Aviation News Releases – Wednesday, August 18, 2010

By Darren Shannon

Mexicana will return almost 40% of its mainline fleet to lessors under agreements brokered since its early August bankruptcy.

In this latest chapter of Mexicana’s ongoing saga, it will return 12 aircraft to GE Capital Aviation Services, including all 10 of the Airbus A318s currently operated by the carrier. Two A320s also leased by the General Electric division …

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Mexicana To Return Almost 40% Of Fleet
By Darren Shannon Mexicana will return almost 40% of its mainline fleet to lessors under agreements brokered since its early August bankruptcy. In this latest chapter of Mexicana’s ongoing saga, it will return 12 aircraft to GE Capital Aviation Services, including all 10 of the Airbus A318s currently operated by the carrier. Two A320s also leased by the General Electric division …
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->

Pentagon Reports Continued China Arms Buildup
By Bettina H. Chavanne The U.S. Defense Department’s latest annual report on Chinese military power notes the continued increase in the capability and reach of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). A Pentagon senior defense official briefing reporters Aug. 16 said there is “nothing particularly surprising” in this year’s update, but allows that “there are areas where we see development.” That development includes China’s testing …
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->

Full Cooling On ISS Expected Aug. 19
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Expedition 24 flight engineers Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson finished repairs to the crippled cooling system aboard the International Space Station on Aug. 16, completing their third spacewalk devoted to the task in 10 days. During a seven-hr. excursion, they installed a new pump module assembly and re-mated five electrical cables and …
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Air Force

Air Force


First AEHF Spacecraft Reaches Orbit
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first spacecraft in the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite network reached geosynchronous transfer orbit on Aug. 14, capping a nine-year effort to develop a successor to the existing Milstar II communications spacecraft. The AEHF-1 satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard an United Launch Alliance …
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->

Alternate JSF Engine Thrust Beats Target
By Guy NorrisLos Angeles The intense battle over powering the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could be heading to new levels following test results that show the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 alternate engine has more than 15% thrust margin against specification, significantly exceeding the power of the baseline Pratt & Whitney F135. The tests at the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Airports

Airports


BAA, Unite Reach Deal To Avert Airport Strike
Airport operator BAA and the Unite union have reached a deal to prevent a strike by ground staff at major UK airports this month, officials said on Monday …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Army

Army


Partners To Review Meads Direction In October
By Amy Butler HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — International partners funding the Lockheed Martin-led Medium Extended Air Defense System (Meads) are expected to meet in October to determine the fate of the effort just as Pentagon cost estimators plan to complete a sweeping study of the price of the air and missile defense system, according to Maj. Gen. Genaro Dellarocco, program executive officer of missiles and space for the U.S. Army … …
Aug-18 – 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 ->

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 ->


Cargo

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

Commercial


Mexicana To Return Almost 40% Of Fleet
By Darren Shannon Mexicana will return almost 40% of its mainline fleet to lessors under agreements brokered since its early August bankruptcy. In this latest chapter of Mexicana’s ongoing saga, it will return 12 aircraft to GE Capital Aviation Services, including all 10 of the Airbus A318s currently operated by the carrier. Two A320s also leased by the General Electric division …
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->

AirTran Dropping Atlanta-Miami Service
By Andrew Compart AirTran Airways soon will drop out of the Atlanta-Miami market it has served for more than a decade. The low-cost carrier, which has operated on the route since 1998, will end the service out of its Atlanta hub on Oct. 7. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is also on the route with 10 daily flights, and American Airlines, with its Miami hub, offers six …
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->

GMG Airlines connects with Saudi Arabia
Dhaka, August 2010: Bangladesh’s largest private carrier GMG Airlines expanded its footprint in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) by launching flights from Dhaka to Jeddah Sunday (August 8, 2010). The respective civil aviation authorities of the two countries have given GMG Airlines permission to operate 10 flights per week. GMG Airlines will operate six flights from Dhaka to Jeddah and four from Dhaka to Riyadh. Entering KSA market is a part of GMG Airlines’ expansion plan to become the…
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Defense


Saudis Want Raytheon AESA Radar On F-15s
By David A. FulghumWashington A major sticking point on the sale by the U.S. of 84 new F-15S strike-fighters to Saudi Arabia is the degree of sophistication of the long-range aircraft’s radars. New digital radars with active, electronically scanned array (AESA) antennas can increase surveillance and targeting ranges by three times. They can create ground maps with enough resolution to find small, moving targets. With the …
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->

Pentagon Reports Continued China Arms Buildup
By Bettina H. Chavanne The U.S. Defense Department’s latest annual report on Chinese military power notes the continued increase in the capability and reach of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). A Pentagon senior defense official briefing reporters Aug. 16 said there is “nothing particularly surprising” in this year’s update, but allows that “there are areas where we see development.” That development includes China’s testing …
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->

