martes, 13 de noviembre de 2018

Pratt & Whitney Canada Delivers First PW127G Engines Destined for Canadian Fixed-Wing Search & Rescue Operations

MONTREALNov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Canada, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today announced that it recently started delivering PW127G engines to Airbus Defence and Space in support of Canada's Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project. The engines will be installed on specially configured Airbus C295 aircraft, which will be designated the CC-295 in Canada. The Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) is scheduled to receive the first of 16 CC-295 aircraft by the end of 2019. The DND intends to replace its existing search and rescue (SAR) fixed-wing aircraft with the CC-295.
"We celebrate this milestone with national pride," said Frédéric Lefebvre, vice president of regional airlines sales and marketing at Pratt & Whitney Canada. "We're a company of proud Canadian heritage, and we're honoured to play an important role in maintaining the safety and well-being of our fellow citizens."
Pratt & Whitney Canada and Airbus Defence and Space have collaborated to offer the best possible aircraft to meet the Canadian Air Force's fixed-wing SAR requirements. Canada has a search area of 18 million square kilometers, making SAR operations challenging. With low fuel burn during cruise, the PW127G engine will provide the CC-295 aircraft with exceptional range and endurance for time-critical missions.
"We're looking forward to delivering the first CC-295 to the Canadian government," said Simon Jacques, president of Airbus Defence and Space Canada. "Canada has selected an efficient and versatile aircraft, thanks in large part to the aircraft's Pratt & Whitney Canada engines."
Pratt & Whitney Canada has delivered more than 400 PW127G engines to Airbus Defence and Space for numerous C295 customers and variants. The PW100 engine family powers several aircraft families around the world, performing a variety of missions in diverse climates and flying conditions. The engine family consists of 38 engine models. With more than 9,500 engines delivered to date, the family has accumulated 190 million engine flight hours.
On a company-wide basis, Pratt & Whitney Canada has produced more than 103,000 engines, 64,000 of which are still in operation, and the entire fleet has flown more than 855 million hours.

Flynas becomes first Saudi carrier to receive the A320neo

Toulouse, 13 November 2018 - Flynas, Saudi Arabia’s first low-cost airline, has begun taking delivery of its first of 80 A320neo Family aircraft. This follows an agreement signed in January 2017, with deliveries scheduled to take place from 2018 to 2026.
Flynas is the first operator in Saudi Arabia to acquire the A320neo and currently operates a fleet of 30 A320ceos. The A320neo, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, will support Flynas’ expansion plans while providing greater operational efficiency and passenger comfort.
Saudi Arabia is the largest domestic aviation market in the Middle East. Since its inception in 2007, Flynas has set ambitious growth plans that continuously develop its fleet in order to carry more passengers. In 2017, the airline carried more than 6.4 million passengers and over 3 million passengers during the first half of 2018.
The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle aircraft with over 6,200 orders from more than 100 customers since its launch in 2010. It incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations. The A320neo also offers significant environmental performance with nearly a 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft.

First South Korean A330 MRTT lands in Busan for acceptance tests

Busan, South Korea, 12th November 2018: The first Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has landed in Gimhae Air Base in Busan, South Korea for its acceptance tests.

The aircraft, which was piloted by a joint Airbus and ROKAF crew, arrived in South Korea after a ferry flight from the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Getafe, Spain, with a stop in Vancouver, Canada.

