[video] Worlds first 9 bladed prop started the flight test program

miércoles, 20 de marzo de 2019

https://youtu.be/1Z8D2MG1-8Q


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Worlds first 9 bladed prop started the flight test program on March 11th 2019 and initial results are very promising.

Function, Handling and Operation on the aircraft is like those props have been in service already for years.

This new development for low noise, high performance future airplanes driven by electric powered engines, turbine engines or geared piston engines for propellers with low RPM.

Depending on propeller driven airplane designs, top speeds of up to 430 KTAS are realizable with such a installation, by reducing at the same time the fuel consumption to a turbo prop from a jet.

MT-Propeller proves with this milestone that the innovation in propeller driven airplanes is just at the beginning.

Flying a Jet comfort airplane powered with props combined with the lowest fuel consumption becomes a near future.


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STARLUX Airlines orders 17 A350 XWB aircraft for long-haul services



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STARLUX Airlines of Taiwan has signed a firm order with Airbus for 17 widebody aircraft, comprising 12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s.

The new airline plans to deploy these aircraft on its premier long-haul services from Taipei to Europe and North America, as well as selected destinations within the Asia-Pacific region.

“We are very glad to sign the official purchase agreement today for Airbus widebodies. The A350’s combination of extra-long-range capability, significantly lower operating costs and high passenger comfort were key factors in our decision,” K.W. Chang, Founder and Chairman of STARLUX Airlines said. “STARLUX is committed to becoming one of the best airlines in the world. We are positive that with the A350 XWB, we will be able to spread our wings to further destinations, bringing our best-in-class services to more people over the world in the near future.”

"What K. W. and STARLUX are proving is that when you start from a clean sheet, you make no compromises. Every STARLUX A350-1000 takes off 45 tonnes lighter than its alternative. Imagine the savings! And will fly up to 1,000 more miles than the alternative, enabling STARLUX to serve U.S. East Coast destinations nonstop! Imagine the extra market and revenue!” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “Both the A350-1000 and A350-900 offer true long-range capability, greater passenger comfort, yet all the economic benefits of fleet commonality. We salute STARLUX's strategic choice with gratitude and we will be there to support their legitimate ambition."

The A350 XWB is the world’s most modern and eco-efficient aircraft family shaping the future of air travel. It is the long-range leader in the large widebody market (300 to 400+ seats). The A350 XWB offers by design unrivalled operational flexibility and efficiency for all market segments up to ultra-long haul (9,700 nm). It features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25% reduction in fuel burn and emissions. The A350 XWB’s Airspace by Airbus cabin is the quietest of any twin-aisle and offers passengers and crews the most modern in-flight products for the most comfortable flying experience.

At the end of February 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 852 firm orders from 48 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

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[video] Boeing's CEO on 737 max

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Letter from Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to Airlines, Passengers and the Aviation Community



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We know lives depend on the work we do, and our teams embrace that responsibility with a deep sense of commitment every day. Our purpose at Boeing is to bring family, friends and loved ones together with our commercial airplanes—safely. The tragic losses of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610 affect us all, uniting people and nations in shared grief for all those in mourning. Our hearts are heavy, and we continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of the passengers and crew on board.

Safety is at the core of who we are at Boeing, and ensuring safe and reliable travel on our airplanes is an enduring value and our absolute commitment to everyone. This overarching focus on safety spans and binds together our entire global aerospace industry and communities. We're united with our airline customers, international regulators and government authorities in our efforts to support the most recent investigation, understand the facts of what happened and help prevent future tragedies. Based on facts from the Lion Air Flight 610 accident and emerging data as it becomes available from the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accident, we're taking actions to fully ensure the safety of the 737 MAX. We also understand and regret the challenges for our customers and the flying public caused by the fleet's grounding.

Work is progressing thoroughly and rapidly to learn more about the Ethiopian Airlines accident and understand the information from the airplane's cockpit voice and flight data recorders. Our team is on-site with investigators to support the investigation and provide technical expertise. The Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau will determine when and how it's appropriate to release additional details.

Boeing has been in the business of aviation safety for more than 100 years, and we'll continue providing the best products, training and support to our global airline customers and pilots. This is an ongoing and relentless commitment to make safe airplanes even safer. Soon we'll release a software update and related pilot training for the 737 MAX that will address concerns discovered in the aftermath of the Lion Air Flight 610 accident. We've been working in full cooperation with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board on all issues relating to both the Lion Air and the Ethiopian Airlines accidents since the Lion Air accident occurred in October last year.

Our entire team is devoted to the quality and safety of the aircraft we design, produce and support. I've dedicated my entire career to Boeing, working shoulder to shoulder with our amazing people and customers for more than three decades, and I personally share their deep sense of commitment. Recently, I spent time with our team members at our 737 production facility in Renton, Wash., and once again saw firsthand the pride our people feel in their work and the pain we're all experiencing in light of these tragedies. The importance of our work demands the utmost integrity and excellence—that's what I see in our team, and we'll never rest in pursuit of it.

Our mission is to connect people and nations, protect freedom, explore our world and the vastness of space, and inspire the next generation of aerospace dreamers and doers—and we'll fulfill that mission only by upholding and living our values. That's what safety means to us. Together, we'll keep working to earn and keep the trust people have placed in Boeing. Dennis Muilenburg
Chairman, President and CEO
The Boeing Company

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C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (“CSALP”) to become Airbus Canada Limited Partnership



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CSALP is pleased to announce it will soon change its name to Airbus Canada Limited Partnership.

The new name reflects the majority interest of Airbus in the limited partnership since July 1, 2018. The organisation will adopt the Airbus logo as its single visual identity.

“The new name is the logical next step after the aircraft was rebranded as the Airbus A220 on July 10th 2018, further strengthening customer confidence in the A220 as a full member of the Airbus aircraft family. It is therefore natural that our new name better reflects our organization as part of Airbus as well as signaling our distinct heritage and cultural identity here in Canada,” said Philippe Balducchi, CEO of the entity and Airbus Head of Country, Canada.

Over the course of the coming months, the new name will be formally adopted and applied to the existing documentation, materials and branded items. The Airbus and Bombardier logos will continue to be displayed side-by-side on the building exteriors in Mirabel, reflecting production activities on the site for both the Airbus A220 and Bombardier CRJ aircraft families.

About the limited partnership


Headquartered in Mirabel, Québec, the organisation is responsible for the development and manufacturing of the Airbus A220 family of single-aisle passenger aircraft. Majority owned by Airbus SE, partners include Bombardier Inc. and Investissement Québec (acting as mandatory for the government of Québec). The organisation employs approximately 2,200 at its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Mirabel. The second A220 manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama will start production in mid-2019.

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Rolls-Royce takes major step towards electrifying flight with successful hybrid aero propulsion tests



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Rolls-Royce has taken a significant step towards realising our ambition to provide hybrid-electric propulsion systems for the next generation of aviation, with successful ground tests of a hybrid system using our M250 gas turbine – a highly successful engine usually powering helicopters. The tests are part of one of the world’s most comprehensive hybrid aerospace turbine engine development and integration programmes and pave the way for experimental flights on aircraft in 2021.

