NASA selects Tecnam P2006T for electric powered multi engined aircraft

lunes, 30 de marzo de 2015


Tecnam today (24/3/15) announced that NASA has selected the Tecnam P2006T twin as the airframe on which it will evaluate the potential of ‘LEAPtech’ (Leading Edge Asynchronous Technology), with the aim of developing safer, more energy efficient, lower operating cost and greener General Aviation aircraft.

LEAPTech is a key element of NASA’s plan to help a significant portion of the general aircraft industry transition to electrical propulsion within the next decade.

NASA will fit an experimental 31-foot aircraft wing with 18 electric motors placed along the leading edge onto a Tecnam P2006T aircraft frame. The wing is made of carbon composite, while the electric engines are powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries. The wing and electric motors will both manufactured and integrated on the P2006T airframe by the US based companies ESAero and Joby Aviation.

Researchers hope to fly the modified Tecnam P2006T piloted X-plane within the next couple years, enabling NASA engineers to easily compare the performance of the X-plane version with the standard Tecnam P2006T Twin.

The Tecnam P2006T Twin has already established itself as the aircraft of choice by many of the world’s leading Flight Training Organisations. Bringing together Italian innovation, engineering and design flair, the P2006T has also been modified and currently undertakes a wide range of aerial missions including for surveillance, observation, surveying, aerial mapping and many other special mission tasks.

Tecnam opened its 21,000 sq ft North American facility at Sebring, FL. In 2014.
The Sebring facility is not only a showroom and delivery center for new Tecnam aircraft but is also an airframe maintenance and training center, as well as the parts warehouse for all North American Tecnam owners.


Tecnam delivers first P Twenty-Ten to the Middle East

Tecnam announced today the delivery of the first P Twenty-Ten to the Middle East.

P Twenty-Ten ‘A7-TBA’ was delivered directly from Tecnam’s Capua, Italy production facility to Qatar based ‘Aviation Home’ at Al Khor Airport. The ferry flight routing included stops in Brindisi, Corfu, Crete, Alexandria, Cairo, Hurgada, Madina, Riyadh and Doha in just 25 flight hours.

The landing on Crete’s runway 030 was achieved in a rain storm, wind 350 28 knots, gusting 40 knots.

P Twenty-Ten ‘A7-TBA’ joins a wide range of Tecnam aircraft already in service with Aviation Home, Tecnam’s dealer for both the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These include the Tecnam Astore, P2006T Twin and a number of P200JF’s.

The ‘P Twenty Ten’ brings together an advanced technology all carbon fibre fuselage with a metal wing and stabilator/rudder based on the best of TECNAM’s recent P2006T Twin and P2008 experience. This single engine, 4 seat aeroplane has been eagerly anticipated by the General Aviation community.

Professor Luigi Pascale, Tecnam’s award winning President and Head of Design, is especially proud of creating the P2010. “It was 50 years ago that we originally introduce a four-seater single engine high wing aircraft. I am delighted at the response from so many in the General Aviation community, be they private owners or flight schools who have appreciated the benefits of our all new innovative and affordable Tecnam P2010.”


El grupo Iberia estrena una temporada de verano repleta de nuevas rutas

  • Iberia, Iberia Express y la franquicia Iberia Regional Air Nostrum inauguran 39 nuevas rutas e incorporan 19 destinos adicionales a la red de grupo
  • Las aerolíneas aumentan la oferta en otras 22 rutas

Se inicia la temporada de verano para el transporte aéreo y el Grupo Iberia presenta más novedades que nunca. El grupo, incluyendo la franquicia Iberia Regional Air Nostrum, abre 39 nuevas rutas que suponen incorporar 19 destinos adicionales a la red. Además, las compañías aumentan su oferta, bien en vuelos o en asientos, en 22 de sus rutas actuales.

La Habana, la estrella del largo radio

En la red de largo radio esta temporada Iberia estrena tres destinos, La Habana, a partir del 1 de junio, y Cali y Medellín desde el 3 de julio. A la Habana vuelve la compañía tras un paréntesis de algo más dos años, mientras que Cali y Medellín se incorporan a la red de la aerolínea por primera vez.

