An Inside Look at Microsoft’s Newest Flight Simulator – Hangar Flying

lunes, 30 de septiembre de 2019

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RAeS Light Aircraft Design Conference 2019 (electrification)

RAeS in Twitter:

«In 2 months we will host annual 'Light Aircraft Design Conference 2019' which this year is themed 'Electrifying General Aviation': To view the programme: https://t.co/OEfCl6wNvK #avgeeks #avgeek #GA19 #aviation https://t.co/8B1HkyI34S »



https://www.aerosociety.com/events-calendar/light-aircraft-design-conference-2019/?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=electrifying_ga_19&utm_content=tweet

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Safran Pours Focus Into Asia As It Secures NacelleLife Deals


https://www.mro-network.com/engines-engine-systems/safran-pours-focus-asia-it-secures-nacellelife-deals

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Airbus Intends to Charge Royalty Fees On MRO Invoices


https://www.mro-network.com/maintenance-repair-overhaul/airbus-intends-charge-royalty-fees-mro-invoices

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Airbus ventures estimate of NMA demand to 2038

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/airbus-ventures-estimate-of-nma-demand-to-2038-460933/


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Airbus delivery forecast reflects single-aisle upsizing
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/airbus-delivery-forecast-reflects-single-aisle-upsiz-460929/

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Engine cowling opens after take-off, United Airlines Boeing 737 safely returns to Denver, U.S.

https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/united-airlines/engine-cowling-opens-after-take-off-united-airlines-boeing-737-safely-returns-to-denver-u-s/

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Mitsubishi Touts Heavy Investment in SpaceJet Support


https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2019-09-27/mitsubishi-touts-heavy-investment-spacejet-support

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KAI Flies Unmanned Light Helicopter

https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2019-09-26/kai-flies-unmanned-light-helicopter

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Taiwan Unveils New Advanced Trainer

https://youtu.be/i6ql02lguWM













AIDC’s press release








The rollout ceremony of the new Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) for the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) took place at the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation’s (AIDC’s) Sha-lu complex on September 24, 2019. The ceremony was officiated by Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and was attended by officials from the R.O.C.’s National Security Council, the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Economic Affairs as well as R.O.C. legislators and distinguished representatives from the international and domestic aerospace industry as well as AIDC itself.
The impressive exterior painting of the AJT incorporated the red, white and blue colors of Taiwan’s national flag. At the ceremony, the aircraft was officially named by the President Tsai as the Yung-ying (Brave Eagle) which won the online voting contest participated by the public. Sitting in the cockpit, President Tsai recognized the outstanding performance of the aircraft upon being briefed by an AIDC flight instructor.

President Tsai later inspected aircraft components manufactured in Taiwan and the Ground-Based Training System (GBTS) developed by the National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) which was showcased for the first time at the event. The GBTS enhances the overall training results and efficiently saves operational and maintenance costs of the aircraft through customized flight simulation and computer-aided training system for logistics and maintenance. With readily available and comprehensive ground testing and flight test data, the fleet management, maintenance throughout 30-year lifespan and performance upgrade of the aircraft can be performed domestically in Taiwan.

By incorporating 80 percent improvement into the design of the F-CK-1 Ching-kuo, the indigenous defensive fighter (IDF), the AJT has the aerodynamic characteristics such as low air resistance and high angle of attack and uses F124-200TW, an engine jointly produced by AIDC and ITEC. Moreover, the flight characteristics were enhanced since the weight was greatly reduced because of significant changes in the air structure and increased utilization of composite materials.

To meet ROCAF’s requirement of the AJT, the cross-section of the wing was modified to lower the velocity of approach and increase the stability during low-speed flight, which allows the pilots-in-training to acquire the basic flight skills and develop basic combat skills in a short time.

The parting line of the aircraft was raised to increase the fuel carriage capacity in order to extend flight duration and range. Main landing gears were re-positioned to strengthen taxiing stability. The digital flight control system and multiple avionics were manufactured either by Taiwanese companies or under co-production with foreign partners, which ensure that Taiwan has the ability to upgrade and modify the software and hardware of the aircraft. Furthermore, the AJT and the IDF share many of the system components, allowing the ROCAF to shorten pilot training and reduce logistics and maintenance costs.

Taking into consideration the streamlining of ROCAF’s pilot training program, several aircraft configurations were planned in the design phase. It was finally determined that the AJT would use the IDF as its reference aircraft which would allow the AJT to perform a key role in both advanced flight training and lead-in fighter training. As there are certain systems, subsystems and components common to both the AJT and the IDF, problems of diminishing manufacturing sources, logistics and maintenance are minimized.

The agreement of the AJT project was signed between the ROCAF and the NCSIST on February 7, 2017. AIDC was commissioned by the NCSIST on April 25, 2017 and the aircraft assembly process began on June 1, 2018. The AJT is on schedule to make its first flight in June 2020. The ceremony also featured a 5-minute video highlighting major activities in the 480 days from assembly to the rollout ceremony.

In addition to adopting the colors in the national flag, the geometric shapes at the aircraft’s after section and on its underside demonstrate the spirit of rocketing up and marching forward. The aircraft is to replace the AT-3 and the F-5E/F and will reduce pilot training process from three stages, three types to three stages, two types In addition to satisfying a vital requirement of the ROCAF, the AJT also serves as the cornerstone and manifestation of the Taiwan government’s policy of developing indigenous defensive systems

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Hydrogen-Powered Drone Flies Above The Netherlands

Providing Additional Insights Into Research And Development Of Alternative Fuels For Sustainable Aviation


http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=41898578-b906-4f4e-853e-08a632be6a1a

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Big Flight-test Milestone For India’s LCA Navy, First Full Launch/Recovery In Single Sortie

https://www.livefistdefence.com/2019/09/big-flight-test-milestone-for-indias-lca-navy-first-full-launch-recovery-in-single-sortie.html

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European aviation: bankruptcy season is around the corner | related: XL Airways ceases operations

https://www.aerotime.aero/zivile.zalagenaite/23954-european-aviation-bankruptcy-season-is-around-the-corner




related: XL Airways ceases operations
https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/xl-airways-france/xl-airways-ceases-operations/

https://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUKKBN1WF1OL

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Sukhoi S-70 UCAV makes maiden sortie with Su-57 fighter jet [Video]

https://youtu.be/fquWMUBO6Ag







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Azur Air hard landing in Russia; 56 injured

http://avherald.com/h?article=4cd3fdea&opt=0

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Boeing 737 MAX return question caught in FAA reputation crisis

https://www.aerotime.aero/zivile.zalagenaite/23998-boeing-737-max-return-question-caught-in-faa-reputation-crisis






https://www.aerotime.aero/clement.charpentreau/23993-boeing-737-max-alerts-are-poorly-designed-says-ntsb

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Jeff Bezos wants the US military to think bigger in space

jueves, 26 de septiembre de 2019

https://qz.com/1715548/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-says-air-force-doesnt-get-rocket-market/

