Aviation News Releases – Tuesday, March 30, 2010



  • Testing Under Way on Bombardier CSeries Aircraft Composite Demonstrator Wing
    Testing of the Bombardier CSeries aircraft’s composite demonstrator wing is under way, representing another significant milestone in the development of the all-new aircraft due to enter service in 2013. The testing is taking place at Bombardier’s Belfast facility which is responsible for the design, development and manufacture of the advanced composite wings for the CSeries aircraft. The Belfast operation has successfully assembled a full-scale, three-quarter span pre-production…
    Mar-30 – 2010 | More ->
  • Bombardier and China’s CDB Leasing Co. Sign MOU on Financing Cooperation
    Bombardier Aerospace today announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with one of China’s top leasing companies, CDB Leasing Co. (CLC) which clears the way for CLC to offer pre-delivery payment financing, delivery financing and leasing solutions to customers of Bombardier CSeries, Q400 and CRJ aircraft. The breadth of capital available from CLC for domestic and international transactions of Bombardier aircraft is up to $3.85 billion US. “The financial resources…
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  • EADS Nears KC-X Decision
    By Jens Flottau and Robert Wall FRANKFURT and LONDON — EADS plans to decide whether it will bid for the U.S. Air Force’s tanker within the next two weeks, Airbus CEO Thomas Enders told Aviation Week. But at this stage, Enders is “still skeptical” if EADS should go ahead with a bid. Enders says that “we will not submit a dumping offer,” …
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  • U.S. Navy Seeks ISR, Strike UAVs
    By Guy NorrisLos Angeles Industry players have until early May to respond to a U.S. Navy request for information (RFI) for a carrier-based, stealthy, unmanned, strike and surveillance system capable of integrating with manned aircraft as part of a carrier air wing by 2018. The unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (Uclass) RFI calls for a notional system …
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  • Europe Wants Collision Avoidance Boost
    By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON The European Aviation Safety Agency is planning to issue a mandate for operators to upgrade their ACAS II airborne collision avoidance system to address deficiencies that have been subject of review for some time. The recently released notice of proposed amendment would require operators to use the ACAS II software …
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  • 787 Passes Wing Bend Test
    By Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.comLos Angeles Boeing completed the ultimate load test on the static test 787 airframe, ZY997, at Everett on March 28. The test – officially dubbed Condition 18b – evaluated the ability of the wing-body structure to sustain loads equal to 150% of the design limit load, and represents the most extreme forces ever expected to be seen in service. Its clearance also marks the passing of a significant hurdle on the way to …
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  • Federal Cybersecurity Policy Muddles Along
    By Michael BrunoWashington Asked to define cybersecurity—or what the U.S. ought to do about it—the approximately 535 members of Congress would likely each provide different answers. The Pentagon, White House and other executive branch agencies have their own answers, too, and not even the country’s first cybersecurity czar, named by the president in late December …
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  • Eclipse Launches Completion Program
    By George Larson george_larson@bellsouth.net Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aerospace Inc. (EAI) has unveiled a new refurbishment and completion program for the EA500 under the trademark “Total Eclipse,” CEO Mason Holland tells Aviation Week. “We acquired all the DayJet aircraft from United Technologies’ finance arm, and those will also be completed under the Total Eclipse program …
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  • White House TSA Search Stalls Again
    By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com The White House is back to square one in its attempt to fill the top job at the Transportation Security Administration after nominee Robert Harding on March 26 withdrew his name from consideration. Harding, a retired general who held senior posts in the military intelligence structure, had already been facing tough questions about payments …
    Mar-30 – 2010 | More ->
  • Satellite Use In Broadband Plan A Big Unknown
    By Michael A. TavernaWashington Satellite communications operators think the U.S. government’s new national broadband plan could help stimulate satellite broadband and mobilesat services, but say its impact will be limited and in some cases even detrimental to industry growth. On March 16, the Federal Communications Commission released the details of the plan …
    Mar-30 – 2010 | More ->
  • European Weather Satellite Deal Threatened
