13.08.2007
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2007-08-12 - News in briefNews in brief

Kurzmeldungen<br /> +++<br /> On an annual basis, the aerospace industry consumes an estimated 700 million lbs. of raw materials including aluminum, composites, glare, steel, titanium and other materials, according to a new Lucintel market study, "Opportunities for Composites in the Global Aerospace Industry 2007-2026".

This study also reveals that while composite materials currently represent a relatively small segment of the aerospace industry, enormous potential exists for composite materials to become a more integral component within the industry in the future. Although aluminum is currently the predominant material used in the aerospace industry, aerospace companies are showing increased interest in composite materials because of a desire for more fuel-efficient and corrosive-resistant aircraft, Historically, the use of composites over the last 30 years has evolved from less than 5% in the Boeing 737 and 747 to over 17% in the Airbus A320. The Airbus A320 which was launched in 1990, uses approximately 17% composite materials and 66% aluminum. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is scheduled to be delivered in 2008, will use about 50% composites by structural weight, and will be 20% more fuel efficient than similar-sized planes, due, in part, to advancements in composite materials technology. The Airbus A380 is expected to use 23% composites per aircraft. Base on this comprehensive Lucintel research study, composite materials in the aerospace market to see strong growth during forecast period. "The defense industry as well as the Boeing 787 and the Airbus 380 will drive the growth for composite materials over the forecast period," said Dr. Sanjay Mazumdar, Lucintel' CEO. "Remarkably, the global aerospace industry is estimated to use $57 billion worth of composite materials during 2007 - 2026."
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Proxy Aviation Systems, Inc., a company that develops fully autonomous, optionally piloted unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), announced that it successfully completed a series of demonstrations of the cooperative flight capabilities of its SkyWatcher and SkyRaider unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), managed by its SkyForce Distributed Management System (DMS). The U.S. Air Force (USAF) contracted with Proxy to perform these tests under the operational control of the USAF UAV Battle Lab. The demonstration, called Cooperative Rules Based Reconnaissance Unmanned System (CRBRUS), was conducted at Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, Nevada from July 1-11, 2007. CRBRUS marked the first successful demonstration of multiple UAVs performing fully autonomous cooperative flight. SkyWatcher and SkyRaider, with two simulated UAVs (each flown by its own onboard Virtual Pilot), communicated over a common mesh network, thus allowing one operator to manage all four UAVs. SkyForce's network-centric software allowed the four aircraft to accomplish diverse group tactical goals with varying levels of operator control. SkyForce is designed to operate as many as 12 airborne UAVs and 20 ground nodes concurrently. The cooperating UAV constellation, which carried FLIR Star Saphire III sensors on the live UAVs, successfully performed nine missions in nine days logging 49 flight hours in record-breaking temperatures. The USAF established the cooperative flight objectives, testing Proxy's UAS in a series of complex and dynamic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and hunter-killer scenarios. Test criteria included target search, simulated weapons and multiple sensor employment, dynamic mission re-tasking, formation flying, collision avoidance and automatic take-off and landing. Notably, these demonstrations marked the first operational display of SkyRaider, which features retractable gear, a 1000-lb payload and the capacity to operate in high-density altitudes, among other advanced performance features.
