Get ready for the brand new A330neo first flight

miércoles, 18 de octubre de 2017



Airbus’ latest A330 version prepares for its initial take-off

The new generation of Airbus’ popular A330 jetliner family is ready for its maiden flight this week. The A330neo features extensive technology transfers from the A350XWB, including new engines, wings, and systems as well as the signature Airspace cabin. These new features will provide significantly enhanced operating efficiency for airlines, and best-in-class comfort for passengers as well as impeccable environmental characteristics.


Slated for take-off from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in southwestern France – home to the A330 final assembly line – the initial aircraft is one of three jetliners earmarked for flight tests and certification of Airbus’ two A330neo variants: the A330-900, and the smaller A330-800.


A330neo attributes: advanced technology, maturity, and commonality


The A330neo integrates many of the technological advances of the A350 XWB while building upon the popularity and maturity of Airbus’ A330 airliner family (the world’s most-flown widebody aircraft series: more than 1,360 jetliners delivered; in-service operational reliability of 99.5 percent).


Key features of A330neo new generation technology include Rolls-Royce’s new Trent 7000 turbofan engines, themselves incorporating technology from the Trent XWB that power the A350 and new high-span wings incorporating optimised aerodynamics with new composite Sharklets. The result is new generation efficiency, with the A330neo offering 25% lower fuel burn than previous generation competitors.


In keeping with the Airbus philosophy of commonality across its product lines, pilots will be able to fly the A330neo, A350 XWB and A330 with one single license. And thanks to the Airspace cabin, passengers too will enjoy a seamless experience across the entire Airbus aircraft family.


Performing this week’s maiden flight will be an A330-900 variant, to be joined by one more A330-900 and one A330-800 version. Altogether, they are to accumulate some 1,400 hours of flight time, validating their handling characteristics, system operations, engine performance, cabin functionality and compatibility on airline-type routes.
The A330-900 is planned to receive type certification and enter service with TAP Portugal as the initial airline operator by mid-2018.

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Boeing, Air Force Test Team Completes First KC-46 to KC-46 Refueling



EVERETT, Wash., Oct. 11, 2017 – A Boeing [NYSE: BA]-U.S. Air Force test team recently refueled a KC-46A tanker from another KC-46A tanker for the first time.

During the four-hour flight, the two aircraft successfully refueled each other and achieved the maximum fuel offload rate of 1,200 gallons per minute. The program’s first and second tankers transferred a total of 38,100 pounds of fuel over the course of the flight. Both aircraft took off and landed at Boeing Field, south of Seattle.

The milestone flight helps pave the way for the next phases of certification and specification compliance testing.

The KC-46 will refuel U.S., allied and coalition military aircraft using both its boom and hose and drogue systems. The boom allows the tanker to transfer up to 1,200 gallons of fuel per minute, while the plane’s hose and drogue systems, located on both the plane’s wing and centerline, enables the KC-46 to refuel smaller aircraft with up to 400 gallons of fuel per minute.

To date, the program’s test aircraft have completed 2,000 flight hours and more than 1,300 contacts during refueling flights with F-16, F/A-18, AV-8B, C-17, A-10 and KC-10 aircraft.

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Flexrotor VTOL UAV Stays Aloft For 32 Hr.

http://aviationweek.com/awindefense/flexrotor-vtol-uav-stays-aloft-32-hr

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Indra developing new simulator for A330 MRTT refueling

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2017/10/17/Indra-developing-new-simulator-for-A330-MRTT-refueling/3811508254835/

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Spike Aerospace flies supersonic unmanned test flight

Next big future
https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/10/spike-aerospace-flies-supersonic-unmanned-test-flight.html


Press Release


Boston, MA, Oct 09, 2017 — Early Saturday morning Oct 07, 2017, Spike Aerospace successfully test flew the subsonic subscale SX-1.2 demonstrator aircraft for the first time. The jet is an early unmanned prototype of the company’s 18 passenger S-512 Quiet Supersonic Jet. The SX-1.2 test flights proved that the aerodynamic design of the aircraft is valid and provided a tremendous amount of data regarding the flight characteristics of the aircraft.

In total, seven short flights were performed to test the design and flight controls of the jet. Between each test flight, adjustments were made to the aircraft’s center of mass, balance and control surfaces. Additional performance data was observed and collected.

KrishnaKumar Malu piloted the aircraft, assisted by Mike Ridlon, at a private airfield in New England. Mr. Malu said “These test flights are providing incredibly valuable information which we can use to refine the design. I am very excited about how helpful these tests will be to our supersonic development program.”

Vik Kachoria, President and CEO said “The SX-1.2 test flights were conducted in a real world situation, and provide significantly more data than wind tunnel tests done in an artificial environment. We were able to test not only handling, but also a range of other considerations.”

The weather was absolutely perfect, with winds at 7-10 mph and temperature near 70 F. The company is planning to make additional modifications based on data collected from the initial tests and will conduct more test flights on the SX-1.2 in early November. Work on SX-1.3, the next in the demonstrator series, has also begun.

Significant engineering resources and assistance was provided by Siemens, Quartus, Aernnova, Greenpoint, BRPH and others who have all been part of the development efforts to date.

Spike intends to have the S-512 aircraft flying by early 2021, with customer deliveries beginning in 2023. The S-512 will seat up to 22 passengers, with a range of 6200 miles and a cruise speed of Mach 1.6, saving 50% on flight times. And due to the aircraft’s low-boom signature, it will be able to fly overland without creating disturbing sonic booms.



About Spike Aerospace

Spike Aerospace is leading a global collaboration to develop the world’s first supersonic business jet, the Spike S-512 Quiet Supersonic Jet. This advanced next-generation aircraft can fly from NYC to LAX or London to Dubai in 3 hours with almost no sonic boom.

A world-class team of senior engineers with backgrounds from leading aerospace companies are developing the high-level conceptual design of the supersonic aircraft. Top aerospace firms, like Siemens, Quartus, Aernnova, Greenpoint, BRPH and others are providing their expertise in aircraft design, engineering, manufacturing and testing. Fly Supersonic. Do More. http://www.spikeaerospace.com/

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Drone delivery system tethers packages to any customer location

http://www.uasmagazine.com/articles/1759/drone-delivery-system-tethers-packages-to-any-customer-location

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Assessing the Airbus-Bombardier deal


  • Stability for the Program
  • Product support
  • China
  • Elsewhere
  • Synergies
Continue reading https://leehamnews.com/2017/10/17/assessing-airbus-bombardier-deal/

  • Airbus-Bombardier CSeries deal means no tariffs on US-assembled aircraft, says CEO
Continue reading https://leehamnews.com/2017/10/16/airbus-bombardier-cseries-deal-means-no-tariffs-us-assembled-aircraft-says-ceo/




  • Bombardier and Airbus changed the airliner landscape yesterday. Analysts say it’s the largest industry change since Boeing bought McDonnell Douglas in 1997. o, what has Airbus bought for no money? A me-too, or a world-beater?
Continue reading https://leehamnews.com/2017/10/18/airbus-got-cseries/

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The Enigmatic SR-72 And the Palmdale Sightings: What Do They Tell Us About America’s Secret Hypersonic Program?

https://theaviationist.com/2017/10/12/the-enigmatic-sr-72-and-the-palmdale-sightings-what-do-they-tell-us-about-americas-secret-hypersonic-program/

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TsAGI completes Yak-152 strength tests



PR




At the beginning of September, the specialists of the Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI, a member of the National Research Center" Institute named after N.E.Zhukovsky") completed another stage of static strength testing of the Yak-152 training aircraft.

