Se estrella en Afganistán un Boeing 747 que transportaba vehículos ... - Defensa.com

martes, 30 de abril de 2013

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Boeing 787 alcanza aprobaciones regulatorias de todo el mundo - Economía y Negocios online

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La ESA premia a un equipo de la UPM por su labor en la Estación Espacial Internacional

http://www.iies.es/La-ESA-premia-a-un-equipo-de-la-UPM-por-su-labor-en-la-Estacion-Espacial-Internacional_a2804.html

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Gamera II Still In Pursuit Of Sikorsky Prize | Aero-News Network

Another Flight Over The Weekend Falls Two Seconds Short
University of Maryland engineering students are still
doggedly working to win the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize for
human-powered helicopter flight, making another attempt
over the weekend that fell just short of the 60 second flight
needed to claim the prize.

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Embraer anuncia un pedido en firme de United Airlines por 30 E-Jets

http://www.defensa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8859:embraer-anuncia-un-pedido-en-firme-de-united-airlines-por-30-e-jets&catid=56:industria&Itemid=164

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FACUA y el Colegio de Pilotos colaboran en la defensa de los pasajeros y la seguridad aérea


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> Madrid, 25 de abril de 2013.- FACUA-Consumidores en Acción y el Colegio Oficial de Pilotos de la Aviación Comercial (COPAC) han firmado un acuerdo para colaborar en la defensa de los derechos de los pasajeros y la seguridad aérea. Ambas entidades, que comparten el objetivo de garantizar los derechos de los usuarios del transporte aéreo, trabajarán en materia de información, difusión y formación así como en cualquier aspecto de su competencia que les afecte.
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Sixteen-second engine burn pushes Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo past the sound barrier and into history

http://www.gizmag.com/virgin-galactic-spaceshiptwo-successful-powered-flight/27308/

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Herschel space telescope shuts down

http://www.gizmag.com/herschel-space-observatory/27310/

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El Gobierno español actualiza la normativa de servidumbres aeronáuticas

http://www.airline92.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2989:el-gobierno-espanol-actualiza-la-normativa-de-servidumbres-aeronauticas&catid=36:aeropuertos&Itemid=58

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Nueva selección de tripulantes de cabina de Emirates en España

http://fly-news.es/aerolineas/nueva-seleccion-de-tripulantes-de-cabina-de-emirates-en-espana/

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ANA begins Boeing 787 test flights

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La Universidad de Vigo crea una antena que detecta armas a distancia bajo la ropa

http://www.iies.es/La-Universidad-de-Vigo-crea-una-antena-que-detecta-armas-a-distancia-bajo-la-ropa_a2881.html

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Emirates quiere incorporar este año a 3.800 tripulantes de cabina - Actualidad Aeroespacial - Martes 30-4-2013

Emirates busca empleados comprometidos, abiertos de
miras, serviciales y amables. Los candidatos deben ser
mayores de 21 años en la fecha de la posible selección y
deben presentar un curriculum vitae (CV) actualizado en
inglés así como una fotografía.
Antes de la jornada de puertas abiertas los candidatos
deben registrarse preferentemente online en
www.emiratesgroupcareers.com , donde también pueden
encontrar más información acerca de las posibilidades de
desarrollar una carrera profesional en Emirates.

http://www.actualidadaeroespacial.com/default.aspx?where=2&id=1&n=10533

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Expertos de todo el mundo exigen limpiar el espacio y lanzar satélites que no generen desechos - Actualidad Aeroespacial - M...

Las conclusiones de la VI Conferencia Europea sobre
Basura Espacial fueron dadas a conocer el pasado
jueves durante la rueda de prensa de clausura en el Centro
Europeo de Operaciones Espaciales (ESOC), en Darmstadt.

http://www.actualidadaeroespacial.com/default.aspx?where=10&id=1&n=10532

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China’s CAS signs GTA with Airbus for 60 aircraft

lunes, 29 de abril de 2013



Eco-efficient Airbus aircraft support fast growing Chinese civil aviation
25 APRIL 2013 PRESS RELEASE


China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) has signed a General Terms Agreement (GTA) with Airbus for the purchase of 60 Airbus aircraft, which includes 42 A320 Family aircraft and 18 A330 aircraft.

The GTA was signed today at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing by Li Hai, President and CEO of CAS and Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO of Airbus in the presence of the visiting French President François Hollande and the Chinese President Xi Jinping. It was part of a series of France-China agreements signed today.

“We are delighted to receive a new order from our long-standing customer CAS for both the Airbus best-selling single aisle A320 Family and wide-body A330 Family,” said Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO of Airbus. “The A320’s high reliability and low operational cost has made it very popular with Chinese airlines. As congestion puts pressure on airports in large cities in China, the A330 is an excellent solution as larger aircraft can transport more passengers with less flights. The comfort of the A330’s spacious cabin is also appealing to passengers. These eco-efficient Airbus aircraft will contribute to the growth and success of China’s aviation sector,” said Fabrice Brégier.

By the end of March 2013, there were some 750 A320 Family aircraft in operation with 14 Chinese airlines and more than 110 A330s in operation with six operators.

More than 9,400 A320 Family aircraft have been ordered and more than 5,500 delivered to more than 385 customers and operators worldwide reaffirming its position as the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft Family. With 99.7 per cent reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft. Uniquely, the A320 Family offers a containerized cargo system, which is compatible with the worldwide standard wide-body system.

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, with around 900 aircraft flying with some 90 operators worldwide. Ever since the original version of the A330-300 entered service, the hallmark has been its very efficient operating economics. Thanks to the introduction of numerous product improvements, it still remains the most cost-efficient and capable aircraft in its class and the family is achieving average dispatch reliability above 99 percent.

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ATR -600 aircraft, certified by the FAA



Turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR is pleased to announce that the newest ATR '-600 series' aircraft have just received their certification from the FAA, the American Federal Aviation Administration. This certification, for both the ATR 42-600 and the ATR 72-600, will enable the entry into service of these new aircraft in countries requiring FAA rather than EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certification. Thanks to the cooperation between the two agencies, the FAA relied in part on the work done by EASA to grant certification to the two models of the ATR '-600 series'.

All of the tests done by EASA, supplemented by the flights conducted by the FAA test pilots, were used to validate proper operation of the new systems and equipment installed onboard the aircraft, notably its new avionics suite: a new “glass cockpit” with 5 LCD screens, as well as new communication, navigation and monitoring systems, flight management system (FMS), automatic pilot, alert management and multi-purpose computer (MPC), which integrates aircraft maintenance and protection functions in particular.

“Obtaining this new certification will allow us to expand the commercial and operational scope of our family of aircraft,” stated Filippo Bagnato, Chief Executive Officer of ATR. “Since their launch, the ATR -600s have become the best-selling under-90-seat regional aircraft in the world, a success furthermore confirmed by their excellent operational reliability and their popularity with passengers. We are convinced that the FAA certification is going to open doors for us in high-potential markets, to replace turboprop aircraft from previous generations as well as jets, which are less and less cost-effective.”

Since the new ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 program was launched in October 2007, ATR has received orders for more than 300 aircraft from this new series. At present, almost two thirds of the under-90-seat regional aircraft on order the world over are ATRs from the new “-600” series.

About the ATR 72-600:Passenger capacity: 68 to 74 seats
Engines: Pratt & Whitney Canada PW 127M
Maximum take-off power: 2,750 horsepower per engine
Maximum take-off weight: 23,000 kg
Maximum payload: 7,500 kg
Maximum range when fully loaded: 900 nautical miles (1,665 km)

About the ATR 42-600:Passenger capacity: 46 to 50 seats
Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
Maximum take-off power: 2,400 horsepower per engine
Maximum take-off weight: 18,600 kg
Maximum payload: 5,500 kg
Range when fully loaded: 800 nautical miles (1,483 km)

About ATR:
Founded in 1981, ATR has become the world leader on the market for regional aircraft with 90 seats or less. Since its creation, ATR has sold over 1,200 aircraft. Its clientele now comprises 186 operators in 90 countries. ATR planes have totaled over 21 million flight hours. ATR is an equal partnership between two major European aeronautics players, Alenia Aermacchi (a Finmeccanica Group company) and EADS. Its head office is in Toulouse. ATR is ISO 14001 certified. This is the international reference standard in the field of environmental friendliness

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Cassidian CyberSecurity, part of the EADS Group, enhances its cyber-security portfolio with the acquisition of Arkoon Network Security



Arkoon Network Security is a European reference in network security, information systems protection and data confidentiality.
The acquisition of Arkoon Network Security represents a further step in the strategic development of Cassidian CyberSecurity to become a major European player in high-end cyber-security products and solutions following its acquisition of Netasq in November 2012.


Cassidian CyberSecurity signed an agreement to become the main shareholder of Arkoon Network Security, one of the recognised major European players in network security, information systems protection and data confidentiality.

Following the acquisition of Netasq on 16 November 2012, the acquisition of Arkoon Network Security represents a new strategic step in the creation of the European industrial base for cyber-security products and solutions. The extended portfolio constitutes a firm foundation for guaranteeing the security of IT networks for governments, critical infrastructures and strategic industries.

