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Portuguese government expresses its intention to acquire six Embraer military transport jets

São José dos Campos, September 2010 – In a ceremony held, friday (09/10), in Lisbon, Portugal, Brazil’s Defense Minister, Nelson Jobim, and the National Defense Minister of Portugal, Augusto Santos Silva, signed a Declaration of Intent regarding participation in the development program of the KC-390 military transport jet. The agreement marks the beginning of negotiations for Portuguese companies to join the project and to participate in the manufacture of the new airplane, as well as the future acquisition of six aircraft for the Portuguese Air Force….

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Brazil and Portugal formalize discussions on partnering in the KC-390 program
Portuguese government expresses its intention to acquire six Embraer military transport jetsSão José dos Campos, September 2010 – In a ceremony held, today (09/10), in Lisbon, Portugal, Brazil’s Defense Minister, Nelson Jobim, and the National Defense Minister of Portugal, Augusto Santos Silva, signed a Declaration of Intent regarding participation in the development program of the KC-390…
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Contractor: F-35 LRIP 4 Deal Days Away From Closing
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.comWashington Negotiations on the long-awaited deal for the Pentagon to order its next lot of F-35 aircraft are nearly complete, according to Tom Burbage, executive vice president for Joint Strike Fighter program integration at Lockheed Martin. The company submitted its most recent offer for the 32-aircraft lot …
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Orion Testing Continues At Michoud
By Guy Norris The first Orion capsule passed a structural proof pressure test at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La., on Aug. 30. The proof test article will be used for ground and flight evaluations, which will correlate test data with analytical models to validate Orion’s flight design engineering. Tests included…
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TUI Eyes Hapag IPO, TUI Travel Deal By 2012
German tourism group TUI is preparing to float its 43 percent stake in container shipping group Hapag-Lloyd [HPLG.UL] as a first step in a strategic reshuffle, company and financial sources said …
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Philippines Seeks Mother Of Newborn Left On Plane
Philippine officials on Monday were searching for the mother of a newborn boy found in the bin of a toilet onboard a Gulf Air flight to Manila …
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Tel Aviv Airport Strike Grounds Flights
Ground staff began an indefinite strike at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion airport on Monday, initially halting all outgoing flights, an airport spokeswoman said …
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Air China Orders Four 777s For USD$1.2 Bln
Air China said it had agreed to buy four 777-300ER aircraft from Boeing for a total basic price of USD$1.15 billion to expand fleet capacity …
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Striking Air Zimbabwe Pilots Face Sack
Air Zimbabwe warned its striking pilots that they could be sacked unless they return to work, the country’s state media has reported …
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New MD For UK's East Midlands Airport
Brad Miller, projects and procurement director for the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has been named as the new managing director of its East Midlands Airport …
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Airbus, Boeing Mull Narrow-body Updates
Airbus and Boeing are about to roll the dice on plans to update their single-aisle planes, probably reaching different conclusions and possibly tipping the balance of sales in the narrow-body market …
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NASA Announces Strategic Sustainability And Performance Plan
WASHINGTON — NASA has released its Strategic Sustainability andPerformance Plan (SSPP) as part of a government-wide effort toachieve goals without compromising the planet’s resources.NASA’s SSPP focuses on reducing greenhouse emissions, preventingpollution, increasing water use efficiency and constructing andmaintaining high performance, sustainable buildings. The plan followsPresident Obama’s…
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New Office For Navy UAVs
By Paul McLearyWashington In July, the U.S. Navy established a program office to manage its unmanned maritime vehicle (UMV) projects, combining advanced development and acquisition in a single shop. The UMV office operates from the Program Executive Office for Littoral and Mine Warfare. Putting acquisition and development under one roof and one command…
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ATR Sets Sights On 1,000 Aircraft Deliveries
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comTOULOUSE ATR is confident that deliveries of its turboprop airliner family will break well into four figures after handing over the 900th aircraft to Brazil’s TRIP Linhas Aereas at a ceremony in Toulouse, France, on Sept. 9. The landmark aircraft, an ATR 72-500, is TRIP’s 30th ATR. The Brazilian…
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ANA New LCC To Be Based At Kansai
By Leithen Francis All Nippon Airways (ANA) is establishing a low-cost carrier at Osaka Kansai International Airport in a joint-venture partnership, and it is expected to start operations in the second half of 2011. ANA will be the single largest shareholder with 39%, Hong Kong investment firm First Eastern will have 33.3% and the…
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New Tests Pending For X-48 Flying Wing
By Michael Mecham MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center expects to enter a second phase of flight tests of Boeing’s tailless flying-wing X-48B as early as next week. Those tests are a prelude to introduction of a revised version of the hybrid-wing aircraft in about a year that will be more fuel…
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Northcom Eyes Light Attack For Interdiction
By Amy Butler A requirement for a low-flying, slow attack aircraft is emerging to support homeland defense missions, the commander of U.S. Northern Command says. At issue is a “gap” in the ability to properly interdict low-flying, slow threats, such as general aviation aircraft, small unmanned aerial systems or helicopters,…
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TSA Ease Vetting for International Trainees
By Bill Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is altering its rules to make it easier for foreign pilots to take recurrent training in the United States. The new policy is expected to take effect within days. Currently, active foreign pilots with type ratings in large (>12,500 lb MTOW) aircraft must…
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NIH Initiates Space Station Research
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — The National Institutes of Health, the latest of five federal agencies to partner with NASA in the use of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory, has announced the first of its Biomedical Research on the ISS grant awards. The three awards total $1.32 million for the ground-based precursor…
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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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