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Worldwide Aeros Corp. officially confirmed participation at the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention, September 25-27, 2007 in Atlanta, GA.  The National Business Aviation Association, Inc. (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. During the event Aeros will make an official announcement for the launch of the Aeroscraft ML866 program. The Aeroscraft is a new paradigm in air transport, an aircraft that utilizes a combination of buoyant and dynamic lift creating unique operational capabilities beyond what is available from any other air platform today. The Aeroscraft is designed and built on the basis of a new concept in flight. The remarkable idea grew out of the belief that there is a more comfortable way to fly than simply applying luxury to an existing airframe and re-naming it. The versatility of the Aeroscraft allows it to be transformed from elegant to a workhorse or anywhere in between. It can be utilized as a private air yacht, corporate air vehicle or commercial commuter, providing its passengers with far more space than any existing business jet. Aeros VP Fred Edworthy said "We are coming to the NBAA show because we have reached a level where we can solicit an input from the customer community to ensure the Aeroscraft will change the way executives travel and do business outside of the office." He added, "One of the offered Aeroscraft ML866 configurations is the Business Office in the Sky.  Equipped with the state-of-the-art technology package, the Aeroscraft ML866 becomes a high-tech airborne business center. Business amenities include a computerized office, videoconferencing capability, communications package, and a conference room that while on the ground will accommodate up to one hundred people, transformable interior and personal state room. Independence from large or medium airports will keep travelers away from clogged airports and congested highways, and getting the passengers underway quicker.  Additionally, the helicopter like vertical takeoff and landing capability and ability to operate from unprepared fields enhances usefulness of the Aeroscraft by providing the access to remote areas anywhere in the world."
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The Board of Directors of Adam Aircraft announced today that John D. Wolf has been named company Chairman and CEO effective immediately. Wolf, along with President Duncan Koerbel, joined Adam Aircraft in February to help achieve FAA Type Certification of the A700 as well as to establish world-class manufacturing capabilities for the company. The hiring of Wolf with his 39 years of experience in aerospace at Fairchild Aerospace, Teledesic Corporation, and McDonnell Douglas Corporation combined with Koerbel's 24 years of experience in certification and manufacturing were part of the transition initiated by the Board earlier this year. This new leadership change helps move the company from a start up to what will become one of the country's premier developer and manufacturer of Part 23 aircraft.
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Thales announced that the European Navy Radar (ENR), the radar for the naval version of the NH90 (NFH90) has been successfully flight-tested during a two week period in Hyères, South East France. The ENR is a new-generation maritime patrol radar derived from Thales' Ocean Master radar family. Developed in conjunction with EADS (Germany) and Galileo Avionica (Italy), the ENR is integrated into the NH90's mission system by Agusta Westland. The objective of these tests was to evaluate on a full-scale the air-to-surface capabilities, which represent Thales' share in the radar. The results of this flight campaign are in line with expectations and confirm that the air-to-surface detection capability is on-track for the NH90 qualification.
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On August 1, Snecma carried out the first reignition test of the new Vinci rocket engine at the German aerospace research center DLR's facility in Lampoldshausen. The test was successful, and marked the first reignition test of a cryogenic engine in Europe. It was carried out as part of the European Space Agency's Future Launcher Preparatory Program (FLPP). "We are very pleased with the success of this first Vinci reignition test," said Jacques Serre, vice president and general manager of Snecma's Space Engines division. "It marks a major step towards the next upgrade to the Ariane 5 upper stage, and also supports the continuation of this program, which will be submitted for approval at the next ESA ministerial-level meeting in 2008."Vinci is a cryogenic engine rated at 39,600 pounds of thrust. It is primarily intended for the next upgrade to the Ariane 5 launcher, but could also be adapted to meet the requirements of other launcher upper stages or orbital vehicles.
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Aurora Flight Sciences announced that it has reached an agreement to become an authorized agent for the sale of DA42 MPP Multi-Purpose Platform aircraft from Diamond Airborne Sensing GmbH. The innovative, twin-engine DA42 MPP (Multi-Purpose Platform) is a specially-designed manned platform for carrying multi-function aerial sensor equipment. It combines the advantage of extremely low operating costs with the specialized requirements of sensor operators. Based on the award-winning DA42 Twinstar, the DA42 MPP has been adapted to carry mission sensors in the nose and under the fuselage in different modular configurations. The MPP aircraft also includes design modifications, which include for example a dedicated power supply for mission equipment and sensors, wiring conduits, and a low-noise, low-infrared exhaust system. "We are excited to offer our customers another system to meet their mission needs and honored that Diamond Airborne Sensing has selected us as a sales agent for this impressive aircraft," stated Dr. John Langford, president of Aurora Flight Sciences. "This is another example of how Aurora Flight Sciences offers system solutions across the entire range of user requirements."
