13.11.2007
FLUG REVUE

2007-11-11 - News in briefNews in Brief

KURZMELDUNGEN<br /> +++<br /> EUROCONTROL has published air traffic management (ATM) specifications that set out how military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) should fly in European airspace.

When military UAVs operate outside specifically designated areas they are subject to numerous restrictions to ensure the safety of other airspace users. However these restrictions are preventing the full use of UAVs' unique operational capabilities. In 2003, a pan-European high-level military conference asked EUROCONTROL to develop an ATM framework that would allow UAVs to operate in all classes of airspace and across national borders. Following a safety assurance process and public consultation, EUROCONTROL has now published the EUROCONTROL Specifications for Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles as Operational Air Traffic Outside Segregated Airspace. "Safety of all users of the airspace is paramount," said Mr Mike Strong of EUROCONTROL, Chairman of the EUROCONTROL UAV-OAT Task Force. "These new specifications ensure that UAV operations will be carried out with the same level of safety as for manned aircraft. Nothing else would be acceptable. And the military will be able to undertake the training necessary for the safe conduct of UAV operations at home and abroad." However, before military UAVs will be allowed to fly routinely outside segregated airspace, additional technology such as sense-and-avoid needs to be developed. It will also be necessary to do additional work in a range of other fields including airworthiness, security and operator training. Once these issues have been addressed, the Specifications will ensure that ATM procedures for UAVs mirror those applicable to manned aircraft, and the provision of air traffic services to UAVs will be transparent to ATC controllers.
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In line with its strategy to be a multi-local player with its own facilities in all its key markets, Eurocopter is pleased to announce the acquisition of all remaining shares of McAlpine Helicopters Limited as of November 1, 2007. Eurocopter previously held 10 per cent in the British company which now becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary, Eurocopter UK Limited. Through this investment, the world's leading helicopter manufacturer underlines its commitment to its significant market and customer base in the UK and Ireland. Lutz Bertling, CEO of Eurocopter, stated, "We are proud to add a company as reputable and qualified as McAlpine Helicopters to our international network of currently 17 subsidiaries. The British Isles are one of our major markets in Europe and worldwide. By consolidating our resources and strength with McAlpine's proven capabilities, we will be able to further extend our service and support to our civil and military customers in the UK and Ireland. It is our strategy to be a multi-local player with a worldwide exclusive sales and customer service network mainly through fully-owned subsidiaries, of which our new Eurocopter UK Limited has now become an integral part. "
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The Jet Aviation Group announced the completion of the sale of Swiss-based Jet Aviation Handling AG, the company's airline and cargo handling division, to Dnata. Both companies also agreed that the two FBO operations in Geneva and Zurich, responsible for the handling of business and private aviation, will not be part of this sale and will remain with Jet Aviation. The sale of Jet Aviation Handling AG to Dnata, the largest supplier of air travel services in the Middle East, has been completed yesterday. Both parties have agreed that further details about the transaction, including the transaction size, will not be disclosed. Earlier this year, Jet Aviation's parent company, Jet Aviation Holding AG, was approached by various parties including Dnata to evaluate the possible acquisition of its subsidiary Jet Aviation Handling AG, the company's airline and cargo handling division in Switzerland. Since Jet Aviation's group strategy is to focus primarily on business and private aviation as its core business the company entered into a due diligence process with Dnata with the intent to sell its non-business aviation related entity. "The sale of Jet Aviation Handling is a strategic decision and in line with the group's overall goals and priorities. For our airline handling and cargo division it marks an end to a successful 40 year chapter within the Jet Aviation group; however, the acquisition by Dnata will present new opportunities for the company," says Peter Edwards, CEO of the Jet Aviation Group. Stewart Angus, divisional senior vice president for Dnata says, "We are very pleased that Jet Aviation Handling will join our growing international network. Jet Aviation Handling provides the highest level of customer service to its airline customers in Switzerland and will be a perfect fit with our businesses in Dubai, Singapore, Australia and elsewhere. Dnata seeks to further develop the strengths of Jet Aviation Handling AG, ensuring that its customers enjoy the highest possible levels of customer service in Switzerland." Urs Zorn, senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Handling AG adds, "Our management and the employees enjoy the full confidence of the new shareholder and Dnata is eager to work with the current management team. Within the next few months, we will change Jet Aviation Handling AG's corporate name so that we will be fully integrated into the Dnata group."
