfort, flight distances and efficiency. For corporate jet customers that want to carry even more passengers, in even greater comfort and space, Airbus offers a full family of VIP widebodies that also deliver “non-stop to the world” range, allowing company executives, high net-worth individuals and government leaders to save time by flying directly to their destination. These comprise the Airbus ACJ330, ACJ340, ACJ350 XWB and ACJ380. All Airbus corporate jets come from a modern Airbus jetliner family heritage that, together with their large customerbase around the world, makes them excellent investments that hold their value well. As they are derived from Airbus’ modern, popular and successful marketleading jetliners – more than 16,000 of which have been ordered to date from a global customer base – corporate jet customers will invariably be close to Airbus’ global support network, wherever in the world they choose to fly. Corporate jet customers also benefit from Airbus’ passion for non-stop innovation, which creates better and more efficient ways to fly. As an example, the company has applied its reputation for continuous improvement to offer customers corporate jet solutions with more comfort, range and efficiency: the ACJ319neo and ACJ320neo. Built on the

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“Airbus’ Filton, UK location focuses on design, engineering and support for Airbus wings, fuel systems and landing gear integration”   Aviation Manufacturer Magazine


Airbus widest and tallest cabin that is already the cornerstone of the family’s success around the world, NEO corporate jets capitalise on two new engine choices offered for the modern A320 Family – Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM and the CFM International LEAP-1A, as well as Sharklet wingtip devices and improvements in cabin comfort and fuel capacity. Another example is the ACJ350 XWB – the world’s most modern VIP widebody corporate jet. Capable of flying 25 passengers up to 22 hours, this ultralong range jet offers Xtra comfort, Xtra innovative technology and Xtra efficiency. For the spacious cabin – which provides 270 square metres of floor space – the ACJ350 XWB is outfitted with Easyfit provisions, ensuring smooth completion for customers.


Design and manufacturing facilities An Airbus jetliner is the product of highly efficient cooperation across the company’s global supply and manufacturing chains, as well as its decades of innovation for the air transport sector. In line with its philosophy of global cooperation, Airbus relies on a network of regional facilities for design and engineering activities across the company’s full family of modern aircraft. This high-tech work is divided across design offices and engineering

centres located throughout Europe and North America, along with additional sites in India and China. The design office at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France gathers such top-level competencies as architecture integration, general design, structural design and computation, integration tests and systems, and propulsion. Five additional Airbus design offices and engineering centres are located throughout Europe, with sites operating in Spain, the UK, Russia and Germany – the latter of which includes two facilities in Hamburg and Bremen. Airbus’ Filton, UK location focuses on design, engineering and support for Airbus wings, fuel systems and landing gear integration, with additional teams working on systems, structures and aerodynamics projects. In Spain, the company’s Getafe facility handles composites design, development and manufacture, as well as the design and manufacturing of tooling. The Engineering Centre Airbus Russia (ECAR) is a joint venture facility with the Russian industrial group Kaskol. ECAR design teams support Airbus engineers in Hamburg and Toulouse, focusing primarily on fuselage structure, stress and systems installation, as well as the design of cabin interiors and freight compartments. This centre employs some 200 engineers who have completed

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“The Airbus Americas Engineering facility in Mobile, Alabama is responsible for various interior elements of the A350XWB, A380 and A330-200 widebody jetliners”

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Airbus large-scale projects for the A320, A330/ A340, A380 and A350 XWB. Airbus’ first North American design and engineering facility was opened in Wichita, Kansas during 2002. Beginning with an initial staff of 40 people, this location – which is involved in wing design for the A380 and other long-range Airbus aircraft – was expanded in 2010 with a second engineering centre to focus on wing work for Airbus aircraft, as well as to house a team of in-service repair engineers specializing in critical support for customers around the world. Southeast of Wichita in the US is the Airbus Americas Engineering facility in Mobile, Alabama, which is responsible for various interior elements of Airbus’ A350XWB, A380 and A330-200 widebody jetliners. This work includes design and engineering for the passenger cabin, crew rest area, lavatories and galleys. As part of its pledge to support the development of India’s aviation sector, Airbus in 2007 opened its Bangalore engineering centre, which cooperates closely with the company’s other engineering sites around the world, as well as with the country’s growing aerospace industry. As part of Airbus’ fully-owned Airbus India subsidiary, the Airbus Engineering Centre India Pvt. Ltd. (AECI) focuses on the development of advanced capabilities in the areas of modelling and simulation, covering such areas as flight management systems, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), as well as digital simulation and visualization. The Bangalore facility’s cooperation with other Airbus sites includes the development of a simulated A380 flight management system that allows system engineers to provide mature specifications for suppliers of flight management systems, which are key elements in such modern jetliners as Airbus’ A380, A350 XWB, and A320neo jetliners. Inauguration of the Airbus (Beijing) Engineering Centre (ABEC) in 2005 marked a new phase in the decades-long industrial partnership between China and Airbus, with the goal of making China a full risk-sharing partner of up to a 5 per cent airframe work share, on a newgeneration Airbus aircraft. This strategy has since been applied to the A350 XWB, which entered commercial service in January 2015. The Beijing-based facility is a joint venture between Airbus and China’s two largest aviation companies – China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVICI) and China Aviation Industry Corporation II (AVICII), and its core activities centre

on specific design packages for new aircraft programmes.

Smooth operations

In 2013, Airbus implemented a new production organisation in managing the steep and steady ramp-up of industrial activities to meet continued strong demand, while also achieving higher performance levels across the company’s series and development programmes. This organisation is accomplishing these goals through further integration, full crossfunctional alignment and even more teamwork in Airbus’ production activities. On a structural level, the organisation empowers Airbus plants responsible for delivering aircraft components to the individual Airbus final assembly lines, and provides the necessary resources and leverage. In addition, more support is given to engineering and the supply chain for dealing with day-to-day challenges. Primary changes to the production organisation focus on the empowerment of Airbus’ production sites – co-locating key contributing functions like engineering, procurement and quality, and putting them under the operational leadership of a plant head. This ensures a further integration into operations to secure deliveries. The production activities previously performed by Airbus’ Centres of Excellence are now under responsibility and management of the individual plants, which interact directly with the Central Programme Organisations. The larger Airbus production organisation has accountability for final assembly line commitments. Also, a new Operational Excellence Centre of Competence was created to define and deploy Airbus’ industrial strategy and to ensure “best-in-class” industrial standards for Airbus and the extended enterprise. This evolution supports Airbus’ long term “Vision 2020,” particularly in regard to integration efforts.

