Aviation News Releases Magazine – Friday, January 21, 2011

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Boeing Confirms P-8A Poseidon Airframe’s Structural Integrity with Full Scale Static Tests

Boeing Confirms P-8A Poseidon Airframe's Structural Integrity with Full Scale Static Tests
SEATTLE, Jan. 2011 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced that it completed full scale static testing of the P-8A Poseidon’s airframe on Jan. 7. The series of tests, which began in May 2009, confirmed the airframe’s structural integrity. “The structure performed as we expected throughout testing, allowing us to efficiently expand the P-8A’s flight-test envelope,” said Chuck Dabundo, Boeing vice…
Jan-21-2011 | More »
Next International Space Station Crew Holds News Conference
HOUSTON — The next three crew members to live and work aboard theInternational Space Station will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. CSTon Wednesday, Jan. 26 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Thenews conference will be broadcast live on NASA Television and theagency’s website. Questions will be taken from participating NASA centers.NASA astronaut Ron Garan and crewmates, Russian…
Jan-21-2011 | More »
NASA Prepares To Launch Next Earth-Observing Satellite Mission
WASHINGTON — NASA’s newest Earth-observing research mission is nearing launch. The Glory mission will improve our understanding of how the sun and tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols affect Earth’s climate. Glory also will extend a legacy of long-term solar measurements needed to address key uncertainties about climate change.Glory is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base…
Jan-21-2011 | More »
NASA Postpones Wallops Integration Facility Ceremony
WASHINGTON — NASA postponed the Jan. 21 unveiling of the new rocketintegration facility at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia due to expected inclement weather. A new date for the ceremony has not been determined.The Horizontal Integration Facility will support medium class mission capabilities. The first customer to use the facility will be Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., with its…
Jan-21-2011 | More »
British Anti-Submarine Warfare Force In Flux
By Robert Wall YEOVIL, England — Concerns are mounting in the U.K. that anti-submarine warfare (ASW) skills are beginning to erode because of competing operational demands and equipment decisions. The fear, voiced by government and industry officials, goes beyond the decision last year to cancel the Nimrod MRA4 maritime patrol…
Jan-21-2011 | More »
Southwest To Operate Fleet Of Larger 737s
By Andrew Compart Southwest Airlines foresees ending up with 50 to 100 Boeing 737-800 aircraft and will take delivery of 20 of the model in 2012, the low-cost carrier says. It previously confirmed plans to convert at least 20 of its 737-700 orders to the larger aircraft but had not provided the timetable for those 20 or talked about how…
Jan-21-2011 | More »
SpaceX Plans 17 More Flights Before Launching Humans
By Frank Morring, Jr. morring@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) says it will launch its Falcon 9 rocket at least 17 more times before it is ready to fly humans, with nine of those flights carrying the Dragon capsule it is developing for cargo missions to the International Space Station. SpaceX says it needs to make…
Jan-21-2011 | More »
United, American Sue Over O'Hare Modernization
By James Ott The two large hub operators at Chicago O’Hare International Airport have gone to the courts to stop the City of Chicago from financing and starting construction on the $3.36-billion second phase of the O’Hare Modernization Program. United and American airlines asked the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., to affirm that the…
Jan-21-2011 | More »
Air NZ Acquires Stake In New Australian Partner
By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.com Air New Zealand has bought a 14.9% shareholding in Australia’s Virgin Blue worth A$145 million ($143.2 million), but the New Zealand carrier stresses it will not increase its stake further. Air NZ says it funded the purchase from available cash. The airline obtained the necessary approval from…
Jan-21-2011 | More »
Africa Simmers In Violence
By Sean MeadeColumbia, S.C. Violence continues to plague Africa, brutalizing, killing and displacing large numbers of people and creating a permanent state of crisis and anarchy in some of the poorest countries in the world. Much of the violence stems from civil strife. Southern Sudan, for example, is scheduled to vote on independence from…
