05.10.2008
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2008-10-06 - News in briefNews in Brief

Kurznachrichten<br /> +++<br /> Space Exploration Technologies Corp. announce that Flight 4 of the Falcon 1 launch vehicle has successfully launched and achieved Earth orbit. With this key milestone, Falcon 1 becomes the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to orbit the Earth.

"This is a great day for SpaceX and the culmination of an enormous amount of work by a great team," said Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX. "The data shows we achieved a super precise orbit insertion.middle of the bull's-eye . and then went on to coast and restart the second stage, which was icing on the cake." Falcon 1, designed from the ground up by SpaceX, lifted off at 4:15 p.m. (PDT) / 23:1 5 (UTC) from the Reagan Test Site (RTS) on Omelek Island at the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) in the Central Pacific, about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii. Preliminary data indicates that Falcon 1 achieved an elliptical orbit of 500 km by 700 km, 9.2 degrees inclination.exactly as targeted. Falcon 1 carried into orbit a payload mass simulator of approximately 165 kg (364 lbs), designed and built by SpaceX, specifically for this mission. Consisting of a hexagonal aluminum alloy chamber 1.5 meters (5 feet) tall, the payload remains attached to the second stage as it orbits Earth. This was the fourth launch of the Falcon 1 launch vehicle and second flight for the new spaceX-developed Merlin 1C regeneratively-cooled engine. A "hold before liftoff" system was used to enhance reliability by permitting all launch systems to be verified as functioning nominally before launch was initiated. A single SpaceX-developed Kestrel engine powered the Falcon 1 second stage.
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Airbus has selected Rockwell Collins to provide side displays and docking stations for the new Class 2 electronic flight bag (EFB) on its A320 family of aircraft for both production and aftermarket applications. The system helps improve operational efficiency by electronically connecting airline and pilot operations. The system being provided by Rockwell Collins includes two dedicated touch screen, large-format displays integrated in both sides of the cockpit, and two docking stations that receive aircraft parameters from the avionics. Each docking station is capable of hosting a laptop running EFB application software. The EFB allows pilots to display applications hosted on their laptop or in the FlySmart with Airbus (FSA) server on two avionics grade side displays. The interface between the laptop and the side displays meet the Class 2 EFB industry standard.
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With the launch of Lufthansa Technik Switzerland in Basel, Lufthansa Technik is expanding significantly its capacity to provide technical support for VIP and business aircraft in the European market. The almost 500 technicians and engineers who work in the engineering operation at Basel Mulhouse airport which formerly belonged to Swiss will now maintain and support not only regional aircraft of Swiss and other customers but also larger VIP versions of the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 family. "This modern operation in Basel with its excellent reputation as a high-quality provider will enable Lufthansa Technik to optimally meet the rise in demand for base maintenance in the European VIP market," said Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Technik AG, August Wilhelm Henningsen, at the formal opening of Lufthansa Technik Switzerland in Basel on 1 October. "The combination of our experience in this area and the proverbial Swiss quality will enable us to offer a top maintenance product to our VIP customers and also to our new customer, Swiss Air Lines, for its regional fleet."
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Naval Air Systems Command's (NAVAIR) Support and Commercial Derivative Aircraft Support Office Adversary Team recently completed a six year program to buy and refurbish 44 retired Swiss Air Force F-5 Freedom Fighters. These F-5N aircraft enable the Navy to fly in a dedicated adversary role until at least Fiscal Year 2015. "The success of the F-5E Replacement Program could not have happened without our international and industry partners, the Swiss government and Northrop Grumman. This reverse Foreign Military Sales program began in 2000 when the Navy needed a replacement for its fleet of F-5E Tiger II adversary aircraft," said Capt. James Wallace, Support and Commercial Derivative Aircraft program manager (PMA207). "The Swiss are long-time operators of the F-5 and had surplus aircraft available. An agreement between the U.S. and Swiss governments was signed and the Swiss initially supplied 32 former Swiss Air Force single-seat F-5Es to us under the F-5E Replacement Program, a program valued at $50 million."
