18.05.2009
FLUG REVUE

News Update 18 May 2009 - News in Brief

Our weekly news roundup from around the aerospace industry.

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The Airbus A330-200's payload/range capabilities will be further improved with the twin-engine jetliner's 5 metric tonne increase in maximum takeoff weight. This enhancement was achieved without changing the aircraft's acoustic category or runway loading - meaning the improved A330-200 will be able to use existing runways and airport take-off slots without penalty. New-build A330-200s will have the option of an extra 3.4 tonnes of payload or additional 330 nautical miles of range beginning in August 2010, and a retrofit package for post-February 2004 aircraft will be available from November 2010. For the retrofit, upgrading in-service aircraft should only take a few days for airlines to complete. The increased range and payload will make A330-200s more productive, and also provide the opportunity to open up new markets. Boosting the jetliner's payload represents significant potential revenue increases on routes flown today, while the extra range will allow carriers to expand their networks. With its additional reach of 330 nautical miles, the A330-200 can help open up routes such as South America to northwest Europe, and China to the west coast of the United States - along with many others around the world.
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Despite the economic and financial crisis, which has considerably depressed world air traffic since the end of 2008, Fraport AG realized a profit for the first quarter of 2009: Unadjusted Group revenue fell by 14.4 percent year-on-year to EUR452 million. However, adjusted for consolidation effects, revenue decline was only 1.5 percent. EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) dropped by 13.5 percent below the previous year's level to EUR99.8 million. Group profit reached EUR22.3 million in the first three months of 2009, down 25.4 percent from the previous year's level. The Fraport Group expects to be in the black also for the full year 2009. In the January-to-March 2009 period, approximately 14 million passengers used the Fraport Group's six majority-owned airports, 7.1 percent less than in the same period of 2008. Cargo tonnage fell by 23.2 percent to nearly 451,000 metric tons. The total number of passengers served by the Fraport Group's airports (including minority-owned airports and airports under management contract) slipped by 4.1 percent year-on-year to approximately 27.4 million and total cargo throughput slid by 18.1 percent to 657,300 metric tons. With 10.9 million passengers, Frankfurt Airport welcomed 10.9 percent fewer passengers in the January-to-March 2009 period than in the previous year and registered a 23.3 percent drop in airfreight and airmail to 407,000 metric tons of cargo.
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Gulfstream Aerospace recently completed testing on its first all-composite structural wing assembly.  The testing took place in the structural test hangar at Gulfstream headquarters in Savannah. The structural wing assembly, also known as a wing box, includes the wing's spars, ribs, stiffeners and skins.  The all-composite device was manufactured at the new Gulfstream Research and Development Center (RDC) II Laboratory Building by the company's Advanced Composites group.  It was used to develop both design and analysis systems and to calibrate these systems once testing was completed.  The RDC II Laboratory Building was officially opened on Aug. 22, 2008. Gulfstream engineers and technicians were involved in the design, development, manufacturing and testing of the wing assembly. The 18-foot structural wing assembly, which weighs 465 pounds, is similar in size and shape to the outboard section of the Gulfstream G650 aircraft with a 35 percent weight reduction. It is the biggest section of a wing that could fit in the RDC II Laboratory's autoclave, a high-pressurized oven used to cure composites.
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Aviation Partners confirmed that both the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) granted Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for its High Mach Blended Winglets on the Falcon 2000 Series. Certification of the Winglets represents the culmination of a three-year development program and exhaustive flight testing carried out in collaboration with Dassault Falcon Jet; a working relationship first announced at EBACE in 2007 at the launch of the 2000LX (the 2000LX is the 2000EX EASy with API Blended Winglet STC installed in production). The Winglets for the Falcon 2000 Series are "High Mach" Blended Winglets - this revolutionary new-design is optimized for cruise speeds of Mach .80 and higher. On the 2000EX the Winglets will provide a drag reduction of 5 percent at Mach .80, which equates to a 200+ nm range increase; at long-range cruise speeds the benefits are even greater. In addition the 5 to 7+ percent fuel savings provide a significant reduction in emissions.
