In the next two decades, the international aviation industry will need to find more than 2 million people to fly commercial airliners, operate as cabin crew, and work as maintenance technicians to keep aircraft safely in the air.
The demand comes from across the globe as airline companies expand their fleets and increase flight schedules to meet market needs.
The information was contained in the company’s 2017 Pilot and Technician Outlook Report released late July.
A more precise breakdown of predictions made by the Boeing Company state that as global economies expand and tens of thousands of new commercial jetliners are delivered, in 20 years time the industry is going to need:
- Another 637,000 commercial pilots to fly new airliners
- At least 648,000 more maintenance technicians to look after them
- About 839,000 cabin crew employees to service them
While the predicted increase in pilots relates directly to the increase in sales of new commercial planes, more cabin crew are required for the same reason as well as because new generation aircraft can accommodate more passengers. This has led to many regional markets updating their regulations in terms of maximum numbers of cabin crew per aircraft allowed.
The report also states that regional markets that previously recruited pilots from other locations are trying increasingly to recruit and train pilots from their home locations.
According to the report the greatest demand is predicted for the Asia-Pacific region, followed by Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Russian Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Boeing’s Forward-Looking Reports do Change
Boeing’s Outlook Report has been issued annually for eight years, but none of the reports is cast instone. The company warns that many factors can alter statistics given in reports from year-to-year. This is because economic conditions change in the USA and globally, as do general industry conditions. This is one of the reasons why the outlook is re-assessed annually.
Interestingly, for instance, the 2017 figures predict an even higher requirement for pilots and cabin crew (by 2036) than in 2016 that predicted 617,000 new pilots and 814,000 new cabin crew would be required by 2035. But the prediction for new commercial airline maintenance technicians has dropped by 31,000 from 679,000. The reason for this is largely due to the reduction in maintenance hours that is needed for newer generation aircraft like the new single-aisle Boeing 737 MAX, heralded as “the world’s most popular jet”. Generally, these aircraft are more reliable and require less non-routine attention. Longer time intervals are also specified between regular maintenance checks.
The countries that are predicted to have the greatest demand remain the same, in the same order, with the Asia-Pacific region leading demand.
In 2016 it stated that they would need to find “innovative solutions” to meet the ever-growing demand for pilots, cabin crew, and technicians. The company would focus on career pipeline and educational programs that would inspire the next generation of employees in these vital fields. New technologies and training methods would also be needed.
Boeing predicted in 2016 that the growing workforce would also be more diversified which meant instructors would need cross-generational and cross-cultural skills.
Of course, while the Boeing report doesn’t refer to competitive brands, the increases in demand are not only limited to Boeing. Companies like Airbus are also expanding, and all of them will experience an increase in demand for parts and services.
Whether your company requires Airbus parts and Airbus service, parts repair and services for Boeing jets, or parts and service for Sikorsky, MD, or Airbus helicopters, Prime Industries should be your first port of call. Prime has a large inventory of parts and undertakes to source those it doesn’t have in stock.
As the world’s leading aircraft companies improve and expand, they move to new heights. This includes the use of 3-D printed parts for aircraft and satellites that will bolster connectivity in flight and enable a range of traffic-intensive data applications.
Launched mid-May 2017 Boeing’s NYSE: BA SES-15 satellite is set to improve in-flight connectivity and air traffic control. Even though it was produced for the European mobile network operator and communications satellite owner SES S.A., the impressive 702-model geostationary satellite is set to strengthen wi-fi connectivity in flight and enhance the quality of in-flight entertainment services not in European but in North and Central American airspace.
According to Boeing, it will also serve government, maritime, and enterprise sectors.
Importantly, it will also help improve the safety endeavors of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) using their Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) because SES offers hosted payload opportunities that the US Government utilizes. The WAAS network augments GPS and plays a vital role in terms of ensuring precision when it comes to routing and piloting aircraft, which is how it will be used to improve air traffic control.
This is the multinational Boeing Company’s fifth satellite that has all-electric propulsion. It is the 12th Boeing satellite ordered by SES.
