viernes, 14 de diciembre de 2018

Leonardo: Los Angeles Fire Department to strengthen emergency response capabilities with the addition of a fifth AW139 helicopter

Delivery  expected in  Spring 2019 to perform fire suppression,  EMS and SAR

Current  fleet of  four AW139s  has logged 7,000+  combined FH helping respond to over 700 incidents  annually in the last ten years  serving a community of 4 million     

Bestselling  model in its  class with over  1100 units sold to  over 270 customers in  70 nations worldwide to date         

Rome,  14 December  2018 - Leonardo announced today that  the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD)  is set to introduce a fifth AW139 intermediate  twin engine helicopter into its fleet. The aircraft  is expected to be delivered from Leonardo’s Philadelphia  facility in Spring 2019 and will be used to perform a range  of missions primarily including fire suppression, emergency medical service  (EMS) and search and rescue (SAR).

The  Los Angeles  Fire Department  protects more than  four million people in  America’s second largest city.  It is responsible for 400+ square-miles,  106 stations, and over 3,200 firefighters. LAFD  Air Operations’ mission includes fire suppression,  air ambulance transport, hoist rescues, reconnaissance and  mapping. Their helicopter fleet is housed at Van Nuys Airport (KVNY).

The  existing  fleet of four  LAFD-owned multirole AW139s have a combined  7,000+ flight hours since  the first helicopter entered  service in 2008, helping respond  to over 700 incidents annually. AW139s  have proved their workhorse reliability and  have demonstrated a crucial piece of equipment  for suppressing wildfires throughout Southern California.  Features customized for the LAFD AW139 include, among others,  search light, rescue hoist, advanced water tank for fire suppression,  wire-cutter and modular cabin interior.

The  AW139  sets new  standards through advanced technology  and high performance, reliability, safety, flexibility  and cabin space. The AW139 is the  ideal solution to operate in harsh environments  and weather conditions. Its modern avionics reduces  crews’ workload allowing the pilot to focus on the mission.  Over 270 customers from around 70 nations have already ordered over  1100 AW139s, confirming itself as the bestselling aircraft in its category. The AW139 is able to perform a wide range of roles including government and  public utility, EMS, SAR, patrol, homeland security and transport duties. Over 900  AW139s have been delivered worldwide to date and have logged in excess of 2 million  FH. Many of the AW139s today in service in the U.S. perform law enforcement and public  service missions in Maryland, New Jersey and California. The type has also set new standards  in the intermediate category for firefighting operations in various nations such as Italy, Japan,  South Korea and Malaysia.

Leonardo: Italian National Fire Corps to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities with contract for three AW139 helicopters

- The  contract  valued at  around €45 million  also includes support  and training services, with  an option for 12 additional  helicopters

- Aircraft  to perform  maritime and  mountain SAR, medical  rescue, firefighting and  disaster relief/civil protection  missions

- 56  AW139s  ordered by  the Italian Government  for public services to date;  over 270 customers from around 70  nations have already ordered over 1100  AW139s

Rome,  14 December  2018 – In a move  to enhance its emergency  multirole airborne capabilities  to more effectively counter the ever  increasing risks of firefighting duties,  the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del  Fuoco) has signed a contract for the supply  of three AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters.  The order, valued at around €45 million, also includes  integrated logistic support and training for pilots and technicians,  and encompasses an option for 12 additional helicopters. Deliveries of  the three new aircraft are expected to start shortly and to be completed  in 2019.

Over  816,000  rescue operations  occur every year countering  fires across Europe, including  many in Italy this year. In order  to better face these challenges the  Italian National Fire Corps, part of the department  of firefighters, public rescue and civil defence within  the Ministry of the Interior, is acquiring the world’s best  rescue helicopter capable to also carry out maritime and mountain Search  and Rescue (SAR), medical rescue, and disaster relief/civil protection. The  AW139 has been selected by the customer following a competitive tender launched  in 2017.