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MBDA and Roxel are setting up a new hypersonic line called METHYLE (a test system for long-endurance hypersonic technologies) in the ramjet test facility of their Bourges-Subdray plant. The system has been developed with support from the European Union (FEDER fund), the Government, the Centre region, the Département of Cher and the city of Bourges. The METHYLE system is capable of simulating flight conditions up to Mach 7.5 (7500 km/h, 2400 Kelvin) for several minutes, for large-size mockups and prototypes, and thus comes as a unique test system in Europe and one of the very few resources of this type in the world. METHYLE will strongly contribute to the technological development effort that is being made on high-speed aerobic propulsion by MBDA and ONERA, with support from DGA and the European Union, and in cooperation with CNRS (Orléans, Bourges, Nancy), the "Pôle capteurs" (sensors centre), Roxel, Astrium ST, and Auxitrol.
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Lufthansa is slightly increasing its flight services this winter. Its expanded route network will encompass 194 destinations in 79 countries, compared with 188 destinations in winter 2007. Capacity, measured in seat-kilometres offered, will be increased by 2.4 per cent across Lufthansa's route network in the 2008 winter timetable. Broken down the European traffic will rise by 1.9 per cent and the long-haul offer by 2.7 per cent. In total, 13,402 Lufthansa flights per week are scheduled for the winter period, compared with 13,272 last winter. That represents a year-on-year increase of 0.9 per cent. The majority of services will be operated on short-haul routes and will comprise 12,278 flights per week to domestic German and European destinations, up from 12,208 flights per week last year. The number of long-haul flights will be increased from 1,064 to 1,124. The 2008/2009 winter timetable runs from Sunday 26 October 2008 to Saturday 28 March 2009.
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AgustaWestland announced that Kanematsu Corporation, AgustaWestland's representative in Japan, has signed a contract for 16 helicopters comprising 14 AW109 Power light twin helicopters and two AgustaWestland Grand twin engine helicopters for delivery through 2011. The contract was signed at a ceremony held at the Japan Aerospace 2008 Exhibition in Yokohama. AgustaWestland has achieved growing success in Japan's law enforcement market recently and through the partnership with Kanematsu Corporation, AgustaWestland is rapidly becoming the leader in this important market. When combined with an order placed earlier in 2008 for five AW109 Power helicopters, the total number of orders placed by Kanematsu this year totals 21.
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Max-Viz announced European (EASA) approval of the firm's EVS-1500 Enhanced Vision System (EVS) installation on EC registered Bell 212/412/412EP helicopters. Paravion Technology, Inc., of Fort Collins, Colorado, developed and holds the initial FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC SR00532DE) and managed the initiative to obtain European EASA approval for the Max-Viz EVS-1500 installation (EASA.IM.R.S.01500) on Bell 212/412 and 412EP helicopters. This EASA approval also provides a basis for operators equipped with the Max-Viz EVS 1000 to upgrade to the dual field of view, next generation Max-Viz EVS-1500 IR sensor.
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Goodrich has been selected by Cessna Aircraft Company to supply SmartProbe air data systems and windshield heat controllers for the Cessna Citation Columbus large-cabin intercontinental business jet. The selection marks the first application of Goodrich's SmartProbe air data and windshield heat controller technology for a Cessna aircraft. Work will be performed by Goodrich's Sensors and Integrated Systems team in Burnsville, Minn. The SmartProbe system provides all critical air data parameters to the aircraft's flight control, pilot display and other systems. SmartProbe air data sensing technology integrates multi-function sensing probes, pressure sensors and full air data measurement processing, allowing the elimination of pneumatic lines. This integration reduces the total number of individual system components, decreases overall weight and significantly improves system reliability, maintainability and performance.
