Aviation News Releases – Tuesday, August 10, 2010

By Brendan Sobie

It did not take long for the Embraer Phenom 100 to become Brazil’s most common business jet. The first Phenom 100 for a Brazilian customer was delivered as recently as June 2009 and there are already 46 Phenom 100s in operation in Brazil, making it the biggest business jet fleet in Brazil, according to Embraer‘s Luis Carlos Affonso …

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Brazil’s light jet sector explodes
By Brendan SobieIt did not take long for the Embraer Phenom 100 to become Brazil’s most common business jet. The first Phenom 100 for a Brazilian customer was delivered as recently as June 2009 and there are already 46 Phenom 100s in operation in Brazil, making it the biggest business jet fleet in Brazil, according to Embraer’s Luis Carlos Affonso …
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->

Desperate Mexicana starts slashing network
By David Kaminski-MorrowMexicana has been forced immediately to withdraw several services on its network after the airline’s dire financial situation worsened, IATA having suspended the carrier’s billing and settlement channel …
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->

SpaceX Unveils Ambitious Exploration Goals
By Guy NorrisLos Angeles While NASA deliberates over its heavy-lift launch options, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is revealing ambitious concepts for a family of Falcon X and XX super-heavy-lift vehicles that it says could provide the foundation for the first commercially based road map to Mars. For the transition from Earth to Mars, however, SpaceX believes nuclear thermal is the preferred propulsion …
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Air Force

Latest KC-X Protest Not Likely Precedent
By Amy Butler The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has a healthy set of case law exploring the question of proposal tardiness upon which to draw during its review of the U.S. Aerospace protest of the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X source selection process, according to a GAO official. Ralph White, managing associate general counsel for procurement law, says that there have been many similar …
Aug-09 – 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 ->

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 ->


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

NASA Selects Contractor For Wallops Island Protection Project
WASHINGTON — NASA has selected the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers(USACE) in Norfolk, Va., for the Launch Facilities Protection Projectat the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va. Thetotal contract value is not to exceed $49.5 million. The period ofperformance is five years.The USACE provides an array of services that will allow NASA tocomplete the Launch Facilities Protection Project. The project isscheduled to begin in fall 2010. The USACE will extend a seawallapproximately…
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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

Desperate Mexicana starts slashing network
By David Kaminski-MorrowMexicana has been forced immediately to withdraw several services on its network after the airline’s dire financial situation worsened, IATA having suspended the carrier’s billing and settlement channel …
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->

Gol Posts Q2 Net Loss On Fleet Costs
Gol, Brazil’s second-largest airline, on Monday posted a net loss in the second quarter on a combination of fleet maintenance and upgrading costs, lower volume for the season, and a stronger local currency …
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->

Dubai Leasing Firm Cuts Orders By USD$8 Bln
Plane leasing company Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has cancelled orders for 50 aircraft from Airbus and Boeing worth more than USD$8 billion, recently published data show …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Gates Outlines Major Cuts To Contracting
By Paul McLeary, Michael Bruno Traditional weapons programs like shipbuilding and emerging capabilities like cyberwarfare may be beneficiaries of the one-third, three-year cut in services support contracting that U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlined Aug. 9. The steps announced were at once sweeping and seemingly nibbling, but all will be up for what promises to be a …
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->

Israel Eyes M600 Ballistic Missile Threat
By David A. FulghumTel Aviv and Jerusalem Israeli strategic planners paint a future for the Middle East as one that is shifting rapidly as a result of the introduction of advanced weaponry, refined tactics by non-state military forces, unstable governments and the strengthening of what has been dubbed the “radical axis.” At the top of the list of worries are weak, failing states, the growth of strong radical non-governments with…
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->

GAO Says USCG Deepwater Costs Exceed Baselines
By Kristin Majcher Plans to acquire aircraft for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Deepwater modernization program remain underfunded due to rising program costs, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says. “Regarding total acquisition cost, the Coast Guard has determined that some of the assets will significantly exceed anticipated costs in the 2007 Deepwater baseline,” GAO …
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->


Executive

Brazil’s light jet sector explodes
By Brendan SobieIt did not take long for the Embraer Phenom 100 to become Brazil’s most common business jet. The first Phenom 100 for a Brazilian customer was delivered as recently as June 2009 and there are already 46 Phenom 100s in operation in Brazil, making it the biggest business jet fleet in Brazil, according to Embraer’s Luis Carlos Affonso …
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->

