Aviation News Releases Magazine – Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 29, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to supply airframe services and support for the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft fleet. The A-10 Scheduled Structural Inspection (SSI) 2012 contract covers development tasks and hardware deliveries in support of the Air Force Depot’s implementation of A-10 SSI fuselage repairs. The two-year contract is valued at $5.7 million….

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Boeing Receives A-10 Structural Inspection Contract from US Air Force
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 29, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to supply airframe services and support for the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft fleet. The A-10 Scheduled Structural Inspection (SSI) 2012 contract covers development tasks and hardware deliveries in support of the Air Force Depot’s implementation of A-10 SSI fuselage repairs….
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British Airways Expands Airplane Health Management Coverage on Boeing Twin-Aisle Fleet
Custom Alerting and Analysis added to real-time fault management LONDON, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and British Airways today announced that the airline will enhance the existing Boeing Airplane Health Management (AHM) system that is operating on its more than 100 Boeing 777s and 747-400s. The AHM system on the British Airways twin-aisle Boeing fleet will include the Custom…
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Boeing Receives Multi-Year Contract from US Navy for 124 F/A-18 and EA-18 Aircraft
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 28, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a new multi-year procurement (MYP) contract from the U.S. Navy for 124 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft. The new contract is valued at $5.297 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Boeing will deliver 66 Super Hornets and 58 Growlers to the Navy from 2012 through 2015. “The men and women of…
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NASA Reschedules Teleconference On IBEX Spacecraft Findings
WASHINGTON — NASA has rescheduled the media teleconference to discuss new information about the boundary of our solar system obtained from the agency’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft. The telecon now is set for noon EDT, on Thursday, Sept. 30.The briefing participants are:- Arik Posner, IBEX program scientist, Heliophysics Division, ScienceMission Directorate, NASA Headquarters…
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NASA Invites Public To Discuss "What Matters Next" At TedxNASA
HAMPTON, Va. — NASA is inviting the public to join agency leaders and innovators from a variety of fields on Nov. 4 to discuss “What Matters Next.” Discussions and presentations on the theme will be the centerpiece of the second TEDxNASA, a daylong event modeled on the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conferences that bring together leading thinkers to create a dialogue on important…
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NASA Awards Contract Modification For Shared Services Center
WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded Computer Services Corporation (CSC) of Falls Church, Va., a modification to exercise the first option year under its existing contract. This is a one-year option period for the continuation of financial management, human resources, procurement and information technology support services to NASA.The one-year option increases the existing NASA Shared Services Center…
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NASA Awards Contract Modification to Jacobs Technology
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — NASA has signed a contract modification extending the contract for Marshall Space Flight Center’s engineering, science and technical services contract with Jacobs Technology Inc. by one year.The contract will conclude on Sept. 30, 2011. This contract extension has a maximum potential value of $170 million, bringing the total potential value of the contract, which was awarded…
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RFP For U.S. Army Laser Jammer Expected Soon
By Graham Warwick ITT Corp. has completed another round of tests with its first laser missile jammer as industry awaits release of the delayed request for proposals for the U.S. Army-led Common Infrared Countermeasures (Circm) program, now expected in October. Several companies will likely bid to equip thousands of U.S. Army,…
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AirTran Buyout Positive For Airports
By James Ott A merging of Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways would have a largely positive impact on airports overall, but questions remain about the outcome at several smaller airports, as well as at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, where both carriers are battling with another low-cost competitor, an SH&E consultant said…
