08.06.2008
FLUG REVUE

2008-06-08 - News in BriefNews in Brief

Kurzmeldungen<br /> +++<br /> Boeing announced that Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has completed the first in-country modification of a 737-700 into an Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) platform for Turkey's Peace Eagle program. The transformation of Peace Eagle No. 2 follows two years of extensive modifications at the TAI facility in Ankara, Turkey, including the installation of a reinforced section on the upper fuselage that supports the Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) antenna.

Workers also installed several other antennas, consoles, cabinets, wire bundles, ventral fins, power distributions systems, heat exchange panels and cooling ducts.
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A software programming glitch discovered during final checks of last Friday's planned Ariane 5 ECA mission is under review by an independent group of experts, and will be fully solved before the dual-payload flight is rescheduled. The Ariane 5's flight software is regularly updated to incorporate data from recent launches, and a routine pre-liftoff validation before the planned May 30 mission pinpointed an erroneous software element that would be used only in the event of an in-flight failure. Le Gall said the Ariane 5 ECA's flight software program had been modified after the successful March 9 launch of an Ariane 5 ES version, which orbited Europe's Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) re-supply spacecraft for the International Space Station. This mission was followed by another on-target flight on April 18 with an Ariane 5 ECA, which carried a dual-satellite telecommunications payload. The programming glitch is thought to have occurred during software updates made after the ATV flight.
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AeroVironment announced that The Netherlands Ministry of Defence, acting through its Defence Materiel Organization (DMO), has awarded AV a contract for RQ-11B (Raven) small unmanned aircraft systems. The order includes new aircraft systems as well as training, logistics support, and airworthiness certification. Each Raven system typically consists of three aircraft, a ground control station, a remote video terminal, system spares, and related services. The total award value is $7.7 million and is fully funded. AV's Raven is a 4.2-pound, backpackable, hand-launched sensor platform that provides day and night, real-time video imagery for "over the hill" and "around the corner" reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition in support of tactical units. U.S. armed forces use Ravens extensively for missions such as base security, route reconnaissance, mission planning and force protection. In addition to Raven, AV's small UAS include Puma and Wasp, which are also hand-launched and controlled by AV's hand-held ground control station. Other international purchasers of Raven include Italy, Denmark, Australia and Spain.
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Airlines in oneworld generated record revenues from the alliance's sales activities in 2007 - when the grouping completed its biggest expansion yet. Eight million passengers transferred between the airlines' flights during the year - 6 per cent more than in 2006 - producing interline revenues within the alliance of US$2.2 billion, up 19 per cent year-on-year. Revenues generated by oneworld fares and sales activity totaled more than US$725 million, a 10 per cent increase. A key driver behind these rises was the alliance's biggest membership expansion since its launch in 1999, with Japan Airlines, Malév Hungarian Airlines and Royal Jordanian joining on 1 April 2007 as full members, with LAN Argentina and LAN Ecuador as affiliates, followed six months later by China's Dragonair. So 2007's revenues include nine months of contributions from most of the new recruits, and three months from Dragonair.  Even without this, the alliance's established members would have enjoyed healthy growth in their revenues from oneworld.
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In the context of the successful completion of the restructuring project of AERO Vodochody, the main result of which was profit reached for the year 2007 in the amount of CZK 236 million, Mr. Peter Ondro has today handed over the post of the President of the Company to Mr. Igor Hulak, who immediately took his office. Mr. Peter Ondro continues in the team of Aero as a consultant, nevertheless within the private equity group Penta he was assigned with a new important project of building up the largest producer of meat in Central Europe through lately purchased meat-processing companies in Slovakia and Hungary.
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Embraer signed a contract for the sale of two EMBRAER 190 jets to the Brazilian government for transporting official personnel. The aircraft will be configured specifically for this purpose and will be operated by the Special Transportation Group (Grupo de Transporte Especial -- GTE) of the Brazilian Air Force (Forca Aerea Brasileira -- FAB), which serves the President of the Republic, ministries, presidential departments, and officials from the legislative and judiciary branches. "It will be an honor and a source of pride for all of Embraer's employees to see our EMBRAER 190 flying in the colors of the Federal Republic of Brazil," states Embraer's President and CEO, Frederico Fleury Curado. "We are certain that the attributes that have provided the underpinnings of the success of this aircraft model worldwide -- comfort, safety, performance, advanced technology, and economical operations -- will contribute to the excellence of the GTE's operations as it fulfills its mission within the scope of the Brazilian Air Force and the Brazilian government."
