15.08.2007
FLUG REVUE

2007-07-15 - News in briefNews in Brief

Kurzmeldungen<br /> +++<br /> The joint venture contract for the Airbus A320 Family Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Tianjin was signed today in Beijing between the Chinese Consortium and Airbus in the Great Hall of the People.

Visiting German Minister of Economics and Technology Michael Glos and Airbus Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Brégier attended the signature ceremony. Upon the creation of the joint venture, Airbus will hold 51 per cent of the shares, while the Chinese Consortium will hold 49 per cent. The Chinese Consortium comprises Tianjin Free Trade Zone (TJFTZ) holding a 60 per cent interest, China Aviation Industry Corporation I (AVIC I) holding 20 per cent and China Aviation Industry Corporation II (AVIC II) holding 20 per cent of their 49 per cent. Airbus also signed purchase agreements with China Aviation Suppliers Import and Export Group Corporation (CASGC) for 15 A320 family aircraft, with Shenzhen Airlines for 28 A320 family aircraft, with Sichuan Airlines for 18 A320 family aircraft, with Hainan Airlines for13 A320 family aircraft, with Spring Airline and Juneyao Airlines for six A320 family aircraft respectively, allocating 86 of the 150 aircraft purchased under the General Terms Agreement signed between CASGC and Airbus in October 2006. Nearly half of these 150 A320 family aircraft will be assembled and delivered in Tianjin.  
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Finland boosts its Hawk fleet by purchasing eighteen second-hand BAE Systems Hawk 66 jet trainers with maintenance tools and spares from Switzerland. The purchase was announced by the Minister of Defence Jyri Hakamies. The value of the contract is approximately 40 million euros, which equals the price of two new Hawk-category trainers. The Finnish Air Force's current Hawks will reach the end of their lifespan between 2017 and 2019. The Swiss airframes have flown less than one fifth of their maximum flight hours, which translates into 90,000 flight hours remaining, which in turn equals fifteen years of operation in Finnish Air Force service. The same number of flight hours could be attained by nine new Hawk-category aircraft. The purchase now finalized allows the service more time to plan its future flight training arrangements and enables cooperation in this field with other European air forces.  
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Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) has started Sukhoi Superjet 100 airframe testing which is aimed to confirm the strength characteristics of the aircraft and provide type certification in part of static strength. The airframe is equipped with bench systems, for instance loading mechanisms and a tensometric measurement system. Bench system in TsAGI allows for the complete scope of static certification tests and provides for compliance with aviation authority requirements warranting thus the type certificate issue. The airframe test programme includes engine pylon, inner pressure fuselage resistance – supercharge – and fuselage bending and torsion tests, as well as the strength tests of the wing. The tests started with engine pylon tests followed by the landing gear trials thus opening the first stage of the static testing. The series of tests conducted in TsAGI will authorize the first flight and subsequent flight tests.
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The final meeting of the European research project SILENCE(R), bringing together representatives of the European aviation industry, is taking place in La Baule (near Saint-Nazaire, France). Over the last six years, SILENCE(R) has focused on the development of aircraft noise reduction technologies. According to Eugène Kors, SILENCE(R) program coordinator, "The SILENCE(R) project has successfully demonstrated the ability of European industry and research organizations to deliver innovative noise reduction technologies for tomorrow's aircraft. Tests carried out within the scope of SILENCE(R) have generated magnificent results, allowing us to take a major step towards more environmentally-friendly engines and airframes." Combined with innovative low-noise operational procedures studied at the same time, SILENCE(R) has achieved an impressive 5 dB noise reduction. This meets the medium-term objective of the European Commission's PCRD R&D Framework Programs, and marks a significant advance towards ACARE1's research goal of a 10 dB reduction in aircraft noise by 2020. SILENCE(R) has met its goal of validating large-scale noise reduction solutions concerning the engine (aeroacoustic design, active technologies), nacelle (aeroacoustic design, innovative acoustic treatment, active noise control), and airframe (aeroacoustic design). A European Union project, SILENCE(R) brought together some 50 companies (including Airbus, Rolls-Royce, MTU Aero Engines and Snecma), research centers and universities. The overall budget is 112 million euros, about half funded by the European Commission. Snecma is the program coordinator.
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The second SAR-Lupe satellite, part of the German observation system, was successfully boosted into orbit from the Plesetsk space centre by a Russian Cosmos-3M rocket on 2 June at 21:38:41 hours CEST. SAR-Lupe provides high-resolution images of the ground 24 hours a day to the German Ministry of Defence. Thales Alenia Space has supplied the Sensor Electronic units forming the core of the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), set to provide high-resolution radar imagery to the German defence forces. The SAR-Lupe program, which has a life-time of 10 years, comprises a constellation of five identical small satellites (720 kg – 250 W) which will be positioned into 3 quasi polar orbital planes at 500 km altitude, and a ground segment. The construction and the launch contract of the five satellites was awarded in 2001 to a consortium of 13 European companies led by OHB-System AG as prime contractor. The first SAR-Lupe satellite was launched on December 19, 2006. It is supplying high-resolution images and is operating very successfully and reliably. Three more SAR-Lupe spacecraft are scheduled for launch at intervals of four to six months until the constellation is completed in 2008.  
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Several European Union and NATO countries took a further step towards better coordinating their strategic air and sea transport by establishing a Movement Coordination Centre Europe at Eindhoven Airbase, the Netherlands, on 1 July. The new Centre (MCCE) will coordinate strategic transport assets and air-to-air refuelling activities between the participating countries, aiming at a more efficient and effective use of the various national assets. In addition, the Centre will coordinate movement support to EU and NATO during deployment and re-deployment operations. Strategic lift involves transporting troops, equipment and supplies across the globe by air or sea. The MCCE is a merger of the European Airlift Centre (EAC) and the Sealift Coordination Centre (SCC). The EAC and SCC were set up as a result of NATO's Defence Capability Initiative agreed in 1999. The operations of these two centres have proven to be very successful and participating nations have saved millions of euros by coordinating their lift requirements and avoiding empty legs or space on their transport assets. The founding MCCE countries are: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and United Kingdom.  
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The ASTRA 1L broadcasting satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin, is now operational for SES ASTRA, an SES company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), following successful on-orbit deployment and checkout of all spacecraft systems. ASTRA 1L is located at orbital location 19.2 degrees East and features 29 active Ku band transponders used to provide distribution of direct-to-home broadcast services across Europe as well as a 2-transponder Ka band payload for interactive applications. ASTRA 1L is designed to provide 15 years of service and will ensure further fleet optimization by allowing the release of ASTRA 2C from its current location of 19.2 degrees East. Furthermore, it will reinforce SES ASTRA's inter satellite back-up concept.
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Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.'s PW308 turbofan engine has been selected by The Spaceship Company (TSC) - a jointly-owned Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites company - to power the White Knight II (WK2) launch aircraft for the world's first commercial passenger suborbital spaceship SpaceShipTwo (SS2). Virgin Galactic is the launch customer for the SS2 system, having ordered five SS2 spacecraft with options for a further seven-plus WK2 carrier aircraft. Equipped with its PW308 engines, the WK2 launch aircraft, being developed by Scaled Composites, will take off like an airplane with the manned SS2 attached underneath. It will launch SS2 into suborbital space from about 50,000 feet. The first flight of White Knight II is planned for 2008. Rated at 6,900 pounds of normal takeoff thrust and equipped with full-authority, digital electronic controls (FADEC), the PW308 engine provides a combination of cruise thrust, fuel consumption and power-to-weight ratio considered best in its class. Also, as part of the company's sustained efforts and commitment to lead green technology development, P&WC will team up with TSC and Virgin Fuels to evaluate the use of advanced biofuels in White Knight II that could reduce engine emissions even further and make aircraft more environmentally friendly.
