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October 20, 2017
Hear This: 30 Percent Less Noise
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
The Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge flight test project, or ACTE, is proving that a new flap design can reduce aircraft noise by as much as 30 percent on takeoff and landing. The second phase of the project, ACTE II, which is expected to continue this fall and conclude at the end of the year, will build on the research and data collected on the flap locked in different positions in flight during the first phase. The second phase, taking place at Armstrong, also will validate the technology at hig ... read more

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When ice builds up on aircraft bodies or engines, it can create a serious situation in flight. The shape of the wing can change, affecting the aerodynamics of the aircraft, and engine icing can resu ... more
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Tokyo residents win compensation over US military base noise
Some 1,000 Tokyo residents won compensation Wednesday over aircraft noise coming from a nearby US military base, but they lost a bid to halt flights at odd hours. ... more
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Five killed as India military chopper crashes
An Indian military helicopter crashed in a disputed area near the border with China on Friday, killing five troops and injuring a sixth, an Air Force officer said. ... more
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Trudeau warns Trump in Bombardier, Boeing row
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday warned US President Donald Trump that Canada would not make military buys from Boeing while the United States was targeting Canada's Bombardier with heavy import duties. ... more
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Boeing KC-46A tankers exchange fuel mid-flight for first time
Two Boeing KC-46A aerial tankers for the U.S. Air Force have for the first time provided fuel for each other during a flight, offloading 1,200 gallons of fuel per minute. ... more
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A beautiful wing design solution inspired by owl feathers
Many species of owl are able to hunt without being heard by their prey by suppressing the noise of their wings at sound frequencies above 1.6 kilohertz (kHz) - including the range at which human hea ... more
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Boeing to manufacture additional F/A-18s for U.S. Navy
Boeing Co. has received a $676.6 million modification to a existing contract for the production of F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter aircraft for the U.S. Navy. ... more
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UK warns Boeing over Bombardier trade row
Britain warned US aircraft giant Boeing on Wednesday that it risked government defence contracts worth billions with its challenge to Canadian rival Bombardier, which threatens thousands of jobs in Northern Ireland. ... more
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