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Aero started the L-39NG aircraft pre-series production line [video]

Press release


Aero started the L-39NG aircraft pre-series production line [video]
A project of the new training aircraft L-39NG, the successor to the legendary Albatros, has reached another important milestone. The pre-series production line construction advanced to the stage that allows the launch of the aircraft's airframe assembly.

Aero Vodochody have launched production of a total of four L-39NGs and first assembly for the fuselage and the wing are being built. The first and the fourth aircraft will be used for flight tests, the second one for static tests and the third for fatigue tests. The aircraft will not be prototype but built according to serial production standard further confirming the good progress of the program. The first flight of the new pre-series L-39NG is planned to happen before the end of this year.

“Aero Vodochody is working intensively on its return among leading training aircraft manufacturers. That is the reason why we are now concentrating our capacities mainly on the L-39NG project and its industrialization. Success of the new training aircraft would bring a great benefit not only to Aero Vodochody but also to the entire Czech aviation industry,” said Giorgio Giordo, president of Aero Vodochody. During the last year, Aero completed selection of the key external suppliers for the aircraft production leading to a good combination of international and national partners. “Within the supply chain, about 40 Czech companies has been involved in the L-39NG development and production. After rump up of serial production, the L-39NG program will ensure thousands job positions in Aero and in our suppliers,” added Giuseppe Giordo.

This breakthrough project of the Czech aviation industry enjoys support of the Czech Export Bank that provided a loan for the development of the L-39NG. "Advanced engineering technologies from Vodochody belong the world’s top and the Czech Export Bank is here to support precisely the export of high added-value technologies. At the same time, we are pleased that this way we will support also the entire domestic aviation industry as well as the diversification of the Czech economy exports, because there is a worldwide interest in aircraft from Aero," said CEO and the Chairman of CEB Karel Bureš. Another partner of the L-39NG project is Omnipol that financially contributes to the aircraft’s development and sales.

A favorable opportunity opens up for the training aircraft segment in the world market. A large part of all training fleet must undergo major modernization in the upcoming years as the existing aircraft are about to retire or they do not meet today's flight training requirements. "A view to the 10 to 15 year horizon shows that there will be a need to replace up to 3,000 training aircraft. Our target is to deliver more than 100 L-39NGs in the next 10 years. It is a great chance for the Czech export that has, thanks to the good reputation of Aero Vodochody aircraft and the L-39NG, an opportunity to play a significant role in the world's aviation market once again," added the president of Aero Vodochody Giuseppe Giordo.

About the L-39NG

The L-39NG is a modern and efficient training type aircraft designed as a unified and complex tool for a truly comprehensive training of modern air forces. The aircraft is based on the aerodynamic concept of the original L-39s, but utilizes contemporary technology and equipment. It is powered by a highly modern FJ44-4M engine delivered with the TAP Blue maintenance system, providing its users with unprecedented readiness and predictability of the maintenance cost. The aircraft avionics are prepared for training of future pilots of the fourth and fifth generation aircraft and they can be adapted to a large extend to a customer requirements. The L-39NG is equipped with five hard points for carrying weaponry. A part of the aircraft is also a wide spectrum of simulation technologies, including integration to a highly modern tactical simulation center to increase training efficiency. A strategic partner of the L-39NG project is Omnipol that by 50% financially contributes to the development of the aircraft. More details about the new aircraft can be found on

About AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s.

AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on development and production of civilian and military aircraft. It is the largest aircraft manufacturer in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest aircraft manufacturers in the world. In the area of proprietary aircraft, Aero is a long-term partner of a number of Army Air Forces and it has a strong position in the market of military training and light combat aircraft. With hundreds of still-in-use L-39s, and in particular thanks to its new L-39NG aircraft, Aero profiles itself as a leader in the world's jet trainer market.

In the field of civil aviation, Aero is a partner to the largest aerospace manufacturers in a wide range of projects. In recent years, it has taken responsibility not only for the production but also for the development of structural parts of aircraft thanks to several risk-sharing programs.

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Iberia programa 250 vuelos adicionales en agosto a sus destinos más turísticos

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Iberia operará 250 vuelos adicionales en agosto a sus destinos más turísticos

  • Se incrementarán los vuelos a Francia, Grecia, Italia, Croacia, Austria, República Checa, Hungría y Marruecos.
  • Además, durante toda la temporada de verano se aumentarán los vuelos a París hasta las 54 frecuencias semanales.