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Lufthansa is planning to shift its passenger and cargo operations in Moscow from Sheremetyevo Airport to Domodedovo. A Memorandum of Understanding to that effect has been signed by Domodedovo Airport and Lufthansa. At the start of the 2008 summer timetable, all Lufthansa's Moscow flights will be operated from this modern commercial airport. Following the move, the Star Alliance member airlines currently represented in Moscow (Swiss, Austrian Airlines, bmi, Singapore Airlines, Spanair and Thai Airways) will all be located at the same airport. Domodedovo is also a hub airport used by several Russian carriers, which operate flights from Moscow to numerous destinations throughout Russia. Thanks to the state-of-the-art terminal infrastructure at Domodedovo, Lufthansa will also be able to further optimise its handling processes and thus enhance the quality of its services on the ground. Seventy-four airlines, including 28 foreign carriers, 32 Russian airlines and 14 airlines from other CIS states, offer regular flights from Domodedovo. Airlines operating out of Domodedovo fly to 220 destinations worldwide, giving passengers a wide choice of convenient connections.
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Lufthansa has come up with its best-ever traffic figures in the first half 2007: Never before in the first six months of a year have so many passengers flown with Germany's biggest airline as in this year. Around 27 million passengers took flights with Lufthansa from January to June, 5.9 per cent more than in the same term in the previous year. Revenue-passenger kilometres rose year-on-year by 7.7 per cent to 56.8 million. The seat load factor improved by 2.1 percentage points to 76.1 per cent. Lufthansa Cargo transported 877,000 tonnes of cargo and mail in the first half, which is 2.8 per cent up on the previous year's level. The cargo load factor was up by 1.3 percentage points to 68.5 per cent. Overall capacity utilisation in the passenger and airfreight business improved in the first six months to 72.9 per cent – an increase of 1.7 percentage points.
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The ICS-200 Iridium Communications System from International Communications Group (ICG) has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for all installations onboard the Learjet 60. Available through Aero-Dienst GmbH & CO., a European distributor of ICG products, the STC received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the European Union's civil aviation regulatory body. "Our communications systems offer users clear, reliable and secure voice and data communications between the aircraft and the ground anywhere on the planet over the Iridium network," said Armin Jabs, president of ICG. "Achieving EASA airworthiness certification is an important milestone in ICG's quest to continue to increase international acceptance of its systems and confirms that the ICS-200 is meeting or exceeding expectations in terms of performance and environmental friendliness."
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International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), the largest US-based aircraft leasing company, has chosen Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines to power 40 of 74 Boeing 787 Dreamliners it has on order. The contract, which is valued at $1.3 billion at engine list prices, supersedes a previous agreement for 10 firm aircraft announced during the Farnborough International Air show in July 2006. The aircraft are due to be delivered between 2010 and 2017.
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Carlos Suárez, Head of the Military Transport Aircraft Division (MTAD) of EADS, member of the EADS Executive Committee and Chairman of EADS CASA, since July 1, 2007, has been appointed by the Board of Directors of Airbus Military (AMSL) as Managing Director of AMSL. Mr. Suárez succeeds Francisco Fernández Sáinz. Carlos Suárez was responsible until July 1 for the management of all programmes related to military derivatives of Airbus platforms within MTAD.
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Max-Viz, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Tuttle, announced that motorflug, baden-baden gmbh, Germany has purchased the first Max-Viz Enhanced Vision System to be installed in a European based Bell 412 law enforcement helicopter. "This is a milestone event for us," said Tuttle. "With over 200 Max-Viz EVS systems and 42 STC's flying in the United States and other countries, this entry into Europe expands our global market base.
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Space shuttle Endeavour completed a 3.4-mile journey to launch pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Wednesday shortly after 3 a.m. EDT. After a one-day weather delay, Endeavour left Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building at 8:10 p.m., Tuesday, traveling at less than 1 mph atop a massive crawler-transporter. While at the pad, the shuttle will undergo final testing, payload installation and a "hot fire" test of auxiliary power units. After final testing, the rotating service structure will be moved around the vehicle to protect it from the elements. Endeavour is targeted to lift off Aug. 7 on an 11-day STS-118 mission to the International Space Station. Endeavour's crew includes Commander Scott Kelly, Pilot Charlie Hobaugh and mission specialists Tracy Caldwell, Rick Mastracchio, Barbara Morgan, Alvin Drew and
Canadian Space Agency astronaut Dave Williams.
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Boeing has selected Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control division to supply up to 150 Infrared Search and Track (IRST) systems for Super Hornet Block II aircraft. The selection of the Lockheed IRST system for this U.S. Navy program follows a rigorous and competitive request for information process. "IRST is yet another addition to the Super Hornet Block II arsenal, and it will truly change the nature of the air-to-air fight," said Capt. Donald "BD" Gaddis, U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F and EA-18G program manager, PMA-265. "Sensor-fused data from IRST, AESA, ALR-67(v)3 digitally cued receiver and off board information will ensure the Super Hornet Block II dominates and survives against the most challenging air threats well past 2024." Boeing expects to receive the initial IRST development contract from the Navy in the summer of 2008. The total contract value is expected to exceed $500 million through the development and production phases of the program. Boeing will conduct a prototype flight demonstration in the first quarter of 2008, using a modified 480-gallon centerline fuel tank to house the IRST system. The modified fuel tank provides a cost effective, software-only integration approach, requiring no structural or wiring changes to the aircraft. This supports potential integration of IRST on existing and future F/A-18E/F/G aircraft.
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Eurofighter Typhoon, the RAF's newest and most capable fast jet aircraft, are now on readiness to respond to any aircraft acting suspiciously or intruding illegally into UK airspace. Typhoon F2s took on their first operational duties on 29 June 2007, when they assumed responsibility for the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) element of UK air defence in the southern part of the country at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. Over the next nine months they will progressively replace Tornado F3s which have performed this duty for many years. The first operational unit is Number 3 (Fighter) Squadron, which received its first Typhoon in March 2006, and is the lead squadron for developing RAF Typhoon air defence operations.  
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Boeing has been awarded a U.S. Air Force contract worth up to $2 billion between 2007 and 2018 for engineering services and the manufacturing of 242 wing sets for the Air Force's A-10 fleet. The A-10 wing replacement program calls for the replacement wing sets to be delivered in parts and kits for easy installation. Boeing has teamed with key suppliers to meet all the requirements presented by the A-10 contract, Robertson said. He added that the Boeing solution will allow the nation's A-10 fleet to fly at least 20 more years. "This contract extends the life of a valuable platform that supports our warfighters in accomplishing their mission to defend freedom around the globe," Robertson said. "Employing our integration expertise and lean manufacturing techniques, we are well-prepared to meet the challenges presented in this contract."
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ESA signed two key contracts with NGL Prime S.p.A. of Italy, one for the definition of launcher system concepts for the European Next Generation Launcher and the other for the development of a European Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV). Both contracts are part of ESA's Future Launchers Preparatory Programme (FLPP), which aim is to develop and demonstrate the technologies for a Next Generation Launcher (NGL) for Europe, which is expected to become operational after 2020. A secondary aim is to enhance the reliability and competitiveness of European launchers, including those operational today. The contracts have a total value of more than 20 million euros and integrate key European competences and expertise in launcher and re-entry systems from 43 industrial and research organisations from 11 ESA member states.  
