Aviation News Releases – Wednesday, August 4, 2010

By Mark Carreau

HOUSTON — The July 31 failure of a coolant pump module assembly on the International Space Station has NASA managers and engineers re-evaluating their strategy for keeping the orbiting space laboratory flush with critical spare parts as the space shuttle retires.

The bulky 780-lb. pump module is scheduled for replacement during a pair of spacewalks using one of four …

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ISS Managers Rethink Sparing Strategy
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — The July 31 failure of a coolant pump module assembly on the International Space Station has NASA managers and engineers re-evaluating their strategy for keeping the orbiting space laboratory flush with critical spare parts as the space shuttle retires. The bulky 780-lb. pump module is scheduled for replacement during a pair of spacewalks using one of four …
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->

IATA Cautions On International Capacity
By Adrian Schofield While capacity growth on international routes has been generally keeping pace with traffic this year, a few worrying signs are emerging on the supply front, according to the International Air Transport Association. Through the first half of the year, passenger capacity returned “at a rate more or less matching the expansion in demand,” IATA says in its latest financial report. But in June, international capacity…
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Moves Space Station Repair Spacewalk To Friday, Sets Briefings
HOUSTON — The first of two spacewalks by NASA astronauts to replace afailed ammonia pump on the International Space Station has beendelayed by 24 hours to Friday, Aug. 6. A second spacewalk is plannedfor Monday, Aug. 9, to complete the repairs.Flight controllers and station managers made the decision Monday nightafter reviewing proposed timelines, final procedures for the repairwork, and the results from a spacewalk dress rehearsal conducted inthe Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory near NASA’s…
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Air Force

Boeing Receives 1st F-15E Radar Modernization Program Test Asset from Raytheon
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 3, 2010 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] received the first APG-82(V)1 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar test set for the U.S. Air Force F-15E Radar Modernization Program (RMP) from Raytheon in St. Louis on June 10. The radar test set, which has successfully completed Acceptance Test Procedures, will undergo further tests at Boeing’s Electronic Systems Integration Lab in St. Louis before being integrated into an F-15E. The APG-82(V)1 RMP replaces the APG-70 radar with…
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->

USAF ISR Chief Calls For Procurement Changes
By Amy Butler Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the first U.S. Air Force deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), says that the service must adapt its procurement system to respond more rapidly to the needs of commanders fighting today’s battles. A quicker acquisition system could be used to field a next-generation unmanned aerial system (UAS) suitable …
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->

F-16 Flight Demos Auto-GCAS Potential
By Guy NorrisEdwards AFB, Calif. The Auto-GCAS’s capabilities can best be appreciated firsthand. During a 1-hr. 20-min. flight on the Air Force Research Laboratory/NASA F-16 testbed, this Aviation Week editor observed a variety of scenarios, many flown at extremely low altitudes and high speed, designed to show how the automatic ground collision avoidance system (Auto-GCAS) …
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->


Airports

Australia’s MAp To Sell Stake In Mexico’s ASUR
Mexican airport operator ASUR filed for the sale of the stake owned by Australian airport operator MAp Airports, the company said …
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->

Vinci Wins Deal To Build Nantes Airport
France’s Vinci, the world’s largest construction group, said Friday it won a contract to build and operate a new airport near Nantes in western France for up to EUR€500 million (USD$652.4 million) …
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->

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 …
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->


Army

Boeing CH-47F Chinook Fielded by US Army’s 10th Mountain Division
RIDLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa., Aug. 3, 2010 — The Boeing [NYSE: BA] CH-47F Chinook helicopter was fielded July 30 by the U.S. Army’s B Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. The 10th Mountain Division is the sixth Army unit to be trained and equipped with the aircraft. “I am extremely excited that Boeing and the New Equipment Training Team were able to field and train the company on the F model Chinook so quickly,”…
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->

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 …
Jul-30 – 2010 | More ->

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 …
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->


Cargo

Boeing Relocating C-130 AMP, B-1 Program to Oklahoma City
LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 2, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced it will relocate the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) and B-1 Program from Long Beach to Oklahoma City. The move will begin with C-130 AMP starting in the first quarter of 2011 and conclude by the end of 2012 with the move of the B-1 Program. Both programs are part of the Maintenance, Modifications & Upgrades (MM&U) division of the Global Services & Support (GS&S) business unit of…
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->

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 …
Jul-29 – 2010 | More ->

Air Freight Demand Jumps In June
Air cargo demand jumped by more than a quarter in June compared with a year ago and passenger numbers rose more than one tenth as airlines saw a growing recovery from the economic crisis, industry figures showed …
Jul-28 – 2010 | More ->


Commercial

ASA Bids To Acquire ExpressJet Holdings
By Jennifer Michels jennifer_michels@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON SkyWest Inc. wholly owned subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines intends to acquire ExpressJet Holdings Inc. for $133 million, if a merger agreement approved by both carrier’s boards is approved by regulators and ExpressJet stockholders. Under their agreement, ASA would acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of ExpressJet for $6.75 a share …
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->

IATA Cautions On International Capacity
By Adrian Schofield While capacity growth on international routes has been generally keeping pace with traffic this year, a few worrying signs are emerging on the supply front, according to the International Air Transport Association. Through the first half of the year, passenger capacity returned “at a rate more or less matching the expansion in demand,” IATA says in its latest financial report. But in June, international capacity…
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->

