Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Governor Mike DeWine outlined his H2Ohio water quality initiative, which he is introducing as part of his proposed budget for the 2020-2021 biennium.“Water is vital to everyone, yet communities throughout the state face real and different challenges, such as algae blooms, failing septic tanks, nutrient pollution, and threats of lead contamination,” Governor DeWine said. “We cannot continue to lurch from water crisis to water crisis. I am proposing an H2Ohio initiative that would allow us to invest in targeted, long-term solutions to ensure safe and clean water across the state of Ohio.”During an event in Toledo, Governor DeWine announced that his proposal would create a special H2Ohio Fund that would be used to protect Ohio’s water quality over 10 years and could amount to approximately $900 million.“Rather than borrowing to pay to fix our water problems, we want to create a special account, where we can deposit funds to be used specifically for water quality across Ohio,” Gov. DeWine said. “We believe that this is a responsible approach to address a critically important issue.”H2Ohio funding would be used for water programs across the state, including for Lake Erie and other rivers, lakes, and waterways in Ohio, for efforts such as:Prevention and land-based management programs, such as funding efforts to minimize the introduction of nutrients and other runoff into Ohio waterways, additional staffing at soil and water conservation districts, and more aggressive action to address failing septic systems and other water treatment needs across Ohio.Water-based restoration programs, such as the creation of more wetlands in targeted areas to naturally filter out nutrients and sediment and utilizing emerging technologies to minimize water quality problems and treat polluted water.Science, research, and measurement, such as supporting ongoing research and data collection to advise on metrics and measurable goals, and to stay updated on and utilize new prevention and treatment technologies.“We are so excited to be a part of it,” said Dorothy Pelanda, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “This is going to provide resources to every county in Ohio and we’ve been working hard with ODNR and EPA to consider what farmers need most across the state in terms of help from our state to move forward with their own initiatives to help with water quality.”The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is supportive of the effort.“The Governor’s approach to water quality is refreshing for Ohio agriculture,” said Adam Sharp, OFBF executive vice president. “The H2Ohio initiative and its extensive resources shows an understanding of the complexities that come with this issue. This funding is a great example of how this governor is fully committed to work with farmers throughout the state toward the common goal of clean water. We look forward to working with the administration as the initiative moves forward.”
Click the image to access a PDF version to download & share. Return to article. Long DescriptionClick the image to access a PDF version to download and share.by Hedda Meadan, PhDCurrent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 1 in every 59 children in the US have autism. Boys are diagnosed with autism four times more than girls and autism occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Although young children with autism have unique abilities and needs that might require additional support within educational and community settings, societal values about promoting opportunities for development and learning, and a sense of belonging for every child and family call for inclusion for all.In 2009 The National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Division for Early Childhood issued a joint statement in support of inclusion. The joint statement includes this definition of early childhood inclusion:“Early childhood inclusion embodies the values, policies, and practices that support the right of every infant and young child and his or her family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society. The desired results of inclusive experiences for children with and without disabilities and their families include a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendships, and development and learning to reach their full potential.” Researchers report many benefits of high-quality inclusion of young children with autism and other developmental disabilities in early educational settings. Inclusion supports and benefits not only children with autism, but also their typically developing peers, family members, teachers and professionals, and the community as a whole.Autism Speaks published Pre-School Inclusion Programming for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Toolkit for Training and Program Development which includes information, checklists, tools, and printable materials for supporting inclusion of young children with autism. The Organization for Autism Research further describes the importance of inclusion. In addition, Operation Autism: A Resource Guide for Military Families provides resources for developing partnerships with educators to support the inclusion of children with autism and for understanding the different educational placements options for children with autism.Our final webinar in the 2019 Early Intervention series, “Sunrise to Sunset: Supporting Children with Autism Through Their Day” will focus on supporting the inclusion of young children with autism. Join us on December 4, 2019, at 11 a.m. EST. We will describe what inclusion is, the benefits of inclusion, and strategies for modifying the social and physical environment to support the inclusion of young children with autism. To RSVP for the webinar, “Welcome to the Group: Inclusion of Young Children with Autism,” go to its event website and look for the RSVP button on the right side of the page.
