Airbus Helicopters Announces 2016 Results [feedly]

martes, 31 de enero de 2017



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Airbus Helicopters Announces 2016 Results
// Aero-News Network

Deliveries Up Five Percent To 418 Units Airbus Helicopters logged gross orders for 388 helicopters in 2016, a stable performance compared to the 383 gross orders of 2015. In 2016, bookings notably included 188 orders for light-single engine helicopters, 163 orders for the H135/H145 light-twins and 23 for the Super Puma family. At the end of 2016, the overall backlog stood at 766 helicopters. http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=c645a0b3-986d-42fe-8b1a-07a5d2b20a68
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Massive wind turbine takes energy generation record [feedly]



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Massive wind turbine takes energy generation record
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A behemoth V164 offshore wind turbine from Danish company MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has produced almost 216,000 kWh over a 24-hour period during tests at its site near Østerild, Denmark in December. In doing so, the 9 MW prototype – a reworked version of the V164-8.0 MW, which was initially developed in 2012 and launched two years later – takes the energy generation record for a commercially available offshore wind turbine.

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NASA IG Raises Mars 2020 Cost, Launch Concerns

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China's COMAC to Conduct C919 Maiden Test Flight in March - TCC

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New SkyGuardian variant of Predator B drone announced

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Revealed: The US Air Force Wants Drones that Can Refuel Other Drones in Midair - The National Interest Online (blog)

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Revealed: The US Air Force Wants Drones that Can Refuel Other Drones in Midair
The National Interest Online (blog)
While drones like the RQ-4 Global Hawk can stay in the air for more than thirty hours without getting tired, bored or feeling the urge to urinate, even an unmanned aircraft needs to refuel sooner or later. That means the drone must interrupt its ...

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Ash-detection tested on Israeli enhanced-vision system

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Russian pilots learn to operate advanced Sukhoi-30SM fighter jets - TASS

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Russian pilots learn to operate advanced Sukhoi-30SM fighter jets
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KALININGRAD, January 31. /TASS/. Pilots of the Baltic Fleet's naval aviation have started practical fights to learn to operate advanced Sukhoi Su-30SM (NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) multipurpose fighter jets that entered service last December, Fleet ...

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Specialists satisfied with Sukhoi Juperjet 100 work in Arctic extreme low temperatures ... - TASS

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SALEKHARD, January 31. /TASS/. Russia's Sukhoi Superjet 100 demonstrated good work in the Arctic 50-degree frosts, Commercial Director of the Yamal aviation company, which was among the first in Russia to begin exploiting SS100, Andrei Dubrov told ...

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Airbus lists initial weight variants for A330neo

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Will Norwegian’s low-cost transatlantic service fly under Trump?

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UAV Flight Controllers Market: Dynamics, Sales and Revenue Analysis, Report Forecasts to 2021 – SAT Press Releases

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Drones on the Farm: How Can We Improve ROI? - Commercial UAV News

http://www.expouav.com/news/latest/drones-farm-can-improve-roi/


Drones on the Farm: How Can We Improve ROI?
Commercial UAV News
Exploring how farmers can and will see a return on their drone investment is a topic I've discussed with farmers as well as experts who are working to develop new solutions that can be utilized on the farm. Being able to get specific around exactly ...

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‘Quiet’ Slat Cuts Noise In Boeing-Embraer E170 EcoDemonstrator

Although data continues to be analyzed, early information from the first EcoDemonstrator technology program to be conducted by Boeing with Embraer indicates significant advances in key areas including aerodynamic noise reduction, optical air data sensing and advanced coatings. Continue reading... http://aviationweek.com/technology/quiet-slat-cuts-noise-boeing-embraer-e170-ecodemonstrator

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1917-2017 Centenario Aviacion de Marina (España)




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EL ARMA AÉREA: PASADO, PRESENTE Y FUTURO. CAMINO DEL CENTENARIO DE SU CREACIÓN, 1917-2017

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U.S. Air Force’s T-X Playing Field Shrinking Fast

The U.S. Air Force’s once-crowded $16 billion T-X next-generation trainer competition is beginning to look more and more like a price shootout between the Lockheed Martin/Korea Aerospace Industries T-50A and Boeing/Saab BTX after Northrop Grumman expressed mixed feelings about entering the race. Continue reading... http://aviationweek.com/defense/us-air-force-s-t-x-playing-field-shrinking-fast

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Airbus has its own airline—sort of… | Ars Technica

lunes, 30 de enero de 2017

Commercial aircraft giant Airbus has come up with a way to mature its aircraft faster. The French manufacturer has created its own simulated airline to replicate the way the world's commercial carriers use and look after their airplanes. Dubbed AIRLINE1, the concept was introduced in 2013 to speed development of Airbus' new A350 XWB (a Boeing 787/777 competitor) by reducing the technical issues that typically surface after new airliners enter service.


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Pontifications: No rate increase on Boeing 787 predicted [feedly]

Boeing will decide this year whether to boost 787 production to 14/mo from 12/mo by the end of the decade.

I don't see how this can happen. Neither do several aerospace analysts.

