Aviation News Releases Magazine – Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low-cost airline, could be in the market for up to 300 aircraft, the company’s chief executive was quoted as saying in an interview on Wednesday …

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NASA Wants To Share Great Ideas
WASHINGTON — NASA is seeking information from potential partners who could provide no-cost brokerage services for intellectual propertytransactions, such as patent brokering, to help transfer NASA-ownedtechnologies into the U.S. marketplace.”Technology transfer always has been an important objective ofAmerica’s aeronautics and space program,” said NASA ChiefTechnologist Bobby Braun at NASA…
Sep-08-2010 | More »
Obama Plan Would Boost NextGen
By Kristin Majcher, Adrian Schofield While specific details are sorely lacking in President Obama’s new infrastructure investment proposal, it appears that increased funding of the NextGen program will be a higher priority than in previous stimulus spending efforts. Obama’s six-year plan, announced at a Sept. 6 speech in Milwaukee,…
Sep-08-2010 | More »
Investment Needed for NATO Missile Defenses
By Amy Butler NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says his staff estimates that an alliance-wide territorial missile defense system would cost about €200 million ($245 million) over the next 10 years. This is above the €800 million ($1.2 billion) investment already required to field theater missile defenses designed to protect …
Sep-08-2010 | More »
Norwegian Air Passenger Numbers Up 28 Pct
Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle said it carried 28 percent more passengers in August than a year ago, but its yield fell …
Sep-08-2010 | More »
WTO Boeing Subsidies Ruling Expected Sept 15
The WTO will release a long-awaited ruling next week on whether US government support for Boeing violates global trade rules, sources familiar with the matter said …
Sep-08-2010 | More »
Thai Plane Searched In LA After Bomb Threat
Investigators found no evidence of a bomb aboard a Thai Airways flight on Tuesday after a written threat was discovered in a lavatory shortly before its arrival in Los Angeles, officials said …
Sep-08-2010 | More »
Ryanair Could Buy Up To 300 Aircraft
Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low-cost airline, could be in the market for up to 300 aircraft, the company’s chief executive was quoted as saying in an interview on Wednesday …
Sep-08-2010 | More »
Air Canada's Passenger Levels Flat, WestJet Down
Air Canada said on Tuesday passenger levels for August remained flat, while WestJet Airlines reported a lower load factor for the same month …
Sep-08-2010 | More »
Quit Delay Habit, ILFC Tells Jetmakers
Airbus and Boeing must deliver on their pledges and break with a growing pattern of delays, the head of the world’s largest plane leasing firm said on Tuesday …
Sep-08-2010 | More »
BA CEO Interested In Future Qantas Merger
British Airways would be interested in discussing a merger with Qantas Airways, if Australia’s top airline was a willing party, BA chief executive Willie Walsh said in a newspaper interview …
Sep-08-2010 | More »
SAS Traffic Up In August, Yields Uncertain
Scandinavian airline SAS said on Tuesday passenger traffic rose 7 percent in August from a year earlier adding the outlook for yields remained uncertain …
Sep-08-2010 | More »
Air France-KLM August Traffic Falls 1.2 Pct
Passenger traffic at Air France-KLM in August fell for the first time since it was hit by the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud in April but said the trend in forward bookings was positive …Photo: Philippe Noret

Sep-08-2010 | More »

Top Stories

Top Stories


WTO Boeing Subsidies Ruling Expected Sept 15

WTO Boeing Subsidies Ruling Expected Sept 15
The WTO will release a long-awaited ruling next week on whether US government support for Boeing violates global trade rules, sources familiar with the matter said …
Sep-08-2010 | More »

Thai Plane Searched In LA After Bomb Threat

Thai Plane Searched In LA After Bomb Threat
Investigators found no evidence of a bomb aboard a Thai Airways flight on Tuesday after a written threat was discovered in a lavatory shortly before its arrival in Los Angeles, officials said …
Sep-08-2010 | More »

Ryanair Could Buy Up To 300 Aircraft

Ryanair Could Buy Up To 300 Aircraft
Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low-cost airline, could be in the market for up to 300 aircraft, the company’s chief executive was quoted as saying in an interview on Wednesday …
Sep-08-2010 | More »


Air Force

Air Force


U.S. Aerospace Files Second KC-X Protest

U.S. Aerospace Files Second KC-X Protest
By Amy Butler U.S. Aerospace, the bidder kicked out of the U.S. Air Force’s KC-135 replacement competition for allegedly submitting its proposal late, has filed a second protest of the service’s decision not to let the company compete for the $35 billion program. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), which conducts bid-protest…
Sep-08-2010 | 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 ->

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 ->


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


GCV Review Causes Jam For Other Army Vehicles

GCV Review Causes Jam For Other Army Vehicles
By Michael Fabey The recent cancellation of the Ground Combat Vehicle request for proposals (RFP) is part of an overall U.S. Army review of its major GCV programs that could reshape those different fleets and alter the course of their procurement. Indeed, the Army has already started to withhold funding for other ground vehicle programs as…
Sep-08-2010 | More »

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 ->


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


Norwegian Air Passenger Numbers Up 28 Pct

Norwegian Air Passenger Numbers Up 28 Pct
Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle said it carried 28 percent more passengers in August than a year ago, but its yield fell …
Sep-08-2010 | More »

