Short hops, clear air and the sweet spot for electric aircraft

martes, 16 de julio de 2019

https://newatlas.com/short-hops-clear-air-electric-aviation/60379/

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EASA And DGAC Of Mexico Formalize Partnership In Aviation Safety

http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=7e0e0340-c515-4afc-96b8-f14d4a8fd142

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Space X's UPDATE: IN-FLIGHT ABORT STATIC FIRE TEST ANOMALY INVESTIGATION

https://www.spacex.com/news/2019/07/15/update-flight-abort-static-fire-anomaly-investigation

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Enabling Martian habitability with silica aerogel via the solid-state greenhouse effect



Abstract


The low temperatures1,2 and high ultraviolet radiation levels3 at the surface of Mars today currently preclude the survival of life anywhere except perhaps in limited subsurface niches4. Several ideas for making the Martian surface more habitable have been put forward5,6,7,8, but they all involve massive environmental modification that will be well beyond human capability for the foreseeable future9. Here, we present a new approach to this problem. We show that widespread regions of the surface of Mars could be made habitable to photosynthetic life in the future via a solid-state analogue to Earth’s atmospheric greenhouse effect. Specifically, we demonstrate via experiments and modelling that under Martian environmental conditions, a 2–3 cm-thick layer of silica aerogel will simultaneously transmit sufficient visible light for photosynthesis, block hazardous ultraviolet radiation and raise temperatures underneath it permanently to above the melting point of water, without the need for any internal heat source. Placing silica aerogel shields over sufficiently ice-rich regions of the Martian surface could therefore allow photosynthetic life to survive there with minimal subsequent intervention. This regional approach to making Mars habitable is much more achievable than global atmospheric modification. In addition, it can be developed systematically, starting from minimal resources, and can be further tested in extreme environments on Earth today.



ful text: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-019-0813-0

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[video] Boeing T-X Begins EMD Flight Tests

https://youtu.be/y0hWkDWbLZg



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Next Steps For Using Additive Manufacturing For Repairs

https://www.mro-network.com/emerging-technology/next-steps-using-additive-manufacturing-repairs

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Cracks Trigger A380 Wing-spar Inspections

https://www.mro-network.com/maintenance-repair-overhaul/cracks-trigger-a380-wing-spar-inspections

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Portugal announces Firm Order for the Multi-Mission Airlift KC-390



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The Portuguese Government announced today a firm order of five multi-mission airlifters Embraer KC-390 as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capacities to support national Armed Forces operations and increase readiness in missions of public interest. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2023. The KC-390 is designed to set new standards for efficiency and productivity in its category while presenting the lowest life-cycle cost of the market. The aircraft can perform different types of military and civilian missions including humanitarian support, medical evacuation, search and rescue and firefighting, while fully meeting the requirements of the Portuguese Air Force, adding new superior cargo and troops transport, aerial delivery and aerial refueling capabilities. “Today is a historic day for the KC-390 Program and I want to thank those who have contributed to the project. This is a very important step to consolidate the aircraft which we believe will become another success for Embraer. The Portuguese KC-390 will meet new interoperability requirements, in the areas of secure navigation, data and voice transmission that will allow the KC-390 to integrate joint operations in multinational alliances in which Portugal is integrated. These requirements, developed in partnership with the Portuguese Air Force, will enable the KC-390 to meet the needs of many other nations around the world.” said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. “The industrial partnership between Portugal and Embraer contributes to the development of engineering and the Portuguese aeronautics industry, representing more than 300 million euros in exports each year and thousands of highly skilled jobs.” Portugal is the largest international partner of the KC-390 Program and its participation in the development and production of the aircraft is recognized as having had a positive economic impact in the generation of jobs, new investments, increased exports and technological advances. The KC-390 has received its Civil Certification from the Brazilian National Aviation Agency (ANAC) in 2018 and is now in full serial production. Entry into service is expected to occur in the 3rd quarter of 2019 with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), with follow on deliveries to occur throughout the year.

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First Boeing P-8A Poseidon for United Kingdom takes flight



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The first Boeing [NYSE: BA] P-8A Poseidon for the United Kingdom Royal Air Force (RAF) took off from Renton, Wash. at 10:00 a.m. Pacific on July 12, marking the first flight of this inaugural UK P-8A.

During the 90 minute flight key testing took place before the aircraft touched down and moved to the next phase of preparation before customer delivery, installation of military systems.

UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Royal Air Force personnel, along with Boeing P-8 program leaders, were on hand to witness the takeoff and landing of the recently painted aircraft, number ZP801.

“This is a great milestone in the UK P-8A Poseidon’s journey to the UK, as we are one step closer to its arrival in Scotland,” said Air Commodore Richard Barrow, the senior responsible owner for the UK’s P-8A program. “The platform will enhance the UK’s maritime patrol capability with advanced, state-of-the-art technology.”

The RAF P-8A Poseidon fleet will support maritime surveillance, anti-submarine warfare and anti-ship warfare for the UK, and will increase protection of the UK’s nuclear deterrent and Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.

The first of nine P-8As ordered by the UK now moves to the P-8 Installation and Checkout facility in Tukwila, Wash., where mission systems are installed and further testing happens before final delivery to the customer later this year. When the aircraft is delivered it will first fly to U.S. Naval Air Station Jacksonville for additional preparation and training by UK personnel before flying home to the UK. The RAF will take delivery of ZP801 later this year and it will move to the UK in early 2020.

The United Kingdom is one of six international customers for the P-8A Poseidon. As a direct commercial sale, India has received eight of the P-8I variant to date with four more in production. The U.S. Navy is on contract to receive 111 with the potential for additional quantities based on the fleet’s needs. As a cooperative partner with the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Program Office, Australia began receiving their P-8A aircraft in 2016 with eight delivered and four more in production; Norway will begin receiving their five P-8As in 2022; both New Zealand and South Korea have signed agreements with the U.S. Navy to purchase four and six aircraft respectively.

For more information on Defense, Space & Security, visit www.boeing.com. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense and @BoeingSpace.

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Airlines Cut Airbus A340 Takeoff Length With Maths – Simple Flying

lunes, 15 de julio de 2019

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UK MOD to develop cutting-edge laser and radio frequency weapons

jueves, 11 de julio de 2019



Press release

The Ministry of Defence is developing cutting-edge laser and radio frequency weapons which have the potential to revolutionise the battlefield.



The state-of-the-art weapons systems, known as Directed Energy Weapons (DEW), are powered solely by electricity and operate without ammunition.

The systems could be fuelled by a vehicle’s engine or a generator, significantly reducing their operating costs and providing unprecedented flexibility on the frontline.

In a Prior Information Notice (PIN) published this week, the MOD announced it is seeking to develop three new DEW demonstrators to explore the potential of the technology and accelerate its introduction onto the battlefield.

The laser weapons systems deploy high energy light beams to target and destroy enemy drones and missiles. Radio Frequency weapons are designed to disrupt and disable enemy computers and electronics.

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said:
Laser and Radio Frequency technologies have the potential to revolutionise the battlefield by offering powerful and cost-effective weapons systems to our Armed Forces.
This significant investment demonstrates our commitment to ensuring our Armed Forces operate at the forefront of military technology.



The new systems are expected to be trialled in 2023 on Royal Navy ships and Army vehicles but, once developed, both technologies could be operated by all three services. The Armed Forces will use these exercises to get a better understanding of DEW, test the systems to their limits and assess how they could be integrated with existing platforms.

The MOD aims to invest up to £130m in this package of Directed Energy Weapons, including the construction of the demonstrators, the creation of a new Joint Programme Office and the recruitment of personnel to manage the programme.

These demonstrators are part of the MOD’s “Novel Weapons Programme” which is responsible for the trial and implementation of innovative weapons systems to ensure the UK remains a world leader in military technology. They are expected to reach the frontline within 10 years.

The MOD already has plans for initial trials of laser weapons systems, with the Dragonfire demonstrator commissioned by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to be tested later this year.

