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NBAA-BACE 2019 event review: A confident show for the future

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Tecnam: 11 Sales within two days for the P2012 Traveller debut at NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas

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Great sales success for the first public appearance of the P2012 Traveller – the industry’s most advanced and versatile twin engine piston – at the National Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas, NV.

Las Vegas, NV. Walter Da Costa, Tecnam’s Global Sales and Marketing Director reported he signed contracts at NBAA-BACE with, Naseer Ismail, CEO of TAMIFIELD (Pty) – a member of the AMRHO Group- from South Africa who ordered six P2012’s with the option of an additional twelve. Along with Capt. Alfredo Andres Ortiz Osoria, CEO of Charter Express – SAS – from Columbia who ordered five P2012’s with the option of an additional five.

Tecnam Global Sales and Marketing Director, Walter Da Costa, stated: “We are thrilled to present the new P2012 Traveller in Vegas. The impressive number of sales signed here at NBAA confirms the P2012’s leadership in the general aviation marketplace.”

The first few P2012 Travellers left Tecnam’s Headquarters in Capua, Italy and arrived at Cape Air’s base in Hyannis, MA the end of September. This delivery was led by Giovanni Pascale, grandson of the two founders, Luigi and Giovanni Pascale. They arrived in time to celebrate the company’s 30-year anniversary.

The Tecnam P2012 is powered by two 375 HP turbo-charged Lycoming engines and features a modern design with state-of-the-art equipment, allowing single-pilot operations depending on individual country regulations. This aircraft offers high efficiency and low maintenance costs by design with its simple and easily accessed airframe and systems. Such as- fixed landing gear, robust interiors and easy-to-replace parts. These attributes and many more, make it the ideal aircraft for regional airlines.

The arrival of the next-generation 11-seat, twin-engine P2012 Traveller is highly anticipated by a large number of airlines around the world who have been demanding a replacement for the many hundreds of ‘heritage’ aeroplanes in the FAR23/CS23 category. This aircraft is set to open many profitable opportunities in Short Haul transportation and is revolutionising the Piston Engines sector. Already established as a leader in both the Flight Training and Private General Aviation sectors, Tecnam’s P2012 Traveller will undoubtedly herald very similar success for Tecnam in the very competitive commuter airline market.

To ensure maximum customer service, Tecnam signed an agreement with Boeing that will assume the P2012 Traveller replacement parts distribution responsibilities. This will include forecasting, ordering and delivering of all original equipment manufacturer (OEM) genuine parts through their Aviall distribution network.

“High-frequency is where this aircraft really shines. The P2012 would excel at transporting executives on short flights or routes involving multiple stops”, says Tecnam Managing Director, Giovanni Pascale.

Base price of the P2012 in 2020 is € 2.35 million ($ 2.6 million), for standard airline configuration. VIP, Cargo, passenger-cargo combination, Medevac and Special Mission are also immediately available as optional configurations. The P2012 is already EASA and FAA certified.

The Tecnam P2012 Traveller, S/N 003 N1133CA with Cape Air’s emblem, was at the NBAA-BACE static display in Las Vegas, NV from October 22nd to 24th. Cape Air already received three P2012’s and is planning to put them in service for revenue flights starting December, 2019. They have an additional 20 on order with options for another 90.


The Boeing 777X’s First Flight Could Be Nearer Now That GE Has Delivered Flight Compliant Engines

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Fifth C919 prototype completes test flight | COMAC wins multiple awards including Enterprise Creation award

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C919 AC105 took off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 10 o'clock on October 24th, 2019, and returned and landed at 11:37 after completing a number of test points and initial control inspections of various aircraft systems during a flight of 1 hour and 37 minutes, successfully completing its first flight test. The crew performing this flight test consists of Test Pilots Cai Jun, Nie Fei and Zou Lixue, and Flight Test Engineers Mi Yi and Wang Jiayi.

AC105 is the fifth C919 flight test aircraft, which mainly undertakes the flight tests in special weather conditions such as high temperature and extreme cold, and the flight tests related to environment control, electrical power and whole-aircraft drainage.

