Monthly Archives: January 2009

New Jobs Created at Ontario Aerospace Company

Cyclone Manufacturing of Mississauga, Ontario is creating 133 jobs by investing in new technology that will help improve its products and win new business.

The company makes parts for aerospace manufacturers. Their customers have included Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer. By innovating, Cyclone can use new materials to make aircraft parts that are lighter. This allows their customers to make aircraft that are more fuel efficient, lowering costs for airlines and reducing emissions.

The Ontario government is providing a grant of nearly $7.7 million to support the company’s investment of more than $50 million over the next five years.

The support comes from Ontario’s Next Generation of Jobs Fund, a $1.15-billion business incentive program to create and protect jobs for Ontario families. Partnering with business is a component of the Ontario government’s five-point plan to grow the economy.

“Manufacturing companies and working families are facing a tough environment. They create the economic activity that generates tax dollars and builds schools, roads and hospitals. So we’re working hard to ensure they can compete and win under increasingly tough, and changing global circumstances,” said Premier Dalton McGuinty.

“Cyclone Manufacturing is securing high-value, sustainable jobs for the future. Thanks to Ontario’s highly skilled workforce, Cyclone Manufacturing is creating innovative, energy efficient products that will boost Ontario’s economy,” said Michael Bryant, Minister of Economic Development.

“The support from the Government of Ontario allows us to accelerate our growth plans. With this investment we’ll be able to offer our customers a broader range of products and services, while reducing our impact on the environment,” said Andrew Sochaj, President of Cyclone Manufacturing.

Cyclone also helps assemble parts for space exploration, and is one of more than 350 aerospace suppliers in Ontario. Ontario companies supply several major aerospace programs, including the Boeing 787, the Airbus A380 and A350, Bombardier’s Q400 turboprop and the Joint Strike Fighter.

AERO GP Air Race Goes Take Off

Nicknamed the ‘Formula One of aviation’; the Aero GP air race series will be broadcast live online on 30-31 January 2009 to air racing fans worldwide at Airsports.tv.

The live broadcast comes as part of a celebration of the centenary of air racing and the Aero GP’s debut in the Middle East. The Aero GP will be the first competitive multiple airplane race of it’s kind in the region and the main event of the prestigious Al Ain Aerobatic Show. Both spectacular events will be broadcast LIVE on 30 – 31 January 2009 on the new online TV channel, Airsports.tv.

Jeff Zaltman, Managing Director of Aero GP, said “We want to share the excitement and enthusiasm of this amazing sport with as many people as possible and get competitive air racing noticed by the wider sporting community. The online broadcast with Airsports.tv is an essential part of the process. ”

Viewers who tune in on 30 -31 January (08:00am – 14:00pm GMT London) will see all aspects of the Aero GP events with live commentary including:

1. Pylon Air Race – Five aircraft racing simultaneously around a tight circuit, 20 feet off the ground at at speeds of up to 500kph.

2. Dog Fighting – Two pilots compete head-to-head in a battle for air supremacy in an air combat round

3. Target Bombing – As part of the ‘Barnstorming’ round pilots will perform various aerobatic stunts and compete in a real target bombing competition.

US Government, Aerospace/Defense, Pharmaceuticals, Higher Education Join Forces to Promote Highly Secure Internet Infrastructure

Four entities representing the federal government, the aerospace and defense industries, the biopharmaceutical and healthcare industries and higher education in the US, announced today that they have joined forces to increase business and government use of an existing information infrastructure used for the trusted exchange of confidential information over the Internet.

The four entities, which will operate under the name 4BF (Four Bridges Forum), represent the nation’s leading Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Certification Authority bridges. They are the Federal PKI Architecture, which serves the entire range of federal agencies, CertiPath, serving the aerospace and defense industries, SAFE-BioPharma Association, serving the biopharmaceutical and healthcare industries, and HEBCA, serving the higher education sector in the United States.

The entities signed a Memo of Agreement using digital signatures based on their individual and interoperable credentials.

The 4BF certification bridges establish an infrastructure for the trusted exchange of confidential information and the reliable authentication of identities over the Internet. By providing a highly secure way to validate, trust, and manage identities of unknown participants in an Internet transaction, these bridges are essential to helping achieve the speed, efficiency and cost-savings inherent in use of the Internet for business transactions. This technology also improves interoperability across many different systems.

Several individual certification bridges have been introduced over the past few years. Many of these bridges have now linked with each other to form a growing global network in which individuals are able to trust the identity of others within the network.

