Southwest cancels more U.S. flights as it inspects engines

martes, 24 de abril de 2018

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pennsylvania-airplane/southwest-cancels-more-u-s-flights-as-it-inspects-engines-idUSKBN1HU2P0

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AIX 2018: Aerospace looks outside for interiors inspiration

lunes, 23 de abril de 2018

https://youtu.be/WoNaaYZawcU



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The hypersonics are coming with $928 million USAF contract | DARPA’s Gremlins program enters Phase III | Is PAC’s JF-17 Malaysia’s fighter solution?

viernes, 20 de abril de 2018

https://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/the-hypersonics-are-coming-with-928-million-usaf-contract-darpas-gremlins-program-enters-phase-iii-is-pacs-jf-17-malaysias-fighter-solution-039674/

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ICAO Issues Call For Innovative Solutions For Drone Airspace Management

http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=70ef0206-0f46-4785-9fc2-64059f02d76c


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Rotax Receives Award At AERO Friedrichshafen

Press Release https://www.flyrotax.com/files/Bilder/News%20Rotax/Press%20Release/Rotax%20News_Aircraft%20Distributor%20Award_03042018.pdf

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Cessna Skyhawk sees increased demand in China with orders for 52 aircraft

Press Release



SHANGHAI (April 17, 2018) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced at ABACE 2018 (Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition) that it has received orders for 52 Cessna Skyhawk aircraft. All deliveries are expected to be completed within 2018.



“China's 13th Five-Year Plan brings out favorable policies to boost general aviation development, leading to unprecedented opportunities in the aviation training market. In China, the aviation market and pilot training are growing quickly and steadily, resulting in greater demand for high-quality training aircraft,” said Kevin Wu, Vice President of International Sales, Greater China and Mongolia. “Among Textron Aviation’s highly-recognized training products, the Cessna Skyhawk is known for its reliability, flexibility and economic efficiency, and it continues to be a leader in pilot training around the world.”


New orders include:
  • Hairuo General Aviation Co., Ltd. ordered 39 Cessna Skyhawk aircraft. “The world-renowned Cessna Skyhawk is the ideal aircraft for pilot training,” said Maosen Chen, President of Hairuo General Aviation Co., Ltd. “Many of these newly purchased Cessna Skyhawks are for firm orders from end-customers ranging from aviation academies, aviation clubs, general aviation operators, newly established general aviation enterprises and flight schools. A few will join our own fleet to meet the growing needs for our aviation training business. Along with Textron Aviation, we are committed to contributing to the development of the general aviation industry in China by improving its training, operations, sales and service system.”
  • Hubei Sky-Blue International Aviation Academy Co., Ltd ordered 13 Cessna Skyhawk aircraft. “Since its establishment in 2007, Hubei Sky- Blue International Aviation Academy Co., Ltd has acquired a fleet of Cessna Skyhawks,” said Song Jin, President of Hubei Sky-Blue International Aviation Academy Co., Ltd. “Authorized by Textron Aviation as a Sales Representative and a Service Facility for piston aircraft in China in 2015, Hubei Sky-Blue International Aviation Academy Co. Ltd. has been constantly developing the flight training market not only to meet the company’s growth but also to support the general aviation industry in China. The company has signed purchase agreements with end-users, and there are solid prospects for the 13 units of Cessna Skyhawk aircraft to be purchased in 2018. In the next five years the company plans to purchase an additional 50 Cessna Skyhawks and some business jets.” 



Both Hairuo General Aviation Co., Ltd. and Hubei Sky-Blue International Aviation Academy Co., Ltd. are authorized sales representatives and authorized service facilities for Cessna piston aircraft in China. Textron Aviation will continue to work with these two companies and other pilot training institutions dedicated to filling the gaps in China’s flight training market and propelling the growth of civil aviation.



About Cessna Skyhawk

The Skyhawk platform is the world standard for pilot training and is renowned for offering the best combination of modern features, including the leading Garmin G1000 NXi avionics system with wireless connectivity, a standard Angle-of-Attack display system and proven dependability. The aircraft’s high-wing design enables superior flying characteristics ideally suited for pilot training. More Skyhawks have been delivered to customers around the world than any other type of aircraft, with more than 44,000 put into service.

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US Air Force awards Lockheed Martin $1 billion hypersonic missile contract

https://newatlas.com/us-air-force-lockheed-martin-hypersonic-missile-contract/54287/
https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1497461//

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Comunicado de Ciudad Real International Airport

El presidente de Ciudad Real International Airport (CRIA), Rafael Gómez Arribas, también ha dado lectura al siguiente comunicado:

Pese al esfuerzo titánico desarrollado durante más de dos años y con una inversión cercana a los 7 millones de euros destinados a depurar jurídicamente los bienes incorporados a la compraventa, restituir las licencias y permisos de navegación, poner a punto la infraestructura y asumir los gastos de conservación y mantenimiento del aeropuerto, CRIA (Ciudad Real International Airport) no ha conseguido reunir los suficientes apoyos financieros para hacerse con el control del Aeropuerto de Ciudad Real. Continuar leyendo https://airciudadreal.blogspot.com.es/2018/04/ciudad-real-international-airport.html

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Bye Aerospace announces succesful maiden flight of its electric Sun Flyer 2 aircraft



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Bye Aerospace announced the prototype Sun Flyer 2 aircraft had its first flight April 10.

The prototype aircraft flight test program, which began in late March, is being conducted at Centennial Airport (KAPA), south of Denver, Colorado, and are now progressing to increased speed, altitude and endurance capabilities.

George Bye, Founder and CEO of Bye Aerospace, thanked and congratulated the Bye Aerospace team for the successful transition to the next test phase. “We are excited about the future and the potential the Sun Flyer family of aircraft has to revolutionize general aviation, providing improved affordability and accessibility,” Bye said. “Lower operating costs are key to solving the student pilot drop-out rate, which is curtailing the successful attainment of badly needed airline pilots. The Sun Flyer 2’s $3 hourly operating costs are 10 times lower than traditional piston-engine flight trainers, with no carbon emissions and significantly reduced noise.”

EP Systems provided the energy storage system for the Sun Flyer 2 prototype aircraft being flight tested, including battery modules (packs), battery management unit and power distribution unit. The battery cells are LG Chem “MJ1” lithium-ion battery cells with a 260 Wh/kg energy density. Bye Aerospace will soon announce who its electric motor partner will be for the family of FAA-certified Sun Flyer aircraft.

Charlie Johnson, Bye Aerospace President, said he was extremely pleased to launch the test flight phase for the Sun Flyer 2 program. “We had a fantastic first flight,” he said.

The Sun Flyer family of aircraft, including the Sun Flyer 2 and the 4-seat “Sun Flyer 4,” will be the first FAA-certified, U.S.-sponsored, practical, all-electric airplanes to serve the flight training and general aviation markets.



About Bye Aerospace, Inc.

Bye Aerospace is an innovator of sophisticated aerospace technology focused on applying advances in energy and design efficiencies to aerospace applications. The company is developing a family of advanced, high-altitude, long-endurance solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicles called “StratoAirNet.” For more information, go to www.ByeAerospace.com and www.GeorgeBye.com.





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Piper wing of plane in ERAU crash showed fractures, metal fatigue says NTSB

http://www.aviationpros.com/news/12408375/ntsb-wing-of-plane-in-deadly-erau-crash-showed-fractures-metal-fatigue

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NTSB examining engine structure's collateral damage on Southwest 1380

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FAA To Lower ETOPS Limits on Some Rolls-powered 787s

jueves, 19 de abril de 2018

https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2018-04-16/faa-lower-etops-limits-some-rolls-powered-787s

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Crashed An-148 crew skipped checklist with pitot-heat item

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/crashed-an-148-crew-skipped-checklist-with-pitot-hea-447843/

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Denying adversaries use of outer space

http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Denying_adversaries_use_of_outer_space_999.html

http://www.spacewar.com/reports/China_Russias_Sophisticated_Anti_Satellite_Capabilities_Alarms_US_999.html

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​MRJ eyes Farnborough flying display appearance

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/mrj-eyes-farnborough-flying-display-appearance-447834/

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Boeing to implement structural design change in 787-8 for production commonality



The move, involving the aft fuselage production, will reduce costs and increase commonality between the first family member and the two larger models.

