04.09.2007
FLUG REVUE

2007-09-02 - News in briefNews in Brief

Kurzmeldungen<br /> +++<br /> Boeing and low-fare carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA announced an order for 42 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s. The order is valued at $3.1 billion at list prices.

The airline has secured purchase rights for an additional 42 737-800s. The order is the largest ever from any Scandinavian carrier and is the largest European order this year for the 737. This direct purchase comes on top of Norwegian's recent decision to add 11 Boeing 737-800s to its fleet through lease agreements. All of the 737-800s, including those on lease, will be fitted with advanced-technology Blended Winglets, which reduce aerodynamic drag and therefore reduce fuel consumption and related carbon emissions by 3 to 5 percent.
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The American Eurocopter business unit of EADS North America has been granted production authorization for UH-72A and EC145 helicopters, enabling these rotary-wing aircraft to be U.S.-made for military and civilian customers. EADS North America is supplying the UH-72A Lakota as the U.S. Army's new Light Utility Helicopter, while its civilian EC145 version has become the rotary-wing aircraft of choice for a growing number of medical airlift, law enforcement and corporate customers. Production authorization for these helicopters was recently granted by the Federal Aviation Administration, enabling deliveries of U.S.-made UH-72As to begin for operational Army units. The first such aircraft is Lakota no. 10, which was delivered on August 27, 2007, from American Eurocopter's Columbus, Mississippi facility.
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ATR and the Indonesian low cost carrier Batavia Air signed a contract for the acquisition of a fleet of 10 new ATR 72-500s and options for 10 additional aircraft. This major contract is the first ever signed by an Indonesian airline for new ATRs. With its new fleet of ATRs, Batavia Air will start operating state-of-the-art turboprops in order to optimize and expand their regional operations, currently served with Boeing and Airbus jets. The ATR72-500 will generate important cost savings, on fuel especially and will hence allow Batavia Air to develop into new untapped markets. Commenting on the contract, Pak Yudiawan, Batavia Air CEO, stated: "After a deep evaluation, we have chosen to fly ATR turboprops in our regional network because of their reliability and unbeatable economics. The high standards of comfort available on these aircraft, as well as the strong support activity of ATR in Asia were also key factors in our choice".
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EgyptAir, headquartered in Cairo has signed a firm contract to buy five A330-200 wide-body aircraft with an option for an additional three. "Expanding our fleet with the Airbus A330-200 will allow EgyptAir to continue its impressive route network growth which now numbers over 60 international destinations in over 43 countries. The A330-200 aircraft with its very low costs, reliability and cabin comfort suites our expansion needs and will also fit in well with our existing fleet of Airbus aircraft", said Atef Abd El Hamid, Chairman of EgyptAir Holding Company. EgyptAir currently operates a fleet, including around 30 Airbus aircraft from the A320 Family, A330, A340 to A300-600 cargo variant.
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General Electric Company (GE) has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the assets of Walter Engines a.s. based in Prague, the Czech Republic. The transaction, terms of which were not disclosed, will be completed upon receipt of various regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. "Walter Engines will broaden GE's capabilities in the small turboprop segment of aviation," said Scott Donnelly, president and chief executive officer of GE Aviation, division of General Electric. "Walter Engines has a strong heritage and an outstanding customer base. GE seeks to expand upon Walter's capabilities as we look forward to operating a growth business in the Czech Republic." "The access to financial and technological resources of GE will benefit our current and future customers," said Michal Cerny, Chairman of the Board of Walter Engines.
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The most powerful version of the RTM322 turboshaft engine to date has received its Civil Type Certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency, Rolls-Royce Turbomeca (RRTM) said. It has been tailored specifically to operate in the NH90 helicopter in arduous 'hot and high' conditions. The 'Step 0' engine has a 30-minute take-off rating of 2.580shp and has a seven per cent power increase over the RTM322-01/9 variant. It has been selected by the Royal Air Force of Oman to power its fleet of 20 twin-engined NH90 helicopters and engine deliveries to the helicopter's final assembly line at Eurocopter are already underway. In addition, an RTM322-01/9A powered helicopter is undergoing trials in Oman, operating successfully in ambient temperatures of up to 48° Celsius. The FADEC-equipped RTM322 has been selected by ten of the twelve NH90 nations that have made an engine selection.
