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ISSUE July 2016

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First Solar-Powered Mission to Jupiter Flying 3d-Printed Parts

Developed by Lockheed Martin, the Juno spacecraft is the first solar-powered spacecraft to operate at Jupiter and holds the record as the farthest spacecraft from the sun to operate on solar power. To power the spacecraft’s computer, instruments and heaters, it has three 30-foot long solar arrays with a combined 18,698 individual solar cells covering an area of 535 square feet. At Earth, the arrays would be capable of generating over 14 kilowatts, yet will provide only about 500 watts at Jupiter.

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MBRSC and AUS announce readiness of Nayif-1 Nanosatellite for Launch

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the American University of Sharjah (AUS) have announced the completion of the design and building of the communication Nanosatellite, Nayif-1. The satellite has also successfully passed all stages and tests, and is now ready for launch into space aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket. The UAE's first Nanosatellite was developed by Emirati engineering students from AUS under the supervision of a team of engineers and specialists from MBRSC within the framework of a partnership between the two entities, aiming to provide hands-on experience to engineering students on satellite manufacturing.

H.E. Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of MBRSC, said: “This achievement reflects the determination and commitment of MBRSC to develop Emirati talent specialised in satellite manufacturing and space science. Sustainable development deliverables and the post-oil phase requires building specialised human capabilities, where entities and institutions have to launch programs specialised in the science and technology sectors to achieve educational goals in line with the UAE’s plans and strategies.”

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Bespoke partnership between Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Air Navigation Services and Emirates Aviation University to provide technical academic programs in Aviation

Dubai Civil Aviation Authority,Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) and Emirates Aviation University (EAU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that highlights the beginning of a long term strategic partnership between all entities,aimed at training and developing human resources, as well as providing full-fledged technical academic programs for students and professionals in the Aviation sector.

The MOUs were signed by H.E.Mohammed A.Ahli, the Director General of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and the CEO of Dubai Air Navigation Services, and Dr.Ahmed AlAli, the Vice Chancellor of Emirates Aviation University, in the presence of representatives from both entities.

The agreement signed between DCAA and EAU entails collaboration on several fronts that include designing joint training courses, participation in conferences and educational seminars held by both entities, in addition to collaborating on educational and joint research initiatives . DCAA will be supporting the universities’ training program through providing training programs for students affiliated to the latter. Where as EAU will be providing special rates to DCAA employees and their families seeking to pursue their education with the university.

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Harris Corporation Selected to Modernize Jamaican Air Traffic Control Center

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has been awarded a contract to modernize critical air traffic control (ATC) communications at the Air Traffic Control Center (ATCC) in Kingston, Jamaica.

Harris will supply two Liberty-STAR™ Voice Communication and Control Systems (VCCS) to the Kingston ATCC to modernize their existing main and back-up systems.

Featuring a modular architecture, open-platform software and commercial-off-the-shelf hardware, Liberty-STAR™ VCCS delivers a reliable, scalable communications solution for ATC towers, airline and area control dispatch, flight service stations, and mobile shelters. The systems will be equipped with touch-screen operator positions, radio interfaces, telephone interfaces, and a System Maintenance, Administration and Reconfiguration Terminal (SMART) POSITION™. The systems are IP-enabled which will allow Jamaican aviation authorities to migrate to the new technology when they are ready.

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New IFPD service for airports

Aviation consultancy Helios is partnering with LPS SR, the Slovak air navigation service provider, to offer a full instrument flight procedures design (IFPD) service for conventional and PBN procedures.

The new service can help with design, flight validation and safety assessment of a single IFP or a suite of IFPs associated with a runway, redevelopment of airspace or the adoption of new technology. All procedures will comply with ICAO 8168 criteria and respective national legislation.

LPS have in the past provided Instrument Flight Procedure Design services to other European airports. Commenting on the development, Helios Director of Airports Steve Leighton said: “Added to our other airport consulting expertise this means we are now capable of providing a comprehensive multi-disciplinary service. Our experience of supporting the world’s largest airports right through to the smallest and most remote means we can draw on relevant skills that meet the specific needs of many airports today.”

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ERA´s new subsidiary ERA-BHC CS – the complex solutions for cyber space security

ERA broadened its product portfolio (up until now focused on passive radiolocation sensors) with cyber security systems. Its new subsidiary ERA-BHC CS has been founded as a joint venture company in cooperation with Estonian leading cyber security company BHC Laboratory.

With a long term focus on safety of airspace, ERA has now strengthened its market offerings with security systems and advanced services for cyber space. Newly established company ERA-BHC CS has an ambition to provide complex services in the field of cyber security both on domestic and international levels.

Estonian partner BHC Laboratory, a company specialised in cyber security products, has brought about know-how, market experiences and remarkable list of references. BHC is a cyber capabilities’ development company for wide range of global customers from both defence security and private sector from 15 countries around the world.

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ERA has become the majority owner of the company R-SYS, the producer of SW solutions for ATC/ATM systems

ERA Company made the announcement today that it had purchased the majority share (i. e. controlling interest) in the Slovak R&D company R-SYS, Ltd., its former subcontractor. ERA thus continues the process of acquisition of progressive companies in order to strengthen its market offerings with more complete solutions for civil and military air traffic control authorities.

