07.08.2007
FLUG REVUE

2007-06-17 - News in BriefNews in brief

Kurzmeldungen<br /> Boeing is very pleased that Aeroflot has selected the 787 Dreamliner for its fleet requirements. Boeing looks forward to working with Aeroflot to finalize the order.<br /> +++

Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) has successfully launched one of the world's fastest air-breathing engine experiments, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Mr Peter Lindsay announced. The scramjet engine experiment reached speeds of up to Mach 10, approximately 11,000 km per hour, or ten times the speed of sound. This research is a major boost to Australian and international scramjet technology research," Mr Lindsay said. "Today's flight rocketed to an altitude of 530km, and reached Mach 10 during re-entry," Mr Lindsay said. "Australia is a world leader in hypersonics research." "Scramjet research has taken place in Australia for over three decades. We have active research programs in niche technologies of scramjet propulsion as well as guidance and control at hypersonic speeds." The flight took place at the Woomera Test Facility in South Australia under a collaborative effort between the United States' Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and DSTO, also representing the research collaborators in the Australian Hypersonics Initiative (AHI). While DSTO was the lead Australian research agency for the flight, the AHI's collaborative partners include the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, and the Australian National University, together with the State Governments of South Australia and Queensland.  
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Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Louis Gallois has outlined ambitious environmental targets for the company and has called for the aviation sector, suppliers and governments to share his vision of an eco-efficient aviation industry. Airbus recognizes no one company holds all the answers and is will be announcing proposals within the next couple of months to ensure the critical issue is given the highest attention and commitment by the industry. Backing Mr. Gallois's vision, the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Enterprise and Industry Günter Verheugen has urged industry to act now. As part of an immediate target of Mr. Gallois's overall vision to lead the aviation sector into becoming eco-efficient, he called on the industry to undertake whatever possible to contain CO2 emissions from aviation that today represent two per cent of the total man made emissions. To help achieve this, Mr. Gallois has committed Airbus to embrace an environmental life cycle approach to operations targeting a 30 per cent reduction in company energy consumption and 50 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020. He also committed to re-invest savings expected from environmental initiatives back into research into cleaner technologies. Going further, Mr. Gallois also committed to a 25 per cent budget increase in Research and Technology starting 2008, targeting that by 2020 all new Airbus aircraft entering the market would produce 50 per cent less CO2 and 80 per cent less NOx than levels in 2000. Airbus will also revisit fuel cell and hydrogen technology to power ground operations at airports. European Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen who also attended the ceremony said, "Airbus' commitments will make a positive difference whilst also recognising that people want and need to travel. They make environmental and business sense. I hope this leadership will foster increased research which I fully encourage and support."  
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As a first, the Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 UAV System has received a Permit to Fly under the new amended European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Regulation. The Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 is one of the first Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and the first helicopter UAV that received an EASA Permit to Fly . This new amended regulation is applied to EU-registered aircraft, for which such a Permit to Fly is required. The Permit to Fly is issued for those aircraft not holding a type-certificate yet but still are able to perform flights safely under the EASA-approved flight conditions. The Permit to Fly under EASA-approved flight conditions enables the Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 to obtain national flight permissions within the EU member states much more easily. Neither investigation activities nor national approval activities of the flight conditions are any longer required by the respective national authorities. Besides test flights, also permissions for S-100 system demonstration flights for customers at exhibitions or air shows will be much easier to obtain. For more details, please refer to ED 2007/006/R GM 21A.701. The amendment to the Regulation (EC) 1702/2003 has been developed and approved by the European Commission to prescribe the applicable implementing rules. It has been published on 4 April 2007 in the Official Journal of the European Union and entered into force on 5 April 2007.
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The Lockheed Martin Electro Optical Targeting System (EOTS) for the F-35 Lightning II successfully completed its inaugural flight test, demonstrating its capability as a multi-functional system for precision air-to-air and air-to-surface targeting. The flight test met all objectives including the demonstration of the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system data collection and the Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) point and scene track. Subsequent flights will test the laser, proving EOTS' full functionality in a stand-alone environment. This landmark flight aboard a uniquely configured Sabreliner aircraft at Goodyear Airport in Phoenix is the first among many that will be ongoing for the remainder of the calendar year. EOTS is the latest generation infrared sensor technology building upon the successes of Lockheed Martin legacy systems such as the LANTIRN and Sniper advanced targeting pods. It provides high-resolution imagery, automatic tracking, infrared-search-and-track, laser designation and rangefinding, and laser spot tracking at greatly increased standoff ranges.
