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Boeing, commercial deliveries rise 7% in 3Q 2015

Boeing Co. said its deliveries of commercial airplanes rose 7% for the third quarter amid continued growth for its 787 Dreamliner and its best-selling 737 single-aisle jetliner. The aerospace and defense company delivered 199 commercial aircraft in the latest quarter, compared with 186 a year earlier. The world’s largest jetliner maker has continued to enjoy strong demand for...

Boston-Bound Airline Pilot Dies; Co-Pilot Lands Safely in NY

An American Airlines captain became gravely ill and incapacitated while flying from Phoenix to Boston and later died, but his first officer safely diverted and landed the nearly 150-passenger plane, an airline spokeswoman said. Passengers on the flight were told the pilot was sick and it was making an emergency landing in Syracuse, and they later learned of his death in a scenario tha...

American Airlines Flight Attendant Union President Quits amid Turmoil over Merger Contract

The president of the flight-attendants union for American Airlines is resigning effective Dec. 2 under the threat of a recall election over the merger with US Airways. Laura Glading, president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants with 25,000 members, had said already that she wouldn't seek a third term after nearly eight years in the post. But she said a threatened...

The Next Generation of Airport Scanners Examines Crowds from 50 Feet Away

When it comes to security technology, it's clear we are on the precipice of something new and completely transformational. Just a few short years after protesting body scanner deployment in airports for being too invasive, we now excitedly volunteer scans of our fingerprints and irises in the name of shorter lines. So what's next for airport security? The TSA recently unveiled...

ANALYSIS: Will Boeing's next aircraft be an oval or a circle?

With speculation continuing about Boeing's plans for its future aircraft development programme, two reports now predict that the airframer's next clean-sheet design will feature the aviation novelty of an oval fuselage cross-section. Most recently, Merrill Lynch analyst and former Boeing applied research scientist Ron Epstein published a report for investors earlier this month, saying B...

ANALYSIS: USAF crash marks sixth hull loss for C-130J

The fatal accident involving a US Air Force-operated Lockheed Martin C-130J in Afghanistan on 2 October is the sixth hull loss to have involved a “Super Hercules”, and the first in which US personnel have died. Eleven people – the tactical transport’s six-person crew and five civilians – were killed when the aircraft crashed, reportedly shortly after taking off fro...

Gulfstream G-IVSP transactions double in first nine months of 2015

The total amount of Gulfstream G-IVSP transactions doubled in the first three quarters of year, according to The Hagerty Group’s first Gulfstream market report. The company says that there were 11 Gulfstream G-IVSP transactions in the first nine months of 2014, versus the 26 transactions during the same period in 2015. According to Hagerty, Gulfstream IVSP sale prices have also fallen,...

Greenpoint Aerospace delivers refurbished Challengers

Greenpoint Aerospace has delivered four Challenger 600 series interior refurbishments with exterior paint, over a three month period. “The Challenger 600 series is a popular model for a quick interior refresh with new paint.” Trey Bryson, vice president and general manager of Greenpoint said: “The Challenger 600 series is a popular model for a quick interior refresh wit...

Delta Wants Its Tokyo Route Back From American

Delta Air Lines wants government regulators to seize American Airlines’ new route from Los Angeles to Tokyo’s close-in Haneda Airport, just months after the latter carrier won it. American has failed to file schedules or offer tickets for flights between Los Angeles and Haneda, Delta said Thursday in a U.S. regulatory filing. Delta said this violated the government’s requireme...

Air Methods Offers Patient Logistics Services

Getting patient information to a higher level of care might be just as important as getting the patient there quickly in an air ambulance. That’s one of the factors driving the success of Air Methods’ Omaha patient logistics call center services. The nation’s largest air medical provider established the center in 2002 with launch customer University of Kansas Medical Center at th...

New contracts give Neptune Aviation a solid base for growth

Neptune Aviation is thrilled to have four new contracts to provide firefighting jets to the U.S. Forest Service, saying the new agreements mean all of their planes will be at work next fire season.  The U.S. Forest Service has been working for the past several years to upgrade its contracted stock of propeller-driven fire tankers to newer, faster jet-powered tankers with larger capaci...

Alum, ExpressJet VP talks future of aviation

For Brad Sheehan, senior vice president of operations for ExpressJet and a 1997 graduate of Auburn University, the future of aviation is promising. Sheehan spoke to a group of Auburn students Thursday about current and future opportunities in aviation following several years of downturn in the industry. “I got an invitation to come back and talk at the school that I spent four years an...