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Trump Announces 'Very Generous' Second Wave Of Stimulus Checks
Another four-figure stimulus check in the pockets of millions of Americans can only help President Trump's chances at re-election.
https://flipboard.com/@brobible/trump-announces-very-generous-second-wave-of-stimulus-checks-3em6bv7fvtqc296a?from=share


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SCR recibe la primera autorización en España para volar fuera de línea de vista con drones de más de 2 kg

viernes, 26 de junio de 2020

Nota de Prensa




SCR, empresa del grupo everis Aeroespacial, Defensa y Seguridad, ha obtenido la primera autorización en España para realizar vuelos fuera de línea de vista (BVLOS, Beyond Visual Line Of Sight) con drones de más de 2 kg de masa máxima al despegue.

El permiso, que tiene carácter indefinido, ha sido otorgado por la Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea (AESA), organismo del Ministerio de Transportes, Movilidad y Agenda Urbana.

Esta autorización permitirá a SCR y a everis ofrecer servicios continuos con drones de altas prestaciones más allá del alcance visual del piloto remoto (a más de 500 metros de distancia según la legislación actual) o sin que exista contacto visual directo con la aeronave. En este contexto, el permiso facilitará especialmente la utilización de sistemas de ala fija en operaciones en las que hasta ahora su uso estaba limitado a acciones puntuales y de carácter restringido.
Un salto adelante en el sector

La emisión de esta autorización por parte de la AESA supone un importante avance para la industria, ya que facilitará la ejecución de servicios profesionales con una mayor variedad de plataformas no tripuladas.

Hasta la fecha sólo se permitían operaciones fuera de línea de vista con drones de más de 2 kg en formato experimental, con el único fin de realizar pruebas de concepto o demostraciones. Sin embargo, a partir de ahora SCR podrá ofrecer servicios profesionales de manera continua con plataformas de hasta 25 kg.
Aplicaciones en materia de seguridad

Algunas de las aplicaciones de este tipo de operaciones serán misiones relacionadas con la inspección y la seguridad, ya que permitirán el uso de drones diseñados especialmente para la monitorización y vigilancia de amplias extensiones de terreno.

Este es el caso por ejemplo del UAS TUCÁN de SCR, una plataforma de ala fija desarrollada para labores de reconocimiento, localización y seguimiento de activos, vigilancia e inteligencia, para lo que incorpora cámaras multiespectrales, visuales y térmicas.

everis y SCR ya han utilizado en los últimos meses el TUCÁN para realizar varios proyectos con distintos clientes que han incluido, entre otras misiones, la vigilancia de autovías o la inspección de gaseoductos.

Además de esta autorización para volar fuera de línea de vista, SCR también ha recibido recientemente el permiso para realizar vuelos nocturnos con multicópteros, lo que viene a incrementar aun más el catálogo de capacidades y servicios que everis y SCR ofrecen a sus clientes.

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Spain and Germany signed contract for Eurofighter ESCAN Radars with deliveries in 2023

Dirk Hoke (@HokeDirk) twitteó a las 8:51 a. m. on vie., jun. 26, 2020:
Yesterday we signed the #Eurofighter #ESCAN Radar contract! Germany (110) and Spain (5) are investing in a strong backbone of European air defence and in the leading project of the European defence industry. #defencematters
#Airbus #Defence & #Space #EuropeanSovereignty https://t.co/DrOcufzT4V
(https://twitter.com/HokeDirk/status/1276407705373159425?s=03)

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Bye Aerospace’s eFlyer 2 Technology Demonstrator Begins Next Phase of Flight Tests


press release
https://byeaerospace.com/bye-aerospaces-eflyer-2-technology-demonstrator-begins-next-phase-of-flight-tests/

Bye Aerospace has begun the next phase of its flight test program for its two-seat all-electric eFlyer 2 technology demonstrator.

 George E. Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, said the flight test program is focused on collecting flight envelope engineering data for the three propellers being considered for the FAA-certified production version of eFlyer 2. The criteria for selecting the confidential propeller finalists included the propeller's light-weight requirement along with the propeller's aerodynamic design evaluated against the eFlyer 2's flight training mission.