We successfully tested the hybrid version of the M250 gas turbine in a ground demonstration setting in three operating modes: Series Hybrid, Parallel Hybrid and Turbo-Electric. The M250 hybrid is planned to be used as a propulsion plant with power ranging from 500kW to 1MW and has the potential to transform aviation power. The system will be used across a range of transport platforms to enable distributed electric propulsion, including EVTOLs (hybrid electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles), general aviation aircraft and hybrid helicopters.

Dr Mike Mekhiche, Deputy Director, Rolls-Royce Electrical said: “Rolls-Royce has always been a pioneer in aviation and one of the key elements of our strategy is to champion electrification across all our businesses. The successful testing of the hybrid M250 system is an important step forward in providing a hybrid-electric propulsion system that will enable a new class of quieter and cleaner air transport.”

Rolls-Royce engineers based in the United States, UK and Singapore have developed this engine into a hybrid-electric propulsion system. The M250 gas turbine engine has powered more than 170 varieties of fixed-wing military, civilian aircraft and helicopters since its initial development. Rolls-Royce selected this engine for its maturity, power-density, ease of maintenance, and high reliability. In the past half-century, M250 variants have logged more than 250 million flight hours and nearly 33,000 M250 engines have been delivered to customers.

Complete engine testing took place at our state-of-the-art facility in Indianapolis, US, where each component and sub-system of the hybrid engine was individually tested for electrical performance. These tests included simulating use across take-off, cruise, landing and taxiing and confirmed the system’s suitability for a range of transport platforms including aircraft with a range of up to 1000 miles and weighing up to 2000kg. This would support the Rolls-Royce EVTOL concept which was unveiled during the Farnborough Air Show in the UK last year as well as meeting many other customers’ requirements.

Dr Mekhiche added: “Electrification is one of the most exciting developments in aviation since the birth of the jumbo jet. We are determined to use our pedigree in aerospace to be at the forefront of developing innovative propulsion systems to meet the needs of the next chapter in aviation. When this happens, it’s going to transform the way aero transport is designed and produced, reducing the time required to travel, revolutionising cargo delivery and changing the way we design our cities and infrastructure.”

The Rolls-Royce hybrid electric propulsion system demonstrator integrates a M250 gas turbine engine with a high energy density battery system, electric generators, power converters and an advanced power management and control system. The power management system optimises overall propulsion performance in order for the system to be suitable across a variety of platforms, including EVTOL, while delivering efficiency gains, reduced noise and lower emissions.
Tests were successfully carried across three system configurations:
Series Hybrid: In this configuration, the engine operates as a turbo-generator that charges an on-board battery system, and does not contribute to thrust directly. All power required for thrust and other onboard systems is supplied by the battery.
Parallel Hybrid: In this configuration, the platform thrust is supplied by a combination of the engine (mechanical thrust) and the electrical system (electrical thrust), while the other power needs of the aircraft are met by the battery.
Turbo-Electric mode: In this configuration, the battery system is redundant. The engine operates as a pure turbo-generator supplying electric power for thrust and any other power needs on the aircraft.

The next step is to further advance the hybrid propulsion system towards integration on an aircraft and experimental flights in 2021. The M250 hybrid power pack complements the AE 2100 2.5MW system being developed for larger aircraft, including regional aviation, and is being tested with Airbus on the E-Fan X demonstrator platform.

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A meteor exploded over the Bering Sea with the energy of 10 atomic bombs

martes, 19 de marzo de 2019

Scientists recently observed a meteor exploding over the Bering Sea with the energy of 10 atomic bombs. It's officially the second largest fireball of its kind to occur this century, after the Chelyabinsk event in Russia six years ago, and the third largest impact in modern times since the Tungus...

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Rolls-Royce Tests Its Engines’ Resilience To Brutally Cold Conditions

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Cargo UAS Builder Sabrewing Signs $43M Alaska Deal

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Australia Orders Sigint Gulfstreams

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World's First 9 Bladed Prop Starts Flight Test Program

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Leonardo eyes enhanced firefighting configuration for its C-27J aircraft to expand multirole capabilities - Leonardo - Aerospace, Defence and Security

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Un projet d’avion tout électrique capable de transporter 4 à 6 personnes sur 500 km en 2h

«#Ampere, le pari de la propulsion #électrique distribuée. Un projet d'avion tout électrique capable de transporter 4 à 6 personnes sur 500 km en 2h, à proximité des villes. Rendez-vous à la page 75 de nos #pépites en ligne.   https://www.onera.fr/fr/publications-institutionnelles-et-thematiques#pepites-onera »




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Bombardier and Embraer spar over 50-seater replacement

lunes, 18 de marzo de 2019

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Kaman developing next generation of optionally-manned K-MAX

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Federal UAS program offers potential beyond fighting wildfires

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Pontifications: 737 MAX events remind of Lockheed Electra story - Leeham News and Analysis

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Federal probe of FAA safety review began before second Boeing 737 MAX crash | Airlines | Dallas News

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Rolls-Royce tests hybrid power system for light aircraft

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Gulfstream Makes First Alternative Jet Fuel Sale

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JAXA | JAXA and Toyota Reach Agreement on Taking Up the Challenge of International Space Exploration —Aim is to make future lunar mobility a reality—

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Wing-integrated battery pack nearly doubles drone's flight time

We've already heard how batteries that are built into the structure of items – such as cars or satellites – could help extend run times without increasing bulk. Now, the flight time of a drone has been almost doubled, thanks to such "structural batteries."

.. Continue Reading Wing-integrated battery pack nearly doubles drone's flight time 



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Herpes Virus Reactivation in Astronauts During Spaceflight and Its Application on Earth

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Airbus’ Skyways drone trials world’s first shore-to-ship deliveries



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Airbus has begun shore-to-ship trials in Singapore with its Skyways parcel delivery drone. This marks the first time drone technology has been deployed in real port conditions to deliver a variety of small, time-critical maritime essentials to working vessels at anchorage.

The maiden shore-to-ship delivery flight was made to the Swire Pacific Offshore’s Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel “M/V Pacific Centurion,” 1.5 km from the shoreline of Singapore’s Marina South Pier, carrying 1.5 kg of 3D printed consumables. Landing safely on the ship deck and depositing its cargo to the shipmaster, the Skyways unmanned air vehicle swiftly returned to its base, with the entire flight taking within 10 minutes.

The trials are being undertaken in conjunction with partner Wilhelmsen Ships Services, one of the world’s leading maritime logistics and port services company. During the trials, Airbus’ Skyways drone will lift off from the pier with a payload capability of up to 4 kg, and navigate autonomously along pre-determined ‘aerial corridors’ to vessels as far as 3 km from the coast.

