Aviation News Releases – Monday, August 2, 2010

SEATTLE, Aug. 2, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] P-8A Poseidon aircraft T3 successfully completed its first flight test in Seattle on July 29. T3 is the P-8A program’s mission-system and weapon-certification aircraft.

During the two-hour and 48-minute flight from Boeing Field, Boeing and U.S. Navy test pilots performed airborne systems checks including engine accelerations and decelerations, autopilot flight modes, and auxiliary power unit and engine shutdowns and starts.

In the coming weeks, T3 will join the two P-8A test aircraft currently at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and complete additional ground and flight tests.

“At Pax River, the Boeing and Navy team will use some of the ground test data we’ve gathered in Seattle for in-flight separation and delivery accuracy tests that will occur later this year,” said Chris Ahsmann, P-8A chief engineer for Boeing.

T3 is one of six flight-test aircraft that are being assembled and tested as part of the U.S. Navy System Development and Demonstration contract Boeing received in 2004. Airworthiness-test aircraft T1 entered flight test in October 2009 and arrived at the Navy’s Patuxent River facility in April of this year. T2, the primary mission-system test aircraft, arrived at Pax River in June.

The Navy plans to purchase 117 P-8A anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to replace its P-3 fleet. Initial operational capability is planned for 2013….

Top Story

Embraer celebrates 40th anniversary of Ipanema’s first flight
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Latest Headlines

Air Force

3rd Boeing-built WGS Satellite Enters Service with US Air Force
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 2, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that the third Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) military communications satellite has entered service for the U.S. Air Force. It is now part of a constellation that is delivering significantly improved broadband communications to U.S. military forces and their allies in every theater of operation around the world. WGS is the U.S. Department of Defense’s highest-capacity satellite communications system. It provides unmatched…
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Airports

BAA Halves H1 Losses, Passenger Numbers Down
British airport operator BAA halved its first-half losses, helped by lower one-off charges, as passenger numbers fell 4.5 percent on disruption caused by a volcanic ash cloud and strikes by British Airways staff …
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Schiphol Gets European Investment Bank Loan
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Air NZ Looking At Queenstown Airport Stake
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Army

Unmanned A160T Crashes At Boeing Test Site
By Graham Warwick A Boeing A160T Hummingbird unmanned helicopter crashed on July 28 at the company’s Victorville, Calif., test site. Boeing says the aircraft autorotated to the ground 1.5 mi. from its planned landing point and rolled onto its side. The mishap occurred at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time inside the airport traffic area at Victorville. The aircraft, serial A007, is owned by the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology …
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BAE-Northrop GCV Hybrid Drive A Gamble
By Michael Fabey Executives for BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman acknowledge that U.S. Army leadership is somewhat split on the benefits of a hybrid-electric drive for the service’s new Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV), but they say their bid featuring such a system is worth the gambit. “In the Army we have both supporters and skeptics,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president and general manager of …
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Cargo

Finnair Sells MD-11s, Converts Last One
By Lee Ann Tegtmeier leeann_tegtmeier@aviationweek.com: Finnair sold its last two Boeing MD-11 aircraft to U.S.-based leasing company Neff Air. Finnair will deliver the aircraft in January. ST Aerospace Services Co. (SASCO) in Singapore converted the first aircraft into a freighter in 2009, and Finnair Cargo is flying that one, which is the only MD-11 Finnair operates, according to Finnair’s Maunu Visuri, VP fleet management …
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Air Freight Demand Jumps In June
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Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F Crashes in Riyadh
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.com, Jens Flottau jens@flottau.com, LONDON, FRANKFURT: A Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F crashed at King Khaled International Airport on landing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, destroying the aircraft. Both pilots survived when the aircraft carrying 80 tons of freight broke apart on landing and caught fire. The crew were taken to the hospital in Riyadh …
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Commercial

