viernes, 22 de marzo de 2019

Kazakhstan Border Service places order for Airbus C295

Madrid, 21 March 2019 The Border Service of the Republic of Kazakhstan has signed a firm order for one C295 medium transport aircraft. 
Through this new agreement, which includes training, spares and ground support equipment, the overall C295 fleet operating in Kazakhstan will increase to nine aircraft.
The new C295, in transport configuration, will play a vital role in border control activities and homeland security operations due to its demonstrated reliability and cost efficiency in operation at low temperatures.
With this new order, the Border Service of Kazakhstan becomes the 31st operator of the C295 and brings the total number of orders up to 13 aircraft in the CIS.

jueves, 21 de marzo de 2019

Top Coast Guard officer outlines future of service in San Pedro

A Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew conducts a hoist demonstration with a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco-Forward Operating Base Point Mugu MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew in the Port of Los Angeles, March 21, 2019. The demonstration followed the 2019 State of the Coast Guard Address delivered by Adm. Karl Schultz, Coast Guard commandant. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Ryan Estrada /Released)

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Commandant of the United States Coast Guard delivered his first State of the Coast Guard address Thursday at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach in San Pedro.​
Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team-West crewmembers conduct a tactical demonstration in the Port of Los Angeles, March 21, 2019. The demonstration followed the 2019 State of the Coast Guard Address delivered by Adm. Karl Schultz, Coast Guard commandant. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Ryan Estrada /Released)

Speaking from the largest port in the nation, Adm. Karl Schultz highlighted Coast Guard security and marine safety operations, which facilitate $4.6 trillion in annual economic activity.​

Schultz also recognized the service and sacrifice of Coast Guard men and women deployed around the world ensuring global peace and prosperity, including servicemembers supporting U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Central Command. He also honored servicemembers in San Pedro, who help ensure the safety and timely movement of vessels operating in the Ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach.

"We must make a difference today, for the Coast Guard of tomorrow," said Schultz. "Our Coast Guard men and women are united by a shared commitment and eagerness to serve, to demonstrate skill and courage, so that America’s Coast Guard will remain Semper Paratus—Always Ready.”
Schultz also made multiple policy and acquisition announcements including:
  • Increased presence in Southern California, including construction of a new air station at Ventura County Naval Station; the homeporting of the service’s first two new Offshore Patrol Cutters at Base Los Angeles-Long Beach in 2021; and four new Fast Response Cutters in Los Angeles.
  • Confirmed the service was poised to release an update to its Arctic Strategic Outlook in the coming weeks.
  • $675 million to fully fund the Polar Security Cutter and award the first construction contract for the cutter in the spring.
  • Confirmed the service will accelerate delivery of unmanned aerial systems for National Security Cutters to enable operations that reduce violence and economic/political instability in the Western Hemisphere.
“As Congress makes tough fiscal decisions and looks at the best ways to spend the nation’s precious resources, there’s not a better return on investment in government than the United States Coast Guard,” said Schultz.

Adm. Karl Schultz, Coast Guard commandant, delivers the 2019 State of the Coast Guard Address at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach in San Pedro, California, March 21, 2019. Speaking from the largest port in the nation, Adm. Schultz highlighted Coast Guard security and marine safety operations, which facilitate $4.6 trillion in annual economic activity. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Seaman Ryan Estrada /Released)

Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT™ Helicopter Achieves First Flight

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.March 21, 2019/PRNewswire/ -- The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT™ helicopter achieved first flight today at Sikorsky's West Palm Beach, Florida site. This revolutionary aircraft, developed by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), and Boeing (NYSE: BA), will help inform the next generation of military helicopters as part of the U.S. Army's Future Vertical Lift program.

"DEFIANT is designed to fly at nearly twice the speed and has twice the range of conventional helicopters while retaining the very best, if not better low-speed and hover performance of conventional helicopters," said Dan Spoor, vice president, Sikorsky Future Vertical Lift. "This design provides for exceptional performance in the objective area, where potential enemy activity places a premium on maneuverability, survivability and flexibility. We are thrilled with the results of today's flight and look forward to an exciting flight test program."

