Prize winners at the Royal Yacht Squadron

Michael Tattersall (X-99 Electra) received trophies as both Class and the overall IRC Solent Series Champion at this year’s prizegiving held at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes on Saturday, October 27th. There was a wide range of yacht designs scoring the podium places in each class, indicating the success of IRC as a rating system that delivers good quality racing to
differing craft.

Boeing Delivers 150th Next-Generation 737-800 to Ryanair


Ryanair, Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, took delivery on October 26 of its 150th Boeing Next-Generation 737-800. Shown here, the 146th, 147th, 148th, 149th and 150th 737s for Ryanair are parked in formation at Boeing Field in Seattle, where they underwent flight-testing prior to delivery to Ryanair. The successful European carrier operates a fleet of 737-800s around Europe and northwest Africa. From its inception, Ryanair has relied on the 737 – first the 737 Classic and now the Next-Generation 737 – to help it meet strenuous efficiency, environmental, cost and reliability targets that are critical to the success of its business model. Ryanair has replaced all of its older 737 Classics with the newer Next-Generation 737 and has achieved a 50 percent reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger kilometer since 1998. An additional 121 737s remain to be delivered to Ryanair. The last 737 Classic was phased out in January 2006. Ryanair operates the second largest 737 fleet in the world, after Southwest Airlines in the United States.

New BK117 Twin Engine Cycle Counter


AKV, Inc has received FAA STC and PMA approval for the new BK117 Twin Engine Cycle Counter. The new BK117 Cycle Counter allows operators to fully conform with the engine manufacturer requirement for Gas Producer (Ng) and Free Turbine (Np) cycle counting.

This system is designed as an alternate cycle counting device for the very popular Arriel 1E2 powered EC145. The installation location allows for easy viewing by the pilot and is designed to replace OEM gauges in the overhead console. Real time Ng and Np speeds are displayed along with accumulated cycles on two independent and redundant computers utilizing the less conservative and far more accurate “recommended procedure” all the while continuously monitoring and accumulating partial cycles associated with engine speed changes. Flight and separate revenue timers are also included to replace the standard hour meters.

Spacewalk Preparations, Cargo Transfers on Tap Today


Mission Specialist Paolo Nespoli and STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy speak to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano from inside the Harmony node. Image credit: NASA TV

Today, the STS-120 and Expedition 16 crews will continue cargo transfers and prepare for Thursday’s spacewalk. The two crews will also hold the traditional joint crew news conference.

The spacewalk preparations include preparing equipment and reviewing procedures. Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski and Doug Wheelock will conduct the excursion, which is slated to kick off at 4:58 a.m. EDT Thursday.

The countdown begins: The Barcelona World Race starts in 12 days


Temenos II Open 60 © onEdition / OC Events / FNOB

There are less than two weeks to go before the start of the first Barcelona World Race, a two-handed, non-stop race around the globe by 18 of the top Open 60 sailors on the planet.

Now just 12 days ahead of the start on Sunday November 11th, all but one of the boats is secure in Barcelona at the Race Village. The remaining boat, Hugo Boss, sailed into Mediterranean waters on Monday and is expected to arrive in the Port on Wednesday or Thursday.

Solar Array Deploy Halted


A view of P6 4B solar array wing. Image credit: NASA TV

The deployment of the P6 2B solar array was completed at 11:30 a.m. EDT. NASA halted the deployment of the P6 4B solar array wing to evaluate a snag spotted by the crew. Deployment is about 75 percent complete with 25 of 31 bays deployed.

The crew has been asked to photograph the area on the solar array wing and downlink the images to the ground.

Meanwhile during post-spacewalk activities, Mission Specialist Doug Wheelock reported to the ground that he has noted a hole in one of his gloves. He is sending photos to the ground for assessment.

Bombardier Aerospace Launches Learjet NXT Aircraft

Bombardierlearjet 60 views


Wichita, October 30, 2007

· All new Learjet aircraft positioned between the midsize and super midsize segments

· More than 65 letters-of-intent received to date

Corporate aviation leader Bombardier Aerospace today launched its all-new Learjet aircraft, provisionally named Learjet NXT, the next generation in Learjet excellence.

AgustaWestland Future Lynx Manufacture Commences


The first monolithic machined panel for the first AgustaWestland Future Lynx was manufactured last week at Oldland CNC’s facility in Bristol, United Kingdom. The manufacture of the first component, a lower fuselage bulkhead, was witnessed by representatives from the UK Ministry of Defence Integrated Project Team and AgustaWestland. Oldland CNC is manufacturing 83 of the 147 Future Lynx primary structure monolithic machined components and supplying them to GKN Aerospace for incorporation into the airframe prior to delivery to AgustaWestland. The monolithic machinings that are used in Future Lynx dramatically reduce parts count, assembly time and reduce in service maintenance.