tirsdag 21. november 2017

Helikopter - Offshorebransjen hardt skadet etter Turøy- og generell nedgang i aktivitetsnivået - AIN

Airbus H225 Continues To Overhang Offshore Operators
 - November 21, 2017, 10:53 AM
Era Group posted a third-quarter 2017 loss of $81 million, driven largely by a $117 million impairment charge taken in the period, primarily based on its fleet of nine company-owned Airbus H225 helicopters. Era is currently in litigation with Airbus concerning the grounding of its H225s in the aftermath of an April 2016 crash of a CHC H225 near Turoy, Norway, that killed all 13 aboard.
Era and others are suing Airbus Helicopters for economic damages related to that grounding and the reluctance of its energy sector customers to resume flying the H225 once international aviation regulators lifted that grounding over the last year. The company revealed that it has written down the value of its H225s to approximately $4 million each and spent nearly $2 million in the third quarter on related litigation against Airbus that it initiated in November 2016. “We cannot predict the ultimate outcome of the litigation, and we may spend significant resources pursuing our legal remedies against Airbus,” Era CEO Chris Bradshaw said. “It's a big issue for us.” 
Separately, earlier this month Bristow Group reached a $130 million “cost recovery” agreement with Leonardo and Airbus, believed related to the former's inability to deliver AW189 super-medium twins for its UK SAR contract in a timely manner and costs from the latter related to H225 groundings in the aftermath of the Norway crash. Bristow, which operates 27 H225s, refused to provide details of the “cost recovery,” but it is widely believed that the majority of it relates to the H225. During a recent conference call, Bristow also revealed that it had deferred $62 million of its UK SAR AW189 payments from FY2018 to FY2020.
Era’s Bradshaw said the $117 million charge was directly triggered by the company's belief that “there will not be a broad-based return to service of these helicopter models in the offshore oil-and-gas industry” and that the book value of its H225 fleet exceeded its fair market value, based on reports from third-party appraisers. Bradshaw said the company's H225s could conceivably find a home in the heavy-lift utility market.
“There's a well-established market for those types of missions that's currently being serviced by older-generation aircraft, and the 225s could be a good alternative for those missions,” he said, adding that placing the company's H225s into long-term storage has saved resources. “There's not a significant amount of cost associated with their current status today.”
Era said its quarterly loss would have been only $6.2 million without the impairment charge. Era's third-quarter revenues were $61.4 million, up from $57.9 million in the second quarter. The company said the revenue increase was due to 15 percent better utilizations in oil-and-gas operations, however operating expenses also increased during the period primarily due to higher-than-usual maintenance costs, mainly as a result in an increased frequency of engine overhauls. Third-quarter revenues were down $3.6 million compared with the year-ago period, which the company ascribed to reduced air medical, SAR and U.S. light helicopter operations.

B797 i planleggingsfasen - Curt Lewis

Boeing's new '797' has taken a big leap toward becoming a reality.

The aerospace giant has named one of its top engineers to a leadership team responsible for the formation of what is likely to become its first all-new airliner since the 787 Dreamliner.

Boeing has moved company veteran and 777X chief project engineer Terry Beezhold to the new '797' team, the company confirmed. Boeing has not yet assigned roles for members of the team.

Boeing (BA) hasn't yet given the green light to build the small twin-aisle airplane, which will seat between 225 and 270, though the company in September formally created a program office to oversee the possible development. Beezhold is the second executive Boeing has publicly named to the team. The other is the program office's vice president. The jet is dryly called the New Mid-Market Airplane, but has already been dubbed the Boeing '797' by prospective customers.

The airplane would be larger than Boeing's biggest single-aisle 737 Max jets, but would not have the flying endurance of its 787 Dreamliner. Airlines want to relieve congestion on busy routes currently flown with smaller jets.

At the Paris Air Show in June 2017, Boeing gave a small peek in at what it's new 797 might look like.

Analysts estimate the '797' project will cost between $10 billion and $15 billion to develop and the plane wouldn't be ready until 2024 or 2025.

Beezhold is a long-time company veteran who in 2011 was in charge of developing new tools and processes to significantly reduce the cost of designing and manufacturing airliners. That work was put into action developing the 777X, which is manufactured using significantly more automation than previous Boeing airliners.

