15.12.2007
FLUG REVUE

2007-12-16 - News in briefNews in Brief

KURZMELDUNGEN<br /> +++<br /> On the Tarbes airport industrial zone, the first stone of the TARMAC hangar was laid yesterday by the partners in TARMAC AEROSAVE, in presence of the Préfet des Hautes-Pyrénées, the Délégué Interministériel aux Restructurations de la Défense, and representants of the Midi-Pyrénées local authorities.

This site, which will be able to store up to 22 aircraft, will host 3 activities : storage, maintenance and aircraft dismantling. It will be operational during the second half of 2008. TARMAC AEROSAVE, the first industrial firm for the dismantling of end-of-life aircraft was officially born on June 22, with the signature of its statutes at Le Bourget International Air Show. Named TARMAC AEROSAVE (Tarbes Advanced Recycling & Maintenance Aircraft Company), this innovative field of activity is managed by a partnership between several industrial companies, representing aeronautics and environment, and developed with the competitive cluster « Aerospace Valley ». TARMAC AEROSAVE comprises six industrial partners : Airbus ; SITA France (subsidiary of SUEZ Environnement for waste management) ; TASC aviation (Airbus subsidiary based in Dubaï, trading in aircraft parts) ; Snecma Services (subsidiary of SAFRAN Group, specialised in aircraft engine maintenance) ; Equip'Aéro (specialized in manufacturing and repair of aircraft equipment) ; Aéroconseil (specialized in aeronautical engineering and systems).
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Boeing is set to begin full production of its new 777 Freighter now that engineers recently have completed more than 90 percent of the design work for the new cargo airplane. Boeing will start assembly of the first 777 Freighter in early 2008 at its Everett, Wash., facility. Suppliers already have begun production of parts and major components for Boeing's newest freighter. The first 777 Freighter will be delivered to launch customer Air France in the fourth quarter of 2008. To date, Boeing has sold 82 777 Freighters to 11 customers, accounting for more than 20 percent of the 777 Program's current backlog.
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NASA's Space Shuttle Program managers have targeted Jan. 10 for the launch of shuttle Atlantis' STS-122 mission to the International Space Station. "The workforce has stepped up to and met every challenge this year," said Wayne Hale, Space Shuttle Program manager at NASA's Johnson Space Center. "Moving the next launch attempt of Atlantis to Jan. 10 will allow as many people as possible to have time with family and friends at the time of year when it means the most. A lot has been asked of them this year and a lot will be asked of them in 2008." The liftoff date from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida, depends on the resolution of a problem in a fuel sensor system. The shuttle's planned launches on Dec. 6 and Dec. 9 were postponed because of false readings from the part of the system that monitors the liquid hydrogen section of the tank.
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NASA has selected Boeing of Huntsville, Ala., as the prime contractor to produce, deliver and install avionics systems for the Ares I rocket that will launch the Orion crew exploration vehicle into orbit. The selection is the final major contract award for Ares I. The award resulted from a full and open competition. The Ares I launch vehicle is a key component of the Constellation Program, which will send humans to the moon by 2020 to set up a lunar outpost. Boeing will support the NASA design team leading the development of the Ares I avionics components. The company also will develop and acquire avionics hardware for the rocket and assemble, inspect and integrate the avionics system components on the upper stage. Components will be manufactured by the prime contractor's suppliers across the country. Final integration and checkout will take place at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana.
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Boeing, through its commercial launch business, successfully launched the second of four Italian Constellation of Small Satellites for Mediterranean basin Observation (COSMO) SkyMed spacecraft aboard a Delta II rocket for Thales Alenia Space Italia. Lift-off occurred at 6:31 p.m. Pacific time from Pad SLC-2W at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. A Delta II 7420-10 configuration launch vehicle procured from United Launch Alliance deployed the COSMO-SkyMed spacecraft to low-Earth orbit approximately 58 minutes after liftoff. "This successful Delta launch for the COSMO-SkyMed program once again illustrates the healthy partnership Boeing has with Italian industry and with the United Launch Alliance," said Roger Krone, president of Network and Space Systems, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. "The work we do with Thales Alenia Space on manned spaceflight systems and satellite missions reaffirms the value of the expertise TAS brings to the global space industry." Boeing Launch Services launched the first COSMO-SkyMed satellite in June and plans to support the launch of the third satellite in 2008.
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Boeing and Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management (BBAM) announced that BBAM, in conjunction with its long-term business partner, Nomura Babcock & Brown, has placed an order for 20 Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, valued at $1.5 billion at list prices, was previously listed on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries Web site and attributed to an unidentified customer. "Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management has experienced great success in placing the Boeing Next-Generation 737 with airline operators around the world and we look forward to taking delivery of these aircraft from Boeing, which will bring our fleet of Next-Generation 737s to more than 125 aircraft," said Steven Zissis, president, BBAM.