Agosto es el mes de vacaciones por antonomasia en España y, para facilitar los viajes a los destinos estrella, Iberia ha cambiado su estrategia habitual y ha programado 250 vuelos adicionales este año a destinos como Florencia, Venecia, Dubrovnik, Atenas, Praga o Budapest, entre otros.

Italia es uno de los países con mayores incrementos en el mes de agosto. Se aumentarán los vuelos a los cuatro destinos habituales de Iberia: Roma, Milán, Venecia y Florencia, y los vuelos a Catania, que se reanudan a partir del 18 de junio, llegarán hasta los 10 semanales en agosto.

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Croacia será un año más uno de los destinos de moda del verano. Iberia volverá a volar a Dubrovnik, Zagreb y Split, y con el doble de vuelos que el año pasado.

Sin embargo, no habrá que esperar al verano para poder volar directo a Croacia, pues este año se inician los vuelos a Dubrovnik el 8 de abril; el 4 de mayo será el turno de Zagreb y el 1 de junio comenzarán los vuelos a Split.
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Viena, Praga y Budapest son otros tres destinos que este agosto contarán con más vuelos, 14 más que en 2017.

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Atenas también incrementará sus vuelos hasta un 50 por ciento este mes de agosto, llegando hasta las 21 frecuencias a la semana.

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El crecimiento no se queda únicamente en Europa. También se incrementarán los vuelos con Marruecos, en concreto con Marrakech, adonde Iberia volará 9 veces a la semana.

Nº frecuencias semanales

Más vuelos también a París

No habrá que esperar a agosto para disfrutar de algunas novedades más; a partir del 25 de marzo, con el inicio de la nueva temporada de verano, se aumentarán los vuelos con París hasta las 54 frecuencias semanales. Iberia Express ofrecerá 14 vuelos a Charles de Gaulle e Iberia 40 al aeropuerto de Orly. Más opciones para viajar a la Ciudad de la Luz y a Disneyland Paris.

Y a partir de junio se adelanta el horario del primer vuelo de la mañana a Zúrich con objeto de ofrecer a los clientes de negocios de una alternativa de salida más temprana, uniéndose así a la tendencia de otros destinos como París, Lisboa y Londres.

Sobre Iberia: Iberia es la primera compañía de España y líder en las rutas entre Europa y Latinoamérica. Junto con su filial Iberia Express y su franquiciada Iberia Regional Air Nostrum, ofrece alrededor de 600 vuelos al día a medio centenar de países de Europa, América, África, Oriente Medio y Asia, con una flota de 135 aviones. En 2017 Iberia ha conseguido su 4ª estrella Skytrax y, en 2016 y 2017, fue la aerolínea más puntual del mundo, según FlightStats. Iberia tiene su hub en el aeropuerto de Madrid, y es miembro de la alianza oneworld, que ofrece más de 14.000 vuelos diarios a cerca de 1.000 aeropuertos en más de 150 países.


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Citation Longitude circles the globe: 31,000 nautical miles in 31 days

Press Release

WICHITA, Kan. (March 12, 2018) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron, Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the Cessna Citation Longitude has successfully circumnavigated the globe, demonstrating its commanding performance and impressive reliability to customers along the way. Throughout its world tour, the Longitude traveled more than 31,000 nautical miles, flew 27 legs and visited 12 countries.

“This far-reaching tour enabled us to fulfill the mounting demand from customers around the world to experience this stunningly capable and impressive aircraft,” said Rob Scholl, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing. “After successfully circling the globe and showcasing its outstanding performance and reliability throughout diverse regions and a wide array of environmental conditions, the Longitude reinforced its ability to suit the needs of operators worldwide.”

The Longitude commenced its world tour on January 27 when the aircraft departed Textron Aviation headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, for its Asia-Pacific debut at the Singapore Airshow. The aircraft then toured throughout the region and demonstrated its outstanding long-range performance with the 3,504-nautical mile flight from Seletar, Singapore to Sydney, Australia. Before returning to the United States, the Longitude flew throughout Europe, making stops for customers in Sweden, France, Italy, Switzerland and the U.K.

