AAR Aircraft Component Services was awarded for the tenth time in a row the honored FAA AMT Diamond Award of Excellence. This award highlights the aviation maintenance technician training program that is used by AAR.

Companies that have highly effective training programs are recognized by the FAA AMT each year. These programs aim to improve quality, reliability, safety improvement and knowledge throughout each established company. AAR has been dominating the competition within these regards with their North American Component repair shop. They are certainly investing in their workers and training program.

The technicians that AAR has developed are “amongst the most skilled, trained and talented in the aviation industry”. Ken Hein, AAR Supply Chain Senior Vice President states that,

they develop innovative processes to support the operation that exceeds customer’s expectation for safety.

The Diamond Award of Excellence requires that 100% of eligible technicians must pass and complete a rigorous and specialized training that in continuous according to FAA rules and regulations that change yearly. Individual technician awards are given out to all techs that complete at least 12 hours of training during the year.

This is a great accomplishment for AAR. Will AAR continue their standard of excellence next year, or will another company try to compete for the prized Diamond Award of Excellence? Only time will tell, but AAR has set the bar for any type aviation maintenance technician training.

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The Iranians have invited the Boeing manufacture to negotiate a purchase contract on airplanes. The last time the US delivered any jets to the Islamic Republic was reported in 1970. The minister of the Iranian people has invited the company to a meeting regarding the negotiations on the airplanes to his region. So just last month the United States has approved and gave permission to the Boeing Company to do commercial discussions with Iran and giving them a license to do so.

The Iranians are very interested in buying Boeing 737 and are looking to purchase about 118 planes in total. The Iranians current aircraft date back to about 20 years of age and have not let the country leverage its geographical location for a few decades now which has some of the oldest global fleets. So, the country’s current goal is to upgrade their aviation and buy up to 500 passenger planes within the next 10 years to better their marketing fleet.

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On Friday March 04 2016, Airbus announced that the first U.S. built A321NEO will be coming from its Mobile, Alabama plant. Figures show that the Airbus A321neo is out selling Boeings 737 Max 9.  Out of 1,269 planes that were ordered by airlines, Boeing’s 737 Max 9 has won only 17 percent of the orders.

Airbus paves the way for the growth in the U.S market commercial aircraft with its Alabama plant. The future looks very well for Airbus, especially outside of the commercial airline industries. They are set to compete in the U.S. military industries, such as the Air Force tanker contract.

Boeing historically, dominated in larger U.S based carriers and Military contracts. Airbus is slowly creeping up from behind to target these markets. Even with Boeing’s exclusivity with Southwest and Alaskan airlines, Jet Blue’s decided to fleet consists of 156 Airbus jets out of the 216 planes in the commercial airline industry.

Airbus has position itself for higher visibility with their new business with Jet Blue. The A320neo will be receiving a lot exposure with services out of Seattle – Tacoma International Airport to Los Angeles later this month with Spirit Airlines. This will be one of the first U.S. made carriers out of the Alabama plant. It also helps that Spirit’s carriers are painted bright yellow.

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Boeing has created a way to kill close to 100% of germs in its carrier’s lavatories. Ultraviolet light will be used to disinfect all surfaces in the airplane’s bathroom.  This will help prevent the spread of infectious diseases between passengers between international flights.

These ultraviolet lights are non-harming to the human body, unlike the ones you find in tanning beds. The ultraviolet lights will only be in use when the lavatories are not occupied. Also, they will only touch the toilet seat, sink and counter-top surfaces.  On April 5th at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, Boeing will be announced as a finalist for a Crystal Cabin Award.

George Hamiln, an aviation consultant believes these methods would help decrease airlines’ maintenance bills.  He feels that if the costs of this cleaning process are inexpensive, then he sees it spreading with other carriers as well. Airbus Group has been working on a similar self-cleaning concept of its own.

Airbus Group is going a different route for the control of germs in lavatories. They are developing touch-less bathroom technologies and anti-bacterial surfaces.  Vice president of marketing, Ingo Wuggetzer states,

the ambiance and overall freshness will be noticeably enhanced.  Airbus is set to significantly raise the bar on the passenger’s experiences.

