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  • An independent publication, solely owned by The Convention News Co., Inc., Midland Park, N.J.

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    Euroghter partners to fund e-scan radarThe Eurofighter Typhoon partnercompanies today will announce theirdecision to kick-start, through pre-funding, the development of anactive electronically scanned array(AESA) radar for the four-nationcombat aircraft. The driving forcebehind this move is the Indian air force competition for 126 AESA-equipped fighters. Page 14

    ATR cabins get a makeoverATR has turned on the Italian style to give the cabins of its regionalairliners a new look and feel. And the airframer has been ringing in thechanges in the cockpit, too, with help from Thales. Page 24

    NRC Canada bridges the research gapThe National Research CouncilCanada Institute for AerospaceResearch (NRC Aerospace) fills aninnovation gap between academiaand industry. Among its many currentprojects is icing research on largeengines, including studying the effectof ice crystals in the atmosphere andon engines, as well as ice accretionand shedding inside engines. Page 42

    U.S. presence peaks The size and scope of the U.S. Pavilion at the Farnboroughairshow has grown so much since itsinception in 1996 that it now extendsthrough three of the exhibit halls.Thats good news because itindicates a resurgence in the NorthAmerican aerospace sector after achallenging couple of years. Page 50

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    Etihad Airways new Airbus A330-300 freighter touches down to take its prime spot on the Farnborough airshow staticdisplay, but it was rival Arabian Gulf carrier Emirates that kick-started the aircraft order machine here yesterday,when it signed a deal with Boeing for 30 more 777-300ERs. Airbus also shared in an impressive rst-day orders tally.

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    AgustaWestland revealed yet anothernew helicopter yesterday in Farnboroughthe twin-engine, 4.5-metric ton AW169.Nestling between the GrandNew andAW139 in the companys product line, theAW169 (shown here as a mockup) is aimedprimarily at the government, parapublicand commercial markets, offering aneight- to 10-seat cabin that can be rapidlyreconfigured for a variety of roles.

    The AW169 keeps us in line with thelatest market needs, and ahead of ourcompetitors, said AgustaWestland CEO

    Giuseppe Orsi, presiding over the unveiling.We are unveiling the AW169 here at Farn-borough because of the real and excitingpotential this aircraft will have for the UKin terms of the market, and industrially.Our companys commitment to the UKindustrial base, I believe, is widely recog-nized, and the AW169 is another opportu-nity for the UK to support and participatein a major new program, he said.

    That opportunity was recognized by thepresence of Vince Cable, UK secretary of

    July 20, 2010 Vol. 42 No. 18

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    by Julian Moxon

    Last-minute commercial issues con-nected with the Pratt & Whitney PW1000Ggeared turbofan engine have proved thestumbling block to the expected QatarAirways order for Bombardier C Seriesregional jets at the show.

    We hope our negotiations with Bom-bardier will be concluded in the not toodistant future, said Qatar group chiefexecutive officer Akbar Al Baker. Werehaving discussions with them with respectto Pratt & Whitney. There are some sensi-tive issues that we have not resolved yet.

    Announcing a $90 million order for twoBombardier Global 5000s yesterday, AlBaker left little doubt that the C Seriesremains on the cards for the airlinesplanned expansion to regional routes up tothree hours away from its new hub at DohaInternational Airport. An aircraft of thissize is perfect for airlines such as ours, hesaid. He added, however, that if Airbuslaunched a re-engined version of its A318or A319, wed have to think about that.

    The 5,200-nm-range Global 5000s willjoin a pair of Bombardier Challenger 605sand a single Challenger 300, considerably

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    Qatar stalls overC Series orders,but buys Globals

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    Jumbo-sized airliner orders cameback into fashion on the first day of the2010 Farnborough airshow as Boeingand Airbus led the charge to seal newdeals. Other leading airframers, includ-ing Embraer, Sukhoi and Bombardier,followed suit in a wave of new businessreported throughout todays edition ofFarnborough Airshow News.

    Emirates Airline got the ball rollingwhen it gave Boeing a $9.1 billioncontract for 30 more 777-300ERs.Later in the day, Norwegian Air Shut-tle chipped in with a $1.15 billionorder for 15 narrowbody 737-800s.Leasing group GECAS also ordered40 Boeing 737-700s, -800s and -900svalued at $3 billion.

