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ISSUE August 2016

Aircraft : Aquila's First Flight: a Big Milestone Toward Connecting Billions of People

Facebook (www.newsroom.FB.com) is accelerating its efforts to bring internet connectivity to the four billion people around the world who are not yet online, with the goal of contributing to prosperity, progress and development around the globe. The company’s Connectivity Lab has reached a major milestone in this ambition with the first full-scale test flight of Aquila, an unmanned solar-powered airplane that can be used to bring affordable internet to hundreds of millions of people in the hardest-to-reach places.

Internet access can offer life-changing opportunities, information, and experiences, but 1.6 billion people today live in remote locations with no access to mobile broadband networks. Facebook is building new technologies like Aquila to help address this challenge.

When complete, Aquila will be able to circle a region up to 60 miles in diameter, beaming connectivity down from an altitude of more than 60,000 feet using laser communications and millimetre wave systems. Aquila is designed to fly for up to three months at a time.

The aircraft has the wingspan of an airliner, but at cruising speed it will consume only 5,000 watts — the same amount as three hair dryers, or a high-end microwave. Facebook has flown a 1/5th-scale version of Aquila for several months, but this was the first flight of the full-scale aircraft.

This test flight was designed to verify the operational models and overall aircraft design. To prove out the full capacity of the design, Facebook will push Aquila to the limits in a lengthy series of tests in the coming months and years. As encouraging as the first successful flight is, there is still plenty of work to be done.

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Royal Navy Lynx instructors at RNAS Yeovilton awarded Breitling Trophy with support from CAE

The Royal Navy's instructors at the Lynx Simulator Facility at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton were recently awarded the Breitling Trophy for achieving the best overall performance during the annual Naval Flying Standards inspection.

The inspection was conducted by the office of the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff - Aviation and Carriers (ACNS-A&C) for the Royal Navy. The Admiral's team conducts annual reviews and recognizes the squadron delivering an exceptional level of training to Royal Navy frontline crews by awarding the Breitling Trophy.

Royal Navy Lynx helicopter aircrew at RNAS Yeovilton use the CAE-built Lynx Mk8 full-mission simulator and Lynx cockpit procedures trainer as part of their comprehensive training program. CAE UK also provides on-site engineering, maintenance and support services to ensure the high availability and quality of the Lynx helicopter training devices.

"This is a well-deserved honour for the instructors supporting the training of Royal Navy Lynx aircrew, and achieving an exceptional grade demonstrates the high-level of training delivered at RNAS Yeovilton," said Chris Bunn, Project Manager for the Flight Simulation and Synthetic Trainers (FsAST) Project Team, UK Ministry of Defence. "The Royal Navy instructors and those of us on the FsAST project team acknowledge this recognition and winning the Breitling Trophy would not have been possible without the high-quality synthetic training equipment and ongoing support provided by CAE."

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MBRSC captures HD images of the Moon with DubaiSat-2 marking the 47th anniversary of Apollo 11

DubaiSat-2, the second Earth observation satellite owned and operated by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), has captured clear, high-resolution image of the Moon in its crescent phase to mark the 47th anniversary of the first manned mission to land on the lunar surface.

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Airbus wins $35 billion of aircraft orders at Farnborough Air Show 2016

During the 2016 Farnborough Air Show, Airbus won $35 billion worth of business for a total of 279 aircraft, covering by single-aisle and widebody aircraft families. The deals comprise firm orders for 197 aircraft worth $26.3 billion and commitments for 82 aircraft worth $8.7 billion.

Sales and commitments at Farnborough of the A320 Family were strong, with business accounting for a total of 269 aircraft worth $31.3 billion. This total comprises 187 firm orders worth $22.6 billion, and commitments (eg. MoUs) for 82 aircraft worth 8.7 billion. Notably the larger A321neo model took a lion’s share of the single-aisle announcements – with firm selections from three airlines for 140 aircraft, reflecting the trend for airlines to upsize to larger single-aisle aircraft.

In the widebody segment Airbus won firm orders for 10 aircraft worth $3.4 billion comprising two A330-300s and eight A350-1000s. In addition to these new widebody orders, the show also saw the launch order from DHL Express for the A330-300 Passenger-To-Freighter conversion programme, in partnership with EFW and ST Aerospace.

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Airbus launches the “I Fly A380” website: Choose. Fly. Love A380

The A380 is the passengers’ favourite aircraft, 60% of them are willing to make an extra effort to fly on it*. The iflyA380.com, launched by Airbus this week, is the unique website for travellers who want to experience the iconic double deck aircraft.

“As a global leading aviation company we are exploring new digital avenues and IflyA380.com illustrates this transformation journey.” said Marc Fontaine, Airbus Digital Transformation Officer. “Booking systems today do not allow the passengers to easily choose their preferred aircraft and we decided to fill that gap by easing the access to the iconic A380 aircraft, for everybody. For the first time, a booking service puts the aircraft type as the criteria for flight selection. This seamless experience is a win for Airbus A380, it’s a win for the airlines operators and it’s a win for the passengers.”

