Aviation News Releases – Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The man picked to steer the airline that will result from a merger between LAN and TAM, Enrique Cueto, helped save Chile’s flagship carrier from the brink of bankruptcy in the 1990s by cutting costs …

Top Stories

Top Stories


Consolidation, Demand Push LAN/TAM Merger
By Darren Shannon darren_shannon@aviationweek.com Increased demand for air transport across Latin America and the growing trend of consolidation among the world’s largest airlines prompted LAN Airlines’ proposed merger with Brazilian airline group TAM, according to top executives at both operators. The all stock deal, which the two family-owned companies expect to be approved six to nine months after their Aug, …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->

Virgin Blue Unit Leaving New Zealand Market
By Bradley Perrett perrett@aviationweek.comCANBERRA Australia’s Virgin Blue group will direct its Pacific Blue offshoot toward international service, abandoning its domestic New Zealand business, in the first phase of a network review. Another airline in the group, V Australia, will focus on long-haul, dropping its service to Fiji, which Pacific Blue will pick up …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Institute Seeks Lunar Research
By Michael Mecham MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA’s Lunar Science Institute at Ames Research Center here brings the same interdisciplinary approach that the center’s Astrobiology Institute has pursued over the past decade as it seeks to understand the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. Yvonne Pendleton, named as the Lunar Science Institute …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Air Force

Air Force


Alternate JSF Engine Thrust Beats Target
By Guy NorrisLos Angeles The intense battle over powering the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could be heading to new levels following test results that show the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 alternate engine has more than 15% thrust margin against specification, significantly exceeding the power of the baseline Pratt & Whitney F135. The tests at the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->

No SDB II Protest From Boeing, Company Says
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.comWashington Boeing officials will not protest their loss in the U.S. Air Force competition to design a 250-lb. weapon capable of striking moving targets through weather. “Boeing does not intend to protest the Small Diameter Bomb II contract award,” says company spokesman Damien Mills. Company officials were debriefed on their loss Aug. 10; the contract announcement took place a day earlier. Boeing had 10…
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

KC-X Bidder Dialogue Begins Despite Protest
By Amy Butler The U.S. Air Force has begun the formal process through which the service communicates with KC-X bidders about their proposals in preparation for picking a winner, according to officials familiar with the process. This signals that the service is proceeding with its KC-135 replacement source selection despite the protest launched last week by would-be bidder U.S. Aerospace, which …
Aug-12 – 2010 | More ->


Airports

Airports


BAA, Unite Reach Deal To Avert Airport Strike
Airport operator BAA and the Unite union have reached a deal to prevent a strike by ground staff at major UK airports this month, officials said on Monday …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->

Airports Of Thailand Swings To Q3 Net Loss
Airports of Thailand reported a higher-than-expected net loss in the third-quarter on Monday, due mainly to foreign exchange losses and weak air travel demand during a period of civil unrest …
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

BAA Hopes To Avert Strike At U.K. Airports
By James Ott jott@aviationweek.com Managers at the British airports company BAA are attempting to avert a ground crew strike at six airports after less than half of the 6,185 union members cast ballots giving Unite the authority to call a job action. BAA officials said they were open to meeting with labor leaders over the weekend or at Monday session of ACAS, a U.K. organization that aids in settling disputes. Union …
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->


Army

Army


Brigade Combat Team Modernization Increment 1 Test Results Demonstrate Substantial Improvement Across the Board
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 12, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced positive results from the recently completed Technical Tests for Increment 1 of the Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) program. “The results demonstrate substantial improvement across the board in terms of system performance, usability, and most importantly, reliability,” said Paul Geery, Boeing vice president and BCTM program manager. “As a result of an aggressive, ongoing risk reduction effort, we were able…
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Afghanistan Drives Pentagon Fuel Deals
By Michael Fabey Fuel is proving to be a very volatile commodity for the Pentagon as operations heat up in Afghanistan. The Pentagon spent about $4.8 billion on fuel and liquid propellants in 2009, making them the third-highest expense for the U.S. military last year, according to an Aerospace DAILY analysis of federal contracting data provided by the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting …
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing Subsidiary Tapestry Wins $79 Million US Army Logistics Support Contract
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Aug. 12, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Tapestry Solutions has received a contract to provide field engineering services in support of development, operations and training for the U.S. Army’s Battle Command Sustainment Support System (BCS3) Total Logistics Support program. The three-year contract, valued at up to $79 million, was awarded to Tapestry by prime contractor Raytheon Network Centric Systems of Fort Wayne, Ind….
Aug-12 – 2010 | More ->


