Aviation News Releases Magazine – Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Company will host an open forum on its executive jets

São José dos Campos, September 14, 2010 – Embraer welcomes Legacy 600 owners,suppliers and operators to the eighth annual Embraer Executive Operators Conference (EEOC) in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., September 14-16. The objective of the conference is to deal with updates and technical issues through panel discussions, in order to provide customers with the best ownership experience in the executive aviation industry….

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NASA Offers Satellite Interviews Inside New Space Station Module; The Module Will Carry a Human-like Robot to Orbit in November
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is offering live satellite interviews onThursday, Sept. 16, from inside the next component of theInternational Space Station. The Permanent Multipurpose Module, orPMM, will launch in November aboard space shuttle Discovery.Scott Higginbotham, payloads manager for Discovery’s STS-133 mission,will conduct the interviews from the Space Station ProcessingFacility at…
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NASA Invites Students To A Weightless Challenge
CLEVELAND — NASA is hosting two national science competitions thatchallenge student teams to develop and prepare a microgravityexperiment. Proposals are due Nov. 1.”Dropping In a Microgravity Environment,” or DIME, is the competitionfor high school student teams. “What If No Gravity?” or WING, is thecompetition for student teams in sixth through ninth grades.Both competitions are open to student…
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NASA TV To Provide Coverage Of Next Soyuz Landing, Launch
HOUSTON — The return to Earth of three International Space Stationcrew members and the prelaunch activities, launch and docking of thestation’s newest trio of residents will be broadcast on NASATelevision during the next several weeks.After almost six months aboard the orbital laboratory, Expedition 24Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov, NASA Flight Engineer TracyCaldwell Dyson and Russian…
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Embraer holds 8th annual executive operators conference
Company will host an open forum on its executive jetsSão José dos Campos, September 14, 2010 – Embraer welcomes Legacy 600 owners,suppliers and operators to the eighth annual Embraer Executive Operators Conference (EEOC) in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., September 14-16. The objective of the conference is to deal with updates and technical issues through panel discussions, in order to provide…
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Airlines urged to initiate EU ETS AVIA verification as deadline approaches
With the 2010 reporting and verification deadline fast approaching for aviation companies involved in the EU ETS (European Union Emissions Trading Scheme), a large number of aircraft operators are now considering engagement of verification bodies. Whilst some initiated the process early in the year, many are yet to identify and select a verifier in time for the imminent reporting deadline of…
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SGS UK Limited recommended for EU ETS Aviation Accreditation
The UKAS recommendation for accreditation for EU ETS Aviation to SGS UK Limited comes as the airlines gear up to be verified under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) for the first time. Furthermore this augments the pool of accredited verification bodies that the airlines can now select from. The inclusion of the aviation sector into the EU ETS scheme commenced from 2010 and will…
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Chris Emerson to head Airbus Product Strategy and Market Forecast
Chris Emerson (38), has been appointed Senior Vice President (SVP) Airbus Head of Product Strategy and Market Forecast, effective 1st, September 2010. Part of his new role involves responsibility for the Airbus Global Market Forecasts. Chris will report to Airbus chief strategist and Executive Vice President (EVP) for Future Programmes, Christian Scherer. Appointed as Chief…
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Boeing Assembles First 747-8 Intercontinental Forward Fuselage
EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) achieved another significant milestone for the first 747-8 Intercontinental Sunday night with the assembly of the airplane’s forward fuselage. The 89-foot, 2-inch (27.2 meters) fuselage section, featuring the airplane’s signature upper deck, was moved from the assembly tool for sealing and testing before beginning systems…
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Boeing Airborne Laser Test Bed Team Receives Air Force Association Award
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Sept. 13, 2010 — The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Airborne Laser Test Bed (ALTB) team today received the 2010 Theodore Von Karman Award at the Air Force Association’s (AFA) Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition in National Harbor. The annual award is the AFA’s highest honor in the field of science and engineering and recognizes the team’s achievements in directed…
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Boeing Begins Testing on 787 Dreamliner Fatigue Airframe
EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) has begun fatigue testing on the structural airframe of the 787 Dreamliner at the Everett, Wash., site. Fatigue testing involves placing the 787 test airframe into a test rig that simulates multiple lifecycles to test how the airplane responds over time. “Unlike static tests, where loads are applied to the airplane …
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Boeing Receives Task Order for Design of Free Electron Laser Lab Demonstrator
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 13, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has received an additional task order of $23 million to complete the design of the 100-kilowatt Free Electron Laser (FEL) lab demonstrator. The order is part of a U.S. Navy contract, valued at up to $163 million, which is the result of a competitive downselect based on preliminary designs provided in March. “The Free Electron…
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Embraer announces discussions on partnering with the Czech Republic in the KC-390 program
Czech government manifests its intention to acquire two military transport jets from EmbraerSão José dos Campos, September 2010 – In a ceremony held in Prague, Czech Republic, the Defense Ministers of Brazil, Nelson Jobim, and the Czech Republic, Alexandr Vondra, signed a Declaration of Intent regarding the European country’s participation in the development program of the KC-390 military…
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Embraer Adds To KC-390 Customer List
