Watford boss plays down spat

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesWalter Mazzarri played down an apparent confrontation between Watford team-mates Stefano Okaka and Troy Deeney after his side’s 4-3 defeat at Chelsea.Hornets boss Mazzarri said he was unaware of the incident but insisted he was not concerned.“They are friends. They are always together and joking with each other,” Mazzarri said.“You want players with character who talk to each other on the pitch. Tomorrow I will investigate but I think it was nothing.”   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Save lives, in Zenani’s honour

first_imgZoleka Mandela, the mother of Zenani,New York City mayor Michael Bloombergand Zindzi Mandela pose with the character Grover, from Sesame Street.The blue creature is the ambassador for the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety. Zindzi shows off the bangles that can be bought in support of the Zenani Campaign, with proceeds from sales going towards injury prevention programmes by the Road Safety Fund. (Images: The Road Safety Fund) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sam Monareng  Dept of transport communications, media  +27 12 309 3970 or +27 83 326 1521 RELATED ARTICLES • Think Pedestrian – and save lives • Cape Town’s transport system lauded • R2.2bn upgrade for SA’s rail system • Roadwork to create 400 000 jobsRay MaotaThe memory of Nelson Mandela’s great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela will live on forever and, with a new campaign recently named in her honour, will help to bring down the number of road fatalities involving children around the world.The Zenani Campaign was launched on 2 May 2012 in New York, by her mother Zoleka and grandmother, Mandela’s third daughter Zindzi.The city’s mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted a South African delegation including South Africa’s minister of transport, Sibusiso Ndebele, among others. The event was used to highlight the plight of traffic authorities globally who have the task of curbing road deaths.Zenani died in a car accident on the night of 10 June 2010 while travelling home with relatives after attending a concert that kick-started the Fifa World Cup in Johannesburg. She had just turned 13 two days before.Aims of the campaignThe campaign will fall under the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety initiative, which aims to improve the level of protection for children on roads mainly in developing countries.Among other goals, the UN campaign seeks to secure investment in safe footpaths, cycle-ways and crossing points on streets with lower speed limits, particularly around schools. It also aims to help implement new road legislation where required and encourage a bolder approach to road traffic law enforcement.Zenani will also be incorporated into the Mandela Day celebrations on 18 July 2012. On this day the world honours the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and the event calls on everybody to tap into and realise the power they have to make a positive change in their communities around the globe.Speaking at the Zenani launch, Zindzi Mandela said: “I used to think that road casualties were just a tragic fact of life, about which nothing could be done.“Demand protection for children on the roads, and let us ensure that in future, other families do not have to suffer the pain that my family has suffered.”Zoleka Mandela also called for positive action.“Other parents must not go through the pain that I am suffering and will continue to suffer. Every life we save will be a precious victory,” she said.“Every year almost 1.3-million people are killed and millions more injured on the world’s roads – and many of those victims are children. That is simply unacceptable,” said Bloomberg.“There’s a strong and growing network of organisations working around the world to implement proven interventions including tougher speeding, seat-belt and helmet rules and an increase in safe school crossings and more footpaths.”The campaign, he said, was another positive step forward in the global effort to address this issue and save lives.According to Unicef’s State of the World’s Children 2012 report, road traffic injuries claim a disproportionate number of young lives in low and middle income countries.It is common for high speed roads to be routed close to schools or through residential areas, and therefore cities must be designed in a way that reduces risk to youngsters.Pedestrians are a priorityNdebele spoke about the potential benefit of the initiative for pedestrians.“Pedestrians alone account for nearly 40% of road fatalities in our country annually,” he said.He added that at the current rate, road crashes would be the number one killer of children aged between five and 14 in Africa by 2015, overtaking malaria and HIV.To curb this, the Department of Transport launched the Think Pedestrian campaign in April with the aim of stabilising and reducing road incidents by educating drivers and pedestrians about road safety.Driven globally by the UN, in South Africa the campaign is endorsed by logistics company Eqstra and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, in support of Mandela Day.Endorsement from international starsInternational stars like supermodel Naomi Campbell and F1 star Lewis Hamilton have endorsed the Zenani Campaign.Campbell, who is close to the Mandela family, said: “There are far too many children being killed, a thousand every day. The family will never get over the pain of her loss, and we’ll never get Zenani back.“But she was such a positive little girl that she would have wanted to make a difference. In memory of Zenani Mandela, I support this campaign. Lives can be saved, and we need action right now.”Hamilton said that he supports the campaign because action is needed now to prevent more tragedies.How to get involvedTo get involved in the campaign one can become the eyes, ears and voice of the campaign by taking photos of unsafe streets and uploading them on the Make Roads Safe website.Supporters can also buy the Zenani wristband via the website, to show their solidarity with all victims of road crashes.All proceeds will be used to support road safety projects protecting children in developing countries.last_img read more

