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Software bug at Alaska Airlines caused 2 tailstrikes

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This is what led to the FAA issuing temporary ground holds for all Alaska Airlines flights. (gizmodo.com) More...

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Asia Pacific Airlines on notice for $2.9 million FAA fine

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FAA says Pacific island carrier violated numerous safety rules. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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United Airlines sets bar for Q1 cargo performance

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United Airlines rode the coattails of the cargo recovery to a relatively strong first quarter. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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FAA Issues Ground Stop Advisory for Alaska Airlines

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop advisory on Wednesday for Alaska Airlines, saying: "All Alaska mainline and subcarrier flights ground stopped." (www.msn.com) More...

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FAA Grants Historic Authorization for Boom Supersonic’s XB-1 Flight Tests

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In a groundbreaking decision, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued its first-ever special flight authorization for the testing of a civil supersonic aircraft, the Boom XB-1. This milestone paves the way for Boom Supersonic to commence flight tests, marking a significant advancement in the development of faster-than-sound travel. (www.airguide.info) More...

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IndiGo Airlines Finalizes Order for Ten Additional A320neo Aircraft with Airbus

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IndiGo Airlines, based at Delhi International Airport, has confirmed an order for ten A320neo family jets, solidifying its commitment with Airbus. This move, officially documented in Airbus’s March 2024 order and delivery update, comes as the latest in a series of expansions for the Indian low-cost carrier (LCC). (www.airguide.info) More...

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Airlines May Get Rid of Reclining Economy Class Seats for Good, Expert Says — Here’s Why

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The controversial debate of reclining your seat on the plane may soon come to an end thanks to airline companies wanting to cut back on costs. With airlines like Southwest debuting a more streamlined seat design for 2025, it’s only a matter of time before reclining seats disappear completely, aviation and travel expert William McGee told Condé Nast Traveler during an interview published on Monday, April 15. “This trend has been occurring for several years now, and I think it will continue.… (people.com) More...

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WORLD Dubai flooding hobbles major airport's operations as "historic weather event" brings torrential rains to UAE

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WORLD Dubai flooding hobbles major airport's operations as "historic weather event" brings torrential rains to UAE Updated on: April 17, 2024 / 5:06 AM EDT / CBS/AP Dubai, United Arab Emirates — The desert nation of the United Arab Emirates attempted to dry out Wednesday from the heaviest rain ever recorded there after a deluge flooded out Dubai International Airport, disrupting travel through the world's busiest airfield for international travel. The state-run WAM news… (www.cbsnews.com) More...

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Hawaiian Airlines Inaugurates Its New Flagship Dreamliner

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Hawaiian Airlines inaugurated its new flagship Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. See the photos! (www.airwaysmag.com) More...

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3D Printed Aircraft Might Fly Sooner Than You Think

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The aviation industry constantly searches for new ways to innovate its manufacturing processes. With the rise of 3D printing, how can 3d printing be integrated into aircraft? Can we see fully 3D printed aircraft flying anytime soon? (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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UPS - 35 Mile Fligtt

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Never seen a UPS aircraft go to Gary ever. Any thoughts? (fr24.com) More...

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United signs for 35 leased A321neos in pivot from un-certificated Max 10

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United Airlines has signed letters of intent with two lessors to acquire 35 new Airbus A321neos starting next year, in a move backfilling Boeing 737 Max 10s dropped from its fleet plan. (www.flightglobal.com) More...

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American Returns Last COVID-Grounded 737 to Service

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The airline grounded several of its Boeing 737-800 aircraft in 2020. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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CMA CGM outsources new trans-Pacific service to Atlas Air

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French carrier needs a U.S. operator to comply with U.S. regulations. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Why the -300ER is Boeing's Best-Selling 777 Variant

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Since its maiden flight in 2003, the Boeing 777-300ER has become the best-selling variant of the Boeing 777 family. As of 2020, over 830 777-300ERs had been delivered to operators all around the world. Why is this? What made the 777-300ER so successful? (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Growing Idaho: Boise Airport expanding to keep up with demand

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OISE, Idaho — Boise Airport is growing. The main air transportation hub for the area is looking to add parking, more gates, and hopefully a lot more flights. "Over the last 12 years, we've actually seen passenger demand nearly double," said Boise Airport Director Rebecca Hupp. Hupp also said they're trying to keep up by expanding everything. Their master plan, BOI Upgrade, details all their expansion projects. That includes the recently opened public parking garage, with… (www.ktvb.com) More...

