Aviation News Releases Magazine – Wednesday, September 22, 2010

US discount airline JetBlue is set to announce a deal with satellite communications firm ViaSat to put ultra-quick broadband links on its 160 aircraft, Flight International reported …




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NASA Grants Increase STEM Learning For Minority Students
WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded grants to nine academic institutionsand their partners that serve large numbers of minority andunderrepresented students to strengthen offerings in science,technology, engineering, and math, or STEM. The grants totalapproximately $1.15 million through the agency’s CurriculumImprovement Partnership Award for the Integration of Research(CIPAIR) project.Seven…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
NASA Awards Ames Facilities Maintenance Services Contract
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA has selected IAP World Services Inc. inCape Canaveral, Fla., to provide facilities maintenance services atthe agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. Thecontract has a maximum value, including options, of $101.8 million.This is a hybrid indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity fixed-pricetask order and cost-plus- fixed-fee contract that begins Oct. 1….
Sep-22-2010 | More »
NASA'S Shuttle Discovery At Launch Pad, Liftoff Practice Set
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After safely reaching its launch pad at NASA’sKennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Discovery awaits thenext major milestone for its upcoming and final mission to theInternational Space Station, STS-133.Reporters are invited to cover a launch dress rehearsal, known as theTerminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT), scheduled at Kennedyfrom Oct. 12 to 15. Six…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Bombardier Selects Over 20 Canadian Suppliers for the CSeries and Learjet 85 Aircraft Programs
Today, during a short ceremony held at the Québec Aerospace Association Annual Convention, Bombardier Aerospace will announce over 20 Canadian suppliers have been selected for the CSeries and Learjet 85 aircraft programs. Representatives from each company will be on hand for an official photo. “Its fantastic that many of the suppliers selected for our new aircraft programs are based in…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Israel Reveals Panther Tiltrotor UAV
By David A. Fulghum TEL AVIV — Israel’s new Panther vertical takeoff and landing unmanned tiltrotor aircraft is one of the latest products emerging from the classified projects section of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The UAV was developed by IAI’s Malat division, which has been looking at new designs to fill some of the…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Astana Hoping For Lift In EU Restrictions
By Max Kingsley-Jones Kazakhstan carrier Air Astana is hoping it can overcome a ban restricting expansion of its European operations, but is wary that it could be outlawed from the region completely if the country’s safety issues are not addressed. The airline, which is majority-owned by the government of Kazakhstan with 49% held by BAE…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
JetBlue, ViaSat Sign Inflight Broadband MOU
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com JetBlue Airways and ViaSat, Inc. have announced plans to launch a new high-speed broadband service on JetBlue’s fleet, and the service will also be marketed to other carriers. The companies are promising “true broadband bandwidth with speeds and capacity not seen before in the commercial aviation…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
British Cities Could Sell Airport Assets
British cities could sell assets worth billions of pounds including airports and prime real estate to plug budget holes and Birmingham is already talking to potential investors in the Middle East …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Paris Hilton Leaves Japan After Airport Grilling
Paris Hilton left Japan on Wednesday after lengthy questioning from airport officials, and following media reports that the socialite would not be allowed into the country after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Dutch Authorities Release Terrorist Suspect
Dutch authorities have released a British man of Somali descent who was arrested at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on suspicion of links to terrorism, the public prosecutor said on Wednesday …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
JetBlue To Announce Broadband Deal - Report
US discount airline JetBlue is set to announce a deal with satellite communications firm ViaSat to put ultra-quick broadband links on its 160 aircraft, Flight International reported …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Mitsubishi Aircraft Aims For Profit In 10 Yrs
Mitsubishi Aircraft, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, expects to turn its regional jet business profitable in about 10 years when it will have sold 500 planes, its president said …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Qantas Not Keen On Merger With BA
Australia’s Qantas Airways is not keen on reviving merger talks with British Airways and is instead focused on chasing organic growth in Asia, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said on Wednesday …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Africa Needs To Replace Older Fleet - Boeing
Boeing forecast on Tuesday that Africa would need about 700 aircraft worth USD$80 billion over the next 20 years to deal with increased air traffic as the continent’s economy picks up …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Porter Airlines Flew Fuller Planes In August
Porter Airlines said on Tuesday it flew more passengers in August versus a year earlier as the small regional carrier started releasing monthly traffic statistics like its bigger Canadian rivals …Photo: BriYYZ
Sep-22-2010 | More »
American Airlines Expects Higher Q3 Revenue
American Airlines said on Tuesday that it expects unit revenue to rise in the third quarter as air traffic recovers …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
US Airline Shares Gain On Economic Outlook
US airline stocks rose on Tuesday, helped by stronger-than-expected economic data and confirmation last week that the UAL, Continental Airlines merger would take place …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Biofuels Could Be Cleared For Aircraft Use