Jean-Michel Orozco, CEO of Cassidian CyberSecurity, said: “A global cyber-security offering must necessarily rely on an extensive range of products and solutions in order to meet the needs of our customers. The combination of Cassidian CyberSecurity, Netasq and Arkoon Network Security has created an industrial player with an international dimension, supplying trusted European solutions for guaranteeing the security of information systems”.

Thierry Rouquet, Chairman of the Board of Arkoon Network Security, adds: “This is excellent news for our customers, partners and staff, and it will enable Arkoon Network Security to benefit from new opportunities in terms of access to international markets”.

The share purchase agreement dated 26 April 2013 concerns the sale of approximately 83.9% of Arkoon Network Security shares to Cassidian CyberSecurity at a maximum price of 3.25 Euros per share.

The planned transaction concerns all the shares held by the major financial shareholders of Arkoon Network Security, the founders and the management.

The personnel representative bodies of both companies have been informed and consulted and this planned transaction remains subject to certain of the usual conditions precedent.

Subject to completion of the transaction, which should, in principle, take place in May 2013, and after effective transfer of the shares from the main shareholders of Arkoon Network Security as listed above, and taking account of the loss of the double voting rights from which some of the shares benefitted, Cassidian CyberSecurity will hold approximately 83.9% of the capital and voting rights of Arkoon Network Security.

Consequently, Cassidian CyberSecurity will, in compliance with articles 234-2 and 235-2 of the General Regulations of the French markets authority (Autorité des Marchés Financiers - AMF), submit a simplified tender offer (OPAS) followed, if applicable, by a mandatory squeeze-out procedure should, subsequent to the OPAS, Cassidian CyberSecurity hold more than 95% of the share capital and voting rights of Arkoon Network Security, for all the outstanding Arkoon Network Security shares and voting rights. For both tender offer and mandatory squeeze-out procedure, the price per Arkoon Network Security share will be equal to the price per share paid during the above-mentioned operation, subject to obtaining the issuance of a statement of compliance by the AMF and subject to the findings of an independent expert who will assess the financial conditions of the OPAS and, as applicable, the mandatory squeeze-out procedure.

In this respect, the Supervisory Board of Arkoon Network Security appointed the firm Paper & Audit on 24th April 2013 as the independent expert, in accordance with article 261-1 and following of the AMF general regulations.

The Arkoon Network Security company asked that trading of its stocks be suspended as of close of business on 26 April 2013, a situation that is to be maintained until further notice.


About Cassidian CyberSecurity
Cassidian CyberSecurity is a 100% Cassidian company entirely devoted to addressing the cyber security market across Europe and the Middle-East, operating from France, the United Kingdom and Germany. Cassidian CyberSecurity’s high-grade expertise includes “Cyber Defence & Professional Services” focusing on high-grade professional services and establishing Security Operation Centres; “Trusted infrastructure” aiming at cryptography, digital identity management and high-security national solutions, and “Secure Mobility”, focused on services for mobile device security. To reinforce its solutions and establish a European cluster for cyber-security products and services, Cassidian CyberSecurity took over Netasq in November 2012. Cassidian CyberSecurity generated revenues of 80 million euros in 2012, with a workforce of 500 people, which it plans to double by 2017.

CASSIDIAN CYBERSECURITY – Trust the future

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Air Force pilot flew a PAK FA test mission for the first time



Air Force pilot of the Chkalov Flight Test Center made a PAK FA test flight for the first time. The plane took off the airfield of the M.M.Gromov Flight Research Institute in the city of Zhukovsky (Moscow region). The system and equipment testing went on for two hours in accordance with the flight test program. The flight was a success, in full conformity with the flight mission.

Presently four planes undergo flight tests. Two more aircraft are engaged in ground experimental missions — one plane is a complex ground test stand and the other undergoes static tests. The fifth PAK FA aircraft will join the flight test program in the second half of 2013. Construction of that plane at the Sukhoi’s aircraft plant — Y.A.Gagarin KnAAZ in Komsomolsk-on-Amur is almost complete.

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El lugar más silencioso de España, CEM

En el Laboratorio de Acústica del Centro Español de Metrología se ha terminado
recientemente la instalación de una cámara anecoica cuyo proyecto fue adjudicado a
la empresa Alava Ingenieros. En el interior de esta cámara toda onda sonora
producida es absorbida por las paredes de la misma, de forma que no hay reflexiones.
Este efecto se produce principalmente porque las paredes interiores están recubiertas
de unas cuñas fabricadas en material absorbente especial cuya forma ha sido
especialmente diseñada para este propósito. Por otra parte esta cámara, que tiene
un volumen interno de unos 35 m3, también funciona como una jaula de Faraday,
evitando que cualquier campo electromagnético externo penetre en su interior.

Interior de la cámara anecoica
En general una persona puede oír entre 20 Hz y 20 kHz. Esta cámara funciona de
forma óptima en la mayor parte de este rango, desde 160 Hz a 20 kHz. Para cubrir de
forma óptima el rango inferior se ha instalado también en el laboratorio un tubo de
onda plana que proporciona condiciones de anecoicidad en este rango inferior. Este
tubo es un conducto de sección cuadrada de unos 9 metros de longitud que dispone
de una cuña absorbente especialmente diseñada al efecto.

La necesidad de estas instalaciones es la de realizar mediciones acústicas a partir de
ondas sonoras plenamente conocidas, ya que en el interior de estas instalaciones
no hay ondas reflejas ni interferencias no deseadas que puedan perturbar dichas
ondas.

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Iberia pone Más máquinas de check-in en la T4



 

IBERIA AMPLÍA EL ÁREA DE MÁQUINAS DE CHECK-IN EN LA T4

 

 

 

Iberia acaba de ampliar su zona de facturación de la T4 del aeropuerto de Madrid-Barajas con más máquinas de check-in, donde sus clientes pueden emitir su tarjeta de embarque y la etiqueta para su equipaje en apenas 30 segundos. La aerolínea ofrece ahora 32 máquinas de check-in, de las cuales 4 están adaptadas para pasajeros con movilidad reducida.

 

Además, entre las máquinas de check-in, Iberia ha instalado unas nuevas básculas electrónicas con un indicador luminoso, que permite a los clientes conocer rápida y fácilmente si su maleta cumple o no con la franquicia de equipaje incluida en su billete. Estas básculas también pueden encontrarse en las áreas de reorganización del equipaje.

 

En la T4, Iberia ofrece también 4 mostradores de entrega rápida de equipajes (810-811 y 850-851), que complementan la facturación en las máquinas de check-in y agilizan considerablemente el proceso.

 

Esta iniciativa forma parte del proyecto de Iberia para mejorar la experiencia de viaje de sus clientes en la T4. Recientemente, la T4 de Madrid-Barajas ha sido considerada la tercera mejor terminal aérea del mundo por la prestigiosa consultora Skytrax, a partir de una encuesta realizada entre más de 12 millones de pasajeros en cerca de 400 aeropuertos de todo el mundo.

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Eurocopter validates its optionally piloted helicopter capabilities with successful unmanned EC145 demonstration flights at Istres, France

Eurocopter's ability to integrate unmanned flight capabilities into its helicopter family has been validated by an optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) demonstration program, which used an EC145 to fly routes that included deployment of an external sling load and a representative observation mission.

Conducted at the French Air Force base in Istres, France, this program was revealed today with an unmanned demonstration, which followed similar flights performed earlier in April.

With this capability fully validated, Eurocopter is now positioned to pursue OPV flight capabilities for its product line of light, medium and heavy-lift helicopters – enabling these rotorcraft to be flown by pilots or in an unmanned mode.
 


"Eurocopter innovation is once again expanding the mission capabilities of helicopters, and we are ready to apply the proven optionally piloted vehicle competence in meeting customers' needs," explained Eurocopter Chief Technical Officer Jean-Brice Dumont. "This latest achievement results from our company's expertise in flight control and autopilot systems, human-machine interface, system architecture and integration."

Today's unmanned demonstration – along with the previous flights– used a four-dimensional flight plan that was uploaded to the helicopter, with its starting and completion points situated on the Istres Air Force Base's Runway 15/33. After an automatic takeoff, the EC145 flew the circuit via multiple pre-programmed waypoints, during which the helicopter performed a mid-route hover to deploy a load from the external sling. The EC145 continued on a return route segment representing a typical observation mission, followed by an automatic landing.

For delivery of the external load, the helicopter entered a planned hover – enabling the ground station controller to provide flight control inputs in orienting the EC145 over the drop point. The ground controller then transmitted a command to release load once the helicopter and load were correctly positioned.

The OPV flight capability was developed in an internally-funded Eurocopter program, and was coordinated by a team at the company's Donauwörth, Germany facility. Initial tests with a monitoring pilot aboard the EC145 were flown from Donauwörth and then at Istres.

