lunes, 8 de abril de 2013

For 65 years Tecnam has built its reputation for developing 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 Luigi Pascale, Tecnam’s legendary Head of Aircraft Design, to christen his new 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. Pilots can use WiFi connection with the Levil G Mini in order to display on the iPad® mini the altitude, indicated airspeed, attitude and GPS using compatible applications such as Air Navigation Pro or similar or they can simply use the pre-installed dedicated app to compute the actual Weight and Balance, looking at procedures, run through checklists and Pilot Operating Handbook sections. Everything at his fingertips!

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

Low operating costs are assured through Tecnam’s close association with Rotax. 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 and the Rotax 914 engine.

“We have built our reputation at Tecnam on producing aeroplanes that offer outstanding value, beauty and efficiency” said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam’s Managing Director. ‘I am delighted we are able to celebrate Tecnam’s 65th anniversary by introducing the Tecnam ‘Astore’ as the new addition to our wide range of aeroplanes that ensure as wide an audience as possible can enjoy flying Tecnam aeroplanes.”



New Tecnam Aircraft, ‘SNAP’ Aerobatic Light Sport Aircraft

AERO 2013 Friedrichshafen will see Tecnam not only launching its all new low-wing Tecnam ‘Astore’ LSA but a number of other new Tecnam innovations developments, including the Tecnam ‘SNAP’ aerobatic LSA.

Created by Fabio Russo, Tecnam’s Head of Research and Development, the single seat, low wing, Tecnam ‘SNAP’ is now available as a LSA, ULM or Experimental category aeroplane.

Designed as both a fun and sporty plane, pilots of the Tecnam ‘SNAP’ enjoy an aerobatic aeroplane with a high power to weight ratio (comparable with unlimited aerobatic category airplanes), coupled with low purchasing and operating costs.

The Tecnam ‘SNAP’ is specifically designed to ensure that ‘sporty’ pilots can now also enjoy the pleasure of flying a Tecnam aeroplane. The Tecnam ‘SNAP’ offers incredible performance and is easy to fly for anyone having a basic taildragger experience.

For 65 years Tecnam has built its reputation through the development of innovative, stylish and affordable aeroplanes for all aspects of General Aviation flying. The Tecnam ‘SNAP’ offers aspiring aerobatic pilots a wonderful flying experience.

For more information on the Tecnam ‘SNAP’ aerobatic LSA, please visit us at AERO 2013 Friedrichshafen, Germany from 24 to 27 April


Boeing Completes Certification Testing for New 787 Battery System

Boeing (NYSE:BA) completed a 787 certification demonstration flight today on line number 86, a Boeing-owned production airplane built for LOT Polish Airlines. Today's flight marks the final certification test for the new battery system, completing the testing required by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Today's flight departed from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. at 10:39 a.m. Pacific with a crew of 11 onboard, including two representatives from the FAA. The airplane flew for 1 hour and 49 minutes, landing back at Paine Field at 12:28 p.m. Pacific.

The crew reported that the certification demonstration plan was straightforward and the flight was uneventful. The purpose of the flight was to demonstrate that the new battery system performs as intended during normal and non-normal flight conditions.

Boeing will now gather and analyze the data and submit the required materials to the FAA. We expect to deliver all of the materials to the FAA in the coming days. Once we deliver the materials we stand ready to reply to additional requests and continue in dialog with the FAA to ensure we have met all of their expectations.


El juez aprueba el ERE de Alestis para despedir a 234 trabajadores

El Juzgado de lo Mercantil número 2 de Sevilla ha aprobado el Expediente de Regulación de Empleo (ERE) para despedir a 179 empleados y el plan social para prejubilar a 55, y que ha sido acordado entre el grupo aeronáutico Alestis, en concurso de acreedores, y los representantes de los trabajadores


Construction begins on Airbus’ U.S. Assembly Line

  • Opportunity for some 1,000 high-skilled workers direct and many more in supply chain

Airbus manufacturing in the United States advanced another step closer to reality today in Mobile, Alabama, as construction of the company’s A320 Family Assembly Line officially began.

During a groundbreaking ceremony at the Mobile Brookley Aeroplex, Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier acknowledged the significance of the U.S. facility to Airbus’ global growth. “Building an A320 Family Assembly Line in Mobile is truly groundbreaking for Airbus. Our customers need more aircraft that cut fuel burn, emissions and operating costs. With this assembly line we will be able to meet our customers’ needs at their doorstep, in addition to the worldwide demand for these efficient aircraft. When this assembly line opens, we will be the only one to assemble aircraft in Asia, the Americas and Europe.”

The new assembly line, which is the company’s first U.S.-based production facility, will be located at the Mobile Brookley Aeroplex and will facilitate assembly of A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. Major construction of the facility will begin this summer. Aircraft assembly is planned to begin in 2015, with first delivery of a Mobile-assembled aircraft in 2016. At full production, the assembly line and associated facilities would produce up to four aircraft a month which directly translates into employing as many as 1,000 high-skilled workers.