Both Boeing and Airbus upgrades and lavatory advances have a great potential outside of the airplane bathrooms. Maintenance on adjoining lavatory components often occur due to corrosion.  These can be used throughout the airplane to help save money on repairs.

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US unveils concept of B-21 futuristic warplane

According to, the US Air Force released an image of the newest stealth bomber on February 26, 2016 known as the B-21 (which is considered the very first American bomb of the 21st century).

The B-21 was known as the Long Range Strike Bomber or LRS-B before the concept of the plane was release. This was addressed by the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James in Florida.

James talk about the importance of this aircraft.

“This aircraft represents the future for our airmen, and [their] voice is important to this process.”

James goes on and mentions that the final name of the aircraft will be announced sometime this fall 2016 at the conference.

Northrop Grumman is in charge of the B-21. There has been no evidence that a prototype is available for this advanced fighter jet however the concept that is seen is just a rendering at this current time.

Aside from the B-21, the country’s newest bomber is the B-2 which is in fact not so new as it is considered 25 years old. During the 1980’s, the US military was still flying B-1s and B-52s in the 1950 respectively.

James also talks a little bit about the requirements of the B-21. She mentions that the new plane is designed

“based on a set of requirements that allows the use of existing and mature technology.”

At this current time, the aircraft’s capability will be tested sometime during the mid-2020s.

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Boeing 777 Tail Frames will be Provided by Israel Aerospace

Israel Aerospace Industries was awarded the contract to manufacture Boeing 777X tail frames.  They forecast that it will bring in over hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming years. IAI will be producing all horizontal and vertical tail frame parts.

Israel Aerospace Industries civilian business converts civilian airplanes and recrafts them into executive jets. Hopefully this agreement between Boeing and ISI will bring sustainability and exposure to IAI’s civilian business.

Currently, Israel Aerospace Industries civilian business outputs 777 planes each month, not including frames for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  They will be continuing their duties of manufacturing frames for the Boeing 777 for the lifespan of the project.

This is a huge surprise, as IAI’s civilian side has losses calculating over $230 Million since 2009. In addition to the total losses, Israel Aerospace Industries management is working with it’s workers to reach an agreement involving voluntary retirement for over 1,000 workers. With this agreement, it should help with recovery of previous losses and hopefully bring them closer to profit.

Despite the losses and retirement negotiations, it seems like Israel Aerospace is moving in the right direction. Boeing is showing a lot confidence in IAI and recognizing them for their continuing efforts by awarding them this deal.

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Airbus Patents Seats

Benjamin Zhang from Business Insider released an article talking about Airbus’ latest seat patent that could possibly revolutionize the way air ticket sells in order to maximize profits. The federal standard for all widths of airplane seats has been used for over 50 years. This standard width came from a measurement done in 1962.

However, airlines are doing what they can to squeeze more people into their planes. What doesn’t help is the fact that this leads to less moving and personal space on flights and on top of this, people are getting larger.

Earlier in February of this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office received and published a patent by Airbus. This patent is from Airbus’ Sven Taubert and Florian Schmidt for what is coined as a “reconfigurable passenger bench seat.”

This bench is adjustable so that it could hold anywhere from two passengers up to a whole family. To be more specific, the seat belts, armrest placements, and bench is adjustable. Because of the adjustability, the airline can cater to the amount of passengers they can fit as well as adjusting their personal space.

This type of bench will be extremely beneficial for overweight passengers who would normally have to buy an extra seat and even families with children which would normally have to pay full adult price for their small children.

Airbus was founded on December 18, 1970 in Blagnac France which founders Roger Béteille, Henri Ziegler, and Bernard Lathière. Their headquarters are in Toulouse, France.

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Rockwell Collins receives

Transportation Partners has selected Rockwell Collins as its supplier of avionics parts for 201 Boeing 737 MAX and options for 29 Next-Generation Boeing 737 aircraft.

Transportation Partners has been providing their aviation leasing services for years. They are an affiliate of Lion Air, Malindo Air, Wings Air, Batik Air, and Thai Lion Air. The international company based out of Dublin, Ireland and SIngapore selected Rockwell Collins to provide solutions such as the MultiScan™ ThreatTrack weather radar, GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver, and Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance (TCAS II) traffic computer TTR-2100.

