Draken flies A-4Ks against F-35 in fighter exercise

Draken International said it recently supported operational testing of the F-35 at Edwards Air Force Base by flying the company´s A-4K fighter jets as simulated adversaries.

The large force training exercise was initiated by the 323rd Test and Evaluation Squadron and supported by the Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team from Aug. 17-28. This was the first time any commercial air services company had provided adversary support for the F-35.

Draken flew as many as five of their A-4K aircraft at a time as adversaries in support of F-35 operational testing against both Royal Netherlands Air Force and Royal Air Force F-35A and F-35B aircraft as well as Royal Netherlands F-16 Vipers.

Draken´s A-4K aircraft are equipped with 4th generation technology such as Pulse Doppler radar, electronic attack pods, and ground controllers to provide realistic threat presentations for integrated F-35 operational testing. The test exercise will enable an initial assessment of 4th and 5th generation fighter integration, including Link-16 interoperability aspects. The lessons learned will lay the groundwork for future cooperation between 4th and 5th generation fighters and will help shape F-35A tactics.

OnApp updates portal for VMware vCloud air network service providers

OnApp said it has released a new version of its web and mobile portal for VMware vCloud Air Network service providers.

The new portal, based on v4.1 of the OnApp Cloud platform also released today, gives service providers a highly configurable, enterprise-grade front end for a wide range of cloud services based on VMware vCloud director 5.6 and 8.0, vCloud Air and vCenter.

The addition of vCloud Air support, new monitoring and billing capabilities, new self-service capabilities, and a global marketplace module for vCloud-based services, paves the way for OnApp to become the de facto customer portal for all VMware vCloud Air Network service providers.

The OnApp portal provides a streamlined, highly automated environment for deploying and managing vApps, VMs, Catalogs, Firewalls, users, billing plans and more, via an intuitive and fully rebrandable user interface. A large number of VMware-based cloud service providers are now trialling, deploying or actively using the new OnApp portal in production, including Immedion.

Wencor Group, Wetmore Tool and Engineering form partnership

California-based Wetmore Tool and Engineering said it has named Wencor as its official inventory management partner worldwide.

Under the new partnership, Wencor will provide precision cutting tool and fastener solutions for the global aerospace market including Asia, Europe and the Americas effective September 1, 2015, expanding Wencor´s existing tooling market capability.

Wencor Group is a global aerospace industry leader that offers PMA design, CMM and DER repairs, and distribution solutions for airline operators, repair stations, manufacturers, and militaries around the world. Corporate affiliates include: Wencor, Aerospace Coatings International, Soundair Aviation Services, Flight Line Products, Xtra Aerospace, and Kitco Defense. Wencor Group is headquartered in the Atlanta metro area with locations in Utah, Amsterdam, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Istanbul, Miami, Washington, Alabama, and Southern California. For more information, please visit www.wencorgroup.com.

Wetmore is the world´s leading precision cutting tool and fastener manufacturer and has been servicing the aerospace, fluid power, automotive, and industrial market segments since 1956.

App builds communication between home, school

Schools and parents who work hand-in-hand see the best results when it comes to student performance, according to eSchoolView, a creator of custom websites for districts and educational organizations across the country.

eSchoolView said it is partnering with SchoolInfoApp to provide easier access to information. The Columbus, Ohio-based company turned to the app developers to enhance its service to clients through its content management system.

The national rise of handheld devices and decline in sales of consumer PC systems underscores the need for schools and districts to adapt to how information is provided, O´Leary said. The SchoolInfoApp will help clients meet that need.

eSchoolView was created in 2008 and has offices in Arizona and North Carolina. Its revenue growth lands the company in the top half (at 1907) of Inc. Magazine´s 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the US for the second consecutive year. SchoolInfoApp serves more than 600 schools and districts.

PipelineRx names VP of engineering

PipelineRx said that Ben Buxton joins the company as Vice President of Engineering.

Buxton has over 25 years of technology development experience and will lead PipelineRx´s software development efforts at the company´s new office in Denver, Colo., located in the LoDo district.

He will lead the expansion of PipelineRx´s technology presence in Denver, allowing it to continue offering hospitals and health systems industry-leading telepharmacy solutions.

PipelineRx is the leading independent technology-enabled telepharmacy solutions provider serving acute and specialty hospitals. The company is privately held and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Jeppesen, Virgin Australia form crew operations agreement

Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, will provide Virgin Australia with its Crew Tracking solution through a new service agreement. The Jeppesen crew management tool will help the airline monitor and resolve changes or disruptions to set crew schedules.

Virgin Australia General Manager, Operations Planning, Shane Lord said: “Efficient crew management is a key focus for us. Jeppesen´s Crew Tracking solution will help us minimise the impact of disruptions in real time.”

