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Cessna Skyhawk sees increased demand in China with orders for 52 aircraft

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SHANGHAI (April 17, 2018) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced at ABACE 2018 (Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition) that it has received orders for 52 Cessna Skyhawk aircraft. All deliveries are expected to be completed within 2018.

“China's 13th Five-Year Plan brings out favorable policies to boost general aviation development, leading to unprecedented opportunities in the aviation training market. In China, the aviation market and pilot training are growing quickly and steadily, resulting in greater demand for high-quality training aircraft,” said Kevin Wu, Vice President of International Sales, Greater China and Mongolia. “Among Textron Aviation’s highly-recognized training products, the Cessna Skyhawk is known for its reliability, flexibility and economic efficiency, and it continues to be a leader in pilot training around the world.”

New orders include:
  • Hairuo General Aviation Co., Ltd. ordered 39 Cessna Skyhawk aircraft. “The world-renowned Cessna Skyhawk is the ideal aircraft for pilot training,” said Maosen Chen, President of Hairuo General Aviation Co., Ltd. “Many of these newly purchased Cessna Skyhawks are for firm orders from end-customers ranging from aviation academies, aviation clubs, general aviation operators, newly established general aviation enterprises and flight schools. A few will join our own fleet to meet the growing needs for our aviation training business. Along with Textron Aviation, we are committed to contributing to the development of the general aviation industry in China by improving its training, operations, sales and service system.”
  • Hubei Sky-Blue International Aviation Academy Co., Ltd ordered 13 Cessna Skyhawk aircraft. “Since its establishment in 2007, Hubei Sky- Blue International Aviation Academy Co., Ltd has acquired a fleet of Cessna Skyhawks,” said Song Jin, President of Hubei Sky-Blue International Aviation Academy Co., Ltd. “Authorized by Textron Aviation as a Sales Representative and a Service Facility for piston aircraft in China in 2015, Hubei Sky-Blue International Aviation Academy Co. Ltd. has been constantly developing the flight training market not only to meet the company’s growth but also to support the general aviation industry in China. The company has signed purchase agreements with end-users, and there are solid prospects for the 13 units of Cessna Skyhawk aircraft to be purchased in 2018. In the next five years the company plans to purchase an additional 50 Cessna Skyhawks and some business jets.” 

Both Hairuo General Aviation Co., Ltd. and Hubei Sky-Blue International Aviation Academy Co., Ltd. are authorized sales representatives and authorized service facilities for Cessna piston aircraft in China. Textron Aviation will continue to work with these two companies and other pilot training institutions dedicated to filling the gaps in China’s flight training market and propelling the growth of civil aviation.

About Cessna Skyhawk

The Skyhawk platform is the world standard for pilot training and is renowned for offering the best combination of modern features, including the leading Garmin G1000 NXi avionics system with wireless connectivity, a standard Angle-of-Attack display system and proven dependability. The aircraft’s high-wing design enables superior flying characteristics ideally suited for pilot training. More Skyhawks have been delivered to customers around the world than any other type of aircraft, with more than 44,000 put into service.


US Air Force awards Lockheed Martin $1 billion hypersonic missile contract


Comunicado de Ciudad Real International Airport

El presidente de Ciudad Real International Airport (CRIA), Rafael Gómez Arribas, también ha dado lectura al siguiente comunicado:

Pese al esfuerzo titánico desarrollado durante más de dos años y con una inversión cercana a los 7 millones de euros destinados a depurar jurídicamente los bienes incorporados a la compraventa, restituir las licencias y permisos de navegación, poner a punto la infraestructura y asumir los gastos de conservación y mantenimiento del aeropuerto, CRIA (Ciudad Real International Airport) no ha conseguido reunir los suficientes apoyos financieros para hacerse con el control del Aeropuerto de Ciudad Real. Continuar leyendo


Bye Aerospace announces succesful maiden flight of its electric Sun Flyer 2 aircraft

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Bye Aerospace announced the prototype Sun Flyer 2 aircraft had its first flight April 10.

