Aviation News Releases – Monday, April 5, 2010



  • Boeing to Spotlight Advanced Capabilities at National Space Symposium
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 5, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] will spotlight its satellites, intelligence and security solutions, human spaceflight activities and advanced network technologies at the Space Foundation’s 26th National Space Symposium. This year’s event takes place April 12-15 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. “Whether we’re building and launching satellites, processing payloads for human spaceflight missions or providing solutions that protect the …
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  • Discovery In Pre-Dawn Liftoff
    By Frank Morring, Jr. morring@aviationweek.com With seven astronauts on board, Discovery raised the number of spacefarers to 13. On Sunday a Russian Soyuz capsule docked with the ISS, delivering NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko to the orbiting facility where three more station crew members awaited them …
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  • TSA Steps Up Security On Flights
    By Frances Fiorino The Transportation Security Administration is implementing enhanced security measures on international flights to the U.S. that override those put into place after the Dec. 25 attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight. “Multiple random layers of security, seen and unseen” will apply to all passengers on international flights …
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  • JSF Among Programs Cited In DOD List
    By Michael Bruno The Pentagon’s rogues gallery of weapon acquisitions has widened with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Apache Block III helicopter, CVN 78 Ford-class aircraft carriers and several others reporting significant cost increases, schedule slippages or both, according to the Defense Department’s latest data. However, apparently because of $126 billion …
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  • FAA Relaxes Pilot Antidepressant Policy
    By Frances Fiorino fiorino@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON The FAA, embracing the idea that depression is a treatable illness, on April 2 announced a policy change that will allow pilots taking certain antidepressants to maintain flying privileges. Under the old policy, pilots were denied a medical certificate and prohibited from flying if they used antidepressant medications, noted FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt …
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  • RFP Imminent For U.S. Coast Guard Aircraft
    By Bettina H. Chavanne The U.S. Coast Guard may release its request for proposals (RFP) for more HC-144A Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) on April 2, according to aviation acquisition chief Capt. Jim Martin. By the end of this year, the Coast Guard’s fleet will include 11 aircraft and 12 mission systems pallets. This new competition is for procurement of the MPA …
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  • GA Groups Push For Improved Data
    By Kerry Lynch International aviation leaders are being urged by the business and general aviation community to improve data collection in non-commercial aviation. Both the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilots Associations (IAOPA) made that recommendation during the International Civil Aviation Organization’s High-Level Safety Conference in Montreal yesterday …
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  • Government Satcom Procurement Shifting
    By Michael A. Taverna An initial purchase under a new U.S. Navy commercial satellite procurement program highlights a looming shift in the government’s bandwidth procurement setup, and what that means for satellite operators. The award, under a five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) arrangement, could ultimately be worth up to $542.7 million to the Intelsat …
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  • Wanted: More On-Wing Wizardry
    By Bill BurchellLONDON —Engine maintenance has come a long way, with repairs developed in the workshop evolving into tasks that can be undertaken on-wing or in situ at a customer’s base. With the cost of an engine overhaul topping $2 million and on-wing repair and part replacement services costing between 1% and 10% of that, demand for more repairs to be made available on-wing has never been greater …
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  • GAMECO Plans Line, Base MRO Growth in China
    By Bradley Perrett GAMECO plans a major expansion of its business, spreading out from its Guangzhou base in southern China to provide line and heavy maintenance elsewhere in the country. The company is meanwhile achieving notable improvements in efficiency with a reorganization of work practices and plant layout …
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  • Monterey Students Set to Receive Call from Orbiting Space Shuttle Astronauts — Including Former Teacher
    WASHINGTON — Eighth grade students and children of the militarycommunity in California’s Monterey Peninsula area will speak withastronauts orbiting 220 miles above Earth on Saturday, April 10.The call with the students and space shuttle Discovery Commander AlanPoindexter, Pilot Jim Dutton, and Mission Specialist DottieMetcalf-Lindenburger will take place at 7:36 a.m. PDT at the NavalPostgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.Reporters interested in attending the event must contact Alan Richmondat…
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  • Qantas Grounds 747 After Cockpit Window Cracks
    Australia’s Qantas Airways said on Monday one of its aircraft had been grounded after developing cracks in a cockpit window while flying from the United States …
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  • US Will Allow Pilots To Take Antidepressants
    Pilots will soon be allowed to fly if they are taking antidepressant medications under new a US government policy that takes effect from Monday …
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  • NASA Invites Educators to Webcasts Supporting National Lab Day