Esta temporada también se cuenta como novedad los vuelos a Montevideo y Santo Domingo, que se inauguraron el pasado 1 de septiembre. Precisamente en el caso de Santo Domingo, la compañía aumenta la oferta de cinco vuelos semanales a un vuelo diario a partir de este miércoles.

Novedades por toda Europa

Europa es el mercado que presenta más novedades, en especial en Italia, Reino Unido, Francia, Alemania y Portugal. Iberia e Iberia Express inauguran vuelos a 5 nuevos destinos de Italia, Florencia y Nápoles de forma permanente, y Palermo, Catania y Verona en los meses de verano. Además, aumenta la oferta en las rutas con Venecia.

En Alemania, Iberia inaugura los vuelos directos a Hamburgo y el grupo aumenta la oferta con Berlín, Frankfurt y Dusseldorf.

En Francia, se inaguran vuelos con el aeropuerto de Paris Charles de Gaulle desde Madrid, operados por Iberia Express, y desde Santander, por Iberia Regional Air Nostrum.

Iberia Express por su parte inicia vuelos a Lyon, Niza y Nantes complementando la oferta de Iberia Regional Air Nostrum, y de Tenerife a Lyon. Iberia inaugura vuelos directos La Coruña-París, e Iberia Regional Air Nostrum lanza vuelos de temporada en las rutas Madrid-Lourdes, Madrid-Perpiñán, Ibiza-Perpiñán y Alicante-Carcassona. Finalmente Iberia aumenta su oferta con París Orly.

También son numerosas las novedades en el Reino Unido. Iberia Express va a inaugurar vuelos directos desde Madrid con Edimburgo, Mánchester y Londres Gatwitck, además de vuelos a Londres Heathrow desde Tenerife, Gran Canaria y Mallorca. Air Nostrum inaugura hoy los vuelos entre Vigo y Londres Luton.

También con Portugal se estrenan novedades. Iberia e Iberia Regional ofrecerán vuelos estacionales a Funchal y Faro respectivamente, además de aumentar la oferta con Lisboa.

Budapest es otro de los destinos de verano ofrecido por Iberia e Iberia Express. Y en España, la ruta Tenerife-Asturias por esta última.

Como todos los años, además, Iberia recupera sus vuelos directos con Los Angeles, Boston, San Petersburgo, Zagreb y Dubrovnik, Iberia Regional con Split e Iberia Express con Ibiza, entre otros.

Refuerzo de oferta en otras 16 rutas Además de las nuevas rutas, las compañías refuerzan su oferta en otros muchos destinos, como el ya mencionado Santo Domingo, además de México, Bruselas, Ginebra, Marraquech, Praga, Tel Aviv, Zagreb, Atenas, Dublín, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, La Palma, Mallorca, Tenerife o Asturias


Airbus Helicopters names Stéphane Chery as its Head of Digital Strategy

Stéphane Chery has been appointed as Airbus Helicopters’ Head of Digital Strategy, reporting to Clive Schley, Head of Strategy and Marketing. He will be responsible for implementing the company’s vision and top objectives in this domain, enabling new culture and behaviors governing digital technologies across the company.

Airbus Helicopters’ creation of the Digital Strategy position underscores the significance of digitalization in all aspects of the company’s operations – from design, development and production to customer support and services – along with Airbus Group’s top priority on digital technologies in 2015.

“The evolution of digital capabilities is a key element of Airbus Helicopters’ global transformation plan, which is focused on better serving and satisfying our customers,” explained Airbus Helicopters’ President & CEO Guillaume Faury. “Embedded in the Strategy department, Stéphane will be capitalizing on and further fostering the digital initiatives we have already implemented.”

Chery joined Airbus Helicopters four years ago as the Head of External Communications, developing the company’s image and reputation – and supporting the branding of its new identity within Airbus Group. His career includes 15 years of experience in change management and corporate communications.


