09.08.2008
FLUG REVUE

2008-08-11 - News in briefNews in Brief

Kurzmeldungen<br /> +++<br /> EADS Defence &amp; Security (DS) will modernize the identification systems of the German Armed Forces and of NATO's early warning aircraft in order to meet the latest air traffic control standards and to increase safety in air traffic.

According to an announcement made by the company, Defence Electronics (DE), an integrated activity of EADS Defence & Security (DS), has been awarded a contract covering the modernisation of approximately 600 STR2000 transponder systems in order to comply with the new international Mode S standard. "Air traffic, especially in Europe, has become so dense," explained Bernd Wenzler, CEO of Defence Electronics, "that air traffic control can no longer manage without automatic identification systems. In this way, our transponders are making an important contribution to the safety of our citizens in everyday life." The so-called "transponders" on board aircraft and helicopters emit flight data regarding the course, speed, etc. to ground stations or other aircraft thus enabling precise identification and flight control. This facilitates air traffic control and helps to avoid collisions. Pursuant to international regulations, all aerial vehicles of the German Armed Forces need to be equipped with this new technology by April 2009 at the latest. STR2000 ensures the identification of not only civil but also military aircraft. In the military field, automatic identification is indispensable to avoid engaging friendly aircraft.
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The Aerial Refueling Boom System (ARBS) for Northrop Grumman KC-45 Tanker has completed its testing and validation phase. Over the final two-day flight test period, the ARBS conducted more than 20 contacts with an F-16 fighter aircraft and, thereby, successfully achieved all remaining test objectives. Completion of the boom test program confirmed the capabilities and maturity of the ARBS, which is a key element of the KC-45 Tanker. The ARBS also is incorporated on the similar KC-30B Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) for Australia -- the first of which will be delivered next year to the Royal Australian Air Force. "The ARBS test program has been a total success and has met all planned objectives," said Paul Meyer, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman Air Mobility Systems. "The Air Force has made it abundantly clear they need to modernize the aging KC-135 fleet as quickly as possible. Completing the ARBS test and development program clearly demonstrates that we stand ready to deliver the best capability while meeting the most demanding schedule." The ARBS test program spanned several years and included developmental testing, which began in the EADS System Integration Laboratory before moving to the ARBS Ground Test Rig. Activities then shifted to the flight phase in March 2006 with flights conducted on board the EADS A310 Boom Demonstrator aircraft.
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The Australian Army's capability in the Northern Territory has received a significant boost with the recent arrival of the first three Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters, 'Tigers', to be based in Darwin. Speaking at the new purpose built facilities at Robertson Barracks, the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP said that ultimately it is planned to have 17 Tiger helicopters based in Darwin as part of the 1st Aviation Regiment, forming two flying squadrons - the 161st and 162nd Reconnaissance Squadrons. These squadrons will be co-located with the Army's 1st Brigade. "Embedding the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters within the 1st Armoured Brigade will build a cohesive combat force, where the individuals know and trust each other as they ready for the demands of modern warfare," said Mr Snowdon. A total of 22 Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters will be delivered to the ADF for $1.2 billion under Defence's AIR 87 project. All except the first four helicopters will be assembled in Australia.
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FedEx Express has launched its inaugural revenue flight using a Boeing 757 freighter. The new route provides reliable cargo service between the Memphis International Airport (MEM) and the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) eight times per week. This FedEx Boeing 757 flight into DCA also serves a new airport for FedEx, further extending the reliability, connectivity and quality of FedEx service throughout the mid-Atlantic region. "The introduction of the 757 freighter to our fleet of aircraft " one of the largest in the world"is a significant milestone for FedEx," said David J. Bronczek, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Express. "This new service immediately expands our reach and capacity in the mid-Atlantic region and enhances the access our customers have in the global marketplace." In addition to customer benefits, the introduction of the Boeing 757 to the FedEx fleet continues the company's commitment to growth in an efficient, environmentally-conscious way. The Boeing 757 is known for its improved fuel efficiency and reduced noise levels, and will be phased in over time as the less fuel-efficient Boeing 727 aircraft are retired from service.