The  7 tonne  AW139s of  the Italian  National Fire  Corps are expected  to progressively replace  their AB412s helicopters which have been  in service for decades. The new aircraft  of the Italian National Fire Corps will feature  a wide range of mission equipment, including an external  rescue hoist, cargo hook with bambi bucket provision, weather  radar, multi-band and satellite communication systems, high definition  Forward Looking Infra-Red / Low Light TV (FLIR/LLTV) system, Leonardo’s  high definition mission console with digital recorder, high definition down  link, Leonardo’s Optical Proximity LiDAR System (OPLS), Night Vision Goggle (NVG)  capability, new generation Trakka searchlight, emergency floatation system and external  life rafts, external loudspeaker, medical rack and bubble windows.

The  AW139  design incorporates  a large spacious cabin  accessed by two sliding doors,  powerful engines that deliver class  leading performance and safety, making  it the aircraft of choice in its weight  class. Excellent one engine inoperative capability  ensures the aircraft can accomplish the most demanding  missions while maintaining the ability to fly away safely  in the rare event of an engine failure. The cockpit features  the latest technology including fully integrated avionics, a 4axis  digital Automatic Flight Control System with dedicated SAR modes and  large flat panel colour displays - reducing pilot workload and allowing the crew  to concentrate on the mission.

Coast Guard medevacs injured logger after fall near Mapleton, Ore.

MH-65 Dolphin ©USCG (archive)
NORTH BEND, Ore. — The Coast Guard medically evacuated an injured logger after a 60-foot fall 10 miles northeast of Mapleton, in the Siuslaw National Forest, Thursday afternoon.

A Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Sector North Bend safely hoisted the 35-year-old logger, who reportedly suffered neck and back injuries, and transported the man to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at River Bend in Eugene.

Coast Guard watchstanders in the Sector North Bend command center received the medical evacuation request from Lane County Dispatch personnel at 3 p.m. The aircrew was immediately dispatched to render assistance. Once on scene, the aircrew conducted a 200-foot hoist because there wasn’t anywhere nearby to land.
Paramedics were on scene and provided initial medical care to the logger.

The condition of the man is unknown at this time.

-USCG-

Boeing Delivers the 787th 787 Dreamliner

AerCap, world's largest airplane lessor, adds to its growing 787 portfolio
Special milestone airplane to be operated by China Southern Airlines
EVERETT, Wash., Dec. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] today delivered the 787th 787 Dreamliner to come off the production line, marking a special milestone for the super-efficient airplane family and the fastest-selling twin-aisle jet in history.
Since its first delivery in September, 2011, the 787 family has flown nearly 300 million passengers on more than 1.5 million flights around the world, including more than 210 new nonstop routes made possible by the airplane's superior fuel efficiency and range.
"Reaching this milestone delivery is a testament to our amazing Boeing team who build the world's most capable and reliable airplanes," said Kevin McAllister, president & chief executive officer for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "This delivery also reflects the special capabilities of the 787 Dreamliner. The growing fleet continues to deliver unmatched efficiency, open new routes, and provide an exceptional passenger experience."
The airplane was delivered to AerCap, the world's largest lessor and 787 customer. Sporting a special logo commemorating the production milestone, the airplane will be leased and operated by China Southern, which continues to expand its long-haul fleet of 787 Dreamliners, including 10 787-8s and eight 787-9s.
"As one of the 787 launch customers and the first Chinese airline to operate the 787, we are honored to celebrate this important milestone with China Southern Airlines," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. "We also thank AerCap for their large commitment to the Dreamliner. They continue to be a valued partner and we look forward to celebrating many more milestones with them in the coming years."
China Southern Airlines first ordered 10 787-8 Dreamliners in 2005 and further increased its capability on long-haul routes when they placed an order for 787-9s in 2016.
The 787s have enabled the airline to launch a number of non-stop global routes, connecting Guangzhou to London and Rome in EuropeVancouver, British Columbia, in North America; and PerthAuckland, and Christchurch in the Oceania region.
About China Southern Airlines
As China's largest airline by fleet size, China Southern Airlines currently operates more than 800 aircraft, including Boeing 787, 777, 747 and 737s. The carrier operates more than 3,000 daily flights to 224 destinations in 40 countries and regions across the world.
About AerCap
AerCap is the global leader in aircraft leasing with, as of September 30, 2018, 1,457 owned, managed or on order aircraft in its portfolio. AerCap has one of the most attractive order books in the industry. AerCap serves approximately 200 customers in approximately 80 countries with comprehensive fleet solutions. AerCap is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (AER) and has its headquarters in Dublin with offices in ShannonLos AngelesSingaporeAmsterdamShanghaiAbu DhabiSeattle and Toulouse.

