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Aviation News Top Headliners     September 2011

Wayne County Airport Authority To Make Cuts To Reduce Costs

September 30, 2011 - Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) will significantly realign its business operations and aggressively pursue new revenue sources as part of an intensive plan to reduce expenses by $20 million over the next 12 to 15 months. The Authority governs operations at Detroit Metropolitan (DTW) and Willow Run (YIP) Airports. The Authority?s Read More

More Than Two Dozen Boeing Employees Arrested In Drug Sting

September 30, 2011 - DEA and FBI agents on Thursday arrested employees and former employees of Boeing?s Ridley Park plant and one non-employee in a coordinated, long-term, undercover effort aimed at prescription drug abuse at the manufacturing plant where workers build aircraft including the H-47 Chinook helicopter and the V-22 Osprey.Indictments against 23  Read More


BAE Brings New Hawk Jet Trainer Aircraft To U.S. Air Force Air Shows

September 29, 2011 - BAE Systems, Inc. announced that two UK Royal Air Force Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers will, for the first time, demonstrate the new Hawk?s advanced capabilities at U.S. Air Force bases across the country. The Hawk Advanced Jet Training System (AJTS) is the most technologically sophisticated  Read More


Raytheon Deployable Air Traffic Management Systems Make ATCA 2011 Debut

September 29, 2011 - Raytheon Company will highlight its deployable air traffic management systems (ATM) and solutions at the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Annual Conference and Exposition Oct. 2-5, 2011. The Raytheon systems are capable of being deployed anywhere in the world in support of civilian and military operations  Read More


Court Orders Pilots Union To Stop Job Slowdown Campaign

September 28, 2011 - On Wednesday Judge Robert J. Conrad of the U.S. District Court in Charlotte, N.C. entered an order which would prohibited the pilots union at US Airways from orchestrating a job slowdown, this after US Airways claimed pilots were cancelling or delaying flights in order to force the company into contract negotiations. Judge Conrad stated the union "has expressly Read More


ANA Takes Delivery Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner

September 28, 2011 - Boeing celebrated the delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner on Wednesday to launch customer ANA during a ceremony adjacent to the factory where the airplane was assembled. More than 500 employees representing the 787 program walked alongside the all-new jetliner to present it to ANA executives as a crowd of thousands looked on. "Today we celebrate a significant moment Read More


Raytheon Successfully Completes GPS OCX Preliminary Design Review

September 26, 2011 - Raytheon Company has successfully completed preliminary design review for the Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX), an important milestone in determining the program's development approach, cost estimates and delivery schedule. The United States'   Read More


Eurocopter To Be Spotlighted At The Helitech 2011 Helicopter Show

September 26, 2011 - Eurocopter?s strong presence in the UK multi-mission helicopter marketplace will be demonstrated at the Helitech 2011 show and conference, which is to include this event?s first appearance of the EC145 T2  the company?s new generation version of its workhorse twin-engine EC145. During the September 27-29  Read More


ANA Airlines Signs Contractual Delivery Of First Boeing 787 Dreamliner

September 25, 2011 - Boeing and ANA Airlines have signed the formal documents completing the contractual delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner. Celebrations to mark this historic milestone begin tomorrow in Everett with a delivery ceremony followed by flyaway of the airplane on Tuesday. Today's signing comes after a series of flights, inspections and the transfer  Read More


NASA's UARS Satellite Re-Enters Earth's Atmosphere

September 25, 2011 - NASA?s decommissioned Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) fell back to Earth on Friday between 11:23 p.m. EDT and 1:09 a.m. 20 years and nine days after its launch on a 14-year mission that produced some of the first long-term records of chemicals in the atmosphere. The precise re-entry time and location of debris impacts have not been determined. During the   Read More


Boeing Clears The Way For Plant 2 Site Restoration

September 24, 2011 - Boeing today took down the last remaining steel structures that supported Plant 2 for more than 75 years, making room for site restoration, including development of five acres of wildlife habitat. Most of the old empty buildings formerly known as U.S. Air Force 17?but later called Plant 2 because it was  Read More


Southwest And AirTran Pilots Reached Agreement On Seniority List

September 25, 2011 - Southwest Airlines announce a tentative agreement has been reached between the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA), the union representing Southwest Airlines Pilots, and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the union representing the pilots of AirTran Airways. This tentative agreement would integrate the two groups' seniority lists. SWAPA's Board of  Read More


American Airlines Employees Contribute $1 Million To Air Compassion

September 23, 2011 - American Airlines employees presented a check for $1,036,957 to Air Compassion for Veterans during a "Day of Thanks" celebration in Washington, D.C. The contribution was made possible through "Fuel Smart," American's fuel-conservation program. The funds will be used to provide flights  Read More