Continue Reading:
https://leehamnews.com/2018/04/17/boeing-to-implement-structural-design-change-in-787-8-for-production-commonality/

https://www.postandcourier.com/business/dash-changes-at-boeing-s-north-charleston-campus-will-make/article_8356e2cc-3750-11e8-9522-e7bda2b3d09e.html

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Airbus investment resets the clock on CSeries



Aviation Week & Space Technology managing director technology Graham Warwick believe the acquisition of a 50.1% stake into Bombardier’s CSeries will give the program opportunities in many areas. Continue reading https://leehamnews.com/2018/04/17/airbus-investment-resets-the-clock-on-cseries/

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​MRJ eyes Farnborough flying display appearance

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/mrj-eyes-farnborough-flying-display-appearance-447834/

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Why Does the Public Have Trouble Understanding the F-35? Air Force Reserve Pilots Tell Us Why the F-35A is a Powerful Force Multiplier

https://theaviationist.com/2018/04/18/why-does-the-public-have-trouble-understanding-the-f-35-air-force-reserve-pilots-tell-us-the-f-35a-is-a-powerful-force-multiplier/

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Device designed to prevent runway excursions

Press Release



Kaunsa University of Technology (KTU) Scientists Are Creating Innovative Device Which Can Prevent Aircraft Accident



Team of researchers at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania are designing an innovative device, which will increase aircraft safety during takeoff. During the first 10 seconds of the takeoff roll, the device predicts if the aircraft will reach the sufficient speed for taking off. The idea behind the innovation can be adapted both for small aircraft and large jets.


According to statistics provided by Boeing, but including all airliner accidents, 13% of fatal aircraft accidents occur during takeoff. One of the biggest challenges for the pilot is, when something bad happens during a takeoff roll, to decide whether to continue the takeoff and deal with the problem during the flight, or to stop the aircraft.

Information provided by Eurostat indicates that 85% of all fatal air accidents in 2016 were connected to general aviation aircraft. Experts claim that most general aviation – all civil aviation operations other than scheduled air services – accidents involve some kind of pilot error.

“Where subjectivity is involved, errors are inevitable”, says Dr Darijus Pagodinas, researcher at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Being a pilot himself, he is familiar with official regulations, which indicate what length of runway is needed for an aircraft of certain weight, under certain weather conditions. However, these regulations are useful only when everything goes well: when the engines are working on their full capacity, when there are no unexpected failures, sudden weather changes or other disturbances. When something goes wrong, a pilot might make a mistake in assessing the acceleration of the plane, and fail to understand that the length of the runway is too short for the aircraft to reach the speed needed for safe takeoff.

“If the aircraft’s engine is not working properly, if the cross or back wind component is too big, the air is too humid, the takeoff field is too rough, slippery or wet, the pilot is left to rely on his or her subjective opinion whether the aircraft will reach the required speed for takeoff in the given distance or not”, explains Dr Pagodinas.

That is how the idea to create a device, which would objectively assess the factual acceleration of an aircraft during the start and, coordinating the data of accelerometer with the runway length, would calculate the prospect of safe takeoff, came to life. The device would also inform the pilot if the aircraft couldn’t proceed to safely accelerate.

Together with KTU Professor Vytautas Dumbrava, Dr Pagodinas is designing a device, which during the first 10 seconds of the takeoff roll calculates if the aircraft will reach the required speed under current conditions. According to Dr Pagodinas, in total the takeoff takes up to 40 seconds; if the device predicts failure, the pilot still has time to stop the aircraft.

The portable device created at KTU uses the parameters of the aircraft accelerometers, and the pilot of light or ultralight aircraft has to enter 5 additional parameters: magnetic course of the runway, wind direction and speed, approximate length of the runway, and the takeoff speed (or, in aviation terms, v1 speed). The device is turning acceleration into speed, speed into distance, and while the aircraft is rolling on the runway its location and the possibility to take off is being calculated.

“The innovative meter can be useful for all aircraft, where even small change of direction or speed of wind or other conditions is of critical importance”, says Professor Dumbrava.

According to researchers, although the current autonomic device, which has been prototyped and tested is designed for small private planes, the same idea can be adapted to all aircraft, including large jets flying on commercial routes.

“The system could be easily installed in contemporary passenger aircraft, such as Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and similar. This would not involve any additional sensors, just a special software, which would compare the plane’s factual speed at the start with the defined speed profile, stored in the memory of the aircraft computer. If the real speed profile was not matching the defined one, the system would send an alarm signal”, says Dr Pagodinas.

KTU researchers are hoping to find a company, which would be interested in cooperation to test the software in their flights.

“Our innovation would increase safety of air travelling. Aviation history is recorded in blood as new safety requirements are implemented only after analysing the reasons of fatal accidents. I have had numerous conversations with experienced captains having ten thousand hours of flight experience, and they are convinced that an objective system, which informs about takeoff conditions is needed”, says Dr Pagodinas.

At the moment, the researchers are aiming to obtain a patent for the device and method for defining a safe aircraft runway distance. The initial priority patent application for this invention is submitted to the Lithuanian Patent Office on March 5th, 2018 (Application No. LT2018 509). Commercialisation of the product is facilitated by KTU National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre – one stop shop for knowledge intensive business to contact research.

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SpaceX successfully launches NASA's next-gen exoplanet-hunter

https://newatlas.com/tess-launch-spacex/54214/
https://www.nasa.gov/tess-transiting-exoplanet-survey-satellite
http://www.spacex.com/news/2018/04/18/tess-mission
https://youtu.be/aY-0uBIYYKk

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[España] UNVEX S&D 2018 hace público su programa de conferencias

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  • El ciclo de conferencias sobre RPAS en Defensa y Seguridad más importante de Europa.
  • La cumbre contará con expertos al más alto nivel, nacionales e internacionales.
  • Las ponencias son una de los tres pilares de UNVEX con la exposición y las demostraciones


El programa de conferencias de UNVEX Security & Defense, postulado como el más importante de Europa, ya se ha hecho público en la página web del evento (www.unvex-sd.com). La estructura del mismo ha sido desarrollada con el fin de facilitar la asistencia de profesionales y empresas en diferentes jornadas.



Durante los tres días que dura el ciclo de conferencias pasarán por el Palacio de Exposiciones de León 57 ponentes, la mitad de ellos en representación de instituciones y organismos internacionales, entre los que se incluyen la Comisión Europea, diversas agencias europeas relacionadas con la materia, la OTAN y expertos militares de España, Francia, Italia, Reino Unido y Estados Unidos.



El ciclo de conferencias incluye sesiones reservadas a profesionales de Defensa y Seguridad en la mañana, seguidas de demostraciones de sistemas en bases militares próximas a León. Las conferencias de la tarde, abiertas al público, abordan desde desarrollos tecnológicos como el coche autónomo, la gestión del tráfico o la meteorología, hasta asuntos más estratégicos como la repercusión económica e industrial que este nuevo sector trae.



El primer día, el martes 29 de mayo, se orienta principalmente a las aplicaciones en Defensa con una primera sesión que contrastará la opinión de siete altos representantes europeos, seguida por una mesa de especialistas en empleo y doctrina de estos sistemas. Estas sesiones se conforman en formato mesa debate que ayuda a contrastar opiniones.



En este contexto, el segundo día comenzará con una mesa dedicada a uno de los principales retos, la integración de los RPAS en el espacio aéreo. Los especialistas tendrán en las denominadas Salas Temáticas oportunidad de conocer el estado del arte en temas tecnológicos, programas de colaboración multinacional o la formación de operadores y tripulaciones.



Finalmente, la tercera y última jornada del ciclo se dedicará a las aplicaciones en Seguridad y Emergencias, con presencia de todos los actores relevantes, tanto españoles como de otros países europeos, relacionados con la incorporación de esta nueva tecnología en materias tan sensibles como la seguridad ciudadana.

UNVEX S&D 2018, que se celebrará del 29 al 31 de mayo, comprende un ciclo de conferencias al más alto nivel y una exposición donde la industria mostrará las últimas soluciones que se desarrollarán en el nuevo palacio de exposiciones de León, que precisamente ha escogido a UNVEX como evento inaugural. Además de esto, también habrá un programa de demostraciones reales en las bases militares Conde de Gazola y Virgen del Camino, ambas en las proximidades de la capital leonesa.