 "Data from these flight tests will help our engineering team determine the most efficient propeller that will maximize the overall efficiency for the typical flight training syllabus requirement," Bye said. "The prototype Rolls Royce electric motor currently on the eFlyer 2 technology demonstrator has varying torque and a large RPM range with a relatively small size and cross-section compared to a conventional internal combustion engine.  Therefore, more of the propeller length is available to provide thrust across a broad range of RPM.  So we will be conducting flight tests with the various propellers over the summer against these beneficial and unique electric propulsion criteria."

 In addition to return to flight testing, Bye said the Critical Design Review for eFlyer 2, a significant milestone in the FAA Part-23 certification process, was completed June 5. "The Covid-19 pandemic has forced Bye Aerospace to communicate and collaborate remotely like everyone else, but we have continued to move forward in our certification process as safely, economically, and efficiently as possible," he said. "During this series of flight tests in particular, we are closely managing the number of participants to observe social distancing and other recommended safety practices."

 Bye Aerospace's eFlyer family of aircraft, including the two-seat eFlyer 2 and the four-seat eFlyer 4, aims to be the first FAA Part 23-certified, practical, all-electric airplanes to serve the flight training, air taxi and general aviation markets.

 Bye expressed thanks for the recent notable achievements. "I am extremely proud of our team and grateful for their passion for these programs," he said.



About Bye Aerospace, Inc.

Bye Aerospace is developing FAR 23-certified general aviation all-electric aircraft, starting with the two-seat eFlyer 2, for the flight training role. The eFlyer family of aircraft, featuring exemplary engineering, research, and electric aircraft solutions producing no CO2, are designed to answer compelling market needs. The company, named "2020 Small Business of the Year" by the Aurora, Colo. Chamber of Commerce and recognized as "Most Innovative" in the 2020 Made in Colorado awards sponsored by ColoradoBiz magazine, was founded by George E. Bye, who is also Chairman and CEO.

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That's ambition - it hasn't flown its AS2 supersonic business jet yet, but @AerionCorp CEO Tom Vice teases the company's next design, the AS3 - #aiaaaviation https://t.co/OGcQNSDHtE
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Regional refined - @Leonardo_live-led @cleansky_ju project IRON is wind-tunnel testing a revised configuration for a 90-seat innovative turboprop configuration - propfans have moved from under the tailplane to the tips and foreplane has moved up - update presented #aiaaAviation https://t.co/P38FPqFBuV
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El Grupo Iberia y Vueling, pioneras en la aplicación de las recomendaciones de EASA ante la Covid19




    • Iberia, Iberia Express y Vueling se han adherido a la Carta de la Aviación ante el Covid19, promovida por la Agencia Europea de Seguridad Aérea
    • El objetivo de esta Carta es implementar las recomendaciones de seguridad de EASA y facilitar la recuperación del tráfico aéreo en Europa
    • Para las tres aerolíneas la prioridad es ofrecer a sus clientes una experiencia segura, y por eso están aplicando todas las recomendaciones de los responsables de Salud y Seguridad en Europa



    Barcelona/Madrid, 14 de junio de 2020





    Iberia, Iberia Express y Vueling, referentes en seguridad de las operaciones aéreas, dan un paso más para serlo también en la seguridad frente al Covid19. Con este objetivo, las tres aerolíneas se han adherido a la Carta de la Aviación ante el Covid19, promovida con EASA, y a la que también se ha sumado Aena y toda su red de aeropuertos.



    El objetivo de esta Carta es promover la implementación de las recomendaciones de la Agencia Europea de Seguridad Aérea (EASA) y del Centro Europeo para la Prevención y el Control de Enfermedades (ECDC) por parte de aerolíneas y aeropuertos con el fin de facilitar la recuperación del transporte aéreo dentro de la Unión Europea y con el resto del mundo, en un entorno seguro.



    Desde el inicio de la pandemia, las compañías del Grupo IAG en España han puesto en marcha todas las medidas de prevención recomendadas por las autoridades, desde información, limpieza y desinfección, equipos de protección, cambios de procedimientos, entre otras. Ahora, de cara al relanzamiento de la actividad a partir del verano, están reforzando todas las medidas para ofrecer a sus clientes una experiencia segura, y para ello la mejor guía son las recomendaciones antes mencionadas.