The EC145 demonstrator is a Eurocopter testbed helicopter with an enhanced dual-duplex four-axis automatic flight control system (AFCS) and the latest navigation systems. In addition, the helicopter is fitted with the "plug-in" OPV avionics rack in its cabin behind the pilot seats, which contains the data link subsystems.

Visibility during the EC145's unmanned flights was provided to the ground station via onboard cameras. They were complemented by an external gimbaled camera on the helicopter for infrared and daylight mission imaging.

Eurocopter's OPV system was configured to enable uploading of the four-dimensional flight plans to the helicopter via data link from the ground station. The system included an automatic hover-to-land capability in case of major system degradation.
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Eurocopter revela nuevas capacidades de vuelo con o sin piloto en una demostración realizada con un EC145 de serie

La capacidad de Eurocopter para dotar a su familia de helicópteros de una tecnología de vuelo sin tripulación ha quedado validada en un programa de demostración de vehículo con pilotaje opcional (OPV, por sus siglas en inglés). A ese fin se ha utilizado un EC145, que durante los vuelos ha llevado a cabo operaciones con carga externa en eslinga y una misión representativa de observación.

Istres, Francia,  25 abril 2013



El programa desarrollado en la base del Ejército del Aire francés de Istres ha concluido hoy con una demostración de vuelo con y sin piloto, tras un vuelo similar llevado a cabo a mediados de abril.

Habiendo validado plenamente esta tecnología, Eurocopter se encuentra en condiciones de seguir desarrollando capacidades de vuelo OPV para su gama de productos, que abarca helicópteros ligeros, de peso medio y pesados. Estas aeronaves podrán de este modo volar con piloto a los mandos o bien en modo no tripulado.

"La estrategia de innovación puesta en marcha por Eurocopter permite expandir las capacidades de misión de los helicópteros y estamos preparados para aprovechar nuestra probada competencia en vehículos de pilotaje opcional a la hora de satisfacer las necesidades de los clientes", explicó Jean-Brice Dumont, delegado técnico (Chief Technical Officer) de Eurocopter "El reciente logro es fruto de la experiencia de nuestra empresa en sistemas de control de vuelo y de piloto automático, interfaces hombre-máquina, además de en arquitectura e integración de sistemas".

En la demostración de vuelo no tripulado llevada a cabo hoy – y también en un vuelo anterior – se ha utilizado un plan de vuelo cuatridimensional introducido en el helicóptero, con punto de partida y punto final situados en la pista 15/33 de la base del Ejército del Aire de Istres. Tras un despegue automático, el EC145 voló en un circuito marcado con puntos múltiples intermedios (waypoints) programados de antemano. A mitad de trayecto, el helicóptero efectuó primero una maniobra de vuelo estacionario para depositar una carga de 100 kg, colgada de la eslinga externa, continuando luego el vuelo por un segmento de regreso, que representaba una misión característica de observación, para finalizar con un aterrizaje automático. En el momento de depositar la carga externa el helicóptero se situó en vuelo estacionario, conforme a lo programado, lo que hizo posible al puesto de control en tierra enviar señales de mando para guiar al EC145 hasta el punto de bajada de la carga. Una vez situados correctamente helicóptero y carga, el controlador en tierra transmitió la señal para soltarla.

El desarrollo de capacidad de vuelo OPV se ha hecho posible con un programa de financiación interna de Eurocopter llamado Aflight, coordinado por un equipo de la planta de Eurocopter de Donauwörth, Alemania. Las pruebas iniciales con un piloto a bordo del EC145 para supervisar el proceso tuvieron lugar partiendo primero de Donauwörth y luego de Istres.

El demostrador EC145 es un helicóptero bimotor sirviendo de banco de pruebas y provisto de un doble sistema de piloto automático dual de cuatro ejes (AFCS, por sus siglas en inglés) y de los más modernos sistemas de navegación. Por añadidura, el helicóptero dispone de un conjunto de aviónica conectable OPV, situada en una caja instalada detrás de los asientos del piloto, que contiene los subsistemas de enlace de datos.

El enlace visual con el puesto durante los vuelos no tripulados del EC145 tuvo lugar a través de cámaras instaladas a bordo del aparato, complementadas con una cámara de suspensión cardánica externa que capta imágenes de infrarrojos y de misiones diurnas.

El sistema OPV de Eurocopter está configurado para descargar planes de vuelo cuatridimensionales desde el puesto de tierra. También incluye capacidades automáticas de aterrizaje desde vuelo estacionario en caso de degradación importante.

Encontrarán todos los detalles de la demostración en : http://press.eurocopter.com/en/gallery/aflight

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"EADS North America delivers 250th on-time, on-budget UH-72A Lakota helicopter to U.S. Army"

The U.S. Army has fielded the 250th UH-72A Lakota helicopter delivered to Army and National Guard units by EADS North America since 2006. Every Lakota – including an additional five produced for the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School – has been delivered on time and on budget, by an American workforce that is more than 50 percent U.S. military veterans.

The combined Lakota fleet's operations have now exceeded 150,000 flight hours, while maintaining greater than 90 percent availability. The Lakota is the Army's newest helicopter, with the lowest cost to fly, own and operate of any U.S. military helicopter in production.

The Lakota is manufactured at EADS North America's American Eurocopter facility in Columbus, Miss.

"In today's budget environment, the Pentagon needs programs that deliver what's been promised, and we're proud to have worked with the Army to field this capability unfailingly on schedule and on cost," said Sean O'Keefe, EADS North America Chairman and CEO.

Army Lt. Col. David Cheney, the UH-72A Product Manager, stated, "The UH-72A Lakota helicopter program continues on schedule, within budget and is serving the Soldier very well. The success of this aircraft and program is a testament to EADS North America's team's determination to provide the best support for the Army and homeland security missions."

The 250th Army Lakota will be operated out of Oklahoma City by the Oklahoma National Guard. It is the latest of 54 Lakotas delivered with the Security and Support (S&S) Battalion mission equipment package, which expands the Lakota's capabilities for missions ranging from disaster response to border security operations.

The S&S configuration includes a moving map, EO/IR sensor, digital video recording capability, digital and analog downlink, and a searchlight. Army National Guard units across the country currently operate Lakotas equipped with the S&S Battalion MEP, including extensive operations along the U.S. southwest border for border security and drug interdiction.

A combination of full contractor logistics support (CLS) for the active Army and hybrid CLS for the Army National Guard enables the units to operate the Lakota in accordance with their flying hour plan. The Army program office, military units, and the industry team of EADS North America, American Eurocopter and Helicopter Support International has provided tailored program logistics to the Army and Army National Guard since 2006.


The UH-72A Lakota is manufactured in Columbus, Mississippi,
by a workforce that is more than 50 percent military veterans.
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The Lakota fleet has averaged an operational availability rate greater than 90 percent for locations with full contractor logistics support, encompassing 21 different military units. Spare parts fill rate under the hybrid CLS concept supporting 33 units has averaged 97 percent.

The UH-72A is a Defense Acquisition Category (ACAT) I major defense acquisition program, and was one of the most rapid introductions of a new aircraft in the U.S. Army's history. Deliveries of the aircraft to National Guard units allow aging OH-58 and UH-1 rotary-wing aircraft to be retired, while UH-72As assigned to the active component of the U.S. Army free up UH-60 Black Hawks for assignment to combat missions.

About EADS North America
EADS North America is the U.S.-based operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related services. EADS contributes more than $13 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over 225,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers. EADS North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems, public safety communications, defense electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems.

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer that produces, markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer in the United States. The company is a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services, and is an affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world. American Eurocopter's product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. Company headquarters and main facilities are located in Grand Prairie, Texas, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Miss., that produces the UH-72A for the U.S. Army's Lakota program.

About EADS
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. In 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.

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La española Elimco se adjudica un contrato para el suministro de UAVs en Australia

La española Elimco se adjudica un contrato para el suministro de UAVs en Australia:


El acuerdo también incluye la formación de los operadores que trabajarán con la aeronave en dicho país, que se desplazarán a España para llevar a cabo tareas de aprendizaje. Según señalan fuentes de Elimco a defensa.com, estas regiones se perfilan  como fuertes mercados potenciales para estos sistemas por “las grandes extensiones de terreno que existen en estas áreas, propensas a ser controladas por UAVs”.

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Las pruebas de la ESA y la EDA para integrar aviones sin piloto en el espacio aéreo civil culminan con éxito

Las pruebas de la ESA y la EDA para integrar aviones sin piloto en el espacio aéreo civil culminan con éxito:

La Base Aérea de San Javier (Murcia) fue seleccionada para llevar adelante el ejercicio para demostrar que las comunicaciones vía satélite son adecuadas para operar e integrar en el espacio aéreo civil las aeronaves tripuladas remotamente, o RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft).   Para su realización, Indra (España) ha liderado un consorcio industrial europeo constituido por AT-One (Alemania y Holanda), SES Astra (Luxemburgo), Thales Alenia Space (Italia y Francia) y CIRA (Italia).