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Iberia atenderá en Madrid al Airbus A380 de Emirates

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  • Iberia Airport Services ha cerrado con la aerolínea de Dubai un contrato de “full handling”, que incluye los servicios a clientes, de asistencia al avión y también de manejo de la carga.
  • Emirates ofrece dos frecuencias diarias entre Dubai y Madrid operados con el Airbus A380, que se complementa con un vuelo adicional a la semana de un carguero Boeing B777.
 
 
A partir del 23 de mayo Iberia Airport Services atenderá a la compañía Emirates en el aeropuerto de Madrid.



La división de aeropuertos de Iberia ha cerrado un acuerdo con la aerolínea de Dubai para prestarle servicios de handling a los dos vuelos diarios que Emirates ofrece a Madrid y que opera con el Airbus A380. El contrato incluye tanto la atención a clientes –facturación y embarque-, como la asistencia al avión –calzos, carga y descarga de equipajes, tareas de coordinación, push back…- durante toda su escala en la T4 del aeropuerto de Madrid.
 
Cerca de 800 vuelos anuales
Esta operación supone para Iberia un volumen de más de 700 vuelos anuales, a los que se suma un carguero a la semana que Emirates ofrece con Madrid y que opera con aviones Boeing B777, y a los que Iberia Airport Services también realizará el handling de carga.



Para Ángel Marcos, Director de Servicios Aeroportuarios de Iberia, “el contrato con Emirates supone un reconocimiento a nuestra capacidad para adaptarnos a los requerimientos de servicio de nuestros clientes. Emirates es una compañía que se distingue por su buena atención a los clientes, y que haya elegido a Iberia Airport Services para atenderles en el aeropuerto de Madrid demuestra que confía en nuestra capacidad para hacerlo con los más altos niveles de calidad y eficiencia”.

Más de 91 millones de pasajeros en 2017
 


Iberia Airport Services es la empresa de handling líder en España, con más de 200 compañías clientes. Presta servicios en 29 aeropuertos y, en 2017, atendió a más de 91 millones de pasajeros y 340.000 aviones. La división de aeropuertos de Iberia está renovando su flota de vehículos y casi un 40% de ellos ya son 100% eléctricos, lo que se traduce en 0 emisiones durante su actividad. Cuenta, además, con la certificación de AENOR para su Sistema Integrado de Calidad y Medio Ambiente, según las normas ISO 9.001 e ISO 14.001, y con el certificado ISAGO en los aeropuertos de Madrid, Mallorca, Málaga, Barcelona, Ibiza y Tenerife Sur, el mayor reconocimiento a la seguridad de las operaciones en tierra que concede IATA.

Las principales fortalezas de Iberia Airport Services son su capacidad para adaptarse a todo tipo de aerolíneas y operaciones; y su cualificación, tanto humana como en cuanto equipos, para la resolución de contingencias.

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[video] Volocopter presents Infrastructure to Integrate and Scale Air Taxi Services in Cities

miércoles, 18 de abril de 2018

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Volocopter's press release







Bruchsal, 17 April 2018 - Today Volocopter, the pioneer in urban air taxi development, presented its air taxi infrastructure for cities. The vision integrates air taxis into existing transportation systems and provides additional mobility for up to 10.000 passengers per day with a single point to point connection. Co-founder Alex Zosel expects the first full Volocopter air taxi systems with dozens of Volo-Hubs and Volo-Ports to be in place within the next 10 years, capable of flying 100.000 passengers an hour to their desired destination.

Volocopters are emission-free, electrically powered aircrafts that take off and land vertically offering a high degree of safety based on full redundancy in all critical systems. They are based on drone technology and scaled up to carry two people, initially for distances of 27 km.1 The German company has shown repeatedly that Volocopters fly safely - last in Dubai and Las Vegas. “Our ambitions do not end with developing the aircraft,” says Florian Reuter, CEO at Volocopter, “we are here to develop the entire ecosystem making air taxi services a reality across the world. This includes the physical and digital infrastructure to manage unmanned systems.”

The presented concept defines the infrastructure necessary to operate and scale an air taxi service into a full network system spanning over mega cities. It consists of Volo-Hubs and Volo-Ports. The Volo-Hubs resemble cable cart stations with Volocopters landing and taking off every 30 seconds for example. Once landed the Volocopter is moved inside the Volo-Hub. Passengers alight the aircraft protected from wind and weather. Battery packs will be swapped automatically in a protected area by robots before moving on to the section, where passengers embark for take-off. Volo-Hubs are the key to substantially increase the capacity of any Volocopter system. Aside from protected deboarding and embarking, they offer sufficient space to park all Volocopters in operation and provide the infrastructure for charging and maintenance.

Volo-Ports expand the Volo-Hub system and offer direct access to a company, shopping mall, hotel or train station for example. They do not require any charging or parking infrastructure and subsequently will be less complex to build. Any Heliports can be used as a Volo-Port with minimal modification.

“We expect any air taxi transport system to begin with a point to point connection and over time grow into a system of dozens of Volo-Hubs in a city.” says Alex Zosel, Co-Founder of Volocopter. “Once operated at scale, flying won’t be significantly more expensive than taking a cab, but it will be significantly faster.”

The company focuses on developing their aircrafts specifically for inner city missions. Volocopter features an extremely stable flight allowing it to maneuver micro turbulences around skyscrapers thus offering a smooth ride for passengers. It has an agreeable sound signature and is so quiet that from 100 m away, it will not be heard over the background noise of a typical city. As it is electrically powered, it is emission free in flight. Both, noise and pollution, are paramount considerations to achieving public acceptance of any new transport system.

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Airbus-built MetOp-C weather satellite gets ready for launch



Airbus' press release




As a threefold fleet of EUMETSAT´s polar orbiting meteo satellites, MetOp measurements will further improve weather forecast and climate resarch

Airbus is preparing the next generation of weather satellites, MetOp-SG (Second Generation)

Toulouse, 17/04/2018 – The MetOp-C meteorological satellite is getting ready for upcoming launch in order to join its siblings and further improve the quality of observations and data provided for weather forecast.


Built by Airbus, MetOp-C is the last of the first generation of EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) series of three polar-orbiting satellites, and is planned to be launched on September 18, 2018, from European Space Center in Kourou, French Guyana, aboard a Soyuz rocket.

The MetOp programme has enhanced the accuracy of weather forecasting and allowed extending the short term forecasts by one day.


“MetOp satellites are technologically advanced and their instruments are still state-of-the-art,” said EUMETSAT Director-General Alain Ratier. “We are in the fortunate and unexpected position soon having three MetOp’s in orbit at the same time, because MetOp-A, which was launched in 2006, has exceeded its five-year design life time by far and will remain in orbit until 2022.”


“Building on the successful operation and exceptional longevity of the MetOp satellites, we are still happy to have been entrusted the preparation of MetOp-SG, the next generation of Low Earth Orbit Meteorological satellites for EUMETSAT and ESA”, said Mathilde Royer Germain, Head of Earth Observation, Navigation and Science at Airbus, during a presentation of the satellite to the press.


The MetOp satellites have been developed by Airbus Defence and Space for the European Space Agency (ESA) and EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, and are part of a joint Europe-US cooperation.


Initially, the plan was for each satellite to replace its predecessor, however, the excellent performance of the first two MetOp satellites allows them to be operated simultaneously, providing the meteorological community with increased data. The forthcoming launch of MetOp-C will further improve the quality of observations and data provided for weather forecasts.


Each MetOp satellite carries a total of 12 instruments (10 for MetOp-C), making the system extremely versatile. Two of the instruments have been built by Airbus: the Microwave Humidity Sounder (MHS) and the Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT). The MHS, built by Airbus, measures water vapour near the Earth’s surface and is a result of the collaboration with the US.


Two additional microwave humidity sounders are already flying on US NOAA satellites, delivering matching data from a different orbit to enhance weather models.

The other Airbus-built instrument, the “Advanced Scatterometer” (ASCAT) is an active radar instrument which measures wind speed and direction over the open sea. It also provides data for ice and snow coverage as well as surface moisture. ASCAT will scan two 500 kilometres wide corridors and can, therefore, provide almost global coverage within 24 hours.

