Airbus to Defend WTO Ruling by Saying A380 No Threat to Boeing

martes, 22 de mayo de 2018


[video] Airbus SpaceDataHighway - 10,000 successful laser connections


SpaceDataHighway: 10,000 successful laser connections - Reliability of 99.8 per cent

Press Release

Munich, 18 May 2018 – The SpaceDataHighway system – the world’s first ‘optical fibre in the sky’ based on cutting-edge laser technology – has achieved 10,000 successful laser connections. The reliability rate has reached 99.8 percent, and during the first one and a half years of routine operations these successful connections have downloaded more than 500 terabytes of data.

The system’s satellites are designed to lock on to low-orbiting satellites via laser and collect their data as they travel in low Earth orbit scanning the Earth. From its position in geostationary orbit, the SpaceDataHighway acts as a relay, transmitting the large quantities of data acquired by these observation satellites down to Earth in near-real time at a speed of 1.8 Gbit/s, instead of storing the data on board until the satellites pass over their own ground station.

The establishment of the laser connections is controlled by the SpaceDataHighway’s Mission Operation Centre which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Airbus premises near Munich. Operators receive transmission requests from customers, programme the space and ground segment and monitor the performance of communications.

“While 2017 has been a year of ramp-up for the system, we have now reached more than 1,000 connections per month in 2018 with a very high level of reliability,” said
Hughes Boulnois, Head of the SpaceDataHighway programme at Airbus Defence and Space. “The total amount of data transferred is equivalent to around 100 million MP3 music files, but the transmission capacity of the SpaceDataHighway goes far beyond that.”

Each day, the SpaceDataHighway is capable to relay up to 40 terabytes of data acquired by observation satellites, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or aircraft, to Earth. It is currently used by the European Union’s Copernicus programme, but its capacities could be used by many more customers.

In 2019, the system will also relay information from the Columbus module of the International Space Station (ISS). From 2020 the Pleiades Neo satellites will begin to use the SpaceDataHighway.

The SpaceDataHighway is a public-private partnership between the European Space Agency and Airbus, which today owns and operates the system, with the laser communication terminals developed by Tesat-Spacecom and the DLR German Space Administration. EDRS-A, the first SpaceDataHighway relay satellite launched in 2016, offers coverage from the American East Coast to India. A second satellite, EDRS-C, will be launched in 2019. It will double the system’s capacity and extend the coverage and redundancy of the system. Airbus intends to expand the SpaceDataHighway with a third node, ERDS-D, to be positioned over the Asia-Pacific region.

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017 it generated revenues of € 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.


FAA & EASA to Host Annual Safety Conference

Press Release

he Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will co-host the 17th Annual FAA-EASA International Safety Conference on June 19-21, 2018 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The three-day gathering will feature more than 15 plenaries, panels and technical sessions on a broad range of international aviation safety topics such as best practices for reducing accident risk through improved technology, safety data and analysis, testing, training and certification.

At the conference, representatives from the FAA, EASA and other civil aviation authorities from around the world will gather with industry representatives from airlines, manufacturers, and trade organizations to discuss measures to enhance aviation safety. The conference will seek to strengthen harmonization of aviation standards worldwide, as well as improve aviation infrastructure and safety oversight capabilities.

Featured speakers include FAA Acting Administrator Daniel K. Elwell, FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Ali Bahrami and EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky.

Registration is live now, so sign up to attend today!


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Sunrise for China's commercial space industry?

jueves, 17 de mayo de 2018

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Launching rockets and satellites has long been the preserve of China's state-owned aerospace companies, but private space firms are now popping up hoping to find gold in the space dust. A report by Beijing-based investment institution FutureAerospace says more than 60 private Chinese firms have entered the commercial space industry over the past three years, focusing on the production and

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Low-cost Operations Help Drive the Small-satellites Launch Market towards $62 Billion by 2030

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The evolution of small satellites from technology demonstrators to providers of low-cost operational services across distributed industry segments is attracting launch demand from organisations all over the world. By 2030, there will be an estimated 11,631 launch demands for new constellation installations and replacement missions, which could take the market past the $62 billion mark. As …

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U.S. DOT selects 10 projects for UAS integration program

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Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao not only announced the 10 projects selected for the UAS Pilot Integration Program, but also said new drone rulemaking and potentially dozens of other projects to assist with UAS integration are in the works.

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A330neo sales off to slow start: Air Lease Corp

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There is "intense" price competition between Airbus and Boeing on the A330neo and 787, says an industry leader.


Southwest Airlines finishes engine fan blade checks after Flight 1380 accident

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777X Wing Assembly Ramps Up On Automated Horizontal Build Line

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To create the 777X, Boeing is not only introducing the world's largest all-composite wings, but it is transforming the way it builds and assembles the 777 from which it is derived.

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Bombardier Statements on KC-390 runway excursion

press release

Gavião Peixoto, Brazil, May 10, 2018 – Embraer informs that after an initial evaluation of the KC-390, prototype 001, which was involved in an incident on May 05, when it experienced a runway excursion while performing ground tests at Embraer's Gavião Peixoto (SP) facility, extensive damage was identified on each of the three landing gear of the aircraft, as well as damage to the structure of the fuselage. Initial analyses indicate that the aircraft and all systems behaved normally, according to the design characteristics. The Company is evaluating the planning schedule for the continuation of certification tests, including the possibility of transferring some tests to prototype 002 and to the first series aircraft, which are already in an advanced stage of assembly. Embraer maintains its forecast for the achievement of the Final Operational Capability, object of the final military certification of the aircraft, as well as the first delivery to the Brazilian Air Force, in the fourth quarter of 2018. The Company has already initiated the investigation to find the causes of the incident and remains at the disposal of the aeronautical authorities.

About Embraer
Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial and executive aviation, defense & security. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing customer support and services. Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. About every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year. Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

Vidéo - Sortie de piste spectaculaire pour le KC-390 d’Embraer


Launch operator A330neo completes maiden flight

Press Release

Airspace cabin checks commences with TAP Air Portugal aircraft

The first A330neo for launch operator TAP Air Portugal - MSN1819 - completed its 4:32 hours maiden flight.

The aircraft now joins the fleet of two A330-900 test aircraft already performing flight tests since 19 October 2017.

MSN1819 is the first aircraft fitted with the Airspace cabin by Airbus. It is equipped with light Flight Test Instrumentation during its test phase to check cabin systems such as air conditioning, crew rest etc.

With over 1,700 orders, the A330 is the most popular wide-body aircraft ever, performing nearly 1,000,000 flights every year. Today, more than 1,400 aircraft have been delivered to almost 120 customers worldwide on a wide range of routes, from domestic and regional flights to long range intercontinental services.

Offering the lowest operating costs in its category, and thanks to continuous investments in latest innovations, the new generation A330neo is the most profitable and best performing aircraft in its size category. The A330neo first delivery is planned in summer 2018.

