Rolls-Royce has acquired Hyper-Therm High Temperature Composites, a producer of state-of-the-art composite materials, including ceramic matrix composites, engineered coatings and thermal-structural components. Hyper-Therm HTC will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Rolls-Royce, and will be based in Huntington Beach, Calif. The site will serve as the hub for technical development of CMCs, which will find applications in a broad range of future Rolls-Royce power systems.
MTU Aero Engines has shipped its 200th turbine center frame for the GEnx engine. The GEnx powers the Boeing 787 and is the sole engine for the Boeing 747-8, and supplies all of the turbine center frames. The order book includes around 1,400 orders, including options, for General Electric’s new propulsion system. Total demand is estimated at about 4,400 GEnx engines.
Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with sharklets. The A320, powered by IAE V2500 engines, features a two-class cabin, seating 148 passengers with 16 in business class and 132 in economy.
NavAero tBag C22 electronic flight bag system has been awarded an EASA Supplementary Type Certificate for the Airbus A340-200/300/500/600 series aircraft.
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has received European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) approval to extend its Part 21 G and J approvals to allow the company to work on any aircraft type for both design and manufacturing work.