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Sep 24, 2007

The House included provisions in its FAA funding bill aimed at encouraging the agency to move more quickly on safety improvements. The provisions, proposed by Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., call for the National Research Council to assess FAA safety research programs and determine changes based on the research are being implemented fast enough. Chandler's district includes Lexington's Blue Grass Airport, site of the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in august 2006. The flight's crew tried to take off from a runway that wasn't long enough to handle the plane. Sep 21, 2007

The next generation of global positioning system satellites will allow the government to reduce the accuracy of GPS signals within a much smaller area, according to the Defense Department. The change will give the U.S. the ability to limit the accuracy of navigation devices for security purposes without inhibiting the overall accuracy of GPS signals for commercial purposes. "While this action will not materially improve the performance of the system, it does reflect the United States' strong commitment to users by reinforcing that this global utility can be counted on to support peaceful civil applications around the globe," the Pentagon said. Sep 20, 2007


Aerojet has completed Mach 6 ground testing of a flightweight combustor for its dual-combustion ramjet, clearing the way for flight tests of the HyFly. Sep 20, 2007

Air Canada, Boeing

Air Canada order was turning point for Boeing. In 2005, Boeing was in an apparent downward slide, with the press speculating about the company's irrelevance in commercial aviation and pointing out slow sales and a sluggish start on 787 design plans. An order from Air Canada, a loyal Airbus customer, helped to turn around public perception and gave Boeing employees a much-needed emotional boost. "The Air Canada order came at a crucial time for Boeing and the [787] program," said Boeing's Scott Carson. "But it was more crucial for Boeing than the program." Sep 17, 2007

Air Canada, Lockheed

One of Air Canada's original Electras re-enacts that first run. The all-metal monoplane, with its distinctive twin tail, is probably best known as the kind that Amelia Earhart was flying when she disappeared in July 1937 on her attempted around-the-world flight. On Sept. 1 that year, just a couple of months after Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan went missing over the Pacific, another Lockheed L-10 Electra landed at Boeing Field. It carried two passengers in wicker seats, and mail from Vancouver, B.C. The flight was the first by fledging Trans-Canada Air Lines. TCA would later become Air Canada, and on Thursday, one of its original L-10A Electras, the only one still flying in the world, once again landed at Boeing Field to re-enact that first flight from Vancouver 70 years ago reported P-I Aerospace. Sep 21, 2007


Boeing's Integrated Defense Systems has landed a Navy contract worth more than $145 million, the Defense Department announced. The contract is for continued system configuration support for the F/A-18 and EA-18G weapons systems for the Navy and Marine Corps. Work is due to be complete in January 2009. Sep 21, 2007


Boeing wants to expand its jumbo jet spray painting operation at Portland International Airport -- and increase the pollution emitted from two huge painting hangars on the airport's southern edge. Neighborhood leaders near the plant, already riled about pollution from the airport and other sources, are upset that the Chicago-based aviation and aerospace giant doesn't plan to install pollution control equipment along with the expansion. The first meeting on Boeing's proposal, which requires Department of Environmental Quality approval, is set for Sept. 20. Sep 20, 2007


Boeing's new carbon-composite 787 Dreamliner may turn out to be unsafe and could lead to more deaths in crashes, according to a report by veteran journalist Dan Rather to be broadcast in the United States...

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