Boeing 737 MAX 8

Boeing announced that it has completed final assembly of its first 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The 737 MAX 8 is Boeing’s answer to European competitor Airbus’ A320neo jetliner, the first of which is to be delivered to Qatar Airways before year’s end.

Today marks another in a long series of milestones that our team has achieved on time, per plan, together,

said Keith Leverkuhn, Vice President and General Manager, 737 MAX, Boeing Commercial / Airplanes.

With the rollout of the new 737 MAX - the first new airplane of Boeing’s second century - our team is upholding an incredible legacy while taking the 737 to the next level of performance.

Backed by CFM International LEAP-1B engines, the new single-aisle 737 MAX 8 will consume 20% less fuel than the first batch of next-generation 737 aircraft.

The complexity of this is not so much the changes in the airplane itself, but more about how you weave this new airplane into a factory that’s been producing (the current 737) for 19 years now, said Leverkuhn.

Specifications of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliner are as follows:

  • Max Design Taxi Weight: 181,700 lb / 82,418 kg
  • Max Design Takeoff Weight: 181,200 lb / 82,191 kg
  • Max Design Landing Weight:152,800 lb / 69,309 kg
  • Max Design Zero Fuel Weight: 145,400 lb / 65,952 kg
  • Max Design Fuel Capacity: 6,853 US gallon / 25,941 liter
  • AFT Cargo Compartment Capacity: 883 cu. ft. / 25.00 cu. m
  • FWD Cargo Compartment Capacity: 660 cu. ft. / 18.69 cu. m
  • Total Cargo Capacity: 1,543 cu. ft. / 43.69 cu. m
All the milestones have been met. Engineering has been early. The supply chain is performing well," said Leverkuhn. "When the airplane actually showed up here in the factory, the mechanics were ready to go. The parts teams were ready to go. So this is a celebration for the team."
After completing its first flight scheduled in the beginning of 2016, the 737 MAX 8 is due to enter service with Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017. It will be joined by the 737 MAX 9 in 2018 and the 737 MAX 7 in 2019.

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Coming off an order from South Korea’s largest airline Korean Air, Airbus Group SE announced that it has booked more than 1,000 orders for its family of jetliners in the first 11 months-January to November-of the year 2015. Shares for the Toulouse, France-based group rose as it looks certain that Airbus will win its annual orders race against North American rival Boeing. Though Airbus has booked more orders, Boeing remains the largest jetliner producer as the Chicago, Illinois-headquartered Boeing delivers more aircraft out of its factories.

The Airbus Group’s shares rose 2.8 %, while Boeing’s shares rose 0.4% higher.

After forming a tentative deal at the June 2015 Paris Air Show, Korean Air formally signed for 30 Airbus A321neo jetliners.

The A321 is the largest member of the A320 family of jetliners. The “neo” designates that these aircraft come with a new engine option. Though backed by a pair of latest-generation engines-either the CFM International’s LEAP-1A or the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM-the A319neo, A320neo, and A321neo share 95% spares commonality with current engine option A320 aircraft. In two-class configuration, the A321 accommodates 185 passengers-16 passengers in business class and 169 passengers in economy class. In high-density configuration for low-cost and charter operators, the A321 seats up to 220 passengers.

In the month of November, Airbus sold 169 aircraft to bring its gross total for the year to 1,079 aircraft. However, after cancellations and model conversions, Airbus’ net figures became 1,007 aircraft. From January to November 2015, Airbus delivered 556 aircraft-including 10 A350 long-range, twin-engine, wide-body jetliners and 24 A380 double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jetliners.

In the same 11-month time period, Boeing nabbed 655 gross orders. After cancellations from customers, the net total became 568 aircraft. Compared to Airbus’ 556 deliveries, Boeing came out ahead with 709 planes delivered to customers.

As of today, Airbus has received more than 4,300 firm orders for the A320neo aircraft.

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Toshiba Image Sensor

Confirming rumors from October, Sony announced that it has acquired rival Toshiba’s image sensor unit for $155 million. Sony itself has recently reorganized its sensor business unit into a wholly-owned subsidiary dubbed the Sony Semiconductor Corporation. Under the agreement, Toshiba will transfer its Oita Operations semiconductor fabrication facilities, equipment, and related assets.

