- Procurement Process Manager
Job Title: Procurement Process Manager Accountabilities: • The job-holder acts as Process Owner Delegate deputy for one Engage Supplier process and supports the Process Owner Delegate and the Process Owner in the process management scope • The job-holder supports PYY and PYYP on Communication activities (eg. update of the HUB community pages) Main activities: As Process Owner Delegate deputy, the Job holder is responsible to support the process owner delegate or the process owner for the following activities: • Process definition: organization of workshops, activities description, gathering feedback from operational representatives. • Planning and running of Process Management Team (PMT) meetings: action follow up, documentation updates, risk mitigation plan, process deployment and operation status, performance review, best practice sharing, improvement plan) • Monitoring of Process performance (through process effectiveness, efficiency and adherence KPIs) • Contribution to and validation of training materials in liaison with Procurement Academy • Deliver awareness session • Contribution to closure of external and internal audit findings • Process deployment follow up in liaison with Process Operational Managers • Maintaining process Maturity level • Defining process risks and follow up of related actions • Managing interfaces with other processes/domains • Supporting the documentation rationalization and harmonization • Ensuring with the support of the accountable PQM's that the Procurement process complies with applicable requirements The jobholder is responsible for the PYYP Communication activities and to support PYY communication activities as follows: • Analyse & communicate PYY & PYYP Customer Survey results, issue summary report & follow-up any actions • Promotion of the PYY and PYYP image, templates and email signature rules • Review and cascade local communication material to PYY employees in the UK • Update and maintain the Procurement Processes HUB community pages • Promote HUB usage within PYYP Work in a trans-national and trans-divisional team, supporting process and procedural harmonization and simplification through all Procurement Commodities, Divisions and sites. Outputs: The jobholder will ensure that the Engage Suppliers process he/she is supporting is compliant and continuously improved in line with business needs. The jobholder will contribute to the deployment of process Management within the Procurement organization. The jobholder will ensure that PYYP Communication is shared with the Business partners and support the deployment of the Processes HUB community pages across the business. Analytical skills needed would be G suite and strong Microsoft skills. Soft Skills are just as important to the business and need to be able to demonstrate the below: • The ability to work in a team • Collaboration skills • The ability to work autonomously • Skills to adapt and respect different cultures • Adaptable/flexible • Able to travel occasionally to support business needs • Good communication skills • Fluent in EnglishRead more
- Operational Purchasing Manager
Are you an Operational Purchasing Manager? Are you interested in an exciting role in Dubai with your relocation paid for and a tax-free salary? KDC are working with a global aerospace partner in Dubai that are the main supplier of cutting-edge composite aerostrucutures for Boeing and Airbus. They are looking to bring on an Operational Purchasing Manager to oversee the value stream of their rapidly expanding business. This is an opportunity to progress your career in an exciting expatriate role earning a tax-free salary and benefitting from an inclusive benefits package. If this is something you could get on board with, read on! You'll be working in their state of the art manufacturing facility with more than 700 staff and will be responsible for leadership and key decision-making in your role as the Operational Purchasing Manager. We're looking for Purchasing Managers with at least 5 years of relevant experience and an in-depth knowledge of operational purchasing in a manufacturing environment You'll be: • Overseeing the coordination between the team and their internal customers • Overseeing your team's leveraging of the ERP system • Ensuring that the team is efficiently preparing and placing orders with suppliers so that materials and parts are available in a timely manner • Streamlining processes through automation and catalogue management • Managing suppliers to ensure effective use of the SAP system As well as the opportunity to work in an environment with state of the technologies and facilities, our client is offering a very attractive expatriate salary with inclusive benefits. If you'd like to find out more information about the fantastic opportunity our client can offer you and see how you could be involved, please click apply!Read more
- Project manager
