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Paves the way for 100 per cent synthetic jet fuel approval
Airbus welcomes the latest steps towards the approval by ASTM International, one of the largest voluntary standards developing organizations in the world, for the use of a 50 per cent synthetic jet fuel in commercial aviation. Synthetic liquid jet fuels can be made from biomass, natural gas or coal. All of these are known as xTL
“This breakthrough paves the way for a 100 per cent xTL blend made entirely from bio feedstock, such as woodchip waste”, said Christian Dumas, Airbus Vice President Sustainable Development and Eco-Efficiency. “This new specification is a major step towards reducing aviation’s environmental footprint and represents a significant achievement along the Airbus alternative fuels roadmap,” he added.
The Airbus Alternative Fuels roadmap estimates that some 30 per cent jet fuel used in 2030 could be sustainable biojet fuel if maturity of alternative high yield non-food feedstock occurs in the middle of the next decade.
A major step towards the progressive introduction of alternative fuels was achieved on 1st February 2008, for the first time in commercial aviation history, a civil airliner, an Airbus A380 with Rolls Royce engines, flew using a 40 per cent blend of synthetic fuel derived from natural gas (GTL) supplied by Shell.
Airbus believes in extended international and cross-industry cooperation to develop sustainable alternative fuel solutions. Airbus and its partners have already gone a long way to studying fuel alternatives. Airbus is sharing alternative fuel research with European partners (Calin, Alfa-Bird -Alternative Fuels and Bio fuels for aircraft development). In November 2007, Airbus, Qatar Airways, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Fuels, Qatar Science & Technology Park, Rolls Royce and Shell International Petroleum Company Limited signed an agreement to investigate in detail operational and environmental benefits of the use of GTL fuel for aviation.
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 30, 2009 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has connected two additional F-15E Mission Training Centers (MTC) to the U.S. Air Force’s Distributed Mission Operations Network (DMON) — one at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., and one at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom.
These two sites join the F-15E MTC at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, which Boeing connected to the DMON in June. F-15E pilots at all three bases now can train virtually with military aircraft pilots located around the world.
Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) provides an advanced training environment in which simulators flown by front-line aircrew are linked via the DMON from their home bases.
“Having all three MTCs on the network is a significant achievement,” said Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president, Training Systems and Services. “Now warfighters at these three bases can benefit from the realistic training provided by the MTCs without incurring the financial or environmental costs or safety risks of live-fly training exercises.”
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Boeing’s first delivery of MTCs in support of a networked and distributed training environment. The first MTCs on the DMON connected F-15C pilots at the Eglin and Langley Air Force bases. Today, Boeing connects 10 MTC sites at Air Force bases around the world for pilots to train on F-15E and F-16 platforms. Boeing expects to add the F-22 Raptor to the DMON by 2010; the system also has the capability to incorporate airlift and tanker missions.
The DMO configuration has enabled Boeing-developed and -operated MTC sites around the world to network to one another throughout the past decade, improving the scale and fidelity of multisquadron training operations.
“DMO allows the Air Force to simulate combat and training between several bases and dissimilar aircraft, allowing aircrews to ‘train as they fight,’ right from their home base,” added McGraw.
WICHITA, Kan., Sept. 29, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced it has received a $5.4 million contract for the initial effort required for integrating a new satellite communication system on the U.S. Air Force B-52 fleet. The Extremely High Frequency (EHF) system will enable the exchange of information through Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals (FAB-T), enabling communication with the B-52 from ground, air and space platforms.
The first of three contract increments has been authorized to begin; it includes planning, risk mitigation and development of system requirements. Increment Two will cover the design and installation of the FAB-T communication hardware. Increment Three will integrate the new system into the Global Information Grid. Total contract value is expected to be more than $100 million.
“The EHF upgrade is one of many upgrades we are installing on the B-52 fleet,” said Scot Oathout, B-52 program manager for Boeing. “This capability, along with the rest of the suite, will provide B-52 crews with better situational awareness and extend the long arm of the B-52 even further into the battlefield.”
A B-52 upgraded with the Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) network-centric upgrade completed its first flight in May and is now in the flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Boeing also is integrating the SNIPER advanced targeting pod on the B-52 and continues to install software upgrades on an 18-month schedule.
