Aviation News Releases – Friday, August 6, 2010

By Mark Carreau

HOUSTON — International Space Station mission managers on Aug. 5 decided to wait until Saturday, Aug. 7 to begin a quickly devised dual-spacewalk strategy to repair the orbiting laboratory’s cooling system, which was crippled by a July 31 electrical short in an external pump module assembly.

The first of the six-and-a-half to seven-hour spacewalks …

Top Stories

ISS Cooling System Repair Pushed Back Again
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — International Space Station mission managers on Aug. 5 decided to wait until Saturday, Aug. 7 to begin a quickly devised dual-spacewalk strategy to repair the orbiting laboratory’s cooling system, which was crippled by a July 31 electrical short in an external pump module assembly. The first of the six-and-a-half to seven-hour spacewalks …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

Mexicana Terminates All Sales
By Darren Shannon Compania Mexicana de Aviacion late Aug. 4 terminated all tickets sales just hours before management started a new round of union talks to restructure the bankrupt airline. The company blames the cancelation of all sales on the International Air Transport Association’s decision to suspend the carrier from its clearing house, a move that restricts the operator’s ability to sell tickets through …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

Baghdad Returns To Map Of Global Airlines
Baghdad is getting back on the map of international airlines after 20 years of violence as the prospect of multi-billion dollar oil deals lures businesses back …
Aug-06 – 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

Baghdad Returns To Map Of Global Airlines
Baghdad is getting back on the map of international airlines after 20 years of violence as the prospect of multi-billion dollar oil deals lures businesses back …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

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 …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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

Mexicana Terminates All Sales
By Darren Shannon Compania Mexicana de Aviacion late Aug. 4 terminated all tickets sales just hours before management started a new round of union talks to restructure the bankrupt airline. The company blames the cancelation of all sales on the International Air Transport Association’s decision to suspend the carrier from its clearing house, a move that restricts the operator’s ability to sell tickets through …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

Air Canada Posts Second Quarter Loss
Air Canada on Thursday reported a second-quarter loss, hurt by higher operating expenses, and said it expects third-quarter cost per available seat mile (CASM), excluding fuel expense, to decline …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

Air France-KLM Traffic Rises In July
Air France-KLM said passenger traffic had risen 1.2 percent in July, and for the third month running reported a strong rise in unit revenues as the aviation sector continues to paint a brisk recovery …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Global Hawk In Pre-Nunn-McCurdy Review
By Amy Butler The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has begun what is described by one U.S. defense official as a “pre-Nunn-McCurdy” review of the Global Hawk UAV program. If there is a so-called Nunn-McCurdy breach of cost growth caps, this would be the second breach of the statute that dictates how to handle major cost increases in government …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

U.K. Chinook Plans Coalesce
By Michael A. Taverna, Douglas BarrieFarnborough and Paris, Farnborough and Paris The future of the U.K.’s heavy-lift rotary force is further taking shape with the Julius cockpit upgrade heading toward its first flight and a follow-on deal for 24 more CH-47s possible by year-end. The Julius cockpit is also believed to be the configuration baseline for the additional Chinook order …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Executive

NetJets Execs Launch New Leasing Firm
By Kerry Lynch Fractional ownership pioneer Richard Santulli and former NetJets Europe CEO William Kelly have resurfaced in the aviation industry with a newly established helicopter and business jet leasing firm, Milestone Aviation Group. The company today announced it has secured $500 million of equity capital commitments to formally launch the business. The Jordan Company, a middle-market private …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Industry

Boeing Receives 3-Satellite Contract from Inmarsat
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 6, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has received a contract from Inmarsat to build three Ka-band satellites to add to Inmarsat’s current mobile satellite services fleet. Financial details were not disclosed. The fixed-price contract, with options, calls for three 702HP commercial spacecraft with 89 Ka-band beams that will operate in geosynchronous orbit with flexible global coverage. The new satellite series, called Inmarsat-5, draws on Boeing’s…
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

Porter Airlines Orders Four More Bombardier Q400 NextGen Airliners for its Fleet
Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Porter Airlines of Toronto has signed a firm order to acquire four Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners and has taken options on an additional six Q400 NextGenaircraft. Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen aircraft, Porter’s firm order is valued at approximately $120 million US, which could increase to $308 million US should all six options be converted to firm orders. The four aircraft will increase Porter’s fleet of Q400 and Q400 NextGen…
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Navy

U.S. Navy Establishes New UMV Office
By Bettina H. Chavanne The U.S. Navy has established a new program office to manage its unmanned maritime vehicle (UMV) efforts, marrying traditional acquisition and advanced development into a single charter. “The goal is to coordinate [unmanned vehicle acquisition] efforts and then direct specific experimentation and technology maturation,” says new program manager Capt …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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 Cooling System Repair Pushed Back Again
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — International Space Station mission managers on Aug. 5 decided to wait until Saturday, Aug. 7 to begin a quickly devised dual-spacewalk strategy to repair the orbiting laboratory’s cooling system, which was crippled by a July 31 electrical short in an external pump module assembly. The first of the six-and-a-half to seven-hour spacewalks …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

SpaceX Unveils Heavy-Lift Vehicle Plan
By Guy Norris NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The U.S. government should lead development of a nuclear thermal propulsion system for a future Mars mission and leave new heavy-lift launchers to commercial entities, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) says. Unveiling conceptual plans for a family of Falcon X and XX future heavy-lift vehicles at last week’s AIAA Joint …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Tourism

Mexicana Terminates All Sales
By Darren Shannon Compania Mexicana de Aviacion late Aug. 4 terminated all tickets sales just hours before management started a new round of union talks to restructure the bankrupt airline. The company blames the cancelation of all sales on the International Air Transport Association’s decision to suspend the carrier from its clearing house, a move that restricts the operator’s ability to sell tickets through …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

WestJet Profit Up, Looks Beyond Canada
WestJet Airlines posted a big jump in quarterly profit on Thursday, but said uncertainty in the Canadian economy meant it would focus on boosting capacity to destinations outside of the country …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

SAS July Traffic Edges Up, Yield Down
Scandinavian airline SAS saw passenger traffic rise 1.1 percent in July from a year earlier and said a bigger-than-expected fall in the yield was partly due to overcapacity and price pressure in some markets …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->



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