Aviation News Releases – Wednesday, August 11, 2010

EEOC 2010 to be held in São Paulo, August 10 and 11

São José dos Campos, August 2010 – The Embraer Executive Operators Conference (EEOC) is being held on August 10 and 11, and is dedicated to Phenom 100, Phenom 300, and Legacy 600 operators in Brazil. EEOC 2010 takes place in São Paulo, and is a great opportunity for the Company to interact with customers, suppliers, and service centers….

Top Stories

NASA and Israel Space Agency Sign Statement of Intent for Future Cooperation
WASHINGTON –During a meeting Tuesday at NASA Headquarters inWashington, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Israel Space AgencyDirector General Zvi Kaplan signed a joint statement of intent toexpand the agencies’ cooperation in civil space activities.The signing followed a meeting between Bolden, Kaplan and ProfessorDaniel Hershkowitz, Israel’s minister of Science and Technology. Itadvanced discussions that began when Bolden visited Israel in January.The agencies agreed to identify new joint…
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->

Crash Kills Stevens; EADS NA CEO Lives
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), until 2008 a pillar of defense appropriations and commercial aviation lawmaking, died Aug. 9 as the result of the crash of a DeHavilland DHC-3T (N455A) that claimed four other victims near Dillingham, Alaska. Stevens was 86. EADS North America CEO Sean O’Keefe and his son, Kevin, also were aboard but survived, company officials said late …
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->

Mexicana Needs USD$100 Mln To Keep Flying – CEO
Debt-ridden airline Mexicana needs a cash injection of at least USD$100 million to keep flying, the company’s chief executive said on Tuesday …
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Air Force

UAVs Dominate Surveillance And Targeting
By David A. Fulghum The U.S. Air Force is reintroducing its stealthy, unmanned RQ-170 to operations in Afghanistan, and Israel is using its strategic-range UAVs to observe, target and strike smugglers in the Red Sea. The latest twist is that the U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel flying wing either has returned or is returning to Afghanistan with a full-motion video capability that ground commanders …
Aug-11 – 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 ->

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 ->


Airports

Manchester Airports Group Appoints New COO
The UK’s Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer to bring together the management of its four airports …
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Army

NASA Selects Contractor For Wallops Island Protection Project
WASHINGTON — NASA has selected the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers(USACE) in Norfolk, Va., for the Launch Facilities Protection Projectat the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va. Thetotal contract value is not to exceed $49.5 million. The period ofperformance is five years.The USACE provides an array of services that will allow NASA tocomplete the Launch Facilities Protection Project. The project isscheduled to begin in fall 2010. The USACE will extend a seawallapproximately…
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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

Thai Airways confirms order for seven A330s
Thai Airways International (THAI) has finalised a purchase agreement with Airbus for the firm order of seven A330-300s, confirming a commitment announced at last month’s Farnborough Air Show. Deliveries will begin at the end of 2011 and the newly ordered aircraft will join an existing fleet of 20 A330-300s at THAI flying to destinations across the Asia-Pacific region. “THAI has ordered the additional A330-300 aircraft to meet our medium haul requirement and enable us to continue…
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->

US Airlines Report Higher July Traffic
Major US airlines saw higher traffic and flights that were often full in July, reflecting improved travel demand, according to data released by the airlines over the last week …
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->

Mexicana Needs USD$100 Mln To Keep Flying – CEO
Debt-ridden airline Mexicana needs a cash injection of at least USD$100 million to keep flying, the company’s chief executive said on Tuesday …
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Boeing Studies UAV Deployment From V-22
By Guy Norris Boeing is studying the possible deployment of unmanned air vehicles, such as ScanEagle Compressed Carriage (SECC), from the back of the V-22 Osprey. “It’s mostly through our Boeing V-22 program, but we’re looking at whether you could launch this thing out of a box,” says Ron Perkins, director of Boeing Phantom Works’ Advanced Unmanned Airborne Systems. “It’s very doable …
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->

U.K. Eyes Improved Counter-IED Capabilities
By Robert WallLondon The U.K.’s effort to upgrade the Astor ground-surveillance aircraft to enhance detection of improvised explosive devices (IED) is one in a series of equipment upgrades European militaries plan to bolster their military presence in Afghanistan. The effort comes as the debate over the course ahead in Afghanistan continues in many European countries, …
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->

UAVs Dominate Surveillance And Targeting
By David A. Fulghum The U.S. Air Force is reintroducing its stealthy, unmanned RQ-170 to operations in Afghanistan, and Israel is using its strategic-range UAVs to observe, target and strike smugglers in the Red Sea. The latest twist is that the U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel flying wing either has returned or is returning to Afghanistan with a full-motion video capability that ground commanders …
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->


