Airbus and team have released what is pronounced to be one of the largest aircrafts in the aerospace industry known as the BelugaXL. Given its name by its unique design of the aircraft shaped like the head of beluga ocean mammal. The BelugaXL aircraft has been completed and released by the Airbus location that is located in Toulouse, France.
These transporting aircrafts will be used to transport large pieces of uncompleted aircrafts to other sites or locations worldwide. Airbus has facilities in other parts of the world such as their locations in the City of Toulouse, France, Germany, and Spain.
The BelugaXL design was heavily influenced by Airbus’ very own A330-200 jetliner. The head of BelugaXL’s programme clarifies that "many changes have been successfully designed, introduced into the aircraft and tested. Transforming an existing product into a super transporter is not a simple task.”
The beginning design was out of six initial designs that were voted on in the beginning of the year 2017 by Airbus production staff.
The Beluga Aircraft was considered when Airbus needed to fulfill transportation more efficiently at an increasing scale. This previous aircraft that Airbus would use to transport parts was the BelugaST aircraft with a payload only capable of transporting a single wing of an A350 XWB aircraft. By replacing the ST model the newer XL model will be able to transport both of A350 XWB aircraft wings at a time.
Before flight testing, the BelugaXL will be tested on the ground for engine security and other general checks to be able to qualify for aircraft certificates. These aircrafts are tested by hydraulic simulate systems that reenact turbulence and other natural occurrences the aircraft might face. The beginning of the entire BelugaXL programme commenced in the year 2014 and its steadily on its way to completion to date. For more information visit www.airbus.com
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Minebea the Japanese bearings maker has announced their plans to increase production output over the next five years. With an expected cost of over 10 billion yen, Minebea plans to step up production of their aircraft parts in response to the rapid growing demands for smaller planes in existing domestic and Thai facilities.
The company foresees its aircraft parts sale growing an estimated 50% from 47 billion yen in the fiscal year of 2015 to 70 billion yen in the fiscal year of 2020. Over 4 billion yen will be invested in refurbishing their Fujisawa plant in Kanagawa Prefecture and the space there that manufactures fasteners for the industrial machinery will be converted into space for aircraft parts along with 27 processing machines being added.
Landing gear parts production will also take place there for the first time ever. In Thailand at the Lop Buri plant, Minebea has taken steps to being operations to mass produce bears for wing flaps among other things. With demand growing in Asian countries, Minebea has increase output at their Thai facilities.
Minebea plans to invest over 6 billion yen to increase processing machinery by 60 units. Up until now Minebea has been producing bearings and outsourcing the assembly into parts but will now bring assembly in-house to control the costs and reap economies of scale.
On July 11th 2016, Edward Russell wrote an article on Flight Global talking about how Xiamen Airlines is planning to acquire up to 30 Boeing 737 Max 200s. These 737 Max 200s can hold up to 200 passengers with the all economy floor plan.
"The market-leading efficiency and reliability of the 737 Max 200 will enable Xiamen and its subsidiaries to expand its growing network, while maintaining an optimal fleet."
This deal between Boeing and Xiamen Airlines is worth a little over $3 billion at list price. This deal was approved not only by Xiamen Airlines but also its parent company China Southern Airline Group along with the Chinese government.
Xiamen Airlines also has subsidiaries Hebei Airlines and Jiangxi Airlines. Here is what Russell has to say about the types of planes each subsidiary has in their fleet.
“Hebei operates nine 737-700s and -800s, and six Embraer 190s, while Jiangxi operates three 737-800s, Flight Fleets Analyzer indicates. Hebei has firm orders for seven 737-800s and one E190.”
The 6,450 nm Falcon 8X, Dassault Aviation’s latest flagship, has recently been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This certification will pave the way for its entry into service as part of the big new trijet. Approval of Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 8X has been completed in line with the established program schedule. In the coming weeks, it is anticipated that the Federal Aviation Administration will certify the Falcon 8X. In the early fourth quarter, the Falcon 8X is expected to enter into service. “We’ve broken new ground with the 8X,” said the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier.