Mexicana Files For Bankruptcy Protection
By Darren Shannon darren_shannon@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON Mexicana’s parent company has filed for bankruptcy protection for its main operating unit after declaring the carrier’s financial situation is “no longer sustainable.” The filings for court-protected reorganization of Compania Mexicana de Aviacion (CMA) in Mexico and a procedural filing in the U.S. come a day after the carrier drastically reduced its U.S. services without explanation….
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

F-16 Flight Demos Auto-GCAS Potential
By Guy NorrisEdwards AFB, Calif. The Auto-GCAS’s capabilities can best be appreciated firsthand. During a 1-hr. 20-min. flight on the Air Force Research Laboratory/NASA F-16 testbed, this Aviation Week editor observed a variety of scenarios, many flown at extremely low altitudes and high speed, designed to show how the automatic ground collision avoidance system (Auto-GCAS) …
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->

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 …
Aug-02 – 2010 | More ->

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…
Aug-02 – 2010 | More ->


Executive

HondaJet Plans 3Q 2012 Deliveries
By Fred George fred_george@aviationweek.comOshkosh, Wis. Honda Aircraft Co. has powered up the first conforming flight test HondaJet, making possible first flight in the next few months and FAA type certification by mid-2012, followed by entry into service in the third quarter. Company officials revealed the milestone event, which occurred in May, during a briefing July 29 at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture here. The company claims…
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->

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…
Jul-30 – 2010 | More ->

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 …
Jul-30 – 2010 | More ->


Industry

HondaJet Plans 3Q 2012 Deliveries
By Fred George fred_george@aviationweek.comOshkosh, Wis. Honda Aircraft Co. has powered up the first conforming flight test HondaJet, making possible first flight in the next few months and FAA type certification by mid-2012, followed by entry into service in the third quarter. Company officials revealed the milestone event, which occurred in May, during a briefing July 29 at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture here. The company claims…
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->

Embraer Sees Shrinking Margins In H2 2010
Embraer will probably report narrower profit margins in the second half of 2010 as sales of its more expensive jets recover slowly, company executives said …
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->

Embraer increases by 5% its guidance for 2010 revenue
Financial results of 2nd quarter posted, with net cash at US$ 659 millionSão José dos Campos, August 2010 – Embraer released its financial results, today, for the second quarter of 2010 (2Q10) in US GAAP. Net revenue was US$ 1.35 billion, and net profit totaled US$ 70.3 million. The operational cash generated – US$ 236 million – was one of the period’s highlights, contributing to the higher net cash position of US$ 659 million on June 30.The recovery of the market seen since the beginning of…
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->


Navy

Amphibious Assault At Top Of USMC Priorities
By Bettina H. Chavanne Amphibious assault remains at the top of the priorities the U.S. Marine Corps is setting for its post-Afghanistan force, according to a leading official at the Navy Department. Robert “Bob” Work, undersecretary of the Navy, told a Center for Strategic and International Studies audience in Washington Aug. 3 that his top six priorities for the Marines will be reflected in the Force Structure Review Group …
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->

Third P-8A Poseidon Enters Flight Testing
By Guy Norris LOS ANGELES — The third Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft, T3, is being prepared for transfer to U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., following the completion of its first flight in Seattle on July 29. T3, which is the mission-system and weapon-certification aircraft, also is expected to make at least one more flight from Boeing Field before joining the first two P-8A test …
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->

Insitu Expects Demand After Integrator Win
By Graham Warwick, Amy Butler Ultimate procurement numbers for the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (Stuas) will depend on whether the Insitu Integrator can operate from cruisers and destroyers now equipped with the Boeing subsidiary’s smaller ScanEagle unmanned aircraft. Stuas bidders were told to base production cost estimates on 24 systems for the Navy and 32 for the Marine Corps, but …
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->


Science

NASA Casts A Wide Net For Summer Of Innovation Partners
WASHINGTON — NASA is inviting potential partners to participate inthe agency’s Summer of Innovation project to engage middle schoolstudents in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learningactivities.The Summer of Innovation’s goal is to provide experiences that willhave a positive impact on students’ academic performance, choice ofSTEM coursework, degree programs and eventual career path. Theproject is focused on broadening participation in STEM disciplines byunderrepresented,…
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->

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…
Aug-02 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Space

ISS Managers Rethink Sparing Strategy
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — The July 31 failure of a coolant pump module assembly on the International Space Station has NASA managers and engineers re-evaluating their strategy for keeping the orbiting space laboratory flush with critical spare parts as the space shuttle retires. The bulky 780-lb. pump module is scheduled for replacement during a pair of spacewalks using one of four …
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->

Raytheon Wins Astronaut Training Contract
By Mark Carreau NASA has selected Raytheon Technical Services Co. for a potential $119.9 million, five-year contract to operate, maintain and provide sustaining engineering for the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory and Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The agreement, announced July 30, includes a three-year base period valued at $67.6 million. A pair of one-year …
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Moves Space Station Repair Spacewalk To Friday, Sets Briefings
HOUSTON — The first of two spacewalks by NASA astronauts to replace afailed ammonia pump on the International Space Station has beendelayed by 24 hours to Friday, Aug. 6. A second spacewalk is plannedfor Monday, Aug. 9, to complete the repairs.Flight controllers and station managers made the decision Monday nightafter reviewing proposed timelines, final procedures for the repairwork, and the results from a spacewalk dress rehearsal conducted inthe Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory near NASA’s…
Aug-04 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Travel Rise Spurs Hotels To Seek Rate Increases
A surge in business travel has emboldened US hotel companies to try to raise rates for corporate clients next year after two straight years of lower rates …
Aug-03 – 2010 | More ->



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