The best NASA images from 2012

lunes, 31 de diciembre de 2012

The best NASA images from 2012:

2012 saw a number of significant milestones in star gazing and space exploration. NASA's Mars rover Curiosity touched down on the Red Planet in spectacular fashion, super-Earth's were discovered, the Moon pounded and Voyager 1 edged ever closer towards interstellar space. We also saw more of the universe around us than ever before and as usual, NASA treated us to an array of incredible images...

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AirAsia encarga otros cien A320 a Airbus

AirAsia encarga otros cien A320 a Airbus: AirAsia ha pedido otro centenar de aviones de la familia A320 al fabricante europeo, operación tasada en 9.400 millones de dólares

La compañía de bajo coste AirAsia tiene previsto reforzar su flota con un gran pedido a Airbus: en concreto, según trascendió hace unos días solicitó un centenar de nuevos aviones A320, de los cuales 64 serían A320 neo y los 36 restantes A320 ceo, que se inc

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Fallece Luis Lavín, piloto español del VVS

Fallece Luis Lavín, piloto español del VVS: Le conocí en laCampus Partyen 2008, llegó a "volar" unI-16del simuladorIL-2"en el avión de verdad había más visibilidad" quiero recordar que nos comentaba. Casi aprendí más de laIIGMy de laGCEen aquél rato en laCampus PartyenValenciaque en lo mucho que he ido leyendo. Luis era un "niño de la guerra", que durante la  Segunda Guerra Mundial voló como piloto de caza en el ejército d

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La Royal Aeronautical Society, de cerca

La Royal Aeronautical Society, de cerca: Antes de finalizar el año, os dejamos un artículo que hemos recibido de uno de nuestros lectores.Como os contamos en su momento, hace dos años se puso en marcha en España laSociedad Aeronáutica Española, una iniciativa que desde entonces ha desempeñado una importante labor de divulgación de la aeronáutica en nuestro país, y que en sus inicios tomaba como modelo la prestigiosa R

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Airbus se queda con el 56 por ciento de Alestis

Airbus se queda con el 56 por ciento de Alestis:

La viabilidad de Alestis pasa por la ejecución de un plan de reestructuración que conlleva unos 365 despidos y que Airbus posea más del 56 por ciento de su capital, tras la salida de Alcor (controlada por el empresario vasco Gaizka Grajales que posee el 38 por ciento) y La Caixa (16,7 por ciento, que heredó esta participación tras absorber a Cajasol), sumándose al 1,7 que ya poseía. El importe total de la operación ronda los 20 millones de euros y se cerrará a principios del próximo enero.

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Helitt pone a la venta sus vuelos a Melilla y Casablanca para verano de 2013

sábado, 29 de diciembre de 2012

Helitt Líneas Aéreas ha puesto ya a la venta los billetes de sus vuelos a Melilla 
correspondientes  a la  próxima  temporada de verano, hasta el 26 de octubre de 2013. Los 
clientes ya pueden reservar sus vuelos para la próxima temporada del año entrante, con una 
antelación gracias a la cual podrán beneficiarse de precios más económicos.

Se mantienen las rutas y horarios que actualmente opera la compañía. Conexiones
directas entre Melilla y Madrid los lunes, martes, miércoles, viernes y domingos; vuelos 
Melilla-Barcelona jueves y domingos, y la conexión entre Málaga y la ciudad autónoma, que 
mantiene las actuales tres frecuencias diarias lunes, martes, miércoles y viernes, dos 
frecuencias los jueves, y una los sábados y domingos.

Además de las rutas desde Melilla, también están ya a la venta para verano de 2013 los 
billetes de la conexión Málaga-Casablanca, que opera los lunes, jueves, viernes y domingos.
Los  horarios se pueden consultar en la web de la compañía 
(http://helitt.com/corporative/static/dest_routes) y los  billetes ya están a la venta  en
www.helitt.com, en el teléfono de reservas 902 22 30 20, en las oficinas del  aeropuerto, 
agencias de viajes, y centrales de reservas online. 

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NH90: Eurocopter celebrates two firsts with Belgium and France

Eurocopter today achieved a new milestone in its NH90 program with two ceremonies held at its Marignane facility near Marseille in the south of France, during which the manufacturer delivered Belgium's first NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) in the presence of the Belgian Defense Minister Pieter de Crem; along with the French DGA defense procurement agency's first NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH), in its naval Step B version, to be used by the French Navy.

The first NH90 TTH helicopter delivered to Belgium is part of an order placed by the Ministry of Defense for a total of eight NH90s: four in the TTH variant, and four NFHs. The TTHs will be used by the Belgian armed forces for air transport missions, peacekeeping operations, disaster relief work, and humanitarian missions. The four NFHs scheduled for later delivery will replace Belgium's aging Sea Kings in performing search and rescue (SAR) missions, and also will carry out maritime support tasks for the country's M-class frigates.

"It is an honor for Eurocopter to hand over the first NH90 to Belgium today in the presence of the country's Defense Minister Pieter de Crem," said Dominique Maudet, the Eurocopter Group's Executive Officer for France, and Vice President - Global Business and Services. "This latest-generation aircraft will provide Belgium – a member state of NATO – with modern resources tailored to the diversity of its missions. In addition to this delivery, which has a symbolic importance, the Belgian armed forces can count on Eurocopter's support when it comes to putting their NH90 fleet into service."

Based on the latest model of the French TTH, this first aircraft was delivered to Belgium in its final operational configuration (FOC), ensuring interoperability between the Belgian armed forces and their French counterparts.

The NH90's FOC version is equipped with field-tested avionics that enable the helicopter to carry out missions both day and night, regardless of the prevailing weather conditions. It also benefits from a high-performance self-protection system, an interoperable military communication system for international operations, and the necessary equipment for ship-based deployment.

Eurocopter also delivered the French DGA's first NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) in its new Step B version, to be used by the French Navy. This aircraft will join the fleet of seven NFHs already delivered to the French Navy in the first standard configuration.

"This new naval variant of the NH90 represents a significant and eagerly-awaited step for the French Navy," added Maudet. "It provides the French Army with an aircraft equipped with new functions that better respond to operational requirements, particularly in anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare."


The NH90 NFH boasts a state-of-the-art weapons system that combines – as part of a high-performance platform – a package of ultra-modern electronic, acoustic and optronic sensors as well as weapons loads adapted to anti-ship and anti-submarine missions. The helicopter also performs SAR, amphibious, maritime surveillance and anti-piracy missions.

The six NH90 final assembly lines currently operational in France, Germany, Italy, Finland, Australia, and Spain are under the supervision of NHIndustries, a consortium jointly owned by Eurocopter, AgustaWestland and Fokker Aerostructures, which respectively hold 62.5 percent, 32 percent and 5.5 percent stakes.

To date, 133 NH90s have been delivered to 14 countries, and together they have logged more than 31,000 flight hours.

