Team Oman Air come back from a shaky start to stay in touch with Extreme Sailing Series rivals

The Extreme Sailing Series 2017. Muscat. Oman. Pictures of the fleet racing close to the shore and historic town of Mutrah
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Team Oman Air made a solid start to the new 2017 Extreme Sailing Series after fighting their way into the top three following a couple of difficult early races.

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Rockwell Collins’ technology for the KC-46A one step closer to entering service

U.S. Air Force awards Boeing third low-rate initial production contract for 15 KC-46A tanker aircraft

  • Rockwell Collins provides flight displays, communications, networking, remote vision for refueling and other systems
  • Plans for 179 tankers to be built for Air Force—first deliveries expected later this year

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (March 8, 2017) – Just over a year after Rockwell Collins’ Remote Vision System (RVS) aided in the Boeing KC-46A tanker’s successful first refueling test flight, the U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing its third low-rate initial production aircraft lot. The order includes 15 KC-46A aircraft as part of an overall plan to replace the Air Force’s tanker fleet. First deliveries of the KC-46A will begin later this year.

Rockwell Collins provides significant content on the KC-46A, including the innovative RVS, which combines 2D and 3D vision technologies in both visible and long-wave infrared spectrums, allowing the boom operator to safely refuel military aircraft in any weather and time of day, including “lights out” operations.

“The cutting-edge technology developed for the RVS defies anything that’s previously been used for airborne refueling,” said Dave Schreck, vice president and general manager, Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “This technology resulted from the hard work and innovative spirit of dedicated, professional teams from Rockwell Collins, Boeing and the Air Force. It also wasn’t just the RVS. This productive, collaborative environment applies to the numerous systems we’re providing on the KC-46A.”

In addition to the RVS, Rockwell Collins provides the following for the KC-46A tanker:

  • Integrated display system featuring four 15.1-inch diagonal liquid crystal displays, built on proven technology from the Boeing 787 program, delivering significantly higher levels of reliability and safety. Each display provides two independently controlled display windows, for a total of eight, that accommodate multiple display functions on a single screen.
  • A Tactical Situational Awareness System (TSAS) processor built on a Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC)-certified system. The TSAS provides situational awareness to the crew, routing cues to avoid imminent threats in the area, and awareness of friendly entities.
  • Signal data concentrator network, a DO-178B and DO-254 certified system that forms the avionics network on the aircraft. It uses the ARINC 664 standard for fast translation and sharing of aircraft system information between components.
  • State-of-the-art communications, navigation, surveillance, networking, and flight control systems.

Boeing’s KC-46A is a multirole tanker that can refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures, as well as having the ability to carry passengers, cargo and patients. Overall, Boeing plans to build 179 KC-46A aircraft for the Air Force.

  • U.S. Air Force awards Boeing third low-rate initial production contract for 15 KC-46A tanker aircraft
  • Rockwell Collins provides flight displays, communications, networking, remote vision for refueling and other systems
  • Plans for 179 tankers to be built for Air Force—first deliveries expected later this year

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (March 8, 2017) – Just over a year after Rockwell Collins’ Remote Vision System (RVS) aided in the Boeing KC-46A tanker’s successful first refueling test flight, the U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing its third low-rate initial production aircraft lot. The order includes 15 KC-46A aircraft as part of an overall plan to replace the Air Force’s tanker fleet. First deliveries of the KC-46A will begin later this year.

Rockwell Collins provides significant content on the KC-46A, including the innovative RVS, which combines 2D and 3D vision technologies in both visible and long-wave infrared spectrums, allowing the boom operator to safely refuel military aircraft in any weather and time of day, including “lights out” operations.

“The cutting-edge technology developed for the RVS defies anything that’s previously been used for airborne refueling,” said Dave Schreck, vice president and general manager, Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “This technology resulted from the hard work and innovative spirit of dedicated, professional teams from Rockwell Collins, Boeing and the Air Force. It also wasn’t just the RVS. This productive, collaborative environment applies to the numerous systems we’re providing on the KC-46A.”

In addition to the RVS, Rockwell Collins provides the following for the KC-46A tanker:

  • Integrated display system featuring four 15.1-inch diagonal liquid crystal displays, built on proven technology from the Boeing 787 program, delivering significantly higher levels of reliability and safety. Each display provides two independently controlled display windows, for a total of eight, that accommodate multiple display functions on a single screen.
  • A Tactical Situational Awareness System (TSAS) processor built on a Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC)-certified system. The TSAS provides situational awareness to the crew, routing cues to avoid imminent threats in the area, and awareness of friendly entities.
  • Signal data concentrator network, a DO-178B and DO-254 certified system that forms the avionics network on the aircraft. It uses the ARINC 664 standard for fast translation and sharing of aircraft system information between components.
  • State-of-the-art communications, navigation, surveillance, networking, and flight control systems.

