02.06.2008
FLUG REVUE

2008-06-01 - News in BriefNews in brief

Kurzmeldungen<br /> +++<br /> Dassault Aviation, Thales and Indra have signed an industrial agreement covering Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE UAV) activities. On 22 May 2008 the companies submitted an offer to the French and Spanish Ministries of Defence for a UAV MALE system to be developed within the framework of Franco-Spanish cooperation.

This pragmatic and competitive offer would match the operational needs of both countries, and allow the supply to both Armed Forces of long endurance UAVs for theatre surveillance within a very short timeframe. The first system could be operational as early as the end of 2012. The proposed solution, managed at a European level by Dassault Aviation, Thales and Indra, entirely fulfills the requirements of both countries by taking into account the current budget constraints while addressing operational needs with a comprehensive high performance mission system, integrating leading technologies. The solution is based on the HERON TP UAV developed by the Israeli company Israel Aerospace Industries. It is a new generation multi-mission platform, whose design benefits from 30 years of Israeli experience in the domain of UAVs. This joint offer capitalises on strong industrial capabilities acquired in Europe and also covers the technical and managerial skills needed to succeed in such a partnership - aerospace, mission systems, systems architecture and complex systems management. The solution is based on extensive expertise, long lasting cooperation, and is backed by a strong and solid industrial team.
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British Airways has signed a firm contract with Airbus for two Airbus A318 aircraft to launch services between London City Airport, in central London, and New York. The A318 is the most modern and largest aircraft certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the steep approach procedures which are required at London City.
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The shaft-driven lift fan propulsion system that will enable the Lockheed Martin  F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter to perform short takeoffs and vertical landings (STOVL) operated for the first time in the aircraft during ground testing on Sunday, May 25. At full power, the F-35B's system generates more than 40,000 pounds of lifting force, or about 170 percent more than current-generation STOVL fighters. Pilot Graham Tomlinson of BAE Systems performed two conversions from conventional (wing-borne)  to STOVL (jet-borne) mode with the aircraft anchored to a specially instrumented hover pit at Lockheed Martin's STOVL Operations Test Facility. The F-35B is conducting a final series of ground tests before its first flight in the coming weeks.
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On May 28, at the ILA International Aerospace Exhibition, the German Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) and Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH signed a contract for the retrofit of six more CH-53G transport helicopters operated by the German Army to convert them to mission helicopters fitted with ballistic self-protection and specific mission equipment. The order is worth approximately EUR 24 million, a large proportion of which will go to medium-sized German equipment manufacturers. The German Army will take delivery of the urgently needed transport helicopters between May and November 2009. The order aims to close some of the operational gaps that currently exist in part of the German Army's fleet of CH-53G helicopters, in particular to the defensive mission equipment for protecting the crews and helicopters while flying missions. The centerpiece of the retrofit is the integration of an EloKa (electronic warfare) defence system, the addition of an internal fuel tank system to extend the helicopter's range and equipment to prepare the helicopter for flying night missions. "With this project we are providing rapid response to the German Army's requirements for mission-capable transport helicopters to guarantee their national and international mission capability in the long-term", said Ralf Barnscheidt, Senior Vice President Helicopter Support Center German Armed Forces, of the new contract signed today.
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Boeing and Alenia Aermacchi announced an agreement to jointly pursue the international trainer aircraft market. Both companies will cooperate on marketing, sales, training and product support activities in international markets for the M-346 next-generation Advanced and Lead-in-Fighter Trainer and the M-311 basic-advanced trainer designed and manufactured by Alenia Aermacchi. Under the agreement, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems' Support Systems division will be responsible for several aspects of the program's logistics support and associated training. Combining Boeing's sustainment and training systems capabilities with Alenia Aermacchi will improve mission effectiveness, help reduce total cost of ownership and further strengthen the advantages of the M-346 and M-311. This strategic alliance is designed to increase the two companies' commercial presence in the international market for next-generation trainers by offering the best market solution to meet customer needs.