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Rockwell Collins announced that flight testing is underway for its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system. The flights are taking place on Rockwell Collins' test airplane. "The successful Pro Line Fusion flight tests mark an exciting step forward in delivering a truly innovative system that scales new aircraft platforms from business to commercial airline jets," said Greg Irmen, vice president and general manager of Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins. "And while the current economic environment has its challenges, we are fully committed and looking forward to delivering this important next-generation avionics solution to our customers." Since Rockwell Collins first introduced Pro Line Fusion in November 2007, it has been selected for a broad range of business and regional aircraft including: Bombardier Global Express XRS/Bombardier Global 5000 ; Bombardier Lear 85; Bombardier C-Series; Embraer Legacy 450/500; Gulfstream G250; Mitsubishi Regional Jet.
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AAI Corporation announced that its Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TUAS) have exceeded 400,000 flight hours. In service with the U.S. Army, Army National Guard and Marine Corps, more than 90 percent of Shadow systems' operational hours have been in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Shadow initiatives that got underway in 2008 are making major strides in 2009. A laser designation capability, which was tested successfully in late 2008, has been fielded on a limited number of Shadow aircraft. After these prototypes are proven, production units are expected to be fielded starting later this year. In addition, a new wing design is planned for the Shadow aircraft that increases its wingspan to 20 feet, improving payload capacity and endurance while adding hard points under each wing for external stores. Retrofit kits to equip Shadow aircraft with the new wing are expected to be fielded starting in late 2009.
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At EBACE, Dassault Falcon unveiled a new cabin interior design for the 5,950 nm Falcon 7X. The program is the result of a collaborative effort between Dassault and DesignworksUSA, a global design consultancy and subsidiary of BMW Group. Falcon 7X s/n 44, which is presented on the Dassault static display at Geneva Airport, was used in the development of this new interior which will be available as an option for deliveries starting in the first quarter of 2011. The Falcon 7X has the longest range of any Falcon business jet. Special attention was given to enhancing its cabin comfort for flights lasting up to 13 hours. Since its entry into service in 2007, the 7X cabin has set a new standard for business jets. It presents a large and bright cabin with 28 windows which are 10% bigger than previous Falcons. It also features a low in flight cabin altitude of 6,000 feet, even while flying at 51,000 feet, and an advanced temperature control system that maintains the environment to within one degree throughout the entire cabin. The 7X is also praised by its passengers for its "library quiet" cabin which is the result of breakthroughs in design, materials and cushioned engine mounts.
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Cessna has delivered two Citation XLS+ business jets to Lufthansa, the first deliveries of the model to a European customer. The aircraft have entered service alongside two Citation CJ3s and one CJ1+ in the Lufthansa Private Jet fleet, which provides point-to-point flights among 1,000 destinations in Europe and Russia. The Private Jet service also offers customers of Lufthansa and SWISS International Air Lines long-haul flights exclusive, seamless travel to onward regional airports. Three further CJ1+ aircraft are scheduled for delivery to Lufthansa later this year. Two will join the Lufthansa Private Jet fleet, while the other is to be used within Lufthansa's pilot training program.
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Cessna will this month deliver to ACR Aero-Charter Airlines the first Ukrainian-registered Citation business jet, a CJ3. This is the first of four Citations ordered by ACR, with a second CJ3 joining its fleet in July, and a further CJ3 and an XLS+ scheduled for delivery in 2010. Based in Kiev, ACR is one of Ukraine's leading air charter businesses. Founded in 1997, the company operates a diverse fleet of business jets and has selected the Citation family as ideal for its future fleet expansion plans.
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On 11th of May 2009 Lufthansa Technik Switzerland has opened its new VIP cabin interior facility, directly adjoining the company's aircraft maintenance hangar. About four million Swiss Francs have been invested in this state-of-the-art cabin interior shop, which will be used for cabin refurbishment and modification of VIP aircraft types such as Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) and Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ). Within only four months the new 3,500 square meters building has been built up at the Basel site. "Thanks to the excellent support of the local building companies we were able to meet the project's ambitious time frame” said Rainer Lindau, Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa Technik Switzerland, at the formal opening ceremony on Monday. The new VIP Cabin Services team will consist of 30 highly-qualified technicians. Many of them have already been trained on the job at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg.
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Lufthansa Technik is not expecting any significant decline in the demand for completions of large private and government jets. “Interest in customized completions of large aircraft to the highest level of quality continues to be high,” said Walter Heerdt, Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales of Lufthansa Technik, at EBACE, the biggest business aircraft trade show in Europe, on 11 May in Geneva. The Hamburg-based completion operation continued to enjoy good utilization, he said, and had only a few remaining layover slots to offer over the next four years. Lufthansa Technik's Hamburg base is due to equip and deliver two Airbus A330 aircraft and two Airbus A340's just between now and 2011. Although the delivery dates have not yet been confirmed, another two preliminary contracts have been signed for the Boeing 787 and two for the Boeing 747-8. According to Heerdt, the company has not yet had any large VIP aircraft completions cancelled, and is in discussions with additional customers.
