NOAA, Aurora partner on gravity measurement program

Aurora Flight Sciences´ Centaur optionally-piloted aircraft (OPA) is supporting NOAA´s new airborne gravity survey efforts to collect gravity measurements across the Unites States for the Redefinition for the American Vertical Datum (GRAV-D) program, the company said.

Under the current survey, Aurora is collecting gravity data in a region of North Carolina to fulfill NOAA´s GRAV-D program needs and to fill gaps in the existing data sets used to define the US vertical datum. Through the GRAV-D program, Centaur´s data is helping to increase the accuracy of elevation measurements to determine where water will flow, which is instrumental for scientists, urban planners, agriculture and construction industries, and flood control managers.

In November 2016, Centaur surveyed the proposed high-speed train route in Northern and Southern California. Equipped with the TAGS-7 gravimeter sensor from Micro-g LaCoste, Centaur gathered specific data to help authorities develop a comprehensive model of the earth´s structure along the proposed rail route.

The GRAV-D Program will continue to use the Centaur OPA and the Micro-G system to fulfill NOAA´s gravimetry requirements this spring.

Aurora Flight Sciences is a technology company that operates at the intersection of technology and robotic aviation, leveraging the power of autonomy to make manned and unmanned flight safer and more efficient. Headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, Aurora operates production plants in Bridgeport, West Virginia and Columbus, Mississippi, has Research and Development Centers in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dayton, Ohio, and Mountain View, California, and a European office, Aurora Swiss Aerospace, located in Luzern, Switzerland.

Ranger Aerospace celebrates 20th anniversary

Ranger Aerospace, a private equity consolidator and management holding company specializing in aerospace operations and aviation services since 1997, has reached its twentieth anniversary, the company said.

Ranger has built three separate platform companies to over USD 100m revenues each thus far in its 20 year history, and has managed as many as 4,250 personnel at 56 airports. The company focuses heavily on operations, marketing, quality, and people.

Ranger´s latest holdings are ACL Airshop, which provides air cargo products and services to airlines clients at more than half of the world´s Top 50 cargo airports, and InTech Aerospace, which performs MRO and retrofit services on commercial airliner interiors. Its investment in ACL Airshop won the Deal of the Year award for 2016 from M&A Advisor magazine.

Ranger Aerospace has been the management stewardship team for over USD 400m in various buying, selling, and investing transactions over the past two decades. The company has created several thousand new jobs over the past twenty years by aggressively expanding the large enterprises it has owned.

Founded in Greenville SC in 1997, Ranger Aerospace is an aviation-specialized management and private equity holding company that partners with other institutional shareholders to acquire and grow quality-centered companies in Aerospace Services.

VisitBritain, Marketing Manchester, Virgin Atlantic partner to promote new routes to Manchester, UK

Virgin Atlantic, VisitBritain, and Marketing Manchester have joined forces in a two-year partnership to promote the airline´s new direct routes from San Francisco and Boston, into Manchester, England, the tourism agency said.

The seasonal routes, which took flight March 28 and 29, respectively, will operate three times per week from San Francisco and twice weekly from Boston. As of May 2017, additional flights will take-off from New York JFK to Manchester.

These three new services will provide Americans on both coasts with easier access to Northern England, with Manchester providing an ideal point of entry to this popular region.

The campaign, ´It All Starts In Manchester,´ is headlined by four videos showcasing the diverse experiences visitors can have in Northern England, that all start on arrival in Manchester. Photographed in a first-person style, using camera phone videography, the videos showcase the region´s strong ties to sport, culture, outdoor and nightlife. The videos will be complimented by digital display ads, sponsored content and influencer engagement with Inside Out Media.

Marketing Manchester is the agency charged with promoting Manchester on the national and international stage. As part of the Manchester Growth Company, Marketing Manchester undertakes marketing and communications on behalf of the group in support of the Greater Manchester Strategy.

Virgin Atlantic currently flies to 33 destinations worldwide, including locations across the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Virgin Atlantic currently has a fleet of 39 aircraft, which is comprised of Boeing 747s, Boeing 787s, Airbus A340-600s and A330-300s.

VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, is responsible for inspiring the world to explore Britain and for developing the UK´s visitor economy.

Saker Aviation reports revenue of USD 14.7m in 2016

Saker Aviation Services, Inc. (SKAS), an aviation services company specializing in ground-based services to the general aviation marketplace, has announced its financial results for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, the company said.

Revenue and net income in the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 of USD 14,690,654 and USD 880,430, respectively, were down 8.0% and up 26.6%, respectively, as compared to revenue of USD 15,974,307 and net income of USD 695,208 in the twelve months ended December 31, 2015.

The Company also reported Adjusted EBITDA of USD 2,334,112 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, a decrease of USD 436,417 or 15.8% as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of USD 2,770,529 in the twelve months ended December 31, 2015.

Saker Aviation Services, through its subsidiaries, operates in the aviation services segment of the general aviation industry, serving as the operator of a heliport, a fixed base operation that provides ground-based services, such as fueling and aircraft storage for general aviation, commercial and military aircraft, and as a consultant for a seaplane base.

SuperShuttle to discount summer rates on airport transportation

SuperShuttle, the nation´s largest airport ride service, is offering customers the opportunity to get rewarded for booking early in anticipation of summer travel, the company said.

