Author Evan Butler-Jones, director of aerospace & defence, IFS


The high costs of machine downtime

Look out, cabin equipment manufacturers: for many businesses, machine downtime can cause major complications. If there is no preparation in place, interruptions to output can cause alarming outcomes for productivity and profit margins


How to etch metals for aerospace

Chemical etching can have many advantages for aerospace fabrication in terms of processing and cost efficiencies. Almost any metal can be chemical etched, but the processes differ slightly. This brief guide explains the process for etching titanium, aluminium, steel, stainless steel, copper and copper alloys


The overlooked role of colour management in cabin design

Digital colour tools and processes can help streamline the cabin design process, especially when multiple component and materials manufacturers are involved. Here are a few things you should know about colour control and cabin design projects

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The future of aircraft seating and in-seat power

The latest data reveals that the commercial aircraft seating market will be worth US$4.9 billion in 2028 – up from US$3.8 billion in 2018. The proportion of total in-service seats with in-seat power, meanwhile, is set to increase from about 38% to 66% over the same timeframe. Let’s explore the drivers of this growth


Aerospace faces major challenges in the year ahead, but first-movers will benefit

New research by AlixPartners, the global consulting firm, finds that the aerospace industry will have to navigate several challenges in the next year, including restoring consumer trust following the Boeing 737 MAX crisis; adverse macroeconomic factors, such as fluctuating oil prices and slowing global trade; and strengthening sustainability in the supply chain and adopting digital operating models


The impact of Tesla on the aviation market

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk has made interesting statements about electric aircraft over the years and is not only developing his own technology, but inspiring others to do the same. Pure electric regional aircraft are more than a dream…

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