tirsdag 15. juni 2021

Qantas spiller flygere opp mot hverandre og undergraver deres opparbeidede rettigheter - Australian Aviation


Det kan neppe sies å være overraskende. Ganske panisk egentlig, siden A350 kjøpet til Qantas, var avhengig av enighet med flygerne. Nå kan de "reddes" av den gruppen flygere du kan lese om her, leiesoldater. Tidligere historie fra Australia viser at dette ikke er noe nytt. Da Thatcher herjet med fagforeninger i UK, fulgte Australia opp, noe som førte til at mange organiserte flygere ble sagt opp i Australia. (Red.)


written by Adam Thorn | June 15, 2021

Two Qantas A330s, as shot by Victor Pody

The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA) has lost its right to exclusively represent Qantas pilots, following a challenge by rival union the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP).

The Fair Work Commission’s deputy president Tony Saunders said that while the AIPA had “performed well” in negotiating terms with Qantas, it didn’t mean it was necessarily the better organisation. It followed an appeal by the AIPA to an earlier ruling.

“The collective power of the pilot cohort will remain strong and the voices of those pilots will remain authoritative and effective … even though union density will be spread between the AIPA, the AFAP and to a minor extent the Transport Workers Union,” Saunders said.

The AIPA told The Australian the decision would have a “significant impact” on the rights of more than 2,000 staff. Prior to the creation of the AIPA in 1981, the AFAP represented Qantas pilots.

“We believe the AFAP is the best union for all Australian pilots because we’re the oldest, we’re the largest, we’ve got experience across all sections of the industry and we’ve got very engaged and skilled representatives,” said AFAP executive director Simon Lutton.

It comes more than a year after AIPA reached a deal with Qantas management for its members to fly new ultra long-haul ‘Project Sunrise’ routes

In March 2021, AIPA president Mark Sedgwick hinted the then-emerging COVID crisis played a part.

Sedgwick said, “This is an incredibly uncertain time for our members, with many stood down from flying on no pay, with no end in sight. When we return to flying, our expert pilots will be at the helm as part of Qantas’ ultra long-haul services.”

Before the COVID-19 crisis, Qantas had a March 2020 deadline to place a multibillion-dollar order with Airbus for a new fleet of up to 12 A350-1000 jets to operate what would be the longest commercial flights in the world.

The carrier said it needed pilots to agree to a new pay deal, which included “productivity benefits” to make the Project Sunrise business case stack up before it could make the order.

At one point, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce upped the stakes in his negotiation with the AIPA, telling reporters there was “no shortage of pilots” ready to take on the assignment in an off-the-cuff remark.

“I’ve had the letter from a captain from China Southern who says he’s been laid off in recent issues there, and he can get hundreds of captains from China and Asia to operate Project Sunrise if we want to,” said Joyce.

Previously, in a memo obtained by Reuters, Qantas International head Tino La Spina was reported as saying the airline would form a new lower-cost pilot group if needs be.

The news is the second big shake-up of Australia’s pilot union in recent months.

In May, the TWU and the Virgin Independent Pilots Association (VIPA) confirmed their merger.

The plan, first mooted in November last year, will see a new pilots’ division created within the larger organisation that will include special representation and loss of licence protection for members.

NATO erklærer Kina som en global utfordring -. Defence News


Vi har nå sett at NATO fartøyer har patruljert Sør-Kinahavet, men ikke på vegne av NATO, men en pre cursor av ting som har ligget i luften. Norge har ikke nådd 2% målet, noe som er foruroligende, gitt den aggressive utviklingen av Kina. Det er forståelig at NATO tar i betraktning realitetene, men Solberg regjeringen er ikke enige i at NATO skal utvide sitt operasjonsområde. Det er ikke å se realitetene i verdenssituasjonen nå. (Red.)

