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  • Boeing Australia - Aerospace experts enable unmanned aircraft to fly to the ResQu
    will be able to help pinpoint communities and people in need of rescue during natural disasters and to regularly monitor the health of the environment such as finding invasive weeds in rainforests This potentially life saving technology will not only help provide accurate information during disasters but also enable air rescue crews to better target their response He said had UAVs been able to fly in civil airspace during last year s Queensland floods they could have played a critical role in assisting in the disaster response Because they can fly for extended periods of time in conditions considered too dangerous for manned aircraft they are ideally suited to search and rescue activities as well as flood mapping conducting damage assessments and delivering aid to remote communities he said We anticipate completing our research by mid 2014 CASA is currently developing new guidance material for UAS unmanned aerial systems and has a longer term project to review Civil Aviation Safety Regulation 101 One of the targets for Project ResQu is to make recommendations to CASA by the end of 2014 for possible inclusion in the updated regulation ARCAA will contribute to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority s review of the regulations Project ResQu will enable the fast tracking of research to fit unmanned aircraft with smart technologies to enable them to both sense and avoid other aircraft and to land safely in emergencies These are currently the two key technical impediments to the greater use of unmanned aircraft in civilian airspace Dr Jonathan Roberts leader of CSIRO s Autonomous Systems Lab said the project was also going to demonstrate the use of unmanned aircraft over rainforests for difficult inspection tasks The team will be exploring how small autonomous robot helicopters can be used to find invasive weeds in our rainforests

    Original URL path: http://www.boeing.com.au/News/Releases/2012/June/Aerospace-experts-enable-unmanned-aircraft-to-fly (2014-01-05)
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  • Boeing Australia - Boeing, US Navy Conduct Successful F/A-18E/F Satellite Communications Test
    18E F Satellite Communications Test New capability designed to provide 2 way secure SATCOM for Super Hornet aircrews ST LOUIS June 13 2012 Boeing NYSE BA and the U S Navy have successfully completed an in flight demonstration of a satellite communications SATCOM system that if implemented will enable F A 18E F Super Hornet aircrews to conduct two way secure voice and data communications with other SATCOM enabled aircraft ships ground forces and command centers The test took place May 23 30 at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division s Advanced Weapons Lab at China Lake Calif and was conducted by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX 31 The SATCOM system was installed on a Navy EA 18G Growler a variant of the F A 18F that includes a SATCOM antenna During the flight testing the VX 31 aircrew conducted satellite enabled secure voice and data transmissions with a ground based team at China Lake and at Naval Air Station Patuxent River Md Using the existing EA 18G architecture allowed Boeing and the Navy to demonstrate this capability less than 90 days after the initial request said Mike Gibbons Boeing F A 18 and EA 18 Programs vice president This approach significantly reduced risk cost and testing schedule while demonstrating this important communications capability for the Navy The Boeing F A 18E F Super Hornet is a low observable multirole aircraft that performs virtually every mission in the tactical spectrum including air superiority day night strike with precision guided weapons fighter escort close air support suppression of enemy air defences maritime strike reconnaissance forward air control and tanker missions Boeing has delivered more than 480 F A 18E Fs to the U S Navy The F A 18E F has logged more than 166 000 combat flight hours

    Original URL path: http://www.boeing.com.au/News/Releases/2012/June/Boeing,-US-Navy-Conduct-Successful-F-A-18E-F-Satel (2014-01-05)
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  • Boeing Australia - Boeing Delivers the Sixth and Final Wedgetail AEW&C Aircraft to the RAAF
    to Australia SEATTLE June 04 2012 The Boeing Company NYSE BA on May 2 delivered the sixth and final Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control AEW C aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force RAAF I would like to congratulate Boeing in achieving another key milestone in the delivery of the Wedgetail capability 2 Squadron now has a full complement of aircraft and additional capability that will enable Initial Operational Capability to be declared later this year said Air Vice Marshal Chris Deeble program manager Collins and Wedgetail Defence Materiel Organisation Delivering the last aircraft into the Wedgetail fleet is the result of hard work dedication and collaboration by the Boeing led team and our Australian customer in bringing this powerful air battle management system the first of its type to the RAAF said Rick Heerdt AEW C vice president for Boeing Boeing also has delivered all ground segments to support the fleet which is based at RAAF Base Williamtown in Newcastle Australia Through the Australia based Wedgetail One Team Boeing is working together with the RAAF AEW C System Program Office and No 42 Wing to provide the best value for money engineering maintenance training and supply support and the highest levels of aircraft availability to meet the RAAF s operational needs said Heerdt Based on the Boeing Next Generation 737 700 commercial airplane the 737 AEW C aircraft is designed to provide airborne battle management capability with an advanced multirole electronically scanned radar and 10 state of the art mission crew consoles that are able to track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously The mission crew can direct offensive and defensive forces while maintaining continuous surveillance of the operational area Boeing also has delivered three Peace Eye AEW C aircraft to the Republic of Korea with one more scheduled

