lunes, 24 de septiembre de 2018

Airbus Helicopters focuses on the wind turbine growth market

Hamburg, Airbus Helicopters views the support for wind farms as a business segment that is undergoing global growth and expects demand for up to a thousand helicopters over the coming two decades, corresponding to revenues of approximately €9 billion. Airbus Helicopters will present its supply, maintenance and crew transport solutions at the WindEnergy expo, which will be held in Hamburg from 25 to 28 September.
“Helicopters are an integral part of any logistics concept for offshore wind farms,” says Dennis Bernitz, Head of Western Europe Sales. “Our helicopters can complete missions for wind farms in a particularly quick, economical, safe and environmentally friendly manner. Helicopters can be used to deploy technicians or medical personnel in emergencies, even in rough seas, and can also transport operating personnel between the shore and the wind farm.” Helicopter transport means that personnel avoid problems with seasickness caused by travelling by sea in rough weather conditions. The probability of mistakes being made by seasick technicians is considerably higher than in the case of healthy technicians; in severe cases, the error rate climbs dramatically.
With turbine output rising, leading to a higher rate of electricity production, wind farm operators rely on an efficient, rapid-response logistics system, relying on high availability, to keep losses to a minimum should a malfunction occur. At the same time, wind farms are being built further and further from the shore. A helicopter can cover 40 nautical miles (approximately 74 km) in 20 minutes, meaning it can reach the site and return to shore faster than a transport vessel.
Airbus Helicopters has developed a logistics calculator for wind farm operators, which takes into account all relevant factors – weather, location and the number of turbines in the wind farm – to determine the most economical and environmentally friendly logistics solution which includes options on the mix of transport and special-purpose vessels.
Companies do not usually purchase the means of transport themselves, but lease the services from operators. Airbus Helicopters offers the H135, H145 and H175 rotorcraft for crew transport, maintenance and rescue missions. In future, the H160 is also expected to be available to this market. With their two engines and four-axis autopilot, these Airbus helicopters have the ability to hover in the air and safely and precisely winch down personnel or goods to exactly where they are needed.

domingo, 23 de septiembre de 2018

Coast Guard assists fishing vessel taking on water near Baffin Bay, Texas

MH-65 Dolphin, Lone Star SAR ©USCG (archive)
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard crews assisted a fishing vessel taking on water approximately 22 miles offshore of Baffin Bay, Texas, Saturday night.

Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a report that the vessel Juanitas was taking on water and in need of assistance.

A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew was launched. Once on scene, the MH-65 aircrew passed a dewatering pump to the vessel who was able to secure the source of the flooding.

The fishing vessel's sister ship Ms. Robin arrived on scene to assist.

The Juanitas was able to make way and is under its own power en route to Port Isabel, Texas.

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Coast Guard medevacs diver 115 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas

An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew transfers a 54-year-old diver reportedly suffering from a heart attack to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, Sept. 22, 2018. The Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew was launched to perform the medevac after the vessel requested assistance approximately 115 miles offshore. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Houston.

HOUSTON —The Coast Guard medevaced a 54-year-old diver from a charter vessel approximately 115 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas, Saturday night.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a report from a representative of the vessel Fling of a female passenger who reportedly began exhibiting symptoms of a heart attack. Watchstanders notified the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.

An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and a Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew were launched.

Once on scene, a rescue swimmer was deployed to check on the condition of the passenger while the MH-65 refueled due to the distance offshore.

The woman was then hoisted and transported to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

"Through excellent coordination between multiple Coast Guard air assets, our command center and the crew of the Fling, all teams involved were able to work seamlessly to get the diver the medical assistance she needed from an area offshore where hoists are not routinely conducted," said Ensign Terrell Sisk, command duty officer at Sector Houston-Galveston.

The woman was reported to be in stable condition.

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Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship south of Nantucket

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod aircrew hoists a 78-year-old man Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 from the cruise ship Norwegian Escape 40 nautical miles south of Nantucket. The man suffered a possible stroke and was brought to Rhode Island Hospital. (U.S Coast Guard video by: Air Station Cape Cod)

BOSTON — A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod aircrew medevaced a 78-year-old man Saturday from the cruise ship Norwegian Escape after he suffered a possible stroke 40 nautical miles south of Nantucket.

