Hanwha Focuses on Aerospace and Defense Operations

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

K21 Infantry Fighting Vehicle. Source: Hanwha

Over the past few years, Hanwha of South Korea has transformed itself into a major defense firm.  Founded during the Korean War as a gunpowder producer, the company has returned to its defense-related roots with a series of acquisitions. Continue reading

Who Will Power the T-X Trainer? Play the Percentages

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

Boeing/Saab T-X Trainer. Source – Boeing

The T-X competition is receiving a lot of attention in the aviation world. Such a lucrative contract—350 aircraft and further orders likely—promises a heated contest, with the triumphs and upsets a competition of this scale brings. The contending entrants are impressive and include both clean-sheet and current production models. While the designers – Boeing/Saab, Lockheed Martin/KAI, Leonardo, Sierra Nevada/TAI, and Stavatti – prepare for the impending battle, it’s worth a look at the engines that will power the aircraft. Continue reading

The Future of the EJ200 Rests on One Platform: The Eurofighter Typhoon

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

Eurofighter Typhoon

While the June 2016 Brexit vote may have been a setback for the ultimate European experiment, the results seemingly run counter to past European collaboration. Nowhere is this better illustrated  than in the world of aerospace. The Eurofighter – perhaps the pinnacle of European aviation – is a testament to what the continent can do … together. Production of the aircraft is now winding down, and its ancillary, the Eurojet EJ200 gas turbine engine, is being affected.   Continue reading

Remembering the “Great Engine War”

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

F100 Engine. Source: Pratt & WhitneyCivil aircraft owners and operators are no stranger to engine options. Two or even three engines, as is the case with the A330, may be offered for a single airframe. However, when it comes to military aviation, this luxury is generally not possible. Military aircraft have one engine type – and whether this exclusivity yields better results is often debated in aviation circles.  The F100, the famed Pratt & Whitney powerplant, has long been party to this dispute. Continue reading

Industrial Gas Turbines – Bragging Rights Center on Efficiency

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

Siemens SGT5-8000H gas turbine. Photo – Siemens

Since the turn of the last century, natural gas has been growing in popularity across the board as a fuel for power generation. Power from natural gas has traditionally been a relatively clean way to augment other sources of power, including renewables such as solar and wind. More recently, owing to lower prices and an increasing aversion to energy sources such as coal, methane-based gas has also been growing in appeal for baseload operations. Continue reading

A350-1000’s Maiden Flight Completes Trent’s Trio of XWB-Powered Platforms

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

The new Airbus A350 XWB, with nearly 50 aircraft currently in service, has just received an addition to the family. After its maiden flight in late November, 2016, the A350-1000 is seeking to make its mark in the aviation world. The flight was a triumph for both Airbus and Rolls-Royce, whose engines exclusively power this particular range of aircraft. The Trent, a well-known name in aviation, is used aboard Boeing and Airbus aircraft. Continue reading

QTA Receives STC for PW304 Engine Inlet Upgrade Program

by Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Analyst, Forecast International.

PW300 Engine Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada

PW300 Engine
Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada

Quiet Technology Aerospace (QTA) recently received STC approval for its third PW305 carbon-graphite engine inlet upgrade program. The carbon-graphite inlet mitigates aluminum inner barrel inlet corrosion and acoustic screen degradation through replacement with the new carbon-graphite barrel. The lighter weight alternative looks identical to the original aluminum barrel. Continue reading

CFM56 Cements Venerable Status with 30,000 Engines Delivered

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

CFM56

CFM56

As the CFM56 passes the baton to the next-generation LEAP engine, it is only fitting to take a look back at such a prolific turbine. Passing a major milestone in October 2016, CFM announced that it had delivered its 30,000th CFM56 engine. Although the engine remains in production for the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 family of aircraft, output is forecast to decline to a relatively low number beginning in 2020. Continue reading

T55 Soldiers On Aboard Venerable CH-47 Chinook

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

Boeing CH-47F Chinook

Boeing CH-47F Chinook

When an aviation platform passes 50 years of continuous military service, it joins a prestigious, albeit small, group of aircraft. The group gets significantly smaller when another proviso is added, that of being in current production. The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a member of this elite group, and its august Honeywell T55 gas turbine engine has been with the platform from the beginning. Continue reading

Small Platforms Key to Turbojet Engine’s Future

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

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Schematic diagram showing the operation of an axial flow turbojet engine. Source: wikipedia

The end of the Second World War marked the beginning of a new era in aviation. Turbine-powered aircraft were a vast improvement over previous piston-engine designs in a great many respects and could fly higher and faster. The Jet Age was marked by record-breaking aircraft doing the seemingly impossible. The jet engine had arrived, and its basic form, the turbojet, would power some of the most iconic aircraft of the time. Continue reading