The scientists investigated the behavior of the aircraft components under structural stress and deformations, receiving positive results for the wing and pilot’s canopy. They finished preparations for the joint static tests of wing mechanization (flaps and aileron), as well as the rudder and horizontal tail assembly. The undercarriage, engine hinge fittings and steering linkage will be studied in the future.

“We simulate aerodynamic effect on the individual structural components, and then on the entire machine,” stressed Victor Tsygankov, the head of TsAGI’s Static and Thermal Strength Department. “If a wing successfully withstands the loads equal to operation and close to computed values, this allows us to remove some maneuver limitations on an aircraft.”

The Yak-152 is a flight-training, single-engine two-seater aircraft used for initial training and professional selection of pilots. It is expected that students in training establishments will be able to learn entry level flight technique, navigation fundamentals and the principles of group flights. The aircraft development project started in 2014 and the first aircraft flew in September 2016.

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Kobe Steel has delivered material with falsified certificates to ~500 companies, including Boeing

Kobe has said some 500 companies worldwide are in a supply chain tainted by admissions that it falsified certifications on the strength and durability of metals going back to 2007, including automotive giants Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. and the U.S.’s biggest plane maker, Boeing Co. The besieged Japanese company said in a statement it can’t yet quantify the impact of the crisis on its earnings.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-17/kobe-steel-is-said-to-have-likely-faked-data-for-over-a-decade

http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/16/news/companies/kobe-steel-scandal-what-we-know/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/business/kobe-steel-justice-department.html

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DJI's AeroScope tech identifies and tracks drones in flight

DJI has moved to allay some of the privacy concerns surrounding drones, introducing a new feature designed to identify its unmanned aircraft as they buzz about overhead. Dubbed AeroScope, the technology broadcasts information such as serial numbers and altitude to help authorities monitor the whereabouts of individual airborne drones.
.. Continue Reading DJI's AeroScope tech identifies and tracks drones in flight

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Non-Classified F-35, P-8 Data Stolen In Cyber Breach

martes, 17 de octubre de 2017



A hacker stole non-classified data about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, P-8 maritime patrol aircraft and other military programs during a cyber breach of an Australian firm in 2016, according to Australian government officials. About 30 gigabytes of... continue reading http://aviationweek.com/defense/non-classified-f-35-p-8-data-stolen-cyber-breach

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South Korea's KF-X Grows Considerably In Development


  • KAI contracted for full-scale development in December 2015
  • First flight is due in 2022
  • The air force should receive its first developmental unit in 2024
  • Volume deliveries of the first version are scheduled to begin in 2026

Continue reading http://aviationweek.com/defense/south-koreas-kf-x-grows-considerably-development

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Sepang Aircraft Engineering becomes a fully owned Airbus subsidiary



Boosting growth strategy of Services by Airbus in Asia Pacific

Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE), an MRO centre based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, partially owned by Airbus since 2011, has become a fully owned Airbus subsidiary, following the acquisition by Airbus of its remaining shares.

With this acquisition, SAE becomes an integral part of the Airbus Customer Services network and is set to represent a key element of Services by Airbus’ growth strategy in the dynamic Asia Pacific market.

“Since its creation in 2007, SAE has established a strong reputation in the MRO market for on-time and reliable service,” said Laurent Martinez, Head of Services by Airbus. “Our ambition is for SAE to be a leading MRO in the region by becoming an innovation flagship for servicing Airbus commercial aircraft.”

As recently as September 2017, SAE celebrated the opening of a second hangar to deal with increasing demand. The MRO now has a combined floor area of some 50,000 square metres. The first hangar can accommodate up to six single-aisle aircraft or two widebody aircraft, while the second hangar can accommodate two A320 aircraft at any time for major maintenance checks. It also features Malaysia’s first eco-friendly closed-door dedicated paint bay, as well as state-of-the-art workshops for the repair and overhaul of a wide range of aircraft components, including hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

In addition to its commercial aircraft activities, SAE provides spare parts and technical support services to the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s fleet of A400M military airlifters. The facility also houses a major regional inventory of spare parts for Airbus single-aisle and wide-body aircraft for airlines that have selected the Airbus Flight Hour Services (FHS) total support package for their fleets.

SAE employs some 500 people. Its customers include the AirAsia Group, Cebu Pacific, Indigo, Jetstar Asia, Scoot, Malindo Air, MASWings, and VietJet Air.

Apart from SAE, Airbus Customer Services already has a strong footprint in the region – particularly in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. In Singapore, Airbus’ Customer Services Asia Pacific base includes: FHS-TSP; Flight Ops Support; the Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC) joint venture with Singapore Airlines; HMS Services MRO joint venture with SIAEC; and the regional Service Centre for Airbus spare parts subsidiary Satair Group. Meanwhile in Thailand, Bangkok, Airbus hosts Asia Pacific Airbus Flight Operation Services. In Malaysia, customers benefit from the Airbus Malaysia Customer Services for Engineering Support, FHS Customer Order Desk and FHS Supplier Management – located in Kuala Lumpur.

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Sentinel-5P successfully launched to monitor world’s pollution



13/10/2017 – The Airbus built, pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor has been successfully launched on a Rockot from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia at 09.27 GMT today.

Sentinel-5 Precursor is part of the global monitoring programme “Copernicus”, a joint European Commission–European Space Agency undertaking which aims to acquire continuous and accurate Earth observation data and provide services to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change, and ensure civil security.

Sentinel-5 Precursor will provide essential atmospheric chemistry data to the Copernicus programme before the Sentinel-5 instrument becomes operational in 2021 on the MetOp Second Generation satellite.

Airbus was prime for Sentinel-5 Precursor, with four sites involved in development and manufacturing of the satellite and its components: Stevenage (UK – prime contractor), Toulouse (France), Friedrichshafen (Germany) and Leiden (Netherlands).

Colin Paynter, Managing Director of Airbus Defence and Space in the UK said: “Today’s successful launch again moves forward the European Sentinel programme in which Airbus is playing a key part. Sentinel-5 Precursor was built in record time using the commercially successful AstroBus platform, and demonstrates Airbus’ ability to adapt its range of hardware to new missions to meet important operational needs.”


The UK’s Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson MP said: “The successful launch of the Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite is a clear demonstration of the UK’s valuable contribution to improving global knowledge through satellite data, and the heights we can reach by collaborating with our European partners. Our ongoing investment in the UK space sector forms a key part of our Industrial Strategy, and we are committed to ensuring that we have the infrastructure and skills in place to support our ambition to capture 10% of the global space market by 2030.”


“With Sentinel-5 Precursor in orbit, we have achieved another important milestone that takes the European Commission-led Copernicus programme into a new area: observing the air that we breathe,” said Josef Aschbacher, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes. “Without the substantial contribution of the Netherlands to the TROPOMI instrument on board this satellite, we would not have been able to build this satellite. And it was a European collaboration of 30 high-tech companies under the leadership of Airbus Defence and Space which made the mission possible.”

Sentinel-5 Precursor features the TROPOMI (TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument) instrument, developed by Airbus DS Netherlands for the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Netherlands Space Office. TROPOMI will measure ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, methane and other atmospheric pollutants at a higher resolution than previous instruments. Having more accurate atmospheric data will enable improved climate models and pollutant tracking and forecasting. The MetOp Second Generation spacecraft will feature a different Sentinel 5 instrument.


Successful separation of Sentinel-5 Precursor from the launcher was achieved at 10:46 GMT.