It will now undergo ground and flight tests in Gimhae. The ROKAF will be supported by a team from Airbus, which will be based in South Korea for the duration of the tests until the aircraft is officially handed over to the customer. The photo shows the aircraft leaving Getafe.

lunes, 12 de noviembre de 2018

Airbus Helicopters Delivers Upgraded Night Vision to NPAS’ UK Police Helicopters

Oxford, Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of seven upgraded National Police Air Service (NPAS) H135 helicopters, under a £1.5 million contract signed in December 2017 to equip and standardise the UK police helicopter fleet’s Night Vision (NVIS) capability. Under the new configuration, all seven NPAS’ H135 helicopters will be capable of NVIS operations down to ground level, enhancing their night time surveillance capabilities at all heights and in all environments.
The first upgraded aircraft, G-POLF, was first delivered to UK police in 2002 and, with more than 15,000 flight hours, is a global H135 fleet leader. The standardised upgrade, common to all seven helicopters, will deliver the latest NVIS capability and bring these aircraft in line with NPAS’ current NVIS-capable H135 fleet, allowing NPAS to benefit from commonality across the entire fleet.
Oliver Dismore, NPAS T/Accountable Manager, said, “Airbus Helicopters’ UK design team is recognised as a European leader in the design and integration of night vision capabilities across the company’s range of helicopters, while the company’s 30 year heritage supporting the development of UK police aviation and their collaborative approach has meant the impact on fleet availability and operations has been minimised.”
Colin James, UK Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters, highlighted, “Whether designing innovative rotary-wing solutions for UK and overseas customers or supporting UK helicopter fleet availability, our aircraft are the best fit for policing and emergency services missions and our UK team, working 24/7 from sites across the UK, ensures these can be relied on to deliver day in, day out.”
The upgrade includes stripping and re-equipping the majority of cockpit instrumentation across all seven helicopters, including flight and mission equipment and new FENN700+ night vision goggles, to precisely the same standard. NPAS will now operate an enhanced night vision capability across its H135 fleet while standardisation ensures ease of use for pilots and crew.

Coast Guard medevacs man from Lake Borgne, Louisiana

MH-65 Dolphin ©USCG (archive)
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing vessel in Lake Borgne, Louisiana, Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 7 a.m. of a 52-year-old man aboard a fishing vessel in Lake Borgne who was going in and out of consciousness.

Sector watchstanders diverted an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to medevac the man.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 9:39 a.m., hoisted the man and transported him to University Hospital in New Orleans in stable condition.


Coast Guard medevacs sick fisherman 42 miles off Nantucket

MH-60 Jayhawk ©USCG (archive)
BOSTON — A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod helicopter crew medevaced a sick 54-year-old man from the 87-foot fishing boat Generation Sunday night 42 miles off Nantucket.

The captain of the Generation contacted the Coast Guard at approximately 5:20 p.m. and requested assistance for his sick crew member.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on scene and hoisted the patient to the helicopter.

The aircrew flew the man to Massachusetts General Hospital for further care.

The patient was reported to be in stable condition at the time of the transfer.


Coast Guard hoists 2 from disabled vessel aground in Yaquina Bay, Oregon

MH-65 Dolphin ©USCG (archive)
NEWPORT, Ore. -- A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted two mariners from their disabled vessel after they ran aground in Yaquina Bay, Sunday afternoon.

A Coast Guard Air Facility Newport aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter safely hoisted and transported the individuals to the Air Facility.

At approximately 4 p.m., the individuals aboard the 14-foot recreational vessel requested towing assistance from the Coast Guard after their boat ran aground and became disabled on mud flats in the bay.

Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay boat crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small IIinitially responded, but were unable to reach the vessel due to water depth issues.

Coast Guard Sector North Bend personnel dispatched the aircrew, who arrived on scene and completed the hoist at 8:57 p.m.

No injuries were reported at the time of the hoist.


Leonardo awarded contract for 22 of the new AW169M helicopter variant by Italy's Guardia di Finanza

Contract  for 22 AW169Ms  in dedicated configuration  with support and training package  valued at 280 million euro with deliveries  between summer 2019 and 2024.

