Eurocopter’s EC225 full-flight simulator in Scotland logs more than 2,000 training hours and receives U.K. certification renewal to pursue operation into 2013

jueves, 15 de marzo de 2012

Aberdeen, Scotland, March 15, 2012


The latest full-flight simulator in Eurocopter's growing global training network has marked two key achievements as the Aberdeen, Scotland-based EC225 device accumulates more than 2,000 flight hours and passes the government-mandated recurrent evaluation that enables its use into 2013.

This full-flight simulator – located at Eurocopter's North Sea Service Center – provides high-fidelity training opportunities for helicopter pilots who fly in the oil and gas industry's challenging off-shore environment, as well as for crews performing search and rescue missions. It has demonstrated a 98 percent availability rate since entering service in 2011, delivering instructor, conversion and recurrent training to more than 270 pilots while exceeding the 2,000-hour milestone in the first 11 months of operation.

As part of regular certification and qualification controls applied to synthetic training devices by national airworthiness authorities, the simulator also recently passed the U.K.'s Civil Aviation Agency's annual Recurrent Evaluation, demonstrating its performance, suitability and continued effectiveness as a pilot training and checking tool. This enables its approved operation through March 2013.


The simulator also is certified by Canadian, Brazilian and Malaysian authorities.

"The Aberdeen EC225 simulator is a key element of Eurocopter's policy to locate simulation centers close to customer operations, tailored to the areas' operational and mission environments, being the first safety factor to focus in training," explained Philippe Crespo, the Eurocopter Vice President - Worldwide Training and Simulation Services. "The success of our North Sea Service Center – situated at the world's busiest heliport, which serves the North Sea oil and gas industry – confirms Eurocopter's strategy of putting safety and thus training of its operators first. We are in particular increasing our training footprint from the four simulators operated in Eurocopter network four years ago to a total of 20 by the end of 2012, which represents a major commitment by the company."

To provide a highly realistic representation of EC225 flight operations, the Aberdeen simulator incorporates an extensive EC225 Level D original equipment manufacturer (OEM) data package from Eurocopter and its suppliers – including real software and parts, ensuring full simulated functionality for the helicopter, its engines, autopilot and all other systems. In addition, all of them are tuned, controlled and validated by the company's design office experts, flight test engineers and flight test pilots that contributed to the EC225 helicopter's development, as part of the validation process.

This simulator benefits from a full replica of the helicopter's cockpit, including SAR capability and compatibility with night vision goggles; along with a six-degree-of-freedom motion capability and value-added vibration platform for the highest level of representation by the simulator.

The EC225 training device's visual system has a 210-deg. horizontal field-of-view, along with a vertical field range of +30 deg. above the horizon and -50 deg below the horizon. It allows a highly accurate representation of the landing and takeoff environment at off-shore platforms and ships – while also enabling the look-down coverage necessary for search and rescue mission training. Extensive photography of key off-shore helicopter operating locations was taken for integration into the flight simulator's visual system database.

The integrated station for the FLIR (forward-looking infrared) camera used in search and rescue operation offers a further opportunity to reinforce the training experience in multi-crew cooperation.

"Our new simulator facilities in Aberdeen not only deliver daily state-of-the-art services to the oil and gas operators, but also are aimed at being a strong asset for the future U.K. SAR service, combining high-tech, safety, cost-effectiveness and U.K. content," said Markus Steinke, Managing Director of the company's Eurocopter U.K. Ltd. subsidiary.

Eurocopter's North Sea Service Center is a 20,000-sq.ft facility featuring technical support; logistical services; maintenance, repair and overhaul for dynamic components; customer facilities and simulator training in the vicinity of the region's helicopter operators. It has the capacity to add another simulator, such as the company's new EC175 helicopter, which is also expected to be extensively used by the off-shore energy market and for search and rescue.

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El impulso de la actividad espacial en la industria española

El Sr. Galipienso ha centrado su intervención en el impulso de la actividad espacial dentro del perímetro de la industria aeroespacial española.

El Sr. Galipienso ha dicho durante su intervención: “Para tener una visión de lo que puede ser el futuro de la actividad espacial, sólo hay que pensar en que hace 100 años el hombre soñaba con volar y hoy vemos cómo la aeronáutica ha cambiado el concepto social de distancia; hace tan sólo 50 años el hombre soñaba con salir al espacio y hoy vemos el enorme aporte científico y tecnológico de esta actividad y cómo sus aplicaciones desbordan nuestra imaginación, mejorando así la calidad de vida de la sociedad que las impulsa.”

Esta charla ha sido la segunda del ciclo de conferencias impulsadas conjuntamente por la Cátedra EADS de Estudios Aeronáuticos de la Universidad de Sevilla, la Escuela de Ingenieros de Sevilla y EADS bajo el lema “EADS: una empresa líder en el sector aeroespacial”. La primera de este nuevo ciclo de conferencias fue impartida el pasado noviembre por Domingo Ureña, presidente de Airbus Military y máximo responsable de EADS en España, con el título “Airbus, una compañía EADS líder mundial en la innovación del sector aeronáutico”.

