Boeing, FedEx Express to collaborate on ecoDemonstrator testing

As part of the continuing effort to accelerate aerospace innovation, Boeing (NYSE: BA) and FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world´s largest express transportation company, will work together to fly the next ecoDemonstrator, the company said.

Starting in 2018, a new Boeing 777 Freighter made for FedEx Express will test emerging technologies, such as propulsion advancements and flight deck innovations.

The ecoDemonstrator program, now in its fifth iteration, serves as a series of flying testbeds designed to improve the environmental performance and safety of future airplanes.

The collaboration on the newest ecoDemonstrator project is the latest in a 38-year relationship between Boeing and FedEx.

This round of ecoDemonstrator testing includes installing a compact thrust reverser developed by Boeing designed to save fuel, flight deck improvements that can improve efficient operations in and out of busy airports, and flying prototype airplane parts using cutting-edge manufacturing techniques that reduce material waste.

Flight testing is scheduled to last approximately three months before the airplane returns to the FedEx fleet.

Pemco names Gameco as new passenger-to-freighter aircraft conversion provider

The global leader in Boeing 737 passenger-to-freighter aircraft conversions Pemco World Air Services (Pemco), a division of Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services (AMES) and wholly owned subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATSG), has announced an agreement with China-based MRO Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Co., Ltd. (Gameco) to perform B737-700, -400 and -300 passenger-to-freighter conversions in the Asia-Pacific region, the company said.

The agreement follows the launch of Pemco´s B737-700 FlexCombiTM and Full-Freighter conversion programs announced April 25, 2017.

Gameco, the fifth Pemco conversion partner and third in China, will join China-based STAECO and TAECO, Costa Rica-based Coopesa, and Canada-based KF Aerospace in providing conversion services for Pemco´s customers. Pemco has been converting B737 aircraft in Asia since 2006, when it delivered the very first B737-300 converted freighter in China.

Pemco´s 60-plus customers select the company´s passenger-to-freighter conversion for its superior cargo door and system, superior operating functions, on-time turnaround, and a track record of 2 million hours of safe, reliable operation.

Pemco World Air Services, an Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services (AMES) company, serves customers from airlines to private operators. Having developed over 70 STCs and modified over 350 aircraft and with conversion partnerships in China, Costa Rica and Canada, Pemco´s cargo conversion program is the global leader in narrow-body passenger-to-freighter aircraft conversions.

Pemco and AMES, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Air Transport Services Group (NASDAQ:ATSG), offer 320,000 sq. ft. of hangar space in Tampa, Fla. and 315,000 sq. ft. of hangar space in Wilmington, Ohio. Together, they provide a range of services to the aviation sector including heavy maintenance, line maintenance, cargo conversions, engineering services, material sales and manufacturing.

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.

Through its principal subsidiaries, including two airlines with separate and distinct US FAA Part 121 Air Carrier certificates, ATSG provides aircraft leasing, air cargo lift, aircraft maintenance services and airport ground services. ATSG´s subsidiaries include ABX Air, Inc.; Airborne Global Solutions, Inc.; Air Transport International, Inc.; Cargo Aircraft Management, Inc.; and Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, Inc., including its division, Pemco World Air Services, Inc.

HawkEye 360 expands advisory board

HawkEye 360, Inc., an innovative technology company developing new geospatial information solutions utilizing space-based radio frequency survey, has added seven members to its advisory board, the company said.

The new members bring a diversity of experience, including expertise in space technology, geospatial information, and data security.

The new advisors include: Richard Clarke, Chief Executive Officer of Good Harbor Security Risk Management; Phil Carrai, President of the Technology and Training group for Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, Inc.; Letitia Long, former Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA); Jeffrey Hurst, Managing Partner at Commonwealth Capital and Staley Capital; Stewart Baker, former General Counsel of the National Security Agency and the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the US Department of Homeland Security; Norm Coleman, former US Senator from Minnesota and legal counsel at Hogan Lovells specializing in federal regulatory policy; and Mike Sheehan, former CEO of Boston advertising firm Hill Holliday and former CEO of Boston Globe Media Partners, which publishes The Boston Globe.

