Lockheed Martin Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Conducts Successful Jettison Flight Test from US Navy F/A-18E/F

martes, 4 de abril de 2017

ORLANDO, Fla., April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) was successfully released from a U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland.

The jettison release of the first LRASM from the Super Hornet is used to validate the aerodynamic separation models of the missile. This successful test event paves the way for flight clearance to conduct captive carry integration testing scheduled for mid-year at the Navy Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake, California.

"The first time event of releasing LRASM from the F/A-18E/F is a major milestone towards meeting early operational capability in 2019," said Mike Fleming, Lockheed Martin LRASM program director. "The program is executing the integration and test contract, maturing subsystems and proving flight worthiness."

LRASM is designed to detect and destroy specific targets within groups of ships by employing advanced technologies that reduce dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, network links and GPS navigation.

Once operational, LRASM will play a significant role in ensuring military access to operate in open ocean/blue waters, owing to its enhanced ability to discriminate and conduct tactical engagements from extended ranges.

LRASM is a precision-guided, anti-ship standoff missile based on the successful Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range (JASSM-ER). It is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters in anti-access/area-denial threat environments. The air-launched variant provides an early operational capability for the Navy's offensive anti-surface warfare Increment I requirement to be integrated onboard the U.S. Air Force's B-1B in 2018 and on the U.S. Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in 2019.

For additional information, visit our website: www.lockheedmartin.com.


Sikorsky - PZL M28® Twin Turboprop Airplane Arrives in Rio de Janeiro to Demonstrate Short Takeoff and Landing / Multi-Mission Versatility

Aircraft arrives in Rio following strong interest by commercial operators in Trinidad & Tobago and mission demonstration flights to the Brazilian military

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) company, will demonstrate the extraordinary short takeoff and landing capabilities of the M28 turboprop airplane to interested military, civil and commercial operators in Rio de Janeiro during the LAAD Defence & Security trade show April 4-7.

The aircraft arrives April 3 at Jacarepaguá Airport, Rio de Janeiro, having demonstrated a range of mission capabilities to operators in Trinidad and Tobago, and to the Brazilian Army and other transport operators in Manaus and Brasília. Demonstrated flight capability included take-off with up to 2,300 kgs (5,000 lbs.) of cargo in just 548 meters (1,800 ft.) of runway length, and fast reconfiguration of the 13,73 m3 (485 cu ft.) cabin from passenger to cargo, or a combination of both.

"We are very pleased by the strong interest shown by commercial transport companies and military commands as the M28 airplane demonstrates the largest payload capacity of its class," said Adam Schierholz, Sikorsky regional executive for Latin America. "Operators are looking for a powerful, versatile and low maintenance aircraft that is expressly designed to fly cargo and passengers into unprepared landing strips, and to para-drop relief supplies or troops, whether in mountain regions, jungle clearings or small island strips at sea level."

Transport operators in Trinidad & Tobago showed particular interest in the M28 aircraft's ability to carry 19 passengers or a mix of passengers and cargo on the same flight, and to load and offload cargo via the clamshell doors at the rear of the stand-up cabin. An optional air conditioning system also proved attractive.

The Brazilian Army witnessed how the dual-piloted aircraft can be loaded with mission equipment or up to 17 equipped troops, can perform medical evacuations, and can precisely drop paratroops and cargo from the rear of the plane. Mission equipment inserted into the cabin using a manually operated cargo hoist with 700 kgs (1,540 lbs.) loading capacity was shown to give the flight crew independent cargo-handling flexibility in remote locations.

Two PT6A-65B engines delivering 2,200 HP total power output give the 7,500 kgs (16,500 lbs.) Polish designed-and-built M28 airplane strong flight performance in tropical or cold temperatures at maximum payload.

To view the M28 aircraft during LAAD, please register your interest at Lockheed Martin booth F20, or visit www.m28aircraft.com to learn more about the aircraft.

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. For additional information, visit our website.


Airbus develops package of new A380 Cabin Enablers, including “New Forward Stairs” option, for A380 customers

  • Improving the A380 economics and innovating in passenger comfort
  • Cabin space optimisation to accommodate around 80 additional seats
  • Freeing more cabin floor space for no compromise on comfort level
  • Bringing airline significant additional revenue.


Hamburg, Airbus is developing a full spectrum of new Cabin Enablers for customers of its flagship A380 airliner. The latest is the “New Forward Stairs” (NFS) option which was presented at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg. Together these cabin enhancements will make this very efficient and comfortable airliner even better: Overall cabin optimisation is expected to result in the freeing-up more cabin floor space for around 80 additional passengers*. This would bring airlines significant additional revenues.

Dr. Kiran Rao, EVP of Strategy and Marketing at Airbus Commercial Aircraft said: “Continuous improvement of our products is our daily work. This new package for our A380 customers is a smart way to meet airline needs while improving the A380 economics with additional revenues and innovating in passenger comfort.” Dr. Rao added: “Only the A380 has the economies of scale and development potential to efficiently solve the problem of increasing congestion at large airports while providing the best comfort for passengers. The aircraft can also serve fast growing markets and airlines regional airports, so we are adapting the aircraft to meet evolving market needs.”

With this latest proposal of the NFS option, the package of new cabin enablers for the A380 now comprises the following:

New Forward Stairs – 20 more passengers (Business, Premium Economy & Economy Classes)

The NFS involves relocation of the forward stair from Door 1 to Door 2, and combining the entrance of the NFS to the upper deck (going up), with the adjacent staircase to the lower-deck crew-rest (going down). The NFS would make room for up to 20 additional passengers.

Combined Crew-Rest Compartment (CCRC) – three more passengers (Premium Economy)

For the CCRC, the existing flight-crew-rest (behind the cockpit in the mezzanine area at Door 1) is moved down and combined with the cabin crew rest on the lower deck. This innovation frees space for three extra Premium-Economy passengers at the front of the main-deck.

11-abreast 3-5-3 economy layout on the main-deck – 23 more passengers (Economy Class)

Thanks to an innovative seating concept developed by Airbus and its seating partners, Airbus is able to maintain an 18inch seat-width while offering airlines an 11-abreast Economy Class on the main-deck in a ‘3-5-3’ configuration. This enables an increase in capacity of 23 seats – adding significantly to the A380’s revenue-generating potential.

New Aft-Galley Stair Module (AGSM) – 14 more passengers + two food trolleys

The AGSM involves the redesign of the rear-stair from a spiral agreement to a straight/square one. On the main-deck, this allows valuable storage volume for galley modules. Overall the AGSM provides space for 14 more revenue passengers plus two extra food trolleys.

Upper-deck sidewall stowage removal – 10 more passengers (Business Class)

The option to remove the sidewall stowages on the upper-deck increases the wall-to-wall cabin width at foot-rest height – which makes space for up to 10 more business class seats / beds when an angled herring-bone arrangement is used.

Nine-abreast Premium Economy on the main deck – 11 more passengers (Premium Economy)

The A380’s generous main-deck cross section – significantly wider than any other commercial airliner – is allowing seat manufacturers to optimise their Premium Economy (PE) seat designs to create the industry’s most efficient and comfortable PE layout possible. This layout enables 11 more PE seats than in an eight-abreast layout.

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of €67billion 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, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Note for Editors:

497 passengers is the airline’s average capacity of the A380s currently in operation today – which are consistently attracting above-average passenger load factors. With all these A380 cabin enablers, the A380 seat count would move from 497 to 575 in four classes, and generate significantly more revenue for airlines.


Airbus launches new subsidiary: Airbus Interiors Services

  • Dedicated to supporting airlines with their cabin upgrade development strategies;
  • Scope covers the entire Airbus family;
  • Delivering Airbus standards and innovative products with improved agility.


AIX Expo, Hamburg – Airbus has launched a new offer: Airbus Interiors Services (AIS). Based in Toulouse, AIS is built on the engineering know-how, experiences of the former Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) AIS is part of Services by Airbus, and its innovative spirit is now dedicated to supporting airlines with their cabin upgrade development strategies.

AIS offers through an experienced team of engineers and supply chain specialists various retrofit solutions, By combining the competitiveness and reliability of manufacturer-developed solutions with the agility of bespoke creations, AIS will deliver upgrade solutions, tailored equipment and innovative products to Airbus standards.

“We are delighted to welcome AIS into the Services by Airbus family. Their offer is perfectly complementing the Airbus upgrades successful solutions,” said Laurent Martinez, Head of Services by Airbus.