Contact the Victorian State Branch office for further details.The Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERROTORY (ACT)Play # 6 ACT Summer Competition Grand FinalsThis week sees the Grand Finals of the ACT Touch 07/8 Summer Domestic Season. The best of the 265 nominated teams will play off for competition honours in various divisions. Winning teams will receive a prize voucher that entitles them to a discount off next season’s nomination fees, or vouchers towards the purchase of uniforms or trophies. In what has become a tradition, all referees participating in the finals will be treated to a meal and refreshments each night after the final timeslot – this is just one of the ways that ACTTA says thanks to our valued whistleblowers. Best of luck to all grand finalists this week…To those teams not making the Grand Final, ACTTA hoped you enjoyed the season and is looking forward to seeing see you back in Winter season.Other Events: The ACTTA 2008 Winter Season will commence on 7 April 2008. Nominations are now open. To download a nomination form, please visit the ACTTA website. There are several great pricing incentives so don’t hesitate – nominate a team today.Enquiries should be directed to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or [email protected]’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation. Victorian State Women’s U20 Head Coach. Touch Football Australia brings you the third edition of “A Set of Six” for 2008 with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around Australia. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Three for 2008.NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) Play # 1Premiers Flex their muscles in Darwin Touch Football CompetitionLast week in the Men’s Division One competition, reigning Premiers Crocs inflicted another loss on Palmerston Bulls. Crocs played with the confidence and poise of the champion outfit they are when they produced s polished performance to record a comfortable victory.Crocs came out firing; with their youthful stars showing the way with some well executed set plays to demoralize the Bulls.The Bulls are still trying to find some form after losing a few key players this season, but their task will get no easier with the undefeated Dream Team their next opponents.Dream Team disposed of Honkers 10 –1 in an emphatic display.Crocs will confront the ever-improving TCU Incredibles who lost a tight 5-4 tussle with Bundy Bears last week.Bundy Bears will play Honkers in what should be a close, entertaining clash.In the Women’s Competition, Scorpions have continued their winning start to the season accounting for Palmerston Bulls 4-3 in a closely contested battle. This week Scorpions will be out to keep their winning record alive when they take on All About Us in the early game. Palmerston Bulls will take on Crocs who showed they would be a force to reckon with this season after a comfortable 8-1 victory over Divas last week. Divas come up against Legless Emus and should account for the new girls on the block but will need to tread carefully with the young guns only just going down to the more experienced All About us 2-1 last week.Other Events: NT Touch would like to extend their congratulations to three players on their selection in the Australian Indigenous Touch Team to tour New Zealand from 1-7 April 2008. Congratulations to Scorpions duo Jordan Ahsam and Courtney Bailey, as well as Alice Springs player Kirstin Pearson.The Northern Territory website: www.nttouch.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) Play # 2Beach Touch Finals Cap Summer of FunBeach Touch has been one of the highlights of TouchWest’s Summer of Touch. The “Sunset Series” involved teams playing from 6pm until sunset at Leighton Beach, Fremantle, The 3 attackers versus 2 defenders concept was played over four Friday nights. In the Division One Final, Leighton Creation defeated Snow Bunnies.Whilst in Division Two action, Craig Mostyn Group defeated Nice Try. Participants enjoyed the modified competition that will hopefully lead players into other TouchWest affiliated competitions.Other Events: WA Trainee Game Development Officer, Claire French, has completed her Certificate III in Sport and Recreation through Central TAFE. Claire has been completing her studies while working for TouchWest through an AFL Sportsready Traineeship. TouchWest congratulate Claire on her achievement and thank her for all the hard work she has done over the last twelve months. Claire will continue working for