Aviation News Releases Magazine – Friday, September 3, 2010

Airbus has commenced production of the latest Airbus product, the A350 XWB, in Germany. The green light was jointly given at the company’s production plant in Stade by Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders, Executive Vice President Operations and Chairman of the Board of Management Airbus Germany Gerald Weber, and Parliamentary State Secretary and German government aerospace coordinator Peter Hintze….

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German Airbus A350 XWB Production commences
Airbus has commenced production of the latest Airbus product, the A350 XWB, in Germany. The green light was jointly given at the company’s production plant in Stade by Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders, Executive Vice President Operations and Chairman of the Board of Management Airbus Germany Gerald Weber, and Parliamentary State Secretary and German government aerospace coordinator Peter Hintze. The first German component will also be one for the record books for its size….
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

Colombia Becomes Second KC-390 Partner
By Robert Wall LONDON — Embraer has secured a second foreign partner for its KC-390 military tanker/transport development program, with the Colombian government signaling its intent to buy 12 of the aircraft. The agreement follows only a few days after Chile expressed its intent to take six of the aircraft …
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

France Says A400M Not Threatened By Talks Delay
The future of Europe’s new military transporter, the A400M, is not threatened by the latest delay in talks to ratify a seven-nation deal to bail out the project, France said on Thursday …Photo: Pecon
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->


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Air Force

Air Force


Boeing Receives AC-130U Gunship Support Contract
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla., Sept. 2, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide spare servo-actuators for the AC-130U gunship. The five-year contract, which includes a base year plus four out-year ordering periods, is worth up to $7.2 million. A total of $1.2 million of the first phase has been obligated. Between now and July 2011, Boeing will provide 10 servo-actuators for the Trainable Gun Mount Systems needed to install…
Sep-03 – 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 ->

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 ->


Airports

Airports


TSA Mulls Changes For DCA Access
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is looking at short-term initiatives to increase access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), but continues to strive for long-term changes to some of the more prohibitive requirements for use of the airport, Brian Delauter, general manager of TSA’s General Aviation branch, tells BA. Delauter in June said he has an “open goal of …
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

Dutch Free Two Terrorist Suspects
Dutch authorities have freed two Yemeni men held on suspicion of terrorism at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, after finding no evidence of wrongdoing despite a trans-atlantic security scare …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Army

Army


U.S. Army Gets Revamped Cargo Trucks
By Michael Fabey Specially fitted cargo trucks are now carrying the U.S. military logistics load in Afghanistan. Designed to be stronger and more survivable than earlier designs, Oshkosh Defense’s Palletized Load Systems (PLS) vehicles have become a mainstay for the rough and rugged terrain in the country’s remotest regions …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Cargo

Cargo


Colombia Becomes Second KC-390 Partner
By Robert Wall LONDON — Embraer has secured a second foreign partner for its KC-390 military tanker/transport development program, with the Colombian government signaling its intent to buy 12 of the aircraft. The agreement follows only a few days after Chile expressed its intent to take six of the aircraft …
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

France Says A400M Not Threatened By Talks Delay
The future of Europe’s new military transporter, the A400M, is not threatened by the latest delay in talks to ratify a seven-nation deal to bail out the project, France said on Thursday …Photo: Pecon
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

Polar Air Cargo Pleads Guilty In Price Fixing Case
Polar Air Cargo, which is majority owned by Atlas Air Worldwide, has agreed to plead guilty in a price-fixing case and will pay a USD$17.4 million fine, the US Justice Department said on Thursday …Photo: Comyu
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->


Commercial

Commercial


Singapore Airlines Announces New CEO
Singapore Airlines said on Friday that executive Vice President Goh Choon Phong will succeed Chew Choon Seng as chief executive when Chew retires at the end of this year …
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

Narrow Escape After Wrong Take Off Runway Used
A British Airways Boeing 777 had a narrow escape after taking off from a runway that was too short for that type of aircraft, an air accident report concluded …Photo: BA, Boeing B747
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

Malev Gets New Cash Injection To Stay Afloat
Hungary’s loss-making national airline Malev got a HUF5.7 billion forint (USD$26 million) emergency cash injection from the state to pay for aircraft leases, the development ministry said …
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Defense


Colombia Becomes Second KC-390 Partner
By Robert Wall LONDON — Embraer has secured a second foreign partner for its KC-390 military tanker/transport development program, with the Colombian government signaling its intent to buy 12 of the aircraft. The agreement follows only a few days after Chile expressed its intent to take six of the aircraft …
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

France Says A400M Not Threatened By Talks Delay
The future of Europe’s new military transporter, the A400M, is not threatened by the latest delay in talks to ratify a seven-nation deal to bail out the project, France said on Thursday …Photo: Pecon
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

Pentagon Bomber Evolution Underway
By Bill SweetmanWashington The latest analysis of future long-range strike needs by the Pentagon will be submitted in time for its recommendations to be reflected in the Fiscal 2012 budget. Few people, least of all advocates of an active, nonvintage bomber fleet, expect exciting news. Service-centric politics, a joint-service construct under which ground forces heavily influence the study and pressure on procurement budgets …
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->


Executive and General

Executive


Lead-less Power Tested In Air Race
By Bill Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com A Formula 1 race pilot intends to beat a speed record set by Hoot Gibson and help promote a “green” fuel in the doing. Richard “Smokey” Young told AWIN yesterday that he believes a new unleaded biomass fuel will give him the extra performance to easily set a new world record for a closed 100-kilometer course. The attempt is scheduled for Sept. 11. Gibson, a former astronaut, set a record of 238 mph…
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Industry

