Embraer Executive Jets Expands iPad Apps to Legacy 600/650 Aircraft

miércoles, 31 de octubre de 2012

Orlando, FL, October 30, 2012 – Embraer Executive Jets has expanded its new iPad App – eTechPubs – beyond the Phenom aircraft to include the Legacy 600 and Legacy 650, eliminating the need to carry a 40-pound flight bag filled with paper manuals. The new App provides increased customer convenience in accessing all technical information.

“With this new App, Legacy 600 and Legacy 650 operators will also have all the information they need to operate and service their aircraft in the palm of their hand,” said Edson Carlos Mallaco, Vice President, Customer Support and Services, Embraer Executive Jets. “This, and other Apps we are developing, are part of our strategy to support a paper-less cockpit by putting support solutions on tablets and other mobile devices. This effort also includes developing a paper-less maintenance base.”

Already available for Phenom customers, the eTechPubs App offers, with a touch, real-time information at operator’s fingertips at all times. The information is updated wirelessly. Operators with a valid technical manual revision service can use the eTechPubs App to download all technical manuals to a single iPad as part of their subscription.

The eTechPubs App also works offline, without an internet connection. Features include key-word search, ability to bookmark procedures under “favorites” as well as the ability to bookmark the most-referenced pages. Additional features include a history capability providing quicker navigation and links for easy communication of comments to Embraer Executive Jets.

For more information about Embraer Executive Jets, see: www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com.


Embraer Executive Jets Offers Increased Payload Capacity for Phenom 100

Orlando, FL, October 29, 2012 – Embraer Executive Jets is now offering an optional increase in Maximum Zero Fuel Weight (MZFW) for the Phenom 100 for those requiring a higher payload capacity. The move expands the flexibility of the entry-level jet affording additional capacity for passengers and baggage.

“These changes provide greater flexibility for operators,” said Luciano Castro, Embraer Vice President, Programs – Executive Jets. “The 330-pound increase in MZFW payload enables operators of the Phenom 100 to carry even more payload and is particularly interesting for those flying heavy loads in high-density configurations such as aircraft equipped with the fifth seat and the belted lavatory.”

“This is an important step for Embraer Executive Jets,” said said JetSuite Founder and CEO Alex Wilcox, who operates a large fleet of Phenom 100s. “This is more great news from Embraer Executive Jets. It shows Embraer listens to customers to develop continual improvements that increase the competitiveness of their aircraft. This increase in payload capacity increases the capability of the Phenom 100 and means JetSuite can provide better service to members and clients, and that is very important to me.”

The optional MZFW increase is already available for new aircraft and will be available shortly for retrofit via Service Bulletin.

For more information about Embraer Executive Jets, see: www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com.


Etihad Airways orders two more A330 passenger aircraft

  • Another vote of confidence for efficient, reliable A330
Blagnac, 30 October 2012

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates has signed a firm order for two additional A330-200 passenger aircraft as part of the carrier’s continued growth plans.

These newly ordered aircraft, like Etihad’s current A330 fleet, will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines. Etihad Airways has also converted seven of its previously ordered A320s to the larger and increasingly popular A321 model.

Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan said: “The reliable and highly versatile Airbus A330-200 has been an integral part of our global passenger and cargo success. As our operations and network continue to grow in scale, we feel the A330-200 is the right fleet type to expand with. Our decision to convert seven of our A320s on order into A321s reflects the increasingly strong demand we are seeing across our different routes and we look forward to taking delivery of our first in November 2013.”

“Winning a fifth repeat order from Etihad for A330s is without a doubt a strong endorsement for the aircraft’s unique combination of unbeatable economics, versatility and fuel efficiency,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “In response to the continuing strong demand, we’re making the A330 better and better, with for example new higher weight variants which offer our customers more payload-range capability with the same high operational reliability.”

