Aviation News Releases – Monday, August 16, 2010

Flag carrier Thai Airways reported a better-than-expected second-quarter net profit on Monday as foreign exchange gains helped to offset lower passenger numbers during mass street protests …

Top Stories

Two More Spacewalks Planned In Station Repair
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — The International Space Station’s mission management team is preparing two more spacewalks to restore the orbital outpost’s cooling system to full function, following a breakthrough excursion on Aug. 11 that opened a leaky ammonia valve for the removal of a failed pump motor assembly. The next spacewalk by Expedition 24 flight engineers …
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Announces Commercial Crew Initiative Forum
WASHINGTON — NASA is hosting a forum to present an overview of common themes captured from industry responses to NASA’s Commercial Crew Initiative Request For Information (RFI). The forum is scheduled for9 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 19 at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St.SW, Washington.The RFI, issued on May 21, collected information from industry to helpNASA plan the overall strategy for the development and demonstrationof a commercial crew transport capability and to receive comments onNASA…
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

LatAm Giant Is Born As TAM, LAN Merge
Brazil’s TAM and Chile’s LAN announced a proposed merger on Friday that would create Latin America’s largest airline and compete for the region’s booming demand for passengers and cargo …
Aug-14 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Air Force

No SDB II Protest From Boeing, Company Says
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.comWashington Boeing officials will not protest their loss in the U.S. Air Force competition to design a 250-lb. weapon capable of striking moving targets through weather. “Boeing does not intend to protest the Small Diameter Bomb II contract award,” says company spokesman Damien Mills. Company officials were debriefed on their loss Aug. 10; the contract announcement took place a day earlier. Boeing had 10…
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Airports

Airports Of Thailand Swings To Q3 Net Loss
Airports of Thailand reported a higher-than-expected net loss in the third-quarter on Monday, due mainly to foreign exchange losses and weak air travel demand during a period of civil unrest …
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

BAA Hopes To Avert Strike At U.K. Airports
By James Ott jott@aviationweek.com Managers at the British airports company BAA are attempting to avert a ground crew strike at six airports after less than half of the 6,185 union members cast ballots giving Unite the authority to call a job action. BAA officials said they were open to meeting with labor leaders over the weekend or at Monday session of ACAS, a U.K. organization that aids in settling disputes. Union …
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

BAA, Union Agree To Talks In Pay Dispute
British airport operator BAA and the Unite union are to hold talks on Monday aimed at averting planned strikes by ground staff, conciliation service Acas said …
Aug-16 – 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

Thai Airways Q2 Net Profit Beats Forecasts
Flag carrier Thai Airways reported a better-than-expected second-quarter net profit on Monday as foreign exchange gains helped to offset lower passenger numbers during mass street protests …
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

Malaysia Airlines Posts Q2 Net Loss
Malaysia Airlines swung to a loss in the second quarter as earnings were hurt by higher fuel spending and fuel hedging losses …
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

Airline Premium Ticket Demand Jumps Again
The number of passengers buying premium airline tickets jumped again in June, as economic recovery kept first and business seats filled, the airline industry association IATA said on Monday …
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

No SDB II Protest From Boeing, Company Says
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.comWashington Boeing officials will not protest their loss in the U.S. Air Force competition to design a 250-lb. weapon capable of striking moving targets through weather. “Boeing does not intend to protest the Small Diameter Bomb II contract award,” says company spokesman Damien Mills. Company officials were debriefed on their loss Aug. 10; the contract announcement took place a day earlier. Boeing had 10…
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

Israel Assesses Changing Threats
By David A. FulghumTel Aviv and Jerusalem With a shrinking military budget and changing threats, Israeli officials are wrestling with where to allocate future spending. The yearly debate between the treasury and the defense ministry is now underway, and the nation’s existential angst is reflected in a wide range of opinions. The speed with which the Israeli administration can respond to new threats, and the evolving definitions of war…
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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

No SDB II Protest From Boeing, Company Says
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.comWashington Boeing officials will not protest their loss in the U.S. Air Force competition to design a 250-lb. weapon capable of striking moving targets through weather. “Boeing does not intend to protest the Small Diameter Bomb II contract award,” says company spokesman Damien Mills. Company officials were debriefed on their loss Aug. 10; the contract announcement took place a day earlier. Boeing had 10…
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

Inmarsat Deal Boosts Boeing Bid
By Michael A. Taverna Inmarsat’s decision to go with Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS) for its Global Xpress deal marks a major step forward in the aerospace giant’s goal to return in force to the commercial satellite business. In the last decade, BSS saw its commercial activities largely vanish in the wake of engineering glitches, lawsuits and skyrocketing defense demand that caused it to shift its …
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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

Two More Spacewalks Planned In Station Repair
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — The International Space Station’s mission management team is preparing two more spacewalks to restore the orbital outpost’s cooling system to full function, following a breakthrough excursion on Aug. 11 that opened a leaky ammonia valve for the removal of a failed pump motor assembly. The next spacewalk by Expedition 24 flight engineers …
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Announces Commercial Crew Initiative Forum
WASHINGTON — NASA is hosting a forum to present an overview of common themes captured from industry responses to NASA’s Commercial Crew Initiative Request For Information (RFI). The forum is scheduled for9 to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 19 at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St.SW, Washington.The RFI, issued on May 21, collected information from industry to helpNASA plan the overall strategy for the development and demonstrationof a commercial crew transport capability and to receive comments onNASA…
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

Inmarsat Deal Boosts Boeing Bid
By Michael A. Taverna Inmarsat’s decision to go with Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS) for its Global Xpress deal marks a major step forward in the aerospace giant’s goal to return in force to the commercial satellite business. In the last decade, BSS saw its commercial activities largely vanish in the wake of engineering glitches, lawsuits and skyrocketing defense demand that caused it to shift its …
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Airline Premium Ticket Demand Jumps Again
The number of passengers buying premium airline tickets jumped again in June, as economic recovery kept first and business seats filled, the airline industry association IATA said on Monday …
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

Travel Firm Sun4U Collapses, Stranding Passengers
British travel firm Sun4U has collapsed, leaving over a thousand people stranded abroad …
Aug-16 – 2010 | More ->

LatAm Giant Is Born As TAM, LAN Merge
Brazil’s TAM and Chile’s LAN announced a proposed merger on Friday that would create Latin America’s largest airline and compete for the region’s booming demand for passengers and cargo …
Aug-14 – 2010 | More ->



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