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Maiden Flight for Boeing AH-6i Light Helicopter

By on Monday, May 5th, 2014

Boeing’s AH-6i light attack/reconnaissance helicopter has flown for the first time in its production configuration, moving the program another step closer to full-scale production while continuing to prove the helicopter’s close air support and attack capabilities.

Boeing pilots flew the aircraft for less than 20-minutes at low speeds in forward, rearward and sideward flight at low elevations during a recent test. Future tests will expand the flight envelope over the next several months.

“This first AH-6 flight in the production configuration takes us closer to delivering an advanced light attack and reconnaissance helicopter that meets the needs of defense forces around the world,” said Boeing AH-6 Program Director Scott Rudy.

The AH-6i is a single-turbine helicopter that is based on the combat-proven OH-6A Cayuse. It is an advanced variant of the AH-6M helicopter operated by the U.S. Army Special Operations Forces. It incorporates advanced technologies from the Boeing AH-64E Apache multirole attack helicopter that give it superior performance over other aircraft in its class.

The helicopter is intended to provide close-air support for land-based forces and serve as an attack platform for destroying tanks, armored vehicles and fortifications.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 57,000 employees worldwide.

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Boeing lifts profit outlook as jetliner demand booms

US aerospace and defense giant Boeing raised its 2014 profit outlook Wednesday despite a first-quarter profit slide, citing strong demand for its new jetliners.

A sharp rise in pension costs from a change in retirement plans offset Boeing’s robust commercial aircraft deliveries as airlines seek to renew aging fleets with more fuel-efficient jetliners.

Boeing posted net profit in the first quarter of $965 million, down 12.7 percent from a year ago but nevertheless better than analysts expected.

Boeing took a $334 million charge for retirement plan changes.

Core earnings per share came in at $1.76, three cents higher than a year ago and well above the $1.56 estimate.

Boeing posted an 8.3 percent rise in revenues to $20.47 billion, and operating cash flow soared 112 percent to $1.1 billion.

The Chicago-based company raised its 2014 profit forecast to between $7.15 and $7.35 per share, from $7.00 to $7.20, to reflect a tax settlement.

“Our outlook for the full year remains positive on the strength of demand for our fuel-efficient new commercial airplanes, our solid position in global defense, space and security markets” and the company’s focus on improving financial and operational strength, Boeing chairman and chief executive Jim McNerney said in a statement.

Though the 2015 earnings forecast missed Wall Street expectations, Boeing shares scored a solid gain. Investors received more than $3 billion during the quarter through its share repurchase program and dividends.

Boeing shares jumped 2.1 percent to $130.24 in midday trade on the New York Stock Exchange, the best performer on the Dow Jones Industrial Average in an overall lower market.

Commercial aircraft revenues climbed 19 percent to $12.74 billion on higher deliveries of two of its best-selling models — the 787 Dreamliner and the 737 — after the company boosted production rates to cope with surging demand.

Boeing tops Airbus deliveries
Boeing heftily beat European rival Airbus in the deliveries race. The company delivered 161 jetliners in the January-March quarter, a year-over-year gain of 18 percent; Airbus delivered 141.

The re-engined 737 made up the bulk of the deliveries at 115, while 18 of the high-tech 787 Dreamliners were sent to customers. A year ago Boeing only delivered one 787 after the airplane was grounded worldwide following battery problems.

The company said it expects to deliver between 715 and 725 jetliners this year, after a record 648 deliveries in 2013.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes won 235 net orders during the first quarter, which ended with a backlog of more than 5,1000 airplanes valued at $374 billion.

Boeing’s smaller segment — Defense, Space and Security — continued to reflect lower US defense spending in the wake of budget cuts. Revenues fell 5.9 percent to $7.63 billion, amid a sharp drop in military aircraft revenue.

The company’s total backlog was $440 billion, down slightly from the beginning of the year. It included net orders for the first quarter of $19 billion.

At the end of the quarter on March 31, Boeing had a cash pile of $12.2 billion, down from $15.3 billion at the beginning of the year. The decline was mostly due to the share repurchases and the pay-down of maturing debt, it said. Debt was $8.9 billion, down from $9.6 billion.

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Habibie: Pesawat R80 Lebih Efisien dari Airbus dan Boeing

07 April 2014

Pesawat N250NG atau dengan nama barunya “R80”. Mengenai maknanya “R” adalah inisial “Regional”, sementara angka 80 menunjukkan kapasitas penumpang yang dapat diangkut pesawat tersebut (photo : Liputan 6)

Liputan6.com, Jakarta Mantan Presiden ke-3 Republik Indonesia, BJ Habibie saat ini tengah mengembangkan pesawat N250 Next Generation atau yang dinamakan R80.