On its return flight to the United States, the Citation Longitude flew a crew of two pilots and two passengers on the 3,094-nautical-mile trip from Farnborough, U.K. (EGLF) to White Plains, New York (HPN), for a flight time of 6 hours 50 minutes and a crossing speed of Mach 0.82.

“We are extremely happy with the affirming feedback we have consistently received throughout the Longitude’s worldwide tour,” Scholl said. “With production in full swing and type certification and entry into service approaching, we look forward to introducing this superior aircraft to the market.”

About the Citation Longitude

With a range of 3,500 nautical miles (6,482 kilometers) and full fuel payload of 1,600 pounds (726 kilograms), the Citation Longitude is designed to elevate passenger expectations in the super-midsize class by delivering the quietest cabin, a low cabin altitude (5,950 feet/1,814 meters), more standard features and a comfortable, bespoke interior. With seating for up to 12 passengers, including an optional crew jump seat, the Longitude features a stand-up, 6-foot tall flat-floor cabin. A standard double-club configuration delivers the most legroom in the super-midsize class. Fully berthable seats are designed and manufactured in-house and a class-leading walk-in baggage compartment is accessible throughout the entire flight. State-of-the-art cabin technology enables passengers to manage their environment and entertainment from any mobile device, while high-speed internet maximizes in-flight productivity.

The clean-sheet design of the Longitude integrates the latest technology throughout the aircraft, bringing customers the lowest ownership cost in its class. It features the next evolution of the Garmin G5000 flight deck and is powered by FADEC-equipped Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines with fully integrated autothrottles with envelope protection. With Garmin’s new Head-up Display (GHD 2100) and enhanced vision capability, the Longitude facilitates eyes-up flying. The spacious cockpit incorporates easier access and an ergonomic design that fully focuses on crew comfort and efficiency.

No super-midsize business jet offers more range, greater payload or higher cruise speed at a lower expected total ownership cost. The Longitude is designed to feature the longest maintenance intervals in its class – 800 hours or 18 months – expected to make it the most cost effective to operate in its category.


About Textron Aviation Inc.

Textron Aviation Inc. is the leading general aviation authority and home to the Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker brands, which account for more than half of all general aviation aircraft flying. For more than 90 years, the Textron Aviation brands have represented unrivaled innovation, performance and leadership in the industry, offering an unmatched value proposition rooted in the total ownership experience. Leveraging unparalleled speed-to-market, Textron Aviation provides the most versatile and comprehensive business and general aviation product portfolio in the world through five principal lines of business: business jets, general aviation and special mission turboprop aircraft, high performance piston aircraft, military trainer and defense aircraft and a complete global customer service organization. Textron Aviation has delivered more than 250,000 aircraft in over 143 countries. Its broad range of products include such best-selling aircraft as Citation business jets, King Air and Caravan turboprops and T-6 military trainer aircraft, all of which are backed by the industry’s most capable global service network. For more information, visit


Boeing, Turkish Airlines Finalize Deal for Up to 30 787 Dreamliners; Hawaiian Airlines for 10

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Boeing, Turkish Airlines Finalize Deal for Up to 30 787 Dreamliners

  • Turkey's flag carrier chooses the 787-9 to expand fleet, improve passenger experience
  • Firm order puts Dreamliner program above 1,300 orders

SEATTLE, March 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Turkish Airlines announced they have finalized a firm order for 25 787-9 Dreamliners with options for five more airplanes. The firm order will allow Turkey's flag carrier to further meet the growing demand at its home airport, Istanbul's third airport, and improve the flying experience for passengers.

With this firm order – first announced as a commitment last September – Turkish Airlines becomes the 71st customer to buy the 787. Together, these customers have now ordered more than 1,300 Dreamliners, the fastest-selling twin-aisle airplane in Boeing history.

"We are pleased to finalize a landmark agreement that will bring significant benefit to Turkish Airlines and Turkey's aviation industry," said M. İlker Aycı, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee. "This firm order adds the 787 Dreamliner, one of the world's most state-of-the-art airplanes, to our ever-expanding fleet in 2023, our Republic's 100th year. The 787 will significantly raise our passengers' satisfaction and play an important role in our plans for our new hub, the new Istanbul airport. This will accelerate the steady rise of our country's flag carrier and support the growth of Turkish Civil Aviation."