MetOp also measures ocean surface winds, observes sea ice distribution and monitors the ozone layer in the stratosphere, as well as relaying meteorological measurements collected by boats, buoys and research stations. MetOp A and B also feature a receiver to relay signals sent by persons in distress.


In addition to the expected benefits on weather forecasting, MetOp-C will continue the time series of data begun by MetOp-A, and this long-term outlook is crucial for climate monitoring.


Under development at Airbus, the MetOp-SG will provide continuity and enhancement of meteorological data with improved spectral and spatial resolution compared to the measurements currently provided by the first generation of MetOp satellites. A complete range of observations will be realised using 10 different instruments, covering ultra-violet, visible, infrared and microwave spectral bands.
From 2021 onwards, MetOp-SG will further increase the benefits of accurate weather prediction based on state-of-the-art European technologies and keep contributing to socio-economic benefits worth several billion Euros for European citizens.

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SouthWest has to perform an emergency landing as engine 'explodes' - GlobalAviation

martes, 17 de abril de 2018

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USAF To Fly the B-52 into the 2050s with New Engines, Radars

The U.S. Air Force has finally decided to fund a re-engining of the B-52H bomber, and has described a plan to keep the fleet of 76 jets in service until at least 2050. The fleet will also receive new radars. The service now plans to retire the much younger but costly-to-operate B-1 and B-2 stealth bombers as new, stealthy B-21s are delivered by Northrop Grumman starting in the late 2020s. Continue reading https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2018-04-13/usaf-fly-b-52-2050s-new-engines-radars

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HAL, Mahindra join Boeing in Indian Super Hornet push

lunes, 16 de abril de 2018

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/hal-mahindra-join-boeing-in-indian-super-hornet-pus-447669/

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A380's advantages over twinjets still 'enormous': Emirates' Clark



Emirates Airline president Tim Clark still sees advantages in operating the Airbus A380 over newer-generation long-haul twinjets like the A350 and Boeing 787. Continue reading https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/a380s-advantages-over-twinjets-still-enormous-em-447681/

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AI in the UK: ready, willing and able? [pdf]

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201719/ldselect/ldai/100/100.pdf

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Pets on a plane: Airlines turn to government for help in taming rise of emotional support animals

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/airlines/2018/04/15/pets-plane-american-southwest-airlines-government-help-emotional-support-animals

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Russia Claims 71 Out Of 105 Cruise Missiles Downed In Yesteday’s Air Strikes. None Were Shot Down According to The US.

https://theaviationist.com/2018/04/14/russia-claims-71-out-of-105-cruise-missiles-downed-in-yestedays-air-strikes-none-were-shot-down-according-to-the-us/

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F-22 Incident Alleged to be Engine Power Loss. Pilot Lands Gear-Up.

https://theaviationist.com/2018/04/16/f-22-incident-alleged-to-be-engine-power-loss-pilot-lands-gear-up/

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Airbus’ A330neo continues toward its 2018 service entry

Press Release



Flight evaluations take two A330neo test aircraft to locations around the globe

The A330neo is demonstrating its capabilities as the newest member of Airbus’ proven and highly-reliable twin-engine A330 Family, with flight testing continuing ahead of its planned service entry in Summer 2018.

Two test aircraft have logged more than 700 hours aloft in the 200-plus flights performed as of 10 April, according to A330neo aircraft integration and flight testing integrated product team (IPT) leader Jean-Christophe Bonjour.

He noted that flight testing has covered the globe, including the cold weather validations in Kazakhstan in temperatures as low as -27° C., natural icing testing in the United States, crosswind landing evaluations in Ireland, a Bolivia-based altitude campaign at 8,000 ft., and recently-completed hot weather trials in Mexico, which had temperatures of up to 37° C.

A330neo to join Airbus’ jetliner family that seats 140-555 passengers

Crawford Hamilton, Head of A330 Marketing, said the A330neo completes Airbus’ new-generation product line, which begins with the single-aisle A320neo Family (A319neo, A320neo and A321neo), increases in size with the A330neo (including the A330-800 and A330-900), followed by the A350 XWB (with the A350-900 and A350-1000) and completed with the A380.

“With all these aircraft, we have a true family covering seating capacities from 140 to over 550 passengers,” Hamilton explained. “Pilots that fly one of these jetliners are equipped to fly them all thanks to Airbus’ unique operational commonality, and aircraft versatility provides the range and flexibility for any type of airline operation.”

The new-generation A330neo, powered by highly-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 powerplants, has a longer wingspan with new high-efficiency Sharklets and incorporates Airbus’ innovative Airspace cabin that it has in common with the A350 XWB. These elements combined deliver the world’s most efficient, most comfortable mid-size twin-aisle airliner.

Further improving the A330neo capabilities is the launch of an increased-range version, with a nine metric tonne increase to the maximum takeoff weight to 251 metric tonnes. This provides up to 1,500 nautical miles more range when compared to typical A330s in service today, enabling airlines to open new markets, while radically improving aircraft economic efficiency, Hamilton added.

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Rolls-Royce and Goa Shipyard Limited agree to manufacture MTU engines in India



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  • Goa Shipyard Limited will assemble MTU Series 8000 engines in India
  • Agreement covers assembly of 16- and 20-cylinder engines in new facility in Goa
  • Agreement is part of Rolls-Royce’s commitment to “Make in India”

Pune, India

Rolls-Royce and Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), a premier defence shipbuilding yard in India under the Ministry of Defence, have agreed to cooperate in the local manufacturing of technologically-advanced MTU Series 8000 engines in India. Under the agreement, which was signed today at India’s leading defense trade show Defexpo, the companies will assemble the 16-cylinder and 20-cylinder MTU Series 8000 engines at GSL’s new facility in Goa. The MTU brand is a worldwide leader in large diesel and gas engines and complete propulsion systems and part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

The agreement includes transfer of MTU technology related to localising of engine components, engine assembly, testing, painting and major overhauls. MTU Series 8000 engines are the largest and most powerful MTU diesel engines with a power output of up to 10 MW. They are fitted onboard all Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) recently constructed or currently under construction in India. This includes eleven Coast Guard OPVs by GSL (six completed and five under construction), five Naval OPVs under construction at Reliance Defence Engineering and seven Coast Guard OPVs by L&T.

RAdm (Retd) Shekhar Mital, NM, Chairman & Managing Director of GSL said: “In line with the thrust on indigenization and ‘Make in India’ initiative of the MoD, Government of India, GSL has been on the forefront for increasing the indigenous content onboard vessels constructed at GSL. Since main diesel engines constitute the heart of a ship and are among the major high value imported equipment items onboard ships, the collaboration will aid to significantly increase the indigenous content onboard ships constructed in India. It will also provide a strategic edge to Indian Defence Sector as know-how and infrastructure for such niche technology will now be available with a PSU Shipyard, which can be gainfully utilised by the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard. For some time we have been on the lookout for acquiring such technology of marine propulsion engines and we are thankful to our partners Rolls-Royce and MTU Friedrichshafen for choosing us as collaborator. Under the agreement we will be catering for marine propulsion requirements within the country in the range of 7 to 10 MW. The new facility being created by GSL will also undertake all major overhauls of these engines.

This venture will be a game changer. Plans are in place to progressively increase the indigenous content and with a strong manufacturing base in India, we are confident of achieving significant indigenous content in these engines. Besides creating self-reliance for India, it will usher in new opportunities for the local industry for indigenisation. I’m sure that with favourable Government policies and thrust on indigenisation, this collaboration will be highly successful.”

Praveen Mohan, Director & CEO, MTU India, said: “The agreement with GSL to manufacture MTU’s most-advanced Series 8000 engines in India is a significant milestone and further reinforces our commitment to ‘Make in India.’ We have been working with the Indian defence sector for several decades and our well-proven MTU engines propel and power many vessels of both the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy. We are committed to collaborating with our stakeholders to help support the country’s vision of indigenisation and self-reliance.”

