Aviation News Releases Magazine – Wednesday, September 15, 2010

CAC Commercial Aircraft Company (CCAC), one of the major aviation industry companies in China, today signed a contract with Airbus for the work package of A350 XWB spoilers and droop panels. With this new contract, Airbus has now completed the allocation of the five percent A350 XWB airframe to be manufactured in China….

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NASA Hosting Live Bilingual Web Chat With Drone Pilot
WASHINGTON — NASA invites the public to join a bilingual online chaton Thursday, Sept. 23. The chat is NASA’s first hosted in Spanish andEnglish on the agency’s website.Participants in the live chat will be able to interact in English andSpanish with NASA pilot Herman Posada. He pilots the agency’s uniqueIkhana and Global Hawk unmanned aircraft into dangerous conditionssuch as wildfires and…
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NASA Assigns Crew for Final Launch on Need Shuttle Mission
WASHINGTON — NASA announced the four astronauts who will make up the crew of STS-335, the rescue mission that would fly only if needed tobring home the members of space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-134 mission,currently the final scheduled shuttle flight.Chris Ferguson, a retired U.S. Navy captain and veteran of twoprevious shuttle missions, would command the flight. Astronaut andU.S. Marine Col….
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NASA Extends International Space Station Contract
WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded a five-year, $1.24 billion contractextension to The Boeing Co. to continue engineering support of theInternational Space Station through Sept. 30, 2015.Work under the contract extension is intended to maintain the stationat peak performance levels so the full value of the unique researchlaboratory is available to NASA, its international partners, otherU.S….
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NASA Selects High School Students For INSPIRE Education Program
WASHINGTON — NASA has selected 1,895 high school students toparticipate in the agency’s Interdisciplinary National ScienceProject Incorporating Research and Education Experience, or INSPIRE.The INSPIRE project is designed to encourage students in grades ninethrough 12 to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering andmathematics.The selectees are from 47 states, the District of Columbia,…
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Airbus completes allocation of A350 XWB airframe work packages to China
CAC Commercial Aircraft Company (CCAC), one of the major aviation industry companies in China, today signed a contract with Airbus for the work package of A350 XWB spoilers and droop panels. With this new contract, Airbus has now completed the allocation of the five percent A350 XWB airframe to be manufactured in China. The contract was signed today in Beijing by Klaus Richter,…
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Boeing and Space Adventures to Offer Commercial Spaceflight Opportunities
HOUSTON, Sept. 15, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Space Adventures, Ltd. have established a memorandum of agreement regarding the marketing of anticipated transportation services to destinations in low Earth orbit (LEO) on Boeing commercial crew spacecraft. Under this agreement, Space Adventures will market passenger seats on commercial flights aboard the Boeing Crew Space…
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Boeing Releases Statement in Advance of WTO Interim Decision
CHICAGO, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing today released the following statement regarding the impending interim decision by a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel in DS 353, the formal complaint the European Union brought in 2006 against alleged U.S. government subsidies to Boeing: “We expect the WTO later today to issue a preliminary ruling on charges the EU has made against various U.S….
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NASA Awards Boeing $1.24B Extension to International Space Station Sustainment Contract
HOUSTON, Sept. 14, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that NASA has awarded the company an extension to the International Space Station (ISS) contract for sustaining engineering. The extension is valued at $1.24 billion over a five-year period. Under the extension, which begins Oct. 1, Boeing will provide sustaining engineering for hardware and software on the U.S. segment of the ISS…
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Embraer highlights commercial jets at ERA 2010, in Barcelona
Company will promote its full range of aircraft for up to 122 passengersSão José dos Campos, September 15, 2010 – Embraer will participate in the annual European Regions Airline Association (ERA) General Assembly (www.eraa.org). The event, to be held September 22-24, is one of the most important airline, airport and supplier gatherings in Europe, and includes a trade exhibition and a…
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Boeing & Christie Digital Upgrade Apache Longbow Crew Trainers (LCT)
CYPRESS, CA – (September 14, 2010) – Christie®, the leader in simulation projection display and visualization solutions, announced that The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has selected the award-winning Christie Matrix StIM™ simulation projection system for a multi-million dollar program to upgrade an initial 18 Apache Longbow Crew Trainer (LCT) simulators. To date, ten simulators have been …
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Delta Projects Higher Margins
By Andrew Compart Delta Air Lines expects to report a 12% to 13% operating margin for the third quarter, a bit better than the previous projection it made in July, and some analysts are taking the airline’s update as a positive sign for the U.S. airline industry as a whole. The airline provided the new projection in an investor update…