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On July 4, on the basis of Voronezh Joint Stock Aircraft Building Company enterprises the partners on the programme of AN-148 regional passenger aircraft of a new generation held a conference. The event was devoted to the start of production of four AN-148s in Voronezh. The date of final assembly of these airplanes is planned on 2008 and the further production will go on during 2009-2011. Voronezh Joint Stock Aircraft Building Company is one of the most progressive enterprises of Russian Federation having advanced equipment, skilled personnel and financing. According to existing plans, in 2009 Voronezh Joint Stock Aircraft Building Company will produce 12 AN-148s; in 2010 18; in 2011 26 and, starting from 2012, 36 machines annually. During the conference organization of cooperation between Russian and Ukrainian enterprises on serial production of the AN-148 was discussed. 34 Ukrainian enterprises take part in AN-148 programme. Antonov ASTC interacts with other Ukrainian enterprises and Voronezh Joint Stock Aircraft Building Company basing on the set of contracts including license contract on use of intellectual property.  
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Boeing has successfully demonstrated the simultaneous command and control of multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) by a single operator, using advanced autonomous control software, three ScanEagle aircraft and an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) console. This next-generation capability will enhance interoperability with current and future command and control systems through an open, standards-based system and significantly reduce the workload of unmanned vehicle operators. "Lessening the workload allows a single operator to manage a group of UAVs as a cooperative, coordinated system," said Ed Froese, vice president, Boeing Advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare and Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems. "Mission operators are freed from micro-managing the routes and other activities. Instead, they describe their high-level goals and objectives to the system, and the advanced autonomous control software manages the UAVs to achieve a coordinated effect."
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Flughafen München GmbH (FMG), the Munich Airport operating company, expects to submit an application to initiate a planning procedure for the construction of a third runway by late summer or early in the fall of this year. This was announced at the Munich Press Club today by Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the CEO of FMG. The company received authorisation from its shareholders – pending approval by Munich city council – to submit the application documents at the end of June. In February of this year the District Government of Upper Bavaria completed the regional planning process for a third runway by issuing a positive regional planning assessment. In preparation for the planning approval proceedings, the airport planners have now achieved a significant decrease in the area needed for the third runway. As compared with the initial plans, the land requirements have been reduced by approximately 300 hectares, or close to one-third. One factor permitting this enormous reduction in area is the fact that regional road 2084 (linking Freising and Erding) can be rerouted between the existing north runway and the new runway. Under the new plans, an originally planned taxiway to the west of the existing north runway is no longer needed. Also helping considerably to save space is the repositioning of the airport fence.
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In the presence of Dr. Peter Eickenboom, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defence, and his Israeli counterpart, Pinchas Buchris, representatives of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) and Rheinmetall Defence signed a far-reaching agreement at the Paris Air Show. The two firms are cooperating closely in the development of a reconnaissance and strike system network using loitering munition (LM) assets of the latest generation for operational ground forces. Within the scope of this network, an integrated capability to precisely locate and engage specific targets will be achieved. The alliance between IAI, distinguished by longstanding experience with loitering attack systems, and Rheinmetall Defence, as a leading supplier of reconnaissance UAV systems in Germany, is an important milestone to establish joint activities for new market opportunities and to combine the expertise from the two firms to the benefit of the customers. As the first programme of the new cooperation, the companies plan to implement a weapon system for standoff-capable engagement of single and pinpoint targets (German abbreviation: WABEP), as desired for procurement by the Bundeswehr. The WABEP project envisages a network consisting of the tactical reconnaissance system KZO by Rheinmetall Defence acting together with Loitering Munitions offering strike capabilities by IAI. The two system elements (KZO and LM) are networked and deployed as an integrated system. Here the open system architecture will also allow networked solutions in conjunction with both current and future reconnaissance and effector elements.  
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The largest German airport closed out the first six months of 2007 with new record volumes. This applies for passenger count, cargo volume, aircraft movements and maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs). Contrary to expectations, more passengers frequented Frankfurt Airport last month than a year ago despite the Soccer World Cup Tournament being held at this time last year which effected a higher traffic volume. A total of 4,831,305 passengers were recorded at Frankfurt Airport in June which is 0.1 percent above the count in the previous record year 2006 and the highest passenger count for the month of June in the history of this airport. Fraport AG welcomed 25,695,723 passengers at its prime location from January to the end of June 2007. Consequently, the passenger count at Frankfurt Airport was up 2.5 percent compared to the same period last year.
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Lockheed Martin has delivered a fourth C-130J Super Hercules to the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF), completing the current order for Denmark. Denmark's first C-130J was delivered in March 2004 and began operational service only one month after arriving at the RDAF's 721 Squadron in Aalborg, Denmark. RDAF C-130Js are being deployed and used in missions around the world and have already accumulated nearly 5,000 flight hours. One RDAF C-130J operating in Kuwait over the past six months has flown 250 missions, transported 1,600 passengers and moved 500,000 pounds of cargo. RDAF C-130Js were also deployed in support of the tsunami humanitarian relief effort in Southeast Asia and to support the United Nations in Africa. In addition to operating in the hot, harsh conditions of both Southwest and Southeast Asia, RDAF C-130Js have also successfully performed in extremely cold conditions as they flew to "Station North" in Greenland, the most remote location of the Danish Navy, only 580 miles from the North Pole.
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Business travelers searching for convenient alternatives to the airlines now have an attractive private air charter option, by-the-seat. Business Jet Seats Incorporated makes it easier, more affordable and even greener compared with other private air charter options. Shopping for charter flights can be a time-consuming, requiring many phone calls, emails, searching for prices and a lot of hassle. Until now, the service was very expensive because oftentimes private flights had only one or two people onboard. BusinessJetSEATS puts greater efficiency and convenience into the system, and makes use of excess capacity in the form of unused seats. The business model can result in a greener footprint. With our marketing strategy, operators offer all-inclusive prices, and because it is by-the-seat, it is always much more affordable compared with aircraft charter. The lower price is enabled mostly due to travelers agreeing to share the flight instead of flying alone. Easier reservation systems, and lower per-seat prices makes it possible.
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On 18th June 2007 in Ankara (Turkey), Thales successfully launched the first flight of its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) #1 within the framework of the Meltem II Programme. The Meltem contract, one of Europe's largest maritime surveillance programmes, was awarded to Thales in 2003 and involves the supply of nineteen aircraft equipped with sophisticated maritime patrol and surveillance systems for Turkey's Navy and Coast Guard. Maritime surveillance aircraft are deployed for monitoring territorial waters of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), for detecting all forms of illicit trade and trafficking, accidental pollution and oil dumping, and for search and rescue operations. This latest generation system will provide the customer with an effective maritime patrol and surveillance capability for the coming years. Nine systems will be integrated into existing CN235 aircraft operated by Turkish armed forces and a further ten into Alenia ATR72.  
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In the first of a number of business reorientation initiatives following the announcement in May that Irish entrepreneur Dermot Desmond was taking a majority shareholding in the Swiss headquartered global business aviation sales and services company ExecuJet Aviation Group, the company today announced the appointment of Peter Hartmann as Managing Director of the company's European aviation services arm, ExecuJet Europe. Hartmann will be based at the organisation's European and global headquarters in Zurich and his appointment takes immediate effect. Hartmann will lead a 160-strong team of Europe-based business aviation operations and maintenance professionals based principally at ExecuJet Europe regional facilities in Zurich, Berlin and Copenhagen. ExecuJet is one of Europe's largest business aircraft operators, maintaining three European Air Operators Certificates (AOC) and providing aircraft management, charter, maintenance handling and general FBO services. ExecuJet Europe manages a fleet of 50 business aircraft from its Zurich-based 24/365 dispatch centre.
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The newest long-haul service at Munich Airport will provide three weekly departures from the Bavarian capital to the South African metropolis of Johannesburg effective immediately. South African Airways will operate modern A 340-300 jets on the new nonstop route, which will be upgraded to a daily service with the start of the winter schedule.
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The governments of Norway and the United States have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for the sale of four Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Norway. The C-130J aircraft will provide the Norwegian Air Force with modern and effective airlift assets to support national requirements and worldwide coalition commitments," said Ross Reynolds, vice president of Air Mobility for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.  "The C-130J is a proven, available aircraft with performance and payload flexibility necessary to move mission-critical, time-sensitive cargo to sustain deployed military units anytime, anywhere." 
