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Pilot Who Became Ill Aboard Flight Died of Natural Causes

A New York medical examiner says an American Airlines pilot who became ill while flying from Phoenix to Boston died from natural causes. The Onondaga County medical examiner's office on Monday night announced the determination in the death of 57-year-old Capt. Michael Johnston. Officials say the determination was made after an autopsy and preliminary toxicology tests. No other det...

FAA proposes $1.9 million civil penalty against UAS operator

FAA has proposed a $1.9 million civil penalty against Chicago-based SkyPan International for allegedly conducting “65 unauthorized commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flights over various locations in New York City and Chicago between March 21, 2012 and Dec. 15, 2014. The flights involved aerial photography. Of those, 43 flew in the highly restricted New York Class B ai...

Museum of Aviation Gets Fully-Restored P-51

After finally getting a B-17 bomber in its arsenal of attractions, the Museum of Aviation now has the plane that protected it. The museum staff has reassembled a fully restored P-51 Mustang fighter and rolled it into the Century of Flight Hangar. It will remain there on display for the time being but eventually will be in the Scott World War II Hangar along with the B-17, which is being restore...

Deliberate Descent Below DH Led To Learjet Fatal

The crash of a Learjet 35A on a second ILS approach in IMC to Runway 6 at Freeport International Airport, Bahamas, on Nov. 9, 2014, was caused by “the poor decision making of the crew in initiating and continuing a descent in IMC below the authorized altitude without visual contact with the runway environment,” according to a newly released final report fr...

FAA Takes More Cooperative Approach to Aviation Safety

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the agency’s new “compliance philosophy to enhance our ability to find safety problems before they result in an incident or accident, use the best tools to fix those problems and then monitor the situation to ensure that no new problems develop.” Outlining the new plan this morning at a Flight Safety Foundation event in Washin...

No rush for Boeing to launch mid-market type: Tinseth

Boeing has "some" time before having to decide about launching a "middle of the market" aircraft that would fit between its 737 narrowbody family and 787 widebody series, in the view of the manufacturer's marketing vice-president Randy Tinseth. Speaking to Flightglobal in London, Tinseth said Boeing had been talking to customers about such a clean-sheet design "for...

Kaman to Acquire Timken Alcor Aerospace Technologies

Kaman Corporation announced today that its Aerospace segment has entered into an agreement to acquire Timken Alcor Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (TAAT) of Mesa, Arizona. TAAT designs and supplies aftermarket parts to support businesses conducting maintenance, repair, and overhauls (MROs) in aerospace markets primarily located in North America. Greg Steiner, President of Kaman Aero...

Boeing CEO Comment on Pacific Trade Agreement Progress

 Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing president and CEO, today commented on the progress being made on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a large free-trade agreement that would support U.S. export growth in some of the world’s fast-growing markets. “Free-trade agreements create new opportunities for American companies and their workers. I thank the United States Trade Representati...

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...