Marugan Aero Meeting CANCELADO

viernes, 29 de julio de 2011

El evento, que iba a celebrarse este fin de semana (30-31 de Julio) ha sido CANCELADO debido al accidente mortal de ayer, con dos fallecidos.


Airbus boosts its U.S. market presence with American Airlines’ A320 order

viernes, 22 de julio de 2011

American Airlines' milestone A320 Family order marks a key win in the U.S. market, where Airbus' single-aisle jetliners already have established themselves as workhorse aircraft in daily service on short- and medium-haul routes.
With this new firm contract – covering 260 A319s, A320s and A321s – American Airlines will become one of the world's largest operators of the A320 Family, with half of these aircraft being the New Engine Option (neo) versions.  
American Airlines joins other U.S.-based carriers and leasing companies that have ordered and/or operate some 2,400 A320 Family jetliners, including Air Lease Corporation, Aviation Capital Group, CIT, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, GECAS, ILFC, jetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.  
Many of these customers have acquired more than one version from the A318, A319 A320 and A321 product line, taking advantage of the high commonality and interoperability offered only by Airbus' fly-by-wire aircraft family.
The U.S. also is a market for Airbus widebody aircraft, where the A330, A340 and A350 XWB have been ordered by airlines and leasing companies.
Not only are these jetliners carrying millions of passengers on flights operated by U.S. airlines, the production of such aircraft for Airbus' worldwide customer base provides a major – and expanding – source of business for suppliers across the country.   Airbus is the U.S. aerospace industry's no. 1 export customer, with several hundred suppliers in more than 40 states providing goods and services that range from fasteners to engines and complete fuselage sections – supporting more than 180,000 jobs.
As Airbus' order book expands and its jetliner production rates rise, U.S. industry is benefiting from this increased activity.  Airbus has spent approximately $100 billion in procurement with U.S. industry from 1990 through now.
The opportunities for current and future suppliers will grow significantly as the Airbus sourcing volume for U.S. companies is expected to increase from 2010 to 2020, driven by the ramp-up in its jetliner production rates and the introduction of new aircraft versions.


First EURO HAWK(R) Unmanned Aircraft System Touches Down in Germany

EURO HAWK®, the first high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE), signals intelligence (SIGINT) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) based on the RQ-4 Global Hawk produced by Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) for the German Bundeswehr, successfully touched down in Manching, Germany, today. The EURO HAWK® took off on July 20 at 2:50 PDT (11:50 Central European Summer Time) from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and landed at 10:06 Central European Summer Time July 21 in Manching Air Base.
The EURO HAWK® will carry a new SIGINT mission system developed by EADS Deutschland GmbH (Cassidian) and integrated in Manching, Germany.
"Today's arrival of the EURO HAWK® on German soil marks a significant step in delivering this highly capable and unique system to the Bundeswehr," said Nicolas Chamussy, head of UAVs, Cassidian Air Systems, and member of the board of directors, EuroHawk GmbH. "Our trans-Atlantic partnership with Northrop Grumman has helped the entire team achieve this outstanding milestone, which also reinforces Cassidian's role as a leader for complex UAS solutions in Europe."
Delivery of the first EURO HAWK® demonstrator to the Bundeswehr is scheduled for mid-2012, with another four systems scheduled tentatively between 2015 and 2017.
"Soon, the Bundeswehr will be able to independently cover their needs for SIGINT data collection and analysis, thus contributing to NATO, European Union and United Nations operations," said Neset Tükenmez, chief executive officer, EuroHawk GmbH. "EURO HAWK® will also serve as a working model for other programs and countries."
The EURO HAWK® marks several important milestones – it is both the first international version of the RQ-4 and the first HALE SIGINT UAS in Europe. NATO's AGS will follow close behind and mark the second international RQ-4 and the second HALE UAS in Europe.
"As a leader in advanced UAS, Northrop Grumman has the unmatched experience to provide a strong foundation to produce extraordinarily capable and reliable unmanned surveillance systems," said George Guerra, vice president, HALE Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "Today is a wonderful step towards delivering the EURO HAWK® to the German air force, and a great testament to the Northrop Grumman and the EADS Deutschland GmbH (Cassidian) team who worked diligently to make it happen."
With a wingspan larger than most commercial airliners, endurance of 30 hours and a maximum altitude of more than 60,000 feet, EURO HAWK® is an interoperable, modular and cost-effective replacement to the fleet of manned Breguet Atlantic aircraft which was in service since 1972 and retired in 2010.
EuroHawk GmbH, a 50-50 joint venture of Northrop Grumman and EADS Deutschland GmbH (Cassidian), serves as the national prime contractor for the German Ministry of Defence through the system's entire lifecycle. Please visit for more information.
Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing lead system integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and UAS), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cybersecurity, secure communications, test systems, missiles, and services and support solutions. Please visit for more information.
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.


Boeing F/A-18E/F IRST System Advances to Next Development Phase

New Super Hornet Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system tracks targets via infrared emissionsApproved for Engineering and Manufacturing Development
ST. LOUIS, July 21, 2011 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Infrared Search and Track (IRST) program received a Milestone B Acquisition Decision Memorandum from the U.S. Navy on July 13. This allows the program to advance to its next development phase -- Engineering and Manufacturing Development.
The IRST system is a passive, long-range sensor that searches for and detects infrared emissions. The system can simultaneously track multiple targets and provide a highly effective air-to-air targeting capability, even when encountering advanced threats equipped with radar-jamming technology.
"The IRST sensor system will expand Super Hornet detection and targeting capability in multiple mission profiles, including electronically denied environments," said Tim Adrian, Boeing F/A-18E/F IRST program manager. "The F/A-18E/F features a balanced approach to combat survivability and lethality, employing a variety of onboard sensors that provide aircrews with unmatched situational awareness. The new IRST system will continue to expand the Super Hornet's advanced capability."
IRST is a critical element of the Navy's F/A-18E/F Block II Super Hornet Flight Plan, a series of planned capability enhancements that ensures the Super Hornet will continue to outdistance known and emerging threats over the coming decades.
Subcontracted to Boeing on the IRST contract are Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], which is producing the IRST sensor; GE Aviation [NYSE: GE], for the fuel tank assembly that will contain the sensor; and Meggitt Defense Systems Inc., Irvine, Calif., for the unit's cooling subassembly.
The Boeing Super Hornet is a multirole aircraft, able to perform virtually every mission in the tactical spectrum, including air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defenses, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control and tanker missions.


Boeing Delivers First 777-300ER to Air

EVERETT, Wash., July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) this week delivered the first 777-300ER (extended range) to Air China, the flag carrier of the People's Republic of China. The new airplane is the first of 19 777-300ERs Air China has on order with Boeing. With this new addition to its fleet, Air China becomes the first airline on the Chinese mainland to operate the new generation 777 family member.
"The introduction of this brand new aircraft is not only a milestone in the cooperation history between Boeing and Air China, but also an important symbol to deepen our relationship," said He Li, Vice President of Air China. "The 777-300ER will be the backbone of our long-haul international fleet in the coming years and enable us to fulfill our ambition to be a large network carrier with international competitiveness."
With this delivery, Boeing is scheduled to deliver an additional three 777-300ERs to Air China by the end of 2011. Air China will use the airplanes for route expansion including direct routes to Frankfurt, London and Paris, as well as for gradual replacement of the Boeing 747-400s currently serving North American routes.
"We have witnessed the rapid development of Air China and we're honored to be part of their success by providing our best products and services," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Sales for Greater China and Korea, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The new generation 777-300ER is a great choice for Air China. Its structural efficiency, industry-leading reliability and brand-new cabin design combine to help the airline remain profitable and provide superior passenger experience."
The Boeing 777-300ER is 19 percent lighter than its closest competitor, greatly reducing its fuel requirement. It produces 22 percent less carbon dioxide per seat and costs 20 percent less to operate per seat.  To date 34 customers around the world have ordered more than 500 777-300ERs.
Air China, a member of the Star Alliance, is the most profitable airline in world as well as the world's largest carrier by market value. Air China owns 158 Boeing aircraft, making up 60 percent of its fleet.


