Lufthansa boasts of 100% A380 technical dispatch reliability

jueves, 30 de septiembre de 2010

Lufthansa has consistently experienced 100% technical dispatch reliability on its Airbus A380s, but Air France is frequently dropping below its 98.5% target.


The first 'Flying Car (LSA)' receives go-ahead by Federal Aviation Administration to begin production.

The Orlando office of the FAA issued a historic Special Light Sport Aircraft airworthiness certificate to Itec, a Central Florida Christian Non-Profit humanitarian organization; for their unique land, air, water and snow capable vehicle.

Itec Design Manager Troy Townsend says the issuance of this first ever certificate for a vehicle that drives and flies, using the same simple controls that virtually anyone can master in a matter of hours, is the culmination of 6 years of research and development by Itec, the Indigenous Peoples' Technology and Education Center in Dunnellon Florida.

The Maverick was developed as an all-in-one transportation vehicle for people in frontier areas of the world. Itec plans to produce this unique machine commercially for extreme sport enthusiasts, search and rescue, fire spotting and other uses in order to lower the cost to its primary non-commercial market - Indigenous People in the world beyond roads.

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The Maverick uses a patented 'Dual Drive System', 'Integrated Controls' (it drives and flies using the same steering wheel and gas pedal) and 'Wing Deployment System' to make this unique vehicle user-friendly.

Classified technically as a 'Powered Parachute' by the FAA when in flight configuration, the Maverick is, by design, very 'crash' resistant. Itec has tested earlier iterations in frontier areas of Africa and South America, operated by non-pilots, without mishap.

On the ground, both on-road and off-road, the Maverick is a 'Hot Rod' capable of out accelerating most sports cars, due to its aircraft type rugged but light construction.

Itec is entertaining the possibility of licensing production to an outside entity so it can concentrate time and resources on continued development of its primary technologies in Health Care for people beyond the reach of medical services.




Indonesia Plans 180 Flankers Plus F-16s

Indonesia intends to acquire 180 Sukhoi Flankers and also to buy Lockheed Martin F-16s, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro says, setting out plans for a massive expansion of the Southeast Asian country’s air combat force.

If Indonesia is serious about buying 180 Flankers, then Canberra will almost certainly fund the Royal Australian Air Force’s plan for 100 Lockheed Martin F-35s, says Andrew Davies, an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Until now, there was a significant chance that Australia would buy fewer F-35s.


Russia, Ukraine to build 60 An-124 cargo planes

A proposed Russia-Ukraine venture has received orders for 60 An-124 cargo aircraft, Antonov Civil Aircraft said on Thursday.

"The contracts have not been signed yet but we have already received orders for the production of 60 planes," the statement said.


Boeing Statement on Award of B-52 Modernization Contract

he Boeing Company today received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Air Force for B-52 Stratofortress weapon system modernization. The company released the following statement:

"This B-52 modernization contract will include several delivery orders over an eight-year period. The Air Force announced a contract ceiling of $11.9 billion. This is a contracting vehicle that will allow engineering sustaining contracts, studies, production and other activities to occur in support of the B-52. No funds were committed with this contract announcement. We expect our first delivery order to be awarded on Sept. 30."

Boeing has been maintaining and modernizing the B-52 bomber for 55 years -- including engineering services and upgrades to communication technology -- allowing the B-52 to remain a relevant weapon system in support of military missions around the world.