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Meravo operará el primer EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style de Eurocopter en Alemania

El helicóptero EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style de Eurocopter volará pronto en los cielos de 
Alemania: Meravo, uno de los operadores de helicópteros comerciales más expertos del 
país, ha cursado  un pedido de la elegante aeronave, que destinará a perfeccionar sus 
servicios de vuelos corporativos y de chárter.

En el verano de 2013, el nuevo EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style se integrará en la flota de Meravo, 
que ya cuenta con 25 helicópteros, incluidos los ya probados EC120, AS350, AS355 y EC145
de Eurocopter. Meravo ofrece una amplia gama de servicios, tales como vuelos de negocios y 
de conexión entre ciudades y trabajos aéreos diversos.

"Estamos muy contentos  ante la perspectiva de recibir este exquisito helicóptero, hecho a la 
medida para satisfacer las exigentes expectativas de usuarios de negocios y privados", comentó 
Bernd Hauber, Consejero Delegado de Meravo. "En el EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style 
ofreceremos vuelos chárter y corporativos para  hasta  ocho pasajeros, partiendo de nuestra 
base del sur de Alemania y de otros helipuertos. Estoy seguro de que su elegante estilo y su 
comodidad serán del gusto de nuestros clientes".

El  EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style ofrece soluciones de transporte flexibles y confortables. 
Diseñado en un proyecto de estilismo dirigido por el Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio 
de Como, Italia, el interior de la aeronave está inspirado en la gama de vehículos de alta 
categoría del fabricante. En él se emplean materiales de lujo, elegantes maderas y alumbrado 
de cabina, además de módulos multifuncionales.

Gracias al versátil diseño de la cabina, el EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style se adapta a una gran 
variedad de viajes  con hasta ocho pasajeros: transporte de ejecutivos, viajes familiares y 
también viajes de ocio y deportivos. Los asientos  están montados sobre carriles  y se pueden 
combinar fácilmente en diferentes grupos o retirarlos con el fin de ganar espacio para equipaje.
Thomas Hein, Vicepresidente comercial y de relaciones con el cliente para Europa de 
Eurocopter declaró: "Con el EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style aparece una nueva estrella de plata en 
el mercado alemán de la aviación de negocios. Nos satisface entregar a Meravo, un cliente de 
largos años, esta aeronave especial, que esperamos contribuya al éxito de sus  futuras 
operaciones".

Con más de 500 helicópteros en servicio en todo el mundo, el EC145 es el aparato preferido en 
la categoría de helicópteros bimotor de peso medio. Se  utiliza para una amplia gama de 
misiones, incluidos servicios sanitarios de urgencia, operaciones policiales y de servicios 
públicos, transporte de negocios y VIP, así como misiones en alta mar y crecientes actividades 
de mantenimiento de plantas eólicas.

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Promoción de Fin de Año de Helitt

Promoción de Fin de Año de Helitt: Helitt Líneas Aéreas lanza su promoción especial de Fin de Año, con billetes para volar a todos sus destinos desde 20,12 euros

Como suele hacer cada tanto, Helitt Líneas Aéreas lanza una promoción: en este caso, con motivo de Fin de Año presenta una nueva propuesta conveniente, con billetes a la venta desde los 20,12 euros, sin contar impuestos y gastos de gestión.
Esta oferta está dis

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Turkish Airlines suma el avión número 200 y continúa con su plan de crecimiento

Turkish Airlines suma el avión número 200 y continúa con su plan de crecimiento: Turkish Airlines suma su avión número 200 y sigue con sus planes de expansión

Turkish Airlines ha sumado el avión número 200 a su flota, en el marco de su plan de expansión y renovación de la flota, con lo que pasará a tener una de las flotas más modernas de Europa. Actualmente es la quinta aerolínea mundial en haber adquirido el avión número 200. La compañía turca sigue también

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Incremento de la competencia en pasilloúnico. ¿Una seria amenaza?

Incremento de la competencia en pasilloúnico. ¿Una seria amenaza?: El mercado de aeronaves de transporte de pasajeros en el entorno de los 150 (lo que comúnmente se denominan aviones de pasillo único) va a vivir una lucha encarnizada en un mercado en el que la tarta será más grande y muchas cucharas querrán acercarse a probar. Algunos profetizan el fin del duopolio entre Boeing y Airbus, pero ¿hay apuestas serias en la competencia que se estágenerando?.

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South Korea requests possible Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk purchase

South Korea requests possible Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk purchase: South Korea has requested information on a possible purchase of four Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30(I)s. The US Defense Security Cooperation...

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US Navy moves to purchase up to 72 Boeing P-8s

US Navy moves to purchase up to 72 Boeing P-8s: The US Navy has initiated a process that could lead to placing a five-year order for up to 72 Boeing P-8A Poseidon, if the Department of Defense and Congress...

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India compra otros 42 cazas Su-30MKI

India compra otros 42 cazas Su-30MKI:

 Este contrato completa a los anteriores ejemplares adquiridos en diversos lotes, cuyo proceso de entrega está en curso, sumando en total 272 aviones

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Y-20 Chinese Transport Emerges

Y-20 Transport Emerges:
 It is also by far the largest indigenously developed Chinese aircraft.

The aircraft is roughly the size of the Il-76 and uses the same engines for now (Saturn D-30KPs, also imported for the H-6K bomber).

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India's Kaveri Engine - Good For Something?

India's Kaveri Engine - Good For Something?:
India's indigenously developed Kaveri engine may be unfit to power the country's Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) - itself not a stellar performer - but it has found a new home, the  Kaveri can power India's Unmanned Strike Air Vehicle (USAV), planned to enter service by 2020.

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FACUA emprende la campaña #Aeroderechos

FACUA emprende la campaña #Aeroderechos:

“Tus derechos en el transporte aéreo” es el título de la guía con la que FACUA pretende indicar los aspectos más destacados de la normativa vigente para que todo usuario pueda conocer en cada caso qué derechos le amparan y cómo proceder a reclamarlos ante la compañía aérea.

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El segundo laudo arbitral reduce en un 40% los sueldos de los nuevos pilotos de Iberia

El segundo laudo arbitral reduce en un 40% los sueldos de los nuevos pilotos de Iberia:
Madrid.- El nuevo laudo arbitral en el conflicto entre la compañía Iberia y sus pilotos reconoce a la compañía la potestad de crear su filial Iberia Express que quedará supeditada al corto y medio radio, recorta el sueldo de sus nuevos pilotos en un 40% y contempla  la duración de las escalas y a los sistemas de promoción.

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Una empresa mixta fabricará en la India helicópteros rusos Mi y Ka

Una empresa mixta fabricará en la India helicópteros rusos Mi y Ka:

La nueva entidad se dedicará a la producción de componentes básicos, ensamblaje final, así como pruebas terrestres y de vuelo. Los primeros en fabricarse, según las previsiones, serán las partes del helicóptero polivalente ligero Ka-226T.

