Aviation News Releases Magazine – Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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Embraer concludes first “pure cover” Brazilian export credit line

Embraer concludes first "pure cover" Brazilian export credit line
The Company is proud to announce the formation of a new structure to finance aircraft sales. ConteúdoSão José dos Campos, January 18, 2011 – With this custom-made structured transaction, the lender benefits from a 100% guarantee of the Guardian Authority issued by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs (SAIN), from the Brazilian Finance Ministry, through the Brazilian…
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Boeing Sets 787 First Delivery for Third Quarter
EVERETT, Wash., Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today that it expects delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner in the third quarter of this year. The new delivery date reflects the impact of an in-flight incident during testing last November and includes the time required to produce, install and test updated software and new electrical power distribution panels in the…
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Airbus aircraft list prices to increase from January
Price adjustment reflects production ramp-up investments Airbus has increased the average list price of its aircraft by 4.4 per cent. The increment applies for all new aircraft from the beginning of January 2011, apart from the A380, for which the increase is 8.4 per cent. The 4.4 per cent increment has been calculated according to the Airbus standard escalation formula over the…
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NASA Challenges Students To Train Like An Astronaut
WASHINGTON — NASA and 14 international space agencies are challenging students to complete a nutrition and fitness program known as “Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut.” Approximately 3,700 students from more than 25 different cities worldwide are participating in this six-week pilot project.NASA’s Human Research Program is sponsoring the U.S. component of theinternational challenge that began…
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Embraer will overhaul 43 AMX fighters for the FAB
Deal complements previous contract signed in 2003. ConteúdoSão José dos Campos, January 2011 – Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force – FAB (Comando da Aeronáutica – COMAER) have signed a contract to overhaul 43 AMX jet fighters. This deal complements the previous contract to modernize AMX fighters signed in 2003. “We’re very proud to support the Brazilian Air Force in…
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Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound Elects New Board Trustees
SEATTLE, Jan. 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Boeing (NYSE: BA) Puget Sound has elected a new slate of board trustees for 2011. Pictured from left to right: (first row) Patty Rhodes, first-year trustee; Joyce Nugent, secretary; Andrea Hutchins, first-year trustee; and Bob Malone, treasurer; (second row) Sukari Mdogo, vice president; Robley Evans, president; Renard…
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A strong performance in 2010 readies Airbus for another busy year
Airbus will build on its industry-leading commercial activity in 2010 with a full slate of programme milestones targeted for completion this year, including key advances in the company’s civil and military product lines. Airbus is heading into an active 2011 as the company targets key milestones that include the startup of final assembly for its new-generation A350 XWB jetliner, the …
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NASA TV To Broadcast Japanese Cargo Craft Flight To Space Station
HOUSTON — NASA plans live television coverage of the launch, grapple and berthing of the second unpiloted Japanese cargo ship that will deliver more than four tons of food and supplies to the International Space Station.The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is scheduled to launch an H-IIB rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan at 12:29 a.m. CST (3:29 p.m. Japan time)…
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Embraer closes out  2010 with 246 jets delivered
Value of firm order backlog climbs, once again, and reaches US$ 15.6 billion. ConteúdoSão José dos Campos, January 2011 – Embraer delivered 92 jets during the fourth quarter of 2010 (4Q10), 30 of which to the commercial aviation market, 61 to executive aviation, and one to the defense segment. Thus, the Company closed out 2010 with 246 jets delivered. The firm order backlog,…
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The success story continues: Airbus surpasses its 10,000-order milestone
Airbus’ jetliner product line has exceeded the 10,000-order mark, underscoring the competitiveness and capabilities of its aircraft families in a full range of operational requirements. This landmark booking demonstrates Airbus’ commercial success worldwide, building on four decades in the civil jetliner marketplace. Beginning with the initial contract – a September 1970…
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NASA Unveiling New Rocket Integration Facility At Wallops
WASHINGTON — NASA will unveil its new rocket integration facility at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 21.The Horizontal Integration Facility will support medium class mission capabilities. The first customer to use the facility will be Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., with its Taurus II launch vehicle.Orbital…
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Embraer's Phenom 100 is the most delivered executive jet in 2010
One hundred aircraft delivered: more than any other business jet in the world. ConteúdoSão José dos Campos, January 2011 – Embraer’s Phenom 100 entry level executive jet was number one, with 100 deliveries in 2010. Together with the other airplanes of Embraer Executive Jets’ portfolio, the Phenom 100’s success is also reflected in the Company’s increasing market share, which…
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Airbus celebrates its 10,000th order with Virgin America’s 60 A320 deal
First order for A320neo‪‪ booked Airbus announced this morning its 10,000th order with a firm contract from Virgin America for 60 A320s, including 30 A320neo aircraft. This is the first firm order for the A320 new engine option; therefore Virgin America becomes the launch customer for the A320neo. This formalizes and expands an initial commitment given at the Farnborough International…