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Safran s’implique dans la conception d’un turbopropulseur destiné à un drone européen

https://www.aerobuzz.fr/breves-industrie/safran-simplique-dans-la-conception-dun-turbopropulseur-destine-a-un-drone-europeen/

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[video] Boeing MQ-25 First Test Flight

https://youtu.be/oW9V5tIMGzQ










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Hispan@s de la NASA | NASA en español

https://youtu.be/9gEONWpdyT8





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Airline trade group urges countries to agree on Boeing 737 Max return or hurt public trust


https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/24/airline-trade-group-urges-countries-to-agree-on-boeing-737-max-return.html

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First commercial flights from Beijing's new $63 billion airport take off

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-airport/china-declares-formal-opening-of-huge-new-beijing-airport-idUSKBN1WA0AO

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As Thomas Cook customers return home, blame game begins; Former Thomas Cook bosses under fire for excessive pay

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thomas-cook-grp-passengers/as-thomas-cook-customers-return-home-blame-game-begins-idUSKBN1W90HO


Former Thomas Cook bosses under fire for excessive pay
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/sep/23/hedge-funds-win-big-from-short-selling-thomas-cook-shares

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AeroPodium Business & Commercial Aviation Symposium [Spain]

This international event will explore the latest developments in the commercial and business aviation sectors of Spain. The conference sessions will provide the platform for high level debate, exchange of ideas and information as well as extensive networking opportunities for aviation executives from Spain and around the world.
It is a unique opportunity for all participants to participate in high level debates, enhance their knowledge about the regional market, learn about the regional infrastructure developments, and network with leading experts.
Participating companies will represent aircraft operators and manufacturers, FBO operators, safety and security experts, financing companies, and sectors such as insurance, software technology, airport infrastructure and other areas that contribute to the development of aviation in Spain.


http://www.aeropodium.com/spain.html




Agenda: http://www.aeropodium.com/images/Agenda_SP1019.pdf

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China’s AECC Working On A Powerful Turboprop Engine

Work on the engine, the AEP500, is in the concept-design stage, company officials said at Aviation Expo China, held in Beijing on Sept. 18-20, where the new design was exhibited. Equivalent power, which includes exhaust thrust, will be at least 5,000 kW (6,700 equivalent shp)


https://aviationweek.com/propulsion/china-s-aecc-working-powerful-turboprop-engine

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UK Secretary of State calls for an “electric revolution in the skies”

https://blueskynews.aero/issue-526/Secretary-of-State-calls-for-an-electric-revolution-in-the-skies.html

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Jetstar to ax New Zealand regional flights from November 2019

https://www.aerotime.aero/rytis.beresnevicius/23983-jetstar-cuts-regional-new-zealand-flights?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

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Beijing ups pressure on domestic airlines to buy China-made jets

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Aerospace-Defense/Beijing-ups-pressure-on-domestic-airlines-to-buy-China-made-jets2

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La France débloque 2,5 milliards d'euros pour financer de nouveaux projets spatiaux européens

miércoles, 25 de septiembre de 2019

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China Needs to Spend $2.9 Trillion on New Planes and Services, Boeing Says

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-17/boeing-sees-2-9-trillion-china-splurge-on-planes-and-services

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Here's The Air Force's Questionably Ambitious Plan To Develop New Fighters In Five Years

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29875/heres-the-air-forces-questionably-ambitious-plan-to-develop-new-fighters-in-five-years




https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/2019/09/16/the-us-air-forces-radical-plan-for-a-future-fighter-could-field-a-jet-in-5-years/


https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/2019/09/16/the-us-air-forces-radical-plan-for-a-future-fighter-could-field-a-jet-in-5-years/


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https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29690/b-21s-with-air-to-air-capabilities-drones-not-6th-gen-fighters-to-dominate-future-air-combat

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Mitsubishi ouvrira le centre Montréalais du SpaceJet / Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation Announces Plans to Open SpaceJet Montreal Center



C’est à Boisbriand que Mitsubishi ouvrira le Centre Montréalais SpaceJet dès le mois d’octobre prochain. Au cours de la première année, une centaine d’ingénieurs seront embauchés afin de travailler sur la certification du M90




http://www.lesailesduquebec.com/mitsubishi-ouvrira-le-centre-montrealais-du-spacejet/







Press release:
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation Announces Plans to Open SpaceJet Montreal Center
Posted by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation News Team on Sep 19, 2019 10:52:27 AM


Company establishes presence in the Montreal region to support global expansion strategy

Montreal (Quebec) – September 19, 2019 – Today, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation announced plans to establish their footprint in the Montreal region of Quebec, Canada. Having launched the Mitsubishi SpaceJet family of aircraft earlier this year and opened a U.S. headquarters in Renton, Washington, the company seeks to prepare for the next phase of its global growth.

“As a Japanese company with a global market, we are building a strong global presence in order to position the Mitsubishi SpaceJet family for success,” said Hisakazu Mizutani, President, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. “We have great respect for the achievements and capabilities in Quebec and are excited to be here.”

The birthplace of commercial aviation in Canada, Quebec has a long history of innovation and contribution in the regional category of aircraft. As a result, it is a world-renowned aerospace hub and home to leading air and space companies, including some of Mitsubishi Aircraft’s existing partners.

“Our Montreal presence adds to our footprint in major global aerospace hubs, including Nagoya and Washington State,” said Alex Bellamy, Chief Development Officer. “Since introducing our product family in June, we have had an overwhelmingly positive response, and we are intent on building the team that allows us to fully support our airline partners and customers. Quebec is an obvious choice for us.”

In its first year in the Montreal area, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation intends to create around 100 jobs focused on certification and entry into service of the Mitsubishi SpaceJet products. The company plans to increase that number in the following years. The office will be located in the Boisbriand area.

“This is an exciting moment for the company,” said Jean-David Scott, Vice President, SpaceJet Montreal Center, “I am proud to be a part of the team that is focused on the future of regional aviation and bringing opportunities to the region.”

The company will hold a recruitment fair on Saturday, September 21st at Montreal Grandé (1862 Rue le Ber). The company invites experienced aerospace professionals with a focus on product development to attend. Details and registration can be found here.

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About Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation develops, produces, sells and supports the Mitsubishi SpaceJet family of next-generation regional jets, which offer the most spacious cabins, widest economy seats, highest aisle clearance and most overhead bin capacity of any aircraft in their class. The company headquarters are in Nagoya, Japan, and its U.S. headquarters are in Renton, Washington, U.S. Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation is a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

For more information about the company, please visit www.mitsubishiaircraft.com.

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The F-35 Is About to Enter Beast Mode; Here's the missile that will seriously boost the fighter jet's firepower.

