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Aviation News Top Headliners     December 2010
 

This New Year's Eve Don't Drink And Drive Put Safety First

December 31, 2010 - Americans across the country are planning their New Year's celebrations. But during this exciting time of parties and resolutions, it's important to keep safety in mind. The fact is, New Year's Eve can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year on our nation's roadways because of drunk and impaired driving. How big is the problem?  Read More

Passenger Jet Flight 2253 Fails To Stop After Landing

December 31, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation into an incident in which a passenger jetliner that had landed at Jackson Hole Airport in Wyoming failed to stop after touchdown on Thursday. At about 11:38 AM MT on Thursday, American Airlines Flight 2253, a B-757 (N668AA) inbound from Chicago O'Hare International  Read More

             
 

American Airlines Provides Update On Disputes With Orbitz And Expedia

December 30, 2010 - Last Tuesday American Airlines discontinue displaying and selling fares through Orbitz, American had revoked Orbitz authority to display and sell American Airlines fares citing “failure to reach a mutually beneficial commercial agreement.” On Wednesday American Airlines reported it had ended services with Expedia last Thursday as a result of  Read More

   

Boeing Delivers First 737 Sky Interior To Continental Airlines

December 30, 2010 - Another new Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 with the new Boeing Sky Interior took to the skies over Seattle on Wednesday, as Continental Airlines. A wholly owned subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, Inc., became the first U.S.-based carrier to fly with the new interior. Continental's jet features the new United Airlines livery.  Read More

             
 

GE’s 1000th Dowty Propeller System Makes First Flight On C-130J

December 30, 2010 - GE Aviation joins Lockheed Martin to mark the 1000th Dowty advanced propeller system on a C-130J aircraft. The first flight took place December 20 at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia. The C-130J will be delivered to Dyess Air Force Base by year’s end. Dowty Rotol is a British manufacturing company based in Cheltenham manufacturing Read More

   

AeroVironment Receives Order For 123 Raven Unmanned Aircraft

December 30, 2010 - AeroVironment, announced it received an order valued at $46,226,984 under an existing contract with the U.S. Army. The order comprises 123 new digital Raven small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and initial spares packages as well as 186 digital retrofit kits for the U.S. Marine Corps. The order also includes 339 digital retrofit kits for the U.S. Army. Read More

             
 

Busted At The Airport With 49 Pellets Of Heroin In His Stomach

December 29, 2010 - A 27-year-old U.S. citizen was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Saturday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered he was carrying 49 pellets of heroin, with an approximate weight of 1.54 Read More

   

Alfred E. Kahn “Father of Airline Deregulation" Dies At 93

December 29, 2010 – Alfred E. Kahn “Father of Airline Deregulation," died of cancer on Monday at the age of 93. Kahn was an American professor, an expert in regulation and deregulation, and an important influence in the deregulation of the airline and energy industries during the late 1970’s. Kahn, (October 17, 1917 - December  Read More

             
 

Fighting Fires In Ecuador With The Flight Design CTLS

December 29, 2010 - A fire fighting department located at 8,300 feet above sea level in the Ecuadorian Andes has acquired a Flight Design Light-Sport Aircraft as its aerial support unit. With support from John Hurst and Jeremy Endsley of Sebring Aviation, the Basin Fire Department began operations at the Mariscal La Mar airport. Hurst and Endsley, representing the  Read More

   

Garmin Receives EASA Approval On The G1000 Equipped King Air 200

December 29, 2010 - Garmin announced that it has received the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) validation of the U.S. STC (supplemental type certificate) for the installation of the G1000 avionics suite in the King Air 200 and B200. “We’ve gone to great lengths to make sure customers who upgrade to this panel have the same leading edge technologies they would find  Read More

             
 

Allegiant Air Flight Attendants Vote For Union Representation

December 28, 2010 - A majority of flight attendants at Allegiant Air have voted yes in favor of union representation, the National Mediation Board (NMB) reported. These will be the first unionized workers at the fast growing airline and this vote marks the first time flight attendants have voted in favor of a union under the new federal rules  Read More

