Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.com

Robert Wall wall@aviationweek.com
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Rolls-Royce Completes IAE Exit 
MTU Aero Engines and Japanese Aero Engines Corp. will join a new engine joint venture that Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce are forming to serve the next-generation single-aisle market.
Rolls-Royce Completes IAE Exit 
MTU Aero Engines and Japanese Aero Engines Corp. will join a new engine joint venture that Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce are forming to serve the next-generation single-aisle market.
Airbus Ramps Up U.S. Assembly Plans
After months of discussion, Airbus appears ready to pull the trigger on establishing another A320 final assembly line, this time in the U.S. (Photo: Airbus Concept)
EASA Expands A380 Wing Inspection Guidance 
The European Aviation Safety Agency has expanded inspection intervals for A380 wing component cracks as the regulator continues to work with Airbus to approve a final fix for the problem.
Saab, Swiss Engage On Gripen NG Offsets 
The offset contract itself is not expected to be signed until 2013 or 2014, according to the Swiss defense armaments agency, armasuisse.
MBDA Preparing Final Performance Statement On Meteor Missile 
Having completed key development flight tests for the Meteor ramjet-powered beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile, MBDA is now preparing the final performance statement for customers on the weapon. (Gripen photo: Saab)
U.S. Navy Shifts To Harpoon For P-8 
HOOD RIVER, Ore. - The U.S. Navy is moving to integrate the Harpoon anti-ship weapon on the P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, replacing the SLAM-ER previously slated for that role. (Photo: Boeing)
Third X-51A Readied For Hypersonic Test 
Boeing and its X-51A team partners are ready to attempt a third test of the scramjet-powered hypersonic demonstrator following modifications to avoid problems which cut short the last flight in June 2011. (Artist's concept of X-51A: U.S. Air Force)
China Clears Embraer Legacy Production With Avic
Embraer has secured Chinese government approval to assemble Legacy 600/650 business jets in China, extending a relationship that existed on the ERJ145 using the Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co. joint venture with Avic. (Legacy 650 photo: Embraer)
X-48C Set To Start Test Flights 
EDWARDS AFB, Calif. - The design, which also is under evaluation by Boeing as part of NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) program, has shown the potential for up to 50% lower fuel burn and 40 dB less noise than a similarly sized tube-and-wing aircraft. (Photo: Robert Wall)
EU Urges U.K. Progress On Defense Market Rules 
The European Commission has called on the U.K. and other European Union members to make good on their commitment to implement new rules to ease arms trade among EU members. (Photo: Airbus Military)
Boeing Looks To Return Phantom Eye To Flight This Year 
EDWARDS AFB, Calif. - Boeing is hoping to return the liquid hydrogen-fueled Phantom Eye unmanned aircraft demonstrator to flight this year after the air vehicle suffered damage on landing following its June 1 first flight. (Image: Boeing)
Ryanair Renews Aer Lingus Takeover Effort 

Irish low-fare carrier Ryanair is launching a third takeover attempt of Aer Lingus, in which it holds almost 30%. Two previous takeover efforts were rebuffed by regulators.

The move comes as U.K. regulators were given the green light to examine antitrust issues concerning the Ryanair minority shareholding, which has angered Aer Lingus management.

Ryanair is bidding €1.30 ($1.65) per share for Aer Lingus, representing a 38.3% premium.

Boeing Sees QF-16 As Path To Upgrading F-16s 
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The company believes the experience it is gaining on the QF-16 program, turning retired fighters into target drones, is giving it the intellectual know-how to become involved in upgrading and extending the service life of F-16s. (Photo: USAF)
Aer Lingus Board Rejects Ryanair Offer 

The board of Aer Lingus says Ryanair’s offer of €1.30 ($1.65) per share should be rejected by shareholders as too low.

In reacting to the takeover offer made June 19, Aer Lingus says, “. . . the offer, even if it is capable of completion, undervalues Aer Lingus.”

The airline also points out that two previous takeover attempts by Ryanair have failed and that regulators are examining whether the low-fare airline should dispose of the 29.82% it holds in Aer Lingus.

 
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Apr 25, 2015
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Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015
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Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 1

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015
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Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015
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Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More

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