Airbus and HAECO Group to establish Airbus maintenance training services collaboration in Hong Kong

martes, 3 de febrero de 2015

2 FEBRUARY 2015 PRESS RELEASE


Airbus and HAECO Group have entered into a long term strategic agreement to provide maintenance and engineering training in mainland China and Southeast Asia. Through this collaboration, HAECO, headquartered in Hong Kong and one of the world’s leading aircraft engineering and maintenance groups, will deploy the ‘Training by Airbus’ standards, dynamic tools and teaching techniques to provide Aircraft *OEM backed maintenance training capabilities to its personnel and to third party personnel in the region.

The partnership will leverage high value competences thanks to the industry’s best technology training media and optimized courseware: the **Airbus Competence Training “ACT” for maintenance personnel, bringing virtual Airbus aircraft right into a ‘digital’ classroom within HAECO own facilities.

The “Training by Airbus” services for HAECO will also include: integration of HAECO’s instructors within the part 147 Airbus Maintenance Training Organisation Exposition (MTOE); Airbus standard certifying (type-rating) and specialised training capabilities for Airbus’ range of aircraft; and access to Airbus courseware, instruction media, virtual tools and real aircraft practice in HAECO’s facilities.

Augustus Tang, Chief Executive Officer of the HAECO Group, said: “As one of the world’s leading MRO service providers, with 65 years’ experience in the industry, HAECO Group has a proud history of providing first-class technical training to numerous generations of aircraft engineering professionals. We are delighted to embark on this strategic training collaboration with Airbus, further strengthening and extending our training services to benefit airlines worldwide.

Didier Lux, Executive Vice President of Airbus Customer Services said: “We are pleased to be partnering with HAECO Group in this new initiative and are confident that the experience and professionalism of its staff will foster the successful deployment of Training by Airbus in Asia.”

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, India, Japan and in the Middle East. In addition, it provides the highest standard of customer support and training through an expanding international network.

Notes for editors:

* OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer

** Airbus Competence Training (ACT) is Airbus’ innovative ‘learning-by-doing” concept for Type-Rating and non-certified engineers. ACT is completely interactive, using a simulated aircraft and cockpit, and provides scenario-based courses supported by virtual ‘practicals’ for learning maintenance techniques. The virtual ACT concept which reduces practice time on actual aircraft by 50 percent is being deployed in all Airbus Training Centers and is now also available world-wide through mobile and local solutions. It is approved by the Airworthiness Authorities and is being adopted by Airbus operators.

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ICAO proposes target schedule for tracking upgrades, distress systems & recorders [feedly]

ICAO proposes target schedule for tracking upgrades, distress systems & recorders
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ERA: New European Commission lacks vision for airline industry [feedly]

Representatives of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) believe the new European Commission (EC) lacks a vision for the continent's airline industry.



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Russian Army to Receive Sukhoi Su-35S Fighter Jet in 2015 - Sputnik International [feedly]

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Sukhoi Su-35S fighter to be commissioned in 2015 - Russia Beyond the Headlines [feedly]

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Aviation gains in US military's new budget proposal [feedly]

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NASA claims low-noise milestone for supersonic jets [feedly]

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Desarrollan nuevas herramientas para detectar daños en estructuras aeroespaciales



Nota de Prensa




Investigadores de la Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería de la Universidad de Sevilla trabajan en un nuevo Proyecto de Excelencia de la Junta de Andalucía para la simulación numérica y desarrollo de técnicas experimentales para la detección de daños en materiales y estructuras aeroespaciales.

Este grupo de expertos analizan daños no solo en estructuras del sector aeroespacial sino también en estructuras civiles, mecánicas, y en edificios históricos. En este sentido están colaborando actualmente con los equipos responsables de las tareas de rehabilitación del Monasterio de San Jerónimo de Buenavista de Sevilla y en la Iglesia de Santiago de Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz).

El objetivo de estos estudios es detectar los achaques que presentan las estructuras para ver si ese daño es peligroso o no para su estabilidad y en caso necesario intervenir y repararla.

