08.10.2007
FLUG REVUE

2007-10-07 - News in briefNews in Brief

Kurzmeldungen<br /> +++<br /> EPI Europrop International GmbH (EPI), the company responsible for the TP400-D6 engine programme, announced new leadership for the company, effective today, 1 October 2007, as agreed by the four Shareholders.

Snecma Chairman and Chief Executive Phillippe Petitcolin takes up the role of non-executive Chairman. Nick Durham, previously Director of Services and Helicopters at Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace, assumes the role of President of EPI, with full responsibility for managing the programme. Nick replaces José Massol, who has left the company. These appointments reflect the increased role that Rolls-Royce and Snecma are taking to strengthen the management of the programme. Phillippe Petitcolin said: "EPI benefits from European aero engine skills and expertise. Together, we will maintain and reinforce our current efforts to provide to Airbus Military the new generation TP400-D6 engine answering the challenging A400M transport aircraft."
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SAS Scandinavian Airlines has enhanced its long-haul Business class with a number of innovations to ensure even simpler and more hassle free traveling. New features include the introduction of a unique last-minute Business class fare, a new comfort kit, upgraded audio/video-on-demand and a "breakfast on the go" concept. SAS has introduced a Business Class fare that is available right up until departure and still guarantees a seat in Business. The new A class fare is available now on all non-stop SAS routes between Copenhagen/Stockholm and Bangkok, Beijing, Chicago, Dubai, New York, Seattle, Tokyo and Washington DC. "SAS' new A class ticket is uniquely designed for Business travelers that value the importance of face-to-face meetings, and have to make last minute travel decisions and be somewhere in the world at a specific time, even if the flight is only hours away," says Lars Sandahl Sørensen, Chief Commercial Officer, SAS International.
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On 26 September, the Austrian interior ministry signed a purchase agreement for eight Eurocopter EC135 P2i light twin-engine helicopters for police operations. Four of the machines are scheduled to be delivered in March 2008, followed by two each in March and May 2009 respectively. Designed as light multi-purpose helicopters, the first four EC135s will be operational in time for the 2008 European Football Championship, when they will be able to demonstrate their capabilities. The four EC135s slated for delivery in 2009 will additionally be equipped with forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras and searchlights. All eight helicopters have roping devices, are qualified for IFR flights, and are fitted with glass cockpits compatible with the use of night-vision goggles. The agreement also includes a power-by-the-hour service for a period of ten years, as well as technical support by Eurocopter for the Austrian police fleet while the EC135 will be phased in at the federal interior ministry as well as during the European Football
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The BSAT-3a broadcasting satellite,designed and built by Lockheed Martin, is now operational for the Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) following successful on-orbit deployment and checkout of all spacecraft systems. The BSAT-3a communications payload contains 12 130-W Ku-band channels (eight operating at one time).With a design life of more than 13 years, BSAT-3a is based on the A2100A platform manufactured by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS),Newtown, Pa. BSAT-3a marks the 12th Lockheed Martin satellite contract awarded in the 1- to 4-kW class satellite range. BSAT-3a is the sixth Direct Broadcasting Satellite in the 12GHz BSS band procured by B-SAT. Satellite broadcasting in Japan has a long history, beginning in 1984 and today penetrating in excess of 23 million households.
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Goodrich announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its airframe heavy maintenance business, Goodrich Aviation Technical Services to Macquarie Bank Limited. The transaction has been approved by the Board of Directors of Goodrich. Subject to customary regulatory approvals, the sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter this year. Financial terms were not disclosed. ATS will be reported as a discontinued operation starting with the reporting of third quarter 2007 results. ATS has over 1,200 employees at its 950,000-square-foot-facility in Everett, Wash. Serving a broad base of North American and global customers, ATS provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services to airlines, cargo fleet operators and aircraft owners. ATS services include: airframe heavy maintenance; aircraft modifications and painting; passenger-to-freighter conversions; engineering and certification; and component repair and overhaul. Macquarie Bank Limited is a diversified global financial services institution headquartered in Sydney, Australia. Macquarie has a broad range of experience in managing and/or owning investments in the aviation industry including airports, aircraft leasing, jet engine leasing and Fixed-Base Operations.
