25.05.2008
FLUG REVUE

2008-05-25 - News in BriefNews in breif

Kurzmeldungen<br /> +++<br /> The Jetalliance Group of Vienna has placed a repeat order for one Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) and two A318 Elites, adding to the orders that it has previously placed for the family. Like its other aircraft the new Airbus ACJ will feature a VIP cabin and be powered by CFM International CFM56-5 engines.

Jetalliance Group is one of the world's leading business-jet enterprises, offering a unique turn-key solution for business jet customers. With Jetalliance, the customer can purchase, finance, operate and maintain his aircraft. The daughter company, Jetalliance Flugbetrieb GmbH is operating a fleet of 35 aircraft with an average age of only three years - one of the youngest in Europe. It operates under JAR OPS 1 in Europe, but is also FAA part 129 certificated, allowing it to fly commercially in the USA and Canada.
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At the 8th Annual EBACE Convention, Dassault Falcon announced a new order for 20 Falcon 2000LXs from NetJets Europe, worth approximately $720 million U.S. NetJets Europe will also operate 10 other Falcon 2000LXs coming from a previous order. Together this 30 aircraft fleet has a value which will exceed $1 billion dollars. "NetJets Europe has introduced thousands of businessmen and women to the benefits of flying privately and we are pleased to see such strong demand for Dassault aircraft by their customers," said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon. "This new order means they will be adding over 60 new Falcons to their fleet over the next eight years. This is an important endorsement for our company as well as our aircraft."
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MBDA France and Sagem Défense Sécurité signed a cooperation agreement on May 14 concerning the modular air-to-ground weapon (AASM) and infrared guidance for tactical missiles. The agreement was signed by Antoine Bouvier, Chief Executive Officer of MBDA, and Jean-Lin Fournereaux, Chairman and CEO of Sagem Défense Sécurité. Also present at the signing ceremony was Jean-Paul Herteman, Chief Executive Officer of the SAFRAN Group. Under the terms of the agreement, MBDA France will be responsible for all sales and marketing of the AASM family developed by Sagem Défense Sécurité. The two companies will also combine their respective areas of expertise to form a close partnership for the joint development of future versions of the AASM family. The AASM is an all-weather precision weapon, comprising a guidance kit and a range extension kit that can be added to standard warheads. It is made in two versions. The version with inertial guidance and GPS, offering "10-meter" accuracy, is already deployed by the French air force in foreign operations. A "1-meter" version, including an infrared seeker, is now being qualified. French armed forces have already ordered 700 AASM systems, including both versions.
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NASA senior managers completed a review of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight and selected May 31 as the official launch date for the STS-124 mission. Commander Mark Kelly and his six crewmates are scheduled to lift off to the International Space Station at 5:02 p.m. EDT. Discovery's 14-day flight will carry the largest payload so far to the station and includes three spacewalks. It is the second of three missions that will launch components to complete the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory. The crew will install Kibo's large Japanese Pressurized Module and Kibo's robotic arm system. Discovery also will deliver new station crew member Greg Chamitoff and bring back Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman, who will end a three-month stay aboard the outpost.
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As Germany's major provider of private jets, DC Aviation will in future be operating four Airbus Corporate Jets from the aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industrie. With its fleet of 28 jets, the branch's major player, which originated from what used to be DaimlerChrysler Aviation and Cirrus Aviation, will thus become the largest operator of this type of aircraft in the German business aviation market. "Our many years of transatlantic operational experience with the A 319 CJ and the great demand for this type of aircraft, is the key reason for our further expansion in this Market. Our goal is to become the largest premium operator of private jets in Europe. With the purchase of the first Airbus 319 CJ, We are giving the green light for further corporate jets on this scale", announced Dieter Heinen, CEO. The company's first own Airbus 319 CJ was previously in operation for the Daimler corporation and, with immediate effect will be offered exclusively by DC Aviation for the executive charter market. Apart from comfortable business seating for 48 passengers and generous seat pitch of 152 cm, the jet excels especially when it comes to long haul flights with its maximum cruising range of up to 8000 km/4320 nm. Four additional tanks make it possible for the Execuliner to fly nonstop in 91/2 hours, for instance from London to Chicago or from Munich to Bangalore.
