Aviation News Releases – Thursday, March 25, 2010



  • NASA Chooses Student Teams to Test Experiments on Balloonsat
    CLEVELAND — NASA selected four high school teams as finalists in theBalloonsat High Altitude Flight competition. Their experiments willbe the payload aboard a NASA weather balloon that will launch May25-27. The balloon will be sent to the near space environment of thestratosphere, an altitude of approximately 100,000 feet. Thecompetition is hosted by NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.The high school teams and the names of their experiments are:Charlottesville High School,…
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • Bombardier CSeries Aircraft Program Reaches Another Milestone
    Supplier Starts Construction of Facility to Manufacture CSeries Aircraft Fuselage Construction of the facility that will build the fuselage for the all-new Bombardier CSeries mainline commercial jetliner has begun. The event – another milestone in Bombardier’s progress toward a 2013 entry-into-service for the CSeries aircraft – was marked with a foundation stone-laying ceremony today at the site in Shenyang, China. The 21,000 m2 (226,042 ft2) facility will be operated by…
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • India Set To Launch GSLV
    By Frank Morring, Jr. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to launch India’s first cryogenic rocket engine next month, marking the end of a long effort to develop an indigenous upper stage for its Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • Danes Delay Fighter Decision
    By Graham Warwick Denmark has delayed its decision on a new fighter, expected this year, after preliminary results of an analysis of the life remaining on its F-16s indicated the aircraft can be flown for two to four years longer than originally scheduled …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • IATA Pushes For Latin America Gains
    By Adrian Schofield Latin American nations and the region’s aviation industry need to work toward a common strategy to ensure further improvements in safety, security, liberalization and airline growth, says the International Air Transport Association …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • Air Jamaica Chief: Merger Will Be Seamless
    By Darren Shannon darren_shannon@aviationweek.comNEW YORK A planned merger with Caribbean Airlines will not affect airlift into Jamaica, Air Jamaica CEO Bruce Nobles told members of the Wings Club March 24. The carrier is still working toward an April 12 implementation date for a transition plan still being negotiated between the Jamaican government and Caribbean …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • F/A-18F Fleet Will Bridge Gap, Says RAAF
    By Guy NorrisNAS Lemoore, Calif. Royal Australian Air Force officials say they will bridge the widening gap until the arrival of the delayed Joint Strike Fighter by keeping the Boeing F/A-18F fleet in lockstep with U.S. Navy upgrades as well as continuing updates to its “classic” Hornet fleet …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • U.K. Establishes Space Agency
    By Robert Wall LONDON — The U.K. is bolstering its space focus, establishing the U.K. Space Agency (UKSA) to replace the British National Space Center, yet the government has kept additional funding limited. London will back the new organization, to be formally established April 1, with some additional funding for a new innovation center, but not much more …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • African Carriers Pick Boeing MRO Tool
    By Elyse Moody elyse_moody@aviationweek.com Boeing’s maintenance software tool for improving dispatch reliability and efficiency is going into service at two African carriers, Kenya Airways and TAAG Angola Airlines. Each ordered the Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox software suite for use on multiple Boeing aircraft models …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • BA-Iberia Merger Nears As Pension Fears Recede
    The proposed merger of British Airways and Iberia could move a step closer on Thursday when Iberia bosses were expected to sign an agreement, as fears over BA’s pension deficit recede …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • AOT Trims Suvarnabhumi Expansion Plans
    Airports of Thailand has scaled back its expansion plans for Bangkok’s main Suvarnabhumi airport but still intends to invest THB62.5 billion baht (USD$1.9 billion) in 2011-2016 to increase capacity …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • Singapore Airport Sees 16 Pct Rise In Feb Cargo
    Singapore’s Changi Airport, Asia’s fifth-largest, saw a 16.2 percent rise in air freight by tonnage in February from a year ago, showing stronger global demand for goods, data showed on Thursday …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • Air Berlin Sells More Planes To Cut Debt