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OPINION: Why tardy MRJ is worth waiting for [feedly]

OPINION: Why tardy MRJ is worth waiting for
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/opinion-why-tardy-mrj-is-worth-waiting-for-433586/

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Boeing Wins $2.1B for KC-46 Provision | UK’s May Talks TF-X Fighter with Turkey | Israel & US Complete 5th Test Series on David’s Sling [feedly]

Boeing Wins $2.1B for KC-46 Provision | UK's May Talks TF-X Fighter with Turkey | Israel & US Complete 5th Test Series on David's Sling
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The Big U.S. Military Projects That Never Made It [feedly]

domingo, 29 de enero de 2017



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The Big U.S. Military Projects That Never Made It
// War Is Boring - Medium



Some were pretty awesome— but others failed for good reason

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Saudi Arabia launches first F-15 Strike Eagle fighter aircraft [feedly]

http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newssaudi-arabia-launches-first-f-15-strike-eagle-fighter-aircraft-5724793

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Saudi Arabia launches first F-15 Strike Eagle fighter aircraft
// Air Force Technology News Press Releases

Saudi Arabia has reportedly launched its new F-15 Strike Eagle fighter jet, which was purchased from the US as part of a foreign military sale programme.
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The International Drone Racing Association Launches Drone Pilot Insurance [feedly]


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The International Drone Racing Association Launches Drone Pilot Insurance
// Aero-News Network

Three Multiple-Aircraft Packages Available The International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) will launch the first primary UAV Aircraft Liability Insurance policy to cover drone pilots worldwide. Included with the rollout of IDRA's membership service, each IDRA member will be insured, with a $1,000,000 UAV Liability coverage limit including operations for Recreational Use, UAS training for competitions, and Racing/Competitions around the world.
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Airbus Ready To Ship Aeolus For Final Testing [feedly]


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Airbus Ready To Ship Aeolus For Final Testing
// Aero-News Network

Spacecraft Will Measure Global Wind Speeds To Help Improve Weather Forecasts ESA's wind sensing satellite Aeolus has been prepared for shipping from Stevenage, UK to Toulouse, France for final testing before it travels to French Guiana towards the end of the year ready for launch on a Vega launcher.
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Newest Russian MiG-35 Jet, Exclusive Pictures from Today’s Presentation [feedly]



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Newest Russian MiG-35 Jet, Exclusive Pictures from Today's Presentation
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Today newest Russian MiG-35 jet was announced in Russia. Here are some exclusive photos and some videos of the newest bird's from today's event. Don't miss! And some videos: Video from presentation: And a video of MiG-35 in the air: … Read more... http://englishrussia.com/2017/01/27/newest-russian-mig-35-jet-exclusive-pictures-from-todays-presentation/


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Boeing Awarded $2.1B for Third KC-46A Tanker Production Lot

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​US defense secretary orders immediate review of F-35 and Air Force One

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Trump could reset Star Wars at full throttle toward militarization of space

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Pentagon chief orders review of F-35 fighter program

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Forget flying cars — passenger drones are the future - TechCrunch

https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/28/forget-flying-cars-passenger-drones-are-the-future/


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Forget flying cars — passenger drones are the future
TechCrunch
Back in 2012, they ran an experiment with Lockheed Martin to extend the flight time of the Stalker Unmanned Aerial System. Their "laser power beaming" kept the drone in flight by targeting lasers at photovoltaic cells (i.e. solar panels) mounted on the ...

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Vigilant Aerospace Completes Beyond Line-of-Sight UAS Detect-and-Avoid Flight Testing at NASA Armstrong - sUAS News

https://www.suasnews.com/2017/01/vigilant-aerospace-completes-beyond-line-sight-uas-detect-avoid-flight-testing-nasa-armstrong/


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Vigilant Aerospace Completes Beyond Line-of-Sight UAS Detect-and-Avoid Flight Testing at NASA Armstrong
sUAS News
Vigilant Aerospace has completed successful beyond lineof-sight flight testing of its new FlightHorizon detect-and-avoid collision avoidance system for unmanned aircraft at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. The tests ...

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UK highlights several more serious drone incidents [feedly]

viernes, 27 de enero de 2017

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/uk-highlights-several-more-serious-drone-incidents-433594/

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UK highlights several more serious drone incidents
// Flight Global HEADLINES

All four of the most serious UK airprox incidents considered by investigators latest in-depth review involved drones or other unidentified objects in London airspace.
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Directed Energy Atmospheric Lens Could Revolutionize Future Battlefields [feedly]

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Directed Energy Atmospheric Lens Could Revolutionize Future Battlefields
// Aero-News Network

LDAL Evaluated By The Science And Technology Facilities Council Within the next fifty years, scientists at BAE Systems believe that battlefield commanders could deploy a new type of directed energy laser and lens system, called a Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens which is capable of enhancing commanders' ability to observe adversaries' activities over much greater distances than existing sensors.
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Bell Helicopter Prague Delivers First Fully Customized Aircraft [feedly]

http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=383b5db0-074f-4a1a-827b-6c0d0d2c00c8

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Bell Helicopter Prague Delivers First Fully Customized Aircraft
// Aero-News Network

The Company Continues To Expand Its Capabilities To Better Serve European Customers Bell Helicopter has announced the completion of the first fully customized aircraft from its new European state-of-the-art Customization and Delivery Center located in Prague. The customer, Air Transport Europe of Slovakia, recently accepted three newly customized Bell 429 EMS configured aircraft at Bell Helicopter's delivery center in Prague.
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Top 5 Drone Intercepting Methods You Should Know About - Interesting Engineering

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​Northrop ready for one aircraft replacement program, noncommittal on another - Washington Business Journal


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Northrop ready for one aircraft replacement program, noncommittal on another
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Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) appeared eager to bid on the program to build the next generation of ground surveillance aircraft. But the Falls Church contractor didn't seem ready to commit to helping replace U.S. Air Force's fleet of training ...
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Northrop noncommittal on TX bidFlightglobal
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Premium economy pricing compared to econo – now more consistent

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KHI Drops Civil C-2 Version As Military Deliveries Proceed

http://aviationweek.com/awindefense/khi-drops-civil-c-2-version-military-deliveries-proceed


Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has dropped a plan to build a civil version of its C-2 military airlifter.