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The second aircraft that Northrop Grumman has designated for the U.S. Air Force KC-45 Tanker program completed its final check flight May 15, illustrating the rapid production capability that will allow Northrop Grumman to quickly replace the aging KC-135 Tanker fleet. This aircraft, designated SDD-2, follows the first KC-45 Tanker airframe (SDD-1), which was completed in July 2007 and performed its maiden flight Sept. 25, 2007. Both SDD-1 and SDD-2 will be outfitted with in-flight refueling systems and additional military-specific equipment. "We now have the first two KC-45 airframes complete, and we're ready to get to work as soon as the stop work order is lifted," Meyer said. "While other companies continue to move manufacturing off shore, our approach reverses that trend, creates 48,000 aerospace jobs in the United States and brings an enormous amount of work share into the country."
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Babcock & Brown Air, a global lessor of commercial jet aircraft, today announced that it will acquire three aircraft, increasing its portfolio to 62 aircraft. The three aircraft will cost approximately $103 million. The acquisitions are being funded from the Company's five-year, $1.2 billion aircraft acquisition facility. Following these acquisitions, B&B Air will have purchasing capacity of $584 million remaining in this facility.
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Boeing has begun work on the first Boeing Business Jet 3 (BBJ 3). The BBJ 3 is a new, larger business jet based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737-900ER (extended range), which entered commercial service and was certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in April 2007. Certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency occurred in April 2008. The BBJ 3 was launched in October 2006, and will enter service in 2009 with an unidentified customer. The jet is 138 feet, 2 inches long (42.1 meters) and has 1,120 square feet (104 square meters) of floor space.
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Bell Helicopter this month began modifications to the first of 27 OH-58D aircraft that are slated to enter the Kiowa Warrior Safety Enhancement Program. A total of 27 aircraft from the 1-230th Air Cavalry Squadron of the Tennessee Army National Guard will be upgraded as part of Lot 11 of the Safety Enhancement Program. The $30 million contract, awarded April 30, calls for three aircraft to be completed in 2008, and the remaining 24 aircraft to be delivered in 2009. The work will be done at Bell Helicopter’s Plant 1 facility in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has started detailed design work as well as advanced production preparations for the all-new PW810 engine, just three months after the official launch of its 10,000-pound-thrust-class PW800 engine family. Preliminary design for the PW810, selected by Cessna Aircraft to power its new large-cabin Citation Columbus business aircraft, has been completed. P&WC engineers are now entering into the detail design of various components with collaboration from suppliers and other partners. The company has also started production readiness planning to ensure the engine can be assembled and tested to best meet customer demand.
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Snecma (SAFRAN Group) announced the successful completion of a series of tests of the Silvercrest engine core demonstrator. To date, the core has logged 80 hours of operations, including more than 60 hours ignited, in less than four months. During these tests, the core reached its nominal takeoff speed of 20,300 rpm. The test campaign started at the end of November 2007 at Snecma's Villaroche plant near Paris, using a test cell specifically designed for core testing, and was completed on March 31, 2008. This series of tests has validated the core architecture, integration and performance. At the same time, these tests confirmed the outstanding level of performance and efficiency of the compressor, combustor and high-pressure turbine, along with the dynamic performance of the entire demonstrator. "We only needed 26 months to validate the architecture of the Silvercrest core demonstrator," emphasized François Planaud, vice president and general manager of Snecma's commercial engine division. "We met and in most cases exceeded all our performance objectives, so we're very satisfied with the demonstration program, for which the next step will be to analyze the results in detail. Based on these excellent results, we are pursuing our work on the Silvercrest business jet propulsion system project, and are confident that this is the right product for the 9 500 to 12,000 thrust class for business jet applications."
