Travel Environment Watch - Europe.
New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Travel Environment Watch Europe) Aug 8, 2010
Airbus Any weight savings found as Airbus evolves the A350's structural design could be incorporated when the -800 variant arrives around a year after the debut in 2013 of the baseline -900 version. Two areas of the A350's design that have held up production of the first aircraft - the carbonfibre fuselage's electrical structural network (ESN, which provides a return path for electrical current) and the fuselage's damage tolerance - have now been completed to enable construction to begin of A350-900 MSN001. However, A350 programme chief Didier Evrard says that Airbus is validating the ESN and structural design to see if further improvements can be introduced on later aircraft to generate weight savings. "We have to be conservative in the first place, then [can improve] through validation," he says. Jul 30, 2010
ATR, Air Lease Praise for the fuel efficiency of ATR's 72-600 by two key industry executives has intensified the competition between ATR's -600 model and the Bombardier Q400. Air Lease chief executive Steven Udvar-Hazy, whose order for 10 ATR 72-600s caused a bit of intrigue at the show, describes the -600 as the "most fuel efficient of the larger turboprops", offering the lowest costs to the lessor's customers. "We look forward to introducing this aircraft." Chairman of fast-growing Brazilian start-up Azul David Neeleman, who ordered 20 ATR 72-600s, explains when the carrier "looked at the fuel burn difference of the ATR 72 and Q400 it wasn't even close". Jul 27, 2010
Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, announced today that its Naval Undersea Systems division in North America has received an order from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Marine and Aircraft Operations to upgrade their Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP*) onboard the NOAA ship Thomas Jefferson. The NOAA ship Thomas Jefferson will be provided an upgraded and expanded sensor suite which will include instruments to augment the already considerable practical viability of their MVP. This MVP upgrade will enhance the capabilities of the Thomas Jefferson in mapping and monitoring the extent of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Specifically, the MVP will be enhanced with a Multi Sensor Free Fall Fish (MSFFF) and a Cyclops-7 crude oil sensor allowing for the in situ detection of a broad range of oil concentrations. The Thomas Jefferson was deployed to the Gulf of Mexico in early April to conduct surveys to update nautical charts and to baseline benthic habitats in the Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary. Equipped with sophisticated echo sounding technology, the ship measures water depths and identifies submerged hazards to navigation. Operated by the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, the 208-ft. hydrographic vessel has a crew of 36 NOAA Corps officers, survey technicians and wage mariners, and is home ported in Norfolk, Virginia. Aug 2, 2010
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