09.11.2007
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KURZMELDUNGEN<br /> +++<br /> EADS Defence & Security (DS) has successfully completed the first flight tests of its MILDS F Missile Warning System (AN/AAR-60(V)2) on a Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) F-16 combat aircraft.

The test included 5 flights at day and at night with different test profiles, and has verified the basic capabilities of MILDS F (= Missile Launch Detection System, Fighter). A lot of data, including potential false alarm sources and missile simulations, were successfully recorded for analysis. The Missile Warning System, developed by Defence Electronics, an integrated Business Unit of EADS Defence & Security, is installed in the Terma developed modified wing weapon pylons PIDS+ (Pylon Integrated Dispensing System +) & ECIPS+ (Electronic Countermeasures Integrated Pylon System). The system is operated from the Terma ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare Management System (EWMS). MILDS F is a missile warning system which detects and tracks the UV emissions of approaching missiles including the most prevalent threat of heat -seeking shoulder-launched missiles. It comprises 6 sensors and 1 processor providing spherical coverage of the aircraft. It is using the proven key components of the very successful MILDS (Missile Launch Detection System) missile warner, which is operated as the standard missile warning device on helicopters and transport/mission aircraft world wide. In the field of electronic self-protection and missile warning, Defence Electronics is involved in the defensive aids systems of the Eurofighter, the A400M transport aircraft and the Tiger and NH90 helicopters.
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ExecuJet is delighted to welcome the first Bombardier Learjet 60 XR to obtain European registration to its charter fleet. The high performance, midsize business jet received European EASA certification on October 24 at ExecuJet's facilities at Roskilde, Denmark. The aircraft's owners have opted to offer it for charter through ExecuJet's charter management business. "This latest addition to the Learjet aircraft family is going to be a popular addition to the charter fleet," commented Peter Hartmann, ExecuJet Europe's Managing Director. As well as being extremely fast and certificated to fly up to FL 510, the aircraft offers enhanced comfort, achieved through a restyled interior in the stand up cabin, which features LED lighting throughout.
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Eurowings has selected Rockwell Collins' HGS-4200 Head-Up Guidance System (HGS) for its fleet of CRJ700s, equipping the aircraft with the only Cat III solution for CRJs. Deliveries began in September 2007. Rockwell Collins' HGS expands the operational capability of the CRJ700 by reducing the airplane's approved approach minima from Cat II to Cat III, thereby reducing the decision height from 100 ft to 50 ft. and the Runway Visual Range (RVR) from 550M to 200M. Additionally, the HGS Low Visibility Takeoff (LVTO) capability reduces the minimum RVR required for takeoff from 125M to 75M.
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Within the framework of the modernization of its fleet, the company Euro Asia Air, 100% subsidiary of the oil company KazMunayGaz ordered, in 2005, two helicopters AS365 N3 Dauphin. With the support of CHC (Canadian Helicopter Corporation), the two helicopters are now operating oil and gas missions for a major International oil and gas Company. These helicopters are perfectly suited to meet all the requirements of oil companies in terms of flight, safety and performance for the transport of their personnel and are expected to be used for offshore operations in the Caspian Sea.
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Officials from Bell Helicopter announced the completion of another major milestone in the development of the Bell 429, Bell's new advanced-technology helicopter. The 429 team has set or "frozen" the final exterior profile design, verified through months of development flight testing. Commenting on the event Robert Fitzpatrick, senior vice president for Marketing and Sales said, "This is one of the most significant events in the development of an aircraft. This means our design meets the aesthetic and in-flight handling specifications we set long ago. These are specifications we promised we would deliver to our customers. This moves us much closer to our certification and beginning delivery goal of the end of 2008." Since the introduction of the 429, Bell's new advanced-technology, light twin-engine helicopter at HELI-EXPO in 2005, two prototypes have accumulated over 400 hours of rigorous flight testing. One aircraft is in Colorado performing high altitude testing and the other is in Arizona doing high temperature testing.