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Airbus to fly VSR700 VTOL UAV before end of the year - IHS Jane's 360


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Airbus to fly VSR700 VTOL UAV before end of the year
IHS Jane's 360
An artist's impression of the Airbus Helicopters-DCNS VSR700 VTOL UAV being developed for the French Navy's Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine requirement. The first flight is expected sometime this year. Source: Airbus Helicopters.

http://www.janes.com/article/67281/airbus-to-fly-vsr700-vtol-uav-before-end-of-the-year

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A robotic NASA mission could help us mine asteroids in the future

In 2030, a robotic emissary launched from Earth seven years earlier will lay eyes on a metal world never seen from close range. That NASA spacecraft, known as Psyche, will carry with it a number of instruments designed to spy on the the metallic world called 16 Psyche as it circles the sun. 16 Ps...

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China's Moon-Sampling Mission Targeted for November

China is working to launch a sample-return mission to the moon before the end of 2017. The mission, known as Chang'e 5, will be the first to bring lunar material to Earth since the Soviet Union's Luna …

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How an international treaty signed 50 years ago became the backbone for space law

Happy anniversary, Outer Space Treaty Fifty years ago today, the United States, the Soviet Union, and the United Kingdom opened a treaty for signature that would become the backbone for international space law. It was a United Nations-approved agreement called the Outer Space Treaty, and 104 nati...

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The Implications of the Privatization of Space Exploration

By Lina Shi Background The dream of space exploration has existed throughout human history. Like many other scientific breakthroughs in the US, the capability of space exploration came as a result of …

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Artículo: JAXA Spacecraft Launch Live Stream: Watch The Cargo Ship Liftoff In Outerspace At NASA's International Space Station

NASA is preparing for lift off once again. The agency is scheduled to broadcast an unpiloted Japanese cargo spacecraft that will depart the International Space Station Friday morning.

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NASA studies astronaut twins to observe the rigors of space

When you spend nearly a year straight in space, you can expect NASA will want to conduct a good bit of research on you when you return to Earth. The space agency has been doing just that with astronaut Scott Kelly who was in orbit for 340 days. There's no one better to compare Kelly to than his t...

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US scientists create metallic hydrogen on Earth ending 80-year quest for 'holy grail of high-pressure physics'

US scientists have succeeded in squeezing hydrogen so intensely that it has turned into a metal, creating an entirely new material that might be used as a highly efficient electricity conductor at room temperatures. The discovery, published in the journal Science on Thursday, provides the first c...

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Russia to start mass-producing MiG-35 fighter jet in 2019

Russia will begin churning out advanced MiG-35 fighter jets in 2019. Although Russian Aerospace Forces will be armed with the MiG from next year. The MiG-35 is a further development of the MiG-29M/M2 and MiG-29K/KUB fighter jets, featuring improved combat capability and flight performance charact...

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La forma no tan secreta de derribar un F-22 o F-35 furtivo

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The fire may have saved the Apollo programme

Fifty years ago, a fire broke out during a test of the rocket that would take men to the Moon. Three astronauts died on the launch pad – but their deaths were not in vain. 22 January 1967, Cape Canaveral, Florida One of Nasa's most celebrated astronauts, Lt Col Virgil 'Gus' Grissom was becoming i...

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A 360-degree tour of a WWII ‘shadow factory’

It was first a secret aircraft engine factory in World War Two, before becoming a huge nuclear bunker. Explore the immense Drakelow Tunnels in England for yourself. At the outbreak of World War Two, with German bombing targeting key infrastructure, it was clear that the production of vital parts ...

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These 5 finalists will race to the moon in Google's Lunar XPrize competition

One of these spacecraft could become the first private spacecraft to land on the moon The race to the moon is heating up. Soon the Google Lunar XPrize will hand out $30 million in prizes to privately-funded teams who can send a robot to the moon, move 500 meters across its surface, and send pictu...

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Engineering students aim to brew beer on the moon

Now that's what we call a light beer There's a lot that needs to happen before humankind can become an interplanetary species. We have to figure out how we'll get to other worlds, what we'll eat, and what we'll live in. And then we need to figure out beer, because space is definitely BYOB. Lucky ...

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Released first live bombs from F-35A

jueves, 26 de enero de 2017

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) Press release-- The 33rd Fighter Wing loaded and released the Air Education and Training Command’s first live bombs from an F-35A here, Jan. 17, 2017.

In total, six aircraft were loaded with armed GBU-12s, and two bombs were released over the Eglin Air Force Base range.

The GBU-12 is a 500-pound laser guided general-purpose bomb. The F-35 can carry a combined payload of 2,300 pounds of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions internally, with an extended capacity of munitions on each wing.

“I’m incredibly proud of our maintainers and pilots for successfully loading and releasing bombs on the range this week,” said Col. Lance Pilch, the 33rd FW commander. “This further proves our Airmen and Sailors are the lethality behind this weapons system.”

While this is the first live bomb to be loaded into an F-35A here, weapons personnel also regularly load the 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition and the AIM-120 AMRAAM as part of their training and readiness.

“It’s no accident that our load crews are good at what they do,” said Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Dunn, the 33rd FW wing weapons manager, “Each weapons loader hones their loading skills under the scrutiny of evaluators, strict adherence to technical orders and up against stringent time standards on a monthly basis. I am very proud of every weapons loader in the 33rd FW. Each and every one played an integral role in making this weeks’ events successful. They worked hard for this achievement and they all earned it.”

The first F-35A weapons load crews here were certified just over two years ago. For several of the former students, who are as young as 21 years old, this was their first time loading live munitions on any aircraft platform.

“It feels great to have been here for two years and see the program develop and grow,” said Airman 1st Class Jacob Chandler, a 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft armament systems journeyman. “It’s awesome to be a part of this and it’s possible because of the training we receive.”

