09.12.2007
FLUG REVUE

2007-12-09 - News in BriefNews in Brief

KURZMELDUNGEN<br /> +++<br /> Alenia Aeronautica has signed in Bucharest with Romtechnica, National Company for Foreign Trade of the Romanian Ministry of Defence, a contract of the value of around Euro217 millions for seven C-27J aircraft.

The contract also envisages, in addition to the seven C-27Js, services as: pilots training, initial logistic support and a flight simulator that will be based in Bucharest. The first aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2008. Thanks to this contract the C-27Js ordered by the air forces of Romania, Italy, Greece, Lithuania, Bulgaria and by the U.S. Army and Air Force, reach the 117 units, thus reasserting the C-27J as the world's most successful tactical transport aircraft of its category.
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Bombardier Aerospace and SkyWest announced that SkyWest, Inc. of St. George, Utah has placed a firm order for 18 CRJ700 NextGen and four CRJ900 NextGen regional jets. The transaction also includes 22 options which SkyWest can apply to either aircraft. This is the first order for CRJ NextGen aircraft by SkyWest, Inc., which through its SkyWest Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) subsidiaries, already operates the world's largest CRJ fleet with 363 aircraft. The fleet currently includes 244 CRJ200, 102 CRJ700 and 17 CRJ900 regional jets. Based on aircraft list prices, the value of the firm order is approximately $773 million U.S. The 18 CRJ700 NextGen aircraft, with 66 seats in a three-class configuration, will be operated under SkyWest's United Express banner, while the four CRJ900 NextGen jets, with 76 seats in a two-class arrangement, will be operated under SkyWest's Delta Connection banner. All aircraft will be flown by SkyWest Airlines, Inc.
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OHB Technology AG of Bremen, Germany and SSTL located in Guildford, UK welcome the decision on Galileo taken by the European Transport Council. Both companies are strongly supportive of the new start given to Galileo, with improved rules of governance, and a balanced industrial scheme strengthening competition and allowing dual-sourcing. OHB and SSTL are now delighted to announce in that context that the two companies have signed an agreement to work together on the Galileo programme. While OHB will act as prime contractor and supply the satellites platforms, SSTL will supply the satellites payloads. Now that Galileo is to be publicly funded, this opportunity to re-introduce competition has arisen and the public sector needs to grasp the opportunity by allowing competitive tendering. The team is committed to propose a very competitive offer for the satellites. Marco R. Fuchs, CEO of OHB-Technology, commenting on the European Transport Council decision, stated: "The possibility of dual–source procurement is a very attractive solution for the public institutions, in order to keep prices down and to secure supply in the long term. We appreciated the support of the German government in their willingness to reach the appropriate compromise to enable a positive decision of the Council. We are definitely committed to supporting the Galileo procurement process."
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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, World Business Jets Market: Investment Analysis, reveals that the world business jets market (top 20 participants) earned revenues of $18.03 billion in 2006 and estimates this to reach $22.56 billion in 2009. Due to cyclical upturns in the aerospace industry, orders for business jets have increased. In particular, China, Russia, India, and other fast-growing economies have placed numerous orders. Overall, strong corporate profits appear set to drive continued demand for business jets. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (financialservices.frost.com), World Business Jets Market: Investment Analysis, reveals that the world business jets market (top 20 participants) earned revenues of $18.03 billion in 2006 and estimates this to reach $22.56 billion in 2009. "Previously, the increase in demand for business jets lagged one to two years behind corporate profit increases. At present, both the demand for business jets and the increase in corporate profits rise in tandem," says Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Rani Cleetez. "A close look at the growth of corporate profits and the impressive run of the business jets market over the past three years reveals a positive correlation; strong corporate profits are poised to continue sustained demand for business jets."
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RUAG Aerospace in Oberpfaffenhofen (D), a subsidiary of the RUAG technology group, completed on December 3, 2007 its work for the conversion of a new Gulfstream G550 to the research aircraft HALO (High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft). The HALO project was launched in 2005 with the signature of the agreements between Gulfstream and the German Aerospace Center (DLR / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt). Under these agreements, RUAG Aerospace Services was subcontracted by the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Savannah (USA), with the modification of the series aircraft. During the 20-month modification period the brand-new Gulfstream G550 was converted from its standard business jet configuration to the state-of-the-art and highly specialized HALO configuration for the DLR atmospheric research activities. The extensive modifications on the Gulfstream G550 done from May 2006 to December 2007 in Oberpfaffenhofen comprised, among others, different fuselage cutouts, installation of a nose mast and a modified tail cone as well as, in the area of the wings, integration of attachment points for external stores (sensor containers and spray tanks). In order to ensure mission equipment operation, a separate aircraft electrical supply and an independent line network were added. The RUAG work package also included the mounting of detailed provisions for research equipment installation. Even after the modification phase the HALO aircraft will be supported by RUAG Aerospace. For this, the company has been authorized by Gulfstream as a maintenance organization.
