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U.S. FAA Reportedly Delegated Oversight of Critical 737 Max Flight System to Boeing

A New York Times investigation into the Boeing 737 Max crisis—involving two crashes that killed a cumulative 346 people and the continued grounding of the entire line from global service—has found troubling signs that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration process to guarantee the planes’ safety was fatally flawed and bent to Boeing pressure when it came to potential hazards. Read More >>

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Boeing Reports Up to 148 Parts For Its Aircraft Were ‘Improperly Manufactured’

Adding to an ever-growing list of Boeing public relations issues, the aircraft manufacturer has informed the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that some of its 737 jets may have “improperly manufactured” wing parts that don’t meet strength and durability standards. Read More >>

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Experimental Plane Shows Supersonic Blasts of Air Could Simplify the Way We Pilot Aircraft

The more moving parts a machine has, the more likely it is to eventually fail. It’s an especially problematic rule of thumb for aircraft given the fact that a mechanical failure during a flight can be catastrophic. To help remedy this, BAE Systems recently tested a unique plane that replaces its wing’s adjustable ailerons with powerful blasts of air to steer the craft. Read More >>

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Boeing May Be About to Lose a £3.7 Billion Order for Its 737 Max Planes

An airline in Indonesia just became the first in the world to try and cancel its order for Boeing’s Max planes in the wake of the two deadly crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia within the past five months. And the move has the potential to cost Boeing billions. Read More >>

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Boeing Software Updates to Fix Anti-Stall System ‘Tentatively’ Approved by US FAA: Report

Following Boeing’s announcement earlier this month that it planned to release a series of updates to its operational training and 737 Max jets no later than next month, the Wall Street Journal reported that those changes have been “tentatively” greenlit by US Federal Aviation Administration officials, though further checks and ground tests are needed prior to rollout. Read More >>

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Boeing Promises to Release Software Update For 737 Max Planes by April

Boeing announced overnight that the company would release a software update for its 737 Max planes “no later” than next month. The announcement, which was posted to Boeing’s website, calls the software release an “enhancement” and explains that it’s related to the October crash of Lion Air Flight 610 which killed 189 people. Sunday’s crash that killed 157 in Ethiopia is only mentioned in passing. Read More >>

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Airlines Begin to Ground Boeing 737 Max-8 Planes After Deadly Ethiopian Crash

Multiple airlines around the world, along with the countries of China and Indonesia, have decided to ground Boeing 737 Max-8 planes in the wake of a crash on Sunday that killed 157 people. The crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 was the second by a Boeing 737 Max-8 in the past five months. This past October, a Max-8 that was operated by Lion Air crashed off the coast of Indonesia and killed all 189 people on board. Read More >>

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Spanish Officials Want Whoever Owns This Abandoned Aircraft to Pay Their Dang Bill

Officials at Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas airport in Spain are trying to locate the owner of an abandoned McDonnell Douglas MD87 that has been taking up costly space at the facility for years, CNN reported this weekend. Read More >>

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Airlander 10, Bum-Shaped Airship Prototype and World’s Longest Aircraft, to Be Retired

Hybrid Air Vehicles, the company behind the Airlander 10 airship (the world’s longest aircraft and also known as the “flying bum” for its resemblance to the physical feature in question), said on Sunday that its current prototype will not be rebuilt but that it plans to build a new generation of airships, the Guardian reported. Read More >>

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Now the Military Has Been Called in to Hunt Down Gatwick’s Drone Dickhead

Gatwick is at an absolute standstill today, and while you could make some snide comments about the airport's usual efficiency (the budget airlines aren't generally known for being 100% prompt) you have to concede that this whole situation is an absolute shitshow. All thanks to some dickhead that's been flying a drone around the airport, and stranding thousands of people. Read More >>

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After Lion Air Crash, Boeing Reportedly Will Warn That the 737 Max Can ‘Abruptly Dive’ by Mistake

Aerospace giant Boeing is preparing to alert pilots of its new 737 Max line of passenger jets warning that inaccurate readings in an onboard flight-monitoring system can cause the planes “to abruptly dive,” Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing a source with knowledge of the matter. Read More >>

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Ryanair is Cutting its Free Hand Luggage Allowance. Again

Recently Ryanair has been having a few problems. When it's not having to cancel flights for a variety of reasons, or insisting it doesn't have to compensate affected passengers, it's sending out unsigned compensation checks that land would-be passengers with bank fines. Now it's going to make itself eve more unpopular by reducing the hand luggage people can take into the cabin without paying. Again. Read More >>

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China Tests Hypersonic Aircraft Capable of Penetrating US Missile Defence Systems

China claims to have successfully tested a hypersonic aircraft capable of reaching speeds in excess of Mach 6, or 4,563 miles per hour. The cutting-edge vehicle has the potential to penetrate US missile defence systems and be refitted to include a nuclear warhead. Read More >>

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Check the Route of Tomorrow’s RAF Flyby, and See if Anything Will Pass Your House/Workplace

Tomorrow is the day that's been set aside to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the RAF, which is 100 days after its official 100th birthday. Clearly doing something big to celebrate on the 1st April was a risky endeavour. So there's going to be a big parade, and flyby involving 25 different RAF aircraft that will look suspiciously like a military coup given what's going on in the government today. While the main event is happening at Buckingham Palace, you might be able to see something from your own house - just as long as you live along the flight route. Read More >>

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Can’t See the RAF Centenary Flyby Over London? Don’t Worry, There’s an App for That

You may have noticed that this year is the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, and lot's being done to celebrate that fact - including a flyby over Central London on 10th July. If you want to see all the planes, and can't actually make it to the capital on that day, you needn't worry. There's actually an app that will let you watch the whole thing in augmented reality, no matter where you are. Read More >>