Saying Something About Abuse: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

first_img DV Awareness Month Graphic By: Jason Jowers, M.S. MFT Return to article. Long DescriptionU.S. Air Force [DV Awareness Month by Jessica Hines, October 21, 2011, CC0]October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Talking about domestic and dating violence is one of the hardest subjects to broach when talking with clients. Many times it is kept secretive and elicits feelings of shame for those who have experienced it. How can we make it easier to talk about, not just for adults in abusive relationships, but for children in these families and especially, for teens who might be facing issues of dating violence as well?With this in mind, we wanted to highlight the history of this awareness month, as well as share some resources we found to be helpful in giving teens and parents the tools for support. According to this dating violence blog, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month first began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Since then, the Violence Against Women Act was passed in 1994, and this legislation helped to provide programs and services for domestic violence victims and families. Great strides have been made in various realms of society to lessen the overall rate of domestic violence instances. However, it is still an ongoing problem that has only morphed with the times and moved onto the internet and within social media with cyber-stalking situations.Domestic violence affects millions of people worldwide. Here are a few resources and organizations that we would like to highlight when it comes to the important work of preventing domestic violence:The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has this blog series on important topics and therapeutic support in dealing with DV.The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence has resources on engaging the media and training links for clinicians.Learn more about ways to take action against DV and preventing sexual assault from the No More Campaign.Futures Without Violence has many great resources on various topics related to domestic violence such as: family violence issues, human trafficking, workplace safety, and sexual assault prevention college campuses.Break the Cycle has lots of great info on how to help and take action against domestic violence.Finally, The Institute for Family Violence Studies at Florida State University has a plethora of resources, research publications, and trainings when working with families to build resilience.Hopefully with the right amount of support, we can all do our part to help raise awareness in helping those who are dealing with domestic and dating violence.ReferencesBreak the Cycle (2019). It’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Retrieved from: https://www.breakthecycle.org/blog/it’s-national-domestic-violence-awareness-monthThis post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Learn more about us at https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/family-development, and connect with us on Facebook, and on Twitter.  Subscribe to our Anchored. podcast series on iTunes and via our podcast page.last_img read more

State Income Tax and Federal Net Operating Losses

first_imgStates differ in how they treat the federal net operating loss deduction on state corporate income tax returns. The variety of state approaches can make compliance complex for multistate corporations. However, knowing these differences can provide tax planning opportunities for corporate income taxpayers, especially multistate corporations.How Are NOLs Treated Under Federal Law?A federal NOL deduction is available to corporate taxpayer under IRC Sec. 172. Generally, an NOL arises when a taxpayer’s deductions are more than their income for the year.A NOL is not deducted in the tax year it occurs. Instead, the NOL is carried back or carried forward to other tax years, then deducted. The lengths of time for carrying NOLs back or forward are called carryback and carryover periods.Before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was enacted, a NOL could be carried back two tax years and carried forward up to 20 years. Now, the Code allows NOLs to be carried forward indefinitely.Do States Follow the Federal NOL Rules?In general, many states don’t.   Common practices in states include:computing state income tax starting with federal taxable income before NOLs;requiring taxpayers to add back the amount of the federal NOL deduction to income; ormodifying the federal NOL deduction.No Federal NOL Deduction in State ComputationApproximately half of the states do not allow the federal NOL deduction. Most of these states base a corporation’s taxable income on federal taxable income before the federal NOL deduction (federal Form 1120, Line 28). States that follow this approach include:California;New York;Massachusetts; andNorth Carolina.Adding Back the NOL DeductionIn a number of states, corporations must add back the amount of the federal NOL deduction to their state income. The state may then allow a net operating loss to be calculated using its own rules. States that follow this approach include:Florida;Illinois;Michigan; andSouth Carolina.Modifications to Federal NOL DeductionSome states modify the federal NOL. For example, Maryland conforms to the federal NOL deduction, unless:an extended carryback is claimed;federal taxable income subtraction modifications exceed addition modifications in the year of loss; orsubtraction modifications include foreign source dividends.Other states like Missouri and Virginia require an addition or add back for the federal NOL deduction only under certain circumstances.Conformity to Federal NOL Carryforward and Carryback RulesState carryforward and carryback periods vary significantly. Many states did not permit carrybacks prior to the enactment of TCJA. Additionally, states that did permit carrybacks often decoupled from extended federal carryback periods. Different approaches that are taken across the states include:prohibiting NOL carrybacks (e.g., North Carolina);conforming to federal carryback periods (e.g., Mississippi);conforming to federal carryforward periods (e.g., Wisconsin);allowing carryback periods of two or three years (e.g., Utah and California); andallowing carryforward periods that range from five to twenty years (e.g. Rhode Island and Illinois).In a later post, we will explore how states have responded to changes in the NOL deduction made by the TCJA.By Catherine S. Agdeppa, J.D.Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

