Aviation News Releases - Thursday, April 15, 2010

  • Non-Stealth Teamed With Stealth Air Wing
    By David A. Fulghum U.S. Air National Guard F-15C Golden Eagles — upgraded with advanced, long-range radars that also will serve as electronic warfare jamming and attack weapons — are becoming part of the Air Force’s composite air dominance force that also includes stealthy F-22s stationed at Langley AFB, Va. Each fighter type will shoulder 50% of the air dominance mission now that the F-22 force has been capped at 187 aircraft ...
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  • Shrinking Learjet Backlog Downplayed
    By Joseph C. Anselmo janselmo@aviationweek.comMONTREAL A decline of more than 50% in Learjet’s backlog during the past year is unsettling but not dire, says a top executive at parent company Bombardier. Bombardier reported early this month that a wave of cancellations in 2009 shrank Learjet’s order book to six months worth of production on Jan. 31, the end of the company’s fiscal year, down from 17 months a year earlier. But Bombardier Aerospace...
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  • NRO Chief Crafting Road Map To Spur Spending
    By Amy Butler COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Director Bruce Carlson says he plans to submit a research and technology investment road map with his Fiscal 2012 budget plan, and he hopes this will kick off increased spending in this area. Carlson says that 50%-60% of the technology now on satellites that are soon to launch came from those research coffers ...
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  • Boeing, US Air Force Demonstrate Network Centric Capabilities at Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment
    NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev., April 15, 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force's Electronic Systems Center are demonstrating network-centric capabilities aboard a U.S. Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) test aircraft during the Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment (JEFX) at Nellis Air Force Base. The event began April 12 and is scheduled to conclude on April 22. "For the first time, Boeing and the Air Force have brought together key components tested in...
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  • Pluna of Uruguay Orders Three Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen Jetliners
    Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Pluna Líneas Aéreas Uruguayas S.A. has signed a follow-on firm order for three CRJ900 NextGen regional jets and has taken options on an additional six CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The Montevideo, Uruguay-based airline’s fleet already includes seven delivered aircraft from their original order of CRJ900 NextGen jetliners announced on July 9, 2007. Based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, the value of today’s firm order is...
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  • Ak Bars Aero of Russia Launches Bombardier CRJ200 Regional Jet Service
    Bombardier Aerospace welcomes Ak Bars Aero of Bugulma, Tatarstan, Russia to the CRJ aircraft family. The airline has started to operate a previously owned 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 LR regional jet under lease agreement with a third party. Ak Bars Aero’s CRJ200 LR regional jet successfully performed its first scheduled flight from Begishevo Airport, Naberezhnye Chelny to Domodedovo International Airport, Moscow today. Established in 1953, Ak Bars Aero (previously Bugulma Aviation...
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  • Volcano Disrupts European Flights
    By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON The disruptions to European air traffic from the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokul volcano in Iceland will last at least into the weekend, with the British NATS organization saying U.K. airspace is restricted to all but emergency flights at least through 6 a.m. April 16. NATS closed off British airspace at noon on April 15, at which time many of the country’s airports had already announced closure of flight ...
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  • Volcanic Ash Closes European Airports
    By Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.comLONDON Air travel in Europe has been severely disrupted by the eruption of a volcano in Iceland. Several airports in the U.K. and Ireland have had to close operations entirely, as far south as London City. Other connections were seriously disrupted. Hundreds of flights were affected. An airline official notes it remains unclear how long it will take for the ash to clear and ...
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  • Korean Air Reports Strong 1Q
    By Asia-Pacific StaffSINGAPORE Korean Air has reported markedly improved First Quarter numbers, in another sign of improving times for Asian commercial air transport. The South Korean carrier says operating profit in the first three months jumped 33.3 times to 220.2 billion won ($195.9 million), while operating revenue hit 2.599 billion won, up 14.8% on a year earlier ...
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  • U.K. Could Divert RAF Typhoons To Oman
    By Douglas BarrieLondon London could yet order at least a handful of Tranche 3B Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, if a deal to sell the aircraft to Oman is in place by early 2011. Oman and the U.K. have been discussing Typhoon purchases for more than two years. Industry officials suggest that if the timescale for Oman’s delivery aspirations are to be met, the fighters will likely be drawn from Tranche 2 aircraft now in production for the Royal Air...
