02.11.2008
FLUG REVUE

2008-11-03 - News in briefNews in Brief

Kurzmeldungen<br /> +++<br /> EUROCONTROL and ACI EUROPE signed a wide-ranging cooperative agreement, which commits the two organisations to joint action to enhance the capacity of airport infrastructure across Europe. The agreement was signed in Berlin by David McMillan, Director General of EUROCONTROL and Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE, on the occasion of Airport Exchange 2008.

As part of the agreement, EUROCONTROL and ACI EUROPE will work on implementing collaborative ground processes, such as collaborative decision-making (CDM) between airport operators, airlines and Air Navigation Service Providers at more than 40 European airports. This will allow for a more efficient and fully optimised use of existing airport facilities, which in turn will reduce fuel burn and emissions from aircraft both on the ground and in the air. This agreement coincides with EUROCONTROL's announcement of the key findings of the latest edition of the comprehensive study Challenges of Growth (2008) which highlights the fact that Europe continues to face an airport capacity crunch in the long term. The report, due for release in November, foresees that despite the current upheaval in air transport and in the economy more widely, demand for air services will continue to grow and is expected to double reaching 20.4 million flights by 2030. The lack of matching airport capacity will, by that time, result in nearly 2.5 million flights unaccommodated and at least 19 European airports fully saturated. With one in every two flights scheduled to pass through one of these hugely congested airports, delays could potentially skyrocket.
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Only a few weeks after being established, Lufthansa Technik Switzerland (LTSW) has concluded two new maintenance contracts with European regional airlines. Under the terms of these contracts, the Basel-based company will be responsible for the heavy checks of Luxair's entire Embraer 135/145 fleet and of all Saab 2000s operated by Eastern Airways during the next three years. The contract with Luxair, which is worth over three million euros, covers 14 to 16 C-checks on eight of the Brazilian-made aircraft. In the case of Eastern Airways, LTSW will provide support for the British airline's fleet of initially eight Saab 2000 turboprops, with the number of aircraft to be increased to eleven in 2009. The contract for the expected 16 to 20 C-checks is worth approximately four million euros. In concluding these contracts, LTSW has expanded its circle of customers which already includes both regional airlines and VIP customers.
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Boeing successfully launched the third of four Italian Constellation of Small Satellites for Mediterranean basin Observation (COSMO) SkyMed spacecraft. A Delta II rocket procured from United Launch Alliance for Thales Alenia Space Italia lifted off at 7:28 p.m. pacific time on 24 October from Pad SLC-2W at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The COSMO-SkyMed spacecraft was deployed to low-Earth orbit approximately 58 minutes after liftoff. "The third successful Delta launch for the COSMO-SkyMed program further strengthens Boeing's continued commitment to provide domestic and international commercial customers reliable access to space for science, defense and telecommunications services," said Ken Heinly, director of Boeing Launch Products & Services, and president of Boeing Launch Services, Inc. Boeing Launch Services successfully launched the first two COSMO-SkyMed satellites in June and December of 2007.
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Boeing detailed its 2008 Current Market Outlook (CMO) for the China region, forecasting a market for 3,710 new airplanes worth about $390 billion over the next 20 years. "China will continue to be the fastest-growing aviation center in the world, requiring 41 percent of the entire Asia-Pacific region airplane demand. This makes China the largest market outside of the U.S. for new commercial airplanes," said Randy Tinseth, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president - Marketing. China air travel and air cargo market growth will cause China's fleet to more than triple to 4,560 airplanes by 2027 -- about as many airplanes as are in Europe today. Single-aisle airplanes will account for 70 percent of the new purchases, driven by the world's fast-growing domestic market. Single-aisle airplanes such as the Boeing Next-Generation 737 will be the largest category, with 2,600 new airplane deliveries. Demand for intermediate twin-aisles, such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 777, will result in approximately 780 airplane deliveries. When combined, the single-aisle and intermediate twin-aisle market will make up 91 percent of China's total delivery dollars.