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DOD Officials Outline Acquisition Rules
By Michael Bruno U.S. defense program managers now have to set an “affordability target,” which can be changed only with approval of the chief Pentagon acquisition official, as well as pursue “real competition” for their programs as part of 23 acquisition directives outlined by top Defense Department officials Sept. 14. Defense Secretary…
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Qantas Opposes Virgin Blue-Etihad Deal
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.comSydney Qantas is urging Australian regulators not to give Virgin Blue interim approval to coordinate pricing with new partner Etihad Airways, stressing that the proposed deal has too many ramifications in important markets to be fast-tracked. Virgin Blue and Etihad announced a code share agreement…
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Further F-35 Stovl ''Rephasing'' Possible
By Amy ButlerWashington The likelihood that ongoing delays of short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (Stovl) F-35 testing will force slippage in the 2012 in-service date for the U.S. Marine Corps is growing as Lockheed Martin continues to struggle with some parts reliability issues affecting the Harrier replacement. By year-end, 251 Stovl…
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Key Senators Eye Cut to JSF Order In 2011
By Michael Bruno michael_bruno@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON Key U.S. senators are moving to cut the Obama administration’s Fiscal 2011 request for Lockheed Martin’s Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) by 10 F-35s, as well as drop one Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) from the four sought in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. In its first official whack at Fiscal…
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Foreign BizJet Subsidies Questioned By Brownback
By Kerry Lynch Sen. Brownback (R-Kan.) is planning to ask the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to investigate whether foreign subsidies have hindered the U.S. business aircraft industry. The senator, whose home state hosts Cessna Aircraft, Hawker Beechcraft and Learjet, released a statement recently saying he intends to work with his…
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NASA Gains Ground On Forecasts
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Atmospheric scientists are evaluating their first data from NASA’s Hurricane Imaging Radiometer (Hirad), a prototype high-altitude sensor that could improve National Hurricane Center predictions of coastal surges and inland flooding from Atlantic and Gulf Coast tropical storms. Initial measurements of telltale…
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Japan Orbits GPS-Aiding Satellite
By Kazuki Shiibashi TOKYO — A new Japanese satellite launched Sept. 11 should eventually provide better navigation coverage over Japan. The Quasi-Zenith System is designed to fly much higher than GPS satellites at an altitude of roughly 40,000 km. (25,000 mi.), supplementing and correcting GPS signals from its higher vantage…
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Boeing Shanghai To Provide GoldCare MRO
By Frank Jackman frank_jackman@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON Boeing’s Shanghai-based maintenance, repair and overhaul joint venture has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Boeing Commercial Airplanes to become a supplier of Fleet Management and GoldCare MRO services. The agreement, which still needs to be finalized, covers line and base…
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Thai Air Falls On Discount Share Issue
Thai Airways’ shares slumped after it priced new stock worth THB15 billion baht (USD$488 million) at a 14.5 percent discount to the market, cheaper than analysts had expected …
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WTO Boeing Interim Ruling Due Wednesday
Europe could win a partial comeback victory in a row with the United States over aircraft subsidies in a new trade verdict this week, but the move looks unlikely to stop US pressure over aid for Airbus …
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Crashed UPS Plane Data Recorders Sent To US
The data and voice recorders from a Boeing 747-400 plane operated by US parcel delivery firm UPS that crashed in Dubai this month have been sent to the United States for analysis, the UAE state news agency said on Tuesday …Photo: UPS, MD-11, Pawel Kierzkowski
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EADS Open To Adjusting US Tanker Bid
Europe’s EADS on Tuesday said its A330-based aerial refueling plane hit another key milestone after refueling another A330 tanker, and could adjust its bid for a US military contract if the Air Force asked for proposal revisions …Photo: Outisnn
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JAL Sued For Retirement Benefits
Two retirees from Japan Airlines are suing their former employer, seeking immediate and full payment of their retirement benefits, The Nikkei newspaper reported …
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Delta Expects Higher Q3 Revenue
Delta Air Line said on Tuesday that it expected higher unit revenue for the third quarter as travel demand continues to show signs of rebounding …
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Jet2 Unveils Glasgow As Eighth Base
Jet2.com, a UK low fare leisure airline, has unveiled Glasgow Airport as its eighth base in a move that creates 150 jobs
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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 aviation 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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