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On 21 August, the A380 arrived back in Toulouse, France at the end of its longest single test campaign so far. Test aircraft MSN007, which has a fully equipped cabin, spent almost a week each with teams at Singapore and Emirates airlines, which are the first and the largest A380 customers, respectively. The campaign marked a real turning point for the A380 programme. Singapore Airlines will start A380 operations in October, so the focus was mainly on maintenance, operations, ground handling and a few particular systems. Singapore's teams, who are well prepared to start operating their own A380s, performed the work and Airbus personnel monitored and answered questions. Similar checks were carried out in Dubai, although Emirates will only receive its first aircraft in August next year. Airbus also carried out four demonstration flights with Emirates' employees, which was a great way for everyone to familiarise themselves with the aircraft, including the ground handling crews that performed the turnarounds. Feedback from both airlines has been very good, and is now being given to the various teams within Airbus.
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American Airlines continues to grow and enhance its New York service into Europe, announcing today that it will begin two new routes early next year to Milan, Italy, and Barcelona, Spain, from JFK International Airport (JFK), as well as a second daily roundtrip between JFK and London's Stansted Airport. Beginning May 1, 2008, American will begin flying to Milan and Barcelona, and on April 7, 2008, American will launch a second daily flight to Stansted Airport in London. American's initial new service between JFK and Stansted is scheduled to begin Oct. 28. The return flights from these new European destinations will first launch on the next day following the dates listed above.
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A Lockheed Martin-led team has submitted its proposal to design and build the U.S. Air Force's next-generation Global Positioning System Space Segment program, known as GPS Block III. This program will improve position, navigation, and timing services for the warfighter and civil users worldwide and provide advanced anti-jam capabilities yielding improved system security, accuracy and reliability. The proposal builds on the team's proven record of providing progressively advanced spacecraft for the current GPS constellation: the team designed and built 21 Block IIR satellites for the Air Force and subsequently modernized eight of those spacecraft, designated Block IIR-M, to enhance operations and navigation signal performance.
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Boeing submitted its proposal to the U.S. Air Force for the development and production of up to 12 Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellites. The enhanced spacecraft will offer positioning service that is 10 times better than today's system as well as improved anti-jamming capabilities for the warfighter. "Boeing's GPS III offering builds on our proven 34-year GPS partnership with the U.S. Air Force," said Howard Chambers, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. "Our best value offer brings together the best of Boeing's space-based navigation and communications capabilities, including our integrated GPS space and control segment experience, to deliver a low-risk, high-value program to the U.S. Air Force."  
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The precision engagement modified A-10C Thunderbolt II received its Initial Operational Capability Aug. 21. The A-10C has received its most significant modifications in its 30-year history, said Lt. Col. Ralph Hansen, chief of A-10 requirements for Air Combat Command. The modifications, give the A-10C pilots better battlefield capabilities. The now digital A-10C upgrades include: the "hands-on-throttle and stick," which allows the pilot to drop bombs or switch positions without taking his or her hands off the throttle or stick. The situational awareness data link, allows the pilot to link the targeting pod to a target and the new system will determine the coordinates. Additionally, the new 1760 data bus that runs most of the weapons systems allows the A-10C to use the joint direct attack munitions, or JDAM, and wind corrected munitions dispensers. The new upgrades also include a digital stores management system. This computer system keeps track of the munitions loaded onto the aircraft and which of those are still on board.  
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The TM 333 2M2 has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) with a take-off power of 825 kW (1 100 shp). The Indian authorities are due to certify the engine in the next few months. The TM 333 2M2 will power the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chetan and Cheetal helicopters. The first production engines manufactured to the certified standard should be delivered in early 2008. The Chetan and Cheetal are improved models of the Indian Chetak and Cheetah helicopters. The Chetak is the version of the SA319 Alouette III produced in India by HAL. Similarly, the Cheetah is the Indian equivalent of the SA315 Lama. Both helicopters are currently powered by the Turbomeca Artouste IIIB engine. More than 300 Chetak are operated in India by the armed forces and civil operators. Compared to the former Chetak and Cheetah versions, the TM 333 2M2 engine will ensure improved performance and reliability for the Cheetan and Cheetal, with a far lower fuel consumption. This re-engining will also considerably increase their range and payload.  