Airbus’ Skyways lead, Leo Jeoh, shared his excitement at the milestone flight: “We are thrilled to launch the first trial of its kind in the maritime world. Today’s accomplishment is a culmination of months of intense preparation by our dedicated team, and the strong collaboration with our partner, as we pursue a new terrain in the maritime industry.”

“We are also happy to be taking a step forward for Airbus’ urban air mobility endeavour, as we continue to explore and seek better understanding of what it takes to fly safe and reliable autonomous flying vehicles safely,” he added.

“The now proven, seamless operation of drone deliveries from shore to ship, in one of the world’s busiest ports proves the hard work, investment and faith we, and indeed our partners, placed in the Agency by Air project over the past two years was not misplaced,” said Marius Johansen, Vice President Commercial, Ships Agency at Wilhelmsen Ships Services.

“Delivery of essential spares, medical supplies and cash to master via launch boat, is an established part of our portfolio of husbandry services, which we provide day in and day out, in ports all over the world. Modern technology such as the unmanned aircraft systems, are just a new tool, albeit a very cool one, with which we can push our industry ever forward and improve how we serve our customers,” he added.



The use of unmanned aircraft systems in the maritime industry paves the way for possible enlargement of existing ship agency services’ portfolio, speeding up deliveries by up to six times, lowering delivery costs by up to 90%, reducing carbon footprint, and significantly mitigating risks of accidents associated with launch-boat deliveries.


Airbus and Wilhelmsen Ships Services signed an agreement in June 2018 to drive the development of an end-to-end unmanned aircraft system for safe shore-to-ship deliveries. The collaboration marries Airbus’ extensive expertise in aeronautical vertical lift solutions and Wilhelmsen’s wealth of experience in ship agency services. A landing platform and control centre were set up at the Marina South Pier in November 2018, through the facilitation of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. The maritime agency also designated anchorages for vessels to anchor off the pier for the trials, while the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore worked with Airbus and Wilhelmsen to ensure safety of the trials.

Skyways is an experimental project aimed at establishing seamless multi-modal transportation networks in smart cities. Through Skyways, Airbus aims to develop an unmanned airborne infrastructure solution and address the sustainability and efficiency of unmanned aircraft in large urban and maritime environments.

Having demonstrated the ability to deliver parcels safely and reliably to vessels anchored off the coast of Singapore, Skyways will soon be commencing another trial phase delivering air parcels autonomously in an urban environment, at the National University of Singapore.

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COMAC testing Lingque-H hydrogen fuel cell demonstrator


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Lazareth's transforming, flying motorcycle demonstrates a stable hover

"We don't know if Lazareth is genuinely intending to test fly this thing," we wrote when we first saw La Moto Volante late last year, "or just present it as a work of art." Well, a new video answers that question pretty comprehensively, as it shows this beast of a thing taking off and achieving a stable hover on tethers.

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Boeing CEO Muilenburg Issues Statement on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Accident Investigation



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CHICAGO, March 17, 2019 / -- Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg issued the following statement regarding the report from Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges today.

First and foremost, our deepest sympathies are with the families and loved ones of those onboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.

Boeing continues to support the investigation, and is working with the authorities to evaluate new information as it becomes available. Safety is our highest priority as we design, build and support our airplanes. As part of our standard practice following any accident, we examine our aircraft design and operation, and when appropriate, institute product updates to further improve safety. While investigators continue to work to establish definitive conclusions, Boeing is finalizing its development of a previously-announced software update and pilot training revision that will address the MCAS flight control law's behavior in response to erroneous sensor inputs. We also continue to provide technical assistance at the request of and under the direction of the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. Accredited Representative working with Ethiopian investigators.

In accordance with international protocol, all inquiries about the ongoing accident investigation must be directed to the investigating authorities.

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NASA Contracts to Demonstrate Unmanned Aircraft Technologies

https://www.nasa.gov/aero/nasa-contracts-to-demonstrate-unmanned-aircraft-technologies

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NASA Tests Urban Drone Traffic Management in Nevada, Texas

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Flying 1,300 mph on airplanes would be great. But future aviation has other plans.

https://news.yahoo.com/flying-1-300-mph-airplanes-120200824.html

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Prosecutors, Transportation Department Scrutinize Development of Boeing’s 737 MAX

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What’s Next for Aerospace and Defense: A Vision for 2050

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Flawed analysis, failed oversight: How Boeing and FAA certified the suspect 737 MAX flight control system – The Seattle Times

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AIA Unveils Its Vision Of Aerospace In 2050

viernes, 15 de marzo de 2019

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US Air Force sees F-15EX as cheap and quick fix

The US Air Force (USAF) is requesting funds from Congress for eight Boeing F-15EX fighters instead of more of its favoured aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter, in a move aimed at cutting costs.


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Lockheed Martin Finalizes Full-Scale Cislunar Habitat Prototype

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Bombardier Concludes Sale of its Business Aircraft Training Unit to CAE



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Bombardier March 14, 2019 confirmed the conclusion of the previously announced sale of its flight and technical training activities to CAE, for an enterprise value of $645 million. Net proceeds are expected to be approximately $500 million after the assumption of certain liabilities, fees, and closing adjustments.

“Bombardier and CAE share a deep commitment to providing outstanding support to their customers,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Bombardier’s talented employees and strong relationships with clients, combined with CAE’s network and expertise, will elevate the customer experience. As CAE grows its core training business, Bombardier continues to expand its service offerings and dedicated support, each to the benefit of Bombardier Business Aircraft customers around the world.”

Bombardier and CAE also agreed to continue their Authorized Training Provider (ATP) relationship pursuant to which CAE carries out the training activities for Bombardier Business Aircraft, including from the training centres located in Montréal and Dallas.


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Bombardier’s Challenger 350 Aircraft Outperforms Industry as World’s Most Delivered Business Jet in 2018

Montréal Business Aircraft,  Press Release


  • Bombardier delivered 60 Challenger 350 aircraft in 2018, capturing 58 per cent of the super mid-size segment
  • Challenger 350 aircraft deliveries outpaced other business jet competitors in 2018, leading the industry for the second consecutive year
  • Challenger 300 series aircraft boast more deliveries in the last decade than any other business jet platform
  • The Challenger 350 aircraft features an optimally-balanced wing and engine design for an exceptionally smooth ride





Bombardier’s best-selling Challenger 350 business jet continued to outperform the competition in 2018 as the world’s most delivered business aircraft, leading in the super mid-size segment deliveries. As detailed in the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s (GAMA) annual shipment and billings report published in the first quarter of 2019, Bombardier also led deliveries in the super mid-size segment for a second consecutive year with a total of 60 Challenger 350 aircraft, representing 58 per cent of deliveries in the super mid-size segment.

Bombardier also delivered 23 of its large-segment Challenger 650 business jets in 2018, and the first in a much-anticipated string of Global 7500 business jet deliveries expected to follow in 2019. The GAMA report revealed a 3.8-per-cent jump in overall business jet deliveries for the year.

