Vuela el avión de papel más grande del mundo

martes, 27 de marzo de 2012

Ocurrió en Tucson, Arizona, el miércoles de la semana pasada. Un avión de papel de 400kg de peso, 14m de largo y 7 de envergadura surcó los cielos tras ser remolcado por un helicóptero hasta 1200m de altitud. Durante unos 6 segundos voló a 160km/h, antes de que una racha de viento lo desestabilizase y lo hiciera caer.


Super-buoyant material inspired by water striders

Super-buoyant material inspired by water striders:
Tiny fibers in the new aerogel serve the same purpose as tiny hairs on the water strider's...
Aerogels are among the lightest solid materials in existence, and are created by replacing the liquid component of a gel with a gas – this results in their extremely low density, and has earned them the nickname of “frozen smoke.” Now, scientists have created a new type of aerogel that is inspired by the feet of the water strider. The material is reportedly so buoyant, that a boat made from one pound (454 grams) of it could carry about 1,000 pounds (454 kg) of cargo.
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3D solar towers offer up to 20 times more power output than traditional flat solar panels

3D solar towers offer up to 20 times more power output than traditional flat solar panels:
Two small-scale versions of three-dimensional photovoltaic arrays that were tested by MIT ...
While we’ve looked at the development of solar cell technologies that employ nanoscale 3D structures to trap light and increase the amount of solar energy absorbed, MIT researchers have now used 3D on the macro scale to achieve power output that is up to 20 times greater than traditional fixed flat solar panels with the same base area. The approach developed by the researchers involves extending the solar cells upwards in a three-dimensional tower or cube configuration to enable them to better capture the sun's rays when it is lower on the horizon...
Continue Reading 3D solar towers offer up to 20 times more power output than traditional flat solar panels


Ryanair presenta en España la tarjeta Ryanair Cash Passport

Ryanair presenta en España la tarjeta Ryanair Cash Passport: La irlandesa de bajo coste Ryanair ha lanzado en España la tarjeta Ryanair Cash Passport, que reemplazará las otras tarjetas prepago de Mastercard como la única forma de evitar los gastos de gestión de 6 euros que cobrará la compañía en cualquier reserva que se realice en el país a partir del 15 de abril.
La irlandesa de bajo coste presenta en España su Ryanair Cash Passport, respaldada p


Temporada de verano: 198 destinos desde el aeropuerto de Madrid Barajas

Temporada de verano: 198 destinos desde el aeropuerto de Madrid Barajas: Ya se presentó el programa de vuelos del Aeropuerto de Madrid Barajas de cara a esta temporada de verano, que será ideal para irse de vacaciones Marruecos: desde este domingo, un total de 85 aerolíneas operan vuelos regulares a 198 destinos.
Esta temporada alta Barajas conectará con 198 destinos gracias a 85 aerolíneas
Hay varias novedades con respecto a la temporada alta pasada, entre las qu


Boeing 737 MAX Enters Final Wind Tunnel Tests

Boeing 737 MAX Enters Final Wind Tunnel Tests: The Boeing 737 MAX is starting its last wind tunnel test phase, with high-speed testing getting under way in the company’s transonic facility March 19 in Seattle.


Airbus Military A400M flies to Latin America as part of flight test campaign

The Airbus Military A400M new generation airlifter for the 21st Century, landed today in Santiago de Chile during its first visit to Latin America as part of the A400M flight test campaign. Flown by Experimental Test Pilot Ignacio “Nacho” Lombo, the aircraft landed at FIDAE Airshow at approximately 13:15.

Grizzly 2, one of the five development aircraft, arrived in Latin America on 23 of March to perform high altitude flight tests at Cochabamba, Bolivia, where the airfield is located at 8,360ft (2,550 m) above sea level.  Flying from Cochabamba towards FIDAE Airshow, the A400M reached another milestone in its flight test programme: the 1000th flight.

After its arrival at FIDAE, it will stay at the show in static display until 28th of March when the aircraft will fly to Lima, Peru, for a visit and to La Paz, Bolivia, at more than 13,000ft (3,960 m), for further flight tests.

“I had the privilege to land the A380 for the first time at FIDAE in 2008, which was a proud moment. I am delighted to be back again at FIDAE and this time to bring the most versatile new generation airlifter: the A400M. It is an honor for us to have the A400M for the first time at FIDAE and see it here next to the A380, two new generation aircraft together”, said Nacho Lombo.


Airbus Military has successfully completed receiver qualification of the two primary aircraft-types that the UAE Air Force will refuel from the three A330 MRTT multi role tanker transports that it currently has on order.

In an extensive series of flight tests in Abu Dhabi, the compatibility of the new generation A330 MRTT with UAE Air Force Mirage 2000 and F-16 Block 60 fighters was fully demonstrated.

