Cessna: Skycatcher Surpasses 100 Deliveries

domingo, 25 de septiembre de 2011

HARTFORD, Conn., Sept. 22, 2011 — Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, said today at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Hartford that it has surpassed 100 deliveries of the Model 162 Skycatcher light sport aircraft.

The milestone 100th aircraft was delivered to Sporty’s Pilot Shop this summer and will be given away in Sporty’s annual drawing early next year. Cessna began deliveries of the Skycatcher in December 2009 and has received orders for more than 1,000 of the aircraft.

A new addition to the Skycatcher is the McCauley designed and delivered first production ASTM certified 1L100 fixed-pitch composite propeller. This all-composite two-blade, fixed-pitch propeller was made specifically for the Skycatcher’s Continental Motors O-200D engine. The composite propeller became standard equipment on the Skycatcher beginning with serial number 108, and it will be offered to existing Model 162 owners for retrofit.

“Fitting the Skycatcher with the new composite prop is truly a benefit to the airplane and the pilot,” said Tracy Leopold, Cessna Skycatcher business leader. “The single piece design gives it great strength and is a little over 14 pounds lighter than the aluminum propeller used on the Skycatcher.”

Designed as a low-cost flight trainer, Skycatchers have been delivered to many Cessna Pilot Centers around the U.S. and international deliveries began this year. In March, King Schools released its Flying the Skycatcher DVD training program, the official pilot transition course used in Cessna Pilot Centers worldwide.

 Announced in 2007, the Skycatcher is Cessna’s entry in the popular light sport aircraft category. It features the Garmin G300 avionics suite and a Teledyne Continental O200D engine. The two-seat, single-engine aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of 118 knots with a maximum range at 6,000 feet of 440 nautical miles. Fabrication and assembly is centered at Shenyang Aircraft Corporation in Shenyang, China. Aircraft are shipped to Cessna’s U.S. reassembly site.



CASSIDIAN ensures flight safety of all German Forces aircraft

23 September 2011

Modernization program successfully concluded
Latest-technology transponder STR 2000 fulfills new requirements of air traffic control authorities
Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, has successfully concluded the modernization of the identification equipment of all German Forces' aircraft. With the final deliveries in a multi-year modernization program, Cassidian has handed over the last tranche of its STR 2000 transponders to the German Procurement Authority BWB. In total, more than 650 transponders were delivered since 2002. The new equipment ensures the safe operation of aircraft in civilian airspace according to new requirements of the European air traffic control authority EuroControl.

Transponders are a crucial element to ensure flight safety. As part of air traffic control, interrogators on the ground emit signals to request flight data from individual aircraft, e.g. on their origin, course or speed. These requests are then automatically answered by transponders located on board the approaching aircraft, so that the position of each individual aircraft can always be reliably tracked.

Military aircraft also respond to these non-military requests. In the so-called Identification-Friend-or-Foe (IFF) process, they even transmit additional data in an encrypted mode, allowing all aircraft to be unmistakably identified, e.g. during military operations. Thereby, inadvertent friendly attacks can be prevented. For this reason, military aircraft require transponders with both civil and military functions.
Cassidian has wide experience in the field of military and civil air traffic control and identification. The company has supplied numerous military identification systems for air, naval and ground vehicles to a number of armed forces, e.g. in Germany, France, Finland and Australia. For civil air traffic control, Cassidian’s identification systems are used in countries such as Austria and the Philippines.



Egyptian Air Force becomes new Airbus Military C295 operator

The Egyptian Air Force (EAF) today has taken delivery of its first Airbus Military C295. The aircraft in military transport configuration, was delivered ahead of contract schedule. This aircraft is part of a three aircraft order placed by the EAF in October 2010. The other two aircraft are to be delivered during the last quarter of 2011. The C295 was selected for its versatility and adaptability, especially in desert areas, its ease of maintenance and low life cycle cost, as well as its operational capabilities. “This milestone represents the birth of a strong Programme between Airbus Military and the Egyptian Air Force”, said General Yousry Abd El Hamid, Chief of Armament Department of the Egyptian Ministry of Defence.

Airbus Military Head Programmes Light & Medium & Derivatives Rafael Tentor, said: “We are very proud to welcome the Egyptian Air Force to the Airbus Military community of operators and we look forward to support the entry into service of the C295. We are confident that the aircraft will have a long future with the Egyptian Air Force, operating efficiently in the challenging missions required from it”. The C295 is configured with standard equipment as well as the Cargo Handling and, Aerial Delivery system (CHADS). It can also be equipped for paratrooping and medical evacuation, and humanitarian relief missions. It can carry payloads of up to 9 tonnes, in standard cargo pallets, or 71 soldiers in transport missions, or be equipped with 50 paratroopers.

To date, Airbus Military has sold 83 C295 aircraft to 12 different operators.



A400M passes key certification tests

jueves, 22 de septiembre de 2011

The Airbus Military A400M new generation airlifter has passed a series of key tests in the last week as the aircraft continues to progress towards civil and military type certification.

On 17th September the aircraft (Grizzly 1) successfully performed the high-energy rejected take-off test which confirms the capability of the braking system to stop the aircraft safely following a rejected take-off at high speed and high weight. During the week the emergency evacuation tests were also carried out to demonstrate that the aircraft can be safely evacuated in a specified time when loaded with troops or other passengers in various configurations.

The high-energy rejected take-off test is one of the toughest in the programme and, because of the risk of damage to the aircraft, is among the last items performed before preparation of the aircraft flight manual. It was carried out on runway 14R at Toulouse Airport and required the aircraft, loaded to the maximum take-off weight, to make a simulated take-off run which was aborted at the V1 decision speed. V1 is the maximum speed at which the pilot has to decide whether to continue a take-off or abort it.

As specified by the testing authorities the aircraft was then taxied clear of the runway and stopped for five minutes before firefighters were allowed to cool the brakes and wheels. As is typical in this test, three of the aircraft´s tyres deflated. There was no further damage and the test was highly successful.

The emergency evacuation tests were performed over several days at the A400M Final Assembly Line in Seville using the fifth development aircraft which is mostly complete and due to fly before the end of the year. All the tests required for certification were passed. They were performed with, respectively, paratroopers, conventional troops, in a medical evacuation configuration, and in a mixed configuration of troops and cargo.

Airbus Head of Flight Operations Fernando Alonso said: “These are vital tests to satisfy highly specific certification requirements and it is very satisfying to see the aircraft performing so well against them. We look forward to more strong progress in the next few weeks as we work towards type certification.”



46th successful launch in a row of the Astrium-built Ariane 5

Kourou,  22 September 2011

Ariane 5, the European launch vehicle developed and manufactured by Astrium, today successfully lifted-off from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

For François Auque, Astrium CEO, “This 46th consecutive success confirms the reliability of Astrium as a prime contractor for Ariane. Astrium’s particular expertise in cryogenic propulsion enables the launch vehicle to answer the customer requests on a very comprehensive range of missions.”

For this 204th flight, Ariane 5 placed 8,974 kilos into geostationary orbit.


