Safety, Automation, Certification and Geopolitics - What Are The Implications From the Boeing 737MAX Grounding?
March 26, 2019 - by Tim Robinson for aerosociety.com
The global implications of the Boeing 737 MAX crisis - which are rippling across geopolitics, safety, certification, training, automation and airliner backlogs.
Some 70 years ago, a sleek, shiny metal shape took to the skies over Britain - the de Havilland Comet - an aircraft that represented the future of air travel and the first commercial jet airliner.
Yet, within two years of entering service in 1952 three Comets were lost in mysterious in-flight accidents, that resulted in the airliner being grounded.
The cause was eventually found to be metal fatigue and the aircraft was redesigned and returned to service but the damage to the Comet's reputation was done.
This grounding saw a new rival emerge from across the Atlantic, the Boeing 707, which went on to immense commercial success that might well have once been the Comet's.
The rest, as they say is history, with the Comet becoming an aeronautical cautionary tale about the dangers of pushing technology to its limits...
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March 2019 - by Crave Life
The Search Continues.......If you are new to the channel, Welcome!
This is the continuation of what started as a late summer adventure into the depths of Alaska outdoors by a out of state visiting friend.
The call to the Alaska State Troopers is made....... We take a helicopter into the mountainous location where my friend was last seen on November 3rd, 2018. His hike was intended to spend time off the grid enjoying Alaska. He didn't want to be bothered and asked to be left alone. Fast forward to December 23rd, 2018, the concern level is thru the roof and a mystery is at hand. This is not a regular adventure trip this channel contains, this was filmed for the family of the missing friend in hopes of a good outcome.
Being prepared when you venture into the outdoors is critical, don't ever underestimate the power of nature.
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The Taiwan-based tech giant ASUS is believed to have pushed the malware to hundreds of thousands of customers through its trusted automatic software update tool after attackers compromised the company's server and used it to push the malware to machines
March 26, 2019 - By Kim Zetter for motherboard.vice.com
Researchers at cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab say that ASUS, one of the world's largest computer makers, was used to unwittingly install a malicious backdoor on thousands of its customers' computers last year after attackers compromised a server for the company's live software update tool.
The malicious file was signed with legitimate ASUS digital certificates to make it appear to be an authentic software update from the company, Kaspersky Lab says.
ASUS, a multi-billion dollar computer hardware company based in Taiwan that manufactures desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones, smart home systems, and other electronics, was pushing the backdoor to customers for at least five months last year before it was discovered, according to new research from the Moscow-based security firm.
The researchers estimate half a million Windows machines received the malicious backdoor through the ASUS update server...
March 2019 - by James Booth for dmarge.com
When you book a trip to Spain, you probably envision your holiday beginning on a sunny terrace, piping hot coffee in hand. Or when you touch down in France for the Euro trip of a lifetime, you might expect to be getting down to some new school beats in an old school discoteque quicker than you can say alors on danse…
The reality, however, is a little different. Whether you're in a Barcelona barrio or a Parisian banlieue, for the first 24 hours you could be anywhere, as you spend half the day catching up on Z's, and the other half walking around in a semi-confused fugue state, otherwise known as jetlag.
Unless you are a CIA operative. In which case you simply follow a strict "anti-jetlag" diet in the lead up to (and during) your flight and land with your sleep pattern (and energy levels) perfectly in sync with your current location.
Fortunately for the rest of us, this regime works on everyone...
March 26, 2019 - by James Booth for dmarge.com
Whether you couldn't afford Business Class in the first place or you thought you'd save money by flying Economy (and subsequently thought better of it), we all wish there was a way to get a more comfortable cattle-class experience.
No, we're not talking about Premium Economy. We're talking about a bona fide lie-flat bed, where you get a whole row of seats (and a specially fitted mattress) to yourself.
Fortunately for transatlantic flyers, these 'sleeper seats' will soon be up for purchase on flights between the UK and the US. But only on one particular pond hopper: Thomas Cook, a Gatwick-based airline, which serves over 19 million customers a year.
Read more... https://www.dmarge.com/2019/03/new-economy-seat.html
First Airbus A220 Alabama employees for new assembly line report for training, and soon in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada
March 26, 2019 - by Lawrence Specker
The first employees of the new Airbus assembly line in Mobile reported for work Monday, according to the company.
