Aviation News Releases – Monday, August 9, 2010

By Mark Carreau

The Boeing Co. is pursuing plans for a seven-person commercial crew transportation system that could be in operation by 2015, as part of a larger NASA-supported framework that includes extended International Space Station operations as well as development of an Orion-like spacecraft and new heavy-lift rocket for human deep space missions, company officials said Aug. 5 …

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Boeing Looking For Commercial Space Success
By Mark Carreau The Boeing Co. is pursuing plans for a seven-person commercial crew transportation system that could be in operation by 2015, as part of a larger NASA-supported framework that includes extended International Space Station operations as well as development of an Orion-like spacecraft and new heavy-lift rocket for human deep space missions, company officials said Aug. 5 …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

FAA Orders Boeing 747 Wiring Changes
The US Federal Aviation Administration has proposed mandatory fixes to some Boeing 747-400 airliners to ensure that concerns about potentially hazardous takeoffs are addressed, the Wall Street Journal said …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

Mexicana To Cut Flights As Cash Crisis Worsens
Mexicana will start cutting flights this week as a crippling financial crisis worsens leaving it strapped for cash, the company said in a statement on Sunday …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Air Force

Latest KC-X Protest Not Likely Precedent
By Amy Butler The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has a healthy set of case law exploring the question of proposal tardiness upon which to draw during its review of the U.S. Aerospace protest of the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X source selection process, according to a GAO official. Ralph White, managing associate general counsel for procurement law, says that there have been many similar …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

U.S. Aerospace Protests KC-X Source Selection
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.com The Pentagon is assessing only two bids for the U.S. Air Force KC-135 replacement competition because a last-minute proposal from U.S. Aerospace/Antonov was not received before the deadline, according to Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary. This has sparked a protest from U.S. Aerospace filed Aug. 2 with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->

USAF Plans For AEHF Launch Next Week
By Amy Butler The U.S. Air Force says the first Lockheed Martin Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite is slated for launch Aug. 12. Once in operation after months of testing, AEHF will begin ushering in a new era for protected, jam-proof communications. This mission is now handled by the Milstar constellation …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->


Airports

Baghdad Returns To Map Of Global Airlines
Baghdad is getting back on the map of international airlines after 20 years of violence as the prospect of multi-billion dollar oil deals lures businesses back …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

Delta Close To Approval For JFK Overhaul
Delta Air Lines’ USD$1.2 billion renovation of its terminals at New York’s John F Kennedy Airport is expected to be approved on Thursday, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday …
Aug-05 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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

Dubai Leasing Firm Cuts Orders By USD$8 Bln
Plane leasing company Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has cancelled orders for 50 aircraft from Airbus and Boeing worth more than USD$8 billion, recently published data show …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

Mexicana To Cut Flights As Cash Crisis Worsens
Mexicana will start cutting flights this week as a crippling financial crisis worsens leaving it strapped for cash, the company said in a statement on Sunday …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

Spain Seeks Arbitration In ATC Strike Threat
Spain’s air traffic controllers should accept the government’s offer to settle the conflict over pay and working conditions by arbitration to avoid a strike, Public Works Minister Jose Blanco said …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

USMC Digs In To Save EFV
By Michael Fabey Defense Secretary Robert Gates has proved to be a master at divesting the services of their most beloved programs. He stopped the U.S. Air Force’s longer-term production of the F-22 and killed its combat search-and-rescue replacement (CSAR-X) plans. The Army’s Future Combat System is now just a hollow cave filled with the echo of spinoffs. But Gates may have met his match when taking on the …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

Latest KC-X Protest Not Likely Precedent
By Amy Butler The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has a healthy set of case law exploring the question of proposal tardiness upon which to draw during its review of the U.S. Aerospace protest of the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X source selection process, according to a GAO official. Ralph White, managing associate general counsel for procurement law, says that there have been many similar …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

Global Hawk In Pre-Nunn-McCurdy Review
By Amy Butler The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has begun what is described by one U.S. defense official as a “pre-Nunn-McCurdy” review of the Global Hawk UAV program. If there is a so-called Nunn-McCurdy breach of cost growth caps, this would be the second breach of the statute that dictates how to handle major cost increases in government …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->


Executive

Legacy 650 jet makes its first public appearance at Labace, in Brazil
The Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 jets will also be on displaySão José dos Campos, August 6, 2010 – Embraer will exhibit the Legacy 650 executive jet, for the first time, at the seventh Latin American Business Conference and Exhibition (LABACE), August 12-14. The event takes place at the Congonhas Airport (CGH), in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, and marks the debut of the Legacy 650, which will be officially presented to visitors on opening day, August 12, at 1 p.m.On August 11, Wednesday, 4 p.m.,…
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

