søndag 15. juli 2018

Automatisk tanking - Norge medier i tankfly - AIN

Airbus Tankers Mate Automatically In Flight

 - July 12, 2018, 2:16 PM
This is an emulation of the contact, as displayed by the image processing software onboard the A330MRTT. (Airbus)
Airbus Defence and Space has demonstrated automatic air-to-air refueling of a large aircraft. The company’s own A310 development tanker made seven contacts with an approaching A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) owned by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Airbus previously demonstrated automatic refueling of a fighter aircraft. The A330 MRTT is designated KC-30A in service by the RAAF.
Airbus says that the system requires no additional equipment on the receiver and is intended to reduce refueling boom operator workload, improve safety, and optimize the rate of air-to-air refueling (AAR). During the initial approach of the receiver aircraft, the tanker’s Air Refueling Operator (ARO) performs boom control as usual. Innovative passive techniques such as image processing are then used to determine the position of the receiver’s refueling receptacle. When the automated system is activated, a fully automated flight control system flies and maintains the boom aligned with the receiver’s receptacle. The telescopic beam inside the boom can be controlled in a range of ways, including manually by the ARO, a relative distance-keeping mode, or full auto-mode to perform the contact.
David Piatti, who acted as the Airbus ARO on the A310, said that the system accurately tracked the receiver aircraft. “It can be very useful to be able to refuel another tanker or transport, for example, to extend its deployment range or to avoid taking fuel back to base, but it is also a challenging operation and this system has the potential to reduce workload and the risk involved.”
The flight took place off the Spanish coast on June 20 and was conducted in conjunction with test pilots and flight-test engineers from the RAAF’s Aircraft Research and Development Unit.
A total of 57 A330 MRTTs have been ordered by 11 nations (Australia, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom). 

A350 XWB en stor suksess for Airbus - Airbus

Toulouse, 14 July 2018 – Philippine Airlines (PAL) has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB at a special event in Toulouse, France, becoming the 19th airline to operate the world’s most modern and efficient long range airliner.

Altogether, Philippine Airlines has ordered six A350-900s, which will be primarily operated on non-stop services to Europe and North America. These will include the carrier’s longest route to New York, which the A350-900 can operate non-stop in both directions, all year round. Representing a distance of over 8,000 nautical miles, the 17 hour return journey from New York to Manila previously involved a technical stop in Vancouver.

At the end of June 2018, Airbus has recorded 882 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 46 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever. 182 A350 XWBs have been delivered to 19 airlines worldwide.

The A350 XWB joins an existing Airbus fleet at Philippine Airlines that currently includes 27 A320 Family aircraft, 15 A330s and four A340s.

lørdag 14. juli 2018

F-35 USAF på RIAT Air Show

Tja, omtrent som på Le Bourget i fjor; ikke noe å skrive hjem om.... https://tinyurl.com/ybg7fcou

AirAsia kjøper 100 Aibuser - Bloomberg

Airbus Near Blockbuster $23 Billion Jet Sale to AirAsia
‎14‎. ‎juli‎ ‎2018‎ ‎16‎:‎36‎ ‎CEST Updated on ‎14‎. ‎juli‎ ‎2018‎ ‎18‎:‎13‎ ‎CEST
·      Asian carrier weighs order for 100 next-gen A321s, 34 A330neos
·      Deal could be announced in coming week at Farnborough air show

An Airbus A321neo airliner
Photographer: Dominique Boutin/TASS via Getty Images

Airbus SE is closing in on a blockbuster agreement to sell $23 billion worth of aircraft, based on list prices, to AirAsia Group Bhd., according to people familiar with the matter.
The Malaysian airline, already the second-biggest customer for Airbus’s re-engined A320 narrowbody, is weighing an order for as many as 100 A321neo aircraft, according to people familiar with the discussions. AirAsia is simultaneously close to agreeing to order an additional 34 A330neo widebodies, which would bring its total backlog for that aircraft to 100.
The orders are still subject to final negotiations, said the people, who asked not to be named discussing private talks. While no deal has been reached, the sides are close enough that at least part of the sale could be announced next week during the Farnborough Air Show outside London, the industry’s largest trade expo this year, the people said.
Airbus declined to comment. AirAsia declined comment.
The purchase of the A321neos would catapult AirAsia ahead of India’s Interglobe Aviation Ltd. as the biggest customer for Airbus’s marquee narrowbody jet, extending the Malaysian carrier’s existing orders to 504 planes.
Even more crucial for Airbus, a decision to take more of the larger A330neos would reaffirm AirAsia’s commitment to that widebody program amid heavy competition with Boeing’s fast-selling 787 Dreamliner. As negotiations heated up last week, AirAsia Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes fired an unconventional shot at Airbus with a tweet en route to a meeting at the manufacturer’s Toulouse, France, headquarters:
“We have ordered the 330 but to finally confirm it we must make sure price is right. Performance is right. Engine is right,” Fernandes said on Twitter. “If right the plane we dreamt of and fought for and then we can order more. Or else.”
The new planes would help Fernandes further his plan to build a pan-Asian budget airline and capture a share of a market dominated by Gulf-based carriers and Air India. In India, he’s planning more domestic flights, while international operations are on the cards early next year. AirAsia Group also has a long-haul arm, AirAsia X Bhd., whose more than 20 destinations include Auckland, Tokyo, Sapporo, Chengdu, Shanghai, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Honolulu.
For Airbus, a win for the A330neo would follow months of setbacks for the twin-engined jet after Boeing beat out the European planemaker in key contests. Most recently, Airbus lost an order when India’s Vistar chose the Dreamliner. The aircraft, originally designed as a quick and easy upgrade to its popular A330 predecessor, has struggled to stack up orders, with a backlog of 224 aircraft including 10 booked last month from an unidentified customer.”.
The A321neo, the largest of the A320 family, has a list price of $129.5 million, while the dual-aisle A330-900 has a sticker price of $296.4 million. Airlines typically benefit from significant discounts to list prices.

