Aviation News Releases – Thursday, August 5, 2010

SkyWest said on Wednesday that it will buy rival ExpressJet Holdings, a deal that would make the combined carrier a major provider of regional flights to the largest airlines in the world …

Top Stories

Boeing Successfully Completes Acquisition of Argon ST
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 5, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today completed its acquisition of Argon ST Inc. [NASDAQ: STST]. Argon ST, based in Fairfax, Va., develops C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) and combat systems. Boeing on June 30 announced its intent to acquire Argon ST as part of the company’s strategy to expand its capabilities to address the C4ISR, cyber and intelligence markets. As a result of the merger, Argon ST…
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SkyWest Sees Fleet Synergies With Merger
By Madhu Unnikrishnan, Jennifer Michels SkyWest Inc. expects its proposed acquisition of ExpressJet Holdings will close by the fourth quarter, and the company is basing plans on an aggressive 12-18 month timetable for earning a single operating certificate (SOC) merging its wholly owned subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines and ExpressJet. SkyWest is offering $6.75 per share for ExpressJet. The …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->

Mexicana Stops Selling Tickets, Troubles Deepen
Debt-ridden Mexicana, which filed for creditor protection in Mexico and the United States this week, suspended ticket sales on Wednesday as its operating troubles deepened …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Air Force

U.S. Aerospace Protests KC-X Source Selection
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.com The Pentagon is assessing only two bids for the U.S. Air Force KC-135 replacement competition because a last-minute proposal from U.S. Aerospace/Antonov was not received before the deadline, according to Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary. This has sparked a protest from U.S. Aerospace filed Aug. 2 with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->

USAF Plans For AEHF Launch Next Week
By Amy Butler The U.S. Air Force says the first Lockheed Martin Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite is slated for launch Aug. 12. Once in operation after months of testing, AEHF will begin ushering in a new era for protected, jam-proof communications. This mission is now handled by the Milstar constellation …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing Receives 1st F-15E Radar Modernization Program Test Asset from Raytheon
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 3, 2010 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] received the first APG-82(V)1 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar test set for the U.S. Air Force F-15E Radar Modernization Program (RMP) from Raytheon in St. Louis on June 10. The radar test set, which has successfully completed Acceptance Test Procedures, will undergo further tests at Boeing’s Electronic Systems Integration Lab in St. Louis before being integrated into an F-15E. The APG-82(V)1 RMP replaces the APG-70 radar with…
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->


Airports

Delta Close To Approval For JFK Overhaul
Delta Air Lines’ USD$1.2 billion renovation of its terminals at New York’s John F Kennedy Airport is expected to be approved on Thursday, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday …
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Australia’s MAp To Sell Stake In Mexico’s ASUR
Mexican airport operator ASUR filed for the sale of the stake owned by Australian airport operator MAp Airports, the company said …
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->

Vinci Wins Deal To Build Nantes Airport
France’s Vinci, the world’s largest construction group, said Friday it won a contract to build and operate a new airport near Nantes in western France for up to EUR€500 million (USD$652.4 million) …
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->


Army

Boeing CH-47F Chinook Fielded by US Army’s 10th Mountain Division
RIDLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa., Aug. 3, 2010 — The Boeing [NYSE: BA] CH-47F Chinook helicopter was fielded July 30 by the U.S. Army’s B Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. The 10th Mountain Division is the sixth Army unit to be trained and equipped with the aircraft. “I am extremely excited that Boeing and the New Equipment Training Team were able to field and train the company on the F model Chinook so quickly,”…
Aug-03 – 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 ->

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

Boeing Relocating C-130 AMP, B-1 Program to Oklahoma City
LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 2, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced it will relocate the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) and B-1 Program from Long Beach to Oklahoma City. The move will begin with C-130 AMP starting in the first quarter of 2011 and conclude by the end of 2012 with the move of the B-1 Program. Both programs are part of the Maintenance, Modifications & Upgrades (MM&U) division of the Global Services & Support (GS&S) business unit of…
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Commercial

SkyWest Sees Fleet Synergies With Merger
By Madhu Unnikrishnan, Jennifer Michels SkyWest Inc. expects its proposed acquisition of ExpressJet Holdings will close by the fourth quarter, and the company is basing plans on an aggressive 12-18 month timetable for earning a single operating certificate (SOC) merging its wholly owned subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines and ExpressJet. SkyWest is offering $6.75 per share for ExpressJet. The …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->

Mexicana Stops Selling Tickets, Troubles Deepen
Debt-ridden Mexicana, which filed for creditor protection in Mexico and the United States this week, suspended ticket sales on Wednesday as its operating troubles deepened …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->

BA July Traffic Falls, Sees Quieter Summer
British Airways carried 2.6 percent fewer passengers in July compared with the year before and said it expected summer traffic volumes to be lower than last year …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Sikorsky Protests Afghanistan Russian Helos
By Bettina H. Chavanne Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has filed a protest against U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) demanding the suspension of a request for proposals (RFP) for Russian Mi-17 helicopters for Afghanistan. Sikorsky claims Navair’s RFP “precludes all considerations of offers to supply U.S.-manufactured helicopters, irrespective of their technical or life-cycle cost advantages …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->

U.S. Aerospace Protests KC-X Source Selection
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.com The Pentagon is assessing only two bids for the U.S. Air Force KC-135 replacement competition because a last-minute proposal from U.S. Aerospace/Antonov was not received before the deadline, according to Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary. This has sparked a protest from U.S. Aerospace filed Aug. 2 with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->