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SCALP Naval has just completed its series of aerodynamic trials at ONERA's wind tunnel facility in Modane, France. This milestone was achieved less than two years after the French DGA (Délégation Générale pour l'Armement) notified the development contract for its MdCN naval cruise missile programme in December 2006. The year 2008 has been especially rich in technical events for the programme. It started with a preliminary design review during which several system aspects were validated with the national client, notably: the general architecture of the missile; its launch platform interfaces (surface vessel vertical launch and submarine torpedo-tube launch); mission planning as well as the range of activities leading up to the next milestone, namely the detailed design concept. During the course of the year, several partial trials were also carried out on the principal components of the vertical launch container and of the watertight submarine-launch capsule as well as on the warhead.  The principal sub-assemblies of the Microturbo TR50 turbojet, which will provide missile propulsion during cruise phase, have also been tested. A distinctive feature of the turbojet motor is its endurance, required to provide the missile's very long range.
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The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $30 million contract for the development phase of the Self-Awareness Space Situational Awareness (SASSA) technology demonstration program. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will develop a technology demonstration payload to provide tactical space situational awareness with dedicated communications. The surveillance system will increase critical awareness of threats to U.S. satellites and demonstrate the capability to control and manage up to eight instruments for operational systems implementation. The Space Superiority Systems Wing of the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. initiated the program after recognizing an emerging need to protect vital defense satellite systems that ensure national security.
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Forecast International projects the worldwide radar market to be worth $50 billion over the 2008-2017 timeframe. In "The Market for Radar Systems" analysis, the production, operations and maintenance, and RDT&E programs of 113 radar systems are covered. Over the next 10 years, the study projects 13,325 individual radar units will be produced. Advancements in technology are driving demand for new radar systems around the world. "Advancements in digital and electronic technology are further improving radar capabilities," said William Ostrove, electronics analyst and author of the study.  The latest advancements, such as Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA), are appealing to the most advanced militaries around the world. The U.S. military's latest fighter aircraft, such as the F/A-18E/F, F-22, and F-35, all include AESA radars. Military buyers are increasingly seeking AESA radars for retrofit as well as for new-build programs. "Many radar manufacturers believe there is a large market for retrofitting AESA radars on older in-service aircraft," said Ostrove. "The U.S. Air Force's decision to upgrade its aging F-15s with AESA radars could be the first in a growing trend." The study cites Raytheon's and Northrop Grumman's introduction of small, scalable AESA radars as evidence that manufacturers see a large market for radar upgrades.
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In a new report to be issued in December, Forecast International has projected that production of the Eclipse 500 will soon end.  The Connecticut-based market research firm believes that the aircraft's manufacturer, Eclipse Aviation, will not attract new investment necessary to allow it to continue making the aircraft beyond the first quarter of 2009. "Eclipse continues to produce aircraft at a low rate as it seeks to preserve cash," said Forecast International aircraft analyst Douglas Royce. "We have forecast production of 162 Eclipse 500s during 2008. We believe that the company will be able to push production out into early 2009 but will be forced to cease production within the first quarter of 2009." Forecast International predicts only about 12 Eclipse 500s will be produced in early 2009, and "even this forecast may prove too optimistic," said Royce. 
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After the successful trials on the German K130 class corvettes during the summer, the CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) continued its maritime progress, by again demonstrating its suitability for the maritime environment including its proven automatic decking capabilities, on a French Naval Frigate. Already tested and proven in the demanding maritime environment on a number of different sized platforms around the world, the Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 was recently chosen by DCNS for trials. The two weeks of planned trials commenced on a steel barge, just 22 m long by 14 m wide and towed 60 m behind a 41 m ocean going tug in the Atlantic Ocean off Brest for 4 days, in northern France in seas exceeding sea state 3 at times.
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On October 23, the Zefiro 9-A motor successfully completed its first firing test at the Salto di Quirra Inter-force Test Range in Sardinia (Italy). This was the penultimate firing test for the engine prior to the Vega launcher's qualification flight, scheduled to take place by the end of 2009. The Zefiro 9-A (Z9-A) solid-fuel rocket motor, which will power the Vega launch vehicle's third stage, left the production facility of Avio, in Colleferro (Italy), at the end of September and was installed at the test site over the last three weeks. After a nominal 120-second burn time, during which a maximum combustion pressure of 75 bar was reached, the roar of the motor stopped as expected. The first results confirm the expected performance increase for this enhanced version of the motor, as well as the robustness of the modifications introduced in the nozzle design.
