08.06.2009
FLUG REVUE

News Update 8 June 2009 - News in Brief

Our weekly news roundup from around the aerospace industry.

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The May 31 transfer of Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida from the Space Shuttle Program to the Constellation Program is the next step in preparing the first flight test of the agency's next-generation spacecraft and launch system. The Constellation Program is developing new spacecraft - including the Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles, the Orion crew capsule, and the Altair lunar lander -- to carry humans to the International Space Station, the moon and beyond. Since the late 1960s, pad B has been instrumental in human spaceflight programs, such as Apollo, Skylab and the space shuttle. The pad originally was built for the Saturn V rockets to launch the Apollo capsules to the moon. In July 1975, the pad was modified to support space shuttle operations. The first space shuttle to lift off from pad B was Challenger in January 1986.
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As part of a long-term strategic adjustment to changing market conditions, the operations within Saab Bofors Dynamics AB are to be reorganised. This results in Saab serving notice of 370 redundancies at four business locations. Only office personnel will be affected. The Swedish government's changed direction regarding materiel spending means that Saab does not presently see any new major development projects from the Swedish Armed Forces within Saab Bofors Dynamics' area of business. This has led to a reorganisation which involves Saab giving notice of 370 redundancies among office personnel. The reorganisation will lead to a reduced but more focused development organisation and a continued targeted focus on sales, production and maintenance. The new organisation will continue to engage approximately 30 percent of employees in development. Approximately 1,300 people work within Saab Bofors Dynamics at present.
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Emirates and the Engine Alliance signed a Fleet Management Agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the Emirates GP7200 engines that power its A380 fleet. The Fleet Management Agreement is valued at more than $3 billion (USD) over the life of the contract and formalizes the letter of agreement that was first announced in November 2007 at the Dubai Air Show. The Engine Alliance will manage aftermarket services for the GP7200 engine and utilize the MRO capabilities of its member companies, GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney, as well as other MRO facilities in its support network, including the Emirates' facilities in Dubai.
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Corfu, Funchal and Maldives to join oneworld network:  Three of the world's most popular holiday islands are lining up to join the network served by oneworld, with Iberia Regional Air Nostrum launching flights to Corfu and Funchal in Europe and British Airways opening service to the Maldives, in the Indian Ocean.  The launches of these three new routes was announced as the alliance's airlines added Benghazi and Bergen to the oneworld map. Iberia Regional will fly to Corfu (which has the three-letter IATA code CFU) from both Madrid and Barcelona from 26 July throughout the peak summer season, to 6 September.  From Madrid it will fly twice-weekly with a single weekly rotation from Barcelona. It will serve Funchal (FNC) from both Bilbao and Valencia, with two round trips a week from both mainland gateways during the peak summer season, from 24 July to 6 September. It is also opening routes from Valencia to both Dubrovnik and Marrakesh, and resuming services to Venice, all during the 24 July-6 September period.  It will serve Marrakesh also from Bilbao and Malta from Madrid with three flights a week also during the summer peak.  Dubrovnik, Malta and Marrakesh are already on the oneworld network.
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The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.5-billion contract for the third highly elliptical orbit (HEO-3) payload, the third geosynchronous orbit (GEO-3) satellite and associated ground modifications for the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) constellation. A contract to include a fourth HEO payload and possible fourth GEO satellite is expected to be awarded later this year. The SBIRS program is designed to provide early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously support other missions including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness. Currently, two HEO payloads -- the first of which is already providing certified operations for the warfighter -- are on-orbit and meeting or exceeding performance specifications. Final integrated system testing of the first two GEO satellites is progressing at Lockheed Martin's facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif. The fully-integrated GEO-1 spacecraft is being readied for the start of thermal vacuum testing and the team recently integrated the spacecraft bus with the infrared sensor payload for GEO-2. After the extensive environmental and final integrated test phase, GEO-1 will be shipped to the Air Force in preparation for launch in 2010 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Fla.