NATO Priorities

NATO leaders declare China a global security challenge

Aamer Madhani, The Associated Press , Jonathan Lemire , and Lorne Cook, The Associated Press   14 hours ago



NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, right, speaks with U.S. President Joe Biden during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Brussels on June 14, 2021. (Stephanie Lecocq/AP)

BRUSSELS — NATO leaders on Monday declared that China poses a constant security challenge and is working to undermine global order, and they said they’re worried about how fast the Chinese are developing nuclear missiles.

In a summit statement, the leaders said that China’s goals and “assertive behavior present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to alliance security.”

While the 30 heads of state and government avoided calling China a rival, they expressed concern about what they said were its “coercive policies,” the opaque ways it is modernizing its armed forces and its use of disinformation.

They called on Beijing to uphold its international commitments and to act responsibly in the international system.

The statement comes as President Joe Biden has stepped up his effort to rally allies to speak in a more unified voice about China’s human rights record, its trade practices and its military’s increasingly assertive behavior that has unnerved U.S. allies in the Pacific.

Biden, who arrived at the summit after three days of consulting with Group of Seven allies in England, pushed for the G-7 communique there that called out what it said were forced labor practices and other human rights violations impacting Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang province. The president said he was satisfied with the communique, although differences remain among the allies about how forcefully to criticize Beijing.

The new Brussels communique states plainly that the NATO nations “will engage China with a view to defending the security interests of the alliance.””

The Chinese Embassy to the United Kingdom on Monday issued a statement saying the G-7 communique “deliberately slandered China and arbitrarily interfered in China’s internal affairs,” and exposed the “sinister intentions of a few countries, such as the United States.” There was no immediate reaction from the Chinese government to the new NATO statement.

Biden arrived at his first NATO summit as president as leading members declared it a pivotal moment for an alliance beleaguered during the presidency of Donald Trump, who questioned the relevance of the multilateral organization.

Shortly after arriving at the alliance’s headquarters for the first NATO summit of his presidency, Biden sat down with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and underscored the U.S. commitment to Article 5 of the alliance charter, which spells out that an attack on one member is an attack on all and is to be met with a collective response.

“Article 5 we take as a sacred obligation,” Biden said. “I want NATO to know America is there.”

It was a sharp shift in tone from the past four years, when Trump called the alliance “obsolete” and complained that it allowed for “global freeloading” countries to spend less on military defense at the expense of the U.S.

Looking forward, Stoltenberg noted myriad challenges still facing the alliance.

“We are meeting at the pivotal time for our alliance, the time of growing geopolitical competition, regional instability, terrorism, cyber attacks and climate change,” Stoltenberg said at the start of a joint session of the NATO leaders. “No nation and no continent can deal with these challenges alone. But Europe and North America are not alone.”

Biden, who came to Brussels following three days of consultations with Group of Seven leaders in England, was greeted by fellow leaders with warmth and even a bit of relief.

Belgium Prime Minister Alexander de Croo said Biden’s presence “emphasizes the renewal of the transatlantic partnership.” De Croo said NATO allies were looking to get beyond four stormy years under the Trump administration and infighting among member countries.

“I think now we are ready to turn the page,” de Croo said.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi made a not-so-subtle dig at Trump, while welcoming Biden.

“This summit is a continuation of yesterday’s G-7 and is part of the process of reaffirming, of rebuilding the fundamental alliances of the United States that had been weakened by the previous administration,” he said. “Think that President Biden’s first visit is to Europe and try to remember where President Trump’s first visit was?”

 Trump’s first overseas visit as president was to Saudi Arabia.

Trump routinely berated other NATO countries for not spending enough on defense and even threatened to pull the U.S. out of the world’s biggest security organization and even questioned the mutual defense provision of the NATO charter, a central tenet of the alliance.

When alliance members last met for a summit in England in December 2019, Trump grabbed headlines by calling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “two-faced” and French President Emmanuel Macron “nasty.”

Trump lashed out after Trudeau was caught on a hot mic gossiping with other leaders about Trump turning photo opportunities into long news conferences. Ahead of the summit, Macron had declared NATO “brain dead” because of a void in U.S. leadership under Trump.

