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Climb Aboard the Polaris MiG-29 for a Look at Their Astronaut Jet Training

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Later this year, Polaris Dawn will launch on a private spaceflight with SpaceX from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. We caught up with commander Jared ROOK Isaacman, and went flying in the Polaris MiG-29 for a look at their astronaut jet training. The mission will lift-off from historic pad 39A atop a Falcon 9 rocket, on the Crew Dragon spacecraft “Resilience”. It will be quite a mission, and help further humanity’s reach for the stars while raising money for their charitable cause, St… (avgeekery.com) More...

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Blast from the past: FlightAware’s Terrestrial ADS-B Network

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This blog was posted back in 2021. Since then, we've added many new receivers and have seen increased interest in FlightAware's ADS-B Network. With this in mind we updated some aspects and wanted to reshare the content. In addition, we have new posts in the works that go deeper into the technical aspects of ADS-B engineering at FlightAware, so stay tuned! - Eric T. How It Started In the early 2000s, there was an emergence of a new aircraft surveillance technology known as Automatic… (flightaware.engineering) More...

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Neste’s Innovative Solution Will Reduce Companies’ Business Travel Emissions by Up to 80%

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Finnish refining company Neste introduced a new solution to help companies reduce their aviation emissions by purchasing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Neste Impact allows businesses to report carbon dioxide emissions reductions that align with their sustainability targets. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Embraer Secures 133 Aircraft Order With AAL

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Embraer has secured a firm order of 90 ERJ-175 aircraft from American Airlines (with purchase rights of 43 additional aircraft) to help meet the demands of domestic travel. All 133 aircraft will have American Airlines' 76-seat, two class configuration. (embraer.com) More...

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Top 20: London's Six Airports Responsible for Highest Aviation Pollution

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With no less than six international airports, London is more affected by aviation pollution than any other city in the world, according to a new report produced by think tanks ODI and Transport & Environment. Los Angeles and New York are the top cities in the United States. (businesstravelerusa.com) More...

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American Bets on 737 MAX With New Order

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The airline announced an order for 260 narrowbody aircraft, including Boeing's yet-to-be-certified 737 MAX 10. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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JetBlue and Spirit Airlines terminate $3.8 billion merger agreement

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JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines on Monday said they were terminating their merger agreement weeks after losing a federal antitrust lawsuit that challenged the deal. A federal judge blocked the attempted merger in January after the Justice Department sued to bar the deal last year alleging the acquisition would stifle competition in the airline industry and eliminate Spirit as a discount alternative for price-conscious travelers. JetBlue and Spirit appealed the judge’s decision a couple of… (www.cnbc.com) More...

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TECH SpaceX-backed startup says preorders for its $300,000 futuristic flying car have reached 2,850

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KEY POINTS -Alef Aeronautics, which is based in San Mateo, California, said preorder numbers recently hit a fresh record after previously reporting 2,500 preorders for its two-seater flying car, the Alef Model A. -Alef is planning to charge customers $300,000 for the Model A when it becomes commercially available — on 2,850 preorders, that would give it a combined order value of over $850 million to date. -Alef is going for a very different style of vehicle compared to most so-called flying… (www.cnbc.com) More...

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Pilot becomes a hero after safely delivering a baby mid-flight

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A pilot has become a surprise hero after leaving the cockpit mid-flight to deliver a passenger’s baby. Pilots and flight attendants often have to be prepared for the unexpected to happen, like a passenger sending nudes to others onboard or having to fly the plane through a literal hurricane. Recently, a pilot on a VietJet plane rushed into action after a pregnant woman went into labour on his plane during the journey from Taipei in Taiwan to Bangkok in Thailand. According to the New York… (www.indy100.com) More...

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FAA To Let New ATC Skip Academy In Bid To Boost Staff Members

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FAA's new plan allows CTI students to bypass academy and go straight to on-the-job training. (simpleflying.com) More...

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2023 Safety Report: Zero Jet Fatalaties

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Now in Ask the Pilot: 2023 was one of the safest years in aviation history. So why am I nervous? (askthepilot.com) More...