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After successfully undergoing a rigorous three-month testing programme, the innovative SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) payload is about to make its journey from ESA's Test Centre in the Netherlands to France, where it will join the platform to form the satellite in preparation for launch next year. After more than 10 years of research and development, the SMOS mission is adopting a completely new approach in the field of remote sensing by employing a novel instrument called MIRAS (Microwave Imaging Radiometer using Aperture Synthesis). By capturing images of microwave radiation emitted from the surface of the Earth at a specific wavelength, this novel instrument is capable of observing both the moisture in soil and salt in the oceans. MIRAS will be the first-ever 2-D interferometric radiometer in space and will provide much-needed data to learn more about the continual circulation of water between the oceans, the atmosphere and the land – the Earth's water cycle, one of the most important processes occurring on the planet and a crucial component of the weather and climate. Making sure the instrument will withstand the rigors of launch and the harsh environment in orbit is an extremely important part of the mission development. Therefore, with launch scheduled for next year, MIRAS had to undergo an extensive testing programme in ESA's Test Centre.
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced that it has received notification of an award of a $53 million ceiling price order from Raytheon Aircraft Company of Wichita, Kan., to provide an initial lot of five integrated Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) suites for the company's Beechcraft King Air 350ER (Extended Range) aircraft and related ground stations to be supplied to the Iraqi Air Force under the U.S. Government's Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.  Under the terms of the contract, the GA-ASI team – which consists of L-3 Communications West, L-3 EO/IR Inc., and Exclusive Charter Services – will provide airborne payloads and operator workstations (which run CLAW sensor control and analysis software), as well as fixed, mobile and man-transportable data linked ground stations, support equipment, and training and logistics support. 
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Iridium Satellite announced that Astrium Services, a subsidiary of EADS Astrium, has signed an agreement to become a value-added reseller (VAR) of Iridium satellite communication equipment and services. Under the VAR agreement, Astrium Services is authorized to package Iridium-based satellite voice and data solutions for a wide range of international defense and commercial customers. Greg Ewert, executive vice president of Iridium Satellite, said, "EADS is a major  powerhouse in the international aerospace and defence industry, and this VAR agreement will leverage Iridium's product portfolio across Astrium Services' commercial and military business units to a global market." Astrium Services will become the Iridium "center of excellence" within the EADS group and will work with other EADS Astrium companies to package Iridium solutions for a variety of applications, according to Beranger.
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Engineers at Boeing have recently completed 50 percent of the design for the new 777 Freighter. The completion of this work means that half of the detailed design of the 777 Freighter is defined and has been released to Boeing factories and its suppliers to begin building parts, assemblies and tools for the new cargo airplane. Boeing is on schedule to complete the detailed design work and is on track to meet its commitments for the 777 Freighter's performance capabilities, Pastega said.
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CAE launched its third generation CAE Simfinity Integrated Procedures Trainer (IPT) at the World Airline Training Symposium (WATS). The CAE Simfinity IPT, the industry's first three-dimensional (3D) flat panel trainer, has been enhanced with a new structure, the latest touch-screen technology, improved instructor tools and an enhanced user interface. The new structure allows easier and faster reconfiguration between aircraft platforms, supports a range of LCD sizes to ensure exact physical size representation of the actual aircraft cockpit (1:1 ratio) for all aircraft types, and provides better aesthetics. "With the CAE Simfinity product suite, CAE pioneered the concept of using the same true fidelity simulation software and vendor data throughout a comprehensive product portfolio, from the desktop through the full-flight simulator," said Marc Parent, CAE's Group President, Simulation Products and Military Training & Services. "Our customers have told us the CAE Simfinity IPT plays an important role in their training curriculum by providing a cost-effective procedural and familiarization training tool that gives pilots the ability to 'learn by doing' and also allowing them to off-load tasks that would otherwise be done in a full-flight simulator. CAE is committed to innovation in our simulation product portfolio and the new Simfinity IPT is another example of CAE listening to customers and then enhancing a product to better meet their needs and requirements."
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CAE has signed contracts to design and manufacture three CAE 7000 Series full-flight simulators (FFSs) and training devices valued at C$48 million. This brings the total FFS sales that CAE has announced during the first quarter of fiscal 2008 to 13. CAE has won a contract to build a CAE 7000 Series Boeing 747-8 Freighter FFS and a suite of CAE Simfinity B747 ground school training devices for Cargolux International Airlines, launch customer for the new B747-8F aircraft. Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, has ordered a CAE 7000 Series Boeing 777-300ER FFS. Hainan Airlines, China's fourth largest carrier, will receive a CAE 7000 Series EMB145 FFS along with a suite of CAE Simfinity training devices.
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Boeing has been awarded a $28 million U.S. Air Force quick reaction capability contract for delivery of its Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (LJDAM) weapon system. The contract will add 600 laser seekers (400 for the U.S. Air Force and 200 for the U.S. Navy) to the services' existing inventory of 500-pound bombs. Boeing will deliver the systems by June 2009. "Laser JDAM's performance continues to exceed our highest expectations," said Dan Jaspering, Boeing Direct Attack program manager. "This weapon will fill a significant gap in capability currently encountered by our warfighting customers, specifically the ability to attack high-speed moving targets and targets lacking accurate coordinate data."