   

Cocaine Concealed Inside Easter Eggs Onboard LAX Flight

December 28, 2010 - A Miami man is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Los Angeles Monday afternoon on a drug smuggling charge after he was intercepted at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) late last week attempting to smuggle in a cache of cocaine concealed inside dozens of  Read More

             
 

FAA Proposes Fines Against American Eagle And Continental Airlines

December 28, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $330,000 civil penalty against American Eagle Airlines Inc., of Fort Worth, for operating an Embraer 135 regional jet on 12 revenue passenger flights when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges American Eagle mechanics failed to note broken passenger seats  Read More

   

Boeing Resumes Flight Testing On The 787 After An Electrical Fire

December 28, 2010 - Boeing began resume flight test activities on the 787 Dreamliner after suspending flight test last month following an in-flight electrical incident on a test flight in Laredo, Texas. Boeing has installed an interim version of updated power distribution system software and conducted a rigorous set of reviews to confirm the flight readiness of ZA004, the first  Read More

             
 

Guns Drugs Money Smuggled Through ATL Atlanta Airport

December 22, 2010 - A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer based at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was arrested and charged along with 13 others for alleged drug trafficking in a large-scale investigation in which five search warrants were executed in the last 24 hours at locations  Read More

   

All Airline Passengers Now Screened Against Government Watchlists

December 22, 2010 - Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday announced that 100 percent of passengers on flights within or bound for the United States are now being checked against government watchlists fulfilling a key 9/11 Commission recommendation a month ahead of schedule. Under Read More

             
 

Puerto Rico Army Guard UH-72 Lakota Helicopter Goes Down

December 22, 2010 - On Monday A Puerto Rico Army Guard helicopter crashed off the cost of off the northern coast of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico Monday night while en route to a drug raid. The Coast Guard received notification Monday evening from the Puerto Rico Army Guard Aviation unit of a missing UH-72 Lakota helicopter that was carrying six people. The UH-72  Read More

   

American Airlines Flights No Longer Available On Orbitz

December 22, 2010 - On Tuesday, American Airlines discontinue displaying and selling fares through Orbitz and its subsidiary Orbitz for Business. Tickets for travel already purchased through Orbitz remain valid but changes must be made through American Airlines reservations. Citing Failure to Reach a Mutually Beneficial Commercial Agreement  Read More

             
 

FAA Certifies Reindeer Powered Sleigh For Christmas Eve Flight

December 21, 2010 - Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety inspectors at the North Pole certified Santa One, the reindeer-powered sleigh piloted by Santa Claus, for its Christmas Eve round-the-world delivery mission. Santa One, led by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, is outfitted with new satellite-based NextGen  Read More

   

A Growing Trend Of Ultralight Aircraft Used To Smuggle Drugs

December 21, 2010 - Two U.S. citizens are in federal custody after they were arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for their alleged involvement in a marijuana smuggling operation that used ultralight aircraft to move drugs across the border. Jon Youngs,  Read More

             
 

Grizzly 4, Airbus Military A400M Makes First Flight

December 21, 2010 - On Monday the fourth Airbus Military A400M military airlifter has made its first flight, the culmination of a highly successful 2010 which also saw the fleet of Grizzly development aircraft complete just over 1,000 hours flight-time and 300 flights. Known as Grizzly 4, the aircraft took off from Seville, Spain with a weight of 130 ton at 10h18 local time (GMT+1) and  Read More

   

CAE To Acquire CHC Helicopter's Training Operations

December 21, 2010 - CAE and CHC Helicopter, a global leader in helicopter transportation for the offshore oil and gas industry, announced on Monday that they have signed an agreement pursuant to which CAE will acquire CHC Helicopter's helicopter flight training operations including four full-flight simulators located in Norway, United Kingdom and Canada. Upon Read More

             
 

NORAD Prepares To Track Santa Claus And His Merry Reindeer

December 20, 2010 – Today, the Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and executives from Google, Booz Allen Hamilton and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, who help sponsor the NORAD Tracks Santa Program, will join together at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) alongside the one  Read More

