Aviation News Releases Magazine – Tuesday, August 31, 2010

By Bill Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com

Gulfstream’s new G650 has exceeded .99 Mach during certification flight testing, the company said today, helping pave the way to its goal of being the world’s fastest civilian aircraft.

There are four G650s involved in flight trials now, with a fifth to join the test fleet soon. One of those “exceeded point 99 Mach by a fraction” during scheduled tests last week, …

Top Stories

Top Stories


Lockheed Proposing Early Asteroid Exploration
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Lockheed Martin says its “Plymouth Rock” mission proposal would reach a Near Earth Asteroid with astronauts using two Orion capsules and a dual-launch strategy as early as 2016—or nearly a decade ahead of the asteroid goal outlined by President Barack Obama in April. Josh Hopkins, principal investigator at Lockheed Martin for advanced human exploration missions, will present the …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

Gulfstream G650 Nears Speed of Sound
By Bill Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com Gulfstream’s new G650 has exceeded .99 Mach during certification flight testing, the company said today, helping pave the way to its goal of being the world’s fastest civilian aircraft. There are four G650s involved in flight trials now, with a fifth to join the test fleet soon. One of those “exceeded point 99 Mach by a fraction” during scheduled tests last week, …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

SpaceX Asks For Oct. 23 Dragon Launch Slot
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has requested Oct. 23 on the 45th Space Wing’s calendar for launch of its second Falcon 9 rocket, which will aim to place a Dragon cargo capsule into orbit. The flight is the first of up to three launches planned under SpaceX’s $278-million Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) contract with NASA, which is intended to …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->


Latest Headlines

Air Force

Air Force


1st Boeing C-130 AMP Low-Rate Initial Production Aircraft Inducted at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center
ST. LOUIS, Aug. 30, 2010 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced the induction of the first C-130 aircraft slated to receive the Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) upgrade at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Ga. This is the first of 20 aircraft to be upgraded during low-rate initial production (LRIP). “Warner Robins is ready to receive the C-130 and begin installing the AMP kits,” said Tommy Jackson, C-130 AMP deputy program manager for the U.S. Air Force. “Our team has been…
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

AEHF To Reach Intermediate Orbit In Weeks
By Amy Butler Over the next few weeks, the U.S. Air Force plans to use one of two thruster systems still functioning on a protected military communications satellite built by Lockheed Martin to reach an intermediate orbit after failure of a liquid apogee engine on the spacecraft. The Aug. 14 launch of the Atlas V carrying the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite, …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

1st Boeing-built GPS IIF Satellite Enters Service with US Air Force
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 30, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that the first of 12 Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellites the company is building for the U.S. Air Force has entered service. GPS IIF-1 is the newest member of the active 31-satellite GPS constellation, which provides accurate navigation, positioning and timing information to more than 1 billion military and civilian users around the world. GPS IIF satellites offer new and enhanced capabilities, including a …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->


Airports

Airports


Mexican Airport Operators Weigh Mexicana Impact
Airport operators in Mexico are feeling the pinch after three troubled airlines suspended dozens of flights and uncertainty remains about whether other companies can pick up the traffic from abandoned routes …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

Schiphol H1 Profit Triples, Aviation Posts Loss
Dutch airport operator Schiphol Group said first-half profit tripled, as growth in its consumer and real estate units offset a security-driven loss in its main aviation operations …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

Thai Customs Seize Live Tiger In Airport Baggage
Customs officers at Bangkok Airport found a two-month-old tiger stashed in a bag, filled with stuffed tiger toys, which was checked-in for an international passenger flight, authorities said on Friday …
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->


Army

Army


U.S. Army Interest In A160T Undeterred
By Amy Butler DENVER — U.S. Army officials say their interest in procuring a small number of Boeing A160T unmanned rotorcraft has not waned as a result of a recent crash. “There is nothing with A160 that makes us think we can’t have the same success we’ve had with other platforms,” says Tim Owings, deputy Army unmanned aerial system (UAS) project manager …
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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


JAL To Cut Routes, Aircraft In Turnaround Bid
Japan Airlines said it will retire two-fifths of its aircraft, abandon one in eight overseas flights and end a quarter of its home routes in a bid to return to profit …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

Regional Airlines Consolidating To Cut Costs
US regional airlines are consolidating to reduce overhead so they can offer lower rates to their larger airline partners, while major airlines are selling their feeder carriers to create a larger pool of smaller carriers with which to do business …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