Airbus Interiors Services currently comprises three business lines to respond to airlines’ needs:

Tailored equipment: These cover a large scope of tailored equipment from single monument to large zone outfitting developed and delivered either to Airbus (SFE) or to airlines (BFE). Those cabin items are designed and manufactured specifically for each airline’s needs by Airbus Interiors Services directly.

Upgrade Solutions (cabin & connectivity): These include hybrid solutions combining Airbus Service Bulletins (SBs) and AIS solutions answering a particular need for an airline.

Innovative products: AIS designs and produces products for the benefit of the Airbus customer community. These products are part of the Airbus cabin portfolio. They include for example a new Central Ceiling Stowage for A320 family “classic cabin”.

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, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Visit Airbus Interiors Services page


AERO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN 2017 starts tomorrow (Apr, 5th). The countdown to the 25th anniversary AERO 2017 has begun!

Press Releases:

The countdown to the 25th anniversary AERO 2017 has begun!

The anniversary edition of the AERO is on track for very strong bookings. In April 2017, Europe‘s largest general aviation trade fair will be offering a comprehensive program for the 25th time and all indications point to record participation by exhibitors. More than 600 companies will be present at the fairgrounds in Friedrichshafen, where they will show off the entire spectrum of general aviation, ranging from gliders and ultralight aircraft to multi-engine business jets, helicopters and gyrocopters. With a special flight program, the e-flight flying display, and the e-flight expo in Hall 7, the focus on electric aircraft will be even stronger and more comprehensive than before. Attention will also be given to other special theme areas such as Avionics Avenue, the Engine Area and the UAS Expo/Aerodrones for civilian drones and unmanned aircraft. With its broad, comprehensive range and the many new innovations that exhibitors have announced for the show, the AERO is one of the world’s most important general aviation exhibitions.

Messe Friedrichshafen CEO Klaus Wellman and project leader Roland Bosch are pleased that exhibition space for the 25th AERO is almost sold out as of November 2016. "Electric aircraft are now enjoying wide acceptance within the aviation industry and have arrived in the consciousness of aviation experts,” said Roland Bosch, assessing one of the focus areas of the 25th anniversary edition of the AERO. Many premieres in electric flight will be presented at Lake Constance next April. One obvious sign of this dynamic development is the move of the e-flight-expo from its previous location in the West Foyer to Hall A7. At the same time, for the AERO project leader, the outstanding state of bookings for the anniversary edition of the show is a sign that presenting themselves to potential customers in Friedrichshafen is a must for aviation companies.

Alles was fliegt - Everything that flies - will also be the motto of the AERO in 2017: The range of aircraft at the show stretches from sailplanes, ultralights, single- and multi-engine piston-driven aircraft, helicopters, gyrocopters and turboprops all the way up to multi-engine jets. Visitors will also be able to experience civilian drones and unmanned aircraft. New engines, the most advanced avionics and aviation services and accessories will be additional focal points at the AERO 2017.

03/04/2017 | Overview of the 25th AERO
Friedrichshafen - The AERO 2017 is on course to break booking records, just in time for its anniversary. The aviation trade show is taking place for the 25th time this year and with 707 exhibitors will achieve the best result in its history. From April 5 to 8, 2017, the largest general aviation trade show in Europe will exhibit ultralights, single and twin-engine airplanes, business jets, helicopters, gyrocopters and gliders. In addition, several special shows will again be featured this year, including the e-flight-expo, Avionics Avenue, the Engine Area, "Be a pilot” and UAS Expo/AERODrones, which focuses on civilian drones and unmanned aircraft, as well as the used aircraft market. As an anniversary present to visitors, on Saturday an air show with electric aircraft and stunt planes, as well as a replica of a Junkers F13, will take place in the skies over the fairgrounds.Messe Friedrichshafen CEO Klaus Wellman and project leader Roland Bosch are pleased that more exhibition space for the 25th AERO has been booked than ever before. The record bookings are a sign of how essential it is for aviation companies to present themselves to potential customers in Friedrichshafen. "2017 is the year that electrically powered aircraft will really come into their own,” says Roland Bosch, addressing one of the focal points of the show, which will provide visitors with a look into the future of general aviation. Correspondingly, several premieres of electric aircraft are planned at the show on Lake Constance.