“This is the second consecutive year that our best-selling Challenger 350 business jet has led the pack in the super mid-size segment and in business jet deliveries worldwide across all segments,” says Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing. “With its unmatched reliability and economics, unrivaled cabin comfort and ultra-smooth ride, this aircraft offers customers an unbeatable value proposition. As business jet shipments show continued strength, we are confident that the Challenger 350 business jet will remain the leading choice of knowledgeable and experienced operators across the globe.”

This latest success builds upon a remarkable tradition of leadership for the popular Challenger 300 platform. In the last decade, the Challenger 300 series aircraft accounted for more deliveries than any other business jet platform in the industry. The tried and true Challenger 300 aircraft series continues to maintain a brisk pace of deliveries, surpassing the 700-delivery mark worldwide in 2018.

Challenger 350 aircraft: Designed with a no-compromise approach, the Challenger 350 aircraft effortlessly blends powerful performance and sleek styling to deliver a class-leading private jet experience. Industry-leading connectivity, immersive sound and ergonomically-positioned touch screens are seamlessly integrated to create an intuitive and incomparable cabin experience. Paired with impressive high-performance attributes, the Challenger 350 aircraft is designed to access challenging airfields, climb faster and cruise efficiently while providing a smooth ride.

The Challenger 350 jet boasts class-defining performance, a true seats-full, tanks-full, 3,200 NM (5,926 km) range capability and can connect Los Angeles to Honolulu*, Los Angeles to Anchorage*, or Los Angeles to New York*, while delivering a smooth ride at the lowest direct operating costs in its category.

About Bombardier

With over 68,000 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion US. The company is recognized on the 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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Lufthansa Group to Buy 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliner Jets



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Largest airline group in Europe becomes the newest Dreamliner customer

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Lufthansa Group today completed an order for 20 787-9 Dreamliner airplanes. With the deal, valued at up to $5.8 billion per list prices, the largest airline group in Europe becomes the latest customer for the fastest-selling widebody airplane of all time.

Lufthansa Group has been strategically expanding and modernizing its world-class fleet in recent years. By introducing the super-efficient and long-range 787 family, the airline group will be able to fly farther and reduce fuel costs and emissions by more than 20 percent compared to previous-generation jets.

“We are very pleased that the ultra-modern Boeing 787-9 is now also expanding our long-haul fleet," said Dr. Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board Lufthansa Group, Airlines Resources & Operational Standards. "With the 20 aircraft of this type now ordered, we will reduce our operating costs, reduce complexity in our long haul fleet, improve our environmental performance and provide our passengers with the most modern cabins in their respective category with reference class travel comfort.”

The airline group comprises network airlines such as Lufthansa and SWISS that offer passengers premium service and extensive flight options, and “point-to-point” carriers such as Eurowings that offer competitive flights for price-sensitive customers.

“Lufthansa Group is one of the most respected and innovative companies in the airline industry. We are extremely honored that they have again chosen to build their future with Boeing’s widebody jet family and we greatly look forward to delivering the 787 Dreamliner and the new 777X to Lufthansa in the coming years,” said Kevin McAllister, president & CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Built with lightweight composite materials and powered by advanced engines and a suite of new technologies, the 787 family has helped airlines save 33 billion pounds of fuel and open more than 210 new non-stop routes around the world.

“The 787’s incredible fuel efficiency and range provide tremendous flexibility for Lufthansa Group since its airlines will be able to profitably operate the airplane on a wide range of route networks and business models,” said McAllister.

Lufthansa Group’s passengers will also be able to enjoy the Dreamliner’s larger windows, lower cabin altitude, smooth-ride technology, and other amenities.

More about the 787-9 and the Dreamliner family

At 63 meters (206 feet), the 787-9 can fly 290 passengers, in a typical two-class configuration, up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 kilometers). Since its launch, the 787 has won more than 1,400 orders from now 76 customers. Boeing has delivered nearly 800 Dreamliner airplanes to customers around the world.

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Rolls-Royce delivers 100th Trent XWB engine from Dahlewitz, Germany



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Rolls-Royce is celebrating another milestone in the Trent XWB success story with the delivery of the 100th Trent XWB engine assembled at the production line in Dahlewitz, Germany. The engine will be delivered to Airbus in Toulouse to power Lufthansa’s latest A350-900 aircraft. The Lufthansa Group, one of Rolls-Royce’s most important airline customers, has operated Trent engines since 2003 and has more than 60 Rolls-Royce powered widebody aircraft in service.

More than 1,700 Trent XWB engines in service and on order worldwide reflecting strong customer demand for the Airbus A350 XWB, and Rolls-Royce has continued to ramp up production, assembling Trent XWB engines in both Derby, UK and Dahlewitz, Germany. Together, both production lines deliver the equivalent of one Trent XWB engine each working day of the week.

The Trent XWB is the world’s fastest-selling widebody engine and the programme continues to mature, recently achieving the milestone of passing three million engine flying hours, four years after the first passenger flight.

Warren East, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce, attended the ceremony and said: “With over 450 engines already delivered and three times that number on firm order the Trent XWB is a key part of our Civil Aerospace product portfolio. We are proud of our teams in Germany and the UK and their successful cooperation, delivering outstanding engines every day and supporting the Airbus A350 assembly line and airline customers worldwide.”

The Trent XWB is the largest of the Trent family and the most efficient large aero engine flying today. Since its maiden flight, the Trent XWB has covered more than 1.5 billion miles – the equivalent of flying to the sun and back eight times. It helps connect 99 cities worldwide with more than 450 different routes, and since entering service the engine has demonstrated excellent reliability, including, for example, being ready to take off at its scheduled departure time more than 99.9% of the time.

Did you know?
  • The Trent XWB powers the world’s longest scheduled flight: 15,345km from Changi, Singapore to Newark, USA.
  • Our leading Trent XWB has travelled more than 10 million miles.
  • At take off each of the engine’s high pressure turbine blades generates around 900 horsepower per blade - similar to a Formula One racing car.

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Rolls-Royce takes major step towards electrifying flight with successful hybrid aero propulsion tests



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Rolls-Royce has taken a significant step towards realising our ambition to provide hybrid-electric propulsion systems for the next generation of aviation, with successful ground tests of a hybrid system using our M250 gas turbine – a highly successful engine usually powering helicopters. The tests are part of one of the world’s most comprehensive hybrid aerospace turbine engine development and integration programmes and pave the way for experimental flights on aircraft in 2021.

We successfully tested the hybrid version of the M250 gas turbine in a ground demonstration setting in three operating modes: Series Hybrid, Parallel Hybrid and Turbo-Electric. The M250 hybrid is planned to be used as a propulsion plant with power ranging from 500kW to 1MW and has the potential to transform aviation power. The system will be used across a range of transport platforms to enable distributed electric propulsion, including EVTOLs (hybrid electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles), general aviation aircraft and hybrid helicopters.

