U.N. aviation agency to call for global drone registry

jueves, 21 de septiembre de 2017



The United Nations’ aviation agency is backing the creation of a single global drone registry, as part of broader efforts to come up with common rules for flying and tracking unmanned aircraft.

While the International Civil Aviation Organization cannot impose regulations on countries, ICAO has proposed formation of the registry during a Montreal symposium this month to make data accessible in real time, said Stephen Creamer, director of ICAO’s air navigation bureau

continue reading http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49193&catid=74&Itemid=30

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New TSA boss says better screening process, tech to speed up airport security lines



“Every time I visit a checkpoint, I learn a little bit more about what the processes are that we use,” said Pekoske, whose background includes a long career at the Coast Guard that culminated in him serving as the organization’s second-in-command. “It’s really an opportunity for me as the new guy to introduce myself ... and talk to them about the priorities I have for the TSA.” https://www.dallasnews.com/business/dfw-airport/2017/09/20/new-tsa-boss-says-better-screening-process-tech-speed-airport-security-lines

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Boeing, Japan Airlines Announce Order for Four 787-8 Dreamliners



SEATTLE, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Japan Airlines (JAL) announced an order today for four 787-8 Dreamliners. The order, which was previously listed on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, attributed to an unidentified customer, is valued at more than $900 million at current list prices and will expand JAL's Dreamliner fleet to 49 airplanes.

"This order for additional 787 Dreamliners, is a key part of our strategy as we look to bolster our existing route network and strengthen our position ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo," said Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines. "The superior noise performance of the 787 will play a critical role in meeting our commitment for quieter operations within our domestic network going forward."

Japan Airlines currently operates the second largest 787 Dreamliner fleet in the world, with 34 airplanes. The carrier is expected to receive its 35th Dreamliner, a 787-9 later this week. With this new order, Japan Airlines' 787 fleet include 29 787-8s and 20 787-9 airplanes.

"We are honored to partner with Japan Airlines once again as they further expand their world-class fleet with additional 787 Dreamliners," said Kevin McAllister, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "JAL has been able to successfully grow its business over the years, while generating healthy profits due to the efficiency and reliability of their 787 fleet."

Japan Airlines became the first airline in the world to take delivery of a 787 powered by fuel-efficient General Electric GEnx engines in 2012. In addition, JAL was one of the first airlines to launch new routes with the 787, as it launched its Boston and San Diego routes with the Dreamliner that same year.

The 787 Dreamliner family is being operated on more than 530 routes, with 150 brand new nonstop routes planned or in service since the airplane began commercial service in 2011. To date, 69 customers worldwide have placed orders for 1,278 airplanes, making the 787 Dreamliner the fastest selling twin-aisle airplane in Boeing history.

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Pilatus PC-6 Production To End In 2019


Pilatus is ceasing production of its PC-6 Porter multirole aircraft, which has been produced without interruption since 1959. Production will end in early 2019.
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Singapore Airlines Returns to Ultra-Long-Haul Flying. Ready?



Singapore Airlines’ ultra-long-haul route from Newark to Singapore — discontinued a few years ago — was truly a legendary flight. On the wings of an Airbus A340-500, it clocked in just shy of 19 hours westbound, making it the longest regularly scheduled flight in the world. But when fuel prices rose, Singapore Airlines was forced to get rid of the inefficient A340-500s, and the ultra-long routes with them... continue reading http://www.airlinereporter.com/2017/09/singapore-airlines-returns-ultra-long-haul-flying/

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​Gripen Aggressor enters the fray in US red air competition [feedly]

​Gripen Aggressor enters the fray in US red air competition
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/gripen-aggressor-enters-the-fray-in-us-red-air-comp-441330/

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[biggest aircraft] Stratolaunch Aircraft complets First Phase of Engine Testing







The Stratolaunch team is proud to announce that our aircraft is one step closer to providing convenient, reliable, and routine access to low Earth orbit.

We hit another important milestone this week by completing the first phase of engine testing. For the first time we started the aircraft’s six Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines.

Engine testing was conducted with a build-up approach and consisted of three phases. First as a ‘dry motor,’ where we used an auxiliary power unit to charge the engine. Next, as a ‘wet motor,’ where we introduced fuel. Finally, each engine was started one at a time and allowed to idle. In these initial tests, each of the six engines operated as expected.


It has been a busy, exciting, and productive several months since the aircraft left the hangar for the first time and began ground and flight line testing.


The team completed fuel testing, testing all six fuel tanks to ensure proper operations. Each of the six fuel tanks were filled independently to ensure proper operations of fuel mechanisms and to validate the tanks were properly sealed.

In addition to fuel testing, we began testing the flight control system. So far we have exercised the full limits of motion and rate of deflection of control surfaces on the wing and stabilizers.

Building up to this week’s engine tests, prerequisite testing of the electrical, pneumatic, and fire detection systems were completed successfully.

Over the next few months, we will continue to test the aircraft’s engines at higher power levels and varying configurations, culminating to the start of taxi tests.

