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U.S. Congress silent on Boeing’s Dreamliner woes

Posted March 20, 2013 by Joan Lowy

As Boeing, its airline customers and federal safety regulators struggled over the past two months to solve problems with the new 787 Dreamliner’s fire-plagued batteries, one player has been strangely silent: Congress. Despite the plane’s grounding and the safety issues raised by its cutting-edge technology, there have been no congressional hearings or news conferences focusing…

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Defense

Air Force selects Pennsylvania Guard wing for new high-tech mission

Posted March 20, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force has chosen the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 111th Fighter Wing, located in Horsham, Penn., to take on a new remotely piloted aircraft mission. The National Guard Bureau has authorized the wing to establish a ground-control station for the MQ-9 Reaper at Horsham Air Guard Base effective Oct. 1, 2013. “This is…

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Lockheed Martin names executive VP Aeronautics, F-35 general manager

Posted March 20, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin’s board of directors has approved the appointment of Orlando Carvalho, 54, to executive vice president of the Aeronautics business area, and Lorraine Martin, 50, as vice president and general manager of the F-35 Lightning II program. The board also elected Martin a corporate officer. Both appointments are effective immediately and follow the retirement…

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Space

Famous supernova reveals clues about crucial cosmic distance markers

Posted March 20, 2013 by

A new study using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory points to the origin of a famous supernova. This supernova, discovered in 1604 by Johannes Kepler, belongs to an important class of objects that are used to measure the rate of expansion of the universe. Astronomers have used a very long Chandra observation of the…

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AAR earns Boeing Gold Performance Awards

Posted March 20, 2013 by

AAR announced March 20 that two of its businesses have earned the 2012 Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Award. It is the third time that both AAR Defense Systems and Logistics and AAR Aircraft Component Services in Europe have earned Boeing’s Gold Award. Boeing issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance….

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Joint STARS paves the way with MIDS JTRS fielding

Posted March 20, 2013 by Patty Welsh

Joint STARS recently became the first Air Force airborne system to fully retrofit new terminals that will improve war fighter communication.

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Events

‘Galactic Gala’ at the California Science Center breaks fundraising records

Posted March 20, 2013 by

At the California Science Center’s 15th annual Discovery Ball March 19, nearly 850 guests celebrated “Space Exploration: Past, Present and Future.” As part of the festivities, guests previewed “Mission 26: The Big Endeavour” a photographic exhibition which opened March 11, and dined under the wings of Space Shuttle Endeavour in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion. The…

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Business

SPEEA technical members vote to accept four-year contract

Posted March 20, 2013 by

Technical workers at Boeing have approved a new four-year contract, putting an end to negotiations that have lasted nearly one year. Votes tallied March 18 by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE Local 2001 show Technical workers voted 4,244 to accept and 654 to reject. Union negotiators told members a second rejection…

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Spirit AeroSystems board names president, CEO

Posted March 20, 2013 by

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. announced March 19 that its board of directors has named Larry A. Lawson, president and chief executive officer, effective April 6, 2013. Lawson, formerly executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics business segment, succeeds Jeff Turner who has been Spirit’s CEO since the company’s formation in 2005. Turner is expected to remain…

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Veterans

New automation process cuts Post-9/11 GI Bill claims processing times by more than half

Posted March 20, 2013 by

As part of its ongoing transformation from paper-based to electronic claims processing, the Department of Veterans Affairs has continued to improve the automated payment of benefits for Veterans participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program. As a result, VA is now providing benefit payments to currently enrolled students in an average of six days…

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