Operating from Al Dhafra airbase, the aircraft performed air-to-air refuelling at speeds throughout the refuelling flight envelope, at a range of altitudes, and in turns, climbs and descents as well as level flight.

Other versions of the F-16 have already been qualified with the A330 MRTT, but the trials added the Block 60 variant used by the UAE which features large conformal fuel tanks on the fuselage. The F-16 was refuelled using the A330 MRTT’s Airbus Refuelling Boom System (ARBS).

The Mirage 2000 was successfully tested in different configurations including the twin-seat version carrying two drop-tanks and two air-to-air missiles, and the single-seat version carrying six missiles and a centreline drop-tank. To refuel the Mirage 2000, the A330 MRTT used its two underwing refuelling pods, including demonstrations of refuelling two fighters simultaneously.

Antonio Caramazana, Vice President Programme Director Airbus Military Derivatives, said: “It is very satisfying to qualify another two aircraft types as receivers for the A330 MRTT and we look forward to entry into service with the UAE Air Force later this year.”

Crew training with UAE pilots is currently underway in Spain and the first two A330 MRTTs for the UAE, including the one that took part in the trials, are due to be delivered before the end of the year.

The attached photo shows a UAE Air Force Mirage 2000 refuelling from a A330 MRTT.


USAF Carpets Glider Landing Strip

USAF Carpets Glider Landing Strip: Artificial Turf Smoother, More Economical Than Grass Gliders taking off and landing at the U.S Air Force Academy are now operating from a surface that should be familiar with many NFL players ... artificial turf.


Eurofighter Typhoon Amateur Photography Competition 2012 Launches

2011 Competition winner Ian Ramsbottom's photo

  • Winner to be announced during ILA Berlin Air Show 2012.
  • Following the success of last year's competition, Eurofighter PR and Communications are proud to launch the 2012 edition of the popular Eurofighter Typhoon Amateur Photography Competition which will run from the 9th March until the 31st August 2012.

On the front cover of the 2012 Eurofighter calendar is a stunning atmospheric photograph taken by Ian Ramsbottom who was a clear winner in the 2011 competition. His photo of an RAF 17 Sqn Typhoon low level flying was taken in the Mach Loop valleys in Wales, UK.

The calendar has been released internationally and has received incredible feedback, proving that you don't have to be a professional photographer to take professional images of Typhoon. Lead judge Geoffrey Lee of Plane Focus said of the competition: "This is a perfect platform to prove that amateur photography can indeed be extraordinary".

This year's winner will be announced during ILA, Berlin Air Show in September 2012. The judging panel, which will include last year's winner Ian, will meet at the show to choose the winning photograph.

The judging panel for the competition will be Geoffrey Lee from Planefocus Ltd – Eurofighter's leading Typhoon photographer; Andreas Westphal – Managing Director of Images Art Design; Marco Valerio Bonelli – Head of PR and Communications for Eurofighter GmbH and Ian Ramsbottom – amateur aviation photographer and winner of the 2011 competition. Original images of Typhoon will be accepted from any amateur photographer in accordance with the terms and conditions provided below.

Please send all entries either via email to  or in the post:

Eurofighter Communications,
Am Söldnermoos 17,
85399 Hallbergmoos,

We look forward to another fantastic year for aviation photography.

Terms and Conditions:
The 2012 Eurofighter Typhoon Amateur Photography Competition will run from the 9th March 2012 to the 31st August 2012. The winner must be an amateur photographer which by definition means: "A person who engages in photography as a pastime rather than as a profession".

The competition entry is limited to one photograph per person, the image size should be around 30x40 cm and must be at a minimum 300dpi in quality.

The winner will have their image featured in the 2013 Eurofighter Calendar, will receive a 1:48 Lupa Typhoon model and will be invited to sit on the 2013 judging panel. In addition, the top three photographs will be published in Eurofighter World magazine, on the website and will all receive a 2013 calendar. The 'Panel's Choice' prize will again be awarded to the best young Typhoon photographer for entries from those under the age of 16.


Sukhoi promotes the Su-35 fighter to the Latin American market

Moscow, March 23. The Sukhoi Company will show off its multipurpose Su-35 fighter of the 4++ generation at the upcoming on March 27 17th International Aerospace Exhibition FIDAE-2012 in Santiago, Chile.

A model airplane will be presented on the stand of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), which includes the Sukhoi holding company. Visitors to the exhibition and experts will be able to look at its performance characteristics, and the military — to discuss with Sukhoi's representatives possible aircraft deliveries to the armed forces in the region.

