Aviation News Releases Magazine – Friday, January 14, 2011

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NASA Updates Shuttle Target Launch Dates For Two Flights

NASA Updates Shuttle Target Launch Dates For Two Flights
WASHINGTON — NASA is targeting 4:50 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 24,for the launch of space shuttle Discovery’s STS-133 mission to theInternational Space Station. The liftoff of shuttle Endeavour’sSTS-134 flight is planned for 7:48 p.m. EDT on April 19, from NASA’sKennedy Space Center in Florida.The target dates were selected Thursday during the Space ShuttleProgram’s weekly Program Requirements…
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NASA Announces Backup Commander For STS-134 Mission
WASHINGTON — NASA announced Thursday that astronaut Rick Sturckow will serve as a backup commander for the STS-134 space shuttle mission to facilitate continued training for the crew and support teams during STS-134 Commander Mark Kelly’s absence. Kelly’s wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was critically wounded in a shooting on Jan. 8 in Tucson, Ariz.Kelly remains commander of the mission,…
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Boeing Names Kim Hammonds Chief Information Officer
CHICAGO, Jan. 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) has named Kim Hammonds chief information officer and vice president of the company’s Information Technology organization. Hammonds, who was formerly vice president of the Boeing Information Technology Infrastructure organization, replaces John Hinshaw, who has been named vice president and general manager of Boeing’s new Information…
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Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases Annual Report
WASHINGTON — The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, or ASAP, has released its 2010 annual report. The panel examines NASA’s safety performance during the past year and alerts agency and government leaders to issues and concerns.Congress established the ASAP in 1968 after the Apollo 1 fire to provide advice and make recommendations to the NASA administrator on safety matters. The panel holds…
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Bombardier to hold an information session on IFRS
Montréal, January 2011 – As previously announced, Bombardier will be reporting its financial results under the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), starting in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, on June 1, 2011. To better understand the impacts this reporting change will have on the Corporation’s results, management from Bombardier Inc. will hold an information session…
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NASA Announces Media Briefing About Next Earth Science Mission
WASHINGTON — NASA will hold a media briefing on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. EST, about the agency’s next Earth-observing satellite mission, Glory, scheduled to launch on Feb. 23. During the briefing at NASA Headquarters in Washington, panelists will discuss the spacecraft’s mission to study the impact of the sun and airborne particles on Earth’s climate.The panelists are:- Joy Bretthauer, Glory…
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Christie SIM Projector Achieves FAA Level D Qualification
CYPRESS, Calif. – (January 2011) – Christie®, a leader in simulation projection display and visualization solutions, today announced that the new Christie Matrix SIM simulation projection system in combination with RSI’s Raster xT Image Generator has been qualified under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) CFR Part 60 Qualification Performance Standards for complete unrestricted training….