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The SAFRAN Group, which already has extensive operations in North America, is further expanding its presence with the opening of a new CFM56 maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Querétaro, Mexico. Jean-Paul Herteman, Chief Executive Officer of SAFRAN, and José-Manuel Manzanedo Diaz, Chairman of ITR, today inaugurated the new Snecma Services subsidiary, Snecma America Engine Services (SAMES) in Querétaro. Also attending the ceremony were Bruno Ferrari, representing Eduardo Sojo, Mexican minister of the economy; director of Promexico and Francisco Garrido-Patron, Governor of the State of Querétaro. The opening of this new MRO facility, dedicated to CFM56-5A, -5B and -7B aircraft engines, reflects Snecma Services' commitment to expanding its industrial capabilities and worldwide support network. With the opening of SAMES, Snecma Services moves closer to its airline customers in North and South America, to deliver the optimised services they expect in a very competitive market.
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Sikorsky Aircraft achieved a major milestone on its X2 TECHNOLOGY Demonstrator program by successfully ground testing the aircraft with rotor blades installed and spinning for the first time. The initial "blades-on" ground test was conducted May 13 and went according to plan. The ground tests are continuing at Sikorsky's Schweizer Aircraft Corp. rapid-prototyping facility in Horseheads, N.Y., in preparation for the X2 TECHNOLOGY Demonstrator's first flight. "The entire X2 TECHNOLOGY Demonstrator Program Team is extremely pleased that we continue to move our experimental program closer and closer to first flight," said James Kagdis, Program Manager, Advanced Programs. "We anticipate that reaching this particular milestone, as with those yet to come, will continue to pique the interest of our military, commercial and international customers regarding the potential that X2 TECHNOLOGY could have on their diverse missions around the globe."
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Cessna has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its HGS-6000 Head Up Guidance System for Cessna's new Citation Columbus business jet, which is expected to debut in 2014. Rockwell Collins' HGS will be the first head up display ever installed on a Cessna Aircraft. "By adding Rockwell Collins' HGS to the Pro Line Fusion flight deck, Citation Columbus operators will be equipped with leading HGS technology that delivers the benefits of enhanced low-visibility operations, improved energy management and dependability," said Dave Austin, senior director, Head Up Guidance Systems for Rockwell Collins. "The HGS also has the capability to support synthetic and enhanced vision in concert with the head-down displays to further improve situational awareness."
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Bombardier Aerospace announced that ExecuJet Aviation Group of Zurich, Switzerland has placed firm orders for six Learjet 85 aircraft. Bombardier announced the sale of the all new fully-composite jet in conjunction with a Learjet 85 performance briefing, at the ongoing European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. The order is valued at approximately $103 million U.S., based on the 2008 list price of typically equipped aircraft. ExecuJet Aviation Group is a leading global business aviation organization offering a diverse range of services including pre-owned and new aircraft sales, aircraft management, aircraft charter, aircraft maintenance, aircraft completions management and fixed base operations.
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Rolls-Royce announced that THAI Airways International had selected the Trent 900 to power its fleet of six Airbus A380s in a deal valued at $500 million at engine list prices. The Trent 900 now has 58 per cent of firm and option orders for the A380. The aircraft are due to be delivered from late 2010 onwards, and the engines will be backed by a long-term, TotalCare services agreement, based on an agreed dollar fee per engine flying hour.
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Germany's largest operator of business jets will be upgrading its fleet of Citation XLS to seven aircraft in June with another two Citation XLS. This will make DC Aviation the largest operator of Citation XLS in Europe. In total the company with headquarters in Stuttgart operates then 30 modern private jets of various sizes with an average age that is less than 2.5 years. "We place great value on our young dynamic fleet structure, which is maintained by experienced experts in our own state of the art maintenance facility. Thanks to the two new additions we will be able to offer our customers one of the safest and most modern fleets in Europe", asserts the Director of Sales and Marketing Jonas Kraft.
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Honda Aircraft Company began European sales of the HondaJet advanced light jet at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) by introducing its first customer in the region - F-1 racer and business entrepreneur, Jenson Button. To provide sales and service support to its customers in Europe, the company announced that it will establish a new European network of three HondaJet-exclusive sales and service centers. "Europe is one of the world's fastest growing markets for light jets and we have a great number of customers who have contacted us over the past two years about owning a HondaJet," said Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company president and CEO. "We approached the selection of our sales and service partners with great attention to detail. And I tried to find people with a challenging spirit, who share our passion for this product and our passion to create a new and higher standard for the private jet aircraft ownership experience in Europe."
