Snapshot: Europe’s UAV Industry

lunes, 29 de febrero de 2016



Europe is in the midst of a UAS revolution, with business on the upswing and the European Union moving to rationalize its rules and regulations for drone operations continent-wide.

Time will tell whether the new measures help or harm but for now Europe’s commercial drone industry is taking root. According to ABI Research the combined revenue for the sector—that is the revenue from unmanned platforms; system and platform support and services; application services and enabling technologies—reached approximately $88 million in 2015. That’s not an Earth-shattering amount, but in European terms, nothing to sneeze at either. read full text in: http://insideunmannedsystems.com/snapshot-europes-uav-industry/

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New UAV cameras smaller, lighter and more capable

http://www.directionsmag.com/entry/new-uav-cameras-smaller-lighter-and-more-capable/463778

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FAA looks towards risk-based approach for micro UAV ops

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/faa-looks-towards-risk-based-approach-for-micro-uav-422407/

The US Federal Aviation Administration is exploring the introduction of new regulations for micro-unmanned aerial vehicle operations, which could potentially move away from weight classifications, similar to rules being proposed in Europe.

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UNVEX AMERICA se perfila como el evento de referencia en la región - Se celebrará en el marco de FIDAE 2016, en Chile

  • UNVEX AMERICA se perfila como el evento de referencia en la región
  • La celebración de UNVEX AMÉRICA dentro de FIDAE 2016  se prevé como el mayor evento sobre UAV o RPAS a celebrar este año en Latinoamérica. Conferencias y Demostraciones van a permitir  conocer las capacidades de esta tecnología

Febrero de 2016

A menos de cincuenta días de su celebración, el Programa de Conferencias de UNVEX América 2016, organizado por la empresa española IDS, toma forma y comienza a vislumbrarse lo que serán sin duda las mejores Conferencias sobre UAV o RPAS de la región, en 2016.

El Programa estructurado en siete Sesiones incluye las temáticas que interesan a los profesionales del sector, en toda su extensión, desde las aplicaciones militares y civiles (minería, agricultura, recursos naturales, inspección y cartografía), la tecnología, la regulación y formación de operadores, hasta el modelo de negocio previsible.

Contará con representantes de las Fuerzas Armadas y de Seguridad, organismos reguladores, fabricantes, universidades y usuarios comerciales. También  estarán presentes  las Asociaciones de RPAS de América Latina que,  el segundo día, debatirán en una mesa redonda sobre el futuro de esta tecnología, llamada a cambiar muchos hábitos.

En cuanto a procedencia, intervendrán conferencistas de Chile, Colombia, Argentina, España, Israel y Estados Unidos.

La respuesta de las mayores empresas del sector ha sido muy positiva. UNVEX América 2016 cuenta con el Patrocinio de Elbit, InSitu, Thales, Expal y EuroUSC que dispondrán de puntos de información junto a la sala de Conferencias, situada en el Centro de Conferencias de FIDAE.

UNVEX, el gran encuentro sobre sistemas remotamente tripulados

Tras el éxito de sus dos ediciones anteriores (Lima y Bogotá), UNVEX América  celebrará su tercera edición en Santiago de Chile, dentro de FIDAE 2016, la mayor Feria Americana del sector aeronáutico, los días 31 de marzo y 1 de abril

La organizadora del evento, IDS, es una empresa española integrada por profesionales de la comunicación especializados en Defensa y Seguridad que oferta servicios integrales de comunicación a empresas y organismos públicos y privados. Cuenta con un equipo de profesionales cualificados en la materia. Como empresa editorial destacan sus portales www.infodefensa.com , líder en España y América Latina,  www.infoespacial.com y el medio especializado en UAV/RPAS www.infodron.es  

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Airbus Helicopters focuses on its customers and presents products & services from a new perspective at Heli Expo 2016

  • Supporting priorities of customer satisfaction, quality & safety, and competitiveness

  • Five aircraft on display: H130, H145, H135, H215 and H125

  • Strong HCare Customer Service representation

  • H160 and H175 virtual reality experience
  • Airbus Helicopters focuses on its customers and presents products & services from a new perspective at Heli Expo 2016

    Marignane, France, – Industry stakeholders will be invited to see the world of Airbus Helicopters' from a new perspective at the Heli Expo trade show from March 1-3 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY. Airbus Helicopters will be highlighting its wide range of products and services with a strong lineup of five aircraft, including the H125 in law enforcement configuration; the H130 in utility configuration; the H135 and the H145 in Corporate/VIP configuration and the H215 in utility configuration.

    "As the leader in the civil and parapublic market with a 45% share, our focus is now on going from the biggest to the best in the industry," said Airbus Helicopters President and CEO Guillaume Faury. "Focusing on our priorities of customer satisfaction, quality & safety, and competitiveness, our goal is to become the benchmark of the helicopter industry. And we are on the right track - from the commercial success of the newly released H175 and H145, the commercialization of the H160 taking place this year and our rank increase in industry customer satisfaction polls, we are seeing the clear results from our transformation plan, which is entering its third year."

    The company's show display also includes three HCare Customer Services corners – Connected Services, Material Management & Upgrades and Training & Flight Operations - highlighting Airbus Helicopters' commitment to taking care of its customers on every flight.