The prototype aircraft flight test program, which began in late March, is being conducted at Centennial Airport (KAPA), south of Denver, Colorado, and are now progressing to increased speed, altitude and endurance capabilities.

George Bye, Founder and CEO of Bye Aerospace, thanked and congratulated the Bye Aerospace team for the successful transition to the next test phase. “We are excited about the future and the potential the Sun Flyer family of aircraft has to revolutionize general aviation, providing improved affordability and accessibility,” Bye said. “Lower operating costs are key to solving the student pilot drop-out rate, which is curtailing the successful attainment of badly needed airline pilots. The Sun Flyer 2’s $3 hourly operating costs are 10 times lower than traditional piston-engine flight trainers, with no carbon emissions and significantly reduced noise.”

EP Systems provided the energy storage system for the Sun Flyer 2 prototype aircraft being flight tested, including battery modules (packs), battery management unit and power distribution unit. The battery cells are LG Chem “MJ1” lithium-ion battery cells with a 260 Wh/kg energy density. Bye Aerospace will soon announce who its electric motor partner will be for the family of FAA-certified Sun Flyer aircraft.

Charlie Johnson, Bye Aerospace President, said he was extremely pleased to launch the test flight phase for the Sun Flyer 2 program. “We had a fantastic first flight,” he said.

The Sun Flyer family of aircraft, including the Sun Flyer 2 and the 4-seat “Sun Flyer 4,” will be the first FAA-certified, U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplanes to serve the flight training and general aviation markets.

About Bye Aerospace, Inc.

Bye Aerospace is an innovator of sophisticated aerospace technology focused on applying advances in energy and design efficiencies to aerospace applications. The company is developing a family of advanced, high-altitude, long-endurance solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicles called “StratoAirNet.” For more information, go to and


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Airbus investment resets the clock on CSeries

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Device designed to prevent runway excursions

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Kaunsa University of Technology (KTU) Scientists Are Creating Innovative Device Which Can Prevent Aircraft Accident

Team of researchers at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania are designing an innovative device, which will increase aircraft safety during takeoff. During the first 10 seconds of the takeoff roll, the device predicts if the aircraft will reach the sufficient speed for taking off. The idea behind the innovation can be adapted both for small aircraft and large jets.

According to statistics provided by Boeing, but including all airliner accidents, 13% of fatal aircraft accidents occur during takeoff. One of the biggest challenges for the pilot is, when something bad happens during a takeoff roll, to decide whether to continue the takeoff and deal with the problem during the flight, or to stop the aircraft.

Information provided by Eurostat indicates that 85% of all fatal air accidents in 2016 were connected to general aviation aircraft. Experts claim that most general aviation – all civil aviation operations other than scheduled air services – accidents involve some kind of pilot error.

“Where subjectivity is involved, errors are inevitable”, says Dr Darijus Pagodinas, researcher at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Being a pilot himself, he is familiar with official regulations, which indicate what length of runway is needed for an aircraft of certain weight, under certain weather conditions. However, these regulations are useful only when everything goes well: when the engines are working on their full capacity, when there are no unexpected failures, sudden weather changes or other disturbances. When something goes wrong, a pilot might make a mistake in assessing the acceleration of the plane, and fail to understand that the length of the runway is too short for the aircraft to reach the speed needed for safe takeoff.

“If the aircraft’s engine is not working properly, if the cross or back wind component is too big, the air is too humid, the takeoff field is too rough, slippery or wet, the pilot is left to rely on his or her subjective opinion whether the aircraft will reach the required speed for takeoff in the given distance or not”, explains Dr Pagodinas.

That is how the idea to create a device, which would objectively assess the factual acceleration of an aircraft during the start and, coordinating the data of accelerometer with the runway length, would calculate the prospect of safe takeoff, came to life. The device would also inform the pilot if the aircraft couldn’t proceed to safely accelerate.