Transporting parts

Airbus has developed its own transportation system to airlift the large, pre-assembled sections of its jetliners from their production locations to final assembly lines in Toulouse and Hamburg. This service is performed by a fleet of five A300-600ST Super Transporters. These modified A300-600s, nicknamed the “Beluga,” have a bulbous maindeck cargo cabin, which enables the loading of complete fuselage sections and wings. Operated by Airbus Transport International, the Super Transporter is able to carry a 47 metric tonne (103,616

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finishing is only the beginning TNM is specialized in surface finishing for the aviation industry and its goal is to provide their customers with “one stop shop”. TNM is fully approved facility for Airbus and Boeing along with many other major OEM’s and we’re in the process of also getting fully approved for Lockheed Martin. Our Mission “Our mission is to be amongst the elite processors for surface finishing. We are committed to providing superior value and service to our customers and sustained profitability to our stakeholders by investing in our people and services. At TNM “FINISHING IS ONLY THE BEGINNING”. Why TNM? • Approvals for all Major OEMs • Capacity for small, medium and Large Parts • Various Type of treatments • Aggressive Lead Time • On Time Delivery, Quality and Services are guaranteed • Certified for ISO 9001, AS9100, NADCAP TNM has been awarded as one of Top Shops in North America for a second consecutive year and are a finalist for the Gilles Demers 2016 Award attributed by the Québec aerospace community for being a leader in commitment to innovation, wealth creation and outreach and business development and internationalization.

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“With more than 20 years of reliable service, the Beluga carries complete sections of Airbus aircraft from different production sites around Europe to the final assembly lines in Toulouse and Hamburg”

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Airbus lb) payload over a range of 900 nautical miles (1,667 km). To support planned production rate increases, Airbus is expanding its existing A300-600ST fleet with the development and production of five new Beluga aircraft – which will be derived from the company’s versatile A330 widebody product line, with a mid-2019 service entry. Featuring one of the most voluminous cargo holds of any civil or military aircraft flying today, the Beluga offers a unique way to transport oversized air cargo. The company’s five existing Beluga airlifters play a key role in keeping its production and assembly network operating at full capacity – with the fleet’s overall pace of operations growing to support production ramp-ups. Airbus’ oversize air transport capabilities will be further reinforced by a new generation of A330 Family-based Beluga aircraft, the Beluga XL, which was launched in November 2014. With more than 20 years of reliable service, the Beluga carries complete sections of Airbus aircraft from different production sites around Europe to the final assembly lines in Toulouse and Hamburg. The five-aircraft fleet of A300600ST Belugas – operated by the Airbus Transport International (ATI) subsidiary – transports such components as fuselage sections, wings and tails for Airbus’ singleaisle A320 and widebody A330 families, along with parts for the A350 XWB. In addition to serving the internal transportation needs of Airbus, ATI offers Belugas on a charter basis to third parties. ATI ensures a high level of customer satisfaction with loading, unloading, and delivery designed to be fast, safe, flexible, and reliable – as demonstrated by over two decades of successful operations throughout the world. The A380’s size means its fuselage and wing sections are shipped via a surface transportation network that includes specially-commissioned roll-on rolloff ships to carry these sections from production sites in France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom to the French city of Bordeaux. From there, sections are transported by barge along the Garonne River to the Toulouse final assembly line. As for other Airbus aircraft programmes, production of the A380 takes place in different sites across Europe. Each site produces completely equipped sections, which are transported to the final assembly line. Most A380 sections are transported to Toulouse by sea, river and road. A number of smaller components, such as the vertical fin produced in Stade

or the nose section produced in Meaulte, France, are carried in Airbus’ Beluga fleet. All large A380 sections are transported by truck from inland production sites to the nearest river or sea port. Wings, for example, travel by barge along the River Dee from Broughton in North Wales to the Dee estuary, where they are loaded onto a large capacity roll-on roll-off vessel. The craft is used to move aircraft sections by sea to the French port of Pauillac, near Bordeaux. Here, the components are transferred to specially designed barges, which carry them on the penultimate part of their 95 km voyage up Garonne River from Pauillac to Langon. Four river journeys are required to transport fuselage sections and the horizontal tail plane of one aircraft. In Langon, aircraft sections are transferred to outsized-load trucks to complete their journey to Toulouse by road.

THE FUTURE Smarter Skies Initiative

Smarter Skies is the latest instalment in The Future by Airbus. For the first time, Airbus’ vision of sustainable aviation in 2050 looks beyond aircraft design to how the aircraft is operated both on the ground and in the air in order to meet the expected growth in air travel in a sustainable way. Today, if the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system and technology on board aircraft were optimised (assuming around 30 million flights per year), Airbus research suggests that every flight in the world could on average be around 13 minutes shorter. This would save approximately 9 million tonnes of excess fuel annually, which equates to over 28 million tonnes of avoidable CO2 emissions and passenger savings of over 500 million hours of excess flight time on board an aircraft. Add to this new aircraft design, alternative energy sources and new ways of flying and you could see even more significant improvements. The Future by Airbus concentrates on just that and the Smarter Skies vision consists of concepts which could be implemented across all stages of an aircraft’s operation to reduce waste in the system (waste in time, waste in fuel, reduction of CO2).

Inspection drones

At Farnborough this year, Airbus demonstrated aircraft visual inspection using a drone. The drone is equipped with a high definition camera that allows it to perform visual inspection for the upper part of the aircraft. It is flown using an

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“Airbus’ mission is to meet the needs of airlines and operators by producing the most modern and comprehensive aircraft family on the market, complemented by the highest standard of product support”

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Airbus automatic flight control system supervised by a human pilot. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) follows a predetermined flight path and takes a series of pictures automatically. All these images and especially those showing any potential non-quality such as scratches, dents and painting defects, are compiled in a 3D digital model, recorded in a database and then analysed. This data helps improve traceability, prevention and reduction of damage. The benefits of this innovative tool and process are significant. Aircraft downtime for inspection is reduced. Data acquisition by drone only takes 10 to 15 minutes, instead of two hours using conventional methods. Operators no longer need to go up on a telescopic handler to perform the visual inspection, sometimes in poor weather conditions. In addition, picture analysis can be done anytime afterwards and in an office. Aircraft visual inspections are an important part of the production process and part of the Airbus quality standards. A full-scale industrial test is being conducted on A330 aircraft and Airbus is working on implementation on other programmes.


Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace business accelerator where start-ups and Airbus intrapreneurs speed up the transformation of innovative ideas into valuable businesses. The Airbus BizLab has developed a “hybrid” concept to closely collaborate with start-ups while allowing smaller organizations to better understand needs and ways of working of large groups. Airbus BizLab offers to early-stage selected projects wide-ranging support in the form of a 6-month acceleration program. Start-ups have access to a large number of Airbus coaches, experts and mentors in various domains, free hosting, and a Demo Day with Airbus decision makers, venture capitalists, Airbus customers and partners.

Managing the future

Air travel is an invaluable global asset, which provides a worldwide transportation network – rapidly moving passengers and goods to bring together people, businesses and communities. Therefore, safeguarding aviation’s economic and societal benefits is crucial. More than 58 million jobs and US$2.4 trillion of worldwide gross domestic product are supported by the air travel industry. Globally, the aviation sector is expanding. Passenger demand doubles every 15 years and by 2050 the air

transport industry could be handling 16 billion passengers and 400 million tonnes of cargo annually. In the meantime, passengers have become increasingly mindful of the ecological impact of their travel choices. Airbus brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies in each new aircraft programme it develops – as well as in the new versions of its existing aircraft, corresponding to the company’s proven philosophy of incremental innovation – and the environmental performances achieved are impressive and consistent. The company’s commitment to enhancing air travel’s eco-efficiency is underscored by initiatives that extend throughout the entire lifecycle of an aircraft – from the design and production phases to its in-service operation and eventual retirement. Airbus’ mission is to meet the needs of airlines and operators by producing the most modern and comprehensive aircraft family on the market, complemented by the highest standard of product support. The company’s manufacturing operations around the world set industry benchmarks in both quality and efficiency standards. Airbus fosters values of excellence and innovation among its culturally diverse employees and considers its customers, contractors and suppliers to be partners working in the interests of safety, quality and performance. Airbus develops its product family in response to market needs and in close consultation with airlines and operators, suppliers and aviation authorities. This approach ensures the company’s products remain competitive through continuous upgrades. The company’s philosophy is always to listen to its customers and suppliers to maintain its vision – the forward thinking, which has placed Airbus at the forefront of the industry, where it strives to initiate the breakthrough developments that will lead to the aircraft of tomorrow. In October this year, Airbus delivered its 10,000th aircraft, has orders for close to 7,000 more, and is outselling its US rival in the key single-aisle airliner segment – that’s awesome!

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SACS/Boysen Aerospace Groupeverything from one source From a small branch to becoming a leader in its sector SACS was founded in 2002 as a specialist in the production of fastening and connecting systems based in Germany. Through its enthusiasm, knowledge and experience in the market SACS was able to win its first orders from well-established 1st Tier suppliers. A continuous rate of growth in turnover, employee and market allocation was the result of being an innovative supplier partner to its customers. The SACS Boysen Aerospace Group was formed in 2005, following the merger of SACS and Boysen. Boysen Hamburg moves into a new office 400qm Foundation SACS Boysen Aerospace US Inc. DFW

Take-over BOYSEN GmbH & Co. KG Munich

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New SACS Building Empfingen


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Foundation Boysen

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Boysen, a distributor of aerospace fasteners since 1967, was the ideal organisation to enhance the existing product portfolio of SACS. In 2012, the SACS/Boysen group opened a plant in Dallas, Texas, USA (SACS Boysen Aerospace US) which is totally dedicated to supporting the US market which includes – but is not limited to -Airbus Helicopters. In 2015 SACS opened its new facility in Empfingen, Germany. From the initial ground breaking in September 2014 it took only 12 months until the first products manufactured in Empfingen were delivered to customers. This 12 month timeframe also included a full requalification of the site in order to maintain all quality certifications such as AS9100, Part 21 Subpart G for production- as well as Part 145 for maintenance organizations. Running in parallel with this, SACS also qualified some new processes, including laser cutting.

From Ground Breaking until First delivery within 12 Months September 2014 was the start of a new and exciting period for the company. The new state of the art facility has a 5,900m2 production hall, which increases the group’s capacity for milling, turning, machining and stamping, including bending and cutting of sheet metals by laser. There are also specialised assembly areas which are providing automated work stations for assembling part parts. The CEO of SACS (Oliver Dratius) states that “We are currently working on reducing the risk of our customers’ supply chain by establishing in house surface treatment capacities, which in turn will allow us to reduce lead times and any risks associated with the ordering process”. The new facility also hosts a 2,200m2 office building, providing modern work space for the company’s sales, logistics, purchasing and quality departments. One of the main reasons for the expansion is to increase the company’s capacity for engineering and development. The company places a lot of importance on its ability to work with and support its customers from the very beginning of each project. The sales team leader (Karin Marschall) reports that “Most of our parts are customized solutions, developed together with our customers”. In order to meet high customer demands, SACS has implemented a quality management system, AS/EN9100, certified by an external institution, which is mandatory throughout the group. The implemented standards are also in line with the requirements imposed by international aviation authorities, verified and certified by the European Aviation Authority.

SACS and Boysen - Two divisions, one goal Tailor made business solutions are what SACS/Boysen is providing to its world wide customers. By having the unique capability to manufacture both detail parts and fasteners, the group is in the ideal position to accommodate its customers

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with a widespread product portfolio. An experienced engineering team works closely with customers to develop new solutions and standards. A dedicated certification team then ensures that these developments are fully qualified and meet with all customer and regulated authoritive requirements. Its enduring development in solutions, services and sustainable growth is what makes this globally active group stand out above others. Together with Boysen Munich and SACS Boysen US, the Group currently employs 190 people, a figure that will continue to grow steadily, in line with the organisation. SACS specializes in the development, certification and manufacture of fastening and connecting systems, offering a range of products for aircrafts and helicopters. These range from fasteners to detail parts including table mechanisms, pocket door mechanism, hinges, latches, armrests, toilet seats, tie rods, studs, inserts, bolts, washers, etc. SACS delivers more than just ready-to-install components. It also provides individual services such as engineering, manufacturing expertise, or quality assurance measures. The available spectrum ranges from product development to complete kitted systems required for the global production

