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Experience in Syria leads Russian Helicopters to prioritise composite blades

Experience in Syria leads Russian Helicopters to prioritise composite blades

The experience from the Russian Airforce’s helicopter operations in Syria showed that the full metal blades of lift rotors should be replaced with new ones made of composite materials. Viktor Bondarev, the Colonel General, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Forces, shared with Izvestia that the Mi-28NM upgraded military helicopter will be the first to… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 14-Aug-16

Connova to supply composite parts, sub-assemblies and tooling for Marenco SH09

Connova to supply composite parts, sub-assemblies and tooling for Marenco SH09

Connova, a leader for high-performance composite solutions has signed a multi million contract with Marenco Swisshelicopter to supply composite parts, sub-assemblies and respective tooling for its full carbon fiber Helicopter. CONNOVA is a leading European Engineering and Manufacturing Company for high-tech Composite Solutions and has production sites in Switzerland and Eastern Germany. Connova AG, with… Read more »

Source: Connova, 02-Jun-16

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Toray Composites Enters into Supply Agreement with Bell Helicopter

Toray Composites Enters into Supply Agreement with Bell Helicopter

Toray Composites (America), Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “TCA”) has entered into a Supply Agreement with BELL Helicopter, a Textron Inc. [NYSE: TXT] company, to supply carbon fiber prepreg materials for Bell Helicopter programs. Initially, TCA will supply materials for the Bell 525 Relentless program.  The Bell 525 Relentless is the world’s first commercial fly-by-wire… Read more »

Source: Toray Composites (America), Inc, 11-Sep-15

AnalySwift launches Purdue software to speed modeling of composite materials, structures

AnalySwift launches Purdue software to speed modeling of composite materials, structures

Manufacturers and engineering firms in the advanced composites sector can now use new software developed at Purdue University to reduce the design cycle of materials and structures, and analyze models too complex for existing methods. AnalySwift LLC, a commercial software provider, has launched SwiftComp, technology that provides efficient, high-fidelity modeling of composites and reduces analysis… Read more »

Source: Purdue, 02-Sep-15

UT Arlington collaborating with Sikorsky on composites

UT Arlington collaborating with Sikorsky on composites

A University of Texas at Arlington professor is collaborating with Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. through a $1.35 million grant to design more durable materials and accelerate their implementation in composite aircraft. Andrew Makeev, professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and director of the UT Arlington Advanced Materials and Structures Lab, received the grant from… Read more »

Source: University Of Texas Arlington, 20-Jul-15

Airbus Helicopters Canada given Ontario Provincial Government grant

Airbus Helicopters Canada given Ontario Provincial Government grant

New strategic partnerships announced this week have leveraged almost $44 million in new investments and helped to create or retain over 1,400 jobs in Southwestern Ontario. The latest investment under the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund is with Airbus Helicopters Canada in Fort Erie. Funding will support the company’s new production line, equipment and facility upgrades,… Read more »

Source: Ontario, 30-Mar-15

ACE to Work with COX on V-22 Phase II

ACE to Work with COX on V-22 Phase II

After receiving a letter of intent from Donaldson Company, Cox & Company has selected Applied Composites Engineering (ACE) as their supplier for the composite parts for the V-22 Phase II Heated Inlet Components. Because of the successful Phase I Proof of Concept non-heated inlets manufactured by ACE for Donaldson Company, ACE was the ideal teammate… Read more »

Source: Cox, 23-Dec-14

AAR Earns Nadcap Accreditation for Composites Manufacturing

AAR Earns Nadcap Accreditation for Composites Manufacturing

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces that its composites manufacturing facility here has earned Nadcap accreditation to fabricate and build composite parts and assemblies for commercial and military markets. The designation represents a milestone for AAR and distinguishes the company as an expert in the field of composites manufacturing capable of meeting the highest industry standards. Nadcap… Read more »

Source: AAR, 10-Jul-14

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Vector Aerospace UK showcases growing composite proposition

Vector Aerospace UK showcases growing composite proposition

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services recently hosted a customer day at its impressive Almondbank facility in Perth. The event showcased the growing capabilities offered at the site – including a new composite repair facility, completed on 4 April – all of which are set to deliver… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 06-May-14

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Opportunities for Composites in Global Aerospace Market 2014-2033