Under the deal, Sony will own Toshiba’s Oita Operations unit which served as Toshiba’s primary 300mm wafer production line. The doors to the Oita Operations facilities were first opened in February 2004. It has a building area of 24,100 square meters and a total floor space of 48,800 square meters. The main products it produces are CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) image sensors and memory controllers.

CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) hardware are battery-powered memory chips in a computer that house startup information. A computer’s basic input/output system (BIOS) utilizes the startup data housed by the CMOS hardware whenever the computer starts up.

CMOS sensors serve as an alternative to change-coupled device (CCD) image sensors. Change-coupled devices transfer electrical charge within a device to an area where the charge can be easily manipulated.

An advantage of using a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor sensor versus a change-coupled device sensor is that CMOS sensors tend to be more cost-efficient.

Another advantage of using CMOS image sensors over CCD image sensors is that in the event that a light source has overloaded the sensitivity of the device, the CMOS would not bleed the light source onto other pixels due to its low blooming properties.

The two companies expect to complete the acquisition and transfer of properties and assets by the end of the fiscal year, March, 31, 2016.

The specific address of the Oita wafer fabrication facility is: 3500 Oaza Matsuoka, Oita City, Oita Prefecture, Japan.

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Boeing C-17 Globemaster

In an event attended by hundreds of Boeing employees and aviation enthusiasts, the last Boeing C-17 Globemaster cargo aircraft built at the manufacturer’s Long Beach, California, facility completed a flyover of Long Beach Airport before heading to San Antonio, where its new owner, the Qatar government, will pick it up in early 2016. This C-17 Globemaster is notable for being the last civilian or military aircraft to be built in the state of California-at least for now.

In September 2013, Boeing announced that it would close the Long Beach C-17 Globemaster plant-ending seven decades of aircraft production at that facility.

The C-17 Globemaster is manned by a pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit, with room for two observers.

Housed in the C-17 Globemaster’s cockpit, the digital avionics system consists of four Honeywell multi-function cathode-ray tube displays, a duo of head-up displays (HUDs), two Lockheed Martin central processing computers, a single Hamilton Sundstrand data management computer, twin Honeywell air data computers, and cargo systems. The electronic flight control system is redundant four-times-over, ensuring backup systems are in place.

Backed by four Pratt & Whitney PW2040 turbofan engines providing 40,400 pounds of thrust each, the C-17 Globemaster cruises at speed between Mach 0.74 and 0.77. Without refueling, the C-17 Globemaster can carry a payload of 160,000 pounds for a range of 2,400 nautical miles. With refueling, the C-17 Globemaster can fly non-stop intercontinentally.

In May 1995, the C-17 Globemaster team received the famed Collier Trophy-declaring the cargo lifter the top aeronautical achievement of the year.

To date, Boeing has delivered more than 260 C-17 Globemasters to operator’s worldwide-including 223 aircraft to the US Air Force and 37 aircraft to Australia, Canada, Kuwait, India, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and NATO’s 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability alliance. The members of the NATO C-17 alliance include ten NATO nations (Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and the United States) and two Partnership for Peace (PfP) nations (Finland and Sweden).

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Toshiba Wireless Power Receiver IC

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., announced that is has launched the industry’s first single-chip 15W wireless power receiver IC that is compliant with the Qi v1.2 specifications spelled out by the Wireless Power Consortium. Designated the TC7766WBG, the new chip is optimized for use in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

"The 'holy grail' for wireless charging for high-performance portable devices has been 15W, and we've been steadily working toward this objective with continued additions to our family of wireless charging devices,"

said Deepak Mithani, senior director of the Mixed Signal Business Unit, System LSI Group at Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.

"Making a 15W wireless power chip that allows for rapid charging available to our customers in a package with the same footprint as our previous product will help speed the design-in process and help them get advanced charging devices to market more quickly."

Tripling the received power capability of its precursors and competing chips, the new 15W TC7766WBG has all the functions needed to form a standalone wireless power transfer RX system. Derived from 0.13-micron CMOS/DMOS semiconductor process technology, Toshiba’s CD-0.13 process marries small packaging with large capabilities-creating a cost-efficient system that leaves a small footprint.

"This enables wireless power for subsequent charging of smartphones, tablets and handheld devices at speeds comparable to or, in some cases, faster than conventional wired chargers," Toshiba said.