SACS/Boysen Aerospace Group

BOYSEN GmbH & Co. KG Standard Parts / Fasteners Sales Hamburg, Germany Competence Center Fasteners

SACS GmbH Production Plant Empfingen, Germany BOYSEN GmbH & Co. KG Standard Parts / Fastener Sales Munich, Germany Competence Center Fasteners Warehouse

SACS BOYSEN Italy Sales & Technical Support Turin, Italy SACS BOYSEN France Sales & Technical Support Toulouse, France

SACS BOYSEN Japan Sales & Technical Support

SACS BOYSEN Aerospace U.S. LLC Sales & Technical Support Los Angeles, CA Planned in 2016

SACS BOYSEN Indonesia Sales & Technical Support Bandung,Indonesia

SACS BOYSEN India Sales & Technical Support Bangalore, India

SACS BOYSEN Aerospace U.S. LLC Sales & Technical Support Fort Worth, TX Competence Center Fasteners Warehouse SACS BOYSEN Brazil Sales & Technical Support Sao Paolo, Brazil Planned until 2018

SACS BOYSEN UAE Sales & Technical Support Abu Dhabi, UAE

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of components. Boysen is an internationally recognised distributor and service provider for aerospace products, offering global procurement and logistic solutions. Key services provided are: • • • •

The new production site is fitted with Cutting-edge 5 axis CNC machine tools performing operations such as drilling or milling. In addition to that our machinery is fitted with:

Direct line feed (DLF) support Set up of Kanban systems Vendor managed inventory (VMI) Consignment stock maintenance

In order to meet customer requirements, Boysen has two centres of excellence. One is based in Munich and has its main focus on providing solutions with metric parts (measured in centimetres) and is specialized on serving customers dealing in the military sector of the aviation business. The second branch is based in Hamburg with its main focus being the commercial side of aviation. Boysen has more than 16,000 different line items in stock and also offers an Aircraft on Ground (AOG) service.


• Turning • Bending • Forming • Laser • Stamping For the perfect response to the individual needs of customers, the manufacturing unit is organised into specially trained production teams. The synergy of cutting-edge highly automated manufacturing technology and SACS qualified staff ensures time and cost-effective manufacturing.


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State of the art production line


SACS/Boysen Aerospace Group Abbinder am Ende des redaktionellen Beitrags - für Format 210 x 297 mm + 3 mm Beschnittzugabe

cost-effectivity, best quality and on time delivery by suppliers are in return rewarded with a fair partnership and long term business relationship. Volker Lamberti, Sales Director at SACS says that “In this connection it is an absolute must to have the capability to manage international business with its different languages and cultures.”

Surface treatment processes are being established and qualified in order to mitigate risks within the supply chain. The overall target is to provide our customers more flexibility and shorter lead times for their products.

Engineering and Development A key function within the group

Kitting as value add - maximum customer benefit through comprehensive services offered

Roland Moser, Head of Engineering says that “The Engineering function is the company’s steward of technical expertise, processes and tools. Its most important responsibility is to make the correct technical judgments.” Products are either developed together with customers and/ or the results of market studies identifying future needs. Currently, the company has recognised an increasing demand for multifunctional parts. In addition, usability is important for all parts to ensure safe and easy handling. SACS believes that safety is paramount and a vital consideration for all its products. Mechanisms are built and tested to be durable, solid, reliable and easy-to-use. For example, pocket door mechanisms are built with gas springs, which enable a door to close automatically. The company believes that a feeling of safety and security inside the seating compartment of an aircraft contributes to the passengers’ travel experience.

Since 2003 SACS has offered its customers a unique add-on, by suppling kits - just in time - to their assembly lines. The ram air inlet for the Airbus A319/A320/A321 Single Aisle Program was the first kit SACS supplied in such a set up. One of its main customers (FACC based in Austria) has just extended its existing contract until 2022 because of the importance of having a supplier able to act as an integrator within the supply chain. Rudolf Leitner, the executive purchasing vice president FACC states that “SACS with its ability to deliver hardware kits directly to our assembly lines is a major contributing factor to FACC in reducing cost in its supply chain. Ordering efforts are minimised and the time for receiving parts could be optimised. Instead of ordering hundreds of different part numbers, only one part number is ordered”. With expertise in both detail parts and standard hardware, SACS and Boysen has the ability to identify cost savers within existing programs. This service is offered to customers and can be utilised to improve existing recurring cost models by establishing kitting systems.

Supply Chain Management The management of complex supply chains is one of the key factors of success to become and endure as a state of the art aerospace supplier. To ensure that, SACS pays great attention to establishing and monitoring a robust supplier base. Reliability, ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING MADE IN GERMANY SACS GmbH Robert-Bosch-Straße 15 · 72186 · EMPFINGEN · GERMANY Phone +49 7485 97722-100 ·

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Lockheed Martin Engineering a better tomorrow

Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta, two distinguished companies with origins over 100 years ago, combined in March 1995 in “a merger of equals” to form Lockheed Martin, now one of the world’s major aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies companies. Its list of legendary products includes the C-130 Hercules (Lockheed) and the Viking 1 and 2 Mars landing craft (Martin Marietta)  

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eadquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.   Aviation Manufacturer Magazine


Lockheed Martin Both companies contributed legendary products to the new portfolio. Lockheed products included the Trident missile, P-3 Orion, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor, C-130 Hercules, A-4AR Fightinghawk and the DSCS-3 satellite. Martin Marietta products included Titan rockets, Space Shuttle External Tank, Viking 1 and Viking 2 landers, and various satellite models. With approximately 98,000 employees worldwide, the majority of Lockheed Martin’s business is with the US Department of Defense and US federal government agencies. Sikorsky (a Lockheed Martin company) provides military and rotary-wing aircraft to all five branches of the US armed forces along with military services and commercial operation in 40 countries. The remaining portion of Lockheed Martin’s business comprises international government and commercial sales of products, services and platforms. Lockheed Martin’s operating units are organized into broad business areas.


With approximately $15.5 billion in 2015 sales, the Aeronautics division incudes tactical aircraft, airlift, and aeronautical research and development lines of business. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, home of the world renowned SkunkWorks, delivers breakthrough capabilities and landmark aircraft that continually redefine flight. This has been designing, building and sustaining the finest military aircraft in the world for more than 100 years.

