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Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates covers top industry events to bring you the latest news, highlighting how it impacts Boeing and its competitors.

July 18, 2014 at 11:16 AM

The core of commercial aviation innovation for the next decade: the engine makers

With Airbus and Boeing both determined to pursue “incremental” development of their current airplanes for at least the next decade, the advances from one generation of airplanes to the next depend crucially upon innovation from the big three engine-makers.

The technological leaps we heard about at Farnborough include:

  • Geared fans.
  • Additive manufacturing of intricate fuel nozzles deep in the core of the engine.
  • Ceramic matrix composites used instead of metal inside the hot core, able to withstand higher temperatures.
  • Blades made from woven composites.

I ran out of time today to visit Pratt & Whitney or the main GE stand pavilion today. But I did visit the CFM and Rolls-Royce stands to shoot a few snapshots.

Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000 engine powers Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. A new Trent 7000 variant will power the new Airbus A330neo launched at this Air Show.

Rolls-Royce’s Trent 1000 engine powers Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. A new Trent 7000 variant will power the new Airbus A330neo launched at this Air Show.

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Rolls-Royce’s Trent 1000 engine powers Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. A new Trent 7000 variant will power the new Airbus A330neo launched at this Air Show.

CFM's LEAP engine will power the 787 MAX family, the A320neo and the C919.

CFM’s LEAP engine will power Boeing’s 787 MAX, the Airbus A320neo and the COMAC C919 from China.

CFM's LEAP engine will power Boeing's 787 MAX, the Airbus A320neo and the COMAC C919 from China.

CFM’s LEAP engine will power Boeing’s 787 MAX, the Airbus A320neo and the COMAC C919 from China.

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