The A330neos will usher the brand-new Airspace by Airbus cabin concept, a consumer-centric cabin developed with passengers at heart and airlines in mind around the four pillars: Comfort, Ambience, Service and Design. These cabin options will ensure that the A330neos will set the benchmark in passenger experience and airline value, alongside its widebody partner, the A350 XWB.


Airbus and Boeing Statements on WTO Ruling

by alphabetic orders, their statements:

WTO confirmed: no prohibited subsidies at Airbus, minor elements of actionable subsidies to be addressed

  • “Repayable launch investment” confirmed as legal financing mechanism for aircraft development.
  • · WTO confirms compliance fully achieved on A320 and A330, remaining tweaks on A380 and A350 only minor.
  • · 94 percent of all US / Boeing’s original claims now dismissed by WTO
  • · Any potential US sanctions, now likely to be minor compared to what we expect on the European case against Boeing, would be counter-productive, ill-timed and ultimately harmful to the airlines and passengers
  • · Report is only “half the story.” Much more interesting part – on Boeing’s more egregious and competition-damaging subsidies – to come later this year.
  • · Only real solution to 15-year-long dispute remains a negotiated deal

The WTO Appellate Body has published today the first of two rulings expected this year on subsidies in the large commercial aircraft dispute between the US and the EU. The first ruling is the Appellate Body’s final report on the EU’s compliance with previous World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) findings in the case against Airbus (DS316). The second ruling – dealing with Boeing’s case – is expected later this year.

In its report, the Appellate Body confirms the legality of the loan partnership approach between Airbus and European governments. The WTO Panel agrees further with earlier findings that the European repayable launch investment (RLI) loans for civil aerospace development projects do not constitute a prohibited subsidy and only few modifications are needed to achieve full compliance. The WTO has now dismissed in their entirety 94 percent of Boeing’s original claims.

The WTO confirmed that all aspects of the A320 and A330 programs are now in full compliance, and that only minor action remains on the A380.

On A350, minor elements of the RLI remain to be addressed. Airbus is currently implementing changes to respond to these findings. This means that any potential US sanctions, now likely to be minor compared to what we expect on the case against Boeing’s subsidies, could result to be counter-productive and ill-timed.

While Airbus is preparing to make adjustments to fully implement the WTO recommendations, Boeing continues to make its own subsidy matters worse with abusive Washington State tax breaks, bad for taxpayers and global trade harmony alike.

The Washington state corporate welfare scheme has provided record breaking state-level subsidies to Boeing for the launch of the 787 aircraft (USD 5 billion). A further State incentive package for the 777X valued at an additional USD 8.7 billion in 2013 made this the largest state-level subsidy package in the history of the United States. Boeing reportedly is also actively seeking further illegal tax breaks for the planned construction of the mid-sized B797 aircraft.
The second Appellate Body report later this year is expected to include the following:
·         $5-6 Billion in inconsistent subsidies between 1989 and 2006 – confirmed by the WTO Appellate Body report
·         Washington State Tax breaks for 2006-2024 - $ 3 Billion
·         Extension of these tax breaks for the 777X for a further $ 8.7 billion
·         Wichita Kansas tax abatements
·         Continued Foreign Sales corporation export subsidies (despite WTO rulings that these are prohibited subsidies
·         Continued NASA funded federal research programmes (confirmed by the AB as illegal subsidies)
·         Continued DOD subsidies (again confirmed illegal by the WTO AB)

Altogether, well in excess of USD 20 billion of non-repaid, illegal subsidies causing over 100 Bn in damage to global trade.

Such non-withdrawn subsidies continue to cause massive adverse effects in the form of lost sales for Airbus. The 787 Washington State tax breaks alone have been confirmed by the WTO to have caused Airbus to lose at least USD 16 billion in sales. The total amount of adverse effects, or lost sales to Airbus since the beginning of these disputes is estimated to be over USD 100 billion. Within the WTO’s Panel Report, published in 2017, the organization found issue with various Boeing practices, the most damaging of which continue.

Airbus CEO Tom Enders comments: “Today’s significant legal success for the European aviation industry confirms our strategy which we have followed over all those years of the dispute. Of course, today’s report is really only half the story – the other half coming out later this year will rule strongly on Boeing’s subsidies and we’ll see then where the balance lies.”

Enders continues, “The result is simple: Airbus pays back its loans, Boeing pays back nothing and continues to exploit the generosity of the U.S. taxpayer. Despite Boeing’s rhetoric, it is clear that their position today is straightforward healthy: they have half the market and a full order book, they have clearly not been damaged by Airbus repayable loans.”

Airbus General Counsel John Harrison added: “Airbus recognizes the importance of the WTO and the Appellate Body’s findings and will do what is necessary to correct any errors and this report confirms the efforts we are making. We likewise expect Boeing to take note when it comes to its compliance obligations. Boeing has in the past shown complete disregard by ignoring the recommendations and continuing with their illegal behavior.

And he further explained: “Boeing is now at more than 90 percent failed claims. This is proof of Boeing’s cynical PR motives in bringing this case about in the first place. It shatters Boeing’s claim it perpetuated for years that their WTO case undermines European industrial-government partnership.”

Airbus thanks the European Commission and the governments of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain for their continuous support throughout the dispute process. “Airbus is grateful for the time and effort that has been invested in defending the interests of the aviation industry,” Airbus CEO Tom Enders stated.

Airbus calls for all parties to accept the global nature of trade and to put an end to the long-running, disruptive dispute. An amicable negotiation with no preconditions is the only viable solution, either between the EU and the U.S. or ideally a global agreement.

Commenting more broadly, Mr. Enders concludes: “The current geopolitical climate for trade is worrying, and industry players should not fuel it with unproductive disputes that undermine fair competition world-wide and impact the workers in this industry as well as our customers and operators. The consequences of such disputes extend beyond the aerospace industry and affect economic growth on a global scale.”

Further information is available at:

Boeing Statement on WTO Ruling
WTO determines EU has refused to honor rulings on massive European subsidies to Airbus
U.S. authorized to seek billions in retaliatory tariffs on imports from Europe

CHICAGO, May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Trade Organization (WTO) today in its final decision found that the European Union (EU) has failed to honor multiple previous rulings and has provided more than $22 billion of illegal subsidies to European aircraft maker Airbus. After examining this case for more than a decade, the WTO has determined the EU must end its unfair business practices and remedy the ongoing harm caused by the illegal subsidies.

This landmark ruling by the WTO Appellate Body is the final decision in this case, which was initiated in 2006. Today's decision ends the dispute and clears the way for the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to seek remedies in the form of tariffs against European imports to the United States.