MBDA Germany prepares the way for C-RAM laser weapon system

22 September 2011

MBDA Germany prepares the way for C-RAM laser weapon system

The ability to direct 10 kW laser power over a long distance and reach a target with a high quality beam is a decisive forward step. MBDA Germany has conducted several successful tests with its laser demonstrator. This is evidence of major progress in terms of achieving a C-RAM (Counter Rocket, Artillery, Mortar) laser weapon system. The results also confirm MBDA Germany’s leading position in Europe in this domain.

For the first time, 10 kW laser power reached a moving target located more than two kilometres away while retaining a high quality beam. The tracking of dynamic objects and the effects on the object were demonstrated over a distance of more than 2,300 m and an altitude differential of 1,000 m under real-life environmental conditions.

These results are of major significance. The successful combating of RAM munitions is of major importance for the protection of soldiers in the field. However, this also represents several technical challenges. Defence against RAM munitions is only possible to a limited extent with current cannon systems or missiles. These difficulties arise from the high speed of artillery munitions, the small signatures of mortar munitions, the required combat distance in excess of 1,000 m and the necessary combat velocity. In this respect, laser weapons are exceptionally well suited for use against RAM munitions.

However, since countermeasures against RAM must be carried out within a few seconds, it is necessary to achieve high laser power and a high quality laser beam against a fast moving target at distances of between 1,000 m and 3,000 m. This is the only way to guarantee the protection of a field camp using such a laser weapon.

The experts at MBDA Germany have now proven that their laser demonstrator is already able to deliver high laser power and a high quality laser beam at a moving target over long distances. Currently, it is only possible with the geometric coupling principle that has been patented by MBDA Germany. This therefore lays the groundwork for the development of a C- RAM laser weapon system.

A European consortium led by MBDA Germany has been developing the major aspects of the system in a study being conducted on behalf of the European Defence Agency (EDA) since 2009. Integration investigations with appropriate hardware have also been carried out. The final selection of a platform for the laser weapon system will be made once all the relevant conditions have been established. This process is currently underway in close consultation with users and suppliers.

The successful tests by MBDA Germany have been conducted on behalf of the German Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) at the latter’s WTD 52 testing site.

Notes to editors

MBDA Germany comprises LFK-Lenkflugkörpersysteme GmbH together with its subsidiaries (TDW and Bayern-Chemie). As a part of Europe’s MBDA Group, MBDA Germany employs around 1,300 persons at its sites in Schrobenhausen, Unterschleissheim, Ulm and Aschau am Inn.

With industrial facilities in four European countries and within the USA, in 2010 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.8 billion euros with an order book of 10.8 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems. MBDA is the only group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.

MBDA is jointly held by BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%), EADS (37.5%) and FINMECCANICA (25%).


Lockheed Martin F-35 Flight Test Progress Report. Several flight test and production key milestones were accomplished since the last report

miércoles, 21 de septiembre de 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas, September 20th, 2011 -- Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] F-35 flight test program moves closer to reaching year-end milestones since the last update issued July 26. Since then, the F-35 Lightning II 5TH Generation multirole fighter conducted 124 test flights, bringing the total number of flights for the year to 642.

Overall, the F-35 system development and demonstration (SDD) flight test remains on or ahead of plan for 2011, despite 15 days of testing lost due to fleet stand-down after a ground mishap involving the Integrated Power Package (IPP). Flight testing was also interrupted at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Md., because of an Aug. 23 earthquake and severe weather associated with Hurricane Irene. During this period of down time, the flight test teams at all locations continued working through planned modifications and maintenance.

As of Aug. 31, the fleet remained 8 percent ahead of plan in year-to-date (YTD) flights.

Several flight test and production key milestones were accomplished since the last report:

BF-1 performed a 40 foot hover in calm winds and two vertical landings (VL) for the 150th VL to date on Aug. 31.
AF-10 and AF-11 were delivered to Eglin AFB, Fla., Aug. 31. They join AF-8 and AF-9 assigned to the 33d Fighter Wing.
Static testing was completed on the F-35C Lightning II carrier variant (CV) ground article CG-1 at Lockheed Martin Fort Worth, Texas, Aug. 29. With this achievement, the F-35 Program has accomplished its static structural testing milestone for 2011.
Jet Blast Deflector (JBD) testing was completed by F-35 CV aircraft CF-2 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. from June 25-August 13. CF-2 successfully completed this portion of JBD tests required to ensure the F-35C is compatible aboard an aircraft carrier.
AF-7 completed its last flight of currently required conventional take off and landing (CTOL) maturity flights on Aug. 31.
Cumulative flight test activity totals for 2011 are provided below:

F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) jets have flown 314 times.
F-35B short takeoff/ vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft have completed 226 flights.
F-35C carrier variant (CV) jets have flown 102 times.
From the start of flight testing in December 2006 through September 16, 2011, F-35s flew 1,202 times, including the production-model flights and AA-1, the original flight test aircraft.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5TH Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.



Boeing-led Team Delivers 1st Peace Eye AEW&C Aircraft to Republic of Korea Air Force

ROKAF BASE GIMHAE, South Korea, Sept. 21, 2011 -- A team led by Boeing [NYSE: BA] today delivered the first Peace Eye 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF).

The aircraft was delivered during a ceremony attended by officials from the ROKAF, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the South Korean and U.S. governments, industry partners and Boeing at ROKAF Base Gimhae, the main operating base for the Peace Eye fleet.
"Peace Eye increases South Korea's self-defense capacity with powerful airborne-surveillance and battle-management capabilities that will help enhance the security of the Korean peninsula," said Randy Price, Peace Eye program manager for Boeing. "Working closely with the ROKAF, DAPA, the U.S. government and our Korean industry partners was key to making today's milestone a reality."

Three additional Peace Eye aircraft are being modified by Korean Aerospace Industries in Sacheon, Korea, and will be delivered to the ROKAF in 2012.

The Peace Eye program includes four 737 AEW&C aircraft plus ground support segments for mission crew training, mission support and system maintenance. 737 AEW&C aircraft also are in production for the governments of Australia and Turkey.

Based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 commercial airplane, the 737 AEW&C aircraft is designed to provide airborne battle-management capability with an advanced multirole electronically scanned radar and 10 state-of-the-art mission crew consoles that are able to track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously. The mission crew can direct offensive and defensive forces while maintaining continuous surveillance of the operational area.



Boeing Promotes New Approach for Future Aviation Training

New methods help meet demand for flight instructors and aviation personnel
BANGKOK, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today called upon the aviation industry for a revised approach to training that includes the use of online and mobile devices to meet the demand for aviation personnel over the next 20 years. Speaking at the Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium in Bangkok, Roei Ganzarski, chief customer officer, Boeing Flight Services, said the industry must focus on adopting newer methods of instruction that have proven successful in other fields.

Boeing forecasts the need for tens of thousands of flight instructors over the next 20 years to meet demands for new capable and well-qualified airline pilots worldwide.
"We must advance the training profession in order to attract and retain the passionate and competent talent needed to train the vast numbers of aviation personnel required," said Ganzarski.  "We need to train them in a way that is adaptable to a generation steeped in mobile and on-line technology."

Boeing research into pilot training around the world highlights the critical role an instructor plays in the learning and performance of pilots.