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The U.S. Navy's F-35C Lightning II carrier variant has completed its Air System Critical Design Review (CDR), a significant development milestone that verifies the design maturity of the aircraft and its associated systems. The review was conducted June 18-22 at Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] in Fort Worth, and involved officials from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office, the F-35 international-participant nations and the F-35 contractor team. Completion of the CDR is a prerequisite for the F-35C to move into Low Rate Initial Production. "We're pleased with the CDR results, which reinforce our confidence in the F-35C's design," said Dan Crowley, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and F-35 program manager. "The review highlighted the program's development progress and the 5th generation capabilities that the carrier variant will bring to the Navy." Terry Harrell, Lockheed Martin director of F-35 carrier variant development, added, "We met our objectives for detailed design and performance while removing more than 200 pounds from the aircraft in the past seven months – a major accomplishment. Getting the design ready for this important milestone required tremendous teamwork among NAVAIR, the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office, Air Force Materiel Command's Aeronautical Systems Center and the entire JSF contractor team."
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Goodrich is partnering with a multi-company/university team, led by Rolls-Royce, on a research project focused on developing technology to reduce the environmental impact of gas turbine aerospace engines. The program has been dubbed the Environmentally Friendly Engine (EFE) technology program. Goodrich's Engine Control and Electrical Power Systems team, headquartered in Birmingham, UK, is Rolls-Royce's largest partner on the program and will be providing the next generation of electronic and fuel system controls for six engine technology validation runs over the course of five years. According to Simon Burr, Goodrich's Vice President, Engineering and Programs for Engine Controls, "Solutions to provide environmentally-friendly aerospace engines are linked to the need for dramatic improvements in engine control technology. As part of this team, Goodrich will stay at the forefront of emerging innovations which will ultimately enable the engine manufacturers to meet the global airline industry's needs as they evolve over time. Changes on the horizon include engines which emit 20% less carbon dioxide, 80% less nitrogen oxide and a noise reduction of 18 decibels."
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Sikorsky Aircraft announced the selection of Changhe Aircraft Industries to supply S-76 helicopter airframes. The agreement is the second to result from a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed June 1, 2006, by Sikorsky and China Aviation Industry Corp. II (AVIC II), parent company of Changhe. Changhe will build and deliver S-76C++ helicopter airframes for Sikorsky together with AERO Vodochody in the Czech Republic. With the new agreement, Changhe is now a supplier for Sikorsky's three largest commercial helicopter programs. Changhe manufactures tail pylons for Sikorsky's S-92A helicopter, and in October 2006 signed the first MOU production agreement to supply airframe components and assemblies for Sikorsky's Schweizer 300CBi aircraft, which are used worldwide for pilot training, transportation, aerial photography, airborne patrol and many other purposes.
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TAM signed a Memorandum of Understanding to acquire 22 Airbus A350 XWB (Xtra Wide Body), models 800 and 900, with 10 more options, to be delivered between 2013 and 2018. The company will be the first in Latin America to have these new aircraft in its long haul fleet. As well as the A350s, TAM also confirmed it was exercising four more A330 options, which will be delivered by the manufacturer in 2010 (two planes) and 2011 (two planes). According to the price list, the total value of the 22 A350 aircraft and four A330s is around US$ 5.4 billion. The large A350-800 and 900 aircraft will begin commercial flights in 2013, and will be equipped with all of the new technology developed for the A380.  
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Since the Paris Air show last month, there has been renewed interest in provisioning Internet connections to commercial airliners, particularly with in-flight entertainment systems advancing beyond basic audio and video services. But over the next four years, private jets will account for over half of all broadband installations on aircraft, according to a report released today by Freesky Research. "Private jets with maximum take-off weights over 50,000 lbs. will be one of the leading segments of the market. They have the width to carry most fuselage-mounted antennas, and sell at prices which make broadband systems a small share of the overall cost of the plane," according to David Gross, author of the report. "Meanwhile, 50-seat regional jets in the same weight class will see very few broadband installations. Their owners would need a high percentage of passengers to pay per-flight connection fees in order to break-even, and unlike discount carriers flying 737s and A320s, few commuter airlines see in-flight entertainment as an important service feature."
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Munich Airport continues to gather momentum as a growth engine: In the first half of 2007 the airport posted double-digit growth in total passengers as compared with the same period a year earlier. The 16 million passengers taking off and landing in Munich from January to June represented a year-on-year increase of 11 percent, and exceeded the total for the entire year of 1996. About one in three of all additional passengers counted at German airports in the first half of 2007 flew via Munich. Among Europe's top ten airports, only Madrid reported a faster growth rate. "Whether we measure ourselves against domestic airports or at the international level, it is evident that Munich is obviously among the most attractive aviation locations on the European map at present," said Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the CEO of Flughafen München GmbH (FMG), the Munich Airport operating company, speaking at the Munich Press Club.
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A mere six and a half months (202 days, 28 weeks) after design work began on a clean sheet of paper, the Epic Victory Jet made its maiden flight July 6 from Redmond, Oregon. The milestone keeps the Victory on track for its world debut at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin later this month. "In our research, we did not find ANY other company out there that can demonstrate this kind of focus and commitment to bring an aircraft from the proverbial drawing boards to reality in this length of time," commented Epic CEO Rick Schrameck. "I've always said that Epic has the best engineers and manufacturing talent in the world, and I think this clearly proves it!" "Quick response from the Seattle MIDO and Portland FSDO allowed us to get this jet flying on our schedule," added Schrameck. "And we are grateful for their efforts." This all carbon-composite Victory Jet uses a single Williams International FJ-33-4A to climb to FL280 in just 10 minutes. Even with full fuel, the Victory offers more than 900 lbs of payload, easily accommodating 4 – 5 passengers and their luggage. The max cruise for this Very Light Jet is greater than 320 KTAS, and the Victory features an all Garminglass cockpit.
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The UK Government is investing more than £40 million to help the UK aerospace industry take a significant step towards developing environmentally-friendly engines with reduced noise, fuel burn, carbon and nitrogen emissions. Environmentally Friendly Engine (EFE) is a £95 million collaborative industrial research programme, led by aero-engine maker Rolls-Royce, to help design and test the technology needed for new generation of gas turbine engines over the next decade. Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, John Denham, said: "New technologies have the potential to make a real difference in reducing aviation's impact on the environment. Aviation is a fast growing source of carbon emissions, and the amount that we fly is likely to increase. We need to act now to create cleaner, greener technology to help ensure emissions don't rise dramatically in the future. This technology is part of that. Sir John Rose, Rolls-Royce Chief Executive, said at the event: "Innovation will be at the heart of society's response to climate change, with new technology having to be applied on an industrial scale if that response is to be effective.  
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The Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO, has once again chosen Arianespace, this time to launch its Insat 4G communications satellite. Three months after Ariane 5 successfully orbited the Insat 4B satellite, Dr. Madhavan Nair, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, today announced that ISRO has selected Arianespace launch Service & Solutions for the Insat 4G satellite. The launch is slated for the end of 2008, using an Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport, in Kourou, French Guiana.  
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ATR disclosed the decision by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to acquire a fleet of 10 ATR 72-500s plus options for 10 additional aircraft. The contract, valued at US $ 183 million, has been inked in the presence of His Excellence Abdullah Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia, and Romano Prodi, the Italian Prime Minister. The aircraft are intended for the expansion of Firefly – subsidiary airline 100 % owned by MAS - which will establish its hubs in Penang, Subang, Yohoar Baharau, and Kota Kinabalu. The ATR aicraft will progressively replace the current Fokker 50 aircraft fleet of the airline.  