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China Southern Losing Revenue To Fast Train
By Bradley Perrett The early experience of China Southern Airlines in facing competition from fast rail suggests that high-speed trains will inflict heavier damage on Chinese carriers than normally seen in other countries. Although the state of air/rail competition will become clearer as more Chinese fast lines open, China Southern’s…
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Cessna Job Cuts Questioned
By Joseph C. Anselmo janselmo@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON A veteran Wall Street aerospace analyst and a DC-based analyst are asking whether Cessna’s latest round of layoffs will leave the company unprepared for a recovery in the beleaguered business jet market. Cessna announced last week that it will lower its production rate and cut another 700…
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Cimber Sterling Selects Delta TechOps
By StaffLONDON Cimber Sterling awarded Delta TechOps a three-year contract for time and materials services for 11 CFM56-7B engines and Honeywell GTCP131-9B APUs. The contract’s value wasn’t disclosed. Delta also announced that it received FAA approval to start using a new kind of nondestructive testing, called process compensated resonance testing,…
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FAA Awards USD$2.5 Mln in Airport Grants
The US Federal Aviation Administration has selected three airport projects to receive USD$2.5 million in funding …
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Former President Carter Falls Ill During Flight
Former President Jimmy Carter was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after developing an upset stomach during a flight to Cleveland but plans to resume a book-signing tour on Wednesday …
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Air France-KLM Faces Cartel Damages Claim
Air France-KLM faces a claim for up to EUR€500 million (USD$673 million) damages in Dutch courts from companies who say they were hurt by price-fixing in the cargo industry, a Dutch newspaper reported …Photo: Philippe Noret
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BA, Iberia, American Sign Alliance Deal
British Airways, American Airlines and Spanish carrier Iberia have signed off on a long-awaited strategic alliance that will see them cooperate on flights between Europe and North America …
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EAA Wants RTTF Access Compromise
By Fred George fred_george@aviationweek.com The Experimental Aircraft Association on Sept. 23 formally submitted a compromise plan to FAA’s proposed ban on Residential-Through-The-Fence [RTTF] airport access agreements at federally funded airports. The proposal was made to members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. FAA…
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Air Traffic Growth Slows In August - IATA
Growth in air traffic slowed noticeably in August as this year’s rebound from the economic downturn lost steam, IATA said on Tuesday …
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Rival Mergers Put New Pressure On American
The impending mergers of United Airlines with Continental Airlines, and Southwest Airlines’ deal to buy AirTran reshuffle the deck for the largest US airlines and put new pressure on major carriers without a merger partner to find one …
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GE-Rolls Examines F136 After Fan Problem
By Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.comLOS ANGELES General Electric and Rolls-Royce are focusing on manufacturing records as they investigate the causes of an incident that forced the shutdown of a F136 development engine on Sept 23. The shutdown was triggered when the F136 endurance engine, 008, “experienced an anomaly at near-maximum fan speed,”…
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JetBlue Prefers To Grow On Its Own - CEO
JetBlue Airways has no plans to get involved in airline merger activity, preferring instead to grow on its own, the company’s chief executive said …
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JAGM Duel Looms Following Mixed Demo Results
By Amy Butler The next significant air-launched weapons battle is about to heat up with the U.S. Army’s forthcoming solicitation for a single Hellfire, Javelin and TOW missile replacement called the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM). JAGM could be worth billions of dollars, and will be integrated onto six platforms – including fixed and…
Sep-29-2010 | More »
House Capitulates To Senate On NASA Bill
By Jefferson Morris In a last-ditch effort to pass a new authorization bill for NASA, the House has agreed to consider the Senate-passed NASA authorization this week, having abandoned hopes for arriving at a compromise bill between the two chambers before the current fiscal year ends Sept. 30. The House Science and Technology…
Sep-29-2010 | More »