“Las estructuras, al igual que las personas, sufren un cierto deterioro con el paso del tiempo. Que haya un componente estructural dañado no quiere decir que tengamos que tirar a la basura esa pieza, ni si quiera que haga falta rehacer nada. Lo más importante es monitorizar la estructura de manera que podamos determinar cuál es su estado real y evaluar si es capaz de continuar prestando su servicio de manera adecuada o si, por el contrario, son necesarias medidas correctivas que eviten su fallo. Estas herramientas de diagnóstico también nos permiten afinar los modelos de cálculo, ajustándolos mejor a la realidad construida y, en consecuencia, ayudándonos a adoptar decisiones de diseño o intervención más adecuadas.”, explica el catedrático de la Universidad de Sevilla, Andrés Sáez Pérez.

Se trata además de una iniciativa innovadora y de interés estratégico por el hecho de aplicarse especialmente sobre estructuras, materiales y componentes de interés para la industria aeronáutica, y también por tratarse de una apuesta de trabajo conjunto entre un grupo de investigación universitario que incluye investigadores de primer nivel a escala internacional de universidades de Sevilla, Málaga, Siegen (Alemania) y Lovaina (Bélgica). Además, el trabajo conjunto entre investigadores de la Universidad de Sevilla y la Universidad de Málaga encaja dentro del desarrollo del nuevo campus tecnológico Andalucía Tech formado por ambas universidades.

Este proyecto cuenta con la colaboración del Centro Avanzado de Tecnologías Aeroespaciales (CATEC) que tiene como objetivo la mejora de la competitividad de las empresas del sector, mediante el impulso de la creación de conocimiento, la gestión de la propiedad intelectual de la I+D+i y la innovación tecnológica.

El proyecto de excelencia también aborda la caracterización de daños en las denominadas estructuras inteligentes. Estas estructuras se caracterizan porque su comportamiento dinámico puede monitorizarse y controlarse mediante la disposición de una serie de elementos que pueden funcionar como sensores y actuadores.

“En nuestro entorno más cercano, entidades como el Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Histórico (IAPH) de la Consejería de Cultura o empresas de ingeniería de la talla de Abengoa, Alestis, o Ayesa, han manifestado su interés por este campo y el deseo de contar en Andalucía con grupos de referencia en la aplicación y desarrollo del conocimiento en el campo de la monitorización de estructuras y del diseño de estructuras inteligentes“, afirma Sáez Pérez.

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Assembly of the 100th Sukhoi Superjet 100 Launched



Fuselage assembly shop of SCAC KnAF branch received fuselage sections for assembly from the branches of Joint Stock Company “Aviation Holding Company “Sukhoi” where they have been produced: Gagarin KnAAZ in Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Chkalov NAZ in Novosibirsk.

After the fuselage assembly the following shall be installed: luggage compartment subfloor, passenger doors, service doors, luggage compartment doors, passenger compartment glass and cable network; fuselage shall be covered with protective finish, other works shall be done as well. These activities will be sequentially performed on four workplaces of the production shop.

Aircraft assembly shall continue at Final Assembly Shop of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company branch in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The works are carried out there at seven workplaces. This shop is used for airplane empennage installation, butting wings to fuselage, installation of landing gears and engines, systems’ operability check and many other activities.

After first ground and flight tests are finished in Komsomolsk-on-Amur the hundredth aircraft shall be ferried for painting and interior installation. Then it will be prepared for delivery to customer.

The anniversary Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft with 95100 production number is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2015.