Boeing Delivers First 737 With Performance Improvement Engines

Performance and drag improvements provided at no additional cost to customers
SEATTLE, July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The first Boeing (NYSE: BA) Next-Generation 737 with the certified performance improvement engines was delivered on a 737-800 to China Southern Airlines at Boeing Field in Seattle last week.
The new CFM56-7BE engine configuration, which is now standard on all delivered 737s, is an improved design that includes high and low pressure turbine modification. Coupled with drag reduction improvements that Boeing started phasing into 737 production earlier this year, it will result in lower fuel consumption and maintenance cost savings.
The new engine is part of the 737 performance improvement package that Boeing began testing in November 2010 with the goal of reducing fuel consumption by 2 percent. Other fuel performance incorporations will take place into 2012 and data analysis will continue to quantify the final benefit to customers.
"We continue to review performance flight test data and collect delivery data," said John Hamilton, vice president and chief project engineer – 737 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The improved fuel savings is part of our commitment to deliver market-leading value to Next-Generation 737 customers."
Boeing's continuous efforts to improve the Next-Generation 737 family have resulted in an accumulated 5 percent gain in fuel efficiency since the first airplane delivered in 1998. The new improvements will give operators an airplane that is up to 7 percent more efficient than the first Next-Generation 737s delivered.


Beguiner's Guide to Aircraft Efficiency

martes, 19 de julio de 2011

Beguiner's Guide to Aircraft Efficiency


VIDEO: Lufthansa shows off VIP A380 concepts


The Future, by Cassidian (video)


Gyrocopter man resumes world record gyrocopter flight in the Philippines

Hemos seguido las aventuras de Norman Surplus desde que comenzó a volar su autogiro para dar la vuelta al fin del mundo. Reproducimos íntegramente el email que acabamos de recibir sobre él:
Norman Surplus who is attempting to be the first person to fly a gyrocopter around the world has resumed his flight after being stalled for a year in the Philippines due to bad weather. This is a particularly challenging undertaking because of the aircraft's open cockpit harking back to the early days of flying in the 20's.  This is further complicated because the unusual nature of his aircraft means aviation authorities often are perplexed about how to handle it. This combined means that his flying is subject to weather and flight permissions on going.

Norman enters Japanese airspace later this week and he will be the first person to fly the length of the country in modern times because of tight restrictions on gyrocopter flying.  They are usually restricted to within a few miles of their airfield in Japan but he has been given special and exceptional permission to fly long distances.

Photos are available from Agency France Press (Noel Celis) and you can view a report from Al Jazeera at this link (click on link to view) 

Kind regards,
Tommy Byrne


Oferta de trabajo para AYA Aerospace (sector aeronáutico)

lunes, 18 de julio de 2011


En la empresa en la que trabajo ahora (AYA Aerospace)  tenemos nuevas necesidades de personal para los departamentos de cálculo y diseño en  Madrid y disponibilidad de desplazamiento al extranjero. Así que aprovecho para haceros llegar esta oferta de empleo. Si hay algún interesado, que contacten conmigo en el mismo correo de esta web (jose.manuel [arroba] , y hago llegar los CVs a RRHH




1.       Experiencia aeronáutica mínima de 4 años ( en no ingenieros se requiere más años de experiencia)


Conocimientos deseables

2.       Compuesto

3.       Metálico

4.       CPD

5.       Enovía

6.       PDM-link

7.       Se valorará conocimientos Herramientas Airbus

8.       Se valorará conocimiento Herramientas Boeing

9.       Disponibilidad a trabajar en el extranjero.




1.       Experiencia aeronáutica mínima en instalación de sistemas, de 4 años

2.       Experiencia en diseño e instalación de "Provisión for" (brackets….etc)

3.       Disponibilidad a trabajar en el extranjero.





1.       Experiencia aeronáutica mínima de 4 años (Se valorará experiencias menores)

Conocimientos deseables

1.       Cálculo

2.       FEM

3.       Fatiga

4.       MRB

5.       Abaqus

6.       Compuesto

7.       Se valorará conocimiento de ISAMI

8.       Se valorará conocimiento herramientas de Boeing

9.       Disponibilidad a trabajar en el extranjero.





Vídeo: conferencia "Volar entre cenizas, ¿pudo hacerse mejor?"

sábado, 16 de julio de 2011



Clark School's Gamera Human-Powered Helicopter Team Completes Second Step Toward Sikorsky Prize With New 12.4-Second Unofficial Flight Duration

COLLEGE PARK, Md., July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On July 13, the students on the Gamera human-powered helicopter team from the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering completed their scheduled summer flight session with a new unofficial flight duration of 12.4 seconds. If verified by the National Aeronautic Association, this new time will shatter the team's previous 4.2-second U.S. national record set in May.

Between the May flights and yesterday's, the students enhanced Gamera's cockpit and transmission and added LEDs to its landing gear that turn on when the vehicle is off the ground. Judy Wexler, the biology student who piloted the record-setting flight in May, was also on board in the most recent session.

"Our students demonstrate the combination of technical expertise and determination to succeed that will bring continued technological progress to our nation and our world," stated Clark School Dean Darryll Pines. "During these flight tests they faced formidable obstacles when Gamera suffered its first significant structural problems, but they worked through the night to repair these and the next day achieved our best flights. Their spirit fills me with pride."

The team plans further flights in the fall to move closer to winning the Sikorsky Prize, established by the American Helicopter Society in 1980. The prize requires a flight of one minute, during which the vehicle attains an altitude of three meters at some point and remains within a 10 square meter area. No team has yet come close to winning the prize, now valued at $250,000.

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Higher-res video will be available online in:

About Gamera

"Gamera" is the name of a giant flying turtle in Japanese science fiction movies, and was selected as the name for the Clark School vehicle because the University of Maryland's mascot is the diamondback terrapin and because the team wanted to give homage to the Nihon University team. Detailed information about the craft may be found at

About the Gamera Team

For more than two years, a team of 50 Clark School graduate and undergraduate students has worked on the design, construction, and testing of the Gamera human-powered helicopter. For the names of team members, see

About the Sikorsky Prize

The Sikorsky Prize was established by the American Helicopter Society, International, to inspire teams and individuals to advance knowledge of helicopter flight and to honor helicopter pioneer Igor Sikorsky. The prize has never been awarded to date. For more information about the Sikorsky Prize, see

About the A. James Clark School of Engineering

The Clark School of Engineering, situated on the rolling, 1,500-acre University of Maryland campus in College Park, Md., is one of the premier engineering schools in the U.S., with graduate and undergraduate education programs ranked in or near the Top 20. In 2010, the Clark School was ranked 13th in the world by the Institute of Higher Education and Center for World-Class Universities in its Academic Ranking of World Universities. Three faculty members affiliated with the Clark School were inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2010.