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Un B787 de Ethiopian Airlines, el primero en reanudar los vuelos

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New T-50 Fighter Jet to Enter Service in 2016: Putin | Aviation & Air Force News at DefenceTalk

viernes, 26 de abril de 2013

"The T-50 fifth generation jet should go into
serial production and enter service in 2016,"
Putin said at a live Q&A session with the
Russian public.
The Defense Ministry had earlier said the jet
would be ready in 2015.

http://www.defencetalk.com/new-t-50-fighter-jet-to-enter-service-in-2016-putin-47602/

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Hyundai thinks out of the box with hovering cars and transforming vehicles

jueves, 25 de abril de 2013

Hyundai thinks out of the box with hovering cars and transforming vehicles:

The multi-rotor car can fly above traffic
Hyundai has been running the IDEA festival, an internal contest to challenge designers and engineers to come up with futuristic transportation solutions, for three years. In preparing for IDEA 2013, Hyundai provides a look at some of the best concepts conceived during IDEA 2012 – everything from flying cars, to egg-shaped transporters, to spare tires that transform into bikes. ..
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Scientists remotely control live turtles

Scientists remotely control live turtles:

Researchers have been able to non-invasively control the walking paths of red-eared slider...
Last year, much to the delight of squeamish people everywhere, scientists were successfully able to remotely control the paths traveled by live cockroaches. They did so by wirelessly stimulating the insects’ antennae and cerci sensory organs. Now, a group of scientists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have reported success in controlling the paths of walking turtles. Fortunately for the reptiles, the KAIST researchers’ methods were considerably less invasive than those used on the cockroaches.
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DARPA announces winner in FANG challenge

DARPA announces winner in FANG challenge:

Artist's concept of the Ground Systems FANG vehicle
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced on Monday the winner of the first challenges in its competition to design the Fast Adaptable Next-Generation Ground Vehicle (FANG). The US$1 million prize went to “Ground Systems” – a three-person group with members in Ohio, Texas and California. The first of three challenges, the purpose of the competition is to bring crowdsourcing to the problem of creating armored vehicles, with the hope of reducing the design costs by a factor of five.
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Mars One comenzó el ‘casting’ de astronautas para crear la primera colonia en Marte

Mars One (en español Marte Uno) es un proyecto privado llevado a cabo por el investigador holandés Bas Lansdorp para establecer una colonia humana permanente en Marte. El plan es mandar satélites de comunicación al planeta en 2016 y luego de varias etapas, finalmente lanzar en 2023 un equipo de humanos en Marte para que vivan permanentemente y enviar un nuevo equipo de cuatro astronautas cada dos años luego del envío inicial.


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Los accionistas de Vueling aceptan la OPA de IAG a 9,25 euros por acción


  • IAG pasará a controlar más del 90% de la compañía Vueling
  • El consejo de administración había aconsejado aceptar la oferta
  • IAG paga 123,5 millones de euros por un 44,66% de Vueling

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Archivan definitivamente la causa contra los controladores aéreos de Santiago

El magistrado-juez titular del Juzgado de Instrucción Número 2 de Santiago de Compostela, José Antonio Vázquez Taín, ha decretado el “archivo definitivo” de la causa abierta contra los controladores aéreos en Santiago de Compostela “por no ser los hechos constitutivos de delito”. El juez concluye en su sentencia que “el hecho de dejar de acudir al trabajo por parte de los imputados, debido a haber agotado su jornada laboral aeronáutica, se considera plenamente justificado”.


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La Asociación de Compañías Españolas de Transporte Aéreo contra la subida de tasas de AENA en 2014

http://www.actualidadaeroespacial.com/default.aspx?where=2&id=1&n=10504

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El primer "espaciopuerto" diseñado por un español


  • El proyecto consiste en levantar un puerto espacial en Colorado (EEUU)
  • Si se aprueba el plan, la primera fase podría estar construida en 4 años
  • El objetivo es que despeguen vuelos espaciales turísticos y comerciales
  • Aseguran que se podrán unir continentes con vuelos mucho más cortos
  • Por ejemplo, se podrá conectar España con EEUU en un par de horas

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RAAF's A330 MRTT completes tanking trials with F/A-18 Super Hornets

RAAF's A330 MRTT completes tanking trials with F/A-18 Super Hornets: The Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) A330 multirole tanker transport (MRTT) aircraft has successfully completed tanking trials with Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets at an undisclosed location.

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Nacimiento de @Gaudí3D


gaudi3d

@Gaudí3D nace para que inicialmente cualquier estudiante universitario pueda conocer la impresión 3D y sepa cómo funciona y cómo puede fabricarse piezas, para ello abriremos un sistema de asociacidos mediante el cual los socios de Gaudí3D podrán imprimirse piezas por el mínimo costo que nos permita poder seguir con ello; además de investigar y desarrollar sobre esta tecnología para poder mejorarla. En este sentido, ya tenemos unos cuantas cuantas cosas que “estribillar” , como me gusta decir a mi.

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Airbus: Cada vez más cerca su total desembarco en Alestis

Dos fueron las condiciones que puso Airbus para desembolsar los 21,5 millones a repartir entre Alcor (16 millones por su 38%) y Caixabank (5,5 por su 16%): la salida de 312 trabajadores, y que el Ministerio de Industria condone o flexibilice la devolución de un préstamo de 90 millones

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PAK-FA to start operational testing in 2014 - The DEW Line

"In 2013 we are expected to wrap up its
preliminary tests and start operational
testing. In 2014, we are planning to start
official state tests," says United Aircraft
Corporation president Mikhail Pogosyan.
The first stage of those state trials should
be completed by 2015.

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2013/04/pak-fa-to-start-operational-te.html

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Alenia to provide components and support services for Oman's Typhoons

http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsalenia-to-provide-components-and-support-services-for-omans-typhoons

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Northrop's Multi function Advance Data Link waveform completes flight testing on F-35 aircraft

http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsnorthrops-mald-waveform-completes-flight-testing-on-f-35-aircraft

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Concorde Design Drawing To Be Offered At Auction

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ECNAM REVEALS THE ‘ASTORE’ NEXT-GENERATION LIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT AT AERO 2013, FRIEDRICHSHAFEN.

The Tecnam Astore is an all new two seat, low wing aeroplane that offers superlative performance and value.  

 

Combining beautiful Italian styling, the latest technological innovations, higher standards of comfort and very low purchase and operating costs, the Tecnam Astore has been developed by Tecnam's renowned Head of Aircraft Design, Professor Luigi Pascale.

 

For 65 years Tecnam has built its reputation through the development of innovative, stylish and affordable aeroplanes for all aspects of General Aviation flying. What could be more fitting in this special anniversary year than for Professor Pascale to name his latest creation in honour of his first production aircraft, The P48 Astore.

 

The Tecnam 'Astore' design affords the pilot the smoothest and most pleasurable flight with innovations such as an Apple iPad® mini supplied with each aircraft as standard. The Levil G Mini, using its WiFi connection, provides a full Primary Flight Display on the iPad® mini using compatible third party applications such as Air Navigation Pro or similar.  Additionally, the pre-installed dedicated app will compute the actual Weight and Balance, provide checklists and include all the Pilot Operating Handbook sections. Everything at the piots fingertips!

 

Tecnam's passion to make the flying experience as enjoyable as possible includes a new ergonomically designed interior allowing for enhanced all round visibility, control and switches that can be easily reached and the use of softer materials affording a more comfortable flight.

 

Low operating costs are assured through Tecnam's close association with Rotax. All of this results in a remarkably efficient aeroplane, with customers being offered a choice of how they want their Tecnam Astore' powered, be it with the Rotax 912ULS, the all new 912iS or the Rotax 914 engine. Operators may choose both MOGAS and AVGAS to fuel their Astore.

 

"We have built our reputation at Tecnam on producing aeroplanes that offer outstanding value, beauty and efficiency" said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam's Managing Director. "What better way to celebrate Tecnam's 65th anniversary than by offering our customers the very best next-generation LSA, the Tecnam Astore, designed to make flying a Tecnam aeroplane a most enjoyable flying experience".

 

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Boeing’s original 787 battery testing pointed to overcharging as main concern | Components content from ATWOnline

Extensive testing on lithium ion batteries
during the 787 certification process led
Boeing to believe that "significant
overcharging" was the only occurrence that
would cause the batteries to vent fire,
according to a senior Boeing executive.
Testifying Tuesday in Washington DC at a
US National Transportation Safety Board
(NTSB) hearing, Boeing VP and 787 chief
project engineer Mike Sinnett said testing
done in 2006 and 2007 "used what was the
state of the art at the time" to determine
what could potentially cause the battery to
fail and vent fire. Using a "nail penetration
test" to intentionally cause damage to the
lithium ion battery, "the only time we were
able to make a [battery] cell vent with fire
was significant overcharging," Sinnett said

http://m.atwonline.com/components/boeing-s-original-787-battery-testing-pointed-overcharging-main-concern-0?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AtwDailyNews+%28ATW+Daily+News%29

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Ejército del aire. Actividades didácticas Museo del Aire 2013

miércoles, 24 de abril de 2013



El Ejército del Aire, a través del Museo de Aeronáutica y Astronáutica, organiza con el apoyo de la Fundación de Aeronáutica y Astronáutica Españolas, una serie de actividades educativas dirigidas al público infantil que tendrán lugar en el mencionado Museo desde finales de abril a noviembre de 2013.