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The United States Department of Defense has awarded Lockheed Martin a $2.1 billion contract modification to produce 17 F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters in the third lot of low-rate initial production (LRIP). The buy also includes the first international orders – two F-35 operational test aircraft for the United Kingdom and one for the Netherlands. The contract adds to a May 2008 award of $197 million to fund LRIP 3 long-lead materials, and to a March 2009 contract modification award of $320 million for tooling and test equipment, also beginning in LRIP 3.Assembly of 14 aircraft in the first two LRIP lots is already under way, with initial F-35 deliveries to the U.S. Air Force scheduled to begin in 2010. Eight development aircraft have entered testing, and the remaining 11 are planned to roll out by year's end. In March and April, Lockheed Martin received additional contracts totaling $306 million to prepare for the production of 32 additional F-35 Lightning II fighters in LRIP 4. The U.S. and eight nations partnering in the project plan to acquire 3,173 F-35 fighters.
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Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force have successfully completed Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) A-10C site activations at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ, and Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. Sniper ATP site activations involve pod installation, maintenance and aircrew training. Coordinated with the Air Force Precision Attack Systems Project Office and Air Combat Command, Sniper ATP site activation efforts ensure maintainers are prepared to fully support the system in theater and that aircrews are proficient with pod operations and capabilities. In its first month with Sniper ATP, 354th Fighter Squadron Airmen successfully utilized the new combat capability during two separate military exercises. During Exercise Emerald Warrior at Hurlburt Field, FL, A-10C pilots with Sniper ATP successfully supported a range of special operations forces missions. During Exercise Green Flag East, the crews successfully supported Army ground forces conducting urban combat training at the Army's Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA.
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AeroVironment announced that U.S. government agencies funding the Global Observer Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) program have exercised an option for the assembly of a third Global Observer aircraft and additional items. There have been six contract options exercised since the program was initiated, resulting in a cumulative value of more than $120 million in program funding. “Global Observer is an entirely new solution designed to deliver affordable persistence for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications through a high altitude unmanned aircraft system with a flight duration of up to one week,” said Tim Conver, AV chief executive officer. “This and previous option exercises represent continued conviction regarding the value that Global Observer will provide and validation of the effectiveness of our joint AV, supplier and customer team in developing this important new solution.” Each completed Global Observer aircraft will take off from and land on a runway, and will have a payload capacity of approximately 400 pounds. A system consisting of two or more Global Observer aircraft flying sequentially would provide seamless, persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and communications relay over any area of interest around the globe in a manner that is expected to be much more cost effective and flexible than existing alternatives.
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Boeing on June 1 submitted a proposal offering its A160T Hummingbird for the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory's Immediate Cargo Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Demonstration Program. "The Marines have identified an urgent need for unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver supplies in lieu of putting trucks and personnel on dangerous roads," said John Groenenboom, A160T program manager for Boeing. "The A160T was designed from inception as a UAS with significant payload-carrying and high-altitude-operation capabilities, so we are confident in its ability to meet the requirements of this critical mission." The demonstration contract is expected to be awarded in July. Boeing will demonstrate it can deliver 2,500 pounds of cargo per day from one simulated forward-operating base to another in fewer than six hours per day for three consecutive days. The demonstration program could lead to future business opportunities.
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The first EJ200 engine has achieved the significant milestone of 1,000 engine flying hours onboard a Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. Engine EN1030 was the first to be built to the Full Operational Clearance standard at the Rolls-Royce assembly facility in Bristol (UK) and was delivered to the RAF in 2003. Since then it has flown in two Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft in service with 3, 29 and 11 Squadrons, at RAF Coningsby. EN1030 is scheduled to continue flying until 1,200 engine flying hours are achieved, whereupon it will be removed for scheduled maintenance. Achieving 1,000 engine flying hours with an EJ200 production engine, especially without a need for unscheduled maintenance, demonstrates the reliability of this next generation power plant and represents leading-edge technology, including advanced integrated Health Monitoring to deliver class-leading reliability, maintainability and Through Life Cost.
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The Airbus Military A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) has completed another major milestone performing successfully a series of dry contacts using the new generation Cobham 905E hose and drogue refuelling pods, located under the wings. The receiver aircraft was a Spanish Air Force F/A-18A+ fighter. The system performed well in hose extension and retraction, and showed good hose response in the contact as well as stability during pre-contact and when connected. This new refuelling pod is a development of the 907E pod already in service with the Canadian and German air forces on their A310 MRTTs. The pods can each deliver up to 420 US gal/min (1600 litres/min) through a 90 ft (27.4 m) hose, and are controlled from a state-of-the-art Fuel Operator Console located in the cockpit.