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Four Eurofighters have taken off on 1 October from Grosseto and have landed at Gioia del Colle's Air Base. They are the first aircraft assigned to the XII Fighter Group of the 36. Air Wing of the big military base in the Puglia Region. With the entry into service at the 36 Air Wing, the conversion of ItAF's third Group on the new fighter has started, after the XX and IX, both belonging to Grosseto's 4th Wing. The XII Group will be fully operational by spring of 2009. This way the Italian Air Force will be able to count on two fully operating Air Defence' Groups, the XII in Gioia and the IX in Grosseto, for the surveillance of the national air boundary, replacing the F-16s currently in service. The new aircraft's arrival has also been the occasion for the XII Group to celebrate the 90 years since its creation, which had taken place at Belluno's airport in 1917
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Era Helicopters signed a contract for an additional four EC225 helicopters at Helitech on October 3, bringing its total orders for this aircraft type to eight. Era is the first offshore oil and gas operator to have selected the EC225 for operations in the Gulf of Mexico, having signed its first Memorandum of Understanding for initially two EC225s at HeliExpo 2006. Olivier Lambert, Eurocopter's Senior Vice President Sales and Customer Relations, stated: Demand for new-generation helicopters by the oil and gas industry is at an all-time high. Since the EC225's market launch, we have booked firm orders for a total of 51 aircraft with 18 options, of which 31 were sold in 2007 alone. We are very proud of Era's confidence in our new product and appreciate the company's forward planning to anticipate a further increase in demand. The six EC225s which are presently in service in the North Sea have clocked up an amazing 10,000 flight hours since the first one went into service only two years ago. Even more amazingly, this fleet has flown a total distance of 1.7 million miles, the equivalent of flying to the moon seven times. We are sure that this helicopter type will serve Era efficiently and reliably wherever they will be deployed, in the Gulf of Mexico and worldwide."
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Military helicopter operations, among the most difficult and dangerous in today's defence environment, are set to benefit from a new British-led study to reduce the intensity of crew workload, especially in combat conditions. The study is led by CORDA, a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems, working in partnership with Agusta Westland and Qinetiq. It is one of eight covered by a new three-year, £5m Maritime Surface Effects (MSE) research programme, awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence.  Modern-day tactical, mission and weapon systems will be studied to evaluate the impact they each have on crew workload.  The results will be analysed to ensure tasks can be completed with greater safety and survivability. "Improving the crew-machine interface is safety critical safety, particularly in today's challenging operational environment," says Samir Patel, CORDA's MSE programme manager.  This study will lead to the selection and integration of new advanced systems, ultimately reducing pilot and crew workload, providing higher performance and improved safety for our servicemen and women." The study will be carried out at a number of UK locations, including Bristol, Farnborough and Yeovil. A generic helicopter simulator will be fitted with various systems to assess the effect each has on a crew's work levels. "Using a synthetic environment will give us a very broad scope of assessment," states Patel. "Individual systems can be integrated in a variety of combinations allowing us to understand the best fit to achieve optimum man/machine work ratios." Initial experiments planned for January 2008 will focus on weapon system options.
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Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement with Starflex LLC to upgrade the Eurocopter AS355 helicopter with the new Rolls-Royce Model 250-C20R engine, which reduces fuel consumption, increases range and payload, improves hot and high performance and improves safety margins. The Rolls-Royce Model 250-C20R engine is rated at 450shp and is available from Starflex as part of a valuable performance package upgrade that can improve the profitability and effectiveness of AS355 operators. Starflex is marketing this enhancement package as the "AS355 F1R/F2R" performance upgrade. The announcement was made at the Helitech '07 exhibition at Duxford, UK. The overall market for light-twin helicopters is considered strong, especially in Europe. With new production aircraft booked for years, the market for the upgraded AS355 models remains very firm with a worldwide fleet already totalling over 600 aircraft. 
