Aviation News Releases Magazine – Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Unite union is hoping to meet British Airways management for further talks next week in a bid to end the long-running dispute over cabin crew …

Top Stories

Top Stories


Boeing Shakes Up 747-8 Program Management
By Michael Mecham Boeing Commercial Airplanes Programs VP and General Manager Pat Shanahan added oversight of 747-8 freighter and intercontinental transports to his role as general manager of all aircraft production yesterday. The announcement of the change came late Friday. Shanahan told employees that Mo Yahyavi, the current 747-8 general manager, will take on “a special assignment …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

NASA and ATK Successfully Test Five-Segment Solid Rocket Motor
PROMONTORY, Utah — With a loud roar and mighty column of flame, NASA and ATK Aerospace Systems successfully completed a two-minute,full-scale test of the largest and most powerful solid rocket motordesigned for flight. The motor is potentially transferable to futureheavy-lift launch vehicle designs.The stationary firing of the first-stage development solid rocketmotor, dubbed DM-2, was the most heavily instrumented solid rocketmotor test in NASA history. More than 760 instruments measured 53…
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

Russia To Test Chandrayaan-2 Lander Next Year
By Neelam Mathews BENGALURU, India — Next year, Russian space agency Roscomos plans to test the lander that will be part of India’s second Moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, Roscosmos Deputy Head Anatoly Shilov says. Scheduled to be lofted in 2013, Chandrayaan-2 will have an orbiter, a lander and a rover. It is slated to fly on a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle from Satish …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Air Force

Air Force


Bids In For New USAF Medium-Altitude ISR UAS
By Bill Sweetman DENVER — Aurora Flight Sciences and Lockheed Martin have both submitted proposals for an emerging joint capability technology demonstration (JCTD) known as Medium Altitude Global ISR and Communications (Magic). With the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory as the technical manager and U.S. Central Command as the operational manager and sponsor, Magic has not yet been …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

Faulty AEHF To Reach Orbital Slot Next Summer
By Amy Butler The U.S. Air Force’s newest protected satellite communications spacecraft will likely reach operational status 7-8 months later than planned, after a liquid apogee engine designed for orbit raising was deemed useless after two failed burn attempts. The first Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite was expected to reach its …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

1st Boeing C-130 AMP Low-Rate Initial Production Aircraft Inducted at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 30, 2010 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced the induction of the first C-130 aircraft slated to receive the Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) upgrade at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Ga. This is the first of 20 aircraft to be upgraded during low-rate initial production (LRIP). “Warner Robins is ready to receive the C-130 and begin installing the AMP kits,” said Tommy Jackson, C-130 AMP deputy program manager for the U.S. Air Force. “Our team has been…
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->


Airports

Airports


Man Arrested For Trying To Dazzle Pilots With Laser
A man appeared in court on Tuesday accused of trying to dazzle pilots with a laser beam as they were landing at France’s second-busiest airport Paris Orly, aviation authorities said …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

Dutch Hold Two Men On “Terrorism” Suspicion
Dutch authorities have detained two Yemeni men at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on suspicion of terrorist conspiracy, though a US official on Tuesday cast doubt that they were part of a terrorism plot …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

Copenhagen Low Cost Terminal Will Be 35 Pct Cheaper
In a bid to attract customers looking for a bargain Copenhagen Airport’s new low-cost terminal would offer airlines charges about a third lower than fees at its existing facilities, the airport operator said …
Sep-01 – 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


Cabin Crew Union Hoping To Meet BA Management
The Unite union is hoping to meet British Airways management for further talks next week in a bid to end the long-running dispute over cabin crew …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

Germany To Approve Air Passenger Duty
By Jens Flottau jens@flottau.comFRANKFURT Germany’s federal government is expected to approve of the much-criticized air passenger duty at a cabinet meeting in Berlin on Sept. 1. The tax is part of a multi-billion package aimed at reducing the large federal deficit, which has widened as a result of the recent financial crisis …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

JAL To Cut Routes, Aircraft In Turnaround Bid
Japan Airlines said it will retire two-fifths of its aircraft, abandon one in eight overseas flights and end a quarter of its home routes in a bid to return to profit …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Defense


Integrator UAS Draws On ScanEagle Lessons
By Amy Butler, Graham WarwickNAS Patuxent River, Md., Washington For Insitu and parent Boeing, operating experience is a distinct advantage as the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps make the long-awaited shift from buying services to procuring systems to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) for deployed forces. Winner of the Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) competition, Insitu’s Integrator will eventually … …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

Bids In For New USAF Medium-Altitude ISR UAS
By Bill Sweetman DENVER — Aurora Flight Sciences and Lockheed Martin have both submitted proposals for an emerging joint capability technology demonstration (JCTD) known as Medium Altitude Global ISR and Communications (Magic). With the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory as the technical manager and U.S. Central Command as the operational manager and sponsor, Magic has not yet been …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