With its two coaxial main rotors and rear-mounted pusher propulsor, DEFIANT is unlike production rotorcraft available today. It represents a leap forward in technology to achieve the U.S. government's desire for vast increases in speed and range, while improving maneuverability and survivability in a cost-effective way. DEFIANT aircraft's use of X2™ Technology will allow the Army to penetrate from strategic standoff and exploit gaps created in complex Anti-Access Area Denial systems against near-peer adversaries. 
"The design and development of DEFIANT has revealed the capability advancement that is truly possible for Future Vertical Lift," said David Koopersmith, vice president and general manager, Boeing Vertical Lift. "Clearly, the performance, speed, and agility of DEFIANT will be a game changer on the battlefield and we look forward to demonstrating for the U.S. Army the tremendous capabilities of this aircraft." 
The helicopter is participating in the Army's Joint Multi-Role-Medium Technology Demonstrator program. Data from DEFIANT will help the Army develop requirements for new utility helicopters expected to enter service in the early 2030s. This flight marks a key milestone for the Sikorsky-Boeing team, and is the culmination of significant design, simulation and test activity to further demonstrate the capability of the X2 Technology.
X2 Technology is scalable to a variety of military missions such as attack and assault, long-range transportation, infiltration and resupply. DEFIANT is the third X2® aircraft in less than 10 years.

miércoles, 20 de marzo de 2019

Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship off Atlantic City, NJ

U.S. Coast Guard Air Stations Atlantic City, New Jersey and Elizabeth City, North Carolina medevac a man from the cruise ship MSC Divina approximately 100 miles off Atlantic City, New Jersey, March 19, 2019. The 52-year-old man was found unconscious on the ship's pool deck before being hoisted up and transported to Atlantic City Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City Campus.
(U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Atlantic City)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.​ —​ The Coast Guard medevaced a man from the cruise ship MSC Divina approximately 100 miles southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, Tuesday.

Early Tuesday morning, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Fifth District command center were notified that the 52-year-old man was found unconscious on the ship's pool deck.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina launched to assist.

Once on scene, the helicopter crew safely hoisted the man up and transported him to Atlantic City Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City Campus.

"We would like to commend the crew of the ship for their quick communication," said Lt. James Fennessey, helicopter pilot during the case. "Notifying us as soon as possible gave us the time needed to plan and execute accordingly, which ultimately got this man the level of care he needed."

67-year-old kayaker hoisted by Coast Guard aircrew on Long Island, Wash. ​

USCG MH-60 Jayhawk, photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read (archive)

SEATTLE --​ A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted a 67-year-old kayaker who was reported overdue from his trip near Willapa Bay, Washington, Wednesday morning.

The man was hoisted by a Coast Guard Air Station Astoria aircrew, safely transported and lowered to his vehicle on shore at 2:28 a.m., where he departed for home.

At approximately 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday night, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watch standers received a notification from Pacific County Dispatch of an overdue kayaker, whose departure point was the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge parking lot.

The mariner was kayaking around Long Island in the southern part of Willapa Bay and his wife expected him to return home shortly after sunset.

The Pacific County crew received the call and confirmed the man’s vehicle was still at his departure point and he was not carrying a cell phone or radio with him.

Sector Columbia River personnel dispatched the aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, who located the kayaker on Long Island.

A rescue swimmer was lowered down at 1:15 a.m. and reported the man to be in good health and not in need of medical attention.​

Viking lanza el programa de actualización de aviónica (Avionics Update Program, AUP) para la flota de aviones anfibios Canadair CL-215T y CL-415

Nimes, Francia, 18 de marzo de 2019: Viking Air Limited, Victoria (Columbia Británica) lanzó un programa de actualización de aviónica (AUP) para la flota de aeronaves apagafuegos Canadair CL-215T y CL-415. El programa incorporará tecnologías actualizadas en comunicaciones, navegación, vigilancia y gestión del tráfico aéreo a través de una plataforma integrada, la suite de aviónica Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion.