The school, which offers 13 graduate programs and 12 undergraduate programs, including degree and certification programs tailored for working professionals, is home to one of the most vibrant research programs in the country. The Clark School garnered research awards of $171 million in the last year. With emphasis in key areas such as energy, nanotechnology and materials, bioengineering, robotics, communications and networking, life cycle and reliability engineering, project management, intelligent transportation systems and aerospace, the Clark School is leading the way toward the next generations of engineering advances.

Visit the Clark School homepage at


Award-Winning X2 Technology™ Demonstrator Takes Its Final Flight

Program paved the way for upcoming S-97 Raider™ helicopter

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.'s X2 Technology™ demonstrator has flown for the last time, the company announced today. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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In an early morning demonstration flight conducted from the company's new Sikorsky Innovations Center within its Development Flight Center, the X2 Technology demonstrator gave invited guests one last look at its technology in flight before officially being retired and transitioning to its first application, the S-97 Raider™ helicopter.

It was the 23rd test flight of the award-winning X2™ aircraft, which flew approximately 22 total hours and achieved a maximum cruise speed of 253 knots in level flight at its peak point in the program. That milestone, an unofficial speed record for a conventional helicopter, was achieved on Sept. 15, 2010.

"This flight is the culmination of a five-year, internally funded program to expand the operational envelope of helicopters," said Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino. "The results of this program speak to the success of a rapid prototyping environment, where a small empowered team was able to meet a specific number of very challenging goals. We met these within a small budget and a compressed schedule.

"The X2 program also has helped to develop the next generation of Sikorsky engineers, including some who are now in key positions on the S-97 Raider™ program and the Firefly™ electric helicopter program. Today, the entire Sikorsky workforce stands proud of this accomplishment and what it means for the future of rotorcraft aviation," Pino said.

The S-97 Raider helicopter program is the follow-on program to the X2 Technology demonstrator initiative. Sikorsky Vice President of Research & Engineering Mark Miller said the S-97 Raider program will design, build and fly two prototype light tactical helicopters to enable the U.S. military to evaluate the viability of a fast and maneuverable next-generation rotorcraft for a variety of combat missions. A number of Sikorsky's military and commercial customers were on hand to observe today's final X2 Technology™ demonstrator flight.

"This program will produce two prototype assault/attack aircraft with six-passenger cabins and the ability to carry armament," Miller said. "In addition to the superior speed and maneuverability of X2 Technology, these aircraft are designed to be capable of 10,000-foot hover out of ground effect on a 95-degree day. The future awaits this technology, and today we can say that we see it on the horizon."

The X2 Technology program began in 2005 when Sikorsky first committed resources and full funding, ultimately $50 million, for the program's development. Earlier this year, the X2 Technology™ demonstrator team won the 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy, awarded annually to recognize the greatest achievements in aeronautics or astronautics in America.

In addition to winning the 2010 Collier Trophy, over the past two years the X2 Technology demonstrator received numerous accolades including the 2010 Hughes Award from the American Helicopter Society and Aviation Week's "One of the Top 10 Technologies to Watch" for 2010. In 2009, it won a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Innovator Award, and a Popular Science "Best of What's New" award. It also was named "One of 2009's Best Inventions" by Time.

Like the X2 Technology demonstrator, the S-97 Raider helicopter will be designed to feature twin coaxial counter-rotating main rotors and a pusher propeller that enables an X2-designed helicopter to cruise at 220 knots. Other innovative technologies include fly-by-wire flight controls, hub drag reduction, active vibration control, and an integrated auxiliary propulsion system.

The X2 design is scalable, opening up a variety of potential mission uses including joint-multi-role such as combat search and rescue, armed aerial scout, medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), attack, VIP transport, and offshore oil.

The X2 Technology demonstrator combines an integrated suite of technologies intended to advance the state-of-the-art, counter-rotating coaxial rotor helicopter. It is designed to demonstrate a helicopter can cruise comfortably at 250 knots while retaining such desirable attributes as excellent low speed handling, efficient hovering, and a seamless and simple transition to high speed.

Among the innovative technologies the X2 Technology demonstrator employs are:

* Fly-by-wire flight controls
* Counter-rotating rigid rotor blades
* Hub drag reduction
* Active vibration control
* Integrated auxiliary propulsion system

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.


Cenizas volcánicas y Aviones ¿se pudo hacer mejor?

viernes, 15 de julio de 2011

Publicamos las notas tomadas por un amigo aerotrastornado durante la conferencia organizada por la SAE:

Os paso unas notas sobre la conferencia de ayer
El título de la conferencia era "Volar entre cenizas volcánicas ¿Pudo hacerse mejor?", la mayoría de conferenciantes opinan que no pudo hacerse mejor por los medios y la información que había, sí que en el futuro esperan que este tipo de crisis se puedan gestionar mejor.

- Vulcanólogo de la Complutense: sólo el 4 % de las erupciones afectan al tráfico aéreo, las cenizas no son detectables por el radar meteorológico (ni de tierra ni de a bordo). Los mapas son sólo modelos numéricos teóricos. Desde que hay aviación ha habido 84 eventos con ceniza volcánica, en la mayoría de los cuales la tripulación no supo
que volaban en ceniza. En 1982 (el famoso British que se le apagaron los 4 motores) las pérdidas por este tipo de incidencias fueron de 250 MUSD, en 2010 2.500 MUSD. En el 2010 se cancelaron 95.000 vuelos por las cenizas. Hay diferentes tipos de erupciones, en la mayor parte la columna no alcanza mucha altura por lo que los efectos son locales, en una minoría sí (el de nombre impronunciable por ejemplo).

- Ingeniero aeronáutico motores: sólo el 10 % de las cenizas se quedan en el estátor de la HPT (High Pressure Turbine), el resto pasan por el motor. Con sólo ese 10% el motor entra en pérdida (surge). En las primeras etapas del compresor las cenizas producen mucha abrasión pero al llegar a la cámara de combustión se funden y pasan a estado líquido, después se pegan en los álabes de la HPT y se solidifican, los álabes pierden su forma aerodinámica y la turbina entra en pérdida. Al pararse el motor la temperatura desciende, hay vibraciones, se hace un descenso de emergencia y entonces la capa de cenizas solidificadas sobre los álabes se rompen y el motor vuelve a arrancar. No se va a cambiar el diseño de los motores para incrementar el margen para volar con ceniza, consumiría más fuel y es un evento altamente improbable.

- Piloto y geólogo: siempre hay 20 volcanes activos en el mundo en cualquier momento. La velocidad de salida de la columna de ceniza es de MN1.8. Se habla de si volar por encima o por debajo de la nube volcánica, por encima si hay fallo de motor o despresurización te metes en la nube, por debajo te encuentras las partículas en descenso.
La ceniza puede rayar los parabrisas, en vuelo no hay problema pero en aterrizaje sí.