NASA To Preview Final Flight Of Space Shuttle Discovery
HOUSTON — NASA will preview the next space shuttle mission, the final flight of shuttle Discovery and the next to last scheduled shuttle flight, during a series of news briefings Thursday, Oct. 21, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA Television and the agency’s website will broadcast the briefings live. Reporters will be able to ask questions from participating NASA…
Sep-28-2010 | More »
NASA To Reveal New Data On Conditions At Edge Of Solar System
WASHINGTON — NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, on Wednesday, Sept. 29, to discuss new information about the boundary of our solar system obtained from the agency’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft.The briefing participants are:- Arik Posner, IBEX program scientist, Heliophysics Division, ScienceMission Directorate, NASA Headquarters in Washington- Nathan…
Sep-28-2010 | More »
Boeing Completes 1st Flight Tests of MK-84 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 28, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that it successfully completed the first flight tests of the MK-84 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (Laser JDAM) this summer at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The first two of seven planned tests at Eglin demonstrated the 2,000-pound weapon’s precision strike capability against fixed, relocatable and moving targets. During the…
Sep-28-2010 | More »
Boeing Awarded $19 Million Follow-on US Navy Field Services Contract
OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 28, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced it has received a U.S. Navy contract valued at up to $19 million to provide engineering and technical services in support of aircraft operations worldwide. Under the agreement, Boeing will provide contractor engineering technical services in support of a range of assets — including AV-8B, F/A-18, F-15, F-22 and…
Sep-28-2010 | More »
Boeing, Air China Announce Order for Boeing 777s
SEATTLE, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Air China today announced an order for four 777-300ERs (Extended Range), which have a total average list price value of $1.1 billion at current list prices. “This is a great day in the history of our long and enduring partnership with Air China,” said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Boeing Commercial…
Sep-28-2010 | More »
Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring 11,000 Jobs, $693 Million to Washington
EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 27, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that the state of Washington will benefit from an estimated 11,000 total jobs and generate an estimated $693 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force’s next aerial refueling aircraft. Boeing submitted its proposal July 9 to replace 179 of the Air Force’s 400…
Sep-28-2010 | More »
Bell Boeing V-22 Program Delivers 6th Osprey Trainer to US Marines
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 27, 2010 — The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Bell Helicopter, has delivered the sixth and final MV-22 Osprey Containerized Flight Training Device (CFTD) to the U.S. Marines. In the past year, the team has delivered five CFTDs to the Marines, as well as upgrades to two trainers delivered previously. The CFTD trains aircrew on…
Sep-28-2010 | More »
Embraer's Phenom jet family debuts in Turkey at Airex 2010
Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 will be on static display in Istanbul, along with the Legacy 600São José dos Campos, September 2010 – The Embraer Phenom jet family will debut in Turkey at the eighth International Civil Aviation and Airport Exhibition, Airex 2010, in Istanbul, September 30 to October 3. The entry level Phenom 100 and the light Phenom 300 executive jets will be exhibited along with the…
Sep-28-2010 | More »
Australian F/A-18F Pre-wired For EA
By Graham Warwick Australia’s decision to pre-wire half of its F/A-18Fs for the electronic-attack mission is generating interest in the option among potential international buyers of the Super Hornet, Boeing says. The first of 12 aircraft equipped with wiring for conversion to the electronic-attack mission has rolled off the …
Sep-28-2010 | More »
BA And Iberia Unveil IAG Board Members
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comLONDON British Airways and Iberia have announced the names of the 14 board members of International Airlines Group (IAG), the new holding company that will be formed through the merger of the two airlines. The current Iberia CEO and chairman Antonio Vázquez Romero is named as group chairman, with…
Sep-28-2010 | More »
Ryanair Tells EU To Get Tough With Strikers
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comLONDON Low-cost carrier Ryanair wants the European Union to follow the lead of the U.S. two decades ago and get tough with striking essential airline industry workers who cause repeated disruption to millions of passengers. As the airline prepares for a strike by Spanish air traffic controllers…
