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Scathing report: FAA isn’t delivering what was promised in $40 billion NextGen project

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Mincing no words, the panel of 10 academic experts brought together by the academy’s National Research Council (NRC) said the FAA was not delivering the system that had been promised and should “reset expectations” about what it is delivering to the public and the airlines that use the system. (www.washingtonpost.com) More...

Battle Shapes up Over Video Cameras in Airline Cockpits

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The many entities involved are on the move to revisit this debate. (www.wsj.com) More...

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...

Spirit Airlines Plane Pushed back into an American 757

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The sharklet of the spirit plane took of a good section of the American 757 elevator. (www.airliners.net) More...

Pratt and Whitney Exec: We're Going Ahead with F-35 Engine

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When questioned, Exec evasive as to cost associated with the program (www.bloomberg.com) More...

Uncrating and Field Assembly of the P-47 Thunderbolt WWII Fighter

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Long but pretty interesting video. Watch how a P-47 Thunderbolt was uncrated and assembled in the field, using no heavy equipment or special tools, only repurposed shipping crate materials and a lot of manpower. (www.youtube.com) More...

Small Plane takes off without pilot, crashes; no one injured.

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Prop start goes bad with girlfriend in plane that collides with building. (www.washingtontimes.com) 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...

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