    Show-goers will also have the exclusive opportunity to get to know the H175 and H160 more closely through two brand new, interactive virtual reality and 360° presentations. The company will also be highlighting its in-house designed, state-of-the-art avionics suite, Helionix, currently featured H145 and H175 and in the future on the H135 and H160.

    Having strengthened its leading position on the civil rotorcraft market in 2015, the company is also in the best position to meet the needs of the North American market. "Airbus Helicopters is not waiting for market recovery, and here in North America, we have been positioning for growth to come in both the U.S. and Canada," said Chris Emerson, President of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Head of North America Region. "The air medical and law enforcement markets are particularly promising: over the last decade, our helicopters have accounted for two-thirds of all new rotorcraft put into service for EMS missions, and for more than 50 percent of all new helicopters sold to U.S. law enforcement agencies. We are proud to be highlighting some of these great aircraft from our customers on the display at this year's show."

    Be sure to follow Airbus Helicopters for all the news and events throughout the show:
    Twitter: @AirbusHC

    » www.airbushelicopters.com


    About Airbus Helicopters

    Airbus Helicopters is a division of Airbus Group. The company provides the most efficient civil and military helicopter solutions to its customers who serve, protect, save lives and safely carry passengers in highly demanding environments. Flying more than 3 million flight hours per year, the company's in-service fleet includes nearly 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in 154 countries. Airbus Helicopters employs more than 22,000 people worldwide and in 2015 generated revenues of 6.8 billion Euros. Airbus Helicopters' ambition is to go from the biggest to the best, becoming the benchmark in the industry for helicopter manufacturing.

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    "Airbus Helicopters updates Executive Committee, puts stronger focus on Customer Support & Services"

    • Ben Bridge appointed new Executive Vice President Global Business
    • Matthieu Louvot joins Executive Committee as Executive Vice President Customer Support & Services
    • Dominique Maudet joins Airbus Group as Head of Strategic Defence Relations

    Marignane - Ben Bridge (44) has been appointed Executive Vice President Global Business while Matthieu Louvot (41) becomes Executive Vice President Customer Support & Services, in a move aimed at consolidating Airbus Helicopters' leading position while remaining as close as possible to its customers. Both Global Business and Support & Services functions are now sitting at the company's Executive Committee. These appointments are effective 1 April 2016.

    Ben Bridge, who will report to Airbus Helicopters President and CEO Guillaume Faury, joins from BAE Systems where he acted as Regional Managing Director Europe & Americas, and previously as Managing Director Middle East & Africa. He brings a 17-year experience with BAE Systems in international sales & marketing and will drive business growth for Airbus Helicopters.

    Matthieu Louvot currently serves as Head of Customer Support & Services. He will now join the Executive Committee and report to Guillaume Faury.

    "This updated approach will allow us to put an even stronger emphasis on Support & Services, a key element of our strategy to go from the biggest to the best in the rotorcraft industry", said Guillaume Faury. "I want to thank Dominique Maudet for the great work he achieved by ensuring the commercial success of Airbus Helicopters and supporting our customers in a challenging market environment".

    Dominique Maudet (59), who had held the position Executive Vice-President Global Business & Services since May 2011, is appointed as Head of Airbus Group Strategic Defence Relations, also effective 1 April 2016. In this position he will report to Marwan Lahoud, Executive Vice-President International, Strategy & Public Affairs and Member of the Group Executive Committee.


    About Airbus Helicopters

    Airbus Helicopters is a division of Airbus Group. The company provides the most efficient civil and military helicopter solutions to its customers who serve, protect, save lives and safely carry passengers in highly demanding environments. Flying more than 3 million flight hours per year, the company's in-service fleet includes nearly 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in 154 countries. Airbus Helicopters employs more than 22,000 people worldwide and in 2015 generated revenues of 6.8 billion Euros. Airbus Helicopters' ambition is to go from the biggest to the best, becoming the benchmark in the industry for helicopter manufacturing.

    » www.airbushelicopters.com

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    El aeródromo de Cuatro Vientos acogerá UNVEX 2016

    • El aeródromo de Cuatro Vientos acogerá UNVEX 2016
    • La cuarta edición de UNVEX, el mayor evento nacional de RPAS o Drones,  se celebrará del 24 al 26 de Mayo en las instalaciones del Aeroclub de Cuatro Vientos, Madrid

    Madrid.- Febrero de 2015

    Los organizadores  de UNVEX 2016 han escogido este emplazamiento, único para un evento de éstas características, con unas magníficas instalaciones para acoger dentro del mismo recinto la Sala de Conferencias, la Exposición y, dentro de ella, el Centro de Promoción e Información, así como un espacio reservado para Demostraciones de RPAS en directo.

    Son ya muchas las instituciones que han confirmado su apoyo a UNVEX 2016 conscientes de la necesidad de un gran evento nacional de nivel profesional que agrupe a todas las partes interesadas, diseñadores, fabricantes y usuarios en todo tipo de aplicaciones.

    Destaca la colaboración de la Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea que tiene previsto participar en UNVEX 2016 con el objetivo de dar a conocer la situación de la legislación española en cuanto al uso de sistemas aéreos remotamente tripulados. Para ello dispondrá de dos mesas en las que tratará no solo de la normativa en cuanto a vuelo, sino también de los aspectos legales relativos a responsabilidad, privacidad y seguridad o los requisitos de certificación y formación de operadores.

