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US air traffic control computer system vulnerable to terrorist hackers

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The US system for guiding airplanes is open to vulnerabilities from outside hackers, the Government Accountability Office said Monday. The weaknesses that threaten the Federal Aviation Administration's ability to ensure the safety of flights include the failure to patch known three-year-old security holes, the transmission and storage of unencrypted passwords, and the continued use of "end-of-life" key servers. (arstechnica.com) More...

Boeing, Silk Way West Announce Order for Three 747-8 Freighters

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BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Azerbaijan-based Silk Way West today announced an order for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices. (boeing.mediaroom.com) More...

United sees potential fit for Boeing 777-300ER, not yet 777X

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United Airlines has no immediate interest in purchasing 777X aircraft from Boeing Co. but views the plane's predecessor, the 777-300ER, as a potentially good fit for its network, the carrier's Chief Financial Officer, John Rainey, told Reuters in an interview Monday. (www.stltoday.com) More...

Loyalty programs: Free perks or nefarious ploy?

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So your airline loyalty program is changing? And they want you to spend more money for the perks? That is what is happening. (www.usatoday.com) More...

Boeing Studies Fuel Dashboard Expansion

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A software-based analytics tool developed by Boeing to give operators insight into fuel-use trends and possible areas for improvement is identifying greater-than-expected savings, indicating the potential for more holistic tools capable of finding wider, previously untapped efficiency gains beyond fuel-burn reduction, says the company. (aviationweek.com) More...

From props to jets

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The sleek, twin-engine jet, trimmed in red, white and blue, was ready for takeoff at the Long Beach airport in California, idling on the main runway, when Rene Francillon drove up for work on Feb. 25, 1965, and had to wait. The Douglas Aircraft Co. employee couldn’t pass through the gate and reach his office near the runway until the airplane was airborne. (www.boeing.com) More...

(Cool Pics) Lower 48's Only Ice Runway Is Clear for Landing

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As the Associated Press reports, the Alton Bay Seaplane Base and its runway in central New Hampshire have opened during a period of clear conditions after months of brutal weather that prevented take-offs. (www.weather.com) More...

Turkish Airlines A330 off end of runway at Kathmandu

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DEVELOPING STORY No word on the cause or if there are any causalities Will update when more information becomes available (twitter.com) More...