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Podgorica- based Montenegro Airlines, from the Montenegro Republic, has signed an agreement with GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) to lease two EMBRAER 195 jets. Deliveries are scheduled for May 2008 and May 2009. There will be no changes to Embraer's orderbook due to this announcement. The aircraft will be fitted with a dual-class interior, comfortably seating up to 116 passengers, and will be used to extend the existing airline's fleet on its current European network, as well as to reach new, more distant destinations, primarily in Russia, the U.K. and Scandinavia.
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EADS will evaluate the inclusion of its Augsburg plant into the sales process of Airbus aerostructures sites. A final decision is depending on the result of this analysis, and in case of a go-ahead decision, consultations with the European Works Councils at EADS and Airbus as well as with all further relevant statutory bodies would then take place. The Augsburg site is today part of the EADS Defence & Security Division, but roughly 70 percent of its revenues are attributed to Airbus. In fact, Augsburg is the single largest aerostructures supplier to Airbus. The combination of the site in Augsburg with the Airbus sites at Nordenham and Varel under a new ownership structure could form a major risk-sharing partner for Airbus. Augsburg would contribute critical design, manufacturing and technological competences to such new entity. Against the backdrop of Airbus' new "make-or-buy" policy, which entails significant outsourcing of aerostructures, and with new owners, these plants could gain access to important work on the new A350XWB as well as future Airbus programmes.
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On Friday 3rd August, the "EUROCOPTER Logistics Center" was inaugurated at an opening ceremony in Donauwörth by Bert Stegkemper, Executive Vice President Global Supply Chain of the Eurocopter Group, Dr. Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH and Heinz Fiege, Chairman of the Board of Executives of the Fiege Holding etc. Numerous representatives attended this ceremony including Bavarian state authorities, local politicians and members of the Eurocopter Executive Board. This inauguration features an important milestone of Eurocopter's site development in Donauwörth. The newly built center covers a surface area of more than 19,000 m2 and rises to a height of 18 meters in certain areas. It regroups the activities of 10 decentralized locations previously scattered within and outside of the factory premises. The construction work which lasted 8 months, including access routes linking the center to the factory premises, was completed a month ahead of schedule, making it possible to use this time exclusively for dry-run testing. The next phase in the construction of the Helicopter Technology Park in Donauwörth will be that of the "Cooperation Center". The ground-breaking ceremony will take place on September 27. As previously with the Logistics Center, the project planning and implementation will be undertaken by a joint venture between MFRSI Gesellschaft für Immobilienmanagement GmbH and IKB Projektentwicklung GmbH. The Cooperation Center will cover a surface area of roughly 4,000 m2, thus allowing Eurocopter's engineering partners, service providers and industrial suppliers to work in perfect coordination and synergy with each other.
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The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II has successfully completed its Pilot Training System Critical Design Review (CDR), a significant development milestone that verifies the design maturity of the pilot training system and its subcomponents. The review, conducted by Lockheed Martin's Simulation & Support in Orlando, included representatives from the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office, the F-35 contractor team, members of the U.S. military services and the F-35 international partner services. Completion of the CDR is a prerequisite for the Pilot Training System to move into the implementation phase which includes software and hardware development. The corresponding maintainer training system CDR will be held in the fourth quarter of 2008.
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Boeing and Cathay Pacific Airways announced that the Hong Kong-based carrier has ordered five additional Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners, increasing the airline's commitment to a total of 23 of the advanced twin-engine, twin-aisle airplanes. Cathay Pacific announced in 2005 that the airline was purchasing 12 777-300ERs from Boeing, with four additional operating leases through International Lease Finance Corp. The first of those airplanes will be delivered in September. Last year the airline exercised additional rights to order two more 777-300ERs. The five new airplanes have an estimated value of $1.4 billion at Boeing list prices. All of Cathay Pacific's 777-300ERs will be powered by General Electric GE90-115BL engines.