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Pratt & Whitney received a statement of qualification for the F135 short-takeoff/vertical-landing (STOVL) propulsion system from the F-35 Joint Program Office. This statement certifies Pratt & Whitney's F135-PW-600 STOVL propulsion system for up-and-away flight operations. "This certification letter is a step on the critical path to flying the aircraft and brings us closer to powering the first flight of the F-35 Lightning II STOVL variant this spring," said Bill Gostic, Pratt & Whitney vice president, F135 engine programs.
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AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, announced that its Shadow UAS have achieved 300,000 cumulative flight hours in service with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. In fact, 91 percent of these flight hours were amassed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. In fact, this milestone was reached only 10 months after the systems reached 200,000 total flight hours, and 22 months after the first 100,000 flight hours were accumulated. This milestone comes on the heels of receipt by AAI of significant orders for two additional systems from the U.S. Army, five additional systems from the Marine Corps and a training system for the National Guard â€" all contracted through the U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Executive Office for Aviation. To date, a total of 96 Shadow systems have been ordered for use by the Army, Marines and National Guard and 65 have been delivered to these customers.
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SC.Software, the leading global provider of enterprise simulation solutions including simulation software and services, announced that Bell Helicopter Textron has selected its enterprise simulation management solution, SimManager, to drive innovation and accelerate new product development. SimManager, a component of SimEnterprise, is MSC.Software's enterprise simulation data and process management solution, and has been selected as a key component to support Bell Helicopter's initiative for accelerated new product development. The deployment of SimManager across Bell Helicopter's engineering organization is strategic to harnessing simulation data management and process automation, establishing a standardized simulation and testing knowledge database, and helping to rationalize in-house and legacy technology onto a common integrated environment.
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Vought Aircraft announced its selection as the provider of wings and slats for the Model 850 Cessna Citation Columbus business jet. The contract, with a potential value of more than $1 billion, covers engineering design, tooling and production work. Vought has a proven track record of developing and manufacturing aerostructures of superior quality and value for military and commercial use worldwide. "This contract is just the latest affirmation of the high-quality production we do at Vought," said Dennis Orzel, vice president and general manager, Vought Integrated Aerosystems Division. "The Cessna Citation Columbus is an innovative, world-class business jet, and we are honored to share our expertise and competitive advantage with this industry leader." Vought's engineering and tool design will be done primarily in Dallas. Production work and other manufacturing engineering will be performed in Nashville. Production test articles are scheduled for delivery beginning in 2010, with production article deliveries scheduled to start in 2011.
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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded BAE Systems a five year contract worth £43.9 million to ensure the RAF's VC10 tanking and transport fleet is available on the frontline to meet operational requirements. Under the incentivised contract, BAE Systems will take responsibility for much of the 'on-base' VC10 engineering, logistics and technical support, including engineering bays at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire which are currently managed by Serco. This latest contract, part of the successful JAVELIN (Joint Approach to VC10 Engineering and Logistics Integration) signed in 2003, has been developed in partnership the MOD's Defence Equipment & Support organisation. It see's both partners share potential benefits and risks within the programme. BAE Systems will use its supply chain and engineering capabilities to sustain VC10 availability through to the aircraft's eventual out of service date. The contract includes post-design services, air refuelling equipment, spares and spares inclusive repairs as well as the disposal of airframes at the end of their service life.
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Boeing began using a moving assembly line for final assembly of the P-8A Poseidon in Renton, Wash. This military derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800 is expected to move through the final assembly process at a continuous pace similar to commercial 737s.  "This is another important step toward delivering the first P-8A to the U.S. Navy on schedule," said Bob Feldmann, Boeing vice president and P-8 program manager for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. "The entire team is working extremely hard to meet our commitment to the customer." Boeing uses the moving assembly line during final assembly positions for the airplane. The P-8s will be positioned in a straight-line configuration on the factory floor and stay at a production station for a period of time before advancing to the next station. Standard processes, visual control systems and point-of-use staging are in place, allowing work to flow continuously and quickly.
