Firmado el convenio para el uso del emulador de vuelo

miércoles, 12 de mayo de 2010

El Jefe de Estado Mayor del Ejército del Aire, José Jiménez Ruiz, el director de Comunicación y Relaciones Externas de El Corte Inglés, Diego Copado Fernández, y la directora Corporativa de Comunicación y Gabinete de Presidencia de Repsol YPF, Begoña Elices García, han firmado, ayer 11 de mayo, en el Acuartelamiento Aéreo Getafe del Ejército del Aire, el convenio para la utilización del nuevo emulador de vuelo.

Se trata de un emulador móvil cuya tecnología tiene sus orígenes en la simulación del sector aeroespacial. Mediante la proyección de una filmación de gran impacto visual a la que se asocia el movimiento de la cápsula se pretende acercar a la población las sensaciones de los pilotos dentro de las cabinas de diversas aeronaves. En el interior de la cápsula los pasajeros disponen de asientos diseñados ergonómicamente que proporcionan una vista sin obstáculos de la pantalla así como aire acondicionado.

Este emulador se irá desplazando por toda la geografía española para dar a conocer entre los ciudadanos, especialmente entre la juventud, la sensación del vuelo. Está previsto su presentación al público a lo largo de las próximas semanas.

El Ejército del Aire, con el fin de dar a conocer a la sociedad española la cultura, valores y actuación propia ha impulsado la colaboración con entidades públicas y privadas interesadas en la promoción y difusión de tales fines.

Fruto de este impulso, se inició la colaboración con el Corte Inglés S.A. y REPSOL YPF S.A. para promover y, dichos valores a través del uso de un simulador de vuelo.

Del convenio firmado hoy se desprende que el Ejército del Aire es el encargado de proporcionar el material y personal necesario para asegurar la operación del citado simulador de vuelo.

Nota de Prensa


Airbus outlines future A30X concepts
While these two concepts have been seen before, what makes this slide notable is the detail that comes along with it. Airbus had always made a point when showing these renderings that they were merely artistic interpretations of possible configurations, however at the technical briefings, they began to discuss these designs with a bit more conviction as potential options for A30X.
With a service-entry date envisaged at least 15 years from now, the A30X would incorporate "breakthrough technologies" in powerplants, materials, aerodynamics and flightdecks, says Ian Dawkins, who is senior vice-president strategy and future programmes.


Miniature UAV makes maiden flight in NFL stadium

In a stadium usually set aside for NFL players and championships, the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis recently became a flight test center with a very unique flying object that didn’t look anything like a football.

Miniature but mission-ready, a Boeing-built small unmanned aircraft system takes flight in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis as part of a test for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. Boeing design engineer Jim Greenwood launches the flight.

Standing where the 50-yard line usually separates linebackers and offensive linemen, Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T) design engineer Jim Greenwood carefully raised a light gray small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS) over his head with its propeller spinning. Like a quarterback making a pass, he launched the five-pound airplane, named RM-1, short for “Rapid Manufacturing,” on its history-making flight about 60 feet above the dome’s field.

In reality, the Feb. 24 six-minute journey lifted off eight months earlier with a letter from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
“They called for a white paper on an unmanned vehicle that could have a defined payload mission and be designed, manufactured and built cost efficiently in less than four weeks,” said Mike Hayes, a BR&T design engineer. “We didn’t want to just deliver a piece of paper at the end of eight months so we told them upfront we were going to give them an airplane, and we were also going to try and fly that airplane.”

Ultimately, the Air Force Special Operations Command would like to use these ultra-portable, highly maneuverable and low cost unmanned aircraft for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Mobility and ease of use in the field are attributes the Air Force is seeking in these types of futuristic unmanned airborne systems.

For this project, the Boeing team used direct digital rapid manufacturing techniques, which made it possible to manufacture thermo-plastic parts without using any tools. The team transformed 3-D computer generated schematic drawings into lightweight carbon-composite aircraft parts.

“We would actually design a part during the day and build it at night,” said Hayes. “The parts all had to measure up to our rigid standards of integrity.”

The test aircraft is designed to hold a small camera that the team purchased at a local store. When broken down for shipping the platform can fit into an aluminum case the size of a small suitcase.

Mark DiPadua, a senior manufacturing engineer with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory who witnessed the flight test, said this project is unique.

“This is going to provide the U.S. Air Force with the opportunity to design an SUAS around a specific payload and mission requirement, and we’ll be able to do it affordably and very quickly,” said DiPadua. “Situational awareness and information in the battlefield is the key component of mission success.”

Final approach
Choosing the St. Louis Edward Jones Dome as a test flight site was no accident. Rather than waiting months for availability and paying the potentially high cost of travel and lodging for the Boeing group at a government flight test facility, the BR&T team called officials at the St. Louis sports facility.

