Aviation News Releases Magazine – Friday, August 27, 2010

EVERETT, Wash., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The Boeing (NYSE: BA) Company said today that it now expects delivery of the first 787 in the middle of the first quarter 2011.

The delivery date revision follows an assessment of the availability of an engine needed for the final phases of flight test this fall.

While Boeing works closely with Rolls-Royce to expedite engine availability, flight testing across the test fleet continues as planned….

Top Stories

Top Stories


Boeing Sets 787 First Delivery Date for Mid-First Quarter 2011
EVERETT, Wash., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The Boeing (NYSE: BA) Company said today that it now expects delivery of the first 787 in the middle of the first quarter 2011. The delivery date revision follows an assessment of the availability of an engine needed for the final phases of flight test this fall. While Boeing works closely with Rolls-Royce to expedite engine availability, flight testing across the test fleet continues as planned. Boeing said last month that the cumulative…
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

Record Fine Proposed For American Airlines
The US government on Thursday proposed to fine American Airlines USD$24.2 million for alleged maintenance violations that led to thousands of flight cancellations two years ago …
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

Mexicana Could Close In Days
By Darren Shannon, Andrew Compart The new owners of Mexicana’s parent company will close the entire operation by week’s end if the mainline carrier’s flight attendants fail to accept new contract terms. A spokesman for the company’s new owners, holding company Tenedora K, says the airline’s successful restructuring requires new labor contracts and the resolution of unspecified terms with the Mexican …
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->


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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


Thai Customs Seize Live Tiger In Airport Baggage
Customs officers at Bangkok Airport found a two-month-old tiger stashed in a bag, filled with stuffed tiger toys, which was checked-in for an international passenger flight, authorities said on Friday …
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Army

Army


U.S. Army Interest In A160T Undeterred
By Amy Butler DENVER — U.S. Army officials say their interest in procuring a small number of Boeing A160T unmanned rotorcraft has not waned as a result of a recent crash. “There is nothing with A160 that makes us think we can’t have the same success we’ve had with other platforms,” says Tim Owings, deputy Army unmanned aerial system (UAS) project manager …
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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


JAL Postpones Management Shake Up
Japan Airlines decided to postpone its management reshuffle by two months to December 1 at the request of Chairman Kazuo Inamori, the Nikkei business daily reported …
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

Union Sues Delta Ahead Of Expected Vote
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA union has sued Delta Air Lines, saying the carrier is violating the bargaining agreement that covers more than 7,000 flight attendants who worked for Northwest Airlines …
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

Record Fine Proposed For American Airlines
The US government on Thursday proposed to fine American Airlines USD$24.2 million for alleged maintenance violations that led to thousands of flight cancellations two years ago …
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Defense


Participation Helps Clinch Israeli F-35 Deal
By Alon Ben-DavidTel Aviv Israel is pressing ahead with its purchase of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, after securing U.S. approval to install Israeli munitions on the aircraft and a pledge to adjust the electronic warfare suite to emerging Middle East threats. “The aircraft will be designated F-35I, as there will be unique Israeli features installed in them,” a senior Israel air forceofficial tells Aviation Week …
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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


Airbus-led ‘AIRE2’ trials to spearhead green trajectories with A380
An Airbus-led consortium in partnership with Air France and the air navigation service providers from UK, Canada and the US (NATS, Nav Canada and the FAA) will shortly commence ‘Transatlantic Green Flight’ (TGF) trials with an Air France A380 on revenue flights from New York (JFK) to Paris (CDG). Under a recent contract from the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU), these A380 TGF trials are part of the second wave the Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to reduce Emissions – “AIRE2”. The…
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing Sets 787 First Delivery Date for Mid-First Quarter 2011
EVERETT, Wash., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The Boeing (NYSE: BA) Company said today that it now expects delivery of the first 787 in the middle of the first quarter 2011. The delivery date revision follows an assessment of the availability of an engine needed for the final phases of flight test this fall. While Boeing works closely with Rolls-Royce to expedite engine availability, flight testing across the test fleet continues as planned. Boeing said last month that the cumulative…
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

Pratt Raises Stakes In JSF Engine Battle
By Guy Norris WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Pratt & Whitney is upping the ante in the ongoing F-35 Joint Strike Fighter engine war by revealing the F135 has achieved combat-rated thrust 20% higher than the specification. The disclosure raises the demonstrated sea-level thrust for the F135 above 50,000 lb., and follows results from the General Electric/Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team earlier …
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->


Navy and Coast Guard

Navy and Coast Guard


Boeing, US Navy Celebrate T-45 Jet Trainer’s Million-Flight-Hour Milestone
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 26, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today joined the U.S. Navy at Cecil Field in Jacksonville to celebrate the Naval Air Training Command’s 1 millionth flight hour with the T-45 Goshawk, the Navy’s premier jet trainer aircraft. “This milestone is another testament to the quality that this team has put into each and every T-45 that we have training our future aerial combat warriors,” said Rear Adm. Bill Sizemore, chief of Naval Air Training….
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Science

Science


Institute Seeks World-Class Lunar Research
By Michael MechamMoffett Field, Calif. NASA’s Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) at the Ames Research Center here brings to that body the same interdisciplinary approach that the center’s Astrobiology Institute has pursued over the past decade in the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. Yvonne Pendleton, appointed director last month, describes a broadly based research agency that largely exists in …
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Two Planets Transiting Same Star
WASHINGTON — NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has discovered the firstconfirmed planetary system with more than one planet crossing infront of, or transiting, the same star.The transit signatures of two distinct planets were seen in the datafor the sun-like star designated Kepler-9. The planets were namedKepler-9b and 9c. The discovery incorporates seven months ofobservations of more than 156,000 stars as part of an ongoing searchfor Earth-sized planets outside our solar system. The findings willbe…
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Space

Space


NASA TV Airs Interview With Twin Astronauts; Kelly Brothers Scheduled To Be In Space Together
HOUSTON — Interview footage of two NASA astronauts scheduled nextyear to become the first twins to rendezvous in space is available onNASA Television and the agency’s website.Mark Kelly will command the last scheduled space shuttle flight, whilehis twin brother Scott Kelly will be in command of the InternationalSpace Station. During the interview, they discuss growing up in WestOrange, N.J., their paths to becoming astronauts, and thepossibilities of a joint mission in space.The Kellys, both…
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Awards Facility Operating Services Contract Award Term Period 1
WASHINGTON — NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss.,has exercised award term period 1 of the Facility Operating ServicesContract (FOSC) with Jacobs Technology, Inc. of Tullahoma, Tenn. TheFOSC provides a broad range of services to support NASA missions andmore than 30 resident agencies sharing and using Stennis facilitiesand services.The cost-plus-incentive fee award term 1 is valued at $55.5 million.This is the first of seven award term periods in addition to the 3-year base…
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Tourism

Tourism


SAS To Lease MD-90s To US Airline
Scandinavian carrier SAS said on Thursday it had signed a deal to lease its entire fleet of MD-90 aircraft to an unidentified US airline …
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

Iberia H1 Loss Narrows, Demand Recovers
Spain’s Iberia posted a narrower than expected first-half operating loss on Friday as improving business travel and air cargo demand countered the negative impact of a volcanic ash cloud in April …
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

Mexicana Could Close In Days
By Darren Shannon, Andrew Compart The new owners of Mexicana’s parent company will close the entire operation by week’s end if the mainline carrier’s flight attendants fail to accept new contract terms. A spokesman for the company’s new owners, holding company Tenedora K, says the airline’s successful restructuring requires new labor contracts and the resolution of unspecified terms with the Mexican …
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->




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