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UTair (UTair Aviation, JSC)'s Eurocopter BO-105 has started flights for the Emergency Medicine Center of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Region – Yugra. The helicopter carries on board special medical equipment required to provide emergency aid and is on alert twenty four hours a day in the region's central airport. The helicopter can fly to hard-to-reach areas of the Khanty-Mansiysk district. The airline views operations performed with a BO-105 helicopter as another step in its Light Helicopters program. Earlier, UTair put the Eurocopter AS-355N into service, helicopters that are characterized by their high fuel efficiency. They are used to carry VIP customers and patrol oil and gas pipelines, as well as for photo and video surveys and carrying small cargo on external sling. Now, they will be used for medical purposes as well.
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KD Avia has signed a long-term contract with Snecma Services Brussels (SAFRAN Group), the Belgian subsidiary of Snecma Services, for maintenance, repair and overhaul services on the CFM56-3 engines powering seven Boeing 737 Classic twinjets. The first engine overhaul is scheduled for 2008. Its new contract with the leader in CFM56 maintenance is an exclusive Time & Material agreement for a period of three years. In addition to the basic contract, Snecma Services also guarantees the lease of a replacement engine if needed. KD Avia is a private Russian operator based in Kaliningrad and has contracts with 2 others MRO providers that cover part of its fleet.
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NASA's Launch Services Program office at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., has selected Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services for the Juno mission to Jupiter. The $190 million contract award is a competed firm-fixed-price task order. It includes the launch service for an Atlas V model 551 rocket, payload processing, launch vehicle integration, and the necessary tracking, data and telemetry support. The spacecraft is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., in August 2011 on an interplanetary trajectory to Jupiter. Juno will arrive at Jupiter in August 2016 to uncover the secrets hidden beneath the planet's thick, colorful clouds. Juno's remote sensing and gravity science measurements will characterize Jupiter's interior, atmosphere and polar magnetosphere with the primary science goal of understanding the planet's origin and evolution. A principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio leads the Juno mission.
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NASA's Launch Services Program office at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., has selected Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services for launching of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission. The $124 million contract award is a competed firm-fixed-price task order. It includes launch services for an Atlas V model 401 rocket, payload processing, launch vehicle integration, and the necessary tracking, data and telemetry support. The spacecraft is scheduled to be placed into a 428-mile-high polar sun synchronous orbit in July 2011, lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
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NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos have agreed to fly two Russian scientific instruments on NASA spacecraft that will conduct unprecedented robotic missions to the moon and Mars. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin and Roscosmos head Anatoly Perminov signed agreements in Moscow on Oct. 3 to add the instruments to two future missions: the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scheduled to launch in October 2008, and the Mars Science Laboratory, an advanced robotic rover scheduled to launch in 2009. Russia's Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will search for evidence of water ice and help understand astronauts' exposure to radiation during future trips to the moon. The instrument will map concentrations of hydrogen that may be found on and just beneath the lunar surface.
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Following an extensive inspection program and parts replacement, SAS is now returning Dash8/Q400 aircraft to traffic. Flights began on Thursday and more aircraft will successively return to traffic after testing and parts replacement have been completed. SAS chose to ground the entire Q400 fleet following two accidents, in Aalborg on September 9 and Vilnius on September 12, to replace parts identified as the cause of the accidents. This involved an actuator in the main landing gear that was affected by corrosion. At an early stage, SAS decided to replace all actuators, whether they showed signs of corrosion or not. Accordingly, SAS took actions that went a step further than those required by the civil aviation authorities and the aircraft manufacturer. SAS has conducted extensive inspections of the main landing gear and the nose gear, and undertook much more comprehensive inspections than those required by the civil aviation authorities and the aircraft manufacturer. Thereafter, the aircraft that are now being returned to traffic have undergone extensive test flights and have received the necessary airworthiness certificates from the authorities.
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BAE Systems unveiled its new remotely operated turreted weapon system, the Remote Guardian System (RGS), designed to provide 360 degrees of suppressive fire for the Marine Corps V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft. In recent stability testing at Camp Ripley, Minnesota, the RGS, with a GAU-17, 7.62 mm mini-gun, was mounted on a moving land vehicle test platform. The testers demonstrated the weapon's accuracy, based on the three-axis stability and control that is the foundation of the RGS and a core capability of BAE Systems. "RGS performed admirably in the tests, demonstrating accurate fire on-the-move," Clark Freise, vice president of defense avionics for BAE Systems, said in introducing the system at the Modern Day Marine Expo in Quantico, Virginia. "Due to the support and feedback we received from the Marine Corps' requirements and user communities, we are now launching this as a mature system." BAE Systems, which has been working with the user community to develop and demonstrate this capability since mid-2005, is planning to make the system available for installation beginning in the third quarter of 2008.