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Boeing has fired a high-energy chemical laser aboard a C-130H aircraft in ground tests for the first time, achieving a key milestone for the Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration program. The successful laser firing occurred May 13 at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. "First firing of the high-energy laser aboard the ATL aircraft shows that the program continues to make good progress toward giving the warfighter an ultra-precision engagement capability that will dramatically reduce collateral damage," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems. After conducting a series of additional laser tests on the ground and in the air, the program will fire the chemical laser in-flight at mission-representative ground targets. The test team will fire the laser through a rotating turret that extends through the aircraft's belly. "Later this year, we will fire the laser in-flight at ground targets, demonstrating the military utility of this transformational directed energy weapon," Fancher said. Last year, the high-energy laser concluded laboratory testing at Kirtland, demonstrating reliable operations in more than 50 firings.
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The U.S. Navy conducted a successful test launch this month of two Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missiles (FBMs) built by Lockheed Martin. The Navy launched the unarmed missiles from the submerged submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) in the Pacific Ocean. The Trident II D5 missile now has achieved 122 consecutive successful test launches since 1989 - a record unmatched by any other large ballistic missile or space launch vehicle. "The exceptional partnership with our Navy Strategic Systems Programs customer accounts for the unmatched record of success of the D5 missile," said Melanie A. Sloane, vice president of Fleet Ballistic Missile programs, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, the Navy's Trident missile prime contractor. "Disciplined performance by the entire Navy and industry team helps to ensure the reliability and credibility of the Fleet Ballistic Missile as demonstrated in test after test."
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The UK Ministry of Defence gave industry the green light that it was ready to go-ahead with contract signature for the two new super aircraft carriers. Industry is now expected to press ahead with forming the joint venture company that will help build the carriers. The carriers, to be named HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS PRINCE OF WALES, will be the biggest and most powerful surface warships ever constructed in the UK. Once they enter service in 2014 and 2016 respectively they are expected to remain in the fleet for up to fifty years. Secretary of State for Defence, Des Browne said: "The two aircraft carriers will provide our front line forces with the modern, world-class capabilities they will need over the coming decades. They will support peace-keeping and conflict prevention as well as our strategic operational priorities. This is an important day for the project and I am delighted that we are moving closer to signing the contracts for the manufacture of the carriers."
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Executive AirShare, of Kansas City, Mo., has doubled its order for Phenom 300 aircraft to four firm orders and four options. In September 2007, the U.S. fractional aircraft ownership company announced two firm orders of the Phenom 300 aircraft, plus two options for additional aircraft of the same model. The company also holds ten firm orders and ten options for Phenom 100 aircraft.
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AgustaWestland announced that Sasemar, the Spanish Marine Safety Agency, has placed an order for three more AW139 medium twin turbine engine helicopters. These aircraft will be used for a range of roles including SAR and water pollution detection. This latest purchase increases the number of AW139 helicopters ordered by Sasemar to eight having previously ordered three in 2006 and two in 2007. Three AW139 helicopters have already been delivered and are operating from bases in Reus, Gijón and Tenerife. The progressive expansion of Sasemar's AW139 fleet demonstrates the customer's satisfaction with the most advance search and rescue helicopter in its class and the its ability to meet Sasemar's operational requirements. The acquisition of the latest in SAR-dedicated rotorcraft technology is providing Sasemar with enhanced life saving and environmental protection capabilities.
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NASA Thursday adjusted the target launch dates for two space shuttle missions in 2008. Shuttle Atlantis' STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope is now targeted for Oct. 8, and Endeavour's STS-126 supply mission to the International Space Station has moved from Oct. 16 to Nov. 10. The final servicing mission to Hubble was moved from Aug. 28 due to a delay in deliveries of components, including the external fuel tanks, and the need to prepare Endeavour for a possible rescue mission approximately two weeks after STS-125 launches.
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Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector) has made history in announcing the company has successfully test-flown the world's first Sikorsky S61 equipped with a fully-integrated "glass cockpit," or Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS) from SAGEM Avionics. The historic first test flight of the Carson Helicopter's S61 took place on May 20, 2008 at the company's Langley, British Columbia avionics facility, and will be supported by a comprehensive flight test and certification program conducted from Langley Airport over the next several weeks. Elvis Moniz, Director of Operations for Vector-Langley and project lead for the S61 glass cockpit project says, "with more than a full year of dedication and hard work from our Langley team, the Carson-bladed S61 has made aviation history; transforming many of the dated S61 systems into a multi-mission capable state-of-the art helicopter. As our customers often attest, the quality of workmanship, dedication and innovation displayed by our entire team is second to none, and the success of this project is a clear indication that we are at the pinnacle of our industry."