En primer lugar, se desarrollarán dos ciclos de actividades para educación primaria que combinarán la visita y el aprendizaje en torno a piezas emblemáticas de las colecciones del Museo, con una segunda fase de carácter lúdico, que tendrá como fin la puesta en práctica de los conocimientos adquiridos. Así, tendrán la forma de Visita-Cuentacuentos para los más pequeños (ciclo inicial); y de Visita Taller y dinamizada para los ciclos medios y superior.

Se pretende con esto despertar el interés de los más pequeños por la Historia de la Aeronáutica y la Astronáutica española, combinando aprendizaje y diversión. Los ciclos superiores de primaria, aprenderán las aplicaciones que en el mundo civil han tenido las innovaciones tecnológicas desarrolladas en la aeronáutica militar, realizando al final un divertido experimento.

Se ha elaborado un proyecto que comprende una primera fase preparatoria para la introducción de contenidos, con el contacto directo con las colecciones, y una segunda fase de consolidación, más experimental, a través de una actividad manual en el taller o un juego didáctico.
Nota de prensa del Ejercito del Aire

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Las operaciones de helicópteros en España, amenazadas por los recortes de INAER | Helimer

Nota de prensa del SEPLA sobre los
recortes en INAER, empresa que opera
los helicópteros de Salvamanto Marítimo
en España...

http://www.helimer.es/content/las-operaciones-de-helicópteros-en-españa-amenazadas-por-los-recortes-de-inaer?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Helimer+%28Noticias+Helimer%29

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Boeing comienza las modificaciones a los 787 tras la aprobación de la FAA a las mejoras de la batería

martes, 23 de abril de 2013

http://www.defensa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8799:boeing-comienza-las-modificaciones-a-los-787-tras-la-aprobacion-de-la-faa-a-las-mejoras-de-la-bateria&catid=56:industria&Itemid=164

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SpaceX Grasshopper blasts to new heights in fifth test (video)

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Video: Los aviones nunca duermen

lunes, 22 de abril de 2013

A través de Iberia nos llega este vídeo:

¿Quieres saber qué trabajos se hacen en un avión durante su escala nocturna?
En la T4 de Madrid-Barajas duermen cada noche más de 30 aviones que realizan allí su parada nocturna. Para que puedan despegar al día siguiente en perfectas condiciones, hay que realizar tareas de mantenimiento, de limpieza, reponer los productos que sean necesarios para el servicio a bordo, revisar la documentación para la tripulación técnica, y carretear el avión hasta la posición desde donde despegarán al día siguiente. En este vídeo grabado recientemente en la T4 os contamos cómo se coordinan todos esos procesos y cómo se prepara el avión antes de su primer vuelo de la mañana. Esperamos que os guste!!


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Hybrid RotorWing design transitions from fixed to rotary wing mid-flight

Hybrid RotorWing design transitions from fixed to rotary wing mid-flight:

StopRotor Technology's Hybrid RotorWing technology allows for in-flight transition from fi...
Attempts to combine the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities of a helicopter with the high-speed flight and long range capabilities of a fixed-wing aircraft have been tackled in a number of different ways – from tiltrotor designs, such as the V-280 Valor and Project Zero, to fixed rotor aircraft that transition from vertical to horizontal flight, such as the SkyTote and Flexrotor. Australian company StopRotor Technology has taken a different approach with its Hybrid RotorWing design concept which features a main rotor that switches from fixed rotor to fixed wing in mid air...
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Carbures adquiere el 100% de MDU

Carbures, empresa especializada en la fabricación de piezas de fibra de carbono y que cotiza en el MAB, ha adquirido la firma MDU (Militärtecnologie Dienst und Überwachung, S.A.U.), compañía especializada en la ingeniería de sistemas para los sectores aeronáutico, naval y de defensa..


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Boeing to Begin Modifying 787s as FAA Approves Battery Improvements

sábado, 20 de abril de 2013

  • Modifications to existing fleets to begin; deliveries to resume soon
  • Boeing to provide customers support for return to service

EVERETT, Wash., April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's approval of battery system improvements for the 787 Dreamliner by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) clears the way for Boeing (NYSE: BA) and its customers to install the approved modifications and will lead to a return to service and resumption of new production deliveries.

"FAA approval clears the way for us and the airlines to begin the process of returning the 787 to flight with continued confidence in the safety and reliability of this game-changing new airplane," said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney. "The promise of the 787 and the benefits it provides to airlines and their passengers remain fully intact as we take this important step forward with our customers and program partners."

The FAA's action will permit the return to service of 787s in the United States upon installation of the improvements. For 787s based and modified outside the United States, local regulatory authorities provide the final approval on return to service.

Approval of the improved 787 battery system was granted by the FAA after the agency conducted an extensive review of certification tests. The tests were designed to validate that individual components of the battery, as well as its integration with the charging system and a new enclosure, all performed as expected during normal operation and under failure conditions. Testing was conducted under the supervision of the FAA over a month-long period beginning in early March.

"The FAA set a high bar for our team and our solution," said McNerney. "We appreciate the diligence, expertise and professionalism of the FAA's technical team and the leadership of FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood throughout this process. Our shared commitment with global regulators and our customers to safe, efficient and reliable airplanes has helped make air travel the safest form of transportation in the world today."

Boeing, in collaboration with its supplier partners and in support of the investigations of the National Transportation Safety Board and the Japan Transport Safety Board, conducted extensive engineering analysis and testing to develop a thorough understanding of the factors that could have caused the 787's batteries to fail and overheat in two incidents last January. The team spent more than 100,000 hours developing test plans, building test rigs, conducting tests and analyzing the results to ensure the proposed solutions met all requirements.

"Our team has worked tirelessly to develop a comprehensive solution that fully satisfies the FAA and its global counterparts, our customers and our own high standards for safety and reliability," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. "Through the skill and dedication of the Boeing team and our partners, we achieved that objective and made a great airplane even better."

Boeing also engaged a team of more than a dozen battery experts from across multiple industries, government, academia and consumer safety to review and validate the company's assumptions, findings, proposed solution and test plan.

The improved battery system includes design changes to both prevent and isolate a fault should it occur. In addition, improved production, operating and testing processes have been implemented. The new steel enclosure system is designed to keep any level of battery overheating from affecting the airplane or even being noticed by passengers.

"This is a comprehensive and permanent solution with multiple layers of protection," said Conner. "The ultimate layer of protection is the new enclosure, which will ensure that even if a battery fails, there is no impact to the airplane and no possibility of fire. We have the right solution in hand, and we are ready to go.

"We are all very grateful to our customers for their patience during the past several months," said Conner. "We know it hasn't been easy on them to have their 787s out of service and their deliveries delayed. We look forward to helping them get back into service as quickly as possible."

Boeing has deployed teams to locations around the world to begin installing improved battery systems on 787s. Kits with the parts needed for the new battery systems are staged for shipment and new batteries also will be shipped immediately. Teams have been assigned to customer locations to install the new systems. Airplanes will be modified in approximately the order they were delivered.

"The Boeing team is ready to help get our customers' 787s back in the air where they belong," said Conner.

Boeing will also begin installing the changes on new airplanes at the company's two 787 final-assembly plants, with deliveries expected to resume in the weeks ahead. Despite the disruption in deliveries that began in January, Boeing expects to complete all planned 2013 deliveries by the end of the year. Boeing further expects that the 787 battery issue will have no significant impact to its 2013 financial guidance.

More information is available on our special 787 website.

Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements in this release may be "forward-looking" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "expects," "forecasts," "plans," "projects," "believes," "estimates," "targets," "anticipates," and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and assumptions, which may not prove to be accurate. These statements are not guarantees and are subject to risks, uncertainties, and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in these forward-looking statements. As a result, these statements speak to events only as of the date they are made and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, except as required by federal securities laws. Specific factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the effect of economic conditions in the United States and globally, and general industry conditions as they may impact us or our customers, as well as the other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Eurocopter delivers the first Tiger HAD version to the French DGA


Eurocopter’s first production Tiger helicopter in the HAD attack configuration was delivered to France’s DGA armament procurement agency today for operation by French Army Aviation units, providing a highly capable combat weapon system that is tailored to the world’s evolving battlefield conditions.



This milestone followed DGA qualification of the Tiger HAD version on April 10, and marked the delivery startup for Eurocopter’s latest variant of a rotorcraft product line which has already been combat proven during military operations in Afghanistan, Libya and today in Mali.

“With the Tiger HAD, Eurocopter further expands the operational capabilities of a combat helicopter family which has demonstrated its mission effectiveness and performance in highly challenging military deployments,” said Dominique Maudet, the Eurocopter group’s Executive Officer for France, and Vice President of Global Business and Services.

