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Sep 30, 2014

Boeing to shift most defense work out of Washington state

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Monday said it would move the majority of its defense services and support work out of Washington state to other U.S. cities, affecting the jobs of about 2,000 of its 5,200 defense employees in the Puget Sound region.

The changes, first reported by Reuters earlier Monday, are part of ongoing efforts by Boeing to streamline its defense business, and will not affect its P-8A spy plane or KC-46 aerial refueling tanker programs. Both of those programs are based on commercial jetliners made in the area.

Sep 29, 2014

Boeing to shift some defense work out of Washington state: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans to announce further streamlining of its defense business on Tuesday, moving significant portions of its defense operations out of Washington state, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

The consolidation would focus on defense support services and would not affect Boeing’s P-8A spy plane or KC-46 aerial refueling tanker programs, the sources said. Both programs are built on commercial jetliners made in the Puget Sound region of Washington state.

Sep 29, 2014

U.S. FAA’s Huerta says reviewing contingency plans, security polices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. aviation safety agency’s top official said on Monday he has asked for a review of all U.S. air traffic control contingency plans and security policies, following a fire on Friday that crippled air travel over much of the Midwestern U.S.

Speaking at an industry conference, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta said the agency won’t hesitate to make changes in security policies if needed.

Sep 26, 2014

U.S. proposes plugging fire-suppression hole in Boeing 787

SEATTLE (Reuters) – The U.S. aviation safety regulator has proposed requiring operators of some Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 787 Dreamliners to replace parts near the plane’s lithium battery in an effort to improve the plane’s ability to fight an on-board fire.

In a directive issued on Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration said it had received reports that some 787-8 planes did not have foam-like plugs properly installed as required to keep a fire-suppression chemical in an electrical compartment in the plane.

Sep 25, 2014

More U.S. drone use coming, but no package delivery yet

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Agriculture, mining and numerous other industries are likely to be cleared to fly drones now that U.S. regulators have allowed remote-piloted planes to shoot television and movie scenes, according to the key lawyer in the regulatory action.

But drones will not be carrying packages to doorsteps anytime soon because the technology to land safely is not well-developed, attorney Jonathan Hill, who filed the drone use requests that regulators approved on Thursday, told Reuters.

Sep 25, 2014

U.S. FAA to allow six movie, TV companies to use drones

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. aviation regulators loosened restrictions on the commercial use of drones on Thursday, granting six television and movie production companies permission to use the small, remotely piloted aircraft to shoot scenes on closed sets.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it would allow filming with drones provided the aircraft weigh 55 pounds (25 kg) or less, are used within sight of the remote pilot, who must hold a private pilot’s license, and are flown under 400 feet (120 meters) in altitude, among other restrictions.

Sep 22, 2014

Aireon to offer satellite tracking free to help search for missing planes

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Aireon LLC, a provider of satellite-based aircraft monitoring, said on Monday it will offer its tracking data for free to help authorities search for future missing planes.

The system will go live in 2017, when its parent company Iridium Communications Inc finishes installing 66 next-generation satellites plus spares that will provide real-time data to air traffic control centers.

Sep 18, 2014

Air Lease urges Boeing, Airbus caution on raising jetliner output

NEW YORK, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The president of Air Lease
Corp, a major jetliner leasing company, on Thursday urged
Boeing Co and Airbus Group SA to be cautious
about further increases in the production rates of jetliners,
saying their plans to do so put suppliers at risk of breakdown.

Suppliers already are operating at “absolute capacity” and
their ability to keep pace with rate increases being discussed
by Boeing and Airbus is a “major concern of ours,” Air Lease
Corp President John Plueger said at a meeting of the Wings Club,
an aviation group, in New York.

Sep 18, 2014

Air Lease Corp urges caution on Boeing, Airbus raising jetliner output

NEW YORK, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The president of Air Lease
Corp, a major jetliner leasing company, on Thursday urged
Boeing Co and Airbus Group SA to be cautious
about further increasing jetliner production rates, saying the
planned output increases put suppliers at risk of breakdown.

Suppliers already are operating at “absolute capacity” and
their ability to keep pace with rate increases being discussed
by Boeing and Airbus is a “major concern of ours,” Air Lease
Corp President John Plueger said at a meeting of the Wings Club,
an aviation group, in New York.

Sep 17, 2014

Boeing airplanes chief says considering 52 737s a month by 2018

NEW YORK, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Boeing Co appears
increasingly likely to boost production of its top-selling 737
jetliners to 52 a month starting in 2018 after the head of its
commercial airplanes business spoke about that possibility on
Tuesday.

“Our focus today would be around a 52-a-month rate in (737
production) somewhere in that 2018 time frame,” Boeing
Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Officer Ray Conner told an
investor conference held by Morgan Stanley.