TouchWest and will commence her Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation in 2008.The TouchWest website: www.touchwest.comSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA) Play # 3Recognition for Mallee CoachJeff Topp of Mallee Touch Association, was awarded Coach of the Year at the Mallee Sports Assembly Annual Dinner and Presentation Night on Friday, 8th February 2008.Jeff was recognised for coaching Chaffey Secondary College’s school teams in the local Mallee Touch Competition and school tournaments. His association team is the current B Grade Affiliate Premiers in the Mallee Competition, and his school teams are current champions in all three divisions of the TFSA All Schools Mixed Championships.Other Events: Adelaide Shores Recreation Grounds received the thumbs up as a venue last night from players, officials, and spectators involved in the last of the minor rounds of State League. TFSA hope to secure the lush fields, clear markings, and fresh facilities for the State League finals to give TFSA’s elite participants the superior conditions they crave. The highly anticipated Finals Series begins this Friday, 22 February 2008 with Elimination Finals.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD) Play # 4Brisbane City a hive of ActivityIt’s a busy time in the Brisbane City Region this weekend.On Saturday 23 February 2008, a Level 1 Coaching Course will be conducted at Cavendish Road State High School.On Sunday 24 February 2008, Level 1, 2, and 3 Referee Courses will be held at the same venue.Junior BMTA Mustang representative team trials will be held this Sunday from 11am-1pm at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association fields, whilst the Brisbane City Cobras will be conducting a Training Day for all National Touch League Teams this Sunday from 2-5pm at the BMTA venue after the Juniors strut their stuff.Other Events: The Sunshine Coast Junior Regional Championships, postponed last weekend due to inclement weather, will be conducted this Saturday 23 February 2008 at the Caboolture Touch Fields at Morayfield.The Queensland Touch Association website: www.qldtouch.com.auVICTORIA (VIC) Play # 5Elwood Park Grand Finals produce a ThrillerThe Elwood Park Sunday summer season wrapped up with a day of scintillating grand final action. The rest of the Elwood Park Affiliate Grand Finals are on this week at Elwood and Fawkner Parks.The highlight of the Grand Finals was undoubtedly the Men’s A Grand Final that went down to a thrilling drop-off before Saivans (8) prevailed over Te Te’ Hunters (7).FULL RESULTSWomen’s BHot Ice te Maro (2) def Hands Off (0)Men’s DSouthern Pirates (7) def Premium Staffing (6)Men’s EOD2 (3) def Phantoms (2)Men’s BWestern Touch (5) def SBFDTC (4)Men’s CSharks (7) def Amateurs (6)Women’s ASynergy (7) def Tsunami (2)Men’s AMaori Saiyans (8) def Hot Te’Te Hunters (7) – DropoffOther Events: Football Victoria is currently seeking written applications from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active coaches for the following positions: Victorian State Men’s U20 Head Coach
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns looks on during the second half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Houston coach Tom Herman may be the hottest coaching commodity in the country after leading the Cougars to an upset victory over Florida State in the Peach Bowl on Thursday, but his wife Michelle might have attracted her own set of suitors after the contest. Michelle Herman’s Twitter mentions skyrocketed after she was shown live on ESPN.There are thousands of tweets – you can guess why.Mrs. Tom Herman pic.twitter.com/Pbm7G1dwCL— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) December 31, 2015If Tom Herman’s wife cheated on me I would apologize to her pic.twitter.com/Ilk2BoL5w1— BMOC (@TailgateC9) December 31, 2015Tom Herman’s wife is proof he can recruit. Hubba hubba— Brandon #GoBucks (@fierybuckeye) December 31, 2015Y’all see Tom Herman’s wife? Lawd have mercy— Max Thompson (@itsmaxthompson) December 31, 2015Did @UHouston name their mascot after Head Coach Tom Herman’s wife? Daaang!!! #Cougars @ESPNCFB— Kacey Brown (@KaceBrown) December 31, 2015Tom Herman’s wife….straight up hottie.— Matt (@gatriguy) December 31, 2015Tom Herman’s wife. It’s fair to say the man is winning both on and off the field.— Donny (@DonnyTello50) December 31, 2015Lol Tom Herman’s wife finna break twitter. You guys make me laugh.— Chad (@ChadSpringer) December 31, 2015Life isn’t so bad for Tom Herman right now.