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General Electric compra por más de 3.000 millones de euros el negocio de aviación de la italiana Avio

lunes, 24 de diciembre de 2012

General Electric compra por más de 3.000 millones de euros el negocio de aviación de la italiana Avio:

General Electric ha anunciado la adquisición del negocio de aviación de Avio S.p.A., fabricante italiano de sistemas y componentes de propulsión para aeronaves civiles y militares, por 4.300 millones de dólares estadounidenses (3.300 millones de euros).

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo glides towards first powered flight

viernes, 21 de diciembre de 2012

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo glides towards first powered flight:
SpaceShipTwo's first glide in powered flight configuration with the rocket motor nozzle vi...
After returning to the air earlier this year following a nearly nine-month long break which saw the integration of rocket motor systems, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo completed its 23rd guide flight this week. The significance of this flight is that it was the spaceplane’s first glide in powered flight configuration...
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Solar Impulse intentará cruzar los EEUU en 2013

Solar Impulse intentará cruzar los EEUU en 2013:
Washington.- El equipo  Solar Impulse  está trabajando  para hacer en el próximo año un vuelo de costa a costa conectando California con Nueva York a través de Washington. El vuelo aún no está confirmado.

Bertrand Piccard y André Borschberg ya están en los EEUU con una apretada agenda de reuniones con todos los funcionarios y organismos gubernamentales pertinentes para la planificación y organización de una misión de vuelo Across America. Varias reuniones a nivel político también están previstas.

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Nota de prensa de Iberia sobre el acuerdo con los representantes sindicaltes del 93 por ciento de la plantilla

jueves, 20 de diciembre de 2012


 

ACUERDO DE IBERIA CON LOS REPRESENTANTES SINDICALES DEL 93 POR CIENTO DE LA PLANTILLA

 

Compañía y los representantes sindicales reunidos en el SIMA negociarán hasta el 31 de enero los términos del Plan de Transformación y futuro de la empresa
Ambas partes han acordado ampliar dicho plan hasta 2017.

 

 

Madrid, 17 de diciembre de 2012.-

 

Iberia y los representantes de los trabajadores de tierra y TCP, el 93 por ciento de la plantilla, han alcanzado hoy un acuerdo en la sede del SIMA (Servicio Interconfederal de Mediación y Arbitraje) para la negociación del Plan de Transformación y futuro de la compañía.

 

Iberia ha ratificado en dicha reunión su voluntad de utilizar con carácter prioritario el mecanismo de las prejubilaciones para la reducción de plantilla prevista, vía por la que pueden acogerse un mínimo de dos tercios del total de excedentes. La compañía también contempla en su negociación otras fórmulas como bajas incentivadas, recolocaciones o movilidad geográfica.

 

Ambas partes han acordado negociar un acuerdo a cinco años, hasta 2017. La compañía recuerda que dicho plan es una clara apuesta de futuro para Iberia, que contempla inversiones multimillonarias en nueva flota, nuevas Clases Business Plus y turista de largo radio, inversiones en el hub de Madrid, en mantenimiento, handling o carga, entre otros.

 

La compañía se ha comprometido a mantener integrados los negocios de Mantenimiento y Handling dentro del grupo, pero tendrán que asegurar los niveles de rentabilidad necesarios para poder crecer o acudir a las nuevas licencias de handling.

 

Iberia agradece al SIMA su gran trabajo y la extraordinaria profesionalidad de los mediadores, que han hecho posible el acercamiento de posturas para llegar a este acuerdo tan beneficioso para la empresa, los trabajadores y los clientes.

 

Esta misma semana, la compañía va a citar al sindicato de pilotos para que se sume al acuerdo y a la voluntad de negociación que han mostrado los demás sindicatos, única vía para sacar la empresa de la situación en la que se encuentra, y asegurar con ello su rentabilidad y sostenibilidad futura. Además, la compañía está interesada en conocer la propuesta del Sepla según la cual los pilotos están dispuestos a rebajarse el sueldo en un 51, tal y como ha anunciado hoy su representante legal en declaraciones radiofónicas.

 

 

 

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El Consejo de Administración de Aena adjudica la explotación comercial de las tiendas libres de impuestos de 26 aeropuertos



El Consejo de Administración de Aena adjudica la explotación comercial de las tiendas libres de impuestos de 26 aeropuertos


Ÿ World Duty Free Group España S.A. es la adjudicataria de los lotes I y II, que agrupan a 20 aeropuertos, entre ellos Madrid-Barajas y Barcelona-El Prat

Ÿ Canariensis explotará las tiendas del tercer lote, compuesto por seis aeropuertos canarios

Ÿ En términos medios Aena duplicará los ingresos por esta actividad durante los siete años de vigencia del expediente, e ingresará 100 millones más cada año

Ÿ El canon ha pasado del 27% actual al 37% en los lotes I y II y al 41,7% en el tercer lote



18 de diciembre de 2012



El Consejo de Administración de Aena Aeropuertos ha adjudicado hoy la explotación de las tiendas libres de impuestos de 26 aeropuertos de la red de Aena distribuidos en tres lotes. Las empresas adjudicatarias son las que presentaron la mejor oferta en la subasta que se realizó en la sede de Aena el pasado 10 de diciembre.



Así, la empresa World Duty Free Group España, S.A. ha sido la adjudicataria de la explotación comercial de las tiendas libres de impuestos de los dos primeros lotes de este expediente, que suman 20 aeropuertos, entre los que figuran Madrid-Barajas y Barcelona-El Prat.



Los lotes I y II están formados por los siguientes aeropuertos:

LOTE 1
1.- A Coruña
1
LOTE 2
1.- Alicante

2.- Almería
2

2.- Barcelona-El Prat

3.- Asturias
3

3.- Girona-Costa Brava

4.- Bilbao
4

4.- Ibiza

5.- FGL Granada-Jaén
5

5.- Menorca

6.- Jerez
6

6.- Murcia-San Javier

7.- Madrid-Barajas
7

7.- Palma de Mallorca
7

8.- Málaga-Costa del Sol
8

8.- Reus
8

9.- Santander
9

9.- Valencia

10.- Santiago
10

11.- Sevilla




Al lote I World Duty Free Group España S.A. presentó la oferta de mayor renta de explotación total por un importe de 753.154.583 euros, unas rentas mínimas garantizadas anuales y un porcentaje de renta media total para todo el periodo del contrato del 36,71%. Esta empresa se encargará de la explotación comercial de 38 puntos de venta que ocupan 18.200 m2 en los once aeropuertos del lote.



En cuanto al lote II, la oferta de la empresa World Duty Free Group España S.A. fue la de mayor renta de explotación total por un importe de 887.619.869 euros, unas rentas mínimas garantizadas anuales y un porcentaje de renta media total para todo el periodo del contrato del 36,55%. Esta empresa se encargará de la explotación comercial de 29 puntos de venta que ocupan 18.700 m2 en los nueve aeropuertos del lote.