Company holds discussions on various topics related to E-Jet and ERJ 145 families
São José dos Campos, September 30, 2009 – Embraer is hosting the 2009 Embraer Operators
Conference – Worldwide for customers and suppliers from North America, Latin America,
Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in Montreal,
Canada, September 27 to October 2. The gathering focuses on the E-Jet and ERJ 145 aircraft
families, with an expected attendance of 450 aviation professionals and 45 airlines and
“For more than 20 years, this conference has been a great communications forum for
providing up-to-date information to our customers and suppliers, receiving their feedback,
and assuring them they are being heard on issues concerning Embraer’s commercial jets,”
said Mauricio Aveiro, Embraer Vice President, Customer Support and Service – Airline
Market. “Our commitment is to customer satisfaction, and this forum enhances that goal in
our partnerships and relationships with our customers and suppliers.”
Embraer has been holding global operators meetings since 1988, beginning with the EMB 120
Brasilia aircraft, followed by the ERJ 145 fleet in 1998, and introducing the family of E-Jets
to the conference in 2006.
São José dos Campos, September 29, 2009 – Regarding the article published in the Valor
Econômico newspaper, dated September 28, 2009, Embraer clarifies that it is not directly
participating in the selection process of the new F-X2 fighter for the Brazilian Air Force and,
contrary to what was stated, it has no preference among the proposals presented.
Embraer reaffirms its unconditional support of this process, always in close alignment with
Brazil’s Aeronautics Command and the Ministry of Defense.
Aircraft can now operate in high-temperature airports
São José dos Campos, September 29, 2009 –
Embraer received ISA+39ºC certification for
its EMBRAER 190 commercial jet, in the third
quarter of 2009, from Brazil’s National Civil
Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de
Aviação Civil – ANAC) and from the U.S.’s
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With
this certificate, the aircraft will be able to fly
without operating restriction in airports located
in hot regions, at temperatures of up to 129ºF
(54ºC) at sea level.
“The ISA+39ºC certification is one more step in the aircraft’s improvement process, and it
will assist many of our customers,” says Luciano Castro, Embraer Vice President, Programs –
Airline Market. “This optional item extends the EMBRAER 190’s operational scope to hightemperature regions, such as the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific region.”
The aircraft will now be able to land and take off in airports located in hot regions. For
customers based in the Middle East, the African continent, and the Asia Pacific region, for
instance, the improvement means the possibility to open new routes and increase time
schedule flexibility, since it will allow the aircraft to operate during day-time, when
temperatures reach extremely high levels.
About the ISA+39ºC certification
International Standard Atmosphere (ISA) is a model that defines temperature, pressure, density, and viscosity of the Earth’s atmosphere, as a function of altitude. According to this model, the standard temperature at sea level, or ISA, is 59ºF (15ºC). Thus, the ISA+39ºC of the
certification of the EMBRAER 190 jet refers to a temperature of 129ºF (54ºC) at sea level.
About the EMBRAER 170/190 Family of E-Jets
The EMBRAER 170/190 family of E-Jets consists of four commercial jets with 70 to 122
seats, featuring advanced engineering design, efficient performance, outstanding operating
economics, low emission levels and a spacious cabin. In September 2009, just five years after
the first delivery, this jet family reached the extraordinary milestone of 600 aircraft delivered to
47 customers in 32 countries, worldwide.
The E-Jets have a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.82, can fly at 41,000 feet (12,497 meters), and have ranges of up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,448 km). The high degree of commonality among the four aircraft – EMBRAER 170, EMBRAER 175, EMBRAER 190 and EMBRAER 195 – results in exceptional savings for carriers, in terms of crew training and costs of spare parts and maintenance. Another key feature of the E-Jets is the state-of-the-art fly-by-wire technology, which increases operating safety, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.
The EMBRAER 170/190 family provides superior comfort with its double-bubble fuselage
design, which includes two main passenger entrances and two service doors that minimize
aircraft turn-around time. The E-Jets offer much more space for passengers, in a single or
dual-class layout, than other aircraft with similar seating capacities.
The E-Jets have achieved outstanding success, with nearly 900 firm orders logged, worldwide.
This proven family is helping airlines to rightsize low load factor narrowbody routes, to replace
older, inefficient airplanes, and to develop new markets with lower operating costs, greater
efficiency, and outstanding passenger comfort. For more information about Embraer’s
commercial jets, visit http://www.EmbraerCommercialJets.com. To better understand the benefits of
these aircraft, when substituting older jets, visit http://www.eforefficiency.com.
