Aviation News Releases Magazine – Friday, January 07, 2011

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NASA Research Team Reveals Moon Has Earth-Like Core

NASA Research Team Reveals Moon Has Earth-Like Core
WASHINGTON – State-of-the-art seismological techniques applied toApollo-era data suggest our moon has a core similar to Earth’s.Uncovering details about the lunar core is critical for developingaccurate models of the moon’s formation. The data sheds light on theevolution of a lunar dynamo — a natural process by which our moonmay have generated and maintained its own strong magnetic field.The…
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Boeing Delivers 4 More Super Hornets to Australia Ahead of Schedule
Milestone Reached as RAAF F/A-18Fs Achieve Initial Operating CapabilityAMBERLEY, Queensland, Jan. 2011 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered four new F/A-18F Super Hornets to Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley in December, expanding the RAAF’s fleet of the advanced multirole fighters to 15. The delivery enabled the RAAF’s achievement of Initial Operating Capability (IOC) with its first…
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NASA Chief Technologist Braun Receives AIAA Von Karman Award
WASHINGTON — The American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) honored NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun with the Von Karman Lectureship in Astronautics.The award is given annually to someone who has performed notably and distinguished themselves technically in the field of astronautics. Braun was recognized for significantly advancing the understanding of the challenge of Mars…
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Asiana Airlines places order for six A380s
Asiana Airlines of South Korea has become a new customer for the A380 following the signature of a firm order for six aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2014 and the airline plans to operate the aircraft with a premium layout on key routes to Europe and the US. The carrier will make an engine selection for its A380 fleet in the near future. “With the A380 Asiana will be able to…
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Space Station Astronauts To Connect With Central Florida Students
WASHINGTON — International Space Station residents Scott Kelly, CadyColeman and Paolo Nespoli will speak on Tuesday, Jan. 11, to 150students from Kathleen High School’s Central Florida AerospaceAcademy (CFAA) in Lakeland, Fla.The CFAA prepares students to go into advanced aerospace education orthe aerospace industry. In 2009, the academy received an agency grantto develop a NASA-based science,…
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EFV Canceled In Latest Pentagon Budget Cuts
By Michael Bruno The Pentagon’s cancellation of the General Dynamics Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) represents a rare programmatic fatality for the company and the U.S. Marine Corps. In a dramatic press briefing at the Pentagon, Gates confirmed what had long been urged by critics and feared by Marine supporters: despite $3 billion…
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Boeing Reports Order Rebound
By Michael Mecham Thanks to a strong 737 performance, Boeing hit its 2010 delivery target and ended the year with 530 net orders. The company took in 625 gross orders but had 95 cancellations, mostly in its widebody programs and mostly early in the year. The 747-8 gained one order but lost two and has a backlog …
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F-35B Put On Probation; New Bomber To Go Forward
By Bill Sweetman william_sweetman@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON Defense Secretary Robert Gates has put the U.S. Marine Corps’ troubled F-35B short-takeoff-and-vertical landing (Stovl) Joint Strike Fighter on “probation,” while endorsing the U.S. Air Force’s long-coveted new bomber program. The F-35A and F-35C models emerged unscathed from Gates’…
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AirAsia Says Airport Taxes Too High In India
By Neelam Mathews Malaysia-based budget AirAsia says high taxes are affecting its business model, which has led it to pull out of Hyderabad International Airport, starting Jan. 11. The carrier is also leaving Trichy Airport in South India. Hyderabad Airport recently lost business from Sri Lankan Airlines and Gulf Air, which terminated…
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BA Expects Snow-Costs To Top GBP50 million
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON British Airways is warning of a ₤50 million earnings hit in the quarter ended Dec. 31, the third quarter of its fiscal year, because of snow-induced travel disruptions in Europe. The fourth quarter also likely will see a slight impact. The airline, along with many rivals, was forced into several days of…
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Gates' Legacy Mixed
By Bill Sweetman, Paul McLearyWashington, Washington Conventional wisdom has it that U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will leave office this year, giving his successor time to build a resume that supports President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. If so, that successor’s job will not be easy, and not only because he or she will not enjoy Gates’s…
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BizAv Market Evolved in 2010, Says Report
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com The years 2009 and 2010 will go down in the history books as a time of headwinds, but hardly a ‘full thrust reverser stop’ to the world economy, says a new report. “In fact, as all of the 2010 data are tallied up at the close of the fiscal and calendar year, many economists are predicting that global …
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Wind Tunnel Testing Begins for Stratos
By Bill Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com The team developing the Stratos 714 single-engine personal jet reported yesterday that the project had received enough third-party funding to conduct wind tunnel tests of a 1/8th scale model. Those tests are expected to take place in April, probably at the University of Washington. According to…
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Discovery To Miss Early February Launch Window
By Mark Carreau mark.carreau@gmail.comHOUSTON Without setting a new launch date, shuttle program managers agreed Jan. 6 that ongoing troubleshooting of shuttle Discovery’s external tank (ET) cracks will not be complete in time for an early February launch. The 11-day assembly mission to the International Space Station has been on hold since a Nov….