    Lo hará en los dos escenarios que incluye este año UNVEX, el ciclo de Conferencias para profesionales y el Centro de Información abierto a todos los visitantes con un stand informativo.

    El mercado de los denominados Drones, RPAS o UAV está en un momento crucial. En los próximos años se van a definir las reglas de juego, las tecnologías más eficientes y los sistemas de operación más adecuados a las nuevas aplicaciones que aparecen cada día.

     

     

    Sobre IDS

    IDS EVENTOS es el departamento especializado en eventos del mayor proveedor de contenidos en español en sectores como defensa y seguridad (Infodefensa.com), espacio (infoespacial.com) y sistemas remotamente tripulados (infodron.es).

     

    Entre los eventos que organiza destacan UNVEX (UAV), SYMDEX (Simulación y Mantenimiento), LIMEX (Protección de Fronteras) y los Foros Infodefensa. Así mismo, realiza proyectos a medida para organismos internacionales, empresas y asociaciones profesionales.

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    NASA Licenses New Communication Technology for Unmanned Aircraft - Space Ref (press release) [feedly]

    NASA Licenses New Communication Technology for Unmanned Aircraft
    Space Ref (press release)
    NASA has developed technology that may enable unmanned aircraft to fly safely in the national airspace along with piloted aircraft. The patent-pending integrated communications and control system is capable of collision warnings as well as real-time ...
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    ANALYSIS: Sikorsky seeks next leap in rotorcraft technology - Flightglobal [feedly]


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    ANALYSIS: Sikorsky seeks next leap in rotorcraft technology
    Flightglobal
    Sikorsky officials have hinted at potential commercial derivatives of the company's military S-97 Raider and SB-1 Defiant technology demonstrators, which are being developed for US Army missions. Powered by rigid, counter-rotating main rotors and a ...

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    Boeing and Northrop Grumman Team Up To Protect Airplanes From Missiles - Motley Fool [feedly]



    Boeing and Northrop Grumman Team Up To Protect Airplanes From Missiles
    Motley Fool
    Around the world, the use of cheap and deadly shoulder-launched infrared guided missiles is "growing in popularity among terrorist groups and in thirdworld countries." So warns Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC). Lucky for flyers, though, Northrop Grumman ...

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    Reusable Military Spaceplane Tops DARPA Wishlist [feedly]

    Reusable Military Spaceplane Tops DARPA Wishlist
    http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Reusable_Military_Spaceplane_Tops_DARPA_Wishlist_999.html

    Washington (Sputnik) Feb 29, 2016
    nullFor the second year in a row, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's highest funded project is a reusable military spaceplane. For 2017, DARPA requested $50 million for the XS-1 spaceplane program, intended to quickly deliver satellites into orbit. In 2016, the agency had requested $30 million for the program The spaceplane would likely not be solely for delivering satellites. A p

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    Ariane 6 plan comes under anti-competition scrutiny [feedly]

    Ariane 6 plan comes under anti-competition scrutiny
    http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ariane-6-plan-comes-under-anti-competition-scrutiny-422510/
    A key aspect of the plan to ensure Europe s market-leading space launch industry meets ambitious cost targets has come under scrutiny from competition regulators in Brussels.

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    AIR TRANSPORTATION: Antonov Saved By Arabs - Strategy Page [feedly]

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    Speed and efficiency: are adaptive jet engines the way forward? [feedly]

    Speed and efficiency: are adaptive jet engines the way forward?
    http://www.airforce-technology.com/features/featurespeed-and-efficiency-are-adaptive-jet-engines-the-way-forward-4809082/

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    Spain To Acquire Predator B Drones [feedly]

    Spain To Acquire Predator B Drones
    http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=7593c4e4-b2cc-4748-a453-89ae1faeddfc

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    Pontifications: Boeing sued over program accounting



    Feb. 29, 2016, (c) Leeham Co.: It was inevitable: a class action lawsuit was filed last week against The Boeing Co., its top officers and directors over the investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission of the company’s program accounting.

    The lawsuit was filed last Wednesday.

    The lawsuit alleges “among other things, that defendants issued materially false and misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (i) Boeing’s use of program accounting for its 787 Dreamliner and/or 747 jumbo aircrafts relied on inflated sales forecasts; (ii) Boeing’s use of program accounting for its 787 Dreamliner and/or 747 jumbo aircrafts relied on understated estimates of production costs; and (iii) as a result of the foregoing, Boeing’s public statements were materially false and misleading….” full text in: https://leehamnews.com/2016/02/29/pontifications-boeing-and-program-accounting/

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    McCain Vows to Block LRS-B Program | Hypersonic Missiles Possible by Next Leap Year | Taiwan Plans to Build 3 Air Defense Catamarans [feedly]

    McCain Vows to Block LRS-B Program | Hypersonic Missiles Possible by Next Leap Year | Taiwan Plans to Build 3 Air Defense Catamarans
    http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/mccain-vows-to-block-lrs-b-program-hypersonic-missiles-possible-by-next-leap-year-taiwan-plans-to-build-3-air-defense-catamarans-032941/

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    Refurbished Solar Impulse 2 returns to the skies [feedly]

    Refurbished Solar Impulse 2 returns to the skies
    http://www.gizmag.com/solar-impulse-2-returns/42077/

    Following a seven-month grounding in Hawaii, Solar Impulse 2 is preparing for a return to its historic round-the-world sun-powered flight. The team has carried out a maintenance flight to test out newly installed systems and plans to continue its journey at the end of April with a four-day flight from Hawaii to the west coast of the USA.