Para enfrentarse al desafío de los componentes con fecha de finalización de su vida útil, el AUP utilizará modernos y fiables sistemas COTS interconectados con los equipos de misión. El sistema está diseñado como una solución completamente integrada para un cockpit armonizado que no sólo cumplirá con el reglamento actual, sino que también abordará las futuras necesidades técnicas y operativas con un horizonte superior a los 25 años.

Los aviones que se sometan al retrofit contarán con un cockpit totalmente ergonómico con tres grandes pantallas LCD para una mejor visualización de los datos de vuelo, que ayudará a reducir la carga de trabajo del piloto y mostrará toda la información necesaria bajo un diseño mucho más simplificado.

Diseño propuesto de la suite de aviónica integrada Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion con tres grandes pantallas LCD.

Un componente clave del programa es la introducción de la suite de aviónica digital Collins Pro Line Fusion, un sistema basado en software escalable certificado FAR/Part 25. La configuración principal incluye un Director de Vuelo, Sistema de Gestión de Vuelo (FMS), junto con las capacidades SBAS-GPS y LPV, el Sistema de Alerta contra el Terreno (TAWS), ADS-B, Visión Sintética (compatible con NVG), indicadores de visualización del sistema de alertas y un panel funcional redundante como alternativa a los comandos de pantalla táctil.

Un sistema SATCOM, Latitude Technologies Ionode System, Radar Meteorológico y Auto-Pilot son algunas de las opciones disponibles para mejorar y personalizar aún más el sistema de aviónica según las necesidades del operador.

Dan Seroussi, Director del Programa de Servicio al Cliente de Viking: “Los apagafuegos Canadair están en el corazón de la estrategia de desarrollo de Viking. Estos aviones tienen capacidades operativas increíbles y su versatilidad les permitirá cumplir con una amplia variedad de misiones en el futuro. Estamos seguros de que la suite Collins Pro Line Fusion Avionics no sólo ayudará a resolver los problemas de obsolescencia y los nuevos requisitos reglamentarios a los que actualmente se enfrentan los operadores de las aeronaves CL-215T y CL-415, sino que también ampliará la longevidad de la flota de los operadores durante muchos años”.

Gregory Davis, Vicepresidente de Servicio al Cliente y Soporte de Productos de Viking, agregó: "La tecnología avanzada del Pro Line Fusion será la columna vertebral de la evolución y el soporte de estos increíbles aviones durante los próximos 25 años, y estoy satisfecho de la nueva suite de aviónica integrada. Ésta equipará las flotas actuales de los aviones CL ya en servicio, así como el nuevo Viking CL-415EAF (Enhanced Aerial Firefighter). Este sistema también conformará las bases para cualquier nuevo avión en producción, permitiendo la interoperabilidad y el mantenimiento entre las unidades nuevas y antiguas".
El AUP se ofrecerá inicialmente como una actualización para los operadores del CL-215T o CL-415, los cuales podrán seleccionar el retrofit completo, incluido el suministro e instalación del paquete de aviónica, o bien un kit de componentes para su instalación a través de los centros de reparación y mantenimiento aprobados.
Viking Air.

martes, 19 de marzo de 2019

Letter from Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to Airlines, Passengers and the Aviation Community