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On November 21, 2007 ANTONOV ASTC concluded the license agreements with SE Aviant Kyiv Aviation Plant entitling the enterprise to use typical construction of AN-148-100 aircraft and use "ANTONOV" and "AN" trade mark while producing and selling these airplanes. In accordance with the AÏ-21interstate Aviation Rules and ÀÏÓ-21 Aviation Rules of Ukraine, conclusion of the above mentioned agreements is necessary condition for launch of serial production of any civil airplane. Beside Aviant, serial production of AN-148-100 is launched at Voronezh Aircraft Building JSC, Russia. Earlier ANTONOV ASTC signed the license agreement on production of AN-148-100 with this enterprise. Completion of the first serial airliners construction at both enterprises is scheduled for 2008.
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Boeing submitted a proposal to the U.S. Air Force for the development of a next-generation Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS) that will help improve the accuracy and realism of joint service test and training activities. CRIIS sets a new standard for time-space-position information, or TSPI, replacing the Advanced Range Data System developed in the 1980s. Through CRIIS, the services will be able to test and train on numerous aircraft and weapon systems via a secure datalink while reducing the total number of training configurations. Because of its small size, the system can be transported by a single person or installed easily on aircraft like the F-22 Raptor.
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Falcon Aviation Services LLC (FAS), a wholly owned company of HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nayhan, Member of the Executive Council, took to the skies over Abu Dhabi on UAE National Day to set a new world record for the largest aerial banner ever flown. Measuring in excess of 50,000 square feet in size, the banner was towed under a Bell 412 Aircraft supplied by Evergreen Helicopters who are current partners with FAS in providing Search and Rescue services to the UAE Armed Forces. The previous record had been held by IKEA in Australia, who flew a banner measuring 47,000 square feet last year. The banner depicting the UAE flag was clearly visible from up to 20 kilometers away and the route was specifically designed to take the flag right across the capital making it visible to virtually the entire population of the city of Abu Dhabi. The idea for the sky high celebration on UAE National Day came initially from HH Sheikh Sultan and the Chairman of FAS, Captain Salem Al Kayoumi, after FAS had initiated operations to conduct aerial banner towing as part of its growing aviation business. "What better way to celebrate our nation's birthday than to proudly display the UAE Flag not only to Abu Dhabi and the UAE, but to the rest of the world as well," said Captain Al Kayoumi.
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Sikorsky Aircraft customer PHI, Inc. achieved 20,000 fleet hours with the Sikorsky S-92. Since the 1950s, Louisiana-based PHI has flown Sikorsky helicopters, offering services to the offshore oil and gas, onshore mining, international, air medical and technical services industries. Sikorsky delivered the first two production S-92 helicopters to PHI in late 2004. PHI, a pioneer in deepwater helicopter operations, introduced the operation of the S-92 helicopter to the energy industry. By year's end, PHI will have ten S-92 helicopters in its fleet with plans for continued deliveries through 2010.
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Boeing has been awarded a $45 million U.S. Air Force contract to upgrade the B-1B bomber's avionics software. The contract award continues an annual upgrade program launched in 2003 to update the aircraft's avionics software through "Sustainment Blocks." This latest upgrade is designated Sustainment Block 14. Boeing engineers in Long Beach, Calif., and Oklahoma City, Okla., produce upgraded B-1B avionics software every 12 months for the nation's fleet of 67 B-1B long-range heavy bombers.
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AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that UII - United Industries International has been appointed official AW139 distributor for the South Korean commercial market. This multi-year distribution agreement includes the purchase of four AW139 aircraft through 2010. The growing South Korean market offers significant potential for the AW139 medium twin in a range of commercial roles. The AW139 has already seen significant success elsewhere in Asia and Australasia with the sale of over 40 aircraft for offshore transport, VIP transport, law enforcement, SAR and air ambulance missions.
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Boeing confirmed a previously unidentified Lion Air order for 22 Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. Jakarta-based Lion Air's order was placed during the second quarter of 2007 and was listed in the unidentified category on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries Web site. This order, valued at more than $1.7 billion at current list prices, brings Lion Air's combined orders for the 737-900ER to 122.