Missiles and Fire Control

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) division is a recognized designer, developer and manufacturer of precision engagement aerospace and defense systems for the US and allied militaries. MFC develops, manufactures and supports advanced combat, missile, rocket, manned and unmanned systems for military customers that include the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, NASA and dozens of foreign

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allies. MFC also offers a wide range of products and services for the global civil nuclear power industry and the military’s green power initiatives. This division offers the vital capabilities needed to provide both war-fighting and civilian customers the products and services they need in their defining moments.

Mission Systems and Training

Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training (MST) division provides surface, air and undersea applications for US military and international customers. The same expertise provided for military customers is being applied to increase the capabilities of US and international civilian agencies. Lockheed Martin’s vision for MST is to set performance standards to serve its customers every day with the best people, best systems, and best services.

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Space is a demanding environment but with systems built by Lockheed Martin, space is where they believe the future takes flight, through partnerships that raise global communications, weather forecasting, space exploration and national security to new levels. Delivering vital space capabilities is all a question of how - and it is the how that makes all the difference. Lockheed Martin’s aircraft leadership is earned through relentless research and development of high-performance combat, air mobility and reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft. It provides world-class training, focused logistics support and advanced targeting and navigation technologies

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to enable the right people with the right skills to be in the right place at the right time with the right information and the right munitions to accomplish their missions. As a premier systems integrator, Lockheed Martin puts it all together to create an integrated system of systems where the value of the whole is greater than sum of its parts.

A-10 Thunderbolt II

“The US Air Force and Lockheed Martin-led A-10 Prime Team have worked closely to significantly digitize the A-10A Thunderbolt II close air support fighter”

The A-10 is one of Lockheed Martin’s most utilised aircraft. Since 1997, the US Air Force and Lockheed Martin-led A-10 Prime Team have worked closely to significantly digitize the A-10A Thunderbolt II close air support fighter to its A-10C configuration, enabling employment of new GPS and inertiallyguided munitions, fingertip control of aircraft avionics and integration of Litening and Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods through a program called Precision Engagement (PE). The improvements automate many functions (navigation, weapons employment and communications) previously performed manually by the pilot, while also providing enhanced situational awareness and the ability to deliver precision-guided air-to-ground weapons. The upcoming addition of a helmet mounted cueing system (HMCS) in Suite 7 will allow for even greater efficiencies in targeting and situational awareness. The most extensive upgrade in the A-10’s celebrated 35-year history, Precision Engagement combined multiple upgrades into a single contract award. Established with Lockheed Martin in 2001, the government-industry partnership has enabled the modifications to be completed earlier than planned and at lower cost.

Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA)

The United States Air Force Research Laboratory selected the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works to build an X-Plane with new

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“Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, home of the world renowned SkunkWorks, delivers breakthrough capabilities and landmark aircraft that continually redefine flight”

The Skunk Works SR-72 design – a hypersonic aircraft developed to execute Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and strike missions at speeds up to Mach 6.

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materials and structural concepts that could forever change the way we envision and fly aircraft. Under the Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA) program, Lockheed Martin designed, developed and manufactured a technology demonstration aircraft that featured advanced structural concepts and manufacturing techniques integrated with an advanced aerodynamic design. The purpose was to demonstrate the application of structural design and manufacturing technologies to significantly reduce the structural weight and cost of future military transport type aircraft. Phase I, II and III were completed with 15 successful flights of ACCA in 2009-2010. The use of composites in aircraft manufacturing will mean lighter, less expensive and more durable aircraft that are also easier to maintain. For example, the manufacturing process will require far fewer parts and will dramatically reduce corrosion and metal fatigue issues. ACCA was the first of several steps intended to advance the readiness

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of multiple technologies needed for the next generation of theatre airlift aircraft.


Difficult terrain and the threat of ambushes and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) can make ground-based transportation to and from the frontline a dangerous challenge. While helicopters can easily bypass those problems, they often present logistical challenges of their own and can subject flight crews to different types of threats. Additionally, they are expensive to operate and the supply of available helicopters cannot always meet the demand for their diverse operational services. To help overcome these challenges, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) unveiled the Transformer (TX) program in 2009. Transformer aimed to develop and demonstrate a prototype system that could provide flexible,

Lockheed Martin terrain-independent transportation for logistics, personnel transport and tactical support missions for small ground units. In 2013, DARPA selected the Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (ARES) design concept to move forward. Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works is leading a team with Piasecki Aircraft to develop the next generation of compact, high-speed vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) delivery systems under the ARES program. ARES VTOL flight module is designed to operate as an unmanned platform capable of transporting a variety of payloads. The flight module has its own power system, fuel, digital flight controls and remote command-and-control interfaces. Twin tilting ducted fans would provide efficient hovering and landing capabilities in a compact configuration, with rapid conversion to high-speed cruise flight. It is envisioned that the flight module would travel between its home base and field operations to deliver and retrieve several different types of detachable mission modules, each designed for a specific purpose. Example modules include: Cargo resupply, casualty evacuation (CASEVAC), and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

C-130J Super Hercules

The C-130J Super Hercules offers superior performance and new capabilities, with the range and flexibility for every theater of operations and evolving requirements. This rugged aircraft is regularly sent on missions in the harshest environments, and is often the first aircraft to touch down, usually on austere landing strips before any other transport to provide humanitarian relief after natural disasters. With more than 1.2 million hours of flying combat, humanitarian, special operations, aerial refueling, firefighting, and search and rescue missions around the world, the C-130J is the world’s most advanced tactical airlifter. Designed and developed with mission flexibility in mind, the C-130J has a unique mix of agility and performance to complete any mission, anytime, anywhere. The C-130J airframe has proven it’s reliable, efficient and highly operational in harsh environments and combat theatres like Iraq and Afghanistan. Among its missions, the C-130J also counts capabilities as diverse as special ops, aerial refueling, close air support, search and rescue and personal recovery. The focus on flexibility and multi-role, multi-mission capabilities can be traced back to the original C-130A, which was designed in response to a need for US forces to tactically resupply troops on the front lines.


