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THIRD AIRBUS H160 PROTOTYPE JOINS THE FLIGHT TEST CAMPAIGN
Monday, October 16, 2017
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MARIGNANE, France - The third H160 prototype (PT3) performed its maiden flight at Airbus' headquarters on October 13. PT3, with its cabin interior configuration similar to that of a serial aircraft, will contribute to certification activities and flight testing to ensure the aircraft’s level of maturity ahead of entry into service in 2019.

"The third prototype incorporates a significant amount of modifications based on feedback resulting from the first two years of testing by development, production and support teams," said Bernard Fujarski, Senior Vice President, Head of H160 program. "It plays an essential role in delivering a mature aircraft at entry into service and it is also closer to the serial definition with its interior lining and transport cabin configuration," he added.

The first two prototypes have clocked more than 500 flight hours since the model’s maiden flight in June 2015. In that time, the flight envelope has already been fully tested and the domain has been opened. The remaining development activity, for example complementary hot weather testing, antennas, and optional equipment will be done using all three aircraft.

The helicopter’s final assembly line in Marignane is in the final stages of preparation and will be ready to start serial production shortly. Customer support activities are being prepared in parallel thanks to the extensive involvement of maintenance teams, through the "operator zero campaign," using the prototypes and test means to check and improve the maintenance plan, digital work cards and technical documentation, and tooling etc. ahead of actual operations.

The first version to enter service in 2019 will be the passenger transport one - commercial air transport or Oil and Gas, followed by the emergency medical services (EMS) version.

Source:  Airbus
Source Date: October 16, 2017
Posted: 10/16/2017

 
 
MHPS CEO OPENS NEW REPAIR FACILITY IN SAUDI ARABIA
Thursday, October 12, 2017
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DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia - MHPS Saudi Arabia, Co., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) has opened its new Turbine Rotor Repair Facility in Dammam, and announced plans to manufacture its most advanced gas turbines in the kingdom, as part of a phased investment strategy in the Kingdom.

MHPS also intends to use the new facility as a base for servicing of compressors and their turbines used in petroleum and chemical plants, etc. Specifically, starting in 2018 MHPS, in collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corporation (MCO), also a Group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), will handle maintenance and inspection of compressors and turbines delivered to Saudi Arabia by MCO.

This latest investment is a further step in the long term plans of MHPS for Saudi Arabia which has already achieved over 900 per cent growth in its staffing since first coming to the country 5 years ago.

As an advocate of Vision 2030, MHPS is currently exploring measures to support and nurture Saudi youth. MHPS views this as a crucial step and of value to Saudi Arabia's future ambitions by contributing to ensuring the future generation of engineers are provided the best opportunities in the Kingdom. MHPS is in discussions to team up with the finest engineering universities in the Kingdom to work together in creating the finest world class talent.

One of the central values of MHPS is the integration of technologies, human resources, and society, which create a powerful synergy for maintaining its leadership in the global market.

Further, in the near future, our board will be presented with several options for new investment opportunities in the kingdom, among them is the establishment of a new advanced manufacturing and technology center for the production of the most efficient and reliable GT in the world, the M501JAC.

MHPS's new JAC gas turbine has unprecedented statistics, 99.5% reliability while approaching 65% efficiency. In a combined cycle one-on-one configuration, it produces 600 megawatts of power in 60Hz while reducing carbon emissions by nearly 70%. When it becomes operational in the Kingdom, it will have the lowest cost of electricity.

Source:  MHPS
Associated URL: http://www.mhps.com/news/20171013.html
Source Date: October 12, 2017
Posted: 10/13/2017

 
 
THIRD GROUP OF IRAQI PILOTS COMPLETE L-159 TRAINING
Thursday, October 12, 2017
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Odolena Voda, Czech Republic - On October 12, 2017, the third group of Iraqi Air Force pilots completed their L-159 conversion training. Aero Vodochody currently continues training Iraqi ground personnel and flight instructors.

Training of pilots, ground staff and instructors is a part of a contract between AERO Vodochody Aerospace a.s. and the Ministry of Defense of Iraq. Aero provides its customers with a broad range of ground personnel and flight training services. Instructors with many years of experience in the field conduct the training. The conversion training of the L-159 pilots includes the theoretical part, flight simulation training and flight training. The flight training itself includes basic conversion training, weapon training, and emergency procedures.

Aero signed the contract with the Ministry of Defense of Iraq to deliver the L-159s in 2014. In total, the country supplied ten single-seat L-159As and two two-seat L-159T1s. So far, the Iraqi Air Force L-159s have completed several hundreds of combat flights. The main features the aircraft offers in support of operations effectiveness are easy maintenance, modern equipment and good maneuverability.

Source:  AERO Vodochody Aerospace
Associated URL: aero.cz
Source Date: October 12, 2017
Posted: 10/13/2017

 

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