Aviation News Releases – Thursday, August 19, 2010

By Kristin Majcher
Washington

NASA is taking its first steps toward meeting the Obama administration’s goal of sending astronauts to visit an asteroid by 2025, surveying possible targets and brainstorming how to make the trip possible.

Although the agency knows of 44 near Earth objects (NEO) in orbits that could be accessible with a heavy-lift rocket roughly equivalent to the canceled Ares V, only three …

Top Stories

Top Stories


Rolls-Royce Fixes Trent 1000 Component Problem
By Robert Wall Rolls-Royce says it is already testing an upgrade to the Trent 1000 engine to mitigate a component problem that caused a failure of one of the turbofans this month. The engine maker suffered a Trent 1000 engine failure this month on a test stand in Derby, England, with the powerplant in a sea-level testbed configuration at high power. The engine suffered an intermediate pressure …
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Narrows Potential Asteroid List
By Kristin MajcherWashington NASA is taking its first steps toward meeting the Obama administration’s goal of sending astronauts to visit an asteroid by 2025, surveying possible targets and brainstorming how to make the trip possible. Although the agency knows of 44 near Earth objects (NEO) in orbits that could be accessible with a heavy-lift rocket roughly equivalent to the canceled Ares V, only three …
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->

ALTA Wants To Cut Hull Losses To U.S. Level
By Darren Shannon Latin America’s leading airline trade group intends to improve the region’s safety standards to levels recorded in the U.S. by 2014. The effort is part of a program that already mandates compliance with IATA’s Operational Safety Audit for every member of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA). And this year the association …
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Air Force

Air Force


Boeing C-130 AMP Head-Up Display Endorsed by Headquarters US Air Force Directorate of Operations
LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 19, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that Headquarters U.S. Air Force Directorate of Operations (HQ USAF/A3O) has endorsed the company’s C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) Head-Up Display (HUD) and Head-Down Primary Flight Display (HDPFD) as the aircraft’s primary flight reference. The endorsement follows four years of design reviews, lab evaluations and demonstrations with the Air Force customer. A primary flight reference is a requirement in all…
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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 C-130 AMP Head-Up Display Endorsed by Headquarters US Air Force Directorate of Operations
LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 19, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that Headquarters U.S. Air Force Directorate of Operations (HQ USAF/A3O) has endorsed the company’s C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) Head-Up Display (HUD) and Head-Down Primary Flight Display (HDPFD) as the aircraft’s primary flight reference. The endorsement follows four years of design reviews, lab evaluations and demonstrations with the Air Force customer. A primary flight reference is a requirement in all…
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Commercial

Commercial


ALTA Wants To Cut Hull Losses To U.S. Level
By Darren Shannon Latin America’s leading airline trade group intends to improve the region’s safety standards to levels recorded in the U.S. by 2014. The effort is part of a program that already mandates compliance with IATA’s Operational Safety Audit for every member of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA). And this year the association …
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Defense

Defense


Gates Wages A Budget War And A Gamble
By Michael Bruno, Paul McLeary, Michael MechamWashington , Washington, San Francisco At the heart of U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s new gambit lie two bold guesses: first, that his budget cuts and force reductions will do more good than harm; and second, that Congress, the White House and even the public will accept the sacrifices and dig no deeper into warfighting capability. This strategy constitutes an epic wager that, perhaps,…
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Executive and General

Executive


NARA Moves Headquarters, Releases President
By Bill Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com In a move reflecting the challenging market confronting its membership of aircraft brokers and dealers, the National Aircraft Resale Association is shuttering its headquarters office at Reagan Washington National Airport, and parting with long time president Susan Sheets. “A lot of it is driven by cost,” NARA Chairman Steve Gade told AWIN today. He said NARA headquarters was …
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Industry

Industry


Boeing C-130 AMP Head-Up Display Endorsed by Headquarters US Air Force Directorate of Operations
LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 19, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that Headquarters U.S. Air Force Directorate of Operations (HQ USAF/A3O) has endorsed the company’s C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) Head-Up Display (HUD) and Head-Down Primary Flight Display (HDPFD) as the aircraft’s primary flight reference. The endorsement follows four years of design reviews, lab evaluations and demonstrations with the Air Force customer. A primary flight reference is a requirement in all…
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->

