Abbotsford Airshow 2014

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Focusing on aviation excellence, aerospace advancement and community participation, the Abbotsford International Airshow has been a world-class event for five decades. Performers at the 2014 Abbotsford Airshow include the Canadian Forces Snowbirds; the Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team; the Canadian Forces Parachute Team – The SkyHawks; a Beechcraft T-6C Harvard II Demo; Younkin Airshows; Ace Maker Airshows; Team Rocket Aerobatics; the Bremont Horsemen — and more… For more information visit

Dates: 8-10 August 2014
Venue: Abbotsford
State: British Columbia
Country: Canada

Singapore AirShow 2014

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Promoted as “Asia’s Biggest for Aviation’s Finest” the Singapore AirShow 2014 will take place on 11-16 February 2014 at Changi Exhibition Center. Show highlights include conferences, exhibitions, demonstrations and more, featuring top aerospace companies from around the world. For more information visit

Dates: 11-16 February 2014
Venue: Changi Exhibition Center
Country: Singapore

Carbon Fiber Composites in Aviation

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As the aviation industry attempts to reduce fuel costs by reducing the weight of aircraft, lightweight composite materials with extraordinary strength continue to be developed and improved. Carbon-fiber composites have been created that can match the strength of titanium and aluminum, while being much lighter in weight, to the extent that aircraft using these composites materials can weigh of up 20 percent less than they would otherwise. Both the Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 contain carbon-fiber composites.

Researchers looking at creating even stronger and lighter materials are working with carbon fibers that are coated with carbon nanotubes. When arranged in specific configurations, these tiny tubes of crystalline carbon are hundreds of times stronger than steel while being only around one-sixth of the weight of steel. Until recently scientists faced the problem that when growing carbon nanotubes on carbon fibers the underlying fibers have lost some of their strength. The root cause of this fiber degradation has been identified by a team of researchers from MIT, and techniques have been devised to preserve the strength of these fibers.

Associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, Brian Wardle, notes that up until now one part of the material was being improved at the expense of the underlying fiber, but the new technique does away with this trade-off situation, with both the carbon nanotubes and carbon fibers maintaining their integrity.

Upon visiting carbon-fiber production plants in Germany, Japan and Tennessee, researchers found that the manufacture process required fibers to be stretched close to breaking point and heated to high temperatures, which had not been replicated in laboratory conditions. Upon replicating these conditions in the laboratory and carrying out a series of experiments it was discovered that the main cause of fiber degradation was a mechanochemical reaction resulting from a lack of tension when heating carbon fibers at a high temperature.

Having identified the problem, researchers coated the carbon fiber with a layer of alumina ceramic to ensure the iron catalyst would stick to the fiber but not degrade it. However, the alumina kept flaking off. Undaunted, the research team developed a polymer coating with both hydrophilic and hydrophobic components and coated the fibers with it, allowing them to grow nanotubes without damaging the fiber. Further experiments resulted in growing nanotubes at lower temperatures, thereby avoiding damage to the underlying fiber. Patents have been filed for the nanotube growing techniques and hopes are high that these new composite materials will have a wide range of applications in the aerospace industry.

Visit the Aerospace Museum of California

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Located on the former McClellan Air Force Base in North Highlands, the Aerospace Museum of California features an impressive collection of authentic civilian and military aircraft, along with replicas of space vehicles, thereby preserving the history of the base (which closed in 2001) and neighboring bases such as the non-operational Mather Air Force Base and the still active Beale Air Force Base east of Marysville. Many of the aircraft on display are on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation and the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

The collection at the Aerospace Museum of California includes trainers, fighters, transport and specialized aircraft used by the Navy and USAF between 1940 and the year 2000, highlighting the fantastic progress of aerospace technology over this time period. Visitors will have the opportunity to view propeller driven bi-planes constructed from wood and cloth, contrasted with the triple-sonic, jet powered aircraft crafted from composite materials and metals. Helpful volunteers are always on hand to answer questions and offer interesting information on the museum’s collection and the history of aviation.