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The first monolithic machined panel for the first AgustaWestland Future Lynx was manufactured last week at Oldland CNC's facility in Bristol, United Kingdom. The manufacture of the first component, a lower fuselage bulkhead, was witnessed by representatives from the UK Ministry of Defence Integrated Project Team and AgustaWestland. Oldland CNC is manufacturing 83 of the 147 Future Lynx primary structure monolithic machined components and supplying them to GKN Aerospace for incorporation into the airframe prior to delivery to AgustaWestland. The monolithic machinings that are used in Future Lynx dramatically reduce parts count, assembly time and reduce in service maintenance. Graham Cole, Managing Director Business, AgustaWestland said "The start of manufacture of the Future Lynx represents an important step in the evolution of the next generation of Lynx for the Ministry of Defence. As the first programme to be signed under the Strategic Partnering Arrangement I am delighted that every programme milestone has been met on time and we look forward to the first flight in late 2009."
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The Polish government has ordered another two EADS CASA C-295 military transport aircraft for the Polish Air Force. These two units increase the number of eight aircraft purchased in 2001 and two (2) additional ones in 2006 up to twelve. This contract with the Polish Air Force confirms again the suitability and efficacy of the C-295 and corroborates its leadership as a medium weight tactical military transport aircraft. The delivery date will take place by the end of 2008. Recently, in August and September 2007 the Polish authorities received the two aircraft purchased in 2006. The total number of units sold of the C-295 reaches up sixty aircraft from which thirty-nine have already been delivered. They accumulate thirty eight thousand (38,000) flight hours.
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Ryanair took delivery on October 26 of its 150th Boeing Next-Generation 737-800. The European carrier operates a fleet of 737-800s around Europe and northwest Africa. From its inception, Ryanair has relied on the 737 - first the 737 Classic and now the Next-Generation 737. An additional 121 737s remain to be delivered to Ryanair. The last 737 Classic was phased out in January 2006. Ryanair operates the second largest 737 fleet in the world, after Southwest Airlines in the United States.
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NASA announced Tuesday which agency centers will take responsibility for specific work to enable astronauts to explore the moon. The new assignments cover elements of the lunar lander and lunar surface operations. The agency also announced work assignments for Ares V, a heavy-lift rocket for lunar missions. "NASA's Constellation Program is making real progress toward sending astronauts to the moon," said Rick Gilbrech, associate administrator for Exploration Systems, NASA Headquarters, Washington. "Work on our new fleet of rockets and spacecraft, Ares I and Orion, is already well under way. With these new assignments, NASA will launch the next phase of its exploration strategy - landing crews and cargo on the surface of the moon."
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GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A., the parent company of Brazil's low-cost airlines GOL Transportes Aereos S.A. and VRG Linhas Aereas S.A., announces the delivery of the 100th aircraft in its combined fleet (GOL Transportes Aereos and VRG Linhas Aereas). The new Boeing 737-800 SFP (Short Field Performance) will be used on flights operated by GOL Transportes Aereos. "The delivery of the 100th aircraft is a significant milestone in our history," says Fernando Rockert de Magalhaes, GOL's Vice-President - Technical. "In addition to further reducing costs, new aircraft are essential to serving our expanding route network and the increasing demand for our services." Boeing developed the 737-800 SFP specifically for operations at two of Brazil's busiest airports: Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo and Santos Dumont Airport in Rio de Janeiro, which has one of the shortest runways in the world. The SFPs are also equipped with winglets, a technology that improves aircraft performance during takeoff and affords fuel savings of more than 3 percent per year. All Boeing 737 model aircraft adhere to international safety rules and are certified by U.S. and Brazilian authorities to take-off and land on short runways.
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Pratt & Whitney has completed assembly of a full-scale Geared Turbofan engine at the company's Engine Center in Middletown, Conn. and shipped it to the company's Advanced Test Facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. The engine will begin ground testing early next month. "This is an exciting time at Pratt & Whitney as we watch our next generation product, the Geared Turbofan engine, begin its validation testing program," said Bob Saia, vice president, Next Generation Product Family, Pratt & Whitney. "To date our 15 technology rigs have demonstrated that the Geared Turbofan engine components are operating at or above our expectations. This demonstrator engine will validate performance at the full engine level and demonstrate the game-changing characteristics of the Geared Turbofan engine."
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Bell Helicopter Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Program achieved another milestone while preparing for a Limited Users Test (LUT) at Yuma Proving Grounds. The program surpassed 1,000 flight test hours in under 15 months of flying. The ARH Program continues preparation for Limited User Test (LUT). U.S. Army pilots have completed individual training and are conducting crew training at Yuma Proving Grounds. The ARH Program anticipates the LUT will commence in early November. The purpose of the LUT is to verify the integrated system performance for the FLIR Systems International "Target Acquisition Sensor System" (TASS) and the "Common Avionics Architecture System" (CAAS) made by Rockwell Collins. Additionally, the LUT will evaluate the performance of the Honeywell HTS-900-2 turbine engine into the Bell 407 airframe. The ARH program consists of 512 aircraft to replace the venerable OH-58D Kiowa Warrior which is doing yeoman's work in the Global War on Terror.
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CHC Helicopter announced that its worldwide helicopter support division, Heli-One, has entered into new purchase contracts for delivery of 12 Sikorsky S-92 helicopters and 13 AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters. These purchases support CHC's commitment to acquiring new technology aircraft and are part of CHC's fleet renewal plan to meet the demands of its global customers. The first S-92 helicopter from this order is expected to be delivered to CHC in June 2009 with deliveries continuing through March 2012.  The first AW139 helicopter from this order is expected to be delivered to CHC later this year, with deliveries continuing through late 2011. CHC has already acquired 16 S-92 and eight AW139 helicopters under previous orders. Including the 12 S-92 helicopters from this order, essentially all of CHC's heavy helicopter orders to be delivered in fiscal 2008 are committed to customer contracts, with approximately 55% of heavy helicopter orders committed on contract for all years. Including the 13 AW139 helicopters in this new order, approximately 85% of CHC's medium helicopter orders to be delivered in fiscal 2008 are committed to customer contracts, with approximately 45% of medium helicopter orders committed on contract for all years.
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Keystone Helicopter, a subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft, celebrated the Federal Aviation Administration's award of a Production Certificate (PC) authorizing Keystone to manufacture S-76 commercial helicopters at its new state of the art Heliplex facility.  Local and county officials joined representatives from the FAA, Keystone and Sikorsky executives, and company employees to celebrate the recently received approval, following submission of the application in March 2006. Production will begin almost immediately, with the first aircraft built under the PC slated for delivery before year-end. "Sikorsky is experiencing unprecedented growth and is expanding capacity to meet all our customer requirements -- including those of the U.S. government, which in July approved full-rate production for approximately 1,200 UH-60M and HH-60M helicopters starting in 2008," said Mick Maurer, Vice President, Operations, for Sikorsky. "Keystone's new charter not only enables us to meet our important S-76 helicopter customer needs but also frees up capacity at our Connecticut plant to help meet our government obligations. This is great news all around."
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NASA's Space Shuttle Program successfully fired a four-segment reusable solid rocket motor Thursday, Nov. 1, at a Utah test facility. The two-minute test provided important information for continued launches of the shuttle and for development of the Ares I rocket, a key component of NASA's Constellation Program that will launch the Orion crew vehicle on missions to the moon. The static firing of the full-scale motor was performed at 1 p.m. MDT at ATK Launch Systems Group, a Promontory, Utah-based unit of Alliant Techsystems Inc., where the shuttle's solid rocket motors are manufactured. Preliminary indications are that all test objectives for shuttle and Ares I were met. The test evaluation motor, or TEM-13, burned for approximately 123 seconds, the same time each reusable solid rocket motor burns during a space shuttle launch. The Reusable Solid Rocket Booster Project Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages these tests to qualify any proposed changes to the rocket motor and to determine whether new materials perform as well as those now in use.
