DOHA 2006 arrives in Oz with a bang


Tony Bullimore and his crew arrived with a bang – quite literally – at Albany, West Australia earlier today when two inflatables acting as ‘tugs’ failed to stop the 102ft catamaran from slamming into the wharf.

Crewman Simon Redding, who was trying to orchestrate the two support boats from the port bow of Doha 2006, was thrown into the water, but came to no harm. Nor was their any damage to the boat or dock

BA609 Tiltrotor Second Prototype


The Bell/Agusta BA609 a/c 60002 performed its first flight on November 9th at AgustaWestland’s facility located on the Italian Air Force airfield at Cameri, Italy. The first flight was completed successfully at 15.07 with Mr. Pietro Venanzi, Pilot and Mr. Herb Moran, Co-pilot onboard.

The rotorcraft performed left and right peddle turns, forward and aft flight maneuvers, several take-offs and landings, nacelle position changes and stability testing during the flight which lasted 52 minutes. Further flight test activities will take place during the next months in accordance with the test plan



Avon Inflatables, the UK’s leading RIB and inflatables manufacturer will launch a new range of Ocean and Coastline life rafts at the 2007 London International Boat Show.

Recognised for their ability to provide first class life rafts, Avon has had more successful rescues than any other brand, including the longest life raft survival in history- an impressive 117 days. The new range of life rafts from Avon are compliant with ISO regulations and each boast a 12-year guarantee

QinetiQ’s Sea King helicopter completes first flight

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QinetiQ’s Sea King helicopter XZ575 has successfully completed the first flight using advanced composite main rotor blades. Lasting for around four minutes, the flight was a significant milestone in the evaluation of the Carson Helicopters’ blade for the UK Sea King helicopter with the new blades producing data indicating significant performance gains

General Dynamics to Support White House Communications Agency


FAIRFAX, Va. – General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $7 million follow-on contract to support the White House Communications Agency (WHCA) Technology Installation program.

Using a Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) backbone for external connections, General Dynamics will support the complete transition to Internet Protocol (IP)-based infrastructure for all communication. The U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command is the contracting authority for this one-year contract. Under a previous contract, General Dynamics evaluated the WHCA’s communications systems and facility support infrastructure



After an intense weekend of close racing, trading miles with Alex Thomson, part of Mike Golding is just pleased to be still racing today after a long and anxious night dealing with an engine problem which could at best required a long and time consuming diversion, or at worst spelled the end of his race

Australian Surf Lifesaving Team is on the way to the German Cup

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Team Captain, Kristy Munroe and Matt Freeman with nippers

The Australian Surf Lifesaving Team is en route to Germany today, to compete in the German Cup, after being farewelled by nippers at North Cronulla.

The German Cup, a pool-based lifesaving event, will see the best lifesavers in Europe converging in Germany to form a competitive field, providing a challenge for the Australian Surf Lifesaving Team who are renowned for their dominance in the surf events



Following Prosser Marine’s appointment as a Fairline Dealer in March 2006, creating Fairline Scotland and Fairline Largs, the company has experienced fantastic sales and, as a result has expanded the team appointing four new personnel with skills ranging from administration to sales.

Mark McGill and Scott Walker join the company as sales specialists, bringing with them a wealth of experience that will ensure the ever-expanding business continues to meet the demands of both new and current Fairline owners throughout Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Northern England, from Bristol to The Wash