Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Farnborough International Airshow

Lockheed Martin Introduces lm-100j ‘fireHerc’ At Farnborough International Airshow 

Newest member of the Super Hercules is civil-certified firefighting airtanker launched today at Farnborough International Airshow (FIAS) - the LM-100J “FireHerc,” a civil-certified firefighting airtanker variant of the proven C-130J Super Hercules that is the airlifter of choice for 18 nations around the world.

The LM-100J is the commercial freighter production model of the C-130J Super Hercules and an updated version of the legacy L-100 commercial Hercules freighter. The LM-100J is flying at and on static display at this year’s FIAS.

C-130s — legacy Hercules, Super Hercules and L-100s — have flown millions of hours in support of missions for military and civilian operators around the world for 60+ years, which includes supporting firefighting missions for more than 40 years. The LM-100J FireHerc builds on this proven experience and offers advanced capabilities to support aerial firefighting requirements for decades to come.

“With the presence of wildfires increasing on a global scale, there is a real-time need to provide more advanced assets to protect our people, communities and environment,” said George Shultz, vice president and general manager, Air Mobility & Maritime Missions at Lockheed Martin. “As a variant of the C-130J Super Hercules, the FireHerc delivers a powerful combination of established, performance advantages and innovative technology that will truly change the way we fight and defeat wildfires.”

The Hercules plays a vital role in firefighting by dispersing retardant to contain and control fires in locations with complex terrain and compromised operating conditions. The FireHerc’s straight-wing design and turboprop power plant allows it to excel in supporting this challenging low-level, low-speed firefighting mission profile like no other large airtanker in operation.

Additional FireHerc advantages include:

Advanced flight deck avionics that provide outstanding situational awareness and modern safety features to protect and guide flight crews through challenging conditions.

The ability to support two different retardant dispersion solutions: the gravity-drop based Coulson Aviation RADS Product Line or the pressure-type dispersal Modular Aerial Firefighting System II (MAFFS II). Both have been certified by the U.S. Forest Service on the Hercules platform to meet strict ground coverage standards.

A path to support night firefighting with advanced integrated technology, allowing responders to combat fires on an unprecedented 24/7 cycle — providing an unmatched advantage against nature.
More information about the LM-100J FireHercis available here. 

Sikorsky Secures Sale of S-76D™ Helicopter in India

FARNBOROUGH, united kingdom, July 16,2018 –Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), today announced the sale of an S-76D™ aircraft to the Government of Maharashtra in India. The announcement cameduring the Farnborough International Airshow.

This contract marks the first sale of an S-76D helicopter in India. Delivery is scheduled in 2019.

“The S-76D helicopter introduction has been quite successful in the Indo-Pacific region, with more than 30 aircraft sold and delivered in the last five years,” said Christophe Nurit, Sikorsky’s Regional Executive for Asia.“The aircraft has been selected and proven for multiple mission requirements ranging from Naval and Coast Guard operations to Executive Transport.One of our clients in Asia has accumulated 10,000 hours on its S-76D fleet in less than two years. This is another great achievement for this product.Sikorsky is proud to now introduce it in India.”

S-76D helicopter VIP options include a customized interior with seating for five to eight passengers. Uniquely, the S-76D helicopter can hold its rotor system still while running an engine to power the on-board air-conditioning system for safe, comfortable loading and unloading into the pre-cooled cabin during the summer season and hot climates.

Sikorsky has delivered more than 875S-76® helicopters to customers globally since 1977, amassing more than 7.25million fleet flight hours.

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Pattonair at Farnborough Airshow:  More geographic territories, new service offerings highlighted 

Pattonair, the leading global supply chain provider to the aerospace industry, has seen a very positive start to 2018 and it returns to Farnborough Airshow this week - Hall 1 1140  (16th to 22nd July) with a much larger exhibition space than 2016, featuring some new tech products designed to help its customers be more efficient and cost effective. 

The Derby, UK, headquartered business, which supports OEMs and tier two and three suppliers, will present a variety of innovative and smart new services enabled by the latest technology. 

Pattonair’s expansion has focused recently on opening new entities and facilities across the globe, in line with customers’ specific requirements. It has expanded its presence in Poland, Japan, India and in a number of new locations in the United States. “This geographic expansion reflects Pattonair’s ambition to fulfil the role as supplier of choice to its target market across the globe,” says Pattonair CEO Wayne Hollinshead.   Pattonair is looking to add more geographic territories in the coming 12 months, as well as planning new developments with its customers,” he notes.

