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Left:  Northrop Grumman’s GEM 63 rocket motors

flight-proven, heritage designs that provide a significantly lower cost for boost propulsion,” said Charlie Precourt, vice president, propulsion systems, Northrop Grumman. Northrop Grumman has been supplying rocket propulsion to ULA and its heritage companies for a variety of launch vehicles since 1964. The GEM family of strap-on motors started in the early 1980s with the GEM 40, which supported 132 Delta II launches with 1 003 motors. The company followed with the GEM 46, which flew 63 motors on seven successful missions on the Delta II Heavy launches, and the GEM 60, which retired in August 2019 with 86 motors flown over 26 Delta IV launches. The GEM family has recently expanded with the development of the GEM 63XL variation to support ULA’s Vulcan Centaur launch vehicle. The company also manufactured the Atlas V rocket’s Reaction Control System propellant tanks at its Commerce, California, facility, and eight retro motors at its Elkton, Maryland, facility that will assist first and second stage separation. Northrop Grumman aeronautics, defence and cyberspace to meet the ever evolving needs of customers worldwide. The 90 000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services. • solves the toughest problems in space,

propel the launch of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V on 13 November.

Below: Northrop Grumman's

GEM 63 strap-on boosters were developed under a cooperative agreement with ULA to provide additional lift capability for the Atlas V launch vehicle.

Northrop Grumman rocket boosters help successfully launch United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V Three of Northrop Grumman Corporation’s 63-inch- diameter Graphite Epoxy Motors (GEM 63) rocket boosters were used for the first time on 13 November to help successfully launch and deploy the National Reconnaissance Office launch 101 (NROL-101) on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V launch vehicle.

The GEM 63 strap-on boosters were developed under a cooperative agreement with ULA to provide additional lift capability for the Atlas V launch vehicle. Each motor contributes 371 500 pounds of additional maximum

thrust, and up to five GEM 63 motors can support a single Atlas V launch. “The GEM 63 rocket motors were developed to enhance the performance of the existing Atlas V launch vehicle while incorporating our

Airlink A Sunbird logo emphasises its resilience After fifteen years of being branded simply as ‘Airlink’, the airline has officially changed the company name from SA Airlink as part of its strategy to distinguish the airline as a totally independent airline, operating and issuing tickets on its own ‘4Z’ airline identification code and designator.

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seat (flights do not have middle seats). An ever growing network Airlink has consistantly been a success story and today is a financially sound, self-sustaining and robust business offering 85 flights a day to 25 destinations. The name change is in line with recent interline agreements with relevant global airlines, such as Qatar

Airways, Emirates, British Airways, KLM, Air France and United; the launch of its own mainline South African domestic services, and new regional routes linking Johannesburg with important southern African destinations, such as Maputo, Luanda, Dar Es Salaam, Lubumbashi and Windhoek.” Passenger services between Johannesburg and Gaborone recommenced on 16 November with

flights to Kasane and Maun due to start on 1 December as Botswana continues its phased lifting of travel restrictions. The service between Kasane, Maun and Gaborone will allow passengers to have a seamless connect onto Airlink’s new direct flights linking Johannesburg with Cape Town and with Durban in addition to Johannesburg- Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg – East London.

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allowance for baggage and sporting equipment, a business class service on select E-jet flights as well as complimentary onboard catering," he added. Airlink’s Economy Class fares include a 20kg free checked-in luggage allowance plus a 15kg sporting equipment allowance. Customers are treated to a complimentary light meal, refreshments and a choice of aisle or window

“The subtle name change is a key element of our re- positioning, recovery and growth strategy after Airlink ended its 23-year franchise agreement with South African Airways and began,” says CEO Rodger Foster. “In celebrating our independence, we are giving our customers added free benefits, such as free check-in

Virtual commercial aviation to be held in December

An extremely difficult and traumatic 2020 is drawing to a close, a year that has a catastrophic effect on the South African aviation industry, and one which has seen the grounding of the industry at large. But slowly a recovery is in

progress, and a resilience in local players is emerging. A number of events have been either postponed or cancelled altogether, while others have been changed to webinars. One of the leading events on South Africa’s

aviation calendar, the Commercial Aviation Symposium Africa 2020, will take place as a virtual event next month. Interested parties are now able to register for the in-depth analysis and discussions around the topic of how to get the aviation

industry fully airborne again. The online conference will feature keynote addresses and panel discussions with a world-class line- up of experts, local and international thought leaders and specialists in commercial aviation. •


