Airbus to Upgrade A320, Announcement Weds

martes, 30 de noviembre de 2010

The project, estimated at between $1 billion and $2 billion, will see the launch of an optional new version of the popular family of passenger jets called Airbus NEO with the new engines offering better fuel burn. It will be announced early on Wednesday.

The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been announced.

Airbus declined to comment.

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UPDATE 1-Airbus to streamline engineering on key project


Ginés Clemente, de Aciturri, y José Santiago Vega, de Incosa, finalistas del Premio Emprendedor del Año de Ernst & Young ICAL


Hydrogen should take priority over biofuel in aviation: WWF

The aviation industry should focus research and development programmes on liquid hydrogen rather than third-generation biofuels in the quest to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, according to World Wildlife Fund director for global energy policy Stephan Singer.

"Liquid biofuels may come in as the only alternative to oil but there is a vivid debate to look into liquid hydrogen as a long-term solution," says Singer. "Liquid biofuels may provide a short-term solution but they are also carbon-based."


Qatar & ANA Airlines 'Disappointed' In Dreamliner Delivery Schedule

Questions Bombardier As Well, Says More Business May Go To Airbus
The CEO of Qatar Airways said delays in Boeing's Dreamliner and questions about the Pratt & Whitney engines being developed for the Bombardier C-Series have him leaning towards Airbus as the airline looks at rapid growth in the coming years.

Launch Customer Has Ordered 55 Of The New Airliners
All Nippon Airways (ANA) CEO Shinichiro Ito said Monday that his airline is "pushing" Boeing for a new delivery schedule for its long-delayed 787 Dreamliner. The aircraft suffered another delay in November when a fire in an electrical panel forced a halt to flight testing of the aircraft.


Airbus A330 FSTA performs its 1st flight with refueling hose extended


Dassault has delivered the 100th Falcon 7X

lunes, 29 de noviembre de 2010


Emirates asks Airbus for longer-range A350

Emirates, the world's biggest airline by international traffic, urged Airbus SAS to boost the range of the biggest version of its new A350 wide-body plane as Boeing ponders a redesign of the competing 777 model.


CASSIDIAN and EADS Innovation Works promote security research

  • Chair of Detection Technology endowed at Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
  • Objective: early detection of terrorist attacks using hazardous substances
  • CASSIDIAN is the new name of EADS Defence & Security

Aerospace and defence enterprise EADS is pressing ahead with its research into security technologies for the early detection of terrorist attacks. Cassidian, the recently renamed defence and security Division of EADS, and EADS Innovation Works, the corporation’s central research establishment, are together funding an endowed chair of detection technology at Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. The two units will provide a sum of one million euros for this purpose over the next five years.

“Explosives and hazardous substances such as incendiary devices are by far the most common instruments of terrorist attacks,” explains Bernd Wenzler, CEO of Cassidian Electronics. “By delivering more efficient solutions for early detection of these hazardous substances, we are making a significant contribution to the protection of our citizens.”

“Security research at German universities is still virtually uncharted terrain at present,” stresses Dr. Richard Arning, head of the EADS Innovation Works Technical Capability Centre for Sensors, Electronics & Systems Integration. “By creating a special professorship within a university institute that offers a broad range of study topics, we are closing a gap in education as well as in practice.”

The objective of the endowed chair is to research into technologies for the detection of hazardous substances by chemical and physical means. Dr. Gerhard Holl has been appointed its incumbent. Research will focus on more reliable and cost-effective methods of rapid response to threatened attacks. The endowed chair is incorporated in the newly created Institute of Detection Technology headed by Professor Holl, further underscoring the unique status of the Forensic Science course at Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.

Cassidian, EADS Innovation Works and the university intend to pool their respective expertise on this subject in application-related research projects. Both parties regard it as particularly important to train up qualified experts who will be able to translate the research findings into product solutions in a professional manner. EADS will further this aim by providing industrial internships and supervising students’ final dissertations.

The EADS Innovation Works Technical Capability Centre for Sensors, Electronics & Systems Integration, directed by Dr. Richard Arning, is already collaborating closely with the Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences on several research projects into detection technologies. The Business Unit Cassidian Electronics specialises in sensors for reconnaissance and surveillance in military and civil applications and protective systems such as jamming transmitters to destroy booby traps.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119,000.



Lufthansa and Airbus launch world’s first passenger bio-fuel flights

Lufthansa is launching the world’s first ever scheduled commercial passenger flights using bio-fuel in the first half of 2011, with an IAE (International Aero Engines) powered Airbus A321 aircraft. The daily flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt, will be the first in the world to use a bio-fuel blend made from 50 per cent Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO). When it is consumed, fuel made from bio-mass material emits the CO2 it naturally absorbs when it grows, thereby helping neutralize overall CO2 emissions.

The daily flights will begin in April 2011 and will initially continue for a period of six months as part of the ‘Burn Fair’ R&T project to study the long term impact of sustainable bio-fuels on aircraft performance. Airbus’ role is to provide technical assistance and to monitor the fuel properties.

“We see great opportunities in the use of bio-synthetic kerosene. But we are first gathering experience with it in daily practice. Indeed, Lufthansa is the world’s first airline to utilise biofuel in flight operations. This is a further consistent step in the sustainability strategy, which Lufthansa has for years been successfully pursuing” said Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Lufthansa CEO.

“Being a pioneer in this area, we are very proud that our renewable diesel technology is capable of meeting the strictest quality standards to help meet aviation needs,” says Matti Lievonen, Neste Oil's President and CEO. “This technology has real potential for the future.”

“Daily bio-fuel flights are a significant step forward in our pursuit of a sustainable future for aviation. Airbus is bringing together feedstock producers, fuel refiners and airlines, and with today’s announcement of passenger flights, we have taken yet another step towards making this real,” said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO.

The bio-fuel is being provided by Finland based Neste Oil, under a long term agreement with Lufthansa. The fuel will only be produced from sustainable feedstock sources to make sure that the bio-feedstock does not compete for food, water nor land. In addition Neste Oil are members of RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels) and RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil)

Airbus’ alternative fuels roadmap aims at making sustainable alternative fuel a reality for aviation by bringing together stakeholders or the ‘value chain’ in a socially, industrially and sustainable way. In addition to its efforts with other airlines, such as the recent first bio-fuel flight in Latin America on November 22nd, in October 2009 an Airbus aircraft undertook the first commercial flight of 50 percent blended GTL, and in February 2008, an Airbus A380 aircraft successfully completed the world’s first ever flight by a commercial aircraft using Gas-to-Liquid (GTL).

Airbus press release


Video: Sukhoi 100 (SN/95003, 1st serial production airframe )

domingo, 28 de noviembre de 2010



Qantas chief points finger at Rolls-Royce over A380 woes

"It was a new engine and it was absolutely clear nothing to do with anything Qantas was doing," Joyce told Inside Business in a recorded interview. "It was an engine that didn't perform to the parameters that we would've expected."


EADS is confident it can sell up to 500 of its Airbus A400M

"We see a broad global market of 400 to 500 aircraft with good chances for this aircraft to turn profits in the long term," CFO Hans-Peter Ring was quoted as saying on Saturday in an advance copy of an interview to be published in Sunday paper Euro am Sonntag.


Noticias Aero en

sábado, 27 de noviembre de 2010

Hoy hemos descubierto Se trata de cómo crear "periódicos diarios automáticos", a partir de cuentas de twitter. A partir de un usuario, con sus actualizaciones y las de las personas a las que ese usuario sigue, agrupa las noticias una vez al día y las pone a disposición de todo aquél que quiera leerlas.

