Tipp No. 16: Desert Birds & Airtropolis, Fine Arts Photography by Werner Bartsch (Germany)

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The Photographer

Werner Bartsch studied communication design with a focus on photogra-phy (Dipl-Designer FH). After staying in New York and Berlin for quite a while he settled down in Hamburg.

He is member of the BFF association (Berufs-verband Freie Fotografen und Filmgestalter) and works for magazines, companies und agencies.

He enjoys working with people and loves to portray personalities from politics, business, and the art world.

His clear photographic style can be found in numerous annual reports and image brochures as well as in renown magazines and the weekly newspa-per DIE ZEIT. For over a decade he covered the life and work of ZEIT co-publisher and former chancellor Helmut Schmidt.

In addition to his assignments he works on independent photographic projects which can be found in an own section on this website.

The Kehrer Verlag published two art books by Werner which combine his passion for photography with his interest in aviation: “Desert Birds” and “Airtropolis”. Both beautiful books – not only for aviation enthusiasts – are available at Amazon.

His website: http://www.wernerbartsch.de/projects/

Photography Werner Bartsch
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Postcard No. 11: “SINSHEIM & SPEYER” – Space Shuttle, Aircraft, Submarines, Cars, Motorbikes, Military Vehicles & More

Insights, Oddities, Reisen, Technology, Tipps, Travel

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Welcome to the Technik Museum Sinsheim!

AN EXHIBITION FULL OF MOBILITY TREASURES FOR FANS BY FANS

This hotspot for engineering & design enthusiats offers a unique variety of technology with a focus on all kind of vehicles, unparalleled worldwide, just an hour south of Frankfurt.

Embark on a journey through time and discover the milestones of technical history:

How red does the red colour of a Ferrari gleam?
What record did the Blue Flame set?
What is the cubic capacity of the Brutus experimental vehicle?
How big is the largest dance hall organ in the world, and who has really got the edge? The Tupolev or the Concorde?

In addition to the supersonic jets and other aircraft that you can walk right up to, there is even more: hundreds of elegant vintage cars, motorcycles high in horsepower, racy sports cars, colourful dragsters, powerful agricultural machines, Formula-1 legends, nostalgic racing bikes, huge steam locomotives, extensive Militaria (including submarines), special exhibitions and vehicle conventions – for fans, by fans.

You will be definetely challenged with the quantity of collectibles and enormuous size of the – frankly speaking a bit crowded because continuously growing – exhibition that will need more space in future. I am sure that the new hall (to be opened in 2019) won`t provide sufficient space over time too. However, everbody will find his favorite section of special interest, such as….

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The exhibition areas provide the opportunity to enter various aircraft, submarines, simulators, tanks etc. to enable you gathering your personal experience including an insight into interiors, Systems, components & equipment of the vehicles.

As you can see in the gallery below, the museum offers a 3D IMAX Cinema, hotels, catering and playgrounds too. Actually, for enthusiasts it makes sense to purchase a two-days ticket.

I`d like to draw your attention to the big number of EVENTS in Sinsheim additionally.

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If you like to complement your visit of the Museum in Sinsheim, feel free to continue your discovery tour in the TECHNIK MUSEUM SPEYER that gives home to exciting aerospace, naval / maritime, locomotives, cars, motorbike, utility cars, fire engines etc. exhibits. The Technik Museum in Speyer / Palatine is located close to her sister museum Sinsheim.

 

“SPACE FLIGHT EXHIBITION APOLLO AND BEYOND” in Speyer

Together with Space Consult, the Technik Museum Speyer is presenting approx.600 unique exhibits on an area of over 5,000 sqm, documenting the history of space flight from its beginnings in the early 1960s to the current international space station.

In addition to the original space shuttle BURAN, there are also the training module of the space laboratory Spacelab, and a 1: 1 model of the research module Columbus to marvel at.