The F-2 Support Fighter is a multirole, single-engine fighter aircraft produced for the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF). It was jointly developed and is now being jointly produced by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI, Japan’s prime contractor), Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (principal US subcontractor to MHI), and other Japanese and US industries. Based on the design of the Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcon, the F-2 was designed to meet the unique requirements of the JASDF. Although capable of both air-to-air and air-to-surface roles, the F-2 emphasizes the air-to-surface role because its primary mission is protection of Japan’s sea lanes. The F-2 has a wing area that is enlarged approximately 25 percent over the F-16 wing area. The larger wing allows more internal fuel storage and two more weapon store stations than the F-16. Japan elected to fabricate the wing substructure using graphite epoxy and by applying state-of-the-art cocured composite technology to maximize the strength while

“The C-130J Super Hercules is regularly sent on missions in the harshest environments, and is often the first aircraft to touch down, usually on austere landing strips, to provide humanitarian relief after natural disasters”  

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“The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment”

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An F-35B during a maintenance engine run at Edwards Air Force Base, California

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minimizing the weight. In addition to the larger wing area, the F-2 fuselage is approximately 17 inches longer than that of the F-16. The horizontal tails are also larger.

F-16 Fighting Falcon

The Lockheed Martin F-16V configuration provides relevant combat capabilities in a scalable and affordable package. The core of the F-16V configuration is an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, a modern commercial off-theshelf (COTS)-based avionics subsystem, a large-format, highresolution display and a high-volume, high-speed data bus.

F-22 Raptor

The F-22 Raptor defines air dominance. The 5th generation F-22’s unique combination of stealth, speed, agility and situational awareness, combined with lethal long-range air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry, makes it the best air dominance fighter in the world. The F-22 has demonstrated

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precision attack capabilities, defeating both air- and groundbased threats with unparalleled lethality and survivability. Its ability to collect and share tactical information with friendly assets enables US and allied forces to engage targets with unmatched battlespace awareness. The Raptor makes other coalition aircraft more survivable. Lockheed Martin and the F-22 Team are committed to total support for the F-22 by providing higher readiness rates, faster response and lower life-cycle cost to its US Air Force customer. This is achieved by ‘Follow-on Agile Sustainment’, a comprehensive weapons management program and an awardwinning performance-based logistics contract, which provides a highly integrated F-22 support system. The F-22 program was awarded the Air Force Association’s 2015 John R. Alison Award for outstanding contributions by industrial leadership to national defense. Although the F-22 is the world’s most dominant fighter, potential adversaries continue to develop capabilities intended to challenge the

Lockheed Martin ability of US and allied air forces to gain and maintain air superiority. With that in mind, Lockheed Martin is dedicated to working with the US Air Force on a robust F-22 combat enhancement program to bolster the Raptor’s asymmetric advantage over current and potential adversaries. The capabilities of the F-22 Raptor remain essential to deter and defeat threats and ensure regional and global security well into the future.

F-35 Lightning II

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three variants of the F-35 – the F-35A CTOL, F-35B STOVL and the F-35C CV - will replace legacy fighters for the US Air Force, the US Navy, the US Marine Corps, and 10 other countries around the world.

P-3 Orion

With more than 400 aircraft worldwide flown by 21 operators in 17 countries, the P-3 remains a relied-upon asset today. Time and time again, the P-3 proves that it is remarkably well adapted for maritime patrol and support. Uniquely suited as the world’s premier multi-mission maritime long-endurance aircraft, the P-3 performs air, surface and subsurface patrol and reconnaissance tasks over extended periods and far from support facilities. Recently, the P-3 provided support for Operation Unified Assistance in Southeast Asia, Hurricane Katrina, Operation Atlanta in the Gulf of Aden, and the BP Horizon oil-rig disaster in the US. No other aircraft is better suited for these missions, and Lockheed Martin’s P-3 Mid-Life Upgrade Program will help ensure the P-3 is mission ready for decades to come. The P-3 has continuously evolved over its career to change the way battlefield operations are conducted. It can be outfitted with a variety of sophisticated detection equipment to improve operations on all missions, including infrared and longrange electro-optical cameras, plus special imaging radar that allow P-3s to monitor activity from a comfortable distance. Four powerful Allison T56-A-14 engines, and its ability to stay aloft for extremely long periods, support high-altitude reconnaissance and low-altitude pursuits and a large internal weapons bay and ten external weapons hardpoints that enable the P-3 to carry a variety of weapons.

Black Hawk Helicopter

The renowned Black Hawk multirole helicopter serves with the US military and the armed forces of 26 other countries worldwide as a tough, reliable utility helicopter. During the last 35 years, this remarkable aircraft has fought its way in and out of countless combat zones to deliver and extract troops, save lives as a MEDEVAC or casualty evacuation platform, provide critical supplies to troops, deliver emergency supplies during natural disasters, and perform as an aerial firefighter and border patroller. Now the modern variant of this utility aircraft is taking on a new mission set — as an armed helicopter to provide fire suppression when supporting ground troops, as well as armed escort. With digital avionics, powerful GE engines, high strength airframe structures and composite wide chord rotor blades, today’s Black Hawk platform has better survivability and situational awareness, and can fly higher and carry more than its predecessors ever did. More than 3,000 Black Hawk aircraft of all types are in service worldwide today.

“The 5th generation F-22’s unique combination of stealth, speed, agility and situational awareness, combined with lethal long-range air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry, makes it the best air dominance fighter in the world”  

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Lockheed Martin Corporation and Kaman Aerospace Corporation have successfully transformed Kaman’s proven K-MAX power lift helicopter into an unmanned aerial system (UAS) capable of autonomous or remote controlled operations. Its mission: battlefield cargo re-supply. As a UAS, the unmanned K-MAX can lift and deliver a full 6,000 lb of cargo at sea level, or more than 4,000 lb at 15,000 ft density altitude. And it does so with autonomous flight capability. Flight autonomy allows the UAS to safely deliver sling loads to multiple, beyond line-of-sight drop zones, and return to home base — all during a single flight and with minimal ground operator oversight.

Sikorsky CH-53K Helicopter

The CH-53K model is well on its way to becoming the world’s premier heavy lift helicopter, leveraging the accumulated lessons learned over 50 years of manufacturing and operational

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success with its CH-53A, CH-53D/G, and CH-53E predecessors. Built to thrive in the modern battlefield, the extremely capable CH-53K aircraft is designed to be intelligent, reliable, low maintenance and survivable across the full spectrum of operating conditions. Expeditionary in nature, the CH-53K aircraft is designed to be fully shipboard compatible and capable of operating from austere and remote forward operating bases. The CH-53K helicopter is the Marine Corps’ critical land and sea based logistics connector.