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The modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite, launched from Cape Canaveral on Oct. 17, has been declared fully operational for military and civilian navigation users around the globe, following a successful on-orbit checkout by a combined U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin team. The satellite, designated GPS IIR-17M, is the fourth in a series of eight Block IIR-M satellites that bring new capabilities tomilitary and civilian users of the GPS system. Each GPS IIR-M satellite features a modernized antenna panel that provides increased signal power to receivers on the ground, two new military signals for improved accuracy, enhanced encryption and anti-jamming capabilities for the military, and a second civil signal that will provide users with an open access signal on a different frequency.
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Embraer signed contracts with the Royal Thai Army and the Royal Thai Navy for the sale of two ERJ 135 LR (Long-Range) jets. Both agreements include a substantial logistics package, reflecting Embraer's Defense and Government business expansion in the Asia Pacific region. The new ERJ 135 jets will be used for government transportation by the Royal Thai Army and by the Royal Thai Navy, as well as for Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions by the Royal Thai Navy.
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Boeing announced that Chile's LAN Airlines will receive 32 787 Dreamliners, marking the largest 787 acquisition to date for Latin America. The Santiago-based carrier has ordered 26 airplanes from Boeing, and will lease an additional six 787-9s from International Lease Finance Corp. In addition to the Dreamliner order, Boeing said LAN also has committed to acquiring four 777 Freighters -- two from Boeing and two to be leased from GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS). The order for 26 Dreamliners, consisting of a mix of 787-8s and 787-9s, is worth approximately $ 4.5 billion at published list prices. The two 777 Freighters are similarly valued at approximately $ 500 million. The two direct-purchase 777 Freighters were previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing's orders and deliveries Web site.
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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its Pro Line Fusion avionics for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). Additionally, Rockwell Collins will serve as the avionics system integrator for the MRJ program. MHI expects global demand for around 5,000 regional jets in MRJ's size class over the next 20 years. Rockwell Collins' Pro Line Fusion solution features an open architecture, while providing an intuitive graphical human-machine interface, extensive situational awareness capabilities and comprehensive integration with aircraft systems. Furthermore, the Pro Line Fusion system offers information management capabilities for database management, aircraft maintenance and airline operations planning to enhance operational efficiency. The Pro Line Fusion integrated flight deck features high-resolution, 15-inch diagonal LCD displays. Rockwell Collins will provide industry-leading integrated and sophisticated display system for MRJ in cooperation with MHI; optional capabilities include synthetic and enhanced vision.
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During an unprecedented test, Lockheed Martin's Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon System successfully intercepted and destroyed two non-separating, short range ballistic missile targets nearly simultaneously. This test marks the first successful attempt by any United States ballistic missile defense system at dual exo-atmospheric intercepts. The test also represents the Aegis BMD system's 10th and 11th successful ballistic missile intercepts in 13 attempts. In the test, the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Erie, an Aegis BMD cruiser equipped with the latest U.S. Navy-certified version of the Aegis BMD Weapon System (Aegis BMD 3.6), successfully guided two SM-3 Block IA missiles to intercept two ballistic missile targets outside the Earth's atmosphere. The Japanese guided missile destroyer JS Kongo also participated in the test to detect, track and conduct a simulated engagement of the ballistic missile targets using its newly-installed Aegis BMD Weapon System. Kongo will be the first ship in Japan's fleet to have a sea-based BMD capability. This destroyer is scheduled to conduct Japan's first firing flight test in late 2007.
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EADS Defence & Security (DS) has been awarded a contract for equipping the Special Forces of Bundeswehr with its newly developed self-guidance ram-air cargo parachute system ParaLander. As the company announced on Wednesday, the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) has signed a contract for the delivery of five ParaLander systems by end of this year in order to fullfill immediate requirements of the Bundeswehr ISAF contingent in Afghanistan. The ParaLander enables the air delivery of fragile and sensible mission equipment, re-supply and humanitarian goods precisely on target and on time from heights of up to 10,000 metres and over distances of up to 50 kilometres. The system is virtually allweather capable. It enables the transport aircraft depolyed, e.g. C160 Transall or in future the A400M, to remain outside the range of most air defence systems.