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Bombardier and Chorus Sign Purchase Agreement for up to 23 Q400 NextGen Aircraft and Launch New Extended Service Program for Dash 8-300 Aircraft


Q400 aircraft to be operated by Jazz under the Air Canada Express brand

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Chorus Aviation Inc. (‘Chorus’) (TSX: CHR.B CHR.A), parent company of Jazz Aviation LP (‘Jazz’) announced today that they have signed a firm purchase agreement whereby Chorus will acquire 13 Q400 NextGen aircraft and options for 10 Q400 NextGen aircraft. Once delivered, the aircraft will be operated by Jazz under the Air Canada Express banner. The Companies also announced Chorus and Jazz as the launch customer and operator for the industry’s first Dash 8-300 aircraft Extended Service Program that will extend the life of the Dash 8-300 turboprop to 120,000 flight cycles from the original 80,000 flight cycles.

Q400 NextGen Aircraft Purchase Agreement
Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $424 million US, and could increase to $758 million US should Chorus exercise all its options.

“The addition of these new Q400 NextGen aircraft will continue Jazz’s fleet renewal program that began in 2011, and provide unit operating costs that are amongst the lowest of any regional aircraft,” said Joseph Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus and Jazz. “The addition of these efficient aircraft is an important component of our cost reduction plans and the amended Capacity Purchase Agreement (‘CPA’) with Air Canada. The Q400 NextGen airliner has proven to be an outstanding complement to our exclusive fleet of Bombardier turboprops and regional jets.”

“We are delighted that Chorus and Jazz continue to put their confidence in the Q400 NextGen turboprop, relying on the aircraft to provide service from coast to coast in Canada and the United States,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “With its unbeatable economics, in-service performance and excellent passenger comfort, the Q400 NextGen aircraft is widely regarded as the proven choice for North American carriers looking for large turboprop aircraft and it continues to be a segment in which we’ve retained 100 per cent market share.”



Dash 8-300 Aircraft Extended Service ProgramThe Extended Service Program will extend the service life of Jazz’s Dash 8-300 aircraft by 50 per cent, or approximately 15 years. The agreement covers a minimum of 19 aircraft and the program will begin in early 2017. The Dash 8-300 aircraft is an efficient 50-seat turboprop with attractive operating economics that is well suited to meet regional passenger demand across Canada.

“We are the world’s largest operator of Dash 8 aircraft,” continued Mr. Randell. “Our collaboration with Bombardier goes back many years and we’re very pleased to be the launch customer for this innovative program that will keep this valuable asset in the Jazz fleet. This 50-seat turboprop is well suited to many of the regional markets we serve under the Air Canada Express banner, and it’s difficult to beat its economics.”

“The Dash 8-300 aircraft has been a top-performing turboprop since its launch over two decades ago and it remains very much in demand today. Our Extended Service Program will enable operators to further take advantage of the Dash 8-300aircraft’s economic and operational value,” said Todd Young, Vice President, Customer Services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

The Extended Service Program will be accomplished through several structural and engineering analyses, applying fatigue and test data that has been accumulated on the Dash 8-300 aircraft. It will be initiated through a Service Bulletin that will make reference to a new Maintenance Program Supplement. As launch operator, Jazz will incorporate the Service Bulletin and Maintenance Program Supplement and arrange for the replacement of some structural and systems components as identified by the Service Bulletin.

In 2009, Bombardier successfully launched the Dash 8-100 aircraft Extended Service Program alongside Widerøe’s Flyveselskap AS of Norway as launch customer for that aircraft type.

About Q400 NextGen AircraftOptimized for short-haul operations and capable of seating up to 86 passengers, the Q400

NextGen aircraft is a large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprop. It provides the perfect balance of passenger comfort and operating economics with a reduced environmental footprint.

The Q400 NextGen aircraft is the fastest new-technology turboprop, providing both jet speed and turboprop fuel efficiency. The aircraft’s economics and operational flexibility allow airlines to profitably deploy it in a variety of ways to serve typical short-haul turboprop routes, as well as medium-haul jet markets.

Q400 NextGen aircraft are available with an optional dual-class interior for enhanced passenger comfort; an optional extra-capacity configuration with up to 86 seats for high-density markets; and a cargo-passenger combi configuration.