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Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne announced the completion of the Air Force's certification of the Fischer-Tropsch fuel blend in the B-52H Stratofortress during a signing ceremony at Edwards AFB on Aug. 8. The signing ceremony certified that the blended FT and JP-8 fuel is safe for operational use in all B-52H aircraft and marked the formal conclusion of testing. "The demonstration approach approved by Secretary Wynne in April 2006 identified five execution steps," said Maj. Gen. Curtis Bedke, Air Force Flight Test Center commander. "The final execution step began on Sept. 19, 2006. A B-52 was flown at Edwards with two engines running synthetic fuel and the remaining six engines on JP-8 fuel. On Dec. 19 2006, the B-52 was flown with all eight engines on the FT blend." The B-52H was chosen as the test platform because of key advantages such as its eight engines, he said. The fuel system can simultaneously isolate, carry and manage both a test fuel and the standard JP-8 fuel. The Air Force plans to test and certify every airframe to fly on a domestically produced synthetic fuel blend by early 2011.  
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Insitu announced that it has designed and is presently conducting development flight tests on a new UAS known as INTEGRATOR. In response to warfighter requests Insitu created the Integrator system to modularly meet a broad range of mission needs and capabilities. Insitu is also recognized for the INSIGHT class of vehicles which includes the military ScanEagle, developed in partnership with Boeing, and the commercial Fugro GeoRanger. Insitu's operational experience includes service contracts with the US Marine Corps, US Navy, Australian Defense Force, and multiple commercial markets. The Integrator unmanned aircraft (UA) is the next-generation addition to Insitu's operationally mature family of systems. Like the Insight-class of vehicles, the Integrator delivers a superior combination of imaging capability and long endurance (a total flight stamina of 24 hours), with special design consideration given to easier payload integration (a capacity of 25-50 lbs) for a wide variety of applications.
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As of August, Düsseldorf-based business airline TRIPLE ALPHA will expand its service. With a new plane, the Challenger 300, the airline now offers its customers on inter-continental routes the comfort they have come to expect. Manufactured by the aircraft company Bombardier in Canada as a special production, this business jet is valued at USD 25 million. It is the only aircraft of its class in Germany available for charter flights. Its performance data in terms of fuel consumption and environmental friendliness sets a milestone in business air travel. The Düsseldorf-based airline is reaping double benefits from the acquisition of this plane. The TRIPLE ALPHA airline investment and consulting departments were in charge of all the project management, ranging from concept to delivery of the finished project. Given that the airliner also offers complete aircraft management services, the plane will be integrated into the TRIPLE ALPHA fleet as part of an investment model, where it will be used on intercontinental business charter flights.
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Munich Airport has been named the winner of the "Best Airport in Europe" award for the third year in a row in an international survey of close to eight million passengers worldwide. Passengers also ranked Munich #4 in the worldwide rankings behind Asian hubs Hong Kong International Airport, Seoul Incheon and Singapore Changi airports in the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2007. The annual Airport Survey conducted by Skytrax, an independent, London-based aviation market research firm, is the largest international customer survey of airport quality standards. Passengers were asked to assess more than 40 aspects of customer satisfaction for airport product and service standards at more than 170 airports around the world—ranging from ease of catching connecting flights to the cleanliness of restrooms and the efficiency of security checks. The final report featuring detailed information about how airports ranked in each specific category is scheduled to be released soon.
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The team of Rockwell Collins and Cubic Defense Applications, Inc., a defense unit of Cubic Corporation, announced that their new Mini-Common Data Link (CDL) system has been successfully flight tested on a King Air platform and a Killer Bee Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). During the testing, which was witnessed by representatives of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the Mini-CDL demonstrated bi-directional communications out to 20 miles. The Mini-CDL prototype, which weighs less than 1.5 pounds, demonstrated interoperability with existing CDL Rev F compliant systems.  "These tests are an important step in the development of the Mini-CDL system," said Rick Lober, senior vice president and general manager of Cubic's Communications and Electronics business unit. "The flight tests demonstrated interoperability of the prototype with CDL-compliant equipment, which will enable small UAVs to operate in a DoD-standard communications environment with larger unmanned and manned systems."