   

Historic Vote Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy Passed By The Senate

December 20, 2010 - The Senate on Saturday voted to pass legislation repealing the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, sending the historic bill to the president's desk for signature. The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal Act of 2010 (H.R. 2965) was passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday Read More

             
 

Kaman Delivers First Wing Sections On The A-10 Aircraft

December 20, 2010 - Kaman Aerostructures (“Kaman”) announced that it has delivered the first major A-10 aircraft structural assemblies to Boeing Defense Space & Security (“Boeing”) in support of the A-10 Wing Replacement Program. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early  Read More

   

Lufthansa’s A320 And A321 To Be Powered By The CFM56-5B Engine

December 20, 2010 - Lufthansa Airlines has announced the selection of the CFM International CFM56-5B to power 21 Airbus A320 and two Airbus A321 aircraft in a firm engine order valued at approximately $300 million U.S. at list price. The CFM56-5B is the engine, producing 22,000 - 33,000 pounds thrust is the engine of choice for the A320 family, having been selected  Read More

             
 

Airlines Move To 2D Bar Coded Boarding Passes

December 19, 2010 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a historic milestone in passenger travel with the 100% worldwide implementation of 2D bar coded boarding passes (BCBP). BCBP replaces the previous generation of more expensive and less efficient magnetic stripe boarding  Read More

   

Pinnacle, Mesaba, Colgan Pilot Negotiators Reach Tentative Agreement

December 19, 2010 - The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for the pilots of Pinnacle Airlines, Mesaba Airlines, and Colgan Air has reached a tentative agreement (TA) with Pinnacle Airlines Corp. management on a joint collective bargaining agreement. This is the first step in the process of merging the three pilot groups  Read More

             
 

Boeing Submits Proposal NASA Commercial Crew Development Program

December 19, 2010 - Boeing has submitted its proposal for the second round of NASA’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program. Boeing plans to advance the design of its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft and Commercial Crew Transportation System and continue to demonstrate key technologies. NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program is applying Recovery Act funds to stimulate  Read More

   

European Aviation Market Profitability Improves But Continues To Lag

December 19, 2010 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revised its industry outlook for 2010 to a net profit of $15.1 billion (up from the $8.9 billion forecast in September). Similarly the Association revised upwards its projections for 2011 to a net industry profit of $9.1 billion (up from the $5.3 billion forecast in September). Net margins remain weak at 2.7% for 2010 and falling to 1.5% in 2011. Read More

             
 

OIG To Review FAA Oversight Of Foreign Aircraft Repair Stations

December 18, 2010 - The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General plans to conduct a follow-up review of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of repair stations. In recent years, major U.S. airlines have steadily increased their use of contract repair stations to perform aircraft maintenance Read More

   

Passenger Airline Employment For October Down 0.4 Percent

December 18, 2010 - U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 0.4 percent fewer workers in October 2010 than in October 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported. This is the 28th consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the  Read More

             
 

Canadian Travelers Conflicted Over Airport Security Measures For Kids

December 18, 2010 - FlightNetwork, one of Canada's leaders in online travel, on Thursday announced the results of their fifth 'State of Air Travel Poll,' aimed at giving Canadians a voice to weigh-in on the biggest issues facing the travel industry in 2010. In the wake of major controversy over increased and invasive security measures being adopted at American  Read More

   

First Aerial Refueling F/A-18 Contact For EADS KC-45 Tanker Aircraft

December 18, 2010 - The fuselage-mounted hose-and-drogue aerial refueling system for the EADS North America KC-45 tanker has performed its first in-flight refueling contacts, with an F/A-18 fighter aircraft. This latest accomplishment builds on more than 1,300 aerial refueling contacts already completed with the KC-45’s other refueling systems for the U.S. Air Force, which  Read More

             
 

OSHA Cites Mansfield Lahm Airport Tower For Unsafe Working Conditions

December 17, 2010 – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued Notices of Unsafe or Unhealthful Working Conditions to the Federal Aviation Administration's Mansfield-Lahm Regional Airport, Mansfield, Ohio for 13 violations including one serious notice for failing to  Read More