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Boeing has completed firm configuration of the 747-8 Intercontinental. This milestone marks the completion of the major trade studies needed to finalize the airplane's performance and interior features. "We have designed the 747-8 Intercontinental to be the ideal airplane for serving the 400- to 500-seat market between the 777 and the A380," said Michael Teal, deputy chief project engineer for the 747 program. "The airplane will provide airlines significantly lower operating costs, as well as improved economics and environmental performance compared to the 747-400. It also will feature a new interior that will increase passenger appeal and create a strong and very favorable first impression." Many of the trade studies for the 747-8 Intercontinental focused on the airplane's interior. The airplane will incorporate interior features from the 787 Dreamliner, including a new curved, upswept architecture that will give passengers a greater feeling of space and comfort, while adding more room for personal belongings. The enhanced interior architecture is accentuated by new lighting technology that creates a perception of airy brightness and provides smooth lighting transitions to offer a more restful environment.
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Boeing celebrated the delivery of the 500th U.S. Navy F/A-18 strike fighter modified at the company's Cecil Field facility near Jacksonville, Fla. Boeing and prime contractor Northrop Grumman have installed a wide range of avionic upgrades, technology improvements and structural enhancements to Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets since the modification facility opened in September 1999. The former naval air station functions as a "drive-in" facility that ensures modified aircraft are immediately available for deployment as soon as the work is completed. The oldest and most heavily used Hornets are in the midst of an extensive inspection process aimed at lengthening aircraft lifespan from 6,000 to 10,000 flight hours. Inspectors look for cracks, corrosion and fatigue to determine if the life of the aircraft can be safely extended.
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The German Airbus facility in Bremen has reached 1 million cycles on their Flexform high pressure fluid cell forming press. The equipment was originally installed in 1989. The press is equipped with two shuttling tables, each with a 1.2 x 3 meter forming tray, and operated with an automated tool pallet handling system enabling a total of 8 pallets to be loaded and unloaded in a highly mechanized procedure. A flexible diaphragm in the press exerts a forming pressure of up to 1,400 bar (20,000 psi, an equivalent press force of 73,000 tons), using one-piece low cost tooling. This ultra-high pressure permits economical close-tolerance forming of highly complex sheet metal shapes. The system gives the flexibility to produce very large panels as well as multiple small parts in all types of metals. Airbus forms mainly aluminum parts on the press, but the equipment can also process mild steel and harder materials such as titanium and stainless steel. The press, manufactured by Avure Technologies (formerly known as ABB Metallurgy), has a central position in the Airbus metal forming center in Bremen. "We produce 45% of all sheet metal parts made by Airbus in Germany," says Manfred Kupke, Senior Manager Future Forming at the Airbus facility. "Even after a million cycles, the Avure press continues to perform well, and we expect it to go on being a vital and strategic component in our operations. To get such a performance is the result of successful teamwork between Manufacturing, Maintenance and the Avure service department."
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Spirit AeroSystems announced its intention to provide Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul services in Europe. The Spirit AeroSystems Europe (Prestwick) facility has been selected to assist in the performance of repair services and will support the European and Middle East regions. The initial scope of work will be focused on repair, overhaul and modification of engine nacelles/thrust reversers for Boeing 737NG and 777 aircraft commencing mid-2008. The European repair activities will complement Spirit's Wichita Repair Center, which has been in operation since 2002, which continues global support of operators of Spirit nacelles/thrust reverser products.
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The European Aviation Safety Agency invited officials of the airworthiness authorities of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Canada as well as representatives of the plane manufacturer Bombardier and component manufacturer Goodrich to an airworthiness review meeting for the Bombardier Dash 8-400 aircraft at the Agency's headquarters in Cologne. All participants concluded that the incident of an SAS Dash 8-400 on 27 October at Copenhagen was not due to a design error and that the airworthiness of the aircraft is maintained. The Agency understands that the Scandinavian airworthiness authorities will reissue the Certificates of Airworthiness relevant to this aircraft type in the coming days. The meeting also confirmed that the incidents with SAS aircraft on 9 September and 12 September were not related to the incident on 27 October. The Agency has already addressed these previous incidents with the remedial actions prescribed in its Airworthiness Directives issued on 13 September and 16 October. The Agency's Executive Director Patrick Goudou welcomed the good spirit of co-operation of all participants as "a good example of European and transatlantic co-operation in the area of aviation safety".