Here's the missile that will seriously boost the fighter jet's firepower.


https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a29071628/f-35-raytheon-peregrine-missile/

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Rolls-Royce (RR.L) will take longer than expected to fix problems with its Trent 1000 engine (B787 engines)


Rolls-Royce hit by further setback to fixing Boeing 787 engines


https://ca.reuters.com/article/idCAKBN1W50MP-OCABS

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Elon Musk tweets a sneak peek at his vision for SpaceX’s Starship mega-rocket

https://www.geekwire.com/2019/elon-musk-tweets-sneak-peek-vision-spacexs-starship-mega-rocket/

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Thomas Cook collapses: Why and what happens now?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thomas-cook-grp-investment-explainer-idUSKBN1W804O

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Le démonstrateur Altair de l’Onera testé en Guyane

Fin août-début septembre, l’Onera a mené la dernière campagne d’essais en vol de son démonstrateur à échelle réduite de système de lancement aéroporté, destiné à la mise sur orbite de minisatellites.
https://www.air-cosmos.com/article/le-dmonstrateur-altair-de-lonera-test-en-guyane-21763

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Boeing and Air New Zealand Finalize Order for Eight 787-10 Dreamliner Jets





PR



- Leading long-range carrier builds future fleet with eight super-efficient 787-10s and includes options to increase number of aircraft to up to 20 Dreamliners
- Largest Dreamliner model offers more seats and unmatched fuel efficiency, and environmental performance




SEATTLE, Sept. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Air New Zealand today finalized an order for eight 787-10 Dreamliner airplanes valued at $2.7 billion at list prices. The carrier, recognized for its long-range flights and global network, will integrate the largest Dreamliner model into its world-class fleet of 787-9 and 777 airplanes from 2022 to strategically grow its business.

The airplane deal, announced in May as a commitment, includes options to increase the number of aircraft from eight up to 20, and substitution rights that allow a switch from the larger 787-10 to smaller 787-9s, or a combination of the two models for future fleet and network flexibility.

"This is an exciting decision for our business and our customers as we deliver on our commitment to grow our business sustainably. With the 787-10 offering around 15 percent more space for both customers and cargo than the 787-9, this investment creates the platform for our future strategic direction and opens up new opportunities to grow," said Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon.

As the largest member of the passenger-pleasing and super-efficient Dreamliner family, the 787-10 is 224 feet long (68 meters) and can seat up to 330 passengers in a standard two-class configuration, about 40 more than the 787-9. Powered by a suite of new technologies and a revolutionary design, the 787-10 set a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics when it entered commercial service last year. The airplane allows operators to achieve 25 percent better fuel efficiency per seat compared to the previous airplanes in its class.

"Air New Zealand has made very strategic investments in advanced widebody aircraft to build on its status as a leading global carrier connecting the South Pacific with Asia and the Americas. We are very honored that Air New Zealand has selected to add the 787-10 and its unique capabilities to complement its long-haul fleet of 777 and 787-9 airplanes," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing, The Boeing Company.

Air New Zealand was a global launch customer for the 787-9 and today operates 13 of the Dreamliner variant. With another 787-9 on the way and the 787-10 airplanes in the future, the airline's Dreamliner fleet is on track to grow to 22. The new Dreamliner aircraft will replace Air New Zealand's fleet of eight 777-200ERs. Air New Zealand's widebody fleet also includes seven 777-300ERs.

As part of its efforts to maintain an efficient and reliable fleet, Air New Zealand utilizes a number of Boeing Global Services solutions, including Airplane Health Management and Maintenance Performance Toolbox. These digital solutions provide maintenance data and decision support tools that enable aircraft maintenance teams to increase operational efficiency.

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Boeing Australia collaborates on AI research for unmanned systems



PR




BRISBANE, Australia, Sept. 25, 2019 — Boeing [NYSE:BA] is partnering with Australia’s Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre (DCRC) to develop advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to create smarter unmanned systems for global forces. Embedding machine learning techniques on-board will help unmanned systems better understand and react to threat environments.

“Over the next 12 months, Boeing Australia will design and test cognitive AI algorithms to enable sensing under anti-access conditions and to navigate and conduct enhanced tactics in denied environments,” said Dr. Shane Arnott, director of Phantom Works International.

Boeing Australia’s first innovation project with the DCRC will examine an unmanned system’s route planning, location, and identification of objects and the platform’s subsequent behavioural response.

The DCRC for Trusted Autonomous Systems was announced by the Australian Government in 2017 to support the rapid creation and transition of industry-led trustworthy smart-machine technologies through the innovation ecosystem to the Australian Defence Force.

“Together with Boeing, we are investing in advanced technology that can have real game-changing product outcomes for our military to match the evolving threats and achieve a sustainable autonomous industry for Australia,” said Professor Jason Scholz, chief executive officer of the DCRC for Trusted Autonomous Systems.

Boeing will work with Australian university partners and Brisbane-based supplier RF Designs to flight-test and evaluate the capability with autonomous high performance jets.

* The Trusted Autonomous Systems DCRC receives funding support from the Australian Government’s Next Generation Technologies Fund and the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative

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Boeing MQ-25 Unmanned Aerial Refueler Completes First Test Flight





press release




ST. LOUIS, Sept. 19, 2019 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Navy today successfully completed the first test flight of the MQ-25™ unmanned aerial refueler.

The MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, completed the autonomous two-hour flight under the direction of Boeing test pilots operating from a ground control station at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., where the test program is based. The aircraft completed an autonomous taxi and takeoff and then flew a pre-determined route to validate the aircraft’s basic flight functions and operations with the ground control station.

“Seeing MQ-25 in the sky is a testament to our Boeing and Navy team working the technology, systems and processes that are helping get MQ-25 to the carrier,” said Boeing MQ-25 Program Director Dave Bujold. “This aircraft and its flight test program ensures we’re delivering the MQ-25 to the carrier fleet with the safety, reliability and capability the U.S. Navy needs to conduct its vital mission.”

The Boeing-owned test asset is a predecessor to the engineering development model (EDM) aircraft and is being used for early learning and discovery to meet the goals of the U.S. Navy’s accelerated acquisition program. Boeing will produce four EDM MQ-25 air vehicles for the U.S. Navy under an $805 million contract awarded in August 2018.

The MQ-25 will provide the Navy with a much-needed carrier-based unmanned aerial refueling capability. It will allow for better use of the combat strike fighters currently performing the tanking role and will extend the range of the carrier air wing.

“Today’s flight is an exciting and significant milestone for our program and the Navy,” said the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation (PMA-268) Program Manager Capt. Chad Reed. “The flight of this test asset two years before our first MQ-25 arrives represents the first big step in a series of early learning opportunities that are helping us progress toward delivery of a game-changing capability for the carrier air wing and strike group commanders.”

T1 received its experimental airworthiness certificate from the FAA in September, verifying that the air vehicle meets the agency’s requirements for safe flight. Testing will continue with T1 to further early learning and discovery that advances major systems and software development.

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

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Airbus A400M performs first helicopter air-to-air dry contacts [video]




press release (both pictures and videos were provided with PR)


https://youtu.be/bUGOSAxSqMg





https://youtu.be/vGHnv7zYmh4





Getafe, 24 September 2019 – The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refueling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of 4 flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre.


