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NASA Sets News Conference With Shuttle And Space Station Crews

NASA Sets News Conference With Shuttle And Space Station Crews
HOUSTON — The 12 crew members aboard space shuttle Discovery and theInternational Space Station will hold a news conference starting at9:48 a.m. CST on Friday, March 4. Reporters may ask questions inperson from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Kennedy SpaceCenter in Florida and agency headquarters in Washington.To participate, U.S. journalists must call the public affairs officeat one of…
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Embraer's Phenom 300 earns premium IFE system certification
Company’s light executive jet now offers enhanced version of its entertainment system. ​São José dos Campos, March 2011 – Embraer has received certification for the Phenom 300 premium in-flight cabin entertainment (IFE) system. This version enhances the current IFE option by adding 7” (18-centimeter) individual seat monitors and an exclusively designed Cabin Management System (CMS)…
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NASA Seeks Proposals For Software Verification And Validation
FAIRMONT, W.Va. — NASA issued a request for proposals on Wednesday for software services for the agency’s Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, W.Va. Proposals are due to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., by 3 p.m. EDT on April 5. Goddard manages the facility.NASA anticipates making a single award as a result of this solicitation. This contract will…
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Embraer grows its customer support capabilities in Australia
EASC ExecuJet Australia Pty. Ltd. further certified at its Melbourne and Sydney facilities. São José dos Campos, March 2011 – Embraer yesterday announce the growing capability of Embraer authorized service provider – ExecuJet Australia Pty. Ltd. (www.ExecuJet.net) – to provide enhanced maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for Embraer’s Phenom 100 at its Melbourne and…
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NASA-Sponsored Research Explains Missing Sunspots
WASHINGTON — NASA-sponsored research has resulted in the first computer model that explains the recent period of decreased solar activity during the sun’s 11-year cycle.This recent solar minimum, a period characterized by a lower frequency of sunspots and solar storms, was the deepest observed in almost 100 years. The solar minimum has repercussions on the safety of space travel and the amount…
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Boeing, Thales to Pursue Helicopter Aircrew Training Opportunity
MELBOURNE, Victoria, March 3, 2011 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] subsidiary Boeing Defence Australia and Thales Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding today at the 2011 Australian International Airshow to pursue Project Air 9000 Phase 7 – Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) for the Australian Defence Force. The companies will work together to design a fully integrated HATS solution for…
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Boeing Leaders to Address Bio-Fuels, Growth, Emerging Issues at Asian Aerospace 2011
HONG KONG, Mar. 2011 – Experts from Boeing [NYSE: BA], the world’s largest aerospace company, will present key trends at Asian Aerospace 2011 and discuss their implications for commercial aviation. Asian Aerospace takes place March 8-10, at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong. Boeing also will provide the latest information about its commercial business, including updates on recent improvements to…
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Bombardier and China's ICBC Financial Leasing Sign Financing Cooperation MOU Worth Up to $8 Billion US
Bombardier Aerospace today announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. (ICBC Leasing). ICBC Leasing is a leading leasing company in China, and Industrial Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), its major shareholder, is one of the world’s largest banks. The agreement clears the way for ICBC Leasing to provide Bombardier’s customers with…
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Canada’s National Research Council Develops Revolutionary Aircraft Control System for Fly-By-Wire Rotary-Wing Aircraft
Breakthrough control system architecture consolidates both highly- and minimally-augmented response modes. Ottawa-based National Research Council Canada Institute for Aerospace Research (NRC Aerospace) has developed a unique and revolutionary technology for fly-by-wire aircraft, which will allow pilots to operate complex aircraft with a single pilot command interface acting as an independent…
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EADS KC-X Debriefing Spanned Two Days
By Amy Butler The U.S. Air Force’s debriefing for losing KC-X bidder EADS North America spanned two days to allow the service to follow up on some items with the contractor, according to a program official. The company’s debriefing on its loss wrapped up with a session March 1, the official says. It began with a 90-min….