Complements  a fleet of 14  AW139s to perform  patrol and reconnaissance, law enforcement, rescue and homeland security  missions

The Guardia di  Finanza contract  for AW169Ms follows the  success of the AW169 and strengthens  its position in Italy as the most innovative rescue helicopter    

Rome,  12 November  2018 –  Leonardo announced today  the signing of a contract with Italy’s Guardia  di Finanza for 22 new generation  AW169M twin engine helicopters. The  contract, valued at 280 million euro,  includes a comprehensive support and training package which could be further extended with optional  services valued at an additional 100 million euro. Deliveries are  expected to start in summer 2019 and to be completed by 2024.

The  aircraft  will be used  to perform a range  of roles including patrol  and reconnaissance, law enforcement, rescue and homeland security, complementing a fleet of 14 AW139 intermediate twins, six  of which are already in service and the following  eight due to be delivered in 2019.

“This  contract  will allow  us to deliver the Guardia di Finanza  a new generation helicopter    with the best technologies available,  to perform missions which are getting  more and more complex and challenging. Our ability to provide state-of-the-art products  to meet the requirements of Italian government agencies  and armed forces, for the security of our nation, is the  result of Leonardo’s leading edge technology and innovation”, said Alessandro  Profumo, Leonardo CEO.

The  AW169Ms  of Guardia  di Finanza will  receive a military  qualification by the  Italian Directorate of Air  Armaments (ARMAEREO) and will  feature a dedicated configuration  including rescue hoist, emergency floatation  system and life rafts, wire cutters, TCAS II  (Traffic Collision Avoidance System), NVG (Night Vision  Goggle) compatible cockpit, HTAWS (Helicopter Terrain Awareness  Warning System), advanced communication system, OPLS (Obstacle Proximity Lidar  System), advanced HUMS (Health Usage Monitoring System), AFCS (Automatic Flight Control  System) with SAR modes, searchlight, ice detector, fast roping and satcom. The aircraft will  be also fitted with a range of Leonardo systems such as RW ATOS (Airborne Tactical Observation  and Surveillance) system with advanced operator console, Gabbiano radar, LEOSS (Long Range Electro-Optical  Surveillance System), M428 IFF transponder, V/UHF radio systems cockpit panels and lighting and provisions for  SPHYDER (Smart Processing Hyperspectral Detection and Reconnaissance System).

The  contract  for the AW169M  by Guardia di Finanza  follows the success of the  AW169 type in Italy for emergency  medical services with various operators  across the nation. It also follows the success  of the AW169 for law enforcement in Europe and the Americas.

domingo, 11 de noviembre de 2018

Coast Guard cutter, helicopter crews medevac ailing man from sailboat 200 miles off Cape Hatteras, NC

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, hoists an ailing man from Coast Guard Cutter Spencer about 200 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Nov. 10, 2018. The man was experiencing chest pains aboard a sailboat 275 miles offshore when the vessel’s crew requested a medevac. (U.S. Coast Guard video, courtesy of Air Station Elizabeth City/Released)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 57-year-old man suffering chest pains aboard a 48-foot sailing vessel approximately 200 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, NC, Saturday morning.

Watchstanders at the Fifth District Command Center in Portsmouth received Personal Locater Beacon and Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon alerts registered to the sailboat Marie Elena at around noon Friday.

Command Center personnel also received a call from a ham radio operator with the Maritime Mobile Service Network in Inverness, Florida, who established a direct connection between the watchstanders and the Marie Elena’s crew via HF radio.

The operator of the Marie Elena requested a medevac of his ailing crewman.

Due to the sailboat’s distance offshore, command center personnel directed the vessel’s operator to head toward Cape Hatteras, then redirected the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, who was underway near the Virginia-North Carolina border. Watchstanders also contacted the captain of the nearby cargo ship Rolldock Sky, who agreed to close the 40-mile gap and assist the ailing mariner.

Due to rough seas, the Rolldock Sky’s crew could not safely conduct a medevac, so the Marie Elena’s operator continued heading ashore.

The crew of the Spencer rendezvoused with the sailboat at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday, launched a small boat crew and transported the man aboard the cutter.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Elizabeth City launched at around 8:30 a.m. The Jayhawk crew hoisted the man from the Spencer and transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk.

