Aerospace company designs co-pilot app to defeat distracted driving

Specific Range Solutions has launched AutoAdvisory 2.0, a full-featured iPhone app that ensures drivers focus their attention on the road, the company said.

AutoAdvisory 2.0 significantly reduces the risk of distracted driving by operating as a co-pilot. The intelligently interactive app advises the driver not to use their iPhone when driving is detected, continuously monitors their device to ensure it´s not unlocked during the trip, and provides feedback at the end of the trip via the Auto Debrief feature–all while maintaining privacy and not affecting the functionality of your iPhone.

AutoAdvisory 2.0 also enables drivers to share their safe driving milestones via Facebook and Twitter with family and friends. These milestones could be used by a parent to reward a teen with a tank of gas for safe driving, or a fleet manager to incentivize drivers to keep their focus on the road.

Strategic Range Solutions, LLC was founded in 2009. The company´s line of business includes providing computer related services and consulting.

AerCap delivers A321neo to SriLankan Airlines

AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE: AER) has delivered its first Airbus A321neo aircraft on lease to SriLankan Airlines, powered by CFM International´s Leap-1A engines, the company said.

The aircraft is the first A321neo to enter the airline´s fleet.

AerCap is the global leader in aircraft leasing with 1,571 owned, managed or on order aircraft in its portfolio. AerCap has one of the most attractive order books in the industry. AerCap serves approximately 200 customers in approximately 80 countries with comprehensive fleet solutions.
AerCap has its headquarters in Dublin with offices in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Shannon, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Singapore, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Seattle and Toulouse.

ATI, GE Aviation announce meltless titanium joint venture

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE: ATI), a global leader in the production of technically advanced specialty materials and components, has fored a joint venture (JV) with GE Aviation for the development of a new meltless titanium alloy powder manufacturing technology, the company said.

The JV will construct a new R&D pilot production facility. The titanium alloy powders are being developed for use in additive manufacturing applications, including 3D printing.

ATI will provide operational, technical, and project support to the joint venture. The joint venture will leverage ATI´s technology, manufacturing, and quality leadership in the production of specialty metal powders and premium-quality titanium and nickel-based alloys for critical and technically advanced applications.

The JV will also draw upon GE Aviation´s engineering and development capabilities and technical knowledge of the use of alloyed titanium powders.

ATI is a global manufacturer of technically advanced specialty materials and complex components. With revenue of USD 3.2 billion for the 12-month period ending March 31, 2017, its largest market is aerospace & defense, particularly jet engines.

With 84 facilities and 44,000 employees worldwide, GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a provider of jet and turboprop engines, components, integrated digital, avionics, electrical power and mechanical systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft.

CAM to lease 3 767s to Northern Aviation Services

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATSG) subsidiary Cargo Aircraft Management has reached agreement with Northern Aviation Services, Inc. for the lease of three Boeing 767-300 freighters to be operated by subsidiary Northern Air Cargo, the company said.

The aircraft will provide service to its cargo brands Aloha Air Cargo based in Hawaii, StratAir based in Florida, and Northern Air Cargo based in Alaska.

Northern Aviation Services, Inc. operates Boeing 737 freighters and provides 767 freighter services under ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, and Insurance) agreements with ATSG´s airline subsidiaries.

Under the agreements, CAM will lease three 767-300 freighters to Northern Aviation Services, Inc. for seven-year terms, beginning with the first lease in October 2017. The agreements also provide for the potential lease of additional 767-300s from CAM in 2018. These long-term lease placements will add to the already greater than 80 percent of CAM´s 767 fleet contracted under multi-year dry lease.

Some of the leased 767-300s will replace CAM-owned 767-200/300s currently operating on an ACMI basis under ATSG´s Wet-2-Dry program, which allows carriers to prove their business case for 767s under ACMI arrangements, then transition to long-term dry lease arrangements.