The AERO 2017 offers a comprehensive overview: The range of aircraft at the AERO stretches from gliders, ultralights, single- and multi-engine piston-driven aircraft, helicopters, gyrocopters and turboprops all the way up to multi-engine jets. Visitors will also be able to see civilian drones and unmanned aircraft. New motors, the most modern avionics and aviation services and accessories will be additional focal points. A special highlight is planned on Saturday to celebrate the AERO’s 25th anniversary: at 11 a.m., an air show will take place. Planes participating in the show will mainly include new electrically powered aircraft, there will be special aerobatic flights, and a replica of a historic 1920’s Junkers F13, which first flew in 2016, is expected to appear.

The AERO makes history
The history of the global show for general aviation began 40 years ago with just 14 exhibitors of gliders and pilot accessories as part of the exhibition Rennsport, Motor, Freizeit ("Racing, Motor, Leisure") that was held at the time. In the following years, the AERO became a show in its own right starting in 1993 and was held every two years at that time. The show continued to expand, benefiting from both its aviation-friendly location in Friedrichshafen as well as from the boom in ultralight aircraft. In 1995, the business aviation segment was added to the show for the first time and the AERO portfolio was expanded to include avionics, maintenance and services. The move to the new exhibition center directly adjacent to the airport in 2002 provided yet another strong impulse for the growth of the show. All of these factors have combined to make the AERO what it is today, the world’s leading exhibition for innovation in general aviation.

Powered aircraft
All of the established manufacturers of conventionally powered aircraft will be showing the broad spectrum of machines that they have on offer, starting with aircraft with piston-driven engines on up to turboprops. A number of premieres will be at the center of the show; for example, Italian manufacturer Tecnam will present its twin-engine P2012 Traveller. The eleven-seat machine with new innovative Lycoming iE2 piston driven engines is the first completely new development in this class for some time. Flight testing of the P2012 is being temporarily interrupted just so that it may attend the AERO.

For the first time, it will also be possible to see a machine that may look like an antique on the outside, but is in fact brand new. The Rimowa-Junkers F13 is a perfect, historically accurate replica of the first all metal German passenger aircraft made by Junkers. The prototype is currently undergoing flight testing in Switzerland. A limited number of F13s may possibly be manufactured in a small production run. In addition, it will be possible to see the newest model year versions of established aircraft such as those produced by Cirrus Aircraft, Diamond Aircraft, Piper, Tecnam, Beechcraft, Pipistrel and other manufacturers. In the case of Cessna, innovations to its planned single-engine turbine powered Denali will be announced.

As in the past, ultralights continue to be the area of general aviation that is experiencing the strongest demand. This is also where the spectrum of different aircraft on offer is at its broadest: gliders, powered aircraft and gyrocopters have been available in the ultralight category for some time. Now, in Germany they are being joined by ultralight helicopters for the first time. In late November 2016, the upper chamber of the German parliament, the Bundesrat, gave the green light for the introduction of a special ultralight helicopter category. Initial insights and information about the exact specifications of these helicopters and what the possible requirements for pilot training will look like will be provided by the Deutscher Aero Club (German Aero Club) and the Deutscher Ultraleichtflugverband e.V. (German Ultralight Aircraft Association). Several European manufacturers of ultralight helicopters, which are already permitted to operate in France and Italy, will also present their helicopters, as will German manufacturers.

The trend towards ultralight gyrocopters is also continuing. These will be on display at the AERO in every configuration imaginable: one and two-seaters, open and closed, in tandem and side-by-side configurations. New gyrocopter models will also be exhibited.

New ultralight aircraft ranging from forgiving trainers to racing aircraft that can reach speeds of 300 km/h will also be on show at Lake Constance. The German Ultralight Aircraft Association will also be generating a lot of talk at the show, thanks to its push to raise the weight limit for ultralights from the current limit of 472 to 600 kilograms.
The aircraft of the 120 kilogram class that will be on display in Friedrichshafen take a completely different approach: They are extremely light and are sparingly equipped with avionics, making them inexpensive to purchase and maintain. Anyone who is not interested in taking a trip to the doctor doesn’t even need a medical certificate to fly these one-seaters. These 120 kilogram aircraft are aimed at pilots who either want to "get back to their roots” through ultralight aviation or who just want to pursue their hobby in a way that is as simple and uncomplicated as possible.