The Dragonfire represents a world-first in laser weapons technology, combining multiple laser beams to produce a weapons system that is more powerful than its predecessors and resistant to the most challenging environmental conditions.

The MOD also has over 30 years’ experience in Radio Frequency DEW, during which time the UK has become a world leader in developing new power generation technologies and a global hub for the performance testing and evaluation of these systems.

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Virgin Orbit launches a rocket from 747 for the first time

https://virginorbit.com/wait-for-the-drop/

https://newatlas.com/virgin-orbit-rocket-747-first-release/60528/

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KUOW - SPEEA engineer breaks silence on Boeing's MAX 737. Read this letter

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Shapeshifting supersonic airliner

miércoles, 10 de julio de 2019

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Embraer’s “TechLion” E195-E2 Visits China, Kicking off the First Stop of its Global Demonstration Tour



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Following its successful debut at the 53rd International Paris Air Show, Embraer’s newest Profit Hunter – the E195-E2 showcasing a stunning “TechLion” livery that covers the entire aircraft’s fuselage – will now begin its global demo tour. The first stop will be Xiamen, China, on July 8th, followed by several stops within China and Asia Pacific during the months of July and August. At each stop, Embraer will show the aircraft’s efficiency and quiet cabin. The E195-E2 is the largest of the three aircraft in the E-Jets E2 family. “We are delighted to start the global demo tour of the E195-E2, the biggest aircraft ever developed by Embraer, with our Chinese customers,” said John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Airlines will love the E2’s exceptional economics and efficiency, greater operational flexibility and unmatched passenger comfort. As the most efficient single-aisle jet in the market, the E195-E2 is the ideal aircraft for growing regional business and complementing existing low-cost and mainline fleets.” “In 2018, the passenger volume of China Civil Aviation continued to grow at a double-digit rate, a 10.9% year-over-year increase. With the emergence of local requirements from second and third-tier cities, China has introduced a series of favorable policies to support the development of regional aviation. This will create great market potential for aircraft with up to 150 seats,” said Guan Dongyuan, Senior Vice President of Embraer and President of Embraer China. “We’re proud to keep pace with the growing industry, leading the regional market here with a nearly 70% share. Today, eight airlines operate 105 Embraer commercial aircraft in Greater China and Mongolia, which laid a solid foundation for adding the E2s to the market.” In November 2018, the E190-E2 traveled almost half of China and successfully completed the demo tour by flying to 11 cities (including Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia) in 20 days. The aircraft returned in May of this year and flew from Xining to Yushu Batang Airport, which sits at an elevation of 3,950 meters above sea level. “This time, we will bring the eye-catching ‘TechLion’ E195-E2 to give our customers here a firsthand look at its advanced technology features, e-enabled systems and Embraer-exclusive staggered seating layout in business class,” said Guo Qing, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for China, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “The E195-E2 can achieve competitive costs per seat like larger narrow body aircraft but with significantly lower costs per trip, which will enable carriers, especially low-cost carriers to explore additional secondary markets, further expanding network connectivity and bringing social benefits to the general public.” In April, the E195-E2 received type certification simultaneously from three major world regulatory authorities – ANAC (the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency), the FAA (U.S. Federal Aviation Administration) and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). The airplane will enter service with Brazil’s Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A. in the second half of 2019. Spanish airline Binter will also receive its E195-E2 later this year. The E195-E2 is the most environmentally friendly aircraft in its class. It has the lowest levels of external noise and emissions. The cumulative margin to ICAO Stage IV noise limit ranges from 19 to 20 EPNdB, 4.0 EPNdB better than its direct competitor. E195-E2 performance targets were to be similar to the E195 yet it carries more payload and burns 25.4% less fuel per seat. Its maximum range is 2,600 nautical miles (4,815 km) with a full passenger load, 600 nm more than the E195, and has three additional seat rows. Airlines may choose to configure the cabin in two classes with 120 seats or a single class with up to 146 seats. Like the E190-E2, the E195-E2 has the longest maintenance intervals in the single-aisle jet category – 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no calendar limit for typical E-Jet operations. This means an additional 15 days of aircraft utilization over a period of ten years compared to current generation E-Jets. Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial aircraft up to 150 seats with more than 100 customers from all over the world. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,500 aircraft have been delivered. Today, E-Jets are flying in the fleet of 75 customers in 50 countries. The versatile 70 to 150-seat family is flying with low-cost airlines as well as with regional and mainline carriers.

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Supersonic flight meets another challenge besides noise reduction

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Cracking open the sound barrier - AOPA

martes, 9 de julio de 2019

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EASA pinpoints new Boeing 737 MAX problem

lunes, 8 de julio de 2019

https://www.aerotime.aero/clement.charpentreau/22812-easa-pinpoints-new-boeing-737-max-problem?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

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First Royal Canadian Air Force C295 makes maiden flight







https://youtu.be/MoqEgl7n3Bk



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he first Airbus C295, purchased by the Government of Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) program, has completed its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards delivery by the end of 2019 to begin operational testing by the RCAF. The aircraft, designated CC-295 for the Canadian customer, took off from Seville, Spain, on 4 July at 20:20 local time (GMT+1) and landed back on site one hour and 27 minutes later.



The photo above shows the first RCAF C295 during its maiden flight.



FWSAR program facts and figures



The contract, awarded in December 2016, includes 16 C295 aircraft and all In-Service Support elements including, training and engineering services, the construction of a new Training Centre in Comox, British Columbia, and maintenance and support services.



The aircraft will be based where search and rescue squadrons are currently located: Comox, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Trenton, Ontario; and Greenwood, Nova Scotia.



Considerable progress has been made since the FWSAR program was announced two and a half years ago: the first aircraft will now begin flight testing; another five aircraft are in various stages of assembly; and seven simulator and training devices are in various testing stages.



In addition, the first RCAF crews will begin training in late summer 2019 at Airbus’ International Training Centre in Seville, Spain.



The FWSAR program is supporting some $2.5 billion (CAD) in Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) to Canada, through high-value, long-term partnerships with Canadian industry.



As of January 2019, 86 percent of key Canadian In-Service Support (ISS) tasks have been performed in-country by Canadian companies in relation to establishing the FWSAR ISS system. Airbus is thus on track in providing high value work to Canadian industry and has demonstrated a successful start to the development and transfer of capability to Canadian enterprises for the support of the FWSAR aircraft.



Beyond direct program participation, Airbus is generating indirect business across Canadian military, aeronautical and space industry including Small and Medium Businesses in support of the ITB program.



For more information about the FWSAR program, click here

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Video: Automatic Landing with vision assisted navigation. "Eyes" for the autopilot



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https://youtu.be/tPFC7Ki2JT0

  • Successful automatic landing with vision assisted navigation
  • "Eyes" for the autopilot

Automatic landings have long been standard procedure for commercial aircraft. While major airports have the infrastructure necessary to ensure the safe navigation of the aircraft, this is usually not the case at smaller airports. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and their project partners have now demonstrated a completely automatic landing with vision assisted navigation that functions properly without the need for ground-based systems.

At large airports the Instrument Landing System (ILS) makes it possible for commercial aircraft to land automatically with great precision. Antennas send radio signals to the autopilot to make sure it navigates to the runway safely. Procedures are also currently being developed that will allow automatic landing based on satellite navigation. Here too a ground-based augmentation system is required.

However, systems like these are not available for general aviation at smaller airports, which is a problem in case of poor visibility – then aircraft simply cannot fly. "Automatic landing is essential, especially in the context of the future role of aviation," says Martin Kügler, research associate at the TUM Chair of Flight System Dynamics. This applies for example when automated aircraft transport freight and of course when passengers use automated flying taxis.

Camera-based optical reference system

In the project "C2Land", supported by the German federal government, TUM researchers have partnered with Technische Universität Braunschweig to develop a landing system which lets smaller aircraft land without assistance from ground-based systems.