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CEOs from Europe's leading airlines, meeting in Brussels for the Spring Assembly of the Association of European Airlines, called upon European decision-makers to reject calls from the European Parliament's Environment Committee for excessively punitive conditions to be attached to the proposal to include aviation in a European Emissions Trading Scheme. The details of ETS will be the subject of a decision-making process this summer involving the Commission, the Parliament and the Council. The ENVI Committee have staked out an extreme anti-aviation position, and in doing so have demonstrated how far the aviation ETS debate has departed from its original objectives and from the realities of the industry it addresses, and to what degree it has been distorted for political ends, from a means of addressing environmental concerns to a source of revenue for finance ministers. "ETS could be a potentially effective tool to address CO2 emissions", said AEA Chairman Peter Hartman, CEO of KLM, addressing the European Commission's Director-General for Transport and Energy, Matthias Ruete. "However, this is an industry which is undergoing fundamental changes in its business environment. It makes no sense whatsoever to forge ahead with a scheme designed for a business model which is changing out of all recognition. Rather than rush into ill-considered measures, it is imperative that our policy-makers take into account these new circumstances and properly evaluate the impact of their proposals". The Assembly heard that the combined shocks of rocketing fuel prices, a looming recession, a resurgence of inflation and tightening of disposable income could turn a profit of €3.7bn in 2007 into a loss in 2008 – with no strong prospect of improvement in the following years. "ETS was designed at a time of $40 (per barrel) oil", said Mr Hartman; "we now have $130 oil – and it could go higher. ETS was designed at a time of 6% industry growth; we now have 3% - and it will go lower. Meanwhile, we are becoming more and more energy-efficient".
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The Association of European Airlines has released traffic and capacity data for its members in April 2008. The figures relate a story of traffic slowdown across the board. While overall the market remains in growth mode, the figure is very depressed, with just a 1.0% increase over April 2007. The North Atlantic and Domestic routes within Europe were the only regions to record traffic losses – of 2.7% and 1.6% respectively – but there was a notable weakening in the cross-border Europe market, hitherto booming, which fell back to plus 1.9%.
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The U.S. Navy has completed developmental testing of a BAE Systems fiber-optic towed decoy, and has begun operational tests on the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet. The decoy is a key part of a system that will better protect military aircraft against enemy missiles. The AN/ALE-55 towed decoy is part of the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) radio frequency countermeasures system. The Navy system provides a highly effective electronic warfare defense against missiles guided by radio frequency.  Operational deployment on U.S. Navy F-18s is scheduled for December 2009. 
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Hamilton Sundstrand has been selected by Gulfstream to provide several major systems on its new G650 business jet. Hamilton Sundstrand's suite of systems for the G650 includes the primary Electrical Power Generating System, the emergency power Ram Air Turbine and power distribution boxes. The G650 has the potential to generate approximately $100 million in revenue for Hamilton Sundstrand over the life of the program.
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Rolls-Royce announced that it has established a joint venture company with GKN Aerospace to carry out research and development into the use of composite materials in aero engine fan blades. As part of its continuous drive to bring innovative products to market, Rolls-Royce is researching key technologies and alternative materials to further enhance the efficiency and environmental performance of its products. Funding for the research and development is expected to be approximately pound11 million. Rolls-Royce will fund and own 51 per cent of the venture, with GKN Aerospace responsible for 49 per cent. The joint venture activities will build upon the development of composite blade applications undertaken during the EU-funded VITAL programme, and will combine the expertise of Rolls-Royce advanced engine technologies with GKN Aerospace's composite research and automated manufacturing technologies. Rolls-Royce Director - Research and Technology Ric Parker said: "Rolls-Royce has been working closely with GKN Aerospace on the latest carbon-composite technologies for some time and we look forward to building on this relationship with the formation of the joint venture. The composite technology research that this organisation will undertake is aimed at delivering light-weight and low-cost fan blades for engines for the next generation of airframe applications."