Northrop Grumman Successfully Tests Orion Spacecraft’s Launch Abort Motor

Static test qualifies crew safety launch abort motor for flight in cold conditions

PROMONTORY, Utah – Dec. 13, 2018 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) along with NASA and Lockheed Martin successfully performed a ground firing test of the abort motor for NASA’s Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS) at Northrop Grumman’s facility in Promontory, Utah. The abort motor is a major part of the LAS, which provides an enhancement in spaceflight safety for astronauts. The completion of this milestone brings Orion one step closer to its first flight atop NASA’s Space Launch System and to enabling humans to explore the moon, Mars and other deep space destinations beyond low-Earth orbit.

Today’s test firing of the Northrop Grumman-manufactured launch abort motor in Promontory, Utah, confirmed the motor can activate within milliseconds and will perform as designed under cold temperatures.

“Our astronauts’ safety is our top priority,” said Steve Sara, director, launch abort motor program, Northrop Grumman. “We never expect the launch abort motor to be used, but just like an ejection seat in a fighter pilot's aircraft, if they need it, it needs to work every time.”
The mission for Orion’s LAS is to safely jettison the spacecraft and crew out of harm’s way in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during initial launch ascent. Today’s abort motor test, Qualification Motor-2, was the culmination of a series of component tests conducted over the past few years in preparation for qualification. Data from the test will confirm the motor can activate within milliseconds and will perform as designed under cold temperatures.
The abort motor, which stands over 17 feet tall and spans three feet in diameter, has a manifold with four exhaust nozzles. With its nozzles pointing skyward, it fired for five seconds; the exhaust plume flames reached approximately 100 feet in height. The high-impulse motor burns three times faster than a typical motor of this size, delivering the thrust needed to pull the crew module to safety. The motor achieved approximately 350,000 pounds of thrust in one eighth of a second, as expected. More analysis will be performed in the coming weeks, but all initial results indicate a successful test.
Northrop Grumman’s next major abort motor milestones include the Ascent Abort-2 Flight Test (AA-2) set to take place at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, in 2019. Previous large-scale tests of the launch abort motor included a development motor test in 2008, a pad abort test of the complete launch abort system in 2010 and the Qualification Motor-1 static test in 2017.
For the AA-2 flight test, in addition to the launch abort motor Northrop Grumman will also provide the Abort Test Booster (ATB), which will launch NASA’s Orion spacecraft and LAS to on a preplanned trajectory to obtain data to be used for LAS performance assessment. The ATB uses the same rocket motor as the first stage of a Minotaur IV rocket.
Northrop Grumman is responsible for the launch abort motor through a contract to Lockheed Martin, Orion’s prime contractor. The Orion LAS program is managed out of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. Northrop Grumman produces the abort motor at its Magna, Utah facility and the attitude control motor at its Elkton, Maryland facility. The company also manufactures the composite case for the abort motor at its facility in Clearfield, Utah.

jueves, 13 de diciembre de 2018

Francia encarga otros tres aviones cisterna Airbus A330 MRTT

Madrid, 13 de diciembre de 2018 – Airbus Defence and Space ha recibido un pedido en firme de la Dirección General de Armamento francesa (DGA) por otros tres aviones cisterna y de transporte multimisión A330 MRTT.

Los aparatos, conocidos en Francia como Phénix, constituyen el tercer y último lote del contrato global de varios años de duración firmado por el Ministerio de Defensa francés en noviembre de 2014 por 12 aviones A330 MRTT.

La primera unidad se entregó formalmente en octubre y el resto de la flota se suministrará a finales de 2023, tras la petición por parte de Francia de adelantar el plazo de entrega.