We know lives depend on the work we do, and our teams embrace that responsibility with a deep sense of commitment every day. Our purpose at Boeing is to bring family, friends and loved ones together with our commercial airplanes—safely. The tragic losses of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610 affect us all, uniting people and nations in shared grief for all those in mourning. Our hearts are heavy, and we continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of the passengers and crew on board.
Safety is at the core of who we are at Boeing, and ensuring safe and reliable travel on our airplanes is an enduring value and our absolute commitment to everyone. This overarching focus on safety spans and binds together our entire global aerospace industry and communities. We're united with our airline customers, international regulators and government authorities in our efforts to support the most recent investigation, understand the facts of what happened and help prevent future tragedies. Based on facts from the Lion Air Flight 610 accident and emerging data as it becomes available from the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accident, we're taking actions to fully ensure the safety of the 737 MAX. We also understand and regret the challenges for our customers and the flying public caused by the fleet's grounding.
Work is progressing thoroughly and rapidly to learn more about the Ethiopian Airlines accident and understand the information from the airplane's cockpit voice and flight data recorders. Our team is on-site with investigators to support the investigation and provide technical expertise. The Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau will determine when and how it's appropriate to release additional details.
Boeing has been in the business of aviation safety for more than 100 years, and we'll continue providing the best products, training and support to our global airline customers and pilots. This is an ongoing and relentless commitment to make safe airplanes even safer. Soon we'll release a software update and related pilot training for the 737 MAX that will address concerns discovered in the aftermath of the Lion Air Flight 610 accident. We've been working in full cooperation with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board on all issues relating to both the Lion Air and the Ethiopian Airlines accidents since the Lion Air accident occurred in October last year.
Our entire team is devoted to the quality and safety of the aircraft we design, produce and support. I've dedicated my entire career to Boeing, working shoulder to shoulder with our amazing people and customers for more than three decades, and I personally share their deep sense of commitment. Recently, I spent time with our team members at our 737 production facility in Renton, Wash., and once again saw firsthand the pride our people feel in their work and the pain we're all experiencing in light of these tragedies. The importance of our work demands the utmost integrity and excellence—that's what I see in our team, and we'll never rest in pursuit of it.  
Our mission is to connect people and nations, protect freedom, explore our world and the vastness of space, and inspire the next generation of aerospace dreamers and doers—and we'll fulfill that mission only by upholding and living our values. That's what safety means to us. Together, we'll keep working to earn and keep the trust people have placed in Boeing.
Dennis Muilenburg
Chairman, President and CEO
The Boeing Company 

Leonardo eyes enhanced firefighting configuration for its C-27J aircraft to expand multirole capabilities

•  Complementing  its  rugged  and  reliable  capabilities  in  extreme  conditions,  the firefighting  configuration  will  benefit    C-27J  customers 

•  Humanitarian  assistance  and  support  in  the  event  of  natural  disasters  are  the  types of  missions  typically  performed  by  tactical  transport  aircraft  such  as  the  versatile Leonardo  C-27J  Spartan 

•  C-27J orders  total  85  from  14  countries  around  the  world

Rome  19th,  March  2019  -  The  16th  Aerial  Firefighting  Europe  event  returns  to  Nimes,  France, 19th  &  20th  March  with  a  new  entry,  the  C-27J  in  firefighting  configuration.  The  C-27J  firefighter with  roll-on/roll-off  Fire  Attack  System  (FAS)  made  by  Simplex  Aerospace  –  the  world  leader  of advanced  aerial  application  systems  -  represents  an  effective  solution  in  airborne  firefighting technology  and  capability.  This  enhanced  firefighter  configuration  is  a  flexible  solution,  ideal  for enhancing  the  capabilities  of  the  C-27J  multi-mission  aircraft  with  significantly  lower  acquisition and  operating  costs  than  a  dedicated  firefighting  platform. 

The  Simplex  Fire  Attack  System  can  be  easily  installed  or  removed  by  a  small  team  in approximately  60-90  minutes  via  the  aircraft’s  rear  loading  ramp.  No  major  structural modifications  are  required  to  the  airframe.  The  main  tank  has  a  maximum  capacity  of  10,600  l (2,800  gal  US).  568  l  (150  gal  US)  of  foam  retardant  can  also  be  added.  The  firefighting  system is  one  of  the  options  that  C-27J  customers  can  add  to  the  C-27J  Spartan  new  baseline configuration  which  incorporates  a  brand  new  avionics  system    designed  to  comply  with  Next Generation  Air  Traffic  Control  requirements,  new  cockpit  control  panels  and  LED  aircraft  lights. Operators  will  enjoy  improved  operational  cost  and  performance  within  the  aircraft  flyaway  price.   The  firefighting  capability  and  the  new  baseline  configuration  are  also  being  offered  as  a  retrofit to  current  operators  that  want  to  upgrade  their  C-27J  fleet.   