AirTran Fined Regarding Disabled Passengers
AirTran Airways was fined USD$500,000 by the US Department of Transportation on Monday for violations tied to protections for passengers with disabilities, the federal agency said …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Defense


Final Certification For Indian LCA Underway
By Anantha Krishnan M. BENGALURU, India — The final certification process for Tejas, India’s Light Combat Aircraft, has begun ahead of its crucial initial operational clearance (IOC), program official P.S. Subramanyam tells AVIATION WEEK. The certification process is being conducted by a team headed by K. Tamilmani, chief executive at the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (Cemilac). It is …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

MDA Plans Major Anti-Missile Programs
By Amy ButlerHuntsville, Ala. The director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is in the early stages of engaging industry on a series of projects worth billions of dollars that will shape the nation’s defense architecture, but he continues to struggle with contractors building unreliable products. Army Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly is withholding a production contract worth up to $400 million for the next 48 …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

AEHF To Reach Intermediate Orbit In Weeks
By Amy Butler Over the next few weeks, the U.S. Air Force plans to use one of two thruster systems still functioning on a protected military communications satellite built by Lockheed Martin to reach an intermediate orbit after failure of a liquid apogee engine on the spacecraft. The Aug. 14 launch of the Atlas V carrying the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite, …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->


Executive and General

Executive


Gulfstream G650 Nears Speed of Sound
By Bill Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com Gulfstream’s new G650 has exceeded .99 Mach during certification flight testing, the company said today, helping pave the way to its goal of being the world’s fastest civilian aircraft. There are four G650s involved in flight trials now, with a fifth to join the test fleet soon. One of those “exceeded point 99 Mach by a fraction” during scheduled tests last week, …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 win prestigious IDEA/Brasil 2010 Design award
Embraer’s two newest executive jets honored, as were the Phenom family and the Lineage 1000 aircraft in 2008São José dos Campos, August 2010 – Embraer’s newest executive jets, the midlight Legacy 450 and the midsize Legacy 500, have followed the entry level Phenom 100 and light Phenom 300 jets, as well as the ultra-large Lineage 1000, which won the IDEA/Brasil design award in its first edition in 2008. The IDEA® (International Design Excellence Awards) program is the premier international…
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

18-seat Turboprop To Join GippsAero Fleet
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com India’s Mahindra Group is investing $20 million in subsidiary GippsAero Pty Ltd. so the Australian-based aircraft manufacturer can build the G10 Airvan, a 10-seat variant of piston-powered GA 8. The manufacturer will also spend money to launch the GA18, a new 18-seat turboprop. The GA10 is a bit more than a variant of the GA8, says spokesman John Willis. “While the GA10 will share many …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->


Industry

Industry


Boeing to Provide Landing Gear Exchange Service to Qantas Airways
SEATTLE, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) will perform landing gear exchange, repair and overhaul services on Qantas Airways’ 747-400ER (extended range) jetliners. Qantas, the program launch customer for the 747-400ER and operator of six of the airplanes, becomes the launch customer for the 747-400ER Landing Gear Overhaul and Exchange Program. Qantas will use the Boeing Service Center Repair Network for quick, reliable access to landing gear exchanges, repair and…
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

Bombardier Sells Two Q400 NextGen Turboprops to Smart Aviation of Egypt
Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Smart Aviation Company of Cairo, Egypt has signed a firm order to acquire two Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft, and has also taken options on an additional three Q400 NextGen aircraft. Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the value of the firm order is approximately $62 million US, which could increase to $158 million US should all three options be converted to firm orders. A corporate jet aircraft charter operator since its…
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

Gulfstream G650 Nears Speed of Sound
By Bill Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com Gulfstream’s new G650 has exceeded .99 Mach during certification flight testing, the company said today, helping pave the way to its goal of being the world’s fastest civilian aircraft. There are four G650s involved in flight trials now, with a fifth to join the test fleet soon. One of those “exceeded point 99 Mach by a fraction” during scheduled tests last week, …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->


Navy and Coast Guard

Navy and Coast Guard


Wayward Fire Scout Was No Threat, Officials Say
By Amy Butler U.S. Navy and industry sources say that the MQ-8 Fire Scout that headed into restricted airspace in St. Mary’s Country, Md., earlier this month did not come close to Washington or threaten any government activities there. Navy officials acknowledged this week that the remotely piloted rotorcraft flew about 1,700 ft. in altitude for 23 mi. north/northwest of where it should have, outside the …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