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Rolls-Royce has signed a £75 million MissionCare contract with the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) to support the Adour engines which power its fleet of Hawk aircraft. The five-year contract covers the overhaul of the fleet of 26 Adour Mk871 engines, an annual training programme for RMAF engineers and the calibration, maintenance and re-certification of the Adour test bed located at the Kuantan Air Base. The RMAF will also be supported by an in-country technical representative and have access to the Rolls-Royce Operations Centre for 24/7 technical support.
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The Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic has signed an agreement for the acquisition of four C-295 military transport aircraft from Airbus Military. The agreement extends to logistical support. These aircraft will replace the former fleet of Antonov An-26 aircraft. The first aircraft will be delivered at the end of 2009 and the last before the end of 2010. With these four aircraft, the order book for C-295 aircraft totals 72 units. This model is owned by nations such as Poland, Finland, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, Jordan and Spain, among others.
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Northrop Grumman delivered the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77). It is the 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and was constructed by the company's Shipbuilding sector in Newport News, Va. USS George H.W. Bush is the nation's 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier constructed by shipbuilders at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding's shipyard in Newport News, Va. At 1,092 feet in length, USS George H. W. Bush is nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall. It weighs 97,000 tons, can carry more than 80 combat aircraft and its top speed exceeds 30 knots. Powered with two nuclear reactors, it will operate for more than 20 years without refueling.
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328 Support Services GmbH has selected EMTEQ as a partner for completion of several Dornier 328 aircraft for VIP operations. EMTEQ will provide a variety of products and services including the all digital SkyPro Cabin Management / In-flight Productivity and Entertainment System, LED interior and exterior lighting, integration engineering support, and FAA certification services. All completion work will be carried out at 328 Support Services' state-of-the-art hangar facilities in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. The first aircraft to feature the IFE / CMS package will be MSN 3209, destined for Aviando Services during the fourth quarter 2009.
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AgustaWestland announced that it has been awarded a contract for sixteen ICH-47F Chinook helicopters plus four options for the Italian Army by the General Directorate of Air Armaments (ARMAEREO). The contract value is approximately € 900 million and includes a five year logistic support service. The delivery of the first aircraft is planned for 2013 with final deliveries in 2017. The ICH-47Fs will be operated by the Italian Army Aviation 1st Regiment “Antares” based in Viterbo and will replace the 40 CH-47C Chinooks that have been in service since 1973. AgustaWestland and the Boeing Company signed an industrial agreement for the joint manufacture of the ICH-47F (as this latest version of the Chinook for the Italian Army has been designated) in July 2008. Under the agreement AgustaWestland, the prime contractor for the Italian Army programme, is responsible for systems integration, final assembly and aircraft delivery to the customer. The AgustaWestland-Boeing industrial agreement also includes a licensing arrangement that enables AgustaWestland to market, sell and produce the Boeing CH-47F Chinook to the United Kingdom, other European countries and several countries in the Mediterranean region.
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Pratt & Whitney Canada Customer Service Centre Europe GmbH, a joint-venture between Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and MTU Maintenance, has appointed Aero-Dienst GmbH & Co. KG of Nuremberg, Germany, as a Recognized Maintenance Facility to provide maintenance support for PT6A, JT15D and PW300 series engines. “In complement to P&WC's Amsterdam parts distribution centre, which increased parts availability in the region and reduced delivery time by over 50 per cent, we are continuing to build on our global customer support in Europe with the welcome addition of Aero-Dienst as a Recognized Maintenance Facility,” said Geoffrey Corbeil, General Manager of P&WC CSC Europe GmbH. As an internationally approved maintenance organization according to EASA/FAR Part-145, Aero-Dienst serves customers from all over Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the U.S. and Southeast Asia in hangars at Nuremberg Airport in Germany.
