Aviation News Releases – Thursday, July 29, 2010

Authorities from Canada, Egypt, and the Dominican Republic are the latest to certify the aircraft

São José dos Campos, July 28, 2010 – Twenty months after it went into operation, more than 150 of the Phenom 100 executive jet have already been delivered. As the number of customers expands throughout the world, the aircraft must meet the specific requirements of each country where it will be registered. The Phenom 100 is certified, today, by 18 civil aviation authorities. The most recent approvals were granted by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), the Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA), and the Dominican Republic Civil Aviation Authority (Dirección General de Aeronautica Civil – DGAC)….

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Heavy Rains Delay Salvage Of Crashed Pakistan Plane
Heavy monsoon rains in Islamabad on Thursday hampered recovery efforts at the site of a Pakistani plane crash that killed all 152 people on board a day earlier, a senior police officer said …Photo: Pia321
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->

Airblue flight ED 202 accident in Islamabad
Airbus regrets to confirm that an Airbus A321 operated by airblue was involved in an accident shortly after 9.45 am local time. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight ED 202, from Karachi to Islamabad, Pakistan.The aircraft involved in the accident, registered under AP-BJB, was MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number) 1218, initially delivered from the production line in 2000. The aircraft is leased to airblue in January 2006. The aircraft had accumulated approximately 34,000…
Jul-28 – 2010 | More ->

No Survivors In Pakistan Plane Crash
A Pakistani passenger plane crashed in heavy rain near Islamabad on Wednesday, killing at least 90 people and officials said it was unlikely that there would be any survivors among the 152 people on board …Photo: Pia321
Jul-28 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Airports

BAA Halves H1 Losses, Passenger Numbers Down
British airport operator BAA halved its first-half losses, helped by lower one-off charges, as passenger numbers fell 4.5 percent on disruption caused by a volcanic ash cloud and strikes by British Airways staff …
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->

Schiphol Gets European Investment Bank Loan
Amsterdam airport operator Schiphol said on Wednesday it has been granted a loan by the European Investment Bank but declined to confirm reports about its size or purpose …
Jul-28 – 2010 | More ->

Air NZ Looking At Queenstown Airport Stake
Air New Zealand is willing to lead a group of airlines in buying a stake in Queenstown Airport, the carrier said on Friday …
Jul-23 – 2010 | More ->


Army

BAE-Northrop GCV Hybrid Drive A Gamble
By Michael Fabey Executives for BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman acknowledge that U.S. Army leadership is somewhat split on the benefits of a hybrid-electric drive for the service’s new Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV), but they say their bid featuring such a system is worth the gambit. “In the Army we have both supporters and skeptics,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of …
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->


Cargo

Finnair Sells MD-11s, Converts Last One
By Lee Ann Tegtmeier leeann_tegtmeier@aviationweek.com: Finnair sold its last two Boeing MD-11 aircraft to U.S.-based leasing company Neff Air. Finnair will deliver the aircraft in January. ST Aerospace Services Co. (SASCO) in Singapore converted the first aircraft into a freighter in 2009, and Finnair Cargo is flying that one, which is the only MD-11 Finnair operates, according to Finnair’s Maunu Visuri, VP fleet management …
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->

Air Freight Demand Jumps In June
Air cargo demand jumped by more than a quarter in June compared with a year ago and passenger numbers rose more than one tenth as airlines saw a growing recovery from the economic crisis, industry figures showed …
Jul-28 – 2010 | More ->

Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F Crashes in Riyadh
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.com, Jens Flottau jens@flottau.com, LONDON, FRANKFURT: A Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F crashed at King Khaled International Airport on landing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, destroying the aircraft. Both pilots survived when the aircraft carrying 80 tons of freight broke apart on landing and caught fire. The crew were taken to the hospital in Riyadh …
Jul-27 – 2010 | More ->


Commercial

Shanghai Air To Quit Star Alliance In October
Shanghai Airlines will leave Star Alliance at the end of October, after bigger rival China Eastern Airlines took it over for USD$1.3 billion last year, state media said on Thursday …Photo: Yamaguchi Yoshiaki
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->