About Airbus
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats and business aviation products. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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Middle East carriers’ fleet size to more than double by 2036



Middle East passenger traffic to grow 5.9% annually until 2036

Middle East’s fleet demand valued at US$600 billion

The fleet size of operators in the Middle East is forecast to more than double from 1,250 to 3,320 aircraft over the next two decades, according to the Airbus Global Market Forecast.

The Middle East will need some 2,590 new aircraft by 2036, for replacement of 520 older generation aircraft, and 2,070 aircraft for growth, 730 are expected to remain in service over the period. This demand includes 1,080 for twin-aisle aircraft, with the same number of single-aisle aircraft (1,080), and 430 very large aircraft.

Overall, future demand for the Middle East’s fleet is valued at US$600 billion from a total market value US$5.3 trillion. The current orders from Middle East-based carriers stand at 1,319 aircraft, of which 687 are single-aisle, 409 twin-aisle and 162 very large aircraft.

Passenger traffic to from and within the Middle East will grow 5.9% annually until 2036, well above the global average of 4.4%. While traffic between traditional markets will grow at a steady rate, the highest growth is expected to be on routes to Latin America (8.5% per year to 2036). Global freight traffic will see an annual 3.8% increase to 2036. Freight traffic growth from the region is expected to be highest between the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific, with 4.0% annual growth to 2036.

“Thanks to the A350, the A380 and also the A320 Family, most people around the world are just one flight away from the Middle East. The region’s proximity to the world’s population and growth markets has been a key in its aviation success and Airbus is proud to have been a partner in its development from day one,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

Today, 30% of the people in emerging markets such as India, China and some countries in ASEAN take a least one trip by air on average and by 2036 this will grow to just over 80%.

At present, there are 58 aviation mega-cities across the globe, accounting for more than a million daily long-haul passengers. By 2036, there will be 95 mega-cities, catering to 98% of the world’s long-haul services. The five mega cities existing today In the Middle will more than double to eleven over the next 20 years.

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Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership



  • Airbus to acquire majority stake in the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership
  • Partnership brings together two complementary product lines, with 100-150 seat market segment expected to represent more than 6,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years
  • Combination of Airbus’ global reach and scale with Bombardier’s newest aircraft family to create significant value for customers, suppliers, employees and shareholders
  • Significant C Series production costs savings anticipated by leveraging Airbus’ supply chain expertise
  • Commitment to Québec: C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership headquarters and primary assembly to remain in Québec, with the support of both companies’ global supply chains
  • Airbus’ global industrial footprint expands with the C Series Final Assembly Line in Canada, resulting in a positive impact on operations in Québec and across the country
  • Growing market for C Series results in second Final Assembly Line in Mobile, Alabama, serving U.S. customers

Amsterdam / Montreal, 16 October 2017 – Airbus SE (EPA: AIR) and Bombardier Inc. (TSX: BBD.B) are to become partners on the C Series aircraft programme. A corresponding agreement was signed today. The agreement brings together Airbus’ global reach and scale with Bombardier’s newest, state-of-the-art jet aircraft family, positioning both partners to fully unlock the value of the C Series platform and create significant new value for customers, suppliers, employees and shareholders.

Under the agreement, Airbus will provide procurement, sales and marketing, and customer support expertise to the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP), the entity that manufactures and sells the C Series. At closing, Airbus will acquire a 50.01% interest in CSALP. Bombardier and Investissement Québec (IQ) will own approximately 31% and 19% respectively.

CSALP’s headquarters and primary assembly line and related functions will remain in Québec, with the support of Airbus’ global reach and scale. Airbus’ global industrial footprint will expand with the Final Assembly Line in Canada and additional C Series production at Airbus’ manufacturing site in Alabama, U.S. This strengthening of the programme and global cooperation will have positive effects on Québec and Canadian aerospace operations.

The single aisle market is a key growth driver, representing 70% of the expected global future demand for aircraft. Ranging from 100 to 150 seats, the C Series is highly complementary to Airbus’ existing single aisle aircraft portfolio, which focuses on the higher end of the single-aisle business (150-240 seats). The world class sales, marketing and support networks that Airbus brings into the venture are expected to strengthen and accelerate the C Series’ commercial momentum. Additionally, Airbus’ supply chain expertise is expected to generate significant C Series production cost savings.

Airbus is strongly committed to Canada and its aerospace sector with Canadian suppliers extending their access to Airbus’ global supply chain. This new C Series partnership is set to secure jobs in Canada for many years to come.

"This is a win-win for everybody! The C Series, with its state-of-the-art design and great economics, is a great fit with our existing single-aisle aircraft family and rapidly extends our product offering into a fast growing market sector. I have no doubt that our partnership with Bombardier will boost sales and the value of this programme tremendously,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders. "Not only will this partnership secure the C Series and its industrial operations in Canada, the U.K. and China, but we also bring new jobs to the U.S. Airbus will benefit from strengthening its product portfolio in the high-volume single-aisle market, offering superior value to our airline customers worldwide."

“We are very pleased to welcome Airbus to the C Series programme,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bombardier Inc. “Airbus is the perfect partner for us, Québec and Canada. Their global scale, strong customer relationships and operational expertise are key ingredients for unleashing the full value of the C Series. This partnership should more than double the value of the C Series programme and ensures our remarkable game-changing aircraft realizes its full potential.”

“The arrival of Airbus as a strategic partner today will ensure the sustainability and growth of the C Series programme, as well as consolidating the entire Québec aerospace cluster. In the current context, the partnership with Airbus is, for us, the best solution to ensure the maintenance and creation of jobs in this strategic sector of the Québec economy," said Québec’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for Digital Strategy, Dominique Anglade.

Ownership Structure and Agreement Highlights


The C Series programme is operated by CSALP in respect of which Bombardier and IQ respectively hold approximately a 62% and a 38% interest. The Investment Agreement contemplates Airbus acquiring a 50.01% interest in CSALP. Airbus will enter into commercial agreements relating to (i) sales and marketing support services for the C Series, (ii) management of procurement, which will include leading negotiations to improve CSALP level supplier agreements, and (iii) customer support. At closing, there will be no cash contribution by any of the partners, nor will CSALP assume any financial debt. It also contemplates that Bombardier will continue with its current funding plan of CSALP and will fund, if required, the cash shortfalls of CSALP during the first year following the closing up to a maximum amount of US$350 million, and during the second and third years following the closing up to a maximum aggregate amount of US$350 million over both years, in consideration for non-voting participating shares of CSALP with cumulative annual dividends of 2%, with any excess shortfall during such periods to be shared proportionately amongst Class A shareholders.

Airbus will benefit from call rights in respect of all of Bombardier’s interest in CSALP at fair market value, with the amount for non-voting participating shares used by Bombardier capped at the invested amount plus accrued but unpaid dividends, including a call right exercisable no earlier than 7.5 years following the closing, except in the event of certain changes in the control of Bombardier, in which case the right is accelerated. Bombardier will benefit from a corresponding put right whereby it could require that Airbus acquire its interest at fair market value after the expiry of the same period. IQ’s interest is redeemable at fair market value by CSALP, under certain conditions, starting in 2023. IQ will also benefit from tag along rights in connection with a sale by Bombardier of its interest in the partnership.

The Board of Directors of CSALP will initially consist of seven directors, four of whom will be proposed by Airbus, two of whom will be proposed by Bombardier, and one of whom will be proposed by IQ. Airbus will be entitled to name the Chairman of CSALP.