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The deployment of the BAE Systems HERTI UAV system into an operational environment has been hailed a success by both the RAF and BAE Systems – partners in the unique Project Morrigan. The RAF deployed a HERTI system, one of the world's first fully autonomous unmanned air vehicles (UAV), in Afghanistan this summer as part of Project Morrigan, a joint initiative between the RAF Air Warfare Centre and BAE Systems. Launched in September 2006, it aims to integrate HERTI UAV systems into UK forces for a short period in order to develop potential Tactics, Techniques & Procedures for the integration of HERTI's capabilities into existing joint manned/unmanned force structures. Commenting on HERTI's role in Afghanistan Wing Commander Mike Humphreys, Officer Commanding of the RAF's UAV Battlelab, said: "Whilst the objectives and outputs from the exercise remain classified, the HERTI system has been successful in demonstrating its capability in an operational environment.  Both the RAF and BAE Systems are satisfied with the progress and development of the project thus far and we look forward to building on this in the coming months".
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BAE Systems says there will be a four-fold increase in the number of BAe 146/Avro RJs operating in the Gulf region within the next six months. Speaking at the Financing Aviation in the Middle East Conference in Dubai on November 7, Andy Whelan, Sales Executive for BAE Systems Regional Aircraft stated:" Until recently, there were four BAe 146/Avro RJs operating in the region, but new business won by BAE Systems together with other transactions by third parties means that up to 15 aircraft will be operational by late Spring next year." This marked increase is indicative of the growing interest in regional aircraft in the Middle East as a whole, according to Mr Whelan. He pointed out that regional aircraft allow airlines to develop and grow thinner and shorter routes, whilst maintaining frequency. They are typically available on shorter lead times than larger commercial jets and they offer utility beyond the traditional scheduled airline passenger roles. In particular, the recently re-launched BAe 146QT offers a unique 10-12 tonne payload to the region's cargo operators who currently operate a diverse fleet of converted regional turboprop and jet aircraft. Currently the BAe 146/Avro RJ fleet in the region is operated in a number of diverse roles. Two RJ85s are flown by the Bahrain Defence Force on a variety of transport duties, including VIP roles. In Abu Dhabi the Amiri Royal Flight of Abu Dhabi operates a VIP RJ70 and Royal Jet flies a RJ85 in a 42- seat first class configuration for high quality executive charter work.
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Next year, SAS will expand its fleet of aircraft with an additional Airbus A340, thereby making it possible to launch two new intercontinental routes. In autumn 2008, New Delhi in India and San Francisco in the US will be introduced to the traffic program. India is a market experiencing strong growth and demand for flight connections is increasing. SAS will initially offer four non-stop flights per week between Copenhagen and New Delhi from November 2008.
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Goodrich announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Turkish Technic, Inc. to establish a joint venture in Istanbul, Turkey to perform maintenance and repair work on nacelles. Under the terms of the MOU, the joint venture company - known as Goodrich HABOM - will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services and rotable support for Turkish Airlines' fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Turkish Airlines, the national airline of Turkey, is one of the fastest growing carriers in Europe. Goodrich HABOM anticipates opening a certified repair station at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Istanbul in 2009. In addition to servicing the Turkish Airlines fleet, the planned 43,000-square-foot facility would also focus on MRO support for other carriers in Turkey and the neighboring region. "Turkish Airlines is seeking the most effective maintenance solution for its rapidly growing fleet and we're extremely pleased to be a part of that solution," said Goodrich Aerostructures European Service Centers Managing Director Steve Callan. "We expect that creating a Goodrich-managed MRO facility in such close proximity to our customer will yield Turkish Airlines, as well as other carriers in the region, many benefits in terms of reduced costs and turnaround times."
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NASA has selected NetJets for commercial aviation transportation services in support of NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate. The contractor will provide commercial air transportation services to replace NASA aircraft that currently support the agency's human space flight missions. Air transportation services also will be available to NASA for space mission contingencies, such as in-space and natural disasters. In addition, the contractor will provide air transportation for astronaut crews and mission support personnel to and from Kazakhstan and Russia. The contractor will receive an indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contract with fixed price rates. The contract will have a maximum value of $25 million over the five-year period of performance.
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Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways announced the Hong Kong-based carrier has ordered 10 Boeing 747-8 Freighters and seven more 777-300ERs (Extended Range). At list prices, the entire deal is valued at $5.2 billion. With the announcement, Cathay Pacific becomes the eighth airline to order the 747-8 Freighter, bringing the Boeing total to 73 orders for the highly efficient new cargo airplane. The new freighters will augment the airline's fleet of 19 747 Freighters used to connect Hong Kong to a wide range of international markets. The new 777-300ERs complement previous Cathay Pacific orders for 19 777-300ERs, as well a commitment to lease four additional airplanes through a third party. Cathy Pacific will become one of the world's largest operators of the popular jetliner, eventually having 30 in service, and now holds the largest overall 777-300ER commitment among Asian carriers.