A number of aircraft known as Light Sport Aircraft in the United States or that are certified by the EASA as Light Sport Aeroplanes, as the similar class is known in Europe, can also be seen at the AERO. These two-seaters with takeoff weights of up to 600 kilograms essentially are the link between ultralights and conventional single-engine piston driven aircraft.

Business Aviation
Business Aviation will proudly be showing its colors at the AERO: Honda will be presenting a series production model of the Honda Jet, with its unconventional engine configuration, which has been approved for operation since late 2015. Cirrus Aircraft will provide information about series production of its single-engine Vision Jet, which was recently approved by the FAA. The first Vision Jet was delivered to a customer in December. They will be joined by established twin-engine models from Eclipse, Cessna and Embraer.

In the propeller category, visitors will be able to see turboprop single-engine models from European manufacturers like Pilatus, with the PC-12 NG, or Daher with its TBM 900/930. Their American competitors, like Cessna with the Caravan, Quest with the Kodiak and Piper with the M500/600 models will also be there. Twin-engine turboprops from American and European manufacturers will also be exhibited.

Gliders have been at the AERO since the very beginning back in 1977. They make it possible to economically begin training as a pilot. Every kind of glider will be represented at Lake Constance, ranging from one- and two-seaters to forgiving gliders for beginners and on up to the large super orchids. German manufacturers are particularly known as leaders in this field, but other mainly European companies will also be showing off their innovations. The variety of motor gliders on offer will also generate a lot of attention. Their propulsion systems are either conventionally located in the nose of the glider, or are retractable and aerodynamically mounted on the back of the rear fuselage. Two- and four-stroke engines, electric motors and even jets may be used. High performance motor gliders can even sport folding propellers.

The e-flight-expo is enjoying a noticeable tailwind at the AERO, as industry giants like Siemens and Airbus have recently gotten involved in the development of electrically powered aircraft. At the same time, in fall 2016 the maiden flight of the HY4, the first four-seater aircraft with a fuel cell drive and an electric motor, made headlines in Germany. This experimental aircraft will also be coming to the AERO. Whereas electric propulsion systems used to be found primarily in ultralights and motor gliders, now they are moving into the realm of conventional single-engine aircraft and are even making quiet aerobatic flight possible. The spectacular Volocopter from e-volo with 18 rotors, which is currently undergoing flight testing, will be also be on display in Friedrichshafen. A visible sign of the dynamic growth experienced by the e-flight-expo, now entering its ninth year, is its move from its previous location in the Foyer to hall A7, the e-flight Entrance East.

UAS Expo/AERODrones
Visitors can experience the fastest growing field of aviation at the UAS Expo/AERODrones special show. New suppliers of so-called Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), that is of civilian drones and unmanned aircraft, will be showing off their new models and applications. The different requirements and expectations that users are placing upon our shared air space and the problems that these bring will also be discussed in the framework of the UAS Expo. Thus, for example, in Germany one result of these developments was the January decision by the federal cabinet to not only introduce a mandatory marking scheme for remote controlled drones, but to also introduce operator licensing requirements and to limit operational use depending on drone weight. Manned as well as unmanned aircraft from several different manufacturers, equipped with the most modern sensor and measurement technology, will be on display in Friedrichshafen. A drone race and an indoor airfield will also be part of the UAS Expo in 2017. Flight simulators are intended to appeal especially to younger visitors to the AERO.

Engine Area
The Engine Area will be making its sixth appearance at the AERO 2017. This is where innovative aircraft engines from the widest variety of manufacturers are presented, be they electric, turbine, or piston-driven models. In light of the development of new efficient motors for propeller aircraft that are fueled by either Jet A-1 or that can use unleaded gasoline in place of Avgas, a large number of new innovations are also expected in this area. The modern hybrid drives for single-engine propeller aircraft that were shown at the AERO 2016 for the first time are already well on their way to series production.

