USAF removes bulk of F-22 operating restrictions

jueves, 15 de noviembre de 2012

USAF removes bulk of F-22 operating restrictions: The US Air Force has removed the majority of operating restrictions previously imposed on its Lockheed Martin F-22 fighter pilots ...


Cassidian se adjudica el contrato de mantenimiento del Ejército del Aire de los aviones A-310 y B-707

Cassidian se adjudica el contrato de mantenimiento por 4 años del Ejército del Aire de los aviones A-310 y B-707:

 Estos aviones pertenecen operativamente al 45 Grupo y al 47 Grupo del Ejército del Aire.


Bombardier strengthens strategic collaboration with China’s COMAC

Canada-based Bombardier and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) have strengthened an existing strategic collaboration to jointly develop common features for their respective CSeries and C919 aircraft.

The move is part of Bombardier's strategy to win more orders for its CSeries jets in China.

As the first phase of the collaboration agreement came to an end, the companies signed a letter of intent on 13 November, marking the beginning of partnership's second phase.


Vino, Wifi y otras novedades a bordo

Cuando pasas gran parte de tu tiempo a bordo de avión resulta importante que tu viaje, vuelo corto o vuelo largo, sea lo más placentero posible. Si además de esto te puedes evitar colas interminables en busca de un asiento digno o puedes degustar un Rioja mientras lees la versión digital de un diario que has podido descargarte de forma gratuita… volar se convierte en un placer.


Reports: Air Berlin may cut 900 jobs

"the fact is clear, AB reduced its fleet already, but not the number of employees. It seems to be clear that there are adjustments [reducing workforce] on high priority."


Pak Da, New Russian Bomber ‘Will Not be Hypersonic’

"PAK-DA, currently under development, will not be hypersonic," Lt. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

The first prototype PAK-DA is due to enter service around 2020, he added.

Hypersonic speeds are high supersonic, usually referring to Mach five and above, which can usually only be generated using advanced propulsion technology such as ramjet or scramjet engines. No manned aircraft has yet been flown using such technologies, which are on the cutting edge of aerospace know-how.

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Boeing, SilkAir Finalize Order for 54 737s

  • - Order includes 23 Next-Generation 737-800s and 31 737 MAX 8s
  • - SilkAir begins fleet transition to Boeing aircraft
  • - Boeing 737 surpasses 1,000 orders in a single year for the first time
SINGAPORE, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and SilkAir have finalized an order for 54 Next-Generation 737s and 737 MAX 8s worth $4.9 billion at list prices. With this agreement, the 737 MAX has accumulated 969 orders to date.

SilkAir's order for 23 737-800s and 31 737 MAX 8s is the largest order in the airline's history and begins a fleet transition to Boeing airplanes.

"The capability of the 737s will enable us to spread our wings to even more destinations and increase capacity on existing routes," said SilkAir Chief Executive Leslie Thng.

The Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX can fly farther than competing airplanes, enabling airlines to open new routes.

"As air travel in the Asia Pacific region continues to grow, we're proud to support SilkAir as it plans to fly more passengers and serve more cities," said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Passengers will soon experience not only SilkAir's award-winning service, but the comfort of the 737 Boeing Sky Interior."

Both the Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX feature the Boeing Sky Interior, which highlights new modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins.

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 SilkAir order brings the net year-to-date total for 737s ordered in 2012 to 1,031 airplanes. This is the first time in the single-aisle jetliner's history that it has logged more than 1,000 orders in a single year. The 737 also broke its own record for net orders this past October when it topped the 2007 record of 846 orders.

SilkAir is a full-service airline and the regional wing of Singapore Airlines. It currently flies to 42 destinations across 12 countries.


11/14/2012 No Big, New Military Communication Satellite Programs in the Future

"We are not in an environment where I can afford to start large programs," the commander of the Air Force's Space and Missiles Center said Nov. 14 in a keynote speech during the Satcon conference here.

Budgetary pressures will put an end to large, expensive military satellite programs for the time being, Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski said. The Air Force is currently looking out 10 to 15 years in an attempt to foresee its needs. The service is now in the process of launching a series of two, new powerful milsatcom systems, the Advanced Extremely High-Frequency and the Wideband Global Satcom satellites. They are typical of the large, expensive satellite programs of the past, she said.


EADS Makes Strategic Investments In Kazakhstan

A new joint-venture in the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan could be Eurocopter's key to unlocking not only the markets of Central Asia, but also Russia.

Kazakhstan is arguably the best economic gateway into Russia, thanks to the Customs Union pact among Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia that does away with tariffs and import duties on goods exported within the group.

Aerospace, meanwhile, is a high-tech industry that Kazakhstan's government is seeking to tap in an effort to diversify the country's economy beyond oil, gas and other commodities. Kazakhstan has a genuine need for aircraft, as it covers 2.72 million sq. km (1 million sq. mi.), about the size of Western Europe.


Navy to Launch Competition for Carrier-Based Unmanned Aircraft in 2013

After a two-year delay, the Navy expects to issue a request for proposals in 2013 for its Unmanned Carrier-Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS). The goal is to have the aircraft in the fleet by 2020, said Patrick Buckley at a Nov. 9 conference on unmanned aerial systems in Springfield, Va.

The road to establishing requirements for UCLASS has been fraught with debate, with officials in a tug-of-war on how advanced UCLASS should be, given fiscal and technological constraints.

"It has never been quite clear exactly what the requirements would be for the system," said Phil Finnegan, director of corporate analysis for the Teal Group, a market research firm. "Obviously it's a struggle between the latest and most capable and affordability."