El A330 MRTT francés se equipará con motores Rolls-Royce Trent 700 e integrará el sistema de pértiga de reabastecimiento en vuelo (Aerial Refuelling Boom System – ARBS) de Airbus, que se combinará con pods de repostaje subalares, equipados con mangueras y cestas. El aparato se puede reconfigurar para transportar hasta 272 pasajeros y llevar a cabo misiones de transporte aeromédico (medevac), pudiendo transportar incluso el módulo de cuidados intensivos francés MORPHEE –con capacidad para diez pacientes–, así como a 88 pasajeros.

El A330 MRTT, que ya se ha probado en combate, ha sido encargado por 12 países. De los 60 pedidos en firme ya se han entregado 34 aparatos.

El primer A380 de ANA sale del taller de pintura de Airbus con una exclusiva librea

El primer A380 para All Nippon Airways (ANA) ha salido del taller de pintura de Airbus en Hamburgo (Alemania) luciendo la distintiva y exclusiva librea de la aerolínea, que representa una tortuga marina verde hawaiana.
ANA ha cursado tres pedidos en firme del A380, convirtiéndose así en el primer cliente del superjumbo en Japón. La aerolínea tomará posesión de su primer A380 a finales del primer trimestre de 2019, y operará el avión en la transcurrida ruta transoceánica Narita-Honolulu.
Los tres A380 de ANA se pintarán con una librea especial que representa una tortuga marina nativa de Hawai. El primer avión se ha pintado de azul, el segundo será verde y el tercero, naranja. La librea del A380 de ANA es una de las más elaboradas que ha realizado Airbus hasta ahora. El equipo de la compañía empleó 21 días en pintar una superficie de 3.600m2 utilizando 16 tonos diferentes.
Al avión se le completará ahora la instalación de su cabina y, a continuación, comenzará una fase final de ensayos en tierra y en vuelo en Hamburgo, durante la cual se probarán a fondo todos los sistemas de la cabina, incluidos los de distribución del aire y de aire acondicionado, iluminación, galleys, aseos, asientos y entretenimiento en vuelo. Paralelamente, Airbus llevará a cabo pruebas avanzadas para comprobar el comportamiento del avión antes de su vuelta a Toulouse para la preparación de la ceremonia y vuelo de entrega.
ANA, una de las aerolíneas de mayor prestigio del mundo, podrá beneficiarse de la probada economía operativa del A380 y de su incomparable atractivo para los pasajeros. El A380 ofrece más espacio individual que ningún otro avión y es la solución más eficaz para responder al crecimiento en las rutas más concurridas del mundo, ya que puede transportar más pasajeros con menos vuelos, a un coste más bajo y con un nivel inferior de emisiones.
A fecha de finales de noviembre, las entregas de A380 por parte de Airbus alcanzaron un total de 232, y actualmente presta servicio en 14 aerolíneas de todo el mundo.

Bundeswehr orders H145 search and rescue helicopters

Donauwörth – The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINWBw) has ordered seven H145 helicopters to replace the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr) obsolete Bell UH-1D search and rescue fleet. The aircraft will be delivered in 2020 and will be stationed at the sites in Niederstetten, Holzdorf and Nörvenich. Airbus Helicopters will also be responsible for logistics support, repair, and maintenance of the helicopters.
“We’re proud to have received another order for our H145 family from the Bundeswehr. This will further standardise the Bundeswehr’s fleet of light helicopters,” said Wolfgang Schoder, Airbus Helicopters’ Executive Vice President Light Helicopters and Governmental Programmes. “The helicopters already operated by the Bundeswehr have proven themselves in particular through their very high levels of operational availability, and we see a lot more possibilities for the flexible and reliable H145 family to perform a wide range of tasks in all branches of the armed forces.”
According to an agreement with the Federal Ministry of Transport, the Bundeswehr is also responsible for search and rescue operations in the event of aircraft accidents on German territory. It therefore maintains a fleet of search and rescue helicopters on permanent standby; and these helicopters are also available for use in national disaster management operations. The Bell UH-1D model currently in use by the Bundeswehr first entered into service in the early 1970s.
Among other features, the H145 LUH SAR (Light Utility Helicopter Search and Rescue) helicopters are equipped with high-performance cameras, searchlights, emergency beacon locator systems, a full suite of medical equipment, rescue winches and load hooks that can be used for fire-extinguishing tanks for example.
The H145M, the military version of the H145, is a tried-and-tested light twin-engine helicopter that was first delivered to the Bundeswehr in 2015 and has since also been ordered by Serbia, Hungary, Thailand and Luxembourg. Mission readiness of the H145Ms already in service is above 95%.
At its site in Laupheim, the Bundeswehr operates 15 H145Ms as light support helicopters for special forces. The helicopter pilots of all branches of the armed forces train on the H135, the H145’s ‘little sister’.
Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite. It includes a high-performance 4-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload. Its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the H145 the quietest helicopter in its class.

