Doncasters Signs LOI to Acquire Automatic

UK-based Doncasters Group has signed a letter of intent to purchase Automatic SMP (ASMP), a manufacturer of internally threaded fasteners and precision components. If acquired, ASMP will become an integral part of Doncasters’ growing aerospace fastener business. Doncasters provides aerospace OEMs with precision manufactured turbine airfoils, rings and casings, structural castings, compressor airfoils, combustion components, and fabrications and exhausts for gas turbine engines, as well as aerostructures and components for airframe applications. With the addition of ASMP, the group will expand the breadth of their offering to include internally free-spinning and locking nuts required for critical aerospace applications.

GE Aviation to Build Composites Facility in UK

GE Aviation has begun development of a composites production facility for the Airbus A350 XWB jetliner family at its Hamble, UK, site. The 9,000-sq-meter (29,500-sq-ft) facility will enable GE Aviation Hamble to ramp up the output of fixed-wing trailing edge components for A350-800, A350-900 and A350-1000 aircraft, reaching the capacity to deliver up to 13 shipsets per month. The A350 XWB package is the largest production contract awarded in GE Aviation Hamble’s 75-year history, comprising more than 3,000 components that include structural composite panels and complex machined assemblies.

GKN Earns Contract for Silvercrest Engine Cases

GKN Aerospace has signed a long-term agreement with Snecma to manufacture low-pressure turbine (LPT) cases for its new Silvercrest large/long-range business jet engine. First deliveries of cases to Snecma in Villaroche, France, will take place this month, ramping up as the engine is introduced into service through 2016. GKN Aerospace is a risk- and revenue-sharing partner with Snecma in the CFM56 program and has been the sole supplier of LPT cases for the CFM56 since 1986. The GKN Aerospace engine systems business has delivered more than 10,000 low-pressure turbine cases for commercial and military engines worldwide.

Aireon Selects ITT Exelis for Space-Based ADS-B

ITT Exelis has been awarded a $42 million contract by Aireon to provide the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast data-processing and distribution component for its global space-based air traffic surveillance system. Aireon, a joint venture between Iridium Communications and Nav Canada, will take advantage of the hosted payload space on Iridium NEXT, Iridium’s second-generation satellite constellation, to enable fully global and continuous space-based monitoring and control of aircraft. Exelis will design and build the data-processing and distribution platform, a critical component of the Aireon system, and will operate and maintain the system for 15 years from first launch.

Nexcelle Has Panache in Paris

An innovative thrust-reverser concept developed by Nexcelle for new, integrated propulsion systems is being shown here by Safran (Aircelle), which is one of its two parent companies. The thrust-reverser configuration was validated using the full-scale PANACHE (pylon and nacelle advanced configuration for high efficiency) demonstrator, which received the 2013 Safran corporate Innovation Grand Prize and is featured at Safran’s display. A key element of the thrust-reverser configuration is a one-piece composite O-duct, which replaces the two-piece D-doors on a traditional thrust reverser. It benefits from reduced weight, while also eliminating the D-doors’ bifurcation in the flow path – increasing the thrust reverser’s efficiency.

P&W Extends Agreement With All Nippon

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has signed an eight-year extension to its exclusive parts-repair agreement with Pratt & Whitney to continue support of the airline’s fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft powered by PW4000 engines. The repair work will be performed throughout P&W’s worldwide network of parts-repair facilities in support of ANA’s fleet of PW4074 and PW4090 engines. “ANA has a long history of proactive fleet management, and is very serious about controlling costs while maintaining the highest level of reliability and operational excellence,” said Jerry Tarnacki, VP of services for Pratt & Whitney. “We are pleased to provide ANA with these valuable benefits under a long-term agreement.”

QinetiQ and MOD Celebrate ETPS Anniversary

QinetiQ and the UK Ministry of Defense are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Empire Test Pilots’ School, a world leading facility for training test pilots and flight-test engineers. Established in 1943, ETPS trains flight-test professionals to lead and deliver complex, collaborative experimental trials on all types of fixed- and rotary-wing civil and military aircraft. To mark the anniversary, a number of activities took place on June 14 at the school, including a flight-test symposium with speakers from across industry and defense and a static display of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft from the past 70 years.

Rockwell Collins and NASA Complete Comm Tests

Rockwell Collins and NASA recently completed the first in a series of risk-reduction tests that will eventually help enable unmanned aircraft systems to safely operate in the national airspace. The data-link waveform tests, performed as part of the first of three research phases on the program, simulated communication between one aircraft and one ground-based pilot station. The objective of the test was to verify the waveform’s efficient and cooperative utilization of the radio spectrum on which it operates. Further testing on this system will occur on a NASA-owned Lockheed S-3 Viking aircraft at the Eastern Iowa Airport this week.

Rostec to Develop Small Aircraft With Austrian DAI

Ural Works of Civil Aviation, a Rostec subsidiary, and Austrian Diamond Aircraft Industries have signed an agreement on joint production and design of a series of light utility aircraft (LUA) in Russia. The Russian small-aircraft industry is currently in severe crisis. This project will help solve the connection issues in remote communities and will provide sustainable development in regions that are difficult to access with surface transportation. Effective, low-cost LUAs will make domestic operations more profitable and thus will attract small air carriers without their own fleets to the market.

Airbus Awards Composite Rudder Contract to TAI

Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) has won a contract from Airbus to build and supply composite rudders for the A330-200 and A330-300 long-range commercial jets. According to the contract signed on Monday, TAI is awarded as single-source through the lifetime of the A330 program. The rudders will be manufactured at TAI’s Kazan, Ankara, premises in Turkey, where the company is already contracted to design, build and supply A350 XWB ailerons and to supply control surfaces for a number of commercial/military aircraft platforms.