The autopilot uses GPS signals to navigate. The problem: GPS signals are susceptible to measurement inaccuracies, for example due to atmospheric disturbances. The GPS receiver in the aircraft can't always reliably detect such interferences. As a result, current GPS approach procedures require the pilots to take over control at an altitude of no less than 60 meters and land the aircraft manually.

In order to make completely automated landings possible, the TU Braunschweig team designed an optical reference system: A camera in the normal visible range and an infrared camera that can also provide data under conditions with poor visibility. The researchers developed custom-tailored image processing software that lets the system determine where the aircraft is relative to the runway based on the camera data it receives.

TUM research aircraft features Fly-by-Wire system

The TUM team developed the entire automatic control system of TUM's own research aircraft, a modified Diamond DA42. The aircraft is equipped with a Fly-by-Wire system enabling control by means of an advanced autopilot, also developed by the TUM researchers.

In order to make automatic landings possible, additional functions were integrated in the software, such as comparison of data from the cameras with GPS signals, calculation of a virtual glide path for the landing approach as well as flight control for various phases of the approach.






Successful landing in Wiener-Neustadt

In late May the team was able to watch as the research aircraft made a completely automatic landing at the Diamond Aircraft airfield. Test pilot Thomas Wimmer is completely convinced by the landing system: "The cameras already recognize the runway at a great distance from the airport. The system then guides the aircraft through the landing approach on a completely automatic basis and lands it precisely on the runway's centerline."



Publications:
  • S. Wolkow, M. Angermann, A. Dekiert, and Ulf Bestmann, "Model-based Threshold and Centerline Detection for Aircraft Positioning during Landing Approach", in Proceedings of the ION 2019 Pacific PNT Meeting, 8-11 April 2019. https://doi.org/10.33012/2019.16787
  • M. Angermann, S. Wolkow, A. Dekiert, U. Bestmann, and P. Hecker, "Linear Blend: Data Fusion in the Image Domain for Image-based Aircraft Positioning during Landing Approach", in Proceedings of the ION 2019 Pacific PNT Meeting, 8-11 April 2019. https://doi.org/10.33012/2019.16836
  • M. E. Kügler, N. C. Mumm, F. Holzapfel, A. Schwithal, and M. Angermann, "Vision-Augmented Automatic Landing of a General Aviation Fly-by-Wire Demonstrator", in AIAA SciTech Forum, 7-11 January 2019. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2019-1641

More information:

The research project C2Land is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The project partners are the TU Braunschweig Institute for Flight Guidance (IFF) (https://www.tu-braunschweig.de/iff), the TUM Chair for Flight System Dynamics, f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS GmbH, messWERK GmbH and Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH

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Sweden to join British ‘Tempest’ next-gen fighter push

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AIRBUS A380 F-HPJ Greenland Fan Hub Recovery by GEUS / BEA (video)

jueves, 4 de julio de 2019

https://www.bea.aero/uploads/tx_elyextendttnews/F-HPJE_TECHNICAL_REPORT_05.pdf

https://youtu.be/zPcSU0A1G9w




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Ensuring Astronaut Safety: Lockheed Martin and NASA Successfully Demonstrate Orion Launch Abort System in Flight Test



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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., July 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The critical launch abort system for NASA's Orion spacecraft was put to its hardest test today, and it demonstrated its capability to pull the crew module and future astronauts to safety during a launch if there is an emergency. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) designed and built the launch abort system for the test and is also the prime contractor building the Orion spacecraft for NASA.

The Ascent Abort-2 flight test is a major test milestone that is enabling the safe passage of astronauts aboard Orion on the Artemis missions to the Moon and then Mars.



During the test this morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, the Orion launch abort system, with a mock-up Orion capsule, was launched on a modified Peacekeeper missile. At 31,000 feet, or about six miles up, into the flight, the on-board computers initiated the abort sequence. The launch abort motors, generating 400,000 pounds of thrust, then pulled the Orion capsule away from the rocket which was already traveling nearly 1,000 mph. Using its attitude control motor, the abort system then reoriented itself and jettisoned the Orion capsule using its jettison motor. The total test took less than three minutes.

"The test flight performed perfectly, not to mention it was really exciting to watch," said Mike Hawes, Orion program manager for Lockheed Martin Space. "Hopefully this will be the last time we see this launch abort system ever work, but this test brings confidence that if needed on future Orion missions, it will safely pull the crew module and astronauts away from a life threatening event during launch."

The Orion launch abort system is the highest thrust and acceleration escape system ever developed and is the only system of its kind in the world. It's a major system that makes the Orion exploration-class spaceship the safest spacecraft ever built.

This is the second time the Orion launch abort system has been put to the test. The first flight test was in 2010 simulating a static abort from the launch pad. AA-2 is the final test and demonstration of the full-up launch abort system.

NASA's Orion spacecraft for the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission to the Moon is being developed at the NASA Kennedy Space Center and will soon head into environmental testing—all in preparation for a 2020 launch.

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

More information about Orion and AA-2:
AA-2 animated video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HK9G7feXEk
AA-2 test footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rfsDMGplZU
Lockheed Martin Orion page: https://www.lockheedmartin.com/orion
NASA Orion page: https://www.nasa.gov/orion

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Pontifications: Busting the XWB brand; and more about the Boeing-IAG deal

https://leehamnews.com/2019/07/01/pontifications-busting-the-xwb-brand-and-more-about-the-boeing-iag-deal/

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U.S. Air Force unveils the development of AIM-260 to replace AMRAAM and counter Chinese threats

https://theaviationist.com/2019/06/27/u-s-air-force-unveils-the-development-of-aim-260-to-replace-amraam-and-counter-chinese-threats/

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Bombardier Launches the Learjet 75 Liberty, Opening a New Frontier for the Iconic Learjet



July 2, 2019 Montréal Aviation, Business Aircraft, Press Release



  • Newest Learjet gives light jet passengers the freedom to stretch out with a six-seat configuration in the category’s longest cabin
  • The Learjet 75 Liberty is a step up for light jet operators, delivering better performance for the same operating costs as the competition
  • With a list price of $9.9 million U.S., the Learjet 75 Liberty puts the world’s best light jet within reach of more customers than ever
  • The Learjet 75 Liberty is expected to enter service in 2020

Bombardier is proud to unveil the Learjet 75 Liberty, offering more light jet operators than ever before the opportunity to step up into the iconic platform that launched business aviation in America.

Passengers who step into the six-seat Learjet 75 Liberty will have the freedom to stretch out in the only Executive Suite in the light jet category, aboard a stunning cabin that delivers the quietest and smoothest ride.

The Learjet 75 Liberty will be offered at a list price of $9.9 million U.S., with first deliveries expected in 2020. This exceptional value proposition represents a new frontier for the Learjet brand.

“The Learjet 75 Liberty represents a step up for customers in the light jet segment, with unprecedented spaciousness and Bombardier’s renowned smooth ride,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Aviation. “The newest member of the Learjet family delivers a flight experience that eclipses the competition.”

The Learjet 75 Liberty offers better performance at the same operating costs as competitor aircraft. The Learjet 75 Liberty is the fastest aircraft in the light jet segment and has a greater reach than the competition. Its range of 2,080 nautical miles can connect Las Vegas to New York, Seattle to Washington, D.C., and Mexico City to San Francisco, nonstop.*

Featuring a flat floor throughout the cabin, a standard pocket door between the cockpit and the Executive Suite providing the quietest flight experience and a Gogo ATG 4G solution for seamless connectivity, the Learjet 75 Liberty offers an environment tailored for productivity.**

The Learjet 75 Liberty aircraft is certified to the FAA’s more stringent Part 25 regulations, applicable to commercial airliners, unlike most competitors in the light jet category that are certified to Part 23 regulations.

Learjet aircraft are preferred by pilots for their impressive handling characteristics and outstanding performance. The Learjet 75 Liberty will feature the advanced Bombardier Vision flight deck, and include the recently announced Garmin G5000 avionics upgrade.

Proudly assembled by a world-class team in Wichita, Kansas, Learjet aircraft represent the pinnacle of American ingenuity.