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Bristow Group and Appareo Systems announced that the Federal Aviation Administration has certified an innovative new flight data monitoring solution jointly developed by Air Logistics, a subsidiary of Bristow, and Appareo that is the first low-cost, lightweight, fully integrated system specifically designed for small and legacy aircraft. The FAA has awarded a Supplemental Type Certificate for installation of the ALERTS system -- short for Aircraft Logging and Event Recording for Training and Safety -- in Bell 206 and 407 helicopters. The ALERTS system includes an inertial sensor suite and a recorder capable of storing more than 100 hours of high-resolution flight data. The ALERTS system also includes powerful 3-D graphic flight replay and analysis software that provides for detailed flight tracking and analysis, including automatic analysis of flight characteristics to determine if the pilot adhered to standard operating procedures during a flight. ALERTS is designed for simple field installation. "The ALERTS system is a revolutionary technology that will help our company dramatically improve safety performance of our small aircraft, and this technology also has applications in medium-size helicopters," said Mike Suldo, president of Air Logistics, a Bristow Company. "We believe this new technology will improve the safety of the overall industry, consequently, we plan to sell it at a small margin above our cost so that any helicopter operator in the world will be able to afford the device.
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Cessna Aircraft last week reached another milestone in the development program for the latest version of the world's best-selling business jet model - the Citation XLS+ - when the aircraft completed its first flight. The flight, which lasted one hour and 30 minutes, was conducted at Rockwell Collins' facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "With the flight progressing as planned and the aircraft performing as expected, this first flight was a great success," said Cessna Citation XLS+ Program Manager Kevin Steinert. "The integration of the new Collins Pro Line 21 and Pratt & Whitney's FADEC (full authority digital engine control) equipped engines went smoothly and we look forward to continuing this program on schedule." The aircraft has returned to Cessna's primary design and manufacturing facilities in Wichita for further evaluation and testing. Type certification of the XLS+ is expected in the first quarter of 2008 and first deliveries are scheduled in mid 2008. Priced at USD $11.595 million, the XLS+ will continue the tradition of the Excel and XLS as the most affordable stand-up cabin business jet. The family of Excel/XLS aircraft comprise of 575 planes having accumulated nearly 1.2 million flight hours.
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Cessna Aircraft announced that orders for its newly announced SkyCatcher light sport aircraft (LSA) reached 720, totaling more than $75 Million, only two weeks after its official launch at the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual meeting, AirVenture 2007.
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Fourteen airlines signed to use Boeing's Maintenance Performance Toolbox in the first half of this year. Toolbox, which is rapidly becoming a must-have software package for efficiency-conscious carriers, represents the industry's first set of productivity tools designed to unify an airline's maintenance and engineering operations from start to finish. Since Japan Airlines became the launch customer for Toolbox in October 2005, a total of 38 carriers have signed to use the tool. Boeing was awarded a special "Breakthrough Technology Award" by Aviation Week magazine when Toolbox was introduced. Through the first six months of 2007, these airlines have selected Toolbox: Aeroflot, Air China Southwest Branch, Air India, Air India Express, Emirates, Hainan Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, S7 Airlines (formerly Siberia Airlines), Southwest Airlines, transavia.com and Turkish Airlines. Three airlines are not identified.
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Ceremonies held at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska marked the formal beginning of operations for the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor in the Pacific region. "There is no doubt that the F-22 is the most advanced and capable operational fighter in the world," said Larry Lawson, Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President and F-22 Program General Manager. "The Raptor stands ready to defend America and our allies from one of the most strategic locations on the planet. 90th Fighter Squadron pilots are now flying a fighter that is overwhelmingly effective and relevant worldwide for the next 40 years." Formed almost 90 years ago during World War I, the 90th FS has the distinction of being the first unit in the Pacific to fly the F-22. Basing Raptors in Alaska underscores America's commitment to the Pacific region. Aircraft can be deployed rapidly from Alaska to anywhere in the world, and with 67,000 square miles in the Pacific Alaska Range Complex, the state is an ideal location for F-22 operations.