The A330 Family, which spans 250 to 300 seats, and includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted more than 1,200 orders and around 900 aircraft are flying with over 90 operators worldwide. Ever since the original version of the A330-300 entered service, the hallmark has been its very efficient operating economics and benchmark reliability above 99 percent.


Boeing Delivers Final Peace Eye AEW&C Aircraft to Republic of Korea Air Force

  • Airborne surveillance and battle management capability delivered 5 weeks ahead of schedule in partnership with local industry

ROKAF BASE GIMHAE, South Korea, Oct. 31, 2012 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] on Oct. 24 delivered the fourth and final 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), demonstrating the continuing success of the company's partnerships with local industry.

"We delivered five weeks ahead of schedule thanks to the hard work, focus and close collaboration among the ROKAF, Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration, Boeing and our in-country suppliers," said Rick Heerdt, Boeing vice president of Airborne Surveillance, Command and Control.

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) modified and supported testing of three of the four 737-based Peace Eye aircraft at its facility in Sacheon.

"Throughout the program, KAI demonstrated its outstanding technical capability and modification experience in delivering this powerful airborne surveillance and battle management capability that enhances the security of the Korean peninsula," Heerdt said.

Other Korean companies that made key contributions to the AEW&C program include:
  • Korean Air Aerospace Division: technical services, spares and related parts-handling services
  • LIG Nex1: networking and training
  • Samsung Thales: mission crew training.
  • Boeing Training Services Korea: flight crew training
  • Huneed Technologies: ground-based datalinks communications system.

The AEW&C team has delivered all ground support segments for mission crew training, mission support and system maintenance to ROKAF Base Gimhae, the Peace Eye fleet's main operating base.

Boeing is providing on-site technical support, training and spare parts as part of an interim support program. This allows seamless support of the Peace Eye fleet as it transitions to a through-life support program.

Boeing also has delivered six AEW&C aircraft to Australia. Four other AEW&C aircraft are in production for Turkey.

The 737 AEW&C aircraft is designed to provide airborne battle management capability with an advanced multirole electronically scanned radar and 10 state-of-the-art mission crew consoles that are able to track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously. The mission crew can direct offensive and defensive forces while maintaining continuous surveillance of the operational area.


Boeing Pilot Instructors Complete Training on EC135 Helicopter with Surf Life Saving Queensland

  • Boeing has offered Eurocopter EC135 as platform for next-generation Australian Army training program

OAKEY, Queensland, Oct. 31, 2012 -- Flight instructors from Boeing [NYSE: BA] subsidiary Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) recently traded their training posts at the Oakey Army Aviation Centre for Gold Coast beach patrols as part of a unique arrangement between BDA and Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ).

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service provided three-day training sessions for 12 BDA helicopter instructors on its EC135 aircraft, giving them hands-on experience with the aircraft Boeing has offered in a bid for the Australian Defence Force's Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) program. The SLSQ plans to use the funds earned from the BDA training to invest in equipment upgrades.

"The training provided an opportunity for BDA to experience the Eurocopter EC135's capabilities in a variety of real-life situations," said Mark Brownsey, BDA Army Aviation Training and Training Support (AATTS) project manager. "The program is part of our pilot engagement strategy, which allows BDA instructors to update their skills on a modern aircraft to support our partnership with the Australian Army."

The BDA flight instructors on the AATTS program currently provide basic flight training to Australian Army pilots using Kiowa aircraft, and more than 100 pilots have graduated from the program in the past five years. HATS is a follow-on contract to AATTS and will provide training to Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army pilots.

"The training partnership between Boeing and SLSQ has provided an excellent opportunity for our pilots to share information about this very capable, technologically advanced twin-engine aircraft," said Peter Bird, chief pilot for the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service Queensland. "BDA's training investment will help the SLSQ fund ongoing equipment upgrades for the service so it can continue to provide this important public service along the Gold and Sunshine coasts."

Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company and a business unit of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, is a leading Australian aerospace enterprise. With a world-class team of nearly 1,300 employees at 15 locations throughout Australia and four international sites, Boeing Defence Australia supports some of the largest and most complex defense projects in Australia.


Boeing Delivers 'Smiling Faces' 777 to Air China

  • Celebrating 40 years of partnership with Chinese customers

EVERETT, Wash., Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplane to Air China, the flag carrier of the People's Republic of China. The airplane livery features a distinctive blended paint design of 40 smiling faces of Chinese people, to represent the critical role that the Chinese aviation industry has played in bringing China to the world.

The 40 people portrayed were selected from a social media campaign organized by Air China and Boeing in July 2012. People were invited through the most widely used social media platform in China to submit a smiling face with an inspiring message.

"We hope this special-livery airplane will bridge the connection to bring a smiling, confident and friendly China to the world," said Feng Run E, vice president of Air China. "With the airplane flying around the world, we hope more business travelers will experience the super flight comfort offered by Air China's 777-300ER."

The airplane is the 10th of 19 777-300ERs Air China has on order with Boeing. Air China will use the airplanes for route expansion, including direct routes to Frankfurt, London and Paris.

"Boeing is celebrating its 40th anniversary in China. Over the past four decades, we have witnessed the rapid development of China's aviation industry and we're honored to be part of its success by providing our best products and services," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Sales for Greater China, Japan and Korea, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We look forward to carrying on this great tradition of growth and development over the next 40 years."

To date, 63 customers around the world have ordered 1380 777s.

Air China, a member of the Star Alliance, is the only flag carrier of People's Republic of China. It currently owns 167 Boeing airplanes, making up 55 percent of its fleet.


Boeing, Russia's Aviation Capital Services Announce Commitment for 35 737 MAXs

  • Agreement continues momentum for the 737 MAX among world’s leasing companies

MOSCOW, Oct. 30, 2012 - Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Aviation Capital Services LLC, a subsidiary of the State Corporation Russian Technologies (Rostech), announced today a commitment by Rostech to purchase 35 737 MAX airplanes. It is the first commitment for the 737 MAX from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Boeing and Aviation Capital Services will work to finalize the details of the order, valued at more than $3.5 billion at current list prices. When complete, the order will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website as firm.

“Aviation Capital Services signed a commitment today for 35 737 MAX that will make it the first customer of the 737 MAX aircraft in Eastern Europe. As a result, our partner airline-carriers will receive the most modern aircraft with improved fuel efficiency, flight characteristics and greater comfort forpassengers,” said Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Rostech. “Russian airlines will gain an advantage on global markets and will be able to increase their activity both within the country and internationally.”

“We are proud of the confidence that Aviation Capital Services has placed in the 737 MAX, which will deliver unsurpassed fuel efficiency to its customers in the single-aisle market as well as improved environmental performance,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “This is the first commitment for the 737 MAX from Russia and CIS, which is one of the commercial aviation industry’s fastest-growing regions.”

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. To date, Boeing has received 858 orders for the 737 MAX.

Aviation Capital Services LLC is an aircraft leasing company established in Feb. 2011 with 100 percent participation of the Russian Technologies State Corporation Company. Aviation Capital Services LLC is one of the leading aircraft leasing companies in Russia and CIS.


Boeing and Russian Technologies Seek to Expand Partnership in Titanium Supply and Commercial Aviation Services

MOSCOW, Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the State Corporation Russian Technologies (Rostech), a majority shareholder in the joint stock company VSMPO-AVISMA Corp., are working on an agreement to expand collaboration in titanium procurement and technology development. Boeing and Rostech also are seeking to increase their cooperation in commercial aviation services.

Ray Conner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive officer, and Sergey Chemezov, chairman of the board of VSMPO-AVISMA and chief executive officer of Russian Technologies Corp., pledged to work together to grow the relationship between the two companies.

