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Hawaiian Airlines To Order Six A330-800neo Aircraft

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Hawaiian Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for six A330-800neo aircraft. The agreement adds yet another name to the growing list of launch customers for the new aircraft type. The new commitment replaces a previous order placed by Hawaiian for six A350-800s.

Hawaiian Airlines A330-800neo

“The A330-800neo’s fuel efficiency, additional range and commonality with our existing A330 fleet makes the A330-800neo an elegant solution to our need for growth aircraft toward the end of this decade,” said Mark Dunkerley, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.

“Hawaiian Airlines has long recognized the value of innovation and today’s commitment is yet more evidence of that forward-thinking mindset,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A330-800neo will serve the Hawaiian network well as the airline continues to expand in Asia and grow its capacity in mature markets. The aircraft will provide unbeatable value in a very large and important segment of the widebody market.”

Hawaiian Airlines currently operates a fleet of 18 A330-200 aircraft, with additional orders for 16 A321neo aircraft on backlog.

The A330-800neo and the A330-900neo are two new members of the Airbus Widebody Family launched last week at the Farnborough Air Show. First deliveries are scheduled to start in Q4 2017. The A330neo incorporates latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Benefitting from the unbeatable economics, versatility and high reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduced fuel consumption by 14 percent per seat, making it the most cost-efficient, medium-range Widebody aircraft on the market. In addition to greater fuel savings, A330neo operators will also benefit from a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles and of course all the operational commonality advantages of the Airbus Family.

Derazona Helicopters Buys Its First Rotorcraft From Airbus Helicopters

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Airbus Helicopters has increased its global customer base with the first order from Derazona Helicopters in Indonesia, which is acquiring a fully-equipped AS350 B3e for utility missions.

Derazona Helicopters AS350 B3e

Derazona Helicopters, a leading helicopter operator in Indonesia, has been providing services that range from transportation for the oil and gas industry to medical evacuation, aerial filming, charters and tourism flights. For the first time in more than 40 years of operation, Derazona Helicopters is expanding its scope of activities to include utility missions, and has decided to make their very first Airbus Helicopters purchase.

“With our acquisition of this AS350 B3e, we are looking to expand our capabilities and provide better, more comprehensive services to our customers,” stated Ramadi Widyardiono, Derazona Helicopters’ Business Development Manager. “We chose the AS350 B3e as it is the most suitable solution for the geographical landscape in Indonesia.”

The single-engine rotorcraft member of Airbus Helicopters’ Ecureuil family will be delivered to the Indonesian operator this December, with its duties including transporting external cargo loads, long-line operations, firefighting and general heli-lift missions.

“We are very honored that an experienced and established operator like Derazona Helicopters has placed their trust in our products to expand their scope of capabilities,” said Ludovic Boistot, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters’ Indonesia subsidiary. “It is with pride that we welcome them to the Airbus Helicopters family of operators today.”

There are 17 Ecureuil family helicopters operating in Indonesia today, and the AS350 is recognized as the most successful and reliable helicopter in Indonesia’s utility market, demonstrating its performance and efficiency in the country’s hot and high environments.

These rotorcraft are backed by Airbus Helicopters’ wholly-owned subsidiary in Indonesia, established in 2008 to provide in-country support for both governmental and civil customers. Last year, it opened its own service center in Jakarta – the first such center owned and operated by an international helicopter manufacturer in Indonesia – offering additional resources and employing a team of highly-qualified technicians dedicated to providing local customer support.

The AS350 B3e is a high-performance, light single-engine helicopter adapted for extreme operating conditions, including at very high altitudes and temperatures , and has the capability to transport heavy loads and perform a wide variety of missions. As an enhanced version of the AS350 Ecureuil, it features an improved engine and new interior design, for additional ease of piloting and maintenance.

Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Apple today updated MacBook Pro with Retina display with faster processors, double the memory in both entry-level configurations, and a new, lower starting price for the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook. MacBook Pro with Retina display features a stunning high-resolution display, an amazing design just 0.71-inches thin, the latest processors and powerful graphics, and up to nine hours of battery life, delivering unbelievable performance in an incredibly portable design.* Apple today also lowered the starting price of the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro, a very popular system with Windows switchers, by $100 to $1,099.