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Grupo Mexicana announced that it has submitted a takeover bid for Consorcio Aeromexico. At a press conference, the group's stockholders, board members and CEO said that the bid is for at least 51% and possibly as much as 100% of the shares of Aeromexico. At a purchase price of 2.19 pesos per share, which translates into 2.17 billion pesos (approximately 200 million dollars) for the entire Aeromexico share package, Grupo Mexicana's offer is 25 percent higher than the next highest offer made by other investor groups on the stock exchange. According to Grupo Mexicana Chairman of the Board Gaston Azcarraga, the decision to place a bid for Aeromexico was in the best interests of Mexico's commercial aviation industry. "Merging these two companies into one single aeronautical group will boost their profitability, enabling them to offer reliable transportation alternatives at an attractive price and guaranteeing job stability for their employees in the long term. We want to put together the aeronautical group this country deserves," said Gaston Azcarraga, adding that this is an opportunity to restructure the country's aviation market. "What we are proposing is a restructuring of the market that will ensure the survival of these two flagship airlines. We want to strengthen them and we know how to."
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UK Defence Minister Lord Drayson unveiled the first of six new Merlin Helicopters acquired from Denmark, on a visit to RAF Benson. The Minister also announced the establishment of a new RAF Merlin Squadron - 78 Squadron - to be based at Benson. The MoD announced in March 2007 that it was buying six additional Merlin helicopters from Denmark at a cost of £175M in order to deliver a rapid increase in helicopters for operations. The six helicopters have been delivered to the UK and are undergoing work at Augusta Westland to integrate them into the RAF fleet. They will be available for operations early next year.
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Honeywell announced that its EVXP Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and  ed by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. as a standard option for the S-76C++ helicopter. The advanced, fourth-generation system monitors aircraft vibration, engine and structural health and works with Honeywell ground support equipment and software to decrease maintenance costs and increase operational readiness.  Honeywell's EVXP is designed to meet the demanding operational and regulatory requirements of helicopters supporting offshore oil and gas producers (OGP).  It also meets European operating standards. "Honeywell's world class Rotor Track and Balance (RT&B) solutions provide a faster, smoother operation, extending the maintenance life of various critical helicopter components," said Vicki Panhuise, Vice President, Commercial and Military Helicopters, Honeywell Defense and Space.  "Our algorithms are optimized to minimize vibration and reduce airframe stress and cracking, resulting in safer helicopter operations."
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Lufthansa Technik Tulsa, the center of excellence for Airframe Related Components (ARC) of Lufthansa Technik in North America, has signed an agreement with US Airways. Over the next five years the subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik will provide technical support for the thrust reversers of the airline's Airbus narrowbody aircraft. US Airways currently operates a fleet of 102 Airbus A319, A320 and A320 powered by CFM56-5B engines.
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Swedish Air Force new generation Gripen fighters will be equipped with the latest version of a helmet mounted display (HMD) system. The order from FMV, Sweden's Defence Material Administration is worth SEK 345 million (US$S 54 million). The helmet mounted display system, including the BAE Systems Cobra helmet, is a key element of Gripen's advanced systems fit and has already been ordered by the South African Air Force. "This order is further evidence of the confidence Sweden has in Gripen," says Lennart Sindahl, business unit manager at Saab Aerosystems. "HMD further improves the Swedish Gripen fleet's already expansive operating capacity." The HMD displays weapon and basic flight data directly onto the helmet visor, allowing the Gripen pilot to stay 'heads-up' at crucial points during a mission and to react faster in an aerial battle, for example. Using the system, the pilot can search out a target, lock on to it and fire his missile.
