Applications: Aerospace Technologies Group introduced its electro-mechanical shade systems in 2002, but the company has since made specific versions for Airbus (the Powertech NG Shade System found on some A380s) and for Boeing (the Ambiance Shade System certified for the 777).
Applications: The recently announced Bridgeport GX-250 5AX is a five-axis vertical machining center designed for work on small parts that need to have fine surface finishes.
Specifications: The C-frame machine features NANO Smoothing, a tool center point control and polar coordinate, cylindrical and helical interpolation, plus other features and options such as tool and part probes.
Applications: Lufthansa Technik's Rapid Repair process partially automates the repair of damaged carbon composite airframe components and speeds the repair process by up to 60% as compared with manual repairs.
When Arinc developed the Acars (aircraft communications addressing and reporting system) model in the late 1970s, the goal initially was relatively straightforward: Create a type of time stamp for aircraft taking off and returning to the hangar, says Dan Pendergast, Arinc's international division senior director.
Applications: Aviation Training Academy's new Self-Fueling Online Training Course results in a Self-Fueling Operations Certification designed for fixed-base operators, corporate flight departments, municipalities, fueling agents and line service technicians.
Applications: Teradata offers both blanket data warehousing and pre-built logical data models designed for the airline industry. Think of it as the difference between buying a physical warehouse and buying the warehouse with pre-cut, industry-specific shelves in it, says Peeter Kivestu, Teradata's director of travel industry and marketing solutions.
As the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) latest cargo security deadline for passenger air carriers nears, much has changed since the original Dec. 31, 2011, date, but some of the concerns have not. The carriers must be able to inspect 100% of their cargo traveling on international U.S.-bound flights by Dec. 3. The TSA postponed its original mandate after nearly one-third of the airlines commenting on the deadline balked at the time frame allotted, according to Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports.
In a bid to expand its service lifecycle management services, technology company PTC announced that it will acquire SLM software company Servigistics for $220 million in cash. PTC expects to complete the transaction in September.
Months after losing its second largest customer, Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) is working to improve efficiency by updating its fleet and reorganizing its business. The aircraft leasing and cargo transportation group, which includes ABX Air and Capitol Cargo International Airlines, will be transitioning from its fleet of DC-8 combis to Boeing 757 combis over the next year and will take delivery of three 767-300s over the coming months.
A new venture is developing a low-cost launch vehicle to orbit small satellites. But two smaller companies bid for – and ultimately lost – contracts to build technology demonstrators for the U.S. Army’s next-generation rotorcraft....More