JetBlue today announced that its newest cabin experience has entered into service, bringing to the skies the widest seats available for this aircraft, custom-designed seatback inflight entertainment (IFE) with 100+ channels of DIRECTV and hundreds of free movies and shows, ability to pair your mobile device to the screen, easy-to-reach power sources at every seat, and expanded coverage of free Wi-Fi connectivity almost everywhere JetBlue flies.JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft, which make up the majority of the airline’s fleet, are being updated for the first time since the airline disrupted the industry with onboard live television and all-leather seats in 2000.The restyling effort has been several years in the making, with the latest aircraft marking the first to receive this all-new 2019 design. The aircraft, named “If You Can Read This, You’re Blue Close,” re-joins JetBlue’s fleet today, with roughly a third of JetBlue’s A320 aircraft scheduled for restyling completion by the end of the year.“JetBlue rocked the airline industry in 2000 with seatback television and all leather seats. In our first makeover since, this incredible new onboard experience represents what the founders would have done if they were launching JetBlue today,” said Marty St. George, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, JetBlue. “The new experience brings together technology, entertainment, and comfort with the great service JetBlue customers love so much.”For most of the airlines 100+ destinations the A320 restyling will bring the upgraded JetBlue experience to their city for the first time.A major focus of the restyling is keeping customers connected throughout their flight, including a new inflight entertainment system, high-definition seatback televisions, in-seat power outlets with USB ports and continued free gate-to-gate Fly-Fi high-speed internet with an expanded coverage area – including throughout the Caribbean and Latin America where Fly-Fi had not been available until now.The Widest Seat Available For the A320In 2019, JetBlue will outfit its A320 aircraft with the Collins Meridian seat, customized for the airline’s needs and featuring a number of design elements with customer comfort in mind:Expanded seat width of more than 18 inches, the widest available for the A320.The most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (a).Enhanced cushion comfort.Adjustable headrests, a new feature for JetBlue’s A320.Contoured seatback design at knee level creating additional living space for every customer.Redesigned seatback stowage options, including an innovative elastic grid to accommodate a variety of customer items.At least two easy-to-reach power connections at every seat.“We are proud to partner with JetBlue on its A320 restyling project by supplying our Meridian Seat,” said Cynthia A. Muklevicz, Vice President, Account Management, Interiors for Collins Aerospace. “Meridian offers passengers industry-leading comfort and living space through an intense focus on ergonomic design supported by optimization of the underlying seat structure.”Inflight entertainmentAlso in 2019, JetBlue will build on its reputation as an industry leader in inflight entertainment options with Thales AVANT and ViaSat-2 connectivity. With this system, JetBlue will offer customers aboard its restyled A320s expanded entertainment choices in nearly every region the airline flies (b). JetBlue is the only major U.S. airline with seatback entertainment screens at every seat on every aircraft.10.1 inch, 1080P high definition screen at every seat.More than 100 channels of live television with DVR-like pause and rewind functionality.Expanded collection of on demand movies, TV shows and video content, plus new gaming features.Destination-specific content allowing customers to enhance their travel experience.Picture-in-picture functionEnhanced, 3D flight map offering multiple ways to track time to destination.Personal handheld device pairing capabilities for use as a remote or gaming controller.Expanded Fly-Fi connectivity, providing coverage to nearly the entire JetBlue network.“Thales is proud to have been a business partner with JetBlue since the beginning of their IFE evolution. The airline has reimagined the flying experience, and with our custom-designed AVANT IFE solution, we’ve helped JetBlue reimagine their customer experience on the A320 platform,” said Philippe Carette, Chief Executive Officer, Thales InFlyt Experience. “We look forward to collaborating with the airline to create new opportunities that wow their customers with a unique and personalized inflight experience.”“Thales is proud to have been a business partner with JetBlue since the beginning of their IFE evolution. The airline has reimagined the flying experience, and with our custom-designed AVANT IFE solution, we’ve helped JetBlue reimagine their customer experience on the A320 platform,” said Philippe Carette, Chief Executive Officer, Thales InFlyt Experience. “We look forward to collaborating with the airline to create new opportunities that wow their customers with a unique and personalized inflight experience.”“JetBlue continues to be an industry leader in its approach to inflight internet—bringing free, high-speed connectivity to every customer onboard,” said Don Buchman, vice president and general manager, Commercial Aviation, Viasat. “We’re honored to once again partner with JetBlue on inflight connectivity, giving them access to ViaSat-2, the world’s most advanced satellite network, enabling all JetBlue customers to enjoy fast Fly-Fi service on more routes where JetBlue flies.”Completing The 2018 PhaseThe first phase of JetBlue’s A320 interior cabin restyle began in spring 2018 and modernized the airline’s so-called “classic interiors” with products that matched those found on the airline’s newer A321 aircraft – features such as more modern seats and larger seatback TVs. More than a dozen A320 aircraft have been restyled with these products so far and several more are scheduled for completion in the coming weeks. This spring the restyling will fully transition to the 2019 version of onboard products for all aircraft going forward.About JetBlue AirwaysJetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 42 million customers a year to 100+ cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of more than 1,000 daily flights. For more information please visit jetblue.com.