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Six state-of-the-art Merlin helicopters will be transferred from Denmark to the UK under a memorandum of understanding signed today by both governments. The first of these helicopters will arrive in the UK shortly and will be integrated into the UK fleet, ready for operations in 2008. The Ministry of Defence has also entered into a contract with Agusta Westland to produce six new Merlin helicopters for Denmark as a replacement for the six transferred. Minister of State for Defence Equipment and Support, Lord Drayson, said: "This MoU builds on the announcement made in March. We continue to move the project forward at speed and expect to take possession of the Merlins imminently. The deal will improve vital support for our troops in theatre and shows our commitment to providing them with the best equipment available.  
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The Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has received a Special UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) Type Permit from the Israel Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to operate in Israel airspace for non-military missions. The CAA permit was issued after Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)'s Malat UAV Division successfully complied with the requirements and procedures established by the CAA to regulate all non-military UAV operations in Israel. The Director of the CAA appointed a special certification committee to review current and future civil UAV certification issues. The permit allows Heron UAV to be operated in full coordination with Israeli Air Traffic Control regulations. Heron is the first MALE UAV to be granted a civil permit to operate in Israeli airspace. The Heron UAV will be able to operate in Israel airspace with various payload configurations such as Electro-Optics, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Maritime Patrol Radar.  
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Eurocopter has been awarded an Assessment Phase contract for the life extension programme, which will include up to 35 of the helicopters getting new Turbomeca Makila engines, "glass" cockpits, and new communications, navigation and defensive systems. The new Pumas, which will be designated Puma HC Mk2, will not only have their life extended, but their performance and payload will also be significantly enhanced, particularly in hot and high conditions. The assessment phase, scheduled for the next 12 months, will consider the detailed technical, operational and cost implications of the upgrade. Successful completion will lead to a full development and manufacture contract for delivery of the main programme.  
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MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., a provider of essential information solutions, announced that it has been selected and authorized to start work on a US $9.5 million contract to assist the U.S. Air Force in an extensive evaluation of RADARSAT-2 capabilities. Under the 9-month contract, MDA is to demonstrate the applicability of RADARSAT-2 data to a wide range of current and future defence-related requirements, including maritime surveillance and intelligence applications. In addition, the assessment is to address the requirements and the concept of operations for a clone satellite flying in tandem with RADARSAT-2, which would open up a wider set of applications such as the creation of a global high-resolution terrain map.  
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bmi announced that its Board has formally approved the strategy of developing new mid haul and long haul routes from London Heathrow and has authorised the acquisition of ten additional aircraft to add to its current fleet. Five additional Airbus A330s valued at around $500 million will join the three existing A330 aircraft currently in service, with the first new aircraft expected to be delivered in Spring 2008. Consequent upon the recent acquisition of British Mediterranean Airways (BMED), bmi will also take delivery of five new Airbus A321s valued at $250 million for an expanded medium haul network.  
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The S-92 helicopter, made by Sikorsky and flown by operators worldwide, has achieved 50,000 fleet flight hours, reaching the milestone in late June and in only 33 months after delivery of the first aircraft. The S-92 has established a leading position in the offshore oil industry and fills a variety of other missions including search and rescue, VIP and head of state transport. It was the world's first helicopter certified to the latest and most rigorous safety standards of both the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency/Joint Aviation Authorities. Of the approximately 38 aircraft now in service, about half are flying 100 or more hours per month. One operator who uses S-92 helicopters to transport workers to and from oil rigs is flying an aircraft as many as 180 hours per month. Another dozen S-92 helicopters are currently in the completion stage and nearing entry into service.  
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The US Missile Defense Agency announced the successful completion of the basic steps required to complete a fire control loop (sequence of events) to engage a boosting ballistic missile for the Airborne Laser (ABL) aircraft during flight tests conducted on June 29, 2007. The exercise included the first in-flight propagation of the Surrogate High Energy Laser (SHEL) through the nose-mounted turret of the ABL aircraft, a boost-phase missile defense system that is designed to use directed energy to destroy a ballistic missile in the boost phase of flight. During the test, the modified Boeing 747-400 freighter first used its infrared sensors and beam control sensors to successfully find and track Big Crow, the target aircraft used for the test. On this initial test of the SHEL, ABL made use of beacon lasers installed on Big Crow to simulate the targeting return it would receive from a live missile target.  
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Bombardier Aerospace announced that Pluna Lineas Aereas Uruguayas S.A. of Montevideo, Uruguay has signed a firm order for seven CRJ900 NextGen regional jets. The airline has also taken options on an additional eight CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The value of the contract for the firm-ordered CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, based on list prices, is approximately $261 million U.S. The contract value could increase to approximately $571 million U.S. if all the options are exercised.  
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Raytheon has been awarded a $22 million U.S. Army contract option to provide 41 Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) tower systems with remote ground stations to protect U.S. Marine Corps forces in Iraq. These tower systems are in support of the U.S. Marine Corps Persistent Surveillance System initiative. "The introduction of RAID into U.S. Marine Corps operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom is a testament to the value these systems provide to the warfighter," said Pete Franklin, vice president, National & Theater Security Programs for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "These additional systems will offer the U.S. Marine Corps the same lifesaving persistent surveillance support currently benefiting the U.S. Army." The contract calls for 41 elevated sensor systems, including remote operation capability, with deliveries beginning in September 2007. Work will be performed at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems' Integrated Air Defense Center, Andover, Mass., and at the Warfighter Protection Center, Huntsville, Ala. Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC will provide field support.  
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The GEnx engine successfully completed its fan blade containment test this week at GE's Peebles, Ohio, outdoor test facility. The GEnx is the world's only jet engine with both a front fan case and fan blades made from composites. "We are very pleased with the test, which validates the maturity of the technology we have developed for the program," said Tom Brisken, general manager of the GEnx program. "The completion of this key milestone brings us closer to engine certification, which is scheduled for later this year." The fan blade containment test follows several fan blade containment rig tests on subscale and full-scale fan case models. These earlier tests enabled GE to optimize the design of the fan case and further reduce its weight. The composite fan case and fan blades provide greater engine durability, weight reduction and lower operating costs.  
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The world's most advanced aerial refueling system is ready for in-flight fuel transfers following ground validation tests of the EADS Air Refueling Boom System (ARBS) integrated on an A310 testbed aircraft. These ground-based tests involved actual fuel offloads from the aircraft-mounted ARBS to an F-16 fighter receptacle and included evaluations of both automatic and manual connection and refueling modes. This milestone permits the next phase of testing, which will involve in-flight contacts and airborne fuel transfers of the ARBS with a full range of receiver aircraft. "With this key milestone completed, the ARBS is ready to fully demonstrate its airborne offload capabilities as the most modern refueling system designed to meet current and future needs of the U.S. Air Force and our allies," said John H. Young, Jr., CEO of EADS North America Tankers, a business unit of EADS North America. "This successful fuel transfer testing validates that the EADS boom program is proceeding on plan and on schedule."  
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International Launch Services (ILS) successfully launched the DIRECTV 10 satellite on 7 July using an enhanced version of Russia's premier vehicle, the Proton. The Proton Breeze M rocket lifted off at 7:16 a.m. local time (9:16 p.m. Friday EDT, 01:16 today GMT) from the Cosmodrome's Pad 39. The mission lasted 9 hours and 8 minutes, before the Breeze M upper stage placed the DIRECTV 10 satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit. After about two months of in-orbit testing, the satellite will move to its operating position of 102.8 degrees West longitude to enhance DIRECTV's high-definition services across the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.  