Generating 15W of maximum output power, the TC7766WBG generates a maximum output current of 1.7 amps (A), output voltage range of 5 to 14 volts (V), full protections, and the advanced Qi Foreign Object Detection functions. Contained in a low-Z-height WCSP28 housing, the chip runs 2.4mm x 3.67mm x 0.5mm.

Prototypes of the new TC7766WBG wireless power receiver IC will be delivered at the end of the year, with mass manufacturing slated to start in spring of 2016.

Founded in 1875, Toshiba is Japan’s largest semiconductor maker and the industry’s sixth-largest semiconductor manufacturer.

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Hybrid Airship

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) greenlighted a certification plan put forward by Lockheed Martin for its new class of hybrid airships. This approval takes Lockheed Martin closer to delivering the airships to commercial customers.

Lockheed Martin program manager Robert Boyd said,

"The approval of the certification plan represents an important risk reduction milestone for our customers. Completing this step took dedication from both the Lockheed Martin system experts and the FAA, who worked meticulously through thousands of detailed items to achieve consistent and accurate verification statements covering the entire aircraft."

Touted as a cost-efficient platform to deliver heavy payloads such as cargo and personnel to remote locations with minimal infrastructure around the globe, the hybrid airship consumes less than 1/10 the fuel of a conventional helicopter per ton. The hybrid airship is marketed as a sustainable, green aircraft for the future. No major airport, rail, or road is needed for the hybrid airship to land on.

For example, the hybrid airship could aid in oil and mining operations in the Arctic.

Comprised of mostly helium, the Lockheed Martin hybrid airship cruises continuously without the fear of stalling that is present with conventional aircraft and helicopters. The platform can ferry a payload of up to 21,000 kilograms (47,000 pounds) or 19 passengers. It exhibits a range of 1400 nautical miles, cruise speed of 60 knots, and possesses a 5,000-pound fuel capacity.

With work on the project starting over two decades ago, Lockheed Martin flew a hybrid airship prototype dubbed the P-791 in January 2006. The maiden flight took place at Lockheed Martin’s flight test facility at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. Designed for the US Army’s Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) program, the Lockheed Martin P-791 lost to Northrop Grumman’s HAV-3 hybrid airship concept. However, the US Army ended up cancelling the program. Now, both Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are developing their prototypes for civilian use.

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Integrated Air and Missile Defense System
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Northrop Grumman and the US Army successfully deployed their future Integrated Air and Missile Defense System (AIAMD) in a test on November 12. The platform effectively took out its first cruise missile target using a new command-and-control system and Patriot and Sentinel radars.

"The technical challenge of integrating sensors and shooters that were never designed to work together – breaking them from existing systems into components for networking – is tremendous,"

said Dan Verwiel, vice president and general manager, integrated air and missile defense division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems.

"With the successful intercept, the Army and Northrop Grumman team continues to show how IBCS is a paradigm-shifting system of systems for air and missile defense.”

Acting as the cruise missile, the Raytheon (formerly Beechcraft) MQM-107 Streaker drone is a high-subsonic subscale aerial target primarily used by the US Army and US Air Force for demonstrative trials. Backed by a Teledyne CAE J402-CA-700 turbojet engine tucked in the nacelle under the fuselage, the MQM-107 Streaker can conduct pre-programmed missions as well as be remotely controlled by an operator.

"The IBCS gives warfighters the advantage of expanded sensor and weapon system combinations and enables a component-based acquisition approach,"

said Verwiel.

Taking place at 10:26 a.m. MST at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the MQM-107 began the flight test by flying a low-altitude trajectory against a property defended by a US Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) task force. Undetected by the Patriot radar due to its low-altitude course, the drone was however tracked by the Sentinel radar. The intelligence gathered by the Sentinel radar went back to the Integrated Battle Command System which acts as the head of the AIAMD system.

"The success of IBCS allows our ability to acquire needed radars and interceptors to plug into our architecture without having to buy entire systems and to optimize the sensor/shooter relationship to the target,"

said Brig. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood, the US Army's Missiles and Space Program chief.

The importance of this flight test stems from the fact that it shows that the US Army is moving away from conventional, system-centric weaponry (like Raytheon’s Patriot air-and-missile defense system) to a net-centric, integrable network of current and future air and missile defense systems.