So far, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) has put five aircraft into flight test, among which AC101, AC102, AC103 and AC104 have carried out flight test in Yanliang of Xi'an, Dongying of Shandong and Nanchang of Jiangxi, and the static tests and other ground verification tests are in steady progress.

COMAC wins multiple awards including Enterprise Creation award

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Awarding Ceremony of the 1st Shanghai Intellectual Property Innovation Award was held on October 21st, 2019, the opening day of the 16th Shanghai International Intellectual Property Forum. Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) won the Enterprise Creation award of Shanghai Intellectual Property Innovation Award and multiple other important awards such as Trademark award and Patent award. This is a full recognition of COMAC's achievements in the creation, protection, application and comprehensive management of intellectual property.

Mr. Shen Changyu, Director of China National Intellectual Property Administration, Mr. Ying Yong, Mayor of Shanghai, and Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), made a speech respectively at the forum and gave awards to the winning enterprises. Mr. He Dongfeng, Secretary of the Party Committee and Chairman of COMAC, attended the awarding ceremony and receive the awards on behalf of the company.

Shanghai Intellectual Property Innovation Award is jointly awarded for the first time by Shanghai and WIPO, and aims to commend and reward the innovation entities that have outstanding achievements in the creation, protection and application of intellectual property in Shanghai, and provide strong support for creating a sound business and innovation environment and achieving high-quality development. There are 9 winners of this year's Innovation Award, covering the cutting-edge industries such as civil aviation, high-end equipment, integrated circuit and cultural creativity, which are the leaders in the creation, protection and application of intellectual property in Shanghai. The Innovation Award consists of two kinds of awards, i.e. enterprise awards and achievement awards. In addition to an enterprise award, COMAC also won achievement awards, such as the first prize of patent trademark award with its "ARJ21" trademark and an exterior design award with its "Cabin Overhead Stowage Bin of Civil Aircraft".

As the main vehicle in implementing large passenger aircraft programs in China, COMAC has attached great importance to the management of intellectual property. Since its establishment, COMAC has carried out intellectual property related work in line with international standards and taken the important principle of abiding by international rules in order to establish and improve the organizational structure, institutional norm and management system of intellectual property, create a good intellectual property cultural atmosphere, and ensure that the intellectual property management requirements are integrated into aircraft product design & development, system integration, assembly manufacturing, marketing, customer service and other areas.

COMAC has always adhered to the path of technological progress and independent innovation, and realized management innovation, technological innovation and product innovation. While respecting others' intellectual property, COMAC has fully protected its own intellectual property achievements and striven to become an intellectual property innovation-oriented enterprise. In the future, COMAC will continue to explore and advance on the way of improving its intellectual property innovation and creation ability, and make positive contributions to promoting the scientific & technological innovation and development of Shanghai as well as the development of the world civil aviation industry and modern cutting-edge technology.


Sikorsky and Rheinmetall Plan Construction of CH-53K Helicopter Logistics and Fleet Management Center at Leipzig/Halle Airport

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LEIPZIG, Germany, Oct. 29, 2019 -- To support Germany’s "Schwerer Transporthubschrauber" (STH) heavy lift helicopter program, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, and Rheinmetall announced today that they intend to set up a logistics and fleet management center at Leipzig/Halle Airport if the Bundeswehr selects the CH-53K as its next heavy-lift transport helicopter. This would establish numerous high-tech jobs and strengthen Leipzig and the local airport as a prime business location in the long term.

Rheinmetall and Sikorsky are working with the airport operator in Leipzig to establish the center, which is necessary for the operation of the helicopter fleet. Both companies have also informed lawmakers and the Economic Development Corporation of the State of Saxony.

“We are in advanced talks on a logistics and maintenance hub at Leipzig Airport,” said Mike Schmidt, managing director of Rheinmetall Aviation Services GmbH. “We are delighted with the very positive response so far. If the application is successful, the maintenance and supply of the new Bundeswehr transport helicopter could be carried out centrally and efficiently in Leipzig. For the region, the project would mean the settlement of important industry and associated jobs.”