Turkish Airlines has continued to expand its fleet of Boeing airplanes. Recently, the airline grew its stable of 777 jets with a purchase of three more 777 Freighters. The airline also uses electronic charts and some other services from Boeing Global Services to further optimize its operations and operational systems.

"We are proud to extend our decades-long partnership with Turkish Airlines and we welcome them to the growing group of elite airlines who have made the 787 Dreamliner the most preferred mid-sized twin-aisle airplane today," said Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are confident that Turkish Airlines will enjoy the Dreamliner's unmatched fuel efficiency, range, and superior cabin features."

Boeing, Hawaiian Airlines Announce Purchase of 10 787 Dreamliners
  • Hawaiian switches to market-leading Dreamliner for its large airplane of the future
  • 787's superior performance gives Hawaiian flexibility to increase capacity and expand service

SEATTLE, March 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Hawaiian Airlines announced today that the carrier has selected the market-leading 787 Dreamliner as its flagship airplane for medium to long-haul flights. As part of the selection, Hawaiian intends to purchase 10 787-9 jets valued at $2.82 billion at list prices. Hawaiian also has purchase rights for 10 additional 787s.

The Honolulu-based airline, which has steadily grown its award-winning service connecting the Hawaiian Islands with Asia and North America, had been conducting an extensive evaluation of its airplane requirements. In selecting the 787, Hawaiian will be able to take advantage of the Dreamliner family's superior fuel efficiency, range and passenger-pleasing features to enhance its operations and open new routes profitably. Boeing's competitive advantage was also enhanced by Boeing Global Services. Hawaiian will use a number of new aircraft transition support services from BGS, including Training and Initial Provisioning to ensure a successful and on-time entry into service.

The 787-9 can carry about 290 passengers on flights of about 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km), while using 20 percent less fuel and emitting 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.

"The Dreamliner's operational efficiency and superior guest experience make it the best aircraft for modernizing our fleet in 2021 and beyond," said Peter Ingram, president and chief executive officer of Hawaiian Airlines. "Its expanded seat capacity and extended range will allows us to expand within our current route network and offer new destinations in the Asia-Pacific region."

Boeing and Hawaiian Airlines will work toward finalizing this new airplane order and it will be reflected in the monthly update of Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website.

"Hawaiian Airlines has been on an impressive growth trajectory as they strategically expanded service to and from Asia and North America. We are thrilled they have chosen the 787 Dreamliner to power the next stage of their expansion," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO, Kevin McAllister. "The Dreamliner's advanced technology, unmatched fuel efficiency, and passenger-pleasing cabin will optimize Hawaiian's fleet for the future and provide their customers with a best in-class experience."

The 787 is the fastest selling twin-aisle airplane in Boeing history. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family is flying more than 1,500 routes and has made possible more than 170 new nonstop routes around the world.


Airbus and human spaceflight: from ATV to Orion


On 9 March 2008 the first of five spacecraft was launched

With 10 successful years as prime contractor for ESA, Airbus heads for new horizons

Toulouse / Bremen, 09/03/2018 – Ten years as prime contractor for ESA – it’s just the beginning for Airbus in human spaceflight: The successful mission of the first Airbus-built ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) “Jules Verne”, launched on 9 March 2008, has become a key element of pioneering technologies for human spaceflight that includes Spacelab, the ATVs and the Columbus module of the International Space Station (ISS).

Together they pave the way to the Orion European Service Module (ESM), Europe´s latest contribution to human spaceflight developed by Airbus, again as prime contractor.

NASA's Orion spaceship is designed to take humans to the Moon and beyond, with the possibility of even reaching an asteroid and maybe Mars in the 2030s. The ESM integral to the crew module is designed to supply power, propulsion, thermal control, water and air for future human deep-space missions.

Ten days after launch, the first ATV, the sophisticated space freighter executed a perfect manoeuvre to dock automatically with the ISS. The ATV then not only delivered vital supplies to the ISS but also successfully carried out its orbit-raising mission and became an integral part of the ISS. After six months docked to the ISS, the first ATV “Jules Verne” detached on 5 September 2008 and began its last journey in Space, which ended with a controlled burn up on re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere on 29 September 2008. Four more ATVs (2011-2014) were sent to the ISS. Airbus was prime contractor to the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop and build all the ATVs and prepare their missions to the ISS.