The tests, involving no fuel and performed between 1,000 ft and 10,000 ft at flight speeds as low as 105 knots, confirmed the positive results of previous proximity flights conducted at the beginning of 2019. The next step in the flight test program will involve wet contact operations scheduled to take place before the end of 2019 ahead of final certification in 2021.


The flight test campaign also included the first proximity trials between the A400M and an H160 helicopter requested by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) in the frame of the feasibility study for the Guépard (future military multirole helicopter for the French armed forces). Tests were performed successfully.


The photo above shows the A400M performing dry contacts with an H225M operated by Airbus Helicopters.


A400M as a tanker




The A400M is certified to be quickly configured as a tanker, not requiring a dedicated aircraft version. The A400M carries up to 50.8 tonnes (111,600 lb) of fuel in its wings and centre wing box, without compromising any cargo hold area. Two additional cargo hold tanks can also be installed, providing an additional 5.7 tonnes (11,400 lb) of fuel each. The fuel carried in the extra tanks can be of a different nature to the fuel in the main tanks. This enables the A400M to cater for the needs of different types of receiver aircraft.


As a tanker, the A400M has already demonstrated its ability to refuel fighter receivers such as Eurofighter, Rafale, Tornado or F/A-18 at their preferred speeds and altitudes, and is also able to refuel other large aircraft such as another A400M for buddy refueling, C295 or C-130.


Helicopter air-to-air refuelling is a military tactical operation that involves low speeds and low altitudes. After this achievement and its final certification the A400M will become one of the few tanker aircraft in the world capable of performing such an operation.

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Airbus demonstrates ACH160 on yacht for first time





press release








Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) will this week begin demonstrating the world’s most advanced medium helicopter – the ACH160 – to prospective customers at the Monaco Yacht Show, the world’s foremost super yacht event.

The aircraft will form the centrepiece of a triumvirate of Airbus helicopters also including the market-leading ACH145 and the lighter ACH135 – all fitted to purpose for yacht operations.

The ACH160 promises to be a striking sight over Monaco’s bay on 26th September with a landing and take-off from the 139m Lürssen Flying Fox. It sets a new benchmark in corporate transportation with a blend of innovative technology, speed, comfort and style. Its interior concept is the result of a collaboration between ACH Creative Style Studio and Harrison Eidsgaard, one of the most sought after names in the superyacht design industry.

The first two ACH160 are already on the final assembly line at Airbus’ Marignane plant. EASA Certification of the H160 in transport configuration is due by the end of the year and the first ACH160 will be delivered next year.

Also on display will be an ACH135, equipped with Airbus’ ACH Line in-house interior, embarked on M/Y Bintador, a Tankoa-built 50m yacht at location C09.

The range is rounded off by an ACH145 based on the terrace of the Yacht Club de Monaco. This helicopter is finished in the Mercedes Benz Style Special Edition.

Visitors can also see the latest release of the ACH Yacht Interface App, a tool dedicated to supporting yacht designers and shipbuilders in integrating ACH aircraft into new yacht projects. This tool provides key preliminary information for incorporating ACH helicopters on-board and serves to prevent costly retrofits.

Head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters, Frederic Lemos, said: “We are thrilled to be at Monaco once more and we look forward to demonstrating the suitability of our helicopter range to the needs of yacht designers, builders and owners.”

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.

Learn more about the ACH

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Bombardier’s Global 5500 and Global 6500 Jets Awarded Transport Canada Certification

press release

 
 


  • Certification paves the way for entry-into-service this year as planned
  • The Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft flew through the rigorous flight testing program
  • Combined with a newly optimized wing, the new Pearl 15 engines render the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft cleaner and more efficient
  • Both aircraft offer superior safety due to built-in systems redundancy and robustness for which all Bombardier Global aircraft are renowned
  • The Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft have the smoothest ride, the largest cabins and the longest range in their class, and offer exceptional passenger comfort
 
 
 
Bombardier announced today that its two latest additions to the Global family, the Global 5500 and Global 6500 business jets, have been awarded Transport Canada Type Certification, paving the way for entry-into-service this year. Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are expected to follow shortly.
 
“Following their dramatic unveiling last year, these aircraft continue to surprise and surpass expectations. Thanks to a new wing design and custom-made Rolls-Royce Pearl engines, the Global 5500 and Global 6500 jets boast farthest-in-class ranges, offering unrivalled performance and unsurpassed passenger comfort, at exceptional operating costs,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Aviation. “Not only did we deliver on our commitments but we did on schedule, demonstrating the ingenuity, skill, rigor and consummate professionalism that is inherent to the longstanding winning DNA of our dedicated team members.”
 
The aircraft flew through the rigorous flight testing program, which was completed at Bombardier’s world-class test centre in Wichita, Kansas. The Pearl 15 engine, the latest addition to Rolls-Royce’s exceptional business aviation engine portfolio, received Transport Canada certification recently. The engine, developed at the Rolls-Royce Centre of Excellence for Business Aviation engines in Dahlewitz, Germany, was custom-designed with the most innovative technology – including enhanced aerodynamics, blade cooling and advanced engine health monitoring systems – to power the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft. With the purpose-built engines, advanced wing design and built-in systems redundancy and robustness for which Bombardier Global aircraft are renowned, the aircraft offer superior safety and a smooth ride to its passengers.
 
Equipped with the revolutionary Bombardier’s Vision Flight Deck, the industry’s leading cockpit, the aircraft offer a comprehensive avionics suite with ergonomics and aesthetics that provide pilots with outstanding comfort and control.
 
The aircraft offer stunning redesigned cabins with exclusive features that are as innovative as they are luxurious. The Global 5500 and Global 6500 business jets also debut the Nuage chaise, a unique seating innovation that adds new dimensions to the conference suite as a lounge chair that converts into a flat surface for sleeping or banquet-style dining around the table. Bombardier's patented Nuage seat is also exclusive to the new Global aircraft family. With its distinctive technology, the Nuage seat is ideally suited for long-range flights.
 
These new aircraft build on the success of the Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft by offering 500 and 600 nautical miles of additional range, respectively, coupled with an up to 13-per-cent fuel burn advantage, contributing to highly favorable operating costs versus smaller competing aircraft with less range. The Global 5500 aircraft can connect Sao Paolo and Paris, and Moscow and Los Angeles; the Global 6500 aircraft can connect Hong Kong or Singapore and London, and Toluca and Madrid*.

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First E195-E2 Delivered!

miércoles, 18 de septiembre de 2019





Embraer's press release
https://www.embraercommercialaviation.com/news/first-e195-e2-delivered/


We handed over our first production E195-E2 to leasing giant AerCap and launch operator Azul Airlines of Brazil at a ceremony in São José dos Campos this morning. Members of the local and international press attended the event.
Mr. Aengus Kelly, CEO and Executive Director of AerCap Holdings NV, the world largest aircraft leasing company, and Mr. John Rodgerson, CEO of Azul Linhas Aéreas, received the keys to the big E2.
Azul has placed a total firm order of 51 E195-E2s.