The new advisors join four other members, including such space experts as Scott Large, former Director of the National Reconnaissance Office; David Deptula, a retired Lieutenant General, United States Air Force, who is now the Dean of the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Power Studies; Gwyn Whittaker, former CEO of Mosaic Inc. who is now with Deep Water Point; and Rand Beers, former Acting Secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama.

HawkEye 360 is a technology company that is leveraging the power of small satellites to develop geospatial solutions based on radio frequency survey conducted from space. The company is developing a constellation of small low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites that will survey, geolocate and map radio frequency signals for use in applications such as emergency response support, transportation and logistics tracking, interference and coverage mapping.

ABB acquires Keymile's communication networks business

ABB has agreed to acquire the mission-critical communication business of the Keymile Group to strengthen its communication networks portfolio, the company said.

The acquisition will bring with it key products, software and service solutions, as well as research and development expertise.

These will further enhance ABB´s industry-leading digital offering, ABB Ability, by adding extremely reliable communications technologies that are essential to maintain today´s dynamic and complex digital electrical grids.

The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2017. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the deal.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees.

Embraer delivers Phenom 100 for UK's Military Flying Training System programme

Embraer has delivered the first Phenom 100 business jet to Affinity Flight Training Services, the company said.

The aircraft has been selected to provide Multi-Engine Pilot Training to UK Armed Forces as part of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence´s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) programme. The contract with Affinity comprises a firm order for five Phenom 100s and services support, as well as an option for additional follow on aircraft.

The Fixed Wing programme is intended to replace the Elementary, Multi-Engine and Basic Flying Training that is currently delivered on aging platforms with a new, fully integrated solution that provides state-of-the-art training aircraft, ground based training devices and courseware all derived from the training design developed by Ascent Flight Training, the Training Service Provider of the UKMFTS programme. In 2014, Affinity was selected by Ascent Flight Training to provide and maintain the aircraft selected for the UKMFTS programme.

The UKMFTS takes United Kingdom Armed Forces aircrew from initial training through Elementary, Basic and Advanced flying training phases preparing them for their arrival at their designated Operational Conversion Units.

Metro Bank picks Nice Workforce Management solution

Nice (Nasdaq:NICE) has announced that Metro Bank, a rapidly growing United Kingdom-based challenger bank, has selected Nice´s Workforce Management (WFM) solution to support its UK operations, the company said.

In addition to increasing operational efficiency and agent productivity at the bank´s branches and contact centers, the Nice WFM solution will also help boost employee motivation with a smartphone application for mobile access to WFM scheduling features.

Metro Bank will use Nice WFM´s unique capability to schedule agents based on their specific skill sets, which will increase agent productivity through improved occupancy management and average handle times, as well as reduce shrinkage. These efficiencies will allow the bank to expand its services without adding to its head count or increasing costs.

Nice is a provider of both cloud and on-premises enterprise software solutions that empower organizations to make smarter decisions based on advanced analytics of structured and unstructured data. Nice helps organizations of all sizes deliver better customer service, ensure compliance, combat fraud and safeguard citizens.

Delta PRASM up 2.5% YoY

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has reported financial and operating performance for June 2017, finding that consolidated passenger unit revenue (PRASM) for the month of June increased 2.5 percent year over year, the company said.

Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 334 destinations in 62 countries on six continents.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry´s transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita.

Geoscience Australia renews connectivity contracts with Speedcast

Speedcast International Limited (ASX: SDA), a remote communication and IT solution provider, has announced Geoscience Australia, Australia´s pre-eminent public sector geoscience organization, has renewed its contract with Speedcast for life-saving connectivity applications, the company said.

Speedcast provides VSAT connectivity for Geoscience Australia´s seismic reading and GPS land movement applications.

Australia has a substantial number of sites around the country that use the seismic reading application, which is part of the regional Asia-Pacific tsunami warning program. Speedcast provides VSAT connectivity to these life-saving operations.

Speedcast utilizes an extensive worldwide footprint of local support, infrastructure and coverage to design, integrate, secure and optimize networks tailored to customer needs.

Honeywell upgrades avionics repair capability In Asia Pacific region

The Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Avionics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. has recently upgraded its product repair capabilities to provide more rapid repair turnaround time, more convenient customer communication, and more effective technical support for a variety of Honeywell products, including the traffic alert and collision avoidance system and IntuVue® 3D weather radar, the company said.

