ANALYSIS: Cyber threat to aviation is real – and urgent

lunes, 18 de junio de 2018

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First short take off and landing competition on sand


No runway? No problem! Planes get airborne within the space of a few yards on Belgian beach in world's first short take off and landing competition on sand http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5853965/Belgian-beach-taken-daredevil-pilots-worlds-short-landing-competition.html


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Airbus enters partnership with government of Côte d'Ivoire



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MoU to develop aerospace industry in Côte d'Ivoire

Airbus and the government of Côte d’Ivoire signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a framework of collaboration to support the development of the country’s aerospace industry, which has been identified as strategic for its economic development.

The MoU was signed today by His Excellency Amadou Koné, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and Mikail Houari, President Airbus Africa Middle East in the presence of His Excellency Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, and Guillaume Faury, President Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

Under the terms of the MoU, Airbus and the government of Côte d'Ivoire will explore channels of cooperation in developing the aerospace sector in Côte d'Ivoire in various areas.

“We are confident that this partnership with Airbus will contribute to Côte d’Ivoire’s economic growth as well as support us build a stronger framework for industrial development, creation of jobs and capacity building for our country,” said Duncan. “We are committed to deliver on our vision and make Côte d'Ivoire a hub for aerospace technology in Africa,” he added.

“Collaboration between the public and private sector is essential to facilitate economic and industrial growth,” said Faury. “Through this MoU, we will work closely with Côte d'Ivoire’s government, share expertise, discuss opportunities and support efforts in building a robust and sustainable aerospace sector. At Airbus, we are committed to supporting the sustainable socioeconomic development of Africa through partnerships such as this.”

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Airbus A330neo en route to function & reliability tests



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Flying over European Airbus sites and visiting 15 cities worldwide to test aircraft readiness for airline operations

The A330neo, Airbus’ newest widebody aircraft, has embarked on a worldwide tour to demonstrate its readiness for airline operations. As final step in the aircraft certification phase these function & reliability tests, also known as route proving will include ETOPS missions, landing at diversion airports and testing airport handling services. After a fly past over Airbus’ European sites, the A330neo will head for 15 major airports worldwide over five continents, aiming at achieving 150 Flight Test Hours in three trips.

The route proving tests are performed with the first A330-900 production aircraft, fully equipped with an Airspace by Airbus cabin and flying in launch operator’s Tap Air Portugal colours. The aircraft first flew on 15th May 2018 launching flight-tests to check cabin systems such as air conditioning.

The route proving tests form part of the last trials required for aircraft Type Certification scheduled for summer 2018.

Today two A330-900 flight test aircraft and the TAP customer aircraft are involved in the intensive flight test programme, which will reach 1000 flight hours during the tour of the Airbus plants.

Launched in July 2014, the A330neo family is the new generation A330, comprising two versions: the A330-800 and A330-900 sharing 99% commonality. It builds on the proven economics, versatility and reliability of the A330 family, while reducing fuel consumption by about 25 percent per seat versus previous generation competitors and increasing range by up to 1,500nm compared to the majority of A330s in operation. The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines and features a new wing with increased span and new A350 XWB inspired Sharklets. The cabin provides the comfort of the new "Airspace" amenities.

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Airbus-C Series closing a “positive catalyst,” say analysts [feedly]

Airbus-C Series closing a "positive catalyst," say analysts
https://leehamnews.com/2018/06/13/airbus-c-series-closing-a-positive-catalyst-say-analysts/

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Brexit: Brussels bars aviation chiefs from preparing for no-deal

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/brexit-brussels-bars-aviation-chiefs-from-preparing-for-no-deal-t5zkgv75v

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5855739/EU-threatens-ground-flights-Brexit.html

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Trent aircraft-on-ground situation improving: Rolls-Royce [feedly]

Trent aircraft-on-ground situation improving: Rolls-Royce
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/trent-aircraft-on-ground-situation-improving-rolls-449500/

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Airbus prepares to take on Qantas 'Sunrise' challenge with A350 [feedly]

