In order to become more legible and visible in their various markets the ten companies in the Safran Group officially changed their names on 19 May. Snecma, for example becomes Safran Aircraft Engines.
Dozens of brand new A320neo’s destined for IndiGo, Viva Aerobus, China Southern, Spirit, and Qatar Airways in Toulouse and Hamburg await their Pratt & Whitney engines. The American engine manufacturer is encountering several technical problems.
On 7th May at Minden-Tahoe Airport (USA), the head of Airbus Group conducted a test flight in the Perlan II high altitude glider, which this summer will attempt a flight to the stratosphere, at 17 miles (27 km) altitude.
Japan’s X-2 prototype stealth fighter carried out its maiden flight on 22 April. An advanced technology demonstrator jet, which may be used to incorporate new technologies for future Japanese fighter aircraft. Watch the video and read the article.
The latest version of the General Electric engines of the Boeing 787 has the possibility of shutting down in flight. The US Federal Aviation Administration has just issued an airworthiness directive to resolve the problem.
Finnish farmers have just developed the "Killer Drone". An octocopter to which a chainsaw is attached, giving it the capability of doing a lot of damage. Watch this terrifying video, and read the article.
The annual conference of Clean Sky, the European research programme that aims to reduce the environmental impact of aircraft by 2020, was recently held in Brussels. The priority is synergy between industry and research.
Being more competitive than their rival Airbus, is what has motivated Boeing to reduce their workforce by July. The airframer’s Commercial Airplanes Division intends reducing their payroll from 82,000 to 78,000 employees.