"Rostech has been a reliable and valuable partner to Boeing in Russia for many years, and together we achieve results that allow us to grow our businesses," Conner said. "Boeing and Rostech are working hard to further expand our partnership and our mutually beneficial cooperation."

"Cooperation with Boeing allows us to offer new technological solutions for the global market. Today VSMPO-AVISMA is one of the largest titanium suppliers to Boeing and its key partner in the field of new alloy development," Chemezov said. "In recent years, the partners have developed three new technologies in a joint innovation center. Extending cooperation with Boeing will help us create even better and more competitive solutions for the global aviation industry."

Boeing and VSMPO-AVISMA are considering expansion of their titanium-production joint venture Ural Boeing Manufacturing (UBM) to support ongoing production increases for the Next-Generation 737. UBM has purchased four new advanced-technology machines to increase capacity for machining Next-Generation 737 landing gear beams. The machines are scheduled for installation in 2013. Supporting the 737 program, the most popular jet in commercial aviation history, would be a significant milestone and business opportunity for UBM. VSMPO-AVISMA has been a Boeing partner and supplier of raw material and titanium parts through a series of long-term purchasing agreements dating back to 1997, when Boeing awarded its first contract to the Russian titanium producer.

Boeing and VSMPO-AVISMA also are working to continue joint support of the Titanium Innovation Center. The center has developed three new technologies that have been utilized in production of the 787 Dreamliner and Next-Generation 737 and may also be used by the Russian aerospace industry. Among these technologies are a new high-strength titanium alloy and a technology for fabrication of titanium sheets for super-plastic forming. The companies will continue developing technologies and alloys to further reduce the cost of titanium parts in commercial airplane manufacturing.

In commercial aviation services, the two companies are seeking to work together to develop a component management service to support Russian airline customers. This could reduce investment costs, simplify logistics and reduce delivery time of critical spare parts to Russian airlines. The companies also are exploring ways for Boeing to assist Rostech in further development of in-country repair and overhaul capability for Western aircraft components, in order to grow aviation parts repair and overhaul organizations within Russia. Going forward, this expertise can support Rostech's ability to build an efficient and reliable support infrastructure for Russian-made jets such as the Sukhoi Superjet 100.

In July 2009, Boeing and VSMPO-AVISMA opened UBM as a 50/50 equity joint venture based in Verkhnyaya Salda, Russia. UBM is a state-of-the-art facility that machines titanium forgings for the world's most technologically advanced airplane – the 787. Boeing forecasts that over the next 30 years it will spend as much as $27 billion on Russian titanium, aerospace design-engineering services and a variety of other services and materials.

Boeing and the Russian aerospace industry enjoy a mutually beneficial partnership that began more than 15 years ago. Two key Boeing centers are located in Moscow. The Technical Research Center develops projects related to cutting-edge technology including new materials, prototyping and aerodynamics. The Boeing Design Center supports all major Boeing Commercial Airplanes programs and employs more than 1,250 engineers through contracts with leading Russian engineering firms.

VSMPO-AVISMA is the world's largest titanium producer, occupying more than 25 percent of the world titanium market and the major supplier of titanium to Russia. The main shareholder is Rostech, which owns more than 70 percent of the company. VSMPO-AVISMA has long-term contracts with the leading foreign aircraft manufacturers.

About Russian Technologies
The Russian Technologies State Corporation, established in November 2007, assists Russian industrial organizations in design, production and sales in the domestic and foreign hi-tech product markets, as well as in applied research of promising trends in scientific and technical development and introduction of advanced technologies to improve the level of Russian research projects and reduce their production time and costs. Russian Technologies State Corporation includes Rosoboronexport, Oboronprom, Russpetsstal CJSC, VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation, AvtoVAZ and other companies.


The world's lightest material (Video)

It’s incredibly light, yet amazingly strong and rigid.

