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Airbus welcomes 50 per cent synthetic fuel milestone

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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.

Boeing Connects 2 More F-15E Simulators to US Air Force Global Training Network

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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.

Boeing to Integrate Extremely High Frequency Communication System on US Air Force B-52s

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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.


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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
operators, worldwide.

“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.


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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.