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering or the Group) today announced that its subsidiary Singapore Technologies Engineering (Europe) Ltd, has entered into a conditional share purchase agreement to acquire a 100% ownership in Newtec Group NV (Newtec) (the “Proposed Acquisition”), an established Belgium-based company in the satellite communications (satcom) industry.The consideration of €250m (approximately S$383m) (the “Consideration”) on a cash-free and debt-free basis for the Proposed Acquisition, subject to closing adjustments, is payable in cash.Satcom is a growth industrySatcom is a fast-growing industry with an expected CAGR of 8%1 over the next 10 years. The surge of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations will increase bandwidth capacity and reduce operating cost, thereby creating new demand. New use cases, especially to support Smart City applications such as IoT and connected cars, will drive demand for satcom services.Acquisition complementary and synergistic ST Engineering has been growing its satcom business through its U.S.-based iDirect and Singapore-based satcom product and solution business. The Group’s satcom business is an industry leader in the Aeronautical and Maritime segments and has led the industry’s transition to high-throughput satellite (HTS) managed services. It is also the technology provider for leading global satellite operators such as Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES. In 2018, ST Engineering formed a JV company named Jet-Talk Limited, with SatixFy UK Limited to develop cost-effective, high-performance flat panel antenna to address the growing demand for in-flight connectivity. The Group offers a suite of satcom solutions to provide seamless global network Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd ST Engineering Hub, 1 Ang Mo Kio Electronics Park Road #07-01, Singapore 567710 T: (65) 6722 1818 F: (65) 6720 2293 (Regn. No.: 199706274H) and bandwidth management with end-to-end integration that addresses the growing needs of enterprise, government, mobility and defence market globally.On the other hand, Newtec is a key technology provider in the satellite broadcast segment with unique ultra-high throughput capabilities and a strong presence in the European satcom market. It has a proven range of cost-effective consumer satellite terminals, and industry-leading bandwidth efficiency technology. Recently, Newtec was among the first companies to successfully test over-the-air communication via LEO satellites. LEO satellites are expected to take off with the launch of more than 5,000 satellites in the coming years. The company is also well placed to leverage the advent of IP-based satellite broadcast which is critical for real-time content distribution.The proposed acquisition of Newtec will add intellectual property, products and market access. ST Engineering will continue to invest in Newtec in Belgium to position it to be the Group’s European centre for the satcom business. The complementary and synergistic effect of this proposed acquisition will enable ST Engineering to meet demand across the full spectrum of the satcom market.Positioning for future growth With enhanced satcom capabilities, ST Engineering can better participate and lead the advancement of the satcom industry to enable Smart Cities globally. Capitalising on an enlarged IP and product portfolio, the Group will be able to:Accelerate the deployment of satcom-enabled 5G telco network, bringing high bandwidth connectivity to remote regions. This will help bridge the digital divide and enable the development of new applications such as tele-medicine and tele-education.Address the growing needs for IoT and M2M connectivity, where millions of devices and telematic sensor points are expected to be connected for surveillance, data gathering and big data analytics.Provide end-to-end solutions for the mobility segment, enabling seamless internet connectivity and remote monitoring for the aeronautical, maritime and connected car segments.“This proposed acquisition expands our satcom business in a meaningful way in an attractive industry that is high-tech and high-growth, driving connectivity advances in a world where 5G and satcom converge,” said Vincent Chong, President & CEO, ST Engineering. “It aligns with our strategy to invest in businesses that help accelerate our growth trajectory, especially in Smart City, to deliver long-term shareholder value.”“We are pleased to be able to acquire Newtec, an established satcom player with strong technology foundations. The differentiated yet complementary technologies, combined with our track record and established satcom experience, will enable us to innovate and deliver more value-added, advanced satellite products and capabilities to our customers, at a more rapid pace,” said Ravinder Singh, President, Electronics sector, ST Engineering.“This coming together of two companies will enable us to move forward together, using our deep-rooted passion for innovation to address our rapidly changing world of connectivity,” said Roald Borré, Chairman of Newtec Board of Directors. “This is an exciting and hugely significant step that simply makes sense for our customers and our staff.”Details of the Proposed AcquisitionThe Consideration was arrived at after negotiations between the parties taking into account, among other factors, Newtec’s current financial performance and future growth prospects. The Consideration translates into a multiple of 14.6 times Newtec’s EBITDA and 2.7 times revenue for the financial year ended 30 September 2018. The businesses when combined, is expected to produce about S$200m in value creation arising from revenue and cost synergies.The proposed acquisition is not expected to have any material impact on the earnings per share of ST Engineering for the current financial year but is expected to be earnings accretive from the second year post acquisition. The proposed acquisition is expected to reduce ST Engineering’s audited consolidated net tangible assets by approximately S$0.112 per share from S$0.41 per share to S$0.30 per share, assuming the Proposed Transaction has been effected at the end of FY2018. Newtec has consolidated net tangible assets (NTA) of €5.1m (approximately S$8m) and consolidated net assets of €28.4m (approximately S$44m) as at 30 September 2018.Subject to regulatory approvals and conditions that include receipt of clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, Foreign Investment Review in France, and anti-trust approvals in Austria, the Proposed Acquisition is expected to complete in 2H2019.Numbers are based on in-house analysis of the third edition of Northern Sky Research (NSR) Commercial Satellite Ground Segment report (2018).Calculated based on Newtec’s consolidated net tangible assets as at 30 September 2018.ST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group specialising in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. The Group employs about 22,000 people across offices in Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, serving customers in the defence, government and commercial segments in more than 100 countries. Its employees bring innovation and technology together to create smart engineering solutions for customers in the defence, government and commercial segments. With more than 500 smart city projects across 70 cities in its track record, the Group continues to help transform cities through its suite of Smart Mobility, Smart Security and Smart Environment solutions. Headquartered in Singapore, ST Engineering reported revenue of S$6.7b in FY2018 and it ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange. It is a component stock of the FTSE Straits Times Index, MSCI Singapore, SGX ESG Transparency Index and SGX ESG Leaders Index.
