Aviation News Releases Magazine – Thursday, September 2, 2010

Delta Air Lines’ Comair regional subsidiary plans to cut jobs and reduce the size of its fleet by more than half to lower costs, the carrier said …

Top Stories

Top Stories


NASA and Its Partners Announce a New Space Station Crew
HOUSTON — NASA and its international partners have assigned three newInternational Space Station crew members. They are targeted to launchto the station in November 2012 aboard the Russian Soyuz 33 spacecraft.NASA astronaut and Statesville, N.C., native Tom Marshburn, CanadianSpace Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield and Russian cosmonaut RomanRomanenko will serve as flight engineers for the Expedition 34 mission.NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy andEvgeny Tarelkin…
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

Comair Plans To Slash Fleet, Labor Costs
By Andrew Compart Cincinnati-based Comair—the only regional subsidiary that Delta Air Lines has been unable to sell off—plans to more than halve the size of its fleet by divesting most of its 50-seat aircraft, and hopes to negotiate cost-cutting agreements with all of its unions. Comair currently operates 69 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-100s and -200s, along with 28 larger aircraft: 15 …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

Russian Cargo Craft Departs Space Station
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Russia’s Progress 38 cargo capsule departed the International Space Station Aug. 31, clearing the aft docking port for the arrival of a replacement supply ship on Sept. 10. Progress 38, which undocked at 7:22 a.m. EDT, will undergo a series of Russian engineering evaluations until Sept. 6, when it will make a destructive re-entry into the Earth’s …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->


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Air Force

Air Force


Bids In For New USAF Medium-Altitude ISR UAS
By Bill Sweetman DENVER — Aurora Flight Sciences and Lockheed Martin have both submitted proposals for an emerging joint capability technology demonstration (JCTD) known as Medium Altitude Global ISR and Communications (Magic). With the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory as the technical manager and U.S. Central Command as the operational manager and sponsor, Magic has not yet been …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

Faulty AEHF To Reach Orbital Slot Next Summer
By Amy Butler The U.S. Air Force’s newest protected satellite communications spacecraft will likely reach operational status 7-8 months later than planned, after a liquid apogee engine designed for orbit raising was deemed useless after two failed burn attempts. The first Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite was expected to reach its …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Airports

Airports


Dutch Free Two Terrorist Suspects
Dutch authorities have freed two Yemeni men held on suspicion of terrorism at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, after finding no evidence of wrongdoing despite a trans-atlantic security scare …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

Man Arrested For Trying To Dazzle Pilots With Laser
A man appeared in court on Tuesday accused of trying to dazzle pilots with a laser beam as they were landing at France’s second-busiest airport Paris Orly, aviation authorities said …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

Dutch Hold Two Men On “Terrorism” Suspicion
Dutch authorities have detained two Yemeni men at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on suspicion of terrorist conspiracy, though a US official on Tuesday cast doubt that they were part of a terrorism plot …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->


Army

Army


U.S. Army Gets Revamped Cargo Trucks
By Michael Fabey Specially fitted cargo trucks are now carrying the U.S. military logistics load in Afghanistan. Designed to be stronger and more survivable than earlier designs, Oshkosh Defense’s Palletized Load Systems (PLS) vehicles have become a mainstay for the rough and rugged terrain in the country’s remotest regions …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


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


Comair Plans To Slash Fleet, Labor Costs
By Andrew Compart Cincinnati-based Comair—the only regional subsidiary that Delta Air Lines has been unable to sell off—plans to more than halve the size of its fleet by divesting most of its 50-seat aircraft, and hopes to negotiate cost-cutting agreements with all of its unions. Comair currently operates 69 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-100s and -200s, along with 28 larger aircraft: 15 …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

Delta Says August Air Traffic Very Strong
Delta Air Lines has seen very strong traffic on its flights in August, helped in part by a stronger yen that spurred more Japanese to take overseas trips, its company president said on Thursday …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

JAL Management Not Legally Liable
By Frank Jackman On the day ailing Japan Airlines filed its proposed reorganization plan in Tokyo’s District Court, the trustee overseeing JAL’s restructuring said there are no grounds to demand compensatory damages from the carrier’s former managers. In March, the trustee, the Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corp. of Japan (ETIC), appointed a five-member …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Defense


Indian Defense Research Chief Airs Challenges
By Anantha Krishnan M. BENGALURU, India — The chief of the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), V.K. Saraswat, is calling on industry and government partners to follow an integrated approach to production programs for the next five years. In Bengaluru on Aug. 21 to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indian Institute of Science Alumni …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

Integrator UAS Draws On ScanEagle Lessons
By Amy Butler, Graham WarwickNAS Patuxent River, Md., Washington For Insitu and parent Boeing, operating experience is a distinct advantage as the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps make the long-awaited shift from buying services to procuring systems to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) for deployed forces. Winner of the Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) competition, Insitu’s Integrator will eventually … …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->

Bids In For New USAF Medium-Altitude ISR UAS
By Bill Sweetman DENVER — Aurora Flight Sciences and Lockheed Martin have both submitted proposals for an emerging joint capability technology demonstration (JCTD) known as Medium Altitude Global ISR and Communications (Magic). With the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory as the technical manager and U.S. Central Command as the operational manager and sponsor, Magic has not yet been …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->


