Videos: EADS shows off X3 concept in the DC area

miércoles, 25 de julio de 2012




Este año están apareciendo restos de la SGM en profusión: el Sturmovik y el He-115 a los que hacíamos referencia en una entrada anterior, un KV-1 y un P-40 en Egipto.
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk hallado en el desierto egipcio.
Ahora nos llegan las noticias de que se ha encontrado en Siberia un C-47 Dakota/Skytrain en un estado de conservación verdaderamente aceptable y de que las fuertes lluvias han desenterrado explosivos (bombas y cohetes) usados en prácticas por la RAF durante la SGM de los acantilados de Mappleton.


737 toca la pista con la punta del ala

Noticia con vídeo DESDE DENTRO DEL AVIÓN:

Noticia con fotos de cómo quedó el plano:


First manned flight of FanWing aircraft planned for next year

First manned flight of FanWing aircraft planned for next year:
The FanWing company has announced that it plans to debut a piloted version of its rotary f...
With a traditional airplane, a propellor or jet engine pulls it forward, and lift is created as air subsequently flows over the wings. FanWing aircraft are a little different. They have a powered horizontal rotary fan along the leading edge of their single wing, which serves to pull air over it, creating lift without the need for speed. Britain’s FanWing company has been developing the technology since 1999, and has already had success with radio-controlled proof-of-concept models. This month, however, the company announced that it plans to debut a two-seater piloted FanWing aircraft at the 2013 EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin... Continue Reading First manned flight of FanWing aircraft planned for next year


Boeing ofrece más detalles de su sistema de entretenimiento in flight basado en Android

Boeing ofrece más detalles de su sistema de entretenimiento in flight basado en Android: Boeing tiene una relación bastante especial con Android, y es que hace ya unos meses nos enteramos del nuevo sistema de entretenimiento in flight basado en la plataforma móvil de Google, y luego también supimos de los esfuerzos para desarrollar un smartphone Android.
Ahora se han conocido detalles adicionales del sistema de entretenimiento, que llegará con el modelo Boeing 787 Dreamliner, y ...


Solar Impulse completes first ever solar-powered intercontinental journey

Solar Impulse completes first ever solar-powered intercontinental journey:
Solar Impulse comes in the land in Payerne, marking the end of the first ever solar-powere...
As anticipated, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA experimental solar-powered aircraft completed the first ever solar-powered intercontinental roundtrip journey between Europe and Africa today. The roughly 6,000 km (3,728 mile) trip commenced on May 24 and consisted of a total of eight legs averaging 800 km (497 miles) before reaching its conclusion with a landing back where it all began in Payerne, Switzerland at 8:30 pm on July 24, local time. .. Continue Reading Solar Impulse completes first ever solar-powered intercontinental journey


Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia

Russian C-47 Dakota Found In Siberia: It seems to be a good year for the discovery of old forgotten airframes! There was the P-40 in Egypt earlier in the year, an IL-2 from a Russian lake last month, and now an intact C-47 ‘Dakota’ has been … Read more...


La investigación de accidentes aéreos, en los Cursos de Verano de la UPM

Un accidente aéreo se investiga técnicamente para  evitar que se repita en el futuro. Los Cursos de Verano de la UPM explicarán cómo se desarrolla una investigación de este tipo, cuyas máximas son la prevención y la seguridad de la aviación.

El curso “La investigación técnica de accidentes aéreos: avances recientes, perspectivas futuras”, se desarrollará los días 23 y 24 de julio en las aulas del Centro de Congresos y Convenciones del Parador de la Granja de San Ildefonso, dentro de la programación de los Cursos de Verano de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid


Italy & Israel: A Billion-Dollar Offer They Didn’t Refuse

Italy & Israel: A Billion-Dollar Offer They Didn’t Refuse:

The Israeli Air Force has known since December 2008 that its fleet of A-4 Skyhawk jet trainers and light attack aircraft would leave service. It took until July 2012 to sign a contract for the Skyhawk’s successor, despite justifiable complaints from South Korea that the process lacked full professional formality. The first M-346 Master trainers should begin arriving in Israel around mid-2014, where they will be operated by the IAI/Elbit “TOR” joint venture as a public-private partnership service to the IAF.

Italy’s M-346 eventually beat KAI’s supersonic T-50, thanks to a combination of air force evaluations, geo-political considerations, and countervailing industrial offers.


