Aviation Sector Current Affairs - 2019

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World’s first 3D printed plane THOR unveiled by Airbus

The world’s first 3D-printed aircraft THOR was unveiled by European aerospace company, Airbus at the International Aerospace Exhibition held in Schoenefeld, Germany.

The THOR is short for Test of High-tech Objectives in Reality. It resembles a large, white model airplane but is windowless.

Key features of THOR

  • THOR has just 3 parts. It is lighter, faster and cheaper.
  • It is windowless small pilotless propeller aircraft.
  • It weighs 21 kilo grams and less than 4 metres long.

All it parts (except the electrical elements) are 3D printed from a substance called polyamide.

THOR’s inaugural flight was conducted near Hamburg, Germany in November 2015. Aerospace companies like Airbus and Boeing already are using 3D printing technology to make parts for their huge passenger jets A350 and B787 Dreamliner.

About 3D printing technology

  • 3D printing is a process of making 3-D (three dimensional) solid objects from a digital file with extreme precision.
  • This technology is also termed additive manufacturing as the 3D printed object is created us additive processes i.e. by laying down successive layers of manufacturing material on each other until the entire object is created.
  • This technology has limitless possibilities and can create almost anything with just raw material and a computer generated model.

Month: Categories: Science & Technology


Union Cabinet approves MoU between DGCA and French Civil Aviation Authority 

The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to the signing of MOU between the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India (DGCA) and the French Civil Aviation Authority – Direction Generale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC).

The MoU seeks to implement

  • Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) for implementation and promotion of Standards and Recommended Practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
  • The TCP will be beneficial for enhancement of expertise and skills of DGCA’s officers.
  • Implementation of the cooperation between the two parties for imparting training of technicians, engineers, managers etc.

The MoU will also include any other subject that is relevant to the common DGAC and France’s DGCA areas of interest.  For this purpose, both signatory parties will undertake to cooperate through the following actions:

  • Exchange information concerning the various techniques used to reach the objectives.
  • Send French instructors or experts to India for training missions
  • Receive instructors or experts of India in France for training missions.

Month: Categories: Governance & Politics