On July 14th, 2016 Nick Statt wrote an article on Boeing and how it is planning to make use of Google’s Glass in order to build airplanes. For those who don’t know what Google Glass is, it is a company that uses augmented reality in order to build airplanes.

The Google Glass seems to not work too well in the consumer market. However, according the CIO.com report, Boeing is using research and technology in order to build and make wire harnesses. Here is how Statt writes about how wire hardness were mad manually.

“Because planes contain hugely messy and complex webs of wires to connect electrical systems, technicians have to manually build them out, a painstaking process based on PDF assembly guide viewed on a laptop screen.”

In order to fix and replace the computer screen, Boeing mentioned that using the Google glass will be able to reduce production time by 25 percent. Not only will the production time be reduced tremendously, the error rate will be cut in half.

This isn’t the first time that Boeing has used augmented reality glasses for business. The company used AR glasses in 1995. During this time, Boeing was testing the AR with head mounted displays and new software. However because the AR glasses weren’t advanced enough, the company decided to put this idea on the shelf. The AR glasses were a little bigger, bad connectivity, and had a hefty price tag.

Now that the Google Glass has is more affordable and practical, Boeing is trying this option out one more time.

Boeing has reached out to APX Labs which is the maker of the smart glasses platform in order to create an app that will help support the Google Glass.


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The new Pure-Power Geared Turbo Fan engine PW1400G-JM is now the third certified engine in Pratt & Whitney’s portfolio. This is certainly a great development in the Pure-Power technology since it has significantly reduced the fuel emissions for a greener environment, as well as the engine noise.

 After over 58,000 cycles and approximately 35,000 hours of testing, the Pure-Power engine has been finally acquired by the Russian jet airliner, MC-21. Launching this engine has set a great competitive edge for Pratt & Whitney since it would save a fortune for Russian IRKUT and other airline customers due to the enhanced fuel combustion efficiency that it provides.

Pratt & Whitney has promised to deliver higher standards with their new engine. Not only that it has improved the fuel efficiency up to 16 percent compared to the best existing engines today, the Pratt & Whitney PurePower has managed to significantly reduce engine noise up to 75% quieter than current available engines. This would benefit the operators to reduce costs from lower noise fees and will increase operations efficiency by optimizing the path of the flight through more accessible runways. The enhanced PW1000G engine family has managed to cut down on carbon emissions by 3,000 tonnes annually per aircraft which makes it 50% cleaner and allowing it to surpass the most rigorous standards for nitrous oxide. All of these design improvements are to save airline operators an estimate of over $1.5 million USD annually per aircraft, compared to the best aircraft existing today.

This is unquestionably a great period for Pratt & Whitney where they are making history in the aviation and aerospace industry. Their research and development investment has placed them in a global leading position in the market in terms of designing, manufacturing and maintaining aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. This is just the beginning in investing in a more fuel efficient, quieter and greener engine, since Pratt & Whitney has only raised the bar amongst its enormous competition like Rolls Royce, GE aviation and many others.


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The intelligent Aerospace Staff released an article on June 6th, 2016 talking about how Curtiss Wright is offering an embedded computing subsystem for unmanned avionics. The subsystem that Intelligent Aerospace Staff is talking about the Parvus DuraCOR 311. The Parvus DuraCOR 311 is a very small rugged commercial embedded computer subsystem that will work in unmanned avionics and systems. The Parvus DuraCOR 311 is considered to be COTS or commercial off the shelf.

The computer subsystem uses a 64 bit quad core Intel Baytrail Atom modular missions processing with Intel HD graphics that are integrated into it. In terms of weight and dimensions, this computer weighs less than 1.5 lbs and is tinier than 40 cubic inches.

Not only can this computer be used in unmanned avionics, the computer can be used in civil and military systems as well as helicopters and military ground vehicles.

The Intelligent Aerospace Staff talks about how the Parvus DuraCOR311 military standards.

“The system is designed to meet MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F, MIL-STD-1275D, MIL-STD-704F and RTCA/DO-160G environmental, power, and EMI standards.”

