IN FOCUS: Chinese air force not yet a match for Japan's

viernes, 25 de enero de 2013

IN FOCUS: Chinese air force not yet a match for Japan's: Tensions between China and Japan over disputed islands have raised the prospect of their air forces perhaps going head-to-head ...


Republic Airlines encarga a Embraer hasta 94 aviones E175

Republic Airlines encarga a Embraer hasta 94 aviones E175:
São José dos Campos.- La compañía aérea norteamericana Republic Airlines encargó ayer a la constructora aeronáutica brasileña Embraer 47 aviones E175 con opción a otros 47 unidades más del mismo modelo, lo que elevaría el pedido a 4.000 millones de dólares.


Small Diameter Bomb II Fit Check On JSF Completed

Small Diameter Bomb II Fit Check On JSF Completed: USAF, Raytheon Test Shows SDB II Is Compatible With F-35 A fit check of the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft has been successfully completed by the USAF and Raytheon Company. During the test, four SDB II shapes were loaded into an F-35 weapon bay alongside an Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. Sweeps of the inboard and outboard bay doors verified there was adequate clearance between the two weapons.


Ryanair: No ‘imminent’ aircraft order

Michael O’Leary confirmed in Rome Jan. 22 that there is no aircraft order imminent and none that is expected until perhaps the end of calendar 2013 or early 2014, at the earliest,” Ryanair said in a statement.


UK's GKN Aerospace joins Manufacturing Technology Centre as tier-one member

GKN Aerospace has announced that it has become a tier-one member of the UK's Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) as part of its strategy to strengthen and share its research into automated assembly technologies.

MTC was established as a part of the UK Government's national manufacturing strategy; it is aimed at supporting production processes and technologies in collaboration with industry, academia and other institutions.

MTC provides a space for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale in a low-risk environment.


No hay fecha para que el avión Boeing 787 vuelva a volar

Resolver el problemas de las baterías se ha convertido en el principal punto de atención de la investigación, aunque el jefe de la Administración Federal de Aviación de Estados Unidos (FAA, por sus siglas en inglés) dijo el miércoles que aún no hay una respuesta definitiva sobre la causa, ni una fecha para que los aviones vuelvan a volar.

En tanto, a medida que las entregas del innovador avión de pasajeros se demoran, un cliente chino clave lamentó los retrasos y dijo que sus planes de crecimiento estaban viéndose afectados por su incapacidad de recibir los aviones a tiempo.


Video: Airbus CEO: We’ll learn from 787’s troubles

Davos 2013: Airbus CEO: We’ll learn from 787’s troubles (6:41) Jan. 24 - Airbus is ready to change planes now under development depending on what investigators discover about the problems with Boeing’s 787. That’s according to Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier.


"Nano" QuadCopter UAV: MeCam $49 helicopter follows you and streams live video to your Android

A company you’ve probably heard of before called Always Innovating is working on a pretty awesome little project for smartphones. It’s called the MeCam and is essentially a mini helicopter they’re calling a Nano-Copter complete with video recording and streaming capabilities. The MeCam is designed to follow you around and record every moment. You can stream that video right to your Android phone and even share it to your social site of preference or YouTube.


Boeing Statement on U.S. National Transportation Safety Board 787 Investigation Update

SEATTLE, Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) welcomes the progress being made in the 787 investigation discussed today by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Washington, D.C. The regulatory and investigative agencies in the U.S. and Japan have dedicated substantial resources to these investigations, and we appreciate their effort and leadership.

Boeing continues to assist the NTSB and the other government agencies in the U.S. and Japan responsible for investigating two recent 787 incidents. The company has formed teams consisting of hundreds of engineering and technical experts who are working around the clock with the sole focus of resolving the issue and returning the 787 fleet to flight status. We are working this issue tirelessly in cooperation with our customers and the appropriate regulatory and investigative authorities. The safety of passengers and crew members who fly aboard Boeing airplanes is our highest priority.

In order to ensure the integrity of the process and in adherence to international protocols that govern safety investigations, we are not permitted to comment directly on the ongoing investigations. Boeing is eager to see both investigative groups continue their work and determine the cause of these events, and we support their thorough resolution.

Boeing deeply regrets the impact that recent events have had on the operating schedules of our customers and their passengers.


Airbus Military delivers last CASA C212-400 assembled in Spain.

Airbus Military has delivered the last C212-400 assembled in Spain. This delivery marks a moment of Spanish aviation history and the end of more than 40 years of continuous production of the C212 –one of the Spanish best-known aerospace products– at the Airbus Military final assembly line (FAL) in Seville, Spain. Since its maiden flight in 1971, 477 C212 have been built for 92 different operators. Nowadays, 290 C212 remain in service in 40 countries all over the world. The three countries in which there are today most C212s in operation are Indonesia (70 aircraft), USA (37), and Spain (26). This 477th C212 –the third and final C212-400 for the Vietnam Marine Police– was formally delivered on December 28th, ending 42 years of continuous production of the type.

Designed in the late 1960s, the C212 was first delivered to the Portuguese Air Force and the Spanish Air Force in October 1974. After its entry in service, the airlifter became rapidly renowned at a global level for its robustness and reliability. In fact, the C212 has been successfully operated in every corner of the planet –including the Antarctic ice cap. Operators in some of the toughest operating conditions to be found developed enormous affection for its uniquely versatile characteristics and deployed it on an extraordinary variety of roles ranging from transport to rain-making, ultra-sophisticated surveillance to search and rescue. The Design Office of the company eventually developed four different series of the aircraft – culminating in the C212-400, which made its first flight in 1997, in addition to a variety of special mission versions.

Airbus Military CEO, Domingo Ureña-Raso, said: "Every Airbus Military employee involved with the C212 throughout these years can be rightly proud of producing an aircraft that has served its operators faithfully over many years and provided the basis for the development of CASA into the world-class company that it is today in the form of Airbus Military. Times move on, but it will be a great pleasure to see the C212 continuing to fly in near or far-flung corners of the globe for many years to come."

Both military and civil operators have benefited from the C212´s versatility and reliability throughout four decades. From now on operators from all over the world will have a new and upgraded version available, renamed as NC212, that will be produced jointly by PT Dirgantara Indonesia and Airbus Military and assembled in Bandung (Indonesia). The Airbus Military final assembly line in Seville will now focus on the production of the C295 and CN235 aircraft in both transport and mission configurations, as well as on the increasing activity on the A400M assembly line.

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About C212
The outstanding reliability demonstrated by more than three million flight hours makes the C212 the most successful aircraft in the light transport segment for the most varied types of operations. With a maximum payload of 2.8 tonnes, it was designed to operate in austere environments for long periods of time. Its robustness allows it an absolutely reliable operation in the desert, the jungle o the Antarctic. Its unique STOL performance with low-pressure tires allows unrestricted operations on soft and unpaved fields in hot and high altitude conditions. The excellent handling qualities and its fast engine response enable the highest level of manoeuvrability at very low altitudes. The C212’s simple design and maintenance reduce the life cycle costs to the lowest level in its segment. The upgraded version, the NC212, launched in November 2012, will be equipped with new digital avionics and autopilot systems and will have a new civil interior for up to 28 passengers, increasing its cost efficiency significantly. This upgrade will keep the NC212 in the light aircraft market as an even more competitive product.

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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