Aviation News Releases – Tuesday, March 2, 2010



  • NASA Radar Finds Ice Deposits at Moon’s North Pole; Additional Evidence of Water Activity on Moon
    WASHINGTON — Using data from a NASA radar that flew aboard India’sChandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists have detected ice deposits nearthe moon’s north pole. NASA’s Mini-SAR instrument, a lightweight,synthetic aperture radar, found more than 40 small craters with waterice. The craters range in size from 1 to 9 miles (2 to15 km) indiameter. Although the total amount of ice depends on its thicknessin each crater, it’s estimated there could be at least 1.3 millionpounds (600 million metric tons)…
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  • NASA Awards Alabama Contract Modification for Engineering Technicians and Trades Support Services
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — NASA has signed a contract modification worthapproximately $40 million with InfoPro Corporation of Huntsville,Ala., for the continuation of engineering technicians and tradessupport services to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Thisincludes up to $7.9 million for mission services and $32.2 millionfor additional support services that can be ordered under theindefinite delivery, indefinite quantity portion of the contract.The services will cover a wide range of engineering…
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  • NASA Announces Agency Center Management Changes
    WASHINGTON — Administrator Charles F. Bolden announced Mondayleadership changes involving three of the agency’s field centers,including NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss.,NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and NASA’sGlenn Research Center in Cleveland. The changes are effectiveimmediately.Arthur E. “Gene” Goldman, who has been the director of Stennis sinceNovember 2008, has been named deputy director of Marshall. PatrickScheuermann, the deputy director…
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  • NASA Pioneer Aaron Cohen Dies
    WASHINGTON — Spaceflight pioneer Aaron Cohen, a former director ofNASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, died Thursday, Feb. 25, aftera lengthy illness. He was 79.Cohen had a 33-year career with NASA. He was a steady hand at the helmof Johnson as NASA recovered from the shuttle Challenger tragedy andreturned the space shuttle to flight. Cohen left the agency in 1993to accept an appointment as a professor at his alma mater, Texas A&MUniversity. At the time, he was serving as acting…
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  • NASA Opens High Frontier to Education and Not-For-Profit Groups
    WASHINGTON — NASA is announcing a new initiative to launch smallcube-shaped satellites for education and not-for-profitorganizations. CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft calledpicosatellites, having a size of approximately four inches, a volumeof about one quart, and weighing no more than 2.2 pounds.This is NASA’s first open announcement to create an agency-prioritizedlist of available CubeSats. They are planned as auxiliary payloads onlaunch vehicles already planned for 2011 and…
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  • Limited Santiago Flights To Spool Up Quickly
    By Jennifer Michels jennifer_michels@aviationweek.com Santiago, Chile’s hometown airline LAN reported today that all domestic and international flying to Santiago would ramp up from now until Friday — with flights hopefully increasing each day….
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  • Budget Raises Stakes For Weapons Platforms
    By Bill SweetmanWashington Today’s wars dominated the Fiscal 2011 U.S. defense budget, released in February. After last year’s cuts to weapons deemed “exquisite,” like the F-22, the latest budget further boosts unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and rotorcraft….
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  • JAL To Cut 5 Percent Of Jobs – Report
    Japan Airlines plans to reduce its work force by 2,700, or about 5 percent, by offering early retirement, the Nikkei business daily reported….
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  • Outlook, Merger Talk Boost US Airlines’ Shares
    Shares of US airlines rose on Monday amid growing sentiment the economy may be on the mend and that the airline industry is poised for mergers….
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  • Meggitt FY Profit Down, Outlook Better
    British aerospace parts supplier Meggitt posted a 3 percent fall in full-year profit, hit by reduced demand for aircraft and a slow aftermarket, though it expects to benefit from a rebound in air traffic in 2010….
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  • LAN Says Flights To Start Leaving Santiago
    Chile’s biggest airline, LAN, expects a limited number of domestic and international flights to start flying out of the country’s main airport on Tuesday, the company said on Monday….
