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  • Boeing prepares St. Louis plant for likely Air Force F-15 orders

    04/23/2019 12:26:14 PM PDT · by Mariner · 27 replies
    Air Force Times via Yahoo ^ | April 23rd, 2019 | Unattributed
    ST. LOUIS — Boeing is preparing to build F-15 fighter planes for the U.S. Air Force at its St. Louis County plant even though the military branch hasn’t bought the jet in over a decade. The Chicago-based company began ramping up its F-15 production line near St. Louis after the Air Force submitted a nearly $8 billion budget request last month that included eight F-15s next year and 72 in the following four years. The request came as a surprise to many since the U.S. military has moved toward stealth fighters, such as Lockheed Martin's F-35, in recent years. Prat...
  • Plane Crashes in Prison Yard of Facility in Norco, CA (Flying Wing!)

    04/22/2019 2:20:18 PM PDT · by hattend · 69 replies
    KTLA channel 5 Los Angeles ^ | 22 April 2019 | KTLA 5 Los Angeles
    Authorities are responding to a plane crash in the prison yard of a facility in Riverside County, according to preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration. About 12:10 p.m., the Riverside County Sheriff's Department received reports of an "air emergency" along the 1900 block of 4th Street in Norco. Only the pilot was in the Northrop N9M when it crashed, the FAA said in an email to KTLA, citing local authorities. No injuries were reported on the ground, but the aircraft "sustained substantial damage," the FAA said. Aerial video from Sky5 showed charred ground where the plane appears to have...
  • Blue Angels switching to bigger planes in 2021

    04/22/2019 4:33:54 AM PDT · by DFG · 72 replies
    WFAA ^ | 04/22/2019 | Travis Pittman
    Get a good look at the U.S. Navy Blue Angels while you have a chance. They will be changing to a new plane in a couple of years. The Pensacola News Journal reports the team plans to switch from the F/A-18 Hornet to the F/A-18E Super Hornet in 2021 to mark the team's 75th anniversary. "The jet is more powerful, especially at lower altitudes, so we believe that our maneuvering will be more visible to the crowd and more impressive overall," Cmdr. Frank Weisser, a former Blue Angel pilot, told the Journal.
  • Boeing Employees Claim Shoddy 787 Dreamliner Jet Production: Report

    04/21/2019 3:52:31 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 24 replies
    NDTV ^ | Apr 2019
    Former and current employees at a Boeing plant in the United States' South Carolina that produces the company's 787 Dreamliner jet have claimed that the factory has been plagued by shoddy production and weak oversight that have threatened to compromise safety. The New York Times report is a result of of hundreds of pages of internal emails, corporate documents and federal records, as well as interviews with more than a dozen current and former employees of the North Charleston plant. It comes as the company is dealing with the aftermath of two deadly crashes of its 737 Max aircraft which...
  • A Communications Satellite Just Died in Orbit. It's Potentially Dangerous Space Junk Now

    04/21/2019 12:39:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | 04/21/2019 | Leonard David
    Luxembourg-based Intelsat reports that its Intelsat 29E satellite (IS-29E) is now a total loss, after having reported earlier that the spacecraft suffered an anomaly. Late on April 7, the Intelsat 29e propulsion system experienced damage that caused a leak of the propellant on board the satellite, resulting in a service disruption to customers.. That event caused a service outage on the Intelsat 29e satellite that affected maritime, aeronautical and wireless-operator customers in the Latin America, Caribbean and North Atlantic regions. While working to recover the satellite, a second anomaly occurred, after which all efforts to recover the satellite were unsuccessful,...
  • Crash: Ethiopian B38M near Bishoftu on Mar 10th 2019, impacted terrain after departure

    04/19/2019 7:26:18 PM PDT · by the_daug · 28 replies
    The Aviation Herald ^ | Apr 19th 2019 | Simon Hradecky
    On Apr 19th 2019, as result of the initial assessment released on Apr 16th 2019, The Aviation Herald received pages out of the 737-8 System Schematic Manual showing the circuitry involving the TRIM PRI CUTOUT and TRIM B/U CUTOUT Switches more clearly. The TRIM PRI CUTOUT switch appears under various different names on several pages of the manual, always being referenced as S272 however, the TRIM B/U CUTOUT switch also appears under different names in different locations always being references as S149 however. The graphics of chapter 27-41-11 page 101 makes clear both CUTOUT switches have more than one contact....
  • Japanese F-35A Has Gone Missing Over The Pacific Ocean (Updated)

