Retired General Says F-22 Production Was Killed So That A New Bomber Could Live - The Drive

lunes, 30 de abril de 2018


Boeing KC-46 Tanker Program Completes FAA Certification Flight Testing

viernes, 27 de abril de 2018

Press Release

EVERETT, Wash., April 26, 2018 – Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] KC-46 tanker program has now completed all required Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) flight tests following a successful refueling/communications flight with a C-17 Globemaster III.

The STC encompasses the military systems installed on the 767-2C aircraft to make it a tanker, and is one of two required FAA airworthiness certifications. Boeing will now submit the resulting data and reports to the FAA for review in advance of the STC award.

“This is a huge milestone for the program and moves us closer to first KC-46 delivery,” said Mike Gibbons, Boeing KC-46A tanker vice president and program manager. “We’ve got the best of Boeing working together to ensure the Air Force is getting a game-changing tanker with unmatched capabilities.”

As part of STC testing, the combined Boeing/Air Force team had to validate both the boom and drogue systems for aerial refueling with multiple receiver aircraft. They also demonstrated the KC-46 can take on fuel from KC-135, KC-10 and other KC-46 tankers, conducted night and day lighting tests and tested the aircraft defensive systems and avionics.

"While the majority of our testing was conducted out of Boeing Field in Seattle, we connected with assets out of Nellis and Edwards Air Force Bases and also travelled to Naval Air Station Patuxent River for centerline drogue system testing,” said Jeanette Croppi, KC-46 test program manager. “This was truly a great team effort.”

Boeing previously received its Amended Type Certificate from the FAA for its core 767-2C configuration in December 2017. The 767-2C is a modified version of the company’s commercial 767 with revised structure, wiring and plumbing.

The program has six aircraft that have supported various segments of ATC and STC testing. Overall they have completed 2,900 flight hours as well as more than 2,500 “contacts” during refueling flights with F-16, F/A-18, AV-8B, C-17, A-10, KC-10 and KC-46 aircraft.

The KC-46, derived from Boeing’s commercial 767 airframe, is built in the company’s Everett, Wash., facility. Boeing is currently on contract for the first 34 of an expected 179 tankers for the U.S. Air Force.

The KC-46A is a multirole tanker that can refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures and can carry passengers, cargo and patients.


Airbus & Boeing report First Quarter Results


  • Backlog and commercial momentum support ramp-up plans
  • Q1 financials reflect engine and aircraft delivery phasing
  • Revenues € 10 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 14 million
  • EBIT (reported) € 199 million; EPS (reported) € 0.37
  • 2018 guidance confirmed
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  • Revenue increased to $23.4 billion reflecting 184 commercial deliveries and higher defense and services volume
  • GAAP EPS of $4.15 and core EPS (non-GAAP)* of $3.64 on strong performance across the company
  • Strong operating cash flow of $3.1 billion; repurchased 8.9 million shares for $3.0 billion
  • Backlog grew to $486 billion, including over 5,800 commercial aircraft
  • Cash and marketable securities of $9.9 billion provide strong liquidity
  • Operating cash flow, EPS and Commercial Airplanes margin guidance increased on performance
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Airbus and Dassault Aviation join forces on Future Combat Air System

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  •  Landmark agreement to develop and produce Europe’s next generation combat aircraft
  •          Fosters European high-tech leadership in the military aviation sector for decades to come
  •          Future Combat Air System to be developed as a system of systems, including unmanned aerial vehicles, connectivity and secure communications
  •          Next generation fighter aircraft to complement and eventually replace current generation of Eurofighter and Rafale fighter aircraft by 2035-2040
  •          Overall development contract to be launched to follow study and to include demonstrators to support FCAS planned as of 2025

Berlin, 25 April 2018 – Airbus (stock exchange symbol: AIR) and Dassault Aviation (stock exchange symbol: AM) have decided to join forces for the development and production of Europe’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS), which is slated to complement and eventually replace current generation of Eurofighter and Rafale fighter aircraft between 2035 and 2040.

The partnership, sealed in Berlin by Dirk Hoke, Airbus Defence and Space Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, represents a landmark industrial agreement to secure European sovereignty and technological leadership in the military aviation sector for the coming decades.

“Never before has Europe been more determined to safeguard and foster its political and industrial autonomy and sovereignty in the defence sector. Airbus and Dassault Aviation have absolutely the right expertise to lead the FCAS project. Both companies are already cooperating successfully on Europe’s medium altitude long endurance new generation drone programme,” said Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space. “FCAS takes this successful cooperation to the next level and we are absolutely committed to tackling this challenging mission together with Dassault Aviation. The schedule is tight, so we need to start working together immediately by defining a joint roadmap on how best to meet the requirements and timelines to be set by the two nations. It is therefore of key importance that France and Germany launch an initial joint study this year to address this task.”

Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, said: “We are convinced that by deploying our joint expertise, Dassault Aviation and Airbus can best meet the operational requirements of the Forces in the development of this critically important European programme. Both companies fully intend to work together in the most pragmatic and efficient manner. Our joint roadmap will include proposals to develop demonstrators for the FCAS programme as of 2025. I am convinced that European sovereignty and strategic autonomy can and will only be ensured through independent European solutions. The vision that France and Germany have set forth with FCAS is a bold one and it’s an important signal in, and for, Europe. The FCAS programme will strengthen the political and military ties between Europe’s core nations and it will reinvigorate its aerospace industry.”

Airbus Defence and Space and Dassault Aviation agree on the importance of efficient industrial governance in military programmes. This also includes the involvement of other key European defence industrial players and nations based on government funding and on the principle of best contribution.

Overall, FCAS defines a system of systems combining a wide range of elements connected and operating together, including a next generation fighter aircraft together with Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), the existing fleet of aircraft (which will still operate beyond 2040), future cruise missiles and drones flying in swarms. The overall system will be interoperable and connected in a larger perimeter with mission aircraft, satellites, NATO systems and land and naval combat systems.

Related: Future Air Power (by Airbus):

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017 it generated reported revenues of € 67 billion – or € 59 billion restated for IFRS 15 - and employed a workforce of around 129,000. 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 one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

About Dassault Aviation

With over 10,000 military and civil aircraft delivered in more than 90 countries over the last century, Dassault Aviation has built up expertise recognized worldwide in the design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, ranging from the Rafale fighter, to the high-end Falcon family of business jets and military drones. In 2017, Dassault Aviation reported revenues of €4.8 billion. The company has 11,400 employees.


Airbus presents ‘Flight Lab’ BLADE test aircraft to EU Clean Sky partners at ILA

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Showcasing its “Flight Lab” BLADE demonstrator aircraft for the first time at a major air show.

· The most extensive wing laminar flow demonstrator programme ever undertaken for commercial aviation.

· Improving aviation’s ecological footprint, with a 50% reduction in wing friction.

Airbus, which is showcasing its “Flight Lab” BLADE demonstrator aircraft for the first time at a major air show, has signed an accord with representatives of the numerous stakeholders to not only mark the joint success of bringing this unique programme to fruition, but also affirm their desire to build on this programme in the European framework of Clean Sky. The stakeholders present together with Airbus CEO Tom Enders at the ceremony included members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the German Government, European Member States and industrial partners across Europe.

The BLADE project, which stands for “Breakthrough Laminar Aircraft Demonstrator in Europe”, is part of the first phase of Clean Sky – a 1.6 billion Euro programme which has been running since 2008. BLADE has been tasked with assessing the feasibility of introducing laminar flow wing technology on a large airliner. It aims to improve aviation’s ecological footprint, bringing with it a 10 percent aircraft drag reduction and up to five percent lower CO2 emissions. Airbus worked with a team of more than 20 key partners* and around 500 contributors from all over Europe. Moreover, due to its size and complexity, this project was only possible thanks to the European Research initiative Clean Sky.

In September 2017 Airbus’ A340 laminar-flow Flight Lab test demonstrator aircraft (A340-300 MSN001) made its successful maiden flight and since then has been engaged in successful testing to explore the wing’s characteristics in flight. The test aircraft is the first in the world to combine a transonic laminar wing profile with a true internal primary structure.