Sukhoi is currently negotiating with foreign customers seeking to re-equip their Air Force. It plans to export Su-35 aircraft to countries in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and South America. If new contracts are signed, Russia will be able to maintain its high competitiveness on the fighter jets world market until the 5th generation fighter aircraft enters the market in 2016-2025.

The serial production of the Su-35S is going on at the Sukhoi's Y.A.Gagarin Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KNAAPO) in accordance with the state contract signed in 2009 to deliver 48 aircraft to the Russian Ministry of Defence by the year 2015.

At present, the Joint State Tests (JST) of the airplane are going on. In March this year the fourth production Su-35S was delivered to the JST. The Su-35-1 and 2 carried out preliminary flight tests, during which the main established flight and technical characteristics of the on-board equipment and super maneuverability features were fully confirmed, stability and controllability characteristics, the characteristics of the power plant and the work of the navigation system were tested.

The plane reached the maximum ground-level speed of 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. More than 400 flights were made as part of flight testing on the fighters. The aircraft complex is ready to undergo tests for combat use.

The analysis of the amount of work already done allows a conclusion that Su-35/Su-35S has a much better flight characteristics compared to analogue aircraft in service. The airborne equipment of the plane allows solving a wider range of tasks set by tactical and technical requirements.

The potential characteristics incorporated in the aircraft will allow it to exceed all tactical fighters of the 4th and 4 + generations, such as "Rafale" and EF 2000, modernized fighters like the F-15, F-16, F-18, F-35 and to counter the F-22A fighter.

The UAC products are presented at the air show in Chile by military and civilian aircraft, manufactured by enterprises of the corporation. In addition to the Su-35 the UAC stand will also host the Yak-130, Sukhoi Superjet 100 and MC-21 aircraft models.


Sukhoi delivered the 4th production Su-35S fighter for the State Joint Tests

Sukhoi delivered the Su-35S-4 for the State Joint Tests. The plane flew from Komsomolsk-on-Amur to the V.P.Chkalov State Flight Test Centre of the Ministry of Defence.

The serial production of the Su-35S is going on at the Sukhoi's Y.A.Gagarin Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KNAAPO) in accordance with the state contract signed in 2009 to deliver 48 aircraft to the Russian Ministry of Defence by the year 2015.



Melbourne, Florida, March 20, 2012 – Embraer will display its entry-level Phenom 100 and light Phenom 300 jets during the 38th Annual Sun 'n' Fun, scheduled for March 27-April 1 in Lakeland, Fla.

Embraer will host operators, potential customers and media in its chalet, located at Booth MD34A at the Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Lakeland.

"The relaxed atmosphere at Sun 'n' Fun allows us to really get to know potential customers and become re-acquainted with our operators who attend," said Bob Knebel, Vice President of Sales for North America, Embraer Executive Jets. "Showcasing both the Phenom 100 and 300 allows those interested to have a hands-on experience with the jet as well as to get updated on some of the milestones achieved recently. We have delivered over 300 Phenom aircraft, including the first Phenom 100 produced by our new production facility in nearby Melbourne."

The Phenom 100 can accommodate up to eight occupants and has seven different interior options designed in partnership with BMW Group DesignworksUSA. Its range of 1,178 nautical miles (2,182 kilometers), including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, means the aircraft is capable of flying nonstop from New York to Miami, in the U.S.; from London to Rome, in Europe; or from Brisbane to Melbourne, in Australia. The jet has proved to be the fastest in its class. It also has a private aft lavatory as well as the largest baggage capacity available today in the entry-level category. The cockpit features the latest Garmin Prodigy® Flight Deck 1000.

The Phenom 300 reaches 521 mph (839 km/h, or 453 knots - KTAS) and can fly at an altitude of up to 45,000 feet (13,716 meters). Its range of 1,971 nautical miles (3,650 kilometers), including NBAA IFR fuel reserves, means the aircraft is capable of flying nonstop from Los Angeles to Chicago in the U.S. The Phenom 300 carries up to 11 occupants, has a single point of refueling and an externally service lavatory.

For more information on Embraer Executive Jets, visit

Follow Embraer on Twitter: @EmbraerSA.


Airbus showcases A350 XWB cabin flexibility throughout the A350 Family at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2012

  • New A350 XWB and A380 cabin models
  • A350's flat-floor demonstrator – unique seamless seat-to-seat integration
  • Find out about our innovative retrofit solutions
Airbus once again showcases its cabin innovations at this years' Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany.

A key to cabin flexibility, the A350 XWB 'Enabling Platform', with its unique 'flat-floor', is impressively demonstrated at the Airbus booth. It also shows how a wide variety of operator needs and cabin furnishings can be accommodated, and allows airlines to reconfigure their cabin in service more easily than before.