El periodo de vigencia de esta adjudicación va desde la entrega de locales en 2013 hasta el 31 de octubre de 2020.



El tercer lote ha sido adjudicado a la Sociedad de Distribución Comercial Aeroportuaria de Canarias, S.L. (Canariensis), que presentó la mejor oferta para la explotación comercial de las tiendas libres de impuestos de seis aeropuertos de la red de Aena en Canarias por 323.501.472,42 euros de renta de explotación total, unas rentas mínimas garantizadas (RMG) anuales y un porcentaje de renta media total para todo el periodo del contrato del 41,78%. Esta empresa se encargará de la explotación comercial de 13 puntos de venta que ocupan 8.000 m2 en los citados seis aeropuertos.



El lote III está formado por los siguientes aeropuertos:

LOTE 3
1.- Fuerteventura

2.- Gran Canaria

3.- La Palma

4.- Lanzarote

5.- Tenerife Norte

6.- Tenerife Sur



El plazo contará desde la entrega de locales (entre 2013 y 2016 según vencimientos escalonados) hasta el 31 de octubre de 2020.



Aena considera que la subasta fue un éxito, ya que se ha pasado del 27% actual del canon actual al 37% en los lotes I y II y al 41,7% en el tercer lote.



Además, en términos medios Aena duplicará los ingresos por esta actividad durante los siete años de vigencia del expediente, e ingresará 100 millones más cada año.



Este expediente ha sido la mayor licitación de tiendas libres de impuestos del mundo para esta actividad. Por primera vez se ha seguido el procedimiento de subasta para llevar a cabo la adjudicación de un expediente de contratación de tiendas, en la que actuó como notario don Pablo Ramallo Taboada del Ilustre Colegio de Madrid.



De esta forma, Aena ha garantizado la máxima transparencia en su realización, y además ha obtenido el mejor precio ofertado por los candidatos.



Un total de cinco aeropuertos que no tienen en la actualidad tiendas libres de impuestos se suman a esta oferta comercial: A Coruña, Asturias, Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén, Murcia-San Javier y Santander.



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Superjet accident in Indonesia: Human error

NTSC final accident investigation report of the Sukhoi RRJ-95B aircraft, registration 97004 at Mount Salak, West of Java on 9 May

 

A Sukhoi RRJ-95B aircraft, registered 97004, with a flight number RA 36801 on 9 May 2012 was conducting a demonstration flight from Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport, Jakarta. The accident flight was the second of the two scheduled demonstration flights.

 

Occupants of the flight were 45 persons consisted of two pilots, one navigator, one test flight engineer, and 41 passengers. The passengers consisted of 4 Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) personnel, one engine manufacturer (SNECMA) personnel, and 36 invited passengers (including 34 Indonesian, one American and one French nationality).

 

The flight was planned under the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) at an altitude of 10,000 feet and the estimated elapsed time was 30 minutes with total fuel endurance of 4 hours. The area for the demonstration flight was planned over "Bogor" Area however the pilot might assume that the flight was approved to 20 Nm on radial 200 HLM VOR.

 

The available charts on board the aircraft did not contain information relating to the "Bogor" Area and the nearby terrain.

 

The Pilot In Command acted as pilot flying while the Second In Command acted as pilot monitoring during this flight. A representative of potential customer sat on the observer seat (jump seat) in the cockpit.

 

At 0720 UTC (1420 LT), the flight took off from runway 06 then turned right to intercept 200 radial from HLM VOR and climb to 10,000 feet.

 

At 0724 UTC (1424 LT), the pilot contacted Jakarta Approach controller and

informed that the flight was established on 200 radial HLM VOR and reached 10,000 feet.

 

At 0726 UTC (1426 LT), the pilot contacted Jakarta Approach controller and

requested for descent to 6,000 feet and subsequently requested to make a right orbit and was approved by Jakarta Approach controller.

 

At 0732:26 UTC (1432:26 LT - time based on Flight Data Recorder/FDR) the aircraft impacted a ridge of Mount Salak on 28 Nm HLM VOR on radial 198 at coordinate 06°42'45"S 106°44'05"E, approximately 6,000 feet ASL.

 

38 seconds prior to impact, the Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS) audio warning "TERRAIN AHEAD, PULL UP" activated once and "AVOID TERRAIN" activated 6 times. The PIC inhibited the TAWS system assuming that the warning was a problem on the database.

 

Seven seconds prior to impact, the flight warning system "LANDING GEAR NOT

DOWN" activated.

 

At 0750 UTC (1450 LT), the Jakarta Approach controller on duty noticed that the flight target disappeared on the radar monitor. There was no alert on the Jakarta Radar system prior to the disappearance of the target.

 

On 10 May 2012, the location of the aircraft was identified by the Search and Rescue helicopter pilot.

 

All occupants were fatally injured and aircraft was destroyed.

 

The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) was found at 15 May 2012. The memory module was in good condition and contained 2 hours of good quality recording.

 

The Flight Data Recorder (FDR) was found on 31 May 2012. It contained 471 parameters of 150 hours recording time.

 

Both recorders were downloaded in the NTSC facility by the NTSC experts and were assisted by the Russian experts.

 

A simulation test suggested that a recovery action might have avoided the collision with terrain up to 24 seconds after the first TAWS warning.

 

Jakarta Radar Services had not established a minimum altitude for vectoring aircraft for certain areas and the Minimum Safe Altitude Warning (MSAW) did not provide warnings to the Jakarta Approach controller before the aircraft impacted.

 

The investigation concluded that the factors contributing to this accident were:

a. The crew were not aware of the mountainous area surrounding the flight path due to various factors resulting in disregarding the TAWS warning.

b. The Jakarta Radar service had not established the minimum vectoring altitudes and the system was not equipped with functioning MSAW for the particular area surrounding Mount Salak.

c. Distraction to the flight crew from prolonged conversation not related to the progress of the flight resulted in the pilot flying did not continue to change the aircraft heading while in orbit. Consequently, the aircraft unintentionally exited the orbit.

 

Following this investigation the Indonesia Directorate General of Civil Aviation, PT. Angkasa Pura II and the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company have performed several safety actions.

 

The NTSC issued Immediate Recommendation and several Safety Recommendations to the Indonesia Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Soekarno-Hatta International Airport International Airport, Department of Aviation Industry – the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Russia and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company of Russian Federation.

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"Laos Certified Sukhoi Superjet 100"



Laos Certified Sukhoi Superjet 100

On December 19, 2012 Department of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Lao People's Democratic Republic validated the Type Certificate for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft (RRJ-95B).

This validation confirms compliance of the SSJ100 to the certification requirements of the Laos Aviation Authority, allowing its export to Indonesia and operation by Laos airlines without restrictions.

"We are glad that Sukhoi Superjet 100 has been recognized by the countries of the Southeast Asia. This will allow SCAC to deliver the aircraft to Laos", said Igor Vinogradov, SCAC First Vice-President for Development and Certification.