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ILS International Launch Services announced that Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center acquired the shares of ILS owned by majority shareholder, Space Transport Inc. Financial details were not disclosed. Vladimir Nesterov, General Director of Khrunichev, said: "Building on our strong working relationship with the ILS team, this transaction will cement ILS's leadership role in the commercial launch services industry." Frank McKenna, ILS President, said: "We have an outstanding relationship with Khrunichev delivering commercial Proton launch services for our customers over the past 15 years. For ILS employees and customers, there will be no change in operations or management and we will continue our focus on performance. The completion of this transaction only strengthens the relationship with our launch partner, Khrunichev." ILS holds the exclusive worldwide rights to market and sell commercial launch services on the Proton launch vehicle, built by Khrunichev, as well as the Angara vehicle under development. ILS provides satellite customers with a complete array of services and support, from contract signing through on-orbit delivery.
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The Italian Army has successfully conducted two test firings of its Aster 30 missile as part of the operational evaluation of the SAMP/T air defence missile system. The SAMP/T is a land-based air defence system, incorporating the MBDA ASTER 30 missile, designed to protect land forces and sensitive sites and zones from conventional threats such as aircraft, UAV's, helicopters and the new generation of stand-off missiles and short range ballistic missiles. The two firings were carried out by the army at the PISQ (Poligono Interforze Salto di Quirra) joint armed forces test range in Sardinia. For both firings, the full operational configuration of the SAMP/T weapon system was tested entirely autonomously by the Italian army unit. The system included an additional Command Module to manage the system deployment and the links with the upper defence network. For the first firing, conducted on 22 May, the Aster 30 missile was launched against a Mirach 100 aerial target flying at low altitude at approximately 150 metres. The system correctly tracked the target at a range of 25 km from the battery and intercepted it target within 15 km over the test range waters. During the second firing, on 26 May, a more complex scenario was demonstrated.   This involved a patrol of two Mirach 100 targets flying towards the SAMP/T system Flying Control Unit. Under the scenario, the system tracked the patrol, correctly identified the selected "attacking" target and intercepted it at 21km during its evasive manoeuvre. 
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Despite the significant rise in fuel prices, Air Berlin PLC increased its operating income for the 1st quarter of 2008 by 20 percent over the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Seasonal operating loss (EBIT) narrowed from EUR 85 million to EUR 67.7 million. Traditionally, airline companies focusing on tourism-related travel are in the red at the beginning of the year. For the remainder of 2008, the company has embarked on a stringent price and cost optimization programme. The quarterly sales revenue of the Air Berlin Group (including LTU and Belair) increased from EUR 631.4 million to EUR 654.5 million, i.e. an increase of 4 percent. EBITDAR (Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and leasing expenses) increased from EUR 17.3 million to EUR 41.2 million, i.e. an increase of 139 percent. Seasonal EBIT (Earnings before interest and taxes) improved from a loss of EUR 85.0 million to a loss of EUR 67.7 million (+20 percent). The EBIT margin improved from -13.5 to -10.3 percent. Net loss narrowed from EUR 66.4 million to EUR 59 million (+11 percent). According to Joachim Hunold, Air Berlin's Chief Executive Officer, the further course of 2008 will be influenced by several factors. Mr. Hunold cited the explosive development of kerosene prices, which have increased from USD 1,050 to USD 1,350 per ton from 31 March (the date of the presentation of the Annual Results) to date alone, the continuing, competition-related price pressures, the cooling-off of the economy and the slow start-up of new long-distance flight services. As Joachim Hunold stated: "In light of these circumstances, Air Berlin's Management Board has reacted promptly. For 2008, 88 percent of our fuel requirements are hedged. Our further planning is based on current market prices. Therefore, for the fuel cost of the current year, we have to budget approximately EUR 80 million more than what we had assumed in March. We have worked out a comprehensive package of measures for adapting the Air Berlin Group to the changed market conditions. Among other things, this programme includes capacity adjustments and the elimination of unprofitable flight routes. For the 2008 financial year, we continue to expect a positive operating result."
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The Free State of Thuringia police helicopter fleet is getting some of the most modern helicopter equipment in Europe. The AIMS Advanced Integrated Mission Station, a deve-lopment of ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH, is currently being integrated into the fleet stationed in Erfurt. AIMS will be integrated into existing and new police helicopters. The principle: a variety of individual devices, from cameras and image processing programs to communication media, will be integrated into a joint system with a uniform user interface. This will reduce the complexity of helicopter missions and the police will receive various add-ons for effective support during missions at the same time.
