Aviation News Releases Magazine – Thursday, August 26, 2010

By Bradley Perrett perrett@aviationweek.com
BEIJING

The Chinese airport where a Henan Airlines regional jet crashed during the evening of Aug. 24 is unsuitable for night landings, according to China Southern, which flies from the field only in daylight.

The Henan Airlines Embraer 190 appears to have brushed trees on its final approach to the airport before crashing 2 km. (1.1 nm.) from the runway. Branches on trees about 1 …

Top Stories

Top Stories


China Southern Wary Of Lunan Airport
By Bradley Perrett perrett@aviationweek.comBEIJING The Chinese airport where a Henan Airlines regional jet crashed during the evening of Aug. 24 is unsuitable for night landings, according to China Southern, which flies from the field only in daylight. The Henan Airlines Embraer 190 appears to have brushed trees on its final approach to the airport before crashing 2 km. (1.1 nm.) from the runway. Branches on trees about 1 …
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->

Commercial Crew Life-Support Unit Passes
By Frank Morring, Jr. A modular air revitalization system for future human spacecraft bound for the International Space Station and other low-Earth-orbit (LEO) destinations has completed preliminary design review, clearing the way for work to begin on a ground-test unit. Working with federal economic stimulus funds under NASA’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) project, …
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->

Mexicana’s Future Looks In Doubt
The future of troubled Mexican airline Mexicana looked increasingly uncertain after the employment ministry said a plan by its new owners to fire its flight attendants was illegal …
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Air Force

Air Force


DOD Liability Capped At $470M For SDB II
By Amy Butler The $450-million fixed-price contract won this month by Raytheon to develop and build the Small-Diameter Bomb (SDB) II for the U.S. Air Force could be a model for future deals in a fiscally constrained Pentagon. The SDB II has been “one of the most heavily reviewed programs” since Congress passed the Weapon Systems Reform Act, and strict adherence to its principles gave the service confidence in moving …
Aug-26 – 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 ->

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 ->


Airports

Airports


UK’s Coventry Airport Re-opens
Coventry Airport is open for business and operational again after its acquisition by Sir Peter Rigby’s Patriot Aerospace …
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->

Auckland Airport Reports Flat Profits
New Zealand’s biggest airport, Auckland International Airport, reported a flat profit on Thursday and said it expected a lift as demand for global air travel improves …
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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


Vietnam Airlines and Boeing Team to Enhance 777 Passenger Experience
SEATTLE, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Vietnam Airlines have teamed on a key initiative to upgrade the level of comfort for Vietnam Airlines’ passengers, unveiling the carrier’s latest cabin interior modernization on four of the airline’s 777-200ERs. Vietnam Airlines will improve its passenger service with an increased focus on the overall passenger experience and comfort while continuing to expand the network and add new destinations. In support of Vietnam…
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->

Bombardier to hold a conference call – Financial results for the second quarter ended July 31, 2010
Bombardier Inc.’s financial results for the second quarter ended July 31, 2010, will be released Wednesday, September 1, 2010. Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc.; Guy C. Hachey, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace; André Navarri, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Transportation; and Pierre Alary, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Bombardier Inc. will hold a conference call intended for investors…
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->

China Southern Wary Of Lunan Airport
By Bradley Perrett perrett@aviationweek.comBEIJING The Chinese airport where a Henan Airlines regional jet crashed during the evening of Aug. 24 is unsuitable for night landings, according to China Southern, which flies from the field only in daylight. The Henan Airlines Embraer 190 appears to have brushed trees on its final approach to the airport before crashing 2 km. (1.1 nm.) from the runway. Branches on trees about 1 …
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Defense


Boeing Teams with Bolduc to Build Unmanned Ground Vehicle Conversion Kits
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 26, 2010 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has teamed with Bolduc Technology Group, LLC to design, develop, integrate, test, manufacture and sustain agnostic autonomous-navigation kits for ground vehicles. The kits would enable human-driven vehicles to be converted into autonomous or remotely operated vehicles for commercial or military use. Boeing, the prime contractor, will offer its experience in ground robotics, autonomy and combat systems to domestic and…
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->