    .. Continue Reading Refurbished Solar Impulse 2 returns to the skies

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    Ireland can become the drone capital of Europe, interview with Drone Expo founder Ian Kiely



    By @SimonCocking. The Drone Expo is coming to Dublin April 1 – 3, tickets available here. We spoke to Ian Kiely, founding member Drone Expo Ireland, to find out more. http://irishtechnews.net/ITN3/ireland-can-become-the-drone-capital-of-europe-interview-with-drone-expo-founder-ian-kiely/

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    Solar sails to help keep pole-sitting satellites in their place [feedly]

    sábado, 27 de febrero de 2016

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    Solar sails to help keep pole-sitting satellites in their place
    // Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine

    Pole sitting was a fad in the United States in the 1920s, but ESA is putting a modern orbital spin on the practice. Investigating advanced orbital mechanics, the space agency has concluded that it's possible to build a hybrid solar-sail/electric-propulsion satellite that could hover over either of the Earth's poles by balancing the pull of the Earth and the Sun.

    .. Continue Reading Solar sails to help keep pole-sitting satellites in their place

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    Norway to build Europe's largest onshore wind power project [feedly]

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    Norway to build Europe's largest onshore wind power project
    // Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine

    The newly-announced Fosen Vind project will comprise six wind farms with a combined capacity of 1,000 MW, more than the current total installed capacity in Norway and on track to become the largest of its type in Europe.

    .. Continue Reading Norway to build Europe's largest onshore wind power project

    Category: Environment

    Tags: Wind PowerNorway Related Articles: New navigation module to help future freighters act as their own sails Might black wind turbines prevent bird collisions? 3D print your own little piece of Norway with Terrafab A slice of land will be removed from island for Utøya memorial At Manshausen, cantilevered cabins keep your holiday on the edge Floating Krystall hotel will offer bedside views of the Northern Lights
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    Airbus’ Getafe, Spain production facility delivers the first A350-1000 horizontal tail plane

    http://www.airbus.com/newsevents/news-events-single/detail/airbus-getafe-spain-production-facility-delivers-the-first-a350-1000-horizontal-tail-plane/?utm_source=article&utm_medium=all_news&utm_campaign=RSS

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    The A330’s continued commercial success leads to a new production rate increase

    http://www.airbus.com/newsevents/news-events-single/detail/the-a330s-continued-commercial-success-leads-to-a-new-production-rate-increase/?utm_source=article&utm_medium=all_news&utm_campaign=RSS

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    Embraer's KC-390 surpasses 100 test flight hours

    http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Embraers_KC-390_surpasses_100_test_flight_hours_999.html

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    Australia unveils 'massive' increase in defence spending

    http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Australia_unveils_massive_increase_in_defence_spending_999.html

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    China deploys fighter jets to contested island in S. China Sea

    http://www.spacewar.com/reports/China_deploys_fighter_jets_to_contested_island_in_S_China_Sea_999.html

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    China's Comac aims for first C919 flight by early 2017: sources - Business Insider

    http://www.businessinsider.com/r-chinas-comac-aims-for-first-c919-flight-by-early-2017-sources-2016-2

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    COMAC to Launch First C919 Flight by End-2016; Boeing Co, Airbus Group Cautious

    http://www.bidnessetc.com/64170-comac-to-launch-first-c919-flight-by-end2016-boeing-airbus-cautious/

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    Airbus Group toujours aussi solide - Air & Cosmos

    http://www.air-cosmos.com/airbus-group-toujours-aussi-solide-63743

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    Airbus Group et son astronomique carnet de commandes de 1000 milliards d’euros - L'Usine de l'Aéro

    http://www.usinenouvelle.com/article/airbus-group-et-son-astronomique-carnet-de-commandes-de-1000-milliards-d-euros.N381341

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    Airbus success leads to A330 production increase - Works Management

    http://www.worksmanagement.co.uk/news/airbus-success-leads-to-a330-production-increase-1/115984/

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    F-16 no tripulado vuela como "punto fiel" de un F-16 tripulado

    http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Aerotwitornados/~3/NCvkkA0koA4/1600-f-16-no-tripulado-vuela-como-punto-fiel-de-un-f-16-tripulado

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    Sikorsky to Explore Helicopter Production in Saudi Arabia - Voice of America

    http://www.voanews.com/content/sikorsky-to-explore-helicopter-production-in-saudi-arabia/3203082.html

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    Lockheed warns Sikorsky could underperform - Reuters

    http://www.reuters.com/article/lockheed-sikorsky-idUSL2N16402Z

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    Boeing Launches Next-Generation 737 Boeing Converted Freighter

    http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2016-02-23-Boeing-Launches-Next-Generation-737-Boeing-Converted-Freighter