Pues dicho y hecho, hemos creado nuestra cuenta de, aquí la tenéis:


Cassidian en España lidera las conversaciones para vender Eurofighter a Corea del Sur


Interim Report On QF32 Due; Qantas Resumes Limited A380 Services

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) this week will issue a preliminary report that is likely to confirm investigators’ suspicions that oil pipe leaks led to the uncontained failure of a Trent 900 engine during a Qantas Airbus A380 flight Nov. 4.

Meanwhile, the carrier plans to resume limited operations of some A380s, although the investigation will remain open.

Flawed welding led to the oil pipe leaks, which caused a fire and the failure of the turbine disk in the intermediate-pressure turbine, industry officials close to the investigation tell Aviation Week. Rolls-Royce declined to confirm the information, but a new airworthiness directive (AD) issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on Nov. 22 appears to confirm it. The AD calls for more detailed inspections of the Rolls-Royce turbofan. The investigation previously identified an oil fire in the high-pressure/intermediate-pressure structure cavity as a possible cause of the failure.


Boeing Initiates Changes to 787 Power Panel, Updates to Software

viernes, 26 de noviembre de 2010

EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) is developing minor design changes to power distribution panels on the 787 and updates to the systems software that manages and protects power distribution on the airplane. These changes come as the result of what has been learned from the investigation of an onboard electrical fire on a test airplane, ZA002, earlier this month in Laredo, Texas.

"We have successfully simulated key aspects of the onboard event in our laboratory and are moving forward with developing design fixes," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "Boeing is developing a plan to enable a return to 787 flight test activities and will present it to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as soon as it is complete."

Engineers have determined that the fault began as either a short circuit or an electrical arc in the P100 power distribution panel, most likely caused by the presence of foreign debris. The design changes will improve the protection within the panel.  Software changes also will be implemented to further improve fault protection.

The P100 panel is one of five major power distribution panels on the 787. It receives power from the left engine and distributes it to an array of systems.

The 787 team is now assessing the time required to complete the design changes and software updates that are being developed. A revised 787 program schedule is expected to be finalized in the next few weeks.

"Our team is focused on developing these changes and moving forward with the flight test program," said Fancher. "The team in Laredo is also well along in preparing to return ZA002 to Seattle."



A350 XWB RR Trent engine begins checks

The first thrust reversers for the Airbus A350 XWB twinjet have been delivered by Goodrich Corporation. The thrust reversers will be installed on a Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine to be used in the engine ground test program, which is scheduled to begin later this year.


Airbus poised to launch higher-weight A330-300

The 2t increase, to 235t, will allow the aircraft to operate an additional 120nm (220km) or carry an extra 1.2t payload.


Airbus inicia la producción de su A350 XWB en Illescas

jueves, 25 de noviembre de 2010

Madrid.- El próximo lunes, el ministro de Industria, Miguel Sebastián, presidirá en la factoría del constructor aeronáutico europeo Airbus, en Illescas (Toledo), el inicio de la producción del Programa A350 XWB en España.


AeroDays 2011 (30th March to 1st April 2011 in Madrid,Spain)

The sixth Community Aeronautics Days will take place from 30th March to 1st April 2011 in Madrid, following its successful predecessors that took place in Brussels (1991), Naples (1993), Toulouse (1997), Hamburg (2001) and Vienna (2006).

The event will bring together aeronautics stakeholders, ministries, agencies and R&D  centres from all over Europe and overseas to network, present their latest research results and discuss common future R&D projects.

Organized by CDTI (Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology in Spain) and the European Commission (Directorate General for Research), Aerodays 2011 will provide a perfect opportunity to present and disseminate information about EU-funded RTD results, and will be in line with the EU goals of creating a Single European Sky and a European Research Area, and of finding innovative approaches to sustainable aviation in a global environment.


Rockwell Collins ha validado su control de vuelo tolerante al daño

Rockwell Collins detectó en 2004 que el 50% de los fallos de su UAV Shadow se debían a la célula del aparato o del motor. En 2005 el Army impulsó un programa para mejorar la fiabilidad de los motores y los controles de vuelo, y que permitieran al avión aterrizar con fallo de motor.
Rockwell, en sucesivas fases del control de vuelo tolerante al daño logró que un modelo de un F/A 18 aterrizara sin motores, sin superficies de control, e incluso después de haber perdido parte del ala (¡hasta un 80% del ala!), y el 30% de su estabilizador horizontal. De la 2ª fase os hablamos aquí
Ahora Rockwell Colins ha finalizado la tercera fase, demostrando que su Shadow puede aterrizar tras fallos de motor, haber perdido las superficies de control o incluso 20 pulgadas (algo más de medio metro) de su ala (el equivalente al 10% de su envergadura). Las pruebas se realizaron con un Shadow de serie, al que se le sustituyó un control de vuelo por otro.
Y después de daros la noticia... a por los vídeos,que son impresionantes.


España | Un vigués patenta un sistema de cápsulas para evacuar aviones en caso de emergencia

miércoles, 24 de noviembre de 2010

La idea, que patentó inicialmente en el año 1995 y que ha mejorado hace unos meses, consiste en cambiar la actual estructura de los aviones. El interior del fuselaje estaría formado por un conjunto de cápsulas independientes, puestas una continuación de la otra, que servirían de habitáculo para pasajeros, tripulación y mercancía. La cabina de los pilotos sería la primera de las cápsulas y tendría forma cónica para adpatarse a la forma de la parte frontal de los aviones y el resto sería de forma cúbica. Este sistema permitiría que a través de una cinta transportadora estas piezas se podrían mover y ser expulsadas a través de un trampilla por la cola de la aeronave en caso de emergencia.

(hace años que lo digo, que se debería viajar en cápsulas eyectables en los aviones...)


El Bimotor P2006T de Tecnam obtiene el certificado de la FAA


  • El modelo P2006T ha obtenido el certificado de tipo ante la FAA en Estados Unidos



Madrid, 22 de Noviembre de 2010.- El modelo bimotor de Tecnam, P2006T, ha sido certificado por la FAA (Federal Aviation Authorities) norteamericana, con lo que permite al fabricante italiano comenzar la venta y operación del avión en Estados Unidos. La factoría había certificado este modelo en Europa el año pasado, y ha entregado más de 50 unidades en lo que va de año, así como tiene 100 pedidos más pendientes de entrega. «Hemos tenido que acelerar la producción de este modelo, y ahora entregamos un P2006T cada cinco días», afirmó Paolo Pascale, Director General de Tecnam. El siguiente paso será conseguir la certificación canadiense.

El Tecnam P2006T, es un avión de cuatro plazas, cuyo primer vuelo se realizó en 2007. Cuenta con dos motores de 100 CV Rotax 912S, paso variable y tren de aterrizaje retráctil. Gran parte de estos aviones vienen equipados con modernas cabinas de cristal, modelo Garmin 950. Alcanza una velocidad de crucero de 135 KIAS y una carga útil de 903 libras, dejando más de 500 libras para pasajeros y equipaje (con 53 galones de combustible). Su uso está destinado tanto a pilotos privados como comerciales, aerotaxi, instrucción, además de trabajos aéreos como observación y patrullaje.