   

Kadir Sentenced To Life For Conspiring To Explode Fuel Tanks At JFK Airport

December 17, 2010 – On Wednesday in the Eastern District of New York, United States District Judge Dora L. Irizarry sentenced Abdul Kadir to life in prison for conspiring to attack John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, by exploding fuel tanks and the fuel pipeline under the airport. Kadir and his  Read More

             
 

Federal Advisory Committee Makes Recommendations On Future Of Aviation

December 17, 2010 – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Wednesday received recommendations from a federal advisory committee on how to address challenges faced by the U.S. aviation industry.  Among the recommendations presented by the committee are proposals that federal government assist in funding NextGen equipage on aircraft, ensure greater transparency for consumers in airline pricing, expand the  Read More

   

Fire-X Vertical Unmanned Aircraft Successfully Completes First Flight

December 17, 2010 – Fire-X, a vertical unmanned air system (VUAS) developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation and Bell Helicopter, completed its first fully autonomous flight Dec. 10 at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., less than one year after development began. "The speed which Fire-X was developed shows that a low-risk, fast-track solution can be safely flown using the proven MQ-8B Fire Scout's unmanned  Read More

             
 

Naval Aviation Foundation Celebrates 100th Anniversary

December 16, 2010 - The 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation Foundation was formed to support the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard with their 2011 Centennial celebration. The mission of the Foundation is to raise national Naval Aviation awareness and honor a century of mission-ready men and women throughout  Read More

   

Qantas To Expand In Australia’s “Fly In Fly Out” Market

December 16, 2010 - Qantas will move into the Western Australian fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) resources air charter market, with agreement reached for the airline to purchase local operator Network Aviation. Rather than relocating the employee and their family to a town near the work site, the employee is flown to the work Read More

             
 

EADS Conducts First Flight Of Its Aerial Scout 72X Aircraft

December 16, 2010 - EADS North America on Wednesday announced that it has flown the second of three company funded Armed Aerial Scout 72X Technical Demonstration Aircraft (TDA). The flight took place on Tuesday at the company’s American Eurocopter facility in Grand Prairie, Texas and lasted 40 minutes.  The objective of this flight was to demonstrate integrated  Read More

   

Airbus Sees Demand For 26,000 Aircraft In The Next 20 Years

December 16, 2010 - Almost 26,000 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at US$3.2 trillion will be needed between 2010 and 2029, to satisfy demand according to Airbus’ Global Market Forecast (GMF). This demand is primarily driven by replacement of aircraft for newer more eco-efficient models in mature markets, dynamic growth in new emerging  Read More

             
 

Trauma Patients Transported By Air Ambulance More Likely To Survive

December 15, 2010 - New research findings resulting from one of the largest studies of its kind finds strong evidence supporting the transport of trauma patients via air ambulance. In a study released by the University of Rochester School of Medicine, trauma patients transported by helicopter were found to be more  Read More

   

Beechcraft Delivers Centennial T-6B Texan II Aircraft To Navy

December 15, 2010 - Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) on Monday announced it has delivered a specially painted T-6B Texan II trainer aircraft to the United States Navy as part of the commemoration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation. The Beechcraft T-6 Texan II is a single-engined turboprop aircraft  Read More

             
 

Bombardier Showcases The CRJ1000 NextGen Regional Jet

December 15, 2010 - Bombardier Aerospace on Tuesday showcased the first two CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets destined for launch customers, Air Nostrum of Valencia, Spain and Brit Air of Morlaix, France. During a celebration at Bombardier’s Mirabel, Québec facility, where the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft are manufactured, the two airplanes sat side by side in  Read More

   

9/11 First Responder Fighter Aircraft To Be Sent To Museum

December 15, 2010 - In an unprecedented opportunity The Pacific Coast Air Museum has been awarded the honor of providing the home for a historic national treasure the very first aircraft to respond on the scene to the World Trade Center twin towers attack in New York City on September 11, 2001. On Tuesday the F-15 “First Responder” was flown down to Sonoma  Read More