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The Russian authorities responsible for the Rockot launcher that shall carry ESA's GOCE Earth Explorer satellite into orbit have completed the investigation of a failure in the guidance and navigation system of the launcher's Upper Stage (Breeze KM). The anomaly was discovered during the spacecraft's launch preparation tests on 7 September 2008 in Plesetsk, which subsequently led to the postponement of the launch. The cause of the anomaly in the guidance and navigation system has meanwhile been identified and reproduced. The necessary hardware changes will require a minimum of two months of additional work by the manufacturer. As a consequence, the launch of GOCE cannot take place earlier than February 2009; however, the exact launch date will only be decided at a later stage once the corrective measures have been fully implemented and validated.
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Indra, the principal IT company in Spain and a leading IT multinational in Europe, will develop the simulator for pilots of the CL 415 seaplanes of the Ministry of Defence of Spain that are usually employed in firefighting. The company signed an agreement with the seaplane Canadian supplier Bombardier to design and manufacture this training system for EUR2.5 M. The system will become operative by the summer of 2009 and will be implemented at Torrejon air base in order to train the Emergency Military Unit (UME). This solution will enhance pilots' training capacity in Spain, especially with respect to the growth of the country's firefighting fleet. With this simulator, the only one of its kind in Europe, complex manoeuvres, for instance, low level flights with poor visibility, which imply a high level of risk, can be accomplished safely.
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Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced that it is establishing a world-class aerospace centre at Montréal-Mirabel International Airport for the final assembly and test of the new generation PW800 family of engines. A total of $575.3 million will be invested in the Mirabel Aerospace Centre and Pratt & Whitney Canada's other Quebec facilities over the next five years. This investment is expected to generate 565 jobs. "The Government of Quebec's decision to invest $141.9 million for infrastructure and equipment at Mirabel in support of P&WC's overall investment reinforces its firm commitment to continued innovation and growth in the aerospace sector. I commend the Government of Quebec for its vision and leadership in propelling the high-value aerospace industry," said Alain M. Bellemare, president, P&WC, and executive vice president, Pratt & Whitney Group Strategy and Development.
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In a significant first step of its long-range fleet plan, Hawaiian Airlines announced the acquisition of two new wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft that will accelerate the start of the company's transition to a new Airbus fleet to 2011. The two jets are in addition to the agreement that Hawaiian announced earlier this year to purchase up to 24 new Airbus aircraft.
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Jeppesen has signed an agreement with Lufthansa to provide its Carmen Crew Management System (CMS). The project will start during the fall this year. Carmen CMS provides airlines with improved crew scheduling flexibility and an integrated crew management process which lowers operating costs. "With Carmen CMS from Jeppesen, we can benefit considerably from the advantages of having the entire crew management process sharing the same optimization, legality, quality definitions, visualization, data and analysis tools," said Jens Appel, vice president Crew Planning at Lufthansa. "The Carmen Crew Management System from Jeppesen will improve the decisions being made in the crew planning process, all the way from the long-term pairing analysis to the detailed decisions made on the day of operation."
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Bristow Group announced that its Bristow Helicopters subsidiary has entered into an agreement to acquire the remaining 51% of Norsk Helikopter AS, taking its ownership to 100%. The shares will be purchased from the Ugland family of Norway in a transaction in which the Ugland family will acquire Bristow's 49% interest in Lufttransport AS, a subsidiary of Norsk. This transaction is expected to close within the next few days.
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Lufthansa Technik has opened its new overhaul facility Lufthansa Technik Sofia Ltd. in Bulgaria. The new company, a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik AG (80%) and Bulgarian Aviation Group (20%), is based at the airport of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. More than 350 highly skilled workers will perform base maintenance checks on Airbus and Boeing short and medium range aircraft. Lufthansa Technik together with the Bulgarian Aviation Group has invested more than 20 Mio. Euro in the refurbishment of the hangar, the dock facilities, tooling and working materials as well as in the training of the employees. The hangar has 6.000m2 of floor space and allows work to proceed on two narrowbody aircraft at a time. It is possible to paint aircraft on the spot using state-of-the-art technology.