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The Royal Navy's new advanced naval air defence system, PAAMS (Principal Anti-Air Missile System), was successfully test fired for the first time on 4th June from the trials barge Longbow at the French DGA's CELM (Centre d'Essais de Lancement des Missiles ) test range near the Ile du Levant off the French coast. The successful firing marks a key step in the demonstration of the maturity of the PAAMS(S) system in the lead up to the missile system entering service onboard the Royal Navy's new Type 45 destroyers. The trial comprised the firing of a single Aster 30 missile launched against a Mirach target simulating an aircraft, flying at 10km altitude.  All aspects of the system behaved as expected with the Aster missile achieving a direct hit on the target at 35km range.
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Groen Brothers Aviation, engaged in the business of designing and developing new technology gyroplane and gyrodyne rotor-wing aircraft for military and commercial uses, has announced that following the delays in its Heliplane program for DARPA and current conditions in capital markets, it is undertaking cost-cutting measures that it hopes will allow it to continue to develop its technology on a reduced scale. Therefore, GBA has effected a reduction in force that reduces its employee work force by two-thirds, and is reducing other expenditures as well. In the mean time, the Company is negotiating with investors for additional funding that if successful, will allow it to continue its technology development while it negotiates new contracts for its technology. Even though management remains optimistic, there is no guarantee that the negotiations for essential new funding will be successful. For the last two and a half years, GBA's business plan has been primarily based on developing gyrodyne technology for military applications under a multi-million dollar four-phase DARPA program called 'Heliplane' awarded to GBA in November 2005. The Heliplane program called for the Company to design and develop a next generation vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) demonstrator rotorcraft capable of a speed of 400 mph and a range exceeding 1000 miles. The GBA led team includes Georgia Tech for analytical support, Williams International as engine manufacturer, a highly-renowned team of aerospace consultants and, initially, Adam Aircraft as manufacturer of the fuselage. The Company is nearing the end of Phase I of the Heliplane project. Although technical progress in the project has been most encouraging, the timetable for the program has proceeded more slowly than anticipated, due in part to the funding challenges that a small company faces in a fixed-price government contract. This has been exacerbated by the bankruptcy of Adam Aircraft in January, requiring its replacement by another airframe supplier, causing further delay and financial pressures on the Company. Continuation of the Heliplane program beyond the end of Phase I is not yet known.
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SIDM, the French interim system of medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has successfully completed its flight acceptance operations at Air Base 118, Mont-de-Marsan. The SIDM performance validation trials were conducted by the missile and UAV management unit (UM MID) of the French armaments directorate DGA, assisted by the Flight Test Centres (CEV) of Istres and Cazaux with participation from the electronic Centre of Armament (CELAR) at Bruz. SIDM which is a latest-generation system in the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) category of UAVs, is dedicated to reconnaissance and tracking operations in the depth of the battlefield. Being equipped with optical sensors and radar, it will ensure that missions can be staged around the clock in all weathers. Thanks to its long endurance capability and the secure data transmission, the UAV will also be capable of transmitting data in real time to national and international joint command structures. This programme is led by EADS as prime contractor and system integrator, with significant contributions from Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) which has developed and manufactured the aerial platform and other sub-systems.
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The 200th Gulfstream G200 was rolled out on 4 June at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) manufacturing plant at Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel. The "green" business jet now moves to the Gulfstream Center of Excellence completion facility for mid-cabin business aircraft in Dallas, Texas, where it will be outfitted and painted. "This is a historic moment for Gulfstream and IAI," said Joe Lombardo, president, Gulfstream Aerospace. "Manufacturing 200 aircraft of a single model is a significant accomplishment. In addition to highlighting the hard work of IAI employees, this milestone spotlights the G200's superior performance as well as its popularity in the business-aviation industry."
