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NASA And Partners Name Upcoming Space Station Crew Members

NASA And Partners Name Upcoming Space Station Crew Members
HOUSTON — NASA and its International Space Station partners namedcrew members for missions aboard the complex that begin in 2013.The crews include NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn of Statesville, N.C.,who previously was announced as part of Expedition 34; Chris Cassidy,who was born in Salem, Mass., and considers York, Maine his hometown;Karen Nyberg, a native of Vining, Minn.; Michael Hopkins, who…
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Boeing to Engage Army Leaders with Adaptive, Versatile Capabilities at AUSA Winter Symposium
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 18, 2011 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] will showcase a wide variety of capabilities and technology solutions used by U.S. Army soldiers and allied defense forces around the globe at next week’s Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Winter Symposium and Exposition, Feb. 23-25 in Fort Lauderdale. The capabilities to be featured at the Boeing exhibits and in…
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300th Bombardier Challenger 300 Jet Enters Service
Bombardier today celebrated a significant program milestone with the entry into service of its 300th Challenger 300 business jet. The aircraft was handed over to an undisclosed North American customer during a delivery event at Bombardier Aerospace’s headquarters in Dorval. Customer representatives, company leaders and employees from an almost 1,000-strong Challenger workforce were on hand to…
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The A380 Asia-Pacific customer list expands with Skymark Airlines’ four-aircraft acquisition
Airbus has added another Asia-Pacific operator – and the first in Japan – to the A380 customer list with Skymark Airlines’ order for four of the 21st century flagship jetliners. The Skymark Airlines order – signed on 17 February at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France – brings A380 customers to 19 and total bookings to 244. Other Asia-Pacific carriers selecting the A380 are Asiana…
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NASA Highlights At American Association For The Advancement Of Science Annual Meeting
WASHINGTON — NASA researchers will discuss a wide range of scientific and space exploration topics at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The meeting takes place Feb. 17-21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW, Washington.Media registration is open on site at the AAAS Newsroom Headquarters, Convention Center…
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Boeing Donates 'Legends of Flight' Proceeds to Washington State LASER
Washington State Leadership & Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) assists school districts with research-based science programs.SEATTLE, Feb. 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) on Wednesday made a surprise donation of $26,000 to Washington State Leadership & Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER). Boeing’s donation comes from proceeds from its sponsorship of…
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Skymark Airlines of Japan confirms order for four A380s
First Japanese airline to operate the A380 Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third largest and fast growing airline, signed a contract for four A380s with Airbus, firming up a Memorandum of Understanding announced in November 2010. The contract was signed on Thursday, 17th February, during a ceremony held at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France, in the presence of Skymark Airlines…
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NASA Awards Test Evaluation And Support Team Contract
HOUSTON — NASA selected Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tenn., to provide test evaluation and support services at the agency’s White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, N.M.The Test Evaluation and Support Team – or TEST – contract calls for a three-year base period with a potential value of $300 million, and two one-year options with a potential value of $200 million, bringing the total…
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NASA Seeks K-12 Educators To Defy Gravity, Conduct Research
WASHINGTON — For the first time, NASA is offering teachers from across the country an opportunity usually reserved for researchers — the chance to design a science experiment and then test it aboard a microgravity research plane. Proposals should be submitted to NASA’s Teaching From Space office by March 14.For more information about the program, send an e-mail to:…
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ARSA Challenges FAA’s Delay in Complying with Court Order
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, Feb. 2011 – The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) took the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to task for its failure to abide by a court mandate to perform a required Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) analysis of its 2006 drug and alcohol testing rules.In the more than three years that have passed since the court’s decision, the FAA made no effort to…
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Salina Airport awarded the Medal of Excellence
Salina, Kan., (February 16, 2011) – The Salina Airport Authority staff was awarded the Federal Aviation Administration Central Region’s Medal of Excellence for having no Part 139 discrepancies or items for correction. The medal is awarded to airports that have no discrepancies during the FAA airport certification inspection and no vehicle pedestrian deviations during the previous 12 months. “You…
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USAF KC-X Winner to Be Named Soon
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.comOrlando The U.S. Air Force is planning to announce a winner for its KC-X aerial replacement tanker competition as soon as next week, according to numerous industry and military officials. The service is expecting a protest from the losing bidder, and has prepared for this likely eventuality. The decade-long…
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USAF Steers Away From Second SBSS Satellite
By Amy Butler ORLANDO, Fla. — A clone of the Space-Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) satellite made by a Boeing/Ball Aerospace team and launched last year is not necessary to continue the mission of tracking objects in space from space, says Gen. William Shelton, the new Air Force Space Command chief. Debate is ongoing in the…
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Daimler Plans To Reduce EADS Stake
By Jens Flottau jens@flottau.comFRANKFURT Industry leaders and economic policy makers plan to meet Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel next Wednesday in an effort to find out who could pick up part of the Daimler AG shareholding in EADS. The German carmaker plans to reduce its stake in EADS further, according to comments made by CEO Dieter Zetsche…
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Milspace Projects Threatened Without Budget
By Amy Butler Several major U.S. military space projects are being threatened by the lack of action by Congress to approve a federal budget for fiscal 2011, which began in October, according to senior Air Force officials. One of the main efforts hinging on fiscal 2011 spending is contracting for a seventh Boeing Wideband Global Satcom…
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U.S. Navy Wants Larger Fire Scout Airframe
By Graham Warwick The U.S. Navy plans to change the airframe of the Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to extend endurance and payload to meet an urgent special operations requirement for a sea-based medium-range surveillance platform. Funds are requested in fiscal 2012 to buy the first 12 MQ-8Cs, based on…
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Hawker Slows Losses in 2010
By William Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com Hawker Beechcraft today reported that its 2010 sales decreased $393.8 million compared to a year earlier, but its operating loss had slowed from $712 million in 2009 to $173.9 million last year. The T-6 Texan II military trainer represented brightest segment of the Wichita manufacturer’s business….
