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AP&C to provide Airbus with titanium powders

Dec 3, 2021

AP&C to provide Airbus with titanium powders The GE Additive company has a new agreement to provide Ti-6AI-4V powders for metal additive manufacturing applications. AP&C – a GE Additive company – has a new agreement with Airbus to provide titanium powders (Ti-6AI-4V) for use in metal additive manufacturing applications. The new multiyear agreement to provide Ti-6AI-4V powders deepens AP&C’s working relationship with Airbus, which dates back several years. “The adoption of metal additive technology in aerospace continues to gather momentum. And one of the challenges of matching that pace in a highly regulated industry like aerospace, is building a robust supply chain that can meet both the industry standard for conventionally and additively manufactured parts, but also add value,” said Alain Dupont, CEO at AP&C. “Our approach is to be more than just a supplier of metal powders to our customers. To scale metal additive manufacturing, acceleration can only be achieved by sharing knowledge best practice to lower risk and increase stability. One way we have supported Airbus in recent years, for example, has been to help its in-house additive manufacturing team establish its own methods and processes to qualify Ti-6AI-4V powders,” Dupont added. AP&C offers large-scale production of plasma atomized titanium, aluminum, and nickel powders. The company continues to invest in its plasma atomization technology that allows new materials to be produced and ultimately reduce the cost of plasma atomized powders, while maintaining the high quality required by metal additive manufacturing users in the aerospace industry. AP&C has grown its capacity to more than 1,000 tons of titanium powder per year. This large-scale production is performed in more than a dozen powder production lines at two manufacturing sites. Honeywell has reached a significant milestone with the U.S. Army by being the first engine to test (FETT) as part of its Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for the next-generation engine for CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The CRADA program and testing of the T55-714C engine is planned throughout two years to validate the benefits and ease of integration of the new engine variant onto the Chinook platform. Testing of the first T55-GA-714C engine was initiated at Honeywell’s Phoenix, Arizona test facilities in November to verify the design and establish the performance benchmark in preparation for engine installation on the flight test aircraft. To date, the engine has tested through maximum continuous power, demonstrating mechanical operation and acquiring key performance data. Additional testing is planned at significantly higher power levels. “First engine to test is a significant achievement for the program and is the culmination of detailed design work, component manufacturing, system integration, and validation. Now all the engineering is coming to life in the rigorous testing of this enhanced engine for the U.S. Army,” said Dave Marinick, president, Engines and Power Systems, Honeywell Aerospace. With 6,000shp, Honeywell’s upgraded engine is 23% more powerful and consumes 8% less fuel than the current T55, even in demanding operating conditions. New modifications also make the next-generation T55 easier to maintain with lower operating costs for increased readiness. The T55-GA-714C engine for next-generation military operators will improve the Chinook helicopter’s ability to lift troops and heavy cargo. Because the engine is based closely on the T55 version currently in use, minimal airframe modifications are required – the same intake, exhaust, and engine airframe mounts are used. This design provides the U.S. Army with a major engine improvement without the need to retrain their maintenance and operational staff or undertake major aircraft changes. In 2020, Honeywell won a competitive repair and overhaul contract for the T55 . In addition, Honeywell completed a new engine repair and overhaul facility in Phoenix. That move allowed the repair and overhaul work on the T55-GA-714A engine to be fulfilled in the same location as new engine production. The T55 center of excellence provides for a shared workforce, facilities, and engineering resources between both engine lines and delivers up to 20 engines per month to the U.S. Army, foreign military, and commercial customers. Honeywell first delivered the T55 engine to the U.S. Army in 1961 at 2,200shp on the CH-47A helicopter. Since that time, the engine’s power has nearly tripled to 6,000shp. Each performance increase on the T55 is accompanied by reduced fuel burn, increased reliability, and decreased maintenance hours. More than 900 CH-47 helicopters are operated today by various militaries around the world. Frost & Sullivan 's recent analysis of the global commercial avionics industry finds that airlines' increasing focus on improving flight operations is expediting market growth. Digital glass displays, connected flight management systems, and