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Cessna reported the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted type certification (TC) to Cessna's Citation XLS+. With nearly 600 hours of flight testing, the XLS+ met Cessna's certification timeline goal. The XLS+ features the fully integrated Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and electronically controlled (FADEC) engines from Pratt & Whitney Canada. Exterior and interior restyling is also integrated into the new model, most prominently the extended contour of the nose and expanded seat widths, both introduced to more closely resemble Cessna's Citation X and Citation Sovereign models. The original Citation Excel was delivered in May 1998, followed by the Citation XLS in July 2004. The 500th Excel/XLS was delivered in June 2006, making the Excel/XLS the best-selling aircraft of all business jet models since its introduction. The fleet of Excel/XLS aircraft comprises of nearly 650 planes with an accumulated total of more than 1.4 million flight hours. The first XLS+ delivery is expected before the end of 2008.
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Boeing and Romanian low-cost carrier Blue Air announced an agreement on an order for three Next-Generation 737-900ER jetliners. Earlier this year, the Bucharest-based airline ordered two 737-800s. Today's order is worth $238.5 million at current list prices. The airplanes will be equipped with performance-enhancing Blended Winglets, which improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 4 percent.
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Greg Combet, the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement of Australia, announced that the first Airbus A330 had arrived in Australia for conversion to a KC-30B Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) under Project Air 5402. "This aircraft, which is the first of four Airbus A330s to be modified in Australia, today arrived at the Qantas Australian Conversion Centre at Brisbane Airport after departing the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France, earlier this week" said Mr Combet. An induction ceremony involving the prime contractor, EADS CASA, and Qantas Defence Services was held to mark the occasion. Also present were representatives of State Government, Defence Materiel Organisation, and senior Royal Australian Air Force leadership including the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal, Geoff Shepherd, AO. "Project AIR 5402 will replace the RAAF's Boeing 707 and enhance the air-to-air refuelling capability of the Australian Defence Force".
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All four TP400-D6 engines have now been installed on the wing of A400M MSN 001. The work was completed at the end of week 20 at "Station 35" of the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Seville, where the first A400M is being readied for its roll out in front of an international public towards the end of June this year. Engine installation is followed by the mounting of the four huge, eight-bladed Ratier Figeac propellers, which, together with the 11,000 shaft horsepower of each engine, make up the power plant combination that will provide the driving force of the A400M. The four 5.3 metre diameter propellers driven by the combined 44,000 shp of the engines will enable the A400M to attain cruising speeds of up to 430kts (true airspeed). This is an outstanding performance for a turbo-prop, which compares favourably with that of some turbo-jet powered aircraft.
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Hamburg International has joined the EuropebyAir FlightPass program. Bill Wolf, President of EuropebyAir, announced that, "As we move into our second decade, we are proud to announce that EuropebyAir has once again evolved and expanded its network. With Hamburg Airlines joining our group of participating airlines, our passengers benefit by the expansion of our network to include more flights within Europe and new destinations to Turkey and Morocco." Hamburg International (4R) scheduled flights operate from Luxembourg and nine cities in Germany, including Munich and Berlin. Long distance destinations include Agadir Morocco, Antalya Turkey, Crete and Corfu in Greece, Ibiza, Palma, and the Canary Islands of Spain, Madeira Portugal, Larnaca Cyprus, Pescara Italy, Bourgas and Varna Bulgaria. Wolf said, "The one-way fares of $149 for European destinations or $199 for the longer flights are incredibly competitive as all taxes, fees and fuel surcharges are included. Competitor airline prices can be more than twice as much. Because of our unique and established relationship with the independent airlines of Europe, we continue to offer superb fares to our new and to our long-time loyal customers."
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Two Raytheon Standard Missile-2 Block IV missiles successfully intercepted and destroyed a short-range ballistic missile target above the Pacific Ocean June 5. The successful engagement demonstrated a near- term, sea-based capability for stopping threat ballistic missiles in their terminal or final phase of flight. The short-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Mobile Launch Platform operating off the coast of Kauai on the Pacific Missile Range Facility while the crew of the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG-70) fired the modified SM-2 Block IV surface-to-air missiles. This was the second test of a modified SM-2 Block IV and the first to use an operational version of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense combat system that includes the terminal BMD mission capability.
