18.05.2008
FLUG REVUE

2008-05-18 - News in briefNews in Brief

Kurzmeldungen<br /> +++<br /> Alenia Aermacchi has signed with the Department of National Defence a contract valued at USD 13.8 million for 18 SF-260F/PAF primary training aircraft.

In addition to the aircraft the contract, which is part of the programme to modernize the Philippine Armed Forces, also includes the training of pilots and technicians, technical assistance and the supply of ground support equipment and spare parts. The delivery of the 18 SF-260F/PAF trainers will start 12 months after contract signature and will conclude within 18 months.The aircraft will be assembled in the Philippines on behalf of Alenia Aermacchi, with the work being performed locally by Aerotech Industries Philippines Inc. The agreement is further confirmation of the training qualities of the Aermacchi SF-260, which the Philippine Air Force (PAF) had previously procured in both the piston-engined variant (46 aircraft) and the turbine-powered model (18). The PAF also uses another Alenia Aermacchi product, the S-211 jet, for basic and advanced training.
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Finmeccanica and DRS Technologies announced that they have signed a definitive merger agreement under which Finmeccanica will acquire 100% of DRS stock for US$81 per share in cash. The transaction allows Finmeccanica to consolidate its international role as a key supplier of integrated systems for defense and security, entering the U.S. market as a key player. It further allows DRS to seek new business opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. The transaction, valued at approximately US$5.2 billion (Euro 3.4 billion), inclusive of approximately $1.2 billion in net debt, following the conversion of DRS' convertible notes, represents a premium of 27 percent to DRS' closing share price on May 7, 2008; it is also a 32 percent premium over DRS' thirty-day average stock price traded on the NYSE. DRS will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary, maintaining its current management and headquarters. As is customary in this type of transaction, DRS and Finmeccanica will comply with all national security requirements and will propose to the Defense Security Service (DSS) that the company operate under a Special Security Agreement (SSA), with its own board of directors comprised predominantly of U.S. citizens holding security clearances and a government security committee. With increased business opportunities that will arise following the transaction, it is expected that DRS will expand its overall employment base.
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Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW307B engine has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace to power the all-new composite Learjet 85 midsize business jet. The PW307B turbofan engine, rated in the 6,000-pound-thrust class, is the newest member of the increasingly popular PW300 family. The new-generation engine is designed to deliver superior performance, high durability and low operating economics, with significantly lower emission and noise levels. It also offers high dispatch reliability and easy maintenance. The PW307B engine features the company's TALON(TM) advanced combustor technology, which significantly outperforms ICAO standards by over 30 per cent for nitrous oxide emissions. The engine is designed for low noise and also meets Zurich 5 requirements for zero surcharge fees.
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Boeing and El Al Israel Airlines have completed an order for four 777-200ERs (Extended Range). The Israeli airline has secured options for two additional 777s and holds conversion rights for the 777-300ER, a larger version of the 777 with increased payload and range capability. The order is valued at $850 million at list prices.
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Boeing announced that the U.S. Air Force has placed the first Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite into operation over the Pacific region. The Boeing-built satellite transitioned to operations on April 16, following extensive satellite and ground system tests conducted by the government with support from Boeing engineers. "The successful launch, checkout and handover of WGS-1 went smoothly and is a testament to the great work of the combined government and contractor team," said Brig. Gen. Susan Mashiko, commander of the Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing at the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles. "The performance of this first WGS satellite is nothing short of exceptional."