ATSG is a provider of aircraft leasing and air cargo transportation and related services to domestic and foreign air carriers and other companies that outsource their air cargo lift requirements. ATSG, through its leasing and airline subsidiaries, is the world´s largest owner and operator of converted Boeing 767 freighter aircraft.

Aeroflot leads Europe-Asia passenger capacity rankings for summer

Aeroflot´s capacity on Europe-Asia flights over 4,000 kilometres grew 12% versus Summer 2016, according to data from OAG Schedules Analyser, the airline said.

The Russian flag carrier has overtaken last year´s top airline for Europe-Asia capacity, Lufthansa, the data shows.

Aeroflot flies to 52 non-Russian destinations in Europe and 13 non-Russian destinations in Asia, including four Chinese cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Boosting transit traffic between Europe and Asia is a strategic priority for the airline, as it takes advantage of its modern and favourably positioned hub at Moscow´s Sheremetyevo airport.

Long-haul capacity connecting Europe and Asia is set to grow by 6% overall this year, according to´s analysis of OAG data. This compares to 2% growth in both 2016 and 2015.

Aeroflot is increasingly recognised as a leader in the Asian market. In April 2017, Aeroflot was named Favourite International Airline in China at the prestigious Flyer Awards in Shanghai. Aeroflot Russian Airlines traffic as measured by passengers carried grew by 13.1% in the first five months of 2017. Aeroflot Group passengers carried increased by 15.9% over the same period.

Aeroflot is a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,062 destinations in 177 countries worldwide.

Horizon Air names new vice president of maintenance and engineering

Horizon Air´s board of directors has elected George Knobloch as vice president of maintenance and engineering, the company said.

In his new role, Knobloch will oversee maintenance and engineering operations at the airlines´ six maintenance facilities and a team of more than 400 employees. Knobloch will be based in Portland, Horizon Air´s maintenance and engineering hub.

Knobloch joined Alaska Air Group in 2002 as the manager of line operations for Alaska Airlines in Seattle. Since joining the Air Group, he has held various positions of increasing responsibility, including director of maintenance operations and outstations, with responsibility for Alaska Airlines´ staffed stations; maintenance control; technical training; and contract maintenance providers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Horizon Air is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group and flies to 39 cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million guests a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide.

Entertainment company chooses Echelon System on a Chip

Internet of Things pioneer Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) has announced that the company´s new FT 6050 multi-protocol system on a chip is being used in a building automation system being installed at a large, multinational media and entertainment company in Southern California, the company said.

The controllers manage the facility´s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

The FT 6050 system on a chip (SoC) was designed to address the increasing cost and complexity of smart buildings. As more and more building services are being adapted for network control, each with their own communications protocols, integrated system management has become increasingly difficult.

The FT 6050 is part of Echelon´s IzoT® platform for embedded control systems based on the Echelon ISO-standard LON® protocol and Free Topology (FT) architecture.

The FT 6050 provides a bridge between existing communications used in commercial building control devices and the IP connectivity the Industrial Internet of Things brings. The FT 6050 enables industrial developers to have a choice of communications protocols such as LON, BACnet, or Modbus while also enabling new and emerging IP connectivity requirements. Products built around the FT 6050 can act as either LON or BACnet devices, or both at the same time.

For 25 years Echelon has pioneered the development of open-standard networking platforms for connecting, monitoring and controlling devices in commercial and industrial applications. With more than 110 million devices installed worldwide, Echelon´s proven, scalable solutions host a range of applications enabling customers to reduce energy and operational costs, improve safety and comfort, and create efficiencies through optimizing physical systems.

United Airlines launches Boeing 777-300ER to additional routes

United Airlines has introduced additional Boeing 777-300ER service, the airline´s newest aircraft type featuring the all-new United Polaris business class seats, to its flight schedules, the company said.