Cargo

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

Commercial


Cost-cutter To Head New LATAM Airlines Group
The man picked to steer the airline that will result from a merger between LAN and TAM, Enrique Cueto, helped save Chile’s flagship carrier from the brink of bankruptcy in the 1990s by cutting costs …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->

Thai Air Details Public Offering Plans
Thai Airways unveiled details on Tuesday for a public offering that includes a parcel of stock for the government along with new shares available to retail and existing investors …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->

Virgin Blue Unit Leaving New Zealand Market
By Bradley Perrett perrett@aviationweek.comCANBERRA Australia’s Virgin Blue group will direct its Pacific Blue offshoot toward international service, abandoning its domestic New Zealand business, in the first phase of a network review. Another airline in the group, V Australia, will focus on long-haul, dropping its service to Fiji, which Pacific Blue will pick up …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Defense


Alternate JSF Engine Thrust Beats Target
By Guy NorrisLos Angeles The intense battle over powering the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could be heading to new levels following test results that show the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 alternate engine has more than 15% thrust margin against specification, significantly exceeding the power of the baseline Pratt & Whitney F135. The tests at the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->

U.K. Balloon Goes Up Over Afghanistan
By Guy Norris FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. — U.K. forward operating bases in Afghanistan will be bolstered by the deployment of aerostat-mounted persistent ground surveillance systems (PGSS), following the successful clearance of integration issues with the British Army’s Cortez base surveillance control system. A British Army Cortez team, working with the U.S. PGSS unit at Empire Challenge (EC) 2010, an intelligence …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->

No SDB II Protest From Boeing, Company Says
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.comWashington Boeing officials will not protest their loss in the U.S. Air Force competition to design a 250-lb. weapon capable of striking moving targets through weather. “Boeing does not intend to protest the Small Diameter Bomb II contract award,” says company spokesman Damien Mills. Company officials were debriefed on their loss Aug. 10; the contract announcement took place a day earlier. Boeing had 10…
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->


Executive

Executive


XOJet Targets NY, LA for Expamsion
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com Private aviation company XOJet has announced plans to expand operations at sites in New York City and Los Angeles, citing steady growth and increased demand for its services. “We’ve always flown out of these two markets; but our steady growth, including the addition of new employees, and to overall increase in demand for our services has created …
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Embraer Debuts Legacy 650 at LABACE
By James E. Swickard ~ James_swickard@aviationweek.com, Bill Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com Continuing its steady expansion into business aviation, Embraer will publicly debut its new Legacy 650 tomorrow at the seventh Latin American Business Conference and Exhibition (LABACE), which runs through Friday at the Congonhas Airport, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A variant of the Legacy 600, the new model is fitted with an aft ventral tank and a wet…
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Phenom 100 synthetic vision technology is certified
Embraer’s cockpit feature for the entry level jet is approved by ANAC, FAA and EASASão José dos Campos, August 2010 – Embraer’s Phenom 100 entry level executive jet has received the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC), the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certificates to use Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology™ (SVT).This feature recreates a visual topographic landscape from system’s…
Aug-12 – 2010 | More ->


Industry

Industry


Boeing Training & Flight Services Receives FAA Provisional Approval for 787 Dreamliner Pilot Training Courses
SEATTLE, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) Training & Flight Services has been granted provisional approval for its 787 Dreamliner pilot training courses by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With the 787 pilot training courses, pilots can transition to the new airplane in five to 20 days, depending on pilot experience. Boeing 777 pilots can qualify to fly the 787 in as little as five days, given the high level of commonality between the two airplane …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->