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Forecast International's new study on "The Market for Business Jet Aircraft," expects annual business jet production to reach nearly 1,400 units in 2008, and exceed 1,600 units in 2009.  However, the company projects that annual production will then suffer a three-year decline, dropping to a level of 1,515 units by 2012.  Growth is expected to resume in 2013, with yearly production exceeding 1,700 units by 2017, the final year of the time period covered by the study. Overall, Forecast International projects that 15,936 business jets, worth an estimated $223 billion, will be produced from 2008 through 2017.  This total includes some 5,600 Very Light Jets (VLJ).  The VLJ sector is expected to be a very dynamic portion of the market.  VLJs are the smallest aircraft on the business jet market, and include such models as the Eclipse 500 and the Diamond D-JET. The business jet market has experienced tremendous growth since 2004 and, though the growth track continues, the question on the minds of nearly everyone in the industry concerns how long the good times will last.  While continuing to rack up strong sales, business jet manufacturers are sitting on high order backlogs and cannot get aircraft to their customers quickly enough.  Manufacturers and completion facilities are bumping up against capacity limits, while customer waiting times for new aircraft are lengthening. Nevertheless, warning signs are appearing that seem to indicate that a market downturn is on the way.  The United States and parts of Europe are experiencing an economic slowdown.  U.S. corporate profits are down.  Fuel costs are surging.  New fees and operating regulations may soon be imposed on business aviation operators.  Large numbers of business jets delivered in recent years have led to conditions of market saturation in the U.S.  And the inventory of used business jets for sale has been growing in recent months, often a sign of a weakening business jet market.
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NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has detected snow falling from Martian clouds. Spacecraft soil tests experiments also have provided evidence of past interaction between minerals and liquid water, processes that occur on Earth. A laser instrument designed to gather knowledge of how the atmosphere and surface interact on Mars, detected snow from clouds about 2.5 miles above the spacecraft's landing site. Data show the snow vaporizing before reaching the ground. "Nothing like this view has ever been seen on Mars," said Jim Whiteway, of York University, Toronto, lead scientist for the Canadian-supplied Meteorological Station on Phoenix. "We'll be looking for signs that the snow may even reach the ground." Phoenix experiments also yielded clues pointing to calcium carbonate, the main composition of chalk, and particles that could be clay. Most carbonates and clays on Earth form only in the presence of liquid water. The evidence for calcium carbonate in soil samples from trenches dug by the Phoenix robotic arm comes from two laboratory instruments called the Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer, or TEGA, and the wet chemistry laboratory of the Microscopy, Electrochemistry and Conductivity Analyzer, or MECA.
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Another success in the USA: 287 million dollars contract by U.S. Air Force for eighteen G.222 tactical transport aircraft A new success in the USA for Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company. Its subsidiary Alenia North America has been awarded a 287 million dollars contract by the United States Air Force for 18 refurbished G.222 tactical transport aircraft. Through the United States Air Force's Combined Air Power Transition Force based in Kabul, the G.222s, operated until 2005 by the Italian Air Force, will be supplied to the Afghanistan National Army Air Corps (ANAAC). The aircraft will be delivered commencing in 2009 and deliveries will continue through 2011. The program currently includes 18 aircraft in a standardized operational configuration as well as the equipment to convert two aircraft to a VIP Transport configuration. Additionally, the program encompasses an initial spare parts inventory, ground support equipment, technical publications and contractor logistics support for a period of three years.
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Airship Ventures announced that the largest airship in the world, the 246 foot long Airship Ventures Zeppelin has left Hamburg, Germany aboard the 530 foot long container ship "Combi Dock I" and is on its way across the Atlantic. One of only three Zeppelins in the world, and the first to come to the USA, the airship is expected to arrive at the port of Beaumont, Texas, on or around October 12. The ship will then be off-loaded, and after some re- assembly and flight checks, flown cross country. The historic journey will take the ship through Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before entering California and crossing the Rocky Mountains at Banning Pass. Traveling up the coast for a dramatic San Francisco entrance through the Golden Gate Bridge, it will then land at its new home - the historic airship hangars of Moffett Field - some two weeks after arrival at the port.