             
 

Ryanair Calls For Taking Away Workers “Right To Strike”

December 14, 2010 - Ireland’s air carrier, Ryanair had indicated on Monday that the airline will take legal action as a result of the Spanish air traffic controllers strike on Friday and Saturday which forced Ryanair to cancel over 500 flights. Ryanair has indicated the legal action will be against Aeropuertos Espanoles y  Read More

   

Report Out On FAA And 3RD Party Role In Developing RNAV Procedures

December 14, 2010 - On Friday the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector (OIG) issued their report on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of new flight procedures using Area Navigation (RNAV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) and its use of third parties to   Read More

             
 

JetBlue Fined For Violating Disability Code Share Disclosure Rules

December 14, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Monday assessed a civil penalty against JetBlue Airways for violating rules protecting air travelers with disabilities and for failing to disclose when flights sold by the carrier were being operated under a code-sharing arrangement. The carrier was assessed a civil penalty of $600,000, of which $350,000 must be paid by the carrier and up to  Read More

   

Pratt & Whitney To Invest $1 Billion In R&D Over Five Years

December 14, 2010 - Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced that it will invest more than $1 billion in research and development over the next five years to develop the next generation of high-performance aircraft engines. The investment includes a $300 million repayable contribution from the Government of Canada under the Strategic Aerospace and Defense Initiative (SADI) program. "This major investment will  Read More

             
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FAA Establish Airspace Restriction Over Super Bowl XLV

December 13, 2010 - At the request of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, the FAA will establish airspace restrictions over Super Bowl XLV, to be in effect February 6, 2011, over Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Super Bowl XLV will be the 45th annual edition of the Super  Read More

   

IAM Charges Delta Air Lines With Election Interference

December 13, 2010 - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) filed a formal charge of election interference with the National Mediation Board (NMB) against Delta Air Lines in an election concluded November 18, 2010 for 13,000 Delta Fleet Service Workers. “Delta created an atmosphere of  Read More

             
 

Engineers Found Guilty Of Stealing Goodyear Trade Secrets

December 13, 2010 - A federal jury convicted Clark Alan Roberts, 47, and Sean Edward Howley, 39, both former engineers with Wyko Tire Technology Incorporated, located in Greenback, Tenn., of stealing trade secrets from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney William C. Killian for the  Read More

   

Boeing Receives Military Contract For EMARSS Intelligence Aircraft

December 13, 2010 - Boeing announced that it has received a two-year engineering and manufacturing development contract for the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) from the U.S. Army. EMARSS is a manned, airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system, the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance  Read More

             
 

GE Rolls Royce Fighter Engine Team Tests Sixth New Engine

December 12, 2010 - The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team has surpassed a major test goal for 2010, launching tests on the sixth new F136 engine this year. The F136 test team also beat a major milestone with time to spare running a full propulsion system for the first time with the common hardware for STOVL operation (Short Take Off/Vertical Landing) Read More

   

Bell Helicopter Awarded $27M Contract From Yemen Government

December 12, 2010 - Bell Helicopter was awarded a $27M contract to provide the Yemen government with a comprehensive mission package to support military requirements. The package includes four commercially designated Huey II aircraft, pilot and maintenance training, spares, special tooling and dedicated service  Read More

             
 

Boeing Delivers 3 More F-15K Slam Eagles To Republic Of Korea

December 12, 2010 - Boeing has delivered three F-15K Slam Eagles to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) at Daegu Air Base. The company delivered the first three of 21 F-15Ks it is producing under the Next Fighter II contract to the ROKAF in September. The remaining 15 aircraft will  Read More

   

NASA Astronaut Alan Poindexter Returns To NPS As Dean

December 12, 2010 - Veteran NASA astronaut Alan Poindexter has left the agency to return to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. Poindexter, a U.S. Navy captain, earned a Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the school Read More

             
 