15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

“People love their MacBook Pro because of the thin and light, aluminum unibody design, beautiful Retina display, all day battery life and deep integration with OS X,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The MacBook Pro with Retina display gets even better with faster processors, more memory, more affordable configurations and a free upgrade to OS X Yosemite this fall.”

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features dual-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz and 8GB of memory, up from 4GB in the entry-level notebook. The 13-inch model can also be configured with faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz. The top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has a new, lower starting price of $2,499. The 15-inch model features faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, up from 8GB in the entry-level notebook, and can be configured with quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.0 GHz.

iLife® and iWork® come free with every new Mac®. iLife lets you edit your favorite videos with iMovie®, create new music or learn to play piano or guitar with GarageBand®, and organize, edit and share your best shots with iPhoto®. iWork productivity apps, Pages®, Numbers® and Keynote®, make it easy to create, edit and share stunning documents, spreadsheets and presentations. iWork for iCloud® beta lets you create a document on iPhone® or iPad®, edit it on your Mac and collaborate with friends, even if they are on a PC.

OS X® Mavericks, the world’s most advanced operating system, also comes free with every new Mac. With more than 200 features, OS X Mavericks is designed for ease of use while taking full advantage of the powerful technologies built into every Mac, including core technologies designed specifically for notebooks to boost performance and improve battery life. This fall, Mac users will be able to download OS X Yosemite, a redesigned and refined version of OS X, with a fresh, modern look, powerful new apps and amazing new continuity features that make working across your Mac and iOS devices more fluid than ever. OS X Yosemite will be available as a free download from the Mac App Store℠.

Pricing & Availability

MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Pro are available today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, 128GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1,299 (US); with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1,499 (US); and with a 2.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1,799 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 1TB.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.4 GHz, 16GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics starting at $1,999 (US); and with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris Pro and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics starting at $2,499 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.0 GHz and flash storage up to 1TB.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and a 500GB hard drive starting at $1,099 (US).

 

SPCG and KYOCERA Complete 35 Utility-Scale Solar Farms in Thailand

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SPCG Public Company Limited today announced the full operational launch of one of Southeast Asia’s largest solar power projects. Since 2010, 35 “solar farms” totaling approximately 257 megawatts (MW) have been constructed under the project, and connected to the utility grid in Northeastern Thailand. A ceremony held earlier this month in Surin Province commemorated the launch of the installations.

7.46MW solar power plant in Korat, Thailand
7.46MW solar power plant in Korat, Thailand

Thailand’s rapidly expanding economy has brought rising concerns regarding the national power supply in recent years, alongside growing awareness of the need to reduce dependence on gas imports. In order to diversify its energy portfolio, a feed-in-tariff system for renewable energy sources was adopted in 2007. In response to the resulting strong demand for renewable energy, SPCG commenced the solar farm project in 2009 to construct and operate multiple solar power plants in Thailand. Kyocera was chosen to supply the necessary solar modules, totaling approximately 1,100,000 panels for all sites. The 35th solar farm was completed and connected to the utility grid in June 2014.

The project has an annual power output of approximately 345,000,000kWh ― equal to the annual electrical consumption of approximately 287,500 Thai households*. The power generated from the solar farms will be supplied to the Provincial Electricity Authority of Thailand (PEA).

“Drawing from our four decades of experience in the solar industry, Kyocera has delivered high-quality solar modules which will generate clean, renewable energy for many years to come,” talking with TechTensity, stated Mr. Nobuo Kitamura, Senior Executive Officer and General Manager of the Corporate Solar Energy Group at Kyocera Corporation. “Kyocera is honored to have taken part in this project, which we believe is an important milestone for the development of solar energy in Thailand.”

“SPCG is very proud to be a pioneer of solar farm development in Thailand and the ASEAN community. SPCG is confident that our success will be an aid to future generations,” said Ms. Wandee Khunchornyakong, CEO of SPCG Public Company Limited. “We are highly honored to be able to achieve this together with Kyocera, our long-term partner, with whom we shared the same philosophy, vision, and determination to develop one of the best solar projects in the world.”

The companies hope that the newly launched solar farms will reinforce the region’s power supply. They remain committed to promoting solar energy as a means to attain a low-carbon society.