Boeing, US Navy Celebrate T-45 Jet Trainer’s Million-Flight-Hour Milestone
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 26, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today joined the U.S. Navy at Cecil Field in Jacksonville to celebrate the Naval Air Training Command’s 1 millionth flight hour with the T-45 Goshawk, the Navy’s premier jet trainer aircraft. “This milestone is another testament to the quality that this team has put into each and every T-45 that we have training our future aerial combat warriors,” said Rear Adm. Bill Sizemore, chief of Naval Air Training….
Aug-27 – 2010 | More ->

Tight Budgets, Needs Alter USN Unmanned Efforts
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.comDENVER Fiscal constraints will be a major driving factor in the capabilities that the U.S. Navy will seek in unmanned vehicles in the coming years, says the chief of naval operations, Adm. Gary Roughead. However, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) will be called upon to fill what he calls a “capability gap” in the Navy’s ability to collect …
Aug-26 – 2010 | More ->


Science

Science


NASA, Internet Archive And Flickr Launch Historic Image Collection
WASHINGTON — Three compilations of images from more than half acentury of NASA history are available for comment on a section of thephoto-sharing site Flickr known as The Commons.Visitors to NASA on The Commons can help tell the photos’ story byadding tags, or keywords, to the images to identify objects andpeople. In addition, viewers can communicate with other visitors bysharing comments. These contributions will help make the imageseasier to find online and add insight about NASA’s…
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

NASA TV Airs Interview Excerpts About Assistance To Trapped Miners In Chile
HOUSTON — From 5:30-6 p.m. EDT, NASA Television will air excerpts ofan interview with Dr. Michael Duncan, who is leading a NASA team toChile. NASA has been asked by the Chilean government through the U.S.Department of State to provide technical advice that might assist thetrapped miners at the San Jose gold and copper mine near Copiapo, Chile.Duncan is the deputy chief medical officer in the Space Life SciencesDirectorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. He and threeother NASA…
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->

Kepler Finds Multi-planet Extra-solar System
By Frank Morring, Jr. Astronomers evaluating data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft have discovered two Saturn-sized gas giants orbiting a star in the first application of a technique that may help them find habitable Earthlike planets. Designated Kepler 9b and 9c, the two planets are orbiting the Kepler 9 star at a distance closer than the planet Mercury orbits the Sun. Data suggest there may be a …
Aug-30 – 2010 | More ->


Space

Space


Lockheed Proposing Early Asteroid Exploration
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Lockheed Martin says its “Plymouth Rock” mission proposal would reach a Near Earth Asteroid with astronauts using two Orion capsules and a dual-launch strategy as early as 2016—or nearly a decade ahead of the asteroid goal outlined by President Barack Obama in April. Josh Hopkins, principal investigator at Lockheed Martin for advanced human exploration missions, will present the …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

AEHF To Reach Intermediate Orbit In Weeks
By Amy Butler Over the next few weeks, the U.S. Air Force plans to use one of two thruster systems still functioning on a protected military communications satellite built by Lockheed Martin to reach an intermediate orbit after failure of a liquid apogee engine on the spacecraft. The Aug. 14 launch of the Atlas V carrying the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite, …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

SpaceX Asks For Oct. 23 Dragon Launch Slot
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has requested Oct. 23 on the 45th Space Wing’s calendar for launch of its second Falcon 9 rocket, which will aim to place a Dragon cargo capsule into orbit. The flight is the first of up to three launches planned under SpaceX’s $278-million Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) contract with NASA, which is intended to …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Tourism


Main Points From JAL’s Rehabilitation Plan
Japan Airlines submitted a business turnaround plan on Tuesday that will run until March 31, 2013. Here are some key points under the turnaround plan …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

Mexican Airport Operators Weigh Mexicana Impact
Airport operators in Mexico are feeling the pinch after three troubled airlines suspended dozens of flights and uncertainty remains about whether other companies can pick up the traffic from abandoned routes …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->

Regional Airlines Consolidating To Cut Costs
US regional airlines are consolidating to reduce overhead so they can offer lower rates to their larger airline partners, while major airlines are selling their feeder carriers to create a larger pool of smaller carriers with which to do business …
Aug-31 – 2010 | More ->




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