Airbus Group delivers first new UH-72A Lakota for Army initial-entry trainer mission

Airbus Group yesterday delivered to the U.S. Army the first UH-72A Lakota helicopter to come off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line configured for the Lakota’s latest mission, as the service’s initial-entry training helicopter.

The aircraft will join seven Lakotas previously in the Army inventory that have already been modified to the training configuration and fielded to Fort Rucker, in preparation for the Lakota’s formal introduction into the training curriculum in early fiscal 2016. Ultimately, Army plans call for an initial-entry rotary wing training fleet of 187 Lakotas, made up of a mix of new deliveries and already in-service aircraft reconfigured for the training mission.

To date, the Department of Defense has ordered 411 Lakotas, 400 for the U.S. Army. With today’s delivery, 332 completed aircraft have been delivered – all on time and on budget – from the Airbus Helicopters Inc. production facility in Columbus, Miss.

“For a program to succeed in the current budget environment, affordability and reliable program performance must accompany mission flexibility,” said Allan McArtor, Airbus Group Chairman and CEO. “Since awarding the contract in 2006, the Army has managed this program unfailingly on cost and on schedule, and we’re proud to see that record continue as we deliver the latest configuration of this versatile, multi-mission aircraft.”

“We’re making the necessary important investments to ensure a successful transition of the Lakota into training operations at Fort Rucker,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of Airbus Helicopters Inc. “We’re honored that future Army aviators will begin their flying careers at the controls of the Lakota.”

The Lakota was competitively selected in 2006 to fill a wide variety of roles for the Active Army and Army National Guard, including search and rescue, medical evacuation, border security, command and control, VIP transport, general utility and training. Army National Guard units, operating UH-72As equipped with the Security & Support Mission Equipment Package, are deployed supporting Customs and Border Protection missions along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Lakota is also operated in a training role by the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.

The Royal Thai Army has ordered UH-72As through the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program. These Lakotas are scheduled to be fielded to Thailand within the coming months. Airbus Helicopters is marketing the UH-72A to other allied nations with requirements for a modern, low cost multi-mission helicopter.

A modern, twin-engine aircraft, the UH-72A is a powerful, stable, and agile platform with a glass cockpit that is compatible with night vision goggles. The Lakota is single-pilot Instrument Flight Rules certified. It has the lowest cost to buy, own and operate of any U.S. military helicopter in production, and is built in Columbus, Miss., by a workforce that is 43 percent U.S. military veterans.


Germanwings "No Right to Rule Out Other Hypotheses"

As if awaking from a stunned stupor, (incapacitation with breathing perhaps?) the Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses, the French air safety investigatory authority, has suddenly spoken. After six days in which French law enforcement has all but wrapped up the case of the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, the spokeswoman for the BEA has told The New York Times, her agency's ire was focused on the shocking leak of the content of the cockpit voice recorder, but had no statement about the appropriateness of concluding the cause of the accident without recovering crucial pieces of evidence.

That wise disclaimer was left for Jean-Pierre Michel an official with the judicial police who, in one of the only moderate statements to emerge from this fiasco told the Times, “we have no right today to rule out other hypotheses including the mechanical hypotheses, as long as we haven’t proved that the plane had no problems.” 


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Mexico becomes 1st customer for C295 with winglets

Thanks to the winglets, the C295W will be able to transport more payload to a longer distance with around a 4% fuel savings, even in hot and high conditions.

The Mexican Navy has specified the winglets for two C295s, for which the order was already announced, and winglets will be standard for all new C295s ordered from now on.

“The advantage of the winglets in hot and high conditions means that the development of the C295W is a key step for our highly successful light and medium transport family. And it is a particular pleasure to deliver this first aircraft to Mexico, which already has the biggest Airbus Defence and Space transport fleet in Latin America,” said Antonio Rodríguez Barberán, Head of Commercial for Airbus Defence and Space in Latin America.

“The C295 has served us well for many years. We had some concerns about operating a mixed fleet of aircraft with and without winglets, but when we studied the enhanced performance of this new version it was clear that it would bring very significant operating benefits for us that could not be ignored”, said Rear Admiral from Mexican Navy, José María García Macedo.


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