Monthly Archives: February 2012

Brazil’s Olympian Task: Cleaning Junkyard Airports Before the Games

Rotting Jet Carcasses Litter Tarmacs; Plane-Loving Judge Attacks Bureaucracy By JOHN LYONS A decaying Douglas C-47 in Tabatinga BRASÍLIA—Getting Brazil’s overcrowded airports ready to play host to soccer’s 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games has run into an unexpected obstacle: airplane cemeteries on the tarmac. At airfields from the muggy Amazon to bustling São Paulo, weather-stained […]

Rockwell Collins Fights Back At Garmin With Fusion EDS

Feb 28, 2012   By Graham Warwick  Rockwell Collins has secured an unidentified launch customer for a lower-cost version of its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system, aimed at light and medium-sized business aircraft. The deal to supply the Fusion Embedded Display System (EDS) cockpit was won in “head-to-head” competition against Garmin, says Kent Statler, […]

Air Force halts controversial contract Afghan light air support deal may be dead, analysts say

By Jim Moore The Air Force on Feb. 28 canceled a contract to purchase the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano for duty in Afghanistan, following litigation and protest from rival Hawker Beechcraft. The Air Force announced on Feb. 28 an abrupt about-face following a well-publicized dogfight over a contract to build light air support aircraft for […]

NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services

The forecast shortfall in ISS logistics needs after the Shuttle retires provides a significant opportunity for commercial space transportation services. To stimulate the commercial space transportation industry’s ability to fulfill these needs, NASA has established a two-phased approach. COTS Capabilities Concept. ImageCredit: NASA Phase 1: Development and Demonstration Phase 1 is called the Commercial Orbital […]


Program Goal The C3PO will extend human presence in space by enabling an expanding and robust U.S. commercial space transportation industry. Program Objectives Implement U.S. Space Exploration policy with investments to stimulate the commercial space industry Facilitate U.S. private industry demonstration of cargo and crew space transportation capabilities with the goal of achieving safe, reliable, cost […]

Diamond Aircraft sales up 33% in 2011

Diamond Aircraft has released its 2011 delivery numbers with a strong showing in Q4 continuing the positive trend and offering encouragement for future growth. Against a backdrop of industry-wide flat deliveries in 2011 over 2010, Diamond has registered a 33% improvement with 185 units delivered in 2011 vs 139 units delivered in 2010. New product […]

Revolutionary new airplane visits Southeast Asia for first time

BANGKOK, Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing’s (NYSE:BA) new mid-size passenger airplane, the 787 Dreamliner, touched down here after demonstrating its long-range capabilities by flying nonstop from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport — a distance of 7,679 miles (12,358 km). The visit is part of Boeing’s Dream Tour. “We are delighted to say ‘yindee […]