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The first Tranche II EJ200 engine made its first flight from Caselle di Torino Airport (Italy) on September 14, 2007. The Tranche II standard EJ200 engine was installed in the Eurofighter IPA2 aircraft for flight testing purpose. In these days the first phase of flight tests was completed. During the test, the Eurofighter IPA2 aircraft carried out supersonic flight and handling manoeuvres. The EJ200 engine behaved perfectly during the tests and exceeded all expectations of in-flight verifications. For flight test purposes, a Tranche II engine was installed in the right-hand bay of the IPA2 aircraft in combination with a Tranche I engine in the left bay. With these tests, the compatibility of a Tranche II engine in a Tranche I aircraft was demonstrated. Between November and December 2007, a second phase of flight-testing with two Tranche II engines in a Tranche II configured IPA2 aircraft will take place. In this final phase, the test of the Tranche II propulsion system installed in a Tranche II aircraft will be completed.
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With effect from October 1, 2007, the Diehl Group has changed its organizational structure, as announced: the previous Diehl VA Systeme Corporate Division has been divided into two Corporate Divisions, Diehl Defence and Diehl Aerosystems. Thus, Diehl's defence business is now concentrated in the Diehl Defence Corporate Division and the aviation-equipment business in the Aerosystems Corporate Division. Through this reorganization, Diehl expects to be even better able to take advantage of growth opportunities in national and international markets.  
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The Hawker Beechcraft of Wichita, Kan. is being awarded a contract modification for $3,000,000,000. This contract is the framework that will be used to procure Lot 14 through Lot 20 of the T-6A aircraft used by the Air Force and Navy to train pilots. Lot 14 and part of Lot 15 will be primarily Air Force aircraft where areas the subsequent lots will be Navy aircraft. This contract will also procure related items to the aircraft such as ground-based training systems, field service support, and aircraft change modifications. At this time no funds have been obligated.  
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The F-22 Raptor Combined Test Force staff conducted the first airborne separation of a small diameter bomb from the internal weapons bay of an F-22 during a September test mission. "This is a major milestone for the F-22 modernization roadmap," said Lt. Col. Daniel Daetz, the 411th Flight Test Squadron commander. The drop was made to ensure the small diameter bomb, or SDB, would have a clean separation when released from the F-22. "The test proved that our predictions were modeled properly," said Maj. Jack Fischer, a 411th Flight Test Squadron test pilot. "The bomb came out exactly as it should have for the first test, so we're on the right track." esting of the SDB with the F-22 is part of the Increment 3.1 upgrade to the aircraft, Major Fischer said. Once the SDB is cleared for operational missions aboard the F-22, it will enable the aircraft to carry four times the weapons load, Major Fischer said. The F-22 can carry eight SDBs with two advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles and two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles.
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MTU Maintenance Zhuhai has won its first major European customer: The company has signed a contract with Norwegian Air Shuttle for the maintenance of CFM56-3 engines. The five years contract includes 44 engines powering Boeing 737-300 aircraft operated by the airline and is worth in excess of 90m euros. "We are proud to welcome Norwegian Air Shuttle as a new customer", MTU Aero Engines President and CEO Commercial Maintenance Bernd Kessler noted. He continued: "MTU is pleased to be in a position to partner the airline with our world class facility in Zhuhai and the local support of our Hannover facility. Norwegian Air Shuttle continue to demonstrate significant expansion in the European market and we are confident that both partners will grow together and develop a successful long term relationship." Norwegian Air Shuttle Technical Director, Bjorn Ivar Aarseth commented: "We know MTU as a very professional and customer focused organization and are confident that we have reached a very cost effective solution together with them. We are looking forward to a friendly and professional relationship in the years to come."
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The U.S. Coast Guard's fleet of Eurocopter HH-65 Dolphin helicopters has passed its one million flight hour milestone, marking another key operational achievement for the twin-engine rotary-wing aircraft that perform patrol, law enforcement and rescue missions throughout the United States. From the helicopter's first delivery in 1985, HH-65s have become a key element of Coast Guard aviation, with 96 Dolphins currently in the service's inventory. Today , HH-65s operate from 17 Coast Guard Air Stations throughout the continental United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. It was a Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii HH-65C helicopter that reached the one million flight hour milestone on September 20, 2007 while on a maritime medical evacuation (Medivac) mission with the patient on board. The HH-65 fleet has been assigned new mission responsibilities that include the use of armed versions for the protection of the U.S. Capital region and the interception/interdiction of vessels at sea. Search and rescue remains one of the key duties for HH-65s, with the Dolphins used extensively in lifesaving operations after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, and routinely deployed on missions from sea level to high-altitude mountainous terrain.