Avionics Avenue
The newest special show is Avionics Avenue. Here it's all about on-board equipment for aircraft and helicopters related to piloting the aircraft, navigation, collision avoidance and flight planning. For many aircraft owners, the deadline to replace old radio systems is also approaching. The requirement that all radio devices in gliders, ultralights, helicopters and conventional fixed wing aircraft that have been approved for visual flight operations must be converted to 8.33 kHz channel spacing by the end of 2017 will generate significant revenue growth for avionics manufacturers and CAMOs this year. This is also where avionics manufacturers will be presenting their glass cockpit innovations. Visitors will be able to personally try out a large number of products, like headsets, in the Avionics Avenue.

Be a Pilot/AeroCareer
The Be a Pilot/AeroCareer campaign has been very popular in the last few years. This is where pilots, in fact anyone who is interested in training to be a pilot, can get to know one another, exchange views and get more information. The area is also intended for people interested in other careers in aviation, ranging from aircraft assembly worker to air traffic controller. Flight schools, professional associations, interest groups, aviation agencies and avionics employers will be exhibiting here and will be available to meet and talk with all interested visitors.

AERO Conferences
More than 100 presentations, conferences and workshops on current aviation topics will be take place during the AERO Conferences in Friedrichshafen. Experts from pilots’ associations, regulatory authorities and the manufacturers’ associations GAMA and LAMA as well as many general aviation groups will discuss and provide information about legal and political frameworks, the current state of aviation, and opportunities for improvement at the AERO Conferences. UAV Dach, the German association for unmanned aerial vehicles, will also present themselves here.

Flying to the AERO
As in the past, visitors to the AERO (April 5 - 8, 2017) who wish to fly themselves to the show will use an online-supported slot allocation system for the Bodensee Airport Friedrichshafen which is available at https://aero-ppr.bodensee-airport.eu. Starting at 9 a.m. (local time) on March 18, it will be possible to reserve PPR slots for a fee of 35 Euros, which will be counted towards payment of the package deal offered to visitors who fly themselves to the AERO (which includes landing and parking fees as well as a shuttle to the entrance of the AERO). Pilots who take off early and land at Friedrichshafen between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. local time using visual flight rules (VFR) do not need to reserve a slot. This provision also applies after the AERO closes for the day, from 7:20 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

An alternative landing opportunity for ultralights and motor gliders that does not require a slot assignment will again be available at the Markdorf Gliderport. Pilots of conventional aircraft who wish to spontaneously fly to the AERO may also use the nearby Leutkirch and Mengen airfields.

Additional info:
Date: Wednesday 5th until Saturday 8th of April, 2017

Opening hours: Wednesday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM; Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM

Organizer: Messe Friedrichshafen GmbH, 88046 Friedrichshafen

Partner organizations: DAeC Deutscher Aero Club e.V., www.daec.de, AOPA Germany, www.aopa.de, GAMA, www.gama.aero, EASA, www.easa.europa.eu

Exhibition: 707 exhibitors from 38 countries, 11 exhibition halls + static display, 2 foyers, gross area of 82,500 m²
Exhibition program:
Hall A2                                        FPV - Racing / Drone Racing, Tent City
Hall A3                                        General Aviation, Services, Equipment
Hall A4                                        General Aviation, Services, Equipment
Hall A5                                        General Aviation, Engine Area, Maintenance, Propulsion Systems, Pilot Equipment
Hall A6                                        Avionics Avenue, Cockpit and Onboard Systems, Helicopter
Hall A7                                        e-flight-expo, General Aviation
Hall B1                                        UL, VLA, LSA
Hall B2                                        UL, VLA, LSA
Hall B3                                        UL, VLA, LSA
Hall B4                                        Gyrocopter, UL, VLA, LSA, Gliders
Hall B5                                        Gliders
Static Display                               Business Aviation, Second hand aircraft
Foyer West                                  Be a pilot / AEROCareer, AERODrones UAS Espo
Foyer East                                   AERO Conference Center, AEROkunst
Supporting program:
AERO Conferences:          Conference Center East + Presentation Forum in Foyer East,
                                        Wed - Sat, program available at: www.aero-expo.com
Special shows:                  Engine Area powered by fliegermagazin (Wed - Sat) in Hall A5
                                        Avionics Avenue supported by aerokurier in Hall A6
                                        Headset Test Area in Hall A6
                                        e-flight-expo supported by FlyingPages in Hall A7
                                        Be a Pilot supported by aerokurier and FLUG REVUE, Foyer East
AERODrones / UAS Expo supported by UAV DACH e.V. and Drohnenmagazin,         Foyer West
                                        AEROkunst, Foyer East
Used aircraft:                    Sale of aircraft second hand, more information available at
AERO Tent City:                Hall A2, Wed - Sat, reservation required!
                                        (Information + online reservation available from March 1, 2017!)
Slot booking:                     Information available at
Admission prices:              Day ticket                                                                  € 20.00
                                        Reduced day ticket **                                                 € 15.00
                                        2-day ticket                                                                € 35.00
                                        4-day ticket                                                                € 66,00
                                        Tickets for pupils and students                                     € 5.00
                                        Children up to 16 years                                   Free admission
                                        Catalog price                                                               € 5.00
     ** (Discount for retired persons, the disabled, groups of 20 or more,
     holders of a SZ subscription card upon presentation of a valid ID)
Tickets online: www.aero-expo.com/aero-en/visitors/tickets-online.php