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    Boeing, Lockheed Martin Forgo Further Action on Bomber Competition

    http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2016-02-26-Boeing-Lockheed-Martin-Forgo-Further-Action-on-Bomber-Competition

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    Antonov transports to be built in Saudi Arabia - UPI.com

    http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2016/02/24/Antonov-transports-to-be-built-in-Saudi-Arabia/4401456285817/

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    Ukraine's manufacturer Antonov presents new cargo aircraft AN-132 - Ukraine Today

    http://uatoday.tv/techandscience/ukraine-s-manufacturer-antonov-presents-new-cargo-aircraft-an-132-598834.html

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    NASA Licenses New Communication Technology for Unmanned Aircraft - Space Ref (press release)

    http://spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid%3D48020

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    OBITUARY: Capt Eric "Winkle" Brown, legendary test pilot

    http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/obituary-capt-eric-winkle-brown-legendary-test-p-422404/

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    Boeing racing clock to deliver 18 KC-46 tankers by next August

    http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-racing-clock-to-deliver-18-kc-46-tankers-by-n-422356/

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    US Air Force Arsenal Plane Concept - YouTube

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=kB0TNlHoepw

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    Embraer rolls out first E-2 jet, filling a hole Boeing left when it killed the 717 - Puget Sound Business Journal

    http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2016/02/25/embraer-rolls-out-first-e-2-jet-filling-a-hole.html

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    UPDATE 2-Embraer extends range of biggest commercial jet - Reuters

    http://www.reuters.com/article/embraer-rollout-idUSL2N1641RU

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    Northrop-Oceaneering Team to Help Build 3D Printer for Orbit in Space; Andrew Rush Comments - ExecutiveBiz (blog)

    http://blog.executivebiz.com/2016/02/northrop-oceaneering-team-to-help-build-3d-printer-for-orbit-in-space-andrew-rush-comments/

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    New Northrop bomber to be designated B-21 - CNBC

    http://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/26/new-northrop-bomber-to-be-designated-b-21-us-air-force-says.html

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    Video from the Embraer E190-E2 rollout

    https://leehamnews.com/2016/02/25/video-from-the-embraer-e190-e2-rollout/

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    Middle Eastern women pilots keep their eyes on the skies

    https://www.runwaygirlnetwork.com/2016/02/26/middle-eastern-women-pilots-keep-their-eyes-on-the-skies/

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    Chinese Air Force Activates a Counter-UAV Unit - Defense Update

    http://defense-update.com/20160223_chinese_cuav.html

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    New UAV cameras smaller, lighter and more capable - DirectionsMag.com

    http://www.directionsmag.com/entry/new-uav-cameras-smaller-lighter-and-more-capable/463778

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    FAA looks towards risk-based approach for micro UAV ops - Flightglobal

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/faa-looks-towards-risk-based-approach-for-micro-uav-422407/

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    Snapshot: Europe's UAV Industry - Inside Unmanned Systems

    http://insideunmannedsystems.com/snapshot-europes-uav-industry/

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    This Plastic Can Repair Itself

    viernes, 26 de febrero de 2016

    And it could someday mean self-healing smartphone screens Forty years ago, plastic surpassed steel as the most widely used material in the world. Sure, the affordable and malleable polymers have brought plenty of convenience to modern life (Tupperware! Teflon! Velcro!) as well as taking on more-v...

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    Facebook's Enormous Internet Drone Is Almost Ready For Primetime

    New photos of the production process Despite recent setbacks in India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is still pushing on his goal to connect the world through his philanthropic organization, Internet.org. A large part of that vision rests on a drone infrastructure to fly over remote locations and ...

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    Boeing's futuristic technology to 3D print objects while levitating in space [video]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNUQ8EpHC-g

    Boeing has patented technology to 3D print objects while levitating in space. Boeing plans to 3D print aircraft parts using this technology. For more details check - http://patentyogi.com/obzxx

    Multiple 3D printers are used to simultaneously print various features. The printing material has diamagnetic properties. When super-cooled becomes a super-conductor.

    First, a small quantity of the printing material called nugget is ejected into space. By creating magnetic fields, the nugget is held in space by levitating it. Now, further deposition of printing material can be made from any direction in space.

    This technique offers many unique advantages.
    1. Material can be deposited right beneath the nugget.

    This is not possible in conventional 3D printers, which follow a bottoms-up printing technique.

    2. Additional magnetic fields are used to rotate the nugget to any orientation. This allows fabrication of more complex features

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    GKN Aerospace and Durham University to create novel process to measure aircraft wing drag reduction

    jueves, 25 de febrero de 2016

    • Project aims to identify GKN Aerospace-developed surface technologies that reduce drag by 25%

    GKN Aerospace has joined forces with Durham University to develop and implement an ultra-sensitive test method to accurately measure improvements in airframe drag performance. The test is being used to identify surface coatings that will reduce drag by 25% when compared to traditional aircraft surfaces - and when tested in typical aircraft cruise conditions. These coatings must also demonstrate the ability to maintain this level of performance over five years, which is the lifetime of an aircraft's external paint system.