The booking assistant will appeal to travellers as it is the only place where all 13 A380 operators can present the on-board services they offer and the destinations they serve. Inspirational information about each city will also help travellers choose their next vacation. It’s simple: users select their departure and destination airports/cities, dates and class of travel, the number of travellers and hit ‘search’. They can then click on the desired flight and be taken seamlessly to the website of the selected airline, allowing users to book securely and with confidence at no extra cost. A380 operators are supportive in the development of this booking assistant.

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Airbus demonstrates aircraft inspection by drone at Farnborough Innovation and digitalisation for production ramp up

The drone, equipped with a high definition camera, performs visual inspection for the upper part of the aircraft. It is flown using an automatic flight control system supervised by a human pilot. The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) follows a predetermined flight path and takes a series of pictures automatically. All these images and especially those showing any potential non-quality such as scratches, dents and painting defects, are compiled in a 3D digital model, recorded in a database and then analysed. This data helps improve traceability, prevention and reduction of damage.

The benefits of this innovative tool and process are significant. Aircraft downtime for inspection is reduced. Data acquisition by drone only takes 10 to 15 minutes, instead of 2 hours using conventional methods.

“The use of this new technology offers better working conditions including improving the safety and comfort for the quality inspectors”, says Nathalie Ducombeau, Airbus head of quality.

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New records for passenger traffic and airfreight at Munich Airport

Munich Airport remains on track for stable growth. Gains were posted in all traffic segments in the first half of 2016: The nearly 20 million passengers in the first six months of the year represent yet another record. This was a 2.3 percent gain over the same period a year earlier. Aircraft movements showed an even higher rate of increase, with the number of take-offs and landings up by 2.5 percent to over 191,000. Moreover, the dynamic increases only took full effect since the start of the current summer timetable period at the end of March. This means that the year-on-year growth rates over the coming months will be even bigger. "For the entire calendar year we therefore expect a 4 percent increase in take-offs and landings," said Munich Airport CEO Dr. Michael Kerkloh at the Munich Press Club today.

The new flights to and from Munich are mainly benefiting the international travel segment. The number of passengers on intercontinental flights increased 4.3 percent to 3.2 million in the first half of 2016 and the number of aircraft movements in that segment was up 4.6 percent to over 15,000. This largely reflects the new long-haul destinations offered in the current summer timetable: Lufthansa launched new connections to Denver and Tehran, Delta Airlines now offers a non-stop service to Detroit, Saudia is flying from Munich to Riyadh and Condor has added Windhoek, in Namibia, to its route map.

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IFS Applications again named world's number one in aerospace and defense EAM software

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has once again been identified as the global number one vendor of enterprise asset management (EAM) software for aerospace and defense (A&D) industries by ARC Advisory Group, the leading information technology research and advisory firm for industry and infrastructure.

ARC Advisory Group has recognized IFS as the leading supplier to the global aerospace and defense industry in its most recent “Enterprise Asset Management Global Market Research Study”. According to the report, IFS has gained market share in the aerospace and defense industry in each of the last four years, growing approximately 25 percent since 2012. IFS has a strong and growing customer base in aerospace and defense including Affinity, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, SAAB Group, GE Aviation, Royal Thai Airforce, TAE and Emirates.

“IFS has evolved from a leading European EAM supplier to become a strong enterprise solutions supplier with dedicated vertical industry software components and expertise,” Ralph Rio, Research Director for Enterprise Software, ARC Advisory Group said. "Over the last year, aerospace and defense has seen some major changes with a wave of new technology entering the industry and the next generation of military and civil aviation equipment.”

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Painless Path to Paperless Cockpit

Arconics is on a mission: to make nextgen safety and compliance software available to air carriers of every size, while helping airline pilots perform more effectively. Our business strategy is to make our software even more affordable, so we have developed a tiered offering around AeroDocs. AeroDocs is the market leading, aviation grade, safety and compliance software for the controlled distribution and viewing of airline documents and manuals.

AeroDocs is available in three solutions, each designed to meet different needs. The upgrade path is easy and the software is scalable to any fleet size.

AeroDocs CONTROL - The fast track to the paperless cockpit

Incorporates the document distribution and viewing modules and is designed to appeal to airlines that want to adopt the paperless cockpit and also airlines that are currently using weak solutions, often from more than one supplier. AeroDocs ensures complete control over an airline’s processes and documentation. Boasts the world’s best pilot EFB viewer. SaaS.

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JetBlue orders 30 additional A321 aircraft

New York-based JetBlue Airways has amended its purchase agreement with Airbus to include an additional 15 Airbus A321ceo (current engine option) and 15 A321neo (new engine option) aircraft. The airline, which already operates A321s, has not yet announced its engine selection for the newly ordered aircraft. Beginning in 2019, JetBlue has the flexibility to configure the New Engine Option aircraft to the Longer Range version of the A321 – the A321LR.

“Airbus has been our partner since the beginning, and we are proud that our partnership continues today,” said Robin Hayes, president and CEO, JetBlue. “The A321 is an incredible aircraft that is delivering results for our business. We intend to deploy many of these aircraft to expand our successful Mint experience and our west coast presence.”

Many of JetBlue’s newly ordered A321 aircraft are expected to be delivered from Airbus’ newest manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. The first aircraft to be produced at Airbus’ U.S. Manufacturing Facility – a JetBlue A321 known as “BluesMobile” – is on public display today at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. BluesMobile was delivered to the airline and entered service this spring.

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