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Avic Defense Adopting Skunk Works Model
By Bradley Perrett BEIJING — China’s Avic Defense will use rapid prototyping centers like the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works for future military aircraft developments, with the aim of overcoming what it says are inefficient production processes. The prototyping centers are being set up at the fighter plants at Shenyang and Chengdu, the latter…
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Qantas, American Plan Closer Transpacific Link
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.comCANBERRA Qantas plans to launch a flight to Oneworld partner American Airlines’ Dallas/Fort Worth hub, and the carriers say they will also apply for a closer commercial partnership. The Sydney-DFW flights are scheduled to begin May 16 using a Boeing 747-400, with the return flight stopping in…
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Boeing, Spirit Agree On 787 Compensation
By Michael Mecham Boeing has reached an agreement valued at “hundreds of millions” of dollars with Spirit AeroSystems, the second of its major outside airframe suppliers to be compensated for 787 program delays, which are approaching three years past the original goal for initial deliveries. Terms were not disclosed. Spirit Senior VP and…
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Air NZ, Virgin Atlantic In Code Share Deal
By Adrian Schofield Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic have strengthened their relationship by signing a code-share agreement on several international and domestic routes. The pair will be able to sell connecting flights on each other’s services. This will primarily include Air NZ routes within New Zealand, between Australia and New…
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New Airport Opens At St. George, Utah
By James Ott The City of St. George in southern Utah, headquarters of SkyWest Airlines, opened a new airport Jan. 12 that will serve as an economic driver for the region known to many around the world as a preferred site for western movies. The 9,300-ft.-long Runway 1/19 in a nearby valley replaces a 6,606-ft.-long ribbon perched on a mesa…
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USMC AH-1Z To Deploy In Late 2011
By Amy ButlerAmarillo, Hurst and Fort Worth, Texas A decade after first flight, the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z attack helicopter finally graduated from a turbulent operational evaluation and is being readied for its first shipboard deployment. The service plans to field the AH-1Z Vipers, commonly known as Zulus, with a Marine Expeditionary…
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A400M, KC-X Decisions Loom For EADS
By Robert Wall LES MUREAUX, France — Two important milestones will occur in the coming weeks for EADS’s A400M military airlifter program and tanker ambitions in the U.S. The European aerospace giant has been waiting for a new A400M contract — revised last year to deal with several billion euros in extra costs — and a new schedule. That…
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NASA Next-Gen Vehicle Builds on Past
By Frank Morring, Jr. Engineers planning NASA’s next effort to build a vehicle to replace the retiring space shuttle fleet will start with an amalgam of the shuttle and its moribund Ares I and Orion follow-ons. As before, money remains a problem. The U.S. space agency’s “reference vehicle design” for a heavy-lift space launch…
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NASA Will Not Rush STS-134 Commander Decision
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Out of respect for astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of gravely wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D), a top NASA official declined on Jan. 11 to discuss whether the veteran Navy aviator will remain in command of STS-134, the last scheduled shuttle mission. The 10-day mission, which has been…
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Aeromexico Ramps Up MRO for Growth
By Elyse Moody elyse_moody@aviationweek.com The stable of Boeing 737-700 and -800 narrowbodies based at Aeromexico’s Mexico City hub should see significant additions to their number in the next several years, and the engineering division that supports them is amping up for the change now. Pointing to the carrier’s “aggressive” growth plan, David…
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Delta May Order Up To 200 Jets In Fleet Upgrade
Delta Air Lines could place firm orders for up to 200 planes as it looks to replace older aircraft, the carrier said on Thursday …
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Qantas To Pay USD$26.5 Mln In Freight Cartel Case
Australia’s largest airline Qantas has settled a US class action lawsuit over an alleged freight cartel, agreeing to pay USD$26.5 million …
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Cyprus Airways Sells Zenon Unit To Sabre
Loss-making Cypriot national carrier Cyprus Airways has sold its subsidiary NDC to Sabre Group for USD$5.5 million, the airline said on Friday …
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Thai Air Loads Up, Outlines Fleet Plans
Thai Airways said on Friday its cabin factor, the percentage of seats sold, was at 73.7 percent in 2010, up 0.8 percentage points from 2009, and it planned to expand its fleet in the next seven years …
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Three Air Crew Kidnapped In Darfur
Three helicopter crew members contracted to the United Nations were kidnapped in Darfur on Thursday, the agency said, the latest in a wave of abductions hindering aid in Sudan’s war-torn region …
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US May Challenge Google's ITA Deal
US regulators are putting together a possible antitrust challenge to Google’s planned USD$700 million acquisition of airline ticketing software company ITA Software, sources knowledgeable about the deal said on Thursday …
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Jet Air Sees Revenue Up 15 Pct Over 5 Years
Indian carrier Jet Airways expects to grow its domestic revenue by 15 percent and international revenue by up to 20 percent over the next five years, the chairman of India’s largest airline said on Thursday …
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Brazilian Air Travel Up 23.5 Pct In 2010
Air travel demand in Brazil increased a record 23.5 percent last year with more passengers booking flights as employment and wages continued to rise in a thriving economy …
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