Olympic Merger Plan Draws EC Scrutiny
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.com, LONDON: The European Commission will conduct a more detailed assessment of the proposed merger of Greece’s two largest airlines, Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines, after a cursory look raised red flags on antitrust grounds. The European Commission says its “initial market investigation indicated that the proposed merger could raise serious competition concerns, in particular because the …
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FAA Downgrades Mexico Safety Rating
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com The FAA on July 30 determined that Mexico is not in compliance with ICAO safety standards, causing the agency to downgrade the nation to a Category 2 rating. The rating change means Mexican carriers cannot establish new service, although existing flights will not be affected. The downgrade follows an assessment of Mexico’s civil aviation authorities. “While Mexico has been responsive to …
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International Recovery Retains Momentum: IATA
By Adrian Schofield: The strong rebound in international passenger and cargo demand is continuing, as the airline industry further distances itself from the 2009 downturn and the ash-related cancellations earlier this year. Global passenger demand was up 11.9% year-on-year in June, according to the International Air Transport Association. Cargo data shows an even more impressive 26.5% improvement. With capacity increasing only …
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Defense

Next-Gen Jammer Key To F-35 Effectiveness
By David A. Fulghum, NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s mission is to penetrate the threat ring of the world’s best anti-aircraft defenses and survive, but its formula will work only if the right improvements and upgrades are in place, including the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ). New integrated air defense networks — some of them …
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Affordability Curtails Initial Israel JSF Buy
By Alon Ben-David, Amy Butler, Guy Norris, Douglas BarrieFarnborough, Farnborough, Farnborough, Farnborough Protracted negotiations between manufacturer Lockheed Martin and the U.S. on the next lot of stealthy, single-engine F-35s are nearing a conclusion as program officials close in on a new baseline for the embattled program. But the shock waves of recent cost increases to the multinational Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) continue to…
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BAE, HAL May Jointly Market Hawks Globally
By Anantha Krishnan M. BENGALURU, India — BAE Systems and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) are exploring the possibility of marketing the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer globally in the next couple of years. Andrew Gallagher, BAE Systems India managing director and chief executive officer, told AVIATION WEEK that the aircraft has the potential to be marketed to more …
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Executive

Bombardier Learjet and Governor Parkinson Announce Financing Agreement to Secure Learjet 85 Production in Wichita
Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson and Bombardier Business Aircraft President, Steve Ridolfi today announced the details of a formal agreement that will secure production of the all-new midsize Learjet 85 aircraft at Bombardier Learjet in Wichita. The agreement includes $27 million in bond financing from the State of Kansas which will be invested in improvements to Learjet’s Wichita facility in order to prepare for the eventual production of the Learjet 85 business aircraft. Modification…
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GA Groups Take Aim At EPA Lead Crackdown
By Fred George fred_george@aviationweek.com, Oshkosh, Wis.: The Experimental Aircraft Association and four other general aviation trade associations Wednesday laid out their strategy to deal with the Environmental Protection Agency’s April 28 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which collects information that eventually could lead to a ban on leaded avgas. The ANPR signaled that an “endangerment finding process” associated with lead emissions from …
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Phenom 100 executive jet expands its worlwide acceptance
Authorities from Canada, Egypt, and the Dominican Republic are the latest to certify the aircraftSão José dos Campos, July 28, 2010 – Twenty months after it went into operation, more than 150 of the Phenom 100 executive jet have already been delivered. As the number ofcustomers expands throughout the world, the aircraft must meet the specific requirements ofeach country where it will be registered. The Phenom 100 is certified, today, by 18 civilaviation authorities. The most recent approvals…
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Industry

Boeing P-8A Poseidon Aircraft T3 Enters Flight Test
SEATTLE, Aug. 2, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] P-8A Poseidon aircraft T3 successfully completed its first flight test in Seattle on July 29. T3 is the P-8A program’s mission-system and weapon-certification aircraft. During the two-hour and 48-minute flight from Boeing Field, Boeing and U.S. Navy test pilots performed airborne systems checks including engine accelerations and decelerations, autopilot flight modes, and auxiliary power unit and engine shutdowns and starts. In the coming weeks,…
Aug-02 – 2010 | More ->

3rd Boeing-built WGS Satellite Enters Service with US Air Force
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 2, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that the third Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) military communications satellite has entered service for the U.S. Air Force. It is now part of a constellation that is delivering significantly improved broadband communications to U.S. military forces and their allies in every theater of operation around the world. WGS is the U.S. Department of Defense’s highest-capacity satellite communications system. It provides unmatched…
Aug-02 – 2010 | More ->

Embraer celebrates 40th anniversary of Ipanema’s first flight
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Navy

