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GULFSTREAM G500 COMPLETES FLUTTER TESTING
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Source: Gulfstream

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Gulfstream has completed flutter testing on the Gulfstream G500, over the course of more than 50 flights. As T1 performed flutter testing, the second test article, T2, finished climatic chamber testing, during which the aircraft endured three days of hot testing, with temperatures reaching 131 degrees Fahrenheit/55 degrees Celsius, followed by two days of cold testing, with temperatures as low as -40 degrees F/-40 degrees C.

Since T1 took its first flight on May 18, 2015, the aircraft has surpassed more than 320 flight hours. It has reached a maximum speed of Mach 0.999 and a maximum altitude of 53,000 feet/16,154 meters. T1’s longest flight to date lasted more than five hours. Additional test activities are continuing on track, including envelope expansion, air data system testing, aero performance, brakes and field performance, handling qualities and flight controls.

T3 will also be used to evaluate ice-protection system performance, landing gear and nosewheel steering operation, environmental control system performance and the cabin pressure control system, as well as community noise testing. T3’s longest flight to date lasted more than six hours.

In addition to the three aircraft currently flying, the G500 flight-test program will include two more aircraft. T4 has been inducted into the Flight Test facility and is in the final stages of flight preparation. P1 is a fully outfitted production aircraft that will test the interior elements as well as complete integration of the aircraft systems with the passenger experience.

Source:  Gulfstream
Associated URL: http://gulfstreamnews.com/news/gulfstream-g500-completes-flutter-testing
Source Date: February 4, 2016
Posted: 02/05/2016

 
 
NINE AEROSPACE PROJECTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO COMPETE FOR THE 2015 ROBERT J. COLLIER TROPHY
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Source: NAA

WASHINGTON - The National Aeronautic Association has selected nine aerospace projects and accomplishments that will compete for the 2015 Robert J. Collier Trophy.

For 104 years, the Collier Trophy has been the benchmark of aerospace achievement. Awarded annually "... for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America," it has been bestowed upon some of the most important projects, programs, individuals, and accomplishments in history. Past winners include the crews of Apollo 11 and Apollo 8, the Mercury 7, Scott Crossfield, Elmer Sperry, and Howard Hughes.

Projects and programs which have been the recipient of the Collier include the B-52, the Polaris Missile, the Surveyor Moon Landing Program, the Boeing 747, the Cessna Citation, the F-22, and the International Space Station. The 2014 Collier was awarded to Gulfstream Aerospace for the development of the G650. The 2015 Nominees are:

-- Airbus A350 XWB

-- Blue Origin’s New Shepard Team

-- C-5M Super Galaxy

-- Dawn Project Team

-- HA-420 HondaJet

-- ICON A5

-- New Horizons Project Team

-- Two Eagles Balloon Team

-- UCAS-D Autonomous Aerial Refueling Demonstration

Led by NAA Chairman Jim Albaugh, the Selection Committee will consist of leaders representing various organizations throughout aerospace. Jonathan Gaffney, President & CEO of NAA, will serve as the Director of the selection process and is a non-voting member of the Committee.

"The Collier is the Super Bowl of the world’s aerospace industry, and this list of nominees certainly reflects it," said Albaugh. "These are all extremely worthy nominations, and they each demonstrate the vitality of our industry."

The Selection Committee will meet on March 8 in Arlington, Virginia, and the winner will be announced that evening at the NAA Spring Awards Dinner held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. The formal presentation of the Collier Trophy will take place at a later date and location to be determined.

Source:  National Aeronautic Association
Associated URL: naa.org
Source Date: February 2, 2016
Posted: 02/05/2016

 
 
RAYTHEON TO COMPLETE MODERNIZATION OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM THROUGHOUT THE NATIONAL AIR SPACE
Friday, February 5, 2016

Source: Raytheon

DULLES, Va.- Raytheon Co has been awarded a $135 million United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contract modification to upgrade air traffic control systems at the final 22 airports of the Standard Terminal Automation System, known as STARS. Implementation of STARS at these 22 sites will complete the NextGen terminal automation modernization of every major FAA National Air Space facility by December 2019.

STARS provides terminal automation with a single operational baseline. This simplifies the implementation of future NextGen enhancements designed to maintain safety and bring efficiencies to an increasingly congested NAS.

STARS is a standard system used by both the FAA and the Department of Defense. It replaces several generations and versions of existing terminal automation systems, providing substantial savings in lifecycle costs. The system brings additional safety and capacity management features to terminal automation in both the commercial and defense sectors.

Source:  Raytheon
Associated URL: http://www.raytheon.com
Source Date: February 5, 2016
Author: Raytheon 
Posted: 02/05/2016

 

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