Jan-21-2011 | More »
USAF Sustainment Bill Grows By $4 Billion
By Amy Butler Nearly 10% of funding cuts identified by the U.S. Air Force through Fiscal 2016 will be made possible through changes in how the service handles maintenance and support for its weapon systems. After receiving what Air Force Secretary Michael Donley calls a “shot in the arm” from Defense Secretary Robert Gates last year, the…
Jan-21-2011 | More »
GA Complex Being Built in Bahrain
By William Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com Bahrain Airport Co. (BAC) announced yesterday that it has signed an agreement with MENA Aerospace to build and operate a major private and business aviation hangar complex on Bahrain International Airport. Development is already underway on the northwest corner of the airport. When complete, the…
Jan-21-2011 | More »
New Helicopter Program Launched by Bell
By Graham Warwick graham_warwick@aviationweek.comWASHINGTON Bell Helicopter has launched the Magellan program to develop an unspecified new product as part of an effort to revitalize its commercial rotorcraft business. The news is contained in a memo released by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, which develops and assembles the company’s commercial …
Jan-21-2011 | More »
European Commission: Complete Galileo
By Michael A. Taverna PARIS — The European Commission (EC) says it is happy with progress made in developing Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system and will commit to seeing the 30-spacecraft constellation through to completion, even though doing so will hike the cost more than 50%. In a long-awaited midterm review, the…
Jan-21-2011 | More »
Injured Discovery Astronaut Replaced
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, who was injured in a Jan. 15 bicycle accident, will be replaced as one of two spacewalkers assigned to shuttle Discovery’s STS-133 mission, the space agency announced Jan. 19. Veteran astronaut Steve Bowen will take Kopra’s place aboard Discovery, which is tentatively scheduled to lift…
Jan-21-2011 | More »
Pratt Growing EcoPower Engine Wash Business
By Neelam Mathews, Elyse Moody Air India says it has performed 124 engine washes in Mumbai since being appointed a Pratt & Whitney EcoPower franchisee in July 2010. The carrier is conducting the service under a five-year agreement that made it the first airline to receive the patented engine wash technology, which is said to reduce…
Jan-21-2011 | More »
Rockwell Collins Posts Higher Q1 Profit
Rockwell Collins, a US supplier of aircraft cockpit systems, posted higher earnings on Thursday, helped by sales to plane makers and services revenue, and said the outlook for plane orders is solid …
Jan-21-2011 | More »
Airbus Tanker Plane Damaged In Test
Airbus Military on Thursday said it was investigating the loss of part of a refuelling boom over the Atlantic during testing of a tanker plane being developed for the Royal Australian Air Force …
Jan-21-2011 | More »
Russia's Sistema Keen To Buy Airport Assets
Russian conglomerate Sistema is interested in buying assets that form part of Moscow’s Vnukovo airport to add a further string to its bow, three sources said on Thursday …
Jan-21-2011 | More »
Mesa Air Wins Bankruptcy Plan Approval
Mesa Air won court approval on Thursday for its bankruptcy reorganization plan, clearing the way for the regional carrier to emerge from Chapter 11 protection next month …
Jan-21-2011 | More »
Olympic, Aegean Merger Facing EU Veto
EU regulators are set to block the proposed merger of Aegean Airlines and Olympic unless they offer more concessions to encourage rival airlines to enter the Greek market, three sources said on Thursday …
Jan-21-2011 | More »
Southwest Airlines Posts Higher Q4 Profit
Southwest Airlines reported a higher quarterly profit on Thursday on better revenue, even as rising fuel costs boosted operating expenses …
Jan-21-2011 | More »
Boeing Learns From 787 Outsourcing Issues
Boeing tried to do too much with outsourcing and other innovations in developing its 787 Dreamliner, the company acknowledged in a statement published on Thursday …
Jan-21-2011 | More »
TUI Shareholders Want CEO To Stay On - Report
Some shareholders at Germany’s TUI are pressing for its long-time chief executive to stay on for an extra two years to see through a reorganization of the tourism group, a German weekly magazine reported …
Jan-21-2011 | More »

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