The first thirty seconds designing that first PaxEx impression

first_imgThink back to your last flight. You walked through the busy airport, down the jetway, or up the aircraft stairs. You entered the aircraft, turn right (or infrequently left), find your seat, and the clock starts: the airline has just about thirty seconds to impress you.Did it do so on that flight? Did the seat and its environment look welcoming, comfortable, interesting, and attractive? Or was it bland, blue-grey, poorly lit, and generic? If it was on a low-cost carrier, did it look cheap and cheerful, or cheap and nasty? If it was a full-service airline, did it look and feel premium, distinctive, or stylish? Did it meet the design, branding and experience expectations that the airline set for you in its advertising, booking process, and the #PaxEx so far?In economy and premium economy, the first impression we see is often set by the lighting. This doesn’t necessarily have to be the very latest in programmable lighting along the lines of that used by Finnair or Icelandair or Philippine Airlines. But it should at the very least be something more than the bright stark white that so many airlines still use, or the tired dim beige that screams thirty-year-old aircraft.Light-colored neutrals aren’t necessarily a problem if they can be coloured by light. Image: John WaltonThe seat fabric used is also key, and it’s a shame that so few airlines make the most of it. After all, it’s practically invisible once passengers are sitting on it, but there’s an opportunity for real fun and differentiation on first sight. Does it break up the serried ranks of seats? Does it catch the lighting, and does it harken back to the airline’s brand? Or is it row after row of dark blue or grey material that could belong to dozens of airlines?Could you name this airline from the cabin design? If not, does that create a problem for a carrier like Scoot? Image: John WaltonAll of those factors from economy are relevant in business and first class too, of course, where passengers paying premium fares are increasingly expecting a premium look and feel. But here there’s more space to work with — and correspondingly more design opportunities to grasp or to squander.Crucially, there is the factor of in-cabin seat shells to consider up front. Walls of greige thermoplastic should sound a cautionary note unless there is thoughtful, consistent lighting that ups the interest level, and a materials choice that works with the lighting rather than against it.Walls and cabin monuments, too, are growing in importance, as is the work done by companies like ABC International alongside design houses to brand cabins and give them a premium feel.Increasingly, the thought given to how the soft product for a flight is presented is a shibboleth for good design and good passenger experience in business class.How are the blankets, pillows, duvets, mattress pads, amenity kits, headphones slippers and other items presented? Are they squeezed into a shrink-wrapped plastic bag and shoved into the footwell? Do you end up with so much plastic wrapping to throw away that you wince in guilt for the future of the planet? Are the seat and side-table surfaces so covered with bits and bobs that you can’t put your hand luggage down to pull out the few things you need for takeoff and landing?Just how much plastic wrapping is truly required of soft product? Image: John WaltonOr have the headphones been discreetly hung on their special hook, the slippers slipped into the magazine rack, the amenity kit positioned attractively, the pillows arranged to look plump and inviting, the duvets tucked out of the way, the mattress pads stored overhead until it’s bedtime?A legitimate question for passengers – just where do you put all that stuff? Image: John WaltonOnce you’re seated, is the screen on and showing something attractive, informative, fun, or otherwise eye-catching? Is what you’re looking at interesting or swanky enough to take a quick snapshot for your family and friends on social media? Or are you staring at a featureless seatback and a dark screen?Is what you see when you sit down worthy of a snap with your cameraphone? Image: John WaltonThere’s a strange mirror dichotomy between designing for a first impression looking down at a seat and, by contrast, for the fact that passengers might be looking at the other side of that seat for nearly twenty-four hours. Getting it right — designing a seat that does both well — takes a long time and much expertise.Related Articles:Towards designing Instagram-worthy modern premium PaxExItaly’s ABC International takes cabin branding to the next levelIs the future of seatback thermoplastics really greige?Finnair’s London A350 is a refreshing change from Eurobusiness normLift explores cabin lighting as a brand canvas and revenue streamBetter flight in amber: is it time to bring warmth back to cabin colors?Gulf Air gets to the heart of identity with rebranding effortCabin designers lavish praise on new airframer-branded cabinslast_img read more