Coast Guard medevacs Norwegian Escape cruise ship passenger just off San Juan, Puerto Rico

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Borinquen uses the aircraft's rescue basket to hoist a passenger from the Norwegian Escape cruise ship Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, approximately 70 nautical miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Coast Guard aircrew transferred the patient to Emergency Medical Service personnel at the Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, who transported the patient by ambulance to the “Centro Medico” Hospital in San Juan. (U.S. Coast Guard video)

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crewmembers from Air Station Borinquen transfer a patient to Emergency Medical Service personnel at the Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico Dec. 12, 2018. The patient was Norwegian Escape cruise ship passenger who was experiencing chest pains and was medevaced from the cruise ship by the Coast Guard helicopter crew, approximately 60 nautical miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The crew of a Coast Guard helicopter medevaced a 70-year-old man from the Norwegian Escape cruise ship Wednesday night, approximately 60 nautical miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a call at 3:19 p.m. Wednesday from the Norwegian Escape, requesting a medevac for a U.S. citizen passenger who was experiencing chest pains and required medical attention ashore.

“This case would not have been possible without the exceptional coordination with Sector San Juan watchstanders and the officer’s and crew of the Norwegian Escape,” said Lt. Marco Tinari, Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot. “We are glad we could assist this American Veteran.”

Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan coordinated with the Norwegian Escape and dispatched a crew aboard a MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen to conduct the medevac just off Puerto Rico. The rescue helicopter arrived on scene and the crew deployed their rescue swimmer to the Norwegian Escape to assess the patient’s condition. The man and a cruise ship nurse were hoisted aboard the aircraft via the helicopter’s rescue basket.

The patient and nurse were transported to the Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they were received by awaiting Emergency Medical Services personnel and transported by ambulance to the “Centro Medico” Hospital in San Juan.

The cruise ship was transiting from New York to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, when the incident was reported to the Coast Guard.

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-USCG-

Alberto Gutiérrez es nombrado Head of Military Aircraft en Airbus Defence and Space

Ámsterdam, 12 de diciembre de 2018 – Airbus SE (símbolo bursátil: AIR) ha nombrado a Alberto Gutiérrez, de 56 años, Head of Military Aircraft dentro de Airbus Defence and Space, cargo que desempeñará a partir del 1 de enero de 2019 y entrará a formar parte del Comité Ejecutivo de la división. 

Además, Alberto Gutiérrez  ocupará el puesto de Head of Airbus Spain y supervisará el conjunto de las actividades empresariales de la compañía en el país. Sucederá a Fernando Alonso, de 62 años, que se jubila tras 40 años en el sector aeroespacial, 37 de ellos en Airbus. Fernando Alonso permanecerá en la compañía hasta finales de marzo de 2019 para garantizar un proceso de transición fluido con su sucesor.

“Quiero agradecer a Fernando su extraordinario compromiso e inspirador  liderazgo a lo largo de todos estos años. De hecho es uno de los directivos con mayor capacidad de liderar a los trabajadores que he conocido dentro de nuestro sector. Fernando ha desarrollado una magnífica carrera profesional en la que ha cosechado innumerables éxitos. En los últimos años, estando al frente de Military Aircraft, desempeñó un papel decisivo para recuperar la crítica situación del A400M. Anteriormente contribuyó al desarrollo y puesta en funcionamiento de todos nuestros aviones de la familia Airbus como ingeniero de ensayos en vuelo. Con miles de horas de vuelo de pruebas a sus espaldas, llevó a cabo los vuelos inaugurales del A340-200 en 1992, del A319 en 1997, del A380 en abril de 2005 y del A350 XWB en junio de 2013. ¡Su historial es impresionante! Le deseo una bien merecida jubilación”, ha afirmado Tom Enders, CEO de Airbus.