Subject to obtaining the required approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange, the transaction also provides for the issuance to Airbus, upon closing, of warrants exercisable to acquire up to 100,000,000 Class B Shares (subordinate voting) of Bombardier (representing approximately 5% of the aggregate issued and outstanding Class A Shares (multiple voting) and Class B Shares of Bombardier on a fully-diluted basis, and approximately 5% of the aggregate issued and outstanding Class A Shares and Class B Shares on a non-diluted basis), at an exercise price per share equal to the US$ equivalent of C$2.29, which represents the volume-weighted average price of the Class B Shares over the five trading days ending Friday, 13 October 2017. The warrants will have a five-year term from the date of issue, will not be listed and will provide for market standard adjustment provisions, including in the event of corporate changes, stock splits, non-cash dividends, distributions of rights, options or warrants to all or substantially all shareholders or consolidations.

The issuance of the warrants and their terms were negotiated between Bombardier and Airbus at arm’s length and will not materially affect control of Bombardier. Security holder approval will be required under Toronto Stock Exchange rules due to the fact that the warrants will be issued later than 45 days from the date upon which the exercise price was established. Such approval is expected to be obtained by way of written consent of shareholders holding more than 50% of the voting rights attached to all of Bombardier’s issued and outstanding shares.

The transaction has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both Airbus and Bombardier, as well as the Cabinet of the Government of Québec. The transaction remains subject to regulatory approvals, as well as other conditions usual in this type of transaction. There are no guarantees that the transaction will be completed and that the conditions to which it is subject would be met. Completion of the transaction is currently expected for the second half of 2018.

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Emirates to Be Launch Boeing 777X Operator

https://aviationvoice.com/emirates-to-be-launch-boeing-777x-operator-2-201710111353/

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Suborbital Strike! The Use of Commercial Suborbital Spacecraft for Strike Missions [pdf]




This article reviews a concept for the use of commercial suborbital spacecraft for
military purposes, allowing the Air Force once again to enhance survivability via
altitude and airspeed. By utilizing commercial technology, suborbital spacecraft will
be able to reach the battlefield faster than aircraft generated by the traditional pro-
curement process, just as the Liberty program rapidly fielded effective combat air-
craft.



http://www.airpower.au.af.mil/apjinternational/apj-s/2017/2017-3/2017_3_02_house_s_eng.pdf?utm_source=ASPJ+Spanish&utm_campaign=8a612918bc-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_10_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2ce9000ef7-8a612918bc-214380913&mc_cid=8a612918bc&mc_eid=6b505ca3c6

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Can easyJet short circuit electric airliner flight?

sábado, 7 de octubre de 2017

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Iberia lanza proceso de selección de pilotos de nuevo ingreso

viernes, 6 de octubre de 2017

 

Nota de prensa

 

 

·         La renovación de la flota y la llegada de los nuevos A320neo y A350-900 de nueva generación abre nuevas oportunidades a los pilotos que quieran optar a esta convocatoria.

 

 

 

Madrid, 6 de octubre 2017

 

Iberia ha abierto hoy una nueva convocatoria para seleccionar pilotos de nuevo ingreso. Las personas interesadas en optar a estas plazas deberán presentar las solicitudes en el siguiente enlace:  https://iberia.aplygo.com/seleccionpilotos, donde se informa de todos los detalles de la convocatoria. La primera prueba de selección se realizará el próximo 18 de octubre.

 

Iberia está en pleno proceso de renovación de su flota, que se intensifica a partir del año próximo con la llegada de los primeros A320neo y A350-900. Se trata de aviones de nueva generación que requieren unos procesos de formación específicos e intensos. El movimiento de tripulantes de una flota a otra, con las necesidades de entrenamiento que esto requiere, y los cambios de función de segundos a comandantes, generan nuevas necesidades de tripulantes y abren una oportunidad para los quieren optar a trabajar en una compañía como Iberia, la aerolínea más puntual del mundo.

 

 

Requisitos básicos

 

§  Nivel mínimo de estudios: Prueba de acceso a la universidad aprobada, o estudios finalizados que permitan el acceso a la universidad.

§  Cualificación mínima ATPL(A) frozen EASA parte FCL y MCC.

§  Certificado médico clase 1 en vigor.

§  Certificado de competencia lingüística en Inglés mínimo nivel 4 y Castellano nivel 6.

§  Para aspirantes extranjeros equivalente al nivel C2 de castellano, según define el MCERL (Marco Común Europeo de Referencia para las Lenguas) o equivalente.

§  Certificado de historial aeronáutico libre de incidentes o accidentes.

§  Derecho a trabajar en la Unión Europea y pasaporte sin restricciones.

§  Certificado de antecedentes penales.

 

 

Se valorará:

 

§  Estudios universitarios, formación profesional, experiencia aeronáutica en función de la edad del candidato, idiomas, habilitaciones, licencia de piloto de planeador, vuelo acrobático y trabajos previos dentro del ámbito aeronáutico o fuera de él.

 

 

 

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TsAGI specialists explore the prospects of aircraft with alternative fuels and energy sources

jueves, 5 de octubre de 2017

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TsAGI and “Russian Helicopters” discuss prospects for the development of rotary-wing aircraft

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Belgium casts doubts on Rafale offer

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Boeing agrees to acquire autonomy pioneer Aurora Flight Sciences

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Fast electric air travel in 2022

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As a friend of Zunum Aero, we wanted you to be among the first to know that this morning, we unveiled details of our first aircraft -- the first in a family of breakthrough regional hybrid-to-electrics -- designed for up to 12 passengers with range of 700 miles, available for delivery in 2022.
 
By scaling airliner-grade economics to mid-sized platforms, design for quiet, green and fast door-to-door service to tens of thousands of secondary airports, our aircraft will usher in a new era of fast and affordable regional travel. Further details (and a video simulation!) on our range-optimized aircraft can be found on our website. Notable features include:
 

  • Direct costs per seat mile of 8 cents, or $250 per hour for the aircraft
  • Maximum cruise speed of 340 miles per hour
  • Take-off distance of 2,200 feet
  • 80% lower emissions and noise

 
This is a first step toward our vision of bringing fast, affordable regional travel to thousands of communities, transforming the way we live and work: a world where destinations in DC are just 2.5 hours away from the Boston area, rather than twice as long today, at fares a third below commercial; or where the slopes at Whistler are within 2 hours of the Seattle area, versus nearly 7 hours away today.
 
We are also announcing the opening of a second development center in the Chicagoland area, where we are developing our electric propulsion technologies and starting ground tests. Our world-class technologists come with experience from United Technologies, Rolls Royce, GE and Safran with expertise in power electronics, electric motors and advanced propulsors developed on the most advanced aircraft in the skies today.
 
Take a look at our current openings, and if you feel that you're a fit, we'd love to hear from you.
 
We will continue to challenge conventional wisdom and break new ground in our quest for quiet high-speed mobility that puts aviation on path to eliminate emissions over short-haul stages (roughly 50% of all commercial aviation emissions).
 
Wishing you clear skies,
 
Ashish Kumar
CEO






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Elon Musk Ready To Bet It All On BFR

Iconoclastic SpaceX CEO wants to scrap successful Falcon rocket line to fund Mars dream http://aviationweek.com/space/elon-musk-ready-bet-it-all-bfr

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Delivering to people, not to addresses: The future of drone delivery


https://vimeo.com/236711738
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Press Release



Cambridge Consultants is shaping the future of deliveries with precision location and identification technology

Reimagining the future of on-demand deliveries, product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants has developed DelivAir, a drone delivery concept that can deliver a package straight to the hands of its recipient, no matter their location.

Drone delivery systems have been publicised for some time now, but most are restricted by the need to deliver to a specific address. But drones aren’t limited by terrain or traffic, so why should they be limited to delivering to a zip or postal code?