Brussels Airlines CEO Christina Foerster to women Go For It

first_imgAppointed as CEO of Brussels Airlines in April 2018, Foerster says her biggest achievement so far is creating a stronger synergy with parent Lufthansa Group. “We’ve now fully integrated our sales and cargo operations, so we’re now using the power of the entire group. We’re no longer just focused on Belgium,” she notes. “We also just launched our new long-haul product on the Airbus A330 fleet.”As one of a handful of female airline CEOs, Foerster says she has delved into the topic of women in aviation, and has served as a mentor to others in the industry. She feels there are different reasons why we don’t see more women represented in airline C-suites.“One thing is I think women question themselves too much and it hinders them. Taking over an executive role is like having a child. You can only say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and move forward. And you don’t know what the future will hold,” she says.Another issue is work/family balance. “In Europe, there’s the question of how you bring a family and being an executive together. I see a lot of mothers and I completely understand the lack of time for networking because they have to balance their responsibilities in life. I think all of these things are contributing factors.” But Foerster says she sees a climate where diversity is being taken more seriously. “I think that has contributed to more representation.”Her advice for women at the beginning of their aviation careers is to take a chance and join an “incredible” industry. “[Aviation] is so varied and really exciting. It bridges the world, which I think is great. I think young women should just jump right in.”In the pioneer days of aviation, men and women both contributed equally, notes Foerster. “But as aviation became bigger and there was more relevant technology after [World War II], that’s when participation by women got reduced. It’s a pity that the pioneering spirit is not there. I hope it comes back.”Related Articles:Air France commits to further improving gender diversity and equalitySITAONAIR’s Evi Dougali talks digitization and staying the courseWILL Rise: How UTC is preparing women for leadershipOp-Ed: A woman’s place is in the flight deck and the C-SuiteAviation and tech company chief seeks to increase women in both fieldsPursuing Leadership: Delta SVP Allison Ausband’s advice to womenCharlie Bravo Aviation CEO to women: Push beyond your comfort zoneTAM Airlines CEO Claudia Sender on harnessing a culture of diversityFly Blue Crane CEO on breaking the aviation glass ceilingAge not a barrier to success for Novaport deputy CEO in Russia Christina Foerster, the CEO of Brussels Airlines, credits her success with lessons learned from her parents while growing up in the Canary Islands. Now she’s urging other women to “go for it” in their careers.“My father ran a small soccer club, and we always went to the bar after games. When talking to the team, you had to fast with your words and quick-witted,” recalls Foerster in an interview with Runway Girl Network. “My mother is a feminist and believed she could always get things done. She taught me not to think about gender, but about who you are and always go for it.”Though her parents divorced, the experience didn’t hold her back. Foerster earned her B.S. at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 1997 and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. She started her career as a strategic consultant for Boston Consulting Group in the trade and tourism industry and also did a stint at Sheraton Hotels. This led her to Deutsche Lufthansa in 2002, where she became a project manager, handling duties including asset allocation and privatization of ATC in Germany.Foester moved up the ranks, becoming Lufthansa’s vice president of network and fleet development in 2011. In 2014, she took over the job for all the major and regional airlines under Lufthansa. “I worked with the asset management team to look at our aircraft portfolio to decide what our airlines would need in the future,” she explains.Under her watch, the group placed Lufthansa’s largest ever order of Airbus A320s in September 2013. “These aircraft have become a staple of our business and are performing well,” notes Foerster.After promotions to senior vice president of network, group & alliance development, and SVP network & partner management, she was named Chief Commercial Officer for Brussels Airlines in September 2016. The carrier is owned by the Lufthansa Group.“On the one hand, I had been in Frankfurt for awhile, so I wanted to move to a different city and shake things up,” says Foerster. “On the other hand, I wanted a job with more corporate responsibility. Being CCO gave me a much wider scope of duties, from product sales to cargo, to innovation to marketing. It let me further increase my knowledge of the industry.”Christina Foerster’s feminist mother gave her great advice as a child. Image: Brussels AirlinesFoerster credits Lufthansa for its focus on developing talent. “It allowed me to integrate everything I’ve learned in past jobs that helped me in the future,” she says. “Doing things like forging strong teams and achieving amazing things were all learned in past jobs. So I was able to handle similar issues, but on a bigger scale at Brussels Airlines.”last_img read more