EADS CEO Tom Enders helped lead the celebrations and welcomed more than 1,000 attendees including many EADS and other Airbus executives, state and national dignitaries, industry officials and the local community. In a twist from typical groundbreaking ceremonies, officials and dignitaries introduced various members of the Gulf Coast community and aviation industry who spoke about how the new assembly line is not just about making airplanes, but the substantial positive impact it will make in the lives of thousands of people like themselves. Local community representatives included: Henry Hinojosa, Project Superintendent with Hoar Program Management represented the local construction industry; Liz Freeman, co-owner of Long’s Human Resource Services represented local small businesses; Victoria Corob, an eighth grader in Mobile; and Dr. Keivan Deravi, Professor of Economics at Auburn University Montgomery. Industry speakers included Clay Jones, Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Collins and Dave Barger, President and CEO of JetBlue Airways.

Airbus is a leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus champions innovative technologies and offers some of the world’s most fuel efficient and quiet aircraft. Airbus has sold over 12,700 aircraft to more than 500 customers and operators worldwide. Airbus has achieved more than 7,700 deliveries since the first Airbus aircraft entered service.

Airbus already has a strong and growing presence in Alabama and throughout the United States. In Alabama, the company operates an Engineering Center in Mobile – also located

at Brookley Aeroplex – which employs more than 200 engineers and support staff. In addition, Airbus’ operates an even larger Engineering Center in Wichita, Kansas, an aircraft Spares Center in Ashburn, Virginia; a Training Center in Miami, Florida, and a regulatory and government liaison office in Washington, D.C. The company’s headquarters for the Americas is located in Herndon, Virginia. Airbus’ U.S.-based air traffic management subsidiary, Metron Aviation, is located in Chantilly, Virginia. All together, Airbus’ U.S. facilities employ more than 1,000 people.

Airbus is an EADS company.


Airbus showcases innovations at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2013

  • A320 Family rear-cabin innovations – new mock-up on display
  • Latest A350 XWB catalogue enrichments
  • New A380 high-definition video cabin preview
  • Experience A330 interactive cabin visualisation in 360 degrees


Airbus once again showcases its cabin innovations at this years’ Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany – the world’s largest event dedicated to the aircraft interiors industry, in-flight entertainment, connectivity and passenger services. Visitors to the Airbus stand will be able to judge for themselves the quality of Airbus’ recent cabin offerings.

Passenger comfort has always been a major design consideration at Airbus, ensuring the best possible passenger experience across all its aircraft families. Thanks to wider cross-sections, Airbus aircraft offer an 18” wide seat in economy class. Trends in demographics and the desire to meet passenger needs have led Airbus to innovate with the ‘Extra-Wide-Seat’ for the A320 Family. Visitors to the Airbus stand will be able to test and feel the space of these different seat comfort standards.

Cabin efficiency for the A320 Family is also presented with a new production-standard mock-up of “Space-Flex”, the innovative rear cabin configuration on the A320 Family, which will enter into service this year with the launch customer. Visitors will see the ingenuity of this product and the step change in comfort especially for persons of reduced mobility.

The latest updates on A350 XWB will also be available on the Airbus stand. For example, the A350’s efficient and passenger-conscious ‘flat-floor’ architecture will be demonstrated. And for our flagship aircraft – the A380 – there will be a 85” screen with new high-definition cabin visualization and also a large cut-away model.

Airbus’ space-efficient concepts go beyond new products: Airbus Upgrade Services will present its range of retrofit solutions and services. Our Cabin experts and executives will be available for dedicated media briefings and interview opportunities each day. And our human resource representatives will also be on hand to talk to students and young talents about career opportunities.

Airbus is the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer of passenger airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats. Airbus has design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain, and subsidiaries in the US, China, Japan and in the Middle East. In addition, it provides an international network of customer support and training centres. Airbus is an EADS company.


NASA Testing Moon, Mars Landing Instruments On Earth

NASA Testing Moon, Mars Landing Instruments On Earth: System Designed By Draper And Masten Space Systems A rocket-powered, vertical-landing space-access technology demonstrator reached its highest altitude and furthest distance to date March 25 at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, CA, using a developmental navigation system designed to land a space vehicle on other celestial bodies. Masten Space Systems’ XA-0.1B “Xombie” suborbital rocket lifted off the launch pad for an 80-second flight while being controlled by Charles Stark Draper Laboratory’s Guidance Embedded Navigator Integration Environment (GENIE) system developed under NASA's Flight Opportunities Program.


Pipistrel's Exotic Panthera Achieves First Flight

Pipistrel's Exotic Panthera Achieves First Flight: Panthera First Flight Lasts 54 Minutes... Performs 'Exactly As Predicted' ANN has learned that one of the most exotic new airframes promised for the experimental (and eventually, certificated) aviation biz, has pulled off its first flight without difficulty. The new Panthera completed its 54 minute maiden flight on 4 April, 2013. The aircraft completed ground functional and taxi tests at Pipistrel's Headquarters at Ajdovscina, Slovenia, whereupon the Panthera relocated to the Airport of Cerklje ob Krki, where Slovenian Armed Forces provided 'invaluable logistics support.'