“The merge of R-SYS and ERA is a result of long-term satisfactory cooperation between both companies. Our planned collaboration in the field of developing ATM and Command and Control systems conveniently completes the ERA product portfolio. ERA´s surveillance systems, integrated with our software for 2D/3D visualization, can provide integrated ATM solutions for customers worldwide,“ stated Marek Náhlík, R-SYS CEO.“

R-SYS product line consists of SW solutions in various domains such as Air Traffic Management, Surveillance Data Processing, Aeronautical Information Management, Command and Control (C2/C3I), Geographical Information Systems (GIS) or Digital Audio, Video & Data Recording Systems. Its new innovative system AISWeb provides flexible tools for 2D/3D visualization of the aircraft positions available to ATC controllers.

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Amadeus and Emirates renew full content agreement

Emirates and Amadeus have announced the renewal of their distribution agreement to ensure that the airline’s full inventory of fares and flights is made available to Amadeus-connected travel agencies and travellers worldwide.

The agreement means that Emirates content is made available to the world’s largest network of travel sellers, and Emirates’ customers can continue to search and shop for all Emirates products and services through the channel of their choosing.

Renewal of the full content agreement comes shortly after Emirates was named the most valuable airline brand according to the 2016 Brand Finance Global 500 report. As the airline pushes on with its unwavering focus on the customer experience, the two companies are exploring opportunities relating to the introduction of new merchandising capabilities including Ancillary Services and Fare Families.

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Lockheed Martin, Arabsat and KACST Achieve Significant Milestone on Arabsat 6A and Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 Satellite Production

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Arab Satellite Communications Organization and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) have successfully completed a comprehensive technical review of Arabsat 6A and Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1, two satellites that will provide television, internet, telephone and secure communications, to customers in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

To achieve this milestone, Lockheed Martin completed the Critical Design Review of the satellite and each subsystem, demonstrating the satellite design meets technical specifications and is ready for the next phase of production. With Critical Design Review complete and manufacturing underway, the Lockheed Martin team will now move further into the production process.

“Now that we’ve completed this intensive design review, we’re moving forward into the build, integration and test phase for Arabsat 6A and Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1,” said Carl Marchetto, Lockheed Martin’s vice president and general manager of Commercial Space. “We’re already producing important components for the satellites including antenna reflectors, panels and the core structure, and are excited to continue manufacturing these important satellites.”

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Cathay Pacific’s first A350 arrives in Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Airways’ first Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft arrived at Hong Kong International Airport from Toulouse, France on Sunday, 29 May. It is the first of 48 A350s scheduled to be delivered to the airline. The new aircraft features Cathay Pacific’s latest inflight products in the Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class cabins, enriching the experience of passengers and helping the airline to deliver on its promise of a Life Well Travelled.

The airline held a special event in the hangars of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO) at Hong Kong International Airport today (30 May) to give an exclusive preview of the new arrival to aviation and trade officials, key business partners, members of the Marco Polo Club loyalty programme and guests from the Hong Kong public.

Guest of Honour at the event was Joseph Lai, Permanent Secretary for Transport & Housing (Transport), who officiated at the welcome ceremony together with Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer Rupert Hogg.

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Ideagen secure deal with Cobalt, Cyprus’ new national carrier

Ideagen, the provider of safety management software to the aviation industry, has secured a contract with Cobalt, a new low-cost carrier in Cyprus.

The airline will adopt Ideagen’s Q-Pulse safety management software, in order to control and manage its compliance, risk management and electronic documentation systems.

Andrew Pyne, CEO of Cobalt, highlighted: “We are establishing a low cost airline with a twist: one that will develop hub based operations and operate both regional and long haul routes.

“Safety and security are key and current concerns for the travelling public. Our aim has been to develop a structure and a management system that puts safety at the core of everything that we do as an airline.

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SEDRA interns give inspiring performance at Dubai’s Airport Show

SEDRA Foundation has successfully concluded its second internship programme with Reed Exhibitions Middle East for14 young adults with disabilities at the recently held Airport Show 2016 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).

During the three-day event, the interns had intense interactions as ‘young professionals’ with visitors, exhibitors and employees across all the service sectors related to the exhibition. The interns described their experience as part of Reed’s professional team as motivating, exciting and educational, yet at the same time quite exhausting.

Based in Abu Dhabi, SEDRA is a non-profit organization acting as management consultants for public and private institutions and enablers empowering children, teenagers and adults with disabilities and their families.

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Air Cairo completes successful migration to Amadeus Altéa and seals distribution agreement

As air travel in the Middle East continues to deliver strong growth [1], Air Cairo, an Egypt-based carrier connecting the Middle East and Europe, has positioned itself to take advantage of the increase in air traffic through a new agreement with Amadeus for both IT and distribution services.

During June 2016, Air Cairo successfully completed its cutover to Amadeus’ Altéa Reservation and Inventory and Amadeus e-Commerce modules, whilst also signing for a full content distribution agreement. The migration to Altéa Reservation will enable the airline to maximise booking and revenue growth through wide-reaching distribution channels, whilst Altéa Inventory provides the airline with the latest schedule management technology in the market place. Along with the eCommerce module, these IT solutions bring tangible benefits for the airline as well as enhanced services to travellers. Altéa will also provide the airline with a scalable platform to support its future growth. In terms of distribution, Amadeus-connected travel agencies will now benefit from access to the airline’s complete range of fares and prices, assisting the carrier in achieving its business goals in regional and international markets.

Air Cairo has traditionally operated as a Low Cost / Charter Airline but is part way through an ambitious evolution aimed at becoming a Full Service Carrier. Part of the rationale for this strategic shift is access to more passengers made possible by partnerships with Egypt Air, which owns a significant stake in Air Cairo, as well as other airline partners.

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