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Boeing Makes its Largest Purchase of Blended Sustainable Aviation Fuel

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ARLINGTON, Va., April 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] is buying 9.4 million gallons (35.6 million liters) of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to support its 2024 U.S. commercial operations, reducing its carbon emissions and working to help grow the supply of the fuel globally. This is the company's largest annual SAF purchase, more than 60% higher than its buy in 2023. (finance.yahoo.com) More...

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Brazil’s Azul Concludes A350 Operations, Shifts Focus to A330-900neo Fleet

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Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, commonly known as Azul, has officially phased out its Airbus A350-900 operations. The Brazilian airline’s last A350-900 departed from São Paulo Viracopos for Fort Lauderdale International on April 9, under the ferry flight number AD9840, according to Flightradar24 ADS-B data. This marks the end of the aircraft’s brief service period with Azul, which began in September 2022 and concluded in January 2024. (www.airguide.info) More...

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Qantas Group CEO Highlights Extensive Fleet Renewal Across Airline Brands

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Vanessa Hudson, CEO of Qantas Group, has emphasized the scale and impact of the ongoing fleet renewal program across its airline subsidiaries, describing it as the most significant in the company’s history. Speaking at a press conference in Sydney, Hudson highlighted the initiative as a crucial investment aimed at enhancing growth and improving customer experience. (www.airguide.info) More...

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Surge in Safety Reporting: Boeing Employees Ramp Up Use of Internal Portal by 500%

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Boeing has seen a remarkable 500% surge in the utilization of its internal safety concern portal by employees, prompted by a series of safety incidents and FAA investigations involving Boeing aircraft. This notable increase in activity on the portal, which enables employees to report safety and quality issues anonymously, coincides with intensified scrutiny of the aerospace giant’s safety practices. (www.airguide.info) More...

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Paint Job On Kazakhstan’s New A400M Looks Like A Plane In A Bond Film

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Paint Job On Kazakhstan’s New A400M Looks Like A ‘Soviet’ Plane In A Bond Film (www.twz.com) More...

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DSU inks aviation partnership with Delta company

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DOVER —Delaware State University is soaring to new heights as its students prepare for careers in the aviation industry with the help of Endeavor Air. The Historically Black University recently announced the partnership with the Delta Air Lines subsidiary, affording students the opportunity to take advantage of Endeavor Air’s Students to Endeavor Pilots (STEP) Program which could offer them a first-row seat to careers after college. “This year, in addition to Delaware State University, Endeavor… (delawarebusinesstimes.com) More...

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Sun ‘n Fun 2024: Innovation And Grit

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It was good to be back in Lakeland for Sun ‘n Fun and even better to have been there for the 75-degree sunny days rather than the almost-annual deluge that showed up later in the week. As shows go, it was slow for news, but news certainly wasn’t absent. Moreover, it showed that the spirit of innovation and adventure among aviators and the companies that want to sell them stuff is alive. In that vein I offer three of the highlights that stood out for me. You are welcome to gently tell me what I… (www.avweb.com) More...

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MIAT Mongolian Boeing 787 & 767 Cockpit to Frankfurt

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In the cockpit of the Mongolian Airlines 787-9 from Ulaanbaatar to Frankfurt and back on the 767-300ER (www.youtube.com) More...

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MIAT Mongolian Boeing 737-800 Cockpit to Hong Kong

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Roundtrip from Mongolia to Hong Kong in he cockpit of the MIAT Boeing 737-800 with landing on Hong Kong's new runway (www.youtube.com) More...