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Airbus forecasts need for over 39,000 new aircraft in the next 20 years



Airbus' press release




The world’s passenger and freighter aircraft fleet is set to more than double from today’s nearly 23,000 to almost 48,000 by 2038 with traffic growing at 4.3% annually, also resulting in a need for 550,000 new pilots and 640,000 new technicians.

By 2038, of the forecast 47,680 fleet, 39,210 are new and 8,470 remain from today. By updating fleets with latest generation fuel efficient aircraft such as the A220, A320neo Family, the A330neo and the A350, Airbus believes it will largely contribute to the progressive decarbonisation of the air transport industry and the objective of carbon neutral growth from 2020 while connecting more people globally.

Reflecting today’s evolving aircraft technology, Airbus has simplified its segmentation to consider capacity, range and mission type. For example, a short haul A321 is Small (S) while the long-haul A321LR or XLR can be categorised as Medium (M). While the core market for the A330 is classified as Medium (M), it is likely a number will continue to be operated by airlines in a way that sits within the Large (L) market segmentation along with the A350 XWB.

The new segmentation gives rise to a need for 39,210 new passenger and freighter aircraft -29,720 Small (S), 5,370 Medium (M) and 4,120 Large (L) - according to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast 2019-2038. Of these, 25,000 aircraft are for growth and 14,210 are to replace older models with newer ones offering superior efficiency.

Resilient to economic shocks, air traffic has more than doubled since 2000. It is increasingly playing a key role in connecting large population centres, particularly in emerging markets where the propensity to travel is amongst the world’s highest as cost or geography make alternatives impossible. Today, about a quarter of the world’s urban population is responsible for more than a quarter of global GDP, and given both are key growth drivers, Aviation Mega Cities (AMCs) will continue to power the global aviation network. Developments in superior fuel efficiency are further driving demand to replace existing less fuel efficient aircraft.

“The 4% annual growth reflects the resilient nature of aviation, weathering short term economic shocks and geo-political disturbances. Economies thrive on air transportation. People and goods want to connect,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International. “Globally, commercial aviation stimulates GDP growth and supports 65 million livelyhoods, demonstrating the immense benefits our business brings to all societies and global trade.”

Airbus aircraft are market leaders in their segments. The Small (S) segment includes the A220 Family and all variants of the A320 Family. The core Airbus products in the Medium (M) segment are the A330 and A330neo Family, and can also include the smaller A321LR and XLR versions used on long-haul missions. The largest segmentation Large (L), is represented by the A330neo Family together with the larger A350 XWB Family which also includes the Ultra Long Range (ULR) version. This segmentation will continue to be served by the A380 at the upper end.

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At least one Airbus A220 damaged after fire suppression system activation, in hangar incident in Mobile, Alabama plant

https://www.wingsoverquebec.com/?p=8919


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Spanish air force training plane crashes into sea, killing two


ENAER Pillan, locally known as Tamiz, down. Instructor and trainée dead


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USAF T-X, has officially been named the T-7A Red Hawk to honor Red Tail Devils












Video Boeing: http://www.boeing.com/features/2019/09/new-t-7a-red-hawk-09-19.page
Video AF: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/709205/asecaf-announces-t-7a-red-hawk-during-air-space-and-cyber-conference










press release




NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (AFNS) --

The Air Force’s all-new advanced trainer aircraft, the T-X, has officially been named the T-7A Red Hawk.

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan made the announcement during his speech at the 2019 Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Sept. 16.

Donovan was joined on stage by one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, Col. Charles McGee, who flew more than 400 combat missions in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Also seated in the audience were members of the East Coast Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen.

After a short video highlighting the aircraft’s lineage, Donovan said, “ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the newest Red Tail!” A drape was then lifted to reveal a quarter-scale model of a T-7A Red Hawk painted in a distinct, red-tailed color scheme.

“The name Red Hawk honors the legacy of Tuskegee Airmen and pays homage to their signature red-tailed aircraft from World War II,” Donovan said. “The name is also a tribute to the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, an American fighter aircraft that first flew in 1938 and was flown by the 99th Fighter Squadron, the U.S. Army Air Forces’ first African American fighter squadron.”

The Tuskegee Airmen subsequently painted their Republic P-47 Thunderbolts and North American P-51 Mustangs with a red-tailed paint scheme.

The T-7A Red Hawk, manufactured by Boeing, introduces capabilities that prepare pilots for fifth generation fighters, including high-G environment, information and sensor management, high angle of attack flight characteristics, night operations and transferable air-to-air and air-to-ground skills.

“The T-7A will be the staple of a new generation of aircraft,” Donovan said. “The Red Hawk offers advanced capabilities for training tomorrow’s pilots on data links, simulated radar, smart weapons, defensive management systems, as well as synthetic training capabilities.”

Along with updated technology and performance capabilities, the T-7A will be accompanied by enhanced simulators and the ability to update system software faster and more seamlessly. The plane was also designed with maintainers in mind by utilizing easy-to-reach and open access panels.

The T-7A features twin tails, slats and big leading-edge root extensions that provide deft handling at low speeds, allowing it to fly in a way that better approximates real world demands and is specifically designed to prepare pilots for fifth-generation aircraft. The aircraft’s single engine generates nearly three times more thrust than the dual engines of the T-38C Talon which it is replacing.

“The distance between the T-38 and an F-35 is night and day,” said Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein. “But with the T-7A the distance is much, much smaller, and that’s important because it means the pilots trained on it will be that much better, that much faster at a time when we must be able to train to the speed of the threat.”

A $9.2 billion contract awarded to Boeing in September 2018 calls for 351 T-7A aircraft, 46 simulators and associated ground equipment to be delivered and installed, replacing Air Education and Training Command’s 57-year-old fleet of T-38C Talons.

The first T-7A aircraft and simulators are scheduled to arrive at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, in 2023. All undergraduate pilot training bases will eventually transition from the T-38C to the T-7A. Those bases include Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi; Laughlin AFB and Sheppard AFB, Texas; and Vance AFB, Oklahoma.

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WTO clears US for $10bn in tariffs in Airbus subsidy case

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US Army looks for long-range missiles for rotorcraft and UAVs

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Look to 2013 787 grounding to see how Boeing will return MAX to service - Leeham News and Analysis

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DSEI 2019: Italy Joins the Tempest Team

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Emirates Holds Back On Big Orders Until Glitches Addressed

viernes, 13 de septiembre de 2019

"I am a little bit irritated that we have to deal with quality control and design issues," Emirates Airline President Tim Clark says. "We are not in the business of dealing with aircraft that don't work. We need aircraft that work from Day One and are not beset with problems at delivery. We will take them when we are satisfied that [the aircraft and engine manufacturers] are confident in their aircraft."

continue reading: https://aviationweek.com/new-civil-aircraft/emirates-holds-back-big-orders-until-glitches-addressed


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Boeing aims to strengthen engineering oversight after panel review | Article [AMP] | Reuters

jueves, 12 de septiembre de 2019

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Boeing Statement on 777X Load Testing

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US Air Force restricts KC-46 from carrying cargo and passengers

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Business aviation joins forces with all EU aviation stakeholders to create the airspace of tomorrow

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Craic CR929 Supplier Selection Slips To 2020

https://aviationweek.com/print/new-civil-aircraft/craic-cr929-supplier-selection-slips-2020



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Airbus issues safety bulletin for three helicopter types


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EASA to flight test 737 MAX individually; strips FAA delegation

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AeroVironment unveils VAPOR all-electric helicopter UAS

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India's Vikram moon lander appears to have crashed on the moon

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Russian supersonic Tupolev business jet proposal is taken off the agenda

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Volocopter's eVTOL Plans Boosted by $55 Million Investment

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UAC presented 2019-2038 Market Outlook





press release




United Aircraft corporation (UAC) has delivered new long range civil aircraft market forecast. The whitepaper document is intended for the mainstream audience and serves for harmonization of the Russian aviation industry opinions as referred to the core markets and also for signification of the Corporation contribution to the international aviation community references coordinates formation.