Together with KTU Professor Vytautas Dumbrava, Dr Pagodinas is designing a device, which during the first 10 seconds of the takeoff roll calculates if the aircraft will reach the required speed under current conditions. According to Dr Pagodinas, in total the takeoff takes up to 40 seconds; if the device predicts failure, the pilot still has time to stop the aircraft.

The portable device created at KTU uses the parameters of the aircraft accelerometers, and the pilot of light or ultralight aircraft has to enter 5 additional parameters: magnetic course of the runway, wind direction and speed, approximate length of the runway, and the takeoff speed (or, in aviation terms, v1 speed). The device is turning acceleration into speed, speed into distance, and while the aircraft is rolling on the runway its location and the possibility to take off is being calculated.

“The innovative meter can be useful for all aircraft, where even small change of direction or speed of wind or other conditions is of critical importance”, says Professor Dumbrava.

According to researchers, although the current autonomic device, which has been prototyped and tested is designed for small private planes, the same idea can be adapted to all aircraft, including large jets flying on commercial routes.

“The system could be easily installed in contemporary passenger aircraft, such as Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and similar. This would not involve any additional sensors, just a special software, which would compare the plane’s factual speed at the start with the defined speed profile, stored in the memory of the aircraft computer. If the real speed profile was not matching the defined one, the system would send an alarm signal”, says Dr Pagodinas.

KTU researchers are hoping to find a company, which would be interested in cooperation to test the software in their flights.

“Our innovation would increase safety of air travelling. Aviation history is recorded in blood as new safety requirements are implemented only after analysing the reasons of fatal accidents. I have had numerous conversations with experienced captains having ten thousand hours of flight experience, and they are convinced that an objective system, which informs about takeoff conditions is needed”, says Dr Pagodinas.

At the moment, the researchers are aiming to obtain a patent for the device and method for defining a safe aircraft runway distance. The initial priority patent application for this invention is submitted to the Lithuanian Patent Office on March 5th, 2018 (Application No. LT2018 509). Commercialisation of the product is facilitated by KTU National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre – one stop shop for knowledge intensive business to contact research.


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[España] UNVEX S&D 2018 hace público su programa de conferencias


  • El ciclo de conferencias sobre RPAS en Defensa y Seguridad más importante de Europa.
  • La cumbre contará con expertos al más alto nivel, nacionales e internacionales.
  • Las ponencias son una de los tres pilares de UNVEX con la exposición y las demostraciones

El programa de conferencias de UNVEX Security & Defense, postulado como el más importante de Europa, ya se ha hecho público en la página web del evento ( La estructura del mismo ha sido desarrollada con el fin de facilitar la asistencia de profesionales y empresas en diferentes jornadas.

Durante los tres días que dura el ciclo de conferencias pasarán por el Palacio de Exposiciones de León 57 ponentes, la mitad de ellos en representación de instituciones y organismos internacionales, entre los que se incluyen la Comisión Europea, diversas agencias europeas relacionadas con la materia, la OTAN y expertos militares de España, Francia, Italia, Reino Unido y Estados Unidos.

El ciclo de conferencias incluye sesiones reservadas a profesionales de Defensa y Seguridad en la mañana, seguidas de demostraciones de sistemas en bases militares próximas a León. Las conferencias de la tarde, abiertas al público, abordan desde desarrollos tecnológicos como el coche autónomo, la gestión del tráfico o la meteorología, hasta asuntos más estratégicos como la repercusión económica e industrial que este nuevo sector trae.

El primer día, el martes 29 de mayo, se orienta principalmente a las aplicaciones en Defensa con una primera sesión que contrastará la opinión de siete altos representantes europeos, seguida por una mesa de especialistas en empleo y doctrina de estos sistemas. Estas sesiones se conforman en formato mesa debate que ayuda a contrastar opiniones.