The crew of the Escape notified Coast Guard watchstanders of the man’s condition at approximately 5 p.m.

An Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on scene and hoisted the man and a nurse from the ship at approximately 7:30 p.m. and transported them to Rhode Island Hospital.

He was reported to be stable at the time of the transfer.

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Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Dolphin aircrew medevacs man near Dutch Harbor, Alaska

MH-65 Dolphin Air Station Kodiak ©USCG (archive)
KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew medevaced a man from the 1,099-foot bulk carrier Ever Living 57 miles southeast of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Saturday.

The Dolphin aircrew hoisted and transported a 28-year-old crew member from the Ever Living to awaiting LifeMed personnel in Dutch Harbor for further care and transport to Anchorage.

Coast Guard 17th District Command Center watchstanders received initial notification Friday evening from the Ever Living master via email stating a crew member suffered burns while working on the ship’s incinerator. The Ever Living was approximately 621 miles from Dutch Harbor at the time of initial notification.

A Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was briefed, and due to the man’s symptoms, the flight surgeon recommended a medevac.

Command center watchstanders instructed the Ever Living master to transit toward Dutch Harbor and directed an awaiting Dolphin helicopter aircrew in Dutch Harbor to prepare for the medevac.

“We had the Ever Living transit toward Dutch Harbor to get within range of the Dolphin helicopter crew and to lessen the flight time for the injured crew member,” said Chief Petty Officer Seth Caron, District 17 operational unit controller. “We hope he gets the necessary care needed and makes a full recovery.”

Weather on scene was 6-foot seas and 17 mph winds.

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Coast Guard medevacs woman from cruise ship 20 miles west of Shelter Cove

A Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevacs a 93-year-old Austrailian National from a cruise ship approximately 20 miles west of Shelter Cove, Sept. 21, 2018. The helicopter crew hoisted the woman into the helicopter from the cruise ship deck and transferred her to St. Joseph's Hospital in Eureka, California. (U.S. Coast Guard photo /Released)

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 93-year-old Austrailian National from a cruise ship approximately 20 miles west of Shelter Cove, Friday evening.

Cruise ship Island Princess crewmembers contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders at approximately 5 p.m., requesting assistance for a female passenger requiring immediate medical treatment.

Sector San Francisco watchstanders transferred the case to Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay due to the cruise ship’s location. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to assist the woman.

Once on scene, the Dolphin crew lowered a rescue swimmer who assisted with hoisting the woman into the helicopter from the cruise ship deck.

The helicopter crew arrived at St. Joseph's Hospital in Eureka at approximately 8 p.m., and transferred the woman to awaiting medical personnel.

The woman's condition is unknown at this time.

"When people go out on the water, things don't always go according to plan," said Lt. Thomas Cogley, the pilot who flew on this case - his first search and rescue case. "That's why we continually train for situations like these. Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better crew to execute this mission.”

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sábado, 22 de septiembre de 2018

Coast Guard searching for man in Mississippi River near Baton Rouge

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for a man who was reported entering the Mississippi River near downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department that a man was seen entering the river at about 7 a.m. Saturday.

The man was reported to be about 20 years old with short hair, a goatee and wearing shorts and a yellow shirt.
Involved in the search are:
  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew
  • Coast Guard Station New Orleans 29-foot Response Boat – Small II boatcrew
  • East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department
  • Baton Rouge Police Department
Anyone with information on the person in the water is requested to contact Sector New Orleans at 800-874-2153.

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First Ultra Long Range A350 XWB delivered to Singapore Airlines

