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Boeing Upgrades to Keep B-1 Bomber Soaring for Decades to Come

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ABILENE, Texas, April 30, 2015 – The Boeing [NYSE: BA] B-1B Lancer celebrates its soon to be 30th anniversary with the U.S. Air Force at Dyess Air Force Base this week – marking one of many milestones in a legacy that will continue long into the future as Boeing’s B-1 team ushers the supersonic bomber into the digital age with new upgrades. The latest upgrade, a trio of updates known as the integrated battle station, are ensuring the B-1 meets today’s mission requirements and further establishes… (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

New FAA system can track twice as many flights at once

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Whoever said "it's the journey, not the destination" obviously lived in a time before air travel. But maybe, just maybe, the Department of Transportation's implementation of the En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), the "backbone" of the NextGen air-traffic system, could change how we feel about getting on a flight. There are a few things making up ERAM: performance based navigation, automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) and data comm. (www.engadget.com) More...

FAA orders new 787 electrical fix to prevent power failure

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All Boeing 787 operators will be required to periodically deactivate the electrical system to avoid a problem with a newly-discovered software bug that could cause the aircraft to lose alternating current (AC) power, the US Federal Aviation Administration says in a new airworthiness directive. The agency adopted the final rule after Boeing reported the results of a laboratory test showing a total loss of power is possible if the generator control units run continuously for eight months, says the… (www.flightglobal.com) More...

Boeing Delivers Cathay Pacific Airways' 50th 777-300ER

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EVERETT, Wash., April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Cathay Pacific Airways celebrated today the delivery of the airline's 50th 777-300ER (Extended Range). With this delivery, Cathay Pacific will have 67 777s in operation, which also includes 12 777-300s and five 777-200s. Cathay Pacific is slated to receive three more 777-300ERs this year and is one of the launch customers for the 777X with 21 777-9X airplanes on order. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

USAF reveals X-37B's next mission

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For the first time U.S. Air Force has revealed next mission of its secretive X-37B spaceplane, an unmanned reusable spacecraft developed by Boeing. (www.aviationanalysis.net) More...

Judge throws out United Airlines lawsuit against 22-year-old

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United Airlines (UAL) and Orbitz (OWW) had filed a civil lawsuit in November against Aktarer Zaman, a young computer whiz from New York City, who launched a website called Skiplagged.com to help people buy cheap plane tickets. Chicago Judge John Robert Blakey of the Northern District Court of Illinois said the court didn't have jurisdiction over the case because Zaman didn't live or do business in that city. The dismissal "is definitely a victory," Zaman told CNNMoney. "It is… (money.cnn.com) More...

Republic Airlines Dash 8 Q400 Engine Fire South of Philadelphia (ATC Recording)

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On April 28th, a Republic Airlines Dash 8 Q400, registration N336NG, experienced an engine fire while enroute to Newark from Ralelgh-Durham. This is the ATC Audio from the incident. (airnerds.com) More...

6 Incredible Airport Runways

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Because runways are in constant demand due to the increase in travel, airports sometimes have to get creative with how they extend and manage aircraft landings. Here are six unique runways from around the world. (aviationweek.com) More...

"Tesla in the skies": Airbus to build E-Fan electric plane, due for take-off in 2017

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Airbus hopes to do for aviation what Tesla has done for motoring as the aircraft manufacturer commits to building its all-electric E-Fan plane. (www.ausbt.com.au) More...

Canada sends DART team to quake ravaged Nepal

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OTTAWA -- Members of Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team will be deployed immediately to earthquake-stricken Nepal, federal officials announced on Saturday. DART members from Canadian Forces Base Trenton will be heading to Nepal, along with civilian political and humanitarian personnel from Foreign Affairs. (www.ctvnews.ca) More...

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