Nortrhop-Grumman X-47B (UCAS-D) to Taxi Early Next Month

Northrop Grumman plans to perform the first high-speed taxi of its X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS-D) demonstrator by the first week of December as a prelude to first flight by year-end at Edwards AFB, Calif.

The taxi test will take the stealthy, single-engine UCAS to 120 kt., according to company officials.

Northrop Grumman and U.S. Navy officials passed the tailless, flying wing demonstrator for taxi tests at a flight readiness review early this month and are set to build up X-47B ground speeds over a series of trials that were due to begin at Edwards Nov. 19. These evaluations mark the culmination of almost two years of preparations since the rollout of the first air vehicle, AV-1, in December 2008.

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Embraer starts construction of its Composite Facility in Evora, Portugal

New unit to produce composite materials is scheduled for completion by the end of 2011 São José dos Campos, November 23, 2010 – Embraer has commenced the first phase of its new construction project in Évora, Portugal, a 330,000-square-foot (30,660-square-meter) facility dedicated to manufacturing complex airframe structures and components in composite materials. The completion of this unit is scheduled for the end of 2011, while the production phase will start in 2013. Embraer has also selected Portuguese building contractor Ramos Catarino S.A., based in Febres, for the excavation work, foundations and infrastructures. "We are delighted to start the construction of the first part of our new center of excellence in Portugal," said Luiz Fuchs, President of Embraer Aviation Europe (EAE). "The construction of the second unit, dedicated to the production of metallic airframe structures, will begin, shortly. Meanwhile, we are progressing with the selection of suppliers."

The new manufacturing facility will rely on state-of-the-art processes, in conjunction with the Company's lean manufacturing concepts. In order to sustain and further develop the competencies of its center of excellence in composite materials, Embraer continues its work with local organizations, including potential suppliers, research centers, and universities. This facility represents an estimated total investment of € 48 million, which is fully integrated with Embraer's long-term planning and budget, and is consistent with the Company's economic and financial projections.



Airbus May Launch NEO Without Big Order

The go-ahead of Airbus’s A320 New Engine Option (NEO) upgrade will not be conditional on any big order target or customer mix as has been the traditional pre-requisite for previous program go-aheads. And catalogue prices for the upgraded variants will have a premium of upward of $8 million, depending on the engine selected, the manufacturer reveals.

A decision whether to go ahead with the NEO is due by the end of this year. But it is concern over the availability of Airbus’s engineering resources to develop the project, rather than the upgrade’s commercial prospects, that will drive the decision, says Chief Operating Officer John Leahy.


TAM Airlines and Airbus first to fly Jatropha-based biofuel in Latin America

martes, 23 de noviembre de 2010

Studies show Jatropha-based biofuel could reduce carbon footprint by up to 80%
Blagnac, 23 noviembre 2010

TAM Airlines together with Airbus have conducted the first Jatropha-based biofuel flight in Latin America, using an Airbus A320. The biofuel, processed by UOP LLC, a Honeywell group, was a 50 percent blend of locally-sourced Brazilian Japtropha-based bio-kerosene and conventional aviation kerosene. 20 people from TAM Airlines and Airbus were on board the A320 powered by CFM56 engines which took off from Galeão Antonio Carlos Jobim International airport in Rio de Janeiro. The aircraft performed a 45 minute flight before returning to its point of origin.

"Airbus and TAM have taken an important step towards establishing an aviation biofuel solution that is both commercially viable and sustainable, with positive impact on the environment," said Airbus’ President and CEO, Tom Enders. “This flight serves as evidence of the aviation industry's commitment to advance on its self-imposed CO2 reduction targets: carbon neutral growth from 2020, and working towards a 50 percent net CO2 reduction by 2050.”

“This experimental flight materializes TAM’s participation in a vast project to develop a production chain for renewable biofuel, with the purpose of creating a Brazilian platform for sustainable aviation bio-kerosene,” said Libano Barroso, president of TAM Airlines.

Studies show that the use of biofuels made from Jatropha in aviation could reduce the sector’s overall carbon footprint by up to 80 percent, compared with conventional petroleum-based aviation kerosene. TAM Airlines and Airbus both support the study and assessment of the sustainability and economic viability of implementing the bio-kerosene value chain in Brazil.

The technical flight was approved by Airbus, the engine provider CFM International, and was authorized by aviation authorities in Europe (the European Aviation Safety Agency - EASA), and Brazil (National Civil Aviation Agency - ANAC).

“TAM's young and modern Airbus fleet has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the region, leading the way for the rest of the industry to contribute to the cause," Enders added.

As part of its ongoing commitment to ensure that air travel continues to be one of the most eco-efficient means of transportation, Airbus has developed a roadmap working towards making alternative fuel and biofuel technology a reality for aviation. In addition to its efforts with TAM Airlines, in February 2008, an Airbus A380 aircraft successfully completed the first ever flight by a commercial aircraft using Gas-to-Liquid (GTL), and in October 2009 Airbus and Qatar Airways undertook the first commercial flight of 50 percent blended GTL.



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The New Yorker's airport security cartoons from 1938-2009 (via @abelpardolopez)


KC-X competition delayed as evaluation process roiled by politics, USAF errors

The US Air Force has acknowledged extending the evaluation process on the KC-X tanker competition into early next year amid new upheavals caused by political changes and a major procedural gaffe.

The Republican Party's takeover of the House of Representatives in the 2 November election changes the political context of the highly charged competition to replace the Boeing KC-135 tanker fleet with either a Boeing KC-767 or an Airbus A330-200 derivative offered by EADS North America


Méndez plantea la necesidad de crear una agencia para la contratación similar a la DGA francesa

Méndez realizó este planteamiento dentro de la reestructuración institucional necesaria en materia de adquisiciones para abordar la crisis del sector, un problema que "no es coyuntural, sino estructural, la causa no solo son los ajustes presupuestarios, es multifactorial".


Chineese UAVS: WJ-600 Combat UAV - CGI presentation at Zhuhai Airshow 2010



Aurora Flight Sciences Rolls Out Orion UAS

lunes, 22 de noviembre de 2010

Aurora Flight Sciences today unveiled the Orion unmanned aerial system, a flight vehicle demonstrator that will stay aloft for up to five days. Orion was selected by the US Air Force Research Laboratory in late August to meet the objectives of the Medium Altitude Global ISR and Communications (MAGIC) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD).

“Orion was developed under the MAGIC JCTD program to meet CENTCOM’s urgent operational need and deliver this capability rapidly to our nation’s war fighters,” said Aurora CEO John Langford at today’s ceremony.

The MAGIC JCTD is sponsored by US CENTCOM to meet its demands for persistent ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance). The JCTD’s goal is to demonstrate five day flight of the Orion UAS at 20,000 feet with 1,000 pounds of payload. In the JCTD ranking process last year, five US Combatant Commands ranked Orion as their number one priority.

US Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker attended the Orion rollout ceremony today. “We can be proud that Aurora’s facility in Columbus is giving our Armed Forces an unmanned aerial vehicle with the potential for new surveillance capabilities,” said Cochran, vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. “Aurora has once again demonstrated the innovation and can-do spirit of its Mississippi workforce by producing the first Orion only ninety days after receiving the contract award,” said Wicker. “This will provide help for our troops on an expedited basis.”

“Orion is a model for several of the new acquisition efficiency goals recently announced by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates”, said John Tylko, Aurora’s Vice President for Development. “It uses open system architectures to support a continuous competitive environment. It involves dynamic small businesses in key roles in defense acquisition. It helps restore competition, affordability and productivity in defense spending and it encourages the rapid assimilation of disruptive technologies.”