    Además de las medidas que han adoptado las aerolíneas y aeropuertos, a los clientes se les recomienda sacar la tarjeta de embarque en la página web y descargarla en el móvil, a fin de reducir las interacciones en el aeropuerto. También, facturar el equipaje de mano para reducir el contacto a bordo; no deben olvidar las mascarillas de tipo quirúrgico y, por encima de todo, no viajar si están infectados o pueden estarlo.



    Las tres aerolíneas del Grupo IAG en España han publicado en sus páginas web un resumen de las medidas que están aplicando, que se pueden consultar en los siguientes enlaces: Iberia, Iberia Express y Vueling.



    A su vez, EASA ha publicado sus recomendaciones aquí.





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    Civil Air Patrol and Textron Aviation Special Missions continue long-standing collaboration





    press release




    WICHITA, Kan. (June 8, 2020) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, was awarded a contract by the U.S. Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for the sale of 17 Cessna piston engine aircraft. Using fiscal year 2020 funds, the CAP agreed to purchase 11 Skyhawk 172S, five Skylane 182T and one Turbo Stationair HD T206HD aircraft. The aircraft will join a fleet of nearly 550 Cessna aircraft currently owned and operated by the CAP.

    “From search and rescue, to disaster relief and homeland security, the missions the CAP undertake daily are as broad as their footprint across the U.S. We are honored that Cessna aircraft continue to be the organization’s platform of choice for these crucial operations,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president, Special Missions Sales. “The Cessna piston aircraft fleet is renowned in general aviation for its operating costs, performance and durability, all important factors for an organization supporting a variety of communities throughout the country.”

    As the Air Force Auxiliary, the CAP performs missions for government agencies, and as a non-profit organization they also serve states and communities. In fiscal year 2019, the CAP saved 117 lives and flew nearly 96,000 hours in their Cessna piston fleet. Today, the CAP is the world’s largest Cessna piston operator.

    In addition to the just announced contract, in 2019, the CAP ordered 19 aircraft and deliveries of those have begun, with two Turbo Stationair HD pistons already delivered.

    Endless Special Missions Possibilities

    When government, military and commercial customers want airborne solutions for critical missions, they turn to Textron Aviation. The company’s aviation solutions provide the high performance and flight characteristics required to address the unique challenges of special missions operations. With unparalleled quality, versatility and low operating costs, Textron Aviation products are preferred for air ambulance, ISR, utility transport, aerial survey, flight inspection, training and a number of other special operations.

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    Iconic Cessna C172 Skyhawk celebrates 65 years since first flight










    WICHITA, Kan. (June 12, 2020) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, is honoring the 65th anniversary of the first flight of the most popular single-engine aircraft in aviation history, Textron Aviation’s Cessna Skyhawk. Since the aircraft first took to the sky, more than 45,000 Skyhawks have been delivered to customers around the world—more than any other aircraft in the industry and solidifying the Skyhawk as the aircraft of choice for pilot training.



    “On June 12, 1955, the Cessna Skyhawk took to the skies for the first time, paving the way for more than six decades of piston innovation and leadership,” said Chris Crow, vice president of Textron Aviation Piston Sales. “The aircraft quickly established its place as the ultimate training tool, with more than 1,100 built and delivered to customers during its first year of production. We are incredibly proud of the role the Skyhawk plays for many pilots as they successfully take their first solo flight and continue to grow as aviators.”



    Throughout its celebrated history, the Skyhawk has remained innovative and updated with the latest avionic technology. In 2019, the aircraft, along with the Cessna high-wing piston fleet, received an addition of new standard and optional equipment as part of the Garmin G1000 NXi next-generation integrated flight deck, which provides pilots with enhanced control and connectivity in the cockpit.



    Today, the Skyhawk remains an integral part of Textron Aviation’s pilot outreach efforts with programs like Top Hawk, which enables budding pilots to begin their flying journey. For the past five years, the program has connected student pilots from flight schools and universities across the U.S. with a factory-new Cessna Skyhawk for next-gen flight training. Textron Aviation also donates discovery flights to local community organizations, giving Kansas youth the opportunity to experience the advantages of general aviation firsthand. In 2019, the Textron Aviation Flying Club completed nearly 200 volunteer flights for children and students from the greater Wichita area.