Melalui perusahaan yang didirikannya yaitu PT Regio Aviasi Industri (RAI) tengah mengembangkan prototype dan nantinya akan bekerjasama dengan PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) dalam proses rancang bangunnya.

BJ Habibie menjelaskan pesawat dengan model baling-baling ini nantinya diklaim akan lebih cepat dan lebih efisien dalam penggunaan bahan bakar dibanding Airbus ataupun Boeing.

Hal itu dilandaskan dari berhasilnya Habibie merancang R80 ini dengan memiliki perbandingan antara angin yang dingin dihasilkan dari udara di body pesawat dengan angin yang dikeluarkan pada engine di belakang pesawat lebih tinggi (Bypass ratio).

“Saya menyampaikan bahwa Airbus atau Boeing itu bypass rationya 12, makin tinggi bypass ratio makin sedikit konsumsi bahan bakar dan lebih cepat, ini (R80) bypass rationya 40, kami perhitungkan pesawat terbang ini sasarannya lebih sedkit 30% (penggunaan bahan bakar),” ungkap Habibie di Gedung Bank Indonesia semalam yang ditulis, Rabu (2/4/2014).

Habibie menambahkan R80 ini dibangun tidak akan menggunakan dana APBN, melainkan PT RAI akan menjalin kerjasama dengan swasta.

R dalam nama pesawat tersebut diartikan sebagai Regional, pesawat tersebut adalah buatan anak bangsa dan difungsikan untuk penerbangan jarak-jarak pendek. Sementara untuk 80 berarti kapasitas kursi pessawat yang mampu menampung 80 penumpang.

“Ini saya dengan team dalam satu tahun lagi kami mulai potong, dan memeprsiapkan untuk supaya bisa dirancang bangun, tahun 2017 kita targetkan sudah mengudara,” terang Habibie.

Seperti diketahui, meski pesawat ini masih dalam tahap perancangan namun sudah mengundang banyak peminat yang menyatakan siap akan menggunakannya. Salah satu maskapai yang siap membeli peawat R80 ini adalah Sriwijaya Air yang nanti akan digunakan untuk anak usahanya yaitu NAM Air. 

(Liputan 6)

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Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Demonstrator Completes First Flight

By on Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Boeing’s Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) demonstrator recently completed its first flight to verify airworthiness, an important milestone toward providing a low-risk and cost-effective maritime surveillance solution designed for search and rescue, anti-piracy patrols and coastal and border security.

Boeing teammate Field Aviation conducted the successful testing during a four-hour flight on Feb. 28 from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Field Aviation modified the Bombardier Challenger 604 aircraft’s structures and systems into the MSA configuration.

“We accomplished everything we set out to achieve,” Field Aviation Pilot Craig Tylski said. “The aerodynamic performance was right on the money and even with the additional aerodynamic shapes, such as the radome, the demonstrator performed like a normal aircraft. The control and handling were excellent.”

Additional airworthiness flights are scheduled for the next two months. Once they are complete, the aircraft will fly to a Boeing facility in Seattle where the MSA mission systems will be installed and tested.

MSA uses proven technologies developed for Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon program to provide multi-mission surveillance capabilities. The baseline configuration features an Active Electronically Scanned Array multi-mode radar, an Electro/Optical/Infrared sensor, Electronic Support Measures, a Communications Intelligence sensor and Automated Identification System.

Boeing achieved first flight of the MSA demonstrator on an accelerated schedule due to rapid prototyping and lean manufacturing techniques by Boeing Phantom Works, the company’s advanced technology organization, working closely with industry teammates.

Boeing has selected the Challenger 605 business jet as the MSA platform and will leverage Field Aviation’s engineering and modification experience with the Challenger family of aircraft to modify the jet.

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Boeing Receives $2.4 Billion Contract for 16 P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon program will enter full production, following a $2.4 billion contract award from the U.S. Navy for 16 additional aircraft that will bolster maritime patrol capabilities.

The order, which will take the total fleet to 53, marks a transition from preliminary low-rate production.

Boeing has delivered 13 P-8As to the Navy, which deployed its first patrol squadron to Kadena, Japan in December 2013 and has been conducting operational missions since then.

“This milestone is a testament to the incredible effort and dedication of the team to deliver the P-8A to the fleet as planned,” Navy P-8A program manager Capt. Scott Dillon said. “The future of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community has begun to make history with the P-8As already delivered to the fleet. These full-rate production aircraft will give us the opportunity to deliver the best system through a cost-effective procurement contract.”