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AgustaWestland announced the setting up of a subsidiary company in Portugal, called AgustaWestland Portugal, to provide complete helicopter support services. AgustaWestland has also signed a contract with Locação de Equipamentos de Defesa SA (DEFLOC) for the long term provision of support for the 12 AW101 helicopters operated by the Portuguese Air Force. The Full In Service Support (FISS) contract will see AgustaWestland take full responsibility for the second level maintenance of the aircraft as well as the provision of spares, repairs and technical support services. The first five years of the 15 year contract is valued at approximately EUR53 million and will result in AgustaWestland Portugal working closely with the Portuguese Air Force and local industry to deliver the FISS. In addition to the FISS contract AgustaWestland has signed an offset contract that includes aerospace manufacturing and engineering services in which AgustaWestland Portugal will play a major role as will other local companies including OGMA, which will be a major subcontractor to AgustaWestland Portugal.
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Boeing submitted a comprehensive Industrial Participation (IP) proposal to the government of India in support of the company's Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) offer to the Indian air force of 126 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. The proposal was submitted in response to the MMRCA Request for Proposals, which asked all competitors to provide an IP plan as part of their offering. "The Boeing Company has been, and will continue to be, a true partner to India," said Chris Chadwick, president of Boeing Military Aircraft. "To that end, our IP proposal draws upon the company's vast pool of human talent, technical expertise and aerospace and defense resources, to both support India's defense modernization drive and to help spur growth of a world-class Indian aerospace industry." To help meet the MMRCA IP requirements, Boeing assembled a formidable industrial lineup that includes the Super Hornet industry supplier team (16 leading aerospace and defense companies with combined revenues of over $454 billion), and Boeing's Indian IP partners (37 public- and private-sector Indian companies).
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The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon a $412 million contract for Lot 22 production and delivery of the AIM-120C7 and AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles. The firm fixed price contract will provide the U.S. military with AIM-120D missiles. It will also provide Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers with AIM-120C7 missiles. Delivery is scheduled to begin in 2010 and continue through 2011. The AIM-120C7 missile completed operational testing in 2007, and the operational test agency deemed it "effective and suitable." The AIM-120D is currently in developmental testing. The AIM-120D builds on the combat-proven AMRAAM by adding an improved electronic protection suite, enhanced data link and GPS-aided navigation. The AIM-120C7 is the only version of the AMRAAM available for FMS.
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Iridium Satellite LLC announced it has selected two companies – Lockheed Martin and Thales Alenia Space – to participate in the final phase of its procurement process for the company's next-generation satellite constellation, "Iridium NEXT." Iridium chose Lockheed Martin and Thales Alenia Space as a result of their initial, innovative constellation design concepts; demonstrated understanding of performance requirements and capabilities; and preliminary cost estimates for the manufacture and launch of Iridium NEXT. The final phase will last approximately nine months and is anticipated to result in the award of a full-scale development agreement for Iridium NEXT with one prime contractor by the middle of 2009. "The selection of Lockheed Martin and Thales Alenia Space is a major milestone for us," stated Matt Desch, CEO and chairman, Iridium. "This program reflects our commitment to the expansion of our amazing and very unique network, and to making our services even more powerful and cost-effective for our customers as we replace our technical marvel of a network with an even more powerful one." Iridium, with more than 285,000 subscribers, is the fastest growing mobile satellite services (MSS) provider and it offers a highly differentiated service capability. Iridium is unmatched for reliable, secure, near real-time worldwide communications and, as the only truly global mobile voice and data service provider, delivers a dependable and critical lifeline where no other communications reach. With Iridium NEXT, the company plans to not only continue advancing the way its customers do business through the use of Iridium services, but also to serve new markets.
