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NASA Announces Media Teleconference About Hubble Discovery

NASA Announces Media Teleconference About Hubble Discovery
WASHINGTON — NASA will hold a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST onWednesday, Jan. 26. Astronomers have pushed the Hubble SpaceTelescope to its limits and have seen further back in time than everbefore. The related discussion will focus on new research findings tobe published in the journal Nature.The teleconference panelists are:– Rychard Bouwens, Hubble co-investigator, University of…
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Boeing Begins Flight Testing UK Chinook Mk4
LONDON, Jan. 24, 2011 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and its Boeing Defence UK subsidiary today announced that the Boeing UK Rotorcraft Support team has begun flight testing the first Chinook Mk4 helicopter for the Royal Air Force (RAF). The first flight took place on Dec. 9 in Hampshire, England. “Project JULIUS, as the Mk4 program is known, will modernize the current Royal Air Force Chinook fleet –…
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NASA Remembers Those Lost Pursuing Discovery And Exploration
WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will lay a wreath at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia at 10 a.m. EST, Thursday, Jan. 27, to commemorate the agency’s National Day of Remembrance.NASA has an agency-wide Day of Remembrance every January to honor the fallen crews of Apollo 1, space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, and all of those who…
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Boeing Names 3 to Business Development Leadership Positions
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 24, 2011 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has named three Business Development leaders to new positions within its Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) business unit: Tom Bell, vice president of Strategic Development for BDSBill Bonadio, vice president of Business Development for Network and Space Systems (N&SS)Jeff Kohler, vice president of Business…
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GE Capital Aviation Services orders 12 A330 Aircraft
Continuing market success for Airbus’ efficient long-range A330 Family GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric [NYSE: GE], has signed a firm order for 12 additional long-range A330-300 aircraft. This new order brings the total number of A330s ordered by GECAS to 32. “This order adds to our existing portfolio of A330 …
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7th Boeing C-17 for Royal Air Force Arrives in United Kingdom
LONDON, Jan. 2011 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and its Boeing Defence UK subsidiary today announced the arrival of the Royal Air Force’s seventh C-17 Globemaster III airlifter at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, England. The aircraft was officially delivered on Nov. 16 from Boeing’s facility in Long Beach, Calif., and underwent modifications at the company’s San Antonio facility before flying to the…
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Boeing and SAIC Submit Revised Ground Combat Vehicle Proposal to US Army
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 2011 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has teamed with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] to submit a revised proposal for the technology development phase of the U.S. Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program. The team originally submitted a proposal in May, but the initial Request for Proposal was rescinded and a second request was issued in…
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EGYPTAIR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING and ALITALIA sign a mutual agreement for ALITALIA B777-200ER maintenance check and EGYPTAIR A320 landing gear overh
A great ceremony at EGYPTAIR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING facility in Cairo was held to celebrate the delivery of Alitalia’s B777-200 aircraft that was maintained at EGYPTAIR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING. The ceremony was attended by H.E. Ahmed Shafik, Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation, Eng.Hussein Massoud, CEO & Chairman of EGYPTAIR Holding, Eng. Abdel Aziz Fadel, Chairman &…
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FATE Engine Program Could Uprate Chinook
By Mark Carreau HOUSTON — Bids are being sought for a U.S. Army program to demonstrate a 5,000-10,000-shp.-class engine that could power future iterations of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. A solicitation for the Future Affordable Turbine Engine (FATE) program was released in mid-January by the Army’s Aviation Applied…
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Moscow Airport Explosion Kills At Least 31
By Jennifer Michels jennifer_michels@aviationweek.com, Alexey Komarov kom@ato.ruWASHINGTON, MOSCOW News reports from Moscow say an explosion possibly detonated by a suicide bomber has killed at least 31 and injured 100 others at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. The explosion occurred in international arrivals sectors near the baggage claim area at …
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Questions Remain About Boeing 787 Schedule
By Michael Mecham, Guy NorrisSan Francisco, Los Angeles Boeing’s latest delay in its 787 schedule involves pushing back first delivery to no earlier than July. The action leaves a string of questions about how the program’s protracted maturation is affecting the company’s long-term goals for dominating mid-sized international services. …
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FAA Says Laser Incidents On The Rise
By Adrian Schofield Incidents of laser devices being aimed at commercial aircraft increased dramatically in 2010, particularly in the Los Angeles area, according to new data from the FAA. The agency says reports of lasers being pointed at aircraft rose to 2,800 in 2010, which almost doubled the reports from the previous year and is the…