“I’m extremely proud that the Learjet 75 Liberty will be built in Wichita, where the Learjet dream first took flight,” said Tonya Sudduth, Vice President of Operations and Wichita Site, Bombardier Aviation. “Our Wichita facility today has a diverse mandate supporting Bombardier’s extensive fleet of business aircraft, but to introduce the newest member of this iconic brand is of special significance to our team.”

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AMA Drone Report 06.27.19: Drone Racing League, Drunk Drones, Bizarre UK Comment

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Recruiting Engineers Is Getting Tougher in UK

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Boeing nets $47m for Apache Helicopter Enhancement | DoS approves F-16 Sale to Morocco | Indian Air Force to take part in Joint Exercise with France

https://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/boeing-nets-47m-for-apache-attack-helicopter-enhancement-dos-approves-f-16-sale-to-morocco-indian-air-force-to-take-part-in-joint-exercise-with-france-042514/

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Airbus founding father and visionary, Roger Béteille, passes away at 97

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Research team finds and salvages missing Air France Airbus A380 engine part

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World War Two seaplane found at bottom of Lough Erne - BBC News

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EASA has published special condition for urban mobility VTOL aircrafts certification

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Special Condition for small-category VTOL aircraft

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Comment Response Document - EASA SC-VTOL-01

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Saab establishes UK innovation network with £3.5 million investment

miércoles, 3 de julio de 2019



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Saab has opened a UK Innovation Hub at Imperial College London’s White City Campus in London. An initial seed investment of £3.5 million into Saab’s UK-wide network of research and development projects is expected to grow over the coming years, demonstrating Saab’s continued commitment to the country. The Hub will be the focal point for managing these investments.

The Hub will reach new areas of the UK’s STEM network, sharing Saab’s advanced expertise with the wealth of world-leading scientists and academics that the UK has to offer.

Saab UK Innovation Hub’s research at Imperial will initially focus on radar technology, with electronic warfare and cybersecurity as future areas of interest. A research project into multistatic and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radars will be amongst the first to take place through a collaboration with Imperial’s Institute for Security Science and Technology (ISST).

The announcement reflects Saab’s confidence in British innovation, having come only six months after the company opened the UK’s first Digital Control Tower in partnership with Cranfield University, and partly funded the £67m Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre.

“I am delighted to support the opening of Saab’s new Innovation Hub, which serves as the focal point for their initial £3.5 million investment. It’s brilliant to see companies like Saab capitalising on the UK’s cutting edge R&D capabilities and partnering with one of our leading universities. Their investment further strengthens the enduring bond between the UK and Sweden”, said Mark Prisk MP, the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the Nordic and Baltic region.

“Saab has a 40-year record of being a trusted partner with the United Kingdom. By building on our ongoing work with Cranfield University and opening our new UK Innovation Hub with Imperial College London, we are demonstrating our continuing commitment to investing in the UK and our confidence in Britain as a hotbed of innovation and talent”, said Andrew Walton, Head of Saab country unit United Kingdom.

“Imperial is already a leader in engineering innovation. This collaboration with Saab will create a national Hub with international reach. Investment in innovation is not just about jobs, but about planting the seeds for future generations of innovators”, said David Gann, Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at Imperial College Business School.

Saab provides innovative defence and security technologies that keep Britain safe. Saab reinvests 23 per cent of its annual revenue in research and development, collaborating with a range of partners, including industry and academia. The UK supply chain is made up of nearly 1,000 of the best companies in the industry, across the length and breadth of the country – 99 per cent of these are SMEs

Saab’s extensive experience of developing advanced technologies for the defence and security sectors has enabled a long-term partnership with the United Kingdom that has stood strong for the last 40 years. Saab currently employs 300 people across six UK sites supporting a multi-million-pound supply chain across the UK that provides thousands of British jobs.

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MRO: Dassault Buys Ruag's Geneva and Lugano Sites

martes, 2 de julio de 2019

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Accord entre Airbus et Safran pour augmenter la production de l'A320 Neo

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NASA tests sense and avoid technology for UAS

https://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/features/TigerShark-begins-test-flights.html

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NASA's Dragonfly Will Fly Around Titan Looking for Origins, Signs of Life

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasas-dragonfly-will-fly-around-titan-looking-for-origins-signs-of-life

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Norman Surplus completes first round-the-world autogyro flight

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/northern-ireland-man-norman-surplus-completes-first-roundtheworld-autogyro-flight-38267038.html

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Flight Design electrified

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Airspeeder series to debut 120-mph, head-to-head, manned multicopter racing in 2020

https://newatlas.com/airspeeder-manned-multicopter-drone-racing/60385/

https://airspeeder.com/

https://youtu.be/yh1bW548N_0

and more videos with prototypes and tests: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtBOZtZL-jqHqk85F55WNtQ/videos 

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Southwest expects Boeing 737 MAX cancellations beyond Oct. 1: CEO | Article [AMP] | Reuters

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Turkish Airlines Dreamliner window melts due photoshoot

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Boeing’s 737 Max Software Outsourced to $9-an-Hour Engineers - Bloomberg

lunes, 1 de julio de 2019

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Early conflict resolution method could reduce controller workload | EUROCONTROL

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Lockheed Martin adds momentum for supersonic travel

viernes, 28 de junio de 2019

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Solar-powered Robobee flies without a tether

jueves, 27 de junio de 2019

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Dassault confirms the Future Combat Air System will operate from aircraft carriers - Naval News

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New software glitch found in Boeing's troubled 737 Max jet | Star Tribune



http://m.startribune.com/new-problem-discovered-in-boeing-s-troubled-737-max-jet/511858552/




Boeing Statement on 737 MAX software  (press release)

CHICAGO, June 26, 2019 – The safety of our airplanes is Boeing’s highest priority. During the FAA’s review of the 737 MAX software update and recent simulator sessions, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identified an additional requirement that it has asked the company to address through the software changes that the company has been developing for the past eight months. The FAA review and process for returning the 737 MAX to passenger service are designed to result in a thorough and comprehensive assessment. Boeing agrees with the FAA's decision and request, and is working on the required software. Addressing this condition will reduce pilot workload by accounting for a potential source of uncommanded stabilizer motion. Boeing will not offer the 737 MAX for certification by the FAA until we have satisfied all requirements for certification of the MAX and its safe return to service.

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Falcon Heavy carries 24 satellites into orbit in SpaceX's "most difficult launch ever"

miércoles, 26 de junio de 2019

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Boeing Starliner completes last and most difficult parachute test

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft has completed its fifth, final, and most dangerous parachute test. At an altitude of 40,000 ft (12,200 m), the boilerplate capsule was released from a balloon and dropped safely to the desert floor at the US Army's White Sands Missile Range with three of its six parachutes deliberately rigged to malfunction.

.. Continue Reading Boeing Starliner completes last and most difficult parachute test 



https://newatlas.com/boeing-starliner-final-parachute-test/60300/

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H55, a spin-off from Solar Impulse, sets a new milestone for electric aviation

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Airbus: first flight of hybrid light helicopter demonstrator in 2020



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Airbus Helicopters and the French Ministry for Transport to perform first flight of hybrid light helicopter demonstrator in 2020




Le Bourget – Airbus Helicopters and the French Ministry for Transport (DGAC) have announced the launch of a research project aimed at demonstrating the use of a hybrid propulsion system on board a single-engine helicopter testbed. This initiative, which will lead to the first flight of a demonstrator in 2020, will focus on the integration of an electric backup system on the testbed helicopter in order to power the rotor system for up to 30 seconds, without the use of the main gas turbine.

As part of this research programme, this concept will be matured to a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6, bringing it closer to potential certification and industrialisation. The demonstration package will include an electric motor provided by Thales, a battery pack developed by Airbus Defence and Space as well as electric converters provided by ADENEO. It will be installed and test-flown on an H130 single-engine testbed helicopter. The project will be jointly funded by DGAC and Airbus Helicopters.

