Aviation News Releases Magazine – Tuesday, August 24, 2010

By Andrew Compart

It appears that the next 100 days will be critical for Mexicana following its “possible rescue” by a group of investors who initially provided $50 million to acquire the struggling carrier’s holding company.

A new investor group called Tenedora K, which includes Grupo Industrial Omega and Grupo Arizan, acquired 95% of Nuevo Grupo Aeronautico, the holding company for …

Top Stories

Top Stories


Investors Buy Time For Mexicana
By Andrew Compart It appears that the next 100 days will be critical for Mexicana following its “possible rescue” by a group of investors who initially provided $50 million to acquire the struggling carrier’s holding company. A new investor group called Tenedora K, which includes Grupo Industrial Omega and Grupo Arizan, acquired 95% of Nuevo Grupo Aeronautico, the holding company for …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

Fourteen Dead In Nepal Plane Crash
Fourteen people, including four Americans, a Japanese and a British national, were killed when their small plane crashed in bad weather in Nepal on Tuesday, an airport official said …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

QantasLink Grounds Q400s
By Leithen Francis Leithen_Francis@aviationweek.comSINGAPORE Qantas Airways’ regional carrier QantasLink has grounded about one-quarter of its Bombardier Q400 fleet after aircraft inspections discovered a problem with the landing gear. “Five Q400s operated by QantasLink have been removed from service following an inspection by the airline of the main landing gear component,” says Qantas …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Air Force

Air Force


Boeing Joins ProActive Technologies Team in Bid for B-52 Aircrew Training System
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 23, 2010 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], along with teammate ProActive Technologies LLC of Orlando, Fla., has submitted a proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s B-52 Training System Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) program. The contract provides program management and on-site CLS to operate, maintain, sustain, and upgrade training devices located at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and Minot Air Force Base, N.D. ProActive will be the prime contractor on the team, with…
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing Awarded Follow-on Contract for US Air Force Wideband Global SATCOM Program
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 23, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that the U.S. Air Force has authorized $182 million for Boeing to begin work on the seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite, which is being procured under the new WGS Block II follow-on contract. The contract will ultimately include options for production of up to six WGS satellites, which are the highest-capacity communications satellites in the U.S. Department of Defense’s arsenal. “In a time of budgetary…
Aug-23 – 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 ->


Airports

Airports


Thai Govt. Approves Airport Expansion Plan
The Thai government approved a USD$2 billion plan on Tuesday to expand capacity at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport by 50 percent with a new passenger terminal, connecting tunnel and parking areas …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

Swiss Airport Gets International Safety Status
Switzerland’s Sion airport in the heart of Alpine ski and summer mountain touring country has
won top-level safety status putting it on the same level as major international hubs …

Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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


Investors Buy Time For Mexicana
By Andrew Compart It appears that the next 100 days will be critical for Mexicana following its “possible rescue” by a group of investors who initially provided $50 million to acquire the struggling carrier’s holding company. A new investor group called Tenedora K, which includes Grupo Industrial Omega and Grupo Arizan, acquired 95% of Nuevo Grupo Aeronautico, the holding company for …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

Thai In Talks With Airbus, Boeing For 30 Planes
Thai Airways is negotiating with both Airbus and Boeing for a possible record order of 30 aircraft, a Thai Airways executive said on Friday, deepening speculation over the potential USD$9 billion purchase …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

Aer Lingus Back To Q2 Profit
Irish airline Aer Lingus moved back to profit in the second quarter despite disruption to European airspace and vowed to defend its independence by cutting costs further …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Defense


Airborne Laser Test Rescheduled Again
By Amy Butler The U.S. Missile Defense Agency again canceled a flight test of the Boeing 747-400F-based Airborne Laser (ABL) over the weekend due to a cooling system matter for a camera in the aircraft’s missile tracking system. The flight test was slated for Aug. 17 and then slipped to Aug. 21 for the same reason …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

F-22 Lessons Drive Faster F-35 Testing
By Guy NorrisEdwards AFB, Calif. Flight-testing of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter here is running almost three times faster than expected, forcing program officials to accelerate follow-on support testing to keep pace. At the same time, program officials also confirm plans to add extra resources to the flight tests here, just as they are at the U.S. Navy’s test center at NAS Patuxent River, Md., …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing Joins ProActive Technologies Team in Bid for B-52 Aircrew Training System
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 23, 2010 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], along with teammate ProActive Technologies LLC of Orlando, Fla., has submitted a proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s B-52 Training System Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) program. The contract provides program management and on-site CLS to operate, maintain, sustain, and upgrade training devices located at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and Minot Air Force Base, N.D. ProActive will be the prime contractor on the team, with…
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->


Executive and General

Executive


Aviation Caucus Created By N.Y. Legislature
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com A recently formed aviation caucus in New York state has grown to include 56 members, about a quarter of the State Legislature, says Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-126th District). The New York Legislative Aviation Caucus was established this spring with the help of the New York Aviation Management Association. “We felt strongly that aviation needed an organized …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

Al Jaber Aviation takes delivery of 1st Airbus aircraft
Al Jaber Aviation (AJA) has become the first Middle East customer to offer an Airbus aircraft for VVIP charter flights, following the delivery of its first A318 Elite. It has a further three A318 Elites and two Airbus Corporate Jetliners (ACJs) on order, which will make it the largest operator of Airbus corporate jets in the region. “We aim to provide VVIP customers with the ultimate in comfort, space, and service, and because the A318 Elite and Airbus ACJ have the widest and…
Aug-23 – 2010 | More ->