MTU Series 8000 engines are the top-selling propulsion engines in their power class for naval vessels. They are also proven in ferries and yachts and have altogether completed over one million operating hours. Series 8000 engines are available in the power range from 7 to 10 MW. They feature low overall operating costs, high power density and environmental compatibility. Common rail fuel injection combined with the electronic engine control system make it possible to achieve fuel consumption levels of less than 200 g/kWh and very low exhaust emissions. Series 8000 engines are certified as marine engines in accordance with all accepted classification standards worldwide. They were also awarded Naval Vessel Rules (NVR) certification by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) in 2014 and are subsequently the first advanced technology engines in this power class to meet the stringent requirements of this certification.

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50th anniversary of the trademark Fenestron



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  • Celebrating one of Airbus Helicopters’ most recognizable innovations
  • Continues to set new standards with the H160


On the 12th of April 1968, the first Fenestron, invented by Paul Fabre and René Mouille, took to the skies on the second prototype of the Gazelle. It has since become emblematic of Sud Aviation, Aerospatiale, Eurocopter and now Airbus helicopters with the H160 carrying this sound-reducing, safety-enhancing technology into the next generation of rotorcraft.

The idea behind shrouding the tail rotor was initially developed to provide additional safeguards for workers on the ground but also to protect the tail rotor in forward flight and in complicated operational environments, such as working around high-voltage power lines. Sound reduction benefits followed after much research and optimisation from one generation of the Fenestron to the next.


Originally called the “Fenestrou”, which is Provençal for “little window”, the term evolved into the renowned Fenestron. It was first certified on the Gazelle in 1972 and then subsequently integrated into the first single-engine Dauphin prototype, whose first flight was in June 1972. Trials were then conducted with a seven-tonne Puma in 1975, however, with its diameter of 1m60 and its 11 tail rotor blades it required too much power for the Fenestron to bring an operational advantage on this class of helicopters.


The second generation came at the end of the 1970’s with an all-composite Fenestron, which increased the diameter of the new Dauphin’s Fenestron by 20% up to 1m10. This improvement was motivated by the U.S. Coast Guards’ requirement for a highly manoeuvrable aircraft for Search and Rescue operations. The U.S. Coast Guards aircraft are still in service today and have accumulated more than 1.5 million flight hours.


In the meantime, research continued to optimise the shape of the Fenestron, blade foils, and to improve sound reduction, especially during certain phases of flight. Between 1987 and 1991 it was successfully tested on an Ecureuil, the prototype of which is still on display at the entrance to Airbus Helicopters’ headquarters in Marignane.


In 1994, the 3rd generation was fitted onto the H135 and optimized sound levels by using an uneven setting of the blades. In 1999 the H130 performed its maiden flight with a Fenestron derived from this version. The H145 followed suit in 2010.
50 years on, the H160 possesses the latest and largest Fenestron to be built on an Airbus helicopter with a diameter of 1m20. The fact that it is canted to 12° allows for improved performance with an additional payload and increased stability especially at low speed. With the H160 out to conquer the medium twin market, the Fenestron will be one of Airbus Helicopters’ signatures in the skies for decades to come.

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Embraer Services & Support completes first upgrade of Phenom 300 business jet with two-person divan

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Embraer Services & Support has completed the first upgrade of a Phenom 300 light business jet with a two-person divan, increasing cabin passenger capacity to 11 occupants, the highest in its class. The announcement was made at the Embraer Executive Operators Conference, in Austin Texas, a joint event hosted by Embraer Services & Support and the Embraer Jet Owners Association.

“I am very excited to share this news with our Phenom 300 customers around the world,” said Johann Bordais, President & CEO, Embraer Services & Support. “And I also want to congratulate our teams for developing this solution to make our Phenom 300 customers even happier. At each of our service centers, our teams are eagerly awaiting the privilege of serving our Phenom 300 customers with this special upgrade for their aircraft.”

The first upgrade was completed at Embraer’s Customer Service Center in Sorocaba, Brazil, through the implementation of a service bulletin, which is now available and applicable to the entire global fleet of more than 430 Phenom 300 in operation in about 30 countries. The divan, positioned at the front of the cabin facing the entrance and the refreshment center, was already available as an option in one of three cabin layouts in new Phenom 300 just as it is in the new Phenom 300E, which entered service in the first quarter of this year. Developed by maintenance engineers and technicians, the divan upgrade is being made available to Phenom 300 customers at all 70 owned and authorized service centers worldwide, leveraging existing maintenance team skills and resources.

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Boeing HorizonX Invests in Reaction Engines, a UK Hypersonic Propulsion Company



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  • Hypersonic propulsion technology enables high-speed point-to-point transport
  • First investment in a UK company by Boeing HorizonX Ventures

 Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced its investment in Reaction Engines Limited, a leader in advanced propulsion systems based in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Reaction Engines' technology will contribute to the next generation of hypersonic flight and space access vehicles.

Reaction Engines is known for its Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), a hybrid engine blending jet and rocket technology that is capable of Mach 5 in air-breathing mode and Mach 25 in rocket mode for space flight. As part of the SABRE program, Reaction Engines developed an ultra-lightweight heat exchanger that stops engine components from overheating at high speeds, thus improving access to hypersonic flight and space.

"As Reaction Engines unlocks advanced propulsion that could change the future of air and space travel, we expect to leverage their revolutionary technology to support Boeing's pursuit of hypersonic flight," said Steve Nordlund, vice president of Boeing HorizonX.

Founded by three propulsion engineers in 1989, Reaction Engines produces robust technical designs for advanced heat exchangers, air-breathing engines, and the vehicles they could power. These capabilities may lead to high-speed point-to-point transport that is cost-effective and sustainable.

"Boeing is a world-leader in many fields, bringing invaluable expertise in hypersonic research and space systems. I am thrilled and honored that Boeing HorizonX has chosen Reaction Engines as its first UK investment," said Mark Thomas, CEO of Reaction Engines. "This is a very exciting step that will contribute to our efforts to develop a commercial technology business and accelerate opportunities to further the future of air and space travel through SABRE technology."

Boeing HorizonX Ventures participated in this $37.3 million Series B funding round alongside Rolls-Royce Plc and BAE Systems. The Boeing HorizonX Ventures investment portfolio is made up of companies specializing in technologies for aerospace and manufacturing innovations, including autonomous systems, energy storage, advanced materials, augmented reality systems and software, machine learning, hybrid-electric propulsion and Internet of Things connectivity.

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries.

Boeing employs more than 2,200 people across the UK at numerous sites, and in 2018 the company celebrates 80 years of partnership with British customers, suppliers, manufacturing, the Armed Forces and the air transport industry. Today, the UK remains a critically important market, supplier base and a source of some of the world's most innovative technology partners.

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Bombardier Announces Extended Range of 7,700 Nautical Miles for Global 7000 Aircraft. Bombardier Global 7000 Jet Wins Top International Award for Excellence in Product Design




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  • The Global 7000 aircraft is now the largest and the longest range business jet ever built, and is able to fly a full 300 nautical miles farther than initial commitment
  • This highly anticipated aircraft is on track for its first delivery during the second half of 2018, with more than 1,800 hours of flight testing accomplished and interior completions well under way at Bombardier’s state-of-the-art facilities in Montreal
  • The revolutionary Global 7000 aircraft redefines business jet travel, featuring four distinct living spaces, a complete kitchen and a full-size crew suite while delivering an exceptionally smooth ride



Bombardier is proud to reveal that its marquee Global 7000 business jet, having completed multiple long-range flights around the world, now boasts an outstanding range of 7,700 nautical miles, connecting more city pairs than any other business aircraft.

“We are thrilled to offer this extended range to our loyal customers, who are the driving force behind our engineering feats and who will soon own an aircraft that simply has no peer,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Not only are we standing by our commitment to begin delivering Global 7000 aircraft this year, we are exceeding expectations along the way.”

Global 7000 flight test vehicles have completed several long-haul flights to destinations including Sydney, Dubai and Hawaii. This rigorous flight test program has demonstrated the aircraft’s incredible reach, and Bombardier’s ability to surpass its commitments.

The new 7,700-nautical-mile baseline range will be a feature on the Global 7000 aircraft for all existing and future customers. This enhanced performance will come at no additional cost to customers.

The Global 7000 aircraft, the most spacious and longest range business jet ever built, is on track to enter service during the second half of 2018. The flight test program is progressing to plan, with all five test vehicles in flight. The flight test program, which began in November 2016, has completed more than 1,800 hours of flight testing and is currently finalizing certification for the aircraft.