Crewet som røkte i cockpit fikk sparken - CNN

Vaping co-pilot caused Air China plane to plummet, officials say

Hoby Sun was on board the Air China flight when it suddenly lost pressure and altitude.

Beijing (CNN)A co-pilot smoking an electronic cigarette in
the cockpit of an Air China flight caused the plane to suddenly
drop 6,000 meters (19,600 feet) when he mistakenly turned off
its air conditioning system.
A senior official from the Civil Aviation Administration of China
(CAAC) told reporters Friday that, without notifying the pilot, the
unnamed co-pilot was trying to turn off air recycling fans to
prevent the vapor from spreading into the passenger cabin.
Instead, he toggled the wrong switches, which were close to
his intended target, leading to a drop in oxygen levels that
triggered altitude warnings.
    Qiao Yibin, the CAAC official, promised to hand down "severe
    punishment in accordance with laws and regulations," if the
    regulator's final conclusion on the incident matches its initial
    Air China fired the entire flight deck crew and suggested CAAC
    revoke their pilot's licenses upon completing its investigation,
    the country's flag carrier said Friday night in a statement.

    Ryanair med dramatisk dekompresjon - BBC

    Dozens hurt as Ryanair flight loses cabin pressure

    ryanair planeImage copyrightREUTERS
    Image captionThe Ryanair plane descended 8,000m in seven minutes, observers say

    More than 30 Ryanair passengers, some bleeding from their ears, have received hospital treatment in Germany after their plane to Croatia lost cabin pressure, German police say.
    Flight FR7312 from Dublin to Zadar made an emergency landing in Frankfurt.
    The airline said oxygen masks were deployed and the crew carried out a "controlled descent".
    The plane descended 8,000m (26,000ft) from 11,300m to 3,000m in seven minutes, according to Flight Radar.
    Passenger Miomir Todorovic tweeted a photo of the interior of the cabin as the plane lost altitude.
    Ryanair said the plane "landed normally and customers disembarked, where a small number received medical attention as a precaution".
    The plane was carrying 189 passengers, 33 of whom were hospitalised, and some decided not to continue with their journey, German police said.

    'People are screaming'

    "We get on the plane, we're flying and next of all the oxygen mask comes down, we're left in darkness for 15 minutes, there's no reassurance just people shouting 'emergency, emergency'," Sarah McGarry told the newspaper.
    "There was a newborn baby and children on the flight, people are screaming and we don't know what's going on for 15 minutes . . . Then finally we're told that we're going to Germany."
    Another passenger told the newspaper: "It was really scary, there were three to four minutes (that felt like an hour) when the plane was falling fast and I thought we were done for".

    'Abandoned in the airport'

    Passengers also criticised their treatment once they had landed, saying they had not been given enough food and drink and had been forced to sleep on a concrete basement floor or on camp beds.
    Spanish passenger Minerva Galvan said on social media that those on board had been "abandoned" at Frankfurt Hahn airport after going through a "very scaring moment".
    Ms McGarry, who was with three children, said her eardrum burst during the descent but said she did not go to hospital because she was not told whether she would get back to the airport in time to catch the rescheduled flight.
    In its statement Ryanair said it would pay for hotels for the affected passengers but added that there was a "shortage of available accommodation".
    Earlier this week a co-pilot smoking an e-cigarette on an Air China flight caused the plane to start a rapid emergency descent, bringing the plane 6,500m lower, investigators said.
    The co-pilot tried to conceal his actions but accidentally shut off the air-conditioning, causing oxygen levels to fall.
    Ryanair is Europe's largest airline by passenger numbers, according to the International Air Transport Association. It flies in 37 countries and carried 130 million passengers last year.