Much of the success in loading these live weapons is due to the in-depth training that load crews receive. However, their leadership accredits it to these Airmen’s drive and vision.

“This is almost second nature to them,” said Tech. Sgt. Zachary Watts, a 33rd Maintenance Group loading standardization crewmember. “They are fully prepared to execute their mission and it shows. It speaks to the type of Airmen we are getting in today’s Air Force. They want to work hard, they try hard and they do what they are supposed to. They have initiative and prove we are moving in a good direction.”

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The Face of the Bubbling Armed UAV Industry - i-HLS - Israel Homeland Security


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The Face of the Bubbling Armed UAV Industry
i-HLS - Israel Homeland Security
The Israeli Air Force used a weaponized drone, the Pioneer, in the 1982 war in Lebanon which impressed US for increased UAV procurement and research. Pioneer eventually made its American debut as well. Armed UAVs were widely used in Global War ...

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Deciding Rules Of The Road For Urban UAS

Researchers explore options for controlling large-scale UAS traffic flow in cities
Extend today's highway code to the skies or allow vehicles freedom to self-regulate? These are among options for urban unmanned-aircraft traffic control being explored by researchers.

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U.S. Air Force Tackles Fuel-Burn Reduction On Legacy Aircraft

Shark and seal skins, even speed skater's suits, are inspiring drag-reduction technologies eyed for coating U.S. Air Force transports and tankers to curb jet fuel consumption.

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Bombardier and CityJet Sign Conditional Purchase Agreement for up to 10 CRJ900 Aircraft



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  • Aircraft to be operated by CityJet in the Scandinavian Airlines network

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today announced that Dublin-based regional carrier, CityJet has signed a conditional purchase agreement for six CRJ900 aircraft and has also taken options on an additional four aircraft. This purchase agreement is expected to go firm on January 31, 2017. Upon delivery, the aircraft will operate wet lease services on behalf of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).


Based on the list price of the CRJ900 aircraft, the conditional order is valued at approximately
US $280 million and could increase to US $467 million, should CityJet exercise all its options.

“CityJet has become one of our largest European CRJ900 aircraft advocates in a short period of time and we are delighted that they continue to put their confidence in Bombardier and its products,” said Ryan DeBrusk, Vice President, Sales, Europe, Russia & Commonwealth of Independent States, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CRJ900 aircraft is ideally suited to growing markets across Europe and is creating excellent value for a wide variety of operators with its superior performance, economics and enhanced cabin amenities.”

“The reputable, modern CRJ900 aircraft offers great passenger comfort while maintaining cost effectiveness and operational flexibility; both important factors in our business model,” said Pat Byrne, Executive Chairman, CityJet. “We have been very satisfied with the performance of the CRJ900 regional jets which have proven themselves to be the ideal and most efficient aircraft for our contract flying with Scandinavian Airlines.”

CityJet currently owns a fleet of eight CRJ900 aircraft which are on wet lease service with SAS. The airline will also take delivery of four new CRJ900 aircraft in early 2017 as per Bombardier’s order announcement on April 25, 2016, bringing CityJet’s owned fleet of CRJ900 aircraft to 12. As part of its acquisition of Cimber A/S, a regional airline in Denmark and a former wholly owned subsidiary of SAS, CityJet will operate Cimber’s fleet of 11 CRJ900 aircraft also on wet lease service with SAS. These aircraft will be replaced by up to 10 additional CRJ900 aircraft that were announced today.

About CityJetCityJet is an Irish-based regional airline with its headquarters in Swords, Dublin. The airline was established in 1993 to operate services between Dublin and London City Airport and today operates ten routes from across Europe to London City, where it currently holds approximately 30% of the airport slots. CityJet also has a significant wet lease business, including services on behalf of Air France and SAS and operates a wide range of ad hoc charters on behalf of sports groups, the entertainment industry, tour operators and corporate customers.

In March 2016, CityJet was purchased by an investment group led by Executive Chairman Pat Byrne. The airline is now focused on delivering a strategy which sees it consolidate its scheduled business and grow its position as a leading provider of wet lease services to customer airlines. www.cityjet.com

About CRJ aircraftEvery 10 seconds a CRJ Series regional jet takes off somewhere in the world. The CRJ Series family of aircraft has transported almost 1.6 billion passengers to become the world’s most successful regional jet program -- linking people and communities like no other. The CRJ Series regional jets have revolutionized aviation with their proven efficiency, reliability and profitability.

The CRJ Series regional jets share commonality benefits that provide flexibility to operators and allow them to optimize their fleets to meet specific market demands. No other regional aircraft deliver this capability. Optimized for medium-haul regional routes, these aircraft can provide up to 10 per cent cash operating cost advantage over competing jets.

Each of the CRJ aircraft models offers its own distinct advantages. The CRJ200 regional jet offers outstanding ownership cost, ideal for opening new routes and markets. The CRJ700 regional jet is the lightest aircraft in its category, delivering impressive efficiency, performance and fuel burn savings, while the CRJ900 regional jet offers tremendous flexibility and is ideally suited for growing markets. The CRJ1000 regional jet, which has the highest passenger capacity in the family, delivers the lowest seat-mile cost in the regional jet market and burns up to 13 per cent less fuel than its competitors.

Since its launch, the CRJ Series family of regional jets has stimulated the regional jet market. In North America alone, it accounts for over 20 per cent of all jet departures. Globally, the family operates more than 200,000 flights per month.

The CRJ Series aircraft family includes over 100 owners and operators in 49 countries, and the worldwide fleet has logged more than 45 million flight hours. To date, Bombardier has booked firm orders for 1,902 CRJ Series aircraft.