"It should no longer be about an instructor's number of flying hours. The next wave of professional instructors should place greater emphasis on student aptitude to ensure students reach their fullest potential," Ganzarski said.

The 2011 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook indicates that by 2030 the global aviation industry will require 460,000 new commercial airline pilots and 650,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians. To meet the demand for new pilots, Boeing estimates that the training industry will need a minimum of 1,200 new pilot instructors every year for the next twenty years.

Boeing Flight Services, a business unit of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, is aligned with customer's flight operations function and offers integrated products and services to drive optimized performance, efficiency and safety, ranging from advanced training to improved airspace efficiency and infrastructure, airline operations, flight planning, navigation and scheduling.



Su-35 fighters flew more than 300 flights on flight tests program

martes, 20 de septiembre de 2011

Moscow, October 19. Su-35 fighters carried out more than 300 flights on flight tests program. At present, the first and second Su-35 fighter aircraft were delivered to the 929th State Flight Test Center (GLITS) for the state joint tests (SJT), and on August 15 this year they started to implement the agreed program. At the same time the first serial production Su-35S-1 fighter has also joined the program.

The first and second Su-35 fighter aircraft carried out preliminary flight tests. The basic set of flight and technical specifications of the onboard equipment and the characteristics of super maneuverability, stability and control characteristics, the characteristics of the power plant, the work of the navigation system were fully confirmed during the tests. The maximum ground-level speed is 1,400 km/h, speed at altitude — 2400 km/h, the ceiling — 18 thousand meters. The detection range of targets in the “air-to-air” mode is over 400 km. This is significantly higher than that of the combat aircraft currently in service. The onboard OLS (optical locator station) can detect and track multiple targets at ranges exceeding 80 km. The complex is ready to undergo testing for operational use.

The analysis of the amount of work already performed allows a conclusion that Su-35/Su-35S has a much better flight and technical characteristics compared to the analogue aircraft in service, and the installed onboard equipment allows it to solve a wider range of tasks defined by the tactical and technical mission. The potential characteristics incorporated in the aircraft will enable it to exceed all tactical fighters of the generation 4 and 4 + (Rafale and EF 2000 type, upgraded fighter jets such as F-15, F-16, F-18 and Mirage 2000), and to counteract the F-22A, as well as F-35A tactical fighter.

The technological advance that is implemented in a perspective fifth-generation fighter aircraft (PAK FA) is used to the maximum in the development and testing of the Su-35. It will allow to lower costs and in shorter time to complete its development and to add it to the Russian Air Force armory.

The Su-35 is a thoroughly upgraded super-maneuverable multi-role fighter of the 4++ generation. It employs technologies of the fifth generation that assure its superiority over similar class fighters. The special features of the aircraft include a new avionics suite based on digital information control system integrating onboard systems, a new phased antenna array radar with a long aerial target detection range and with an increased number of simultaneously tracked and engaged targets (30 aerial targets tracked and 8 targets engaged plus the tracking of 4 and engagement of 2 ground targets), and new enhanced vectored thrust engines. The Su-35 has a diverse suite of long-, medium- and short-range weapons. It can carry guided aerial munitions for anti-radar and anti-ship actions as well as general purpose munitions, guided and unguided aerial bombs. The radar signature of the fighter has been reduced by several times as compared to that of the fourth-generation aircraft by coating the cockpit with electro-conducting compounds, applying radio absorption coats and reducing the number of protruding sensors. The service life of the aircraft is 6,000 hours flight hours; the life cycle is 30 years of operation. The assigned service life of vectored thrust engines is 4,000 hours.


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Strong growth in airliner numbers and seating capacity is foreseen by Airbus’ 2011-2030 Global Market Forecast

The continuing “democratization” of air transport – driven by emerging economies, a global increase in wealth, greater urbanization, the need for more eco-efficient aircraft and a nearly doubling of major airport hubs for mega-cities – will lead to the demand for more than 26,900 new passenger airliners and over 900 new factory-built cargo aircraft during the next 20 years, according to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast.
Unveiled at a press conference today in London, the 2011-2030 Global Market Forecast foresees an overall doubling of the global passenger airliner fleet sized at 100 seats and more, increasing from 15,000 aircraft today to 31,500 by 2030.  The average seat capacity of aircraft also will continue to increase as air traffic retains its positive growth curve.

“Key factors identified in our new 20-year forecast include a strong driving of traffic growth by the emerging economies, the nearly doubling of traffic in and between more mature markets, and the positioning of Asia-Pacific as the leader in world traffic,” John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, told reporters at the press conference. “Other factors are a faster growth in long-haul traffic than short-haul, while the 39 cities worldwide that handle more than 10,000 long-haul passengers daily today will become nearly 90 cities in 20 years.”

The largest category for new aircraft in terms of requirement numbers is the single-aisle segment, in which Airbus is a leading supplier with its A320 and A320neo jetliner Families.  The need for nearly 19,200 single-aisle aircraft with capacities of 100-210 seats is anticipated by the Airbus Global Market Forecast during the 20-year timeframe, representing a combined value of some $1.4 trillion.  Of this total, approximately 50 per cent of the deliveries are anticipated in the well-established North American and European airline markets.
For the twin-aisle category, which typically seats from 250 to 400 passengers, the Airbus Global Market Forecast sees a broad segmentation with broad demand.  A doubling of the worldwide twin-aisle fleet will result in deliveries of some 6,900 new passenger and freighter aircraft during the 20 year period – valued at an estimated $1.5 trillion.  For passenger aircraft, an estimated 70 per cent of the demand will be focussed on the 250-seat and 300-seat segments.  Airbus’ product lines in the twin-aisle category are the A330 passenger and freighter aircraft, along with the next-generation A350 XWB Family.

In the Very Large Aircraft (VLA) category with seating capacities of more than 400 passengers, the Airbus Global Market Forecast calls for the requirement of 1,781 jetliners valued at some $600 billion – an increase in demand from the 1,738 aircraft estimated by the 2010 forecast.  Of the total, 45 per cent of VLA deliveries are expected for Asian airlines, followed by 23 percent for carriers in the Middle East and 19 per cent for European airlines.  The VLA category is addressed by Airbus’ 21st century A380 flagship, which was developed for the growing requirement of high capacity aircraft to handle concentrated traffic volumes that link the world’s mega-cities and large airport hubs.

The Airbus Global Market Forecast is a regularly-updated 20-year outlook on aircraft demand and passenger flows, taking into account econometric forecasts that are complemented by market research and judgment.  It involves detailed studies of network evolution – including new routes, markets and deregulation “hot spots” – and anticipates the fleet evolution covering hundreds of passenger airlines and cargo carriers.
For a detailed review of the 2011-2030 outlook, visit the Airbus website’s interactive Global Market Forecast section, which includes the full report focussed on passenger transport development, along with a pocket guide version; as well as the press conference presentation slides of John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, and Chris Emerson, Airbus Senior Vice President, Head of Product Strategy and Market Forecast; and a video interview with Leahy.  A separate Global Market Forecast for freighter aircraft will be issued at a later date, reflecting its importance to Airbus and the industry.


