Avcorp, UBC agree to pursue partnership

Avcorp Industries (TSX: AVP) and the University of British Columbia have signed an MoU, agreeing to explore the establishment of a learning factory for advanced composites at UBC´s Okanagan campus, the companies said.

The learning factory will integrate industrial production with learning and research. Through the development of a composites research and production facility at the UBC Okanagan innovation precinct, as well as an integrated digital simulation facility at UBC´s Vancouver campus, the learning factory will provide Avcorp Industries enhanced ability to evaluate and improve manufacturing efficiency.

Avcorp Industries is a leading supplier of integrated composite and metallic aerostructures and is based in Delta, BC. The Avcorp Group designs and builds airframe structures for aircraft companies, including BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier, Fuji Heavy Industries and Lockheed Martin.

Panasonic, China Telecom expand connectivity services to 1,000 aircraft

Panasonic Avionics and its partner China Telecom Satellite (CTS) have extended a one-year Ku-band inflight connectivity trial, the companies said.

Per terms of the license, over 20 foreign airlines with more than 1,000 aircraft are expected to begin operating connected flights over Chinese airspace, with more in process. In addition, Panasonic´s Chinese airline customers, including China Eastern Airlines, Xiamen Air, Hainan Airlines and China Southern Airlines have begun preparations to offer connectivity services across their global route structure.

Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, is a supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. The company has over 4,400 employees and operations in 80 global locations, and has delivered over 8,000 IFE systems and 1,000 inflight connectivity solutions to the airlines.

China Telecom Satellite Communications Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecom, and serves as a resource center, product integration center and professional support center of China Telecom´s satellite communications business.

Pratt & Whitney, Lufthansa Technik sign agreement to strengthen geared turbofan engine MRO Services

Pratt & Whitney and Lufthansa Technik have signed a network agreement for Lufthansa Technik to become a member of the Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan (GTF) engine MRO network, offering the full scope of MRO services on PW1100G-JM and PW1500G engines, the companies said.

The Pratt & Whitney GTF engine network currently includes Pratt & Whitney and its GTF engine collaborators, MTU aero engines and Japanese Aero Engines Corporation. Together with Lufthansa Technik, these companies will deliver maintenance support to customers.

The Lufthansa Technik Group, with more than 30 subsidiaries and associates and over 26,000 employees worldwide, is a providers of technical services for the aviation industry, offering a spectrum of services for commercial aircraft. engineering and consulting services, maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification

Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company that provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries.

Verizon completes 5G radio specifications

Verizon Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: VZ) (NYSE: VZ) has completed its 5G radio specification, in conjunction with its continued collaboration with global operators, the company said.

The specification is the product of collaboration within Verizon´s 5G Technology Forum, a group working to define parameters for 5G specifications in advance of future standards. With 5G, end users will enjoy wireless service that delivers several gigabits per second throughputs and single-millisecond latencies.

The specification provides guidelines to test and validate 5G technical components. The development of the specification allows industry partners such as chipset vendors, network vendors, and mobile operators to develop interoperable solutions and contribute to pre-standard testing and fabrication.

Verizon Communications Inc. is a wireless network that employs 177,700 and generated nearly USD132 billion in 2015 revenues.

Envision platform transforms Cloud business model

Altair has released of Envision, cloud-based business intelligence platform, supported through Altair´s wholly owned subsidiary solidThinking, the company said.

The company said Envision democratizes self-service data visualization, exploration and discovery, allowing users to connect their data to create and publish charts and dashboards in an intuitive, collaborative environment.

The platform is powered by a floating business model based on concurrent usage and devoid of add-on fees for server enablement, data source connections, printing reports and dashboard creation.

Following an open architecture development strategy, Envision´s automated embed link generation and developer API´s simplify integration to web applications and third party solutions.

solidThinking creates, develops, and markets technology to bring products to market faster.

Altair is focused on the development and application of simulation technology. Altair operates more than 45 offices throughout 22 countries.

Bravo Industries purchases 10 commercial freighters from Lockheed Martin

Bravo Industries, LLC has reported its plans to purchase 10 LLM-100J Super Hercules commercial freighter aircraft from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), the company said.

Bravo´s air cargo services include scheduled and route-specific solutions (same-day, next-day, etc.), as well as special cargo handling (heavy, odd-shaped, hazardous, refrigerated, etc.) and custom operations.

Bravo is partnered with Height Securities, a Washington, DC-based broker-dealer serving the company as exclusive financial advisor and placement agent. Global law firm Squire Patton Boggs is providing legal counsel to Bravo. Lateral Investment Management, a San Mateo, California-based investment firm, is providing funding to Bravo for the LM-100J acquisition.

The LM-100J is the civil-certified version of Lockheed Martin´s proven C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. The first LM-100J is currently in production and will undergo an FAA type certificate update prior to delivery in 2018. The LM-100J incorporates technological developments and improvements over the existing L-100s that result from years of military C-130J operational experience.

Bravo is a Brazil-based logistics and defense group that consists of Bravo Cargas and Bravo MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul), will operate the LM-100J for air cargo operations in Brazil.

Height Securities, LLC, is a Washington, D.C.-based broker-dealer that provides research and capital markets services to institutional investors, public and private companies and government agencies.

Lateral Investment Management, LLC, is a private credit firm that provides growth capital for leading middle market companies in the United States.

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 125,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Melody Wireless Infrastructure acquires 760 assets from Unison Site Management

Melody Wireless Infrastructure, an affiliate of Melody Capital Partners, LP, has acquired over 760 wireless infrastructure assets from Unison Site Management, increasing the size of Melody´s portfolio to approximately 3,000 assets, the company said.

The company said the acquisition is expected to solidify its presence within the wireless infrastructure ecosystem.

Melody Wireless Infrastructure, an independent owner of wireless cellular sites in the US, with a portfolio of approximately 3,000 tower locations, structures and rooftops.

Melody Capital Partners is a private investment firm with over USD1.5 billion in capital that focuses on senior secured loan origination and direct lending in North America.

Asiana Airlines selects UTC Aerospace landing gear for 747-400

UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected by Asiana Airlines Inc. to provide landing gear maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for its fleet of Boeing 747-400 aircraft, the company said.

Asiana Airlines Inc., headquartered in Seoul, operates 10 domestic and 90 international passenger routes, and 23 cargo routes throughout Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania.

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries.

TechDefy provides urgency app for mobile iOS, watch OS devices

TechDefy has released its Urgency app for iOS and Apple that can alert family and friends of a user´s need for help and their GPS location, the company said.

The company said Urgency helps solve emergency situations, with the help of the GPS locater, and SMS notification.

TechDefy LLC is a mid-sized corporation focused on crafting digital products that defy everyday technology.

Boeing, Qatar Airways launch 777 performance improvement package

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Qatar Airways have launched a new retrofittable performance improvement package that enables airlines to open new routes and improve payload capacity and range, the companies said.

Doha-based Qatar Airways, as the launch customer, will be upgrading its entire fleet of 53 777s. Qatar Airways is the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar, operating a fleet of 34 Boeing 777-300ERs, nine 777-200LRs, and 10 777 Freighters.

Boeing provides 24/7 support and service to the global aviation industry, offering retrofits and modifications, and a portfolio of services.