The International Air Transport Association has released guidance to ensure that the air cargo industry is ready to support the large-scale handling, transport and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. IATA’s Guidance for Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Logistics and Distribution provides recommendations for governments and the logistics supply chain in preparation for what will be the largest and most complex global logistics operation ever undertaken. The Guidance was produced with the support of a broad range of partners, including the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), various aviation organisations, banking and trade institutions, health and pharmaceutical organisations. The guidance includes a repository of international standards and guidelines related to the transport of vaccines and will be updated regularly as information is made available to the industry. Accompanying the guidance, IATA established a joint information-sharing forum for stakeholders. “Delivering billions of doses of a vaccine that must be transported and stored in a deep-frozen state to the entire world efficiently will involve hugely complex logistical challenges across the supply chain. While the immediate challenge is the implementation of COVID-19 testing measures to re-open borders without quarantine, we must be prepared for when a vaccine is ready. This guidance material is an important part of those preparations,” said IATA’s Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac. The Guidence covers key challenges such as: · The availability of temperature-controlled storage facilities and contingencies when such facilities are not available · Defining roles and responsibilities of parties involved in the distribution of vaccines, particularly government authorities and NGOs, to assist safe, fast and equitable distribution as broadly as possible · Industry preparedness for vaccine distribution which includes: Capacity and Connectivity. The global route network has been reduced dramatically from the pre-Covid 22 000 city pairs. Governments need to re-establish air connectivity to ensure adequate capacity is available for vaccine distribution. Facilities and infrastructure: The first vaccine manufacturer to apply for regulatory approval requires the vaccine to be shipped and stored in a deep-frozen state, making ultra-cold chain facilities across the supply chain essential. Some types of refrigerants are classified as a dangerous goods and volumes are regulated which adds an additional layer of complexity. Considerations include availability of temperature-controlled facilities and equipment and staff trained to handle time- and temperature-sensitive vaccines. • Border management: Timely regulatory approvals and storage and clearance by customs and health authorities will be essential. Priorities for border processes include introducing fast-track procedures for overflight and landing permits for operations carrying the COVID-19 vaccine and potential tariff relief to facilitate the movement of the vaccine. • Security: Vaccines are highly valuable commodities. Arrangements must be in place to ensure that shipments remain secure from tampering and theft. Processes are in place already, but the huge volume of vaccine shipments will require early planning to ensure that they are scalable. IATA provides guidence for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Its primary food source is nectar, making them important pollinators in the African ecosystem. As the sunbird pollinates different areas so Airlink connects destinations in southern African markets, collecting customers at different points and connecting them with business opportunities in widespread towns and cities, having an impact on regional and local economy, and a positive impact on business. The sunbird flies from flower to flower, hovering and pausing to collect nectar - Airlink flies to different destinations, pausing to drop off customers and their luggage before turning the aircraft around, refuelled, cleaned and sanitised, picking up customers and flying to another destination. •

with each aircraft’s next scheduled deep maintenance overhaul. “We offer the best value proposition by far, considering that Airlink has the most comprehensive network of destinations, with a vast selection of connections to local, regional and global destinations,” says Rodger Foster. Why the Sunbird? The new look, which features a distinctively colourful African Sunbird set against a sunrise and dawn sky. In Africa, sunbirds are found mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. The Airlink network covers the same area as an inter- airline service provider, expanding its routes further into that territory.

The following flights are currently operating: Zimbabwe (Harare and Bulawayo), Zambia (Lusaka, Ndola and soon Livingstone), Namibia (Windhoek and Walvis Bay), Lesotho (Maseru), Eswatini (Sikhuphe) and Mozambique (Maputo, Pemba, Beira and Vilanculos), and will restart flights to Madagascar in December (Nosy Be, while awaiting the re-opening of Antananarivo). Flights to St Helena will re-commence as soon as it is permissible and services will begin to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Lubumbashi from 30 November) and Tanzania (Dar es Salaam from 1 December). The new livery will be applied to Airlink’s fleet over the coming months, with the repainting coinciding


landing gear modification and shock servicing were carried out during the latest 4C inspection. The HK MRO team managed to accomplish the 4C inspection including the rectification of all defect findings, within the 30- day planned scheduled downtime. Metrojet is also very pleased to announce that Mr. Dave Yip has been appointed as the new

