FAA Finalizes 737 MAX Engine Coverings Airworthiness Directive

FAA | June 24, 2020

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finalized an Airworthiness Directive (AD) on the Boeing 737 MAX. Initially proposed in February, the regulatory agency responded to a Boeing service bulletin relating to inadequate shielding of underlying wiring in the exterior engine panels from electromagnetic effects that could potentially cause dual engine power loss.

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I've always wanted to see what it was like to fly the smallest member of Air Canada's fleet, the Beechcraft 1900D! In early April, I did just that, and seeing as Air Georgian recently stopped operating theirs for Air Canada, I thought that now was a good time to share my experience on this unique aircraft.


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Boeing to Open Japan Research Center and Expand Sustainability Partnerships

Boeing | August 01, 2022

Boeing will strengthen its partnership with Japan by opening a new Boeing Research and Technology center. The facility will focus on sustainability and support a newly expanded cooperation agreement with Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Boeing and METI have agreed to broaden their 2019 Cooperation Agreement to now include a focus on sustainable aviation fuels electric and hydrogen powertrain technologies, and future flight concepts that will promote zero climate impact aviation. That is in addition to exploring electric and hybrid-electric propulsion, batteries, and composite manufacturing that will enable new forms of urban mobility. "We are excited to open our latest global research and technology center here in Japan. Working with terrific partners like METI, the new center will expand upon Boeing-wide initiatives in sustainable fuels and electrification, and explore the intersection of digitization, automation and high-performance aerospace composites for greater sustainability in our future products and production systems." said Greg Hyslop, Boeing chief engineer and executive vice president of Engineering, Test & Technology The BR&T – Japan Research Center will be located in Nagoya, which is already home to many of Boeing's major industrial partners and suppliers. The facility will further expand Boeing's research and development footprint in the region, which includes centers in Australia, China and Korea. Boeing is fully committed to supporting Japan's SAF industry and has been accepted as the latest member of ACT FOR SKY, a voluntary organization of 16 companies that works to commercialize, promote and expand the use of SAF produced in Japan. It was founded by Boeing airline customers All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL), along with global engineering company JGC Holdings Corporation, and biofuel producer Revo International. Masahiro Aika, representative of ACT FOR SKY, said, "ACT FOR SKY welcomes the participation of Boeing. We look forward to Boeing collaborating with the other members to "ACT" for the commercialization, promotion and expansion of SAF in Japan." In addition to becoming partners in ACT FOR SKY, Boeing has a long history of innovating with ANA and JAL on sustainable aviation, which includes pioneering SAF-powered flights and launching the ground-breaking 787 Dreamliner. Today, they signed agreements to work together to study advanced sustainable technologies, including electric, hybrid, hydrogen and other novel propulsion systems in an endeavor to reduce the carbon footprint of aircraft. Boeing Chief Sustainability Officer Chris Raymond added, "To ensure the enormous societal benefits of aviation remain available for generations to come, we must continue to partner with capable innovators and leaders to support the industry's commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. We are humbled to join ACT FOR SKY and collaborate with other members to share global best practices and help with the scale up and demand of SAF in Japan. And we are honored to open the Japan Research Center and expand our work with airline customers ANA and JAL on advanced technologies to realize zero climate impact aviation." As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact. Boeing's diverse team is committed to innovating for the future, leading with sustainability, and cultivating a culture based on the company's core values of safety, quality and integrity.

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Aerospace Plastics Market Analysis By The Business Research Company

The Business Research Company | July 04, 2022

The aerospace plastics market consists of sales of aerospace plastics by entities that provide durability, chemical, and fire resistance required for aircraft parts and interiors. Aerospace plastics are long-lasting and require less maintenance than other materials. These are lightweight, provide the same strength as metals, do not rust, and are easy to fabricate. The global aerospace plastics market size is expected to grow from $0.67 billion in 2021 to $0.71 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate of 4.7%. The global aerospace plastics market forecast sees it reaching $0.87 billion in 2026 at a CAGR of 5.4%. Aerospace Plastics Market Growth The increasing fleet size of commercial aircraft is significantly contributing to the growth of the aerospace plastics market. The aircraft fleet is known as the number of airplanes operated by the respective airline. Increasing fleet size requires new aircraft parts to be installed and the replacement of the old parts, thereby promoting the growth of aerospace plastics used in the manufacturing of aircraft parts. For instance, according to Boeing, a US-based aerospace company's commercial market outlook for 2021–2040, the global commercial fleet will exceed 49,000 airplanes by 2040. Therefore, the increasing fleet size of commercial aircraft is driving the aerospace plastics market. Aerospace Plastics Market Regional Analysis North America accounts for the largest aerospace plastics market share. Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing region in the forecast period. The regions covered in the global aerospace plastic market report are Asia-Pacific, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America, Middle East and Africa. Interested to know more about The Business Research Company? The Business Research Company is a market intelligence firm that excels in company, market, and consumer research. Located globally, it has strategy enablement specialists in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, chemicals, and technology. The World's Most Comprehensive Database The Business Research Company's flagship product, Global Market Model, is a market intelligence platform covering various macroeconomic indicators and metrics across 60 geographies and 27 industries. The Global Market Model covers multi-layered datasets which help its users assess supply-demand gaps.