Embraer Establishes Foundation in the United States

Fort Lauderdale - Florida, April 3, 2017 – Embraer today announced the establishment of the Embraer Foundation, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the Company’s U.S. headquarters. The new foundation is a sister organization to the Brazil-based Embraer Institute (Instituto Embraer), which has led the social investment initiatives of the Company since 2001.
“The Embraer Foundation will consolidate our ongoing investments in social and environmental projects in the US,” said Gary Spulak, President, Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc. “Our vision is to leverage our employee volunteerism and strategic partnerships to create a positive impact in our communities.”

The Embraer Foundation will raise funds for social and environmental projects through the Company’s partnership program, and continue to inspire employees to volunteer in local initiatives with social organizations.

“In Brazil, the Embraer Institute has developed educational programs created to inspire the next generation for over 15 years now,” said Mariana Luz, President, Embraer Foundation. “The Embraer Foundation will organize and offer a new approach for our social responsibility initiatives in the United States, where Embraer has had a strong presence for almost 40 years.”


Meet Evektor at AERO Friedrichshafen or SUN 'n FUN Int'l Fly-In Expo

press release:

We are pleased to announce that Evektor will be attending two international aviation expos during this week.
AERO Friedrichshafen will take place 5-8th, April. You will find Evektor Representatives at booth no. 317 in hall B1.
The following will be presented:
  • The SportStar RTC, Glass cockpit Dynon SkyView 10“ EFIS + 7“ EMS, dual ADAHRS, GPS and Syntenic Vision system, COMM/NAV Garmin  GNC255 +GTX328
  • The Harmony LSA, Glass cockpit Garmin G3X Touch 10.6“ PFD + 10.6MFD, Garmin autopilot
  • The EuroStar SL towing version, in flight adjustable propeller, towing equipment, analog version
For more info, see http://www.aero-expo.com/
Sun´n Fun International Fly-In & Expo will be held 4-9th, April in Lakeland, Florida. You will find Evektor Representatives (Dreams Come True Aviation, AB Flight) at booth No. LP-015.
The following will be presented:
  • The Harmony LSA, full premium glass panel day/night VFR integrated, auto pilot, Becker com with back channel monitoring, Becker mode S transponder, Garmin 696, PM 3000 audio panel, premium interior
For more info, see http://www.flysnf.org/home/
Both expos will offer a discounted price on Evektor aircraft purchased. For more information on the discount, contact Evektor Representatives.


New AT Panther autonomous road-able flying delivery drone video. [feedly]

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New AT Panther flying driving delivery drone video.
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Today, building on a family of patented core technologies, AT has created a revolutionary, commercially available Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) that is both ground-and air-mobile that are suitable for extended surveillance and package delivery purposes ...

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Issues With Sukhoi-30 MKI Ejection Seats, Indian Air Force ... [feedly]


Issues With Sukhoi-30 MKI Ejection Seats, Indian Air Force ...
The inadvertent ejection of India's Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft seats is because of possible issues with their functioning, the country's air force officers have found out through their preliminary study. An ejection or ejector seat in an aircraft ...

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Boeing Unveils Deep Space Concepts for Moon and Mars Exploration

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Apr. 3, 2017 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] today unveiled concepts for the deep space gateway and transport systems that could help achieve NASA’s goal of having robust human space exploration from the Moon to Mars.