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Sikorsky announced the signing of an agreement with Carson Helicopters, Inc. that will lead to the launch of a modernization program for the S-61 Sikorsky helicopter. "The Sikorsky Modernization Program will breathe new life into this iconic symbol of rotorcraft excellence, providing the enhancements needed to perform effectively in high/hot operating conditions and to put this aircraft back to duty for years to come," said David Adler, President of Sikorsky Aerospace Services. Approximately 620 S-61 helicopters remain in service in both the commercial and military markets worldwide. The aircraft first began flying in 1959, and the more than 1,000 that were produced have flown 3.8 million flight hours combined. "This modernization program, which we have developed over the past several years in close partnership with Carson Helicopters, will enable Sikorsky to build upon the legacy of a truly great aircraft and provide our customers with the mission capability to keep them flying for years to come," Adler said.
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Rockwell Collins recently participated in the successful completion of flight demonstrations to fly European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS) Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance (LPV) approaches in Europe. The company's Flight Management System (FMS) system and GPS-4000S global positioning system receiver were on board an Air Nostrum operated Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft for the demonstration. "Business jet operators and regional airlines around the world are eager to add LPV capabilities to their aircraft because it allows near-precision approach capabilities at hundreds of airports not equipped with ILS," said Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager, Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins. "Our work with Europe's GIANT program will bring new, better, more efficient means of navigation to business jet operators in Europe." Rockwell Collins is participating in a European consortium called GIANT that is working to implement EGNOS in Europe to use GPS enabled elevated levels of precision and integrity. GIANT is an initiative from European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA) and Eurocontrol. EGNOS improves the availability and integrity of GPS navigation, thus enabling suitably equipped FMS to provide horizontal and vertical navigation to category I equivalent minimums for all users at all locations within the service area, without requiring airport-based transmitters or other supporting functionality. Additionally, EGNOS provides service for all classes of aircraft in all flight operations in its coverage, including en-route navigation, airport departures and airport arrivals. This includes CAT I equivalent approaches with minimums initially down to 250 ft in Europe
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The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor surpassed more than 50,000 total flight hours in August while establishing new standards in capability and maturity. "The F-22 continues to demonstrate the field performance vital to an operational weapon system," said Larry Lawson, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and F-22 general manager. "The fleet reliability measures are ahead of plan and the force-on-force exercises have shown Raptors provide the capability to dominate airspace today and in the future." Pilots and crews at six U.S. bases achieved this maturity level. Operational, frontline Raptors are assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley AFB, Va.; the 49th Fighter Wing at Holloman AFB, N.M.; and the 3rd Wing at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. These units maintain constant readiness supporting Air Combat and Pacific Air Force Commands. 
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Techspace Aero (SAFRAN Group) and CIAM (Central Institute of Aviation Motors, Moscow) have successfully completed a test campaign of a low pressure compressor prototype integrated in an aeronautic engine fan module. The research has been carried out under the European VITAL program, whose object is to reduce fuel burn, noise and CO2 emissions of aircraft engines.
The technologies designed by Techspace Aero and tested at CIAM aim to make the low-pressure compressor more compact and lighter by improving aerodynamics. The fan module has successfully completed a seven weeks test programme. The program started July 3rd, with extended performance evaluation and booster mapping at low and high rotation speed. It was carried out at the unique CIAM facilities which enabled altitude testing at low pressure and temperature conditions. This program marks success for the Belgian and Russian companies, paving the way to future EU-Russia collaboration. Techspace Aero is keen to emphasize the essential support provided by the Walloon region and European authorities without whom such breakthroughs could not be achieved.