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Looking to address the growing demand for tactical medium altitude long endurance (MALE) UAV platforms, Elbit Systems has recently added the Hermes 900 to its growing UAV family. The new UAV will be presented for the first time ever at the upcoming Paris Air Show With its 15 m wingspan and 970 kg max takeoff weight, the Hermes 900 is a natural extension of the Hermes 450 tactical UAV system, with full compatibility in missions and support infrastructure. While offering all Hermes 450 capabilities, the Hermes 900 features larger multi-payload configurations, higher flight altitude and extended flight time. The Hermes 900 is an all weather UAV system. Its IATOL (Independent Auto Takeoff and Landing) system enables auto-landing even in alternate non-instrumented runways. Like the Hermes 450, internationally renowned for its safety record and reliability, the Hermes 900 features full redundancy and fault tolerant avionics and electronics architecture. Its fully-certified Rotax engine is safe and quiet. The new UAV is well-equipped with advanced features including built-in autonomous emergency procedures, ATC (Air Traffic Control) radio, radio relay and IFF transponder. With larger payload capacity (300 Kg) and longer endurance, the Hermes900 is controlled by Elbit Systems' UGCS (Universal Ground Control Station). This enables control of two UAVs at any given time from a single ground station (with allocation of two ground data terminals), while a single operator operates the air vehicle and payloads for each UAV. The payload bay has been designed with built-in ease and flexibility, adapting to a broad range of payloads.
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The European airport security market looks set for robust growth, particularly in the wake of continued terrorist threats, new European Union (EU) airport security regulations, rising passenger traffic and the increasing need to upgrade installed security equipment, as well as integrate this with newly implemented technology. Opportunities are particularly lucrative in the biometrics and explosive detection sub-segments, where small start-up companies offering innovative technologies can expect favourable financial backing from venture capitalist firms. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, European Airport Security Equipment Market: Investment Opportunities, reveals that this market earned revenues (top 47 participants) of US$2.37 billion in 2005 and estimates this to reach US$10.35 billion in 2010. "While there are over 491 airports in Europe as of March 2006, another five to six airports are currently under construction with a plan for twenty other airports to be upgraded," notes Frost & Sullivan Financial Analyst Rani Cleetez. "In addition, the privatisation of certain European airports will necessitate better security equipment, in order to meet the latest international security standards, as well as to ensure world class airport status." In addition, EU legislation aimed at imposing standard security requirements across all member states is likely to heighten demand for airport security equipment. The European Commission moved to pass legislation in 2005 to bring simplification, harmonisation and clarification of existing rules in order to improve levels of security in the civil aviation industry across the EU. This refined existing measures contained in the 2002 regulation. This in turn led the EU to pass the legislation aimed at imposing standard security requirements across all member states.
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Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce completed the first propulsion system qualification test for the short-takeoff/vertical-landing (STOVL) F135 engine. This is the first time the full-scale STOVL F135 engine airflow was tested with the F-35 LiftFan hardware in place. "The success of this initial test confirms that Pratt & Whitney's F135 STOVL engine will meet or exceed the thrust requirements for the F-35 program," said Bill Gostic, vice president, Pratt & Whitney F135 program. "This is a significant step toward first flight of the F-35 STOVL aircraft, which is currently scheduled for May 2008." The engine test was completed in partnership with Lockheed Martin and Rolls-Royce at Pratt & Whitney's facility in West Palm Beach, Florida. The test included extensive thrust analyses of the F135 propulsion system with an F-35 LiftFan inlet and door installed in front of the engine. The Rolls-Royce LiftFan is the component that allows the F-35 STOVL aircraft to achieve vertical lift.
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On 11 June at 02:40 hrs, Israel's 'OFEK 7' satellite was launched and successfully injected into orbit by means of a 'Shavit' satellite launcher. In the next phase, the satellite will undergo several tests for validation of its serviceability and satisfactory performance. 'OFEK 7' is an advanced technology remote sensing satellite. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI Ltd) has developed and produced the satellite and the launcher, in response to an order placed by the IMOD, and in cooperation with various high-tec companies: El- Op, IMI, Rafael, Tadiran-Spectralink, Elisra and some others. The launch has been conducted from the Israeli Air Force test range." The OFEK 7 satellite is an additional Ofeq observation satellite built by Israel Aerospace Industries for Israel MOD. The OFEK 7 is a follow–on satellite to OFEK 5 which was launched in 2002, and contains several enhancements which will provide improved imagery to the customer. The satellite was launched by IAI's Shavit launcher to an elliptical orbit of 300x600 Km. Following separation from the launcher, the satellite performed a series of autonomous activities, including deployment of the solar panels.
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Boeing has begun flight testing the mission system aboard the first 737 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for Australia's Project Wedgetail. During an initial four-hour flight from Boeing Field in Seattle on June 6, the crew conducted a series of functional tests as part of a program to measure the mission system's impact on the aircraft's power generation capability and environmental controls, such as the liquid and air cooling systems. The mission system includes the radar, navigation, communications and computing subsystems. Boeing will flight test the aircraft several days a week for the next month over land and water, while the mission system is used in a manner similar to an AEW&C operational mission.