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[video] The Starliner spacesuit is revealed publicly for the first time



http://www.boeing.com/features/2017/01/space-suit-01-17.page



Future passengers on the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft now know what they'll be wearing as they travel to and from low-Earth orbit destinations, like the International Space Station. The new "Boeing Blue" spacesuits were designed to provide crew members with functionality, comfort and protection.

The Starliner spacesuit provides greater pressurized mobility and is about 40 percent lighter than previous suits. Its innovative layers will keep astronauts cooler as well. The touchscreen-friendly gloves allow astronauts to interact with the capsule’s tablets while the boots are breathable and slip resistant. Zippers in the torso area will make it easier for astronauts to comfortably transition from sitting to standing. In addition to protecting astronauts during launch and the return to Earth, the suit also helps connect astronauts to ground and space crews through the communications headset within the helmet. The suit’s hood-like soft helmet sports a wide polycarbonate visor to give Starliner passengers better peripheral vision throughout their ride to and from space.

“Spacesuits have come in different sizes and shapes and designs, and I think this fits the Boeing model, fits the Boeing vehicle,” said Chris Ferguson, Boeing director of Starliner Crew and Mission Systems and a former NASA astronaut.

For more pictures and videos go to the Starliner page and read Frontiers

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U.S. F-35 Update: F-35A to Red Flag, Navy F-35Cs Experience Problems, Marine F-35B Leads

U.S. F-35 Update: F-35A to Red Flag, Navy F-35Cs Experience Problems, Marine F-35B Leads
https://theaviationist.com/2017/01/25/u-s-f-35-update-f-35a-to-red-flag-navy-f-35cs-experience-problems-marine-f-35b-leads/

Large Number of Air Force F-35As to Red Flag 17-1, Navy Works Through F-35C Launch Problem, Marines Continue to Lead in F-35B Integration. January of 2017 has been a busy month for the ongoing integration of new Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters into U.S. operational deployment with the U.S. Air Force and testing […]

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Raytheon & Leonardo (former Finmeccanica) pulls out of T-X competition

Raytheon pulls out of T-X competition
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/raytheon-pulls-out-of-t-x-competition-433534/

Raytheon and the Leonardo have withdrawn from the US Air Force T-X trainer competition, stating 25 January that the two companies have decided not to jointly pursue the programme.

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Boeing CEO brushes off 777X pricing question

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KC-46A May Not Meet Delivery Schedule | Navy Greenlights Advanced Arresting Gear Development | Germany Pushes for Short Range Missile Defense System

KC-46A May Not Meet Delivery Schedule | Navy Greenlights Advanced Arresting Gear Development | Germany Pushes for Short Range Missile Defense System
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/kc-46a-may-not-meet-delivery-schedule-navy-greenlights-advanced-arresting-gear-development-germany-pushes-for-short-range-missile-defense-system-035730/


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US approves $500m sale of AMRAAM and Apache helicopter services to Kuwait

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Swarms of robotic plankton ride underwater waves of survival

We know that plankton are too small and weak to swim on their own, so how do these little drifters get to where they need to go? Seeking answers to this question along with other insights about our oceans, scientists have built underwater robots that mimic plankton behavior and can be used to monitor surrounding ocean conditions, with their early experiments confirming long-held theories on how plankton do what they need to do to survive.

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Spike Aero To Fly Subsonic Prototype of SSBJ This Year | Business Aviation News: Aviation International News

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UK aerospace industry fears loss of leading edge after Brexit

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Brexit : Ryanair gèle l’emploi, Airbus s’inquiète | Air Journal

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Brexit and Trump mean 'dangerous new phase' for Airbus, says boss

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Bad drones: the race to develop effective counter-drone security is on - Wired.co.uk


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Bad drones: the race to develop effective counter-drone security is on
Wired.co.uk
US think tank the MITRE Corporation has launched Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS), a competition for drone defence, seeking inexpensive "non-kinetic" solutions, that don't involve shooting them down. Its thinking is that the risk of knocking a ...

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A321neo Delays Affect Hawaiian’s 2017 Plans

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Indian Navy To Buy 57 Carrier-Based Fighters

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These 5 finalists will race to the moon in Google's Lunar XPrize competition

One of these spacecraft could become the first private spacecraft to land on the moon The race to the moon is heating up. Soon the Google Lunar XPrize will hand out $30 million in prizes to privately-funded teams who can send a robot to the moon, move 500 meters across its surface, and send pictu...

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Sukhoi SSJ100 : réparation des fissures bientôt terminée - aeronewstv

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Iberia y RENFE amplían su acuerdo de avión + tren a otras nueve ciudades

  • Los clientes con origen/destino Toledo, Segovia, León, Zamora, Cuenca, Palencia, Albacete, Ciudad Real y Puertollano dispondrán a lo largo de 2017 de un billete combinado para los trayectos en tren y avión.
  • En 2016, cerca de 15.000 clientes utilizaron estos billetes, que están a la venta en las webs de Iberia y RENFE y las agencias de viajes de todo el mundo.
  • Los clientes que adquieran estos billetes de tren+avión se beneficiarán de todas las ventajas de quienes viajan en conexión.
  • En total, Iberia y RENFE ofrecen ya 14 ciudades en España que se pueden combinar con otros más de 80 destinos internacionales de la aerolínea en Europa, América, África y Asia.



Los presidentes de Iberia, Luis Gallego, y de RENFE, Juan Alfaro, han anunciado en FITUR que este año ampliarán la red de ciudades en las que ambas empresas ofrecen sus billetes combinados de tren+avión.

En concreto, a lo largo de este año esta facilidad se extenderá a Toledo, Segovia, León, Zamora, Cuenca, Palencia, Albacete, Ciudad Real y Puertollano, que se suman a Zaragoza, Valladolid, Córdoba, Sevilla y Málaga donde ya se ofrecen billetes combinados desde el último trimestre de 2015.