With the schedule update over the weekend, the airline expects to begin 777-300ER service on San Francisco (SFO) — Beijing (PEK), San Francisco (SFO) — Frankfurt (FRA), and New York/Newark (EWR) to Tokyo Narita (NRT).

United´s 777-300ER aircraft offers a modern, spacious interior envisioned in partnership with design firm PriestmanGoode, including the airline´s all-new United Polaris business class seat.

Each United Polaris suite-like pod features direct access to the aisle, a 180-degree flat-bed that measures 6´6´´ and 23 inches wide with infinite seat recline options and one-touch lumbar support, ample storage, multiple surfaces that enable passengers to dine while working, universal A/C power as well as 2-USB ports, a 16-inch high-definition entertainment screen, electronic privacy dividers for seats in the center of the cabin, mood lighting and an illuminated “Do Not Disturb” sign. Additionally, a marble-topped bar unit offers customers in business class a place to grab a mid-flight drink or snack.

The Boeing 777-300ER features 60 seats in business class in a 1-2-1 configuration with direct-aisle access from all seats.

Seats in United Economy offer two United Private Screening options — personal on-demand entertainment with high-definition seat-back monitors and USB ports along with United´s personal device entertainment, enabling customers to play thousands of hours of movies and television programs on their electronic devices. Customers also have access to in-seat power outlets and the opportunity to purchase satellite Wi-Fi.

The aircraft features 102 seats in United Economy Plus in a 3-4-3 configuration with 34 inches of pitch, and 204 United Economy seats in a 3-4-3 configuration with 31 inches of pitch.

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 337 airports across five continents.

ZTE launches 5G integrated solution to Drive 5G commercialization

ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, has launched its 5G integrated solution, a comprehensive suite of solution for 5G wireless access, core network and bearer network to help operators fast-track 5G commercial network deployments, the company said.

ZTE´s 5G integrated solution, which uses a fully cloud-based network architecture design, provides customers with integrated 5G network infrastructure to drive service and business model innovations, and will offer support for 5G industry standards as they evolve.

The network slicing function included in ZTE´s 5G integrated solution supports multiple services and application scenarios, and is able to adapt to a wide-range of business models for operators and industrial verticals. The closed-loop application development and operation system based on DevOps facilitates rapid service release and deployment, enabling operators to accelerate service innovations and business growth.

The flexible cloud architecture of ZTE´s 5G integrated solution enables operators to build open networks with wireless access, core network and bearer network all based on SDN architecture, enabling operators to generate new value from their operations.

ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies and public sector customers. As part of ZTE´s strategy, the company is committed to providing customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge.

Hainan Airlines to launch Shenzhen-Brisbane non-stop service

Hainan Airlines plans to launch a non-stop service between Shenzhen, China and Brisbane, Australia on September 20, 2017, the company said.

Following the successful launch of the Shenzhen-Auckland service, this will be Hainan Airlines´ second intercontinental flight from Shenzhen and the airline´s fifth direct flight to Australia and New Zealand.

Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, a state in northeast Australia, stretches from the eastern coastline to the western inland, with the Gold Coast to the south, the Sunshine Coast to the north, the towns of Ipswich and Toowoomba to the west, and the Tasman Sea to the east.

Brisbane is the third largest municipality in Australia in terms of population, following Sydney and Melbourne, with an airport serving both domestic and international destinations as well as an international harbor lining both sides of the Brisbane River.

The route will be serviced by an Airbus A330 deluxe wide-body aircraft, with two round trip flights weekly. The service´s business class features spacious and comfortable cabins, 180-degree adjustable lie-flat seats, BOSE headsets and top quality toiletry bags.

Passengers in all classes will have access to an exclusive on-demand entertainment system and a gourmet selection of Western and Oriental meals. Hainan Airline has created an unmatched flying experience for its business-class passengers with a diversified range of services to meet their traveling needs, including pick-up and delivery shuttle services, multiple round-trip ticket packages, priority in seat selection and cabin upgrades.