The 2019-2038 Market Outlook booklet concept differs from the relevant documents which the Corporation has delivered in the previous years, as it contains corporate vision revealing supply and demand ratio pitfalls covering different market segments relative to world regions and key countries comprising Russia, China and India in addition to the vital market statistics.

The civil aircraft quantitative demand appraisal for the forecasted period is executed on the basis of the genuine mathematical imitation model, which considers many parameters, comprising but not limited to macroeconomic and demographic arguments, air transportation dynamic and volume data, current fleet condition, world production capacities, sale, purchase and lease deals as well as state investment programs records and miscellaneous commercial factors.

Narrowbodies of 166-200 seats capacity will be in the main demand stream. The market pull for the such aircraft is forecasted at 20.5 thousand level, which is in excess to all other market segments. The total demand in raw numbers is estimated in amount of 44.3 thousand airliners or 6.35 USD trillion if calculated in the 2019 catalogue prices.

The Russian segment share is equal to 2,9% in monetary and 3,3% in quantitative terms of the world market. 166-200 seater narrowbodies segment will overtake the majority of the local aviation carriers deliveries (630 tails estimate).

Maximum quantitative demand geographical location-wise is forecasted in China (9,1 thousand tails), Asia-Pacific (excluding China and India) (7.9 thousand aircraft), European (8.3 thousand liners) and North American (8.2 thousand units) regions.

The 2019-2038 Market Outlook booklet contains detailed quantitative data regarding the global commercial aircraft market segments actual state and development trends, as well as a regional chapter that provides a detailed information on Russia, China, India, countries of the CIS, Asia-Pacific, European, Latin American, Middle East, North American and African regions.

The Market Outlook booklet in Russian can be downloaded from the link https://uacrussia.ru/upload/market_outlook/Market_Outlook_Rus.pdf

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Embraer Delivers the First Multi-mission Airlift KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force

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Anápolis, Brazil, September 4th, 2019 - Embraer delivered today to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) the first multi-mission airlift KC-390 at a ceremony held at Anápolis Air Base, in the mid-western state of Goiás, starting preparations for the aircraft’s entry into service by FAB’s First Troop Transport Group (1st GTT). Embraer has been conducting theoretical and practical training with the Air Force teams to start operations. The KC-390 was developed as a joint project between the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer to set new standards for efficiency and productivity in its class, while presenting the lowest life-cycle cost in the market. The program represents a significant advance in terms of technology and innovation for the Brazilian aeronautics industry and an operational improvement for FAB's transport aviation. In 2014, FAB signed a firm order for 28 units of the KC-390 aircraft and initial logistical support. The aircraft are produced at the Gavião Peixoto factory, in São Paulo state. The KC-390 was granted the Type Certificate by the Brazilian civil aviation authority ANAC (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) in 2018, when it achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC), which ensures that the necessary conditions have been met for the aircraft to start operations. “The incorporation of the KC-390 into the Brazilian Air Force is a milestone in military aviation. Its modernity will bring an implementation and improvement in the doctrine of use of this multi-mission vector, greatly contributing to the fulfillment of the mission to control, defend and integrate the 22 million square kilometers under our responsibility”, said the Brazilian Air Force Commander, Lieutenant-Brigadier Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez. “The entry into service of the KC-390 by FAB represents an important milestone for the program and it will certainly increase the growing international interest for this aircraft, consolidating the path to new sales”, said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. “We are confident that the KC-390, in addition to successfully fulfilling the missions required by our Air Force, will have a positive economic impact on job creation and new investments in Brazil, as well as high value-added exports.” In order to maximize the operational availability of the KC-390 fleet in the fulfillment of the respective missions, FAB and Embraer Services & Support signed a comprehensive five-year services and support contract. Under the agreement, Embraer’s portfolio of solutions TechCare will be responsible for logistical and engineering support, maintenance control, component repair, support staff for the aircraft entry into service, materials supply and an additional package that includes structural analysis, maintenance bulletin development, and aircraft painting, among other services. The KC-390, which was recently ordered by the Portuguese Government, can carry out various missions including humanitarian support, medical evacuation, search and rescue, forest fire fighting and superior cargo and troop transport and launch capabilities, as well as aerial refueling. Equipped with two International Aero Engines V2500 turbofan engines, the latest avionics, a rear ramp, and an advanced cargo handling system, the KC-390 is capable of carrying up to 26 metric tons of cargo at a maximum speed of 470 knots (870 km/h), with ability to operate in austere environments, including unpaved or damaged runways. The aircraft can carry troops, pallets, armored wheeled vehicles and helicopters. The performance of the KC-390 benefits from a modern fly-by-wire control system with integrated technology that lowers the workload of the crew and increases the safety of its operation. Furthermore, the KC-390 can refuel other aircraft in flight, with the installation of removable internal fuel tanks. The aircraft can also be refueled in flight, thus providing greater flexibility for longer missions. An advanced self-defense system increases the aircraft’s survival capability in hostile environments.

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Largest harbours in the world rely on Airbus for Vessel Traffic Services





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Airbus has completed the upgrade of the Port of Sydney VTS (Vessel Traffic Services), through its maritime product family STYRIS®. Airbus’ maritime security and safety solution ensures the complete traffic monitoring of Sydney Habour and Port Botany, both managed by the Port Authority of New South Wales (Port Authority).



The recently completed upgrade of Sydney’s VTS to STYRIS® comes after the agreement signed in 2010, when Airbus was initially awarded the contract to supply the Sydney VTS system. In 2019, with this upgrade Airbus offers the Port Authority the latest VTS Product Generation of Airbus, providing an efficient way to manage the increasing vessel traffic while meeting updated local VTS regulations. Airbus has also extended the radar coverage of the Sydney VTS with the integration of a new radar site, located in Circular Quay, following the relocation of the former 115 metre high AMP Building radar to a new home in Darling Harbour.



With an offshore overview for pre-planning all vessel entries, the Airbus VTS system provides the Port Authority with real-time maritime information, helps organise port traffic, provide navigation assistance to vessels entering Sydney waters and ensures smooth operational conditions.