Sikorsky and Rheinmetall have assembled a team of leading German technology companies including MTU Aero Engines, ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH, Autoflug, HYDRO Systems KG, Collins Aerospace, Vincorion, Hensoldt and Rohde & Schwarz.

“We have built up a strong industrial team in Germany that will ensure the availability of the CH-53K fleet for the German Air Force,” said Christian Albrecht, business development manager at Sikorsky in Berlin, and a former Chief Operating Officer for maintenance management with the 64th Helicopter Wing of the German Air Force at Holzdorf Air Base. “With our plans for a hub at Leipzig/Halle Airport, we are laying the foundation to provide the Bundeswehr with a helicopter that will be reliable for several decades to come.”

In addition to using existing hangars and storage areas at Leipzig/Halle Airport, the team will establish a fleet management center where technical helicopter data can be evaluated. The multi-mission CH-53K is the most modern, intelligent and capable heavy transport helicopter ever built. As such, the helicopter has an Integrated Vehicle Health Monitoring System (IVHMS) that monitors the operation of the entire aircraft, recognizes the maintenance requirements of important components and simplifies their maintenance. This will result in much higher readiness rates compared to today´s legacy fleets. In addition, members the project team will be located directly at the airport.

The Bundeswehr is expected to award a contract for its new heavy-lift helicopter in 2021. With the CH-53K, the Bundeswehr will receive a proven helicopter with low life-cycle costs, unparalleled growth potential and no need for costly and time-consuming retrofits in the coming decades.

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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.

About Rheinmetall
Headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, Rheinmetall AG is a publicly traded, globally operating technology group serving the twin modern imperatives of security and mobility. Last year, the 23,000-strong workforce of its two components – Defence and Automotive – generated total sales of over €6 billion. Rheinmetall is present worldwide, with over 120 locations and production facilities. Europe’s foremost supplier of defense and security technology, Rheinmetall Defence stands for longstanding experience and innovation in armored vehicles, weapons and ammunition, air defense, electronic warfare and simulation. As an aviation sector-certified company, Rheinmetall Aviation Services is eager to take part in Germany’s heavy lift helicopter program by providing important services such as maintenance, training and program support, thus serving as the prime point of contact for the Bundeswehr.


Pentagon and Lockheed Martin Reach Agreement Reducing F-35A Cost by 12.8 Percent | Lockheed Martin GPS Spatial Temporal Anti-Jam Receiver (GSTAR) System to be Integrated in F-35 Modernization

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FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) finalized a $34 billion agreement for the production and delivery of 478 F-35s at the lowest aircraft price during the history of the Program. This contract includes all U.S., International Partners and Foreign Military Sales aircraft in Lots 12, 13 and 14.

In the agreement, the F-35 Enterprise meets and exceeds its long-stated cost reduction targets for each variant – and the F-35A unit price, including aircraft and engine, is now below $80 million in both Lot 13 and Lot 14, the F-35A unit cost represents an estimated overall 12.8 percent reduction from Lot 11 costs for the conventional landing variant, and an average of 12.7 percent savings across all three variants from Lot 11 to 14.

"Driving down cost is critical to the success of this program. I am excited that the F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin have agreed on this landmark three-lot deal. This agreement achieves an average 12.7 percent cost reduction across all three variants and gets us below $80 million for a USAF F-35A by Lot 13 - one lot earlier than planned," said Air Force Lt. Gen. Eric Fick, F-35 Program Executive Officer. "This $34 billion agreement is a truly historic milestone for the F-35 Enterprise."

The agreement includes 291 aircraft for the U.S. Services, 127 for F-35 International Partners, and 60 for F-35 Foreign Military Sales customers. Price details include:
Lot 12
Lot 13
Lot 14
% Reduction
from Lot 11*
*Please note: Final prices for F-35 variants following adjustments for
Congressional plus-ups and other contractual settlements are as
follows: F-35A - $89.3M; F-35B - $115.5M; and F-35C - $108.8M.

"With smart acquisition strategies, strong government-industry partnership and a relentless focus on quality and cost reduction, the F-35 Enterprise has successfully reduced procurement costs of the 5th Generation F-35 to equal or less than 4th Generation legacy aircraft," said Greg Ulmer, Lockheed Martin, F-35 Program vice president and general manager. "With the F-35A unit cost now below $80 million in Lot 13, we were able to exceed our long-standing cost reduction commitment one year earlier than planned."