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In the presence of a number of civil and military VIPS, EADS Socata has delivered its sub-assemblies for the first Airbus A400M to representatives of the industrial partners of Airbus Military Company, EADS CASA and Airbus France. EADS Socata was selected by EADS CASA in 2003 as Component Design & Build Team for the Airbus A400M sponsons, the main landing-gear fairings, and by Airbus France in 2005 as subcontractor with overall responsibility for design and manufacture of the nose landing-gear doors. EADS Socata has thus been involved in this European program from the preliminary study phase.  The sponsons are two 14-metre (45 ft) fairings on either side of the fuselage housing the main landing gear of six sturdy wheels fitted with low-pressure tyres specially designed for operating on short and rudimentary runways. Designed and produced by EADS Socata, they are of mixed construction, a metal frame covered with composite (hybrid glass/carbon & carbon) panels on the fore and aft parts, to both limit the weight of the structure and make it able to withstand the impact of projectiles thrown up from unmetalled runways.  
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The Team JCA partnership led by Raytheon Company and EADS CASA North America is contesting the Joint Cargo Aircraft selection process in a protest filed June 22 with the Government Accountability Office. "Following a 'debrief' from the U.S. Army, Team JCA carefully considered the Army's selection process and weighed the merits and challenges of an award protest," said Jon Jones, president of Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. We decided that a protest was necessary based on crucial portions of our proposal that were either incorrectly measured or not considered during the source selection process. We took this action to understand what it takes to meet the needs of our customer and to better support our nation's warfighters," Jones said. Team JCA is offering the EADS CASA C-295 military transport for the JCA requirement. The protest centers on three key points: The JCA source selection board rated Team JCA equal to its competitor on all non-price factors in its criteria, including technical, logistics, management/production and past performance. Raytheon beat its competitor's price by more than 15 percent ; tere were errors in the specific evaluation of data and the application of the evaluation criteria. "By the best value criteria in the JCA request for proposals, we are convinced that Raytheon has the best value solution," Jones said.  
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Indian Air Force pilots have, for the first time, got their hands on the Hawk aircraft that will train the next generation of Indian pilots. As part of the contract to supply a total training solution, which includes 66 Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) aircraft, BAE Systems and the RAF will deliver a 'Convex Flying Programme' converting Indian Air Force (IAF) qualified flying instructors and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) test pilots onto the new Indian Hawk. Two courses of six IAF flying instructors will undergo training on the Indian Hawk between June and September this year. Once the first Hawks have been delivered to the Indian Air Force later this year, these instructors will be responsible for training pilots who will be the IAF's frontline pilots.  
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PT Indosat Tbk, appointed Thales Alenia Space to build and launch the Palapa-D satellite. Palapa-D, which launch is expected during second half 2009, will replace Palapa-C2 sattelite which will expired in 2011 placed in slot 113º BT. Based on Thales Alenia Space Spacebus 4000B3 platform, Palapa-D satellite will have larger capacity compared to Palapa-C2 satellite of which it has 24 standard C-band, 11 extended C-Band and 5 Ku-band transponders, with coverage of Indonesia, ASEAN countries, Asian countries, Middle East and Australia. Palapa-D satellite will have a launch mass of 4.1 tons, a payload power of 6 kW and service life time of 15 years. "The launch of Palapa-D satellite strongly shows our commitment to Indonesian telecommunication industry to provide the best and continuation services to customers who use our satellite service including TV broadcasters, VSAT providers and other corporate customers. Likewise to Palapa-C2 satellite, we will use Palapa-D satellite as the backbone to support other Indosat services, such as cellular, fixed voice telecommunications and fixed data services", said Johnny Swandi Sjam, President Director of PT Indosat.  
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Uzbekistan Airways, Uzbekistan's national carrier, has signed a firm order for six Airbus A320 aircraft, further enlarging its Airbus fleet. The announcement was made at a signing ceremony in Tashkent. The decision of the airline for Airbus follows a thorough evaluation process. The new A320s will replace older aircraft in the framework of Uzbekistan Airways' fleet modernisation programme, reducing fuel consumption and operating costs. The engines have yet to be chosen.  
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The Indian Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has cleared the process for the procurement of 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) for the Indian Air Force. During its meeting here today, the DAC debated various issues related to the initial purchase, transfer of technology, licensed production and life time maintenance support for the 126 MMRCA and gave the final go-ahead for the project. Pursuant to the recent assurance given by the Defence Minister for an early issue of the much awaited Request for Proposal (RFP) for the 126 fighter jets, the Ministry of Defence and Indian Air Force officers have been working overtime to scrutinize all aspects of the RFP. In view of the size and operational importance of the likely purchase, the criteria for selecting the final MMRCA contender from amongst some of the best combat aircraft offered by American, Russian and European companies, has been fine tuned. The RFP will contain a selection model that would involve an exhaustive evaluation process as detailed in the Defence Procurement Procedures — 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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Following a joint effort between Eurocopter and the airworthiness authorities EASA (Europe), FAA (USA) and TCCA (Canada), the EASA accorded Eurocopter, on May 31, 2007, the first certification providing the EC145 with an Night-Vision Goggle (NVG) aided operation capability. Eurocopter is the first Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to offer this capability to civil operators. The certification program has been performed on an EC145 configuration based on the French Sécurité Civile configuration. This configuration is using, among others, the MEGHAS display systems and CMA3000 flight management system. The configuration certified consists basically of the installation of a Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) including internal and external aircraft lighting and the operation presently with the following Night Vision Goggles: ITT F 4949 and / or NOGALIGHT NL-93 as well as of application of the rules defined in the dedicated Flight Manual Supplement (FMS 9.2-48).  
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With F-22 Raptor deliveries consistently on or ahead of schedule, Air Force officials received authorization from Congress to pursue multi-year agreements for Lots 7, 8 and 9, with the potential for cost savings in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The contracts with Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney will be awarded later this summer. The 478th Aeronautical Systems Wing at the Aeronautical Systems Center here is overseeing the production, delivery and fielding of additional aircraft every month. With more than 90 Raptors delivered to date, the F-22 program is running smoothly on all cylinders, according to Brig. Gen. C.D. Moore, 478th AESW commander.  
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Bombardier Aerospace announced that Mesa Air Group of Phoenix, Arizona has placed a firm order for 10 CRJ700 NextGen regional jets, two of which are conversions from previously ordered CRJ900 aircraft. The aircraft will be operated for United Airlines. Mesa has also placed a conditional order for an additional CRJ700 NextGen aircraft. The firm order, based on the list price for the CRJ700 NextGen aircraft, is valued at approximately $334 million U.S.  
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Korea and Russia formally began their full-fledged cooperation in the aerospace field with the signing of a technology safeguard pact, the government said Tuesday (July 3). The pact, agreed upon by the two governments in October, was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin last week, the Ministry of Science and Technology said. Korea's National Assembly had ratified the pact in early December and then awaited reciprocal steps by Russia. The Technology Safeguard Agreement is expected to boost Korea's efforts to build rockets that can send small commercial and scientific satellites into space, the ministry said. It can also raise the transparency of the country's space program, since the pact calls on both countries to adhere to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). The MTCR has strict rules against using the space technology for military applications, and bans any information or techniques learned from being handed over to a third country.
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The Australian Defence Materiel Organisation has exercised its rights under the Air 87 Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) acquisition contract and stopped payment to Australian Aerospace on 1 June 2007 as the contracted milestone for ARH Initial Operational Capability has not been achieved. Initial Operational Capability for the Tiger ARH Project is defined as the ability to conduct collective training. Delays in the Franco/German Tiger program have negatively impacted the development of the simulators and establishment of the Australian based training needed to achieve this milestone. Defence and Australian Aerospace are working cooperatively to limit the effects of the delay. Seven of the 22 Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters have been accepted and these aircraft have now flown over 1500 hours in training and testing which will contribute to this outcome. Defence is confident that the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Project will deliver the contracted capability.  
