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United, Maintenance Union Pause Contract Talks

United Airlines and its maintenance workers' union have paused talks on a new contract after American Airlines tentatively agreed to a wage increase. United said in an online message to employees that it met with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for the last two weeks and made headway on healthcare, sick time and hours of service. The message said the company offered significan...

Exclusive: Lockheed Martin mulls merger of some services units with peer - sources

Lockheed Martin Corp is exploring merging some of its information technology and services businesses, with a value of about $4 billion, with another government services contractor, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The contemplated transaction would create the largest government services contractor in the United States and would generate an estimated $2 billion windfall for L...

Incident: Delta B738 near Omaha on Sep. 28, 2015, Lavatory Fire

A Delta Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N3748Y performing flight DL-1490 from Detroit,MI to Las Vegas,NV (USA) with 161 people on board, was enroute at FL340 about 60nm west of Omaha,NE (USA) when the crew reported a fire in a lavatory and decided to divert to Omaha. On approach to Omaha the crew advised that the fire was confirmed out. The aircraft landed safely on Eppley Airfield...

Congress to hold UAV safety hearing Oct. 7

The US House of Representatives will hold an Oct. 7 hearing on unmainned aerial vehicle (UAV) safety issues. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s aviation subcommittee said in a statement that increasing UAV sightings by pilots and air traffic controllers “have raised safety questions among stakeholders and the public. This hearing will enable the s...

American Airlines files $1mn suit against Zodiac

American Airlines (AA,Dallas/Fort Worth) has filed a USD1 million breach-of-contract suit against the US subsidiary of French seat manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace following lengthy delays in the delivery of business class seats for American's Dreamliner and B777-200ER fleets, the latter of which is being refurbished.  The Dallas-based carrier is seeking a court order stating that it...

Delta Air Lines awards $150K to aviation charter school to purchase plane

West Michigan Aviation Academy students got their first look at the Cessna 172 plane the charter high school was able to purchase after a $150,0000 award from the Delta Air Lines Foundation. "We can increase the capacity of the number of kids we can train," WMAA CEO Pat Cwayna said Thursday about flight school students now having two Cessnas. "We are thrilled." The 550-st...

Comlux America Gets BBJ Warranty Repair Facility and Service Center Approval

Comlux the Aviation Group is pleased to announce that Boeing Business Jets has signed an agreement with its completion center, Comlux America LLC, which designates the company as an authorized warranty repair facility and service center. The contract allows Comlux America to perform warranty work on BBJ aircraft on behalf of Boeing, providing BBJ operators another service option in the U.S. Additi...

Boeing selects BAE to develop warfare systems for F-15

BAE Systems has been selected by Boeing to develop and manufacture a new, all-digital electronic warfare system for the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) fleet of F-15 fighter aircraft. The new electronic warfare system is part of a multi-billion dollar program to develop the Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS), an integrated system that will provide advanced aircraft prote...

Homeland Security lambasts TSA for "layers of security simply missing"

The floor just keeps dropping further and further out from under the Transportation Security Administration after a scathing report this summer from Homeland Security revealed that the airport security organization had an almost unbelievable 95% failure rate during a months-long investigation and series of undercover tests. Now, Homeland Security has testified before Congress that t...

5 Hurt on Bumpy American Airlines Flight to Miami

American Airlines officials say five passengers were injured on a flight from Grenada to Miami after the plane encountered some unexpected turbulence. American's Flight 982 landed at Miami International Airport shortly before noon Thursday without incident. Five passengers were taken to a hospital for minor injuries. The airline said in a statement that the seatbelt sign was on...

Uber Now Picking up Passengers at Salt Lake City Airport

Drivers for the ride-hailing company Uber are now legally picking up passengers at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Airport officials say they've given the smartphone-powered company permission to start operating its UberX service as part of a one-year pilot program. Though both Uber and competitor Lyft used to pick up passengers at the airport, they pulled out months ago a...

Spirit Aeronautics Announces FANS Solution for Bombardier Challenger 604 Business Jet Operatiors

Spirit Aeronautics announced today that the FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) is now complete and the company is offering Future Airspace Navigation System (FANS) 1/A capability for Bombardier's Challenger 604 aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4™ avionics. The STC upgrade is straight forward and utilizes the current flight management system (FMS) and control displ...