It’s called microlattice, the lightest metal structure ever created, and it was created by scientists at HRL Laboratories, the same Malibu, California-based company that invented the laser and the semiconductor. Full text: http://www.boeing.com/Features/2012/10/bds_hrl_10_29_12.html


Helitt lanza una promoción especial de Halloween

Helitt Líneas Aéreas, con motivo de la festividad de Halloween, ha decidido lanzar una promoción especial poniendo a la venta billetes a precios excepcionalmente reducidos. Desde el miércoles 31 de octubre a las 12 del mediodía hasta el viernes 2 de noviembre a la misma hora, se podrán  reservar vuelos al precio de 12 euros, impuestos y gastos de gestión no incluidos.

Se trata de una oferta de plazas limitadas, pero disponibles en todos los vuelos, rutas y horarios que operará  Helitt hasta el 29 de marzo, a los siete destinos  a los que volará la aerolínea durante la temporada de invierno: Málaga, Casablanca, Melilla, Badajoz, Madrid, Barcelona y Vitoria.

Puede beneficiarse de la promoción todo aquel cliente que realice su reserva a través de la página web de la compañía www.helitt.com, en el teléfono de reservas 902 22 30 20, y en compras realizadas en las oficinas del aeropuerto.



  • PANSA, la agencia de servicios de navegación aérea polaca, ha contratado la herramienta de GMV, así como la formación, soporte y mantenimiento durante un año

Madrid, 31 de octubre de 2012.- La agencia de servicios de navegación aérea de Polonia (Polish Air Navigation Services Agency - PANSA) ha adquirido a GMV magicGEMINI, herramienta software de análisis de prestaciones de navegación y monitorización de sistemas GNSS y sus aumentaciones regionales (SBAS). Con este contrato, GMV se posiciona en el mercado de herramientas GNSS para la navegación aérea.

Los proveedores de servicios de navegación aérea (ANSPs) necesitan conocer las prestaciones que sistemas como GPS y EGNOS dan en su territorio. De esta manera pueden analizar, en una fase inicial, las condiciones bajo las cuales éstos pueden usarse (fases y procedimientos de vuelo). Ya en operaciones, la monitorización de prestaciones permitirá detectar problemas en el servicio, y su correspondiente notificación a los usuarios (NOTAM, en el caso aeronáutico).

Partiendo de medidas de una red de receptores, magicGEMINI proporcionará a PANSA las prestaciones de navegación de acuerdo a los estándares internacionales usados en navegación aérea (MOPS de la RTCA), permitiendo determinar el grado de cumplimiento del servicio tanto en tiempo real como en post-procesado.

La herramienta soporta GPS y GLONASS, así como sistemas SBAS tales como EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service), WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) y la solución magicSBAS de GMV.

El contrato con PANSA incluye la provisión de licencias de magicGEMINI, así como actividades de formación de los operadores, soporte y mantenimiento durante un año. La primera sesión de formación en la herramienta ha tenido lugar a primeros de octubre de 2012 en las instalaciones centrales de GMV en Madrid, y en ella los asistentes han tenido oportunidad de aprender el uso avanzado de la herramienta, en todos sus modos de operación y configuraciones.

magicGEMINI forma parte de la familia de productos magicGNSS de GMV, desarrollada en su mayor parte con recursos de I+D+i, y cuyo desarrollo permite a la empresa mantenerse a la vanguardia dentro de las tecnologías involucradas.


Helitt: "La ruta Vitoria-Barcelona se inaugura con buenos datos de ocupación"

yer tuvo lugar el primer vuelo de la nueva ruta que la compañía Helitt Líneas Aéreas operará entre Vitoria y Barcelona. Una conexión que ha sido inaugurada con unos datos de ocupación muy positivos, especialmente tratándose de una ruta recién abierta y que aún tiene que afianzarse y seguir ganando la confianza  de los pasajeros alaveses.