“The fact that the EPIRB and PLB were registered and utilized properly allowed us to hone in on the sailboat’s location," said Petty Officer 1st Class Travis Unser, the search and rescue coordinator for the case. "The assistance we received from the ham radio operator was crucial in helping us communicate with the vessel’s crew."


sábado, 10 de noviembre de 2018

Coast Guard searches for person in the water near Fort Jackson, Louisiana

MH-65 Air Station New Orleans ©USCG (archive)
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for a person in the water near Fort Jackson, Louisiana, Saturday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 5:41 a.m. of a vessel with three people aboard taking on water near mile marker 20 on the Mississippi River.

The vessel sank and two of the three people aboard the vessel swam to shore. The missing person is a 27-year-old male who was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket.

Involved in the search are:
  • An MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.
  • A 45-Foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Venice.
  • Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish

viernes, 9 de noviembre de 2018

Coast Guard medevacs mariner 92 miles offshore Galveston, Texas

MH-65 Dolphin ©USCG (archive)
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a 66-year-old man approximately 92 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas, Friday morning.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a request from the captain of the motor vessel The Bunga Kastori stating their chief engineer was having difficulty breathing and was in need of medical assistance. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.

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

The Dolphin helicopter crew hoisted and transferred the crewmember to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at Scholes International Airport in Galveston.

Weather on scene was reported as 1-foot seas with 10 mph winds.
HC-144 Ocean Sentry ©USCG (archive)


A Veterans Day Rescue and Remembrance

U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by PA2 Nicole Foguth

On Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 1986, fall had turned to winter in the southern Great Lakes region. A major blizzard had struck Winnipeg far to the north a few days earlier, and harsh weather blanketed the area.
At some point during the day, a distress call was received at Coast Guard Air Station Detroit. A small passenger plane crashed in the waters of Lake St. Clair.
The air station’s area of operations encompasses more than 1,100 miles of shoreline, which includes the southern portion of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario. This area is known as a Snowbelt, where heavy lake-effect snow is particularly common.
As the crew of a CG HH-52A helicopter, led by pilot LT Mark Feldman prepared to respond, temperatures continued to drop near the crash site and news came that two people were in the water.
A citation to accompany the Air Medal that Feldman subsequently received told the story of the rescue that unfolded.
“Faced with rapidly deteriorating weather conditions including a 300-foot overcast ceiling, blowing snow, and visibility of less than one mile, Lieutenant Feldman expertly piloted his aircraft to the scene while closely monitoring its airworthiness as icing conditions worsened.
Once on scene, Lieutenant Feldman was forced to search for survivors through his side windows because ice accumulation on the aircraft’s windshield had completely obscured forward visibility.”
The citation went on the read, “The survivors were soon spotted by the air crewman who provided directional commands to Lieutenant Feldman for a platform pickup.
Realizing that the victim was severely hypothermic and unconscious, Lieutenant Feldman turned control of the helicopter over to the co-pilot and quickly moved aft to assist the air crewman with the recovery. After the victim was brought safely aboard, Lieutenant Feldman immediately began cardiopulmonary resuscitation while the air crewman assisted the co-pilot with a second platform pickup.
The second victim, severely hypothermic but conscious, was quickly recovered and wrapped in blankets. Lieutenant Feldman, unable to return to the cockpit, directed the co-pilot to proceed to the nearest hospital while he and the air crewman continued their cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts.”
The crash victims were a professor from the University of Michigan and his wife. Both survived the crash.
When the professor was brought on board the helicopter he was not breathing. Feldman started CPR, while crewmembers rescued his wife. As he continued CPR the man eventually started breathing and did have a heartbeat as they reached the hospital.
Several hours later though, Feldman received word that the man had suffered a massive heart attack and died.
"Flying in those conditions, 300 foot overcast ceiling, blowing snow and a mile of visibility, is a big challenge even in daylight," said Mont Smith, a retired Coast Guard aviator with more than 1,300 hours of flight time in the HH-52A helicopter.
"It's called ‘IMC’ or Instrument Meteorological Conditions. I flew in Antarctica, and I can attest to the fact that in these conditions there is no visible horizon and one loses all depth perception. The tendency is to fly into the water," he said.
“I think what stood out most to me is that we were put in very unusual circumstances,” Feldman remembers. “I, as the Aircraft Commander, had to leave the cockpit to help pull the professor in and start CPR, while the other 2 crewmembers rescued his wife and flew to the hospital. Not what we were trained for,” he said, “but we successfully completed the mission.”
Nearly 32 years ago to the day of the rescue, Feldman will be inducted into the Wall of Gallantry at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, his alma mater where he played quarterback on the football team as a junior and senior, and served as captain of the team during his last year there.
The Wall of Gallantry is a memorial honoring Academy graduates who are considered service heroes.
During the ceremony the entire Corps of Cadets and Academy community participate to commemorate and thank those who demonstrated courage in the face of danger.
Inductees, their families and friends return to the Academy for an induction ceremony generally held near Veterans Day.