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Jet Aviation Basel announced at this year's Dubai Air Show that since EBACE 2007 it has signed completions contracts and LOIs for two A340, four BBJs and three B787 aircraft to be completed through 2014. The company also confirmed that it has begun construction of a new 9,600 square meter wide-body hangar to be completed in the first half of 2008. This year, the Basel completions center delivered a Boeing 747-400, two Airbus ACJs, one Avro RJ70, a Boeing 727 and 13 Dassault Falcon 50, 900 and 2000 aircraft with VIP interiors to customers. In addition to the new completions contracts, Jet Aviation Basel will also outfit more than 20 green Falcon jets annually on behalf of Dassault Aviation. Currently, the facility is working on VIP interiors for a B757-200, an Airbus A330-200, a B747-400, and ten Dassault Falcon 900 and 2000 aircraft that will be delivered within the next nine months. Norbert Marx, senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Basel said, "Within the last few months we have invested heavily in our facilities, employees and processes and are well prepared to meet these future challenges. We will continue to accept further completions business, however only to the extent that we can schedule them without compromising the quality of our work."
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Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President, Sales, Larry Dickenson today announced his intention to retire from The Boeing Company Dec. 31. Raymond (Ray) Conner will replace Dickenson as vice president, Sales, reporting to Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Scott Carson. "For nearly 25 years, Larry Dickenson has been a great leader in our Boeing Sales organization. Larry's focus truly begins and ends with our customers, and he will leave that important legacy with us," Carson said. "We congratulate Larry on an amazing 39-year Boeing career, and thank him for his strategic approach to the market, our products and services, and our competitive positioning." Dickenson, 64, has led the Sales organization since October 2006. Prior to that assignment, he led Commercial Airplanes Asia/Pacific Sales for more than 20 years, where he was responsible for sales operations in China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and other markets in the region.
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In a new analysis, Forecast International projects that the worldwide radar market will be worth $50 billion over the next 10 years. The study, entitled "The Market for Radar Systems," is based on a review of 107 radar production, operations & maintenance, and RDT&E programs. Overall, 11,306 individual radar units will be produced during the 2007-2016 timeframe, according to the analysis. New technology is an important driver of the market. According to William Ostrove, Electronics Analyst and author of the study, "The expanding availability of technology is increasing the appeal of many radar systems that were previously available only to the largest and best equipped militaries." One example of this trend is the growth of the airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) market. Radar systems that take advantage of the latest technology to provide good performance at a low cost include the MESA radar, Erieye, and EL/M-2075 Phalcon. The marketplace is also being driven by the growth of active electronically scanned array (AESA) technology. AESA has increased the overall capability of radar systems, allowing them to provide increased situational awareness to warfighters. As AESA radars leave the drawing board and enter production, they become more desirable. Ostrove says that even though mechanical array radars still make up the bulk of radar production, the more expensive AESA radars are nearly identical to mechanical array radars in terms of value of production. AESA radar programs, such as the APG-81, will account for a growing percentage of radar production and funding over the next 10 years.
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The US Air Force has grounded its F-15 Eagle fleet following the crash of a Missouri Air National Guard F-15C on Nov. 2. However, F-15s assigned to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Central Command Air Forces will be on alert and fly required missions, officials said. Although the incident is still under investigation, preliminary findings indicate a possible structural failure led to last week's crash during a training exercise near Salem, Mo. "The Air Force is looking at its operational requirements, where they have the newer aircraft and making some of those available for missions while they take a look at the F-15 fleet to see if they have a more systemic problem throughout the fleet," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. Air Force officials said they will ensure mission requirements are met for worldwide operations normally accomplished by the F-15. Flying locations include bases in the continental United States, Alaska, England, Hawaii, Japan and the Middle East. "It is important to remember, in the F-15E, that not all F-15s are created equal," Whitman said. "It is a family of aircraft built over a long period of time; some earlier models have been in service a lot longer than F-15Es." About 700 aging F-15s are in today's Air Force inventory. The fleet first reached operational capability in September 1975. The aircraft involved in last week's crash was built in 1980, officials said. While the F-15 continues to prove highly effective in ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Air Force is on a course to eventually replace the aging F-15 A, B, C and D fleet with the stealthy F-22 Raptor.  