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Bombardier Global 6000 Aircraft

The Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft, the company’s third-generation, large cabin, ultra-long range jet, has been recently demonstrated by NetJets that the aircraft is certainly capable of offering travelers with great range capabilities in an ultimate luxury aircraft cabin.

On October 20th, the Global 6000 aircraft departed from Aspen Pitkin Country Airport in Colorado and flew to London City Airport in the United Kingdom, all in a record time of eight hours. The flight crew then followed up with a round trip between London City and Lugano Airport in the Swiss Alps. These three airports are claimed to be some of the most challenging in the world. This flight is currently awaiting approval from the National Aeronautics Association (NAA), who will then, upon validation, submit the record flight to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale in Lausanne, Switzerland, for international ratification.

Similar aircraft in this class of ultra-long range business jets are also capable of flying non-stop between these cities, though, unlike the Global 6000, are not certified to fly into London City, according to the NetJets pilot, Don Wittke.

“A normal glide slope is 3 degrees; these [approaches] were nearly double,” Wittke added.

These demonstration flights held by NetJets had no passengers on either flights, and were used to illustrate the versatility and power of the Global 6000 aircraft. The company intended on further emphasizing that there is no need for operators to compromise and utilize alternate airports located near where they wish to go, rather than flying directly there. With the Global 6000, operators can fly point-to-point, regardless of how challenging the airfields are to access.

“People fly privately to have complete control over their schedule, and these flights demonstrate how we can provide the ability for NetJets customers to do unique missions,”

said the NetJets executive vice president of sales and marketing, Patrick Gallagher.

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The Boeing Company has recently come together with Tata Advanced Systems, the aerospace and defense division of the TATA Group, in order to create a joint venture which will allow for the manufacture of aircraft structures. This in turn will create more avenues for integrated systems development opportunities in India. The financial details regarding this joint venture have not yet been disclosed, though both companies intend on developing and selling integrated systems via the joint venture.

This partnership will capitalize on India's industrial capability, innovation and talent to contribute to Boeing's long-term competitiveness and position us for future growth in the global marketplace,"

said Chris Chadwick, the CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security.

Under this joint venture, a manufacturing site will be created in order to produce aerostructures for the AH-64 Apache helicopter. This manufacturing center will also be used to compete for additional manufacturing contracts amongst Boeing’s defense and commercial platforms.

This agreement to establish a JV will propel the growth of the Indian aerospace sector by leveraging the world-class competencies of TASL and its supplier eco-system, as well as provide access to India's world-class manufacturing capability, skilled talent and competitive cost structures,”

said S. Ramadorai, chairman of Tata Advanced Systems.

Over the last 12 months, we have doubled our sourcing from India and are committed to continuing that journey,”

said Pratyush Kumar, president of Boeing India.

Our commitment was demonstrated by Boeing chairman Jim McNerney's presence at the recently concluded aerospace Innovation Summit in New Delhi."

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Hypersonic SABRE Engine

BAE Systems, a British multinational security, defense, and aerospace company, has recently taken a 20% stake in Reaction Engines, which is a small, privately held, British technology company. Reaction Engines has been investing in innovative propulsion technology which would hopefully cut the costs of space travel significantly. According to the managing director of Reaction Engines, the company has been working on new ways to create a launcher which could take off in a similar fashion to an aircraft, which would then fly into space, release its satellite, and then ultimately return to Earth for reuse within 48 hours.

BAE Systems’ recent investment in Reaction Engines could potentially create new markets such as high-speed flight or low-cost space launch for the company, stated BAE’s Group Managing Director for programs, Nigel Whitehead. In addition to funding, BAE Systems will provide systems engineering support and program management in order to assist with the project. BAE’s role as Europe’s largest defense company will help to enable this technology to transition from the experimental stage into the next phase of development. In addition to BAE’s financing, Reaction Engines has also been granted funding from the British government, as the government has revealed their plans to provide GBP60 million in grant funding.

"Today's announcement represents an important landmark in the transition of Reaction Engines from a company that has been focused on the research and testing of enabling technologies for the Sabre engine to one that is now focused on the development and testing of the world's first Sabre engine,"

said managing director of Reaction Engines, Mark Thomas.

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