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The Boeing production line for the 787 Dreamliner shows now three aircraft, as work continues on the first flight-test airplane and two airplanes to be used for static and fatigue testing. Airplane #1 is in the third position, where final structure and systems installations are completed. Behind it, the static-test airplane is in the second position, where it will receive landing gear, engines, and any required interior installations. The fatigue airplane entered final body join Nov. 30.
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Afriqiyah Airways has signed a firm contract with Airbus for the purchase of six A350-800s for its long-term expansion plan. This comes in addition to the 14 A320 Family aircraft and three A330-200s this young and dynamic airline from Libya already has on order. With deliveries to Afriqiyah commencing in 2017, the A350 XWBs will allow Afriqiyah Airways to expand its long-haul operations in the longer term.
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Libyan Airlines has signed a firm contract for the purchase of 15 Airbus aircraft, including four A350-800s, four A330-200s and seven A320s, thus confirming its initial agreement signed in June this year. The Libyan flag carrier will use the new aircraft to replace and expand its existing fleet.
The A330-200s respond to mid term fleet requirements for new international routes to Asian destinations. The new A320s will be put into service on Libyan Airlines' growing network, both domestically and in Europe and the Middle East. With deliveries commencing in 2017, the A350 XWBs will allow the Libyan carrier to further develop its long haul operations in the longer term.
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China Airlines, Taiwan's largest carrier, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Airbus for the acquisition of 14 A350-900 plus an additional six on option. The new generation medium capacity long-haul aircraft has been selected as part of their future fleet modernisation programme. China Airlines intends to start using the all-new A350 XWB from 2015. The aircraft will be powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, especially developed for the A350 XWB. The A350 XWB will primarily be deployed on the airline's long-haul routes to Europe, Australia and the United States, enabling China Airlines to offer its passengers non-stop service on ultra long routes.
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Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), Saudi Arabia's national airline, has signed a firm contract with Airbus for 22 A320 aircraft, as part of its fleet modernisation plan. This follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at the 10th Dubai Airshow in November 2007. The agreement allows Saudia to increase the order by eight further A320s. The contract marks the first time Saudi Arabian Airlines has placed an order with Airbus in more than two decades. Previously, Saudi Arabian Airlines was the launch customer for the A300-600, which was first delivered to Saudia in 1984.
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Bremen-based space and high-tech company OHB-System AG has received three new contracts for the radio transmission of high-resolution aerial reconnaissance images. The first contract entails a high-rate data link system for the revolutionary new system AGILES UAV. OHB will be supplying a broad-band data link known as ARDS (Aerial Reconnaissance Data System). This link has been initiated as part of the German Federal Government's Research and Technology Program and developed and readied for the market by OHB over the past few years using its own funds. Under the terms of the new contract, ARDS will be modified and qualified for AGILES UAV and assembled for system demonstration by the customer EADS Military Air Systems. "The use of ARDS for this system marks a major step in the deployment of unmanned observation and reconnaissance vehicles in Germany and Europe," stresses Wilfried Wetjen, head of Aerial Reconnaissance Systems at OHB. In addition, ARDS is currently the only way of achieving the necessary image and information quality for reconnaissance and observation tasks without any delay. The other two contracts aim to demonstrate the capabilities of "real-time broad-based reconnaissance" over a distance of some 400 km for the German Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement BWB. To this end, OHB's own reconnaissance vehicle will be converted into an airborne relay radio station to increase the ranges from a current 250 km to the 400 km being sought. The use of an airborne radio relay ensures reliable communications between at least two stations, between which a direct link is normally not possible on account of the earth's curvature or obstacles such as mountains.
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Air China and Shanghai Airlines formally joined Star Alliance at a ceremony held in the new Terminal Three at Beijing Capital International Airport. With the addition of the two Chinese airlines, Star Alliance now has 19 member carriers operating 17,000 daily flights to 897 destinations in 160 countries, offering international travelers more choice than any other airline alliance. On domestic routes alone, Air China and Shanghai Airlines have added more than 40 new destinations to the Star Alliance network, thereby bringing alliance benefits to many more travellers. Air China is Chinas' national flag carrier and sole designated passenger airline partner of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Air China was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange on December 15, 2004. Shanghai Airlines is China's first commercial airline with multiple investments. It was the first Chinese airline to list on the stock exchange and issued A shares in 2001.
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Bell Helicopter hosted a high ranking delegation from the Chilean Air Force (FACH) for a contract signing ceremony where Gen. Julio Escobar committed the FACH to purchase 12 Bell 412 4 axis helicopters. Gen. Escobar, head of the FACH said, "We evaluated several helicopters and feel the 412 will give us the capability to significantly increase our mission coverage. As you know Chile's unique shape presents us with challenges and the 412 has the range to cover great lengths of territory and also performs equally well at sea level or high in the Andes."