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BizAv Praises Obama Budget for No User Fees
By Kerry Lynch kerry_lynch@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON General aviation advocates are pleased the Obama administration’s budget request did not include user fees even as it seeks to step up investment in the Next Generation air transportation system (NextGen). The administration yesterday unveiled an $18.66 billion fiscal 2012 budget request for FAA,…
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United Finishes Majority Of 757 Inspections
By Elyse Moody United Airlines says it has completed the “majority” of inspections on its 96 Boeing 757s as of Feb. 16, following discovery of a maintenance lapse that led to 15 canceled flights. It expects to run normal operations and does not foresee further disruptions, says spokesman Mike Trevino. The airline determined Feb. 15 that it…
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Boeing Gets Orders For 767 And 777s
Boeing said on Thursday it took seven new orders for commercial planes in the week ended February 15 — three 767 jets and four 777s …
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Italy's SAVE Sees Trieste Airport Deal Soon
Italy’s SAVE, which operates Venice and Treviso airports, expects to tie-up with Trieste airport soon, according to its chairman …
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US Senate Approves Two-Year Aviation Bill
The US Senate on Thursday approved a two-year, USD$35 billion blueprint for funding air traffic control services and the next steps for updating that system …
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Superjumbo Travel War As Skymark Buys A380
Japanese budget carrier Skymark Airline took a step towards launching a price war between Tokyo and Europe by confirming a USD$1.5 billion order for four A380 superjumbos from Airbus …
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Passenger Tax Increase To Cost Scottish Airports
A new report suggests that last November’s rise in the UK’s Air Passenger Duty could cost Scottish airports more than one million passengers as well as hitting businesses and inward tourism …
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Bombardier Sets 2011 Plane Delivery Forecast
Bombardier said on Thursday it expects to deliver 150 business aircraft and 90 commercial aircraft in calendar 2011, mirroring its performance in the previous year …
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BAA Loses Bid To Appeal UK Airports Sale Order
Britain’s BAA will have to break up its network of airports after a court rejected on Thursday its bid to challenge a sale order by the UK competition watchdog …
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JFK Airport Bomb Plotter Gets Life Sentence
A US judge on Thursday sentenced an Islamist militant to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of participating in a plot to bomb New York’s John F Kennedy Airport …
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IATA Sees Robust Premium Air Travel Growth
Bad weather in Europe and North America hit first and business class air travel in December, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday …
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US Fines Delta USD$2 Mln Over Disabilities Rules
The US Department of Transportation fined Delta Air Lines Inc USD$2 million for violating federal rules on passengers with disabilities, the agency said on Thursday …
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Shareholders Revolt Against EasyJet Ex-CEO's Pay
EasyJet shareholders led by largest shareholder Stelios Haji-Ioannou voted against a resolution to approve directors’ pay including the salary paid to former chief executive Andy Harrison …
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Kenya Airways To Raise Capital For Expansion
Kenya Airways plans to raise capital to pay for its expansion, the airline said on Thursday without saying how much it would raise or how …
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Airline Alliances Aid Delta's Asian Expansion
Delta Air Lines is counting on ties with Asian carriers to expand its route network in China and boost revenue in one of the world’s fastest growing travel markets …
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Two Tanzanian Airports Closed After Blasts
Dar es Salaam Airport in Tanzania and the airport on the nearby island of Zanzibar were closed on Wednesday after explosions at a military base killed at least 20 people …
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