Dr Mike Mekhiche, Deputy Director, Rolls-Royce Electrical said: “Rolls-Royce has always been a pioneer in aviation and one of the key elements of our strategy is to champion electrification across all our businesses. The successful testing of the hybrid M250 system is an important step forward in providing a hybrid-electric propulsion system that will enable a new class of quieter and cleaner air transport.”

Rolls-Royce engineers based in the United States, UK and Singapore have developed this engine into a hybrid-electric propulsion system. The M250 gas turbine engine has powered more than 170 varieties of fixed-wing military, civilian aircraft and helicopters since its initial development. Rolls-Royce selected this engine for its maturity, power-density, ease of maintenance, and high reliability. In the past half-century, M250 variants have logged more than 250 million flight hours and nearly 33,000 M250 engines have been delivered to customers.

Complete engine testing took place at our state-of-the-art facility in Indianapolis, US, where each component and sub-system of the hybrid engine was individually tested for electrical performance. These tests included simulating use across take-off, cruise, landing and taxiing and confirmed the system’s suitability for a range of transport platforms including aircraft with a range of up to 1000 miles and weighing up to 2000kg. This would support the Rolls-Royce EVTOL concept which was unveiled during the Farnborough Air Show in the UK last year as well as meeting many other customers’ requirements.

Dr Mekhiche added: “Electrification is one of the most exciting developments in aviation since the birth of the jumbo jet. We are determined to use our pedigree in aerospace to be at the forefront of developing innovative propulsion systems to meet the needs of the next chapter in aviation. When this happens, it’s going to transform the way aero transport is designed and produced, reducing the time required to travel, revolutionising cargo delivery and changing the way we design our cities and infrastructure.”

The Rolls-Royce hybrid electric propulsion system demonstrator integrates a M250 gas turbine engine with a high energy density battery system, electric generators, power converters and an advanced power management and control system. The power management system optimises overall propulsion performance in order for the system to be suitable across a variety of platforms, including EVTOL, while delivering efficiency gains, reduced noise and lower emissions.
Tests were successfully carried across three system configurations:
  • Series Hybrid: In this configuration, the engine operates as a turbo-generator that charges an on-board battery system, and does not contribute to thrust directly. All power required for thrust and other onboard systems is supplied by the battery.
  • Parallel Hybrid: In this configuration, the platform thrust is supplied by a combination of the engine (mechanical thrust) and the electrical system (electrical thrust), while the other power needs of the aircraft are met by the battery.
  • Turbo-Electric mode: In this configuration, the battery system is redundant. The engine operates as a pure turbo-generator supplying electric power for thrust and any other power needs on the aircraft.


The next step is to further advance the hybrid propulsion system towards integration on an aircraft and experimental flights in 2021. The M250 hybrid power pack complements the AE 2100 2.5MW system being developed for larger aircraft, including regional aviation, and is being tested with Airbus on the E-Fan X demonstrator platform.

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Investigators find new clues pointing to potential cause of 737 MAX crashes as FAA details Boeing’s fix – The Seattle Times

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Virgin Atlantic removes make-up demand from cabin crew

Virgin Atlantic has removed its long-standing requirement that female cabin crew wear make-up while on duty.

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Brexit Britain will be 'lost in space'

One of the UK most successful space entrepreneurs has launched a withering attack on Brexit, labelling it "galactic scale stupidity".

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What could life on Mars look like? This Chilean desert holds some clues.

If alien life exists below the surface of Mars, it might very well have a thing or two in common with these populations. Mars is a cold, dry hellscape, but that doesn't mean Earth doesn't share some its more inhospitable traits. If you venture out into the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile, you'll...

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China's new solid rocket booster completes test [feedly]

martes, 12 de marzo de 2019

China's new solid rocket booster completes test
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X-60A hypersonic flight research vehicle program completes critical design review

X-60A hypersonic flight research vehicle program completes critical design review
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Next-generation space industry jobs ready for take-off

Next-generation space industry jobs ready for take-off
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Boeing postpones public events for 777X roll-out

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BVLOS oil and gas inspections conducted in Nigeria

BVLOS oil and gas inspections conducted in Nigeria
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[video] Future Air Taxi? Flying Sikorsky's World-First Autonomous Helicopter

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Flying a helicopter is one of the hardest things to do in aviation, yet I "mastered" it in seconds aboard this incredibly smart machine. Sikorsky is at the forefront of autonomous helicopter aviation--something that will be essential for the future of aeromobility. (That is, air taxis.) I was the first journalist to fly SARA, the adapted S-76 that's helping develop the company's Matrix Technology system. But even before air taxis come along, the innovations developed here will boost helicopter safety and crew effectiveness across a wide range of missions. A few notes: --The conventional controls are still present, so the stick movement you see comes from the system using servos to engage the controls. The stick's movement simply mirrors those inputs. Our hands are positioned on the stick because that's where the mic trigger is--i.e., how pilot Mark Ward and I communicate with each other. --Not sure this was particularly clear, but the pilot doesn't have to do anything to disengage the system apart from taking over the controls. So there's no circumstance in which he or she would have to "wrestle" with the aircraft. It yields instantly to pilot inputs, then simply goes back to its programmed mission once control is released. --Articles forthcoming at Wired and in the print issue of Vertical magazine. My first piece on this technology appeared at The Drive: http://www.thedrive.com/news/26735/we-take-sikorskys-ground-breaking-experimental-autonomous-helicopter-prototype-for-a-test-flight

Video: https://youtu.be/bkIZGRa7Uug


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Boeing 737-MAX operations temporarily suspended | Civil Aviation Safety Authority

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Global Ultralight And Light Aircraft Market Worth $13.9 Billion By 2030

Global Ultralight And Light Aircraft Market Worth $13.9 Billion By 2030
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More than a third of global 737 Max fleet grounded

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GKN to further automate production of A330neo wing sections [feedly]

GKN to further automate production of A330neo wing sections
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Lockheed tapped for MUOS Support | Theon Sensors opens German Subsidiary | Belgian Air Force seeks Assistance from Safran Helicopters [feedly]

Lockheed tapped for MUOS Support | Theon Sensors opens German Subsidiary | Belgian Air Force seeks Assistance from Safran Helicopters
https://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/lockheed-tapped-for-muos-support-theon-sensors-opens-german-subsidiary-belgian-air-force-seeks-assistance-from-safran-helicopters-041804/

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Leonardo World’S No.1 Civil Helicopter Manufacturer Secures Contracts, Eyes New Markets And Expands Training And Products [feedly]

Leonardo World'S No.1 Civil Helicopter Manufacturer Secures Contracts, Eyes New Markets And Expands Training And Products
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Bell Boeing to update MV-22 Osprey | Elbit Systems supplies Combat Suites to Hellenic Coast Guard | Saab to deliver Virtual Simulators to Finland [feedly]

Bell Boeing to update MV-22 Osprey | Elbit Systems supplies Combat Suites to Hellenic Coast Guard | Saab to deliver Virtual Simulators to Finland
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HAL Ramps Up LCA Production and Looks to the Mk2 [feedly]

HAL Ramps Up LCA Production and Looks to the Mk2
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TBM 930 Completes Paris-New York Record Flight [feedly]

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PAL-Vpresenta el modelo de producción de su coche volador de edición limitada

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PAL-V Unveils The Production Modelofits Limited Edition Flying Car

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Boeing Statement on 737 MAX Software Enhancement


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The Boeing Company is deeply saddened by the loss of Lion Air Flight 610, which has weighed heavily on the entire Boeing team, and we extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families and loved ones of those onboard.