In March 2011 Laos air carrier Lao Central (earlier Phongsavanh) and JSC "Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company" signed a contract for delivery of three Sukhoi Superjet 100. The first delivery is expected in early 2013.

In January 2011 the SSJ100 obtained the Type Certificate by the Russian Certification Authority IAC AR. In February 2012 the aircraft achieved the EASA Type Certificate, followed by the validation of Mexican Aviation Authorities in April 2012. In November 2012 Sukhoi Superjet 100 Certificate Type was validated by the Indonesian authorities.

The SSJ100 is a 100 seat regional jet designed, developed and built by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC), in partnership with Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica Company. 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.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company. The Company's shareholders are the Sukhoi Holding owing 75% – 1 share and the Italian Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica Company, holding 25% + 1 share since April 7, 2009. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft was founded in 2000 to develop new regional aircraft projects. SCAC is in charge of the aircraft production. The company is also responsible for SSJ100 sales in Russia, the CIS, China, India, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Headquartered in Moscow, SCAC has several production branches seated in Russian cities of Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Novosibirsk and Voronezh. Sukhoi Superjet 100 is the Company's major project.

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Lockheed Martin Marks 100th Anniversary Of Lockheed Company Founding



Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Lockheed Company, which was originally incorporated on Dec. 19, 1912, in San Francisco, Calif.

To mark the occasion, Lockheed Martin is making donations in honor of Lockheed’s founders to the Burbank Historical Society’s Gordon R. Howard Museum and the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Both organizations work to preserve the history of the early aerospace industry in Calif.

Today’s milestone is part of a year-long campaign, during which the company is highlighting 100 stories from its history at www.lockheedmartin.com/100years and conducting 100 community service projects, from packing 2,400 Thanksgiving dinners for needy families to stuffing 20,000 care packages for troops overseas.

One hundred years ago, brothers Allan and Malcolm Lockheed founded their company out of a garage, where they worked nights and weekends building theirModel G seaplane, the largest in the world at the time. Allan, a naturally gifted pilot, and Malcolm, a savvy engineer and mechanic, overcame several early setbacks and turned the Model G into a success.

“It took the Lockheed brothers two years of hard work to get their first plane airborne, and they faced innumerable technical and operational challenges along the way,” said Bob Stevens, Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO. “But they pressed on, because they knew that pushing the boundaries of innovation is neither simple nor easy. A century later, that same dedication still propels us to take on our customers’ toughest challenges.”

The Model G’s breakthrough sparked a string of innovations that helped usher in the golden age of aviation. The brothers’ second plane, the F-1 Flying Boat, earned the fledgling company its first military contract.

Our founders – the Lockheed brothers and Glenn L. Martin – were visionary and relentless innovators,” said Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin President and COO. “It’s no coincidence that both Lockheed and Martin chose a bold, dynamic star as their company logo. To them, the star represented performance, leadership and integrity – the same principles it represents for us today.”

In 1995, Lockheed Corporation merged with Martin Marietta, also founded in 1912 as the Glenn L. Martin Company, to form today’s Lockheed Martin. The corporation also celebrated the Martin anniversary on Aug. 16.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 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 net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.

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[photo] Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy Complete At-Sea Deck Handling Trials of X-47B Unmanned Demonstrator




NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Dec. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Navy have successfully completed a series of deck handling trials of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75).



The exercises, conducted from Nov. 27 to Dec. 17, demonstrated the ability to maneuver the tailless, strike-fighter-sized aircraft quickly and precisely on the flight deck using a wireless handheld controller. They are the latest in a series of test activities leading up to the first carrier landings of the X-47B planned for 2013.

"The X-47B deck trials proved convincingly that the design and operation of the aircraft are fully compatible with the rhythm and operational requirements of the carrier flight deck," said Mike Mackey, UCAS-D program director for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "They provided a major boost to the team's confidence as we move steadily toward our first carrier landings next year."

Northrop Grumman is the Navy's prime contractor for the UCAS-Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D) program. The company designed and produced two X-47B aircraft for the program. One aircraft was on the ship; the other remains at Naval Air Station Patuxent River where it is undergoing additional shore-based carrier suitability testing.

The deck trials were conducted both while the USS Harry S. Truman was in port at Naval Station Norfolk, and while the ship was under way off the coast of Virginia.

Mackey said the testing included taxiing the X-47B on the flight deck, maneuvering the aircraft up to the ship's catapults using the Northrop Grumman-designed Control Display Unit; taxiing the aircraft over the ship's arresting cables and conducting fueling operations. The team also moved the aircraft up and down the ship's elevators between the flight deck and the hangar bay.

"We proved that the X-47B air system is mature and can perform flawlessly in the most hostile electromagnetic environment on earth, a Nimitz class Navy aircraft carrier," added Mackey.

In 2013, the UCAS-D program plans to begin conducting shore-based arrested landings of the X-47B at Patuxent River. Carrier trials, which will include both landings and catapult launches, are planned for later in the spring. For the latest X-47B news and information, please visit www.as.northropgrumman.com/products/nucasx47b/.

Northrop Grumman's UCAS-D industry team includes Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed Martin, GKN Aerospace, Eaton, General Electric, UTC Aerospace Systems, Dell, Honeywell, Moog, Wind River, Parker Aerospace and Rockwell Collins.

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Boeing Delivers 1st P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft



India to receive 3 P-8Is by end of 2013

EATTLE, Dec. 20, 2012 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] on Dec. 19 made an on-site delivery of the first P-8I aircraft to the Indian Navy in Seattle, in accordance with the contract.

India will receive this aircraft and two more of its eight contracted P-8Is in 2013. The program is progressing on schedule as Boeing assembles the fourth and fifth P-8Is, which are designed for long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare.

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Pegasus selects up to 100 A320neo Family Aircraft



Pegasus Airlines, the second largest airline in Turkey, has signed for up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft (58 A320neo and 17 A321neo models), of which 75 are firm orders. Pegasus becomes a new Airbus customer and the first Turkish airline to order the A320neo.

This is the largest single commercial aircraft order ever placed by an airline in Turkey, and was announced today at a ceremony attended by Binali Yıldırım, the Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication, Ali Sabanci, Chairman of Pegasus, Sertac Haybat, CEO of Pegasus and Christopher Buckley, Airbus Executive Vice President Europe, Asia and Pacific.

“It is with great pride that we are placing the biggest order in the history of Turkish civil aviation with Airbus for up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft,” said Ali Sabanci, Chairman of Pegasus. “At Pegasus, we believe that everyone has the right to fly, and the A320neo with its 15 percent fuel burn reduction combined with superior cabin comfort made it without a doubt the best choice for achieving our ambitious future development plans.”