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Pratt & Whitney completed a series of crosswind validation tests for the F135 short-takeoff/vertical-landing (STOVL) engine at its test facility in West Palm Beach, Florida. A Pratt & Whitney Canada PT-6 turboprop engine was used to simulate crosswinds of up to 35 knots (40 mph) across the inlet of the lift fan as the F135 propulsion system simulated flying in STOVL mode at power settings up to full power. "Completion of the tests confirm that the Pratt & Whitney F135 STOVL engine will perform as required in crosswind conditions while in the power lift, hover mode," said Bill Gostic, vice president, Pratt & Whitney F135 Programs. "This testing is a significant risk reduction step on the path to first flight of the F-35 STOVL aircraft in May 2008." This evaluation is part of the lift fan inlet flow angularity test program conducted in partnership with Lockheed Martin and Rolls-Royce. This simulated aircraft inlet was designed to enable engineers to evaluate inlet characteristics and its interaction with the F135 propulsion system. The crosswind validation test is one of a series of milestones for the F135 propulsion system. Pratt & Whitney's F135 recently surpassed 8,000 system development and demonstration (SDD) ground test hours and continues to power the flight test program with 19 flight tests to date and more than 20 flight test hours.
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Virgin America, the newest U.S. start-up airline, will launched inaugural flights from New York Kennedy and Los Angeles International airports to its home base at San Francisco International Airport. Virgin America CEO, Fred Reid kicked off launch-day action with a reception and festivities at New York's JFK International Airport. Reid will be joined by Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and a host of other celebrities. The inimitable funny man Stephen Colbert will christen one of the airline's brand new Airbus 320s in his own honor -- as Air Colbert. In Los Angeles, Virgin America leadership, investors and in-flight entertainment partners christened the new plane California Dreaming, then join celebrities and guests to "walk the red carpet" for Virgin America's LAX premier. The send-off reception and flight to San Francisco will feature entertainment by celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson.
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Boeing delivered the first of four C-17 Globemaster IIIs to the Canadian Forces during a ceremony at the company's Long Beach, Calif., C-17 manufacturing facility. "Boeing again has made good on our commitment to provide world-class airlift capability to our customer in world-record time," said Dave Bowman, C-17 program vice president, before senior Canadian officials and more than 1,000 C-17 employees. "This is yet another great day for Boeing and demonstrates our ability to design, build, deliver and support the world's most advanced airlifter." The Canadian government recently reactivated its 429 Transport Squadron, based at 8 Wing/Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario, to operate the C-17 fleet. The squadron, which dates back to World War II, also will be responsible for day-to-day aircraft maintenance.  
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International Launch Services (ILS) and Inmarsat announced a contract for launch of the Inmarsat 4-F3 satellite on a Proton Breeze M vehicle in early 2008. This satellite, third in the constellation, will enable Inmarsat to offer global coverage with its BGAN mobile broadband service, as well as existing services. Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is planned for the March-April time period. Financial terms were not disclosed. ILS will provide an enhanced version of its Proton Breeze M vehicle, which is built by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center of Moscow. The Enhanced Proton has the capability to lift payloads exceeding 6 metric tons. The F3 satellite, weighing more than 5900 kg, will be one of the heaviest commercial payloads to date for Proton. The Inmarsat 4 series of satellites are Eurostar E3000 models built by Astrium, among the most sophisticated commercial satellites ever launched and 60 times more powerful than their predecessors.  