Valuable space suits, original documents, models, and many other space exhibits, such as an original landing capsule of the Soyuz TM-19 mission, and a high-quality replica of the Vostok 1 spacecraft, complete this unique exhibition.

In 2013 the space flight exhibition was expanded with “The Moon” themed area, and now presents mock-ups of the Apollo 11 lunar module “Eagle”, the moon car “Lunar Roving Vehicle”, and also an invaluable 3.4 billion year old moonstone.

Among Events like the Aircraft spare parts Exchange days, Get-together of petrolheads etc. Speyer hosts a big science fiction gathering (next: 28th – 29th Sep. 2019). Many Star Wars and Star Trek fans, including more than 100 costumed members of the German Garrison (www.501st.de) gather at Europe’s largest space exhibition in Speyer.

For further details:

SINSHEIM Museum web: https://sinsheim.technik-museum.de/
SPEYER Museum web: https://speyer.technik-museum.de/en/

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These two amazing exhibitions full of mobility treasures will definetely provide you with an overkill of technique & design…Just as an appetizer, please find a few photos below…

SIMPLY HAVE FUN AND GET INSPIRED!

 

Impressions:

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More than 60 Aircraft & helicopters are waiting for you.

 

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The department of military history is focusing its attention on the motorization of armed forces in the Second World War, with the main emphasis on tanks, aircraft, trucks, tractors and other utility vehicles.
The collection is completed by numerous further vehicles, models, uniforms, documents and articles of day-to-day life, conveying a vivid impression of the deprivations of the common soldier‘s daily struggle for existence.

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Every October, the Technik Museum Sinsheim invites you to the vintage motorcycles gathering and the Harley Day, which bring two-wheeled legends to life.

The “Crazy Wheels” permanent exhibition shows off several strange motorcycles.

Roughly in total 300 motorbikes are permanently exhibited in Sinsheim.

 

 

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You can admire more than 300 vintage cars…

 

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Among other Events, Speyer hosts the annual German SiFi Gathering:

 

 

Insight No. 28: “The Japan Corporation To Pioneer The Flying e-Cars Market” (Die Japan AG, Vorreiter für Flugautos), in Deut. & Engl.

Insights, Reisen, Technology, Travel

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English Summary, please see below.

Die Japan AG bündelt ihre Kräfte, um das Land zu einem Marktführer bei Flugautos zu machen. Sogar Airbus, Boeing und Uber machen mit.
Große Pläne brauchen fotogene Symbole. Das hat sich die japanische Regierung wohl bei der ersten Sitzung ihres „Rats für die Mobilitätsrevolution in der Luft“ am Mittwoch gedacht: In der Mitte des Sitzungssaals in Tokio steht eine etwa drei Meter breite Personentransportdrohne des japanischen Technikkonzerns NEC.

pop-up-airbus-flying-car-Pop-Up-lay-3Die Zusammensetzung des Rats macht klar, dass es hier um ein strategisch wichtiges Projekt geht.
Hier sitzen die Vertreter der zuständigen Ministerien und Akademiker in einer Reihe, dort die der Industrie. 15 Unternehmen waren vertreten, viele davon Start-ups, aber auch der Fahrdienst-Vermittler Uber, die Flugzeugbauer Airbus und Boeing sowie die japanischen Fluglinien ANA und JAL.

 

Uber hat sogar seinen Chef für das unternehmenseigene Luftfahrtprogramm Eric Allison eingeflogen, um zu beobachten, was hier passiert. Denn die Regierung von Ministerpräsident Shinzo Abe hat in ihrer Investitionsstrategie 2018 ein großes Ziel vorgeben: Japan will zu einem Pionier bei Flugautos werden. Die Aufgabe des Rates ist nun, die Bedingungen dafür zu schaffen. Ganz oben auf der Tagesordnung stehen der Entwurf von Zertifizierungsverfahren und Regeln für den erdnahen Flugverkehr der neuen Minikopter, die neben Gütern auch Menschen transportieren sollen. Und das sehr rasch. „Bis Ende des Jahres wollen wir einen konkreten Zeitplan erarbeiten“, sagt Keita Arakaki, Chef der Abteilung für Flugsicherheit im Transportministerium, dem Handelsblatt.Die Zeit drängt, das wissen die Anwesenden.