USCGC Forrest Rednour Commissioning Ceremony

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Forrest Rednour (WPC-1129) stand along the deck of the Forrest Rednour as a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base Point Mugu MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter performs a flyover during the commissioning ceremony in San Pedro, California, Nov. 8, 2018. The USCGC Forrest Rednour is the 29th Fast Response Cutter of 58 FRC's that the Coast Guards plans on building. Each of the 58 planned FRC's will be named after an enlisted hero. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class DaVonte' Marrow).

jueves, 8 de noviembre de 2018

Airbus announces new FHS contract with All Nippon Airways

  • ANA joins growing number of FHS customers in Asia-Pacific
  • FHS provides fully integrated component services and helps ensure increased operational reliability

  • Singapore, 7th November, 2018 – Airbus confirms the growing success of Flight Hour Services (FHS) in the Asia-Pacific region with a new contract announced at the MRO Asia exhibition in Singapore.
  • The agreement is with Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) for its new fleet of three A380 widebody aircraft. ANA becomes the latest A380 operator to benefit from increased operational reliability provided the Airbus FHS contract.
  • Airbus FHS will provide fully integrated component services including logistics, transport, stocks management, relationships with equipment suppliers and the embodiment of Service Bulletins (SBs).
  • Through FHS, Airbus offers airlines its extensive and proven expertise in fully integrated maintenance services, and the advantage of one single interface to manage their whole fleets and associated components support operations.

miércoles, 7 de noviembre de 2018


Presented during the 49th International Symposium of Flight Test Engineers.

07 November 2018

During the 49th International Symposium of Flight Test Engineers, the Bell V-280 Valor team received the best paper award in the category for “Certification at Warp Speed.” The paper, “V-280 Valor First Flight Build-up:  Preparing for a Technology Demonstration” explains how the V-280 worked through a deliberate program schedule to achieve its first flight nearly a year ago.

This paper exemplified the symposium theme of “Tomorrow’s Flight Test.” The Bell team showed how they, alongside all of Team Valor, applied experimental risk management to prepare for, and execute the build-up testing required to achieve first flight of this revolutionary technology demonstrator in a short period of time.

Video of that historic flight:

The team explained throughout the program the goal was to inform the requirements and reduce risk for a Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program of record. The paper also offered conclusions from their work that could impact future flight testing efforts and the importance of flexibility during flight test execution.

Colin Miller, Gulfstream Vice President of Flight Operations (left) presents the award to Bell's Kevin Christensen and Errick Smith.

