Aviation News Releases Magazine – Monday, August 30, 2010

Mexicana de Aviacion, one of Mexico’s two major airlines, ceased operations on Saturday as unions and new owners continue attempts to find fresh cash to keep the ailing company alive …

Top Stories

Top Stories


NASA, Internet Archive And Flickr Launch Historic Image Collection
WASHINGTON — Three compilations of images from more than half acentury of NASA history are available for comment on a section of thephoto-sharing site Flickr known as The Commons.Visitors to NASA on The Commons can help tell the photos’ story byadding tags, or keywords, to the images to identify objects andpeople. In addition, viewers can communicate with other visitors bysharing comments. These contributions will help make the imageseasier to find online and add insight about NASA’s…
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

Troubled Airline Mexicana Ceases All Flights
Mexicana de Aviacion, one of Mexico’s two major airlines, ceased operations on Saturday as unions and new owners continue attempts to find fresh cash to keep the ailing company alive …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

Justice Department Approves CO, UAL Merger
By Darren Shannon darren_shannon@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON The U.S. Justice Department has approved United Airlines’ proposed merger with Continental Airlines, a decision that effectively allows for the creation of the world’s largest carrier. The decision was announced late Aug. 27 just hours after Continental unveiled a deal to lease 18 slot pairs at its Newark Liberty International Airport hub to Southwest …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Air Force

Air Force


1st Boeing-built GPS IIF Satellite Enters Service with US Air Force
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 30, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that the first of 12 Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellites the company is building for the U.S. Air Force has entered service. GPS IIF-1 is the newest member of the active 31-satellite GPS constellation, which provides accurate navigation, positioning and timing information to more than 1 billion military and civilian users around the world. GPS IIF satellites offer new and enhanced capabilities, including a …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

AEHF Thruster Failure Stalls Trip To Orbit
By Amy Butler In the latest delay to the decade-long effort to field a replacement for the Milstar protected communications constellation, U.S. Air Force officials are still assessing how best to transfer the $2 billion Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite into geosynchronous orbit after a disappointing problem with its liquid apogee engine. The launch of Lockheed Martin’s first AEHF satellite took …
Aug-30 – 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 ->


Airports

Airports


Schiphol H1 Profit Triples, Aviation Posts Loss
Dutch airport operator Schiphol Group said first-half profit tripled, as growth in its consumer and real estate units offset a security-driven loss in its main aviation operations …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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


EGYPTAIR receives first Airbus A330-300
EGYPTAIR has received its first Airbus A330-300 aircraft from the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France. Powered by Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines, the aircraft seats 301 passengers with 265 in Economy Class, and 36 in Business Class. Joining EGYPTAIR’s existing Airbus fleet of 17 A320 family aircraft, seven A330-200s and three A340-200s, the new A330-300 will be the first EGYPTAIR aircraft to feature onboard communications technology, enabling passengers to benefit from in flight…
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

Troubled Airline Mexicana Ceases All Flights
Mexicana de Aviacion, one of Mexico’s two major airlines, ceased operations on Saturday as unions and new owners continue attempts to find fresh cash to keep the ailing company alive …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

UAL Wins US Approval To Buy Continental
United Airlines has won US antitrust approval to buy Continental Airlines, throwing a sweetener to rival Southwest Airlines to allow the creation of the world’s largest carrier …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Defense


Boeing Opens New Intelligence Collaboration Center to Counter Global Threats
ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 30, 2010 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has opened an intelligence collaboration and data analysis center in Northern Virginia to enable the creation and testing of new concepts to counter increasingly sophisticated, global threats to U.S. security. The innovation center will allow Boeing’s Intelligence Community customers, industry partners, and the scientific and academic communities to brainstorm, test, and field technologies designed to help prevent…
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

Mi-17 Helicopters Lead Afghanistan List
By Michael Fabey The No. 1 procurement priority identified by U.S. officials to complete their mission to equip and train the Afghanistan security forces is the acquisition of dozens of additional Mi-17 helicopters. The single-rotor Mi-17s are ideal for the quasi-military security needs in Afghanistan. The Russian multirole helicopter is often configured for military, police and …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

Indian Test Pilots Flying Tejas LCA
By Anantha Krishnan M. BENGALURU, India — Test pilots from India’s National Flight Test Center (NFTC) are currently familiarizing themselves with the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) and learning techniques used by the Indian Air Force’s frontline squadrons. Program Director for Combat Aircraft and Aeronautical Development Agency Director P.S. Subramanyam tells …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->


Executive and General

Executive


Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 win prestigious IDEA/Brasil 2010 Design award
Embraer’s two newest executive jets honored, as were the Phenom family and the Lineage 1000 aircraft in 2008São José dos Campos, August 2010 – Embraer’s newest executive jets, the midlight Legacy 450 and the midsize Legacy 500, have followed the entry level Phenom 100 and light Phenom 300 jets, as well as the ultra-large Lineage 1000, which won the IDEA/Brasil design award in its first edition in 2008. The IDEA® (International Design Excellence Awards) program is the premier international…
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

