07.09.2009
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News Update 7 Sepember 2009 - News in Brief

Our weekly news roundup from around the aerospace industry.

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Radio contact with Chandrayaan-I spacecraft was abruptly lost at 0130 Hrs (IST) on August 29, 2009. Deep Space Network at Byalalu near Bangalore received the data from Chandrayaan-I during the previous orbit upto 0025 Hrs (IST). Detailed review of the Telemetry data received from the spacecraft is in progress and health of the spacecraft subsystems is being analysed. It may be recalled that Chandrayaan-I spacecraft was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre Sriharikota on October 22, 2008 .The Spacecraft has completed 312 days in orbit making more than 3400 orbits around the Moon and providing large volume of data from sophisticated sensors like Terrain Mapping Camera, Hyper-spectral Imager, Moon Mineralogy Mapper etc., meeting most of the scientific objectives of the mission
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Goodrich has been awarded a contract by the Defense Logistics Agency - Ogden to provide new carbon brakes and boltless wheels for the Air Force's fleet of C-130 transport aircraft. The selection is expected to generate up to $400 million in revenue over the life of the program, including original equipment and aftermarket sales for U.S. and international customers. The contract covers qualification activities as well as flight test and retrofit equipment. The equipment will be provided by Goodrich's Aircraft Wheels and Brakes business.
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A new study by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) provides fresh insights about the aviation maintenance (MRO) industry's economic footprint and impact on the U.S. economy. ARSA is an international trade association representing MRO companies. The report prepared by AeroStrategy, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based management consultancy, determined that spending in the global MRO market exceeded $50 billion in 2008, with North America (the U.S. and Canada) accounting for $19.4 billion of the total. When induced and related economic effects are considered, the MRO industry's impact on the U.S. economy is $39 billion per year. AeroStrategy found that North America is a major net exporter of aviation maintenance services, enjoying a $2.4 billion positive balance of trade in this arena. While North America is a slight net importer of heavy airframe maintenance services, it has $1.4 billion and $1.2 billion trade surpluses in the engine overhaul and component maintenance services markets, respectively. The U.S. competitive advantage in these two areas has important economic benefits because one dollar of spending on airframe heavy maintenance generates just $1.38 in additional economic activity, while a dollar spent on engine overhaul and component maintenance services generates $1.85 and $1.67, respectively.
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Cessna announced that Atlas Air Service AG, its Citation Authorized Sales Representative in Germany, opened a Citation Service Center at Bremen Airport (BRE/EDDW). The EUR10.5m ($14.8m) facility, which took a year to build, is one of the largest Authorized Citation Service Centers in Europe and will help meet the needs of the region's ever-growing Citation fleet. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Michael Laux, managing director at Atlas, said: "Our investment underlines our commitment to taking care of customers throughout the lifetime of their aircraft. Given the rapid growth of Europe's Citation fleet, this facility is three times larger than our former Bremen service center. We can now accommodate up to 12 Citations simultaneously in an advanced, 4,000-square meter facility (43,000 square feet) that also includes office space, a representative sales office and an automated, computer-controlled spare parts facility with twice the capacity of its predecessor.
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JetBlue Airways and Lufthansa have signed a codeshare agreement under which JetBlue would be allowed to place the Lufthansa code (LH) on JetBlue flights. Initially, the airlines plan to offer connecting service between 12 JetBlue destinations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and Lufthansa's network of 180 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The agreement was filed today for authorization from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Once a statement of authorization is issued by the DOT, Lufthansa and JetBlue plan to offer convenient connections between the airlines' networks, beginning first with the following U.S. Cities: Austin, Texas; Buffalo, N.Y.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Myers, Fla.; New Orleans; Pittsburgh; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; Rochester, N.Y.; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Syracuse, N.Y.; Tampa, Fla.; West Palm Beach, Fla.