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The US Air Force has issued a TCTO (time compliance technical order) requiring immediate inspection and repair of wing cracks for a portion of the A-10 fleet. This action impacts approximately 130 A-10 aircraft with thin-skin wings installed during original manufacture and is being taken to ensure the continued operational safety of the aircraft. Such action has become necessary due to an increase in fatigue-related wing cracks currently occurring in aircraft assigned to Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces, the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command and Air Force Materiel Command. The inspections are a necessary step in addressing the risk associated with A-10 wing cracking - specifically with thin-skin wings. This risk is of great concern to the Air Force and is representative of a systemic problem for our aging Air Force fleet. Taking immediate action is necessary for the safety of our aircrews and to bring our A-10 fleet back to health. Accordingly, AFMC is working closely with ACC and the other Combat Air Force major commands to address all of the thin-skinned winged A-10s with a priority focus being on the A-10s we currently have in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
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An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, numbered AA-1, has arrived at Edwards AFB. The F-35 will perform a series of tests, including airstart and noise testing. The aircraft flew in from Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Texas. The F-35 is a stealthy, single-engine, supersonic multi-role fighter that will replace a variety of aging fighter and strike aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied defense forces. The A-10 Thunderbolt, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Hornet and A/V-8 Harrier are among the jets it will replace. Once fielded, it will complement the fleet of F-22 Raptor air-supremacy fighters that are already operational.
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Raytheon has delivered the first U.S. Army Common Sensor Payload for the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter. The first of 28 system design and development units awarded under an indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, the AN/AAS-53 electro-optical/infrared and laser sensor was shipped September 10 to Rockwell Collins to begin software integration. "Raytheon's CSP team delivered the first sensor on time per the original contract, and we are currently tracking for early program performance overall to get this important situational awareness asset to Army aviation sooner than required," said Paul Shofner, program manager for the AN/AAS-53.
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Boeing announced it is combining Alteon, a wholly owned subsidiary, and existing training groups within Boeing Commercial Airplanes to form a new, unified training organization. The new training organization retains the Alteon name as a business unit within Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. "The combined expertise of our Commercial Airplanes and Alteon teams will better serve our customers' training needs by providing them with a more comprehensive suite of aviation training and flight services," said Lou Mancini, vice president and general manager of Commercial Aviation Services. "This is yet another way that Boeing is helping to ensure our airline customers operate more efficiently." The new organization takes advantage of both Commercial Airplanes and Alteon resources to provide customers with a single integrated business that encompasses all development, deployment and delivery of aviation training and flight services. It also supports both customers who need courseware and instructor-led training as well as those who need only to rent simulator time. In addition, for those customers who have invested in their own simulators, Alteon can provide Boeing data and hardware to operate the simulators as well as updates and upgrades.
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Boeing on Oct. 1 submitted a comprehensive proposal in response to U.S. Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) Request for Proposals for the $5 billion Special Operations Forces Support Activity (SOFSA) contract. Boeing and teammate CSC will bring innovation through proven leadership in Lean manufacturing; maintenance and repairs; supply chain and asset management; and information technology to improve processes and systems within SOFSA. SOFSA is a 10-year program that provides comprehensive logistics support services to ensure that the readiness requirements of the SOF warfighter are met. It includes support of virtually any product or item unique to the SOF. The Boeing team's proposal firmly supports USSOCOM's goal of providing outstanding support to SOF personnel.
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Boeing has been awarded an $18.3 million follow-on contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to conduct a third powered flight of the HyFly hypersonic missile. HyFly is powered by a Dual Combustion Ramjet (DCR) engine. "The DCR engine is designed to accelerate HyFly and sustain flight at Mach 6," said Carl Avila, director of Advanced Weapons and Missile Systems for Boeing. "This will be a major step in the development of a weapon system that could revolutionize the military's ability to respond rapidly to time-critical threats hundreds of miles away. It will demonstrate that hypersonic weapons are viable and will put us one step closer to making a high-speed strike weapon available to the warfighter." This third HyFly test follows two initial flights that, while partially successful, yielded significant data that will be useful in completing a successful test flight. The first flight in September 2007 successfully tested stage separation, inlet cover ejection, and DCR engine ignition. A software error prevented missile acceleration, ending the test. For the second test in January 2008, HyFly successfully boosted to Mach 3.5. The missile achieved stage separation and inlet cover ejection, but the DCR engine failed to light due to a malfunction in the fuel system unrelated to the engine. HyFly remained under control during the flight and successfully completed a demonstration of terminal guidance accuracy.
