Aviation News Releases – Friday, July 30, 2010

ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2010 — A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airlifter crashed on the evening of July 28 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Four crewmembers are reported to have been killed in the crash. The Boeing Company today released the following statement:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the four crewmembers who were lost aboard the Pacific Air Forces C-17 that crashed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, last night. Boeing stands ready to provide technical assistance to the U.S. Air Force with the investigation into this tragedy.”…

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Boeing Statement on C-17 Globemaster III Airlifter Crash at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2010 — A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airlifter crashed on the evening of July 28 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Four crewmembers are reported to have been killed in the crash. The Boeing Company today released the following statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the four crewmembers who were lost aboard the Pacific Air Forces C-17 that crashed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, last night. Boeing stands…
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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

Unmanned A160T Crashes At Boeing Test Site
By Graham Warwick A Boeing A160T Hummingbird unmanned helicopter crashed on July 28 at the company’s Victorville, Calif., test site. Boeing says the aircraft autorotated to the ground 1.5 mi. from its planned landing point and rolled onto its side. The mishap occurred at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time inside the airport traffic area at Victorville. The aircraft, serial A007, is owned by the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology …
Jul-30 – 2010 | More ->

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

International Recovery Retains Momentum: IATA
By Adrian Schofield: The strong rebound in international passenger and cargo demand is continuing, as the airline industry further distances itself from the 2009 downturn and the ash-related cancellations earlier this year. Global passenger demand was up 11.9% year-on-year in June, according to the International Air Transport Association. Cargo data shows an even more impressive 26.5% improvement. With capacity increasing only …
Jul-30 – 2010 | More ->

Southwest Reports Strong Quarter, Caps Fleet
By Andrew Compart: Southwest Airlines achieved the second most profitable second quarter in its history when special items are excluded from the results, reporting financial results July 29 that were buoyed by big gains in unit revenue the carrier says have continued and perhaps even gained strength in July. The low-cost carrier also reported a modest change in its …
Jul-30 – 2010 | More ->

Mexicana Mulls Creditor Protection, 2 Flights Halted
Canadian authorities moved to cancel two Mexico City-bound flights from airline Mexicana on Thursday amid mounting concerns over the financial health of the company …
Jul-30 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Boeing Statement on C-17 Globemaster III Airlifter Crash at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2010 — A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III airlifter crashed on the evening of July 28 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Four crewmembers are reported to have been killed in the crash. The Boeing Company today released the following statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the four crewmembers who were lost aboard the Pacific Air Forces C-17 that crashed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, last night. Boeing stands…
Jul-30 – 2010 | More ->

Unmanned A160T Crashes At Boeing Test Site
By Graham Warwick: A Boeing A160T Hummingbird unmanned helicopter crashed on July 28 at the company’s Victorville, Calif., test site. Boeing says the aircraft autorotated to the ground 1.5 mi. from its planned landing point and rolled onto its side. The mishap occurred at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time inside the airport traffic area at Victorville. The aircraft, serial A007, is owned by the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology …
Jul-30 – 2010 | More ->

Manufacturers Vie To Close Fighter Gap
By Douglas Barrie, Amy Butler, Robert Wall: Farnborough Savings at home and sales abroad are emerging as key drivers in the fighter aircraft market as manufacturers vie for export programs fundamental to their future welfare. Some of the efforts are aimed at tempting prospective F-35 buyers to defect. Building on its F-15 Silent Eagle template, Boeing is now …
Jul-30 – 2010 | More ->


Executive

Bombardier Learjet and Governor Parkinson Announce Financing Agreement to Secure Learjet 85 Production in Wichita
Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson and Bombardier Business Aircraft President, Steve Ridolfi today announced the details of a formal agreement that will secure production of the all-new midsize Learjet 85 aircraft at Bombardier Learjet in Wichita. The agreement includes $27 million in bond financing from the State of Kansas which will be invested in improvements to Learjet’s Wichita facility in order to prepare for the eventual production of the Learjet 85 business aircraft. Modification…
Jul-30 – 2010 | More ->

GA Groups Take Aim At EPA Lead Crackdown
By Fred George fred_george@aviationweek.com, Oshkosh, 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-30 – 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 ->


Industry

Airbus boosts single-aisle aircraft production to rate 40/month by 2012
Airbus will increase the monthly production rate of its A320 Family aircraft to 38 per month in August 2011 and to 40 per month in first quarter 2012. Currently Airbus turns out 34 A320 Family aircraft per month rising to 36 from December 2010. For the time being the A330/A340 Family production remains at rate 8.5.Airbus’ decision to raise its single-aisle production rate is driven by the continuing strong demand for its eco-efficient single-aisle aircraft (as recently underlined by the…
Jul-30 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing Completes Acquisition of Narus
ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced it has completed its acquisition of Narus, a leading provider of real-time network traffic and analytics software used to protect against cyber attacks and persistent threats aimed at large Internet Protocol networks. Narus, headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., will operate within Boeing’s Network & Space Systems business as a wholly owned subsidiary. Terms of the transaction, announced on July 7, are not being…
Jul-30 – 2010 | More ->

Bombardier Learjet and Governor Parkinson Announce Financing Agreement to Secure Learjet 85 Production in Wichita
Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson and Bombardier Business Aircraft President, Steve Ridolfi today announced the details of a formal agreement that will secure production of the all-new midsize Learjet 85 aircraft at Bombardier Learjet in Wichita. The agreement includes $27 million in bond financing from the State of Kansas which will be invested in improvements to Learjet’s Wichita facility in order to prepare for the eventual production of the Learjet 85 business aircraft. Modification…
Jul-30 – 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

NASA’s Hibernating Mars Rover May Not Call Home
WASHINGTON — NASA mission controllers have not heard from the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit since March 22, and the rover is facing its toughest challenge yet — trying to survive the harsh Martian winter. The rover team anticipated Spirit would go into a low-power”hibernation” mode since the rover was not able to get to a favorable slope for its fourth Martian winter, which runs from May through November. The low angle of sunlight during these months limits the power generated from the rover’s…
Jul-30 – 2010 | More ->

Chinese Anti-Sat Debris Bears Down On ISS
By Mark Carreau, HOUSTON — The six-person U.S. and Russian crew aboard the International Space Station was almost forced to seek shelter in two Soyuz life boat capsules on July 29, as a piece of debris from China’s 2007 anti-satellite weapon test threatened to pass close to the orbiting science laboratory at mid-afternoon. The object, which NASA’s Mission Control has followed closely for the past week, threatened to pass within a 30 x…
Jul-30 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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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