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United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates visited Lockheed Martin's final assembly operation for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter today, conveying optimism for the program's future and emphasizing the F-35's importance to global security. “We cannot afford as a nation not to have this airplane,” Gates said at a news conference following a tour of the factory where the F-35 is assembled. “I was very impressed by what I saw this morning – by the investments that have been made in the production line, the robotics and automation. I'm heartened by what I've seen … but especially by the commitment of the people involved in putting this airplane together.”
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Vector Aerospace announced its Helicopter Services Rolls-Royce 250 model engine repair facility located in Lewisville, Texas is consolidating with the Vector Engine Services-Atlantic Pratt & Whitney Canada engine repair station in Southlake, Texas to create a combined engine repair operation.  From Southlake, Vector Aerospace will offer repair station support for the Rolls-Royce model 250 and the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A, JT15D and PW100 engines.
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Aero Vodochody announced organizational changes based on new long-term strategy regarding the further development of the Company: Mr. Ladislav Simek was appointed new President of the Company; former President Igor Hulak is leaving.  Previously, Ladislav Simek has held the positions of Vice President Strategy and Strategic Programs of Aero Vodochody and of Technometra Radotin CEO (landing gear manufacturer, member of the Aero Group). „We decided to strengthen our focus on the production development, mainly in the aero-structures area. I would like to thank Igor Hulak for the job he has done here in Aero and I am wishing all the best to Ladislav Simek in his new role,” says Zdenek Kubat, investment director of Penta Investments, the shareholder of Aero Vodochody. „The strategic aim of Aero is to become preferred partner in prestigious projects of leading aerospace manufacturers, participate on risk-sharing projects and offer flexible services and advanced products in the global aerospace and defense industry. My priority now will be to follow the direction that Igor has introduced in Aero: lean management and cost effectiveness, further enlargement of the cooperation with our customers and new businesses development,” says Ladislav Simek, new President of Aero Vodochody. 
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QinetiQ announced that it has signed a £23m contract with EADS Astrium for the supply of the solar-electric propulsion system for European Space Agency's (ESA's) BepiColombo spacecraft mission to the planet Mercury. BepiColombo, due to launch in 2014, is Europe's first mission to Mercury – the inner most planet of the solar system where temperatures can reach 470 °C. Because Mercury is so close to the Sun, the mission presents ESA with a range of daunting technical challenges. Not only is solar radiation ten times stronger on Mercury, but it also takes six years to get to there and requires a large amount of energy to brake the spacecraft against the Sun's gravitational pull."Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun, making it hard to get to, so an advanced electric propulsion system is an essential part of meeting the technical challenge," said Prof. David Southwood, ESA's Director of Science and Robotic Exploration. "However the goal of the mission is very important – Mercury has regularly confounded planetary scientists with its exceptional properties and that makes it a grand scientific challenge."
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In the charter segment, DC Aviation again operated as many flights in July this year as it did in the same month last year. As a result, the number of flights is running at its level before the start of the economic crisis. In July of this year alone, the number of charter flights increased by almost a third in comparison with the previous month. Steffen Fries, CEO of DC Aviation: “Business aviation was one of the first industries in which the financial and economic crisis made itself felt. We were already operating fewer flights in September 2008. There has now been a positive development. Our customers have been returning in the last few weeks and taking advantage of the opportunity to travel with flexibility and time savings. Especially in economically stringent times, it is important for managers to be on location. Furthermore, possible company takeovers are also certainly playing a role in the increase in flying.” The upward trend in demand for charter flights has been apparent at DC Aviation since March this year.