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At the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in May, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation introduced the Beechcraft King Air B200GT, the latest evolution of the popular twin-turbine Beechcraft King Air 200 series. The new, more powerful King Air B200GT is now certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. Featuring a 305-knot max cruise speed, the upgraded Beechcraft King Air B200GT enjoys a nearly 20-knot speed increase and climbs faster to its intended cruising altitudes than the King Air B200 it replaces. Powering the improvement is the installation of two new, recently certified Pratt and Whitney PT6A-52 engines designed specifically for the King Air B200GT. The PT6A-52 engine was derived by mating the turbine section of the 1,050-shp capable PT6A-60A found on the King Air 350 with the existing King Air B200 PT6A-42 gearbox. The result is an engine that holds its 850-shp flat rating to a much higher altitude, improving climb and cruise performance under almost all flight scenarios. And because of its common PT6A lineage, it also enters the market with the same 3,600-hour TBO (Time Before Overhaul) as the other Beechcraft King Air engines. The new engine also eliminates the 10,000 foot TOFA (Takeoff Field Altitude) limitation found on the King Air B200.
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Continental Airlines, the world's fifth largest airline, announced that it has launched a carbon offsetting program, developed in partnership with non-profit Sustainable Travel International. The voluntary program allows customers worldwide to view the carbon footprint of their booked itinerary, which Sustainable Travel International calculates from fuel consumption of Continental's aircraft, and to make a contribution to Sustainable Travel International. Proceeds from customer contributions to Sustainable Travel International fund the purchase of carbon offsets, which are generated from high-impact sustainable development projects that are designed to reduce the impact of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere. Sustainable Travel International provides carbon offset projects, located all over the world, which are independently verified or certified by third-party sources. The carbon offsetting option is part of a company-wide commitment to environmental responsibility. The airline has achieved an almost 35 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption per mainline revenue passenger mile flown over the past 10 years. This is due in large part to the efforts of its employees in streamlining operational procedures and to an investment of more than $12 billion to acquire 270 fuel-efficient aircraft and related equipment.
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TAM and Lufthansa signed a contract on Saturday, December 1, to start an operational code-sharing agreement on national and international routes. TAM and Lufthansa's flight partnership is expected to begin during the first half of 2008. Starting in February, clients of both companies will be able to accumulate and exchange points earned on TAM's Programa Fidelidade loyalty program and miles with Lufthansa's Miles & More program on flights operated by either company. The code-sharing agreement will allow both companies to offer more flight options to their passengers who travel between Brazil and Germany. TAM's clients will be able to purchase tickets on flights operated by Lufthansa, which depart from Sao Paulo and arrive in Frankfurt and Munich (Germany). From Frankfurt, connections will be available to other destinations in Germany, such as Dusseldorf, Hamburg, and Stuttgart, as well as Zurich and Geneva (Switzerland).
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Can an unmanned air vehicle be made smart enough to autonomously rendezvous with a tanker aircraft and refuel? Based on recently concluded flight tests by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and Boeing, it can. "By adding an automated aerial refueling capability to UAVs, we can significantly increase their combat radius and mission times while reducing their forward staging needs and response times," said David Riley, Boeing Phantom Works program manager for the Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR) program. The goal of the government-industry AAR program is to develop and demonstrate systems that will enable UAVs to safely approach and maneuver around tanker aircraft so they can successfully perform boom and receptacle refueling operations. The systems -- including a flight control computer and control laws developed by Boeing Phantom Works -- are demonstrated using a Calspan Learjet specially equipped to fly autonomously as a UAV. During a recent flight test, the AAR system autonomously guided the Learjet "UAV" up to a Boeing KC-135R tanker and successfully maneuvered it among seven air refueling positions behind the tanker -- contact, pre-contact, left and right inboard observation, left and right outboard observation, and break away. The system controlled the Learjet for more than 1 hour and 40 minutes and held the aircraft in the critical contact position for 20 minutes.
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GKN Aerospace, teamed with Sikorsky Aircraft and the US Army's ManTech Program Office, has completed the design, development and manufacture of the UH-60 Common Composite Tailcone (CTC) test units for BLACK HAWK helicopters. As a result of this successful development, long-term production potential of up to 1,000 tailcones over the next 20 years is possible. The new all-composite tailcone has met critical goals in reduced weight, parts count, tooling costs, and manufacturing costs. The program has employed an improved manufacturing approach through the use of a Reduced Tooling Concept which has cut the number of tools by more than 70% over traditional methods while producing a highly repeatable, close tolerance structure. Costs have also been reduced through the use of automated fiber placement in the manufacture of the tailcone skins - providing high quality, repeatable laminates.