Boeing P-8A Poseidon Aircraft T3 Enters Flight Test
SEATTLE, Aug. 2, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] P-8A Poseidon aircraft T3 successfully completed its first flight test in Seattle on July 29. T3 is the P-8A program’s mission-system and weapon-certification aircraft. During the two-hour and 48-minute flight from Boeing Field, Boeing and U.S. Navy test pilots performed airborne systems checks including engine accelerations and decelerations, autopilot flight modes, and auxiliary power unit and engine shutdowns and starts. In the coming weeks,…
Aug-02 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing-built RTCASS High-Power Test Stations Declared Ready for US Marines
ST. LOUIS, July 29, 2010 — A product line of automated test stations that Boeing [NYSE: BA] upgraded with the ability to test high-power radar systems was recently declared ready for fleet introduction by the U.S. Navy. The Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System (RTCASS) stations, built and designed by Boeing, are used by U.S. Marine Corps maintainers to diagnose problems with aircraft electronic systems. The upgrade, designated RTCASS-High Power (RTCASS-HP),…
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U.S. Navy Receives F/A-18 With HAL-built Door
By Anantha Krishnan M. BENGALURU, India — The U.S. Navy has received its first Boeing F/A-18 fighter fitted with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s (HAL) gun-bay door. The aircraft was delivered July 20, a Boeing official said. The gun-bay door agreement is the first military contract between Boeing and Bengaluru-based HAL, and is a direct …
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Science

NASA Holds Media Teleconference To Preview Major Hurricane Study
WASHINGTON — NASA will hold a media teleconference on Thursday, Aug. 5, at 3 p.m. EDT to discuss its upcoming airborne research campaigninto hurricane behavior.The Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes mission, or GRIP, willstudy how hurricanes are created and why they can intensify rapidly.The mission involves three NASA research aircraft based in Florida,Texas, and California, and observations from several NASA satellites.GRIP will run from Aug. 15 to Sept. 25.The teleconference…
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Images Appear To Show Water Ice On Moon
By Frank Morring, Jr.: Radar images collected by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) probably pinpoint thick deposits of water ice in a small crater near the Moon’s north pole. Work with the Mini-RF synthetic aperture radar (SAR) on LRO follows up findings by a similar instrument called the Mini-SAR on India’s Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter, which used the polarity of radar returns from the Moon’s north …
Jul-28 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Seeks Undergrads to Defy Gravity for Science and Engineering
HOUSTON — NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity totest an experiment in weightless science as part of the agency’sReduced Gravity Education Flight Program. Proposals are due by Oct. 27.The program, managed by the Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston,provides aspiring explorers a chance to propose, design and fabricatea reduced gravity experiment. Selected teams will get to test andevaluate their experiment aboard a microgravity aircraft. Thespecially modified jet aircraft…
Jul-23 – 2010 | More ->


Space

3rd Boeing-built WGS Satellite Enters Service with US Air Force
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 2, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that the third Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) military communications satellite has entered service for the U.S. Air Force. It is now part of a constellation that is delivering significantly improved broadband communications to U.S. military forces and their allies in every theater of operation around the world. WGS is the U.S. Department of Defense’s highest-capacity satellite communications system. It provides unmatched…
Aug-02 – 2010 | More ->

Satellite Operators Team To Avoid Collisions
By Frank Morring, Jr.: A new cooperative data tool will help keep geostationary commercial communications satellites from colliding or causing signal interference, a service its initiators hope to extend to government spacecraft and satellites in low Earth orbit as well. Spurred in part by the February 2009 collision between an active Iridium spacecraft and a defunct Russian military …
Aug-02 – 2010 | More ->

NASA’s First Robotic Crew Member To Tweet From Space Station, Available For Interviews
HOUSTON — NASA’s Robonaut 2 has no voice but is ready to tell you itsstory — in 140 characters or less. The prototype robot will travelto space this fall to give NASA a deeper understanding ofhuman-robotic interaction.Called R2, the robot has started sending updates about its upcomingmission from its new Twitter account, @AstroRobonaut. With the helpof its supporting team, R2 will document its preparations for launchand, eventually, its work aboard the International Space Station.”Hello…
Aug-02 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Greek ATC Go-Slow Hits Cyprus Flights
A work to rule protest by Greek air traffic controllers over austerity-driven reforms in their sector has disrupted hundreds of flights in and out of Cyprus …
Jul-26 – 2010 | More ->



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