Textron Aviation unveils new large-utility turboprop, the Cessna SkyCourier; FedEx Express signs as launch customer for up to 100 aircraft

FedEx Express signs as launch customer for up to 100 aircraft

WICHITA, Kan. (Nov. 28, 2017) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced its new twin-engine, high-wing, large-utility turboprop – the Cessna SkyCourier 408. FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company and longtime Textron Aviation customer, has signed on as the launch customer for up to 100 aircraft, with an initial fleet order of 50 cargo aircraft and options for 50 more. Entry into service for the clean-sheet design Cessna SkyCourier is planned for 2020.



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Learn about where the Arkyd-6 spacecraft was built!

Do you want to learn about where we built the Arkyd-6 spacecraft? Our CIO & Director of Infrastructure Ray Ramadorai describes the key equipment and facilities that were instrumental in designing, manufacturing, testing, and integrating the Arkyd-6 spacecraft in this video.

We wanted to build as much of the technology for Arkyd-6 in-house as possible. The lessons we learned working together as a team in our facilities will be valuable as we continue developing our next spacecraft, the Arkyd 301.

Next, we’ll be showcasing the amazing team who built the Arkyd-6!

Chris Lewicki
President, CEO & Chief Asteroid Miner
Planetary Resources


Where was the Arkyd-6 built?

Lockheed Martin to enhance F-16 training programs in two countries with Rockwell Collins display systems

  • Supports unique international F-16 training requirements

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2017) – Rockwell Collins has been selected by Lockheed Martin to provide display systems for two international F-16 training program customers. The solutions include customized configurations of Rockwell Collins’ Griffin rear-projection dome and SpectraView™ display systems.

“With only slight modifications to existing products, international customers will be able to provide pilots with modern, high-fidelity training that’s tailored to their environment,” said Nick Gibbs, vice president and general manager, Simulation & Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “Our readiness-without-boundaries approach to training solutions is highlighted in the flexibility of this product to meet unique F-16 training requirements.”

The 360-degree Griffin rear-projection dome configuration will include an expanded ingress and egress system to accommodate the larger cockpit of an F-16 and capitalizes on projector capabilities for enhanced night vision goggle (NVG) usage, offering a heightened sense of realism in nighttime training operations.

The tailored, front projection SpectraView solution will be the first of its kind to incorporate full NVG functionality while boasting a wide field of view, wrapping 300 degrees around the user, 120 degrees above and 40 degrees below. The system also uses industry commercial off-the-shelf projectors.

Rockwell Collins and CAE join forces to develop integrated Live, Virtual, Constructive training solutions

Rockwell Collins and CAE will demonstrate integrated LVC-enabled capabilities at I/ITSEC 2017

Companies to demonstrate integrated LVC-enabled capabilities at I/ITSEC 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2017) – Today at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), Rockwell Collins and CAE announced a collaborative agreement to develop integrated Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) training solutions.


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Budapest Airport’s valued donation

Raising a record €39,500 this year, the fifth Budapest Airport Runway Run was held again in aid of the airport’s chosen charity, Hungary’s Suhanj! Foundation. Equally sharing all profits from the annual air transport industry’s 10km race with co-organiser’s, www.anna.aero, charity of choice, Anthony Nolan – the UK-based bone marrow transplant association – Budapest Airport proudly donated €19,766 with its share of the funds raised, close to an overall €50,000 over the past three years of its patronage with Suhanj!

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Lockheed Martin Receives Nearly $200 Million of C-130 Training Contracts

Contracts fund advanced airman weapons, cargo and refueling training

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received six contracts, with awards totaling $198.4 million, to improve training for C-130 airmen and operators around the world. The C-130J Super Hercules Maintenance and Aircrew Training System (JMATS) program has trained more than 10,000 airmen for missions including cargo transport, special missions and aerial refueling.

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Lufthansa reveals the first secrets of its new Business Class

  • The new Business Class will be employed for the first time in the            Boeing 777-9
  • As of 2020, Lufthansa customers will enjoy even more privacy and innovative features for the best possible sleep up above the clouds
  • Depending on their personal needs, customers can choose e.g. between seats with more desk space or a higher degree of privacy
  • Comfort will be increased as of early 2018, with mattresses, new duvets, and pyjamas

Lufthansa has revealed one of its best-kept secrets and unveiled the concept for its brand-new Business Class. It will be available on regular routes for the first time in 2020, with the roll-out of the Boeing 777-9. The new seat is the key element of the service and comfort level in the cabin, which have been improved even further. It was developed with the goal of facilitating the best and soundest sleep up above the clouds. Lufthansa guests can not only look forward to beds with a length up to 220 cm (86.6 inches); the comfort and convenience of the seat also ensure heavenly dreams: the construction of the back rest makes it possible for the shoulder to sink in when you are lying on your side. This keeps the spine straight and makes it possible for side sleepers to also benefit from ideally healthy and relaxing sleep.


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On A Production Roll: Lockheed Martin Assembles Third U.S. Air Force GPS III Satellite


Second GPS III Satellite Begins Thermal Vacuum Testing

DENVER, Nov. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Air Force’s third GPS III satellite in production flow at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)’s advanced satellite manufacturing facility here is now fully integrated into a complete space vehicle.


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Images of War, US Military Helicopters, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives


A new addition to the very popular Images At War Series that includes mostly full colour photographs. The helicopter story has developed since 1945 and rotary wing aircraft have made some impressive advances which are nicely detailed in this new book, with some clear introductory text, good captions and extended captions, with some longer sections of text. As always the images are outstanding. – highly recommended.





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