lunes, 18 de junio de 2018

Coast Guard medevacs diver near Cape Lookout, NC

MH-60 Jayhawk, ©USCG
A Coast Guard aircrew aboard a MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter medevacs a diver suffering from possible decompression sickness near Cape Lookout, North Carolina, June 17, 2018. The diver was safely hoisted up and transported to Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. 

WILMINGTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a man who was showing signs of decompression sickness approximately 10 miles east of Cape Lookout, North Carolina, Sunday.

A crewmember aboard a 52-foot diving vessel contacted the Sector North Carolina command center via VHF-FM radio channel 16 at 10 a.m. and notified them the diver may have surfaced too quickly and was experiencing shortness of breath.

Sector North Carolina diverted a MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City that was conducting training nearby.

Once on scene, the aircrew was able to safely hoist the man up and transport him to Norfolk Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

“Divers experiencing decompression sickness need to receive medical attention as soon as possible,” said Lt. Tiffany Zehnle, command duty officer. “Today, the crew contacted us immediately after they noticed the symptoms, like shortness of breath after the diver surfaced, which really made this a successful case. Some other symptoms to be on the lookout for are numbness, dizziness and pain in joints after surfacing from a dive.”

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domingo, 17 de junio de 2018

EL PRIMER HELICÓPTERO S-76D™ EN CONFIGURACIÓN SAR

Sikorsky S-76D Japan Coast Guard, ©Sikorsky (Lockheed Martin)
El El primer S-76D™ configurado SAR (Search and Rescue) fue entregado hace ya casi cuatro años, concretamente el 14 de julio del 2014, a Mitsubishi Corporation para ser operado por el Guardacostas de Japón. El anuncio se hizo público durante el Farnborough Air Show 2014. 

Hasta la fecha, Mitsubishi Corporation ha adquirido 11 unidades del S-76D™ para ser operados por los Guardacostas japoneses, que mantienen el récord en cifras de helicópteros S-76® configurados SAR. 

Concretamente, el Guardacostas de Japón ha volado los modelos S-76C™, S-76C+™ y S-76C++™ (además de estos 11 nuevos "Delta").

Entre otros equipos específicos para la misión SAR, los S-76D™ del Guardacostas japonés cuentan con piloto automático de cuatro ejes: su AFCS es capaz de generar Modos SAR con patrones de búsqueda (acoplados al FMS) y diferentes transiciones autónomas, lo que reduce la carga de trabajo del piloto y mejora la seguridad durante toda la operación.

Por otro lado, Sikorsky entregó el primer helicóptero S-76D™ a Bristow Group, Inc. para Oil & Gas (transporte y logística a plataformas de combustibles fósiles offshore) en diciembre de 2013. Asimismo también anunció, durante el 14 de julio del 2014, que comenzaría con las entregas del S-76D™ en configuración VIP/Transporte Ejecutivo, y que a finales del 2014 la compañía, que por aquel entonces aún era una división de UTC, esperaba iniciar las entregas del S-76D EMS (el cuarto y último segmento de misión para el más moderno de la serie S-76®).

Sikorsky ha entregado más de 800 helicópteros S-76® a clientes en todo el mundo desde 1979, acumulando más de 7 millones de horas de vuelo con toda la flota mundial.

La nueva generación del helicóptero S-76D™, a través de sus modernas tecnologías, proporciona un aumento sustancial en el rendimiento. El equipo estándar incluye potentes y eficaces motores Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210S; un avanzado sistema de aviónica integrado THALES TopDeck®; AFCS de cuatro ejes; sistema HUMS incorporado al seguimiento y análisis de la flota; control de vibración activa; palas del rotor principal totalmente fabricadas en materiales compuestos; y por último un sistema de protección contra la formación de hielo en el rotor (RIPS), que permite al S-76D™ volar bajo un mayor abanico de condiciones meteorológicas (éste está únicamente disponible como opción).

Sikorsky Aircraft es una compañía de Lockheed Martin.

Coast Guard, Troopers rescue man from swamped canoe near Nome, Alaska


Photo by U.S. Coast Guard District 17


ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrews assisted the Alaska State Troopers with the rescue of a 22-year-old man reported missing from a swamped canoe Saturday afternoon approximately 100 miles south of Nome.