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The commercial air transport maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market in 2007 was worth US$45B according to the latest update of the AeroStrategy/OAGback MRO market model. This reflects a 10% increase over the 2006 market spend of about $41B. Growth of MRO spend over the next decade is expected to be 3.1% per annum, resulting in a market of US$61.3B in 2017 (in constant $). AeroStrategy also predicts several structural changes to take place in the next 10 years: AeroStrategy predicts that outsourcing of maintenance will increase from 52% in 2007 to 73% in 2017; the amount of airframe heavy maintenance being outsourced to independent airframe MRO suppliers is predicted to increase from 20% in 2007 to 50% in 2017; the amount of component maintenance done in-house by the airlines is predicted to decrease from 30% in 2007 to 15% in 2017…with over 50% of all component MRO being performed by airline third party suppliers; PMA parts penetration will increase from 2.5% in 2007 to 8% in 2017; aircraft OEMs will become important suppliers of integrated MRO contracts on the next generation single aisle aircraft
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The Advanced Turbine Engine Company, LLC (ATEC), a Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney joint venture, was awarded a $108 million contract by the U.S. Army for the Advanced Affordable Turbine Engine (AATE) technology demonstrator program. The AATE demonstrator program is designed to validate the technologies needed to achieve the Army's aggressive performance goals of 65 percent improvement in shaft horsepower (SHP)/weight ratio and a 25 percent improvement in specific fuel consumption (SFC) for the next generation 3,000 SHP turboshaft engine. This engine is planned to replace the T700 engine now powering UH-60 BLACK HAWK and AH-64 Apache helicopters.
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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Strategic Airlift Capability of C-17 Globemaster III Aircraft as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $700 million. An international consortium made up of allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) together with Sweden and Finland, the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) requests a possible sale of two Boeing C-17 GLOBEMASTER III aircraft, four Turbofan F117-PW-100 engines installed on each aircraft (8 total engines), AN/ALE-47 Counter-Measures Dispensing System (CMDS), AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System, Government Furnished Equipment, spare and repairs parts, pyrotechnics, flares, other explosives, Global Positioning System security devices, crew armor, mission planning system software, COMSEC equipment and support, supply support, training equipment and support, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $700 million. The new NATO Airlift Management Organization (NAMO) will purchase, own, and manage the aircraft. A multinational military unit to be named the Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) will conduct airlift operations. NATO has the ability to absorb and employ the C-17. It has agreed to pursue basing the C-17s at Papa Air Base, in Hungary, further adding to the synergies of operating side-by-side with NATO allies. Papa AB has already undergone significant NATO-funded infrastructure upgrades required to support operation of C-17s and other large aircraft, and this capability will qualify Papa AB for further NATO Security Investment program funding.
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Lockheed Martin announced that it has submitted its proposal to the U.S. Air Force for the Self-Awareness Space Situational Awareness (SASSA) program. Under a $30-million contract scheduled to be awarded in late 2008, SASSA will consist of a technology demonstration payload that will provide tactical space situational awareness. SASSA is being developed to demonstrate the ability to build a standardized threat warning system and communicate relevant information to operators on the ground.
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The business relationship between the City of Mesa and MD Helicopters is showing renewed strength as the company confirmed arrangements to keep its current facility and quality employees at Falcon Field Airport. Mesa and MD Helicopters have reached an agreement on lease rates for the remaining term of the leases, which run to 2013 and onward to 2033 if all options to extend the leases are exercised. "MD Helicopters is truly an asset to Mesa, both as a business and community partner, and I am pleased that they will stay in their current location for at least the next five years," Gov. Janet Napolitano said. "MD provides the high-quality jobs that are good for our state, and their continued presence will remain a major contributor to Arizona's economy." Mesa City Manager Chris Brady said the agreement is a best-case scenario for all involved. "I am pleased an amendment to MD's current lease at Falcon Field has been agreed upon," said Brady. "MD Helicopters will continue to be a major player in Mesa's growing aviation sector as well as continuing to employ nearly 300 people." The decision will not affect plans already in progress for the company's expansion.
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Boeing and International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) on Monday celebrated the delivery of the leasing company's 400th Boeing 737 airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800 that ILFC customer Travel Service will operate under lease. The airplane, shown here during a test flight, is equipped with performance-enhancing Blended Winglets, which improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 4 percent. ILFC, an international market leader in the leasing and remarketing of commercial jet aircraft to airlines around the world, received its first 737, a 737-200, in June 1978. With this delivery, ILFC has received a total of 660 jetliners from Boeing including MD-11s, MD-80s, 727s, 737 Classics, Next-Generation 737s, 747s, 757s, 767s and 777s. Currently, ILFC's portfolio includes more than 900 jet airplanes valued at more than $50 billion.