DOD Liability Capped At $470M For SDB II
By Amy Butler The $450-million fixed-price contract won this month by Raytheon to develop and build the Small-Diameter Bomb (SDB) II for the U.S. Air Force could be a model for future deals in a fiscally constrained Pentagon. The SDB II has been “one of the most heavily reviewed programs” since Congress passed the Weapon Systems Reform Act, and strict adherence to its principles gave the service confidence in moving …
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->

U.K. Defense Reforms Outdo Pentagon
By Robert WallLondon The British government is augmenting its strategic defense review with an effort aimed at radically overhauling how the armed forces are managed. One goal is to avoid missteps that contributed to ballooning program costs. The institutional reform plan, launched by Defense Secretary Liam Fox on Aug. 13, will take the U.K.’s efforts to overhaul national security spending well past the unveiling …
Aug-26 – 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 Teams with Bolduc to Build Unmanned Ground Vehicle Conversion Kits
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 26, 2010 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has teamed with Bolduc Technology Group, LLC to design, develop, integrate, test, manufacture and sustain agnostic autonomous-navigation kits for ground vehicles. The kits would enable human-driven vehicles to be converted into autonomous or remotely operated vehicles for commercial or military use. Boeing, the prime contractor, will offer its experience in ground robotics, autonomy and combat systems to domestic and…
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->

Bombardier to hold a conference call – Financial results for the second quarter ended July 31, 2010
Bombardier Inc.’s financial results for the second quarter ended July 31, 2010, will be released Wednesday, September 1, 2010. Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc.; Guy C. Hachey, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace; André Navarri, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Transportation; and Pierre Alary, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Bombardier Inc. will hold a conference call intended for investors…
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Navy and Coast Guard

Navy and Coast Guard


Tight Budgets, Needs Alter USN Unmanned Efforts
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.comDENVER Fiscal constraints will be a major driving factor in the capabilities that the U.S. Navy will seek in unmanned vehicles in the coming years, says the chief of naval operations, Adm. Gary Roughead. However, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) will be called upon to fill what he calls a “capability gap” in the Navy’s ability to collect …
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Science

Science


NASA Announces High School Competition for Future Engineers: Teams to Design Software for Small Satellites on the International Space Station
WASHINGTON — NASA is challenging high school teams to design software to program small satellites aboard the International Space Station.The competition centers on the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage,Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES.SPHERES are bowling ball-sized spherical satellites used to testmaneuvers for spacecraft performing autonomous rendezvous anddocking. Three of these satellites fly inside the station’s cabin.Each is self-contained with power, propulsion, computing…
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Space

Space


NASA Announces High School Competition for Future Engineers: Teams to Design Software for Small Satellites on the International Space Station
WASHINGTON — NASA is challenging high school teams to design software to program small satellites aboard the International Space Station.The competition centers on the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage,Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES.SPHERES are bowling ball-sized spherical satellites used to testmaneuvers for spacecraft performing autonomous rendezvous anddocking. Three of these satellites fly inside the station’s cabin.Each is self-contained with power, propulsion, computing…
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->

India To Launch GSAT-5P In October
By Anantha Krishnan M. BENGALURU, India — The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is gearing up to launch the 2,000-kg. GSAT-5P communication satellite in October using a Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), an ISRO official tells AVIATION WEEK. “Configured as an exclusive C-band communication satellite, GSAT-5P will carry 12 normal C-band transponders and …
Aug-26 – 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 ->


Tourism

Tourism


Mexicana’s Future Looks In Doubt
The future of troubled Mexican airline Mexicana looked increasingly uncertain after the employment ministry said a plan by its new owners to fire its flight attendants was illegal …
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->

Virgin Blue To Offer Business Class
By Leithen Francis Leithen_Francis@aviationweek.comSINGAPORE Australia’s Virgin Blue Group plans to add Airbus A330s and offer business class on some domestic and short-haul international routes, signaling a further departure from its original low-cost carrier business model and a greater potential threat to rival Qantas Airways. Virgin Blue plans to add A330s, configured in two classes, and use these widebodies on short-haul international and…
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->




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