While  offering  the  C-27J  Firefighter  with  the  Simplex  Aerospace  roll-on/roll-off  Fire  Attack System,  Leonardo,  in  collaboration  with  the  European  SCODEV  Consortium,  is  also  studying and  testing  a  further  innovative  solution  to  enhance  the  C-27J's  firefighting  potential.  The SCODEV  scooping  device  willprovide  increased  operational  flexibility  by  allowing  the  water  tank to  be  filled  from  a  stretch  of  water,  without  the  need  to  return  to  base.  The  system  will  provide  a scooping  device  for  the  safe  loading  of  water  (sea,  lakes,  rivers)  from  around  30m  above  the surface,  with  a  roll-on  /  roll-off  approach  to  allow  the  aircraft  different  roles  between  firefighting, emergency  support  (medevac)  and  transport.   

Eighty  five  C-27J  Spartans  have  already  been  ordered  by  the  Air  Forces  of  Italy,  Greece, Bulgaria,  Lithuania,  Romania,  Slovakia,  United  States,  Mexico,  Australia,  Peru,  Kenya, Morocco,  Chad  and  Zambia. 

lunes, 18 de marzo de 2019

Airbus to highlight full range of products and services at LIMA 2019

Airbus will be the largest international exhibitor at next week’s Langkawi International Maritime and Aviation Exhibition (LIMA) 2019 in Malaysia, with a major presence covering its entire range of commercial aircraft, defence, space and helicopter products and services. The air show will be held on 26-30 March at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre in Langkawi, Kedah.

Airbus aircraft at the static display include an A320neo operated by Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia, the largest customer for the European manuacturer’s single-aisle aircraft. Military aircraft such as a Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) A400M, the new-generation tactical airlifter, and a CN235 medium aircraft that the service uses on transport missions, will also be on display.
The company’s leadership in Malaysia’s helicopter market will be underscored by presence of helicopters such as the RMAF’s H225M, a Malaysian navy AS555SN Fennec, and an AS365 Dauphin operated by the country’s maritime enforcement agency. Airbus will also feature a H145 helicopter in emergency medical services configuration.
The Airbus exhibition stand (#B537) will feature scale models of the new A330neo widebody aircraft, the C295 maritime patrol aircraft, the Zephyr solar-powered unmanned aerial system, as well as helicopters such as the H175 and ACH160.
Visitors will also be able to get more information on the company’s intelligence and maritime surveillance solutions in dedicated sections on the stand, as well as presentations on the H145M helicopter fitted with the HForce weapons system.
Malaysia is a strategic market for Airbus with success across the company’s commercial and military aircraft, space and helicopter product lines. Customers in Malaysia have ordered more than 700 commercial airliners and over 100 helicopters, and the RMAF is the first export customer for the A400M airlifter. Airbus also supplied MEASAT-3b, the country’s largest communications satellite.
Airbus is also the biggest partner for Malaysia’s aerospace industry, with suppliers in the country producing major aircraft parts across the Airbus product line. The company has also invested in its Malaysian units that focus on services such as commercial aircraft and helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul, pilot training, and customer support.

El CEO de Boeing Muilenburg emite una declaración sobre la investigación del accidente del vuelo 302 de Ethiopian Airlines

CHICAGO, marzo de 2019 / PRNewswire / - El CEO de Boeing, Dennis Muilenburg, emitió la siguiente declaración sobre el informe del ministro de transporte etíope, Dagmawit Moges, en el día de ayer.

En primer lugar nuestras más sinceras condolencias con las familias y seres queridos de las personas que viajaban a bordo del vuelo 302 de Ethiopian Airlines.

Boeing continúa apoyando la investigación y trabajando con las autoridades pertinentes para evaluar la nueva información a medida que ésta esté disponible.

La seguridad es la máxima prioridad en el diseño y construcción de nuestros aviones.

Como parte de nuestro procedimiento estándar tras cualquier accidente, examinamos el diseño y la operación de la aeronave y, cuando corresponde, instituimos las actualizaciones que sean necesarias para mejorar aún más la seguridad.