While the global passenger seat market will grow with an average five percent per year, Recaro Aircraft Seating expects a spike in demand for business class seats in particular. A trend further fueled by passengers’ expectations for airliners to deliver ‘individualized living spaces’ onboard. To be fully ready to answer market needs, Recaro has invested heavily in its R&D for business class seats.For most airliners, business class seating has become the signature product for their passengers as it offers most possibilities to reflect the airline brand. Integrating innovative features in business class, also helps them differentiate from the competition. At the same time passengers expect carriers to deliver individualized comfort in the sky, especially when it comes to business class. This has led to an increase in appreciation for business class seats.As a global supplier of premium aircraft seats for airlines and OEMs, Recaro has identified the evolutions in business class and in the aircraft seating market in general for the years to come.Business class to become the new first classThere will be a – further – decline in the number of first class seats in the foreseeable future: few airliners still offer first class and when they do they tend to go for a superior first class-product with limited availability. Recaro also sees a rise in demand for a wider range of business class seats. Similar to economy+ and premium economy being available next to regular economy, business class will have different category seats offering more or less features.Further development of a highly individualized business class productThe evolution towards more business class will have an effect on the business class seats themselves: since airlines have started to eliminate first class from their long-range fleet, business class has become an even bigger differentiator than it already was. Carriers expect a highly individualized product with a premium look & feel. Privacy, connectivity and interactivity, comfort and wellbeing as well as an individually adjustable seating environment equipped with personal air-conditioning and a mini-bar will become the new normal in business class. Passengers expect their own “individual living space” in the sky and that is what they will get.Bespoke and platform (business class) seatsFive-star carriers strive to be ahead of their competition by bringing innovations to the aircraft cabin. As such, these airliners expect tailor-made “bespoke” products for all their seats. Carriers with smaller fleets, on the other hand, often do not have the means to bear the costs nor the resources to go through an entire product development process. They prefer to go with a mature and/or off-the-shelf platform product, that has proven to be successful with one of the 5-star carriers, enhanced with customized features.Increase in demand for premium economyBusiness class moving up to replace first class seats, widens the gap with the economy class seats and increases the need for an‘intermediate’ economy segment. Over recent years Recaro has seen a higher demand for premium economy seats. They foresee this trend to continue in the years to come.“Recaro has a reputation of delivering high quality seats on time, be it in business, premium economy or economy class,” says Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO and Shareholder of Recaro Aircraft Seating. “In order to uphold that reputation and meet increasing demand in the business class seating, we invested heavily in research & development for that specific class. This means we are now more than ready to answer to our customers’ every need.”Recaro Aircraft seating will announce a number of innovations for the business class category at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg from April 2nd to April 4th.About RECARO Aircraft SeatingRECARO Aircraft Seating sees itself as a solution provider for its customers. As a global supplier of premium aircraft seats for airlines and OEMs, the company reported a growth averaging 10% over the past 15 years. RECARO employs 2300 people worldwide and exceeded half a billion euros in sales in 2018. It is the global market leader in the economy class seating. To secure its strategic expansion, RECARO is investing hundreds of millions in product innovation in business class seating. Over the next 5 years, it will also invest in significantly expanding its headquarters in Schwäbisch Hall as well as its sites in China, Poland and the USA. With this, RECARO consistently underpins its corporate vision of “Driving comfort in the sky”. The aim: become market leader in economy and business class seating while maintaining a permanent customer focus.About Recaro GroupThe Recaro Group comprises the independently operating divisions Recaro Aircraft Seating in Schwäbisch Hall and Recaro eGaming in Stuttgart as well as the Recaro Holding located in Stuttgart. The Group’s consolidated sales amounted to 540 million euros in 2017. Currently the Group employs more than 2,400 employees at its locations around the world. The automotive seating business as well as the child seat and stroller business are operated by licensees.
