CORDIS : Projects and Results : Augmented reality takes flight in aviation

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Good for factories, bad for shoppers: a Brexit pattern is emerging

The latest UK figures suggest a modest rebalancing of the economy of the kind long wished-for by policymakers The UK economy has settled down into a post EU-referendum pattern. Consumer spending is being constrained by the fall in the value of the pound, which has pushed up inflation by making im...

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Ryanair applies for UK licence as airline braces for hard Brexit

Irish carrier seeks permit to ensure it will be able to continue operating domestic UK flights after March 2019 Ryanair has applied for a British air operating licence to ensure its domestic UK routes can keep flying after Brexit. The Irish airline has repeatedly warned that flights could be grou...

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'I'm going via the wing': fed-up Ryanair passenger climbs out emergency exit

Man is arrested after shocking fellow travellers on delayed flight to Malaga by opening door and getting out on to the wing – taking hand luggage with him An impatient Ryanair passenger shocked fellow travellers when he forced his way out of the emergency exit after getting fed up with waiting to...

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UK factories optimistic for 2018 despite Brexit concerns, survey finds

A majority of companies polled expect global demand and growth in export markets to sustain order books Britain's manufacturers are more upbeat about the state of the global economy than at any time since 2014 and believe demand from overseas will sustain their businesses through another year of ...

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Circular runways: Engineer wants to use design for drones

The Dutch engineer behind the idea for circular runways at airports has revealed plans to build a test runway for unmanned delivery drones. Henk Hesselink is collaborating with Valkenburg airport, a disused naval base near The Hague, which has ambitions to become a drone innovation centre. His de...

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A science news preview of 2018

From next steps in the commercial space revolution to a rocket-powered supercar, there's much to look forward to in 2018. BBC News looks ahead to some of the biggest science and environment stories coming this year. World in motion 2018 will see a raft of space missions that highlight the interna...

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John Young, US astronaut and pioneer, dies aged 87

US astronaut John Young, who flew to the moon twice and commanded the first ever space shuttle mission, has died aged 87, Nasa said. "Today, Nasa and the world have lost a pioneer," agency chief Robert Lightfoot said in a statement. Young was the only person to have flown missions on the Gemini, ...

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Pontifications: 2018 is a year of Transformations - Leeham News and Comment

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Researchers Combine Actuators, Smart Materials To Morph Wing



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Researchers Combine Actuators, Smart Materials To Morph Wing // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/future-aerospace/researchers-combine-actuators-smart-materials-morph-wing

Researchers have made significant progress with morphing wings, bringing the long-sought dream of copying birds on how to achieve aerodynamics closer to reality.

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Will Digital Twinning Play A More Important Role In Aircraft Health Monitoring?



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Will Digital Twinning Play A More Important Role In Aircraft Health Monitoring? // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/%5Bprimary-term%5D/will-digital-twinning-play-more-important-role-aircraft-health-monitoring

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The question, will digital twinning play a more important role in aircraft health monitoring? has been asked with increasing regularity in the MRO industry in the past few years.

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First Pipistrel's Alpha Electro took flight in Australia

http://www.pipistrel.si/news/first-pipistrels-alpha-electro-took-flight-in-australia


On 2. January 2018 the first serially-built Pipistrel Alpha Electro took flight in Australia. The aircraft, which received a Special Certificate of Airworthiness from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in October 2017, took off from Perth's Jandakot Airport and conducted two circuits around Jandakot (the 5th busiest airport in the southern hemisphere with more than 375,000 movements last year). It then went on to complete another seven hours of flying over the following two days before being handed over to Electro.Aero, the aircraft's operator.

The Alpha Electro can be registered in Australia as either a recreational aircraft or with CASA. In both cases it can be used for training, even to obtain PPL. The Pipistrel Alpha Electro is the first electric aircraft that offers the possibility of PPL training.

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The aircraft was sold and all the paperwork done by our Australian distributor, X-Air Australia and its representative, Mr. Michael Coates. The new owner of the aircraft, Perth-based company Electro.Aero, stated on their Facebook pagethat they were satisfied with the new aircraft. 
Mr. Richard Charlton, the finance director of Electro.Aero said in his statement for Australian Aviation that it was a smooth first flight. "It was very much without drama. We were just in the pattern behind a normal aeroplane and the control tower was very excited. They knew all about what was happening."
Charlton said the aircraft was much quieter and cheaper to operate than equivalent-sized aircraft, powered by piston engines."The main issue with petrol is the maintenance costs of what is a more complex engine," Charlton said. "The electric engine is really simple. It has one moving part, it's a very small piece of equipment and it is a solid-state motor."

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All the characteristics of the Alpha Electro aircraft are available here: http://www.pipistrel.si/plane/alpha-electro/technical-data

The General Manager of Pipistrel, Mr. Ivo Boscarol said an all-electric training aircraft would help lower the cost of becoming a pilot.
"Technologies developed specially for this aircraft cut the cost of ab-initio pilot training by as much as 70 percent, making flying more affordable than ever before," Boscarol said. "The biggest advantage is being able to conduct training on smaller airfields closer to towns with zero CO2 emissions and minimum noise."

For now, the Electro.Aero company is offering trial instructional flights with the Alpha Electro, with a view to eventually offering ab-initio flight training all the way torecreational pilot certificate in the near future.