Including Chorus’ order, Bombardier has booked firm orders for 534 Q400 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have transported more than 355 million passengers and have logged over 5.7 million flight hours and more than 6.1 million take-offs and landings. The Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft program includes some 50 owners and operators in over 40 countries on six continents. Long recognized as a high-value asset by operators, the Q400 aircraft is now also attracting growing interest from the leasing community.

About ChorusHeadquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chorus was incorporated on September 27, 2010 and is a dividend-paying holding company with various interests including Jazz Aviation Holdings Inc. and Chorus Aviation Holdings Inc.

Jazz Aviation Holdings Inc. holds all of Chorus’ business interests associated with the CPA with Air Canada which includes Jazz Aviation LP (‘Jazz’), Jazz Aircraft Financing Inc. (‘JAFI’), and Jazz Leasing Inc. (‘JLI’). JAFI and JLI were established for the sole purpose of acquiring and financing Q400 aircraft and related equipment, and leasing them to Jazz for use in the CPA.

Chorus Aviation Holdings Inc. is a holding company to facilitate diversification of Chorus’ business, such as the establishment of Chorus Airport Services Inc. which provides airport handling services.

Chorus is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbols of CHR.A and CHR.B

For more information, visit www.chorusaviation.ca.

About Bombardier
About Bombardier
Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, we posted revenues of $18.2 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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CESSNA CELEBRATES ROLL OUT OF FIRST PRODUCTION CITATION LATITUDE



WICHITA, Kan., Jan. 29, 2015 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today celebrated the roll out of the first production Citation Latitude at the company’s Wichita, Kansas manufacturing facility, just three years since being announced to the market. The assembly of the Latitude features a variety of technological advancements including the use of new automated robotics and ergonomically friendly tooling stations. Today’s event is the latest in the aircraft’s progression toward type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is expected in the second quarter of this year.

“Our product investments extend beyond the design and performance features of the aircraft with innovations in our manufacturing processes,” said Scott Ernest, president and CEO. “The Citation Latitude team has redefined what customers should expect from a business aircraft in this segment, while also redefining the aircraft build process.”

The Citation Latitude certification program, which includes four flying aircraft, has accumulated 500 flights and 1,200 hours to date. The first fully-configured aircraft made its public debut at last fall’s National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida and has since been touring the country for customer demonstration flights.

About the Citation Latitude
The Citation Latitude features an all-new fuselage, creating the most open, spacious, bright and refined cabin environment in the midsize category. With a flat cabin floor and six feet (1.83 meters) of cabin height, the Latitude has the widest fuselage of any Citation jet. Cessna’s Clairity™ cabin-technology system ties into the Latitude’s advanced avionics center to provide connectivity and entertainment to each passenger through their personal electronic devices.

The Citation Latitude accommodates up to nine passengers, can reach a flight level of 43,000 feet (13,106 meters) in just 24 minutes and has a range of up to 2,700 nautical miles (5,000 kilometers). It is designed with a powerful new environmental system, a pressurization system providing a 6,000-foot (1,829-meter) cabin altitude at the aircraft’s maximum operating altitude of 45,000 feet (13,716 meters), an electrically-operated cabin door, Garmin G5000 avionics, two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D1 engines, and standard auto-throttles.

More than 6,750 Citations have been delivered to customers around the world since the first Cessna Citation business jet was put into service in 1972. Citations are the largest fleet of business jets in the world and have surpassed 31 million flight hours

For more information on the Citation Latitude, visit Cessna.com.

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About Textron Aviation Inc.
Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the iconic Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. The Textron Aviation companies include Cessna Aircraft Company and Beechcraft Corporation, bringing together decades of unmatched experience in designing, building and supporting airplanes. It provides the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft, and a complete global customer service organization. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation and Hawker business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s largest global service network. For more information, visit textronaviation.com.

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, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements which may project revenues or describe strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; these statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. 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 statements, including, but not limited to, 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; our ability to keep pace with our competitors in the introduction of new products and upgrades with features and technologies desired by our customers; changes in government regulations or policies on the export and import of our products; volatility in the global economy or changes in worldwide political conditions that adversely impact demand for our products; performance issues with key suppliers or subcontractors; and continued demand softness or volatility in the markets in which we do business.

