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Jan 22, 2015

U.S. agency urges cockpit video, better plane-tracking

NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. air accident
investigation agency on Thursday urged adoption of systems to
shoot cockpit video in the crucial minutes before a crash, and
called for better tracking to find downed planes.

The agency also called for equipment to allow retrieval of
critical black box flight data without an underwater search.

Jan 13, 2015

Boeing 737 boss to head South Carolina Dreamliner plant

SEATTLE, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Boeing Co said on Tuesday
it picked the chief of its fastest-running assembly line to head
the South Carolina factory where it makes the 787 Dreamliner.

Beverly Wyse, who streamlined the 737 factory in Renton,
Washington, as Boeing increased output to 42 airliners a month,
will become vice president and general manager of the second
Dreamliner assembly site when manager Jack Jones retires in May,
Boeing said.

Jan 13, 2015

Boeing says no plans to match Airbus with long range 737

SEATTLE, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Boeing Co said on Tuesday
that it sees no business case for offering an extended-range
version of its largest 737 jet, the forthcoming 737 MAX 9, to
compete with a long-range plane that rival Airbus
launched on Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, Airbus released 2014 sales and production
figures showing it beat Boeing on orders, but lost on the number
of planes actually delivered.

Jan 9, 2015

Insight – After string of jet crashes, a struggle to re-train pilots

By Alwyn Scott and Tim Hepher

(Reuters) – As investigators hunt for what caused an AirAsia jet to crash in an equatorial storm on Dec 28, the aviation industry is still struggling to apply the lessons of accidents in similar weather over the past decade.

It is too early to say whether the Airbus A320 crashed into the Java Sea due to pilot error, mechanical problems, freak weather or – as most often happens in aviation disasters – a combination of factors.

Jan 9, 2015

After string of jet crashes, a struggle to re-train pilots

Jan 9 (Reuters) – As investigators hunt for what caused an
AirAsia jet to crash in an equatorial storm on Dec 28,
the aviation industry is still struggling to apply the lessons
of accidents in similar weather over the past decade.

It is too early to say whether the Airbus A320
crashed into the Java Sea due to pilot error, mechanical
problems, freak weather or – as most often happens in aviation
disasters – a combination of factors.

Jan 7, 2015

U.S. sets air safety rule, airlines must implement in three years

By Alwyn Scott and Eric Beech

(Reuters) – The U.S. government said on Wednesday it is requiring domestic airlines to put in place proactive safety measures designed to highlight risks, deter accidents and make air travel safer.

The rule by the Federal Aviation Administration, which was four years in the making, requires U.S. airlines and freight carriers to submit so-called “safety management system” plans within six months and implement them within three years, the FAA said.

Jan 6, 2015

Boeing plane deliveries hit record; Airbus wins on orders

By Alwyn Scott and Tim Hepher

(Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Tuesday that it delivered 723 jetliners in 2014, hitting its own target, setting an industry record and retaining its title as the world’s biggest plane maker, besting rival Airbus Group (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

But Boeing lost out to Airbus on new orders, according to a person familiar with the matter, a key contest in determining future market share.

Dec 31, 2014

U.S. drone rules remain in the hangar in 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States missed a year-end deadline for publishing new rules on remote-control aircraft, delaying an eagerly awaited step toward using drones in everything from farming to package delivery.

Businesses have been clamoring for rules to allow commercial drone flights, fearing the United States is falling behind other countries in developing a multibillion-dollar industry.

Dec 30, 2014

Critics ask how AirAsia jetliner went missing in age of GPS

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Air travel advocates are demanding global aviation authorities explain how an AirAsia jetliner with 162 people aboard got lost at a time when satellites and webcams monitor society’s every move.

“It should be impossible for an airliner to go missing” in an age when people can track their phones and cars to within a few feet, said Paul Hudson, president of Flyersrights.org and a member of a U.S. Federal Aviation Authority rulemaking advisory committee.

Dec 19, 2014

Air France-KLM deferral of Boeing 777 raises concern

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co faced a potentially larger gap in production of its 777 jetliner after Air France-KLM said on Thursday that it plans to defer delivery of 10 Boeing 777s following its third profit warning in six months.

Boeing is on track to build about 500 777s before it transitions to the successor 777X model in 2020, based on its current production rate of 100 a year. Through November, it had orders for 267 of those planes.