In total the ATVs shipped more than 31.5 tonnes of supplies to the ISS until 2015. They boosted the Space Station to raise its orbit numerous times and helped manoeuvre it out of the way of space debris. The ATVs demonstrated the ability to dock automatically with the ISS, which is vital technology for future space exploration missions. Airbus achieved this as part of a European partnership and thanks to the ATVs’ outstanding performance, the company became a full partner of NASA for major space programmes.

“Spacelab, Columbus and the ATVs have fully proved our capabilities to develop a highly reliable system that will play an integral part in the success of NASA’s future exploration missions: namely the European Service Module of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle,” said Nicolas Chamussy, Head of Space Systems at Airbus.

The ESM is cylindrical in shape and about four meters in diameter and height. It has four-wing solar arrays (19 meters across when unfurled) like the ATVs. The solar arrays are based on Airbus’ flight proven technology which are also installed on their highly reliable geostationary telecommunication satellites which operate for a minimum of 15 years in Space.

The ESM’s 8.6 tonnes of propellant will power one main engine and 32 smaller thrusters used to perform orbiting manoeuvres and attitude control. Once again, ESA will rely on the experience gained with the ATVs, which successfully used their thrusters to allow the ISS to evade space debris.

“The requirements for a mission to the Moon are of course very different to those for travel to the ISS in low Earth orbit. But the clever design of the ATV has allowed us to evolve the concept for new missions, for example by integrating one large main engine providing enough power to fly to the Moon and back,” said Nicolas Chamussy.
In 2019 / 2020, the Orion capsule will perform an uncrewed mission known as Exploration Mission-1, with the aim of travelling 64,000 kilometers beyond the Moon to demonstrate the spacecraft's performance. The first human spaceflight mission, Exploration Mission-2, is expected to launch four astronauts on board Orion in 2023.


Airbus: Indian demand for new aircraft forecasted at 1,750 over 20 years

press release

  • 20-year growth almost twice as fast as the world average
  • Largest footprint in India of any international aircraft manufacturer
  • Every Airbus commercial aircraft is partly ‘Made in India’ 

India will require 1,750 new passenger and cargo aircraft over the next 20 years to meet an exponential rise in both passenger and freight traffic, according to Airbus’ latest India Market Forecast. To help meet this growth, India will need 1,320 new single-aisle aircraft and 430 widebody aircraft valued at US$255 billion.

While much of the air traffic growth is expected to be driven by the fast expanding economy, rising wealth and urbanisation, ambitious government-backed regional connectivity programmes are also set to enhance demand for air travel. By 2036, Indians will each make four times as many flights as today. As a result, traffic serving the Indian market is forecast to grow 8.1 percent per year over the next 20 years, almost twice as fast as the world average of 4.4 percent.

Domestic Indian traffic is expected to grow five-and-half times over the next 20 years (2017-2036) reaching the same level as U.S. domestic traffic today, making it one of the world’s fastest growing markets, according to Airbus’ latest India Market Forecast for the period.

"Make in India is at the heart of our strategy. Airbus has the largest footprint in India of any international aircraft manufacturer, nationwide across all aircraft programmes. Our sourcing volume has grown 16 times over the past 10 years and it is currently at more than US$550 million annually,” said Srinivasan Dwarakanath, President – Airbus Commercial Aircraft in India.

India is set to become the world’s third-largest aviation market by 2019/2020 and Airbus is well positioned to partner its growth with backlog orders of over 530 aircraft to date.

The complete Airbus product line comprises the best-selling A320 Family in the single aisle market, the popular A330 and A330neo, the A350 XWB in the mid-size widebody category and the flagship A380 in the very large aircraft segment. In the freight market, Airbus currently offers the new-build A330-200F and the Passenger-to-Freighter (A330P2F) programme.