Civil UAVs Need GPS Anti-Spoofing, But Who Pays?

Civil UAVs Need GPS Anti-Spoofing, But Who Pays?:
The leader of a university research team that showed how easy it is to hijack a UAV by spoofing its GPS won the rapt attention of a congressional hearing this morning (July 19).
Todd Humphreys, an assistant professor with the University of Texas at Austin, is recommending that, for operation in national airspace, all civil UAVs above 18 lb. be required to have spoof-resistant navigation. And he goes beyond that, recommending that GPS-based timing and positioning systems used in national critical infrastructure be required to be spoof-resistant.


Pankl's HERO Catches Sikorsky's Eye with a Chinook-X2 hibryd like aircraft

Pankl's HERO Catches Sikorsky's Eye:
When Sikorsky launched its online Entrepreneurial Challenge to identify small innovative firms it could help incubate, I was intrigued. Now they have announced the first winner
Pankl Aerospace Innovations is a company established by Austrian automotive and aerospace manufacturer Pankl Racing Systems, a supplier of transmission components to Sikorsky through its California-based Pankl Aerospace business.


What Darpa Learned From UAVForge

What Darpa Learned From UAVForge:
It's harder than it looks to build a small perch-and-stare unmanned aircraft, even with the help of a crowd. That's the conclusion of Darpa's UAVForge crowdsourcing competition, which failed to produce a winner for the $100,000 prize.


USAF has discovered root cause of Raptor's oxygen problems

the Combat Edge upper-pressure garment's breathing regulator/anti-g (BRAG) valve is the main culprit along with the hose and connections to the aircraft. They're hoping to have the pilot's gear modified by September...


Eurocopter's X3 - Would You Go to War in One?

Eurocopter's X3 - Would You Go to War in One?:
This week, Eurocopter's X3 high-speed helicopter demonstrator wraps up its US tour with a stop in Washington for military-customer demo flights from Fort Belvoir and a static display at the Pentagon on Thursday (July 26).


British Airways City Flyer selects FTEJerez to train their future MPL pilots.

Flight Training Europe (FTEJerez) is delighted to announce that BACityflyer has selected FTEJerez to launch their Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) program to train their future pilots.

FTEJerez’s CEO declared “This is a very important milestone for FTEJerez and BACityflyer. FTEJerez was the first organization approved to conduct MPL by the UK CAA in 2009, and after running 5 courses we can say the program has proven to be a huge success. BACityFlyer will be the second airline training under this system with us, and I am confident that we will exceed their expectations.”

Flight Training Manager, Steve Cook from BA CityFlyer commented “We are delighted to be launching our MPL scheme with FTEJerez. Both companies have a longstanding relationship with each other. This partnership will result in well motivated, highly trained graduates to fly our modern fleet of Embraer Aircraft.”

BACityflyer are now recruiting cadets for the MPL course to commence training at FTEJerez in October 2012. Successful candidates will train in Jerez for the first 54 weeks before moving on to the Embraer type rating training with BACityflyer in the UK.

For many years now FTEJerez has been exclusively chosen as the training provider for BACityflyer. This latest training programme extends this longstanding relationship which has resulted in a large number of FTE graduates flying with the airline.



#empleo: La aerolínea Emirates vuelve a seleccionar tripulantes de cabina en Barcelona

La jornada de puertas abiertas para Tripulantes de Cabina se celebrará el próximo 2 de septiembre en Barcelona


Aerolínea ANA de Japón deja en tierra parte de su flota de 787 Dreamliners

La aerolínea japonesa All Nippon Airways dijo el lunes que dejó en tierra parte de su flota de 787 Dreamliners luego de pruebas que revelaron un riesgo de corrosión en los motores.

La firma, que debutó con los vuelos del avión liviano fabricado en base a fibra de carbón, dijo que adoptó la decisión por una falla en un proceso que podría dejar parte de los motores vulnerables a una corrosión temprana


Aena convoca 7 concursos para Navegación Aérea por 9 millones

Aena convoca 7 concursos para Navegación Aérea por 9 millones:
Madrid.- Aena anuncia la licitación de suministros de equipos e instalaciones para distintos centros de Navegación Aérea por un importe máximo de licitación total de 9 millones de euros, según publico el BOE el pasado jueves.