The order for the systems can be attributed to the high volume of aircraft flying over the Pacific Ocean. Airlines are taking every precaution possible to avoid another Malaysian Airlines flight 370 situation.

“As air traffic increases in the Asia Pacific region, having advanced and reliable systems for detecting weather threats, precision navigation, and aircraft avoidance will become even more critical,” said Jim Walker, the vice president and managing director for Asia Pacific for Rockwell Collins. “We’re honored by the trust Transportation Partners is putting in Rockwell Collins for another order of this magnitude.”

All of the systems being ordered will provide the aircraft with a safety upgrade. They will enhance capabilities such as navigation, weather prediction, turbulence threats, thunderstorm alerts, ride quality, and air traffic notifications. Other systems being delivered include the ADF-900 Automatic Direction Finder, DME-2100 Distance Measuring Equipment, VHF-2100 Transceiver, HFS-900D Radio, TPR-901 Mode S Transponder, and VOR-900 Omnidirectional Radio.

Chief Operating Officer John Duffy of Transportation Partners mimicked the stress they putting on safety.

“Safety is of greatest concern for us and airlines, especially with the high volume of passengers ferried every day, and Rockwell Collins helps airlines by keeping them clear of weather threats and other traffic, and by enabling them to fly more efficiently,” he said.

Deliveries of the systems will begin in just about one year’s time.

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Embraer still in top spot for business jet sales

For the third year running, Embraer’s Phenom 300 business jet had the most deliveries in the world.

After being bestowed with the same honor in the last two calendar years, the three-peat was completed in 2015 after Embraer saw its sales reaching seventy aircraft bought by customers all over the world. The jets are currently operated by nearly thirty different countries. President and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets Marco Tulio Pellegrini expressed his gratitude to the loyal users of the aircraft, and noted that it was a testament to the capabilities they provide.

“We would like to thank our customers for their confidence and continuing relationship, which has enabled the Phenom 300 to enjoy successful acceptance worldwide since its launch,” he said.

“The Phenom family’s design was based on the highest industry requirements, combining the attributes of a best-in-class aircraft. To have the most-delivered business jet in the world for the third consecutive year is a true recognition that we have achieved our commitment to design game-changing products to meet operators’ needs.”

The fleet of Phenom 320’s and 300’s have combined for an aggregate of approximately 300,000 flight hours. Its popularity is justified, as it is cited as one of the best light jets in the world by organizations such as fractional programs, charter services, corporate flight departments and owner-pilots.

An annual report, released at the end of every year by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, showed good news for the 2015 shipping and billing results for Embraer. The market share for their executive jets had risen to seventeen percent in regards to deliveries of their unit. Their total number of deliveries had reached a five-year peak. Jets in the family of Phenom, Legacy, and Lineage posted a delivery number of 120 for the executive aviation division.

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Rigetti Computing is working on Building Quantum Computing Chip

Two-year-old Berkley startup-company Rigetti Computing is at the forefront of advanced quantum computer development, and they may be on the verge of an industry breakthrough.  For years, companies have been racing to create hardware solutions for quantum computing, but little significant progress has been made.  However, Rigetti is hoping to change all of that with a brand new breed of computer chips.

Rigetti believes super cold temperatures are the key to accessing the power of quantum mechanics, and they have been conducting many experiments using liquid helium to cool experimental computer chips to near absolute zero.    Although their experiments are still in the early stages, Rigetti hopes to have a functional prototype chip capable of powering a quantum computer by 2017.

“This is a very exciting time,” says Daniel Lidar, director of the Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology at the University of Southern California. “This is not incremental; we’re really starting to see various groups working with superconducting qubits taking big strides forward.”

The central idea behind quantum computing involves bringing together delicately balanced components known as qubits into one ultra-powerful computer chip.  These qubits can act as a “0” or a “1” just like standard computer chips, but they are unique in that they can also take on both numbers at once.  In theory this would result in extremely fast computing, but in practice the qubits have proven rather difficult to rely on due to their fragile balances.

This attempt at creating quantum computing chips is as immensely ambitious by industry insiders, as truly viable quantum computers have eluded everyone from Google to the US government.  If Rigetti can somehow make a breakthrough before anyone else then their revue streams would expand immensely in the years to follow.

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