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Embraer announced that it plans to invest an estimated US$ 50 million for the establishment of a new facility in the United States dedicated to its executive jets business. The new 150,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility will house a final assembly line, the first for Embraer in the U.S. It will be capable of producing both the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 executive jet models, as well as a paint shop and a delivery and customer design center. After a rigorous and thorough site selection process, the preferred location for the project is Melbourne International Airport, in Melbourne, Florida, which best satisfies all applicable operational requirements and strategies. A Memorandum of Intent has been executed between all of the necessary parties, and a final decision is predicated on approval by the State and local governments. Embraer expects to create approximately 200 skilled positions by 2011. These will be necessary to operate all aspects of the facility, including aircraft assembly, production planning, logistics and quality, aircraft interior design, corporate administration, engineering, and aircraft painting, delivery, and flight testing functions.
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Selex Galileo of Finmeccanica has signed a contract worth Euro65,49 million with Thales Alenia Space, to supply the Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (SLSTR), a crucial element of the Sentinel 3 payload. The Sentinel 3 is one of the "Sentinels" foreseen within the European program GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). The contract will last 4 years, with more than 40 high qualified people involved at Selex Galileo, which will also manage an industrial team of twenty European companies for the development of the payload, due to be launched in 2012. A further contract for the second Sentinel 3 satellite and its payload is expected within the next year. With an average life of 5 years for each satellite, and an overall coverage of 20 years of the GMES programme, the launch of 3 to 5 satellites for each Sentinel type can be expected. The infrared radiometer SLSTR (Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer) of Selex Galileo derives from the ATSR (Along-Track Scanning Radiometer) family of sensors, on board ERS I, ERS II and ENVISAT. Its main task is the measurement of land and sea surface temperature. SLSTR covers nine bands between 0.555 and 12 micron wavelength. The channeIs in the Visible (VIS) will allow the vegetation mapping, while those in the Short Wavelength Infrared (SWIR) will provide data for the correction of atmospheric parameters (aerosol, clouds). Able to perform the measurement of the sea and land temperature with an accuracy of 0.2 Kelvin degrees and with an on ground spatial resolution of 1 Km, the SLSTR will offer a significant contribution to meteorology and climatology allowing the planet Earth temperature continuous monitoring in the forthcoming years.
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Pratt & Whitney's PW4000 Advantage70 development engine commenced flight testing on the company's 747 flying test bed at its test flight facility in Plattsburgh, New York. The engine, which will deliver 70,000 pounds of thrust for the A330 aircraft family, is expected to achieve Federal Aviation Administration certification in October. The first PW4000-100" engines with the Advantage70 technology upgrade are scheduled to enter service in 2009. "We are thrilled that the Advantage70 flight testing is off to a great start," said Jim Speich, PW4000-100" program manager, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. "A rigorous flight test program is planned for the development engine; we expect enhanced performance, operability and significant environmental improvements compared to today's A330 aircraft." The A330-200 and A330-300 passenger aircraft will be the first to fly PW4000-100" engines with Advantage70 in mid-2009. Flyington Freighters, the launch customer for the A330-200F, selected Advantage70 to power their new aircraft, which are scheduled to enter service in late 2009. Engine ground testing completed in East Hartford, Conn., has initially demonstrated the technology upgrades will deliver enhanced engine performance, including a 2 percent thrust increase, a 1 percent reduction in fuel consumption, increased durability, and reduced maintenance costs.
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Northrop Grumman successfully accomplished the first-ever real-time download and distribution of sensor information from an F-22 Raptor fighter to F-15 and F-16 aircraft via an airborne network and an F-22-unique datalink. Northrop Grumman demonstrated this in-flight data transfer capability with its Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) during the U.S. Air Force's Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2008 (JEFX-08). Downloading and distributing situational awareness data from the stealthy F-22's forward deployed positions leverages the Raptor's sensor capabilities as a force multiplier and as a future enabler for enhanced effects-based planning. BACN played a critical role in substantiating the operational utility and technical performance of Internet protocol-based airborne networking.