The design incorporates 3-D printed metallic parts that make it more affordable and also improve the production process. According to Mark Spiwak, Boeing Satellite Systems International president, it was primarily because of the inclusion of 3-D printed hardware in the new satellite that it was delivered to SES ahead of schedule.
The SES-15 satellite is solar powered and it is said to have a lifetime of 15 years.
The first geostationary satellite launched onboard a Soyuz rocket, the SES-15 was propelled into space from the space center in Kourou, French Guiana on May 18. It is now located at 129 degrees west and it has the capability to serve central and north America (including Alaska and Canada) as well as Mexico and the Caribbean.
The successful launch of this hybrid satellite is the first of three scheduled by SES, all of which will have wide beams and high throughput capabilities.
SES-15 boasts a hybrid payload that has connectivity to gateways in Ka-band. It includes Ku-band wide beam coverage and Ku-band high throughput satellite (HTS) capability. In addition to its HTS capabilities, it is equipped with 36 MHz equivalent 16 Ku-band transponders.
Although not widely utilized worldwide, hosted payloads provide the US Department of Defense and the federal US Government access to space in a highly efficient and effective manner. The FAA has been using hosted payloads for about 20 years.
The satellite’s high throughput payload now delivers flexible and optimized covered for inflight connectivity and entertainment (IFC/IFE) for a number of global service providers including Panasonic Avionics, Gogo, and Global Eagle Entertainment. The wide beam lets providers deliver live television content on all their flight routes across the US.
While passengers are being entertained, the FAA will continue to use its WAAS-hosted payload to improve accuracy, integrity, and availability for the US aviation industry.
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Arizona-based MD Helicopters has become a firm favorite with military and police forces around the world including those in Afghanistan, Argentina, Italy, Korea, Jordan, Turkey, Finland, and the USA. With a reputation for producing “the most survivable” helicopters in the world, MD helicopters are agile, fast, and they are proven for secure, attack, and reconnaissance missions.
In the past few months alone a number of police departments have expanded their fleets to include MD aircraft.
Recent acquisitions were made by:
- The Hungarian National Police that added five MD 902 Explorer helicopters to its air support fleet
- The Columbus Division of Police in Ohio that upgraded two of its MD helicopters
- The Prince George’s County Police Department that expanded its aviation fleet with a third MD helicopter
From Civil to Commercial and Scout Attack Helicopters
A business descended from the helicopter company established by the legendary Howard Hughes in 1947, MD Helicopters Holdings Inc. was acquired by the hugely ambitious and highly successful investment fund owner Lynn Tilton 12 years ago. Recognizing the future potential of what was already an iconic brand, Ms. Tilton recapitalized the company, which at that time was a subsidiary of the Dutch RDM Holdings Inc. and renamed it MD Helicopters, Inc, (MDHI), Since then it has operated independently and boasts a wholly owned manufacturing operation in Mexico. Of course, MD parts and services are equally important.
The original Hughes helicopter company was focused on craft for civil use. After McDonnel Douglas (MD) bought the company there was some shift with, for instance, the Hungarian National Police using their craft to help secure borders and provide ground and air support as long ago as 1986. Similarly, Prince George’s County police have been using MD helicopters since 2000.
From the start, the focus has been on helicopters that were technologically advanced and simply better than most, particularly when it comes to rotorcraft. So when Tilton took over she promised to “re-energize, restructure, and preserve” the MD brand, and developed strategic roadmaps that would stabilize and invigorate growth of the company. Her first big break came in 2011 when MDHI was awarded a US$186 million contract by the US Army for six helicopters to be used for training in Afghanistan.
Four years later the first armed MD 530F Cayuse Warrior was delivered to the coalition forces operating in Afghanistan. A year later the Malaysian Ministry of Defense announced it was a launch customer for MD 530G, the company’s then new light scout attack helicopter.
Since then it’s just got better and better.