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A Memorandum of Understanding for the extension of an important supplier contract was signed in Ankara between Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Airbus in the presence of Mr. Muharrem Dortkasli, TAI General Manager, and Mr. Simon Ward, Head of Industrial Co-operation Europe Airbus. Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) is a long standing supplier of Airbus and other EADS business units. Today TAI manufactures the Single Aisle fuselage section 18 skins at a rate of nine per month and due to the outstanding success of this aircraft Airbus is looking to further increase the production rate within TAI up to 15 sets per month. This represents a contract extension and value of business approximately $30 million over the next three years. Also Airbus is looking to build on the cooperation from A400M project and utilize the TAI design Capability to support it in the A350 XWB development with and design and build contract that will be defined over the next twelve months. This will ensure continuity of TAI excellent Aircraft design capability for the next five years, employing up to 200 design engineers on the latest state of the art aircraft development.  
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The RUAG technology group has signed a contract with Snecma, the leading French aircraft engine manufacturer, to manufacture and supply the engine turbine cases for the A400M, the new European military transport aircraft. The turbine cases for the A400M will be built at RUAG Aerospace's site in Geneva. They will be made from Inconel, an extremely tough alloy capable of withstanding the high temperatures that occur downstream of aeroengine combustion chambers.  
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Cessna has delivered the first European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified Citation Mustang to the Danish entrepreneur Jørgen Andersen. The aircraft will be privately owned and operated by Andersen and his company JAI. This is the second Citation Mustang delivered to a European customer following the recently announced delivery to Jane Howell of a U.S. registered aircraft. Andersen has been a Cessna Citation customer for a number of years and has previously owned a Citation 501. He has been flying jets for the last 10 years. Cessna has booked more than 400 orders for the aircraft and has delivered 36 Mustangs from the Independence, Kan., facility since deliveries began earlier this year. The company is on track to deliver 44 aircraft in 2007 and plans to ramp up production to 150 Mustangs per year by 2009.
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Condor has adopted Boeing's [NYSE: BA] Web-based maintenance solution, Maintenance Performance Toolbox (Toolbox), to help improve the maintenance of its fleet of 22 757 and 767s. Condor will use Toolbox modules Library and Authoring. These modules will help the airline streamline an array of maintenance activities including managing technical publications and training and customizing online maintenance manuals. "Boeing's Toolbox is ideal for us. With the introduction of this latest maintenance technology we are going to be able now to distribute the necessary maintenance information to all technicians involved worldwide, just with a mouse click," said Klaus Reymer, technical director at Condor. "This will enhance our already lean processes one additional step forward."
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Lauda Air is highly successful in the single charter business segment: in the current financial year, the company's single charter business will generate revenue of around EUR 20 million. This extremely pleasing result accounts for some 10 percent of total charter revenue and makes a hugely positive contribution to the overall Group result for the 2007 financial year. Stronger market orientation, which has enabled Lauda Air to meet concrete customer demand quickly and flexibly by employing specially bundled packages, has been an essential part of this rewarding trend. Lauda Air is the Austrian Airlines Group subsidiary with responsibility for the charter flights segment. The entire aircraft capacity of the Group is available to the company to serve the segment as required. Lauda Air plans and realises some 200 single charter projects per annum. Thomas Suritsch, Managing Director of Lauda Air, said the following about the success in this business segment: "In single charter business, when aircraft with the required crew are leased exclusively to one client for individual routes or round-trips, the product can be configured to precisely meet the client's wishes. These needs range from preferred flight times through to special catering. An overall package which includes a great deal more than just routing, overflight rights and the need for harmonised flight times is absolutely decisive to ensure commercial success. This is why I am so pleased to learn that our customers feel we are looking after them so well – not merely upon their arrival on the aircraft but from the moment a booking request is made – and that they are happy to use our services repeatedly as a direct result. The services we provide are particularly prized by football clubs and car manufacturers – we generate around 75% of our single charter revenue in these segments."
