søndag 5. juli 2020

SAR - Godt jobbet av Fosvaret - NRK

Likner litt på den rekordlange redningsaksjonen sivile HS hadde på Frans Josefs Land for mange år siden. (Red.)

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lørdag 4. juli 2020

F-35 og de norske leverandørene - TU

Norske bedrifter kjemper seg til langt mer F-35-arbeid enn før: – Svært gledelig!

På litt over et år har norsk industri nær doblet verdien på sine F-35-kontrakter.

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Dette bildet er fra Rygge da Luftforsvaret erklærte første operative evne (IOC) med F-35 i november 2019. Innfasinga har så langt fulgt planen, og nå begynner det å monne også for industrien. Fra venstre: Forsvarsminister Frank Bakke-Jensen, oberstløytnant Ståle «Steel» Nymoen, sjef for 332 skvadron og generalmajor Tonje Skinnarland, sjef for Luftforsvaret. (Eirik Helland Urke)
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Etter mange lite framgangsrike år ser det nå ut til å ha løsnet skikkelig for norsk industri i konkurransen om å vinne kontrakter til produksjon av jagerflyet F-35.

Men i fjor kunngjorde amerikanske myndigheter at norsk industri endelig var tildelt det europeiske ansvaret for vedlikehold av flere F-35-komponenter som etter planen vil gjelde fra neste år.«Best value»-prinsippet gjelder ikke bare produksjon, men også vedlikehold. Også på dette området gikk det relativt trått for norsk industri en stund. Da JPO offentliggjorde den første runden av vedlikeholdskontrakter i 2016, ble det ikke en eneste kontrakt på Kongsberg-konsernet og daværende AIM Norway som hadde deltatt i konkurransen.
Da hadde KDA og det som i dag er Kongsberg Aviation Maintenance Services (Kams) gått sammen og hadde dessuten med seg flere samarbeidspartnere som Berget, Kitron, Techni, Vinghøg (nå Rheinmetall Norway) og Widerøe Technical Services.
I 2014 ble Norge utpekt til å etablere kapasitet for vedlikehold av F135-motoren, som brukes i F-35-flyene. Et nytt depot på Rygge nærmer seg nå klart, og planen er at Kams skal ha motordepotet operativt fra 2021.
Ved siden av deleproduksjon og vedlikehold, ligger norsk industris største eksportmuligheter knyttet til F-35 i Nammo-ammunisjonen Apex og Kongsberg-missilet JSM.
KDAs amerikanske partner Raytheon opplyste nylig at de nå forbereder det første slippet av et skarpt missil fra et F-35A. Det vil etter planen skje i løpet av 2020 og vil bygge videre på den avsluttende og vellykkede kvalifiseringstesten i mars 2018.
Siden den gang har den første eksportkunden kommet til: Japan bestilte i fjor JSM-missiler til sine F-35A. Også Australia er en høyst realistisk kommende bruker, ettersom de har vært med på å finansiere utviklinga. I tillegg kommer selvsagt USA som er i ferd med å bli en storbruker av forgjengermissilet NSM.
Det er forventet at Luftforsvaret kan erklære første operative evne (IOC) med JSM i 2023. Målet er, og har vært i mange år, at de norske F-35-ene skal være fullt operative (FOC) innen 2025.

Hvor kan du reise i Europa etter 15. juli? Bør kunne tolkes ut fra dette kartet


Kart som viser smittespredning i Europa

MANGE STADER: Dei gule regionane på dette kartet frå 
europeiske smittevernstyresmakter syner smittespreiing 
på under 20 tilfelle per 100.000 i dei siste fjorten dagene. 
Det er ein av terskelverdiane norske styresmakter har 
sett for å tillate reiser etter 15. juli.
FOTO: ECDC

Ryanair - O`Leary vet å presse vannet av flygerne.... Aviation24.be

Ryanair and its Irish pilots agree on 20% pay cuts to save Irish pilot jobs 

Earlier this week BALPA and Ryanair UK pilots accepted a similar deal to save jobs also with 20% pay cuts and productivity improvements.
Ryanair has also signed agreements with the Fórsa union for our Irish based cabin crew and the UNITE union for our UK cabin crew on up to 10% pay reductions, fully restored over 4 years as well as productivity improvements to save jobs. These cabin crew agreements are currently out to ballot.
These agreements demonstrate that Ryanair Pilots wish to work with the airline during the Covid-19 crisis where Ryanair will carry 50% less traffic, at significantly lower fares for the foreseeable future.
Ryanair’s CEO Eddie Wilson said:
“We welcome this week’s results in both Ireland and the UK of acceptance of a 4-year agreement on 20% pay cuts and productivity improvements on rosters and flexible working patterns to save the maximum number of Irish and UK Pilot jobs. The strength of this acceptance demonstrates the commitment from our pilots in Ireland and the UK to work with Ryanair as we work our way through this crisis over the next number of years”.