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Boeing has installed a high-energy chemical laser aboard a C-130H aircraft, achieving a key milestone for the Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration program. Boeing completed the laser installation Dec. 4 at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. The laser, including its major subsystem, a 12,000-pound integrated laser module, was moved into place aboard the aircraft and aligned with the previously-installed beam control system, which will direct the laser beam to its target. With the laser installed, Boeing is set to conduct a series of tests leading up to a demonstration in 2008 in which the program will fire the laser in-flight at mission-representative ground targets to demonstrate the military utility of high-energy lasers. The test team will fire the laser through a rotating turret that extends through the aircraft's belly. ATL, which Boeing is developing for the U.S. Department of Defense, will destroy, damage or disable targets with little to no collateral damage, supporting missions on the battlefield and in urban operations. Boeing's Advanced Tactical Laser industry team includes L-3 Communications/Brashear, which made the laser turret, and HYTEC, Inc., which made various structural elements of the weapon system.
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At its meeting held on 9 November 2007 the Hungarian Offset Committee, headed by the Hungarian Ministry of Economy and Transport, approved further offset achievements on the basis of the investment and export documents submitted by the Gripen office in Budapest. The total value of the achievements accepted on this occasion is SEK 251m (EUR 27.1m), of which SEK 12 million (EUR 1.3m) cover investments and SEK 239 million (EUR 25.8m) represent exports.The total offset obligation performed by Gripen International in Hungary has now reached a total of 98%. The remaining 2% of the offset obligation comprises the balance of the investment element of the offset contract.
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ACROHELIPRO Global Services, a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation, announces Transport Canada Certification Authority (Manufacturing Approval) for an improved version of the Sikorsky S76A-model exhaust ejector assembly. Owen Tinney, Manager-New Manufacturing says "we are pleased to offer an improved alternative to the original equipment installations.  Manufactured under STC # SH90-13, the all-new S76A model ejector surpasses original installation equipment in customer-critical areas of durability, reparability, price and warranty."
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In its latest study on "The Market for Regional Transport Aircraft," Forecast International projects that 3,800 regional aircraft will be produced from 2007 through 2016, including 2,539 regional jets and 1,261 regional turboprops. The new study estimates the overall value of this production at $99.7 billion, as measured in constant 2007 U.S. dollars. While regional jets remain the dominant products in the market, regional turboprop airliners are continuing to experience a remarkable resurgence in demand. Accounting for the revival of market interest in turboprops is a combination of factors, including continuing growth in air traffic, rising fuel prices, and a need on the part of regional airlines to cut costs and reduce fares in the face of low-fare carrier competition. ATR and Bombardier are the two leading manufacturers of regional turboprops, and have been busily ramping up production rates to meet the robust demand for their products. According to Forecast International senior aerospace analyst Raymond Jaworowski, "ATR and Bombardier stayed in the regional turboprop business while many of their competitors were dropping out, and they are now reaping the rewards of their perseverance." Looking to further take advantage of the robust market demand, ATR recently launched enhanced -600 versions of its 50-seat ATR 42 and 70-seat ATR 72 turboprops and has begun considering development of a 90-seat model. Bombardier, meanwhile, has been mulling the possible launch of a 90-seat version of its 70-seat Q400 turboprop.
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Messier-Dowty, a SAFRAN Group company, has been officially selected by Airbus as the main landing gear supplier on the A350XWB. Messier-Dowty is responsible for the design, development, qualification testing, manufacture and in-service support of the main landing gear. The first landing gear delivery to the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse is scheduled for early 2011. The A350XWB main landing gear is a completely new design, featuring the latest in proven landing gear technology and offering superior economics in order to meet the efficiency, environmental and high operational reliability requirements for the A350 program. The main landing gear for the –800 and –900 versions includes a four-wheel bogie and dual side stay which reduces loading on the A350XWB's composite wing. For the –1000 variant, in addition to the dual side stay, the MLG features a six wheel bogie to reduce loading on the tarmac.
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The U.S. Air Force (USAF) fleet of KC-135R tanker aircraft powered by the advanced CFM56-2 engine has logged more than 11 million flight hours and five million flight cycles in service. The CFM56-2 engine (designated the F108 for military applications) is produced by CFM International (CFM), a 50/50 joint company between Snecma of France and General Electric of the United States. The USAF is CFM's largest customer, with a total of 1,962 engines ordered to re-engine 468 aircraft. In 1979, the USAF order for CFM56-2 engines to re-engine KC-135A tankers helped launch the fledgling engine manufacturer. Today, CFM is the world's leading supplier of turbofan engines for commercial and military transport aircraft, with more than 22,500 total CFM56 engine orders from nearly 500 operators around the globe.