MD Helicopter’s Police Fleet Across the World
The Hungarian National Police started flying MD aircraft when McDonnell-Douglas owned the company. Late January 2017 they announced they were adding five MD902 Explorer Helicopters to their fleet in Budapest, primarily to replace the now aging Mi-2 craft they have been using. The acquisition makes the Hungarian police one of the largest MD-brand fleet operators in Eastern Europe.
The new MD902s have exceptional capabilities including night vision, a 3-axis autopilot, high-performance surveillance equipment, and more. The patented anti-torque control system it uses reduces the workload of pilots and cuts external noise levels. All in all, it improves safety in small, confined spaces and on offshore platforms.
The Columbus Police Department’s commitment to MDHI is in line with their decision to upgrade their fleet. They announced late April 2017 that two MD 500E helicopters would be overhauled over a relatively short period of time (just a few weeks) and re-certified as F models. This was in keeping with a previous upgrade of four other E models in 2015. What this means is that the Rolls Royce engine is upgraded; blades and stabilizers are replaced; a dual-screen Garmin G500H electronic flight display is installed; and a Fargo auxiliary fuel tank is added.
This series of conversions makes the Columbus Police Department the second largest municipal aviation unit for law enforcement that exists in the US. This has increased their response time exponentially and has also made them hugely successful in terms of misdemeanor and felony arrests.
Prince George’s County
In May 2017 the Prince George’s County’s aviation section of their police department announced they would be acquiring a third MD520N helicopter. With two of these helicopters in service since 2000, the police department has found it to be an exceptional aircraft when it comes to law enforcement, particularly in a diverse 500 square mile region like Prince George’s County.
A major highlight is that this police law enforcement aviation unit will be the first to fly a helicopter with MD’s first all-glass cockpit. Custom-configured, the new helicopter really does have it all!
Market leaders when it comes to the supply of helicopter spare parts, Prime Industries has offered Airbus parts and services for many years, and relatively recently expanded its operation to MD Helicopters. If there’s anything you need for an MD or any other Airbus craft contact us to see how we can assist.
MD Helicopters is busy modernizing and rebranding aircraft for both its military and civil markets. Parts and service have also been brought in-house.
Details of two projects were revealed at a recent Heli-Expo Convention:
- The MD 6XX that has familiar features of the MD 600N, a fast, powerful machine recognized for its agility and smooth ride. The MD 600N is also one of the quietest and safest helicopters ever made, and it is used for a variety of purposes from executive transport and law enforcement, to aerial survey, and utility operations, and light observation military missions. It flies faster than most other helicopters and is able to hover higher, making it hugely versatile.
- The MD 969, a highly modernized makeover of the MD 902 Explorer that boasts low operating costs coupled with high performance and dependability. Like the MD 600N, the MD 902 Explorer attracts operators in all market segments from search and rescue, air medical, and law enforcement, to executive transport, as well as utility and offshore operations. Safety is a primary factor and its crash-worthiness capabilities are greater than any other light- or medium-twin helicopter currently in the air.
The New MD 6XX
Displayed in an aeromedical configuration, the MD Helicopters’ MD 6XX mock-up was unveiled at the convention. It has the same shape fuselage as the MD 600N, but a lot is different. For instance:
- Instead of a no-tail rotor anti-torque system (NOTAR) the helicopter has a four-bladed aft rotor with rotor blades supplied by HTC, and resized stabilizers.
- It features boosted flight controls and composite fuselage panels.
- The cockpit is supplied by Genesys.
- It boasts a single Rolls-Royce M250-C34E2 turbo-shaft engine rather than a single-turbine engine.
According to Lynn Tilton who founded Patriarch Partners that owns MD Helicopters, the redesigned, rebranded MD 6XX will have a maximum takeoff weight of about 2,500 kg/5,500 lb. It will have a maximum speed of 160 kt, four-hour endurance, and a range of 500 nm. Aimed at foreign military customers, certification is expected to be complete by the end of 2018, although Tilton says it might in fact take another year of testing.
The New MD 969
Re-imagined and significantly modernized, the light-twin engine MD 902 Explorer will be rebranded as the MD 969. Complete certification is scheduled for June this year (2017), about four years later than originally expected.