Boeing’s KC-46A is a multirole tanker that can refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures, as well as having the ability to carry passengers, cargo and patients. Overall, Boeing plans to build 179 KC-46A aircraft for the Air Force.

  • U.S. Air Force awards Boeing third low-rate initial production contract for 15 KC-46A tanker aircraft
  • Rockwell Collins provides flight displays, communications, networking, remote vision for refueling and other systems
  • Plans for 179 tankers to be built for Air Force—first deliveries expected later this year

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (March 8, 2017) – Just over a year after Rockwell Collins’ Remote Vision System (RVS) aided in the Boeing KC-46A tanker’s successful first refueling test flight, the U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing its third low-rate initial production aircraft lot. The order includes 15 KC-46A aircraft as part of an overall plan to replace the Air Force’s tanker fleet. First deliveries of the KC-46A will begin later this year.

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Red Bull Air Race Announces Full 2017 World Championship Calendar

 

Returns to Portugal and Germany will complete 2017 Red Bull Air Race calendar

Eight global races in the 10th season of the official World Championship include stops at Porto and the Lausitzring

Salzburg (AUSTRIA) – After weeks of anticipation, locations for two key stops that will round out the 2017 Red Bull Air Race calendar have been announced; and while both are in Europe, they’ll test the skills of the World Championship pilots in distinctly different ways. On 2-3 September, the raceplanes will take off at the classic Air Racing destination of Porto, Portugal for the first time since 2009. Then, just two weeks later on 16-17 September, it’s a return to the motorsport hub of Germany’s Lausitzring.

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SpaceDataHighway to reach Asia-Pacific

 

Washington DC, 8 March 2017 – Airbus Defence and Space announces the kick-off of EDRS-D, the third communication node of the SpaceDataHighway. Airbus Defence and Space will expand the EDRS-SpaceDataHighway with a third node, EDRS-D, to be positioned over the Asia-Pacific region by 2020. This third node will be the next step towards global optical fibre in the sky and will support the Pacific Rim region, which has witnessed its communication needs for airborne missions rise dramatically.

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Intelsat General becomes Airbus channel partner for military satellite communications

 

Washington DC, 8 March 2017 – Airbus Defence and Space has signed Intelsat General to its channel partner programme for Skynet 5 military satellite communication services. Under this channel partner agreement, Intelsat General will be offering Skynet X-band and UHF services as part of their mobile and fly-away communications portfolio, to the U.S. government.

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Sikorsky Offers Continued Support for Commercial Black Hawk Operators

Commercial operators of surplus U.S. Government UH-60A Black Hawk aircraft can receive safety information, maintenance assistance, and support for spares and repairs.

DALLAS, March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, remains committed to serving the growing technical and logistical support needs of more than 30 commercial operators who have acquired surplus UH-60A model helicopters from the U.S. Government.

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Sikorsky Recognizes Helijet for 30 Years of Safe S-76 Flight Operations

DALLAS, March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sikorsky today recognized Helijet International for 30 years of safe scheduled airline and charter operations with S-76 helicopters. The recognition event was hosted at the 2017 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT).

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Sikorsky Recognizes Coast Guard’s Extraordinary Legacy of Helicopter Rescues

Sergei Sikorsky recalls the birth of the Coast Guard’s first helicopter squadron as an 18-year-old enlisted seaman during the Second World War

DALLAS, March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, today paid tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard’s century of aviation (1916-2016) during which the service successfully adapted the helicopter as a primary life-saving tool for untold thousands of human beings in need of rescue. Sikorsky President Dan Schultz gave the tribute during HAI Heli-EXPO 2017, the world’s largest trade show and exposition dedicated to the international helicopter community.

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Sikorsky Launches Safety Enhancement Program with PHI, Inc. and Metro Aviation

DALLAS, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sikorsky, PHI Inc. and Outerlink Global Solutions, a Metro Aviation company, today announced that the S-92® helicopter has demonstrated the ability to transmit in-flight, real-time Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) data to PHI’s operations control center. The announcement came at the 2017 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT).

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