Aviation News Releases Magazine – Thursday, December 16, 2010

 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA will conduct a tanking test at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, Dec. 17, to evaluate repairs made to space shuttle Discovery’s external fuel
tank. Managers decided Dec. 3 to perform more tests and analysis before proceeding with Discovery’s STS-133 mission to the International Space Station….




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NASA Television Will Air Space Shuttle Discovery Tanking Test

NASA Television Will Air Space Shuttle Discovery Tanking Test
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA will conduct a tanking test at theagency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, Dec. 17, toevaluate repairs made to space shuttle Discovery’s external fueltank. Managers decided Dec. 3 to perform more tests and analysisbefore proceeding with Discovery’s STS-133 mission to theInternational Space Station.The test will air live on NASA Television beginning at 6:45…
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Embraer names National Airways Corporation as new authorized service center

Embraer names National Airways Corporation as new authorized service center
Company expands its customer support network in South AfricaSão José dos Campos, December 16, 2010 – Embraer signed a five-year agreement with the aviation services provider, National Airways Corporation (NAC), in Johannesburg, South Africa, to become its Authorized Service Center (ASC) for the EMB 110 Bandeirante and the EMB 120 Brasilia. This contract formalizes the renewal of a five-year…
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NASA Discovers Asteroid Delivered Assortment of Meteorites

NASA Discovers Asteroid Delivered Assortment of Meteorites
WASHINGTON — An international team of scientists studying remnants of an asteroid that crashed into the Nubian Desert in October 2008 discovered it contained at least 10 different types of meteorites. Some of them contained chemicals that form the building blocks of life on Earth, and those chemicals were spread through all parts of the asteroid by collisions.Chemists at Stanford University…
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NASA Scientific Balloons To Return To Flight

NASA Scientific Balloons To Return To Flight
WASHINGTON — NASA’s scientific balloon program is resuming flights this month after an extensive evaluation of its safety processes following a mishap during an April launch attempt from Australia. NASA’s high-altitude balloons fly instruments for scientific and technological investigations that contribute to our understanding of Earth, the solar system, and the universe.In October, a NASA…
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NASA’s Odyssey Spacecraft Sets Exploration Record on Mars

NASA's Odyssey Spacecraft Sets Exploration Record on Mars
WASHINGTON — NASA’s Mars Odyssey, which launched in 2001, will break the record Wednesday for longest-serving spacecraft at the Red Planet. The probe begins its 3,340th day in Martian orbit at 8:55 p.m. EST on Wednesday to break the record set by NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor, which orbited Mars from 1997 to 2006.Odyssey’s longevity enables continued science, including themonitoring of seasonal…
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Superjet 100 Delivery Delayed Again

Superjet 100 Delivery Delayed Again
By StaffMOSCOW Sukhoi will miss its goal of beginning customer deliveries of the Superjet 100 regional jet this year. After several rounds of delay, Sukhoi was pressing hard to meet the 2010 in-service goal, but now is having to satisfy itself with obtaining a partial Russian certification, which is still planned by year-end. Approval of some…
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ACCC Okays Air NZ-Virgin Blue Alliance

ACCC Okays Air NZ-Virgin Blue Alliance
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com Australian regulators have approved an alliance between Air New Zealand and Australia’s Virgin Blue Group on routes between the two nations, in a rare reversal of an initial rejection. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) imposed conditions that it says are similar, but not…
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JSF Alternate Engine Hits Congressional Headwinds

JSF Alternate Engine Hits Congressional Headwinds
By Michael Bruno michael_bruno@aviationweek.com The General Electric-Rolls Royce F136 alternate engine for the Joint Strike Fighter program looked increasingly vulnerable Dec. 15 when efforts to prolong the controversial program appeared to be losing steam in Congress. In separate but related actions Dec. 14-15, defense lawmakers and their aides…
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NY Airport Bomb Plotter Given Life Sentence

NY Airport Bomb Plotter Given Life Sentence
A US judge on Wednesday sentenced an Islamist militant to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of participating in a plot to bomb New York’s JFK Airport …Photo: Giorgio Montersino
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Asiana Mulls Selling Korea Express Stake

Asiana Mulls Selling Korea Express Stake
South Korea’s cash-strapped Kumho Asiana Group said on Thursday its member company Asiana Airlines was considering selling a 23.95 percent stake in logistics unit Korea Express as part of the group-wide effort to secure more liquidity …Photo: Juergen Lehle
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Business Air Travel Gathering Momentum – IATA

Business Air Travel Gathering Momentum - IATA
Business air travel is growing at a healthy rate, indicating confidence in the global economy, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said …
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Aeroflot To Buy 22 Boeing 777s

Aeroflot To Buy 22 Boeing 777s
Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot said it would buy 16 new Boeing 777s over the next six years as it strives to plug the gap created by the repeatedly delayed 787 Dreamliners …
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Boeing Says 787 Schedule To Be Known In Weeks

Boeing Says 787 Schedule To Be Known In Weeks
Boeing expects to know over the “next few weeks” what impact a 787 Dreamliner electrical glitch will have on the plane’s production and delivery schedule, the company’s chief executive said on Wednesday …Photo: Dave Sizer
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Israel’s Elbit Systems Buys M7 Aerospace

Israel's Elbit Systems Buys M7 Aerospace
Israeli electronics company Elbit Systems said on Wednesday its subsidiary Elbit Systems of America acquired M7 Aerospace for USD$85 million in cash to expand its aviation support capabilities …
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Unsolicited Gifts Choke Airports In Emergencies – DHL

Unsolicited Gifts Choke Airports In Emergencies - DHL
Unsolicited gifts in the wake of natural disasters can choke airports and cause bottlenecks in aid, according to DHL, which works with the United Nations to manage relief goods in crises …Photo: Stahlkocher
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Southwest Converts Orders To Boeing 737-800s

Southwest Converts Orders To Boeing 737-800s
Southwest Airlines said it will add 20 Boeing 737-800s to its fleet, enabling the discount carrier to fly to new destinations such as Mexico, Central America and Canada and carry more passengers …Photo: Into The Blue
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US Should Review Airline Taxes, Fees – Panel

US Should Review Airline Taxes, Fees - Panel
The US government should review the feasibility of current taxes and fees on airlines and support “responsible” regulatory intervention to reduce fuel price volatility if necessary, a special committee on industry competitiveness said on Wednesday …
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