One of the greatest challenges Americans traveling through Europe face is the fact that many of the plugs for their electrical devices cannot be inserted into the various socket types found throughout Europe. In this blogpost, we’ll break down eight different power adapters that will allow you to recharge and use your electronic devices while traveling overseas.

A key difference between American outlets and European outlets is that American outlets typically output in 110/120V, while European outlets output in 220/240V. The Foval Power Step Down 220V to 110V Voltage Converter safely lowers the voltage of European outlets, allowing you to use single voltage American appliances, and comes with a European power cable and three removable adapters.

The High-Quality AC Power Travel Adapter produced by Travel Ready is suitable for most European countries excluding Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. This adapter is lightweight, durable, and easy to spot thanks to its bright purple shell, meaning you’re less likely to accidentally leave it behind.

If you plan to travel frequently, the Iron-M All-in-One Universal Adapter features interchangeable input and outlet sockets that enable its usage in over 150 countries across the world. In addition to one AC power socket, it also features two USB ports, and is certified by the FCC, CE, and RoHS.

The PowerBear Charging Station is perfect for those with lots of gadgets, capable of accommodating two AC devices and up to four USB charging cables at the same time. The design features a grounded US plug but can easily convert to fit European sockets with the included adapter. The charging station accepts voltages between 100V and 250V, but it cannot convert these voltages.

Cost effective and compatible with E/F compatible plugs and the recessed circular plug sockets often found in Europe, the OREI European Schuko Type Plug Adapter has a maximum capacity of 250V/13A and can accommodate devices that need up to 3,000 watts of power. This makes it ideal for devices with high power requirements, like hairdryers. However, it is only suitable for dual-voltage appliances.

Traveling to the British Isles means encountering Type G plugs, which the Ceptics USA to UK Travel Adapter Plug is perfect for. Since Type G plugs are also found in former British colonies and overseas territories, it can also be used in those regions as well.

The ROEI 2-in-1 USA to Switzerland Adapter Plug features a type J plug compatible with sockets in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and countries outside of Europe such as Madagascar, Rwanda, and the Maldives. However, it is only compatible with dual voltage appliances up to 3,000 watts.

Last of the country-specific adapters, the US to Italy Travel Adapter Plug manufactured by Plug In Solutions features a Type L plug for use in Italy, as well as a Type E/F plug for hopping across the border into France, Germany, Austria, or Slovenia. Both adapters have dual inputs, allowing them to accommodate two plugs at a time.


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KPIs, or Key Performance Indicators, are units of measurement that allow businesses to track their success and evaluate how effectively they are achieving their objectives.  When choosing which KPIs to use, utilize the SMART acronym.

A. Specific – Are your objectives clear?
B. Measurable – Can you quantify your objectives?
C. Attainable – Are your objectives realistic?
D. Relevant – Are your objectives related to your overall business?
E. Time – In what amount of time do you expect to meet these objectives? 

Inventory planning is a must for any international or American airline housing spare parts for maintenance purposes.  Airlines don’t want to deal with an extended AOG situation resulting from a lack of parts, but it’s unrealistic to house a whole aircraft’s worth of spares that may, or may not, be needed. Five important KPIs regarding inventory planning capabilities that every airline should focus on include the following.
  1. Inventory Turn - Stock being issued/overall inventory value= Inventory Turn. Usually low, parts don’t typically fail that often.  It may be beneficial to sell or exchange parts, which are slow-moving, rather than have them sit in inventory.
  2. Inventory Per Tail - The amount of inventory you have, per aircraft.  Some aircraft have more expensive parts than others, so be sure to keep aircraft type in mind.
  3. Inventory Investment - Includes all operational/capital spending (repair costs, holding costs, etc.).  Budgeting for this really depends on demand– flight hours, upcoming maintenance checks, and busy seasons should all be factored into this.
  4. Inventory Service Level - Determined by the level of stock you have sitting in your warehouse.  It’s the amount of time a part is available (where it is available, and for how long).
  5. Inventory Cost Per Hour of Flight - Operating costs/flying hours= Cost Per Hour Of Flight
    Remember it is important to consistently review, revise and reevaluate your KPIs.  As your business changes, so should your objectives and goals.