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AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the first two AW139s purchased by Sasemar, the Spanish Marine Safety Agency, have been delivered to the customer during a ceremony held on December, 7th, at AgustaWestland's Vergiate plant in Italy. Sra. Doòa Magdalena Alvarez Arza, Ministra de Fomento, attended the event to receive the helicopters. These two helicopters are part of the initial contract for three AW139s signed by Sasemar in February 2006. A follow on order for two additional helicopters was placed in October this year, confirming the customer's confidence in the AW139 to meet its future requirements.
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NASA and an international team are developing plans and seeking recommendations to launch the first Mars mission to bring soil samples back to Earth. The ability to study soil from Mars here on Earth will contribute significantly to answering questions about the possibility of life on the Red Planet. Returned samples also will increase understanding of the useful or harmful properties of Martian soil, which will support planning for the eventual human exploration of Mars. A task force named the International Mars Architecture for Return of Samples, or IMARS, recently met in Washington to lay the foundation for an international collaboration to return samples from Mars. NASA hosted the meeting. IMARS meeting participants included representatives from more than half a dozen countries and NASA, the European Space Agency, or ESA, the Canadian Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. IMARS is a committee of the International Mars Exploration Working Group, or IMEWG. The group was formed in 1993 to provide a forum for the international coordination of Mars exploration missions. "The potential paradigm-changing science from Mars samples makes this mission a high priority of the National Academy of Sciences," said Doug McCuistion, NASA's Mars Exploration program director, Science Mission Directorate, Washington.
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Lufthansa is expanding its route network from three to five destinations in China in the year of the Olympic summer games in Peking. Starting summer 2008 it will then be laying on the first flights by a European airline to route newcomers Nanjing from Frankfurt and Shenyang from Munich alongside its existing services to Peking, Shanghai and Guangzhou (Canton). Both the new connections will be operated by an Airbus A340-300 seating 221 passengers in First, Business and Economy Class. Together with its services to the new destinations, Germany's largest carrier will be operating a total of 58 flights weekly from its Frankfurt and Munich hubs to the People's Republic of China and Hong Kong.
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The Egyptian Air Force has completed 10 years of successful service with its fleet of Kaman Super Seasprite SH-2G(E) helicopters.Egypt was the first international military force to select the aircraft. The Egyptian Air Force operates its Seasprites from land and aboard vessels of the Egyptian Navy performing a number of maritime missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-ship surveillance and targeting and search and rescue operations. They also use the aircraft extensively for vertical replenishment, personnel transfer and maritime coastal patrol and homeland security missions. The nine aircraft have accumulated more than 8,000 hours of flight time over their 10 years of service.
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At a Monday meeting of the American Geophysical Union, NASA's Associate Administrator for Science Alan Stern announced the selection of a new mission that will peer deep inside the moon to reveal its anatomy and history. The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, mission is a part of NASA's Discovery Program. It will cost $375 million and is scheduled to launch in 2011. GRAIL will fly twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the moon for several months to measure its gravity field in unprecedented detail. The mission also will answer longstanding questions about Earth's moon and provide scientists a better understanding of how Earth and other rocky planets in the solar system formed. "GRAIL's revolutionary capabilities stood out in this Discovery mission competition owing to its unsurpassed combination of high scientific value and low technical and programmatic risk," Stern said. "GRAIL also offers to bring innovative Earth studies techniques to the moon as a precursor to their possible later use at Mars and other planets."
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Boeing and its Poseidon industry team celebrated the start of P-8A fuselage production at Spirit AeroSystems' Wichita, Kan., facility. During a ceremony that also included U.S. Navy personnel, Spirit employees loaded the first P-8A fuselage components into a holding fixture on the factory floor. The initial parts and other fuselage assemblies eventually will come together on Spirit's existing Next-Generation 737 production line. In early 2008, Spirit will ship the first P-8A fuselage to Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Renton, Wash., for aircraft assembly.
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Techspace Aero (SAFRAN Group Belgian subsidiary) celebrated the completion of a major aeronautic engine module, which marks the outcome of 3 years research and development work involving a hundred or so members of the company. This research is carried out under the European VITAL programme, which consists of reducing the noise and CO2 emissions of aircraft engines. Snecma (SAFRAN Group) is the lead partner of a consortium that gathers fifty or so partners including most of the major aeronautics stakeholders in Europe (Snecma, Rolls-Royce, MTU Aero Engines, Avio, Volvo Aero, ITP and Techspace Aero). It aims to develop innovative architectures and achieve technological breakthroughs at the service of tomorrow's cleaner engines. Techspace Aero coordinates all the work carried out within the VITAL programme on the low-pressure compressors. Techspace Aero has developed a module that includes this compressor together with the fan, the intermediate casing and the sump. The technologies developed by Techspace Aero are aimed at making this module more compact and lighter while improving aerodynamic performances. Techspace Aero worked in partnership with Belgian companies and research centres (GDTech, Cenearo and the von Karman Institute) and with the CIAM (Central Institute of Aviation Motors) located in Moscow. The module is going to be tested at the CIAM in order to validate the technologies used.