“We are delighted to welcome Pegasus as a new Airbus customer,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “Airlines around the world are focused on growing their business profitably and the A320neo offers them a solution for doing just that. New generation technologies on the NEO, such as Sharklets and more efficient engines will cut fuel burn by 15 percent, and in addition operators will benefit from the proven high reliability of the A320 Family.”

Pegasus’ new aircraft will be configured in a comfortable all economy layout with 180 seats in the A320neo and 220 seats in the A321neo. They will be deployed on Pegasus’ rapidly expanding network from Istanbul to destinations in Turkey, Europe and the Middle East.

Incorporating new engines and large "Sharklet" wing tip devices, the A320neo Family will deliver fuel savings of 15 percent. The reduction in fuel burn is equivalent to 1.4 million litres of fuel - the consumption of 1,000 mid size cars, saving 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year. In addition, the A320neo Family will provide a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise.

With more than 8,800 aircraft ordered and over 5,300 aircraft delivered to over 380 customers and operators worldwide, the A320 Family is the world's best-selling single-aisle aircraft family.

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Cassidian electro-optics protects against laser-guided weapons


  • Laser beams disable enemy optical targeting systems with outstanding precision
  • Sensor with extremely high resolution guarantees exact detection of threats




Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, has developed an electronic defence system which, for the first time, will provide vehicles, ships and helicopters with reliable protection against laser-guided weapons.

“The threat from lasers to armed forces on a mission is continuing to increase, because weapons such as laser-guided missiles or sniper rifles with laser targeting optics are widespread,” explains Elmar Compans, head of the Sensors & Electronic Warfare unit at Cassidian. “Through the combination of our many years of experience with laser warning sensors and the most varied defence lasers, as well as the use of commercially available components, we have succeeded in developing a uniquely effective, targeted countermeasure.”

The defence concept, which Cassidian has developed for the German procurement authority, is based on the so-called “dazzling” process, which means dazzling the targeting optics of the enemy missile with an eye-safe laser beam. Laser-guided missiles are guided to their targets by the marksman keeping the weapon station’s sight aimed at the target. The weapon station either sends control signals to the missile via laser, or it aims a laser beam itself at the target, whose reflections then guide the missile to its target. In both cases, the marksman can no longer track the target due to the dazzling beam so that the missile no longer receives any targeting information and shoots past the target. The most common countermeasure currently is to spray artificial fog.

Cassidian’s defence system uses special multispectral technology which is also effective against protective goggles. The use of an eye-safe laser is important to be able to use the system even in a civil environment, e.g. on board ships or helicopters in harbours or airports. This means that the dazzling is not associated with eye damage. Working together with the Luftwaffe Institute of Aviation Medicine, Cassidian has carried out a medicinal study and shown that the dazzle effect falls below the radiant flux density which is permissible for eyes. For protection to be effective, a threat must be quickly and precisely detected by a sensor with a very high directional resolution, which enables the precise targeting of the laser beam. Cassidian’s defence system has demonstrated its effectiveness during successful field tests at the Bundeswehr Technical Centre 81 in Greding. Further tests are to follow next year.

Cassidian is one of the world leaders in missile warning systems. The MILDS warning sensor (MILDS = Missile Launch Detection System,http://www.cassidian.com/en_US/web/guest/milds-an/aar-601), for example, with over 8,000 units sold, is the standard system for helicopters and mission aircraft.

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Over 6,000 students worldwide rise to the Airbus Fly Your Ideas challenge


  • Twice as many participants as in the previous competition to shape the future of aviation




More than 6,000 students of over 100 nationalities registered for Fly Your Ideas 2013, the global university contest organized by the leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus. Teams of students are challenged to develop and submit ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry in the future. Twice as many students as in the previous competition have registered this time.

The students are looking to secure an invaluable opportunity to work with aviation’s top experts to develop their idea further and a chance to win the prize of €30,000

Airbus assessors are currently reviewing entries to select the most innovative ideas to go on to the next round. No more than 100 teams will be chosen to proceed.

This year the teams were asked to submit ideas to address one of the following challenges: “Energy”; “Efficiency”; “Affordable Growth”; “Traffic Growth”; “Passenger Experience”; or “Community Friendliness.”

“There has been a remarkable increase in the number of entries and we have maintained a great mix of participants” explained Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President of Engineering and Fly Your Ideas patron. “We are really excited by this as we believe that innovation is driven by diversity in backgrounds, nationalities, as well as gender.” he added.

The teams must complete three progressively tougher rounds in order to progress to the final stage when they will present their project in front of a jury of experts with the award to be presented at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in June 2013.

UNESCO has given patronage to the 2013 edition of the Fly Your Ideas competition.

  1. Pictures and information available on: http://www.airbus.com/presscentre/pressroom/
  2. More details on challenges and on the competition on: http://www.airbus-fyi.com/


About Fly Your Ideas 2013

Following 6089 registrations, 618 teams of 3 to 5 students comprising 2556 participants of 82 nationalities submitted a one page proposal to enter Round One of the Fly Your Ideas challenge.

UNESCO has given patronage to the 2013 edition of the Fly Your Ideas competition to help advance engineering education which is focused on finding solutions for a sustainable future.


Competition Calendar
Round One - 3 September 2012 - 7 December 2012 (One page proposal)
Round Two - January 2013 - April 2013 (up to 100 teams chosen to deliver a 5000 word report and a short video)
Round Three - May 2013 - June 2013 (5 teams chosen to present to a jury of Airbus and industry experts)
Final presentation and awards – June 2013

Fly Your Ideas 2011
2,260 students from 75 countries registered for the competition; 84 teams were selected for Round 2, with 5 teams going through to the final.

WINNERS 2011: China - China’s Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics won with their ground-based wind power generation system that exploits the wakes of aircraft during take-off and landing. Xinyuan Zheng, spokesperson for the team, said: “To participate in the 2011 Airbus Fly Your Ideas challenge was a great experience for us and we were very proud to win.”
WINNERS 2009: Australia - The multinational team ‘Coz’ from the University of Queensland, Australia, were awarded the winning prize in June 2009. Their project focused on the use of a pioneering natural fibre composite - made from castor plants - in aircraft cabins.

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Cassidian to deliver test system for Tiger helicopter maintenance



  • Contract awarded from OCCAR Tiger Division
  • Cassidian's expertise in opto-electronic test engineering as crucial criteria


Cassidian has been awarded a contract from OCCAR Tiger Division to provide a turnkey test system to support the maintenance of opto-electronic equipment used on the German version of the Tiger helicopter. A key factor in the decision to use the Cassidian solution was its expertise in opto-electronic test engineering which has successfully supported many key projects with demanding test requirements.

The Test Instrumentation Gunner Sight System (TIGSS) is an advanced test system used to test the optronic and electronic equipment inside the observation and targeting sight which is fitted above the helicopter to enable it to identify hidden targets.