Hong Kong second G650ER 4C inspection completed by Metrojet

A virus that changed the world! By Farouk Araie As 2020 recedes from our human shoreline, this generation and generations to come, will remember this tumultuous year, that demolished normality, ushered in abnormality and cemented the new normal, as a stamp of authority for mankind on a global basis. A miniscule microscopic virus has brought the most technologically capable generation in the history of civilisation to its kness in a lightening strike that evaded the best detection systems on planet Earth. It ruthlessly exposed the glaring weakness of global institutions upon which the global community rely. It demonstrated the fragility of the international order and the deceptive nature of powerful nations. The mother of all black swans decimated man and obliterated the current world order, forcing new alignments that will reshape the next world order. The International Monetary Fund [IMF} has estimated that the final bill for the COVID-19 pandemic would total $28 trillion. The global airline industry was decimated in a financial bloodbath. Aviation represents 3.4% of global GDP. Last year 4.5.billion passengers took a flight, while there were 100 000 commercial flights a day. COVID-19 killed this industry at a global cost of $84 billion. Sixty-four percent of the global fleet of 26 000 aircraft are now inactive. With 120 million jobs linked to global tourism at risk, the financial damage will exceed $1 trillion dollars in 2020 alone. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) passenger demand dropped by 94.3%, resulting in revenues dropping by $314 billion dollars. Iconic aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and the Airbus 380 are now in storage and will most probably fade into obscurity. It is estimated that 11.2 million people working in air related travel industries in the Asia Pacific region will lose their jobs. In the Middle East 1 million people will be out of work and 88 million jobs supported by aviation could be temporarily at risk. Few images capture the coronavirus’s crushing impact on the travel industry better than those of cruise ship passengers lining their balconies, awaiting return to a land quite changed from the one they left. The cruise ship industry has been shattered. In 2019, the industry transported 30 million passengers creating over 1.2 million jobs. A $150 billion dollar a year global industry is history, as five cruise lines and more than 340 ships resulting in millions losing their jobs sadly being stranded across the globe as lockdowns are ruthlessly enforced. These graphic images represent a form of travel from a bygone era. It costs major cruise companies $1 billion dollars a month to maintain their fleets. Ninety four percent of the worlds workers are living in countries with some degree of workplace closure. The estimate figure could be 1.6 billion people, which is half the worlds global work force. COVID- 19 has killed 1.5 million people, infected 55 million people globally. It costs $52 Billion in low and middle income countries to treat patients over a period of four weeks. A tiny invisible virus no larger than some dust and gas particle reset the entire web of civilization sending it into a trajectory from which we will never be able to return to our previous lifestyles. •

The first one was completed in May, while the second in October 2020, both during the Covid- 19 pandemic.Fuel tank inspection, ram air turbine ground functional test,

Metrojet Limited is the only MRO in Hong Kong that has completed two Gulfstream G650ER 4C inspections.

A 767-300 Boeing converted freighter | pic: Boeing

How airlines are using their fleets in the post-pandemic world by Mike Wright - B.Com LLB

The airline industry and its main aircraft suppliers, Airbus, Boeing and Embraer, will be in survival mode at least through the upcoming winter season and until a broadly distributed COVID-19 vaccine allows public life worldwide to return to normal. With airlines operating their much-reduced schedules, some aircraft types are proving to be more popular than others, a trend that is likely to continue even after the novel corona virus pandemic subsides and demand recovers. Most industry observers agree that smaller wide bodies and long-haul capable narrow bodies are going to benefit the fastest when commercial aviation recovers. These aircraft offer the least amount of risk in terms of trip costs and are also competitive in terms of unit costs. Airbus’ A321XLR, offering 4,700 nm of range, is slated to enter service in 2023. Airlines have placed more than 400 firm orders for the aircraft, according to

the manufacturer.

infrastructure constraints. How airlines are using their fleets in the post- pandemic world varies by a number of factors, including region, strategy and available aircraft mix. In some cases, however, the pandemic has accelerated the retirement of aircraft types that no longer work in any network, notably the Airbus A380, A340 and Boeing 747-400, which are either too large or too costly to operate in massively reduced long-haul markets. The expected success of long-range narrow bodies, meanwhile, is a double-edged sword for the OEMs. The wide body market had been weak for some time and the emergence of new strategic aircraft options for long-haul routes adds choices. Not all wide bodies are affected in the same way. Even at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in (northern) spring 2020, airlines have generally kept a larger share of their Boeing 787 and A350 fleets flying as they are most efficient and, particularly with the 787, among the smallest wide bodies. Some other types have proven to be less popular. A total of 353 Boeing

However, international travel restrictions have put a premium on cargo capacity, giving some wide bodies an advantage, even if it is short- lasting. This is especially true for airlines like Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines. But longer-term, models like the A321XLR give airlines the option either to add frequencies to large-volume, long-haul markets or to introduce nonstop flying on thinner routes that would not be viable for even the smallest wide bodies like the Airbus A330-200 or Boeing 787-8. There is also a significant replacement cycle nearing as the mostly North America- based Boeing 757 and 767 fleets were coming up for retirement regardless of the pandemic, which has accelerated those retirements. In the near term, airlines will be smaller. IATA’s latest outlook sees revenue passenger kilometers falling 66% in 2020 compared to 2019—a year that saw demand constrained by several issues, notably the Boeing 737 MAX fleet’s grounding and, ironically, air traffic congestion and


