50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

United States aviation news

Record Number of Guns Found in U.S. Airport Searches: TSA

U.S. airport security agents discovered a record 67 firearms in luggage passengers intended to carry on to airplanes during one week in September, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Of the 67 firearms found during the week ended Sep. 17, 56 were loaded and 26 had a round in the chamber, the TSA reported. The tally set a new weekly record. The prior record was 65 fire...

United Flight En Route from Denver Lands Safely at Mitchell Airport After Apparent Mechanical Issue

A General Mitchell International Airport spokeswoman tells FOX6 News United Flight 5330 en route to Milwaukee from Denver landed safely Sunday evening, September 27 after experiencing an apparent mechanical issue while on the taxiway. The aircraft landed safely as scheduled around 7:00 p.m. Once the aircraft landed, we're told the pilot reported an apparent mechanical issue whi...

Katherine Stinson – The Flying Schoolgirl

27 of September 1913 Katherine Stinson becomes the first woman in the United States to make an official airmail flight. So let's find out more about her. Known as the Flying Schoolgirl, Katherine Stinson became just the fourth woman in the U.S. to earn her pilot’s license on July 24, 1912. Born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1891 in Fort Payne, Alabama, Ameri...

American Airlines Faces Boeing Fines Over Delayed Dreamliner Seats

One of the reasons  American Airlines filed a lawsuit against its aircraft-seat vendor Zodiac Seats is that the airline is getting squeezed by Boeing and could face substantial penalties for delayed aircraft deliveries caused by Zodiac’s ongoing and tardy seat-structure shipments. As detailed in American’s complaint, obtained by Skift and embedded below, these potential fi...

Sea-Tac Airport Locked Down Briefly for Security Breach

Port of Seattle police briefly closed all entrances to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport while they responded to a security alarm. KING TV News reports that airport officials confirmed a post on Twitter saying police had closed entrances and stopped trains about 9:15 p.m. Friday. Police took a suspect into custody and lifted the lockdown after about 30 minutes. Planes con...

New United Airlines CEO Vows End to Disunity in Employee Letter

The new chief executive officer of United Continental Holdings Inc. pledged to unite a divided workforce by consulting with affected employees before adopting any cost cuts and by scrutinizing the use of outside management consultants. Oscar Munoz urged employees to "come with me" in a personal letter on Friday that didn't announce major personnel or policy changes. He said he'...

Houston Intercontinental Airport enjoys solid traffic growth and wins new key long-haul service

Softness in the energy sector is not dampening passenger growth at Houston Intercontinental Airport as the facility during 2015 is adding a mix of new services to Central America, Asia and Australia.  Houston Intercontinental has enjoyed solid expansion into Asia during the last couple of years, which has helped to bolster its international passenger numbers while domestic passenger growth...

Boeing Tanker Plane Makes First Flight

Boeing's first fully equipped KC-46A aerial tanker completed a four-hour inaugural flight on Friday, a milestone for the USD$49 billion aircraft that has run into cost and scheduling issues in recent years. The company tweeted pictures of the tanker as it took off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Boeing test pilots performed operational checks on engines, flight controls and envi...

American could take similar approach as Delta with domestic 2Ku

Classic air-to-ground (ATG)-supported connectivity is not enough, at least not in the current implementation. That seems to be the conclusion that airlines, passengers (and even Gogo) are drawing these days in the United States. Virgin America is obviously the most recent carrier to indicate as much, both through its signing for 10 planes with Ka-band and hybrid Ka/Ku s...

Spirit Readies for Higher 787 Production with Facility Expansion

Spirit AeroSystems is preparing for higher production rates on the Boeing 787 by expanding the building where it produces the airplane's forward fuselage. Construction is underway on Spirit's Composite Fuselage Facility to add 100,000 square feet. The building, visible from K-15 and 47th Street South, is where Spirit manufactures the composite forward fuselage section of the 787 twin-ai...

Boeing Salt Lake Completes 787-9 Dreamliner Production Expansion

Boeing yesterday celebrated completion of its expansion projects in West Jordan and Salt Lake City and its first 787-9 Dreamliner horizontal stabilizer manufactured start-to-finish in Utah. "This is an exciting time for Boeing and our Salt Lake team," said Larry Coughlin, Boeing Salt Lake general manager. "Our recent progress sets the stage for Boeing Salt Lake to become a major...

Buffalo Airways Plane Makes Hard Landing Near Deline, N.W.T.

A Buffalo Airways C-46 Commando airplane crashed while making an emergency landing in Deline, N.W.T.. Four crew members were on board at the time. An official at the Deline airport told CBC that nobody was injured in the incident. The cargo flight was on its way from Yellowknife to Norman Wells, said Chris Krepski with the Transportation Safety Board, when it experienced engine fai...