In response to the growing demand for non-stop service, SuperShuttle has expanded its service lines beyond shared-ride, opening the door to book exclusive van service without the stops. Non-Stop van service and premium (black car and SUV) service will be discounted by 11% for airport rides booked between April 1-30 for travel between May 25 — July 31. Customers will also get 11 % off ExecuCar rides, SuperShuttle´s sister black car service. Use discount code APR17 to receive discounted rates.

The advanced summer travel offer is valid only for reservations made online or on the SuperShuttle mobile app for iPhone and Android devices. Discount offer is only available in select cities and some discount restrictions may apply based on service in select cities and airports.

Phoenix, Arizona-based SuperShuttle International, a division of Transdev On Demand, Inc., serves over 40 airports, carrying more than nine million passengers a year. The company also provides ExecuCar sedan service at all airports served by SuperShuttle.

Transdev On Demand, a division of Transdev based in Phoenix, includes SuperShuttle International and ExecuCar nationwide. Transdev On Demand serves over 80 airports with its multiple service offerings in the on demand service space.

U2opia Mobile brings FonePass Suite to Asia, Africa

U2opia Mobile, a global mobile technology player, has launched its sponsored data suite, FonePass across markets in Asia, Africa and Middle East, the company said.

FonePass is a holistic data solutions suite that offers a slew of products catering to enterprise and consumer needs. Through the launch of FonePass, U2opia Mobile has reinstated its leadership position in the dynamic sponsored data space.

DataPass, the enterprise rewards platform under FonePass provides brands and IoT providers in these regions with solutions that allow them to increase visibility and engagement around their products and services.

U2opia Mobile is a mobile technology company working towards accelerating the growth and usage of the Internet across the globe. U2opia Mobile works with 104 of the world´s largest and most innovative mobile operators and is managed by an experienced team with deep understanding of consumer, Internet and mobile ecosystems.

he company is backed by marquee investors Matrix Partners and Omidyar Network, who provide strategic market reach as well as strong financial support. U2opia Mobile has a global presence across US, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Mechanics to vote on ExpressJet/ASA final offer

Federally mediated negotiations between more than 360 mechanics represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and ExpressJet subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) ended on Thursday, March 30, the union said.

The carrier told the union that it had provided all of the wage increases it was able to, and that further bargaining on economics would be fruitless.

The IBT is planning to ask its membership to vote on the carrier´s proposed contract in the coming weeks, with a final result likely to be announced in May.

ASA merged with ExpressJet Airlines in 2011. Its fleet of regional aircraft flies as a feeder for Delta Airlines and American Airlines. ASA flies more than 20% of Delta´s regional routes.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Microsemi unlocks flash performance in data center servers

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, has released a new generation of storage input/output (I/O) controller products, the SmartROC 3100 and SmartIOC 2100, powered by the company´s Unified Smart Storage Stack, the company said.

With the release of this new Smart Storage Platform, Microsemi significantly enhances its server storage solution offerings for data center applications.

Microsemi´s Smart Storage Stack offers one of the industry´s most reliable and highest performing storage controller software platforms. The Smart Storage Platform now available in production release delivers advanced security features, such as maxCrypto controller-based encryption and enterprise-class data protection support, while providing high performance and a significant advantage in operating costs due to significant power savings compared to previous generations and competing product offerings.

Microsemi´s smart storage solutions can be used in any server storage application with 12 Gbps SAS or 6 Gbps SATA hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state drives (SSDs). SAS/SATA HDDs and SSDs are forecasted by market research firm IDC to represent 80 percent of all enterprise drives shipped on an annual basis through the end of the decade.

Microsemi offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace & defense, communications, data center and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world´s standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, and has approximately 4,800 employees globally.

Tellza revenue up 72% YoY

Tellza Communications Inc. (TSX: TEL) 2016 revenue was USD 525m, up 72% from 2015, the company said.

Net Income was USD 0.1m compared to USD 0.3m for 2015.

The company consolidated its common stock on a 1:15 basis in 2016, reducing the number of shares outstanding.

The company acquired and cancelled 5% of its outstanding stock. Over five years, Tellza has acquired and cancelled 25% of its outstanding stock.

Tellza operates in both the communications and financial support services business.

Boeing reports successful inaugural flight of its 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft

The Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787-10 Dreamliner, the newest and longest model of the 787 family, has completed a successful 4 hour 58 minute flight at Boeing South Carolina, the company said.

Piloted by Boeing Test & Evaluation Capts. Tim Berg and Mike Bryan, the airplane performed tests on flight controls, systems, and handling qualities. The 787-10 will now undergo comprehensive flight testing before customer deliveries begin in the first half of 2018.

The 787-10 has won 149 orders from nine customers across the globe including launch customer Singapore Airlines, Air Lease Corporation (ALC), All Nippon Airways (ANA), British Airways, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and United Airlines.

As an 18-foot (5.5-m) stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will deliver the 787 family´s preferred passenger experience and long range with 25% better fuel per seat and emissions than the airplanes it will replace and 10% better than current competition.

The 787 Dreamliner family is a key part of Boeing´s twin-aisle airplane strategy. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 152 million people on over 560 unique routes around the world, saving an estimated 14 billion pounds of fuel.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sells, services, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide.