Aviation News Releases – Friday, March 26, 2010



  • NASA Awards Space Propulsion Research Contracts To Five Firms
    WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded contracts to five companies to providespace propulsion systems technologies in support of research andtechnology development activities at the agency’s Glenn ResearchCenter in Cleveland.Each of the five indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contractsprovide for fixed price, cost share and cost reimbursementcompetitive tasks with a maximum value of $50 million over the nextfive years.The companies selected are Aerojet of Sacramento, Calif.; ATK MissionSystems of…
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  • Court Directs Review Of Heathrow Runway
    By Douglas Barrie barrie@aviationweek.comLONDON Plans for a third runway at London Heathrow Airport to ease congestion – and the wider basis of U.K. civil aviation policy – is again under the spotlight following a British High Court ruling. Lord Justice Carnwath has ruled that if the government wishes to continue with the third runway, it needs to review the climate implications …
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  • Pentagon Not Yet Concerned Over NASA Changes
    By Michael Bruno U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told House defense appropriators March 24 that they were not yet aware of specific concerns within the Pentagon over ramifications stemming from proposed changes at NASA …
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  • NASA Awards Propulsion Research Contracts To Five Firms
    WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded contracts to five companies to provideair-breathing engine technologies in support of aerospace propulsionresearch and technology development activities at the agency’s GlennResearch Center in Cleveland.Each of the five indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contractsprovide for fixed price, cost share and cost reimbursementcompetitive tasks with a maximum value of $125 million over the nextfive years.The companies selected are GE Aviation of Cincinnati;…
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  • Boeing Completes CF-18 Hornet Modernization Project for Canada
    ST. LOUIS, March 25, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today delivered the 79th — and final — upgraded CF-18 Hornet aircraft to the Canadian Department of National Defence during a ceremony in Mirabel, Quebec, hosted by industry partner L-3 Communications MAS, who performed final upgrade installations. The delivery brings the nine-year, two-phased CF-18 Modernization Project to a close. Phase 1 of the project, completed in 2006, upgraded the Canadian Hornet fleet’s avionics, radar,…
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  • F136 Reaches Full Thrust In Afterburner Test
    By Guy NorrisCincinnati Away from the funding furor in Washington over the F136 alternate engine for the Joint Strike Fighter, the General Electric/Rolls-Royce development team is pushing ahead with full performance tests after running the production-configuration engine in maximum afterburner for the first time …
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  • TSA GA Manager: New LASP Target This Fall
    By James E. Swickard james_swickard@aviationweek.comWESTCHESTER, N.Y. The Transportation Security Administration’s revised Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) has been passed from TSA to the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS), beginning the vetting process prior to being published as an NPRM, possibly this fall, says Brian Delauter, TSA’s general manager for general aviation …
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  • Orbit Tweaks Urged For OCO Replacement Sat
    By Jefferson Morris A National Academies report on monitoring compliance with climate change treaties formally endorses NASA’s plan to build and launch a replacement for its Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) spacecraft, although it suggests the agency consider changing its planned orbit to allow better monitoring of human sources of greenhouse gases …
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  • Justice Dept. Supports FAA On Slot Swap
    By Andrew Compart The U.S. Justice Department says it supports the slot divestiture conditions the FAA tentatively decided to place on the proposed slot swap between Delta and US Airways at New York LaGuardia (LGA) and Washington National (DCA) airports (DAILY, March 25). “The FAA’s proposed slot divestiture is necessary to protect consumers from competitive harm,” …
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  • U.S., EU Sign Second-Stage Open-Skies Deal
    By Madhu Unnikrishnan madhu_unnikrishnan@aviationweek.com U.S. and European Union negotiators reached a second-stage open-skies agreement March 25, easing fears that the landmark 2007 first-stage deal could be unraveled. European officials insist the deal is a provisional agreement, but the U.S. Transportation Dept. and industry groups are lauding the deal …
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  • Mullen: The Proper Use of the Military
    I’ve watched and advised two administrations and I’ve come to three con­clusions—t­hree principles—about the proper use of modern military forces. The first is that military power should not —maybe cannot—be the last resort of the state. Military forces are some of the most flexible and adaptable tools to policymaker …
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  • New Delta IV Heavy Launch Site Ready For Use
    By Michael MechamVandenberg AFB, Calif. A single, classified mission for the National Reconnaissance Office is the only pending business here for the Delta IV Heavy launcher, but United Launch Alliance undertook a three-year, $58-million modification of the storied Space Launch Complex-6 to make it possible …
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  • Singapore Visitor Numbers Surge As Casino Opens
    Visitor arrivals in Singapore rose 24 percent in February from a year earlier to reach 857,000, the highest ever for the month as the city-state’s first casino opened to lure tourists during the Lunar New Year holiday …
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  • China Express Train Forces Airlines To Stop Flights
    A new high-speed rail link between two inland Chinese cities has cut travel times so dramatically that all competing air services on the route have been suspended, state media said …
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  • Critics Say Ruling A Blow To Heathrow Plan
    Environmentalists opposed to a third runway at London’s Heathrow airport claimed victory on Friday after a British judge ruled the government must review the project’s climate change and economic impact …
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  • No BA-Union Talks, Strike To Go Ahead
    The Unite union said British Airways cabin crew’s four-day strike would go ahead and that no peace talks were set for Friday, bringing more travel chaos before the busy Easter holiday period …
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  • Air Berlin CEO Says Greece Bookings Down
    Tour operators are recording a massive drop in bookings for trips to Greece, Air Berlin’s CEO said, robbing the debt-stricken Greek economy of a crucial money stream …
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  • AAR To Buy Aviation Worldwide For USD$200 Mln
    Aircraft parts supplier AAR said it would buy privately held Aviation Worldwide Services (AWS) for USD$200 million to expand its services to government customers in the United States and abroad …
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  • JAL To Abandon Freight-Only Flights
    Debt-ridden Japan Airlines said it will suspend its scheduled freighter flight services by the end of October and would instead use the cargo belly space of passenger flights …
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  • Singapore’s Temasek Buys Stake In LAN
    Singapore’s state investor Temasek has bought a 1.18 percent stake in Chile’s LAN Airlines, a spokesman said in a statement on Thursday …
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  • EU, US Strike New ‘Open Skies’ Deal
    European airlines may soon be able to take majority control of US airlines and get access to lucrative US government business in a deal struck on Thursday — but real change will hinge on approval by the US Congress, a far from certain prospect …
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  • LAN To Take Early Delivery Of 10 787s
    LAN has reached a deal with Boeing to bring forward delivery of 10 new 787 Dreamliner planes to 2011 from 2014, an executive at Chile’s flagship airline said on Thursday …
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  • Chile’s President Sells 3.3 Percent Of LAN
    Chilean President Sebastian Pinera moved closer to divesting his holdings in the nation’s flagship airline, LAN, selling a 3.3 percent stake for USD$196 million in an auction on Thursday …
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  • No Word On BA Merger From Iberia Board
    Spanish airline Iberia’s board meeting ended on Thursday without a decision on its tie-up with British Airways but a spokesman said he still expects a merger announcement this month …
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  • NASA Awards Laboratory Service Contract
    WASHINGTON — NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss.,has awarded a contract to A2 Research, JV, of Huntsville, Ala., toprovide technical laboratory services at the center.The firm, fixed-priced contract is valued at $26 million. It includesa one year base contract period plus a one-year option and onethree-year option period.Highly specialized laboratory services by A2 Research, JV, includegas, materials and environmental laboratory analysis; maintenance ofmeasurement standards…
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