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AIN Farnborough Airshow News 7-16-14 Day 3 Issue

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    Avionics Innovation Safety Engines Industry

    Thales Evolves To Connected AircraftCoordinating avionics, air traffic control and cabin entertainment with satellite navigation data, Thaless Avionics 2020 system moves toward what the company calls a connected aircraft. Page 16

    Airbus E-Fan Advances Electric FlightUsing a pair of electric motors powered by lithium ion batteries, Airbuss E-Fan experimental test bed can carry two people aloft for up to an hour. The next step is to build a four seater hybrid. Page 22

    Malaysia Airlines 777 Report DueWithin the next few weeks, aviation authorities will deliver a report on flight MH370 that will be the first step toward establishing improved aircraft tracking technology. Page 32

    Airbus Placing Bets on New PowerThe concepts may appear to be science fiction, but Airbus is hoping its distributed propulsion concept will yield 10 percent fuel savings and reduce noise emissions at the same time. Page 33

    Piaggio Notches 50-ship EVO DealPiaggio landed at Farnborough with its new-design EVO variant of the popular Avanti twin turboprop pusher. The market responded with an impressive order for 50 copies. Page 37

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    Britain and France launch UCAV feasibility studyby Chris Pocock

    In his last act as British Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond and his French counterpart, Jean-Yves le Drian, signed an agreement at the Farnborough Airshow yesterday to launch a two-year co-operative feasi-bility study for an unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV). The Future Com-bat Air System (FCAS) deal is worth 120 million (more than $180 million) for six industry partners: BAE Sys-tems, Dassault Aviation, Rolls-Royce, Safran, Selex and Thales.

    The outline plan for the FCAS co-operation was announced by the two countries last January, fol-lowing a pre-study by airframers BAE Systems and Dassault, which was launched in mid-2012. The new study will additionally involve teaming by Rolls-Royce and Safran subsidiary Snecma on the powerplant and by Selex ES and Thales on a multifunction sensor suite and communications.

    Lessors Drive Another $50 BiLLion DAy At FArnBoroughMore orders for the just-launched Airbus A330neo

    helped deliver another $50 billion day at the Farnborough International Airshow. AirAsiaX topped the sales led-ger with a $13.8 billion memorandum of understanding for 50 of the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000-powered A330-900neosit will take delivery of its first aircraft in 2018.Leasing groups Avolon and CIT Group signed $7.7 bil-lion worth of MoUs that could see each of them take 15 A330neos. CIT also ordered five A321neos.

    SMBC Capital spent big in the narrowbody segment of the Airbus portfolio with $11.8 billion worth of firm orders for 110 A320neos and five A320ceos. BOC Avi-ation, the Singapore-based and Chinese-owned lessor, is to spend around $4.1 billion on 36 A320ceos and seven A320neos.

    Boeing also was boosted by a pair of $1.9 billion leas-ing group orders, each for six 777-300ERsthe first from

    Intrepid Aviation and the second from Air Lease Corpora-tion. The latter also reconfirmed an order for 20 737 Max 8s. The U.S. airframers biggest deal of Tuesday was val-ued at $2.5 billion and will see CIT Aerospace take 10 of the new 787-9 Dreamliner. The lessor now holds orders for 20 787s, including 16 of the -9s.

    Regional airliner makers also had a busy day here at Farnborough. Embraer did four separate deals for a mix of its new E-Jet E2s and the E175 and E190 (see page 4). Air Lease Corp signed an agreement to purchase seven more ATR72-600s. Bombardier logged six more Q400 sales (see page 37). CFM International won the largest engine contract of the day with a $2.9 billion agreement for Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet to buy Leap-1A engines for its new fleet of 40 A320neos. Air Lease Corp also selected the same engine for 20 A320neos, as well as 40 Leap-1Bs for 20 737 Max8s. n

    e-sCAn unLeAsheDEurofighter Typhoon operators have gotten one step closer to being equipped with a Euroradar Captor-E AESA radar. For the full story, turn to Page 4.

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    25% lower fuel costs with no compromise on comfortThe A350 XWB is the only all-new aircraft in the 300-400 seat category. Scheduled to enter commercial service laterthis year, the A350 XWB will set a new standard of comfort and effi ciency in its class, with 25% lower fuel consumption compared to existing aircraft. It will also bring a new level of passenger comfort, with more personal space and 18-inch wide seats in economy. The A350 XWB has the fl exibility to embrace growing passenger numbers.

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    25% lower fuel costs with no compromise on comfortThe A350 XWB is the only all-new aircraft in the 300-400 seat category. Scheduled to enter commercial service laterthis year, the A350 XWB will set a new standard of comfort and effi ciency in its class, with 25% lower fuel consumption compared to existing aircraft. It will also bring a new level of passenger comfort, with more personal space and 18-inch wide seats in economy. The A350 XWB has the fl exibility to embrace growing passenger numbers.

    Airbus Widebody Family, our numbers will convince you.

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    Eurofighter lifts wraps on Euroradar Captor-E by David Donald

    The Eurofighter Typhoon IPA5 has arrived at Farnborough carrying precious cargo. Beneath the nose radome is the first flighttest example of the Euroradar CaptorE WFoR (wide field of regard) electronicallyscanned radar. The sensor was installed only recently and, after a few shakedown flights, the aircraft was ferried south from BAE Systems airfield at Warton, Lancashire, for the show.

    The Eurofighter and Euroradar consortia lifted the lid on the CaptorE for the first time yesterday, although the protective cover over the antennas array of transmit/receive modules (TRMs) remained firmly in place. The program has been funded by industry in advance of a fournation development contract that is expected before the end of the year.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed the UKs commitment to the escan radar here at Farnborough on Monday. Following its appearance at

    Farnborough, IPA5 will return to the BAE Systems airfields to begin flight trials with the CaptorE.

    The large TRM array of CaptorE is mounted on a repositioner that allows it to see more than 90 degrees offcenter, greatly expanding tactical flexibility in the air defense domain. At the same time, the antenna is always tilted away from the center position to keep the aircrafts frontal radar crosssection low. The advanced gallium arsenide TRMs are sourced from either Euroradarpartner Selex ES in Edinburgh, or the UMS in Ulm, Germany.

    Radar 1 Plus BaselineThe radar revealed here is

    representative of the productionstandard sensor known as Radar 1 Plus, which has been accepted by the four partner nations as the common baseline. It offers data link and some electronic attack capabilities, and simultaneous multimode operation, as well as significantly expanded airtoair capability compared to the mscan radar. Additional functions can be added by individual customers as they require.

    The next aircraft to get an escan radar, also produced using industry funds, is IPA8. This is a currentstandard Tranche 3 aircraft now in final assembly at Manching in Germany. Tranche 3

    Typhoons are built with the necessary provisions to accept the CaptorE, although they are currently supplied with the CaptorM mechanicallyscanned sensor.

    The expected fournation

    contract launches the full development program for the Radar 1 Plus standard, with the accent on productionizing the current configuration to achieve a more realistic costofbuild. p

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