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Baby Boomers Will Upgrade U.S. Sub Fleet
By Michael Fabey With its ballistic-missile submarine replacement program anchored by milestone authority and a fiscal 2012 request for about $1.1 billion in R&D funding, the U.S. Navy is set to develop and build SSBN(X) boats without sinking the rest of its shipbuilding plan. While it is apparent the Navy plans to use the …
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Second X-37B Set To Launch March 4
By Irene Klotz iklotz@rocketmail.comCAPE CANAVERAL Three months after the U.S. Air Force’s experimental Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) returned from a debut spaceflight that spanned 224 days, its sister ship is being prepared for liftoff March 4 on a follow-on mission. Like its predecessor, OTV-2 will launch aboard an Atlas V booster from Cape…
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Russia Grants Type Certificate For An-158 RJ
By Robert Wall The Interstate Aviation Committee, based in Moscow, has granted a type certificate to the Antonov An-158, a stretched version of the An-148 regional jet (previously known as the An-148-200). The new version, certified Feb. 25, features a fuselage that is 1.7 meters longer and has improved avionics and winglets. The An-158…
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Bombardier Wins Big NetJets Order
By Kerry Lynch kerry_lynch@aviationweek.com Fractional ownership aircraft provider NetJets inked a deal today with a potential value of up to $6.7 billion to purchase up to 120 Bombardier Global jets. Including options, the order is one of the largest, if not the largest, that Bombardier has ever received for its Global family and sets the template…
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Buffett: NetJets Is Success Story In 2010
By Kerry Lynch kerry_lynch@aviationweek.com One year after declaring NetJets “the major problem for Berkshire,” Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett told shareholders in his annual letter Feb. 26 that the fractional aircraft ownership provider is a “huge success story” in year-to-year improvement. NetJets had posted $207 million pre-tax…
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Russians Nix Space Station Photo Session
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — A NASA-backed plan for a unique International Space Station (ISS) family portrait featuring the space shuttle Discovery as well as docked spacecraft from the other major station partners was vetoed on March 1 by the Russians, who decided the photo opportunity would interfere with long-established test objectives for their new…
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Embraer Reopens Third U.S. Service Center
By James Swickard james_swickard@aviationweek.com Embraer’s service center at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., will return to full-service status. The service center opened in 2008 as a full executive jet service center, but was virtually mothballed, performing only AOG support for Embraer business jets in the Northeast. The…
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North Star To Open 737 Maintenance Facility In North Carolina
By Benet Wilson North Star Aviation is getting into the Boeing 737 maintenance business and moving into the old facility used by Piedmont Airlines and Pace Airlines at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, N.C. All of North Star’s executive team worked at Piedmont Airlines in the 1970s and 1980s, so they are familiar with the region …
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EADS Won't Face 'Payback' If It Protests
EADS is entitled to protest the loss of a new aerial tanker contract to Boeing if it believes the procurement was flawed, and would not face retribution for doing so, a senior US Air Force official said on Wednesday …
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Air Strikes Hit Libya's Brega Airport
Air strikes targeted the airport of the oil terminal town of Brega in east Libya on Thursday and a rebel position in the nearby town of Ajdabiyah, a rebel officer said, referring to two rebel-held locations …
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US Travel Rebound Threatened By Fuel Prices
After a slump due to the recession, the travel industry is booming again but any rebound could be threatened by a fuel price rise, travel experts said …
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Olympic, Aegean To Appeal EU Merger Block
Greece’s two largest airlines Olympic and Aegean will appeal against a European Union ruling that blocked their plans to merge, the carriers said on Wednesday …
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Thomas Cook, Thomson Announce Fuel Surcharges
The UK’s biggest leisure travel companies Thomas Cook and Thomson have announced fuel surcharges that could add up to GBP£160 (USD$261) to long haul family travel packages …
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Indonesia-India JV To Build New Java Airport
Indonesian airport operator Angkasa Pura plans to build new airport in Yogyakarta with India’s GVK Power & Infrastructure worth IDR5 trillion rupiah (USD$567.4 million), an Angkasa Pura’s executive said …
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US Budget Cuts Could Bring Longer Airport Waits
US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned on Wednesday that passengers could face longer waits to get through airport security if proposed budget cuts are adopted …
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Air France-KLM Prepares For More Buys - Report
Air France-KLM, Europe’s largest airline by revenue, is mulling a new structure that would enable it to make more acquisitions and better integrate current joint ventures, La Tribune reported …
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TAM Jumps On Brazil LAN Merger Approval
Shares of TAM, Brazil’s largest airline, posted their biggest jump in three weeks on Wednesday after the country’s civil aviation authority approved its plan to merge with Chilean rival LAN …
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IATA Sees Global Airline Profit Halving In 2011
Global airline net profits will halve this year as rising costs, especially oil prices, offset increasing demand, the industry body IATA said on Wednesday …
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Mexicana's Relaunch Plans Flop Again
The latest plan to put troubled airline Mexicana back in the skies has flopped after a tiny boutique investment firm interested in buying the company failed to inject the money needed to restart operations …
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