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HMS Queen Elizabeth preparing for helicopter trials

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth preparing for helicopter trials View post tag: F-35B The recently-commissioned Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has kicked off preparations for her rotary wing trials which are set to start in the coming weeks.According to the Royal Navy, a Merlin helicopter from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose has been training aboard the aircraft carrier in Portsmouth Naval Base as part of the trials.The anti-submarine helicopter of 820 Naval Air Squadron has been putting flight deck crews through a series of mandatory aviation drills and procedures that are part of the aircraft carrier’s flying trials.“The Merlins of 820 NAS are old friends of ours,” said Lieutenant Commander Jim Cobbett, ‘Lt Cdr Flying’ onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth.“The Squadron was the first rotary unit to embark with us up in Scotland when we came out of build. These sea acceptance trials (Air) or SAT (Air) has proved the ship’s aircraft services are ready for action with a live helicopter and that everything functions correctly.”During the two days embarked package the Merlin was used to verify many of the flight deck and hangar facilities by connecting up to the ship’s onboard electrical supply cables and refueling hoses, as well as test the important ‘Telebrief’ system which will enable Flying Control – ‘FLYCO’ – to communicate with each aircraft whilst on deck.“Completing SAT (Air) is crucial to getting the ship ready to operate the whole spectrum of aircraft that we will be working with in the future,” continued Lt Cdr Cobbett.HMS Queen Elizabeth will sail from her home port for rotary wing trial at sea in the coming weeks, where she will undergo deck trials with Royal Navy Merlin helicopters.Later this year fixed wing trials will begin with the F-35B in the summer. Share this article Authorities Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth preparing for helicopter trialscenter_img View post tag: HMS Queen Elizabeth View post tag: Merlin Mk 2 View post tag: Royal Navy January 17, 2018last_img read more

Shane ONeill who recently retired as chief strat

first_imgShane O’Neill, who recently retired as chief strategy officer, Liberty Global and president, Chellomedia, reflects on an eventful year for Liberty Global’s content division, which now operates 45 channels. Over the last year it has seen its joint venture channels with CBS perform well in the UK, and has also strengthened its position in Spain and Portugal thanks to its acquisition of Teuve.Age: 50
Education: Blackrock College and Law, Trinity College, Dublin
Previous companies: Macquarie Bank & Goldman Sachs
Last year’s highlights 
The Comcast acquisition of NBC Universal is a significant industry deal as well as our own exit from Japan and investment in Germany, in Unitymedia; there are some exciting emerging technologies too which are now coming to the market, e.g. ‘TVE’ (TV Everywhere). The pay TV platforms around the world will be very active and successful with this, I believe. In 2011, Liberty Global consolidated its position in Europe, with leading performances from a number of our affiliates especially in Germany, Ireland and Holland; we have laid a great foundation for some exciting new platform developments which will be rolled out in 2012. Chellomedia had another very good, busy year, with lots of great deals which has taken our portfolio to a record 45 channels: the JV in the UK with CBS is over one year old and the channels have performed really well; we also picked up the Teuve bouquet and our position in Spain and Portugal is excellent with a 21 channel bouquet; we have launched new HD feeds for a number of channels such as Spektrum and MGM and launched apps across a number of our channels eg. for our premium channels in the Netherlands, Film 1 and Sport 1. It never ceases to amaze me how much we are doing across so many markets!

Challenges and opportunities
 We will need to think carefully about how we manage the opportunity, and the move to deliver TV Everywhere. New devices such as the iPad and the range of new tablets make ‘content on the go’ really appealing for consumers to watch long form content and access what they have at home. Behind the scenes, TVE is complex from a number of angles, and the industry has o think intelligently about how to manage this enhancement, preserving value for customers in programming and access. I am pleased to say both Liberty Global and the Chellomedia channels are well ahead in responding to this new opportunity.Alternative career choice
 A professional surfer!TV character most I most identify with 
Buzz LightyearLife outside work
 My family is very important to me: Sheelagh my wife and three wonderful children; I have also been very proud of what we have achieved with the Chello Foundation which is supporting 3,700 orphans to go to school in Africa.last_img read more