Aviation Engineering News

The aviation industry is built on a backbone of large-scale engineering, from 400-seater VLAs like the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777x to the complex mechanical operations behind large international airports.

Airlines are facing new challenges surrounding long-haul flights, reduced flight times, safety pressures and environmental impact. Engineering solutions including super-sonic aircraft, wing design and aerodynamics are beginning to shape the future of the industry and define the engineering that it is producing.

Due to the multinational nature of air travel, the aviation industry is often subject to a broad range of international standards and legislations which, in turn, can affect the engineering behind the aircraft. In recent years, the industry has seen ever-increasing pressures to improve its environmental credentials and safety record. All of this whilst trying to reduce costs in line with low-fare airlines and an increasing demand from travellers for cheap flights to a wider range of destinations than ever before.

This page is the only place you need to go to find all the latest aviation engineering news including the latest airliners from the likes of Boeing and Airbus to new jet engines from Rolls Royce and updated systems being deployed in domestic and international airports. We’ll keep you up to date with the introduction of new airliners, the retirement of older models and who’s picking up key contracts to produce replacement global fleets across the commercial aviation industry.  

How to become an airliner test pilot

Test pilots are typically associated with military aviation, but they play a huge role in civil flying too. Key.Aero speaks to Airbus’ Frank Chapman to find out how he became one

US Navy continues AARGM-ER testing on Super Hornet

The US Navy has completed an Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) captive-carry test flight on a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet carrier-based multi-role fighter

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How three engines fell off a brand-new Boeing 707

At 12,000ft above Washington State, the factory-fresh jetliner had three of its engines ripped off and the fourth had to be shut down. Key.Aero reveals how and why this dramatic incident happened

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An in-depth look at Airbus' Future Jet Trainer

Airbus is developing a new-generation advanced jet trainer for Spain, but how will this future platform fare on the export market, with air arms starting to look at the recapitalisation of their training fleets across the globe? We investigate.

F-15EX Eagle IIs debut at Exercise Northern Edge 21

Just weeks after their delivery to Eglin AFB in Florida, the USAF’s first two Boeing F-15EX Eagle IIs have taken to Alaskan skies for Exercise Northern Edge 21, which is being held from May 3-14

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The Airbus A350 story

Rising from the ashes of the abandoned A330-200Lite, Airbus’ A350 continues to bring the future for both the manufacturer and air travel. Barry Lloyd outlines its success

How an internet search helped cause dual A321 engine stall

Categorised as a “serious incident” by investigators, the simple mistake by engineers caused the powerplants to begin surging at just 500ft after take-off

What happened when NASA deliberately crashed an airliner?

Nearly 40 years ago, a full-size jetliner was intentionally crashed into the desert by a team of scientists. Key.Aero reveals how and why it was done, and what lessons were learnt

RAF celebrates 40 years of Chinook ops with special scheme

The Royal Air Force has applied a special Union Jack-themed scheme to one of its Boeing Chinook HC6A heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters in celebration of the type’s 40 years of operational service

USAF deploys six B-52Hs to Qatar

Six USAF-operated Boeing B-52H Stratofortress strategic heavy bombers have been deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar to protect US and coalition forces as they conduct drawdown operations from Afghanistan

Aviation Engineering Companies

The aviation industry is made up of engineering giants including Boeing, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Gulfstream and Honda. Between them, they produce a wide variety of aircraft from single propeller craft and private jets through to the European short haul favourite, the Airbus A320 and long-haul behemoths like the Boeing 747.

This page will keep you up to date with the latest engineering news from these companies including ongoing projects, testing phases and maiden flights for new models. Be the first to find out which airlines are updating their fleets with the latest models and which manufacturer has secured the production contract.

To find out more on commercial aviation news take a look at some of our other related pages including Airport NewsAirport Technology and Commercial Aviation News.

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