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AgustaWestland announced that the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has signed a contract for three AW139 medium twin engine helicopters plus options for several additional aircraft. These helicopters will be used to perform search and rescue, coastal patrol and law enforcement duties around Malaysia's extensive coast line. This order marks the entrance of the AW139 helicopter into the Malaysian government market and follows the earlier success of the aircraft in the Malaysian commercial market. The MMEA adds to the growing number of customers which have placed orders for or are already operating the AW139 for homeland security, maritime patrol and search and rescue missions, including the Japan Coast Guard, Korean Coast Guard, Spanish Marine Safety Agency (Sasemar), Estonian Border Guard, UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Italian Coast Guard.
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The first Aerial Firefighting Conference 2008, organised by Tangent Link Ltd, took place in Athens, Greece on the 22/22 October and was attended by twenty-two nations. The conference was chaired by Johann Goldhammer of the Global Fire Monitoring Centre and Rear Admiral Terry Loughran. The agenda included fixed and rotary winged operations, safety, management and technologies; subjects which dominated the vibrant conference. Many interagency meetings ensued to discuss and debate how to tackle wildfires from the air and how international aerial fire fighting management organisations can improve and share their knowledge and systems. An exhibition of some of the worlds' leading operators and suppliers was held simultaneously; the exhibition drew considerable interest from the delegates and provided a focal point for many of the accompanying discussions. Panel sessions took place on Air Pollution from Aerial Firefighting and a debate was hosted by Chris Allen from the EU-Civil Protection Directorate on whether Europe should finance a cross-border aerial fire fighting squadron. Leading exponents took part in the debate including Tom Harbour, Director, Aviation United States Forest Service (USFS, USA), Shane Fitzsimmonds, Commissioner NSW Rural Fire Service (Australia), Dave Bokovay, Aviation Manager CIFFC (Canada) and Colonel Fernando Pastor Villar, Commander 43rd Group Spanish Air Force (Spain).
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Boeing has been awarded a $238 million System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract by the U.S. Air Force to modernize the radar system on F-15E fighter aircraft. "The Radar Modernization Program (RMP) will ensure that the F-15E continues its multirole supremacy for decades," said Mark Bass, Boeing F-15 Program vice president. "The supportability improvements and tactical flexibility inherent in the RMP take the F-15E capability to a higher level." The RMP will incorporate an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) antenna with more-supportable radar electronics. The AESA replaces the APG-70 radar currently integrated on the F-15E, improving radar reliability, maintainability and performance while reducing support costs. When integrated into the F-15E weapons system, the AESA radar will improve detection and tracking of enemy targets, including small targets.
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Boeing has selected BAE Systems' Electronics, Intelligence & Support (EI&S) division to provide the next-generation Digital Electronic Warfare Suite (DEWS) for future international versions of the F-15 multirole fighter aircraft. Boeing's selection of BAE Systems is the result of a rigorous source-selection competition.  "BAE Systems' Digital Electronic Warfare Suite will greatly improve the F-15's aircrew situational awareness, self-protection and electronic countermeasures capabilities," said Mark Bass, Boeing F-15 Program vice president and program manager. "The F-15, with its state-of-the-art electronic warfare capabilities, will continue its multirole supremacy for decades."
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Bombardier Aerospace announced another milestone in the advancement of civil aviation: a Bombardier test aircraft executed a first flight equipped entirely with an all electric braking system – a civil aviation first. The testing lasted in excess of seven hours, included five landings and a series of high-speed braked ground runs. The Bombardier demonstator aircraft was equipped with Meggitt's electric braking system – known as the EBrake, and Messier-Dowty's landing gear with electric brake wiring harnesses. On board the test aircraft were engineering test pilots, Gary Bruce and Jeff Karnes, along with flight test engineer, Anthony Dunne. "We tested the Ebrake® system's normal, emergency and park braking functionality during both ground and flight tests. It provided improved braking control in normal and emergency operating modes, resulting in tight centerline control even during maximum brake applications," said Gary Bruce, Pilot in Command. "We at Bombardier are commited to, and take pride in, aircraft innovation," said François Caza, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Bombardier Aerospace. "This successful first flight highlights Bombardier's commitment to the advancement of aviation technology. It is part of a comprehensive technology development program covering various areas, including avionics, aircraft configurations, advanced structures and advanced manufacturing methods," he added. 