With a maximum operating range of 7,700 nautical miles, the Global 7000 aircraft can fly farther than any other business jet. The aircraft was widely publicized as being able to connect some of the world’s most expansive city pairings, including such routes as New York to Shanghai, and Singapore to Seattle. Today, Bombardier can confirm that with its extended range, the Global 7000 aircraft is the only business aircraft that can connect New York to Hong Kong, and Singapore to San Francisco.*

On any flight, short or long, the Global 7000 aircraft’s advanced wing optimizes speed, range and control, ensuring an exceptionally smooth ride.

The success of the Global 7000 flight test program speaks to the spirit of innovation at Bombardier, and to the hard work that has resulted in significant milestones along this aircraft’s journey toward entering service.

Just five months into testing, this high-speed aircraft set a record as the largest business jet to operate so close to the sound barrier, reaching a milestone top speed of Mach 0.995.

And while the Global 7000 flight test vehicles are outperforming expectations in the skies, interior completions work on our customer aircraft is well under way at Bombardier’s state-of-the-art facilities in Montreal.

With its four true living spaces, the Global 7000 aircraft is unique among business jets in spaciousness, luxurious comfort and design flexibility. Its leading-edge cabin entertainment system, coupled with ultra-fast connection speeds via Ka-band, allows passengers to stream high-definition content and enjoy a reliable entertainment experience. The Global 7000 aircraft’s modern and multi-functional kitchen features unprecedented storage space for an exceptional dining experience.

The Bombardier Global 7000 aircraft is a 2018 Red Dot Award winner for Product Design.




Bombardier Global 7000 Jet Wins Top International Award for Excellence in Product Design

  • Bombardier’s Global 7000 business jet received the Red Dot in the 2018 Red Dot Award: Product Design in the ships, trains and planes category for its leading and well-thought-out design
  • The Red Dot Design Award is one of the most sought-after honours for design and innovation excellence worldwide
  • Bombardier’s Global 7000 business jet was selected by the 39-person jury from among a crowded field of entries
  • The Global 7000 aircraft is a virtual showcase for design innovation, from the industry’s most well-appointed full-size kitchen and spacious bedroom, to its ergonomically engineered seats
  • The Global 7000 aircraft is on track to enter service in the second half of 2018



Bombardier today announced that its show-stopping Global 7000 business jet has been honoured with a Red Dot in the 2018 Red Dot Award: Product Design. Established in 1955, the Red Dot Design Award is a prestigious international design competition and one of the most sought-after recognitions for design and innovation excellence worldwide. This year’s winners were announced on April 9 in Essen, Germany.

“The Global 7000 aircraft redefines standards by which a business jet is measured, and we are very pleased that the jury chose to acknowledge our vision with a Red Dot for high design quality,” said
Brad Nolen, Vice President, Marketing and Product Strategy, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We like to refer to our clean-sheet Global 7000 aircraft as ‘the aircraft designed without compromise.’ The aircraft succeeds not only in elevating the overall in-flight experience, it also ups the ante for performance, speed and range, and it is clearly changing the game in the private jet industry.”

Bombardier’s Global 7000 business jet was selected by the 39-person jury from among a crowded field, with more than 6,300 submissions from close to 60 countries competing in several categories. The state-of-the art aircraft received the Red Dot in the 2018 Red Dot Award: Product Design in the ships, trains and planes category. The strict judging criteria focused on the level of innovation, functionality, formal quality, ergonomics and durability, among others.

“Success in the competition is proof of the good design quality of the products and once again shows that companies are on the right path. When I speak about good design, I am referring to more than just an attractive product. All of the products are characterized by outstanding functionality.
This demonstrates that the designers have understood their clients and their needs,” said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award.

In addition to its signature smooth ride, Bombardier’s Global 7000 aircraft, which is scheduled to enter service in the second half of 2018, is a virtual showcase for design innovation. A masterpiece of creative and thoughtful design, the Global 7000 aircraft’s sophisticated styling sets the benchmark for the most exceptional business jet experience. Every detail of the cabin interior has been crafted to create a rich and satisfying experience, from its class-leading and largest kitchen in the industry and forward-thinking lighting to the first-ever dedicated stateroom with a fixed bed.

The Red Dot Award is one of the most prestigious design awards worldwide and honours innovation, concepts and visions. All award-winning products will be featured in the Red Dot Design Yearbook as well as online.

About Bombardier

With over 69,500 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier

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Terrafugia's new VTOL concept transfers detachable passenger pods between ground and sky

From Terrafugia's web: http://www.terrafugia-tf2.com/






With the recent acquisition of Terrafugia by the parent company of Volvo and Lotus, a world class team of engineers, and the creation of our new R&D facility just outside San Francisco, Terrafugia is positioning itself to be a major player in the world of automated VTOL vehicles.

Our next generation concept (TF-2) is a three-part integrated transportation system for Part 135 short haul operators who want to achieve a new level of convenience, comfort, and efficiency. With a detachable pod configuration your passengers or cargo will be able to travel seamlessly from point A to point B.

TF-2 is currently in the conceptual design stage and we are interested in collecting feedback from potential customers.

There are two concepts under consideration: a tilt-rotor (TR) and a lift-plus-push (LPP) configuration. The TR has performance advantages and the LPP has the advantage of mechanical simplicity.

 Detachable pods

  • Pod locks securely into either the flight vehicle (FV) or ground vehicle (GV).
  • Pod can carry people or cargo
  • Flight vehicle has one pilot plus autonomous flight capabilities
  • Ground vehicle has one driver plus autonomous docking capabilities​​

Features

  • Detachable pod moves passengers and cargo seamlessly from point A to point B
  • Passengers load and unload only once
  • ​Ride height adjustable suspension enables smooth pod loading and handicap accessibility
  • Panoramic view from large side and forward windows
  • Large luggage compartment for standard airline luggage (50lb/piece)
  • Capacity for 4 passengers and luggage
  • Cargo capacity up to 1400 lb (assuming 60 NM trip)



Projected performance
Configuration
Lift + Push
Tiltrotor
Passengers
4
4
MTOW
8500-9000 lb
3860-4080 kg
​7500-8000 lb
​3400-3630 kg
Payload with 30 min fuel res
900-1100 lb
​410-500 kg
900-1100 lb
​410-500 kg
Max cruise speed
120-130 kts
​222-240 km/h
170-180 kts
​315-333 km/h
Range at max payload
170-215 nm
​315-400 km
240-300 nm
​445-555 km
Cost per flight hour
 $370-$410 
 $380-$420 ​

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F-35 Completes Most Comprehensive Flight Test Program in Aviation History




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"Completing F-35 SDD flight test is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication from the joint government and industry team," said Vice Adm. Mat Winter, F-35 Program Executive Officer. "Since the first flight of AA-1 in 2006, the developmental flight test program has operated for more than 11 years mishap-free, conducting more than 9,200 sorties, accumulating over 17,000 flight hours, and executing more than 65,000 test points to verify the design, durability, software, sensors, weapons capability and performance for all three F-35 variants. Congratulations to our F-35 Test Team and the broader F-35 Enterprise for delivering this new powerful and decisive capability to the warfighter."

The final SDD flight occurred April 11 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland., when Navy test aircraft CF-2 completed a mission to collect loads data while carrying external 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) and AIM-9X Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles.

From flight sciences to mission systems testing, the critical work completed by F-35 test teams cleared the way for the Block 3F capability to be delivered to the operational warfighter. More than 1,000 SDD flight test engineers, maintainers, pilots and support personnel took the three variants of the F-35 to their full flight envelope to test aircraft performance and flying qualities. The test team conducted six at-sea detachments and performed more than 1,500 vertical landing tests on the F-35B variant. The developmental flight test team completed 183 Weapon Separation Tests; 46 Weapons Delivery Accuracy tests; 33 Mission Effectiveness tests, which included numerous multi-ship missions of up to eight F-35s against advanced threats.

"The F-35 flight test program represents the most comprehensive, rigorous and the safest developmental flight test program in aviation history," said Greg Ulmer, Lockheed Martin's vice president and general manager of the F-35 program. "The joint government and industry team demonstrated exceptional collaboration and expertise, and the results have given the men and women who fly the F-35 great confidence in its transformational capability."