The authorized tariffs are likely to total billions in duties per year, unless and until Airbus addresses the illegal subsidies it received from European governments for its most recently launched airplanes. It is anticipated that U.S. tariffs will be authorized up to the amount of annual harm this market-distorting tactic is causing. Tariffs could be scheduled as early as 2019. This is expected to be the largest-ever WTO authorization of retaliatory tariffs.

"Today's final ruling sends a clear message: disregard for the rules and illegal subsidies is not tolerated. The commercial success of products and services should be driven by their merits and not by market-distorting actions," said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO. "Now that the WTO has issued its final ruling, it is incumbent upon all parties to fully comply as such actions will ultimately produce the best outcomes for our customers and the mutual health of our industry. We appreciate the tireless efforts of the U.S. Trade Representative over the 14 years of this investigation to strengthen the global aerospace industry by ending illegal subsidies."

The U.S. government, with Boeing's full support, has complied with WTO rulings stemming from the two cases the EU brought against the United States. One case has already ended in favor of the United States, and in the other, the vast majority of the allegations the EU made against the United States and Boeing were dismissed. Where there were narrow rulings against U.S. practices, they have been fully addressed to the WTO's satisfaction.

Just one finding against the United States now remains before the WTO, which concerns a Washington state tax measure. It is under appeal and should be decided later this year or in early 2019. Boeing believes that ruling will be reversed, but if not, Boeing has pledged to do whatever necessary to come into full compliance in the interest of upholding rules-based trade, which is essential to fairness and the future prosperity of the global aerospace industry.


China-Built World’s Largest Amphibious Aircraft to Be Ready for Delivery by 2022

“We are endeavoring to get the airworthiness certification from the civil aviation authorities by 2021 and deliver it [the aircraft] to the customers by 2022,” Xinhua quoted Huang Lingcai, the AG600’s chief designer at Chinese state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), as saying.

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Vidéo - Sortie de piste spectaculaire pour le KC-390 d’Embraer

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Here's China's plan to compete with SpaceX and Blue Origin

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Musk sets goal for two flights in 24 hours with same Falcon 9 rocket

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Block 5 will be the last version of the Falcon 9 rocket, according to SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk. But before it's retired, Musk hopes Block 5 will significantly alter the economics of rocketry. In a phone conference with reporters ahead of Thursday's Block 5 launch, Musk said Block 5 will undergo "minor adjustments" here and there, but that the newest version marks the last

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Boeing Statement on WTO Ruling

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DARPA contract for drone swarm technology goes to Dynetics

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Under a 21-month, $38.6 million contract with DARPA, Dynetics Inc. will assist in developing and demonstrating Gremlins, a program which uses a swarm of low-cost drones launched and recovered from a military cargo aircraft.

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UL developing standards to make drone batteries safer

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Safer lithium ion batteries manufactured under UL-certified standards will soon be coming to the UAS industry. The science safety company has been working to finalize standards that will be implemented in the U.S. and Canada and, later, worldwide.

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Engines “huge” question for Boeing NMA, says top industry official

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 The engine problems at all four OEMs mean a later entry-into-service for the prospective Boeing New Midrange Aircraft (797), says an influential figure in commercial aviation.


Airline employees used jobs to bypass security and smuggle drugs onto commercial flights, feds say

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Textron Aviation has halted production of its Turbo Skyhawk JT-A, which was certified by the FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last year.

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Turbojet Runs Precursor to Hypersonic Engine Heat Exchanger Tests

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Reaction Engine ponders accelerating the schedule as its U.S. test site ramps up and funding builds.

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Airbus CyberSecurity brings its expertise to EU funded Brain-IoT Project

Press Release

Elancourt, 14 May 2018 – A European consortium of twelve industry and academy partners from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, including Airbus CyberSecurity, has won the approval of the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 to begin working on Brain-IoT. The focus will be on interoperability and cybersecurity in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT).

As IoT products and services are being deployed more regularly in real life scenarios, concerns have risen in terms of dependability, security, privacy and safety. The Brain-IoT project, funded by the EU with a budget of € 5 million, aims to establish a framework and methodology that supports users of IoT platforms, offering model-based tools that will aid the development of innovative, tightly integrated solutions for interoperability and cybersecurity.

As a security work package leader, Airbus CyberSecurity will provide its expertise and latest technologies to the Brain-IoT framework. The company’s experts will work with a particular focus on the areas of secure IoT devices and service provision, with the objective of deploying a state-of-the-art security layer and innovative lightweight mechanisms to secure all kinds of IoT elements. These solutions will apply to unilateral devices, such as sensors, as well as to more complex equipment, such as smartphones. Airbus CyberSecurity will also provide expertise to the IoT working group in promoting and strengthening security solutions for entire IoT ecosystems.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to contribute to the most important security topic facing our generation. When it comes to IoT, it’s necessary to address tomorrow’s safety and security issues today”, said Steven Rymell, Head of Technology for Airbus CyberSecurity.

The Brain-IoT consortium is coordinated by Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB), Italy, and includes companies and institutions from five European countries. More information about the Brain-IoT project is available at

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017 it generated revenues of € 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 Airbus CyberSecurity

Airbus CyberSecurity, a unit of Airbus Defence and Space, provides companies, critical national infrastructures and government and defence organisations with reliable, high-performance products and services to detect, analyse and respond to increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.


Andalucía, centro del negocio aeronáutico internacional, gracias al IV Aerospace and Defence meetings Sevilla 2018

Press Release

La presidenta de la Junta de Andalucía, Susana Díaz, abrirá la sesión de conferencias del evento, que contará con la participación de más de 1.000 profesionales de 25 países

Andalucía se prepara para acoger el IV Aerospace & Defence Meetings-ADM 2018, la mayor convención de negocios de la industria aeroespacial que se celebra en España. Más de 1.000 profesionales de empresas y entidades de 25 países relacionadas con el sector aeronáutico y aeroespacial ya se han inscrito para participar en la cita, que se desarrollará del 15 al 18 de mayo y que tiene como escenario principal el Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de Sevilla (FIBES).

Se trata de una cita bienal clave para un sector estratégico del que Andalucía es la comunidad líder en exportaciones, con 3.293 millones de euros en 2017. Suponen el 57% de las ventas de toda España, que aportan un saldo positivo a la balanza comercial de la comunidad con el exterior de 1.613 millones, y lo sitúan como el primer capítulo exportador de Andalucía, con el 10,7% del total de las ventas.

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. Con carácter bienal, es la cita clave para poner de relevancia ante los principales fabricantes las capacidades y proyectos del cluster aeroespacial de Andalucía y España en su totalidad.

La presidenta de la Junta de Andalucía, Susana Díaz, protagonizará la jornada de apertura del evento, dedicada a conferencias profesionales y mesas redondas, en la que también participará el economista José Carlos Díez con una conferencia sobre la influencia que un sector como el aeroespacial tiene en la economía de un territorio.