Korona og Air France - BBC

Coronavirus: Air France set to cut more than 7,500 jobs

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Air France-KLM plans to cut more than 7,500 jobs at its French arm as the airline industry reels from the coronavirus crisis.
Europe's second-biggest airline will cut 6,560 staff at Air France, with its regional French carrier Hop! losing 1,020 jobs, the company said on Friday.
In a statement, the firm said: "Recovery looks set to be very slow" due to uncertainties around Covid-19.
The cuts will take place over the next three years.
The group also cited the lifting of travel restrictions and changing customer demand as potential cause for concern in the future.
At the height of the pandemic, revenues fell by 95% and the Air France airline was losing €15m (£13.5m) per day.
Air France does not expect that activity will return to its pre-pandemic level before 2024.
The group's flagship airline expects to have cut more than 6,000 jobs by the end of 2022, out of a current total of 41,000 staff.
"Natural departures", such as retirements and employees who leave of their own accord, are expected to make up about half of the reductions at Air France.
Its sister airline Hop! will see 1,020 jobs cut over the next three years. It currently employs more than 2,000 people.
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Image captionProtestors at the entrance of an airport in Morlaix, western France
The company said: "Air France and Hop! are working together with the unions to implement plans that give priority to voluntary departures, early retirement arrangements and professional and geographical mobility."
Air France also said that a wider "reconstruction plan" would be presented at the end of July, along with one for the wider Air France-KLM group.
Union members and staff staged protests at several sites across France on Friday, including outside the company's offices near Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport.
The French government has pledged billions of Euros to support Air France-KLM and the wider aviation industry as demand for travel has crashed as a result of coronavirus-related lockdown measures.
Loans to Air France were contingent on the carrier scrapping some domestic flights in a bid to cut its carbon emissions.
Other airlines have also been forced to adopt similar measures in anticipation of a long, slow return to former levels of demand.
EasyJet previously said that it may need to reduce staff numbers by up to a third because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In June, Lufthansa said it planned to cut 22,000 jobs, and British Airways said in April that it could cut up to 12,000 jobs from its 42,000-strong workforce.

Space - SpaceX er travle - Curt Lewis

Even amid a pandemic, SpaceX is launching more than ever


SpaceX's 11 launches match the total this year by Russia, Europe, and Japan combined.

On Tuesday, SpaceX launched its 11th Falcon 9 rocket of the year-with a brand-new first stage delivering a 3.7-ton GPS III satellite into orbit for improved navigation services. The mission's customer, the US Space Force, was happy.

"The successful GPS III SV03 launch and recovery serves as another step in our journey with industry partners to create innovative, flexible, and affordable services to meet NSSL mission objectives and propel US dominance in space," said Col. Robert Bongiovi, Launch Enterprise director.

Tuesday afternoon's launch puts the company on pace for 22 missions in this calendar year, which would break the company's previous record of 21 launches set in 2018. What seems more remarkable about this pace is that it has occurred amid a global pandemic that has slowed operations in many other countries.

For example, SpaceX's 11 launches match the total so far this year by Russia, Europe, and Japan combined. Globally, the company ranks second only to China's state enterprise, which has attempted 15 orbital launches in 2020, two of which have been failures.

Much of the company's activity during the pandemic has been driven by its own payloads. SpaceX has launched seven Starlink missions during the first half of this year, putting nearly 420 of its own satellites into low-Earth orbit. The company is moving forward with efforts to begin offering limited commercial Internet service by late this year or early 2021.

Barring a catastrophe, it seems likely that SpaceX will easily launch a dozen or more Falcon 9 rockets between now and the end of this year. The company has as many as 18 launches on its manifest, including half a dozen Starlink missions, a second Crew Dragon mission, a supply mission to the International Space Station, and several commercial missions. Its next launch may occur in a week, with the Starlink-9 mission, on July 8.

Thanks to the successful recovery of the first stage from Tuesday's launch, SpaceX now has five first stage boosters at its disposal for future missions. Of those, it will be most interesting to see if, or when, Booster 1049 flies again. This first stage has already flown five flights dating back to September 2018 and could be ready for its sixth mission by the end of July-if engineers deem it safe to fly again.

B-747 tar kvelden - Boeing stanser produksjonen - Curt Lewis

Boeing to pull the plug on its 747 jumbo jet


(Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N) is pulling the plug on its 747 jumbo jet, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday.

The 747 democratized global air travel in the 1970s but fell behind modern twin-engine passenger jets.

The last 747-8 will roll out of a Seattle area factory in about two years, according to the Bloomberg report. (bloom.bg/38n5A8p)

When contacted by Reuters, Boeing did not confirm the Bloomberg report.

"At a build rate of 0.5 airplanes per month, the 747-8 program has more than two years of production ahead of it in order to fulfill our current customer commitments," a Boeing spokesman told Reuters.

"We will continue to make the right decisions to keep the production line healthy and meet customer needs."

Boeing's 747 plane is enjoying a second life as a cargo mule for companies like United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) due to a freight market boom fueled by online shopping.

In 2016, Boeing said it could end 747 production amid falling orders and pricing pressure.

Major U.S. carriers like United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.O) and Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) have already said goodbye to the 747.