    By Michael A. Taverna PARIS — Eumetsat will be forced to wait at least until June to kick off its next-generation geostationary meteorological satellite system. The Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) system is expected to reinforce medium and long term weather forecasting while contributing critical data for monitoring seasonal and climate change …
    Mar-30 – 2010 | More ->
  • 787 Testing Going Slower Than Expected
    Tests for Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner are going more slowly than expected, but the company says it is still on track to deliver its first planes by the end of the year …
    Mar-30 – 2010 | More ->
  • Leedco Wins Iraq Airport Contract
    Leedco Engineers has won a USD$50 million contract for construction of an airport in Iraq, company and provincial officials said on Monday …
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  • EU Bans Sudan, Philippine Carriers; Clears TAAG
    The European Union eased its ban on airlines from Angola on Tuesday and vowed to block carriers from Sudan and the Philippines from starting flights to the 27-country bloc …
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  • IATA Says Airlines Climbing Out Of Recession
    Airlines are climbing out of recession with further strong increases for passenger travel and freight in February, IATA said on Tuesday …
    Mar-30 – 2010 | More ->
  • Aer Lingus Says Operating Results Improving
    Irish airline Aer Lingus said operations had improved in the first quarter of 2010, though it was difficult to make forecasts for the rest of the year …
    Mar-30 – 2010 | More ->
  • Thai Finmin To Support Thai Air Fund-Raising
    Thailand’s Finance Ministry will support a fund-raising plan by national carrier Thai Airways, Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij said on Monday …
    Mar-30 – 2010 | More ->
  • UK Confirms Cut To A400M Order
    Britain will trim its order for Airbus’s A400M military transport plane to 22 from 25 to finance its share of an agreed increase in the price of the project, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday …
    Mar-30 – 2010 | More ->
  • UK Union To Pay Striking BA Cabin Crew
    The Unite union said on Monday it would raise GBP£700,000 pounds (USD$1 million) from its members to support striking British Airways cabin crew, staging a third day of industrial action and with no resolution in sight …
    Mar-30 – 2010 | More ->
  • Air France Crash Victims’ Relatives Sue In US
    Relatives of passengers killed in an Air France crash off Brazil have filed nearly two dozen wrongful death lawsuits in Miami against Airbus, alleging that aircraft maker’s A330 crashed because of flaws in the plane and its US-made components …
    Mar-30 – 2010 | More ->
  • NASA Extends Contract for Supercomputing Support Services
    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA will exercise a one-year extensionoption on a contract with Computer Sciences Corporation in Lanham,Md., to provide supercomputing support services at NASA’s AmesResearch Center at Moffett Field, Calif. The extension is valued atapproximately $57 million.The option exercised on the cost-plus-award-fee contract begins April1, 2010, and will continue to March 31, 2011. The contract consistsof a two-year base period and eight one-year priced options with amaximum…
    Mar-29 – 2010 | More ->
  • Boeing Completes Ultimate-Load Wing Test on 787
    EVERETT, Wash., March 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) today completed the ultimate-load wing up-bending test on the 787 Dreamliner static test unit. During the testing, loads were applied to the airframe to replicate 150 percent of the most extreme forces the airplane is ever expected to experience while in service. The wings were flexed upward by approximately 25 feet (7.6 meters) during the test. The initial results of the ultimate-load test are positive….
    Mar-29 – 2010 | More ->
  • Boeing, RAAF Welcome Super Hornets to Australia
    AMBERLEY, Queensland, March 28, 2010 — The first five Boeing [NYSE: BA] F/A-18F Super Hornets for Australia landed at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley on March 26, bringing the next generation in air combat capability to the multirole fighter’s first international customer. The Super Hornets, piloted by RAAF aircrews, departed U.S. Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., on March 18 and made scheduled stops in Hawaii, Pago Pago and New Zealand on the way to Amberley. The…
    Mar-29 – 2010 | More ->
  • Lynx Upgrade To Afghanistan Next Month
    By Douglas Barrie The first upgraded Lynx Mk9A helicopters will deploy to Afghanistan in April, with — as expected — the British Defense Ministry deciding to modify the remainder of its Mk9 fleet to the same standard. The ministry awarded AgustaWestland a £41.8 million ($62.1 million) follow-on contract to modify a further 10 Lynx Mk9s to the 9A standard …
    Mar-29 – 2010 | More ->
  • Congress Extends FAA Operating Authority
    By Adrian Schofield Congress has extended FAA’s operating authority by one month to the end of April, even though the House was until very recently pushing for a three-month extension. The shorter extension now gives less time for House and Senate lawmakers to reach a compromise on a long-term FAA reauthorization bill …
    Mar-29 – 2010 | More ->


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