“The helicopter industry is transforming at a fast pace and I’m very excited about this new partnership with DGAC which helps us prepare the future of vertical flight”, said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “If introduced on serial helicopters, this technology could deliver new standards in terms of safety by providing pilots of single-engine rotorcraft more flexibility to perform autorotation in case of an engine shutdown. Further evolutions of the same technology could also pave the way to a significant reduction in fuel consumption and sound levels, further increasing the acceptance of helicopters in urban environments.”

Elisabeth Borne, French Minister for Transport within the Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, said, “This project will result in new technologies and a demonstrator that are essential for the development of a new generation of cleaner helicopters. Thanks to the engagement of the French government and our business partners, France is demonstrating the leading role it intends to play for better environmental performance within our aviation sector”.



About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Acquire Canadair Regional Jet Program from Bombardier Inc.



June 25, 2019 Montréal Bombardier Inc., Press Release

  • MHI now positioned to transform and lead the underserved regional jet business, with bolstered customer support services
  • Key step in MHI’s strategy of expanding its aircraft business globally, with a mid-term focus on North America
  • Completes Bombardier’s aerospace transformation and refocus on business aviation

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd (MHI) (TOKYO:7011) and Bombardier Inc (TSX: BBD.B) announced today they have entered into a definitive agreement, whereby MHI will acquire Bombardier’s regional jet program for a cash consideration of $550 million USD, payable to Bombardier upon closing, and the assumption by MHI of liabilities amounting to approximately $200 million USD. Under the agreement, Bombardier’s net beneficial interest in the Regional Aircraft Securitization Program (RASPRO), which is valued at approximately $180 million USD, will be transferred to MHI.

Pursuant to the agreement, MHI will acquire the maintenance, support, refurbishment, marketing, and sales activities for the CRJ Series aircraft, including the related services and support network located in Montréal, Québec, and Toronto, Ontario, and its service centres located in Bridgeport, West Virginia, and Tucson, Arizona, as well as the type certificates.

This acquisition is complementary to MHI’s existing commercial aircraft business, in particular the development, production, sales and support of the Mitsubishi SpaceJet commercial aircraft family. The maintenance and engineering capabilities of the CRJ program will further enhance critical customer support functions, a strategic business area for MHI in the pursuit of future growth.

Seiji Izumisawa, President & CEO of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., commented: “As we outlined during the recent Paris Air Show, we are working hard to ensure that we provide new profit potential for airlines and set a new standard for passenger experience. This transaction represents one of the most important steps in our strategic journey to build a strong, global aviation capability. It augments these efforts by securing a world-class and complementary set of aviation-related functions including maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), engineering and customer support.”

Izumisawa concluded, “The CRJ program has been supported by tremendously talented individuals. In combination with our existing infrastructure and resources in Japan, Canada and elsewhere, we are confident that this represents one effective strategy that will contribute to the future success of the Mitsubishi SpaceJet family. MHI has a decades-long history in Canada, and I hope this transaction will result in the expansion of our presence in the country, and will represent a significant step in our growth strategy.”

“We are very pleased to announce this agreement, which represents the completion of Bombardier’s aerospace transformation,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. “We are confident that MHI’s acquisition of the program is the best solution for airline customers, employees and shareholders. We are committed to ensuring a smooth and orderly transition.”

Bellemare continued: “With our aerospace transformation now behind us, we have a clear path forward and a powerful vision for the future. Our focus is on two strong growth pillars: Bombardier Transportation, our global rail business, and Bombardier Aviation, a world-class business jet franchise with market-defining products and an unmatched customer experience.”

The CRJ production facility in Mirabel, Québec will remain with Bombardier. Bombardier will continue to supply components and spare parts and will assemble the current CRJ backlog on behalf of MHI. CRJ production is expected to conclude in the second half of 2020, following the delivery of the current backlog of aircraft.

Bombardier will also retain certain liabilities representing a portion of the credit and residual value guarantees totaling approximately $400 million USD. This amount is fixed and not subject to future changes in aircraft value, and payable by Bombardier over the next four years.

The transaction is currently expected to close during the first half of 2020 and remains subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

The agreement contemplates a reverse break fee payable by MHI under certain circumstances.

About MHI

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the world’s leading industrial firms with 80,000 group employees and annual consolidated revenues of around US$38 billion. For more than 130 years, the company has channeled big thinking into innovative and integrated solutions that move the world forward. MHI owns a unique business portfolio covering land, sea, sky and even space. MHI delivers innovative and integrated solutions across a wide range of industries from commercial aviation and transportation to power plants and gas turbines, and from machinery and infrastructure to integrated defense and space systems.

For more information, please visit MHI’s website: www.mhi.com/index.html

About Bombardier

With over 68,000 employees, 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 as well as a broad portfolio of products and services for the business aviation, commercial aviation and rail transportation markets. 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.

Bombardier and CRJ are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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Italian Govt Confirms Nearly $800M in Piaggio Contracts [feedly]

Italian Govt Confirms Nearly $800M in Piaggio Contracts
https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2019-06-24/italian-govt-confirms-nearly-800m-piaggio-contracts

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Madrid: 8th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences

from EUCASS web page:


EUCASS is the largest aerospace conference in Europe, second only to SCITECH in the USA.

This is the eighth EUCASS conference after Moscow (2005), Brussels (2007), Versailles (2009), Saint Petersburg (2011), Munich (2013), Krakow (2015) and Milano (2017).

The conference is organized by the EUCASS association, founded by a group of European scientists and engineers in order to provide, on the European continent, a high quality forum for the world aerospace scientific community. It is operated by the best specialists in EU, Russia and NIS. It attracts all players, research scientists, engineers, managers and decision makers, world over. It positions itself at the service of agencies and industry and strives to reduce the time to market of discoveries in academic laboratories. Its goal is to foster the competitiveness of its end users, industry and agencies alike.
  • Review the state of the art in Aeronautics and Space Sciences, focusing on promising innovations.
  • Bring recent scientific breakthroughs to the attention of industry.
  • Develop synergies between Aeronautics and Space, academia and industry.
  • Give agencies and industry the opportunity to present their programs.
  • Open the conference agenda to new end-use topics in addition to the traditional enabling sciences.
  • Invite participants to take advantage of the comprehensive coverage offered by the program for the conception of future multidisciplinary projects.
  • Offer PhD students to mix with senior researcher and engineers through very affordable registration fees.
All presented papers will receive a DOI and be downloadable free of charge in Open Access from the EUCASS website. The conference focusses on advances in aeronautics and space sciences. It will feature seven parallel symposia:


continue reading: http://www.eucass2019.eu/

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Suspected WWII bomb blast causes crater in German field

https://www.thelocal.de/20190624/suspected-wwii-bomb-explosion-causes-crater-in-german-field

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TECNAM COMPLETES DELIVERY OF 12 TRAINER AIRCRAFT TO THE HELLENIC AIR FORCE



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Tecnam announced the completion of delivery of twelve new Tecnam P2002JF aircraft to the Hellenic Air Force (HAF).

An impressive ceremony took place on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Dekelia Air Base in Tatoi (Athens), in the presence of the Minister of National Defence, Evangelos Apostolakis, and Italian Ambassador Efisio Luigi Marras.

The ceremony was also attended by the Chief of General Staff of Hellenic Civil Engineering, Mayor Christos Christodoulou, Chief of General Staff, Vice Admiral Nikolaos Tsounis PN, the Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant George Blioumis and Walter Da Costa, Tecnam Global Sales and Marketing Director.

The event celebrated the last batch of delivery of twelve Tecnam P2002JF low-wing trainers delivered to the HAF as a result of a thorough and intensive evaluation process.

The arrival of the new training aircraft is part of the implementation of the flight education upgrade program that takes place at the Ikarian School for the initial selection and introduction to flying, as well as for the broader planning of the Armed Forces for the whole of air training. The Tecnam P2002JF replaced the old trainer T-41D, which was used for about fifty years, since 1969.

As part of the ceremony, the last three delivered P-2002JF training aircraft that arrived the previous day, flying from TECNAM headquarters in Capua, were presented by the Minister of National Defence and the Chief of Staff, respectively.