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Boeing was awarded a $650 million sole-source contract from NASA to continue to deliver and integrate the remaining components and software for the International Space Station (ISS). During the 24-month contract period that continues to Sept. 30, 2010, Boeing expects to apply additional resources to supporting NASA on ISS operations and sustainment as the assembly missions are completed. The contract also provides funding for the management of a majority of ISS subsystems and for specialized ground-based engineering work in disciplines such as materials, electrical parts, environments and electromagnetic effects. The ISS is a test bed for building and maintaining large structures in space and a laboratory for conducting science and technology research. Structures and technologies needed for living on the moon and for Mars exploration will be realized through experiments on the station. Space Shuttle Endeavour will return to the ISS in November for the first of six remaining assembly missions.
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Boeing and the U.S. Air Force celebrated the opening of the new F-15E Mission Training Center (MTC) at Royal Air Force Lakenheath in Suffolk, United Kingdom. The center began operations in April 2008 and has supported approximately 350 training missions so far while maintaining a 100 percent availability rate. It provides aircrews with high-fidelity, simulator-based training without the material and personnel costs and environmental issues associated with training on operational aircraft. "The MTC provides a forum where pilots are able to 'train as they fight' on a daily basis," said Kay Grabanski, F-15E MTC program manager for Boeing. "It is a highly realistic training system that allows pilots to sharpen their skills without putting themselves in harm's way or adding wear and tear to their aircraft."
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Lufthansa Technik AG in Hamburg and Croatia Airlines are further expanding their cooperation. As of today, Croatia Airlines performs a substantial number of C-checks on Airbus A320 family aircraft on behalf of Lufthansa Technik. To achieve this, the technical arm of the renowned airline uses one of its overhaul lines at its facility in Zagreb. The close cooperation between Croatia Airlines and Lufthansa Technik started as early as 1992. Today Lufthansa Technik provides the airline with Total Engine Support TES and Total Component Support TCS, as well as services covering Airframe Related Components (ARC) and landing gears. Lufthansa Technik had taken over the component support for the Bombardier Q400 fleet of the Croatian airline only recently. Croatia Airlines on the other hand has already performed C-checks for Lufthansa Technik for a while.
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Honeywell announced Airbus has selected Honeywell's IntuVue 3-D Advanced Weather Radar on A320s, A330s and A340s, a contract valued at $300 million, including aftermarket, over the life of the program. Honeywell's IntuVue offers flight crews the ability to detect and avoid previously unforeseen turbulence, wind shears and dangerous storm activity so they can make more informed route decisions -- thereby increasing passenger comfort and safety while decreasing weather-related costs due to injuries and aircraft damages. Honeywell's IntuVue weather radar is already standard equipment on the Airbus A380 and A350 as part of the ground-breaking Aircraft Environment Surveillance System. Deliveries are planned to start with the single aisle A320 family (A318, A319. A320, and A321) in the first quarter of 2010 with the long range A330s and A340s, including freighters, shortly thereafter. IntuVue is the first fully automatic weather radar system certified to the FAA's Enhanced Turbulence Detection Minimum Operation Performance Standard (MOPS) that enables pilots to see and avoid turbulence sooner. It is the only commercial radar that utilizes pulse compression for greater accuracy at longer range -- a technology used previously only in military radars. This technology enables improved in-flight decisions by providing weather analysis tools for viewing storms in three-dimensions at up to 320 nautical miles ahead of the aircraft, which allows for optimum re-routing around or through weather resulting in an 11 percent reduction in fuel burn. IntuVue's slim design and high reliability reduce operating costs by 53 percent, reduce weight by 25 percent and reduce maintenance cost by 30 percent as compared to other commercially available products.
