Aviation News Releases Magazine – Friday, September 17, 2010

The distance from Mumbai to London is the farthest any Embraer aircraft has flown, to date

São José dos Campos, September 17, 2010 – Embraer’s ultra-large Lineage 1000 executive jet demonstrator aircraft recently made history by completing the longest distance ever flown by an Embraer airplane. In its first nonstop flight from Mumbai, in India, to London’s Luton Airport (LTN), in England, the Lineage 1000 covered a ground distance of 4,015 nautical miles (7,435 km) in 9 hours and 15 minutes. This distance is equivalent to 4,400 nautical miles (8,149 km) with no headwind….

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Lineage 1000 jet demonstrates long-range flight capabilities
The distance from Mumbai to London is the farthest any Embraer aircraft has flown, to dateSão José dos Campos, September 17, 2010 – Embraer’s ultra-large Lineage 1000 executive jet demonstrator aircraft recently made history by completing the longest distance ever flown by an Embraer airplane. In its first nonstop flight from Mumbai, in India, to London’s Luton Airport (LTN), in England, the…
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Embraer delivers Lineage 1000 jet to Al Habtoor Group
The aircraft is already being operated by Royal Jet, based in Abu DhabiSão José dos Campos, September 17, 2010 – Embraer delivered a Lineage 1000 executive jet, earlier this month, to the Al Habtoor Group (www.habtoor.com), from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The aircraft is managed and operated by Royal Jet (www.royaljetgroup.com), based in Abu Dhabi, also from the UAE. The deal was…
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NASA Hosts Symposium About Latin American Space Partnerships
WASHINGTON — NASA hosted government representatives from severalLatin American countries in Washington on Thursday to shareinformation about the agency’s work in that region and discusspotential future partnerships.The event highlighted potential opportunities for cooperation withNASA in Earth science, space and International Space Stationresearch, applications and education initiatives.The…
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NASA Awards Launch Services Contracts
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA has announced the awards for the NASALaunch Services (NLS) II Contract. The award will provide a broadrange of launch services for NASA’s planetary, Earth-observing,exploration and scientific satellites.NASA has the ability to order a maximum of 70 launch services missionswith a maximum cumulative potential contract value of $15 billion.The NLS II contracts are…
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Boeing to Increase 737 Production Rate
SEATTLE, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today its production rate for the Next-Generation 737 program will increase to 38 airplanes per month in the second quarter of 2013. This decision comes just months after announcing a rate increase on the company’s best-selling commercial jetliner from 31.5 to 35 airplanes per month in early 2012. “Increasing production is in…
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Learjet 45 XR Jet Sets the Pace for Reno Air Racers
Bombardier Aerospace today announced that its Learjet 45 XR demonstrator aircraft is the official pace plane for the 47th annual National Championship Air Races, which are taking place from September 15 to 19 in Reno, Nevada. “This is a Learjet pilot’s dream come true,” said Rick Rowe, Chief Pilot, Learjet Flight Operations, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Learjet name is synonymous with…
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Embraer names Vnukovo-3 Group as its executive jets sales representative in Russia
Group will sell the entire line of Embraer Executive Jets productsSão José dos Campos, September 2010 – Embraer named the Vnukovo-3 Group as its authorized sales representative (ASR) in Russia, on 09/16. The deal with the Russian company was announced during the opening Jet Family Party of the fifth Russian International Business Aviation Exhibition, JetExpo 2010 (www.JetExpo.ru), in Moscow,…
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Embraer showcases the Phenom jets family in South Africa
The two models will debut at AAD, along with the Legacy 600 executive jetSão José dos Campos, September 2010 – Embraer will showcase, for the first time in South Africa, the entry level Phenom 100 and light Phenom 300 executive jets, along with the super midsize Legacy 600, in the static display of Africa’s largest aerospace exhibition. Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD 2010 –…
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ABL Shifts Back To Solid-Fuel Targets
By Amy Butler The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is planning a shootdown attempt by the 747-400F-based Airborne Laser against a solid-fuel target by the end of this month, according to MDA spokesman Rick Lehner. Officials close to the program say that flight testing will shift back to solid-fueled targets for the time being. The…
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AIA Calls For Renewed Focus In NextGen
By Darren Shannon The U.S. aerospace industry’s chief lobby group is calling for greater government funding and increased industry involvement in the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transport System, or NextGen in a white paper released Sept. 16. Aerospace Industries Association’s action plan comes amid a small, albeit solid, recovery in U.S….