- Responsable NOP Eurocontrol: según el procedimiento establecido VAAC London avisaría a Eurocontrol antes de publicar mapas de cenizas volcánicas, no lo hicieron. Las decisiones de cerrar o no cerrar un espacio aéreo las toman los estados, no Eurocontrol. Eurocontrol y CAA UK empezaron a generar mapas con códigos de colores para poder abrir secciones del espacio aéreo. Hubo confusión porque cada estado decidía si añadir un buffer de 80 NM a la zona que VAAC London decía, y luego cada estado hacía una cosa. Eurocontrol se ha visto abocado a realizar
una tarea de coordinación en la que están inmersos ahora para evitar este tipo de diferencias en el futuro, pero Eurocontol no puede obligar a los estados, es la UE la que tiene poder legislativo, Eurocontrol sólo asesora.

- Director AEMET: si hubiera habido la típica baja presión de las Azores el volcán de nombre impronunciable no hubiera afectado a Europa, sin embargo había un anticiclón y la cosa se complicó. VAAC London emite mapas según modelos numéricos, estos modelos no tenían validación porque no tenían experiencias reales para ir afinándolos,
ahora sí que los hay por lo que en el futuro espera que los mapas sean mejores.


800th A330 delivered – an A330-200F for HNA Group

jueves, 14 de julio de 2011

The 800th A330 has been delivered today at a ceremony in Toulouse. The aircraft is an A330-200 Freighter, received by Aircastle Advisor Ltd for operation by HNA Group. This is the third A330-200F for its fleet. To date, over 1,140 A330s have been ordered.
Thanks to the introduction of numerous product improvements, it is the most cost-efficient aircraft in its class. Today the A330 fleet has accumulated nearly 18 million flight hours and over four million landings. With over 80 operators today, the aircraft is achieving an average dispatch reliability above 99 percent.


Refurbished Boeing 737 Paint Hangar Opens to Meet Rate Increase

SEATTLE, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) has opened a new paint hangar near its Renton, Wash., facility that will help increase its Next-Generation 737 production capacity. The 737 program currently produces 31.5 airplanes per month and expects to go to 35 per month in early 2012, 38 per month in second quarter 2013 and then to 42 per month in the first half of 2014.
One of the first airplanes to be painted in the facility, a 737-700 for Southwest Airlines, was completed yesterday. Paint crews began work in the facility at the beginning of this month and now have incorporated the facility into the 737 production system. The state-of-the-art facility was refurbished in collaboration with the city of Renton.
"The City of Renton is working very closely with Boeing to ensure its ramp up of production of the 737 is seamless," said Renton Mayor Denis Law. "Coupled with Boeing's signing of a 20-year lease agreement for the Renton Municipal Airport, we view the capital improvements such as those at the paint hangar as important signals that Renton will continue to be a center of commercial airplane manufacturing for many years to come. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure Boeing's continued success."
Boeing expects that the market for single-aisle aircraft will continue to grow over the next decade and beyond. With that outlook, the 737 program is taking several steps to ensure enough capacity to meet market demand.  
"We identified this paint hangar as a key piece of infrastructure to support our future plans for increased 737 production several years ago," said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, 737 program. "We have a measured approach to meeting rate increases on the program. Bringing this facility online demonstrates our progress."
The paint hangar was originally built in the late 1950s at the start of the 707 program. The hangar also was used to paint 727s and 757s until 1994. The refurbished hangar is 165,000 cubic feet (4,672 cubic meters) by volume. The state-of-the-art environmental control and fire suppression systems meet all environmental and safety requirements. The hangar is equipped to paint all Next-Generation 737 models: -600, -700, -800 and -900. A crew of about eight painters can paint an entire 737 in about three days, depending on the detail of the customer's livery.


Sensors from CASSIDIAN to protect Korean Utility Helicopters

miércoles, 13 de julio de 2011

Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, will protect the "Surion" utility helicopter of the Korean Army against missile attacks. Following a multi-million euro contract from Korean Aircraft Industries, Cassidian will deliver a first batch of 24 of its proven AN/AAR-60 MILDS® systems (MILDS = Missile Launch Detection System), until 2013. The order comprises about 100 sensors. Cassidian already supported the Korean company Lig Nex1 in the development of the helicopter's electronic warfare system and delivered 36 sensors during the development phase.

“With more than 7,000 MILDS® sensors in service worldwide, MILDS® has become the standard missile warner for helicopters and wide-body aircraft today”, explains Bernd Wenzler, CEO of Cassidian Electronics. "It has proven its value in protecting air vehicles, particularly against infrared-guided shoulder-fired missiles."

MILDS® is a passive imaging sensor, detecting the UV radiation signature of approaching missiles. The extremely high resolution combined with rapid processing enables very reliable threat identification and virtually eliminates false alarms. 4 to 5 sensors provide optimized coverage and rapid reaction. MILDS® is in service aboard a huge variety of rotary wing and wide body aircraft, including Tiger, NH90, CH-53, CH-47, MI-17 and C-130. A specific fighter version – MILDS F – is in service with the Royal Danish Airforce and Royal Norwegian Airforce F-16 fighters.

The "Surion" has been developed jointly by Korean Aerospace Industries and Eurocopter. It is planned to procure approx. 250 helicopters.



Boeing and ANA Conclude 787 Service Ready Operational Validation . Boeing Demonstrates 787 Dreamliner Capabilities in New Delhi.

TOKYO, July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and ANA completed the 787 service ready operational validation in Japan over the weekend. As part of the validation, ANA pilots, together with Boeing, flew the Dreamliner on routes from Seattle to Tokyo and Tokyo to four airports across Japan, including Osaka (Itami and Kansai), Okayama and Hiroshima. Maintenance and ground crews from ANA also gained experience with the airplane in the simulated operational environment.
"Giving our team a chance to work with the airplane prior to entry into service was very valuable," said Katsunori Shimazaki, ANA corporate planning senior manager and the airline's leader of the validation. "Our crews are excited to begin operating the first 787 revenue flights later this year."
Teams from ANA and Boeing validated more than a hundred procedures, including towing the airplane, conducting fit checks of ground support equipment, staging electronic flight bag data and completing maintenance actions, among other activities.
"The successful conclusion of this effort further validates our plans for entering the first all-new airplane of the 21st century into service with our launch customer ANA," said Mike Fleming, 787 services and support vice president. "Our teams worked well together and the airplane performed as we expected."
At each airport, hundreds of enthusiasts and reporters gathered to witness the 787's arrival from Tokyo. Combined, several thousand people celebrated the Dreamliner's presence in Japan.
"It has been incredible to see the enthusiasm for the 787 every place we've gone," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. "With its improvements in comfort and environmental performance, passengers are clearly eager to experience the 787 for themselves."
ANA's first scheduled service with the 787 will be either the Tokyo Haneda-Okayama or Tokyo Haneda-Hiroshima route when deliveries begin later this year.
ANA has 55 Dreamliners on order. ANA will deploy the 787 across its route network as an integral part of its strategy to strengthen its position and support its growth and expansion plans.
See video highlights of Boeing and ANA's service ready operational validation.

NEW DELHI, India, July 13 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] 787 Dreamliner made its India debut landing at New Delhi International Airport at 11:09 a.m. (IST), arriving from Tokyo. 
"Indian air carriers have recognized the tremendous value the Boeing 787 offers airlines,” said Dinesh Keskar, president Boeing India.
Air India is one of the early customers and has ordered 27 787s. Jet Airways also has ordered 10 Dreamliners. The 787 offers the potential to enhance the revenues of customers due to its passenger appeal and reduction in maintenance costs and fuel burn.
“We look forward to the airplane’s introduction into the fleets of our valued customers in India,” said Keskar. He also mentioned that the 787's visit was a great day in the long history of Boeing's partnership with India.
The airplane will depart for the Mumbai Airport in the evening of July 15 and will fly back to Seattle on the morning of July 16.
The 787 Dreamliner is built by an international team and will provide airlines around the globe with a new level of efficiency in operations, with a 20 percent reduction in fuel use when compared to similar-sized airplanes. The 787 also brings a new level of passenger comfort to travelers including bigger windows and more personal space as well as an environment designed to help them arrive at their destinations feeling refreshed.