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TECNAM P2006T TWIN CERTIFIED FOR PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION




Tecnam announced today that the Tecnam P2006T Twin has successful achieved certification to enable it to carry commercial passengers.

Already firmly established as the multi-engine aircraft of choice bringing affordable multi-engine flying to aero-clubs, flying schools, syndicates and private aircraft owners around the world, Tecnam are aiming to promote the P2006T Twin for charter and air-taxi usage too.

The first Tecnam P2006T Certificate for Passenger Transportation has been achieved by Russian based Chelavia.

Established in 2003, ChelAvia currently operates nearly 100 Tecnam aircraft and is actively engaged in training commercial pilots for many Russian based airlines in particular.

The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation issued Chelavia decree d/d 04.02.2003 № 11 which authorises Chelavia to use its large fleet of Tecnam P2006T Twins’ for commercial passenger and freight activity.

This approval completes the “Certification Requirements to individual and legal entities carrying out commercial air transport operations. Certification procedure” and has enabled Chelavia to add the Tecnam P2006T to its Air Operator’s Certificate to enable it to offer the aircraft for both passenger and airfreight operations.

Chelavia report that its customers value the P2006T’s cabin space and comfort in particular. Coupled with the P2006T’s exceptional low cost of operation, speed and range plus its versatility in the delivery small-scale cargo and parcels, the Tecnam P2006T is providing a new a profitable source of revenue generation.

For more information about this News Release (photos, links, etc.) and other News Releases about Tecnam and its product please visit media.tecnam-crm.com

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Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Pilot Was Locked Out Of Cockpit [feedly]

Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Pilot Was Locked Out Of Cockpit
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Video: Take Off KC-390 (Teaser)

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Embraer KC-390 military transport makes successful first flight



São José dos Campos - SP, February 3, 2015 - Embraer today successfully performed the first flight of the new military transport and aerial refueling jet, the KC-390. Test pilots Mozart Louzada and Marcos Salgado de Oliveira Lima and flight test engineers Raphael Lima and Roberto Becker flew the aircraft for 1 hour and 25 minutes, conducting an evaluation of flying qualities and performance.

“This first flight is a fundamental step toward accomplishing the task with which we were entrusted. The KC-390 is the result of a close cooperation with the Brazilian Air Force and international partners, representing what is most likely the greatest technological challenge that the Company has ever encountered in its history. We are profoundly moved for having achieved this key milestone”, said Frederico Fleury Curado, President and CEO of Embraer.

“The program continues to move forward as planned and the KC-390 has drawn interest from several countries around the world”, said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. “We are proud to once again keep our commitments in the development of this aircraft, which will set a new standard in the category of tactical military transport.”

“The KC-390 will be the backbone of transport aviation for the Brazilian Air Force. From the Amazon to Antarctica, the fleet of 28 aircraft will play a key role in the diversity of projects of the Brazilian State, from scientific research to the maintenance of sovereignty”, said Aeronautics Commander, Lieutenant-Brigadier General Nivaldo Luiz Rossato.

On its maiden flight, the KC-390 crew performed maneuvers to evaluate its flight characteristics and conducted a variety of systems tests, having benefited from an advanced campaign of simulations and extensive ground tests. “The KC-390 behaved in a docile and predictable manner,” said Captain Louzada. “The advanced fly-by-wire flight control system and the latest-generation avionics make flying easy and render a smooth and precise flight.”

About the KC-390
The KC-390 is a joint project of the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer to develop and produce a tactical military transport and air-to-air refueling plane that represents a significant advance in terms of technology and innovation for the Brazilian aeronautics industry. This is an aircraft designed to set new standards in its class, at a lower operational cost and with flexibility to perform a wide range of missions: transport and airdropping of cargo and troops, aerial refueling, search and rescue, and forest fire response, among others.

