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UTC Aerospace Systems introduces smaller UAV autopilots

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UTC Aerospace Systems recently announced the release of the Cloud Cap Technology Piccolo Nano autopilot, the smallest addition to the industry standard Cloud Cap Technology Piccolo family of flight management systems. The Piccolo Nano is designed to meet the requirements of the smallest UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) in both size and price with all the…

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Dassault’s new Falcon 2000S, Falcon 2000LXS earn EASA certification

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The two newest members of the Falcon family of business jets, the 2000S and 2000LXS, have received EASA certification. Approval from the FAA is expected to follow shortly. Unveiled in May 2011, the Falcon 2000S is the new entry level jet in the Falcon family. Equipped with a full slate of standard features, including upgraded…

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Boeing delivers 7,500th 737

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Boeing has delivered the 7,500th 737 to come off the production line to Malaysia-based Malindo Air. Malindo Air is a joint venture by Jakarta, Indonesia-based Lion Air and Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defence Industries. Malindo Air is using the Next-Generation 737-900ER to launch its low-fares service. Malindo Air’s 737-900ER (Extended Range) with the passenger-pleasing Boeing…

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U.S. Congress silent on Boeing’s Dreamliner woes

Posted March 20, 2013 by Joan Lowy

As Boeing, its airline customers and federal safety regulators struggled over the past two months to solve problems with the new 787 Dreamliner’s fire-plagued batteries, one player has been strangely silent: Congress. Despite the plane’s grounding and the safety issues raised by its cutting-edge technology, there have been no congressional hearings or news conferences focusing…

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Lockheed Martin names executive VP Aeronautics, F-35 general manager

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Lockheed Martin’s board of directors has approved the appointment of Orlando Carvalho, 54, to executive vice president of the Aeronautics business area, and Lorraine Martin, 50, as vice president and general manager of the F-35 Lightning II program. The board also elected Martin a corporate officer. Both appointments are effective immediately and follow the retirement…

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AAR earns Boeing Gold Performance Awards

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AAR announced March 20 that two of its businesses have earned the 2012 Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Award. It is the third time that both AAR Defense Systems and Logistics and AAR Aircraft Component Services in Europe have earned Boeing’s Gold Award. Boeing issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance….

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Northrop Grumman delivers 100th center fuselage for F-35 Lightning II

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Northrop Grumman photograph March 8, Northrop Grumman commemorated the delivery of its 100th F-35 Lightning II standard configuration center fuselage to Lockheed Martin during a ceremony at its Palmdale, Calif., manufacturing center. More than 300 guests attended the ceremony, including Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin leaders, F-35 suppliers, public officials and members of the business…

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SPEEA technical members vote to accept four-year contract

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Technical workers at Boeing have approved a new four-year contract, putting an end to negotiations that have lasted nearly one year. Votes tallied March 18 by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE Local 2001 show Technical workers voted 4,244 to accept and 654 to reject. Union negotiators told members a second rejection…

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Spirit AeroSystems board names president, CEO

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Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. announced March 19 that its board of directors has named Larry A. Lawson, president and chief executive officer, effective April 6, 2013. Lawson, formerly executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics business segment, succeeds Jeff Turner who has been Spirit’s CEO since the company’s formation in 2005. Turner is expected to remain…

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Embraer selects UTC Aerospace Systems wheels, brakes for second generation E-Jets

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UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. has been selected by Embraer to be the sole source supplier of wheels and carbon brakes for Embraer’s second generation E-Jet aircraft family. UTC Aerospace Systems will provide the equipment through its Wheels & Brakes business unit headquartered in Troy, Ohio. The new Second Generation E-Jets…

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