Aviation News Releases – Tuesday, April 27, 2010



  • EADS, Boeing Squaring Off Again Over Tankers
    By Amy ButlerWashington With little to lose and much to gain, EADS is now pursuing a solo bid for the U.S. Air Force’s $35-billion KC-135 replacement program. This path seemed virtually unthinkable a few months ago; however, a win would be the single most significant step in boosting the company’s revenue in the U.S., which is largely dependent on commercial sales …
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  • Aeroflot Mulls Low-Fare Adjunct
    By Robert Wall Aeroflot may use the ongoing process of airline consolidation in Russia as an opportunity to set up a low-fare adjunct, although CEO Vitaly Saveliev stresses that the core business will not change. The possibility emerges as Aeroflot subsumes six smaller airlines — GTK Rossiya, Kavminvodyavia (KMV), Orenburg Airlines (Orenair), Saratov Airlines (SarAvia), Sakhalin …
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  • NASA Bumps Last Shuttle Flight To November
    By Irene Klotz KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Changes to a $2 billion particle detector to be installed outside the International Space Station have prompted NASA to retarget the final flight in the space shuttle program for November. With an extra $600 million expected to extend shuttle operations into the last three months of the year, NASA agreed to delay launch of the Alpha Magnetic …
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  • NASA Ames Center Director Receives Arthur C. Clarke Award
    WASHINGTON — The director of NASA’s Ames Research Center, S. PeteWorden, was recognized Tuesday by The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation forhis leadership in space exploration.Worden has written or co-written more than 150 scientific technicalpapers in astrophysics, space sciences and strategic studies. He alsoserved as a scientific co-investigator for two NASA space sciencemissions. Before becoming Ames center director, he was a researchprofessor of astronomy, optical sciences and planetary…
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  • NASA Announces Wednesday Media Teleconference About Search For Extraterrestrial Life
    WASHINGTON — NASA will hold a news media teleconference at 1:30 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, April 28, to discuss the status of agency-sponsoredastrobiology research, including the search for evidence ofextraterrestrial life and the study of how life began on Earth.Topics also will include the quest for evidence of life on Mars, thehabitability of other celestial bodies, and future technologyresearch.This week, NASA and scientists from around the world are gathering ata biennial meeting near Houston…
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  • ORS Could Foster International Partnerships
    By Amy Butler COLORADO SPRINGS — Executives at Alliant Techsystems (ATK) are eyeing the Pentagon’s Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) program as a possible “flagship” to foster international partnerships on military space efforts. The forthcoming Space Posture Review is expected to push the idea of more collaboration with allies on space matters, both as a potential cost-saving position and to foster …
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  • Indian C-17 Deal with U.S. Advances
    By Neelam Mathews mathews.neelam@gmail.comNew Delhi Moving a step toward a U.S. foreign military sale, a prerequisite to negotiations, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency formally notified Congress on April 22 of the possible foreign military sale (FMS) of 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to the Indian Air Force. India’s Defense Ministry had sent a letter of request to the U.S. government for the C-17s via the FMS process …
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  • DARPA Investigates Hypersonic Glider Loss
    By Graham Warwick graham_warwick@aviationweek.comWashington Lockheed Martin and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are investigating why contact with the first HTV-2 test vehicle was lost soon after launch on a mission to demonstrate technology for high-performance, long-endurance hypersonic flight. The third stage of the Orbital Sciences Minotaur IV Lite booster successfully completed energy-management …
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  • Looking For MRO Deals
    By Henry Canaday Probable recovery of aviation maintenance markets is within sight, even if not experienced yet. That usually means some reshaping of the industry through mergers and acquisitions. Acquisitions of aftermarket firms come in two kinds. Manufacturers or shops already in the business can make strategic or “bolt-on” acquisitions of firms that complement their existing capabilities. And private equity or venture …
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  • Cost Of Volcanic Ash At EUR€1.5-EUR€2.5 Bln – EU
    The volcanic ash cloud from Iceland could have led to overall costs of EUR€1.5 billion – EUR€2.5 billion euros (USD$2 billion – USD$3.3 billion) for the grounded European aviation industry, the European Union’s transport chief said on Tuesday …
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  • New Investors May Pick Up SpiceJet Stake
    About half a dozen fund houses have submitted proposals for a possible investment in India’s second largest low-fare carrier SpiceJet, Mint newspaper reported on Tuesday (photo: Turmeric) …
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  • Airbus Workers To Block Production In Pay Protest
    Airbus unions in France plan to carry out a series of targeted blockages starting on Monday at three of the European planemaker’s French sites in a protest over pay, the unions said on Monday …
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  • Boeing “Gaining Solid Momentum” — CEO
    Boeing is gaining momentum as the economy improves and is looking forward to several years of steady or increasing commercial production, chief executive Jim McNerney told the company’s annual meeting on Monday (photo: Dave Sizer) …