Airbus has delivered the first A350-900 Ultra Long Range (ULR) aircraft to launch customer Singapore Airlines (SIA). The aircraft is being prepared for flight and is scheduled to depart Toulouse for Singapore later today.
The latest variant of the best-selling A350 XWB is capable of flying further in commercial service than any other aircraft, with a range of up to 9,700 nautical miles, or over 20 hours non-stop. Altogether, SIA has ordered seven A350-900ULR aircraft, configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats.
SIA will begin operating the A350-900ULR on 11th October, when it will launch non-stop services between Singapore and New York. With an average flying time of 18 hours and 45 minutes, these will be the world’s longest commercial flights. Following New York, the aircraft will enter service with SIA on two more non-stop transpacific routes, to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“This is a proud moment for both Singapore Airlines and Airbus, not only because we have again strengthened our partnership, but also because we have pushed the limits with this highly advanced new aircraft to extend long-range flying to new lengths,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong. “The A350-900ULR will bring more convenience and comfort to our customers and will enable us to operate ultra-long-range flights in a commercially viable manner. It will help us boost our network competitiveness and further grow the Singapore hub.”
“Today’s delivery is a milestone for Airbus and Singapore Airlines, as together we open a new chapter in non-stop air travel,” said Tom Enders, Chief Executive Officer, Airbus.  “With its unrivalled range and step-change in fuel efficiency, the A350 is uniquely placed to meet demand for new ultra long haul services. The combination of the A350’s quiet, spacious cabin and SIA’s world-renowned in-flight product will ensure the highest levels of passenger comfort on the world’s very longest routes.”
The A350-900ULR is a development of the A350-900. The main change over the standard aircraft is a modified fuel system, enabling the fuel carrying capacity to be increased by 24,000 litres to 165,000 litres. This extends the range of the aircraft without the need for additional fuel tanks. In addition, the aircraft features a number of aerodynamic enhancements, including extended winglets, which are now being applied to all in-production A350-900 aircraft.
The A350 XWB is the newest and most modern widebody aircraft family, incorporating  the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs.
The A350 XWB features the Airspace by Airbus cabin, which is designed to enhance comfort and well-being on long flights. The aircraft has the quietest cabin of any twin aisle widebody and features the latest air conditioning, temperature management and mood lighting systems, with an optimised cabin altitude and higher humidity levels. The aircraft also features the latest in-flight entertainment and WiFi systems, with full connectivity throughout.
As at the end of August 2018, Airbus had recorded a total of 890 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 46 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever. Almost 200 A350 XWB aircraft have already been delivered and are in service with 21 airlines, flying primarily on long range services.
Singapore Airlines is one of the largest customers for the A350 XWB Family, having ordered a total of 67 A350-900s, including the seven Ultra Long Range models. Including today’s delivery, the airline’s A350 XWB fleet now stands at 22 aircraft.

viernes, 21 de septiembre de 2018

Boeing Delivers First 787 Dreamliner for Shanghai Airlines

787-9s to enable airline's growth through greater capacity, fuel efficiency and range
Delivery marks Shanghai Airlines' 100th Boeing airplane
SEATTLESept. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Shanghai Airlines today celebrated the delivery of the carrier's first 787-9 Dreamliner. The airline says it plans to use the super-efficient and passenger-preferred Dreamliner to upgrade its regional and long-range service from its base in China's largest city.
The new airplane, with a special symbol of "100" on its fuselage, is the 100th airplane for Shanghai Airlines, a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines.
"We are so excited to take delivery of the very first Dreamliner for Shanghai Airlines, as well as China Eastern Group," said Li Yangmin, vice president of China Eastern Group. "With the introduction of these new airplanes, China Eastern Group will also officially launch the global leading new generation Passenger Service System.  We are confident that all these efforts will help us significantly upgrade our services and we know our passengers will love it."
The 787-9 is the second member of the Dreamliner family, which offers 20 to 25 percent better fuel efficiency per seat and lower emissions than the airplanes they replace. As the longest-range member of the family, the 787-9 can fly 290 passengers, in a typical two-class configuration, up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km).
Shanghai Airlines is set to receive additional 787-9s in the coming years. The airline plans to fly their initial 787s on popular domestic routes such as Shanghai to Chengdu and Beijing, as well as regional routes from Shanghai to Japan and Korea. As the carrier's 787 fleet grows, it plans to take advantage of the aircraft's long range and superior fuel efficiency to open new, international routes.
"We are thrilled to expand our long-standing partnership with Shanghai Airlines and the China Eastern Group. The 787 Dreamliner's unmatched performance, operating economics and comfort make it the perfect airplane for Shanghai Airlines to expand and enhance their international network," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company.
Since 2013, more than 60 Dreamliners have entered service across China, flying more than 22 million people on more than 75 unique routes while saving an estimated one million tons of fuel compared to other aircraft.
Boeing jets are the mainstay of China's air travel and cargo system, with more than 50 percent of all commercial jetliners operating in China being Boeing airplanes. In addition, China will soon become the first trillion dollar airplane market in the world, driven primarily by the growing middle class. By 2037, it is forecast that China will need 7,690 airplanes to meet the growing demand and that is expected to increase 6.2% annually.