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Boeing continues to make progress on the assembly of the 747-8 Freighter, as mechanics completed the installation of the new GEnx-2B engines on airplane No. 1 in final assembly at the factory in Everett, Wash. “We are another step closer to bringing the 747-8 Freighter to market,” said Mo Yahyavi, vice president and general manager of the 747 program. “This production milestone is a reflection of the strong working together relationship among Boeing, GE Aviation, Middle River Aircraft Systems and Spirit AeroSystems.” The GEnx-2B continues its progress through its engine certification testing. It recently completed the first phase of flight testing on GE's 747 flying testbed. "The GEnx-2B engine has performed very well during more than 1,500 hours of ground certification tests and 100 hours of flight testing," said Tom Brisken, general manager of GE Aviation's GEnx program. "We look forward to watching the GEnx powered 747-8 Freighter take its first flight, ushering in a new era of improved aircraft efficiency."
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Grob Aircraft AG newly established in February 2009 by H3 Aerospace GmbH & Co. KG (Munich) delivered the first batch of its Training Aircraft G 115E to its customer VT-Group. “I am proud that we are able to provide this unique training aircraft weeks ahead of the agreed delivery schedule.” Ulli Gehling COO of Grob Aircraft AG. This clearly demonstrates that even in the aeronautic industry motivated employees, focused management and a trustful cooperation with the customer are the baseline for meeting contractual obligations and timelines.
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The CIRCOR Aerospace Products Group, a business unit of CIRCOR International, has been selected by SAFRAN / Messier-Bugatti to design, develop, and manufacture the main and nose landing gear door actuators for the Airbus A350 XWB. CIRCOR Aerospace will develop the actuators using its global engineering resources and perform final assembly and testing at its Corona, California facility. These actuators incorporate a unique fluid.
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Boeing confirmed an order for three Next-Generation 737s by Turkmenistan's national flag carrier Turkmenistan Airlines. The order for three 737-700s is worth approximately $192 million at list prices. Turkmenistan Airlines' all-Boeing fleet includes 717s, Classic and Next-Generation 737s, 757s and one 767.
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A|D|S, the UK's AeroSpace, Defence and Security trade body was unveiled as the new identity of the organisation to be formed from the merger of the Association of Police and Public Security Suppliers (APPSS), the Defence Manufacturers Association (DMA) and the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC). Farnborough International Limited (FIL) will remain a distinct brand as a wholly-owned subsidiary of A|D|S. Further details about the structure, aims, approach and strategy of A|D|S will be made public in due course. The organisation is established formally on 1 October 2009.
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The last in a series of eight modernized Global Positioning System IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellites built by Lockheed Martin has been declared operational by the U.S. Air Force for military and civilian navigation users around the globe. The satellite, known as GPS IIR-21(M), was launched successfully from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Aug. 17. Lockheed Martin's operations team assisted the Air Force with the launch and early on-orbit maneuvers. Lockheed Martin and its navigation payload provider ITT of Clifton, N.J. designed and built 21 IIR spacecraft and subsequently modernized eight of those spacecraft designated Block IIR-M. Each IIR-M satellite includes a modernized antenna panel that provides increased signal power to receivers on the ground, two new military signals for improved accuracy, enhanced encryption and anti-jamming capabilities for the military, and a second civil signal that will provide users with an open access signal on a different frequency.
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Singapore Airlines and Airbus have agreed on a revised delivery schedule for eight A380 aircraft on firm order. Under the new schedule, deliveries will take place between six months and 12 months later than originally planned, for the Airline's 12th A380 through to the 19th. The revised schedule will see the 12th aircraft delivered in October 2010 rather than April 2010, while the 19th aircraft will be delivered in January 2012 rather than January 2011. SIA currently operates nine A380s with two more due for delivery this financial year.  The revised schedule will not affect these two aircraft. SIA is satisfied with the operational and commercial performance of its A380s, which have proved to be popular with customers since the inaugural service on the Singapore-Sydney route nearly two years ago. SIA currently flies the A380 twice a day to London, and daily to Sydney, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong, and starting from 29 September to Melbourne as well.