En concreto, el año pasado cerca de 15.000 clientes utilizaron esta modalidad de billete, que está a la venta en las webs de Iberia y RENFE y las agencias de viajes de todo el mundo.

Las principales ventajas de estos billetes combinados de tren+avión es que todos los trayectos del viaje se incluyen en un mismo documento, lo que para el cliente se traduce en que, a todos los efectos, es considerado como pasajeros que viajan en conexión –él y su equipaje-, lo que asegura la mejor atención en todos los puntos de su viaje.

En total, en 2017 Iberia y RENFE ofrecerán sus billetes combinados de tren+avión en 14 ciudades españolas, lo que permite una mejor conexión de estas poblaciones con los más de 80 destinos internacionales de Iberia en Europa, América, África y Asia –Tokio y Shanghái-.

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Strategy Change May See Super Hornet Compete with F-35 | Russia’s Buk-M3 Being Prepped for Export | India’s K-4 SLBM Testing Slated for January 31 [feedly]

Strategy Change May See Super Hornet Compete with F-35 | Russia's Buk-M3 Being Prepped for Export | India's K-4 SLBM Testing Slated for January 31
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/strategy-change-may-see-super-hornet-compete-with-f-35-russias-buk-m3-being-prepped-for-export-indias-k-4-slbm-testing-slated-for-january-31-035718/

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USAF's B-52H Stratofortress tests AGM-86B air-launched cruise missile [feedly]

USAF's B-52H Stratofortress tests AGM-86B air-launched cruise missile
http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newsusafs-b-52h-stratofortress-tests-agm-86b-air-launched-cruise-missile-5723065

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NASA puts the shakes on Orion astronauts

NASA engineers are getting a bit of a buffeting this month as they conduct manned vibration tests on various Orion capsule systems. The tests being conducted at the Johnson Space Center in Houston are designed to simulate launch conditions that astronauts will endure the first time they fly in the Orion atop NASA's Space Launch System rocket (SLS).

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U.S. airline unions picket Trump to take up their fight against low-cost foreign competition

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Boeing’s Second ABS All-Electric Propulsion Satellite Enters Service

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Near Space Corporation drone glider drop aids FAA research - sUAS News


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Near Space Corporation drone glider drop aids FAA research
sUAS News
Near Space Corporation, NSC, in Tillamook, Oregon, conducted the flight test on Oct. 3 under the first FAA Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) test site for UAS high-altitude Certificate of Authorization, COA. With that flight, NSC became the first ..


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Repairs underway on Sukhoi Superjet 100 - aeronewstv


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Repairs underway on Sukhoi Superjet 100
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Russia's Sukhoi Superjet 100 will be back in service at the end of January, after a month of inspections and repairs. In late December, minor cracks in the stabilizer nodes were detected during a maintenance operation on one of the aircraft, belonging ...


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Boeing's commercial unit cut jobs by 7.38% in 2016

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Two supersonic prototypes move towards first flights in 2017

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Embraer banking on Trump to clear way for Iran regional jet sale - Gulf Times

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Lockheed warns on accounting at Sikorsky unit - Financial Times


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Lockheed warns on accounting at Sikorsky unit
Financial Times
In reference to accounting at Sikorsky, chief financial officer Bruce Tanner said there was a reasonable possibility that a "material misstatement could have occurred and would not have been prevented or detected on a timely basis". However, he noted ...
Sikorsky finance, IT controls found deficientCT Post
Lockheed tops estimates in fourth quarter, warns of Sikorsky problemsReuters
Lockheed Falls on Warning of Accounting Weakness at SikorskyBloomberg
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Drone watch: integrating UAV movements into air traffic control - Airport Technology



Drone watch: integrating UAV movements into air traffic control
Airport Technology
Drone watch: integrating UAV movements into air traffic control. The issues that rogue drones cause for air traffic control are well documented. But, can current systems be rewired to track drone movements and prevent disaster? Airborne Concept and ...

http://www.airport-technology.com/features/featuredrone-watch-integrating-uav-movements-into-air-traffic-control-5719159/

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New Certification Demands Force MRJ Program Delay

For the MRJ, “certain systems and electrical configurations” need to be changed, they said. “These design changes will not affect aircraft performance, fuel consumption, or functionality of systems.” Flight testing will proceed with prototypes using the current configuration to acquire performance data for airworthiness certification. Four of five planned MRJ prototypes are flying.






The two-year delay in the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) announced Monday is clearly a big setback for Japan’s commercial jet program, but it means more jobs in Washington state, where the jet is undergoing flight tests.

Mitsubishi has already increased total hiring in the state, from the previously planned 400 people, to 550 — including 300 sent from Japan and 250 hired locally.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/delay-in-mitsubishi-regional-jet-means-more-work-in-washington-state/

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This is what it would look like to land on Pluto

martes, 24 de enero de 2017

Based on NASA's best photos, anyway After a 10-year journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sped past Pluto for just a few short hours in July 2015. It was going far too fast to enter an orbit around the dwarf planet—let alone land on it—but along the way it grabbed some pretty amazing photos of ...

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To get a man on the moon, China's program takes cues from the Apollo lunar lander

The country is looking to launch in 2032. Though China's goal of landing a man on the moon is still more than a decade away, the country is already testing key equipment for the 2032 mission. Most recently, the program has been testing the landing gear for the lunar module. The lunar module is th...

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A private Chinese space company just scored a foreign contract for the first time

The agreement was signed with a Danish nanosatellite maker. A Chinese space launch company, Landspace, has won the first Chinese private space launch contract from a foreign company. Founded by Tsinghua University, a prestigious Chinese university, Landspace is one of China's first private space ...