Press Release SmartSky launches IFC system with Gore cables

first_imgToday’s passengers and flight crew require secure, real-time connections through texting, phone calls, social media, email, transferring information, and streaming videos. GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies is helping SmartSky Networks launch the next-generation of inflight connectivity above the clouds.They selected Gore’s vapor-sealed 7 Series for their new inflight connectivity system that provides travelers with a true 4G LTE air-to-ground (ATG) connection in aircraft such as the Embraer ERJ-135 operated by JetSuiteX.SmartSky’s inflight connectivity system using Gore’s 7 Series has just received STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) approval for the Embraer ERJ-145. The certificate is required by the U.S. FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for any modifications to an aircraft’s original design. Gore worked closely with SmartSky’s STC partners to ensure the reliability of the system in a moisture-rich environment. With more than 1,200 in service, the ERJ-145 is the largest twin-engine regional jet in a family that also includes the ERJ-135 and ERJ-140.“Gore’s well-earned reputation within the industry made choosing their routable cable assembly technology an easy decision,” said Darren Emery, Vice President for Product Support at SmartSky. “Gore’s 7 Series is high performance and exceptionally reliable, enabling a real fit-and-forget installation to exceed our customers’ expectations now and for many years to come.”“SmartSky’s innovative system, combined with our vapor-sealed assemblies, will enable an extremely compelling user experience and set a new standard for the industry,” said Jeremy Moore, Global Product Specialist for Gore’s Civil Aerospace Team.High-Quality Signal TransmissionGORE Microwave/RF Assemblies, 7 Series with robust connector options improve signal integrity and speed with low loss up to 40 GHz making them an ideal solution for SmartSky’s new high-speed ATG technology. They are designed precisely to prevent the ingress of water vapor, fuel, and other hazardous contaminants commonly found in airborne environments. With smaller diameters, more flexibility and tighter bend radius, these assemblies also meet the complex routing requirements of SmartSky’s tight platforms without breaking or failing.Gore’s 7 Series was also instrumental in helping SmartSky continue to stay on schedule with deploying their King Air B200 airborne test platform developed to optimize their new ATG network and test future technologies and applications.The vapor-sealed 7 Series complement Gore’s broad catalog of aerospace solutions — including coaxial and microwave/RF assemblies, high-speed data cables, aircraft sealants and more. Gore’s high- performance aerospace solutions will be on display at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany on 2-4 April in Booth 2E60. For more information, visit gore.com/aix2019 or contact a Gore applications specialist at electronics.usa@wlgore.com.About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.L. Gore & Associates is a global materials science company dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Founded in 1958, Gore has built a reputation for solving complex technical challenges in the most demanding environments — from revolutionizing the outerwear industry with GORE-TEX® fabric to creating medical devices that improve and save lives to enabling new levels of performance in the aerospace, pharmaceutical and mobile electronics markets, among other industries. Headquartered in Newark, Del., Gore employs approximately 10,000 Associates and generates annual revenues that exceed $3.5 billion. Learn more at gore.com.About SmartSky NetworksHeadquartered in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, SmartSky Networks was formed in 2011 by senior telecommunications and aviation executives seeking to transform aviation through the use of disruptive communications technologies and related tools. Working with leading aerospace and technology partners, SmartSky has begun the rollout of its innovative, air-to-ground network, SmartSky 4G LTE. The network takes advantage of patented spectrum reuse, advanced beamforming technologies and 60 MHz of spectrum for significantly enhanced connectivity. SmartSky 4G LTE uniquely enables a productivity experience in the air similar to that available on the ground, including unmatched capacity for data transmissions both to and from the aircraft. This real-time, low latency, bidirectional data link makes SmartSky 4G LTE the most compelling user experience, and a key enabler for the new and enhanced apps, services, and hardware that will usher in the digitization of the aviation industry.last_img read more