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Astronaut Jose Hernandez Leaves NASA
HOUSTON — After a decade working in various roles, astronaut Jose Hernandez has left NASA for a position in the aerospace industry.”Jose’s talent and dedication have contributed greatly to the agency, and he is an inspiration to many,” said Peggy Whitson, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “We wish him all the best with this new phase of his career.”The son…
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Airbus hits new record aircraft deliveries in 2010
Orders strongly above expectations Airbus has increased its production output for the ninth year in a row and achieved a new company record of 510 (2009: 498) commercial aircraft deliveries to 94 customers (of which 19 were new). Deliveries included 401 A320 Family aircraft, 91 A330/A340s and 18 A380s. In its military division, Airbus delivered 20 light and medium military and…
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Autonomous aircraft taxiing moves one step closer to reality
Airbus engineers have developed a patented, eco-efficient taxiing system for the best-selling A320 Family – which utilises electrically-driven wheels for reduced fuel consumption during ground operations at airports. In an effort to reduce fuel consumption, Airbus has developed an eco-efficient alternative that replaces the standard use of jet engine thrust during ground taxiing …
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NASA Invites Students To Send Experiments To The Edge Of Space
CLEVELAND — NASA is inviting student teams to design and build experiments the agency will fly into the stratosphere, a near-space environment, more than 100,000 feet above the Earth.NASA’s second annual Balloonsat High-Altitude Flight competition is open to student teams in ninth to 12th grades from the United States and its territories. Each team of four or more students must submit an…
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New Indian Support Office Enhances Technical Assistance for Commsoft Clients in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe
Commsoft supports aircraft maintenance organisations with high quality, affordable MRO IT systemsCommsoft’s OASES software is used by 50 international organisations, supporting over 70 aviation operationsThe agreement with Indian company KLR Technologies Private Ltd will improve access to technical support for OASES users operating in Africa, Eastern Europe and AsiaKLR Technologies Private…
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Hartzell Propeller Introduces New 2-Bladed Scimitar Top Props™ for Piper Aztec Aircraft
Piqua, Ohio – January 18, 2011. Hartzell Propeller Inc. has developed a new 2-bladed Top Prop™ propeller conversion kit for Piper PA-23-250 Aztec twin-engine aircraft. The cost-efficient conversion provides Aztec owners with improved reliability, performance and noise levels.The new 77-inch diameter propeller uses blade-mounted counter-weights to provide redundant assistance to the propeller…
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Stealthy Chinese J-20 Vulnerable
By David A. Fulghum, Bill Sweetman, Bradley Perrett, Robert WallWashington, Washington, Beijing, London China’s newest combat aircraft prototype, the J-20, will require an intense development program if it is going to catch up with fast-moving anti-stealth advances. In fact, anti-stealth will bring into question all stealth designs: How…
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787 Deliveries Slide To Third Quarter
By Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.comLos Angeles Boeing says 787 first deliveries will slide to the third quarter of 2011 following the delays to flight tests and redesign caused by last November’s in-flight electrical fire. Announcing the seventh major program schedule shift since the start of the 787 development effort, Boeing says “the new…
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U.K. Merlin Modernization Road Map Advances
By Robert Wall LONDON — The British government this year is expected to develop a detailed plan for a mid-life update of Royal Air Force (RAF) Merlin Mk. 3 helicopters to prepare them to take over for retiring Royal Navy Sea Kings. The activity is advancing in parallel with flight trials and production of the Royal Navy’s own upgrade of…
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Boeing Resumes 787 Certification Flying
By Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.comLos Angeles Boeing has restarted 787 certification flight tests after an almost two-month hiatus following the in-flight electrical fire on the second test aircraft on approach to Laredo, Texas in November. The resumption of certification flights, confirmed by Boeing on Jan. 17, raises expectations that the…
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Virgin America First Firm A320NEO Customer
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.com, Jens Flottau jens@flottau.comTOULOUSE, TOULOUSE Virgin America is signing up as the first firm customer for the Airbus A320 new engine option (NEO), becoming the lead operator for the aircraft. At the Farnborough air show in July, Airbus and Virgin America signed a memorandum of understanding for 40 A320s and…
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Airbus Plans 28 Military Deliveries in 2011
By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comTOULOUSE Airbus Military is targeting 28 deliveries in 2011 including the first six KC-330 tanker transports. The exact timing of the first handover of the KC-30A tanker to lead-customer, the Royal Australian Air Force, has still not been set. The program has suffered repeated delays; Airbus Military had committed…
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Electric-Powered Flight Control System On G650
By Staff Gulfstream Aerospace appears to have made history by becoming the first business aircraft manufacturer to fly a production fly-by-wire aircraft—the G650—using only a digitally controlled, electrically powered flight control system. The G650 only has two hydraulic systems, either of which can power the flight controls. The third flight…
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JP Morgan Still Optimistic on BizAv Prospects
By Benet Wilson benet_wilson@aviationweek.com With a significant overhang of used jets still available at attractive prices, demand remains anemic and backlogs continue to decline, according to JP Morgan’s Aerospace and Defense’s Business Jet Monthly for January. “We see this as the major question for the industry coming into the New Year,” writes…
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NASA Panel Warns Of Space Policy Confusion
