Aviation News Releases Magazine – Tuesday, September 28, 2010

HOUSTON — NASA will preview the next space shuttle mission, the final flight of shuttle Discovery and the next to last scheduled shuttle flight, during a series of news briefings Thursday, Oct. 21, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA Television and the agency’s website will broadcast the briefings live. Reporters will be able to ask questions from participating NASA locations….

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NASA To Preview Final Flight Of Space Shuttle Discovery
HOUSTON — NASA will preview the next space shuttle mission, the final flight of shuttle Discovery and the next to last scheduled shuttle flight, during a series of news briefings Thursday, Oct. 21, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA Television and the agency’s website will broadcast the briefings live. Reporters will be able to ask questions from participating NASA…
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NASA To Reveal New Data On Conditions At Edge Of Solar System
WASHINGTON — NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT, on Wednesday, Sept. 29, to discuss new information about the boundary of our solar system obtained from the agency’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft.The briefing participants are:- Arik Posner, IBEX program scientist, Heliophysics Division, ScienceMission Directorate, NASA Headquarters in Washington- Nathan…
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Boeing Completes 1st Flight Tests of MK-84 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 28, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that it successfully completed the first flight tests of the MK-84 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (Laser JDAM) this summer at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The first two of seven planned tests at Eglin demonstrated the 2,000-pound weapon’s precision strike capability against fixed, relocatable and moving targets. During the…
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Boeing Awarded $19 Million Follow-on US Navy Field Services Contract
OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 28, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced it has received a U.S. Navy contract valued at up to $19 million to provide engineering and technical services in support of aircraft operations worldwide. Under the agreement, Boeing will provide contractor engineering technical services in support of a range of assets — including AV-8B, F/A-18, F-15, F-22 and…
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Boeing, Air China Announce Order for Boeing 777s
SEATTLE, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Air China today announced an order for four 777-300ERs (Extended Range), which have a total average list price value of $1.1 billion at current list prices. “This is a great day in the history of our long and enduring partnership with Air China,” said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Boeing Commercial…
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Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring 11,000 Jobs, $693 Million to Washington
EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 27, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that the state of Washington will benefit from an estimated 11,000 total jobs and generate an estimated $693 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force’s next aerial refueling aircraft. Boeing submitted its proposal July 9 to replace 179 of the Air Force’s 400…
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Bell Boeing V-22 Program Delivers 6th Osprey Trainer to US Marines
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 27, 2010 — The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Bell Helicopter, has delivered the sixth and final MV-22 Osprey Containerized Flight Training Device (CFTD) to the U.S. Marines. In the past year, the team has delivered five CFTDs to the Marines, as well as upgrades to two trainers delivered previously. The CFTD trains aircrew on…
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Embraer's Phenom jet family debuts in Turkey at Airex 2010
Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 will be on static display in Istanbul, along with the Legacy 600São José dos Campos, September 2010 – The Embraer Phenom jet family will debut in Turkey at the eighth International Civil Aviation and Airport Exhibition, Airex 2010, in Istanbul, September 30 to October 3. The entry level Phenom 100 and the light Phenom 300 executive jets will be exhibited along with the…
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Australian F/A-18F Pre-wired For EA
By Graham Warwick Australia’s decision to pre-wire half of its F/A-18Fs for the electronic-attack mission is generating interest in the option among potential international buyers of the Super Hornet, Boeing says. The first of 12 aircraft equipped with wiring for conversion to the electronic-attack mission has rolled off the …
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BA And Iberia Unveil IAG Board Members
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comLONDON British Airways and Iberia have announced the names of the 14 board members of International Airlines Group (IAG), the new holding company that will be formed through the merger of the two airlines. The current Iberia CEO and chairman Antonio Vázquez Romero is named as group chairman, with…
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Ryanair Tells EU To Get Tough With Strikers
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comLONDON Low-cost carrier Ryanair wants the European Union to follow the lead of the U.S. two decades ago and get tough with striking essential airline industry workers who cause repeated disruption to millions of passengers. As the airline prepares for a strike by Spanish air traffic controllers…
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AirTran Deal Solves SWA Growth Plans
By Darren Shannon darren_shannon@aviationweek.com Southwest Airlines’ proposed merger with AirTran Airways sets up the low-cost giant’s growth plans for the next decade, and allows it to add both small U.S. markets and international destinations to its network. The deal, valued at $1.4-billion in stock and cash, will also create a domestic…
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U.K. Strategic Review Process Criticized
By Robert WallLondon The British Parliament is taking issue with the unfolding Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR), asserting that a flawed process could lead to poor decisions. In a new report, legislators warn that industrial considerations could get short shrift and that near-term operational concerns may cause decision-makers…
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SpaceShipTwo To Resume Captive Carry Flights
