Congratulations to ‘Team Wright Flyer’ from 1408 (Dorking) Squadron, Air Training Corps who won this year’s Schools Aerospace Challenge awards. The announcement was made recently at a high-profile ceremony in central London.
The challenge is a competition for 16 to 18-year-olds, challenged to submit design solutions to a fictitious, but realistic, RAF Operational Requirement. Each year, teams from schools, Air Training Corps or other youth organisations, answer a realistic aerospace design challenge set together with the RAF. Shortlisted teams get to experience lots of what the aerospace world has to offer in a 5-day Summer School at Cranfield University. Photo and text copyright permission via Craig Penrice.
Caption: Team Wright Flyer, winners of this year’s Schools Aerospace Challenge with VIP guests at the award ceremony.
(Left to right) Flight Sergeant Harry Mellett, Corporal Harry Pite,
Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty CBE, Commandant Air Cadets, Sergeant George Wood (team captain), Geoff Baker, President Elect, Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Sergeant
The Royal Australian Air Force has confirmed it will be bringing Hawk Jets and one of the new C-27J Spartan military transport aircraft to next Easter’s 30th Anniversary Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow in New Zealand.
Chief of the RAAF, Air Marshal Leo Davies, has no doubt that Warbirds Over Wanaka 2018 will continue New Zealand’s record of hosting excellent airshows. “We’re again very pleased to be part of the celebrations of this consistently great event,” says Air Marshal Davies. This airshow demonstrates the ongoing commitment and friendship between our two countries. Since 1951, the ANZUS Treaty has strategically formalised our relationship.
“Warbirds Over Wanaka showcases elements of a modern air force. The C-27J Spartan has proven to be a big hit with enthusiasts across Australia and the sound and speed of the Hawk 127 is likely to be a highlight.”
Warbirds Over Wanaka General Manager Ed Taylor said it’s always great to have the Australian military perform at the event. “The Hawks have been crowd favourites over the past few Airshows with the fast jet pilots putting on a thrilling display. Next Easter we’re also going to have a display from the RAAF Spartan C-27J. This aircraft will be making its Wanaka debut and visitors will get the chance to see it perform as well as have the opportunity to look through the aircraft on the ground.”
The RAAF has purchased ten of the Spartans at a cost of $US950million. The first aircraft arrived in 2015. The Spartan fleet is operated by 35 Squadron based at RAAF Richmond just outside Sydney.
The RAAF commitment to Wanaka follows news that the RNZAF will have a significant presence at Wanaka along with the French air force returning from New Caledonia.
“The public are going to have the opportunity to look through and chat with the crews of three relatively large military aircraft in the RNZAF Hercules, French Air Force CASA and the RAAF Spartan. It’s a great chance for young and old alike to find out more about these aircraft from the people who fly them and also to find out first hand more about a possible military career,” said Ed.
Denmark’s Aarhus Airport and SAS airline have announced plans for a new strategic cooperation between them. This took place at a press conference held at Aarhus Airport on October 5.
At the briefing Executive Vice President of SAS, Lars Sandahl Sørensen, said that SAS is investing hundreds of millions DKK in Aarhus Airport. An investment that enables 3,000 new departures, more than 300,000 new tickets for sale and around 200,000 new passengers at the airport. All within the first year of the new cooperation.
“We see big potential in the region. We are strengthening our domestic service with extra daily departures between Aarhus and Copenhagen, which creates better opportunities to use air travel to Copenhagen, where there is access to our global network. Furthermore, we are creating direct departures from Aarhus to holiday destinations and will continue to develop these. This is a big venture for SAS together with Aarhus Airport and it will create many new jobs in and around Aarhus”, said Lars Sandahl Sørensen.
Specifically, SAS is creating five new international departures from Aarhus to Oslo, Stockholm, Munich, Mallorca and Split. Furthermore, the route between Aarhus and Malaga will become an all year-round route that means SAS now offers seven destinations to and from Aarhus. SAS is simultaneously increasing the number of departures between Aarhus and Copenhagen by 20% and thereby strengthening the cohesion between East and West Denmark. SAS will from April 2018 operate three to four planes in the service from Aarhus.
With this new cooperation agreement Aarhus faces growth in the airport’s traffic of more than 50% which naturally has led to satisfaction for Chairman of Aarhus Airport, Torben Boldsen. He underlined that the cooperation with SAS is among other things an attempt to satisfy the demands from the airport’s business clients: “A year and a half ago we asked businesses in East Jutland what they wanted with regard to the airport’s traffic. The answers all pointed to direct flights to Oslo and Stockholm as well as more frequent service to Copenhagen. The common denominator for all three requests is SAS, which is the only airline that flies to all three destinations. That is why it is with great joy and pride that we now can present a substantial expansion of the airport’s traffic in exactly the areas that there is a demand for.”
Caption: SAS and Aarhus Airport present five new departures and routes to and from Aarhus. Additionally, the route between Aarhus and Copenhagen is expanding from 8 to 10 daily departures in each direction. Photo: Aarhus Airport.