Project Manager based in Seville, Spain, Airbus FAL facilities. He/she will be responsible for managing the Cobham Area in the customer FAL. The role will report directly to the IPT management. Main tasks: - Organize and optimize the reserved area o perform 5S in the area o planning the best way to organize the available space o Planning directly on site with the customer for meeting short, medium and long term needs in term of incoming/outgoing items in/out the area - Consumable and Spare stock management o Manage both Airbus and Cobham stocks in place: stock levels, replacements etc. o Constantly in collaboration with the customer, at Program Mgt. level, participating to shop floor panels, meetings etc. for implementing plans based on customer needs. o Reporting customer needs on regular basis internally in Cobham to the IPT. - Management of the entire logistical flow including ordering, dispatch, pick up and expedition of the damaged parts. - Tooling management: o Coordinate the assignment of tooling and AGEs to FAL and FTC (Flight Test Centre), taking responsibility for the shipping and return of the means. o Maintenance of tooling in good state for the use in the FTC and FAL. Secure calibration, labelling and availability for interventions, including looking for alternative solutions in case of clash. o Local endorsement, correction of quality issue or working party: release COC post intervention and issue any copy of quality documentation as COC, log Cards or Yellow Tag having access to Cobham's Quality System from Seville. - Candidate profile: o Spanish national (preferred) o Fluent in English o Aerospace background o Permanent full time equivalent (FTE) - Timescale: o Initial 3 year support period with a possible extension for a further 3 years. - Travel & Subsistence: o Cost for candidate to come to Wimborne for 1 week for induction training. o Annual cost for candidate to come to Wimborne each year for 1 week for training. - Project manager cover: o Cost for additional cover for when PM is away training or annual leave.Read more
- Power Systems Expert
Are you a Power Systems Expert with the ambition to redefine the urban landscape of tomorrow? Are you looking for a new opportunity that will truly challenge you? KDC is working with a futuristic technology company that has assembled a team of world class engineers working within hardware and software development to tackle the most complex and demanding problems facing urban mobility. They have successfully developed a range of capabilities and technologies that will shape the cities of tomorrow and are developing a fully electric VTOL aircraft. They have built state of the art R&D, and testing facilities and completed a successful test flight last year. Our client is currently looking for a Power Systems Expert to focus on the development, integration and certification of bespoke electrical power equipment and we'd be interested to speak with you regardless of industry background. Responsibilities will include: • Electrical System architecture design • Integrating electrical systems • Compliance definition • Certification activities Candidates will be will have the freedom to pursue the development of this aircraft with of state-of-the-art technologies that push the boundaries of what is possible today. Our client offers a career where you'll have the chance to work with the most advanced technologies available, as well as the opportunity to progress within a highly ambitious business where the mission is to take on the future's most complex engineering challenges. Want to find out how you could be involved? Click apply for more details.Read more
- Project Manager
Are you a Project Manager? Are you interested in a working for a well-established global company? If so, we may have the right opportunity for you! Our client based in Stevenage are looking for a Project Manager to join their team on a contract basis. The role is to manage a multi-functional team (including Engineering, Procurement, Production and PA functions) to develop and produce electronic equipment for satellite applications. The primary role of this position is to ensure that the customer requirements flown down via a work order or contract are delivered On Quality, On Time and On Cost. As such you will be the primary interface to the customer ensuring that deliverables are produced in-line with the project schedule and relevant gate/quality reviews and customer reviews. Daily Duties: ·Be the point of contact for customers, proposals and/or projects ·Ensure proposals are bid in line with product strategy ·Deliver programmes on time, on quality and in costs ·Provide inputs to the monthly review, business review and other relevant reviews ·Ensure programmes effectively focus on mitigation of risk to result in successful completion ·Drives the project from proposal to delivery ·Lead and facilitate multi-functional core team ·Set team/individual project objectives ·Develop relationships with external suppliers ·Ensure that proposals are supported and that lessons learnt are incorporated to allow cost models and reductions are continuous Successful candidates should require the following experience: ·Proven track record of delivering complex proposals under short timescales and delivering complex and challenging projects ·Strong interpersonal and leadership skills in communication, delegation and motivation ·An in depth knowledge of managing projects and people both locally and remotely HND/Degree in Electronic Engineering or other relevant engineering subjects For more information please call Adam on 01202 596371.Read more
- Commodity Manager
