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Whistleblower Who Raised Concerns About 737 Max Dies

Josh Dean said Boeing supplier Spirit AeroSystems tried to 'silence' him

(Newser) - A whistleblower who alleged Boeing supplier Spirit AeroSystems ignored manufacturing defects on the 737 Max died Tuesday of an infection following two weeks in critical condition, a relative tells the Seattle Times . Josh Dean, 45, was acting as a quality auditor at Spirit in October 2022 when he said he...

When Planes Crash, We Don't Place Blame. Here's Why

How the 'blameless postmortem' has made air travel safer in the US

(Newser) - Robin Lee Wascher was working as an air traffic controller at LAX in February 1991 when she made a simple mistake—one anyone could have made—and USAir flight 1493 collided with a commuter plane on the runway when it landed, killing all 12 people on the smaller plane and...

He Tracks Jets of the Rich and Famous. Swift Isn't Happy
He Tracks Jets of the Rich
and Famous. Swift Isn't Happy

He Tracks Jets of the Rich and Famous. Swift Isn't Happy

Singer threatens legal action if college student Jack Sweeney doesn't stop keeping tabs on her plane

(Newser) - Taylor Swift seems to be enjoying her life lately , and doesn't seem to mind the attention that comes with it—with the exception of the attention now coming from an infamous college student with a penchant for tracking the private planes of celebrities, politicians, and billionaires. Jack Sweeney, now...

Jetliner Crosses Atlantic Without Using Fossil Fuels

Virgin Atlantic 787 used high-fat fuel instead

(Newser) - The first commercial airliner to cross the Atlantic on a purely high-fat, low-emissions fuel flew Tuesday from London to New York in a step toward achieving what supporters called "jet zero." The Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 flight was powered without using fossil fuels, relying on so-called sustainable aviation...

Flying Taxis to Be Built in Wright Brothers' Hometown

Joby Aviation strikes a deal to put manufacturing facility for electric aircraft in Dayton

(Newser) - The same Ohio river valley where the Wright brothers pioneered human flight will soon be manufacturing electric planes that take off and land vertically, under an agreement announced Monday between the state and Joby Aviation Inc. Around the world, electric vertical takeoff and landing, or eVTOL, aircraft are entering the...

Electric 'Flying Car' Gets Key Permit From FAA

Joby Aviation aims to launch flying taxi service in 2025

(Newser) - The Jetsons was set in 2062, but a vehicle George Jetson might be comfortable taking his kids to school in could be here a lot sooner. Joby Aviation, a key player in the eVTOL— electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle—market, has received Federal Aviation Administration to begin flight testing...

Sunday Saw a Big First for Chinese Aviation

First domestically made large passenger jet flew its maiden commercial flight

(Newser) - China’s first domestically-made large passenger jet flew its maiden commercial flight on Sunday, as China looks to compete with industry giants such as Boeing and Airbus in the global aircraft market, the AP reports. The C919 plane, built by the Commercial Aviation Corporation of China, carried about 130 passengers...

After 12 Deaths in Chopper Crashes, an Army 'Stand-Down'

Aviators grounded until they undergo training, after 2 crashes in a month's time in Alaska, Kentucky

(Newser) - The US Army has grounded aviation units for training after 12 soldiers died within the last month in helicopter crashes in Alaska and Kentucky, the military branch announced Friday. The suspension of air operations was effective immediately, with units grounded until they complete the training, said Army spokesperson Lt. Col....

After Scares, Airline Safety Demands Quick Action

Increasing demand for air travel is straining the system, former pilot writes

(Newser) - Usually, when there's an accident or near accident involving a commercial airliner, everyone waits for investigations to be completed, consider the findings, and discuss ways to avoid the problem in the future. But there have been too many scares and failures recently to allow for the usual methodical approach,...

Like a Phoenix, World's Largest Plane to Rise From Ashes

The Antonov AN-225, destroyed by Russia, will be rebuilt

(Newser) - In the very first days of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, an aviation marvel was destroyed: The Antonov AN-225 was the largest commercial plane in the world by both wingspan and weight, one built to transport Soviet space shuttles and one that can hold twice what a Boeing 747 can....