Airbus sees demand for over 27,800 aircraft in the next 20 years

lunes, 19 de septiembre de 2011

Ongoing trend for larger eco-efficient aircraft 19 SEPTEMBER 2011 PRESS RELEASE

In the midst of troubled financial markets, Airbus foresees strong ongoing demand for commercial aircraft. According to its latest Global Market Forecast (GMF), by 2030 some 27,800 new aircraft will be required to satisfy future robust market demand. The combined value of the over 26,900 passenger aircraft (above 100 seats) and more than 900 new factory built freighters forecast by the GMF is US$3.5 trillion. As a result, by 2030 the global passenger fleet will more than double from today’s 15,000 aircraft to 31,500. This will include some 27,800 new aircraft deliveries of which 10,500 will be needed for replacing older less fuel efficient aircraft. The trend towards larger aircraft will continue, in order for the aviation sector to keep pace with future growth in demand.

People need and want to fly more than ever before. Over the next 20 years the aviation sector is expected to remain resilient to cyclical economic conditions as in the past. Airbus forecasts that Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs) will grow by an average 4.8 per cent per year, which is equivalent to traffic more than doubling in the next 20 years. Factors driving demand for new aircraft include population growth with increasing wealth, dynamic growth in emerging economies, strong continued growth in North America and European markets, greater urbanization and a more than doubling in the number of mega cities by 2030. Drivers also include the ongoing expansion of low cost carriers, and the need to replace older less efficient aircraft with new eco-efficient models in established markets.

Geographically, over the next 20 years, Asia-Pacific will account for approximately 34 percent of demand, followed by Europe (22 per cent) and North America (22 per cent). By share of passenger traffic, Asia-Pacific will be the biggest market with 33 percent, followed by Europe (23 per cent) and North America (20 per cent).

In terms of passenger traffic on domestic markets, India (9.8 per cent) and China (7.2 per cent) will have the fastest growth rates over the next 20 years. Long established aviation markets will also continue to grow with the Domestic US (11.1 per cent) and Intra Western Europe (7.5 per cent) having the first and third largest shares of the total traffic in 2030. “The aviation sector is an essential element for today’s global economy which is why more people than ever need and want to fly,” says John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. “Airbus is bringing to market the latest innovations and eco-efficient products to satisfy the needs of airlines and the expectations of passengers now and in the years to come.” By 2030, 60 per cent of the world’s population or some five billion people will be urbanised and the number of mega cities will have more than doubled to 87 from today’s 39. It is also forecast that over 90 per cent of long haul travellers will fly between these mega city points.

Demand for Very Large Aircraft (VLA) seating more than 400 passengers, like the A380, has risen over 2010 forecasts (1,738) to 1,781 aircraft valued at US$600 billion. This represents a 17 per cent share by value or six per cent share by aircraft units. Of these, nearly 1,330 are passenger aircraft needed to cater for the concentrated traffic volumes linking the world’s mega cities. Regionally, some 45 per cent of the world’s VLA’s will be delivered to Asia, 19 per cent to Europe and 23 per cent to the Middle East.

In the twin-aisle aircraft segment (seating from 250 to 400 passengers), some 6,900 new passenger and freighter aircraft will be delivered in the next 20 years doubling the fleet of today by 2030. These deliveries are valued at some US$1,500 billion, representing 43 per cent share by value, or 25 per cent share by units. Of these, some 4,800 aircraft will be small twin-aisle (250 to 300 seater) and about 2,100 intermediate twin aisles (350 to 400 seater). These segments are covered by the A330 and the A350 XWB family.

In the single-aisle segment, nearly 19,200 aircraft worth some US$1,400 billion or 40 per cent share by value, 69 per cent share by units, will be delivered in the next 20 years. This is an increase over previous forecasts due to increased growth and acceleration in the replacement of older less efficient aircraft. Of the new deliveries, some 40 per cent will be required to replacement needs. In addition some 50 per cent of single aisle aircraft deliveries will go to the well established aviation markets of North America and Europe.


Boeing Marks 20th Anniversary of C-17 Globemaster III's 1st Flight [HD Photos by Boeing]

domingo, 18 de septiembre de 2011



The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] on Sept. 15 celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first flight of the C-17 airlifter. On Sept. 15, 1991, test aircraft T-1 took off from the Boeing Long Beach site on a two-hour flight that proved the engineering and design concepts of the aircraft and marked the beginning of the program.

T-1 flew by Long Beach again on Sept. 15, 2011, in a re-creation of its milestone flight.

"The first flight of T-1 ushered in a new era in military and humanitarian airlift," said Bob Ciesla, C-17 program manager for Boeing. "Twenty years ago, when I was working in flight test for this new airlift program, I could not anticipate just how critical the C-17 would become for the U.S. Air Force and its allies. The success of the C-17 Globemaster III program extends beyond Boeing's employees and supplier partners -- who have proudly engineered and built the world's greatest airlifter for two decades -- to exceed the expectations of customers around the globe who fly the jet every day."

The C-17 has flown more than 2 million hours in its 20-year history, supporting worldwide airlift missions that transport troops and supplies to global hot zones and bring aid to those in need during humanitarian crises.

"There is no question that the C-17 has set the bar high," said Ciesla. "The program has performed on cost and on schedule for more than a decade. Now we are entering a new stage with a production-rate reduction from 15 to 10 aircraft per year, extending the life of the C-17 line to 2014 and beyond."

The C-17 aircraft has achieved a number of record-breaking milestones -- more than any other airlifter in history -- and set 33 world records during initial flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The C-17's records include payload to altitude and time-to-climb, as well as a record for short-takeoff-and-landing in which the C-17 took off in less than 1,400 feet, carried a payload of 44,000 pounds to altitude, and landed in less than 1,400 feet.

During the past 20 years, Boeing has delivered 235 C-17s -- 211 to the U.S. Air Force, including active duty, Guard and Reserve units, and 24 to international customers including the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, Qatar Emiri Air Force, United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence, and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. India became the newest C-17 customer in June, when India's Ministry of Defence signed an agreement with the U.S. government to acquire 10 C-17s that will be delivered in 2013-2014.


Airbus Military A330 MRTT FSTA for UK RAF awarded certification

Airbus Military has obtained military and civil certification for the Future Strategic Transport Aircraft (FSTA) version of the A330 MRTT for the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom.

This paves the way for first delivery of the aircraft to the RAF in the coming weeks.

The approval was granted by Spanish military certification authority Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Aerospacial (INTA). It follows the civil certification of the FSTA which was awarded by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in July.

Together these certifications cover the specific configuration of the UK version of the MRTT and lay the ground for its eventual operation on both the  military and civil registers, as currently envisaged by the RAF. It will be known in RAF service as “Voyager”.

The initial configuration which will enter service, and which is covered by the certification, is the two-point aircraft with hose-and-drogue refuelling pods under each wing. The three-point configuration, which also includes a centreline Fuselage Refuelling Unit (FRU will be certified at a later date as contracted.

“It is deeply satisfying to see this FSTA variant of the A330 MRTT receive its certification as per schedule,” said Airbus Military Senior VP Engineering Miguel Angel Morell. “I would like to thank everyone involved in the FSTA programme for their work and look forward to seeing the aircraft being delivered soon.”