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Boeing announced the completion of a $10 million, 20,500-square-foot satellite Mission Control Center (MCC) in El Segundo, Calif. The MCC can manage up to four commercial or government satellite missions at the same time. The MCC replaces another Boeing facility in El Segundo that was smaller and had limited capacity. "The MCC is an integral part of our customer service and support operations," said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Space and Intelligence Systems, a division of Boeing Network and Space Systems. "Our satellite mission experts at the center monitor the health of a spacecraft from the time it is mated to the launch vehicle through in-orbit testing. Over the past 26 years, more than 120 missions have been operated at Boeing MCCs, and we continue to invest in this service so that we are prepared to support any customer -- commercial, civil or government." The U.S. Air Force is expected to be the first customer of the new center and will use it to manage an element of the military's Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) mission. Boeing has a long history of proven performance for the Air Force and is currently manufacturing satellites for the WGS mission, the Global Positioning System and the Space-Based Space Surveillance system.
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Boeing announced that it earned certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for its new carbon brakes designed for the Next-Generation 737. The brakes, supplied by Messier-Bugatti, also entered service last week when Boeing delivered a Next-Generation 737-700 to Delta Air Lines -- the first of 10 737-700s the airline will receive over the next several years. Carbon brakes weigh 700 pounds (320 kg) less than high-capacity steel brakes for Next-Generation 737-700, -800 and -900ER (Extended Range) airplanes; and 550 pounds (250 kg) less than standard-capacity steel brakes for Next-Generation 737-600s and -700s. Reduced weight contributes to reductions in associated fuel burn and CO2 emissions depending on airline operations.
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Aurora Flight Sciences engineer Adam Woodworth established a national record in an attempt at the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) F5SOL endurance world record for a radio controlled solar powered model aircraft (no batteries onboard). The aircraft with a wingspan of 3.1m, weighs 1.35 kg, and was designed to maximize endurance with the smallest (i.e. cheapest) possible solar array. The aircraft flew for 7hrs 13min setting a new U.S. national endurance record. The world endurance record for this category of 11hrs 34 min was set in 1997 by Wolfgang Schaeper of Germany. Woodworth and his teammate Carl Engel are now in the process of ratifying the record with the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). "I consider my career an outgrowth of this hobby. I've grown up around things that fly. My father introduced me to model airplanes and rocketry at a very young age, and I've had the aviation bug ever since. I've been designing/building/flying model aircraft since I was 6 years old, and I've never seriously considered a career path that didn't involve flight," said Woodworth. "We view this attempt as a major stepping stone to breaking the world record, and we will be making additional attempts at the endurance, distance, and altitude records in the future."
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Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP) handed over on August 04, 2008 the first Mi-171 multifunctional helicopter to Ministry of Defense of Mongolia in the frame of execution of contract, signed in November, 2007. Previously on the base of UUAP against this contract the training of flight and technical staff of the customer was conducted. The Mi-171 helicopter was brought to Mongolia by ferry. In spite of the fact, that the Buyer of the helicopter is Ministry of Defense of Mongolia, the helicopter will be used for different civil missions conducting. First of all for search and rescue missions execution as well as medical works and cargoes transportation conducting. For such purposes the delivered helicopter is equipped with two rescue winches of 150 and 300 kgs cargo capacity, set of sanitary equipment with possibility to transport on the stretches of up to 12 injured persons, star-board sliding door, electrohydraulic ramp with hatch, external sling system and other equipment.
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Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced that its aerospace arm, Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd (ST Aerospace), redelivered the first of two 757-200 aircraft to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). In November 2005, ST Aerospace announced it won a US$38m (about S$52m) contract from the New Zealand Ministry of Defence that involved design, development and conversion to multi-role configurations, including a passenger to freighter conversion, an avionics upgrade programme and other modifications to enhance the capability of the two RNZAF 757-200 aircraft in military and remote operating environments. Conversion work on the aircraft was carried out at ST Aerospace's US facility, ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering (MAE), where MAE converted the aircraft from an all passenger arrangement to a multi-role configuration that allows the carriage of passenger, freight, mixed passenger-freight, Very-Important-Persons (VIP) and Aero-Medical Evacuation.
