Aviation News Releases - Tuesday, April 13, 2010

  • A330-200 Freighter receives Type Certification from EASA
    Aircraft's payload capability of 70 tonnes is one tonne greater than expectedThe A330-200F has been granted Type Certification today by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) following a successful 200-hour flight-test campaign. The trials were performed by two aircraft, covering both engine types on offer: the Pratt and Whitney PW4000 and the Rolls-Royce Trent 700.This dedicated freighter aircraft, which is a derivative of the A330-200 passenger model, has been certified through...
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  • Boeing Completes Chinook Industrial Cooperation Program in Spain
    MADRID, April 13, 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has successfully completed its industrial cooperation program for the third phase of the CH-47D Chinook rotorcraft upgrades performed for the Spanish Army's Airmobile Force, FAMET. Boeing finished the industrial cooperation program on schedule while exceeding the $80 million requirement, demonstrating the company's continued success in meeting its commitments. Over the 10-year program, Boeing completed 75...
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  • Boeing Launches 787 GoldCare Service With TUI Travel PLC
    Thirteen Dreamliners to be covered under full portfolio GoldCare Enterprise SEATTLE, April 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) today announced that TUI Travel PLC, the world's leading leisure travel company, is the launch customer for GoldCare. The agreement to support the airline's Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet covers 13 airplanes currently on order by TUI. The 787s will be operated by Thomson Airways, Tuifly Nordic, Jetairfly and Arkefly. The GoldCare contract is...
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  • Boeing, Air Force, Air National Guard Roll Out 1st Operational F-15C with Enhanced Radar
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 12, 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] representatives joined the U.S. Air Force and Florida Air National Guard (ANG) in Jacksonville today to roll out the first operational ANG F-15C equipped with an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. Boeing is under contract to upgrade 14 ANG and 10 Air Force F-15C/D aircraft with AESA. The Raytheon APG-63(V)3 AESA radar being installed on the F-15s combines the operationally proven APG-63(V)2 software with the advanced ...
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  • Boeing to Provide Next-Generation GPS Ground Systems Support to US Air Force
    AURORA, Colo., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that, as part of the Raytheon team awarded the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS) advanced control segment program (OCX), it will develop portions of the U.S. Air Force's new ground control segment. GPS OCX will provide more secure, accurate, and precise navigation around the world for military, humanitarian and commercial applications. The development contract, awarded recently by the Air Force...
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  • Boeing Completes Site Acceptance Testing of Australia's Network Centric Command and Control System
    BRISBANE, Queensland, April 12, 2010 -- Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], today announced that Project Vigilare, a Network Centric Command and Control System (NC3S) solution for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), has passed Site Acceptance Testing at the Northern Regional Operational Centre (NROC) located at RAAF Base Tindal, Northern Territory. "The Site Acceptance Test verifies Vigilare, as installed at the NROC ...
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  • Flexjet Enhances Offerings and Unveils Most Comprehensive Portfolio of Products In Private Aviation Industry
    After 15 years of providing award-winning, private aviation solutions, Flexjet today unveils the most comprehensive portfolio of products in the industry. The full integration and re-branding of Skyjet—providing charter brokerage services— under the Flexjet name elevates the company as the only private aviation provider with a full spectrum of travel options. With this assimilation, Flexjet now offers access to everything from whole aircraft management and fractional jet ownership to jet...
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    Agreement announced in May 2009 is finalized and deliveries begin in JulySão José dos Campos, April 9, 2010 – The contract for the sale of 20 EMBRAER 190 jetsto Austral Líneas Aéreas, of Argentina, was finalized. The agreement was announced inMay 2009, and was conditioned on fulfilling several requirements, which were finalized.From the 20 jets on order, three were already included in the firm order backlog of the firstquarter of 2010, as “Undisclosed”.The EMBRAER 190 jets ordered by the...
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    Company delivered 41 jets to the airline, executive and defense marketsSão José dos Campos, April 9, 2010 – Embraer closed out the first quarter of 2010 (1Q10)having delivered 41 jets, one more than the same period in 2009. The airline market received21 of this total, 19 went to executive aviation, and one to the defense segment, as detailed inthe following table. On March 31, 2010, the firm order backlog totaled US$ 16 billion, or areduction of 3.6% of the US$ 16.6 billion of the previous...
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  • NASA and Chrysler Establish Partnership to Explore Advanced Technologies
    WASHINGTON -- A new agreement between NASA and Chrysler may put rocket science on the road and automotive technologies in space. Thecollaboration seeks to use technologies originally developed forhuman spaceflight to enhance future vehicles and adapt advancedautomotive technology for use in space.Through its Innovative Partnerships Program, NASA has entered into anon-reimbursable Space Act Agreement with Chrysler Group LLC tocoordinate technology development and pursue partnershipopportunities...
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  • Start-up Proposes Radical Remake for OH-58D
    By Graham Warwick graham_warwick@aviationweek.comWashington Start-up company AVX Aircraft is proposing to upgrade the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior with coaxial rotors and ducted fans to meet the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) requirement. Hoping to persuade the Army to fund a demonstrator, the company is making its debut and unveiling its concept at this week’s Army Aviation Association of America convention in its hometown of Fort Worth, Texas ... ...
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  • Discovery Astronauts Finish Final Spacewalk
    By StaffHOUSTON Discovery’s astronauts finished their work outside the International Space Station early April 13, plumbing a newly installed coolant storage tank and securing an older container in the shuttle’s cargo bay for a trip back to Earth and a speedy refurbishment. Spacewalkers Rick Mastracchio and Clay Anderson ended their 6.5-hour outing at 8:38 a.m. EDT The excursion was the third mission spacewalk ...