On the outside the aircraft is fitted with two representative transonic laminar outer-wings, while inside the cabin there is a highly complex specialist flight-test-instrumentation (FTI) station. The extensive modifications to the A340-300 test-bed aircraft took place during the course of a 16-month working party in Tarbes, France, with the support of the numerous industrial partners across Europe. In terms of the testing technology, notable ‘firsts’ included the use of infrared cameras to monitor the laminar flow transition points and the acoustic generator which measures the influence of acoustics on laminarity. Another first is the innovative reflectometry system which measures overall deformation in real-time during flight. To date the Flight Lab has performed 66 flight hours. Flights will continue until 2019, dedicated to exploring the influencing factors on laminarity.

*Key industrial partners in BLADE:

5 micron; Aernnova; Airbus; Airtex; ASCO; BIAS – Research and Development for Applied Beam Technologies; Dassault Aviation; DLR - German Aerospace Center; DNW - German-Dutch Wind Tunnels; ETW - European Transonic Windtunnel GmbH; EURECAT; FTI Engineering; GKN Aerospace; INCAS - National Institute for Aerospace Research; ITAINNOVA - Technological Institute of Aragon; NLR - Netherlands Aerospace Center; Onera; Romaero; SAAB; Safran; SERTEC Engineering; VEW - Vereinigte Elektronik Werkstätten.


Airbus and Audi partner to provide air & ground urban mobility services

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Seamless, ultra-convenient travel experience ahead for customers

Airbus and the German car manufacturer Audi have teamed up to develop real, near-term urban mobility solutions.

Beginning this summer, Airbus – through its on-demand helicopter platform Voom – will partner with Audi to deliver an end-to-end transportation service, starting in São Paulo and Mexico City. This partnership will provide premium ground transportation serviced by Audi vehicles and helicopter transport via Airbus’ Voom service, allowing customers to have a seamless and ultra-convenient travel experience.

“This important partnership with Audi addresses both current and future challenges for urban mobility. As a first concrete milestone in the cooperation we are developing, we will be offering multi-modal transportation solutions to the world’s most congested cities,” said Airbus CEO Tom Enders. “The world is rapidly urbanizing, and ground infrastructure alone cannot meet the demands of tomorrow. Increased congestion is pushing the cities’ transport systems to the limits, costing travellers and municipalities valuable time and money. Adding the sky as a third dimension to the urban transport networks is going to revolutionise the way we live – and Airbus is ready to shape and build that future of flight.”

“The Audi Group is committed to improve mobility in cities by introducing smart, innovative ideas. To find the best solutions for our customers, we therefore showed in 2018 the first modular system for Urban Air Mobility together with Airbus and our subsidiary Italdesign,” said Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. “Today we are going the next step entering into a service with Airbus and Voom to offer premium mobility for customers. By doing this, we will learn even better how we can ensure seamless, multi-modal transportation with the best partners for our customers. Together with Airbus, we will develop this cooperation further.”

Airbus has already carried out successful trials in São Paulo of its helicopter ride-hailing service Voom, which aims to ease congestion by making helicopter travel more accessible and affordable. Since March 2018, the service is also available in Mexico City. Airbus and Italdesign are partnering on Pop Up, a full electric auto piloted and modular concept including a capsule connected to either ground or air module. Elsewhere, teams are working to create entirely new vehicles: CityAirbus, ready to fly before the end of 2018, is a technology demonstrator of an electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle for up to four passengers. Vahana aims to create a similar mode of transport for individual travellers or cargo. It completed its first full-scale flight in January 2018. In Singapore, the company is working with the country’s National University on the Skyways project to test a parcel transportation system using autonomous drones.

About Audi

The Audi Group, with its brands Audi, Ducati and Lamborghini, is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the premium segment. It is present in more than 100 markets worldwide and produces at 16 locations in twelve countries. 100 percent subsidiaries of AUDI AG include Audi Sport GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy) and Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy).

In 2017, the Audi Group delivered to customers about 1.878 million automobiles of the Audi brand, 3,815 sports cars of the Lamborghini brand and 55,900 motorcycles of the Ducati brand. In the 2017 fiscal year, AUDI AG achieved total revenue of €60.1 billion and an operating profit of €5.1 billion. At present, approximately 90,000 people work for the company all over the world, more than 60,000 of them in Germany. Audi focuses on sustainable products and technologies for the future of mobility.

About Italdesign

Italdesign is a service company providing design, engineering and production for the transportation industry, through to final testing and type-approval and support into Starting of Production and the design of complete business models. Italdesign is constantly researching and developing the mobility solutions of tomorrow. Italdesign is based in Moncalieri, Torino, Italy and today has premises of more than 50,000 square meters, a full-scale design and engineering campus and a cutting-edge development and prototyping centre. It has 1000 employees in Italy, Spain and abroad.

Italdesign offers its services to all interested parties worldwide. In 2017 Italdesign launched as additional business, a dedicated unit to design, develop and produce ultra-limited vehicles for all OEMs worldwide. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Italdesign was awarded Top Employer certification in Italy. More information on:

About Voom

Voom is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters that was launched in 2016 as an on-demand helicopter booking platform allowing passengers to request a seat on a helicopter within minutes. Voom now offers its services in Sao Paulo and Mexico City. By providing a more efficient transportation option to daily commuters, it aims to address challenges associated with rush-hour traffic by offering an alternative form of transportation in some of the world’s most congested cities


Airbus, Dassault Aviation and Leonardo reaffirm their total commitment in the first fully European MALE programme.

Press Release

Reveal full scale model at ILA Berlin Air Show 2018.
Programme fosters development of high technologies in Europe.
Optimises budgetary situation through pooling research and development funding.

Berlin 26th April 2018 – The first full scale model of the European Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft (MALE RPAS) was unveiled today during a ceremony held at the 2018 ILA Berlin Air Show, which opened its gates at Schönefeld airport.

The reveal ceremony, led by Dirk Hoke, Airbus Defence and Space Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO and Lucio Valerio Cioffi, Leonardo’s Aircraft Division Managing Director, confirms the commitment of the four European States and Industrial partners to jointly develop a sovereign solution for European Defence and Security.

The unveiling of the full scale model and the reaffirmed commitment comes after a nearly two-year definition study launched in September 2016 by the four participating nations Germany, France, Italy and Spain and follows the Declaration of Intent to work together on a European MALE unmanned aerial system signed by the countries in May 2015.

“While still a lot of work lies ahead of us, this full scale model represents a first milestone of what Europe can achieve in a high-technology sector if it bundles its industrial strength and know-how ” said Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space. “The MALE RPAS will become an integral part in guaranteeing Europe’s sovereignty in the future. This programme is ideally suited to meet urgent capability requirements of Europe’s armed forces. This innovative partnership also eases the countries’ constrained budgetary situation through clever pooling of research and development funds.” He added.

“Today’s unveiling reflects our companies’ total dedication to the European Defence and Security sovereignty. Cooperation and high technology legitimate the leadership of the European Industry and guarantee the strategic autonomy of Europe.” declared Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “Innovative programmes through efficient partnerships will serve European competitiveness and will offer new alternatives to the off-the-shelf acquisition of non-European products. Dassault Aviation reaffirms its full support to Airbus Defence and Space as programme leader of the MALE RPAS.”

“Unmanned technologies and their applications represent one of the key technological foundations for the future evolution of European Defence Industries” said Lucio Valerio Cioffi, Leonardo’s Aircraft Division Managing Director. “The European MALE RPAS is orientated to foster the development of high technologies and will contribute to sustaining key competencies and jobs within Europe providing Armed Forces with an high performance and sovereign operational system” he added.

About the MALE RPAS programme

First unmanned aerial system designed for flight in non-segregated airspace, its characteristics will include mission modularity for operational superiority in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, both wide area and in-theatre.

The nation’s agreement on the air vehicle configuration in mid-2017, selecting a twin-turboprop propulsion system, will supply ample on-board energy for the mission system, and provide proper redundancy to limit restrictions when operating over European densely populated ground and unrestricted airspaces. In January 2018, the MALE RPAS successfully passed System Requirements Review (SRR), which initiated the second phase of the definition study to lead to a System Preliminary Design Review (SyPDR), scheduled for the end of this year.

The SyPDR will demonstrate the quality and fitness for the proposed design. “Air Traffic Integration” and certification are key objectives, giving the participating States full confidence that the development step can be launched with acceptable residual risks.

Preparations for the next stage (development, production and initial in-service support) are already well under way. Entry-into-service of European MALE RPAS is planned for the middle of the next decade.