TIGSS is designed to be either installed in a workshop building or easily deployed in a tent-based workshop environment. Hence the optical and electrical test benches in the TIGSS concept are housed in ruggedised cases which enable them to be easily transported in standard industrial containers. When handling sensitive optical equipment it is essential to use “cleanroom” conditions to ensure, via special doors and air conditioning systems, that the workshop atmosphere does not contain any dust particles which could impair the correct functioning of the equipment. As part of this project Cassidian will also supply the deployable cleanroom workshop which will enable TIGSS to be used in locations where a stationary cleanroom is not available. This tentbased solution is based on technology already used in medical care and disaster relief systems provided by Cassidian.

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Airbus delivers first A330 Freighter in the Americas to Tampa Cargo



Tampa Cargo, AviancaTaca Holding’s cargo airline based in Colombia, has taken delivery of the first of four new A330 Freighter (A330-200F) aircraft at Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 772B engines. The new aircraft is part of the airline’s fleet renewal strategy and will allow Tampa to expand its presence in new and existing international markets, including Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, the United States and Uruguay.

“We are confident in the A330-200F’s proven advanced technology, eco-efficiency and range,” said Fabio Villegas, CEO of AviancaTaca. “Tampa Cargo looks forward to growing its cargo business and serving our customers in the Americas by partnering with Airbus and integrating the first A330-200F into its fleet.”

“With the capacity and range to profitably serve the growing cargo markets of Latin America, the A330-200F flies more payload significantly further while offering lower cost-per-tonne than its nearest competitor,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer - Customers. “Airbus is pleased that Tampa Cargo will be the first in the region to benefit from the exceptional economics that the A330-200F offers.”

Notable economic benefits for Tampa Cargo include operational commonality with the A330-200 passenger aircraft of which the airline has ordered 10 aircraft. Benefiting from the technical superiority, its outstanding operational reliability and the success of the passenger version, the A330-200F is the world’s most modern mid-size freighter which can carry 70 tonnes of payload, with a range capability of up to 4,000nm. This will allow the airline to serve both regional and intercontinental destinations.

In the current market situation with fluctuating demand and dominated by old and less fuel efficient large aircraft, the mid-size freighter A330-200F is the clear way to secure sustained profitability. To date, 15 of these A330 freighters are flying with six operators worldwide.

AviancaTaca has purchased a total of 190 Airbus aircraft and has a backlog of almost 80 aircraft. Overall Airbus has sold more than 750 aircraft throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and currently holds a backlog that exceeds 370. In the last 10 years, Airbus tripled its in-service fleet in the region, while delivering more than 60 percent of all aircraft operating there.

The Airbus Foundation, AviancaTaca and Tampa Cargo seized this delivery to ship teddy bears as part of a charitable Christmas initiative. Destined to bring smiles to underprivileged children in Colombia, the more than 1000 stuffed toys were donated by Airbus employees from France, Germany and the UK with help from Aviation Sans Frontières, an Airbus Foundation partner for the past four years.

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El Pampa II remotorizado argentino inicia los ensayos de lanzamiento de armamento

El Pampa II remotorizado argentino inicia los ensayos de lanzamiento de armamento:

 Según una fuente oficial de la Fuerza Aérea Argentina, actualmente el IA-63 Pampa II, con el nuevo motor Honeywell TFE-731-40-2N, se encuentra certificado en toda la envolvente de vuelo, aunque sin uso de armamento.

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«Die Welt» asegura que la compañía irlandesa se ahorra unos 50 millones de euros al año mintiendo sobre el peso al despegue de sus aviones



Siempre de acuerdo con ese medio, Ryanair habría declarado como peso en el despegue de esos aparatos 67 toneladas, cuando en realidad se trata de 75 toneladas.

Fuentes de la Agencia de Seguridad Aérea alemana (DFS) han confirmado, según «Die Welt», las acusaciones del rotativo.




http://www.abc.es/economia/20121219/abci-ryanair-miente-sobre-peso-201212191158.html

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X-47B completes first sea trials

X-47B completes first sea trials:
The Northrop Grumman X-47B aboard the USS Harry S. Truman
The Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first sea trials aboard the Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman this week. The unmanned aircraft was shipped aboard the Truman on November 26 and has been subjected to a wide variety of tests to see how the robotic vehicle operates on a warship.
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La Comisión Europea propone nuevas normas para prevenir accidentes aéreos

La Comisión Europea propone nuevas normas para prevenir accidentes aéreos:
Bruselas.- La Comisión Europea propuso ayer nuevas normas para mejorar la protección de los pasajeros aéreos, con el objetivo de lograr una disminución del número de accidentes de aviación y muertes a través de un mejor uso de los datos sobre incidentes.

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Los helicópteros de las FAMET en la recta final del proceso de navalización para operar por vez primera en un buque de la Armada: el “Juan Carlos I”

martes, 18 de diciembre de 2012

Los helicópteros de las FAMET en la recta final del proceso de navalización para operar por vez primera en un buque de la Armada: el “Juan Carlos I”:

Por primera vez en la historia de España, los helicópteros del Ejército de Tierra van a ser interoperables con un buque de la Armada, el Buque de Proyección Estratégica “Juan Carlos I”, cuya puesta en servicio supuso el impulso final para acometer el actual proceso de navalización.

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Google prueba Flight Explorer, un buscador de vuelos más completo

Google prueba Flight Explorer, un buscador de vuelos más completo: Google ha rediseñado su buscador de vuelos, llamado Google Flights, el cual fue presentado hace poco más de un año pero han querido modernizar un poco. Y gracias a ello se ha agilizado y simplificado la búsqueda y elección de vuelos, con una nueva herramienta bautizada como “Flight Explorer”, que propone una interfaz con mayores posibilidades de personalización que la actual.
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Brasil podría fabricar helicópteros Mi17. Un paso más en la cooperación ruso-brasileña

Brasil podría fabricar helicópteros Mi17. Un paso más en la cooperación ruso-brasileña:

Russian Technologies State Corporation y la brasileña Odebrecht Defesa & Tecnología firmaron el 14 de diciembre un memorando de cooperación técnica enfocado al desarrollo conjunto y la creación de una empresa mixta para la producción de helicópteros, dispositivos de defensa aérea y sistemas navales, entre otros sistemas.

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Todo listo en Baikonur para el lanzamiento a la ISS de la Soyuz con una nueva tripulación

Todo listo en Baikonur para el lanzamiento a la ISS de la Soyuz con una nueva tripulación:
Baikonur.- Todo está preparado para el lanzamiento mañana de la nave rusa Soyuz TMA-07M que llevará a la Estación Espacial Internacional (ISS) a los tripulantes de una nueva misión orbital, el ruso Román Romanenko, el estadounidense Thomas Marshburn y el canadiense Chris Hadfield.

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El Sepla contrata a una agencia de comunicación para sus negociaciones con Iberia

El Sepla contrata a una agencia de comunicación para sus negociaciones con Iberia:

La elección se ha producido luego de un proceso de selección en el que han participado tres agencias. La información llegada hasta prnoticias indica que la consultora apoyará la Comunicación de Sepla y asesorará a los pilotos en el proceso de reestructuración de Iberia.