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  • Viking Twin Otter Nears Certification
    By Kerry Lynch Canada-based Viking Air recently began flight testing the first new Twin Otter to be produced since de Havilland Canada ended production in 1988. First flight came shortly before Canadian supplemental type certification is expected and just weeks after Viking Air opened its new 84,000-square-foot facility in Victoria, British Columbia…
    Mar-01 – 2010 | More ->
  • With New RFP, Northrop Weighs KC-X Risk
    By Amy ButlerWashington Release of the final request for proposals (RFP) for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X tanker could lead to a contracting conundrum. If the Northrop Grumman/EADS North America team follows through on its threat not to bid, the Pentagon’s ­strategy designed to elicit low, fixed-price offers from competitors could backfire….
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  • Nacelle Services JV Opens In Dubai
    By Elyse Moody elyse_moody@aviationweek.comDUBAI The nacelle repair joint venture Air France Industries/KLM Engineering & Maintenance and Aircelle launched in June 2009 officially opened March 1 in the Jebel Ali Free Zone….
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  • Raytheon Wins Next-Gen GPS Award
    By Staff The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base has awarded the Next Generation GPS Control Segment (OCX) program to Raytheon Intelligence Information Systems of Aurora, Colo….
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  • Hungary Re-nationalizes Malev
    By Jens Flottau jflottau@freenet.deFRANKFURT Hungarian airline Malev was re-nationalized over the weekend following an agreement between the Hungarian government and the carrier’s former owners….
    Mar-01 – 2010 | More ->
  • Mother Nature Wreaks Havoc On Travel
    By Jennifer Michels jennifer_michels@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON Earthquakes and floods in Central and South America, heavy snow showers in much of the Midwest and Northeast U.S., the threat of Tsunamis in the Pacific and strong winds in France are just a few of the acts of nature stranding passengers and causing massive flight cancellations around the world….
    Mar-01 – 2010 | More ->
  • USAF Slips JSF Operational Debut
    By Amy Butler U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said Feb. 25 that the initial operational capability (IOC) of the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has slipped for his service to late calendar year 2015….
    Mar-01 – 2010 | More ->
  • Changi Buys Stake In Rome Airports
    Singapore’s Changi Airport said on Monday it has acquired a 5 percent stake in Gemina, the operator of Rome’s two major airports, for SGD$100 million (USD$71 million), its biggest acquisition ever….
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  • LAN Flights Landing In Santiago After Quake
    International flights run by Chile’s biggest airline started to land on Sunday at the country’s main airport in Santiago, which was closed due to damage caused by a massive earthquake a day earlier, state television reported….
    Mar-01 – 2010 | More ->
  • Hungary To Take 95 Pct Stake In Malev
    Hungary will take a 95 percent stake in Malev under a deal signed by the government and Malev’s Hungarian and Russian shareholders in a bid to save the airline, the government said….
    Mar-01 – 2010 | More ->
  • New Predator Variants, New UAV Roles
    By Guy NorrisLos Angeles The two latest variants of the Predator unmanned aerial vehicle for the U.S. Army and Customs and Border Protection Service will move closer to initial deployment following the completion of key tests in California this month….
    Feb-27 – 2010 | More ->
  • NASA Plan Falls Flat In Congress
    By Frank Morring, Jr. NASA’s proposed policy turnaround faces stiff bipartisan opposition in Congress, which twice authorized the George W. Bush administration’s Constellation program with bipartisan support….
    Feb-27 – 2010 | More ->
  • Showdown Set Between Machinists, Pratt
    By Jennifer Michels jennifer_michels@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON Pratt & Whitney has informed one of its unions that it will be laying off 163 of its members at the same time it appeals a court ruling that prevented it from closing its Connecticut plants and moving those jobs and others to Georgia and overseas….
    Feb-27 – 2010 | More ->
  • Raytheon Explores Options For Astor
    By Douglas BarrieLondon Electronic warfare and maritime surveillance are among the new roles being eyed for Raytheon’s Astor aircraft, as designers look to exploit the inherent capability of the platform….
    Feb-27 – 2010 | More ->



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