By Graham WarwickWashington In just five years, the aviation industry’s decades-long reliance on petroleum-based fuels has been turned on its head. The future lies in fuels from sources that range from animal fat to microalgae. But with the technology in hand, the question now is whether biofuel producers can raise the investment needed to launch …
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Qatar In GTF Talks For A320 NEO And CSeries
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comLONDON As Airbus closes on a go-ahead decision for its A320 New Engine Option (NEO), potential launch customer Qatar Airways confirms it is in talks with Pratt & Whitney about the geared turbofan (GTF) for the aircraft. Plans for the re-engined A320 family variants were unveiled by Airbus…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
NASA Wants To Move Beyond Technology Auctions
By Frank Morring, Jr.Washington NASA managers are looking for new ways to get the technology its engineers develop for space exploration out into the broader U.S. economy, where businesses can adapt it for commercial products. A new request for information published on the FedBizOps website seeks suggestions on how the space agency can…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Formation-Flying Sat Experiment Underway
By Frank Morring, Jr. Two Swedish-built spacecraft are conducting experiments in autonomous formation flying that should lead to an autonomous rendezvous before the mission ends. The Prisma technology-experiment mission, launched June 15 on a Dnepr-1 rocket from Yasni, Russia, consists of two small spacecraft that will evaluate techniques…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Lithium Battery Fire Risk Probed In Dubai Crash
By Bill Burchell Concerns over the carriage of lithium batteries on aircraft have been renewed as suspicions grow that such batteries may have been involved in the fire on board a UPS Boeing 747-400 freighter that crashed in Dubai on Sept. 3. Investigators from the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and the U.S. National Transportation Safety…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
Strong Mi-17 Demand Boosts Prices
By Maxim Pyadushkin MOSCOW — The popularity of the Mil Mi-17 Hip helicopter for operations in Afghanistan is driving up prices for used versions and has created an order surge for manufacturer Russian Helicopters. About 300 Mil Mi-8MTs (known as Mi-17s in the export market) are deployed in Afghanistan with international…
Sep-22-2010 | More »
NASA Awards Infrared Sounder Contract For First JPSS Spacecraft
WASHINGTON — NASA, on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has awarded a sole source contract to ITT Corporation of Ft. Wayne, Ind. The award is for the Cross-trackInfrared Sounder (CrIS) instrument planned for flight on the firstJoint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) in 2014.JPSS is the restructured civilian portion of the NationalPolar-orbiting Operational…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
NASA Funded Study Shows Desert Dust Cuts Colorado River Flow
WASHINGTON — Snow melt in the Colorado River basin is occurringearlier, reducing runoff and the amount of crucial water availabledownstream. A new study shows this is due to increased dust caused byhuman activities in the region during the past 150 years.The study, led by a NASA scientist and funded by the agency and theNational Science Foundation (NSF), showed peak spring runoff nowcomes three…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
NASA To Ship Fuel Tank For The Last Planned Shuttle Flight
NEW ORLEANS — The external fuel tank that will power the last plannedspace shuttle into orbit will be shipped Tuesday to NASA’s KennedySpace Center in Florida. The tank has been restored to flightconfiguration at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleansafter sustaining damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.The tank, designated ET-122, will support shuttle Endeavour’s flighttargeted for…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Malaysia Airlines orders two more A330-200F freighters
Malaysia Airlines has placed a firm order with Airbus for two more A330-200F freighters, following the conversion of two existing options. The latest contract increases the airline’s firm orders for the type to four, all of which will be operated by the carrier’s subsidiary MASkargo. The aircraft will be powered by PW4000 engines from Pratt & Whitney. “We are confident that…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Boeing Recognized as a Leader in Climate Change Disclosure
CHICAGO, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ — For the second consecutive year, the Carbon Disclosure Project recognized Boeing (NYSE: BA) as one of the world’s leading companies in reporting climate-change risks and taking actions to improve environmental performance. The Carbon Disclosure Project, an investor-funded nonprofit organization that produces the most comprehensive survey of global corporate…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Boeing Space Based Space Surveillance Satellite Ready for Launch
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 21, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and its teammate Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. today announced that the Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) satellite and ground system have completed final testing. The satellite is scheduled to be launched Sept. 25 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif. Once on orbit, SBSS will dramatically improve…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Boeing Projects Steady Growth for Commercial Airplanes Market in Africa
More than 700 airplanes, worth $80 billion, needed in region over 20 years CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) forecasts that air carriers in Africa will experience steady growth over the next 20 years as air travel in Africa continues to grow with the economy. The African economy is projected to grow 4.8 percent in 2010 following 2.9 percent growth in 2009….
Sep-21-2010 | More »
USAF, Navy To Coordinate Guam Global Hawks
By Bradley Perrett ANDERSEN AFB, GUAM — U.S. Air Force and Navy Global Hawks operating from Andersen AFB in Guam may share ground support and occasionally cover each other’s missions as part of a June 12 agreement between the two services to coordinate their high-altitude surveillance operations. Speaking at a ceremony Sept….
