Squawks & Headlines ✈ General ✈ Popular (24 hours)

TaxiBot granted certification for Airbus A320 family

Submitted
Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) TaxiBot, the semi-robotic pilot-controlled vehicle for dispatch towing, has obtained EASA certification for operation with the Airbus A320 aircraft family. (www.aerospacetestinginternational.com) More...

Delta is One Step Closer to Flying the Airbus A350 (And the New Delta One Business Class Suite)

Submitted
Delta Air Lines is one step closer to starting services with its new A350-900 aircraft. The first of 25 of the high-tech aircraft took off for the first time from the Airbus assembly plant in Toulouse, France yesterday. (www.paddleyourownkanoo.com) More...

In Bombardier fight, Boeing sees ghost of Airbus ascent. Risks of loss of selling military planes to Canada

Submitted
 
Two words underpin Boeing's (BA.N) decision to launch a U.S. trade complaint against Bombardier (BBDb.TO), which plunged it into a row with Canada last week: "Never again". Still, Boeing faces a headache over what to do about lost fighter sales if Canada makes good on a threat to drop a deal for F/A-18 warplanes in retaliation for Boeing's trade claim. With Boeing's future fighter production in jeopardy as sales run dry, Boeing is anxious to keep its presence in that business long… (www.reuters.com) More...

Engineer at Boeing admits trying to sell space secrets to Russians

Submitted
 
Gregory Allen Justice, a 49-year-old engineer living in Culver City, Calif., has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted economic espionage and attempted violation of the Export Control Act. Justice, who according to his father worked for Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo, Calif., was arrested last July after selling technical documents about satellite systems to someone he believed to be a Russian intelligence agent. Instead, he sold the docs to an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation… (arstechnica.com) More...

Newark Airport reopens after United Airlines 757 engine fire

Submitted
 
New York Newark Airport (EWR) has reopened after a United Airlines Boeing 757 had a suspected engine fire while taxiing, leading to minor injuries during the ensuing evacuation. (atwonline.com) More...

Blue Angels: Smyrna memorial to honor fallen pilot

Submitted
 
The town of Smyrna, TN unveiled plans Thursday for a memorial dedicated to the Blue Angels pilot whose plane crashed June 2, 2016, during a practice run for the Great Tennessee Air Show. "The Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial will celebrate the life and career of an American hero,” said Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed, who teared up as she recalled the day his plane went down. "It's been the culmination of months of hard work." (www.dnj.com) More...

Ntsb reports unusal pilot actions at teterboro crash

Submitted
 
Ntsb reports unusal pilot actions at teterboro crash (www.nbcphiladelphia.com) More...

Delta shoots down Boeing’s CSeries dumping claim

Submitted
 
Delta Air Lines shot down Boeing’s claim that Bombardier “dumped” the CSeries order, in testimony last week before the US International Trade Commission. Boeing filed a complaint April 27 that Bombardier sold the CS100 to Delta for $19.6m, well below its production cost, a price that constitutes “dumping.” (leehamnews.com) More...

Coulson Group Converting 737-300s into Firefighting Tankers

Submitted
 
The Coulson Group purchased six Boeing 737-300s formerly operated by Southwest Airlines to be converted into firefighting tankers, a new role for the already versatile 'Baby Boeing.' (www.bizjournals.com) More...

Etihad celebrates delivery of its 10th Airbus A380

Submitted
 
While other airlines are cutting costs and suspending operations in a number of destinations, a UAE-based carrier continues to invest in order to up the ante in customer experience. Etihad Airways has just added a new superjumbo jet to its fleet, the Airbus A380, which is touted as the world’s largest commercial passenger plane. (gulfnews.com) More...

First Delta A350XWB Takes Flight

Submitted
 
The first Airbus A350XWB destined for Delta Air Lines completed its first flight this morning in Toulouse, France. (airwaysmag.com) More...

UAL and AAL 737s clip wings at KAUS

Submitted
 
AUSTIN (KXAN) — A United Airlines plane and an American Airlines plane taxiing at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport have hit one another Wednesday night. The airport is waiting for the FAA to approve moving the planes back to the gates so the passengers of both flights can be unloaded. In a statement, American Airlines said the wingtip of the United plane came into contact with AA Flight 2675, which had just arrived from New York’s JFK Airport, when the American flight was stationary and… (kxan.com) More...

Skydiving Plane Clips Gas Tanker Before Crash Landing In Perris, California

Submitted
 
PERRIS (CBSLA.com) — A dirt devil and powerful winds were blamed for bringing down a skydiving plane in Riverside County. The two passengers walked away from the plane, which had clipped a nearby gas tanker and landed nose down at Perris Valley Airport. The aircraft was just returning from a drop when the collision happened, but the pilot and the pilot in training were not injured by the crash. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...