    04/09/2019 7:29:45 AM PDT · by Lower Deck · 29 replies
    The Drive ^ | 4/9/19 | Tyler Rogoway
    Details remain extremely limited at this time, but there are reports from Japanese media outlets stating that one of the Japan Air Self Defense Force's F-35As has gone missing during an evening training mission off Northern Japan. A search effort is supposedly now underway. Reports state that the F-35 went missing at around 7:30pm local time on the 9th of April, 2019. The aircraft had taken off from Misawa Air Base and was around 85 miles east of that location, over the Pacific Ocean, when it disappeared from Japan's tracking systems.
  • Faulty sensors on Boeing 737 Max led to Ethiopian Airlines crash

    Faulty sensors on the Boeing Max jet led to the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March that spurred an international grounding of the fleet and launched numerous federal investigations by the U.S. government, the Chicago-based manufacturer said on Thursday. An initial report on the incident found that the aircraft -- a new version of Boeing’s popular 737 jet -- had a faulty “angle of attack” sensor, which tracks lift to prevent stalling, Boeing wrote in a statement. The erroneous input activated an autopilot system on the plane known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) that automatically forces the plane’s nose...
  • Boeing delays Starliner test flights (again, and again, and again...)

    04/03/2019 11:11:57 AM PDT · by Yossarian · 21 replies
    SpaceNews ^ | 4/3/19 | Jeff Foust
    WASHINGTON — Boeing confirmed April 2 it will delay the uncrewed test flight of its commercial crew vehicle, citing a tight schedule and conflicts with another launch. In a statement to SpaceNews, Boeing said the first flight of its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, called the Orbital Flight Test, is now scheduled for August on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. That launch had been scheduled for this spring. In the statement, Boeing said it had entered the “final phases of production” of the Starliner that will fly that uncrewed test flight. “Our Starliner team continues to press...
  • Ethiopian airlines pilots initially followed Boeing’s emergency steps to disable 737 MAX system

    04/03/2019 7:18:49 AM PDT · by WhoisAlanGreenspan? · 43 replies
    Originally Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/2/2019 | By Andy Pasztor and Andrew Tangel
    Pilots at the controls of the Boeing Co. 737 MAX that crashed in March in Ethiopia initially followed emergency procedures laid out by the plane maker but still failed to recover control of the jet, according to people briefed on the probe’s preliminary findings. After turning off a flight-control system that was automatically pushing down the plane’s nose shortly after takeoff March 10, these people said, the crew couldn’t get the aircraft to climb and ended up turning it back on and relying on other steps before the final plunge killed all 157 people on board. The sequence of events,...
  • Exclusive: Boeing software re-activated before Ethiopian crash - sources

    04/03/2019 7:44:41 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 22 replies
    Roto-Reuters ^ | April 3, 2019 | Eric M. Johnson, Tim Hepher
    SEATTLE/PARIS (Reuters) - Boeing anti-stall software on a doomed Ethiopian Airlines jet re-engaged and pushed the jet downwards after the pilots initially turned it off due to suspect data from an airflow sensor, two people familiar with the matter said. It was not immediately clear whether the crew chose to re-deploy the MCAS system, which was designed to push the nose of the 737 MAX down to prevent one kind of emergency but which is suspected of exacerbating a scenario linked to two crashes.
  • Boeing KC-46 Deliveries Halted

    04/02/2019 11:34:03 AM PDT · by WhoisAlanGreenspan? · 46 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | 4/2/2019 | COLIN CLARK
    CAPITOL HILL: More than a week after the Air Force halted Boeing’s deliveries of KC-46 tankers, Congress and the public learned of the latest shutdown forced by the discovery of more Foreign Object Debris in finished planes. This time, outgoing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told the chairman of the House Armed Services seapower and power projection subcommittee, that: “We actually stopped again the acceptance of KC-46s again after Foreign Object Debris was found in closed compartments.” Rep. Joe Courtney may have been briefed before the hearing began since he asked Wilson for an update on the FOD issue, citing...
  • Macron steals Trump’s thunder with Chinese Airbus order

    03/26/2019 1:54:10 AM PDT · by granada · 20 replies
    Politico (EU) ^ | 3/26/2019 | By RYM MOMTAZ
    PARIS — While U.S. President Donald Trump is pushing for a trade deal to slash his country’s yawning deficit with China, it was his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron who landed a €30 billion aviation contract with Beijing on Monday. China concluded a deal to buy 300 aircraft from Airbus during President Xi Jinping’s state visit to France. The value of the deal was twice what was touted last year, and only compounds the woes of U.S. manufacturer Boeing, whose 737 MAX planes have been grounded across the world this month, after two fatal crashes. The deal struck in France will...
  • Airbus wins China order for 300 jets as Xi visits France