X-51 Scramjet Test Exceeded Thrust Expectations: AFRL

viernes, 16 de septiembre de 2011

X-51 Scramjet Test Exceeded Thrust Expectations: AFRL: The second X-51 supersonic combustion scramjet test vehicle actually produced more thrust than expected before the test flight ended in failure, a U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) official told a U.S. House Aerospace Luncheon on Sept. 15. [...]


Airbus in Illescas delivers first A350 XWB Wing Lower Cover to Airbus in Broughton

Produced at Airbus’ Centre of Excellence for composite materials in Spain

The first A350 XWB wing lower cover (WLC) has been transported from Airbus’ composites manufacturing site in Illescas, Spain, to Airbus’ wing assembly site in Broughton, United Kingdom, where it will be installed on to the wing of the first A350 XWB to fly, MSN001. The wing lower cover was recently produced at Airbus’ Centre of Excellence for composite materials in Illescas, Spain; the part measures approximately 32 metres long by six metres wide, making it the biggest carbon fibre part ever produced in civil aviation.

“This is a major milestone for the A350 XWB programme and for Airbus in Spain”, said Rafael González-Ripoll, Head of Airbus’ Centre of Excellence Empennage & Aft -fuselage, “The delivery of the first flying A350 XWB wing lower cover pays tribute to the tremendous achievements made by a highly qualified, technical team. We have again demonstrated our expertise in designing, industrialising and manufacturing primary structures in carbon fibre with the A350 XWB, building on past experiences with other Airbus programmes.”

The wing cover will be fitted into the A350 XWB wing in Broughton and afterwards will be transported to Bremen (Germany) where the movable parts will be fitted. Later on, the sub-assembly will go to A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, where it will be joined to the fuselage.

The A350 XWB Family consists of three passenger versions with true long-range capability. In terms of capacity, the A350-800 will offer 270 seats; the A350-900 holds 314 seats while the A350-1000 will have 350 seats respectively. The Family concept allows airlines to best match their A350 XWB fleets to route capacity demands, guaranteeing optimum revenue potential. To date, 35 customers have ordered 567 A350 XWBs. Airbus forecasts a demand over the next 20 years for around 5,800 new twin-aisle mid-size passenger aircraft.


Sikorsky to cut global workforce by about 540 jobs - Forbes

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RAF's A330 MRTT FSTA obtains INTA certification - Australian Aviation

RAF's A330 MRTT FSTA obtains INTA certification - Australian Aviation:

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RAF's A330 MRTT FSTA obtains INTA certification
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The RAF's Airbus Military A330 MRTT Future Strategic Transport Aircraft (FSTA) has obtained military certification from Spain's Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Aerospacial (INTA), following civil certification by EASA earlier in July. ...


Curso de Introducción a la Certificación y Calificación de UAVs

martes, 13 de septiembre de 2011

Curso de Introducción a la Certificación y Calificación de UAVs: Los próximos 20 y 21 de septiembre, elColegio Oficial de Ingenieros Aeronáuticosy laAsociación de Ingenieros Aeronáuticos de Andalucíaorganizan en Sevilla la cuarta edición del Curso de Introducción a la Certificación y Calificación de Aeronaves no tripuladas (UAVs). El curso será impartido por el Dr. Ing. aeronáutico Eduardo Sanchís, deINTA, en las instalaciones delCATEC.El coste...


South Korea F-16 upgrade RFP imminent

South Korea F-16 upgrade RFP imminent: South Korea will issue a request for proposals on 16 September to upgrade its F-16 fighters ...


Daimler dice que las negociaciones para vender el 7,5% de su participación en EADS prosiguen

Daimler dice que las negociaciones para vender el 7,5% de su ... - Finanzas.com:

Daimler dice que las negociaciones para vender el 7,5% de su ...
Daimler, que cuenta con un 15% en EADS, matriz de Airbus, intenta desde el pasado mes de febrero encontrar un comprador para la mitad de su participación y llegó a un acuerdo con el Gobierno alemán, que se haría cargo del 7,5%, si no encuentra ...
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El quinto A400M de Airbus Military realizará su primer vuelo a finales de año

El quinto A400M de Airbus Military realizará su primer vuelo a ... - Europa Press:


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Es todo, gracias)) La quinta unidad del A400M de Airbus Military realizará su primer vuelo a finales de año, según han indicado a Europa Press fuentes de la compañía, que destacan que la flota de aparatos de desarrollo, los otro cuatro 'Grizzly', ...
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Airbus to exhibit world's largest corporate jet cabin at Jet Expo

Most spacious cabin on display at the show
13 September 2011 Press Release

Airbus will exhibit the world’s widest and tallest corporate jet cabin at Jet Expo in Moscow, allowing visitors to experience the new top-end in bizjet comfort and space for themselves.

It will display an Airbus ACJ318, offered for VVIP charter by Comlux, which features the comfort and practicality of home and office, plus seating for 19 passengers, which is more than traditional business jets.

“Airbus corporate jets are similar in size to traditional business jets on the outside, but are around twice as big on the inside, allowing them to deliver a more comfortable and productive space in which to travel, as well as the ability to carry more passengers,” comments Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “They also benefit from being derived from the world’s most modern aircraft family,” he adds.

Airbus offers the largest family of corporate jets of any manufacturer, ranging from the Airbus ACJ318 all the way up to the ACJ380, allowing it to offer customers the comfort that they want in the size that they need.

The Airbus ACJ318 that will be displayed features a cabin with a floorspace of around 75 m2/800 ft2, which makes it similar in size to a reasonable size house or apartment.

It features a living area and an office that converts to a bedroom, plus two spacious bathrooms, giving passengers a ride that is comfortable and practical, as well as productive and relaxing.

Like all Airbus corporate jets, the Airbus ACJ318 features intercontinental range, allowing it to serve most destinations in Europe nonstop – as well as to reach much of the world with a single stop.

Airbus has sold more than 170 of its corporate jets to date, with the aircraft flying on every continent, including Antarctica. Its customers include companies, individuals and governments.


Boeing Receives US Air Force F-22 Mission Planning System Contract

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 13, 2011 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide mission planning support for the F-22 Raptor.

The order, valued at up to $24 million if all options are exercised, was awarded under the Air Force's Mission Planning Enterprise Contract-II (MPEC-II). Boeing is one of five contractors selected in June 2010 for MPEC-II, an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity program with an approximate total value of $920 million over 10 years. The MPEC-II contract provides for the extension and sustainment of mission planning software, services and solutions.

Under the new contract, Boeing will continue development and integration of the existing F-22 Mission Planning Environment (MPE), which provides the ability to interactively plan and validate missions. The MPE gives F-22 crews a full range of mission information, from preflight data reports to postflight debriefing materials.

"Our current support of the F-22 program helped us better understand the Air Force's mission planning requirements," said Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president for Training Systems and Services. "We will continue to work together to improve the integration and testing of mission planning products throughout the MPE development lifecycle."

The F-22 is built by Lockheed Martin in partnership with Boeing and Pratt & Whitney. Boeing supplies the aircraft’s wings and aft fuselage; integrates and tests the advanced avionics; and has responsibility for pilot and maintenance training systems.