Organizations that want to participate through one of the 4BF member bridges must meet certain security, technical, and operational criteria. However, once they are successfully enrolled, they can leverage the identity credentials of any and all bridge members in the exchange of sensitive and confidential information.

The 4BF initiative will raise awareness for certification bridges and the advantages of using them. Initial activities include development of background information about the utility and use of certification bridges, a website and a Washington, D.C., event to promote and educate others about certification bridges.

Air and Space Operations Center Weapon System

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Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions provider, has been awarded a U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) task order valued at $1.7 million to provide Continuity of Operations (COOP) for the Combined Air and Space Operations Center (CAOC) Weapon System.

Alion’s work will help the Air Force to establish a COOP program for the CAOC in Southwest Asia, enabling the continued operation of mission-critical command and control functions to support joint, allied and coalition warfare.

Under the auspices of the Alion-operated Weapon Systems Technology Information Analysis Center (WSTIAC), Alion will research, develop and assess COOP procedures, including COOP structure, products, tools, training programs and distributed satellite reachback operations for command and control functions. In addition, Alion will assess whether COOP procedures meet AFCENT requirements.

“Alion’s priority is to establish the Air Force’s COOP program for the CAOC and access how well the program operates to maintain CAOC’s command and control operations for a weapons system known as the Falconer,” said Dick Brooks, Alion Senior Vice President and Manager of the Distributed Simulation Group. “Incorporating proven methodologies, Alion’s results will help to maintain mission-critical operations to meet warfare needs. In addition, this work is planned to establish standards for COOP to help the four other Falconers and potentially for other Air Force Air and Space Operational Centers.”

The period of performance runs through September 21, 2011.

A Walkabout on the Qantas A380

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To launch G’Day USA 2009, and officially welcome San Francisco as the third U.S. city in the program, Qantas Airways brought the new A380 aircraft to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) from Sydney, Australia. In partnership with Tourism Australia and Tourism New South Wales, San Franciscans were invited to “Come Walkabout” on the Qantas A380 and enjoy special Australian festivities at the gate.

 

Executive General Manager Mr. John Borghetti, said Qantas was a founding partner of G’Day USA, and was supporting the event’s expansion into San Francisco.

“Six years ago Qantas joined Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Austrade and Tourism Australia to support this important annual event that has been so successful in promoting all things Australian to the United States market,” Mr. Borghetti said.

“G’Day USA began in Los Angeles, expanded to the US east coast and New York three years ago, and is now growing further with this move into San Francisco.”

Mr. Borghetti said it was appropriate for Qantas to mark G’Day USA’s arrival in San Francisco with the newest addition to its international fleet.

“In 1954, San Francisco became Qantas’ first US mainland destination and we have a long association with the city. We are delighted to showcase our new aircraft to the people of San Francisco.”

“San Francisco International Airport was designed to accommodate the new A380 aircraft, and we are extremely pleased today to welcome Qantas Airways in the first commercial A380 flight to SFO,” said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. “This state-of-the-art, environmentally sensitive new aircraft provides yet another bridge of friendship between San Francisco and Australia, and we look forward to continuing our long and successful partnership with Qantas.”

The regularly scheduled flight from Sydney, Australia, to San Francisco, piloted by Captain Mark Huxtable, was via the airline’s newest aircraft – the A380, which took the place of the regular B747 for this special, one-time occasion. Passengers on the inbound flight included Australian dignitaries, including Sydney’s U.S. Ambassador and New South Wales Minister Kristina Keneally. Upon the arrival of the A380 aircraft, a press conference was held at the SFO International Terminal at Gate A7, followed by interior aircraft tours throughout the day.

And as guests wait to tour the aircraft, the ‘G’Day San Francisco A380 Come Walkabout’ festivities at the gate will keep guests entertained with Aussie wildlife, food and music.

Tourism Australia also showcased its new campaign inviting visitors to ‘Come Walkabout’ in Australia.

“The concept of ‘walkabout’ is uniquely Australian and steeped in traditional Aboriginal culture,” said Michelle Gysberts, Tourism Australia vice president, The Americas. “A ‘walkabout’ is a period of transformation when people restore, rebalance and reconnect with what is important in their lives. And just as a vacation in Australia can help to transform a traveler’s spirit and perspective, the new Qantas A380 aircraft has transformed the journey to get there.”

In October 2008, Qantas inaugurated A380 service to Los Angeles. With aircraft interiors designed by internationally renowned industrial designer and Qantas Creative Director Marc Newson, the Qantas A380 is configured with 450 seats, including 14 in First Class, 72 in Business Class, 32 in the newly introduced Premium Economy Class and 332 in Economy Class.