ADM Sevilla 2018 será inaugurado oficialmente el miércoles 16 por el consejero de Economía y Conocimiento de la Junta de Andalucía, Antonio Ramírez de Arellano, y otras autoridades, así como altos representantes de Airbus Group, el mayor fabricante europeo del sector y patrocinador especial del evento, que también cuenta con el apoyo 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. Esto refuerza la internacionalización de ADM y la entrada en el evento de las nuevas soluciones de la industria aeronáutica, el composite y la fabricación aditiva.

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.

Internacionalización del cluster

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. 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.

Tras la primera jornada de conferencias profesionales y mesas redondas, el 15 el mayo, durante los días 16 y 17, se darán cita en este evento de negocios de exclusivo carácter profesional los principales fabricantes mundiales, contratistas y empresas de un sector industrial de máxima tecnología, que acuden a hacer negocio con las empresas del cluster andaluz, a través de una agenda de más de 7.000 reuniones b2b previamente concertadas.

Un sector estratégico del que Andalucía es la comunidad líder en exportaciones, con 3.293 millones de euros en 2017, que suponen el 57% de las ventas de toda España, y lo sitúan como el primer capítulo exportador de Andalucía, con el 10,7% del total de las ventas.

Refuerza el carácter internacional

En su cuarta edición, ADM Sevilla ve reforzada su capacidad para servir de palanca de negocio para la cadena de suministros de esta industria, al contar con los cuatro grandes fabricantes mundiales, y también su carácter internacional, al estar certificada como “Feria con concesión de Internacionalidad completa” por el Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad.

Por el volumen de contratación que generan, destaca el hecho de que se cuenta con la presencia de los cuatro grandes fabricantes mundiales, Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier y Embraer, y que dos de cada tres de los grandes contratistas que participan en el evento son internacionales, lo que acerca el negocio internacional al cluster andaluz.

Entre los fabricantes de primer nivel destacan Safran; Alestis Aerospace SL; Aciturri Aeronáutica; Aernnova; Aero Vodochody Aerospace AS; CMI Defence; Dassault Aviation; General Dynamics European Land Systems; MAP - Advanced Manufacturing Aeronautical Products; Mecachrome France; Potez Aéronautique; The Aircraft Philipp Group; COMAC; Celestica; GECI; INDRA; GAZC; o Zodiac Hydraulics.

Igualmente, destaca la presencia por primera vez de contratistas de Estados Unidos, Japón, Corea del Sur, Suecia y Bélgica, todos ellos mercados de gran interés, y el incremento en un 50% de contratistas de Asia-Oriente Medio.

Entre los 103 participantes extranjeros, Francia es el país que más aporta, con 29, seguido de Italia, con 21; Austria, con 7, y Estados Unidos, con 7; Reino Unido, con 6; y Marruecos y Alemania, con 5, respectivamente. También acuden compañías de Argelia, Argentina, Canadá, Portugal, Polonia, República Checa, Suiza, Taiwán y Turquía.

Evento de referencia en España

En su cuarta edición, ADM Sevilla 2018 refuerza también su significación como mayor evento de negocios del sector en España, llegando dos de cada tres empresas españolas de fuera de Andalucía. En total son 159 compañías procedentes de 12 comunidades autónomas, de las que 58 son andaluzas (37%) y 101 (63%) son de otras comunidades.

Por comunidades, la de Madrid es la que más empresas aporta después de Andalucía, con 47 compañías; seguida de País Vasco y Cataluña, con 18, cada una; Comunidad Valenciana, y Castilla y León, con cinco, respectivamente; Aragón y Galicia, con dos empresas cada una; y por último Murcia y Canarias, con una cada una.

Más aeronáutico que aceite de oliva

Andalucía es líder en ventas del sector aeronáutico en España, con más de la mitad de las exportaciones (57%) del país, una factura que en 2017 supuso un récord histórico de 3.293 millones de euros, sobre un total nacional de 5.760 millones. Significa un 12% más que en 2016 (2.941 millones de euros), frente a la bajada del 6,9% que registraron las ventas al exterior del conjunto de España.

De esta forma, el aeronáutico, que ha multiplicado por cuatro su peso en el global de las exportaciones andaluzas en la última década, y supone ya el 10,7% de la factura total, se ha convertido en el primer capítulo exportador de la comunidad, por delante incluso del aceite de oliva (2.961 millones de euros). Todo ello a pesar de que las exportaciones del ‘oro líquido’ vienen creciendo por encima de los 200 millones cada año en la última década y que Andalucía sigue incrementando su liderazgo 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.

Estas cifras tienen mayor valor aun al tratarse de una industria de la máxima tecnología y complejidad que, a la vez que aporta 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, Francia y Reino Unido son los tres primeros). Destinos comunitarios que se consideraban ‘maduros’ para Andalucía, ya que los liderazgos que mantiene con el sector agroalimentario presentan ya menores márgenes de crecimiento.

Alemania ha sido en 2017 el primer mercado, con 1.093 millones, el 33% del total, al que Andalucía duplica las ventas (+104%) respecto de 2016. Supera al tradicional líder, Francia, que con 739 millones supone el 22,4% del total y ha crecido un 3,7%. Le sigue Reino Unido, con 726 millones, el 22% del total, que baja un 13,7%, tras multiplicar por 95 su factura 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 componen el cluster andaluz, 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.

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, aunque con cifras menores, como Córdoba, con 4,1 millones; Málaga, con 1,1 millones y Huelva, con 182.000 euros.


The Navy’s CAS program goes subsonic | Qatar set to receive Raytheon RAM’s | The Trophy’s little brother unveiled [feedly]

lunes, 14 de mayo de 2018

The Navy's CAS program goes subsonic | Qatar set to receive Raytheon RAM's | The Trophy's little brother unveiled

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The six Skyport designs that could provide the launchpad for Uber's flying taxis [feedly]

The six Skyport designs that could provide the launchpad for Uber's flying taxis

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China to deliver world's largest amphibious aircraft by 2022: Xinhua | Reuters


Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA’s Next Red Planet Rover Mission | NASA

sábado, 12 de mayo de 2018


First F-16 to receive life extension modifications rolls out of shop

jueves, 10 de mayo de 2018

modifications that will add more than 4,000 flight hours to the aircraft’s lifetime. Continue reading:


Lockheed Martin-built NASA InSight Lander Officially on its Way to Mars

press release

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., May 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Lockheed Martin Space continued its Mars heritage when the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) spacecraft launched at 4:05 a.m. PT aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket. InSight has officially begun its six-month long journey to the Red Planet and is scheduled to arrive Nov. 26, 2018.

Landers have explored the surface of Mars in unique ways, but InSight, managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will be the first mission to peer beneath the surface and take the vital signs of the planet. It will be the first mission to study the planet's interior by measuring its heat output and observing its rotational variations. It will use the seismic waves generated by Mars quakes and meteorite impacts to develop a map of the planet's deep interior. The resulting insight into Mars' formation will help mission scientists to better understand how other rocky planets, including Earth, evolved.