India highlights:•       More than 70% backlog order share; more than 60% of in-service fleet
•       8.1% annual growth in passenger traffic (global average 4.4%)
•       India is set to become the world’s third largest aviation market by 2019/20
•       New aircraft needs: 1,320+ single aisle, nearly 430 widebodies / US$255 billion
•       Indian passenger traffic expected to grow by five-and-half times
•       By 2036, Indian passengers will on average make four times as many flights as today
•       On average, one Airbus aircraft will be delivered to India every week for the next 10 years
•       Airbus secures 6,000 jobs including 1,500 engineers in India
•       Annual sourcing from India at more than US$550 million


Voom’s helicopter commuting service launches in Mexico City


On 8 March 2018, Voom launched its on-demand helicopter booking platform in Mexico City. The Mexican capital is now the world’s second city after São Paulo, Brazil, to offer helicopter commuting services.

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. 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.

Voom provides travelers both convenience and reliability in the most affordable and accessible way available today. Riders can book and take off in as little as 60 minutes or plan their trip up to seven days in advance, and only need to arrive at the helipad 15 minutes before boarding time. Offering several boardings per hour, the service’s convenience pairs with a significant savings in commute times.

With a population of 23.9 million people and well-known traffic congestion, Mexico City was a natural choice for Voom’s second launch. Furthermore, Mexico City has substantial helicopter infrastructure already in place, with more than 200 helipads in its metro area. Mexico also has a dedicated air traffic control for helicopters, allowing for more efficient air transportation.

For its Mexico City customers, Voom will be available at several locations, including Montes Urales and Interlomas, plus Mexico City International Airport and Toluca International Airport. The company anticipates its Montes Urales – Mexico City International Airport route to become one of its most popular due to its promise of a ten-minute ride to the airport in lieu of the typical two-hour trip during rush hour. For more information, visit or follow the company on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


Airbus Helicopters Awarded $273 Million Contract for 35 UH-72A Lakotas for the U.S. Army


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas, Airbus Helicopters, Inc. received a contract valued at approximately $273 million to deliver 35 additional UH-72A Lakotas for the United States Army.

The $273 million contract includes the UH-72A production aircraft, associated technical and flight operator manuals and program management. This procurement is broken into two configurations: 17 UH-72A Lakotas for the Initial Entry Rotary Wing mission at Ft. Rucker and 18 UH-72A Lakotas for the Observer/Controller mission at the Army’s Combat Training Centers.

“We are proud that the U.S. Army has continued to rely on us to provide this versatile capability for its aviation fleet. We have an unbroken record of on-cost and high-quality program excellence and support for this aircraft,” said Chris Emerson, President and CEO of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Head of North American Region.

Airbus builds the Lakota at its Columbus, Mississippi facility. Since the program inception in 2005, Airbus has delivered more than 412 Lakotas. The UH-72A is a twin-engine light utility helicopter used for a wide range of military operations including border patrol, MEDEVAC, troop and VIP transport, light cargo, Homeland Security.

Available in multiple configurations with the lowest cost to buy, own and operate of any U.S. military helicopter in production, the UH-72A is a key component of the Army’s Aviation Restructuring Initiative (ARI) and the primary rotary-wing trainer for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Ala.

Lakotas have been employed extensively over the last few months, responding to wildfires in California, and Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

A number of states across the country are partnering with local authorities using the Lakota to assist in the execution of domestic missions, highlighting the unique versatility of this aircraft and its ability to perform in joint governmental and non-governmental agency operations.


Lycée Airbus : les inscriptions aux tests d’admission pour la rentrée 2018 sont ouvertes jusqu’au 8 avril


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Le Lycée Airbus propose quatre formations en Bac Professionnel : Bac Pro Technicien–ne d’Usinage ; Bac Pro Technicien-ne Chaudronnerie Industrielle; Bac Pro Aéronautique option Avionique ou option Structure.
Les formations se déroulent en trois ans, sous statut scolaire les deux premières années, puis en apprentissage la dernière année du Bac. Elles s’adressent à des filles et des garçons possédant un niveau minimum de classe de 3ème, âgés de 15 à 18 ans (18 ans révolus au 25 août 2018). Une forte motivation pour le travail manuel et en équipe est indispensable pour être à même de travailler sur les sites de production ou d’assemblage d’avions, d’hélicoptères ou de satellites d’Airbus ou de ses partenaires.