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The launch of NASA's Dawn spacecraft, a mission that will explore the two largest objects in the asteroid belt in an effort to answer questions about the formation of our solar system, has been rescheduled to September. The decision was made to move the launch to September after careful review by NASA's Science Mission Directorate officials, working with Dawn mission managers, the Dawn principal investigator, and with the concurrence of the NASA Administrator. Primary reasons for the move were a combination of highly limited launch opportunities for Dawn in July and the potential impact to launch preparations for the upcoming Phoenix Mars Lander mission, set for early August. A September launch for Dawn maintains all of the science mission goals a July launch would have provided.
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A wealth of new mission concepts were submitted by the European scientific community on 29 June, following the ESA Call for Proposals issued in March this year. These 50 proposals represent more than a 50 percent increase in response by the science community, compared to the previous ESA Call in October 1999. The proposed missions cover a wide variety of scientific objectives, spanning from the search for extrasolar planets, to the study of Jupiter and its icy satellite Europa, testing the laws of gravity, and more. The missions' objectives fit well with the founding pillars of ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 plan, which cover four major themes: the conditions for life and planetary formation; the origin and formation of the Solar System; the fundamental laws of our cosmos; the origin, structure and evolution of the Universe. Many of the proposed missions foresee collaboration with other space agencies worldwide, matching the international spirit of ESA and of its scientific programme. Out of these 50 concepts, three medium-class missions (with costs to ESA not exceeding 300 million euros) and three large-class missions (with costs to ESA not exceeding 650 million euros) will be selected for assessment (or feasibility) studies starting in October this year.
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Global private equity firm The Carlyle Group announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire ARINC Incorporated from its current shareholders, including several prominent commercial airlines. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2007 subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. Financial details were not disclosed. ARINC is a global provider of transportation communications and systems engineering. The company develops and operates communications and information processing systems and provides systems engineering and integration solutions to five key industries: airports, aviation, defense, government, and surface transportation. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, ARINC has approximately 3300 employees in 100 offices worldwide, generating annual revenues in excess of $900 million.
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Continental Airlines and Kingfisher Airlines, one of the fastest growing airlines in India, today announced that they have entered into a comprehensive partnership for frequent flyer and airport lounge access reciprocity and future codesharing, providing better service to customers who travel between the U.S. and India and transfer between the two carriers. Continental has operated daily, non-stop flights between its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport, and Delhi since 2005. The airline will launch daily, non-stop flights between New York Liberty and Mumbai on October 1, 2007 (eastbound). "We are proud to partner with Kingfisher, who share our commitment to excellent customer service," said Larry Kellner, Continental's chairman and chief executive officer. "Our partnership with Kingfisher builds upon our increased service between New York and India."
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Embraer announced that Republic Airlines Inc., a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, has increased its orders for the EMBRAER 175 by 13 firm orders, totaling US$403 million, at list price, based on January 2007 economic conditions. Eight aircraft from this order were already included in Embraer's first quarter backlog as "Undisclosed", and the other five refer to options confirmed during the second quarter. As of today, Republic is operating 76 EMBRAER 170 and 11 EMBRAER 175 jets, and the company's firm order backlog totals 32 E-Jets.
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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has ordered eight additional American Eurocopter AS350 B3 AStar turbine helicopters to support its mission of protecting the nation's borders. These new aircraft will join the CBP fleet that already includes 43 AS350s and 11 EC120s. The contract also includes options for additional AS350 B3 orders in the near future.
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Jules Verne, the first Automated Transfer Vehicle, left ESA's research and technology centre, ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands – on 13 June for the start of a long journey to Kourou. Just ten days after the completion of final integration and space environment tests at the ESTEC test facilities, Jules Verne is now packed up and ready to leave on the first leg of the journey to Europe's Spaceport, in Kourou, French Guiana. The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), 20 tonnes and the size of a London double-decker bus, is the largest spacecraft ever built in Europe. The unmanned vehicle will be used to ferry cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) and to raise its orbit. For the past 10 weeks a specialised team has prepared a total of around 400 tonnes equipment for shipment across the Atlantic Ocean. Each item individually documented and then carefully packed into one of around 50 shipping containers, most of which have already been dispatched by truck to Rotterdam harbour.
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Two NASA spacecraft now have new assignments after successfully completing their missions. The duo will make new observations of comets and characterize extrasolar planets. Stardust and Deep Impact will use their flight-proven hardware to perform new, previously unplanned, investigations. "These mission extensions are as exciting as it gets. They will allow us to revisit a comet for the first time, add another to the list of comets explored and make a search for small planets around stars with known large planets. And by using existing spacecraft in flight, we can accomplish all of this for only about 15 percent of the cost of starting a new mission from scratch," said Alan Stern, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Headquarters, Washington. "These new mission assignments for veteran spacecraft represent not only creative thinking and planning, but are also a prime example of getting more from the budget we have." The EPOXI mission melds two compelling science investigations -- the Deep Impact Extended Investigation (DIXI) and the Extrasolar Planet Observation and Characterization (EPOCh). Both investigations will be performed using the Deep Impact spacecraft, which finished its prime mission in 2005. DIXI will involve a flyby of comet Boethin, which has never been explored. Boethin is a small, short period comet, or one that returns frequently to the inner solar system, from beyond Jupiter's orbit. This investigation will allow the recovery of some of the science lost with the 2002 failure of the COmet Nucleus Tour (CONTOUR) mission that was designed to make comparative studies of multiple comets. DIXI will be targeted to fly by comet Boethin December 5, 2008.
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NASA has signed a $46 million fixed price basic contract with S. P. Korolev Rocket and Space Public Corporation, also known as RSC Energia, in Korolev, Russia, for various hardware items and their integration into the International Space Station. The basic contract includes $19 million to purchase a Russian-designed toilet system with a privacy enclosure and additional space station equipment. The additional equipment includes a spare depress air pump used to conserve air when the crew exits the Quest airlock for a spacewalk; technical and engineering support for the mechanism that allows shuttles to dock with the station; software updates for the station's inventory management system; and certification of additional computer hardware for use on the station. The toilet system, similar to the one already in use in the station's Zvezda Service Module, is needed for the planned expansion from three to six crew members in 2009. The system will be able to automatically transfer urine to a U.S. device that can generate potable water. The contract runs through December 2011 and includes funds to procure equipment necessary for routine maintenance.
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GKN Aerospace announced the successful completion of the acquisition of Teleflex Aerospace Manufacturing Group (TAMG). The amalgamation of TAMG with GKN Aerospace creates a market-leading supplier to the aero-engine sector and takes aero-engine products to approximately 25% of GKN Aerospace total revenues. Marcus Bryson, Chief Executive of GKN Aerospace states:  "Propulsion Systems is one of the cornerstones of our growing business over the long term.  This latest acquisition is an excellent strategic fit for us.  Where we have an existing successful operation supplying critical elements of the cold section of the engine, TAMG grows our business into the hot and rotating areas and extends important metallic processing expertise - particularly in ECM, where TAMG has a particular competence." GKN Aerospace's existing operation comprises developing and supplying components such as fan blades, fan cases and inlet/exhaust frames, which are manufactured from composite or metallic materials.  The complementary TAMG product range comprises structural components in the engine, blisks/integral bladed rotors (IBR's), outlet guide vanes (OGV's), combuster cases, compressor and turbine blades.  TAMG also has a highly advanced and technically competent Electro-Chemical Machining (ECM) activity - ECM offers very fast and efficient means of removing material from hard and soft metal alloys.