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017 it generated reported revenues of € 67 billion – or € 59 billion restated for IFRS 15 - and employed a workforce of around 129,000. 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 one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

About Dassault Aviation

With over 10,000 military and civil aircraft delivered in more than 90 countries over the last century, Dassault Aviation has built up expertise recognized worldwide in the design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, ranging from the Rafale fighter, to the high-end Falcon family of business jets and military drones. This unique experience has allowed Dassault Aviation to propose innovative operational solutions as well as a pragmatic and dynamic approach to cooperation. Thanks to a deep understanding of industrial partnerships, Dassault Aviation has established a wide network with other companies to optimize the success of today’s programmes but also to contribute to the synergy of tomorrow’s European defence Industry.

About Leonardo

Leonardo is among the top ten global players in Aerospace, Defence and Security and Italy’s main industrial company. As a single entity from January 2016, organised into seven business divisions (Helicopters; Aircraft; Aero-structures; Airborne & Space Systems; Land & Naval Defence Electronics; Defence Systems; Security & Information Systems), Leonardo operates in the most competitive international markets by leveraging its areas of technology and product leadership. Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (LDO), in 2016 Leonardo recorded consolidated revenues of 12 billion Euros and has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the UK, the U.S. and Poland.


Airbus, Dassault Aviation y Leonardo reafirman su compromiso total con el primer programa MALE totalmente europeo

Nota de Prensa


  • Mostrarán un modelo a escala real en el Salón Aeronáutico de Berlín ILA 2018.
  •   El programa fomenta el desarrollo de alta tecnología en Europa.
  • Optimiza la situación presupuestaria centralizando la financiación de la investigación y el desarrollo.

Berlín, 26 de abril de 2018 – Hoy se ha mostrado el primer modelo a escala real del sistema aéreo europeo pilotado por control remoto de media altitud y gran autonomía (MALE RPAS por sus siglas en inglés). La presentación ha tenido lugar durante una ceremonia celebrada en el Salón Aeronáutico de Berlín ILA 2018, que ha abierto sus puertas en el aeropuerto de Schönefeld.

La ceremonia, presidida por Dirk Hoke, CEO de Airbus Defence and Space; Eric Trappier, presidente y CEO de Dassault Aviation; y Lucio Valerio Cioffi, director general de la división de Aviones de Leonardo, confirma el compromiso de los cuatro estados europeos y aliados industriales de desarrollar conjuntamente una solución independiente para la defensa y la seguridad europeas.

La presentación del modelo a escala real y la reafirmación del compromiso se produce tras el estudio de definición de casi dos años que lanzaron en septiembre de 2016 las cuatro naciones participantes: Alemania, Francia, Italia y España. Previamente, en 2015, los países habían firmado una declaración de intenciones para colaborar en un sistema aéreo no tripulado europeo MALE.

“A pesar de que todavía tenemos mucho trabajo por delante, este modelo a escala real representa un primer hito de lo que puede conseguir Europa en un sector de alta tecnología si une su potencia industrial y su saber hacer”, ha afirmado Dirk Hoke, CEO de Airbus Defence and Space. “El MALE RPAS será un elemento importante a la hora de garantizar la soberanía europea en el futuro. Este programa está perfectamente adaptado para responder a los requerimientos urgentes de capacidad de las fuerzas armadas europeas. Esta innovadora alianza también contribuye a mitigar la limitación presupuestaria de los países al centralizar de manera conveniente la financiación de la investigación y el desarrollo”, ha añadido.

“La presentación de hoy refleja la dedicación absoluta de nuestras compañías a la soberanía europea en materia de defensa y seguridad. La cooperación y la alta tecnología legitiman el liderazgo de la industria europea y garantizan la autonomía estratégica de Europa”, ha declarado Eric Trappier, presidente y CEO de Dassault Aviation. “Los programas innovadores que surjan de alianzas eficaces contribuirán a la competitividad europea y ofrecerán nuevas alternativas a la adquisición de productos no europeos en el mercado. Dassault Aviation reafirma su total apoyo a Airbus Defence and Space como líder del programa de MALE RPAS”.

“Las tecnologías no tripuladas y sus aplicaciones suponen uno de los cimientos tecnológicos clave para la evolución de las industrias europeas de defensa en el futuro”, ha manifestado Lucio Valerio Cioffi, director general de la división de Aviones de Leonardo. “El programa europeo MALE RPAS pretende fomentar el desarrollo de tecnologías avanzadas y contribuirá a mantener competencias y empleos clave en Europa ofreciendo a las fuerzas armadas un sistema de operaciones soberano y de alto rendimiento”, ha añadido.


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Autonomous Skies: Airbus is working towards a world of self-piloted air travel

The future of transport lies in the skies. By developing a range of cutting-edge autonomous technologies, Airbus is working towards a world of self-piloting urban air mobility vehicles, cargo drones and more autonomous commercial aircraft. The vision: a safer, more efficient and eco-friendly global transport network. Continue Reading


Airbus and Rolls-Royce sign UltraFan engine integration collaboration agreement

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Airbus’ powerplant integration expertise to play an important role in optimising the fuel efficiency gains of Rolls-Royce’s UltraFan engine demonstrator

Airbus and Rolls-Royce have signed a collaboration agreement for the integration of Rolls-Royce’s UltraFan® demonstrator for flight testing. The integration solutions demonstration will be co-funded by Clean Sky 2, the European Union research programme focused on developing technology to reduce emissions.

UltraFan is a scalable jet engine design suitable for widebody or single-aisle aircraft and offers a 25 percent fuel efficiency improvement over the first-generation of Rolls-Royce Trent engine.

One element of the UltraFan programme is planning for ground and flight tests, and to support this Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement with Airbus to provide both nacelle and engine/aircraft integration architecture and technology enablers.

Airbus’ integration solutions will play an important part in achieving the overall fuel efficiency improvement of higher bypass ratio engines such as UltraFan, through innovative architecture and associated technologies.

Axel Flaig, Airbus Head of Research and Technology, said: “This technology development programme with Rolls-Royce is a key project for Airbus to pave the way towards the next generation integrated propulsion systems that will be needed by airline customers towards the end of the next decade. We thank the Clean Sky 2 European funding programme for its strong support to this project which is a key contributor towards the ACARE environmental targets.”

Andy Geer, Rolls-Royce, Chief Engineer and Head of Programme - UltraFan, said: “This is another step forward in our UltraFan engine journey and it is great to have Airbus expertise to further strengthen our ability to deliver this important development programme. We remain very grateful to Clean Sky 2 for its continued recognition of the environmental benefits that UltraFan will bring.”

UltraFan features a new engine core architecture and lean-burn combustion system which will contribute to improved fuel burn efficiency and lower emissions, along with a carbon titanium fan blade system and composite casing which reduce weight. The engine also introduces a geared design to deliver efficient power at high-bypass ratios.

For Airbus, the project will enable it to fully integrate the overall powerplant system – composed of engine, pylon and nacelle – onto future long-range aircraft products, as well as facilitating scalability for future short-range aircraft. It will also build on Airbus’ expertise in advanced manufacturing technologies, such as high-deposition-rate additive manufacture, welded assembly and high production rate thermoplastics.


Boeing, German Aerospace Companies Partner for STH Heavy-Lift Helicopter Competition

Business opportunities on the H-47 Chinook include manufacturing, long-term support and training

BERLIN, Germany, April 25, 2018 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and ten German aerospace companies reached agreements today to partner on a range of business opportunities on the H-47 Chinook, a contender in Germany’s STH heavy-lift helicopter competition.

The agreements with AERO-Bildungs GmbH, Aircraft Philipp, CAE Elektronik GmbH, COTESA, Diehl Defence, Honeywell, Liebherr-Aerospace, Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH, Rockwell Collins, and Rolls-Royce are the first of many partners in Boeing’s industrial plan related to its H-47 Chinook offering to Germany.

Should the H-47 Chinook be selected by the Government of Germany for its heavy-lift helicopter requirement, these German companies will be partnered with Boeing for delivery, maintenance and training. Additional German companies will be joining Boeing’s industrial plan for collaboration on communication and mission systems integration. This industrial plan will provide the German government a local long-term support and training solution including aircraft maintenance; aircrew and technical training; research, development and technology; and supply chain enhancements.