Safety is a core value for everyone at Boeing and the safety of our airplanes, our customers’ passengers and their crews is always our top priority. The 737 MAX is a safe airplane that was designed, built and supported by our skilled employees who approach their work with the utmost integrity.



For the past several months and in the aftermath of Lion Air Flight 610, Boeing has been developing a flight control software enhancement for the 737 MAX, designed to make an already safe aircraft even safer. This includes updates to the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) flight control law, pilot displays, operation manuals and crew training. The enhanced flight control law incorporates angle of attack (AOA) inputs, limits stabilizer trim commands in response to an erroneous angle of attack reading, and provides a limit to the stabilizer command in order to retain elevator authority.



Boeing has been working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on development, planning and certification of the software enhancement, and it will be deployed across the 737 MAX fleet in the coming weeks. The update also incorporates feedback received from our customers.



The FAA says it anticipates mandating this software enhancement with an Airworthiness Directive (AD) no later than April. We have worked with the FAA in development of this software enhancement.



It is important to note that the FAA is not mandating any further action at this time, and the required actions in AD2018-23.5 continue to be appropriate.



A pitch augmentation control law (MCAS) was implemented on the 737 MAX to improve aircraft handling characteristics and decrease pitch-up tendency at elevated angles of attack. It was put through flight testing as part of the certification process prior to the airplane entering service. MCAS does not control the airplane in normal flight; it improves the behavior of the airplane in a non-normal part of the operating envelope.



Boeing’s 737 MAX Flight Crew Operations Manual (FCOM) already outlines an existing procedure to safely handle the unlikely event of erroneous data coming from an angle of attack (AOA) sensor. The pilot will always be able to override the flight control law using electric trim or manual trim. In addition, it can be controlled through the use of the existing runaway stabilizer procedure as reinforced in the Operations Manual Bulletin (OMB) issued on Nov. 6, 2018.



Additionally, we would like to express our deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. A Boeing technical team is at the crash site to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. It is still early in the investigation, as we seek to understand the cause of the accident.

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Boeing Statement on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302



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Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team. A Boeing technical team will be travelling to the crash site to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.

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Airbus Helicopters announces 43 orders at Heli-Expo 2019



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Airbus Helicopters wraps up the 2019 edition of Heli-Expo with 43 orders from worldwide customers announced for the whole Airbus civil product range - H125, H130, H135, H145, H160, H175 and H225. Twenty-one helicopters of the 43 orders announced at the show were from longstanding Airbus Helicopters customer Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), which unveiled a contract for a mix of single-engine H125s and twin-engine H135s.

Major highlights included the launch of a new version of the H145 providing increased performance, comfort, simplicity and connectivity to the twin-engine best-seller. This new H145 secured launch customers in key market segments with orders for 10 units being announced at the show, as well as retrofits for nine helicopters.

“Heli-Expo is always a great opportunity to meet with our customers and to show them first-hand how we strive to bring innovations that meet their needs, like the five-bladed H145 we unveiled this year,” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “Our teams are thrilled to see the market reacting so positively to these efforts, and I’m thankful to all the customers who placed their trust in our products in services”.

Airbus performed daily demonstrations of the new digital support and service offerings that were unveiled at the show such as digital log cards, with CHC Helicopter’s newest H175 to become the first helicopter to be delivered with the new system, and the new Flight Analyser data analytics. Key contracts from the HCare support portfolio were signed such as the first HCare Infinite in North America for Superior Helicopters and a global support contract for the 19 helicopters of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) of the United Kingdom, highlighting Airbus’ commitment to delivering efficient support to its customers worldwide.

Heli-Expo also saw some key partnership announcements with the selection of the Pratt & Whitney (PW 206B3) turbine engine to power the Airbus H135 IFR-certified helicopter the company is proposing for the U.S. Navy helicopter trainer replacement. Airbus Helicopters also announced partnerships with Skytrac, AMS and Lundin Software to enhance its data collection capabilities that will enrich Airbus databases and inform analytics services that offer value to customers.

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Crash: Laser Colombia DC3 near Villavicencio on Mar 9th 2019, lost height on approach

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Crash: Ethiopian B38M near Bishoftu on Mar 10th 2019, impacted terrain after departure

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FAA Declares Boeing 737 MAX 8 'Safe To Fly' Despite 2nd Crash In 5 Months | Zero Hedge

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Altair at Hannover Messe 2019: Industrial Intelligence through the Convergence of Simulation and Data Science

jueves, 7 de marzo de 2019



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Showcase highlights to include a simulation revolution accelerating FEA, technology demonstrator for predictive maintenance, and a digital twin integration platform


 Altair (Nasdaq:ALTR), a global technology company providing solutions in product development, high-performance computing and data intelligence, will present its technology solutions at Hannover Messe, from April 1-5, 2019 in Hanover, Germany.

Trade fair visitors are invited to explore Altair’s technology and solutions featuring artificial intelligence, industry 4.0, cobots, simulation-driven design, data intelligence, modern HPC and cloud infrastructures. Innovative customer examples, with Brompton Bike demonstrating a simulation revolution using mesh-less structural analysis tool Altair SimSolid™, a technology demonstrator for predictive maintenance applying simulation and data intelligence, and the creation and best-practice examples of digital twins will be highlighted at the company's booth (L17, hall 6). In application illustrations, Altair will demonstrate how the downtime of robots in production can be minimized by ABB, and how Altair solutions support simulation and data-driven decision making by Schneider Electric.

"With today's development environments having to deal with various applications and different development environments all speaking their own language, one can't help but think of product development as being a modern times 'Tower of Bable'," said Dr. Pietro Cervellera, vice president EMEA operations, Altair. "With our integration platform providing new ways to collaborate and multiphysics development approach, we help development teams cross the language barrier to master this challenge. Thanks to strides in IoT and data intelligence solutions, it is now easier than ever to implement digital twin and predictive maintenance methods to get a holistic view of each product."

Experience Altair solutions live at booth no, L17 in hall 6 at Hannover Messe. Learn more at www.altair.com.

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XQ-58A loyal wingman demonstrator completes inaugural flight > Wright-Patterson AFB > Article Display

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – --

The XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator, a long-range, high subsonic unmanned air vehicle completed its inaugural flight March 5, 2019 at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona. The Air Force Research Laboratory partnered with Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems to develop the XQ-58A.