As we work toward that milestone, we look forward to sharing additional details on the aircraft’s journey.

 press release

Text and image credits: Strato Launch press release

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Sierra Nevada Corp. tapped for JCREW services | ATAC hoards Mirage F1s for USAF adversary tender | KC-46 schedule likely to slide, says Air Force [feedly]

Sierra Nevada Corp. tapped for JCREW services | ATAC hoards Mirage F1s for USAF adversary tender | KC-46 schedule likely to slide, says Air Force
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/sierra-nevada-corp-tapped-for-jcrew-services-atac-hoards-mirage-f1s-for-usaf-adversary-tender-kc-46-schedule-likely-to-slide-says-air-force-037956/

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Elixir two-seat piston-single takes flight

miércoles, 20 de septiembre de 2017





French start-up Elixir Aircraft flew its two-seat Elixir piston-single for the first time on 31 August, and says the carbonfibre aircraft is on track to secure European certification in mid-2018.
Continue reading: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/elixir-two-seat-piston-single-takes-flight-441308/

Company web: http://elixir-aircraft.com/en/

First flight video: https://youtu.be/WBKaOdDatWk
  • Empty weight : 265kg
  • Payload : 280kg
  • Rate of climb : 8.1 m/s (1580 ft/min)
  • Take off : 150m-300m (15m)
  • Landing : 125m-425m (15m)
  • Speed : FL0 = 153 kts
  • FL110 = 170(+)-144 kts ( ROTAX 915iS -912iS)
  • Fuel capacity : 110L (max 200L)
  • Consumption : 14L/h (912iS, 65%)
  • Endurance : >7h (912iS, 65%)
  • Range : >1000 Nm (912iS, 65%)

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Nanosat fleet proposed for voyage to 300 asteroids



European Planetary Science Congress 2017 Press Notice
Tuesday, 19th September
Nanosat fleet proposed for voyage to 300 asteroids

A fleet of tiny spacecraft could visit over 300 asteroids in just over three years, according to a mission study led by the Finnish Meteorological Institute. The Asteroid Touring Nanosat Fleet concept comprises 50 spacecraft propelled by innovative electric solar wind sails (E-sails) and equipped with instruments to take images and collect spectroscopic data on the composition of the asteroids. Each nanosat would visit six or seven asteroids before returning to Earth to deliver the data. The concept will be presented by Dr Pekka Janhunen at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2017 in Riga on Tuesday 19th September.

“Asteroids are very diverse and, to date, we’ve only seen a small number at close range. To understand them better, we need to study a large number in situ. The only way to do this affordably is by using small spacecraft,” says Janhunen.

In the mission scenario, the nanosats flyby their target asteroids at a range of around 1000 kilometres. Each nanosat carries a 4-centimetre telescope capable of imaging the surface of asteroids with a resolution of 100 metres or better. An infrared spectrometer analyses spectral signatures in light reflected or emitted by the asteroid to determine its mineralogy. The instruments can be pointed at the target using two internal reaction wheels inside the nanosats.

“The nanosats could gather a great deal of information about the asteroids they encounter during their tour, including the overall size and shape, whether there are craters on the surface or dust, whether there are any moons, and whether the asteroids are primitive bodies or a rubble pile. They would also gather data on the chemical composition of surface features, such as whether the spectral signature of water is present,” says Janhunen.

E-sails make use of the solar wind – a stream of electrically charged particles emitted from the Sun – to generate efficient propulsion without need for propellant. Thrust is generated by the slow rotation of a tether, attached at one end to a main spacecraft carrying an electron emitter and a high-voltage source and at the other to a small remote unit. The spinning tether completes a rotation in about 50 minutes, tracing out a broad, shallow cone around a centre of mass close to the main spacecraft. By altering its orientation in relation to the solar wind, the nanosat can change thrust and direction.

The thrust generated by E-sails is small; a 5 kilogramme spacecraft with a 20-kilometre tether would give an acceleration of 1 millimetre per second at the distance of the Earth from the Sun. However, calculations show that, on top of the initial boost from launch, this is enough for the spacecraft to complete a tour through the asteroid belt and back to Earth in 3.2 years. Nanosatellites do not have the capacity for a large antenna, so the concept includes a final flyby of Earth to download the data. The overall mission would cost around 60 million Euros, including launch, giving a cost of about 200,000 Euros for each asteroid visited.

“The cost of a conventional, state-of-the-art mission to visit this number of asteroids could run into billions. This mission architecture, using a fleet of nanosats and innovative propulsion, would reduce the cost to just a few hundred thousand Euros per asteroid. Yet the value of the science gathered would be immense,” says Janhunen.

EPSC 2017 abstract: http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EPSC2017/EPSC2017-215-1.pdf

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Hypersonic flight: Threat or opportunity?