No SDB II Protest From Boeing, Company Says
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.comWashington Boeing officials will not protest their loss in the U.S. Air Force competition to design a 250-lb. weapon capable of striking moving targets through weather. “Boeing does not intend to protest the Small Diameter Bomb II contract award,” says company spokesman Damien Mills. Company officials were debriefed on their loss Aug. 10; the contract announcement took place a day earlier. Boeing had 10…
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

Inmarsat Deal Boosts Boeing Bid
By Michael A. Taverna Inmarsat’s decision to go with Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS) for its Global Xpress deal marks a major step forward in the aerospace giant’s goal to return in force to the commercial satellite business. In the last decade, BSS saw its commercial activities largely vanish in the wake of engineering glitches, lawsuits and skyrocketing defense demand that caused it to shift its …
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->


Navy and Coast Guard

Navy and Coast Guard


Will F-35 Customers Get Advanced Jammer?
By David A. FulghumNAS Patuxent River, Md. The U.S. Navy is providing some details about what the Next Generation Jammer might add to the air defense-busting capabilities of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, but the unique and futuristic capabilities of the jammer raise questions about how many of those yet-to-be-defined abilities will be available to foreign purchasers of the JSF. The Navy and the Office of the Secretary of Defense have…
Aug-13 – 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 ->

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 ->


Science

Science


Hydrogen-Fueled UAV Begins Flight Tests
By Graham WarwickWashington Following an initial hour-long, battery-powered flight, AeroVironment’s Global Observer unmanned aircraft is beginning a test program planned to culminate in a week-long flight in the stratosphere using liquid-hydrogen fuel. The flight debuts an innovative approach to persistent surveillance and marks a dramatic departure for a company that dominates the market for small, hand-launched UAV …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Announces Media Day For Hurricane Research Flights
WASHINGTON — NASA will host media in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., andHouston on Tuesday, Aug. 31, for a behind-the-scenes look at theagency’s major airborne campaign studying Atlantic Ocean and Gulf ofMexico hurricanes. The campaign, called the Genesis and RapidIntensification Processes mission, or GRIP, starts next week.Scientists will spend six weeks flying NASA research aircraft in andaround storms and the areas where they may be forming. Instrumentsonboard NASA’s aircraft will collect data to…
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Space

Space


Aerospace Must Revive Its Spirit
On June 4, Falcon 9 achieved orbit, and I won a number of bets. In most cases, the people I bet against were predicting failure for reasons related to SpaceX’s lack of experience and heritage hardware. The young crew at the heart of SpaceX, and their leader, Elon Musk, sure don’t look like their peers at Lockheed Martin, Boeing or Orbital Sciences! They do lack experience and definitely lack heritage hardware. Yet …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Institute Seeks Lunar Research
By Michael Mecham MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA’s Lunar Science Institute at Ames Research Center here brings the same interdisciplinary approach that the center’s Astrobiology Institute has pursued over the past decade as it seeks to understand the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. Yvonne Pendleton, named as the Lunar Science Institute …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->

Two More Spacewalks Planned In Station Repair
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — The International Space Station’s mission management team is preparing two more spacewalks to restore the orbital outpost’s cooling system to full function, following a breakthrough excursion on Aug. 11 that opened a leaky ammonia valve for the removal of a failed pump motor assembly. The next spacewalk by Expedition 24 flight engineers …
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Tourism


SWA To Decide This Year On Larger 737
By Andrew Compart Southwest Airlines is considering the addition of Boeing 737-800 aircraft to its fleet and expects to make a decision by Dec. 1, which would allow for their delivery as soon as early 2012. Southwest currently operates 737-300, -500 and -700 series aircraft with 122 to 137 seats. It has long resisted a bigger 737, in large part because federal rules require a …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->

TAM, LAN Shares Surge On Merger Savings
Shares of Brazil’s largest airline, TAM, jumped 11 percent in early trading on Monday, extending a surge from the previous session, when the carrier unveiled plans to merge with Chilean rival LAN …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->

Airline Premium Ticket Demand Jumps Again
The number of passengers buying premium airline tickets jumped again in June, as economic recovery kept first and business seats filled, the airline industry association IATA said on Monday …
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->



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