Das Potenzial für fliegende Elektroautos ist groß, glauben die Planer und die Industrie. Autos verstopfen die Straßen in den Megacitys. Aber auch auf den kleinen, oft mit harschen aeromobil-hybrid-flugauto-02-888x444Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzungen versehenen Landstraßen ist das Reisen zeitaufwändig. Die Regierungsbeamten rechnen vor, dass elektrifizierte Flugtaxis Menschen billiger transportierten könnten als heutige Taxis, wenn die Geräte sich selbst fliegen können.

Doch Japan leidet an einem Problem: Ausgerechnet der Pionier bei Drohnen fliegt sowohl bei kleinen Fluggeräten wie auch -taxis hinter den globalen Spitzenreitern hinterher. Japaner vertrauen auf ihre Stärken.
Bei Minidrohnen für Endkonsumenten dominieren chinesische Firmen wie DJI den Markt. Und im Lufttransport droht Uber zuerst an den Himmeln der USA einsame Kreise zu ziehen. Ab 2020 will das Unternehmen einen Mitflugdienst in Los Angeles und Dallas demonstrieren. Für 2023 wird dann der Start kommerzieller Flugdienste in den beiden amerikanischen Metropolen angepeilt, danach deren globale Verbreitung, referiert Uber-Manager Allison. „Wir wollen die Zukunft des Ridesharings in der Luft schaffen.“

Die Japaner nehmen Ubers Pläne nicht als Luftnummer wahr. Die kommenden fünf Jahre werden darüber entscheiden, ob Japan zu den Siegern oder den Verlierern in der neuen Industrie gehört, beschwört ein Start-up-Vertreter das Gremium. Immerhin vertrauen die Japaner auf ihre Stärken. „Wir müssen aufholen, aber wir können es schaffen“, sagt Kotaro Chiba, der Gründer des japanischen Risikokapitalgebers Dronefund. Seit August besteht auch ein zweiter Fonds speziell für Luftautos und -taxis. Mit dem will er seinen Teil zur Aufholjagd beitragen. „Unser größtes Problem ist, dass unsere Investitionen zu klein sind.“ Sein Investitionsfonds Nummer zwei ist auf 50 Millionen Dollar ausgelegt. „Aber das ist zu wenig für die Luftmobilität“, sagt der Investor. Umso wichtiger ist für ihn die Arbeit des Rats. Japan habe jetzt eine Chance, durch die schnelle Regulierung der neuen Industrie einen großen Markt zu schaffen, sagt er. „Wenn wir die Regeln haben, wird das Geld folgen.“

Auch technisch sei Japan gut gerüstet, Uber einzuholen, meint Hiroji Fukui, der Gründer des Startups Temma. Er will einen Luftbus weltweit auf den Markt bringen, der acht bis zehn Kunden bis zu 300 Kilometer weit fliegen kann. „Wir haben sehr gute Materialhersteller in Japan“, sagt er. Doch das größte Plus ist für ihn die Stärke der Autoindustrie. Denn gerade elektrische Luftautos benötigen neue Produktionsverfahren, die Flugzeughersteller oft nicht haben, wohl aber die Autobauer. Auch mit Japans Behörden ist er zufrieden. „Die Regulierung ist vernünftig“, meint Fukui.
Sein einziger Kritikpunkt ist, dass die Beamten derzeit noch zu sehr auf die Pionierarbeit der US-Flugsicherheitsbehörde schauen, die Regeln für die neue Kategorie der Flugautos entwickelt. Er könne aber nicht warten, bis die Japaner dann vielleicht die Ideen übernehmen, sagt er. So entwickelt seine Firma in Japan, aber sitzt im Silicon Valley, um möglichst rasch die Zertifizierung für seinen Luftbus zu erhalten und mit dem Markt abzuheben. Mit seinem Engagement daheim will er nun verhindern, dass andere seinen Beispiel folgen müssen. Denn von einem ist er fest überzeugt: „Es ist ein guter Zeitpunkt für eine Aufholjagd.“

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English Summary

In cooperation with Airbs, Boeing, Uber and national airlines the Japan Corporation is aiming for becoming the leading pioneer in the flying car & bus market.