Executive and General

Executive


Embraer’s Lineage 1000 executive jet flies Mexico’s skies
Mexico-based Omnilife takes delivery of the country’s first ultra-large Lineage 1000São José dos Campos, August 31, 2010 – Embraer held a delivery ceremony, last week, in São José dos Campos, Brazil, for its first Lineage 1000 executive jet to a Mexican customer. Grupo Omnilife, a leader in the production of nutritional supplements, will be operating the aircraft through its air taxi subsidiary, Omniflys. The aircraft is the first Lineage 1000 delivered in the Americas.“With the purchase of 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 ->

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 ->


Industry

Industry


Boeing-built GOES-15 Weather Satellite Enters Service for NASA, NOAA
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 1, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that GOES-15, the company’s eighth Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, has completed on-orbit testing and has been accepted into service by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “GOES-15 completes the fleet of advanced meteorological satellites that Boeing designed, built and launched to provide enhanced weather monitoring over North America and refresh NOAA’s operational…
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

Oil Fire Suspected In Trent 1000 Failure
By Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.comLOS ANGELES New details of last month’s Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 uncontained failure are emerging that have impacted the Boeing 787 delivery schedule once more. Indicators point to a fault with the oil system which led to a fire developing inside the engine and damaged not just the engine, but also the infrastructure involved in the trial …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

Bombardier Second Quarter Profits Slump
Quarterly profit at Bombardier fell 27 percent on weakness in both its aerospace and train-making segments, but a significant reduction in business-jet cancellations pointed to a recovery in that sector …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->


Navy and Coast Guard

Navy and Coast Guard


Auditors See Many Challenges Still Facing LCS
By Jefferson Morris Congressional auditors still see a bevy of issues clouding the future of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), including potential production hiccups as designs continue to evolve, uncertain cost estimates and development problems with the vessel’s crucial mission packages. “Staying within budget will require the Navy to achieve design stability before beginning construction of future …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

UUV Development Accelerates
By Andy NativiGenoa Experts are convinced that unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) will play major roles in naval warfare. They concede, however, that full realization of this vision is in the future. Although robotic vehicles are redefining air and land operations, the revolution in unmanned vehicles for undersea and surface use is still in its early stages …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

Integrator UAS Draws On ScanEagle Lessons
By Amy Butler, Graham WarwickNAS Patuxent River, Md., Washington For Insitu and parent Boeing, operating experience is a distinct advantage as the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps make the long-awaited shift from buying services to procuring systems to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) for deployed forces. Winner of the Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) competition, Insitu’s Integrator will eventually … …
Sep-01 – 2010 | More ->


Science

Science


NASA Selects University Finalists for Inflatable Loft Competition
WASHINGTON — NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation haveselected university teams from Maryland, Oklahoma and Wisconsin asfinalists in a competition to design, manufacture, assemble and testan inflatable loft.NASA is challenging college students to design and rapidly developprototype concepts for inflatable habitat lofts for the nextgeneration of space explorers. The loft will be integrated onto anexisting NASA operational hard-shell prototype habitat. The winningconcepts may be applied…
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Accepting Applications For Aeronautics Scholarships
WASHINGTON — NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate isaccepting scholarship applications for the 2011 academic year. Theapplication deadline is Jan. 17, 2011.”We want more students to pursue careers in aeronautics,” said JaiwonShin, associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research MissionDirectorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “By offering thesescholarships, we are extending to students not just an opportunity tobecome familiar with NASA’s research, but also an extra dose…
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Ranked Fifth In Best Places To Work In The Federal Government
WASHINGTON — NASA has been ranked fifth in the Partnership for Public Service 2010 ratings for the “Best Places to Work in the FederalGovernment.”The 2010 survey is the fifth conducted by the partnership since 2003.NASA has been rated in the top five in the federal government in fourof the surveys and sixth in the other. An award was accepted byAssociate Deputy Administrator Charles Scales on behalf of the agencyat a special briefing held by the partnership on Wednesday, Sept. 1.The…
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->


Space

Space


NASA and Its Partners Announce a New Space Station Crew
HOUSTON — NASA and its international partners have assigned three newInternational Space Station crew members. They are targeted to launchto the station in November 2012 aboard the Russian Soyuz 33 spacecraft.NASA astronaut and Statesville, N.C., native Tom Marshburn, CanadianSpace Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield and Russian cosmonaut RomanRomanenko will serve as flight engineers for the Expedition 34 mission.NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy andEvgeny Tarelkin…
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

Russian Cargo Craft Departs Space Station
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Russia’s Progress 38 cargo capsule departed the International Space Station Aug. 31, clearing the aft docking port for the arrival of a replacement supply ship on Sept. 10. Progress 38, which undocked at 7:22 a.m. EDT, will undergo a series of Russian engineering evaluations until Sept. 6, when it will make a destructive re-entry into the Earth’s …
Sep-02 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Sets Media Deadlines For Next Space Shuttle Flight
WASHINGTON — NASA has set media accreditation deadlines for theNovember space shuttle flight to the International Space Station.Shuttle Discovery and six astronauts are targeted to launch on theSTS-133 mission on Nov. 1 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center inFlorida.Deadlines also have been set for journalists who want to cover theshuttle’s move from its processing facility to the launch pad andpractice countdown. Reporters must apply for credentials to attendthe launch or cover the mission from…
Sep-02 – 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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