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Boeing has been awarded a $153.5 million U.S. Naval Research Laboratory contract to demonstrate High Integrity Global Positioning System (GPS) technology concepts. The contract is expected to run through 2010. The High Integrity GPS effort combines satellite signals from the Iridium Low Earth Orbit telecommunications system and GPS Mid Earth Orbit navigational satellites to enhance navigation availability, integrity, accuracy and jam-resistant capabilities for warfighters. "High Integrity GPS is an effective near-term tool that will augment GPS satellites to provide critical new capabilities, including aggressive levels of additional anti-jam protection," said David Whelan, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems chief scientist and vice president/deputy general manager, Advanced Systems. "Our research concluded that significant low-cost improvements to GPS can be achieved by using existing signal platforms and systems such as the Iridium constellation."
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Lockheed Martin announced the successful on-orbit handover of the first Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO-1) payload and ground system to the U.S. Air Force in preparation for the start of certified operations later this year. SBIRS is designed to provide early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously support other missions including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace characterization. Announced to be on-orbit in Nov. 2006, the HEO-1 payload has been exceeding performance specifications during an extensive on-orbit test regimen necessary before it can begin on-orbit operations for the user.  The HEO-1 payload and associated ground components will now undergo a final independent operational test and evaluation. The SBIRS team is led by the Space Based Infrared Systems Wing at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, Calif., is the SBIRS prime contractor, with Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Azusa, Calif., as the payload integrator.  Air Force Space Command operates the SBIRS system.
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Brussels Airlines announced that it will optimize its revenue accounting processes using the Sirax AirFinance platform from Lufthansa Systems. The IT service provider will implement the Sirax, SiraxCredit and newly developed Sirax View modules at the Belgian airline and operate the system in its own data center. The five-year contract between the two partners also covers the revenue accounting processes for airDC, the Congolese start-up airline set up by Brussels Airlines. "The new system is intended to enhance the transparency of our accounting processes and contribute to reducing costs and increasing flexibility and data quality. After an extensive selection process, we chose Sirax from Lufthansa Systems because it is the perfect fit for our needs," explained Vanessa Rentiers, Revenue Accounting & Credit Control Manager from Brussels Airlines. "Another key factor for our decision is Lufthansa Systems' ability to provide all the services we require - from implementation and customizing to operations and support." The Sirax revenue accounting solution was developed in cooperation with Lufthansa Revenue Services. The system controls and manages an airline's revenue process by performing a fully automatic check of ticket sales against actual flight data. Integrated sub-processes also support the billing of interline flights between airlines. Based on this check, the actual revenues are then calculated within a very short timeframe.
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Boeing has been awarded a $28.8 million sole-source U.S. Navy contract to upgrade the service's fleet of 16 E-6B airborne command, control and communications aircraft. In support of ongoing E6-B spiral development activities, the first phase of the Internet Protocol Bandwidth Expansion program will use commercial-off-the-shelf technology to increase the aircraft's wideband communications capabilities, allowing for real-time data transmission on the jet. Work on the first aircraft will be completed in 2010.
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On 7 August, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak officially inaugurated Skypark FBO Malaysia - marking a new era in Malaysian aviation history. In a bold move to develop the aviation industry into a significant business aviation player on the world stage,  the ExecuJet Aviation Group based in Switzerland and Hawker Pacific based in Australia – two major aviation organisations within the region - have been appointed to operate a world class Fixed Base Operation (FBO) at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang. ExecuJet Aviation Group, a leading global aviation organization that is currently expanding throughout the region – Malaysia, Moscow, Mumbai and Beijing – and Hawker Pacific, a market leader in integrated civil and military aerospace sales and product support with 16 offices throughout South East Asia, Australia, the Pacific and the Middle East, recently signed a joint venture initiative during the EBACE Show in Geneva to include Skypark Malaysia as one of its respective chain of worldwide FBOs.  The joint venture, called Skypark FBO Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., will offer full handling facilities plus VIP lounge and fuel provision.   Future plans call for each joint venture partner to independently operate Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) hangars specialising in their respective products and services with aircraft parking hangars as part of the broader vision for SkyPark Subang.