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Embraer reports that its firm order backlog for the Commercial Aviation, Executive Aviation, and Defense and Government segments increased by US$ 1.8 billion during the third quarter of 2007 (3Q07), totaling a record US$ 17.4 billion. The Company has achieved its expected aircraft production for the third quarter by delivering 38 jets to the Commercial Aviation segment, nine Legacy 600 aircraft to the Executive Aviation segment and one EMB 120 Brasilia to the Defense and Government segment for the government of Angola. All the actions taken regarding our supply chain and our production processes are delivering the expected results, enhancing the Company's overall view of its production cycle. The third shift is nearly implemented; Embraer expects to deliver between 165 and 170 jets in 2007. During 3Q07, a total of 47 jets were delivered.
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With the snip of a ceremonial red ribbon, Sikorsky, its Schweizer Aircraft subsidiary and a host of New York dignitaries today officially opened the new HAWK WORKS completion center on the west side of Elmira/Corning Regional Airport. The 100,000-square-foot building will serve as the primary completion center for all BLACK HAWK and Naval Hawk derivative aircraft for the U.S. government and foreign military customers. BLACK HAWK derivative helicopters requiring customized configurations for a range of specialized missions will be manufactured at Sikorsky's Connecticut facilities and then transported to the HAWK WORKS center for completion. The new center also adds capacity for additional future military work. About 100 new employees will staff the HAWK WORKS center, which is located approximately one quarter-mile from Schweizer's current facility.
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Flight test engineers at Cessna have racked up more than 180 hours over the past 15 months in the next generation piston (NGP) proof-of-concept (POC) aircraft. The POC made its first flight on June 23, 2006, and debuted to the public at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that year. Since then, engineers have collected performance numbers and made aerodynamic modifications based on those figures. "The latest modifications have shown positive changes to the performance characteristics," said Van Abel, Cessna's project engineer for the NGP. "Our team has captured data that validates predictions for the production configuration." Meanwhile, Cessna has displayed the concept at numerous air shows to gather customer feedback, while a cross-functional team continues to assess the business case for adding a family of innovative airplanes that would set the standard among single engine pistons for performance, comfort and value. "There is still much work to be done," Abel said. "We are in the process of working the configuration so we would have the potential of multiple powerplants, and we continue to study features and materials."
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Following the introduction of the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics package and TKS ice protection into all Caravan models, Cessna announced at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Expo that they received 59 Caravan orders at last week's National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Meeting and Convention. Incorporation of the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics package will begin in the first half of 2008 on all Caravan models: the Cessna 208, the Grand Caravan (208B) and the Super CargoMaster. The Garmin G1000 system designed for the Caravan includes three 10" displays – two primary flight displays (PFD) and one multi function display (MFD). One of the PFDs can serve as a back up, increasing dispatch ability. The Caravan G1000 system incorporates the GFC700 – an integrated, dual-channel digital autopilot. Other features include a flight director, go-around mode and Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) which can provide precision guidance to airports where there are currently no precision approaches. It also includes SafeTaxiTM – a graphical representation of the aircraft on the ground in the airport environment in relation to labeled taxiways, runways and buildings during taxi. Radar, TAWS-B, XM radio and XM weather are optional features.
