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Boeing awards direct contract to Mubadala Aerospace’s Strata facility to for composite aerostructures

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Boeing and Mubadala Aerospace of Abu Dhabi April 17 announced a 10-year direct contract for Strata Manufacturing, Mubadala Aerospace’s advanced composite aerostructures facility in Al Ain, to produce commercial composite aerostructures for the 777 and 787 Dreamliner. In addition, the companies announced a strategic agreement that positions Strata to be a future supplier of the…

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Boeing chief pilot: Training must transform to maximize full pilot potential

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Boeing called April 17 on the aviation industry to transform aviation training for the next generation of commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians. At the World Aviation Training Symposium in Orlando, Fla., Mike Carriker, Boeing Test & Evaluation chief pilot for New Airplane Development, focused on training future aviation personnel to their fullest potential to…

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Virgin Galactic, Aabar Investments PJS appoint chief adviser for Spaceport Abu Dhabi

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Virgin Galactic LLC, part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, and Aabar Investments PJS announced April 17 that they had appointed Steve Landeene to the role of chief adviser, Spaceport Abu Dhabi. Between 2007 and 2010, Landeene was executive director of Spaceport America in New Mexico and oversaw the development of Virgin Galactic’s operational hub…

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Boeing, ANA celebrate first 787 biofuel flight

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Boeing and All Nippon Airways made aviation history April 17 as a 787 Dreamliner flew for the first time powered in part by sustainable biofuels. “The 787 is the most environmentally progressive jetliner flying today, combining fuel efficiency and comfort with reduced carbon emissions,” said Billy Glover…

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Lockheed Martin names new leader for Commercial Launch Services business

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Lockheed Martin Corporation announced April 17 that Robert Cleave has been named president of Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services effective May 1, 2012. Cleave succeeds Jack Zivic who is retiring at the end of April following 28 years of service with the company. In his new role, Cleave will lead and expand the company’s launch…

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Boeing makes 737 MAX design decisions

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Boeing has made a series of design updates to the 737 MAX to further optimize the new-engine variant’s performance. “The 737 MAX is on-track to deliver substantial fuel-savings to customers starting in 2017,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, 737 program. “We’ve made several design decisions that support the performance targets for the…

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Raytheon awarded $106 million for Aegis radar work

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The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon a $106.4 million modification to a previously awarded contract for the production of Aegis-related equipment, including the AN/SPY-1(D)V radar transmitter and MK99 Mod 14 Fire Control System. With this modification, Raytheon will continue its long history of reliable manufacturing of these two essential components, which are critical to Aegis’…

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Northrop Grumman Silent Watch distributed aperture system demonstrated on surface vessel

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A team of Northrop Grumman engineers recently successfully demonstrated the capability of the company’s Silent Watch Electro-Optical Infrared Distributed Aperture System to enable a surface vessel to sense and track threats. The Silent Watch EO/DAS was originally designed and developed by Northrop Grumman to provide 360-degree situational awareness for F-35 pilots. The innovative threat warning…

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Boeing receives additional Laser JDAM contract from U.S. Navy

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Boeing received a $12.5 million contract from U.S. Naval Air Systems Command March 12 for 1,116 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition sensors. This is NAVAIR’s third Low Rate Initial Production order for its Direct Attack Moving Target Capability. It follows an $8.3 million NAVAIR order for 700 laser sensors on Jan. 31 that allows the…

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Business Briefs April 17, 2012

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HEICO acquires Aerospace Electronics product line HEICO reported April 16 that its Radiant Power Corp. subsidiary acquired the aerospace assets of Moritz Aerospace, Inc. in an all cash transaction. Radiant is part of HEICO’s Electronic Technologies Group. HEICO stated that it expects the acquisition to be accretive to its earnings within a year following the…

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