Aviation News Releases – Thursday, April 8, 2010



  • IPANEMA ACHIEVES MILESTONE OF 1,100 AIRCRAFT PRODUCED
    Embraer delivers the commemorative aircraft to Foliar, from the State of Tocantins, BrazilSão José dos Campos, April 7, 2010 – Embraer delivered the 1,100th Ipanemaagricultural aircraft, today, in a ceremony held at its Botucatu plant, located 230 km fromthe city of São Paulo, Brazil. The airplane, tail number PT-UYB, was received by FoliarAviação Agrícola Ltda., which is headquartered in the State of Tocantins and alreadyoperates four Ipanemas.“The delivery of the 1,100th aircraft is a great…
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  • Boeing Reports First-Quarter Deliveries
    CHICAGO, April 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) announced today deliveries across its commercial and defense operations for the first quarter of 2010. Major program deliveries during the first quarter were as follows: Major Programs 1st Quarter 2010 Year-to-Date 2010 Commercial Airplanes Programs 737 Next Generation 86 86 747 – – 767 3 3 777 19 19 Total 108 108 Defense, Space & Security Programs Apache (New Builds) 4 4 Chinook (New Builds) 2 2 …
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  • Boeing, Service Academies Partner for Leadership Development, Engineering Education
    ST. LOUIS, April 8, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force service academies have formed a major partnership to support the development of future leaders and engineers. “Developing leaders of character and engineering excellence are two of the cornerstones of Boeing’s culture, so today we are announcing an ongoing partnership with three of the United States’ premier institutions that share those goals,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of…
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  • Boeing Confirms Success on 787 Wing, Fuselage Ultimate Load Test
    EVERETT, Wash., April 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today that all test requirements were successfully met during the 787 Dreamliner’s ultimate load wing and fuselage bending test. This follows a thorough analysis of the results from a test on the 787 static test airframe. “Successfully completing this test is a critical step in the certification of the 787. This is further validation that the 787 performs as expected, even in the most extreme circumstances,”…
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  • Dutch Wait To Clarify JSF Stance
    By Robert Wall LONDON — The way forward for the Netherlands on the specific structure of its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter involvement is not expected to crystallize until midyear. With a caretaker government operating in the country and the Pentagon in the midst of restructuring the F-35 program, Dutch Defense State Secretary …
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  • US Airways, United Again In Merger Talks
    By Jennifer Michels jennifer_michels@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON US Airways and United are at it again; the two airlines are actively exploring a merger for at least the third time since 2000. The New York Times reported earlier today that the two were said to be in merger talks, and an AviationWeek source confirmed that the two indeed are engaged in the discussion …
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  • Boeing Confirms Success Of 787 Wing Test
    By Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.comSAN FRANCISCO Boeing has successfully checked off the ultimate load wing test from its “to do” list for FAA certification of the 787. The manufacturer said on April 7 that a data analysis has confirmed that it was successful in its March 28 test of this key element of the airplane’s certification process. The test is a standard part of FAA …
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  • Chinese Cyber-Attacks On India Suspected
    By Neelam Mathews mathews.neelam@gmail.comNEW DELHI Canadian cyber-security professionals working with the Shadowserver Foundation and Information Warfare Monitor have uncovered a suspected Chinese cyber-offensive against India. In a report released April 6 titled “Shadows in the Cloud – Investigating Cyber Espionage 2.0,” investigators say that hackers …
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  • U.K. MoD Rejects Obstruction Claims
    By Douglas Barrie barrie@aviationweek.comLONDON The British Defense Ministry is rejecting parliamentary allegations that it was “unhelpful” and “obstructive” in discussing a multi-billion pound hole in its procurement budget. The British Parliament’s Defense Committee made clear its “disappointment” over how the Defense Ministry addressed this issue during its hearings …
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  • Pilatus Sees Sluggish Order Intake
    By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON In releasing its 2009 results, Pilatus says that order intake in 2010 continues to be “sluggish” making it only the latest of several business aircraft makers to report the crisis is far from over. “We have not yet seen the back of the global financial and economic crisis,” the company reports, adding that “we must now focus our attention on security …
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  • Discovery Crew Docks With Space Station