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[video] Exploring Drone Aerodynamics With Computers



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For decades, NASA has used computer models to simulate the flow of air around aircraft in order to test designs and improve the performance of next-generation vehicles.

At NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, researchers recently used this technique to explore the aerodynamics of a popular example of a small, battery-powered drone, a modified DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter.

This simulation reveals the complex motions of air due to interactions between the vehicle’s rotors and X-shaped frame during flight. In the video, airflow interactions are shown as undulating lines. Pressure changes are shown using color. Areas of high pressure are red; low are blue.
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Stop Disrespecting the Turboprop [feedly]

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Planes with these engines are perfectly fine for modern air forces

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Drone Tests New Tech to Help FAA Track Commercial Spacecraft - Space.com


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Drone Tests New Tech to Help FAA Track Commercial Spacecraft
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This flight test made NSC the first commercial suborbital space company to fly under the FAA's new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) rules that went into effect in August. Regulations now require drone pilots to have a special Certificate of Authorization ...



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Denmark Set to Receive the First Permanent BVLOS License - Commercial UAV News


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Denmark Set to Receive the First Permanent BVLOS License
Commercial UAV News
The two universities, University of Southern Denmark and the University of Aalborg, have carried out safety evaluations of the UAV flights during the project, and the results are equal, or even better, than the safety levels from commercial air traffic ...


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Interesting 2017 predictions for regional jet market from Embraer Commercial Aviation CEO


1. Book-to-Bill Ratio

2. Robust Demand in the USA
3. Capacity Discipline in Europe & Asia
4. China’s New Regional Policy
5. Demand for Used Aircraft




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TECNAM’S 11 SEAT P2012 TRAVELLER TO MAKE PUBLIC DEBUT AT AERO ’17, FRIEDRICHSHAFEN

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The twin Lycoming-engined 11-seat P2012 Traveller prototype will take centre stage on Tecnam’s stand at the Global Aviation show’s 25th anniversary in April this year. The aircraft will interrupt an intensive test flight programme to be present for all three days between April 5th and April 8th.

Tecnam will also be highlighting its broad model range which covers Advanced Ultra-Light, US-LSA, CS-VLA and CS-23 FAR 23 aircraft.

In addition to the P2012 Traveller, Tecnam will be presenting the latest version of the highly successful P2002 Sierra, the MKII,featuring a complete range of re-designed interiors and state of the art avionics.

Over 60 Tecnam Dealers from all over the world will be on hand to support the needs of the many visitors and customers who will be attending AERO ’17.

The TravellerThe Tecnam P2012 prototype is currently engaged in a challenging test flight programme and a number of key tests have already been successfully completed. The aircraft is equipped with latest avionics from Garmin, the new G1000 Nxi and is powered by two 375 HP Lycoming piston engines. TECNAM is very happy with the progress to date and the programme is now well on its way to completing flight certification, scheduled for around the end of 2018.

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LEONARDO: AGREEMENT WITH THE ITALIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENCE FOR THE NEW M-345 TRAINER AIRCRAFT AND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW EXPLORATION AND ESCORT HELICOPTER


  • Moretti: “The signing of these contracts is the result of constructive discussions between the Italian Government and the industry”
  • The new aircraft will work alongside the M-346s already used by the Italian Air Force for the advanced phase of pilot training, forming the world’s most advanced training system for military pilots
  • The new exploration and escort helicopter will replace the AW129 used by the Italian Army which is nearing 30 years in operation





Leonardo has signed, with the Italian National Armaments Directorate of the Italian Defence Ministry, two contracts for an initial batch of five Aermacchi M-345 trainer aircraft and for the first phase of development and delivery programme of the new exploration and escort helicopter (NEES) for the Italian Army. The combined value of the contracts is in excess of 500 million euro.



Mauro Moretti, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Leonardo, said: “The signing of these two contracts is the result of constructive discussions between the Italian Government and industry, which helped identify the requirements and the best technological answers. Thanks to this joint understanding, we’ll be able to deliver advanced solutions to our national customer by optimizing available financial resources and developing new technologies, skills and industrial processes in our country.”



The Italian Air Force has a total requirement for around 45 M-345s (designated as T-345 by the Italian Armed Forces) to progressively replace the 137 in-service MB-339 aircraft which entered into operation in 1982. The new aircraft will work alongside the fleet of 18 twin-engine Aermacchi M-346s already ordered and currently used by the Italian Air Force for the advanced phase of pilot training. Together, the two aircraft types will form the world’s most advanced training system for military pilots. The M-345, thanks to its high performance and advanced ground-based training systems, will provide the Italian Air Force with a significant boost in the effectiveness of training, improved efficiency and a reduction in operational costs. The first delivery is expected by 2019.



The multiyear contract for the new exploration and escort helicopter (NEES) of the Italian Army envisages the study, development, industrialization, production and testing of a prototype and three initial production aircraft. Through this new programme, based on a total requirement for 48 units, the Italian Army will be able to replace the current fleet of AW129 which are expected to be retired from service by 2025 following over 35 years in operations. The NEES programme will benefit from the long operational expertise gained by the Italian Army thanks to the AW129 and from the know-how of Leonardo in this specific helicopter sector. It will allow the service to introduce an even more technologically advanced product, with greater performance and lower operating costs, to meet arising needs in evolving scenarios for the next 30 years.