Lufthansa Sees Bmi, Austrian 2010 Losses Offset
Lufthansa said it expects recovering demand for air travel at its main carrier to offset 2010 losses at recently acquired units bmi and Austrian Airlines …
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->

Southwest’s Q2 Profit Beats Expectations
Low-cost airline Southwest Airlines reported a second-quarter profit that surpassed expectations, buoyed by strengthening consumer demand and lower-than-expected costs …Photo: Into The Blue
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Boeing-built RTCASS High-Power Test Stations Declared Ready for US Marines
ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2010 — A product line of automated test stations that Boeing [NYSE: BA] upgraded with the ability to test high-power radar systems was recently declared ready for fleet introduction by the U.S. Navy. The Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System (RTCASS) stations, built and designed by Boeing, are used by U.S. Marine Corps maintainers to diagnose problems with aircraft electronic systems. The upgrade, designated RTCASS-High Power (RTCASS-HP),…
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->

Israel Debates Deterrence Vs. Cost On F-35
By David A. Fulghum TEL AVIV and JERUSALEM — Critics contend that the planned Israeli money for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, estimated at about $2.75 billion for the first 19 aircraft, could be better used upgrading conventional, non-stealthy aircraft with long-range, high-speed stealthy weapons and sensors with the range to support such attacks. Analysts suggest that attack helicopters and intelligence …
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->

Winter Of Discontent For European Militaries
By Douglas Barrie, Robert Wall, Michael A. TavernaFarnborough London will decide in September where the ax will fall on defense as Europe’s main spenders come under ever-increasing pressure. Serious cuts and delays are inevitable as governments tighten belts. Liam Fox, the British secretary of state for defense, used the platform of the Farnborough air show to reiterate there was no option but change for the U.K. defense sector, for the…
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->


Executive

Phenom 100 executive jet expands its worlwide acceptance
Authorities from Canada, Egypt, and the Dominican Republic are the latest to certify the aircraftSão José dos Campos, July 28, 2010 – Twenty months after it went into operation, more than 150 of the Phenom 100 executive jet have already been delivered. As the number ofcustomers expands throughout the world, the aircraft must meet the specific requirements ofeach country where it will be registered. The Phenom 100 is certified, today, by 18 civilaviation authorities. The most recent approvals…
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->

GA Groups To Confront Planned EPA Lead Crackdown
By Fred George fred_george@aviationweek.comOshkosh, Wis. The Experimental Aircraft Association and four other general aviation trade associations Wednesday laid out their strategy to deal with the Environmental Protection Agency’s April 28 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which collects information that eventually could lead to a ban on leaded avgas. The ANPR signaled that an “endangerment finding process” associated with lead emissions from …
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->

Bombardier Order Bag Approaches $1B
By Brendan Gallagher, FARNBOROUGH: Canadian bizjet-maker Bombardier yesterday put at close to a billion dollars the value of the orders it has announced in the run-up to the show and on its first two days. The Montreal-headquartered company has logged contracts comprising a total of 12 ultra-long-range Global Express XRS, two super-large-size Global 5000s and a pair of large-cabin Challenger 605s, worth in excess of $800 …
Jul-23 – 2010 | More ->


Industry

Boeing-built RTCASS High-Power Test Stations Declared Ready for US Marines
ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2010 — A product line of automated test stations that Boeing [NYSE: BA] upgraded with the ability to test high-power radar systems was recently declared ready for fleet introduction by the U.S. Navy. The Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System (RTCASS) stations, built and designed by Boeing, are used by U.S. Marine Corps maintainers to diagnose problems with aircraft electronic systems. The upgrade, designated RTCASS-High Power (RTCASS-HP),…
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->

Phenom 100 executive jet expands its worlwide acceptance
Authorities from Canada, Egypt, and the Dominican Republic are the latest to certify the aircraftSão José dos Campos, July 28, 2010 – Twenty months after it went into operation, more than 150 of the Phenom 100 executive jet have already been delivered. As the number ofcustomers expands throughout the world, the aircraft must meet the specific requirements ofeach country where it will be registered. The Phenom 100 is certified, today, by 18 civilaviation authorities. The most recent approvals…
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->