The new MD 969 also features the Genesys system, and it will have an upgraded Canadian Pratt & Whitney PW206E engine with four-axis autopilot.
Remarkably, the original McDonnell Douglas-designed MD 902 was launched 26 years ago. After acquiring the company in 2005, Tilton brought parts production in-house and began her strategy of developing new versions of existing aircraft. MD Helicopters’ parts and service were also brought in-house.
Prime Industries & MD Helicopters
Prime Helicopters recently became a valued supplier of MD Helicopters parts and service. Models the company actively supports include the MD 500, the MD 520, and the MD 530. All are regarded as safe machines that may be used for a multitude of different missions.
If you are looking for top quality parts and components for MD Helicopters, contact Prime Industries to see how we can help. We offer competitive prices and our professional staff will do all they can to meet your needs.
Prime Industries, a market leader in the supply of helicopter and Airbus parts and spares now offers service and parts for MD Helicopters.
Recognizing that MD Helicopters are amongst the best in the world, Prime Industries specifically supports:
- MD 500 which boasts an iconic crashworthy design using during the Vietnam conflict that lasted from 1954 until 1975
- MD 520, a quiet, very safe machine that is popular for many mission applications from paramilitary and air rescue to aerial surveys and agricultural and forestry jobs
- MD 530 which is a global favorite with governments and foreign military, as well as many commercial operators
MD Helicopters prides itself on producing aircraft for discriminatory operators in both civil and military fields. The MD 500 series has established a legendary position in the world, and newer craft continues to meet the highest expectations.
Originally established by the equally legendary Howard Hughes as Hughes Aircraft in 1947, MD was imprinted on the brand after McDonnell-Douglas bought the company in 1984. The company merged with The Boeing Company 13 years later, and after being bought out by RDM Holdings, was renamed MDHI. In 2005 award-winning entrepreneur Lynn Tilton acquired the company and pledged to restructure, re-energize, and preserve the iconic MD brand. She’s achieved her goal and continues to build on her success.
All the helicopters manufactured by the MD company have single turbine Rolls Royce engines as well as five-blade rotor systems. They undoubtedly meet the standards of the world’s best rotorcraft, and Prime Industries is proud to be able to supply parts, components, and services that meet MD’s tradition of excellence.
The Prime Commitment
Prime Industries is able to supply the best quality parts and components for MD Helicopters at very competitive prices. Even though some parts are more difficult to acquire, our highly trained professional staff tailor their services to ensure that we can help our customers. Even if the parts and components are not in our current inventory, we undertake to do everything possible to procure what our customers need within their stated timeline.
It doesn’t matter whether you need components for your MD Helicopter engine, landing gear, survival equipment, wheels and brakes, consumables or accessories, we are her to help you.
Contact us so that we can help you as quickly as possible. Our professional staff members will also assist with repairs and overhaul of components. We subcontract with the very best manufacturers and suppliers in the US to make certain that we are able to supply products and services that are reliable, at a good, competitive price.
Prime has a strong reputation, having supplied Airbus parts and Airbus services for helicopters for many years, and we have a loyal customer base. We are confident that out MD Helicopters customers will grow rapidly as more and more people and companies learn that we now offer MD Helicopters Parts and Services.
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Six German students given the opportunity to come up with innovative new ideas for small electric airplanes have taken creative transportation technology to a whole new level.
The challenge, which came from Airbus, was to conceptualize an eco-friendly, quiet, two-seater electrical plane that was easy to operate on short runways and near large cities. The students participating in the project were not expected to consider usual Airbus specifications or Airbus parts that would normally be part of a new airplane design.
Quite literally, the sky was the limit!
A Magic Carpet Ride
Bruno Saint Jaimes, Airbus head of creative design and concepts, believes that the Magic Carpet Project has more importance than many people realize. In fact, he believes that the best ideas from the project can be used by Airbus as it works towards “more electric aviation” in the future.
But it also has an important role in terms of transportation in general. This has been an opportunity for design students to think out of the box.
“Electricity has the potential to change the future of flying vehicles,” he says.