US-based United Airlines has increased the number of Airbus A350 XWB aircraft it will bring into its fleet, updating and expanding its previously existing order for 35 A350-1000 to 45 A350-900 widebody aircraft to replace older, less efficient aircraft. The A350-900 is the cornerstone member of the A350XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) family, which according to Airbus, is shaping the future of air travel.
The aircraft typically seats 325 passengers in a standard three-class configuration. The twin-aisle A350-900’s combination of payload and long-range range capabilities makes it an ideal aircraft for United Airlines’ international route system. These aircraft will be the first Airbus widebodies to join United’s global fleet.
The 100th A350 was delivered at the end of July 2017, just some 30 months after the first delivery. To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 848 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 45 customers worldwide.
EL AL Israel Airlines, Boeing, and Air Lease Corporation are celebrating the delivery of the airline’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner this week. The 787-9, which is being leased through an agreement with Air Lease Corporation, touched down in Tel Aviv on August 23 following a nonstop, 6,746-mile delivery flight from Washington.
EL AL has been an all-Boeing carrier since taking delivery of its first new Boeing aircraft in 1961 and currently operates a fleet of more than 40 airliners including Next-Generation 737s, 747s, 767s and 777s.
CargoLogicAir (CLA), the British all-cargo airline, is to launch its first scheduled maindeck cargo service connecting the UK and Mexico on August 19. Twice-weekly Boeing 747-400 flights will depart from CLA’s base at Stansted Airport every Wednesday and Saturday. Flights will operate to Mexico City International Airport via Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Dmitry Grishin, CEO of CargoLogicAir, said: “The arrival of our third 747 freighter means we are ready to begin our scheduled cargo operations and we are confident the routing we have chosen will appeal strongly to customers moving car spares, hi-tech, energy, aerospace and healthcare products.”
Aircraft manufacturer Britten-Norman has announced the delivery of its latest model BN2B-20 Islander aircraft to one of its longest standing regular, repeat customers, Frisia Luftverkehr GmbH Norddeich (FLN). The German airline operates scheduled and charter flights along the Frisian coast and to and from Helgoland.
The airline, which is based at Norden, was formed in 1969 and has been operating Islanders since 1975. In common with the majority of Islander operators around the world, the services provided by FLN allow year-round essential support to remote communities.
Britten-Norman say the 2017 model Islander comes with a range of benefits over its predecessors, including reduced empty weight, light weight Skytech starters, a glass panel based on Garmin avionics and the JP Instruments EDM 960 electronic engine display, LED external lighting, Amsafe 4 point crew harnesses, enlarged baggage access and all window seating. Prior to becoming operational the aircraft will also be fitted with MT’s 4-bladed composite propellers. All modifications included in the 2017 Islander will be made available as options for retrofit on selected legacy models of the aircraft.
The French Air force is the first international air force to confirm it intends to be at the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow next Easter. The French crew will be bringing a CASA military transport aircraft to Wanaka for the third airshow in a row. The aircraft and crew are stationed at the Tontouta military base in New Caledonia, in the South Pacific. Major Laurent Monfort says the visit is dependent on operational issues nearer the time but at this stage they are looking forward to coming back to Wanaka.
Warbirds Over Wanaka General Manager, Ed Taylor, says they’re delighted the French are coming back. “They are such a great bunch of guys to deal with and are a real hit with the public. We are expecting a strong military presence in 2018 as part of our 30th Anniversary celebrations. That will be headed up by what’s hoped to be a big turnout from our very own RNZAF including a number of their larger aircraft and the new Black Falcons display team. We have also extended invitations to a number of other air forces around the world to join us in 2018 and we expect to hear back from them later in the year,” says Ed.
The 30th anniversary Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow is being held on March 30th, March 31st and April 1st. www.warbirdsoverwanaka.com
Photo by Gavin Conroy, supplied by the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow team.
Leonardo has signed contracts worth more than 100 million Euros with Airbus to provide avionics maintenance for both German and Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon fleets.
The company has said that these contracts will cover all repairs estimated to arise in the next five years. The service covers all equipment, directly or indirectly, where Leonardo is the design authority. This includes the majority of the Typhoon’s avionic suite including the radar, IRST sensor and defensive aids suite.
The five year contracts will see Leonardo supporting the Spanish Ejército del Aire and German Luftwaffe Typhoon jets in partnership with Airbus and Eurofighter. The contracts with Germany and Spain follow the establishment of arrangements tailored to Typhoon partner nations Italy and the UK.
Airbus Corporate Jets has launched a corporate jet version of its A330neo airliner, which combines new-generation engines and aerodynamic plus other improvements that it says will deliver efficiency, comfort and very long range.
Called the ACJ330neo, it will fly 25 passengers 9,400nm (17,400km) or some 20 hours, enough to fly nonstop from Europe to Australia. It features a spacious cabin that can accommodate conference/dining areas, a private office, bedroom, bathroom, guest seating, and can be fully customised to suit customer needs.
Recent A330 advances include new-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, Sharklet wingtips and improved maximum take-off weights, delivering better payload and range. Other new features include the option of an on-board airport navigation system (OANS), similar to satellite navigation systems (GPS) in cars, and a runway overrun prevention system (ROPS).
Picture caption: A computer rendering of how the new ACJ330neo will look. Via Airbus