"No two Mars missions are alike and the excitement of landing on another planet never goes away," Stu Spath, InSight program manager and director of Deep Space Exploration at Lockheed Martin Space. "Our team is thrilled to have worked with JPL on this project. Initial communications obtained by our Flight Operations team indicate that all spacecraft subsystems are healthy and that we are past the first critical events of the mission."

Lockheed Martin designed, built and tested the spacecraft and is responsible for flight operations during the cruise phase as well as entry, descent and landing in November later this year. Also, once the lander is on Mars, the mission operations team, based in Denver, will support science collection through the life of the mission – approximately two Earth years or one Martian year.

"Though the six-month journey is called the "quiet cruise phase" there are many things our team must do to make sure we are ready for InSight's arrival at Mars," said Tim Linn, InSight deputy program manager and entry, descent and landing manager. "The spacecraft will be traveling at a Mars relative velocity of approximately 12,500 mph, so we need precise entry flight path angle and orientation of the InSight spacecraft to be able to execute a successful propulsive landing and get the lander to a safe speed of ~5 mph before landing softly on the Red Planet."

Lockheed Martin has built propulsive landers since the Viking missions in the 1970s and has participated in every NASA mission to Mars. InSight will be NASA's 21st mission to the Red Planet and the 11th Mars spacecraft Lockheed Martin has built. Pulling from this extensive experience, the InSight spacecraft incorporates advanced technology and lessons learned from previous Mars missions.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, manages the InSight mission for the agency's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in Washington. InSight is part of NASA's Discovery Program, managed by the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The spacecraft, including cruise stage and lander, was designed, built and tested by Lockheed Martin Space in Denver. Several European partners, including France's space agency, the Centre National d'Étude Spatiales, and the German Aerospace Center, are supporting the mission. United Launch Alliance of Centennial, Colorado, is providing the Atlas V launch vehicle. NASA's Launch Services Program, based at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is responsible for launch service acquisition, integration, analysis, and launch management. The MarCOs were built by JPL, which manages InSight and MarCO for NASA. They were funded by both JPL and NASA's SMD.

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.

For additional information:
Lockheed Martin InSight website
InSight Imagery
InSight Video


SENER llevará a cabo los dispositivos de ensamblaje de la estructura del satélite Biomass

Nota de Prensa

SENER diseñará, fabricará y probará los dispositivos de ensamblaje de la estructura del satélite Biomass. Se trata de una misión científica de la Agencia Espacial Europea (ESA), dentro del marco del programa ‘Earth Explorer’, que tiene por objetivo recabar información acerca de los parámetros medioambientales de la Tierra.

En virtud del contrato en Biomass, SENER será responsable de todos dispositivos de ensamblaje de la estructura, tanto para el transporte vertical de la sonda como para montar y desmontar los paneles y el instrumento de análisis principal, el radar de apertura sintética (SAR por sus siglas en inglés). También se encargará del contenedor para transportar dicho radar. De hecho, el dispositivo de ensamblaje del SAR supone el reto más importante, ya que está compuesto por una enorme antena de 12 m de diámetro. El satélite completo tendrá 1.170 kg y unas dimensiones de 10x12x20 metros.

Los equipos de ensamblaje son una de las especialidades de SENER, que recientemente ha entregado trece dispositivos para el montaje de Euclid, un gran satélite de 2,3 toneladas de peso.

El objetivo de la misión Biomass es ofrecer datos, hasta ahora desconocidos, sobre el estado de la biomasa forestal y el avance de la deforestación. Esta información permitirá entender mejor el ciclo del carbono en el medioambiente y los procesos de calentamiento global. También sentará las bases para las iniciativas de la ONU para reducir las emisiones de dióxido de carbono resultantes de la deforestación en países en vías de desarrollo. Biomass permitirá generar mapas en 3D de los bosques a una resolución de 200 m (1 píxel = 200 m). Se prevé que Biomass sea lanzado en 2021 y esté operativo por un plazo de al menos 5 años.

En Espacio, SENER cuenta con más de 50 años de actividad y es un actor fundamental. Hasta la fecha, ha entregado con éxito más de 275 equipos y sistemas para satélites y vehículos espaciales para agencias de EE UU (NASA), Europa (ESA), Japón (JAXA) y Rusia (Roskosmos). SENER es la compañía española líder en los programas de ciencia de la Agencia Espacial Europea (ESA) por sus aportaciones de ingeniería y ha participado en más de la mitad de estas misiones.


Bombardier Challenger 350 and Challenger 650 jets can now feature 4G Wi-Fi System Following Bombardier and Duncan Aviation Collaboration

press release

  • New Challenger 350 and Challenger 650 jets can now have the AVANCE L5 system installed to access the Gogo Biz 4G Wi-Fi, the fastest air-to-ground network
  • System also available as a retrofit on in-service Challenger 300/350 and Challenger 604/605/650 aircraft at both Duncan Aviation and Bombardier facilities
  • Gogo Biz 4G is up to three times faster than traditional 3G networks, and delivers the speed passengers need for home-like entertainment and video streaming
  • Challenger business jets provide a smooth ride and the ultimate in-flight experience with advanced avionics, industry-leading connectivity and a cabin management system that effortlessly brings it all together

Bombardier Business Aircraft and Duncan Aviation are pleased to announce they have collaboratively received Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for the Gogo AVANCE L5 system on Challenger 300 and Challenger 600 series aircraft. The AVANCE L5 system can also be installed as a retrofit option on Challenger 300 and Challenger 600 series aircraft at any of Bombardier’s five FAA Diamond award-winning service centres in North America and at Duncan Aviation’s three MRO facilities as well as several of Duncan Aviation’s Satellite locations. The 4G Wi-Fi system is now available on new Challenger series aircraft, which are equipped with Bombardier’s exclusive HD Cabin Management System to provide an unparalleled audio experience with crystal-clear sound through integrated sidewall speakers – exclusive in its class.

“Bombardier is proud to lead the way in cabin connectivity and offer this fast, reliable 4G Wi-Fi system on new Challenger 350/650 aircraft and on in-service Challenger 300/600 series aircraft, so passengers can enjoy the smooth ride our aircraft are known for, while staying connected,” said Brad Nolen, Vice President, Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft.

The Gogo AVANCE platform integrates a full range of cabin features, allowing passengers to easily and reliably access and use all available data, voice, maps, entertainment, and cabin management system (CMS) services.

“Duncan Aviation and Bombardier are committed to working together to provide quick, all-encompassing connectivity solutions for Challenger aircraft. We are pleased our customers can stay connected in the air by obtaining this advanced technology,” said Dennis Kruse, Avionics Sales and Service Representative, Duncan Aviation.