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Recently, On-chip tuning capacitors have had a major issue with being too lossy and causing problems for the user. This issue has been identified and according to the university of California, Santa Barbara has allegedly stated the issue is within the,

"deposition of complex oxides, such as barium strontium titanate, is problematic because of the high temperatures and oxygen-rich environment involved."

Also reporting another major issue has to do with the BST- based device being limited by the deposition and processing methods appose to the actual base material. A change in fabric has become a main solution to their overloading issue by replacing chemicals commonly used in photolithography that contaminate BST. The film in the chip requires a smaller electrode dimensions and finer lithography that the standard integrated capacitor structures. Another challenge that that they face is low-loss reactive devices are microwave frequencies.

Finding alternatives is their main concern to cease the unruly effects that the chip has been encountering. Over much research they have soon discovered that the deposition of low dielectric loss is possible from a hybrid,

“hybrid form of molecular beam epitaxy that uses metal organic precursors.”

As the BST capacitor have many uses they have soon to be used to create phase shifters for phased array antennas in mobile communications or also may be used in antennas in cellular communications.

Despite these unruly materials with the BST this is not the first dilemma of its type. According to Professor Robert York of UCSB there has already been,

"some barium strontium titanate devices are already used for commercial RF electronics, and the infrastructure for deposition and fabrication already exists within semiconductor foundries.”

As a result, the University to provide ICs with films that are placed exactly on metal electrodes.

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Toshiba has just announced they are adding two brand new N-Channel devices to their extended family of U-MOS IX-H family of high-efficiency and high speed switching MOSFETs. TK3R1E04PL and TK3R1A04PL are the two newest additions to the MOSFETs lineup by Toshiba. They help designers improve performance while reducing power consumption in most of the power supply applications for DC-DC converters as well as the secondary side circuits of the SMPS AC-DC power supplies. They have a maximum VDSS rating of 40V and allows for operation with gate-source voltages of +/-20V and the maximum respective drain currents are between 100A and 82A. Having low typical on resistance of just 2.5mO at VGS=10V enables an output capacitance (COSS) of 1000pF which ultimately ensures the efficiency of the on-state operations, rapid switching and lowers switching losses.

TK3R1E04PL and TK3R1A04PL provides the optimal trade-off between the resistance and capacitance to support optimum performance and efficiency in power supply applications. Boasting a synchronous rectification designs with low output charge that reduces the rectification power loss in regards to device contributions. Lastly the TK3R1E04PL and TK3R1A04PL will primarily operate with channel temperatures up to 175 degrees Celsius thanks to the U-MOS IX-H technology devoted to ensuring stable operations over a variety of load conditions and temperature ranges.

Here at ASAP purchasing, we have a dedicated and expansive array of Toshiba products. We are your one-stop shop and go destination for a simplified sourcing solution. ASAP will ensure that our consumers’ needs are addressed in the most expeditious and transparent manner all the while offering cost-effective component solutions therefore improving our your negotiation power and profit margins. All of our aircraft parts are extensively tested and enjoy our consumer-centric warranty If you are interested in a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly sales staff at http://www.asap-purchasing.com call us at toll free at (714) 705 4780.


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In April of 2015, the Israel Missile Defence Organization’s Directorate of Defence Research and Development along with the US Missile Defense Agency successfully conducted the third test of the David’s Sling Weapon System (DSWS). Developed from a collaboration between Raytheon and Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the DSWS is a terminal missile defense interceptor system intended for use against short-range ballistic missiles, large caliber rockets and cruise missiles with ranges from 40 to 300 kilometers away. Through hit-to-kill technology, the system utilizes an interceptor dubbed the Stunner. The DSWS program began in 2009 when Raytheon received two subcontracts from Rafael worth $100 million. Raytheon assisted prime contractor Rafael with developing the interceptor and missile component, as well as the missile firing unit launch system of the David’s Sling.