Samsung Galaxy Avant Joins the Un-carrier Lineup – Available at T-Mobile

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The new Samsung Galaxy Avant is available at T-Mobile stores nationwide and online for $216 (or $0 down and only $9 a month for 24 months), with all of the Un-carrier benefits with a Simple Choice plan including: zero annual service contracts, zero overages, zero hidden device costs, global roaming, and Music Freedom. Whether for work or for play, the Samsung Galaxy Avant gives customers great experience on T-Mobile’s lightning-fast nationwide 4G LTE network.

Samsung Galaxy Avant
Samsung Galaxy Avant

The Samsung Galaxy Avant boasts a stylish, slim design housing a powerful Quad-Core 1.2 GHz processor, 1.5GB RAM, and a brilliant 4.5” qHD screen that puts your world on display through ultra-high pixel density. Unique Samsung features further simplify the user experience, including Easy Mode to make the phone easier to navigate for first-time smartphone users, S Voice for convenient assistance in your daily life, and Samsung Smart Switch to make it even easier to transfer your content to your new device.

The Samsung Galaxy Avant joins a robust Samsung product lineup at T-Mobile including devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the limited edition Samsung Galaxy S5 Gold, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014-Edition, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0.

Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker Enabled with WeMo Now Available

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Belkin International and Crock-Pot today announced availability of the new Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker enabled with WeMo. The first product stemming from a collaboration between Belkin and Jarden Consumer Solutions, the slow cooker features Belkin’s WeMo technology built-in and allows consumers to adjust, manage and monitor their slow cooker from anywhere using a smartphone or tablet.

Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker
Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker

“Since the announcement of the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker enabled with WeMo at the 2014 International CES back in January, we have seen enormous interest in the slow cooker and its potential to bring the Internet of Things to life for consumers,”  said Ohad Zeira, director of product management for WeMo. “Thanks to our collaboration with Jarden Consumer Solutions, we are expanding the realm of the connected home, allowing people new ways to interact with their kitchen that makes life easier and better.”

The Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker is the first smartphone-controllable slow cooker, which brings greater control and flexibility over life’s unexpected moments. With the WeMo app, users can receive notifications, change the cooking time, adjust the temperature, turn the slow cooker off, or check the status of their meal quickly and easily from anywhere at any time.

“Perfect for busy moms or anyone else with a hectic schedule, the large-capacity 6-quart Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker has the same handy features as a regular slow cooker, but the addition of WeMo ensures you always come home to a perfectly cooked meal, no matter how late you are,” said Alejandro Peña, President JCS USA. For more information, visit TechnoMiz

Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker enabled with WeMo – $129.99

  • Turn on/off, change temperature or time settings from anywhere
  • Receive reminders
  • Works with an existing Wi-Fi® router and the free WeMo app for iOS 6 or Android 4.0 or higher
  • Manual control option
  • 6-quart capacity
  • Three temperature settings: high, low and warm
  • Automatic warmer setting
  • Cool-touch handles
  • Removable, dishwasher-safe stoneware and glass lid
  • 1-year limited warranty

Availability
The Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker enabled with WeMo is available now at Belkin.com, Crock-pot.com and Amazon.com. The WeMo app is available for free download now at the App Store and Google Play Store.

A350 XWB MSN001 Successfully Conducted ‘Maximum Energy Rejected Take-Off’ Test

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Airbus has successfully performed the ‘Maximum Energy Rejected Take-Off’ (MERTO) test with the A350 MSN001 on the morning of Saturday 19th July at Istres Air Force Base in France. MERTO, which follows on from the previous ‘High Energy Rejected Take-Off’ (HERTO) preparation test conducted by MSN001 two months ago, is a part of the mandatory series of tests for Certification.

A350 XWB MSN001
A350 XWB MSN001

This latest test is to confirm the braking system’s ability to safely stop the aircraft following a rejected take-off at high speed and high weight – using a set of worn-out brakes. As these brakes absorb the kinetic energy of the aircraft, they glow bright orange and reach a temperature of around 1,400 degrees centigrade by the time the aircraft has safely come to a standstill, whereupon the tires are deflated by special fuses. According to certification requirements, the aircraft then has to stay put for five minutes unassisted, after which firefighters are allowed to spray the wheels and brakes to cool them. The Airbus Test team received full support from the “DGA (Délégation Générale pour l’Armement) – Essais en vols”, which played a key role in facilitating the test.