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The Strategic Value of the V-22 In the Emerging Security Environment

The U.S. military faces two fundamental challenges. The first is the need to downsize in the face of increasing budgetary pressures. The second is the requirement to continue to conduct a broad array of missions around the world. While senior defense officials have begun to sound warnings that the military will be forced to do less with less, this is not reality. The threats to U.S. security are not going away; if anything they are becoming both more numerous and, in many instances, more capable. Instability in the Middle East and North Africa is on the rise.

Read more: http://www.defencetalk.com/the-strategic-value-of-the-v-22-in-the-emerging-security-environment-46013/#ixzz2FOot3tuw

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A-10s, F-16s targeted in latest budget talks



Key lawmakers debating the 2013 National Defense Authorization Bill are likely leaning toward freezing some aircraft cuts, while targeting some A-10s and F-16s for the chopping block, according to sources familiar with the process.

Meanwhile, the Air Force has offered a plan that would call for deeper cuts in active-duty personnel while restoring most of the planned cuts to Air National Guard personnel over the next five years, according to Air Force budget documents obtained by Air Force Times. http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2012/12/air-force-a10s-f16s-targeted-latest-budget-talks-121712/

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F-35 pilot training starts next month at Eglin



The F-35A pilot school is open.

Gen. Edward Rice, commander of Air Education and Training Command, announced today that Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is ready to start training pilots in the Air Force’s variant of the Joint Strike Fighter beginning next month.

With training beginning in 2013, the Air Force is tentatively planning initial operating capability by 2016 when the first operational base opens, wing commander Andrew Toth said.




http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2012/12/air-force-f35-pilot-training-starts-next-month-eglin-121712/

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Air France confirms cabin crew surplus



Air France is preparing to unveil a voluntary redundancy package, warning it will be “structurally overstaffed” by 500-600 cabin crew by 2014.

The French carrier, which is undergoing a Transform 2015restructuring program, said its excess staff count is proving “more significant and long term” than it originally thought.




http://atwonline.com/operations-maintenance/news/air-france-confirms-cabin-crew-surplus-1217

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Domingo Ureña, presidente de Airbus Military, pide a los Reyes Magos más inversión en I+D+i

La carta a Los Reyes Magos del presidente de Airbus Military, el español Domingo Ureña, viene este año cargada de mensajes a las políticas del Gobierno del PP en materia de I+D+i. Ureña ha mostrado el malestar que existe en el sector por los sucesivos recortes que en materia de ayudas a la innovación se vienen realizando.


En una comida Navideña con los medios de comunicación ha recordado que la industria aeroespacial es generadora de empleo de alta cualificación -un 70 por ciento de los empleados del grupo EADS en España tiene un título universitario-, es exporadora neta y es estratégica para la nueva economía, la del conocimiento.

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Un helicóptero militar rescata el fósil de dinosaurio más grande hallado en Asturias

Pesa 2,6 toneladas y fue localizado al este de la playa de La Ñora


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Russian Helicopters to Deliver First Ka-62 Exports to Brazil Read more: http://www.defencetalk.com/russian-helicopters-to-deliver-first-ka-62-exports-to-brazil-46009/#ixzz2FOkjx8ZR



Russian Helicopters, subsidiary of state defence holding Oboronprom, announces that it has signed its first export contract for the medium multirole Ka-62 with Brazilian Atlas Táxi Aéreo. Seven Ka-62s are scheduled for delivery within the period of first quarter 2015 to first quarter 2016.

The contract was signed during a visit to Russia by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

Read more: http://www.defencetalk.com/russian-helicopters-to-deliver-first-ka-62-exports-to-brazil-46009/#ixzz2FOlIuyKj

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Iberia: todos los sindicatos, menos SEPLA, aceptan el ERE

Unos días después de haber abandonado la reunión con la dirección de Iberia con motivo del anuncio de ERE en la compañía, los sindicatos que representan "al 93 por ciento de los trabajadores", básicamente los mismos que hace unos meses firmaron con Iberia las garantías de empleo dadas por la empresa y que esta ha convertido en papel, mojado con el ERE previsto, han aceptado las condiciones de beria para llevar a cabo el ERE con eldespido previsto de unos 4.500 empleados de la compañía.


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Skytender trolley brings robotic bartending to airlines

lunes, 17 de diciembre de 2012

One of the more civilized moments of air travel is enjoying a drink at cruising altitude. Unfortunately, this amenity requires airliners to ship hundreds of soda cans and spirit bottles that are costly to fly, and make the drink service maddeningly slow. To speed things up a bit while cutting costs, the German firms SkyMax and Air Eltec have developed the Skytender trolley – a rolling automated drinks machine that promises to make conventional airline bottles and cans obsolete.


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"Europeanizing" Predator B

"Europeanizing" Predator B: With France's new defense strategy due out next month, and a new multiyear spending plan expected by March, French lawmakers are favoring a purchase of U.S. MQ-9 Reapers in support of the military's short-term requirement for Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) drones. Such a move, they say, could save money while offering an opportunity to develop a European variant of the General Atomics-built unmanned aerial system (UAS).

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Pentagon, Lockheed Target 4% Drop in F-35 Price



Pentagon, Lockheed Target 4% Drop in F-35 Price:

After more than a year of prickly contract talks between the Pentagon and its F-35 prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, the two have finally reached an agreement of terms for the $3.8 billion deal.

The goal is to lower the price of each of the three variants by 4%, according to Joe Dellavedova, F-35 spokesman for the Pentagon.

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Video: Burrito Bomber, el primer UAV diseñado para la entrega de comida rápida a domicilio.

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EADS e Indra cargan contra Industria por los recortes en I+D


Dura carta del sector al ministro Soria
La industria aeroespacial se ha puesto en pie de guerra contra el Ministerio de Industria por los recortes en I+D, que harán que España no participe en ninguno de los programas opcionales de la Agencia Espaeial Europea, algo que determina el futuro de esa industria en cada país. Las 17 empresas más importantes, eneabezadas por EADS e Indra, han mandado una dura carta, a la que ha tenido acceso e/Economista, en la que se critica que, con esta política, España "corre el peligro de generar una imagen de socio poco fiable". EADS e Indra cargan contra Industria por los recortes en I+D

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Oman requests F-16 A/C weapon sale from US

Oman requests F-16 A/C weapon sale from US: The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of F-16 A/C Fighting Falcon aircraft's weapon systems and associated equipment to Oman.

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Swiss Air Force completes Gripen F demonstrator test flights

Swiss Air Force completes Gripen F demonstrator test flights: Swiss Air Force and federal defence procurement agency (Armasuisse) pilots have successfully completed flight tests of the new Saab-built Gripen F demonstrator aircraft at the company's facility in Linkoping, Sweden.

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