Aviation News Releases Magazine – Tuesday, September 7, 2010

British Airways and Iberia have a list of 12 potential airlines to buy or merge with when their tie-up is complete, BA chief executive Willie Walsh said in Mumbai on Sunday …

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Boeing Vigilare Enters Service with RAAF After Successful Multinational Air Combat Exercise
BRISBANE, Queensland, Sept. 7, 2010 — Vigilare, the Boeing [NYSE: BA] Network Centric Command and Control System (NC3S) developed for the Commonwealth of Australia, has entered service with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) after excelling in a major multinational air combat exercise. On Sept. 2, the RAAF began using the Vigilare Northern Regional Operations Centre (NROC) at RAAF Base Tindal, Northern Territory, for surveillance and battlespace management operations across Australia….
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->

Air Cargo Demand To Slow From Recent Surge
Demand for air freight, a leading indicator for the strength of world trade, is set to slow in the rest of 2010 and 2011, the International Air Transport Association said on Monday …
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->

BA-Iberia Eyeing 12 Airlines For Expansion
British Airways and Iberia have a list of 12 potential airlines to buy or merge with when their tie-up is complete, BA chief executive Willie Walsh said in Mumbai on Sunday …
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->


Air Force

Air Force


Northrop Drops MP-RTIP For Joint Stars
By Amy Butler Northrop Grumman is shifting its strategy in proposing upgrades to keep the U.S. Air Force E-8C Joint Stars intelligence aircraft alive. Last year, Senate appropriators cited a $5.5 billion price to outfit the 17-aircraft airborne ground surveillance (AGS) fleet with new engines, provide a major radar replacement and add defenses. Although Northrop Grumman officials …
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->

USAF Space Launches Into Production Phase
By Guy Norris ANAHEIM, Calif. – U.S. Air Force space launch activity is in the midst of an unprecedented ramp-up as it enters a new “production era,” says Lt. Gen. Tom Sheridan, Air Force program executive officer for space. Sheridan, who is Commander of Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles AFB, says the introduction of five new systems over a span of 12 to 18 months signals …
Sep-06 – 2010 | More ->

Tanker Award Date Becomes More Uncertain
The target date for the much-delayed award of a USD$50 billion US Air Force aerial tanker deal just got murkier, and potentially more political …
Sep-06 – 2010 | More ->


Airports

Airports


Airports, ATC Highlighted In Spending Plan
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com President Barack Obama on Sept. 6 unveiled a massive new infrastructure spending proposal that will encompass airports and air-traffic control modernization, as well as giving new impetus to the concept of a national infrastructure bank. In a Labor Day speech in Milwaukee, Obama said the six-year plan will be aimed at “rebuilding and modernizing …
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->

Christchurch Airport Reopens After Quake
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.comAuckland New Zealand’s Christchurch International Airport is now reopened for flights, after an assessment found no significant damage from the earthquake that hit the city in the early hours of Sept. 4. The quake struck at 4.30 a.m. local time, and the airport was closed through the first half of the day while runways and buildings were checked. Power was lost and the …
Sep-06 – 2010 | More ->

TSA Mulls Changes For DCA Access
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is looking at short-term initiatives to increase access to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), but continues to strive for long-term changes to some of the more prohibitive requirements for use of the airport, Brian Delauter, general manager of TSA’s General Aviation branch, tells BA. Delauter in June said he has an “open goal of …
Sep-03 – 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


Hong Kong Airlines becomes new operator of A330-200F
Hong Kong Airlines has become the first operator of the new A330-200F freighter in East Asia, following the delivery of the first of three aircraft on long term lease from global aircraft lessor Aircastle Limited. The three A330-200F freighters will be operated on services linking Hong Kong with destinations across Asia, as well as to the Middle East and Europe. “The A330-200F will enable Hong Kong Airlines to enter the dedicated cargo market with the most efficient aircraft …
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->

Air Cargo Demand To Slow From Recent Surge
Demand for air freight, a leading indicator for the strength of world trade, is set to slow in the rest of 2010 and 2011, the International Air Transport Association said on Monday …
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->

UPS Cargo Plane Crashes In Dubai, Two Killed
A Boeing 747-400 cargo plane operated by United Parcel Service crashed shortly after takeoff into a military compound near Dubai’s airport on Friday, killing two crew members, authorities said …Photo: UPS, MD-11, Pawel Kierzkowski
Sep-05 – 2010 | More ->