On May 20, 2014, Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force signed the serial production contract for the delivery of 28 KC-390 aircraft and initial logistic support. Besides the order from the Brazilian Air Force, there are current purchase intentions from other countries, for a total of 32 additional aircraft.

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Russian Air Force academy to receive new Yak-130 trainers

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An Innovation Day: Exhibition of Novelty Armaments [Russia]

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New technique uses most abundant gas on Earth to help create bioethanol

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Financiación Nacional e Internacional para PYMES innovadoras

  • §  Para una PYME con menos de 10 personas dedicadas a proyectos de I+D+i, las bonificaciones a la Seguridad Social por Personal Investigador son una gran oportunidad de ahorro y más cómoda, al no tener que certificar.
  • §  Las 11.652 empresas con el sello "PYME Innovadora" podrían reducir el coste de los trabajadores dedicados en exclusiva a proyectos de I+D+i hasta en un 70%, siendo la bonificación media por trabajador de 2.360 euros.
  • §  El Instrumento PYME, dotado con 78.000 millones de euros, sufraga el 70% de los costes subvencionables.
  • §  La Comisión Europea ha elegido ya a 71 PYMES españolas como beneficiarias del Instrumento PYME en la primera fase y a 12 en la segunda.

 

Madrid, 3 de Febrero de 2015.-Alma Consulting Group, consultora líder en la optimización de costes a través de la fiscalidad, ha dado a conocer la financiación nacional e internacional a la que pueden tener acceso en la actualidad las PYMES innovadoras. Nunca antes han tenido a su disposición mayor financiación, tanto a través de Deducciones/Cash Back y Bonificaciones por Personal Investigador, como de financiación directa (ayudas nacionales y de Europa: Instrumento PYME).

 

Si bien las deducciones fiscales por I+D+i no han resultado tan efectivas en la práctica por la limitación en la aplicación, una buena alternativa son las Bonificaciones a la Seguridad Social por Personal Investigador. El Real Decreto 475/2014 sobre bonificaciones en  la cotización a la Seguridad Social del personal investigador recupera el incentivo por el cual las entidades cuyos trabajadores con dedicación en exclusiva a actividades de investigación y desarrollo e innovación tecnológica (I+D+i), pueden obtener una bonificación del 40% en las aportaciones empresariales a las cuotas de la Seguridad Social por contingencias comunes.

 

Además, mantiene la compatibilidad con otras ayudas y amplía el ámbito al régimen de  deducción fiscal por actividades de investigación y desarrollo e innovación tecnológica. Para su aplicación, establece una salvedad, diferenciando empresas que hayan recibido el sello "PYME Innovadora", a las que premia con una compatibilidad total a la hora de aplicar ambos incentivos. Para el resto de empresas o entidades, la bonificación será compatible con el referido régimen de deducción, siempre que no se aplique sobre el mismo investigador.

 

Otra de las novedades que establece el Real Decreto está dirigido a entidades con diez o más investigadores, que tienen la obligación de aportar ante la Tesorería General de la Seguridad Social en un plazo máximo de seis meses desde la finalización del ejercicio fiscal en el que se han aplicado las bonificaciones, un informe motivado vinculante emitido por la Dirección General de Innovación y Competitividad del Ministerio de Economía  y Competitividad relativo al cumplimiento en dicho período de la condición de personal investigador con dedicación exclusiva a actividades de investigación y desarrollo e innovación tecnológica.

 

Para aquellas empresas que quieran hacer uso de estas bonificaciones y además apliquen deducciones fiscales, será necesario aportar ante la Agencia Estatal de Administración Tributaria una memoria anual de actividades y proyectos ejecutados e investigadores afectados por la bonificación en el ejercicio vencido, al presentar su declaración del impuesto de sociedades. Se podrá comprobar la condición de PYME innovadora mediante el acceso al registro. El Real Decreto se publica con carácter retroactivo. Podrá solicitarse la devolución del exceso ingresado, y la Tesorería General de la Seguridad Social deberá dictar y notificar la resolución dentro de los seis meses siguientes a la presentación de la documentación de solicitud de dicha devolución.