KDC Resource are working with a leading organisation in the Defence and Space Industry who are seeking a Commodity Manager to join their site in Stevenage! Contract length 1 year The Role As a Commodity Manager, you are a vital part in the procurement and supply chain community. You are in charge of securing supplier lines, to deliver value for money and to develop structured relationships with key suppliers. The main responsibility is to develop and execute a strategy for your commodity which includes supplier evaluation, supplier financial analysis, risk management, make or buy analyses, negotiations and long-term contract establishment with suppliers. You will develop a solid working knowledge of certain commodity trends including: cost drivers, global pricing, market and industry trends and material lead times to maintain availability of cost-effective supplies of materials, equipment and services. Commodity management requires a strategic and robust plan to ensure that both value and risk is managed correctly, and innovation is encouraged. The role of a commodity manager is very complex and it has to be undertaken by someone who is capable of understanding markets, the supply chain and how the business works. You will work with Multifunctional Teams - MFT (with members from different functions like e.g. Engineering, Finance, PMO, Quality etc.) to secure the successful management of your Commodity. Your commodity will be Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Services procurement. You will work with established worldwide operating providers such as Iberia, Sabena Technics, FlyBe, Air Nostrum and as well with local champions that need to be industrially developed. You will not only work with Airbus' own a/c portfolio (A400M, MRTT, C295 etc.) but also with a/c from other manufacturers. With your work, you will contribute to the expansion of our successful military a/c fleet and related services, which is a vital part of Airbus Defence and Space growth strategy. Tasks and Responsibilities: ·Establish, implement & monitor a Commodity strategy for your perimeter ·Manage supplier relationships ·Lead the (Sub-) Commodity Multi-Functional Team ·Lead the bid, tender and supplier selection process ·Lead and contribute to Procurement/ Value Creation projects & initiatives that aim at delivering synergies and savings ·Lead negotiations with supplier to assure program expectations are meet ·Set-up and negotiate contractual agreements with suppliers ·Lead Supplier Evaluation Development (SED) and Vendor Management, and define action plans to develop strategic suppliers Requirements: ·Degree in Engineering, Business Management or equivalent ·Proven experience in activities which have allowed you to acquire sound skills and knowledge of: Procurement, Engineering, Services, Project Management ·Excellent negotiation skills and the ability to persuade, influence and convince ·Experience of working in a matrix environment with proven record of successful stakeholder management ·Able to anticipate, assess and mitigate risks ·Excellent skills in relationship building, team building, empowering, motivating others and conflict management ·Negotiation level of English ·Knowledge of SAP would be an assetRead more
- Project Manager
Are you an experienced Project Manager looking for your next opportunity? Do you have a background in aerospace or satellite applications? If so, we may have the right opportunity for you! Our global client based in the Portsmouth area is looking for a Project Manager to join their team on a contract basis. The role is to manage a multi-functional team (including Engineering, Procurement, Production and PA functions) to develop and produce electronic equipment for satellite applications. The primary role of this position is to ensure that the customer requirements flown down via a work order or contract are delivered on Quality, on Time and on Cost. As such you will be the primary interface to the customer ensuring that deliverables are produced in-line with the project schedule and relevant gate/quality reviews and customer reviews. Day to day duties will involve: ·Be the point of contact for customers, proposals and/or projects ·Ensure proposals are bid in line with product strategy. ·Deliver programmes on time, on quality and in costs ·Provide inputs to the monthly review, business review and other relevant reviews ·Ensure programmes effectively focus on mitigation of risk to result in successful completion ·Drives the project from proposal to delivery ·Lead and facilitate multi-functional core team ·Set team/individual project objectives ·Develop relationships with external suppliers ·Ensure that proposals are supported and that lessons learnt are incorporated to allow cost models and reductions are continuous Ideal candidates should have the following experience: ·Proven track record of delivering complex proposals under short timescales and delivering complex and challenging projects ·Strong interpersonal and leadership skills in communication, delegation and motivation ·An in depth knowledge of managing projects and people both locally and remotely ·HND/Degree in Electronic Engineering or other relevant engineering subjectsRead more
- Operations Manager
KDC Projects are an Aerospace engineering organisation who are seeking an Operations Manager to join their team based in Bristol! This position will offer you a challenging role where you would be rewarded with growth and development, careers progression and intricate projects to keep you continuously motivated. Reporting to the Business Manager, you will play an important role in all day to day operational aspects related to the assigned area. You will have a proven track record of providing leadership and oversight of the provision of engineering service, in line with the agreed strategy. Key Responsibilities ·With the support of Team Leaders and Project Managers deliver all projects in their assigned area to Time, Cost and Quality requirements ·Responsible for all PMO activities (full lifecycle from Bid Management to execution through to project close out and lessons learnt) ·Accountable for the implementation of operational systems, processes, and policies and any subsequent improvements ·Long and short term strategic planning, execution and monitoring ·Active risk management and crisis management ·Resource management ·Ensure IT systems required for service provision are available and suitable ·Account Management responsibilities for allocated Clients ·Collaboration with Business Development Manager on new clients Attributes ·Proven track record of team leadership and Project Management ·Ability to communicate effectively with, and influence, internal and external stakeholders ·Demonstrated experience in risk and dependency management ·Experience of working under pressure/ resilience ·Good organisational skills ·Quick learner and highly self-motivated ·Strong commercial awareness ·Dynamic and innovative ·Analytical and pragmatic Essential ·Experience with Airbus Products ·Aerospace experience Apply now or call Holly Auger on 01202 596374Read more
