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Putting the 787 on the Map From “Randy’s Journal”

Putting the 787 on the map.

There is an interesting blog by an executive at Boeing, Randy Tinseth, where he writes about some of the cool stuff that goes on at Boeing.  There is nothing really groundbreaking usually, but he recently posted a really cool picture from one of the 787 test flights.

787 Skywriting

This image comes from Flight Aware and was done in honor of the 787.  He gives all of the details in his blog which I linked to at the top, so I will spare you those details, but I found it to be a very cool, and well planned out idea.

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I'm Dave and I am a proud Avgeek. It goes way beyond liking airplanes. It is a passion that cannot be subdued.

Singapore Airlines to Launch Boeing’s Electronic Logbook Solution

Application helps deliver more reliable passenger flights and lower airline costs

SEATTLE, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) has announced that Singapore Airlines will be the launch customer for Boeing’s new Electronic Logbook (ELB) software. The new version of ELB, developed in partnership with Ultramain Systems, Inc., enables unprecedented levels of communication between pilots, ground crews, maintenance crews and engineering.

Singapore Airlines will be deploying ELB on all their Boeing 777 airplanes.

ELB runs on an airplane’s Electronic Flight Bag to connect flight data with ground-based technicians and equipment.  The application feeds flight crew data into a central repository where it is combined with maintenance and engineering information. This allows airlines to better understand and diagnose issues within the context of multiple airplane systems.

“ELB allows us to transform data into usable information that can give our customers’ operations a competitive edge,” said Per Noren, vice president of Boeing’s Commercial Aviation Information Services. “Airplane information is efficiently and quickly shared with the people who need it, which facilitates fast turnaround times – and that translate into better passenger service and greater airline cost savings.

“Singapore Airlines consistently leads the industry in adopting technology to improve their quality, service and reliability. Their partnership throughout our development process helped realize important operational efficiency opportunities,” Noren added.

With this investment, Singapore Airlines adds ELB to their existing Boeing digital efficiency solutions: Maintenance Performance Toolbox, Airplane Health Management (AHM) and Integrated Material Management (IMM) services. Combining these Boeing tools, integrated into Singapore’s back office resource management systems, will enable even better passenger service and greater maintenance and operational efficiencies.

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Northrop Grumman Highlights Global Security Capabilities at Singapore Air Show 2012

LONDON — Feb. 7, 2012 — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will highlight a wide range of its global security capabilities and programmes at the Singapore Air Show, including airborne early warning and control systems, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), fire control radars and infrared countermeasures.

The air show is Asia’s largest aerospace and defence event and one of the world’s top three air shows. It takes place from 14-19 Feb. at the Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC) located near Changi Airport. The Northrop Grumman Chalet is No. CD01.

“Our customer base across Southeast Asia is extremely important to us. Singapore is a key market, one in which we have considerable capabilities and a wide range of products to offer,” said Bill Schaefer, sector vice president of business development for the company’s Aerospace Systems sector. “Northrop Grumman’s technology leadership and proven capability in many areas, including airborne early warning and control and aerial surveillance, are well matched to meeting the region’s growing defence and security needs.”

The company will feature its family of Q-4 High Altitude Long Endurance aircraft such as the MQ-4C Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS), and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.

Based on the combat-proven RQ-4 Global Hawk UAS, the BAMS UAS is a versatile maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system to support a variety of missions while operating independently or in direct collaboration with fleet assets. When operational, BAMS will play a key role in providing commanders with a persistent, reliable picture of surface threats, covering vast areas of open ocean and littoral regions, significantly augmenting the use of other manned assets to execute surveillance and reconnaissance tasks.

The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye programme couples a newly designed electronically scanned radar with a matching suite of sensors, avionics, processors, software and displays to provide the most technologically advanced command and control capability available worldwide. The AN/APY-9 radar with a two-generation leap in capability is the backbone of this aircraft and provides greater flexibility and significantly improved detection and tracking over all terrains. To date, Northrop Grumman has delivered seven E-2Ds to the U.S. Navy. The programme is on track for Initial Operational Test and Evaluation in 2012 and Initial Operational Capability in the U. S. Navy fleet in 2015. An E-2D tactical work station will be available to demonstrate the capabilities and functionality of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye for military and civilian applications.

The company’s industry-leading Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) programmes will also be featured. A model of the corporation’s newest AESA fighter sensor, the Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR), will be on display. SABR is designed as a retrofit for existing Block 52 and previous F-16 aircraft and is scalable to fit other aircraft platforms and mission areas.

Northrop Grumman is the world leader in airborne fire control radar. As the world’s sole supplier of fire control radars for fifth-generation fighters, the company supplies the AESA fire control radars for the F-35 and F-22. In addition, a range of sensor systems will be highlighted, including directional infrared countermeasures; AN/APR-39B(V)2 suite of integrated sensors and countermeasures; the LITENING advanced airborne targeting and navigation pod; and the electro-optical Distributed Aperture System through the F-35.

As a principal and founding member of the F-35 industry team led by Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman is responsible for the design and production of centre fuselages for all three variants of F-35 aircraft: conventional takeoff and landing; short takeoff, vertical landing; and a carrier variant. Northrop Grumman completes the F-35 centre fuselages – the core structures around which the aircraft are built – at its Palmdale, Calif., facility.

Additionally, the company produces the aircraft’s communications subsystems; develops mission systems and mission-planning software; leads the team’s development of pilot and maintenance training system courseware; and manages the team’s use, support and maintenance of low-observable technologies.

Other capabilities that will be featured are the company’s state-of-the-art Electronic Support Measures system and Early Warning Self Protection that are currently part of the U.S. Navy P-8A airborne maritime patrol programme. The S-Band long-range AN/TPS-78 mobile radar system will also be highlighted.

Northrop Grumman has well established relationships with Singapore and other countries in the region, and has been supporting a number of defence and civil programmes there for more than 20 years. The company has offices across Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region: Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei, Singapore, New Delhi and Canberra.

An online media kit containing brochures, photos and videos of featured programmes can be found at: .

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit for more information.

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