An Alaska State Troopers ground search team vectored the location of the kayaker to an Air Station Kodiak Jayhawk helicopter crew. The aircrew brought the man to Stebbins Clinic for further medical care, where he reported minor scrapes and bruises.

Watchstanders at the 17th Coast Guard District command center received a request for agency assistance from the Alaska State Troopers to locate a kayaker unable to make it to shore in vicinity of Stebbins on South Norton Sound. The 17th District directed the launch of a HC-130 and MH-60 Jayhawk aircrews from Air Station Kodiak to commence a search for the kayaker after 3 a.m. Saturday. An Alaska State Troopers 206 Cessna aircrew discovered a swamped green canoe near Kuiak Slough, but the kayaker was not seen. A C-130 aircrew from the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center also assisted in the initial search to locate the man.

"Close coordination with our aircrews and partner agencies resulted in a safe and successful rescue of the man," said Petty Officer 1st Class Suzanne Bitinas, watchstander for the 17th District command center. "The man's decision to wear a personal flotation device increased his chances of survival and aided in the recovery efforts."

Weather on scene was reported as clear and calm.

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Coast Guard rescues 2 off of sailing vessel 180 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash.

MH-60 Jayhawk, © USCG
WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued a husband and wife off a sailing vessel 180 miles off the coast of Grays Harbor, Washington, Saturday morning.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew, from Sector Columbia River, tracked the sailing vessel’s electronic position indicating radio beacon and safely hoisted the couple before transporting them to the sector’s base in Warrenton.

The Coast Guard District 13 Command Center in Seattle received an EPIRB alert at 5:46 a.m. from the 46-foot sailing vessel Kelaerin. The sailors were reportedly transiting between Hawaii and Bellingham, Washington, when they ran into rough weather and seas.

The helicopter aircrew and a crew aboard a C-27 Spartan aircraft from Air Station Sacramento were launched to assist. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 9:33 a.m. and lowered a rescue swimmer to assess the situation. The sailing vessel wasn’t actively taking on water but seawater had washed aboard. The aircrew conducted the hoist at the request of the vessel owners because of health concerns.

The rescue helicopter landed at Sector Columbia River at 11:50 a.m. and transferred patient care to awaiting emergency medical services who treated the couple for symptoms related to hypothermia.

A marine information broadcast is being sent out to notify vessel traffic of the adrift sailing vessel. The attempted salvage of the vessel will be at the owners discretion.

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sábado, 16 de junio de 2018

Airbus Helicopters delivers final H145M to the German Air Force

Donauwörth, Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 15th and final H145M multi-role helicopter to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). The helicopters, stationed in Laupheim, are operated by the Bundeswehr special forces. As the launch customer, the Bundeswehr ordered 15 of these high-performance helicopters in 2013 as part of the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) Special Operations Forces (SOF) project and received the first aircraft at the end of 2015. With this final delivery, Airbus Helicopters has completed the entire programme within the specified time schedule and budget.
“The LUH SOF project is an excellent example of what a constructive cooperation between the Bundeswehr, the authorities and industry can achieve,” said Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters in Germany. “I would like to thank all of our partners for the efficient and successful cooperation, and will be delighted to push ahead in this spirit with the implementation of further programmes. I wish the Bundeswehr special forces all the best when using their new helicopters.”
The H145M is the military version of the tried-and-tested, light twin-engine H145 civil helicopter that was first delivered in 2014. The entire H145 fleet has now clocked up more than 50,000 flight hours. With a maximum take-off weight of 3.7 tonnes, the agile H145M can be used for a wide range of tasks, including transport, supply, surveillance, air rescue, armed reconnaissance and medical evacuation. The Bundeswehr’s H145M LUH SOF helicopters are equipped with a fast roping system to transport special forces, a high-performance camera system for reconnaissance, as well as equipment for fire support during deployment, enabling special forces to use the helicopters in a wide variety of new fields. Furthermore, the helicopter’s ballistic protection and electronic countermeasures system offers a high level of security during deployment.
The helicopters were developed for day and night use and capable of operating in adverse conditions. Powered by two Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines, the H145M is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC). In addition, the helicopter is equipped with the Helionix digital avionics suite which, alongside innovative flight data management, includes a high-performance 4-axis autopilot, which considerably reduces pilot workload during missions. Its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the H145M the quietest helicopter in its class.
In 2015, Airbus Helicopters also concluded a comprehensive cooperative service contract with the Bundeswehr, providing support to the customer until at least 2021. Airbus Helicopters' responsibilities include managing and implementing maintenance and repair work, supplying spare parts and ensuring airworthiness. The fact that more than 3,900 flight hours have already been logged speaks for the choice of support concept, the good working relationship and the reliability of the helicopters.
“It is evident that this kind of performance-related support contributes to the system’s high level of availability for troops,” explained Wolfgang Schoder. “This close cooperation between industry and operator has proven its worth in the civil sector and is also becoming increasingly important for military customers. There is still more potential to be realised with the Bundeswehr in this area.”
Other countries having ordered the H145M are the Republic of Serbia with nine units and Thailand with five.