By Frank Morring, Jr. Continuing uncertainty over U.S. civil space policy is increasingly a safety and economic risk to the nation, according to a new report by the independent review panel charged with overseeing safety at NASA. The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) finds a lack of “clarity and constancy of purpose among NASA,…
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Zombie Sat May Soon Be Back In Business
By Michael A. Taverna, Frank Morring, Jr. Paris And Washington — Intelsal thinks there is a good chance it will regain use of Galaxy 15, the wayward “Zombie Sat” that terrorized telecom satellite neighborhoods around the globe until it was brought under control late last month. Galaxy 15 currently has its payload turned off. It is expected…
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Air France-KLM Launches Component MRO In India
By Neelam MathewsMumbai India will gain its first component repair shop in a joint venture between Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) and Mumbai-based Max Aerospace and Aviation Ltd.’s Max MRO Services. Construction is to start early this year and finish in the first quarter of 2013, says AFI KLM…
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Boeing Delays First 787 Delivery To Q3
Boeing said on Tuesday it has delayed first delivery of the 787 Dreamliner to the third quarter 2011 from the first quarter after an electrical fire on a test flight in November …
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South Sudan Seeks USD$140 Mln For Tourism
South Sudan appealed for investors to plough USD$140 million into its war-hit wildlife parks, seeking to kick-start a tourism industry and wean itself off oil months ahead of its expected independence …
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Kuwait’s Alafco Posts Tenfold Profit Jump
Kuwait’s Aviation Lease and Finance (Alafco) said it posted a nearly 10-fold jump in first-quarter net profit after earning a one-time revenue of KWD20 million dinars (USD$71 million) …
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Meggitt Buys Danaher Aerospace Unit
Plane parts supplier Meggitt has agreed to buy a component business from US firm Danaher for USD$685 million, boosting its product range …
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London Mayor Calls For New Hub Airport
London Mayor Boris Johnson has called for a new airport to be built in south-east England after a report said Heathrow was losing out to European rivals, reigniting the debate on London’s airport capacity …
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Delta Swings To Profit But Expenses increase
Delta Air Lines reported a lower-than-expected profit as fuel prices and plane repair costs increased …
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Branson Looks To Sell Virgin Atlantic Part Stake
Sir Richard Branson is looking to sell part of his controlling stake in Virgin Atlantic, according to a report in The Financial Times …
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GE, AVIC To Form Aviation JV This Week
General Electric is close to completing a previously announced joint venture with a Chinese state-owned aircraft maker and plans to sign the agreement later this week, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday …
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Boeing 787 Resumes Certification Tests
Boeing resumed certification tests of its 787 Dreamliner on Monday for the first time since an in-flight electrical fire in November knocked those trials off schedule …
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Interjet To Expand Fleet With Sukhoi Superjet
Interjet, Mexico’s No. 2 airline, signed a USD$650 million contract with Superjet for 15 aircraft to help it expand operations, Superjet partner Finmeccanica said on Monday …
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Air India To Lease 40 More Planes
Air India plans to lease 40 new planes from Bombardier and Airbus as it looks to take advantage of a burgeoning middle class in Asia’s third largest economy …
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Singapore Air Load Factor Drops In December
Singapore Airlines said on Monday it filled 69.8 percent of the space available on its planes for passengers and cargo in December …
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Premium Air Travel Growth Slows In November
The increase in the number of people flying first and business class on international flights slowed in November, but the airline industry body IATA said the upward trend in air travel remained intact …
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Global Tourism To Grow 4-5 Pct In 2011
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is predicting global tourism growth of between 4 and 5 percent in 2011 after a stronger than expected recovery in 2010, the UN body’s secretary general said on Monday …
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Virgin America Orders New Airbus A320neo
Virgin America unveiled a USD$5 billion plane order with Airbus on Monday that included the 10,000th aircraft to be sold in the plane maker’s 40-year history …
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Lufthansa Wants To Deny Emirates Berlin Slots
Lufthansa wants Emirates to be denied landing slots at Berlin’s new airport, saying the Dubai-based carrier had an unfair advantage, according to a UAE newspaper on Monday …
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Airbus Beats Boeing After Late Order Surge
Airbus sprinted past Boeing to win the annual orders race in 2010 after a last-minute airline buying spree highlighted a recovery in emerging markets and the low-fare sector, the plane maker said on Monday …
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Al Qaeda Said To Eye Thermoses For Plane Attacks
An alert by US authorities last month about carrying insulated drink containers on planes stemmed from intelligence that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operatives may try to hide explosives in them, a senior US official said …
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Airbus Seen Beating Boeing On 2010 Orders
Airbus looks set to leapfrog Boeing and score a surprise last-minute win on orders when it unveils 2010 commercial results next week, industry sources said on Friday …
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Number Of UK Trips Abroad Falls Sharply
The number of overseas trips taken by people from the UK fell sharply in 2010, according to official British Government figures …
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