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The aerospace and defence industry re-affirmed plans to deepen its commitment to ensuring the sustainability of the industry, in the coming years. Delegates discussed how the aerospace and defence industries can contribute to building a sustainable society, while also preserving the competitiveness of European industries in a highly dynamic and global marketplace. HRH the Prince of Asturias D. Felipe De Borbón referred to the importance of ASD's efforts in organizing this innovative and dynamic conference. He also emphasised this year's theme 'building a sustainable industry', underlying the importance of the convention's renewed commitment to improve competitive growth by meeting environmental standards and helping improve the environment. The ASD convention theme 'Building a sustainable industry' attracted 500 quality leaders from the aviation and space industries, European politics and the defence community. Speakers addressing the convention included outgoing ASD President Charles Edelstenne, Chairman and CEO of Dassault, Gen. de Ejército Felix Sanz Roldán, Spanish Chief of Defence Staff, Walter P. Havenstein, President and CEO BAE Systems Inc, and Joan Clos i Mateu the Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism. In a series of lively workshops covering subjects ranging from 'The indust y's contribution towards achieving sustainable aviation', 'The emerging European space policy', a 'sustainable European defence' and 'sustainable security, industry and government representatives, academics, legislators and regulators, tackled in depth what it means to further build a sustainable industry. The convention also saw Saab CEO ?ke Svensson formally installed as the President of ASD. Mr Svensson said: 'As the CEO of Saab AB, I think I can say that I come from one of the larger companies, but on the other hand, as a Swede I come from one of the smaller nations. My ambitions as the President of ASD will be to focus on what brings us together, rather than what separates us'. Aircraft manufacturing companies attending the ASD convention renewed their commitment to build on their successes in lowering aviation emissions and noise, while improving fuel efficiency and continuing research into the development of alternative fuels. Aircraft manufacturers remain resolutely dedicated to contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gases, through the sharing of expertise and by responding to EU and international policies addressing climate change.
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From 2 July to 7 September 2007, an EC725 from the French Air Force was evaluated for its capacities during aerial fire-fighting missions. During a joint experiment between Eurocopter and the Ministry of Interior (Direction de Sécurité Civile), the helicopter was operated by Eurocopter's flight test team and customer support department, who were responsible for the helicopter. It was stationed at Bastia-Poretta airport, a strategic point from which it could be deployed anywhere on the island of Corsica. All equipment serving a purely military purpose (weaponry, optronic turret, countermeasures, etc.) was removed from the aircraft, which then corresponded to an EC225 configuration. The aircraft was hence fitted with a fire-fighting system developed by Eurocopter which consists of a flexible 4000-litre tank attached to the floor of the cabin and a scoop and water jettison kit. The entire system located in the cabin can be assembled and dismantled in less than twenty minutes, thus ensuring the helicopter's use in a waterbomber version or in a transport/medical evacuation version. The trials in Corsica began with the exploration of the helicopter's flight envelope when equipped with the fire-fighting system, thus allowing the EC 225 to be engaged on different forest fire sites. After this initial phase which lasted for the whole month of July, the trials moved on to the operational evaluation phase in the beginning of August. The second phase, during which the helicopter was fully integrated as part of the Sécurité Civile's air operations alongside the water bomber airplanes, served as a test of the helicopter's flight behaviour in a water bomber configuration under real-life conditions. Throughout the trials, the EC225 consistently demonstrated flight characteristics that qualify the helicopter as a unique and useful fire-fighting platform: by dropping water from a lower altitude and at a lower speed than a fixed-wing aircraft, it can target a fire with greater precision, especially in mountainous terrain. Furthermore, its ability to pump water onboard in hover mode enables the helicopter to make use of water supply points in close proximity of the disaster area. Even though the pumping of water from the sea, lake or watercourse remains an extremely delicate operation, it is nevertheless facilitated by the helicopter's enormous power capacity.
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Keystone Helicopter has been granted an STC permitting installation of a Chelton Flight Systems' Synthetic Vision EFIS system in Bell 427s. The STC will be available in a standard, two-screen system with a Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Multi-Function Display (MFD). Said Jim Scanish, Keystone Sales Manager: "We are very excited about this STC approval.  The customer is extremely satisfied and I see a great future for the system.  We are looking forward to doing many more Chelton installations." The Chelton EFIS uses 3D graphic technology to translate the terrain ahead of and around the helicopter into a simple, real-time visual picture. This helps the pilot "see" aircraft position in relation to its surroundings regardless of darkness or  weather conditions.  This display reduces instrument scanning and pilot fatigue by  consolidating readings of several instruments into one efficient tool, resulting in safer execution of flight plans and procedures.  Each EFIS features primary flight instruments, GPS (Global Positioning System) with WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System), moving map, terrain display, optional weather and traffic display, fuel totalizer, and easy push-button flight planning. The system also fulfills the FAA's TAWS (Terrain Awareness Warning System) mandate for fixed-wing turbine aircraft.  Class A and B Helicopter TAWS (H-TAWS) are also available with the EFIS. The system is compatible with NVG equipment.
