Aviation News Releases – Friday, March 12, 2010



  • No Roadblocks To Extended ISS Operations
    By Staff The International Space Station (ISS) partners agree there are no technical constraints that would preclude extending operations at least through 2020, and say they are taking steps to certify station elements through 2028….
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  • Carter Confirms JSF Unit Price Nearly Doubled
    By Amy Butler The average per unit cost of the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has substantially increased, from $50 million to up to $95 million, Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter told senators March 11 on Capitol Hill….
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  • IATA Brightens 2010 Pax Outlook
    By Adrian Schofield A recent uptick in global demand means airline losses in 2010 will be less than expected, and even 2009 losses are being revised downward, according to the International Air Transport Association….
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  • Obama Announces Export Control Changes
    By Madhu Unnikrishnan madhu_unnikrishnan@aviationweek.com President Barack Obama revealed two eagerly awaited reforms to U.S. export control regulations on March 11 and hinted that more reforms will be unveiled by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in the coming weeks….
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  • Ground Forces Highlight Singapore Air Show
    By Bill SweetmanSingapore On one side of the static display at Singapore’s February air show was a row of almost a dozen front-line combat aircraft. In terms of their basic design, the newest was the F-15, ordered into development just over 40 years ago….
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  • NASA Announces Systems Engineering Student Competition
    WASHINGTON — NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate isinviting teams of undergraduate and graduate students throughout thecountry to participate in the fourth annual Systems Engineering PaperCompetition. Participants in the competition will submit a paper onan Exploration Systems mission topic.The deadline to register for the competition is April 16. Papers aredue April 23. The winning teams will be announced in May. Awardsinclude up to $3,500 in cash scholarships and VIP invitations…
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  • BA Cabin Crew To Strike For Seven Days In March
    British Airways cabin crew will walk out for seven days this month after talks between the airline and unions broke down, in a dispute that analysts say could cost the airline around GBP£140 million pounds ($212.4 million)….
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  • Lima Airport Lounge Voted World’s Best
    Airport lounges can ease some of the pain of flying, and the SUMAQ VIP lounge of Lima airport has been voted the world’s best for 2010 by independent airport lounge operator Priority Pass….
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  • Thai Airways To Sell 1 Billion New Shares
    National carrier Thai Airways said on Friday its board had approved a plan to sell up to 1 billion new shares in a public offer, worth roughly USD$765 million at the current market price….
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  • Paying To Choose Seats Objectionable, Poll Shows
    Paying for extras has become routine for airline passengers but it doesn’t mean they like it, with a poll showing more than half all respondents hate having to fork out to choose their seat….
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  • SAS Agrees Cost Cuts With Pilots, Cabin Crew
    SAS said it had struck a deal with pilots and cabin crew to freeze salaries and reduce pensions and allowances under a cost-cutting plan to return the Scandinavian airline to profit….
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  • Vector Aerospace Quarterly Profit Profit Rises
    Canadian aviation repair company Vector Aerospace’s quarterly profit rose nearly 11 percent, helped partly by increased earnings at its airframe segment….
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  • Transat Gives Gloomy Outlook, Shares Sink
    Canadian leisure travel company Transat posted a first-quarter net loss, hurt by lower selling prices, and said it expects to post a loss in the second quarter, wiping out about a third of the stock’s market value….
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  • Air China Plans USD$950 Million Share Sale
    Air China said it will raise about CNY6.5 billion yuan (USD$952 million) via an issue of new shares, becoming the second Chinese carrier to announce fundraising plans this week….
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  • BA Worker Appears In Court On Terrorism Charges
    A British Airways computer expert appeared in court on Thursday on charges of planning suicide bombings, with prosecutors saying he tried to get a place as a stand-in cabin crew member during a proposed strike….
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  • Air France And Ryanair Clash Over Subsidies
    Air France and Ryanair clashed over subsidies after the French carrier accused its low-cost Irish rival of putting pressure on regional authorities to give unfair support as the price of using their airports….
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  • Boeing CEO McNerney Statement on Being Named Chairman of the President’s Export Council
    CHICAGO, March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney issued the following statement following his appointment to the President’s Export Council. “I am honored that President Obama has asked me to chair the President’s Export Council. I look forward to working with Vice Chair Ursula Burns and other members of the Council to help expand U.S. exports. During these challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to…
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  • NASA TV Provides Coverage of One Space Station Crew’s Return to Earth and Another’s Journey There
    HOUSTON — NASA Television will cover the landing of two currentInternational Space Station crew members and the launch of threeupcoming station residents later in March and April. Coverage beginswith a broadcast of crew farewells and hatch closure aboard thestation March 17, and continues with the arrival, docking and hatchopening of the new Expedition 23 crew members on April 4.Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams and Soyuz Commander Max Suraevare scheduled to land in the Soyuz TMA-16…
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  • NASA TV Media Channel Provides Clean Feeds for News Organizations
    WASHINGTON — NASA Television provides a standard digital televisionchannel as a resource for news media. The NASA Television mediachannel provides feeds of the agency’s news, briefings andconferences, daily video files from around the agency, expendablevehicle launches, and the only available feeds of space shuttlemission coverage that contain only mission audio and natural sound.Media organizations, producers and reporters are reminded the only wayto receive a clean feed of shuttle launches,…
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  • NASA Offers ‘FAST’ Opportunities For Zero-G Technology Testing
    WASHINGTON — NASA has announced opportunities to test emergingtechnologies during flights on an airplane that simulates theweightless conditions of space. The technologies should havepotential use in future NASA projects, support future explorationsystems, or improve air and space vehicle capabilities.NASA’s Facilitated Access to the Space Environment for Technology, orFAST, program helps emerging technologies mature through testing in areduced gravity environment. In order to prepare…
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  • BizAv Defended By Cessna Executive
    By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com Business aviation must continue to work together to defend the ongoing mischaracterization of the industry, said Cessna Vice President Robert Stangarone before the British Business and General Aviation Association’s (BBGAA) annual conference Mar. 9….
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  • Boeing Plans For Two UAS Flight Demos
    By Amy ButlerWashington Within the next 10 months, Boeing plans to conduct first flights of two company-developed unmanned air system demonstrators—a sleek, stealthy flying wing and a lumbering, high-altitude, hydrogen-powered vehicle intended to fly at least four days nonstop….
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  • SpaceX Reviewing Data After Test Abort
    By Frank Morring, Jr. Engineers at Space Exploration Technologies Inc. (SpaceX) are reviewing data after an automatic abort of its nine-engine Falcon 9 launch vehicle on the pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on March 9….
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  • US Air Force Increases Order for Boeing-built Joint Direct Attack Munition Kits
    ST. LOUIS, March 11, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a contract modification from the U.S. Air Force for the fiscal year 2010 production of more than 6,000 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) kits. The modification increases the overall value of this phase from $72 million to $229 million. Boeing will deliver the kits from this order in 2011 and 2012. The FY2010 production is the third procurement of a six-year contract Boeing received in January 2008. That agreement now has a potential…
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  • Boeing 747-8 Freighter Achieves Initial Airworthiness Milestone
    MOSES LAKE, Wash., March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) has completed initial airworthiness testing on the 747-8 Freighter. This milestone enables test engineers to be on board during future flights and allows the remaining two 747-8 Freighter test airplanes to begin flight test. “The airplane is performing as expected in the initial stages of flight test,” said Mo Yahyavi, vice president and general manager of the 747 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “That’s a tribute to…
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