“The Qantas A380 has been operating up to three services a week between Melbourne, Sydney and Los Angeles since October, and customer feedback has been extremely positive,” Mr. Borghetti said.

“Qantas worked with internationally renowned Australian industrial designer and Qantas Creative Director Marc Newson over a number of years to revolutionize our international flying product.

“The intelligent design of the aircraft offers passengers an unprecedented level of space, comfort and style,” he said.

Today, Qantas offers 47 a week to the U.S., including 38 to Los Angeles (from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane), five to San Francisco and four to Honolulu. Qantas also operates daily services to New York via Los Angeles.

In 2008, Sydney, the capital of Australian state New South Wales, celebrated its 40th year as a Sister City to San Francisco. As the main gateway for a majority of American visitors to Australia, Sydney similarly boasts strong economic, cultural and trade partnerships in addition to being beautiful cities to visit.

Minister Kristina Keneally said that she was delighted to bring the G’Day USA celebrations to San Francisco as the two cities shared so many similarities between them.

“With a relaxed harbor-side lifestyle with beaches, world heritage areas in addition to the draw of a major cosmopolitan and diverse culture, Sydney is ideal for Americans that want to experience something new with a familiar feel of home,” Ms. Keneally said. “It’s never been so easy to get there. An overnight flight and you can wake up in Sydney for a great holiday. There is so much to do in and around Sydney that you can easily fill a diverse and action packed week.”

KUKA Lands Aircraft Order

KUKA Robotics has received a key order from the aircraft industry. The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus S.A.S. has placed a blanket order with KUKA for the delivery of 41 “omniMove” mobile platforms for assembly of the Airbus A350 XWB. The assembly platforms will be used in the French, British, German and Spanish Airbus factories to sub assemble the plane’s wings and fuselage sections. The term of the blanket order is five years.

“omniMove” precision mobile platforms feature an extremely flexible horizontal range of motion in all directions, and they can also rotate on the spot. A specially designed system of wheels makes them exceptionally maneuverable in tight spaces. Bulky parts can be handled within a very small envelope. A large variety of devices can be installed on the platforms. KUKA Roboter GmbH purchased “omniMove” in 2006 to round out its product portfolio and has since enhanced the technology. This key order for “omniMove” platforms from the aircraft industry reflects the continuation of KUKA’s successful strategy to expand its non-automotive, general industry business.

KUKA Robotics Corporation, with its parent company KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsburg, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial robots. The company’s 4, 5 and 6 axis robots range from 5kg to 1000kg payloads, and 635mm to 4000mm reach, all controlled from a common PC based controller platform. KUKA robots are utilized in a diverse range of industries including the appliance, automotive, aerospace, consumer goods, logistics, food, pharmaceutical, medical, foundry and plastics industries and in multiple applications including material handling, machine loading, assembly, packaging, palletizing, welding, bending, joining, and surface finishing.

JAARS Receives First Kodiak Aircraft

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A new solution to support Bible translation for people lacking scriptures was turned over to David Reeves, president of JAARS, in Sandpoint, Idaho yesterday. JAARS is the first mission or humanitarian organization to purchase and receive the specialty Kodiak aircraft, securing serial number 008.

JAARS was established in 1948 by Wycliffe Bible Translators co-founder William Cameron Townsend to provide aviation and technology services to support Bible translation. However, the phasing out of aviation grade gasoline (avgas), and an aging fleet of JAARS aircraft, primarily comprised of piston-driven engines, is now affecting Bible translators’ ability to carry out their work. According to Reeves, the new Kodiak aircraft reaffirms the JAARS organization’s aviation leadership and continued focus on service.

“With 2,000 translation programs currently underway worldwide and almost 2,400 languages still needing Bible translations to be started, we looked into the future of aviation for a safe, effective solution to our passengers’ unique transportation requirements,” said Reeves. “The Kodiak is well- poised to meet the challenging needs of the translation community in remote operations.”

The Kodiak, developed by the Quest Aircraft Company of Sandpoint Idaho, is a ten seat aircraft with a turboprop engine capable of short take-offs and landings that uses readily available jet fuel and can carry a 3,100 pound load.

Very few regions of the world have a greater need for safe, reliable, air transportation than the vast island nation of Papua New Guinea north of Australia where Kodiak serial number 008 is headed. This Kodiak will provide access to many of the people who live in Papua New Guinea’s rugged mountains and remote coastal areas.