Evaluando la repercusión directa del incentivo, actualmente existen registradas 11.652 empresas con el sello "PYME Innovadora" en la Dirección General de Innovación y Competitividad del Ministerio de Economía  y Competitividad, empresas que podrían utilizar este incentivo como apoyo a la contratación de personal investigador. Teniendo en cuenta los nuevos criterios establecidos de compatibilidad con deducciones fiscales y el anterior con subvenciones, el coste de estos trabajadores para la empresa podría verse reducido hasta en un 70%. De forma general, según el MINECO, se ha establecido en 500 el número de puestos de trabajo de nueva creación en tres años que se prevé gracias a este incentivo, y una bonificación media por trabajador de 2.360 euros.

 

En cuanto a la financiación directa que pueden conseguir las PYMES españolas en la actualidad, la Comisión Europea ha venido articulando su política de I+D a través de las sucesivas ediciones del Programa Marco, y en la última edición, Horizonte 2020, ofrece a las empresas una nueva modalidad de participación denominada Instrumento PYME (en inglés SME Instrument).  Instrumento PYME está orientado a proyectos de innovación con alto potencial para el crecimiento, desarrollo e internacionalización de la PYME. Está dotado con 78.000 millones de euros y sufraga el 70% de los costes subvencionables. Los beneficiarios pueden ser una PYME o Consorcio de PYMES .El proyecto debe basarse en una idea realmente innovadora en su sector o mercado y ejecutar actividades de innovación y de I+D que sean necesarias para el desarrollo de las anteriores. Debe ser un proyecto en estado avanzado, que sea estratégico para la empresa y con cercanía al mercado. El proceso de presentación de solicitudes consta de tres fases: 

 

Fase 1- Estudio de viabilidad: Se financia con 50.000 € la realización de un Plan de Negocio para demostrar la viabilidad tecnológica y económica de una idea innovadora.

Fase 2 - Proyecto de Innovación: Se financiarán todas las actividades (desarrollo de prototipos, diseño, ensayos, demostración, escalado industrial, etc.) necesarias para obtener el producto, proceso o servicio innovador, incluidas actividades de I+D necesarias para el desarrollo de las anteriores.  

Fase 3- Comercialización: Se recibirá apoyo no financiero (networking, formación, orientación, información,…) para poner en el mercado el producto, proceso o servicio desarrollado en la fase anterior.

 

El pasado mes de junio tuvo lugar una de las fechas de corte para la Fase 1 y los resultados publicados por la Comisión Europea ponen de manifiesto la gran aceptación que el Instrumento PYME está teniendo entre nuestras empresas. En la primera Fase, la Comisión Europea eligió a 71 PYMES españolas como beneficiarias y en la segunda a 12, lo que demuestra el alto potencial innovador español. En ambas Fases España ha liderado la clasificación de PYMES seleccionadas, procedentes de ámbitos como la producción de alimentos sostenibles, seguridad, control de sistemas, nanotecnología, salud, educación, etc.

 

David de Paz, Consultor en Financiación de la Innovación de Alma Consulting Group, ha destacado que: "el acceso de las PYMES a las diferentes modalidades de financiación mencionadas, requiere de un profundo conocimiento técnico sobre el proceso de presentación, la gestación de la idea, el ajuste de la misma en los procesos, la elaboración, preparación y seguimiento de la documentación necesaria, etc. Ello, unido a la complejidad para conseguirlas y la necesidad de ser cada vez más competitivas, son algunos de los motivos por los que las PYMES acuden a empresas especializadas. La conveniencia de optimizar la financiación, unido a la necesidad de dotarse de la mayor seguridad jurídica posible, son las principales ventajas que aporta contar con la asesoría de un especialista en Optimización de Costes a través de la fiscalidad: especialización y optimización de resultados".

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