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United Airlines announced significant fleet, capacity and personnel changes, enabling the company to build a stronger, more competitive business better able to withstand record oil prices and a softening economy. United will remove a total of 100 aircraft from its mainline fleet, including the 30 previously announced Boeing 737s, and reduce its mainline domestic capacity in the fourth quarter 2008 by 14 percent year over year. The company expects to retire all of its 94 B737s, provided it can work out terms with certain lessors, and six Boeing 747s. Over the 2008 and 2009 period, cumulative mainline domestic capacity will be reduced between 17 percent and 18 percent and cumulative consolidated capacity between 9 percent and 10 percent. "Today we are taking additional, aggressive steps that demonstrate our commitment to size our business appropriately to reflect the current market reality, leverage capacity discipline to pass commodity costs on to customers, develop new revenue streams and continue to reduce non-fuel costs and capital expenditures," said Glenn Tilton, United's chairman, president and CEO.   "This environment demands that we and the industry act decisively and responsibly. At United, we continue to do the right work to reduce costs and increase revenue to respond to record fuel costs and the challenging economic environment." With fuel at current prices, it creates more than a $3 billion challenge to overcome. United believes that these actions will offset that challenge by 2009, assuming the industry as a whole takes similar actions. When complete, the fleet reduction is expected to retire United's oldest and least fuel-efficient jets, and will lower the company's average fleet age to 11.8 years. The majority of schedule changes related to the elimination of 30 B737s previously announced are currently reflected in reservation systems. Further changes related to the retirement of an additional 50 aircraft by year end will be reflected in these systems in the near future. Schedule changes will be principally accommodated through modest reductions of underperforming markets and through frequency reductions while retaining a commitment to all five U.S. hubs. About 80 planes are expected to be out of the system by the end of 2008, with the other 20 coming out by the end of 2009. The fleet reduction also includes six Boeing 747s. As part of these changes, United is eliminating its Ted product, reconfiguring that fleet's 56 A320s to include United First class seats. The reconfiguration of the Ted aircraft will begin in spring 2009 and be completed by year-end 2009.
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Continental Airlines released to its more than 45,000 employees the following employee bulletin and message from Larry Kellner, chairman and chief executive officer, and Jeff Smisek, president. Continental does not anticipate any further comment until after it has had the opportunity to meet with employees during the next week. Dear Co-worker: We've always said that you deserve open, honest and direct communication. This letter and the attached employee bulletin and Q&A are part of that commitment. The airline industry is in a crisis. Its business model doesn't work with the current price of fuel and the existing level of capacity in the marketplace. We need to make changes in response. While there have been several successful fare increases, those increases haven't been sufficient to cover the rising cost of fuel. As fares increase, fewer customers will fly. As fewer customers fly, we will need to reduce our capacity to match the reduced demand. As we reduce our capacity, we will need fewer employees to operate the airline. Although these changes will be painful, we must adapt to the reality of today's market to successfully navigate these difficult times.
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Closely choreographed spacewalking and robotics work led to the installation of a new, and the largest, laboratory on the International Space Station. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide installed the Kibo laboratory noting, "We have a new hope on the International Space Station." Kibo means "hope" in Japanese. Using the station's robotic arm, Hoshide and astronaut Karen Nyberg removed the lab from Discovery's payload bay at 3:49 p.m. It was latched in place on the Harmony node at 6:01 p.m. and the installation procedure was complete at 6:42 p.m. Wednesday the crew will enter the new lab. During a six-hour and 48-minute spacewalk, Mike Fossum and Ron Garan prepared the Kibo lab for installation on the station by disconnecting cables and removing covers while it was still in the payload bay. Fossum and Garan also assisted with transfer of the orbiter boom sensor system (OBSS) back to the shuttle from the station, where it has been stored since the last shuttle visit. Now the OBSS is attached to the shuttle robotic arm and can be used for a later inspection of Discovery's heat shield on flight day 12. The Mission Management Team today decided that a focused inspection of Discovery's heat shield is not required on flight day 5. The decision was based on a thorough review of imagery and data obtained during the shuttle's launch, an inspection using the shuttle robotic arm and the orbiter's approach to the space station. The spacewalkers also demonstrated a technique that may be used to clean debris from the station solar alpha rotary joint, which has known debris degrading its operation. Garan installed a new bearing in the joint and during an inspection of a race ring within the joint, Fossum reported that a spot that had been identified on earlier spacewalks is indeed a divot. Station managers will use that information to continue researching the origin of the damage.