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QinetiQ and Boeing, leaders of Team ACTIVE (Aircrew Collective Training through Immersive Virtual Events), have achieved the first ever link-up between the US Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) Network aircrew training system and simulation facilities overseas. Exercise 'Avenging Eagle' was the culmination of the 30 month Mission Training through Distributed Simulation Capability Concept Demonstrator (MTDS CCD) programme. The exercise connected flight simulators distributed throughout the US, UK and Europe, to deliver realistic operational training to diverse military aircrews. "The CCD facility signals the future of synthetic mission training," said General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue, Chief of Defence Materiel. "Such a capability will allow us to make even better use of our opportunities for live training." Tornado, Typhoon, E3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and Forward Air Control simulators located at RAF Waddington in the UK were linked to A10 aircraft simulators in Spangdahlem, Germany; F-16 aircraft simulators at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Arizona; F-15 aircraft simulators at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia; and AWACS simulators at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The participants were able to plan, brief, execute and debrief the mission, and review their learning experience, within the same virtual synthetic environment.
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Fragmentation in the European market for security is undermining the capabilities of governments and the private sector to provide citizens with the protection they deserve and to allow business  continuity for the economy. This is one of the key messages that emerged today at the conference which marked the launch of the European Organisation for Security - EOS - a private sector initiative of leading European companies open  to all European private security stakeholders. At a time when security is globally among the highest political priorities, Europe remains handicapped with a market for security that is divided by national, regional and sectoral differences without a sustainable European industrial security policy. While public policy priorities and spending drive this market, it is the private sector that provides the toolsto achieve these public objectives. The role of companies, through partnership, is crucial for successful policy implementation. The role of users is fundamental to define adequate procurement policies. Over 300 security stakeholders from governments and industry gathered at the EOS launch event in Brussels to raise awareness of the need for a more integrated security market. EOS is the first Europe-wide private initiative capable of covering security in all its different fields – including civil protection, borders surveillance, and protection of critical infrastructures. EOS aims to improve citizens' protection by developing tools to fight not only terrorism and criminality, but also to face natural disaster such as the current cataclysmic floods in Burma.
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Raytheon has entered the U.S. Navy's High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapons Concept (HAAWC) competition, successfully demonstrating a new weapon system -- the Fish Hawk -- March 21 at the Eglin flight demonstration range in the Gulf of Mexico. The Fish Hawk is a kit that attaches to Raytheon's MK54 lightweight torpedo and enables submarine-hunting aircraft like the P-8 Multi Mission Maritime Aircraft and P-3 Orion to precisely deploy torpedoes from high altitudes while standing off a safe distance from a target. During the March demonstration, an aircraft flying at 15,000 feet jettisoned a Fish Hawk-equipped dummy torpedo. The Fish Hawk's wings rapidly deployed and the weapon system then glided more than 10 nautical miles, splashing down well within the small target area and achieving all primary test objectives.
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The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has authorized Raytheon to demonstrate target recognition technology designed to increase protection for ground forces without compounding risk to an aircraft stalking enemies who threaten those forces. First in a laboratory and then aloft, the company expects to show how its Air-to-Ground Radar Imaging II program would permit aircraft at a safe distance to detect, track and target hostile forces in motion on the ground. The laboratory demonstration is expected in autumn 2008, followed by a flight next spring aboard a Raytheon test aircraft. Advanced high-resolution radar can monitor activity from distances of more than 50 miles. Raytheon expects the demonstrations to prove software the company developed for a target recognition system mounted on a manned or unmanned aircraft will permit current radar technology to accomplish this new mission. Raytheon leads a team that includes BAE Systems and SAIC.