F-16 Flight Demos Auto-GCAS Potential
By Guy NorrisEdwards AFB, Calif. The Auto-GCAS’s capabilities can best be appreciated firsthand. During a 1-hr. 20-min. flight on the Air Force Research Laboratory/NASA F-16 testbed, this Aviation Week editor observed a variety of scenarios, many flown at extremely low altitudes and high speed, designed to show how the automatic ground collision avoidance system (Auto-GCAS) …
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->


Executive

HondaJet Plans 3Q 2012 Deliveries
By Fred George fred_george@aviationweek.comOshkosh, Wis. Honda Aircraft Co. has powered up the first conforming flight test HondaJet, making possible first flight in the next few months and FAA type certification by mid-2012, followed by entry into service in the third quarter. Company officials revealed the milestone event, which occurred in May, during a briefing July 29 at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture here. The company claims…
Aug-04 – 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 ->

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 ->


Industry

Boeing Successfully Completes Acquisition of Argon ST
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 5, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today completed its acquisition of Argon ST Inc. [NASDAQ: STST]. Argon ST, based in Fairfax, Va., develops C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) and combat systems. Boeing on June 30 announced its intent to acquire Argon ST as part of the company’s strategy to expand its capabilities to address the C4ISR, cyber and intelligence markets. As a result of the merger, Argon ST…
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->

Goodrich Boosts Interiors With DeCrane Buy
By Elyse Moody elyse_moody@aviationweek.com Goodrich announced plans Aug. 3 to buy DeCrane’s cabin management assets for around $280 million. If the deal closes later this month as expected, Goodrich would fold DeCrane’s six U.S. facilities into its interiors business alongside nacelles and interior systems. DeCrane manufactures high-end products for business and general aviation and regional aircraft such as seating, veneers, cabin-management …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->

Cathay Pacific Airways to order 30 A350 XWBs
Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it has selected the all-new A350 XWB to form the backbone of its future mid-size widebody fleet, following the signature of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Airbus for the order of 30 aircraft. The Hong Kong-based airline has selected the A350-900 variant of the aircraft, which is capable of flying over 8,000 nautical miles non-stop. This will enable Cathay Pacific to operate the aircraft across its route network, including its non-stop flights to…
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->


Navy

Sikorsky Protests Afghanistan Russian Helos
By Bettina H. Chavanne Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has filed a protest against U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) demanding the suspension of a request for proposals (RFP) for Russian Mi-17 helicopters for Afghanistan. Sikorsky claims Navair’s RFP “precludes all considerations of offers to supply U.S.-manufactured helicopters, irrespective of their technical or life-cycle cost advantages …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->

Amphibious Assault At Top Of USMC Priorities
By Bettina H. Chavanne Amphibious assault remains at the top of the priorities the U.S. Marine Corps is setting for its post-Afghanistan force, according to a leading official at the Navy Department. Robert “Bob” Work, undersecretary of the Navy, told a Center for Strategic and International Studies audience in Washington Aug. 3 that his top six priorities for the Marines will be reflected in the Force Structure Review Group …
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->

Third P-8A Poseidon Enters Flight Testing
By Guy Norris LOS ANGELES — The third Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft, T3, is being prepared for transfer to U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., following the completion of its first flight in Seattle on July 29. T3, which is the mission-system and weapon-certification aircraft, also is expected to make at least one more flight from Boeing Field before joining the first two P-8A test …
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->


Science

NASA Casts A Wide Net For Summer Of Innovation Partners
WASHINGTON — NASA is inviting potential partners to participate inthe agency’s Summer of Innovation project to engage middle schoolstudents in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learningactivities.The Summer of Innovation’s goal is to provide experiences that willhave a positive impact on students’ academic performance, choice ofSTEM coursework, degree programs and eventual career path. Theproject is focused on broadening participation in STEM disciplines byunderrepresented,…
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Holds Media Teleconference To Preview Major Hurricane Study
WASHINGTON — NASA will hold a media teleconference on Thursday, Aug. 5, at 3 p.m. EDT to discuss its upcoming airborne research campaigninto hurricane behavior.The Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes mission, or GRIP, willstudy how hurricanes are created and why they can intensify rapidly.The mission involves three NASA research aircraft based in Florida,Texas, and California, and observations from several NASA satellites.GRIP will run from Aug. 15 to Sept. 25.The teleconference…
Aug-02 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Space

ISS Program Reaches Out
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Nearly 300 participants gathered Aug. 3 for the first NASA International Space Station Research Academy, a three-day offering designed to familiarize researchers and payload developers with the orbiting outpost’s designation as a National Laboratory and its capabilities to support experiments in fields ranging from fundamental biology and physics to biotechnology and Earth observations …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->

USAF Plans For AEHF Launch Next Week
By Amy Butler The U.S. Air Force says the first Lockheed Martin Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite is slated for launch Aug. 12. Once in operation after months of testing, AEHF will begin ushering in a new era for protected, jam-proof communications. This mission is now handled by the Milstar constellation …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->

ISS Managers Rethink Sparing Strategy
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — The July 31 failure of a coolant pump module assembly on the International Space Station has NASA managers and engineers re-evaluating their strategy for keeping the orbiting space laboratory flush with critical spare parts as the space shuttle retires. The bulky 780-lb. pump module is scheduled for replacement during a pair of spacewalks using one of four …
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

BA July Traffic Falls, Sees Quieter Summer
British Airways carried 2.6 percent fewer passengers in July compared with the year before and said it expected summer traffic volumes to be lower than last year …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->

Travel Rise Spurs Hotels To Seek Rate Increases
A surge in business travel has emboldened US hotel companies to try to raise rates for corporate clients next year after two straight years of lower rates …
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->



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