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The Teamsters announced Tuesday that the National Mediation Board (NMB) granted single-carrier status for Atlas Air and Polar Air. The two air carriers are the operating entities for Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, which is based in Purchase, N.Y. Atlas is the world's largest Boeing 747 cargo carrier. "We requested single carrier status and, as we expected, our petition was granted," said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. "The NMB ruling means that Atlas and Polar crewmembers will become a strong, cohesive group that can deal with management through a single representative." The Teamsters in June filed for a petition with the National Mediation Board seeking a vote to represent Atlas Air and Polar Air flight crewmembers. "Single-carrier status will strengthen Atlas and Polar crewmembers in contract negotiations and administration," Hoffa said. "With this election, the Teamsters will continue to gain strength in the aviation industry. It's one further step in unity for transportation workers."
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Arik Air, the growing private airline based in Lagos, Nigeria, has signed a firm contract for the purchase of three Airbus A340-500s. This order makes Arik Air the 10th and latest customer for the A340-500. The acquisition of the new A340s is an important step in the airline's growth strategy to develop Lagos and Abuja as hubs. These aircraft will be used on new routes towards London, New York and Houston. These aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engines and will provide the best possible passenger comfort in a two-class configuration. All the aircraft will be delivered by the end of November 2008.
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On the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to France, Astrium has signed a Long Term Agreement with Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), on utilisation of the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launch services. This Agreement, which was signed by Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, Chairman ISRO/Antrix & Secretary Department Of Space and Mr. François Auque, C.E.O of Astrium, enables Astrium to offer attractive solutions in the international markets for in-orbit delivery of its earth observation satellites, using the PSLV launch services from Antrix/ISRO. Over the past 5 years, both companies have been successfully cooperating in the field of space activities, as evidenced by the award of two telecommunication satellite contracts, W2M for Eutelsat and HYLAS for Avanti Systems.
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The conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II notched its 50 th flight last week  in preparation for testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., while the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant began a planned modification interval that will lead to STOVL-mode flight early next year. In preparation for its deployment to Edwards, the F-35A is conducting a final series of in-flight refueling tests from its Fort Worth base, having taken on 12,000 pounds of fuel during a three-hour flight on Thursday, Sept. 25. Additionally, on Sept. 16, the aircraft flew for the first time with a full weapons load in its internal bays. The mock-up weapons duplicate the dimensions and weight of a typical F-35 strike mission load-out in full stealth configuration: two 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions and two Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles. While AA-1 has been preparing for its Edwards deployment, the STOVL F-35B has undergone a range of handling-qualities tests, engine-power transitions from idle to full afterburner, extended its retractable fuel probe, and opened and closed all of the doors associated with its STOVL propulsion system. "The aircraft performed exactly as we predicted with the STOVL doors in their various positions. It has exceeded our expectations in its 14 flights to date, and this was a key milestone to achieve before starting vertical flight operations in the next few months," said Dan Crowley, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and F-35 program general manager. The tests validated computer modeling and simulation predictions and moved the aircraft a step closer to vertical flight early next year.
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ExecuJet Aviation Group is expanding its pre-owned aircraft division to the USA  with the opening of a representative office in Ohio and the appointment of Sharon Evans as Aircraft Researcher. Its pre-owned aircraft division, which has seen an impressive 35% gain in activity over the past 12 months, already has sales representatives in Europe, South Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Mexico.   Sharon will be meeting with senior ExecuJet management during NBAA in Orlando, Florida this week. "We are increasingly seeing a shift toward quality pre-owned aircraft acquisition and having Sharon here in the USA is not only perfect timing, but important geographically.  She is already bringing aircraft onto exclusive mandate for sales through our network worldwide," said Andrew Hoy, Executive Director, Group Sales.