Opportunities for Composites in Global Aerospace Market 2014-2033

Global Information Inc. announces the addition of a new market research report “Opportunities for Composites in Global Aerospace Market 2014-2033” at GIIResearch.com High order backlog and an increasing production rate for various aircraft as well as high penetration are the main drivers for significant composite materials demand in the aerospace industry. Lucintel expects a major… Read more »

Source: Global Information, 21-Apr-14

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ACE Signs 3-year LTA with AgustaWestland Philadelphia

ACE Signs 3-year LTA with AgustaWestland Philadelphia

ACE has signed a 3-year Long Term Agreement with AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation for the manufacture of AW139, AW119, and AW109 composite and metal bonded airframe components. ACE has been manufacturing components for AWPC for the past five years. This agreement covers 132 different part numbers. “We are looking forward to working with AWPC over the… Read more »

Source: ACE, 17-Apr-14

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SCRA wins $2.8M contract for Future Vertical Lift composite structures

SCRA wins $2.8M contract for Future Vertical Lift composite structures

SCRA Applied R&D today announced the award of a $2.8 million contract by the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Aviation Development Directorate. The contract is to develop representative composite structures to meet weight and structural requirements for future vertical lift aircraft. The contract will be executed over a two year period. The… Read more »

Source: SCRA, 15-Apr-14

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Bell opens new composite facility in Louisiana

Bell opens new composite facility in Louisiana

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday announcing its newly-constructed composite facility in Broussard, LA. The new facility represents a $4.5 million investment by Bell Helicopter and was achieved through collaboration with the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA). “At Bell Helicopter, we are committed to providing exceptional value throughout… Read more »

Source: Bell, 31-Mar-14

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Leading Edge Composites showcases at Heli-Expo

Leading Edge Composites showcases at Heli-Expo

Leading Edge Composites, Inc. will be exhibiting at HAI HELI-EXPO 2014 in booth #3812. Exciting examples of the company’s diverse production capabilities and a new cutting edge VIP cabinet will be on display. “After 20+ years of successfully serving the composite parts and interior needs of rotor- and fixed-wing customers we are pleased to announce… Read more »

Source: Leading Edge Composites, 23-Feb-14

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Bell (and 5 others) join with NASA for composites research

Bell (and 5 others) join with NASA for composites research

 NASA has selected six companies from five U.S. states to participate in a government-and-industry partnership to advance composite materials research and certification. The companies are: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas GE Aviation of Cincinnati Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company of Palmdale, Calif. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems of Redondo Beach, Calif. Boeing Research & Technology of St. Louis United… Read more »

Source: NASA, 23-Sep-13

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ITT Exelis awarded $15M contract for S76D composite tail rotor blade assemblies

ITT Exelis awarded $15M contract for S76D composite tail rotor blade assemblies

ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has been awarded a contract valued at more than $15 million fromSikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., for the production of composite tail rotor blade components on the S-76D™helicopter. The work will be performed at the new Exelis composite design and manufacturing center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Under this contract, Exelis… Read more »

Source: ITT Exelis, 05-Aug-13

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US Patent granted to Sikorsky for “Composite core densification”

US Patent granted to Sikorsky for “Composite core densification”

The following text is the preamble to Patent 8,372,498 granted on 12th February, which can be viewed in more detail on the US Patent and Trademark Office website here. The present invention relates to composite articles, and more particularly to core densification. Some composite articles incorporate a core such as honeycomb (HC) or foam for… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 17-Feb-13

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Russian Helicopters joins “Carbon Valley” project to study advanced composites

Russian Helicopters joins “Carbon Valley” project to study advanced composites

Russian Helicopters, part of state defence holding Oboronprom and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, is to join the international “Carbon Valley” project, which aims to develop next-generation composite materials for the aviation sector. These innovations – particularly carbon-fibre reinforced polymers and hybrid airframe parts – will substantially reduce helicopter production and operating… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 12-Sep-12

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Eurocopter Canada produces 300th EC145 cowling

Eurocopter Canada produces 300th EC145 cowling

On Aug. 30, 2012, Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) completed its 300th cowling for the EC145 at its composite manufacturing facility in Fort Erie, Ont. “We are very proud of the hard work and dedication displayed by our composites team,” said Guy Joannes, President and CEO, ECL. “Composite manufacturing at ECL has earned its reputation for… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 31-Aug-12