Please join us in congratulating the paper authors:

Errick Smith, Experimental Flight Test Engineer

Kevin Christensen, Test & Evaluation Manager

Don Grove, Tiltrotor Chief Pilot

Paul Ryan, Experimental Test Pilot

Coast Guard closes seasonal forward operating location in Kotzebue, Alaska

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew prepares to take off to conduct a night flight from the forward operating location in Kotzebue, Alaska, Oct. 28, 2018. Aircrews are forward deployed to Kotzebue in in support of Arctic Shield to be more geographically available to respond to search and rescue cases. U. S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bradley Pigage.

KODIAK, Alaska - The Coast Guard concluded its supplemental coverage of Northern Alaska with the closure of its Forward Operating Location in Kotzebue, Alaska, Thursday.

Air Station Kodiak aircrews with two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters were forward deployed to Kotzebue to provide better response times and coverage to remote regions of Alaska during periods of increased maritime activity.

Beginning July 1, In support of Coast Guard operations in the Arctic, aircrews consisting of 14 members operated on a rotating schedule for two week intervals in Kotzebue, providing search and rescue and maritime law enforcement coverage to the entire Northwestern portion of Alaska. Geographically, this area of responsibility spans from approximately Bethel to the Northern Alaskan-Canadian border. Throughout the season, aircrews flew 330 total flight hours in support of Coast Guard missions including over 75 hours of search and rescue that saved or assisted eight lives.

The Arctic is an important political and strategic environment for the United States. The Coast Guard serves as the only military presence conducting Maritime Domain Awareness flights to maintain sovereignty over those waters and shores. Aircraft deployed to Kotzebue also support the Whale, Walrus and Seal Initiative. WWSI is a joint biological program that studies marine mammal populations in the Bering and Chuckchi Seas, which is between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Alaskan universities and Alaska Native Organizations.

"As America's interest in our Arctic Region continues to grow, the Coast Guard is committed to fulfilling our missions and supporting remote communities in this strategically valuable area," said Cmdr. Adam Merrill, the Air Station Kodiak Operations Officer. "Air Station Kodiak aircrews provided search and rescue, community relations presence, aids-to-navigation support and interagency cooperation to monitor marine wildlife stocks throughout this year's deployment season."

These forward operating locations are part of the Coast Guard's mobile presence, and are focused on performing the service's 11 statutory missions throughout the Arctic to ensure maritime safety, security and stewardship.


martes, 6 de noviembre de 2018

Northrop Grumman Set to Launch Pegasus XL Rocket Carrying ICON Satellite for NASA

Mission to be 44th flight of world’s first privately-developed commercial rocket

Dulles, Va. – Nov. 6, 2018 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced it is prepared to launch the company’s air-launched Pegasus® XL rocket aboard its Stargazer L-1011 airplane from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on November 7, at approximately 3:05 a.m. EST. This will be the 44th flight for Northrop Grumman’s unique air-launched Pegasus rocket.

Northrop Grumman’s Stargazer L-1011 airplane and the Pegasus XL rocket are set to launch NASA’s ICON satellite on November 7 at 3:05 a.m. EST.

Pegasus will be carrying NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite, built by Northrop Grumman at its manufacturing facilities in Dulles, Virginia and Gilbert, Arizona. ICON will study the frontier of space – the dynamic zone high in Earth’s atmosphere where terrestrial weather from below meets space weather above. The explorer will help determine the physics of Earth’s space environment and pave the way for mitigating its effects on technology, communications systems and society. ICON is based on Northrop Grumman’s flight-proven LEOStar-2™ spacecraft bus and adds to an extensive list of science satellites the company has developed and built for NASA over the last 35 years.
Northrop Grumman has previously provided both the satellite and launch vehicle for numerous NASA scientific missions. The most recent example of this dual capability occurred mid-2012 when the Northrop Grumman-built Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) satellite launched on a Pegasus rocket. Other examples include the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite, the Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX).
Pegasus is the world’s first privately-developed commercial rocket and the leading launch system for deploying small satellites into low earth orbit. The rocket has a perfect launch record for more than 20 years.
A NASA Category 3 vehicle in the small-launch class, Pegasus is certified to launch NASA’s most valuable small satellites. NASA’s Launch Services Program, which matches spacecraft with launch vehicles, facilitated the launch.
The original air-launched space launcher, the Pegasus rocket launches from beneath Northrop Grumman’s Stargazer L-1011 carrier airplane, providing customers with unparalleled flexibility to operate from virtually anywhere on Earth with minimal ground support requirements. Previous Pegasus missions have launched from five separate sites in the U.S., Europe and the Marshall Islands.
Additional details about the mission can be viewed at NASA’s webpage and follow the live broadcast at