Items on display at the museum include one of the original Norden bomb sights used by American bombardiers in World War II, a collection of artworks relating to the US Coast Guard, and a range of restored engines. Visitors can discover what it feels like to be a pilot by means of the museums non-motion flight simulators and a Morphis motion ride simulator. The interactive science exhibit, Fun with Physics, allows participants of all ages to enjoy the wonders of scientific discovery with Mind Bogglers, Newton’s Laws, Simple Machines, Optical Illusions and Demonstrations.

The oldest aircraft in the collection is a 1932 Curtiss-Wright B-14-B ‘Speedwing’ bi-plane, which has been superbly restored. Other aircraft on display include:

Beech UC-45J Expediter

Convair F-102A Delta Dagger

Convair F-106 Delta Dart – The Ultimate Interceptor

Convair VC-131D Samaritan

Douglas A-1E Skyraider

Douglas C-54D Skymaster

Douglas C-53D Skytrooper

Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar

General Dynamics FB-111A Aardvark

Grumman F-14D Tomcat

Grumman HU-16B Albatross

Grumman TS-2A Tracker

Lockheed EC-121D Warning Star

Lockheed F-80B Shooting Star

Lockheed F-104B Starfighter

Lockheed T-33A T-Bird

McDonnell-Douglas F-4C Phantom II

McDonnell-Douglas A-4C Skyhawk I

McDonnell F-101B Voodoo

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17PF Fresco E

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F Fishbed

North American F-86F Sabre

North American F-86L Dog Sabre

North American F-100D Super Sabre

North American T-6G Texan

North American T-28B Trojan

North American T-39A Sabreliner

Pitts Special S-1C

Republic F-84F ThunderStreak

Republic F-105D Thunderchief (THUD)

Sikorsky CH-3E Jolly Green Giant

Taylorcraft L-2M Grasshopper

Vought A-7D Corsair II

The Aerospace Museum of California also has an education program relating to math, science, technology and engineering for students from elementary school through to community college with all its programs meeting the California Education Standards. Moreover, the museum hosts special presentations featuring guest speakers who are experts in their fields, such as NASA astronauts Brian Duffy and Clayton Anderson.

Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition

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The 11th LIMA Exhibition will once again be a top gathering for members of the aerospace and maritime industry. It provides manufacturers with the opportunity to demonstrate their latest technologies to Government officials, civil and military leaders of the Asia Pacific. From Tuesday to Thursday there will be three industry only trade days. Flying displays will take place each monring. The general public are welcome on the Friday and Saturday. Various conferences and seminars will be held throughout the week. Career Day on Friday and Saturday is aimed at college students.

Dates: 6 to 10 December 2011
Times: 10h00 to 17h00
Venue: Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre
Region: Lagnkawi Island
Country: Malaysia

Electric-Powered Aircraft Designers Awarded $1.35 Million

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Encouraging eco-friendly innovation, the Google sponsored Green Flight Challenge that was conducted by the CAFE Foundation culminated in the $1.35 million prize being awarded by NASA to Pennsylvania-based Pipistrel-USA for their electric-powered airplane. The award ceremony took place on 25 September at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa following a week of finalists putting their aircraft through their paces.

Pipistrel-USA consists of a team of dedicated industry professionals, who not only managed to meet the fuel efficiency requirement set out in the Green Flight Challenge competition, but doubled it by flying a distance of 200 miles in under two hours, with electricity equivalent fuel consumption measured at just over half a gallon per passenger. The team to come in at second place was California-based EGenius, which was awarded $120,000.

Created to inspire the aviation sector to develop fuel-efficient aircraft the Green Flight Challenge started two years ago, with fourteen teams registering to take part. NASA estimates that collectively the teams invested over $4 million in their efforts to win the competition. Three teams met the requirements set out in the competition and participated in the week-long series of tests. NASA is known for using competitions to stimulate innovative thinking to overcome specific challenges in the aerospace industry, but the Green Flight Challenge prize is the largest to be awarded in the history of aviation.