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Eurocopter Canada Selects LaserEdge Templating System

Eurocopter Canada Selects LaserEdge Templating System

Virtek Vision is pleased to announce the sale of its Virtek® LaserEdge® projection system to Eurocopter Canada for use in composite layup and reverse engineering. Virtek’s LaserEdge system is a three-dimensional laser templating system that eliminates the need for physical templates. It precisely projects a laser template onto molds to guide operators through the ply layup process, minimizing… Read more »

Source: Gerber Technology, 19-Jul-12

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Sikorsky subcontractor Aero Vodochody opens new composite shop

Sikorsky subcontractor Aero Vodochody opens new composite shop

The investment for more than 100 million will bring new production capacity. AERO Vodochody, the Czech largest aircraft manufacturer opened new shop for components made of composite materials. The company believes the new and bigger workplace will bring new production capacity and attract new customers. The competitiveness of Aero will be also improved by extension… Read more »

Source: Aero Vodochody, 03-May-12

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NEW! MD540F – an MD530F with six composite blades, glass panel and more

NEW! MD540F – an MD530F with six composite blades, glass panel and more

MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) released details recently of its new armed scout helicopter – the MD 540F, the newest addition to MD’s fleet of single engine turbine helicopters. The 540F is an upgrade to the popular MD 530F; boasting a 6-bladed, fully articulated rotor blade system made up entirely of composite material, in addition to… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 09-Apr-12

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Eagle Eye Solutions offers Aircraft Composites Seminar for Accident Investigators

Eagle Eye Solutions offers Aircraft Composites Seminar for Accident Investigators

Eagle Eye Solutions, LLC is offering a one-day seminar entitled “Introduction to Composite Materials for Aircraft Accident Investigators”, this program taught by Dr. Joe Rakow provides an introduction to composite materials for aircraft accident investigators and safety professionals. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012. The training will take place at the… Read more »

Source: Eagle Eye Solutions, 14-Mar-12

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Rotating Composite Technologies to supply S-97 Raider pusher prop

Rotating Composite Technologies to supply S-97 Raider pusher prop

Rotating Composite Technologies (RCT) will participate as a member of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s S-97 RAIDERâ„¢ helicopter supplier team that is building a next-generation helicopter for evaluation by the U.S. military. RCT’s patented advanced technology composite propeller will add significantly to the aircraft’s propulsion system.   RCT is among 35 companies nationwide announced as preferred suppliers… Read more »

Source: RCT, 17-Jan-12

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Sikorsky selects Hexcel’s composite materials for S-97 Raider

Sikorsky selects Hexcel’s composite materials for S-97 Raider

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) has selected Hexcel as a member of a newly-formed team that is building a next-generation helicopter – designated the S-97 RAIDERâ„¢ helicopter – for evaluation by the U.S. military. Hexcel’s HexPly® prepregs and HexWeb® honeycomb core composite technologies will provide high strength and light weight properties… Read more »

Source: Hexcel, 16-Jan-12

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Heatcom wins $2.6M deal to support US Army composite repairs

Heatcom wins $2.6M deal to support US Army composite repairs

A Seattle aerospace company has won a military contract and expects the U.S. Army to place future orders with the firm. HEATCON Composite Systems received a $2.6 million deal to provide equipment that assists the military in repairing composite aircraft in remote locations. “We are proud to be supporting the U.S. Army with advanced aerospace… Read more »

Source: Heatcon, 16-Dec-11

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Hampson Aerospace launches new website

Hampson Aerospace launches new website

Hampson Aerospace (Hampson), an international aerospace group, has just launched its new website at www.hampsongroup.com. The new site highlights Hampson’s capabilities and its ability to offer a complete solution to customers with detailed information on each Hampson division, the latest news, press releases, financial reports, and much more. “The new website has been designed to… Read more »

Source: Hampson Aerospace, 12-Nov-11

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Kaman acquires Vermont Composites

Kaman acquires Vermont Composites

Kaman Corporation (nasdaq-gs:KAMN) today announced that its subsidiary, Kaman Aerospace Group, Inc., has entered into an agreement to acquire Vermont Composites Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of composite aerostructures and advanced composite medical equipment based in Bennington, Vermont. Gregory L. Steiner, President of Kaman Aerospace Group commented, “This is an excellent acquisition… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 03-Nov-11