Dirk Hoke, CEO de Airbus Defence and Space, ha manifestado: ”El sucesor de Fernando, Alberto Gutiérrez, aporta amplios conocimientos y una gran experiencia a Military Aircraft. Su estrecha vinculación con el negocio es un valor crucial en nuestro objetivo de explorar nuevas oportunidades dentro del sector de defensa, desde campañas relativas a plataformas actuales como el Eurofighter o el A330MRTT, hasta nuevos proyectos, como el Futuro Sistema Aéreo de Combate.

La sólida orientación al cliente de Alberto, junto con su experiencia en programas y en ingeniería, hacen de él un candidato perfecto para continuar nuestra trayectoria de mejora y crecimiento en la actividad de Military Aircraft durante los próximos años”.

Alberto Gutiérrez, actualmente Deputy Head of Military Aircraft en Airbus Defence and Space desde julio de 2017, fue CEO de Eurofighter GmbH con sede en Alemania entre 2013 y 2016. Comenzó su carrera profesional en 1985 como ingeniero y ha ocupado numerosos puestos de alta dirección en Airbus Defence and Space, como Head of Operations en Airbus Military y Head of Eurofighter Production para Alemania y España. Es ingeniero de Telecomunicaciones por la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Northrop Grumman Expands Arizona Operations

New 36,000 square foot facility doubles the company’s current production capability

MESA, Ariz. – Dec. 12, 2018 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced today that its Innovation Systems sector operations in Mesa completed the expansion of its Bushmaster®medium caliber cannon production facility. The new 36,000 square foot facility nearly doubles the company’s current production capacity by collocating warehouse and manufacturing operations into one site.

Lisa Brown (center) Northrop Grumman vice president and Mesa site operations lead, cuts the ribbon to officially open the company’s new facility. The 36,000 square foot building combines production and warehousing into one location, nearly doubling the production capability for the division that produces the world renowned Bushmaster line of medium caliber cannons. (pictured left-right: Kevin Sullivan, executive vice president, Arizona Commerce Authority; David Luna, Mesa vice mayor; John Giles, Mesa mayor; Dan Olson, Northrop Grumman armament systems vice president; Lisa Brown, Northrop Grumman vice president and Mesa site lead; Sally Harrison, CEO, Mesa Chamber of Commerce; Rudy Cota, Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs staff, constituent service representative; Bill Jabjiniak, Mesa director of economic development; Chris Keeler, Northrop Grumman deputy director Mesa operations.)

“The city of Mesa is proud that Northrop Grumman chose to expand in the Falcon District,” Mesa Mayor John Giles said. “This new facility will bring more high-tech jobs to Mesa’s growing aerospace and defense industry.”
The Mesa-based operation produces the world-renowned Bushmaster® family of medium caliber cannons that provide the U.S. military and its allies with proven, highly reliable weapons for air, land and sea combat platforms. The company has either installed or is on contract to provide its cannons to more than 50 nations globally.
“This expansion will help us meet today’s surging demand for our cannons while also addressing future growth requirements as U.S. and allied militaries are increasing their current defense capabilities in response to worldwide threats,” said Lisa Brown, vice president, site operations, Northrop Grumman.
The Mesa-based operation employs more than 200 full time employees and since the project’s groundbreaking in March has begun the hiring of an additional 50 to 60 new engineering, program management and manufacturing technicians as a result of the company’s increased production capacity.

miércoles, 12 de diciembre de 2018

Production Milestone for Pratt & Whitney GTF™ PW1200G Engine at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines in Japan