The DSWS is meant to integrate with Israel’s broader missile defense initiative which is composed of the Iron Dome, Patriot and the Arrow 1, 2, and 3 systems. The DSWS can be used in both mobile and stationary settings, providing a further layer of coverage in the country’s comprehensive missile defense strategy. The first test of this system was conducted in 2012. After completing the system’s third test, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated that he believes the DSWS will be operational within the next year (2016). The system can hold up to 16 missiles at once. Guidance is directed by radar and electro-optical sensors found on the nose of the missiles, which can be retargeted automatically or manually by a command operator. For striking targets, the Stunner missile contains two motor pulses to propel the missile through its mid-course stage and finally a third pulse for thrust once the target is locked on. Using the DSWS is currently quite costly, with estimates totaling up to $1 million USD for a single interception. Israel asked the United States in March 2015 for additional funding of $317 million, allocated solely for missile defense endeavors, on top of the $158 million already sought in the 2016 US federal budget. Via our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Raytheon products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Raytheon parts at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter passed a big test when it flew in a combat simulation against F-16 Fighting Falcons. The F-35 practiced air-to-air combat maneuvers for the first time – and after passing with flying colors – has been cleared for more strenuous drills. “When we did the first dogfight in January, they said, ‘you have no limits,’” said Lockheed Martin F-35 test pilot David “Doc” Nelson. “It was loads monitoring, so they could tell if we ever broke something. It was a confidence builder for the rest of the fleet because there is no real difference structurally between AF-2 and the rest of the airplanes.” He added that most pilots like the maneuverability the Joint Strike Fighter provides, and the departure resistance was high during the angle of attack testing. The operational maneuvers were flown by Nelson in an AF-2, the primary Flight Sciences loads and flutter evaluation aircraft, and one of nine F-35s used by the Edwards AFB-based 412th Test Wing for developmental testing. Some general characteristics of the F-35 include possessing a Pratt & Whitney F135 after burning turbofan and a total weapons payload of 18,000 lbs.
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 50.5 ft
  • Wingspan: 35 ft
  • Height: 14.2 ft
  • Wing area: 460 ft²
  • Maximum speed: Mach 1.6+ (1,200 mph)
Lockheed Martin says their F-35 is unmatched when it comes to how many different things it can do. At the time it was conceived in the 1990’s, it was already projected to be the greatest fighter ever made. To this day, it is living up to the lofty expectations set years ago. Via our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Lockheed Martin products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Lockheed Martin parts at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.
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Major General James Post has been fired from the United States Air Force for his comments relating to the A-10 aircraft.

Post suggested that it would be treasonous for any of his subordinates to praise the A-10, which is being controversially retired. The quote in question read, “If anyone accuses me of saying this, I will deny it … anyone who is passing information to Congress about A-10 capabilities is committing treason.”

The comments were made in January at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada while addressing over 300 airmen at a weapons and tactics review board.

The Air Force’s actions show a change of heart based on their original comments. In an e-mail to Military?.com, spokeswoman Maj. Genieve David defended him, “The intent of his comments were to communicate the Air Force’s position and decision on recommended actions and strategic choices faced for the current constrained fiscal environment.”

Post was heavily criticized for his comments about the A-10, also known as the “Warthog” and “Tankbuster”. Its primary contractor since the late 1980’s has been Northrop Grumman. The Air Force has been pushing for the retirement of the fleet of nearly 300 for around five years due to monetary reasons. Post took it to extreme levels with his comments, warning others to not say anything positive about it.

Post released an apology for his comments in a statement:

“The objective of my comment was simply meant to focus the attention of the audience on working within the command’s constraints. It was sincerely never my intention to discourage anyone’s access to their elected officials. I now understand how my poor choice of words may have led a few attendees to draw this conclusion and I offer my humble apology for causing any undue strain on the command and its mission.”

Post was a two-star general, and the second-highest ranking officer at Air Combat Command.

Via our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Northrop Grumman products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Northrop Grumman parts at https://www.asap-purchasing.com/. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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GKN Aerospace is coming up with a titanium powder to use in additive manufacturing for their aerospace components.

The GKN-led consortium that is in charge of the development of TiPOW (which stands for Titanium Powder for net-shape component manufacture) will try to find a way to produce the powder in bigger quantities and at a cheaper price.

GKN Aerospace Engineering and Technology division’s senior vice-president Russ Dunn said:

"We believe AM has the potential to revolutionize the design and manufacture of aircraft, unlocking innovations in low drag, high-performance wing designs and lighter, even more efficient engine systems that will dramatically improve airframe performance and reduce noxious emissions and noise."

The program will begin with developing titanium alloys and powders that can be used for additive manufacturing, and will later create methods to produce the AM-designed materials at lower costs.