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As of June, Lufthansa Cargo AG is relocating on schedule, its technical stopover point for its cargo flights from Astana (TSE), Kazakhstan, to Krasnoyarsk (KJA) in Russia. The first flight via the new route will be made on 1st June from Tokyo via Krasnoyarsk to Frankfurt. Later, the flights to and from China will be made via Siberia. On completion of the relocation, freight to the previous location of Astana will only be transported aboard flights of Lufthansa Passage. Lufthansa Cargo, however, will continue to have a presence in Kazakhstan with its cargo flights to Almaty. “With the relocation of our operations, we are realizing a long-planned optimization of the routing”, said Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo. "The new stopover in Krasnoyarsk shortens the flying time to the Far East by an average of about 12 minutes per flight and thus makes a valuable contribution to the further reduction of costs”.  As a result, thanks to the new routing Lufthansa Cargo will use around 2,000 tons of kerosene less per annum.
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Lufthansa Cargo AG is continuing to campaign for a practicable night flight regulation at Frankfurt Airport. At the beginning of the hearing before the Higher Administrative Court in Kassel, the Workers' Council of the airfreight company launched an information offensive for the retention of night-time cargo flights. “Frankfurt Airport is one of the most important airfreight hubs in the world thanks to its central geographical location, its outstanding inter-modal networking and its infrastructure which has developed over the long term”, according to Willi Roerig, Chairman of the Central Workers' Council of Lufthansa Cargo. "A ban on night flights would cut the export nation Germany off from the international flows of goods and lead to a relocation of production and logistics companies. As a result, the role of Frankfurt as an international logistics hub, and meanwhile the seventh-largest freight airport in the world, would be seriously threatened”. With an information campaign in the next few weeks, the Workers' Council wants to focus on the concerns of around 3,000 Lufthansa Cargo employees in Germany. This morning on the occasion of the first day of the hearing before the VGH, the Frankfurt Workers' Council members were in Kassel. Roerig: "We want to underline our demands once again here. Freight needs the night. A shutdown of the airport between 23.00 and 05.00 hours would threaten the continued existence of Lufthansa Cargo and put thousands of jobs in our company and at numerous other logistics companies at risk.”
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The Swedish government has decided that Sweden will continue to participate in the European launch-vehicle program. This means that Volvo Aero's space operations in Trollhättan will be saved and can continue to advance. “The government's proposal is very positive. This means that we will maintain our leading position in nozzles and turbines for space rockets,” says Staffan Zackrisson, President of Volvo Aero. Since 2008, the threat has lingered heavily over Volvo Aero's space operations, with its approximately 150 employees. The government is now proposing continued financing for the European launch-vehicle program. This means that Volvo Aero can remain a supplier of turbines and nozzles to the European Space Agency's (ESA) research and development program for launch vehicles and manufacturing of these components for serial production. During the autumn, two important demonstration tests can now be carried out that will enable significant improvements of the rocket engine.
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The last two modules were delivered in due time to armasuisse by the three manufacturers EADS, Saab and Dassault. They complete the second offer for the New Fighter Aircraft (NFA) evaluation, which was submitted on 17 April 2009. Within the scope of the updated requests for proposal, armasuisse had asked the three manufacturers of the NFA candidates in January 2009 to submit specific proposals regarding the portfolio for the Swiss Industrial Program (SIP), and for the strategic cooperation between the respective manufacturer, RUAG Aerospace, and armasuisse. The goals of the SIP are the transfer of technology and sustained industrial cooperations. The strategic cooperation is expected to minimise life cycle costs and to secure in the long term the aeronautical technologies in support of the Swiss Air Force. For the two modules "Portfolio Swiss Industrial Program" and "Strategic Cooperation" armasuisse had granted the manufacturers an extension of the submission deadline. For the module "Portfolio Swiss Industrial Program" the requirements concerning the quality of the proposals contained in the first request for proposal were increased. The module "Strategic Cooperation" was not yet part of the first request for proposal.
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AirTanker reported that the first of the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) successfully completed its maiden flight on 4 June, in accordance with the requirements of the programme. The FSTA programme will replace the RAF's current fleet of VC-10 and TriStar aircraft with 14 Airbus A330-200 aircraft. These brand new aircraft will be owned and supported by AirTanker, while the service will be staffed by a mixture of service and civilian personnel. This first aircraft is currently in civil fit and the next production stage will be its militarisation and tanker conversion.