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Northrop Grumman announced that it has completed a transaction that increases its ownership in Scaled Composites, LLC from approximately 40 percent to 100 percent. Scaled Composites is an aerospace and specialty composites development company located in Mojave, Calif., with broad experience in vehicle design, tooling, and manufacturing; specialty composite structure design, analysis and fabrication; and developmental flight test.  
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Following extensive discussion of the World Bank arbitration tribunal's decision received on August 17, the Fraport AG executive board is examining possible further legal steps and is considering to apply for annulment of this decision. Only two of the three tribunal judges hold the view that Fraport's involvement in the Manila project is not protected under the German-Philippines Investment Guarantee Treaty and, thus, that the tribunal court does not have jurisdiction for this case - citing that the so-called anti-dummy law was vilotated in 1999. Under this Philippine law, foreigners are prohibited from exercising any management influence in so-called public utility companies. In a comprehensive 24-page dissenting opinion on the decision, one of the three judges stated as one reason for his opposing view that the anti-dummy law (which applies to public utilities) could not possibly apply to the case at issue - because the Philippine Supreme Court had declared the concession agreements for constructing and operating the new terminal at Manila Airport "null and void" from the start. The arbitration court was bound to this decision. In the absence of a concession, there was no public utility; hence violation of the corresponding law was impossible. The court explicitly stated that there was "no successful party" and therefore each party must pay its own costs of the proceedings.
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Embraer received the first AMX jet from the Brazilian Air Force (Forca Aerea Brasileira - FAB) to have its systems and technology updated. The goal of the modernization project for the AMX jets, called A-1 by the FAB, is to keep the fleet of 53 on active duty for another 20 years. The AMX is one of the most efficient active combat planes in Brazil and were manufactured by Embraer between 1989 and 2000. The upgrading of the AMX will incorporate the most advanced avionics systems, weaponry and sensors, and most of the components used are made in Brazil. The aircraft will achieve the same operational level as the most advanced combat planes available on the market.
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Bell Helicopter released photos of the second 429 prototype on its maiden flight. Bill Stromberg, executive director of the 429 program stated, "The 429 development program continues to meet or exceed all the requirements we put in front of it. This second aircraft will allow us to increase the pace of our test program as we progress towards our first deliveries late next year. We completed safety of flight testing and expansion of the flight envelope about one month faster than anticipated and didn���t encounter unexpected design issues in this testing. The two aircraft will depart in September for hot and high testing in Colorado and Arizona and first flight by pilots from the certification authorities."
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A Flight Design CTsw flown by Indian Air Force officers Rahul Monga and Anil Kumar completed a round-the-world flight in 79 days, believed to be a new world record for this class of aircraft. The flight was done as part of celebration of the Indian Air Force 75th Anniversary. Monga and Kumar began their voyage on June 1st at Delhi, India and returned August 19th. In each location visited, the pilot team made contact with their Air Force counterparts in that country. After thorough evaluations, the Indian Air Force selected a serial production CT aircraft from German manufacturer, Flight Design. "The round the world tour under day VFR (visual reference) rules was successful with this airplane despite difficult weather conditions," reported Matthias Betsch, CEO of Flight Design. Both Monga and Kumar credit the high performance, quality, and reliability of the CT. Co-pilot Anil Kumar said, "It's a fantastic machine, very reliable...it got us home and there were no problems. We had good support from the manufacturer." CT, a German high technology design built mostly of carbon fiber, flies up to 120 knots as a certified U.S. Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) with a range of up to 1,100 nautical miles in a spacious cockpit. In the last 10 years Flight Design, with headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany and production in Ukraine, has become the confirmed worldwide market leader among lightweight, sporting aircraft. CT leads the American LSA segment with more than 20% market share. Recently jet manufacturer Cessna and piston engine market leader Cirrus announced LSA projects.
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International Space Station crew members moved Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 from the left side of the Unity node to the bottom in process that prepares the station for future growth. For the relocation, Expedition 15 Flight Engineer Clay Anderson was at the controls of the station's robotic arm. Expedition 15 commander Fyodor Yurchikhin worked with the docking systems. Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov backed up both men. During unberthing operations, fault alarms were seen on two occasions, first in one bolt after it had reached zero load and then intermittently in three bolts. After two delays to study the situation, the crew was told to continue with the unberthing. PMA-3 was moved to the nadir port to prepare for the arrival of Node 2, the Harmony module, on the STS-120 flight of Discovery in October. Canadarm2 could not reach the end of Harmony if the node were installed on the nadir port. After Discovery leaves the station, the arm will be used to remove PMA-2 from the end of Destiny and install it on the end of Harmony. Harmony will be moved to the front of Destiny, where PMA-2, at the forward end, will be ready to welcome shuttles again. Harmony will provide docking ports for the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory and the Japanese Space Agency's Kibo experiment module.