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Quickstep and Sikorsky sign MoU on defence contracts

Quickstep and Sikorsky sign MoU on defence contracts

Australian advanced materials company Quickstep Holdings Limited (ASX:QHL  – “Quickstep”) has secured a further opportunity for aerospace/defence manufacturing work in Australia, today announcing it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with global helicopter company, Sikorsky International Operations Inc (“Sikorsky”), aimed at enabling Quickstep to become a recognised supplier to Sikorsky’s global supply chain. The… Read more »

Source: Quickstep, 03-Mar-11

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Aero Vodochody to close UK subsidiary Rotortech

Aero Vodochody to close UK subsidiary Rotortech

Czech manufacturer Aero Vodochody has announced that it will close its UK subsidiary Rotortech Aero in April 2011, after it completes its last orders for its contracted partners.  All production, except that involving UK military restricted work, is being transferred to the Czech Republic.  While citing high wage costs in the UK, president Ladislav Å imek… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Feb-11

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ITT delivers first composite assembly for CH-53K

ITT delivers first composite assembly for CH-53K

ITT Corporation has delivered its first major structural subassemblies for the CH-53K heavy lift helicopter to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. This delivery culminates nearly three years of advanced design, development, testing and manufacturing to provide sponsons for the CH-53K helicopter. These assemblies represent a significant technology advancement by applying composite… Read more »

Source: ITT, 22-Nov-10

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Leading Edge Composites Receive FAA Airframe Repair Station Certificate

Leading Edge Composites Receive FAA Airframe Repair Station Certificate

Leading Edge Composites, Inc. proudly announces that on July 21, 2010 it received it’s FAA Airframe Repair Station Certificate for the following functions: Fabrication of Composites Articles, Installation of Composites Articles (Interior & Exterior), Repair and Alterations of Articles (Interior & Exterior), Fabrication, Repair and Alterations of miscellaneous sheet metal articles into or onto aircraft,… Read more »

Source: Leading Edge Composites, 03-Aug-10

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Boeing and Canadian partners launch advanced composites R&D consortium

Boeing and Canadian partners launch advanced composites R&D consortium

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Canadian industry partners today announced the launch of a new research and development consortium aimed at strengthening Canada’s competitive position in the manufacturing of advanced composite materials for aerospace and other industries. The Canadian Composites Manufacturing Research and Development consortium (CCMRD) brings together major aerospace companies and small- to… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 03-Jun-10

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Quatro Composites Produces Wiper Blades for NH90 and CH-53K

Quatro Composites Produces Wiper Blades for NH90 and CH-53K

Since 2007, Quatro has manufactured composite wiper blades for application in several military helicopters’ windshield wiper systems, including the Eurocopter NH90. Broadening their production portfolio, Quatro will begin the design phase for the composite wiper blades for the Sikorsky CH-53K Super Stallion helicopter in May 2010. Driven by the increased strength, stiffness, light weight properties,… Read more »

Source: Quatro Composites, 09-May-10

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Malaysian composites firm looks to get foothold in helicopter industry

Harusmas Managing Director Abdul Rahman Khan said “For now, we are looking at the small and medium industry for modification and customisation of automotive parts.  We are also looking at marine boats and water tanks. …..  We’ll be going into aerospace, specifically helicopter parts”.

Source: Daily Express, 11-Apr-10

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Imperium’s Imaging Technology Selected for Bell’s FAA Joint Research Project

Imperium’s Imaging Technology Selected for Bell’s FAA Joint Research Project

Imperium, Inc., the sole developer and manufacturer of ultrasound imaging cameras for Non-Destructive Inspection (“NDI”) announced today the company’s Acoustocam i600, the world’s only handheld portable camera device, has been selected by Bell Helicopter as part of their joint program with the FAA to develop inspection technology and techniques to address maintenance concerns due to… Read more »

Source: Imperium, 11-Mar-10

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Kaman Awarded $53M Composites Contract From Bell Helicopter

Kaman Awarded $53M Composites Contract From Bell Helicopter

Kaman Aerospace has been awarded a five-year contract with a potential value of $53 million to build composite helicopter blade skins and skin core assemblies for Bell Helicopters. Under the terms of the contract, Kaman will provide 18 different assemblies for H1, 406, 407, 412, 427, 429, 430 and BA609 aircraft.

Source: Kaman, 10-Sep-09

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