Aviation News Releases – Wednesday, April 14, 2010



  • Flash: NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Sees Lightning On Saturn
    WASHINGTON — NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured images oflightning on Saturn. The images have allowed scientists to create thefirst movie showing lightning flashing on another planet.After waiting years for Saturn to dim enough for the spacecraft’scameras to detect bursts of light, scientists were able to create themovie, complete with a soundtrack that features the crackle of radiowaves emitted when lightning bolts struck.”This is the first time we have the visible lightning flash…
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  • NASA to Launch Human-Like Robot to Join Space Station Crew
    WASHINGTON — NASA will launch the first human-like robot to spacelater this year to become a permanent resident of the InternationalSpace Station. Robonaut 2, or R2, was developed jointly by NASA andGeneral Motors under a cooperative agreement to develop a roboticassistant that can work alongside humans, whether they are astronautsin space or workers at GM manufacturing plants on Earth.The 300-pound R2 consists of a head and a torso with two arms and twohands. R2 will launch on space shuttle…
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  • Boeing to Promote Precision Capabilities, Innovative Solutions at Army Aviation Convention
    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 14, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] will spotlight a wide array of aviation, support and technology solutions at the 2010 Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Annual Convention. This year’s event takes place April 14-17 in Fort Worth. Boeing rotorcraft systems including AH-64D Apache Block III, CH-47F Chinook and AH-6 will be a highlight of the show. The Boeing exhibit also will feature the A160 Hummingbird unmanned aerial system; tactical …
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  • Boeing Names 14 Companies 2009 Suppliers of the Year
    SEATTLE, April 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) tonight honored 14 companies as winners of its 2009 Supplier of the Year award. The winners, chosen from among the company’s more than 12,000 active suppliers worldwide, are located in Germany, India, Japan and the United States. They were judged on quality, delivery performance, cost, environmental initiatives, customer service and technical expertise. Four are small businesses as defined by the U.S. government….
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  • Boeing Awarded Additional Contract for F/A-18 Technical Publication Services
    BRISBANE, Queensland, April 14, 2010 — Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], has signed a three-year contract worth AU$4.5 million to provide the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with support for F/A-18 Hornet aircraft technical publications. Boeing Defence Australia has provided F/A-18 technical publication services including management, production of amendments and additional support tasks as required to the RAAF for the past five years….
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  • Flexjet Helps Lift Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek to New Heights
    Agreement marks Lysacek’sfirst post-Olympic corporate relationship For Evan Lysacek, keeping up with his grueling travel schedule has become an Olympic feat in and of itself. Through a new alliance with Flexjet, the 2010 Winter Games figure skating gold medalist and emerging ballroom dancer can more easily balance his demanding, cross-country commitments. From practices and performances with his “Dancing with the Stars” partner Anna Trebunskaya to his role as a featured…
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  • EMBRAER EXECUTIVE JET SERVICE CENTERS EARN 2nd DIAMOND AWARD
    FAA grants second consecutive Aviation Maintenance Technician AwardSão José dos Campos, April 14, 2010 – Embraer’s wholly owned executive jet servicecenters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Mesa, Arizona, has received the 2010 FederalAviation Administration (FAA) Diamond Certificates. The award is the FAA’s highestrecognition for excellence in aviation maintenance training.The Company had been granted the same prestigious certificate last year. This secondconsecutive award is an even greater…
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  • NASA to Preview Final Scheduled Flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis
    HOUSTON — NASA will preview the next space shuttle mission, the finalscheduled flight of space shuttle Atlantis, during a series of newsbriefings Monday, May 3, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.NASA Television and the agency’s Web site will broadcast thebriefings live. Reporters will be able to ask questions fromparticipating NASA locations.Atlantis is targeted to launch May 14 on the STS-132 mission to theInternational Space Station. The shuttle will deliver theRussian-built Mini…
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  • Republic Picks Frontier Brand
    By Andrew Compart Republic Airways has chosen Frontier Airlines to be the unified brand name for the Frontier and Midwest Airlines subsidiaries it acquired last year, but expects integration of the two carriers to continue for as long as 18 months. In choosing the Frontier name, Republic says customer surveys showed both brands retained hometown loyalty, but also that customers preferred the Frontier brand and identified it more …
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  • Still No Partner For EADS Tanker Bid
    By Amy Butler EADS North America’s plans to quickly secure a U.S.-based strategic partner for its prime contractor bid for the U.S. Air Force KC-135 replacement contract appear to be encountering significant headwind. L-3 Communications has emerged as the front-runner. The company has robust work with the Pentagon and, in particular, is receiving accolades from the U.S. Air Force for its performance …
