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Boeing Advances Security Upgrade for GPS Ground Control System

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 28, 2009 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has completed developmental system testing on the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite ground control system, known as the Operational Control Segment (OCS), for the addition of a critical new security capability.

The test demonstrated that the Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) software upgrade meets all contractual system requirements. SAASM is designed to protect GPS receivers against fake satellite signals sent by adversaries.

“The completion of these tests continues the program’s outstanding performance record and demonstrates the benefits of our continuous-improvement program,” said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. “The team’s emphasis on system integration and risk reduction provides the Air Force with high confidence in our ability to continue to meet the GPS mission and maintain the 100 percent system performance we have delivered since the new OCS went operational in 2007.”

Boeing is now working with the Air Force in the operations suitability test phase to verify the software is ready to fly the constellation, and is incorporating final operator-requested changes with the goal of providing operational capability of the new security measures later this year.

Also, using GPS IIF Space Vehicle 2 on the ground at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and connected to the OCS at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado, Boeing and the Air Force have successfully completed the first in a series of combined system tests that verify the OCS and GPS IIF space vehicle work together to perform the GPS missions.

Enabling SAASM within the OCS will deliver a new mission capability to the GPS constellation and synchronize space, control and user equipment for military implementation.

The OCS keeps the GPS system operational within specified accuracy to perform global civil, commercial and military operations. Assisted by Boeing, the Air Force began transitioning satellite operations from the previous system in September 2007. The conversion was completed in three phases without any service interruption.


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Aircraft will be operated by the Brazilian Air Force’s Special Transportation Group

São José dos Campos, September 25, 2009 –
Embraer officially delivered the first EMBRAER 190
jet to the Brazilian Government, this Friday, in a
ceremony held at the Brasília’s Air Force Base in
Brazil’s capital. The aircraft is especially configured
for missions involving the President of the Republic
and will be operated by the Special Transportation
Group (Grupo de Transporte Especial – GTE) of the
Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB).

The contract signed by Embraer and the
Aeronautics Command (Comando da Aeronáutica –
COMAER), in June 2008, also includes a second
aircraft of the same model.

“At Embraer, we are very happy and proud to see the EMBRAER 190, a product that enjoys
great commercial success, worldwide, painted in the colors of the Brazilian national flag, as
a part of FAB’s Special Transportation Group, and serving the highest interests of the
Brazilian Government,” said Orlando José Ferreira Neto, Embraer Executive Vice President,
Defense Market. “As with many other projects that we have developed for the Brazilian Air
Force, we are certain that these aircraft for the President and top-Government officials will
perform important missions and strengthen even more our successful partnership with FAB.”

In order to fully meet FAB specifications, the aircraft has a spacious and comfortable cabin,
including space for meetings and a private area for the use of the President of the Republic. The
jet also has a special safe communications system, and can carry up to 54 passengers and crew
members. Its nonstop range from Brasília reaches any destination in South America, and offers
great operating flexibility.

In support of the two EMBRAER 190s, the FAB signed a five-year Embraer Support
Solutions for Governments (ESSG) contract. This program provides logistical support
covering maintenance services, material support, specialized field engineers, and managing
repairs and warranties.

The partnership between Embraer and the FAB began 40 years ago and coincides with the
Company’s creation. The FAB currently operates several transportation aircraft manufactured
by Embraer, such as the ERJ 135, ERJ 145, Legacy 600, EMB 120 Brasilia, EMB 121 Xingu,
and EMB 110 Bandeirante. Defense aircraft produced by the Company, like the Xavante,
EMB 111 Bandeirante Patrulha, AMX, Tucano, and Super Tucano, as well as the Intelligence,
Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems operated by the Amazon Surveillance System
(Sistema de Vigilância da Amazônia – SIVAM), also belong to the FAB fleet. The
modernization of the AMX and F-5 fleets, the latter manufactured by a U.S. company, are
some of the activities currently carried out by Embraer to meet FAB’s needs.

About Embraer’s Support Solutions for Governments (ESSG)

Embraer’s Support Solutions fir Governments (ESSG) program was created to meet the
logistical needs of customers, making it possible for them to dedicate themselves to managing
their core activity, that is, the transportation of public officials. By maintaining local inventories
for exchanging parts, Embraer keeps a varied of high-demand parts on hand, thus ensuring that
they are always available for replacements and minimizing concerns regarding the turn-aroundtime of the requests. The program also offers to provide operators with heavy inspections, technical assistance, repair management, warranty coverage, and significant cost reductions for inventories, including replacement parts, excess materials, insurance, and others.

MRO Ice Discovery Unexpected

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By Michael Mecham

Sometimes a second look is a good idea, as evidenced by NASA’s surprising discovery of ice in freshly made craters on Mars….

MRO Ice Discovery Unexpected

U.S. Carriers Add Peak Travel Charge

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By Andrew Compart

Most of the biggest U.S. airlines have added a “peak travel surcharge” of $10 each way for domestic flights on Nov. 29, Jan. 2 and Jan. 3 — high-demand travel days for people returning from their Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day holiday trips….

U.S. Carriers Add Peak Travel Charge

Senate Follows House With FAA Extension

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Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com

Late on Sept. 24, the U.S. Senate approved a three-month extension for FAA’s program and funding authority, following similar House action earlier last week….

Senate Follows House With FAA Extension

New USAF KC-X Request Seeks Best Value

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By Graham Warwick and Bettina H. Chavanne

The U.S. Air Force’s new KC-X replacement tanker acquisition “is not a rerun of the last competition,” senior Pentagon officials assured lawmakers who were briefed the morning of Sept. 24 ahead of the next day’s release of the draft request for proposals (RFP)….

New USAF KC-X Request Seeks Best Value

Rolls Reveals Trent 900 Enhancement Package

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By Guy Norris/Aviation Week & Space Technology

LOS ANGELES–Rolls-Royce is developing a fuel-burn performance improvement package on the Trent 900 designed to keep the Airbus A380 engine competitive in its fiercely contested battle with the Engine Alliance GP7200….
Rolls Reveals Trent 900 Enhancement Package

A330-200F comes in 500kg under weight

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Airbus says that the A330-200 Freighter has weighed in 500kg (1,100lb) lighter than expected, which will directly translate into an increase in payload….

A330-200F comes in 500kg under weight

Brazil’s Team to introduce alternative Rio-Sao Paulo route

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Tiny Brazilian regional carrier Team plans to introduce an alternative to the air shuttle linking Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, operating from airports currently unused by other scheduled carriers….

Brazil’s Team to introduce alternative Rio-Sao Paulo route