Welcome to the September 2020 PEMSEA e-update. Our main story this month is on our current work in Cavite that aligns with ongoing government efforts to clean and restore Manila Bay. These focus on plastic pollution, which in addition to being an eyesore has significant health and economic impacts. The external news stories collected cover a variety of coastal and marine topics, with a particular focus this month on climate change, a global crisis whose impact is already being felt and which will exceed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In between newsletters, follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@PEMSEA) for the latest updates.
Passenger and repatriation flights are essential to allow stranded seafarers to go home, and for their relief crews to be able to join ships. New guidance issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to facilitate those flights marks a further step to alleviate the ongoing crew change crisis.
A great deal has changed since March, when the International Chamber of Shipping first issued guidance for the global shipping industry to help combat the spread of COVID-19. The entire world has been affected, seeing 32 million cases and around one million deaths globally*. Whilst deaths, and indeed infection rates on ships stand at almost nothing in comparison, seafarers face the same risks as the general population and it is important to recognise that following health guidelines is essential to maintain this situation.
- Bombardier setting the stage to establish a wholly-owned service centre in Berlin following agreement with Lufthansa Technik AG and ExecuJet Aviation Group AG
- Key strategic move for Bombardier to grow customer support network as company focuses solely on business aviation
- OEM-trained team in Berlin facility will provide customers with Bombardier’s full suite of world-class aftermarket MRO expertise and capabilities
- Bombardier continues to invest in an extensive worldwide expansion of its customer services network in Europe, Asia and North America
MONTREAL, Sept. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier today announced that the company has entered into share purchase agreements with each of Lufthansa Technik AG and ExecuJet Aviation Group AG to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) that it does not own. This transaction enables Bombardier to further expand its worldwide customer support footprint by establishing a wholly-owned service centre in Berlin. The transactions are subject to customary closing conditions with closings anticipated to occur before the end of the year.
Last Sunday night a long, heavy truck hit the road escorted from Italy with a precious cargo. While most of the citizens in Turin prepared to enjoy their dinner, several modules of the ExoMars spacecraft left the Thales Alenia Space facilities. Next stop: Cannes, France.
ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft has discovered several ponds of liquid water buried under the ice in the south polar region of Mars. The spacecraft’s radar instrument, MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding), revealed one underground reservoir in 2018, buried about 1.5 km below the ice. Now, taking into account more data and analysing it in a different way, three new ponds have been discovered. The largest underground lake measures about 20 x 30 km, and is surrounded by several smaller ponds. The water is thought to be very salty in order for it to remain liquid at cold temperatures.
‘A Monument of Victory: Istanbul Airport’ – a documentary film narrating the story of Istanbul Airport as the largest project in the history of the Republic, from its initial stages of gestation, to the airport’s shift to operation at full capacity – released this week on iGA Istanbul Airport’s YouTube channel. The documentary provides a comprehensive narrative on the construction process of Istanbul Airport – a project that manifests Turkey’s claim in aviation industry – down to the last detail.
AeroVironment’s all-electric VAPOR® 55 helicopter unmanned aircraft system (Photo: AeroVironment)
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. and CHICAGO, Sept. 29, 2020 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today announced a teaming agreement with Robotic Skies, a global maintenance, repair, and overhaul network for UAS, to provide field maintenance, inspection and repair support for AeroVironment customers.
WICHITA, Kan. (Sept. 29, 2020) – The Cessna SkyCourier turboprop development program has achieved another significant milestone as the third and final flight test aircraft (P2) successfully completed its first flight on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. This maiden flight for the high-wing, large utility aircraft comes on the heels of the second test article (P1) completing its initial flight in August 2020. The P2 aircraft is the second airframe configured in the passenger variant, and it will join two other aircraft in the flight test certification program, which to date have already accumulated 150 flight hours.