To date, France has ordered 40 Tiger combat helicopters in HAD configuration for its French Army Aviation units. Another 24 helicopters has been ordered by the Spanish government to equip the Spanish Army (which includes six Tiger HAP support and escort versions retrofitted for fire support and attack missions).

Feature improvements of the Tiger HAD variant include two enhanced MTR390 turboshaft engines that provide 14 percent more power, improved ballistic protection, a new optronic sighting system, the capability to target and launch Hellfire air-to-surface missiles, an evolved electronic warfare suite, and an IFF (identification, friend or foe) interrogation system.
97 multi-role Tiger family currently are in service in four countries: France, Germany, Spain and Australia; which have ordered a total of 206 helicopters.

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The Eurocopter Corporate Foundation takes flight: Eurocopter’s new philanthropic organization will support humanitarian causes and help the needy



Eurocopter last week held the first board meeting of its new Corporate Foundation, which unites the company’s humanitarian and philanthropic activities worldwide, underscoring the company’s increased commitment to social responsibility.

The Eurocopter Corporate Foundation is an independent, apolitical and non-profit legal entity funded by Eurocopter, Eurocopter Deutschland and Eurocopter Group subsidiaries.

The Foundation is dedicated to the following areas of service: emergency humanitarian aid; support for developing countries; assistance for the disadvantaged including the ill, handicapped, and those living in extremely difficult conditions; and youth development through the transfer of aeronautical know-how to underprivileged youth.

The Foundation’s outreach will extend to partnerships with selected non-governmental organizations and associations that have both a national and international scope. Eurocopter Group employees may participate in projects supported by the Foundation either by volunteering their time or offering a financial contribution.


“Social responsibility and providing help to those in need is a part of Eurocopter’s DNA. Many of our helicopters perform vital missions every day, and we have been involved for many years in a wide range of humanitarian initiatives,” explained Eurocopter President & CEO Lutz Bertling. “The Eurocopter Corporate Foundation provides an excellent framework to unify – and expand – these activities, further underscoring our commitment to being a responsible corporation that contributes to the global community. I sincerely hope the creation of the Eurocopter Corporate Foundation will give our employees one more reason to be a proud member of the Eurocopter team.”

Mr. Bertling chairs the Foundation’s board of directors, which is composed of Eurocopter representatives and three external experts appointed for their skills and perspective in the areas of action of the foundation.

These experts were named during the board meeting:
· Jean-Claude Deslandes, MD: an anesthesiologist specialized in emergency medicine, founder of Montpellier’s emergency ambulance service (SAMU);
· Jean-Paul de Gaudemar: education adviser to the Prime Minister of France and former chancellor of Aix-Marseille Academy;
· Egon Ramms: a former German Army general and commander of NATO’s Joint Force Command focused on the International Security Assistance Force mission (ISAF).

More information on the Eurocopter Corporate Foundation is available on its website:
www.fondationeurocopter.com

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NASA's SOFIA observatory sheds light on massive star formation

NASA's SOFIA observatory sheds light on massive star formation:

SOFIA's FORCAST telescope was used to collect infrared readings from protostar G35.20-0.74
Observations made by NASA's airborne Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) have led to a development in our understanding of the formation of massive stars. By studying the star G35, the team found that the formation process was more akin to that of smaller stars than was previously thought...
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Proyecto “Closeye”: La Guardia Civil lidera un proyecto que incorporará UAVs para el control de las fronteras del Sur de Europa



Proyecto “Closeye”: La Guardia Civil lidera un proyecto que incorporará UAVs para el control de las fronteras del Sur de Europa:



El director general de la Guardia Civil, Arsenio Fernández De Mesa, ha presentado un proyecto de innovación de la Unión Europea que incorporará a los actuales sistemas de vigilancia marítima para el control de las fronteras del Sur de Europa dispositivos UAV, cuyo modelo aún no ha sido definido, satélites y aerostatos. Se prevé que el plan esté operativo en 2017 y se pretende homogeneizarlo a toda la Unión Europea.

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F-35 Ops Cost Exceeds F-16 By 10%



F-35 Ops Cost Exceeds F-16 By 10%:

The long and sometimes contentious wait for a cost-per-flying-hour for the new F-35 is over.

The single-engine F-35A is expected to cost about 10 percent more to operate than the F-16 it is intended to replace for the U.S. Air Force and other international military services, according to U.S. government officials.

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Australia unveils new full-scale model of F-35A JSF aircraft

Australia unveils new full-scale model of F-35A JSF aircraft: The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has introduced a full-scale model of the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) to help study the impact of electromagnetic compatibility and interference on the aircraft.

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Verdi union calls for Lufthansa ground staff strike Monday | Labor content from ATWOnline

http://atwonline.com/labor/verdi-union-calls-lufthansa-ground-staff-strike-monday

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Boeing to lower 747-8 production rate, cites low demand | Airframes content from ATWOnline

Boeing will lower 747-8 production from
two aircraft per month to 1.75 per month.
In a Friday statement, the manufacturer
said the decision to reduce the production
rate was driven by "lower market demand
for large passenger and freighter
airplanes." Boeing produces both a
freighter and passenger version , the 747-8
Intercontinental.

http://atwonline.com/airframes/boeing-lower-747-8-production-rate-cites-low-demand

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FAA approves Boeing 787 battery fix | Components content from ATWOnline

FAA has approved Boeing's design
modifications for the 787 battery system,
paving the way for the lifting of the
grounding of the worldwide Dreamliner
fleet imposed Jan. 16.
"The changes are designed to address risks
at the battery cell level, the battery level
and the aircraft level," FAA said in a Friday
statement.
FAA said next week it will "issue
instructions to operators for making
changes to the aircraft and will publish …
the final directive that will allow the 787 to
return to service with the battery system
modifications. The directive will take effect
upon publication."

http://m.atwonline.com/components/faa-approves-787-battery-fix?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AtwDailyNews+%28ATW+Daily+News%29

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Aviación de EU autoriza vuelo de Boeing Dreamliner

. La Agencia Federal
de Aviación (FAA) aceptó la
mejora del sistema de baterías
de Boeing y autorizó que el
modelo 787 Dreamliner vuelva
a volar, según un funcionario
del Congreso.
La orden da a Boeing el visto
bueno para empezar a instalar
en ese modelo el mejorado
sistema de baterías de ion litio,
aunque todavía se desconoce el
motivo básico de las fallas de
dichas pilas que causaron un
incendio en un avión y humo en
otro.

http://www.vanguardia.com.mx/aviaciondeeuautorizavuelodeboeingdreamliner-1722598.html

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Ministerio de Defensa - La Unidad de helicópteros del Ejército de Tierra desplegados en Afganistán cumple 9.000 horas de vuelo

jueves, 18 de abril de 2013

http://www.defensa.gob.es/ooee/emad/noticias/notasInfo/2013/130416-unidad-aspuhel-famet-9000-horas-vuelo.html

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Un error informático cancela y retrasa cientos de vuelos de American Airlines | Estados Unidos | elmundo.es

miércoles, 17 de abril de 2013

Un hombre atraviesa volando
la roca Foradada de
Montserrat

http://www.elmundo.es/america/2013/04/16/estados_unidos/1366141051.html

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Un hombre atraviesa volando la roca Foradada de Montserrat

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Dos heridos leves al despegar un avión de Aeroméxico en Madrid y dar con la cola en el suelo #tailstrike

martes, 16 de abril de 2013

http://www.20minutos.com.mx/noticia/3776/0/heridos/avion-aeromexico/madrid-barajas/

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Un B737-800 de Lion Air con 108 personas a bordo cae al mar junto a la costa de Bali

http://www.actualidadaeroespacial.com/default.aspx?where=7&id=1&n=10423

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Fomento saca a concurso por 600.000 euros el asesoramiento financiero de la privatización de Aena

http://www.actualidadaeroespacial.com/default.aspx?where=6&id=1&n=10412

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Russia to develop and field MiG-31 Foxhound replacement by 2020

"We have started development of a new aircraft of this type and I think we can develop this plane before the state armament program ends in 2020," says Lt Gen Viktor Bondarev, commander of the Russian Air Force. "The new plane should replace the existing fleet by 2028,"


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Self-powered aircraft sensors undergo flight tests

Self-powered aircraft sensors undergo flight tests:

Test flights of the Vienna University of Technology/EADS thermoelectric Energy Harvesting ...
A European project to develop self-powered sensors for monitoring aircraft integrity is off the ground, with EADS Innovation Works and Vienna University of Technology reporting that the first test flights of the thermoelectric Energy Harvesting Modules have been carried out on an Airbus aircraft...
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All-electric SportsStar EPOS makes maiden flight

All-electric SportsStar EPOS makes maiden flight:

The all-electric SportStar EPOS two-seater in flight
Czech light aircraft specialist Evektor-Aerotechnik has announced the maiden flight of its all-electric SportStar EPOS two-seater airplane. On March 28, the EPOS made two back-to-back flights with a combined flight time of 30 minutes. The EPOS, the name of which derives from "electric-powered small aircraft," is powered by a single 50-kW Rotex Electric motor and features what its makers describe as a "new trapezoidal wing of extended span," which is 10.46 m (34.3 ft) tip to tip. ..
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SpaceShipTwo makes a spectacle of itself in “Cold Flow” test