Flight Attendants Push For Aircraft Child Restraint Devices

December 10, 2010 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) on Thursday participated in the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) forum on child passenger safety. As a participant on the Aviation Child Passenger Safety panel, AFA-CWA International President Pat Friend reiterated the union's longstanding call for separate seats and restraints for  Read More

   

IAM Lays Out Concerns With U.S. Korea Trade Agreement

December 10, 2010 - “This Bush-era agreement fails to even remotely satisfy the concerns of recession-ravaged U.S. workers,” said International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), President Tom Buffenbarger. “The last thing the U.S. economy needs is another flawed trade agreement built on the disastrous framework of NAFTA.”  The International  Read More

             
 

Sikorsky S-76D Helicopter Enters Final Assembly

December 10, 2010 - Final assembly production of the S-76D helicopter has commenced at Sikorsky Global Helicopters’ manufacturing facility, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced, marking a significant milestone in delivering the next generation of the popular S-76 helicopter.  Aero Vodochody in the Czech Republic, which has produced more than 250 S-76 airframes for Sikorsky, is manufacturing the S-76D fuselages. On Nov.  Read More

   

Astronautics Receives TSOA On Its New EFI Control Panel

December 10, 2010 - Astronautics Corporation of America (Astronautics) announced on Thursday that it has received Technical Standard Order Authorization (TSOA) approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the newest Astronautics 6” x 8” Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) display, Control Panel (CP), and Engine Data Concentrator Unit (EDCU). Variations of the equipment are being offered  Read More

 
 
             
         
 

Plenty Of Blame To Go Around For Fatal Helicopter Crash

December 9, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday determined that a series of improper actions by the contractor and insufficient oversight by the  Read More

 

The FAA Seeks Your Help To Curb Laser Incidents

December 9, 2010 - There is a growing problem of people pointing lasers at the cockpits of aircraft as they takeoff and land. The exposure to laser light on crewmembers while operating an aircraft at night, results in a  Read More

 

             
 

Real Time Global Weather Application For FliteDeck Pro EFB

December 9, 2010 - Jeppesen introduces an innovative situational awareness enroute application that features worldwide, real-time weather service as a new component of its industry-leading FliteDeck Pro electronic flight bag (EFB) solution. Demand for an integrated EFB enroute charting application with global, real-time weather service was identified during the  Read More

   

Japan Selects Mitsubishi To Build 40 UH-60J Helicopters

December 9, 2010 - Japan’s Ministry of Defense has selected Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ (MHI) proposal to supply the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) with a new fleet of advanced UH-60J search and rescue helicopters. The aircraft will be produced under license from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The new fleet will replace  Read More

             
 

Missouri Man Pleads Guilty In Selling False Aircraft Inspection Labels

December 8, 2010 - Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Ozark, Missouri man pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday creating and selling false aircraft inspection labels. Joseph J. Fisk, 58, of Ozark, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England to Read More

   

UPS Shipments Requires Government Photo ID At Retail Stores

December 8, 2010 - As part of its ongoing review to enhance security, UPS on Tuesday announced it is expanding its policy to require customers who ship packages from retail shipping locations to present a government-issued photo ID for verification of identification. The directive will apply at The UPS Store and Mail  Read More

             
 

No Tarmac Delays Longer Than Three Hours In October 2010

December 8, 2010 - The nation’s largest airlines reported no flights in October with tarmac delays of more than three hours, down from 11 flights in October 2009, with a slight decrease in the rate of canceled flights, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). This is the first month there were no tarmac  Read More

   

Boeing Begins Production Of India’s First P-8I Navy Aircraft

December 8, 2010 - The Boeing P-8I team began fabricating the first part for the Indian navy's first long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft on Monday 6 in Wichita. The P-8I, based on the Boeing Next-Generation 737 commercial airplane, is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing is developing for the U.S. Navy. The Boeing P-8  Read More

             
 

Gordon Bennett 2010 USA2 Balloonist Located Off The Coast Of Italy

December 7, 2010 - The Gordon Bennett 2010 balloon air race suffered a tremendous lost when the U.S. hot-air balloonists team USA2, Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer-Davis balloon went down over the Adriatic Sea on September 29, The bodies of Abruzzo and Rymer-Davis were located on Monday after they and their  Read More

