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  • American Airlines’ pilots report ‘significant spike’ in safety issues: ‘Series of errors’

    04/16/2024 12:41:47 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 16, 2024 | Isabel Keane
    American Airlines’ pilots union has reported a “significant spike” in safety issues, raising red flags over fewer routine aircraft inspections and shorter test flights on planes following major maintenance work. The Allied Pilots Association cited a slew of “problematic trends” in an email to members Saturday, noting a “significant spike in safety- and maintenance-related problems.”
  • The US Air Force is bringing a 40-year-old supersonic bomber out of mothballs. This is why

    04/13/2024 7:47:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 69 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 11, 2024 | David Axe
    The US Air Force has 140 of its biggest warplanes – its heavy bombers – in active service: 76 Boeing B-52Hs, 44 Boeing B-1Bs and 20 B-2 stealth bombers built by Northrop Grumman. .. Any other air force might content itself with 140 bombers and redistribute the lost bomber’s operating budget. But the US Air Force is counting on the B-1 to play a lead role in a possible air war over the Taiwan Strait. It’s such a high priority that the service is spending millions of dollars recovering, from long-term storage, a surplus B-1 nicknamed “Lancelot” that’s been sitting...
  • Boeing Whistleblower Reportedly Claims 787 Planes Could Break Apart Mid-Air Due to Construction Flaws

    04/11/2024 8:55:16 AM PDT · by davikkm · 38 replies
    The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the manufacturer after Sam Salehpour, a Boeing engineer of more than 10 years, spoke out. Salehpour said that “the problems stemmed from changes in how the enormous sections were fitted and fastened together in the assembly line.” He added that the components of the fuselage all come from different manufacturers and are not all the same shape.
  • Do Boeing 777 And Dreamliner 787 Aircraft Also Have Quality Issues? The FAA Is Investigating New Claims...Boeing has hit back, noting it has rigorous processes in place.

    04/10/2024 10:59:33 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    Simple Flying ^ | April 10, 2024 | AARON BAILEY
    SUMMARY Salehpour's concerns about shortcuts in Boeing production processes have led to external investigations by the FAA. Pressure from employees to cover up fuselage gaps highlights potential safety risks in the Boeing 787 and 777 variants. Boeing faces increased scrutiny and denial of claims, emphasizing the importance of transparency in the aviation industry. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Boeing quality engineer has become the latest whistleblower for the United States aircraft manufacturer, alleging that shortcuts have been taken in the processes involved with the Boeing 787 and 777 variants. The Federal Aviation Administration has already stepped in to investigate these claims. Longtime employee...
  • US FAA relocating control of Newark, NJ, airspace to reduce congestion

    03/24/2024 7:29:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 20, 2024 | David Shepardson
    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday it will relocate control of the Newark, New Jersey, airspace area to Philadelphia to address staffing issues ... The FAA, which has struggled with air traffic staffing issues, said it and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) signed a memorandum to relocate control of Newark at New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) (N90) to Philadelphia Tower/TRACON by the end of June. The FAA said the change will help "meet continued traffic demand in the busy Northeast Corridor." Several controllers are expected to voluntarily transfer to Philadelphia. New York TRACON is...
  • Nikki Haley Helped Boeing Kill Dark Money Disclosure Initiative

    03/25/2024 7:25:02 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 13 replies
    The Lever ^ | Jan 2024 | Katya Schwenk
    While serving on the board of Boeing in 2020, GOP presidential candidate and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley helped kill an initiative designed to force the company to more comprehensively disclose its spending to influence politicians and safety regulators, government filings show. Haley joined the company’s board of directors after the two fatal 737 Max crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. Amid allegations of fraud and a coverup of safety problems following the disasters — resulting in a $243 million fine and $3 billion in compensation to airlines and victims’ families — Haley served on the board’s audit committee, according...
  • Airbus widens aircraft delivery lead over Boeing as Max crisis deepens

