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Airbus eyes new engines, stretch for A380
A day after Airbus Group CFO Harald Wilhelm's remarks about the prospects for the end of A380 production, executives engaged in some damage control at the company's Global Investor Forum in London, insisting that the future of the superjumbo remains bright while conceding the need for performance improvements.
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Airlines mixed on IATA flight tracking recommendations
A task force report on flight tracking submitted recently by the International Air Transport Association to the International Civil Aviation Organization met with mixed reaction from airlines, several of which refused to fully endorse its recommendations. The report, which addresses ICAO's call for a set of priorities and an action plan to track airplanes in distress following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, recommends a set of performance criteria for establishing what ICAO calls a Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System within a year.
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MTU Maintenance signs exclusive total engine care contract with Air Costa
MTU via Aviation Pros
MTU Maintenance, one of the leading engine maintenance providers worldwide, has added another airline to its continuously growing customer list: Air Costa, India's newest airline has chosen MTU for the exclusive maintenance of its CF34-8/-10 engines operating its Embraer E170 and E190 fleet. Apart from engine maintenance, MTU will support Air Costa with LRU management and spare engines. Air Costa is thereby benefiting from the company's Total Engine Care program.
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Situational awareness: A complicated affair
Today's flight instructors are coming to terms with a new presence in the cockpit of their training aircraft: the Apple iPad. Students are bringing iPads with them to run one of a few apps that give them unprecedented situational awareness, a level of situational awareness, in fact, that makes old-school aviators wonder how in the world pilots who've come of age in the iPad era could ever manage to make it from point to point if the batteries ever gave out.
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Boeing selects Orion — ORBIT's new communication management system
Orbit Communications Systems via Aviation Pros
ORBIT Communication Systems Ltd. — a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions for Land, Sea and Air Platforms — announced that its wholly owned subsidiary ORBIT Communication Systems Inc, has been awarded a contract to supply the Orion, its new airborne communication management system, to the Boeing Company. Orion is an innovative IP based communication management system, built to support various network-based communication products and applications for airborne platforms such as helicopters, commercial airliners, mission aircrafts and fighters.
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Flying the nosewheel
According to author Joseph E. Burnside: Just because the vast majority of the airplanes most of us fly have their little wheel mounted on the nose instead of the tail doesn't mean the nosewheel is immune to abuse. Nor does it mean we can ignore the nosewheel's peculiarities, even if an airplane with one is much easier to handle on the ground. In fact, one conclusion we can draw from the number of runway loss of control accidents and incidents involving nosewheel equipped airplanes each year is that simplifying ground operations doesn't mean anyone's immune to problems.
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EAA invited to support construction of new Wright 'B' Flyer at brothers' original factory
EAA via Aviation Pros
The Experimental Aircraft Association and its members have been invited to support the construction of a "new" Wright brothers aircraft on the site of the brothers' original Wright Company factory in Dayton, Ohio. The aircraft project will be designed and built to modern airworthiness standards but resemble the famed Wright Model B, which was the brothers' first factory-produced airplane in 1910.
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BASF provides light weight solution for noise reduction in aircraft
BASF Corporation America
BASF Aerospace Materials responds to rising demands for improved noise reduction with the easy to install lightweight Basotect® UL melamine foam for thermal and acoustic insulation in sidewall panels and bulkhead structures. Basotect is a flexible, open cell foam with high sound absorbing capacity, good thermal insulation properties and an ultra-low density of 6 g/l (0.37 lb/ft3).
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