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TUI Group, Europe's largest integrated tourism and shipping company, has selected Goodrich to provide MRO nacelle system Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services and support across its group of airlines. The carriers include: TUI AG (Germany); TUI Airlines Netherlands BV (Holland); TUIFLY NORDIC AB (Sweden); CORSAIRFLY SA (France); TUI Airlines (Belgium N.V.); SOCIETE D'INVESTISSEMENT AERIEN SA (Morocco); and THOMSONFLY LIMITED (United Kingdom). In total the airlines currently fly a fleet of approximately 120 aircraft which include Boeing 737s, 747s, 757 and 767s, as well as Airbus A330s. Under the terms of the agreement, Goodrich will provide nacelle MRO services to the TUI Group airlines from its service centers in Prestwick, Toulouse, France and Dubai, UAE.
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Raytheon's Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) demonstrated successful powered flight performance when launched from an Air Force F-16 aircraft. The flight test took place at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., under a development contract managed by the 728th Armament Systems Group. The MALD was launched over the Gulf of Mexico where it entered engine powered flight, executed a series of maneuvers and operated its payload during the mission. MALD's navigation and guidance were activated on the flight, and no communications with the F-16 were required for the test execution. This was the 17th successful flight test mission for MALD. The 120-inch MALD is a turbojet-powered, swing-wing missile that is launched from an Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon or B-52 Stratofortress and flies a pre-programmed flight path into hostile air space to stimulate enemy air defenses.
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced that the first Sky Warrior aircraft flew successfully from the company's El Mirage Flight Operations Facility in Adelanto, Calif., on June 6.  The company-owned Block 0 aircraft completed all stated objectives for its maiden flight.  "We are very pleased with Sky Warrior's flawless performance on its first flight," said Thomas J. Cassidy, Jr., president, Aircraft Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.  "Its success credits the remarkable talents of our many dedicated Team Warrior professionals and marks an important step in our commitment to provide the U.S. Army with this most capable combat aircraft.  Sky Warrior aircraft will play a key role supporting Army forces worldwide for years to come." The flight marked an important milestone in the successful execution of GA-ASI's multi-year contract for the U.S. Army's Extended Range/Multi-Purpose (ER/MP) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Program.  Built in essentially the same configuration as the Sky Warrior UAS being developed for the ER/MP Program, additional Sky Warrior Block 0 aircraft will be produced to demonstrate the maturity of the technology being incorporated into the program.  These aircraft will deploy to Southwest Asia early next year to showcase the capability of the design to support the development phase of ER/MP.  The deployment will also provide an accelerated capability of the program to support deployed Army combat troops. 
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"The aviation training industry needs to lower the cost of simulators, increase training quality and efficiency and reduce the time required to train pilots," Alteon Training President Sherry Carbary said in her keynote speech at the 10th Annual World Aviation Training Symposium and Tradeshow (WATS) in Orlando, Florida. One of the most crucial issues facing the industry is the increasing demand for pilots, maintenance and cabin crew. "Both Boeing and Airbus agree that the world's fleet will more than double over the next twenty years," Carbary said. "That means the world's airlines will need an additional 25,000 planes by 2025, in addition to the 17,000 planes that will already be in service." New planes will require more than 18,000 new pilots every year -- 360,000 pilots over the next 20 years -- on average, through 2025 as well as 480,000 new mechanics during that period of time." Pilot and maintenance training is a $3 billion business worldwide in the over 90 seat market. The cost of pilots, maintenance and cabin crews, and the associated training costs represent up to 20 percent of an airline's operating budget. "As the need for training continues to rise, we must, as an industry, find a way to lower the costs," Carbary said. Carbary also outlined the issues facing the aviation training industry and highlighted the roles and responsibilities of airlines, governments, regulators, training companies, simulator and airplane manufacturers to ensure the continued safety and reliability of the air transportation system. Alteon Training is the aviation training partner of choice and the industry leader in providing airline-focused aviation training solutions. The company provides its partners with an expanding and integrated services portfolio that includes flight, technical and cabin-crew training.
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Northrop Grumman and its teammates L-3 Communications and Lockheed Martin have successfully conducted the first in-flight communication's link with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. "We took our targeting radar and turned it into a 'talking' radar by enabling it to transmit and receive unprecedented amounts of information," said Teri Marconi, vice president of Northrop Grumman's combat avionics business unit. "We're revolutionizing the way that data is collected, stored and distributed on the battlefield." The Radar Common Data Link (R-CDL) represents the most advanced concept and approach in providing a high-speed pipeline to offload data and imagery from a tactical platform. R-CDL uses the AESA radar's fire control transmitter and antenna to perform high-data rate, two-way communications at long ranges. Synthetic aperture radar map imagery and streaming video were relayed from a Northrop Grumman BAC 1-11 test aircraft to an L-3 Communications ground station. During the mission, the team transmitted and received in full duplex at 274-megabits per second burst rate. The airborne and ground terminals used off-the-shelf, L-3 programmable modems with the addition of a new R-CDL waveform.