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Another Boeing whistleblower says he faced retaliation for reporting ‘shortcuts’

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Longtime Boeing engineer Sam Salehpour went public this week with alarming claims about two of the company’s jets, including the 787 Dreamliner. (alaskapublic.org) More...

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Iranian Drone Attacks Force Airspace Closures, Airlines to Cancel or Divert Flights

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Several Middle Eastern countries closed their airspace to flights after Iran launched a drone attack against Israel on April 13. This drone attack comes a few days after an Israeli airstrike on the Iranian embassy in Damascus killed seven officers from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Multiple airlines canceled or diverted flights flying over the region amid the worsening geopolitical environment. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Qantas Pauses Nonstop London Flight Amid Middle East Tension

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Qantas is the latest airline to stop using Iranian airspace amid escalating tensions in the region. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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Boeing ‘could be replaced’ by Pathfinder jets as new planes get greenlight

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Australian aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas said that flight prices will plummet because the plane needs less fuel for journeys (inews.co.uk) More...

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American Airlines and Air Canada Sign New Deal with Airbus for A320 Upgrades

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American Airlines (AA) has entered into a substantial agreement with Airbus for various avionics systems and airframe upgrades on 150 A320ceo family aircraft in its existing fleet. (aviationa2z.com) More...

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SPOILER ALERT; More Boeing 737 Max Woes?

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Well, while Boeing INC is facing more internal trouble, it is facing yet another serious issue. The wiring bundles for the spoilers. (www.forbes.com) More...

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Miami Airport Plans to Convert All Jet Bridges to Glass

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The airport says the new bridges will increase passenger comfort. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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Before GPS: How Did Pilots Navigate in the Early Days of Aviation?

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Navigation is something we do every day without even considering it. In its simplest terms, navigation is getting from point A to point B. It's fairly easy when the distances are short, and the environs are obvious. Finding your way to the kitchen in your own home, for example. But when the distances grow longer, and if the destination is unfamiliar, then the challenges increase. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Boeing CEO’s penchant for cost-cutting doesn’t apply to his trips on the company jet

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When it comes to building planes, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun is all about streamlining costs. An accountant by training, Calhoun has prioritized fiscal discipline over his four years at the helm, tightening the belt to free up cash flow and put the company on better financial footing. ... Boeing reported in a regulatory filing that ... Calhoun got an extra half-million dollars worth of personal private jet travel on the company’s dime that had previously been improperly recorded as business travel. (www.cnn.com) More...

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Wizz Air To Use SAF Produced From Human Waste

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U.K. biofuel company Firefly will supply human waste-originated SAF to Wizz Air UK by 2028. (airlinegeeks.com) More...

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Australian Start-up Dovetail Electric Aviation Wins State Funding

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The government of the state of Victoria has made an undisclosed investment in Australian start-up Dovetail Electric Aviation to support its plans to bring electric regional aircraft to market. The company announced on April 12 that it has relocated its headquarters from New South Wales to Victoria, where it now has bases in Melbourne and at Latrobe Regional Airport. The first stage of Dovetail’s business plan involves converting existing aircraft to use its battery-electric propulsion system,… (www.ainonline.com) More...

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The world's first doggy jet service will cost you $6K for a one-way ticket

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Dogs will soon be able to experience their own “furst” class flight with the launch of the world’s first jet charter company specifically designed for man’s best friend. BARK, the dog toy company that coordinates the popular treat subscription BarkBox, is partnering with a jet charter service to take away the challenges of long-distance traveling with dogs, according to a press release. BARK Air, as the company calls it, offers the “white glove experience typical of a human’s first-class… (www.usatoday.com) More...

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Boeing Won’t Even Consider Moving HQ Back to Seattle

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t’s been a brutal six years for Boeing, with two fatal jet crashes kicking off a series of safety crises — and raising concerns about the quality and safety of the planes rolling off its assembly lines. As Boeing scrambles to repair its reputation, some critics and shareholders are asking: Why not move headquarters away from the shadow of Washington, D.C., and back home to its roots in Seattle? But Boeing has now made clear: We are not interested. (edition.cnn.com) More...