ThinKom 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.
Tapis Corporation (Tapis), renowned for high-performance fabrics for seating and vertical surface applications in the aviation industry, today announced that the firm will host an “Aircraft Seating Innovation Center” at its Aircraft Interiors Expo® (AIX) booth in Hamburg, Germany.Tapis strategically collaborated with the next generation of seating suppliers to transform the airline passenger experience. Tapis materials, including seat covers that provide a luxurious, sustainable and durable alternative to leather, will be featured on the prototype seats.“We partnered with the most forward-thinking, boutique seating manufacturers to produce breakthrough designs that have the potential to vastly improve aircraft interiors, both in business and economy classes,” said Jason Estes, vice president of global sales and marketing for Tapis. “These new products create a new standard for passenger comfort while maximizing the passenger envelope.”Finished with Tapis’ materials, a critical component to achieving the highest standards of passenger comfort and FAA fire retardant standards, the seats will be on display at the full-scale fuselage mockup at the Tapis AIX booth. Seats being showcased will include the following:Butterfly’s Single Aisle Lie Flat (SALF) seat. This award-winning SALF is a high-density and direct aisle access seat. The SALF is a flexible seating solution that allows for instant transformation between premium economy to regional first class, and long-haul flatbed suites. The trim and finish features the first use of Ultrasuede as a seat cover. The advanced haptic is synonymous with comfort in both seating and sleeping modes. The seat shell liner is upholstered in contrasting Tapisuede Flannel for a boutique luxury experience. The soft goods are dressed in contrasting Ultraleather, its exquisite handle providing a genuine luxury touch at the customer interface.Rebel Aero’s S3 seat featuring a flip-up seat-bottom cushion that allows passengers to sit and stand and acts as a booster for child seats, including a three-point harness for enhanced safety. The seat has a cradle recline that does not impinge on rear passenger space, and a patented sleep headrest. The seat is finished with laminated dress covers in a neutral Ultraleather Promessa Grey with a contrasting Ultratech material in the headrest. Ultratech has the robustness of leather but the haptic and comfort of fabric, creating a pillow like effect for maximum sleepability.Molon Labe’s side-slip seat, one of the most patented seats on the market, with a wider middle seat and staggered armrest. The Molon Labe seat gives all passengers space and privacy and dramatically improves the passenger experience in the center seat. The seats are configured in two rows to demonstrate the ability to increase the perceived value of an economy row of seating from only changing the trim and finish, creating an economy “plus” feel within the same seat. The economy plus row is upholstered in a beautifully streamlined laminated seat cover made from Ultraleather Brisa and Ultraleather Ultratech in the headrest. The Ultraleather Brisa has breathability and comfort attributes that exceed those of many fabrics. The visual aesthetic quality of the headrest is manufactured in a style that mimics the look and feel of comfortable pillow for maximum comfort. The second economy row is trimmed in a baseline style with Ultraleather Promessa and Ultratech Cora to accentuate the middle seat and the additional space that it provides. The innovative use of contrasting fabrics breaks up the appearance of the cabin, making it look and feel more like a residential interior.Safran Seats’ Slim Plus, the standard-bearer for regional seating for Embraer and Bombardier, is upholstered in a mixture of Promessa AV and Ultratech Metrotech. The center panel has a fabric look and feel for enhanced comfort both real and perceived.The Tapis expo booth will also celebrate the company’s Japanese manufacturing origins and will feature a sushi bar, in addition to a color and trim laboratory where customers can explore options, and a materials lab to experiment with texture, color and contrast of Tapis materials.Tapis’ booth will be in Hall 7, Stand 7C20 at AIX, April 2-4, in Hamburg, Germany.About Tapis CorporationSince its inception in 1977 Tapis Corporation has provided superior aircraft interior fabrics and continues to lead the industry in innovative design and implementation. A continued commitment to customers has been to persistently explore new ways to provide the highest quality of products and services for airplane interiors that meet FAA requirements.
