Aviation News Releases Magazine – Thursday, September 30, 2010

WICHITA, Kan., Sept. 29, 2010 — The Boeing Company today received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Air Force for B-52 Stratofortress weapon system modernization. The company released the following statement:

“This B-52 modernization contract will include several delivery orders over an eight-year period. The Air Force announced a contract ceiling of $11.9 billion. This is a contracting vehicle that will allow engineering sustaining contracts, studies, production and other activities to occur in support of the B-52. No funds were committed with this contract announcement. We expect our first delivery order to be awarded on Sept. 30.”…

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NASA Gives Details on Spotting the Space Station at National Parks
WASHINGTON — Plan your next camp out for a national park, and you might spot one of the gems of the night sky — the International Space Station — from one of the nation’s jewels on the ground.Because the space station is more spectacular away from skyline clutter and light pollution, NASA and the Park Service have partnered to share information with park visitors about where and when to look…
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NASA Deputy Administrator Hosts Media Teleconference Will Discuss Critical Vote In Congress For Future Of Human Space Flight
WASHINGTON — NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will be available to answer media questions during a teleconference Thursday, Sept. 30, at 1:30 p.m. EDT.Garver will discuss the strong, bipartisan support Congress has given the agency and President Obama’s ambitious plans for human space exploration with Wednesday night’s approval of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration…
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NASA Administrator Thanks Congress for 2010 Authorization Act Support
WASHINGTON — The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden regarding Wednesday’s action by the House of Representatives on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010.”We thank the Congress for their thoughtful deliberations about NASA’s future over the past months. Both the House and the Senate provided insight, ideas and direction that were…
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NASA and NSF-Funded Research Finds First Potentially Habitable Exoplanet
WASHINGTON — A team of planet hunters from the University of California (UC) Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington has announced the discovery of a planet with three times the mass of Earth orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it squarely in the middle of the star’s “habitable zone.”This discovery was the result of more than a decade of observations using the W. M….
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NASA Awards Space Shuttle Main Engine Contract Modification
WASHINGTON — NASA has signed a $60.3 million contract modification to space shuttle main engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Inc. of Canoga Park, Calif., to provide continued space shuttle main engine prelaunch, launch and landing support from Oct. 1, 2010, through March 31, 2011.This action is based on an extension to the current Space Shuttle Program flight manifest launch…
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NASA And Optimus Prime Collaborate To Educate Youth
WASHINGTON — NASA has developed a contest to raise students’ awareness of technology transfer efforts and how NASA technologies contribute to our everyday lives.NASA is collaborating with Hasbro using the correlation between the popular TRANSFORMERS brand, featuring its leader Optimus Prime, and spinoffs from NASA technologies created for aeronautics and space missions that are used here on…
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Boeing Submits Final Bid for International Space Station Cargo Contract
HOUSTON, Sept. 30, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has submitted its final bid for NASA’s Cargo Mission Contract (CMC) for the International Space Station (ISS). Boeing’s bid draws on more than 50 years of the company’s human spaceflight experience, as well as first-hand knowledge of ISS operations and cargo processing. The contract calls for technical support services,…
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Boeing Releases Statement on Passage of NASA Authorization Bill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2010 — On Sept. 29, the U.S. Congress passed S. 3729, a bill to authorize NASA programs for fiscal years 2011 through 2013. The bill soon will be sent to President Barack Obama for his signature, signaling a new direction for human space exploration. Boeing today released the following statement: “Passage of the NASA Authorization Bill by the 111th Congress is a …
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Boeing Sets 747-8 Freighter Delivery Schedule for Mid-Year 2011
EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced a schedule change for the 747-8 Freighter with first delivery now expected mid-year 2011. The company also announced steps it is taking to support the new schedule, including adding a fifth airplane to the flight-test fleet. The company previously indicated that, following recent flight-test discoveries, there was a…
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Boeing Delivers 11th 737-800 Airplane to Air Algerie