The Orion vehicle rolled out today will be the first to be flight-tested to demonstrate endurance flights of 120 hours. Orion’s first flight will take place in mid 2011. Orion was developed under the sponsorship of both the US Air Force Research Laboratory and the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command and with Aurora private funding.

About Aurora Flight Sciences

Aurora Flight Sciences designs and builds robotic aircraft and other advanced aerospace vehicles for scientific and military applications. Aurora is headquartered in Manassas, VA and operates production plants in Bridgeport, WV and Columbus, MS and a Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA. To view recent press releases and more about Aurora please visit our web site at


USAF retrasa la decisión sobre el contrato hasta 2011

Las Fuerzas Armadas de Estados Unidos retrasarán su decisión sobre conceder a Boeing o EADS la adjudicación de un contrato, valorado en 35.000 millones de dólares, para la construcción de aviones cisternas, según un portavoz militar citado por Bloomberg.


Boeing Proposes Embraer Link In Bid For Brazil Contract / Boeing ofrece asociación a Embraer para fabricar avión caza

Boeing is offering to partner with Brazil's Embraer on a new fighter jet, in an effort to strengthen its bid for a multi-billion-dollar Brazilian defense contract, the U.S. manufacturer said in a report Nov. 22.

Joseph McAndrew, Boeing's vice president for Europe, Israel and America, told business publication Valor that the firm proposed 10 partnership projects with Brazil's aviation leader, including building a new plant in the country to build parts for Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet.

La aeronáutica estadounidense Boeing ofreció al fabricante Embraer una asociación para la construcción de partes de su avión caza, que compite con otras dos empresas por un contrato con el estado brasileño, informó un directivo de la empresa al diario Valor de este lunes.

Según Joseph T. McAndrew, vicepresidente de Boeing para Europa, Israel y América, el fabricante ofreció un paquete de diez proyectos de asociación a la firma brasileña, que incluye la construcción de una fábrica en Brasil que proveería piezas necesarias a la construcción del caza F/A-18 Super Hornet.


Boeing Phantom Ray Completes Low-speed Taxi Tests

The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system successfully completed low-speed taxi tests on Nov. 18 at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis.

"Phantom Ray did exactly what it was supposed to do," said Craig Brown, Phantom Ray program manager for Boeing. "It communicated with the ground control station, received its orders and made its way down the runway multiple times, allowing us to assess its performance and monitor the advanced systems on board."

The tests were the first for the Phantom Ray following its rollout ceremony in May. Boeing now will prepare Phantom Ray to travel to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on top of one of NASA’s modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. At Edwards, Phantom Ray will undergo high-speed taxi tests before making its first flight. The flight-test program will last approximately six months.

"The autonomous nature of this system is unique, so achieving this milestone speaks volumes about the technology and expertise of Boeing, the Phantom Works organization and the Phantom Ray team," said Dave Koopersmith, vice president, Advanced Boeing Military Aircraft.
Phantom Ray is designed to support potential missions that may include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; suppression of enemy air defenses; electronic attack; strike; and autonomous aerial refueling.



A350 XWB longest fuselage panel successfully manufactured

Airbus partner, Spirit AeroSystems, has completed the curing of one of the panels that make up the longest section of the A350 XWB’s all carbon fibre fuselage. The 19.7 metre long, 77 square metre centre fuselage “crown” panel was cured at Spirit’s Kinston, North Carolina (USA) site. In the coming weeks, the panel will undergo trimming, drilling and non-destructive inspection.

This latest A350 XWB industrial milestone illustrates the sound progress being made as the first components for the first aircraft are being manufactured both at Airbus and Airbus’ partners’ sites around the globe. Another recent production achievement for the A350 XWB was the successful cure of the first forward fuselage section crown panel that took place in Nordenham (Germany) in September by Premium Aerotech.



The Airbus Military A400M new generation airlifter has been recognised by leading US magazine Popular Science as one of the major innovations in the aviation world in 2010.

Airbus Military is honoured to receive this accolade from a magazine which is one of the world´s foremost science publications for a general audience, with more than 1.1 million subscribers.

Editor-in-chief Mark Jannot says: “For 23 years, Popular Science has honoured the innovations that surprise and amaze us − those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our views of what’s possible in the future.

“The Best of What’s New Award is the magazine’s top honour, and the 100 winners − chosen from among thousands of entrants − represent the highest level of achievement in their fields.”

In its citation, Popular Science highlights the A400M´s remarkable load-carrying capability allied to its ability to operate from front-line airfields.

The magazine comments: “The A400M can haul two attack helicopters or 116 soldiers, while remaining manoeuvrable enough to get in and out of the front lines quickly. The relatively lightweight carbon-composite wings keep the plane’s weight low enough (the exact figure is a trade secret) that, when equipped with reinforced shocks, rugged tyres and debris-resistant turboprops, the A400M can land on and take off from dirt and gravel runways. Yet the craft can carry 80,000 pounds, nearly twice as much as the rival Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules.”

Read Popular Science´s full report on the Best of What´s New 2010 at:



Boeing Delivers US Navy's 10th C-40A (737-700based) Derivative Aircraft

sábado, 20 de noviembre de 2010

WICHITA, Kan., Nov. 19, 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today delivered the 10th C-40A transport/cargo aircraft to the U.S. Navy. The Boeing 737-700 commercial derivative was modified at the company’s Wichita facility for its Navy mission.

"The C-40A has a critical mission to deliver personnel and supplies to all areas of the world, and we're proud to play a part in making sure that can happen," said Steve Wade, general manager of Boeing Global Transport & Executive Systems.

The C-40A is equipped with a main-deck cargo door and can be configured for troop transport, cargo transport or both. With superior range and performance; a state-of-the-art flight deck; 21st century avionics; and quiet, clean, fuel-efficient engines, the C-40A increases the Navy's capability for rapid response to the fleet worldwide.

Boeing and Navy representatives marked the completion of the modification at a delivery ceremony today.

"The C-40A plays an important role in the Navy Unique Fleet Essential Airlift (NUFEA) fleet," said Vice Adm. Dirk Debbink, Chief of Navy Reserve. "These fuel-efficient, extremely flexible logistics-support aircraft are an integral part of every maritime mission, from humanitarian assistance to power projection. The bottom line is the ability of the C-40A to provide our nation important, Navy-unique airlift capability at a lower cost. We welcome this new aircraft into the fleet!"

The Navy C-40As, which replace the service's fleet of C-9s, are based at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Joint Reserve Base (JRB) in Forth Worth, Texas, at NAS Jacksonville, Fla., and at NAS North Island in San Diego, Calif. The new aircraft will be immediately stationed at NAS JRB Fort Worth, where crews will provide transition training for crews at NAS Oceana, Va., a new C-40A location scheduled to open next year.

Boeing is on contract to deliver two additional C-40As; one 737 is currently being modified at the Wichita facility, while the other is on the Boeing Commercial Airplanes production line in Renton, Wash.

"We're looking forward to continuing to enhance the Navy's fleet of C-40As with as many aircraft as are required to support this mission," said Wade. "The C-40A is a proven workhorse, whether it is delivering humanitarian aid to the scenes of natural disasters or military equipment to ships and troops on the ground."