Interiors powerhouse JPA Design and Formula 1 motor racing team Williams’ Advanced Engineering business are combining forces in a new partnership bringing deep aircraft interiors design knowledge and advanced materials engineering together, with an initial seating project also featuring a top-tier airline, airframer and certification service provider.“The joint offerings of the both companies are greater than the sum of the parts,” Stuart Olden, senior commercial manager at Williams Advanced Engineering, tells Runway Girl Network. “JPA have got a great history, knowledge, understanding of the aircraft interiors market. But I think they recognize that having an engineering support element to their offering to the customer is hugely beneficial. Because you’ve then got that one stop shop that can come together to say, this is not only a product that will fit in your aircraft, but it’s based on this engineering knowledge and understanding and modern and up-to-date and innovative materials.”Williams’ advanced manufacturing and process work plus JPA’s industry knowledge are the key parts of the partnership. Image: JPA/WilliamsOlden and Ben Orson, managing director of JPA Design London were quick to state that they do not intend to create a seatmaker from the partnership. Rather, they want to serve as a source of combined expertise to the interiors industry.Part of that expertise is product management, with what Olden calls “agile, rapid speed to market aspects that both companies bring”. Orson, for his part, suggests that “we’re both kind of engineering design consultancies, effectively. There’s a bit of a difference in scale, but there’s a lot of commonalities.”This kind of partnership consultancy work is something both JPA and Williams believe is needed within aviation. Early wins include the monocoque seat frame design that JPA created for Singapore Airlines, which unifies structural elements under a seat — the furniture, the kinematics, and the floor attachment — all into one structure. The benefits: reducing part count, mass and weight, and optimizing luggage storage space.For its part, Williams is bringing two proprietary engineering processes to the table. The first, called 223, is a manufacturing techique that Olden calls “material agnostic… the ability to form 3D structures from a 2D pressing,” with the methodology of the folding the secret sauce that the company is hesitant to discuss in detail. The result is a reduction in non-recurring engineering costs and time to manufacture.Seating is the first project for the new partnership. Image: JPA/WilliamsThe second, Racetrak, “is the ability to form very strong structural components from a 100% composite process. So we’re using the technology in the automotive industry, in parts like suspension components, where you’ve got a fully homogenous, composite component. But again,” says Olden, the benefit is “rapid cure, high volume manufacturing with low cost tooling.”But the reduction in part count and customization may not be to the liking of all airline customers. In the Passenger Experience Conference session where JPA and Williams announced their partnership today, two major airlines highlighted their concerns around over-commonality of seating components across differently sized widebodies. Essentially, said the airlines, if they have bought an expensive larger widebody, they want to make sure they maximize every square centimetre of the floorplan.JPA and Williams are looking at the very fundamentals of what makes a premium airline seat. Image: JPA/WilliamsI think if you look at the bulk of the most successful standard seat products at the moment out there, they all to some extent, successfully or otherwise, will standardize across air frames. So, that’s part of the thinking we want to build into whatever we do. Because where that works right, it’s a big win.“I don’t think initially we’re looking to occupy that space,” Orson was quick to respond. “What we’re looking for is something like the [Safran Seats, formerly Zodiac and Sicma] Cirruses of this world, that have proven themselves with many, many airlines, who are very satisfied customers.”The key, Orson says, is modularity of components across airframes, suggesting that where parts can be common they should be. “We’re starting looking at every aircraft on day one. What we’re not doing is developing a particular customer on the 777, than having adapt to the A340, then having to go to an A320. It’s a great place to start.”Williams and JPA expect their work to produce a variety of seats, from herringbone to staggered to forward-facing. Image: JPA/WilliamsRelated Articles:Exploring business class trends for 2019Cathay uses “co-creation” to avoid future seat nightmaresBrussels Airlines retains own brand, goes three-class with JPA DesignJPA’s Alex Duncan considers continuity of design in air travelSingapore Airlines shakes up Newark nonstop: new seats, timingsHawaiian, JPA launch detail-oriented, premium-heavy A321neoZodiac talks next-gen Cirrus with ergonomic and storage updatesPress Release: JPA to design cabin interiors for Brussels A330 fleetPress Release: Williams Advanced Engineering and JPA team for #PaxEx