To fulfill its NASA contract to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, the company says it is on track with plans to use a United Launch Alliance Atlas V to lift its next Cygnus pressurized cargo carrier to the station this fall....More
Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion Blakey is leaving her position to become CEO and president of RRNA at the company’s Reston, Virginia, headquarters, and chair its U.S. board of directors....More
In spite of earlier calls to eliminate state financing, Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation will seek government funding for the development of the new widebody aircraft it plans to build in cooperation with Chinese civil aircraft manufacturer Comac....More
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Aviation Week & Space Technology
On the cover is a Lufthansa Airbus A330-300 in front of the big fuel tanks near the carrier’s maintenance base in a Fraport AG photo. A special report explores the implications of low fuel prices—which have dropped by 50% since mid-2014 and would seem to be all good news for the air transport industry but may have some less welcome effects. Elsewhere in this issue are reports on changes at the top of Bombardier, a U.S. Air Force summit on close air support and the FAA’s policy proposal on small UAS.
With a swath of new helicopters entering service and more in the pipeline, engine manufacturers are pushing ahead with new developments and readying new powerplants for service. Thanks largely to a downturn in sales of single- and twin-engine light helicopters, 2014 was not a strong year, yet it is in this market segment that a significant proportion of engine development is underway.