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Hawker 400XPR engine test article completes first flight

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Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support announced May 7 the successful first flight of the Hawker 400XPR engine test article. This was the first flight of an upgraded aircraft with new Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines. The Hawker 400XPR upgrade combines the increased power of the Williams International FJ44-4A-32 engines with the superior aerodynamics of genuine Hawker…

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Ball Aerospace names VP for engineering

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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has appointed Jeff Osterkamp to vice president for Engineering. In his new role, Osterkamp will provide overall strategic and operational leadership for all disciplines of engineering at Ball Aerospace including manufacturing, test, supply chain management, IR&D and intellectual property. He will also direct hiring and oversee program staffing, infrastructure capabilities…

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First Travis C-5B inducted

Posted May 9, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph by David Key

Lockheed Martin last week inducted into its facilities in Marietta, Ga., the first C-5B Galaxy from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., to become a C-5M Super Galaxy. This aircraft is the twelfth to enter the Reliability Enhancement and Re-Engining Program production line. Throughout its career, this aircraft has supported the warfighter’s operations across...

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UTC names Sikorsky Aircraft president

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United Technologies Corp. announced May 7 the appointment of Mick Maurer as president of its Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. subsidiary, effective July 1. Maurer will report to UTC Chairman and Chief Executive Louis Chenevert, succeeding Jeffrey P. Pino, who will retire July 1. To ensure a seamless succession, Pino and Maurer will collaborate closely during the…

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Vision Systems International to supply JHMCS to Boeing

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Vision Systems International, LLC, a leader in advanced Helmet Mounted Display technology, has received a new contract with a total value of more than $32 million for the delivery of the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System to Boeing for the U.S. Navy and Air Force, and Foreign Military Sales to include: Finland, Australia, Belgium, Canada,…

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Deployment extended for K-MAX unmanned aerial cargo hauler

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Two unmanned K-MAX helicopters have delivered more than one million pounds in less than four months in support of the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan and will remain in theater until September on a deployment extension. The aircraft, a joint effort by Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace, is the first unmanned helicopter to deliver cargo…

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Debt, not market, drove plane maker to bankruptcy

Posted May 8, 2012 by by Joshua Freed and Roxana Hegeman

Economic turbulence has shrunk the market for business jets, and it’s causing an especially bumpy ride for Hawker Beechcraft. The Wichita, Kansas,-based aircraft maker filed for bankruptcy protection this week, seeking approval for a plan that would write an estimated $2.5 billion in debt off its books and eliminate almost $125 million in annual cash…

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Boeing, EVA Air announce order for three 777s

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Boeing and Taipei-based EVA Air May 8 finalized an order for three 777-300ERs (Extended Range) airplanes. The order also includes purchase rights for an additional four airplanes. “The 777-300ER is the flagship of our long-haul fleet and will play an important role in growing our global operations,” said Chang Kuo-wei, president of EVA Air. “The…

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Lockheed Martin completes delivery of 17 CC-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Canada

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The Royal Canadian Air Force formally accepted the 17th Lockheed Martin CC-130J Super Hercules in ceremonies in Marietta, Ga., May 8, completing the order placed in December 2007. The aircraft will be flown to Canadian Forces Base Trenton later this week. The original contract called for all 17 aircraft to be delivered by the end…

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Etihad cancels seven Airbus A350 orders

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Airbus says fast-growing Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad Airways has canceled another seven orders for its A350-1000 wide-body long-range jet. Spokeswoman Aude Lebas said the April cancellation follows a similar decision in December not to go through with orders for six of the same jets. Etihad still has orders for 12 of the aircraft, a rival…

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