The Port of Sydney is arranged in two distinct areas: Port Jackson (commonly named Sydney Harbour), home to the famous and distinct Sydney Opera House and heritage-listed Sydney Harbour Bridge and Port Botany. While Port Botany plays a significant part in the trade handled through the Ports, Sydney Harbour also receives a large number of daily vessel movements, from small leisure boats to the largest passenger cruise ships, through the Passenger Terminals. In addition, there are large volumes of Sydney ferry services that form part of the city public transportation network with its hub is located in Circular Quay.



The Sydney waters with their high density of traffic represent a complex environment to manage for the Port Authority, whose focus is not only to drive the operational efficiency of Sydney Ports but also to ensure every movement is conducted safely for all who use the busy waterways.



Each year, the Port of Sydney becomes ever busier, with over 1,200 vessel visits in 2018 including 350 cruise ships, some of which can carry up to 5,000 passengers plus crew, and 1.6 million passengers passing through Port Authority terminals.



The VTS system is a major component of Sydney waters operational safety management and especially in the monitoring of key events such as the popular Sydney New Year’s Eve Midnight Fireworks, the Australia Day Regatta and the annual 630 nautical mile (1,170 km) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.



Philip Holliday, Chief Operating Officer and Habour Master Sydney at Port Authority of New South Wales (Port Authority), said: “Managing this port is a particular challenge, especially taking into account the high density of maritime traffic, which is very diverse in nature. Airbus brings state of the art maritime vessel traffic services to support responses to the many and varied scenarios that may arise: From the standard monitoring of the maritime traffic to specific requirements for enhanced reponse capability during unexpected situations.”



“The longstanding and successful partnership in Australia between Airbus and the Port Authority continues with a new chapter: the upgrade of the Sydney VTS. Since 2010, Airbus has monitored the traffic of Australia’s main harbours. I’m proud that we can support the harbour authorities in their day to day challenges to make the Australian ports safer and protect people's ways of life,” said Evert Dudok, Head of Communications, Intelligence and Security at Airbus.



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About STYRIS®

STYRIS® implements and delivers turnkey systems covering the full spectrum of Maritime Domain Awareness from both safety and security perspectives. Typical applications are for Vessel Traffic Services , Coastal Surveillance Systems and maritime Critical Infrastructure Protection systems. Thus, STYRIS® is the single product line from Airbus for collecting, processing, consolidating, enriching, distributing and displaying data from a wide range of maritime sensors. The software consolidates data gathered from sensors like radars, Automatic Identification System (AIS), Radio Direction Finders (RDF), cameras, weather stations and sonars. STYRIS allows high detection performances of any maritime activity and advanced analytics based on vessels behaviors and sensors data treatment. Airbus real-time systems are already monitoring the main hot spots of maritime traffic around the Earth as the Malacca Strait or the Panama Canal.



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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Airbus completes ocean satellite Sentinel-6A





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The Copernicus satellite will now undergo extensive testing, with its launch set for November 2020



Friedrichshafen, 03 September 2019 – Airbus has completed the ocean satellite ‘Copernicus Sentinel-6A’, and is now sending it on its first journey. Its destination: Ottobrunn near Munich in Germany, where over the next six months the satellite will undergo an extensive series of tests at Industrieanlagen Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (IABG) to prove its readiness for space.



‘Copernicus Sentinel-6’ will carry out high-precision measurements of ocean surface topography. The satellite will measure its distance to the ocean surface with an accuracy of a few centimetres and, over a mission lasting up to seven years, use this data to map it, repeating the cycle every 10 days. It will document changes in sea-surface height, record and analyse variations in sea levels and observe ocean currents. Exact observations of changes in sea-surface height provide insights into global sea levels, the speed and direction of ocean currents, and ocean heat storage. These measurements are vital for modelling the oceans and predicting rises in sea levels.



The findings will enable governments and institutions to establish effective protection for coastal regions. The data will be invaluable not only for disaster relief organisations, but also for authorities involved in urban planning, securing buildings or commissioning dykes.



Global sea levels are currently rising by an average of 3.3 millimetres a year as a result of global warming; this could potentially have dramatic consequences for countries with densely populated coastal areas.



Two Sentinel-6 satellites for the European Copernicus Programme for environment and security are currently being developed under Airbus’s industrial leadership. While it is one of the European Union’s family of Copernicus satellite missions, Sentinel-6 is also being realised thanks to an international cooperation between ESA, NASA, NOAA and Eumetsat.



Each satellite weighs approximately 1.5 tonnes. From November 2020, Sentinel-6A will be the first of the two Sentinel-6 satellites to continue collecting satellite-based measurements of the oceans’ surfaces, a task that began in 1992. Sentinel-6B is then expected to follow in 2025.

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Space Engineering becomes Airbus Italia S.p.A.

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Following shareholder approval and its registration in the Chamber of Commerce, Airbus’ Italian space subsidiary Space Engineering has officially changed its name to Airbus Italia S.p.A.. Space Engineering is adopting the Airbus logo as its single visual identity.

Serafino D’Angelantonio, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Italia said: “The change announced today consolidates the presence of the Airbus Group in Italy, strengthens the sense of belonging of our employees and will offer us new growth opportunities in Italy and internationally. Our highly skilled team of 120 people will remain focused on cutting edge solutions and technologies from our headquarters in Rome.”

Space Engineering, has been a 100% Airbus Defence and Space company since 2015. It is a leading Italian space company with 30 years’ experience in space technologies. An integral part of Airbus Space Systems, it operates in the satellite telecommunications sector, developing applications for the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile terminals for airborne, train and land applications, RF components and ground modems. Over the past few years the company has evolved and now has significant experience in design, engineering, simulation, prototyping, integration and testing of space & ground systems. It is also working on a number of large Italian and international space programmes. Space Engineering also holds a significant number of international patents related to antennas, radars, scientific software and digital signal processing. Payload Engineering and Assembly, Integration and Test capacities complete the assets of this European key player in the space business.

Airbus Italia’s Assembly Integration and Test facility is located in Rome, in the Tiburtina area, and is dedicated to the validation and qualification of on-board and ground components, equipment and subsystems for space applications (antennas, repeaters, baseband equipment). The 1,200 m2 plant includes:

  • Anechoic Chamber 12 x 8 x 7 m for testing up to 50 GHz
  • Climatic Chamber for testing in range -75 to 180°C
  • Thermal Vacuum Chamber for testing in range  160 to 180°C
  • Clean Room of 250 m2 ISO-8
  • Test equipment suitable for measurements up to 70 GHz
  • Motion & Attitude Simulator for mobile terminals
  • Digital, RF and Mechanical Laboratories

Since 1989, the company has been involved in major space programmes including: Meteosat SG, Radarsat-2, Galileo, telecom satellites for Eutelsat and Astra, COSMO-SkyMed, Alphasat, Eutelsat Quantum, and EDRS SpaceDataHighWay satellites.

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Volotea will support DΔnte aeronautical to develop a state-of-the-art hybrid-electric aircraft

miércoles, 4 de septiembre de 2019





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Barcelona, 4th September 2019, Volotea, the airline of mid and small‐sized European cities has reached an agreement with DΔNTE Aeronautical to collaborate in the project to develop a hybrid-electric aircraft for transportation of passengers.

