Cologne Bonn connects Germany to Basque Country

Ryanair 737


Cologne Bonn Airport has this week announced a significant new route with the confirmation that Ryanair will commence Germany’s first direct link to the Spanish city, Vitoria, from Cologne Bonn. The Irish ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) will begin the twice-weekly service on 30 October, meaning that Cologne Bonn will operate the only international link from Central Europe to the capital city of Basque Country this winter.

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Rockwell Collins to announce new maintenance contract, share insights on asset management at MRO Americas 2017


Members of the 32nd and 2nd Air Refueling Squadrons participated in the Employment Defense and Global Engagement exercise on December 20, 2011 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The event included mass simultaneous aerial refueling of four KC-10s by four other KC-10s. In addition to this main eight KC-10 formation a separate four KC-10 formation also flew. In all, the exercise involved 12 KC-10s as part of a global strike package exercise designed to demonstrate the capability of the Air Force to assemble a large refueling force. The exercise also involved members of the 514th Air Mobility Wing and the 305th Air Mobility Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis Sloan/Released)

Rockwell Collins will announce one new service contract, and participate in a panel discussion on maximizing assets at MRO Americas 2017

  • Panel to increase focus on asset maximization and lowering total costs
  • Intertrade, a Rockwell Collins company, to be on-site
  • One new maintenance contract to be announced

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Apr. 19, 2017) – Rockwell Collins will announce one new service contract, and participate in a panel discussion on maximizing assets at MRO Americas 2017, the largest maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) trade show in North America on April 25-27 in Orlando, Florida.

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General Election – Veterans for Britain

General Election

Following yesterday’s announcement by the Prime Minister that she would seek to hold a General Election on 8th June, I wanted to use April’s VfB newsletter to outline our position.  VfB welcome the opportunity to raise defence as an election issue and our key message is that the UK needs a Brexit for Defence that keeps the nation out of EU defence and procurement union.

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Still Searching for Roy Lee and Chun Lam

NSR and WVPD are asking for the public’s help. Roy Lee and Chun Lam went snowshoeing on Christmas Day near Cypress Bowl and have not been seen since.  An extensive search of the area provided no additional clues as to their whereabouts. As the snow melts this spring we are asking that the public keep an eye out for any sign of the two snowshoers.  It is believed that the two were snowshoeing the trail to St. Marks on the Howe Sound Crest Trail, but may have got off the trail and became disoriented. It is still believed they are in the area of Strachan Mountain. Their families have provided the below photos of what they were likely wearing the day they went missing. If you do see something please contact the West Vancouver Police 604 925 7300.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau to be ship’s sponsor of HMCS Harry DeWolf


April 18, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is honoured to announce that Ms. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has agreed to become the sponsor of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Harry DeWolf, the lead ship in the RCN’s upcoming class of Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels.

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Japanese Cloud Radar meets its spacecraft for the first time at Airbus’ Satellite Centre in Friedrichshafen

The Japanese Cloud Profiling Radar (foreground right) will be assembled to ESA´s EarthCARE satellite which is under development at Airbus.

Photo: Airbus DS GmbH / Mathias Pikelj


Friedrichshafen, 19/04/2017 – EarthCARE, the Cloud, Aerosol and Radiation Mission of European Space Agency (ESA), met its Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR), the Japanese payload for the mission, for the first time when the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) handed over the instrument to ESA at Airbus´ Satellite Centre in Friedrichshafen (Germany). Airbus is ESA’s prime contractor to develop and build the EarthCARE satellite.

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Airport Low-level Wind Information (ALWIN) starts operation at Haneda and Narita airports

April 19, 2017 (JST)

Airport Low-level Wind Information (ALWIN) starts operation at Haneda 
and Narita airports

"Airport Low-level Wind Information (ALWIN)", jointly developed by 
the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) and the Japan Aerospace 
Exploration Agency (JAXA), starts operation today at Tokyo 
International Airport (Haneda) and Narita International Airport. 
ALWIN provides low-level wind information (wind direction, wind speed, 
wind shear*, turbulence, etc.) around airports. While JMA's existing 
wind shear alert system uses radio voice communication to convey only 
minimum information about detected wind shears, the newly introduced 
ALWIN can transmit more detailed and precise wind profiles on final 
approach paths in real-time. This helps pilots and operators to 
monitor sudden changes in winds on approach and landing paths. 
Accordingly, safer landing operations become possible with ALWIN. 
This is the first case in the world where such an advisory system for 
low-level wind disturbances is put into actual service.

Low-level wind shears and turbulence often endanger flight safety and 
efficiency. In fact, roughly 100 go-arounds occur every year at 
Narita International Airport, causing an average of 20 minutes' delay 
in arrival for each go-around. Around 90 percent of these go-arounds 
are caused by low-level wind shears and turbulence. Also, in the past 
10 years, two turbulence induced accidents during landing approach 
were reported at Narita, resulting in injury or death to crews and 
passengers. The introduction of "ALWIN" to Narita and Haneda will help 
improve air safety and reliability for on-time arrivals and departures. 

JAXA is going to evaluate the actual effects of ALWIN implemented at 
these two airports. JAXA is also developing a low-cost version based 
on ALWIN technology.  

*Wind shear: Sudden changes in wind speed and/or direction, tends to 
occur near low pressure systems and fronts.

How ALWIN works: Information provision flow


National Research and Development Agency Japan Aerospace Exploration 
Agency (JAXA)

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Bader’s Last Flight, an in-depth investigation of a great WWII mystery


Legendary fighter ace Douglas Bader seemed invincible, fighting back from the loss of both legs in a pre-war accident. When Bader had to parachute from his badly damaged Spitfire over France, it was a shock to his comrades and to the public. As with the Red Baron during WWI, such a loss generated many myths and much controversy. The author has advanced his hypothesis with supporting evidence. An absorbing account that is strongly recommended.