These services can help operators reduce maintenance time and save on cost. Honeywell´s product repair upgrade further improves its aftermarket services in mainland China and improves the relationships between Honeywell and its Chinese customers.

With expansion of Honeywell Avionics Shanghai, Chinese customers do not need to transfer aircraft to Honeywell sites in America or Singapore for repair; timely technical support at home will be available immediately. On average, repair turnaround time will be reduced by more than 60 percent and the China service center will provide one-stop for services in-region. The center provides comprehensive, high-quality services to customers, allowing them to reduce the safety stocks of backup facilities and further lowering their costs.

Currently, Honeywell´s traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS) TPA100D and its RDR4000 IntuVue 3D weather radar are widely outfitted on many Boeing and Airbus fleets across the region. The TCAS system helps enhance the airborne situational awareness to ensure flight safety and efficiency, and thus reduce operational costs for airlines.

The IntuVue 3D weather radar provides the most complete, accurate and intuitive view of airborne weather hazards, resulting in improved hazard avoidance and increased safety. Adverse weather costs the aerospace industry billions of dollars each year through weather-related delays, including cancellations, diversions, disasters and turbulence. Honeywell´s weather radar will help limit that. Air China, China Eastern Airlines, 9 Air and Chengdu Airlines are among the airlines that are equipped with Honeywell´s IntuVue 3D weather radar.

Founded in 2005, Honeywell Avionics Shanghai is dedicated to providing avionics repair and support services in the domestic China market. As part of the Shanghai avionics company, the ATEC 6 Series Test Station has already been certified by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Chile's National Research and Education Network chooses Coriant

Coriant, a supplier of packet optical, IP, and SDN solutions to Tier 1 global service providers and web-scale Internet operators, has announced that the National Research and Education Network in Chile (REUNA) has selected the Coriant® hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform equipped with Coriant CloudWave™ Optics to modernize its nationwide DWDM backbone network, the company said.

The Coriant solution, delivered in collaboration with Coriant´s education solutions partner Grupo Binário and local telecommunications systems integrator Raylex, will enable REUNA to scale transmission up to multiples of 200G optical channels to support the increasing capacity demands of research and education applications and ensure the efficient, low latency transfer of massive quantities of data between network locations.

As the National Research and Education Network (NREN) in Chile, REUNA is dedicated to the research, education, and scientific communities throughout the country, and interconnecting them with its partners around the world.

The REUNA backbone network today serves as many as 35 institutions including, among others, universities, research centers of excellence, and international astronomical groups. REUNA´s strategic collaborations include connectivity projects for the AURA Observatory, with whom they have partnered to implement a photonic superhighway which will transport the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) data, one of the most advanced infrastructures for science and education in Chile that enables high-speed communications between research facilities located near La Serena and the Chilean capital of Santiago.

Leveraging state-of-the-art advances in optical networking, including power-efficient coherent interface technology, flexi-rate transmission, and flexi-grid ROADM capabilities, the new DWDM network upgrade will provide REUNA the ability to deliver more flexible and resilient high-speed services while optimizing its optical backbone network for best-in-class spectral efficiency, terabit-level scalability, and programmable and automated end-to-end service activation.

The network upgrade project, which is in its deployment phase, will further advance REUNA´s ability to facilitate the development of the research and education among REUNA member institutions, as well as between their peers, both nationally and internationally.

Proven in the most demanding optical networks around the world, the hiT 7300 is an industry-leading coherent optical communications system designed to support up to 25.6 Tbps when using advanced flexi-rate, flexi-grid, and super-channel capabilities powered by Coriant CloudWaveâ„¢ Optics, a key photonic layer technology that combines a signal processing engine, optimized integrated photonics, and embedded software intelligence.

With fast and efficient resiliency options and best-in-class optical link control, the hiT 7300 solution delivers optimized optical reach and performance in diverse transmission applications, even under the most challenging fiber optic conditions. Management of REUNA´s DWDM network will be supported by the Coriant® Transport Network Management System (TNMS), an end-to-end management solution that will enable REUNA to accelerate provisioning of high-speed services while reducing operating expenses.

Coriant delivers innovative and dynamic networking solutions for a fast-changing and cloud-centric business world.