Eurocopter delivers the 100th EC225 to Bristow Group

martes, 12 de julio de 2011

Eurocopter today marked the 100th delivery of an EC225, which was received by Bristow Group Inc. (Bristow) – the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry worldwide.

Marignane, 12 July 2011

The landmark EC225 was supplied in the oil and gas configuration, but it can be used by Bristow in other missions due to the multi-role helicopter’s designed-in operational flexibility.

Marking the successful association of Eurocopter and this valued customer, today’s EC225 delivery ceremony was held at the helicopter manufacturer’s Marignane, France, facility in the presence of Eurocopter President & CEO Lutz Bertling; Mark Duncan, Bristow’s Senior Vice President – Commercial; and Bristow’s CFO, Jonathan Baliff; who were joined by Wolfgang Schoder, Eurocopter’s Executive Vice President for Programs.

“Eurocopter’s 100th EC225 delivery is a historic moment, and it is particularly appropriate that we are marking this milestone with Bristow, which was the EC225’s launch customer,” Bertling stated. “In addition, this latest delivery of an EC225 to Bristow underscores the helicopter’s capabilities to meet the most demanding requirements,” Bertling added.

“We are looking forward to the introduction of our eighteenth EC225 increasing our capacity to serve the oil and gas market. This aircraft together with the two delivered in June are already contracted to a customer in Malaysia.” said Duncan.

Bristow was the launch customer in the Oil & Gas market for the EC225 when the type was introduced into service in 2005 as well as being the launch customer for the AS332L in the early 1980s. More than 50,000 hours have been logged by Bristow’s EC225s, representing approximately one-third of all flight time accumulated by this helicopter type worldwide. Furthermore Bristow and Eurocopter have a Memorandum of Agreement in place for acquisition of the EC175 for which again Bristow will be the launch customer, underscoring the special relationship and partnership between the two companies.

Bristow Group is the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated, and is one of two helicopter service providers to the offshore energy industry with global operations. The company has a major presence in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea, along with operations in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world – including Alaska, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia and Trinidad.

The EC225 offers offshore the oil and gas industry superior speed, range, payload, optimal safety and reliability. The helicopter is the latest generation of the Super Puma/Cougar family, which has flown more than 4 million flight hours. The EC225 can accommodate up to 19 passengers for offshore crew change flights.

EC225s are used worldwide in a full range of missions, including offshore, search & rescue, VVIP transport, firefighting, aerial work and law enforcement. The helicopter is designed to meet the highest safety standard levels, which is backed by its system redundancy, a highly capable automatic flight control system (AFCS), and the capability for full deicing – which allows flight in all known icing conditions.


Elektra One at the AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh

Press conference
with Calin Gologan (CEO PC-Aero GmbH & Developer of the ELEKTRA ONE)
ELEKTRA ONE + Solar Hangar = Energy Autonomy
Tuesday, July 26, 1:30 PM, EAA Press HQ

Presentation from Calin Gologan
ELEKTRA ONE + Solar Hangar = Energy Autonomy
Wednesday, July 27, 10:00 PM – 11:15 PM, Innovation Center
(Stage 1, L09)

EAA Electric Aircraft World Symposium 2011
EAA 2nd Annual World Symposium on Manned Electric Flight
Visionaries of Electric Flight
Calin Gologan : Electric Flight in an Electric Future
Friday, July 29, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM, Eagle Hangar (mainstage B08) (located in the EAA AirVenture Museum)


Electric Flight Showcase oft he ELEKTRA ONE :
Planned on: Wednesday, July 27, between 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM

Aircraft Attraction ELEKTRA ONE


Top 11 of 2011: Flying under the Radar at the EAA AirVenture  
Plenty of rare, historic, and just plain 'cool' aircraft to be found

EAA Electric Aircraft World Symposium 2011
Calin Gologan presents:
He will bring the vision of Electric Flight to the attenders:

„We need to convince the bright masses of people that this is the future of leisure aviation as bridge for the future commercial one. Our duty is to protect the environment (CO2 zero emission, use much less energy, low noise emission), our interest to save money. If we succeed to combine both in a safe aircraft we have the solution for future."

Green Flight Challenge Goes Live!

NASA and CAFE Make Official Announcement at AirVenture 2009

The NASA Innovative Partnerships Program and the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation announced the CAFE Green Flight Challenge (CGFC), a flight efficiency competition for aircraft that can average at least 100 mph on a 200-mile flight while achieving greater than 200 passenger miles-per-gallon.  The prize for the aircraft with the best performance will be $1.5 million. This is the largest prize ever offered for a general aviation competition. A $150,000 prize for best score by a bio-fueled aircraft is also offered.

The competition is slated for July 2011 at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California.  A variety of innovative experimental aircraft that fly with either electricity, solar, bio-fuel or hybrid propulsion are expected to enter.  Several major universities and EAA aircraft builders have already expressed their intention to form teams to compete. 



About PC-Aero/Dipl. Ing. Calin Gologan:

The Company PC-Aero / Dipl. Ing. Calin Gologan is a design&certification office. It is a small but very flexible and efficient team specialized in structure design and certification of aircraft. It is also specialized in Structure Design, Development and Certification. The experience covers all classes of aircrafts: light, transport and military. The service ranges from the design and certification of single components (STC's) to a complete aircraft certification package. PC-Aero's expertise in design and development, certification and the  experience with certification authorities enables this company to complete a structure certification process of a light aircraft in less than one year. By means of integrating the main structure design, tasks (aerodynamic/CFD, loads, structure calculation/FEM and structure tests) PC-Aero cut down the design/certification costs and time. It can finish the whole structure certification process in less than one year for an aircraft in the four-seater class.


F-35 Jet Blast Deflector Testing Underway at Lakehurst

lunes, 11 de julio de 2011

LAKEHURST, N.J., July 7th, 2011 -- F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft CF-2 is performing Jet Blast Deflector (JBD) tests at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The JBD, located behind the catapults aboard aircraft carriers, deflects high energy exhaust from the engine to prevent damage and injury to other aircraft and personnel located in close proximity. JBD testing is one portion of the tests required to ensure the F-35C is compatible aboard the aircraft carrier. Testing continues with varying distances between the aircraft and JBD, and at power settings up to and including maximum afterburner power. CF-2 arrived at Lakehurst on June 25 for JBD tests. (Lockheed Martin photo by Andy Wolfe)


EADS broadens its technology licensing reach with new European, Indian agreements

Five agreements signed by EADS have extended the scope of the company’s technology licensing outreach with new industrial partners in India and Europe. These accords were inked during last month’s Paris Air Show and involve a contract with Germany’s Grenzebach Automation GmbH for metallic production technologies based on the friction stir welding solid-state joining process, along with four Letters of Intent (LoIs) with one German and three Indian companies for metallic and composite manufacturing processes.

The agreements were arranged by the EADS Technology Licensing initiative, which is managed by EADS’ Corporate Technology Office and has the company’s top management support in offering a full range of leading-edge technologies that are proven, mature and available today.