In an interview, Pipistrel-USA team leader Jack Langelaan, noted that two years ago the concept of flying a distance of 200 miles at 100 mph would have been in the realms of science fiction, but having become a reality, we can look forward to the future of electric aviation. Certainly, NASA is hopeful that the competition will inspire a host of innovations in electric powered aircraft, leading the world into an era of quiet, clean air travel.

As noted in its mission statement, the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation aims to create and advance the understanding of personal aircraft technologies through research, analysis and education. With a keen understanding of the forces of gravity and the challenges aircraft face in moving through the earth’s atmosphere, the CAFE Foundation team continues to pioneer new ways of studying aerodynamics and improving aircraft. The team’s test flight expertise is recognized by prominent aviation authorities, including NASA, EAA and AOPA.

Asian Aerospace 2011

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Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress 2011 is an important B2B event in the commercial aerospace industry, featuring the MRO, business aviation, manufacturing, training and interiors sectors. In addition to the exhibition, static displays and conferences, highlights of the event will include the opening ceremony, the Asian Aviation Awards and the celebration of the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Hong Kong.

Date: 8 to 10 March 2011
Time: 09h30 to 17h30
Venue: AsiaWorld-Expo
City: Hong Kong
Country: People’s Republic of China

New Embraer Defense Unit

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In the early 1940s and 1950s, Brazil began to recognize the need for a local manufacturer of both domestic and military aircraft. The government made investments to establish a government owned company, and in 1969 Embraer was created. It became a privatized company in 1994, and is today a successful aerospace conglomerate that specializes in executive and commercial aircraft. It has always supplied the military with aircraft as well, but the decision to establish a military division to meet the requirements of Brazil’s defense forces was recently announced.

With its headquarters in São José dos Campos, Embraer has branched out to various different countries and is a company that is known and respected worldwide. It only began catering to the military during the 1970s and it is a market that has developed over the years, with the defense division of the government becoming one of its biggest clients. The company has therefore made the decision to found a Defense Unit within Embraer that will concentrate solely on military aircraft and products. The company stated that thirteen percent of its revenue this year was generated by its defense products, and it is estimated that in 2011, they can expect an income of approximately 1.5 billion reais (or $875.1 million) from the Embraer Defense and Security Unit. Chief Executive of Embraer, Frederico Curado, announced that the new division will be overseen by Luiz Carlos Aguiar, who is the Chief Financial Officer. In regard to the new division, Curado said: “Brazil has a growing relevant role on the global geopolitical scenario and has established a long-term vision for strengthening its defense industry.”

Its reputation as the world’s fourth largest aircraft manufacturer proceeds Embraer, and over thirty countries and their defense forces work with and purchase Embraer products. It has six standard military vehicles that it produces, which include anti-submarine warfare craft, light attack aircraft, surveillance aircraft and maritime aircraft. Aguiar hopes that the new unit will be able to grow rapidly under his guidance and increase their export market in regard to military aircraft and transportation. It is a new start for the military division of Embraer, and looking at the history of the company and its current military responsibilities, it is believed to be a unit that will begin to catch up with the commercial divisions of the company.

Aero India 2011

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The 8th International Exhibition on Aerospace, Defence & Civil Aviation, or Aero India 2011, is organised by the Ministry of Defence in India. Large numbers of exhibitors from a variety of countries will be participating in this event. Visitors will also be pleased to see a static displays as well as flight displays by the Indian Air Force. There are also new product launches, seminars, workshops and other events to look forward to.

Date: 9 to 13 February 2011
Venue: Yelahanka Air Force Station
City: Bengaluru
Region: Karnataka
Country: India

Dubai Air Show 2009

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Hosted by F & E Aerospace, the Dubai Air Show 2009 will take place from 15 – 19 November 2009, and is one of the premier air shows of the year. With approximately 850 exhibitors and thousands of visitors, the show is always the venue for major aviation deals and networking, and this year a 140 airplanes will be displayed in the static park. This international event has a massive exhibition hall, and vendors display a variety of products related to all the sectors of the aviation industry.

To find out more about the exhibition, its exhibitors and the products of the show, visit the official website at

Date: 15 – 19 November 2009
Venue: Airport Expo
City: Dubai
Country: United Arab Emirates

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