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Alabama State University Launches Draganfly Drone Technology Course

Draganfly Inc. | June 27, 2022

Draganfly Inc. an award-winning, industry-leading drone solutions and systems developer, is pleased to announce that Alabama State University is offering the Draganfly Drone Technology Course through ASU’s Division of Continuing Education. Draganfly’s experienced team is sharing their vast industry knowledge with a variety of ASU faculty members and students. The program provides an introduction to unmanned aerial vehicles and explores advanced topics including regulations, airspace operations, and navigation. “Being able to learn from the experts at Draganfly is an incredible opportunity. As more businesses and governments turn to drones, it is crucial for us to understand how to meet their needs effectively,” said O’Nesha Burke, an ASU student and recipient of the Draganfly Drone Pilot Scholarship. Draganfly’s Drone Technology Course includes a Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 drone preparation course. To fly drones under the FAA’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Rule a Remote Pilot Certificate must be obtained. The certificate demonstrates that pilots understand the regulations, operating requirements, and procedures for safely flying drones. “As drone demand continues to rise, so does the need for technologically-proficient workers. We are grateful for the opportunity to further expand our partnership with ASU and provide a robust technology program that properly prepares students for the future,” Cameron Chell, President and CEO of Draganfly “Following the success of the Drone Pilot Training Program last year, we are thrilled to be working with Draganfly once again to provide industry-leading drone education,” said Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr., President of ASU. “Draganfly continues to ensure our students have the knowledge and skills required for a rewarding career in the rapidly growing drone space.” About Draganfly Draganfly Inc. is the creator of quality, cutting-edge drone solutions, software, and AI systems that revolutionize the way organizations can do business and service their stakeholders. Recognized as being at the forefront of technology for over 20 years, Draganfly is an award-winning industry leader serving the public safety, public health, mining, agriculture, industrial inspections, security, mapping, and surveying markets. Draganfly is a company driven by passion, ingenuity, and the need to provide efficient solutions and first-class services to its customers around the world with the goal of saving time, money, and lives. About Alabama State University Founded in 1867, ASU is a comprehensive, regional institution offering students from across the nation and around the globe a world-class education. ASU’s learning experiences are holistic and are designed to develop intellectual, as well as social, moral, cultural and ethical values. ASU graduates are equipped with the skills, insights, attitudes and practical experiences that will enable them to become well-rounded, contributing citizens, fully qualified to take their places in their chosen professions and in service to humanity.

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Redwire Successfully Delivers Second Pair of iROSA Solar Arrays to Augment International Space Station Power Supply

Redwire | July 01, 2022

Redwire Corporation a leader in space infrastructure for the next generation space economy, announced today that it has successfully delivered the second pair of International Space Station Roll-Out Solar Arrays to Boeing, NASA’s prime contractor for space station operations. The on-time delivery follows acceptance testing consisting of multiple ambient functional deployments, vibration, and cold and hot temperature deployments. The solar arrays are currently undergoing flight package integration and are slated to launch on an upcoming commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station (ISS). Redwire is under contract with Boeing to provide iROSA solar arrays for the ISS. Redwire is responsible for the design, analysis, manufacture, test and delivery of six new solar arrays that will augment the ISS’s power supply. The first two iROSA solar arrays were installed on the ISS in June 2021 and are operating as expected with nominal output. “Redwire is proud to partner with Boeing to provide critical power generation technology supporting the International Space Station, which remains the crown jewel of global human spaceflight. These next two iROSA wings will provide a crucial power boost to support the vital work that is happening on station, while further demonstrating this innovative technology that will enable numerous public and private sector activities in low-Earth Orbit, on and around the Moon and beyond.” Tom Campbell, Redwire’s Executive Vice President of Deployable Solutions Using 30.7% efficient XTJ Prime solar cells from Boeing’s Spectrolab, each iROSA array is one of the most powerful ever manufactured and will provide more than 28 kilowatts of power. Combined, the six new arrays are designed to produce more than 120 kilowatts over 10 years and will substantially improve the overall power-generating capability of the ISS by 20 to 30 percent. Redwire‘s Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA) technology is compact, modular and scalable, making it ideal for use on the ISS and other spaceflight platforms. iROSA uses large, flexible solar arrays with composite booms that are rolled up for storage, launch and delivery. When installed, each iROSA unit unrolls without the need for motors or other equipment, giving iROSA an advantage over rigid solar arrays and other traditional technologies. The technology behind iROSA was first demonstrated on the ISS in June 2017. Redwire is also producing various modular versions of ROSA for many government and commercial spaceflight applications, including the Power and Propulsion Element for NASA’s Gateway program. ROSA technology is currently enabling NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test Mission, which launched in November 2021. About Redwire Redwire Corporation is a leader in space infrastructure for the next generation space economy, with valuable IP for solar power generation and in-space 3D printing and manufacturing. With decades of flight heritage combined with the agile and innovative culture of a commercial space platform, Redwire is uniquely positioned to assist its customers in solving the complex challenges of future space missions.

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I've always wanted to see what it was like to fly the smallest member of Air Canada's fleet, the Beechcraft 1900D! In early April, I did just that, and seeing as Air Georgian recently stopped operating theirs for Air Canada, I thought that now was a good time to share my experience on this unique aircraft.

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