Coast Guard locates missing boater 15 miles west of Suwannee

An Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules air plane crew maintains communications with Jerry Driggers, a boater from Trenton, Florida, 15 miles west of Suwannee, Florida, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located Driggers after he went missing aboard his 22-foot boat. (U.S. Coast Guard video)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Coast Guard located a missing boater 15 miles west of Suwannee on Friday.

Rescued was Trenton native, Jerry Driggers, 71.

At 10:57 p.m. Thursday, Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a report from Driggers' wife stating Driggers was due back from a fishing trip aboard his 22-foot boat by sunset and had not returned. Driggers' wife gave watchstanders a complete float plan, including where he was leaving from, where he was going, and when he planned to return.

An Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was launched, and at 5:27 a.m. Friday, located Driggers aboard his boat. After the air crew lowered a radio to Driggers, he stated he was OK, but his boat was disabled. An HC-130 Hercules also was launched and maintained communications with Driggers.

A commercial salvage boat crew went to Driggers location and towed him back to shore. There were no reported injuries.

"Mr. Driggers did everything right," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Walker, a Sector St. Petersburg watchstander. "Float plans dramatically decrease the search area for emergency responders. We urge every boater to prepare a float plan and give it to a family member or friend before leaving the dock."

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Northrop Grumman Opens AC-208 Aircraft Training Center of Excellence™ in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH, Texas – Sept. 21, 2018 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) recently hosted an opening ceremony and reception for its new AC-208 Training Center of Excellence™. Delegates from the offices of Representative Kaye Granger and Representative Marc Veasey attended the event along with many key leaders from the United States government and industry partners.

Northrop Grumman’s Cary Ralston, vice president and general manager, defense electronic systems, Northrop Grumman, addressing the crowd at the opening ceremony of the AC-208 Training Center of Excellence™ in Fort Worth, Texas.

The facility is 5,000 square feet of custom-built classroom space located at Meacham Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. The AC-208 Training Center of Excellence™ is designed to provide partner nations with instructional classroom activities and initial aircrew and maintenance training on the Northrop Grumman modified AC-208 Eliminator™ aircraft.
“The opening of the AC-208 Training Center of Excellence™ demonstrates Northrop Grumman’s ongoing commitment to our full-service Contractor Logistic Services (CLS) program which enables partner nations to achieve proficiency and critical capabilities,” said Cary Ralston, vice president and general manager, defense electronic systems, Northrop Grumman. “Our experienced and talented personnel have been providing a variety of CLS services including maintenance and operations training for over 15 years.”
Northrop Grumman offers partner nations an integrated training program including a range of services from initial site set-up, onsite training and instructional classroom activities, mission system and platform maintenance and operations. Training instructors have extensive subject matter expertise and international field service experience, enabling mission success.
The initial training sessions will last approximately four months and include pilot and mission system operator training. Upon graduation, the partner nation aircrew members will be fully trained to operate the AC-208 Eliminator™. The Northrop Grumman modified aircraft, can find, fix, identify, track, target, and engage emerging and time-sensitive targets. The aircraft also incorporates an electro-optical, laser-equipped targeting system, air-to-ground and air-to-air communications to provide both day and night reconnaissance capabilities for the mission crew.

jueves, 20 de septiembre de 2018

Leonardo and African Group Paramount signed a LoI to evaluate a cooperation for a weaponized configuration of the M-345 for the African market

- Leonardo  and the African-based global defence and aerospace company Paramount Group signed a Letter  of Intent during “Africa Aerospace & Defence”  in Pretoria


- The agreement  is aimed to assess the development of an  operative configuration of the  M-345 for the African market


- The M-345,  already ordered  by Italian Air Force,  is the new basic/advanced Trainer of Leonardo


Rome,  September  20th 2018  – Leonardo  and the Paramount  Group signed a Letter  of Intent during the “Africa  Aerospace & Defence” exhibition  held in Pretoria. According to the agreement,  Leonardo and Paramount, will evaluate a cooperation for the development of an operational configuration of  M-345 jet trainer marketed in the African market and will  include the possible involvement of Paramount in the SF-260 programme and its Logistic Support services.