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4,000 Endangered Turtles Seized at Lima Airport

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Thousands of rare and exotic turtles were seized by the Peruvian government at the Lima Airport. This capture highlights a worrying trend of international animal trafficking, in which airport customs officers are required to be alert. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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‘I want to get off the plane.’ The passengers refusing to fly on Boeing’s 737 Max

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Ed Pierson was flying from Seattle to New Jersey in 2023, when he ended up boarding a plane he’d never wanted to fly on. (www.cnn.com) More...

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United Removes New Boeing 737 MAX 10 from Its Order Book

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In compliance with an SEC filing, United Airlines (UA) has opted to exclude the Boeing 737 MAX 10 from its fleet plan starting this year and continuing until after 2025. (aviationa2z.com) More...

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In the cockpit of new airline Beond from Munich to Dubai & Maldives

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In the cockpit of the Airbus A319 of new airline Beond for a roundtrip from Munich to Malé Maldives via Dubai (www.youtube.com) More...

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A look at the oldest and one of the few flying MD81

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In todays video, we take a look at the oldest still flying McDonnell Douglas MD-81. Based out of Michigan’s Detroit metro airport, Olympia Aviation’s N682RW is currently the only MD81 still in operation. Built at McDonnell Douglas’s Long beach site as Serial number 48006, the 43 year old aircraft was delivered in April 1981. Of the 132 MD81’s built, this was one of the earlier produced, being the 19th to roll off the assembly line. (www.youtube.com) More...

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More Boeing Safety Issues – this time with 787

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Much like the FAA’s proposed airworthiness directive for the 737 MAX from last month, the FAA is also likely to mandate action on another engine de-icing system problem with the Boeing 787 (airinsight.com) More...

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Report: Boeing may reacquire Spirit at higher price despite hating optics

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Amid safety scandals involving "many loose bolts" and widespread problems with Boeing's 737 Max 9s, Boeing is apparently considering buying back Spirit AeroSystems, the key supplier behind some of Boeing's current manufacturing problems, sources told The Wall Street Journal. Spirit was initially spun out from Boeing Commercial Airplanes in 2005, and Boeing had planned to keep it that way. Last year, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun sought to dispel rumors that Boeing might reacquire… (arstechnica.com) More...

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Woman Dies After Getting Ill on American Airlines Flight From Punta Cana

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A 41-year-old female passenger suddenly fell ill on an American Airlines flight from Punta Cana (PUJ) to Charlotte (CLT). The aircraft made an emergency landing in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (PLS) on February 28. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Ampaire Completes First 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel Test for Hybrid-Electric Aircraft

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Ampaire has achieved its first ground test utilizing pure 100% ASTM D7566 Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) produced from electricity and carbon dioxide with their partner Dimensional Energy. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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FAA Adds Boeing 787 jets to Anti-Ice System Concerns

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The Federal Aviation Administration has raised new concerns about the anti-ice systems on Boeing 787 jets. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Qantas First A220s Enter Commercial Service

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Qantas Airways' new Airbus A220 operated the inaugural Melbourne to Canberra QF1266 service this morning. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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FAA to Implement Final Rules for Most Large Aircraft to be Built

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As part of the United States Aviation Climate Action Plan – which strives to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions for United States Aviation by 2050 – the Federal Aviation Administration announced earlier this month its final rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from most large aircraft in U.S. airspace. The new rules go into effect on April 16, and requires aircraft built after January 1, 2028 to incorporate more fuel efficient technologies. The rule applies to aircraft of certain… (www.jdsupra.com) More...

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Dad with travel and aviation passion builds 737 flight simulator in his garage, took him 3 years

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A man is living out a lifelong dream now that he's finished his 737 flight simulator creation after three years of hard work. Meet Alberto Paduanelli — a 43-year-old father of two and current medical device auditor from Sherfield-on-Loddon, Hampshire, England. Paduanelli recently completed a life-sized flight simulator, something he'd wanted to do for over 20 years. (www.foxnews.com) More...

