Aviation News Releases – Friday, August 13, 2010

By Robert Wall

Airbus is close to setting a new record for A380s delivered in one year, and Emirates Airlines, its largest customer for the aircraft, has now also become the largest operator.

After struggling to meet its output targets in prior years because of production bottlenecks, the airframer handed over 12 A380s this year, equaling the full-year high achieved in 2008. The latest two deliveries were the …

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Emirates Now Largest Airbus A380 Operator
By Robert Wall Airbus is close to setting a new record for A380s delivered in one year, and Emirates Airlines, its largest customer for the aircraft, has now also become the largest operator. After struggling to meet its output targets in prior years because of production bottlenecks, the airframer handed over 12 A380s this year, equaling the full-year high achieved in 2008. The latest two deliveries were the …
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Plans Next Space Station Repair Spacewalk For Monday
HOUSTON — The third spacewalk to restore full cooling capability tothe International Space Station is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 16.Expedition 24 Flight Engineers Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dysonwill venture outside to install a replacement pump and connect itselectrical and fluid lines. The two NASA astronauts conducted thefirst two spacewalks to remove the failed ammonia pump from thestation’s truss, or backbone.The pump removed during Wednesday’s spacewalk failed on July 31,causing a…
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing Extends 787 Inspections To New Areas
By Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.comLOS ANGELES Boeing’s audit of Alenia’s workmanship on 787 structures, launched in June in the wake of faults on the Italian-supplied horizontal stabilizers, has prompted additional checks within other areas of the same parts. News of the most recent inspection was broken initially by Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh at an analysts’ conference in New York. Describing them as new …
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Air Force

KC-X Bidder Dialogue Begins Despite Protest
By Amy Butler The U.S. Air Force has begun the formal process through which the service communicates with KC-X bidders about their proposals in preparation for picking a winner, according to officials familiar with the process. This signals that the service is proceeding with its KC-135 replacement source selection despite the protest launched last week by would-be bidder U.S. Aerospace, which …
Aug-12 – 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 ->

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 ->


Airports

Staff At BAA Airports Vote To Strike
Ground staff at British airport operator BAA have voted to strike in a dispute over pay, the union Unite said, a move which could shut many of the country’s busiest airports …
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Asur Says Mexicana’s Woes Have Minimal Impact
Airport operator Asur has seen only a minimal impact on its operations since news broke last month of airline Mexicana’s financial woes, Asur’s chief executive said on Thursday …
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

TSA Chief Endorses Body Imagers
By James Ott Full-body imagers provide “the best available technology” in the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s arsenal to detect the latest type of terrorist threat, new TSA Director John Pistole said yesterday. The scanners, known as Advanced Imaging Technology, can ferret out non-metallic explosive devices, such as those hidden in the underclothing of Umar Farouk …
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->


Army

Brigade Combat Team Modernization Increment 1 Test Results Demonstrate Substantial Improvement Across the Board
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 12, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced positive results from the recently completed Technical Tests for Increment 1 of the Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) program. “The results demonstrate substantial improvement across the board in terms of system performance, usability, and most importantly, reliability,” said Paul Geery, Boeing vice president and BCTM program manager. “As a result of an aggressive, ongoing risk reduction effort, we were able…
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Afghanistan Drives Pentagon Fuel Deals
By Michael Fabey Fuel is proving to be a very volatile commodity for the Pentagon as operations heat up in Afghanistan. The Pentagon spent about $4.8 billion on fuel and liquid propellants in 2009, making them the third-highest expense for the U.S. military last year, according to an Aerospace DAILY analysis of federal contracting data provided by the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting …
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing Subsidiary Tapestry Wins $79 Million US Army Logistics Support Contract
SAN DIEGO, Calif., Aug. 12, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Tapestry Solutions has received a contract to provide field engineering services in support of development, operations and training for the U.S. Army’s Battle Command Sustainment Support System (BCS3) Total Logistics Support program. The three-year contract, valued at up to $79 million, was awarded to Tapestry by prime contractor Raytheon Network Centric Systems of Fort Wayne, Ind….
Aug-12 – 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

Emirates Now Largest Airbus A380 Operator
By Robert Wall Airbus is close to setting a new record for A380s delivered in one year, and Emirates Airlines, its largest customer for the aircraft, has now also become the largest operator. After struggling to meet its output targets in prior years because of production bottlenecks, the airframer handed over 12 A380s this year, equaling the full-year high achieved in 2008. The latest two deliveries were the …
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Iberia’s Planes Fly Fuller In July
Iberia had fuller its planes in July than a year earlier by cutting capacity on domestic and European routes and increasing its intercontinental flights, the Spanish airline said on Thursday …
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Qantas Says Looking At China Expansion
Australia’s largest airline Qantas said on Thursday the airline was actively looking at opportunities to grow its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar’s operations in China …
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Indian Fighter Downselect Coming
By Neelam Mathews NEW DELHI — With flight trials complete, the downselect process has begun for the six candidate fighters in India’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) program, a competition with a $10 billion-plus payday for providing 126 aircraft. Opinions vary widely among observers on how long it will take to narrow the field to two finalists from among the …
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Will F-35 Customers Get Advanced Jammer?
By David A. FulghumNAS Patuxent River, Md. The U.S. Navy is providing some details about what the Next Generation Jammer might add to the air defense-busting capabilities of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, but the unique and futuristic capabilities of the jammer raise questions about how many of those yet-to-be-defined abilities will be available to foreign purchasers of the JSF. The Navy and the Office of the Secretary of Defense have…
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Brigade Combat Team Modernization Increment 1 Test Results Demonstrate Substantial Improvement Across the Board
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 12, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced positive results from the recently completed Technical Tests for Increment 1 of the Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) program. “The results demonstrate substantial improvement across the board in terms of system performance, usability, and most importantly, reliability,” said Paul Geery, Boeing vice president and BCTM program manager. “As a result of an aggressive, ongoing risk reduction effort, we were able…
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->


