Aviation News Releases – Thursday, April 29, 2010



  • New Orion Role Raises Funding Challenge
    By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — When President Obama altered plans earlier this month to cancel NASA’s Constellation Program by announcing a new role for the Orion crew exploration vehicle, he made no mention of how the White House planned to pay for the spacecraft’s conversion into an escape capsule for the International Space Station (ISS). In his major policy remarks April 15 at NASA’s Kennedy …
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  • NASA TV Provides Coverage Of New Launch Abort System Test
    WASHINGTON — NASA Television will provide live coverage of the May 6launch of the Pad Abort 1 flight test. The broadcast will begin at8:30 a.m. EDT from the launch site at the U.S. Army’s White SandsMissile Range near Las Cruces, N.M.The launch window extends from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT, with liftofftargeted for the beginning of the window. Pad Abort 1 will be thefirst fully-integrated test of the launch abort system beingdeveloped for the Orion crew vehicle. The information gatheredthrough the…
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  • NASA Sensor Technology Helps Recreational Boaters Make Waves
    WASHINGTON — As summer approaches, NASA-developed wireless sensor technology is giving recreational boat owners safer and more accurate readings of how much fuel is in their tanks. The NASA-developedmagnetic measuring system also has potential use in planes, trainsand automobiles.Senior scientist Stan Woodard of NASA’s Langley Research Center inHampton, Va., and Bryant Taylor, an ATK Space Division electronicstechnician at Langley, created a wireless fluid-level measurementsystem. It…
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  • Boeing Honors 25 Years of B-1 Excellence
    DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas, April 29, 2010 — Members of the Boeing [NYSE: BA] B-1 Bomber Program team have joined the U.S. Air Force at Dyess Air Force Base today to mark the 25th anniversary of the B-1 bomber. The B-1 has supported U.S. and allied warfighters around the world since it entered active service on June 29, 1985. “The 25th anniversary of the B-1 brings back many memories of its service from the Cold War through today,” said Boeing B-1 Program Manager Mark…
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  • Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring Around 690 Jobs, $33 Million to Ohio
    ST. LOUIS, April 28, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that Ohio will benefit from approximately 690 total jobs and an estimated $33 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force’s next aerial refueling aircraft. Currently, Boeing works with 500 suppliers/vendors in Ohio, resulting in an estimated $4.7 billion in annual economic impact and supporting an estimated 190,000 direct and indirect jobs in the state. One of…
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  • Boeing to Highlight Commitment to Customer Readiness at Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition
    ST. LOUIS, April 28, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] will spotlight a wide array of existing and emerging technologies in support of customer readiness at the 2010 Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition. This year’s event takes place May 3-5 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. “Boeing’s existing products and solutions are supporting the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine as they undertake missions around the world, at…
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  • Schools Fly High with Bombardier
    School children from across Northern Ireland reached for the sky today at the final of Bombardier’s annual Flight Experience Challenge, held at the W5 Science and Discovery Centre in Odyssey, Belfast. Linked to Bombardier’s extensive educational outreach, which supports the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programme in Northern Ireland’s schools, the competition provides a practical learning experience for young people. Pupils were challenged to design, build…
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  • EMBRAER HIGHLIGHTS ITS EXECUTIVE JETS PORTFOLIO AT EBACE 2010
    Company will showcase the Phenom 100, Phenom 300, Legacy 500, Legacy 600, and Lineage 1000São José dos Campos, April 28, 2010 – Embraer will participate in the tenth EuropeanBusiness Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), at the Geneva Palexpo ExhibitionCenter, Switzerland, May 4-6. The full executive jet portfolio will be promoted at the event,presenting the entry level Phenom 100, the light Phenom 300, the super midsize Legacy 600and the ultra-large Lineage 1000 in the static display,…
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  • Supplier Parts Shortage Slows 787 Line
    By Michael Mecham As the 22nd 787 enters final body join on the assembly line in Everett, Wash., Boeing says it will delay receiving wing and fuselage sections until early June as some of its suppliers struggle with parts shortages. The delay will last for 24 manufacturing days (the average is 22 per month), affect the 23rd and 24th aircraft, and should consume all of May. Final assembly work is underway on …
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  • Defexpo Highlights India?s Procurement Needs
    By Neelam MathewsNew Delhi India’s rapidly growing defense programs attracted a number of major global contractors to the biennial Def- expo land and naval exposition here in February. Many were looking to establish or firm up partnerships with local manufacturers to meet the offsets mandated for procurement awards by the defense ministry. Though eager for business, most contractors want the …