EAST HARTFORD, Conn.Dec. 12, 2018/PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines Ltd. (MHIAEL) recently achieved a significant production milestone on the Pratt & Whitney GTFPW1200G engine, powering the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), Japan's first jet aircraft developed by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (Mitsubishi Aircraft). The first PW1200G engine assembly was completed at MHIAEL facility in Komaki, Japan, and successfully passed Pratt & Whitney's production acceptance test. The first engine produced at the facility is designated to be used in the MRJ flight test program. These are important accomplishments on the road to PW1200G production readiness. 
"Thanks to extensive and close cooperation with Pratt & Whitney, MHIAEL is developing a facility in Komaki to perform final assembly of the PW1200G engine powering the MRJ," says Katsuyuki Shimauchi, President & CEO, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines, Ltd. "We're gearing up intensely as we prepare for production by building the capacities and expertise we need to perform this critical work. Our facility is in the process of obtaining approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to produce these engines."
The MHIAEL facility, located in Komaki, Japan, will be one of two production assembly and test sites for the PW1200G engine. The engine is also assembled and tested at Pratt & Whitney's Mirabel Aerospace Center in Canada.  MHIAEL was established in 2014.
"The assembly and test of the first PW1200G engine at MHIAEL in Komaki is a key milestone for the PW1200G program," said Graham Webb, Vice President, Pratt & Whitney commercial engine programs. "We greatly appreciate our long-standing partnership and high level of collaboration with the MHI Group. Congratulations to the MHIAEL and Pratt & Whitney teams that ensured this achievement was successfully accomplished."
The MRJ is Mitsubishi Aircraft's next generation regional jet, powered exclusively by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The MRJ aircraft is currently flight testing and Mitsubishi Aircraft anticipates the first delivery in mid-2020. The GTF engine's geared fan architecture enables double digit reductions in fuel consumption, noise footprint and regulated emissions. Pratt & Whitney is investing more than $2.5 billion in 21st century manufacturing and aftermarket technology to transform its U.S. and global footprint.

Sikorsky MH-60 Jayhawk el extraordinario legado de los helicópteros de rescate del U.S. Coast Guard

HH-60J Jayhawk, USCG foto del Suboficial de 3ª Clase Abigail Rader
El helicóptero se ha convertido en la principal herramienta para salvar las vidas de miles de personas que han necesitado ser rescatadas a lo largo de su historia.

El 3 de enero de 1944 el Comandante F.A. Erickson realizó la primera misión en el mundo para el salvamento de vidas con helicóptero, concretamente un Sikorsky R-4 (HNS-1), poco después de que el destructor USS Turner explotara mientras operaba en la costa de New Jersey. Volando desde la ciudad de New York, durante una dura tormenta invernal, entregó con éxito el cargamento de plasma sanguíneo que necesitaban urgentemente en un hospital de campaña en Sandy Hook para atender a los heridos.
MH-60T Jayhawk, USCG foto del Suboficial de 2ª Clase Joel Guzman

HH-60J y MH-60T

El USCG comenzó a llevar un registro de sus misiones de búsqueda y rescate (SAR) con helicópteros a partir del año 1993. Desde entonces el servicio ha realizado cerca de 132.000 misiones SAR de entre las cuales más de 37.500 con el modelo Sikorsky MH-60 ​​Jayhawk, que entró en servicio en 1991 como HH-60J siendo una variante de la familia Black Hawk fabricada específicamente para el Guardacostas norteamericano, con la misma disposición del tren de aterrizaje del Seahawk (para facilitar las tomas sobre buques), depósitos auxiliares externos desmontables, radar de búsqueda y navegación, grúa de rescate externa, detector de radiobalizas, sistema IR/TV y todos los equipos específicos para el tipo de misión, convirtiéndose en una máquina única en el mundo producida en exclusiva para el USCG. Concretamente fueron 42 unidades, 3 de ellas se perdieron en accidente y posteriormente 6 SH-60 excedentes de la U.S. Navy fueron reconvertidas al Jayhawk, con lo cual el número total de estos helicópteros que llegaron a estar operativos es de 45.

La U.S Air Station Elizabeth City fue la primera unidad operativa en volar los Jayhawk, que se incorporaron a la flota para sustituir a los Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican (en servicio durante más de 20 años), aportando mayor velocidad, menores costes de operación y mantenimiento pero sacrificando espacio, ya que los Pelican tenían una superficie de cabina tres veces mayor.

Hace once años los HH-60J comenzaron a pasar por un proceso de actualización al MH-60T, pasando de ser un helicóptero únicamente configurado para SAR a adoptar nuevos roles, como vigilancia marítima y lucha contra el narcotráfico (manteniendo su capacidad para búsqueda y rescate). El proceso de la evolución al MH-60T de las unidades que entraron en el programa finalizó en 2013. No todos los Jayhawk pasaron por el retrofit, el total ha sido de 32.

