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OCT

11

2012

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My colleague, Mike Heskitt, Chief Operating Officer at Altair ProductDesign submitted the following blog post.

It’s good to see another example of the transportation industry adopting the RIGHT hybrid powertrain for a specific need and vehicle type. A recent article in Fleet Owner reports that UPS has purchased 40 hydraulic hybrid delivery vans partially funded through the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Clean Cities program.

For heavy vehicles with more stop-and-go driving than steady-state drive cycles, we’ve seen that hydraulic hybrids have a clear advantage over electric hybrids in relation to power recovery efficiency and lifecycle cost. Read More


JUL

19

2012

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Category: Aerospace

Farnborough and Japan

, Executive Director - Global Aerospace

I intently watched the news coming out of the Farnborough Air Show held recently, and I was happy to see the positive reviews of the Qatar Airlines 787.  People were raving about the comfortable cabin layout, the seating, the unique lighting, and the large windows.

This event comes on the heels of my recent visit to Japan.  The Japanese are very proud of their involvement on the 787 program.  At our HyperWorks Technology Conference in Japan, Altair COO Brett Chouinard recounted his recent experience flying on the 787 from Tokyo to Hiroshima.  Like those at Farnborough, he also raved about the plane’s features, including the quiet ride.  I also discovered that Eiichi Kasono, one of our managers in Japan, has flown on both the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787.  He happened to be on the inaugural commercial flight of the A380 and has flown on the 787 several times.

Altair had significant involvement with both the A380 and 787 programs, helping to reduce the weight of both aircrafts.  We are proud of our involvement and the positive contributions of our engineers and our technology.

I’m still waiting on my first 787 flight, so I might need to head back to Japan!


DEC

15

2011

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Category: Aerospace

The International Aerospace Industry

, Executive Director - Global Aerospace

Brazil-based Embraer recently opened its first North American facility in Florida, a development that highlights the international nature of the aerospace industry. In years past, Boeing planes were built in Seattle, and Airbus planes were built at a few facilities across Europe. Now, the industry has an international supply base much like the automotive industry. Suppliers who were captive to one OEM are now providing parts to other OEMs, with the supply base supporting Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer, and Comac. But what does this shift mean for the industry? Read More


NOV

22

2011

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My colleague Ming Zhou has contributed the following post:

At the recent COMAC Composite Forum in Shanghai, we heard a good deal about the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China’s use of composites in the C919, the company’s first product, a single-aisle plane designed to compete with the A320 and B737 later in the decade. Read More


NOV

03

2011

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Category: Aerospace

Commercial Aviation Competition

, Executive Director - Global Aerospace

For many years, the duopoly for Boeing and Airbus has produced healthy competition that has resulted in better airplanes, innovation, and efficiency. We all agree that healthy competition benefits everyone. Yes, there have been some squabbles between Boeing and Airbus, but they will agree in private that having a competent competitor around has made each a better company. Read More

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