By Robert Wall LONDON — Portugal and the Czech Republic are the latest countries to express their intent to buy Embraer KC-390 tanker transports, giving their respective industries a role in development of the military aircraft. Portugal has been a strong prospect for Embraer essentially from the outset of the KC-390, and with…
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Fatigue Tests Begin on 787
By Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.comSan Francisco At least 18 months later than planned, Boeing is beginning fatigue tests on the structural airframe of a standard-size 787 test airframe that will take it through three times its design life. The tests serve three purposes: they are necessary for certification; they aid Boeing’s design team as…
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Crashed ATR 42 May Have Had Control Problems
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.com The crew of a Conviasa ATR 42 which crashed on Sept. 13 as it approached its destination may have been experiencing control difficulties shortly before the accident, say reports. The 16-year old aircraft, an ATR 42-320 (YV-1010), came down at around 10:00 a.m. local in Puerto Ordaz, close to its…
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Boeing, Northrop Duel Over GMTI Requirement
By Amy ButlerWashington Amid Pentagon belt-tightening, Boeing and Northrop Grumman are offering dueling proposals in an attempt to capture what limited funds the U.S. Air Force may have to modernize its fleet of airborne ground-surveillance (AGS) intelligence collectors. Boeing is going public with its proposal for a new aircraft to…
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Trust: Greatest Obstacle To UAV Autonomy
By Graham WarwickWashington Once every 10-15 years, the U.S. Air Force takes a hard look at its research plans to ensure its technology base will keep it ahead of future threats. In the past, the emphasis has been on speed, stealth and reach. But the new mantra for Air Force science and technology is to do more, faster, with less. To…
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Daily Deal Offered At New Aviation Website
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com A new website launching Monday hopes to cash in on the online group deals craze started by sites like Groupon and Living Social by bringing the concept to the aviation industry. ALLFBO.com founder Chase Larabee has created the website Aviation Dealy, which will specialize in offering one great aviation…
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New Services, Financing Could Boost Satcom
By Michael A. TavernaParis Satellite manufacturers and launch providers think strong demand for new services, coupled with the availability of export credit agency financing, may largely compensate for an expected dip in replacement-satellite buys, helping to avoid a severe order downturn. Analysts have predicted for months that the market…
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Grant Targets Unemployed Shuttle Workers
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — The U.S. Labor Department will make up to $5.4 million available to assist an estimated 600 workers facing layoffs from Johnson Space Center-related duties as a result of NASA’s plans to retire the space shuttle. The grant, awarded to the Texas Workforce Commission for implementation through the Gulf Coast…
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Dubai Hotel Guests Up 9 Percent In H1
The number of guests at Dubai’s hotels rose to 4.2 million in the first half of this year, up 9 percent from the previous year, driven by rising demand from Asia and the Gulf Arab region, official data showed …
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B/E Aerospace To Raise Cash For Acquisitions
B/E Aerospace, the world’s biggest supplier of aircraft interior products, said it was raising USD$500 million through senior notes to fund acquisitions within two of its segments …
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China Air Sees Strong Jan-Aug Profit
Net profit at Taiwan carrier China Airlines will exceed TWD$10 billion (USD$316 million) for the January to August period, a company source said on Tuesday, helped by income from mainland China operations …Photo: Ellery Cheng
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China Airlines To Join SkyTeam Alliance
China Airlines, Taiwan’s largest airline, will join SkyTeam, strengthening the global airline alliance’s Asia Pacific network, Air France-KLM said on Tuesday …Photo: Ellery Cheng
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Tel Aviv Airport Strike Ends
Ground staff at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion airport ended a strike that began earlier on Monday after the government reached an agreement on pension demands, officials said …
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Canada's Airlines Recovering, But Slowly
Canada’s airline industry is recovering slowly in 2010 from last year’s drop in demand, but cost-conscious bookers are making it hard for the sector to raise prices and recuperate fully, according to a report released on Monday …
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Merged United To Keep Ohio Jobs For 5 Years
Merger partners United Airlines and Continental Airlines must maintain jobs at Ohio’s Cleveland Hopkins Airport (CLE) for at least five more years as part of an agreement with Ohio officials …
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AirTran Reports Strong Summer Performance
US low cost carrier AirTran Airways reported strong operating performance during the busy summer travel season …
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BA Staff At Heathrow Accept Pay Deal
British Airways ground staff at London’s Heathrow airport have voted overwhelmingly to accept a settlement in a long-running dispute over pay and staffing levels, the GMB union said …
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Plane carrying at least 45 has crashed in Venezuela, government officials say. No word on the fate of those on board
An airplane with more than 45 passengers and crew crashed Monday morning in Venezuela, government officials said. There was no immediate information on casualties or survivors …Photo: Conviasa, Boeing 737, Hernan FloridaAirplane crashed: ATR 42
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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, 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…
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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…
Sep-13-2010 | More »
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,…
Sep-13-2010 | More »
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…
Sep-13-2010 | More »
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…
Sep-13-2010 | More »
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…
Sep-10-2010 | More »
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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