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Forecast International is projecting that over the next decade, defense departments worldwide will invest some $30.6 billion on approximately 95 military satellites.  The satellites to be developed and procured with this funding will range in size from large military satcoms such as the Wideband Global Satcom and Advanced EHF to the relatively small ELISA electronic intelligence satellite. These are among the findings of FI's recent analysis, "The Market for Military Satellites." The report maintains that the U.S. military satellite market will continue to remain in sharp contrast to European markets during the decade.  This dominance will be based on the vast financial requirements anticipated for the transformational process, in addition to the high-priority reconnaissance and defense programs under way within the United States.  At the same time, Forecast International expects that the ongoing trend of consolidation of European nations' satellite efforts, combined with increased military use of civil remote-sensing systems, will limit production opportunities in that region. The analysis projects that military satellite production in Europe, Japan and Israel will account for 27 spacecraft representing approximately 28.4 percent of the market covered in the report. In terms of value, production in those regions is expected to be worth $5.2 billion, or approximately 17 percent of market share. Among notable indicators, in the United States, over $5 billion in military satellite production scheduled for the forecast period has yet to be contracted.  In addition, the massive GPS and Transformational Communications programs currently under way in the United States will provide a comparatively cushy fiscal pillow for local manufacturers like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman to fall back on during the current commercial downturn. 
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Bristow Group announced it has executed an agreement to sell 53 single-engine aircraft and related assets operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico to Rotorcraft Leasing Company, L.L.C. for $65 million. The sale is anticipated to result in a pre-tax gain of roughly $40 million or $0.75 per diluted share, after tax. This sale of assets is a continuation of Bristow's growth strategy to redeploy capital into newer, high technology aircraft capable of operating further offshore and in harsh environments. The agreement is the next step in the previously announced plan to dispose of certain types of single-engine aircraft operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico serving production management companies. The assets to be sold pursuant to the agreement include the 53 aircraft, related inventory, spare parts, and offshore fuel equipment. In addition, certain customer contracts which these aircraft support will be assigned to the buyer. These assets and contracts represent our entire business serving production management customers in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Revenue of $42.6 million and $11.3 million were generated by these contracts in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008 and the quarter ended June 30, 2008, respectively, representing 18% of revenue for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico business unit in such periods.
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Flow International, the world's leading developer and manufacturer of industrial waterjet machines for cutting and cleaning applications announced that it has received purchase orders for four systems under the recently awarded contract to exclusively supply Airbus with Composite Machining Center (CMC) abrasive waterjet and routing machine tool systems to support the production of its upcoming A-350XWB. The purchase orders were for a CMC to machine the keel beam section in Nantes, France, a CMC to machine the cockpit section 11 and 12 in Meaulte, France, a CMC to machine forward fuselage panels section 13 and 14 in Nordenham, Germany, and a CMC to machine forward fuselage panel section 19 in Illescas, Spain. The total value of the four purchase orders exceeds $13 million in revenue and is now in Flow's backlog. These purchase orders represent a portion of the total Airbus contract that is expected to exceed $30 million. It is expected that the balance of machines for the contract will enter into backlog by late summer 2008. All systems under the contract are expected to be built and installed over the next one to two years.
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Delta Air Lines announced a new daily nonstop flight between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Mumbai, India, starting Nov. 1, 2008.  The new flight will connect the world's largest airport with one of the world's fastest-growing economies. Delta's recently acquired Boeing 777-200 Long Range (LR) aircraft will make the 17-hour, 55-minute westbound nonstop flight possible.  The world's longest range commercial jetliner bolsters Delta's ability to connect customers and cargo between virtually any two cities around the globe, nonstop.
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Rotorsim, the consortium owned equally by CAE and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announced it has signed contracts with the Netherlands Ministry of Defence to provide comprehensive NH90 helicopter training systems and services.  The total value of the contracts is approximately €50 million (C$80 million). As part of the Joint NH90 Training Program (JNTP), Rotorsim will have prime contractor responsibility for providing one NH90 full-mission flight trainer (FMFT) and an NH90 virtual sensor trainer for training rear crew sensor operators.  This will be the first NH90 FMFT for the naval variant (NFH – NATO Frigate Helicopter) of the NH90 helicopter, which is designed primarily for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missions.  Following delivery of the NH90 training devices to the Rotorsim Training Centre in 2011, Rotorsim will then have a multi-year responsibility for operation and maintenance services of the NH90 training systems.