Developmental flight test is a key component of the F-35 program's SDD phase, which will formally be completed following an Operational Test and Evaluation and a Department of Defense decision to go into full-rate aircraft production.

While SDD required flight test is now complete, F-35 flight testing continues in support of phased capability improvements and modernization of the F-35 air system. This effort is part of the Joint Program Office's Continuous Capability Development and Delivery (C2D2) framework, which will provide timely, affordable incremental warfighting capability improvements to maintain joint air dominance against evolving threats to the United States and its allies.

With stealth technology, advanced sensors, weapons capacity and range, the F-35 is the most lethal, survivable and connected fighter aircraft ever built. More than a fighter jet, the F-35's ability to collect, analyze and share data is a powerful force multiplier that enhances all airborne, surface and ground-based assets in the battlespace and enables men and women in uniform to execute their mission and return home safe.

For additional information, visit www.f35.com.

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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Troubled skies over Europe

viernes, 13 de abril de 2018

Concerns about Brexit, competition from low-cost carriers and a call for a new re-engined turboprop. These are some of the issues concerning the European Regions Airlines Association (ERA). BILL READ FRAeS reports: https://www.aerosociety.com/news/troubled-skies-over-europe/

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Boeing to advance design process for new Air Force One

jueves, 12 de abril de 2018



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Boeing to advance design process for new Air Force One // Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Boeing_to_advance_design_process_for_new_Air_Force_One_999.html


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Boeing Reports First-Quarter Deliveries



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http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-04-10-Boeing-Reports-First-Quarter-Deliveries


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Boeing HorizonX Invests in Reaction Engines, a UK Hypersonic Propulsion Company



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http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-04-11-Boeing-HorizonX-Invests-in-Reaction-Engines-a-UK-Hypersonic-Propulsion-Company

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Boeing Honors Suppliers for Outstanding Performance



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Boeing Honors Suppliers for Outstanding Performance // MediaRoom
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/2018-04-12-Boeing-Honors-Suppliers-for-Outstanding-Performance

- Annual awards program recognizes suppliers for value creation; support of global customers
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Bye Aerospace Electric Sun Flyer Set For First Flight



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Bye Aerospace Electric Sun Flyer Set For First Flight // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/new-business-aircraft/bye-aerospace-electric-sun-flyer-set-first-flight

Cheers expected for a silent performance

With zero emissions and near silent flight, it will be the company's first certificated and piloted aircraft.

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Boeing, Rolls-Royce Back Reaction Hypersonic Engine Developer



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http://aviationweek.com/awindefense/boeing-rolls-royce-back-reaction-hypersonic-engine-developer-0

The emergence of Boeing and Rolls-Royce as new backers represents a significant endorsement for Reaction, which is designing and testing an air-breathing, combined-cycle rocket engine concept dubbed Sabre.

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India OKs Configuration For Local-Made Ka-226T



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India OKs Configuration For Local-Made Ka-226T // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/awindefense/india-oks-configuration-local-made-ka-226t

India has approved the final technical configuration of Russian Helicopters' Ka-226T light utility helicopter.

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Bonjour, Seattle! Air France Returns to the Pacific Northwest



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Bonjour, Seattle! Air France Returns to the Pacific Northwest // AirlineReporter

Air France flight 338 arrives at Sea-Tac Airport March 25

Following an absence of over six years, Air France is once again flying to the U.S. Pacific Northwest, using a Boeing 777-200ER with a three-class cabin for flights from Paris-Charles De Gaulle (CDG) to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) on an initial schedule of three flights per week. Seattle is Air France's 12th U.S. gateway. https://www.airlinereporter.com/2018/04/bonjour-seattle-air-france-returns-to-the-pacific-northwest/




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NASA gears up for first interplanetary launch from US Pacific coast

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Mars Express spacecraft gets in-orbit upgrade

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The Bittersweet Dilemma Of India’s AMCA 5th Generation Fighter | Livefist

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IAG floats possible Norwegian takeover

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Delta sees early 2019 debut for CSeries

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[España] En abril de 2019 entrará en vigor el nuevo reglamento europeo para las operaciones con globos

miércoles, 11 de abril de 2018



Nota de prensa




El 8 de abril de 2019 entrará en vigor el nuevo reglamento aprobado por la Comisión Europea para las operaciones con globos (Reglamento (UE) 2018/395) y que tiene como principal novedad que sustituye las autorizaciones por las declaraciones responsables.

Este nuevo reglamento establece los requisitos que deberán seguir los operadores de globos para realizar operaciones, comerciales o no, y supone una simplificación notable con respecto a los requisitos recogidos en el Reglamento (UE) 965/2012, fruto de los trabajos realizados bajo la iniciativa del General Aviation Road Map.

Los nuevos requisitos serán aplicables a partir del próximo 8 de abril de 2019, aunque, los operadores que cuenten con una autorización en vigor en esa fecha podrán seguir realizando operaciones disponiendo de un plazo de seis meses (hasta el 8 de octubre de 2019) para adaptarse.

Una de las principales novedades del reglamento se refiere a las operaciones comerciales. Hasta ahora, necesitan de una autorización para poder realizarlas, a partir de la entrada en vigor del nuevo reglamento ya no serán necesarias, y serán sustituidas por una declaración responsable de cumplimiento, tal y como ya sucede con las operaciones comerciales especializadas realizadas con aviones y helicópteros y las operaciones no comerciales con aeronaves propulsadas complejas.

Descargar el Reglamento (UE) 2018/395

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[España] AESA imparte formación gratuita sobre drones a operadores, Administraciones Públicas y Fuerzas y Cuerpos de Seguridad

Nota de Prensa

  • Las jornadas se realizarán en toda España con el objetivo de formar a cada sector implicado en el ámbito de sus competencias.
  • La primera será en Madrid los próximo 16 y 17 de abril y en ella también participarán los operadores, administraciones y fuerzas de seguridad de Castilla y León y Castilla-La Mancha.


Madrid, 10 de abril de 2018 (AESA).

La Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea (AESA) realizará jornadas de formación gratuita sobre la actual normativa de drones para los operadores, las administraciones públicas y fuerzas y cuerpos de seguridad por toda España, con el objetivo de mejorar la seguridad y el conocimiento de la norma que se ha aprobado en diciembre de 2017.

La primera jornada se realizará en Madrid los próximos días 16 y 17 de abril en las instalaciones del Centro de Estudios y Experimentación de Obras Públicas (CEDEX), y está destinada a los operadores, administraciones y fuerzas de seguridad del centro del país, en concreto, Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid, de Castilla-La Mancha y Castilla y León.

Los drones son aeronaves tripuladas por control remoto, por tanto hay que utilizarlos con la formación adecuada, en los espacios adecuados y respetando las medidas de seguridad. Su uso indebido puede suponer un riesgo, además de para las personas y bienes en tierra, para la seguridad nacional, la protección de datos y la privacidad de las personas.

Por ello, desde la Unidad de Drones/RPAS de AESA se está haciendo el esfuerzo de formar sobre el marco regulatorio existente para las operaciones con aeronaves pilotadas por control remoto y en particular sobre la competencia en la materia que tienen las Fuerzas y Cuerpos de Seguridad, las Administraciones Públicas y los operadores de drones.

Especialistas de la Agencia formarán por separado a cada uno de estos tres sectores, centrándose en las competencias que tiene cada uno en el ámbito de la ley. Los operadores tendrán una formación de seis horas y abordarán entre otros aspectos el Material Guía que ha elaborado la Agencia, cómo realizar un estudio de Seguridad Operacional (SORA), el Reglamento de Circulación Aérea aplicable a los drones, así como el procedimiento de habilitación y autorización.

Las fuerzas y cuerpos de seguridad recibirán tres horas de formación sobre las competencias que tienen en esta materia en el ámbito del Real Decreto 1036/2017, de las exclusiones del artículo 3, de la normativa SERA y del Reglamento de Circulación Aérea aplicable a este tipo de aeronaves. Además, de casos prácticos de incumplimientos y denuncias sobre operaciones de drones.

Las Administraciones Públicas (locales, autonómicas o estatales) tendrán una formación de hora y media, que se centrará en explicar las pautas a seguir cuando les solicitan a ellos premisos para realizar vuelos con un dron en su municipio o comunidad autónoma, y qué hacer cuando es la administración la que quiere contratar los servicios de un Operador de drones.

