Thierry Dubois

Thierry Dubois
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Airbus Offers On-Wing Engine-Maintenance Shelter
Airbus Customer Services is offering an inflatable tent for engine maintenance to provide better working conditions to perform an on-wing job in adverse weather when the conventional hangar is occupied.
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.
 
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Apr 25, 2015
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Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015
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Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 1

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015
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Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015
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Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More
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

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