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Boeing Plans Further 737 Production Boost
By Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.comSan Francisco In a further sign of Boeing’s confidence in the strength of the commercial aircraft market recovery, the company has decided to boost output for its best-selling 737 Next Generation family to 38 aircraft per month. The move, announced Sept. 16, represents the third time Boeing has increased…
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Training Problems Focus Of A320 Crash Report
By Max Kingsley-Jones In its final report into the 2008 fatal Airbus A320 crash during a post-maintenance test flight, France’s Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA) investigation agency recommends that regulations governing non-revenue flights be tightened and stall training and warning systems be improved. The accident, which occurred…
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Human Skulls Found In Luggage Of US Tourists
Greek police charged two US tourists with desecrating the dead on Thursday after they found six human skulls in their hand luggage at Athens airport, a police official said …
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Cebu Air IPO To Be Priced On Oct 8
Philippine budget airline Cebu Air will price its initial public offering on October 8 and plans to list its shares on October 25, the company said in a filing to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday …
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Venezuela's Conviasa Stops For Safety Checks
Venezuelan state airline Conviasa suspended flights on Friday for a two-week revision of safety standards after a crash and two emergency landings …Photo: Hernan Florida
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Manchester Airport Reopens After Scare
Flights at the UK’s Manchester Airport returned to normal on Friday after police gave the all clear following a bomb scare which had closed one of its terminals for the morning …
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NASA Names Crew For Shuttle Encore
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — NASA space operations chief Bill Gerstenmaier says that by January NASA will have made a final decision on whether shuttle Atlantis will fly an extra mission in June 2011. Late Sept. 14, the agency announced that veteran commander Chris Ferguson, pilot Doug Hurley and mission specialists Sandra Magnus…
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Airbus Finalizes Cathay A350 Deal
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON Airbus and Cathay Pacific have finalized terms for the purchase of A350XWB twin-widebodies, securing the biggest order for the aircraft type this year. The Cathay deal doubles A350 order intake in 2010, with United Airlines having already signed for 25 units and TAM for five. Dubai Aerospace cancelled…
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BAE Systems Plans Prime Bid For USAF T-X
By Amy Butler, Robert WallWashington, London The prospect of a massive U.S. order for new trainers has convinced BAE Systems to gamble and pursue a prime contractor role to secure the deal. The BAE Systems’ strategy will see the company assemble a U.S. team to help it sell the single-engine Hawk trainer in the competition to replace the…
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Indian LCA Undergoing Sea Trials
By Anantha Krishnan M. BENGALURU, India — India’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft is currently undergoing sea trials at NAS Hansa, at Dabolim in Goa. This is part of Tejas’s out-of-station flight-test plan, with pilots from the Bengaluru-based National Flight Test Center performing high angle-of-attack (AOA) maneuvers …
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Machinists Nix Cessna Contract Offer
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com The Machinists committee negotiating with Cessna on a new contract today unanimously voted to recommend that its members reject the contract and vote to strike, saying its talks were not successful. The committee says Cessna’s seven-year contract offer did not provide job security for membership and…
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Astronauts Prefer To Drive Their Own Ferries
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — For a commercial space transportation system to ferry crew to and from the International Space Station, NASA’s astronaut corps prefers a rental-car model rather than a taxi model, says Chief Astronaut Peggy Whitson. The preference would place the operation of a spacecraft developed under a White House-initiated…
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Ramco Makes Major Inroads In India
By Neelam Mathews GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. will very soon award its entire information technology contract to Ramco Systems, The DAILY has learned. The project will be operational in April 2011. Ramco was not available for comment. The contract will be one of the first work orders for …
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Tor Air Selects Sabena Technics
By Lee Ann Tegtmeier leeann_tegtmeier@aviationweek.com Sabena technics’ in early October will perform a C6 base maintenance check for Tor Air, a Swedish charter, wet-lease operator. The two-year-old charter company hired Sabena technics’s Brussels operations to complete the maintenance check on its Boeing 737-400, as well as overhaul its landing gear….