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CHC Helicopter Corporation announced today that it has been awarded two major contracts by Statoil ASA, Norway, for the provision of helicopter services in the Norwegian Sea. The company believes the award represents the largest bundle of helicopter service contracts ever awarded, with a total value of approximately $1.1 billion (all figures in Canadian dollars) over the fixed and option periods as follows: A five-year contract for the provision of five Sikorsky S-92 and two Eurocopter EC225 aircraft in support of Statoil's offshore operations based out of Floroe and Bergen, Norway, plus an additional back-up Eurocopter AS332L2 in Bergen. The operation in Floroe will commence in June 2009 and the contract in Bergen in January 2010. The contract includes options for up to four additional years. A seven-year contract for the provision of two all-weather Search and Rescue EC225 aircraft. One helicopter will be based at Statoil's Statfjord field in the North Sea, and the other in Bergen as back-up for this service. Commencing in March 2009, the contract includes options for up to four additional years. These new contracts replace existing contracts for two AS332L2 helicopters, one S-92 and one Bell 214ST. The Company estimates these contracts represent an annual incremental revenue increase of approximately $80 million.
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Grob Aerospace has won a repeat order from Kelwona Flightcraft of Canada for two G 120A-C primary training aircraft for the Canadian Air Force, just one year after it first became a customer. The order includes a fuselage cockpit section to be used as flight simulator provided by Atlantis Systems Corporation. The contract was signed today, 29 June, at Grob Aerospace's facility at Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany, by Barry Lapointe, President of Kelowna Flightcraft, Dr. Andreas Strohmayer, Managing Director, Grob Aerospace GmbH and Denzil White, Director Special Mission and Training Aircraft. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2008 and will join the original fleet of nine Kelowna Flightcraft operated G 120A-Cs, which were delivered in May 2006. Kelowna Flightcraft leads the Allied Wings Consortium at the Canadian Wings' aviation training centre in Southport, Manitoba.
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True to its word, Cirrus Design Corporation fulfilled its promise to a select group of customers by giving them the world's first look at "the-jet" – the most anticipated aircraft in the company's history. Each guest had placed a $100,000 deposit for their first "personal" jet in this new and exciting market. The company's tight control of the project was evidenced even further by the fact that its own employees who were not directly working on the project were not able to see "the-jet" until hours before the depositors' showing Wednesday night. Today, the rest of the world witnessed the same dramatic unveiling at a special event held at the company's Duluth, Minnesota headquarters. "We're calling it a 'personal jet', not because of its size but because it's a natural extension of our SR22 line," said CIRRUS Co-founder and CEO Alan Klapmeier. "Like the SR22, 'the-jet' is designed to be owner flown and it will be loaded with innovative features, including the CIRRUS Airframe Parachute System™. While it's technologically advanced, it's designed to be exceptionally easy to fly, offering customers the opportunity to grow into yet another lifestyle change with CIRRUS." Co-founder and Vice Chairman Dale Klapmeier commented, "We are still in the early design and development phase and didn't want to limit ourselves in any way.  It is also important that any data we released was absolutely accurate."   There are many more details to be announced, and information will be released as they are finalized.  "So far we can confirm that 'the-jet' will be powered by a quiet, efficient and lightweight William's jet engine that will give the aircraft great utility, economy and simplicity never before seen in this market, " Klapmeier concluded.
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NASA's Mars rover Opportunity is scheduled to begin a descent down a rock-paved slope into the Red Planet's massive Victoria Crater. This latest trek carries real risk for the long-lived robotic explorer, but NASA and the Mars Rover science team expect it to provide valuable science. Opportunity already has been exploring layered rocks in cliffs around Victoria Crater. The team has planned the descent carefully to enable an eventual exit, but Opportunity could become trapped inside the crater or lose some capabilities. The rover has operated more than 12 times longer than its originally intended 90 days. The scientific allure is the chance to examine and investigate the compositions and textures of exposed materials in the crater's depths for clues about ancient, wet environments. As the rover travels farther down the slope, it will be able to examine increasingly older rocks in the exposed walls of the crater. "While we take seriously the uncertainty about whether Opportunity will climb back out, the potential value of investigations that appear possible inside the crater convinced me to authorize the team to move forward into Victoria Crater," said Alan Stern, NASA associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington. "It is a calculated risk worth taking, particularly because this mission has far exceeded its original goals."
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Cessna Aircraft announced it has reached agreement with Germany's Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH to collaborate on future programs centered on the Thielert diesel engine. Details are scheduled to be announced later this year. "We think the Thielert engine may provide a very worthwhile power option for many of our customers since it runs on jet fuel and diesel," said Cessna Vice President, Worldwide Propeller Aircraft Sales John Doman. "We have had discussions with Frank Thielert and his group for some time, and we think the time is right to move forward." "We have a number of products that are of interest to Cessna and we are excited to be moving forward in our relationship," said Frank Thielert, CEO of Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH. "The benefits are documented, so we have great confidence the customers of Cessna would be pleased with the savings and reliability."
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From now on, Austrian Airlines will once again offer daily flights to the booming city of Shanghai via Beijing, working in cooperation with future Star Alliance partner Air China. Daily codeshare flights via Beijing will also begin operating to the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou and to Wuhan in Central China. As a result of the changes, Austrian will offer 42 new weekly flights between Austria and China from July onwards, in addition to its existing daily services to Beijing. The Chinese boomtown Shanghai is particularly easy to reach via Beijing. Guangzhou – better known by its former English-language name of Canton – is the centre of the richest region in China, the Pearl River Delta. It was in this region that China's expert boom of the past two decades first began to gather momentum. Wuhan is situated along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River. It is the seat of numerous industrial concerns and an important Chinese conference location. 
This cooperation will enable the Austrian Airlines Group to expand its global network and offer the best possible connections out into China via Beijing together with Air China.
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Gaudenz Ambühl, currently Head of Flight Operations, has been named Chief Operating Officer of SWISS and a member of the Management Board. He succeeds Manfred Brennwald, who is moving to a new executive position within the SWISS Group. In a further development, the company's SWISS Technics operation will in future be run as a separate business unit, giving it greater scope and strength. Chief Operating Officer Manfred Brennwald is stepping down at his own request after four successful years at the head of the company's Operations division to assume a new executive position within the SWISS Group. Further details of his new duties will be provided in the next few weeks.
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Reflecting the present boom in the Asian and worldwide aerospace market, Airfoil Services Sdn. Bhd. (ASSB) of Malaysia is expanding its engine parts repair capacity: the joint venture company between MTU Aero Engines and Lufthansa Technik with around 350 employees at present has moved to a new production facility at Kota Damansara near Kuala Lumpur. Over 250 new jobs have been created so far through the expansion and the product portfolio is to be extended further. The new, state-of-the-art production facility was opened on 28 June in the presence of local representatives of industry and government. "In the four years since we committed ourselves to this joint venture with MTU, ASSB has developed into an important center of excellence for Lufthansa Technik in the high-tech repair of engine blades. In view of the dedication of the workforce and the high quality of their work, coupled with competitive costs, significant expansion of the business is a logical step," said Dr. Thomas Stüger, Chief Executive Product and Services at Lufthansa Technik AG.
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Government officials, led by the Prime Minister of Malta, representatives of Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa, led by Wolfgang Mayrhuber, conducted the laying of the foundation stone for the new Airbus widebody maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) facility at the Malta International Airport in Luqa. Only a few weeks ago, Lufthansa Technik Malta and the Maltese Government signed the formal agreement for a 55 million euro investment to set up the new complex of hangars, workshops and offices, which will be financed by Malta Industrial Parks Ltd. and leased to Lufthansa Technik Malta. By specializing in the MRO of Airbus A330 and A340 airplanes, Lufthansa Technik Malta will create over 500 jobs over four to five years, complementing its existing workforce of 160 employees. In addition, new training and development opportunities in aircraft maintenance will arise. Nevertheless the subsidiary of world-leading MRO provider Lufthansa Technik will continue to be a centre of excellence for Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 (incl. NG) base maintenance. Since the start of operation in 2003, the current facility for C-Checks and modifications on the Boeing and Airbus narrow-body aircraft has carried out over 260 C-Checks.
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