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NASA managers completed a review Thursday of space shuttle Endeavour's readiness for flight and selected the official launch date for the STS-126 mission. Commander Chris Ferguson and his six crewmates are scheduled to lift off to the International Space Station at 7:55 p.m. EST on Nov. 14. Endeavour's STS-126 flight will feature important repair work to the station and prepare it for housing six crew members during long-duration missions. The primary focus of the 15-day flight and its four planned spacewalks is to service the station's two Solar Alpha Rotary Joints, which allow its solar arrays to track the sun. Endeavour will carry about 32,000 pounds to orbit, including supplies and equipment necessary to double the crew size from three to six members in spring 2009. The new station cargo includes additional sleeping quarters, a second toilet and a resistance exercise device.
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NASA managers have announced that they will not meet a February 2009 launch date for the fifth and final shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. The decision comes after engineers completed assessments of the work needed to get a second data handling unit for the telescope ready to fly. The unit will replace one that failed on Hubble in late September, causing the agency to postpone the servicing mission, which had been targeted for Oct. 14. "We now have done enough analysis of all the things that need to happen with the flight spare unit to know that we cannot be ready for a February launch," said NASA's Astrophysics Division Director Jon Morse at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "The February date was an initial estimate, assuming minimal hardware preparations and test durations that are no longer viewed as realistic. We've communicated our assessment to the Space Shuttle Program so it can adjust near-term plans. We will work closely with the Shuttle Program to develop details for a new launch opportunity."
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Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius joined Cessna Aircraft Chairman, President and CEO Jack J. Pelton this morning to celebrate the start of construction of the company's new Wichita Citation Columbus design and assembly facility. Sebelius and Pelton were joined by local and state legislative and business leaders and a small representation of Cessna's 12,000 Wichita employees. "Being able to call Kansas home for the Citation Columbus is important to Cessna and it wouldn't be possible without the team effort shown earlier this year," Pelton said. "Today is our way of recognizing how big of a victory this is for Cessna, Wichita and Kansas, and to again thank everyone who played a part in making this happen."
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Following the preliminary report of the Spanish Comisión de Investigación de Accidentes e Incidentes de Aviación Civil (CIAIAC) on the 20 August 2008 accident of a Spanair McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) at Madrid's Barajas International Airport, as well as the Agency's own evaluation of DC-9/MD-80 family service history, EASA is today publishing an Airworthiness Directive (AD) concerning the DC-9/MD-80 family of aircraft. The Airworthiness Directive requires an update of the Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) to include a mandatory check of the functionality of the Take-Off Warning system (TOW) before engine start prior to every flight. This system provides warning in the case of the flaps and slats not being correctly set, thus alerting the crew of an improper take-off configuration. This action is being taken as a precautionary measure to improve the consistency of pre-flight safety drills. To ensure that the TOW check is a part of all operators' pre-start checks for every flight, a recommendation for an Operational Directive (OD) affecting the same aircraft types is simultaneously being issued by the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) to their members, after consultation with EASA. The JAA are currently responsible for remedial action related to air operations, until the EASA Implementing Rules on air operations are in force. At the present time the cause or causes of the non-functionality of the TOWS system of the Spanair MD-82 have not yet been established. EASA is continuing to work closely with all parties involved in support of the CIAIAC investigation team and will consider any further action in light of the on-going investigation.
