Best job in the world

Best Job in the World!
Who’s got the best job in the world? Check out this feature story in the June 2017 issue of Kitplanes magazine on demo pilot Roger Dubbert. For the past 25 years Roger has represented Zenith Aircraft Company, demonstrating the aircraft and supporting customers around the world.
Roger Dubbert in Kitplanes magazine_ June 2017
The demo pilot for Zenith Aircraft, Roger is intimately familiar with all Zenith Aircraft models, and he loves to demonstrate the excellent flight characteristics common to all Zeniths.

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Test site for ESA-backed airbreathing engine

  • Title Westcott rocket engine site
  • Released 04/05/2017 11:07 am
  • Copyright Reaction Engines Ltd
  • DescriptionThe new rocket engine test facility at Westcott, Buckinghamshire, UK, designed for the first ground demonstration of the SABRE airbreathing rocket engine, designed by Reaction Engines Ltd with ESA support. It will consist of a multipurpose propulsion test stand designed to accommodate various test engine configurations, an assembly building, workshops, offices and control room. The location of workshops and other support facilities alongside the test stand will enable configuration changes to the engine to take place at the site, reducing the down time between testing phases and accelerating the engine’s development.  
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4 May 2017Work began today on building the UK’s latest rocket engine test facility, designed for firing the engine core of the ESA-backed SABRE propulsion system within three years.


The Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine is uniquely designed to scoop up atmospheric air during the early part of its flight to orbit. This slashes the need for the vehicle to carry bulky onboard oxygen for this part of the ascent, before switching to rocket mode drawing on internal propellants for its final climb to space.

Such engines have the potential to revolutionise space launches, powering vehicles that can take off and land like aircraft.

Capable of airbreathing flight up to five times the speed of sound, they could also lead to hypersonic air travel.

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Navy slows pace of frigate acquisition; Kongsberg solution chosen for LNG fueled research ship

VIDEO: Navy slows pace of frigate acquisition
VIDEO: Navy slows pace of frigate acquisition
May 4, 2017 — The Navy has slowed its frigate procurement timeline, and is now planning to award a detail design and construction contract in Fiscal Year 2020. In joint written testimony submitted to a House Armed Services Committee hearing, RADM Ron Boxall, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Director, Surface Warfare Division and RADM John P. Neagley, USN, PEO, Littoral Combat Ships noted that Fleet demand for these platforms is strong.

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Air France-KLM selects Rockwell Collins visual systems for new 787 Dreamliner and five existing flight simulators

Rockwell Collins’ EP-8100 image generator provides airlines with improved realism for flight training

  • Latest displays offer laser-illuminated fidelity for improved realism
  • Lower cost of ownership than previous models

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (May 3, 2017) – Air France-KLM has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its visual systems for a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner simulator and upgrades to their existing flight training devices. The Rockwell Collins systems include the industry-leading EP®-8100 image generator, laser-illuminated projectors, and a Panorama™ collimated display.

“Our visual system suite of solutions will provide Air France-KLM with a whole new level of realism for their trainees,” Nick Gibbs, vice president and general manager of Simulation & Training Solutions at Rockwell Collins. “Beyond improved reality and performance, they will also benefit from an overall lower cost of ownership with this latest technology.”

In addition to its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner visual system, Air France will also upgrade the projectors on four of its Boeing 777 simulators and an existing Airbus A320 simulator. Additionally, KLM will also upgrade one Boeing 777 simulator with a Rockwell Collins EP-8100 and laser-illuminated projectors.

The EP-8100 is the first image generator to offer an auto-generated, fully global 3-D feature populated model of the world which enhances realism during training. With these latest upgrades, all Boeing 777 simulators operated by Air France-KLM will be equipped with EP-8000 series image generators from Rockwell Collins.

Cologne Bonn launches third London link


Celebrating the arrival of its latest new airline partner, Cologne Bonn Airport launched a direct service to London Southend on 1 May with Stobart Air, operated by Flybe. Immediately gaining a 7% share of flights and seats across all routes served to the UK, the addition of Flybe’s six times weekly service means the German airport now offers over 16,000 weekly seats to London.

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Milan Bergamo business traveller boost


Earlier this week Milan Bergamo celebrated further progression in the diversification of its network launching Ryanair’s four times daily service to Naples. Reflecting the Italian airport’s, as well as the ultra-low-cost carrier’s (ULCC), recent trend to look beyond their respective traditional strategy, the high frequency link will serve as a vital domestic connection to southern Italy for Milan Bergamo’s business passengers.

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