Airbus expands Hamburg A350 Customer Definition Centre

first_img Physical supply samples, including for safety equipment, are on hand. Image: John Walton Real-world, touch-and-feel CMF in natural light streaming into the hangar is a PaxEx plus. Image: John Walton Inside a heritage pre-WWI hangar at Airbus’ German factory headquarters now sits the extended and rebranded Airspace Customer Definition Centre, a high-tech hub for airlines, suppliers and Airbus to conceptualize, refine, test and customize their cabins. The A320 and A330 are joining the previous site for the A350 XWB, resulting in the addition of the “Airspace” cabin brand to the centre.“It’s really building on the success of the A350 Customer Definition Centre,” senior vice president for marketing and customer affairs François Caudron told Runway Girl Network in an interview at the event. “That has really demonstrated that customers love it — they really get inspired, it helps them making the right decisions, and therefore when we ramped up on the A320 and A330 we needed to offer a consistent experience.”“We have a consistent offering,” Caudron explained. “Airspace cabins are being deployed on the A330 and A320. It’s about consistency in the ways of working and experience throughout the definition. The A330 was a no-brainer, because they work side-by-side with the A350. The A320, what really pushes it is the success of the A321, and the A321LR in particular. We’re going to be seeing a lot more of those flying transatlantic routes, which means the A321 is coming into widebody territory, so you need to rethink your cabin offering.”Four and a half square kilometres of space over two floors includes 3D visualization rooms, VR cabin spaces, real-world mockups with seats from a half-dozen linefit and retrofit manufacturers, materials and finish spaces, digital mockups, and floor projection systems for all three aircraft types. With a focus on collaborative working, breakout areas, technology and interactivity, the space is impressive, with media including Runway Girl Network escorted through mockup after mockup, digital room after digital room on an hours-long tour.Widescreen 3D rooms really pop once you have the glasses on. Image: John WaltonHighlights from a modern #PaxEx perspective include CATIA-based digital cabin CGI systems in 2D, 3D and VR, which can be loaded with a variety of inputs from sub-suppliers including seats, lavatories, galleys and other monuments, and tested for changes immediately: swap out seat X for seat Y and see how that changes the cabin, for example.Real-world mockups, too, are crucial to the experience, with multiple sets of frames for each aircraft family. Impressively, the Airbus A320 version includes the rear door sections of its highest-density 188-seater LOPA, where the rear two seats stick out somewhat towards the Space-Flex lavatories mounted in the rear bulkhead.With the max-pax layout mockup, airlines absolutely know what they’re getting and what they’re offering passengers. Image: John WaltonThe Airbus staffer demonstrating the products was very clear on the purpose of this mockup: it is to ensure that airlines going for a max-pax configuration know precisely what they’re purchasing.Notable also by its presence was a mockup of the pre-Airspace A320 fuselage but with the new XL bins that are available now for order. Here, too, airlines can see exactly what’s on offer and discuss human dynamics: will flight attendants with body size profiles in their region be able to reach the bins, for example?A mockup of the current A320 cabin with the new XL bins brings the option home to customers. Image: John WaltonAirbus will run multiple airlines through the new centre at the same time, with centre staffers suggesting between 2-3 customers per week for a total duration of perhaps 2-3 weeks for an A350.In addition, Airbus will also continue to seek feedback and strategic guidance from the airlines at the ACDC, says François Caudron. “We run four times a year the Customer Experience Teams: those are places where we actually ask customers to explore concepts, to validate some of them. We get them to help us understand their expectations. We capture their needs, we capture their wishes. That helps us setting the market trends for the coming years.”For airlines, making more Airbus aircraft behave like each other is a big win. “When you develop a common cabin control device like the CIDS at the front where you control the cabin, lighting, air conditioning and temperature, you want to put it across the board because then it generates some savings for the airline in terms of training of their crew, interoperability, deploying them from one aircraft to another,” Caudron explained to RGN.“Commonality is not only in the cockpit,” Caudron said. “It also works in the cabin.”Scale projection of cabin layout options can help visualise both the cabin and problems within it. Image: John WaltonImage Gallery: Using digital certification for early checks on cabin configurations saves time and rework. Image: John Walton Related Articles:Airbus delights in airline design reaction to A320 Airspace options JetBlue to launch Airbus Airspace cabin for A320 familyAirbus’ A320 Airspace cabin grows bins, modernises cabinAirbus looks to define A320 Airspace with tick-tock model in playAirbus talks Airspace reception, supplier-furnished seatsAirbus asks, and skips, business class questions in Airspace cabinAirbus Airspace cabin is built with Coach Comfort in mindlast_img read more

