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


The ARIANE consortium has successfully completed the first simultaneous flight of a civil RPAS and manned aircraft in a Spanish airport

CATEC participated in this European project of R&D which was led by Indra and whose flight tests were conducted at the Jaen Center for Experimental ATLAS Flights

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The European consortium ARIANE, which leads the multinational Spanish technology company Indra, and which also involved CATEC, CRIDA, and ENAIRE, has successfully completed the first tests of simultaneous flight in a conventional airport of an aircraft piloted remotely (RPAS/UAS) and a manned aircraft.

This was one of the first flying experiences developed in Europe so that an unmanned aircraft can operate in the traffic area of a conventional airfield. The European ARIANE project, part of the SESAR programme, thus allows further integration of these aircraft in non-segregated airspace, the same used by manned aircraft. Also, the success of these tests is an important step to the project partners, which are positioned at the forefront in the area of research and development for the integration of such systems in environments of air traffic control (ATC).

The flight programme was held in our ATLAS Experimental Flight Center, attached to FADA-CATEC and located in Villacarrillo (Jaén). The exercises were carried out in two distinct phases. In the first, an unmanned fixed-wing CATEC aircraft (Viewer) flew, executing maneuvers in the airfield while the MRI manned aircraft P2006T Indra simultaneously operated, under the supervision of a controller.

In the second phase of flight, an unmanned helicopter with approach procedure, vertical guidance, and instrument landing abilities was used and was validated based on satellite navigation. Thus, the ability of these aircraft to operate at an airport under the same conditions as other aircraft was proven.

July 1st 2016
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