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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published on its website a consultation document, proposing improvements in environmental protection in the regulation of European civil aviation. Patrick Goudou, Executive Director, said: "This consultation underlines the Agency's commitment to the goal of environmental protection. Existing international standards do not cover all types of aircraft and it takes a long time to introduce modifications. This makes it difficult for Europe to respond quickly to new developments. An alternative approach is for the Community to adopt its own environmental objectives. While ensuring compliance with international standards, this would enable Europe to better pursue environmental priorities".The EASA regulatory system is expected to cover all aspects of civil aviation safety in the near future. In the domain of the environment, the Agency's role is however limited essentially to ensure the environmental compatibility of aircraft and engines according to requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Taking into account that all aspects of aviation have an environmental dimension, the Notice of Proposed Amendment suggests a number of essential requirements, including for example measures to ensure aircraft are operated in an environmentally appropriate way.
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KD Avia, a fast growing Russian airline, has placed a commitment with Airbus for the purchase of 25 A319s, thus becoming a new Airbus customer. The agreement was signed at the International Berlin Airshow taking place from 27th May to 1st June. KD Avia's A319s will feature a spacious and comfortable cabin layout. The aircraft will be operated on the airline's extended network of domestic and international routes out of its Kaliningrad hub. The choice of engines has not yet been made.
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In a bid to strengthen the offensive prowess of its armed forces, Indian government has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to acquire 22 attack helicopters. The RFP document, which includes offset clauses, was issued last week to major global helicopter manufacturers who were given three months time to respond, sources said here. Confirming this, a senior Eurocopter official said "we have received the RFP and are looking into it. We have to reply by August."
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The Navy's newest airborne electronic attack asset, the EA-18G Growler, will be accepted by the commander of the Electronic Attack Wing at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, during a dedication ceremony at Whidbey June 3. Capt. Bradley S. Russell will host Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter, guest speaker for the event, and Congressman Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) at the celebration of the delivery of the first Growler to the NAS. Currently, the Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, comprises 4,970 active duty U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force personnel and 92 Department of Defense civilian employees and 180 Defense contractors.
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USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) cooperated with the French Navy May 21, as French pilots landed on the flight deck to work on their carrier qualifications. "It's a wonderful opportunity for us because it's a refresher for the pilot and also proved the compatibility of the French planes and the U.S. carriers," said French Navy Capt. Patrick Zimmermann, the commander of the French air group attached to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R 91). France's navy has worked with the U.S. to practice the coordination of joint maritime security operations during the last six years, and this is the first time a French plane has landed on Truman.
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By taking over a 51% share in Jenoptik subsidiary LDT Laser Display Technology GmbH of Jena, Germany, Rheinmetall Defence widens its lead as the world's foremost supplier of simulators for flight crew instruction and training. Moreover, the move reinforces Rheinmetall's range of products with an array of high-performance visualization systems on the global cutting edge. From now on the company will operate under the name "LDT Laser Display Technology GmbH". Working in cooperation with Jenoptik, in recent years Rheinmetall Defence has pressed ahead with the development of its AVIOR laser projection technology, now found in numerous flight simulators made by Rheinmetall Defence. AVIOR is widely considered to be the world's finest display technology for training simulators, whether military or civil.
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MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that the company's U.S. Information Systems subsidiary, MDA Systems Inc., has been selected to provide a multi-million dollar training solution to a foreign government. This information solution will provide a training environment for new operators prior to working on the customer's operational satellite ground system, also previously provided by MDA. David Hargreaves, a vice-president within MDA's Information Systems group stated, "MDA is very pleased to continue our relationship with this significant intelligence customer, re-enforcing our ability to provide all aspects of a very high performance, large scale operational information system."
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On May 26th, Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH signed an agreement to acquire Motorflug Baden-Baden GmbH. The German specialist for helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) with bases in Baden-Baden, Rheinmünster and Schönhagen near Berlin will become an integral part of Eurocopter's service and support business and will complement Eurocopter's maintenance, repair and overhaul apabilities in the civil helicopter market. The acquisition of Motorflug will enable Eurocopter to offer even more comprehensive services to its customers while assuring the flexibility and reactivity its customers need. Motorflug was founded in 1955 as the first service provider for helicopters in Germany. In its three German facilities, it offers a wide spectrum of services covering helicopter airframes,engines, components, instruments and avionics. The acquisition by Eurocopter will be the continuation of an over 30-year history of successful cooperation that has begun in 1976 when Motorflug was approved as authorized service centre for MBB. This was soon followed by the approval as service centre for Aerospatiale's models in 1984.