Press Release ThinKom Ka antenna demos twoway wideband data links

first_imgThinKom Solutions, Inc., today announced the successful completion of in-flight connectivity trials of its ThinAir® Ka2517 phased-array antenna mounted on the Proteus high-altitude long-endurance aircraft.The Proteus satellite data communication package was developed as a joint effort involving ThinKom, Inmarsat Government and Scaled Composites. The trials included initial tests in Chantilly, Virginia and the Mojave Air and Space Port, California, culminating in a series of demo flights at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.The ThinAir antenna delivered a 25 Mbps return link and a 5 Mbps forward link operating at over 50,000 feet altitude through an Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band satellite in geostationary orbit. The phased array maintained connectivity to the satellite each flight, including during take offs, in-flight maneuvers and landings. Further, the ThinAir antenna was able to send the full 25 Mbps from the aircraft at an elevation angle of 25 degrees, while providing data rates of 12 Mbps at elevation angles as low as 15 degrees.ThinKom supplied the Ka2517 phased-array antenna in a low-profile 7.8-inch high radome, along with an adaptor plate, antenna controller and transceiver electronics. Scaled Composites designed and built a custom fairing to mount the radome on the aircraft’s fuselage and integrated the ThinKom system with the payload on the aircraft.Inmarsat Government developed and provided the system’s modem manager, PRO-MODMAN, designed specifically for the Ka2517 to operate on Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band steerable beams. The PRO-MODMAN integrates the capability of a DVB S2X modem with the flexibility of an OpenAMIP configurable system controller.“These successful in-flight demonstrations further validate the ThinAir Ka2517’s capability to provide uninterrupted broadband connectivity with near-zero aerodynamic drag – an important consideration for many classes of UAVs and long-endurance missions flying at extreme altitudes,” said Bill Milroy, Chief Technology Officer of ThinKom Solutions. “I would like to thank the superb engineering teams from Inmarsat Government and Scaled Composites who worked with us to achieve this important milestone. This was truly a team effort.”“Inmarsat Government was pleased to support this important joint demonstration using the Inmarsat Global Xpress capability. The results of the trials proved, once again, that highly mobile government customers can rely on Global Xpress – a globally-available high-throughput, flexible and interoperable connectivity solution that provides coverage wherever and whenever required,” said Steve Gizinski, Chief Technology Officer, Inmarsat Government.Proteus is a twin-turbofan tandem-wing aircraft originally developed and built by Scaled Composites in 1998. It is currently owned and operated by Scaled Composites. The experimental aircraft is designed to carry payloads up to 2,000 lbs. at altitudes from 50,000 to 63,000 feet and remain on station more than 14 hours. It is intended to support the demonstration of piloted and UAV missions, including telecommunications, reconnaissance, atmospheric research, commercial imaging and space launch.Photo Caption: ThinKom Ka-band phased array antenna mounted on Proteus aircraft.About ThinKom Solutions, Inc.ThinKom Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative highly affordable compact broadband antennas and products for aeronautical, vehicular and man-portable applications. The company’s primary products uniquely enable near-term worldwide availability of high-data-rate connectivity in the Ka-, X-, Ku-, and Q-bands. ThinKom offers a range of reliable, proven technology solutions for the consumer, enterprise, first responder, civil, military and intelligence communities.About Inmarsat GovernmentThe U.S. government has relied on and trusted Inmarsat satellite services since 1979. Inmarsat Government continues to deliver the world’s most advanced global, mobile satellite communication services to U.S. defense, intelligence, homeland security, public safety and civilian agencies, with highly reliable, secure and affordable connectivity. Built with government users in mind, Inmarsat Government provides resilient, flexible capabilities to augment government satellite resources, anytime, anywhere. Leveraging an industry-leading scalable multiband network infrastructure, Inmarsat Government offers a suite of managed network services and end-to-end communication solutions to support users on land, at sea and in the air, even in the world’s most remote regions. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Inmarsat Government is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inmarsat plc.About Scaled CompositesScaled Composites is an American aerospace company founded by Burt Rutan  that is located at the Mojave Air and Space Port, Mojave, California. Founded to develop experimental aircraft, the company now focuses on designing and developing concept craft and prototype fabrication processes for aircraft and other vehicles.last_img read more