Russian Oligarchs Have a Most Persistent Teen on Their Tails

Jack Sweeney, who's been tracking Elon Musk's private jet, is also keeping tabs on Russia's richest

(Newser) - The teen who irked Elon Musk for tracking his private jet now has a new lineup of aircraft he's shadowing. The Hill reports that 19-year-old college freshman Jack Sweeney has set up the Russian Oligarch Jets Twitter account , in response to multiple requests to track the planes of Russia'...

FAA Brings in Smoother Landings at 42 Airports

New procedure cuts noise, emissions

(Newser) - Passengers at 42 American airports, including Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Miami International Airport, might have noticed smoother landings in 2021. The Federal Aviation Administration has altered how planes land at those airports and it plans to bring the change to other airports, including New York's LaGuardia, in 2022....

One of America's Oldest Companies Is Splitting Up

GE to become 3 public companies focused on aviation, health care, energy

(Newser) - General Electric will divide itself into three public companies focused on aviation, healthcare and energy, reports the AP . The storied American company, founded in 1892, has refashioned itself from the sprawling conglomerate created by Jack Welch in the 1980s to a much smaller and more focused entity after it was...

Pilots Are Returning to Work, and Some Are Making Mistakes

Many have barely flown for 18 months

(Newser) - If you haven't flown for a long time because of the pandemic, you're far from alone—tens of thousands of pilots worldwide have barely flown in the last 18 months, and rusty pilots tend to make mistakes. Bloomberg reports that dozens of incidents involving out-of-practice pilots have been...

Wrong Fuel Led to Doctor's Fatal Plane Crash
Wrong Fuel Led to
Doctor's Fatal Plane Crash
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Wrong Fuel Led to Doctor's Fatal Plane Crash

Jet fuel was put in aircraft designed to run on standard aviation gas

(Newser) - Because putting jet fuel in the wrong kind of plane can have catastrophic consequences, the filler nozzles are designed not to fit into tanks that take standard aviation fuel. But that didn't prevent the basic error that led to a deadly crash in 2019, according to a National Transportation...

'Jet Pack Man' May Have Resurfaced Near LAX

Pilot reported possible sighting Wednesday

(Newser) - "Use caution, the jet man is back," an air traffic controller at Los Angeles International Airport warned pilots in a recording obtained by CNN after a possible appearance of the mysterious figure first sighted near the airport last fall. The FAA says the pilot of a cargo Boeing...

US Downgrades Mexico's Aviation Safety Rating

Move will stop Mexican airlines expanding flights to US as pandemic recedes

(Newser) - US regulators have downgraded Mexico's aviation safety rating, a move that prevents Mexican airlines from expanding flights to the United States just as travel is recovering from the pandemic. The FAA decision to lower Mexico from "Category 1" to "Category 2" puts it in a group of...

China: Cabin Crew Should Wear Diapers on Overseas Flights

Aviation authority warns that COVID risk in bathrooms could be high

(Newser) - Flight attendants on mainland Chinese airlines may soon be facing the prospect of working on long-haul flights where they're not allowed to use the bathrooms. New guidance from the Civil Aviation Administration of China suggests that cabin crew on flights to and from countries with high COVID infection rates...

Boeing 737 Max Is Cleared for Takeoff

After fixes, issue with plane's nose 'can no longer happen'

(Newser) - Following two fatal crashes and 20 months on the ground, the Boeing 737 Max has been cleared to fly in the US. The FAA said Wednesday that a review process was complete and the plane could take to the skies—but only after necessary changes are made, pilots receive simulator...

Here's Another Something the 1% Do
Here's Another
Something the 1% Do

Here's Another Something the 1% Do

1% of the population causes about half of air travel emissions, and researchers say it's time to rethink

(Newser) - With a 50% drop in passengers taking to the skies in 2020, there's no better time to overhaul an industry responsible for dangerous carbon emissions, according to researchers. "If you want to resolve climate change … then we should start at the top, where a few 'super...

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