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U.S. low-fare carrier Skybus Airlines has taken delivery of a new Airbus A319 aircraft equipped with CFM56-5B Tech Insertion engines, making it the first North American operator to put the advanced configuration into revenue service. Improved technologies incorporated in the engine will help provide Skybus lower oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions in addition to better fuel consumption versus the base model, which will significantly lower C02 emissions.
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The American Eurocopter Blade Shop celebrated the repair of its 10,000th blade during a ceremony in the American Eurocopter Delivery Center in Grand Prairie, TX. The historic blade belongs to an Air Methods aircraft that had come in for maintenance. The work on the blade was done by Maurice Sabourin (Blade Tech), Julio Lopez (Blade Tech), Noah Torrez (Blade Tech) and Jim Boswell (Quality Assurance). The American Eurocopter Blade Shop has grown from a 780-square-foot facility with only three employees into an 18-employee department occupying an 18,305-square-foot facility in the center of American Eurocopter's Grand Prairie, TX campus. The shop now averages over 1000 blades per year.
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AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that King Express Group Limited has been appointed official distributor in Hong Kong and Macau for the complete range of AgustaWestland commercial helicopters. This three years distribution agreement includes the initial sale of nine aircraft comprising the AW119 Ke single turbine engine, the AW109 Power and the Grand light twins and the AW139 medium twin helicopter.
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In the next few years Denmark will be renewing its aircraft fleet and replacing the current F-16. The deal will cover as many as 48 fighter aircraft and Saab is offering the Gripen Next Generation, a NATO interoperable fighter that will meet, or exceed, all Danish requirements. Delivery can be from 2016, or earlier if Denmark so wishes. In connection to that, Saab is planning for extensive co-operation with Danish industry generating work openings and technology transfers to Denmark within the defence industry as well as a number of other businesses, such as within the environmental area. The co-operation agreement with the largest Danish defence company, Terma, is an important part of the co-operation valued at more than 10 billion DKK (1,9 billion USD). Saab's approach to industrial co-operation covers a broad range of long term sustainable business activities focused not only on the product, but also on delivering investment, technology transfer, manufacturing, technical support, training and scientific co-operation beneficial to Danish industry and the Danish nation.
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Pratt & Whitney's Geared Turbofan demonstrator engine has successfully completed its first series of engine runs, reaching full power - 30,000 pounds of thrust - at the company's advanced test facility in West Palm Beach, Fla.  The full-scale demonstrator engine ground test program will run through May 2008 when flight testing will begin. "The Geared Turbofan demonstrator engine achieved the first major milestone of this ground test program and the engine is performing flawlessly," said Bob Saia, vice president, Next Generation Product Family, Pratt & Whitney.  "After reaching full takeoff power, the engine has begun to run a series of performance tests to validate the game-changing performance characteristics of the Geared Turbofan engine including low fuel burn, engine noise and environmental emissions."
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Rafael Advanced Defense Systems will provide the German Air Force with Litening navigation and targeting pods for its Tornado and Eurofighters. The $25M deal is a follow-up to the German's previous order for a similar amount. The Litening is one of the most advanced navigation and targeting pods available today. The pod is equipped with day and night sights and multiple sensor array that enables high confidence target selection, identification, precise strike and damage assessment. Litening enables fighter air crews to carry out a wide range of missions, including: detection / recognition /identification and laser designation of air-to-ground and maritime targets.
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Snecma, represented by Mr. Philippe Petitcolin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Dutch Aero Engine Cluster (DAEC), represented by René van Doorn, Chairman, signed on December 3, 2007 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment of a long-term relationship in the field of engine research and technology development. Attending the signing ceremony was the Policy Advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and representatives of the French Civil Aviation Program Directorate (DPAC). Under the MOU, Snecma and DAEC identified five fields of particular interest on which specific research will be carried out: variable stator mechanisms for compressor vanes, sealing systems and surface treatment, manufacturing of compressor blisks, manufacturing of casings and shrouds, and electrochemical machining. These five research and technology developments will focus on reduction of weight of engine components and structures as well as reduction of costs.