    By Mark Carreau Discovery’s astronauts overcame a failed rendezvous radar to dock with the International Space Station on April 7, two days into a resupply mission intended to equip the orbiting laboratory for operations well beyond the scheduled retirement of NASA’s shuttle fleet late this year. The two spacecraft linked up at 3:44 a.m. EDT …
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  • U.K. Moves Ahead With Military MRO Deals
    By Douglas Barrie barrie@aviationweek.comLONDON The British military continues to increase its use of industry for depth maintenance of fixed and rotary wing platforms, with Tornado GR4 strike aircraft and WAH-64 Apache attack helicopter projects reaching milestones April 7. The Defense Ministry and Rolls-Royce have signed a £690 million ($1.05 billion) support contract …
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  • Aveos Grows Engine Work For Eastern Europe, Asia
    By Elyse Moody elyse_moody@aviationweek.com Canadian MRO company Aveos Fleet Performance has signed four engine service agreements that grow its customer base in Eastern Europe, China and Southeast Asia. The contracts will bring in CFM56 maintenance, one of the MRO’s main product lines, from Air China, Air Moldova, Merpati Nusantara International Airlines and Mandala Airlines, and are good news for Aveos, which has been slowly recovering after it reached…
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  • NASA’s Unpiloted Global Hawk Completes First Science Flight
    WASHINGTON — NASA has successfully completed the first science flightof the Global Hawk unpiloted aircraft system over the Pacific Ocean.The flight was the first of five scheduled for this month’s GlobalHawk Pacific, or GloPac, mission to study atmospheric science overthe Pacific and Arctic oceans.The Global Hawk is a robotic plane that can fly autonomously toaltitudes above 60,000 feet — roughly twice as high as a commercialairliner — and as far as 11,000 nautical miles, which is half…
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  • Airbus Wins 60 Orders In 2010 – Report
    Airbus has won 60 orders since the beginning of the year, of which 49 were in March, newspaper Les Echos said, without saying where it got the information from …
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  • Qatari Diplomat Causes Security Scare On US Flight
    A Qatari diplomat on a United Airlines flight from Washington to Denver caused a security alert after he was apparently caught smoking in the toilet and made a remark that was perceived as a threat …
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  • How Combined BA, Iberia Will Look
    British Airways and Spanish carrier Iberia on Thursday said they had signed a merger agreement. Following are some key facts about the new carrier …
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  • British Airways, Iberia Seal Merger Deal
    British Airways and Spain’s Iberia on Thursday signed an USD$8 billion merger to create the world’s third-largest airline by revenue, bringing a tie-up with American Airlines a step closer …
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  • Solar-Powered Plane Soars Above Switzerland
    A solar-powered plane designed to fly day and night without fuel or emissions successfully made its first test flight above the Swiss countryside on Wednesday (photo: Matth1) …
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  • Berlin Airport Reopens After WW2 Bomb Defused
    Berlin’s Tegel Airport was closed for about two hours on Wednesday after an unexploded World War Two bomb was found and defused, an airport spokesman said (photo: Tim Pritlove) …
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  • US Airways, United In Merger Talks
    United Airlines is in merger talks with US Airways in a deal that could create the second-largest carrier in the United States, two sources familiar with the matter said …
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  • Spirit Air Pushes Limit With USD$45 Bag Fee
    Every US airline is thinking of ways to get more money from their passengers. Few have provoked the outrage that Spirit Airlines has with its new carry-on luggage fee …
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  • BA Traffic Hit By Strikes, Merger Signing Soon
    British Airways carried 11.4 percent fewer passengers in March year-on-year, hit by seven days of strikes which could cost the carrier nearly USD$70 million, and added its merger with Spanish airline Iberia was on track …
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  • Lufthansa Pilots Call Off Strike To Start Talks
    Lufthansa pilots have called off plans to go on strike next week, which could have cost the airline tens of millions of euros, paving the way for arbitration …
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  • NASA Work Assignments Topic of Media Telecon on Thursday, April 8
    WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and DeputyAdministrator Lori Garver will brief reporters on Thursday, April 8,about the next steps in implementing the agency’s new explorationinitiatives outlined in the new fiscal year 2011 budget.Joining the Administrator and Deputy Administrator will be:* Bill Gerstenmaier, Space Operations Mission DirectorateAssociate Administrator* Edward Weiler, Science Mission directorate AssociateAdministrator* Doug Cooke, Exploration Systems…
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