Additive manufacturing basically means they are printing 3D designs of metallic parts, built up in layers from powdered metal. It is different from normal manufacturing in the sense that it is built up piece by piece, rather than having swathes of material taken away from billets or castings.

“TiPOW will give us a better understanding and insight into improving airplane performance and will undoubtedly deliver more technological advances to the industry. This program highlights the capabilities of the UK aerospace, promotes healthy competition and will lay the groundwork for even more innovation," added UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute chief executive Gary Elliott.

Some of the benefits of using additive manufacturing is that it is very energy-efficient and has a high raw material-to-product conversion rate. It also eliminates the need to design bespoke tooling, and can reproduce highly complex geometries with little to no hassle.

Via our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of GKN Aerospace products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current GKN Aerospace parts at https://www.asap-purchasing.com/. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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Harris has received a $27 million contract from the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to supply additional Falcon III wideband manpack and handheld tactical radios.

The details of the contract state that Harris will supply Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpacks and AN/PRC-152A handheld radios to their NSA tactical communications network. The radios will aid their special operations forces by improving terrestrial and ground-to-air communications, as well as extending secure wideband networking.

Every little tactical advantage you can find for is huge - like a football coach finding a weakness in a team based on hours of watching film - and this upgrade in equipment gives USSOCOM just that.

"The Harris Falcon III radios enable the SOF to stay connected wherever the tactical edge happens to be. Our products support SOF-unique capabilities and include a full suite of DoD waveforms to provide interoperability across all branches of the US Department of Defense,” said George Helm, president of Harris RF communications department of defense.

The AN/PRC-117G gives soldiers an unparalleled advantage when it comes to tactical awareness. It provides real-time information through a portable radio that is significantly smaller than previous models.

It is JTRS Certified, NSA Type-1 Certified, JITC Certified for Narrowband Interoperability Assessment and compliance with DAMA standards. Due to high bandwidth data operation, it uses the Harris Adaptive Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2).

The AN/PRC152A is a handheld device that provides high speed data services and voice services on the move. The device combines interoperability and traditional waveforms, a daring synthesis of new technology. It’s just like a cell phone, except for the NSA. Features include video and image dissemination, situational awareness and mapping, texting, emailing, and mobile apps.

They will both help support network-enabled operations, such as convoy tracking, intelligence reporting and analysis, collaborative chat, route planning and medical evacuation missions.

Via our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Harris products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Harris parts at www.asap-purchasing.com.If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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In April 2015, GKN Aerospace announced that they have received a contract from Gulfstream Aerospace to provide wing skins for its G500 and G600 business jets. The deal calls for GKN to produce upper and lower wing skins for the ultra-long jets at its advance machined structures plant in Wellington, Kansas.

These wing skins will produced in an interesting way: in order to reduce weight and maintenance, the upper wing skins will be constructed in a single piece and made without fasteners and joints. The lower ones will incorporate several panels and complex design features. Last year, Gulfstream Aerospace chose PPG Aerospace, Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division, Esterline, and GE Aviation to supply various components for the G500 and G600 aircraft but this year, GKN was the lucky choice.

Daniele Cagnatel, GKN Aerospace North America aero-structures CEO, said: "Our success here is founded on the depth of expertise we have in long bed machining and wing skin manufacture. At the latest count, we have produced more than 5,000 wing skins at our Wellington facility, including skins for Gulfstream's award-winning G550 aircraft." Cagnatel also said in a statement: “This important new contract reinforces our relationship with Gulfstream and this is a relationship we aim to foster and grow for the long term.

This contract also represents a major development in our strategic drive to increase our presence in the business jet market.” In addition to GKN Aerospace, the company’s other divisions include GKN Driveline, GKN Land Systems, and GKN Powder Metallurgy. As a whole, GKN employs 50,000 workers worldwide and in 2014 reported a revenue of GBP$6,982 million.

Headquartered in Redditch, Worcestershire, UK, GKN is a British multinational automotive and aerospace components company that can trace its origins back to 1759 and the birth of the Industrial Revolution.

ASAP Purchasing, a parts purchasing resource created by ASAP Semiconductor, is a premier logistics and supply chain partner for all aerospace manufacturing and technology-driven companies. ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of GKN Aerospace parts. We are ISO 9001-2008 certified, ASA 100 accredited, and a member of the Aviation Suppliers Association.

