Flying in formation in order to reduce fuel consumption

jueves, 11 de octubre de 2012

The US Air Force's Air Mobility Command recently conducted flight tests with C-17s flying in formations meant to reduce drag on the trailing aircraft(s), like geese V-shaped migrations. This could save fuel, and continues work started last decade by NASA and Boeing with the Autonomous Formation Flight [PDF]. Researchers from Stanford pitched a similar idea to Airbus 3 years ago, which so far seems to have translated into a CGI with a 2050 horizon.


British Airways vacía Iberia para tomar sus mandos en 2015

Iberia pierde peso dentro del holding IAG. Desde que se fusionó con British Airways, la aerolínea de bandera española ha entrado en números rojos y cada vez tiene menos aviones, plazas y rutas. Este empequeñecimiento progresivo sitúa a la compañía española en clara desventaja de cara a 2015, año clave para el futuro de IAG, porque se clarificará la hegemonía de una compañía sobre otra.

La fusión firmada en 2010 incluye una cláusula que entrega el poder del grupo a la aerolínea que aporte más del 50% de los ingresos y, si Iberia sigue el camino emprendido en 2011, el primer año de la fusión, no tiene muchas papeletas.


Alaska Airlines Announce Order for 50 x 737 MAXs and Next-Generation 737s

Largest order in the airline's history provides Alaska the most fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes available

SEATTLE, Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Alaska Airlines announced today a firm order for 20 737 MAX 8s, 17 737 MAX 9s and 13 Next-Generation 737-900ERs. The order, valued at more than $5 billion at current list prices, is the largest in Alaska Airlines' history.

"This order positions us for growth and ensures that we'll continue to operate the quietest and most fuel-efficient aircraft available for the foreseeable future. That means our customers will continue to enjoy a comfortable in-flight experience, low fares and excellent on-time performance," Alaska Airlines President and CEO Brad Tilden said. "We value our longstanding relationship with Boeing and look forward to painting 'Proudly All Boeing' on the nose of our aircraft for many, many years into the future."

The 737 MAX is a new-engine variant of the world's best-selling airplane and builds on the strengths of today's Next-Generation 737. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest-technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see a 13 percent fuel-use improvement over today's most fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes and an 8 percent operating cost per seat advantage over tomorrow's competition.

"The 737 MAX will be a great addition to Alaska Airlines' all-Boeing 737 fleet," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. "It will build on the strong record of operational and financial performance that Alaska Airlines has established with the 737 family. This order demonstrates our hometown airline's strong commitment to operate the most fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes in the market today and in the future."

Alaska Airlines currently operates 120 Boeing 737s. The new order, plus 25 existing firm delivery positions, gives the carrier the flexibility to manage the size of its fleet to meet air travel demand over the next decade.

The Alaska Airlines order continues the momentum of the 737 MAX in the marketplace. The order brings the total number of 737 MAX orders to date to 858 airplanes.

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eputy Chief of Royal Malaysian Air Force, Lieutenant General Datuk Roslan Saad, gives the A400M the thumbs up.

Deputy Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, Lieutenant General Datuk Roslan Saad, has given the Airbus Military A400M his thumbs up following his test flight of the new generation airlifter in Toulouse, France, recently.

“It was an enormous pleasure to fly the aircraft that it is going to be at the heart of the RMAF´s transport capabilities in future. It is a real ‘pilot´s aircraft’ and I very much look forward to seeing it enter service so that we can apply its capabilities on a wide variety of missions,” said Lieutenant General Datuk Roslan.

The Malaysian Government has ordered four of the A400M. It is expected to take delivery of its first A400M in 2015.

A total of 174 aircraft have so far been ordered by Belgium France, Germany, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.


ENAER no cerrará

ENAER no cerrará:

Frente a lo que se ha publicado en un medio digital español, la Fuerza Aérea de Chile no puede tomar ninguna decisión sobre un eventual cierre de ENAER, por la sencilla razón de que el titular de la propiedad es el Ministerio de Economía. 


ESA testing materials to shield astronauts from cosmic radiation

ESA testing materials to shield astronauts from cosmic radiation:
Astronauts manning a proposed deep space station on the far side of the Moon would need en...
With astronauts venturing beyond the protection of Earth’s magnetic field exposed to high levels of cosmic radiation, the European Space Agency (ESA) has teamed with Germany’s GSI (Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung) particle accelerator in the search for materials to shield futures astronauts going to the Moon, the asteroids and Mars, or manning a space station beyond the Moon. Amongst the candidates being assessed are Moon and Mars soil... Continue Reading ESA testing materials to shield astronauts from cosmic radiation


tus derechos como usuario de transporte aéreo

ceaccu: ¿Piensas "salir volando" este pueste? te recordamos tus derechos como usuario de transporte aéreo:

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Bruselas acusa a EE UU de violar la confidencialidad en los documentos sobre el A350 XWB

Bruselas acusa a EE UU de violar la confidencialidad en los documentos sobre el A350 XWB:
Bruselas.-  La Comisión Europea acusó el pasado lunes a Estados Unidos de violar la obligación de confidencialidad en la Organización Mundial del Comercio (OMC) al revelar la documentación sobre la financiación del A350 XWB enviada por Airbus a dicha organización.


El bloqueo alemán impidió la fusión EADS-BAE Systems

El bloqueo alemán impidió la fusión EADS-BAE Systems:
Madrid.- El bloqueo de Alemania impidió la fusión entre EADS y BAE Systems. Ambas compañías anunciaron ayer oficialmente la conclusión de las negociaciones sin éxito. No quisieron pedir una ampliación del plazo otorgado por el regulador británico que expiró ayer.