SpaceShipTwo makes a spectacle of itself in “Cold Flow” test:

SpaceShipTwo producing an oxidizer contrail in a 'Cold Flow' test flight (Photo: MarsScien...
Just a week after the first in-flight venting of its nitrous system, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo has made an even more spectacular step on the way to its first powered flight. The craft's 25th glide flight on April 12 saw oxidizer flow through the craft’s propulsion system and expelled through the nozzle at its rear in what is known as a “Cold Flow” procedure...
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Emirates Airline celebra una jornada para informar de la profesión de altos vuelos y vivir en Dubái

Emirates Airline celebra una jornada para informar de la profesión de altos vuelos y vivir en Dubái: Emirates Airline, una de las aerolíneas de crecimiento más rápido y más rentables a nivel mundial, celebrará una Jornada de Puertas Abiertas para Tripulantes de Cabina el 15 de abril en Sevilla y el 20 de abril en Madrid.
Las mencionadas jornadas ofrecen a los candidatos interesados la oportunidad de averiguar más acerca de la profesión de sus sueños y descubrir cómo es vivir en la cosmo

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LAAD: Boeing looks to establish KC-390 logistics system

LAAD: Boeing looks to establish KC-390 logistics system: Boeing will propose the establishment of a global logistics system to support Embraer's KC-390 transport and tanker ...

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Boeing completes flight testing of X-48C BWB demonstrator aircraft

Boeing completes flight testing of X-48C BWB demonstrator aircraft: Boeing has successfully completed an eight-month flight-test programme of the remotely piloted X-48C hybrid-wing-body subscale aircraft at Nasa's Dryden Flight Research Center, located at Edwards Air Force Base in California, US.

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Nearly New B737-800 Downed In Bali Just Prior To Landing

Nearly New B737-800 Downed In Bali Just Prior To Landing: NTSB Assisting In Investigation A month-old Lion Air Boeing 737-800 went down, short of the runway, but without any loss of life. The 108 persons on board were all reported to have survived the accident where the 737 went down less than 200 feet short of the runway and impacted in the ocean while attempting to land in Bali, Indonesia. Injuries were reported to upwards of 45 people, and the fuselage was seen to have been broken in a number of places as a result of the impact. The flight started earlier in the day in Bandung, and had flown two other legs, Saturday, before the Bali impact.

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Navy bomb unit to assist Boston bombings investigation

http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20130415/NEWS/304150030

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EASA signals approval of A380 wing fix

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a proposed airworthiness directive (AD) Monday signaling approval of modifications for Airbus A380 wing rib feet aimed at solving the aircraft’s wing cracking issue. The proposed AD, which EASA could finalize as soon as May 13, would approve a set of Airbus-developed modifications for A380 wing rib feet that involve “introducing horizontal stiffeners below the manhole on certain ribs and modifying the rib feet booms


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Las tasas de navegación aérea en España podrían subir en 2014

Ignacio González, director general de Navegación Aérea ha anunciado que las tasas de ruta podrían subir en 2014 sí el tráfico aéreo no se recupera y AENA no reduce adecuadamente sus gastos


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Un 777 surcoreano aterriza de emergencia en Tokio por detectarse humo en el interior de la cabina

Un avión de la compañía surcoreana Korean Air, procedente de Corea del Sur con destino a los Estados Unidos, cambió de ruta para efectuar un aterrizaje con urgencia en el aeropuerto de Tokyo-Narita. Ninguno de los pasajeros resultó herido.


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El C919 chino volará en 2014

y se espera que esté al servicio en 2016.


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CASA C295 demonstrates release of Marte missile



Airbus Military and MBDA have successfully demonstrated the release of an instrumented Marte MK2/S anti-ship inert missile installed under the wing of the C295 maritime patrol aircraft. This flight was the last of a series of trials performed in a joint Airbus Military – MBDA collaboration to validate the aerodynamic integration of Marte on C295, its handling qualities and performance tests.

The installation of weapons under the wings provides new operational capabilities to the C295 MPA allowing the aircraft to perform new missions demanded by customers. In the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) role, the C295 is already in-service carrying the MK46 torpedo.

This successful trial provides further proof of the operational versatility of the Marte missile and clearly establishes it as the benchmark weapon in the medium weight anti-ship missile sector.

The Marte Mk2/S is already integrated on the AW-101 and the NFH (Naval NH90) helicopters in service with the Italian Navy and integration activities for the Marte ER on the Eurofighter Typhoon are currently underway.

The MBDA Marte MK2/S missile is a fire-and-forget, all-weather, medium-range sea-skimming anti-ship weapon system, equipped with inertial mid-course guidance and radar homing terminal guidance, and capable of destroying small vessels and heavily damaging major vessels. The missile has a weight of 310 Kg and is 3.85 m long.

About MBDA

With industrial facilities in five European countries and within the USA, in 2012 MBDA achieved a turnover of €3 billion with an order book of €9.8 billion. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.

MBDA is the only group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development. MBDA is jointly held by BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%), EADS (37.5%) and FINMECCANICA (25%).

About Airbus Military

Airbus Military is the only military and civic/humanitarian transport aircraft manufacturer to develop, produce, sell and provide support and services for a comprehensive family of airlifters with a payload range of three to 45 tonnes. An Airbus subsidiary, Airbus Military is responsible for the A400M programme, the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) and further military derivatives based on Airbus civil aircraft. These, together with the smaller 'Light & Medium' C295, CN235 and C212, make Airbus Military the global leader in the market for military transport, tanker and surveillance aircraft capable of performing the most varied types of missions. Altogether, Airbus Military has sold more than 1,000 aircraft to nearly 138 military, civil and governmental customers. More than 800 of these aircraft have been delivered. Airbus is an EADS company.

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Airbus and EADS innovate with a stealthy building at Blagnac Airport



Airbus, with the support of EADS Innovation Works, has opened the first "stealthy building" at the Toulouse Airbus site attached to Blagnac Airport.

EADS and Airbus built the C65 hangar at the airport by equipping the building with specially shaped aluminium panels. These panels prevent the building from disrupting the airport's Instrument Landing System (ILS), which allows aircraft to land in reduced visibility conditions.

For safety reasons, planning permission would not have been granted for the building without these modifications.

The large façades of buildings pose a problem for aircraft landing systems as they reflect incoming radio waves across the runway, much like a mirror. Such perturbations would cause aircraft to deviate from the runway centreline. For this reason construction is forbidden close to runways unless it can be demonstrated that the building is ‘stealthy’.

However, it is not feasible to apply conventional stealth technology to absorb the incoming waves since this would be prohibitively expensive. Instead the solution applied in Toulouse uses the phenomenon of diffraction to redirect the waves away from the runway. This is the same effect that produces the iridescent colours that are visible when holding up a compact disc up to a source of light. By employing ELISE, an advanced ILS simulation tool developed by Airbus Engineering, EADS Innovation Works and the French Civil Aviation University ENAC it was even possible to demonstrate that it would only be necessary to treat the top 10 metres of the building, leading to a cheaper solution.

EADS Chief Technical Officer Jean Botti said: “The successful completion of this Airbus facility requirement is an example of our commitment to the development of unique technical solutions for our customers and the aerospace industry.”

Airbus ProSky will now sell this technology assisted by the technical support from EADS Innovation Works. Airbus ProSky CEO Paul-Franck Bijou said: “By designing buildings that do not produce reflections, up to 100 square kilometres of non-buildable airport land worldwide could potentially be transformed into space available for construction, such as terminal buildings, maintenance hangars, or even outside airport boundaries like exhibitions centres, hotels and multi storey car parks.”

About EADS

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.

About Airbus

Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer offering a complete range of aircraft families, from 100 to well over 500 passenger seats, as well as the most modern, comprehensive and fuel-efficient product line on the market. Airbus is an EADS company.

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El mayor aeropuerto fantasma de España rompe sus obligaciones ambientales | Materia

El 'policía medioambiental' del gigantesco
aeropuerto privado de Ciudad Real
dimite por los incumplimientos de los
promotores de la instalación, cerrada y
sin aviones

http://esmateria.com/2013/04/15/el-mayor-aeropuerto-fantasma-de-espana-rompe-sus-obligaciones-ambientales/

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FAA orders inspections of Boeing 737s - CNN.com

According to the FAA, the inspections will
focus on pins which attach the horizontal
stabilizers to the fuselage. They were
prompted by reports that a coating used to
protect the pins from wear and corrosion
was applied incorrectly.
The FAA says premature failure of the pins
could cause reduced structural integrity of
the horizontal stabilizer to fuselage
attachment, resulting in loss of control of
the airplane.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/15/travel/faa-737-inspections/index.html?iref=allsearch

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First B-2 Surpasses 7,000 Flight Hours

domingo, 14 de abril de 2013

First B-2 Surpasses 7,000 Flight Hours: Bombers Entered Service In July, 1996 Since the first B-2 Spirit arrived at Whiteman AFB in Missouri in July 1996, its stealthiness and massive firepower have been used in missions around the world. During its latest mission April 1, the "Spirit of Florida" and its crew became the first B-2 to surpass 7,000 flight hours.

