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Stratolaunch, World’s Largest-Ever Plane by Wingspan, Successfully Takes Off on Maiden Flight

Stratolaunch, the world’s largest plane by wingspan and the brainchild of late Silicon Valley billionaire Paul Allen, finally took off at around 10:00 a.m. local time on Saturday for a two and a half hour inaugural flight, the Washington Post reported. Read More >>

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Boeing’s 737 Max Fix Won’t Be Ready for Weeks

Boeing’s 737 Max line of jets won’t be flying passengers again for at least a few weeks as the company continues working on software and hardware updates deemed necessary after two air disasters, CNN reported on Monday, citing an updated timeline issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. 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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Aviation Experts Have Predicted Automation Will Lead to Disasters Like the Boeing Max Crashes for 15 Years

The two tragic crashes of Boeing’s best-selling 737 Max planes increasingly look to be caused in part by a malfunctioning automated system—and the pilots’ lack of training around how to deal with it—that was designed to keep the aircraft from stalling out. The final reports aren’t in yet, but the similarities between the crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that together killed 346 people, and the log of complaints from other pilots about the system, all point to trouble with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS. Read More >>

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Boeing Charged Extra Money for ‘Vital’ Safety Features on 737 Max

Boeing makes a lot of money selling planes around the world. But if you want all the bells and whistles that help ensure those planes don’t fall out of the sky, that sometimes costs extra. 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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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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Uh, a Fighter Plane With World War II-Era Nazi Insignia Crashed in California Yesterday

The German Luftwaffe suffered another devastating defeat today when a plane bearing its World War II-era insignia crash-landed on the centre divider of U.S. 101 in California on Tuesday, promptly going up in an inferno like its historical predecessors. Read More >>

aviation
Airline Employee Steals Plane, Crashes After Being Tailed by Fighters

A 29-year-old airline employee “thought to be suicidal” stole a 76-seat Q400 turboprop plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) on Friday night, eventually crashing some 30 miles away with fighter jets on his tail, the New York Times reported. Local authorities confirmed he is dead. Read More >>

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MQ-9B Drone Is First ‘Civilian-Registered’ Remotely Piloted Aircraft to Cross Atlantic

The first “civilian-registered” remotely piloted drone to ever make a flight across the Atlantic landed at 6:43pm in RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire last Wednesday after taking off from Grand Forks in the US state of North Dakota last Tuesday, the BBC reported, after travelling nearly 3,800 miles. Read More >>

technology
BAE’s MAGMA Stealth Drone Uses ‘Blown Air’ Instead Of Moving Parts To Fly Around

No one's invented cloaking devices yet, so aerospace companies have to use more conventional technologies to make stealthier jets and drones. Or, you know, you could remove some technology, like BAE has with its MAGMA drone, which uses blasts of air instead of traditional flight machinery to manoeuvre. Read More >>

war
US Air Force Wants to Put Lasers on Fighter Jets By 2021

The US Air Force’s scientific research wing is giving Lockheed Martin $26.3 million “for the design, development, and production of a high power fibre laser,” which it expects to start testing on a tactical fighter jet in four years. Sounds cool and certainly futuristic, but the jury’s still out on whether these weapons have any real tactical value. Read More >>

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FAA Proposes Worldwide Laptop Ban For Checked Bags on International Flights

The US Federal Aviation Administration wants the world’s airlines to stop letting passengers put large electronic devices like laptops in checked bags on international flights. The proposal, which will no doubt upset some frequent travellers, will be considered by the United Nations in the coming weeks. Read More >>