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  • American Air Delays Chicago-Beijing Service
    American Airlines said on Monday that it will delay the start of its daily, nonstop service from Chicago to Beijing until next month because China has not given it viable take-off and landing slots …
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  • Aeroplan To Buy Stake In AeroMexico’s Club Premier
    Canada’s Groupe Aeroplan, which operates Air Canada’s frequent flyer scheme, said it will buy a minority position in AeroMexico’s frequent flyer, Club Premier, to expand into the Latin American market …
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  • JAL Could Miss Restructuring Deadline – Report
    Debt-ridden Japan Airlines could miss its end June deadline for submitting a rehabilitation plan by up to two months as it deals with local governments opposed to flight cuts, the Nikkei said …
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  • NASA, EPA Extend Environmental And Earth Science Collaborations
    WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson signed a Memorandum of Agreement on Monday to promote and continue collaboration between the two agencies in environmental and Earth sciences and applications.The signing ceremony took place at the Howard University Middle Schoolof Mathematics and Science (MS)² in Washington. Following theceremony, both administrators met with students to discuss theimportance of science and…
    Apr-26 – 2010 | More ->
  • Boeing Delivers Cathay Pacific Airways’ 75th Airplane – 777-300ER
    EVERETT, Wash., April 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Cathay Pacific Airways celebrated Monday as the airline took delivery of its 75th airplane purchased directly from Boeing, a 777-300ER (Extended Range). “The 777 allows us to economically offer non-stop service to the major gateways of the world,” said John Slosar, chief operating officer, Cathay Pacific Airways. “The 777 has great passenger appeal, so it’s really a core airplane for us. It has…
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  • Bombardier Learjet Delivers First Learjet 60 XR Aircraft to Mexico-Based Customer
    Bombardier Aerospace today announced that it delivered its first Learjet 60 XR aircraft to a customer based in Mexico on March 16, 2010. This aircraft joins the growing fleet of Learjet aircraft operating in Mexico and Latin America. “This milestone delivery for the Learjet 60 XR jet confirms this aircraft’s expanding international presence,” said Fabio Rebello, regional vice president, Sales, Latin America, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Learjet 60 XR jet…
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  • NASA Selects Partners in Idaho, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Wyoming for 2010 Summer of Innovation
    WASHINGTON — NASA is partnering with the Space Grant Consortia ofIdaho, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Wyoming in the Summer ofInnovation initiative to use the agency’s out-of-this-world missionsand technology programs to boost summer learning, particularly forstudents who are underrepresented and underperforming in science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.”NASA is partnering with these states in a pilot program to addressour nation’s critical science, technology, engineering…
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  • NASA TV Celebrates 20 Years Of Hubble Space Telescope Operations
    WASHINGTON — NASA Television marks the 20th anniversary of on-orbit operations of the Hubble Space Telescope with a documentary thatpremieres Monday, April 26 at 2 p.m. EDT. It will re-air at 4 p.m., 8p.m. and 10 p.m.”Hubble: 20 Years of Discovery” celebrates the achievements of one ofthe most popular and important scientific instruments in the historyof exploration. Narrated by actor and writer Brent Spiner, thisspecial video presentation takes viewers on a journey back in timeand into the…
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  • Iran Shows Off Its Weapons
    By David A. Fulghum, Douglas Barrie, Alon Ben-DavidWashington, London, Tel Aviv Pentagon officials judge Iran’s Army Day parade to be part posturing and part concept demonstration. But they also contend that Tehran is making progress in its weapon programs that have armed the country with a force of 1,000 ballistic missiles with ranges of 90-1,200 mi. “Both the surface-to-air missile equipment and stealth aircraft mockups [in the April 18…
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  • NTSB Probes Near Collision at Burbank
    By Frances Fiorino fiorino@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON The NTSB is investigating the April 19 near collision of Southwest Airlines Flight 649 and a Cessna 172 at Burbank, Calif., Bob Hope Airport. The skies were clear with 10-mi. visibility when the event occurred, according to preliminary details released by the NTSB on April 23 …
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  • New SAAB CEO Named
    By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON Saab is bringing in an industry outsider to run the company, naming Hakan Bushke to take the helm of the aerospace and defense company starting Nov. 1. Saab has been searching for a new CEO since incumbent Ake Svensson announced he would depart the company on Sept. 1 to take over as president of the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries …
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  • USAF Fighter Shortfall Smaller Than Expected
    By Amy Butler The U.S. Air Force’s “fighter gap” is shrinking dramatically, but not because more aircraft are being acquired. The service hopes to buy 1,763 Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in the coming years to replace 2,228 legacy fighters. The difference is because each new F-35 and the existing Lockheed Martin F-22s will be far more capable than their predecessors …
    Apr-26 – 2010 | More ->


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