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March 24, 2011News for the aerospace industry

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  • Air Force to retest X-51 WaveRider hypersonic aircraft
    The Air Force was preparing to retest the unmanned X-51 WaveRider unmanned aircraft over the Pacific Ocean today. The aircraft is said to be capable of reaching speeds of 4,000 miles per hour and allow for the hypersonic delivery of a military strike anywhere in the world in a matter of minutes. A test of the aircraft last May lasted about 10 seconds but did not reach Air Force goals. Los Angeles Times (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Army to re-evaluate Emarss contract award to Boeing after protests
    The Army is set to reassess previous bids for the $323 million intelligence aircraft contract awarded to Boeing after the three losing bidders filed protests over the award. At the time of the filing of the protests, in December, a stop-work order was put in place for the Enhanced Medium-Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System program. A new agreement reached last week between the Army and the other bidders, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin/Sierra Nevada and Northrop Grumman, calls for a re-evaluation of certain areas of the proposals. (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boeing: Company will strictly adhere to tanker requirements
    Boeing CFO James Bell told analysts this week that the company plans to closely adhere to the requirements of the bid that won the company the Air Force contract to build 179 refueling tankers and give nothing more. In traditional defense contracts, companies often pass along unexpected expenses, but the bid for the contract, potentially worth $35 billion, had fixed costs for the Pentagon. ABC News/The Associated Press (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Navy won't need new Tomahawks to replace missiles used in Libya
    The Navy has "more than ample" replacements for the 162 Tomahawk cruise missiles that were fired at Libyan air defenses in the U.S.-led coalition's campaign to set up a no-fly zone, and the service therefore won't need to purchase replacements, said Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations. Roughead said the Navy has more than 3,000 Tomahawks, made by Raytheon. Bloomberg (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Commercial Aviation 
  • Boeing: Still "open" to a re-engined 737
    Boeing's chief financial officer on Wednesday sought to downplay reports that an all-new narrow-body model is a done deal. CFO James Bell, who is also corporate president, told an investors' conference that re-engining remains a possibility and that the current 737NG is selling "more than we can build." Bell also refuted rumors that Boeing plans to back away from the sort of widespread outsourcing that contributed to delays for the 787. "We believe the 787 model is the appropriate model. Obviously, we will take lessons learned and make minor adjustments, but we think that's the right model," he said. Air Transport World (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analyst: Used jet sales point to manufacturing recovery
    Despite political upheavals and natural disasters, the market for used business jets has ticked up this month, showing that a "broad-based" recovery is under way, according to analyst Cai von Rumohr. As the inventory of used jets declines, the outlook improves for original equipment manufacturers. "Barring an aborted economic recovery, [sales trends] support prospects for continuing bizjet recovery," von Rumohr wrote. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Earth-orbiting satellites track ballistic missile from start to finish
    Northrop Grumman says two of its low Earth-orbiting demonstration satellites have for the first time accomplished the "Holy Grail" of missile defense in detecting and tracking a ballistic missile launch from start to finish and through all phases of flight. The tracking is said to be the most significant achievement to date for the Space Tracking and Surveillance System spacecraft. (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bill requires NASA to spend millions on canceled moon program
    A new stopgap spending bill passed by Congress last week retains language requiring NASA to continue to spend $1.4 million a day on its defunct Constellation moon program. Budget analysts say Congress has known about the so-called "Shelby provision" in the spending bill and has failed to correct it. Under the provision, NASA will be required to spend roughly $29 million during the three-week budget extension, and the provision has already cost the agency nearly $250 million since October. Chicago Tribune (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Homeland Security 
  • Sen. Schumer wants Buffalo, N.Y., airport to test technology
    Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has latched onto a recent case involving a Transportation Security Administration employee at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The TSA worker is accused of helping travelers breach security. Schumer wants to turn the situation around and make the airport a test site for security technology, such as a device that scans and cross checks identification. "The machine would scan the passenger's identification," said Schumer. "It cross checks their ticket, criminal databases, the no-fly list, and the customs and border protection database." The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (3/24), WKBW-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.) (3/23), WIVB-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.) (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AIA News 
  • AIA reaches largest membership in its history
    AIA has reached the largest membership in its history as a result of changes in its internal management and the "tough, challenging political and economic times for the industry." "AIA is a place where our members can get closer to their customers, and their potential customers, and work together on the most pressing issues that are facing the industry," said David Mandell, vice president of membership services. Defense Daily Network (subscription required) (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AIA grows 44%: The Aerospace Industries Association enrolled 10 new full members along with 11 associate members in the first quarter of 2011 to reach its highest total membership in history. In the 15 months since January 2010, AIA has grown 44% and has not lost a single full member in that period. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AIA Worker Safety Award and Benchmarking Awards program kicks off
    AIA's annual Worker Safety and Benchmarking Awards will move to a spring cycle to better recognize our members closer to the year for which the award is made. Participation forms are still available, and completed forms are due to AIA by March 31. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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