“We were really able to reduce a lot of the risks and costs by flying the aircraft in the private, enclosed dome,” said Peter Drain, a BR&T flight operations official. “We didn’t have to worry about Federal Aviation Administration air space limitations since our test essentially became a ground test in the enclosed stadium.”

Drain estimated using the St. Louis location also saved about $40,000 in travel expenses for the Boeing team and its Air Force partner since the dome is only a short drive from Boeing Defense, Space & Security headquarters where the RM-1 was designed and first assembled.
These tests were a lot more than just witnessing the solid performance and prowess of the airplane, DiPadua said, noting the Boeing team’s commitment and drive.

“Boeing has been a very professional partner,” said DiPadua following the flight test. “On time and on schedule, and in this case going beyond what we asked for in our initial request, the BR&T team brought the aircraft from paper to flight test in just four weeks.”

The swift and streamlined process “used in designing and building this airplane is going to be something that interests the Air Force to a great extent, and it may one day save the lives of countless warfighters on missions of peace around the world,” he added.

The final moments before landing were tense as the RM-1 banked over rows of stadium seating and lined up on its final approach to the cement floor of the dome. Boeing engineer Daniel Sundman cradled the remote controller in his hand and used the joystick to gently guide the aircraft’s battery-powered engine and bring the tiny vehicle closer to the ground. In a matter of minutes, the test was complete.

The unmanned aircraft, which has no landing gear, touched down on the smooth flooring and slid about 20 feet to a full stop. You could almost hear the crowd go wild.

Boeing Press Release


Boeing Completes 1st 787 GEnx Engines Runs

EVERETT, Wash., May 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The first General Electric GEnx engines on a Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787 Dreamliner came to life Monday with initial engine starts. Customers can choose between the GEnx engines and the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines to power their 787s.
"This is another exciting step in our progress on the 787 test program," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 Program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Our partners at GE have worked diligently to ensure their engines are ready for the testing that is going to occur both before first flight of ZA005 and throughout the flight test program."
Video of the engine run is available at
Following engine testing, ZA005, the fifth 787 to be built, will undergo a series of ground tests similar to those conducted on the first 787s to ensure that it is ready for first flight later this quarter.


La Audiencia Nacional rechaza la demanda de los controladores

La Audiencia Nacional avala la bajada de sueldo a los controladores aéreos

Los controladores recurrirán ante el TS la sentencia que avala su bajada de sueldo


La ceniza que aguanta un avión

"AVOID, AVOID, AVOID". Evítelo. En mayúsculas y por tres veces. Esta es la recomendación vigente en el manual de la Organización de la Aviación Civil Internacional (OACI, organismo de Naciones Unidas) en caso de que un avión se encuentre con ceniza volcánica. Cualquier cantidad. Tolerancia cero en busca del riesgo cero.

Pero las aerolíneas se han rebelado ante las pérdidas causadas por la ceniza del volcán islandés, y sus fuertes presiones hicieron que los fabricantes de motores (General Electric, Pratt & Whitney y Rolls Royce) acordaran el 20 de abril con la Administración estadounidense que es aceptable volar con concentraciones de polvo volcánico de hasta dos miligramos por metro cúbico de aire y en ausencia de ceniza visible. El centro de vigilancia de volcanes (VAAC) de Londres alerta de concentraciones superiores a 0,2 miligramos, por eso los mapas de este organismo de la OACI y los de Eurocontrol difieren.


Técnicos mantenimiento dicen manual MD80 recomienda uso hielo varias tareas

"En vez de estar esperando a ver como bajaba la temperatura, se aplicó hielo para agilizar esa bajada", señaló la fuente, que aseguró que al menos hay "cuatro o cinco tareas en el manual" que recomiendan el uso del agua congelada


Brownback Proposes WTO Penalty for DOD Competitions

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) are proposing legislation that would require the Pentagon to penalize competitors for work that has been found by the World Trade Organization to have received illegal subsidies, according to industry officials.


Continuarán los efectos negativos del volcán sobre el espacio aéreo europeo


El TUE impone un límite de 1.100 euros de indemnización ante la pérdida de equipaje
Un nuevo giro de la Justicia europea ha limitado el derecho de indemnización por pérdida de equipaje en 1.100 euros: se trata de una sentencia del Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea (TUE) que ha desestimado el reclamo de un viajero de Clickair (actual Vueling) que extravió su maleta en un vuelo entre Barcelona y Oporto el 4 de junio de 2007, por lo cual solicitaba el pago de 3.200 euros (2.700 euros por el valor del equipaje perdido y otros 500 euros por daños morales).