The White House said the communique to be signed by alliance members at the end of the NATO summit is expected to include language about updating Article 5 to include major cyber attacks — a matter of growing concern amid a series of hacks targeting the U.S. government and businesses around the globe by Russia-based hackers.

The update will spell out that if an alliance member needs technical or intelligence support in response to a cyber attack, it would be able to invoke the mutual defense provision to receive assistance, according to White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

The president started his day meeting with leaders of the Baltic states on NATO’s eastern flank as well as separate meetings with leaders of Poland and Romania to discuss the threat posed by Russia and the recent air piracy in Belarus, according to the White House.

Biden’s itinerary in Europe has been shaped so that he would first gather with G-7 leaders and then with NATO allies in Brussels before his much-anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday. And with both summits, Biden aimed to consult European allies on efforts to counter provocative actions by China and Russia.

Biden will meet later on Monday with Turkey’s president, Erdogan, on the summit sidelines.

Biden has known Erdogan for years but their relationship has frequently been contentious. Biden, during his campaign, drew ire from Turkish officials after he described Erdogan as an “autocrat.” In April, Biden infuriated Ankara by declaring that the Ottoman-era mass killing and deportations of Armenians was “genocide” — a term that U.S. presidents have avoided using.

Helikopter - NATO kikker på nytt helikopter - Defence News


Dersom vekten det refereres til under er payload, så snakker vi om et stort helikopter, større enn AW101. Det blir i så fall en stor utfordring for europeiske NATO land mens USA har erfaring med bygging av store maskiner som Sikorsky S-53K og Boeing CH-47. Jeg får allikevel ikke dette til å rime med Special Ops og evt. CSAR. Her tror jeg amerikanerne er fokusert på Sikorsky HH-3E, Jolly Green Giant som var en CSAR maskin spesielt kjent fra Vietnam krigen. Men, en slik maskin bør helst ha en lav radarsignatur. Uansett, en stor utfordring dette. (Red.)

NATO helicopter program could be next battleground between US, European defense industries

   17 hours ago



U.S. soldiers exit a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during air assault drill with German soldiers in 2018. Several NATO countries want to replace their multirole helicopter fleets, prompting European and U.S. defense companies to jockey for position. (Staff Sgt. Robert Jordan/Army National Guard)

STUTTGART, Germany — A NATO-led effort to field a new multirole helicopter by 2035 is setting the stage for a competition between U.S.- and European-based rotorcraft industries.

Multiple allies want to add a new medium-lift, multirole helicopter to their fleets, and are launching a joint effort to develop a common set of requirements as well as hash out a timeline to design, develop and field a new platform around 2035.

Over the next year, observers will monitor whether the allies that eventually sign onto the program will push for a European-developed rotorcraft — or buy American.

Last fall, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Greece signed letters of intent to work together on requirements for the Next-Generation Rotorcraft Capability, or NGRC. Since then, several other allies have signaled interest in joining the program, ahead of an expected signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding in 2022.

While the effort is still in the drawing-board phase, the alliance will host an industry day for the NGRC program in mid-September, at the NATO Support and Procurement Agency headquarters in Luxembourg. Per the industry day documents, the event is intended solely as a means to gather information, rather than solicit bids, but the agency has already outlined several required attributes.

The team imagines the NGRC as an optionally unmanned and remotely piloted vehicle, with a modular, open-systems approach, which allows for seamless and cost-efficient digital upgrades.

The aircraft must have an unrefueled range of more than 1,650 kilometers, with a target of eight hours endurance and the ability to achieve various missions, including deck landings, special operations, search-and-rescue, and medical evacuation. The helicopter should be capable of carrying between 10,000 and 17,000 kilograms (22,000 and 37,400 pounds, respectively).

The goal is also to develop a common airframe for both land, air and maritime variants, although the agency allows for the possibility of separate platforms if a common airframe proves too contentious.