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OpenSkies, the new transatlantic airline from British Airways, will take flight on June 19th, the airline announced today. Tickets for premium flights between Paris and New York on OpenSkies will go on sale this Thursday, May 22nd, at 9:00 AM Central European Time on www.flyopenskies.com. Bookings can also be made through travel agents, all British Airways channels including the BA.com website, and via the OpenSkies Concierge Desk -- featuring personalized services available to all customers commencing with the purchase of their ticket and throughout their journey.
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The United States Department of Defense has authorized the release of funds to buy six conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) F-35A Lightning IIs for the U.S. Air Force, with provisional approval to purchase six short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) F-35Bs for the U.S. Marine Corps following a senior leadership review and the inaugural flight of that variant. The 12 aircraft will be built in the second phase of F-35 low-rate initial production (LRIP 2). The $2.2 billion contract authorization comes after the Defense Acquisition Board's recommendation to release the funds and proceed with production. "We welcome the board's decision and their vote of confidence in the F-35 program," said Dan Crowley, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and F-35 program general manager. "We're seeing excellent progress on our production line, with 17 preproduction aircraft in assembly flow, the first two production-model F-35s already under way and unprecedented assembly quality across the board." Long-lead funds of $197 million for LRIP 3 were released on May 14 for at least 18 additional F-35s. The LRIP I contract for the first two F-35A production aircraft was finalized and issued in July 2007. The first F-35A test aircraft has completed 40 flights and has exceeded performance and reliability expectations. The inaugural flight of the first F-35B is on schedule for late spring/early summer.
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Pratt & Whitney, in a joint venture with Seven Q Seven, has signed a $210 million contract with Northrop Grumman to initiate the re-engining of the U.S. Air Force's fleet of Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft. Production of the JT8D-219 propulsion system will begin in 2010. "The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman's selection of the JT8D-219 propulsion system demonstrates confidence in our product and our team," said Brett Rhodes, director, Domestic Business Development, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines. "We look forward to providing them with more powerful, dependable engines." The JT8D-219 Joint STARS configuration offers a cost-effective, simplified installation approach. This fuel-efficient power system affords a 20-percent fuel burn improvement, which will increase the Joint STARS time on-station in its surveillance orbit. Powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, the U.S. Air Force's Joint STARS aircraft are projected to be in service for another 20 years or more.
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Embraer signed a contract for the sale of seven EMBRAER 170 jets to ETA Star Group, of Dubai, with options for three more, and five purchase rights for any E-Jet model. The aircraft will be operated by the newly-created Star Aviation Pvt Ltd., of India. The deal, at list price, comes to US$ 220.5 million, and could total US$ 472.5 million, if all options and purchase rights are confirmed for the EMBRAER 170.
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NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and The Boeing Co. are expanding the flight envelope for the X-48B blended wing body research aircraft. Flight tests with the 500-pound, remotely piloted test vehicle are now  in a second phase involving higher speed regimes. The 21-foot wing span test aircraft is flying without its slats deployed. Slats are flight control surfaces on the leading edges of wings which, when extended, allow an aircraft to take off, fly and land at slower speeds. X-48B flight testing is taking place at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. NASA Dryden is providing critical support to a Boeing-led project team that also includes the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, and Cranfield Aerospace Ltd., of Bedford, England. "The first flight in the slats-retracted configuration marked another milestone in aviation history and the performance of the X-48 aircraft continues to exceed our expectations," said Tim Risch, NASA X-48B project manager. "This flight milestone reinforced the productive relationship of the NASA, Boeing and Air Force team and NASA's continued commitment to developing the concepts, tools and technologies for the aircraft of the future."
