Local middle school students from Wichita, Kansas “took to the skies” this month as part of an Airbus Corporate Foundation-sponsored initiative. As a reward for completing the “Flying Challenge” mentorship programme, 66 students were recognized with a flight over their hometown in a general aviation aircraft. Coordinated by the United Way of the Plains, the school-year-long programme seeks to inspire at-risk students to challenge themselves by matching them with locally-based Airbus engineers and Wichita State University engineering students.
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A “flying” experience: U.S. middle school students recognized for completing an Airbus-sponsored mentorship programme
Concorde MSN1 arrives at its new home
One of the first Concorde jetliners built at Toulouse, France has made its final “voyage” with the aircraft’s ground transfer to the Airbus-supported Aeroscopia museum site at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. Designated MSN1, this Concorde made its last flight in April 1985, returning to Toulouse after a career that included a full range of test and development activity. The Aeroscopia museum where Concorde MSN1 will be permanently displayed has received funding from Airbus, and its collection also will include one of the initial A300s – the cornerstone widebody jetliner in Airbus’ product line – as well as the no. 1 flight test A400M military airlifter.
Airbus is named title sponsor of the LPGA golf tournament in Mobile, Alabama
While its first U.S.-based aircraft assembly plant is under construction at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, Alabama, Airbus is venturing into another international project with local connections – professional women’s golf.
SKYMARK Airlines signs FHS Components contract with Airbus covering its leased A330s
Securing the highest service level for SKYMARK’s daily A330 operations
European tour for Airbus’ A330 highlights the widebody aircraft family’s 1,000th delivery
Airbus’ in-house A330 developmental aircraft visited the company’s facilities across Europe this month, marking the milestone 1,000th delivery of an A330 Family jetliner – which was received by Cathay Pacific Airways earlier this summer. On its tour, the A330 was shown off for Airbus teams in Getafe, Spain; Hamburg and Bremen in Germany; Broughton, U.K; and Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and Toulouse in France.
Airbus ProSky will implement advanced navigation procedures for Drukair’s operations
Under an agreement signed with the Airbus ProSky subsidiary, Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines will utilise Required Navigation Performance Authorization Required (RNP AR) procedures throughout its network, starting with Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport. Drukair – the Kingdom of Bhutan’s national carrier – will improve the overall safety and efficiency of its operations with these techniques, which allow aircraft to fly precisely along predefined routes using on-board navigation systems and the GPS-based global navigation satellite system.
Airbus Customer Services offers AP/FD-TCAS for in-service aircraft
Operators can now upgrade their in-service aircraft with Auto-Pilot/Flight-Director Traffic alert and Collision Avoidance System (AP/FD-TCAS) capability, which allows pilots to fly avoidance manoeuvres triggered by the TCAS system with either the auto-pilot or flight-director. Airbus’ packaged solutions cover all aircraft configurations to encourage operators to upgrade, improving safety with optimised reactions in collision avoidance in addition to other operational benefits – including the latest flight management and display functionalities.
Staying connected: Internet and GSM mobile access are now in production on A320 Family jetliners
The first A320 Family aircraft offering Wi-Fi internet and GSM telephone connectivity are now being completed at the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse, France. With this installed equipment, the single-aisle jetliners will join Airbus’ other aircraft families – the A330, A380 and soon the A350 XWB – in being outfitted from the production line with the company’s Airline Network Architecture (ALNA v2) for internet access and mobile telephone services.
Airbus ProSky partners with Chinese authorities to improve airport operations
The Airbus ProSky subsidiary is to work with China’s Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) in implementing RNP AR-to-ILS transition approaches for commercial aircraft at Chengdu Airport, with the goal of improving overall airport capacity. This capability will enable aircraft to perform satellite-based Required Navigation Performance Authorization Required (RNP AR) approaches into the airport, then seamlessly transfer to ground-based precision Instrument Landing System (ILS) mode when aligned on the runway axis.
For more information on Airbus’ collaboration with China on air traffic management, see the press release.
The A320neo product line’s LEAP-1A powerplant begins its certification phase
In a major milestone for Airbus’ A320neo (new engine option) family jetliners, CFM International conducted the first run of its LEAP-1A turbofan at GE’s Peebles, Ohio outdoor test facility – kicking off an extensive certification programme. During these initial evaluations, the engine – which is a new choice offered for the A320neo, along with Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM – performed as expected and reached full takeoff thrust.