“We have a strong team behind our Chinook offer to Germany,” said Michael Hostetter, director, Vertical Lift Programs in Germany. “The Chinook is a modern, proven and reliable heavy-lift helicopter with a high availability rate and low maintenance requirements. Boeing and its German industry team stand ready to support the requirements of the German government, the Bundeswehr and the men and women in uniform that will be flying and maintaining the aircraft.”

Boeing is focused on providing a low risk, proven and reliable solution to the customer on time and at a very competitive cost. The German partners were carefully selected to provide additional capabilities, value and local expertise to the highly efficient platform and logistics solution, while maintaining the reliability and low-risk approach that is the hallmark of the Chinook program. Additional partners to the Boeing Germany team will be announced at a later date.

“With these partnerships, Boeing is providing opportunities for German industry to join Boeing’s established supplier network in Germany or to expand their existing scope of work with Boeing,” said Dr. Michael Haidinger, president, Boeing Germany. Boeing appreciates the technology leadership of the German aerospace industry and continues to work across its German supply base to grow the scope of work on Boeing’s commercial, defense, space, security, and services businesses.

The Chinook is the most advanced transport rotorcraft in the United States Army inventory, with the expectation that it will remain in service into the 2060’s. As chosen by the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Canada, the Chinook gives Germany interoperability that other helicopters cannot while meeting a wide range of mission needs.

Boeing Germany

Boeing has been a strong contributor to the German economy for many decades. Today Boeing directly employs approximately 600 people at 11 locations throughout Germany and sustains many thousands additional jobs in Germany through its supply chain and other activities. In 2016, Boeing and its supply-chain partners spent almost $1.3 billion with its established network of nearly 100 suppliers located across Germany. Boeing works together with many more sub-tier and German-owned suppliers worldwide. Germany is a key market for Boeing to invest in research and technology partnerships. Boeing has established two research sites in Germany, the Research & Technology Office in Munich and the Digital Aviation & Analytics Lab in Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt and invests in a growing portfolio of research and technology projects with German industry, universities and research organizations.


ILA Berlin 2018 opens its doors

  • More than 200 aircraft of all types in Berlin
  • Europe’s leading aerospace exhibition
  • Focus on helicopters at the HeliLounge
  • The Bundeswehr displays new aircraft
  • ILA Future Lab: a melting pot of Innovation
  • DLR research aircraft
  • 100 years of aviation innovation on the outdoor display site

The ILA will be taking place from 25 to 29 April 2018 in Berlin; where the leading trade fair for innovations in the heart of Europe will be displaying more than 200 aircraft and other exhibits, including many making their first appearance in Germany or on the world stage.

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Thirty years since the longest human

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DARPA approval clears Boeing's transition to new air taxi approach

Virginia-based Aurora Flight Sciences is now poised to transition an all-electric version of the XV-24A Lightning Strike to the commercial air taxi market. Continue reading:

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[España] El IV Aerospace and Defense meetings-adm Sevilla 2018 cuenta ya con 226 empresas inscritas de 22 países, un mes antes de su celebración

Nota de prensa

  • El IV Aerospace and Defense meetings-adm Sevilla 2018 cuenta ya con 226 empresas inscritas de 22 países, un mes antes de su celebración
  • Andalucía es líder nacional en exportaciones del sector, con 3.293 millones de euros, más de la mitad de las ventas de toda España, y un superávit de 1.613 millones

Aerospace and Defense Meetings-ADM Sevilla 2018 cuenta ya con 226 empresas inscritas de 22 países, cuando aún falta casi un mes para su celebración, que será entre el 15 y el 18 de mayo. De esta forma, en su cuarta edición, ADM Sevilla se consolida como el evento de negocios aeroespacial más importante de España, y, por tanto, como una cita clave para un sector estratégico del que Andalucía es la comunidad líder en exportaciones, con 3.293 millones de euros en 2017, el 57% de las ventas de toda España, que aportan un saldo positivo a la balanza comercial de la comunidad de 1.613 millones.

ADM Sevilla está organizado por la Consejería de Economía y Conocimiento, a través de Extenda-Agencia Andaluza de Promoción Exterior, y por la empresa BCI Aerospace, especialista en reuniones internacionales del sector. Se celebra en FIBES, con carácter bienal, y está consolidado como un punto clave en el circuito mundial de negocios del sector y una cita estratégica para poner de relevancia ante los principales fabricantes las capacidades y proyectos del cluster aeroespacial de Andalucía.

ADM Sevilla 2018 cuenta con el patrocinio especial de Airbus Group, el mayor fabricante europeo del sector; de Alestis, Aernnova y Aciturri, los tres únicos fabricantes de aeroestructuras de primer nivel de España (Tier 1); de Sofitec y Carbures, empresas andaluzas fabricantes de aeroestructuras, componentes metálicos y composite, y de Stratasys, multinacional estadounidense de impresión 3D para la industria, lo que refuerza la internacionalización de ADM y la entrada en el evento de las nuevas soluciones de la industria aeronáutica, el composite y la impresión 3D.

Igualmente, cuenta con el apoyo del sector, tanto en el ámbito nacional, con Tedae (Asociación Española de Empresas Tecnológicas, de Defensa, Aeronáutica y Espacio), como en el regional, con Hélice, Cluster Aeroespacial Andaluz.

ADM Sevilla 2018 significa un paso más en el desarrollo de la estrategia de apoyo a la internacionalización de un sector que la Junta de Andalucía viene impulsando a través de Extenda de manera individualizada desde 2005. Tras el éxito alcanzado en las tres primeras ediciones bienales desde 2012, ADM volverá a proyectar al aeroespacial andaluz como una industria de referencia en el ámbito mundial y a Andalucía como un enclave estratégico para la inversión de proyectos de industria compleja.

Igualmente, apoyan el evento la Agencia IDEA, de la Consejería de Empleo, Empresa y Comercio, con quien Extenda comparte stand, a través del proyecto común Invest in Andalucía; Aerópolis, Parque Aeroespacial de Andalucía; el Parque Tecnológico TecnoBahía e Invest in Spain, a través de ICEX, del Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad.

Más aeronáutico que aceite de oliva

Andalucía lidera las exportaciones españolas del sector aeronáutico en 2017, con un registro récord de 3.293 millones de euros, el 57% de las ventas nacionales (5.760 millones), que suponen un 12% más que en 2016 (2.941 millones de euros), frente a la bajada del 6,9% que registraron las ventas del conjunto de España.

De esta forma, el aeronáutico, que ha multiplicado por cuatro su peso en el global de las exportaciones andaluzas, se ha convertido en el primer capítulo exportador de la comunidad, por delante incluso del aceite de oliva (2.961 millones de euros), pese a que las ventas del ‘oro líquido’ vienen creciendo por encima de los 200 millones cada año en la última década y Andalucía es líder mundial en ventas de este producto.

El registro actual indica que Andalucía ha duplicado su factura exportadora aeronáutica en sólo dos años, pasando de 1.553 millones de 2015 a 3.293 millones en 2017 (+112%), lo que supone un nuevo salto cualitativo que le ha llevado en la última década (2008-17) a multiplicar por siete las exportaciones. Se trata de un crecimiento sin comparaciones, cuatro veces superior al de la media nacional, con el que Andalucía ha ganado 37 puntos de peso en el global nacional, al pasar de significar el 20,7% en 2008 al 57,2% actual.

De esta forma, Andalucía lidera las ventas, con casi el doble exportado que la Comunidad de Madrid (1.688 millones) y 10 veces más que Baleares (312 millones). Ventas que aportan un saldo positivo de 1.613 millones a la balanza comercial de Andalucía.

Se trata de una industria compleja y tecnológica, que a la vez que otorga diversificación hacia nuevos mercados (siete países no europeos están entre los 10 primeros destinos), permite al sector exterior andaluz seguir creciendo en los mercados europeos (Alemania, Reino Unido y Francia son los tres primeros). Destino que se consideraban ‘maduros’ para Andalucía, ya que los liderazgos que mantiene con el sector agroalimentario presentan ya menores márgenes de crecimiento.

Alemania es el primer mercado, con 1.093 millones, el 33% del total, al que Andalucía duplica las ventas (+104%) respecto de 2016. Le siguen Francia, con 739 millones, el 22,4% del total, que sube un 3,7%; y Reino Unido, con 726 millones, el 22% del total, que baja un 13,7%, aunque en 2016 había multiplicado por 100.