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US Aerospace Firms Float 'Cash For Carbon' Plan
Airlines that reduce carbon emissions would receive billions of dollars in government financing to help pay for aircraft upgrades tied to US air traffic upgrades under a proposal advanced by aerospace manufacturers …
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Boeing Lifts 737 Production Rate
Boeing said on Thursday it will boost production of its best-selling 737 aircraft to 38 a month in the second quarter of 2013, the third rate increase for the popular airliner announced this year …
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Boeing Takes 20 Orders In Latest Week
Boeing took orders for 15 737s and five 777s from unidentified customers in the week that ended September 14, the company said on Thursday …
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NASA'S Lunar Spacecraft Completes Exploration Mission Phase
WASHINGTON — NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, willcomplete the exploration phase of its mission on Sept. 16, after anumber of successes that transformed our understanding of Earth’snearest neighbor.LRO completed a one-year exploration mission in a polar orbitapproximately 31 miles above the moon’s surface. It produced acomprehensive map of the lunar surface in unprecedented…
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Cathay Pacific Airways firms up order for 30 A350 XWBs
Cathay Pacific Airways has firmed up a previously announced commitment for 30 all-new ­A350 XWB long range aircraft. The purchase agreement was finalised in Hong Kong today by Tony Tyler, Chief Executive, Cathay Pacific Airways and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus. The aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Cathay Pacific will operate the A350…
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Boeing Wins DARPA Vulture II Program
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 16, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] on Sept. 14 signed an agreement with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and fly the SolarEagle unmanned aircraft for the Vulture II demonstration program. Under the terms of the $89 million contract, SolarEagle will make its first demonstration flight in 2014. “SolarEagle is a uniquely configured,…
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Boeing Projects Requirement for More Than One Million Pilots and Maintenance Personnel Over Next 20 Years
SINGAPORE, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ — The commercial aviation industry will require 466,650 pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel over the next 20 years to accommodate the strong demand for new and replacement aircraft, according to a crew assessment forecast from Boeing (NYSE: BA). Airlines will need an average of 23,300 new pilots and 30,000 new maintenance personnel per year from 2010 to…
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Boeing Response to Public Reports Regarding the WTO's Interim Decision in DS 353
CHICAGO, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) today released the following statement, responding to public reports indicating that the WTO panel examining European Union allegations of U.S. government assistance to Boeing has issued a confidential interim ruling rejecting the vast majority of Europe’s claims: “If today’s reports are accurate that some $3 billion of the EU’s claims…
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Embraer 190 debuts in Argentina with Austral
Airline receives first two of 20 airplanes on orderSão José dos Campos, September 2010 – Embraer celebrated the delivery of the first two EMBRAER 190 jets to Austral Líneas Aéreas, on 09/15, during a ceremony held at the Company’s headquarters, in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The Argentine airline ordered 20 EMBRAER 190 E-Jets, in May 2009, configured with 96 seats in a dual-class layout: eight…
Sep-16-2010 | More »
Boeing Slips Phantom Ray, Phantom Eye Demos
By Amy Butler Boeing is pushing back first flights of its two premier unmanned aerial system (UAS) demonstrators, the Phantom Ray combat aircraft and the high-flying Phantom Eye hydrogen-powered system. Initial flights for both aircraft have slipped three months, says Darryl Davis, president of Boeing Phantom Works, which …
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WTO Issues Latest Report In U.S.-EU Spat
By Robert Wall The World Trade Organization has issued its first ruling on the European Union’s case against the U.S. over alleged subsidies provided to Boeing. The preliminary report, which is not being made public, provides the counterpoint after the WTO earlier this year issued a final verdict on the U.S. case accusing European states…
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Southwest Closer To 737-800 Decision