Wycliffe translators and national coworkers are working in partnership on 190 different language projects in Papua New Guinea. They have completed more than 160 New Bible translation projects, but at least 340 more languages have no Scriptures.

Following a tour of the U.S., and a period of orientation for JAARS pilots and final preparations, the first JAARS Kodiak will play a prominent role in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture event in Oshkosh, Wis., July 27 to August 2. This eight month schedule of U.S.-based duties will conclude with the aircraft being flown to Papua New Guinea in August.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 on Launch Pad at Cape Canaveral

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SpaceX announced its Falcon 9 launch vehicle was successfully raised to vertical on Saturday, January 10, 2009, at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Cape Canaveral, Florida — two days ahead of schedule. This operation was a critical step in validating a variety of system interfaces and launch processes in preparation for the maiden flight of Falcon 9 later this year.

“Any engineered system has requirements that can only be recognized through actual assembly of real hardware,” stated Brian Mosdell, Director of Florida Launch Operations for SpaceX. “This rapid integration and stand-up provided our engineers and technicians with invaluable insights that will greatly streamline our efforts towards the first Falcon 9 launch in 2009.”

SpaceX completed the Falcon 9 vehicle integration in a horizontal position on December 30, 2008. After integration, Falcon 9 was lifted and mated to a transporter erector system, designed and built by SpaceX, which carried the 17 foot diameter, 180 foot long rocket to the launch pad. On January 10, 2009 at 12:45 PM EST, SpaceX began the process of raising Falcon 9 and approximately 30 minutes later, Falcon 9 stood vertical at the Cape.

“This entire process has helped us validate key interfaces and operations prior to executing our launch campaign with the vehicle in its final flight configuration,” said Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX. “We encountered no show-stoppers or significant delays. I am highly confident that we will achieve our goal of being able to go from hangar to liftoff in under 60 minutes, which would be a big leap forward in capability compared with the days to weeks required of other launch vehicles.”

This latest accomplishment follows closely on a series of recent successes for SpaceX. In November 2008, SpaceX successfully conducted a full mission duration firing of Falcon 9, validating SpaceX’s use of nine engines on the first stage, as well as the ability to shut down engines without affecting the remaining engines. In December 2008, NASA selected the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft as the primary means of transporting cargo to and from the International Space Station after the Space Shuttle retires in 2010.

$2.8 Million Contract Award from Sikorsky Aircraft

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CPI Aerostructures announced that it has received a contract from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation valued at $2.8 million for the S-70B SEAHAWK helicopter. CPI Aero will be providing Penguin Missile Launcher assemblies. Delivery of these parts will begin in May, 2009. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies.

The S-70B SEAHAWK weapon system provides international navies with a modern, battle-proven, in-use, low-risk Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) / Anti Surface Warfare (ASuW) mission solution. The weapons management system has a flexible open architecture capable of integrating indigenous weapons and mission equipment.

This award brings the total new year-to-date awards to a record $55.0 million, compared to only $37.7 million for all of last year.

Berlin Airlift Re-Enactment Launches in North Carolina

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From the cockpit of a C-54, U.S. Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen made international news in 1948 when he dropped chocolate bars and gum to West German children, deprived of food and treats through a Soviet-controlled blockade.

Known as “Uncle Wiggly Wings” and “The Chocolate Flier,” Halvorsen was again the apple of children’s eyes when he dropped sweets in North Carolina during a re-enactment of the famous 1948-49 Berlin Airlift, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Regional Airport. It marked the 60th anniversary of the airlift.

Hosting the event is ideal for Elizabeth City, an area with a rich aviation history – and a burgeoning future.

“Elizabeth City has launched many news-making events, from hosting the Wright brothers before their first flight to the deployment of blimps during World War II,” said Wayne Harris, director of the Albemarle Economic Development Commission. “The opportunity to witness this historical re-enactment is one that should not be missed.”

Presented by the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation, the re-enactment is sponsored by DRS Technologies, which operates an aircraft maintenance facility in Elizabeth City. Eastern Aviation Fuel is donating gasoline for the flight. And an Elizabeth City confectionary, The Chocolate House, is providing 100 hand-crafted commemorative chocolate bars that Halvorsen will drop from the “Spirit of Freedom,” a restored 1945 Douglas C-54E aircraft.

While Halvorsen’s crew has conducted educational programs in Elizabeth City before, this is the first time the event is open to the public.

“This is a chance to learn from the veterans that served during one of the great humanitarian efforts in history,” said Airport Director Scott Hinton.