HUD (head-up display) are gaining traction due to the emphasis on enhancing flight operations. Airlines can also improve safety and efficiency by applying avionics systems, which encompass communication, navigation, and surveillance equipment. Primarily driven by global regulatory mandates, the total global commercial avionics market is estimated to reach $63.34 billion by 2030, up from $34.90 billion in 2020, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.1%. Asia-Pacific (APAC), North America (NA), and Europe will be the top three avionics markets during the forecast period. The high aircraft orders from airlines are driving the acceleration of the avionics market in APAC. Similarly, regulatory mandates from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will increase demand for avionics in NA and Europe. "With sustainable aviation gaining traction, regulatory authorities are using a phased approach to reduce the industry's carbon footprint, resulting in the acceleration of the research and development of new aircraft that are either 100% electric or are a hybrid model," said Waseem Ahmed Khan, industry analyst, Aerospace & Defense Practice, Frost & Sullivan. "This has also resulted in the creation of a new revenue stream in the form of UAM (urban air mobility). Many leading aircraft original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and mobility and technology companies are also focusing on the development of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, which will bring in new growth opportunities for avionics suppliers." Khan added: "As OEMs move to lower aircraft weight and power consumption in their latest models, the adoption of integrated modular avionics (IMA) solutions will increase. This will result in many advantages for OEMs, such as weight reduction, enhanced flexibility, reduction in part requirements, and faster integration. The adoption of IMA also has a significant impact on maintenance costs as it replaces numerous separate processors and line replaceable units (LRUs) with fewer, more centralized processing units." To tap into the growth opportunities exposed by the global commercial avionics industry, market participants should focus on: • Increasing R&D investment to develop the latest IMA systems: Avionics suppliers should increase research and development (R&D) investment in the latest IMA systems, replacing the old avionics with minimum aircraft downtime and disruptions to operations. • Partnering with Chinese avionics suppliers to increase their presence in local aircraft platforms: They must check the current state of their business to help local vendors by sharing technical expertise on hardware and software. • Offering hardware solutions suitable for low Earth orbit (LEO) capacities: Vendors should develop smaller and cheaper hardware for the SATCOM service portfolio by partnering with satellite operators. Global Commercial Avionics Growth Opportunities is part of Frost & Sullivan's Global Aerospace & Defense Growth Partnership Service program. Officials from Embraer’s Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions Inc. (Eve) , an Embraer company, and Widerøe Zero signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to partner on developing urban air mobility (UAM) solutions, with a focus on deploying electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) operations in Scandinavia. The relationship between the two organizations began in 2017, when Widerøe signed an order for up to 15 E190-E2 . The largest regional airline in Scandinavia is also the launch customer of the new generation E-Jets E2 family, starting the E190-E2 operations in April 2018 in Bergen, Norway. Now, with the creation of the Air Mobility Business Incubator, Widerøe Zero, the companies will use Eve’s zero-emission and low noise footprint eVTOL vehicle to develop a new concept of operation where passengers will experience the future of electric transportation and a new model of sustainable mobility, connecting people living in a sparsely populated region and challenging geography. As part of this collaboration, Widerøe Zero will contribute to a market readiness exercise and a vehicle concept of operation study in Scandinavia, furthering Eve’s development of the UAM market in the region. “Widerøe Zero is excited to work with Eve on the eVTOL concept. Although initially designed for urban air mobility, we expect these highly flexible vehicles to be interesting in a variety of applications also in rural areas, from cargo to passenger transportation. Our partnership with Eve is part of our plan to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation in Norway. We are looking forward to the expanded partnership, unlocking new opportunities to improve regional connectivity,” said Andreas Kollbye Aks, CEO at Widerøe Zero. “In order to contribute to the world target to eliminate greenhouse gas emission by 2050, the aerospace industry depends on disruptive innovation. With urban air mobility, we have a unique opportunity to design a new and optimized mobility ecosystem: infrastructure, vehicle, operations, and