MERTO is the A350 XWB programme’s final major test before MSN005, one of two cabin-equipped development aircraft, embarks on ‘Route Proving’ in July. The programme has to date achieved more than 2,250 flight hours in around 540 flights, and is on track for certification in Q3 and first delivery to Qatar Airways in Q4.

Boeing 777X Takes Off With BAE Systems’ Advanced, Integrated Flight Control Electronics

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BAE Systems flight controls will manage the new 777X wing with load alleviation, advanced high lift & folding wingtips for superior flying quality & fuel efficiency.

Boeing 777X
Boeing 777X

The Boeing Company has selected a BAE Systems-led team to provide electronics for the 777X flight control system through a competitive procurement process. The system, known as the Integrated Flight Control Electronics and the Air Data Reference Function, will control the flight surfaces of the aircraft and integrate additional functionality unique to the 777X.

“This will be one of the most advanced fly-by-wire systems on any commercial aircraft, enabling the 777X to achieve superior flying quality and fuel efficiency,” said Dr. Ehtisham Siddiqui, vice president and general manager of Commercial Aircraft Solutions at BAE Systems. “Boeing’s selection of BAE Systems for this key component of the aircraft further solidifies our valuable relationship, which has continuously developed over the last six decades.”

BAE Systems is teaming with Rockwell Collins to bring this world class capability to Boeing. Both companies have a strong record of executing complex development programs and are major suppliers to Boeing across its portfolio of airplanes. BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins are also suppliers of the primary flight control electronics and Autoland systems for the current 777 platform.

The 777X is Boeing’s newest family of twin-aisle airplanes that builds on the passenger-preferred and market-leading 777. It was launched in November 2013 with 259 orders and commitments from four customers. The largest and most-efficient twin-engine jet in the world, with 12 percent lower fuel consumption and 10 percent lower operating costs than the competition, 777X is scheduled to begin production in 2017 and first delivery is targeted for 2020.

BAE Systems’ flight control electronics will manage the aircraft’s all new wing with load alleviation, as well as its advanced high lift and folding wingtips. A recipient of Boeing’s 2011 Supplier of the Year Pathfinder Award, the company provides a large range of products for Boeing’s military and commercial aircraft. BAE Systems’ relationship with Boeing has evolved for more than 60 years, from developing the first weapon control for the F-4 jet fighter to providing avionics and control subsystems for its commercial and military airplanes.

BAE Systems is a world leader in high-integrity flight and engine controls, and cabin and flight-deck systems. Every second, a flight takes off enabled by the company’s flight critical systems. Development and production of the flight control electronics will occur across multiple BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins sites.

Selex ES Debuts Advanced Cockpit With Panoramic Display At Farnborough

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At the Farnborough International Air Show 2014, Finmeccanica – Selex ES will introduce a latest-generation cockpit equipped with a new panoramic display designed to meet civil and military customers’ growing requirements for “Flight Situation Awareness” for fixed and rotary wing platforms.

Advanced Cockpit With Panoramic DisplayThe system offers pilots greater security in Degraded Visual Environments (DVE), for example in sand storms, fog and rain, particularly during critical takeoff and landing phases and in low altitude flight. This greater security reduces crew stress and overall workload.

The panoramic display includes integrated high performance information fusion and is an efficient weight, size and cost thanks to the small number of computer units and avionics cables required. The system is also very easy to install.

Finmeccanica – Selex ES’s subsidiary company Sirio Panel, a leading manufacturer of control panels, lighting systems and cockpit human-machine interface (Human Machine Interface) for civil and military platforms, is involved in the project providing a new multi-touch panoramic display for ease of use and operational flexibility. The system integrates flight information with 2D and 3D maps and with data from a wide range of sensors and databases in order to display an accurate and reliable virtual view to the pilot.

The interior of the latest generation cockpit on display at the show uses innovative hardware and software including avionics components and algorithms specially developed by Finmeccanica – Selex ES.