- Manufacturing Technician
Are you a Manufacturing Technician? Are you interested in a working for a well-established global company? If so, we may have the right opportunity for you! Our client based in Newport are looking for a Manufacturing Technician to join their team and work on their PCB's and electronic technology. Key Responsibilities: ·Survey, test and repair a variety of communication products in accordance with test procedures. ·Maintain and develop product assembly and test capability by identifying potential process improvements and contributing to their implementation. Main Activities: ·To ensure cost, time and quality targets are achieved for allocated tasks. ·Build, survey, test, repair and maintain complex equipment. ·Control the security of these products whilst ensuring records and databases are kept up to date. ·Ensure PCB's are repaired to IPC standards. ·Carry out Manufacturing analysis and formal feedback to design engineering. ·Manage stock of components to support workload. Knowledge and Experience Required: ·Extensive experience of electronic equipment assembly, test diagnosis and repair. ·Must be capable of working on complex prototype, pre-production and production electronic equipment. ·Experience of carrying surface mount repair work to PCB's. ·Have knowledge of the cost of quality and providing value and recommendations to improve the quality of outgoings and products. ·Hands on experience of applicable assembly, test and diagnosis techniques for complex electronic assemblies. ·Knowledge of low volume highly complex communication products. *Please not candidates must have SC clearance.* For more information please call Adam on 01202 596371Read more
- RAMS Engineer
Are you a RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety) Engineer with experience in design and development of advanced electronics equipment in the Aerospace and Defence sector? Do you have Reliability Engineering experience with EEE equipment and subsystems? If you do then this is an exciting opportunity to work with a market leader. As a RAMS Engineer you will: • Provide RAMS support to the payload and equipment RAMS work package responsible engineer. • Prepare, maintain and enhance statistical reliability and availability analyses for telecom satellite payloads and equipment • Prepare and maintain FMEA/FMECA for satellite payload and equipment. • Prepare and maintain safety and hazard analysis for satellite payload and equipment. • Review and oversee that supplier's RAMS documents are received on time and in quality. • Participate in preparation of parts stress and worst case analysis. The successful candidate will have the following Skills/Experience: • RAMS/Reliability Engineering Experience at EEE equipment and subsystems • Experience gained in design and development of advanced electronics equipment, Aerospace and Defence sector • RAMS Reliability Engineering Software package: Relex, Reliasoft, Isograph • Standards/accreditations/methodologies (i.e. ECSS, MIL-HDBK, FIDES, IEC) • Interpersonal skills • Team working skills • Communication skills • Adaptability/Flexibility • Time and Work package Management Education & Training: • Degree/advanced degree or equivalent in field of Electronic Engineering • Professional certification in Reliability Engineering (desirable) Other: • Travel: Must be able to travel within UK and Europe as required by the project and work package • Enhanced security clearance requirementsRead more
- Project Manager
Are you a Project Manager with a strong background in Aerospace? Do you have a knowledge of landing gear systems? If so, we may have the right opportunity for you. Our global client based in the Bristol area is looking for an experienced Project Manager to be based at their site in Bristol. The main activities of this role will include: • Ensuring the daily application of processes and procedures such as defining, deploying and managing the; oProject Plan oSchedule plan oRisk register oWork breakdown structures oCommunication plan oGovernance documentation • Supporting the project leader in their accountability to achieve time, cost and performance objectives by; oAnalysing collected KPI data (including technical information) to identify possible baseline deviations as well as project scenarios in order to recommend preventative and corrective action oAgreeing with stakeholders on the goals and objectives of the project oEstablishing, maintaining and integrating project plans that are deliverable focused oIdentifying and organising the closure of different phases of the project to facilitate transfer of project results, status and outstanding actions oFacilitating all PM reviews and driving them to deliver results in support of the PM reviews • Monitoring the status on planning, resource management and risk management Ideal candidates should have the following experience: • Broad knowledge of project management principles e.g. project structure, methods of maintaining and reporting • Recognised project management qualification • Knowledge of aircraft systems would be highly advantageous Please note, candidates must be eligible to work in the EU. For more information please call 01202596370Read more