777s had been stored by the end of September versus just 58 a year earlier, according to Aviation Week Network Fleet Discovery data. The number of stored 787s has risen from 25 to 189. On the Airbus side, 402 A330 classics are stored, versus just 56 in September 2019. But the stored A350 fleet has risen from 6 to a relatively modest 58 aircraft. Longer term, further segmentation and aircraft choice may lead to aircraft types being dispatched more optimally according to capabilities. Both the 787 and the A350 have been flying routes such as Europe-US east coast for which they are over capable, particularly in terms of range. The extra range capability translates into unnecessary weight, fuel burn and higher than necessary trip costs. Those shorter long-haul routes had been a primary target for Boeing’s new mid-market airplane (NMA), a programme abandoned earlier this year. The success of the A321neo (including the long-range versions LR and XLR) is an important factor in Airbus’ jump in the narrow-body market share, which, in terms of the current order backlog, is estimated to be above 60%. Boeing normally could not accept such a competitive disadvantage, compounded by a flood of around 1 000 order cancellations for the 737 MAX since the beginning of 2020. Yet, the combination of the extended 737 MAX grounding—resulting from two fatal crashes and a recertification programme— and the devastating financial impact on Boeing’s commercial business make it all but impossible for the manufacturer to react in the short- or medium-term by launching a new programme that addresses the high end of the narrow body spectrum. • General Manager of its HK MRO effective 1 November 2020. “Our MRO operation has a very solid foundation with cooperative team members capable of performing comprehensive and complex maintenance tasks. Special thanks go to the planning, stores, procurement, and engineering teams for achieving their second G650ER 4C inspection

smoothly and on-time. I believe that my previous experience in aircraft management will benefit the company’s maintenance side of the business. We will continue the Metrojet spirit of being client- centric and providing a positive customer experience,” says Mr. Dave Yip, Metrojet HK MRO’s new General Manager. •

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and the extent of the damage enables the aircraft maintenance team to make critical decisions regarding replacement or repair – these actions save money by avoiding unplanned failure. Planned maintenance minimises the disruption to an aircraft’s schedule.’ The company is also the only accredited laboratory for Honeywell turbine engines in Africa. US-based Honeywell is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of jet and turboprop engines. As this work is unique and specialised, Honeywell requires that WearCheck’s diagnosticians are specifically trained and certified to diagnose their samples, and that they undergo regular assessment to earn re-certification. Several diagnosticians recently completed Honeywell’s stringent bi- annual accreditation exam – Steven Lumley, Ravi Chetty, Ashely Mayer and consultant Daan Burger. Some of WearCheck’s aviation customers are Airlink, Execujet Maintenance, National Airways Corporation, CHC Helicopters, Orsmond Aviation, Safair and the South African Airforce 21, 22 and 44 Squadrons. As well as performing condition monitoring in the aviation sector, WearCheck also provides monitoring, compliance and safety services across a broad range of industries, including marine, mining, electrical and power generation, earth moving, agriculture and more. WearCheck operates a network of 14 world-class laboratories around Africa and beyond, each of which is fully-equipped with the latest available condition monitoring technology in line with global trends. For more information, please visit www.wearcheck.co.za E-mail support@wearcheck.co.za Call WearCheck’s head office on +27 (31) 700 5460 A photomicrograph of abnormal wear metal debris removed from the filter element of a turboprop engine reveals bearing wear platelets indicative of a bearing fatigue failure (100X). The severely damaged and failing bearing was removed from the accessory gearbox, avoiding further damage.

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testing programmeme is conducted by condition monitoring specialists, WearCheck, to reduce the risk of catastrophic engine failure, boost safety and reduce maintenance costs? WearCheck’s thriving aviation division analyses used aircraft oil and filters for wear particles, oil degradation and cleanliness of hydraulic fluids. The company’s experienced aircraft diagnosticians provide expert insight into potential engine failure based on the test results. WearCheck technical manager Steven Lumley has spent over ten years in the aviation monitoring team: ‘We carry out oil and oil filter analysis on aircraft components such as piston engines, turboprop, turbofan and turboshaft engines, auxiliary power units (APU), helicopter rotor gearboxes and hydraulic systems,’ she said. ‘In the programme, wear rates are monitored, contamination such as dust, water and fuel in the oil is detected, and the type of oil in use is verified. The tests can also detect oil overheating and oil degradation. ‘The four main wear debris monitoring techniques used in WearCheck’s laboratories are a spectrographic oil analysis programme (SOAP), oil filter debris analysis analytical ferrography - if no filter is available - and magnetic chip detector particle analysis. Oil filter analysis supplements spectrometric oil analysis as filters retain larger wear