Air Racing- The US rules - Flying

U.S. Pilots Dominate Air Race 1 World Cup

American aviators ruled international Formula One race.
Tim Cone Air Race One
California's Tim Cone was the big winner at the Air Race 1 World Cup in Pattaya, Thailand.
Lloyd Horgan
After a weekend of heart-pumping air racing at the U-Tapao Naval Air Base in Pattaya, Thailand, the American pilots dominated the Air Race 1 World Cup. Cassutt racer Tim Cone from Fresno, California stood at the top of the podium as the winner, flying Race #99 named “What Airplane Honey” after his wife found out about the Cassutt when he was shown flying it on TV.
The final Gold race was a full on battle. Cone, who started in first place after winning the semi-finals, dropped down to third place at the start of the race, behind #79, “No Strings Attached,” flown by fellow Californian Justin Phillipson, and #69, “Knotty Girl,” flown by Texan pilot Philip Goforth. But Cone fought to come back and passed the finish line in first place, just ahead of Goforth.
Swedish pilot Thom Richard, who won the last official race in Lleida, Spain, finished in fourth place after an exciting battle with third place contester Phillipson. During an accident in Reno in 2016, Richard’s winning airplane “Hot Stuff” was damaged as it was hit during the simultaneous takeoff. Richard, who was not planning on competing, was flying a Cassutt named “Outrageous.” The airplane belongs to British pilot Yves Clarke, who owns the airplane and handed the controls to Richard after he was unable to qualify.
Eight Formula One airplanes compete simultaneously around a closed course in the Air Race 1 World Cup. A total of 18 teams competed this year. The Silver Final was also won by an American – Swaid Rahn of Springfield, Georgia.

Kaos på Schiphol - ATC - Check-In

Luftfoto af airside-området i Schiphol Airport (Foto: Schiphol Group)

Kaos i Amsterdam-Schiphol lufthavnen

Et omfattende nedbrud i systemerne hos flyvelederkontrollen har ramt Europas tredjestørste lufthavn. Indtil videre har KLM aflyst flere end 80 flyvninger.

Den europæiske flytrafik er tirsdag eftermiddag ramt af forsinkelser og aflysninger som følge af et stort nedbrud i IT-systemerne hos flyvelederlederkontrollen LNVL i Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
Nedbruddet har betydet, at KLM allerede har aflyst flere end 80 flyvninger, og andre flyselskaber er også blevet ramt. Blandt andet har KLM aflyst den sene eftermiddagsflyvning fra Amsterdam til henholdsvis Billund og Aalborg, mens SAS har aflyste en rotation fra København til Amsterdam og retur.
“KLM kæmper med store forsinkelser som følge af denne afbrydelser. Vi anbefaler vores kunder at tjekke vores hjemmeside for de seneste informationer om ankomst- og afgangstider. KLM beklager de gener, som det påfører passagererne,” hedder det i en meddelelse fra det hollandske flyselskab.
De flyvninger, der ikke er aflyst, opererer med forsinkelser på mellem to og fire timer, viser en oversigt fra lufthavnen.

T-38 havarert nær Laughlin AFB, Del Rio Texas

Vel, trist, men heldigvis sjelden at denne flotte flytypen havarerer med tap av liv. På språkskolen ved Lackland AFB, San Antonio, dro tre av oss sørover i en leid Mustang for å besøke Midthus og Heggem som var elever der nede. Det var gøy å se T-38 på nært hold for første gang, men enda morsommere å fly den. (Red.)

Northrop T-38C Talon Impacted the Ground


Northrop T-38C Talon
United States Air Force (USAF)
C/n / msn:
Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:
Airplane damage:
Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Val Verde County, NNW of Del Rio, TX -    United States of America
Departure airport:
Laughlin Air Force Base (KDLF)
Destination airport:
The military training aircraft impacted the terrain in Val Verde County, north-northwest of Del Rio, Texas. The airplane was partially consumed by the post-impact fire and one of the two pilots onboard was fatally injured. One of the pilots onboard the aircraft ejected, receiving undetermined injuries. 

Russisk AWACS - AW&ST

Beriev A-100 AEW Aircraft Makes First Flight

A-100: UAC

MOSCOW—Russia’s new airborne early warning and control aircraft, the A-100 Premier, flew for the first time on Nov. 18.

Drone - Operative og gigantiske Triton flyr til Guam - AW&ST

U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Wrapping Up Development Ahead Of Guam Ops

Boeing P-8A Poseidon’s ‘tripwire’—MQ-4C Triton—prepped for U.S. Navy service from Guam
The high-altitude maritime surveillance UAV Northrop Grumman has been developing for the U.S. Navy since 2008, the MQ-4C Triton, is almost ready to embark on its first operational assignment to the island of Guam in the Pacific. The Navy has been constructing a massive hangar and maintenance facility at Andersen AFB there, one large enough to shelter four of the gliderlike aircraft against the tropical rains that prevail from July to November.