Lucio  Valerio  Cioffi, Leonardo’s  Aircraft Division Managing  Director, said: “we believe  the African market shows great potential for the M-345 programme. We think that a collaboration with a  high level partner, such as Paramount,  is strategic to develop a new M-345 operational configuration  for the African market. The M-345 is a basic/advanced trainer  with multirole capabilities and costs comparable to a turboprop aircraft.    These characteristics and more make the M-345 perfectly suited for the African market.”


The  new M-345  is allows Air  Forces to reduce  training times and  enables trainees to leverage  a platform with higher performance  flight characteristics than current basic/advanced  training aircraft in service worldwide. Furthermore it allows to carry out the most demanding missions in the  training syllabus in order to achieve high quality training  at significantly lower costs.


Ralph  Mills, Paramount  Advanced Technologies  CEO, stated: “We are very excited to launch and demonstrate  our Smart Weapons Integration on Fast-Jet Trainers (SWIFT) mission system alongside the  African debut of Leonardo’s M-345 jet trainer.    SWIFT is focused on current threats and current customer  requirements. It offers low acquisition and operation costs  and is suitable for non-conventional or asymmetric warfare. It  addresses the customers growing need for multi-role configuration  to adapt to different mission roles without major re-configuration and  extended time delay. The platform can be described as short timeframe,  light combat and surveillance solution utilising the best of the best in the  defence industry.”


The  M-345  cockpit  architecture  is the same as  the frontline fighters.  The M-345 can also perform  operational roles, thanks to  an extended flight envelope, with  high-speed maneuvering capability even  at high altitudes, modern avionics systems,  high load capacity and performance.


The  long life-cycle  of the aircraft,  the maintenance philosophy  based on just two levels eliminating  expensive general overhauls and the structure  and system health monitoring system (HUMS) contributes  to the costs reduction of M-345.


The  pilot  will be  able to perform  with higher efficiency  planned maneuvers beforehand,  fly in formation with other airplanes  interacting in real time via data-link  with other pilots both on other aircrafts  in flight and on ground simulators, thanks  to the sophisticated training simulator on board. Furthermore it is possible to plan the mission scenarios  and then download the flight data thanks to the “Mission Planning and Debriefing Station” (MPDS) re-analyzing the missions carried out during  the debriefing phase. The engine on the trainer is a turbofan Williams FJ44-4M-34  and it is optimized for military and acrobatic use. The cockpit is based upon HOTAS (Hands On Throttle-And-Stick) controls, glass cockpit with three color MFD (Multi-function  Display) touch screen and a Head-up display which is mirrored by a fourth screen in the  rear seat.

Royal Thai Air Force expands fleet with additional H225M order

New purchase brings RTAF’s H225M fleet to 12 units

Thailand, – Airbus Helicopters has secured an additional order of four H225M (previously known as EC725) multirole utility helicopters from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), as part of the fleet strengthening programme. This follow-on order will bring the RTAF’s H225M fleet to 12 units by 2021.

Specially equipped with emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling, search light and electro-optical systems, these four new multirole H225M helicopters will join RTAF’s existing fleet of six H225Ms for combat search and rescue missions, search and rescue flights and troop transport operations. The air force will also be receiving two H225Ms from its earlier order, by end of this year.

This latest contract will also cover on-site technical support and continuing airworthiness management organisation services, fully supported by Airbus’ Thailand team.

“The H225Ms have served the Royal Thai Air Force well since the delivery of its first batch in 2015, and we are truly honoured by this renewed order, underscoring their continued trust and confidence in our helicopters and the committed support to their fleet. With its proven versatility, reliability and endurance, we know that the H225 will continue to capably fulfil the most challenging missions. RTAF can count on our Thailand-based customer centre for continued availability of the fleet,” said Philippe Monteux, Head of Southeast Asia and Pacific region.