SEATTLE, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) today delivered to Air Algerie its 11th 737-800. Air Algerie, the state-owned flag carrier of Algeria, operates a fleet composed primarily of Boeing 737s and some 767s. Boeing is scheduled to deliver two additional 737-800s in 2010 as well as four more in 2011. Air Algerie will be operating 17 737-800s in 2011 for a total of…
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Boeing Statement on Award of B-52 Modernization Contract
WICHITA, Kan., Sept. 29, 2010 — The Boeing Company today received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract from the U.S. Air Force for B-52 Stratofortress weapon system modernization. The company released the following statement: “This B-52 modernization contract will include several delivery orders over an eight-year period. The Air Force announced a contract ceiling of $11.9…
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Turkish Airlines takes delivery of first A330-300 and A330-200F
Turkish Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-300 and first A330-200 Freighter at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse. The aircraft, both powered by Rolls Royce engines, will support Turkish Airlines’ ambitious growth plans in both the passenger and cargo markets. Joining the airlines existing passenger aircraft fleet of A320, A330-200 and A340 family aircraft, the…
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MNG Jet Purchases Global 5000 Business Jet
Bombardier today announced that MNG Jet Havacilik A.S. of Istanbul has placed a firm order for a Global 5000 aircraft, valued at approximately $45 million U.S., based on the 2010 list price for typically equipped aircraft. “The Global 5000 aircraft is the perfect addition to our current fleet,” said Mehmet Nazif Gunal, President, MNG Jet. “The aircraft combines speed and range, with…
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Bombardier Launches Its New Global Aircraft Family
Aircraft details will be revealed at the upcoming National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention and exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia. Bombardier Aerospace today announced that its Board of Directors has given the official go-ahead to launch the expanded Global aircraft family. Aircraft details of the new Global aircraft family will be revealed at the NBAA convention and exhibition….
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Bombardier to Discuss Optimized Commercial Aircraft Solutions at Airex 2010
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft will highlight its optimized solutions for Turkey’s mainline and regional airlines during Airex 2010 – 8th International Civil Aviation and Airports Exhibition. The event takes place in Istanbul, Turkey from September 30 to October 3, 2010. All Bombardier Commercial Aircraft products have significant potential in Turkey. For short-haul operations,…
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Indonesia Plans 180 Flankers Plus F-16s
By Bradley Perrett BEIJING — Indonesia intends to acquire 180 Sukhoi Flankers and also to buy Lockheed Martin F-16s, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro says, setting out plans for a massive expansion of the Southeast Asian country’s air combat force. If Indonesia is serious about buying 180 Flankers, then Canberra will…
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Three African Airlines To Form New Carrier
By Darren Shannon Three of Africa’s leading airlines are in talks to establish joint ventures, and could launch their first collaboration in Central Africa early next year. Details are still being negotiated, although the CEOs of Egyptair, Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airlines tell The DAILY they expect a formal announcement in the…
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Rolls-Royce Names New CEO
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON John Rishton has been named as the incoming CEO of Rolls-Royce, taking over the company from John Rose who will step down at the end of March. Rishton, already a non-executive director of the Rolls-Royce board and head of the audit committee, is currently CEO of Royal Ahold, a Dutch retail group. He was…
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Turkish Airlines Takes Ex-Test A330-200F
By Max Kingsley-Jones kingsley.jones@aviationweek.comLONDON Turkish Airlines has taken delivery of Airbus’s former A330-200 Freighter flight-test aircraft and also received its first of ten A330-300 passenger aircraft. The double handover of the two Rolls Royce Trent-powered twinjets took place at a ceremony at Airbus’s Toulouse headquarters …
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Inventory Tie-Ups A Good Bet, Say Analysts
By Elyse Moody Acquisitions and partnerships attract investment to components and inventory sector. Recent maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) acquisitions and strategic partnerships point to the inventory and components business as a key area for investment, according to industry analysts speaking at AVIATION WEEK’s MRO Europe…
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Eurocopter Launches X3 Flight Trials
By Robert Wall LONDON — Eurocopter is testing a new hybrid helicopter demonstrator that aims to reach 220 kt. forward speed. The twin-turboshaft-powered helicopter uses two propellers on a short wing for forward flight, with a five-blade main rotor. Eurocopter at one point explored a tiltrotor design but later rejected that idea … …
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ESA Pushes To Meet ATV-2 Docking Deadline
By Michael A. Taverna PARIS — European Space Agency officials are reasonably sure they can meet a late February docking window for the second Automated Transfer Vehicle, which is needed for an International Space Station (ISS) reboost mission. The next reboost is needed by mid-2011 to prevent the ISS from descending too low…
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Cost Cited In Dextre Commissioning Delay
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Sabena Technics, MAE In Joint Venture
By Staff Malaysian Aerospace Engineering and Sabena Technics plan to set up a component repair and overhaul joint venture in Subang, Malaysia. The new company is expected to be operational by the end of 2011 and will support avionics, hydraulics, electromechanical systems, fuel systems and pneumatic components for Boeing 737NGs, Airbus A320 and ATR…
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Bombardier To Launch New Business Jet
Bombardier will proceed with plans to expand its Global family of large business aircraft and will unveil details next month, the company said on Thursday …
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Hainan Air To Launch Aircraft Leasing Fund
Hainan Airlines, China’s fourth-largest carrier, said on Thursday it plans to launch the country’s first private equity fund that invests in the aircraft leasing industry …Photo: Patrick Fischer
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Xiamen Airlines To Buy 10 Boeing Planes
China Southern Airlines said on Thursday that its 60 percent-owned unit Xiamen Airlines has agreed to buy 10 Boeing aircraft for about USD$699 million …Photo: Xmhaoyu
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Singapore Air To Expand Into South America
Singapore Airlines, the world’s second largest carrier by market value, said on Thursday it will expand its network to South America starting March 2011 …
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Rolls-Royce Chief Executive To Retire
British aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce said chief executive John Rose would retire next year after 14 years at the helm, to be replaced by John Rishton, the head of Dutch retailer Ahold …
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Airbus Engineers Review A320 Upgrade Plan
Senior Airbus engineers are expected to meet on Thursday to complete plans to upgrade the A320 aircraft series with new engines in a bid to sustain sales of the plane maker’s best-selling jet family, industry sources said …Photo: Aer Lingus, Airbus A320
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Job Integration A Huge Task For New United
The marriage of United Airlines and Continental Airlines will be official as early as this week, but the honeymoon will be fleeting as the carrier …
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Boeing Receives A-10 Structural Inspection Contract from US Air Force
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 29, 2010 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to supply airframe services and support for the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft fleet. The A-10 Scheduled Structural Inspection (SSI) 2012 contract covers development tasks and hardware deliveries in support of the Air Force Depot’s implementation of A-10 SSI fuselage repairs….
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British Airways Expands Airplane Health Management Coverage on Boeing Twin-Aisle Fleet
Custom Alerting and Analysis added to real-time fault management LONDON, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and British Airways today announced that the airline will enhance the existing Boeing Airplane Health Management (AHM) system that is operating on its more than 100 Boeing 777s and 747-400s. The AHM system on the British Airways twin-aisle Boeing fleet will include the Custom…
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Boeing Receives Multi-Year Contract from US Navy for 124 F/A-18 and EA-18 Aircraft
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 28, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a new multi-year procurement (MYP) contract from the U.S. Navy for 124 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft. The new contract is valued at $5.297 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Boeing will deliver 66 Super Hornets and 58 Growlers to the Navy from 2012 through 2015. “The men and women of…
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NASA Reschedules Teleconference On IBEX Spacecraft Findings
WASHINGTON — NASA has rescheduled the media teleconference to discuss new information about the boundary of our solar system obtained from the agency’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft. The telecon now is set for noon EDT, on Thursday, Sept. 30.The briefing participants are:- Arik Posner, IBEX program scientist, Heliophysics Division, ScienceMission Directorate, NASA Headquarters…
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NASA Invites Public To Discuss "What Matters Next" At TedxNASA
HAMPTON, Va. — NASA is inviting the public to join agency leaders and innovators from a variety of fields on Nov. 4 to discuss “What Matters Next.” Discussions and presentations on the theme will be the centerpiece of the second TEDxNASA, a daylong event modeled on the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conferences that bring together leading thinkers to create a dialogue on important…