particles that are generated by abnormal wear.’ Why invest in a bespoke aircraft condition monitoring programme? Says Lumley, ‘The financial and safety benefits of preventative oil filter analysis have been proven time and again. We have many case studies where serious incidents were avoided because the failing component was removed or repaired before disaster struck. In one case, a severely damaged bearing was removed from an accessory gearbox. Had the bearing failed, the result would have been an IFSD (in-flight shut-down). ‘In another instance, the presence of a large amount of metallic debris prompted the replacement of the propeller gearbox. Subsequent boroscope inspection of the gearbox revealed severe ring wear.’ ‘Knowing that a component is compromised, WearCheck technical manager Steven Lumley has documented many case studies where the company’s aviation condition monitoring team has accurately predicted potential failure, saving millions of Rands for the customers and averting disaster.

Mission Success Aegis combat system supports layered homeland defence

The USS JOHN FINN (DDG-113), supported by the U.S. Navy, Missile Defence Agency and Lockheed Martin, successfully conducted a remote engagement (lethal intercept) of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) target. The Flight Test Maritime (FTM) – 44 test marks the first demonstration of an Aegis Baseline engagement of an ICBM-representative target. This vital test demonstrated the latest Aegis Baseline 9.C2.0 capability against an ICBM class threat and introduces the ability to provide layered Homeland Defence with Aegis. The target was launched from the Reagan Test Site (RTS) to conduct an Aegis Engage on Remote (EOR) mission. As designed in

the current U.S. command and control architecture, the remote target track and discrimination data was provided by the MDA’s Command, Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) system and forwarded to Aegis for prosecution. “This successful intercept is a tremendous accomplishment and confirms we have inherent capability against long range ballistic missile threats that can be deployed to all our Aegis Baseline 9 ships and Aegis Ashore sites – at any moment. The success of this mission has significant underpinning to the Aegis system’s strategic ability to provide Layered Homeland Defense,” said Jim Sheridan, vice president and general manager at Lockheed Martin. With the successful completion of four Aegis

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Debut of EHang 216 AAV in Seoul, obtaining a special certificate of airworthiness from Korea

Nationality and Registration Mark “HL008X” by MOLIT. The Acting Mayor of Seoul, Seo Jeong-hyup said, “The air taxi is a dream of mankind for the future transportation. We are excited that Seoul can host the country's first domestic demo flight. Seoul is pioneering itself as an innovative hub of the world. Urban air mobility services are drawing keen attentions as an option to alleviate

ground traffic congestions with a huge potential for growth. The city government will strive to realize the human dream of safe flights for Seoul citizens and thus support the future industry of Korea.” The Korea government announced the “Korean Urban Air Mobility (K-UAM) Roadmap” in June 2020 and expected to commercialize UAM services around 2023 to 2025. •

Baseline 9.C2.0 European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) Phase 3 intercepts of Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM), this test demonstrated the ability to provide a globally deployed defensive weapon system. This missile defence system will defend the United States, its friends and allies from hostile ballistic missiles from all regions, all ranges, and during all phases of flight by a single integrated system that is capable of comprehensive layered defence. As C2BMC EHang 216 two-seater passenger-grade AAV had completed its maiden flight in Korea. The flight took place on November 11 at the “Open the Urban Sky” UAM Seoul Demo event in the center of

Certificate of Airworthiness (“SAC”) for the EHang 216 AAV, a first SAC ever issued to a passenger-grade AAV. The EHang 216 was purchased by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and is the first of its kind in Korea being officially registered under the

Seoul. A series of trail flights of EHang 216 will then follow in several Korean cities. It is Korea's first time to launch a flight of an autonomous "air taxi" over a densely populated downtown area. The maiden flight was approved by Korea's MOLIT after obtaining a Special

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capability continues to advance, it will help to unlock even more Aegis weapon system capability and lethality. Working as the Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA), Lockheed Martin engineers updated the Aegis weapon system to integrate the SM-3 IIA weapon and adapted the system to target, identify, and intercept the ICBM threat. “We have evolved Aegis to perform a mission for which it wasn’t originally designed. The flexibility and adaptability of the total system – as well as our









industry and government engineering teams -- allows Aegis to answer the call when needed,” Sheridan added. Engineered to meet any ballistic missile defence need, the Aegis Weapon System is built on 50 years of constant evolution and innovation. Its flexible architecture enables it to fulfill a variety of missions – which is why it’s one of the most deployed combat system in the world. Aegis Baseline 9.C2.0 is built from the Common Source Library (CSL) and can rapidly integrate new capabilities, including solutions for both SPY-1 and the growing SPY-7 family of radars. •