Rolls-Royce Fixes Trent 1000 Component Problem
By Robert Wall Rolls-Royce says it is already testing an upgrade to the Trent 1000 engine to mitigate a component problem that caused a failure of one of the turbofans this month. The engine maker suffered a Trent 1000 engine failure this month on a test stand in Derby, England, with the powerplant in a sea-level testbed configuration at high power. The engine suffered an intermediate pressure …
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->

Lockheed Martin GMD Sustainment Team Expands
By Amy Butler HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Lockheed Martin officials are adding some small Huntsville companies to their team that aims to capture at least $3 billion worth of Missile Defense Agency work sustaining the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program over at least the next five years. Among the teammates is Dynetics, Inc., which will handle support training and systems engineering here …
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->


Navy and Coast Guard

Navy and Coast Guard


U.S. Navy Leverages DDG-51 Work
By Michael Fabey As the U.S. Navy took delivery last month of the DDG 107 guided missile destroyer, the service continued to leverage its long-term shipbuilding experience with the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Class program to drive down costs and incrementally increase capability. Shipbuilder Northrop Grumman was able to deliver the destroyer with fewer sea trial issues despite having to …
Aug-19 – 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 ->

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 ->


Science

Science


NASA And Mary J. Blige Encourage Science Careers For Women
WASHINGTON — NASA is collaborating with award-winning recordingartist Mary J. Blige to encourage young women to pursue excitingexperiences and career choices by studying science, technology,engineering and mathematics (STEM).A public service announcement featuring veteran NASA space shuttleastronaut Leland Melvin and Blige debuts this week on NASA TV and theagency’s website at: http://www.nasa.gov.NASA‘s Summer of Innovation (SoI) project and Blige’s Foundation forthe Advancement of Women Now…
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->

ASA Extends Engineering And Scientific Services Contract
CLEVELAND — NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland has awarded aone-year contract option to ASRC Aerospace Corporation of Greenbelt,Md., for engineering and scientific services. The option has a valuethat will not exceed $50 million.The contract covers engineering and scientific support services toGlenn’s Lewis Field and Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. ASRCwill provide on-site support services for technical, engineering andscientific tasks in the areas of aeronautics, microgravity…
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->

NASA To Hold Green Aviation Summit Sept. 8-9; Bolden to Highlight Importance of Issue to Future of NASA
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA will host a Green Aviation Summit Sept.8-9 to highlight the agency’s work to develop environmentallyresponsible aviation technologies.The two-day meeting at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field,Calif., will bring together experts from NASA, other federalgovernment organizations, industry and academia. They will discussgroundbreaking solutions that NASA and its research partners aredeveloping to reduce aircraft noise, emissions and fuel consumption,and to…
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->


Space

Space


NASA Narrows Potential Asteroid List
By Kristin MajcherWashington NASA is taking its first steps toward meeting the Obama administration’s goal of sending astronauts to visit an asteroid by 2025, surveying possible targets and brainstorming how to make the trip possible. Although the agency knows of 44 near Earth objects (NEO) in orbits that could be accessible with a heavy-lift rocket roughly equivalent to the canceled Ares V, only three …
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->

Feds Call For Space Grants, Commercial Center
By Irene Klotz KENEDY SPACE CENTER — Competitive grants and an FAA-run center for commercial space would be the best use of $40 million in taxpayer money that President Barack Obama wants to spend in Brevard County, Fla., and neighboring regions affected by the space shuttle’s retirement, a Cabinet-level task force reports. In addition to funding initiatives in aerospace and aviation, …
Aug-19 – 2010 | More ->

Full-Scale NASA and ATK Solid Rocket Motor Test Set for Aug. 31
WASHINGTON — NASA and Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) will conduct a full-scale test of a five-segment, first-stage solid rocket motor at11:05 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, Aug. 31. The test at the ATK AerospaceSystems test facility in Promontory, Utah will assess motorperformance at low temperatures.The static firing of the solid motor, designated Development Motor-2,will last two minutes. This is the most heavily instrumented solidrocket motor in NASA history, with 53 test objectives that will…
Aug-19 – 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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