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“What Lies Ahead” Summit Theme Highlights Innovation As Aerospace Alliance Begins Its 10th Year

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Industry leaders to discuss new, changing innovations across all aspects of the aerospace industry

 

Today, the four-state Aerospace Alliance announced the association’s annual Summit to be held on Nov. 1 and 2 at The Grand Marriott Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa in Point Clear, AL. Hosted by the Secretaries of Commerce from the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida, the annual summit features presentations and discussions centered on subjects shaping aerospace today and tomorrow.

“What Lies Ahead” theme will drive the annual event, with a keen focus on advances in aerospace innovation and future technological developments in all sectors of the industry. Known for its insightful and vigorous discussions from industry executives and state leaders on subjects shaping aerospace today, the Summit offers a range of expertise in aerospace advancements and education. The Summit draws leaders from the southeastern region, foremost companies in the industry, economic development and elected officials whose communities and regions have an aerospace focus, and university and workforce professionals whose programs specialize in the sector.

“Working together for almost a decade, the four states have significantly advanced the aerospace sector in the region. The Summit is a showcase for these efforts,” said Neal Wade, Aerospace Alliance chairman.

Advances in aircraft design; the Mission to Mars; private sector space initiatives, and technological innovations impacting all aspects of engineering, manufacturing, navigation and the human experience of flight will extend our knowledge and reshape the industry. National speakers from companies and organizations such as Airbus U.S. Manufacturing, Bell Helicopters, Elbit Systems of America, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Firehawk Helicopters, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Skunk Works, and others will address innovation driving industry change and growth, as well as advances in aircraft design; the Mission to Mars; private sector space initiatives, and technological innovations impacting all aspects of engineering, manufacturing, navigation and the human experience of flight.

Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield said, “Alabama is pleased to host the Aerospace Alliance Summit and to feature the aerospace companies and assets that have changed the face of this industry in the U.S.”

For more information about the Summit, visit www.aerospacealliance.com or call 850.558.6909. Or email mmedley@aerospacealliance.com.

To register visit https://aerospace-alliance.myshopify.com.

Sponsors of this year’s summit include Platinum Sponsors: Florida Power and Light, and NASA Michoud Assembly Facility. Gold sponsor is Cirlot Agency.  Silver sponsors are Boeing Company, Mississippi Gulf Coast Alliance, and Space Florida.

 

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Excitech to Deliver Common Data Environment to Heathrow Airport Limited

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Excitech, the UK leader in technology and services for the construction sector, has been awarded a 7-year framework agreement to lead a consortium comprising GroupBC and Autodesk technologies to deliver Heathrow Airport Limited’s chosen Common Data Environment (CDE) solution.

The CDE is at the heart of Heathrow’s Information Management strategy.  It will be its primary common information repository and allow for specific controls to be put in place to share information in a controlled manner with suppliers and across Heathrow Departments. It will provide world-class information and asset management in line with emerging industry-standards, ensuring the efficient whole-life management of Heathrow’s critical assets.

David Hughes, Excitech’s managing director said, “Having worked on the Terminal 5 construction project we are excited to be involved in this latest strategic project at Heathrow.  The Autodesk and GroupBC technologies being deployed are market-leading and will enable Heathrow to trust the data they hold and have the confidence to make decisions based on ‘one version of the truth.”

The project is already underway and is expected to be complete by December 2020.  It will see the deployment of Autodesk’s BIM 360 visualisation and design tools integrated and underpinned with management and governance from GroupBC’s Enterprise CDE.

Jo Ellman Brown, PMO Director at Heathrow said, “We are aiming to be the first airport operator in the world who can leverage value from our digital assets, allowing our people to work in a safe environment, design and plan in a collaborative way, and operate a fully integrated asset system.  With a long-established relationship with Excitech, we’re delighted they were the successful bidder on this project.  We anticipate that the solution they have proposed will significantly improve the management of our critical assets.”

As well as enabling Heathrow to have accurate and up to date information readily available in the CDE, the new solution will result in fewer surveys and reduced costs as a result of earlier and greater collaboration across all parties.  In addition, maintenance costs will reduce through better, earlier clash detection and more accurate maintenance information being readily available.

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Gulfstream G600 to make Australian Debut

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Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced its newest aircraft, the class-leading, award-winning Gulfstream G600, will make its Australian debut at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition from Feb. 26 to March 3 in Geelong, Victoria. Joining the Gulfstream G600 on static display will be the high-performing Gulfstream G550 and the four-living-area, flagship Gulfstream G650ER.

“The Asia-Pacific region continues to be one of our strongest international markets, demonstrated by tremendous regional fleet growth in the past decade,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We are particularly excited to showcase our newest aircraft, the award-winning, clean-sheet Gulfstream G600, as part of its Australian debut.”

“We’ve been showcasing the G600 around the world, and customer feedback and interest for this all-new aircraft have been extremely positive,” said Burns.  “Our Australian static display represents best-in-class aircraft that provide the range, speed and payload capacity necessary for customers to operate with ease in the region.”

More than 335 Gulfstream aircraft are in service in the Asia-Pacific region. More than 290 of them are large-cabin.

The G600 is capable of flying 5,500 nautical miles/10,186 kilometers at its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90 – connecting major international destinations. Boasting the longest cabin in its class, the aircraft’s award-winning interior can accommodate up to 19 passengers and be configured into three living areas and a crew rest. With 14 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows, 100 percent fresh air, a low cabin altitude and the option to install a shower, the G600 is designed for optimal passenger comfort and productivity. The G600 is also equipped with the award-winning Symmetry Flight Deck™, the most technologically advanced flight deck in business aviation.

The G650ER can easily connect Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, and did so in 14 hours and 58 minutes, establishing a city-pair record. To date, the G650 family has more than 85 speed records combined. The G650ER cabin can accommodate up to 19 passengers and is enhanced by 16 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows, low cabin altitudes and a quiet cabin experience.

The G550 can fly 6,750 nm/12,501 km nonstop and has demonstrated its range and speed capabilities in a city-pair record connecting Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, to Melbourne in 10 hours and 41 minutes. Known as an aircraft with tremendous performance, the G550 is often used as a special missions’ platform for governments around the world.

Gulfstream will be located in chalet N17.

NOTE TO EDITORS

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 2,800 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. To meet the diverse transportation needs of the future, Gulfstream offers a comprehensive fleet of aircraft, comprising the Gulfstream G280™, the Gulfstream G550™, the Gulfstream G500™, the Gulfstream G600™, the Gulfstream G650™ and the Gulfstream G650ER™. We invite you to visit our website for more information and photos at www.gulfstreamnews.com.

More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

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Boeing to Optimize Crew Operations for Royal Air Maroc

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Boeing today announced an agreement with Royal Air Maroc to use a suite of Boeing AnalytX-powered crew solutions to bring greater efficiency to the airline’s planning and operations. The airline will be the first in Africa to use the advanced solutions, which include Crew Pairing, Crew Rostering and Crew Tracking — with options to add modules in the future.

“We are excited to bring the most advanced data analytics capabilities to support Morocco’s flag carrier,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. “Our Crew Optimization solutions were created to help our customers optimize staffing across their entire fleet.”

Crew Pairing helps airlines create optimized work duties, improving staffing efficiency and overall safety, while minimizing costs. Crew Rostering allows airlines to build rosters that respect crew members’ preferences and constraints. Crew Tracking helps airlines detect, resolve and follow-up on changes to crew planning.

The Boeing AnalytX-powered Crew Optimization products are provided through Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen.

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