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Greg Combet, the Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, announced today that significant progress has been made on the remediation of Project AIR 87 – the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters (ARH). Mr Combet, speaking at a Defence function, announced the signing of a Deed of Agreement that resolves contractual issues between the Commonwealth and the contractor, Australian Aerospace Ltd. "The signing of the Deed is a major positive development in progressing Project AIR 87 and getting the helicopters delivered to the Army as fast as we can," he said. "Project AIR 87's aim is to acquire 22 ARH Tiger helicopters for the Army, a software support facility, electronic warfare and ground management systems and training facilities." Unfortunately the project has been hampered with problems relating to delays in the training of pilots, which resulted from the Franco/German Tiger program itself experiencing delays. There were also some major issues associated with the Through Life Support contract as noted in the Australian National Audit Office report on this project in 2006. The Stop Payment provision in the ARH acquisition contract was executed by the Defence Materiel Organisation on 1 June 2007. This has resulted in the need to reprogram project funds within the Defence Budget. "Following a period of negotiations between the Commonwealth and the contractor to resolve a dispute initiated in October 2007 over the contract provisions for Through Life Support as well as the Stop Payment, an agreement has been reached that will enable the project to deliver an operational capability to Army in the shortest practical time."
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The TP400-D6 engine has achieved another programme development milestone with the successful completion of its bird strike test. The engine has also recently completed a water ingestion test and attained the required 150 hours of cyclic endurance running under loads for the power gearbox. The TP400 engine is being developed and produced by Europrop International (EPI) to power the new Airbus A400M military transport aircraft. The bird strike test, which measures the engine's ability to cope with the impact of a bird weighing 1.85kg, was performed successfully at Techspace Aero's (SAFRAN Group) test bed in Liers, Belgium. The TP400 recovered after the ingestion to produce over 80 per cent power. The test, which was witnessed by the European Aviation Safety Agency, contributes to the certification process of the engine. The water ingestion test, which validates the integrity of the engine after the ingestion, was also completed at the same facility. In addition, 150 cyclic endurance hours have been completed on the power gearbox rig at Avio's test facility in Sangone, Italy.
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A Joint Working Agreement has been signed between AERO Vodochody (Aero), Gripen International and Saab Czech to establish a mutual cooperation concerning marketing and manufacturing of the L-159 Combat & Training System. According to the agreement, the two companies agree to undertake to cooperate both in the marketing and sales of the L-159 and in further development of the L-159. In addition, the agreement aims to further develop manufacturing capabilities of Aero through identifying manufacturing work packages from Saab on a range of projects which will be placed at Aero. Moreover, the agreement includes design and development studies for upgrades and modifications of both the single and two seat versions of the L-159. Furthermore, the companies will cooperate in the area of a common logistic support system for the Czech Air Force Gripen fighter aircraft and the L-159 advanced training and light combat aircraft. "This agreement between Gripen International and AERO Vodochody demonstrates our commitment to a long term relationship with the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic is one of the countries where the Gripen fighter is in service today and this shows that Gripen International has paved the way for this mutual cooperation with Aero," says Johan Lehander, Managing Director Gripen International. "We are delighted with the new mutual cooperation with Gripen International, which will certainly contribute to our joint success and a long term relationship," says Peter Ondro, President of Aero.
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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency/Army A160T Hummingbird unmanned rotorcraft has successfully completed all planned phase I flight test demonstrations. Key phase I milestones included an 18.7-hour endurance flight on May 14-15 that will be claimed as a world endurance record for unmanned aerial vehicles in the weight class of 1,102 to 5,511 pounds. This is additionally, an unofficial world record for unrefueled rotorcraft endurance. In an earlier May 9 flight, the A160 achieved another important demonstration milestone by hovering out of ground effect at 16,700 feet density altitude for over seven minutes. The gas-turbine-powered A160 flew the demonstrations autonomously. During the 18.7- hour flight, the aircraft carried a 300-pound internal payload with much of the flight conducted at an altitude of 15,000 feet MSL. The flight began May 14 at 8:55 a.m. Pacific Standard Time and ended May 15 at 3:36 p.m.