Commercial

Commercial


BA-Iberia Eyeing 12 Airlines For Expansion
British Airways and Iberia have a list of 12 potential airlines to buy or merge with when their tie-up is complete, BA chief executive Willie Walsh said in Mumbai on Sunday …
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->

Mediation Board Sets Vote For Delta Attendants
An election to determine whether 20,000 flight attendants at Delta Air Lines will be represented by a union will be held starting late this month, the National Mediation Board has announced …
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->

Dangers Of Flying Vary Around The Globe
Flying in the developing world is 13 times more dangerous than flying in first world countries, according to a new study …
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->


Defense

Defense


Boeing Vigilare Enters Service with RAAF After Successful Multinational Air Combat Exercise
BRISBANE, Queensland, Sept. 7, 2010 — Vigilare, the Boeing [NYSE: BA] Network Centric Command and Control System (NC3S) developed for the Commonwealth of Australia, has entered service with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) after excelling in a major multinational air combat exercise. On Sept. 2, the RAAF began using the Vigilare Northern Regional Operations Centre (NROC) at RAAF Base Tindal, Northern Territory, for surveillance and battlespace management operations across Australia….
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->

Northrop Drops MP-RTIP For Joint Stars
By Amy Butler Northrop Grumman is shifting its strategy in proposing upgrades to keep the U.S. Air Force E-8C Joint Stars intelligence aircraft alive. Last year, Senate appropriators cited a $5.5 billion price to outfit the 17-aircraft airborne ground surveillance (AGS) fleet with new engines, provide a major radar replacement and add defenses. Although Northrop Grumman officials …
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->

Northrop Grumman Highlights Capabilities for India Homeland Security at INDESEC 2010
NEW DELHI, September 6, 2010/PRNewswire/ –Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) will be participating at INDESEC 2010 where it will highlight a range of its key capabilities dedicated to civil defence, national security and resilience.INDESEC 2010 takes place from 6-8 Sept. 2010 at the Pragati Maidan, central Delhi. It is the only exhibition and conference held in India that integrates the homeland security and defence sectors with a key focus on homeland and border security,…
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->


Executive and General

Executive


Eclipse Sim Cleared for Training
By Kerry Lynch Eclipse Aerospace is moving ahead with another facet of customer support with the recent FAA Level D approval of EA500 full-motion simulators based at SimCom Training Centers in Orlando. Eclipse announced its partnership with SimCom earlier this year to provide pilot training for the EA500, including plans to relocate two simulators to SimCom’s Orlando facility. In the interim Eclipse Aerospace has continued to provided initial,…
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->

Dangers Of Flying Vary Around The Globe
Flying in the developing world is 13 times more dangerous than flying in first world countries, according to a new study …
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->

Lead-less Power Tested In Air Race
By Bill Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com A Formula 1 race pilot intends to beat a speed record set by Hoot Gibson and help promote a “green” fuel in the doing. Richard “Smokey” Young told AWIN yesterday that he believes a new unleaded biomass fuel will give him the extra performance to easily set a new world record for a closed 100-kilometer course. The attempt is scheduled for Sept. 11. Gibson, a former astronaut, set a record of 238 mph…
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->


Industry

Industry


Boeing Vigilare Enters Service with RAAF After Successful Multinational Air Combat Exercise
BRISBANE, Queensland, Sept. 7, 2010 — Vigilare, the Boeing [NYSE: BA] Network Centric Command and Control System (NC3S) developed for the Commonwealth of Australia, has entered service with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) after excelling in a major multinational air combat exercise. On Sept. 2, the RAAF began using the Vigilare Northern Regional Operations Centre (NROC) at RAAF Base Tindal, Northern Territory, for surveillance and battlespace management operations across Australia….
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->

Northrop Drops MP-RTIP For Joint Stars
By Amy Butler Northrop Grumman is shifting its strategy in proposing upgrades to keep the U.S. Air Force E-8C Joint Stars intelligence aircraft alive. Last year, Senate appropriators cited a $5.5 billion price to outfit the 17-aircraft airborne ground surveillance (AGS) fleet with new engines, provide a major radar replacement and add defenses. Although Northrop Grumman officials …
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->