Based on Boeing’s Next-Generation 737-800 commercial airplane, the P-8A will enhance the service’s anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Overall, the Navy plans to purchase 117 P-8As to replace its P-3 fleet.

“This contract reflects the success of the program and enables us to continue delivering an advanced, cost-effective maritime patrol aircraft to the Navy,” added Rick Heerdt, Boeing vice president and P-8 program manager. “We delivered eight P-8s, all on or ahead of schedule in 2013, and we intend to keep that streak going in 2014.”

Boeing assembles the P-8A aircraft in the same facility where it builds all its 737 aircraft. The Poseidon team uses a first-in-industry in-line production process that draws on Boeing’s Next-Generation 737 system and has resulted in cost and schedule savings.

Boeing’s industry team includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, BAE Systems and GE Aviation.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 58,000 employees worldwide.

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Australia to Buy 8 Boeing P-8A Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

By on Monday, February 24th, 2014

The Government has approved the acquisition of eight P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft.

These state-of-the-art aircraft will dramatically boost Australia’s ability to monitor its maritime approaches and patrol over 2.5 million square kilometres of our marine jurisdiction – an area equating to nearly 4 per cent of the world’s oceans.

The first aircraft will be delivered in 2017, with all eight aircraft fully operational by 2021. The Government has also approved an option for a further four aircraft subject to the outcomes of the Defence White Paper review.

Together with high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles, these aircraft will replace the Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orions that have served Australia so well for over four decades.

The P-8A is a potent and highly versatile aircraft. As well as patrolling Australia’s maritime approaches it can conduct search and rescue, anti-submarine and maritime strike missions using torpedoes and Harpoon missiles.

These aircraft will work closely with other existing and future ADF assets, and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) aviation fleet, to secure our ocean resources, including offshore energy resources off northern Australia, and protect our borders.

The acquisition of the eight P-8A aircraft will cost approximately $4 billion, including support facilities.

This project will offer significant opportunities for industry and jobs creation. Australian businesses have already won approximately $8.5 million of work associated with Australia’s participation in the P-8A programme and stand to benefit by as much as $1 billion through construction of facilities at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia and elsewhere and work to meet maintenance and other support needs.

The Prime Minister and the Minister for Defence today inspected a visiting US Navy P-8A aircraft currently in Australia for joint exercises with the Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal Australian Navy.

The Coalition Government is committed to building a strong, capable and sustainable Australian Defence Force.

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Boeing and Air France Industries Complete Major Modification of French AWACS Aircraft

Boeing and Air France Industries KLM Engineering and Maintenance (AFI KLM E and M ) have successfully completed the Mid-Life Upgrade modification on the first of four E-3F Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft for the French Air Force.

The upgrade is part of a Foreign Military Sale in 2010 between France’s Direction Generale de l’Armement (DGA) and the U.S. government.

“The success of this upgrade rests in the outstanding cooperation between Boeing and Air France Industries,” said Yves Galland, president of Boeing France “We are looking forward to continue this successful partnership to meet the French Air Force’s military needs.”

In June 2013, Boeing subcontractor AFI KLM E and M began upgrading the electrical, mechanical and structural systems and mission hardware on this aircraft. The Mid Life Upgrade – the largest ever for French AWACS – will provide the fleet a robust picture of the battlespace and more actionable information while reducing aircrew workload.

“The Mid-Life Upgrade capability of this airborne surveillance, command and control platform is unrivaled,” said Steve Swanz, Boeing’s French AWACS program manager.

“The excellent relationship of the French Government, U.S. government, and Boeing French AWACS teams has enabled completion of this modification milestone and the outstanding performance by AFI KLM E and M and our Boeing in-country team exemplifies our commitment to excellence in product and relationships.”

The aircraft now will undergo ground and flight tests at Avord Air Base before being delivered to the Air Force later this year once qualified by DGA.

The Mid-Life Upgrade is the most important to date for the French fleet and is modeled on the Block 40/45 contract developed for the U.S. AWACS fleet.

While the first AWACS aircraft was housed at the AFI KLM E and M site at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, the three other AWACS aircraft will be upgraded in a new facility owned by AFI KLM E and M at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris.

A dedicated Boeing team will continue to provide on-site leadership, engineering, quality assurance support, hardware and software while working together with the Air France Industries modification team.

“At the sides of Boeing, the Air France Industries teams are fully focused on the success of this major upgrade of the French AWACS,” said Anne Brachet, EVP Air France Industries.

“After successfully delivering this first modification in Le Bourget, we’ll perform the following ones in a dedicated facility in Paris CDG. Investing in new infrastructures for this fleet clearly reflects our will to meet the French Air Force expectations and deserve its trust.”

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