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The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract to purchase 80 BQM-74E Aerial Targets. The BQM-74Es produced under this $25 million contract are scheduled to be delivered before January 2009. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. The BQM-74E is a subsonic, subscale, jet-powered aerial target capable of being launched from the air or surface (land or shipboard) and recovered on land or at sea.
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ACROHELIPRO Global Services, a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation announces that work is well-underway with Sagem Avionics, Inc. (Sagem) to make the innovative, quality and reliability-enhancing and cost-saving Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS or "Glass Cockpit") upgrade available for the Bell 205, Bell 206 and Bell 210 helicopter models. For the Bell 206, the system consists of two 8-inch displays that effectively replace all electro-mechanical engine and navigational instruments. The system is capable of providing Traffic awareness, Stormscope, Ground Proximity Warning, video (including FLIR, MaxViz, or L-3's new IRIS system) and trend monitoring.  The prototype aircraft (Spencer Aircraft) has successfully completed test flights and is in the final stages of obtaining an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate. The Bell 205 & 210 variants will consist of three 10-inch ICDS displays, replacing all electro-mechanical engine instrumentation. It will also include a Multi-Function Display (MFD), with Engine Monitoring System (EMS) and an additional MFD to provide mapping data.  "The technologically advanced Sagem/ACROHELIPRO ICDS solution is guaranteed to bring enhanced functionality and advantages including increased quality and reliability to an already proven aircraft," explains Elvis Moniz, ACROHELIPROs' Director of Avionics.  "From the progress already made, we anticipate the upgrade options will be available to customers operating these Bell models within an 8 to10 week time-frame."
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Eurocopter is demonstrating its commitment to giving flight safety the highest priority by taking the matter straight to the top: the newly created flight safety directorate, headed by Jean-Pierre Dedieu, Executive Director of Customer Support, who reports directly to the Eurocopter CEO. The directorate is based on three main areas and tasked with initiating, coordinating and harmonizing all company actions related to flight safety. "The Flight Safety directorate was created in response to a worldwide dynamic," notes Mr. Dedieu. "As with the airline companies a few years back, there has recently been increased awareness among international aeronautical authorities, helicopter operators and manufacturers of the need to improve flight safety. The helicopter community has now decided to take concerted action to drastically reduce the incidence of fatal accidents over the next decade." The directorate will focus on three areas: Technical & Maintenance sector: Initiates action plans following accidents attributed to technical causes. No. 1 priority is to reduce time between the accident analysis phase and the effective fleet-wide implementation of all technical modifications, as soon as each modification is deemed necessary. Operations sector: Responsible for improving Eurocopter understanding of operational accidents and facilitating solution development.
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Thales UK has unveiled the final configuration of the WATCHKEEPER unmanned air vehicle (UAV) following a Critical Design Review by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The air vehicle has been developed with Elbit Systems and will be manufactured at the UAV Tactical Systems Ltd (U-TacS - the Thales UK/Elbit Systems joint company) site in Leicester. The production WATCHKEEPER air vehicle design includes the following features: Dual-payload configuration; flexible, all-weather operation with de-icing capability; improved access to sub-systems for easier maintenance; automatic takeoff and landing. The design represents key UK-specific enhancements for expeditionary use around the world and an improved ability to provide an essential, cost-effective intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability for the MoD. "The finalisation of the design of the air vehicle is a major milestone in the WATCHKEEPER programme and marks a significant step on the journey to create the most capable vehicle and system for use in the UK," says Deakin. "WATCHKEEPER is a unique system that will form a key part of the UK's network enabled capability - a capable and reliable UAV carrying highly advanced sensors, linked to a comprehensive network of command, control, exploitation and dissemination elements."
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Lufthansa will cooperate closely with Egypt Air in future. To mark the start of the partner-ship, Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, and Eng. Atef Abd El Hamid, Chairman of Egypt Air, signed a code-sharing contract. Lufthansa's cooperation with Egypt Air will start with the introduction of the winter timetable at the end of 2007. The two airlines will in future offer all flights between Germany and Egypt with joint flight numbers: the code-sharing will be introduced on the services between Frankfurt and Munich to Cairo, as well as those from Frankfurt to Alexandria, are part of the code-sharing agreement. Further code-share services, especially to the tourism centres of Egypt and North Africa, are being planned, following official approval by the air traffic authorities. Egypt Air is also planning to transfer its flight numbers to Lufthansa flights within Germany and Europe as well as to North America.
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The Council of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) has approved the Common Industry Standards, prepared by the Ethics & Anti-Corruption Working Group created under the auspices of ASD by a number of Europe's major players in the aerospace and defence industry. The Common Industry Standards were established by industry experts, assembled in the Working Group under the chair of Professor Sergio Carbone and with the independent advice of François Vincke, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce. The Standards are the result of the sharing and benchmarking of the Working Group's corporate practice and are based on the extensive and thorough integrity work accomplished over the years by the industry. They cover a large spectrum of anti-corruption principles and action and amongst others the prohibition of all corruptive practices, the regulation of gifts and hospitality, the conditions for political donations and contributions, the responsible management of agents and intermediaries and the setting up of integrity programmes, including sanctions in case of breach.