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Bombardier Aerospace announced that Porter Airlines of Toronto has signed a contract to acquire two 70-seat Q400 turboprop airliners by converting existing options. This conversion of options to firm orders is the fourth completed by Porter this year and these Q400 aircraft will become the 17th and 18th in the airline's fleet. Porter's original order for 10 firm and 10 options was announced in 2006. Based on the list price for the Q400 aircraft, the value of the contract is approximately $52 million US.  "The backlog for our Q400 airliner has surpassed 100 and demand for the aircraft continues to be strong," said Gary R. Scott, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "The Q400 airliner's quiet performance, 360-knot (667 km/h) cruise speed, fuel efficiency and lower emissions position it as the benchmark aircraft for short-haul travel."
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Rolls-Royce announced it has been awarded a one-year $90 million MissionCare contract by the U.S. Navy to provide support for the F405 (Adour) engines that power the U.S. Navy's T-45 training aircraft. MissionCare solutions, along with other aftermarket services provided to global customers by Rolls-Royce, account for more than 50 percent of the company's annual sales. The contract is for one year with options for four additional years, and builds upon a successful five-year contract established in 2003. MissionCare is utilized within the Rolls-Royce Defense sector to apply commercial Power By The Hour principles tailored to the unique requirements of the Defense business.
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The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of a joint controlling stake of Piaggio Aero Industries SpA (Piaggio) of Italy by Tata Limited of the UK. Piaggio is currently jointly controlled by Mubadala and Lochmore. Tata Limited is a purchasing agent, representative and trader in commodities and industrial raw materials and in trade financing. Piaggio manufactures aircraft, aircraft structural components and engine parts and provides engine maintenance services. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.
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Sukhoi Civil Aircraft and Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Sukhoi Superjet 100 Programme. The Memorandum was signed by Igor Vinogradov, First Vice President, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC), and Cho Hwan-eik, President, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA). Under this memorandum KOTRA will assist SCAC in identifying Korean enterprises, who are considered by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company as potential participants in production cooperation on the Sukhoi Superjet 100 Programme. Should any parts production orders emerge, KOTRA will assist SCAC in relevant procedures. Besides, KOTRA intends to support Sukhoi Superjet 100's marketing and promotional efforts in South East Asia, including Korea.
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The first Hawk jet trainer modernised by Patria with a glass cockpit has successfully performed its first flight in Jämsä, Finland. The Finnish Air Force and Patria agreed on upgrade of Hawks in December 2006, the Finnish Air Force has announced to upgrade altogether 30 aircraft. The upgrade aims to further increase the quality of fighter training by the modern avionics and glass cockpits as well as by creating mission planning, recording and debriefing capabilities. These modernisations improve training efficiency and enable the Hawks' use in certain training purposes in which Hornet interceptors now have been used.
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28.11.2016 - Bombardier Commercial Aircraft feierte am Montag in Montreal die Übergabe der ersten CS300. AirBaltic plant den ersten Linienflug am 14. Dezember. … weiter

Bombardier CSeries CS100 und CS300 erhalten gleiche Typenberechtigung

25.11.2016 - Für die beiden Kurz- und Mittelstreckenjets des kanadischen Flugzeugherstellers gilt die gleiche Typenberechtigung. Für Betreiber bringt das Vorteile. … weiter

Vom Pendler zum Hundertsitzer Top 10: Die meistgebauten Regionalflugzeuge

17.11.2016 - Ohne sie geht nichts: Regionalflugzeuge sind nach wie vor ein unverzichtbarer Teil des Luftverkehrs. Die Palette beginnt bei den traditionellen 19-Sitzern und endet mit den aktuellsten Mustern in … weiter

Anbindung an Drehkreuz Mit Lufthansa von Paderborn nach Frankfurt

16.11.2016 - Ab März 2017 fliegt Lufthansa vom Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport nach Frankfurt. Damit ist der Regionalflughafen künftig an beide Lufthansa-Drehkreuze angebunden. … weiter


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FLUG REVUE 12/2016

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12/2016
07.11.2016

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