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Within a long-term partnership between Alenia Aeronautica and Pininfarina Extra (Pininfarina Group) – which will cover also testing, aerodynamics, mock-up, 3D animations – , Alenia is studying the development of a new-conception interiors signed Pininfarina, offered as an option for the Sukhoi Superjet 100. The aircraft is the most modern and ecological 95-seat regional transport jet available on the market and is made by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Corp. (SCAC) in collaboration with Alenia Aeronautica. The passenger's requirements are at the basis of the project's philosophy adopted by Alenia and Pininfarina in designing Sukhoi Superjet 100's interiors. The general ergonomics of Sukhoi Superjet 100's cabin, where  scientific, technological and engineering research combines with aesthetics, is inspired by the visual comfort concept, in addition to the biometric comfort. Fundamental is the passenger's first impression when seeing the aircraft's interiors: wider, more comfortable and relaxing as compared to those of the other aircraft of the same category, also thanks to the cabin's height of  2,12 metres and a luggage bay per passenger of  0,065 cubic metres. Passengers will certainly appreciate Sukhoi Superjet 100's interiors as soon as they enter the door, thanks to an entrance studied purposefully to offer an easy and pleasant first contact with the aircraft and to transmit a feeling of spaciousness, welcoming and relax. Inside the cabin: ceiling design, different colours and shades of lighting generated by LED systems, varying during the several flight phases, colour balances, materials, lines, finishing details and sober and elegant settings will increase comfort and wellbeing perception.
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The Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, and a national and international team of co-investigators have been selected by NASA to undertake a $750 thousand six-month study to design a new NASA Small Explorer Mission called the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS). In the recent announcement, NASA selected six missions for study. Two of them will eventually be chosen to move forward to development, with each mission capped at $105 million. IRIS fills a crucial gap in our ability to advance Sun-Earth connection studies by tracing the flow of energy and plasma through a dynamic interface region between the solar corona and heliosphere, where all but a few percent of the non-radiative energy leaving the Sun is converted to heat and radiation. Magnetic fields and plasma exert comparable forces in this region, and IRIS is uniquely suited to provide the observations necessary to pinpoint the physical forces at work in this little understood piece of real estate near the surface of the Sun.
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Jet Aviation announced that it will add a Falcon 900EX and a Gulfstream G550 to the EMEA & Asia aircraft management and charter fleet, effective July 1, 2008. The Falcon 900EX and the G550 will be fully managed by Jet Aviation. In addition, the two aircraft will be available for charter services and also will join the Skylliance program, an alliance of selected high-quality air charter companies and aircraft that operate under the same stringent safety and service standards defined by Jet Aviation.
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Thales Alenia Space announced the signature of a contract with Nilesat, the Egyptian satellite company, to provide the Nilesat-201 broadcasting communication satellite and associated services and ground stations. As prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space will be in charge of the design, manufacturing, test and in-orbit acceptance of the satellite. In addition, Thales Alenia Space will provide satellite and mission control system for the Nilesat stations in both Cairo and Alexandria. Nilesat-201 will enable to provide digital Direct to the Home (DTH) TV and radio broadcasting services and high-speed data transmission services over North Africa, Middle East and Gulf area, starting in February 2010.
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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced the resignations of Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne and Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley following an investigation revealing a decline in the Air Force's nuclear program focus, performance and effective leadership. Gates announced the resignations in the wake of a report detailing the accidental shipment of four non-nuclear ballistic missile nose-cone assembly components rather than the intended helicopter batteries to Taiwan in August 2006. The report, prepared by Navy Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, director of naval nuclear propulsion, detailed what Gates called a shift of the Air Force leadership's focus from, and degraded performance related to, its most sensitive mission. Air Force leaders focused on the problem only after two internationally sensitive incidents -- one involving Taiwan and another in which an Air Force B-52 bomber flew across the United States carrying six armed nuclear cruise missiles, Gates said. Both incidents could have been prevented if the Air Force had applied proper inspection and oversight, he said. He blamed a "lack of a critical self-assessment culture" within the Air Force nuclear program that might have identified and fixed systemic weaknesses.