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The European Commission approved Belgian start-up aid to promote the development of Antwerp Airport as regional airport. In order to increase the number of passengers travelling through Antwerp Airport, aid is granted to air carriers starting new lines or providing additional rotations in departure from this regional airport. Air carriers with a valid operating license may get a three year start-up aid for opening new lines or operating additional rotations on existing lines from Antwerp Airport. The degressive three year aid is paid per passenger and per take-off and landing. In order to be selected, an air carrier must first provide a business plan, which demonstrates that the new line will be viable and is not in competition with existing lines or high speed rail links.
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As part of their Ares I Upper Stage production proposal, the three core companies that make up Team Ares -- Alliant Techsystems, Lockheed Martin, and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc. -- have been utilizing internal company funds that will help NASA mitigate the development risk for its future fleet of exploration launch vehicles. Team Ares has several areas of research and development under way that will reduce the technical risk for Ares I, while also providing a practical application and benefit to a variety of other programs across the individual companies. Internal funds are being utilized to build demonstration models, perform testing, and conduct data analyses. "Specific risk mitigation activities we're conducting that will benefit NASA's Ares Upper Stage are also of interest to the core capabilities of our companies as well as other customers," said Jim Halsell, ATK Vice President and Team Ares Program Manager, Ares I Upper Stage. "We are taking steps today in order to develop data that could lead to the early retirement of program risk. Our approach is to be ready to 'hit the ground running' in support of NASA."  
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With more than 34 flights and 187 hours in the air, the GEnx engine has completed its four months of flight-testing aboard the GE 747 flying test-bed, accomplishing all major objectives, including aircraft level testing to support Boeing's 787 Dreamliner program. "During the flight tests on GE's 747 flying test-bed, we verified the GEnx engine's design and electrical requirements for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner," said Tom Brisken, general manager of the GEnx program. "We conducted numerous tests with maximum horsepower extraction on the starter generators, demonstrated engine operability while generating the maximum electric power requirements envisioned for the 787 aircraft and confirmed the ability of the GEnx engine to successfully restart in flight at various conditions within the 787 flight envelope." The flight test program required extensive modifications on GE's 747 flying test-bed, including the installation of a heat exchanger to dissipate the energy created by the two starter generators on the GEnx engine. GE's flying test-bed campaign validated the GEnx-1B engine's performance in real world flight conditions, which cannot be fully achieved during ground testing.  
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The Sea Launch Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) has concluded its review of the findings of an interagency CIS Joint Commission, which has been investigating the cause of the unsuccessful launch of January 30, 2007. All systems have been cleared for operations, pending completion and tests of all repairs on the Launch Platform. The commission concluded on March 12 that the failure initiated in the liquid oxygen (LOx) turbopump section of the RD-171M main engine. Following the initial FROB meeting in April with the commission, the Sea Launch partners performed internal inspections of already manufactured and tested RD-171M engines, with the objective of confirming the LOx feed system and pumps were free of debris. The FROB met again with the commission, May 24-June 1, to review results of the engine inspections and further findings. FROB Chairman Kirk Pysher, vice president and chief systems engineer for Sea Launch, reported that members of the FROB concurred with the commission findings, conclusions and recommendations.  
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BACK Aviation Solutions, a leader in providing strategic and technical consulting and data information services to the aviation industry, announced the release of their new Carbon Emissions Calculator. Developed in partnership with the Official Airline Guide (OAG), the Carbon Emissions Calculator allows airlines to calculate their carbon footprints by equipment type, airline, airport, route, country or world region. A "carbon footprint" is the amount of greenhouse gases (measured in units of CO2) released by an activity or entity such as airline flights. The objective of the Carbon Emissions Calculator is to give airline companies, airports, manufacturers, and regulators a tool to measure the impact of flight operations by day, week, month or year in a continuous time series. "Understanding the starting point of greenhouse gas emissions is critical to the success of airlines' short- and long-term environmental strategies," said John Weber, Managing Director OAG Data/BACK Aviation Services. "Although commercial aviation contributes less than 3% of greenhouse gases, every participant in the air transport business is going to want do their part to reduce emissions, and this tool will allow carriers and industry planners to benchmark past and future performance to meet emissions control goals." The Carbon Emissions Calculator is accessible online 24/7; with results reported in a standard spreadsheet format that can be easily downloaded and integrated with existing desktop applications. Updated weekly, information is based on the formula developed by the U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA), plus historical, current, and projected data from OAG airline schedules.
