Aviation News Releases – Friday, August 20, 2010

The US government is close to proposing a substantial fine against American Airlines for alleged maintenance and inspection violations that led to the grounding of hundreds of planes and the cancellation of thousands of flights in 2008 …

Top Stories

Top Stories


ANA Plans Quick 787 Ramp-Up
By Jens Flottau jens@flottau.comTOKYO Boeing 787 launch customer All Nippon Airways plans to quickly ramp up its fleet of the type; it wants to introduce its first 787-8s before the end of March 2011, President and CEO Shinichiro Ito told AviationWeek in an interview. The airline will take delivery of another 12 aircraft until the end of its fiscal year 2011 (March 2012). Ito says Boeing has given ANA the same information that has been made …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

GAO Grants USAF Expedited KC-X Protest
By Amy Butler, Robert Wall WASHINGTON and LONDON — The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is granting the U.S. Air Force an expedited decision on a protest filed by would-be KC-X competitor U.S. Aerospace earlier this month. The outcome of the protest will now be decided in 65 days, rather than the standard 100 days. This results in a decision expected by Oct. 6 — well in advance of the Air Force’s …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

Station, Science Activities Close In On Full
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — The International Space Station closed in on the full recovery of internal systems on Aug. 18, including the reactivation of power to science experiments, following a serious malfunction of the external cooling system on July 31. Expedition 24 flight engineers Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson carried out the external recovery from a …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->


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Air Force

Air Force


GAO Grants USAF Expedited KC-X Protest
By Amy Butler, Robert Wall WASHINGTON and LONDON — The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is granting the U.S. Air Force an expedited decision on a protest filed by would-be KC-X competitor U.S. Aerospace earlier this month. The outcome of the protest will now be decided in 65 days, rather than the standard 100 days. This results in a decision expected by Oct. 6 — well in advance of the Air Force’s …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Airports

Airports


BAA Refinances GBP£625 Mln Of Debt
British airport operator BAA moved a step closer to refinancing its debt by agreeing new lending facilities with a group of eight banks and said it would pay a large chunk of its borrowings next month …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Army

Army


MDA Eyes Missile-Detecting Infrared Pod
By Amy Butler HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — In its efforts to develop an unmanned aerial system capable of detecting boosting ballistic missiles, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency is focusing on a sensor pod that could fly on existing UAVs, rather than a new, integrated UAV design, according to MDA Director Army Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly. MDA’s interest in an Airborne Infrared (ABIR) system …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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


Tibet Airlines will launch its operations with the A319
Lhasa-based Tibet Airlines has chosen the Airbus A319 to build up its fleet and is set to become Airbus’ newest customer in China. The airline, which obtained the approval of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in March 2010, has signed a commitment to acquire three A319s. The aircraft will be able to accommodate 128 passengers in a two-class configuration, with eight first class seats. The carrier plans to operate the A319s both on routes within the region and to…
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

Malaysia Airlines Moves Into The Red
By Leithen Francis Malaysia Airlines moved into the red in the fiscal second quarter, but is still planning to add new aircraft to its fleet. In the three months to June 30, the carrier had a net loss of 534 million ringgit ($170 million), compared with a net profit of 876 million ringgit for the corresponding period last year, it says …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

ANA Plans Quick 787 Ramp-Up
By Jens Flottau jens@flottau.comTOKYO Boeing 787 launch customer All Nippon Airways plans to quickly ramp up its fleet of the type; it wants to introduce its first 787-8s before the end of March 2011, President and CEO Shinichiro Ito told AviationWeek in an interview. The airline will take delivery of another 12 aircraft until the end of its fiscal year 2011 (March 2012). Ito says Boeing has given ANA the same information that has been made …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Defense


MDA Eyes Missile-Detecting Infrared Pod
By Amy Butler HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — In its efforts to develop an unmanned aerial system capable of detecting boosting ballistic missiles, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency is focusing on a sensor pod that could fly on existing UAVs, rather than a new, integrated UAV design, according to MDA Director Army Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly. MDA’s interest in an Airborne Infrared (ABIR) system …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

STSS Scoring Incremental Testing Milestones
By Amy ButlerWashington After a rough start in orbit, two satellites launched last year to demonstrate the complex challenge of midcourse ballistic missile tracking are beginning to achieve some successes, according to Northrop Grumman, which developed the spacecraft. Progress with the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) is a significant …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

