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Hamilton Sundstrand A400M Propeller System Certified by European Aviation Safety Agency — Press Release

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn., April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The European Aviation Safety Agency granted to Ratier-Figeac, a Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation subsidiary, the FH385/386 propeller system type certificate for the Airbus A400M Military Transport Aircraft on Mar. 22, marking a major milestone in the A400M’s eight-bladed propeller program. Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX).

The A400M features a 17.5 ft. diameter propeller system that is all-new, and features eight, all-composite blades. This advanced design propeller system is the largest all-composite propeller in production.

“Hamilton Sundstrand is pleased to celebrate this important certification milestone with Airbus,” said Tom Saxe, vice president and general manager, Actuation & Propeller Systems, Hamilton Sundstrand. “Both design and manufacturing innovations have been essential to our production of this advanced propeller system.”

Driven by an 11,000-horsepower engine, Hamilton Sundstrand’s FH385/386 handles twice the power of any existing in-service propeller and offers a thrust efficiency peak close to 90 percent at high cruise speeds. Each wing features a pair of clockwise and counter-clockwise rotating propellers, which enhance overall aircraft stability and control, and further contribute to overall operating efficiency.

In addition to the propeller system, Hamilton Sundstrand and its subsidiaries supply the A400M’s Secondary Electrical Power Distribution Center (SEPDC), Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), Ram Air Turbine (RAT) emergency power system, Trimmable Horizontal Stabilizer Actuator (THSA), and the Throttle Control Assembly (TCA).

With 2011 sales of $6.2 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Conn. Among the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs.

United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company that provides high-technology products and services to the aerospace and building industries.

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GPS Source Receives Safety of Flight Approval for GLI kits aboard US Air Force C-130 (E/H/J models) and C-17 aircraft — Press Release

GPS Source Receives Safety of Flight Approval for GLI kits aboard US Air Force C-130 (E/H/J models) and C-17 aircraft.

PUEBLO, Colorado (February 2012) – The United States Air Force Air Mobility Command Systems Group (AMC SG) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has awarded Safety of Flight Approval for GPS Source’s GLI kits aboard US Air Force C-130 (E/H/J models) and C-17 aircraft.

Safety of Flight Approval confirms the safe operation of GLI kits aboard military aircraft. It also provides an official USAF account of the testing which was accomplished in order to grant full flight approvals.

Robert Horton, CEO of GPS Source, said “Supporting our military with first class products like our GLI kits is an honor. It is important that the United States Air Force considers them to be safe and effective in supporting HAHO or HALO, SOF parachutists, precision airdrop capability and time-critical applications during humanitarian relief operations. The military can depend on our kits in the most extreme situations.”

The GPS Source GLI-kits enables an end user to perform JPADS and Military Free Fall (MFF) Missions with guaranteed mission equipment compatibility, greater ease and reliability. The mil-spec designed systems ensure 100% GPS L1/L2 signal coverage throughout the cargo compartment and flight deck of any medium to large military transport aircraft.

About GPS Source, Inc.

Founded in 2000, GPS Source, Inc. designs, development and manufactures solutions that bring GPS inside for the military, defense, aerospace, and other markets. This includes a complete line of mil-spec GPS antennas, splitters, repeaters, cables, etc. The “GPS Live Inside” products ensure GPS signal availability inside. GPS Source, Inc. is a veteran owned, AS9100 certified company. For more information, visit www.GPSSource.com.

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All Good Things Must Come to An End: Boeing Begins Winding Down C-17 Workforce

The Boeing (BA) C-17 Globemaster III has been one of the most successful military transport aircraft of recent time. Originally designed and manufactured by McDonnell Douglas in the early Nineties as a replacement for the C-141 Cold War era aircraft when Boeing merged with the California aerospace giant they took over production of this key aircraft. The U.S. Air Force has taken delivery of over 200 C-17 and there are several more in production at the Long Beach facility.

Unfortunately one of the areas that the Obama Administration targeted for cuts as part of their defense spending reforms was the C-17 program. They were not the first to do this as the Air Force had an acquisition objective of less then 200. Congress against the wishes of different defense secretaries consistently added C-17 aircraft production and support to the budget to get to the current planned quantity of around 220. Critics said this was only due to the fact that up to 50,000 people worked on the program across the United States and the additional aircraft were pure pork. Supporters countered that strategic airlift was critical to support U.S. operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and world wide.

This was continued in the 2009 defense supplemental and 2010 budget but with the 2011 budget this ended. There were no more C-17 aircraft to be ordered by the U.S. military.

Boeing has been able to sell the aircraft to some overseas customers. Currently the aircraft is operated by the United Kingdom, Australia, NATO and Qatar. The United Arab Emirates has entered into a contract to buy six aircraft and Kuwait one. India is considering the aircraft to supplement its fleet of Russian made IL-76 transports but right now that is the only major contract pending.

Because the future number of aircraft is limited right now Boeing announced yesterday that over one thousand employees would begin losing their jobs. Workers in Long Beach; St. Louis; Mesa, Arizona and Macon, Georgia will be affected.

In their press release Boeing said: “as the company moves to a new production rate of 10 C-17s per year. Boeing will reduce the production program’s work force by approximately 1,100 jobs through the end of 2012. The company delivered 14 C-17s in 2010.

The move to the new production rate, announced in February 2010, will be completed this summer and result in the elimination of the second shift at the C-17 final assembly facility in Long Beach. The lower production rate is designed to extend the line as Boeing works to capture additional international orders.”

Boeing hopes that new orders will materialize while they slow the production line down to continue it for several months. If the orders do occur they can adjust the speed of line to meet their obligations. If they do not the production rate will slow to zero and thousands more workers will lose their jobs.

Boeing has made it clear in the past that the Long Beach plant which is a legacy of McDonnell Douglas will be closed and not transferred to other Boeing aircraft projects.

All military acquisition programs have a definitive objective for how many systems will be purchased. The C-17 is no different then any other and eventually that number would be reached. Then production will stop.

Without any new major transport program on the horizon for at least the next several years there is no new system for Boeing to bid on and utilize their work force and production capacity.

The C-17 will remain a key system for the Air Force and Boeing will continue some business supporting it but large scale production is finished.

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U.S. Aerospace, Inc. to Bid on Military Transport Aircraft for New Zealand

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LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–U.S. Aerospace, Inc. (OTCBB: USAE), a U.S. aerospace and defense contractor, today announced that it has submitted to the Defence Minister of New Zealand notice of the Company’s intent to bid to supply maritime surveillance and military transport aircraft. The requirements under this proposal will be outlined in the country’s defence review document, a White Paper due to be released in September 2010. “U.S. Aerospace, Inc. is pleased to present New Zealand with a co



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Rolls-Royce Awarded USD $70 Million Engine Support Services Contract for the Canadian Air Force CC-130J Fleet

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INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has been selected by Lockheed Martin as the in-service support provider for the engines on the CC-130J military transport aircraft flown by the Canadian Air Force. The base contract, valued at more than USD $70 million, will provide Lockheed Martin with logistics support for the AE 2100D3 engines for the next six years. The contract has a potential value exceeding USD $260 million over the life expectancy of the fleet.



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