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  • Losses Shrink at US Airways
    By Darren Shannon US Airways more than halved its operating and net losses in the first quarter, compared to the same period last year, despite a sizable jump in its fuel costs, and could have reported an even better performance had it not been for the snow storms that battered the U.S. East Coast during the period. The $10 million operating loss marks a 60.7% …
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  • Rivals Join For Next Stage Of PAK FA Engine
    By Maxim PyadushkinMoscow Russia’s two engine manufacturers are to collaborate on the next stage of engine development for the Sukhoi T-50 fifth-generation fighter after years of going head-to-head as rivals. The Moscow-based Salut and United Engine Corp. (UEC) have agreed to work jointly on the so-called second-stage engine for the T-50 being developed to meet the air …
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  • Embraer To Certify Legacy 650 In 2010
    By Fred George fred_george@aviationweek.com Embraer has made a commitment to achieve certification for the Legacy 650 development program by the second half of 2010, Claudio Camalier, vice president of market intelligence for Embraer Executive Jets, tells Aviation Week April 26. “We’re working toward that goal as much as possible,” says Camalier …
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  • James Webb Space Telescope Passes Milestone
    By Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.comSAN FRANCISCO After a week of program reviews, NASA says the contracting and instrument teams leading its James Webb Space Telescope mission are meeting all science and engineering requirements necessary to support a nominal five-year mission, starting in 2015. Called the mission critical design review (MCDR), the process was centered at prime contractor Northrop …
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  • Russia Launches Military Comms Satellite
    By Alexey Komarov MOSCOW — Russian Space Forces on April 27 successfully launched a military communications satellite from Plesetsk Cosmodrome aboard a Kosmos-3M light booster. Designated Kosmos 2463, the satellite is believed to be of the Parus type, intended for navigation and communication. Only one or two Kosmos-3M boosters remain in the inventory. Since 1968, manufacturer Polyot has produced …
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  • Airlines Seek MRO Innovations
    By Lee Ann Tegtmeier leeann_tegtmeier@aviationweek.comPHOENIx Airlines want their aftermarket service providers to continually innovate, and as they seek ways to become profitable and outsource MRO more in general, these requests could forge new business opportunities for MROs and suppliers. Take expendible material. “I don’t want to carry it, MROs don’t want to carry it,” and airlines want a common …
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  • Ramp Service Becomes More Competitive In
    By Asia-Pacific StaffSingapore Singapore Airport Terminal Services won a license to offer technical ramp services at Changi Airport, competing head-on with a former sister company. Before this, the ground-handler focused on catering, passenger and baggage handling businesses, leaving ramp services such as aircraft marshalling and parking, tow-in, push-back services and aircraft exterior cleaning to …
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  • Amadeus Defies Tough Markets With IPO
    Travel reservations firm Amadeus returned to the Spanish stock exchange on Thursday defying the country’s recent debt downgrade to become Europe’s largest flotation this year …
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  • Singapore Airport Passenger, Cargo Traffic Up 19 Pct
    Singapore’s Changi Airport, Asia’s fifth largest, saw an 18.8 percent rise in air freight movements by tonnage in March from a year ago, indicating strong demand for goods, data showed on Thursday (photo: Sengkang) …
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  • BAA Q1 Traffic, Sales Rise; Cautious On 2010
    British airports operator BAA reported rising first quarter passenger traffic and earnings on Thursday, although it warned the industry as a whole faces further economic challenges this year …
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  • Lufthansa Sees Demand For Flights, Cargo Improving
    Demand for flights and cargo services is growing as first signs of a global economic recovery have encouraged consumers and businesses to start spending more again, German flag carrier Lufthansa said …
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  • Continental, United Meeting On Potential Deal
    The boards of Continental Airlines and United Airlines parent UAL are meeting this week to consider a potential merger and news of a deal could come as early as Friday, sources said …
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  • EU To Ease Restrictions On Carry-On Liquids
    The European Union will end current restrictions on liquids in passengers’ hand luggage by April 2013 in an overhaul of aviation security, the EU’s executive said Thursday …
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  • NY LaGuardia Airport Should Be Torn Down
    New York City’s LaGuardia Airport, one of the nation’s busiest with about 26 million passengers a year, is so outdated that it should be completely demolished and rebuilt, a Port Authority official said on Wednesday …
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  • Continental Flight Cleared After Possible Threat
    A Continental Airlines flight to Washington from Houston was cleared after being diverted on Wednesday to North Carolina because of a threatening message found in the bathroom, the second plane threat in as many days …
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