MH-60 Seahawk Helicopter

Operational and deployed today with the US Navy as the primary anti-submarine warfare anti-surface weapon system for open ocean and littoral zones, the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter is the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter. It is the most capable naval helicopter available today designed to operate from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers.

Lockheed Martin S-76D

The S-76D helicopter is equipped with modern technology and builds upon the safety, reliability and efficiency established by a long legacy of the S-76 family of aircraft. Sikorsky has delivered more than 850 S-76 helicopters to customers globally since 1979, contributing daily to nearly seven million flight hours. The S-76D features Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210S engines, the TopDeck cockpit developed by Thales and new composite main and tail rotor blades. These technologies, along with the aircraft’s performance, give the operator the best-inclass option in today’s under-12,500 pound helicopter class. It is used in various roles from search and recue and offshore oil and gas, to executive travel.

Sikorsky S-92

The S-92 helicopter has become the industry’s standard with a best-in-class safety record and availability rate. With more than one million fleet flight hours of service, and an accident rate less than 1/10 the US civil multi-turbine engine helicopter accident rate, Sikorsky believes that the S-92 helicopter sets the industry standard for safety. The S-92 was certified to FAA/ EASA harmonized Part 29 requirements, as amended through Amendment 47. It led the way by being the first aircraft certified to this rigorous standard and by meeting or exceeding oil and gas industry requirements. The S-92 incorporates state-of-the-art technology such as active vibration control, composite blades, and a long list of advanced safety features. The helicopter’s advanced HUMS sets a new level of reliability and enables cutting-edge fleet management services.

Sikorsky S-97 Raider

Imagine a next-generation multi-mission helicopter platform so advanced that it can reach speeds of more than 220 knots, operating at 10,000 feet in 95° F of heat. The Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter is poised to realize this vision and revolutionize next-generation military aviation. The S-97 Raider aircraft’s capabilities will meet both conventional US Army and Special Operations future requirements in a variety of combat roles. Additionally, potential applications for US Air Force, US Navy, and US Marine Corps services are being explored. Sikorsky Aircraft has invested in X2 technology to illustrate its commitment to developing future capabilities that are achievable and affordable. X2 technology is scalable to a variety of military missions including light assault, light attack, armed reconnaissance, close-air support, combat search and rescue, and unmanned applications. Like the X2 Technology Demonstrator that unofficially broke the helicopter speed record in 2010, the S-97 Raider helicopter will feature twin coaxial counter-rotating main rotors (in place of one main rotor and a tail rotor) and a pusher propeller. For the armed reconnaissance mission, the S-97 Raider helicopter will have space aft of the cockpit for armament and auxiliary fuel. In an assault configuration, the cabin will afford space to accommodate up to six troops. In addition to flying at nearly twice the speed of a conventional helicopter, the S-97 Raider helicopter will incorporate other key performance parameters critical to combat operations — increased maneuverability, greater endurance, and the ability to operate at high altitudes. Compared with other light military helicopters, the S-97 Raider helicopter is expected to significantly reduce turning radius and acoustic noise signature, while significantly increasing the aircraft’s payload, flight endurance and hot and high hover capability.

“The MH-60R Seahawk helicopter is the most capable naval helicopter available today, designed to operate from frigates, destroyers, cruisers and aircraft carriers”  

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C-5 Galaxy

Modernization of the C-5 provides greatly improved reliability, efficiency, maintainability and availability, while ensuring this critical national strategic airlift resource continues serving the warfighter well into the 21st century. Since its inception, the C-5 has been a critical instrument of national policy. From the defense of Israel in the Yom Kippur war, to the air bridge supporting coalition forces in Desert Storm, the C-5 delivers unmatched capability to carry enormous loads over global distances. In deployed airlift operations, the C-5M is demonstrating a new era of highly capable, reliable and affordable airlift. With departure reliability rates greater than 90 percent and payload increases of 20 percent over legacy C-5s, the Super Galaxy is delivering more to the warfighter on every mission. With a substantial improvement in unrefueled range, the C-5M is overflying traditional en-route fuel stops, enabling a reduction in fuel consumption by as much as 20 percent.

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Currently under production, Lockheed Martin’s LM-100J is a derivative of a C-130J-30 Super Hercules, which is currently the airlifter of choice with 16 nations throughout the world. Through select design changes the LM-100J can perform as a civil multi-purpose air freighter, capable of rapid and efficient cargo transport. The LM-100J is an efficient and ideal airlift solution when delivering bulk and oversize cargo, particularly to austere locations worldwide. The LM-100J incorporates technological developments and improvements over the existing L-100s at a competitive price that results from years of C-130J operational experience, including more than 1.2 million fleet wide flight hours. The result of this experience and advancement translates to an aircraft that delivers reliable service in a versatile airframe for decades to come. The first LM-100J commenced production in April 2016. Wing production has been taking place in Marietta, Georgia, which is

Lockheed Martin home to the C-130J Super Hercules final assembly line. Other structural parts are in production at Lockheed Martin facilities in Meridian, Mississippi and Clarksburg, West Virginia. Recent production accomplishments include delivery of the empennage, manufactured by the Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Ltd. (TLMAL) joint venture in India; commencement of cabtop construction; and the arrival of the LM-100J’s cargo deck, manufactured at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Meridian, Mississippi. The first LM-100J will progress through final production phases over the next few months, with an anticipated first flight in the first half of 2017.

T-50A for Advanced Pilot Training

The T-50A is purpose-built around 5th Generation thinking. The F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II have advanced capabilities that have never been available before. Advanced pilot training is the key to taking advantage of them. There is no more effective or affordable way than the T-50A to train the next generation of pilots to fly, fight and win. The T-50A delivers the fighter-like performance and capabilities needed to eliminate 5th Generation training gaps and inefficiencies. The T-50A builds on the proven heritage of the T-50. There are more than 100 T-50s flying today—100,000 flight hours and counting—and the airframe has already trained more than 1,000 pilots. Lockheed Martin recently opened its Advanced Pilot Training facility in Greenville, South Carolina with a celebration and traditional ribbon cutting event. The newly refurbished building will house the Ground Based Training System, as well as the tooling and manufacturing equipment to complete final assembly and flight operations for the T-50A trainer aircraft. The T-50A was developed jointly by Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries. The accompanying T-50A Ground-Based Training System features innovative technologies that deliver an immersive, synchronized groundbased training platform. Lockheed Martin completed the initial flight test of its first T-50A configured aircraft on June 2, 2016 and the initial flight of its second T-50A configured aircraft on July 26.