Boeing's Global Transport & Executive Systems business, based in Wichita, supports Boeing commercial derivative aircraft including the executive-fleet C-32A and C-40B/C, the Navy's C-40A and E-6B, and the National Airborne Operations Center’s E-4B.



Innovar en los modelos de negocio: Honda Jet

El I+D en las empresas se asocia normalmente a avances tecnológicos o productos y servicios novedosos. La i que se añade a la moderna enseña I+D+i conlleva un concepto de innovación mucho más amplio, en el que cabe incluso el hacer lo mismo, pero con métodos diferentes. Es lo que puede llamarse innovar a través del modelo de negocio.

El sector aeronáutico es muy prolijo en I+D, pero es tan intensivo en capital y tiene una inercia tan enorme en sus operaciones (los ciclos de pedidos y entregas duran años) que la innovación en la forma de hacer las cosas no es precisamente un estandarte. Es, además, un sector que como ya hemos comentado otras veces en este blog, es muy endogámico y tendente a querer ser referencia antes que fijarse en modelos de éxito de otros sectores.

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Russian and Canadian pilots have completed Flight Testing of the Flight Management System (FMS) on the SSJ100

November 19th, Zhukovski - Together with Canadian and Russian certification authorities, Flight Testing of the CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) was performed on the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100). The FMS is developed and manufactured by Esterline CMC Electronics (formerly known as Canadian Marconi Company) and integrated by Thales Avionics on the SSJ100.

“All activities required for the CAN-TSO certification of the CMA-9000 were successfully completed on the SSJ100”, said Nick Chalkiadakis, FMS Program Manager from Esterline CMC Electronics. Canadian and Russian pilots performed 3 joint flights on SSJ100, as well as 6 sessions on the Electronic Bird test bench to evaluate the operational suitability of the system. In order to evaluate the system capability to follow the vertical trajectory, the experts conducted thorough checks of vertical navigation function. These verifications are required to ensure safety and aircraft performance in dense air traffic operations.

Transport Canada’s Flight Test Division work with manufacturers to conduct, monitor and review flight tests of Canadian and foreign manufactured aircraft or avionics systems for which Canadian type certification is requested.

“Transport Canada participated in a successful flight test program with the cooperation of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company. We thank Sukhoi for their warm welcome and for working with us in completing this important Flight Management System certification activity,” – said Waldemar Krolak and Michel Brulotte, Canadian certification authorities involved in the FMS flight testing.



Francia, dispuesta a firmar en Sevilla el próximo enero el acuerdo del A400M

El ministro de Defensa francés, Alain Juppé, ha expresado este viernes su disposición a que la firma del acuerdo entre los siete países que participan en el proyecto del avión militar de transporte A400M y Airbus Military tenga lugar en Sevilla el próximo mes de enero, tal y como le ha propuesto su homóloga española, Carme Chacón.

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Terrafugia Roadable Aircraft Moves Closer to Reality

viernes, 19 de noviembre de 2010

This week, with the publication of Terrafugia's request for four exemptions from the federal motor vehicle code, its Transition model, a roadable aircraft, moves one step closer to your garage. In fact, if all goes well, Terrafugia’s first production flying car will leave the factory in just 13 months. Cofounder Carl Dietrich was demonstrating their original car/Light-Sport Aircraft at West Coast locations this week. Before a group of about 50 people at the Palo Alto Airport in Palo Alto, California, he said the “general public is fascinated with the idea that there could be a practical flying car. It’s intoxicating.”


Publicidad: Tecnam y Casarrubios apuestan por el ocio aéreo

jueves, 18 de noviembre de 2010


  • Diferentes modelos de la marca Tecnam permitieron a los asistentes realizar vuelos en prácticas en el aeródromo de Casarrubios, en Navalcarnero (Madrid)


Madrid, 18 de Noviembre de 2010.- Dedalus Aircraft, distribuidor de la compañía Tecnam en España, ha ofrecido durante toda la jornada de ayer, una clase magistral de aviación a un grupo de periodistas*, que incluía teoría y su primera experiencia práctica como pilotos de ULM. Los asistentes pudieron comprobar que volar en un avión Tecnam se encuentra al alcance de todo el mundo.

Además compartieron las experiencias de instructores y alumnos, así como de Alvaro Lapetra, Gerente de Dedalus Aircraft, que comentaron lo gratificante que ha sido iniciarse en esta actividad deportiva y lúdica, una alternativa de ocio totalmente desconocida para la mayoría de la población y que resulta mucho más accesible de lo que inicialmente se piensa. Como actividad de ocio permite volar por más de 400 campos de vuelo en España y desplazarse con menor coste que el de un automóvil.

En cuanto a los costes del curso de piloto de ULM y de mantenimiento de un avión de estas características, no superan los 2.000 euros por un curso de 4 meses con 15 horas de vuelo prácticas, y el coste por año de disfrutar y mantener un avión propio  oscila entre el 1,5 y el 3% del precio de compra del avión, que en la versión más básica cuesta 52.000 euros más IVA. Un coste relativamente reducido si se comprara con otra alternativa de ocio como es la náutica, cuyo coste anual de explotación y mantenimiento supera el 10% del precio del barco.


*no, ni ni estuvieron allí, no nos llegó la invitación


Qantas A380 QF32: Wing Damages Description


El Gobierno destinará más de 361 millones a programas del sector aeroespacial

Así lo anunció ayer el titular del Departamento, Miguel Sebastián, durante su comparecencia en el Congreso de los Diputados para presentar las principales partidas presupuestarias de su Ministerio. También destinará 466 millones de euros a potenciar actividades claves para acelerar la evolución hacia modelos de producción más avanzados en el sector aeroespacial, entre otros.


The Anatomy of the Airbus A380 QF32 near disaster

The Airbus presentation to accident investigators of the damage done to QF32 on November 4 gives new technical insights into this near disaster involving a Qantas A380 with 466 persons on board.

The examination of the damage is far from complete, as the presentation makes clear. It doesn’t deal with the other dimensions of this serious incident, which are the loss or impairment of various systems on the giant airliner, and the emerging difficulties the crew faced from fuel load imbalance caused by some of those failures.

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EADS baraja instalar en Sevilla un centro para transformar los A330 en tanqueros

Cosas de la globalización. Si EADS vence a Boeing en Estados Unidos, Sevilla saldrá beneficiada. El megacontrato de tanqueros por el que puja la compañía europea puede dar muchas alegrías a la ciudad y, por ende, a Andalucía. La carambola aeronáutica se explica de la siguiente manera: ganar aquel concurso supondría que los pedidos del avión de reabastecimiento en vuelo de Airbus Military-filial de EADS- llegarían en cascada, motivo por el que la compañía tendría que buscar un refuerzo a su centro base de Getafe (Madrid), encargado de transformar los A330 de la compañía en tanqueros. "Si tenemos problemas con la capacidad industrial de Getafe, instalaremos otro centro en Sevilla para dar respuesta a la carga de trabajo", explica Alberto Gutiérrez Moreno, director de Operaciones de Airbus Military.


Boeing continues to study new aircraft to replace 737, while Airbus reveals A320 NEO plans

Boeing continues to study new aircraft to replace 737

Boeing continues to evaluate the possible timeline for launching a successor to the 737, VP and GM-737 program Beverly Wyse told ATW at the Zhuhai Air Show Nov. 17.

“We haven’t made a firm decision yet but we are considering it,” said Wyse. “Right now, we are in the phase of communicating with our customers and gathering information from them on this issue.” Boeing is seeking a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency over existing types a new aircraft would replace in the 100-200 seat size range.

