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Airlines Will Soon Be Forced to Pay Up for Damaged Checked Luggage

Last week, Alaska Airlines employees were filmed hurling customer suitcases onto a concrete road at San Jose International airport in an apparent contest to see who could throw a heavy piece of luggage the farthest. The airline has since apologized for the incident but it's just the latest in a series of incidents where carrier employees have been caught mishandling customer bags. B...

Automated FODetect Solution Now Deployed in Seattle-Tacoma Airport

The Port of Seattle announced the launch of the state-of-the-art runway management solution RunWize™, which includes FODetect®, automated Foreign Object Debris (FOD) detection and BirdWize™, ground level bird hazard management, developed by Xsight Systems and integrated by prime contractor Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a national security, health and engineering solutions company. RunWize h...

Iconic RV-6 Aircraft to Celebrate 30th Anniversary at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

Van’s Aircraft RV-6, part of the world’s most popular kit aircraft family, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2016 with a “family gathering” of all RV aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. The 64th annual edition of EAA AirVenture, the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” will be held July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wi...

Why Spirit Air CEO Respects Delta’s Aggressive Basic Economy Strategy

If you’ve ever wondered what’s behind Delta’s strategy in launching its Basic Economy fares, the low fares with seats assigned after check-in and no changes or refunds allowed, just ask the CEO of Spirit Airlines, whose airline is feeling the competitive heat from Delta’s inroads. “From a consumer standpoint we really like it,” said Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza, r...

Boeing CEO Muilenburg on Passage of Legislation

Boeing President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg today issued the following statement following congressional approval of legislation reauthorizing the U.S. Export-Import Bank for five years. “By reopening the Export-Import Bank, Congress has taken strong action enabling American exporters and the skilled workers they employ to compete successfully in tough global markets. We commend...

The 767 Is Not Quite Ready to Fly into the Sunset

While the near-term future of the current-generation Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 programs is tinted with concern over how much to cut production rates, the widebody program that those two aircraft were supposed to all but finish off is expanding. Bolstered by a huge order from FedEx and its selection as the new U.S. Air Force tanker platform, the Boeing 767 is in rare air: a 34-year-old widebody...

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Drone Air Traffic Control Using UAVs to Fight Fires

Lockheed Martin has demonstrated how drone air traffic control can work by getting several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to work together in mid-air to fight fires, showing that it is possible for both large aircraft and small drones to work together without causing an accident. The aerospace and defence contractor successfully demonstrated its UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system by getting a...

Fire in Baggage Loader Delays Sea-Tac Flight

A Virgin America flight bound from Seattle to Los Angeles was delayed Thursday after the loader used to move baggage onto the plane caught fire. Port of Seattle spokesman Peter McGraw said airport fire crews quickly extinguished the blaze on the ground-baggage loader. There were no injuries and no damage to the baggage or the plane. Virgin Airline Flight 784 was delayed more than 30 minutes....

Bombardier and Globalparts enhance parts support for Learjet

planning, stocking and distribution of aircraft parts for Learjet 20, Learjet 30, and Learjet 50 series aircraft. “We are extremely pleased to collaborate with GlobalParts.aero in this venture.” Bill Molloy, vice president of Parts Services, Bombardier Business Aircraft said: “We are extremely pleased to collaborate with GlobalParts.aero in this venture. This agreement will...

United Airlines to "Mobilize" Airport Customer Service Representatives with Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

United yesterday announced the airline will equip its customer service representatives in the company's U.S.-based hubs with Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, enabling agents to meet customers' needs more quickly while having access to additional operational information at their fingertips. United will begin distributing the devices to its more than 6,000 hub-based customer service repres...

Boeing Completes Detailed Design for the 787-10 Dreamliner

Boeing has completed detailed design for the 787-10 Dreamliner, achieving another major milestone in the development of the newest and longest member of the 787 family. Boeing engineers reached the key milestone nearly two weeks ahead of schedule. The milestone is critical to every development program because it means the information needed to build parts and tools for assembly has been complet...

Embry-Riddle orders 10 more DA42s for pilot training

Diamond Aircraft Industries has sold 10 DA42-VI piston-twins to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) for its multi-engine pilot training course. The first 168hp Austro AE300-powered aircraft will be delivered to the institution’s Daytona, Florida facility in April 2016, and all the examples are expected to be in service by the end of September. Diamond has been a regular supplie...