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January 18, 2013
07:40 EDTBA, LMT, EADSY, ALNPYBatteries used in Dreamliners raised concerns before, WSJ reports
Batteries like those related to Boeing's (BA) 787 Dreamliner have raised growing concerns with air-safety regulators in recent years, reports the Wall Street Journal. But It remains unclear whether those batteries, produced by Japan's GS Yuasa Co., caused the problems on two Dreamliners operated by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines. Other factors could have contributed to the incidents, say industry officials. The power cells posed a risk because they can be highly flammable. Lithium batteries are vulnerable to overheating if overcharged, or if discharged too rapidly, and overheated or damaged batteries can catch fire. They burn at extremely high temperatures, may emit flammable vapors, flames or sparks, and can even explode, the Journal reports. Also, lithium batteries are being used more widely in aircraft. The U.S. military's new F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jet uses ones produced by a unit of French battery maker Saft Groupe. No safety incidents have been publicly reported. Lockheed Martin (LMT) builds the fighter. Airbus (EADSY) uses small lithium batteries for emergency power on its two-deck A380 superjumbo.The company plans to use bigger lithium batteries on its new A350 model, but those cells still will be smaller than those aboard the Dreamliner. What's unusual about the Dreamliner is that it relies on electric power for most of its functions. Reference Link
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October 16, 2014
06:53 EDTEADSYAirbus head says defense companies unwelcome in Germany, Reuters says
In a report from German newspaper Handelsblatt, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said that Germany should not be astounded if more defense firms feel unwanted in the country since he believes that the industry is treated unfairly there, according to Reuters, citing comments from Enders. Reference Link
06:47 EDTEADSYAirbus head mulls basing new helicopter programs in France, Reuters says
After Germany hindered the export of military helicopters to Uzbekistan, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said that the airplane maker was seriously contemplating if it should establish its new helicopter programs in France instead of Germany in the future, according to Reuters, citing comments from Enders. Reference Link
06:28 EDTBABoeing mulls potential helicopter deal with Brazilian Army, Reuters says
Boeing said that the Brazilian Army has shown an interest in purchasing a few of the company's CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and explained that it maintains its opinion that Brazil is a noteworthy collaborator for projects in the defense and commercial space, according to Reuters, citing comments from Boeing spokesman Scott Day. Reference Link
October 15, 2014
10:01 EDTLMTNorthrop Grumman awarded contract from Lockheed
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09:14 EDTLMTLockheed Martin awarded $124.6M THAAD contract
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09:02 EDTLMTLockheed Martin working on new compact fusion reactor
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06:39 EDTEADSYAirbus gains safety approval for A350 prolonged routes, Reuters says
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06:33 EDTEADSYIndiGo signs MOU for 250 Airbus A320neo aircraft
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October 14, 2014
17:17 EDTLMTLockheed Martin awarded $595.48M government contract modification
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07:11 EDTLMTAssociation of the U.S. Army to hold annual meeting
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October 13, 2014
14:29 EDTBABoeing begins production on first 737 MAX parts
Boeing has started production of the first 737 MAX fuselage stringers at Boeing Fabrication Integrated AeroStructures in Auburn, Wash. Stringers run the length of the fuselage structure giving it stability and strength. After forming, Boeing will send the stringers to Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kan. for incorporation into the first 737 MAX fuselage. From there the fuselage will be shipped to Boeing's Renton, Wash. facility where Boeing employees will build the 737 MAX. The program is on track to begin final assembly of the first 737 MAX in 2015. The airplane will be part of the flight test fleet and is scheduled to fly in 2016. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX will be 14% more fuel-efficient than today's most efficient Next-Generation 737s and 20% better than the original Next-Generation 737s when they first entered service.
10:58 EDTLMTLockheed Martin receives $90.6M foreign military sale contract from U.S. Army
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10:17 EDTBAEbola related weakness in aerospace stocks seen as buying opportunity
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07:26 EDTBACommercial aerospace stocks should be bought on any weakness, says Wells Fargo
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October 12, 2014
19:41 EDTBABoeing and Garuda Indonesia announce $4.9B order
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October 10, 2014
18:51 EDTBADOJ orders Boeing to pay $23M to resolve False Claims Act allegations
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11:59 EDTEADSYAirbus says not enough demand to up plane manufacturing, Reuters says
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11:12 EDTEADSYAirbus, CAS sign GTA for 70 A320 aircrafts
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October 9, 2014
13:56 EDTBA, LMTObama calls on Congress to lift defense spending cuts, Politico says
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06:22 EDTBA, EADSYCFM launches next phase of testing for LEAP engine
CFM International's LEAP engine took the skies for the first time on October 6 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California, launching the next phase of testing for the advanced engine program. The engine behaved well and completed multiple aeromechnical test points at various altitudes during the nearly three-hour first flight. Over the next several weeks, the engine will complete a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, and acoustics. The LEAP-1A/-1C variants are on track for engine certification in 2015. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Airbus (EADSY), Boeing (BA), and COMAC. Although all three LEAP engine variants will fly on the modified testbed, the configuration currently being tested is a fully integrated propulsion system. CFM is a joint venture between GE (GE) and France's Safran. Reference Link
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