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Ryanair lodged a case in the European Court of First Instance against the European Commission's failure to act on Ryanair's complaint about Euro1 billion worth of State to Air France in the form of unlawful reduced domestic airport charges in France. Ryanair has called on the Commission several times to investigate this obvious abuse of EU competition rules, but the Commission has repeatedly failed to do so. Announcing the launch of these proceedings Michael O'Leary, Ryanair's CEO, said: "This is just another example of the Commission's uneven-handed application of the State aid rules. They apply one rule to flag carriers by ignoring blatant State aid to Air France, Alitalia, Olympic, Lufthansa among others, while at the same time wasting time and money investigating baseless complaints from flag carrier airlines against open market commercial deals at regional and secondary airports. Recent examples of this include investigations at Tampere airport in Finland and Alghero airport in Sardinia. These complaints were filed by flag carrier airlines operating at expensive hub airports, who would never fly to smaller airports and are only trying to prevent competition and consumer choice.
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Ryanair opened its Bristol base by operating flights for the first time from Bristol to Budapest, Derry, Knock, Milan, Porto, Riga and Wroclaw. These will be followed by inaugural Ryanair flights to Bratislava, Dinard, Poznan and Rzeszow, and to Katowice on Saturday 10 November. A further two ski destinations to Salzburg and Turin will start 19 and 22 December 2007 respectively. Ryanair's new Bristol base will deliver 1m additional passengers in 2008, saving passengers £15m compared to Easyjet's high fares. Only Ryanair guarantees the lowest fares.
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AERO Vodochody completed overhauls of L-59T advanced training and light attack aircraft for the Tunisian Air Force. The last out of a total of nine units of the L-59T aircraft arrived in Tunisia on November 8, 2007. The contract on overhauls of the last L-59T aircraft signed in 2006 follows already completed orders for further six units overhauled in two phases in the 2003 – 2006 period. The aircraft were usually transported directly to AERO Vodochody a.s., subsequently dismantled and overhauled under the supervision of the customer. After overhauls of all components, the aircraft was reassembled, flight tested and delivered back to the customer.
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The RAF's first Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Britain's most sophisticated unmanned surveillance system, has taken to the air in Afghanistan. The Reaper UAVs were purchased as a MoD urgent operational requirement to provide an all-weather, persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability 24 hours a day over a wide geographical spread. This gives our troops on all operations a better picture of activity on the ground. The rapid and successful deployment of Reaper, 15 months from requirement to delivery to theatre, demonstrates the flexibility and agility of MoD's procurement process for equipment for operations. The first of 3 British Reapers arrived in Afghanistan in early October. Sir Glenn Torpy, Chief of the Air Staff, said: "The introduction into service of Reaper is a major milestone for the RAF, which will significantly enhance the UK's surveillance and reconnaissance capability in Afghanistan."
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Raytheon has delivered its 3,000th Joint Standoff Weapon to the U.S. Navy. JSOW is a family of affordable, precision-guided, air-to-ground glide weapons capable of striking targets in sensitive and well-defended areas. More than 400 JSOWs have been used in combat operations, including Operation Iraqi Freedom. "JSOW's battle-proven capability provides us with an unbeatable combination of affordability, lethality, survivability and standoff range," said Captain Mat Winter, the Navy's JSOW program manager. "The delivery of the 3,000 th JSOW is a noteworthy accomplishment for this critical air-to-ground system because it demonstrates our trust in the reliability of the product."
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Singapore Airlines is the first customer for A380 Flight Hour Services, a new Airbus support package designed to provide airlines with enhanced maintenance and logistics support for spare parts and services for their A380s. The agreement signed with Singapore Airlines is for an initial ten year period and covers Airbus Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) spare parts and services for avionics, cabin and integrated modular avionics systems on all the A380s Singapore Airlines will operate. Available through an Airbus single point of contact, the new A380 Flight Hour Services for LRUs will help minimise aircraft on-the-ground time during repairs and maintenance by providing airlines with even faster and simpler access to spare parts and services at predictable rates, based on stock and flight hour parameters.
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Riyadh based National Air Services (NAS) has signed a firm contract to buy 20 Airbus A320 Family aircraft for the company's budget airline arm, nasair, following an earlier agreement signed at the 47th International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget. The agreement includes 18 purchase rights. nasair is the first budget airline in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and began services in February 2007. The carrier now flies to 21 domestic destinations. "The agreement with Airbus is strategic for NAS services to grow. Our new Airbus A320 family fleet will equip us to fulfil passenger demand using the most reliable, efficient and comfortable aircraft on the market," said Taher Agueel, President, NAS.

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