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CycloTech Raises €20 Million in Funding for its Innovative Aviation Propulsion System

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Austrian aviation technology company CycloTech recently secured €20 million ($21.6 million) in financing to develop its flight propulsion technology. The investment was announced on February 28, only a few weeks after the company announced plans to raise funding. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Norway may ground Sikorsky helicopters after deadly crash

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OSLO, Feb 29 (Reuters) - Norway on Thursday halted all helicopter traffic to its offshore oil and gas fields after a deadly crash, and said it was considering grounding Sikorsky's S-92A aircraft model while investigating the accident. (www.reuters.com) More...

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Amazon return of leased cargo jets hurts ATSG profit

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Amazon doesn't need as many freighters as it used to, which is squeezing profits at Air Transport Services Group. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Fleet Analysis: American Airlines Narrow-Body Aircraft Ahead of Major Order

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American Airlines is nearing a significant milestone in its fleet modernization efforts, preparing to place an order for approximately 100 narrow-body aircraft. This strategic move is part of what is considered the largest fleet renewal initiative in the airline’s history, complementing an existing order of 159 aircraft from leading manufacturers Airbus and Boeing. (www.airguide.info) More...

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Delta Pilot Charters Entire A330 for Retirement Send-Off

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One captain took his retirement flight to a whole new level. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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U.S. Justice Department Launches Investigation into Boeing's Door Plug Incident

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In January, just days before a crucial deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) expiration with the Department of Justice (DOJ), a mid-air incident involving Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 9 reignited concerns about the company's safety practices and compliance with the agreement (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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British Airways Parent IAG Signs Deal for Nearly 1 Billion Liters of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

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International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of airlines including Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and LEVEL, announced today its largest Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) purchase agreement to date for nearly 1 billion liters of SAF, with Twelve, a company that produces a synthetic aviation fuel made from CO2, water, and renewable energy known as e-SAF. Founded in 2015, California-based Twelve produces chemicals, materials, and fuels from carbon, instead of fossil fuels… (www.esgtoday.com) More...

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Southwest Halts 2024 Pilot Hiring Plans

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In an internal memo, the airline said it would be pausing pilot new hire classes in 2024. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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Wright-Patt AFB Hit by Suspected Tornado

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Wright-Patt AFB near Dayton, OH was hit by a suspected tornado early this morning. A severe weather outbreak battered the region overnight, signaling an early start to the spring severe weather season. Wright-Patterson is home to the National Museum of the USAF, and home of the 88th Air Base Wing. A hangar at the museum was damaged. (avgeekery.com) More...

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Birthday ‘Bomb’ Joke Lands JetBlue Passenger In Jail

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A JetBlue passenger celebrating his birthday got an all-expenses paid trip to jail after making a “bomb” joke on his transcon flight to San Francisco. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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Seamless Air Alliance works to integrate 3GPP 5G satellite networks into aviation sector

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FREMONT, Calif. - The Seamless Air Alliance (SAA) in Fremont, Calif. announced it will foster the development and integration of 3GPP specified 5G NTN into the aviation sector to enable future connectivity between terrestrial and non-terrestrial satellite networks. In mobile satellite services, historical reliance on proprietary technologies has impeded seamless integration with terrestrial networks. Airlines have faced substantial challenges due to the lack of interoperability among various… (www.militaryaerospace.com) More...

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Boeing Faces 90-Day Deadline for Action Plan Addressing Quality Control Issues

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assigned Boeing 90 days to come up with a plan to fix quality problems and meet safety standards for the production of new planes, less than two months after a door plug blew out of a 737 MAX, nine minutes into an Alaska Airlines flight. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Southwest Airlines Launches Venture Firm for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, $30 Million Investment in Fuel Producer LanzaJet

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Southwest Airlines announced the launch of Southwest Airlines Renewable Ventures (SARV), a subsidiary focused on helping the airline achieve its sustainability goals by obtaining sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Southwest also announced a $30 million investment in sustainable fuel technology company and producer LanzaJet. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Robinson Helicopter Company Announces Leadership Transition: Kurt Robinson Steps Into Advisory Role as David Smith Named President and CEO

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TORRANCE, Calif., February 27, 2024--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Robinson Helicopter Company, Inc. (RHC), a global leader in civilian rotorcraft, announces Kurt Robinson, president and CEO of the privately-owned company, will transition to an advisory role and remain on the board of directors effective immediately. Concurrently, David Smith, formerly Robinson Helicopter’s vice president of operations, has been named the new president and CEO. This leadership transition marks a new chapter in the… (finance.yahoo.com) More...