The Parvus DuraCOR 311 also has integrated microSD card slots and mSATA slots. You can also remove the option 2.5 inch SATA solid state drive that is considered high storage and can help with information requirements. The computer also has preloaded windows or Linux. It can also support HD video acceleration which includes programs such as Open VG, Open CL, and Open GL.

Curtiss Wright is a supplier of commercial off the shelf module and system level products that are typically found in aerospace, defense, and industrial applications.

Here at ASAP NSN Parts, we have wide range of Curtiss Wright products with NSN parts numbers. If you are interested please feel free to contact at sales@asap-nsnparts.us  or call us at 1-714-705-4780.


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Saab, the Swedish automobile company, has recently signed a deal with the United Arab Emirates in November at the Dubai Air Show. This deal is worth $1.27 billion, as Saab will be responsible for heavily adapting the Global 6000 business jet in order to be capable of conducting land and maritime surveillance, electronic intelligence duties, as well as airborne early warning and control, or AEW&C. Saab has already began work in order to modify a couple of Bombardier Global 6000 business jets into its swing-role GlobalEye configuration for the United Arab Emirates, its lead customer.

“We are building as we speak,” said Håkan Buskhe, the chief executive from Saab. “It’s full speed ahead in our workshop.”

“The aircraft is already in Linköping, and we are integrating our systems on it,”

said the head of Saab’s surveillance business area, Micael Johansson.

“There is a lot of interest around this platform and its capabilities from many countries – some in Asia, some elsewhere.”

Johansson has suggested that the launch order from the United Arab Emirates has sparked an increased amount of interest in Saab’s new offering. Modifications will be made in the dorsal unit above the fuselage in the Global 6000 business jet in order to install Saab’s Erieye ER active electronically scanned array radar.

“It looks the same, but it’s very much all new on the inside, including all the signal processing,”

Johansson added.

“We have fantastic range on this radar: it’s almost horizon-limited in terms of how far it can see.”

In comparison to previous sensors, the Erieye ER provides for 70 percent greater detection range, increasing its ability to detect challenging targets such as small unmanned air vehicles, cruise missiles, as well as hovering helicopters. Combining its electro-optical/infrared sensor and its below-fuselage mounted maritime search radar will allow the aircraft operator to locate submarine periscopes and surface threats. Land targets will be located through the use of its ground moving target indication modes and primary sensor’s synthetic aperture radar.

“Command and control tasks can be performed using an onboard crew of between five and seven operators and the aircraft will also feature voice and satellite communications equipment and a Link 16 data link to network with other airborne, ground and maritime assets,”

said Craig Hoyle from Flightglobal.

“Saab cites a maximum mission endurance of 11h for the GlobalEye.”

“This is a complete system for all dimensions,” added Johansson.


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Airbus Helicopters, the aircraft manufacturing giant, has been chosen by Ascent as the primary aircraft Service Provider of choice for the UK’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS). The contract from Ascent is worth a cool $728 million over the course of 17 years. The terms are that Airbus Helicopters will deliver over the course of 18 months, the load of aircrafts and the integrated support solution in preparation for the start of training which is scheduled for April 2018. Going back as far as 35 years ago, all UK military helicopter pilots have earned their stripes training on Airbus Helicopters which started with the Gazelle and eventually with the H125 Squirrel. In 2018 and moving forward, Ascent’s delivery of a key capability for the UK MOD will be supported by Airbus Helicopters. Philip Dunne the UK's Minister for Defence Procurement, has stated that this

“is the final element in re-fashioning the UK Military Flying Training System into a state-of-the-art structure to develop suitably qualified aircrew to secure the future of air elements of our Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.”

Dunne also believes that the Armed Forces will benefit greatly from the consistently immaculate world-class training across the board as a whole. Per the stipulations as outlined by the contract, Airbus Helicopters will be required to provide a fleet of H135 and H145 that will meet the necessary 28,0000 hours per year requirement needed for training. This contract is a strong showing off faith on Ascent’s part seeing as how Airbus has recently come under fire for repeated delays on the production end that has caused many large airlines such as Qatar Airways to legally reneged upon their contract agreements.