In addition to the twelve P2002 JF aircraft, Tecnam has provided a SOFTEK simulator and a computer-based integrated training system with ancillary support services.

The Tecnam P2002JF is a two-seat, single-engine, low-wing aircraft. Powered by the popular ROTAX 912, and with the latest avionics from GARMIN, it is firmly established as one of world’s most popular single-engine aeroplanes and the aircraft of choice for a large number of Flight Training Organisations and Air Forces.

In 2016 Tecnam delivered eight P2002JF aircraft to the Argentina Air Force. This fleet has amassed a total of over 7,000 hours and performed 16,000 landings to date.

Evangelos Apostolakis, Minister of National Defence of Greece, said: “Today, we are pleased to see the fruits of a major effort, the implementation of a program to upgrade the flying training that takes place at the Hellenic Air Force. The inclusion of the twelve new aircraft with associated ground support and education equipment is a practical and essential step, part of the broader planning of the Armed Forces for all air training. It is now possible for our future pilots to fly with modern fighters, to ‘spread their wings’, and to train more safely and efficiently. To make a successful jump to the next level of education and have a better transition to modern fleet aircraft.
This is, of course, the culmination of excellent preparation, coordination and cooperation between the Air Force and Tecnam. I would therefore like to express my sincere congratulations on their significant contribution to the overall effort to implement this program.”

Walter De Costa, Tecnam Global Sales & Marketing Director, said: “On behalf of Tecnam and the Pascale family, we are very proud to be part of the future of HAF, honoured to be contributing to the excellent standard of education and training that HAF is providing. Today we have completed the delivery of twelve P2002JF’s exactly on schedule and we very much look forward to supporting our friends in Greece for many years to come.”

More info on the Tecnam P2002JF:
https://www.tecnam.com/aircraft/p2002-jf/

About the Hellenic Air Force
The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) of Greece was formed in 1911. Its mission is to guard and protect Greek airspace, provide air assistance and support to the Hellenic Army and the Hellenic Navy, as well as the provision of humanitarian aid in Greece and around the world. The Hellenic Air Force includes approximately 33,000 active troops, of whom 11,750 are career officers, 14,000 are professional conscripts (ΕΠ.ΟΠ.), 7,250 are volunteer conscripts and 1,100 are women. The motto of the Hellenic Air Force is the ancient Greek phrase Αἰὲν Ὑψικρατεῖν (Aièn Hypsikrateîn, “Always Dominate the Heights”), and the HAF ensign represents a flying eagle in front of the Hellenic Air Force roundel.
https://www.haf.gr/en/

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Embraer Launches Predictive Maintenance System IKON with Big Data and Analytics Based on Amazon Web Services Cloud



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Embraer announced at the 53rd International Paris Air Show the launch of IKON, a cloud system for capturing, storing and analyzing high volume data for the predictive maintenance of the E-Jets family. The new system is totally based on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform and was developed by Embraer, with the support of the suppliers AWS ProServe and Claranet, using Big Data and Analytics technologies to deliver 96% productivity gains in the aircraft analysis and data processing, setting new standards in aeronautical services and support.



Offering a high degree of scalability, elasticity, durability and analysis, the system delivers efficient management of processing and storage capacity, making possible for Embraer to optimize the data ingestion time of the E-Jets E2. Using AWS’s set of analytics services, this new technology identifies data patterns, and is even able to pinpoint and solve potential aircraft issues before they occur. This ability to perform predictive maintenance will help deliver new feature enhancements to the E2 and accelerate the delivery of improvements to previous models.



“Embraer constantly invests in new technologies. We see IKON as a totally agnostic tool that opens new horizons to deal with data and an evolution that recognizes possibilities for improvements, making us able to function as an aircraft health monitoring provider. Predictive maintenance translates into increased efficiency with reduced costs, higher aircraft competitiveness and availability,” says Johann Bordais, President and CEO of Embraer Services & Support.



In addition to this, the system is a step forward in the process of aeronautical industry digitalization. Today, Embraer's second-generation of commercial aircraft produces about 100GB of directly accessible information per year. Thanks to an expedited routing and analysis system, this high volume of data is able to be transmitted for prompt action. With IKON, the automatic data collection went from 12 days to an immediate process, guaranteeing data is ready to be analyzed 5 minutes after its generation in the aircraft.



The high volume of data and the demand for faster and more accurate decisions require technologies to capture, store and connect information across a network. At the time the plane lands, this data is automatically transferred to IKON via a module installed on the aircraft, called Wireless Server Unit (WSU). To ensure that the information is received with assertiveness and agility, Embraer Ground Server (EGS) uses AWS to automatically connect to the aircraft and handle flight data downloads. After landing, the transmission to the platform is completed in about five minutes. Next, it is transferred to the IKON data lake, allowing engineers to analyze this information efficiently. “IKON and EGS put into practice Big Data and Analytics concepts, which gives Embraer a huge advantage in offering unique services towards customers' needs”, explains Andre Doro, Chief Information Officer at Embraer. AWS is the provider of the entire cloud infrastructure, which offers security, agility, high processing power, analytical tools and cost management – a pay-per-use service, meaning that users only pay for what they use. The AWS ProServe team, the company's professional services division, joined forces with Claranet on the design and implementation of the IKON project and worked to ensure the quality and best practices of data analysis, providing state-of-the-art architecture in terms of efficiency, data quality and scalability. “IKON is a really innovative project, combining the power of the cloud with advanced big data and analytics services, which makes complex data simple and easy to analyze in a short time,” says Cleber Morais, country manager of AWS Brazil. “This project matches one of the most modern pillars of corporate applications: making processes based on data insights a crucial part of business planning, execution and evolution.” IKON is now available in the customized support packages for each customer offered by Embraer Services & Support. These programs are part of a range of products developed to serve Embraer jets fleet around the world through TechCare, the portfolio of products and solutions to deliver the best service and support experience.

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Italian Air Force Solidifies KC-767A Tanker Mission Readiness with Boeing PBL Agreement



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Boeing [NYSE: BA] will continue providing Performance-based Logistics (PBL) support to the Italian air force (ItAF) fleet of KC-767A tankers through July 2021 per an extended contract agreement for two additional years announced at the Paris Air Show.

Through the partnership with Boeing, the ItAF can rely on outstanding aircraft availability, which has been instrumental to the success of missions. The ItAF aims at having continued mission readiness and success through the extended PBL agreement.

The KC-767A has been the first international tanker to be certified for aerial refueling of fifth generation aircraft. The ItAF utilized a Boeing built and maintained KC-767A tanker on June 13 and 14, 2019 to successfully ferry by refueling an Italian built F-35B fighter en route from Italy to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in Beaufort, South Carolina.

“Providing unparalleled services to our defense customers around the globe is paramount,” said Torbjorn ‘Turbo’ Sjogren, vice president of International Government & Defence for Boeing. “We look forward to further supporting our ItAF partners and enabling their mission readiness for the next two years.”

ItAF KC-767A aircraft are equipped with two wing aerial refueling pods, a centerline hose drum unit, a refueling boom and universal aerial slipway installations for boom refueling. The ItAF optimizes the KC-767A fleet by utilizing the tanker’s multirole capability through all-passenger, all-cargo and combi configurations.

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Lockheed Martin and Airbus reaffirm tanker partnership at 2019 Paris Air Show



press release

With an agreement in place to explore U.S. military tanking opportunities, Airbus and Lockheed Martin senior executive leaders met for some "tanker talk" during the 2019 Paris Air Show. The Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT) provided the perfect backdrop for the meeting with (l to r) Alberto Gutierrez, Head of Military Aircraft, Airbus Defence and Space; Michele Evans, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, and Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space.



“Since signing our Memorandum of Agreement with Airbus last December, our teams have been working to expand our business relationship with a focus on providing the U.S. Air Force with the very best capability in aerial refueling,” said Michele Evans, Executive Vice President for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “We believe with Airbus’ and Lockheed Martin’s expertise in air refueling and innovative, combat-tested technologies such as low observability and networking operations, we make a powerful team to address the U.S. Air Force’s tanker needs today and into the future.”



Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, said: “The relationship with Lockheed Martin through this exciting project is growing day by day, and we’re looking forward to presenting our offer to the U.S. military in the near future. Our A330MRTT has been refueling U.S. military aircraft on combat missions since 2014, and together with Lockheed Martin’s proven record serving the U.S. Air Force we truly believe we can offer unbeatable capabilities.”



“We have said it before and I can only repeat it – the A330MRTT is the most successful and most capable tanker platform in the world. It has proven its versatility and capability time and again. It is a tremendous asset for any military, including the U.S.,” said Alberto Gutiérrez, Head of Military Aircraft at Airbus.



This and other press releases and high resolution photos are available on: AirbusMedia

Visit our Paris Air Show page to stay updated on Airbus presence at Le Bourget.

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Two Eurofighter jets crash after mid-air collision in Germany | World News | Sky News

lunes, 24 de junio de 2019

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Radical VTOL drone's wings are also its rotor blades

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Boeing sued by more than 400 pilots in class action over 737 MAX's 'unprecedented cover-up' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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NASA Electric X-Plane Reaches Development Milestones - AVweb

viernes, 21 de junio de 2019

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Onera Dragon: propulsion électrique distribuée

https://www.onera.fr/fr/actualites/comment-reduire-la-consommation-de-carburant-dragon

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Onera: Dirigeables : se diriger vers une solution pleine d’avantages



Les dirigeables connaissent aujourd’hui un regain d’intérêt. L’ONERA contribue à ce renouveau, partenaire de nombreuses entreprises, auxquelles il apporte son expertise reconnue pour relever les défis scientifiques et techniques associés au développement de ces aéronefs.

https://www.onera.fr/fr/actualites/ballons-se-diriger-vers-une-solution-pleine-d-avantages

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Paris Air Show 2019 - Day Four and summary

https://www.aerosociety.com/news/paris-air-show-2019-day-four-and-summary/

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La F1 aérea se electrifica para 2020. Los equipos se han presentado en Le Bourget

jueves, 20 de junio de 2019

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FAA Publishes Cirrus Vision Jet AD

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PARIS: Modified exit doors key to 460-seat Cebu A330neos

A330 certified maximum is 440 seats – but Cebu Pacific plans 460 seats on the A330neo. How? Airbus is developing a 'Type A-plus' exit door  https://t.co/ZalU6OJtMh

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/paris-modified-exit-doors-key-to-460-seat-cebu-a330-459203/

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Airbus launches innovation initiative around FCAS to make European Defence ready for the Future



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Airbus has announced plans to closely cooperate with innovative technology players like start-ups, SMEs and research institutes especially in the software domain. By teaming up with innovative players, Airbus continues to unlock new ideas, technologies and research for FCAS, the largest and most ambitious development in European military aviation. Over the course of Paris Air Show 2019, Airbus will host special pitching sessions for selected European startups, which will be organized by Starburst.



Bruno Fichefeux, Head of FCAS at Airbus, said: “Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and Cyber Security have become an integral part of Defence and will be paramount for FCAS. By cooperating with innovative players like start-ups, research institutes and others, we can make sure that we are at the cutting edge of development and bring fresh ideas and approaches to the table. This is a great example of how much we are pushing the boundaries of what is possible for major industry projects”



Airbus has also begun scouting for suitable partners making use of its internal initiatives such as Airbus BizLab and Airbus Ventures. This dedicated initiatives complements the development model for FCAS and demonstrates Airbus’ position as an innovation leader in the defense domain.

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Airbus Helicopters and Safran Helicopter Engines team up for greener vertical flight



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Global industry leaders sign innovation cooperation agreement in preparation of Horizon Europe research programme

Le Bourget, Airbus Helicopters, the world’s largest civil helicopter manufacturer, and Safran Helicopter Engines, the global leader in helicopter turbines, are teaming up to prepare the future of cleaner, quieter and more efficient vertical flight, ahead of the upcoming Horizon Europe research programme which should be carried out during the next decade.

A Letter of Intent (LoI) was signed at the Paris Air Show between the two companies which formalised their willingness to jointly demonstrate future technologies that will significantly contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and sound levels for future vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) platforms. A number of technological streams will be investigated, including various levels of electrification, higher-efficiency gas turbines or alternative fuels, as well as advanced engine architectures to further reduce the acoustic footprint of turbines.

“We are on the verge of a green revolution in our industry, and as the world’s largest civil helicopter manufacturer I believe it is our responsibility to advance technologies and solutions that will continue to make vertical flight the best choice to connect cities and carry passengers safely in urban environments,” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “This future cooperation with Safran Helicopter Engines will ensure that we are in the best position to leverage and mature new propulsion methods that will support the development of cleaner and quieter helicopter platforms. The Horizon Europe programme is the ideal solution to pull skills and know-how from across Europe, and I strongly believe in its ability to drive long-lasting change in our industry.”

Airbus Helicopters and Safran Helicopter Engines have worked for years on the development of advanced propulsion solutions, including most recently an innovative electrically-powered “eco mode” enabling the pausing and restarting of a gas turbine in flight on twin-engine helicopters. This technology, which will generate fuel savings and increase range, will be tested on the Racer high-speed demonstrator, developed in the frame of the Clean Sky 2 European research programme.

Franck Saudo, President of Safran Helicopter Engines, said: “This future cooperation with Airbus in the frame of the Horizon Europe programme is a great opportunity to prepare propulsion systems for future helicopters. Today, Safran is the most capable provider of integrated and efficient propulsive systems, with the widest gas turbine power range and a complete range of electric systems for hybrid electric propulsive solutions, in addition to strong testing, qualification and certification expertise. We are very pleased to partner with Airbus Helicopters in this journey for a lower environmental footprint of air transport.”

About Airbus
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

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Paris Air Show 2019 - Day Three

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Paris Air Show Day 3: Eyes focus on Boeing for more MAX commitments https://leehamnews.com/2019/06/18/paris-air-show-day-3-eyes-focus-on-boeing-for-more-max-commitments/

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PARIS: Qatar expects A380 fleet retirement from 2024

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Extra-Large Airplane For Sale ... Flown Once

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Vulcan Is Looking For A Buyer For The Stratolaunch Aircraft The Stratolaunch aircraft, developed to launch small payloads into space from a conventional runway, is being offered for sale by Vulcan, the holding company founded by the late Paul Allen.

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IAG &737 max: signed a letter of intent at the Paris Air Show

martes, 18 de junio de 2019

https://boeing.mediaroom.com/2019-06-18-International-Airlines-Group-Announces-Intent-to-Buy-200-Boeing-737-MAX-Airplanes

LE BOURGET, France, June 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the world's largest airline groups announced today it plans to build its future fleet with the Boeing 737 MAX with an intention to purchase 200 MAX jets. International Airlines Group (IAG) and Boeing [NYSE: BA] said the two companies have been in discussions regarding the opportunity and signed a letter of intent at the Paris Air Show in a deal that would be valued at more than $24 billion, per list prices.

IAG is the parent company of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and LEVEL that fly more than 113 million passengers a year combined. The group has been a long-time operator of Boeing twin-aisle airplanes. Earlier this year, IAG group committed to and finalized a major order for Boeing's newest long-haul model, the 777X, to complement its fleet of current-generation 777s and new 787 Dreamliners. In the single-aisle segment, IAG and its affiliates used to operate Classic 737 aircraft. Today, its fleet is almost exclusively Airbus A320 family aircraft. IAG CEO Willie Walsh has said the group would consider the 737 MAX as part of diversifying its future fleet to spur competition.

"We're very pleased to sign this letter of intent with Boeing and are certain that these aircraft will be a great addition to IAG's short-haul fleet," said Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive. "We have every confidence in Boeing and expect that the aircraft will make a successful return to service in the coming months having received approval from the regulators."