The Gogo Biz 4G network is up to three times faster than the 3G network and comprised of more than 250 towers for reliable connectivity over the continental U.S. and large parts of Canada and Alaska. Designed specifically for business aircraft, the system delivers the speed passengers need for home-like entertainment and video streaming.

Bombardier and Duncan Aviation have already completed installations of the high-performing Gogo AVANCE L5 in-cabin Wi-Fi system on Challenger 300 and Challenger 605 aircraft, allowing passengers to enhance their in-flight connectivity experience.

The Challenger 350 aircraft tallied the most deliveries in its segment in 2017. Designed to create a smooth ride and an unforgettable experience, Challenger series aircraft flight deck feature a state-of-the-art Synthetic Vision System (SVS), MultiScan weather radar for increased situational awareness and reduced pilot workload.

About Duncan Aviation
Duncan Aviation is an aircraft service provider supporting the aviation needs of government and business operators and other service providers. Services include major and minor airframe inspections, engine maintenance, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit systems, full paint and interior services and preowned aircraft sales and acquisitions. Duncan Aviation also has international aircraft components solutions experts available 24/7/365 at +1 402.475.4125 who can handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory repairs and overhauls. Complete service facilities are located in Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich. Additional locations include Provo, Utah, and more than 20 other facilities strategically located throughout the United States to provide customers with local support and the quickest response to avionics, engine and airframe Aircraft On Ground (AOG) situations.

For more information about any of Duncan Aviation’s services, call +1 402.475.2611 or visit


Boeing Details More Than $54 Million in Grants and Philanthropic Investments


  • Contribution Part of Previously Announced $300 Million Tax Reform Package
  • Puts Company on Path to Exceed $200 Million in Corporate Giving in 2018
  • Announcement Coincides with Launch of 2018 Boeing Global Engagement Portfolio

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced details for $54 million in grants and philanthropic sponsorships to nonprofits in the U.S. and around the globe. As part of the company's pledge to invest in local communities following the enactment of the tax reform legislation, the investments include new or accelerated partnerships with organizations that improve STEM education, enhance transition and health services for veterans and their families, and enrich local communities.

"This investment is yet another example of how Boeing is putting tax reform to work," said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Already, we have expanded our 'Dollars for Doers' matching program to reward employees who give their time and resources in support of causes important to them. With these additional charitable and philanthropic contributions, we are on track to surpass $200 million in total community giving in 2018. That's a significant sum and shows how our company is driving innovation, supporting our people and improving Boeing communities around the world."

The investment package will help launch Boeing's new "First to Mars" initiative – a comprehensive experiential learning framework that encourages interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and inspires the next generation to see the future in space as their future with Boeing. Charitable dollars will also support the national scaling of innovative veterans' health and wellness programs administered by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and the National Center for Veterans Services (NCVS). Funds have also been allocated for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and TreePeople to assist with tree reforestation efforts on the U.S. West Coast following the devastating 2017 wildfire season.

The accelerated grant and sponsorship payments enabled by this investment will provide the company and recipient organizations with greater flexibility in funding future philanthropic activities.

"Given that Boeing is already an exceptional supporter of the Kennedy Center, these most recent gifts are a welcome and exceedingly generous surprise," said Deborah F. Rutter, President of the Kennedy Center. "With these gifts, Boeing has signaled its deep belief in the bright future that lies ahead as the Kennedy Center moves towards the opening of The REACH in 2019, and our 50th anniversary in 2021. Through inspired leadership giving, Boeing is a vital and valued supporter in helping the Center to realize its mission as the nation's cultural center."

As part of the broader tax reform package, Boeing officials said the company would introduce additional charitable investment and employee benefits programs throughout 2018.

A full list of recipient organizations can be found below.

Today's announcement also coincides with the launch of the 2018 Boeing Global Engagement Portfolio – the annual document that takes an in-depth look at the company's philanthropic and charitable impact throughout the year. Within its pages are highlights of Boeing's numerous activities that inspire tomorrow's innovators, support veterans and military families, and build dynamic, thriving communities.

"From Seattle to Singapore, Dallas to Delhi and places in between, Boeing and our more than 140,000 employees are building the future and inspiring the dreamers and doers of tomorrow," said John Blazey, vice president, Boeing Global Engagement. "With the depth and breadth of our employees' skills and passion for giving, our professional networks and partnerships, and our financial resources, Boeing drives positive and meaningful change in myriad communities around the globe."The Global Engagement Portfolio highlights include:
  • In 2017, Boeing employees volunteered 400,000 hours in their communities – the equivalent of more than 16,600 days.
  • More than 400 Boeing employees and retirees mentored more than 10,000 students during the 2018 FIRST Robotics season.
  • Boeing employs more than 20,000 veterans representing ~ 15% of our total workforce.
  • Since 1992, Boeing commercial airplanes have delivered a total of 1.6M pounds of food and supplies worth more than $17M via our Humanitarian Delivery Flight program.
See how Boeing is making a difference for Our Future, Our Heroes and Our Homes by visiting the 2018 Boeing Global Engagement Portfolio at


Boeing, Lufthansa Group Complete Order for Four 777 Airplanes


  • Order includes two 777-300ERs for SWISS and two 777 Freighters for Lufthansa Cargo

SEATTLE, May 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Lufthansa Group completed an order for four more 777 airplanes, valued at $1.4 billion at list prices. The purchase is part of the aviation company's plans to modernize its fleet with newer widebody airplanes.

"The order for the new long-haul aircraft highlights the strategy of Lufthansa Group to predominantly allocate the growth within its multi-hub system where cost and quality offer the best conditions for profitable investments," said the Lufthansa Group in a company statement.

The order provides two more Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes for Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), the national carrier of Switzerland and a member of the Lufthansa Group.

SWISS currently operates 10 777-300ERs, one of the most efficient, capable and reliable twin-aisle passenger airplanes in aviation. The airline says the 777-300ER has served as the backbone of their long-haul fleet and the additional airplanes will allow them to further expand their network.

The order also provides two more 777 Freighters for Lufthansa Cargo, one of the world's leading air freight carriers that serves nearly 300 destinations.

"We are honored that Lufthansa Group, an aviation leader in Europe and around the world, is expanding their fleet of 777 airplanes," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. "The order is another testament to the tremendous value of the 777 and its unique combination of long range, outstanding efficiency, and leading reliability."

The 777-300ER can seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km). The 777 Freighter, the industry's largest and longest range twin-engine cargo jet, can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a payload of 102 metric tonnes (102,000 kg).


Security News This Week: Drone Swarms Are Messing With Hostage Situations Now

miércoles, 9 de mayo de 2018

The week started with a figurative bang, as a list of questions Robert Mueller's team have for Trump leaked to The New York Times. They all point to one inevitable conclusion: That Mueller almost certainly already knows how all of this ends. Speaking of endings, Cambridge Analytica and its relate...