    03/18/2024 8:39:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    CNBC ^ | 03/18/2024 | Leslie Josephs
    Boeing handed over 27 airplanes to its customers last month as it continues to struggle with quality control problems and production delays that have frustrated the CEOs of some of its biggest airline customers. So far this year, Boeing has handed over 54 planes, while Airbus has widened its lead over its main rival, delivering 79 planes in the first two months of 2024. Delayed Boeing planes have been difficult for airline leaders. Southwest Airlines , which flies only Boeing 737s, on Tuesday said that it would trim capacity plans this year because of fewer Boeing Max deliveries and that...
  • Air Force general reveals ‘alarming’ number of drones crossing into US airspace at southern border: ‘Over 1,000 a month’

    03/15/2024 9:35:12 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 46 replies ^ | March 15, 2024 | Victor Nava
    More than 1,000 drones per month are crossing into US airspace near the border with Mexico, a top general told lawmakers Thursday. The number of unmanned drone incursions is “alarming” and presents a “growing” potential threat to national security, Air Force Gen. Gregory Guillot, the commander of North American Defense Command and US Northern Command, said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. “The number of incursions was something that was alarming to me as I took command last month,” Guillot said in response to a question from Sen. Ted Budd (R-NC). “I don’t know the actual number – I...
  • Boeing plane forced to make emergency landing at LAX after possible mechanical issue (6th issue in a week!)

    03/14/2024 6:33:30 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 40 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 14 March | Lawrence Richard
    The American Airlines flight took off from Dallas-Fort Worth in Texas and landed safely at the Los Angeles airport An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in California Wednesday evening after its pilot reported a possible mechanical issue, the airline said.
  • Army Whistleblower Targeted After Exposing 973% SURGE in Heart Failure Among Navy Pilots

    03/13/2024 5:45:06 AM PDT · by Sam77 · 27 replies ^ | 13 March 2024 | Michael Taylor
    A United States Navy medic who blew the whistle on an explosive report showing a massive increase in heart issues among military pilots has been blocked by the Department of Defense (DOD) from accessing his work computer. Navy Medical Service Corps Lt. Ted Macie shared shocking information about the surge in heart failure among military personnel.
  • India-made fighter jet Tejas crashes for first time; pilot ejected safely

    03/12/2024 8:25:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 12, 20246:04 AM CDT | Staff
    An Indian Air Force (IAF) light combat aircraft "Tejas" performs during the Indian Air Force Day celebrations at the Hindon Air Force Station on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis/File NEW DELHI, March 12 (Reuters) - A domestically made fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed on Tuesday in the western state of Rajasthan, the first such incident since the jet was inducted nearly eight years ago. The pilot ejected safely, the air force said in a statement. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has been pushing for local manufacturing as India seeks to shed...
  • Indonesian flight veered off course after both pilots allegedly fell asleep in the cockpit

    03/11/2024 5:40:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 10, 2024, 4:10 PM CDT | By Rebecca Cohen
    The co-pilot, father to 1-month-old twins, admitted to investigators "his sleep quality had degraded by the several wakes up” from the babies the night before the flight. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Batik Air Indonesia pilot and his second-in-command are accused of allowing the flight they were operating to veer off course as they both took a snooze in the cockpit midflight, Indonesian officials said in a report. The Jan. 25 flight, BTK6723, was carrying 153 passengers from Halu Oleo Airport in Kendari to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, said the report from Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee. Both pilots, whose names were...
  • 2 soldiers, Border Patrol agent dead in helicopter crash near Texas-Mexico border

    03/09/2024 4:11:16 AM PST · by McGruff · 27 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 9, 2024 | Rebecca Cohen and Mosheh Gains
    Two U.S. National Guard members and a Border Patrol agent were killed and a fourth person was injured when a helicopter went down near Rio Grande City, Texas, on Friday, officials said. The UH-72 Lakota helicopter crashed around 2:50 p.m. local time while it was "conducting aviation operations" in the area, according to a statement from the Defense Department’s Joint Task Force North. The helicopter had been assigned to a support mission at the Southwest border of the U.S., the statement said.
  • United flight makes emergency landing at LAX after suspected hydraulic failure