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  • China Eastern Said To Be Joining Skyteam
    By Bradley Perrett China Eastern and Taiwan’s China Airlines will join the Skyteam alliance, industry executives say, lifting the chances of Chinese airline consolidation and eliminating Oneworld’s chance of embracing one of the top three mainland carriers, The choice of Skyteam by China Eastern could become official this week, following consideration of proposals from the three global alliances over the past few months, the industry officials...
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  • Airport Financial Consultants Merge
    By James Ott jott@aviationweek.com PFM Group and Fullerton & Friar, which have played critical roles as advisors to authorities on airport financial matters, have merged to become a top agency in the relatively small sector of independent financial airport consulting. The company is retaining the name PFM Group. In the first quarter of this year prior to the merger, PFM, which has offices throughout the U.S., reported a strong rebound ...
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  • Military Tech, Organizations Will Merge
    By David A. Fulghum Next-generation aircraft and sensors are being planned that combine surveillance, intelligence gathering, tactical cyber and other electronic attack and directed energy. For example, a burst of high-power microwaves could leave a person unharmed but kill his mobile phone. “There are three trends that are bringing about ...
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  • Work Plan May Ease Obama KSC Presentation
    By Frank Morring, Jr., Irene Klotz and Mark Carreau President Barack Obama will speak publicly on his new space policy to a hand-picked audience at Kennedy Space Center this week, as workers there and at other NASA field centers digest what work packages devised for the policy might mean for their job prospects. Obama is slated to visit KSC on April 15 for what Administrator Charles Bolden terms “a major space policy speech,” followed by an...
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  • Congress Urged To Move On Bonus Depreciation
    By Benet Wilson House and Senate congressional leaders are being urged to renew the 50% bonus depreciation that expired in December in a letter sent last week by a coalition of aviation, construction and manufacturing associations. In February, Reps. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) and Chris Carney (D-Pa.) tried to jump-start a measure to extend bonus depreciation via a letter to Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel ...
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  • U.S. Nuclear Policy Exits Cold War
    By Michael Bruno, Bettina H. Chavanne and Bill Sweetman The Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) represents a significant shift toward nuclear nonproliferation, counterterrorism and even a stronger emphasis on conventional deterrence. And it raises the threshold for consideration of the use and role of nuclear weapons. While it may take years or even decades to decide just how radical a shift it represents ...
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  • Slot Swap Deal Good For Medium-Size Airports
    By Fredrick PiccoloOpEd by Sarasota Bradenton Airport President and CEO The FAA’s system of landing and takeoff slots at New York LaGuardia and Washington Reagan National airports has been in place for most of the last 42 years, in one form or another. In early 2001, when a new law required the FAA to issue a large number of new slots for LaGuardia, gridlock from that overburdened airfield spread across the country. The FAA quickly adopted an emergency...
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  • Oneworld Eyeing JetBlue Links
    By Adrian Schofield adrian_schofield@aviationweek.comLOS ANGELES More Oneworld alliance airlines are interested in forging interline or code-share links with JetBlue through New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, says American CEO Gerard Arpey. Speaking after a Oneworld board event in Los Angeles on April 8, Arpey said some other alliance CEOs had expressed their desire to speak to JetBlue. American and JetBlue reached an interline deal last...
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  • USAF Mulls Retiring Old C-5s, Backs C-130 AMP
    By Amy Butler The U.S. Air Force is planning to trim its buy of C-5 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) kits made by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics by 20 aircraft, indicating the service is likely to retire 20 aircraft if approved by Congress. The Pentagon’s April 2 Selected Acquisition Report (SAR) is the first public acknowledgment of the reduction in C-5 AMP numbers (Aerospace DAILY, April 5) ...
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  • U.S.A.F Plans Reusable Booster Demonstrators
    By Graham Warwick A series of demonstrators is being planned by the U.S. Air Force to mature technology for the Reusable Booster System (RBS), its chosen replacement for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) family beyond 2025. The first of the demonstrators, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) RBS Pathfinder, is planned to fly in 2013 to evaluate the “rocket-back” maneuver that would enable the unmanned ...
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  • Singapore Flying Club To Gain 13 DA40s
    By Bradley Perrett perrett@aviationweek.comSINGAPORE Singapore-based MAJ Aviation will provide 13 Diamond DA40s to overhaul the fleet of the Singapore Youth Flying Club, which trains pilots who usually end up with the air force or airlines. The aviation services company will supply a simulator along with the four-seat aircraft, which together are worth about $3.4 million at catalog prices ...
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  • Orion Launch Abort System Could Be Keeper
    By Mark Carreau NASA’s Constellation Program, although facing cancellation, is moving ahead with the development of key technologies, including a sophisticated Launch Abort System for the Orion capsule that could be used by commercial crew transportation services or a follow-on government spacecraft. The steerable life-saving system is scheduled for its first test flight on May 6, at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range, N.M. ...
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  • GPS IIF Set To Launch Next Month
    By Amy ButlerWashington and Newtown, Pa. The precision navigation and timing data provided by the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS) have become much like the electrical grid: The data are woven into the fabric of modern civilization and unfathomable to live without. Banking transactions rely on GPS for time-stamping, transportation systems rely on it for safety and efficiency of routes, and agriculture uses it to plant and tend...
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