Sep-21-2010 | More »
IATA Sees Higher Profit, But Tougher 2011
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com The global airline industry looks set to record a far healthier 2010 profit than was forecast just three months ago, although there are enough warning signs to indicate that earnings will dip again next year. The International Air Transport Association expects airlines to record an $8.9 billion…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Lockheed Martin Gets Belated Nod For Thaad
By Amy Butler Pentagon procurement chief Ashton Carter has approved production of Lockheed Martin’s Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system interceptors following a yearlong delay due to a faulty part. Lockheed Martin was awarded the $298-million contract last week for 26 interceptors; these are the first missiles that will…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Tentative New Deal For Horizon Pilots Union
By Andrew Compart Horizon Air and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have reached a federally mediated tentative agreement on a new contract for the carrier’s 673 pilots, the carrier and union announced last week. The deal comes amid a major strategic change and cost-cutting effort at Horizon, the regional sister carrier of Alaska …
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Latin American ATC Delegation To Visit U.S.
By Adrian Schofield A delegation of air traffic control officials from the Latin America and Caribbean regions will be visiting the U.S. next month for briefings with the FAA and ATC companies. The Oct. 19-29 visit is classed as a reverse trade mission and is being organized by the American Association of Airport Executives and the U.S….
Sep-21-2010 | More »
SAS Agrees To Estonian Exit
By Jens Flottau SAS Group and the Estonian government agreed on a phased exit of the Scandinavian airline as a shareholder of Estonian Air. SAS will not participate in a capital increase at Estonian that is led by the government. That will boost the government stake to 90% while it will dilute SAS’s shareholding in the airline from 49% to…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
USAF Braces For Fiscal Bombardment
By Amy ButlerWashington Belt-tightening for the U.S. Air Force appears to already be underway, heralded by scant new aircraft procurements and developments on the horizon and a rallying cry from the chief of staff for industry to lower its hopes for large profits in a spirit of “unity.” The four-star brass was out in full force Sept. 13-15…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
House May Act On Bonus Depreciation
By Kerry Lynch The U.S. House of Representatives could take action this week on a bonus depreciation extension, already approved by the Senate. The House bill, H.R. 5297, which includes the bonus depreciation measure along with a range of small business assistance and tax incentives, was adopted by the Senate as the Small Business Lending Funding Act…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Air Force Study Points To Reusable Orbiter
By Guy NorrisLos Angeles Newly declassified details of the analysis behind the U.S. Air Force’s decision to opt for a next-generation Reusable Booster System (RBS) reveal a long-term preference for a rocket-based, combined-cycle upper-stage orbiter over the nearer-term expendable solution. The RBS plan is in development to replace the Air…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Science Program Takes Charge Of LRO
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has completed a year-long mapping mission to scout landing spots for future robotic probes and piloted spacecraft and begun a new two-year science initiative to learn more about the Moon’s history and evolution. With a station-keeping propulsion burn Sept. 16,…
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Strike Hit Air Zimbabwe ‘Seeks New Planes’
Air Zimbabwe, whose pilots have been striking for 12 days, is to buy two Airbus A340 planes for about USD$400 million, a state-controlled newspaper has reported …
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Cathay Pacific To Buy Six Boeing 777-300ERs
Hong Kong’s dominant air carrier Cathay Pacific Airways said on Tuesday it has agreed to buy six Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for about USD$1.61 billion …Photo: Cathay, Airbus A340
Sep-21-2010 | More »
AirAsia Sparks Fare Price War in Japan
Malaysia’s AirAsia, the first international budget carrier to fly to Tokyo’s Haneda airport, plans to launch service with USD$58 flights between Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur and said it could expand to three more Japanese airports …Photo: Jubei Kibagami
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Global Airlines To See Sharp Rebound - IATA
Global airlines are likely to post sharply higher profits in 2010 than previously forecast as the industry rebounds from economic recession, the International Air Travel Association said on Tuesday …
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Southwest Should Buy Sun Country - Analyst
Southwest Airlines should scoop up bankrupt Sun Country Airlines to buttress Southwest’s growing presence in Minneapolis and boost its shares, an analyst wrote on Monday …Photo: Into The Blue
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Eastern Airways To Buy Air Southwest
UK regional airline Eastern Airways has agreed to buy Air Southwest in a move that will see it expand into the southwest of England …
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Flybe Results Hit By Ash Cloud
UK airline Flybe reported pre-tax profits of GBP£7.5 million (USD$11.7 million) in the year to March – significantly up on the same figure last year …
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Unite Union To Sue bmi Over Pay Deal
The Unite union is to take UK airline bmi to court over claims that it has failed to implement fully a three-year pay deal for its employees …
Sep-21-2010 | More »
Airbus employees celebrate 40 Years of Innovation with their families
In a tremendous event encompassing five sites in Toulouse, Airbus celebrates today (19) ‘40 Years of Innovation’ in Toulouse together with some 145,000 employees, families and friends. Airbus top management and Airbus pioneers deliver moving testimonies that marked some of the major steps through the manufacturer’s 40 year history. “Our comprehensive family of aircraft has …
Sep-20-2010 | More »
GAO Throws Out Some KC-X Protest Claims
By Amy Butler The U.S. Government Accountability Office has thrown out some of the complaints made by would-be KC-X bidder U.S. Aerospace, though others are still being investigated. In a Sept. 16 decision, the government auditors found that “to the extent [the company’s] initial and supplemental protests allege bad faith or…

Sep-20-2010 | More »


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