    This project is part of the GKN Aerospace-led future wing research programme, VIEWS, (Validation and Integration of Manufacturing Enablers for Future Wing Structures) which aims to bring promising wing design, manufacture and assembly technologies to near market readiness. The programme has received grant funding and support from the joint government and industry funding programme for aerospace R&D, delivered in partnership by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and Innovate UK.

    Engineers at the GKN Aerospace facility in Luton, UK, started working with the team from Durham University's school of engineering and computing sciences in May, 2015. In November, 2015 the first tests were completed, with twenty coated surfaces assessed for their drag performance. This developmental phase now continues with the detailed assessment of a number of low drag surfaces, all treated with GKN Aerospace-developed coatings. The development phase is expected to conclude in mid-2016.

    Russ Dunn, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology at GKN Aerospace, explains: "Smooth and clean aerodynamic surfaces reduce the drag of the aircraft as it moves through the air. In some areas of the aircraft, for example the wing leading edge, the 'laminar flow' (smooth continuous flow) of the air is typically spoiled by tiny changes in geometry and surface cleanliness. This causes the air flow to become turbulent, increasing drag which in turn increases the engine power, and hence fuel, required to travel a given distance."

    Dunn continues: "Through the application of advanced low drag surface coatings we aim to improve the efficiency of our customers' aircraft, providing significant financial and environmental benefits. Working together, our team and the experts at Durham University are beginning to see early results from this research activity."

    Dr David Sims-Williams, from Durham University, comments: "We are pleased to be working with the engineering team from GKN Aerospace and to help prove aircraft drag reductions, and hence demonstrate savings in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. One of the challenges for low drag surface coatings is that they need to work in the real world, on aircraft in service, over the long term. Proving sustained, consistent performance over time is an important element of this research."

    For more information: http://www.gkn.com/aerospace/media/news/Pages/GKN-Aerospace-leads-new-research-to-progress-wing-technologies.aspx

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    Takes Orders Valued At About $570 Million For Geared Turbofan Engines This year's Singapore Airshow was deemed a major success by German engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines. The company says it secured orders worth over 500 million euros (approx. $570 million), scoring especially high with PurePower PW1000G-family geared turbofan (GTF) engines.

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    miércoles, 24 de febrero de 2016

    Aircraft maker raises output in a sign of sustained strong demand for commercial airliners
    By Robert Wall
    Feb. 24, 2016 1:20 a.m. ET

    LONDON—Airbus Group SE on Wednesday posted a 15% rise in profit for 2015 and raised output again on a popular long-range jet in a sign of sustained strong demand for commercial airliners.

    Net profit was €2.7 billion ($3 billion) compared with €2.3. billion in the year before… full text:

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    martes, 23 de febrero de 2016

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    Bat-flight inspires unique design for Micro Air Vehicles

    Press Release

    Innovative membrane wings that work like artificial muscles have been successfully tested in-flight, paving the way for a new breed of unmanned Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) that have improved aerodynamic properties, can fly over long distances and are more economical to run. Inspired by bats, the wings change shape in response to the forces they experience and have no mechanical parts, making MAVs incorporating them easier to maintain.

    The unique design of the wings incorporates electro-active polymers that make the wings stiffen and relax in response to an applied voltage and further enhances their performance.

    By changing the voltage input, the shape of the electroactive membrane and therefore aerodynamic characteristics can be altered during flight. The proof of concept wing will eventually enable flight over much longer distances than currently possible.

    The wings have been developed through a unique combination of hands-on experimental work at the University of Southampton and computational research at Imperial College London, with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The United States Air Force, through their European Office of Aerospace Research and Development (EOARD), provided additional support.

    Sometimes as small as 15cm across, MAVs are increasingly used in a wide variety of civil and military applications, such as surveying remote and dangerous areas. One emerging trend among MAV developers is to draw inspiration from the natural world to design vehicles that can achieve better flight performance and that offer similar levels of controllability to small drones but use the efficiency provided by wings to fly much further.

    The Southampton-Imperial team have focused on mimicking the physiology of bats - the only type of mammal naturally capable of genuine flight. To inform and speed up the design process, the Imperial team built innovative computational models and used them to aid the construction of a test MAV incorporating the pioneering 'bat wings'.

    Dr Rafael Palacios of Imperial's Department of Aeronautics, who led this aspect of the project, says: No-one has tried to simulate the in-flight behaviour of actuated bat-like wings before, so we had to go back to fundamentals, develop the mathematical models and build the multiphysics simulation software we needed from scratch. We had to make sure it could model not only the wings themselves but also the aerodynamic flows around them and the effect of the electric field generated across them.

    The Southampton team incorporated some of these findings into a 0.5m-wide test vehicle, designed to skim over the sea's surface and, if necessary, land there safely. After extensive wind tunnel testing, the vehicle was put through its paces at a nearby coastal location.

    Professor Bharath Ganapathisubramani of the University of Southampton's Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics Group, who has led the overall project, says: We've successfully demonstrated the fundamental feasibility of MAVs incorporating wings that respond to their environment, just like those of the bats that have fuelled our thinking. We've also shown in laboratory trials that active wings can dramatically alter the performance. The combined computational and experimental approach that characterised the project is unique in the field of bio-inspired MAV design.