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Alliant Techsystems , the U.S. Navy, and the Italian Air Force successfully fired an AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake on April 13, 2009. The firing marks the fifth consecutive successful AARGM live fire in the program's System Development and Demonstration (SD&D) phase and continues AARGM's progression toward Independent Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) commencing summer 2009. ATK began work on the AARGM program SD&D contract in June 2003 and the program remains on-schedule to enter service with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in 2010. The AARGM was fired from a U.S. Navy FA-18C Hornet in a scenario designed to test the missile's ability to identify, locate, track and prioritize multiple emitter targets in-flight; and its ability to function against shut-down emitter tactics. During the missile flight profile, the AARGM identified and distinguished a pop-up priority emitter target from other secondary targets and altered its guidance. Then the AARGM's unique capability to overcome emitter shut-down tactics was tested by terminating the priority target's emissions. In response to the emitter shut-down, AARGM utilized its GPS/INS navigation to continue guidance to the primary target location. In the terminal flight phase, the missile employed active Millimeter Wave (MMW) radar to locate and guide on the primary target. During the final seconds of missile flight, the AARGM transmitted a Weapon Impact Assessment (WIA) message reporting weapon information to support Battle Damage Assessment (BDA). The missile then directly impacted the target.
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The second half of 2009 will be filled with significant certification testing milestones for the GE Honda Aero Engines' HF120 engine. "The majority of the hardware for the first HF120 development engine has arrived, and engine assembly will begin by June at GE's Lynn, Massachusetts, facility," said Bill Dwyer, president of GE Honda Aero Engines. "The first engine to test will occur by mid-summer, and testing will continue into 2010." A total of 13 HF120 development engines will take part in the certification testing at seven locations in the U.S., Canada and Japan. Tests will include altitude fan blade out, crosswind, stress and endurance testing. GE Honda also plans to test the engine on a flying testbed before flying on the customer certification aircraft. By entry into service, the HF120 is expected to have accumulated more than 15,000 cycles of ground and flight testing.
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Honeywell announced that installation is complete for its SmartPath Precision Landing System at Bremen Airport in Germany. Honeywell's technology is a ground-based augmentation system that supports precision approach and landings using Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite data and transmits digital guidance signals to aircraft systems. “The flexibility of Honeywell's SmartPath system allows for multiple approach paths, enabling airports to increase capacity without expensive runway expansions,” said TK Kallenbach, Honeywell Aerospace Vice President, Marketing and Program Management. “The precise approach path can allow airports to reduce noise in surrounding communities while operators save fuel and lower emissions.” Installation of the SmartPath system in Bremen is done under a contract with DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German ANS Provider. The SmartPath system in Bremen provides differential GPS corrections to be used to supplement the Instrument Landing System (ILS) at the airport. Currently, aircraft use ILS, an older technology with technical limitations that impact flight path flexibility and airport throughput. ILS is also susceptible to signal interference by weather and obstacles. This can result in significant disruptions to airport traffic and cause delays. Replacing ILS with GBAS technology has been identified in the FAA's NextGen and Eurocontrol's SESAR programs as critical enablers for improving air traffic capacity.
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Honeywell announced that it has delivered its 500th HTF7000. The HTF7000 engine fleet recently passed the 500,000 fleet-hour milestone. HTF7000 engines are demonstrating an industry leading 99.96% dispatch reliability, a reliability mark unequaled for entry into service for small turbofan engines. “We continue development of new technologies making derivative HTF7000 engines even better values for future aircraft applications like Gulfstream and Embraer,” said Rob Wilson, President, Business Aviation, Honeywell Aerospace. “A new low-emissions, effusion-cooled combustor has successfully completed rig testing and will begin engine testing later this month and will continue through the summer.” “This new combustor is configured to be a “drop in” replacement for fielded engines,” said Ben Driggs, Vice President, Marketing, Propulsion Engines. “Later this summer, we will begin biofuel testing on our Tech7000 propulsion engine and on our APUs,” Driggs said.
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POLET AIRLINES being an important player in the heavy and outsize cargo niche is entering international regular cargo transportation market. To achieve this goal Polet Airlines has leased three IL-96-400Ò aircraft from Ilyushin Finance Co. to bring them into commercial operation by autumn 2009. Furthermore, the aircraft fleet will be extended by acquisition of three additional IL-96-400Ò aircraft in 2010-2011. The wide body IL-96-400T is the first cargo aircraft of this type, manufactured in Russia. Its launch into operation means a lot to the industry. The declared characteristics such as fuel efficiency, payload factor, cargo compartment volume make it an attractive product in most market segments. In particular, fuel consumption by IL-96-400T is some 30% lower than by Boeing-747-400F. Cargo hold volume is over 770 cbm. Bringing the first three aircraft into commercial operation from 2009, with present market activity, the company is expecting to reach positive results by 2011. It is planned to operate flights serving the key hubs at different world regions including Europe. A special emphasis is placed on Munich Airport, which was selected as the main operational base in Europe.