This joint effort falls within the Air Force Research Laboratory's Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology (LCAAT) portfolio, which has the objective to break the escalating cost trajectory of tactically relevant aircraft. The objectives of the LCAAT initiative include designing and building UAS faster by developing better design tools, and maturing and leveraging commercial manufacturing processes to reduce build time and cost.

Developed for runway independence, the aircraft behaved as expected and completed 76 minutes of flight time. The time to first flight took a little over 2.5 years from contract award. The XQ-58A has a total of five planned test flights in two phases with objectives that include evaluating system functionality, aerodynamic performance, and launch and recovery systems.

"XQ-58A is the first example of a class of UAV that is defined by low procurement and operating costs while providing game changing combat capability," said Doug Szczublewski, AFRL's XQ-58A Program Manager.

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First flight of the P2012 Traveller without its test pilot. [video]








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On 23 Feb 2019 the P2012 Traveller took off for the first time without its Test Pilot on board.
Flying the aircraft this time was Capt. Giovanni Pascale which at the moment is the only other pilot authorized to fly the P2012. 
The flight took off from Capua (LIAU) direct to Catania (LICC)


“It’s the first time in the history of the P2012 that there is going to be a mismatch between my flight hours on this aircraft
and the hours of the aircraft itself.
Giovanni has taken the bird up in the air.
That’s a great achievement for us.”

Lorenzo De Stefano (Tecnam’s Test Pilot)

“The flight was good and smooth, the airplane was very pleasant to fly and the cockpit management resulted very easy as well” said Giovanni Pascale. “We ended the flight demonstrating a Steep Approach and the aircraft performed perfectly,”

“Flying for the first time this aircraft as Pilot in Command was an amazing experience,
but more then flying the aircraft itself,

my strongest emotion was to fly my father Paolo Pascale
over to Catania in a newborn child signed by Tecnam.” 

Giovanni Pascale



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Bombardier Global 7500 Aircraft Completes the World’s Longest Range Business Jet Flight in History

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  • Global 7500 jet’s extraordinary 8,152 nm flight is the longest mission ever flown by a purpose-built business jet
  • Flight also sets record for highest speed over longest distance in business aviation history, connecting Singapore to Tucson, AZ*
  • Aircraft landed with fuel reserves well above NBAA requirements; 4,300 lb of remaining fuel represents nearly 1,5 hours of additional flight
  • Aircraft provides the industry’s largest cabin and best cabin experience, perfectly suited for trans-oceanic journeys and an exceptionally smooth ride



Bombardier is proud to announce that its Global 7500 aircraft, has once again demonstrated its ability to go the distance by completing the longest range business jet flight in history**, successfully completing an 8,152-nautical-mile flight non-stop, pushing the boundaries of business travel.

The award-winning business jet departed from Singapore Changi Airport at 7:12 a.m. local time and arrived at Tucson International Airport at 8:19 a.m. local time, completing the long-range speed record flight for the city-pair.

“The Global 7500 aircraft was built to break all the records,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “It achieved the industry’s longest mission ever in business aviation after only two months in service. We’ve demonstrated its unequaled long-range and high speed capabilities, but also its ability to break records confidently with healthy fuel reserves remaining, once again, confirming its unsurpassed performance to customers.”

Since its entry-into-service, the Global 7500 jet has emphatically proven itself to be the highest-performing aircraft in the industry and this record showcases the real-world capabilities of this impressive aircraft. With a top speed of Mach 0.925, the aircraft has unquestionably shown its ability to fly even further than any other business jet with its advertised range of 7,700 nautical miles. The achievement of a flight that reaches 8,152 nautical miles clearly demonstrates that the aircraft is the only business jet with the high-performance capabilities required for long flights. Providing access to these demanding, long-range routes is an invaluable resource for customers.

Over the last two months, the Global 7500 jet has demonstrated exceptional performance and reliability, this first aircraft has completed more than 170 hours of flight around the world.

The Global 7500 aircraft offers spaciousness that is unique among business jets, with its award-winning interior featuring a full-size kitchen and four true living spaces. The Global 7500 aircraft also debuts Bombardier’s patented Nuage seat, which was meticulously designed for maximum comfort and will be exclusive to the new Global family of aircraft.

About Bombardier

With over 68,000 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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Boeing Acquires ForeFlight



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Combined offerings will provide customers across the aviation industry with enhanced digital services

CHICAGO, March 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] completed the acquisition of ForeFlight, a leading provider of innovative mobile and web-based aviation applications.

ForeFlight has partnered with Boeing for the past two years to bring aviators Jeppesen's aeronautical data and charts through ForeFlight's popular mobile platforms. Now, the teams will integrate talent and offerings to bring innovative, expanded digital solutions to all segments of the aviation industry.

"We are excited to build on ForeFlight's tremendous success in personal, business and defense aviation so we can provide next-generation, integrated tools to our aviation customers today," said Ken Sain, Boeing Vice President of Digital Solutions and Analytics. "This acquisition also expands Boeing's rapidly growing, unparalleled digital services portfolio which will enable us to compete and win in the $2.8 trillion, 10-year services market."

The acquisition of ForeFlight aligns with Boeing's growth strategy of complementing organic investments with targeted, strategic investments that position the company for long-term growth.

"We are inspired by the future built at Boeing and what our teams will be able to create by coming together," said Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight. "Our companies share a passion for delivering customers the essential tools that drive efficiency, productivity, and safety."

Terms of the approved deal are not being disclosed and do not affect Boeing's financial guidance or the company's commitment to returning approximately 100 percent of free cash flow to shareholders.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ForeFlight has approximately 180 employees.

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. As the top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth.

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TsAGI completes next stage testing of the advanced executive jet

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Bombardier Global 7500 Aircraft Completes the World’s Longest Range Business Jet Flight in History

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Germany in talks with Airbus on 600 million euros of A380 loans

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Dangerous situation during runway works as suddenly an aircraft approaches …

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Conferencia: piloto de Mirage y de Phantom del Ejército del Aire nos desvelan sus secretos (30/03/19)

domingo, 3 de marzo de 2019

Organizada por Aire.org, en Getafe.

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F-35C Achieves Initial Operational Capability





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SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Commander, Naval Air Forces and the U.S. Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation jointly announced that the aircraft carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C Lightning II, met all requirements and achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC).

The Feb. 28 announcement comes shortly after the Department of the Navy’s first F-35C squadron, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, completed aircraft carrier qualifications aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and received Safe-For-Flight Operations Certification.

In order to declare IOC, the first operational squadron must be properly manned, trained and equipped to conduct assigned missions in support of fleet operations. This includes having 10 Block 3F, F-35C aircraft, requisite spare parts, support equipment, tools, technical publications, training programs and a functional Autonomic Logistic Information System (ALIS).

Additionally, the ship that supports the first squadron must possess the proper infrastructure, qualifications and certifications. Lastly, the Joint Program Office, industry, and Naval Aviation must demonstrate that all procedures, processes and policies are in place to sustain operations.