   

Court Rules Continental Airlines Responsible For Concorde Crash

December 7, 2010 - A French court has ruled that the cause of Air France Concorde Flight 4590 crash was a result of fragments dropped by a departing Continental Airlines DC10 aircraft onto the runway of the Concorde. The court holds Continental Airlines and John Taylor, a mechanic responsible for the crash and deaths of  Read More

             
 

Royal Australian Air Force To Utilize JSOW C

December 7, 2010 - The Royal Australian Air Force launched two Raytheon Company Joint Standoff Weapon Cs from the RAAF's new F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Marking the first time a U.S. ally has operationally tested a JSOW C. This test series also marked the first time the JSOW C variant has been employed outside the continental United States. The Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW)  Read More

   

Chicago Becomes Cathay Pacific’s Next Destination

December 7, 2010 - Service Straight from the Heart lands at Chicago O’Hare International Airport next year as Cathay Pacific Airways adds America’s third largest city to its growing international route network. Additionally, Cathay Pacific will add more nonstop flights from New York’s JFK International Airport to Hong Kong in  Read More

             
 

UPS And Boeing Applaud U.S.-Korea Free Trade Deal

December 6, 2010 - UPS applauded the Obama administration for reaching agreement on a new bilateral free trade agreement with South Korea. The administration announced resolution of issues regarding trade in beef and automobiles that posed obstacles to final ratification. President Obama has been working to end a three  Read More

   

Florida West International Airways Executives Indicted

December 6, 2010 - A one-count indictment was returned U.S. District Court in Miami charging Miami-based Florida West International Airways Inc., one of its former executives, and two executives of a competing air cargo carrier with participating in a conspiracy to fix and coordinate certain components of air  Read More

             
 

Sonex E-Flight Electric Waiex Aircraft Achieves First Flight

December 5, 2010 - The Sonex Aircraft, LLC E-Flight Initiative proof of concept electric powered Waiex aircraft achieved its first flight on Friday, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI. Piloted by Sonex Founder and E-Flight team leader John Monnett, N270DC made a short hop on runway 27, intended to be a conservative non-pattern   Read More

   

Boeing Should Use 787 Delay To Re-Evaluate Outsourcing

December 5, 2010 - The latest 787 delay is an opportunity for The Boeing Company to reevaluate its failed outsourcing strategy and return to the engineering roots that built past success, according to the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001. Issuing the advice,  Read More

             
 

Sinapsis Begins Wrapping Luggage After Controversy At Miami Airport

December 4, 2010 - Luggage wrapping company Sinapsis Trading, a subsidiary of industry leader TrueStar Group S.p.A of Italy, announced that it has finalized negotiations with Miami International Airport and Miami-Dade County officials and will begin wrapping luggage at the airport today. Sinapsis Trading won the luggage Read More

   

Sikorsky Delivers 1st Upgraded S-61 Helicopter To State Department

December 04, 2010 - Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) announced the delivery of the first upgraded S-61 helicopter to the U.S. State Department. With its history of reliability and safety, the Sikorsky S-61 helicopter is capable of performing a wide range of critical missions including medical evacuation, passenger and logistics transportation.  Read More

             
 

OIG Reports The FAA Made Improper Payments In The AIP Program

December 4, 2010 - U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued their report on improper payments in the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). OIG reported that in fiscal year 2008, the FAA provided over $4 billion dollars to more than 1,500 grantees in the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) for airports considered significant to national air  Read More

   

Singapore Civil Aviation Authority And ICAO To Hold Safety Seminar

December 4, 2010 - To promote sharing of aviation security knowledge and expertise globally, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish the ICAO-Singapore Aviation Security Leadership and Management Seminar (LAMS). This high-level Seminar will be developed   Read More

             
 