Mientras los investigadores continúan trabajando para establecer las conclusiones definitivas, Boeing está finalizando el desarrollo de una actualización de software anunciada previamente, así como una revisión en el manual de entrenamiento del piloto que abordará el comportamiento del control de vuelo MCAS en respuesta a entradas de sensores erróneas. También continuamos brindando asistencia técnica a solicitud y bajo la dirección de la Junta Nacional de Seguridad del Transporte, el Representante Acreditado de los EE.UU. que trabaja con los investigadores etíopes.

De acuerdo con el protocolo internacional, todas las consultas sobre la investigación de accidentes en curso deben dirigirse a las autoridades investigadoras.


Coast Guard, good Samaritans searching for missing mariner off Oahu

USCG Air Station Barbers Point two MH-65 Dolphin Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West (archive)

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and good Samaritans are searching for a mariner who fell overboard 24 miles south of Oahu, Sunday.
Multiple air and surface Coast Guard crews are searching with assistance from three good Samaritan crews. Servicemembers from Navy Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37 have also been requested. Sector Honolulu watchstanders have issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast Notification requesting anyone in the area to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress.

USCG Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West (archive)

“We are currently searching for a 39-year-old male boater who fell overboard while reeling in a fish,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarah Dupre, a Sector Honolulu watchstander. “He was reported as wearing a long-sleeve, grey shirt and boots. We request anyone with information to hail us on channel VHF 16 or by phone at 808-842-2600.”
At 11:51 a.m., Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a radio call from a boater on the 18-foot pleasure-craft Amie C II reporting the situation. The boater stated the mariner was not wearing a life jacket at the time and was reportedly a good swimmer. The boater secured the engine and went to get a floatation device from the vessel’s cabin. When she re-emerged the mariner in the water was no longer visible.

USCG Cutter Mellon photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley (archive)

Sector Honolulu watchstanders immediately issued the UMIB and launched asset crews from Air Station Barbers Point, Station Honolulu and the cutter Joseph Gerczak. The crew of the cutter Mellon was on patrol and diverted to assist. Three good Samaritan crews in the area heard the UMIB and offered to search as well.
Currently Involved in the search:
-A Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew
-Two Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews
-The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Gerczak (WPC 1126)
-The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717)
-Three good Samaritan crews

USCG Cutter Joseph Gerczak photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West (archive)

Air Station Barbers Point crews deployed Self Locating Data Markers to verify water current strength and direction. The weather on scene is winds of 28 mph and seas up to 8 feet.

domingo, 17 de marzo de 2019

Boeing CEO Muilenburg Issues Statement on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Accident Investigation

CHICAGOMarch 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg issued the following statement regarding the report from Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges today.
First and foremost, our deepest sympathies are with the families and loved ones of those onboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.
Boeing continues to support the investigation, and is working with the authorities to evaluate new information as it becomes available. Safety is our highest priority as we design, build and support our airplanes.  As part of our standard practice following any accident, we examine our aircraft design and operation, and when appropriate, institute product updates to further improve safety.  While investigators continue to work to establish definitive conclusions, Boeing is finalizing its development of a previously-announced software update and pilot training revision that will address the MCAS flight control law's behavior in response to erroneous sensor inputs.  We also continue to provide technical assistance at the request of and under the direction of the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. Accredited Representative working with Ethiopian investigators.
In accordance with international protocol, all inquiries about the ongoing accident investigation must be directed to the investigating authorities.

sábado, 16 de marzo de 2019

Coast Guard aircrews in Humboldt Bay to increase flights during annual training

Image above is a stock photo of one of Sector Humboldt Bay's MH-65 Dolphin helicopters that will be involved in the upcoming training. The stock photo was captured during a training evolution March 7, 2018 by Chief Petty Officer Brandyn Hill.

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. —​ Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay aircrews are scheduled to go through annual standardization training and evaluations from March 18 through March 29.
Flight Standardization Instructors from the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala., will be arriving to evaluate aircrew flight proficiency and procedures.
This evaluation will result in a significant increase in daily flights and an increase in helicopter traffic at Eureka’s Murray Airfield, Samoa Airfield and Arcata Airport over the next two weeks.
These evaluations are required annually by the Coast Guard to test the ability of pilots and aircrew to perform during search and rescue cases and react to in-flight emergencies. The evaluators will be ensuring that procedures are being performed to the Coast Guard’s standard. These annual evaluations help maintain the unit’s readiness to respond to missions and emergencies safely and effectively.

