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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Latest on Happenings at Farnborough

FIL Offers Free Shuttle Bus Service

Farnborough International Limited (FIL) announced that it will provide a free shuttle bus service for exhibitors and trade visitors travelling in to next week’s air show from the three principal local railway stations. The majority of exhibitors and business visitors who attend the air show on the trade days (July 14 to July 18) travel to the event via train. FIL has worked with Stagecoach to provide a free shuttle bus service from Aldershot, North Camp and Farnborough Main railway stations on each of the weekdays of the show, to encourage visitors to leave their cars at home with the aim of easing traffic flow in the vicinity of the show site. The first departure from Aldershot Railway station will be at 07:30 every 20 minutes, with a final departure from the air show site back to the station at 19:20. The first departure from North Camp railway station (which has facilities for visitors with disabilities) will be at 7:30 every 20 minutes, with a final departure from the air show site back to the station at 19:15. The first departure from Farnborough Main station will be at 7:30 every 20 minutes, with a final departure from the air show site back to the station at 19:15.

New Global Aerial Fire Fighting Conference in Athens

Tangent Link, in association with BD Aerospace, announced that they have launched Aerial Fire Fighting 2008, a new event aimed specifically at government organizations and others around the world with responsibility for fighting major fire outbreaks. The first event will occur in Athens on October 21-22, 2008 and will showcase how civilian and military fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, using highly innovative aerial fire fighting technologies and techniques, can work with fire fighting units on the ground to suppress and extinguish fires safely and successfully. Aerial Fire Fighting 2008 will include live aerial demonstrations and a display of both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. Aerial Fire Fighting 2008 will bring together the world’s top experts and will focus on aerial fire fighting technologies and operations. Tangent Link will be at Farnborough to discuss this new event.

Air Show Honors International Aviation Pioneers

Farnborough International Ltd is commemorating both 60 years of the SBAC Airshow at its Hampshire base and the centenary of the UK’s first sustained powered flight. As part of these celebrations, the show will pay respect to those responsible for making human flight a reality with the International Pioneers of Flight Pavilion, presented by BAE Systems. Early aviators, who were carrying out trials from as early as the mid-1800s, suffered many setbacks and a number lost their lives as they worked on a way to solve the great mystery of heavier-than-air controlled flight. But eventually their perseverance paid off and by the turn of the 20th century various teams and individuals were ready to build and test functional aircraft models. By working together, the global aerospace industry surmounted the challenges it faced, a trend that continues to this day. With the help of living ancestors of those great aviation pioneers, Farnborough International Ltd and BAE Systems will celebrate this spirit of cooperation by constructing the International Pioneers of Flight Pavilion, which will hold four accurate, full-scale replicas of the early 20th century aircraft. For the first time in history the Cody Flyer (1908), AVRO Biplane (1908) and AVRO Triplane (1910) and the Wright B Flyer (1911) will be displayed together under one roof.

Boeing, Qinetiq Highlight Modelling Tool

Boeing IDS and QinetiQ will offer the first public demonstration of their newly opened Portal analysis, modelling, simulation and experimentation facility at Farnborough. The demonstration is intended to showcase the Portal's capability to work real time in a collaborative virtual environment by connecting and integrating with other laboratories as well as live and simulated assets around the world. It is to include networking with other such facilities distributed across the United States supporting the E-3 AWACS, F/A-18, C-17, V-22 and CH-47 in both air-to-air and air-to-surface missions designed to allow customers to perform operator-in -the-loop development and testing of operational concepts, tactics, techniques and procedures. 

Bell Fine-Tunes 429 Based on European "Gifts"

Bell Helicopter brought its newest aircraft, the Model 429, to Air Med 2008 in Prague, the Czech Republic. At that major emergency medical services gathering in May, the manufacturer got many "gifts," as Bell CEO Dick Millman calls comments, complaints and other input from customers. "We spent literally hundreds of hours talking with our EMS customers," said Sandy Kinkade, Bell's EMS market segment director and a former flight nurse, "asking what features they would like to see in a helicopter." Bell is further refining the 429 cabin design and configuration options to incorporate changes in the aircraft it plans to display at Farnborough. The 429 has accumulated over 900 hr of flight testing. Certification is expected late this year or in early 2009.

ITT to Brief on V-22, MH-47 Countermeasures Work

ITT Corp. will highlight the completion of initial operational test and evaluation of the ALQ-211(V)2 for the U.S. Air Force special operations Bell Helicopter/Boeing CV-22 tilt-rotor as well as the ALQ-211(V)6 for the U.S. Army special forces Boeing MH-47. Completion of those tests cleared the way for full-rate production of those suites of integrated radio frequency countermeasures. ITT executives also will be discussing the company’s December 2007 purchase of EDO. ITT is exhibiting at Hall 2, Stand A9

Commercial & Military Aircraft Coatings at Farnborough

AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings is featuring its latest aerospace and military grade coatings at Farnborough. These include the new Aerowave series, a brand new generation of structural coatings for use on internal structures that features exceptional toughness and flexibility with big improvements in handling, application and environmental properties. Other coatings include: the Eclipse exterior polyurethane topcoat; the Aviox Advanced range; and the large family of Special Effect Coatings. For military applications, Aerodur 5000 is a high-performance military aircraft camouflage coating, which can be applied in only one coat on new builds, in routine maintenance or for quick in-field camouflage repairs.

FDC To Attend Farnborough and Discuss European Expansion

FDC/aerofilter designs, manufactures and supports turbine engine inlet barrier filtration systems for helicopters. The establishment of the Lyon France regional office solidified FDC/aerofilter’s recently established European presence. The FDC European team, led by FDC Director of European Sales Alain Gigout, forms the cornerstone of the company's expansion into the European continent. FDC/aerofilter's global expansion plan is taking shape much faster than anticipated. International sales manager and architect of the company's global expansion plan, Ann Cooper explained, "Our physical presence in the European market is being complimented by our burgeoning presence in the Americas and West/East Asian markets. Our soon to be announced international business partners in these emerging markets have made going global an exciting and prosperous endeavor." The Lyon France European regional office is the first of many future offices as FDC expands globally to meet customer needs. FDC has experienced an increase in demand for its cutting-edge technology from emerging markets across the globe. The company's global expansion plan was developed to meet that demand and bring the same cost savings and aviation safety margin to operators everywhere.




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