Category Archives: Aviation

Electric Airplanes Poised to Transform Aviation

When I started taking flying lessons in 1998, one thing that surprised me was the relatively primitive engines that modern airplanes use. These are engines that have more in common with tractor engines than the reliable high-tech automotive engines we all drive behind. Would you be surprised if I told you that in the year 2015 most brand new airplanes have engines that use carburetors with primers and chokes? 

As Boeing booms, robots rise and job growth lags

The world’s largest plane maker is in the midst of its biggest peacetime boom, churning out 20 percent more planes than when the last big cycle peaked in the 1990s.

But it is doing so with one-third fewer workers. In their place, Boeing is turning to robots and outsourcing.

On the 777 line, the labor savings from automated riveting could be more than 100-fold. One person can run eight sets of robot arms that each do the work of 16 people, replacing 128 workers, said Surinder Lamba, president of Apache Aerospace Inc, a Washington state company that supplies tooling to all of Boeing’s commercial jet programs.

Will Boeing Be Sabotaged by a Used-Aircraft Bubble?

Too many planes drives down prices
While fuel prices have fallen significantly in the past year, most airlines are still focused on upgrading their fleets with the newest, most fuel-efficient airplanes. In the widebody market, Boeing and Airbus are currently meeting this demand by ramping up production of the 787 and A350, respectively.