The sub $80 million unit recurring flyaway cost for an F-35 represents an integrated acquisition price for the 5th Generation Weapon System. With embedded sensors and targeting pods, this F-35 unit price includes items that add additional procurement and sustainment costs to legacy 4th Generation aircraft.

Program Progress

With more than 450 aircraft operating from 19 bases around the globe, the F-35 is playing a critical role in today's global security environment. More than 910 pilots and 8,350 maintainers have been trained, and the F-35 fleet has surpassed more than 220,000 cumulative flight hours. Eight nations have F-35s operating from a base on their home soil and seven Services have declared Initial Operating Capability.

In addition to strengthening global security and partnerships, the F-35 provides economic stability to the U.S. and International Partners by creating jobs, commerce and security, and contributing to the global trade balance. The F-35 is built by thousands of men and women in America and around the world. With more than 1,400 suppliers in 46 states and Puerto Rico, the F-35 Program supports more than 220,000 direct and indirect jobs in the U.S. alone. The Program also includes more than 100 international suppliers, creating or sustaining thousands of jobs.

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Lockheed Martin GPS Spatial Temporal Anti-Jam Receiver (GSTAR) System to be Integrated in F-35 Modernization

OWEGO, N.Y., Oct. 29, 2019 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received a $25 million initial contract award for engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) for the GPS Spatial Temporal Anti-Jam Receiver (GSTAR) system that will be integrated into the F-35 as part of its modernization phase, also known as Block 4. The GSTAR system will replace the current Antenna Electronics Unit (AEU) and will provide enhanced capabilities including the next-generation, anti-jam solution and provide a significant weight and cost reduction to the aircraft.

The F-35 today is the most technologically advanced fighter ever built. As threats advance and technology evolves, the joint government and industry team is modernizing the system to ensure it remains a step ahead. GSTAR is one of several key enhancements planned across the F-35’s sensors, data links, engine, mission systems, weapons and more.

“We are proud to be the supplier of choice for the F-35 upgrade program and look forward to providing the GSTAR system for years to come,” said Hamid Salim, vice president, Advanced Product Solutions at Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems. “This award is a testament to our Lockheed Martin-wide focus on innovation and advanced technology for the F-35 and our warfighters.”

The GSTAR is a fully digital system that provides the greatest protection against adversarial jamming and spoofing by utilizing critical GPS capabilities that can quickly adapt to meet specific platform requirements. The GSTAR system includes a dynamic range Radio Frequency (RF) front-end, digital beamformer and receiver that has been tested and proven against a variety of threat scenarios.

Lockheed Martin is a leader in the development of anti-jam GPS (AJ-GPS) technology for 20 years and has fielded more than 2,500 GSTAR systems. The GSTAR system provides highly effective digital Electronic Protection (EP) for any platform that relies on GPS for navigation.

With stealth technology, advanced sensors, supersonic speed, weapons capacity and superior range, the F-35 is the most lethal, survivable and connected aircraft in the world. More than a fighter jet, the F-35's ability to collect, analyze and share data, is a powerful force multiplier that enhances all airborne, surface and ground-based assets in the battlespace enabling men and women in uniform to execute their mission and return home safely.

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Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to Testify Before U.S. Congress [press release]

Boeing President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President and Chief Engineer John Hamilton to address the Boeing 737 MAX and aviation safety

Boeing [NYSE: BA] President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg will testify tomorrow, October 29, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation regarding aviation safety and the 737 MAX airplane. He will be joined by Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President and Chief Engineer John Hamilton. Muilenburg and Hamilton will also appear Wednesday, October 30, before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to discuss the design and development of the 737 MAX.

In prepared remarks released today, Muilenburg first and foremost expressed his deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who were lost in the Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accidents.

"As we observe today the solemn anniversary of the loss of Lion Air Flight 610, we carry the memory of these accidents, and the lives lost, with us every day. They will never be forgotten, and those memories drive us every day to make our airplanes and our industry safer," Muilenburg said.