Normal Coast Guard emergency response capability will not be affected.

Northrop Grumman Products from Across the Country Support ULA Delta IV Launch of WGS-10 Spacecraft

Northrop Grumman’s advanced technologies support communications improvements for US and Allied Forces

DULLES, Va. – March 15, 2019 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) provided a wide array of innovative technologies for today’s successful launch and deployment of the 10th Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-10) on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Northrop Grumman provided a wide array of innovative technologies, including four GEM-60 solid rocket motors, for ULA’s Delta IV launch of WGS-10 on March 15.

“The successful Delta IV launch of the WGS-10 satellite, which is part of a larger system that provides critical communications capabilities for U.S. and allied forces worldwide, is a significant achievement for our team,” said Charlie Precourt, vice president, propulsion systems, Northrop Grumman. “This mission exemplifies the breadth of our capabilities to protect the warfighter by contributing key technologies on both the rocket and the satellite.”
For ULA’s Delta IV rocket, Northrop Grumman provided the RS-68A liquid engine nozzles, 60-inch diameter Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM-60), 20 key lightweight composite structures ranging in size and complexity, the propellant tank for the upper stage roll control system and thermal protection material for the rocket.
Northrop Grumman’s contributions to the WGS-10 satellite includes producing loop heat pipes, standard heat pipes and payload pallet boom tubes.
Northrop Grumman facilities in Beltsville, Maryland; Clearfield, Magna and Promontory, Utah; Commerce and San Diego, California; and Iuka, Mississippi, all contributed to the effort.

viernes, 15 de marzo de 2019

Airbus and Swiss Rotor Solutions promoting use of Maximum Pilot View Kit on H125/AS350 helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and Swiss Rotor Service (SRS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in the promotion of the Maximum Pilot View Kit (MPVK) for the H125 and older variants of the AS350 single-engine helicopter (B2 & B3 versions). This will enable customers to have the MPVK installed directly by Airbus Helicopters on newly-built H125’s coming out of its final assembly line in Marignane (France) or out of its worldwide Customer Centers network.
Designed specifically for the H125, the MPVK consists of a large lower viewing aperture and transparent fuselage window fairing, which multiplies by ten the field of view of pilots during vertical work operations. Providing unrestricted pilot view below and to the right hand side of the aircraft, the kit improves the H125 mission capability and enhances the safety for pilots and ground crews in demanding operations such as sling loading, firefighting, confined area operations, search and rescue and emergency medical services, as well as any tasks requiring to operate near the ground and obstacles.
“We are striving to constantly improving the safety, performance and versatility of the H125 in order to better meet our customers’ expectations”, said Axel Aloccio, Head of the Light Helicopters Programme at Airbus Helicopters. “With the MPVK, which will be available this year in new helicopters but also on retrofit, the H125 will further increase its mission capability in important market segments and provide enhanced mission safety”.
Swiss Rotor Solutions AG was founded in 2013 with the purpose of offering services and products for the helicopter industry. The MPVK STC is already EASA, FAA, TCCA, ANAC Brazil and DGAC Mexico approved
“We are really happy to start this cooperation with Airbus Helicopters to further promote the use of the MPVK among H125 operators”, said Thomas Bolzli, CEO of SRS. “At present there are about 30 aircraft equipped with the kit but with a fleet of about 2000 H125/AS350 currently dedicated to work depending on high pilot vertical visibility, we are very optimistic for the future success of this kit”.

jueves, 14 de marzo de 2019

NHV Group appoints Steffen Bay as new CEO

Ostend  –  March  14th,  2019 

The  NHV  Group  today  announced  that  Mr  Steffen  Bay  has  been  named  Chief  Executive  Officer.  Steffen  Bay previously  served  as  the  company's  Chief  Commercial  Officer.  He  will  replace  former CEO and  co-founder Mr Eric Van Hal. 