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Air Methods Corporation, the largest air medical transportation company in the world, today announced its Products Division has been awarded a contract in excess of $17 million from Sikorsky Aircraft Company for production of 48 HH-60M Black Hawk Multi-Mission Medevac Interior Systems. Production has started and is anticipated to be completed by the third quarter 2010. The HH-60M is the medical evacuation configuration of the newest version of the Black Hawk. The HH-60M provides additional payload and range, advanced digital avionics, better handling, active vibration control and improved survivability over past versions. The aircraft can support medical, personnel or cargo transport missions and is equipped with state-of-the-art medical systems to provide critical care for up to six patients. Medical systems include a Patient Loading System, an on-board oxygen generation system, medical suction, patient monitors and high intensity NVG compatible lighting. The aircraft is also equipped with advanced avionics and special mission systems to assist the crew in locating and rescuing injured personnel. Specialized equipment includes a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system and an external rescue hoist.
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NASA is partnering with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. on a project that could aid visibility for pilots of future supersonic business jets. The External Vision System, or XVS, project is demonstrating the use of a high definition video camera and monitor system on the F-18B Systems Research Aircraft at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center to identify human factor aspects associated with reduced visibility from the cockpit. Some new low sonic boom supersonic business jet designs now on the drawing board compromise forward visibility because they have longer, streamlined noses that blend into the fuselage, eliminating the usual raised cockpit windows. The new high-definition, or HD, camera system is being tested to determine its effectiveness in replacing the normal forward visibility available in such aircraft. Minimum display resolution requirements for safe flight and ground operations are being investigated using various camera and display resolution configurations.
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Max-Viz announced the award of FAA STC # SR02322AK for installation of the firm's newest Enhanced Vision System, the EVS 1500 on Sikorsky S-76 helicopters, A through C models. The STC was designed and developed by Cary Foster and Sharmaine Vestal, Co-owners of One Sky Aviation, a full service aviation maintenance facility based in Anchorage, Alaska. The STC was issued through the Alaska ACO. The Max-Viz EVS 1500 is the first Generation II EVS product and only dual field of view sensor available to the market which offers significantly enhanced design features and upgrades driven directly by operational experience of helicopter pilots and operators.  
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The U.S. Navy and Raytheon Company completed a critical design review of the Joint Standoff Weapon C-1, achieving a major program milestone. JSOW C-1 adds moving maritime target capability and a two-way data link to the combat-proven JSOW family. "JSOW C-1 is needed because it brings critical capabilities [to the warfighter]," said Commander Andrew "Chunder" Kessler, JSOW deputy program manager for JSOW in the Navy's Precision Strike Weapons program office. "It will represent the world's first network-enabled weapon when it is delivered to the warfighter in 2010." Completion of the CDR means Raytheon has moved one step closer to delivering the JSOW C-1 to the U.S. Navy.
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Six flights in two weeks, performance beyond specifications, congratulations from the Swedish staff of the Vidsel range: this is the summary of the test campaign that saw the Alenia Aeronautica Sky-Y UAS take to the air again after about a year. The campaign aimed to evaluate the Sky-Y not as an air vehicle but as a system, including the functionality of its subsystems, integrating among other things the Selex Galileo EOST-45 electro-optical sensor and relaying imagery in real time (save for the satellite delay) from Sweden to the operational center of the Piedmont Civil Protection in Turin. The testing involved the entire mission system, including the mission computer developed by Quadrics, the new datalink and the new Tactical Control Station, which includes among other things the Remote Sensor Operator Station developed entirely by Alenia Aeronautica. The Civil Protection used a data relay cart designed by Telespazio, also a Finmeccanica company.
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A successful firing exercise conducted by Saab and Diehl BGT Defence, marks the end of an extensive verification of the new-generation Surface-to-Surface Missile RBS15 Mk3. The RBS15 Mk3 System, with its capability to combat ships as well as land targets, is soon ready for delivery. The system has been contracted by Sweden, Germany and Poland and onboard installations have already been commissioned. RBS15 Mk3 was successfully launched at the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration test range in northern Sweden at the beginning of October, witnessed by government delegations from several nations. The test verified: the complete function of the missile system, including the priming of the missile from the Missile Engagement Planning System; the target seeker capability; the high-G terminal phase manoeuvres.