Traditionally, as Saint Jaimes point outs, most transportation design students believe that their skills are only applicable to the automotive industry. So the Magic Carpet contest was conceived to show this isn’t true. Innovative ideas are also vital to expand the aerospace industry. By involving next generation designers, Airbus could show that aircraft aren’t simply machines and that the potential for design is immense.
“And we can have fun at Airbus,” he says.
The project, which took place at Pforzheim’s Hochschule University over a five-month period of time mid-2016, resulted in six amazingly different electric aviation designs:
- Glider A hang-glider type aircraft that uses electric propulsion to start up, take off, climb and cruise. It is controlled by shifting weight and features a propeller that can be folded away when gliding. The Airbus parts can also be disassembled to transport and store the plane.
- Stingshot Designed with a double fuselage, the innovative Stingshot has a distinctly futuristic appearance. It also has two separate cockpits, one for an instructor and the other for a trainee pilot.
- Lightweight aircraft Ultra lightweight, with wheels integrated with the tips of the wings, this electric plane has twin engines. Also futuristic-looking, it features a big cockpit that is sphere shaped, providing a magnificent panoramic view in flight.
- Boxwing The unique design of this low-weight electric aircraft makes it stable and agile. It also optimizes positioning of the battery pack used to power the aircraft.
- Asymmetrical aircraft Another Airbus electric two-seater, this asymmetrically designed plane has pusher fans that are powered by electric motors that are mounted at the rear of the plane. The design provides a high degree of propeller integration, effectively reducing the risk of propeller-type accidents for those using the aircraft.
- Flux Sleek and ultra-modern in design, the Flux featured electric fans that are integrated with the aircraft, rather than protruding from it’s exterior.
The Role of Airbus in the Project
All six students participating in the project worked closely with people from Airbus who reviewed their progress and gave advice relating to engineering and technical requirements. This enabled them to integrate suitable Airbus parts and Airbus services with their very different, innovative designs.
According to Saint Jaimes, the project was such a huge success the company is hoping to expand the Magic Carpet Project to many more design schools in Europe and in the USA.
Of course, the Magic Carpet planes are simply models, so you’re not going to find the Airbus parts used to build them. But if you’re looking Airbus parts, components, and Airbus services for aircraft currently in service, Prime Industries can help you. Contact us to check our current inventory, or to see whether we can find items for you that aren’t currently in stock.
With half the world’s population living in cities, traffic congestion is a daily challenge for commuters. It is forecast that as urbanization increases, by 2030 60 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities. These include sprawling megacities that are spread all over the world.
- In 2014 Sao Paulo traffic at rush hour stretched a record-setting 344 km. These enormous back-ups were found to be costing the Brazilian economy at least US$31 billion every year.
- People working in London, and driving to work, were found to be losing the equivalent of 35 days (or more than a month) every year.
With this harsh reality in mind, Airbus has a plan to enable travelers and commuters to fly over traffic jams.
Airbus Initiatives to Relieve Urban Congestion
The Airbus initiatives are revolutionary and aim to change urban travel for millions of people within the next 10 years. They include:
- Project Vahana, launched in February 2016, is developing a self-piloted flying vehicle platform for cargo transport and individual passengers. The technology used includes reliable sense-and-find, and the first prototype will be flight-tested late 2017. According to Rodin Lyasoff, CEO of the project, global demand is likely to support fleets of millions of these flying vehicles worldwide.
- Skyways, a project that is concentrating on autonomous commercial drones that will be able to fly over urban areas safely. With similar goals to those of Amazon, Airbus aims to take the lead and gain Amazon, DHS, and similar companies as customers.
- CityAirbus that will provide electrically operated aerial vehicles for multiple passengers. While the first working models will be operated by pilots, the plan is to switch to autonomous craft once aviation regulations have been changed. The feasibility study for this project is complete and the company is positive it will go ahead. Airbus has stated that flights will cost a similar amount to a regular taxi ride, but will considerably quicker and much more thrilling!
Science Fiction or Reality?