    Original URL path: http://www.boeing.com.au/News/Releases/2012/June/Boeing-Delivers-the-Sixth-and-Final-Wedgetail-AEW (2014-01-05)
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  • Boeing Australia - Boeing Demonstrates SATCOM on the Move (SOTM) on a live Ka-band Satellite Network
    Current Market Outlook News Releases Boeing Demonstrates SATCOM on the Move SOTM on a live Ka band Satellite Network Boeing Demonstrates SATCOM on the Move Between Australia and US BRISBANE Queensland June 03 2012 Boeing NYSE BA has successfully demonstrated its SATCOM on the Move SOTM product on a live Ka band satellite network The demonstration in May connected three sites in Australia and the United States using integrated voice video and data communications over the increased bandwidth available on the latest generation Ka band satellite mobile terminals This capability uses the Wideband Global SATCOM WGS system also developed by Boeing During the demonstration High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles Humvees fitted with cameras and handheld radios successfully connected to test labs in Australia and the United States simultaneously combining videoconferencing with military radio and telephones The integrated SOTM demonstration proved core elements of a seamless secure and deployable communications system This latest SOTM product evolved from combat proven technologies used by the U S Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 This demonstration shows the maturity and readiness of Boeing s capabilities in the suite of services required to provide satellite communications on the move said Kim Gillis vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence Australia Our proven SOTM technology will provide defense customers with confidence that HQ on the Move capability can be achieved on the Ka band satellite system ready for the WGS network Boeing Defence Australia a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company and a business unit of Boeing Defense Space Security is a leading Australian aerospace enterprise With a world class team of about 1 300 employees at 15 locations throughout Australia and four international sites Boeing Defence Australia supports some of the largest and most complex defense projects in Australia A unit of

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  • Boeing Australia - Boeing Designs Advanced Technology Winglet for 737 MAX
    design concept for the 737 MAX The new Advanced Technology winglet will provide MAX customers with up to an additional 1 5 percent fuel burn improvement depending on range on top of the 10 12 percent improvement already offered on the new engine variant The Advanced Technology winglet demonstrates Boeing s continued drive to improve fuel burn and the corresponding value to the customer With this technology and others being built into the MAX we will extend our leadership said Jim Albaugh president and CEO Boeing Commercial Airplanes Incorporating this advanced technology into the 737 MAX design will give our customers even more advantage in today s volatile fuel price environment Compared to today s wingtip technology which provides up to a 4 percent fuel burn advantage at long ranges the Advanced Technology winglet provides a total fuel burn improvement of up to 5 5 percent on the same long routes The concept is more efficient than any other wingtip device in the single aisle market because the effective wing span increase is uniquely balanced between the upper and lower parts of the winglet said Michael Teal chief project engineer 737 MAX Boeing aerodynamicists used advanced computational fluid dynamics to combine rake tip technology with a dual feather winglet concept into one advanced treatment for the wings of the 737 MAX The Advanced Technology winglet fits within today s airport gate constraints while providing more effective span thereby reducing drag Ongoing 737 MAX testing in the wind tunnel validated the new concept on the aircraft The super efficient design has been incorporated into the 737 MAX design and production system plans We have assessed the risk and understand how to leverage this new technology on the MAX within our current schedule said Teal This puts us on track to deliver

    Original URL path: http://www.boeing.com.au/News/Releases/2012/May/Boeing-Designs-Advanced-Technology-Winglet-for-737 (2014-01-05)
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  • Boeing Australia - Boeing Honours 16 Suppliers of the Year for Exceptional Performance
    of the Year CHICAGO Illinois April 19 2012 Boeing NYSE BA honoured 14 companies and two academic institutions Wednesday evening at the Boeing Supplier of the Year event recognising their exceptional performance and contributions to the company s overall success during 2011 The Supplier of the Year awards are based on quality on time delivery post delivery support and cost and demonstrated ability to anticipate and respond to changing requirements These supplier partners excelled in delivering results performance and customer satisfaction in 2011 and they play a key role in enabling Boeing to be a global leader in technology and innovation said Jim McNerney chairman president and CEO of The Boeing Company We are grateful to have them as key members of our team Boeing annually purchases more than US 50 billion in goods and services from a global network of more than 28 000 suppliers that collectively employ more than 1 2 million people In today s challenging business environment an agile supply chain that continuously delivers excellent performance is critical said Jack House vice president of Supplier Management for Boeing Defense Space and Security and leader of Boeing s companywide Supplier Management program These partners have demonstrated outstanding commitment to providing our customers with the best value highest quality products and services while meeting the customers requirements and anticipating their needs for the future The list of award categories and recipients follows below Aerospace Support All Points Logistics LLC Huntsville Alabama US Avionics Frontier Electronic Systems Corp Stillwater Oklahoma US Common Aerospace Commodities Harper Engineering Co Renton Washington US Diversity Integral Products Inc Harbor City California US Interiors GM Nameplate Inc Seattle Washington US International Ferra Engineering Brisbane Australia Non Production D3 Technologies Mulkiteo Washington US Major Structures Aerospace Dynamics International Inc Santa Clarita California US Outside Manufacturing