Airbus enters partnership with government of Côte d'Ivoire

MoU to develop aerospace industry in Côte d'Ivoire

viernes, 15 de junio de 2018

Sikorsky S-76D™, SOFTWARE V400

El software de aviónica V400 para el helicóptero S-76D™, aumenta las capacidades de la aeronave y permite que el helicóptero pueda ser operado por un solo piloto en instrumental (IFR). 
Sikorsky, antigua filial de United Technologies Corp, fue adquirida por Lockheed Martin tras un acuerdo alcanzado con UTC el 20 de julio del 2015 por un coste de 9 mil millones de dólares.
El V400 amplía las capacidades de aviónica permitiendo un abanico superior, como la operación con un solo piloto y otras características que reducen la carga de trabajo en el cockpit al tiempo que mejoran la seguridad de las operaciones con el S-76D. El software V400 proporciona una magnífica solución de aviónica integrada, permite la opción de superposición opcional del SiriusXM™ en el Moving Map, lo que proporciona una gran información en el cockpit al disponer de las diferentes condiciones meteorológicas sobre el terreno a sobrevolar durante el transcurso de la misión. Transmisión del Transpondedor en Modo S, Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Transmisión de datos, y Localizador con Orientación Vertical, tanto para pistas como helipuertos.
La nueva generación de helicópteros S-76D, a través de sus modernas tecnologías, proporciona un aumento sustancial en el rendimiento, potencia y pilotaje. El equipo básico del helicóptero S-76D incluye potentes y eficaces motores Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210S; un avanzado sistema de aviónica integrado THALES TopDeck® y un piloto automático de cuatro ejes; Sistema HUMS (Health and Usage Monitoring, monitoreo de salud y uso de la aeronave, incorporado al monitoreo y análisis de la flota); control de vibración activa; palas del rotor principal tolerantes a fallos, de completa fabricación en materiales compuestos.
Sikorsky ha entregado más de 800 helicópteros S-76 a clientes en todo el mundo desde 1979, acumulando un total de más de 7 millones de horas de vuelo por toda la flota mundial.

Three years and 150 deliveries for the H145

Airbus Helicopters recently celebrated the 150th delivery of the H145, the newest member of the BK117/EC145 family.

