Aviation News Releases Magazine – Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery Set for Final Trip to Launch Pad

NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Set for Final Trip to Launch Pad
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Journalists are invited to cover space shuttleDiscovery’s move from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to LaunchPad 39A on Monday, Jan. 31 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.Six astronauts are set to launch aboard the shuttle on Feb. 24. TheSTS-133 mission to the International Space Station is the finalscheduled flight for Discovery before it is retired.Discovery’s…
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Boeing Reports Fourth-Quarter 2010 Results and 2011 Guidance
CHICAGO, Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ Fourth-Quarter 2010 Earnings per share of $1.56, including favorable tax settlement, on revenue of $16.6 billionOperating cash flow of $1.1 billion reflects strong operating performance Full Year 2010 Earnings per share of $4.45 on revenue of $64.3 billionOperating cash flow of $3.0 billion and cash and marketable securities of $10.5 billion provide…
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NASA Media Accreditation For Next Space Shuttle Flight Ends Feb. 11
WASHINGTON — The deadline for media accreditation for the Februaryspace shuttle launch to the International Space station ends on Feb.11. Shuttle Discovery and six astronauts are targeted to launch onthe STS-133 mission on Feb. 24 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.Reporters must apply for credentials to attend the launch or cover themission from other NASA centers. To be accredited,…
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Thomas Cook Group signs firm order for 12 A321s with sharklets
Fleet harmonisation and renewal with the eco-efficient A320 Family Thomas Cook Group has signed a firm order for 12 A321, as a first step of its single aisle fleet harmonisation and renewal plan which is based on the A320 Family. The aircraft will be fitted with the latest fuel saving wing-tip devices, known as Sharklets. In addition to the firm order, Thomas Cook Group plans to lease…
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Arpiem SRL Chooses Commsoft’s OASES for its CAMO and Fleet Services Activities Across Europe
Commsoft supports aircraft maintenance organisations with high quality, affordable MRO IT systemsArpiem offers technical services management, including Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (“CAMO”) oversight to the aviation sector in Europe Arpiem will use OASES to support the CAMO services it offers to general aviation, executive operators and airlinesArpiem will offer technical…
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Germany To Take Only 40 A400Ms
By Jens Flottau FRANKFURT — Germany plans to further reduce the number of Airbus Military A400Ms its air force will operate. The Bundestag’s budget committee is expected to follow a proposal made by the ruling coalition to use only 40 of the 53 A400Ms the country plans to order. The issue is on the committee’s Jan. 26 agenda….
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Air France Keeps Safety Conclusions Private
By Darren Shannon An independent review of Air France’s safety procedures commissioned by the operator in December 2009 has issued 35 recommendations, although the carrier has decided to keep most of the conclusions to itself. The panel was established after the loss of Flight 447, an Airbus A330-200 service between Rio de Janeiro and…
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Mexicana Plans Feb. 14 Return To Service
By Darren Shannon Mexicana de Aviacion’s revival plan now expects to return the carrier to revenue service Feb. 14 with a fleet of six operational Airbus A320s and one spare. The much-delayed return of Mexicana took its first solid step forward last week when the airline operated two maintenance certification flights. The revival continued…
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MV-22 Rates Good Marks, Some Concerns
By Michael Fabey The MV-22 Osprey has been testing and performing relatively well, according to the most recent report from the Pentagon’s Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E), but the review also notes concerns about mission-capable rates and the need to do operational workarounds in certain scenarios. “The MV-22…
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Nominations Open for Collier Trophy
By William Garvey william_garvey@aviationweek.com The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is looking for nominations for the Robert J. Collier trophy. The award is presented annually “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America” in the preceding year and can go to individuals, groups, companies or institutions. Anyone…
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NASA To Lease Some KSC Facilities
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With the space shuttle program shutting down this year, NASA on Jan. 24 issued official notification that Kennedy Space Center (KSC) launch pads, payload processing facilities, runways and other amenities will be available for use by commercial companies and non-federal entities. In its Notice of…
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Pemco Counters FAA Allegations
By Lee Ann Tegtmeier leeann_tegtmeier@aviationweek.com Pemco World Air Services responded to FAA’s Jan. 24 claim that the MRO failed to properly follow drug and alcohol testing requirements in two categories. On the first count, FAA says the MRO did not administer pre-employment drug tests to two people doing safety-sensitive jobs. Pemco says the…
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Airbus, Boeing Clash Ahead Of WTO Verdict
Airbus and Boeing traded blows on Tuesday ahead of a final WTO ruling on claims Boeing received subsidies, in a tit-for-tat case brought by the European Union over similar US claims against Airbus …
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Boeing Q4 Profit Expected To Drop
Wall Street expects Boeing to report a smaller quarterly profit on Wednesday on slipping commercial aircraft deliveries, while investors will be on alert for more signs of recovery and clues to the outlook for the long-delayed 787 …
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Bombardier On Target To Deliver C-Series Jet In 2013
Bombardier is on target to deliver its C-Series narrow-body jet in 2013, chief executive Pierre Beaudoin said on Wednesday …
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Trial For Accused Airline Bomber Set For October
The Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a US airliner with a bomb hidden in his underwear on Christmas Day in 2009 will go on trial on October 4, a US judge said …
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Aer Lingus To Cancel Flights As Dispute Continues
Irish airline Aer Lingus said on Tuesday it would be forced to cancel 10 percent of its flight schedule due to a dispute with cabin crew over longer working hours, which it warned could hurt the airline’s results …
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Brazil’s TAM Sees Domestic Demand Drop
Brazil’s largest airline, TAM Linhas Aereas, said on Tuesday it expects growth in demand for domestic flights to slow to between 15 and 18 percent in 2011, but to remain supported by robust tourist and business travel …
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Cathay Pacific Appeals EU Cargo Fine
Cathay Pacific Airways said on Tuesday that it had appealed against the European Commission’s decision to fine the Hong Kong carrier EUR€57.12 million (USD$78 million) for cargo price-fixing …
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US-UK Talks After Passenger Smuggles Guns
Washington and London held crisis talks over aviation security after dozens of handguns were smuggled into Britain on passenger flights from the US, according to a report in The Times …
Jan-26-2011 | More »

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