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The European Commission has decided to send a formal request to Spain concerning the conclusion of two framework agreements with the company Eurocopter for the supply of helicopters respectively to the Ministry of the Interior for national police and "Guardia Civil" and to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for missions of surveillance and support of the national fishing fleet. Based on these framework agreements both Ministries have already awarded two contracts for the supply of helicopters: This formal request takes the form of a "reasoned opinion", the second stage of the infringement procedure laid down in Article 226 of the EC Treaty. If there is no satisfactory reply within two months, the Commission may refer the matter to the European Court of Justice. The Commission considers that the two framework agreements have been concluded in violation of the European public procurement Directives: the framework agreement concluded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food was not advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union and both framework agreements allow for the subsequent amendment, by the parties, of several of their substantial terms, such as the extension of the duration of the agreement. Economic operators who were not able to participate in the tender procedure for the framework agreement of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food are effectively excluded with their products from this market for the duration of the framework agreement. Additionally, the subsequent modification of the substantial terms of the framework agreement provides an advantage to the winner of the tender and harms the interests of other tenderers and of all the undertakings interested in taking part in the procurement procedure, by placing them on an unequal footing when formulating their respective tenders.
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Airbus forecasts that the Central European market will need some460 new passenger aircraft over the next 20 years, with a total market value of US$ 32 billion. Single-aisle aircraft will dominate deliveries and there is an increasing market for twin-aisle aircraft. In particular, there will be a large replacement opportunity in the region with nearly 90 per cent of the current 213 in-service aircraft to be replaced by more eco-efficient models. According to Airbus' 2007-2026 Global Market Forecast (GMF), Central European traffic will grow much faster than the world average of 4.9 per cent over the next 20 years, i.e. at a yearly rate of 6.7 per cent on average. Central Europe's air travel has grown by 158 per cent since 2000, as a result of the large potential to increase the demand to travel. The Central Europe forecast is based on an analysis of 18 countries in which 30 airlines operate some 213 passenger aircraft today. Poland is a key player in the region of Central Europe, with its geographic location in the heart of the continent and with the largest population of Central Europe, 38.1 million inhabitants. Poland's air travel has grown by 194 per cent since 2000, which is above Central European growth of 158 per cent for the same period. Moreover, Poland's economy, which currently represents 36 per cent of Central European GDP, will enjoy strong economic development over the next 20 years.
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Air One, the fast-growing Italian airline, has signed a firm order with Airbus for 12 A350-800s, plus 12 options, and 12 A330-200s, plus eight options. The Rome based airline, the second largest in Italy, will use these aircraft to develop a comprehensive long-haul route network, which will complement Air One's extensive domestic and European operations. With this contract, Air One now has a total of 24 widebody aircraft on order with Airbus (plus 20 options), as well a global agreement for 90 A320 aircraft of which 65 A320s are firm orders and the remaining 25 are to be gradually firmed up. Air One's newly ordered A330s will offer a comfortable two-class cabin layout for 253 passengers. The A350-800, the most eco-efficient next generation aircraft, will equally have a two-class cabin for up to 287 passengers.
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François Quentin, Thales Senior Vice President in charge of Aerospace, will implement as of June 1 2008 a new organisation within Thales's Aerospace division. The objectives are to achieve new levels of growth, reinforce Thales's Tier 1 partner status with relation to its customers, and pursue and boost the development of a wider, competitive and innovative offering.