Prospective customers can browse our inclusive catalogue of both obsolete and in-production GKN parts ranging from vehicular propeller shafts and aircraft windshield panels to hydraulic motors and more at www.asap-Purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or call 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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On Saturday, May 2nd, the John Finn (DDG 113) was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) shipyard. The US Navy assigned the name John Finn to the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51), one of their newest guided missile destroyers. This name was in remembrance of a Medal of Honor recipient, John Finn, who showed “magnificent courage in the face of almost certain death.”

He fought in Hawaii during the Japanese attacks. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens hopes that this name will reflect a quiet, humble and observant leader, which he believes that this fleet will embody this message. In order for the launch to take place, the 637-foot floating dock was flooded and slowly submerged under water. The ship was then pulled south with tugs so that the Navy could continue testing and eventual activation.

Captain Mark Vandroff, class program manager of the DDG 51, stated, “This is the first DDG 51 class ship to launch in almost four years and we're both proud and excited with the progress the program is making. I look forward to John Finn joining the fleet and the other ships of her class to continue in the legacy of success that is the Arleigh Burke destroyer."

Equipped with the Aegis Combat System, John Finn is ready to fulfill difficult missions and rough weather conditions. Further capabilities include anti-submarine warfare, command and control, anti-surface warfare, and advantages in the air, undersea, surface, and ballistic missile defense.

Captain Vandroff further said, “DDG 51 production is in full swing at the shipyard. The Navy and shipbuilder are working closely together to ensure continued quality and value as production continues on the restart ships." The Navy anticipates a bright future for John Finn, and they hope that this fleet can uphold its great name.

Via our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Huntington Ingalls products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Huntington Ingalls parts at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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Nvidia is turning its attention to gaming, automotive, and cloud computing applications, as they are now looking to sell their 3G and LTE modem business.

Nvidia announced it will cease its Icera operations in the second fiscal quarter of 2016. They purchased Icera for $367 million in 2011 in hopes of becoming a big name in the smartphone industry. However, it turned out to be nothing more than a dream as rival industries such as Qualcomm Inc. took their business. Several Android-based tablets using Nvidia’s chipset also failed to sell well.

Nvidia expects the Icera 4G LTE modem supply to last at least until their self-imposed 2016 deadline, but the company expects to join forces with third-party modem suppliers and will no longer develop its own once that day is reached.

The Icera 450 slim-modem platform worked with NVIDIA Tegra processors to enable high-performance HSPA+ smart phones and tablets. It had a full 3G and 2G voice, a radio interface layer for Google’s Android OS, and major PCB savings from integrated baseband and integrated RF chips. Their platform is based on the ICE8065 baseband and ICE9225 RF IC. Some specifications of the platform include:

  • HSPA+/3G/2G multimode
  • Multiband HSPA+ Cat 18 (28Mbps)
  • HSUPA Cat 6 (5.7Mbps), Cat 7 (11Mbps) HSUPA upgradable
  • Quad-band GPRS/EDGE

Nvidia has nearly 9,000 employees worldwide, 500 of which were part of the Icera modem operation. They were based primarily in the UK and France, with some smaller teams located in Asia and the United States. The company had a reported revenue of $4.13 billion in 2014, and an operating income of $496 million.

The future of the 500 employees working on it is unclear as of now, as are the details of what they will do with Icera. More information is expected to come out later in the week when reports for the first fiscal quarter of 2016 are released.

Via our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Nvidia products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Nvidia parts at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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Headquartered in Surrey, United Kingdom, Sperry Marine is a premier designer and manufacturer of navigational equipment including steering systems, compass systems, speed logs, integrated bridge systems, and control systems. Founded in 1997, Sperry Marine was formed out of three legacy companies with over a century of maritime navigation experience-Sperry Gyrocompass, C. Plath, and Decca Radar. Since 2001, Sperry Marine has been operating as a business unit of Northrop Grumman’s Navigation and Maritime Systems Division.