Flight Hour Pool Program will support the airline’s first EMBRAER 195 jet
São José dos Campos, September 28, 2009 – Embraer has signed a five-year Flight Hour
Pool Program service contract with Arkia Israeli Airlines. This special support program
reduces the customer’s initial investment cost for replacement parts and infrastructure by
providing optimized inventory control.
“We are very pleased to provide Arkia with our
Flight Hour Pool Program, which is the best
solution for guaranteeing the support of their 122-
passenger E-Jet,” said Leandro Laia, Embraer Vice
President, Customer Support and Services, Europe,
Africa and the Middle East – Airline Market.
The contract covers the EMBRAER 195 jet
operated by Arkia. The airline took delivery of this
first aircraft, which is approaching 2,000 flight
hours of revenue service, in December 2008.
Through this program, Embraer quickly provides replacement parts and eliminates the
customer’s need for inventory investments. Customers sign an agreement in which they pay a
set amount, based on the number of flight hours the aircraft has enrolled in the program.
Embraer assumes the responsibility for maintaining a parts inventory at its distribution and
service centers, so that parts can be provided to operators as soon as they are requested.
“We are delighted to further expand our relationship with Embraer and join this maintenance
program,” said Nir Dagan, Executive Vice President of Arkia Israeli Airlines. “We can now
rely on a top-level maintenance package that will enable us to efficiently and intensively
operate the aircraft, and it minimizes costs.”
About Arkia Israeli Airlines
Arkia Israeli Airlines operates an increasing number of international scheduled and charter
flights, including daily services to the Mediterranean and popular European cities, such as
Paris (France), Barcelona (Spain), Tbilisi (Georgia), Kiev (Ukraine), and Moscow (Russia).
The airline is actively looking to expand its operations through the acquisition of new
companies, like tour operators, in order to position itself as an important and leading player in
the aviation and tourism industries to and from Israel. A recent milestone was the
achievement of a commercial license to perform scheduled flight services to Paris. This marks
a significant turning point in the airline’s evolution into an official flag carrier that performs
scheduled international flights. Further proof of its growing role in domestic and international
operations is that Arkia maintains offices in ten Israeli cities and over 20 offices worldwide.
For more information, visit http://www.Arkia.com.
Transparency Trophy honors the high quality of the Company’s financial statements
São José dos Campos, September 28, 2009 – Embraer received the 2009 Transparency
Trophy, last Thursday, September 24, at the 13th Anefac – Fipecafi – Serasa Experian
Awards. The ceremony was held in São Paulo, in public acknowledgement of the best
financial statements published in Brazil in 2008.
“This award is the recognition of a meticulous and top-quality job done by a skilled team
committed to transparency and professional ethics,” said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, Embraer
Executive Vice President, Finance and CFO.
The Anefac – Fipecafi – Serasa Experian Awards were created in 1997 for the purpose of
fostering corporate transparency in the market and stressing the importance of clear and
quality data, by means of its Transparency Trophy. More than an award, this initiative
certifies the competence of the winning companies. Embraer was awarded for 11th year in a
row, ranking first for the second time since 2001.
In order to reach the top in 2009, Embraer’s financial statements were analyzed by Masters
and Doctoral students in Controllership and Accounting from the School of Economics and
Business Administration (Faculdade de Economia e Administração – FEA) of the University
of São Paulo (Universidade de São Paulo – USP). Of 472 Brazilian companies analyzed, only
77 met the established criteria. The top 20 were chosen in three categories: five private
companies; five public companies with income of up to R$ 4 billion; and ten public
companies with income over R$ 4 billion. In the final phase, a committee formed by four
renowned accountants chose the best company in each category, and Embraer was the winner
among the largest public companies.
In 2009, the Awards evaluation was based on seven criteria: (1) quality and level of the data
provided in the financial statements and explanatory notes; (2) transparency of the data
provided; (3) quality of the management report and its consistency with the information
disclosed; (4) compliance with accounting principles; (5) observations in the independent
auditor’s report, considering the nature of the same; (6) balance sheet layout, readability,
conciseness, clarity, etc.; and (7) disclosure of pertinent aspects not legally required, but
relevant to the business, such as EBITDA, accrued economic value, social balance sheet,
inflationary effects, and others.