    Original URL path: http://www.boeing.com.au/News/Releases/2012/April/Boeing-Honours-16-Suppliers-of-the-Year-for-Except (2014-01-05)
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  • Boeing Australia - 1st Boeing 702 Medium Power Satellite Sends Initial Signals from Space
    to congratulate the teams from International Launch Services Khrunichev Boeing and Intelsat on a job well done ensuring an on time launch and precise delivery to transfer orbit for this critical mission said Thierry Guillemin Intelsat senior vice president and chief technical officer Intelsat 22 is Boeing s first 702MP spacecraft which represents the company s expansion into the medium sized satellite market An evolution of Boeing s 702 satellite the 702MP uses proven technology and a modular design approach to enable faster delivery at a lower cost Intelsat 22 also carries a government hosted payload Specially designed for the Australian Defence Force the UHF payload on Intelsat 22 is a great example of how governments can save time and money by partnering with commercial industry for their communications needs said Guillemin This satellite will also prove to be tremendously valuable to our customers in the maritime and aeronautical sectors who will benefit from its custom tailored Ku band mobility beams Following a sequence of orbital maneuvers and on orbit tests Intelsat 22 will be placed into geosynchronous Earth orbit operating in a 72 degrees east longitude orbital slot over the Indian Ocean The launch of our first 702MP for Intelsat builds on a partnership that spans more than 40 years said Craig Cooning vice president and general manager of Boeing Space Intelligence Systems In addition to the Intelsat 22 commercial payload that will deliver services in C and Ku band the hosted payload will provide the Australian Defence Force with much needed service at less cost and in a fraction of the time it typically takes to deliver a traditional military satellite Other 702MP satellites currently under construction by Boeing for Intelsat are Intelsat 21 scheduled to launch in the third quarter of this year and Intelsat 27 scheduled

    Original URL path: http://www.boeing.com.au/News/Releases/2012/March/1st-Boeing-702-Medium-Power-Satellite-Sends-Initia (2014-01-05)
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  • Boeing Australia - Boeing Wins Contract to Paint Royal Australian Air Force Fleet
    perform aircraft surface finishing services for the Royal Australian Air Force RAAF aircraft fleet The contract worth approximately AUS 20 million involves preparing remediating and painting AP 3C Orion C 130H Hercules F A 18 Hornet and Hawk 127 aircraft across multiple locations in Australia and New Zealand BDA s flexible solution includes standing up a surface finishing services capability at RAAF Base Williamtown New South Wales This win is a testament to BDA s proven record of exceeding our customers expectations with high quality affordable solutions said Kim Gillis managing director BDA The contract is expected to create up to a dozen new positions in Williamtown and to provide continued employment for employees at our Corrosion Control Facility at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland From 2013 Williamtown will become the primary facility for painting F A 18 classic Hornets while Amberley will immediately focus on the Hawk 127 BDA supplier Air New Zealand will provide paint finishing services for the AP 3C Orion at its facility in Christchurch with maintenance support provided by Australian Aerospace The C 130H Hercules will be painted by BDA supplier Flying Colours Aviation in Townsville North Queensland BDA has a decade of experience providing surface finishing services for the Australian Defence Force having completed 90 military fixed wing rotary wing and fast jets at our Amberley facility said Murray Brabrook general manager Integrated Logistics BDA We look forward to partnering with the Aerospace Materiel Systems Program Office to provide a comprehensive paint solution that ensures ongoing operational effectiveness A C 130H Hercules will be the first aircraft painted in Townsville under the contract in mid April followed by a fleet of Hawk 127s at RAAF Base Amberley Boeing Defence Australia a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company and a business unit of Boeing

    Original URL path: http://www.boeing.com.au/News/Releases/2012/March/Boeing-Wins-Contract-to-Paint-Royal-Australian-Air (2014-01-05)
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