Loong Air Selects Pratt & Whitney APS3200 Auxiliary Power Unit for Fleet of up to 34 New Airbus A320 Family Aircraft

ZHUHAI, ChinaNov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AIR SHOW CHINA -- Pratt & Whitney Canada, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today announced that Loong Air has selected the APS3200 auxiliary power unit (APU) for the airline's order of 29 firm and 5 option Airbus A320 family aircraft. Pratt & Whitney Canada and Loong Air have also signed a long-term comprehensive support agreement to cover the APS3200 APU maintenance. With this APU selection, Loong Air will operate up to 68 Airbus A320 family aircraft with the APS3200 APU.

"We are very happy to extend our long-term support agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada," said Mr. Liu Qihong, chairman at Loong Air. "With growth and accumulation over the past nearly five (5) years, Loong Air has established itself as an emerging power in the China civil aviation industry, with an ever-enhancing comprehensive capability and huge potential. All these are impossible without the support we get from major companies, including Pratt & Whitney."

"Loong Air is approaching the fifth anniversary of its first passenger flight," said Marty Kessell, vice president of auxiliary power units at Pratt & Whitney Canada. "We're honored to help them grow and to support their success with the APS3200 APU."

Pratt & Whitney Canada has delivered 3,300 APS3200 APUs to more than 200 operators for their fleets of Airbus A320 family aircraft.

Pratt & Whitney’s GTF™ Engines Shine on Display at 2018 Airshow China

AIRSHOW CHINA, ZHUHAI, November 5, 2018 – Pratt & Whitney’s GTF™ engines are on display at the 2018 Airshow China in Zhuhai as the impressive Embraer E190-E2 “Shark” aircraft makes its debut China demonstration tour.  The engines will also be highlighted on airBaltic’s A220-300 static display, set to begin its demonstration tour after displaying at the show. The GTF currently powers more than 50 aircraft in China, across 8 operators with over 175,000 engine flight hours. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Pratt & Whitney announced at this year’s Farnborough Airshow that in the past 12 months it has received more than 2,000 new GTF engine orders and commitments, including options and spares. Now, there are more than 280 GTF-powered aircraft delivered to 30 operators around the world.  Total engine revenue hours are over 1.3 million for the combined GTF powered fleet of A320neo family, A220 and E190-E2 aircraft.  Total fuel savings is estimated at 65 million gallons.
"The GTF is making an impact in the region, allowing our customers to save approximately 100 gallons of fuel and one metric ton of CO2 per flight hour.  When you add up those numbers across the China fleet, the economic and environmental benefits are astounding,” said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president of sales, marketing and customer support at Pratt & Whitney.  “Seeing the GTF engine at Airshow China on display with the E190-E2, which entered into service earlier this year, and also with airBaltic’s A220-300 display, is a testament to how far the GTF program has come and how important it is in powering our customers’ growth in this region.” It is estimated that China will require more than 7,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years.
Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine family has delivered on its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 to 20 percent, and to significantly reduce regulated emissions and noise footprint.
Pratt & Whitney has invested more than $2.5 billion in its global manufacturing and aftermarket network since 2013, with 21st century technology, to transform and modernize its U.S. and global footprint to support the ramp up of the GTF and other engine programs. Pratt & Whitney is on track to meet its commitments for GTF engine deliveries in 2018.