NTSB To Hold Public Meeting On U.S. Forest Service Helicopter Crash

December 3, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public Board meeting on the crash of a U.S. Forest Service contract firefighting helicopter crash in Weaverville, California that happened on August 5, 2008. The hearing will be conducted on Tuesday, December 7, at 9:30 AM in its Board Room and Conference   Read More

   

Court Approves Lockheed Martin Settlement With Whistleblower

December 3, 2010 - Four years after he first filed his lawsuit, former Lockheed Martin employee Michael J. DeKort settled allegations against Lockheed Martin for an unspecified sum. The settlement was approved by Court Order in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas after an  Read More

             
 

Royal Australian Air Force Retires Its F-111 Fleet

December 3, 2010 - The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) retires its F-111 strike fighters effective today after 43 years of service. Developed in the 1960s and first entering service in 1967, the United States Air Force (USAF) variants were officially retired by 1998. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) was the last operator of the F-111. The F-111 pioneered several  Read More

   

Raytheon Flies New Advanced Combat Radar On F-16

December 3, 2010 - Raytheon Company's Advanced Combat Radar, the latest Active Electronically Scanned Array radar, has successfully completed a series of flight trials on a U.S. Air Force F-16 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The radar demonstration flights were conducted in partnership with the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin. The Read More

             
 

Pentagon Report Supports Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

December 2, 2010 - A report released by the Pentagon on Wednesday found that a large majority of respondents to a survey of active-duty and reserve service members and their families say that ending the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy barring lesbian and gay service members from serving openly would not have an  Read More

   

DHL Supporting U.S. Troops Abroad With Holiday Cheer

December 2, 2010 - For the seventh straight year, DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, has teamed up with the New York community to donate and deliver hundreds of holiday trees, decorations and messages of support to U.S. troops serving abroad through its ‘DHL Operation Holiday Cheer’ charitable program. The Read More

             
 

Airbus Offers Fuel Saving Engine Options For A320 Family

December 2, 2010 - Airbus has decided to offer for its best-selling A320 Family new fuel saving engines as an option. Airlines have the choice between CFM International’s LEAP-X engine and Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G engine. Known as the A320neo, this new engine option also incorporates fuel-saving large wing tip devices called Sharklets. Airbus will start deliveries of the A320neo Family in spring 2016. The A320neo  Read More

   

Malaysia’s First EC145 Eurocopter Delivered To Sabah Air Aviation

December 2, 2010 - Eurocopter Malaysia announced its first EC145 helicopter, the first of its type in Malaysia to Sabah Air Aviation which will be used for medical airlift missions in the Sabah region, north of Borneo. Sabah Air Aviation selected the EC145 after an extensive evaluation, choosing the rotary-wing aircraft for its market leadership in the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) sector  Read More

             
 

Bird Strike Resistant Windshield Contributed To Helicopter Crash

December 1, 2010 - The National Transportation Safety Board released a final report on a fatal crash involving a transport-category helicopter caused by a bird strike. The Board said the lack of requirements for bird strike-resistant windshields contributed to the crash, and called on the FAA to develop such requirements. On   Read More

   

Singapore Airlines Cargo Fined $48 Million On Price Fixing

December 1, 2010 - Singapore Airlines Cargo Pte Ltd. has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $48 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices in the air transportation industry, the Department of Justice announced on Tuesday. According to a one-count felony charge filed today in U.S. District   Read More

             
 

Air Transport Association Names New President

December 1, 2010 - The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, on Tuesday announced that it has named Nicholas E. Calio as its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Calio currently leads Global Government Affairs for Citigroup both in the United States and in the more than 100 countries in which the company does business. He is a  Read More

   

British Airways’ Cabin Crew Call On Ballot Vote For Strike

December 1, 2010 - Unite, the union for British Airways’ 11,000 cabin crew, Monday confirmed that a fresh ballot for industrial action at the airline is soon to get underway. Announcing the new ballot, Tony Woodley, joint general secretary of Unite, said: "British Airways’ latest offer is not acceptable to our members, a point we made clear to the airline earlier this month. "Regrettably, we have not found it possible to resolve  Read More

             
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