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SPEEA contract vote will include strike authorization

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SPEEA’s Professional and Technical Bargaining Unit Councils voted to include strike authorization on the ballots going out to members next week to decide whether Boeing’s latest contract offers are accepted or rejected. Council representatives voted to add strike authorization to the ballots during a special meeting Jan. 31. The councils’ also voted to join the…

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ATK senior vice president, president resigns

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ATK has announced that Ronald P. Johnson, senior vice president and president of ATK Sporting Group, resigned from his position, effective Jan. 31. Johnson served in his current role since April 2010. He joined ATK in 2001 when it acquired the Sporting Equipment Group from Blount International. During his tenure at ATK, Johnson also served…

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100th F-35 on Lockheed Martin’s production line

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Lockheed Martin photograph by Neal Chapman. Assembly of the 100th Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is well underway at the F-35 production facility in Fort Worth, Texas. F-35 technicians are in the final phase of building the wings that will be installed on the 100th aircraft known as AF-41. AF-41, a conventional takeoff and landing…

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Northrop Grumman awarded H-1 helicopter mission computer contract by U.S. Navy

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WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command to provide Gen II mission computers for the H-1 Upgrade helicopter program. Under the $9.3 million firm-fixed-price order, Northrop Grumman will supply Gen II mission computers and trays for the H-1 Upgrade program’s Lot 10 production aircraft….

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Hawker Beechcraft closer to bankruptcy emergence

Posted January 30, 2013 by Roxana Hegeman

Kansas plane maker Hawker Beechcraft said Jan. 25 that its key creditors overwhelmingly backed a proposed reorganization plan in a vote that moves the company closer to emerging from bankruptcy protection as early as next month. The Wichita, Kansas,-based company said that it will seek court approval to exit bankruptcy at a hearing Thursday and…

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Boeing 787 probe shifts to monitoring system maker

Posted January 30, 2013 by Yuri Kageyama

The joint U.S. and Japanese investigation into the Boeing 787′s battery problems has shifted from the battery-maker to the manufacturer of a monitoring system. Japan transport ministry official Shigeru Takano said Jan. 28 the probe into battery-maker GS Yuasa was over for now as no evidence was found it was the source of the problems….

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Northrop Grumman awarded H-1 helicopter mission computer contract by U.S. Navy

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WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command to provide Gen II mission computers for the H-1 Upgrade helicopter program. Under the $9.3 million firm-fixed-price order, Northrop Grumman will supply Gen II mission computers and trays for the H-1 Upgrade program’s Lot 10 production aircraft….

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Boeing focuses on 787 fix; fourth quarter profit tops estimate

Posted January 30, 2013 by Joshua Freed

Boeing said Jan. 30 that its top priority this year is fixing the battery problems that grounded its 787. The company made the pledge while reporting a fourth-quarter profit that topped Wall Street estimates, as rising profits from commercial jets offset a smaller profit from defense work. The 50 787s in service were grounded two…

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Boeing 737 program starts building at higher production rate

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Boeing photograph Boeing Mechanics load initial parts of the spars for the first airplane at the new rate into a spar-assembly machine. Boeing has begun assembly of the first Next-Generation 737 to be built at the rate of 38 airplanes per month. Over the past two years, production of the 737 has risen more than…

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U.S. investigators ask Boeing for battery history

Posted January 30, 2013 by Elaine Kurtenbach and Joan Lowy

U.S. investigators said Jan. 30 they asked Boeing to provide a full operating history of lithium-ion batteries used in its grounded 787 Dreamliners after Japan’s All Nippon Airways revealed it had repeatedly replaced the batteries even before overheating problems surfaced. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said the agency made the request after recently…

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