Executive

XOJet Targets NY, LA for Expamsion
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com Private aviation company XOJet has announced plans to expand operations at sites in New York City and Los Angeles, citing steady growth and increased demand for its services. “We’ve always flown out of these two markets; but our steady growth, including the addition of new employees, and to overall increase in demand for our services has created …
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Embraer Debuts Legacy 650 at LABACE
By James E. Swickard ~ James_swickard@aviationweek.com, Bill Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com Continuing its steady expansion into business aviation, Embraer will publicly debut its new Legacy 650 tomorrow at the seventh Latin American Business Conference and Exhibition (LABACE), which runs through Friday at the Congonhas Airport, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A variant of the Legacy 600, the new model is fitted with an aft ventral tank and a wet…
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Phenom 100 synthetic vision technology is certified
Embraer’s cockpit feature for the entry level jet is approved by ANAC, FAA and EASASão José dos Campos, August 2010 – Embraer’s Phenom 100 entry level executive jet has received the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil – ANAC), the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certificates to use Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology™ (SVT).This feature recreates a visual topographic landscape from system’s…
Aug-12 – 2010 | More ->


Industry

Boeing to Showcase Technology, Partnerships at Space and Missile Defense Conference
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 12, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] will highlight its commitment to customers and its partnerships with Alabama’s aerospace industry during the 13th annual Space and Missile Defense Conference and Exhibition in Huntsville, Aug. 16-19. “This conference is an outstanding opportunity for us to listen to our Missile Defense Agency [MDA] and other customers, and to demonstrate our focus on being the best industry partner we can be,” said Greg Hyslop, vice president and…
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing Extends 787 Inspections To New Areas
By Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.comLOS ANGELES Boeing’s audit of Alenia’s workmanship on 787 structures, launched in June in the wake of faults on the Italian-supplied horizontal stabilizers, has prompted additional checks within other areas of the same parts. News of the most recent inspection was broken initially by Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh at an analysts’ conference in New York. Describing them as new …
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Embraer Debuts Legacy 650 at LABACE
By James E. Swickard ~ James_swickard@aviationweek.com, Bill Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com Continuing its steady expansion into business aviation, Embraer will publicly debut its new Legacy 650 tomorrow at the seventh Latin American Business Conference and Exhibition (LABACE), which runs through Friday at the Congonhas Airport, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A variant of the Legacy 600, the new model is fitted with an aft ventral tank and a wet…
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->


Navy and Coast Guard

Will F-35 Customers Get Advanced Jammer?
By David A. FulghumNAS Patuxent River, Md. The U.S. Navy is providing some details about what the Next Generation Jammer might add to the air defense-busting capabilities of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, but the unique and futuristic capabilities of the jammer raise questions about how many of those yet-to-be-defined abilities will be available to foreign purchasers of the JSF. The Navy and the Office of the Secretary of Defense have…
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Science

NASA Announces Media Day For Hurricane Research Flights
WASHINGTON — NASA will host media in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., andHouston on Tuesday, Aug. 31, for a behind-the-scenes look at theagency’s major airborne campaign studying Atlantic Ocean and Gulf ofMexico hurricanes. The campaign, called the Genesis and RapidIntensification Processes mission, or GRIP, starts next week.Scientists will spend six weeks flying NASA research aircraft in andaround storms and the areas where they may be forming. Instrumentsonboard NASA’s aircraft will collect data to…
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Space

NASA Plans Next Space Station Repair Spacewalk For Monday
HOUSTON — The third spacewalk to restore full cooling capability tothe International Space Station is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 16.Expedition 24 Flight Engineers Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dysonwill venture outside to install a replacement pump and connect itselectrical and fluid lines. The two NASA astronauts conducted thefirst two spacewalks to remove the failed ammonia pump from thestation’s truss, or backbone.The pump removed during Wednesday’s spacewalk failed on July 31,causing a…
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Indian Satellite To Study Solar Corona
By Anantha Krishnan M. BENGALURU, India — The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is gearing up for a unique satellite mission to study the solar corona — the outermost region of the Sun — in visible and near-infrared bands. The satellite, called Aditya, will be launched in 2012 during the solar maximum, a high solar activity period. The solar maximum occurs roughly every 11 years …
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Spacewalkers Extract Failed Pump
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Spacewalking Expedition 24 astronauts Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson succeeded Aug. 11 in removing a failed cooling system pump module from the vaulting truss of the International Space Station. They were prevented from separating the bulky 780-lb. pump from the station’s Loop A cooling system during an Aug. 7 outing, when one of four cooling lines they were …
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Air Mauritius Posts Narrower Q1 Net Loss
Air Mauritius narrowed its first-quarter net loss to EUR€11.4 million (USD$14.6 million) from EUR€12.9 million a year ago as it continued to be hit by the global economic downturn and the fragile recovery …Photo: Aaronacw
Aug-13 – 2010 | More ->

Aer Lingus Cabin Crew Vote For Industrial Action
Cabin crew at Irish airline Aer Lingus have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action in a row over the implementation of cost reduction measures, but do not intend to cause flight disruption …
Aug-12 – 2010 | More ->

JAL Hopes To Climb Out Of Insolvency In FY10
Japan Airlines expects assets to exceed liabilities by JPY¥24.8 billion at fiscal year-end, boosted by strong quarterly results, the Nikkei business daily reported without citing sources …
Aug-12 – 2010 | More ->



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