Esta nueva edición de charlas sobre el sector aeronáutico en Sevilla repasará a lo largo de varias disertaciones las distintas divisiones del grupo EADS. El primer ciclo, que se celebró durante el curso académico 2011-12, se dedicó íntegramente a “El despegue del A400M”.

El contenido de esta nota de prensa está bajo embargo hasta las 19.00 horas del 15 de marzo.

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Las universidades andaluzas reconocen a Airbus su intensa colaboración tecnológica con el ámbito académico

Esta distinción reconoce a la compañía como la "gran empresa que mejor ha articulado y consolidado lazos o proyectos de colaboración con una universidad pública andaluza".

EADS, matriz de Airbus y Airbus Military, ha impulsado y suscrito acuerdos marco de colaboración con diferentes universidades españolas, entre las que se encuentra la Universidad de Sevilla, la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid y la Universidad Carlos III. Esta colaboración ha dado lugar a la puesta en marcha de dos Cátedras EADS de Estudios Aeronáuticos (en Madrid y Sevilla), así como a la del Máster en Global Supply Chain and Aeronautical Industry Operation, que en la actualidad imparte su tercera edición y ya acumula 82 alumnos matriculados en tres cursos académicos. En los últimos cinco años EADS ha becado a más de 350 estudiantes de último curso de ingeniería y de postgrado tan sólo en Sevilla.

EADS también mantiene o ha realizado colaboraciones con otras universidades andaluzas como las de Málaga, Jaén, Cádiz y Granada. La compañía busca en esta cooperación constante promover y realizar investigaciones con aplicaciones prácticas en la industria, desarrollar innovaciones y participar en la creación, desarrollo y difusión del conocimiento entre sus empleados y la propia sociedad.

La compañía es patrona de la Fundación Andalucía Tech, que promueve el Campus de Excelencia Internacional impulsado conjuntamente por las universidades de Sevilla y Málaga.

Entre otras colaboraciones de carácter tecnológico llevadas a cabo por EADS y el ámbito universitario se encuentran el desarrollo de un equipo de gestión de pruebas funcionales en tierra de los distintos sistemas que incorpora el avión (en la actualidad se trabaja en la tercera generación de este equipamiento); desarrollo de nuevos materiales compuestos; desarrollo de robots para aplicaciones de protecciones; mejora del proceso de fresado químico; nuevos procesos de montaje de aeroestructuras, etc.

El premio ha sido recogido por Jesús Espinosa, Vicepresidente de Ingeniería de Producción e Investigación Tecnológica de Airbus Military, en el Rectorado de la Universidad de Málaga.

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Boeing Delivers 1st Aircraft Under US Navy F/A-18E/F and EA-18G MYP III Contract

  • Current Super Hornet and Growler Multi-Year Procurement contract provides more than $605M in savings
  • US Navy to save more than $2.3B through combined Super Hornet, Growler multi-year contracts

ST. LOUIS, March 15, 2012 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has completed delivery of the U.S. Navy's first aircraft acquired through the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G Multi-Year Procurement (MYP) III contract, ahead of schedule.

Aircraft G-57, an EA-18G Growler, was the first of 148 F/A-18E/Fs and EA-18Gs that the Navy will purchase through the contract. The aircraft was delivered to the Navy on Jan. 26 and arrived at its home base at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on Jan. 30.

On Sept. 28, 2010, the Navy awarded Boeing the MYP III contract for delivery of 66 F/A-18E/Fs and 58 EA-18Gs, to be purchased through 2013. The Navy has since expanded the contract with the addition of 24 F/A-18E/Fs. The Navy has the option to procure up to 194 F/A-18E/Fs and EA-18Gs under the MYP III contract terms.

"This program continues to successfully draw on efficiencies from across Boeing to reduce cost, while increasing capability for the men and women who serve this nation around the globe," said Mike Gibbons, Boeing F/A-18 and EA-18 Programs vice president. "Today's new Super Hornets provide unequaled air dominance and precision strike capability for the U.S. Navy carrier fleet. At the same time, the EA-18G continues to expand its dominance as the world's premier airborne electronic attack aircraft, as demonstrated by its recent successes supporting operations in Libya. The Super Hornet and Growler give the U.S. Navy a significant capability for a broad spectrum of anti-access, area-denial missions."

Boeing delivered 210 Super Hornets to the Navy during MYP I, which spanned fiscal years 2000 through 2004. The company then received a second multi-year contract that included 213 F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft, and spanned fiscal years 2005 through 2009. Through fiscal year 2009, 44 more aircraft were added to MYP II, including 24 F/A-18Fs acquired by the Royal Australian Air Force under a Foreign Military Sales agreement with the U.S. Navy.