Press Release STG launches flexible photoluminescent aircraft signage

first_imgLeading aircraft cabin lighting company STG Aerospace is today launching saf-Tsign® blu, the world’s first and only blue-glowing photoluminescent aircraft signage.Ideal for emergency, informational and custom signs, the unique and patented saf-Tsign® blu design combines top-class cabin aesthetics with an absolute focus on clarity and safety. Further benefits include minimal maintenance and operational costs.Dr Sean O’Kell, STG Aerospace Business Unit Director, says: “We’re really excited to be launching the world’s first flexible blue-glowing aircraft signage and cabin marking option. It’s not something you can announce every day. We are already talking to many major carriers about the extensive capability offering of saf-Tsign® blu, looking at everything from seat markings and row numbers to galley and washroom signs.”saf-Tsign® blu builds on STG Aerospace’s proven, market-leading saf-Tsign® range of easy-to-install, environmentally friendly, non-powered photoluminescent signage, available for all aircraft types.O’Kell continues: “With the new saf-Tsign® blu, we’re expanding our portfolio, building on our traditional green-glowing signage to add a cool and soothing blue look. Blue signage will also be more ‘on-brand’ than green signage for many airlines and can be easily tailored to match airlines’ CMF palettes.“Photoluminescent signs – in simple terms, ‘glow-in-the-dark’ signs – are 100% fail-safe with no running costs, which makes them perfect for commercial and military aerospace use. saf-Tsign® blu signs, for example, are fully charged by cabin lighting in minutes. The look and operation of this new product line beautifully combines our design and engineering expertise.“Blue is a very calming and aesthetically pleasing colour,” adds O’Kell. “It’s relaxing and refreshing, with an output that won’t disrupt passengers in a darkened cabin. Naturally, therefore, it’s a colour we love and we already offer a blue setting for our liTeMood® cabin lighting system and saf-Tglo blu FPM systems. This way we can offer a cohesive cabin aesthetic to customers.About STG AerospaceEstablished in 1995, STG Aerospace is an award-winning, world leader in aircraft cabin lighting technologies. Its products are currently installed in over 11,000 aircraft worldwide representing one third of the world’s passenger fleet.The company’s product range includes:saf-Tglo®, the pioneering and market-leading photoluminescent emergency floor path systemsaf-Tsign®, the leading brand of photoluminescent emergency and informational signage developed for commercial and military fixed-wing and rotary aircraftliTeMood®, an LED lighting range designed specifically to retrofit commercial aircraft cabins, including a plug-and-play, programmable, mood lighting system together with ancillary cabin lighting products.STG Aerospace has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise four times, a Boeing Best Performance Excellence Award eight times, the 2016 APEX Award for Best Cabin Innovation, the 2017 PAX International Readership Award for Best Cabin Interior Enhancement and, together with SpiceJet, the 2017 Inflight Asia-Pacific Award in the Interior Retrofit Project category.Counting hundreds of airlines, lessors and MROs among its customers, STG Aerospace is also a supplier to aircraft OEMs, including Boeing, Embraer, BAE Systems, Fokker and Saab.Privately owned, STG Aerospace has its Headquarters and UK manufacturing facilities and a Research and Development centre in Wales (UK) and an office with further manufacturing facilities in Miami serving the US market. The company also has an official presence in China with a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE) based in Beijing, STG Aerospace (China) Co., Ltd.last_img read more