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Thanks to the research already carried out over the last few decades – for example, the development of three successive generations of the Fenestron tail rotor – Eurocopter now has the quietest range of ) helicopters in the world. These efforts are now being pursued and intensified, in order to comply with ever stricter and widerranging environmental requirements. For several years, Eurocopter has been carrying out research as part of the Optimal and Friendcopter programmes in cooperation with some 30 partners. The primary concern of this research is to reduce noise pollution: By reducing aerodynamic noise through the development of active noise control systems for main rotors; by reducing engine noise through studies on engine integration, the shape, position and design of tail pipes and air intake. Significant efforts are also being devoted to developing quieter flight procedures. A major flight test campaign was performed with an EC130 in 2007 to test a wide array of situations – including takeoffs, approaches and cruising. This work earned the team international recognition in the form of the Cheeseman prize for 'best helicopter-related technical publication', which was presented at last year's European Rotorcraft Forum in Kazan, Russia and at the American Helicopter Society Forum in Montreal, Canada.
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National carrier of Bahrain, Gulf Air has placed a firm order with Airbus for 35 aircraft. The order comprises 15 A320 single aisle aircraft and 20 A330-300s. The contract was signed by Björn Näf, Gulf Air CEO, and Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO, at the Berlin Air show. Gulf Air already operates 10 A320s, six A330-200s and nine A340-300s. The new order will more than double the number of Airbus aircraft in their fleet.
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Pratt & Whitney's Geared Turbofan demonstrator engine has completed Phase II ground tests and has been cleared for flight testing on Pratt & Whitney's 747SP flying test bed mid-year. Phase II, which began in April at Pratt & Whitney's advanced test facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., focused on engine performance and ground acoustics with the Geared Turbofan engine's flight capable nacelle system. The engine completed 120 hours of testing during Phase II and has logged a total 250 hours since ground testing began in November 2007. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. "The ground test program has been a complete success and the Geared Turbofan engine has met or exceeded all performance targets," said Bob Saia, Pratt & Whitney vice president, Next Generation Product Family. "This demonstrator engine has confirmed the laboratory results of our Fan Drive Gear System demonstrating excellent efficiency and operational characteristics. The double-digit reductions in fuel burn, engine noise, environmental emissions and operating costs we've targeted make the Geared Turbofan engine the best solution for the next generation of commercial aircraft." The Phase II test program included the acoustic measurements of the Geared Turbofan demonstrator engine. The tests measured the ground-level noise characteristics of the engine, which is expected to be 50 percent quieter than today's engines and 20 dB quieter than International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Stage 4 noise regulations. The testing used an array of 32 individual microphones around the engine test stand and 16 sound pressure transducers inside the engine to get accurate data for noise modeling.
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AgustaWestland announced that Helicopters New Zealand (Helicopters NZ) has signed a contract for an additional three AW139 medium twin turbine engine helicopters plus options for a further two aircraft. These helicopters, which add to two AW139s previously purchased with the first aircraft already in service and the second one expected to be delivered soon, will be used for offshore transport purposes. The acquisition of new AW139s will enable the company to further increase its ability to further expand its support of leading companies such as Shell, confirming Helicopters NZ as the prime offshore operator in the region. Helicopter NZ is taking advantage of the outstanding AW139 characteristics including excellent performance, the largest cabin in its class, high safety, reliability and serviceability levels and the AW139 has also proven fully compliant with the Shell Aviation's and Woodside Australia's stringent operational and quality requirements.
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Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and MTU Aero Engines signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly pursue business opportunities in the growing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market in Europe. Under the five-year agreement, P&WC and MTU will cooperate in positioning themselves for participation in future European UAV programs. Pratt & Whitney Canada is a United Technologies company. "This MOU is an important step in positioning ourselves for success in the emerging European UAV market," said Michael Perodeau, vice president, Corporate Aviation and Military Engines, P&WC. "We have been doing business with MTU for nearly a quarter of a century and look forward to working closely with them to explore opportunities in this promising sector."
