First Take, May 30-June 12, 2022
Our roundup of the main aerospace and defense stories making the news this week.
alex.harrell@a… Fri, 05/27/2022 - 08:00
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NH90 Partners Respond To Fleet Availability Concerns

By Tony Osborne May 25, 2022
NHIndustries partners are taking steps to boost in-service rates, but it may be too little too late for some operators.
Aircraft & Propulsion

The Week In Technology, May 23-27, 2022

By Graham Warwick May 24, 2022
Hybrid Dash 8 batteries; Nuclear-powered spacecraft; Inside Lilium’s eVTOL; Infrared-welded thermoplastics; Forming antennas in space.
Emerging Technologies
How Spirit AeroSystems Keeps Supply Chain Issues Under Control
Supply chain disruptions are flaring, but Spirit AeroSystems remains confident. One quiet project helps explain why.
audra.avizieni… Thu, 05/19/2022 - 08:00
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U.S. Air Force Is Retiring Its Mobility Trainer
Heavy-aircraft pilots will use simulators to bridge the gap between the initial turboprop trainer and operational aircraft.
jack.freifelde… Wed, 05/18/2022 - 08:00
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The Week In Technology, May 16-20, 2022
Subscale flight test; Nordic electric seaplane; shaped by flow control; and net-zero across the Atlantic.
audra.avizieni… Wed, 05/18/2022 - 08:00
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Opinion: A Pledge To Create A More Diverse Space Industry

Steve Isakowitz May 17, 2022
Aerospace industry executives are committing to a spacefaring future that represents all of humanity.

U.S. Marine Corps Plots VTOL Fleet Makeover

By Steve Trimble May 16, 2022
Unmanned Logistics System emerges as the top priority as attack and utility fleet replacement is deferred.
Aircraft & Propulsion

First Images of Australia’s Rivet Joint Lite ISR Platform

By Tony Osborne May 16, 2022
The country's adoption of the Gulfstream G550 for intelligence-gathering aligns with the trend of modifying special-mission business jets.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Air Traffic Recovery Is Straining Aftermarket Supply Chains

By Sean Broderick May 13, 2022
Can material and labor supply keep pace with aftermarket demand as flight activity recovers?
Supply Chain

Boeing Starliner Space Taxi Poised For Uncrewed Flight Test, Take 3

By Irene Klotz May 13, 2022
After 29 months, Boeing will again attempt to fly its commercial space taxi to the space station.
Commercial Space

Opinion: Developing A Shared Investment Supply Chain Strategy

ALEX KRUTZ May 12, 2022
When OEMs launch a new airplane program, they will need supplier partners to help shoulder the burden of development.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Airbus Pursues Rate Increases As Supplier Concerns Persist

By Jens Flottau May 12, 2022
Market demand for the A320neo family remains strong, but Airbus is delaying A321XLR entry-into-service due to certification issues.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain
Daily Memo: Airbus FMS Win Strengthens Thales’ Competitive Position In Avionics
Being selected for a new-generation flight management system (FMS) on the Airbus A320, A330 and A350 is consolidating Thales’ position in the avionics market versus Collins Aerospace, GE Aviation and Honeywell. 
natalia.pelayo… Wed, 05/11/2022 - 17:57
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Lunar Rover Hopefuls Explore New Approaches

By Guy Norris May 11, 2022
Lockheed Martin-General Motors lunar vehicle designed to transit moon autonomously for prepositioned rendezvous with incoming missions.

French Aerospace Industry Tackles Hiring Conundrum

By Thierry Dubois May 10, 2022
French industry launches new promotion effort to hire young production workers amidst concern low interest may hamper production ramp-up.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Magellan Aerospace Sees Increased Headwinds In First Quarter

By Michael Bruno May 09, 2022
Canadian aerostructures and spacecraft sub-tier provider Magellan Aerospace saw almost 7% greater revenue during the first quarter of 2022 over the year-before period.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

What Is Next For Sikorsky’s UH-60 Black Hawk

By Brian Everstine May 09, 2022
Sikorsky looks for new international buyers, upgrades for U.S. Army helos.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Exosonic Polishes Supersonic Airliner Concept, Pivots To Military

By Steve Trimble May 06, 2022
A supersonic military drone will take precedence until civil demand for a low-boom supersonic transport matures.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Podcast: Airbus Up, Boeing Down And The Diverging Duopoly

By Michael Bruno May 06, 2022
First-quarter 2022 financial reports from Airbus and Boeing were snapshots of the different fates the two leading airframers face. Listen in as Aviation Week editors Jens Flottau, Guy Norris and Michael Bruno discuss the increasingly diverging paths within the duopoly.

Groundhog Day At Boeing Begets Existential Questions

By Michael Bruno May 06, 2022
Boeing remains a going concern, but it cannot shake the specter of an existential crisis. A resolution may be far from clear.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

COVID-19 Jumbles U.S. Army Armed Scout Schedule; Fielding Date Holds

By Steve Trimble May 06, 2022
The development phase for the Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft has been extended four years due to COVID-19 supply chain delays.
Aircraft & Propulsion

SAF Production Chases Fast-Growing Demand

By Garrett Reim May 04, 2022
Airlines see regulatory writing on the wall and start making SAF commitments.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

U.S. Air Force Embraces High-End Airpower To Counter China

By Matthew Jouppi May 02, 2022
The service will focus on platforms to counter China including the B-21, NGAD and the F-35.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Certification, Contract Challenges Drive Boeing First-Quarter Losses

By Guy Norris Apr 29, 2022
The OEM says longer certification timelines are a new fact of life as development woes and fixed-price contracts force first-quarter losses.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain