VIDEO: Australia's first KC-30A lands in Amberley

martes, 31 de mayo de 2011


Zero Gravity Corporation Awarded Safety Approval from the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation

Vienna, Va. – May 27, 2011 – Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) announced today that the company had received a Safety Approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

The Safety Approval, granted on April 20, 2011 and in effect for five years, allows ZERO-G to offer reduced gravity parabolic flight profiles to prospective suborbital launch operators to meet the applicable components of the crew qualification and training requirements outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (14 C.F.R. § 460.5). These regulations require crew members to complete training on how to carry out their roles on board or on the ground and to demonstrate the ability to withstand the stresses of spaceflight, which may include high acceleration or deceleration, microgravity, and vibration.

“ZERO-G is pleased to have been granted this Safety Approval issued by the FAA for suborbital spaceflight training. Parabolic flight will be an integral training system for crew and passengers in the growing suborbital market,” said Terese Brewster, president of ZERO-G.

The FAA has determined that ZERO-G has the ability to provide a flight environment capable of replicating reduced gravity levels. These profiles include 0.00 g +/- 0.05 g for 17 continuous seconds, 0.16 g +/- 0.05 g for 20 continuous seconds and 0.38 g +/- 0.05 g for 20 continuous seconds.

Dr. George Nield, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the FAA, congratulated ZERO-G on receiving the Safety Approval. “The training that ZERO-G offers with its parabolic aircraft flights provides an outstanding opportunity for crewmembers to experience firsthand the reduced gravity environment that is so uniquely associated with spaceflight. By allowing crewmembers to have that experience prior to launch, it will definitely help them to be better prepared for their missions.”

“Not only does ZERO-G have the capability of preparing crew and passengers for spaceflight, the company also offers the scientific community the opportunity to reduce the risk of experiment failure prior to launch,” continued Ms. Brewster. “Parabolic flight is the critical first step in achieving space research objectives. The ZERO-G Weightless Lab increases the probability that equipment will perform to specification and experiment protocols will be successful while in space.”

About ZERO-G

Zero Gravity Corporation is a privately held space entertainment and tourism company whose mission is to make the excitement and adventure of weightlessness accessible to the public. ZERO-G is based in Vienna, Va. and is the first and only FAA-approved provider of weightless flights to the general public, as well as the entertainment and film industries; corporate and incentive market; non-profit research and education sectors; and government.

Founded in 1993, ZERO-G is led by a world-class team of veteran astronauts and experienced business leaders. The company was co-founded by X PRIZE Chairman and space visionary, Dr. Peter H. Diamandis; former NASA astronaut, Dr. Byron K. Lichtenberg; and NASA engineer Ray Cronise. The team spent more than a decade working to bring the marvel of weightless flight to the public.

Since launching the ZERO-G Experience in September 2004, the company has conducted more than 250 weightless flights and flown over 6,000 members of the public, including celebrities and media personalities, corporate charters, science and math teachers, and individuals aged eight to 93.

ZERO-G operates under the highest safety standards as set by the FAA (Part-121) with its partner Amerijet International Inc. of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Aircraft operations take place under the same regulations set for large commercial passenger airliners.



Airbus highlights career opportunities at Le Bourget Paris Air Show

World’s leading aircraft manufacturer to recruit more than 3000 people in 2011


Airbus will showcase job and career opportunities for young talents and graduates as well as experienced professionals at the International Le Bourget Paris Air show. From 20-25 June a series of forums and workshops will provide the opportunity for job seekers to discuss their possible future career path with HR professionals, engineers and business experts.

At the show the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer will highlight opportunities generated by new developments such as the A320neo or the all new A350XWB twin aisle jet. Key competencies such as structure and systems engineering will be in the spotlight as well as lean management. Opportunities also exist in procurement, finance, human resources, strategy, marketing and sales for graduates from business schools and universities. Overall, this year Airbus plans to recruit more than 3,000 talents from all around the world and offers more than 2,500 internships at its worldwide sites.

On June 21st, World Diversity Day, there will be a special focus on diversity, a core asset and strength for Airbus which currently employs 52,500 people of 80 different nationalities. The company seeks to fill at least 25% of its positions with female candidates and looks into further enhancing equal opportunities not only between men and women but also for people with disabilities.

The finale of the second Airbus international student contest “Fly Your Ideas” will also take place at Le Bourget Air show. Fly Your Ideas (FYI) challenges students from around the world to develop new ideas for greener aviation. It comprises three progressively challenging competition-rounds with student proposals being evaluated by a panel of top-level Airbus and industry experts. This year, a new record of 2,620 students from 75 countries have taken part. The winners will share a top prize of €30,000 while the runners-up will receive a €15,000 reward. FYI also inspires young talents to consider a career in aviation and strengthens the company’s ties with universities and schools worldwide in the areas of future research and technology. The finalists this year are coming from Chile, China, India, Malaysia and Sweden.

Workshop website:
Airbus’ career website:
Airbus’ Facebook career page:
Fly Your Ideas website:

Airbus will welcome its guests at the EADS HR Lounge on the static display, in front of hall 2A.

Workshops will be held in English and are open to everyone interested in an Airbus aeronautics career. Registration has to be completed on the following website:


CASSIDIAN to protect Canadian Naval Vessels against laser-based Attacks

31 May 2011

  • New technologies counter asymmetric threats
  • Close cooperation between Cassidian and Defence Research and Development Canada at Valcartier

Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, will develop innovative solutions to protect ships of the Canadian Navy against new types of asymmetric threats. Under the designation LOCATES (= Laser Optical Countermeasures and Surveilllance Against Threat Environment Scenarios), the Defence Research Development Canada (DRDC), Valcartier, Québec, awarded Cassidian a contract to apply new technologies to detect and counter laser-based threats in harbors and littoral waters.

The program is the answer to increasing threats by laser designators and laser-guided weapons which are widely distributed and easy to operate. Navy ships are particularly vulnerable in a littoral environment where attacks are difficult to be detected without sufficient pre-warning time.

Therefore, LOCATES aims at the development of a detection and tracking capability together with a reliable laser countermeasure system. A prototype system shall be developed and field tested by 2013. In a close cooperation between Cassidian and DRDC, the programme will include technologies currently under development with the Canadian research and development agency.

"EADS has a longstanding relationship with Canada and especially with the Canadian Research Community," said Pierre Delestrade, President and CEO of EADS Canada. "Together with the DRDC, EADS' defence and security division Cassidian is focused on providing the Canadian Forces with the state-of-the-art technologies they will need to face future threats," he added.

"The Canadian Navy's mission is continuously evolving, and accordingly requires cutting-edge technologies to detect and protect Naval platforms from asymmetric threats," said Simon Jacques, Cassidian Head of Canadian Sales. "Cassidian is proud to further our long-term collaboration with the DRDC, and leverage our know-how and expertise, to develop future laser detection and counter innovations. Technologies developed in partnership with the DRDC-Valcartier will not only satisfy the Canadian Navy's littoral requirements, but also those of allied Navies throughout the world."

Cassidian capitalizes on a wide-ranging experience in the field of platform self-protection in the electro-optic spectrum. The company has developed laser warning devices for ships, aircraft and land vehicles which are in operation with several NATO armed forces. Its MILDS missile launch detection system, with more than 6,000 units sold, is the standard missile warner for helicopters and widebody aircraft on a global scale.



Concluido el ensayo a carga última del HTP del A380

lunes, 30 de mayo de 2011

El pasado viernes concluyó el ensayo del HTP del A380 con rotura en máxima flexión a 1,75 carga límite.
Vía Dir. Ingeniería Airbus Military


El A330MRTT de la RAAF (KC-30) ya ha llegado a Australia

El aparato de la RAAF aterrizó hace unas horas en Amberley.

Se ha cerrado para cuarentena. Se entregara oficialmente el miercoles 1 de junio de 2011


Boeing to fly 787 to Japan for readiness test (Video)

domingo, 29 de mayo de 2011



New studies show flight path for aviation biofuels (Video)



Airbus statement regarding BEA information released today

Blagnac, 27 May 2011

The preliminary information released by the BEA today is consistent with facts published in the BEA preliminary and interim reports. The BEA’s work constitutes a significant step towards the identification of the complete chain of events that led to the tragic accident of Air France flight 447 in June 2009.

Airbus is committed to continuing to provide support to the BEA investigation with the objective of identifying all potential lessons to be learnt.

Airbus is confident that the successful recovery of the data contained by the Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) will undoubtedly contribute to making air travel even safer.

The people of Airbus once again wish to convey their condolences to all those who have lost family, friends and loved ones in this tragic accident.



Boeing and ANA to Conduct 787 Service Readiness Validation in Japan

viernes, 27 de mayo de 2011

-The first time the 787 will fly to Asia and Japan

TOKYO, May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and ANA today announced how the two companies will work together to help prove the 787 Dreamliner's readiness to enter service on a commercial basis. Using the second flight test aircraft, known as ZA002, they will simulate in-service operations across several airports in Japan in a service ready operational validation. The validation is expected to take place the week of July 4. Anticipated city pairs include trips between Haneda Airport in Tokyo and airports in Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Okayama and Hiroshima.

This will be the 787's maiden appearance in Japan. ANA is the launch customer for the aircraft and has 55 Dreamliners on order. The 787, which will be deployed across the ANA route network, is an integral part of ANA's strategy to strengthen its position and support its growth and expansion plans.

"ANA is eager to introduce the innovative 787 Dreamliner to Japan," said Shinichiro Ito, ANA president and chief executive officer. "Giving our employees the opportunity to gain experience with the airplane will help ensure a smoother entry into service later this year."

"We've put the airplane through its paces in a rigorous flight test program," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "Now, as we get closer to first delivery, we'll prove out its capabilities and reliability in a revenue-like environment."

ANA's maintenance crews also will practice maintenance and servicing of the 787 during the validation. This will include typical ground servicing activities, fit checks of airplane jacks and maintenance hangar stands, towing and refueling the airplane, and other routine maintenance operations. Watch this video to see how Boeing and ANA are planning for the validation.

Similar service ready validations have been conducted with great success on previous Boeing programs, including the 777, 737NG and 757-300.

Boeing plans to deliver the first 787 to ANA in the August to September timeframe.



First Airbus Military A330 MRTT leaves on delivery flight to Australia

The first Airbus Military A330 MRTT new generation tanker/transport for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has left Madrid at 10h00 local time on its ferry flight to Australia.

Designated the KC-30A in RAAF service, the aircraft is scheduled to arrive at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland on Monday 30 May, and to be formally handed over to the customer in the next few days.

On its ferry flight, the A330 MRTT is being flown by Airbus Military and RAAF crews, and will transit via McCarran (Nevada) and Hickam (Hawaii) in the USA.

The aircraft is the second converted by Qantas Defence Services in Brisbane, which was returned to Madrid for painting and finishing. It will be joined by the second aircraft for the RAAF in June, and two further aircraft later in the year. The fifth and final aircraft ordered by the RAAF, which arrived in Brisbane for conversion a few days ago, will be delivered next year.

The arrival of the aircraft at RAAF Amberley follows an extensive development and test programme for what is the world's only certified and flying new generation tanker/transport aircraft. Civil Supplemental Type Certificate was obtained in March 2010, and the military certification in October.

In RAAF service the A330 MRTT will be equipped with two underwing refuelling pods, the fly-by-wire Airbus Military Aerial Refuelling Boom System (ARBS), and a Universal Aerial Refuelling Receptacle Slipway Installation (UARRSI) enabling it to be refuelled from another tanker. It is powered by two General Electric CF6-80E engines. It is equipped with a comprehensive defensive aids suite (DAS) and fitted with 270 passenger seats.



El primer A330 MRTT de Airbus Military parte a Australia en vuelo de entrega

(Nota de prensa de Airbus Military, 27 de Mayo 2011)

El primer Airbus Military A330 MRTT, un avión cisterna de transporte de nueva generación destinado a la Real Fuerza Aérea de Australia (RAAF), ha despegado hoy de Madrid en vuelo de entrega rumbo a aquel país a las 10.00 horas, hora local.

Está previsto que el aparato -cuya designación de tipo por parte de la RAAF es KC-30A- llegue a la base de la RAAF de Amberley (Queensland) el lunes 30 de mayo y que su entrega formal al cliente tenga lugar pocos días después.

El vuelo de ferry hará escala en los EE.UU., en la base de McCarran (Nevada) y de Hickham (Hawai). Su tripulación está compuesta por miembros de Airbus Military y la RAAF.

Este avión es el segundo convertido por Qantas Defence Services en Brisbane, que volvió a Madrid para trabajos de pintura y acabado. En junio se le unirá el segundo avión para la RAAF y unos meses más tarde, en este mismo año, dos aviones más. El quinto y último aparato encargado por la RAAF -que llegó a Brisbane para los trabajos de conversión hace unos días- será entregado en 2012.

La llegada de la aeronave a la base de Amberley es el resultado de un exhaustivo programa de desarrollo y pruebas del único modelo de cisterna/transporte de nueva generación que ya está certificado y volando. El Certificado Suplementario Civil de Tipo se obtuvo en marzo de 2010 y la certificación militar en octubre del mismo año.

En la RAAF, el MRTT irá equipado con dos góndolas de reabastecimiento bajo las alas, con la pértiga de repostaje en vuelo (ARBS) de Airbus Military y con un receptáculo universal de reabastecimiento (UARRSI) que le faculta a su vez para recibir en vuelo combustible de otro avión cisterna. El aparato está propulsado por dos motores General Electric CF6-80E. Asimismo, está equipado con un exhaustivo Conjunto de Ayudas Defensivas (DAS), además de asientos para 270 pasajeros.


El diseño del A400M integra en un avión las necesidades de transporte de las fuerzas aéreas del siglo XXI

jueves, 26 de mayo de 2011

La Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de la Universidad de Sevilla ha acogido hoy una nueva conferencia dentro del ciclo “El despegue del A400M”.

Organizada por la Cátedra EADS de Estudios Aeronáuticos, la ponencia ha llevado por título “El diseño del A400M” y ha sido pronunciada por el responsable de Arquitectura e Integración de Aviones de Airbus Military, Andrés Biarge.

El Sr. Biarge ha explicado durante su disertación cómo se implementaron los requerimientos establecidos por las distintas fuerzas aéreas de los países clientes para el diseño del avión de transporte del siglo XXI. El A400M es hoy una realidad que cuenta con cuatro unidades que vuelan a diario y una quinta que se unirá a la campaña de ensayos en vuelo tras el

Entre los requisitos a los que tenía que dar respuesta el diseño se cuentan el rango de velocidades requerido por los países clientes lanzadores del proyecto –que va desde una velocidad de crucero cercana a la de un reactor a bajas velocidades para el lanzamiento de cargas y paracaidistas–; su altísima maniobrabilidad en vuelo y en tierra –tal y como han descrito todas las tripulaciones que lo han volado–; su operatividad en campos no preparados; o su capacidad de supervivencia en ambientes hostiles. En lo que respecta a la configuración general, el diseño debía idear un avión que, sumando los requerimientos antes descritos, fuera también capaz de transportar una gran diversidad de cargas que incluyera vehículos de gran peso, tropas, así como la posibilidad de lanzar cargas y paracaidistas en vuelo.

“Teníamos unos requisitos que condicionaban enormemente el diseño final del avión. Era un desafío y hoy podemos decir con total satisfacción que hemos conseguido aunar todas las necesidades de las fuerzas aéreas del siglo XXI en un avión y darles respuesta con el fantástico A400M”, ha señalado el Sr. Biarge en el transcurso de la conferencia.

Andrés Biarge (Madrid, 1948) es Ingeniero Aeronáutico por la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Inició su actividad profesional en la antigua CASA (hoy Airbus Military) en 1974. Ha trabajado en diversos programas que van del C101 al C295. Posteriormente fue el responsable de Ingeniería de Desarrollo de la compañía. En los últimos años ha dirigido el equipo técnico de las labores de Ingeniería del A400M desarrolladas en España. Desde 2009 tiene a su cargo la organización de Arquitectura e Integración de Aviones de Airbus Military.



easyJet takes delivery of its 200th Airbus aircraft

Europe’s largest Airbus Single Aisle operator keeps growing

easyJet, have marked becoming the world’s youngest and quickest airline to reach a fleet of 200 Airbus aircraft at a ceremony in Toulouse. Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO, Jean-Paul Ebanga, CFM International President and CEO, and Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO were present at the event.
To celebrate the 200th Airbus, easyJet and Airbus unveiled an A320 in a unique all orange colour scheme. Its maiden flight with passengers from Toulouse for Paris and then onto London was appropriately given flight number EZY200.

“Our ambition is to become Europe’s preferred airline. We’re already Britain’s’ biggest – carrying more passengers than the others put together. We aim to Turn Europe Orange and the special livery on our 200th aircraft embodies that ambition!,’ said Carol Carolyn McCall, easyJet CEO

“The tremendous success achieved by easyJet in growing to be one of Europe’s major carriers, and one of Airbus’ top A320 Family customers in just eight years is unique and impressive. We congratulate easyJet and thank their management for the loyalty and support they have given to Airbus, and we are looking forward to continuing our excellent cooperation in the future,” said Tom Enders

easyJet already operates the world’s largest fleet of A319s with over 166 in service today. Including their A320s, which have recently joined the fleet, the airline has grown to be Europe’s largest A320 Family operator. Since easyJet took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft (an A319) in September 2003, Airbus has delivered an aircraft on average every 14 days over the last eight years.

With over 7,000 aircraft ordered, and more than 4,600 aircraft delivered to over 330 customers and operators worldwide, the A320 Family is today the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family.



Airbus sponsored electric concept aircraft “eGenius” takes up to the sky for the first time

Airbus supports basic research activities for a greener and emission free aviation industry
Blagnac, 26 May 2011

Six weeks after its first public presentation at the international Aero-Expo in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the Airbus sponsored technology demonstrator “eGenius” performed its maiden flight yesterday in the late afternoon from the airfield in Mindelheim, Bavaria, Germany. During the 20 minutes flight the main focus was on checking the handling qualities and proving the unique propulsion system in flight.

The “eGenius” features an electric propulsion system which pushes the limits of electric flight to a power level of 60kW. In the following flight test campaign the flight envelope will be enlarged continuously by verifying the flight performance and reliability of the electric propulsion.

Designed by the Institute of Aircraft Design at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, the “eGenius” project is supported by Airbus as main sponsor in the frame of the manufacturer’s overall engagement to reduce emissions and develop a greener aviation industry. Airbus examines the long-term potential of electricity as alternative major onboard energy source. The data collected from the practical operation with the “eGenius” aircraft will be analysed by Airbus’ Future Projects teams to further develop the technology and better understand its opportunities.

Airbus is supporting various research and technology projects in close cooperation with universities and research institutes. Besides the monitoring of the electric propulsion technology, Airbus is also developing fuel cell technology as alternative energy source, enabling an emission-free aircraft operation on ground. In addition, Airbus is strongly engaging in implementing and testing bio-fuel technology and actively supports the installation of local bio-fuel value-chains around the world.

Notes for editors: Facts & Figures for “eGenius”aircraft:

• Wing span 16,86m
• MTOW 850 kg
• Wide fuselage for two pilots sitting side by side
• Range 400 km
• Cruise speed up to 235 km/h
• Engine power 60kW
• Equivalent energy consumption per 100km and passenger: 0.6 l fuel



Sukhoi Superjet 100 the first month in revenue service at Armavia fleet: 66 flights for the overall distance of 85800km performed. 2885 people became SSJ100 passengers.

martes, 24 de mayo de 2011

On April, 21 2011, Sukhoi Superjet 100 performed its first commercial flight in “Armavia” fleet. The aircraft was put into operation in an extremely short period of time – in two days after the official delivery to the launch customer on April, 19 2011. The route of the first passenger flight with 96 passengers aboard was Yerevan-Moscow(Sheremetyevo)-Yerevan.

During the past month the aircraft has made 66 flights in total. All flights were performed at 35000 – 39000ft altitude, at the speed of 0.78-0.8 M. Smooth and regular aircraft operation is the result of the perfect job done by highly professional “Armavia” team supported by the manufacturer of the aircraft.

SSJ100 performs flights to Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, Vnukovo, Odessa, Donetsk, Simferopol, Larnaka (Greece), Aleppo (Syria), Venice (Italy), Teheran (Iran), Rome (Italy), Tel-Aviv (Israel), Beirut (Lebanon), Lion (France).

The aircraft spent more than 168 hours in flight, took more than 2885 passengers to total distance of 85800 km. No failure having impact on the airworthiness was registered during the whole period of operation.

“SSJ100 perfectly fits “Armavia” fleet, containing mostly CRJ200, А319 and А320 aircraft. Owing to high economic efficiency and good operational capabilities we can schedule the aircraft both to regional and to short-haul routes - basing on current passenger load per each flight.” – stressed the owner of “Armavia” Mikhail Bagdasarov.

“It is a great aircraft and it allows intensive operation already at entry into service. Both crew and passengers receive only positive impressions. The aircraft is easy and comfortable to control, the cockpit is quiet and allows effortless communication between pilots. The cabin is spacious and comfortable too, the passengers do not have any difficulties while boarding or placing their baggage. Wide aisles provide the opportunity to serve food and beverages with maximum comfort even during short flights. The passengers can easily pass the flight attendant by while he is serving.” – adds SSJ100 Crew Chief Sergey Kharatyan.

Sukhoi Superjet 100

Designed, developed and built by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC), in partnership with Alenia Aeronautica, the Sukhoi Superjet 100 is a 100 seat regional jet. A further 115-120 seat variant is under study. The SSJ100 is the most advanced and environmentally friendly new generation regional jet. The first SSJ100 was rolled out from SCAC’s final assembly shop at Komsomolsk-on Amur on September 26th 2007. First flight was successfully accomplished on May 19th 2008.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 cruises at a Maximum Operating Speed of Mach 0.81 and 40.000 feet. It takes off from a 1.731 meters runway in the basic range and 2.052 meters in the long range. The operating range for the basic version is 3.048 km and 4.578 km for the long range version.

The certification campaign was accomplished with four prototypes for flight testing and two prototypes for static and fatigue trials. The tests show that the aircraft meets all certification requirements.

In February 2011, the SSJ100 obtained the Type Certificate by the Russian Certification Authority IAC AR. The aircraft is ready for the entry into service and it is authorized to start commercial operation. The first SSJ 100 aircraft was delivered to Armavia on April 19, 2011 and entered into commercial operation on April 21,2011.

The EASA certification is expected in the end of 2011.



The AS350 B3 Helicopter Proves Its High-Altitude Performance with Rescue on Mt. McKinley

Marignane, May 23, 2011
The AStar family of helicopters has become the platform of choice for
a variety of missions throughout the world. From law enforcement to
utility and from tour to air medical and Search and Rescue, customers
across the globe depend on the performance and reliability of their
AStars to complete their vital missions.

On Thursday, May 12, 2011, an AS350 B3 helicopter from the Denali
National Park & Preserve was performed a high-altitude rescue on Mt.
McKinley of an injured climber, who had broken his leg in a fall near
the summit. It was one of the highest rescues recorded on Mt.

"We would like to commend the pilot and everyone involved in this
extraordinary rescue," stated Marc Paganini, President and CEO of
American Eurocopter. "Eurocopter helicopters are designed and built to
meet and exceed the demanding missions of our customers. Rescues like
this show the commitment of our customers to doing what it takes to
complete the mission and their confidence in our aircraft."

The AS350 B3 helicopter is provided and operated by TEMSCO on an
exclusive-use contract to the National Park Service (NPS) in the
Denali National Park & Preserve and is primarily used for mountain
rescues. This rescue occurred at 19,833 ft. The summit of Mt. McKinley
is at 20,320 ft., and it is known for inclement weather conditions.

The pilot of the AS350 B3 was Andreas Hermansky, a TEMSCO employee,
and he knew that this was not going to be a routine rescue.

"With a rescue of this magnitude at this altitude, the mission is so
complex," he said. With wind gusts to 70 mph and the temperature well
below zero, confidence in the aircraft and the pilot's abilities is a
must. Hermansky explained that to be ready for a rescue at this
altitude, he had to know the area, the aircraft and its performance at
altitude with flights to summit. "Rescues up here are so much more
than just flying an AStar. I have landed on the summit a couple of
times in various conditions, so I was comfortable with the aircraft
and knew it could handle this mission."

Mt. McKinley is a popular mountain for climbers from around the globe,
and more than 1000 have registered to climb it this year alone. Joe
Reichert, Denali National Park Ranger and South District Helicopter
Manager, explained that each year they conduct evacuations from
several locations and altitudes on the mountain. "We have on average
about 20 to 25 evacuations and SAR missions each year. The AS350 B3
provides us with the high-altitude performance we need to cover Mt.
McKinley and the extreme conditions we encounter. The most recent
high-altitude rescue is a perfect example of that."

The AS350 B3 from TEMSCO also provides a variety of mission support
for the Denali National Park & Preserve, in addition to search and
rescue. "This helicopter gives us the power and flexibility we need to
perform many functions throughout the preserve including resource
management, hauling equipment, ferrying researchers to remote
locations and repeater work," continues Reichert.

This multi-role appeal is also why TEMSCO has three AS350 B3s in its
fleet. "The AS350 B3 is a true multi-role helicopter," said Joe Hicks,
Senior Vice President of TEMSCO Helicopters. "It has outstanding
external load capabilities, and its hot & high performance allows us
to haul drills for geological surveys, assist the U.S. Forest Service
with field work, conduct firefighting missions, assist with
construction, and perform SAR missions, like the one on Mt. McKinley."

TEMSCO (an acronym from the words: Timber, Exploration, Mining,
Survey, Cargo Operations) was founded in 1958 in Ketchikan, Alaska.
TEMSCO has operated AStars since 1983. It was one of the launch
customers for the AS350 B3 in the United States and helped shape the
development of the aircraft due to the wide variety of missions the
company performs. "We took delivery of the second AS350 B3 in the
U.S., and TEMSCO has really grown with the B3," added Hicks. Its
helicopter fleet has grown, as it has expanded its operations into
tourism, hospital transport, firefighting, and other growing markets.

TEMSCO will have a fourth AS350 B3 delivered at the end of May.

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is the U.S. affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest
helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of EADS North
America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second
largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American
Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and markets, sells and
supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters
offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most
cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from
light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American
Eurocopter's headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX,
with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS.

About Eurocopter
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a
division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related
services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 17,500 people. In
2010, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world's number one
helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market with a
turnover of 4.8 billion Euros, orders for 346 new helicopters and a 49
percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the
Group's helicopters account for 33 percent of the total worldwide
civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter's strong worldwide presence is
ensured by its 30 subsidiaries and participations on five continents,
along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and
maintenance centers. There are currently 11,200 Eurocopter helicopters
in service and some 2,900 customers in 147 countries. Eurocopter
offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.

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New CSeries Aircraft Wing Factory Taking Shape In Belfast

lunes, 23 de mayo de 2011

Bombardier has begun installing semi-automated jigs at its new wing facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to support assembly of the advanced composite wings for the all-newCSeries aircraft.
The jigs, fixed machinery that will be used to assemble the primary structural components of the composite wing torque box, are being installed in the second phase of a new, state-of-the-art 600,000 sq. ft. (55,742 m2) manufacturing and assembly facility. The first phase of the new factory, which will accommodate the fabrication of the composite components, was completed on schedule towards the end of 2010.
Bombardier’s Belfast operation is responsible for the design, manufacture and integration of the advanced composite wings for the CS100 and CS300 jets, including all flight control surfaces and high-lift systems. The primary structural components of the wings will be produced using the unique Resin Transfer Infusion (RTI) process that has been developed by Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast engineers.
“The installation of the wing assembly jigs is another milestone that brings us a step closer to producing wings for the CSeries aircraft program,” said Michael Ryan, Vice President and General Manager, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast.
“The jigs are highly automated and will allow us to control the assembly of the wings with a high degree of precision. We already installed a specially designed assembly jig to produce a pre-production wing technology demonstrator, and are now applying what we have learned from this to the actual production assembly jigs. We are confident that, working with our suppliers, we have implemented a tooling process that meets our high production standards,” continued Mr. Ryan.
Last summer, Bombardier successfully completed the ultimate load test on the CSeries aircraft composite pre-production wing, replicating 150 per cent of the most severe forces the wing is ever likely to experience in service. The pre-production wing is part of the overall complex research and development program that Bombardier has undertaken to ‘prove out’ the new technology, manufacturing and assembly processes it is applying to the composite wing.
Meanwhile, all production equipment has been installed in the fabrication section of the new wing facility, which comprises a production area and low contamination ‘clean room’ area. Equipment installed includes a fabric cutter, a multiple-axis machine cell, pre-formers, an autoclave and non-destructive testing equipment. Production of the CSeries aircraft advanced composite wings is due to begin later this year.
The CSeries aircraft, which are optimized for the single-aisle 100- to 149-seat market, will deliver the lowest operating costs in their class, exceptional operational flexibility, widebody comfort and an unmatched environmental scorecard.


"UTair’s Training Center joins Eurocopter Global Training Network"

domingo, 22 de mayo de 2011

From left to right: Derek Sharples, Eurocopter Executive Vice President for Support and Services. Laurence Rigolini, CEO Eurocopter Vostok. Andrei Martirosov, CEO UTair Aviation. Vladimir Demkin, director of Training Center for pilots and technicians (PTC). © Copyright Eurocopter Vostok, photographer Marina Listseva
Andrei Martirosov, CEO UTair Aviation, and Vladimir Demkin, director of Personnel Training Center (PTC) received from Derek Sharples, Eurocopter Executive Vice President for Support and Services, a certificate of conformity to Eurocopter training standards. Thus Eurocopter officially finalized the audit process of UTair training facility in Tyumen, Russia, and granted to the world's biggest helicopter operator rights for pilots and mechanics training in Russian language under Eurocopter training programs. Therefore, PTC becomes the 20th training center in Eurocopter training network and the 1st one without Eurocopter shareholding participation.

The center is approved for type rating training of pilots and mechanics on AS350 and AS355 helicopters, which are the best selling and most demanded Eurocopter light helicopter with nearly 5,000 helicopters delivered. This challenging project was launched by both partners three years ago with the signature of the frame contract at Heli Russia 2010. Now the center is fully operational and the first training course is scheduled for June 2011.

"Our companies have long partner relations. Start of pilot and engineer training at UTair training center is a new very important stage of successful cooperation. We are proud that our training center is the first one in Russia to be endorsed by Eurocopter: this confirms high level of our specialists', said Andrei Martirosov, CEO UTair Aviation.

"We are very proud to welcome UTair's PTC into the Eurocopter family. It becomes the 20th Training Center in the global Eurocopter network and is the 1st external training center ever certified by Eurocopter Group. This demonstrates UTair's PTC high level of professionalism and training standards, the latter being fully compliant with international regulations", stated Derek Sharples, Eurocopter Executive Vice President for Support and Services.

"We believe that the customization of Eurocopter's global offer through joint projects between Eurocopter Vostok and our Russian partners is a key for the effective follow-up of the Eurocopter fleet in a fast growing market. We are proud to work out this project with UTair, a well-recognized leader on the Russian and global market', said Laurence Rigolini, CEO of Eurocopter Vostok.

As part of the Eurocopter training network, UTair's Personnel Training Center will benefit from all kind of assistance like program updates, audits and Eurocopter's best training practices, thus significantly contributing to the expansion of UTair's services portfolio.

About UTair's Training Center

Personnel Training Center is registered as a non-commercial partnership and is one of the largest civil aviation training centers in Russia. The training center is established by UTair Aviation and its subsidiaries UTair Engineering and JSC Center of Transport and Services.

About UTair

UTair is the number one helicopter company in the world in terms of fleet size and payload that includes more than 250 Russian and foreign helicopters. Since 2006, UTair successfully operates Eurocopter helicopters. In 2010, UTair Aviation's subsidiary UTair Engineering has received a certificate confirming that it is an official MRO Center for Eurocopter helicopters AS350, AS355 N and BO105 for O and I checks. For more than 40 years, UTair trains pilots, stewards, mechanics, and technicians on how to fly and maintain helicopters and airplanes. At the moment, 23,000 students attend UTair's training classes every year. In 2010, UTair has ordered 16 AS350 and 4 AS355 helicopters.

About Eurocopter Vostok (

Eurocopter Vostok, a 100% wholly-owned subsidiary of Eurocopter SAS, was created in 2006 to provide sales, customer support, and to implement fleet follow-up in Russia and the CIS. More than 140 Eurocopter helicopters currently are operating throughout Russia and the CIS countries – bringing the Eurocopter Group's share of the Russian and CIS gas turbine market for Western turbine-engine helicopters to more than 70 percent.

About Eurocopter

Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 17,500 people. In 2010, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world's number one helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market with a turnover of 4.8 billion Euros, orders for 346 new helicopters and a 49 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group's helicopters account for 33 percent of the total worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter's strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 30 subsidiaries and participations on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. There are currently 11,200 Eurocopter helicopters in service and some 2,900 customers in 147 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.


Video: SpaceShipTwo's First "Feathered" Flight Marks Latest Milestone for Virgin Galactic.

sábado, 21 de mayo de 2011



Airbus helps spread UN’s Green Wave around the world / Airbus ayuda a difundir el mensaje de concienciación de la Ola Verde de Naciones Unidas por todo el mundo

International Day of Biodiversity on 22 May raises awareness of the need to protect nature

To celebrate the United Nations International Day for Biodiversity on 22 May, Airbus, the leading aircraft manufacturer, is supporting projects across the world that are helping to raise awareness of the need to preserve the rich variety of all life on earth.

Airbus, in partnership with the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), is working to encourage young people to engage with biodiversity, through participation in The Green Wave. An initiative designed to educate young people about the crucial role that biodiversity plays in our lives and our futures, The Green Wave encourages people at 10:00am on Sunday 22 May, to celebrate biodiversity by planting a tree or through other activities and to upload pictures of this online. The idea is to create a Green Wave of action passing through time zones around the world from east to west.

Airbus President and CEO, Tom Enders, said: “Throughout history engineers have been inspired by nature, and still today it continues to help create modern solutions to improve efficient flight. Airbus commits 80% of its R&D investment into pioneering innovative solutions for greener flight and sustainable aviation, and we are proud to give our ongoing support to the CBD and The Green Wave initiative to help preserve this natural source of inspiration”.

Airbus is mobilising its global network of more than 52,500 employees in their own communities, to help celebrate The Green Wave, including a day of celebrations at the company’s Family Day taking place at its Madrid site. In China, Airbus employees will work with local children in Yunnan Province to build a school garden together and in the UK, in support of the UN’s International Year of Forests this year, Airbus employees are taking part in an activity giving mini-orchards to local schools.

In addition, Airbus is encouraging airlines from around the world to get involved in this initiative, of which a number have so far committed to support The Green Wave in 2011 in their promotional material. Carriers include: Aegean Air, AeroUnion, Amsterdam Airlines, Emirates, EVA Airways Corporation, JAT Airways, Korean Air, Olympic Air, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways International.

The Airbus Corporate Foundation is also supporting a number of localised biodiversity projects. In Germany, a schools project focusing on renewable energy generation; in Spain, an initiative to promote environmental education for sustainable development in schools; in the UK, a community project giving school children access to nature projects located near one of Airbus UK’s sites; and in the US, the Foundation is supporting a children’s education project at the Gulf Coast Exploreum.

CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf said: “It is vital that major global businesses such as Airbus support us in spreading awareness of the importance of protecting the rich biodiversity of the world we live in. As we enter the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, I hope that Airbus’ work will inspire other businesses to work with us in raising awareness and developing sustainable solutions to protect life on earth.”

For more information and to participate in The Green Wave on 22 May visit Alternatively you can visit The Green Wave Facebook page to share photos and stories (search ‘Pages’ for ‘Green Wave’).

Notes to editors
The Green Wave:
• Is coordinated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The CBD is a United Nations intergovernmental treaty, whose objectives are the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. The Secretariat of the CBD is administered by the United Nations Environment Programme.
• On 22 May each year (the International Day for Biodiversity), as part of The Green Wave initiative, young people are invited to plant a tree at 10:00 to celebrate biodiversity. This will create a wave of planting as the activity passes through each time zone across the world.
Participants upload photos and stories to The Green Wave website that go live in the evening at 20:10 creating a virtual wave on the internet.
• Visit to get involved.
Airbus-specific notes:
• Airbus believes that growth in air travel is a global need and that the essential social and economic benefits derived from a more connected world can deliver a greener world, if everybody plays their part.
• Airbus acknowledges the 2% that aviation contributes to global man-made CO2 emissions, but believes that it also has a responsibility to support others in tackling the remaining 98% of CO2 emissions. Deforestation alone, for example, generates 17% of man-made CO2, so Airbus is working with the CBD and using its global outreach to raise awareness of the importance of the need to preserve the variety of life on earth.

El 22 de mayo, Día Internacional de la Biodiversidad, recuerda la necesidad de proteger nuestro medio ambiente
Blagnac, 19 May 2011

Con motivo del Día Internacional de la Biodiversidad de Naciones Unidas, el 22 de mayo, Airbus, el fabricante líder de aviones, participa en una serie de proyectos alrededor del mundo destinados a elevar la conciencia sobre la necesidad de proteger la riqueza biológica del planeta

Airbus, en colaboración con el Convenio sobre Diversidad Biológica (CDB) de Naciones Unidas, trabaja para conseguir que niños y jóvenes se comprometan con la conservación del medio ambiente participando en la Ola Verde (Green Wave) –una iniciativa global para educar a niños y jóvenes sobre la vida en el planeta y la importancia para su futuro. La Ola Verde anima a los jóvenes a participar el domingo 22 de mayo, a las 10:00 de la mañana, para que realicen actividades relacionadas con la preservación del medio ambiente. Las fotos se pueden colgar en la página oficial de esta campaña con el fin de crear una Ola Verde virtual a medida que pasa por las diferentes zonas horarias de este a oeste.

El presidente y CEO de Airbus, Tom Enders, ha declarado que “a lo largo de la historia los ingenieros se han inspirado en la naturaleza, que sigue siendo un modelo de inspiración para encontrar soluciones que nos ayuden a crear una aviación más eficiente. Airbus destina el 80% de su inversión en I+D en proyectos pioneros e innovadores para una aviación más ecológica y sostenible. Estamos orgullosos de ofrecer nuestro apoyo al CDB y su iniciativa de la Ola Verde para ayudar a conservación de esta fuente de inspiración natural”.

Airbus está movilizando a sus más de 52.000 empleados en todo el mundo para que colaboren en la celebración de la Ola Verde. También durante la celebración del Día de la Familia, que tendrá lugar en las instalaciones de Airbus en Madrid, se llevarán a cabo actividades relacionadas con el medio ambiente. En China, los empleados de Airbus colaborarán con los niños de la provincia de Yunnan para construir jardines escolares. En el Reino Unido, los empleados de Airbus, premiarán los mini huertos de las escuelas locales con motivo del Año Internacional de los Bosques de la ONU.

Paralelamente, Airbus anima a las aerolíneas de todo el mundo a que participen en esta iniciativa. Hasta la fecha, 11 compañías aéreas ya se han comprometido a propagar el mensaje de la Ola Verde 2011: Aegean Air, AeroUnion, Amsterdam Airlines, Emirates Airlines, EVA Airways Corporation, JAT Airways, Korean Air, Olympic Air, Singapore Airlines y Thai Airways International.

La Fundación Airbus apoya, también, una serie de proyectos sobre biodiversidad. En Alemania, un proyecto escolar se centra en la generación de energía renovable; en España se ha puesto en marcha una iniciativa en los colegios para promover el desarrollo sostenible; en el Reino Unido, Airbus colabora con las escuelas para poner en marcha un proyecto escolar sobre biodiversidad en las inmediaciones de sus instalaciones; en Estados Unidos, la Fundación Airbus ayuda a los niños en un proyecto educativo en el centro de Ciencias Gulf Coast Exploreum.

El secretario ejecutivo del CBD, Ahmed Djoghlaf, dijo: “Es fundamental que las grandes empresas internacionales como Airbus se sumen a nuestra campaña para propagar el conocimiento sobre la necesidad de proteger la riqueza de la biodiversidad. Espero que el esfuerzo de Airbus inspire a otras empresas y se sumen a nuestro esfuerzo para elevar el nivel de concienciación y desarrollar soluciones sostenibles para proteger la vida sobre la Tierra”.

Para participar en la Green Wave el 21 o 22 de mayo, se puede visitar También se puede visitar The Green Wave Facebook, página para compartir fotos e historias (buscar “Páginas” para “Green Wave”)

Notas para los editores

El Proyecto Ola Verde (Green Wave):

La CBD es un tratado intergubernamental de las Naciones Unidas cuyos objetivos son la conservación de la biodiversidad, la utilización sostenible de los elementos de la biodiversidad y el reparto equitativo de los beneficios procedentes del uso de los recursos genéticos. La Secretaría del CBD está bajo la dirección del Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente.
El 22 de mayo de 2011 (Día Internacional de la Biodiversidad), como parte de la iniciativa del proyecto Ola Verde, se invita a los jóvenes a plantar un árbol a las 10:00 de la mañana para celebrar la biodiversidad. Esta acción produce un efecto ola “ecológica” a medida que sucede a lo largo de cada zona horaria.
Los participantes pueden colgar sus fotos e historias de ese momento en la página web de Green Wave, donde se creará una ola virtual a las 20:10 en internet.
Para participar, visitar
Notas propias de Airbus:

Airbus cree que el crecimiento de los viajes aéreos es una necesidad global, y que los beneficios económicos y sociales esenciales derivados de un mundo mejor conectado, pueden incluso crear un mundo más ecológico si todas las personas ponen de su parte.
Airbus reconoce que la aviación contribuye en un 2% a las emisiones de CO2 producidas por el hombre, pero también cree que tiene la responsabilidad de apoyar las iniciativas para reducir el 98% restante. Solo la deforestación genera casi el 17% de las emisiones de CO2 producidas por el hombre, Por ello, colabora con el CBD, utilizando su alcance mundial, para aumentar la conciencia de lo importante que es preservar la variedad de vida sobre la tierra.



Boeing, Lufthansa Cargo Finalize Order for Five 777 Freighters

SEATTLE, May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Lufthansa Cargo have finalized an order for five Boeing 777 Freighters. The order is valued at $1.35 billion, based on Boeing list prices. The airplanes will help Lufthansa Cargo in its initiative to modernize and expand its fleet. Lufthansa Cargo previously indicated its intention to order the freighters in March 2011.

"The 777 freighter is highly regarded for its fuel efficiency and a noise footprint significantly smaller than comparable freighters," said Karl Ulrich Garnadt, chairman and chief executive officer of Lufthansa Cargo. "We are certain that these airplanes will benefit our customers greatly, as experienced by our AeroLogic joint venture, which already operates eight 777 Freighters."

AeroLogic, a joint venture of Lufthansa Cargo and DHL Express, became the fourth carrier to operate the 777 Freighter in May 2009.

"Since entering service in 2009, the 777 Freighter has delivered on its promise of fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and lower noise," said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 777 freighter features the lowest trip cost of any large freighter and its long range and high capacity will help Lufthansa Cargo achieve its ambitious business goals."

The 777 freighter is the world's longest range twin-engine freighter. Providing cargo capacity normally associated with larger airplanes, the 777 freighter can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 225,200 pounds (102 metric tons). The 777 freighter is powered by General Electric's GE90-110B1L engines and meets QC2 noise standards for maximum accessibility to noise-sensitive airports.
Including this order from Lufthansa Cargo, a total of 88 777 Freighters have been ordered, of which 39 have been delivered.

Boeing is the leading provider of freighter capacity to the air cargo industry, offering the most complete family of freighters, which provide superior efficiency and operational economics.



Northrop Grumman Awarded $48.7 Million for Continuing Operation of Battlefield Airborne Communications Node

SAN DIEGO, May 19, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a $48.7 million contract modification for continuing operations and support of the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) system.

Under the contract modification, Northrop Grumman will continue providing management, engineering, implementation, test, site and training support.

BACN provides an advanced airborne communications gateway capability to commanders and warfighters, enhancing situational awareness and connecting disparate voice and datalink networks throughout the battlespace. BACN bridges and extends voice communications and battlespace awareness information from numerous sources using a suite of computers and radio systems.

The Air Force Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., awarded the contract to Northrop Grumman in support of the Air Force Materiel Command.

Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the development, fielding and maintenance of the BACN system. The company was awarded the first BACN contract in April 2005.

Northrop Grumman's work on the BACN program is managed and performed primarily in San Diego.

The BACN program has received a number of accolades over the past year. The Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Defense Industrial Association selected the BACN Joint Urgent Operational Need program to receive one of the Top 5 DoD Program Awards, which are given annually for excellence in systems engineering.

BACN also was honored with the Weapon Systems Award from the Order of Daedalians, a national fraternity of military pilots, and the 2010 Network Centric Warfare Award™ for Outstanding Achievement from a Defense Industry Partner, by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement.



Advanced Sonic Boom Experiment Conducted For JAXA

jueves, 19 de mayo de 2011

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully conducted the first phase of the "Drop test for Simplified Evaluation of Non-symmetrically Distributed sonic boom*1" (D-SEND) twice on May 7 and 16, 2011 (Sweden Standard Time) at the Esrange Space Center in Sweden in cooperation with the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC). JAXA has, for the first time in the world, confirmed the validity of low sonic boom axisymmetric*2 design by a balloon drop test.

Establishing low sonic boom design technology is one of the highest priority issues for realizing silent supersonic transport. As part of silent supersonic research, JAXA is carrying out the two phased D-SEND project to validate its low sonic boom design concept and to contribute to the deliberation of international standards for sonic booms based on the acquired data.

In the first phase called D-SEND#1, two different axisymmetric bodies were dropped from a balloon, and the sonic booms, measured both in the air and on the ground, were compared with each other. Through this test, JAXA has successfully demonstrated its low sonic boom axisymmetric design concept technology which reduced the sonic boom by half.

The data obtained from the test is valuable as a reference for the validation of the sonic boom propagation analysis method and is expected to contribute to low-sonic boom studies in the future. JAXA has also established for the first time a new method of demonstrating the low sonic boom design concept in the form of a balloon drop test.

JAXA expresses our sincere gratitude to the Swedish Space Corporation and all parties that provided assistance in this demonstration test.

*1 sonic boom
A sonic boom is a kind of impulsive sound of shockwaves, similar to thunder, generated by supersonic flight

*2 axisymmetric
Typical axisymmetric shapes include cone, cylinder, etc.

For more details, please refer to the following websites


Northrop Grumman to Develop New Micro Gyro Technology for DARPA

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., May 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, has been selected to develop a new type of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) gyroscope technology for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Microscale Rate Integrating Gyroscope program.

The MEMS technology developed by Northrop Grumman and Georgia Tech during the initial 12-month award period will form the basis for a micro resonator gyro capable of achieving navigation grade performance. Utilizing a new MEMS fabrication process, the Northrop Grumman-led team will produce a proof-of-concept micro gyro that can perform as well as current silicon MEMS devices in a smaller size, lighter weight and lower power package.

"The new micro-fabrication process that Northrop Grumman and Georgia Tech are developing for this program is truly groundbreaking," said Charles Volk, vice president and chief technology officer of Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division. "It will enable us to move navigation technology forward by creating miniature gyros which can be utilized on a variety of applications, from unmanned vehicles to hand-held devices."

DARPA's Microscale Rate Integrating Gyroscope program seeks to develop miniature navigation grade gyros for use in personal navigation, unmanned vehicle navigation, GPS denied/challenged locations, and other size and power constrained applications requiring precision navigation. Northrop Grumman, in partnership with Georgia Tech, was awarded a research and development contract for the preliminary design, development and testing of micro-resonator devices.

"The Northrop Grumman and Georgia Tech team will advance the frontier of micro- and nano-fabrication, enabling the extreme miniaturization of highly stable navigation devices, with small energy dissipation," said Farrokh Ayazi, a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Georgia Tech. Dr. Ayazi is a principal investigator for this project and serves as co-director for ECE's Center for MEMS and Microsystems Technology.

Northrop Grumman offers its customers more than 50 years of navigation experience and produces navigation products utilizing a range of technologies including fiber-optic gyro-based systems, Northrop Grumman's exclusive hemispherical resonator gyro, unique ZLG™ gyros, spinning mass gyros, ring laser gyros and micro-electro-mechanical-system gyros.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech's more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit for more information.



Second F-35C Carrier Variant Flies to NAS Patuxent River

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 17th, 2011 -- The second F-35C Lightning II carrier variant arrives at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Md., yesterday. The flight test aircraft, designated CF-2, was piloted by Lt. Col. Matt Taylor during the 2.8-hour flight from NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base. CF-2 now joins one other carrier variant (CV) and four short take off/vertical landing (STOVL) F-35 aircraft at NAS Patuxent River where it will continue flight testing.



Boeing: WTO Affirms Landmark Decision That European Subsidies To Airbus Are Illegal / Airbus: WTO final ruling: Decisive victory for Europe

Boeing: Illegal European launch aid and non-launch aid subsidies must end
-- Appellate ruling concludes the WTO's review, compliance must occur within 6 months
-- Ruling sets governing standards for the global aerospace industry, ensures a fair and level playing field for all companies and workers

CHICAGO, May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body today confirmed that Airbus received $18 billion in illegal "launch aid" and other subsidies from European governments.

"This is a clear, final win for fair trade that will level the playing field for America's aerospace workers," said Jim McNerney, Boeing chairman, president and chief executive officer.  "The WTO has concluded that launch aid and other illegal Airbus subsidies distorted the market, harmed U.S. industry and now must end.  The administration—particularly the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative—and the Congress are to be commended for their long-standing efforts in this case to enforce global trade rules.  We join them in calling for immediate compliance with this landmark ruling," McNerney said.  

"The WTO has rendered its final verdict, and now Europe must comply within 6 months," said Boeing Executive Vice President and General Counsel J. Michael Luttig.

Altogether, the WTO confirmed that Airbus received $18 billion in illegal subsidies (principle amounts only).  That includes $15 billion in launch aid, including $4 billion for the A380, without which Airbus could not have developed its fleet of airplanes.  It also includes $3 billion in non-launch aid subsidies, which alone exceeds the $2.7 billion of un-remedied U.S. subsidies to Boeing (mainly NASA R&D spending) that the WTO identified in a separate ruling in March and that currently is under appeal.

"Airbus and its government sponsors have tried to justify their illegal subsidy practices by claiming that Boeing benefitted equally from government R&D contracts," Luttig said. "But the WTO in March categorically rejected that argument, dismissing 80% of the EU's claims against the United States and confirming the huge competitive advantage Airbus has as a result of massive illegal government subsidies."

Luttig stressed that Europe's obligations resulting from today's decision do not hinge on the ultimate WTO decision in the European case against the United States.

"Europe must end all practices held illegal by today's decision—particularly launch aid; government loans for the A350 and future products must be on proven commercial terms," he said.

Luttig also answered recent calls by Europe for a negotiated settlement.

"I understand why Airbus and its sponsor governments now want to negotiate. For 40 years they have relied on massive injections of launch aid, which today were confirmed to be illegal.  We're not interested in a settlement that would allow a continuation of illegal launch aid—the most pernicious, market-distorting subsidy of all," he said. "Airbus currently has more than $17 billion of cash on hand. It can well afford to bring itself into compliance with the WTO ruling and thereafter develop airplanes without illegal aid from European governments."

"The WTO rules, combined with the ruling in this case, give clear guidance on what governments can and cannot do to support their respective aerospace industries. These rules will govern all market participants and help ensure that competitions are won or lost based on the merits of the respective product offerings rather than on government subsidies," he said.


. The appeal confirms reimbursable loan instrument is legal
. None of the loans to Airbus prohibited
. None of Airbus' loans caused material injury to Boeing
. 90 percent of US claims rejected after appeal
. Time for Boeing to accept legal defeat and end masquerade

The World Trade Organization (WTO) report released today constitutes the final blow to the Boeing-sponsored myth that government support to Airbus somehow caused harm to Boeing.  The WTO has now confirmed definitively that government loans are a legal instrument and that none of the government loans made to Airbus over the past 40 years were prohibited. It also reaffirms that, contrary to Boeing's repeated assertions, the subsidies did not cause any material injury to Boeing.  

"It's time for Boeing to accept this legal defeat and end the masquerade.  The WTO confirmation of the European loan system is a big victory for Europe," said Rainer Ohler, Airbus' Head of Public Affairs and Communications. "We see no significant consequences for Airbus or the European support system from today's decision, as the WTO has now fully and finally rejected most of the US claims. Therefore, the WTO findings are likely to require only limited changes in European policies and practices," he added.  

The WTO Appellate Body rejected all of the arguments made by the US during the appeal and sided with the EU. The final result further improves on the already substantial rejection of US claims at the first stage in 2009 and now rejects 90 percent of all US claims.  It also marks the end of the road for Boeing's quest to stop European government partnership with Airbus.

In particular, the WTO Appellate Body:

- confirmed that the European reimbursable loan mechanism is a legal and compliant instrument of partnership between government and industry,

- reversed the Panel's finding that three of the past government loans were prohibited subsidies, thereby finding that none of the past loans were prohibited,  

- denied US claims that the full amount of a loan is a subsidy but confirmed that government loans to Airbus contain an element of a subsidy, the size of which depends on the interest rate,

- reversed the Panel's finding that government-built infrastructure used by Airbus in France constitutes a subsidy,

- reversed the Panel's finding that European R&T programmes caused harm to Boeing,

- chastised the Panel for incorrectly finding that Boeing lost market share in Brazil, Mexico, Chinese Taipei and Singapore,

- found that there was no possibility of future harm to Boeing in India,

- significantly limited the scope of the Panel's finding that Boeing lost market share in Australia, China, Korea and the EU.

These results came as no surprise to Airbus. The company has said throughout the WTO process that it expected the majority of Boeing's claims to be rejected.  
Airbus noted that a separate case before the WTO has found that Boeing has benefitted from substantial illegal subsidies.  That case is currently under appeal, with a final outcome expected later this year.


Rolls Royce, Airbus, Boeing, Qantas & and AD directive for Trents 500,700,800

miércoles, 18 de mayo de 2011

Blade failure behind Qantas 747 engine shutdown 
QF32 prompts removal of 53 Trent 900s from service

ATSB focuses on Rolls-Royce's quality control in QF32 probe

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Airworthiness Directive:
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-524 Series and RB211 Trent 500, 700,
and 800 Series Turbofan Engines

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:

During manufacture of a number of HP Compressor Stage 1 and 2 discs with axial
dovetail slots, anomalies at the disc post corners have been found. Fatigue crack
initiation and subsequent crack propagation at the disc post may result in release of
two blades and the disc post. This may potentially be beyond the containment
capabilities of the engine casings. Thus, these anomalies present at the disc posts
constitute a potentially unsafe condition.

We are issuing this AD to detect cracks in the high-pressure compressor (HPC) Stage 1 and 2 disc
posts, which could result in failure of the disc post and release of HPC blades, release of uncontained
engine debris, and damage to the airplane.


Using radio frequency to inspect airplanes (Video)


Boeing KC-767 Tankers for Italian Air Force Formally Enter into Service

2 aerial refueling tankers flying training missions with ItAF crews

PRATICA DI MARE, Italy, May 17, 2011 -- The first two Boeing [NYSE:
BA] KC-767 advanced aerial refueling tankers for the Italian Air Force
(ItAF) formally entered into service today during a public ceremony
near Rome.

The ItAF accepted delivery of the two KC-767A tankers on Dec. 29 and
March 10. Italian crews then flew the aircraft from Boeing's tanker
modification facility in Wichita, Kan., to the Italian air base at
Pratica di Mare.

"The configuration flexibility of the KC-767 tanker allows for
simultaneous refueling and passenger and cargo transport, with the
potential to operate in humanitarian response, disaster relief, and
emergency aeromedical evacuation of personnel," ItAF officials said.
"The KC-767 enables a unique and exceptional air projection
capability, not only for Italy, but for all of NATO."

"This is a milestone event for the Italian Air Force as well as the
members of Boeing's International Tanker team," said Scott Wuesthoff,
International Tanker program manager for Boeing. "The KC-767 tankers
will significantly increase Italy's military capability as the country
performs vital missions in support of NATO and regional interests. The
deliveries also reaffirm Boeing's standing as the world's leading
provider of aerial refueling tankers."

Boeing is building four KC-767 Tanker Transport aircraft, designed for
in-flight aerial refueling and strategic transport, to replace the
ItAF B-707T/T fleet. Since their delivery, the first two KC-767
tankers have been engaged in aerial refueling training missions with
ItAF crews in which they are successfully delivering fuel to an array
of ItAF aircraft. Boeing and the ItAF are working together to enter
the third KC-767 aircraft into the acceptance process for anticipated
delivery this summer, with a fourth tanker to follow shortly
thereafter. Upon receiving its fourth tanker, ItAF will declare Final
Operational Capability.

The Italian Air Force KC-767A is a "convertible combi," meaning it can
carry all passengers, all cargo, or a combination of passengers and
cargo. In any configuration, the KC-767 has an aerial refueling boom
with a remote aerial refueling operator station, as well as wing pod
and centerline hose and drogue systems, and a refueling receptacle.
This configuration allows for the refueling of all existing types of
aircraft, both fighters and transports.

"The Italian Air Force KC-767A can be refueled by another tanker
thanks to the refueling receptacle located on top of the aircraft near
the cockpit, a feature that increases the tanker's already enviable
operating capacity and range," ItAF officials said.

Boeing has been designing, building, modifying and supporting tankers
for decades. These include four KC-767 tankers delivered to the Japan
Air Self Defense Force, hundreds of KC-135 tankers delivered to
worldwide customers, and a fleet of large KC-10 tankers delivered to
the U.S. Air Force.


Airbus single aisle production to increase to 42 per month in Q4 2012

Reflects strong order backlog and continued stable growth
18 May 2011 Press Release

Airbus will increase the production rate of its popular A320 Family of eco-efficient single-aisle aircraft to 42 aircraft per month in the fourth quarter of 2012. Currently Airbus produces 36 A320 Family aircraft each month, a production rate that will steadily rise to 38 in August 2011 and to 40 in the first quarter of 2012. Currently the production rate for Airbus' long-range A330 Family is 8.5 per month, increasing to nine in early 2012 and ten in the second quarter of 2013.

"The low operating costs and high dispatch reliability offered by the A320 Family make it the best seller in its market" said Tom Williams, Executive Vice President Programmes. "With a backlog of over 2,300 A320 Family aircraft to deliver, we need to increase production to accommodate continuing strong customer demand for these new eco-efficient aircraft".

Airbus delivered a total of 510 aircraft in 2010, including 401 A320 Family aircraft.  By the end of April, Airbus had already delivered 132 A320 Family aircraft and is well on track to exceed previous years' deliveries.

To keep the A320 Family in the leadership position, Airbus has recently introduced a new engine option (neo) for the A320 Family which will enter into service in October 2015. The A320neo Family incorporates new more efficient engines and large "Sharklet" wing tip devices which together will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings. This will represent some 3,600 tonnes less CO2 per aircraft, per year. In addition, the A320neo will provide a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise, thus being a good neighbour at any airport where airlines will operate the aircraft.

The A320neo will have over 95 percent airframe commonality with the existing models making it an easy fit into existing fleets while offering up to 500 nautical miles (950 kilometres) more range or two tonnes more payload. Engines offered on the A320neo are CFM International's LEAP-X and Pratt & Whitney's PurePower PW1100G.

The A320 Family, which includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321, is recognized as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. Each aircraft features fly by wire controls and all share a unique cockpit and operational commonality across the range. Over 7,000 Airbus A320 Family aircraft have been sold and more than 4,600 delivered to almost 330 customers and operators worldwide, making it the world's best selling commercial jetliner ever. With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft. Uniquely, the A320 Family offers a containerized cargo system, which is compatible with the worldwide standard wide-body system.



Airbus Anuncia los Finalistas del Concurso Fly Your Ideas 2011

5 equipos de 5 continentes se disputan un premio de 30.000€

Blagnac17 May 2011

Airbus acaba de revelar los cinco equipos finalistas de la segunda edición del concurso Fly Your Ideas (FYI). Los equipos seleccionados son de Chile, China, India, Malasia y Suecia. El equipo ganador será anunciado en la ceremonia especial de premios que se celebrará el 23 de junio de 2011, durante el Salón Aeronáutico Internacional de Le Bourget.

Más de 2.600 estudiantes se registraron para tomar parte en la segunda edición de FYI, que se puso en marcha en septiembre de 2010 que, como en la anterior edición, se pedía a los participantes que ofrecieran sus propuestas para una aviación más ecológica. Un total de 315 equipos han participado en la competición. Todos los proyectos remitidos a Airbus reflejan el tema principal de Fly Your Ideas 2011 "El ciclo de vida medioambiental". Se animó a los estudiantes a proponer una idea relacionada con una etapa de la vida de la aeronave: diseño, cadena de suministro, fabricación, operaciones y fin del ciclo de la vida del avión.

Charles Champion, vicepresidente ejecutivo de Ingeniería y presidente de FYI comentó que "estoy impresionado por la calidad y el alto nivel de los proyectos presentados. Todos los participantes han demostrado una gran capacidad creativa e innovadora".

Los finalistas son:

  • Chile - Equipo Condor, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María – por su novedoso diseño consistente en un freno de alta velocidad que recupera la energía para su reutilización a bordo.
  • China - Equipo Wings of Phoenix, Universidad de Aeronáutica y Astronáutica de Nanjing - por su proyecto basado en un sistema generador de energía eólica a partir de la estela del avión.
  • India - Equipo O3, Instituto Indio de Tecnología Roorkee – por su enfoque para prevenir la formación de hielo en la aeronave mediante un revestimiento hidrófugo de polímero.
  • Malasia - Equipo Msia on Mars, Instituto Malasio de Tecnología Aérea de la Universidad de Kuala Lumpur - por su proyecto sobre el uso de materiales biodegradables de fibra de Kapok para el aislamiento térmico y acústico de la cabina del avión.
  •  Suecia – Equipo SSE, Escuela de Económicas de Estocolmo – por la creación de un programa ECO para conseguir un vuelo más respetuoso con el medio ambiente.

El equipo ganador recibirá un premio por valor de 30.000€ y el equipo finalista, de 15.000€. El equipo español Ecolution, de la Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid, ha conseguido el premio al Mejor Vídeo por su original forma de presentar el proyecto.

Charles Champion añadió que "la investigación y la innovación son prioridades a largo plazo en Airbus, y gracias a ello Airbus puede seguir ofreciendo la mejor actuación medioambiental de sus aviones. El concurso Fly Your Ideas nos da la oportunidad de colaborar con los futuros expertos de la industria de la aviación promoviendo el escenario donde se pueden inspirar y motivar los futuros talentos".

Entre los equipos finalistas se encuentran estudiantes internacionales de un gran abanico de disciplinas como mecánica, química, materiales y minerales, ingeniería aeroespacial así como gestión y administración de empresa, arte, diseño y economía. Algunos equipos participantes están formados por estudiantes de diferentes nacionalidades, como el equipo finalista sueco, formado por estudiantes de Suecia, Turquía, Estados Unidos, Ucrania y Zimbabue.

En esta última fase, los equipos finalistas prepararán la presentación de su proyecto con la ayuda del mentor de Airbus, que les ha estado apoyando desde el inicio de la Fase 2, y del mentor académico de la institución a la que pertenecen los miembros del equipo. A lo largo de toda la competición, un grupo de voluntarios de Airbus de todo el mundo han colaborado como mentores para guiar a los equipos y promover su creatividad aunque sin ofrecer su experiencia técnica.

El 22 de junio, en París, los cinco equipos finalistas presentarán sus proyectos ante el jurado de Fly Your Ideas, formado por representantes de Airbus y expertos del sector de alto nivel. La ceremonia de premios se celebrará el 23 de junio, durante el Salón Aeronáutico Internacional de Le Bourget.