air traffic management systems,” said André Stein, Eve president and CEO. "We are thrilled to work together with Widerøe Zero to develop UAM solutions in Scandinavia, with an entirely new, zero-emission, experience to travelers.” Benefitting from a startup mindset and backed by Embraer’s more than 50-year history of aircraft manufacturing and certification expertise, Eve unveils a unique value proposition by positioning itself as an ecosystem partner by offering a suite of products and services with highest levels of safety standards. Eve’s human-centered, eVTOL design combines disruptive innovation and a simple and intuitive design. In addition to the aircraft program, Eve is harnessing the expertise of both Embraer and Atech, a subsidiary of the Embraer Group, in providing globally recognized air traffic management software to create the solutions that will help safely scale the UAM industry going forward. Eve is the first company to graduate from EmbraerX . Widerøe Zero, owned by Widerøe AS and headquartered in Norway, tackles all the regulatory, commercial and financing challenges involved in purchasing and operating zero-emissions aircraft. Airbus has signed a trilateral agreement with Thales and Diehl Aerospace for the joint development of the flight control computers of CityAirbus NextGen . The central flight control system of CityAirbus NextGen, the electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL) being developed by Airbus, will combine extraordinary computing power with lightweight design and highest safety standards. Diehl and Thales are joining Airbus in investing in the emerging eVTOL market. Both partners are developing their own system that will be integrated into a dissimilar architecture to comply with the new EASA regulation for eVTOL. This architecture is essential to ensuring the redundancy of the computers and the vehicle’s safety. The developments will be supported with public funding from the German and French governments, respectively. Thales is responsible for the primary computing system, while Diehl is developing the secondary flight control computer. The system ensures that the second, independent flight control computer monitors the data of the primary computer system permanently, and it can also take over the flight control itself. The central part of Diehl’s computer platform is the Remote Computing Module (RCM) that enables multifunctional applications beyond flight control. “I'm delighted to announce today the first system partnership for the development of our CityAirbus NextGen” said Jörg Müller, Head of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) at Airbus. “UAM is a joint effort. Nobody can do it alone. Airbus is reaching out to potential partners from the industry to design and build an optimized vehicle for safe and efficient air transport in urban environments. With Thales and Diehl, we are proud to have two excellent partners with a lot of expertise on board.” “In the future, eVTOLs will be a key part of mobility and will enormously enrich it – in our cities but also beyond. For this, the safe operation of the innovative aircraft, of course, plays an essential role,” said Josef Köcher, CEO at Diehl Aviation. “We see a trend-setting partnership in the close collaboration with Airbus and Thales for the reliability and safety of the CityAirbus. We are proud to be on board with our expertise, and we are looking forward to seeing the CityAirbus in the skies soon.” "We are thrilled to see that our close cooperation with Airbus and Diehl is once again delivering concrete results through an agreement that will add a whole new dimension to air mobility," said Thales Executive Vice President, Avionics Yannick Assouad. "With this safe and innovative flight control solution, we are working together to build an airspace environment we can all trust." Thales has more than 40 years of experience in electrical flight controls, having supplied the systems for the first fly-by-wire commercial airliner, the Airbus A310. Diehl Aerospace, a joint venture of the French partner Thales and Diehl Aviation, has many decades of experience in avionics for civil and military aircraft and helicopters. The fully electric CityAirbus NextGen was revealed in September 2021 at the Airbus Summit. It is equipped with fixed wings, a V-shaped tail, and eight electrically powered propellers as part of its distributed propulsion system. It is designed to carry up to four passengers in a zero emissions flight in multiple applications. CityAirbus is being developed with a 80km range and a cruise speed of 120km/h, suitable for operations in major cities for a variety of missions. It is optimized for hover and cruise efficiency, while not requiring moving surfaces or tilting parts during transition. The first flight of a prototype is planned for 2023. Airbus is developing a UAM solution with eVTOLS not only to offer a new mobility service for urban areas but also as a first step in its quest to reduce emissions in aviation all over its product range.

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