Aviation News Releases Magazine – Wednesday, August 25, 2010

By Amy Butler

DENVER — AeroVironment is “in a position today to actually segue into low-rate production” of the Global Observer unmanned aerial system (UAS), which is designed to stay aloft in the stratosphere for days, not hours, according to Steven Gitlin, a company spokesman.

Better known for small UAS such as the Raven, AeroVironment has conducted three flights of the large, …

Top Stories

Top Stories


86% Of Q400 Fleet Needs To Be Grounded
By Leithen Francis Leithen_Francis@aviationweek.comSINGAPORE About 86% of the Bombardier Q400 world fleet needs to be temporarily grounded for inspections due to a potential problem with a component near the landing gear. “A detailed visual inspection and conductivity test is requested on approximately 222 Q400s,” says a Bombardier spokesman. Ascend Online fleet data shows there are 258 Q400s in the world …
Aug-25 – 2010 | More ->

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Passes Drop Test
By Guy Norris LOS ANGELES — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully completed a high-altitude drop test of its Dragon spacecraft, the last major test of the parachute systems before the launch of the first operational vehicle. The Dragon was dropped from an Erikson-operated S-64F Air-Crane helicopter hovering at 14,000 ft., some 9 mi. off the coast of California’s Morro Bay. Following release, the …
Aug-25 – 2010 | More ->

Embraer: Communiqué August 24, 2010
São José dos Campos, August 24, 2010 – Embraer extends its profound condolences and wishes for recovery to the families and friends of those lost or injured in the accident of Henan Airlines’ EMBRAER 190, on flight VD 8387, while landing at Yichun airport, in China, today, at approximately 10:00 p.m., local time.Embraer has made a team of specialists available, and they are already on their way to the site, to support Chinese authorities in the accident investigation.Source: EMBRAER
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Air Force

Air Force


Boeing To Expand Block II For WGS-7
By Michael Mecham Boeing will dip further into its commercial satellite toolkit to offer enhancements for its seventh contract in the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) series. The U.S. Air Force’s initial award of $182 million for preproduction work for WGS-7 is likely to put Boeing and the U.S. Air Force back on a yearly acquisition cycle for WGS, which has become the Defense Department’s …
Aug-25 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing Joins ProActive Technologies Team in Bid for B-52 Aircrew Training System
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 23, 2010 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], along with teammate ProActive Technologies LLC of Orlando, Fla., has submitted a proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s B-52 Training System Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) program. The contract provides program management and on-site CLS to operate, maintain, sustain, and upgrade training devices located at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and Minot Air Force Base, N.D. ProActive will be the prime contractor on the team, with…
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing Awarded Follow-on Contract for US Air Force Wideband Global SATCOM Program
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 23, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that the U.S. Air Force has authorized $182 million for Boeing to begin work on the seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite, which is being procured under the new WGS Block II follow-on contract. The contract will ultimately include options for production of up to six WGS satellites, which are the highest-capacity communications satellites in the U.S. Department of Defense’s arsenal. “In a time of budgetary…
Aug-23 – 2010 | More ->


Airports

Airports


Aecon Wins CAD$16 Mln Airport Upgrade Contract
Aecon, Canada’s biggest publicly traded construction company, said on Tuesday it received a CAD$15.6 million (USD$14.8 million) contract for the redevelopment of Peterborough Municipal Airport in southern Ontario …
Aug-25 – 2010 | More ->

Thai Govt. Approves Airport Expansion Plan
The Thai government approved a USD$2 billion plan on Tuesday to expand capacity at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport by 50 percent with a new passenger terminal, connecting tunnel and parking areas …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

Swiss Airport Gets International Safety Status
Switzerland’s Sion airport in the heart of Alpine ski and summer mountain touring country has
won top-level safety status putting it on the same level as major international hubs …

Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->


Army

Army


MDA Eyes Missile-Detecting Infrared Pod
By Amy Butler HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — In its efforts to develop an unmanned aerial system capable of detecting boosting ballistic missiles, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency is focusing on a sensor pod that could fly on existing UAVs, rather than a new, integrated UAV design, according to MDA Director Army Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly. MDA’s interest in an Airborne Infrared (ABIR) system …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

Partners To Review Meads Direction In October
By Amy Butler HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — International partners funding the Lockheed Martin-led Medium Extended Air Defense System (Meads) are expected to meet in October to determine the fate of the effort just as Pentagon cost estimators plan to complete a sweeping study of the price of the air and missile defense system, according to Maj. Gen. Genaro Dellarocco, program executive officer of missiles and space for the U.S. Army … …
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Cargo

Cargo


Boeing C-130 AMP Head-Up Display Endorsed by Headquarters US Air Force Directorate of Operations
LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 19, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that Headquarters U.S. Air Force Directorate of Operations (HQ USAF/A3O) has endorsed the company’s C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) Head-Up Display (HUD) and Head-Down Primary Flight Display (HDPFD) as the aircraft’s primary flight reference. The endorsement follows four years of design reviews, lab evaluations and demonstrations with the Air Force customer. A primary flight reference is a requirement in all…
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Commercial