Sperry Marine’s extensive portfolio of navigational goods includes the following patented products:

  • Autopilot & Steering Control Systems: The first manual steering system to be based on controller area network (CAN) technology, Sperry Marine’s NAVIGUIDE 4000 manual steering system and NAVIPILOT 4000 self-tuning adaptive heading control system control a variety of steering gear types for both single and double rudder vessels.
  • Compass Systems: The reliable Jupiter flat glass magnetic compass incorporates a steering compass, a bearing compass, a reflector compass, and an overhead compass into one system. Weighing just 8.8 kilograms and spanning 180 millimeters, the Jupiter compass can be fitted within the wheelhouse and in all NAVIPOL magnetic compass binnacles.
  • Integrated Navigation & Bridge Systems: The Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine Integrated Bridge System (IBS) enhance a crew’s situational awareness. Engineered with reliable sensors to support the vessel’s core navigation system, the Sperry Marine IBS system ensures proper route planning, status monitoring, daily chart management, log-keeping, and alarm awareness.
  • Navigation Radar & ECDIS: Incorporating the most current state-of-the-art Panel PC technology, the Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT ECDIS-E features a 24-inch wide screen display with key sensor inputs to keep the crew aware of engineering statuses, alarm alerts, and navigational information.

For the fiscal year 2013, Sperry Marine’s parent company Northrop Grumman reported revenues of USD$24.7 billion.

ASAP Purchasing is a premier logistics and supply chain partner perfected through streamlined operational processes. Whether you are an OEM, contract manufacturer, repair station, or a United States government entity, ASAP Purchasing has the capability and resources to deliver components and hardware with a fast turn-around time. Prospective customers can browse our wide array of Sperry Marine parts at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or call toll free at 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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The world’s biggest provider of seeds to farmers Monsanto has presented an unsolicited offer of $45 billion to take over their Swiss rival Syngenta. However, the company has not given up as it continues to work on a deal, planning on increasing the initial bid of 449 Swiss francs per share which is a 36 percent premium to Thursday’s closing price.

If a deal does happen, it would provide Monsanto access to highly profitable crop protection chemicals with an estimated potential sales of over $31 billion. Monsanto is already one of the biggest leaders in their industry of genetically modified crop seeds. Syngenta denied Monsanto’s $45 billion offer as it felt the offer undervalued its prospects and did not take into consideration of regulatory risks.

Analysts predict that Monsanto may have to offer a premium of up to 40 percent to the shareholders of Syngenta to make an attractive deal. In addition, antitrust scrutiny is inevitable which could possibly lead to forced sales in certain crops such as United States corn industry. Analysts suggest that American regulators could react when seeing two leaders of the agricultural market combine.

Monsanto’s attempt is also stirring up political controversy, as the deal is likely tax benefits and that Syngenta stands as a highly regarded blue chip for Switzerland. Monsanto Company is an American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation. Headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri, the company is an industry leader in producing genetically altered seeds and herbicide glyphosate.

The company is one of the first to ever apply a biotechnology industry business model to agriculture in which they heavily invested in research and development while recuperating costs through using and enforcing biological patents. With over 21,000 employees, the agricultural giant has generated over $14 billion in yearly revenue in which they serve the worldwide market.

ASAP Purchasing is a premier logistics and supply chain partner perfected through streamlined operational processes. Whether you are an OEM, contract manufacturer, repair station, or a United States government entity, ASAP Purchasing has the capability and resources to deliver components and hardware with a fast turn-around time. Prospective customers can browse our wide array of Monsanto parts ranging at https://www.asap-purchasing.com/. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or call toll free at 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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On February 20, 2015, Engility Holdings, Inc. was awarded a USD$27.6 million contract by the United States Navy for work on the Naval Avionics Platform Integration Emulator (NAPIE) system. The contract calls for Engility Holdings to provide product and technical support for NAPIE system development and testing. This system allows for fast integration of innovative prototype technologies, such as sensors or algorithms, to current platforms.

Engility Holdings will provide program management, engineering services, system architecture, guidance quality analysis, flight test data analysis, and field support to the Naval Air Warfare Center - Aircraft Department. Additional features include core computing elements such as data recorders, test engineer consoles, and several different electrical, electronic, avionic, and mechanical parts. The system will fully comply with military standards, qualify for Navy test authorizations, and Federal Aviation Administration approval.