- Quality Inspector
Looking for a change or progression in your career? Are you a skilled Senior Quality Control Inspector? A global company is seeking a Senior Quality Control Inspector to come on board their team. This company specializes in the most advanced composite and metallic solutions for the aerospace and defence industry. The skilled workforce and extensive manufacturing capabilities of the company allow it to provide complete customer satisfaction with their superior quality and attention to detail. The role and responsibilities: • Resource, delegate and fulfil the day to day work activity of the QC team • Ensuring at all times that test equipment and test procedures are used within the agreed safety procedure/guidelines • Raising of 5 why and 8 D documentation and supporting the rest of the team in this activity • Completion of Quality Reports • FAIR • God Inwards Inspection • KPI and QC Performance reporting The following key skills are desired for this job: • Experience in the Aerospace Industry • Recognised qualifications in Manufacturing and Quality Management Systems • Knowledge of requirements found in SABRe (Rolls Royce) an advantage • A full understanding of Non- Conformance Reporting and experience of review, investigation and resolution of manufacturing non-conformances. • Experience with composites is also desired For more information click apply!!Read more
Britain is famous worldwide for quality engineers. We're proud to play our part by matching talented engineers of all disciplines with leading aerospace and defence companies.View jobs
The staff that ensures orders get fulfilled on time and on budget, supply chains function efficiently and new business gets won. Project profesionals, procurement staff and business development support are crucial to any aerospace and defence organisation.View jobs
Manufacturing and Production
The reputation for quality products is a key component of UK industry. KDC Resource aims to maintain this well-deserved perception by matching the best manufacturing and production staff with the cream of UK business.View jobs
Protecting our infrasctucture is more critical today than it has ever been. Cyberattacks are on the rise. Rumours of election interference are rife and individuals have the newfound ability to cripple a company, an army or the infrastructure of a nation without firing a shot. It is now more important than ever to make sure that stakeholders have state of the art cybersecurity at the heart of what they do. KDC Resource play our part by matching cybersecurity talent with those looking to protect themselves against 21st century threats.View jobs
What people are saying
What we do
We help organisations hire talent and get back to what they do best - engineering.
KDC Resource matches the very best engineers and support professionals with the cream of European aerospace and defence companies. We’re trusted by our talent pool of over 150,000 candidates to manage and fulfil their career aspirations.
We’re accredited by the REC, AUG and certified to BS EN ISO 9001 standard to make sure both clients and candidates get the best possible recruitment experience.Read more
Soon, You Might Never Have To Drive Ever Again
We are quickly approaching an age of technology which will change everyday life as we know it. In our lifetime, we will witness the introduction of Artificial Intelligence, self-driving cars and even flying cars. In this article, I want to focus on self-driving cars – What technology is available today? When could we see a full transition happen? And what are the implications of such a technology? First of all, let’s cover off what a self-driving car actually is. My definition of a self-driving car in this article is at least SAE Level 4, where (also referred to as an autonomous car, driver-less car or robot car) a car which can drive completely autonomously without any need for human interaction, at least within a sizeable geographic area. Of course, it must do this safely whilst adhering to traffic laws, but the key benefit (although potentially bad for jobs) is the fact you don’t need a human. If you want to see more on SAE levels – have a look at this article. What is available today? Believe it or not, self-driving cars are already operating in city environments. The leader in this space is Google. Google’s driver-less technology initially started as a secret project within Google X, which is their R&D function, but successfully graduated into its own standalone company. You may know about this project already - it goes by the name of Waymo which is already active in Phoenix, Arizona. Their services run 24hrs a day, 7 days a week through a mobile application called ‘Waymo One’. It runs on a similar business model to that of Uber; the customer can use the app to set a pickup and drop-off location and then can catch a ride to their destination. As you would expect, before they were able to release this service to the public, there was a massive amount of research, development, verification and validation as well as endless miles of test driving. The Waymo technology relies on Lidar and strong pre-mapping, which seems to be the fastest way to commercialisation over other approaches like computer vision-first. Waymo