MRJ Starts Low Speed Taxiing Tests

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Nagoya, June 8, 2015: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) started today low speed taxiing tests with the first flight test aircraft of the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), their next-generation regional jet, at the Nagoya Airport (Toyoyama-cho, Aichi Prefecture).

Taxiing is the movement of an aircraft on the ground under its own power. An airplane uses taxiways to taxi from one place on an airport to another both prior to takeoff and after landing. The current taxiing tests will be performed to confirm braking at low speeds and direction control steering.

The MRJ is a family of 70- to 90-seat next-generation regional jets under development by Mitsubishi Aircraft. The MRJ will offer substantially higher fuel efficiency combined with reductions in noise and emissions, and also provide spacious cabin comfort on a level unprecedented in regional jets to date. Orders have already been received for 407 aircraft of the MRJ (223 firm), and the MRJ’s rollout ceremony was held last October 2014. Mitsubishi Aircraft and MHI are fully collaborating in close partnership on operations such as ground testing and preparation for transition towards inauguration of the MRJ’s manufacture. The first flight scheduled for September or October of this year.

Source: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation

328: SNC to collaborate on regional aircraft production in Turkey

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Wessling, Germany, June 1, 2015: 328 Support Services GmbH, the Type Certificate holder for the D328 (originally developed by Dornier respectively Fairchild Dornier, Germany), is pleased to announce that its parent company, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs & Communications to meet the need of producing the country’s first regional jet as part of its Regional Aircraft Project (“Project”).  The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in 2018.

The foundation of the Project is to be based around a modernized version of the D328 aircraft.  All intellectual property rights were recently acquired as a result of SNC’s recent acquisition of subsidiary company 328 in Germany.

“The aircraft will be the first domestically-built passenger aircraft in Turkey,” said SNC Chief Executive Officer Fatih Ozmen. The design of a new high-tech product, dubbed the D628 aircraft series, will start simultaneously with production of the 328 series.  While the Project establishes a world-class aerospace industry infrastructure in Turkey, it will also serve the need for a new 30-seat regional aircraft in the global aviation market.

Collaboration with leading Turkish aviation companies

SNC will collaborate with Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A. (STM) on the Project who will be responsible for upgrading the existing D328 and also manufacturing the aircraft.  It will be marketed under the name TRJ328 for the jet version and T328 for the turboprop version.

SNC subsidiaries, 328 Support Services GmbH, 3S Certification LLC and 3S Engineering LLC will play a vital support role to SNC in building and producing these aircraft, including assisting in the establishment of a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved 21G aircraft production facility in Turkey.

The Republic of Turkey took a low-risk, cost-effective strategy for the Project by electing to work with SNC, a well-established, global aerospace company, and capitalizing on the existing intellectual property and assets of the D328 aircraft recently acquired by SNC. With Turkey’s STM as the prime contractor, the Project also leverages the capabilities of national companies, with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) as subcontractor, along with several companies including Aselsan, TEI, Havelsan, Alp Aviation, Kale Aviation and Turkish Cabin Interior Inc. (TCI).

This cooperation will enable a rapid, successful launch of the Republic of Turkey’s Regional Aircraft Project.

“This Project is a natural progression for SNC and our subsidiaries as we continue to capitalize on our decades of extensive experience in aircraft design modifications and our innovative, agile ability to create value for our customers,” said SNC President Eren Ozmen. “We also possess a unique capability to expedite obtaining the required certifications for numerous markets based on the D328’s proven technology and our aviation certification expertise.”

Higher seat capacity regional aircraft is planned

Parallel with the manufacturing of the TRJ328 and T328 aircraft, which will have 32 seats, the Project includes the future design and certification of new higher capacity TRJ628 jet and TR628 turboprop aircraft, with a proposed passenger seating capacity up to double that of the TRJ328.

These aircraft, with their unique short take-off and landing characteristics fill a niche market for direct and frequent flights between smaller cities in Turkey that are currently not feasibly serviced with larger aircraft. Thus, the Project will provide a new avenue for both business and leisure travel within Turkey.

It also has the potential to create hundreds of aerospace jobs both in Turkey and in the US and Germany.

The aircraft for the Project will be built and certified at a yet to be disclosed new commercial production facility in Turkey, using significant investments by SNC. These modern facilities, coupled with the high-tech, commercial aeronautics technology developed by SNC and Turkish engineers under the Project, will contribute significantly to bolstering the aviation and aerospace industry in Turkey.

Extensive market studies show that these aircraft are not only needed in the domestic arena, but that there are regional and international demands as well.  As a result, SNC anticipates that it will secure licensed production of such aircraft for sale in the United States, including sales to the U.S. Government.

