Airbus Group has just announced that they are putting the finishing touches on a brand new ground-breaking fully-automated technology for drilling rivet bearing holes. This new technology accomplishes this by combining a magnetically-levitated drill spindle with a state of the art articulated robot system. This is especially important because during the drilling of rivet holes shards can become lodged in the drill bit flutes damaging it in the process.

This vital component of airplane manufacturing often requires frequent tool changes which cost time as well as costly delays in the manufacturing process. On top of that imperfect precision of semi-automated and manual processes will cause inconsistencies in the hole diameter and further damage the material.

The new Airbus fully-automated electrical vibration driller takes a superimposed oscillation pattern in order to move the drill bit in and out of the material and creates significantly lower temperatures and leads to less reduction in burr formations around the holes with the newly developed spindle fractures being extracted without residue.

All of this produces a processing time of fifty percent shorter for thick titanium packages and less wear and tear on the tool. Airbus Industries is expected to debut the vibrating spindle set at the company’s Bremen facilities in Germany and is hot on the heels of the unveiling of Airbus’ enhanced center wing box design earlier in the month which continues the trend of exciting developments and debuts by Airbus this past year.

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The MAST, or the Man Portable Survivability Trainer, created by Textron, is quickly becoming known as the shoulder-fired missile simulator of the future. It is a threat replicator meant to give aircrews a tough time during times of peace so that they will learn to survive in actual combat.

This MAST system borrows on the elements of other Man Portable Air Defense Systems and (MANPADS) and combines them into a neat, streamlined package. The MAST is an incredibly powerful yet light gun that is packed with passive sensors and computing power. At the front of it, there is a high-power LED emitter that replicates a missile’s launch and gives aircrews warning that they’re under attack.

By simulating different shoulder-fired surface-to-air systems attributes, it can activate an aircraft’s missile launch detection and countermeasures system from over three miles away and in broad daylight. Depending on which threat is being emulated, the aircraft’s warning system will alter the crew of the missile launch. During a live training event, the MAST system simulates MANPADs engagement sequence, including locking the seeker onto the target, firing with both IR and UV signature, and losing lock due to expendables (flares or BOL-IR chaff) and/or laser countermeasures, as well as evasive maneuvers.

Built in video with an information overlay allows for MAST engagements to be debriefed by crews after the mission, showing what worked and what didn’t when it came to defeating the simulated MANPADs shot and allowing them to make the necessary changes. As the MAST system continues to develop and proliferate, units can be further integrated into a networked threat simulation system, such as those found on the Nellis Range Complex, and/or deployed to individual flying units for effective countermeasures training year round.

Seeing as MANPADS are proliferating rapidly throughout the world – many of which are in some of our enemies hands – giving American and allied air crews an incredibly high fidelity learning tool like MAST is money well spent. This is especially true considering not just the human life involved, but the cost of aircraft themselves.

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Cessna Aircraft, a general aviation and aircraft manufacturing corporation, has been making upgrades as of late to its newest aircraft, the Cessna Latitude. Improvements of 370 km in range as well as a 9% reduction in take-off roll for the Citation Latitude have contributed to its edge over the next closest competitor, the Embraer 450. Altogether, this midsize jet boasts a range of 2,700nm and has a take-off distance of 1,118m. The announcement of these recent improvements mark the third range increase for these jets in the program’s history so far. The program, which so far has flight tested four aircraft for a total of 260 flights and 600 flight hours, is on schedule to receive airworthiness certification in early to mid-2015. The Embraer Legacy 450, although very successful, still has a range which is 200nm shorter than the Latitude.

The Citation Latitude, at a price tag of $16 million, can seat up to nine passengers and two crewmembers and is will be in service in the foreseeable future. Full assembly-line flow for this aircraft is expected to begin shortly. Meanwhile, the Cessna Citation M2 has also enjoyed considerable success. The 1,580nm-range aircraft received approval in the European market only six months after entering service in the United States. The $4.5 million twinjet, which is essentially a modified CJ1 aircraft, has received a total of 33 orders, with 23 having been delivered. Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of the large US conglomerate Textron, specializes in small, piston-powered aircraft as well as business jets. Cessna became a brand of Textron Aviation in March 2014.

Textron subsidiaries also include large names such as Bell Helicopter and Beechcraft, both very respectable aerospace companies. Textron, a publicly-traded S&P 500 Component company, generates over $3.5 billion in revenue a year with 33,000 employees. Of the total employees, 8,500 are Cessna employees. The company itself was founded in 1927. ASAP Semiconductor, through our proprietary website ASAP Fasteners, strives to be a premier distributor of all Cessna Aircraft parts that support all current and discontinued aircraft platforms. We carry a comprehensive inventory of Cessna Aircraft parts as well as the database and procurement capabilities to help you meet all your requirements. Contact us today at

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