Front cover The publishers would like to thank PARC, Siemens PLM Software and TS-Space Systems, for the use of their images on the front cover of Aerospace Test & Validation.

3 Matrix Composites Weigh

In For Future Aviation New range of matrix composite materials is helping aerospace companies push performance boundaries currently limited by material technology.

5 Aerospace & Marine

Materials Test Facility Babcock and the University of Edinburgh are developing a large test cell for accelerated life testing of large composite structures.

6 Digital Monitoring Keeps

the Lines Flowing Factory condition monitoring of material handling systems helps keep the production lines flowing in aerospace and automotive industries.

9 Hydrogen Gives New Lift

to UAVs Hydrogen fuel cell powered commercial UAVs have reached new records in flight time.

10 Airbus Embarks on

Digital Future Airbus has entered a partnership for the digital transformation of its design, development and manufacturing processes to bridge the virtual gaps.

12 A New Standard in

Aviation Emissions The SAE is considering alternative techniques as part of the development of a new standard for measuring aviation emissions.

15 Company guide A three-page guide to Aerospace Test & Validation related supplies.

20 Thrust Maintains

Impact 20 Years On The car that brought aviation technology to ground level to break the land speed record continues to receive awards.

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The withdrawal delay of the UK from the EU has been extended to a maximum of 31st October dragging out the suspense for British industry as it remains in a state of abeyance.

period preferred by most states and the shorter, sharper conclusion favoured by France. “Don’t waste this time”, said the EC President, Donald Tusk, expressing a sentiment shared by many, none moreso than the heads of industries that are being crippled by delays in the Brexit process. Being suspended in long periods of indecision results in crucial decisions being delayed and investments being put on the back burner or cancelled. Speaking on Radio 4 earlier this month, the outspoken and forthright head of Siemens in the UK, Jurgen Maier, said that decision makers at his company’s headquarters in Germany are holding back on investments that would otherwise have been made and that he was looking for a way forward to find ways to re-establish the trust necessary to start re-investing. “Brexit is exhausting our business and wrecking the country’s tremendous reputation as an economic powerhouse,” he said.


A NO DEAL ALTERNATIVE The decision to delay the exit to August at least removed the imminent threat of a “no deal” exit on April 12th. Setting a new future end date at least gives Parliament the opportunity to follow Mr Tusk’s advice and come to a swift conclusion on the withdrawal agreement so that there is a framework around which businesses emerge from the stasis of doubt and uncertainty and start planning a future. The alternative is merely delaying the point at which the country

leaves the EU without a deal, an event that would be disastrous for the Aerospace industry, according to a recent report from the IMechE. The report, authored by Dr Arnold Gad-Briggs, says that the UK aerospace industry is facing fierce competition from existing well- renowned global players as well as new entrants into the market with powerful influence from such regions as China. Gad-Briggs says that to maintain its ability to remain competitive in such a challenging environment, the UK’s £35 billion aerospace industry needs to retain and develop its existing strategic partnerships, an expectation that is being stretched to the limit as the political uncertainty continues.

Jonathan Newell, Editor

fter talks amongst the 27 EU member states that dragged into the early hours of the morning the day before the UK was due to depart from the Union, the unanimous decision was reached to delay the departure date to a maximum of 31st October, a compromise between the extended flexible

An Industry in Suspense

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