“This is a very exciting time in the supply chain for aerospace. Our level of enquiries, pipeline of new business and our successful renewal rate is stronger than ever,” Wayne added.  He will be in Farnborough with his leadership team including Dave Fawcett, Chief Commercial Officer, Group Business Development Director, Glenn Puddifoot, Commercial Director and Jim Smith, MRO Services Director.  

Towards the paperless supply chain 

A big focus Pattonair is sharing at the show is its drive toward the paperless supply chain.  Here it has collaborated with Deloitte UK which is bringing its expertise in block chain technology to the business. Together, both organisations will share and demonstrate their latest joint thinking.

Every product and solution in the Pattonair portfolio will be loaded on the new Patton App, shared on ipads on their stand - a solution Pattonair has been working closely on with one of its leading customers, Rolls-Royce.

Agile Vend – new entrant in its MRO solutions portfolio

Pattonair will be showcasing its Zero Lead-Time Agile Vend, an intelligence-based tech version of its Agile Warehouse, featuring built in technology.  Customers access it by secure access control to request their parts which are stored in multi configurable drawers, each opens only when requested.  Agile Vend directly links to Pattonair HQ so the forecasting, demand management, replenishment and shipping process is digitalised recording every transaction electronically.  The system started trialling with a major MRO supplier earlier this year and feedback has been very positive.  It is robust, efficient and stops waste.  Designed with a Zero Lead-Time methodology, the aim is to allow point of use material management with real time system allocation and full regulatory batch traceability.

The aerospace industry needs robust services and solutions that are scalable and sustainable and have a Zero Defect approach to right fist time and utilising digitalisation architecture.  This is what Agile Vend delivers.    With Agile Vend there is no more waiting several hours or shifts for parts and having fitters and inspectors waste time with reservations and order management. – Agile Vend brings real-time allocation at the point of use in sub 60 seconds.  Agile Vend complements Agile Warehouse under Pattonair’s Zero Lead-Time MRO services through smart kitting.  Pattonair’s enhanced MRO Services, designed from the ground up, deliver customer value through optimised, scalable and sustainable services. They cover all MRO aspects of aerospace, marine and Industrial market sectors. 

Agile Vend and the MRO products are a direct result of demand from OEMs and MROs, operators and lessors to retain product on-wing for longer periods to reduce the total cost of overhaul; Big data and engine health monitoring are optimising on-wing longevity and shop visit planning profiles,” says Jim Smith, MRO Services Director, who will demo it at the show. 

Safran Helicopter Engines renews Pattonair contract for global OEM and MRO parts support through to 2025.
Farnborough Airshow, UK: World leading rotorcraft turbine manufacturer, Safran Helicopter Engines (SHE), has awarded a global OEM and MRO parts support contract to Pattonair until 2025, the leading aerospace and defence supply chain service provider.

The contract was signed today, Tuesday 17th July at the Farnborough Airshow by Franck Saudo, President – Safran helicopter engines, and Wayne Hollinshead, CEO of Pattonair.

Incumbent supplier, Pattonair, won the competitively bid contract to support 16 Safran sites globally and deliver over 6,000 C class parts to 180 locations worldwide through to 2025. The contract also encompasses a combination of product cost improvement projects to be driven forward by Pattonair and jointly with SHE.

Pattonair is a SHE Gold Supplier, which recognises those suppliers who can guarantee the best performance and provide a real return on long-term investment.

Pattonair has consistently delivered a high-level service to exacting quality standards and consistently improved its service offering since first supporting SHE in 2007, supplying 1,200 parts. In 2010, Pattonair achieved EASA Form 1 delegation, demonstrating SHE’s confidence in Pattonair.

In 2015, SHE renewed Pattonair’s contract during which it innovated with the introduction of value added services such as kitting solutions to increase efficiency on SHE production lines.

Pattonair supports Safran Group Companies including Safran Aircraft Engines, Safran Transmissions, Safran Landing Systems and others.

Pattonair serves a 2,000 plus blue chip customer base spanning engine, airframe and systems customers, including Rolls-Royce, GE, Pratt & Whitney, Airbus, MROs and the Aftermarket, from its global network of dedicated facilities.