Ouvert à la diversité, le Lycée Airbus accueille des élèves de tous les horizons, filles, garçons; et propose des modalités spécifiques pour des jeunes en situation de Handicap.
Il est aussi l’un des rares lycées d’entreprise existant encore en France. Cette spécificité permet d’offrir aux élèves une formation au plus près de la réalité de l’entreprise, de ses marchés et de ses produits. Chaque année près de 300 jeunes sont formés au sein du Lycée Airbus. Au-delà des compétences, le lycée Airbus mise également fortement sur le développement du savoir-être en entreprise, répondant ainsi aux exigences de la filière aéronautique.

Selon Marie-Stéphane Pefferkorn, Directrice du Lycée Airbus: « Le Lycée Airbus est une formidable opportunité pour les jeunes filles comme pour les jeunes garçons, de découvrir et d’apprendre un métier dans un secteur en fort développement qui offre des opportunités d’emplois. Nous attendons des jeunes motivés qu’ils soient ou non familiers avec le secteur aéronautique. Cette journée est aussi l’occasion de découvrir les moyens de formation mis à la disposition des élèves. Le Lycée met particulièrement l’accent sur la digitalisation avec par exemple la réalisation de tutoriels vidéos de formation auxquels participent les élèves».

En 2017, le lycée a affiché un taux exceptionnel de 100% de réussite au Bac, et 71 bacheliers sur 89 ont eu leur baccalauréat avec mention. Plus de 80% d’entre eux ont été recrutés au sein du groupe Airbus.

Le Lycée Airbus invite les jeunes motivés par les métiers manuels et à la recherche d’une formation courte et opérationnelle, à s’inscrire aux tests d’admission sur le site suivant :
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MIT study shows electrically charging planes would reduce their risk of being struck by lightning.

Authors: Carmen Guerra-Garcia*, Ngoc Cuong Nguyen, Jaime Peraire and Manuel Martinez-Sanchez§ Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

We propose a charge control strategy to reduce the risk of an aircraft-triggered lightning strike that exploits the asymmetry between the positive and negative ends of the bidirectional leader development, which is the first phase of an aircraft-initiated lightning event. Because positive leaders are initiated and can propagate in lower fields than negative leaders, in general, a positive leader would occur first. During propagation of the positive leader, initiation of the negative leader is favored through the removal of positive charge from the aircraft. Based on this well-accepted bidirectional leader theory, we propose hindering the initiation of the positive leader by charging the aircraft to a negative level, selected to ensure that a negative leader will not form. Although not observed so far, a negative leader could be initiated first if the field enhancement at the negative end were much greater than at the positive end. In this situation, the biasing of the aircraft should be to positive levels. More generally, we propose that the optimum level of aircraft charging is that which makes both leaders equally unlikely. We present a theoretical study of the effectiveness of the strategy for an ellipsoidal fuselage as well as the geometry of a Falcon aircraft. The practical implementation, including the necessary sensors and actuators, is also discussed.

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Aviation experts estimate that every commercial airplane in the world is struck by lightning at least once per year. Around 90 percent of these strikes are likely triggered by the aircraft itself: In thunderstorm environments, a plane’s electrically conductive exterior can act as a lightning rod, sparking a strike that could potentially damage the plane’s outer structures and compromise its onboard electronics.

To avoid lightning strikes, flights are typically rerouted around stormy regions of the sky. Now, MIT engineers are proposing a new way to reduce a plane’s lightning risk, with an onboard system that would protect a plane by electrically charging it. The proposal may seem counterintuitive, but the team found that if a plane were charged to just the right level, its likelihood of being struck by lighting would be significantly reduced.

The idea stems from the fact that, when a plane flies through an ambient electric field, its external electrical state, normally in balance, shifts. As an external electric field polarizes the aircraft, one end of the plane becomes more positively charged, while the other end swings towards a more negative charge. As the plane becomes increasingly polarized, it can set off a highly conductive flow of plasma, called a positive leader — the preceding stage to a lightning strike.

In such a precarious scenario, the researchers propose temporarily charging a plane to a negative level to dampen the more highly charged positive end, thus preventing that end from reaching a critical level and initiating a lightning strike.

The researchers have shown through modeling that such a method would work, at least conceptually. They report their results in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Journal.

The team, which includes Emeritus Professor Manuel Martinez-Sanchez and Assistant Professor Carmen Guerra-Garcia, envisions outfitting a plane with an automated control system consisting of sensors and actuators fitted with small power supplies. The sensors would monitor the surrounding electric field for signs of possible leader formation, in response to which the actuators would emit a current to charge the aircraft in the appropriate direction. The researchers say such charging would require power levels lower than that for a standard lightbulb.