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On Thursday, 29 November 2007, the first Eurofighter Typhoon with a full Tranche 2 Propulsion System configuration (two Tranche 2 engines) completed a successful 50 minute test flight from Caselle di Torino Airport (Italy). During the test, the Eurofighter IPA2 aircraft carried out subsonic and supersonic flight and handling manoeuvres in dry and reheat conditions on both engines. The EJ200 engine behaved perfectly during the tests and exceeded all expectations of in-flight verifications and successfully demonstrated the compatibility of Tranche 2 engines in a Tranche 1 aircraft.
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Robinson Helicopter achieved another milestone when its 8000th helicopter was flight certified. The new, solid green, Robinson R44 Raven II S/N 11984 was ordered by SkySales Aviation (Christchurch, New Zealand) for a private owner. Owned by Alex Rodgers, Sky Sales started its affiliation with Robinson first as a service center in 1986 before being named a Robinson dealer in the early 1990s. SkySales also performs maintenance and overhauls, flies charters, and conducts pilot training. Robinson Helicopter Company was founded in 1973. The first R22 was delivered in October 1979. In 1993, the R44 came online and is now the best selling helicopter in the world. The R44 is offered in two models: The Raven I and the more powerful Raven II. The Raven II is available in four specialty configurations: Police Helicopter, Newscopter, Clipper, and IFR Trainer.
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A new NASA project will use more than 40 high altitude balloons to return new scientific insights about Earth's Van Allen Belts. The type of radiation in the belts can be hazardous to astronauts, orbiting satellites and aircraft flying in high altitude polar routes. NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, has awarded $9.3 million to Dartmouth College of Hanover, N.H., for the study. Research using the balloons can be carried out at a fraction of the cost of using an orbiting satellite. The new mission is called the Balloon Array for Radiation-belt Relativistic Electron Losses, or BARREL. The mission's principal investigator is Robyn Millan of Dartmouth. BARREL will fly in 2013 and 2014, and will provide answers to how and where the Van Allen Belts, discovered in 1958, periodically drain into Earth's upper atmosphere. BARREL will fly in conjunction with NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes satellites, due to launch in 2011.
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During a ceremony held in Turin, Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, has delivered to the Italian Air Force a Eurofighter Typhoon simulator, E-ACPT3 (Enhanced Aircrew Cockpit Procedure Trainer 3), first of two systems for Grosseto's and Gioia del Colle's air force bases. The simulator, entirely made at Alenia Aeronautica's Simulation Centre of Turin, will be delivered to Grosseto's base, assembled and made operational by the end of the year. The E-ACPT simulators are advanced training devices designed as "ready-for-use" systems; already made the ACPT1 prototype and the ACPT2 procedure trainer, the latter having been delivered to Grosseto's base in October 2006. These simulators are conceived to train pilots for the Typhoon procedures and at the same time to facilitate training for the most complex and realistic operational tactics, thanks to the possibility of being linked with each other and with simulators of other types of aircraft.
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The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) received 10 Swiss-made Pilatus PC-7 MK II light planes to beef up its pilot training capacity. The planes, which cost RM213 million, are among the most modern. They are equipped with ejection seats, can perform as high as 25,000 feet above sea level and have a maximum speed of 300 knots. Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak received the planes on behalf of the Malaysian government around noon here from Pilatus Aircraft Ltd's Commercial Unit vice-president, Jim Roche. Also present were the Defence Ministry's secretary-general Datuk Abu Bakar Abdullah and RMAF chief Gen Tan Sri Azizan Ariffin. Earlier, 10 pilots led by Lt Col Azhar Mohamad from the RMAF Training College in Alor Star, flew the new planes in a demonstration in conjunction with the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA 2007) exhibition.  
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MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, a provider of essential information solutions, announced today a strategic expansion of its Information Systems business in the United States. The Company has entered into an agreement to acquire privately held Alliance Spacesystems, LLC, located in Pasadena, California. Alliance Spacesystems provides U.S. Government and aerospace customers with advanced technology solutions, and is a leader in sophisticated robotic and mechanical structures applied on a variety of space missions as well as terrestrial applications. Mag Iskander, executive vice president and general manager of MDA's Information Systems, stated, "This acquisition significantly enhances our U.S. presence, and will provide a capable conduit to leverage and offer our world class space robotics and space surveillance solutions into the United States civilian and military aerospace markets".  
