Thierry Dubois

Thierry Dubois
Articles
MRO Sector Must Adapt As Composite Repairs Grow

The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry is gearing up to service an increasing number of airliners employing a much higher share of composite materials. The introduction of the Boeing 787, the Airbus A350 and—less expectedly—the A320neo and the 737 MAX is causing MRO service providers to invest in new equipment and technician training. The changes, however, remain evolutionary rather than revolutionary, as many MROs have developed a high level of expertise since the 1970s.

Solar Impulse To Unveil New Aircraft in April
Human factors could be a bigger challenge than technology.
Solar Impulse Building Aircraft For Around-The-World Flight 

ZURICH — Solar Impulse is well into the final assembly process of HB-SIB, the aircraft that is to fly around the world using solar power only.

Solar Impulse Assembles Aircraft For Around-The-World Flight 
ZURICH - Solar Impulse is well into the final assembly process of HB-SIB, the aircraft that is to fly around the world using solar power only.
Arrival Procedures Redesigned For Better Sequencing 

Making arrivals more efficient has been a key target of air traffic management activities for years. Paris is now introducing a new procedure for Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) that may go a long way toward reaching that target.

The Paris area control center (ACC) is preparing to implement a new sequencing procedure for arrivals, called Point Merge. So far it has been in active operation at three smaller airports around the world—this marks the first time it will be used at a major hub.

Quieting Avionics Maintenance 

A Lufthansa Technik employee has created a muffler that cuts the noise that avionics ventilation can cause in a hangar. The device, dubbed Silencer, is now being produced by maintenance equipment specialist Franke Care System for widebody and soon narrowbody aircraft. Employee Gunther Adamczyk was rewarded under Lufthansa Technik's “Impulse” internal premium scheme.

Research On New Electric Architectures Speeds Up 

The jigsaw pieces are coming together for a future “all-electric” commercial airliner by the second half of the 2020s. Seeking higher efficiencies, lower costs and easier maintenance, airframers and equipment manufacturers alike are pushing ahead with development of electrically powered replacements for today's pneumatic, mechanical and hydraulic systems.

Helo Industry Creates Own MSG-3 Methodology 
Helicopter manufacturers explore next version of Maintenance Steering Group (MSG-3) methodology for scheduled maintenance.
Latest Blogs
Oct 25, 2014
blog

SpaceX's Fourth Dragon Mission Ends with Pacific Ocean Splashdown

"Keep those updates coming," European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst urged NASA's Mission Control as the scheduled 3:39 p.m. Dragon spashdown off the U. S. West Coast neared. ....More
Oct 24, 2014
blog

Orphan bizjet update

Here’s some news about the McDonnell Model 119/220 I wrote about earlier this week....More
Oct 24, 2014
blog

Milestone for the MRJ

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ rollout of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet on Oct. 18 may have occurred later than planned, but it marked a major milestone in Japan’s efforts to get back into the commercial airliner business....More
Oct 24, 2014
blog

Saudi army mountain training

About 40 Saudi officers are finishing 12 days of training in the French Alps today with the 27th French mountain infantry brigade to learns skills that will then be taught in the future Taïf mountain training school in Saudi Arabia....More
Oct 24, 2014
blog

Qatari coast guard orders 20 Italian RIBs

The Qatari Coast Guard has placed an order with Al-Dar Marine, a Qatari-owned maritime business,  for 20 search and rescue RIBs (rigid inflatable hulls)....More

More blogs

NEW: Sign up to Aviation Week eBulletin

Daily analysis on technology advances impacting the global aviation, aerospace & defense industries.

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×