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AUG-SEP 2018

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26 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY OUTLOOK flood of other FCAS-named projects. The Tempest should be affordable and flexible and its significance will go well beyond the UK military world; this means that the U.S. F-35 is no longer the “only game in town” for a stealth fighter program in the decades ahead. The UK invited other countries to join them in this program. Aero Vodochody Back after the stop of production of its successful jet-trainer, Czech Aero Vodochody has launched a new version of the L-159 advanced jet trainer called F/A-259 Striker which is a late bid for the U.S. Air Force’s potential OA-X close air support requirement. The company’s show stand included branding for the new designation and a cockpit simulator, together with its other trainer aircraft, the lighter version L-39NG. Piaggio The Italian airframe manufacturer unveiled plans to produce a revised version of HammerHead UAV and started to strengthen relationships with Leonardo and stronger investing in marketing of its twin pusher P180 Evo. Chief executive Renato Vaghi said to us that the cash injection from its partner has helped to restructure and to focus on business, special mission, and unmanned aircraft, with plans to diversify its engine parts manufacturing operations. Piaggio already started to widen its Avanti exposure through increased air show participation and demonstration flights on remote markets like China. Vaghi confirmed that a widely publicized push to promote the P.1HH may have caused some business aviation operators to question the company’s ongoing commitment to the business aviation sector. Piaggio recently revealed it is working with Leonardo on a new version of its P.1HH HammerHead UAV. Rolls-Royce Ultrafan Rolls-Royce reported that it has frozen the design for a demonstrator version of its future UltraFan engine program, which is expected to be run in ground tests in 2021. After the powerplant’s basic architecture has been defined, engineers concentrate on detailed design and on the manufacturing of components. Rolls-Royce is proceeding with demonstrator testing of individual sections of its future engines. Compared with RR Trent XWB, the new core will have a larger high-pressure compressor, a shorter intermediate-pressure compressor, and a lean-burn combustor with two separate fuel systems to optimize combustion in cruise and high thrust flight phases. The core has been equipped with the fan system from Trent XWB-84 and a Trent 1000’s low-pressure turbine. The core could be ready for a new engine program and enter service by 2020. The core will be employed on the future UltraFan engine family, which will have a geared, IP turbine-driven fan, and no low-pressure turbine; possible service entry by 2025. Liebherr Liebherr Aerospace group is clearly on the “E-flight trip” and recently announced that it has started collaboration with the car giant GM to develop next-generation APUs based on fuel-cell technology. Satair Satair is expanding in the UK as its parent Airbus moves to further integrate its aftermarket parts activities. Satair is expanding in Great Britain close to the Heathrow airport. Garmin Garmin marked its comeback to FIA with the debut of its tandem cockpit and integrated flight deck for the light attack, military trainer, and intelligence, surveillance

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