Aviation News Releases – Wednesday, April 21, 2010



  • Airbus welcomes industry position on ash impact
    Airbus welcomes the united industry position on acceptable tolerance levels for flight operations in the current environment agreed last night. Over the last few days, Airbus initiated discussions among the aviation community and provided full technical assistance to the authorities and its airline customers. These industry-wide discussions lead to a common evaluation of data and an agreed definition of acceptable tolerance levels. This enabled aviation authorities across Europe to…
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • Boeing Deliveries Stymied As Orders Rebound
    By Joseph C. Anselmo janselmo@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON Seat supplier “production challenges” caused Boeing to deliver 13 fewer airplanes in the first quarter of 2010 than the same period a year earlier, but backlog held steady as orders began to rebound from a horrendous 2009. Boeing delivered 108 commercial airplanes during the quarter, down from 121 a year earlier. That led to a 13% decline in revenues in the company’s …
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • NASA Assessing Shuttle Schedule Changes
    By Mark Carreau Now that the Discovery astronauts have touched down at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending a weather-delayed, 15-day mission to the International Space Station on April 20, shuttle program managers are re-evaluating how they intend to fly out the three missions remaining before the shuttle’s retirement and whether there may be time and resources for an additional flight. However, the goal of reaching retirement by the…
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • Afsoc Wrestles With CV-22 Operational Loss
    By Robert WallLondon The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command is looking to improve the self-protection system on the CV-22 Osprey to bolster the tiltrotor’s defenses against surface-to-air missiles, even as the small community has to confront the first operational loss of one of the aircraft. Although the Bell-Boeing V-22 has a history of accidents and technical mishaps, this one marks the first operational crash …
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • Airlines Could Sue Over Ash Cloud Shutdown
    European airlines could sue government agencies for grounding air traffic due to safety fears over a volcanic ash cloud if they are not compensated for losses by their own countries, some lawyers said …
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • IATA Says Airline Losses Top USD$1.7 Bln
    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that the crisis caused by the volcanic ash cloud above Europe cost airlines revenues of more than USD$1.7 billion by Tuesday …
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • NASA offers live interviews with Hubble experts for 20th anniversary
    WASHINGTON — On the eve of the Hubble Space Telescope’s 20thanniversary, NASA will offer live satellite interviews with two ofthe telescope’s premier scientists: Ed Weiler, associateadministrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquartersin Washington, and former astronaut John Grunsfeld. Interviews areavailable from 6 to 9 a.m. EDT on Friday, April 23.To participate, reporters should contact Al Feinberg at 202-358-1058by noon on Thursday.Weiler has worked on the Hubble project…
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • Boeing Team Supports Upcoming Biofuel-powered Flight of US Navy F/A-18
    ST. LOUIS, April 21, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] is supporting the U.S. Navy’s biofuel-powered flight, scheduled to take place on Earth Day, April 22. An unmodified, Boeing-built F/A-18F Super Hornet will take off from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., powered by a sustainable biofuel blend of 50 percent camelina and 50 percent JP-5 aviation fuel. Operating Navy platforms with renewable energy sources such as sustainable biofuels is part of the service’s strategy to reduce reliance on…
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • Boeing 787 Flight-Test Program Progressing
    EVERETT, Wash., April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Boeing (NYSE: BA) expanded type inspection authorization (TIA) today, clearing the way for its personnel to fully participate in future test flights and for the collection of required flight-test data. Initial TIA was granted Feb. 11, which supported the collection of flutter certification data. The expanded TIA marks the FAA’s confirmation that the airplane and team…
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • Boeing Statement on EADS’ Decision to Enter KC-X Tanker Competition
    ST. LOUIS, April 20, 2010 — The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS), parent company of Airbus, today announced that it will re-enter the competition for the U.S. Air Force KC-X Tanker contract through its subsidiary, EADS North America. The Air Force has said that EADS’ announcement of intent will extend the proposal deadline by 60 days, from May 10 to July 9. The Boeing Company responded with the following statement: “From the outset, Boeing has been 100 percent focused on…
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • EMBRAER PERFORMS FIRST METAL CUT FOR LEGACY 500 JET
    Aircraft maiden flight is on schedule for the second half of 2011São José dos Campos, April 20, 2010 – Embraer performed the first metal cut, yesterday, for the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 programs. This manufactured part belongs to the first Legacy 500 prototype aircraft. The event took place at the Company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The Legacy 500 is on schedule to take its maiden flight in the second half of 2011.“This first metal cut for the Legacy 500executive jet is an…
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • EADS Is Officially Prime On KC-X Bid
    By Amy Butler After failing to secure a major U.S. prime contractor, EADS North America is leading a bid to build the U.S. Air Force KC-135 replacement. But company officials say they will continue to look for additional U.S. companies to join the team. EADS has been in a rush to secure a possible U.S. prime or more major subcontractors since Northrop Grumman decided to break ties as the former prime on the program last month….