Uber Unveils the Flying Taxi It Wants to Rule the Skies

If you trust the folks with their eyes tilted upward and their hands waving in the air, flying taxis could be a traffic panacea, leveraging the third dimension to make room for everyone. Uber is among the most fervent believers, and today the company revealed the vehicle it hopes will realize this …


Drones, AI, and smart meetings at the beginning of the Microsoft Build conference

What you need to know about the company's developers' event. Microsoft kicked off its annual conference for developers, called Build, on Monday. "The world is becoming a computer," Satya Nadella, the company's CEO, said towards the beginning of his keynote address, describing the way that computi...


To shorten flights and lower emissions, scientists are discussing the birds and the bees

The behavior of cuckoos and swarming bees could help us fly more efficiently. When bees leave their hive hoping to find a better location for their nest, they often first settle nearby, usually on a tree branch, and cluster around the queen while several dozen scouts go off in search of a new hom...


EASA certifies new Pitch seat to 16g standard

The Pitch PF3000 is a light weight seat designed to provide the highest degree of comfort and leg room at 28" pitch.

It has a fixed recline backrest with fewer parts than a standard reclining seat offering excellent serviceability. The PF3000 has been developed from the PF2000 with additional functionality and reduced weight.


Lean manufacturing methods to reduce lead time
Automotive levels of fit and finish
Low cost of ownership

Key features

Low weight (sub 25kg per triple seat)
28" pitch capability with fixed back recline
3" additional leg room over standard economy seat
Robust construction with low in service costs


Karem Aircraft unveils eVTOL concept aircraft

Optimum speed tiltrotor pioneer Karem Aircraft unveiled an eVTOL concept aircraft at the Uber Elevate conference in Los Angeles on 8 May. Continue reading


Pipistrel reveals new eVTOL Concept and strategic partnership with Elan

Pipistrel's Press release

  • At 2nd UBER elevate summit Pipistrel reveals new eVTOL Concept and strategic partnership with Elan
  • New concept utilizes dedicated propulsion systems for vertical lift 

[LOS ANGELES, California, 8 May 2018]

Today as part of Uber’s second annual Elevate Summit, aircraft designer and Uber Elevate partner, Pipistrel, revealed its newest eVTOL concept and design. The new aircraft utilizes dedicated propulsion systems for both cruising and vertical lift and embraces an aircraft family approach of eVTOL able to carry from 2 to 6 passengers.

As part of its broader Elevate aviation initiative, Uber plans to operate a network of small, electric, aircraft in numerous cities worldwide to enable four-person ridesharing flights in densely populated urban markets. These electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs) differ from helicopters in that they are orders of magnitude quieter, safer, more affordable, and more environmentally-friendly.
The new Pipistrel eVTOL concept, developed as a partner of Uber Elevate, will be able to go longer distances at higher speeds than previous models. Utilizing a new integrated vertical lift system, the vehicle is designed for scalability, and will lower operating costs while offering an upgraded rider experience.

Pipistrel has been a leader in aircraft design and production. In 2011, they won the NASA Green Flight Challenge, which was the largest aviation prize in history at $1.5 million. Their electric G4 concept was able to fly up to four passengers 100 miles at an average speed of 108 mph. Located in Slovenia, Pipistrel is producing 13 different models of two seat aircraft, among which the Alpha Electro and the Taurus Electro feature an all-electric propulsion.
They've also recently developed the Panthera aircraft, a high performance four-seat general aviation aircraft with modular propulsion, fully electric, hybrid and fuel powered.

Ivo Boscarol, Pipistrel’s founder and General Manager said: “Pipistrel is not trying to reinvent the helicopter by giving the vehicle many rotors, but is rather embracing dedicated propulsion solutions for cruise and vertical lift with built-in scaling capability for a family of vehicles with two to six seats. Pairing an innovative integrated vertical lift system, which is quiet and efficient, with highly aerodynamic wings results in a new class of eVTOL that maximizes high-speed cruise performance and dramatically lowers cost of operation for a clear advantage to Uber Elevate passengers.”

Mark Moore, Uber’s Director of Engineering, Elevate Vehicle Systems said: “Pipistrel has been one of the pioneers in electric aircraft development, initiating the age of electric flight. As an Uber Elevate partner, their eVTOL concept is pushing towards the next generation of Distributed Electric Propulsion. We’re thrilled to continue our work with Pipistrel, and look forward to bringing this concept to the Elevate network.”


At the conference Pipistrel also unveiled strategic partnership with Elan, a Slovenian-based global developer, producer and supplier of sporting equipment, high-technology advanced composite components and wind-power technology.

Tine Tomazic, Pipistrel Director of R&D, stated: "Today we’re announcing a strategic partnership with company Elan, a Slovenian company, they’re 1 hour's drive from us and they have mastered the production of composite materials and structures in the 50+ years of existence, at massive scales. Elan is producing everything from sports equipment to tens of thousands of windmill power plant components yearly. And together we are developing the design of a eVTOL structure that is scalable. Building-in automation, building-in digital manufacturing high speed RTM composite construction and other things. This is how we believe we stand a chance of going from where we are today with the concept design into the future."

Jeffrey Tirman, Elan CEO stated: “Elan is thrilled to be partnering with Pipistrel to bring more than 50 years’ experience working with advanced composites to the highly demanding and technical application requirements of the Uber eVTOL project. Elan’s ability to develop ultra-lightweight and super-strong composite materials for the eVTOL vehicle will help contribute to longer flight times and heavier payloads, thereby enhancing the overall experience for all involved.”

Ivo Boscarol, Pipistrel’s founder and General Manager stated:"Pipistrel is not only a designer but also a certified aircraft manufacturer. That is why our ambitions regarding the cooperation with Uber are not only in developing the design for the air vehicle, but also in large-scale production of it.In doing so, the strategic partnering with Elan, who has been one of the pioneers of composite technology use in aviation and has experience with all of the mass production technologies of composites known so far, will enable fast implementation of large-scale production of composite components for the air vehicle."
About Uber Elevate:
Last year in April, Uber announced that the first U.S. Elevate cities would be be Dallas-Fort Worth/Frisco Texas and L.A. with a goal of flight demonstrations in 2020 and Elevate commercially available to riders in 2023 in those cities. To make UberAIR a reality, Uber has entered into partnerships several highly experienced aircraft manufacturers who are developing electric VTOL vehicles including: Aurora Flight Sciences, Pipistrel Aircraft, Embraer and Bell Helicopter.
Last fall, Uber signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA for the development of new Unmanned Traffic Management concepts and Unmanned Aerial Systems that will enable safe and efficient operations at low altitudes. To help create skyports for the UberAIR network, Uber has also entered into real estate partnerships with Hillwood Properties and Sandstone Properties. Uber’s analysis projects that an electric vehicle will travel at a speed up to 200mph and that eventually after several years in a market an Uber Elevate ride will cost the same as an UberX trip of the same distance.

