EU members try to align on future fighter program | F-16V deliveries to Taiwan expected to start in 2023 | Leonardo has high hopes for sun-powered drone
November 12, 2019
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EU members try to align on future fighter program
How the joint French, German and Spanish Future Combat Air System will handle future international sales remains to be seen after the two countries signed a new export agreement. At the same time, Germany and France are at odds over the aircraft's design features, including where it will be carrier capable.
Defense News (11/11) 
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Preventing Friction, Wear, & Corrosion
Developed 50+ years ago the coating and method of application, known as the "TIODIZE PROCESS", has been specified for use on practically every major space, military and commercial aircraft program. The "TIODIZE PROCESS" produces anti-galling and wear resistant properties to the surface of titanium and its alloys, with no dimensional change. Learn more.
F-16V deliveries to Taiwan expected to start in 2023
The initial deliveries of F-16Vs to Taiwan are expected in 2023, as the country builds up a fleet of 66 of the fighter jets by 2026. Taiwan has budgeted $8 billion for the aircraft.
Focus Taiwan (11/12) 
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Leonardo has high hopes for sun-powered drone
Leonardo is at work on solar-powered drone designs for aircraft that could stay aloft indefinitely. The company is planning to produce the new drone in 2021 and says it could "improve the company's competitive advantage in the aerospace business for the next 20 years," according to CEO Alessandro Profumo.
Reuters (11/11) 
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What is Electronics Manufacturing Services?
The electronics manufacturing services market is dynamic, and the demand for electronic components and outsourced manufacturing services is growing. Learn about the driving factors of EMS, applications, challenges, and what to consider when outsourcing the manufacturing of your product.
Civil Aviation
StandardAero receives certification to service RB211-535
StandardAero has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration to provide maintenance on support of Rolls-Royce RB211-535 engines. Rolls-Royce is transferring in-service support of the engine to StandardAero.
MRO Network (11/11) 
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China Southern taps Collins Aerospace for GE engine support
Collins Aerospace will provide nacelle repair services for China Southern Airlines' GEnx engines that power the carrier's Boeing 787s. The two companies recently signed a long-term service agreement.
MRO Network (11/11) 
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How blockchain boosts transparency in aviation
Blockchain -- also called a distributed ledger -- is becoming increasingly popular in aviation as a way to enhance data sharing and transparency across the industry by time-stamping the transactions that occur with each component. While blockchain can bring back value to used parts that don't have proper documentation, some worry about the lack of control over their own data.
MRO Network (11/7) 
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Air Canada's first Airbus 220 is on the way
Air Canada has displayed its first Airbus 220, which will begin replacing older aircraft in its fleet later this year. The new aircraft is 20% more fuel efficient than its predecessors, and it will make new routes financially feasible and open up new connection options for passengers.
Simple Flying (11/9),  Breaking Travel News (11/10) 
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NASA's WFIRST completes preliminary design review
NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope has passed preliminary design review "with flying colors," according to NASA's Michael New.
Space News International (11/11) 
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Policy and Legislation
Trump: US hasn't agreed to tariff rollback in Chinese trade pact
President Donald Trump has disputed a statement by the Chinese Commerce Ministry that the US and China had agreed to reduce tariffs imposed on each other as part of an initial trade agreement.
Reuters (11/8),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/8) 
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