The assembly line itself is in the early phases of construction. When complete, it will be one of two sites in the world where Airbus produces the A220 family of aircraft, a single-aisle, twin-engine line of jets that is somewhat smaller than the A320-family jets that Airbus already assembles in Mobile.
"After a month of local training, the team will transition to Mirabel, Quebec (Canada) to train for three months alongside their colleagues in the A220 assembly line organization there."
The 1st production employees for A220 production in Mobile AL have today begun their new hire orientation training at AIDT, and after a month of local training will transition to Mirabel, Quebec to train for 3 months in the A220 assembly line there. pic.twitter.com/6O8fK3VBv6
— Airbus in the U.S (@AirbusInTheUS) March 25, 2019
Harbour Air will equip its fleet of 33 aircraft, including the de Havilland Twin Otter, with electric engines. Source: Harbour Air
March 26, 2019 - By Bryan Corliss for Leeham News
A Seattle-area engine manufacturer today will announce a significant step toward actually getting an electric-powered passenger aircraft off the ground.
The company, MagniX, is set to announce a partnership with Canada's Harbour Air to retrofit its fleet of 33 piston-powered de Havilland Beavers, Otters and Twin Otters with 750 hp electric engines.
The first electric-powered flight – in a six-passenger Beaver – will take place before the end of 2019, according to MagniX CEO Roei Ganzarski. MagniX and the Vancouver-based airline plan to pursue a supplemental type certificate for the planes, with a goal of 2021 for EIS.
Modifications will take place at a plant in Vancouver, a spokeswoman said.
- Overcoming skepticism.
- Tested engine, proven airframe.
- Short-haul routes.
China and Airbus expand their Partnership in Civil Aviation
March 26, 2019 - Airbus
Airbus and China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) signed a General Terms Agreement (GTA) covering the purchase by Chinese airlines of a total of 300 Airbus aircraft. The GTA was signed in Paris, France by Guillaume Faury, President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft and future Airbus CEO; and Jia Baojun, Chairman of CAS; in the presence of visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron.
The GTA comprises of 290 A320 Family aircraft and 10 A350 XWB Family aircraft, reflecting the strong demand in all market segments including domestic, low cost, regional and international long haul from Chinese carriers.
"We are honoured to support the growth of China's civil aviation with our leading aircraft families – single-aisle and widebodies," said Guillaume Faury, President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft and future Airbus CEO. "Our expanding footprint in China demonstrate our lasting confidence in the Chinese market and our long-term commitment to China and our partners."
According to Airbus' latest China Market Forecast 2018 to 2037, China will need some 7,400 new passenger and freighters aircraft in the next 20 years. It represents more than 19 percent of the world total demand for over 37,400 new aircraft.
By the end of January 2019, the in-service Airbus fleet with Chinese operators totaled some 1,730 aircraft, of which 1,455 are A320 Family, and 17 are A350 XWB Family planes.
With more than 14,600 A320 Family aircraft ordered and over 8,600 delivered, the A320 is the world's most successful single-aisle aircraft Family. Of these, the A320neo Family is the world's best-selling single aisle aircraft with over 6,500 orders from over 100 customers since its launch in 2010. It has pioneered and incorporated the latest technologies, including its new generation engines and the industry's reference cabin design, delivering 20 percent fuel cost savings alone.
The A320neo also offers significant environmental benefits with nearly a 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft.
The A350 XWB is the world's most modern and eco-efficient aircraft family shaping the future of air travel. It is the long-range leader in the large wide-body market (300 to 400+ seats). The A350 XWB offers by design unrivalled operational flexibility and efficiency for all market segments up to ultra-long haul (9,700 nm). It features 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% reduction in fuel burn and emissions.
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March 26, 2019 - by Bombardier
- Industry-leading portfolio of products includes new battery-powered train
- A leader in Mexico for the last 25 years, providing 1,800 direct jobs locally
Mobility technology leader Bombardier Transportation will present its innovative rail products and services at Exporail, the 18th Congress of the Mexican Association of Railroads.
The event will take place in Mexico City, Mexico on March 26 and 27.
"We are proud to present Bombardier's latest innovations for sustainable mobility at the Exporail congress and exhibition, including our battery-operated electro-hybrid train," said Elliot G. (Lee) Sander, President, Americas Region, Bombardier Transportation.
"Under our slogan 'Together we move', we will showcase our complete value chain of high performing mobility solutions for today's growing cities including metro, light rail, commuter and monorail applications as well as our full scope of services designed to help customers minimize their operational costs and maximize their revenues."