En cuarta posición se sitúa Turquía, con 250 millones, el 7,6% del total, que multiplica por 54 su cifra del año anterior (+5.322%). Le sigue Malasia, con 134 millones, el 4,1% del total y subida del 9,7%; Arabia Saudí, con 65 millones (2%), que multiplica su cifra por 46 (+4.529%); Estados Unidos, con 58 millones y un alza del 45%; Kazajistán, con 55 millones y un alza del 0,3%; Tailandia, con 43 millones, que crece un 55%; y Bangladesh, con 29,4 millones, mercado al que no se registraron ventas en 2016.

Más empresas y provincias

El aeronáutico es un sector muy internacionalizado, en el que más de la mitad de sus empresas exportaron productos en 2017, hasta 65 de las 117 que lo componen, un 22,6% más que en 2016. La mitad de ellas, 31 empresas, son exportadoras regulares (cuatro años seguido exportando), siendo un 19,2% más que en 2016.

Registros que vienen a ratificar la buena marcha de la década actual, en la que ha crecido un 30% el número de exportadoras, pese a la concentración empresarial que ha tenido el sector y, lo que es más importante, se ha duplicado el número de exportadoras regulares (+139%), que son responsables del 99,9% de las exportaciones.

Cinco provincias andaluzas contabilizan ya exportaciones aeronáuticas, aunque el eje Sevilla-Cádiz concentra casi el 100% de las ventas: Sevilla es líder regional y nacional, con 2.980 millones de euros y una subida del 19,7% sobre 2016. Supone el 91% de Andalucía y el 52% de España.

Le sigue Cádiz, que es segunda, con 308 millones, el 9,4% del total, a pesar del descenso de las exportaciones del 31%. En los últimos años, otras tres provincias se están incorporando a la exportación aeronáutica, como Córdoba, con 4,1 millones; Málaga, con 1,1 millones y Huelva, con 182.000 euros.

Más aviones completos

Los productos de exportación han tenido una importante evolución, que coincide con la evolución de los programas de esta industria, que han primado la fabricación del producto final de aeronaves en vez de las partes de los aparatos.

Así, el capítulo ‘Las demás aeronaves (p.ej: helicópteros o aviones) gana protagonismo, pasando de ser el 34% del total de la factura en 2008, a acaparar el 82% de la misma en 2017, con una subida del 19,1% sobre 2016 y ventas por valor de 2.711 millones. E igualmente, aparece el capítulo ‘Aparatos y dispositivos para lanzamiento de aeronaves y de entretenimiento de vuelo en tierra; partes’, que no registraba ventas en 2008 y suma 9,4 millones en 2017, un 61% más que en 2016.

Las ‘Partes de los aparatos’ no tienen tanto protagonismo en la factura y pasan de representar el 66% en 2008, al 17,4% en 2017, con un crecimiento del valor en ventas del 86%, pasando de 307 millones a 572 millones, aunque en el último año baja un 13%. Por su parte, el capítulo de paracaídas crece un 63% en la década, al pasar de 792.000 € en 2008, a 1,3 millones en 2017, con una subida del 48% sobre 2016.

Más empresas inscritas en ADM

En su cuarta edición ADM Sevilla, que ocupará toda la extensión del Hall 1 de FIBES, se plantea como objetivo mejorar el carácter internacional y la calidad de las compañías contratistas que acuden al evento. De hecho, ADM Sevilla 2018 ha sido certificada de nuevo por el Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad como “Feria con concesión de Internacionalidad completa”. ADM Sevilla 2018 está cofinanciado en un 80% con fondos procedentes de la Unión Europea, a través del Programa Operativo FEDER de Andalucía 2014-2020.

A falta de casi un mes para su celebración, más del 80% de los stands ya han están ocupados. En cuanto a la participación internacional, dos de cada tres contratistas participantes son extranjeros. Entre las empresas foráneas, Francia (32), Italia (14), Estados Unidos (7), Austria (6), Marruecos (6), Alemania (5) y Reino Unido (4) son los países con mayor representación. También se han inscrito ya empresas de Argelia, Argentina, Bélgica, Canadá, China, Emiratos Árabes Unidos, México, Pakistán, Portugal, República Checa, Rusia, Suiza, Suecia y Taiwán.

Igualmente, ADM 2018 continúa reforzando su carácter de mayor evento del sector aeroespacial de España, toda vez que el 73% de las empresas españolas inscritas son de fuera de Andalucía. De hecho, ya hay representación de nueve comunidades autónomas, siendo Andalucía (50), la Comunidad de Madrid (37), País Vasco (18), Cataluña (17) y Comunidad Valenciana (4) las que mayor representación tienen. También se han inscrito ya empresas de Galicia, Murcia, Aragón y Castilla León.

En su anterior edición, de 2016, ADM Sevilla ocupó 9.000 metros cuadrados de zona expositiva y congregó a más de 1.100 profesionales y 548 empresas del sector aeroespacial y miles de reuniones de negocio, que celebraron 7.930 reuniones de negocio. En esta edición de 2018 de prevé superar esos números e igualmente, se desarrollarán un completo panel de conferencias y mesas redondas en su primera jornada.


Iberia apoya la cultura española con su proyecto “Talento a bordo”

Nota de Prensa

  • El objetivo de la aerolínea es ser embajadora y dar difusión a diversas expresiones de la cultura española en los cerca de 50 países donde vuela.
  • Entre otros, Iberia colabora con la Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, con los museos del Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, Reina Sofía y Guggenheim, con el Teatro Real y el Liceu y, este año, desarrollará diversas acciones en el entorno aeroportuario con motivo de PhotoEspaña.
  • Como parte de su proyecto “Talento a bordo”, Iberia ha participado en el exposición “meninas Madrid Gallery”, con una Menina comandante que encarna a una ciudad de Madrid diversa y conectada con América Latina, Europa y Asia. 

Talento a bordo

Iberia ha lanzado un nuevo proyecto “Talento a bordo”, cuyo objetivo es apoyar, difundir y ser embajadora de diversas iniciativas de la cultura española en los cerca de 50 países adonde vuela.

El talento, como fuerza interior que empuja a superarse cada día, es uno de los valores sobre los que Iberia está construyendo su nueva imagen de marca, a través del apoyo de distintas disciplinas como:

  • la moda; Iberia se ha sumado a las tres últimas ediciones de la Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid, repetirá en julio y está en pleno proceso de selección de un diseñador español para la renovación de sus uniformes
  • el cine y teatro; patrocinio de los Premios Platino, Recent Cinema y José Mª Forqué y, este año, colaboración también con el Festival de Almagro que, además, ocupará un espacio relevante en las revistas a bordo de Iberia de mayo y junio.
  • el arte; proyectos como “meninas Madrid gallery” o los Premios Iberoamericanos de Mecenazgo, y colaboración con los museos del Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, Reina Sofía y Guggenheim, entre otros
  • el diseño; presencia en Madrid Design Festival y apoyo a la Fundación Norman Foster
  • la música; además del mecenazgo del Teatro Real, el Liceu y la Orquesta Juvenil Europea de Madrid; Iberia continúa con el patrocinio y difusión del proyecto “La Guitarra Vuela” en homenaje a Paco de Lucía
  • la fotografía; con motivo de PhotoEspaña, este año Iberia sacará la fotografía aeronáutica a las calles de Madrid en una exposición integrada con el mobiliario urbano y, además, colaborará con la agencia EFE en una exposición en Nueva York sobre el legado español.
  • la literatura; a través de su colaboración con la Federación Española de Cámaras del Libro y de iniciativas como el festival EÑE y el Salón del Libro Infantil y Juvenil de Madrid, que se celebrará en el Centro Cultural Conde Duque con el lema “Libros del Sol Naciente” y como homenaje a los autores y editores que han servido de puente España-Japón.

Además de su presencia de marca y participación directa en todos estos proyectos, en los aviones de Iberia se exportan a más de 130 destinos en cerca de 50 países del mundo y a través de canales como el sistema de entretenimiento o las revistas a bordo, las muestras más destacadas del talento español en cualquiera de sus expresiones artísticas.