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Lufthansa and cabin crew union reach a pay deal to end string of German aviation disputes

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BERLIN (AP) — Lufthansa and a union representing cabin crew reached a pay deal Thursday, concluding the last of several major disputes that have led to recent strikes at Germany’s biggest airline and in the country’s wider aviation sector. The UFO union said nearly 19,000 cabin crew will get a pay rise effectively totaling 17.4% in three stages under the three-year deal, plus a one-time payment of 3,000 euros ($3,240) per person to offset inflation. Some bonuses also will be increased. The… (apnews.com) More...

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UK startup lifts lid on plan to turn human waste into jet fuel

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Airline industry UK startup lifts lid on plan to turn human waste into jet fuel Low-cost airline Wizz Air puts in 525,000-tonne order for product of Firefly’s proposed refinery in Essex Gwyn Topham Transport correspondent Thu 11 Apr 2024 12.29 EDT Share Aircraft could one day take off on fuel made from human waste under plans revealed by Wizz Air and the British sustainable aviation company Firefly to build a commercial refinery in Essex. Firefly, based in Bristol, said it had developed a… (www.theguardian.com) More...

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Cargo airline sends new Boeing 767 freighters directly to storage

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Northern Air Cargo and its affiliates have grounded two cargo aircraft before their first commercial flight. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Graffiti Geek: Lufthansa's Yellow Box

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In Ask the Pilot: Lufthansa's Greeting Placard is a Friendly Touch. But It Was My Idea First... (askthepilot.com) More...

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N703CK (Kalitta Air) 747 retirement

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Kalitta Air Boeing 747-400 N703CK landing at Willow Run, YIP this morning on its second to last flight. The aircraft arrived at YIP as CKS9703 from YYZ to clear customs before its scheduled departure later today to OSC for retirement (www.youtube.com) More...

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‘Help’ written in palm fronds assists US forces in rescuing Micronesians stranded on tiny island

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The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard found and rescued three men Tuesday from a tiny atoll south of Guam, where they spent more than a week after they were left stranded. Stripes has a paywall, but they allow a certain number of free views before it kicks in. (www.stripes.com) More...

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Decline in Delta Air Lines Q1 cargo revenue has silver lining

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Delta had a strong first quarter, but cargo is still in recovery mode. (www.freightwaves.com) More...

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Hexagon, CMC Electronics advance GNSS aviation platform

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CMC Electronics has partnered with the Hexagon Autonomy & Positioning division, which includes the Hexagon | NovAtel brand, to release a multi-constellation, multi-frequency (MCMF) GNSS platform. The MCMF GNSS platform combines CMC’s certification with the digital signal processing expertise of Hexagon | NovAtel. Designed to detect GNSS signal spoofing, it is lightweight and compact. The increasing threat of GNSS signal jamming and spoofing is not limited to military concerns. It has started… (www.gpsworld.com) More...

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Intercepting the Solar Eclipse in T-38s with the USAF

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In what might be the last time a T-38 is flown into an eclipse, this is the story of the planning it took to get an epic shot of the storied trainer jet. (avgeekery.com) More...

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Airbus' ZEROe Program: The Race to Hydrogen-Powered Flight by 2035

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The aviation industry's impact on the environment is undeniable. While it connects people and cultures across the globe, its reliance on fossil fuels contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Whistleblower reporting defects in 787/777

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Federal authorities say they’re investigating Boeing after a whistleblower repeatedly raised concerns with two widebody jet models, and claimed the company retaliated against him. Whistleblower Sam Salehpour, a Boeing engineer, alleges that Boeing took shortcuts when manufacturing its 777 and 787 Dreamliner jets, and that the risks could become catastrophic as the airplanes age. The New York Times was first to report the whistleblower complaint. (www.cnn.com) More...

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