If there's one word that keeps military planners from sleeping at night, it's "hypersonic." The ability to fly at more than five times the speed of sound holds the promise of getting to the antipodes in less time than it takes to drive across town. However, it also makes possible deadly weapons that can penetrate any defenses currently available while delivering the destructive force of a tactical nuclear weapon. So what is hypersonic flight and is its development an opportunity or a threat? Continue reading... http://newatlas.com/hypersonic-flight/50801/

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Airbus sees market for 60-100 A380s in China

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/airbus-sees-market-for-60-100-a380s-in-china-441287/

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Textron unit acquires 63 Mirage F1s as aggressors

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/textron-unit-acquires-63-mirage-f1s-441254/

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Defense contractor Northrop Grumman to acquire Orbital ATK for $7.8 billion

https://www.space.com/38177-northrop-grumman-acquires-orbital-atk.html


https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2017/09/19/northrop-orbital-deal-hailed-by-analysts-as-a-race.html

https://washingtontechnology.com/articles/2017/09/19/northrop-services-orbital.aspx


https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/09/18/northrop-grumman-orbital-atk-acquisition/676197001/

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DARPA’s Autonomous System Can Fly and Land a Helicopter with Just a Tablet



U.S. Department of Defense research arm DARPA has been working on a program in tandem with Lockheed Martin company Sikorsky for an autonomous flight kit designed to improve automated aircraft performance. Watch how it works here.https://futurism.com/darpas-autonomous-system-can-fly-and-land-a-helicopter-with-just-a-tablet/

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Russia's advanced Sukhoi Su-35S fighter put into operation More: http://tass.com/defense/966319

http://tass.com/defense/966319

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MC-21: a future plane or an airplane without a future?

Google translatation from Russian to English



Related: Competitor MS-21: Comac C919 returns to the sky
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Le chinois Comac annonce 130 nouvelles commandes pour son C919

https://investir.lesechos.fr/actions/actualites/le-chinois-comac-annonce-130-nouvelles-commandes-pour-son-c919-1706221.php

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Flight cancellations could cost Ryanair €25 million

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/flight-cancellations-could-cost-ryanair-25-million-441242/

Low-cost carrier Ryanair estimates its move to cancel around 50 flights a day over the next six weeks

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Irkut Corporation starts the second stage of MC-21 flight tests



On September 13, the second stage of MC-21-300 in-plant development tests program has begun. The modified airplane systems worked without complaint during the flight. The flight lasted about 2 hours.



In the course of preparations for the second stage of MC-21-300 tests strain gauges have been mounted on the aircraft. They allow to accurately measure loads on the structure. Also by the results of the first flight test stage the software has been corrected.



The main goal of this stage of testing is to extend the range of flights by mass, centering, speed and altitude.

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Airbus encourages Northern Ireland’s SMEs to look to Space for new business opportunities



Guildford, 18 September 2017 – Airbus Defence and Space in partnership with Digital Catapult NI, Invest Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Space Office launches a new space challenge to encourage Northern Ireland small and medium-sized enterprises and research institutions to generate new business opportunities using satellite imagery. The development of these new applications can range e.g. from fishing and farming to urban planning and traffic management, and should contribute to a sustainable society. The winner will be allowed to secure satellite imagery worth €20,000 from Airbus-owned or operated Earth observation satellite systems.

This initiative aligns to the Northern Ireland Space Sector Strategy, launched in October 2016 which set a vision to develop Northern Ireland as a globally recognised region for space sector innovation and creativity. Thus it perfectly fits with the Airbus’ strategy to extend its digital ecosystem through programs like the “Global Earth Observation Challenge” launched in May 2017.

“As leading Space Company, we have an essential role to play in the promotion of satellite benefits to non-space communities to highlight how we can provide support to current societal challenges and uncover viable business opportunities for SMEs” said François Lombard, Head of the Intelligence Business Cluster at Airbus Defence and Space.

Welcoming the initiative, Bill Montgomery, Invest NI’s Director of Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering said: “Airbus’ space challenge offers many different types of business the opportunity to scope out growth areas for their business using data from satellites. The UK Space Agency projects the global space related market to be worth €440bn by 2030 and Invest NI is working to help ensure Northern Ireland companies, academia and those with related interests in the Space Sector share in the growth opportunities.”

http://sandbox.intelligence-airbusds.com/web/northern-ireland-challenge/

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, and is one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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Transport Canada proposes UAV regulatory overhaul - key amendments and expected impact: are you ready?



Many drones are more accessible than ever; they are relatively inexpensive, require little or no assembly, and are relatively easy to fly. This makes drones an attractive option for many businesses and industries. However, the dramatic increase in users who lack familiarity with the rules and regulations surrounding the safe operation of and permitted use of drones has led to numerous drone-related incidents. This has caught the attention of Transport Canada. Continue reading https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=4a544ea5-4bcd-40e3-b404-a8aae5c601b7

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Canada, Kongsberg to develop drone emergency management system

http://www.uasmagazine.com/articles/1753/canada-kongsberg-to-develop-drone-emergency-management-system

“Securing and managing the airspace around disaster scenes or at big public events is becoming a real concern for all levels of government,” said Paige Cutland, IRIS program director for Kongsberg Geospatial. “Even if a drone operator isn’t acting with malicious intent, they have the potential to cause considerable harm if, for example, they fly into the path of an air ambulance. We need effective tools to help prevent this while also allowing legitimate UAV operations to be safely integrated into the emergency airspace. ”

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