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Sea Launch Company successfully delivered the Galaxy 18 communications satellite to orbit from its ocean-based platform on the Equator, marking its third successful launch in 2008. A Zenit-3SL rocket lifted off at 2:43am PDT (9:43 GMT) from the Odyssey Launch Platform, positioned at 154 degrees West Longitude, precisely on schedule. An hour later, the Block DM-SL upper stage inserted the 4,642 kg (10,234 lb) Galaxy 18 satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit, on its way to a final orbital position at 123 degrees West Longitude. Operators at the Hartebeesthoek ground station in South Africa acquired the spacecraft's first signals from orbit shortly after spacecraft separation. All systems performed nominally throughout the mission. Built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), Galaxy 18 will provide advanced television, data and telecommunications services to Intelsat's customers throughout North America, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
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According to contractual agreements, JJW Central & Eastern Europe Beteiligungsverwaltungs GmbH, the SPV of Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber, has agreed on a deadline for the presentation of a bank guarantee to Austrian Airlines on 12 May 2008 and Austrian Airlines have set an extended and appropriate deadline until 21 May 2008. The bank guarantee was not presented within the extended deadline. The company will take all measures necessary to safeguard its interests and will further comply with the contract. By doing so the management board will verify possibilities for a mutually agreed dissolution of the agreements which safeguards the interests of the company.
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Boeing announced that Elizabeth Lund has been named vice president of Product Development for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Lund will be responsible for leading preliminary design of new and derivative airplanes and systems, and environmental performance strategy. Lund also will manage the overall research & development plan across Commercial Airplanes, and support the Product Strategy and Advanced Technology organizations within Commercial Airplanes and Phantom Works. The position reports to Boeing Commercial Airplanes Engineering Vice President Mike Denton. Lund, 43, succeeds Todd Zarfos, who was recently named vice president of 747/767/777 Engineering.
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Cessna announced at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) it has taken 24 business jet orders from Austrian charter giant JETALLIANCE. With orders placed during the first quarter, it brings year-to-date Citation orders from JETALLIANCE to 50. The orders span virtually the entire Cessna Citation product range, from the Citation Mustang to the newly announced Citation Columbus. Deliveries start in 2010. "We are pleased to announce JETALLIANCE's 2008 total orders today at EBACE. JETALLIANCE has done a remarkable job with its growth strategy since its beginning in 1996, and we are excited to be a part of the story," said Roger Whyte, Cessna senior vice president, Sales & Marketing. The 2008 orders consist of four Citation Mustangs, seven Citation CJ2+s, 11 Citation CJ3s, three Citation CJ4s, 10 Citation XLS+s, seven Citation Sovereigns, four Citation Xs, and four Citation Columbus aircraft.
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Cessna announced at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) an order for 20 Citation Mustangs from Russian air taxi operator Dexter. "Dexter's order is a strong sign of the strength of the business jet market in Eastern Europe, particularly within Russia," said Roger Whyte, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing for Cessna. "It is also a sign of the strength of the Mustang program – great economics, great performance and great production. We designed the Mustang to be every bit as reliable and robust as any other Citation in the stable, and that makes it quite suitable for the high utilization operations it will see at Dexter." Cessna expects certification for the Citation Mustang by Russian authorities in early 2010. The Mustang, still the only aircraft in a new class of entry-level business jets to be fully operational, is already certified in more than 47 countries.
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Hawker Beechcraft announces a significant order from BJETS, an emerging fractional and block charter company based in India, for 10 Hawker 4000s—the world's most advanced super-midsize business jet—with options for an additional five. The total value of the contract with options is in excess of $330 million. This new order compliments the previously announced existing BJETS order for the purchase of 11 Hawker 900XP and nine 850XP business jets, a total of 20 new Hawkers for their fractional fleet throughout India and Southeast Asia. The Hawker 900XP and 850XP were derived from the world's most popular midsized business jet lineage, the Hawker 800 series. "BJETS' new service is forging the way in fractional ownership in the Indian and Southeast Asia region. We're delighted to once again provide them the best aircraft in the industry for their private jet travel services," said Brad Hatt, president, Commercial Aircraft at Hawker Beechcraft. "The fact that BJETS has chosen the Hawker 4000 for their customers is a significant endorsement for the aircraft." BJETS is a private company that provides innovative business aviation services to corporations and high net-worth individuals in Asia. Offering their services in India and Southeast Asia, the emerging fractional and block charter company is based in Mumbai, India and Singapore, with a flight operations center based in Hyderabad, India.
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