Cambridge Consultants' vision was to make deliveries safely and directly into the recipient's hand. The company has achieved this through a drone delivery system that implements a patent pending two stage routing process. The delivery starts by using GPS to navigate to a user's smart phone location, periodically requesting secure location updates during the flight until it arrives within visual range. Then the drone switches to precision optical tracking and a 3D imaging and ranging system to both locate and authenticate the recipient.



When the drone reaches the recipient, they simply point their mobile phone flash LED to the sky which blinks a coded pattern, allowing the drone to verify that it is delivering to the correct person. The drone moves directly above this flashing LED, remaining at a safe height above ground. The package is then lowered down into the recipient’s hands, using a stabilising winch to keep the package steady, where it is then simply unhitched by the recipient and the drone returns to its base.

“Drone delivery is fast and ideal for something that is needed immediately. In that case, a consumer wants a delivery directly to them as a person – not to a location,” said Nathan Wrench, head of the industrial and energy business at Cambridge Consultants. “Our DelivAir concept has the potential to revolutionise the delivery process, by removing the address restriction that other drone technologies are limited by. We are taking cloud retail to the next level, delivering out of the clouds and into your hand.”



This type of ultra-precision delivery is ideal for instant delivery of items needed right away, such as delivering a first aid kit to a hiker, or an inner tube to a stranded cyclist or even bringing essential components into remote regions during times of disaster. The most compelling use cases may be in cases of medical supplies, such as delivering an EpiPen or a defibrilator to a person in need of these life-saving necessities.

“Ultra-precision is the future of drone delivery, and the opportunities are almost limitless,” said Wrench. “The mobile phone changed the way we make calls, from a location to an individual; we believe this technology has the potential to re-shape e-commerce in the same way, making deliveries to a person a practical proposition, no matter where they are." Notes to editors


Cambridge Consultants develops breakthrough products, creates and licenses intellectual property, and provides business consultancy in technology-critical issues for clients worldwide. For more than 50 years, the company has been helping its clients turn business opportunities into commercial successes, whether they are launching first-to-market products, entering new markets or expanding existing markets through the introduction of new technologies. With a team of 750 staff, including engineers, scientists, mathematicians and designers, in offices in Cambridge (UK), Boston (USA) and Singapore, Cambridge Consultants offers solutions across a diverse range of industries including medical technology, industrial and consumer products, digital health, oil and gas, and wireless communications.

Cambridge Consultants is part of Altran, a global leader in engineering and R&D services which offers its clients a new way to innovate. Altran works alongside its clients on every link in the value chain of their project, from conception to industrialisation. In 2016, the Altran group generated revenues of €2.120bn. With a headcount of more than 30,000 employees, Altran is present in more than 20 countries. For more information, visit www.Altran.com



The future of drone delivery - how DelivAir works from Cambridge Consultants on Vimeo.


The future of drone delivery - a DelivAir story from Cambridge Consultants on Vimeo.




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Half airPlane half bLIMP drone: PLIMP

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@eganairships

Hybrid aircraft to try getting the best of hevier than air aircrafts and lighter than air aircraft




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ICAO’s Drone Enable conclusions

https://www.embention.com/en/news/icaos-drone-enable-conclusions/

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Airbus Helicopters Handover First H145 for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity; Airtelis orders three H215s for aerial work

 Airbus Helicopters Handover First H145 for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity
 http://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2017/10/airbus-helicopters-handover-first-h145-for-midlands-air-ambulanc.html


  Airtelis orders three H215s for aerial work
http://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2017/10/airtelis-orders-three-h215s-for-aerial-work.html

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Airbus Helicopters advances on-board image processing capabilities for VTOL systems



London, In line with its strategy of innovation for the future of vertical flight, Airbus Helicopters is developing an experimental on board image processing management system aimed at performing automatic approaches and landing in challenging conditions, as well as paving the way for future sense & avoid applications on autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) systems.

Codenamed Eagle, for Eye for Autonomous Guidance and Landing Extension, this system federates the entire helicopter’s image processing functions and feeds them into the avionics system, thus improving the crew’s situation awareness and reducing the pilot’s workload by automating and securing approaches, take-off and landing in the most demanding environments. Ground tests of Eagle have been ongoing since May this year and initial flights tests on a testbed helicopter will begin shortly.

“While existing missions such as search and rescue and offshore transportation will benefit from Eagle’s capabilities, the system will also help address future requirements for operations in urban environments”, said Tomasz Krysinski, Airbus Helicopters Vice-President Research & Technology. “Ultimately, thanks to its ability to provide increased situation awareness, Eagle will also contribute to improve the safety, autonomy and performance of future unmanned vehicles.”

The system, which could be embedded in a variety of existing and future Airbus VTOL vehicles, relies on a gyro-stabilized optronics package, which includes three high resolution cameras and state-of-the-art processing units, as well as on-board video analytics providing advanced functionalities such as object detection and tracking, digital noise reduction as well as deep learning.

Future versions of the Eagle system will also integrate a laser, which combined with the high processing capability could open the door to other applications such as a new generation of search lights, obstacles detection and 3D terrain reconstruction.

About Airbus
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats and business aviation products. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, and is one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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Ryanair plane escorted by fighter jets after a bomb hoax

miércoles, 4 de octubre de 2017

https://www.aerotime.aero/en/civil/20034-ryanair-plane-escorted-by-jets-after-a-bomb-hoax

A Ryanair plane has been escorted by two RAF Typhoon fighter jets and diverted to Stansted Airport, London after Lithuanian authorities received information about the security threat.



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CityAirbus demonstrator passes major propulsion testing milestone



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Project on track for maiden flight in 2018

London, Airbus Helicopters has recently completed the first full-scale testing for the propulsion system of the CityAirbus demonstrator – a multi-passenger, self-piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle designed for urban air mobility. During this successful testing phase, the CityAirbus team thoroughly checked the individual performance of the ducted propellers as well as the integration of the full-scale propulsion unit with two propellers, electric 100 KW Siemens motors and all electrical systems.

CityAirbus is a battery-powered air vehicle able to vertically take off and land. It is designed to carry up to four passengers over congested megacities to important destinations such as airports or train stations in a fast, affordable and environmentally friendly way. The innovative four-ducted propeller configuration significantly contributes to safety and low acoustic footprint.

“We now have a better understanding of the performance of CityAirbus’ innovative electric propulsion system, which we will continue to mature through rigorous testing while beginning the assembly of the full-scale CityAirbus flight demonstrator” says Marius Bebesel, CityAirbus chief engineer.

The full-scale demonstrator will be tested on ground initially. In the first half of the coming year the development team expects to reach the “power on” milestone, meaning that all motors and electric systems will be switched on for the first time. The first flight is scheduled for the end of 2018. In the beginning, the test aircraft will be remotely piloted, later on a test pilot will be on board.

CityAirbus will be designed to carry up to four passengers on fixed routes with a cruising speed of 120 km/h. It will be initially operated by a pilot to ease certification and public acceptance, paving the way to future fully-autonomous operations.