Airbus' space-efficient concepts go beyond new products. For example, Airbus Upgrade Services will present its range of retrofit solutions and services. Our Cabin experts and executives will be available for dedicated media briefings and interview opportunities each day. And our human resource representatives will also be on hand on Wednesday 28th to talk to students and young talents about career opportunities.


Boeing Celebrates Delivery of Japan Airlines' First Two 787 Dreamliners

  • First 787s delivered with the General Electric GEnx engines
  • First ever 787 double delivery on Sunday
  • JAL uses 787 to start new routes

EVERETT, Wash., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) today celebrated the delivery of the airline's first two 787 Dreamliners. JAL is the first airline to take delivery of a 787 powered by fuel-efficient General Electric GEnx engines.

"Today is an important moment in our 60-year relationship with Japan Airlines as we celebrate the deliveries of not one, but two Dreamliners," said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 787 will provide the fuel-efficient airplane needed to serve Japan Airlines' growing international operations."

The 787 Dreamliner is more efficient to operate and has lower fuel use compared with today's similarly sized airplanes because of use of light weight composites and advancements in systems, engines and aerodynamics.

"JAL will be the first airline to start new routes that have never been flown before by taking full advantage of the efficiencies of this aircraft, starting with Boston service next month and San Diego later this year," said Yoshiharu Ueki, president of Japan Airlines. "The 787 with GEnx engines has the performance economics that JAL is looking for to ensure route profitability, and also the enhanced in-flight comfort that our customers will be delighted with."

Japan Airlines ceremonially took possession of the 787 Dreamliner at a celebration with Japanese Taiko drummers and a dramatic airplane unveiling earlier this morning. Guests from Boeing, Japan Airlines and General Electric attended.

"GE is proud that its GEnx-1B engines will power JAL's Boeing's 787 Dreamliner," said Chuck Nugent, vice president and general manager of the GEnx program at GE Aviation. "The GEnx engine combines advanced technology and material to offer improved fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and less noise to benefit our operators."

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an all-new airplane featuring a host of technologies that provide exceptional value to airlines and unparalleled levels of comfort to passengers. It is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes, enabling airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public.


Iberia renueva su contrato de Hnadling con Monarch Airlines

De izquierda a derecha: Eduardo García Sansigre, director de aeropuertos de Iberia; Kevin George, director de operaciones de Monarch Airlines, y José Gómez, subdirector comercial de Iberia Airport Services.



  • El nuevo acuerdo se ha firmado para los próximos 5 años.
  • En 2011, Iberia Airport Services atendió más de 7.500 aviones de la compañía Monarch Airlines.


Madrid, 27 de marzo de 2012

La división de handling Iberia, Iberia Airport Services (IBAS), acaba de renovar el contrato de asistencia en tierra con uno de sus clientes más importantes, la compañía Monarch Airlines.

Gracias a este nuevo acuerdo, Iberia Airport Services seguirá siendo el principal agente de handling de la compañía inglesa en España durante los próximos 5 años, proporcionándole servicios de pasaje y rampa.

La renovación del contrato refleja la excelente relación entre ambas compañías, afianzada tras muchos años de trabajo conjunto.
En 2011, Iberia Airport Services ha atendido más de 7.500 aviones de la compañía Monarch Airlines, la mayoría operados en los principales aeropuertos españoles donde opera  la compañía inglesa: Alicante, Málaga,Tenerife y Palma de Mallorca.

Sobre IBAS

IBERIA Airport Services (IBAS) es el primer agente de handling en España y el mayor proveedor de servicios aeroportuarios a terceras compañías
integrado en un grupo global de transporte aéreo (IAG). Con 85 años de experiencia, IBAS presta Servicios aeroportuarios en 41 aeropuertos españoles a más de 359.000 aviones de 220 compañías aéreas y atiende a más de 74 millones de pasajeros con una plantilla de 8.000 profesionales. Todo sobre IBAS en 

Sobre Monarch Airlines

Como parte fundamental del Grupo Monarch,  Monarch Airlines opera, con una flota de 32 aviones, vuelos charter y regulares desde un gran número de
aeropuertos del Reino Unido incluidos los de Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton y Manchester.  Vuela a más de 50 destinos en todo el mundo y
transporta 6 millones de pasajeros al año. Monarch Airlines también proporciona aviones y asientos para los más importantes touroperadores.




El 42% de Alestis pide por vía notarial una junta de socios para decidir su futuro

El desencuentro entre los accionistas de Alestis, escenificado con la dimisión de la mitad de su consejo, se acentúa. El grupo liderado por Gaizka Grajales, consejero delegado hasta el pasado miércoles del fabricante de componentes aeronáuticos y titular, a través de Alcor, del 42,15% de su capital, ha solicitado la convocatoria, por vía notarial, de una junta universal en la que la situación económico financiera de Alestis centra el orden del día.


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