NetJets Execs Launch New Leasing Firm
By Kerry Lynch Fractional ownership pioneer Richard Santulli and former NetJets Europe CEO William Kelly have resurfaced in the aviation industry with a newly established helicopter and business jet leasing firm, Milestone Aviation Group. The company today announced it has secured $500 million of equity capital commitments to formally launch the business. The Jordan Company, a middle-market private …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Industry

Dubai Leasing Firm Cuts Orders By USD$8 Bln
Plane leasing company Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has cancelled orders for 50 aircraft from Airbus and Boeing worth more than USD$8 billion, recently published data show …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

FAA Orders Boeing 747 Wiring Changes
The US Federal Aviation Administration has proposed mandatory fixes to some Boeing 747-400 airliners to ensure that concerns about potentially hazardous takeoffs are addressed, the Wall Street Journal said …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

Legacy 650 jet makes its first public appearance at Labace, in Brazil
The Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 jets will also be on displaySão José dos Campos, August 6, 2010 – Embraer will exhibit the Legacy 650 executive jet, for the first time, at the seventh Latin American Business Conference and Exhibition (LABACE), August 12-14. The event takes place at the Congonhas Airport (CGH), in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, and marks the debut of the Legacy 650, which will be officially presented to visitors on opening day, August 12, at 1 p.m.On August 11, Wednesday, 4 p.m.,…
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->


Navy

USMC Digs In To Save EFV
By Michael Fabey Defense Secretary Robert Gates has proved to be a master at divesting the services of their most beloved programs. He stopped the U.S. Air Force’s longer-term production of the F-22 and killed its combat search-and-rescue replacement (CSAR-X) plans. The Army’s Future Combat System is now just a hollow cave filled with the echo of spinoffs. But Gates may have met his match when taking on the …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

U.S. Navy Establishes New UMV Office
By Bettina H. Chavanne The U.S. Navy has established a new program office to manage its unmanned maritime vehicle (UMV) efforts, marrying traditional acquisition and advanced development into a single charter. “The goal is to coordinate [unmanned vehicle acquisition] efforts and then direct specific experimentation and technology maturation,” says new program manager Capt …
Aug-06 – 2010 | More ->

Sikorsky Protests Afghanistan Russian Helos
By Bettina H. Chavanne Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has filed a protest against U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) demanding the suspension of a request for proposals (RFP) for Russian Mi-17 helicopters for Afghanistan. Sikorsky claims Navair’s RFP “precludes all considerations of offers to supply U.S.-manufactured helicopters, irrespective of their technical or life-cycle cost advantages …
Aug-05 – 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

Boeing Looking For Commercial Space Success
By Mark Carreau The Boeing Co. is pursuing plans for a seven-person commercial crew transportation system that could be in operation by 2015, as part of a larger NASA-supported framework that includes extended International Space Station operations as well as development of an Orion-like spacecraft and new heavy-lift rocket for human deep space missions, company officials said Aug. 5 …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Announces Next Opportunity for Cubesat Space Missions
WASHINGTON — NASA has announced a second opportunity for smallsatellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch in 2011 and2012. These CubeSats could be auxiliary cargo on previously plannedmissions.CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. Thecube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have avolume of about one quart and weigh less than 2.2 pounds.CubeSat investigations should be consistent with NASA’s Strategic Planor the Education Strategic…
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Seeks Data from Innovative Lunar Demonstrations
WASHINGTON — NASA has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to purchase specific data resulting from industry efforts to test andverify vehicle capabilities through demonstrations of small roboticlanders. The purpose is to inform the development of future human androbotic lander vehicles.The Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) BAA will result inmultiple small firm-fixed price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts with a total value up to $30.1 million through 2012….
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Turkish Air Grounds Overweight Staff – Report
Turkish Airlines has grounded 28 flight attendants for being overweight and given them six months to slim down or face reassignment, a local newspaper said …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

Mexicana To Cut Flights As Cash Crisis Worsens
Mexicana will start cutting flights this week as a crippling financial crisis worsens leaving it strapped for cash, the company said in a statement on Sunday …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->

Egyptair Sees Improved Full-Year Profit
Egyptian flag carrier Egyptair aims to boost full-year profit by nearly a third as it rebounds from the global economic downturn, a senior executive said on Sunday …
Aug-09 – 2010 | More ->



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