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The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman two undefinitized contracts, worth $300 million collectively, to complete non-recurring engineering, flight test/certification and begin production of new engines for the service's E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) fleet. The E-8C is a modified B707-300 series commercial aircraft that detects, locates, classifies, tracks and targets hostile ground movements, communicating real-time information through secure data links. Work will begin immediately with the test bed aircraft based in Melbourne being the first E-8 to convert to the Pratt and Whitney JT8D engine and complete military certification flight test activities, which will begin later this year. Concurrently, production startup activity begins with Northrop Grumman's principal subcontractors, Pratt and Whitney and Seven Q Seven, to produce a propulsion pod system that includes JT8D core engines, nacelles, thrust reversers and pylons. The first retrofit to the Joint STARS fleet is set for late 2010.
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The EUROCONTROL Agency has initiated a major programme of work intended to ensure the safe and efficient integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the pan-European Air Traffic Management (ATM) Network. Despite the increasing sophistication of UAS, safety concerns mean that at present they are normally segregated from other airspace users. This inhibits their employment in a wide range of activities that are particularly well suited to their unique mix of capabilities such as flexibility, agility, long-endurance and low cost. EUROCONTROL is therefore providing the European lead on the air traffic management (ATM) aspects of UAS flight outside segregated airspace. "The challenge of UAS integration is global," said Jean-Robert Cazarre, Director of Civil-Military Coordination at EUROCONTROL. "It will not happen without the relevant national and international organizations, agencies and bodies all cooperating closely with each other, and EUROCONTROL has established just such synergies. In addition, we need to sustain a strong partnership with industry, operators and airspace users, particularly General Aviation, to ensure that all concerns are properly addressed."
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GKN Aerospace teams at the Company's Composites Research Centre, Cowes, UK and at the Ice Protection Facility in Luton, UK, have commenced work on the three year 'Next Generation Composite Wing' (NGCW) research programme aimed at revolutionizing technologies that will improve future wing design and manufacturing processes in the UK. NGCW is an Airbus, UK-led collaboration between 17 leading British organisations, both industrial companies and research organisations, and is jointly funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB), a number of Regional Development Agencies (RDA's) and the industrial partner companies. Market predictions indicate that in the coming years, some 60% of the bare structure weight of a typical 150-seater aircraft platform will comprise composite materials - whilst aircraft demand could necessitate production rates in excess of 40 aircraft sets per month. GKN Aerospace's involvement on the NGCW programme will further progress the Company's advanced composites manufacturing and ice protection expertise, the aim being to ensure that future composite wing structures and their integrated system technologies can be produced to the necessary standards and at the required high production rates.  For GKN Aerospace, the NGCW activity will focus on optimising factory layout for high rate production and maximum efficiency.  The Company will examine new developments in composite tooling and hard metal coatings to extend tooling life and will work to advance wing systems design integration.
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Pratt & Whitney received the remaining three Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) approvals. The three STCs certify Global Material Solutions life-limited parts for the CFM56-3 engine high-pressure compressor, high- pressure turbine, and low-pressure turbine; in total GMS has certified 19 CFM56-3 engine life limited parts. Each part is certified with FAA Chapter 5 life limits equal to the original type certificate holder. The FAA's STC process requires an applicant to meet all regulations required of a type certificate holder. The three Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) come less than two months after the program's initial STC approval for the engine fan and booster. The initial Global Material Solutions STC approval was the first FAA certification granted for alternative life limited engine parts. "Pratt & Whitney now has four STC approvals certifying all 19 life limited parts for the CFM56-3 engine. These STC approvals are a significant achievement," said Matthew Bromberg, vice president and general manager, Global Material Solutions. "We will now focus on leveraging Pratt & Whitney's OEM capability and quality to meet customer demand."
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Boeing and GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) on Tuesday celebrated the delivery of the leasing company's 300th Boeing jetliner, a Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplane, that GECAS customer XL Airways will operate under lease. The airplane, shown here during a test flight, is equipped with performance-enhancing Blended Winglets, which improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 4 percent, and will be the first 737-900ER to join the XL Airways fleet. GECAS, the U.S. and Irish commercial aircraft financing and leasing businesses of GE, ordered its first Boeing airplane, a 767-300ER, in August 1995, and has ordered 433 Boeing airplanes to date including 737 Classics, Next-Generation 737s, 747s, 757s, 767s and 777s. Currently, it has a fleet of 1,475 owned aircraft it leases to more than 230 airlines in 70 countries.