About Airbus
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats and business aviation products. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, and is one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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Understanding Complexities Of Bigger Fan Blades



How engine fan blades are becoming bigger and bigger—and their impact on the overall aircraft

http://www.mro-network.com/engines-engine-systems/understanding-complexities-bigger-fan-blades

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B-1B To Fly Through 2040 Without Major Life Extension



The U.S. Air Force is changing the way it inspects, maintains and repairs the B-1B based on initial results from full-scale fatigue testing, but the service does not anticipate any major structural life extension to keep the “Bone” fleet flying through 2040. http://aviationweek.com/defense/b-1b-fly-through-2040-without-major-life-extension

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Carbures signs its first contract with SABCA, Tier 1 from Belgium

martes, 3 de octubre de 2017



Press Release





Carbures continues growing in international markets. The Company has obtained its first contract with Société Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques - SABCA, Tier 1 (supplier of first level) of reference in Belgium. Through this contract, Carbures is covering part of the production of Topcovers for the Flap Support Fairings of the Airbus A350. In this way, the group led by Rafael Contreras, through its division Aerospace & Defense, expands its portfolio of clients and opens to new international markets in the aeronautics sector.

With almost 20 years of experience and a multisectoral knowledge, Carbures has three aeronautical parts manufacturing plants in Spain - Illescas (Toledo), Jerez de la Frontera and El Puerto de Santa María (both in Cadiz) - that make the Company meet the needs of its customers in a flexible way. Carbures works with different technologies in packages of low, medium and high volume, which implies competitive offers with respect to the competition and makes that the portfolios of clients and programs are increasing, as in this case.


The parts of this new package are being manufactured in the plant that Carbures has in Jerez and the technological process used is Hand Lay Up. Carbures already has a wide experience in this family of Airbus aircraft, since already manufactures, among other references, Cover Panels for the Belly Fairing of the A350.

Founded in 1920, SABCA specializes in the design and production of aerostructures, advanced lifting mechanisms and complex activation systems, both in metal and composite, for three markets: Space, Civil Aviation and Defense. Last year SABCA showed a lot of interest in the technological capabilities of Carbures and in the company's global leadership position as Tier 2 in the field of composites. After requesting an offer to Carbures in April 2017, the Belgian Tier 1 visited the Carbures Illescas factory in order to check on the company's capabilities in the aerospace sector and decided to sign a business contract.

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New Chinese amphibious UAV Developed







A Chinese unmanned, amphibious aircraft to transport supplies to islands and to be used in military applications with special sensors is ready for operations. The U650 was developed based on Spain’s Colyaer Freedom S100 amphibious ultralight aircraft, whose intellectual property rights were wholly acquired by the Shanghai company, UVS Intelligence Systems. continue reading: https://i-hls.com/archives/78908

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TsAGI scientists make preparations for model tests of the MC-21 with the PD-14



Specialists of the Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI, a member of the National Research Center" Institute named after N.E.Zhukovsky") are preparing to study a model of the MC-21 with PD-14 engines.

The scientists will define aerodynamic characteristics of the platform in configuration with the power unit after measurements by electromechanical balances. The testing will take place at TsAGI’s transonic wind tunnel and include work at high angles of attack. It will allow simulation in both takeoff and landing modes.

TsAGI specialists created a model of the MC-21 for the testing. According to research results, the scientists will be able to identify aero-coefficients vs. Mach numbers and angles of attack. The PD-14 is a promising turbojet engine (lead developer — JSC “UEC-Aviadvigatel”), the main feature being the use of a unified generator. The PD-14 is one of the two engines for the MC-21 produced by PJSC “Irkut,” the second being the PW-1400G

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Swiss probe details A330's close encounter with drone



Swiss investigators believe a remotely-piloted aerial vehicle might have been deliberately positioned above an air navigation waypoint for photography purposes before an airprox incident involving an Airbus A330-300 continue reading https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/swiss-probe-details-a330s-close-encounter-with-dron-441742/

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Monarch Aircraft Engineering becomes standalone company

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Red Bull launches into drone racing

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Pacific Drone Challenge™: 4500 Miles Across the Pacific – Non-Stop and Unmanned

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To make space exploration easier, China will launch rockets from freighters and planes

lunes, 2 de octubre de 2017

The country wants to become a space superpower. China's land-based Long March space launch rockets have been the backbone of its space program for more than 40 years. It looks like that's about to change, as the nation is making moves to launch from aircraft and ships. Starting next year, China A...

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Meet the Martian hopefuls: Elon Musk and all the other people trying to get to Mars

Ready set go. Elon Musk still really wants to put people in a canister, set off a controlled explosion beneath them, and shoot them out of the Earth's atmosphere towards a barren, airless piece of rock—preferably one 33 million miles away. On Friday at the International Astronautical Congress in ...

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SpaceX wants to build the Swiss Army knife of rockets

One rocket to rule them all. Just how far can that rocket take you? SpaceX founder Elon Musk hopes that his new vessel can take journeys as long as ventures between planets, and as short as a hop across the globe. SpaceX is on a roll. They've stuck the landing of their booster rockets 16 times in...

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U.K. scrambles to help stranded travelers after 'biggest ever' airline failure


Britain is rushing to help more than 100,000 travelers get back to the country after it suffered its largest ever airline collapse.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/01/news/monarch-airlines-administration/index.html

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New Black Boxes Will Be Easier to Track in Plane Crashes at Sea - NYTimes.com

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A new type of flight recorder, which Airbus plans to install on A350 jetliners due in 2019, is designed to detach from the plane and float to the surface after a crash at sea.

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Airbus and early stage investor HAX launch a call for start-ups



Industry leaders join forces to accelerate innovation and shape the future of urban air mobility

Airbus, a global leader in aeronautics, defence & space and related services, and HAX, the world’s most active early stage investor in hardware start-ups, have joined forces to explore the future of urban air mobility through a four-month accelerator programme based in Shenzhen, China.

“Transportation in megacities needs fresh ideas to improve the way we live,” says Mathias Thomsen, Urban Air Mobility General Manager at Airbus. “We believe that adding the vertical dimension to urban mobility will improve the current congested megacity transport systems.”

“Airbus’ technical expertise and insights are a perfect complement to our capabilities,” says Duncan Turner, Managing Director at HAX.

Airbus, in partnership with HAX, will help bring these ideas from prototypes to market faster and accelerate the pace at which it can commercialise innovative ideas to shape the future of urban air mobility.

The collaboration will be an exclusive four-month urban air mobility acceleration programme at HAX’s world-class premises in Shenzhen. Early-stage start-ups focused on developing technologies that address the following challenges are invited to apply:

• Urban air transport vehicle technology;
• Aerial sense and avoid technology;
• Airport runway and landing detection systems;
• Emergency safety technology for airborne vehicles;
• Infrastructure for airborne transport vehicles;
• Autonomous airborne vehicle technology;
• Aerial manoeuvres decision making and support systems;
• Air traffic management systems;
• Aerial collision detection and avoidance systems;
• Battery packaging and management systems for airborne vehicles.

Selected applicants will receive a minimum up-front investment of 100,000 USD, as well as technical guidance and hands-on help from both Airbus and HAX experts to turn prototypes into a reality. Business expertise will complement engineering talent to ensure the sustainability of the projects.

“Innovation has always been a part of Airbus’ DNA and is crucial to keeping Airbus at the forefront of the aerospace industry,” says Luo Gang, CEO of Airbus’ new innovation centre in China. “We are elated to launch this first call for start-ups— another tangible action demonstrating Airbus’ commitment to developing innovation projects here in China. We look forward to seeing some disruptive ideas soon.”

Applicants from around the globe are encouraged to apply now. More information about the program can be found here.

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About Airbus
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, defence & space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, and is one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

About HAX
HAX (www.hax.co) is the world’s most active early stage investor in hardware startups. Its portfolio of over 200 companies include innovators in consumer, health, enterprise and industrial sectors. Startups from HAX have raised millions from top-tier investors such as Sequoia Capital, Andreessen-Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and Xiaomi, and millions more in crowdfunding (with 11 of the world’s top 100 Kickstarter campaigns). HAX and its startups have been featured worldwide in Forbes, WSJ, The Economist, Nature, TechCrunch and the hit WIRED documentary “Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley for Hardware” with over 1 million YouTube views.