    This year, Textron Aviation was awarded a contract by the U.S. Civil Air Patrol (CAP) for 17 Cessna piston engine aircraft, and among the aircraft were 11 Skyhawk 172s. The CAP holds one of the world’s largest fleets of single-engine, piston-powered aircraft--550 in total. More than 500 are Cessna aircraft, used by CAP to save lives, provide disaster relief and emergency services, perform aerial photography reconnaissance and assist with military training.



    About the Cessna Skyhawk

    The Cessna Skyhawk platform is the world standard for pilot training and is renowned for offering the best combination of modern features, including the leading Garmin G1000 NXi avionics system with wireless connectivity, a standard angle-of-attack display system, and proven dependability.

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    An AIDC T-5 Brave Eagle advanced jet trainer takes off for its maiden flight at the Ching Chuan Kang Air Base in Taichung on June 10, 2020. (Courtesy of Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense)



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    Spirit AeroSystems (NYSE: SPR) announced today the Department of Defense (DoD) allocated $80 million to Spirit to expand domestic production capability for advanced tooling, composite fabrication and metallic fabrication. These funds are part of the national response to COVID-19 in support of the Defense Industrial Base.

    "We appreciate the confidence our customers have in Spirit's capabilities to serve a variety of critical defense needs," said Duane Hawkins, Senior Vice President; President, Defense and Fabrication, Spirit AeroSystems. "This funding for Spirit provides the Department of Defense additional production capacity for defense needs and helps maintain critical skills in the Defense Industrial Base."

    Spirit will utilize the funds to build tooling, fabricate composite parts and machine complex metallic parts at its Wichita, Kan., facility. Spirit designs and manufactures both composite and metallic structures for commercial and defense customers. With long-standing machining capabilities, Spirit crafts more than 3 million detailed parts annually for original equipment manufacturers at peak production. The 5-axis center of excellence in Wichita focuses on large, complex, soft metal parts for fuselage, pylon and wing structures, all built on high-tech, high-speed, latest-generation equipment and is part of 12M sqft of manufacturing space.

    "Our growing work on defense programs has provided a measure of stability for the company, and helped us as we shift capacity to serve other needs, particularly in the defense market," said Hawkins. "These funds under Title III will help retain employees with critical skills."

    Spirit supports a number of military programs, including programs for the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army.

    Defense Production Act Title III contracts support the Defense Industrial Base and use funds authorized and appropriated under the CARES Act.

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    Press Release:

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    WICHITA, Kan., June 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- On June 4, 2020, Spirit AeroSystems [NYSE: SPR] received a letter from Boeing directing Spirit to pause additional work on four 737 MAX shipsets and avoid starting production on sixteen 737 MAX shipsets to be delivered in 2020, until otherwise directed by Boeing, in order to support Boeing's alignment of near-term delivery schedules to its customers' needs in light of COVID-19's impact on air travel and airline operations, and in order to mitigate the expenditure of potential unnecessary production costs.

    Based on the information in the letter, subsequent correspondence from Boeing dated June 9, 2020, and Spirit's discussions with Boeing regarding 2020 737 MAX production, Spirit believes there will be a reduction to Spirit's previously disclosed 2020 737 MAX production plan of 125 shipsets. Spirit does not yet have definitive information on what the magnitude of the reduction will be but expects it will be more than 20 shipsets.

    The 737 MAX grounding coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging, dynamic and evolving situation. During this time, Spirit plans to work with Boeing to determine a definitive production plan for 2020 and manage the 737 MAX production system and supply chain.

    Due to the matters described above, Spirit has elected to place certain Wichita hourly employees directly associated with production work and support functions for the 737 MAX program on a 21 calendar day unpaid temporary layoff/furlough effective Monday, June 15. In addition, Spirit will declare an immediate reduction of the hourly workforce in Tulsa and McAlester, Okla., effective Friday, June 12.

    Spirit remains a proud partner on the 737 MAX program and looks forward to working with Boeing to ensure the long-term success of the program.

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    “We are excited to resume test flights following a brief pause due to COVID-19,” said Gary Gysin, CEO of Wisk. “The team’s dedication over the past few months has allowed us to remain focused on critical non-flight areas, such as certification, software development, and operations. This has allowed us to maintain momentum during this unique time. But it’s awesome to be flying again.”