With already over 20 years of experience working on the design, development, and technical aspects of the Naval Avionics Platform Integration Emulator system, Engility will complete this contract over a five-year period for the Air Traffic Control Systems Division, Naval Air Warfare Center, and Aircraft Department Patuxent River, MD. Engility Holdings, Inc. is an independent company made up of leading businesses within L-3’s Government Service segments: MPRI, Command & Control Systems and Software, Global Security & Engineering Solutions, Linguist Operations & Technical Support, and Engility Corporation and International Resources Group.

The company is headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia and provides consulting, program, business support, engineering, technological lifecycle support, information technology modernization, supply chain and logistics management, and education services to the United States government. With influence in over 40 countries, the company supports and provides critical services to the U.S. Department of Defense along with allied foreign governments.

Via our proprietary website ASAP Purchasing, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading supplier of Engility products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current Engility parts at www.asap-purchasing.com. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.


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Pratt & Whitney has won the 2015 Gold Edison Award in the transportation-aviation category for their PurePower Geared Turbofan. The award recognizes achievement in innovation, creativity, and ingenuity in the global economy.

Pratt & Whitney officials credited their work ethic and not being complacent with what they have done in the past.

“Our dedication to innovation and identifying ways to continuously improve is in our blood at Pratt & Whitney,” said Greg Gernhardt, President of Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. “For the past 90 years, we have not let status quo satisfy us. The Geared Turbofan engine is just one example of our drive to create new solutions that benefit our customers, the environment and the broader public. We are thrilled to be recognized as a top transportation innovation of the year.”

Since 1987, the Edison Awards have been given out annually in The Capitale’s ballroom in New York City. It salutes those who show excellence in new product and service development, marketing, and human-centered design. It is inspired by the spirit of Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness.

“It’s exciting to see companies like Pratt & Whitney continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Executive Director of the Edison Awards. “Edison Awards recognize the game-changing products and services, like the Geared Turbofan engine, and the teams that brought them to consumers.”

The PurePower PW 1000G Turbofan has gone through 20 years of research, testing, and development. It offers significant reductions in fuel burn, environmental emissions, engine noise, and operating costs. It has completed over 17,000 hours and 32,000 cycles of full engine testing. It also has 4,000 hours of flight time under its belt.

Five aircraft platforms currently use the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine: the Mitsubishi MRJ, Airbus A320neo, Bombardier CSeries, Embraer E-Jets E2, and Irkut MC-21.

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The 787-9 Dreamliner is a stretched version of the 787-8.  It has a seating capacity suitable for 250-290 passengers. In the past, the 787-9 aft and mid fuselage sections was fabricated, assembled, and integrated at the North Charleston plant in South Carolina. From there, it was sent to Everett for final inspection.

The 787-8 achieved final assembly at the South Carolina plant for over three years. The first assembly of a 787-8 in South Carolina occurred in 2012. Now, in 2015, the plant is celebrating a new milestone with the delivery of the first 787-9 to roll out of Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly. The Dreamliner rolled off the assembly line in January 2015 and completed its first flight last month. In addition to being the first 787-9 from South Carolina, it is also the 250th Dreamliner to be delivered.

Airlines continue to take possession of the new Dreamliner. In July of 2014, All Nippon Airways took possession of their first 787-9 Dreamliner. Their new plane will allow ANA to meet the growing demand for air travel as the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics approach. ANA is the first airline to operate both Dreamliner variants, the 787-8 and the 787-9. The advantage of the 787-9 over the 787-8 is a fuselage that is 20 feet longer.

Allowing up to 40 more passengers per plane, on top of that the 787-9 will use 20 percent less fuel and produce 20 percent fewer emissions than similar planes. ANA has already ordered 29 more. More than 1000 787’s have been ordered by sixty different customers. Currently, 160 of them are in operation. If the 787-9 wasn’t enough, the new 787-10 will continue to improve on the platform.

The first 787-9 Dreamliner assembled in South Carolina was delivered to United Airlines.  This increases United’s fleet of 787-9’s to a total of four. In addition to their 4 787-9, United Airlines has 12 787-8’s already in service. United was the first North American carrier to fly the 787-8 in September 2012 and the first to fly a 787-9 in September of 2014. After receiving their 787’s, United Airlines has opened new direct routes from Los Angeles to Melbourne.

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SpaceX and Boeing are both building private spaceships to taxi astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA. Since the cancellation of NASA’s shuttle program, restoring the ability to launch American astronauts to ISS has been a top priority. It now appears that the goal is closer than ever.

