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

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Clean Sky signs Memorandum of Understanding with Swedish Regions


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


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


CubeSats Moving Beyond Low Earth Orbit


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

GAO Upholds Northrop Grumman Bomber Contract Over Protests
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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

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


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

Russia, Iran ready to 'reinforce' military cooperation

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

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.


Cirrus Aircraft Unveils Enhanced 2016 SR Series

Duluth, Minn. (16 February 2016) – Cirrus Aircraft today announced enhanced connectivity, convenience, design and luxury in the new 2016 SR series aircraft, delivering an experience on par with luxury automobiles to both pilot and passengers. For 2016, all SR models are enhanced to heighten customer engagement, blending lifestyle comforts with wireless connectivity and personalization options while incorporating sophisticated new exterior designs and premium interior materials.

“Cirrus Aircraft is proud to produce the best-selling airplane in its segment for the thirteenth consecutive year, and for 2016 we’ve raised the bar again,” said Todd Simmons, Cirrus Aircraft President of Customer Experience. “The reason for our success is simple: We never stop listening to our owners and operators, we never stop innovating and we never cease to provide the highest quality customer experience – whether on the ground or in flight. In 2016 we continue to refine the aircraft to enhance both pilot and passenger comfort and to leave an unmistakable impression on the tarmac, connecting customers to their aircraft in new and distinctive ways. The 2016 SR series is the most sophisticated aircraft we’ve ever produced – period.”


Every 2016 Cirrus is delivered with a new Bluetooth® audio panel that allows for phone calls and music to be wirelessly connected and directed to any occupant in the cabin. Additionally, Cirrus is the first piston aircraft to incorporate Garmin Flight Stream in the cockpit, enabling wireless connectivity between mobile devices and the Cirrus Perspective® by Garmin® avionics flight deck as part of the new Digital Advantage Package. Pilots can now flight plan at home or at work, transfer flight plans to and from the avionics seamlessly, easily change route mid-flight, display a new and wide array of flight information including pitch, bank and GPS data, plus control the SiriusXM® radio – all via a mobile device.

For 2016, new aesthetics and convenience features amplify dedication to design. New pilot and co-pilot seats come equipped with a stow pocket for mobile devices to enable easy use during flight and new magnetic clasp side straps both secure headsets when not in use and reduce clutter in the cockpit. A thoughtful new overall seat design keeps pilots and passengers more comfortable on longer flights. Premium European leather, on par with the finest luxury automobiles, completes the look and feel of the interior.

New 2016 exteriors incorporate stunning and vibrant colors and designs. Cirrus partnered exclusively with Sherwin-Williams to expand exterior paint options and colors, offering three premium design collections: Carbon, Platinum and the new Rhodium option. Each aesthetic design suite caters to a different style, whether the colors sought by the customer are bright and bold like Solar Yellow or subtle and sophisticated like Sedona Red. The ability to offer a wider selection of rich and striking colors has opened the door for an array of aircraft design options, available for customers to experiment with through Cirrus’ newly-added website color configurator. Taken altogether, these new options set the stage for those discerning customers who choose to pursue even more individualization through Cirrus Aircraft’s exclusive Xi® personalization program – making their aircraft one of one.

A highlight of the 2016 SR line, a remote keyless entry system allows customers to easily lock and unlock both pilot and passenger doors. To accommodate for low-light situations, exterior convenience lighting illuminating both the steps and cabin were added, making for safer pre-flight and aircraft entry. A baggage compartment light was also added, activated simply by opening the baggage door.

For 2016, Cirrus Aircraft again leads the way in general aviation by bringing even more luxury and convenience features to the world’s best selling high-performance piston aircraft.

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Russian Institute TsAGI conducts tests of a “convert-o-plane” type unmanned aircraft

TsAGI specialists completed another cycle of work on an unmanned aircraft of the “convert-o-plane” type.

This advanced aircraft combines the advantages of a helicopter (the capability of vertical takeoff and landing) and an aircraft (speed, flying distance and endurance). It is designed to monitor terrestrial issues and solve transportation tasks. This unmanned aircraft is capable of being stationed at unequipped small-area bases, and in the future can be used in different fields.

The main feature of this type of aircraft is a straight wing of moderate aspect ratio. It is composed of thick aerofoils and was designed by Oleg Kudryavtsev, a junior researcher of TsAGI’s Department of aerodynamics of aircraft and missiles, and Eugene Kovalenko, a Chief Designer of INNOTECH JSC.

Experiments to date show that, in general, the aerodynamic design is characterized by a high level of aerodynamic cleanness, which was expected for aircraft of this class. Aleksandr Kornushenko, a branch head in TsAGI’s Department of aerodynamics of aircraft and missiles, and a supervisor of projects on the aerodynamics of unmanned aircraft, said: “This platform became possible through an integrated approach to the wing design and the overall aircraft configuration, our main criteria. There is still much to do in the field of dynamics, stability and controllability, structural strength and aeroelasticity.”

In 2016 TsAGI will continue testing unmanned aircraft at its experimental facilities. The research will allow scientists to obtain critical data on aerodynamic characteristics, to test numerical methods, and to identify the peculiarities of construction flows in a wide range of angles of attack in aircraft and helicopter modes.

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US Army Looking Skyward on Rotorcraft FVL Project | Poles & Czechs to Collaborate on APCs | Lockheed Expecting Uptick in Orders From Asia Pacific [feedly]

Army Looking Skyward on Rotorcraft FVL Project | Poles & Czechs to Collaborate on APCs | Lockheed Expecting Uptick in Orders From Asia Pacific

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Mitsubishi X-2 Shinshin (ATD-X) Advanced Technology Demonstrator [feedly]

Mitsubishi X-2 Shinshin (ATD-X) Advanced Technology Demonstrator

Mitsubishi X-2 Shinshin, also known as ATD-X (Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X), is a stealth experimental technology demonstrator and research prototype designed to demonstrate technologies required for Japanese indigenous fifth-generation fighter…


Proton-M Vehicle To Support ExoMars 2016 Mission Delivered To Baikonur [feedly]

Proton-M Vehicle To Support ExoMars 2016 Mission Delivered To Baikonur

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Will humanoid robots build tomorrow's aircraft? [feedly]

Robots may build cars by the millions, but they still don't have much to do with assembling airliners – a task where human workers are still essential. To give the organics a helping manipulator, the Joint Robotics Laboratory (JRL) and Airbus Group have embarked on a four-year joint research project to develop humanoid robots that can work on aircraft assembly lines and free workers from tedious and hazardous jobs.

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Singapore Air Show – Day One

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

The first official trade day saw cooler temperatures promised than the previous day, but it soon heated up out on the tarmac as visitors flooded outside to check out the static line or watch the flying display. However, while the day was extremely busy with a number of press conferences and almost every stand packed with official delegations, VIPs and top brass, the end of the day taxi wait saw some people fuming after extended queuing of more than an hour. The decision by show organisers to ban pre-booked taxis and Uber cars was not, it seems a popular one.

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