While NATO said development costs will be released at a later date, the industry day documents noted an ideal fly-away cost of no greater than €35 million (U.S. $43 million) and a cost-per-flight-hour of about €5,000, but no greater than €10,000.

The extent of NATO members participating in the program remains to be seen. Besides the five nations who have already signed a letter of intent to participate in late 2020, the Netherlands and Spain have also expressed interest in joining the NGRC program, a NATO official told Defense News.

Sikorsky and Boeing unveiled their joint offering to the U.S. Army's Future Long Range Assault Aircraft competition on Jan. 25, 2021, calling it Defiant X. (Courtesy of Lockheed Martin and Boeing)

The industry day background document also noted that the United States is interested in joining the program amid its own development program for a new multirole medium-lift helicopter.

The U.S. Army is close to launching a formal program to build the future long-range assault aircraft, or FLRAA, after awarding risk-reduction phase contracts in March to a Boeing-Sikorsky team and to Bell. The service intends to select a winner in 2022 at the start of the official program, with plans to field the aircraft by 2035.

“The United States is closely associated with the NGRC effort, to ensure maximum compatibility between NGRC and the FLRAA” programs, the NATO official said. No further letters of intent or other documents have emerged since the original letters were signed in October 2020, the official added.

Should the United States sign on as a formal partner, it will likely look to use the NGRC as another sale for the eventual FLRAA aircraft, observers said. While the two efforts are, so far, independent of each other, they seek to fill the same requirement, said Ray Jaworowski, a senior analyst at Forecast International, a U.S.-based market intelligence firm.

“It’s an interesting situation because you have two programs [with] very similar time frames, essentially looking at almost the exact same requirement: a utility helicopter in the Black Hawk or NH90 class,” he said.

Whichever design wins the FLRAA contract will be a leading contender for the NATO program, Jaworowski said. But the nations that have already signed onto NGRC will undoubtedly push for their hometown industries to play significant roles in the effort.

France and Germany will likely vie for Airbus to lead any new helicopter development, while Leonardo would be the favorite for Italy and the United Kingdom, said Dan Darling, a senior analyst at Forecast International. Turf wars between the allies’ domestic industrial priorities are expected, and the question on analysts’ minds is whether local industry concerns will trump the alliance’s ambition to ensure commonality and economies of scale, Darling noted.

European nations are “trying to reconstitute an atrophying domestic defense-industrial base,” he said. “COVID-19 drove home to a lot of these governments that you can no longer offshore work and supply chains, and outsource your military procurement.”

Airbus is pushing strongly for a European-built system, an industry source told Defense News. Leonardo has also advocated for that option, but also indicated it wants to participate in the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift program, Jaworowski noted. FVL is the service’s major overhaul of its rotorcraft fleet and includes the FLRAA effort along with four other aircraft designs of varying sizes.

The list of participating countries is not yet set in stone, and analysts see scenarios where nations such as the United Kingdom and Italy break off, choosing to develop a Leonardo-based design or procure the FLRAA aircraft, while Germany, France and perhaps Spain go with an Airbus option. “Or you can see Airbus and Leonardo get together for a European design, which would certainly be the favorite for the NATO program, considering industrial concerns,” Jaworowski said.

 If the FLRAA design were ultimately selected, observers can expect some sort of requirement for considerable European industrial participation such as a final assembly facility included in the contract, he added. And if the American design is not selected, he added, having the United States participate in the NGRC program in some capacity could help ensure interoperability between the two eventual systems.

