_Thierry Dubois

_Thierry Dubois
Arianespace Restarts Launch Operations After Strike 
Arianespace restarted launch operations April 24 at its spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where work had been at a standstill during strikes and demonstrations.
Kourou Strikes Go On Despite French Government Plan 
France's $1.2 billion plan to invest in French Guiana has been deemed insufficient by the protesters whose strikes have brought Arianespace launches at Kourou’s spaceport to a halt.
ESA’s Wind Science Satellite To Begin Final Testing 
The European Space Agency’s Aeolus science satellite is ready for the two remaining phases of tests that will ensure it can measure “slices” of winds from a 320-km orbit.
More Details Emerge On France’s Pilatus PC-21 Buy  13
Under a contract announced last week with Babcock Mission Critical Services, the French air force will use the Pilatus PC-21 turboprop at an intermediate phase of fighter pilot training.
France Wants Cheaper Bomb Guidance Kits From Safran 
France ordered more AASM Hammer precision-guided air-to-ground munitions from Safran Electronics & Defense on Dec. 29 that will include improved production processes.
Dassault Struggles With Rafale Production Rate 
More Rafale export contracts are in the offing but are taking time to materialize, causing Dassault Aviation to strive to adjust the fighter’s production rate.
Aircelle Opens Nacelle Repair Workshop In France 
Aircelle Europe developing leading position as nacelle service provider for Airbus Neo models
Engine Blades Reaping Technological Advancements For Repairs
Repairing what is arguably the most complex single part of an engine calls for staying on top of technology in your workshop.
A Lufthansa Technik maintenance engineer performs a production inspection on a L
Lufthansa Technik Offers Boeing 787 Production Inspection 
Aircraft production inspection services are being offered in Europe
EFW Close To Finishing A330 Freighter PDR 


Development of the Airbus A330P2F passenger-to-freighter conversion, announced in 2012, is well underway and its preliminary design review (PDR) was scheduled to be concluded in April. 

EADS EFW, now owned by the Airbus Group and ST Aerospace, plans to ramp up annual production to 20 in 2020. The price point—$30 million for a converted passenger aircraft aged 15-20 years, versus more than $200 million at list price for a newly produced A330-200F freighter—is key for cargo operators, which have a much lower utilization than passenger carriers.

Solar Impulse 2 will test pilot alertness of flights around the world 


Unveiled earlier this month in Payerne, Switzerland, the Solar Impulse 2 is scheduled to quickly proceed to flight testing ahead of its solar-powered around-the-world attempt next year. First flight is planned for mid-May, and circumnavigation is required to begin in March 2015 to avoid the monsoon season.

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