    HAMPTON, Va. – In preparation for National Lab Day on May 12, NASAwill host a series of weekly live webcasts during the month of Aprilthrough the agency’s Digital Learning Network. The series is aimed atequipping teachers to promote hands-on science education in theirclassrooms.”The professional development of educators in the area of science,technology, engineering and math is a critical component in gettingstudents interested in these fields early in their schooling,” saidCaryn Long, manager…
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  • NASA Sets Media Credential Deadlines for Next Space Shuttle Flight
    WASHINGTON — NASA has set media accreditation deadlines for the Mayspace shuttle flight to the International Space Station. ShuttleAtlantis and six astronauts are targeted to launch the STS-132mission on May 14 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.Deadlines for international journalists to apply for the shuttlerollout and Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test are as early asApril 12.The 12-day flight will be the 32nd and final scheduled flight forAtlantis. The mission includes three…
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  • NASA’S Shuttle Discovery Heads to Station After Predawn Launch
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space shuttle Discovery lit up Florida’s SpaceCoast sky about 45 minutes before sunrise Monday with a 6:21 a.m. EDTlaunch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The launch began a 13-dayflight to the International Space Station and the second of fiveshuttle missions planned for 2010.Discovery is scheduled to dock to the space station at 3:44 a.m. onWednesday, April 7. The shuttle will deliver science experiments,equipment and supplies to the station. The flight will include…
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  • NASA Plans Earth Day Tweetup on the National Mall in Washington
    WASHINGTON — NASA will host its first Earth Day Tweetup on theNational Mall in Washington with @NASA Twitter followers and NASAscientists on April 18 at 1 p.m. EDT.The event will be part of a weeklong series of exhibits and activitieson the National Mall marking the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. TheTweetup will provide NASA Twitter followers with the opportunity totalk with NASA Earth and climate scientists, producers of NASA’sEarth imagery and the staff behind the agency’s…
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  • NASA Funds Initiative to Develop One Stop Shopping for Students Seeking Agency Internships
    WASHINGTON — Undergraduate and graduate students who want to apply for a NASA internship or fellowship soon will have access to all ofNASA’s opportunities at one Web site. NASA has awarded cooperativeagreements to five organizations to help attract students to NASAopportunities and provide an easily navigable process from start tofinish.The awards will fund a NASA-wide recruitment, application, selection,placement and career development system to engage students inscience, technology,…
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  • Boeing Contribution to Shuttle Mission Includes Troubleshooting, Payload Prep
    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., April 2, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has been providing NASA with a wide variety of hardware and services — including troubleshooting a stuck valve — to ensure Space Shuttle Discovery launches as scheduled on April 5. One of two helium isolation valves in the shuttle’s starboard Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) pod failed in the open position on March 13 during helium tank preparations prior to OMS pod propellant loading. High-pressure helium is…
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  • IATA: No Slowdown In Airline Recovery
    By Adrian Schofield The latest financial report from the International Air Transport Association shows continued recovery momentum in the airline industry, following a stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter performance. Passenger traffic for the first two months of 2010 is up by more than 10% versus the same months last year, with cargo up more than 20% …
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  • Predator Ground Station To Get Upgrade
    By Graham Warwick General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) will develop a next-generation, open-architecture ground control system (GCS) for its Predator and Reaper unmanned aircraft under a $26.6 million U.S. Air Force contract. The Block 50 Advanced Cockpit will address issues with human factors and proprietary interfaces …
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  • Marine CH-53K Faces Multiyear Slide
    By Bettina H. Chavanne The first flight of the U.S. Marine Corps’ heavy lifter CH-53K helicopter has slipped two years to 2013, while its initial operational capability (IOC) has slid three years to 2018, officials have confirmed to AVIATION WEEK. The date slips come as no surprise to the Marines and the CH-53K program office at Naval Air Systems …
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  • Southwest Tells WestJet Pact At Risk
    By Andrew Compart andrew_compart@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON Southwest, obviously unhappy that planned future code-share partner WestJet is courting Delta for a code-share deal, is warning WestJet that their partnership is in danger of breaking up. In a statement issued April 1, Southwest said it learned of the Canadian low-cost carrier’s hopes for a code-share deal with Delta from media reports …
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  • Israel Is Serious About Cyberwarfare
    By Alon Ben-DavidTel Aviv For Israel’s chief of military intelligence, “cyberspace has become the fifth dimension of warfare, following land, sea, air and space.” The nation has long had its hand in this secretive mission area, but Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin’s comments are the first public acknowledgment of just how serious the Israeli military views the domain …
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  • Piper Recruits Former Beechcraft Executive
    By Fred George fgeorge@san.rr.com Piper Aircraft CEO and President Kevin Gould said April 1 he has hired Beechcraft veteran Randy Groom to be its new executive vice-president of sales, marketing and customer support, effective June 1st. Piper began an extensive search to fill the slot in its senior leadership team when Robert Kromer, former VP sales and marketing, left the organization in late 2009 …
    Apr-02 – 2010 | More ->


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