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Airbus Defence and Space hands over 50th A400M



Airbus Defence and Space today delivered the 50th A400M new generation airlifter to the German Air Force marking a key milestone for an aircraft which is transforming the world of air mobility.

The aircraft, known as MSN59, is the twelfth to be delivered this year at the Final Assembly Line in Seville and the thirteenth to be accepted by Germany.


The A400M is steadily becoming the backbone of the European transport fleet and in recent weeks began to demonstrate its full potential as aircraft from Germany, France and the UK undertook intensive hurricane relief missions in the Caribbean.
MSN59 will shortly be ferried to Wunstorf, Lower Saxony which is home to Germany’s A400M unit – Air Transport Wing 62.

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Airbus organises New Space and Innovation session at IAC 2017



Winning Australian start-up to visit Toulouse to meet European space experts

Adelaide, September 28 2017 - Airbus and other industry players yesterday held a New Space and Innovation competition at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2017 in Adelaide. The initiative demonstrates the commitment of Airbus and its partners to support the development of Australia’s space sector.

The event was organised in conjunction with Australian space start-up accelerator Delta-V, French space agency CNES and the Government of South Australia. The participating teams pitched their ideas on future space ecosystems to judges from Airbus and its partners.


First prize went to start-up Arlula, which presented a proposal for an online marketplace for people to buy, sell and rent assets already in orbit. This can potentially help to reduce the costs and risks associated with the development of space infrastructure and projects.


Arlula’s founder and CEO Sebastian Chaoui received the prize from H.E. Christophe Penot, Ambassador of France to Australia. He will travel to the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, to meet space experts from Airbus, Aerospace Valley BizLab and CNES to discuss his ideas, receive mentoring and learn more about their space projects.


Sebastian Chaoui said: “The company is on a mission to make it easier for scientists, entrepreneurs and hobbyists to access space in new and innovative ways. Winning the Airbus competition will open doors for me to take my business to the next level.”


Valentin Merino, Head of Airbus Defence and Space, Australasia, said that engaging the next generation is important for Airbus as the company grows its space footprint in Australia.


“Airbus takes a long term view in supporting Australia’s emerging space industry. We have proactively engaged with start-ups to explore, scout and partner them in developing an innovative Australian space ecosystem,” added Mr Merino. “We have also responded to the review of Australia’s space industry capability and support the government’s proposed national space agency.”


About Airbus


Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, and is one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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Bombardier Signs Largest Ever Q400 Turboprop Order with SpiceJet for up to 50 Aircraft



SpiceJet to become the launch customer of the extra-capacity, 90-Seat Q400 aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today announced that it has concluded a firm purchase agreement with SpiceJet Limited (“SpiceJet”) of Gurgaon, India for up to 50 Q400 turboprop airliners, making it the largest single order ever for the Q400 turboprop aircraft program and bringing total Q400 firm orders to over 600 Q400 aircraft. Upon delivery, the airline will become the first in the world to operate a 90-seat turboprop, pending certification by regulatory authorities.

The purchase agreement includes 25 Q400 turboprops and purchase rights on an additional 25 aircraft. Based on list prices, the order is valued at up to US $ 1.7 billion.

“We are very proud to firm up this agreement with SpiceJet as it is another demonstration of the Q400’s unique versatility. This repeat order will not only increase the Q400 aircraft fleet in the fast-growing regional market in India and in the Asia-Pacific region but will also launch the high-density 90‑passenger model,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “This order confirms the airlines’ increased capacity needs on regional routes with high passenger demand and demonstrates the increased profitability potential that this unique turboprop configuration has to offer.”

“I am pleased to confirm SpiceJet’s latest order for up to 50 Bombardier Q400 planes, which has been announced at the Paris Air Show. I am sure this fresh order will help us further enhance connectivity to smaller towns and cities and help realize Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ensuring that every Indian can fly,” said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet. “SpiceJet operates India’s largest regional fleet and has always been a firm believer in the growth story of India’s smaller towns and cities. We have worked hard over the years to put these smaller towns on the country’s aviation map and will strive to keep that momentum going in the times to come.”

“We have been witnessing growth in the number of passengers per departure in the turboprop market, and especially in India. Today, Bombardier offers the largest turboprop aircraft available on the market and SpiceJet will be the first airline to take advantage of the profitable and efficient operations that the 90-passenger high-density Q400 will offer them,” said François Cognard, Vice President, Sales, South-Asia and Australasia.

Since 2010, SpiceJet has taken delivery of 15 new Q400 aircraft. The airline currently operates 20 Q400 aircraft in a 78-seat configuration to domestic and international destinations. This fleet expansion will provide SpiceJet with the ability to grow profitably and leverage the robust demand forecast in the world’s fastest growing regional aviation market.

Bombardier’s Q Series turboprops and CRJ Series regional jets have made significant advances in the Australasia region where approximately 380 aircraft – including more than 240 Q Series turboprops -- are in service with or on order by over 45 customers and operators.

Bombardier’s customer support network for commercial aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region includes Regional Support Offices in Gurgaon (India), Tokyo (Japan), Sydney (Australia), Shanghai (China) and Singapore (Singapore), as well as Parts Services Depots in Sydney (Australia), Tianjin (China), Narita (Japan) and Singapore (Singapore). The network also includes three strategically located Authorized Service Facilities -- GMR Aero Technic in Hyderabad (India), STAECO in Jinan (China) and Hawker Pacific in Cairns (Australia). Operating from the company’s regional office located in Singapore, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s sales and marketing team is well positioned to provide industry-leading solutions to its current and prospective customers.

Including SpiceJet’s order, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 610 Q400 aircraft.

About SpiceJet Ltd
SpiceJet is India’s favourite airline that has made flying more affordable for more Indians than ever before. SpiceJet operates 380 average daily flights to 50 destinations, including 43 domestic and 7 international ones. The airline connects its network with a fleet of 35 Boeing 737NG and 20 Bombardier Q-400s. The majority of the airline’s fleet offers SpiceMax, the most spacious economy class seating in India, as an additional fee option.

SpiceJet was conferred Best Domestic Airline 2017 at the 10th International Conference & Awards organized by Ministry of Civil Aviation & Tourism, Govt. of India and ASSOCHAM (Aug., 2017), Most Outstanding Global Aviation Turnaround' award at IIIrd Travel & Hospitality Awards (Apr., 2017), The CAPA Chairman’s Order of Merit for fastest turnaround in FY 2016 (Feb., 2017) 'Asia's Greatest Brands - 2016', ‘Global Asian of the Year Award’ for Mr Singh, & 'Asia's Greatest CFO 2016' at the AsiaOne Awards at Singapore (Jan., 2017). These added to the tally of global recognitions received throughout 2016. Some of the key accolades that were conferred in 2016 are ‘World Travel Leaders Award’ received by Mr. Ajay Singh at WTM London (Nov 2016), ‘Best Check- in Initiative’ award by Future Travel Experience global awards in Las Vegas (Sep 2016), Smart Check In Initiatives awarded at CIO 100 India Symposium & Awards in Pune (Sep 2016), ‘Best Employee Engagement’ amongst 104 corporate entries at the 4th DMA - Thomas Assesments National Award for Excellence in Talent Management in New Delhi (Aug 2016), Best Transportation brand as well as the Best Airline Brand in India for 2016 by Brand Trust Report (Apr 2016) and the four Best Domestic Airline Awards by India Travel Awards, one for each of the four regions of India.


