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Paris Air Show 2015: Aircraft on display (photo gallery)

Paris Air Show

PARIS -- The Paris Air Show is the world's oldest and largest aerospace industry event, driving deals worth billions of dollars. Held every other year since 1909, the Paris Air Show attracts visitors, industry professionals, merchants, customers and press from around the world. The...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama aims to expand role in aerospace supply chain

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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,

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Twin entrepreneurs behind RadioBro target mini-satellite, aviation opportunities

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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

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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...

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Region positioned for growth, says Aerospace Alliance chairman

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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

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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...

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Huntsville studies possibility of Dream Chaser landings at airport

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PARIS – Huntsville International Airport could become the first commercial airport to handle landings of the Dream Chaser, the spaceplane being developed by Sierra Nevada Corp. for supply trips to the International Space Station and other missions. At the Paris Air Show today, Huntsville...

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France-based Hutchinson picks Alabama for aerospace facility

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PARIS – At the Paris Air Show today, Hutchinson Corp. announced plans to open an Aerospace Manufacturing Center of Excellence at Mobile Aeroplex, positioning the French company to serve Airbus’ Alabama assembly line and the region’s expanding aerospace industry. “We look forward to working...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama rocketeer Tim Pickens talks space flight, rocket bikes

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Like the city where he lives, Tim Pickens has rockets in his DNA. Over the years, Pickens has earned a reputation for masterminding an unconventional propulsion system that took a private spacecraft to the edge of space and for quirky inventions...

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Secretary Canfield kicks off Alabama Paris Air Show effort: ‘Let’s go’

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PARIS — Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield addressed a group of aerospace entrepreneurs, community leaders, economic development specialists and university representatives at a breakfast event this morning that kicked off the Alabama Paris Air Show marketing and recruitment effort. On the eve of the world’s...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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