Aviation News Releases Magazine – Friday, September 10, 2010

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Journalists are invited to cover space shuttle Discovery’s last move from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to Launch Pad 39A on Sept. 20 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Six astronauts are set to launch aboard the shuttle on Nov. 1. The STS-133 mission to the International Space Station is the final scheduled flight for Discovery before it is retired….

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NASA's Shuttle Discovery To Make Its Final Trip To Launch Pad
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Journalists are invited to cover space shuttleDiscovery’s last move from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) toLaunch Pad 39A on Sept. 20 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.Six astronauts are set to launch aboard the shuttle on Nov. 1. TheSTS-133 mission to the International Space Station is the finalscheduled flight for Discovery before it is retired.Live coverage…
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NASA Selects Winning Team In Balloonsat Competition
CLEVELAND — NASA has selected the winner of the national BalloonsatHigh Altitude Flight Competition, a contest that introduces highschool students to engineering principles and encourages engineeringpractices.The high school team from North Carolina School of Science andMathematics in Durham, N.C., took home the top prize.The winning team’s experiment, “Variations in Polyvinyl AlcoholRadiation…
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Amateur Astronomers Are First To Detect Objects Impacting Jupiter
WASHINGTON — Amateur astronomers using backyard telescopes were the first to detect two small objects that burned up in Jupiter’satmosphere on June 3 and Aug. 20.Professional astronomers at NASA and other institutions followed up onthe discovery and gathered detailed information on the objects, whichproduced bright spots on Jupiter. The object that caused the June 3fireball was estimated to be…
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NASA Data Shed New Light About Water and Volcanoes on Mars
HOUSTON — Data from NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander suggest liquid waterhas interacted with the Martian surface throughout the planet’shistory and into modern times. The research also provides newevidence that volcanic activity has persisted on the Red Planet intogeologically recent times, several million years ago.Although the lander, which arrived on Mars on May 25, 2008, is nolonger operating,…
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NASA Awards Grants For High School Science Education
WASHINGTON — NASA will award about $4 million in grants to publicschool districts, state-based education leadership, andnot-for-profit education organizations to support academic excellencein science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.The first round of awards is valued at $3.1 million. Each award isexpected to leverage NASA’s unique contributions in STEM education,enhance…
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Boeing to Highlight Affordable, Low-Risk Solutions at AFA Air & Space Conference
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], at next week’s U.S. Air Force Association (AFA) Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, will highlight a range of affordable, low-risk solutions that enable the Air Force to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. The conference takes place Sept. 13-15 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center,…
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Flexjet to Offer Inflight Wi-Fi from Aircell
The ultimate business tool just got an upgrade. After 15 years of providing award-winning private aviation solutions, Flexjet will now offer Aircell’s® Gogo Biz™ inflight Wi-Fi service as a standard feature on its fractional program aircraft at no additional charge to owners. This new system allows Flexjet customers to use any Wi-Fi device—ranging from smartphones to laptops—to access the Web…
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Italy Eyes Defense Cuts
By Andy NativiGenoa Italy is not immune to the defense cuts that are spreading across Europe. While the government has yet to present a plan for reducing military spending, Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa has revealed highlights of the reductions he will announce by the end of October. The finance minister plans to impose…
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Boeing Eyes WGS Sales, Design Enhancements
By Michael A. Taverna PARIS — The looming shortfall in military broadband capacity is encouraging the U.S. Defense Dept. to sharply expand the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) network and to further blend commercial know-how and other enhancements into its design. At the end of August, the Defense Department signed a $182 million contract with…
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Sweden Awards Gripen Meteor Contract
By Robert Wall LONDON — Saab has secured the contract to fully integrate the MBDA Meteor ramjet-powered air-to-air missile on the Gripen fighter. The 312 million Swedish kronor ($43 million) deal covers a four-year period, Saab says. Gripen has been serving as the launch platform for all …
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New Infrastructure Stimulus Opposed By Mica
By Bill Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com Although President Obama wants to use a new round of stimulus money to help fund the the NextGen air traffic control system, the leading Republic legislator on the House transportation committee said yesterday that he’ll oppose any such move. In a Labor Day speech before a union audience in Milwaukee,…
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GPS IIF Detector Software Needs Upgrade