In October 2017, Helicopter Travel Munich (HTM) received the 150th H145 helicopter from Airbus, to be used for offshore hoist operations and the transfer of service personnel working in the wind turbine industry.
The H145 (formerly EC145 T2) is a member of the EC145 and BK117 family, more than 1,400 aircraft of which have been delivered to date, notching up over 4.8 million flight hours in some 21 countries worldwide. Used mainly for EMS, air rescue, law enforcement and aerial work, the BK117/EC145 family has also been successful with military utility operations and training, with over 400 Lakota UH-72s delivered to the U.S. Army.
The H145 version was conceived as a platform with unparalleled mission abilities, a high level of flight safety, economic operating costs, and a tailored support and service package, while incorporating Airbus innovations.
A growing roster of H145 customers
In 2014, the first H145 entered operation with the German air rescue company, DRF Luftrettung. Its enhancements included two powerful Safran Arriel 2E engines with dual-channel full authority digital engine control, an upgraded main gearbox and a new antitorque system with Fenestron. The cockpit, too, underwent changes, incorporating Airbus’ innovative Helionix avionics suite with a 4-axis autopilot.
The result: a helicopter able to deliver exceptional performance in a diverse range of roles.
In law enforcement, customers like the police of Baden-Württemberg have dedicated their H145 fleet to their most challenging missions. The H145 does duty both day and night with a night vision goggle-compatible cockpit, while its advanced mission management system, together with high-end police equipment, defines a new standard in airborne law enforcement.
While the H145 has become a mainstay with police forces, it also made its mark in the offshore industry, as evidenced by HTM’s acquisition. HTM is not alone; in 2016, Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH – which services wind farms and performs North Sea missions – did business with Airbus for the first time—opting for the H145. In 2017, they added a second H145 to their fleet.
Enhancements for more performance
In March 2017, the European Airworthiness Safety Agency certified Airbus’ upgrade of the H145’s single-engine performance, increasing its hover power in one-engine-inoperative mode within the two-minute power rating by adding 230 kg useful load in operations with human external cargo.
In its offshore configuration, the helicopter can transport up to eight passengers and offshore equipment, including an external life raft system. Due to its low operating cost compared to useful load, it holds the distinction of best price in its class per passenger and mile for offshore transportation.
In addition, an optional health and usage monitoring system contributes to the aircraft’s flight safety and availability through predictive maintenance. Customers get these features in real time thanks to the helicopter’s built-in connectivity.
Today, the H145 has achieved 80,000 flight hours since entry-into-service. Among customers of the “ready for duty” four-tonne helicopter, the Babcock Group is its largest operator, with a fleet of 27 H145s, while Germany – where the H145 found its first and now, its 150th, home – is its largest market, with 30 H145s in operation.

Airbus signs contract for HERON TP drones with the German Armed Forces

  • - systems as well as all operational services
  • - Contractual model is based on the successful Heron 1 contract
  • - Includes five reconnaissance drone systems capable of carrying weapons

Berlin, 14 June 2018 - Airbus and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed an operator agreement for Heron TP unmanned aerial systems (UAS) after parliamentary approval was granted on 13 June 2018.
The contract includes both the provision of Heron TP UAS as well as all operational services required for the system. In accordance with German budget law, the contract will become effective upon publication of the federal budget.
Heron 1 drones, which are currently deployed by the German Armed Forces in Afghanistan and Mali, are to be replaced by the more powerful IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) made Heron which is already fully operational with the Israeli Air Force, although the contract between the Bundeswehr and Airbus is based on this previously successful model. Industry will ensure system performance, flight hours and availability and enable soldiers to focus fully on their respective missions.
The project will have a two-year set-up phase, followed by an operational phase lasting a further seven years, thereby bridging the gap until a sovereign European drone will be developed.
 “This project will provide the Bundeswehr with an even more efficient system that will better protect soldiers in a wide range of threat situations as well as the at-risk civilian population,” said Jana Rosenmann, Head of Unmanned Aerial Systems at Airbus. “The modular concept will allow us to provide the Bundeswehr with the capabilities it needs on time for the years to come.” 
Shaul Shahar, IAI EVP and General Manager of the Military Aircraft Group, said, “We are thrilled and proud of this agreement with the Federal Ministry of Defence, a major strategic customer. The Heron TP is a first rate strategic RPAS. Its strong performance will provide Germany with unprecedented air superiority. We would like to thank the German government for this vote of confidence built over many years. We are committed to preserving the quality of our service and systems and look forward to continued collaboration.”
Under the terms of the basic contract, the Bundeswehr will receive five aircraft equipped for reconnaissance missions and capable of carrying weapons, four sets of ground segments, training environments and all system operational services. The basic contract also includes preparing the drones for their use in future countries of operation.
The systems are equipped with electro-optic and infrared sensors and imaging radar systems to perform far-reaching reconnaissance tasks. Satellite communication systems and German data and voice encryption systems are also part of the configuration.
The UAVs are kitted out with a weather radar system so that they can operate in bad weather conditions.
The MALE HERON TP system will get military certification from the German Armed Forces aviation authority in accordance with STANAG 4671 allowing the system to be used around the world. This is supplemented by the integration of collision avoidance capabilities. 
As was the case with the previous model, the Heron 1, Airbus as prime contractor will closely collaborate with Israeli company Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd (IAI). Complementing its role as prime contractor, Airbus is already a Heron TP design organisation approved by the German Armed Forces aviation authority and will also become the approved Heron TP manufacturing and maintenance organisation for the project.