“We’re trying to make the aircraft as invisible to lightning as possible,” says co-author Jaime Peraire, head of MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the H.N. Slater Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics. “Aside from this technological solution, we are working on modeling the physics behind the process. This is a field where there was little understanding, and this is really an attempt at creating some understanding of aircraft-triggered lightning strikes, from the ground up.”

The paper’s other co-author is Ngoc Cuong Nguyen, a research scientist in the aeronautics and astronautics department.

Lightning flourishing

To be clear, lightning itself poses very little danger to passengers inside an aircraft, as a plane’s cabin is well-insulated against any external electrical activity. In most cases, passengers may only see a bright flash or hear a loud bang. Nevertheless, an aircraft that has been hit by lightning often requires follow-up inspections and safety checks that may delay its next flight. If there is physical damage to the plane, it may be taken out of service — something the airlines would rather avoid.

What’s more, newer aircraft made partly from nonmetallic composite structures such as carbon fiber may be more vulnerable to lightning-related damage, compared with their older, all-metal counterparts. That’s because charge may accumulate on poorly conducting panels and create potential diffences from panel to panel, which may cause certain regions of a panel to spark. A standard protective measure is to cover the outside of the aircraft with a light metallic mesh.

“Modern aircraft are about 50 percent composites, which changes the picture very significantly,” Guerra-Garcia says. “Lightning-related damage is very different, and repairs are much more costly for composite versus metallic aircraft. This is why research on lightning strikes is flourishing now.”

Following the leader

Guerra-Garcia and her colleagues looked at whether electrically charging an airplane would bring down its risk of lightning strikes — an idea that was initially suggested to them by collaborators at Boeing, the research sponsor.

“They are very eager to reduce the incidence of these things, partly because there are large cost expenses related to lightning protection,” Martinez-Sanchez says.

To see whether the charging idea held up, the MIT team first developed a simple model of an aircraft-triggered lightning strike. As a plane flies through a thunderstorm or other electrically charged environment, the outside of the plane begins to be polarized, forming “leaders,” or channels of highly conductive plasma, flowing from opposite ends of the plane and eventually out toward oppositely charged regions of the atmosphere.

“Imagine two channels of plasma propagating very quickly, and when they reach the cloud and the ground, they form a circuit, and current flows through,” Guerra-Garcia says.

“These leaders carry current, but not very much,” Martinez-Sanchez adds. “But in the worst cases, once they establish a circuit, you can get 100,000 amps, and that is when damage happens.”

The researchers developed a mathematical model to describe the electric field conditions under which leaders would develop, and how they would evolve to trigger a lightning strike. They applied this model to a representative aircraft geometry and looked to see whether changing the aircraft’s potential (charging it negatively) would prevent the leaders from forming and triggering a lightning strike.

Their results show that, averaging over field directions and intensities, the charged scenario required a 50 percent higher ambient electric field to initiate a leader, compared with an uncharged scenario. In other words, by charging a plane to an optimal level, its risk of being struck by lightning would be significantly reduced.

“Numerically, one can see that if you could implement this charge strategy, you would have a significant reduction in the incidents of lightning strikes,” Martinez-Sanchez says. “There’s a big if: Can you implement it? And that’s where we’re working now.”

Graduate student Theodore Mouratidis is performing preliminary experiments in MIT’s Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel, testing the feasibility of charging on a simple, metallic sphere. The researchers also hope to carry out experiments in more realistic environments, for instance by flying drones through a thunderstorm.

To make the charging system practical, Martinez-Sanchez says researchers will have to work to speed up its response time. Based on their modeling, he and his colleagues have found that such a system could charge and protect a plane within fractions of a second, but this will not be enough to protect against some forms of triggered lightning.

“The scenario we can take care of is flying into an area where there are storm clouds, and the storm clouds produce an intensification of the electric field in the atmosphere,” Martinez-Sanchez says. “That can be sensed and measured on board, and we can claim that for such relatively slow-developing events, you can charge a plane and adapt in real time. That is quite feasible.”

This research was sponsored by the Boeing Company.