Boeing 747-8 Receives ICAO 'Heavy' Designation for Separation

Ruling means newest 747 can operate under same separation distance as 747-400

EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The new Boeing (NYSE: BA) 747-8 will be able to operate at the same separation distances as the 747-400, according to a ruling from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO, a United Nations agency tasked with codifying principles and techniques for international air navigation, sent a letter to all member nations recently saying that a team of wake experts had examined flight test and simulation data, and that it determined that the 747-8 should remain in the same class as its predecessor and retain the same separation distances.

A special ICAO team of experts in the field of wake vortices from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the manufacturer "examined flight test and simulation data and established safety case arguments for approach, landing, departure, climb/descent and cruise operations of the Boeing 747-8 relative to other aircraft," the ICAO letter said. "The safety case supports the assertion that the Boeing 747-8 is safely categorized as HEAVY. Consequently, the wake turbulence separation minima specified ... for HEAVY aircraft should be applied."

Receiving "heavy" designation and the same separation criteria as the 747-400 is an important accomplishment for the 747-8 program, said Todd Zarfos, vice president, engineering, 747 program. "We promised our customers that the 747-8 would be able to operate in the same markets and routes they use for the 747-400," he said. "We did extensive testing to show that even though the 747-8 is longer, heavier and has a bigger wingspan than the 747-400, it does not create greater wake vortex effects. That means that airports will be able to operate more efficiently and not have to slow down operations to accommodate this airplane. Combined with its lower noise footprint, the 747-8 will be a great addition to the world's airport operations."

The 747-8 Freighter will give cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. It is 250 feet, 2 inches (76.3 m) long, which is 18 feet and 4 inches (5.6 m) longer than the 747-400 Freighter. The 747-8 Intercontinental will have the lowest seat-mile cost of any large commercial jetliner, with double-digit improvements in fuel economy and carbon emissions per passenger, while generating 30 percent smaller noise footprint than the 747-400.



Eurocopter to supply two EC155 helicopters to the Dalian police in China, the first of which will support this month’s “Summer Davos” meeting

lunes, 12 de septiembre de 2011

The Dalian Municipal Public Security Bureau in northeast China is acquiring two EC155 helicopters from Eurocopter for police missions, with the initial rotary-wing aircraft deployed during an upcoming meeting of the World Economic Forum.

To be delivered early this month, the first EC155 will be utilized for VIP transport and security patrols during the World Economic Forum's "Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2011" –also commonly known as the "Summer Davos" session – held 14-16 September in Dalian. This helicopter will subsequently perform missions with additional equipment such as searchlights and hoist for multi-role police support duties. The second EC155 is scheduled for delivery at the end of 2012.

"The EC155 impressed us with its performance, versatility and comfort," stated a representative from the Dalian Municipal Public Security Bureau responsible for the helicopter procurement project. "On top of that, it is a very quiet machine, which makes the EC155 a good helicopter for discrete surveillance work. For the upcoming Summer Davos forum, this will be a much-appreciated feature when transporting VIPs and during aerial patrols."

This latest order of helicopters for airborne police work marks the continuing successful support of Eurocopter's products in the Chinese public service sector. Its helicopters have already been used extensively for various public service missions by the Hong Kong Government Flying Services, the Guangdong Municipal Public Security Department and the Shanghai Police Air Force.

"We are very proud that our range of helicopters is serving the country well, having been deployed for many major international events such as the Asian Games in Guangzhou, the World Expo in Shanghai, and in a few days' time, the Summer Davos in Dalian," said Eurocopter China CEO Bruno Boulnois. "This is a great testimony to the capability and reliability of our aircraft."

Currently, there are a total of 16 EC155s operating in China, with the largest single fleet of 11 owned by the CITIC Offshore Helicopter Co. for oil and gas operations. The twin-engine EC155 is a five-ton helicopter from Eurocopter's well-known Dauphin family. It seats up to 12 passengers comfortably, is extremely versatile and recognized to be the quietest helicopter in its class.

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Sukhoi Superjet 100 MSN 95011 production aircraft performs its first flight

12 September 2011, Komsomolsk-on-the Amur – Yesterday the Sukhoi Superjet 100 MSN 95011 production aircraft intended to be the third to enter into service with Aeroflot performed its first flight. The aircraft was piloted by SCAC pilots Leonid Chikunov and Gennady Pripuskov. During the 3hs. 18 min. flight, the pilots checked the overall engines, systems and equipment performance having confirmed the aircraft characteristics within operational range.

After completing the factory flight tests the aircraft will fly to Ulyanovsk to be painted in the Aeroflot's livery at the Spektr-Avia facility. The delivery of the SSJ100 MSN 95011 to the airline is scheduled for October.

Next SSJ 100 MSN 95012, waiting for the engines to be delivered, is proceeding with the interior installation. As a part of the existing plan to transfer the interior mount to Ulyanovsk and thus boost the final assembly process, a qualified and trained team of Aviastar specialists is currently in Komsomolsk to perform the job. The interiors for the aircraft beginning from 95015 will be mounted in Ulyanovsk.

Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) is a 100 seat regional jet designed, developed and built by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC), in partnership with Alenia Aeronautica. On May 19th 2008 SSJ100 successfully accomplished its first flight. 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. In February 2011, the SSJ100 obtained the Type Certificate by the Russian Certification Authority IAC AR. The EASA certification is expected to follow in 2011. On April 19th 2011 first production SSJ100 was delivered to Armavia airlines (Armenia). There are currently three SSJ100 in service with Armavia and Aeroflot.

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Emirates ampliará su tripulación española en Andalucía y Canarias - Expansión.com

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Emirates ampliará su tripulación española en Andalucía y Canarias
Emirates inauguró en agosto de 2010 una ruta directa de carácter diario entre el aeropuerto de Barajas y el de Bubai, que se opera con un Airbus 340. Según los datos de la aerolínea, en la actualidad vuela a 114 ciudades del mundo con una flota de 153 ...
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600 alumnos de nuevo ingreso se incorporan a la Escuela de Ingeniería Aeronáutica y del Espacio (EIAE) de la UPM