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Sukhoi Superjet 100 is ready to undergo a certification stage. Flight certification tests of the first SSJ100 will begin right after factory flight tests have been completed. In the course of these flight tests the aircraft completed over 40 flights, having scored more than 100 hours in the air. It gained a maximum flight altitude of 11,300 meters at the speed of 0.7 Max. The Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee concluded a technical review of the factory flight tests. These tests proved that all aircraft systems are able to work smoothly and efficiently at all design modes within a total range of flying speeds, altitudes, angles and balances. This stage estimated flight and technical performance of the aircraft as well as its aerodynamic characteristics, including takeoff/landing performance, and a climb rate. The conducted tests demonstrated distinct convergence of aircraft characteristics with the designed ones, obtained through aerodynamic wind tunnel and bench tests as well as simulation. Thus, these tests confirmed the expected level of static, aerodynamic, flight, technical, takeoff & landing performance as well as the hourly fuel consumption rate. The latter confirms competitive advantages declared earlier.
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As we already announced, Grob Aerospace GmbH was forced to enter the preliminary insolvency process on August 18, 2008. Since this time all of our efforts have been towards researching a new investor to allow continuing our business in the best possible way. Despite a number of on-going promising negotiations with various parties, we have unfortunately not been able to secure a new investor within the timeframe allowed by German law. To ensure the August to October salary payments for all employees in Mattsies, Grob Aerospace GmbH will now have to file for insolvency this week. From November 3, 2008, most employees will be released from work.A core team will remain in Mattsies to keep business activities running on a minimum scale. The remaining management team of Grob Aerospace GmbH together with the Grob Aerospace AG in Zurich are continuing the ongoing discussions with potential investors. We hope that a new investor will get on board and will be in a position to re-hire most of the employees. We deeply regret this unavoidable step and thank everyone who has supported the company.
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AirAsia X, the long haul low cost unit of the Malaysia-based AirAsia Group, has taken delivery of its first new A330-300. The aircraft was handed over at a special ceremony at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse today in the presence of the Malaysian Minister of Transport, Dato' Ong Tee Keat.
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The Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking (JU) has signed on October 17 a 60 Mio € contract entrusting EADS-Airbus with the role of "Industrial Support" in the SESAR programme, a contract that will involve EADS-Defence & Security and EADS-Astrium to assist the SESAR JU to manage the development phase of SESAR up to 2015. The JU was created by the European Union with, as founding members, the European Community and EUROCONTROL, to manage the research and development programme for SESAR, which aims to reorganise European air traffic management (E-ATM) systems by 2020. In its Industrial Support role, Airbus will be responsible for the technical coherence of all the work, and will give support for 'system-of-systems' engineering methods so that all the stakeholders can progressively build, under the leadership of the SESAR JU, the highly complex shared data model of this programme. With the support of the EADS group, Airbus will contribute its experience in developing and managing large complex systems involving numerous manufacturers (deterrent systems, Ariane 5, A380, border control and security systems, etc.).
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The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is back in business with a snapshot of the fascinating galaxy pair Arp 147. The science operations were resumed on 25 October 2008, four weeks after a problem with the science data formatter took the spacecraft into safe mode.Just a couple of days after the orbiting observatory was brought back online, Hubble aimed its prime working camera, the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), at a particularly intriguing target, a pair of gravitationally interacting galaxies called Arp 147. The image demonstrated that the camera is working exactly as it was before going offline, thereby scoring a 'perfect 10' both for performance and beauty.
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Northrop Grumman has completed manufacturing and integrating a spacecraft engine that runs on the "green" or non-toxic propellants of liquid oxygen and liquid methane for possible use on NASA human exploration missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. The company's TR408 second-generation, oxygen-methane 100 pound-force reaction control engine (RCE) was designed for the Propulsion and Cryogenics Advanced Development Project within NASA's Exploration Technology Development Program, and features robust operation over widely variable propellant conditions. Propulsion systems using engines like the TR408 may have the potential to use green propellants that are produced from lunar or Martian soil.