El MH-60 Jayhawk pertenece a la flota de helicópteros de alcance medio. Complementando a los MH-65 Dolphin de corto alcance, el modelo de Sikorsky está operado por una tripulación de 4 personas (dos pilotos, un operador de grúa y un nadador de rescate). Tiene un MTOW de 9.920 kg, un peso en vacío de 6.580 kg, altura total de 5,20 m, y con rotores su longitud es de 19,8 m y su ancho de 16,5 metros.

Actualmente las Estaciones Aéreas que operan el Jayhawk son, además de Elizabeth City, Astoria, Sitka, Kodiak, San Diego, Clearwater, Cape Cod y  el Aviation Training Center Mobile.

Se espera que el Jayhawk permanezca en servicio en principio hasta el 2035.
MH-60T Jayhawk, USCG foto del Suboficial de 2ª Clase Joel Guzman

martes, 11 de diciembre de 2018

Boeing Delivers First 787-9 Dreamliner for Royal Air Maroc

Larger and longer-range Dreamliner to help airline expand service to Europe, United States, Latin America
Morocco's flag carrier unveils new interior and special livery on inaugural 787-9
SEATTLEDec. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] today delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner for Royal Air Maroc, introducing a second member of the super-efficient Dreamliner family to the airline's fleet. The new airplane offers more seats and more range, which will help Morocco's flag carrier grow its international business. 
"We are particularly pleased to receive today our airline's first 787-9, which will soon be joined by three other models from the same family. The choice of this airplane forms part of our strategy to continuously expand and modernize our fleet, and comes just a few days after the announcement of the invitation made to Royal Air Maroc to join the highly prestigious Oneworld Alliance. This will further strengthen our country's and Royal Air Maroc's leadership position on the continent," says Abdelhamid Addou, CEO and Chairman of Royal Air Maroc.
In 2015, the airline was the first in the Mediterranean to fly the 787-8, the initial Dreamliner that offered 20 percent less fuel and fewer emissions. With the airplane's exceptional fuel efficiency and performance, Royal Air Maroc planned new, non-stop routes such as Casablancato Washington, D.C and to Miami.
With the larger, longer-range 787-9, Royal Air Maroc will be able to accommodate about 30 additional passengers (for a total of 302) and fly several hundred miles farther (up to 7,635 nautical miles or 14,140 km). The airline plans to deploy the 787-9 on routes such as Casablanca to Paris(Orly), to New York and to Sao Paulo.
To celebrate its inaugural 787-9, Royal Air Maroc unveiled a special livery that honors contemporary Moroccan culture. The airline also debuted a new interior to enhance the flying experience. Passengers in business class will have three seat options, including 'full flat' and 'full privacy'. All travelers will enjoy the Dreamliner's larger windows, lower cabin altitude, smooth-ride technology, and other amenities.
"The Dreamliner is the perfect platform for Royal Air Maroc's bold vision. The airline can now take advantage of the technology that is common across the 787-8 and 787-9, while tailoring its network based on market demand," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company.
"We have been proud partners with Royal Air Maroc for nearly 50 years, providing the airline with generations of advanced jetliners, and helping Morocco harness a homegrown aerospace sector to sustain long-term growth."
Later this month, Royal Air Maroc will begin modernizing its single-aisle fleet when it takes delivery of its first 737 MAX, the latest and more efficient version of the 737 airplane. The jet will join a fleet of more than 60 Boeing airplanes.
The carrier also uses Boeing Global Services to enhance its operations through offerings such as Software Distribution Manager, a cloud-based solution that ensures operational data flows securely to and from the airplane while it is on the ground.
Boeing's relationship with Morocco goes beyond airplanes and services. The company has supported the development of the kingdom's aviation industry through partnerships such as a joint venture named MATIS Aerospace that specializes in producing wire bundles and wire harnesses for new airplanes. Boeing is also helping to educate local youth through partnerships with EFE-Morocco and the INJAZ Al-Maghrib association.