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Launch Date Set For First Orbital COTS Demo
By Guy Norris ORLANDO, Fla. — NASA has set Dec. 14 as the target launch date for Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Commercial Orbital Transportation System (COTS) cargo demonstration mission. Meanwhile, the company says it continues to make progress with NASA toward attaining safety clearance for the mission, in which its Cygnus spacecraft will …
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10 Technologies To Watch
By Kristin Majcher With the delivery of next-generation aircraft such as the Boeing 787 and developments in long-discussed technologies such as radio frequency identification (RFID) taking hold, the aviation MRO industry will see a variety of exciting and challenging developments in 2011. Here are the top 10 technologies that O&M thinks have the…
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US Calls For More Cooperation On Air Security
US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has called for more international cooperation in protecting transport routes against attack and controlling trade in potentially dangerous materials …
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UK Govt. Warns Aviation Of Al Qaeda Attack
The British government has warned the aviation sector of a possible Al Qaeda attack, the BBC reported on Friday …
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Indonesia Considers Building New Jakarta Airport
Indonesia’s government is considering building another airport near Jakarta as the capital’s main flight hub will not be able to accommodate future passenger growth in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, an official said on Friday …
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Southwest To Launch Frequent Flyer Scheme
Southwest Airlines is to launch a revamped frequent-flier scheme on March 1 with no blackout dates or seat restrictions …
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Finnair Dec Traffic Slumps Because Of Strike
Finnair, Finland’s flag carrier, said on Friday its passenger traffic dropped 26 percent in December because of a 10-day strike by cabin crews that forced it to ground two-thirds of its flights …
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Kenya Airways Domestic Traffic Up 35 Percent
Passengers carried by Kenya Airway on its domestic routes rose 35 percent during the past holiday season on the back of increased flights and a new route, the airline said on Friday …
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EasyJet's December Traffic Rises 7.6 Percent
British budget airline easyJet said on Friday its December passenger traffic numbers rose 7.6 percent from a year earlier, following a similar rise in numbers at rival Ryanair …
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BA Sees GBP£50 Mln Weather Disruption Hit
British Airways said on Thursday that the underlying upward trend in passenger traffic remained intact despite a weather-induced downturn last month that will cost it GBP£50 million (USD$78 million) …
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Police Check Suspicious Item At Dulles Airport
Part of the main terminal at Dulles Airport outside Washington, DC, was closed on Thursday while police investigated a suspicious item, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said …
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Boeing Fourth-Quarter Plane Deliveries Slip
Boeing delivered 116 commercial planes in the fourth quarter, down from 122 a year earlier, the company said on Thursday …
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Air Canada, WestJet December Load Factors Drop
Air Canada and WestJet Airlines, Canada’s two largest airlines, flew emptier planes in December as they boosted capacity, while the planes of smaller regional rival Porter Airlines were more crowded in the travel-heavy month …
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Ryanair Says December Traffic Up 2 Percent
Ryanair carried five million passengers in December, two percent more than a year earlier, the Irish airline said on Thursday …
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