June 2013 AeroDef

Airbus in Vietnam? | Concrete Planes | Lessons in Automating Airframe Drilling

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June 2013 AeroDef

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George Bullen

Challenges and Opportunities in Automated Airframe Drilling

Drilling holes for fasteners for airframes accounts for 85% of the quality issues. SME Technical Fellow Dr. George 'Nick' Bullen explains in this exclusive interview with AeroDef.

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Error detected by VERICUT


CNC machine simulation software can ensure the quality and accuracy of NC programs, detect machine collisions before they occur, and automatically document the entire machining process. Since 1988 CGTech's software, VERICUT, has set the standard by simulating all types of CNC machine tools, either from CAM output or post-processed code. The software runs standalone or can be integrated with leading CAM systems. Version 7.2 is now shipping and includes hundreds of customer-driven enhancements. Click to learn more.

Indian Aerospace Shakes Up

The Indian Air Force structures a cargo plane buy—possibly worth $2.6 billion—to strengthen Indian aero manufacturing. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Embraer, Saab, others may be providing bids.

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GE Aviation

GE Aviation Opens New Factories

New composites and super-alloy facilities mirrors trends in aircraft production. The new plant is the second composites plant in Mississippi.

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Load Runners

Load Runners®

Osborn’s Load Runners division features a full line of cam followers, idler rollers and rail systems in all standard configurations: plain, flanged and v-groove. In addition to its standard products, the company designs and manufactures customized products — with special geometries, seals, lubrication and/or materials — all to exacting customer specifications. For precision handling of heavy loads in tough environments, Load Runners is the world’s leading idler-roller and rail solution, used in industries from healthcare and primary metals to automotive and general manufacturing. www.loadrunners.com

Future Navy Drone X-47B Development Progresses

A sign of things to come: a carrier-borne drone is closer to proving itself-even while a high-endurance maritime surveillance craft, the MQ-4C, takes to the skies for its first flight.

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Navy Drone

Airbus Components
to be Manufactured in Vietnam


Airbus will reportedly begin sourcing components from the Da Nang Hi-tech Park.

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General Dynamics Lays
Keel of Second Zumwalt-Class Destroyer


General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated the keel-laying of the guided-missile destroyer Michael Monsoor.

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Students Conduct Successful
Test Flight of Concrete Plane

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students conducted a successful test flight of an 18-lb remote-controlled concrete airplane.

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Ceramic Composites, 3D Printing
Make for Fuel-saving Jet Engines

The ceramic composite materials to be used in components of the CFM LEAP engine are reportedly a game-changer

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