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Lockheed Martin announced that the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Airborne Laser (ABL) team has demonstrated the capability to accurately point and focus the elements of the Lockheed Martin-developed Beam Control/Fire Control system on an airborne target. The ABL team successfully directed the beam generated by a surrogate High Energy Laser at a missile-shaped target on the side of an Air Force KC-135 Big Crow aircraft.  To enable the surrogate beam to focus on the simulated target, the system first located and tracked the target, determined range to the target and then compensated for atmospheric turbulence.  This significant milestone verifies the ability to maintain the focus of the laser beam while continuously tracking a target. "The key functions of the Beam Control/Fire Control system now have been verified in the rigorous environment of flight," said Art Napolitano, ABL program director, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.  "This important accomplishment is a testament to the government-industry partnership on ABL and brings this revolutionary capability one step closer to reality."
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Boeing and Xiamen Airlines identified the Xiamen, China-based carrier as the customer for 25 Next-Generation 737-800s listed as unidentified on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries Web site in early August. The order is worth $1.9 billion at 2007 average list prices. "This order of 25 737-800s plus 10 purchase rights allows us to simplify our fleet with the most cost-efficient and superior-performance airplane in its class," said Yang Guanghua, president, Xiamen Airlines. "The Boeing 737 will help us meet our goal of reducing operating costs and increasing return on investment for our shareholders. Additionally, with their passenger- pleasing interior, the new 737s will carry our customers in utmost comfort on all our domestic routes."
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Dr. Paul MacCready, internationally renowned innovator and entrepreneur, founder and former chairman of the board of directors of AeroVironment, Inc., passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, August 28. Dr. MacCready had recently been diagnosed with a serious ailment. His passing occurred less than one week after the 30th anniversary of one of his most notable accomplishments, the record-setting flight of his human powered airplane, the Gossamer Condor. "The world has lost a man of unique vision, and the people of AV have lost a mentor and friend," said Tim Conver, AeroVironment's chairman, chief executive officer and president. "Paul was an inspiration to so many people around the globe who were touched by his accomplishments and his innovative approach of "doing more with much less."
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As from April 2007, the DRF (Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht e.V./German Air Rescue) has become an approved design organisation according to EASA Part 21J. Starting August 15th the DRF's Design approval has been extended for technical modifications and repairs of all helicopter types. To date the approval had only been valid for helicopter types EC 135, BK 117 and BO 105. The works comprise for example the modification of avionics and electrical systems, the implementation of new technologies, as for example the Flight-Following-System "Skytrack", as well as the in-stallation of racks for the medical equipment. In addition, the DRF can independently carry out minor repairs of the helicopters, for which there are no approved documents provided by the manufac-turer. The extended approval offers advantages for the cooperation within the air rescue alliance TEAM DRF. The DRF can now ap-prove technical modifications and repairs of the used helicopter types of its TEAM DRF partners. Wolfgang Stein, Head of the Technical Department of the DRF (Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht e.V./German Air Rescue) explains: "The extended approval facili-tates the work process within the maintenance facilities of the TEAM DRF partners. As a consequence synergies are created and costs are saved".
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Rockwell Collins was recently awarded a Dispatch 100 service contract with Singapore Airlines for their fleet of 19 A380s. Delivery of the A380s is scheduled to begin in October 2007. "It's exciting to note that this is not only our first Dispatch 100 agreement with Singapore Airlines, it also marks this successful product's entry into the Asia Pacific region," said Kent Statler, Executive Vice President, Services for Rockwell Collins. "Singapore Airlines has been a long-time customer of our avionics system, and our proven track record helped us secure this contract and enter into an important service market for our company." Under the terms of the ten-year contract, Rockwell Collins will provide Singapore Airlines with spares ownership, logistics management, maintenance repair and on-site technical support under a single per flight hour price and a single point of contact. Dispatch 100 combines industry leading repair cycle times with spares ownership and reliable on-wing performance to deliver guaranteed availability. Rockwell Collins total life cycle service solution includes spares management, distribution, component repair and overhaul, and component reliability improvements. Dispatch 100 customers realize guaranteed dispatch ability and revenue savings through this easy-to-use program.