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Mecaer America Inc., a Mecaer Group Company, has been officially selected by Diamond Aircraft to provide the landing gear system for the series production of the D-JET personal jet. Mecaer America's scope of work includes design, certification testing, manufacturing and after-sale support of the nose and main landing gear.
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Thales Alenia Space announced that it has signed a contract with Korea Telecom (KT) to provide their next telecommunication satellite, Koreasat 6. For this contract, Thales Alenia Space teamed with U.S manufacturer, Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital) who will provide satellite platform. As prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space will have overall responsibility for design, manufacturing and test of the Koreasat 6 satellite and Ground Segment, as well as Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP), In-Orbit Test (IOT) support and associated services. Thales Alenia Space will procure Orbital's small sized GEO platform, STAR-2, and will manufacture the communications payload.
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In a cockpit identical to the one in the first prototype, the two Solar Impulse pilots, one after the other, spent 25 hours flying non-stop at the controls of the solar airplane. Bertrand Piccard from Tuesday 13 May at 7:27 to Wednesday 14 May at 8:43, and André Borschberg from Thursday 15 May at 7:20 to Friday 16 May at 8:38. The flight simulator, developed by Solar Impulse and assembled by the EPFL, enabled them to pilot the HB-SIA for the first time, equipped and harnessed as they will be during their first flights: with helmet, safety harness, parachute, oxygen mask, and with food supplies and the accessories adapted for their natural needs. Taking off from Payerne, they were able to test the cockpit's ergonomics, note possible improvements, the aerodynamic behavior of the plane, the management of the energy consumed by the motors or stored away in the batteries and the efficiency of these during the nocturnal part of the flight.
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NASA´s Dryden Flight Research Center and the Northrop Grumman Corporation have reached an agreement that will enable NASA's Science Mission Directorate to conduct Earth science research with the Northrop Grumman-developed RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system.Under a Space Act Agreement signed April 30, NASA and Northrop Grumman will bring to flight in 2009 two pre-production Global Hawk aircraft that were recently transferred to NASA. Northrop Grumman will share in their use to conduct its own flight demonstrations for expanded markets, missions and airborne capabilities, including integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace.The two Global Hawk aircraft, among the first seven built during the original Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency sponsored Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration program, were transferred to NASA Dryden from the U.S. Air Force in September 2007. NASA acquired the two aircraft for research activities supporting its Airborne Science Program.
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Within the frame work of the first Moscow International Exhibition HeliRussia-2008 Oboronprom Corporation and AgustaWestland declared commencement of the large-scale & long-term co-operation in the helicopter business. The basis for the cooperation was the Letter of Intent signed in summer 2007, providing for promotion of relations of the two companies in various sectors of the helicopter business. Oboronprom Corporation and AgustaWestland have agreed upon a stage-wise consolidation of the two companies' cooperation. The first step resulted in the signing in May 2008 of a long-term contract and a distribution agreement between AgustaWestland, Oboronprom Corporation and Loyd's Investments Corp. The agreement provides for the acquisition of AgustaWestland helicopters to the approximate value of € 450 million up to 2012. Commitments for 2008 includes 10 helicopters to the total value of around € 65 million comprising two AW119 Ke single engine, two AW109 Power, four Grand light twin and two AW139 medium twin helicopters. The agreement also provides for marketing of AgustaWestland helicopters in Russia as well as in the majority of CIS helicopter markets for various applications, e.g. in the VIP market segment, corporate-transport, oil/energy activity support as well as EMS. The second stage of the cooperation will be the establishment by Oboronprom Corporation and AgustaWestland of a number of maintenance centers for AgustaWestland helicopters in Russia. Oboronprom Corporation and AgustaWestland envisage that the third stage of the evolving cooperation will be a joint production agreement of AgustaWestland helicopters in Russia for both domestic and international markets. A joint team of experts is working in order to define how to best implement this project and will select a production site in the European part of Russia. The helicopters produced in Russia will be marketed both within Russia and CIS area, and through AgustaWestland all over the world.