    Flight tests had been temporarily paused due to shelter-in-place restrictions resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, the company had completed more than 1300 test flights expanding the flight envelope, providing data for model, design, and requirements updates, and maturing procedures to operate the aircraft safely and efficiently.

    “Our first priority has always been safety, both for our employees and in the development of our aircraft,” said Carl Engel, Director, Flight Test for Wisk. “As we return to flight testing, we have implemented a number of procedures and social distancing measures based on best practices and recommendations from local and national health and government organizations.”

    About Wisk

    Wisk is an urban air mobility company dedicated to delivering safe, everyday flight for everyone. Cora, its self-flying, eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) air taxi, will make it possible for passengers to skip the gridlock traffic and get to their destination faster. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New Zealand, Wisk is an independent company backed by The Boeing Company and Kitty Hawk. With a decade of experience and over 1000 test flights, Wisk is set to shape the future of daily commutes and urban travel, safely and sustainably.

    For more information, visit: wisk.aero

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    Pittsburgh, PA – Astrobotic, the world’s leading lunar logistics service provider, has been selected by NASA to deliver the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, to the south pole of the Moon in 2023.

    Astrobotic will provide an end-to-end delivery for VIPER on board the company’s Griffin lunar lander through a $199.5 million contract awarded under the NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services program, or CLPS. Griffin’s delivery of VIPER will be Astrobotic’s second CLPS delivery, following the company’s Peregrine lander delivery in 2021. In addition, Astrobotic’s MoonRanger rover was previously selected by NASA for delivery to the Moon in 2022 on the lander of another CLPS partner.

    The Griffin lunar lander is Astrobotic’s medium capacity lander product line, and is capable of delivering up to 500 kg of mass to the lunar surface. Griffin uses many of the same subsystems and approaches employed by the Peregrine lander, which will fly two years before VIPER. Both lander product lines put a heavy emphasis on safe and reliable delivery of customer payloads to the Moon.

    When VIPER disembarks from Griffin’s ramps onto the Moon, it will survey the surface and subsurface for water ice, which could be used for breathable air and rocket propellant by future deep space explorers. VIPER’s mapping of lunar water ice could be the first step toward utilizing resources in the space environment – rather than carting them all from Earth – to enable more affordable and sustainable space exploration.

    “It is an enormous honor and responsibility to be chosen by NASA to deliver this mission of national importance,” said Astrobotic CEO John Thornton. “Astrobotic’s lunar logistics services were created to open a new era on the Moon. Delivering VIPER to look for water and setting the stage for the first human crew since Apollo embodies our mission as a company.”

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    press release






    Toulouse, 9 June 2020 – "Facing an unprecedented crisis, we at Airbus are doing all we can to ensure the future of our company and the aerospace ecosystem.

    We thank our governmental partners who have supported the aerospace sector since the beginning of the crisis either through direct support to airlines and suppliers, or through partial unemployment schemes.

    We welcome the strong plan announced today by the French government. It represents an important milestone for both our commercial aircraft business, which is facing a significant reduction in production of around 40%, as well as for our defence businesses which protect national sovereignty.

    In the face of a significant reduction in commercial aircraft production we need to continue to act quickly and this plan will help us to mitigate the short-term impacts, while allowing for the protection of key technologies and critical skills to ensure we can rebound when the time is right.

    The research and technology component of this plan will serve as a strong and much needed accelerator in the transition towards the decarbonisation of air transport. Airbus will continue its leading role in the mission to present the first "zero emission" commercial aircraft by 2035.

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    Bombardier Aviation announced today that it would adjust its workforce to align with current market conditions reflecting the extraordinary industry interruptions and challenges caused by COVID-19.

    When the pandemic first arose, Bombardier Aviation responded quickly, suspending manufacturing operations to support local government efforts to slow the spread of the virus and to protect the health and safety of employees, partners and customers. Over the past month, Bombardier Aviation guided by health professionals and industry best practices, implemented comprehensive procedures and safeguards to further protect employees and communities as manufacturing operations resumed. Now with business jet deliveries, industry-wide, forecasted to be down approximately 30% year-over-year due to the pandemic, Bombardier must adjust its operations and workforce to ensure that it emerges from the current crisis on solid footing.

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