Featuring state-of-the-art electronic instruments and the renowned 4-axis autopilot system, the 11-ton-catergory twin-turbine H225M offers outstanding endurance and fast cruise speed, and may be fitted with various equipment to suit any role. Close to 90 units are in service, achieving 100,700 flight hours to-date.

Airbus Corporate Helicopters Displays New ACH135 Helionix at Monaco Yacht Show for the First Time

Marignane, – Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) Airbus’ dedicated private and business helicopter entity, will display the company’s new ACH135 Helionix for the first time on the rooftop of the Monaco Yacht Club during the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show.  Fitted with the company’s in-house ACH Line interior configuration, the updated, Helionix-equipped provides a technological leap forward for the light, twin-engine helicopter, offering concern-free flying ideal for marine, urban and wilderness environments.


Building on the robust and reliable capabilities and SUV-like balance between comfort and versatility, the updated ACH135 Helionix provides improved situational awareness, simpler flight management controls and improved safety.  Features praised by pilots include an auto hover ‘pause’ button (ideal to buy the pilot time when faced with low visibility or busy environments), a ‘go-around’ button (the aircraft will automatically fly around and reposition itself on the best landing approach at the push of a button) and automated engine management (ensuring a smooth and safe flight even if one of the two engines fails).
Frederic Lemos, Head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters, said, “With approximately 300 helicopter-capable yachts worldwide, there are increasing requirements for more reliable, compact and versatile helicopters capable of transporting passengers and cargo in all environments.  The addition of Helionix to the ACH135, which brings it in line with the already Helionix-equipped ACH145, ACH160 and ACH175, makes this carefree-handling aircraft, an ideal asset for yacht-based operations.”
ACH is characterised by care and attention to detail and offers a high quality and exclusive service-based end-to-end ownership experience; from selecting the best aircraft to meet their requirements, to helping define their preferred styling, supported through-life by around-the-clock worldwide support services.
Airbus Business AviationAirbus is the only aerospace manufacturer offering both fixed and rotary wing business aviation aircraft.
Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) creates the world’s most rewarding flying experiences with customers by providing them with unique expertise, the finest service, best technology and highest standards of care in corporate aviation.
Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) provides private and executive helicopter solutions, including tailored completions and bespoke support services anywhere in the world, ensuring a first class ownership and transport experience.

miércoles, 19 de septiembre de 2018

Northrop Grumman Showcases Autonomous Maritime Capabilities at U.S. Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise

Exercise demonstrated air drop of sonobuoys from a Northrop Grumman Fire Scout surrogate aircraft and deployed the Northrop Grumman micro synthetic aperture sonar (µSAS) with real-time automated target recognition on a man-portable UUV

NEWPORT, R.I. – Sept. 19, 2018 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) in collaboration with industry partners participated in the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) last month in Newport, Rhode Island.  The company demonstrated advanced capabilities in the command and control of future unmanned maritime missions and the ability to more effectively deliver critical information to the warfighter in contested environments.

Northrop Grumman’s Fire Scout autonomous surrogate launches a sonobuoy as part the 2018 Advanced Naval Training Exercise in Newport, Rhode Island.

“Northrop Grumman’s expertise in networked sensors and advanced mission management for autonomous aircraft systems provides significant offensive and defensive capabilities for our customers in the maritime environment,” said Dan Redman, ANTX program manager, Northrop Grumman. “By showcasing how sensors can be airdropped from a Fire Scout surrogate, we are demonstrating future mission applications for this platform.”
Northrop Grumman’s seabed warfare capabilities were also highlighted at this year’s exercise. A central part of this demonstration was Northrop Grumman’s µSAS and real-time automated target recognition technologies. The µSAS is a low size, weight and power, high-performance payload that can operate off a man-portable autonomous underwater vehicle for real-time classification of mine-like objects. 
“This technology is an example of leveraging digital transformation to rapidly provide software defined, hardware enabled capabilities to the fleet,” said Alan Lytle, vice president, undersea systems, Northrop Grumman. “Integration of unmanned and autonomous capabilities into the battle space reduces staffing required to conduct operations and risk to personnel, while supporting our nation’s continued undersea superiority.”
Low-SWAP, Information Assurance/Anti-Tamper Enabled, High-Performance, Interferometric Synthetic Aperture SONAR for Micro-UUVs
The three-day annual exercise was developed to demonstrate future Navy technologies in a collaborative, low-risk environment. Government, academia and industry participants gathered to showcase new capabilities to push the boundaries of what is possible in a complex environment. Northrop Grumman was partnered in the exercise with Physical Optics Corp, Ultra Electronics USSI, Hydroid, Optimum Solutions and Silvus.