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oneworld has been named the world's leading airline alliance for the fifth year running in the World's Travel Awards - described by the Wall Street Journal as the "travel industry's equivalent of the Oscars". The award is the culmination of a record year for the grouping, with 11 carriers joining, expanding its network to around a hundred more destinations, and with more co-location at key airports to smooth customers' journeys and more revenues than ever before generated for its member airlines.
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The U.S. Government and Sikorsky Aircraft signed a five-year, multi-service contract for 537 H-60 HAWK helicopters to be delivered to the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. The "Multi-Year VII" contract is a multi-service, multi-year contract with the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy for UH-60M BLACK HAWK, HH-60M MEDEVAC, MH-60S SEAHAWK(TM) and MH-60R SEAHAWK(R) aircraft. It is the seventh contract for Sikorsky and the U.S. Government. The contract value for expected deliveries is approximately $7.4 billion and includes options for an additional 263 aircraft, spares, and kits, with the total contract value potentially reaching $11.6 billion. Actual production quantities will be determined year-by-year over the life of the program based on funding allocations set by Congress and Pentagon acquisition priorities. The deliveries are scheduled to be made from 2007 to 2012. "The UH-60M and HH-60M helicopters will give the U.S. Army survivable, supportable BLACK HAWK helicopters with the latest rotor, propulsion, and cockpit technologies to enhance performance. Our MH-60S SEAHAWK and MH-60R SEAHAWK helicopters give the U.S. Navy available, supportable platforms that are ready for new mission systems," said Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino. "This combination of proven, battle-worthy helicopters will provide our military with safe, rugged, responsive aircraft that will be one of their greatest tools to do the important work that they do."
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Lockheed Martin announced the opening of its new space Exploration Development Laboratory in a ceremony dedicating the facility to support the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Project Orion and Constellation Program. Orion isAmerica's next-generation human spaceflight vehicle that will transport up to six astronauts to and from the International Space Station and up to four to the moon and destinations beyond, beginning in 2015 after the space shuttle is retired. The new 10,000 sq. ft. Exploration Development Laboratory is a state-of-the-art test facility funded by Lockheed Martin and its teammates United Space Alliance and Honeywell as part of an integrated EDL network that includes facilities in Denver, CO, Glendale, AZ and Arlington, VA. The EDL network is designed to reduce cost and schedule risk by providing an early opportunity to perform systems level avionics and software testing for Orion in a realistic environment in the development phase of the program.
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At their annual Board Meeting, the CEO's of the Star Alliance member airlines have voted to accept the application of Air India to become a future member of the alliance. Glenn Tilton, Chairman and CEO of United Airlines, in his capacity as the Chairman of Meeting said: "India has long been on the radar of Star Alliance; after all it is one of the world's fastest growing economies and aviation markets. Having now come to an agreement with Air India makes us the first airline alliance to secure a member in India, which will enable our customers to receive more benefits when travelling to, from and within India in the future."
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Délégation Générale pour l'Armement (DGA) signed a contract with Eurocopter for 5 new EC145 (3 firm and 2 options) to be used by Sécurité Civile. The aircraft will be delivered from January 2009 enabling Sécurité Civile to face out the remaining 6 Alouette III helicopters. This contract will allow Sécurité Civile, who is the launching customer of the EC145, to complete its current fleet of 30 EC145 that were delivered between 2001 and 2005. The actual EC145 fleet of Sécurité Civile has acumulated over 60 000 flight hours. This fleet is used for the following missions: Rescue, Fire fighting, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Surveillance and Law Enforcement. The EC145 are deployed on 22 Sécurité Civile bases located in France and in the French Overseas Territories.
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Close to 200 aeronautics professionals attended the AeroSME and the Industry Management Groups – ASD-IMG4, workshop titled "Industry's Approach to the 2 nd Aeronautics Call". This the fifth in a series of workshops assisting aeronautics professionals engaging with the European Commission's premier research programme. The workshop presented outcomes of the 1st call of FP7 and first hand information on the six large collaborative research proposals to be submitted in the 2nd Aeronautics call of the 7th Framework Programme and provided a unique platform to involve potential SME partners. In order to ensure maximum SME participation in the workshop, the organisers stressed interactivity, through out the day, which meant that nearly 50 individual meetings were organised between the proposal coordinators and SMEs presenting their technical contribution as potential partners. This is the fifth event developed around the EU research programmes, AeroSME and IMG4 having organised a workshop prior to each call for proposals since the 6th Framework Programme, with approximately 130 participants at each workshop. The vast majority of participants were European SME's, with many coming from the new member states.