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With the start of the winter timetable, Lufthansa has launched a new flight that will land at Newark, only ten kilometres from the Big Apple, at 11.20 hrs local time. Until 31 March 2008, passengers travelling on this flight can also book a free helicopter or limousine service from the airport to Manhattan. The helicopter will take passengers either to East 34th Street or to the East River Piers. Alternatively, a specially equipped limousine with extra legroom is available to take passengers swiftly to their desired destination in Manhattan. Thanks to the early arrival time and the exclusive shuttle services into the city, the day in New York can begin as early as noon, in time for a working lunch or business meetings. This will enable business travellers, in particular, to schedule important appointments in the city, even when time is short. Passengers who opt to take Lufthansa's late-evening return flight departing at 22.25 hrs can be back in Frankfurt by 10.50 hrs the following morning.
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Boeing has selected Raytheon to provide a next-generation Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar for U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle multi-role aircraft. Boeing selected Raytheon following a rigorous source selection competition. The Air Force plans to develop and incorporate the AESA radar under the F-15E Radar Modernization Program (RMP). Boeing and Raytheon share more than 35 years of success on numerous generations of F-15 radar, beginning with the delivery of the first APG-63 radar in 1972 and the incorporation of the world's first operational fighter AESA radar with the APG-63(v)2. This legacy, along with shared experiences on the F/A-18E/F APG-79, ensures the AESA-equipped F-15E will remain a force multiplier for decades to come. The F-15E RMP will replace the APG-70 radar with an AESA radar, improving radar reliability, maintainability and performance, while reducing support costs. When integrated into the F-15E weapons system, the AESA radar will improve detection and tracking of enemy targets, including small targets.
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Boeing began modifying the first of three U.S Air Force C-40B transport aircraft with a laser-based countermeasures system that defeats incoming infrared-seeking missiles. The Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system, supplied by Northrop Grumman, protects large fixed-wing transports and small rotary-wing aircraft from infrared missile attacks by automatically detecting a missile launch, determining if it is a threat and activating a high-intensity countermeasures system to track and defeat the threat.
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Boeing, industry teammates and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency celebrated the Airborne Laser (ABL) program's 2007 major accomplishments and highlighted California's contributions to ABL's revolutionary missile defense capabilities during a ceremony at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Missile Defense Agency and Department of Defense representatives, Air Force guests and elected officials stood alongside hundreds of California workers and members of the Air Force's 417th Flight Test Squadron at Hangar 151, which houses the ABL aircraft, as officials from the Missile Defense Agency and the industry team hailed progress toward giving the United States a first-ever speed-of-light defense against hostile ballistic missiles. The Airborne Laser recently completed a series of flight tests at Edwards in which ABL tracked an airborne target, measured and compensated for atmospheric turbulence and fired a surrogate high energy laser at the target.
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On Monday 29 October official confirmation was received from the UAE that the Hawk Mk 128 has been withdrawn, by the UAE Air Force, from their Advanced Jet Trainer competition. This decision was made on the grounds that the Hawk Mk 128 did not meet the precise training requirements of the UAE Air Force.
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Dragonair - regularly named in customer surveys as the best airline serving China - today becomes part of oneworld, greatly enhancing the leading quality global airline alliance's Chinese network. As a oneworld affiliate member, Dragonair now offers the alliance's full range of services and benefits. This means its frequent flyers can from today earn and redeem mileage awards on all other oneworld carriers. Top-tier members now have access to the 500 airport lounges worldwide offered by the alliance's airlines.
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For the first time, ESA tracking stations have transmitted telecommands to a Chinese satellite. At 07:15 CET (06:15 UTC), China's mission control reported that commands transmitted from Maspalomas station had been successfully received by the Chang'e-1 Moon mission. ESA ground tracking support to China's Chang'e-1 successfully started on 1 November 2007 at 04:35 CET (03:35 UTC) with the first receipt of telemetry signals from the Chinese mission at ESA's 35m deep-space station at New Norcia, Australia.
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Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Integrated Program Office (IPO) successfully completed the transition of the NPOESS command, control and communications segment (C3S) to the operations and support team. This milestone culminated more than four years of development of the C3S and includes all C3S hardware and software needed for the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) mission. Additionally, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, NASA and the NPOESS IPO recently attained a significant ground segment achievement by successfully communicating satellite commands from the NPP Mission Management Center (MMC) to the NPP spacecraft and sensors. The MMC was able to receive and analyze the NPP satellite telemetry data successfully.