Commercial


Nigerian Carriers Gain Right To Direct US Flights
Nigerian airlines have gained the right to fly their own planes to the United States after an improvement in the West African nation’s aviation safety standards, Nigerian and US officials said …
Aug-25 – 2010 | More ->

Malaysia Airlines Takes On AirAsia
By Leithen Francis Leithen_Francis@aviationweek.comSINGAPORE Malaysia Airlines’ turboprop operation Firefly is planning to add Boeing 737s to compete directly against low-faree carrier AirAsia, as well as move in on its turf in Kuala Lumpur. Industry sources say Firefly plans to add 737-400s as early as this year and it will start competing on routes served by AirAsia …
Aug-25 – 2010 | More ->

Embraer: Communiqué August 24, 2010
São José dos Campos, August 24, 2010 – Embraer extends its profound condolences and wishes for recovery to the families and friends of those lost or injured in the accident of Henan Airlines’ EMBRAER 190, on flight VD 8387, while landing at Yichun airport, in China, today, at approximately 10:00 p.m., local time.Embraer has made a team of specialists available, and they are already on their way to the site, to support Chinese authorities in the accident investigation.Source: EMBRAER
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Defense


Rebalancing Of Defense Portfolio Is Overdue
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is too savvy to expect applause from the military-industrial complex for suggesting the way it has been doing business in recent decades is untenable going forward. But he is doing a favor to the services, the Defense Department and contractors in trying to fundamentally rebalance missions and program priorities to make the U.S. military more efficient, effective and …
Aug-25 – 2010 | More ->

Dutch To Field Small Diameter Bomb In 2012
By Robert Wall LONDON — The Netherlands is in the final stages of negotiating the U.S. foreign military sale acquisition of the Boeing Small-Diameter Bomb (SDB-I) for use from its F-16 fighters, to help meet standoff requirements. Defense ministry official Eimert van Middelkoop says the U.S. government must have a letter of agreement by Nov. 1 for the Netherlands to be part of the 2011 SDB-I …
Aug-25 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing To Expand Block II For WGS-7
By Michael Mecham Boeing will dip further into its commercial satellite toolkit to offer enhancements for its seventh contract in the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) series. The U.S. Air Force’s initial award of $182 million for preproduction work for WGS-7 is likely to put Boeing and the U.S. Air Force back on a yearly acquisition cycle for WGS, which has become the Defense Department’s …
Aug-25 – 2010 | More ->


Executive and General

Executive


Labor Talks Begin at Hawker Beechcraft
By Kerry Lynch In an unusual move, Hawker Beechcraft has begun official negotiations with the International Association of Machinists (IAM) on a new contract, a year before the existing contract was set to expire. The Wichita plane maker had been pushing the union to make an early return to the bargaining table, citing a challenging economic environment and the possible need …
Aug-25 – 2010 | More ->

Aviation Caucus Created By N.Y. Legislature
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com A recently formed aviation caucus in New York state has grown to include 56 members, about a quarter of the State Legislature, says Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-126th District). The New York Legislative Aviation Caucus was established this spring with the help of the New York Aviation Management Association. “We felt strongly that aviation needed an organized …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

Al Jaber Aviation takes delivery of 1st Airbus aircraft
Al Jaber Aviation (AJA) has become the first Middle East customer to offer an Airbus aircraft for VVIP charter flights, following the delivery of its first A318 Elite. It has a further three A318 Elites and two Airbus Corporate Jetliners (ACJs) on order, which will make it the largest operator of Airbus corporate jets in the region. “We aim to provide VVIP customers with the ultimate in comfort, space, and service, and because the A318 Elite and Airbus ACJ have the widest and…
Aug-23 – 2010 | More ->


Industry

Industry


Boeing CFO Bell to Speak at Morgan Stanley Conference on August 31
CHICAGO, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) Corporate President and Chief Financial Officer James Bell will speak at the Morgan Stanley — Global Industrials Unplugged conference on Tuesday, August 31st from 10:30am-11:15am ET (9:30am-10:15am CT). Visit http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/financial/ to access a link to the live broadcast of the conference. Individuals should check the website prior to the session to ensure their computers can access the audio…
Aug-25 – 2010 | More ->

86% Of Q400 Fleet Needs To Be Grounded
By Leithen Francis Leithen_Francis@aviationweek.comSINGAPORE About 86% of the Bombardier Q400 world fleet needs to be temporarily grounded for inspections due to a potential problem with a component near the landing gear. “A detailed visual inspection and conductivity test is requested on approximately 222 Q400s,” says a Bombardier spokesman. Ascend Online fleet data shows there are 258 Q400s in the world …
Aug-25 – 2010 | More ->