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BLR Aerospace announced two record-breaking sales of their King Air Winglet Systems. Elliott Aviation and Cutter Aviation placed 90 ship set orders apiece – effectively BLR's entire 2008/2009 U.S. production capacity of King Air winglets. "The BLR Winglet system greatly enhances the capabilities and performance of King Airs, and when combined with our RVSM offering, enables these aircraft to climb faster, fly higher, and safer," said Wynn Elliott, chairman and chief executive officer, Elliott Aviation.  "King Air owners will be able to recoup their Winglet investment in a surprisingly short period of time." "We are happy to offer BLR Winglets to our customers," said Will Cutter, president of Cutter Aviation. "Winglet demand is growing and will continue to grow as more and more operators benefit from improved performance and increased ROI."
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Alliant Techsystems recently demonstrated a critical capability of its liquid oxygen (LOX)/Methane rocket engine by igniting it in a vacuum chamber. The successful ignition test was designed to demonstrate the viability of a LOX/Methane rocket engine for a lunar ascent mission. This test engine was designed for 3,500 lbf thrust to bracket the expected thrust range of a lunar ascent engine. The successful vacuum chamber test is the latest in a series of tests that establishes ATK as the industry leader in LOX/Methane rocket engine technology. The company previously test-fired a 7,500 lbf LOX/Methane engine at sea-level. ATK expects to conduct additional tests of its LOX/Methane engine technology over a wide range of operating conditions to simulate the environment an operational engine must perform in during a lunar ascent. The data collected from this test series will be instrumental in determining performance parameters and the optimal scale of a flight-weight LOX/Methane engine. The company will conduct these tests at its test facility in Ronkonkoma, NY.
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L-3 Communications announced that it has signed a teaming agreement with Boeing to provide Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) for 189 U.S. Navy Boeing-built T-45 Training System (T-45TS) aircraft from fiscal year 2009 through 2013. The L-3-led team will respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) anticipated for release late this year by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). T-45TS CLS was first awarded to L-3 in 2003, and was valued at $450 million through fiscal year 2008. The program employs more than 700 personnel based at Naval facilities in Kingsville, TX and Meridian, MS with responsibility for aircraft maintenance, supply chain management, ground based training systems, engineering services and carrier qualification detachments. The T-45TS is used to train flight students in the Undergraduate Jet Pilot Training Program as well as train prospective instructors.
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Rolls-Royce announced that Emirates Airline has signed a long-term TotalCare services agreement valued at $340 million covering fleet management of the carrier's Trent 500 engines. The contract relates to ten Rolls-Royce powered Airbus A340-500 aircraft. Under the contract, Emirates will hand over full responsibility for management of the engine fleet at an agreed dollar rate per flying hour. Adel Al-Redha, Emirates' Executive Vice-President - Engineering and Operations, said: "TotalCare provides us with a complete engine management solution that is specifically tailored to our operation, and allows Emirates to more accurately forecast engine maintenance cost."
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A Proton M rocket successfully launched a military satellite for the Russian government. The satellite is designated Cosmos 2434 and is intended to provide military communications services. The launch took place at 0016 GMT from Baikonur's Pad 24 and concluded with successful separation at 0917 GMT.  
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Boeing and GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) announced a 55-airplane order that includes 53 Next-Generation 737-800s and two Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) passenger jetliners. The order, valued at approximately $4.5 billion at list prices, includes an exercise of existing options and was listed last week on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries Web site, attributed to an unidentified customer.
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NASA has approved the retargeting of the EPOXI mission for a flyby of comet Hartley 2 on Oct. 11, 2010. Hartley 2 was chosen as EPOXI's destination after the initial target, comet Boethin, could not be found. Scientists theorize comet Boethin may have broken up into pieces too small for detection. The EPOXI mission melds two compelling science investigations -- the Extrasolar Planet Observation and Characterization and the Deep Impact Extended Investigation. Both investigations will be performed using the Deep Impact spacecraft. In addition to investigating comet Hartley 2, the spacecraft will point the larger of its two telescopes at nearby exosolar planetary systems in late January 2008 to observe several previously discovered planetary systems outside our solar system. It will study the physical properties of giant planets and search for rings, moons and planets as small as three Earth masses. It also will look at Earth as though it were an exosolar planet to provide data that could become the standard for characterizing these types of planets.
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CAE announced that the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (NL MoD) has signed two contracts with a combined value of C$60 million (EUR Euro43 million) for CAE to design two full-mission simulators (FMS) for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) as well as provide comprehensive maintenance and support services. CAE will design and manufacture one C-130H FMS and one KDC-10 FMS for the RNLAF to support flight and mission training. Both simulators will be qualified to Level D standards, the highest qualification for flight simulators, by the Netherlands Militaire Luchtvaart Autoriteit (Military Aviation Authority). The simulators will be delivered and made ready for training in early 2009.