Japan is aware of ist weaknesses in the drone market – currently led by the Chinese companies (like DJI) but counts on its strength material science expertise, state-of-the-art automobile production technology (mandatory for the project and not available in the Aviation industry), its capability to join forces and to speed up development, production and launch to market. This efficiency and effectiveness advantage covers also the governmental support. Accoding to the Japanese Investment Schedule 2018 Japan will aim for pioneering the flying car & minicopter market. Two Investment fonds are already established. And which is more important, the Japanese government is already working on certification regulations & processes as a pacemaker – independent from the FAA or EASA. As soon as this endeavor is completed, the Investment fonds will grow quickly thanks to an improved planning security. Thanks to the quick set-up of a regulation landscape in cooperation with the leading aircraft OEMs, Japan will create a huge market soon and is expected to catch on in fields of expertise, they are less familiar with today.

The Japanese start-up Temma is planning to bring a flying bus for 8 – 10 passenger to market that will be able to cover develop  distances of up to 300 km for instance.

But Uber might have a good head-start in the USA. The company namely is planning to introduce flying car shuttle services in L.A. and Dallas by 2023, if the according pilot project (scheduled for 2020) is successful.

 

Insight No. 11: The Future of Aircraft OVH – Drones, Exoskeletons, Mobile 3D Scanners, Digital Services Platform, IoT Solutions, AR / VR & More

Insights, Technology

EXAMPLE: The Innovation Bay of LHT (major source: LHT corporate website)

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LHT INNOVATION BAY(S)

On Malta, Lufthansa Technik (LHT) is testing the MRO future: Whether drone-based inspections of the aircraft skin, mobile 3D scanners or exoskeletons, the innovation bay at Lufthansa Technik Malta will put the latest aircraft overhaul technologies to the test over the next few years.

The clear objective: Every technology that proves itself in practice on the shop floor will immediately be integrated in the local work process, quickly rolled out to all other base maintenance locations of Lufthansa Technik (LHT) and then used for all checks and aircraft types.

When it comes to the technologies, LHT relies on cooperations with both flexible start-ups and established companies. One current project consists of comparing mobile 3D scanners that can be used for detailed measurements of structural damage.

Another project tests the use of drones to inspect the aircraft skin during general visual inspections. And exoskeletons from different providers are being examined to make physically strenuous and ergonomically disadvantageous work easier on employees. Further technologies for other fields of application will follow as time goes on.

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They are selected on the basis of top trends as well as the day-to-day requirements and challen-ges of the colleagues on site. The aim is to improve base mainte-nance processes and use the improved processes at all loca-tions as quickly as possible.  This not only saves time and money; it also ensures that the new technologies are already accepted by the colleagues when they are introduced.

LHT is planning to add further innovation bays to the base maintenance network in addition to Malta, like Frankfurt and Hamburg. Thanks to these innovation bays and new technology partnerships, LHT is improving its work processes and making an important contribution to shortening aircraft layovers for its airline customers.

 

AVIATAR complements LHT`s Innovation Roadmap.

AVIATAR is an innovative and holistic platform that offers an extensive variety of digital products and services for MRO by combining multiple apps, web-based, and in one place.

The main characteristics of our platform are:
OPEN – AVIATAR lives from the conjunction of visionaries. That is why LHT invites everybody – partners, clients, developers – to co-create the future of Aviation or to connect their app to LHTs portfolio.