    The next step is to incorporate the active wings into typical MAV designs, with deployment in real-world applications potentially achievable over the next 5 years.

    This is a paradigm shift in the approach to MAV design. Instead of a traditional approach of scaling down existing aircraft design methods, we constantly change the membrane shape under varying wind conditions to optimise its aerodynamic performance, says Dr Palacios, Imperial College London.

    Notes for Editors: 


    The 3.5 year research project 'Towards Biologically Inspired Active-Compliant-Wing Micro Air Vehicles' began in June 2012 and has received total EPSRC funding of around £249,000.

    Videos showing a test MAV incorporating bat-type wings in action and wind tunnel test, can be seen at the end of this page.


     

     

    Research Papers



    Buoso S., Palacios R., "Viscoelastic Effects in the Aeromechanics of Actuated Elastomeric Membrane Wings." Journal of Fluids and Structures, In print

    Buoso S., Palacios R., "Electro-Aeromechanical Modelling of Actuated Membrane Wings." Journal of Fluids and Structures, Vol. 58, pp. 188-202, October 2015

    R. Bleischwitz, R. de Kat, and B. Ganapathisubramani. "Aspect-Ratio Effects on Aeromechanics of Membrane Wings at Moderate Reynolds Numbers", AIAA Journal, Vol. 53, No. 3 (2015), pp. 780-788. doi: 10.2514/1.J053522

    A Barbu, R. de Kat, and B. Ganapathisubramani. "Aero-electro-mechanical Coupling of Electro-Active Membrane Wings", 24th AIAA/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference, AIAA SciTech, (AIAA 2016-0820).


     

     

    The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)



    As the main funding agency for engineering and physical sciences research, our vision is for the UK to be the best place in the world to Research, Discover and Innovate.

    By investing £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, we are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation. Our portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone's health, lifestyle and culture.

    We work collectively with our partners and other Research Councils on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK.

     

     

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    About the University of Southampton

    Through world-leading research and enterprise activities, the University of Southampton connects with businesses to create real-world solutions to global issues. Through its educational offering, it works with partners around the world to offer relevant, flexible education, which trains students for jobs not even thought of. This connectivity is what sets Southampton apart from the rest; we make connections and change the world.


     

    About Imperial College London



    Imperial College London is one of the world's leading universities. The College's 14,000 students and 7,500 staff are expanding the frontiers of knowledge in science, medicine, engineering and business, and translating their discoveries into benefits for society.

    Founded in 1907, Imperial builds on a distinguished past - having pioneered penicillin, holography and fibre optics - to shape the future. Imperial researchers work across disciplines to improve global health, tackle climate change, develop sustainable energy technology and address security challenges. This blend of academic excellence and its real-world application feeds into Imperial's exceptional learning environment, where students participate in research to push the limits of their degrees.

    Imperial nurtures a dynamic enterprise culture, where collaborations with industrial, healthcare and international partners are the norm. In 2007, Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust formed the UK's first Academic Health Science Centre. This unique partnership aims to improve the quality of life of patients and populations by taking new discoveries and translating them into new therapies as quickly as possible.

    Imperial has nine London campuses, including its White City Campus: a 25 acre research and innovation centre in west London. At White City, researchers, businesses and higher education partners are co-locating to create value from ideas on a global scale.

    Imperial College London academic experts are available for interview via broadcast quality Globelynx TV facilities and an ISDN line for radio at our South Kensington Campus. To request an interview, please contact a member of the Imperial College London communications team.

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    Fourth Time's A Charm? SpaceX To Attempt 4th Ocean Landing [feedly]

    lunes, 22 de febrero de 2016

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    sábado, 20 de febrero de 2016

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    viernes, 19 de febrero de 2016

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    Singapore Air Show 2016 - Day Two

    jueves, 18 de febrero de 2016

    Tim Robinson and Bill Read report from the second trade day at the 2016 Singapore Air Show on 16 February.

    With the experience of yesterdays record-breaking taxi queues seared into visitors minds, the second day saw a flurry of commercial sales activity with both Airbus and Boeing reporting deals. There were also the usual press briefings and media roundtables to attend.

    Lets take a look at some of the news highlights: http://www.aerosociety.com/News/Insight-Blog/4066/Singapore-Air-Show-2016-Day-Two#sthash.AbJBqyp7.dpuf

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    Army selects 3-D printed unmanned aircraft systems concept for future experiment - United States Army (press release)

    miércoles, 17 de febrero de 2016

    http://www.army.mil/article/162445/Army_selects_3_D_printed_unmanned_aircraft_systems_concept_for_future_experiment/

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    Clean Sky signs Memorandum of Understanding with Swedish Regions

    http://www.cleansky.eu/content/news/clean-sky-signs-memorandum-understanding-swedish-regions

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    Make in India: Sukhoi hopes to sign deal with Tata to manufacture airplane parts for Superjet - The Economic Times on Mobile

    http://m.economictimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/make-in-india-sukhoi-hopes-to-sign-deal-with-tata-to-manufacture-airplane-parts-for-superjet/articleshow/51025202.cms

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    Comparison of top guns: US F-16 jets vs Sukhoi 30MKI - Economic Times

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/slideshows/nation-world/comparison-of-top-guns-us-f-16-jets-vs-sukhoi-30mki/slideshow/51024991.cms