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AgustaWestland announced at the ITEC 2009 exhibition the launch of a Helicopter Tactics Training Programme for military helicopter crews to help them prepare for deployed multi-national operations, especially in conflict zones where risks can be significantly reduced by pre-deployment tactics training. The AgustaWestland Helicopter Tactics Training Programme is designed to train crews in how to best deal with threats present in current operational theatres and conflict zones, and improving the ability of crews to achieve their missions while reducing risk to aircraft and personnel. The training programme builds on initial work already carried out for the European Defence Agency and is supported by instructors with recent experience of deployed multi-national operations. John Ponsonby, Senior Vice President Training, AgustaWestland speaking at ITEC said “With the growing demand for helicopters from many nations to support multi-national forces on deployed operations we believe the training we can deliver will bring major benefits to the safety and capabilities of these crews in theatre. There are many nations whose helicopter crews do not have the experience of operating in high threat environments or as part of a large multi-national force that will benefit significantly from our low cost Helicopter Tactics Training Programme.”
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Arriving from a non-stop flight from the Boeing plant in Seattle, USA, the first of eight brand-new AeroLogic Boeing 777 freighters landed at Leipzig/Halle Airport , at 3:24 pm. Following its landing the aircraft was “baptised” by the airport's fire brigade. The aircraft, which carries the registration letters D-AALA is the first Boeing 777 freighter aircraft registered in Germany. The second aircraft is scheduled to follow in July 2009, numbers three and four are expected in December 2009. By the end of 2010, the AeroLogic fleet will grow to a total of eight Boeing 777Fs.
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Raytheon has received a $19.8 million contract for continued production of its ALE-50 line of towed decoys. The award by the U.S. Air Force Warner Robins Air Logistics Center represents the 13th production lot of ALE-50 decoys, which are used by the Navy as well as the Air Force. The contract calls for 807 decoys for the Air Force to be delivered through April 2011. Towed decoy systems enhance aircraft survivability by acting as preferential targets for many types of missiles. Raytheon's ALE-50 system has played a key role in aircraft self-protection for several military conflicts and currently equips F-16, B-1B and F/A-18 aircraft.
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Mission specialists John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel completed STS-125's first spacewalk Thursday at 4:12 p.m. EDT. During the 7-hour, 20-minute excursion, the pair removed the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 and replaced it with a new wide-field camera. The new camera will allow the telescope to take large-scale, clear and detailed photos over a wide range of colors. The spacewalkers then replaced the Science Instrument Command and Data Handling Unit. The computer sends commands to Hubble's science instruments and formats science data for transmission to the ground. Feustel and Grunsfeld also installed a soft capture mechanism, which will allow future vehicles to attach to the telescope. Finally, the spacewalkers installed a combination of locks and latches that will allow for faster opening and closing of the telescope doors during the third spacewalk.
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CAE reported financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009. Earnings from continuing operations for the year were $200.5 million ($0.79 per share) compared to $164.8 million ($0.65 per share) last year. All financial information is in Canadian dollars. Consolidated revenue for the year was $1.66 billion, compared to $1.42 billion in 2008. Net earnings, including the impact of discontinued operations, were $51.3 million in the fourth quarter and $199.4 million for the year. “CAE delivered a strong performance this past fiscal year because we successfully executed our diversification strategy and maintained our financial discipline,” said Robert E. Brown, CAE's President and Chief Executive Officer. “The impact of the aerospace market downturn to date has been mitigated by our geographic diversification, our backlog of civil orders from the past few years, and from the portion of our business that is defence related. For the first time in our history, military orders exceeded $1 billion. During the past five years we have been unrelenting in our pursuit of diversification, innovation and productivity. We have made good progress and succeeded to overcome a number of major challenges. Aerospace companies are facing extraordinary challenges and CAE is being tested as well. Our military business has never been stronger but we expect civil orders to decline in the current context. As a result, we are taking exceptional actions which will be concentrated in two phases – the first of which is already underway. Overall, we will be laying off 700 of our 7,000 employees, which represents 10 percent of our workforce: 380 in the coming weeks and the balance in the fall.