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LEONARDO AWARDED £271 MILLION AW159 WILDCAT INTEGRATED SUPPORT & TRAINING (WIST) CONTRACT BY UK MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

The WIST contract will support the 62 AW159 Wildcats now in-service with the British Army and Royal Navy for the next five years as part of an ongoing contract

  • The contract recognises Leonardo Helicopters unique capabilities in the UK and supports the objectives of the Strategic Partnering Arrangement signed by Leonardo and the UK Ministry of Defence
  • Leonardo Helicopters delivered the 62nd and final AW159 Wildcat to the UK Ministry of Defence last month



Leonardo has been awarded a £271 million (approximately €320 million) contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver support and training services for their fleet of 62 AW159 Wildcat helicopters operated by the British Army and Royal Navy. The five year contract was announced by Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister for Defence Procurement, during a visit today to Leonardo’s Yeovil facility in South West England. The contract will commence 1st April 2017 and confirms the price the MOD will pay for Wildcat training and support for the next five years of the 30 year WIST contract awarded in 2012.



The WIST contract includes a spares provisioning service, enhanced technical support services including aircraft safety management, as well as delivering synthetic and ground based training for both aircrew and maintainers.



The contract directly sustains over 500 skilled industry jobs, mainly in the South West of England at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, where the Wildcat Training Centre and zonal maintenance facilities are located, and at Leonardo’s Yeovil factory. Leonardo’s contribution also involves its Airborne & Space Systems division for the radar and defensive aids systems, located in Edinburgh and Luton. Other key subcontractors supporting the WIST programme include Thales UK for communication and aircraft management systems, located in Crawley and Morson who provide aircraft maintenance and support staff, mainly at RNAS Yeovilton.



The WIST contract is output-based, whereby Leonardo is incentivised to improve the levels of operational output whilst seeking continuous improvement to reduce through life costs. The contract is similar to the Integrated Operational Support (IOS) availability based contracts that Leonardo Helicopters is successfully delivering for the UK MoD’s AW101 Merlin, Sea King and Apache AH Mk.1 helicopter fleets.



On 14th December 2016 Leonardo handed over the 62nd and final AW159 Wildcat to the UK MoD before it made the short delivery flight to RNAS Yeovilton, the main operating base for British Army and Royal Navy AW159 Wildcats.



Leonardo signed a new 10-year Strategic Partnering Arrangement (SPA) with the UK Ministry of Defence in July 2016, which focusses on delivering ever increasing value to the UK taxpayer on current contracts, including WIST, the continued growth of exports and the identification and subsequent investment in the development of new technologies and capabilities. The joint intent of the SPA is to exploit the identified technologies onto both existing in-service platforms as well as future manned and unmanned platforms.




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Airlink becomes first South African airline to acquire Embraer E-Jets



Amsterdam, The Netherlands, January 19, 2017 – Airlink, Southern Africa’s largest independent regional airline, is joining the E-Jet operator’s family. The airline is acquiring five E-Jets - three E170s and two E190s, from ECC Leasing, a wholly-owned Embraer subsidiary. Airlink will start to receive the aircraft in the first half of 2017.


Airlink already operates a large fleet of ERJ aircraft – last December, the airline started to add 11 further ERJ 140 jets to its fleet. By the end of the fourth quarter of 2017, the airline will be operating 30 ERJs, comprising all three types - ERJ 135, ERJ 140 and the ERJ 145.


Rodger Foster, CEO of Airlink, said, “This is the beginning of the implementation of a well planned growth and modernization strategy for Airlink that includes replacing our current fleet of Avro RJ85s over the next three years. The strategy calls for a total of 13 E-Jets, and we are in the process of sourcing the balance of the fleet requirement – an additional 8 E190s – from the market. The unique performance characteristics of the E-Jet family will enable Airlink to operate within the challenging environment of the region, including short field and “hot and high” operations, while managing capacity and providing for growth.”


Foster continued, “the E190’s ETOPS (Extended Twin Engine Operations) capability and range presents Airlink with new market opportunities to address isolated destinations that were previously beyond our reach and in some instances that have never enjoyed the privilege of reliable scheduled air services. Embraer has proven to be an excellent partner for Airlink on our ERJ fleet, and we look forward to the continuation of superb customer support as we enter a new chapter of growth with the E-Jets.”


“Welcoming another operator to the E-Jet Family is always a great endorsement of our aircraft and the Embraer experience”, said Simon Newitt, Vice President, Africa, Latin America & Portugal, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “We are very proud that Airlink will now become the first South African operator of the type.”


Embraer aircraft have been operating in Africa since 1978, when the first Bandeirante turboprop arrived on the continent. Currently, there are 127 Embraer aircraft in operation with 39 airlines in 19 African countries, performing a vital role in connectivity.


Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 130+ seats. The Company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and the E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,700 orders and over 1,300 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft by operating across a range of business applications.


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About Airlink

Airlink is the largest independent regional airline in southern Africa, linking more passengers to the smaller towns, cities and regional centers than any other local airline. Airlink connects 36 destinations in 9 African countries.


The airline currently carries more than 1.4m passengers on 44,800 flights annually. Airlink has shown growth in every single year of its existence. Our passenger profile represents approximately 30% leisure and 70% business.


Airlink’s business destinations include: several State Capital Cities such as Antananarivo, Lusaka, Harare; multiple provincial Capital cities such as Pietermaritzburg, Polokwane, Bloemfontein, Kimberley and Nelspruit; Industrial towns such as Upington, Phalaborwa, Ndola, Tete, Sishen, Nampula, Beira, Pemba and Bulawayo. Additionally, airlink offers some exotic tourist destinations such as Cape Town, Mthatha, George, Windhoek, Okavango Delta (Maun), Chobe River (Kasane), Livingston, Skukuza, Vilanculos, and Nosy Be.


Airlink’s main hub is Johannesburg where our schedule is aimed at addressing the complexities of market demand and is specifically designed to satisfy point to point travel requirements whilst also optimizing interline connectivity, particularly with the arrivals and departures of our franchise partner of twenty years, South African Airways, and all other IATA member airlines.

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