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After an extraordinary meeting of the Supervisory Board, Austrian Airlines Österreichische Luftverkehrs AG announces that Dr. Josef E. Burger will resign from his duties as Chief Commercial Officer at the end of September 2007 by his own request. Dr. Burger has informed the Supervisory Board that he wishes to end his function due to irreconcilable and different opinions concerning the way of cooperation within the Management Board – regardless of the successful work for the company. The contract will be terminated by mutual agreement. In the meantime Chief Executive Officer Alfred Ötsch takes over the responsibilities from Dr. Burger as of today. The Supervisory Board will commission an analysis concerning the organizational structure of the company. This analysis, which will be completed with close involvement of the Management Board, is to identify possible optimization potentials. In accordance with the results, the Supervisory Board will decide at the earliest possible time if and how the position will be filled.
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Jet Aviation Dusseldorf was recently named a Hawker 800/800 XP authorized service center by Hawker Beechcraft Corporation. The company has been an authorized service center for more than two decades for the Beechcraft King Air, Beechjet and more recently the Beechcraft Premier I aircraft. Jet Aviation Dusseldorf has performed maintenance work on Hawker 800-series aircraft for many years. The new authorization now allows the facility to also perform warranty work on the aircraft. "Our Dusseldorf MRO team has achieved an excellent reputation for Hawker 800 series maintenance work over the last few years and I am very proud that the aircraft has now been added to our overall Hawker authorized service center capabilities," says Johannes Turzer, senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Germany. He continued, "There are more and more Hawker 800 operators in our region and I am confident that we can give them the premium support they expect."
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Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, awarded a contract to a joint team of Astrium and Thales Alenia Space to build their US$ 1.66 billion (AED 6 Billion) dual satellite communications system ready for a launch in the second half of 2010. Yahsat will provide customers with innovative solutions for broadcasting services, internet trunking via satellite, corporate data networks and backhauling services to telecom operators. The Yahsat satellites will fulfil the satellite communication requirements of both government and commercial customers in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South West Asia. The system is designed to accommodate the trends of emerging applications in the satellite industry like HDTV and other broadband satellite services. Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, COO of Mubadala and Chairman of Yahsat, commented: "Demand for satellite communications capacity is booming in the Middle East and North Africa, and this demand is predicted to grow exponentially. This is the first time that a government in the region has openly backed such a substantial venture in the satellite communications industry. It sends out a powerful message about Abu Dhabi's emerging role as global technology hot-spot."  
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BAE Systems has confirmed delivery of the first two Typhoon combat aircraft with multi-role capability to the Royal Air Force. The development means in addition to being able to take on and defeat other fighters in air-to-air combat, RAF Typhoons will soon be able to attack ground targets with GPS and laser-guided bombs – all in one mission. Wing Commander Gavin Parker, Officer Commanding XI Squadron, took delivery of the first production programme version of the aircraft from BAE Systems on Monday, 6 August. Before flying the aircraft down from BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire to RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, he said: "I think this is, in many respects, one of the most important milestones in the Eurofighter Typhoon programme to date. Typhoon is already an exceptional air-to-air fighter and is demonstrating excellent potential in the air-to-surface role. A combination of its range, payload and performance, coupled with the planned integration of a variety of air-to-surface weapons, will make it a fantastic close air support machine." Having accepted the new aircraft, XI Squadron will spend several months training to utilise the full capabilities of the combined functionality. In parallel with this, precision air-to-surface capability will be developed and implemented ahead of an operational capability that is planned for July 2008. From this date forwards it is planned that Typhoon will be ready to deploy on multi-role operations as and when required.  
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Ryanair announced its 21st base in Alicante.  From November, Ryanair will invest $140m in 2 Boeing 737-800s to serve 11 new routes from Alicante. Ryanair already operates 6 routes from Alicante, to Dublin, Dusseldorf, Liverpool, London, Pisa, and Stockholm, so this base will launch with a total of 17 routes. Ryanairs 22nd European base is Valencia. From November Ryanair will invest $140M in 2 new Boeing 737-800s based in Valencia and 11 new routes that will deliver a total of 1.5m passengers p.a. Ryanair already operates 10 routes from Valencia to Brussels, Dublin, Dusseldorf, East Midlands, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Pisa, Rome and Stockholm, so this base will launch with a total of 21 Ryanair routes.

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