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Airbus reveals A320 NEO plans

John Leahy, the EADS-owned airframer's chief salesman, unveiled an artist's impression of the re-engined narrowbody during a presentation at an EADS investor forum in Toulouse. A slide exhibiting the aircraft outlines targeted efficiency gains over the current A320. The NEO would have a fuel burn around 15% lower than variants now in production. The bypass ratio would increase from five in the present generation of engines to between nine and 12. Fan diameter rises from around 1,600mm (64in) to 2,025mm (81in).

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China's 6th Gen Fighter?


Airbus anunciará la producción en serie del A400M a finales de diciembre

miércoles, 17 de noviembre de 2010

Airbus Military ha avanzado este miércoles que la producción en serie del A400M se "oficializará" a finales de diciembre y ha instado a las empresas auxiliares que tengan "capacidad para externacionalizar y para subcontratar en países de bajo coste, saliendo de Europa".


Major F-35B Component Cracks In Fatigue Test

The aft bulkhead of the F-35B BH-1 fatigue-test specimen has developed cracks after 1,500 hours of durability testing, Ares has learned. This is less than one-tenth of the planned fatigue test program, which is designed to prove an 8,000-hour airframe life with a safety factor of two.

The bulkhead design was modified in the course of the jet's weight-saving redesign in 2004-05, switching from forged titanium - proven on the F-22 - to a new aluminum forging process developed by Alcoa.

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Boeing Begins Certification Testing on 737 Performance Improvements [video]

SEATTLE, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A Boeing (NYSE: BA) Next-Generation 737-800 in the new United Airlines livery successfully completed its first test flight late last week, signifying the start of certification for a package of 737 performance improvements. Testing and certification will continue through April 2011. Aerodynamic and engine changes included in the package will reduce fuel consumption by 2 percent. Boeing is phasing the changes into production mid-2011 through early 2012.

One percent of the savings comes from reducing resistance as air flows around the airplane. The upper and lower anti-collision lights change from round to a more aerodynamic, elongated teardrop shape. Wheel-well fairings are re-contoured to smooth the air flow near the main landing gear. A redesign of the environmental control system, exhaust vent and streamlined wing slat and spoiler trailing edges round out the aerodynamic changes.

CFM is introducing the new CFM56-7BE engine enhancement program to coincide with Boeing's airframe changes. Low- and high-pressure turbine modifications will result in a 1 percent reduction in fuel consumption. In addition, Boeing is optimizing the engine's primary nozzle and plug. Together, the changes result in cooler-running engines that may provide up to 4 percent lower maintenance costs.

Boeing's continuous efforts to improve the Next-Generation 737 family have resulted in an accumulated 5 percent gain in fuel efficiency since the first airplane was delivered in 1998. The new improvements will give operators an airplane that is 7 percent more efficient than the first Next-Generation 737s delivered.

In late October, Boeing delivered its first two Next-Generation 737-800s with the new Boeing Sky Interior. The interior features new cove lighting and curving architecture that create a more open feel in the cabin. Updated sidewalls and window reveals add a modern feel, and larger stowage bins enable passengers to store more luggage while giving them more headroom. Deliveries to new operators continue each month.



As he stepped onboard the Next-Generation 737 that is fitted with numerous aerodynamic improvements to reduce fuel burn, Boeing engineer David Mathews remembered all the work that went into just one of the design changes.

"There were times we didn't think it was going to happen," he said.
Mathews and his colleagues spent years working with a supplier to come up with a new, more aerodynamic anti-collision light. The light, mounted on the top and bottom of the fuselage, had to meet strict federal regulations for light intensity.

"It's more than just two wires and a light bulb," said Mathews. "We tested numerous iterations. If the aerodynamic improvements weren't there, we would start all over again."
There was also the added challenge of coming up with a new design without changing the forces on the proven 737 fuselage or drastically altering the established production process at the Boeing factory in Renton, Wash.

"All those kinds of things have to be considered," Mathews said.
While Mathews worked on the anti-collision light, other teams of Boeing engineers went through the same painstaking process to further improve other portions of the Next-Generation 737 airframe.

The result is a package of performance improvements that includes:

  • Wheel well fairings re-contoured to smooth the air flow near the main landing gear
  • Environmental control system exhaust vent re-designed
  • Slat and spoiler trailing edges streamlined

These modifications - which reduce resistance as air flows around the airplane - are projected to add up to a 1 percent reduction in fuel burn.

At the same time, CFM is introducing the new CFM56-7BE, an enhanced version of its already fuel-efficient engine. Boeing predicts all of the changes combined will translate into a 2 percent fuel burn reduction. That would mean saving an average of $120,000 per airplane, per year, based on current fuel prices. Airlines will not have to pay extra for the improvements, which will also reduce the airplane's carbon footprint.

"A small change here, a small change there, it all adds up," said Mathews. He and his team finally decided on a tear-shaped design that is smaller and more streamlined, while still projecting the same light intensity.

Now, the Boeing Test & Evaluation team takes over to put all of the changes to the test.

"We have to validate to the customers that we are going to get the performance improvements that we predicted through all the design analysis," said Erin Henderson, a ground operations engineer. "The other thing we have to do is certify all of these improvements to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) to prove they're safe for flight and they're safe to sell for our customers."

Recently, the team conducted its first test flight on the Next-Generation 737, which is painted in the new United Airlines livery. There will be many more tests in the months to come before the modifications are phased into the Next-Generation 737 production line in mid-2011.
For David Mathews, who got the chance to fly onboard the first flight, all the hard work has been well worth it.

"When you come up with a fine piece of equipment and it goes on the airplane, it's very rewarding."


Australian Transport Safety Bureau: Qantas Airbus A380 inflight engine failure

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Inversores institucionales estudia demandar a EADS por los problemas con el A380

La demanda, basada en una presunta violación de las normas del mercado
de capitales, será interpuesta por cerca de 100 inversores
institucionales de una fundación holandesa, y se espera que sea
presentada a lo largo de esta semana.


Boeing Delivers UK Royal Air Force's 7th C-17 Globemaster III

LONG BEACH, Calif., Nov. 16, 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] delivered the United Kingdom's seventh C-17 Globemaster III to the Royal Air Force (RAF) today during a ceremony at Boeing's final assembly facility in Long Beach.

"The addition of a seventh C-17 to our fleet is a significant milestone that strengthens our support of operations worldwide, especially in Afghanistan," said Peter Luff, UK Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology. "And next year, in May, we'll mark the 10th anniversary of the delivery of the RAF's first C-17, which continues to perform superbly -- anytime and anywhere."

The United Kingdom's fleet of C-17s has logged more than 60,000 flight hours, and this year supported humanitarian and disaster-relief missions to Pakistan, Haiti and Chile. Assigned to 99 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton near Oxford, C-17s provide critical airlift capability for the nation's Joint Rapid Reaction Force. Brize Norton is the RAF's main operating base for strategic air transport and air-to-air refueling.

RAF Air Marshal Kevin Leeson, UK Chief of Materiel (Air) in Defence Equipment and Support, thanked C-17 employees and suppliers for delivering an airlifter that provides "exceptional performance, versatility and reliability."

The C-17 is the world's only tactical airlift aircraft with strategic capabilities that allow it to fly between continents and land on short, austere runways.