In selecting the 737 MAX, IAG says it will fly a combination of the 737 MAX 8, which seats up to 178 passengers in a two-class configuration, and the larger 737 MAX 10 jet, which can accommodate as many as 230 passengers. The airline did not disclose a specific split between the two MAX models, though it anticipates deploying the aircraft at a number of the group's airlines including Vueling and LEVEL.

When a final agreement is reached, it will be posted to Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website.

"We are truly honored and humbled by the leadership at International Airlines Group for placing their trust and confidence in the 737 MAX and, ultimately, in the people of Boeing and our deep commitment to quality and safety above all else," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister.  "We are delighted that the IAG team recognized the superior qualities of the 737 MAX and has indicated an intention to return to the Boeing 737 family. We look forward to building on our long-standing partnership with IAG for many years to come."

The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX is 14 percent more fuel-efficient than today's most efficient Next-Generation 737s, and 20 percent better than the original Next-Generation 737s when they entered service.

IAG is one of the world's largest airline groups with 582 aircraft flying to 268 destinations, carrying 113 million passengers in 2018.

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. 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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Longview Aviation Capital Subsidiary Viking Signs Multi-Aircraft Sales Agreement for Next Generation CL-515 Aerial Firefighter & Multi-Role Amphibious Aircraft | Viking Air Ltd

https://www.vikingair.com/company-careers/media-centre/longview-aviation-capital-subsidiary-viking-signs-multi-aircraft-sales


PARIS, June 18, 2019––Longview Aviation Capital ("Longview") and its subsidiary Viking Air Limited, a global leader of utility aircraft, support and services and manufacturer of the world-renowned Twin Otter, today announced a seven aircraft sales contract for six new-production CL-515 aircraft and one CL-415EAF.

The CL-515 is a newly developed, technically advanced multi-mission aerial firefighting aircraft – the next generation of the CANADAIR CL-415, the aviation industry's benchmark amphibious aircraft and the backbone of firefighting missions around the globe. With enhanced firefighting capabilities, and the flexibility to support a wide range of critical mission operations, the CL-515 will be a vitally important strategic asset to fleets around the world.

The Republic of Indonesia's Ministry of Defense has agreed to purchase six all-new CL-515 aircraft, four of which will be delivered in "First Responder" multi-mission configuration, and two delivered in optimized aerial firefighter configuration. The purchase agreement also includes one CANADAIR CL-415EAF "Enhanced Aerial Firefighter" aircraft converted from a CANADAIR CL-215 to EAF standard by Longview Aviation Capital's subsidiary, Longview Aviation Services.

The Republic of Indonesia's purchase agreement is a firm commitment that is conditional only on Longview Aviation Capital's Board of Directors approving the production launch program.

"We are thrilled to welcome the Republic of Indonesia as the first customer for this extraordinary aircraft," said David Curtis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Longview Aviation Capital. "This contract is a major milestone in bringing the next generation CANADAIR to market. The confidence of a sovereign government in our program is matched by our own confidence in our ability to deliver this new aircraft platform to the world. We are very well advanced in all aspects of program planning, including our supply chain, and we are nearing a final decision on manufacturing and final assembly sites. We expect to complete the remaining program milestones in the near future, and deliver the first new CL-515 on schedule in 2024."
Program Development Process

Since acquiring the type certificates for the CANADAIR amphibious aircraft program from Bombardier in 2016, Longview has had positive discussions with numerous potential customers from around the world, including both governments and private operators, who have enthusiastically encouraged a production restart.

On the basis of the global interest in the unique and unrivalled capabilities of the CL-515, Longview and Viking have invested in a rigorous process ahead of full production launch decision:

Consulted extensively with current global operators to understand their future aerial firefighting resource requirements

Conducted extensive market research and feasibility studies and developed a new all-season multi-mission platform, leveraging advanced technology not previously included in the CL program

Consulted with key supplier partners

Undertaken advanced supply chain and manufacturing planning, including options associated with Longview's current facilities and potential new facilities in Western Canada
CL-515 Highlights

Up to 15% better aerial firefighting productivity, including increased tank capacity and ability to refill in 14 seconds

State-of-the-art Collins Pro Line Fusion® digital avionics suite for unrivaled situational awareness

Flexible architecture to support multi-mission capabilities including aerial firefighting, maritime patrol, surveillance, medevac, environmental monitoring, insect control, oil spill detection and dispersant

Reduced maintenance and operating costs through improved, scalable avionics and superior design

Unmatched mission efficiency and flexibility, requiring no runway or reloading capacity during waterbombing firefighting

"Indonesia is on the front lines of increasing challenges like forest fires, and as an island nation has extensive needs for a range of amphibious capabilities," said Air Chief Marshal Yuyu Sutisna, chief of staff for Indonesia's Air Force. "We have chosen to invest in this aircraft based on the CANADAIR's solid track record demonstrated around the world over the last 50 years, and Viking's established capabilities as an aircraft developer and producer. The next generation CL-515 will have unmatched operational performance, particularly as a firefighter. This aircraft has the best productivity of any aerial firefighting aircraft, capable of delivering the highest quantity of foam retardant per day, while at the same time providing the flexibility to save lives and protect our coastal areas through its multi-role SAR and Maritime Surveillance functionalities. We are proud to sign the first contract for this extraordinary aircraft that will enhance our mission capability at excellent value."
About the CL- 515 "First Responder" Multi-Role Amphibious Aircraft

Building on the pedigree of the CANADAIR CL-415, the CL-515 "First Responder" is the next generation of purpose-built aerial firefighter and multi-role amphibious aircraft. Through the incorporation of new technology and the integration of the state-of-the-art Collins Pro Line Fusion® digital avionics suite, the 515 provides operators with world class reliability, enhanced safety, and unrivaled situational awareness.

The significant global interest in the aircraft is underscored by the increasing worldwide frequency and severity of wildfires as a result of climate change. As truly amphibious aircraft, the CANADAIR CL-415 and the CL-515 are able to refill with water while flying, as well as mix retardant in flight. Requiring no runway to reload water, the aircraft is able to make more frequent waterbombing missions, particularly in remote or difficult to access areas.

The FAR/Part 25-certified Collins Pro Line Fusion® avionics suite is a scalable software-based system that addresses current regulatory requirements while anticipating future expansion. The core avionics configuration features Flight Director, Flight Management System (FMS) coupled with SBAS-GPS and LPV capability, Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS), ADS-B Out, Synthetic Vision, crew alerting system display indicators, and a multi-functional keyboard panel with dual cursor controls.

The new-production CL-515 offers exceptional aerial firefighting capabilities offering up to a 15% increase in productivity while reducing maintenance and operating costs. Its expanded tank capacity (7,000 L) and ability to refill in 14 seconds from water sources in close proximity to wildfires allows the CL-515 to drop enormous amounts of foam-injected fire retardant on a continuous basis.

As a true multi-mission platform, the CL-515 First Responder's flexible architecture allows integration of mission equipment for a variety of roles in a single airframe, including aerial firefighting, maritime patrol, surveillance, medevac, environmental monitoring, insect control, oil spill detection and dispersant.

The CL-515 is the only aerial firefighter and multi-mission amphibious aircraft built and supported by an OEM with complete full factory warranty, established world-class product support network, and factory-endorsed Full Motion Level D Flight Simulator, making it the most technically advanced multi-mission aerial firefighting aircraft available on the market.

Added Mr. Curtis: "Our plans for the CL-515 build on our successful track record as an aircraft OEM. Our team conceived and developed the world-renowned Viking Series 400 Twin Otter, and to-date we have sold and delivered new aircraft to operators in 31 countries around the world. Longview and Viking have earned a reputation as the world leader in utility aircraft, and we have every confidence in our company's ability to efficiently produce a multi-role aircraft that will set a new global standard for amphibious operations."

In addition to Viking, Longview Aviation Capital includes De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited, OEM of the worldwide Dash 8 aircraft program including the 100, 200 and 300 series and the in-production Dash 8 Series 400 program manufactured in Ontario.

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