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Piper Aircraft unveiled the Piper Matrix, a cabin-class, six-seat aircraft based on the world-renowned Malibu Mirage and operating with the economy of an unpressurized aircraft, making it the perfect blend of luxury, performance and value. In making the announcement Piper executives underscored that the Matrix delivers unsurpassed luxury in a niche currently unfilled in general aviation - cabin-class, high performance aircraft, with standard air- conditioning, at a price well below anything comparable. "Many of our customers and prospective buyers told us that they wanted an airplane that provided the best in luxury, elegance and performance at a price that is hundreds of thousands of dollars below what has been available," said Piper President & CEO James K. Bass. "The Piper Matrix fills those requirements, and it does it on the finest, most proven, airframe coupled with the most advanced technology available in General Aviation." Piper has already received over 100 domestic orders for 2008 production and anticipates expansion of its production operation to satisfy demand. The Matrix is Piper's next generation cabin-class aircraft, featuring the very latest in advanced glass avionics, the sophistication that comes with a retractable gear aircraft, and the benefits of unpressurized simplicity at a cost-beating price of $757,000.
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Following an agreement announced in June 2007, US Airways has now signed the contract for the purchase of 92 Airbus aircraft, including: 18 A350-800s, 4 A350-900s, 10 A330-200s, and 60 A320 Family aircraft. The airline is slated to receive its first A350 in 2014 with deliveries running through 2017. Delivery dates for the newly ordered A330s run from 2009 through 2010. The A320 Family order is comprised of 10 A321s, 40 A320s and 10 A319s with extensive conversion rights within the A320 Family. With this new A320 Family order adding to US Airway's existing backlog of 37 orders for Airbus single-aisle aircraft, the A320 Family delivery stream to US Airways extends through 2012.
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Ural Airlines, one of the leading Russian airlines, has signed a firm contract for the first time with Airbus, for the acquisition of seven A320s. It comes as a confirmation of the Memorandum of Understanding that was announced in June 2007 at the Paris air show. With this deal, Ural Airlines becomes a new Airbus customer. Ural Airlines' A320s will feature the all-new cabin that recently entered service on other members of the A320 Family, which provides more passenger comfort in a modern and brighter environment. The ordered aircraft will accommodate up to 160 passengers in a two-class configuration. The choice of engines has yet to be made. The airline plans to operate these aircraft on its international and domestic routes. Currently Ural Airlines operates two leased A320s on routes from Ekaterinburg to Moscow, Hurgada, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Munich, Dusseldorf, Prague, Bangkok, Delhi and Tianjin.
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Austrian Airlines Group held the ground-breaking ceremony to mark construction of a new Training Centre to accommodate all its training facilities at a single location in future which are currently spread across a number of different sites. The new building, to be located at Vienna Aviation Campus, will provide a connection between the Simulator Centre of Lufthansa Flight Training and the existing Flight Safety and Security Centre of Austrian Airlines. The company's training units will be able to move into the new Training Centre by the end of August 2008. Construction of the new building will improve existing training processes in many different ways, producing a higher quality of training at considerably lower training costs. 'Merging the Commercial and Technical School and Training Centres at the heart of the airport grounds will enable us to create a competence centre capable of encompassing all the training and further education measures necessary in international aviation,' explained Thomas Kleibl, Chief Financial Officer of Austrian Airlines. 'Concentrating our training units at a single site will produce competitive advantages for the external marketing of our training products. The spatial concentration will allow us to complement theoretical training units with practical observations in the hangar, for example, and progress to the mock-up by simply moving from one room to another. At the same time, we contribute to upgrade Vienna's position in aviation competence.'
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