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The submarine missile IDAS (Interactive Defence and Attack system for Submarines), equipped with an optical wave guide, performed a successful test flight from the German submarine U33 of the state-of-the-art Submarine Class U 212A in the western part of the Baltic Sea on May 29, 2008. During all phases of the test flight, IDAS showed a convincing performance. After adjusting the missile´s inertial system aided by the submarine´s navigation system, the missile was ejected from the torpedo tube. Underwater it spread its wings and rudders and started its engine to penetrate the water surface a few seconds later and ascending to a pre-planned altitude to move into a controlled flight stage. Differing from an operative scenario, the test was ended in a controlled glide flight. During the entire flight, data and images of a video camera were transmitted to the submarine via the optical wave guide. This test firing proved that IDAS can be employed from a submerged submarine. All mechanical interfaces proved reliable while data transmission via optical wave guide functioned smoothly. High-ranking Navy officers from several interested countries witnessed the event as observers on an accompanying vessel expressed recognition of the German Navy, participating Bundeswehr centers and industrial companies.
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The US Army National Guard is receiving new, front-line, state-of-the-art UH-72A helicopters, which will improve its capability to perform home security missions, disaster relief, search and rescue, medical evacuations, counterdrug and other vital missions. They will replace Vietnam-era helicopters in the current Army National Guard inventory. Formal presentation of the U.S. Army National Guard's first two new UH-72A Light Utility Helicopters, which are being received by the Mississippi Army National Guard, will take place on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at the Aviation Support Facility in Tupelo, Mississippi
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Embraer delivered the 400th E-Jet in a ceremony held at the Company's headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. The aircraft, an EMBRAER 175, was ordered by U.S.-based Republic Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings. The jet is configured with a single-class interior, comfortably seating up to 86 passengers. This historic event comes a little over seven months after the 300th E-Jet was delivered, in October 2007. "The delivery of the 400th E-Jet confirms the outstanding worldwide reception given to this aircraft family, and we are proud that it is going to our good friends at Republic Airways Holdings," said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer President and CEO. "Our drive for customer satisfaction and the cutting-edge design and performance of our products have repeatedly brought airlines back to increase their orders and convert their options, in eloquent testimony that Embraer is on the right track."
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Rolls-Royce has achieved a significant milestone in the Adaptive Versatile Engine Technology (ADVENT) research program into next-generation US military aerospace platforms, with the successful completion of the Preliminary Design Review (PDR). The ADVENT technology demonstrator program, being carried out by the Rolls-Royce North America Technologies Inc. (LibertyWorks) unit, is funded by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). It focuses on variable cycle engine features to achieve a propulsion system with high-thrust capabilities for take-off and maneuvering that, in addition, also optimizes fuel efficiency for long range and loiter operations. Phil Burkholder, Chief Operating Officer, LibertyWorks, added: "In addition to the successful PDR, we are also progressing on the ADVENT program by beginning component rig testing of an adaptive fan system at our Indianapolis facilities. "Both the PDR and the rig testing are examples of how LibertyWorks is meeting the requirements of its customer, working towards the shared vision of creating an ADVENT family of next generation engines that deliver the range and persistence required for 21st century aircraft."
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The first three test firings of small missile-like probes that will allow scientific measurements to be taken from the far side of the Moon have been successfully completed at MOD Pendine in South Wales in May 2008 using the long test track facility which is operated and managed by QinetiQ. The probes, called penetrators, travelled at 700 miles per hour along 300 metres of the 1,500 metre test track before hitting a sand target that had been constructed to replicate the surface of the moon. The impact generated a g-force of 10,000g – more than a thousand times stronger than a human-being could survive. The penetrators are being developed for the proposed UK-led MoonLITE mission to the Moon. They will be deployed at high-speed by an orbiting spacecraft and embed instruments into the lunar surface on impact. Once deployed, the scientific instruments will send measurements back to the Earth, revealing the internal structure of the Moon. Penetrators could also be used for studying the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and other objects in the solar system.
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Ryanair announced its biggest ever single expansion, launching 12 new UK routes as part of a package of 40 new European routes for winter 2008. Londoners are set to enjoy 7 new low fare routes, from London Luton to Beziers, Derry, Kaunas, Rzeszow, Szczecin (Poland) and Trapani (Sicily) and from London Stansted to Madrid. UK passengers can also look forward to the lowest guaranteed fares with Ryanair from Bristol to Gdansk, Marrakesh and Szczecin, from Birmingham to Frankfurt and from Manchester to Brussels, in addition to new routes announced last week from Bournemouth and Glasgow.
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