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Austrian CEO, Alfred Oetsch commenting on the result: "The difficult business environment encountered in the first half-year 2008 once again deteriorated. The high level of economic uncertainty as well as the financial and banking crisis are intensifying the incipient economic downturn. The positive effects of declining fuel prices are partially offset by the stronger US dollar. We can build upon our successful strategic positioning despite these major challenges. In our core Focus East markets, we offer a strong network of destinations in countries posting disproportionately high growth rates. The geographical location of the Vienna hub provides us with significant cost and quality advantages for transfers to the East. The current financial market crisis, the economic slowdown which has had an increasingly negative impact on flight demand, as well as ongoing high fuel prices, which reached a record level of USD over 140/barrel during the summer months despite the steep price decline in the meantime, make 2008 an extremely challenging financial year. Due to these external influencing factors, the strong performance of Q3 2007 could not be matched in the year 2008. EBIT in the third quarter of 2008 amounted to EUR – 9.4m, down from EUR 42.7m in Q3 2007. The net result for the first three quarters 2008 also declined to EUR –65.1m. Despite the difficult business environment, the expansion of short- and medium-haul route capacity by +4.0% in the first three quarters of 2008, measured in available seat kilometres (ASK), was well implemented in many regions. This is confirmed by an increase in revenue per passenger kilometre (RPK +4.6%), accompanied by a corresponding rise in the passenger load factor. As the situation stands at present, we anticipate that the fourth quarter of the 2008 financial year will be characterized by an abrupt slump in demand, negative effects from fuel hedging and the increase in value of the US dollar. The economic downturn has already led to a decline in flight bookings. The new revenue forecast through the end of the fiscal year indicated that the previous guidance could no longer be upheld. As announced on October 16, 2008 the expected sales-related revenue losses are higher than the relief in the area of fuel costs, meaning a net loss of EUR 100m to EUR 125m before special effects can be expected for the 2008 fiscal year. In the current privatization process, no decision was taken yet for the sale of the OIAG stake in Austrian Airlines. The Supervisory Board of the OIAG has requested an extension of privatization mandate. We have described the situation for the company and we are confident that the privatization process can be finished in a positive way. Measures which would have to be implemented in case of a failure, will not be initiated yet, because the chance for a successful privatization is still there and cut-backs could have counterproductive effects."
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During the last few weeks, the management, board of directors, and the shareholder of Sterling Airlines A/S have been fighting a battle to keep the company alive. Sadly, this has not had a positive outcome, and we have therefore decided to file for bankruptcy which will be done later today. During the last three years, Sterling Airlines A/S has been through a lot of changes and since acquired by new shareholders in spring 2005 the company has taken on a merger with Maersk Air A/S.  In 2005, the total loss of both airlines exceeded 800 MDKK and both owners wanted out one way or the other.  Therefore, all jobs in both airlines were at stake and so was also the competitive landscape in Scandinavian aviation since only the presence of a low cost carrier would ensure healthy competition and pricing on the market.  The merger process started in the autumn of 2005 and lasted until mid-year 2006, and by that time we employed over 1,200 employees with far more job security than before, and we had expanded our route network to enable more customers in Scandinavia to travel for less money.  Our operation was progressing positively and our finances were improving considering the massive losses that had been encountered in the preceding years.  In 2007, we were doing very well and saw that more and more customers were choosing Sterling, and we ended the year with a positive EBITDA (operational profit) for the first time in many years.  With the global financial recession that started in the autumn of 2007, Sterling by winter 2007 – 2008 was seeing signs of stagnation in the market. Significant fuel cost increases, and at the same time a planned heavy expansion of our activities, made us more exposed than we would have been otherwise.  By spring 2008, the airline industry was hit by decreasing demand and rapidly increasing fuel prices. That led to Sterling accumulating large losses. During summer and autumn the management of Sterling implemented a restructuring plan of the company resulting in a reduction in fleet and manpower, and a pull-out of a lot of loss-making activities, without compromising our services. The full effect of these actions were planned to have impact start of 2009.  To get the company restructured, the shareholder of Sterling gave financial support from the end of July 2008 to the end of September 2008 transferring 444.5 million DKK to the company. The plan was to continue financial support into 2009.  On the 29 September 2008, the Icelandic financial environment started to collapse. Over a 3 to 4 weeks period, the whole financial system melted down, and that resulted in our shareholder being unable to continue his support to the company. Negotiations have been conducted with several potential investors, but it was impossible to make ends meet.  The inevitable result is that Sterling Airlines A/S has no option but to file for bankruptcy. 
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