Embraer: Communiqué August 24, 2010
São José dos Campos, August 24, 2010 – Embraer extends its profound condolences and wishes for recovery to the families and friends of those lost or injured in the accident of Henan Airlines’ EMBRAER 190, on flight VD 8387, while landing at Yichun airport, in China, today, at approximately 10:00 p.m., local time.Embraer has made a team of specialists available, and they are already on their way to the site, to support Chinese authorities in the accident investigation.Source: EMBRAER
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->


Navy and Coast Guard

Navy and Coast Guard


F-22 Lessons Drive Faster F-35 Testing
By Guy NorrisEdwards AFB, Calif. Flight-testing of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter here is running almost three times faster than expected, forcing program officials to accelerate follow-on support testing to keep pace. At the same time, program officials also confirm plans to add extra resources to the flight tests here, just as they are at the U.S. Navy’s test center at NAS Patuxent River, Md., …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

First UCAS Flight Slips To December
By Amy Butler NAS PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — The U.S. Navy is slipping first flight of the Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator at least six months to December, says Capt. Jeff Penfield, Navy UCAS program manager. Navy officials say they still expect to meet the goal set by the chief of naval operations for UCAS to operate from an aircraft carrier in Fiscal 2013, but they need more time to …
Aug-23 – 2010 | More ->

U.S. Navy Leverages DDG-51 Work
By Michael Fabey As the U.S. Navy took delivery last month of the DDG 107 guided missile destroyer, the service continued to leverage its long-term shipbuilding experience with the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Class program to drive down costs and incrementally increase capability. Shipbuilder Northrop Grumman was able to deliver the destroyer with fewer sea trial issues despite having to …
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->


Science

Science


Global Observer Flight Testing Continues
By Amy Butler DENVER — AeroVironment is “in a position today to actually segue into low-rate production” of the Global Observer unmanned aerial system (UAS), which is designed to stay aloft in the stratosphere for days, not hours, according to Steven Gitlin, a company spokesman. Better known for small UAS such as the Raven, AeroVironment has conducted three flights of the large, …
Aug-25 – 2010 | More ->

“Avatar” Director And NASA Focus On Earth Science Exploration In Psa Campaign
WASHINGTON — James Cameron, director of “Avatar,” the most successful film ever released, is featured in a series of new NASA publicservice announcements that describe the many contributions of theagency’s Earth science program to environmental awareness andexploration of our home planet.”When NASA ventures into space, it remembers to keep a steady eye onhome,” Cameron said. “Its fleet of Earth-orbiting satellitesconstantly reveals our whole planet: its remotest places, itsmysteries and the…
Aug-25 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Gears Up For Exploration Exercise
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — While the debate over the future of human space exploration simmers in Washington, dozens of NASA engineers, scientists and astronauts will gather on the lunar-like terrain of northern Arizona to field-test planetary rovers, a portable habitat, charging stations and geological tools under development for missions to a range of potential destinations, including near-Earth objects (NEOs) and Mars as well as the…
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->


Space

Space


SpaceX Dragon Capsule Passes Drop Test
By Guy Norris LOS ANGELES — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully completed a high-altitude drop test of its Dragon spacecraft, the last major test of the parachute systems before the launch of the first operational vehicle. The Dragon was dropped from an Erikson-operated S-64F Air-Crane helicopter hovering at 14,000 ft., some 9 mi. off the coast of California’s Morro Bay. Following release, the …
Aug-25 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing to Build Additional Military Hosted Payload for Intelsat Satellite Series
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 24, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced it has received a contract from Intelsat S.A. to provide a second ultra-high frequency (UHF) hosted payload on another of the four commercial communications satellites that Intelsat ordered from Boeing last year. Financial details were not disclosed. The second UHF hosted payload will be installed on the IS-27 satellite. The payload will offer 20 25-KHz UHF channels capable of serving the U.S. government and other…
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

NRC Pushes $1.6-Billion Infrared Telescope
By Kristin MajcherWashington The National Research Council is urging NASA to develop and launch a $1.6-billion wide-field infrared survey telescope in 2020 that would spend at least five years searching for planets beyond the Solar System and exploring the effect of dark energy on the evolution of the universe. The 1.5-meter (5-ft.) observatory, dubbed W-First, would take wide-angle measurements to complement targeted …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Tourism


Florida Visitors Up Despite Gulf Oil Spill
The number of visitors to Florida between April and June increased, despite the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but the rise in tourists would have been much bigger without the disaster, a state tourism official said …
Aug-25 – 2010 | More ->

US Air Fares Expected To Rise
Passengers on US airlines can look forward to higher fares and higher fees as demand recovers from the 2009 economic recession, a fare expert said on Monday …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

Aegean, Continental Start Code-Share Flights
Star Alliance partners Continental Airlines and Greek carrier Aegean said on Monday they started code-sharing on flights between New York and Athens …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->




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