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Ninety organizations from different nations are appealing to the US government to stop providing Indonesia with deadly attack helicopters. The appeal comes as Indonesia announces its plan to buy eight Apache-64 helicopters from the US.
The groups fear that the helicopters will only heighten the conflicts in Indonesia, especially in the region of West Papua. The organizations’ letter expressed that the helicopters pose as a direct threat to West Papua civilians.
The Indonesia Military (TNI) regularly perform sweep operations that involve attacks to the villages. These attacks force innocent civilians to flee their homes. The letter disclosed that “Papuan civilians either flee the attacks to neighboring villages or into the surrounding forests where many die or face starvation, cut off from access to their gardens, shelter, and medical care.” Sweep operations are currently under way in the Central Highlands of the West Papua region.
The sweep operations commonly use Apache-64 helicopters. It is designed as a ground attack helicopter that can be operated by day and night. It is armed with high caliber chain guns and capable of firing missiles.
The appeal was started by the U.S.-based East Timor and IndonesiaAction Network (ETAN) and the West Papua Advocacy Team. It was signed by various human rights advocacy groups, religious, indigenous rights, disarmament and other organizations from 14 different nations.
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The US Military is investigating the pilot involved in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan last month. The Apache attack helicopter had flown dangerously low at an Afghan outpost before crashing into the ground. No one on the ground was hurt, the helicopter crew survived with minor injuries.
The crash was caught in an amateur video and went viral in the Internet. The military is looking at the possibility that the pilot was showing-off.
The video shows the helicopter swooping low above a coalition outpost before narrowly missing a building then pulling back. The Apache helicopter came back around, then seemed to lose control after a steep ascent causing it to drop low and slammed its belly into the ground. It appeared to skid toward a group of people, but momentarily came off the ground and then crashed again.
A former Blackhawk helicopter thought the Apache pilot looked like performing a “return to target” maneuver – it involves a 180 degree turn after a low swoop and then followed by another swoop. Apache pilots are extensively trained for this standard maneuver.
No enemy activity was reported in the area at that time and several military officials are concluding that it is possible that the pilot was entertaining the spectators on the ground.
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The Boeing 747-8 Freighter landed at exactly 5:35 p.m. at the Paris Le Bourget Airport in Le Bourget, France after the first transatlantic flight of a large commercial airplane powered on all engines by a sustainable aviation jet fuel.
Boeing pilots Captain Keith Otsuka, Captain Rick Braun and Cargolux Captain Sten Rossby piloted the 747 Frieghter from Washington Everett to Le Bourget equipped with four of its General Electric GEnx-2B engines powered by a blend of 15 percent camelina-based biofuel mixed with 85 percent traditional kerosene Jet A fuel. However, there are no changes were made to the airplane, its engines or operating procedures prior to departure. Normal flight parameters were followed and approved in advance by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
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Recently, Air France-KLM has announced its intention for signing up to 60 A350 XWD aircraft, which 25 A350-900 will be firmed up shortly. The said aircraft will become an essential pillar in the group’s long-haul fleet modernization strategy.
“We are honoured that our all new, extra efficient A350 XWB will contribute to Air France-KLM’s long-term success”, said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “The A350 XWB’s unbeatable economics and environmental credentials will establish the aircraft as the future backbone of the airline’s long-haul fleet. We take this decision as a testimony of confidence in our brand and products”.
The A350 XWD or what they call Xtra Wide-Body is a family of all-new long range product line comprising of three models capable of flying between 270 and 350 passengers in a typical three-class layouts on flights of up to 8,500 nautical miles.
As of today, the Air France-KLM Group currently operates a fleet of 191 Airbus aircraft, comprising of six A380s, 26 A330s, 15 A340s, 24 A321s, 58 A320s, 44 A319s and 18 A318s. With this new updates, Air France-KLM joins the expanding group of airlines to have a member if each Airbus family in their fleet.