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Bombardier Aerospace announced that Libyan Airlines of Libya has signed a firm order for three Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets.  The airline has also taken options on another two CRJ900 aircraft.  This order was announced on June 6, 2007, but the identity of the customer was not disclosed. Based on the list price for the CRJ900 aircraft, the contract for the three firm-ordered aircraft is valued at approximately $108 million US. Libyan Airlines currently serves 27 destinations with passenger and cargo service in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
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Bombardier Aerospace announced that Air Independence has placed a firm order for three widebody Challenger 605 business jets. The transaction is valued at approximately $82 million US, based on the list price for typically equipped aircraft. The new aircraft will be based in Munich and are scheduled for delivery between October 2009 and end of February 2010. "Our customers love our current Challenger business jet fleet. Spacious, ultra silent cabins, transcontinental range, versatility and overall travel comfort make this family of aircraft perfect for European charter operation," said Andrian Feuchter, managing director, Air Independence. "We expect this satisfaction level will climb even higher once the Challenger 605 jets join the fleet. The cabin feels even more spacious and brighter and the aircraft's impressive new technology features will undoubtedly contribute towards even greater passenger comfort and productivity." Air Independence, a leading business aviation services company in Europe, currently operates two Challenger 604 jets and one Challenger 800 aircraft. The Challenger 605 aircraft, featuring a restyled interior, new top-of-the-line avionics suite and an increased payload capacity, will join the Air Independence fleet upon entry into service.
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Lufthansa Airlines is performing in-service evaluation of Goodrich laptop docking station Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) on an Airbus A340 aircraft. "The laptop docking station EFB is one of several systems in our portfolio of Electronic Flight Bag solutions and we're very excited that Lufthansa Airlines stands to be our launch customer for the Laptop Docking Station system line," said Jan Mathiesen, Vice President, Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems. "Our on-going commitment to innovation is key in developing solutions to meet our airline customers' increasing need to use laptop computers in the flight deck. Laptop docking station EFB systems give airlines greater flexibility in implementing newer, faster computing platforms into their operations as computing speed and memory performance increase," he added. The Goodrich laptop docking station EFB is designed specifically for the aircraft environment and includes two sunlight-readable, high-resolution, touch screen displays, two laptop docking stations and an installation kit. The system allows the flight crew to use laptop computers through the EFB display for applications during all phases of flight. EFB laptop docking stations provide certified aircraft power, ARINC 429 communication, and Ethernet and USB interfaces between aircraft systems and the laptop computers. They also provide a high resolution video output signal to the EFB display. The laptop docking station EFB complements the traditional Class 2 and Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag systems that Goodrich produces which use avionics-grade removable, or fixed installation, platforms.
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MALAT, a Division of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), lifts up the veil from its largest Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) yet, the Heron TP Medium Altitude Long Endurance MALE UAV Platform. The Heron TP sets a new standard in mission envelope, payload capability, versatility and system reliability. Heritage of more than 350,000 UAV flight hours, 30 years of operational experience and 34 customers were implemented in the design and the development of the Heron TP. "The new Heron TP incorporates front end technologies to meet the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) operational needs" says Mr. Itzhak Nissan, IAI's president & CEO. Designed as a Multi-payload, Multi-mission platform to answer the requirements of the Israeli Air Force, the HERON TP presents a versatile, robust, "all weather "capability. "The Heron TP is a breakthrough in the field of Unmanned Air Vehicles and will execute a large variety of operational missions" said senior officer of the Israeli Air Force. The HERON TP, as suggested by its name, is powered by a powerful 1,200 hp Turbo-Prop engine, offering an operational altitude above commercial traffic of 45,000 ft with full mission payload. The Max Take off weight is 4650 Kg, wing span of 26 meter, and it can loiter for 36 hours. The Heron TP keeps the twin boom principle offering a large internal volume available for payloads, with a typical mission payload weight of 1,000 kg and high flexibility to change payloads /missions.  
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EADS has delivered the first of four German Air Force A310 Multi-Role Tanker Transports (MRTT) outfitted and certified with a new military mission avionics package. This milestone helps clear the way for the A310 MRTTs' allocation to the NATO Reaction Forces, where the aircraft will support a full range of aerial refueling and transport needs for Germany and NATO allies. It follows EADS' delivery of the first of two similarly-equipped A310 multi-role airlifters to the Canadian Forces.  
