El IMDEA de Materiales, que estará en Getafe, va a desarrollar la protección del fuselaje del nuevo avión de Airbus
La presidenta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre, colocó hoy la primera piedra del Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Materiales que estará ubicado en Getafe y desarrollará la protección del fuselaje del nuevo avión de Airbus, que sustituirá a los A-320 y que está participando en el diseño de turbinas con nuevos materiales de menor peso y más resistentes al calor.
Aguirre explicó que "la reputación de IMDEA Materiales ha llegado a tal punto que compañías innovadoras con sus propios departamentos de I+D como Rolls-Royce, Intel, Future Fibres, Aries-Complex, Aernnova, Antolín, o Principia le han confiado el desarrollo de proyectos de investigación".
Two weeks after Spirit Airlines announced it will charge fees of up to $45 for carryon luggage, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines and US Airways pledged not to follow suit.
Spirit is not backing down. CEO Ben Baldanza told the Associated Press, "Our plan was never predicated on anyone matching us. The fact that other people are saying they won't has never changed our view that this is right."
Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin Announce teaming agreement to compete for the VXX Presidential helicopter program
STRATFORD, Connecticut - Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) today announced the signing of a teaming agreement to compete jointly for the U.S. Navy's revived VXX Presidential Helicopter program.
The agreement formally positions global helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky as the prime contractor offering its H-92TM medium-lift helicopter for the presidential transport mission with Lockheed Martin, a leading rotary wing systems integrator, as the major subsystems supplier.
Additionally, the two companies jointly submitted a response today to the U.S. Navy's VXX request for information. The document details how a Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin team would design and manufacture the H-92 helicopter with integrated systems for the "Marine One" mission.
"We're thrilled to team with Lockheed Martin to provide taxpayers and the U.S. government with a common sense solution for the next presidential aircraft both in terms of economy and technology," said Scott Starrett, president of Sikorsky Military Systems. "For nearly four decades, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin have teamed successfully to produce Naval Hawk™ helicopters, so we have a proven and formidable track record as a team."
"Our VXX teaming agreement builds on an existing and highly successful 38-year relationship between Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky," said Dan Spoor, Aviation Systems vice president at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors in Owego, N.Y. "Formally combining Sikorsky's success building and supporting the Marine One fleet with our understanding of the systems integration requirements will allow our team to offer a low-risk transport solution to the Office of the President."
Both companies have unique experience supporting presidential helicopters. Sikorsky designed-and-built VH-3D and VH-60N aircraft — designated "Marine One" when the president is on board — have provided safe, reliable transport for the Office of the President since the 1960s. In 2005, Lockheed Martin won the contract to build the replacement fleet. The contract was terminated in 2009 at the convenience of the government after the program delivered nine test and pilot production aircraft.
In addition to the VXX teaming agreement, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin also have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore business opportunities involving other Sikorsky programs.
The companies have extensive experience working together during four decades developing, delivering and supporting 400 operational SH-60B and MH-60R/S maritime helicopters to the U.S. Navy.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.
The second Boeing (NYSE: BA) 747-8 Freighter, RC521, landed in Palmdale, Calif., today, marking the beginning of a planned transition of 747-8 Freighter testing to Southern California. The more than four-hour flight from Boeing Field in Seattle included testing on avionics and cruise performance.
"Taking the airplane to Palmdale is a big step," said Mo Yahyavi, vice president and general manager of the 747 program. "The team is focused on ensuring a seamless transition into the next phase of the flight-test program as we prepare to expand testing of the 747-8 Freighter's performance characteristics."
The airplane will be stationed in Palmdale for the majority of its scheduled flight-test program. The crew will conduct several tests on the airplane with fuel-mileage and engine-performance testing as key focus areas.
"Palmdale provides an excellent test environment for the 747-8 Freighter," said Andy Hammer, 747 test program manager. "It allows us to take full advantage of one of the world's premier experimental test flight facilities and the excellent weather conditions to meet our flight-test requirements on the road to obtaining our amended type certification."
A contingent of employees has been stationed at Palmdale for the testing, including flight-test engineers and the support personnel who prepare the airplane for each day's flights. In the coming weeks, the two other 747-8 airplanes in the flight-test fleet will join RC521 in Southern California.
The entire flight-test program calls for the three airplanes to perform a total of about 3,700 hours of ground and air testing. The first 747-8 Freighter delivery to Cargolux is planned for the fourth quarter of this year.
Boeing press release
"Personnel recovery is one of the Air Force's core missions and vital to what we do in defense of America. The mission is demanding and we are grateful to those [employees] of Lockheed Martin assembled here that have given us a world-class aircraft ready for the demands of the mission," Andersen said. "The HC-130J will enable us to meet the expanding operational tasks that we face today — wartime operations in Operation Enduring Freedom and the Horn of Africa, and relief operations in the continental United States as well as in areas like Haiti and Chile. For that, ACC, the Air Force and the nation thank you."
Lockheed Martin is contracted with the U.S. Air Force to build 21 C 130J Super Hercules to replace aging fleets of combat search and rescue HC-130s and special operations MC 130s. The U.S. Air Force is authorized to acquire up to 31 HC/MC 130Js (11 HCs and 20 MCs).
"Yet again, we see the C-130 setting new standards for mission flexibility," said Ross Reynolds, Lockheed Martin vice president for C-130 programs. "This new configuration of the proven C-130J will give ACC unparalleled capability for combat search and rescue. As demand for the C-130J continues to grow around the world, we will see more ways this aircraft can meet the demands of any operator and mission."
The new aircraft, which is based on a KC-130J tanker baseline, will have the Enhanced Service Life Wing, Enhanced Cargo Handling System, a Universal Aerial Refueling Receptacle Slipway Installation (boom refueling receptacle), an electro-optical/infrared sensor, a combat systems operator station on the flight deck, and provisions for the large aircraft infrared countermeasures system. In-line production of this configuration reduces cost and risk, and meets the required 2012 initial operational capability.
Airbus Military muestra su preocupación a Fomento por la falta de controladores para los vuelos de ensayo del A400M
The FAR Part 21.35 function and reliability flight testing would include turbine-powered airplanes with maximum takeoff weights of 6,000 lb. or less under a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) released by FAA on April 16.
Currently, FAR Part 23 function and reliability testing only applies to new aircraft with higher gross takeoff weights. The NPRM might be called the Eclipse 500 rule because one of FAA's prime motivations, according to the document, was the organization's recent type certification process associated with the Eclipse 500.