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Ground Testing Completed For A320neo PurePower Engines

Ground Testing Completed For A320neo PurePower Engines: Pratt & Whitney Preparing For Flight Tests Ground testing for the first Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engine for the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft has been successfully completed at the company's West Palm Beach, FL, test facility. The engine completed over 120 hours of testing, validating overall engine operation and fuel efficiency. The engine will next undergo flight testing on the company's experimental 747 airplane at the Mirabel Aerospace Centre in Quebec, Canada.

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AgustaWestland Unveils The AW169 AAS

AgustaWestland Unveils The AW169 AAS: Latest Military Helo To Be Offered By The Company The latest generation AW169 AAS military helicopter was unveiled by AgustaWestland at the Army Aviation Association of America Annual Professional Forum and Exposition in Fort Worth, Texas. The company says the AW169 AAS is an advanced twin-engine helicopter with the capability to meet all US Army Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) mission requirements.

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FACUA y el Sepla piden transparencia al Ministerio

En virtud del acuerdo suscrito, ambas organizaciones se comprometen a colaborar de manera conjunta de cara a proteger, reforzar y garantizar la seguridad de los usuarios del transporte aéreo.


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El Grupo ITP incrementó sus resultados en un 22%

http://www.actualidadaeroespacial.com/default.aspx?where=3&id=1&n=10393


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Altran announces the acquisition of AirCaD, a company specialised in private jet design

Altran announced the acquisition of AirCaD, an engineering design and development firm 
specialised in cabin-interior completion and retrofit for private jets. This acquisition completes the 
portfolio of Altran's expertise in the Aeronautics sector and is in line with the numerous projects 
carried out by our experts in the Aerospace and Defence division, such as the preparation of the 
largest aircraft maintenance centre in the world, The Wings Valley® of Dubai, dedicated to 
helicopters and business jets.

AirCaD provides cabin-interior engineering services for all types of private and government jets. With 
a team of 60 French and Swiss-based experts, AirCaD specialises in the design, engineering and 
certification of aircraft modification projects: mechanical and electrical-system research and design, 
as well as stress analysis, maintenance and certification documents.

With this acquisition, Altran acquires Design Organisation Approval (DOA), the European 
accreditation that will enable the Company to provide qualified interior-cabin fixture solutions and to 
obtain the aircraft’s “permit to fly”: one of the key services proposed within the context of The Wings 
Valley® of Dubai, a vast complex to provide helicopter and business-jet owners with high quality and 
innovative, added value services. 

This global offer will also be deployed in all the Group’s strategic international growth zones: MiddleEast, Asia etc. 

With roughly 180 projects carried out since its inception, AirCaD adapts and integrates cutting edge 
technologies and materials principally into large "flying-palace", aircraft with luxury-style equipment. 
With its expertise, AirCaD is able to equip cabins with meeting rooms, private spaces (rooms, 
bathrooms) and even medical areas. The multiple objective is to limit the immobilisation of the 
aircraft, ensure its conformity with civil aeronautical regulations and optimise the modular potential 
of restricted spaces. 

Commenting on the acquisition, Philippe Salle, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Altran Group, 
said “AirCaD's activities fit perfectly with Altran's objective in the Aeronautics sector to offer turnkey 
solutions that combine our solutions offering and global services on specialised markets. With such 
ambitious projects as The Wings Valley® of Dubai and our passion for innovation, we share the sameappetite as AirCaD for rising to the challenge. The expertise and size of AirCaD make it a privileged 
partner for great maintenance centres and production workshops".

“The merger with Altran will enable us to participate in exciting projects and leverage synergy in 
terms of the know-how we can offer our clients. Henceforth, we will be operating on a niche activity 
segment while benefiting from the critical mass of the Altran Group which collaborates with major 
client accounts" declared Nicolas Roberval, Executive Director of Altran AirCaD.

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Air France negocia con Airbus el retraso de entregas de cuatro A380 encargados

Un portavoz del grupo franco-holandés confirmó la información aparecida en la edición digital del periódico galo “La Tribune”, según la cual, Air France-KLM quiere cambiar la primera entrega del A380 al próximo mes de septiembre de 2013; la siguiente a abril de 2014 y las de los dos últimos, previsto en principio para el próximo año, aplazarla a una “fecha ulterior”.


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[video] Bell Helicopter Introduces the Bell V-280 Valor Tiltrotor at AAAA


The Bell V-280 Valor, Bell Helicopter's third-generation-tiltrotor, offers the U.S. Army the highest levels of maturity and technical readiness. With its U.S. Army-centric design, the Bell V-280 has the capacity to perform a multitude of missions with unparalleled speed and agility. The Bell V-280's clean sheet design reduces complexity compared to previous generation tiltrotors, with fewer parts, as well as non-rotating, fixed engines. The Valor delivers the best value in procurement, operations and support, and force structure, providing increased maintainability, component reliability and systems designed to reduce operational and support costs. Visit BellV280.com for more details


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[photos] Bell Helicopter Introduces the Bell V-280 Valor Tiltrotor at AAAA






Fort Worth, TX - April 10, 2013 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), revealed today the Bell V-280 Valor™, its offering for the Joint Multi Role/Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Technology Demonstrator (JMR/TD), at the 2013 Army Aviation Association of America's (AAAA) Annual Professional Forum and Exposition in Fort Worth.

"The introduction of the Bell V-280 Valor underscores our commitment to our military customers. The Bell V-280's unmatched capabilities in speed, range and payload, and its operational agility combine to deliver the best value for the U.S Army," said John Garrison, president and CEO at Bell Helicopter. "This aircraft is the most advanced and operationally effective vertical lift solution, providing the Warfighter a decisive advantage. The name itself makes an important statement of its own: V representing vertical lift, 280 representing its unmatched speed, and Valor as a tribute to the service men and women who approach their jobs with valor every day."

The Bell V-280 Valor, Bell Helicopter's third generation tiltrotor, offers the U.S. Army the highest levels of maturity and technical readiness. With its U.S. Army-centric design, the Bell V-280 has the capacity to perform a multitude of missions with unparalleled speed and agility. The Bell V-280's clean sheet design reduces complexity compared to previous generation tiltrotors, with fewer parts, as well as non-rotating, fixed engines. The Valor delivers the best value in procurement, operations and support, and force structure, providing increased maintainability, component reliability and systems designed to reduce operational and support costs.

"The Bell V-280 is a combat multiplier with a cruise speed of 280 knots and combat range of up to 800 nautical miles. Tiltrotor is the only vertical lift platform that can rapidly self-deploy to any theater," said Mitch Snyder, executive vice-president for military programs at Bell Helicopter. "And our technology demonstrator is a true medium class aircraft accommodating a crew of four and 11 troops, which translates to the highest level of certainty for a future program of record."

The Bell V-280 Valor's Army-centric design boasts a number of unmatched capabilities and transformational features including:
Speed: 280 KTAS cruise speed
Combat range: 500-800nm
Strategically Self-Deployable - 2100nm Range
Achieves 6k/95
Non-rotating, fixed engines
Triple redundant fly-by-wire flight control system
Conventional, retractable landing gear
Two 6' wide large side doors for ease of ingress/egress
Suitable down wash
Significantly smaller logistical footprint compared to other aircraft

"Bell Helicopter is leading the development of next-generation tiltrotor technology, because it's the best technology for future vertical lift. The U.S. Army's JMR/TD Operational Effectiveness Analysis Report stated that advantages in speed and fuel efficiency made the tiltrotor the most operationally effective concept aircraft," said Snyder. "Based on a strong foundation of 55 years of tiltrotor experience, including combat-proven platforms, Bell Helicopter has created the ultimate solution for the Army's FVL needs."

Bell Helicopter is the world's premier tiltrotor expert ranging from first generation XV-3 and XV-15, to the second generation 609 civil tiltrotor and the combat-proven V-22 Osprey. Backed by unmatched experience, Bell Helicopter is building a team of premier aerospace leaders, the best engineering resources and industrial capabilities in the industry to meet the U.S. Army's needs.

About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.

Certain statements in this press release may project revenues or describe strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; these forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update them. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statement, including, but not limited to, changing priorities or reductions in the U.S. Government defense budget, including those related to military operations in foreign countries; our ability to perform as anticipated and to control costs under contracts with the U.S. Government; the U.S. Government's ability to unilaterally modify or terminate its contracts with us for the U.S. Government's convenience or for our failure to perform, to change applicable procurement and accounting policies, or, under certain circumstances, to withhold payment or suspend or debar us as a contractor eligible to receive future contract awards; the efficacy of research and development investments to develop new products or unanticipated expenses in connection with the launching of significant new products or programs; the timing of our new product launches or certifications of our new aircraft products; and our ability to keep pace with our competitors in the introduction of new products and upgrades with features and technologies desired by our customers.

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