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The Boeing Company celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first flight that was done by the C-17 airlifter in Long Beach, California. Test aircraft T-1 took off from the Boeing Long Beach site on a two hour flight that proved the engineering and design concepts of the aircraft and marked the beginning of the program on September 15, 1991.
T-1 once again flew this September 15, 2011 in a re-creation of its milestone flight, “The first flight of T-1 ushered in a new era in military and humanitarian airlift,” said Bob Ceisla, C-17 program manager for Boeing. “Twenty years ago, when I was working in flight test for this new airlift program, I could not anticipate just how critical the C-17 would become for the U.S. Air Force and its allies. The success of the C-17 Globemaster III program extends beyond Boeing’s employees and supplier partners, who have proudly engineered and built the world’s greatest airlifter for two decades, to exceed the expectations of customers around the globe who fly the jet every day.”
For more than 2 million hours in its 20-year history the C-17 has flown, it was already supporting worldwide airlift missions that transport troops and supplies to global hot zones and bring aid to those in need during humanitarian crises.
“There is no question that the C-17 has set the bar high,” said Ciesla. “The program has performed on cost and on schedule for more than a decade. Now we are entering a new stage with a production-rate reduction from 15 to 10 aircraft per year, extending the life of the C-17 line to 2014 and beyond.”
Setting its history in aviation, the C-17 has achieved a number of record-breaking milestones to more than any other airlifter and set 33 world records during initial flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The C-17′s records include payload to altitude and time-to-climb, as well as a record for short-takeoff-and-landing in which the C-17 took off in less than 1,400 feet, carried a payload of 44,000 pounds to altitude, and landed in less than 1,400 feet.
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For a brief moment in 2011, fledgling rocket maker SpaceX silenced critics with a deal to launch a commercial telecom satellite for one of the largest fleet operators in the world.
Announced in March 2011, the agreement with Luxembourg-based SES to loft the SES-8 satellite to geostationary orbit atop the twice-flown Falcon 9 rocket was widely viewed as a vote of confidence in the Hawthorne, Calif.-based startup, despite its running years late in demonstrating the ability to boost cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) for its primary government backer, NASA.
But during the past two years, as SpaceX secured contracts in major Asian markets, announced plans to introduce a heavy-lift variant of the Falcon and started construction of a new launch pad at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., the company has fallen further behind schedule.
“They’re running up against the reality of rocket engineering—getting these systems to work is hard,” says John Logsdon, a space policy expert and professor emeritus at George Washington University. “This is the teething pain of an emerging firm that doesn’t match the rhetoric, doesn’t match their optimism, but matches the reality of the situation.”
Earlier this year SpaceX pushed its first cargo demonstrator to the ISS under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program to the end of April from February. It also slipped the schedule on a midsummer debut of an upgrade to the Falcon 9 main-stage engine, which SpaceX is obligated to fly before it can loft SES-8 next year.
Now slated to lift off no earlier than October from the new Vandenberg site, the overhaul of Falcon 9’s Merlin 1C engine aims to add enough power to boost payloads to geostationary transfer orbit. In addition to lofting SES-8, the more robust rocket positions SpaceX to deliver on commercial launch agreements with Hong Kong-based AsiaSat and Thaicom of Thailand beginning as early as next year.
“Commercial launches now represent over 60 percent of our upcoming missions,” SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said in February after announcing the agreement to launch AsiaSat-6 and AsiaSat-8 atop the Falcon 9 in early 2014.
With plans to debut the new Merlin 1D before year-end, SpaceX has been test-firing the motor “four or five times a week” at the company’s development facility in McGregor, Texas, says SpaceX spokeswoman Kirstin Grantham. The new Falcon 9 also will feature an extended propellant tank and wider payload fairing.
At Vandenberg, Grantham says SpaceX has completed demolition of the old launch site, including removal of a tower, and recently started construction of a new hangar. The upcoming launch is expected to deliver a small, scientific spacecraft built by MDA Corp. of Canada to a near-polar orbit. Delivery of hardware to the launch site, including the new rocket and satellite, dubbed Cassiope, is expected later this year.
