One of the best pieces of news in aircraft economics recently has been the continued improvement in composites structures. Better materials and more efficient manufacturing methods have allowed composites to substitute for an ever larger portion of aircraft weight and volume. The chief virtue of composites is a significantly higher strength-to-weight ratio than the metal they replace, meaning less weight and lower fuel costs. They can also be tailored more precisely to the ...

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