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • Delta Tries To Convert 787 Order
    By Andrew Compart Delta Air Lines on April 20 gave its strongest public indication to date that it is trying to convert its 787 order, which has been the subject of speculation for more than year. Asked during the airline’s first-quarter earnings conference call if Delta is still a 787 customer, CEO Richard Anderson responded, “technically, yes.” But he added that Delta has “been in negotiations with Boeing to figure out what’s going to happen…
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • London Heathrow Finally Reopens
    By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com Flights finally began landing again at London Heathrow Airport late on April 20 after U.K. civil aviation authorities reopened much of the nation’s airspace. The U.K. was particularly hard hit by the ash cloud caused by the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano, with authorities changing their plans and opting to keep much of the country’s airspace closed April 20 after a new burst of ash…
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • European Associations Demand State Aid
    By Jens Flottau jflottau@freenet.deFRANKFURT Three European airline associations are calling for state aid in order to be able to cope with the financial consequences of the volcano eruption that left most of Europe’s airlines grounded for five days. The European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA), European Regions Airline Association (ERA) and International Air Carrier Association (IACA) say they want the European Commission and European member…
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • Obama Explains Future Space Plans
    By Irene KlotzKennedy Space Center President Barack Obama has taken ownership of the turnabout space-exploration policy embodied in his Fiscal 2011 NASA budget request, opening up a potentially game-changing debate on the U.S. role in space that is likely to encompass much more than the civilian space agency before it is over. Aerospace industry executives already are struggling to find their way across the shifting space policy grounds, and…
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • European Skies Open But Schedules Scrambled
    Europe’s skies were open for business on Wednesday, but with so many planes having been grounded by the pall of volcanic ash spreading from Iceland it could take days, or weeks, to clear the backlog …
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • EADS Triggers USD$50 Billion US Tanker Battle
    Airbus parent EADS braved awkward financial odds and a growing storm in Congress by challenging Boeing for an aerial tanker deal worth up to USD$50 billion, sources said on Tuesday (photo: Outisnn) …
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • Unknowns Cloud Volcano Impact Predictions
    Policymakers and markets trying to react to the volcanic gas cloud affecting air travel in Europe face a host of variables, unknowns and hard-to-measure risks that make predictions almost impossible …
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • Ash Cloud Reaches North American Coast
    The ash cloud from Iceland’s volcanic eruption brushed up against Canada’s Eastern seaboard on Monday, but airlines said domestic flight cancellations were mostly because of fog …
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • Ash Cloud Leads To Spike In Airport Hotel Rates
    Some European airport hotels have raised rates sharply in the last week – in some cases doubling them – as a volcanic ash cloud from Iceland left flyers stranded and created a crush of desperate customers …
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • Britain Reopens All Of Its Airspace
    Britain reopened all its airspace at 2100 GMT on Tuesday, the first time in five days that aircraft were able to fly to and from all airports after closures caused by the ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano …
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • Flights Pick Up In Europe As Ash Risk Lowered
    European airports started to return to life on Tuesday after five days cut off from the rest of the world by a volcanic ash cloud, as authorities downgraded the risk the ash posed to aircraft …
    Apr-21 – 2010 | More ->
  • NASA Selects Community College Scholars For Chance To Design Space Rovers, Visit Johnson Space Center
    WASHINGTON — Seventy-six students from community colleges in 28states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have been selected totravel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, May 20-22, for anout-of-this-world experience. They will participate in a three-dayon-site event to develop robotic explorers that will rove thesurfaces of other worlds.This event is the culmination of the National Community CollegeAerospace Scholars pilot program. Students completed four Web-basedassignments during the…
    Apr-20 – 2010 | More ->
  • Cebu Pacific orders more A320s
    Airline to continue expansion across Asian regionCebu Pacific (CEB) of the Philippines has placed a firm order with Airbus for seven more A320 aircraft. The latest contract increases the carrier’s A320 Family order backlog to 22 aircraft, scheduled for delivery between the last quarter of 2010 and 2014.Powered by CFM 56 engines, the new aircraft will join an existing A320 Family fleet flying on the low cost carrier’s extensive domestic and regional route network.”The A320 Family…
    Apr-20 – 2010 | More ->


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