Aviation News Releases Magazine – Tuesday, December 14, 2010

HOUSTON — Space shuttle program managers have delayed Discovery’s tanking test from Dec. 15 to no earlier than Dec. 17, after unusually cold and windy weather at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center slowed efforts to complete the installation of temperature sensors and strain gauges around four small cracks on the external tank.

The delay was announced Dec. 13. The test was ordered …




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TUIfly Receives First Next-Generation 737 With New Boeing Sky Interior

TUIfly Receives First Next-Generation 737 With New Boeing Sky Interior
SEATTLE, Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Hannover, Germany-based TUIfly last week celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Next-Generation 737-800 with the all-new Boeing Sky Interior. TUIfly, which offers scheduled flights and charter services from cities in Germany to destinations in Europe and Northern Africa, has scheduled this airplane’s first passenger flight…
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Boeing Phantom Ray Takes a Ride on NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Boeing Phantom Ray Takes a Ride on NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 13, 2010 — The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system sits atop a NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), a modified Boeing 747, as it takes off at 1:40 p.m. Central time for today’s test flight at Lambert International Airport. The 50-minute flight was conducted in preparation for Phantom Ray’s upcoming transport on the SCA to the Dryden Flight Research Center…
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NASA Probe Sees Solar Wind Decline En Route To Interstellar Space

NASA Probe Sees Solar Wind Decline En Route To Interstellar Space
PASADENA, Calif. — The 33-year odyssey of NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached a distant point at the edge of our solar system where there is no outward motion of solar wind.Now hurtling toward interstellar space some 10.8 billion miles from the sun, Voyager 1 has crossed into an area where the velocity of the hot ionized gas, or plasma, emanating directly outward from the sun has slowed to…
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Air NZ-Virgin Blue Decision Looms

Air NZ-Virgin Blue Decision Looms
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com Air New Zealand believes that both Australian and New Zealand regulators could decide by the end of this week if a proposed partnership with Virgin Blue can go ahead. Air New Zealand CEO Rob Fyfe says he is “hopeful that we will get a decision” by then from the Australian Competition and Consumer…
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Unmanned Fire-X Achieves First Flight

Unmanned Fire-X Achieves First Flight
By Amy Butler abutler@aviationweek.com, Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.comARLINGTON and HURST, Texas, LOS ANGELES The Northrop Grumman/Bell Helicopter Fire-X demonstrator achieved first flight Dec. 10 in Yuma, Ariz., just days after arriving there for flight testing, according to officials on the program team. This is a major step toward the two…
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House Approves FAA Reauthorization Extension

House Approves FAA Reauthorization Extension
By Kerry Lynch, Elyse Moody The House of Representatives last week passed a measure to extend FAA’s authorization through Sept. 30, 2011. The measure was included in a larger Fiscal 2011 continuing appropriations omnibus bill, H.R.3082, which the Senate is expected to clear this week. The House earlier this month had passed a three-month …
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Discovery Troubleshooting Moves To Dec. 17

Discovery Troubleshooting Moves To Dec. 17
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Space shuttle program managers have delayed Discovery’s tanking test from Dec. 15 to no earlier than Dec. 17, after unusually cold and windy weather at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center slowed efforts to complete the installation of temperature sensors and strain gauges around four small cracks on the external tank. The…
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Cold, Snow Hits Travel In Many US States

Cold, Snow Hits Travel In Many US States
Bone-chilling cold swept across the snow-hit Great Plains and Midwest on Monday, playing havoc with travel plans, with the sub-freezing temperatures reaching as far south as Florida …
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Ryanair Cuts More German Flights Due To Tax

Ryanair Cuts More German Flights Due To Tax
Ryanair said on Tuesday it would make further cuts to its German operations in 2011 due to an air passenger tax …
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IATA Ups Airline Profit Forecasts

IATA Ups Airline Profit Forecasts
The world’s airlines will return to profit this year and next at higher levels than previously expected, due to an upturn in the market and better capacity usage, industry association IATA said on Tuesday …
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Mexico’s Interjet Eyes Stake Sale Or IPO

Mexico's Interjet Eyes Stake Sale Or IPO
Mexico’s No. 2 airline, Interjet, is considering selling a stake to a foreign company or listing its shares in the local market to boost growth, its president …
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Cimber Sterling Cuts Q2 Loss

Cimber Sterling Cuts Q2 Loss
Danish budget airline Cimber Sterling nearly wiped out its operating loss in the second quarter on the back of strong passenger growth and reduced unit costs and repeated its aim to become profitable in 2011/2012 …Photo: Scott Wright
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Turkish Airlines Jan-Nov Passengers Rise 17 Percent

Turkish Airlines Jan-Nov Passengers Rise 17 Percent
Turkish Airlines, Europe’s fourth-largest airline, said on Monday its passenger numbers rose 17 percent to 26.9 million in the first 11 months of the year …
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JetBlue Fined Over Disability, Code-Share Rules

JetBlue Fined Over Disability, Code-Share Rules
JetBlue Airways was fined USD$600,000 by the US Department of Transportation on Monday for violating rules protecting passengers with disabilities and for failing to disclose when flights it sold were operating under a code-sharing agreement with another carrier …
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