actually completed over 10 million miles of practice driving on real roads and over a billion simulated miles before releasing their vehicles as a service that people can pay for to use. To put that into perspective, that’s enough practice driving to get to the moon and back … 42 times. Outside of Google there are countless start-up companies worldwide who are developing software and hardware to enable self-driving cars. The most popular companies among these start-ups are Voyage, Cruise, Argo and Aurora. I won’t go into each business model and exact tech stack but feel free to look them up. When could we see a full transition happen? Let’s start by looking back on the development of the car and how it replaced horses and horse drawn carriages. The easiest and most common example of this is New York, which has been a haven for trade for hundreds of years which had very few cars in 1900. Motor vehicle technology quickly became popular as it was much faster and required a lot less maintenance than the horse and carriage alternative. There were also cultural implications as well similar to today around having the latest and best technology. On top of that you can keep your motor vehicle at home without the need to feed it and clean up its excrement. Fast forward 13 years and things were very different. Motor cars had completely taken over in this 13 year period and there was not a horse-drawn carriage in sight. This is one case study which shows how fast emerging and disruptive technology can flood a market and change travel and society as we know it. But will we see a similar effect when it comes to self-driving cars? The honest answer is that we don’t really know. There are so many ramifications of this technology and until it is implemented into large populated cities successfully, I don’t think we can accurately guess. Why is the next step self-driving cars? What will it solve? It will help to solve car crashes, traffic fatalities and serious injuries caused on our roads. As it stands, about 1,250,000 people die in road accidents every year. That’s about 3287 people dying every day. But that’s just one part of the problem, on top of this about 40,000,000 people are seriously injured/disabled. It is a slight exaggeration to say that self-driving cars will solve this issue in its entirety, but it will certainly drastically reduce these problems. For one, driver-less technology cannot correct the mistakes of other road users like pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. Moreover, human error is not the only cause of traffic accidents. Even if self-driving cars were to drastically reduce the amount of crashes worldwide, let’s say by 80%, I am sure we would see the remaining 20% in the form of lawsuits against the self-driving car companies. So there is a lot more to figure out to make this a sustainable business model.
Hybrid Air Vehicles Scores Production Approval
Hybrid Air Vehicles’ Airlander 10, the world’s longest aircraft, is ready to go into full production following the award of Production Organisation Approval (POA) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The milestone follows hot on the heels of October 2018’s award of Design Organisation Approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This puts HAV in a “strong position to launch production” and the company has earmarked the early 2020s for a maiden flight of the production aircraft. A POA assesses the manufacture and assembly elements of aircraft production, which covers supply chain management, manufacturing and assembly processes as well as analysing the production facility itself. The POA coupled with the DOA puts the company on a path towards type certification with the production Airlander 10. "Successfully being awarded our POA in the same year as our DOA is fantastic," said Executive Director Nick Allman. "The POA is the regulator’s stamp of approval for us to move ahead with the productionisation of Airlander 10 on the path to type certification. This puts us in a great position going into 2019." Following the certifications, the prototype Airlander 10 that has been used to test and prove the Airlander concept has now been retired.
Boeing Smashes New Aircraft Delivery Record
Boeing had a record-breaking 2018 after delivering 806 aircraft, far in excess of 2017’s previous record annual performance of 763. Even as Boeing delivered more aircraft to customers, its order backlog continues to grow with net orders now totalling 893, valued by the company at $143.7bn. This has increased the company’s order backlog to seven years worth of production. The aerospace giant increased production of the 737 model in mid-2018 to 52 aeroplanes per month. Almost 50% of 2018’s 737 deliveries were for the fuel-efficient and longer-range MAX models, which included the first group of MAX 9 planes. In addition, production of the 787 Dreamliner achieved the highest ever rate for twin-aisle planes and managed 145 deliveries in 2018. Completing the delivery numbers, the 777, 767 and 747-8 models brought the total to 806. Notably, the company is counting ten deliveries of 767-2C aircraft to the US Air Force which form part of the troubled KC-46 tanker program. "Boeing raised the bar again in 2018 thanks to our teammates' incredible focus on meeting customer commitments, and continuously improving quality and productivity," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister. "In a dynamic year, our production discipline and our supplier partners helped us build and deliver more airplanes than ever before to satisfy the strong demand for air travel across the globe."