"The C-17 provides rapid-response capability for relief missions where no other strategic airlifter can land," said Rick Heerdt, Boeing vice president and C-17 program manager. "We are proud to be your partner on every one of those missions."

Boeing supports the RAF's C-17s through the C-17 Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership, a Performance-Based Logistics program. The arrangement provides the RAF with the benefits of complete "virtual fleet" access and an extensive support network. The virtual fleet concept enables C-17 customers, especially those with smaller numbers of aircraft, to benefit from worldwide parts availability and economies of scale when purchasing materials.

Boeing has delivered 224 C-17s worldwide, including 20 with international customers. The U.S. Air Force -- including active National Guard and Reserve units -- has taken delivery of 204. Other customers include the Canadian Forces, the Royal Australian Air Force, the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence, the Qatar Emiri Air Force, and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. U.S. President Barack Obama announced this month that India and the United States have reached a preliminary agreement for the Indian Air Force to acquire 10 C-17s.



APES 0025 Soluciones para la crisis

martes, 16 de noviembre de 2010


XIV Jornadas UPM-CESEDEN - 22, 23 y 24 de noviembre

Los días 22, 23 y 24 de noviembre se van a celebrar las XIV Jornadas UPM-CESEDEN, con el título "En la frontera de la tecnología aeroespacial".

Se adjunta el programa.

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Nanostructured materials to put an end to icy airplanes and roads

“We see this approach as a radical and much needed shift in anti-ice technologies,” said team leader Prof. Joanna Aizenberg. “The concept of friction-free surfaces that deflect supercooled water droplets before ice nucleation can even occur is more than just a theory or a proof-of-principle experiments. We have begun to test this promising technology in real-world settings to provide a comprehensive framework for optimizing these robust ice-free surfaces for a wide range of applications, each of which may have a specific set of performance requirements.”


Rusia presenta su nuevo avión civil MS-21 en Indonesia

La aeronave tendrá tres versiones: MS-21-200, para transporte de 150 pasajeros a distancias de hasta 3.500 kilómetros; MS-21-300, para 181 pasajeros a distancias de hasta 5.000 kilómetros; y MS-21-400, para 212 pasajeros de una sola clase a distancias de hasta 5.500 kilómetros.


Ineco obtiene el Certificado como proveedor ATC

neco ha recibido el certificado de la Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea (AESA) que le habilita formalmente como proveedor de servicios de navegación aérea para prestar Servicios de Control de Tránsito Aéreo (ATC) en Aeródromo.

El certificado, obtenido el pasado 10 de noviembre de 2010, es condición previa indispensable para ser proveedor de servicios ATC en un determinado aeródromo del espacio aéreo español, de acuerdo a los requisitos aplicables de la reglamentación de Cielo Único Europeo.

Después de Aena, Ineco es la primera empresa que consigue este certificado en España.

El proceso de certificación se inició en septiembre de 2010, con la presentación a la AESA de la solicitud para ampliar la certificación de Proveedor de Servicios AFIS a Proveedor de Servicios de Control. Desde entonces, Ineco ha trabajado en la adecuación de la organización, sistemas de gestión y procedimientos operativos así como en la preparación de todos los recursos humanos y materiales necesarios para cumplir con los requisitos normativos aplicables.


El Centro de Ingeniería e Innovación Aeroespacial del parque andaluz Aerópolis percibe 12,5 millones del Programa Innplanta

Según informa Europa Press, la inversión total prevista para el desarrollo del nuevo edificio es de 20,5 millones de euros. La primera fase ya está en ejecución y obtuvo una financiación de 1,9 millones de euros en 2009, en el marco de la convocatoria para Infraestructuras Científico-Tecnológicas, denominada Acteparq. Por su parte, la Unión Europea (UE) proporciona subvenciones a través del Programa Operativo de I+D+i por y para el beneficio de las empresas (Fondo Tecnológico) del Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (Feder).,5-millones-del-Programa-Innplanta


Comac tiene un pedido de 100 unidades de su C919

El constructor chino dijo que los encargos de los nuevos aviones son de cuatro aerolíneas chinas

COMAC tiene intención de llegar a vendes 2.000 avines C919 pero CFM Internacinal, copropietario de General Electric junto a Safran, afirmó que espera sólo la mitad de lo que anuncia COMAC.


Rockwell Collins: Get Awareness: the most critical step to facilitate the convergence of manned & unmanned aviation

In it, you'll find details that will take you to the forefront of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems industry, including:

   * The latest on pilots, programs and tests of new UAS technology
   * An animation demostrating sense-and-avoid technology from the vantage point of the UAV
   * How unmanned and manned aircraft are already successfully sharing airspace at some of the world's busiest airports
   * Opinions from industry experts


4º Seminario CATEC de Tecnologías Aeroespaciales: Simuladores Aeronáuticos

El cuarto Seminario de Tecnologías Aeroespaciales, organizado por el Centro Avanzado de Tecnologías Aeroespaciales (CATEC), lleva por título 'Tecnologías de Simuladores Aeronáuticos'. Se celebrará el próximo 23 de noviembre a las 17:00 h en el Salón de Actos del Centro de Empresas de Aerópolis.
La duración aproximada del acto será de 2 horas, y el programa incluye las siguientes ponencias:

   * 'Desarrollos en sistemas visuales para simuladores de vuelo' por D. Juan Felip Represa, Director de Simulación en INDRA
   * 'Eurofighter Training Center: Tecnología de simulación desde el punto de vista operativo' por D. Carlos Montans Alonso, Morón ASTA Site Manager en CASSIDIAN
   * 'Reutilización de software embarcado en simulación' por D. Luis Antonio González de Lena, System Modeling Senior Specialist en CASSIDIAN

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Iberia prepara el lanzamiento de la marca Express para febrero de 2011

Con la fusión con British Airways en la recta final, Iberia está concentrando sus energías en reestructurar cuanto antes la operativa de los vuelos nacionales y europeos, la mayoría en pérdidas por la competencia de las aerolíneas de bajo coste. La estrategia de la aerolínea es lanzar en febrero de 2011 la nueva marca Iberia Express con la que explotaría esas rutas ofreciendo menores precios gracias a una tripulación con costes más bajos y a que los aviones volarían más horas, según fuentes al tanto de los planes.


Comac releases C919 specifications

  • Length of 38.9m
  • wingspan of 35.8m
  • height of 11.95m
  • cabin width of 3.9m
  • cabin height of 2.25m (between the cabin floor and ceiling)
  • seats: 168 in an all-economy, 156 in a mixed configuration.


Watched in Airshow China, in Zhuhai: chineese stealthy UAV & new VTOL concept

lunes, 15 de noviembre de 2010

China's 'Stealthy' Rain Maker

China's Manned VTOL Vehicle Concept

Related: V-STAR & Verticopter


Joined-wing aircraft, un nuevo concepto de aviones de transporte

Menos consumo, más ecológico, un concepto nuevo estudiado por la Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Aeronáuticos

Nota de Prensa:

  • Investigadores de la UPM analizan nuevas configuraciones para los futuros aviones de transporte que permitan ahorrar combustible y reducir emisiones nocivas a la atmósfera.


Un estudio* llevado a cabo en la ETSI Aeronáuticos de la UPM ha comparado dos diseños de un bimotor de transporte comercial para unos 200 pasajeros, uno en configuración convencional y otro en la denominada joined-wing. Los resultados obtenidos revelan ciertos beneficios a favor de ésta última tanto en las características aerodinámicas, especialmente una reducción de resistencia aerodinámica, como en mejores actuaciones en vuelo de crucero cuando se transporta la máxima carga de pago, y, además, un coste directo de operación apreciablemente menor.