    Air Berlin sold a further batch of aircraft to cut debt and help finance growth via new routes and acquisitions that should take passenger numbers above 30 million this year …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • Iberia Board To Meet, BA Merger Could Be Imminent
    Iberia is holding its end-of-month board meeting on Thursday, March 25, a spokesman said, triggering hopes for an imminent announcement of a definitive merger deal with British Airways …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • Air Canada Will Not Stop At CAD$500 Mln Cuts
    Air Canada plans to go well beyond the CAD$500 million (USD$490 million) in cost cuts and new revenue-generating activities it set for itself as a goal by the end of 2011, the company’s chief financial officer said on Wednesday …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • AeroMexico Delays Delivery Of 10 Boeing Planes
    Mexican airline AeroMexico said on Wednesday it had delayed receiving 10 aircraft from Boeing due for delivery this year until 2011-2012 …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • Malaysia Air Targets MYR100-300 Mln 2010 Profit
    Malaysia Airlines is targeting a profit of MYR100 million to MYR300 million ringgit in 2010, which would mark an improvement in operating terms from 2009, chief executive Tengku Azmil Aziz said on Wednesday …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • US Airlines Set For Stronger Summer Bookings
    Summer bookings on major US airlines seem to be up from a year ago with help from fare sales as the industry attempts to regain its footing in the post-recession era, industry experts said on Wednesday …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • World Airline Industry Back In Profit In 2011
    The world’s airlines should post a combined profit in 2011, after an expected loss of about USD$2.8 billion in 2010, the head of airline industry body IATA said on Wednesday …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • Chile’s Pinera To Sell Remaining LAN Stake
    Chilean President Sebastian Pinera agreed to sell his remaining stake in airline LAN, worth around USD$621 million, in the market and to Chile’s Bethia group, as he moves to counter growing criticism over a possible conflict of interests …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • WestJet Plans Big Push On Airline Partnerships
    WestJet Airlines wants to establish one new partnership with another carrier every quarter starting later this year as it eyes expansion into international markets, the newly chosen chief executive of Canada’s No. 2 airline said on Wednesday …
    Mar-25 – 2010 | More ->
  • NASA Awards Space Technology Research and Development Contract
    WASHINGTON — NASA has contracted with ERC Inc., of Huntsville, Ala.,for space technology research and development activities at theagency’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. The contracthas a maximum value of $45 million.This is a cost-plus, fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery,indefinite-quantity contract. The base contract lasts one year andhas three one-year options.ERC Inc. will support the Space Technology Division in the Office ofthe Director of Exploration Technology at Ames. The…
    Mar-24 – 2010 | More ->
  • Boeing Launches Commercial Security Products at International Security Conference
    LAS VEGAS, March 25, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] is debuting two new versions of its Visual Security Operations Console (VSOC) security management product this week at the International Security Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas. VSOC Responder and VSOC Smart Building will join VSOC Sentinel and VSOC Virtual Shield — proven tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products — to address the unique requirements of facilities management and emergency operations centers….
    Mar-24 – 2010 | More ->
  • Boeing Supports Future Cybersecurity Experts in Collegiate Competition
    ARLINGTON, Va., March 24, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] is sponsoring the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition on March 26-28 at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, Calif. The competition tests students’ abilities to defend a network in a corporate scenario while accomplishing routine business tasks. “We are proud to support the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition as it focuses on the skills necessary to protect networks and information from…
    Mar-24 – 2010 | More ->
  • Fire Scout Continues Testing With U.S. Army
    By Bettina H. ChavanneFort Lauderdale, Fla. When Woody Allen said 80% of success is showing up, he could have been referring to Northrop Grumman’s Fire Scout. Despite the U.S. Army’s recent decision to eliminate the vertical-takeoff unmanned aerial vehicle (VTUAV) from its Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) program, Northrop Grumman continues to fly and test Fire Scout for and with the service …
    Mar-24 – 2010 | More ->


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