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  • President Obama To Continue Some Orion Work
    By Frank Morring, Jr. morring@aviationweek.comCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. President Barack Obama will announce plans to continue work on the Orion crew exploration vehicle, perhaps as a lifeboat for the International Space Station, when he visits Kennedy Space Center on Thursday. Also coming in the president’s first public address on his new space policy will be a timetable for deciding on an exploration architecture that would include a hydrocarbon-fueled...
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  • Pulse on Parts Strategies
    By Jerome Greer Chandler Look beyond the bad news and you’ll see a slew of strategies by parts manufacturers and distributors—strategies for survival, strategies for growth. Whichever way markets move, they create opportunities. Here’s how some players are seizing them.
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  • First India MRO For Russian Aircraft Opens
    By Neelam Mathews mathews.neelam@gmail.comNEW DELHI Rosoboronservice India Ltd. (ROS(I), a joint venture between Rosoboronexport of Russia and India’s Krasny Marine Services, has launched the first Aviation Division in Goa for Kamovs, Tupolevs and Ilyushin aircraft in the Indian navy inventory. The $25 million center is expected to drastically reduce the turnaround time for aircraft that head to Russia for repairs and have often had to crimp...
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  • Poland To Reveal Black Box Details From Crash
    Poland's chief prosecutor promised on Thursday to release details of the cockpit voice recorders from the plane that crashed in western Russia on Saturday killing the president and dozens of senior officials (photo: Hiuppo) ...
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  • China Eastern Agrees To Join SkyTeam
    Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines has reached an initial agreement to join the SkyTeam global airline alliance, a senior executive with the carrier said on Thursday ...
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  • Belarus Leader Blames Kaczynski For Air Crash
    Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has said he believes Polish President Lech Kaczynski gave the final order to land his plane which crashed on Saturday in Russia, killing all on board, Interfax news agency reported (photo: Hiuppo) ...
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  • Airline Premium Traffic Recovering With Trade
    Demand for first and business class seats is recovering with the revival of global trade, although demand remains below highs reached in 2008, the airline industry association IATA said on Thursday ...
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  • Volcanic Ash Turns North Europe Into No-Fly Zone
    A huge cloud of ash from a volcano in Iceland turned the skies of northern Europe into a no-fly zone on Thursday, leaving hundreds of thousands of passengers stranded ...
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  • Merger Talk Spurs Unusual Jump In UAL Stock
    Shares of United Airlines parent UAL have surged 18 percent in the past week on talk that it was discussing a merger with US Airways ...
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  • BA Sees More Africa Routes After Iberia Merger
    The merger between British Airways and Spain's Iberia will result in increased access to African destinations from European and Latin American, BA's chief executive said on Wednesday ...
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  • Amadeus Seeks Up To EUR€1.36 Bln Via IPO
    Travel and tourism reservations firm Amadeus aims to raise up to EUR€1.36 billion euros (USD$1.86 billion) when it returns to the Madrid stock exchange later this month in Europe's largest IPO this year ...
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  • Turkish Airlines To Focus On Organic Growth
    THY Turkish Airlines, Europe's fourth-biggest carrier, will focus on expanding its own operations to boost market share rather than acquiring a new airline, chief executive Temel Kotil said on Wednesday ...
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  • NASA Announces Conference on the American Space Program for the 21st Century
    WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a conference following President Obama's remarks about the bold new course the administration is charting for NASA and the future of U.S. leadership in human spaceflight onThursday, April 15, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.A diverse group of senior officials, space leaders, academic experts,industry leaders and others who have specific expertise or interestsrelated to the topics of discussion will attend the conference andparticipate in four concurrent...
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  • NASA Hosts Launch and Mission Tweetups for Next Space Shuttle Mission
    WASHINGTON -- During the next space shuttle mission, NASA will hosttwo Tweetups to give the public an insider's look at the nation'sspace program.For a second time, NASA Twitter followers are invited to view ashuttle launch in person at the agency's Kennedy Space Center inFlorida. NASA is hosting the special Tweetup May 13-14. ShuttleAtlantis is targeted to launch at 2:19 p.m. EDT, May 14 on itsSTS-132 mission to the International Space Station.Once the mission has launched, NASA will host an...
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  • NASA, Newseum to Debut Images from Unique Solar Spacecraft
    WASHINGTON -- NASA will hold a news briefing and unveil initial imagesfrom the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, at 2 p.m. EDT onWednesday, April 21, in the atrium of the Newseum. The Newseum islocated at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, in Washington. NASA Televisionand the agency's Web site will provide live coverage of the briefing.Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, SDO is the most advanced spacecraft everdesigned to study the sun and its dynamic behavior. The spacecraftwill provide images with clarity...
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