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    CubeSats Moving Beyond Low Earth Orbit

    http://demo2.aviationweek.com/space/cubesats-moving-beyond-low-earth-orbit

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    GAO Upholds Northrop Grumman Bomber Contract Over Protests - ABC News [feedly]


    GAO Upholds Northrop Grumman Bomber Contract Over Protests
    ABC News
    Federal auditors have rejected a protest by Boeing and Lockheed Martin and upheld an Air Force decision to award a lucrative new bomber contract to Northrop Grumman Corp. The Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan congressional agency that ...
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    Japan man guilty of flying drone to prime minister's office [feedly]

    Japan man guilty of flying drone to prime minister's office
    http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Japan_man_guilty_of_flying_drone_to_prime_ministers_office_999.html

    A court on Tuesday convicted a Japanese man of landing a drone containing a bottle of radioactive sand from Fukushima on the roof of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office. The Tokyo District Court handed Yasuo Yamamoto, 41, a two-year jail term, suspended for four years, for forcibly obstructing the operation of Abe's office. Though convicted, the sentence means Yamamoto will avoid prison t

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    Russia, Iran ready to 'reinforce' military cooperation [feedly]

    Russia, Iran ready to 'reinforce' military cooperation
    http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Russia_Iran_ready_to_reinforce_military_cooperation_999.html

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    Boeing, Okay Airways Announce Commitment for 12 737s [feedly]

    Boeing, Okay Airways Announce Commitment for 12 737s
    http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2016-02-16-Boeing-Okay-Airways-Announce-Commitment-for-12-737s

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    Mitsubishi Signs First MRJ Lease

    press release


    Aerolease Aviation signs LOI with Mitsubishi Aircraft for purchase of up to 20 MRJ
    - Launch lessor in MRJ program -





    Singapore, February 16, 2016 –

    Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Aerolease Aviation, LLC, an aircraft leasing company based in the United States, announced today that they have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for an order of ten firm MRJ90 aircraft with an option to an additional ten MRJ90 aircraft. Based on this LOI, both companies will move forward to conclude a definitive agreement in the near future. The LOI testifies to the high regard in which Aerolease holds the asset value of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), the next-generation regional jet. Aerolease is the launch lessor in MRJ program to select the MRJ. Deliveries to Aerolease are scheduled to commence in 2018.

    Aerolease Aviation, LLC is an aircraft leasing company based in Miami, Florida. With the first order of brand new aircraft, the company aims to make a leap forward by exploring a new market of the MRJ as a partner. Jep Thornton, Partner, Aerolease Aviation is an aviation expert, who has been in aircraft leasing and trading business for more than 30 years and is the Immediate Past- President of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT), an organization that represents approximately 4,000 members worldwide who are involved in leasing, trading and financing aircraft.

    Thornton said, “The accumulated experiences in aircraft manufacturing and strong financial background of the Mitsubishi group are great value to us. Moreover, we are extremely impressed with the MRJ’s state-of-the-art aerodynamic design, Pratt & Whitney’s game-changing GTF engine and the state of the art avionics suite from Rockwell Collins, which will make the MRJ the superior aircraft to its competitors. These factors encouraged us to move forward to select the MRJ for our portfolio. Aerolease is committed to cooperate with Mitsubishi Aircraft as an MRJ partner to promote MRJ in regional jet market and to expand its global customer base.”

    “This launch lessor order from Aerolease has a significant importance for the MRJ program,” said Hiromichi Morimoto, President, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. “We recognize the significantly important role which aircraft lessors have been playing in the aviation industry. We are proud to add a lessor partner to our order book at this very early stage of the MRJ program. We firmly believe that the asset value of the MRJ has been recognized in the aircraft finance market. This LOI will not only bring a positive impact on the lessor community, but will also contribute to expanding our airline customer base.”

    Thus far, 407 MRJ aircraft are on order and 20 will be added to its order book when Mitsubishi Aircraft signs a definitive agreement with Aerolease Aviation. The total of 427 MRJ aircraft include 233 firm orders with 170 options and 24 purchase rights.

    Mitsubishi Aircraft anticipates demand of about 5,000 aircraft in the regional jet market over the next twenty years. Demand for regional aircraft is expected to increase for both airlines and leasing companies. This LOI with Aerolease enables the company to accelerate sales efforts in the regional jet market. Mitsubishi Aircraft remains firmly committed to the success of the MRJ program as well as the growth of Japan’s aviation industry.

    About Aerolease Aviation, LLC
    Founded in 1986, Aerolease Aviation, LLC is a privately owned aircraft leasing company headquartered in Miami, Florida in the United States. Aerolease has been an active market maker in the conversion and leasing of used aircraft. Current portfolio consists of over 40 owned or managed Boeing B757 aircraft leased globally.

    About MRJ
    Mitsubishi Regional Jet is a family of 70~90-seat next-generation aircraft featuring the Pratt & Whitney’s revolutionary PurePower® engine and state-of-the-art aerodynamics to drastically reduce fuel consumption, noise, and emissions, while offering top-class operational benefits, an outstanding cabin designed for heightened passenger flying comfort with large overhead bins. The MRJ carried out the first flight on November 11, 2015.

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