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National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President James K. Coyne announced the creation of the association's new Environmental Committee. The Environmental Committee will have the responsibility for reviewing issues and developing the association's position on a wide array of environmental concerns confronting NATA's members. The Environmental Committee, approved by the NATA Board of Directors during its last meeting in early November in Washington, D.C., will be a regular standing committee within the NATA committee structure and will meet in conjunction with the association's Air Charter, Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology, Airports, Business Management, Flight Training, and Safety and Security Committees.
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Frédéric Copigneaux, Deputy Director of Certification and Rachel Daeschler, Project Certification Manager for the Airbus A380, handed over to Airbus today the EASA type certificate for the A380-800 powered by Engine Alliance engines. This approval marks the successful completion of the type certification for the world's largest airliner, after the certificate of the A380 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, issued in December last year. "The certification of the A380 has been a major project for the European Aviation Safety Agency. I am happy to be part of it and to work with such a highly motivated team", said Rachel Daeschler.
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China Eastern Airlines announced the establishment of a strategic cooperation partnership with Singapore Airlines and Lentor Investments Pte. Ltd. ("Temasek"), an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited, by way of a private placement of new H shares. The strategic cooperation will introduce world-class airline management and operation experience to CEA, as well as strengthening the Company's capital structure and enhancing the Company's governance standards, thereby creating substantial strategic value to all parties involved, including the Company, shareholders, passengers and the entire domestic aviation industry.
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Spanish operator Hispasat has chosen Arianespace to launch its new communications satellite, Amazonas-2. Petra Mateos, Chairman and CEO of Hispasat, and Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, signed today the launch Service & Solutions contract for the Amazonas-2 satellite. The launch contract for Amazonas-2 is the 13 th contract signed by Arianespace in 2007. The satellite will be launched by an Ariane 5 during the summer of 2009 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.  
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The three remaining Hungarian Gripen fighters, of the Hungarian Air Force's total order for fourteen (14) aircraft, landed at Kecskémet air base in Hungary. The aircraft, of the latest 'C' standard being delivered to customers worldwide, were flown from FMVs facility outside Linkoping to Hungary by pilots from the Swedish Air Force.
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Armasuisse, the Swiss defence ministry's procurement, technology and estate agency, has taken delivery of the first batch of AIM-9X infra-red guided air-to-air missiles procured under Armaments Program 2003 budget. They were delivered by a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft which landed on the military air base at Payerne.
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The agenda of Russian-Hungarian consultations included a signature ceremony of a five-year cooperation agreement between Malev (Hungary), AiRUnion, Sukhoi Company and the Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Russia). The ceremony took place in the presence of Prime Ministers and Ministers of Economy of both Russia and Hungary. The quadripartite cooperation agreement signed today by Sukhoi Company, the Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs, AiRUnion and Malev focuses on financing provision and building strategic partnership between the parties. The main cooperation targets are Sukhoi Superjet 100 production finance provided by Vnesheconombank and customer finance to support the purchase of the aircraft by AiRUnion. Malev considers purchase of Sukhoi Superjet 100 as a solution for its regional fleet upgrade, as well as studies the commercial partnership potential, aimed at maintenance and support of the aircraft family.  
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket successfully launched a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) payload at 5:05 p.m., EST, from Space Launch Complex 41. This launch marks the fourth Atlas V EELV mission this year and the 12th ULA mission in 2007. "ULA is proud to have played a critical role for this important NRO mission, ensuring that our nation has the technology and spaceborne assets needed to acquire intelligence worldwide," said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president of Atlas programs. "Close teamwork with the NRO Office of Space Launch, the U.S. Air Force Launch and Range Systems Wing and the 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral made today's successful mission possible." This mission, designated AV-015, was launched aboard an Atlas V 401 configuration and it used a single common core booster powered by the RD-180 engine. This Atlas V flight marked the 208th RD-180 firing. Atlas V has 11 previous successful launches including two missions for NASA, one for the NRO, two for the Air Force, and six for commercial customers.  
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Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) has been authorized by Northrop Grumman Corporation to begin fabricating subassemblies for the first two F-35 production aircraft. The authorization represents the first F-35 contract received by TAI under a long-term agreement signed with Northrop Grumman in 2005. The subassemblies – composite components and aircraft access doors – will be used in the F-35 center fuselage, a major section of the aircraft being produced by Northrop Grumman, a principal member of the Lockheed Martin-led F-35 global industry team.  