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support proactive health and status monitoring to deliver the security, resilience, availability, affordability and flexibility required for tomorrow’s advanced aviation applications. This systemwill benefit users of both public and commercial use cases with the later representing those merchants who want drones to be able to conduct delivery, inspection, and other services. The company’s global experience as a large-scale systems integrator and its open aviation platform enable Thales to work with leading North Dakota companies and strategic partners, including Airspace Link, Appareo, Botlink, Terma, uAvionix and Verizon Skyward, to deliver the statewide network. Thales is actively engaged in the operational and technical challenges of UAS integration into the global airspace system. The company is shaping the UAS industry’s future by leading projects with local, regional and national authorities such as the State of New York, the United States Air Force, FAA (USA), CAAS (Singapore) and DSNA (France) to address the unique challenges presented by new airspace users. “North Dakota’s Statewide UAS Network, known as Vantis, is truly the first of its kind. This robust network, that safely and securely integrates UAS into the national airspace, will serve as an enviable model and the catalyst for broader commercial UAS operations for years to come as it relies on a complete solution addressing the FAA’s safety risk management process.” Jean Ferré, Vice President Government Companies Authority. Boaz Levy’s career at IAI spans over 30 years. In 1990 he joined the company as an engineer for the Arrow Project and in 1999 became the project's chief engineer. From 2003 to 2006, Levy headed the induction of the Arrow-2 into operational service after going through numerous successful test flights. From 2006 to 2010 he headed the Barak-8 programme, which evolved into one of the world's most advanced

air defence systems and became one of IAI’s most significant growth engines. In 2010, Boaz Levy was appointed as general manager of IAI's air defence division and in 2013 he became Vice President of the Systems Missiles and Space Group, leading the group to become IAI's most profitable and successful business unit. Over the years, Levy has pursued groundbreaking technological developments that are cornerstones of Israel's defence. Several of those programmes have won the Israel Defence Prize presented annually by the President of Israel to people and organisations who made significant contributions to the defence of Israel. Levy is also responsible for some of the largest defence export sales in Israel's history, including the sale of the Barak Weapon System worth over US$6B. Born in 1961, Levy is married and a father of two. He graduated from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology as an aerospace engineer with MSc in Systems Engineering. IAI's Chairman of the Board, Harel Locker, said: "Following a thorough and detailed evaluation of candidates for the position, the board of directors decided unanimously to approve the search committee's recommendation to nominate Boaz Levy as CEO. Levy has successfully managed the Systems Missiles and Space Group- IAI's most profitable group that in recent years has made technological and financial groundbreaking achievements. Boaz knows the domestic and international defence market and understands our customer’s needs. The past year marks a record in IAI's financial results- we exceeded annual revenue of $4B for the first time. Managing an enterprise like IAI is a complicated task. The board of directors trusts Boaz's capabilities and experience to continue the momentum and transformation the company is going through, facing the future commercial and technological challenges." •

Boaz Levy appointed chief executive officer of IAI

Levy succeeds Maj. General (ret.) Nimrod Sheffer, who stepped down as CEO on 31 October. The nomination will be submitted to the Minister of programme, Lt. General (ret) Benjamin Gantz, and the Minister for Cyber & National Digital Matters, Dudi Amsalem who supervising the Israel

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) Board of Directors, chaired by Harel Locker, has approved the search committee's recommen- dation to nominate Mr Boaz Levy as IAI's Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Boaz Levy, chief executive office of IAI.


• Thales is working jointly with the State of North Dakota to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) UAS operations. • Thales is integrating surveillance, communications and cloud-hosted traffic management services for a first of its kind safety-oriented, system-of-systems solution. • Key site implementation will validate infrastructure requirements and procedural needs to ensure routine, safe and secure UAS airspace integration.

stringent registration and identification for UAS being required by civil authorities. Regulatory frameworks will influence how operators plan missions, receive flight approvals and identify and track drones securely. Thales will integrate new and existing infrastructure into a cloud-based traffic management software as a service (SaaS) platform supporting users at the Vantis mission and network operations centre located at the Grand Sky facility near Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Thales TopSky UAS Traffic Management (UTM) platform is a first of its kind, cloud platform blending field-proven air traffic control technologies with national, regional and local data to facilitate real- time situational awareness. Its robust capabilities also