Para asistir a esta jornada formativa y gratuita es necesario registrarse a través del correo electrónico divulgaciondrones@seguridadaerea.es indicando nombre y apellidos de la persona que desea asistir y la organización u organismo al que pertenece. Descárgate el Programa.

Las jornadas en todo el país

La segunda jornada formativa se realizará en Ourense, en el ámbito del Congreso Internacional de Drones de Galicia, los próximos 25 y 26 de mayo. En esta ocasión el formato será el mismo y el ámbito de influencia geográfica abarcará Asturias, Cantabria y Castilla y León.

También se celebrarán jornadas informativas en Cataluña, Andalucía, y Canarias, en un futuro próximo, cuyas fechas se irán anunciando.

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Algerie. Il-76 s'est écrasé peu avant 08h00. Au moins 105morts


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Airbus launches new Cabin-Flex option for A380 with Qantas

martes, 10 de abril de 2018


Press release

  • Up to 11 more premium economy seats or seven business class seats
  • To be available in service from 2019

As part of the efficiency-boosting A380 cabin enablers, Airbus has developed a new option: “A380 Cabin-Flex”. This solution consists in a new cabin door area arrangement on the upper-deck, suitable for premium configuration with lower density seat counts, allowing airlines to gain revenue-earning floor-space for extra seating without compromising on passenger comfort. The enhancement is available either for line-fit and retrofit. Qantas has chosen to be the launch operator of the A380 Cabin-Flex on its current A380 fleet from mid-2019.

A380 Cabin-Flex makes available the extra space for additional seats by allowing the upper-deck at “Doors-3” to be deactivated. Compared with current A380 layouts, A380 Cabin-Flex can bring up to 11 more premium economy seats or seven business class seats. In terms of economics, this translates into a typical return-on-investment (RoI) within around one year for the retrofit solution. The option, is therefore a very effective way to increase the premium seat-count in the upper-deck.

The A380 is the world’s largest, most spacious airliner that offers passengers the smoothest, quietest and most comfortable ride. With two full widebody decks, offering widest seats, wide aisles and more floor space, the A380 has the unique capability to generate revenue, stimulate traffic and attract the passengers, who can now specifically select the A380 when booking a flight via the iflyA380.com web site. Today 223 A380s are operated by 13 Airlines on 60 destinations and 240 airports can accommodate the A380 around the world.

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Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace enter into a partnership for a new lower-deck passenger sleeping facilities

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  • Sleeping berths would fit inside the aircraft’s existing cargo compartments
  • Improving the passengers’ experience while enabling airlines to differentiate
  • To be included in catalogue of certified solutions by 2020, initially on A330

Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace have partnered to develop and market lower-deck modules with passenger sleeping berths. The modules, which would fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartments, offer new opportunities for additional services to passengers, improving their experience while enabling airlines to differentiate and add value for their commercial operations. The new passenger modules will be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers during a typical turnaround if required. Moreover, the aircraft’s cargo floor and cargo loading system will not be affected at all, as the passenger module will sit directly on it.

Christophe Bernardini, Chief Executive Officer of Zodiac Aerospace Cabin Branch said: “We are delighted to work with Airbus on this new and innovative project, which reaffirms our expertise in lower-deck solutions. An improved passenger experience is today a key element of differentiation for airlines.”

Geoff Pinner, Head of Airbus Cabin & Cargo Programme said: “This approach to commercial air travel is a step change towards passenger comfort. We have already received very positive feedback from several airlines on our first mock-ups. We are pleased to partner with Zodiac Aerospace on this project which will introduce a new passenger experience and add value for airlines.”

Airlines will be initially be able to choose from a catalogue of certified solutions by 2020 on A330 for retrofit and line-fit markets. Offerability of sleeper compartments on the A350 XWB airliner is also being studied. The innovation builds on both Airbus’ and Zodiac Aerospace’s experience in producing and integrating lower-deck crew-rest facilities.

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SAS signs firm order for 35 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft



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Repeat order for the most fuel-efficient aircraft

SAS Group, has signed a firm order for 35 A320neo aircraft. SAS will also lease 15 additional A320neos from leasing companies. This important new strategic commitment will result in SAS becoming an all Airbus operator with the fuel-efficient A320 family for its mainline European operations, as well as for its extensive domestic services in Scandinavia.

These new A320neos will join the airline’s existing Airbus fleet of 56 aircraft (eight A340s, eight A330s and 40 A320 Family aircraft). The engine selection will be announced by the airline at a later date. SAS has been an Airbus customer since 1980.

“Just over one year ago, we started to phase into service brand new Airbus A320neos, and since then we have received a very positive response from our customers. I’m therefore delighted that, through this order, we can continue improving and investing in our customer offering, and thereby SAS’s future. We are also creating a single-type and more efficient fleet for the first time. Ordering 50 Airbus A320neos gives us access to the market’s most efficient aircraft thereby enabling us to further improve our operational efficiency and to continue to reduce our climate-impacting emissions,” says Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO of SAS.

“We are proud with this repeat commitment by SAS. The A320neo will complement SAS’s existing Airbus fleet, with unbeatable fuel efficiency, the lowest operating costs and environmental footprint. It is the perfect choice for SAS, for replacing its older generation aircraft. This means more of SAS’s passengers will keep enjoying the best comfort in the skies,” said Eric Schulz, Chief Commercial Officer, Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver at least 15 percent fuel savings at delivery and 20 percent by 2020. With more than 6,000 orders received from 99 customers, the A320neo Family has captured nearly 60 percent share of the market.

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Airbus launches advanced indoor inspection drone to reduce aircraft inspection times and enhance report quality



Press Release


  • To be available for MROs and airlines in the last quarter of 2018
  • · First application for Airbus’ single-aisle family
  • · Developed in partnership with Testia, Airbus’ non-destructive testing subsidiary



At MRO Americas, Airbus is demonstrating for the first time a drone-based, innovative maintenance tool – Airbus’ Advanced Inspection Drone – for use inside a hangar, which accelerates and facilitates visual checks, considerably reducing aircraft downtime and increasing the quality of inspection reports.

Combining Airbus’ extensive aircraft knowledge with best-in-class drone technology, this new product consists of a smart, automatic drone with an integral visual camera, a laser-based obstacle detection sensor, flight planner software and an Airbus’ aircraft inspection software analysis tool. Developed in co-operation with Airbus’ subsidiary Testia which specialises in non-destructive testing, this drone-based aircraft inspection system is optimised for inspecting the upper parts of the aircraft fuselage.

Following a predefined inspection path, the automated drone captures all the required images with its on-board camera. High quality pictures are then transferred to a PC database for detailed analysis using a software system. This allows the operator to localise and measure visual damage on the aircraft’s surface by comparing it with the aircraft’s digital mock-up. The software automatically generates an inspection report.

The new system will be available for the industry in the fourth quarter of 2018 following EASA approval of the new inspection process. Initial demonstrations have been made to several airlines which have expressed interest. It will also be offered to MRO organisations. Since it is designed for use inside maintenance hangars, the drone is equipped with a laser-based sensor capable of detecting obstacles and halting the inspection if necessary. This laser-based technology allows the vehicle to fly automatically without the need for remote piloting.

Upgrading to the new drone-based system will enable operators and MRO providers to reduce inspection time, allow the aircraft to be released earlier while enhancing the overall quality of the reports, improving damage localisation, repeatability and traceability. The new inspection process will take only three hours, including 30 minutes of image capture by the drone, and will improve operator safety. By contrast, traditional aircraft visual inspection is performed from the ground or using a telescopic platform, in particular for the upper parts of the aircraft – a process which could typically last up to one day.

The new drone-based inspection system is an element of Airbus’ ‘Hangar of the Future’ (HoF), an innovation maintenance project initiated by Airbus in Singapore two years ago. HoF combines the use of innovative technologies and smart, ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT)-connected equipment such as ‘collaborative robots’ (cobots), drones, scanners, cameras and non-destructive sensors, with aircraft technical documentation and aircraft in-service data collected by Airbus’ open data platform, Skywise. Through the digitisation and automation of maintenance activities, Airbus is responding to the increasing maintenance needs of airlines with growing fleets, creating value for all stakeholders.

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