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Key Strategies for Managing Aerospace Supply Chain Disruptions

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Aerospace supply chain disruptions come in many guises. With a supply chain spanning continents, there’s a huge number of things that could go wrong.

3 Ways Simulation is Advancing the Aerospace Industry

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US Pilot using a virtual reality headset as a flight simulator

In this article, we take a look at 3 very different ways that simulation is having a major impact on the aerospace industry and is likely to have an even greater impact as time and technology progress.

The Top 5 Aerospace Developments In 2020

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Our focus, as it has been since the Wright brothers first proved flight was possible, is to build the best aircraft. What this means in today’s world though is a little different to what was imagined over a hundred years ago. In this article, we’re taking a look at 5 key trends that have evolved over the last few years that are likely to play pivotal roles in how our industry develops in 2020 and beyond.

The Silver Spitfire Returns: Part II

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A silver spitfire flying alongside a classic Royal Airforce version in the clouds

On the 5th of December, the Silver Spitfire was escorted by two red arrows, back home to England in triumph. It had completed its astounding challenge. The 1943 Mk.9 Spitfire was piloted over 22,000 nautical miles on the Longest Flight expedition, circumnavigating the globe over a three-month period.

The Complete Guide to Specifying Aerospace Fasteners; 2020

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Complete guide to specifying aerospace fasteners. Key specifications, performance characteristics and manufacturing materials and techniques all covered in detailed.

The importance of historic fasteners in a fast-developing aerospace industry

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Orville Wright with a later Model A Flyer at Tempelhof Field in Berlin

Historic aircraft are our passion! We’ve recently worked on several projects sourcing historic fasteners for high profile classic aircraft refurbishments

Supplying the defence industry with military grade aerospace fasteners

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A U.S. Navy Sailor aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) prepares to attach a cargo pendant to an SH-60 Seahawk heliocopter

There are a lot of standards and specifications that come with the title of ‘military grade fasteners’ (also known as mil-spec fasteners). Whilst military fasteners, to a large degree, resemble their civilian cousin aerospace fasteners there are a few quintessential differences in the specification of build, design and quality control. There are also big differences in the way in which the equipment is handled along each stage of the supply chain. We recently wrote an article about the requirements for tight cyber security that comes with being a military supplier, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. Check out: Cyber security in the military supply chain What’s the difference between Mil-spec and commercial fasteners? Military grade fasteners play

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Cyber security in the military supply chain

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A computer screen covered in code with the word VIRUS written across in red letters

When it comes to the military supply chain, data security becomes a matter of national security. So how do we ensure we stay 100% compliant?

The Silver Spitfire takes to the skies for a truly global expedition

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Silver Spitfire in mid flight

There are rarely events that truly make our fingers tingle, but this, dare we say, is one. And the best part is, thanks to our aerospace fasteners, we can say that we’ve had the privilege of playing our part in the very nuts and bolts of the enterprise. In a daring project that brings to light the beautiful and elegant design of one of our all-time favourite aircrafts. Two pioneering aviators, Matt Jones and Steve Brooks, along with their dedicated support team, are attempting to fly their Silver Spitfire around the globe. Their tour will take them to some of the earth’s most impressive landmarks. From the Grand Canyon in the Arizona desert, to Mount Fuji in the East. Taking

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The Secrets of Aerospace and Defense Supply Chain Strategies

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A Warthog A10 fighter plane in flight

As the industry goes through seismic changes, aerospace and defense supply chain strategies are having to change with them. Passenger demands and emerging technologies mean that if companies don’t come up with new competitive growth strategies they will get left behind. These strategies have led to the current complexities of aircraft design and building processes which in turn have led to an increasingly complex supply chain. We’ve talked before about the massive pressure that the two major aircraft manufacturers currently have to deal with before. Boeing and Airbus have a huge backlog of orders numbering into the thousands that they simply cannot deliver. In 2016, Boeing reported 5,715 undelivered orders and Airbus, 6,874. Since 2016 though, those backlogs have only

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