    Never willingly outdone in the air-show orders stakes, Airbus GECAScommitted to 60 firm orders for A320s.At list prices, this business is nominally

    Airlines boost backlogs by the billionby Ian Goold

    AgustaWestland sprung a surprise here yesterday, unveiling a new twin-engine rotorcraft aimed at applicationssuch as law enforcement. It could be partly-built in the UK, but only if the UK generates sales.

    AgustaWestland unveils AW169

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  • airbus.com Airbus, its logo and the product names are registered trademarks. New Standards. Together

    Its greener in more ways than one.The Airbus A380 has earned its reputation as the worlds greenest long-haul jet. But its been earning hard

    dollars at the same time. The moment it entered service, its sheer popularity, combined with the lowest cost per

    passenger of any large aircraft, has meant more profit, much quicker. Giving its operators a competitive edge in

    tough times. Simply by introducing A380s on long-haul routes, operators can save millions of dollars a year in

    cash operating costs, while creating thousands of extra seats. The most exciting plane in the sky is also a proven,

    working aircraft, making real money, day after day. Airbus A380. See the bigger picture.

    53475_009_Aviation_IntN_Dollar_july.indd Pg1 Mundocom UK 05/07/2010 14:12

  • airbus.com Airbus, its logo and the product names are registered trademarks. New Standards. Together

    Its greener in more ways than one.The Airbus A380 has earned its reputation as the worlds greenest long-haul jet. But its been earning hard

    dollars at the same time. The moment it entered service, its sheer popularity, combined with the lowest cost per

    passenger of any large aircraft, has meant more profit, much quicker. Giving its operators a competitive edge in

    tough times. Simply by introducing A380s on long-haul routes, operators can save millions of dollars a year in

    cash operating costs, while creating thousands of extra seats. The most exciting plane in the sky is also a proven,

    working aircraft, making real money, day after day. Airbus A380. See the bigger picture.

    53475_009_Aviation_IntN_Dollar_july.indd Pg1 Mundocom UK 05/07/2010 14:12

  • The British government is reviewing asecurity agreement signed previously withthe U.S. that could preclude future coopera-tion with Europe on unmanned combat airvehicles (UCAVs). Last weeks unveiling ofthe all-British Taranis stealthy UCAVdemonstrator by BAE Systems has broughtrenewed focus on whether European gov-ernments and industry can or should uniteto fully develop such a system.

    The existence of the agreement was con-firmed to AIN by Jonathan Barratt, TeamLeader for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) inthe Defence Equipment and Support (DES)organization that is part of the UK Ministryof Defence. Officials at Dassault, whichleads the pan-European Neuron UCAVdemonstrator program, previously told AINthat when they approached the UK to dis-cuss the possibility of cooperation, theBritish were not able to discuss low observ-ables with us because they had signed anexclusive agreement with the U.S.

    Barrett said technical knowledge gainedfrom the U.S. could be ring-fenced from anyfuture international collaboration. Further,

    he told journalists attending a BAE Systemsbriefing on the Taranis here yesterday that aprogram in which two British representa-tives participated in the Pentagons UCAVdevelopment programs had ended last year.It was called Project Churchill and lastedfive years, but did not involve any technol-ogy development or exchange, he said. Theproject discussed the CONOPS [Conceptsof Operations], doctrine and through-lifecosts of a UCAS. Both we and the U.S. sidederived great value from it, he added.

    However, Barrett did not rule out futurecooperation with the U.S. Were exploring allopportunities to collaborate with Europe, orwith the U.S. Project Taranis provides us witha good basis to open that dialogue, he said.

    BAE Systems strategy and businessd ev e l o p m e n tdirector for auto-nomous systemsDave Kershawdelivered the samemessage. Taranisis a catalyst fortechnology and

    know-how. It allows us to bring credible skillsto the market, he said. He confirmed thatBAE and partners GE Aviation, QinetiQ andRolls-Royce had provided 40 million for theTaranis demonstrator program. The Britishgovernment has provided 142.5 million, upfrom the original 124.5 million, to extendthe project by one year to include additionalrisk reduction and airborne low-observabilitymeasurements. The aircraft will fly next year.

    Kershaw said that BAEs experience indeveloping autonomous systems could be akey discriminator in any future UCAS full-scale development. But at the Taranisunveiling ceremony, and again at yesterdaysbriefing, BAE and government officialscarefully noted that human interventionmust be a key part of the design.

    Can the UK afford to go-it-alone?Despite the British flag-waving at Wartonlast