Boeing has made robust improvements to the 737 MAX flight control software. "We have brought the very best of Boeing to this effort," said Muilenburg. "We've dedicated all resources necessary to ensure that the improvements to the 737 MAX are comprehensive and thoroughly tested. When the 737 MAX returns to service, it will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly."

The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) flight control software function has been updated to provide additional layers of protection, including:

  • - MCAS now compares information from both angle of attack sensors before activating and will only respond if data from both sensors agree;
  • - MCAS will only activate a single time; and
  • - MCAS will never provide more input than the pilot can counteract using the control column alone.

These changes will prevent the flight control conditions that occurred on the Lion Air 610 and Ethiopian Airlines 302 flights from ever happening again. Boeing has dedicated more than 100,000 engineering and test hours on the development of these improvements, flown more than 814 test flights with the updated software and conducted numerous simulator sessions with 545 participants from 99 customers and 41 global regulators.

"We have learned and are still learning from these accidents. We know we made mistakes and got some things wrong," continued Muilenburg.

In his testimony, Muilenburg outlined key actions Boeing is taking to improve as a company, including:
  • - Establishing a permanent Aerospace Safety Committee of the company's Board of Directors;
  • - Creating a new Product and Services Safety organization that will review all aspects of product safety and provide streamlined reporting and elevation of safety concerns;
  • - Strengthening the company's Engineering organization, with all engineers reporting up through Boeing's chief engineer;
  • - Investing in advanced research and development in new safety technologies; and
  • - Exploring ways to strengthen safety not just for Boeing products and services, but the aviation industry as a whole.

Muilenburg's written testimony is available here.

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


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Trailblazers in electric air racing to unveil technology at Dubai Airshow

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The world’s first electric air racing series, Air Race E, is set to unveil specialised technology at the Dubai Airshow on Sunday 17th November, in association with its Official Founding Partner, Airbus.

The prototype technology will be the first of its kind on display to the public, showcasing the type of electric engines that will be used in the inaugural Air Race E race in the fall of 2020. Electric air race planes like the one on display are hoped to help commercial aircraft manufacturers in accelerating the development of their own hybrid and electric aircraft and reducing carbon emissions as a result of air travel.

The first eight international racing teams to line-up on the tarmac next year will also be announced at the airshow, with strong representation from across Europe and North America.

Air Race E CEO and Founder, Jeff Zaltman, said, “This is the first time we have let anyone outside of our teams and partners under the hood of a race airplane to showcase some of the cutting-edge electric technology that will be in use during the series. We’re excited to give people a preview and hope to spur on even more interest in the series from partners, engineers and manufacturers who might like to get involved.”

Air Race E will be a series of head-to-head international air races, showcasing the skills, expertise and ingenuity of the best pilots and engineers from around the world. Unlike similar racing events which operate on a time trial basis, Air Race E events will see eight planes fly simultaneously around a tight 5km circuit at just 10m above the ground and at speeds of up to 450kph – faster than any land-based motorsport.

A tender for the first host city is underway, with the successful bid to be announced by December this year. Air Race E remains open for parties to register their interest in entering or sponsoring a team or hosting a future race.

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About Air Race E

Air Race E will become the world’s first all-electric airplane race when it launches its inaugural series of international races in 2020. Run by Air Race Events and led by world-leading air racing promoter Jeff Zaltman, the man behind the globally successful Air Race 1 World Cup, the race is set to revolutionise air racing and pioneer innovations in electric aviation. Air Race E will see electric airplanes race directly against each other on a tight 5km circuit just 10m above the ground and at speeds faster than any land-based motorsport. The demand for speed, performance and power management under the rigors of a competitive race environment provide the perfect platform for the development and promotion of cleaner, faster and more technologically-advanced electric engines. The Light Aircraft Association (LAA), has committed its support in developing the technical regulations and providing design oversight for the sport, soon to be sanctioned by the Formula Air Racing Association (FARA) and its counterpart in France, the Association des Pilotes D'Avions de Formules (APAF).

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017 it generated revenues of € 59 billion restated for IFRS 15 and employed a workforce of around 129,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. 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.