jueves, 8 de septiembre de 2011

El primer contacto con la Universidad se organiza desde la Escuela de Ingeniería Aeronáutica y del Espacio con un plan de acogida que informa a los recién llegados de lo que van a encontrar en su nueva etapa como estudiantes.
Constancia y disciplina para aprender
Una de las actividades del plan de acogida es la bienvenida por parte de la Dirección. En ella, el presidente de la Comisión Gestora de la EIAE, Miguel Ángel Gómez Tierno y el vicepresidente de la misma, Miguel Ángel Barcala Montejano, les explicaron el amplio y variado mundo que conforma la ingeniería aeroespacial, definida como "el
La excelencia como meta
Es el momento de hacer balance del primer curso de Grado en Ingeniería Aeroespacial que se ha finalizado en la Escuela. Un balance muy positivo, en el que 185 alumnos han aprobado todas las asignaturas que componen el primer curso. La asignatura con un mayor porcentaje de aprobados ha sido Informática, mientras que Física I ha sido la que menos alumnos han podido superar.
A pesar del elevado número de alumnos que ingresan cada año en la Escuela de Ingeniería Aeronáutica y del Espacio, el equipo directivo de la Escuela insta a los alumnos a buscar la excelencia, a que sea la calidad la que marque la diferencia.
Por ello, durante el acto de acogida de los nuevos alumnos y con un objetivo motivador, se han entregado los Diplomas al Aprovechamiento Académico Excelente a los alumnos que recientemente finalizaron el primer curso de Grado en Ingeniería Aeroespacial con las mejores calificaciones. Se trata de 33 estudiantes (el 5% de los 650 que conformaban la promoción entrante en el curso 2010/2011) que han aprobado todas las asignaturas en las convocatorias ordinarias y que además tienen al menos un 8,5 de nota media. Junto a este reconocimiento público, los "excelentes" visitarán las instalaciones de Airbus en Getafe para empezar a conocer la profesión desde dentro de la propia industria aeronáutica.
Nota de Prensa
diseño, la fabricación, la operación y el mantenimiento de los vehículos aeroespaciales, incluyendo todos sus subsistemas e infraestructuras".
Los jefes de estudios les recordaron que, las nuevas metodologías impuestas por el Espacio Europeo de Educación Superior "implican que los alumnos no vienen a la Universidad a que les enseñen, sino a aprender y además a desarrollarse como personas". Una nueva etapa, que para que no suponga una brecha, hay que afrontar "con espíritu de superación constante y estudiar y trabajar con previsión y disciplina".
El Grado en Ingeniería Aeroespacial se compone de 240 créditos ECTS, distribuidos en cuatro cursos, los dos primeros comunes y con cinco especialidades ofertadas en el tercer curso: Vehículos Aeroespaciales, Propulsión Aeroespacial, Navegación y Sistemas Aeroespaciales, Aeropuertos y Transporte Aéreo y Ciencias y Tecnologías Aeroespaciales.
Los servicios informáticos, entre los que destacan la red inalámbrica, la plataforma de teleeducación o politécnica virtual; la secretaría de alumnos, para todos los trámites relacionados con su matrícula y el carné universitario con el que pagar desde los apuntes y fotocopias hasta un café, y la biblioteca, "el segundo hogar de los alumnos" con 269 puestos de lectura, préstamo de pórtatiles, e-books o calculadoras científicas, que este curso estrenará como novedad un sistema de digitalización de apuntes mediante escáneres, se presentan para dar a conocer todos estos medios al alcance del alumno.
Los 600 alumnos que comienzan el primer curso del Grado en Ingeniería Aeroespacial (GIA) por la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid han alcanzado una nota de corte de 11,18 (casi un punto más que en la primera promoción del nuevo grado), siendo así una de las carreras más demandadas de España. El 60% de los matriculados proceden de fuera de la Comunidad de Madrid y el 25% son mujeres.


SENER adquiere el 100% de la ingeniería portuguesa Engivia

SENER ha firmado el acuerdo de compra del 100% de la ingeniería portuguesa Engivia, en la que ya participaba con un 49% de la propiedad. El grupo de ingeniería ejerce así la opción de adquisición acordada hace tres años y se afianza en el mercado portugués ampliando sus capacidades en ingeniería civil en el país luso y áreas de influencia.
La firma de este acuerdo se llevó a cabo en las oficinas de SENER en Lisboa, entre el director de SENER en Portugal, Aguinaldo Azevedo, y los socios de Engivia, António Vaz Pato, Paulo Silva y Ricardo Sardinha.
Esta adquisición se produce tras cuatro años de estrecha colaboración entre ambas compañías, con un largo historial de trabajo conjunto en obras de ingeniería civil en Portugal.
Aguinaldo Azevedo declaró durante la firma: "La compra del 100% de Engivia permitirá su integración con SENER Portugal y la ampliación del abanico de servicios que actualmente ofrece cada una de las sociedades. Además, esta operación consolidará la presencia de SENER en Portugal e incrementará las posibilidades de expansión de la actividad de la oficina de Lisboa hacia el exterior, principalmente hacia los países africanos de habla portuguesa".
Por su parte, António Vaz Pato afirmó que "la integración de Engivia, una ingeniería con más veinte años de experiencia, capacidad y reconocimiento técnico en Portugal, en el grupo SENER constituye un paso importante para la internacionalización de su equipo técnico, ya que SENER posee una gran capacidad y experiencia en el mercado mundial".
SENER goza de amplia experiencia en ingeniería civil en Portugal, donde ha elaborado desde el proyecto de ampliación del Metro de Lisboa, hasta los estudios preliminares, proyecto base y asesoría técnica durante la construcción del Metro de Oporto. Asimismo, SENER ha participado en el anteproyecto del tramo Lisboa-Montemor, de 87 km de longitud, de la línea de alta velocidad Madrid-Lisboa, por el que transcurren los 11 km del puente sobre el Tajo. En Lisboa, SENER ha conseguido estar presente también en las concesiones para la ampliación de la red de autopistas, así como en la construcción de un tramo de 135 km de la denominada Autopista Transmontana, adjudicado a la concesionaria Auto Estradas XXI (formada por FCC y Soares da Costa).
Por su parte, Engivia ha llevado a cabo más de 550 kilómetros de proyectos de autopistas ya construidas o en construcción principalmente para las concesionarias Brisa y Ascendi.
La integración de Engivia en SENER permitirá reforzar la presencia en Portugal, así como explorar nuevas oportunidades de negocio en mercados de habla portuguesa.


US Army orders its first batch of suicide drones - msnbc.com

martes, 6 de septiembre de 2011

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US Army orders its first batch of suicide drones
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Kaman Aerostructures Delivers the First Aerospace Components Manufactured at Its Mexican Facility

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico, Sep 06, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Kaman Aerospace Group, a unit of Kaman Corp. KAMN +0.98% , announced today that its Aerostructures Division (Kaman) has delivered the first production parts fabricated at its new state of the art manufacturing facility in Chihuahua, Mexico. This facility, Kaman's first aerospace facility in Mexico, was opened November 2010. The parts were delivered to Aernnova Aerospace Mexico, SA de CV (Aernnova) located in Queretaro, Mexico. The deliveries consisted of sheet metal detail parts to be used in the wing structures assembled by Aernnova for Hawker Beechcraft aircraft, including the King Air, Baron, and Bonanza aircraft.

Kaman and Aernnova have signed a multi-year and multi-part number preliminary agreement for the manufacture of sheet metal detail parts in support of Aernnova's wing manufacturing operations. Additional first part number deliveries are scheduled over the next few months.

"We are pleased our Chihuahua plant is a fully operational sheet metal parts and subassemblies aerospace manufacturing facility after having opened just last year," said Greg Steiner, President Kaman Aerospace Group. "We also value our growing relationship with Aernnova and look forward to additional parts deliveries in support of their aerospace manufacturing programs in Mexico and elsewhere."