El vuelo de salida despegaba de Foronda a las 7:15 para tomar tierra en Barcelona en torno a las 8:20,  con  25 minutos de adelanto sobre la hora prevista. En este avión se 
desplazaron 30 pasajeros, lo que supone una ocupación del 45,5%. El trayecto inverso partió de El Prat a las  21:10 aterrizando en Foronda a las 22:25 transportando un total de 48 pasajeros y por lo tanto con un 72,7% de ocupación.

En la segunda jornada de esta nueva conexión el trayecto Vitoria-Barcelona ha volado con 37 pasajeros (56%), y el Barcelona-Vitoria de esta noche por el momento cuenta con 25 reservas a falta de que se sumen posibles pasajeros de última hora.

Helitt quiere mostrar su optimismo por estos datos tan positivos y esperanzadores, así como agradecer a los alaveses la confianza y la buena acogida en esta jornada inaugural. Esperamos que se sigan manteniendo estas buenas cifras que afiancen la  apuesta de la aerolínea y demuestren la viabilidad del aeropuerto de Foronda


Korea Aerospace offers FA-50 fighter jets to the Philippines

Korea Aerospace offers FA-50 fighter jets to the Philippines: Korea Aerospace Industries has offered 12 FA-50 fighter jets to the Philippines Air Force (PAF) for PHP18bn ($43.8m), Philippines defence undersecretary Fernando Manalo has revealed.


IBM brings carbon nanotubes a step closer to usurping silicon

IBM brings carbon nanotubes a step closer to usurping silicon:
IBM researcher Hongsik Park examines a wafer packed with carbon nanotubes
Silicon’s reign as the standard material for microchip semiconductors may be coming to an end. Using standard semiconductor processes, scientists from IBM Research have succeeded in precisely placing over 10,000 working transistors made from carbon nanotubes onto a wafer surface – and yes, the resulting chip was tested, and it worked. According to IBM, “These carbon devices are poised to replace and outperform silicon technology allowing further miniaturization of computing components and leading the way for future microelectronics.”.. Continue Reading IBM brings carbon nanotubes a step closer to usurping silicon


Air + water = gasoline? Not quite...

Air + water = gasoline? Not quite...:

Air Fuel Synthesis, Ltd. (AFS), a small company in the northern English county of Durham, has recently made headlines for a chemical process that claims to synthesize gasoline from air and water. In essence, they are using energy to unburn fuel so that it can be burned as fuel again – a great deal of energy. Sixty kWh of electric energy are used up to store 9 kWh of that energy in a liter of gasoline. When you take into consideration that gasoline vehicles are about 15 percent efficient, a car fueled with synthetic gasoline would use roughly 35 times more energy on a given trip than would an electric vehicle. Not, it would seem, a prescription for a commercially valuable green product... Continue Reading Air + water = gasoline? Not quite...


El CDTI aprueba nuevas condiciones de crédito para impulsar el I+D en mejores condiciones

El Consejo de Administración del Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial  (CDTI), ha aprobado nuevas condiciones financieras de los instrumentos de este organismo para adecuarlas al contexto presupuestario derivado de la crisis económica, con el fin de garantizar la sostenibilidad de la actuación del Centro en apoyo de la innovación empresarial: El CDTI aprueba nuevas condiciones de crédito para impulsar el I+D en mejores condiciones


Se confirma la subida del 8,5% en las tasas aeroportuarias

Se confirma la subida del 8,5% en las tasas aeroportuarias:
Madrid.- El anuncio del incremento en una décima del Índice de Precios al Consumo (IPC) en el mes de octubre hecho ayer por el Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE) confirma la subida de las tasas aeroportuarias en un 8,5% a partir de enero, tal como informamos hace un mes.


Aena se privatizará como operador global el año próximo

Aena se privatizará como operador global el año próximo:
Madrid.- La ministra de Fomento, Ana Pastor, anunció ayer su intención de dar entrada al año que viene al capital privado en Aena Aeropuertos “como operador global” y no en aeropuertos concretos durante su intervención en un desayuno organizado por la Cámara de Comercio de EE.UU en España.