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Originally posted by planeman
Meanwhile Boeing has said that it's still having weight problems with the 787 Dreamliner but promise this won't delay the whole product - empty promise?
One-quarter of the huge new Airbus A380 will be built from various composites and advanced materials -- 22 percent carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, and 3 percent "glare," a glass fiber-aluminum laminate, which is being used for the first time on a civil airliner. These materials, and the expectations that their use will increase (Boeing's 787 will be built almost entirely of composites) and that more very large airliners will be built, has raised questions at the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). "We're concerned about the capability of operators to conduct non-destructive testing (NDT) of these materials," said Dave Hayes, of ALPA's A380 Project Team. "If you hit them with a catering truck, which happens all the time in the real world, what have you damaged?" Hayes said ALPA is interested in what NDT methods are going to be assigned to the operator, and which are relegated to the manufacturer, and under what rules. "These are questions we're going to be asking other manufacturers who intend to use composite materials in their airplanes. Some of these materials are fairly exotic and require using sophisticated imaging techniques for NDT."
Originally posted by planeman
as usual UAV-obsessed Mike got there first.
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Medevac upgrade for Swedish Super Pumas
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Eurocopter seeks partner on ‘super lift’ helicopter development
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UK reviews airlift mix
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EADS expresses frustration on its UK Future Puma proposal
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FSTA clears US hurdle
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EADS urges more military space spending from UK
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UK chooses BAE Systems to provide Nimrod replacement
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Raytheon unveils "multi-mission" version of T-6B
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Saab congratulates itself on "fantastic" last six months
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Thales selects Barco for Belgian Air Force C-130 electronic warfare upgrade
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JSF technology transfer issues resolved, says senior US official
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Ultra wins UK Typhoon pod deal
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USMC officials sound bullish note on Osprey
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US Navy earmarks funding for JSOW Block III
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Sentinel/ASTOR makes public debut at Farnborough
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Originally posted by DickDasterdly
I was surprised to see the X47B on display (not a mock up - the real thing). I thought that program had been cancelled.
Originally posted by Deino
Is there any new information (esp. a picture, model, ...) of the new Agusta-Westland A.149 available ????
Originally posted by intelgurlDeino,
I don't generally follow rotor craft but I think this is it...