Several of the accords will benefit from engineering and application studies organised by the EADS Technology Licensing initiative, which provides assistance to industry partners in identifying business cases and tailoring a technology offer that is best adapted to customers’ specific needs. This supplemental engineering support is offered to facilitate a smooth transfer of the licensed technology into customers’ products and manufacturing processes.

“Our new agreements underscore EADS’ ability to provide highly valuable technologies in both metallic and composites production, which will be applied to the aerospace industry as well as other sectors such as automotive and industrial equipment,” said Wulf Hoeflich, who leads the EADS Technology Licensing initiative. The licensing contract provides Grenzebach Automation GmbH with access to EADS Innovation Works’ technologies for the friction stir welding solid-state joining process, including utilisation of EADS patented tools that provide a high-quality weld surface and eliminate the requirement for post-weld machining.

This agreement’s scope addresses the application of friction stir welding technologies in production of electronic products by Grenzebach Automation, which is part of the Grenzebach group of companies with production facilities worldwide.

The Letters of Intent with India underscore the country’s ambition to evolve as a strong aerospace player, which has become a priority after the Indian government’s step to privatize the aerospace sector. “We now see a build-up in the Indian supply chain, which wants to become more capable and innovative – not only in supporting Indian aircraft programmes, but in the export market as well,” Hoeflich added. The Letters of Intent signed at the Paris Air Show were with:

  • India’s Dynamatic Technologies Limited, for metallic manufacturing processes such as friction stir welding, as well as EADS patented composites production technologies. This will be supported by an EADS engineering services package.
  • Maini Precision Products Pvt. Ltd of India for metallic and composites technologies, backed by an EADS engineering services package.
  • Tata Advanced Materials Limited, covering a broad range of composites and related manufacturing processes, including the EADS-developed and patented Vacuum Assisted Process (VAP) and protective coatings for composite tools. An engineering services package is included in the scope of this Letter of Intent.
  • Brötje Automation GmbH of Germany, for light metal alloys, friction stir welding and automation in composites manufacturing.



Lynx World Speed Record Helicopter Restored 25 Years On

sábado, 9 de julio de 2011

After a four year restoration programme undertaken by a team of AgustaWestland apprentices, the record breaking Westland Lynx helicopter, which is still the official holder of the helicopter World Speed Record, was today unveiled by AgustaWestland’s CEO Bruno Spagnolini and apprentices to employees gathered at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil factory.

After the unveiling Bruno Spagnolini, CEO, said “To have held the world helicopter speed record for 25 years highlights what an outstanding achievement it was by all those involved in the project and the development of the rotor blade technology that was key to the successful record attempt. The apprentices are to be also congratulated on performing an excellent restoration of this historically important helicopter, it is their skills and knowledge that will help keep AgustaWestland at the very forefront of rotorcraft technology for the next 25 years.” Following its World Record breaking flight in 1986 the aircraft went on to become the test bed for CTS800-4N engines and was heavily modified before finally being retired from development flying in 1991. In January 1995 the helicopter was donated to the Helicopter Museum where it was preserved and put on public display, then in 2007 AgustaWestland agreed to undertake the restoration of the aircraft back to its World Speed Record configuration. The aircraft returned to Yeovil, where it was originally built, and the team of apprentices set about the major task of restoring the aircraft to as close a condition as possible to that on its record breaking flight.

The team of AgustaWestland apprentices have spent over 25,000 hours researching the configuration of the aircraft, de-modifying the aircraft, locating the original parts wherever possible, sourcing missing parts, rebuilding the aircraft and finally repainting it in its distinctive world speed record colours with all the logos of those companies that assisted the original project. The 11th August 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Westland Lynx helicopter setting a new world helicopter speed record of 249.1 mph (400.87 kph). The Lynx helicopter, registered G-LYNX, flew a 15km course across the Somerset Levels at 500 ft on a calm hazy evening back in 1986 with Chief Test Pilot Trevor Egginton at the controls and Derek Clews, Flight Test Engineer alongside. The average speed achieved over two runs was 249.1 mph (400.87 kph), beating the record held by a modified Mil “Hind” helicopter by over 20 mph (32 kph).



La Cátedra EADS de Estudios Aeronáuticos entrega los premios a las mejores tesis y proyectos fin de carrera

jueves, 7 de julio de 2011

El premio a la mejor tesis doctoral ha sido para Luis Távara. La distinción a la mejor tesis de fin de máster ha sido para la realizada por Israel García. Ambos trabajos estudian la aparición de grietas en materiales compuestos y su posterior propagación. Por último, en la categoría de mejor proyecto de fin de carrera han sido galardonados un trabajo que también analiza cuestiones relacionadas con materiales compuestos y otro sobre la integración y control de quadrotores en vehículos no tripulados (UAVs), firmados por Carlos Arellano y Diego Hinojosa, respectivamente.

Esta segunda edición de los galardones académicos convocados por la Cátedra EADS de Estudios Aeronáuticos de Sevilla ha contado con una dotación de 7.500 euros, de los que 3.000 corresponden a la mejor tesis doctoral. La mejor tesis fin de máster, así como los mejores proyectos de fin de carrera han recibido cada uno una dotación de 1.500 euros.

Los premios han sido entregados por el director del complejo industrial San Pablo de Airbus Military y miembro de la Comisión de la Cátedra EADS, Jesús Espinosa, y la responsable de EADS para las relaciones con la Universidad de Sevilla, Beatriz García.

Jesús Espinosa ha declarado tras la entrega de estas distinciones: “La excelencia es a un tiempo el fin que perseguimos en Airbus Military y lo que la Cátedra EADS ha reconocido en las tesis y proyectos premiados. Estamos comprometidos con la investigación, el desarrollo y la innovación, que comienzan en la formación. Con estas distinciones, Airbus Military quiere animar a todos los alumnos de las distintas ingenierías a tener en la excelencia un objetivo fundamental de sus carreras profesionales”.

La ceremonia de entrega de estas distinciones ha tenido lugar en la Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de la Universidad de Sevilla.



Airbus Military tanker for RAF performs first contacts with Tornado

An Airbus Military A330 MRTT Future Strategic Transport Aircraft (FSTA) for the UK´s Royal Air Force has successfully completed its first contacts with a Tornado fighter.

The two aircraft performed a series of dry contacts, by day and night, in late June / early July during a programme to formally qualify the Tornado to refuel from the FSTA in operational service. Wet contacts, in which fuel is actually passed from the tanker to the receiver, will commence shortly.

During sorties conducted from RAF Boscombe Down with the support of Qinetiq, the Tornado executed contacts with the A330 MRTT´s underwing hose-and-drogue pods at altitudes between 10,000ft and 30,000ft and speeds of 250-325kt



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Eurocopter and PT. Dirgantara Indonesia Renew Teaming Framework Agreement to extend its partnership in Indonesia

domingo, 3 de julio de 2011

Witnessed by French Prime Minister François Fillon in Jakarta, Eurocopter and PT. Dirgantara Indonesia (also known as Indonesian Aerospace) signed today a new teaming framework agreement, to continue the successful partnership which consists of industrial co-operation as well as marketing of Eurocopter products to Indonesian governmental entities.