Jeppesen Crew Tracking helps airlines detect, resolve and follow up on changes made to previously published crew schedules. The system alerts airlines in real-time with updated information on numerous crew scheduling factors, including short connection times, missed check-ins, visa status, and more. Advanced system tools repair and re-plan crew rosters accordingly, to maintain operational continuity.

For more than 80 years, Jeppesen has made it possible for pilots and their passengers to safely and efficiently reach their destinations.

Virgin Australia is part of the Virgin Australia Group (ASX: VAH), a major Australian airline group that operates domestic and international regular passenger services, charter and cargo services and the loyalty program Velocity Frequent Flyer. The Group employs around 10,000 people in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Virgin Australia launched in 2000 and has since established itself as a contemporary, full-service airline with a reputation for exceptional customer service.

Huawei inaugurates region's first flagship customer service center

Huawei said it has opened its first dedicated Middle East Customer Service Center located in Dubai, UAE.

The flagship store, situated close to the city´s financial center, adds to the company´s ongoing expansion in the Middle East. The center will cater exclusively to customers using Huawei´s flagship device series, providing on-ground services — including home delivery across the entire UAE — that were previously unmatched in the market.

The region´s first dedicated Huawei Customer Service Center is the company´s 17th center worldwide. Huawei also operates more than 220 additional centers within its home-market of China.

Today Huawei operates in over 170 countries with two thirds of its revenue coming from markets outside of China.

Aeroflot passenger traffic up 14%

Aeroflot Group (Moscow Exchange ticker: AFLT) said it has published its consolidated interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2015.

For the first half, group passenger traffic increased by 14.0 percent year-on-year, with 33.4 percent year-on-year growth in the domestic segment;

Aeroflot Group increased its market share by 5.8 percentage points (p.p.) year-on-year to 37.0 percent;

Revenue reached RUB 176,467 million, up 25.8 percent year-on-year;

Operating profit amounted to RUB 5,866 million as compared to an operating loss of RUB 1,384 million in 1H 2014;

Net loss amounted to RUB 3,541 million.

ROI Acquisition seeks extension on Ascend Holdings deal

ROI Acquisition Corp. II (NASDAQ: ROIQ; ROIQW; ROIQU) said it will hold a stockholder meeting in order to seek stockholder approval to extend the date by which ROI must complete a business combination by 30 days to October 20, 2015.

Under ROI´s amended and restated certificate of incorporation, the deadline to complete a business combination currently is September 20, 2015.

ROI has entered into a merger agreement for a business combination with Ascend Telecom Holdings Limited. On July 27, 2015, Ascend Holdings filed a registration statement on Form F-4, including a proxy statement/prospectus, relating to the business combination transaction. Since that time, ROI and Ascend Holdings have been working together to address comments from the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission on the registration statement and satisfy the various closing conditions under the merger agreement.

The extension would allow ROI more time to complete these matters and close the proposed business combination transaction with Ascend Holdings, which ROI´s board of directors believes is in the best interest of ROI´s stockholders. If the extension is approved, ROI said it will hold another stockholder meeting prior to the extended deadline in order to seek stockholder approval of the proposed business combination transaction with Ascend Holdings.

ROI is a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination involving ROI and one or more businesses. ROI is a Delaware corporation formed in 2013.

Booz Allen ES picked as prime contractor on USD199m contract

Booz Allen Hamilton Engineering Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH), said it has been selected by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWARSYSCEN) Atlantic to be a prime contractor on the USD199 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ), multiple award contract (MAC), with a period of performance of one base and four option years.

The SPAWARSYSCEN Atlantic Air Traffic Control (ATC) Sub-Portfolio engineering projects under this contract will support SPAWARSYSCEN Atlantic in support of the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic through engineering design, research, budgeting, scheduling, management, procurement, evaluation, software support, integration, maintenance, certification, testing, training, configuration management, and logistics support for, but not limited to, the following programs: ATC, Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC), United States Antarctic Program (USAP), Naval Flight Information Group (NAVFIG) Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS) Program, and the US Air Forces Central (USAFCENT) programs, systems, and equipment.

Booz Allen Hamilton Engineering Services´ (Booz Allen ES) role is to provide ATC and aviation command and control engineering and subject matter expertise. Booz Allen ES will also deliver specialized ATC engineering, technical and integration support, configuration data management, and systems maintenance for a broad range of complex ATC, METOC, and aviation command, control, communications, computers, combat, intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems.

Booz Allen Hamilton provides management and technology consulting and engineering services to leading corporations, governments, and not-for-profits across the globe. With international headquarters in McLean, Virginia, the firm employs more than 22,500 people globally, and had revenue of USD5.27 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2015.