Coast Guard medevacs man from boat 52 miles west of Homosassa River

Video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley Johnson

An Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevacs a 78-year-old man from a 35-foot boat 52 miles west of Homosassa River, Florida, Thursday, June 14, 2018. The man was transported to Tampa General Hospital after suffering from symptoms of a stroke.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 78-year-old man Thursday from a boat 52 miles west of Homosassa River.

Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a distress call at 1:21 p.m. via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16. A crewmember aboard a 35-foot boat reported a man was suffering from symptoms of a stroke and needed emergency medical assistance.

A Coast Guard Seventh District flight surgeon recommended the man be medevaced.

An Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was diverted and medevaced the man to Tampa General Hospital for further care.

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Coast Guard medevacs mariner near Cameron, Louisiana

MH-65 Dolphin, ©USCG
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a 46-year-old man off a work barge 27 miles south of Cameron, Lousisiana, Thursday afternoon.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a request from an representative from the salvage company Resolve Marine for the medevac of a crewmember on the work barge Conquest MB-1who had suffered a serious injury to his hand. Watchstanders notified the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.

An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew arrived on scene and transported the crewmember to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at Chennault Airport in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
The injured man was last reported in stable condition.

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jueves, 14 de junio de 2018

El Buque Eagle de la Guardia Costera llega el viernes a San Juan, Puerto Rico

Imagen: Eagle + MH-60 Jayhawk, U.S. Coast Guard District 5
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - El Buque 'Eagle' de la Guardia Costera de EE UU, conocido como "America's Tall Ship", visitará a Puerto Rico el viernes y atracará en el Muelle 1 en el Viejo San Juan dónde el público podrá visitarlo durante el fin de semana y el lunes.

El 'Eagle' estará en Puerto Rico hasta el miércoles y durante su estadía los cadetes estarán bridandole al público giras gratuitas del barco durante el siguiente itinerario:

Sábado, 16 de junio de 10 a.m. a 7 p.m.

Domingo, 17 de junio, de 10 a.m. a 7 p.m.

Lunes, 18 de junio, 10 a.m. a 7 p.m. 

Es importante que el público interesado en visitar al 'Eagle' presente una identificación oficial con foto vigente para que puedan accesar el Muelle 1 del Viejo San Juan y ver el barco.

“El 'Eagle' tiene una larga historia de navegación por el Caribe”, dijo el capitán Eric King, comandante del Sector San Juan de la Guardia Costera de EE UU. “Los cadetes están ansiosos de poder enseñar y compartir este tesoro nacional de 82 años con la ciudadanía, también participarán en proyectos comunitarios y disfrutarán de la maravillosa cultura local”.

En su origen el “Eagle” fue comisionado como el “Horst Wessel” en 1936 para servir como un buque de entrenamiento para los oficiales navales de Alemania antes de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Al finalizar la guerra, el barco pasó a manos de los EE UU como una reparación de Guerra.

Hoy día el 'Eagle' es el buque escuela de la Academia de la Guardia Costera de EE UU con puerto en New London, Connecticut. Es el único aparejador cuadrado que se encuentra activo en servicio del Gobierno de los EE UU.

'Eagle' cuenta con tres mástiles, mide 295 pies de eslora y está equipado con 23,500 pies cuadrados de vela y hasta seis millas de aparejo.