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ATR and Air Vanuatu announced the signature of a contract for the purchase of the first ATR 72-500 for the airline. This 70-seat aircraft will be equipped with 120-minutes ETOPS (Extended Range Twin-engine Operations) capability, the "Elegance" cabin, higher rated PW 127M engines, as well as state-of-the-art technological innovations in passenger comfort, communications and navigation aid tools. The aircraft will be delivered in 2009. Since the beginning of the year, ATR has received orders for 88 new aircraft, some of them not yet unveiled. Since the beginning of the programme, ATR has sold 925 aircraft (414 ATR 42s and 511 ATR 72s) and has delivered 746 (396 ATR 42s and 350 ATR 72s), thus posting a current backlog of 179 aircraft.  
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With all electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and fuel systems completed and the four engine pylons installed, the complete 42 metre-long carbon composite wing has now been joined to the A400M's fuselage. This delicate manoeuvre consists of accurately aligning the wing above the aircraft's centre section before completing the integration process. An innovative aircraft requires innovative production processes, and the tooling designed to assemble the A400M includes a specially-designed vacuum lifting system that raises the entire wing to suspend it above the fuselage prior to lowering it into position, where it is fixed to the twelve attachment points by means of lugs and pins. The whole process takes approximately five days to complete. While still at "Station 40", the complete empennage, consisting of the assembled horizontal and vertical tail surfaces, is integrated with the rear fuselage and the landing gear doors are installed. With MSN 001 now structurally complete, work continues on the aircraft's systems with "power on", the availability of full systems functionality, by early 2008.  
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On the occasion of the LIMA Airshow, ATR and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) inked a deal, consisting in a contract and a MoU, for the purchase of 20 ATR 72-500s. Based on the agreement, Firefly and MASwings, the two fully owned subsidiaries of MAS, will operate 10 ATRs each. The contract, for the 10 ATRs of Firefly, includes options for 10 additional aircraft, while the MoU, for the 10 aircraft of MASwings, includes options for 5 additional ATRs. This major deal, valued at some US $ 650 million including options for both subsidiaries of MAS, was inked by YM Tengku Azmil Zahruddin, Executive Director and Chief Finance Officer of Malaysia Airlines and Stéphane Mayer, ATR CEO. The Honourable Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato'Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Dato' Sri Chan Kong Choy, Malaysia's Minister of Transport, as well as board members of Malaysia Airlines, Firefly and MASwings witnessed the signing ceremony.  
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The UK MoD published the BOI report into the tragic loss of Nimrod XV230 in which 14 servicemen lost their lives on 2 September 2006. Des Browne, the Secretary of State for Defence said: "I pay tribute to the fourteen Service personnel who lost their lives in this tragic incident. My thoughts are with their families and friends and, indeed, the men and women of the Armed Forces who I know feel the loss of their colleagues very deeply. The Board of Inquiry established the most probable cause of the fire and subsequent loss of XV230 and in doing so identified failings for which the Ministry of Defence must take responsibility. On behalf of the MOD and the Royal Air Force, I would like to apologise to the House of Commons, and most of all to those who lost their lives, and to their families. I am sorry. My Department has taken a number of steps to ensure that a similar accident cannot occur again. We are learning the lessons from the accident and have already implemented many of the recommendations of the BOI report. On the basis of these actions, the Chief of the Air Staff's professional judgment is that the Nimrod fleet is safe to fly. I have accepted his advice. I have, however, decided to put in place a review of the arrangements for assuring the airworthiness and safe operation of the Nimrod MR2. This review will be led by a senior Queen's Counsel, assisted by technical experts on aviation systems, and will examine all relevant papers, and interview all those in a position to assist including BAE Systems and Qinetiq."  
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The Adam Aircraft A700 program has accomplished a major milestone by receiving its first Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With this significant endorsement, the Adam Aircraft Flight Test Program is entering into a new phase where FAA representatives are authorized to begin flight testing on the A700 for FAA certification credit. "This event confirms we are on target for achieving FAA certification of the A700 in 2008," said Adam Aircraft President Duncan Koerbel. "We have steadily moved from our first flight of the fully conforming A700 this spring into FAA testing by taking advantage of the commonality with the already certified A500 twin piston as well as over 900 hours of development flying with the first two A700 prototypes."
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NetJets Europe has renewed its contract for another three years with aviation medical specialists, MedAire of Tempe, AZ, USA. Since 2002 and through 2010, NetJets Europe crewmembers will receive MedAire's medical training, onboard medical kits, and remote telemedicine expertise, ensuring NetJets will continue to be well-prepared to handle any medical situation. "We are committed to providing the highest level of safety, so our customers can travel anywhere in the world with the assurance that they are well looked after and MedAire supports us in achieving this goal." said Bill Kelly, CEO, NetJets Transportes Aereos.