Thales has successfully completed the preliminary design review for the key site implementation of Vantis, the statewide unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) network, for BVLOS operations in western North Dakota. Thales will deploy

of sight network. The sensors and communications network will support mission and network operations. The civil drone market is best represented by its huge commercial potential and the millions of new drones that are projected to enter our skies over the next 20 years – moving from a world with tens of thousands of flying objects to one with millions. The resulting complexity in the aviation ecosystem presents significant new challenges to security and safety. This will lead to more

surveillance and communications

infrastructure in the greater McKenzie County area as part of the beyond visual line

of Airspace Mobility Solutions, Thales. •


Pilatus has appointed TAGMaintenance Services to support the Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet for comprehensive base and line maintenance in Geneva, Switzerland. TAG Maintenance Services also offers services for the PC-12 single-engine turboprop. With the addition of the PC-24, TAG Maintenance Services now provides its highly regarded maintenance services for all Pilatus general aviation aircraft at its Geneva “one-stop shop” facility. TAG Maintenance Services is one of business aviation’s leading MRO providers. Expand customer relations Ignaz Gretener, VP General Aviation of Pilatus says: “As the worldwide fleet of PC-24s continues to grow, we are constantly strengthening our support network. Geneva is a top destination for many of our customers, so we are delighted to expand our relationship with TAG Maintenance Services wit h its stellar reputation.” “Both the PC-12 and PC-24 have proven to be popular personal, corporate and charter aircraft in Europe. We are pleased to build on our long and close relationship with Pilatus to care for these great aircraft ”, adds Franck Madignier, CEO of TAG Maintenance Services. Number 1 in customer support In summer this year, in an independent survey conducted by Professional Pilot magazine, operators voted Pilatus number 1 in turboprop customer service for the 19th consecutive year. Pilatus officials attribute this honour to an intense focus on post-sale support through its global service network. Customers are served locally through strong personal relationships with an Authorised Pilatus Service Centre, backed up with factory expertise and technical support. Pilatus appoints TAG Maintenance Services as Authorised Service Centre for PC-24

New certifications for Cirrus SR22, and Cessna 206 C through F models provides modern

attitude with robust self- monitoring capabilities, the GFC 500 provides superior autopilot performance, greater reliability, and safety benefits that are similar to the popular GFC 700 autopilot. In addition to traditional autopilot capabilities such as altitude hold, vertical speed and heading modes, the GFC 500 also includes altitude preselect, VNAV1, Level Mode, Underspeed and Overspeed protection and more. Pilots can also select, couple and fly various instrument approaches, including GPS, ILS, VOR, LOC and back course approaches when paired with a compatible Garmin GPS navigator. As a standard feature, pilots receive Garmin Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP), which works to assist the pilot in maintaining the aircraft in a stable flight condition. ESP functions independently of the autopilot and works in the background to help pilots avoid inadvertent flight attitudes or bank angles and provides airspeed protection while the pilot is hand-flying the aircraft. •

of either a standby GI 275 or G5 electronic flight instrument interfaced to a G500 TXi™ flight display; or a G3X Touch™ flight display to provide pilots with an economical and modern autopilot solution. The autopilot mode controller contains large dedicated keys and knobs, a control wheel that allows for easy adjustment to aircraft pitch, airspeed and vertical speed and a Level Mode that returns the aircraft to straight-and- level flight with the push of a dedicated button. The full-featured GFC 500 autopilot provides a long list of existing general aviation aircraft with a simple, lightweight, cost-effective autopilot upgrade path. Incorporating solid state Garmin adds two more GFC 500 Autopilot certifications to growing list

and cost-effective autopilot upgrade

Garmin ® International Inc., announced that it had received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the GFC™ 500 Autopilot in additional aircraft models to include the Cirrus SR22, and the Cessna 206 C through F models. The GFC 500 Autopilot is intended for light piston aircraft while delivering superior in-flight characteristics, self-monitoring capabilities and minimal maintenance needs when compared to older generation autopilot systems. New aircraft models now approved for the GFC 500 autopilot include: • Cirrus SR22 • Cessna 206 – Models: C, D, E, and F. The GFC 500 autopilot uniquely integrates with the GI 275 or G5 electronic flight instruments; a combination


Textron Aviation and Las Vegas-based private aviation charter operator, Thrive Aviation, have announced the delivery of three pre-owned Cessna Citation Sovereign+ business jets. Thrive Aviation is a private aviation company dedicated to providing proactive service and elevated flight experiences for its guests across North America. With a newly opened corporate headquarters at Henderson Executive Airport, Thrive Aviation’s footprint in Las Vegas includes an expanded, private 21 000 square foot hangar at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. “The delivery of these Citation business jets is a significant milestone for Thrive, which can now support a greater range of customers and accommodate their every aviation need – a vision we share at Textron

of 11 Cessna Citation jets. The three Sovereign+ aircraft are currently going through extensive interior and exterior overhauls, including paint to match Thrive Aviation’s flagship livery design. These jets will join the company’s existing array of aircraft, including two Cessna Citation M2 entry-level jets, four Cessna Citation CJ3+ light-jets, and one Cessna Citation XLS+ midsize business jet. •