By Andrew Compart The union for Southwest Airlines flight attendants has reached a tentative agreement with the carrier on pay rules and working conditions related to the use of larger aircraft, clearing one obstacle to an airline decision on whether to obtain Boeing 737-800s—assuming union members approve the deal. The Transport Workers…
Sep-16-2010 | More »
Boeing 787 Suffers Engine Surge During Tests
By Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.comFort Worth, Texas Boeing and Rolls-Royce are investigating the causes of a Trent 1000 engine surge that has grounded flight tests of the first Boeing 787 at Roswell, N.M. Boeing also is assessing whether the latest engine incident may cause further slips in the hard-pressed 787 delivery schedule. The failure…
Sep-16-2010 | More »
Cyber-Attack Deploys In Israeli Forces
By David EshelTel Aviv Geopolitical concerns and two wars in recent years have put Israel at the forefront of cyberwar and cyber-defense. As the most computerized country in the Middle East, Israel stands to lose a great deal if its military and civilian networks prove vulnerable to cyber-attack. According to Maj. Gen. (ret.) Isaac…
Sep-16-2010 | More »
Production MP-RTIP Achieves First Flight
By Amy Butler The first production Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) radar has flown on the Proteus high-flying manned aircraft that is acting as a surrogate testbed in advance of the sensor’s integration onto the Global Hawk unmanned aerial system (UAS), according to George Guerra, who runs the program for Northrop Grumman…
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Japanese Company Working With USAF On AEHF
By Amy Butler, Frank Morring, Jr. Japan’s IHI Aerospace is cooperating with the U.S. Air Force as it investigates the failure of its first Advanced Extremely High-Frequency (AEHF) satellite to reach orbit after an Aug. 14 launch, according to U.S. government sources. IHI made the satellite’s model BT-4 liquid apogee engine (LAE) … …
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NRO To Declassify Some Program Data
By Amy Butler U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Director Bruce Carlson says he plans to declassify data on some agency programs to help celebrate its 50th anniversary next September. Carlson offered no specifics but says he has made the declassification a priority …
Sep-16-2010 | More »
SR Technics CEO On Growth
By Lee Ann TegtmeierLONDON What is SR Technics’ international growth strategy? Stewart: SR Technics has gone through a period of reorganization over the last 18 months, and that has really been about getting the right platform for growth. We should finalize the restructuring this year. Malta is part of that growth in terms of specializing…
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Engine Problem Halts Boeing 787 Test Plane
Boeing said that it had a serious problem with one of the Rolls-Royce engines on one of its 787 Dreamliner test aircraft, requiring it to be replaced …
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Cathay Pacific Orders 30 Airbus A350s
Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways has agreed to buy 30 Airbus aircraft for about USD$7.82 billion, it said on Thursday, amid a revival in international traffic …Photo: CP, Airbus A340
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Atlasjet To Venture Into Russian Aviation
Atlasjet, an unlisted discount Turkish airline, said on Thursday it was investing USD$110 million to form a company in the Russian aviation sector …
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Aer Lingus Eyes Consolidation Via Stake Sale
Aer Lingus can survive as a standalone airline but it might prefer to sell a stake to a larger player to take part in the sector’s consolidation wave, its chief executive told the journal Aviation Week …
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Troubled Airline SAS Names New CEO
Scandinavian airline SAS named a new chief executive to return the struggling airline to profit and help find a strategic partner …
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EU Claims Victory In WTO Case Against Boeing
The European Union said on Wednesday it had won a victory against US government subsidies for Boeing that it hoped would set the stage for negotiated settlement that would allow European governments to continue to help Airbus develop new aircraft …
Sep-16-2010 | More »
AAR Q1 Net Profit Up 34 Percent
AAR, a provider of parts and maintenance services to the aviation industry, posted better-than-expected first-quarter results, partly helped by higher sales to government and customers at Aviation Worldwide Services, which it recently acquired …
Sep-16-2010 | More »
Workers Should Think Boardrooms Not Strikes
Increasing worker representation in the boardroom is a better way to influence company decisions than strikes, the head of the European Trade Union Confederation said on Wednesday …

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