In good health

We reached the middle of the year and it’s time to take stock of the path of the Andalusian aerospace sector, just after the celebration a few weeks ago of the largest business event in the industry in our country, the Aerospace & Defense Meetings 2018. An event that once again made Seville the epicenter of national and international aerospace industry, attended by the main actors of the sector, both the large tractors as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer, as the main contractors and national and international Tier 1 , with, whom the attending companies could maintain business contacts and explore ways of collaboration or contracts for the future.

The numbers of this fourth edition of ADM Sevilla showed that it is a fully consolidated event, and that, in part, reflect the good health of the aerospace industry in Spain and Andalusia: more than 1,100 professionals from 350 companies from 28 countries attended the fair. In the country, more than 8,000 business meetings were held among the attendees, and some 70 companies and technological infrastructures were visited. In CATEC we witnessed this, contributing to strengthen the ties of technological development that our community has in some of the areas that are called to lead the future of the sector, such as advanced robotics or Industry 4.0.

Beyond these quantitative figures it also should be noted the announcement by the President of Andalusia, Susana Diaz, on the development and implementation in the short term of the new Strategic Plan for the aerospace sector. It will focus on aspects such as innovation, development, research, talent and the competitiveness and productivity of our industry. This new plan it will allow us to take a new leap and face the great challenges of the sector in a global context, that is always difficult and that can generate uncertainties.

After ADM Sevilla, the Andalusian industry is reinforced and sets course for new markets to continue promoting its internationalization, competitiveness and know-how in the sector. The next stop is the Farnborough fair, where I am convinced that our companies will continue advancing in that goal to position and reaffirm ourselves in the top positions of the global aerospace industry.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

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CATEC and ATLAS, the best service for flights and tests with aircraft and unmanned systems
Our Centre offers to companies, organizations and individuals linked to the sector of unmanned aircraft and airborne systems (UAS/RPAS) a wide range of services so that they can develop flight operations and validation tests of these aircraft in the ATLAS Experimental Flight Center facilities located in Villacarrillo (Jaen).

Thus, from our Avionics and Systems Department and the ATLAS Center itself, we complete the preparation of documentation that contains the necessary information to fulfill the prerequisites for the operation in the UAS/RPAS required to comply with the guidelines of the airline regulations today. This documentation includes:

• Characterization of the aircraft
• The aeronautical study of safety of the operation or operations
• The technical management of the permits for the execution of the pre-flight test flights and a document certifying their completion
• The preparation of the operations manual and the maintenance program for any type of aircraft (fixed wing, rotary wing, multirotor)
• Technical assistance in the execution of the test flights required to demonstrate that the operations to be carried out can be done so safely
• Advice in obtaining insurance or in the preparation and management of any supplementary information

In addition, the ATLAS Center makes available its facilities of excellence to develop this type of flights and tests, between runways and take-off (main and auxiliary), a building that houses the control tower and radar to monitor air operations, and two hangars for parking and maintenance of aircraft. It also has a reserve of segregated airspace of more than 1,000 km2, and a climate with more than 300 days of sunshine per year, making it a unique space in Europe for UAS / RPAS operations.

If you want to know more in details about these services, you can contact us through the mail info@atlascenter.aero.


June 14th 2017
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