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NASA satellite shows direct evidence of ozone hole recovery

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OPINION: Engine arrival signals China's supply chain progress

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Iberia tira los precios en la primera campaña del año



Nota de Prensa


  • Durante 15 días, la aerolínea ofrece precios inigualables para volar a todo el mundo.
  • Vuelos nacionales desde 25 euros por trayecto, a Europa desde 29 o a destinos de largo radio como Asia o Estados Unidos desde 199 y 200 euros por trayecto respectivamente.
  • Esta campaña también incluye vuelo + hotel a precios reducidos.
  • Se trata del mejor momento del año para conseguir billetes a los mejores precios.
  • La aerolínea ha preparado un spot para televisión en el que nos invita a viajar, porque haciéndolo somos más, más de descubrir, de probar cosas, más nosotros.





Madrid, 8 de enero de 2018



Iberia ha lanzado hoy su primera campaña de precios de 2018, que tradicionalmente cuenta con los mejores precios de todo el año. Durante 15 días, la aerolínea tira los precios para volar a todos los destinos de su red.



En concreto, vuelos nacionales desde solo 25 euros por trayecto y a Europa desde 29 euros. Iberia quiere acercar también otros continentes ofreciendo precios de escándalo para viajar a ellos; por ejemplo, vuelos a Asia desde 199 euros por trayecto; a Estados Unidos desde 200, a destinos caribeños desde 274 o a destinos en América Latina desde 299 euros por trayecto.



Esta campaña también incluye la posibilidad de comprar de forma conjunta el vuelo y el hotel, por ejemplo, vuelo de ida y vuelta a Nueva York + 7 días de hotel desde 599 euros; o vuelo de ida y vuelta a Londres o Tenerife + 2 noches de hotel desde 139 euros. Además, Iberia también ha lanzado descuentos de hasta un 50 por ciento en el alquiler del coche al reservar vuelos + coche al mismo tiempo. Por ejemplo, vuelo de ida y vuelta a Miami + alquiler del coche durante 7 días desde 499 euros, o en Roma desde 129 euros.



El lema de la campaña en todos ellos es “Eres más”. Viajando somos más, más de descubrir, de probar cosas, de vivir; en definitiva, más nosotros. Y encima, con estos precios, viajar más, te costará menos.


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Airbus rolls out first A321neo ACF



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New evolution with longer range and higher capacity

Airbus has completed assembly of the first A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex) at its facilities in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, will undergo ground tests prior to its scheduled first flight in the coming weeks. First delivery of an A321neo ACF to a customer is scheduled for mid-2018.

The A321neo ACF is the latest addition to the successful A320 Family. By applying modifications to the fuselage, the ACF enables more flexible cabin configurations for up to 240 passengers. Compared to the previous A321 variant, the most visible modifications are a new rear section and a modified passenger door configuration, where the door located forward of the wing is removed and new overwing emergency exits in the centre section are introduced. The A321neo ACF is an option today and will become standard for all A321neos around 2020.

The A321neo ACF is the base for a longer range variant known as the A321LR. The A321LR has an increased MTOW (Maximum Take Off Weight) of 97 tonnes and a third underfloor fuel tank allowing airlines to increase its range to 4,000 nautical miles for intercontinental flights. The first delivery of an A321LR is targeted for the fourth quarter of 2018.

The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers, depending on cabin configuration. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances and cabin innovations, the A321neo offers a reduction in fuel consumption of at least 15 percent per seat from day one and 20 percent by 2020.

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End of the Line: Bizjets to Beer Cans



With the FAA mandate for ADS-B equipage looming at the beginning of 2020, there is debate within the industry as to whether this added expense will precipitate a major retirement of elderly business aircraft, those whose diminished value and use would scarcely justify the cost of the upgrade. Some believe the cost of equipage could drop so much by the deadline that many of those owners will indeed make the move to upgrade their aircraft, which are still perfectly capable of flight despite their age. continue reading https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2017-12-26/end-line-bizjets-beer-cans

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Huge unmanned aerial vehicle spotted at Chinese production facility



The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was located near the hangar and was hidden in a protective case. The UAV has twin-fuselage design and according to local experts, it is new Chinese Divine Eagle high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle. continue reading http://defence-blog.com/news/huge-unmanned-aerial-vehicle-spotted-at-chinese-production-facility.html

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Pentagon Seeks Laser-Powered Bat Drones. Really.



A new contest seeks flight systems inspired by Mother Nature and powered by directed-energy beams. Flying robots that move like living animals, are crafted of next-generation materials, and draw their power not from batteries but energy beamed from nearby aircraft. Continue reading http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2018/01/pentagon-seeks-laser-powered-bat-drones/144964/

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CMV-22 Ospreys will fully replace the old C-2As by 2028, but it's still not clear if they are up to the job.



The U.S. Navy has revealed new details about its schedule to replace the C-2A Greyhound carrier on-board delivery (COD) aircraft with the CMV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor, what bases will host the new aircraft, and their missions. Though serious questions remain about just how well the Osprey is suited to the task, the service says it hopes new aircraft will be fully operational in 2024 and the transition will be complete by 2028. Continue reading http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17383/us-navy-expects-its-carrier-onboard-delivery-ospreys-to-be-fully-operational-by-2024

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Sunwing plane catches fire after clipping WestJet aircraft at Toronto Pearson airport



A Sunwing plane caught on fire after it clipped a WestJet aircraft at Toronto Pearson International Airport Friday evening, forcing WestJet passengers to evacuate the plane on emergency slides.

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