Inspiring young girls to become Women in Aviation

Women in Aviation International UK Chapter marks Futures Day at Farnborough International Airshow with its ‘See her, be her’ event, aimed at encouraging young girls to follow a career in aviation.

London, UK – Women in Aviation International (WAI) UK Chapter, is delighted to announce its ‘See her, Be her’ networking morning on Friday 20th July, at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, UK. 

School girls and girl guide groups with interests in aviation are being welcomed at the event – running from 10 am to 12 pm, as part of ADS Group’s Futures Day. 

Blazing a trail for women everywhere, Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic, once said: “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do.”

With this mantra in mind, the newly formed WAI UK Chapter, supported by ADS, Farnborough International and a host of other international women’s aviation associations, is looking to inspire girls in their formative years to consider a career in aviation.

The ‘See her, be her’, event will be held in Hall 1 in the Lloyd and Navigate Rooms.   Young attendees, aged between 11 and 14, are encouraged to take part in some interactive sessions and hear from an influential line up of speakers in a variety of aviation sectors, led by Dr. Shini Somara, a leading science, tech and innovation broadcast personality. 

Get to know speakers include Tess Naran, First Officer with Titan Airways and aspiring astronaut.  (Tess starred in the recent thrilling BBC2 series Astronauts – do you have what it takes?)  Katherine Bennett, Senior Vice President, Airbus UK,  Debbie Elliott, Training Manager, TAG Global Training and Aoife O’Sullivan, Partner at The Air Law Firm.

They will be able to ask questions, practice their interview skills, and learn about the far- reaching industry with visits to table-top booths from associations and companies including Air BP, NATS and the UK Civil Aviation Authority. 

ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said: “Inspiring young women to pursue careers in aviation is important to our industry as we look to establish a more gender equal sector. The ‘See her, be her’ event at Farnborough International Airshow is a great way for them to get to know more about the industry and work towards making aviation a more diverse sector, with equal opportunities for all.”

Liz Moscrop, President, WAI UK stated: “Women in Aviation International is committed to getting the younger generation, and particularly girls, engaged and excited about pursuing a career in aviation. We are delighted to be hosting our ‘See her, be her’ and can’t wait to share our experiences and those of the women on our panel with the next generation of female aviation pioneers!”

Alison Chambers, Vice President, WAI UK added her enthusiasm for the event. “We believe wholeheartedly in celebrating female pioneers and role models in the industry. Women continue to be in the minority when it comes to careers in aviation and educating young girls about the opportunities available to them and what they can achieve within the sector is something we will never tire of.”

Ballot to Wingbox and new Women’s Charter

The theme complements the Ballot to Wingbox event  on the Thursday at the show led by Airbus, Cobham, the Royal Aeronautical Society with Women in Aerospace, the IAWA, Women in Defence and Women in Aviation International.  Coinciding with the centenary year for the RAF and women’s suffrage, this event will be held on Thursday morning 10 am to 11.45 am at the New Exhibition Centre.  Farnborough Airshow will also be the launch platform for a new Women’s Charter to support women’s progression in the sector.

Airbus appoints new head for its helicopters business in India

Airbus has appointed Ashish Saraf as Head of the helicopter division of Airbus India to lead its initiatives across the civil, defence and parapublic rotorcraft markets. Saraf, whose appointment is effective July 1, 2018, is based in New Delhi; he takes over from Xavier Hay who leaves India after six years to take over new responsibilities.

Saraf joins Airbus Helicopters at a time when the company is competing on several military helicopter projects that would reinforce and enhance the local aerospace and defence industrial ecosystem. Airbus Helicopters is a market leader in the Indian civil and parapublic market with close to 100 helicopters in operation today, and it is helping to develop new market segments such as Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and heli-tourism in the country.

Since 2015, Saraf had been serving as Vice President – Industry Development, Strategic Partnerships and Offsets at Airbus India, focusing on ‘Make in India’ initiatives aimed at enhancing the company’s industrial footprint.

Before joining Airbus, Saraf was the India Head of the Tata Sikorsky joint venture and led Sikorsky’s industrialisation and strategic partnerships. His experience spans offsets, industrial relations, greenfield start-up development and strategic partnerships; he started his career with Dassault Systems and Deloitte Consulting; he is an alumnus of the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune and the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Nagpur.

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