Boom Time Expected For Israeli Military UAVs
By David A. Fulghum HAIFA and TEL AVIV — Israel’s military has always generated unique and very specialized needs, from tanks to electronic warfare to combat aircraft. Now that effort will be focused on its unmanned aircraft fleet. The opinion appears embedded in Tel Aviv that the advantages of cost, range, endurance and less danger to aircrews will push heavy and sustained spending on …
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->


Executive

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

Industry


Embraer: Africa Needs 770 Aircraft By 2029
By Neelam Mathews Africa will need to add 770 aircraft by 2029 to its current fleet of about 635 to sustain growth, says Embraer’s Outlook on Africa. Regional airlines are strengthening their networks, but the current fleet with an average age of 13 years does not provide efficiencies to sustain expected growth. The 61- to 120-seat jet segment will be essential for sub-regional …
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing Executive Joins RASEI to Partner on Renewable Energy Research Projects
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 17, 2010 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that Tim Noonan, vice president of Boeing Energy, has joined the Leadership Council of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI). Noonan joins RASEI as chair of the Smart Grid working group, leading the institute’s efforts to develop solutions for creating a national Smart Grid that modernizes energy distribution and use. “Boeing’s participation with RASEI to address Smart Grid deficiencies is a…
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->

New Honeywell Engines Reaches Milestone
By Kerry Lynch The new Honeywell HTF7500E engine took a step closer to its 2011 certification after completing its “First Engine To Test” (FETT). It has also achieved full-rated thrust in static and flight testing. Based on the HTF7000 that powers the Bombardier Challenger 300, the HTF7500E is under development for Embraer’s Legacy 450 and 500 midsize aircraft programs …
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->


Navy and Coast Guard

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

Science


NASA Seeks Innovative Ideas About Human Health Challenges
WASHINGTON — NASA will host LAUNCH: Health, a global forum focusing on health issues, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Floridafrom Oct. 30-31. NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development,the U.S. Department of State, and NIKE are partnering on LAUNCH toidentify, showcase and support innovative approaches tosustainability challenges through a series of forums.LAUNCH forums focus on key areas, including water, air, food, andenergy. They provide a venue for evaluating creative…
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Announces 2010 Global Climate Change Education Awards
WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded $7.7 million in cooperative agreements to 17 organizations across the United States to enhance learning through the use of NASA’s Earth science resources. The selectedorganizations include colleges and universities, nonprofit groups,and a community college.The winning proposals in the Global Climate Change Education Awardsillustrated innovative approaches to using NASA content inelementary, secondary and undergraduate teaching, and lifelonglearning. The proposals…
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->

Hydrogen-Fueled UAV Begins Flight Tests
By Graham WarwickWashington Following an initial hour-long, battery-powered flight, AeroVironment’s Global Observer unmanned aircraft is beginning a test program planned to culminate in a week-long flight in the stratosphere using liquid-hydrogen fuel. The flight debuts an innovative approach to persistent surveillance and marks a dramatic departure for a company that dominates the market for small, hand-launched UAV …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->


Space

Space


First AEHF Spacecraft Reaches Orbit
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first spacecraft in the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite network reached geosynchronous transfer orbit on Aug. 14, capping a nine-year effort to develop a successor to the existing Milstar II communications spacecraft. The AEHF-1 satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard an United Launch Alliance …
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->

Full Cooling On ISS Expected Aug. 19
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Expedition 24 flight engineers Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson finished repairs to the crippled cooling system aboard the International Space Station on Aug. 16, completing their third spacewalk devoted to the task in 10 days. During a seven-hr. excursion, they installed a new pump module assembly and re-mated five electrical cables and …
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->

Space Coast Task Force Delivers Economic Strategies Report
WASHINGTON — The President’s Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development, co-chaired by NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr. and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, today released its report to President Barack Obama with recommendations to enhance economic development strategies along Florida’s Space Coast.The task force was charged with developing a plan for how best toinvest $40 million in transition assistance from the federalgovernment in the Space Coast region as…
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Tourism


US Plans To Ease Travel To Cuba
The Obama administration is getting ready to relax travel restrictions to Cuba for some Americans, without lifting the trade embargo and a ban on US tourism to the island, a congressional aide said on Tuesday …
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->

US In-flight Cell Phone Use Faces Uphill Battle
A battle is brewing in the court of public opinion and in Congress over whether US passengers should be allowed to use cell phones in-flight as many foreign airlines now permit but which critics say is unsafe and annoying …
Aug-18 – 2010 | More ->

SWA To Decide This Year On Larger 737
By Andrew Compart Southwest Airlines is considering the addition of Boeing 737-800 aircraft to its fleet and expects to make a decision by Dec. 1, which would allow for their delivery as soon as early 2012. Southwest currently operates 737-300, -500 and -700 series aircraft with 122 to 137 seats. It has long resisted a bigger 737, in large part because federal rules require a …
Aug-17 – 2010 | More ->



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