Indian MoD approves Air Force's transport aircraft purchase


Dogfighting drones – swarms of unmanned battle-bots take to the skies


Israeli MoD signs M-346 trainer contract with Alenia


La SEPI elevó un 72% su beneficio gracias a la aportación de EADS


El Gobierno convocará en unos días las ayudas al sector aeroespacial


Las ingenierías obtienen ya la mitad de su negocio en el extranjero


Feliz Cumpleaños, Amelia Earhart


España prepara los Tigre para su posible despliegue en Afganistán


El Tribunal de Cuentas constata en un informe la 'falta de rigor y realismo' en los presupuestos de las misiones internacionales de las FAS españolas


Roll Out del primer F-16 modernizado por ENAER


Carbures abrirá en Cádiz dos fábricas de piezas de fibra de carbono

La empresa Carbures , nacida en la Universidad de Cádiz  y especializada en crear piezas de fibra de carbono para la industria aeronáutica, pondrá en marcha dos nuevas plantas en España, que se sumarán a la que ya tiene en el parque Tecnobahía de El Puerto de Santa María. La primera la abrirá en septiembre en Jerez, en terrenos próximos al aeropuerto. La segunda, centrada en el negocio de la automoción, pretende abrir sus puertas el próximo año, aunque su ubicación no está todavía definida.


Eurocopter’s revolutionary X3 helicopter arrives in Washington for final leg of aircraft’s U.S. tour

  • Eurocopter continues its U.S. tour of the X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter today in Manassas, Va. where the aircraft performed a flight demonstration for dignitaries, local elected officials, company employees and the news media. The Washington, D.C., metro area is the final leg of flight demonstrations for civil and military customers across the country.

WASHINGTON and MANASSAS, Va.,  24 July 2012

The tour began when the X3 made its debut at the Grand Prairie, Texas headquarters of Eurocopter's U.S. subsidiary – American Eurocopter – which was attended by employees, elected officials, customers and industry partners. Several commercial customers from various market segments flew the X3 when it demonstrated its unique flight characteristics, which include a cruise speed of 200 knots, high rates of climb and executing high-speed maneuvers that are not routine for conventional rotary-wing aircraft. The X3 has already demonstrated a maximum speed of 232 knots at 80 percent power and a rate of climb of 5,500 feet per minute.

"We are extremely pleased to bring the X3 here to the Washington, D.C. area for the final leg of its highly successful U.S. tour," said American Eurocopter President and CEO Marc Paganini. "I am confident that the aerospace community and military leaders here will be as impressed as all of the customers who have already experienced this cutting-edge technology."

Several guest pilots flew aboard the X3 during its previous two stops at Huntsville's Redstone Army Arsenal Airfield on July 9 and 10, and Fort Bragg's Simmons Army Airfield on July 16 and 17. The X3 is scheduled to continue military flight demonstrations at Fort Belvoir's Davison Army Airfield July 24 and 25, where guest pilots will experience the aircraft's maturity and excellent handling characteristics firsthand. The X3 will then conclude its U.S. tour on July 26 at the Pentagon. Eurocopter's aircraft configuration for the X3 uses a pair of turboshaft engines to power a five-blade main rotor system, along with two propellers installed on short-span fixed wings. This concept is well adapted to missions requiring long transit flights and where speed is important, while retaining vertical lift and hover capabilities – all at a very affordable cost.

The company envisions a wide range of applications for its hybrid technology in future products, including long-distance search and rescue (SAR), Coast Guard missions, border patrol missions, passenger transport and off-shore airlift, along with inter-city shuttle services. It also is well-suited for military missions in special forces operations, troop transport, combat SAR and medical evacuation – benefitting from the combination of higher cruise speeds with excellent vertical takeoff and landing performance.

Eurocopter began X3 flight testing in September 2010 at the Istres Flight Test Center in southern France. Beyond confirming its excellent flight qualities, maneuverability, outstanding acceleration and deceleration capabilities, the hybrid demonstrator has shown exceptional climb and descent rates along with very low vibration levels – all without any need for passive or active anti-vibration systems.



  • Latest radar technology uses reflections from radio and television stations
  • Expanded mission spectrum in civil air traffic control and military aerial reconnaissance
  • Cassidian's passive radar is able to detect even stalth aircraft.

Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, has developed what is known as "passive radar" that can locate even difficult-to-detect flying objects such as stealth aircraft and that itself is practically undetectable. In contrast to conventional radar, passive radar doesn't emit any radiation, but instead analyses radiation reflections from other emitters, such as radio and television stations, to detect objects.

"The principle of passive radar has been known for a long time," says Elmar Compans, Head of Sensors & Electronic Warfare at Cassidian. "However, we have now integrated the latest capabilities of digital receiver and signal processing technology to significantly enhance range and detection accuracy by monitoring various emitters at the same time."

With its passive radar, Cassidian is focussing on the requirements of civil and military airspace control which until now could not or not sufficiently be met using active emitting radar. In civil application, passive radar makes cost-effective air traffic control possible without any additional emissions and without making demands on transmission frequencies in short supply. In military applications, the system enables large-area surveillance using networked receivers, while offering the decisive operational advantage that passive radar cannot be located by hostile forces. The particular characteristics of the omnipresent radio signals used for operation enable detection of even objects that are difficult to detect, such as stealth aircraft or stealth ships. A further advantage of the new technology is its increased detection capacity in areas of radar shadow such as mountainous terrain and its capability to locate extremely slow and low flying objects.

A demonstration system has already been delivered to the German Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB). Cassidian's passive radar can be used for mobile deployment in a vehicle of the size of a commercial van and thus can be moved very quickly and with little logistical effort. After successful testing, including at Stuttgart Airport, the plan is to set up a production prototype system and to carry out evaluation programmes by both Cassidian and the customer by the end of the year.



  • Advanced, autonomously flying unmanned technology demonstrator system with extended capabilities and a network-capable data link
  • First coordinated flight of two unmanned jet aircraft (Barracuda/Learjet – simulates Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) with different roles to moving targets
  • Extensive changes to flight path and mission during flight

Cassidian has successfully carried out a series of test flights with its Barracuda UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) technology demonstrator at Goose Bay military airfield in Canada. This year, the unmanned aerial test bed completed five test flights in June and July 2012 in the context of the research and development programme "Agile UAV in a Network Centric Environment" (Agile UAV-NCE). These involved the Barracuda technology demonstrator flying in combination with another unmanned aerial vehicle, which was simulated by a converted Learjet. The two aircraft flew missions where they each had different role profiles that were autonomously coordinated and synchronised with one another.

"With these latest successful flights by our UAS technology demonstrator, we have made another great leap forward in our developments for the world's most promising future markets in our industry," said Cassidian CEO Stefan Zoller after the flying test bed had landed safely at Goose Bay Canadian air force base.

Carried out by Cassidian's Barracuda project team, the test flights delivered vital information regarding flight with several networked UAS and the autonomous distribution of roles between unmanned aerial vehicles in complex mission scenarios. The role distribution was predefined in each case. Coordination between the two UAS was largely automated. However, the missions could be adapted by uploading new mission data while the aircraft were in the mission zone. This was accomplished via the new network-centric data link. The flight test engineers transmitted not only individual new waypoints, but also entire mission segments from the ground station to the UAS in flight, which immediately responded to its new instructions.

During the 2012 test campaign over the Goose Bay region of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the jet-propelled unmanned demonstrator Barracuda again flew completely autonomously along pre-programmed flight profiles including auto-taxiing processes. The Barracuda and the Learjet simulating the second UAS were monitored from the ground station with respect to flight safety only.

The Barracuda demonstrator is designed as a technology test bed with a modular structure and a flexible configuration, enabling a wide variety of systems and flight profiles to be tested and a wide range of mission requirements to be demonstrated. The avionics system was developed as an open and modular structure that allows a large number of sensors and data link solutions to be integrated with the demonstrator. Electro-optical and infrared sensors, laser target designators, an Emitter Locator System (ELS) consisting of detectors for picking up radio-magnetic signals, and advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems that operate on the multisensor principle can all be accommodated in the Barracuda's payload bay.


Aire declara desierto un contrato negociado sin publicidad con EADS-CASA por anomalías

El Ejército del Aire ha decidido declarar desierto un contrato negociado sin publicidad por un presupuesto base de 937.000 euros con la compañía  EADS-CASA al haber detectado 
"anomalías" en la oferta presentada por la empresa, según ha sabido