Volotea is partnering with DΔNTE on a long-term project for the configuration of a state-of-the-art hybrid-electric small aircraft suitable to operate small inexistent routes in the next decade.

The new aircraft will be eventually able to serve routes between small and mid-size communities, where traditional aircraft are not profitable and other transport alternatives are not available.

This environmentally friendly project is led by DΔNTE Aeronautical and in which, apart from Volotea, other renowned institutions like Instituto de Empresa in Spain, ALTRAN in Europe and University of Sydney and University of Adelaide in Australia are taking part.

This project intends to boost the economic development of rural environments and underserved touristic destinations constrained today by reduced transport alternatives.

Additionally, the new concept will reduce emissions significantly through the use of electric motors, fed by electricity stored by batteries or generated on board with a highly-efficient internal combustion engine.

Industry objectives like IATA´s reduction in net aviation CO2 emissions of 50% by 2050 (relative to 2005 levels) will only be possible by a change of paradigm. The introduction of alternative technologies to conventional jet engines and turbo propellers are key to achieve that goal.

“As part of our proactive environmental policy, Volotea will actively collaborate with DΔNTE Aeronautical in the development of this hybrid-electric aircraft, in order to support the reduction of carbon emissions and noise from aircraft operations. Volotea will provide DΔNTE with market analysis and technical data. Volotea engineers and commercial specialists have been appointed and made available to validate this market opportunity and provide technical support as well”, Carlos Muñoz, Founder and CEO of Volotea stated.



DΔNTE is an aerospace start-up with presence both in Spain and Australia, created to innovate in the aircraft industry with the integration of advanced manufacturing technologies, aerodynamics and electric power plants.

For that purpose, DΔNTE has commenced the design of a 19 to 35 passenger aircraft with all thrust provided by Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), batteries for energy storage and an internal combustion turbo-generator working as “range extender”.

It is envisaged that this technology will allow the commercialization of future full electric aircraft. Although DΔNTE´s plans include a future retrofit to a battery only power-plant, this approach is not deemed commercially realistic until the 2030´s. Instead DΔNTE considers its hybrid solution will reduce fuel consumption and emissions more than 50% much sooner than that.

“If we want to make aviation more sustainable, we need to find the sweet spot between ambitious emissions reduction targets and realistic economic propositions. A full electric aircraft is a nice long term goal, but it will have very little impact in the near term if it is just a niche product for wealthy individuals. Electric powerplants with additional hybrid range extenders represent instead a real opportunity to reduce emissions drastically in the shorter term, because they enable a new market for door to door regional air transport with competitive costs. In DΔNTE we are developing the right technology, and Volotea is showing the drive and interest to make it a commercial reality”, Miguel Madinabeitia, co-founder of DΔNTE Aeronautical.

DΔNTE will work with Volotea to define the specifications of this future air passenger commuter to better adapt the aircraft to the most promising markets and routes where the new technology may be introduced in the future.

In order to validate the market opportunity, DΔNTE and Volotea will working closely and also with business schools like Instituto de Empresa in Spain or University of Adelaide in Australia, to estimate and size a new air transport segment that could be monetised and create thousands of jobs.

Upon the successful completion of this first phase, DΔNTE will enter into the detail design and manufacturing of a scaled prototype to be flight-tested as a prior step to its full industrialization and future commercialization. Volotea and DΔNTE expect their hybrid aircraft will be a commercial reality by mid next decade.

A preliminary configuration is already in place but DΔNTE will work in coming months with top aerospace renowned engineering and research organizations, like ALTRAN in Europe and University of Sydney in Australia to validate all the technical hypothesis and have a basic design that will underpin a future flight test phase.

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Volotea’s Growth




Volotea, the airline of European mid and small-sized cities, has carried more than 25 millionth passengers since its first flight in 2012 and 6.6 million in 2018.

In 2019, Volotea is opening 41 new routes to serve a lineup of 319 routes, operating flights to more than 80 mid and small-sized European cities in 13 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland, Luxembourg and Morocco. The airline expects to carry between 7.5 and 8 million passengers in 2019.

Volotea has currently thirteen bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao, Marseille and Athens (these last three inaugurated in 2018) and Cagliari, recently inaugurated on May 30th 2019.

Volotea employs over 1,300 people in 2019 capitalizing in its activity growth. This year 200 new positions have been created.

In 2019, Volotea operates its network with 36 aircraft, Boeing 717s and Airbus A319s, after adding six additional aircraft in 2019. Both models are recognized for their comfort and reliability, with Volotea offering reclining seats which are 5% wider than the average in airlines.

The Airbus A319 is the aircraft model selected for its future growth and will allow the company to increase its passenger capacity by 25% to 156 seats and to serve longer routes.

In 2019, Volotea will launch new services and develop new management developments to continue increasing customers’ satisfaction. Volotea achieves a 93.4% recommendation rate among its clients.



About Volotea : www.volotea.com



Volotea, the airline of European mid and small-sized cities, offers direct flights at very competitive prices. Since its creation in April 2012, Volotea has carried more than 25 million passengers across Europe and 6.6 million in 2018.

In 2019 Volotea operates 319 routes among more than 80 medium and small-sized cities in 13 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland, Luxembourg and Morocco. The airline expects to carry more than 7.5 million passengers in 2019.

Volotea operates its network with 36 aircraft in 2019. Its fleet includes Boeing 717s and Airbus A319s.

MORE INFO: www.volotea.com



About DΔNTE Aeronautical: www.danteaeron.com



DΔNTE Aeronautical is a start-up with a vision to use the aviation electrification revolution that is coming upon us to develop the best aircraft to sustainably connect small and mid-size communities with point to point thin haul routes. For that purpose DΔNTE has identified a market segment long time underserved by aircraft manufacturers (and gradually by airlines) and researched how new electric and hybrid technologies can make a thin haul commuter competitive vs slower means of transport, enabled by developments in other industries, particularly automotive.

DΔNTE has been created to revolutionize the industry with a change of paradigm. Despite the hype around full electric aircraft (that although technically viable will only have a small social, environmental and economic impact in niche markets for the foreseeable future), DΔNTE is developing a relatively small (<40 50="" across="" aircraft.="" airlines="" an="" and="" at="" become="" br="" by="" concept="" costs="" d="" efficient="" emissions="" extremely="" has="" hybrid="" in="" least="" manner="" millions="" new="" of="" operating="" passenger="" passengers="" potential="" reducing="" regional="" routes="" s="" serving="" sustainable="" the="" to="" workhorse="" world="">
DΔNTE is the project of two aerospace professionals and entrepreneurs that started the company in Madrid in 2018, but that today include teams both in Spain and Australia. DΔNTE has secured funding to undertake the preliminary aircraft design, including validation of its main technical and economical hypothesis. DΔNTE is already receiving expressions of interest to participate in a funding Series A that the company will use to develop its first flying prototypes.

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