“The F-35C is ready for operations, ready for combat and ready to win,” said Commander Naval Air Forces, Vice Admiral DeWolfe Miller. “We are adding an incredible weapon system into the arsenal of our Carrier Strike Groups that significantly enhances the capability of the joint force.”

Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore is the home-base for the Navy’s Joint Strike Fighter Wing, Navy F-35C fleet squadrons and the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS), VFA-125 that trains Navy and Marine Corps CVN-based Joint Strike Fighter pilots. To accommodate the F-35C program at NAS Lemoore, several facilities were built or remodeled to facilitate specific F-35C requirements with regard to maintenance and training, including a Pilot Fit Facility, Centralized Engine Repair Facility, Pilot Training Center and a newly-remodeled hangar. Future projects are planned as additional Navy squadrons transition into the F-35C. The Marine Corps plans to transition four F-35C squadrons that will be assigned to Carrier Air Wings for deployments.

“We’re very proud of what our Sailors have accomplished in the Joint Strike Fighter community,” said CAPT Max McCoy, commodore of the U.S. Navy’s Joint Strike Fighter Wing. “Their commitment to mission delivered fifth generation capability to the carrier air wing, making us more combat effective than ever before. We will continue to learn and improve ways to maintain and sustain F-35C as we prepare for first deployment. The addition of F-35C to existing Carrier Air Wing capability ensures that we can fight and win in contested battlespace now and well into the future.”

Meanwhile, Rear Admiral Dale Horan, director, USN F-35C Fleet Integration Office said, “The F-35C will revolutionize capability and operating concepts of aircraft carrier-based naval aviation using advanced technologies to find, fix and assess threats and, if necessary, track, target and engage them in all contested environments,” adding “This accomplishment represents years of hard work on the part of the F-35 Joint Program Office and Naval Aviation Enterprise. Our focus has now shifted to applying lessons learned from this process to future squadron transitions, and preparing VFA-147 for their first overseas deployment.”

The mission-ready F-35C is the latest addition to U.S. Navy’s Carrier Air Wing. With its stealth technology, state-of-the-art avionics, advanced sensors, weapons capacity and range, the aircraft carrier-based F-35C provides unprecedented air superiority, interdiction, suppression of enemy air defenses and close-air-support as well as advanced command and control functions through fused sensors. These state-of-the art capabilities provide pilots and combatant commanders unrivaled battlespace awareness and lethality. The F-35C is the final U.S. Joint Strike Fighter variant to declare IOC and follows the USAF’s F-35A and USMC’s F-35B. IOC declaration is a significant milestone.






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Dassault chief warns on creating 'Eurofighter 2.0' for FCAS work [feedly]

Dassault chief warns on creating 'Eurofighter 2.0' for FCAS work
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/dassault-chief-warns-on-creating-eurofighter-20-f-456242/

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Press Release: OneWeb makes history as first launch mission is a success [feedly]

Press Release: OneWeb makes history as first launch mission is a success
https://runwaygirlnetwork.com/2019/02/28/press-release-oneweb-makes-history-as-first-launch-mission-is-a-success/

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Transcript: RR told Boeing before end of 2018 it’s out of NMA competition [feedly]

Transcript: RR told Boeing before end of 2018 it's out of NMA competition
https://leehamnews.com/2019/02/28/transcript-rr-told-boeing-before-end-of-2018-its-out-of-nma-competition/

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TsAGI explores spacecraft motion in the Mars atmosphere

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Temperature field of the moving ExoMars space module for Mach number 8


Is there life on Mars? The Earth people have been interested in this question from the earliest times. The “Martian fever” has been running high since the end of the XIX century.

Wide dry canals and braided valleys on the surface of the planet suggest that there once were rivers and rains, and the climate was humid and warm. There is still a probability to find the traces of biological life, and this is one of the scientific objectives of a joint project of Russian scientists and the European Space Agency “ExoMars.”

Within this program it is planned to launch a space complex “ExoMars” in 2020. It consists of the Enter, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module and adapter with the separation system. The Landing (Descent) Module must deliver to the surface of the Red Planet the Rover from the European Space Agency and the Russian-built landing surface platform with a set of scientific instruments. Scientists of the Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI, a member of the National Research Center “Zhukovsky Institute”) are interested in this task. For example, TsAGI young specialists initiated an independent numerical study for the Descent Module’s motion in Mars atmosphere and thermal loads on it at that time.

There was studied in particular the ablation process — the Module’ s protection cover meting and evaporation under the influence of heat flow, which effectively reduces the overheating of the structural elements. Using the developed in TsAGI copyright program code there was created the simplest Martian atmosphere and the trajectory of the Landing Module at a speed of 7-8 Mach. The ablation at that case was simulated by gas blowing out of the frontal surface of the Module. “It was important for us to see it all in terms of laminar-turbulent transition,” said Senior Scientific Researcher of TsAGI’s Department for Aerothermodynamics Testing of Hypersonic Aircraft and Rocket-and-Space Equipment, Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Science, Natalia Palchekovskaya. “When we reduce the heat flow by ablation, because of the Module’s high surface evaporation we can get an unsteady-state boundary layer, which could lead to turbulence. The essence of the study is to maintain a balance when the spacecraft is not burnt up in the Martian atmosphere and the trajectory is not broken and it successfully reaches the Red Planet and performs its mission.”

There have been received partial results at the moment. They will enable numerically simulate the real conditions of flow for the Descent Module in the Martian atmosphere at small angles of attack up to 10 degrees. The study will continue this year.

ExoMars is a joint project of the European Space Agency and Russian space agency Roscosmos. Under the ExoMars-2016 program where was already launched the Trace Gas Orbiter into Mars orbit and released Schiaparelli EDM lander. The second phase of the project is scheduled to launch in 2020 and to deliver to the Martian surface the European Space Agency Rover and the Russian surface platform, which will set to work on the surface of the Red Planet as a long-life autonomous research station.

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Australian startup plans a proper long-range, road-drivable VTOL flying car

https://newatlas.com/macchina-volantis-flying-car/58659/

http://www.macchinavolantis.com/

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NASA Secures First International Partnership for Moon to Mars Lunar Gateway



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The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the announcement Thursday by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about Canada's support for the Gateway lunar outpost and deep space exploration:

"NASA is thrilled that Canada is the first international partner for the Gateway lunar outpost. Space exploration is in Canada's DNA. In 1962, Canada became the third nation to launch a satellite into orbit with Alouette 1.

"Today, Canada leads the world in space-based robotic capabilities, enabling critical repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope and construction of the International Space Station. Our new collaboration on Gateway will enable our broader international partnership to get to the Moon and eventually to Mars."

For more information on the Gateway, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/topics/moon-to-mars/lunar-outpost

Learn more about NASA's Moon to Mars exploration plan, go to:

https://www.nasa.gov/topics/moon-to-mars

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