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Saab Bofors Dynamics and Diehl BGT Defence successfully fired the latest generation Surface-to-Surface Missile RBS15 Mk3 against a land target. On Saturday March 15 2008 the RBS15 Mk3 was launched at the FMV test range Vidsel in northern Sweden, witnessed by government delegations from several nations such as Sweden, Germany and Poland. The missile was launched from a truck, previously belonging to the Swedish Armed Forces Coastal Missile Battery, and primed to perform a land attack mission at long range. The missile cruised over various terrain profiles via a large number of waypoints. It passed several sea targets within lethal range before it performed a high-G pop-up manoeuvre and hit the land target at a high dive angle.
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Lockheed Martin successfully conducted the first SCALPEL weapon system release in a recent flight test at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division China Lake test range in California. This was the first in a series of tests as part of the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps/Lockheed Martin demonstration flight test program. Three inert SCALPEL weapons were captive-carried and released from two AV-8B Harriers from the U.S. Navy's Air Test & Evaluation Squadron VX-31. The weapons were released from various altitudes and distances from their targets, demonstrating the range and accuracy of the system. The enhanced seeker accurately guided each SCALPEL to its target, and the advanced guidance and control system consistently demonstrated its precision. SCALPEL is a small weapon system that offers precision engagement while minimizing the potential for collateral damage in close air support and urban environments. It is a spiral development program incorporating the existing Enhanced Laser Guided Training Round airframe, minimal aircraft integration costs and development efforts, low technical and schedule risks, and affordable unit cost. SCALPEL can be employed on F-16, F/A-18, AV-8B, medium and large UAV aircraft, and other domestic and international aircraft platforms.
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AeroVironment announced it has been awarded a Phase II contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to design and build a flying prototype for the Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) program. AV completed a preliminary design review at the end of its Phase I, $1.7 million program. Phase II, which was initiated in March, is a new six-month, $636,000 development program that will culminate with the demonstration of a rudimentary, three-inch flapping-wing air vehicle system. Following a successful demonstration, DARPA has the option to extend the program for an additional 18 months which could increase the Phase II contract value. The NAV program was initiated by DARPA to develop a new class of air vehicles capable of indoor and outdoor operations. Employing biological mimicry at an extremely small scale this unconventional aircraft is designed to provide new military reconnaissance capabilities in urban environments. AV's NAV is designed to weigh no more than 10 grams and have the ability to carry a payload of up to 2 grams. AV's NAV team also developed the Black Widow and Wasp MAVs for DARPA.
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A ceremony in Halmstad, home of the Air Defence Regiment Lv 6, has been held to mark the delivery by manufacturers Saab Bofors Dynamics of Fire Unit 23, also known as Bamse, to the Swedish Armed Forces. For a number of years the Air Defence Regiment has been using the surveillance radar (UndE 23), the part of the system that gathers information.
"Now the final piece of the puzzle is in place in the missile system RBS 23", the local Saab Bofors representative, Leif Lundin, explained in his speech. The system has been under development for almost 20 years and the advanced missile is highly manoeuvrable. The missile can shoot down air targets including fixed wing aircraft, helicopters and guided bombs, at ranges between 1 kilometre and 15 kilometres at altitudes up to 15,000 metres. The missile also has extremely high speed and acceleration. In just one second the missile can reach the dizzying speed of 3,000 km/hour.
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NASA has selected six candidate mission proposals for further evaluation as part of the agency's Small Explorer (SMEX) Program. The proposals will study the far reaches of the universe, including the Earth's thermosphere and ionosphere, the sun, black holes, the first stars, and Earthlike planets around nearby stars.