By Amy Butler, Michael MechamWashington, San Francisco The first Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite in orbit will require software fixes to reduce degradation in the cross-links for its nuclear-detection payload, says Lt. Gen. Tom Sheridan, U.S. Air Force program executive officer for space. Designated SVN-62 by the Air Force, the satellite…
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BAA August Traffic Down 0.6 Percent
Passenger traffic at BAA airports fell 0.6 percent in August year-on-year, hit by the continued weakness of the leisure market, which has led to casualties among small British tour operators …
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Australia Blocks Virgin Blue-Air NZ Tie-Up
Australia’s competition regulator blocked an alliance between Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand on flights between Australia and New Zealand, dealing a blow to Virgin Blue and sending its shares sharply lower …
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US Proposes New Rest Rules For Pilots
Airlines would be required to give pilots longer minimum rest periods and scale back overall duty time under a US government proposal aimed at combating fatigue in the cockpit …
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EADS To Sever National Roots In Redesign
European aerospace group EADS plans to tear up its last remaining national symbols by dropping the logos of its French and German founders from a new corporate identity, people familiar with the matter said …
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Transat Sees Strong Q4 On Europe Travel
Canada’s Transat said a rise in travel to Europe and higher pricing helped strong third-quarter results and will boost revenue and margins in the current quarter …
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P&W Says Firms May Differ On Re-Engining
Engine maker Pratt & Whitney said Airbus and Boeing could make different decisions on whether to redesign their single-aisle A320 and 737 planes or use the same design and equip them with new engines …
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Aer Lingus Drops Ryanair's Low-Cost Approach
Irish airline Aer Lingus expects demand to stay depressed into next year, and no longer sees mimicking the fare-cutting of former suitor Ryanair as the best way to stimulate business, its chief executive said …
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Embraer closes syndicated credit operation for US$ 1 billion
Deal involves 25 financial institutions, worldwideSão José dos Campos, September 9, 2010 – Embraer closed a credit operation today for US$ 1 billion with a group of 25 international financial institutions. The main objective of the standby agreement is to ensure access to short-term funds at pre-negotiated rates, if the Company should need them.Under the coordination of BNP Paribas, there were…
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Embraer's Lineage 1000 will be present at JetExpo 2010 Moscow
Company will also showcase the Legacy 600 jet at Russia’s top business aviation eventSão José dos Campos, September 9, 2010 – With the ultra-large Lineage 1000 on static display for the first time at the event, Embraer will participate in the fifth Russian International Business Aviation Exhibition, JetExpo 2010 Moscow (www.JetExpo.ru), in the Crocus Expo complex, September 15-17. The Company…
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NASA Hosts Green Aviation Summit; Bolden Highlights Importance of Issue to Future of NASA
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. – NASA has a “critical responsibility” to theflying public to develop environmentally responsible solutions to thenation’s most pressing aviation problems, Administrator Charles F.Bolden Jr. said Wednesday.Addressing the Green Aviation Summit under way through Thursday atNASA’s Ames Research Center, Bolden said air travel is one of thesafest modes of transportation and vital…
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NASA Opens Space Station For Biological Research From NIH Grants
WASHINGTON — NASA is enabling biomedical research with NationalInstitutes of Health (NIH) grants that take advantage of the uniquemicrogravity environment aboard the International Space Station toexplore fundamental questions about important health issues.The NIH Biomedical Research on the International Space Station(BioMed-ISS) awards are the next step in a new partnership to applythe national…
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Executives Named to Lead President's Export Council Subcommittees
CHICAGO, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ — The chairman and vice chairman of the President’s Export Council – Boeing CEO Jim McNerney and Xerox CEO Ursula Burns – today announced the names of business and union leaders who have agreed to lead the council’s five subcommittees. “The individuals who have stepped forward to lead the subcommittees are outstanding leaders who will bring innovative thinking…
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Boeing Completes Harpoon Industrial Cooperation Program in Denmark
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Sept. 8, 2010 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has successfully completed an industrial cooperation program associated with follow-on support of the Harpoon weapon system for the Royal Danish Navy. Boeing met ahead of schedule the requirements for this six-year period of performance that began in October 2004, demonstrating the company’s continued…
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Mexicana Restructuring Plan Trims Routes
By Darren Shannon A major overhaul of Mexicana’s route network could see the carrier resume much of its North and Central American services by the end of November under a restructuring plan revealed to The DAILY. The plan, which is only now being formulated, will however drop all domestic mainline services, as well as Mexicana’s European…