U-2 Dragon Lady

The U-2S is the most capable and reliable high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform flying today – manned or unmanned. While early models of the U-2 began service in the mid-1950s, production of today’s U-2S fleet was completed in the late 1980s, and is capable of delivering unparalleled performance beyond 2050 as the next generation of an American icon. Over the last 10 years, the U-2S has undergone a complete technology rebuild, further improving its performance and mission capability. The U-2S is reliable, responsive and survivable, delivering an average 97 percent mission success rate; open architecture and modular payload capabilities, enabling new or unique sensors without customizing the aircraft or removing it from the fleet; and, the ability for field commanders to readily tailor sensors to the mission. The U-2S can dynamically task sensors within seconds to collect on emergent, time-critical targets, and supports global security requirements in all weather conditions – day or night. Additionally, a highly capable defensive suite enables the aircraft to survive sneak attacks and remain engaged during rapidly escalating hostilities or continue its mission during times when the presence of a threat is known or suspected, but not yet located.

“The U-2S is the most capable and reliable high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform flying today – manned or unmanned”

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Lockheed Martin

The moon shines bright above the C-5A Galaxy in Palmdale, California. This C-5 is undergoing maintenance repairs at the Lockheed Martin Facility and is assigned to the Air National Guard at Stewart ANGB, N.Y.

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Lighter-Than-Air Vehicles

Lockheed Martin delivered its first Lighter-Than-Air-based persistent Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems to the US Navy more than 75 years ago. This enduring legacy of Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) innovation, engineering and production has resulted in more than 300 airships and thousands of aerostats in support of military operations worldwide. The Lockheed Martin LTA product line includes the US Army’s Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS), the US Air Force’s Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) and the US Army’s unmanned High Altitude Airship (HAA) currently in development. Based in Akron, Ohio, Lockheed Martin’s LTA ISR systems utilize a comprehensive system and subsystem testing facility, which features a dedicated LTA System Integration Lab, expansive facilities for production, system assembly, integration and final flight certification at the Akron Airdock. The Lockheed Martin High Altitude Airship, an untethered, unmanned LTA vehicle, will operate above the jet stream in a

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geostationary position to deliver persistent station keeping as a surveillance platform, telecommunications relay or weather observer. The HAA also provides the warfighter affordable, ever-present ISR and rapid communications connectivity over the entire battle space. The technology is available now and ready for integration and flight test. Lockheed Martin offers a full line of aerostat systems for domestic and international markets at envelope volumes ranging from 8K through 660K (660K= 660,000 cubic feet). The larger the aerostat, the greater the payload it can lift, and/ or the higher the altitude at which it can operate. Aerostat systems are typically configured with a radar and/or electrooptical sensor to provide persistent, low-cost, wide-area surveillance. Additional payloads concurrently carried aloft by aerostats could include communications suites and other surveillance assets. Aerostat systems operate either as standalone sentries or as fully integrated nodes in C4I networks. The 420K model, equipped with a Lockheed Martin L-88 radar, is the baseline system for the US Air Force’s southern border Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS); the Army’s

Lockheed Martin of STEM-focused careers in space exploration, compare and contrast differences between life in space and on Earth, and illustrate the challenges of a future Mars mission. The program also features these upcoming engaging opportunities: •

GENERATION BEYOND STUDENT VIDEO CHALLENGE: Students will create a short one-to-twominute video explaining how they would design the habitation module for the first crew to Mars. Students can enter individually or in a group of up to four members from now until December 15, 2016. A grand prize winning team or individual winner will win a $10,000 cash prize. Second place will receive $5,000; third place will receive $2,500.

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP, SPACE WEEK: During Space Week, which runs October 4 - 8, classrooms worldwide can participate in a virtual fieldtrip live from the Lockheed Martin Spacecraft Operations Simulation Center in Littleton, Colorado. Students will virtually meet Lockheed Martin experts, discuss their career paths and deep space exploration experiences. Attendees will learn how space flight leads to innovation here on Earth.

In addition to the online curriculum, the Generation Beyond program includes the Mars Experience Bus, which takes students on a mobile virtual reality trip to the surface of Mars. The program also features the Hello Mars app, which allows users to check the weather on Mars in real-time.

Lockheed Martin in figures

Missiles and Fire Control achieved approximately $6.8 billion in sales in 2015, with the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System and PAC-3 missiles among its high-profile programs. Mission Systems and Training returned approximately $9.1 billion in 2015 sales, including Sikorsky military and commercial helicopters, naval systems, platform integration, simulation and training and energy programs. Space Systems earned approximately $9.1 billion in 2015 sales, which includes space launch, commercial satellites, government satellites and strategic missiles lines of business. Total sales across the business were $46.1 billion in 2015. Lockheed Martin’s journey to global military aircraft dominance has been a long one. Over one hundred years ago Glenn L. Martin established the Glenn L. Martin Company in Los Angeles, California. He started the company after building his first plane in a rented church, where he took a leap of faith on his risky but innovative new aircraft design at the urging of Orville Wright. Four months later and four hundred miles away, Allan and Malcolm Lockheed founded the Alco Hydro-Aeroplane Company, later renamed the Lockheed Aircraft Company. Talented mechanics, they set up shop out of a garage, constructing seaplanes that would shatter speed and distance records for overwater flights. A church and a garage were humble beginnings. But these were also men of unrelenting vision and unwavering purpose. The gift that Martin and the Lockheed brothers shared was a unique ability to look past the obstacles of today to the promise of a brighter tomorrow - and they knew that innovation, performance and purpose were the keys to accelerating that.

Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan is based on Lockheed Martin’s 74K model.

Future Generations

Lockheed Martin has partnered with Discovery Education to launch the next phase of Generation Beyond, an initiative to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to prepare today’s middle school students nationwide for deep space exploration. Lockheed Martin has supported every NASA mission to Mars over the last four decades and is currently developing technologies like the Orion spacecraft to help NASA send humans to deep space destinations like Mars in the 2030s. Generation Beyond brings the science of space into homes and classrooms across America to engage students in grades 6-8 and help them prepare to make these missions a reality and pursue STEM careers. The program, available at no cost, includes an online curriculum for teachers and families, with standards-based, digital resources such as lesson plans, educator guides and family activities. These resources will introduce a wide variety

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