Boeing received the first order for a commercial crew change flight to ISS in 2017. It is said the contract is the first-of-its-kind. SpaceX has not yet received a contract from NASA but it is expected that they will receive one later this year. Boeing’s CST 100 or Crew Space Transportation 100 was just approved to proceed to assembly, integration and test activities. CST100 had to complete the delta integrated critical design review, the fourth milestone in the commercial crew transportation capability (CCtCap) phase to get the approval to move forward.

The space capsule has been designed to transport up to seven passengers or a mix of crew and cargo. A standard mission would carry four crew members and 220 pounds of pressurized cargo. The capsule would dock on the space station and then it would remain with the station serving as an emergency lifeboat for approximately 201 days. Unmanned and manned test flights still need to be performed prior to the operation crew rotation mission.

In early 2017, after manned testing, it will be confirmed that the Boeing CST100 will be capable of meeting the requirements set by NASA. The contract awarded to Boeing is worth just over $4.2 billion. The contract SpaceX received from NASA was worth $2.6 billion to build the Crew Dragon spacecraft that is launched atop a Falcon 9 Rocket. The CST100 will usher in a new era of space exploration. Once again, the USA will be able to send our astronauts into space.

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The Pilatus PC-24 has completed its first flight in Switzerland, two years after the jet was announced.

It was originally thought that the PC-24 would make its first flight in late 2014, but after some delays it was finally able to make its maiden voyage. Deliveries are still expected to be on time - some time in 2017 - as was first announced back in 2013.

The jet is a versatile one, as it is designed to have the capabilities of using paved and unpaved runways. This could be helpful for emergency landings or landing in places normal planes cannot. The two standard floor plans are a six-seat and eight-seat executive floor plan. There is also a ten-seat commuter floor plan, and combination arrangements to suit emergency medical or passenger and cargo situations. It also comes with a cargo door as standard equipment.

The jet is powered by two 3,400 pounds-static-thrust Williams FJ44 engines. It posted good takeoff numbers as noted by engineers monitoring the flight from the ground. It took off in less than 2,000 feet and climbed to 10,000 feet in approximately three minutes. The pilots reported no problems and excellent handling characteristics. Standard protocol for the 55-minute test flight mandated that the landing gear be left down the entire time.

The testing group was overjoyed with the results that they were waiting years for, as Pilatus Aircraft board of directors chairman Oscar Schwenk stated,

"It's an emotional moment for sure, and another major milestone in the Pilatus and Swiss aviation history.

"Seeing our new business jet take off on its maiden flight is something we've worked very hard for, and dreamt about for a long time. The flight went exactly as planned with no problems whatsoever."

The company will build three PC-24 prototypes to test, and hope to get certifications and initial deliveries by 2017.

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In June 2015, the US Navy announced that they were set to christen their tenth littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), on Saturday June 13th at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. This ship was named in honor of former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who resigned from Congress in 2011 to recover from wounds sustained in an assassination attempt. She was known for her support of the military and veterans.

"The christening of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords marks the beginning of what is certain to be a long life for this great ship,” US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said, describing the event. "It is also a celebration of the skill and dedication of the men and women who have built LCS 10 and the courage of her namesake. This ship truly embodies the Navy motto of Semper Fortis - always courageous."

The Independence-class vessel was constructed as part of the LCS program and is the 16th ship to be named after a woman and the 13th to take the name of a living person since 1850.

The goal of the US Navy’s LCS program is to fill gaps in the critical, urgent operational war-fighting requirements that currently exist in the Navy to defeat littoral threats, and provide access and dominance in coastal waters. The LCS-class consists of the Freedom and Independence variants, which are developed by two industry teams led by Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, respectively. Austal USA, along with Bath Iron Works, is part of the team led by GD. The soon-to-be USS Gabrielle Giffords is expected to be delivered to the fleet in 2017.

Whether you are an OEM, contract manufacturer, repair station, or a United States government entity, ASAP Purchasing has the capability and resources to deliver components and hardware with a fast turn-around time. Prospective customers can browse our wide array of Austal USA parts at https://www.asap-purchasing.com/. If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com or call toll free at 1-714-705-4780 for a quote.

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