“Steffen  brings  a  wealth  of  commercial  and  corporate  experience  to  the  role  of  CEO  from  his  successful  20  years  career  across all aspects  of  the  helicopter  services  value  chain”,  said  Mr  Yves-Louis  Darricarrère,  President  of  NHV’s  Board  of Directors.  “His  expertise  and  decisiveness,  combined  with  an  unwavering  commitment  to  safety,  and  relentless  focus  on competitiveness  make  him  a  great  fit  for  NHV  and  uniquely  qualified  to  move  the  company forward.” 

Steffen  Bay  recently  joined  NHV  Group  after  having  held  several  leadership  positions.  Previous  appointments  include Waypoint  Leasing  where  he  was  responsible  for  South  America,  ERA  Helicopters  in  the  Gulf  of  Mexico  and  South  Amercia  as  well as  Airbus  Helicopters  in  France,  Indonesia  and  the  United  States.  These  experiences  have  provided  him  with  leadership  exposure  to the  helicopter  industry  in  all  major  global  markets.  Steffen  Bay,  a  German  national,  is  a  certified  lawyer  and  holds  an  MBA  in Corporate Finance  from  the University of Dallas. 

"I  am  excited  and  honoured  to  be  the  new  CEO  of  the  NHV  Group”,  comments  Steffen  Bay.  "I  look  forward  to  serving  NHV’s  loyal clients  and  business  partners  and  to  working  with  NHV's  skilled  and  committed  teams  to  continue  to  deliver  outstanding  and  safe operations."

Returning Astronauts To The Moon: Lockheed Martin Finalizes Full-Scale Cislunar Habitat Prototype

NextSTEP Habitat Prototype to Support NASA's Gateway Architecture

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.March 14, 2019/PRNewswire/ -- For long-duration, deep space missions, astronauts will need a highly efficient and reconfigurable space, and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is researching and designing ways to support those missions. Under a public-private partnership as a part of NASA's Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) Phase II study contract, Lockheed Martin has completed the initial ground prototype for a cislunar habitat that would be compatible with NASA's Gateway architecture. This habitat will help NASA study and assess the critical capabilities needed to build a sustainable presence around the Moon and support pioneering human exploration in deep space.
The full-scale prototype, or Habitat Ground Test Article (HGTA), is built inside of a repurposed shuttle-era cargo container, called a Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM), at Kennedy Space Center. Using rapid prototyping and modern design tools like virtual and augmented reality, the team customized the interior making full use of the entire volume of the module to accommodate a variety of tasks like science missions and personal needs of future astronauts. The team also studied how to apply the advanced, deep space capabilities that are already built in to NASA's Orion spacecraft. Through additional research and development funding, the NextSTEP team also applied mixed-reality technology to further refine the concept.
"Throughout the design and engineering process of this high-fidelity prototype, we have kept the diversity of missions top-of-mind," said Bill Pratt, Lockheed Martin Space NextSTEP program manager.  "By building modularity in from the beginning, our design can support Lunar orbit and surface science missions along with commercial operations, all while accelerating the path to the Moon."
Over the past five months, the team used tools like virtual and augmented reality to simplify and streamline the build-up process. They also applied expertise from Lockheed Martin's heritage of operating autonomous interplanetary robotic missions, like OSIRIS-REx and InSight, to integrate reliable robotic capabilities in to the design.
"Getting back to the Moon, and eventually Mars, is no small feat, but our team are mission visionaries," said Pratt. "They have worked to apply lessons learned from our experience with deep space robotic missions to this first-of-its-kind spacecraft around the Moon."
The Lockheed Martin team will soon transition the prototype to the NASA NextSTEP team for assessment. During the week of March 25, a team of NASA astronauts will live and work inside the prototype, evaluating the layout and providing feedback.  The NASA test team will also validate the overall design and will be able to evaluate the standards and common interfaces, like the International Docking System Standard (IDSS), and how to apply those systems for long-term missions based at the Lunar Gateway. Once NASA testing has completed, Lockheed Martin will continue to optimize and study the prototype to prepare for other Lunar efforts.