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BAE To Bid Hawk For USAF T-X
By Amy Butler BAE Systems is planning to propose its single-engine Hawk trainer as the U.S. Air Force begins to move slowly toward a competition for a T-38 replacement. The average age of the T-38 last year was 42 years, but financial pressures in the Pentagon are forcing the Air Force to push off its plans for a replacement until 2012 at…
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Fixed-Price Limits Pentagon Risk On SDB II
By Amy ButlerWashington The $450-million fixed-price contract won last month by Raytheon to develop and build the Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) II will likely be a model for future deals, including the contentious KC-135 replacement, in a fiscally constrained Pentagon. And it is giving the service confidence as it proceeds through arguably…
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India Test-Fires BrahMos Missile
By Neelam Mathews NEW DELHI — India test-fired its surface-to-surface BrahMos Block II supersonic cruise missile on Sept. 5 from a mobile launcher 200 km. (125 mi.) to the northeast of Bhubaneswar in the state of Orissa. The launch took place from the Integrated Test Range of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The…
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Bombardier Offers BizJet Update
By Kerry Lynch Bombardier executives are bracing for a continued sluggish business jet market in the second half of this year, but they are encouraged that orders continue to trend upward and believe they have the right production rates for the remainder of the year. Bombardier Aerospace’s fiscal second quarter revenues of $2 billion matched those…
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Fresh Research Rekindles Life On Mars Debate
By Guy Norris LOS ANGELES — Recent experiments in Chile could provide hope that living microbes may yet exist on Mars, despite data collected by NASA’s Viking landers in 1976 that have generally been interpreted as showing no evidence of life. The new studies, conducted by Rafael Navarro-Gonzalez and a geophysical team from the National…
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American Will Add Overhaul Work In Dallas
By Elyse Moody American Airlines plans to add overhaul capacity in Dallas this fall as it redesigns its maintenance footprint to bring it more in line with operational and fleet needs. The carrier, which does all of its heavy maintenance and about 80% of other maintenance in-house, has been spooling down activity at its Kansas City, Mo.,…
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LTP Plans Expanded Services in Asia
By Neelam Mathews mathews.neelam@gmail.com As the aviation market bounces back in Asia, Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) is looking at expanding its customer base beyond the region, as well as adding new technical services, such as overhaul layovers and cabin refurbishment designed for budget airlines. As one of the biggest providers of…
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A380 Output Unlikely Below 20 In 2011
EADS chief executive Louis Gallois said Airbus A380 superjumbo production was unlikely to fall back below 20 planes in 2011 and he reaffirmed plans to deliver the first mid-sized A350 aircraft in 2013 …
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Voice Error Blamed For 777 Near-Miss Over London
A small business jet narrowly missed colliding with a Boeing 777 carrying 232 people over London this summer because of a verbal communication error, air accident investigators said on Thursday …
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US Aviation Eyes Government Financing
The US aviation and aerospace industries are considering asking Congress for a slice of the USD$50 billion in infrastructure assistance proposed by President Barack Obama, a senior trade group official said on Wednesday …
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Chinese Pilots Who Faked Resumes Back In The Air
Chinese pilots who had lied about their flying experience have been allowed to return to work after they took remedial action to make up their hours, according to the country’s aviation watchdog …
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First Eastern To Invest In New ANA Budget Airline
All Nippon Airways said on Thursday it will start a low-cost carrier (LCC) to fly between Japan and China in partnership with Hong Kong-based private equity firm First Eastern Investment Group …
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US Opposes Delta, Virgin Blue Competition Waiver
The US administration proposed on Wednesday to deny a bid by Delta Air Lines and Virgin Blue for an alliance that would include a waiver from US competition laws …
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Chicago Council OKs USD$1 Bln Airport Bonds
The Chicago City Council gave final approval on Wednesday to USD$1 billion of revenue bonds to continue expanding O’Hare International Airport …
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Chile LAN August Passenger Traffic Up 13.7 Pct
Chile’s LAN Airlines said on Wednesday its passenger traffic rose 13.7 percent in August from a year earlier after gaining 14.5 percent in July …Photo: LAN Cargo
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BA-Iberia Plan Highlights Asian Airline Prey
The acquisition plan outlined by British Airways and Iberia aims to land in Asia, with several viable companies waiting at the end of the runway …
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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…
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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,…
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …

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