Airbus citing failures to meet delivery date stemming from hardware fixes along with software upgrades as the main culprit for the delays. Industry leaders quietly faults the aircraft manufacturer for aggressively ramping up productions as a result of huge orders and finding out they are unable to deliver on their promises. Even so Airbus has rebounded quite nicely as they have already won over 800 orders from more than 40 different customers worldwide for their highly anticipated A350-1000s.


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The Germans have requested for Airbus to create a sharper helicopter.  Testing sensors are undergoing strict evaluations to begin to install a HFI system (Hostile fire indication) as requested by the German Armed Forces.  A prototype of a German Army Sikorsky CH-53G helicopter has been made and tested on March 30th to observe the new functions of the innovation. The HFI was built to better detect a various range of different size caliber and even non-tracer ammunition. During the evaluations the rotorcraft was modified with acoustic and infrared sensors to be able to recognize fire based on sound and muzzle flashes.

“The HFI study aims to demonstrate a technology that not only warns the aircrew about the threat in order to be able to redirect other aircraft from the danger zone ,it should also report the precise position of the enemy infantry for fast countermeasures,”

says Dr Klaus Przemeck, head of the military support Centre at Airbus Helicopters Germany.

Remaining tests are scheduled to take place towards the end of 2016 and two in 2017 with ending results by the end of that year in Mepped, Germany at the Bundeswehr Technical Centre for Weapons and Ammunition (WTD 91) .  The HFI is primarily to help the helicopter crew know where the exact location to where the firing is coming from. This fire detection system will better the counter measures of the crew to be able to avoid or apprehend the situation they are in. Other major companies involved with this project are Airbus Defense and Space, Rheinmetall Defence and Fraunhofer FKIE.

ASAP NSN Parts is the leading Airbus Parts distributor in the world. We carry fire detection systems and thousands of helicopter parts.  Check us out www.asap-nsnparts.us for more Information on leading helicopter parts around the world. Contact us at sales@asap-nsnparts.us or call us 1-714-705-4780.


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Calgary-based WestJet Encore Ltd. has just announced that they’ve awarded Bombardier Commercial Aircraft an order for nine of their Q400 tuboprop Jets. The transaction is the culmination of a conversion of options initially booked by the airline’s parent company WestJet and is expected to increase the total of WestJet Encore’s Q400 aircraft fleet to 45. The order is estimated to be around $293 million US based on the average list price of the Q400 aircraft. Ferio Pugliese, President of WestJet Encore raved about how Bombardier’s Toronto-built Q400 turboprop airliner has allowed WestJet to further expand from their Western Canada base to communities from coast to coast across the entirety of Canada and into the US where they are continuing to expand their network.

“These nine new superb Q400 aircraft will allow us to accomplish that”, says Ferio. Kevin Smith, Vice President of Regional Aircraft and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft believes that WestJet Encore’s operations have grown immensely in the short period of just three years and started with just two Q400 aircraft serving just two cities, to now 28 aircraft serving 36 destinations in Canada and the U.S With this order, WestJet Encore has a total of 17 aircrafts yet to be delivered that will continue to facilitate their aggressive expansion plans and that the ongoing orders for the Q400 aircrafts is a testament to the economics, flexibility, passenger appeal, reliability and desirability of the Bombardier aircraft.

The Q400 aircraft is a modern 21st century turboprop that provides unmatched performance and operation flexibility in contrast to the other options available on the market. It is offered with an optional dual-class interior for enhanced passenger comfort with option extra-capacity configuration that will allow for up to 90 seats for the higher density markets and a cargo passenger configuration.

With a 30 percent reduction in fuel burn over the leading jets it so often replaces coupled with the radical reduction in carbon emission and the cost efficiency it’s no wonder that Bombardier is taking over the North American market. The Q400 has a cruise speed of 160 km/h which blows conventional jets out of the water at the same seat cost as the larger single-aisle jets and with the large propellers operating at a lower RPM, the Q400 generates massive power with minimal noise making it an exceptionally friendly option for city centers.


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L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace has recently been awarded an indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract by the United States Air Force for their KDC-10 aerial refueling tankers. This contract is estimated to be valued around $1.9 billion. Under this indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity contract, L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace will be providing logistics integration as well as support for the aircrafts.