Sep-28-2010 | More »
AirTran Deal Solves SWA Growth Plans
By Darren Shannon darren_shannon@aviationweek.com Southwest Airlines’ proposed merger with AirTran Airways sets up the low-cost giant’s growth plans for the next decade, and allows it to add both small U.S. markets and international destinations to its network. The deal, valued at $1.4-billion in stock and cash, will also create a domestic…
Sep-28-2010 | More »
U.K. Strategic Review Process Criticized
By Robert WallLondon The British Parliament is taking issue with the unfolding Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR), asserting that a flawed process could lead to poor decisions. In a new report, legislators warn that industrial considerations could get short shrift and that near-term operational concerns may cause decision-makers…
Sep-28-2010 | More »
SpaceShipTwo To Resume Captive Carry Flights
By Guy Norris LOS ANGELES — Scaled Composites is poised to resume captive carry flight tests of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2) with the return to flight of the WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) launch aircraft. WK2 was damaged Aug. 19 in a landing gear failure. The unconventional four-engine mothership resumed flight tests at Mojave, Calif., on…
Sep-28-2010 | More »
Pratt To Manage Air Memphis V2500 Engines
By Frank Jackman frank_jackman@aviationweek.comLondon Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners has signed an exclusive, five-year engine management agreement with Air Memphis that covers the Cairo-based charter carrier’s fleet of V2500 engines. The Pratt program analyzes engine operational data to monitor and forecast engine health and maintenance,…
Sep-28-2010 | More »
ST Engineering Secures SGD$543 Mln Contract
Singapore’s ST Engineering said on Tuesday that one of its unit has been awarded a contract to buy aircraft and equipment worth SGD$543 million (USD$411.4 million) …
Sep-28-2010 | More »
Mubadala Aerospace Not Interested In Latecoere
Debt-laden French fuselage maker Latecoere, which is seeking a new industrial partner, is not on Mubadala Aerospace’s radar, an executive at the Abu Dhabi company said on Tuesday …
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Boeing Sees Strong Mideast Air Traffic Growth
Boeing expects a near quadrupling of air traffic in the Middle East over the next 20 years, as its young populations take to the skies …
Sep-28-2010 | More »
Airports Council Calls For One Stop Security
Airports throughout the US, Europe and Canada should work together to deliver an integrated “one stop security” system, according to a meeting hosted by the Airports Council International (ACI) …
Sep-28-2010 | More »
Incheon Airport Stake Sale To Raise USD$1.3 Bln
South Korea plans to sell a combined TRW1.5 trillion won (USD$1.31 billion) stake in the Incheon International Airport Corporation and Industrial Bank of Korea next year to finance its fiscal 2011 budget …
Sep-28-2010 | More »
Pratt & Whitney Challenges Rolls Engine Patent
US aircraft engine maker Pratt & Whitney sued British rival Rolls-Royce on Monday, claiming that a Rolls patent on a fan blade it uses in jet engines is invalid …
Sep-28-2010 | More »
TransDigm To Buy McKechnie For USD$1.27 Bln
Aircraft parts maker TransDigm said it will buy rival McKechnie Aerospace for USD$1.27 billion in cash in its biggest ever acquisition as it looks to beef up its aftermarket presence …
Sep-28-2010 | More »
Iberia Names Chairman For Merger With BA
Spain’s Iberia said on Monday it has appointed current chairman Antonio Vazquez as the new chairman of International Airlines Group (IAG) the new company formed from the merger of Iberia and British Airways …
Sep-28-2010 | More »
Southwest, AirTran - Factbox
Southwest Airlines said it would acquire low cost rival AirTran. Here are facts about the deal and the two carriers …
Sep-28-2010 | More »
Southwest To Attack East Coast Markets
Southwest Airlines, the largest US low-cost airline, agreed a deal to buy smaller rival AirTran Holdings for USD$1.4 billion, aiming to challenge bigger carriers in the East Coast market …Photo: Into The Blue
Sep-28-2010 | More »
China Air To Plead Guilty To US Price Fixing
China Airlines has agreed to plead guilty for its role in a conspiracy to fix the prices of air cargo shipments and pay a USD$40 million criminal fine, the US Department of Justice said on Monday …Photo: Ellery Cheng
Sep-28-2010 | More »
1st Boeing SBSS Satellite Sends Initial Signals from Space
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 26, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has acquired initial on-orbit signals from the first Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) satellite following its launch at 9:41 p.m. Pacific time on Sept. 25 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The signals indicate that the satellite is functioning normally and is ready to begin orbital maneuvers and operational…

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