Although SpaceX has secured commercial launch agreements with a handful of satellite operators, including a $500 million contract to loft Iridium’s 72 next-generation satellites to low Earth orbit in 2015-17, SES-8 marks the company’s first commercial mission to geostationary orbit. But with four flights on the SpaceX manifest in 2012 alone—Cassiope, the COTS demo and two commercial resupply services (CRS) missions scheduled under a separate, fixed-price contract with NASA—SES may need to consider other options.
“As an alternative, we always have a backup in place for all SES launches,” says Yves Feltes, a spokesman for SES, which has existing multi-launch agreements with Arianespace and ILS, in addition to a framework understanding with Sea Launch. “The same is true for SES-8.”
SpaceX is also expected to launch at least one mission for Orbcomm Inc. this year. After pulling a prototype of the operator’s second-generation data-relay satellite from the upcoming COTS demo, the two companies rescheduled the mission for mid-2012 as a piggyback on the first CRS mission.
SpaceX says it completed a dress rehearsal of the Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral on March 1 in preparation for the upcoming COTS mission, loading the rocket with fuel and simulating a countdown to T-5 sec. But the company still has a roster of work to complete before the flight, which will be no earlier than April 20.
“It’s easy to expect success along the way,” Logsdon says. “But it’s still up to them to deliver on what they’ve promised.”
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The USS Enterprise starts the final voyage of its 50 years of service as it set sail for its 22nd and last deployment. The USS Enterprise is the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. It had been commissioned by the US Navy in 1961 and it is the Navy’s largest and oldest combat vessel.
The USS Enterprise, also known as the “Big E” live a storied and colorful career. It took part in the October 1962 missile crisis in Cuba. Big E also played a key role in the evacuation of Saigon during the Vietnam war. For its last deployment, the USS Enterprise will head to the 5th and 6th fleet areas of operation. It will be part of the on-going rotation of US forces that support maritime security operations on international waters all over the world.
The current crew of the USS Enterprise is very proud to be part of the ship’s illustrious career. According to Capt. William C. Hamilton, Commanding Officer of Enterprise: “The crew is very mindful that we are following the legacy of the more than 200,000 Sailors who have come before us during the last 50 years. It’s the Sailors of this great warship, and the Sailors that have served aboard Big E over the past half-century that have established the legacy she enjoys.”
Its 50 years of service has also taken its toll the famed aircraft carrier. It constantly suffers from mundane malfunction like stuck valves and decaying electrical equipment.
The USS Enterprise will be officially deactivated on December 1 of this year.
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Source: www.maritime-executive.com and www.npr.org
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A CV-22 Osprey, flown by the 8th Special Operations Squadron in Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. hangs in the anechoic chamber at the Joint Preflight Integration of Munitions and Electronic Systems hangar.
The Osprey is currently in the chamber for approximately four weeks to test upgraded electronic warfare systems. The J-PRIMES anechoic chamber is a room designed to stop internal reflections of electromagnetic waves, as well as insulate from exterior sources of electromagnetic noise. J-PRIMES provides this environment to facilitate testing air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions and electronics systems on full-scale aircraft and land vehicles prior to open air testing.
The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. Its mission is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces.
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Hyundai Heavy has delivered a total of 1,805 diverse models of ships, ranging from drilling vessels, LNG tankers, LPG carriers and container ships to submarine and naval ships, to more than 280 ship owners in 49 countries worldwide.
The ships include 510 container ships, 351 oil tankers, 343 bulk carriers and 124 product carriers.
‘Last month, HHI won orders for 4 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and 1 LNG floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) worth USD $1.1 billion. The orders included two 162,000 cbm LNG carriers for Golar LNG of Norway and two same-class ships for an unnamed European shipowner.
According to a Dow Jones report in January, HHI’s 2012 annual order and sales targets are up to 19.6% and 9.5%, respectively’ (www.hellenicshippingnews.com).
Asian shipyards, such as HHI are up for challenging ventures as current oil prices and operating costs increase while freight rates becomes increasingly more difficult for ship proprietors.