Clearing WiFi To Fly
Paul Seidenman & David J. Spanovich WiFi is moving from coffee shop hot zones to business jet cabins as the FAA continues to work with airframe OEMs and maintenance, repair and overhaul shops to establish formal guidelines for certifying the onboard WiFi equipment and enabling inflight use of passenger-carried wireless devices. “Transmitting portable electronic devices are not FAA …
Aug-23 – 2010 | More ->


Industry

Industry


Boeing to Build Additional Military Hosted Payload for Intelsat Satellite Series
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 24, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced it has received a contract from Intelsat S.A. to provide a second ultra-high frequency (UHF) hosted payload on another of the four commercial communications satellites that Intelsat ordered from Boeing last year. Financial details were not disclosed. The second UHF hosted payload will be installed on the IS-27 satellite. The payload will offer 20 25-KHz UHF channels capable of serving the U.S. government and other…
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

Kawasaki Heavy To Build Airbus Parts Plant
Kawasaki Heavy Industries plans to invest JPY¥5 billion – JPY¥7 billion to set up a domestic factory for engine parts used in the Airbus A350 XWB next-generation passenger jet, the Nikkei business daily reported …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing Joins ProActive Technologies Team in Bid for B-52 Aircrew Training System
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 23, 2010 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], along with teammate ProActive Technologies LLC of Orlando, Fla., has submitted a proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s B-52 Training System Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) program. The contract provides program management and on-site CLS to operate, maintain, sustain, and upgrade training devices located at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and Minot Air Force Base, N.D. ProActive will be the prime contractor on the team, with…
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->


Navy and Coast Guard

Navy and Coast Guard


F-22 Lessons Drive Faster F-35 Testing
By Guy NorrisEdwards AFB, Calif. Flight-testing of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter here is running almost three times faster than expected, forcing program officials to accelerate follow-on support testing to keep pace. At the same time, program officials also confirm plans to add extra resources to the flight tests here, just as they are at the U.S. Navy’s test center at NAS Patuxent River, Md., …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

First UCAS Flight Slips To December
By Amy Butler NAS PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — The U.S. Navy is slipping first flight of the Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator at least six months to December, says Capt. Jeff Penfield, Navy UCAS program manager. Navy officials say they still expect to meet the goal set by the chief of naval operations for UCAS to operate from an aircraft carrier in Fiscal 2013, but they need more time to …
Aug-23 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Science

Science


NASA Gears Up For Exploration Exercise
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — While the debate over the future of human space exploration simmers in Washington, dozens of NASA engineers, scientists and astronauts will gather on the lunar-like terrain of northern Arizona to field-test planetary rovers, a portable habitat, charging stations and geological tools under development for missions to a range of potential destinations, including near-Earth objects (NEOs) and Mars as well as the…
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

NASA To Announce Latest Findings By Kepler Spacecraft
WASHINGTON — NASA will hold a media teleconference Thursday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m. EDT to discuss the Kepler spacecraft’s latest discoveryabout an intriguing planetary system.Kepler, a space observatory, looks for the data signatures of planetsby measuring tiny decreases in the brightness of stars when planetscross in front of, or transit, them. In June, mission scientistsannounced the mission has identified more than 700 planet candidates,including five candidate systems that appear to have more…
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

WhiteKnightTwo Damaged In Mojave Gear Collapse
By Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.comLOS ANGELES The Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) mothership was damaged Aug. 19 when its left main landing gear collapsed on the runway at Mojave, Calif. Fortunately for the test effort, the Scaled Composites-designed SpaceShipTwo (SS2) was not suspended beneath the WK2 at the time. Scaled says WK2 was on its 37th test flight when the gear collapsed, though no information has …
Aug-23 – 2010 | More ->


Space

Space


Boeing to Build Additional Military Hosted Payload for Intelsat Satellite Series
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 24, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced it has received a contract from Intelsat S.A. to provide a second ultra-high frequency (UHF) hosted payload on another of the four commercial communications satellites that Intelsat ordered from Boeing last year. Financial details were not disclosed. The second UHF hosted payload will be installed on the IS-27 satellite. The payload will offer 20 25-KHz UHF channels capable of serving the U.S. government and other…
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

NRC Pushes $1.6-Billion Infrared Telescope
By Kristin MajcherWashington The National Research Council is urging NASA to develop and launch a $1.6-billion wide-field infrared survey telescope in 2020 that would spend at least five years searching for planets beyond the Solar System and exploring the effect of dark energy on the evolution of the universe. The 1.5-meter (5-ft.) observatory, dubbed W-First, would take wide-angle measurements to complement targeted …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Gears Up For Exploration Exercise
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — While the debate over the future of human space exploration simmers in Washington, dozens of NASA engineers, scientists and astronauts will gather on the lunar-like terrain of northern Arizona to field-test planetary rovers, a portable habitat, charging stations and geological tools under development for missions to a range of potential destinations, including near-Earth objects (NEOs) and Mars as well as the…
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Tourism


US Air Fares Expected To Rise
Passengers on US airlines can look forward to higher fares and higher fees as demand recovers from the 2009 economic recession, a fare expert said on Monday …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

Aegean, Continental Start Code-Share Flights
Star Alliance partners Continental Airlines and Greek carrier Aegean said on Monday they started code-sharing on flights between New York and Athens …
Aug-24 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->




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