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Sustained growth in the civil aircraft market boosted the aerospace industry in 2007, taking total sales to yet another record level, AIA reported in its state-of-the-industry analysis Thursday. Total sales reached a record $198.8 billion, an increase of $15.5 billion, and set an industry record for the fourth consecutive year. With sales increasing across the board for nearly all product and customer categories in 2007, total sales jumped more than 8 percent over 2006's final sales tally. Aerospace also logged a notable $56.5 billion positive trade balance, a testament to the industry's position as a leader in the increasingly globalized marketplace, AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey said. With exports soaring to $92.5 billion in 2007 and imports reaching $36 billion, the aerospace industry continues to help offset the country's chronic trade deficit. "With good news in nearly every sector, I am pleased to see the American aerospace industry's strong international presence continuing to keep pace with our domestic successes," Blakey said. "Our impressive trade balance and surging sales in the civil aircraft market have laid a foundation for the industry's continued vitality. Additionally, a 19 percent increase in the backlog of civil orders indicates good days ahead." Blakey said the outlook for next year remains strong, with sales forecast to leap over the $200 billion threshold and hit $211 billion. If Blakey's expectations hold true, 2008 will be yet another record year for the aerospace industry. The industry also increased its production workforce by 25,900 jobs, or about 8 percent, to help boost the average number of total aerospace employees for the year to 637,000. According to the latest available figures, more than 642,000 total workers were employed by the aerospace industry in September.
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QinetiQ's support for the development of the Welsh Assembly Government initiative at ParcAberporth in West Wales as a "Centre of Excellence" for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operations has been recognised by the UK Ministry of Defence by it awarding QinetiQ a contract worth up to £5m to deliver a critical part of the UK Watchkeeper UAV programme from this location. The work package will include carrying out a variety of airborne test and evaluation elements at ParcAberporth over the next 18 months and the ajoining MOD Aberporth air range. Various ground based work will also be conducted using QinetiQ operated facilities at MOD Boscombe Down to enable a range of pre-flight activity including environmental and electromagnetic compatibility testing. This work supports and augments the wider UAV development programmes currently being investigated by QinetiQ and other Industry players along with the MOD. The contract will be administered through the West Wales UAV Centre, the teaming between QinetiQ and West Wales Airport, established a year ago to deliver UAV support services for both civil and military customers.
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Munich Airport officially opened a new facility for freight forwarders, including an adjacent parking garage. With this move, the airport is taking yet another step towards its destination of becoming a Europe-wide logistics center. With today's launch of a new building for freight forwarding companies next to the existing freight facilities, FMG (the Munich Airport operating company) is laying the groundwork to ensure smooth cargo handling even with the anticipated massive growth in the future. The ongoing airfreight boom caused the volume of airfreight handled at Munich Airport to quadruple between 1992 and 2006 from barely 100,000 to more than 400,000 metric tons. "The era when cargo traffic was seen as an afterthought to passenger operations at Munich Airport can now be considered a thing of the past. Over the years, a European-level logistics center has taken shape here that can confidently face any comparison at the national or international level," said Walter Vill, the CFO and deputy CEO of FMG at the opening of the new facility.
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Northrop Grumman has authorized Terma, Lystrup, Denmark and Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI), Ankara, Turkey to begin fabricating subassemblies for the first two F-35 Lightning II production aircraft. The awards, which expand the international membership of Northrop Grumman's F-35 supplier team, represent the first F-35 contracts for Terma and TAI under long-term agreements signed with the company in 2005. The subassemblies to be produced -- 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 as a principal and founding member of the Lockheed Martin-led F-35 global industry team.
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Shenzhen Airlines and Lufthansa Technik have entered into a Total Component Support TCS agreement for the Chinese airline's Airbus A320 fleet. The agreement will cover up to 70 aircraft. Over the next ten years, Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen will provide components locally with over 500 Line Replaceable Units.
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Only six months after the agreement was signed between the UK and Denmark for the transfer of 6 EH101 helicopters from the Royal Danish Air Force into the RAF and exactly two months after Lord Drayson announced the formation of a second RAF Merlin squadron, 78 Squadron flew its first sortie at RAF Benson on 3 December 2007. Although the Squadron have a formal ceremony planned for early 2008, the operational stand-up was marked by a flypast at RAF Benson. The formation consisted of a Merlin Mk3a crewed by OC 78 Squadron, Wg Cdr Nigel Colman, the squadron's second-in-command, Sqn Ldr Pip Harding and Sgts Archer and Hack with the number 2 aircraft being a Merlin Mk3 crewed by OC 28 (AC) Sqn, Wg Cdr Rich Luck, Sqn Ldr Al Ritchie and Sgts Jones and Moore. The flypast was followed by the presentation of the Wg Cdr's pennant to Wg Cdr Colman by RAF Benson's Stn Cdr, Gp Capt Paul Lyall.  