Are Flying Cars The Future Of Urban Mobility?
Flying Cars have been a farfetched talking point for decades now, but are we finally starting to see a surge in the development of these types of technologies? Countless technology start-ups have been cropping up all over the world with promises to deliver these amazing and seemingly fictional capabilities by as soon as 2022. But even more than this; large investment companies are ploughing money into them to see this technology come to life! They aren’t using the anti-gravity propulsion or teleportation devices that are boasted by sci-fi shows, but they are still developing advanced technology which hasn’t been seen before. So …. What’s the problem? Major cities around the world we are seeing huge amounts of traffic, congestion and pollution, especially around peak times. This is mainly a result of how we have constructed our cities vs. transport systems over time as well as larger populations and the increasing urbanisation of the population. The majority of us live and work in 3D buildings (there are multiple floors piled on top of each other on a small footprint area at ground level). In some extreme cases, such as the Burj Khalifa in the UAE, 12,000 people can occupy the building's 6 million square feet with such a small comparative footprint onto the earth. Even the Burj’s underground parking has the capacity of 3000 vehicles. Imagine the offices inside the Burj Khalifa filled with eager employees Monday to Friday, now imagine everyone arrives and leaves at the same time in a 2D traffic system …. Surely this is madness! This will only create massive amounts of traffic and congestion around the building! Well this is exactly how our cities work at the moment. We didn’t plan it this way, or at least I think we didn’t, but this is what it has come to. Ok, yes, this is an example using the tallest building in the world – but picture London. In London, there are huge 3D buildings on every horizon, and the majority of traffic systems employ a 2D design. Of course, London has an underground subway system which certainly helps relieve city travel congestion, but there’s still an awful lot of traffic, noise and pollution. So now you know the problem, what are the solutions? The one logical solution is to create a 3D traffic system to support our 3D cities. And I believe that the most promising route is to look to the skies. Enter Air Taxis Air taxis are small vehicles, designed to fly from point A to point B in an urban environment. To cover off the basics, eVTOL stands for Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing – powered by batteries and capable of taking off and landing in very small spaces, without the need of even a short runway. VTOL technology has been available for decades - we have seen VTOL aircraft before in the Harrier Jump Jet and the newer F-35B, but applying electric technology to this concept changes the game. Electric flight is perfect for urban environments. There are no emissions. They are less noisy and it has finally become possible to power aircraft with batteries. There are however, still improvements to be made as detailed below. In my opinion, there are a few key factors which will contribute to the success of eVTOL on a global commercial scale. I have listed these below: 1) Noise pollution – these eVTOL vehicles will need to be quiet if we want to see lots of them transporting people around our cities. However, as there is a huge amount of airflow required to lift a passenger vehicle there will need to be some very clever engineering required to contain the noise these vehicles will produce 2) Certification – EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) are in talks at the moment to design airworthiness standards which will enable the certification of small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. It will be interesting to find out the battery requirements and safety systems needed to get them in the air. 3) Infrastructure – How are these vehicles going to be accessed and utilised? Will we see futuristic bus stations for eVTOL vehicles or will we be able to request a ride using our mobile similar to Uber’s model? 4) Customer confidence – An eVTOL aircraft, would you trust it enough to get in and fly about London? NVH Engineering (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) will need to be at the focal point when designing an eVTOL aircraft. It will need to be comfortable, quiet, stable and an overall enjoyable experience to appeal to the masses 5) Battery Technology – It’s safe to say, Lithium Ion batteries have come a long way in the last decade or so. The density and performance of Lithium Ion batteries have been drastically improved, as well as the charging speed. But for these eVTOL vehicles to fly a reasonable distance and have enough reserve power to meet safety standards – there’s still significant work to be done. The eVTOL industry is predicted to grow exponentially over the coming years as more and more technology companies release their version to market. By 2035 the market is expected to be worth around $32,000,000,000 with some companies boasting their technology to be ready by 2022. Since I started working with some of the world’s leading eVTOL and Urban Mobility companies back in November 2017, I have already seen some huge milestones met and massive technology advancements which will surely change Urban Mobility as we know it. Hopefully this article triggers some talking points around eVTOL and if or when it will change the shape of our cities. I would be very interested to know your thoughts, feel free to leave a comment or get in touch! Form ID:3935