The first teaming framework agreement was signed between Eurocopter and PT. Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) back in 2006. The renewal of the partnership will see a continuation of the joint effort for a further five years, as representatives from both organizations put pen to paper in a signing ceremony today in Jakarta, in the presence of French Prime Minister, François Fillon, who was on an official visit in Indonesia.

Signing for PTDI is its President Director, Budi Santoso. Henri Stell, Eurocopter Deputy Vice President Sales and Customer Relations (Asia Pacific), was present to sign on behalf of Dominique Maudet, Eurocopter Executive Vice-President Global Business & Services. The partnership between Eurocopter and PTDI began some 35 years ago – when Eurocopter was then known as Aérospatiale and MBB; and PTDI known as Nurtanio – with the licensed production of 123 BO105, 11 Puma SA330 and 19 Super Puma AS332 helicopters. The partnership was further strengthened in 2008 when the two companies set up an assembly line for the Super Puma MK helicopter airframes in Bandung, Indonesia, thereby successfully integrating PTDI into Eurocopter's global supply chain.

The agreement renewal signalled bigger things to come for both parties. Henri Stell pointed out that "both Eurocopter and PTDI can capitalize on each other's strengths – PTDI's strong local insights, network and solid infrastructure; and Eurocopter's global strategy and network coupled with having the world's widest helicopter product range – to secure upcoming local procurement programmes and grow the business together."

Agreeing with Henri Stell, PTDI President Director Budi Santoso noted that "Indonesia has been viewed as one of the most dynamic helicopter markets in Southeast Asia not only due to its vast land area and island archipelago, but also to the fact that there are many ageing helicopter fleets that would need replacement in the coming years." He added, "Together with Eurocopter, our synergy will ensure that we are in a good position to bid for these contracts when the opportunities arise.

About PT. Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) or PT DI
PT DI is an Indonesian state owned enterprise that was established in 1976. The plant sites are
located in Bandung, Tasikmalaya and Batu Poron. The core businesses include:
• Aircraft design and production. PTDI produces CN-235, C212-400, C212 – 200, Super Puma
NAS-332, BELL 412 EP (Customizing). PTDI has delivered more than 350 aircrafts and
helicopters to various customers.
• Aircraft parts, components, tools and fixture manufacturing (example: A320, A330, A340,
A350, and A380 aircrafts wing components , French Eurocopter 's EC 725/225 fuselage and
tail boom, single supplier for the inboard outboard fixed leading edge of A380 and C212-400.)
• Aircraft and aircraft component maintenance, overhaul , repair and alteration
• Engineering services i.e. simulations design and production, aircraft system integration,
information technology
• Defense products manufacturing, and integration maintenance and calibration mainly for
Indonesian Ministry of Defense
Now with 4300 employees, PT DI is focusing their business on specific market segments with
high growth potential in commercial and military products and services.
The company develops and adapts successful aircraft platform and introduces new technology
whenever it creates value by lowering price, reducing direct operating cost or by delivering higher
reliability, comport and safety products and services.
The subsidiaries are:
• PT Nusantara Turbine Propulsion, its core businesses are engine & industrial turbine
maintenance & overhaul, trading part and components
• IPTN North America, Inc., its core businesses are trading a/c spare part , engineering service
business, supporting business activities of PTDI
• PT GE Nusantara Turbin Servuces with the core businesses in maintenance & repair
services turbine & component ge, engineering consultant service, import and trading
PT. GE Technology Indonesia, who deals in medical equip industry, provides management
consultancy service in the field of medical equip engineering and machinery


Eurocopter Holding adquiere el 98,32% de las acciones de Vector Aerospace Corporation tras una oferta en efectivo de 13 dólares canadienses por acción

La adquisición impulsa las actividades de Soporte y Servicios de
La Venta Obligatoria hace prever que se obtenga el 100%

Leiden (Países Bajos) y Toronto (Canadá), 30 de junio de 2011

Eurocopter Holding, una filial de EADS (código EUR:EAD), y Vector Aerospace Corporation (TSX: RNO), una corporación canadiense que cotiza en la Bolsa de Toronto, anunciaron hoy que todos los términos y condiciones de la oferta por parte de 7762798 Canada Inc. (el "Oferente") de adquirir, a un precio de 13,00 dólares canadienses por acción, todas las acciones en circulación de Vector Aerospace, inclusive todas aquellas que puedan ser emitidas en la ejecución de opciones concedidas según el plan de opciones sobre acciones de Vector Aerospace (la Oferta), han sido satisfechos antes de que expirara la oferta a las 02.00 pm (hora de Toronto) del 30 de junio de 2011.

La adquisición de Vector Aerospace ayudará a acelerar el crecimiento de las actividades de Soporte y Servicios de Eurocopter y EADS en los mercados tanto civil como gubernamental. Vector Aerospace reforzará asimismo la presencia de EADS en América del Norte y Reino Unido, de acuerdo con los objetivos estratégicos de la compañía esbozados en el plan Vision 2020 de EADS.

Marwan Lahoud, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer de EADS, declaró: "Nos complace que Vector Aerospace vaya ahora a formar parte del grupo EADS tras
haber recibido todos los vistos buenos normativos y alcanzado el nivel exigido de aceptación por parte de los accionistas. La inclusión de Vector ayudará a EADS a lograr sus objetivos estratégicos a largo plazo de aumentar sus actividades de servicios y su presencia en el muy importante mercado aeroespacial de América del Norte".

Por su parte, Lutz Bertling, CEO de Eurocopter, comentó que "la adquisición de Vector supone un importante paso para situar a Eurocopter como una empresa de ámbito internacional de mayor calado en el sector de soporte y servicio a la aviación. Si bien Vector seguirá operando como una compañía autónoma y mantendrá su presente marca de gran éxito, la naturaleza complementaria de nuestras respectivas redes por todo el mundo harán posible que desarrollemos nuestras actividades no sólo con mayor rapidez, sino también de forma más eficiente, en beneficio de nuestros clientes".

Declan O'Shea, CEO de Vector Aerospace, añadió: "Pasar a formar parte de Eurocopter y del Grupo EADS es quizá el acontecimiento más importante de la historia de nuestra compañía, dado que nos eleva a un distinto nivel entre los proveedores de mantenimiento, reparación y revisión (MRO) de aeronaves. A través de nuestra relación con EADS y Eurocopter tendremos acceso a otros mercados para nuestros servicios MRO, todo ello gracias a estar integrados en una de las compañías aeroespaciales de más éxito del mundo".

Unas 48,053,880 Acciones Ordinarias de Vector Aerospace se han depositado de forma válida en la oferta, y el Oferente ha asumido y aceptado como pago todas estas Acciones Ordinarias, que representan aproximadamente el 98,32% de las Acciones Ordinarias de Vector Aerospace después de la disolución total.

Al pago de las Acciones Ordinarias de Vector Aerospace depositadas en la Oferta, los señores Donald K. Jackson, F. Robert Hewett, Stephen K. Plummer, Kenneth C. Rowe y Colin D. Watson han dimitido de sus cargos como consejeros de Vector Aerospace y les han sucedido los señores Lutz Bertling, Dieter John, Derek Sharples y Olivier Lambert como representantes del Oferente. Los señores Gordon E. Cummings, Robert J. Deluce, Barry Eccleston y Declan O'Shea continuarán como consejeros de Vector Aerospace.