Menina comandante

Dentro de su proyecto “Talento a bordo”, una de las iniciativas en las que Iberia está participando ahora es la exhibición “meninas Madrid gallery”, una muestra de arte urbano que, a través de este icono de nuestra cultura, muestra qué es Madrid para artistas consagrados y emergentes.

La primera de las Meninas de Iberia se ha instalado frente al Ayuntamiento de la capital, se llama “Sobre Madrid” y es una mujer comandante, con el pelo rojo –en clara alusión a los colores corporativos de la compañía-, que luce en su traje un skyline de Madrid conectado, a través de los vuelos de la aerolínea, con Europa, América Latina y Asia. Esta Menina de Iberia muestra a Madrid como una ciudad diversa, que acoge y está conectada con todo el mundo.

Iberia tendrá tres Meninas en las calles de la capital: las otras dos se exhibirán en la entrada de El Retiro de la calle Alfonso XII –y estará dedicada a Madrid como centro de conexiones-, y en el Paseo de Recoletos –y será un homenaje a la T4-.


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TsAGI creates heavy aircraft behavioral model

Press Release

How does one foresee and solve aircraft control loss during flight? And what are the safe ways for transport pilots to gain such experience? How can we simulate aircraft behavior under extreme conditions? These and other questions were discussed at the Conference “Prevention of control loss accidents: Transport pilot training for actions in extreme circumstances.”

TsAGI scientists presented at the Conference a new computer model of aircraft dynamics at high angles of attack, taking into account aircraft aerodynamics ambiguity, asymmetric stall, buffeting and others. The model solutions will be tested in flight simulators, where a flight team trains on how to act during control loss. Russian airline pilots — the participants in the event, were given an opportunity to become acquainted with the flight model in TsAGI flight simulators.

Another important TsAGI research function is the influence of the cockpit simulator during critical flight situations. According to the pilots who participated in test maneuvers, the full motion cabin simulation is exceptionally useful before a stall. During the sudden loss of lift as a result of abnormal air flow over the wing and prior to recovery, attention must be given to reproducing the most helpful information to overcome this critical phase of flight. Varied aircraft models are tested in the vertical wind tunnel where flight control loss at extreme stall angles can cause the aircraft to spin.

Participants attended TsAGI’s experimental facilities within the framework of the Conference.


[España] El ministro de Fomento presenta el Plan Inmobiliario del Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas que contempla una inversión cercana a los 3.000 M€

Nota de prensa del Ministerio de Fomento

  • El ministro de Fomento presenta el Plan Inmobiliario del Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas que contempla una inversión cercana a los 3.000 M€
  • Abarcará 920 hectáreas de suelos potenciales con una previsión de 2,7 millones de m2 edificables y 140 hectáreas para espacios verdes
  • El Plan incluye cuatro usos diferenciados: Polo logístico, Actividades Aeronáuticas, Airport City y Centro de ocio y actividad comercial
  • Como foco de atracción de tráfico y de servicio, el Plan potenciará la actividad logística, de carga y aeronáutica, y creará nuevas áreas de servicio al pasajero, actividad hotelera, de oficinas y de negocios
  • La comercialización de terrenos se extenderá a lo largo de 40 años

El ministro de Fomento, Iñigo de la Serna, ha presentado hoy el Plan Inmobiliario del Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, que abarcará unas 920 hectáreas de suelos potenciales (10 veces el parque de El Retiro y 4 veces el proyecto Madrid Nuevo Norte), con una previsión de desarrollo de 562 hectáreas brutas materializándose en 2,7 millones de m2 edificables e integrando 140 hectáreas de espacios verdes.

Este Plan, que contempla una inversión total de 2.997 millones de euros, a acometer por los diferentes agentes involucrados en los próximos 40 años, fomentará la competitividad económica ofreciendo un área de oportunidad para el desarrollo de actividades de alto valor añadido e innovación para la Región de Madrid, al tiempo que permita diversificar el papel del aeropuerto como motor económico y de servicio al ciudadano.

Todas las actuaciones que se lleven a cabo en el marco del Plan Inmobiliario del aeropuerto se desarrollarán en torno a tres ejes, siempre siguiendo criterios de sostenibilidad e innovación y propiciando que sean referentes en su campo a nivel mundial:

  • Nodo logístico: apoyándose en la situación privilegiada de estos terrenos, en la importancia que esta actividad ya tiene en la actualidad para el aeropuerto y la calidad de los servicios que puede prestar.
  • Hub empresarial global: posicionándose como el principal polo de atracción para la implantación de sedes corporativas y oficinas de empresas.
  • Servicio al pasajero: completando la oferta de servicios para los pasajeros y zona de influencia del aeropuerto.

Cuatro usos para los terrenos
El Plan Inmobiliario se estructura en base a 4 usos de suelo diferenciados, así como un espacio para usos complementarios de estos mismos que se desarrollarán cuando sea necesario. Todo con el fin de crear un foco de atracción de tráfico y de servicio, potenciando la actividad logística y aeronáutica, y creando nuevas áreas de servicio, actividad hotelera y oficinas.

  1. Polo logístico. La superficie total reservada para este proyecto logístico de última generación es de 257 hectáreas, con una edificabilidad prevista de 1,4 millones de m2 junto a la A2, en la zona prime del Corredor del Henares y junto al actual Centro de Carga Aérea. El objetivo principal es potenciar la carga aérea, la logística y las actividades de alto valor añadido, multiplicando por 10 las zonas del aeropuerto dedicadas a estas actividades, con especial atención a tendencias en expansión como el e-commerce. Así, los desarrollos se configurarán como parques con servicios logísticos integrales, truck center, servicios al transportista, puntos de control y seguridad, estacionamientos y oficinas de apoyo. Con naves de carga en primera línea y almacenes de distribución, así como industria ligera, biofarma y perecederos, entre otros.
  2. Airport City. Esta área se centra en crear un nuevo centro urbano de usos mixtos, tanto para pasajeros como para trabajadores y usuarios del aeropuerto, así como para dotar de mejores servicios a toda su área de influencia. La superficie total reservada es de 62 hectáreas, con una edificabilidad prevista de 652.000 m2 a desarrollar en una zona contigua a la Terminal T4 que se encuentra ya pre-urbanizada y conectada por los principales medios de transporte público: Metro, Cercanías, AVE y autobús y contará con acceso peatonal al terminal. Los usos previstos en esta zona son hoteles, sedes corporativas y parques de oficinas de última generación, donde además Aena y ENAIRE tienen intención de desplazar sus sedes, así como usos comerciales asociados para servir de apoyo tanto a los usuarios de los parques de oficinas como a los pasajeros del Aeropuerto. Estructurado en zonas peatonales de acceso rodado y estacionamiento en su perímetro, contará con espacios verdes, fomentando el transporte público y la circulación interna mediante el uso de vehículos eléctricos, bicicletas y elementos auxiliares peatonales. Un modelo de diseño innovador, comprometido con la sostenibilidad ambiental y energética, y la recuperación y reutilización de recursos hídricos.
  3. Actividades aeronáuticas. Como principal centro de mantenimiento aeronáutico de España, el Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, acoge cerca de 400.000 operaciones cada año. En la actualidad hay cinco hangares, con una superficie total de alrededor de 50.000 m2, que en su mayoría se convertirán en hangares más versátiles y modernos en los próximos años. La superficie total reservada para nuevos desarrollos asociados a actividades aeronáuticas es de 9 hectáreas con una edificabilidad total prevista de 74.000 m2. De esta forma, el aeropuerto verá mejorado su posicionamiento como centro de referencia para el mantenimiento de aeronaves tanto a nivel nacional, como dentro del contexto europeo.
  4. Centro de ocio y actividad comercial. La superficie total reservada para la implantación de un gran centro de ocio y actividades comerciales es de 57 hectáreas, con una edificabilidad total prevista de 341.000 m2 y 298.000 m2 de zonas verdes. Estos usos completarán la actividad aeroportuaria y buscan dar respuesta a las necesidades tanto de los usuarios del aeropuerto como de la zona de influencia del mismo. Así, habrá una zona temática recreativa, centro comercial, oferta gastronómica, zonas wellness, museo aeronáutico y observatorios panorámicos.