Leonardo presents the C-27J at the Africa Aerospace & Defence exhibition in Pretoria

•  Leonardo’s  C-27J is the  best solution for  African countries

•  The C-27J  has been already chosen  by Marocco, Chad, Kenya and  Zambia

•  The  C-27J  confirms  to be the  ideal aircraft  for operations on  non-prepared runways,  at high altitude and  at hot temperatures

Rome,  19th September  2019 - Leonardo  presents the  C-27J as the best  solution for African Countries.  A C-27J model will be on display  at the Africa Aerospace & Defence exhibition  in Pretoria.

The  aircraft  demonstrated  to be particularly  suited to support international  operations, civil defence, tactical  transport and VIP transport. It is  the ideal platform for operations in  Africa as it can be loaded and perform  tactical and operational missions from non-prepared  runways, at high altitudes and high temperatures, capabilities  still unmatched by other same-class aircraft.

The  air forces  of Morocco, Chad,  Kenya and Zambia have  already chosen the C-27J  thanks its safe and efficient  operating capabilities, competitive  costs and its ability to operate in    the most difficult operational environments  of the continent.

Umberto  Rossi, SVP  Marketing and  Sales at Leonardo  Aircraft, said: “Air  Forces need an aircraft  with the features of the  C-27J Spartan. We believe that  our product is the best solution  for African countries. The C-27J Spartan  is the most effective multi-mission airlifter available  on the market today. Its capability to operate from the  most rudimentary airstrips, in extreme environmental conditions  cannot be matched by any other twin-engine airlifter. Ordered and  deployed with full satisfaction by the most important Air Forces, the  Spartan has already fully demonstrated its ability to effectively accomplish  any tactical transport mission, ranging from disaster relief to “last tactical  mile” troops support.”

An  upgrade  program has  been set with  avionics, communication  and winglets to offer the market  an enhanced product. The new C-27J  baseline configuration is characterized  by a brand new avionics system. The main  benefits include compliance with new civil aviation regulations  and military requirements as well as obsolescence risk reduction.  The new configuration will be tested and qualified in 2018 and it  will be available in 2019. New Operators will leverage more modern avionics,  improved operational costs and aircraft performances, within the aircraft fly away  price.

The  C-27J  has been  already ordered  by the Air Forces  of Italy, Greece, Bulgaria,  Lithuania, Romania, Marocco, U.S.A.,  Mexico, Australia, Chad, Peru, Slovakia,  Kenya and Zambia for a total of 85 a/c.

Coast Guard medevacs woman from cruise ship 35 miles southwest of Golden Gate Bridge

A Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevacs a 76-year-old woman from the cruise ship Star Princess approximately 35 miles southwest of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sept. 18, 2018. Cruise ship personnel contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders requesting assistance for a passenger experiencing symptoms of gastrointestinal issues. (U.S. Coast Guard video /Released)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard medevaced a 76-year-old woman approximately 35 miles southwest of the Golden Gate Bridge, Tuesday morning.

Crew aboard the cruise ship Star Princess contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders at approximately 5 a.m. requesting assistance for a passenger experiencing symptoms of gastrointestinal issues.

A Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C-27 Spartan aircraft crew launched to assist.

Once on scene, the Dolphin crew lowered a rescue swimmer who assisted with hoisting the woman into the helicopter.

The Dolphin crew arrived at Stanford Hospital shortly after 8 a.m., and transferred the woman to awaiting medical personnel.

The woman's condition is unknown at this time.

"I was impressed by the teamwork involved in completing this rescue," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabe Humphrey, the Air Station San Francisco rescue swimmer who assisted the woman. "With the help of the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco command center, a Coast Guard C-27 aircraft and the medical staff aboard the cruise ship, our MH-65 helicopter aircrew was able to focus on the critical task of safely hoisting the patient and expediting her transfer to the hospital, while keeping her as stable and comfortable as possible."

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