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Boeing announced the successful first flight of a (K)DC-10 modified with Boeing's Cockpit Upgrade Program (CUP). A flight crew from the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), Boeing and Fokker Services completed the four-hour flight of the RNLAF aircraft at the Fokker Services facility in the Netherlands on July 22. The CUP modification, which is being performed at Fokker Services, provides a new flight-management system, display system and improved communications. The RNLAF has a contract with Fokker Services and Boeing to upgrade three aircraft: two (K)DC-10 air refueling tankers and one DC-10 transport. The contract was awarded in May 2005. Delivery of the first aircraft is scheduled for fall 2008.
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Boeing and Azerbaijan Airlines have finalized an order for two Boeing Next-Generation 737-900ERs and two 767-300ERs. The order is valued at $449 million at list prices. One of the 767s is a substitution for a previously ordered 787, as reflected on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries Web site. Including today's announcement, Azerbaijan Airlines has a total of eight Boeing airplanes on order: four 737-900ERs, two 787-8s and two 767-300ERs.
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Boeing and British Airways have signed an order for two Boeing 777-300ER jetliners valued at $529 million at list prices. Boeing also announced that GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) has purchased two 777-300ERs, airplanes that were previously listed as an unidentified order on the Boeing Web site. The airplanes are two of four 777s that BA has agreed to lease from GECAS - including two 777s ordered in 2007 - as part of its recent commitment to the 777-300ER. British Airways also secured options for four additional 777-300ERs directly with Boeing.
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Max-Viz Inc. of Portland, Oregon announces the Type Certificate installation of their next generation EVS-1500 by AgustaWestland, Italy on their AW-139 helicopter. Elliott Troutman, President of Max-Viz, states "the continued relationship between Max-Viz and  AgustaWestland has proven to be mutually beneficial in providing a significant safety enhancement to their diverse customer base".  "The incorporation of our next generation, dual Field of View (FoV) EVS-1500 sensor will dramatically enhance both the safety and mission effectiveness of the AW-139 product line".  "EVS will enhance the safety of the diverse market segments being penetrated by the AW-139 and make it an ideal combination for offshore, firefighting, SAR, EMS, Corporate transport, and governmental operators".
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The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada and Secretary of State for Agriculture, today announced another important step by the Government of Canada to strengthen national sovereignty and ensure that the Canadian Forces have the tools they need to do their job safely, swiftly and effectively. This latest measure is the acquisition of helicopters and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Canada will be securing the following resources: Helicopters: The lease of six commercial helicopters to address immediate needs. The one-year contract will be valued at up to $36 million, depending on flight hours logged, with renewable 1 year options available. The purchase of six used Chinook D model helicopters - already in theatre - from the US Government. These will be available for operations by February 2009. The cost for the equipment acquisition, plus initial logistics support, training and project management costs will not exceed $292 million. These figures are currently being finalized by the two governments. UAVs: The procurement of a small Scan Eagle UAV to address immediate needs over the next nine months. The contract is valued at up to $14 million, depending on flight hours logged. The two year lease of a Heron UAV tactical system that will be delivered by early 2009. MacDonald Dettwiler Associates (MDA) of Vancouver, BC has been awarded the two-year, $95 million contract.
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QinetiQ, working in partnership with Aberystwyth University's new biosciences centre IBERS, has successfully completed the UK's first flight of an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for agricultural monitoring. The flight was the culmination of phase one of the pioneering U-MAP programme, a project supported by the Welsh Assembly Government. U-MAP (UAVs for Managing Agricultural Practice) has demonstrated the feasibility of using a UAV to deliver high resolution images to the agricultural, forestry and environmental monitoring sectors.