18-seat Turboprop To Join GippsAero Fleet
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com India’s Mahindra Group is investing $20 million in subsidiary GippsAero Pty Ltd. so the Australian-based aircraft manufacturer can build the G10 Airvan, a 10-seat variant of piston-powered GA 8. The manufacturer will also spend money to launch the GA18, a new 18-seat turboprop. The GA10 is a bit more than a variant of the GA8, says spokesman John Willis. “While the GA10 will share many …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Industry

Industry


EGYPTAIR receives first Airbus A330-300
EGYPTAIR has received its first Airbus A330-300 aircraft from the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France. Powered by Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines, the aircraft seats 301 passengers with 265 in Economy Class, and 36 in Business Class. Joining EGYPTAIR’s existing Airbus fleet of 17 A320 family aircraft, seven A330-200s and three A340-200s, the new A330-300 will be the first EGYPTAIR aircraft to feature onboard communications technology, enabling passengers to benefit from in flight…
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 win prestigious IDEA/Brasil 2010 Design award
Embraer’s two newest executive jets honored, as were the Phenom family and the Lineage 1000 aircraft in 2008São José dos Campos, August 2010 – Embraer’s newest executive jets, the midlight Legacy 450 and the midsize Legacy 500, have followed the entry level Phenom 100 and light Phenom 300 jets, as well as the ultra-large Lineage 1000, which won the IDEA/Brasil design award in its first edition in 2008. The IDEA® (International Design Excellence Awards) program is the premier international…
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing Pushes First 787 Delivery Back To 2011
By Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.comLOS ANGELES Boeing says first 787 deliveries to launch customer All Nippon Airways will now take place around February 2011, rather than by the end of this year as had been planned. Confirmation of the delay, issued late in the evening (Pacific time) of Aug 26, comes in the wake of an uncontained failure of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine during ground runs early in August at the company’s Derby…
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->


Navy and Coast Guard

Navy and Coast Guard


Wayward Fire Scout Was No Threat, Officials Say
By Amy Butler U.S. Navy and industry sources say that the MQ-8 Fire Scout that headed into restricted airspace in St. Mary’s Country, Md., earlier this month did not come close to Washington or threaten any government activities there. Navy officials acknowledged this week that the remotely piloted rotorcraft flew about 1,700 ft. in altitude for 23 mi. north/northwest of where it should have, outside the …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Science

Science


NASA, Internet Archive And Flickr Launch Historic Image Collection
WASHINGTON — Three compilations of images from more than half acentury of NASA history are available for comment on a section of thephoto-sharing site Flickr known as The Commons.Visitors to NASA on The Commons can help tell the photos’ story byadding tags, or keywords, to the images to identify objects andpeople. In addition, viewers can communicate with other visitors bysharing comments. These contributions will help make the imageseasier to find online and add insight about NASA’s…
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

NASA TV Airs Interview Excerpts About Assistance To Trapped Miners In Chile
HOUSTON — From 5:30-6 p.m. EDT, NASA Television will air excerpts ofan interview with Dr. Michael Duncan, who is leading a NASA team toChile. NASA has been asked by the Chilean government through the U.S.Department of State to provide technical advice that might assist thetrapped miners at the San Jose gold and copper mine near Copiapo, Chile.Duncan is the deputy chief medical officer in the Space Life SciencesDirectorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. He and threeother NASA…
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

Kepler Finds Multi-planet Extra-solar System
By Frank Morring, Jr. Astronomers evaluating data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft have discovered two Saturn-sized gas giants orbiting a star in the first application of a technique that may help them find habitable Earthlike planets. Designated Kepler 9b and 9c, the two planets are orbiting the Kepler 9 star at a distance closer than the planet Mercury orbits the Sun. Data suggest there may be a …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->


Space

Space


1st Boeing-built GPS IIF Satellite Enters Service with US Air Force
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 30, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that the first of 12 Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellites the company is building for the U.S. Air Force has entered service. GPS IIF-1 is the newest member of the active 31-satellite GPS constellation, which provides accurate navigation, positioning and timing information to more than 1 billion military and civilian users around the world. GPS IIF satellites offer new and enhanced capabilities, including a …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

U2 And NASA Create Video To Celebrate Collaboration
WASHINGTON — NASA and U2 released a commemorative video highlighting a year’s worth of collaboration in space and on the Irish rock band’s 360 Degree tour.U2 approached NASA in 2009 with an idea to include a dialogue betweenthe band and the crew of the International Space Station during U2’sworld tour. The astronauts of Expedition 20, the crew then livingaboard the space station, agreed to participate and spoke with U2several times before recording a video segment the band incorporated into…
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

AEHF Thruster Failure Stalls Trip To Orbit
By Amy Butler In the latest delay to the decade-long effort to field a replacement for the Milstar protected communications constellation, U.S. Air Force officials are still assessing how best to transfer the $2 billion Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite into geosynchronous orbit after a disappointing problem with its liquid apogee engine. The launch of Lockheed Martin’s first AEHF satellite took …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Tourism


Virgin Blue Makes Major Changes
By Leithen Francis Australia’s Virgin Blue Group has announced a tie-up with Etihad Airways to reach travelers in Europe and the Middle East, and has also decided to add Airbus A330s and sell its Embraer 170s. Two A330-200s will be coming in May 2011 on lease from BOC Aviation and will be deployed on the Sydney-Perth route, says the airline. It plans to add more A330s in the …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->




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