    03/25/2019 8:22:58 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 10 replies
    Reuters by Yahoo ^ | March 26, 2019 | Marine Pennetier
    Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with veterans after attending a wreath laying ceremony with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron at the Arc de Triomphe monument, in Paris, France March 25, 2019. Francois Mori/Pool via REUTERSy Marine Pennetier PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus signed a deal worth tens of billions of dollars on Monday to sell 300 aircraft to China, coinciding with a visit to Europe by Chinese President Xi Jinping and matching a China record held by U.S. rival Boeing. The deal between Airbus and China's state buying agency, China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, which regularly coordinates headline-grabbing deals during...
  • Saudi Red Flag Involvement Gives USAF Glimpse of Advanced Eagle

    03/24/2019 5:57:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    AIN online ^ | March 22, 2019 | Jon Lake
    A Saudi F-15SA on the flight line at Nellis during Red Flag 19-2. The aircraft have been flying in the U.S. since handover and will be delivered to the Kingdom after the exercise. (Photo: DVIDS) The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) deployed six of its new Boeing F-15SA Advanced Eagles to participate in the latest Red Flag exercise (Red Flag 19-2) at Nellis AFB, Nevada. This afforded the U.S. Air Force its first close-up view of the latest variant of the second-generation F-15 Advanced, since the decision to include the similar F-15EX in the Pentagon’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget request....
  • Alleged Footage of Brand New Russian Gunship Operating in Syria Surfaces Online

    03/24/2019 5:42:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Earlier, it was reported that a prototype Mi-28NM was deployed to the Hmeymim Airbase in Syria's Latakia province to conduct field testing in high temperature and desert conditions, and to test out a new mobile radar complex. A video purportedly showing the Mi-28NM gunship, operating in tandem with a Russian military Mi-24 in Syria's Hama province, has surfaced online. In the footage, which has yet to be verified or commented on by the Russian Defence Ministry, the new helicopter, distinguishable by its unique ball-shaped radar installed above its main rotor, is seen making repeated passes over a local settlement thought...
  • Israeli Air Force WSOs undergo training with Delilah cruise missile

    03/22/2019 9:55:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Air Force Technology ^ | 20 MARCH 2019
    Fighter Weapon Systems Officers (WSOs) from Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) 102nd (Flying Tiger) Squadron are undergoing training on the use of the ‘Delilah’ cruise missile. The officers are graduates of Flight Course 177 and are taking part in a week-long seminar at the Aerial Munition Center (AMC) in Hatzor Air Force Base (AFB). The Fighter Division aircrews make use of several simulators at the AMC to drill use of electro-optical guided munitions. As part of the exercise, aircrews will be trained on the detection of targets using the Delilah missile. Personnel will undergo basic drills during the initial part of...
  • Flawed analysis, failed oversight: How Boeing, FAA certified the 737 MAX flight control system

    03/21/2019 7:35:57 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 80 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | March 17, 2019 | Dominic Gates
    As Boeing hustled in 2015 to catch up to Airbus and certify its new 737 MAX, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) managers pushed the agency’s safety engineers to delegate safety assessments to Boeing itself, and to speedily approve the resulting analysis. But the original safety analysis that Boeing delivered to the FAA for a new flight control system on the MAX — a report used to certify the plane as safe to fly — had several crucial flaws. That flight control system, called MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System), is now under scrutiny after two crashes of the jet in less than...
  • Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 was reportedly saved by off-duty pilot (trunc)

    03/20/2019 11:24:06 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | Mar 20, 2019 | Travis Fedschun |
    The day before a brand new Lion Air jet crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Indonesia's capital city last fall -- likely due to an equipment malfunction -- an off-duty pilot reportedly helped save the aircraft when it began to dive. The extra pilot was on the flight from Bali to Jakarta and was seated in the cockpit jumpseat when the crew of the Boeing 737 Max 8 struggled for control of the aircraft, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. During the flight, the jet displayed unusual variations in altitude and airspeed in its first several minutes, Reuters previously...
  • 737 MAX MCAS Box

    03/16/2019 11:59:19 AM PDT · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 70 replies
    As I tell friends, I worked on computers before the public knew computers existed. Can you say SOAPII? Anyway, I can't begin to imagine what the programmers that coded the MCAS boxes are going thru. I know, Boeing needed to more thoroughly train pilots on using or interacting with the MCAS box. But none the less, "in a manner of speaking", the programming of those boxes has indirectly killed over 300 people. But nobody will ever say that.