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Marshall engineers 3-D print copper rocket part in NASA milestone

Paris Air Show 2015

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – NASA engineers at Alabama’s Marshall Space Flight Center have produced the first full-scale, copper rocket part using additive manufacturing – a milestone for aerospace 3-D printing. The part is a combustion chamber liner that must operate at extreme conditions during flight.

Written by Jerry Underwood

Airbus Alabama workforce gets hands-on training in Europe (video)

Paris Air Show 2015

The first fuselage sections for Airbus’ maiden “Made in America” aircraft have arrived in Alabama, but the company’s workforce has been working quietly for months getting ready to launch assembly at Airbus’ new, $600 million facility in Mobile. Airbus reports that more than 100...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auburn launches first FAA-approved UAS flight school

Paris Air Show 2015

AUBURN, Alabama – Auburn University is positioned to become a key training center for commercial operators of unmanned aircraft as it launches the nation’s first FAA-authorized flight school for those piloting the aerial systems. Auburn’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight School represents the latest chapter...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Safran company to open facility at Mobile Aeroplex

Paris Air Show 2015

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, a major provider of aircraft landing and braking systems, will open an office and workshop at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, the industrial complex that’s the U.S. home of Airbus. Messier-Buggatti-Dowty is a member of the France-based Safran family of aerospace companies, which...

Written by Jerry Underwood

RMCI to open U.K. office as Alabama company targets global growth

Paris Air Show 2015

PARIS – Huntsville-based RMCI Inc., a company specializing in helicopter health monitoring technology and analysis, announced plans at the Paris Air Show today to open an office in the United Kingdom to help meet growing demand for its products and services. RMCI Chief Executive...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama aims to expand role in aerospace supply chain

Paris Air Show 2015

DECATUR, Alabama – Companies that produce carbon fiber and specialty alloys for aircraft manufacturers have invested more than $1.7 billion in their Alabama facilities, making the state a growing player in the aerospace supply chain. Toray, the largest producer of polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based carbon fibers,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Twin entrepreneurs behind RadioBro target mini-satellite, aviation opportunities

Paris Air Show 2015

PARIS -- Twin brothers Mark and Eric Becnel built their first mini-satellite while attending the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Now 27, they operate a company that has developed communications radios for small spacecraft and a data logging kit for aircraft testing that will be...

Written by Jerry Underwood

MAAS Aviation teams for $39 million paint hangar project at Mobile Aeroplex

Paris Air Show 2015

Mobile Airport Authority said today that it has teamed with MAAS Aviation to construct a new $39 million twin bay paint facility at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, broadening the capabilities of the industrial complex that’s home to Airbus’ first U.S. assembly center. The...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Region positioned for growth, says Aerospace Alliance chairman

Paris Air Show 2015

PARIS – The chairman of The Aerospace Alliance says Alabama and its Gulf Coast neighbors stand to benefit from a growing commercial aviation sector symbolized by the Airbus manufacturing facility that’s about to open in Mobile. The Alliance is a partnership meant to foster...

Written by Jerry Underwood

GE Aviation readies first 3-D printed jet engine nozzle at Alabama plant

Paris Air Show 2015

AUBURN, Alabama -- GE Aviation is turning its facility in Auburn into the world’s first factory for 3-D printed jet engine fuel nozzles, landing the Alabama plant a starring role in a technology that promises to revolutionize aerospace manufacturing. GE Aviation, one of the world’s...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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