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  • Bennett Joins Abu Dhabi Airports
    By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com James Bennett will become the CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC). Bennett last week retired as president and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) after 14 years, effective May 8. Bennett brings a wealth of experience to his new position, having held positions as assistant aviation director at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport …
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  • Merpati 737 Overruns On Landing
    By Bradley Perrett perrett@aviationweek.comBEIJING Twenty people suffered injuries when a Boeing 737 operated by Merpati Nusantara Airlines overran a runway in heavy rain at Manokawi Airport in Indonesia’s Papua Province. The aircraft’s body was split open in the crash, the Associated Press says, quoting local officials. The injuries were mostly bruises with some broken bones. The aircraft was carrying 103 passengers …
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  • PiperJet On Schedule For 2013 Deliveries
    By George Larson george_larson@bellsouth.net Despite the recession, there has been no slowdown in progress on the PiperJet, according to Piper Aircraft CEO Kevin Gould. In remarks made at the annual Sun ‘n’ Fun Fly-In April 13, Gould says the proof-of-concept aircraft has logged 340 hours of data gathering during 240 flights that have explored both high-speed and low-speed flight regimes. The company is hiring 60 to 70 additional engineers as the project…
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  • MTG Decision Could Threaten Weather Satellite
    By Michael A. TavernaParis and Washington An internal German debate over selection of a contract to supply Europe’s next meteorological satellite network shows the continuing vulnerability of the European space program to geo­graphic-return disputes. Eumetsat, Europe’s weather satellite operator, had hoped to receive approval for the €3.3-billion ($4.4-billion) Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) system on March 26 …
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  • ADAT Names ST Aero Exec New CEO
    By Frank Jackman frank_jackman@aviationweek.com Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT), a Middle East-based MRO company with designs on the Asian market, has named the former deputy president of Singapore Technologies Aerospace as its new CEO. Jeremy Chan, most recently deputy president (marketing and total aviation support) at ST Aerospace, succeeds John Byers as CEO at ADAT …
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  • Boeing Finally Names GoldCare Customer
    By Lee Ann Tegtmeier leeann_tegtmeier@aviationweek.com The long awaited announcement about Boeing’s GoldCare launch customer is over–TUI Travel selected the OEM’s aftermarket management program for its 787 Dreamliners. TUI Travel chose GoldCare coverage for its 13 Dreamliners, which means Boeing will coordinate maintenance, engineering and material management. Boeing didn’t release contract value or length …
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  • Dubai Repays USD$229 Mln Of Civil Aviation Debt
    Dubai’s government had repaid AED840 million dirhams (USD$228.8 million) as partial payment of a USD$635 million Islamic debt of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority maturing in April 2011, the state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday …
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  • Five Dead In Mexican Cargo Aircraft Crash
    A cargo aircraft crashed late on Tuesday near the airport in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, killing five people, Mexican emergency authorities reported …
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  • ILFC Sells Aircraft Worth USD$2 Bln To Macquarie
    International Lease Finance has agreed to sell 53 passenger jets to Australia’s Macquarie Group to raise a much-needed USD$2 billion in cash …
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  • Korean Air Profit Soars, Sees Strong Q3
    Korean Air on Wednesday expected to beat its 2010 profit target on growing shipments of technology products, increased transit passenger numbers and plans to boost international routes …
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  • Drug Violence Scares Off Tourists To Mexico
    Fears of drug violence spreading to beaches and colonial towns are driving away tourists and threatening Mexico’s crucial tourism industry, already battered by last year’s swine flu outbreak (photo: safainla.us) …
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  • China Southern Sees Better 2010
    China Southern Airlines sees double-digit growth in passenger and cargo volumes this year and will benefit from a rising Chinese yuan, senior executives said on Tuesday …
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  • Iberia March Traffic Falls 3.2 Percent
    Iberia’s March passenger traffic fell 3.2 percent on the year, the Spanish airline said on Tuesday, as low cost competitors continued to erode its market share in Spain and the rest of Europe …
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  • American Airlines Jet Diverted After Fumes
    An American Airlines flight from Paris to Dallas was diverted to Iceland on Tuesday after the crew noticed chemical fumes in the cabin, the airline said …
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  • Potential Union Strife Clouds USAir/United Merger
    Dissatisfied pilots and other workers would be the biggest obstacle to the success of any merger that may follow talks between United Airlines and US Airways …
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(This is a summary of the daily news)


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