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Boeing announced that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's (JASDF) first KC-767 Tanker has resumed flight testing following the completion of scheduled ground modification work. After departing Boeing Integrated Defense Systems facilities in Wichita, Kan. Aug. 21, the aircrew performed a series of functional checks during the three-hour flight. The flight allows the aircraft to begin additional certification testing requested by the customer. Prior to the month-long modification work that included a series of wiring system upgrades, the first tanker for Japan successfully completed auxiliary power unit testing to support extended twin-engine operations (ETOPS). Since the Aug. 21 flight, Boeing has completed four subsequent test flights and is scheduled to deliver the aircraft in the first quarter of 2008.
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Boeing has been awarded a NASA contract valued at approximately $514.7 million to produce the upper stage of the Ares I crew launch vehicle. This element provides the navigation, guidance, control and propulsion required for the ascent of the second-stage Ares I into low-Earth orbit. The Ares I launches the Orion crew exploration vehicle, which will be joined with other elements of NASA's Constellation program to help propel astronauts to the moon by 2020. Boeing will produce from two to six upper stages per year during regular production, depending on NASA requirements. The initial phase of the contract calls for several flight-test production units. If all options of the cost-plus performance contract are exercised through 2017, Boeing could produce as many as 23 upper stages. Under the contract, Boeing will employ up to several hundred technical support personnel at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The Center has responsibility for the design of the Ares I, with Boeing providing production engineering support. Boeing also expects to employ up to several hundred production support personnel at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, where the upper stage will be assembled.
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced that its flagship Predator A UAS series has surpassed the 300,000 flight hour milestone, with over 80 percent of that time spent in combat.  The milestone was achieved by P-137 on August 12 while it performed an armed reconnaissance mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).  This particular aircraft has flown over 145 combat missions in the year and a half it has been deployed. "Predator A series aircraft have doubled their monthly flight hours in just 12 months while supporting our troops in combat," said Thomas J. Cassidy, Jr., president, Aircraft Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.  "Their 300,000 flight hours to date are testimony to Predator A's impressive operational performance and reliability flying daily combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan.  In fact, the Predator A series flew over 100,000 flight hours last year alone, far surpassing usage rates of prior years.  Currently flying some 10,000 hours per month, Predator A continues to be the most combat-proven UAS ever produced, providing persistent armed reconnaissance and battlefield support to ground forces in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other world trouble spots, which it has been doing since 1995."
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Flughafen München GmbH (FMG), the Munich Airport operating company, formally applied on Friday, August 24, 2007, to the District Government of Upper Bavaria to start planning approval proceedings for the construction of a third runway. With the application, FMG submitted detailed documentation of the reasons for the planned expansion project, including 30 explanatory reports, specialized papers and expert reports. Key elements of this documentation are the air traffic forecasts, the configuration analysis for the site of the runway, capacity calculations, and the environmental report. The application documents are contained in 47 binders with over 10,000 pages and 500 plans and maps.
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Exostar, the leader in secure multi-enterprise collaboration solutions for aerospace and defense (A&D), today announced that the company will participate in the Berlin International Air Show May 27-June 1, 2008. "The Berlin event offers a unique opportunity for Exostar to meet with its customers and promote the trusted Exostar network to other leading aerospace manufacturers and system integrators," said Peter Scott, vice president of marketing and corporate development at Exostar, "Exostar now counts 85 of the top 100 A&D companies as customers and believes that the time is right to expand brand recognition in Europe." Dietmar Schrick, managing director of the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) said of the agreement, "We could not be more pleased with the fact that Exostar will play a significant role at the Berlin International Air Show. Within North America, Exostar is an industry giant and it is now time for Exostar to expand its presence in the 'other half' of the world's aerospace markets. With huge order books at virtually all major OEMs, an efficient, safe and redundant supply chain is no longer a luxury - it is a critical necessity. Exostar knows how to make that happen." Birgit Compans, Messe Berlin's Berlin International Air Show director, said, "We are delighted that Exostar has agreed to make the Berlin event the platform for its expansion into the EU. The selection of Berlin underscores the fact that the city rests at the crossroads of Europe and with India invited to be the 'partner country,' the Berlin event opens the door to the mushrooming Asian aerospace markets. Exostar will find a large welcome mat at the Berlin International Air Show and especially at the International Suppliers Center."
