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Lockheed says U.S. approves its $9 billion takeover of Sikorsky

Lockheed Martin Corp said on Thursday that U.S. officials have approved its $9 billion takeover of Black Hawk helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said authorities in Japan and South Korea had also approved the deal, but it was waiting for other regulatory approvals. Multiple sources famili...

Frugal Globetrotter President Xi Jinping Flies Air China Rather Than a Special "Air Force One"

The U.S. President Barack Obama uses his own plane -- widely known around the world simply by its air traffic control call sign, "Air Force One" -- and so does North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. However, China has no special plane. When President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan flew to the U.S. they took a commercial flight. Xi and the first lady Peng Liyuan arrived in the...

President Xi Jinping Boarding Xiamen Airlines' 787 Dreamliner

Chinese President Xi Jinping boarded a Boeing 787 Dreamliner which is due to be delivered to Xiamen Airlines (FM) in the near future and had an interior tour of the airplane during his visit to Boeing's factory in Everett, Seattle on Wednesday. Accompanied by Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner, President Xi boarded the Xiamen Airlines 787, Registration B-2763, experien...

Record 67 People Try and Bring Guns with Them onto U.S. Aircraft During 9/11 Anniversary Week

The Transportation Security Administration intercepted 67 firearms in passengers' carry-on bags as they attempted to board flights during the anniversary week of 9/11. The TSA said the passengers were ignoring regulations which prevent them from bringing firearms and explosives into the cabins of aircraft. Of the guns intercepted, 56 were loaded and 26 had a round chambered. Officials di...

NASA Technology to Help Airlines Cut Fuel Consumption

Two passenger airlines in the U.S. will soon test an application developed by NASA that is designed to help carriers save time, substantially reduce fuel consumption and slash carbon emissions. During the next three years, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines will use the Traffic Aware Planner (TAP) application, to make "traffic aware strategic aircrew requests" (TASAR). &q...

Teen Pilot In New York Crash Was Not Certified To Carry Passenger

An investigation into Sunday’s fatal plane crash in New York state revealed that the Colgate University student, who was flying the aircraft, should not have carried a passenger, according to federal aviation rules. The small plane crashed in Madison County, killing both people aboard. Cathryn "Carey" Depuy, the 18-year-old pilot of the single-engine Cessna 150, got a student pi...

U.S. airlines coalition: Gulf carriers hurting global aviation

Harm is being caused to airlines outside the U.S., according to the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies. The subsidization of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar airlines by the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Qatar is harming carriers in Southeast Asia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, the Philippines and others, according to a release issued this week by the Partner...

Transgender Woman Says TSA Detained, Humiliated Her over Body "Anomaly"

A transgender woman said she was detained and harassed at an Orlando, Fla., airport security checkpoint Monday by Transportation Safety Administration agents after a body scanner detected an "anomaly" on her. Shadi Petosky, who runs a Los Angeles interactive entertainment studio, said she was trying to fly out of Orlando International Airport but was stopped after entering t...

Southwest Airlines Anxiously Awaits Contract Ratification Vote by Thousands of Its Pilots

The fate of Southwest Airlines' tentative agreement with its pilots union now is in the hands of more than 8,000 pilots who are members of the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA), the union that represents the low fare behemoth's pilots. The SWAPA rank and file include some 1,100 Southwest Airlines pilots domiciled in Chicago, the largest of 10 Southwest pilot d...

Boeing Machinists in U.S. Fear Job Loss from China Factory

The head of Boeing Co's largest union said on Tuesday that his members fear a Boeing factory in China will cause job losses in the Seattle area, and he said the union would use legal and legislative means to try to stem losses. Boeing said Tuesday it is negotiating to put a 737 finishing factory in China, to gain airplane orders. Chinese state media reported earlier in the day that Boeing h...

Bizav Braces for Looming U.S. Government Shutdown

The aviation community is bracing for the prospect of another government shutdown as Congress remains deadlocked over Planned Parenthood funding. The U.S. government is funded through September 30, leaving Congress little time to clear appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins on October 1. House and Senate lawmakers have drafted a stopgap measure that would temporarily fund the...

FAA Asks Operators to Increase Safety Margins When Landing on Wet Runways

A recent FAA Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) emphasizes the need for flight crews to take a conservative approach when landing on water-slickened surfaces, going beyond the manufacturer's published landing distances and advisory data, and even the agency's own prior guidance on the matter. Last year, the FAA published Advisory Circular 91-79A, which offered information to assist p...