Rolls-Royce Profit Up, Stronger Outlook
British engine and turbine maker Rolls-Royce reported a stronger than expected rise in first half profit, saying a tight lid on costs had allowed it to raise full-year forecasts …
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->


Navy

Boeing-built RTCASS High-Power Test Stations Declared Ready for US Marines
ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2010 — A product line of automated test stations that Boeing [NYSE: BA] upgraded with the ability to test high-power radar systems was recently declared ready for fleet introduction by the U.S. Navy. The Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System (RTCASS) stations, built and designed by Boeing, are used by U.S. Marine Corps maintainers to diagnose problems with aircraft electronic systems. The upgrade, designated RTCASS-High Power (RTCASS-HP),…
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->

U.S. Navy Receives F/A-18 With HAL-built Door
By Anantha Krishnan M. BENGALURU, India — The U.S. Navy has received its first Boeing F/A-18 fighter fitted with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s (HAL) gun-bay door. The aircraft was delivered July 20, a Boeing official said. The gun-bay door agreement is the first military contract between Boeing and Bengaluru-based HAL, and is a direct …
Jul-28 – 2010 | More ->

Navy, USAF Coordinate High-Altitude UAV Work
By Amy Butler, Washington and Beale AFB, Calif.: More questions than answers are arising from the U.S. Navy/Air Force memorandum of agreement to coordinate efforts on their respective high-altitude reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Signed June 12 by the services’ chiefs of staffs, the agreement aims to produce operational and financial efficiencies in the Air Force Global Hawk and Navy Broad …
Jul-16 – 2010 | More ->


Science

Images Appear To Show Water Ice On Moon
By Frank Morring, Jr.: Radar images collected by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) probably pinpoint thick deposits of water ice in a small crater near the Moon’s north pole. Work with the Mini-RF synthetic aperture radar (SAR) on LRO follows up findings by a similar instrument called the Mini-SAR on India’s Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter, which used the polarity of radar returns from the Moon’s north …
Jul-28 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Seeks Undergrads to Defy Gravity for Science and Engineering
HOUSTON — NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity totest an experiment in weightless science as part of the agency’sReduced Gravity Education Flight Program. Proposals are due by Oct. 27.The program, managed by the Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston,provides aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricatea reduced gravity experiment. Selected teams will get to test andevaluate their experiment aboard a microgravity aircraft. Thespecially modified jet aircraft…
Jul-23 – 2010 | More ->


Space

USA Clips Space Shuttle Workforce
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL — While Congress mulls conflicting blueprints for NASA’s human space program, 1,394 space shuttle workers in Florida, Texas and Alabama got notice this week of what their future looks like — no job. Following through on an initiative announced earlier this month, prime shuttle contractor United Space Alliance (USA) notified 902 employees in Florida, 478 workers in …
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->

Recycled Solar Probes Heading For Lunar Orbit
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL — Two satellites of NASA’s five-member Themis constellation, launched in February 2007 to study geomagnetic storms, are approaching lunar orbit for a new mission called Artemis. NASA has yet to authorize funding for Artemis (Acceleration Reconnection and Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon’s Interaction with the Sun), but there was no time …
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Selects Sounding Rockets Operations Contractor
WASHINGTON — NASA selected Orbital Sciences Corp.’s, TechnicalServices Division in Greenbelt, Md., for the agency’s SoundingRockets Operations contract. The total value of thisindefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity cost-plus incentive feecontract is $310 million. The period of performance is five years.Orbital Sciences will coordinate and implement NASA’s overall SoundingRockets Program and provide services and supplies as necessary tocomplete individual missions and projects. Services…
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Greek ATC Go-Slow Hits Cyprus Flights
A work to rule protest by Greek air traffic controllers over austerity-driven reforms in their sector has disrupted hundreds of flights in and out of Cyprus …
Jul-26 – 2010 | More ->



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