About Pipistrel:
Pipistrel is a world leading small aircraft designer and producer, specialized in electric-powered aircraft. With almost 30 years of experience, Pipistrel has gained significant international reputation and delivered unique, innovative products to passionate customers on all continents. First to fly an electric two-seater in 2007 and first-to-fly an electric four-seat airplane to win the NASA Green Flight Challenge in 2011, Pipistrel has produced more than 1,500 aircraft to-date. The Pipistrel Vertical Solutions team designed eight different electric aircraft since 2007 and have developed aircraft propulsion batteries for NASA and Siemens’s aerobatic aircraft. The company holds the EASA Design Organisation Approval and has capability of bringing a new aircraft concept from an idea to a certified design ready for production.

About Elan:
Elan d.o.o., founded in 1945, is a diversified advanced composites company based in Slovenia. Elan’s four main divisions focus on:
i) advanced and highly-technical components utilised in offshore renewable energy and other speciality industries,
ii) winter sporting equipment, where Elan is a world recognised innovator and leader,
iii) advanced high-performance racing and leisure sailing yachts, and
iv) engineered seating solutions for large arena and stadium projects world-wide.
All Elan’s divisions are devoted to technical development and progressive product design through innovative approach and advanced technology applications. In the last decade, Elan has been awarded more than 40 international awards for design, innovation and technology, including several RedDot Design Awards and the PlusX Award for Most innovative


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NASA, Uber to Explore Safety, Efficiency of Future Urban Airspace

NASA's press release

An artist’s conception of a future where different aircraft – vertical takeoff, traditional takeoff, crewed, uncrewed – safely perform a variety of daily missions in rural to urban environments.
Credits: NASA/Advanced Concepts Laboratory

NASA has signed a second space act agreement with Uber Technologies, Inc., to further explore concepts and technologies related to urban air mobility (UAM) to ensure a safe and efficient system for future air transportation in populated areas.

Under this agreement, Uber will share its plans for implementing an urban aviation rideshare network. NASA will use the latest in airspace management computer modeling and simulation to assess the impacts of small aircraft – from delivery drones to passenger aircraft with vertical take-off and landing capability – in crowded environments.

This is NASA’s first such agreement specifically focused on modeling and simulation for UAM operations.

“NASA is excited to be partnering with Uber and others in the community to identify the key challenges facing the UAM market, and explore necessary research, development and testing requirements to address those challenges,” said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. “Urban air mobility could revolutionize the way people and cargo move in our cities and fundamentally change our lifestyle much like smart phones have.”

At its research facility at the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, NASA will use the data supplied by Uber to simulate a small passenger-carrying aircraft as it flies through DFW airspace during peak scheduled air traffic. Analysis of these simulations will identify safety issues as these new aircraft take to the air in an already crowded air traffic control system.

"The new space act agreement broadening Uber's partnership with NASA is exciting, because it allows us to combine Uber's massive-scale engineering expertise with NASA's decades of subject matter experience across multiple domains that are key to enabling urban air mobility, starting with airspace systems," said Jeff Holden, Uber’s chief product officer.

As small aircraft enter the marketplace, NASA wants to ensure they do so safely, with acceptable levels of noise, and without burdening the current national air traffic control system. To this end, the agency is leveraging ongoing aeronautics research in areas including: Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) traffic management at low altitude; UAS integration in the National Airspace System; all-electric, general aviation class aircraft development; vertical take-off and landing aircraft; system-wide safety; and more.

These activities will generate the data necessary to support the creation of industry standards, Federal Aviation Administration rules and procedures, and other related regulations. NASA will make the research available to the broader UAM community.

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EmbraerX unveils first eVTOL (flying taxi) concept

Press Release

Los Angeles, California, May 8, 2018 – EmbraerX, an Embraer organization dedicated to developing disruptive businesses, today unveiled its first electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept. The unveiling was made during Uber Elevate 2018, in Los Angeles, California. EmbraerX is engaged in several projects, including the development of eVTOL concepts through a cooperation with Uber and other companies to explore business opportunities within the Uber Elevate ecosystem.

“We have excelled in our near-50-year journey by introducing innovations into the aviation industry and delivering true value to customers,” said Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, President and CEO of Embraer. “We are relentless in our quest for constant growth and through EmbraerX we will drive disruptive innovation and accelerate the creation of new businesses with the potential for exponential growth. Urban mobility is ripe for transformation and we are committed to having a major role in this key market.”

The eVTOL concept presented at Uber Elevate 2018 represents an aircraft with a mission to serve passengers in an urban environment, based on the key design drivers of safety, passenger experience, affordability and a very low footprint for the community, in terms of noise and emissions.

“We are developing solutions to bring on-demand air transportation to urban areas to improve quality of life for millions of people. Our collaboration with key stakeholders will accelerate the arrival of this new ecosystem,” said Antonio Campello, President & CEO of EmbraerX. “This is one example of how EmbraerX is committed to exploring a range of disruptive products and services that could revolutionize the business of air transportation.”

Embraer X’s first eVTOL concept unveiled today is the outcome of extensive interaction with potential urban air travelers about their desired experience, combined with the expertise of Embraer’s teams and the collaboration with various companies and institutions. Embraer X will continue to engage with communities to expedite the development of desired solutions for this new market.

Over the last five decades, Embraer has designed, developed and certified close to 50 aircraft models, delivering over 8,000 aircraft to 100 countries. Embraer’s fleet has accumulated more than 50 million flight hours. Leveraging Embraer’s experience and longstanding relationships with aircraft certification authorities around the globe, EmbraerX will ensure that safety design drivers meet and exceed the highest industry standards.

About EmbraerX
EmbraerX is an Embraer organization, dedicated to developing disruptive businesses that transform transportation. With an inherent startup mentality, EmbraerX has three fundamental pillars, which are the shaping of the future user experience of air transportation, the application of Embraer know-how, and the generation of disruptive products, services and business models. EmbraerX is based on Florida’s Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, with innovation teams established in Silicon Valley and Boston that are integrating and collaborating with innovation communities. EmbraerX unveiled its first electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept during Uber Elevate 2018, in May 2018. EmbraerX is engaged in several projects, including the development of eVTOL concepts through a cooperation with Uber and other companies to explore business opportunities within the Uber Elevate ecosystem. For more information, please visit

About Embraer
Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial and executive aviation, defense & security. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing customer support and services. Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. About every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year. Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.


Boeing, Lufthansa Group Complete Order for Four 777 Airplanes

martes, 8 de mayo de 2018

Boeing, Lufthansa Group Complete Order for Four 777 Airplanes // MediaRoom

Order includes two 777-300ERs for SWISS and two 777 Freighters for Lufthansa Cargo

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