David Willis

David Willis
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Boeing Announces 757, 767 Cockpit Upgrade 
Boeing and Rockwell Collins have revealed that development has begun on an upgraded glass cockpit for the Boeing 757 and 767.
Reinventing the Electric Wheel
Several companies are working to bring electric drive taxiing systems to market in the next few years.
AgustaWestland To Deliver First Wildcat
AgustaWestland plans to deliver the first AW159 Lynx Wildcat to the UK’s Ministry of Defense on Wednesday.
Electric Taxiing In Development Could Save Airlines Money

One of the latest ideas under serious consideration by airlines to save money is electrical drive systems mounted on the landing gear that allow airliners to taxi without running the engines. The auxiliary power unit is used instead to run an electric motor mounted on the undercarriage, which in turn rotates the wheel.

AgustaWestland Sees Broad Market For AW189 

AgustaWestland expects its new AW189 twin helicopter—a civilian stretch of the military AW149—will tap into a broad market, ranging from offshore support, search-and-rescue and other parapublic uses to passenger transport. AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini unveiled a mockup of the new AW189 twin helicopter during the recent Paris air show.

 
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Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015
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Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 3

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015
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NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 16

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015
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Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015
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Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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