Fases del Plan Inmobiliario

Con todas estas actuaciones, el Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas se concibe como un nuevo impulsor de la economía regional a través de un proyecto responsable con el territorio, un desarrollo ambicioso que se estructura en tres fases:
  • Una 1ª fase inicial de lanzamiento, con una duración prevista de 8 años, en la que se van a construir más de 550.000 m2 con una inversión de 953 millones de euros, donde los desarrollos se centrarán en usos logísticos y se iniciará el Airport City.
  • Una 2ª fase, llevada a cabo en otros 8 años, en la cual se prevé construir más de 950.000 m2 adicionales, con una inversión de 739 millones de euros. Al inicio de esta fase se habrá consolidado el Airport City y se iniciará la actividad en el centro de ocio.
  • Una 3ª fase en la que se consolidará el desarrollo de todas las zonas con la construcción de 1.202.000 m2 adicionales para lo que se aportará una inversión de 1.305 millones de euros más.

El Plan Inmobiliario se realizó a lo largo de 2017 bajo un diseño flexible, capaz de atraer inversión privada y construir un modelo de éxito. Durante este año 2018 Aena encargará a un asesor financiero el diseño de la estructura societaria mediante la que propiciar estos desarrollos. En 2019 se habrán constituido los medios a través de los cuales iniciativa privada y la propia Aena inicien los proyectos y para 2020 se iniciará la construcción de los primeros inmuebles.

En conjunto, este Plan Inmobiliario supone una gran oportunidad de desarrollo económico, tanto para Madrid como para el aeropuerto, creando el mayor nodo logístico de España en una ubicación estratégica con la mejor conectividad posible.


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Innovative cooling system may help astronauts keep cool on their way to Mars

Press Release

An innovative new method to cool spacecraft on long missions, technology that may one day play a crucial role in NASA’s quest to send astronauts to Mars and other deep-space destinations, has proven successful in a long-term experiment aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The research is paving the way for an orbital test of a more complex version of the cooling system in 2021.

Developed by a team of mechanical engineers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), the system uses electrically charged fluids to absorb and carry heat away from electronics and other heat-generating equipment. With no moving parts, the technology’s simplicity and reliability make it an attractive option for long-duration space missions that will take astronauts far from the security of their home planet.

“We’re greatly encouraged that our work has been deemed a success” said Jamal Yagoobi, professor and head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at WPI and principal investigator for the research, which has been

supported by NASA for more than a decade. “This is the first time ever for this type of cooling pump technology in space, and the outcome has been very positive. This positions us well for the next phase of the work.”

Yagoobi’s cooling system is based on electrohydrodynamics (EHD). It uses electrically charged fluids that continuously circulate through tiny tubes in the cooling system, absorbing and carrying heat away from its source. The system creates no noise or vibrations and requires minimal electric power to operate, unlike current mechanical cooling systems.

Yagoobi said a primary goal of the current experiment, called “Electrohydrodynamically Driven Liquid Flow in Parallel Micro-Tubes,” was to make sure the system can function well in zero gravity conditions over a long duration. The experiment, launched aboard the SpaceX Dragon SpX-10 commercial resupply craft in February 2017, will continue to operate on the ISS until August 2018.

Meanwhile, Yagoobi and his team are working on another, far more complex experiment that is scheduled to launch to the orbiting station in 2021. Called “Electohydrodynamically Driven Liquid Film Flow Boiling,” the new system uses a two-phase, non-mechanical EHD pumping system with a condenser section and a boiling section. In this more-advanced system, the condensed liquid film is electrohydrodynamically pumped toward the heat source, where it boils. The bubbles generated during the boiling are extracted by another EHD mechanism in the absence of gravity, carrying heat away from the heat source. The liquid is then condensed and pumped back to the heat source.

Research on spacecraft cooling technology is critical for the future of space exploration, since the combination of solar radiation and heat produced by high-powered electronic devices and humans living and working within the spacecraft can lead to rising temperatures that, if unchecked, will harm astronauts and damage or even destroy electronics. As spacecraft begin to travel further from Earth, fool-proof and efficient cooling technology, like the systems produced in Yagoobi’s lab, will become increasingly important.

“When you’re in space, you can’t open the window and let the cold air come in and cool you off,” said Yagoobi. “As we move forward, a lot of electronics will be jammed into a very small area in a spacecraft or in a satellite. We’re going to use a lot more advanced electronics and produce a lot more heat. That’s why we need to develop this technology. Whether it’s for travel to Mars or any other mission outside Earth, you have to have cooling devices that are very effective, durable, and non-mechanical, and which require minimal power to function.”

Yagoobi’s second ISS experiment is expected to run from 2021 to 2022. Because of its complexity, Yagoobi and other scientists will need to be available 24/7 to answer any questions the astronauts might have about the experiment. “This is going to be highly complex,” he explained. “Results will be downloading every five seconds. If there’s a correction needed, we have to provide it right away. We want to make sure this is successful.”

Yagoobi and Jeffrey Didion, a senior thermal engineer at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, are co-principal investigators on both projects. The two researchers have worked together since the mid-1990s. They also are working in conjunction with NASA’s Glenn Research Center and Zin Technologies Inc., which is partially fabricating the setup of the 2021 experiment. The cost for the entire 2021 experiment is expected to be about $10 million.

In addition to its potential use as a cooling system for the next generation space stations, the technology is expected to be used in satellites and future long-distance spacecraft. The technology also has applications on Earth, in industrial cooling and heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.

Yagoobi has received funding from NASA every year for the past 26 years to support his research on electrohydrodynamic cooling systems. He flew aboard zero-gravity airplane flights in 2012 and 2013 to test prototypes of the cooling system and is scheduled for another flight in late 2018. These flights are essential for developing new technologies for space applications.

Beyond developing successful technologies for use in space travel, the research is fulfilling one of Yagoobi’s childhood dreams. “When I was a little kid, I always wanted to be an astronaut,” he said, “but I knew that was not going to happen. So I said to myself, ‘I have to do space-related work.’ And that’s what I did.”


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Bombardier: «Our EcoDesign on the C Series wins prestigious award!»

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Receives award in Les Mercuriades’ Stratégie de développement durable category

Bombardier’s EcoDesign approach applied on the C Series has won the prestigious Les Mercuriades award in the “Stratégie de développement durable” category. The honour was presented at the Les Mercuriades Gala on Thursday, April 19 in front of close to 1,200 Montreal-area business leaders.

Les Mercuriades is one of the most prestigious business competitions in Québec, recognizing innovation, ambition, entrepreneurship and performance in small to medium enterprises and larger companies. Companies submit applications in 17 categories and all applicants are reviewed by an independent jury.

Our application focused on our EcoDesign approach when designing the C Series. Bombardier is the first and only manufacturer to have completed an environmental lifecycle approach on an entire aircraft.


Boeing HorizonX Invests in 3D Printing Startup Morf3D

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Investment furthers Boeing's commitment to a competitive ecosystem for aerospace-quality 3D-printed parts

CHICAGO, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced its investment in Morf3D, an El Segundo, Calif.-based company specializing in metal-based additive engineering and manufacturing. Morf3D's technology enables lighter and stronger 3D-printed parts for aerospace applications.

Since Morf3D was established in late 2015, the company has produced 3D-printed titanium and aluminum components for Boeing satellites and helicopters. With this investment, Morf3D will collaborate with Boeing to further develop manufacturing processes and engineering capabilities.

"Developing standard additive manufacturing processes for aerospace components benefits both companies and empowers us to fully unleash the value of this transformative technology," said Kim Smith, vice president and general manager of Fabrication for Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Additive Manufacturing leader.

Morf3D's metallurgy experts leverage a new set of additive manufacturing design rules to advance the technology and accelerate 3D-printing capabilities for commercial use. The company utilizes state-of-the-art software combined with engineering expertise to significantly reduce mass, and increase the performance and functionality of manufactured parts.

"We are excited to be a distinguished and trusted partner of Boeing's additive manufacturing supplier base, as we continue to industrialize our processes for the high-rate production of flight-worthy additively manufactured components," said Ivan Madera, CEO of Morf3D. "This investment will enable us to increase our engineering staff and expand our technology footprint of EOS M400-4 DMLS systems to better serve the growing demands of our aerospace customers."

"As innovative companies continue to revolutionize technologies and methods, we are proud to invest in the rapidly growing and competitive additive manufacturing landscape," said Steve Nordlund, vice president of Boeing HorizonX.

