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Aircraft orders show signs of slowing down after a six-year boom, and Brexit could threaten the UK’s standing in the aerospace industry. But as demand constantly outstrips supply, manufacturers start introducing new technologies in their production lines as well as more environmentally-friendly parts.

Keep calm and fly on despite EU vote

UK is under pressure to show its support for the aerospace sector at key trade fair

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Opinion: Fresh aviation agreements must come first in a post-Brexit world

Iata’s Tony Tyler says the focus should be firmly on maintaining the benefits of connectivity

Acronyms engage in aerial battle to attract attention

Disruptive technologies are making a bigger blip on Farnborough’s radar

Space: Nano-satellites help spread spies in the skies

Start-ups race to establish networks of smaller satellites

Helicopter projects balance speed with safety

The advantage of cutting overall journey times is often undone by limited top speeds

Rise in aircraft demand forces supply chain to modernise

Delivery problems have long bedevilled the industry

Boeing Anacortes Facility Photography

Robots in the hangar let humans do more creative jobs

Increasing demand is driving the need for efficiency gains, but machines cannot do it all

Boeing Ultrafan carbon and titanium fans blades

Efficient practices get the green light

New European aerospace technologies address environmental concerns


Boeing and Airbus face big order backlog

There are fears of a downturn, competition and delivery hiccups

Upgraded drones raise ethical concerns

UAVs may reduce military costs and casualties, but the lethal technology provokes disquiet

Smarter aircraft create wealth of data

Technological advances needed to realise potential savings offered by information generated

Space: Giant steps for all mankind

Rise in global spending driven by satellite navigation and TV

Aviation industry works to improve safety

New tracking standard planned after disappearance of MH370

Aerospace suppliers braced as demand soars

Sector is set to double over the next decade, but SMEs face capacity constraints and price pressures

Companies vie to replace cold war relic

Lockheed and Boeing bid against Northrop for US Air Force contact to build successor to B52 bomber

Cheaper fuel boosts capacity and competition

Robust profits increase leasing rates — and orders for new models

Bombardier seeks CSeries lift at air show

Manufacturer needs orders to take off in Paris

Opinion: Expect a fairly benign Paris Air Show

Don’t expect a great deal of pizzazz at the Paris Air Show.


Jetmakers braced for slowdown in orders

There are increasing signals that airlines, on the back of the economic recovery, are expanding their fleets too quickly

F35 Farnborough doubt highlights questions

Lockheed Martin focuses on further development

Airbus bets on timely take-off for A350 despite past delays

Europe’s latest is behind schedule, but with half the holdup faced by Boeing’s Dreamliner

The 21st century promises era of radical change, but no rocket belts

It is easy to feel that the pace of development in aviation has slowed

Too early for Bombardier to celebrate

Two events in the past year could prove decisive to the success or failure of the CSeries airliner

Budget carriers create a new map for airlines

Cut-price upstarts gain the advantage

Norwegian Air Shuttle retains hope of living the dream

Delays and lack of alliance partner have hit services of the low-cost Scandinavian operator

Flight MH370: Record casts doubt on ‘never again’ promise

Authorities failed to act on a previous disaster

First sits below business in airline bottom lines

Experiments protect industry golden egg

Drones enter more sober zone

Stricter budgets and appetite for intervention may prompt reassessment of UAVs

Flight testing

Facebook, Google and Amazon explore prospects for the drone economy

Test site highlights engine battle

Manufacturers go to extreme lengths in quest for most reliable product