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On July 12, French defense procurement agency DGA carried out the first firing test of the AASM (Armement Air-Sol Modulaire) modular air-to-ground weapon with an infrared imager. The test was performed at the Launch Missile Test Center in Biscarosse, Southwest France, by a Mirage 2000N based at the Cazaux Flight Test Center. This version of the AASM features a guidance kit with infrared imager, complementing the weapon's inertial and GPS guidance systems. The AASM precision-guided weapon calls on image processing algorithms to autonomously correct its flight path during the last few seconds of flight, thus enabling it to hit its target with one-meter class accuracy, as specified. Developed and produced by Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group), the AASM comprises a guidance kit and a range extension kit fitted to different types of bomb bodies already in service. These kits give the weapon a range exceeding 50 kilometers, plus precision strike capability.
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A NASA safety review released Wednesday found no evidence to support claims that astronauts were impaired by alcohol when they flew in space. NASA chief of Safety and Mission Assurance Bryan O'Connor conducted the monthlong review to evaluate allegations included in the Astronaut Health Care System Review Committee's report, which was released in late July. "I have said many times during the past weeks that NASA takes these allegations very seriously -- just as we would any issues that could impact the safety of our missions," NASA Administrator Michael Griffin told a news conference at NASA Headquarters. "But at the same time, I also have said that the stories cited in the report seem improbable to those of us familiar with the astronauts' rigorous and very public activities during the hours leading up to a space flight." NASA will convene expert working groups to advise the agency on possible changes to its psychological testing. Additional training for flight surgeons in behavioral health assessments is planned, and evaluations will be added to annual flight physicals for all astronauts. Continuity of care in NASA clinics will be evaluated. The agency will ensure better clinical communication through regular meetings between behavioral health providers and flight surgeons. In addition, NASA plans to improve procedures and instructions used in the administration of health care services for its behavioral health clinic. Briefings by flight surgeons to crewmembers are being re-emphasized to ensure astronauts fully understand the nature and purpose of all health-related testing and data collection. Senior NASA leaders also are holding meetings with flight surgeons and astronauts to ensure they understand the multiple pathways to communicate safety and health concerns.
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MTU Maintenance has signed a joint operation agreement with the Indonesian maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider Garuda Maintenance Facilities (GMF) AeroAsia, a 1.25-million-square-meter facility: As a strategic partner, MTU Maintenance will take care of CFM56-3 engine MRO activities for the Indonesian market jointly with GMF AeroAsia. Besides the engines of the 37-aircraft B737 Classic fleet of Garuda Indonesia, also engines of other GMF customers will be maintained. Garuda Indonesia is Indonesia's largest airline and the 100-percent owner of GMF AeroAsia. The contract was signed on Monday, August 27, in Jakarta for GMF AeroAsia by CEO Agus Sudarya, and for MTU Maintenance by Johan van der Sluis, responsible for marketing and sales activities in Indonesia. Also present were the minister of state-owned enterprises of Indonesia, Sofyan Jalil, as well as the president and CEO of Ga-ruda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, and the president and CEO of MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, Walter Strakosch.
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The management of dba, the Munich-based airline, and the collective bargaining committee of VC, the pilot's union, have reached salary and framework agreements for the company's 133 pilots. This largely provides for the terms and conditions to be brought into line with those that apply at Air Berlin, dba's parent company. This affects not only the pilots' pay, but also their hours of service and rest periods. The dba members of the pilot's association will now have until the middle of September to vote on the agreement. dba's managing director, Helmut Weixler, commented: "This deal ultimately safeguards the jobs of all dba members. Growth is now again possible in Munich as well."
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Lufthansa Technik is to provide support services to Hamburg International's modern fleet of Airbus A319's. In a new, 10-year contract, the two partners are continuing a collaboration that has been in existence since 1999. Lufthansa Technik will supply the ten-aircraft fleet with components under a Total Component Support TCS contract and maintain all the CFM56-5B5 engines through a Total Engine Support TES contract. Altogether, the deal is worth around 50 million Euros. This agreement sets the seal on a collaboration that is uniquely rooted in Hamburg, one of the foremost aviation centers in the world. The successfully expanding airline, Hamburg International, will have its Hamburg-built Airbus A319's maintained by Hamburg-based Lufthansa Technik.