Las líneas aéreas vulneran constantemente los derechos de los consumidores

  • “Los pasajeros tienen derecho a que las compañías aéreas les compensen los gastos ocasionados y les paguen el daño moral causado”, señala Mikel Alonso, miembro del Colegio de Abogados de Bizkaia
  • La fuerza mayor, como en el caso del volcán de Islandia, no puede justificar que las compañías no se hagan responsables de nada
  • “De cada 100 reclamaciones, sólo un 5% acaba en un proceso judicial; por eso, las compañías prefieren litigar y olvidarse de las demás”
  • El experto da todas las claves para tramitar este tipo de problemas, como guardar las hojas de reclamación y todos los recibos de los gastos ocasionad


China tries to hide J-10 fighter crashes

10 May 2010 8ak: On April 13, in the port city of Tianjin about 130- KM away from Beijing, China showed off its 4th Generation J-10 aircraft to military attaches of about 50 countries it could possibly export to. 9 days later as per Strategy page reports it was running to cover up the 2nd crash of the J-10 fighter that became public in the last two years. 

The 22 April crash became public because a senior colonel had died in the crash and the funeral became too big to keep the story hushed. The news report also claims that the design of the 200-odd J-10s produced has not worked out as desired by its developers. 


US Navy nears contract signing for STUAS/Tier II

Contract award is "very close" for a new fleet of small tactical unmanned aircraft systems (STUAS) for the US Navy and Marine Corps, despite procurement hold-ups that have delayed the selection process since October.

Four companies submitted bids for the STUAS/Tier II contract, which could replace hundreds of leased Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle systems operated by navy and marine forces.

AAI submitted a proposal based on the Aerosonde Mk 3.7, while Boeing/Insitu is offering the Integrator, which offers more than three times the payload of the ScanEagle. A Raytheon/Swift Engineering team has proposed the flying wing Killer Bee-4, while General Dynamics/Elbit Systems joint venture UAS Dynamics has offered its Storm product.


Crash: Afriqiyah A332 at Tripoli on May 12th 2010, impacted ground short of runway

Airbus Press Releases:

Media Information on Afriqiyah Airways aircraft (Issue I)
12 May 2010
Airbus regrets to confirm that an Airbus A330-200 operated by Afriqiyah Airways was involved in an accident in Tripoli, Libya early today, Wednesday 12th May. The aircraft was arriving from Johannesburg, South Africa.

In line with ICAO Annex 13 international convention, Airbus will provide full technical assistance to the Authorities responsible for the investigation into the accident through the Bureau d’Enquete et d’Analyse (BEA).

The concerns and sympathy of the Airbus employees go to the families, friends and loved ones affected by the accident of Afriqiyah Airways aircraft.
Press Release

Afriqiyah Airways flight 8U771 accident in Tripoli, Libya (ISSUE 2)
12 May 2010
Airbus regrets to confirm that an Airbus A330-200 operated by Afriqiyah Airways was involved in an accident in Tripoli, Libya at 04:00 GMT, Wednesday 12th May. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight 8U771 from Johannesburg, South Africa to Tripoli, Libya.

The aircraft involved in the accident, registered as 5A-ONG, was MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number) 1024, delivered from the production line in September 2009. The aircraft had accumulated approximately 1600 flight hours in some 420 flights. It was powered by General Electric CF6-80E1 engines. At this time no further factual information is available.

Preliminary reports indicate that the aircraft crashed short of the runway threshold during approach. According to available information there were 93 passengers and 11 crew on board.

In line with ICAO Annex 13 international convention Airbus is dispatching a team of technical advisors to support the investigation authorities and the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA) as accredited representative.

The Airbus A330-200 is a widebody, twin-engine aircraft, which typically carries 253 passengers in a three-class, twin-aisle cabin on medium to long range routes of up to 7,250 nautical miles (13,400km). The A330-200 was first delivered in April 1998.

The concerns and sympathy of the Airbus employees go to the families, friends and loved ones affected by the accident.
Press Release


IV Encuentro de Aviones Históricos

Para los próximos días 29 y 30 de Mayo la Fundación Aérea de la Comunidad Valenciana organiza, en el Aeródromo del Pinar, en la Playa de Castellón, el IV Encuentro de Aviones Históricos. Una ocasión única para poder disfrutar de los numerosos aviones que se han inscrito (a fecha de hoy han confirmado su presencia 26 aviones y esperamos pasar de 30) entre los que se cuentan un considerable número de Bucker. En concreto hay inscritas 10 Bucker y otras tres están pendientes de confirmación. Creo que desde que ese avión dejó de volar para el Ejército del Aire nunca se habrán visto tantas juntas.

Junto a las Bucker, podréis ver AISA I-11B, Jodel D-1190S Compostela, Jodel D-18, Piper Cub, Piper Super Cub, Piper Pacer y Piper Cherokee, Taylorcraft BC-12D, MoraneSaulnier 893, Texan, Dornier 27 y otras lindezas....Los aficionados a hacer fotos pueden disfrutar en cantidad.

Julián Oller


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