Una tripulación permanente y experimentada de 8 oficiales y 50 guardacostas alistados mantienen la nave y proporcionan una base sólida de conocimiento y marinería para el entrenamiento de hasta 153 cadetes o candidatos a oficiales a la vez. Apoyada por una tripulación temporera durante los despliegues de entrenamiento, 'Eagle' navega rutinariamente con más de 230 personas a bordo. Desde el 1946, el Eagle ha navegado cada verano en apoyo a los programas de entrenamiento de oficiales de la Guardia Costera de EE UU, exponiendo a los futuros líderes a sus primeras experiencias de vida en el mar.

Para más información sobre la aventuras del Eagle hacer clic sobre el siguiente enlace:Itinerario del 'Eagle' para el 2018 video del Barco 'Eagle' de la Guardia Costera de EE UU.

-USCG-

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and Canadian Forces Snowbirds Head to North Texas Oct. 13-14 for Bell...

The renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadrons will soar through the North Texas skies at the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show.

13 June 2018

Today last day!

General admission is free, parking discounts available now for the world-class aviation event

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (June 12, 2018)– The renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadrons will soar through the North Texas skies at the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show Oct. 13-14 at Fort Worth Alliance Airport. General admission is free. Parking discounts and limited premium upgraded seating are available now at www.AllianceAirShow.com. Buy early and save up to 50 percent. Gates open at 9 a.m. and performances begin around 10 a.m.

This world-class air show, regarded as one of the best in the nation, also includes the Bell 429, Wings of Blue Parachute Team, Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle, national aerobatic champion Rob Holland, Matt Chapman in the Extra 330LX, Shockwave Jet Truck, Bob Carlton in the Super Salto Jet Sailplane, female aerobatics pilot Jessy Panzer, Cavanaugh Flight Museum, T-38 Spirit of Alliance, Precision Exotics, Air National Guard Band of the Southwest and more. 

“We are thrilled to showcase the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadrons. It’s a rare opportunity for people to see both of these remarkable aerobatic teams at the same air show,” said Tom Harris, president of Alliance Air Productions, producer of the event and a nonprofit organization created by Hillwood. “In addition to extraordinary performances in the sky, the air show offers lots of aviation activities to enjoy on the ground for the entire family.”

With more than 120,000 attendees expected, this is one of the biggest community events in North Texas. See a variety of static and historical displays, explore interactive exhibits and simulators at the STEM Discovery Zone powered by Lockheed Martin and enjoy two Kids Zone areas featuring the world’s largest inflatable slide plus a variety of aviation-themed inflatables.

Since 2006, about $700,000 in proceeds from the air show have benefited more than 60 local nonprofit organizations. This year’s proceeds will be distributed to local school district STEM programs and nonprofit organizations.

THE BELL FORT WORTH ALLIANCE AIRSHOW












The Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show, themed “A Tradition for the Future,” is one of the largest, longest-running and most successful civilian air shows in the nation. An all-encompassing community event that attracts more than 120,000 attendees annually, the air show showcases our nation’s armed forces; Dallas-Fort Worth’s important aerospace and aviation industries; education and workforce development programs across the region; and the very best in family entertainment. Alliance Air Productions, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and producer of the air show, is a subsidiary of Hillwood, the developer of the 18,000-acre AllianceTexas project that is home to Fort Worth Alliance Airport. Since 2006, about $700,000 has been distributed to more than 60 nonprofit organizations, including over $200,000 to beneficiaries such as Carry the Load, USO of Dallas/Fort Worth, Hope for the Brave and supporting the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NASJRB) Fort Worth. For information, see www.AllianceAirShow.com

Airbus inaugurates Hamburg’s fourth A320 Family production line

·        New standard in digitalisation and automation, driving efficiency
·        Key enabler in Airbus’ single-aisle ramp-up