About Kaman Aerostructures

For more than 50 years, Kaman Aerostructures, a unit of Kaman Aerospace Group, has provided total aerostructures solutions for the global aerospace market. From Manufacturing Centers of Excellence in Jacksonville, FL, and Chihuahua, Mexico, Kaman Aerostructures' experience and capabilities cover a broad spectrum of products from machined and sheet metal fabricated detail parts to major metallic and composite assemblies.

About Kaman Corporation

Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; aerostructure engineering design analysis and FAA certification services; safe and arm solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; and support for the company's SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopters. The company is a leading distributor of industrial parts, and operates more than 200 customer service centers and five distribution centers across North America. Kaman offers more than four million items including bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical, material handling, motion control, fluid power, automation and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry. Additionally, Kaman provides engineering, design and support for automation, electrical, linear, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as belting and rubber fabrication, customized mechanical services, hose assemblies, repair, fluid analysis and motor management. More information is available at www.kaman.com .



Airbús supera el millar de encargos netos en lo que va de 2011 - Expansión.com

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Airbús supera el millar de encargos netos en lo que va de 2011
El fabricante aeronáutico europeo Airbus superó el millar de encargos netos de aviones hasta finales de agosto, según las cifras actualizadas comunicadas hoy y que le distancian de su competidor, el estadounidense Boeing. Hasta el pasado 31 de agosto ...
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Lockheed Martin/KAMAN K-MAX Completes U.S. Navy Unmanned Cargo Assessment


YUMA, Ariz., September 6th, 2011 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led unmanned K-MAX® team successfully completed a five-day Quick Reaction Assessment (QRA) for the U.S. Navy’s Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program.

“The autonomous flying K-MAX is designed to resupply Marines on the battlefield and in remote locations,” said Roger Il Grande, director of Airborne Systems at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors. “Through various scenarios during QRA, the unmanned K-MAX UAS performed extremely well, exceeding the cargo delivery objectives of the assessment.”

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $45.8 million contract in December 2010 for unmanned K-MAX helicopters to perform in a U.S. Marine Corps evaluation of unmanned cargo resupply. The Navy intends to field a Cargo UAS this fall for a six-month deployment to augment Marine Corps ground and air logistics operations in Afghanistan.

"The Quick Reaction Assessment proved sustainment of a cargo-carrying capability in an operational environment” said Capt. Patrick Smith, Cargo UAS program manager at the Navy’s Patuxent River, Md., facility. "We look forward to deploying a capability that will supplement rotary wing assets and reduce Marine Corps exposure to improvised explosive devices in theater."

A formal report will be released by Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR) 30 days post completion of QRA. Results will be reviewed by Navy and Marine Corps leadership to determine the system’s suitability for deployment.

In July, the unmanned K-MAX successfully completed Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) testing at Pax River. The purpose of the E3 testing was to measure and provide results regarding the aircraft's electromagnetic susceptibility to certain frequencies, which can affect flight-critical and other systems on the aircraft.

“Since partnering in 2007, Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace have successfully transformed Kaman’s proven K-MAX power-lift manned helicopter into a UAS capable of autonomous or remote controlled cargo delivery,” said Terry Fogarty, general manager, UAS Product Group at Kaman Aerospace.

Kaman designed the K-MAX platform, and Lockheed Martin has designed the helicopter’s mission management and control systems to provide the K-MAX with exceptional flight autonomy in remote environments and over long distances.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.

Kaman Helicopters is a division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (NASDAQ-GS: KAMN). Founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, the Company conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets.



Airbus Military delivers First A330 for Conversion into MRTT to Cobham in the UK

Airbus Military delivered today the first Airbus A330-200 aircraft to Bournemouth, UK-based Cobham Aviation Services for conversion into the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) configuration for the Royal Air Force (RAF).

This aircraft is the third of the 14 A330 MRTTs the Royal Air Force has contracted through AirTanker, a joint venture company also in charge of operating the aircraft. The first two aircraft have already been converted at Airbus Military´s facility in Getafe (Madrid), Spain.

To mark the arrival of the aircraft on their premises, Cobham hosted a ceremony today at their newly refurbished facility. Representatives from the RAF, UK Ministry of Defence, Airbus Military and AirTanker attended.

As part of the conversion programme, all the A330 MRTTs - which will be known in RAF service as "Voyager" - will be fitted with two wing-mounted 905E aerial refuelling pods; additionally seven "Voyagers" will be fitted for 805E centre-line mounted fuselage refuelling units. The first aircraft will commence operations by the end of this year, with the RAF operating the full fleet of 14 aircraft by the second half of the decade to replace its existing TriStar and VC10 aerial refuelling aircraft.

Head of Airbus Military Derivatives Antonio Caramazana said: "This is another important milestone in the A330 MRTT Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft programme. It is an enormous pleasure to see the programme moving into the next phase with the conversion of the aircraft now beginning with Cobham in the home country of our biggest customer".

Air Marshal Kevin Leeson, Chief of Materiel (Air), said: "The conversions carried out at this tremendous new Cobham facility will turn Airbus A330s into the most capable military tanker transport aircraft of its type in the world. Today we celebrate the arrival of the first aircraft into the Cobham Conversion Centre. Voyager will provide enhanced levels of availability, reliability and comfort for its passengers. Its 4000 mile range carrying 291 passengers and freight will allow the UK to respond to world events with great speed. The air-to-air refuelling systems will provide access to an impressive 111 tonne fuel capacity and enable Voyager to refuel a large variety of platforms, from Typhoon jets to A400M transports".



First A350 XWB Upper Wing Cover being loaded on to the Beluga at Airbus’ Hamburg site

The first flyable A350 XWB wing upper cover manufactured at Airbus’ Stade (Germany) site was loaded on to the Beluga today to be transported to Airbus’ Wing Assembly site in Broughton (UK). The A350 XWB lower wing cover made in Illescas (Spain) will arrive in Broughton in the coming days. The A350 XWB wing covers measure 32 metres long by six metres wide, making them the biggest single civil aviation parts made from carbon fibre ever.

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El helicóptero Eurocopter EC225 gana el concurso de SASEMAR

Tras resultar adjudicataria, hoy 5 de septiembre se ha procedido a la
firma del contrato de adquisición con Eurocopter España de un
helicóptero Eurocopter EC225 destinado al salvamento marítimo y lucha
contra la contaminación en el mar.

La Sociedad Estatal de Salvamento Marítimo SASEMAR, Entidad Pública
Empresarial adscrita al Ministerio de Fomento a través de la Dirección
General de la Marina Mercante, inicia así su plan de Salvamento
Marítimo en cuanto a medios aéreos con la incorporación de
helicópteros de gran porte para misiones en el Cantábrico y las Islas

El nuevo helicóptero EC225 sustituirá a uno de los actuales Sikorsky
S-61N y aportará a SASEMAR un medio de altas prestaciones en el
rescate y la vigilancia marítima en todo tiempo, con mayor capacidad,
alcance, autonomía y dotado de los avances técnicos en materia de
navegación, búsqueda y rescate más modernos del mercado.

El EC225 SAR es el helicóptero más idóneo para esta misión como así se
atestigua en todo el mundo donde está presente, en escenarios de
difícil operación como el Mar del Norte, el Sudeste Asiático, Brasil,
China, Taiwán y Japón, principalmente.