Boeing HorizonX Ventures co-led this Series A funding round. 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 and hypersonic propulsion, and Internet of Things connectivity.

Boeing's investment in Morf3D is the latest example of the company's achievements with additive manufacturing partners worldwide. In March 2018, Boeing and Norsk Titanium received the Aviation Week Laureate Award for Commercial Supplier Innovation for qualifying the first additively manufactured structural titanium parts on a commercial airplane. In February 2018, Boeing announced a five-year research agreement with Swiss-based supplier Oerlikon to develop standard materials and processes for titanium powder bed additive manufacturing.

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, Ryanair Announce Order for 25 737 MAX 8s

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Additional order takes Ryanair's 737 MAX order total to 135 airplanes
Europe's largest low cost-carrier is the launch customer for high capacity MAX 8 variant

DUBLIN, April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Ryanair today announced they finalized an order for 25 additional high-capacity 737 MAX 8 airplanes. The $3 billion order, at current list prices, was previously listed as unidentified on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website.

"We are pleased to announce the exercise of 25 Boeing 737 "Gamechanger" options, bringing our firm order to 135 737 MAX 8s," said Neil Sorahan, chief financial officer, Ryanair. "The Gamechanger has eight more seats than our current 189-seat Boeing 737-800NG and incorporates the latest technology engines and winglets which reduce fuel consumption and noise emissions, ensuring we remain Europe's greenest, cleanest airline and lowest cost airline. We look forward to taking delivery of our first Gamechanger in Spring 2019."

Ryanair launched the high-capacity 737 MAX 8 in late 2014 with an order for 100 airplanes, followed by an additional order for 10 airplanes at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The airplane will provide Ryanair with 197 seats, increasing revenue potential and delivering up to 14 percent lower fuel consumption than today's Next-Generation 737s.

"We are delighted that Ryanair is deepening their commitment to the 737 MAX as they continue to grow their fleet and expand their network," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. "Ryanair's follow-on order shows once again that the high capacity 737 MAX 8 is the perfect airplane for low cost carriers. The airplane gives our airline customers more seats to serve their core markets, maximizing revenue potential at the best cost per seat in the industry."

The Dublin-based carrier is the largest 737-800 customer in the world and the largest Boeing operator in Europe. Last month, Ryanair took delivery of its 500th Next-Generation 737-800 and has now ordered more than 650 Boeing airplanes.

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays and other features to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating almost 4,500 orders from 96 customers worldwide. For more information and feature content, visit


Ultra Long Range A350 XWB completes first flight

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Singapore Airlines to resume world’s longest commercial flights

The Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB, MSN 216, has successfully completed its first flight. The latest variant of the best-selling A350 XWB Family will be able to fly further than any other commercial airliner and will enter service with launch operator Singapore Airlines in second half 2018.

The aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines has embarked on a short flight test programme to certify the changes over the standard A350-900 that will extend its range capability to 9,700 nautical miles. These changes include a modified fuel system that increases fuel carrying capacity by 24,000 litres, without the need for additional fuel tanks. The test phase will also measure enhanced performance from aerodynamic improvements, including extended winglets.

With a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 280 tonnes, the Ultra Long Range A350 XWB is capable of flying over 20 hours non-stop, combining the highest levels of passenger and crew comfort with unbeatable economics for such distances.

Altogether, Singapore Airlines has ordered seven A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft, which it will use on non-stop flights between Singapore and the US, including the world’s longest commercial service between Singapore and New York.

The A350 XWB is an all new family of widebody long-haul airliners shaping the future of air travel. The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. The A350 XWB features an Airspace by Airbus cabin offering absolute well-being on board with the quietest twin-aisle cabin and new air systems.

At the end of March 2018, Airbus has recorded a total of 854 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 45 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.
Singapore Airlines is one of the largest customers for the A350 XWB Family, having ordered a total of 67 A350-900s, including the seven Ultra Long Range models. The carrier has already taken delivery of 21 A350-900s.


Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel successfully demonstrate the highest levels of Manned-Unmanned Teaming capabilities

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Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel have tested Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) capabilities between an H145 platform and a CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS), thus becoming the first European helicopter manufacturers to demonstrate this technology with the highest level of interoperability (LOI°5).

The companies carried out test flights with the support of the Austrian Armaments and Defence Technology Agency. The two aircraft jointly flew different scenarios including the detection of objects hidden in places not accessible by traditional helicopters. The S-100 was controlled and piloted by an operator sitting in the helicopter. During the flights, the control was also temporarily handed over to a ground-based control station by the pilot in order to simulate the return of the manned helicopter for refueling.

The trials carried out by Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel went up to MUM-T LOI 5. This allows the manned platform to exercise full control of the UAS including its take-off and landing. LOI 1, the lowest level, is the indirect receipt and /or transmission of sensor data obtained by the UAS to the manned aircraft.

“Manned-Unmanned Teaming multiplies the capabilities of both systems”, said Mark R. Henning, Program Manager at Airbus Helicopters. “Smaller UAS with vertical take-off and landing capabilities can, for example, fly around obstacles as trees or buildings closer than a helicopter could. They are able to explore unknown territory and deliver information to the helicopter crew which is operating from a safe position and which can then step in with the helicopter’s superior effects, having received a clear picture from the UAS. Our airborne MUM-T management system will become a highly attractive feature for our entire product range including the NH90, NFH, and theTiger together with the H145 as it adds an extremely valuable operational capability. The MUM-T capability can be implemented in any kind of helicopter and can interact with all types of unmanned systems, in particular Airbus Helicopters’ new VSR 700 UAS.

In the framework of the test, the challenges of data transfer interference and electromagnetic compatibility of the UAS with the helicopter as well as the integration of a complete UAS mission planning and control system into the helicopter’s architecture were successfully managed. The S-100 mission planning and control system was provided by Schiebel. The next step will be to optimize the human machine interface based on a thorough analysis of the crew workload using the results of the flight tests.
The H145 is a tried-and-tested, twin-engine H145 civil helicopter that was first delivered in 2014. It is a rugged workhorse and best in its class for rough EMS and police missions. The H145M is the helicopter’s military version.


Tornado successor: Team Eurofighter presents offer to Germany

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On the eve of the ILA Berlin Air Show 2018, Airbus and Eurofighter GmbH have submitted their offer to the German Ministry of Defence for a replacement of the Bundeswehr’s ageing Tornado combat aircraft, which was developed in the 1960s, and have established the Eurofighter as its ideal successor.

Currently, the German Air Force is planning to phase out the Tornado from 2025 onwards and to transfer capabilities to another weapon system. As the Eurofighter system is already in use by Germany, this system could seamlessly adopt the capabilities of the Tornado aircraft. In addition, increased use of the same type of aircraft would result in considerable cost savings in terms of support services and training costs due to economies of scale, which would also reduce per-hour flying costs within the German Armed Forces.

“The Eurofighter is already the backbone of the German Air Force and is therefore the logical option to adopt the capabilities of the Tornado in the medium term,” said Bernhard Brenner, Head of Marketing & Sales at Airbus Defence and Space. “We have an excellent aircraft, its production secures important aircraft construction know-how in Germany and, at the same time, strongly supports European sovereignty in defence. The successful continuation of Eurofighter production could also lead to further cooperation with other European nations such as Switzerland, Belgium and Finland.”

Volker Paltzo, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH CEO, said: “I am confident that Eurofighter Typhoon can provide a cost effective and attractive solution for Germany, which will deliver every capability and perform every mission the German Air Force needs.”

In the medium term, the further development of the Eurofighter will provide the technological basis for the next generation of European combat aircraft. The intent of collaboration was agreed between France and Germany in July 2017 and these aircraft are currently expected to enter into service around 2040.

In the UK, Eurofighter is already increasingly taking over the tasks of the Tornado, as the Royal Air Force has decided to retire its Tornado fleet in 2019.
The Bundeswehr currently operates 130 Eurofighters and 90 Tornados. The German Air Force’s fleet of combat aircraft is used both for missions to secure airspace sovereignty over Germany and in international NATO alliance missions around the world.


Air Race E, electric airplanes race, launched

Plans for a series of air races featuring electric aircraft have been revealed by the promoter of the Air Race I World Cup, Jeff Zaltman. Air Race E follows on from Formula E, the electric car race series.
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Southwest cancels more U.S. flights as it inspects engines


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