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Audited financial results of Aero Vodochody, the largest aviation producer in the Czech Republic, confirmed improvement in its economy compared to 2006 by CZK 1.2 billion. Aero created profit for 2007 in the amount of CZK 236 million (compared to the loss of 2006 in the amount of CZK 964.3 million). Revenue of the Company reached CZK 4.3 billion in 2007, which represents an increase compared to 2006 by 47%. "Year 2007 represented a true turning point for Aero Vodochody. The capital entrance of a strong shareholder, private equity group Penta, proved soon. Compared to the set goal to show profit from January 2008, Aero already in August 2007 started creating profit. The restructuring process was successfully completed," says Peter Ondro, President of Aero. In 2007, Aero launched large investment projects, mainly into reconstruction and modernization of machinery and technologies. In 2007, more than CZK 100 million was invested. Acquisition of Rotorech Composites Ltd., which extended the portfolio of advanced technologies by composites production, represented an important milestone of the year 2007. Aero at the same time launched a project of an in-house composite plant. "Investments into production and technologies for 2008 should reach up to CZK 150 million. Till 2012, we plan to invest almost CZK 1.5 billion," says President of Aero Peter Ondro. 
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Fraport's executive board chairman Dr. Wilhelm Bender reported on "the very successful 2007 financial year" at the company's Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Frankfurt. "Despite considerable capacity constraints at Frankfurt Airport, we were able to achieve noticeable growth in passenger and airfreight figures," said Bender. "Moreover, 2007 was particularly successful because of the quantum leap taken toward Frankfurt Airport's expansion, when the Hesse government's zoning approval was issued last December." With EUR2.329 billion, Fraport AG's revenues exceeded the previous year's level by 8.6 percent. Rising 0.4 percent to EUR580.5 million, operating results (EBITDA or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) also achieved a new record level, despite positive one-off special effects in the previous year. One-off effects in 2006 were also the reason why Group profits of EUR213.7 million in 2007 fell slightly short of the previous year's record level. The executive and supervisory boards are recommending that shareholders again receive a dividend of EUR1.15 per share for fiscal year 2007 - despite the special effects in the previous year. "This demonstrates continuity on a high level," stated Fraport's executive board chairman. Bender explained that the company plans to invest approximately EUR4 billion for expanding Frankfurt Airport's (FRA) capacity - for the new runway and associated infrastructure as well as for constructing the planned Terminal 3 once the new runway is inaugurated. A further EUR3 billion will be spent on modernizing and optimizing existing airport facilities. "This total investment of about EUR7 billion - which, over the next seven years, is intended to maintain FRA's future competitiveness - will be a considerable strain on us", Bender emphasized. However, the total budget is financially feasible and imperative, if Frankfurt does not want to drop out of the "champions league of globally linked air transportation hubs."
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UPS announced it will work with DHL Express U.S. toward an agreement to provide transportation in its air network for all of DHL's express, deferred and international package volume within the United States. UPS also would provide air lift for DHL packages between the United States, Canada and Mexico. A final contract is anticipated later this year. The agreement, when finalized, would be expected to extend for 10 years and produce up to $1 billion in additional annual revenue for UPS. The company said it would begin phasing in a limited amount of volume in 2008 with ramp up in 2009. "We believe this arrangement with DHL would represent a wise use of our assets and network capacity while creating a substantial and profitable revenue stream for our company," said David Abney, UPS's chief operating officer. "We plan to move forward quickly on the final contract." The agreement would not involve the pick-up or delivery of DHL packages to their customers, only the transport of packages, primarily between airports, in North America. As such, the work will be similar to that currently performed by UPS for the U.S. Postal Service.
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AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that Helicopters New Zealand (Helicopters NZ) has signed a contract for an additional three AW139 medium twin turbine engine helicopters plus options for a further two aircraft. These helicopters, which add to two AW139s previously purchased with the first aircraft already in service and the second one expected to be delivered soon, will be used for offshore transport purposes. The acquisition of new AW139s will enable the company to further increase its ability to further expand its support of leading companies such as Shell, confirming Helicopters NZ as the prime offshore operator in the region.
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Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 747-400ERF (Extended Range Freighter) last Friday. The airplane, the first of six Boeing 747-400ERFs to be delivered to Cathay Pacific, was unveiled last week at a pre-flight ceremony at the Boeing Delivery Center in Everett, Wash. Among those present were Cathay Pacific's Ron Mathison, director and general manager for Cargo; senior managers from Cathay's North America and Hong Kong cargo team and invited senior cargo industry executives. Cathay Pacific currently operates 115 airplanes, 18 of which are freighters, including six 747-400BCFs (Boeing Converted Freighters), six 747-400 and six 747-200 Freighters. The airline has remaining orders for two 747-400BCFs to further expand its freighter fleet. Cathay Pacific also has an order for 10 747-8F freighters.