GAO Grants USAF Expedited KC-X Protest
By Amy Butler, Robert Wall WASHINGTON and LONDON — The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is granting the U.S. Air Force an expedited decision on a protest filed by would-be KC-X competitor U.S. Aerospace earlier this month. The outcome of the protest will now be decided in 65 days, rather than the standard 100 days. This results in a decision expected by Oct. 6 — well in advance of the Air Force’s …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->


Executive and General

Executive


SECAMA Holds 1st-ever Compliance Conference
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com The Southeast Corporate Aviation Management Association (SECAMA) will hold its first annual Training, Standardization and Compliance Conference (TSCC 2010) in Concord, N.C., on Aug. 24, 2010. The day-long gathering will bring together regulators, vendors, flight managers, training staff and administrators to meet, learn and share their knowledge. The event is …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Industry

Industry


Boeing Plans New Manufacturing Facility at Illinois’ MidAmerica Airport
MASCOUTAH, Ill., Aug. 19, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that it is expanding its St. Louis-area operations with the planned opening of a new manufacturing facility at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah. The facility, tentatively scheduled to open in late 2010 or early 2011, will use leased space in an existing building to house assembly and subassembly work. It is expected to initially bring approximately 75 new manufacturing jobs to Illinois. Boeing Defense, Space…
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing Gets Order For Four 737s
Boeing said it took orders for four 737 narrow-body planes and lost one order for a 777 in the week ended August 17 …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring 580 Jobs, $30 Million to New York
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 19, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that the state of New York will benefit from an estimated 580 total jobs and generate an estimated $30 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force’s next aerial refueling aircraft. Boeing submitted its proposal July 9 to replace 179 of the Air Force’s 400 Eisenhower-era KC-135 aircraft. The Air Force is expected to award a contract in November. “Boeing’s New York…
Aug-20 – 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


Station, Science Activities Close In On Full
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — The International Space Station closed in on the full recovery of internal systems on Aug. 18, including the reactivation of power to science experiments, following a serious malfunction of the external cooling system on July 31. Expedition 24 flight engineers Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson carried out the external recovery from a …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

Drought Drives Decade-Long Decline in Plant Growth
WASHINGTON — Global plant productivity that once was on the rise withwarming temperatures and a lengthened growing season is now on thedecline because of regional drought according to a new study of NASAsatellite data.Plant productivity is a measure of the rate of the photosynthesisprocess that green plants use to convert solar energy, carbon dioxideand water to sugar, oxygen and eventually plant tissue. Compared witha 6 percent increase in plant productivity during the 1980s and1990s, the…
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Space

Space


STSS Scoring Incremental Testing Milestones
By Amy ButlerWashington After a rough start in orbit, two satellites launched last year to demonstrate the complex challenge of midcourse ballistic missile tracking are beginning to achieve some successes, according to Northrop Grumman, which developed the spacecraft. Progress with the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) is a significant …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

Inmarsat Set To Provide High-Speed Internet
By Michael A. TavernaParis Inmarsat will create a Ka-band broadband system to complement its existing L-band system, allowing it to go one-up on mobile satellite service (MSS) competitors. Dubbed Global Xpress, the system will be based on three 15-kw. Boeing 702 HP spacecraft, each of which will be equipped with 89 fixed spot beams and have some in-orbit processing. To be in place by 2014, the Inmarsat-5 …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

Station, Science Activities Close In On Full
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — The International Space Station closed in on the full recovery of internal systems on Aug. 18, including the reactivation of power to science experiments, following a serious malfunction of the external cooling system on July 31. Expedition 24 flight engineers Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson carried out the external recovery from a …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Tourism


Aviation Experts To Assess Volcano Risks
Aviation and aerospace experts will gather in Iceland next month to co-ordinate the global response to future volcanic eruptions …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

El Al Swings To Q2 Profit As Traffic Jumps
El Al Israel Airlines said it swung to a second-quarter net profit, as passenger and cargo revenue jumped …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->

American To Charge Fee For Front-Row Seats
American Airlines is to charge a fee to customers who want to sit in the first few rows of the economy class cabin, continuing a trend among airlines to bolster revenue with creative fees on perks that used to be included in the ticket price …
Aug-20 – 2010 | More ->



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