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easyJet has become the first airline to outline the environmental requirements that must be met by the next generation of short-haul super-clean aircraft; and unveiled its design of what such an aircraft could look like for operation by 2015. Dubbed the "easyJet ecoJet", the aircraft would need to be 25% quieter and would emit 50% less CO2 and 75% less NOx than today's newest aircraft (the 737 and A320 families of aircraft). The aircraft will incorporate the latest research by airframe and engine manufacturers around the world – all of which can be incorporated into an aircraft that should be in operation by 2015. The projection for the 50% CO2 reduction is based on the findings from the latest research by the industry leaders and will come from the engines (25%), the lightweight airframe (15%) and from improvements to air traffic control technology and design (10%). In easyJet's current configuration and operation, the projection for the eco-liner would generate less than 47g of CO2 per passenger km. For comparison, easyJet's current operations generate 97.5g of CO2 per passenger km, the Toyota Prius emits 104g of CO2 per kilometre; and the European car industry has recently been given a target to achieve 130g of CO2 per kilometre. The design will contain a number of key features to make it radically more environmentally efficient: Rear-mounted "open-rotor" engines offer unrivalled environmental performance for short-haul flying due to their higher propulsive efficiency. However, there are significant difficulties in fixing such a large engine under a wing of a narrow-body aircraft, making rear-mounting of the engines the optimum solution. A lower design cruise speed to reduce drag and a shorter design range to reduce weight. Noise reductions are expected to come from a gear box between the engine and the open-rotor blades keeping them subsonic during take-off and landing, the use of the rear empennage to shield the ground from engine noise, and airframe improvements (such as no slats on the front of the wing). The airframe will be made of advanced weight-reducing materials similar to those used in current projects like the Boeing 787, which itself is estimated to be 27% more fuel efficient than the aircraft it will replace in many fleets
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easyJet, Europe's leading low-fares airline, today announced the addition of two new countries to its network this autumn – Austria and Romania, taking the total number of countries easyJet operates from, to 22. The new daily service between London Luton and Vienna commences on 29 October and is the first time the airline has entered the Austria market, which is expected to be particularly popular as a year round city break destination as well as a ski gateway in the winter. Flights are available from as little as £22.99 one way.
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With the successful first flight of the new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Sharc, EADS Defence & Security (DS) has launched the flight test campaign for this innovative unmanned helicopter. During the first flight, the unmanned coaxial dual-rotor 200 kg class helicopter – which is being tested by the Military Air Systems unit of DS – demonstrated stability and impressive flight characteristics. Through this UAV demonstrator – roughly 250 cm long, 70 cm wide and 120 cm high – EADS has extended its range of high-performance UAVs. With a maximum take-off weight of 190 kg, the system can accommodate 60 kg of mission equipment in its payload compartments. Sharc is equipped with a redundant flight control unit, a laser altimeter and also control and data links. Sharc has been designed as an unmanned aerial vehicle without hydraulic components, the rotors being controlled by means of electrical actuators. "The innovativeness of this demonstrator in all its details provides emphatic evidence of the leading position that EADS Defence & Security occupies in the field of high-performance unmanned aerial vehicles within Europe," stated Stefan Zoller, member of the EADS Executive Committee for Defence & Security, in reaction to the successful first flight. The modular design of the avionics facilitates the integration of a whole range of different mission equipment. Tests on electro-optical and infrared sensors are part of the overall flight campaign. In addition, Sharc can also accommodate a compact synthetic aperture radar (SAR) system.
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The first aircraft of the new generation A330 MRTT successfully performed its first flight at the conversion centre of EADS CASA in Getafe near Madrid. The aircraft performed a 180 minutes flight going through a planned se-ries of tests. This new MRTT is now ready to fly to the Le Bourget Airshow in Paris where it will be presented for the first time to the public and the international press. Miguel Morell Fuentes, Head of the A330 MRTT program at EADS CASA commented: "This is a significant milestone and provides confidence that we are progressing to schedule for delivery of the first new tankers in 2009. This aircraft is the first A330 MRTT to be delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force as part of the contract signed on December 20, 2004, between EADS CASA and the Commonwealth of Australia. The Royal Australian Air Force A330 MRTT is outfitted with a state-of-the-art centerline ARBS (Air Refueling Boom System) with fly-by-wire controls, plus two under-wing hose and drogue pods. In addition, the aircraft will carry an electronic warfare suite that protects against surface-to-air missile threats, along with a Link 16 network system that provides real-time air-borne connectivity.
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It was announced that the Marine Corps' MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft achieved initial operational capability, (IOC), meaning that both the aircraft and the first combat squadron, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 (VMM-263) are ready for expeditionary operations. IOC is considered the final major milestone for any defense acquisition program prior to fielding. Last month Gen. James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps, announced that the squadron is scheduled to deploy to Iraq in September with ten MV-22s. While there, Ospreys will be used for medium assault support missions ranging from troop transport and resupply to casualty evacuation. The MV-22 will eventually replace all CH-46E helicopters for the Marine Corps.
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A concept model of TAI's indigenous design Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) will be displayed at TAI's stand Hall: 1 Stand: C6 during the 47th International Paris Air Show that will be held between 18-24 June 2007. The Turkish Indigenous MALE UAV (TIHA), was designed indigenously by TAI in order to meet the reconnaissance requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces. The Turkish Indigenous MALE UAV (TIHA) system will consist of air vehicles (A/V), Ground Control Station (GCS), Ground Data Terminal (GDT), Automatic Take-off and Landing System (ATOLS), Transportable Image Exploitation System (TIES), Remote Video Terminal (RVT) and various Ground Support Equipment (GSE). The basic concept of operation of the TIHA system is: Air Vehicle (A/V), Ground Control Station (GCS), Ground Data Terminal (GDT), Automatic Take-off and Landing System (ATOLS), Transportable Image Exploitation Station (TIES) and Remote Video Terminal (RVT). The TIHA system, which is designed for night and day missions including adverse weather conditions, performs real time image intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, moving/stationery target detection, recognition, identification and tracking missions.

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