By Guy Norris LOS ANGELES — Scaled Composites is poised to resume captive carry flight tests of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2) with the return to flight of the WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) launch aircraft. WK2 was damaged Aug. 19 in a landing gear failure. The unconventional four-engine mothership resumed flight tests at Mojave, Calif., on…
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Pratt To Manage Air Memphis V2500 Engines
By Frank Jackman frank_jackman@aviationweek.comLondon Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners has signed an exclusive, five-year engine management agreement with Air Memphis that covers the Cairo-based charter carrier’s fleet of V2500 engines. The Pratt program analyzes engine operational data to monitor and forecast engine health and maintenance,…
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ST Engineering Secures SGD$543 Mln Contract
Singapore’s ST Engineering said on Tuesday that one of its unit has been awarded a contract to buy aircraft and equipment worth SGD$543 million (USD$411.4 million) …
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Mubadala Aerospace Not Interested In Latecoere
Debt-laden French fuselage maker Latecoere, which is seeking a new industrial partner, is not on Mubadala Aerospace’s radar, an executive at the Abu Dhabi company said on Tuesday …
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Boeing Sees Strong Mideast Air Traffic Growth
Boeing expects a near quadrupling of air traffic in the Middle East over the next 20 years, as its young populations take to the skies …
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Airports Council Calls For One Stop Security
Airports throughout the US, Europe and Canada should work together to deliver an integrated “one stop security” system, according to a meeting hosted by the Airports Council International (ACI) …
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Incheon Airport Stake Sale To Raise USD$1.3 Bln
South Korea plans to sell a combined TRW1.5 trillion won (USD$1.31 billion) stake in the Incheon International Airport Corporation and Industrial Bank of Korea next year to finance its fiscal 2011 budget …
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Pratt & Whitney Challenges Rolls Engine Patent
US aircraft engine maker Pratt & Whitney sued British rival Rolls-Royce on Monday, claiming that a Rolls patent on a fan blade it uses in jet engines is invalid …
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TransDigm To Buy McKechnie For USD$1.27 Bln
Aircraft parts maker TransDigm said it will buy rival McKechnie Aerospace for USD$1.27 billion in cash in its biggest ever acquisition as it looks to beef up its aftermarket presence …
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Iberia Names Chairman For Merger With BA
Spain’s Iberia said on Monday it has appointed current chairman Antonio Vazquez as the new chairman of International Airlines Group (IAG) the new company formed from the merger of Iberia and British Airways …
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Southwest, AirTran - Factbox
Southwest Airlines said it would acquire low cost rival AirTran. Here are facts about the deal and the two carriers …
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Southwest To Attack East Coast Markets
Southwest Airlines, the largest US low-cost airline, agreed a deal to buy smaller rival AirTran Holdings for USD$1.4 billion, aiming to challenge bigger carriers in the East Coast market …Photo: Into The Blue
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China Air To Plead Guilty To US Price Fixing
China Airlines has agreed to plead guilty for its role in a conspiracy to fix the prices of air cargo shipments and pay a USD$40 million criminal fine, the US Department of Justice said on Monday …Photo: Ellery Cheng
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1st Boeing SBSS Satellite Sends Initial Signals from Space
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 26, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has acquired initial on-orbit signals from the first Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) satellite following its launch at 9:41 p.m. Pacific time on Sept. 25 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The signals indicate that the satellite is functioning normally and is ready to begin orbital maneuvers and operational…
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International Space Station Expedition 24 Crew Lands Safely
WASHINGTON — Expedition 24 Commander Alexander Skvortsov and Flight Engineers Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Mikhail Kornienko landed their Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft in Kazakhstan on Saturday, Sept. 25, wrapping up a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station.Skvortsov, the Soyuz commander, was at the controls of the spacecraft as it undocked at 10:02 p.m. EDT Friday from the Poisk module’s…
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NASA Invites Media To Two Historic Events At Kennedy Space Center
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Reporters are invited to two historic Space Shuttle Program events at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The final solid rocket booster (SRB) assembly will depart the Assembly and Refurbishment Facility, and the external fuel tank for the last planned shuttle flight will be removed from the barge that carried the tank from Louisiana.NASA will…
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NASA Awards Contract For Earth And Space Science Support
HAMPTON, Va. — NASA has selected Earth Resources Technology Inc. Laurel, Md., to provide proposal evaluations, assessments and studies supporting NASA Earth and space science programs and missions.The five-year maximum value of the Evaluations, Assessments, Studies, Services and Support task order contract is $91 million.The contract will provide support to the NASA Science Office for Mission…
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Southwest Buying AirTran
By Frank Jackman frank_jackman@aviationweek.comLONDON Southwest Airlines has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of AirTran Airways parent AirTran Holdings Inc. in a cash and stock transaction valued at $3.4 billion, Southwest announced Sept. 27. The agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of both…
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Boeing: Stuas Win Strategically Important
By Amy Butler Boeing’s win of the U.S. Navy’s $43.7 million Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (Stuas) contract was a significant victory for the company in a burgeoning market area, according to Boeing Military Airc`raft President Chris Chadwick. Meanwhile, the loss this month of a deal worth tenfold for a precision guided munition…
