On April 6th 2016, RF Globalnet released an article based off of Amphenol’s announcement on how they are now offering ruggedized VITA 46 compliant connectors. The VITA 46 compliant connectors will do than just meet VITA 46 standards. These type of connectors will even exceed VITA 46 standards. These connectors are designed specifically aerospace in mind. There are many commercial and military applications for these. This includes applications for things such as ground defense, missile defense, avionics, C4ISR, and space systems with over 10 gbps data rates.


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Emirates Airline has formally placed an order with Airbus for the delivery of two more A380 superjumbo aircraft, with delivery scheduled for late 2017.Each of these jumbo jets has a list price of $865.2 million. They will be powered by Rolls Royce engines, and have world-class in-flight entertainment systems installed.


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Rolls-Royce is planning to further expand its ASC (authorized service center) Network from the existing 58 to 68 locations. Rolls-Royce is supporting over 1800 in-service business aircraft engines under its CorporateCare fixed-cost maintenance management program. With a bevy of aircraft engines such as the BR725, BR710, Tay and AE3700 under its support, Rolls-Royce is emphasizing that CorporateCare is their top priority designed to create value for their customers and is widely considered the industry  leader in providing product support. Sales and marketing VP for Rolls-Royce’s small and medium engines, Stephen Friedrich believes that the program is a smashing success and that belief is backed up in the over 70% approval/acceptance rating for all current production engines by the public.


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Aerospace giant Bombardier Commercial Aircraft revealed that they have settled on a new Authorize Service Facility (ASF) agreement with Slovenian CRJ experts Adria Tehnika.  This new deal will expand the existing ASF arrangement between Bombardier and Adria Technika an additional five years.  Within the context of this agreement, Bombardier will allow Adria Technika to perform modification and upgrade services on all CRJ Series aircraft in Europe and CIS.   Adria Technika has already been providing these services to Bombardier for nearly 15 years, and this new deal only further solidifies their business relationship.


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Cirrus Aircraft is close to having its new SF50 Vision Jet receive full airworthiness certifications without ever having to perform an in-flight test of its aircraft parachute recovery system.  In the past the FAA has regarded the Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System (CAPS) as an essential safety feature for all Cirrus planes.  That being said, the FAA may not require an in-flight test of the CAPS system for Cirrus’ newest aircraft due to the unnecessary risk and costs.


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Fastener manufacturer Alcoa, recently announced that it will be naming one of its spinoff companies Arconic. The New York Based company is planning on splitting into 2 companies during the second half or 2016. The decision to split the company in 2 was announced in September of 2015 and was made to help increase the company’s cumulative stock-market value. Arconic, as the new company will be called, will focus on making multi-alloy products for the automotive and aerospace industries. Tuesday announced the name of its new spinoff: Arconic.


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Alcoa, the leading manufacturer of fasteners and rings, feels they have created the strongest structural blind fastener of its kind. The Huck Magna-Lok has a 12.7mm diameter, an extremely high shear and tensile strength, has a high resistance to joint failure.


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As time progresses, fasteners are becoming more and more complex with modern advancements. In order to meet the requirements of futuristic and innovative designs, fasteners are expected to save materials, weight, productivity, as well as component strength. A fastener is no longer simply about just its shape. Experts have identified a few benefits of metal forming over machining in the manufacturing process of fastening components.


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Tamarack Aerospace Group, Inc. has recently announced that the European Aviation Safety Agency, or EASA, has awarded the company a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Tamarack’s ATLAS™ brand Active Winglet system to be utilized on the Cessna model CE525 CitationJet as well as its variants, the CJ1+, CJ1, and the CJ. The European Aviation Safety Agency anticipates on following up with certification for the Cessna M2 around March in 2016. Certification in the United States by the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to take place by this summer for all four variants.


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Northrop Grumman Corporation, the American global defense and aerospace technology company, has recently revealed a concept drawing for their new sixth-generation fighter design. This sixth generation aircraft will be unlike any other fighter before it. Despite the fact that the fifth-generation F-35 has recently just started production, designers are already eager to get a head start on designing the airplane which will replace the F-15E Strike Eagle, F/A-18EF Super Hornet, and F-22 Raptor.


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In light of North Korea’s recent allegations that it detonated a hydrogen nuclear bomb the U.S. Air Force flew a nuclear capable Boeing B-52 bomber aircraft over the Korean Peninsula on January 10.


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In October 2015, Alcoa signed the largest fasteners deal with Airbus ever. Alcoa will be providing many products developed specifically for Airbus’ needs which will be manufactured at 14 of the Alcoa global facilities. A majority of the contract work would be completed in California.


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In June 2015, Airbus announced that they are going to team up with satellite internet startup OneWeb Ltd to build the world’s largest satellite constellation, consisting of 900 small internet satellites. The first ten OneWeb satellites will be carried out at Airbus Defense and Space’s facilities in Toulouse, while series production will take place at a dedicated plant located in the United States. The company said each of the satellites is expected to weigh less than 150 kg (330 lb.) at launch, with the global satellite internet constellation to start launching in 2018.


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Embraer North America has selected Canon's MREAL System for Mixed Reality to manage next-generation aircraft production activities. By utilizing this particular Canon solution, the engineers at Embraer will have the ability to explore aircraft designs in both 3D and real size scales. In addition, the Embraer team will also be able to examine, alter, manipulate, analyze, and present aviation designs so that intricate concepts can be promptly converted into reality. Canon’s MREAL System for Mixed Reality will be able to bring together real life visual information along with providing the type of flexibility offered by computer generated images.


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In June 2015, Dassault Aviation unveiled the Falcon 5X, a new addition to its large cabin, long-range business jets, at its Bordeaux-Mérignac final assembly facility in France. This new Falcon business jet claims to offer the largest cabin cross section out of all current business jets, and has a 9,630km range and speeds of 105 knots.


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In May 2015, Bell Helicopter announced the landmark delivery of its first Bell 407GT rotorcraft to Nevada-based BBM Inc. The Bell 407GT is a tactical light commercial helicopter integrated with the Garmin G1000H flight deck with dual 10.4” high-resolution LCD screens. Armored, the Bell 407GT comes with BAE Systems’ combat-proven Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) consisting of laser-guided 70mm rockets.


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Eaton Aerospace recently signed a letter of intent with AVIC Aircraft Company Ltd. Xi’an Branch for the delivery of fuel tank inerting and fuel distribution systems for the MA700 regional turboprop airliner. Under the proposed agreement, Eaton will be responsible for designing and manufacturing customized components, as well as providing engineering, development, and support certification services for both aircraft systems. Eaton’s fuel and inverting systems expertise drives the company’s growth and presence in the Asia Pacific market.


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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.


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Drone use is becoming more prominent than ever, which is forcing the government to take action in beefing up their anti-drone technology.The Secret Service will begin conducting tests in the dead of night creating a defense system against the incoming drones. In the coming weeks, controlled drones will be flown over different parts of Washington DC between 1 AM and 4 AM.


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Liebherr-Aerospace has been selected by Boeing Commercial Airplanes to provide three components of the Boeing 777X’s folding wing tip system. The contract calls for Liebherr-Aerospace to provide components for the fold subsystem, the latch pin actuator, and the secondary lock actuator. Liebherr-Aerospace will design a condensed, very dependable and powerful fold subsystem based on their knowledge in high-lift systems, gears, torque tubes, and hydraulic power drive units.


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