NEUTRAL -Additionally, the platform shall be  independent from the major aircraft OEMs, such as Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Bombardier and COMAC. AVIATAR aligns to our client’s specific, technical requirements – it is not only an OEM-spanning platform, but also independent of Lufthansa as platform sponsor.

MODULAR – Users, such as airlines, MROs, OEMs, or lessors, can benefit from the platform’s modular approach. The platform serves as a central and connecting hub for apps that offer digital products and services for the aviation industry. But AVIATAR is not a set bundle of apps. Specified to the individual needs, LHT`s clients can select from those apps and choose the ones they prefer. But each app can also be used as a standalone product too.

 

lconnect.PNGThe digitalisation journey starts with seven apps – all designed to fulfill the user’s first needs. “Fleet Management” and “Per-formance Metrics” pro-vide basic features needed by our clients to overview their fleet and key perfor-mance indicators in real-time. (Chart: Lconnect by LHT)

The combination of “Condition Analytics”, “Fault Analytics” and “Predictor Plugins” enables clients to monitor their fleet, analyze their data and predict maintenance ahead of time. LHT`s first 3rd party app, “Record Status” by FLYdocs, displays the complete-ness of your records and at the same time reflects how the integration of apps can work on our platform.

While each single app provides value in its stand-alone version, it is the interplay of multiple apps, which creates the unique value proposition for the individual user.

Through its joint platform, AVIATAR provides a seamless user experience and exchange of information across interfaces. It aggregates as well as centralizes information at one central place. The platform applies analytical models to provide new insights, recommendations and notifications, enabling our clients to make faster and better decisions.

Furthermore, LHT`s platform gains a unique benefit from the frequent growth of its user base. One example is LHT`s app “Reliability Benchmarking”, which will allow operators to benchmark their technical reliability anonymously against the world’s leading airlines.

Only with the integration of the users at one place, AVIATAR can create unique insights for all of them.

Ultimately, AVIATAR rewards its users through the optimization of operating hours, reduced consequential costs and safer as well as more reliable fleet operations.

In fact, experte foresee e.g. a reduction of man-hours needed for MRO projects by 50%.

Based on Aircraft health monitoring systems, predictive maintenance (see above) is enabled by digital warehouse solutions offerings, which are becoming the new standard in the MRO Industry over time.

Harvesting the benefits of  AR-Systems – In contrast to Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality offers users additional information in real time over and above what they actually perceive. This thus allows the real world to be combined with the virtual world and real spatial worlds to be supplemented by virtual elements and data. Today, companies are already using AR as a core technology for enriching and complementing reality with computer-generated contents.

AR.PNGThis way of percei-ving reality allows innovative proce-dures and methods to be implemented for optimizing produc-tion, maintenance and inspection pro-cesses.

For instance, mobile laser projection systems can be positioned and aligned flexibly in the aircraft fuselage in line with the respective installation situation. The installation template is projected onto the work environment for the relevant structural employee in line with the emplo-yee’s current job card. This template corresponds to the component contours selected in the virtual 3D model, which are projected onto the structure in the correct position and therefore act as a positioning and alignment aid for the component that is being installed. With no interruptions or other interactions, the employee can install the component with high precision and significantly more efficiently than using conven-tional alignment tools.

VR.PNGVR/AR technologies have been used in both commercial aviation and the military for simulated training for several years, but only now are experts seeing them implemented to fulfil a key requirement in maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) – addressing the shortage of skilled engineers. In fact, the expensive, highly regulated and time-consuming technical training currently cannot keep pace with the HR demand. VR/AR solutions ease the leverage of know how in real time and therefore, mobilizes Expertise across the airlines global operational networks, while Gather valueable data for Analytics same time.
The ongoing Digitization of Cabin Interior is another mega trend in the aviation Industry all market players are fostering.

This exciting topic might be subject to another Blog entry soon.

 

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