    Slovakia går for F-16 - TU

    Pussig bilde av en MiG-29 illustrerer denne artikkelen. Ser ut til at den ene motoren er i Mil Power, mens den andre med full åpning, altså i AB stilling, er død. Kanskje vanlig for typen......(Red.)

    Slovakisk MiG-29AS. (Foto: Wikimedia commons)

    Det haster å kvitte seg med russiske fly: Kjøper nye F-16 i stedet for Gripen
    Slovakia har funnet sine erstattere for MiG-29.
    Slovakia kjøper F-16 Block 70/72.
    Det offentliggjorde regjeringen på en pressekonferanse onsdag.
    Dermed ble det ikke en ny eksportkontrakt for Saab, som lenge har vært i Slovakia og tilbudt sine Jas-39C/D Gripen-jagere.

    Forsvarsminister Peter Gajdoš uttaler at beslutningen er fattet etter grundige analyser der de valgte den beste løsningen ut fra pris, kvalitet og kapasitet.
    Ifølge Slovakia skal de amerikanske flyene ha kortere leveringstid og lavere levetidskostnad enn de svenske. Det heter seg at det ville krevd lengre forhandlinger dersom de valgte Jas-39 Gripen. Forsvarsdepartementet påpeker i meldingen at det er presserende å gjøre seg uavhengig av russisk teknologi så raskt som mulig.

    F-16 Block 70. Foto: Lockhed Martin

    De siste ti årene har Slovakia operert 12 MiG-29. De har en vedlikeholdskontrakt med Russland som ifølge Reuters går ut høsten 2019. Denne må trolig reforhandles uansett.
    Slovakia betaler i underkant av 1,6 milliarder euro for 14 fly, flygeropplæring, ammunisjon og to års logistikkstøtte, opplyste statsminister Peter Pellegrini, ifølge Reuters.
    Gripen i to naboland
    På Gripen-seminaret i fjor var Saab veldig på offensiven og mente å ha høyst reelle eksportmuligheter for Jas-39 i en rekke land i nær framtid. Konkret pekte de ut blant annet India, Kroatia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Botswana, Indonesia, Filippinene, Malaysia, Canada, Colombia, Belgia og Finland.
    Den slovakiske konkurransen har nok vært blant dem der Saab har ment de hadde best sjanse. Lenge var det kun svenskene som forhandlet med Slovakia.
    Nabolandene Tsjekkia og Ungarn har siden midten av 2000-tallet leid 14 Jas-29C/D Gripen-fly hver fra Sverige etter at de begge faset ut MiG-29. Den andre naboen i nord, Polen, flyr både MiG-29 og F-16.
    Tre thailandske Jas-39C Gripen.Foto: Stefan Kalm
    Andre brukere av Saab-flyene, ved siden av Sverige, er Thailand og Sør-Afrika. Den nyeste generasjonen Gripen, Jas-39E, fløy første gang 15. juni i fjor. De første av 36 bestilte eksemplarer skal leveres til Brasil neste år. 
    Den største konkurransen Saab og Lockheed Martin har gående, er i India som har signalisert et behov for 100-150 énmotorsjagere. Her er det F-16 Block 70 som står opp mot Jas-39E/F.

    I neste måned er det 40 år siden det første F-16-flyet ble levert. Siden den gang er det produsert hele 4.588 slike jagerfly. Ifølge Lockheed Martin har det de siste tre åene vært en voldsom oppsving i interessen for flyet.
    – Når jeg i dag ser på markedet i Sentraleuropa, rundt Middelhavet, Sør-Amerika og Sørøstasia, og legger til India, ser jeg behov for minst 400 fly de neste 6-10 årene, sa Randall Howard, sjef for F-16-forretningsutvikling i Lockheed Martin, under flyshowet i Singapore i februar.
    Slik vil Bahrains kommende F-16 Block 70 se ut med full mundur. Foto: Lockheed Martin

    Det sier seg selv at F-16 Block 70 har utviklet seg mye fra YF-16-prototypen som fløy første gang i januar 1974. Flyet har lagt på seg betraktelig, men økt vekt kompenseres med 40 prosent mer skyvkraft fra motorene.
    Nyeste F-16 har evner som skyver det i retning femtegenerasjons-kampflyene, med ny avionikk og våpenkapasiteter og moderne sensorer, med den nye APG-83 aesa-radaren fra Northrop Grumman i spissen.

    De slovakiske flyene kommer til å bli bygget i Greenville, South Carolina. Produksjonslinja i Fort Worth, Texas ble plukket ned etter at det siste av 36 F-16IQ ble rullet ut av fabrikken 27. oktober i fjor.
     I Greenville skal det også bygges 16 nye F-16 Viper og oppgraderes 20 eldre maskiner for Bahrain. Dersom Lockheed Martin vinner fram med sin T-38-erstatter, treningsflyet T-50A, er planen å bygge også dette her.