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Boeing, Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services, Tsinghua University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are hosting a competition for college students from select universities in the United States and China to create more environmentally progressive ways of operating an aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility. The 2008 Boeing Shanghai Challenge invites teams of up to three university students and one faculty adviser to prepare "green" concepts for the Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services MRO operation. Entries will be judged on creativity of solution, technical feasibility, depth and completeness of technical analysis, and clarity of presentation. Entries are to be received June 1.
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Pratt & Whitney Canada and Helicopters of Russia have signed in Moscow a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to produce the PW127TS engine for Russia's new generation, twin-engine medium helicopter Mi-38. Under the agreement with JSC "Helicopters of Russia", JSC "Ufa Engine Industrial Association" (UMPO) and the Central Institute of Aviation Motors (CIAM), P&WC will be responsible for developing a turboshaft version of its PW127 engine and having it certified to Transport Canada and Russian standards. Helicopters of Russia, together with UMPO, will invest in the development and localization of the PW127TS, which will be assembled under license by UMPO for the Russian MI-38. The MI-38 will be manufactured by Kazan Helicopters.
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Helicopter giant Bristow has been awarded a further contract after more than 10 years of excellent service to a key customer in the North Sea. Teekay Petrojarl has renewed its Bristow helicopter services contract to support the Petrojarl Banff FPSO and the Apollo Spirit FSO in the Central North Sea. Bristow has been supporting the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels company, and the previous owners of the Banff Field, since 1998. In recognition of Bristow's record over the past 10 years, Teekay Petrojarl has confirmed that Bristow will support these facilities for as long as they remain operational in the Banff Field.
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British Airways presented its preliminary results for the 12 months ended March 31, 2008. Revenue was up 3.1 per cent to £8,753 million, operating profit of £875 million (2007: £602 million) and operating margin 10.0 per cent (2007: 7.1 per cent). British Airways' chief executive Willie Walsh, said: "This is an outstanding financial result for the company despite rising fuel prices and significant economic slowdown in the last six months.  We have achieved our goal of a ten per cent operating margin which I am delighted has triggered the reward scheme for our staff.  For our shareholders too, it signals the welcome return of a dividend - the first since 2001. Delivering ten per cent has not been easy, but we have achieved it by remaining focused on our strategy for the last six years.  We tackled our pension deficit and we have strengthened the fundamentals of our balance sheet while at the same time growing a profitable business.
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Singapore Airlines redefines long-haul air travel with the launch of the world's first all-Business Class flights from North America to Asia. Singapore Airlines flight SQ 21, will depart New York at 2300hrs, and arrive in Singapore at 0550hrs on 17 May. The newly reconfigured Airbus A340-500 replaces the two-class, 181-seat configuration with 100 of the Airline's new award-winning Business Class seats. Singapore Airlines is the first to operate an all-Business Class service on the transpacific route. Each leather-upholstered Business Class seat measures 30 inches (76 cm) in width, almost 50 percent wider than most products in this class. Providing customers with more personal space and privacy, the seats are arranged in a 4-abreast, 1-2-1, layout, with every seat having direct access to the aisle. When it is time to sleep, the new Business Class seat converts into a fully-flat bed.
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Embraer received final approval from Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) for the 37 to 50-seat ERJ 145 regional jet family, comprised of the 37-seat ERJ 135, the 44-seat ERJ 140, and the 50-seat ERJ 145. These regional jets are now have the way open to operate in all of the CIS, which, besides Russia, includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. In its most recent Market Outlook, Embraer foresees strong opportunities in the Russian airline market, because of the need to replace an ageing fleet of Eastern European-built commercial aircraft. The average age of the Russian fleet is 23 years. Slightly more than 50% of these models are over 20 years old and there is an urgent need to replace the smaller capacity aircraft. "The certification of the proven ERJ 145 family in Russia is a tremendous achievement for Embraer and a great opportunity for us to serve an important market, which needs a sizeable replacement of aircraft," said Antonio Campello, Embraer Vice President, Programs – Airline Market.