NASA’s Space Launch System, which Boeing is helping develop, would deliver the habitat to cislunar space near the Moon. Known as the Deep Space Gateway, the habitat could support critical research and help open opportunities for global government or commercial partnerships in deep space, including lunar missions. It would be powered by a Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) system.

“The ability to simultaneously launch humans and cargo on SLS would allow us to assemble the gateway in four launches in the early 2020s,” said Pete McGrath, director of global sales and marketing for Boeing’s space exploration division.

The Deep Space Gateway could be the waypoint for Mars missions. Utilizing a docking system akin to what the International Space Station uses for commercial operations, it could host the Deep Space Transport vehicle, which would take humans to Mars. Once near Mars, crews could deploy a lander for surface missions or conduct other scientific and robotic missions in orbit.

The transport vehicle would be equipped with a habitat specifically designed to protect passengers from deep space’s harsh environment and its own robust SEP bus.

In fact, both of Boeing’s concepts leverage proven solar electric propulsion technology and hardware design from the 702 satellite family.

The gateway and transport systems are partially being developed as part of NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Technologies (Next Step) program and an ongoing High Power SEP technology development effort within the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD).


'World's first' small UAV beams 4G signal as a 'flying cell tower' [feedly]


'World's first' small UAV beams 4G signal as a 'flying cell tower'
On Monday, a VA-based tech firm, Fenix Group, Inc., partnered with Martin UAV, a company that produces "rugged utility drones," to produce an under-55-lb unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of offering 4G cell service—an accomplishment it calls the ...
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Black Hornet 3 nano UAV under development [feedly]

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Black Hornet 3 nano UAV under development
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FLIR's Prox Dynamics unit is in the process of developing a new version of its PD-100 Black Hornet nano rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Jane's has learned. The Black Hornet 3 will feature a larger air vehicle than in-service systems (pictured).

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Can USAF Afford To Retire F-15 C/D Eagle? [feedly]

The service must weigh risks posed by a short-term capability gap against moving more rapidly to a modern combat air fleet.

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Poland Needs More Fighter Jets [feedly]

On March 22, 2017, Poland's parliamentary committee on national defense took a hard look at the the Polish air force's F-16s, M-346 jet trainers and cruise missiles. Gen. Jan Śliwka, the acting deputy commander of the Polish armed forces, briefed parliament on the country's F-16s. Seven or eight of the...

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​Boeing receives $2.2bn deal for 17 P-8As for U.S., Australia and U.K.[feedly]

​Boeing receives $2.2bn deal for 17 P-8As


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SEATTLE, Apr. 3, 2017 – Boeing [NYSE: BA], the U.S. Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force and the United Kingdom Royal Air Force will continue modernizing global maritime patrol capabilities through a $2.2 billion contract awarded March 30 for at least 17 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

The agreement also includes options for 32 additional aircraft, as well as money for long-lead parts for future orders. After exercising all options, the total contract value will be $6.8 billion. This comprehensive award reflects a commitment by Boeing and the Navy to achieve pricing and production stability, two keys of successful program performance.

“The P-8A is a textbook example of Boeing’s commercial derivative expertise,” said Jamie Burgess, vice president of Boeing Military Aircraft’s Mobility, Surveillance & Engagement division and the P-8 program manager. “Every day our customers get to fly incredible aircraft that perform exceptionally well and are built by the best of Boeing.”

The Navy will receive 11 aircraft, while Australia will expand its P-8A fleet with four more. The U.K.’s first two P-8A jets are part of the agreement, with first delivery set for 2019.

Boeing so far has delivered 53 Poseidons to the Navy and two to the Royal Australian Air Force.

Based on Boeing’s Next-Generation 737-800 commercial airplane, the P-8A offers the world’s most advanced anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The U.S. Navy has deployed multiple squadrons around the globe since operations began in 2013, accumulating more than 96,000 flight hours to date.

The Indian Navy currently flies the P-8I variant of the aircraft. They have received eight aircraft to date and in July 2016 signed a contract for four additional P-8Is.


The US Air Force's struggle to retain fighter pilots [feedly]

The US Air Force is facing a pilot shortage and ranks of fighter pilots have been hit hardest. In 2015, the force was short 511 fighter pilots, a number that increased to nearly 750 at the end of 2016. Has the allure of the swashbuckling, all-America…

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