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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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Boeing selects GE as engine partner for 777X Studies

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Boeing’s development study on improvements to the market-leading 777, known as 777X, will include GE as the engine partner on the twin-aisle airplane expected to enter service near the end of the decade. “This decision to work with GE going forward reflects the best match to the development program, schedule and airplane performance,” said Bob…

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Boeing provides details on 787 battery improvements

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Boeing announced March 14 that a comprehensive set of improvements that will add several layers of additional safety features to the lithium-ion batteries on 787 commercial jetliners are in production and could be ready for initial installation within the next few weeks. New enclosures for 787 batteries also are being built and will be installed…

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Pratt and Whitney AeroPower’s APS2600[E] APU selected for Embraer’s second generation E-Jet

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Pratt & Whitney AeroPower’s* APS2600[E] auxiliary power unit has been selected by Embraer for its second generation E-Jet. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company. “We are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Embraer and provide our APS2600[E] APU for the second generation E-Jet,” said Eileen P. Drake, vice president and general…

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Boeing 747-8 serves 100th airport

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The Boeing 747-8 has served its 100th airport just 16 months after entering service. The airplane, a 747-8 Freighter operated by launch customer Cargolux, arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, from Kuwait March 17.

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Air Force endorses Raytheon’s Center Display Unit for F-16 cockpits

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Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC, a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, has received U.S. Air Force endorsement of its Center Display Unit as the F-16′s primary flight reference. Following the endorsement late last year, the Air Force awarded Raytheon a contract for full-rate production of the first 100 CDUs. A PFR is a requirement in all…

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Boeing rolls out first Next-Generation 737 at higher production rate

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Boeing has rolled out the first Next-Generation 737 built at the new production rate of 38 airplanes a month. Panamanian customer Copa Airlines will take delivery of the 737-800 in early April. The airplane will now undergo functional, systems and flight testing over the next three weeks before being delivered. Boeing is in the process…

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