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Mexicana de Aviación (MXA), the fourth oldest airline in the world, and Lufthansa Technik, the world's leading supplier of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for aircraft, their components and engines, have signed an agreement on the technical support of Mexicana's Airbus A320 and A319 fleets. Over the next three years, Lufthansa Technik will supply the 47-aircraft A320 family fleet with components from Fort Lauderdale airport (FLL), Florida under a Total Component Maintenance TCM contract. Lufthansa Technik operates a central components and materials warehouse for the growing Airbus fleet at Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale.
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Ryanair announced two new routes from Bremen to Alicante and Palma de Mallorca. The new routes will start at the end of October and bring the total number of destinations served from Bremen to 20. Announcing the new routes, Ryanair's Head of Communications, Peter Sherrard said: "Ryanair has now doubled the number of low fare destinations offered from Bremen since it launched its base in April 2006. In September, our new routes to Alghero, Bratislava, Malta, Milan, Paris, Stockholm and Trapani will open and with today's expansion over 1 million passengers will enjoy Ryanair's lowest fares from Bremen in the coming year, saving Euro100m compared to Lufthansa's high fares and fuel surcharges.
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Lockheed Martin formally delivered the 100th F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter to the U.S. Air Force in ceremonies here today. The milestone aircraft (Air Force serial number 05-0100) will be assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. "The F-22 is a testament to the skills of engineers and technicians from more than 1,000 companies across America," said Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President and F-22 Program General Manager Larry Lawson. "This delivery marks a significant milestone for the U.S. Air Force and the F-22 program. The Raptor is providing top cover for America and our allies. We have developed the most capable fighter in the world, which is exactly what the men and women defending us deserve." During the ceremony, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne signed the DD-250 form, the official U.S. government acceptance document. The 90th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf is expected to receive its full complement of 20 F-22s by the fall of 2008.  
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Indias Request for Proposal (RFP) for the procurement of 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) at an estimated cost of Rs. 42,000 crores (approx. $10 billion-Ed.) for the Indian Air Force was issued today to six vendors – Russia's MIG-35 (RAC MiG); Swedish JAS-39 (Gripen); Dassault Rafale (France); American F-16 Falcon (Lockheed Martin); Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet and Eurofighter Typhoon (made by a consortium of British, German, Spanish and Italian firms). The 211-page document deals with various issues relating to initial purchase, transfer of technology, licensed production and life-time maintenance support for the aircraft. The RFP contains the selection model that would involve an exhaustive evaluation process as detailed in the Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP) – 2006. The proposals from the likely contenders would first be technically evaluated by a professional team to check for compliance with IAF's operational requirements and other RFP conditions. Extensive field trials would be carried out to evaluate the performance. Finally, the commercial proposal of the vendors, short-listed after technical and field evaluations, would be examined and compared. The aircraft are likely to be in service for over 40 years.  
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Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) achieved certification of the newest aircraft in the Hawker family, the Hawker 900XP on August 24, 2007. The aircraft is the latest evolution of the world's best-selling, mid-size Hawker 800-series. It is part of a strategically planned sequence of upgrades for the Hawker fleet of airplanes. "The Hawker 900XP is the perfect combination of new engine power and efficiency with a leading class airframe," said Jim Schuster, chairman and CEO. "Significant improvements in fuel efficiency, range, hot and high altitude takeoff performance and reduced cost of operations will ensure that it remains the world's best selling mid-size jet." The Hawker 900XP launches Honeywell's new TFE731-50R engine exhibiting improved hot and high altitude performance. At 5,000 feet airport elevation with ISA+20 Celsius, the engine produces 3,970 pounds of thrust, a 4.5 percent improvement over the 850XP's 3,800 pounds of thrust. Engine temperature ratings at sea level are 19 percent better for NTO and 15 percent better for APR. Major Periodic Inspections (MPI) and Compressor Zone Inspections (CZI) will increase from 2,100/4,200 hours to 3,000/6,000 having a positive impact on engine cost of operations.

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FLUG REVUE 12/2016

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12/2016
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