“Not only did we meet customer demand for an aircraft combining increased range and cabin volume with the technological prowess of the popular 7X, but we were able to get it to market fully mature and tested in a remarkably short period of time, and exactly within our production schedule.”
In late April, the Falcon 8X S/N 03 completed a global tour in order to demonstrate the aircrafts capabilities under various conditions of operation. The aircraft flew to 46 different destinations, ranging from South America, Central America, North America, China, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The aircraft operated through a wide range of flight conditions, ranging from extreme cold to hot weather, as well as through extra low and extra high humidity environments. These flight tests were operated with more than 60 technicians, engineers, and flight attendants as well as with 26 operational pilots and test pilots.
“Feedback from the operational trials - cabin comfort, air conditioning, and in particular cabin noise - was excellent and indicate the aircraft is poised for a flawless service entry,”
said the Senior Vice President of Dassault Aviation Civil Aircraft, Olivier Villa.
“Moreover, new innovations in aircraft insulation will allow us to further lower cabin noise compared to the Falcon 7X, currently the quietest aircraft in the industry.”
“Derived from the popular Falcon 7X, the ultra-long range Falcon 8X was unveiled in May 2014 at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition and first flew on February 6, 2015,”
states an article from Dassault Falcon.
“The 8X will offer the greatest range and the longest cabin of any Falcon, allowing it to fly passengers comfortably from Beijing to New York, Hong Kong to London or Moscow to Los Angeles nonstop. It will also share the 7X’s exceptional operating economy and short-field performance.”
Attention sparks over what can be stored to date in Hangar that is on a federal funded airport. The grants and funds that are allowed to fund these airports are for aeronautical purposes only. As different Air bases have different ruling based on different supervision the criteria for an airbase seems relatively the same. Rules varies from being complete silence to a hangar into a hangar incredibly restrictive.
The reason behind this new policy is to initiate a source of common sense into some of these lessees of hangars on the port. In order to assure any type of aeronautical users including helicopters, gliders, airplanes, balloon and skydivers have access to airport facilities, grants are formalized between entities. This is done through contracts that negotiate funding in exchange for this access. By accepting it, in accordance with the Airport Improvement Program, airports serve the National Airspace System for whatever method. Any activity that was intended to be carried out, must.
Though this gives those performing the aeronautical activities lots of freedom, there are some guidelines to follow. For instance, the airport property and facility must only be used for aviation purposes. On occasion, under FAA approval, the federal AIP funds can be used for non-related purposes.
The FAA issued its Final Policy on the non-Aeronautical Use of Airport Hangars. on the 9th of June 2016 which were very compliant with many of the pilot’s requests. Aircrafts that are non-airworthy would be prohibited to inhabitate the hangar. All in anything that does not correspond with airplanes ability to fly would be an issue.
“The Final Policy says that so long as the hangar is used primarily for aeronautical purposes, non-aeronautical items may be stored in the hangar if the items do not interfere with the aeronautical use of the hangar”.
China has recently signed a purchasing contract with Airbus valued at a steep $788 million. The civil aircraft manufacturer will be providing 100 H135 aircrafts to China over the next 10 years, marking the first time a foreign firm will build helicopters in China. This is a way for Chinese companies to lead China to become a leading market for helicopters. As China increases the amount of offshore wind farms it has and their power industry expands, demand for helicopters is also expected to increase.
The Airbus is taking a big leap of faith considering the mixed reviews based on the past experiences general aviation companies have had in the Chinese market. Not too long ago, the aerospace conglomerate Embraer put an end to the production of the Legacy 650 Jets in China- a 13 yearlong effort.
Embraer executives put the responsibility of the failed contract on China’s tax system, which makes it less expensive for buyers to buy from other countries and import the aircraft instead of buying directly from Chinese aircraft manufacturers. China lacks a strong infrastructure with tough regulations that allow other markets to thrive. Demand for private aircrafts has also not materialized the way China had anticipated. If China manages to get all of those characteristics together, they could reach their goal to be the biggest market for helicopters.
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