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The 1733rd flight of a Soyuz launch vehicle was performed Thursday, May 15, 2008 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 02:22 Baikonur time (22:22 Paris time on May 14, 2008). Starsem, Arianespace and their Russian partners report that the Progress cargo spacecraft was accurately placed on the target orbit for another mission to the International Space Station. This was the fourth Soyuz family mission in 2008. The previous Soyuz launch was successfully performed by Starsem on April 27, 2008, delivering into orbit the Giove-B navigation satellite for the European Space Agency and marking the 21st successful Starsem launch. With the introduction of Soyuz at the Guiana Space Center (CSG), this famed Russian medium-class launch vehicle will become an integral part of the European launch vehicle fleet, together with the heavy-lift Ariane 5 and the lightweight Vega. To be offered to the commercial market, the Soyuz in French Guiana is Europe's reference medium-class launch vehicle for governmental and commercial missions.
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NAVAIR's Support and Commercial Derivative Aircraft Program Office, responding to a direct request from Afghanistan's President and Minister of Defense via the Navy's International Program Office, was directed to buy four Antonov AN-32 "Cline" aircraft for the Afghan National Army Air Corps (ANAAC) through the Foreign Military Sales program. The AN-32 is an all-weather transport aircraft that is ideally suited to flying missions in Afghanistan's tough environment. It is widely used by commercial and military operators world-wide. "This program was really unique," said Capt. James G. Wallace, Program Manager for the Support and Commercial Derivative Aircraft Program Office (PMA-207). "People can work in the acquisition world their entire careers and not see the final product. With this AN-32 buy, the team got to see the entire process happen in front of their eyes in a little more than 60 days. I'm very proud of what the team has accomplished."
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Boeing has been awarded a $5.2 million U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) contract to demonstrate the effectiveness of Guidance Integrated Fuzing (GIF) technology developed under the Seeker Integrated Target Endgame Sensor (SITES) program. "This fuzing capability for SITES will reduce weight and save space in the Joint Dual Role Air Dominance Missile (JDRADM)," said David Moos, Boeing program manager for SITES. "Doing so will make JDRADM that much more effective in carrying out its dual roles." JDRADM is the first next-generation advanced missile to combine air-to-air and air-to-ground mission capability in a single weapon.
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Lufthansa Systems announced that Pinnacle Airlines Inc. selected Lufthansa Systems' navigation charts (Lido RouteManual) to optimize its flight operations processes. All Pinnacle's cockpit crews are equipped with Lido RouteManual. The decision for Lido RouteManual puts Pinnacle Airlines in an ideal position to take advantage of Lufthansa Systems' electronic navigation charts (Lido eRouteManual) in the future. Lido RouteManual meets the highest standards of precision and quality. It contains airport and terminal charts as well as enroute charts. Lido RouteManual's color-coded and clear design enables pilots to register all relevant information at a glance. Lido RouteManual is generated directly from a database which is based on worldwide geographical and aeronautical data.
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Boeing held a grand opening for its new EA-18G Growler Support Center (GSC) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., Tuesday in preparation for the delivery of the first EA-18G Growler to the U.S. Navy fleet. The center will provide technical and logistics support for the Navy's premier airborne electronic attack aircraft. The Navy will accept the first fleet Growler at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, the aircraft's home base, in early June. "This is not just a building. It is the culmination of the efforts of a lot of people," said Capt. Brad Russell, commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet. "We are excited to have Boeing aboard as part of the Whidbey team." The GSC will house approximately 24 representatives from the Navy and the Hornet/Growler industry team of Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and General Electric. The center, along with the base's existing supply chain management facility, will ensure that logistics support for new Growlers is readily available.
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