Eclipse Sim Cleared for Training
By Kerry Lynch Eclipse Aerospace is moving ahead with another facet of customer support with the recent FAA Level D approval of EA500 full-motion simulators based at SimCom Training Centers in Orlando. Eclipse announced its partnership with SimCom earlier this year to provide pilot training for the EA500, including plans to relocate two simulators to SimCom’s Orlando facility. In the interim Eclipse Aerospace has continued to provided initial,…
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->


Navy and Coast Guard

Navy and Coast Guard


Boeing, US Navy Flight Testing Distributed Targeting System for Super Hornet
CHINA LAKE, Calif., Sept. 2, 2010 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Navy’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-31 have begun flight testing a Distributed Targeting System for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighter at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Advanced Weapons Lab in China Lake. The current test phase is scheduled to conclude in November 2011. The Distributed Targeting System uses onboard hardware and software processing to produce precise targeting…
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

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 ->


Science

Science


NASA Invites Media To Experience Future Of Human Space Exploration
HOUSTON — To see what life might be like on a distant planet,reporters need only travel to the Arizona desert. NASA’s Research andTechnology Studies, or Desert RATS, will make its 13th trip to thedesert this fall to test rovers, habitats and robots that could beused in future exploration missions.A media day for the tests will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 15, toallow reporters to observe the activities. Interested news mediashould contact Brandi Dean at 281-483-5111 by Thursday, Sept. 9.Access…
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Selects Investigations For First Mission To Encounter The Sun
WASHINGTON — NASA has begun development of a mission to visit andstudy the sun closer than ever before. The unprecedented project,named Solar Probe Plus, is slated to launch no later than 2018.The small car-sized spacecraft will plunge directly into the sun’satmosphere approximately four million miles from our star’s surface.It will explore a region no other spacecraft ever has encountered.NASA has selected five science investigations that will unlock thesun’s biggest mysteries.”The…
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->

NASA, Newseum Invite Media To Discover And Encounter Comets
WASHINGTON — NASA will commemorate a quarter-century of cometdiscoveries and discuss upcoming comet encounters during a symposiumat 9 a.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 10, in the Knight Studio of the Newseum.The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington. Theevent will be covered live by NASA Television and streamed on theagency’s website.Comets are remainders of material formed in the coldest part of oursolar system. Impacts from comets played a major role in the Earth’sevolution,…
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->


Space

Space


USAF Space Launches Into Production Phase
By Guy Norris ANAHEIM, Calif. – U.S. Air Force space launch activity is in the midst of an unprecedented ramp-up as it enters a new “production era,” says Lt. Gen. Tom Sheridan, Air Force program executive officer for space. Sheridan, who is Commander of Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles AFB, says the introduction of five new systems over a span of 12 to 18 months signals …
Sep-06 – 2010 | More ->

First Canadian ISS Commander Named
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Veteran astronaut Chris Hadfield will become the first Canadian to serve as the commander of the International Space Station (ISS) during the Expedition 35 mission in March 2013, NASA and its major partners in the program announced Sept. 2. Hadfield, a 51-year-old a retired Canadian Air Force colonel, joined Canada’s astronaut corps in June 1992. He has …
Sep-06 – 2010 | More ->

NASA Extends Contract For Last Two Missions
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — United Space Alliance of Houston has received a $909.6 million contract extension from NASA for shuttle and International Space Station support activities in four states from Oct. 1 through March 30, 2011. The base contract, awarded in 2007 with several ensuing modifications, is valued at $6.6 billion, according to Kylie Clem, a spokeswoman at NASA’s Johnson Space Center …
Sep-03 – 2010 | More ->


Tourism

Tourism


Oil Spill Will Not Impact Florida Tourism: Poll
The BP oil spill that spewed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico is unlikely to deter travel to Florida and Louisiana for the rest of the year, a new poll showed …
Sep-07 – 2010 | More ->

American Airlines and American Eagle Extend Ticketing Deadline to Help Customers Affected by Mexicana Airlines Service Suspension
FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ — American Airlines and its regional affiliate, American Eagle, today announced that the deadline for the special 20 percent discount off of any published fare for customers holding tickets for confirmed bookings on cancelled Mexicana flights has been extended until Sept. 12, 2010.Under an offer that became effective on Aug. 30, 2010, American and American Eagle will replace a customer’s travel itinerary with a new confirmed ticket to their original…
Sep-06 – 2010 | More ->

BA August Traffic Down 2.9 Percent
British Airways carried 2.9 percent fewer passengers in August compared with the year before and said its overall summer performance had been weaker than last year …
Sep-06 – 2010 | More ->




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