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Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) announced today at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) the signing of contracts with four customers for customized pilot training at the Dubai centre. The training programs will include simulator training, enhanced classroom-based training and crew resource management (CRM) for Hawker and Gulfstream aircraft platforms. International JetClub has signed a three-year contract with CAE to provide part of the recurrent pilot training for its Gulfstream 450 and Gulfstream 550 aircraft. International JetClub, based in the United Kingdom, manages and operates a fleet of aircraft on a global basis. It specializes in providing advice, management and sales solutions for private individuals and companies who own or wish to own an aircraft.
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Boeing sees significant opportunities to partner with Greek businesses, Boeing officials told more than 15 Greek aerospace and defense companies today at a Boeing-hosted supplier conference in Athens. The event gave Boeing and its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet industry partners the opportunity to learn more about the capabilities of the Greek aerospace and defense industry, and identify projects in support of the industrial participation program tied to Greece's next-generation fighter aircraft competition, for which the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a contender. "Greece and Boeing have a history of partnership and collaboration that extends over more than three decades," said Gwen Kopsie, director of International Industrial Participation and Alliances for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. "Boeing commercial and military products have been well represented in Greece for many years, finding a home in a wide range of civil and defense applications. As an enduring partner, we are committed to ensuring that Greek industry, too, is well represented among our global supplier base."
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In the skies over St. Augustine, Fla., Northrop Grumman's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye System Development and Demonstration program aircraft recently reached its 1,000th hour of flight testing. The aircraft, currently in flight testing at Northrop Grumman's East Coast Manufacturing and Flight Test Center, continues to successfully meet, or exceed, all major program and performance milestones. "This is a significant milestone for Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy, and it is a testament to our company's continued commitment to strong program performance and to meeting our contractual obligations to our customers," said Tom Vice, sector vice president of the Battle Management and Engagement Systems Division for the company's Aerospace Systems sector. "We know the value that the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye will bring to our carrier fleets. It is the next generation of force protection for those in our Navy who lead our global force projection on the open seas."
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From July 2009, QUOVADIS, a new 100 percent subsidiary of Airbus, based in Toulouse, will sell and provide 'Required Navigation Performance' (RNP) services to authorities, airlines and airports, ranging from RNP procedures design, testing and flight operations packaging, to RNP training. To support QUOVADIS, Airbus has signed a cooperation agreement for RNP procedure design with the French Civil Aviation University (ENAC) in Toulouse, and CGx AERO in SYS, a specialist in aeronautical and geographic information systems based in Castres, France. "Airbus has been very committed to this new technology over the last few years with a very positive outcome, and the launch of QUOVADIS is evidence of Airbus' commitment to develop further and provide new services which bring value to aircraft operators," said Charles Champion, Executive Vice president, Customer Services. RNP is a navigation technique, which allows aircraft to fly precisely along a predefined route using state-of-the-art onboard navigation system and Global Positioning System (GPS). RNP improves the efficiency, capacity and environmental performance of the global air transportation system. This navigation technology is the trend of future navigation, recommended by ICAO, and shows significant operational benefits.
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Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL), one of the world's leading satellite operators, announced that it has selected Astrium to deliver its new satellite for 7° West called ATLANTIC BIRD 7. Scheduled for launch in 4th quarter 2011, the satellite will be located at a key neighbourhood for digital broadcasting markets in the Middle East and North Africa, which Eutelsat operates in close collaboration with the Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat. The launch vehicle will be selected by Eutelsat at a later stage. Following the launch and entry into service of ATLANTIC BIRD 7 at 7 deg West, Eutelsat will redeploy the ATLANTIC BIRD 4A satellite currently at this position to the Group's premium broadcasting neighbourhood at 13° East, where it will revert to its original name of HOT BIRD 10. Eutelsat has been operating ATLANTIC BIRD 4A at 7° West since March this year as part of the first phase of boosting broadcasting capacity at this neighbourhood. Over 450 television channels already broadcast from 7° West to an audience of 38 million homes.
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Kazan helicopter plant finishes assembly of the second pre-production model of average multi-purpose helicopter Mi-38. In a series on Mi-38 it will be established new turbo shaft engine of Russian manufacture ÒÂ7-117Â. Till last moment project realization was tightened by company Pratt and Whitney Canada which long time did not start performance of the works provided by the agreement on maintenance of helicopters turbo shaft engines PW 127/TS. "We are compelled to reconsider conditions of mutual relations with Pratt and Whitney Canada," has explained the general director of Open Society" Helicopters of Russia" Andrey Shibitov. "Now we consider an alternative variant of use on Mi-38 of the engine of domestic production ÒÂ7-117Â. Henceforth efforts of Open Society" Helicopters of Russia "will be directed on this variant of the helicopter".