    03/08/2024 8:30:24 PM PST · by libh8er · 53 replies
    ABC7 ^ | 3.8.2024 | Shayla Giardin
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A United Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Los Angeles Friday afternoon following reports of a "complete hydraulic failure." The Airbus A320 took off from San Francisco International Airport with 110 people on board, headed to Mexico City, and was diverted to L.A. "due to an issue with the aircraft's hydraulic system," United said in a statement. The plane landed at Los Angeles International Airport just before 4:30 p.m. "The flight landed safely and passengers were deplaned normally at the gate," the airline said, adding that passengers will be taken to Mexico City on a...
  • Russia Struggles to Build New Planes Amid Sanctions

    03/01/2024 10:10:12 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 23 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 1, 2024 | Isabel van Brugen
    Deliveries of all-new Russian aircraft have been delayed by two years due to safety concerns ... The publication said that, for example, the weight of the new MS-21 passenger aircraft has increased by 5.75 tons, compared to the previous version, which used foreign components and Western engines. This means its flight range and altitude have been significantly reduced. One of Kommersant's sources said that, if Russia is unable to reduce the weight of the aircraft, it will be impossible for authorities to make the plane achieve the desired performance characteristics. "It's impossible to increase engine thrust by 20 percent," the...
  • National Guard Announces Safety Stand Down Following Recent Helicopter Crashes

    02/28/2024 5:40:05 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    National Guard ^ | Feb. 27, 2024
    ARLINGTON, Va., — The National Guard Bureau announced today the director of the Army National Guard has ordered an aviation safety stand down of all Army National Guard helicopter units to review safety policies and procedures following two recent helicopter crashes. The stand down went into effect Monday. Two separate crashes of AH-64D Apache helicopters in Utah on February 12 and Mississippi on February 23 drove the decision to ground all helicopters for safety reasons. Mississippi Army National Guard pilots Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bryan Andrew Zemek and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Derek Joshua Abbott died in the February 23...
  • ‘I’m Not Trying to Cause a Scene. I Just Want to Get Off This Plane.’ A former senior Boeing employee on why he still won’t fly on a MAX plane.

    02/26/2024 1:04:17 PM PST · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/26/2024 05:00 AM EST | By ORIANA PAWLYK
    <p>In 2018, Ed Pierson decided that he could no longer work as a senior manager for Boeing’s 737 MAX program.</p><p>At the company’s production facility in Renton, Washington, he had watched as employee morale plummeted and oversight and assembly procedures faltered. He told his superiors but retired soon after. But then fatal MAX 8 crashes occurred in 2018 and 2019. He decided to speak up publicly and was then called to testify before Congress on the problems he says he saw up close.</p>
  • Man Steals a Passenger Plane and Crashes it Just After Takeoff (2018) (With Real Video)

    02/25/2024 2:41:09 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2023 | The Flight Channel
    Stolen by a member of the ground crew. NO PILOTS LICENSE!........... Video and ATC conversations................. It ended badly..................
  • World's first jet suit race is slated for February 28

    02/24/2024 4:08:16 PM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    New Atlas ^ | January 29, 2024 | By Loz Blain
    Gravity has announced that the world's first jet suit race is slated for February 28, in Dubai - Gravity Industries ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Gentlemen, start your turbines – it's time to see how these spectacular next-gen personal flight devices look and perform in the fire of competition. Gravity Industries has announced the world's first jet suit race is happening in less than a month. They say the first motorcycle race happened the day the second motorcycle was built. It's taken a little longer for jet suits – we first covered Gravity founder Richard Browning's early forays into Iron-Man-style jet suits nearly seven...
  • U.S. is tracking an unidentified high-altitude balloon over the Western part of the country

    02/23/2024 1:17:01 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 106 replies
    JUST IN - U.S. is tracking an unidentified high-altitude balloon over the Western part of the country — CBS