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Tods Aerospace Limited has secured a contract for the manufacture of thermoplastic OHD Heatshields, and other special composite packers, for the wings of the A400M Airbus military transporter aircraft. The initial contract, for the first 170 aircraft, is worth approximately US $ 20 million. The Heatshields are manufactured in thermoformed carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic and are designed to protect the main wing spars in the event of engine overheating. Traditionally such shields are constructed in titanium, but on the A400M's new generation composite wings a cost-effective lightweight composite solution is required.
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Thales announced that it has been selected by European turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR to provide the avionics suite for its new ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 aircraft. The contract is expected to generate around $400 million over a 10 - 12 year period. Thales will supply the new glass flight deck, which includes 5 LCD displays, the Flight Management System, the latest and most accurate communication and navigation systems including GNSS/WAAS capability ready for low RNP operation, as well as a new autopilot with Cat3A approach capability. The cockpit will provide advantages and performance improvements in terms of weight reduction, reliability, energy consumption and durability. Equipped with the latest and most advanced architecture, based on Integrated Modular Avionics concept and drawn from Thales' proven experience in supplying and integrating avionics suites for all types of aircraft, the new ATR program will offer pilots a much-simplified working environment. Thales has been chosen as a tier 1 systems integrator for the ATR cockpit and will integrate systems provided by other suppliers.  
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Lufthansa Technik is setting up a new overhaul operation in Bulgaria with the aim of opening up the growing air transport market in the region. The new facility is to be built at Sofia airport in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia. Lufthansa Technik will be the first international MRO provider to have a base in Bulgaria. Its partner in the new joint venture company, Lufthansa Technik Sofia, will be Bulgarian Aviation Group. Over the last few years, the Bulgarian Aviation Group has developed from a regional provider into an internationally operating airline group, including three Bulgarian airlines Bulgaria Air, Hemus Air and Viaggio Air. Lufthansa Technik Sofia will offer base maintenance services (D-checks) for the Airbus A320 family and for Boeing 737 aircraft, including the 737 Classic and the 737 NG (Next Generation). Operations are planned to commence in October 2008. The MRO company will serve customers from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa in two docks. Lufthansa Technik together with its partner Bulgarian Aviation Group is to invest more than 20 Mio. Euro in the refurbishment of the hangar, the dock facilities, tooling and working materials as well as in the training of the employees. The hangar will have 6000m2 of floorspace and allow work to proceed on two narrowbody aircraft at a time. It will also be possible for aircraft to be painted on the spot in either position using state-of-the-art technology.
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With a few pieces of aluminum and a little bit of wire, Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski today repaired a damaged solar array during a spacewalk that lasted 7 hours, 19 minutes. Parazynski and fellow spacewalker Doug Wheelock left the International Space Station at 5:03 a.m., and spent about an hour and a half riding the station's robotic arm out to the torn array – about 165 feet down the station's truss and 90 feet up to the damage. Once there, Parazynski cut a snagged wire and installed homemade stabilizers designed to strengthen the array's structure and stability in the vicinity of the damage. Wheelock helped from the truss by keeping an eye on the distance between Parazynski and the array. They completed the repair just after 10 a.m., and then stood back to watch for complications as flight controllers on the ground finished the deploy, which began on Tuesday. The delicate deploy sequence called for the array mast to be deployed one half bay at a time. Fifteen minutes and 13 computer commands later, the array was fully extended. "One of the most satisfying days that I've ever had in Mission Control," Derek Hassman, lead station flight director, said of the operation. Parazynski and Wheelock then made their way back to the station's airlock, to end the spacewalk at 12:22 p.m. The array repair became the priority of space shuttle Discovery's mission on Tuesday, after two tears were noticed during the array's unfurling. Teams on the ground worked around the clock to develop a plan for the repair, and the crew spent much of the past two days studying and making tools.

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