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  • China eyes global market after Comac C919 maiden flight

    China’s homegrown Comac C919 passenger jet successfully completed its first test flight on 5th May in Shanghai, paving the way to compete in the global aviation market with aircraft manufacturing giants, Boeing and Airbus. Watch the first images.
     

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  • Safran to recruit over 4,000 staff in 2017

    Safran Group announced a turnover of nearly 16 billion Euros in 2016 and recruited 7,000 staff. The equipment manufacturer intends to recruit 4,200 more staff this year.
     

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  • CFM International launches transition process from CFM56 to LEAP

    The world’s best-selling aircraft engine, the CFM56, is to be slowly phased out by the new LEAP engine. In order to ensure a smooth transition, CFM International is adapting its production - a process the Franco-American engine manufacturer has just started.
     

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  • Building a Sukhoi Superjet 100: Who Does What?

    The Superjet 100's structure may be built by Sukhoi, but the Russian aircraft manufacturer depends on numerous partners in France, the United States and Germany to produce its medium-haul jet. Find out more in our article.
     

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  • Safran launches €10bn bid for Zodiac Aerospace

    French giant Safran group has begun exclusive negotiations for a friendly takeover of Zodiac Aerospace. The move was announced at a press conference on Thursday in Paris to explain the €9.7 bn merger that will create the world’s second largest supplier of aircraft equipment. Read our news article.
     

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  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner structure: parts from around the globe

    To build their aircraft today, aeronautical manufacturers are supplied with parts from all around the world. See the map of subcontractors working on the structure of the Boeing 787. Read the article to find out more.
     

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  • Why do landing gears have the same lowering and retraction system?

    It’s not necessarily obvious, yet all commercial aircraft today are equipped with the same system. After takeoff, their front landing-gear retracts in a forward direction, from the rear, towards the front of the plane, and when landing, lowered in the reverse direction. But why?
     

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  • Why is Safran selling its I&S subsidiary, ex-Morpho?

    Safran is selling its Identity and Security, ex-Morpho, to the American fund Advent International, who own Oberthur Technologies. The transaction will be finalised in 2017. But why would they do this considering that the security sector is in full bloom? Read the article.
     

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  • What are all these wires for ?

    In commercial aircraft there are cables everywhere. But where are they located? What are they used for? And how are they made? We went to see at the Safran Electrical & Power factory, specialists in this field.
     

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  • CFM56: The Best-Selling Aircraft Engine in the World

    CFM International’s CFM56 is the best-selling aircraft engine in the world. A few days ago, the 30 000th one rolled off the assembly line. Let’s take a closer look at this Franco-American success story between Safran Aircraft Engines and General Electric.
     

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  • Clean Sky takes off at Farnborough

    At the Farnborough Airshow this week, the European research programme, Clean Sky, presented the status of several of its key projects. Amongst them are the Open Rotor, the laminar wings and the hybrid propulsion engine.
     

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  • What is the temperature of a civil aircraft engine at take-off?

    We spoke to Safran Aircraft Engines, the aircraft engine manufacturer, who kindly gave us information for the CFM56 engine, the world's best-seller which notably equips the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 families.
     

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  • nEUROn’s first public flight demonstration

    It was a first in the history of aviation. On 4 June at Istres (southern France), the European nEUROn UCAV demonstrator displayed some of its capabilities in front of several thousand spectators. Watch the video, and read the article.
     

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  • Safran’s subsidiaries acquire new names

    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.
     

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  • Jet engines: why evermore larger fans?

    On commercial aircraft in the last decade, the trend has been toward wider jet engines with diameters increased by 6 to 20 inches (15 to 50 cm). Why? To consume and pollute less.
     

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