According to the United States Department of Defense, this $1.9 billion deal encompasses contractor maintained and operated base supply, aircraft maintenance which includes contractor and deport field teams, as well as additional modifications for service bulletins and time compliance technical orders. L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace will also be supporting the KDC-10, which includes the Remote Aerial Refueling Operator System for the Netherlands.

The KDC-10 is a military variant of the three-engined DC-10 airliner and acts as an aerial refueling tanker aircraft. This refueling tanker aircraft is operated by the United States Air Force and incorporates equipment which is specifically designed for the military in order to serve its primary roles of transport and aerial fueling.

“Powered by three General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofan engines, the aerial refueling tanker can travel at top speeds of 962kmph. Of the three engines, two are mounted on under wing pylons and a third engine at the base of the vertical stabilizer,”

stated an article from Air Force Technology’s website.

“The aircraft with three crew members onboard can be used for medium to long-haul flights, as well as air-to-air refueling, where aviation fuel is transferred from one military aircraft to another during flight. Work under the contract will be performed at Travis Air Force Base, California; McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey; Greensboro, North Carolina; and the Netherlands and it is expected to be completed by June 2025.”

After a thorough and competitive acquisition process, this $1.9 billion contract was awarded by the United States Air Force Life Cycle Management Center to L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace.


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James Drew wrote an article for Flightglobal talking about how the Canadian training and simulation firm, CAE, is working along side with Draken, an American aviation contractor in order for the company to offer 16 Douglass A-4 Skyhawks fir the Royal Canadian Air Force. The Royal Canadian Air Force will be using these 16 Douglas A-4 Skyhawks for their combat training.

CAE is also offering two of its own Bombardier Learjets 35s for the Canadian air force. These two Bombardier Learjets 35s come with electronic panels for warfare. These panels have the ability to carry mission pods and towed targets.

The bid for the Contracted Airborne Training Services (or CATS for short) was sent in earlier but the company will not hear any responses in terms of decisions until later this year.

IT was on May 24th when Mike Greenley, CAE’s Canada vice president and general manager, talked about the offer at a CANSEC military convention in Ottawa.

The A-4’s have the ability to mimic the display screens of the Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighters.

Here’s what Greenley has to say

“We can stimulate that display through constructive simulation through radio links, so it could look like there were four or six aircraft coming from many miles away, even though there’s only a couple of aircraft in the air. Or, the type of aircraft in the air could be A-4 SkyHawks, but on their display it might look like an Su-30, or some other type of Russian or Chinese aircraft. [LVC] will allow for much richer scenarios, so this will be the next-generation of this type of capability with R&D in Canada for export [from Canada].”


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Dominic Perry wrote an article for Flightglobal discussed about how Airbus Helicopters won yet another deal with the UK Ministry of Defense’s rotary wing contract which is also under the MFTS. MFTS stands for Military Flying Training System. Airbus out beat its rival, Cobham who uses the AgustaWestland rotorcraft in order to win the contract.

This contract is a total of over $1 billion dollars. More specifically, this deal is $1.6 billion through the Babcock Lockheed Martin Ascent joint venture.

This deal entails that there will be thirty two helicopters. These thirty two helicopters are german built. More specifically, these thirty two helicopters consist of twenty nine H135s and three H145s. The H145s are considered larger than then H135s.

Here’s what Perry wrote about this deal.

“Under the new contract, the MoD states, aircrew across the three UK services will continue to conduct their basic and advanced rotary training at the Royal Air Force's Shawbury base in Shropshire and the Army Air Corps' Middle Wallop facility in Hampshire. Crews selected for training in mountain and maritime helicopter operations will receive instruction at RAF Valley on Anglesey. Additional ground-based training equipment will be based at Shawbury.”

There will be training held under this new contract that will start in 2018.

Airbus was founded in December 18th 1970 as Airbus Industrie and changed its name to Airbus SAS in 2001. Its headquarters are in Blagnac, France. The company holds over 70,000 employees. The company’s slogan is ‘Setting the standards.’ Airbus is most commonly known for their Airbus320 and A830. Airbus is considered one of Boeing’s biggest rivals.

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