The outcome of the NGRC program could set up the eventual contractor for long-term sales. A Fortune Business Insights report published in August 2020 predicts the global helicopter market size will exceed $68 billion by 2027, up from $48 billion in 2019. While military helicopters only took up one-third of overall sales in 2019, the report’s authors see opportunities ahead, as nations around the world are boosting their defense budgets amid rising transnational disputes and efforts to modernize capabilities.

mandag 14. juni 2021

Helikopterulykke i Florida i mai med brannslukkingshelikopter - AIN


AIN Alerts

June 14, 2021

Snorkel Suspect in Fatal Firefighting Copter Crash

A series of events that began with a swinging firefighting snorkel preceded the fatal crash of a 1981 Sikorsky UH-60A last month in Leesburg, Florida, that killed all four aboard, according to the NTSB’s preliminary report. N9FH, registered to Brainerd Helicopters, was conducting the first flight of a new STC-approved firefighting system.

After six uneventful water drops, things went askew on the seventh run, when the snorkel was observed swinging “violently” and then apparently hitting the main rotor blades, causing at least two of them to separate. Either the blades or the snorkel then caused the tail boom to also separate in flight. The main cabin wreckage was located in a wooded swamp 1,322 feet east of Runway 3, while other key components were located some distance away.

Before impact, the main cabin was observed to be spinning and after impact was consumed by a post-crash fire. Employees of the operator attempted to contact the pilot when the snorkel began to swing, both via the airport control tower and through hand signals. One employee telephoned the tower and requested a relay of instructions to slow down and land immediately. Another ran beside the helicopter and made urgent gestures to the pilot.

Supersonisk passasjerflyging - Testing fortsetter - Aerotechnews


Supersonic demonstrator XB-1 to flight tests at Mojave Air and Space Port

by Cathy Hansen, special to Aerotech News
Boom Supersonic, the aerospace company building the world’s fastest airliner is partnering with Flight Research, Inc. at Mojave Air and Space Port to do flight test work in the supersonic corridor, located in the restricted airspace known as R-2515.

FRI will provide Flight Test Support to Boom with a two-seat, supersonic trainer, for pilot proficiency training as well as a chase aircraft during XB-1’s flight test program.

According to Boom Supersonic website, “XB-1 is the world’s first independently developed supersonic jet and will demonstrate key technologies for Overture, Boom’s commercial airliner, such as advanced carbon fiber composite construction, computer-optimized high-efficiency aerodynamics, and an efficient supersonic propulsion system. XB-1 is the end product of years of development effort, including multiple wind tunnel tests, dozens of structural tests, hundreds of simulation iterations, and tens of thousands of work hours.”

An artists’ illustration of a Boom Supersonic XB-1 in United Airlines livery. United Airlines recently announced the airline would buy 15 supersonic aircraft , with an option to increase that order to 35 jets. That agreement, though, is still subject to change depending on the outcome of United’s safety testing and also Boom’s ability to deliver on its promises despite never having built or flown a full-scale supersonic jet before (Photograph courtesy of Boom Supersonic)

Move from Colorado to Mojave
The XB-1 will be disassembled and transported to Mojave, and reassembled in one of FRI hangars located at the Mojave Air and Space Port. Boom will also sub-lease a portion of the FRI Headquarters where they plan on building a custom space to support the SB-1, including a fully instrumented flight test control room and an XB-1 simulator room with cockpit and visual displays.

In a press release, Boom founder and CEO, Blake Scholl said, “Flight Research provides essential equipment and superior facilities at the Mojave Air and Space Port, enabling us to finalize and fly XB-1.”

Scott Glaser, senior vice president of Operations at FRI said, “With Boom, we’re presented with an opportunity to partner with a dynamic and ground-breaking organization that is challenging conventional wisdom about flying.”

“This will be a new supersonic testing project for us, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Boom to this historic airfield and to outfit a space to meet their needs. We look forward to contributing to the return of supersonic commercial air travel.

A statement in a Boom Supersonic press release from January 2020, “Boom is currently building XB-1, which will help refine the design and engineering of Overture, Boom’s revolutionary supersonic commercial airliner. XB-1 shares key technologies with Overture, such as advanced carbon fiber composites and a refined delta wing planform. Lessons from XB-1 have already helped optimize Overture and will prove in-flight key technologies for safe, efficient travel at supersonic speeds.”