About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s leading 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 North America Index. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, we posted revenues of $16.3 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier

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Boeing 702 Digital Satellite to Boost Connectivity for Intelsat Customers

  • Intelsat 37e designed to adapt to surges in connectivity needs
  • Boeing has 100 percent satellite launch success rate this year



EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 29, 2017 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] has successfully supported seven out of seven satellite launches this year, including today’s launch of a 702 high-throughput digital payload satellite, built for Intelsat.

Intelsat 37e sent and received its first signals from space shortly after it launched today on board an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket. Once in service, the satellite will deliver high-throughput services to support enterprise, broadband, government and mobility applications in the Americas, Africa and Europe.

“This latest launch is an example of our emphasis on quality and reliability to deliver the right products and capabilities to our customers,” said Paul Rusnock, chairman and CEO, Boeing Satellite Systems International, Inc. “Boeing’s market-leading digital payload technology gives our customers the flexibility to adapt to surges in demand for connectivity when and where it is needed, as well as adapt to any changes in their business needs or missions.”

Intelsat 37e is the second Intelsat EpicNG satellite built by Boeing to launch this year and the fourth Intelsat EpicNG satellite built by Boeing. Intelsat 35e, which launched in July 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Fla., was handed over to the customer last month.

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Le C919 de Comac, en difficulté malgré les commandes


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Samsung e Iberia se unen para premiar la fidelidad de sus clientes en España



  • Ambas compañías han firmado un acuerdo de colaboración y realizarán una innovadora campaña, “Bienvenido a bordo Galaxy Note8”, en el nuevo Puente Aéreo de Iberia.
  • Durante la próxima semana se ofrecerá a todos los clientes del Puente Aéreo un café o té y un snack a bordo, cortesía de Samsung.
  • La campaña finalizará con una acción sin precedentes la semana del 9 de octubre.



Madrid, 29 de septiembre de 2017 – Coincidiendo con la llegada a España del nuevo Galaxy Note8, Samsung e Iberia han firmado un acuerdo de colaboración para desarrollar la campaña “Bienvenido a bordo Galaxy Note8”. Se trata de una iniciativa sin precedentes, que a través de diferentes actividades pretende agradecer a los usuarios de ambas marcas su fidelidad y confianza.



La primera de ellas será la próxima semana, entre el 2 y el 6 de octubre, en los vuelos del Puente Aéreo de Iberia, un servicio que la aerolínea acaba de renovar incorporando nuevas ventajas para los clientes. Todos los pasajeros del Puente Aéreo que viajen esa semana estarán invitados por Samsung a un café o té con snack para celebrar a bordo el lanzamiento de Galaxy Note8.



Sin embargo, lo mejor está por llegar, pues la semana del 9 de octubre habrá otra acción sin precedentes en el mundo de la aviación, que desvelaremos próximamente.



El año pasado Samsung se vio obligada a retirar del mercado uno de sus teléfonos más esperados, el modelo Galaxy Note7. Teniendo en cuenta que la seguridad es la prioridad absoluta, diferentes aerolíneas, como Iberia, se vieron obligadas a rescindir el uso de estos dispositivos en sus vuelos. Desde aquel momento, Samsung realizó un ejercicio constante de transparencia y, pensando en los clientes, puso en marcha una investigación que ayudase a esclarecer lo ocurrido. De hecho, gracias a las conclusiones de estas investigaciones llevadas a cabo tanto internamente como con la ayuda de instituciones especializadas en control de calidad Samsung estableció un nuevo proceso interno de calidad y seguridad para mejorar sus productos que, además, puso a disposición de la industria para que esta situación no se vuelva a repetir.



“Hace justo un año vivimos momentos complicados, pero la actuación rápida y transparente de la compañía, la fuerza de todos nuestros empleados y, por supuesto, el apoyo de usuarios y partners han conseguido incluso fortalecer nuestra posición en el mercado” ha declarado Celestino García Vicepresidente Corporativo de Samsung España.



El nuevo Galaxy Note8 que Samsung ha lanzado recientemente en nuestro país, “ha pasado todos los controles de calidad y seguridad mencionados e incorpora las últimas innovaciones tecnológicas de la marca”, continúa Celestino García. De hecho, su pre-venta triplicó las cifras registradas con el modelo anterior dando buena muestra de la confianza que los usuarios españoles mantienen en la marca. “Ha sido precisamente el deseo por devolver esa fidelidad lo que ha generado el desarrollo de esta campaña y el acuerdo con una compañía de servicios aéreos de referencia como Iberia”



“Entendemos que los artífices de esta recuperación han sido en gran medida nuestros clientes y partners. Su confianza y apoyo nos han mantenido con la fuerza y el empeño que lleva a las compañías a superarse cada día. Hemos diseñado esta colaboración con Iberia para premiar la confianza de nuestros consumidores y mostrar nuestro agradecimiento. Esperamos que todos los que formen parte de ella lo disfruten como merecen” ha concluido el Vicepresidente Corporativo de Samsung España.



“Cuando Samsung nos propuso esta colaboración entendimos de inmediato que debíamos formar parte de esta iniciativa tan innovadora. Además, será un valor extra para todos los clientes de Iberia que opten por el nuevo Puente Aéreo que acabamos de estrenar incorporando más vuelos, hasta 26 por trayecto, y otras ventajas como la posibilidad de hacer todas las gestiones a través del móvil” ha comentado Marco Sansavini, director Comercial de Iberia.



Sobre el Samsung Galaxy Note8



Samsung Galaxy Note8 está diseñado para proporcionar un rendimiento excepcional tanto en los momentos de ocio como en el trabajo gracias a su revolucionaria Pantalla Infinita de 6,3 pulgadas, su cámara dual de 12MP con estabilizador óptico de imagen y el S Pen mejorado. Las nuevas posibilidades que ofrece del S Pen, la capacidad multitarea, y una serie de funciones y servicios distintivos de Samsung Galaxy – tales como la resistencia al agua y al polvo, la carga rápida inalámbrica, las diferentes opciones de autentificación biométrica o el servicio de pago móvil Samsung Pay –, hacen de Samsung Galaxy Note8 un dispositivo perfecto para la productividad y el entretenimiento.



Samsung Galaxy Note8 ya está a la venta en España con un PVP recomendado de 1.010,33€. El smartphone está disponible en los colores Midnight Black y Maple Gold en los principales operadores, retailers y en la tienda online





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Sobre Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung inspira al mundo y construye el futuro con ideas y tecnologías transformadoras. La compañía está redefiniendo el mundo de los televisores, smartphones, wearables, tablets, electrodomésticos, sistemas de redes, memorias, sistemas LSI, fabricación de semiconductores y soluciones LED.

Para más información, por favor, visite la web Samsung Newsroom news.samsung.com.



Sobre Iberia

Iberia es la primera compañía de España y líder en las rutas entre Europa y Latinoamérica. Junto con su filial Iberia Express y su franquiciada Iberia Regional Air Nostrum, ofrece alrededor de 600 vuelos al día a más de 120 destinos de Europa, América, África, Oriente Medio y Asia, con una flota de 135 aviones. En 2017 Iberia ha conseguido su 4ª estrella Skytrax y, en 2016, fue la aerolínea más puntual del mundo, según FlightStats. Iberia tiene su hub en el aeropuerto de Madrid, y es miembro de la alianza oneworld, que ofrece más de 14.000 vuelos diarios a cerca de 1.000 aeropuertos en más de 150 países.

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