Executive

Embraer executive operators conference take place in Brazil
EEOC 2010 to be held in São Paulo, August 10 and 11São José dos Campos, August 2010 – The Embraer Executive Operators Conference (EEOC) is being held on August 10 and 11, and is dedicated to Phenom 100, Phenom 300, and Legacy 600 operators in Brazil. EEOC 2010 takes place in São Paulo, and is a great opportunity for the Company to interact with customers, suppliers, and service centers.“We are satisfied to welcome our customers and product and service suppliers, in order to share ideas and…
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->

Sluggish Recovery Hampers BizAv Market
By Kerry LynchWASHINGTON The business aviation manufacturing segment continues to limp along toward a tepid recovery in the latest round of earnings releases and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s most recent shipment report. GAMA reported last week that deliveries were down by about 6% in the second quarter and almost 10% in the first half. Billings actually increased by $20 million to $9.4 billion in …
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->

Brazil’s light jet sector explodes
By Brendan SobieIt did not take long for the Embraer Phenom 100 to become Brazil’s most common business jet. The first Phenom 100 for a Brazilian customer was delivered as recently as June 2009 and there are already 46 Phenom 100s in operation in Brazil, making it the biggest business jet fleet in Brazil, according to Embraer’s Luis Carlos Affonso …
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->


Industry

Embraer executive operators conference take place in Brazil
EEOC 2010 to be held in São Paulo, August 10 and 11São José dos Campos, August 2010 – The Embraer Executive Operators Conference (EEOC) is being held on August 10 and 11, and is dedicated to Phenom 100, Phenom 300, and Legacy 600 operators in Brazil. EEOC 2010 takes place in São Paulo, and is a great opportunity for the Company to interact with customers, suppliers, and service centers.“We are satisfied to welcome our customers and product and service suppliers, in order to share ideas and…
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->

Thai Airways confirms order for seven A330s
Thai Airways International (THAI) has finalised a purchase agreement with Airbus for the firm order of seven A330-300s, confirming a commitment announced at last month’s Farnborough Air Show. Deliveries will begin at the end of 2011 and the newly ordered aircraft will join an existing fleet of 20 A330-300s at THAI flying to destinations across the Asia-Pacific region. “THAI has ordered the additional A330-300 aircraft to meet our medium haul requirement and enable us to continue…
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing Studies UAV Deployment From V-22
By Guy Norris Boeing is studying the possible deployment of unmanned air vehicles, such as ScanEagle Compressed Carriage (SECC), from the back of the V-22 Osprey. “It’s mostly through our Boeing V-22 program, but we’re looking at whether you could launch this thing out of a box,” says Ron Perkins, director of Boeing Phantom Works’ Advanced Unmanned Airborne Systems. “It’s very doable …
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->


Navy & Coast Guard

GAO Says USCG Deepwater Costs Exceed Baselines
By Kristin Majcher Plans to acquire aircraft for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Deepwater modernization program remain underfunded due to rising program costs, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says. “Regarding total acquisition cost, the Coast Guard has determined that some of the assets will significantly exceed anticipated costs in the 2007 Deepwater baseline,” GAO …
Aug-10 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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

NASA and Israel Space Agency Sign Statement of Intent for Future Cooperation
WASHINGTON –During a meeting Tuesday at NASA Headquarters inWashington, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Israel Space AgencyDirector General Zvi Kaplan signed a joint statement of intent toexpand the agencies’ cooperation in civil space activities.The signing followed a meeting between Bolden, Kaplan and ProfessorDaniel Hershkowitz, Israel’s minister of Science and Technology. Itadvanced discussions that began when Bolden visited Israel in January.The agencies agreed to identify new joint…
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->

SpaceX Readies First Dragon Spacecraft
By Guy Norris Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) this week is set to begin prelaunch checks of the first fully operational Dragon spacecraft destined to be launched under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. The demonstration will be the first of up to three COTS flights set up under plans made in 2006 designed to encourage private companies to develop commercial space …
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->

NASA IDs 3 Asteroids For Human Exploration
By Kristin Majcher Although NASA knows of 44 Near Earth Objects (NEOs) in orbits that could be accessible given a heavy-lift rocket roughly equivalent to the canceled Ares V, only three meet the necessary requirements for a future visit by astronauts, according to NASA officials speaking at a NEO event in Washington Aug. 10. The list of asteroids was winnowed down according to …
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

US Airlines Report Higher July Traffic
Major US airlines saw higher traffic and flights that were often full in July, reflecting improved travel demand, according to data released by the airlines over the last week …
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->

Thai Airways To Seek USD$622 Mln Loans
Thai Airways said its board had approved a plan to seek THB20 billion baht (USD$626 million) in loans from domestic banks including major lender Bangkok Bank to restructure its finances …
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->

JAL To Cut More Than 19,000 Jobs By 2015
Japan Airlines will cut its workforce by 19,133 by the end of March 2015, the Kyodo news agency reported, citing a final draft of JAL’s rehabilitation plan …
Aug-11 – 2010 | More ->



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