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Bombardier announced its facility in Queretaro, Mexico will manufacture the composite structure for its all-new, state-of-the-art Learjet 85 business jet. The Queretaro site will also manufacture the electrical harness and perform sub-assembly systems installation. Final assembly, interior completions, flight test and customer delivery of this next-generation aircraft will take place at Bombardier's Wichita facility, home of the legendary Learjet brand. "Mexico is key to the development of a highly competitive aerospace industry in Central and South America, as well as to Bombardier's increased competitiveness in the international marketplace," said Jean Seguin, Vice-President Engineering and Supply Chain, Bombardier Aerospace. "With our facility in Queretaro, we continue to expand our manufacturing capacity while increasing the efficiency of our operations. In keeping with our tradition of innovation, the composite manufacturing capacity we are adding to our plant in Mexico is an excellent complement to the approximately 40 years of experience in advanced composites technologies developed at our Bombardier facilities."
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Nippon Cargo Airlines has taken delivery of its first GE CF6-80C2 engines incorporating a new, high-pressure turbine upgrade. The turbine upgrade, part of GE's new Tech CF6 program, was installed in engines for the airline's new Boeing 747-400F aircraft. Nippon Cargo ordered four 747-400F aircraft, and the first was delivered today. The remaining three will be delivered between now and February 2009. In 2006, GE launched the Tech CF6 program to incorporate advanced technology into the high-pressure turbine (HPT), combustor and high-pressure compressor (HPC) areas. The new HPT technologies, now standard on CF6-80C2 production engines and available as an upgrade, include airfoil-cooling advancements to enhance operational reliability and improve fuel burn retention. The combustor and HPC advancements are also available as an upgrade option to incorporate into existing CF6-80C2 fleets.
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AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings announced that it will defer 18 Boeing 737-700 aircraft originally scheduled for delivery between 2009 through 2011 to 2013 through 2014. "As we stated during our first quarter earnings call, as a result of continuing record high fuel costs, we are reducing planned growth for September, 2008, through at least 2009 from 10 percent to no more than flat. This transaction will accomplish a substantial portion of that plan," said Bob Fornaro, AirTran Airways' President and CEO. "We appreciate the support of Boeing in this action as a part of their commitment to our long-term success." The airline currently operates 54 Boeing 737-700 series aircraft as well as 87 Boeing 717-200 aircraft, and has America's youngest all-Boeing fleet.
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CAE has been awarded contracts to design and manufacture five full-flight simulators (FFSs) valued at more than C$56 million at list prices. The contracts are with Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Ansett Aviation Training, Skymark Airlines of Japan, and CAE's new training centre in Bangalore, India, which is a joint venture owned 50 percent by CAE. The company has now announced a total of 10 FFS sales year to date in fiscal year 2009. "We have had a strong start to our fiscal year and we expect continued success by offering the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of simulation products ideally suited for pilot training programs," said Marc Parent, CAE's Group President, Simulation Products and Military Training & Services. "We're particularly pleased to welcome first-time customer Skymark to our long list of simulation equipment customers."
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EADS Defence & Security (DS) will be supplying the Electronic Warfare (EW) self-defence ground station of the A400M transport aircraft, a further core element of the A400M's self-protection system. This software-based planning tool pre-configures the on-board protection measures in order to ensure that the aircraft during its mission can respond to upcoming threats appropriately. As reported during the Berlin Airshow, Defence Electronics (DE), an integrated Business Unit of DS, received a direct order valued at approximately 150 million euros for the delivery of the so-called "Pre-flight Message Support Environment" (PFMSE) from Airbus Military S.L.  PFMSE is a software-based system used to program the A400M self-protection system. It enables the customer to create a library of expected threats and make a pre-selection of possible electronic countermeasures. PFMSE increases the effectiveness of the self-protection system and thus the aircraft's survivability during missions.
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Boeing and International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) reached a historic milestone this week with the delivery of ILFC's 75th Boeing 777. The Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) is leased to ILFC's customer, Cathay Pacific Airways. ILFC has ordered 79 777s from Boeing since 1992, more than any other customer. Cathay Pacific now operates 25 777s, with 22 more 777-300ERs scheduled to be delivered including two more to be leased from ILFC.
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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
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