Procuring aircraft through the first two multi-year contracts generated $1.7 billion in savings for the Navy. The MYP III contract is projected to generate more than $605 million in savings, for total savings of more than $2.3 billion across the three F/A-18E/F and EA-18G contracts.

The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a low observable, multirole aircraft that performs virtually every mission in the tactical spectrum, including air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defenses, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control and tanker missions. Boeing has delivered more than 480 F/A-18E/Fs to the U.S. Navy. The F/A-18E/F has logged more than 166,000 combat flight hours supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Boeing EA-18G Growler is the only air combat platform that delivers full-spectrum airborne electronic attack capability along with the targeting and self-defense capabilities derived from the F/A-18E/F Block II Super Hornet. A derivative of the two-seat F/A-18F Block II, the EA-18G's highly flexible design enables warfighters to operate either from the deck of an aircraft carrier or from land-based airfields. The EA-18G was a critical platform employed during NATO operations in Libya in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn in 2011. The EA-18G logged more than 7,000 combat flight hours supporting operations in Libya.

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India needs over 1,040 aircraft worth US$145 billion in next 20 years

Demand for larger eco-efficient aircraft
Blagnac,  15 March 2012

According to Airbus’ latest market forecast, Indian carriers will require 1,043 new passenger (1,020) and freighter (23) aircraft valued at US$145 billion between now and 2030 to satisfy surging annual demand. India’s market for new aircraft makes it the world’s fourth largest in both number of aircraft and value.

Indian annual passenger traffic growth rates of 7.2 per cent are well above the regional Asia Pacific average growth rate of 5.9 per cent and the world average 4.8 per cent.

Of the requirement for 1,020 new passenger aircraft, some 860 will be for growth and 160 to replace the eldest aircraft in the existing fleet of 327. By 2030, this means that India’s passenger fleet will more than triple to some 1,180 aircraft. The new passenger aircraft include 646 single aisles like the A320 and A320neo Family, 308 twin aisles like the A350 XWB and A330, and 66 very large aircraft such as the A380.

Growing urbanization and population concentrations combined with a growing middle class and dynamic economic growth are driving demand and this trend is expected to continue. Despite near term challenges, the Indian economy is forecast to continue expanding, helping India’s growth in domestic air travel to reach even higher growth rates of nearly 10 per cent annually, making it one of the fastest growing aviation markets anywhere in the world.

“By 2030, India’s economy is forecast to be the fourth largest in the world creating exceptional potential for growth in the aviation sector. Through our Indian industrial partnerships we are proud to boast that every A320 today is partly made in India,” said Dr. Kiran Rao, Airbus Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, and President of Airbus India. “Our engineering and industrial footprint in India supports over 2,000 highly skilled Indian jobs throughout our supply chain, and this figure is growing.”

Airbus’ partnership with India dates back almost 40 years. Today, half of all A320 forward doors and all flap track beams are produced in India. Established in 2006, the Airbus Engineering Centre India (AECI) in Bangalore employs over 270 highly skilled local engineers working in high end analysis and design on all Airbus products. The centre is expected to grow to 450 over the next three years. Airbus recently established a second pilot training centre in Noida (this one in cooperation with CAE and Interglobe) to complement the existing facility in Bangalore. Combined, they will have the capacity to train up to 5,000 pilots and maintenance engineers per year. Airbus’ market share of new aircraft orders in India is over 70 per cent.

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En la puja previsiblemente participarán los grandes contratistas de defensa norteamericanos: la propia Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon o Northrop Grumman. EADS busca un aliado de peso para poder tener más oportunidades de hacerse con la adjudicación, ...

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Conferencia infantil: “Las autopistas del cielo: ¿magia?, ¿cómo se controlan los aviones?"


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CONFERENCIA
INFANTIL

 

Desde la Sociedad Aeronáutica Española y de la Astronáutica, SAE


os queremos invitar el próximo dia 17 de marzo a una nueva conferencia del ciclo "La SAE contada a los niños"

 Las autopistas del cielo:


 ¿MAGIA?, ¿CÓMO SE CONTROLAN LOS AVIONES?


 


Descubre cómo se controlan la autopistas del cielo, contado por quien lo hace posible.


A cargo de:

César Arias
Controlador aéreo de AENA


Dirigida a público infantil.

¡Ven con tus hijos!


Tendrá lugar en el National Geographic Store de Madrid (calle Gran Vía 74), el próximo 17 de marzo a las 18.00 h.



Para más información:
http://www.sociedadaeronautica.org
 para estar al tanto de la actualidad aeronáutica.



Conferencia SAE:
"Las ciudades del cielo:

¿cómo se controlan los aviones?"

24 marzo de 2012, a las 18:00 horas

José Manuel Hesse
director de AENA

Destinada a público infantil

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