German Forces Aircraft Now Equipped With Transponders

September 24, 2011 - Cassidian, the defense and security division of EADS, has successfully concluded the modernization of the identification equipment of all German Forces' aircraft. With the final deliveries in a multi-year modernization program, Cassidian has handed over the last tranche of its STR 2000 transponders to the German  Read More


After 25 Years The Grumman Built X-29 Aircraft Returns To Long Island

September 23, 2011 - After spending the last 25 years on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., the only full-scale mockup of the famed Grumman-built X-29 aircraft has come home to Long Island. Northrop Grumman Corporation, who designed and built the revolutionary forward swept wing aircraft demonstrator, welcomed the  Read More


Pratt & Whitney Continues Tests On NASA Rocketdyne RS-68 Engines

September 22, 2011 ? In an impressive display of power and technology, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed a series of hot-fire tests on the certified RS-68A engine, the world's most powerful hydrogen-fueled engine. The tests demonstrated the capability of the engine to operate for 4,800 seconds of cumulative run time ? four times the design life of the engine and more than 10 Read More


US Airways Operates 200th World War II Veterans Flight To D.C.

September 18, 2011 - On Wednesday US Airways operated its 200th Honor Flight, transporting veterans to visit the World War II memorial and other sites in Washington, D.C. The flight took 101 veterans from Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina to Washington National Airport. US Airways has partnered with Honor Flight since 2006. The organization provides World  Read More


OSHA Issues Updated Whistleblower Investigations Manual

September 21, 2011 - The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a new edition of its Whistleblower Investigations Manual, one of a series of measures to improve OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program that were announced in August. A whistleblower (whistle-blower or whistle blower) is a person who tells the public or someone in authority about  Read More


GE Aviation Opens Electrical Power Research & Development Center In UK

September 18, 2011 - On Wednesday US Airways operated its 200th Honor Flight, transporting veterans to visit the World War II memorial and other sites in Washington, D.C. The flight took 101 veterans from Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina to Washington National Airport. US Airways has partnered with Honor  Read More


Boeing Marks 20th Anniveristy Of C-17 Globemaster III's 1st Flight

September 16, 2011 - The Boeing Company celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first flight of the C-17 airlifter. On September 15, 1991, test aircraft T-1 took off from the Boeing Long Beach site on a two-hour flight that proved the engineering and design concepts of the aircraft and marked the beginning of the program. T-1 flew by Long  Read More


UPS To Expand Its Air Hub At Cologne-Bonn Airport

September 15, 2011 - On the day that marks 25 years since UPS started its operations at Cologne/Bonn Airport in Germany, the company announced plans to significantly expand its European air hub facilities there. The expansion project, due to be completed by the end of 2013, would equip the existing facility with additional state-of-the-art technology and  Read More


Pratt & Whitney PW1500G Engine Completes First Flight Test Program

September 15, 2011 ? The Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engine, the PW1524G engine for the Bombardier CSeries aircraft, completed its first flight test program logging 25 flights with 115 flight hours. The PW1524G engine has been flight testing on Pratt & Whitney?s 747SP flying test bed at Pratt & Whitney Canada?s Mirabel Aerospace Centre, in Mirabel, Qu?bec (Canada) since June 20. Read More


Garmin Unveils Portable Touchscreen Aviation Navigators With 3D Vision

September 12, 2011 - Garmin announced the Aera 796 and Aera 795, a new series of portable aviation navigation devices. As Garmin?s new flagship portable aviation product, the Aera 796 incorporates the popular features of the GPSMAP 696, while also adding new capabilities such as a touchscreen user interface, pilot-selectable screen  Read More


Third S-76DTM Helicopter Prototype Joins Flight Test Program

September 12, 2011 -  Enhanced performance, more power, and a ?Grand Canyon? standard of quiet that delivers substantially reduced external noise are all proving to be the new standard in the S-76D& helicopter as the program introduces its third prototype into testing, reported Sikorsky Aircraft. ?D3,? the third prototype  Read More


Huron County Airport Grant Grounded AOPA Weighs In

September 11, 2011 - Huron County Airport Authority member J.W. Kelley just shook his head from side to side during Tuesday's board meeting. Kelley couldn't hide his disappointment as earlier in the day, the county commissioners refused to sign a federal grant application that could have brought about $400,000 into the county. "They (commissioners) are just not  Read More


Flight Design Delivers Newest Sport Aircraft The CTLE

September 11, 2011 - David Williams, Sergeant (Captain, Retired), of the Tulare County Sheriff's Department traveled to Flight USA headquarters in Woodstock, Connecticut to pick up the department's new CTLE. He and Lt. Marsh Carter accepted the keys and flew the CTLE back to California. "The Tulare County Sheriff's Department will be the first agency in the U.S. to put a Light-Sport Read More