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Editorial: Get Real on National Security
Considering the immense deficit-reduction work that lies ahead to help restore U.S. economic strength—which underwrites the nation’s military power—the aerospace industry ought to have breathed a sigh of relief when Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently unveiled the Pentagon’s Fiscal 2012 budget. Even with $78 billion stripped from future…
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Pentagon Questions LPD-17 Survivability
By Michael Fabey The U.S. Navy’s San Antonio Class Amphibious Transport Dock ships operate perfectly well in safe seas, but questions still exist about the fleet’s worth during more risky operations, according to the Pentagon’s Director of Operational, Test and Evaluation (DOT&E). It’s a longstanding DOT&E criticism that has …
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Court Nixes Santa Monica Large BizJet Ban
By Benet Wilson The city of Santa Monica, Calif., Jan. 21 lost its long battle with FAA over the city’s effort to prevent large business jets from landing at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected the city’s petition. The court ruled that FAA was not being “arbitrary and …
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Opportunity Anniversary Nears, Still Imaging
By Frank Morring, Jr.Washington Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rover that landed in the Meridiani Planum on Jan. 25, 2004, has chosen a spot with a view to celebrate its seventh anniversary on the red planet. From the lip of the 80-meter (262-ft.) Santa Maria Crater (lower righthand image), Opportunity is using its mast-mounted camera …
Jan-24-2011 | More »
NASA, Orbital Ready Glory Launch
By Frank Morring, Jr. Soon to join the “A-train” constellation of Earth-observation spacecraft is a $424 million mission to continue measuring the solar energy reaching Earth’s atmosphere and track natural and man-made aerosols to gauge their impact on climate. Orbital Sciences Corp. is preparing to launch the 1,158-lb. Glory spacecraft…
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ST Aerospace Comes Under Fire
By Leithen Francis, Elyse Moody Just as ST Aerospace faces a $1.025-million civil penalty proposed by the FAA against its subsidiary in San Antonio. the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) giant finds itself the subject of a television expose questioning its business practices. The FAA alleged on Jan. 20 that ST Aerospace San Antonio …
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BMI Threat Over UK Domestic Routes
British airline bmi is threatening to withdraw UK domestic routes from Heathrow Airport in a protest against the BAA decision to increase landing charges …
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ILFC In Talks On Possible Aircraft Orders
International Lease Finance, the aircraft leasing unit of insurer American International Group, is in active talks with aircraft manufacturers regarding a possible order this year, according to an industry source …
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Strikes Loom After BA-Iberia Merger
International Airlines Group, formed with the merger of British Airways and Iberia, began its first day of trading on Monday with unresolved issues, such as industrial unrest, facing it …
Jan-24-2011 | More »
Spring Airlines To Restart IPO Plans
Chinese budget carrier Spring Airlines has resumed a long-delayed plan to sell shares publicly in Shanghai to fund expansion, the China Business News reported on Monday, citing unidentified company sources …
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AirAsia Q4, FY Load Factor Improves
Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia said its passenger load factor was at 82 percent of total capacity in the fourth quarter of last year, up three percentage points from a year ago …
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Etihad Eyeing Virgin Atlantic - Report
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has expressed “top level interest” in Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Airways, the Sunday Times reported …
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Air Canada Delays Toronto City Airport Launch
Air Canada has no schedule for starting to fly from Toronto’s downtown airport after failing to reach a deal with the terminal operator in time for the February launch it had planned …
Jan-24-2011 | More »
BA Cabin Crew Vote For Strike Action
British Airways cabin crew on Friday voted to strike again in a long-running battle over proposed job and pay cuts, casting a shadow over the completion of the airline’s merger with Spain’s Iberia …
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WTO Boeing Subsidy Ruling Expected Jan 31
The WTO will issue a confidential final ruling on January 31 concerning European claims that Boeing benefited from unfair aircraft subsidies, sources familiar with the case said on Friday …
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Flybe Near Miss At Birmingham Airport
A Flybe passenger plane had a near miss, reportedly just inches, from a private plane at the UK’s Birmingham Airport …
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Edinburgh Airport Plans Arrivals Art Gallery
Edinburgh Airport is looking to display Scottish art in a gallery in its International Arrivals area as part of a GBP£500,000 (USD$800,000) redesign …
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Beijing Approves Plans For New Airport
Beijing’s city government has approved plans to build a new airport in a southern suburb within the next five years with an initial annual capacity of 40 million passengers, state media said on Friday …
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Singapore Air To Increase Fuel Surcharge
Singapore Airlines will increase its fuel surcharge for tickets issued on or after January 27 as a result of the recent escalation in jet fuel price, it said on Friday …
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Vietnam Airlines Advances IPO Plans
National carrier Vietnam Airlines wants to advance its plans to go public, an airline spokesman said …
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