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The 1,743rd flight of a Soyuz launch vehicle was performed on Thursday, May 7, 2009 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 22:37 Moscow time (20:37 Paris time). Arianespace and its Russian partners report that the Progress M-02M cargo spacecraft was accurately placed on the target orbit for another mission to the International Space Station. This was the fourth Soyuz family mission in 2009. With the introduction of Soyuz at the Guiana Space Center (CSG), this famed Russian medium-class launch vehicle will become an integral part of the European launch vehicle fleet, together with the heavy-lift Ariane 5 and the lightweight Vega. To be offered to the commercial market, the Soyuz in French Guiana is Europe's reference medium-class launch vehicle for governmental and commercial missions.
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Aurora Flight Sciences announced that it has successfully flown the SunLight Eagle, a solar-powered unmanned aircraft. The flights took place at the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Test Center operated by the Physical Science Laboratory of New Mexico State University. The SunLight Eagle has a wingspan of 114 feet -- roughly that of a DC-9 jetliner -- yet weighed only 165 pounds at liftoff. "The flight successfully accomplished all of its initial test objectives," said Aurora project manager Robyn Allen. "The first was to collect data on the aircraft's aerodynamic performance, to determine the impact of the solar cells. The second objective was to prove that it is possible to fly large, experimental solar aircraft inside the National Airspace System, as opposed to on a government-restricted range." "NMSU was very pleased with these pathfinder tests," according to Dennis Zaklan, the NMSU Flight Test Center test manager for the SunLight Eagle effort. "The success of the tests at the Las Cruces Airport was due to an outstanding Aurora product, a great team and cooperative planning effort between Aurora, NMSU, and Las Cruces Airport staff which led to the success and also led to an excellent experiential activity for the numerous students that we had involved."
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Northrop Grumman Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), in use with the U.S. Army since 1996, recently surpassed 75,000 flight hours in service, 50,000 of which were flown in combat. The MQ-5B Hunter, which is currently deployed in the Global War on Terrorism, provides warfighters with state-of-the-art reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition (RSTA), communications relay, and weapons delivery. The RQ-5A Hunter was the Army's first fielded UAS. The MQ-5B is the next-generation Hunter, continuing a legacy of service to Army corps, division and brigade warfighters. Flying over the battlefield with its multi-mission optronic payload, the MQ-5B gathers RSTA information in real time and relays it via video link to commanders and soldiers on the ground.
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A US Airways V2500 engine has set a new time on wing record, completing 30,520 flying hours on its first run, IAE International Aero Engines announced.  This is the third time a US Airways engine has surpassed 30,000 hours before being removed for its first scheduled overhaul, and breaks the previous IAE time on wing record, also held by a US Airways engine. The V2500-A5 engine, which was delivered to US Airways in December 2000, installed on an Airbus A319 and had completed nearly 12,000 cycles since new.  Operating primarily out of Phoenix, Arizona with routes within the US as well as both Mexico and Latin America, the new record is a testament to the proven reliability of the V2500's operating standards in hot climates. 
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Mission Specialists Michael Good and Mike Massimino spun up the Hubble Space Telescope with six new gyroscopes and a new battery during a 7-hour, 56-minute spacewalk. Friday's was the eighth longest spacewalk in history. The second of the mission's five spacewalks began at 7:49 a.m. CDT, and by 3:15 p.m. the team had accomplished all of the planned objectives. Those included replacement of all three rate sensing units (RSUs). Each rate sensing unit contains two gyroscopes, which help the telescope point itself. The spacewalkers couldn't get one of the three units into its slot, but they were able to install a spare that was carried on board because of the tight tolerances involved. Good and Massimino removed one of the original battery modules from Bay 2 of the telescope and replaced it with a new unit. The module in Bay 3 is scheduled to be replaced by Mission Specialists John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel on Monday. The batteries provide power to the telescope when it passes into the Earth's shadow and its solar arrays are not exposed to the sun. Ground controllers at the Space Telescope Operations Control Center at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland confirmed that all six gyroscopes and the new battery passed preliminary tests.
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