The XB-1 will be disassembled and transported to Mojave, and reassembled in one of the FRI hangars located at Mojave Air and Space Port (Boom Supersonic photograph)

United Airlines to buy supersonic aircraft
Just recently it was announced, “United Airlines has agreed to purchase 15 supersonic aircraft from Boom Supersonic, with an option to increase that order to 35 jets,” the companies announced Thursday. That agreement, though, is still subject to change depending on the outcome of United’s safety testing and also Boom’s ability to deliver on its promises despite never having built or flown a full-scale supersonic jet before.”
Boom CEO briefs Congress
In April 2021, CEO Blake Scholl announced that he would be testifying before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Aviation at a hearing entitled “The Leading Edge: Innovation in U.S. Aerospace.

“Supersonic flight will unlock new possibilities for human connection and for business, but this is only possible thanks to the leadership of Congress and the federal government to support emerging aviation technology,” said Scholl. “I’m deeply honored to address the House Subcommittee on Aviation to shed light on these technologies and ask Congress to continue to support this important work. The reintroduction of supersonic flight, along with the integration of other new kinds of aircraft, will ensure continued job growth in this important sector and help ensure the U.S. maintains its global leadership in innovation and the future of transportation.”

Boom Supersonic CEO Blake Scholl (Boom Supersonic photograph)

Boom Supersonic CEO Blake Scholl
Blake Scholl founded Boom Supersonic in September 2014 with the goal of making high-speed travel mainstream and enabling a new world of human connection. Blake is passionate about tackling big problems which the world has overlooked. After seeing Concorde in a museum, he dreamed of the return of commercial supersonic flight. A few years later, Blake dove into aerospace engineering — reading textbooks and taking classes — to figure out from first principles how to enable a supersonic renaissance. As a leader, Blake focuses on inspiring the best people from a range of disciplines to unite in pursuit of Boom’s vision.

Prior to founding Boom, Blake held leadership roles at Amazon and Groupon and co-founded mobile technology startup Kima Labs.

Blake’s interest in aviation started in childhood—he grew up in suburban Cincinnati, where his parents often took him to the local airport to watch Cessna’s take off and land. He started flying for fun in college, earning his private pilot license in 2008 and instrument rating in 2011.

Blake holds a BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University; he lives in Denver and is the father of three.

Statsdrevne flyruter i sommer - ABC Nyheter


Widerøe og Danish Air skal drifte flyruter i vest og nord i sommer


for 2 timer siden

Samferdselsdepartementet har tildelt minimumstilbudet på flere flyruter i vest og nord til Widerøe og Danish Air (DAT). Slik sikres driften gjennom sommeren.

Tildelingen skjer etter at Samferdselsdepartementet 28. mai lyste ut en konkurranse om kjøp av et minimumstilbud på flyrutene Florø-Oslo, Ørsta-Volda-Oslo, Stokmarknes-Bodø, Stokmarknes-Tromsø, Vadsø-Tromsø og Kirkenes-Tromsø. Avtaleperioden er 1. juli 2021–30. september 2021.

– Gjennom tildeling av kontrakter sikrer vi rutetilbudet gjennom sommeren på flere strekninger som er viktige for pasienter, næringsliv og andre reisende på Vestlandet og i Nord-Norge, sier samferdselsminister Knut Arild Hareide i en pressemelding.

Rutene til/fra Florø, Ørsta-Volda og Stokmarknes tas fra 1. oktober 2021 midlertidig inn den ordinære ordningen med offentlig kjøp av flyruter, de såkalte FOT-rutene.

Samtidig melder departementet at de mandag lyser ut en ny konkurranse for flyruten Stord-Oslo.

Dagens bilde

 Det er vanskelig å nøyaktig tidsbestemme dette bildet. Av de tre er det bare er SR-71 som ikke flyr. F-35 er nok på testing på Edwards, mens F-117 driver med et eller annet.... Den flyr enda,. spesielt ut fra Creech og Tonopah.