Aviation news and events

    The first ever in-depth study of the current and future needs of Australia's aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul sector is under way. The $500,000, three year study, "The Future of Aircraft Maintenance in Australia: Aviation Safety, Workforce Capability and Industry Development", is being done by the University of NSW's Industrial Relations Research Centre. Full Story...
    Any company that uses capital equipment is faced with the inevitability that one day the equipment will have to be replaced. Capital investment is a fact of business life whether the company is making cars, selling pink flamingoes or, indeed, flying passengers around the world. The trick with capital investment is to buy the right equipment to match the company's market strategy, and for Australasia's airlines that means planning an aircraft fleet that will make them a serious player in one of the region's most competitive industries. Full Story...
    PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered the total amount of atmosphere on Mars changes dramatically as the tilt of the planet's axis varies. This process can affect the stability of liquid water, if it exists on the Martian surface, and increase the frequency and severity of Martian dust storms. Researchers using the orbiter's ground-penetrating radar identified a large, buried deposit of frozen carbon dioxide, or dry ice, at the Red Planet's south pole. The scientists suspect that much of this carbon dioxide enters the planet's atmosphere and swells the atmosphere's mass when Mars' tilt increases. The findings are published in this week's issue of the journal Science. Full Story...
    Lockheed Martin hopes to make headway with the “maturity” flights of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Edwards AFB, Calif., now that AF-6, the second of two test aircraft at Edwards, was expected to conduct its first maturity flight as soon as July 12. Maturity flight testing for AF-6 and AF-7 is one of a series of steps for the Joint Strike Fighter program prior to entering pilot training as planned this fall. The goal is to fly the Block 1A software, which includes mission avionics, basic navigation and instrumentation and some radar and electronic warfare systems, on these two aircraft prior to clearing it for pilot training at Eglin AFB, Fla. Full Story...
    GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes’ proposed BRL311 million (US$196.5 million) takeover of Webjet Linhas Aereas will provide much needed market dominance for the Brazilian low-cost carrier as rival Grupo TAM finalizes its merger with Chile’s LAN Airlines. Full Story...
    BEIJING — Korea Aerospace Industries will move ahead with preliminary development of South Korea’s proposed light attack helicopter, following the Defense Ministry’s decision to contract with the company for concept definition. Full Story...
    Active campaigns include Brazil and Denmark. A Middle Eastern customer, possibly Kuwait, has expressed interest. Full Story...
    The FBI is leading an investigation into a stun gun that was discovered in the back seat pocket of a Jet Blue airplane in Newark, New Jersey, authorities said today. Full Story...