Thai Plane Searched In LA After Bomb Threat

Thai Plane Searched In LA After Bomb Threat
Investigators found no evidence of a bomb aboard a Thai Airways flight on Tuesday after a written threat was discovered in a lavatory shortly before its arrival in Los Angeles, officials said …
Sep-08-2010 | More »

Ryanair Could Buy Up To 300 Aircraft

Ryanair Could Buy Up To 300 Aircraft
Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low-cost airline, could be in the market for up to 300 aircraft, the company’s chief executive was quoted as saying in an interview on Wednesday …
Sep-08-2010 | More »


Defense

Defense


Investment Needed for NATO Missile Defenses

Investment Needed for NATO Missile Defenses
By Amy Butler NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says his staff estimates that an alliance-wide territorial missile defense system would cost about €200 million ($245 million) over the next 10 years. This is above the €800 million ($1.2 billion) investment already required to field theater missile defenses designed to protect …
Sep-08-2010 | More »

S-70i(TM) BLACK HAWK Helicopter Debuts at MSPO Exhibition

S-70i(TM) BLACK HAWK Helicopter Debuts at MSPO Exhibition
Program continues on schedule with launch into global marketKIELCE, Poland, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ — The S-70i(TM) BLACK HAWK helicopter, the international variant of the BLACK HAWK helicopter, is on public display for the first time. Built at PZL Mielec, Sikorsky Aircraft’s company in Poland, the aircraft will be on static display at the MSPO exhibition through Sept. 9. Sikorsky Aircraft is a…
Sep-08-2010 | More »

Boeing Military Aircraft Realigns to Position for Future Growth

Boeing Military Aircraft Realigns to Position for Future Growth
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 7, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced changes within its Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA) business, including consolidating the organization from six divisions to four, to continue to position the company for growth in the current business environment. The realignment of the organization will take effect on Oct. 1. The four new divisions are Global Strike,…
Sep-08-2010 | 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


WTO Boeing Subsidies Ruling Expected Sept 15

WTO Boeing Subsidies Ruling Expected Sept 15
The WTO will release a long-awaited ruling next week on whether US government support for Boeing violates global trade rules, sources familiar with the matter said …
Sep-08-2010 | More »

Quit Delay Habit, ILFC Tells Jetmakers

Quit Delay Habit, ILFC Tells Jetmakers
Airbus and Boeing must deliver on their pledges and break with a growing pattern of delays, the head of the world’s largest plane leasing firm said on Tuesday …
Sep-08-2010 | More »

S-70i(TM) BLACK HAWK Helicopter Debuts at MSPO Exhibition

S-70i(TM) BLACK HAWK Helicopter Debuts at MSPO Exhibition
Program continues on schedule with launch into global marketKIELCE, Poland, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ — The S-70i(TM) BLACK HAWK helicopter, the international variant of the BLACK HAWK helicopter, is on public display for the first time. Built at PZL Mielec, Sikorsky Aircraft’s company in Poland, the aircraft will be on static display at the MSPO exhibition through Sept. 9. Sikorsky Aircraft is a…
Sep-08-2010 | 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 Wants To Share Great Ideas

NASA Wants To Share Great Ideas
WASHINGTON — NASA is seeking information from potential partners who could provide no-cost brokerage services for intellectual propertytransactions, such as patent brokering, to help transfer NASA-ownedtechnologies into the U.S. marketplace.”Technology transfer always has been an important objective ofAmerica’s aeronautics and space program,” said NASA ChiefTechnologist Bobby Braun at NASA…
Sep-08-2010 | More »

NASA Loves A Good Challenge-Not Business As Usual

NASA Loves A Good Challenge-Not Business As Usual
WASHINGTON — NASA’s pioneering use of prize competitions andinnovation challenges is a dramatic departure from government’straditional “business as usual.”The agency’s innovation and technology challenges include prizes thatencourage independent teams to race to achieve bold goals — withoutany upfront government funding. NASA benefits from private sectorinvestments many times greater than the…
Sep-08-2010 | More »

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 ->


Space

Space


Concepts For Asteroid Missions Proposed

Concepts For Asteroid Missions Proposed
By Mark Carreau, Frank Morring, Jr.Houston, Washington President Barack Obama’s call for a mission to send astronauts to an asteroid has scientists and engineers pondering just what it would take. While Congress and the White House have yet to settle on an exploration policy to replace the Bush administration’s lunar-return goal, the…
Sep-08-2010 | 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 ->

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 ->


Tourism

Tourism


Ryanair Could Buy Up To 300 Aircraft

Ryanair Could Buy Up To 300 Aircraft
Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low-cost airline, could be in the market for up to 300 aircraft, the company’s chief executive was quoted as saying in an interview on Wednesday …
Sep-08-2010 | More »

Air Canada’s Passenger Levels Flat, WestJet Down

Air Canada's Passenger Levels Flat, WestJet Down
Air Canada said on Tuesday passenger levels for August remained flat, while WestJet Airlines reported a lower load factor for the same month …
Sep-08-2010 | More »

Air France-KLM August Traffic Falls 1.2 Pct

Air France-KLM August Traffic Falls 1.2 Pct
Passenger traffic at Air France-KLM in August fell for the first time since it was hit by the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud in April but said the trend in forward bookings was positive …Photo: Philippe Noret
Sep-08-2010 | More »




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