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Cathay Pacific Airways has signed a contract with Airbus to further expand its A330 widebody fleet with the addition of eight A330-300 aircraft. The new aircraft, powered by Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines, are scheduled for delivery before the end of 2012. The Hong Kong based carrier, together with sister airline Dragonair, is currently the largest operator of A330 aircraft in the world with a fleet of 45 A330-300s currently in service across its combined international route network. Together with three leased A330-300s scheduled for delivery in 2008, this latest order will bring the airlines' combined A330-300 fleet to a total of 56 by 2012. The airline operates its fleet of twin engine A330-300s on regional and medium haul routes such as between Hong Kong and Sydney, Delhi, Tokyo and Beijing.
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The Board of Directors of Alitalia took note – referring to the Company's project aimed at rapidly identifying industrial and financial subjects committed to carry forward Alitalia's restructuring, development and re-launching and, in such context, willing to acquire a majority shareholding in the Company - of the communication from the advisor Citi regarding today's receipt of non-binding Proposals from Air France-KLM and AP Holding. The advisor Citi also communicated the receipt of a non-binding Proposal from Prof. Baldassarre, as representative of the so-called "Cordata Baldassarre". As regards to the latter, the Board, even after having taken note, as indicated in the Press Release of 7 November 2007, that it hasn't been provided to the advisor Citi the basic information elements to participate in the project, making it impossible to proceed to the necessary further analysis, assigned to the advisor of Alitalia the task to proceed with the evaluation of the Proposal and to report his findings to the Board of Directors Upon completion of the examination by the advisor of the Proposals presented, the Board of Directors will meet, presumably during next week, to select the subject with which to begin exclusive negotiations.
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Within the prescribed time period, Fraport AG's executive board has now filed for an annulment of the decision made in August 2007 by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) of the World Bank in Washington, D.C. The Fraport supervisory board fully supports this action. With a two-to-one decision, the ICSID tribunal dismissed Fraport AG's compensation case against the Republic of the Philippines for expropriating the terminal project in Manila. Supported by renowned legal firms, an analysis of the ICSID decision revealed that the decision violated Fraport AG's fundamental rights in numerous points. If the annulment application is accepted, the company will decide whether it will resubmit to the World Bank its compensation claim against the Republic of the Philippines.
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On its 20th flight on 7 December, the first F-35 Lightning II successfully tested engine performance and aircraft handling qualities at up to 20,000 feet as pilots and crew prepare for air refueling in the coming weeks. Shortly afterward, a dedicated test-bed aircraft began final check-out flights for airborne testing of the Lightning II's Communication-Navigation-Identification system, initiating a test program that will ultimately integrate and fly the complete F-35 avionics package. "We are poised for a long run of testing on both of these aircraft," said Dan Crowley, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and F-35 program general manager. "For the F-35, those tests include refueling from an airborne tanker in the short term and supersonic flights next year. At the same time, we are putting the finishing touches on our first short takeoff/vertical landing F-35 aircraft, which will roll out of the factory this month and initiate flight testing in the spring. By the end of 2008, we expect to have at least three F-35s in the air and numerous aircraft on the assembly line." The Lightning II's flight began at 1:30 p.m. CST when Chief Test Pilot Jon Beesley executed a military-power (full power without afterburner) takeoff, ran the engine at various power settings and checked flying qualities at 6,000, 17,500 and 20,000 feet, and performed a fuel-dump test at 250 knots. Landing was at 2:15 p.m. CST. Beesley reported that the tests were successful and the jet was a pleasure to fly.
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SAS Scandinavian Airlines concluded Europe's first commercial trans-Atlantic green approach trial, which is designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. SK904, an Airbus A330, from New York's Newark airport arrived early this morning at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, following a successful Continuous Descent Approach (CDA). With this initiative, SAS is the first airline in Europe to materialize its commitment to the emissions and noise reduction program AIRE (Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions). AIRE is a joint initiative from the European Commission and the US Federal Aviation Administration. SAS is carrying out the CDA program with partners Stockholm-Arlanda airport, Airbus and the Swedish state-owned aviation service company LFV.

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