Durante los últimos 50 años, el diseño de los aviones de transporte comercial ha estado dominado por la llamada “configuración convencional”. Ésta se caracteriza por la presencia de un fuselaje esbelto, un ala media/baja de gran alargamiento, estabilizadores vertical y horizontal unidos a la cola, y motores situados bajo el ala o, en algunas ocasiones, unidos al fuselaje en la zona de la cola.

Sin embargo, parece que esta configuración está llegando a su límite de productividad y capacidad, en un tamaño de avión como el Airbus A380. Más aún, los resultados de los últimos modelos de Boeing (B787) y Airbus (A350) son desconocidos, aunque hay indicios de que los costes de desarrollo y certificación están siendo muy elevados. Es, por tanto, sólo cuestión de tiempo que se empiecen a considerar nuevos aviones con configuraciones no convencionales.

Mientras que los precios del petróleo siguen subiendo, las estrategias a corto plazo de las líneas aéreas para no subir los precios de los billetes se centran en reducir los servicios al pasajero y renegociar los convenios colectivos de sus empleados. A largo plazo, sin embargo, los operadores solicitan a los fabricantes de aviones de transporte y motores soluciones que reduzcan sus costes operativos mediante aviones cada vez más eficientes, desde el punto de vista del consumo de combustible.

La configuración joined-wing es uno de los diseños no convencionales que podrían considerarse en el futuro. Está formado por un fuselaje convencional al cual se unen dos alas: una de ellas adelantada, situada como en la configuración convencional, y otra de un tamaño ligeramente menor retrasada, que nace en la punta del estabilizador vertical, de tal manera que el avión adopta una forma de diamante en su vistas en planta y de frente. Ambas alas están conectadas, de manera que las puntas de ala trasera se unen al ala delantera, relativamente cerca del borde de ésta última. Al comparar un avión en configuración convencional con un avión joined-wing se pueden señalar fundamentalmente dos ventajas de este último: reducción de las cargas estructurales en el ala delantera, al estar unida al ala posterior, y reducción de la resistencia aerodinámica inducida, ligada a que los bordes de ambas alas no están totalmente libres, como en la configuración convencional.

Dado que estos beneficios no han sido analizados en el pasado, investigadores de la ETSI Aeronáuticos de la UPM han llevado a cabo un estudio en el que se desarrollan, partiendo de cero, dos diseños de bimotor de transporte comercial para unos 200 pasajeros en paralelo: uno en configuración convencional y otro en joined-wing, intentando mantener el máximo número de elementos comunes entre ambos, de manera que la comparación entre ambos sea lo más realista posible. Los resultados obtenidos revelan ciertos beneficios en las características aerodinámicas, especialmente una reducción de resistencia aerodinámica, mejores actuaciones en vuelo de crucero cuando se transporta la máxima carga de pago, y un coste directo de operación apreciablemente menor.

En cambio, hay ciertos aspectos que convendría mejorar en un futuro si se desea sacar el mejor partido de esta configuración novedosa. Estos aspectos son una capacidad máxima de tanques de combustible menor y dificultades para desarrollar el concepto de familia de aviones (diversos tamaños de avión pero manteniendo el máximo número de elementos comunes entre ellos, a base de incrementar la longitud del fuselaje).

* Cuerno-Rejado, C; Alonso-Albir, L; Gehse, P. PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART G-JOURNAL OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING 224 (G6): 681-696 2010 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              681-696 2010      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Conceptual design of a medium-sized joined-wing aircraft.



Sukhoi conducts flight tests of Su-34 fighter bombers

Moscow, November 12. Sukhoi Company conducts flight tests of serial Su-34 fighter bombers at the Chkalov Aviation Production Association (NAPO) flight testing station in Novosibirsk. Serial production of the Su-34 has been set up at the NAPO plant, which is a part of the Sukhoi holding company. The Russian Air Force already has in service several Su-34s. Another consignment of such planes is due by the end of the year.

In 2008 a state contract was signed with the government to supply the Russian Defense Ministry with Su-34 serial-production aircraft.

The Su-34 can effectively attack land-based, sea- and airborne targets by day and night in all weathers using the entire suite of its airborne munitions, including high-precision types. In terms of operational capabilities this is a 4+ aircraft. Its active safety system, along with the newest computers, provides extra capabilities for the pilot and navigator to perform aimed bombing and to maneuver under enemy fire. The excellent aerodynamics, large capacity internal fuel tanks, fuel-efficient bypass engines with a digital control system, in-flight refueling device and add-on fuel tanks enable the aircraft to fly long distances close to those of medium strategic bombers.

The aircraft features an outstanding flight performance, maintainability and maneuverability. It has long-range aiming systems and modern onboard devices for communications and information exchange with on-land control posts, ground troops, surface ships and in-flight aircraft. It is fitted with a smart anti-radar defense system. The Su-34 has a sophisticated survival system, including an armored cockpit. The aircraft can perform missions at a low altitude in by-pass and fly-by modes.

Last July Su-34s proved their high combat capabilities and flight performance at the Vostok-2010 military exercises. The aircraft successfully hit mock targets in the Russian Far East after flying non-stop all the way from a base in the European part of Russia. The mission involved a mid-air refueling operation.

Su-34's combat potential will be enhanced soon by new airborne munitions.

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FAA Finalizes Fatigue Damage Rule

FAA has issued a final rule on widespread fatigue damage requiring that design approval holders set a time- or cycle-based limit after which structural damage inspections must take place for aircraft as they age. The agency believes that the rule will prevent accidents, extend the economic life of the operational fleet, and help to eliminate the need for emergency airworthiness directives. It notes that this final rule specifically addresses widespread fatigue damage and as such serves as the last element of the aging aircraft program already in place.

The final rule can be found here:


Boeing opens P-8A Poseidon production facility

Boeing has opened a new aircraft production facility near Boeing Field in Seattle where mission systems will be installed and tests will be carried out on Boeing’s new P-8. The aircraft, which is based on Boeing’s Next-Generation 737 commercial airplane, is intended for anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance roles. The P-8 aircraft will be assembled in Renton, Washington and, following final assembly, will make a short flight to the new facility to be given its finishing touches.

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Operators of the Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft may have to replace another 29 Rolls-Royce engines after an investigation into a Qantas engine failure identified problems

Singapore Airlines may have to replace up to 20 Trent 900 engines, Australia's Qantas may need to replace another seven engines on top of the three already removed, while German carrier Lufthansa could be forced to find two new replacements, the paper said without citing its sources.

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Qantas flight 17 turns back to Sydney en route to Buenos Aires

   * Qantas flight QF17 forced to turn back
   * Pilots wore masks as smoke in cockpit
   * "Everyone was very quiet and calm"

A QANTAS plane en route to Argentina has been forced to return to Sydney after smoke started coming from an instrument panel in the cockpit, in the the latest in a string of incidents for the airline.

QF17, which departed Sydney International Airport at 11.11am (AEDT) today with 199 passengers and 21 crew on board, turned around about one hour into the flight to Buenos Aires.

The Boeing 747 landed safely at Sydney Airport at 1.22pm. Engineers were inspecting the aircraft to determine the cause of the problem with the aircraft's electrical system.

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