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IATA Calls For Safety Measures In India
By Neelam Mathews IATA recommends that its Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) be made mandatory for all Indian carriers. “The recent Air India Express crash reminded us that safety is a constant challenge. Establishing the Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council (CASAC) is an important step forward. Giovanni Bisignani, director general and CEO…
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NASA Chief Goes to Beijing In October
By Frank Morring, Jr. morring@aviationweek.comPrague Plans are well along for NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to make a delayed trip to Beijing for what may be the opening round of talks leading to closer international cooperation in human spaceflight. NASA officials stressed that there has been no final invitation for Bolden to visit China at a…
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U.S. Air Force Gains Satellite Spotter
By Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.comSan Francisco Into clear, balmy skies, an Orbital Sciences Minotaur IV lifted the U.S. Air Force’s Space-Based Satellite Surveillance satellite into 335-mi. high orbit inclined 98-deg. from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Saturday night. Built by Boeing and Ball, SBSS weighs close to 2,200 lb. and features a…
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Latecoere Shares Rise On Bid Reports
Shares in French fuselage maker Latecoere soared on Monday after US rival Spirit AeroSystems was reported to be lining up a possible bid to buy the ailing Airbus supplier …
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Gatwick Airport Owner In Stake-Sale Talks
The infrastructure fund that owns London’s Gatwick airport is in talks with an outside investor to sell a fourth minority stake in the airport, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday …
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Southwest To Buy AirTran For USD$1.4 Bln
Southwest Airlines said it would acquire AirTran Holdings for about USD$1.4 billion in cash and stock in a move that will merge two of the biggest discount carriers in the US …Photo: Into The Blue
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France Prepares Airports Stake Sale - Report
France’s government is preparing to sell a minority stake in four regional airports and has opened a bidding process to choose a bank to oversee the sale, business daily Les Echos reported on Sunday, citing sources …
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No Explosives Found After Pakistan Plane Threat
A Pakistan Airlines plane was diverted to Sweden on Saturday after a bomb threat, but no explosives were found on board or in possession of a Canadian man detained by police and later set free …
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Stakes High For Delta In Upcoming Union Votes
Union elections at Delta Air Lines will start next week, setting the stage for a showdown in coming months that will determine whether the majority of the carrier’s work force will be represented by unions …
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Airlines Fume Over Cost Of Seat Safety Row
Airlines fretted on Friday over the cost of carrying out checks on more than 100,000 potentially faulty passenger seats after safety authorities proposed a clampdown in the wake of a manufacturer testing row …
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Boeing/Qinetiq Team Wins Darpa UAS Contract
By Amy ButlerWashington Boeing’s win of an $89-million contract to develop a solar-/electric-powered prototype for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Vulture five-year endurance unmanned aerial system is a boon for the company’s burgeoning unmanned business. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) selected the…
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CRS: Congress Could Consider LCS Alternatives
By Michael Fabey As Congress decides whether to follow the proposed U.S. Navy procurement plan for the service’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), lawmakers may want to look at whether the service should change its acquisition strategy or even if the Navy has provided enough time to review the proposed program, according to the Congressional Research …
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Laser Instrument For Mars Rover Delivered
By Frank Morring, Jr. Technicians at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are ready to install a unique instrument on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory that will allow the big rover to analyze the chemical composition of rocks and soil as far as 7 meters (23 ft.) away. Dubbed ChemCam, the U.S./French device uses a Neodymium doped…
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Foreign Carriers Blast DOT On Pax Rights
By Andrew Compart Associations representing foreign airlines are blasting the U.S. Transportation Department over its passenger rights proposals, accusing the DOT of overstepping the bounds of international law. But a coalition of consumer, corporate and travel agency groups—armed with a petition they say was signed by more than 50,000 travelers—is …
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Japan To Decide This Year On Global Hawk Order
By Bradley Perrett BEIJING – Japan is expected to decide by the end of the year whether to order four Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk surveillance aircraft that could later be upgraded to reinforce the country’s anti-ballistic missile defenses. The decision, which has been brewing for years, is due to appear in the National…
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SBSS Launch Set for Sept. 25
By Michael Mecham mecham@aviationweek.comSan Francisco A successful launch of the Boeing/Ball Space-Based Satellite Surveillance satellite will “revolutionize the way we track objects in space” by giving the U.S. Air Force a high-powered telescope unrestricted by Earthly constraints to watch satellite maneuvers and buildups of space debris. SBSS…
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CityJet, Pelita Air Select Avro RJ Support
By Bill BurchellLONDON Ireland’s CityJet, part of the Air France-KLM Group, has agreed a comprehensive five-year, total support deal with BAE Systems, covering JetSpares, continued airworthiness and technical support services, and the supply of technical publications. CityJet has a fleet of 27 Avro RJ85s and operates a network of scheduled services…
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Man Held In Sweden After Pakistan Plane Threat
A bomb threat forced a Pakistan Airlines Boeing 777 with 273 people on board to divert to Sweden on Saturday, and a Canadian man in his 30s was arrested after the plane landed and was evacuated …Photo: PIA, Boeing 747

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