Airbus prepares to take on Qantas 'Sunrise' challenge with A350
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/airbus-prepares-to-take-on-qantas-sunrise-challeng-449530/

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The Super Hornets get a new stinger | MQ-9 Reaper gets a SAR upgrade | The Bradleys keep on rolling [feedly]

The Super Hornets get a new stinger | MQ-9 Reaper gets a SAR upgrade | The Bradleys keep on rolling
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/the-super-hornets-get-a-new-stinger-mq-9-reaper-gets-a-sar-upgrade-the-bradleys-keep-on-rolling-040104/

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Multi-million fighter jet contracts are underway | France doubles VBMR-L order | Airbus tests its VSR700 [feedly]

Multi-million fighter jet contracts are underway | France doubles VBMR-L order | Airbus tests its VSR700
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/multi-million-fighter-jet-contracts-are-underway-france-doubles-vmbr-l-order-airbus-tests-its-vsr700-040068/

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NASA Flies Large Unmanned Aircraft in Public Airspace Without Chase Plane for First Time

jueves, 14 de junio de 2018



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NASA’s remotely-piloted Ikhana aircraft, based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, successfully flew its first mission in the National Airspace System without a safety chase aircraft on Tuesday. This historic flight moves the United States one step closer to normalizing unmanned aircraft operations in the airspace used by commercial and private pilots.

Flying these large remotely-piloted aircraft over the United States opens the doors to all types of services, from monitoring and fighting forest fires, to providing new emergency search and rescue operations. The technology in this aircraft could, at some point, be scaled down for use in other general aviation aircraft.

“This is a huge milestone for our Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System project team,” said Ed Waggoner, NASA’s Integrated Aviation Systems Program director. “We worked closely with our Federal Aviation Administration colleagues for several months to ensure we met all their requirements to make this initial flight happen.”

Flights of large craft like Ikhana, have traditionally required a safety chase aircraft to follow the unmanned aircraft as it travels through the same airspace used by commercial aircraft. The Ikhana flew in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Technical Standard Order 211 -- Detect and Avoid Systems -- and Technical Standard Order 212 -- Air-to-Air Radar for Traffic Surveillance.

The FAA granted NASA special permission to conduct this flight under the authority of a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization on March 30. The certificate permitted Ikhana’s pilot to rely on the latest Detect and Avoid technology, enabling the remote pilot on the ground to see and avoid other aircraft during the flight.

NASA successfully worked with its industry partners to develop a standard for Detect and Avoid technologies, complied with the requirements of the FAA Technical Standard Orders, and garnered flight approval from the FAA.

The Ikhana aircraft was equipped with detect and avoid technologies, including an airborne radar developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., a Honeywell Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System, a Detect and Avoid Fusion Tracker, and an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast capability – a surveillance technology where the aircraft determines its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts this information so other aircraft can track it.

The flight took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California and entered controlled air space almost immediately. Ikhana flew into the Class-A airspace, where commercial airliners fly, just west of Edwards at an altitude of about 20,000 feet. The aircraft then turned north toward Fresno, requiring air traffic control to be transferred from the Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center to the Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center. On the return trip, the pilot headed south toward Victorville, California, requiring communication control to be transferred back to Los Angeles.

During the return flight, the pilot began a gentle descent over the city of Tehachapi, California, into Class E airspace -- about 10,000 feet -- where general aviation pilots fly. The pilot initiated an approach into Victorville airport at 5,000 feet, coordinating in real time with air traffic controllers at the airport. After successfully executing all of these milestones, the aircraft exited the public airspace and returned to its base at Armstrong.

“We are flying with a suite of sophisticated technology that greatly enhances the safety capabilities of pilots flying large unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System,” said Scott Howe, Armstrong test pilot. “We took the time to mitigate the risks and to ensure that we, as a program, were prepared for this flight.”

Tuesday’s flight was the first remotely-piloted aircraft to use airborne detect and avoid technology to meet the intent of the FAA’s “see and avoid” rules, with all test objectives successfully accomplished.

For more information on NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System project, visit:

https://go.nasa.gov/2sx9VCn

For more information about NASA’s aeronautics research, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/aeroresearch






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