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Contracts totaling £28 million have been placed for the manufacture of diesel generators and other important equipment for two new aircraft carriers, Defence Minister Baroness Taylor announced today. Contracts have been placed for: eight diesel engines and electricity generators - four for each ship - at a cost of about £18.5 million; detailed design of a new and innovative fully Integrated Navigation and Bridge System, initially worth in excess of £1 million; Flyco (Flying Control) rooms at a cost of circa £1 million; and Advanced visual landing aids, to guide fighters and helicopters on to the deck, at a cost of about £7.5 million. Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Baroness Taylor said: "Construction of these two ships will provide a major boost to our UK maritime industries, and will transform our military capabilities when they enter service during the next decade.
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F-22 Raptors reached full operational capability Dec. 12, said Gen. John D.W. Corley, the commander of Air Combat Command. The announcement officially makes Langley's F-22 squadrons combat-ready. FOC for the F-22 means the aircraft are now ready for global engagement, said Lt. Col. Mark Hansen, the Air Combat Command F-22 integration officer. "Crews are now (fully) organized, trained, equipped and ready for the joint fight," he said. Since the F-22s reached initial operational capability two years ago, the 1st Fighter Wing and the Air National Guard's 192nd Fighter Wing have dedicated time and resources into finding how to best use and maintain the world's most advanced fighter. The fighter has deployed and trained across the world to define and refine its capabilities and tactics.  
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At the ordinary Supervisory Board meeting of Austrian Airlines, the proposal of the Nomination Committee was accepted when the Supervisory Board appointed Dr. Peter Malanik as Chief Operations Officer (COO) with effect from 1 January 2008, and Dr. Andreas Bierwirth as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) from 1 April 2008. 
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United Airlines launched service from Los Angeles to Frankfurt, strengthening its international network and providing one-stop connections to cities across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent through its Star Alliance partnership and codeshare agreements.
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The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, today issued the following statement in response to a new law, signed by President Bush, that allows U.S. commercial airline pilots to fly until age 65: "The airline industry applauds President Bush and Congress for passing this milestone legislation that will keep experienced aviators on the flight deck," said ATA President and CEO James C. May. The new law immediately extends the retirement age for U.S. commercial pilots to 65, changing a 1960 Federal Aviation Administration regulation that, until today, mandated that pilots leave the flight deck at age 60. For international flying, including Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean, at least one pilot per aircraft must be under the age of 60, in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization standards.
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Boeing and AWAS announced that the Dublin-based airplane leasing company has placed an order for 31 Next-Generation 737-800s valued at $2.3 billion at list prices. "These new Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft will offer greater options to our global customer base and future airline clients in support of our growing business," said Franklin Pray, president and chief executive, AWAS. "We hope that we will be in a position to announce further deals of this caliber in the coming years and that the success we have enjoyed during 2007 will continue into 2008 and beyond."
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After a busy week of successful maturity and operability trials with Qantas in Sydney, the A380 left Australia's shores and continued its world tour with the 21st century flagship's first visit to Argentina and Brazil. Due to the time difference, the A380 MSN007 took off from Sydney on 8 December at noon and landed in Buenos Aires half an hour later the same day, local time, after more than 14 hours of flight. This trip's routing took the A380 over Tasmania, then over the South Pole, with a clear sky offering fantastic views of the ice float and Mount Erebus. It is not the first time the A380 has flown over the South, Pole but for most passengers it was still a very exciting moment - and all those not sleeping gathered in the cockpit and around the engineers' station to watch the instruments indicate the passage.
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OPALE  (Optional Piloted Surveillance and Reconnaissance System), produced in cooperation with Rheinmetall Defence, was deployed together with the German air force during the experimental exercise "Trial Quest" within the scope of the NATO maneuver Bold Avenger in Oerland/Norway. A total of thirteen nations participated in this year's largest NATO air exercise. OPALE was deployed within the experimental exercise "Trial Quest" for reconnaissance and delivered the acquired sensor data in real time to the ground based control stations. In particular this included images and video material as well as analyzed results and military command information. During the exercise convoys, civilian vehicles, concealed buildings, presumed weapon smugglers, kidnappings and troop movements could be recorded and monitored. Due to the real time input of image data obtained into the NATO data infrastructure, the military users were able to evaluate reconnaissance results both on a local as well as global level. The data was utilized at the exercise location in Rena, but also in the more distant Oerland as well as in Molesworth in England and Langley/USA. OPALE also provided excellent reconnaissance results through interplay with other system units deployed during the exercise. Installation of the SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) sensor PicoSAR by Selex extended the OPALE configuration by a weather independent component. In this configuration OPALE was successfully deployed in the Fusion Experiment 2007 that followed "Trial Quest". Overall OPALE was convincing through its real time quality and effectiveness in information acquisition as well as the robustness and reliability of the utilized components. The interoperability with other systems was also successfully demonstrated. The combination of electro-optical sensor and weather independent SAR sensor make OPALE into an ideal reconnaissance instrument that is also perfectly suited for long range missions. The flexible platform is also planned to be deployed as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in future.

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