Cornelia Fort Airpark Has New Owner

September 11, 2011 - Cornelia Fort Airpark which was named after aviatrix Cornelia Clark Fort in East Nashville is under new ownership. Ernest ?Bill? Colbert and Elaine Colbert ran the 141 acres airpark for decades, went into foreclosure after the couple defaulted on two loans one for $1 million in 2005 and the second for $1.4 million in early 2010. The couple had sought a buyer for the airpark for a number of years and had been  Read More


TSA To Install More Full Body X-Ray Machines At U.S. Airports

September 10, 2011 - Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole announced approximately $44.8 million for the purchase of 300 millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines for deployment to airports nationwide further strengthening security at U.S. airports.  The machines purchased will be deployed with new automated target  Read More


NORAD, USNORTHCOM Holds 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

September 9, 2011 - Members of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command came out in droves to attend a solemn remembrance ceremony in honor of those who perished in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The ceremony, held at the NORAD and USNORTHCOM 9/11 Memorial  Read More


Union President Tells Congress "No More, 'It's My Way Or The Runway"

September 9, 2011 - The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) has joined the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), the Allied Pilots Association (APA) and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), in calling for a quick resolution to the FAA reauthorization battle going on in Congress. The current extension will expire on September 16th and  Read More


Republic Airways Continues Attack On Pilots Group With Sham Furloughs

September 8, 2011 - The Teamster-represented pilots of Republic Airways has learned that Republic plans to furlough approximately 56 pilots despite the fact that the profitable airline is currently so understaffed that it asks pilots to volunteer to work overtime every day. ?This sham furlough is simply another attack by Republic Holdings on its pilot group,? said IBT Airline Director  Read More


2ND Warmest Summer On Record Texas Warmest Summer On Record

September 7, 2011 - The blistering heat experienced by the nation during August, as well as the June through August months, marks the second warmest summer on record according to scientists at NOAA?s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, N.C. The persistent heat, combined with below-average precipitation across the southern U.S. during August and the three summer months  Read More


Remembering Aviatrix Betty Skelton ?The First Lady Of Firsts?

September 6, 2011 - Betty Skelton Frankman will forever be known as ?The First Lady of Firsts,? having set 17 aviation and motorsports records among her many pioneering accomplishments.  Betty Skelton Frankman passed away on August 31, 2011. She still holds more combined aircraft and automotive records than anyone  Read More


Miami International Airport Welcomes New Cargo Service By Asiana Airlines

September 6, 2011 - Asiana Airlines, South Korea's second-leading airline, began thrice-weekly cargo service from Seoul, South Korea to Miami International Airport (MIA) with its inaugural arrival at MIA just after midnight on September 2. With the addition of Asiana, MIA now has four Asian airlines operating freighter flights to the major international cargo  Read More


Obama Urges Congress To Approve Long Term FAA Reauthorization Bill

September 5, 2011 - Responsible organizations praise President Barack Obama for his call on Congress to pass a bill extending the Federal Aviation Administration?s spending authority prior to the agency?s current authority expires on September 16th. The FAA was partially shut down for two weeks earlier this  Read More


UK?s AEI To Address Airline Maintenance Outsourcing At Conference

September 5, 2011 - The 39th AEI (Aircraft Engineers International) congress will be held in Istanbul from the 5th ? 9th October. This annual gathering of aviation professionals offers Licensed Aircraft Engineers a platform to voice their opinions and concerns on current trends within civil aviation. Top of the agenda is the growing  Read More


FAA Fines Massachusetts Institute Of Technology

September 4, 2011 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $175,000 civil penalty against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for alleged violations of Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations. The FAA alleges that MIT offered a fiberboard box containing 33 electronic devices to FedEx for transportation by air  Read More


Flight Attendants Honors Flight Crews Of 911 Attacks

September 4, 2011 - As the 10th anniversary of September 11th approaches, the world?s largest Flight Attendant union, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), reminds the public that the story of 9/11 cannot be told without recognizing the Flight Attendant heroes and the role they played as first responders. At the same time, AFA is focused on providing members with support, resources and a forum for  Read More


L-3 Selected to Provide Enhanced Displays for Apache Helicopter

September 1, 2011 - L-3 Communications announced that its Display Systems unit has received a competitively-awarded firm-fixed price contract from Lockheed Martin to develop a new 5-x-5-inch color Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD) assembly for the U.S. Army?s AH-64D Apache helicopter. L-3 has extensive experience supporting the Apache platform  Read More


UPS Scores Big With Historic College Sports Marketing Deals

September 1, 2011 - UPS announced a significant expansion of its collegiate sports sponsorship program with the addition of new multi-year agreements with IMG College and the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. The sponsorships provide UPS with access to college sports fans in top markets across the country as well as multi-tiered marketing relationships with many of the nation's  Read More

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