Airbus has inaugurated the fourth Hamburg A320 Family production line. Making use of digital technologies and a more flexible industrial set-up, the innovative state-of-the-art line is a key enabler for ramping up the single aisle programme to 60 aircraft per month by mid-2019.
Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Senator of Economy, Transport and Innovation and Thomas Jarzombek, Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, witnessed the milestone together with Guillaume Faury, President Airbus Commercial Aircraft, and 500 distinguished guests at a special ceremony in Hamburg.
“The inauguration of our latest, most modern A320 production line opens a new chapter in efficient, digital aircraft manufacturing,” said Guillaume Faury. “With these new technologies we are building our aircraft more efficiently, a key enabler for higher production rates. I would like to thank the teams, who pushed this newest Airbus production standard from concept to reality.”
With more than 14,000 A320ceo and A320neo Family aircraft ordered and over 8,100 delivered, the A320 is the world’s most successful single-aisle aircraft family. Incorporating the latest state-of-the-art technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, the A320neo Family provides 15 percent fuel savings at delivery and 20 percent by 2020. To date the A320neo Family has captured nearly a 60 percent market share with more than 6,000 orders from 100 customers.
The A320 Family aircraft are manufactured globally, at Airbus sites in Europe, China and the US. In addition to the new production line, Airbus also inaugurated a larger and modernised Hamburg A320 Family delivery centre with more customer areas, more efficient delivery processes and increased hospitality services.


Coast Guard helicopter crew medevacs tug crewman from Hinchinbrook Island, Alaska

MH-60 Jayhawk, Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen, USCG
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a male crew member Wednesday from a tug vessel near Hinchinbrook Island.

The Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the crewman from the tug Sea Voyager and transported him to Anchorage for further medical care.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received notification from the crew of the Sea Voyager, who reported one of their crewmen was experiencing symptoms of a heart attack. An emergency medical technician aboard the Sea Voyager administered medication as directed by his medical control. A flight surgeon for the 17th Coast Guard District recommended a medevac for the crewman within four hours.

“Quick notification by the crew of the Sea Voyager was critical for this medevac,” said Petty Officer 1st Class David Parks, a Sector Anchorage watchstander. “The prompt action and medical care by the EMT aboard the Sea Voyager aided our efforts to help the crewman get immediate medical attention.”

Weather on scene was approximately 12-mph winds and 3-foot seas.

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miércoles, 13 de junio de 2018

E-2D Aerial Refueling Test Flight Results in a Topped-off Tank

NAVAIR public release, SPR-2017-589Distribution Statement A, approved for public release, distribution is unlimited.
Photo credit: U.S. Navy by Liz Wolter

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, Md. – Oct. 31, 2017 – Another major milestone was reached on the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye program this summer, when the first E-2D equipped with aerial refueling successfully received its first in-flight fuel transfer from a tanker aircraft on July 14.
During the four-hour flight, the pilots performed 10 dry plugs and two wet plugs, resulting in the successful transfer of more than 1,700 pounds of fuel from a U.S. Navy KC-130 Hercules to the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.
”Passing fuel for the first time airborne is a significant milestone in the development of this critical technology for the E-2D, which increases the range and persistence of command and control the E-2D provides to U.S. and allied forces,” said Capt. Keith Hash, E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data Systems (PMA-231) program manager.
The aerial refueling-equipped E-2D made its first flight Dec. 15, 2016, at Northrop Grumman’s St. Augustine facility. The aircraft was then transferred to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20 (VX-20) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, where the aircraft will complete the aerial refueling test program. 
“Developing aerial refueling capability for the E-2D is another demonstration of Northrop Grumman’s unwavering commitment to provide our Navy customer with increased operational capability,” said Jane Bishop, vice president and program manager of the E-2/C-2 program at Northrop Grumman.
There are two additional aircraft in the aerial refueling test program and while the first aircraft was making its first fuel transfer flight, the third aircraft to be modified made its first flight at St. Augustine. Two E-2Ds equipped with aerial refueling in flight at the same time marks a significant first for Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy’s Hawkeye community. 
The aerial refueling system modification contains several sub-system upgrades to accommodate the refueling capability including adding the fuel probe plumbing, formation lighting, long-endurance seats, as well as flight control software and hardware changes.
The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman the aerial refueling contract in 2013. This capability gives the U.S. Navy the flexibility to conduct missions of more than seven hours. The planned production cut-in will be in 2018, and IOC is planned for 2020. The E-2D aircraft already in the fleet will eventually be retrofitted with the aerial refueling system.