Sunrise for China's commercial space industry?

jueves, 17 de mayo de 2018



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Sunrise for China's commercial space industry? // Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_Focus_Sunrise_for_Chinas_commercial_space_industry_999.html

Beijing (XNA) May 14, 2018
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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Low-cost Operations Help Drive the Small-satellites Launch Market towards $62 Billion by 2030 // Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Low_cost_Operations_Help_Drive_the_Small_satellites_Launch_Market_towards_62_Billion_by_2030_999.html

London, UK (SPX)
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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U.S. DOT selects 10 projects for UAS integration program // The UAS Magazine
http://uasmagazine.com/articles/1859/u-s-dot-selects-10-projects-for-uas-integration-program

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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A330neo sales off to slow start: Air Lease Corp // Leeham News
https://leehamnews.com/2018/05/16/a330neo-sales-off-to-slow-start-air-lease-corp/

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



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Southwest Airlines finishes engine fan blade checks after Flight 1380 accident



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Southwest Airlines finishes engine fan blade checks after Flight 1380 accident // Dallas News | airlines
https://www.dallasnews.com/business/southwest-airlines/2018/05/16/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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777X Wing Assembly Ramps Up On Automated Horizontal Build Line // AviationWeek.com Commercial Aviation Channel
http://aviationweek.com/new-civil-aircraft/777x-wing-assembly-ramps-automated-horizontal-build-line

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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Reapers will get a Block 5 upgrade | Poseidons’ Trident continues to protect and deter | China flies the export version of its Z-19 attack helicopter

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Polish Air Force’s 100th Anniversary – Part III: Polish Aviation Industry

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China Launches First Domestically Built Aircraft Carrier

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Bell V-280 tilts rotors to cruise mode

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Israel expected to buy advanced F-15Is

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/israel-to-link-fleet-upgrade-with-follow-on-f-15i-bu-448646/



http://alert5.com/2018/05/17/israel-expected-to-buy-advanced-f-15is/

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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.



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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.

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Airbus and Boeing Statements on WTO Ruling

by alphabetic orders, their statements:

Airbus
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:

www.airbus.com/aircraft/protecting-global-aviation-supply-chain.html

Boeing 
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.

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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.

Continue reading https://thediplomat.com/2018/05/china-built-worlds-largest-amphibious-aircraft-to-be-ready-for-delivery-by-2022/

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