EmptyLegMarket Seeks International Charters
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com Online charter clearinghouse EmptyLegMarket LLC will now offer its service outside of the United States, with availability on empty-leg flights throughout Canada, Europe, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean. Filling empty leg flights is not just an issue for U.S.-based jet operators, says Elliott Schwartz, the company’s director of operations. “Additionally, many U.S.-based jet…
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->

Legacy 650 jet makes its first public appearance at Labace, in Brazil
The Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 jets will also be on displaySão José dos Campos, August 6, 2010 – Embraer will exhibit the Legacy 650 executive jet, for the first time, at the seventh Latin American Business Conference and Exhibition (LABACE), August 12-14. The event takes place at the Congonhas Airport (CGH), in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, and marks the debut of the Legacy 650, which will be officially presented to visitors on opening day, August 12, at 1 p.m.On August 11, Wednesday, 4 p.m.,…
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->


Industry

Brazil’s light jet sector explodes
By Brendan SobieIt did not take long for the Embraer Phenom 100 to become Brazil’s most common business jet. The first Phenom 100 for a Brazilian customer was delivered as recently as June 2009 and there are already 46 Phenom 100s in operation in Brazil, making it the biggest business jet fleet in Brazil, according to Embraer’s Luis Carlos Affonso …
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->

Dubai Leasing Firm Cuts Orders By USD$8 Bln
Plane leasing company Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has cancelled orders for 50 aircraft from Airbus and Boeing worth more than USD$8 billion, recently published data show …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

FAA Orders Boeing 747 Wiring Changes
The US Federal Aviation Administration has proposed mandatory fixes to some Boeing 747-400 airliners to ensure that concerns about potentially hazardous takeoffs are addressed, the Wall Street Journal said …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->


Navy & Coast Guard

GAO Says USCG Deepwater Costs Exceed Baselines
By Kristin Majcher Plans to acquire aircraft for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Deepwater modernization program remain underfunded due to rising program costs, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says. “Regarding total acquisition cost, the Coast Guard has determined that some of the assets will significantly exceed anticipated costs in the 2007 Deepwater baseline,” GAO …
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->

USMC Digs In To Save EFV
By Michael Fabey Defense Secretary Robert Gates has proved to be a master at divesting the services of their most beloved programs. He stopped the U.S. Air Force’s longer-term production of the F-22 and killed its combat search-and-rescue replacement (CSAR-X) plans. The Army’s Future Combat System is now just a hollow cave filled with the echo of spinoffs. But Gates may have met his match when taking on the …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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

SpaceX Unveils Ambitious Exploration Goals
By Guy NorrisLos Angeles While NASA deliberates over its heavy-lift launch options, Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is revealing ambitious concepts for a family of Falcon X and XX super-heavy-lift vehicles that it says could provide the foundation for the first commercially based road map to Mars. For the transition from Earth to Mars, however, SpaceX believes nuclear thermal is the preferred propulsion …
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Announces Tweetup For Next Space Shuttle Launch
WASHINGTON — NASA will give 150 of its Twitter followers an insider’slook at the nation’s space program and the opportunity to view aspace shuttle launch in person. The third shuttle launch Tweetup,scheduled Oct. 31 through Nov. 1, will be held at NASA’s KennedySpace Center in Florida.Attendees will tour the center, view the shuttle launch and speak withNASA managers, astronauts, shuttle technicians and engineers. NASArandomly will select 150 participants from online registrations.Shuttle…
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Selects Contractor For Wallops Island Protection Project
WASHINGTON — NASA has selected the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers(USACE) in Norfolk, Va., for the Launch Facilities Protection Projectat the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va. Thetotal contract value is not to exceed $49.5 million. The period ofperformance is five years.The USACE provides an array of services that will allow NASA tocomplete the Launch Facilities Protection Project. The project isscheduled to begin in fall 2010. The USACE will extend a seawallapproximately…
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Turkish Air Grounds Overweight Staff – Report
Turkish Airlines has grounded 28 flight attendants for being overweight and given them six months to slim down or face reassignment, a local newspaper said …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

Mexicana To Cut Flights As Cash Crisis Worsens
Mexicana will start cutting flights this week as a crippling financial crisis worsens leaving it strapped for cash, the company said in a statement on Sunday …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

Egyptair Sees Improved Full-Year Profit
Egyptian flag carrier Egyptair aims to boost full-year profit by nearly a third as it rebounds from the global economic downturn, a senior executive said on Sunday …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->



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