En este contexto, el segundo día comenzará con una mesa dedicada a uno de los principales retos, la integración de los RPAS en el espacio aéreo. Los especialistas tendrán en las denominadas Salas Temáticas oportunidad de conocer el estado del arte en temas tecnológicos, programas de colaboración multinacional o la formación de operadores y tripulaciones.

Finalmente, la tercera y última jornada del ciclo se dedicará a las aplicaciones en Seguridad y Emergencias, con presencia de todos los actores relevantes, tanto españoles como de otros países europeos, relacionados con la incorporación de esta nueva tecnología en materias tan sensibles como la seguridad ciudadana.

UNVEX S&D 2018, que se celebrará del 29 al 31 de mayo, comprende un ciclo de conferencias al más alto nivel y una exposición donde la industria mostrará las últimas soluciones que se desarrollarán en el nuevo palacio de exposiciones de León, que precisamente ha escogido a UNVEX como evento inaugural. Además de esto, también habrá un programa de demostraciones reales en las bases militares Conde de Gazola y Virgen del Camino, ambas en las proximidades de la capital leonesa.


Iberia atenderá en Madrid al Airbus A380 de Emirates


  • Iberia Airport Services ha cerrado con la aerolínea de Dubai un contrato de “full handling”, que incluye los servicios a clientes, de asistencia al avión y también de manejo de la carga.
  • Emirates ofrece dos frecuencias diarias entre Dubai y Madrid operados con el Airbus A380, que se complementa con un vuelo adicional a la semana de un carguero Boeing B777.
A partir del 23 de mayo Iberia Airport Services atenderá a la compañía Emirates en el aeropuerto de Madrid.

La división de aeropuertos de Iberia ha cerrado un acuerdo con la aerolínea de Dubai para prestarle servicios de handling a los dos vuelos diarios que Emirates ofrece a Madrid y que opera con el Airbus A380. El contrato incluye tanto la atención a clientes –facturación y embarque-, como la asistencia al avión –calzos, carga y descarga de equipajes, tareas de coordinación, push back…- durante toda su escala en la T4 del aeropuerto de Madrid.
Cerca de 800 vuelos anuales
Esta operación supone para Iberia un volumen de más de 700 vuelos anuales, a los que se suma un carguero a la semana que Emirates ofrece con Madrid y que opera con aviones Boeing B777, y a los que Iberia Airport Services también realizará el handling de carga.

Para Ángel Marcos, Director de Servicios Aeroportuarios de Iberia, “el contrato con Emirates supone un reconocimiento a nuestra capacidad para adaptarnos a los requerimientos de servicio de nuestros clientes. Emirates es una compañía que se distingue por su buena atención a los clientes, y que haya elegido a Iberia Airport Services para atenderles en el aeropuerto de Madrid demuestra que confía en nuestra capacidad para hacerlo con los más altos niveles de calidad y eficiencia”.

Más de 91 millones de pasajeros en 2017

Iberia Airport Services es la empresa de handling líder en España, con más de 200 compañías clientes. Presta servicios en 29 aeropuertos y, en 2017, atendió a más de 91 millones de pasajeros y 340.000 aviones. La división de aeropuertos de Iberia está renovando su flota de vehículos y casi un 40% de ellos ya son 100% eléctricos, lo que se traduce en 0 emisiones durante su actividad. Cuenta, además, con la certificación de AENOR para su Sistema Integrado de Calidad y Medio Ambiente, según las normas ISO 9.001 e ISO 14.001, y con el certificado ISAGO en los aeropuertos de Madrid, Mallorca, Málaga, Barcelona, Ibiza y Tenerife Sur, el mayor reconocimiento a la seguridad de las operaciones en tierra que concede IATA.

Las principales fortalezas de Iberia Airport Services son su capacidad para adaptarse a todo tipo de aerolíneas y operaciones; y su cualificación, tanto humana como en cuanto equipos, para la resolución de contingencias.


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