Source: 328 Support Services GmbH / Sierra Nevada Corporation

Turn Down the Heat

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World Bank. 2014. Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal. Washington,
DC: World Bank. License: Creative Commons Attribution—NonCommercial—NoDerivatives 3.0 IGO (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO)

The report Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal is a result of contributions from a wide range of experts from across the globe. The report follows Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts and the Case for Resilience, released in June 2013 and Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided, released in November 2012. We thank everyone who contributed to its richness and multidisciplinary outlook. The report has been written by a team from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics.

Pratt & Whitney Cites Sustainability Goals

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East Hartford, Conn., April 22, 2015: In recognition of the 45th annual observance of Earth Day in the United States and its own 90th anniversary, Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, is marking its progress toward minimizing the impact of its operations and products on the planet.

“Pratt & Whitney is especially committed to making environmental sustainability an important part of its business,” Mary Anne Cannon, Pratt & Whitney Environment, Health & Safety vice president, said. “We always strive to maintain the highest standards everywhere we operate and institute meaningful, long-lasting environmental initiatives.”

Pratt & Whitney has implemented worldwide initiatives centered on the company’s 2025 sustainability goals. These initiatives are helping drive significant reductions in environmental metrics, even with the company in the midst of an unprecedented production increase to grow commercial and military engine volume to levels not seen at the company since the early 1980s.

“Conventional wisdom might say it’s logical for a company’s environmental impact to increase, not decrease, as its production increases,” Cannon said. “But while we expect to grow commercial and military engine production from about 800 engines a year in 2015 to more than 1,800 by 2020, we’re also setting and achieving aggressive sustainability goals that focus on waste, energy, water, safety and wellness, materials, suppliers and products.”

Pratt & Whitney’s 2025 sustainability goals include an 80 percent reduction in water consumption from 2000 levels. To date, the company has reduced water use by 69 percent, or just over one billion gallons – the equivalent of nearly 42 million 10-minute showers.

Water conservation efforts are yielding significant results at the companies and joint ventures in Singapore in which Pratt & Whitney holds interests. Since 2010, these Pratt & Whitney-affiliated companies in Singapore have implemented closed looping wastewater processes; installed low flow faucets and fixtures; harvested rainwater; tightened cooling tower management; installed filtration systems; and utilized recycled water in industrial processes. Those initiatives have allowed the company to reduced potable water consumption on the island by 12 million gallons – enough to fill 18 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Additionally, Homogenous Metals, Inc., Pratt & Whitney’s Clayville, New York-based facility that manufactures nickel super alloy metal powders for aerospace applications, recently installed an employee-designed closed-loop production-processing cooling system, replacing one that fed water to the facility from a local creek. Not only does the new system maintain a constant water temperature that enhances the reliability of the cooling process, it also reduces annual water usage at the facility by about 196 million gallons.

In addition to its water conservation initiatives, Pratt & Whitney’s East Hartford, Connecticut, campus has undertaken an enhanced paper-recycling project where the site collects, shreds and bales waste paper on site, and sends it to a local paper mill where the material is processed and returned to the facility as paper towels and toilet paper. Compared to normal paper recycling, the East Hartford process saves 1.47 million gallons of water, 380,000 lbs. of paper, and 210 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Pratt & Whitney is equally focused on reducing the environmental impact of its products as it is with its operations. The company’s revolutionary PurePower® engine family with its exclusive Geared Turbofan™ technology provides airlines with a more than 16 percent reduction in fuel burn compared with today’s engines while also significantly lowering emissions, noise and maintenance costs. The PurePower engine family reduces carbon emissions by 3,600 metric tonnes per aircraft per year – equal to the effect of planting more than 900,000 trees. It also reduces aircraft noise footprints by more than 75 percent and is expected to surpass stringent emissions standards by more than 50 percent.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit its website at

Source: Pratt & Whitney

Quality Seal for airport Braunschweig

Friedrichshafen, April 15, 2015: As the first airport worldwide the Airport Braunschweig-Wolfsburg GmbH has qualified for the new IASA-label “IASA Certified Sustainability”. The award of the quality seal IASA documents the accomplished degree of sustainability in the organization.

The appropriate certificate was handed over to the managing director of the airport Braunschweig, Mr. Gelfert, during a ceremony while at the AERO 2015 on the booth of the State of Lower Saxony,.

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On February 3, 2015 certificates were presented to a first group of auditors in the IASA-office in Bonn. The IASA members Christian Sturm, Jeniffer Conzen and Dr. Axel Laistner (see photo) had been preparing intensively for a few weeks for the organization-internal exam and have it passed successfully. The newly-minted auditors can introduce now the certification system “Sustainability. Now.” at enterprises and organizations which leads to the award of the quality label” Certified IASA Sustainabiliy “.


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An interview with the IASA Executive Michael Wühle appeared in the January issue of the journal “forum Nachhaltiges Wirtschaften ” (forum Sustainable Economies) under the title ” No Fear of Flying “

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