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DFW International Airport's Board of Directors began an eight-year process aimed at renovating the Airport's four original terminals, by approving the first major expenditure for the DFW Terminal Development Program. The Board approved a $20.75 million package for the URS Corporation of Dallas to begin the preliminary design work for the renovation of Terminals A, B, C and E, which opened with the Airport in 1974. Final costs for the Terminal Development Program are still in review, but initial estimates place the cost somewhere between $1.5 billion and $2.0 billion, with funding to come from bond sales, available capital and other sources. The renovation project, which includes needed facelifts for passenger areas including ticketing, security and concessions, will be one of the most significant construction projects in the North Texas region over the next decade. Plans also call for the replacement of terminal systems such as electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, security, conveyance and telecommunications.
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Alliant Techsystems, the U.S. Navy and the Italian Air Force successfully launched and scored a direct hit on a simulated enemy air defense target during the final development test (DT) firing of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake on August 7. "This test firing was picture-perfect. Hardware, software and aircraft systems all worked flawlessly and resulted in a 100 percent successful firing," said Tobin Touchstone, ATK Mission Systems Vice President for Missiles. The final AARGM DT shot was launched from a U. S. Navy FA-18C Hornet in a scenario designed to test the missile's capabilities to maneuver and perform in a short time-of-flight profile under heavily counter-measured conditions. During missile flight, AARGM successfully detected, identified, and located an enemy air defense unit (ADU) using its anti-radiation-homing (ARH) receiver. Additionally the missile demonstrated its designed ability to minimize collateral damage and friendly fire by navigating clear of pre-planned impact avoidance zones. In the terminal phase, AARGM used its multi-mode sensor suite to overcome advanced target countermeasures, accurately guiding towards and directly hitting the enemy ADU target.
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Northrop Grumman, as one of the four member companies forming the North European Air Traffic Management Industry Group (NATMIG), has been awarded funding from the European Community and EUROCONTROL to participate in a research programme to streamline and modernise air traffic management in Europe. Northrop Grumman's Norway-based air traffic management subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, will receive contracts worth $18.7m (NOK 117m) from the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking programme for research and development aimed at making air traffic in European skies greener, safer and more efficient. The contract was awarded following an international competitive tender process. The contract is due to be completed by 2016. "Airport density in Europe is high and European airspace is among the busiest in the world with the growth in flight movements expected to double by 2030, making air traffic control increasingly complex," said Eldar Hauge, managing director of Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems in Norway. "We are fully committed to the modernisation of European air traffic management and, through our membership of NATMIG, we look forward to bringing to the SESAR programme our expertise and experience in area control centres, aircraft surface movement guidance and control, and satellite landing systems to help create a high-performance, fully integrated air traffic control infrastructure for Europe."
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Northrop Grumman´s Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), in use with the U.S. Army since 1996, has successfully completed testing of the new GPS-guided Viper Strike (VS) weapons system at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. GPS VS will soon deploy to theater on board Hunter in support of contingency operations. GPS VS aides the weapons guidance by providing proximity based on coordinates while maintaining pinpoint accuracy with laser guidance. While previous VS systems required the Hunter to be directly overhead, GPS VS offers the advantage of nearly six miles of stand-off range. GPS VS can also hone in on both moving and stationary targets.
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Two Gripen fighters have been on 24 hour standby, ready to be in the air 15 minutes after an alert. During this period a record eight Alfa scrambles were recorded, live incidents compared to the regular two training scrambles performed every work day. “All Alfa scrambles ended with a visual identification and we were always on time”, says detachment commander Major Jaroslav Mika. With more than 400 flight hours and 336 sorties during their stay the Czech Air Force has been one of the most active air forces ever in the NATO rotation to help the Baltic states with their air policing. The Czech Gripen fighters have been responsible for an area four times bigger than the Czech Republic, with a long coast to protect. This was done at the same time as their normal Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) had to be maintained from the home base of Caslav in the Czech Republic. “I'm proud that we with a total of 14 aircraft and 18 QRA ready pilots can be on NATO QRA in two separate areas during a four month period”, says Major Mika.
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