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In the first six months of fiscal year 2008 the Fraport Group registered sales revenue of EUR1,044.5 million, 7.1 percent below last year's first half, which benefited from special effects. Adjusted for these effects, however, sales revenue jumped by a noticeable 5.8 percent. At the same time, EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) in the first two quarters of 2008 rose by 4.5 percent to EUR285.4 million; the adjusted EBITDA advanced by 2.4 percent. Group profit in the first half of 2008 reached EUR93 million, 9.5 percent short of the previous year's level due to higher interest expenses. The undiluted profit per share slipped from EUR1.12 to EUR1.01. From January through June 2008, Fraport recorded 26,262,754 passengers at Frankfurt Airport, 2.2 percent more than in the first six months of 2007. At Fraport's majority-owned airports (Frankfurt, Frankfurt-Hahn, Antalya, Lima, Burgas and Varna), the number of passengers climbed by 3.7 percent to 36,624,192 in the first half of 2008. Also in the reporting period the Group's cargo (airfreight + airmail) throughput surged 6.1 percent year-on-year to 1,250,146 metric tons.  The lower sales revenue was due to a loss of EUR79.6 million in revenue because of Fraport's sale of its ICTS Europe security subsidiary on April 1, 2008, and to revenue of EUR57.6 million received last year in connection with the Airrail Center finance lease. Adjusted for these two special effects, Group profits rose by 5.8 percent. In particular, this increase can be attributed to the first-time full consolidation since August 2007 of Lima Airport (up EUR42.7 million). At Frankfurt Airport, higher revenue was achieved especially from additional business in the Retail and Properties segment. Operating expenses dropped by 8.7 percent to EUR813.1 million in the reporting period. Adjusted for the aforementioned special effects, operating expenses were up by eight percent year-on-year. This rise can also be primarily attributed to the first-time full consolidation of Fraport's Peruvian investment in Lima (up EUR30.6 million).
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Approximately 20 French air force aircrews, 60 maintainers and support personnel and four Rafale aircraft visited the base here to participate in an exercise July 28 to Aug. 8. The major coalition exercise here provided a unique opportunity for the French Rafale pilots and Luke's F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots to familiarize themselves with combined operations. Pilots from both countries took advantage of the opportunity to fly in an aircraft they were not accustomed to operating, and they got to see first-hand the capabilities of the other country's aircraft. "It was an amazing opportunity," said Capt. Matt Spears, an F-16 pilot with the 309th Fighter Squadron here. "I was impressed with the capabilities of the aircraft."
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and BAE Systems will jointly develop architecture to automate the detection and identification of ground battle targets.  The companies will jointly integrate the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Continuous Look Attack Management for Predator (CLAMP) program under a $6 million Air Force contract. CLAMP will integrate a high-resolution Lynx synthetic aperture radar (SAR) with other sensors on an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft under an effort called C-RIP, for CLAMP-Reaper Integration Program.  GA-ASI builds the Reaper aircraft and Lynx radar.  The C-RIP sensors will evaluate imagery collected by the radar during Reaper surveillance operations, detecting changes in the battle space, classifying enemy vehicles, and displaying results to analysts on the ground.
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Artex Aircraft Supplies, part of the Cobham Avionics and Surveillance Division, announced that it has signed an agreement with spidertracks ltd to distribute the cost-effective, portable "spidertracks" flight tracking system. The spidertracks unit utilizes GPS location data transmitted through the Iridium Satellite network to a web interface allowing real-time flight following / flight tracking on the internet. Demand for such a simple-to-use system has increased dramatically as AFF has become mandatory for operators contracting with the US and Canadian Forest Services. The spidertracks unit allows tracking of location, altitude, speed, direction and date / time information of any aircraft or mobile asset anywhere in the world. The coordinates are transmitted via the Iridium network of 66 satellites to a secure server allowing access to any designated recipient anywhere in the world via the Internet. For aircraft operating on behalf of the US or Canadian fire or forestry services or similar, the data is sent directly to the respective national operations center and used by operational teams to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their ongoing operations.
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FLUG REVUE 12/2016

FLUG REVUE
12/2016
07.11.2016

Abonnements
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E-Paper
Heft-Archiv
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- Neue Junkers F 13 fliegt
- Dreiteilung airberlin
- Flughafen Lyon
- Erprobung Pilatus PC-24
- Wonsan Air Festival
- Brennstoffzellen im Alltagstest
- Extra Raumfahrt

aerokurier iPad-App