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NASA Awards Contract Modification For Shared Services Center
WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded Computer Services Corporation (CSC) of Falls Church, Va., a modification to exercise the first option year under its existing contract. This is a one-year option period for the continuation of financial management, human resources, procurement and information technology support services to NASA.The one-year option increases the existing NASA Shared Services Center…
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NASA Awards Contract Modification to Jacobs Technology
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — NASA has signed a contract modification extending the contract for Marshall Space Flight Center’s engineering, science and technical services contract with Jacobs Technology Inc. by one year.The contract will conclude on Sept. 30, 2011. This contract extension has a maximum potential value of $170 million, bringing the total potential value of the contract, which was awarded…
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RFP For U.S. Army Laser Jammer Expected Soon
By Graham Warwick ITT Corp. has completed another round of tests with its first laser missile jammer as industry awaits release of the delayed request for proposals for the U.S. Army-led Common Infrared Countermeasures (Circm) program, now expected in October. Several companies will likely bid to equip thousands of U.S. Army,…
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AirTran Buyout Positive For Airports
By James Ott A merging of Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways would have a largely positive impact on airports overall, but questions remain about the outcome at several smaller airports, as well as at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, where both carriers are battling with another low-cost competitor, an SH&E consultant said…
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China Southern Losing Revenue To Fast Train
By Bradley Perrett The early experience of China Southern Airlines in facing competition from fast rail suggests that high-speed trains will inflict heavier damage on Chinese carriers than normally seen in other countries. Although the state of air/rail competition will become clearer as more Chinese fast lines open, China Southern’s…
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Cessna Job Cuts Questioned
By Joseph C. Anselmo janselmo@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON A veteran Wall Street aerospace analyst and a DC-based analyst are asking whether Cessna’s latest round of layoffs will leave the company unprepared for a recovery in the beleaguered business jet market. Cessna announced last week that it will lower its production rate and cut another 700…
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Cimber Sterling Selects Delta TechOps
By StaffLONDON Cimber Sterling awarded Delta TechOps a three-year contract for time and materials services for 11 CFM56-7B engines and Honeywell GTCP131-9B APUs. The contract’s value wasn’t disclosed. Delta also announced that it received FAA approval to start using a new kind of nondestructive testing, called process compensated resonance testing,…
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FAA Awards USD$2.5 Mln in Airport Grants
The US Federal Aviation Administration has selected three airport projects to receive USD$2.5 million in funding …
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Former President Carter Falls Ill During Flight
Former President Jimmy Carter was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after developing an upset stomach during a flight to Cleveland but plans to resume a book-signing tour on Wednesday …
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Air France-KLM Faces Cartel Damages Claim
Air France-KLM faces a claim for up to EUR€500 million (USD$673 million) damages in Dutch courts from companies who say they were hurt by price-fixing in the cargo industry, a Dutch newspaper reported …Photo: Philippe Noret
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BA, Iberia, American Sign Alliance Deal
British Airways, American Airlines and Spanish carrier Iberia have signed off on a long-awaited strategic alliance that will see them cooperate on flights between Europe and North America …
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EAA Wants RTTF Access Compromise
By Fred George fred_george@aviationweek.com The Experimental Aircraft Association on Sept. 23 formally submitted a compromise plan to FAA’s proposed ban on Residential-Through-The-Fence [RTTF] airport access agreements at federally funded airports. The proposal was made to members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. FAA…
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Air Traffic Growth Slows In August - IATA
Growth in air traffic slowed noticeably in August as this year’s rebound from the economic downturn lost steam, IATA said on Tuesday …
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Rival Mergers Put New Pressure On American
The impending mergers of United Airlines with Continental Airlines, and Southwest Airlines’ deal to buy AirTran reshuffle the deck for the largest US airlines and put new pressure on major carriers without a merger partner to find one …

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