Multi-aircraft Cessna Citation business jet delivery announced by Textron Aviation and Thrive Aviation

Aviation,” said Rob Scholl, senior vice president, Sales and Flight Operations, Textron Aviation. “We appreciate the work that Thrive does and it’s exciting to witness their continued

growth as they deliver passenger solutions for various mission profiles.” “We are proud to carry nearly every Cessna Citation model,” said Curtis Edenfield, CEO, Thrive

Aviation. “We look forward to continuing our growth with Textron Aviation in our future expansion plans.” By the end of 2020 fourth quarter, Thrive Aviation will boast an impressive offering

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Hungary signs contract for acquisition of two multi-mission KC-390 millennium airlifters

The Hungarian Government and Embraer signed a contract for the acquisition of two new generation multi-mission transport aircraft Embraer C-390 Millennium, in its air-to-air refueling (AAR) configuration, designated KC-390. Additionally, pilots and technicians training as well as other services and support are included in the contract as part of the process to strengthen the Hungarian Defence Forces capabilities specifically on the tactical airlift, AAR and medical evacuation roles as well as in other missions of public interest. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2023. “Following the procurement of personnel air transport capabilities in 2018, we will see the arrival of KC-390 aircraft to Hungary in 2023-24, able to deliver large military loads in an operational environment, as well as providing air-to-air refueling services. We

are acquiring a multi- role transport fleet for the Hungarian Defence Forces to fulfill the widest possible range of tasks within the national framework, in a sovereign way,” said Gáspár Maróth, government commissioner responsible for defence development. “We are honored for been selected by the Hungarian Government and the Hungarian Defense Forces to provide the most advanced multi-mission transport aircraft available in the market,” said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. “Hungary is the second European nation and NATO operator to select the C-390 Millennium, a highly capable aircraft that offers excellent productivity through unrivalled combination of speed, payload and rapid reconfigurability for multi- mission operations.” The KC-390 for the Hungarian Defence Forces will be the first in the world with the Intensive Care Unit in its configuration, an essential feature to

standards in its category. Some of the strong aspects of the aircraft are increased mobility, rugged design, higher flexibility, state-of- the-art proven technology and easier maintenance. Flying faster and delivering more cargo, both the C-390 Millennium and the KC- 390 variant are the right sized platform for major deployment scenarios. Minimized interventions and on condition maintenance combined with highly reliable systems and components support the reduced downtime and costs, contributing to outstanding availability levels and low life cycle costs. • include some of the Navy's largest bases, including those in Norfolk, Virginia; San Diego, California; and the Joint Base with the Air Force at Pearl Harbor- Hickam. Three facilities in Europe are also included. The Army now says since the beginning of the month, 59 installations are at the higher protection level with Fort Gordon, Georgia, just added to the list on Wednesday. At Fort Bliss, Texas, in the hard hit area of El Paso, stringent new measures are now in place for troops and families including maintaining 10 feet of distance while exercising or running and a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The Marine Corps says it does not currently have any bases at the higher protection level. •

perform humanitarian missions. The aircraft fully meets the requirements of the Hungarian Defense Forces, being able to perform different types of military and civilian missions including Humanitarian Support, Medical Evacuation, Search and Rescue, Cargo and Troops Transport, Precision Cargo Drop, Paratroopers Operations and AAR. These KC-390 are fully NATO compatible, not only in terms of its hardware but also in its avionics and communications configuration. Furthermore, the KC-390 probe and drogue refueling system

means the aircraft can refuel the Hungarian JAS 39 Gripen as well as other aircraft that use the same technology. The C-390 Millennium is fully operational and, since receiving its first aircraft in 2019, the Brazilian Air Force has deployed the airlift on several critical missions in Brazil and abroad with greater availability. Also, the Portuguese Government signed a contract for the acquisition of five C-390 Millennium in 2019 that are currently in the production line and will be in service in 2023. The C-390 is a tactical population. It also can also more easily mandate restrictions than civilian authorities. This comes as several military bases across the country have had to once again tighten health measures to protect the force and military families. Since last week, 10 Air Force installations instituted stronger measures at Health Protection Condition Level Charlie just one step below the most stringent level. One of the installations impacted is Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, which houses what the Air Force calls "the largest and most demanding advanced air combat training mission in the world." In the Navy, 37 installations worldwide are now at the higher level of health protection. They transport jet aircraft designed to set new

US military reports record number of coronavirus cases

Pentagon. The military has claimed since the beginning of the pandemic that it can maintain a lower positivity rate because the military has a younger, healthier

The US military reported a record high number of coronavirus cases on Tuesday with 1,314 new cases, according to Defense Department statistics.

There are currently about 25,000 active Covid-19 cases in the ranks, and another 44,390 service members have recovered from the virus, according to the

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