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Do you know how to fly safely? The 'why' behind airline safety rules | Cruising Altitude

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I fly a lot and it always drives me crazy when people aren’t following the safety instructions on planes and it got me thinking: maybe some travelers just don’t know why the rules and guidelines for what to do on airplanes are in place. Regular flyers have heard the safety briefing a thousand times but may never have looked under the hood at the reasons behind every instruction. Two things in particular always stuck out to me: why does it matter if you put your own oxygen mask on before helping… (www.usatoday.com) More...

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Korean Air Will Give Three Airbus A350 Planes to T'way Air

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The proposed merger between Korean Air and Asiana Airlines requires a solution to prevent the combined carrier from having a monopoly in South Korea's aviation market. One solution suggested was to supply T'way Air, a South Korean low-cost carrier (LCC), with five Airbus A330-200s from the Korean Air fleet. However, reports indicate that Korean Air is considering giving three Airbus A350-900s from the Asiana fleet once the merger is complete. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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World's First Intercity Air Taxi Flight Travels From Shenzhen to Zhuhai, Operated by AutoFlight

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German-Chinese electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) startup AutoFlight completed the world's first electric air taxi demonstration flight between two cities. The flight went from Shenzhen to Zhuhai in China's Guangdong province on February 27. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Cargojet sees strong volumes after 2023 fleet reversal

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The Canadian cargo airline minimized earnings declines despite difficult conditions in 2023. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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£3 Million Immigration Scam: British Airways Manager Flees After Visa Fraud

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A 24-year-old British Airways manager at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) stands accused of running a £3 million ($3.8 million) immigration scam, allegedly exploiting the airline's check-in systems to assist passengers in bypassing security without visas or proper documentation. The suspect, whose name has yet to be released, is currently on the run in India after being arrested and released on bail in January. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Lufthansa Confirms Initial Routes for New Subsidiary

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Lufthansa City Airlines operations are initially planned from Munich. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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Sneak Peek: JFK Airport Terminal 6 Development Anniversary

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and JFK Millennium Partners showcase the latest developments of Terminal 6 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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Supernal Takes Off With eVTOL Ambitions as S-A2 and Partnerships Forge Path in Urban Air Mobility

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Supernal, the Hyundai Motor Company subsidiary focusing on advanced air mobility (AAM), is making significant progress towards introducing an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. At an innovation summit in Las Vegas in January, the company unveiled its product, the S-A2 aircraft. Supernal also announced deals with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) at the Singapore Airshow this month. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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FAA Report Slams Boeing's Safety Culture as 'Inadequate and Confusing'

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On February 26, U.S. regulators released an assessment of Boeing's safety measurements and company culture. The report pressured the company since it had already dealt with the aftermath of the Alaska Airlines incident in January and the two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019 involving the 737 MAX 8 jet. The expert panel stated, "A lack of awareness of safety-related metrics at all levels of the organization." (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Electric Jet Propulsion Units

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Lilium, the manufacturer behind the design of the seven-seat electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Lilium Jet, is ramping up production of its flagship model. The German firm on Monday said it has begun installing a serial production line for the Jet’s electric propulsion units at its manufacturing facility in Wessling, Germany. The company expects the first prototype propulsion systems—which will support for-credit type certification testing with the European Union Aviation Safety… (www.flyingmag.com) More...

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How One Tweet Started Fake “Near Miss” Stories

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On February 24, a number of aviation social media accounts and news outlets broke a story about a supposedly serious runway incursion at Johannesburg's OR Tambo Airport in South Africa. They painted the 'incident' as having potentially serious consequences, labeling it as a 'near miss'. It turns out that was far from the truth. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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COMAC Debuts at Vietnam Airshow After Singapore

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COMAC debuts at the Vietnam Airshow following a successful debut at the Singapore Airshow. (airwaysmag.com) More...

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