El Oferente tiene la intención de adquirir todas las restantes Acciones Ordinarias de Vector Aerospace mediante una adquisición obligatoria según los términos aplicables del derecho de sociedades, y Vector Aerospace tiene la intención de solicitar una exención de las obligaciones aplicables de las leyes de valores de presentar y entregar ciertos datos de comunicación constante (inclusive sus balances financieros provisionales y datos relacionados relativos al período que finalizó el 30 de junio de 2011), retirar de cotización sus Acciones Ordinarias de la Bolsa de Toronto, y dejar de ser un emisor de notificación en las jurisdicciones aplicables en Canadá en el momento oportuno.

Canaccord Genuity y Galileo Finance han sido los asesores financieros de Eurocopter Holding y EADS, mientras que Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP han actuado como asesores jurídicos. Los asesores financieros y jurídicos de Vector Aerospace han sido Scotia Capital y Stikeman Elliott LLP, respectivamente.

Acerca de Vector Aerospace
Vector Aerospace es un proveedor independiente de servicios aeronáuticos de reparación y mantenimiento. Por medio de sus instalaciones en Canadá, Estados Unidos, Reino Unido y África, Vector Aerospace presta servicios a clientes comerciales y militares para varios tipos de motores a turbina de gas, componentes y aeroestructuras de helicópteros. Entre sus actividades más importantes se encuentran Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services Inc.–North America, Vector Aerospace International Limited–UK, Vector Aerospace Engine Services–Atlantic Inc.– North America y Vector Aerospace Engine Services UK Limited–UK. En 2010, Vector Aerospace obtuvo unos ingresos de 545 millones de dólares canadienses y su plantilla era de aproximadamente 2.500 personas.

Acerca de EADS
EADS es líder mundial en aeronáutica, defensa y servicios relacionados. En 2010, el Grupo – compuesto por Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian y Eurocopter – generó unos ingresos de 45.800 millones de euros con una plantilla de casi 122.000 empleados.

Acerca de Eurocopter Holding y Eurocopter
Eurocopter Holding es la sociedad matriz de Eurocopter. Creado en 1992, el grupo franco- germano-español Eurocopter es una división de EADS. El grupo emplea a aproximadamente 17.500 personas. En 2010, Eurocopter fue líder mundial en la fabricación y venta de helicópteros con un volumen de ventas de 4.800 millones de euros. Actualmente hay en funcionamiento 11.200 helicópteros de Eurocopter en 147 países, por cuenta de unos 2.900 clientes.

Nota específica acerca de las afirmaciones de índole prospectiva por parte de EADS N.V.
Es posible que este comunicado de prensa contenga cierta información que consista en información prospectiva en el marco de las leyes que rigen el mercado de valores en estos casos. Tales afirmaciones se basan en las presentes expectativas, estimaciones, pronósticos y proyecciones de EADS y Eurocopter Holding con respecto al entorno operativo, economías y mercados en los que desempeñan su actividad EADS y Eurocopter; así como su situación financiera y su negocio en general. Por su propia naturaleza, las afirmaciones de carácter prospectivo se basan en ciertos factores y suposiciones y están sometidas a considerables riesgos e incertidumbres. Puede que las afirmaciones prospectivas aquí contenidas sean muy distintas de los resultados o hechos reales. Si bien EADS y Eurocopter Holding consideran razonables las suposiciones en las que se fundamentan estas afirmaciones, basadas en la información disponible en este momento al respecto, puede que sean incorrectas y se avisa a los que lean este escrito que no atribuyan una fiabilidad fuera de lugar a tales afirmaciones dado que varios factores de importancia puede que causen que los resultados de hecho difieran sensiblemente de los expresados en tales afirmaciones prospectivas.

Cualesquiera afirmaciones prospectivas contenidas en esta nota de prensa se hacen en la fecha de su publicación y como tal están sujetas a cambios tras tal fecha. A menos que así esté estipulado por las leyes aplicables a tal caso, declinamos toda intención u obligación de actualizar o revisar cualesquiera afirmaciones de índole prospectiva, ya sea como resultado de nuevas informaciones, acontecimientos futuros u otras causas.

Nota específica acerca de las afirmaciones de índole prospectiva por parte de Vector Aerospace Corporation
Es posible que este comunicado de prensa contenga cierta información que consista en información prospectiva en el marco de las leyes que rigen el mercado de valores en estos casos. Las afirmaciones prospectivas son afirmaciones que no son hechos históricos y generalmente, pero no siempre, se identifican por palabras como las que siguen: espera, planea, anticipa, cree, pretende, estima, proyecta, supone, potencial y otras expresiones similares. Las afirmaciones prospectivas incluyen referencias asimismo a hechos o condiciones que van a ocurrir, ocurrirían, podrían ocurrir o deberían ocurrir. Tales afirmaciones se basan en las presentes expectativas, estimaciones, pronósticos y proyecciones de Vector Aerospace con respecto al entorno operativo, economías y mercados en los que desempeña su actividad  Vector Aerospace; su situación financiera y su negocio en general. Por su propia naturaleza, las afirmaciones de carácter prospectivo se basan en ciertos factores y suposiciones y están sometidas a considerables riesgos e incertidumbres. Puede que las afirmaciones prospectivas aquí contenidas sean muy distintas de los resultados o hechos reales. Si bien Vector Aerospace considera razonables las suposiciones en las que se fundamentan estas afirmaciones, basadas en la información disponible en este momento al respecto, puede que sean incorrectas y se avisa a los que lean este escrito que no atribuyan una fiabilidad fuera de lugar a tales afirmaciones dado que varios factores de importancia puede que causen que los resultados de hecho difieran sensiblemente de los expresados en tales afirmaciones prospectivas.

Cualesquiera afirmaciones prospectivas contenidas en esta nota de prensa se hacen en la fecha de su publicación y como tal están sujetas a cambios tras tal fecha. A menos que así esté estipulado por las leyes aplicables a tal caso, declinamos toda intención u obligación de actualizar o revisar cualesquiera afirmaciones de índole prospectiva, ya sea como resultado de nuevas informaciones, acontecimientos futuros u otras causas.


OVO 04, supera los 300 vuelos de demostración

viernes, 1 de julio de 2011

OVO 04 supera los 300 vuelos de demostración

El pasado mes de junio Virtual Fly expuso su OVO 04, el simulador de vuelo con cabina en movimiento, en el Cannes Air Show y Aero Expo UK, cerrando así su calendario de ferias previas al verano.

En total, durante las 4 ferias a las que ha asistido OVO 04 (Friedrichshafen, Ódena, Cannes y Sywell), se han realizado más de 300 vuelos, recibiendo una valoración media por parte de los usuarios de 8,78 sobre 10.

Gracias a las encuestas realizadas se han podido obtener no sólo las puntuaciones si no también los comentarios necesarios para desarrollar e implementar los retoques finales que hacen del OVO 04 un dispositivo con el equilibrio perfecto entre realismo, prestaciones y precio.

OVO 04 ha conseguido en tan solo unos meses obtener comentarios de instructores, pilotos y empresarios que lo reconocen como un proyecto novedoso, altamente esperado y que satisface los objetivos para los que se ha diseñado: entrenar pilotos, entretener aficionados y facilitar la entrada a la aeronáutica al resto de interesados… todo ello con una rentabilidad / hora imbatible desde el punto de vista operativo.

Además, desde hace una semanas ya es posible visitar el Show Room de Virtual Fly en el que está disponible el OVO 04 mejorado tras su ronda de ferias europeas y en el que está integrado también la Estación de Instrucción.