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Nigerian carrier Afrijet Airlines and ATR announced the signature of a HoA (Heads of Agreement) for the purchase of 4 ATR 72-500s, in a deal worth US $ 80 million. The agreement was inked on the occasion of the official visit to Nigeria of the French Prime Minister, Mr. François Fillon, and in the presence of the Nigerian Minister of Aviation, Mr. Babatunde Omotoba. With the signature for these 68-seat aircraft, Afrijet becomes a new ATR customer and the third to operate ATRs in Nigeria. Almost 70 ATRs are operated today in Africa by 23 airlines.
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Raytheon completed a series of hardware-in-the-loop laboratory tests on the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II's datalink, a crucial step to clearing the datalink for flight tests later this month. During the tests, engineers verified the Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) datalink worked as anticipated in a variety of demanding circumstances. Because of the GBU-53/B's datalink's performance, engineers will now conduct UHF and Link 16-mode testing of the datalink from a UH-1 helicopter.
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Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with the Sultanate of Oman for a C-130J Super Hercules. The aircraft, to be delivered in mid-2012, is in the longer C-130J-30 configuration. "The C-130J is ideally suited to the operating conditions found in Oman and other areas of the Gulf," said Jim Grant, vice president for business development at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. "Again we see a country that has recognized all the proven qualities of this world-leading airlifter purchasing additional aircraft." Oman currently operates a fleet of three C-130Hs purchased in the early 1980s.
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Boeing P-8A Poseidon test aircraft T2 took off from Renton Field on 5 June to begin its successful first flight. T2 took off at 10:32 a.m. Pacific time and landed two hours and 56 minutes later at Boeing Field in Seattle at 1:28 p.m. The flight plan for T2, painted in its new U.S. Navy livery, included a flyby of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., to give Navy personnel a close-up look at the Poseidon. The Navy is purchasing 117 P-8As to replace its fleet of P-3Cs. The anti-submarine warfare aircraft reached a maximum altitude of 25,000 feet as pilots performed airborne systems checks such as engine accelerations and decelerations, autopilot flight modes and auxiliary power unit shutdowns and starts.
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On Thursday 4 June, Duxford's F-15 Eagle was presented to the press and public, following conservation work and a striking new paint scheme.  The aircraft now bears the markings of the "Spittin' Kittens', the nickname for the 5th Fighter Interception Squadron, to which the aircraft was assigned in December 1981. In attendance were personnel from RAF Lakenheath who had given up their valuable time to assist with this conservation project, including Lieutenant Colonel Gene Trizinsky, Deputy Group Commander, 48th Maintenance Group; Colonel John T Quintas, Commander, 48th Operations Group; Major Bryan P Ford, Operations Officer, 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; Technical Sergeant Timothy Leddick and Staff Sergeant Kevin Meyer.  Members of the Imperial War Museum Duxford Conservation Team and volunteers were also in attendance.
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Rolls-Royce formally opened its new North American headquarters for On-Wing Care. It is the latest facility to open in a global Rolls-Royce network of aero repair and overhaul service centers. Located at the Indianapolis International Airport, the state-of-the-art facility represents US$1 million of company investment and is the sixth Rolls-Royce facility to be opened in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. The 14,000 sq. ft. hangar and 11,000 sq. ft. shop provides line maintenance and hospital level support for all Rolls-Royce corporate & regional aircraft engines including: AE 3007; AE 2100; Tay; BR700 series; commercial RB211 and Trent series engines, including the Trent 1000 which will enter service on the Boeing 787. The facility recently received the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Diamond Award in recognition of the level of high-quality service the center provides. The new state-of-the-art center is capable of servicing more than 100 engines a year. In region aircraft operators, benefit from rapid response, minimized impact to fleet schedules, reduced costs and critical 24/7 specialist line support.
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The management team of the Air Berlin Group has been augmented by Christoph Debus joining the company on 1st June 2009. Managerial responsibilities are being adjusted to reflect the important operating business of Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG. That is why in future Joachim Hunold (Chief Executive Officer), Ulf Hüttmeyer (Chief Financial Officer), Christoph Debus (Chief Commercial Officer), Karl F. Lotz (Chief Operating Officer), Elke Schütt (Chief Administration Officer) and Wolfgang Kurth (Chief Maintenance Officer) will assume joint responsibility for the core business of the second largest German airline. In addition Wolfgang Kurth will take over as CEO of Air Berlin Technik Ltd. Air Berlin PLC will primarily be acting as a holding company. The Executive Board will consist of Joachim Hunold, Ulf Hüttmeyer and Christoph Debus.
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