Final Certification For Indian LCA Underway
By Anantha Krishnan M. BENGALURU, India — The final certification process for Tejas, India’s Light Combat Aircraft, has begun ahead of its crucial initial operational clearance (IOC), program official P.S. Subramanyam tells AVIATION WEEK. The certification process is being conducted by a team headed by K. Tamilmani, chief executive at the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (Cemilac). It is …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->


Executive and General

Executive


Embraer’s Lineage 1000 executive jet flies Mexico’s skies
Mexico-based Omnilife takes delivery of the country’s first ultra-large Lineage 1000São José dos Campos, August 31, 2010 – Embraer held a delivery ceremony, last week, in São José dos Campos, Brazil, for its first Lineage 1000 executive jet to a Mexican customer. Grupo Omnilife, a leader in the production of nutritional supplements, will be operating the aircraft through its air taxi subsidiary, Omniflys. The aircraft is the first Lineage 1000 delivered in the Americas.“With the purchase of the…
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

Gulfstream G650 Nears Speed of Sound
By Bill Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com Gulfstream’s new G650 has exceeded .99 Mach during certification flight testing, the company said today, helping pave the way to its goal of being the world’s fastest civilian aircraft. There are four G650s involved in flight trials now, with a fifth to join the test fleet soon. One of those “exceeded point 99 Mach by a fraction” during scheduled tests last week, …
Aug-31 – 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 ->


Industry

Industry


Boeing Shakes Up 747-8 Program Management
By Michael Mecham Boeing Commercial Airplanes Programs VP and General Manager Pat Shanahan added oversight of 747-8 freighter and intercontinental transports to his role as general manager of all aircraft production yesterday. The announcement of the change came late Friday. Shanahan told employees that Mo Yahyavi, the current 747-8 general manager, will take on “a special assignment …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing CEO McNerney Statement on U.S. Export Control Proposals
CHICAGO, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney today said he welcomes the Obama administration’s proposals to revise and update U.S. export controls. “Boeing supports the administration’s initiative as an important step toward strengthening and streamlining our export control policies, making them more effective in protecting our national security and advancing U.S. competitiveness,” McNerney said. Export control reform has been identified as an…
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing to Provide Landing Gear Exchange Service to Qantas Airways
SEATTLE, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) will perform landing gear exchange, repair and overhaul services on Qantas Airways’ 747-400ER (extended range) jetliners. Qantas, the program launch customer for the 747-400ER and operator of six of the airplanes, becomes the launch customer for the 747-400ER Landing Gear Overhaul and Exchange Program. Qantas will use the Boeing Service Center Repair Network for quick, reliable access to landing gear exchanges, repair and…
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->


Navy and Coast Guard

Navy and Coast Guard


Integrator UAS Draws On ScanEagle Lessons
By Amy Butler, Graham WarwickNAS Patuxent River, Md., Washington For Insitu and parent Boeing, operating experience is a distinct advantage as the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps make the long-awaited shift from buying services to procuring systems to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) for deployed forces. Winner of the Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) competition, Insitu’s Integrator will eventually … …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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


Astronauts Linda Godwin and Scott Altman Leave NASA
HOUSTON — NASA astronauts Linda Godwin and Scott Altman haveannounced plans to leave the agency. Godwin will retire and Altmanwill take a job in the private sector.Godwin joined NASA in 1980 and worked in the Payload OperationsDivision. She was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1985. Aveteran of four spaceflights, Godwin logged more than 38 days inspace, including more than 10 hours during two spacewalks. She flewaboard STS-37 in 1991; served as payload commander of STS-59 in 1994;and flew…
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

Russia To Test Chandrayaan-2 Lander Next Year
By Neelam Mathews BENGALURU, India — Next year, Russian space agency Roscomos plans to test the lander that will be part of India’s second Moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, Roscosmos Deputy Head Anatoly Shilov says. Scheduled to be lofted in 2013, Chandrayaan-2 will have an orbiter, a lander and a rover. It is slated to fly on a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle from Satish …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Extends Contract With United Space Alliance
WASHINGTON — NASA has extended the Space Program Operations Contract with United Space Alliance, LLC, of Houston to March 31, 2011. The $909,593,590 contract extension supports flight operations for theSpace Shuttle and International Space Station programs.The contract provides mission design and planning, astronaut andflight controller training, system integration, flight operations,vehicle processing, launch and recovery, vehicle sustainingengineering, and flight crew equipment processing….
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Tourism


Main Points From JAL’s Rehabilitation Plan
Japan Airlines submitted a business turnaround plan on Tuesday that will run until March 31, 2013. Here are some key points under the turnaround plan …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

Mexican Airport Operators Weigh Mexicana Impact
Airport operators in Mexico are feeling the pinch after three troubled airlines suspended dozens of flights and uncertainty remains about whether other companies can pick up the traffic from abandoned routes …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

Regional Airlines Consolidating To Cut Costs
US regional airlines are consolidating to reduce overhead so they can offer lower rates to their larger airline partners, while major airlines are selling their feeder carriers to create a larger pool of smaller carriers with which to do business …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->




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