Industry


AAR to Announce First Quarter 2011 Results on September 15, 2010
WOOD DALE, Ill., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — AAR (NYSE:AIR) today announced that it will release financial results for its first quarter of Fiscal Year 2011, ended August 31, 2010, after the market closes on Wednesday, September 15, 2010.On Thursday, September 16, 2010, at 7:30 a.m. CDT, AAR will hold a conference call to discuss the results. The conference call can be accessed by calling 866-802-4321 from inside the U.S. or 703-639-1318 from outside the U.S.A replay of the conference…
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

German Airbus A350 XWB Production commences
Airbus has commenced production of the latest Airbus product, the A350 XWB, in Germany. The green light was jointly given at the company’s production plant in Stade by Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders, Executive Vice President Operations and Chairman of the Board of Management Airbus Germany Gerald Weber, and Parliamentary State Secretary and German government aerospace coordinator Peter Hintze. The first German component will also be one for the record books for its size….
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

Colombia Becomes Second KC-390 Partner
By Robert Wall LONDON — Embraer has secured a second foreign partner for its KC-390 military tanker/transport development program, with the Colombian government signaling its intent to buy 12 of the aircraft. The agreement follows only a few days after Chile expressed its intent to take six of the aircraft …
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->


Navy and Coast Guard

Navy and Coast Guard


Boeing, US Navy Flight Testing Distributed Targeting System for Super Hornet
CHINA LAKE, Calif., Sept. 2, 2010 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Navy’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-31 have begun flight testing a Distributed Targeting System for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighter at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Advanced Weapons Lab in China Lake. The current test phase is scheduled to conclude in November 2011. The Distributed Targeting System uses onboard hardware and software processing to produce precise targeting…
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

Auditors See Many Challenges Still Facing LCS
By Jefferson Morris Congressional auditors still see a bevy of issues clouding the future of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), including potential production hiccups as designs continue to evolve, uncertain cost estimates and development problems with the vessel’s crucial mission packages. “Staying within budget will require the Navy to achieve design stability before beginning construction of future …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

UUV Development Accelerates
By Andy NativiGenoa Experts are convinced that unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) will play major roles in naval warfare. They concede, however, that full realization of this vision is in the future. Although robotic vehicles are redefining air and land operations, the revolution in unmanned vehicles for undersea and surface use is still in its early stages …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->


Science

Science


NASA Invites Media To Experience Future Of Human Space Exploration
HOUSTON — To see what life might be like on a distant planet,reporters need only travel to the Arizona desert. NASA’s Research andTechnology Studies, or Desert RATS, will make its 13th trip to thedesert this fall to test rovers, habitats and robots that could beused in future exploration missions.A media day for the tests will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 15, toallow reporters to observe the activities. Interested news mediashould contact Brandi Dean at 281-483-5111 by Thursday, Sept. 9.Access…
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Selects Investigations For First Mission To Encounter The Sun
WASHINGTON — NASA has begun development of a mission to visit andstudy the sun closer than ever before. The unprecedented project,named Solar Probe Plus, is slated to launch no later than 2018.The small car-sized spacecraft will plunge directly into the sun’satmosphere approximately four million miles from our star’s surface.It will explore a region no other spacecraft ever has encountered.NASA has selected five science investigations that will unlock thesun’s biggest mysteries.”The…
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

NASA, Newseum Invite Media To Discover And Encounter Comets
WASHINGTON — NASA will commemorate a quarter-century of cometdiscoveries and discuss upcoming comet encounters during a symposiumat 9 a.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 10, in the Knight Studio of the Newseum.The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington. Theevent will be covered live by NASA Television and streamed on theagency’s website.Comets are remainders of material formed in the coldest part of oursolar system. Impacts from comets played a major role in the Earth’sevolution,…
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->


Space

Space


NASA Extends Contract For Last Two Missions
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — United Space Alliance of Houston has received a $909.6 million contract extension from NASA for shuttle and International Space Station support activities in four states from Oct. 1 through March 30, 2011. The base contract, awarded in 2007 with several ensuing modifications, is valued at $6.6 billion, according to Kylie Clem, a spokeswoman at NASA’s Johnson Space Center …
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

Fix Needed For GPS IIF Nuke Detection System
By Amy Butler The first Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite in orbit will require software fixes to reduce “degradation” in the crosslinks for its nuclear blast detection payload, says Lt. Gen. Tom Sheridan, Air Force program executive officer for space. GPS IIF was launched in mid-May, and it has passed its navigation systems testing, Sheridan told reporters Sept. 1 during a teleconference at the American Institute of …
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

NASA and Its Partners Announce a New Space Station Crew
HOUSTON — NASA and its international partners have assigned three newInternational Space Station crew members. They are targeted to launchto the station in November 2012 aboard the Russian Soyuz 33 spacecraft.NASA astronaut and Statesville, N.C., native Tom Marshburn, CanadianSpace Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield and Russian cosmonaut RomanRomanenko will serve as flight engineers for the Expedition 34 mission.NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy andEvgeny Tarelkin…
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Tourism


American Airlines Hosts Sweepstakes to Complement Legendary Concert Series With John Legend and The Roots
Grand-Prize Winners Get AAdvantage Miles to Use Toward Flights to New York, Plus One-Night Hotel Stay and Backstage Passes to John Legend & The Roots WAKE UP! Live ConcertFORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ — American Airlines is proud to present a new sweepstakes in conjunction with the American Airlines John Legend & The Roots WAKE UP! Live Concert Series. The sweepstakes will award two lucky grand-prize winners with 180,000 AAdvantage® miles – more than enough miles for flights…
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

Online Travel Bookers Beef Up Mobile Offerings
Travel suppliers and the online agencies that sell their bookings are targeting a new breed of jet setter who don’t book trips in advance …
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->




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