Airbus is setting its sights really high with all three of these ambitious projects. While some critics say that flying taxis and other autonomous aircraft sound more like science fiction than reality, the Airbus team is adamant that the best solutions to alleviate congestion on the ground are in the sky.
Airbus Helicopters Vassilis Agouridas is critical of current “smart city concepts,” pointing out that they totally ignore aircraft.
“That’s why we’re convinced that this represents a truly disruptive opportunity for Airbus,” he says.
There is certainly no doubt that the race to launch safe and successful air mobility has begun. In addition to developments out of the Airbus stable (or more appropriately, hangar):
- The German company e-volo launched its first electric Volocopter in March 2016 with one passenger on board.
- South African-born Canadian-American inventor and business magnate Elon Musk, wearing his SpaceX cap, stated late 2016 that he was still interested in electric jets that could take off and land vertically.
- Even NASA is working on prototypes.
Airbus recognizes that the new market is developing very quickly and is determined to be ahead of the game when it comes to these new air-focused industries.
While the new aircraft will be tiny when compared to the huge Airbus jets that currently fly the skies, Airbus parts and Airbus services will be as important as ever.
If you have an Airbus fixed wing aircraft or Airbus helicopter, Prime Industries can help with aircraft parts and services. We supply, repair and overhaul components and parts, so if you’re looking for something, call us now. We’ll do whatever we can to help.
Everybody know Airbus planes… huge flying machines that soar through the sky! But the latest gem developed by the France-based company is a small two-seater plane that is battery powered.
It is all part of the Airbus quest to develop electric aircraft that will ultimately be silent and free from CO2 – or at least relatively so.
E-Fan 2.0 the Electric Plane Prototype
The key element in their goal for a quiet aircraft that will be totally free of harmful emissions is the E-Fan, a demonstrator aircraft launched at a high-profile English airshow last year (2016). Weighing in at just 500 kg (1,100 lbs) the good-looking little E-Fan 2.0 thrilled the crowds at the Farnborough Air Show mid year.
The new electric flying machine has dual motors with power totaling 60kW, and they drive two ducted fans that have blades with a pitch that is adjustable. The fans are mounted inside ducts so that the noise is decreased. Because this also increases the thrust of the fans, power efficiency is improved during takeoff.
The 120-cell lithium polymer battery enables a one-hour flight. The battery is cooled passively so that it relies on air rather than a powered cooling system that could overheat as they discharge power.
While not quite practical yet, Airbus has much more ambitious plans looking forward.
First Production Airbus Electric Planes Available This Year
The company has stated it will invest some €20 million in the design and development of this exciting new electric aircraft. Late 2017 has been pinpointed as the time for launching its first production planes, initially intended for pilot training. Soon after this, a slightly bigger electric plane aimed at the general aviation market will be produced. This will have sufficient space for four passengers.
While the prototype seen at Farnborough had two seats positioned one in front of the other, the production planes will have seats that are positioned alongside one another.
Futuristic “Intelligent” Factory Built for Assembly of Airbus Parts and Electric Planes
The factory site for the new E-fan 2.0 is in the south west of France at Pau Pyrénées Airport within the French Aerospace Valley. The specially designed facility measures 1,500 square meters and has a wonderfully sleek and futuristic design style. It also utilizes innovative manufacturing techniques intended to validate new aviation processes and technologies that Airbus aims to use across all its divisions.
Intelligent concepts the company envisions include:
- A seriously compact assembly floor that will reduce “distance” during build-up of aircraft.
- A new definition of the processes used that focus on quality, continuity, and the management and control taken by those operating the assembly line.
- Application of lean production procedures that have been designed to eliminate wastage.
In spite of this high tech scenario, Airbus has stated that its E-fan 2.0 production plane will have operating costs that will total only a third of traditional piston-engine light aircraft. The aircraft will also focus primarily on the needs of users.
Airbus Parts and Airbus Service
While Airbus parts required for the new electric planes are different to those currently used in Airbus helicopters and jet planes, Prime Industries remains a primary supplier. If you need parts or components for your Airbus, have a look at our comprehensive inventory, or contact us for more information.
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