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Mar 20, 2015

U.S. regulators give Amazon go-ahead for drone tests

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has won approval from U.S. federal regulators to test a delivery drone outdoors, as the e-commerce company pursues its goal of sending packages to customers by air, even as it faces public concern about safety and privacy.

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday it issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon business unit and its prototype drone, allowing test flights over private, rural land in Washington state.

Mar 19, 2015

U.S. regulators give Amazon go-ahead for drone test flights

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has won U.S. federal regulators’ approval to test a delivery drone outdoors, as the e-commerce giant pursues its vision of speeding packages to customers through the air, while facing public concern over safety and privacy.

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday it had issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon unit and its prototype drone design, allowing it to conduct test flights over private, rural land in Washington state.

Mar 18, 2015

Jetmakers intervene on Zodiac seat delivery delays

PARIS/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Planemakers Airbus (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) have stepped up pressure on French supplier Zodiac Aerospace (ZODC.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) over persistent delays in the delivery of aircraft seats that are disrupting jetliner assembly, industry sources said.

Paris-based Zodiac has been wrestling for months with missed deadlines for seat production, which it blames on its engineering resources being overloaded. A strike last autumn at a Zodiac plant in Texas also affected shipments.

Mar 18, 2015

Exclusive – Jetmakers intervene on Zodiac seat delivery delays

PARIS/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Planemakers Airbus (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) and Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) have stepped up pressure on French supplier Zodiac Aerospace (ZODC.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) over persistent delays in the delivery of aircraft seats that are disrupting jetliner assembly, industry sources said.

Paris-based Zodiac has been wrestling for months with missed deadlines for seat production, which it blames on its engineering resources being overloaded. A strike last autumn at a Zodiac plant in Texas also affected shipments.

Mar 17, 2015

Boeing commercial airplane CEO presses for Ex-Im Bank renewal

March 17 (Reuters) – Boeing Co favors multi-year
renewal of the U.S. export credit agency instead of another
stopgap measure, the head of the company’s commercial airplanes
business said on Tuesday.

The Export-Import Bank, which provides support to U.S.
exporters and the buyers of U.S. goods, is targeted for closure
by some conservative Republicans who say it usurps the role of
the private sector and provides “welfare” for big business.

Mar 16, 2015

Boeing’s largest union seeks vote to organize South Carolina workers

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co’s (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) largest union on Monday filed for a vote to unionize 2,400 workers at the company’s airplane factory in South Carolina, setting the stage for a clash between the two sides in the strongly anti-union state.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), which represents 35,000 workers at other Boeing locations in the United States, has been organizing for more than two years in North Charleston, South Carolina, one of two sites where Boeing makes its high-tech 787 jetliners.

Mar 16, 2015

Boeing production czar says planemaker won’t repeat errors

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is well-positioned to hit record production targets for its popular 737 jetliner by 2018, having learned from past mistakes, the head of its industrial system told Reuters.

“To the extent that we could accommodate uncertainty and risk, or reduce risk, we are much better postured today than when we have tried this in the past,” said Pat Shanahan, who oversees production at the world’s biggest planemaker.

Mar 14, 2015

Boeing starts building 737 wings with new automated system

SEATTLE, March 13 (Reuters) – Boeing Co has started
using a new automated system to build wing panels for 737
jetliners, an important step in preparing to hit record
production speeds while introducing new models of the popular
plane.

The robotic system, known as the Panel Assembly Line, or
PAL, this week drilled holes and installed rivets for the wings
of a production aircraft, the first such use of the system since
installation began last summer, Boeing officials told Reuters
during a visit to the Renton, Washington, plant.

Mar 10, 2015

Insight – Exelis to offer drone-tracking system as industry, NASA seek to ease safety fears

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. aerospace company Exelis Inc XLS.N is close to unveiling a low-altitude surveillance system for drones, the latest sign of how a “highway in the sky” is likely to evolve.

The system, whose existence has not been previously reported, shows how Exelis and other companies are racing to create technology that enables drones to safely fly over long distances to do everything from inspections of remote pipelines to surveys of crops or delivery of packages.

Mar 10, 2015

Exelis to offer drone-tracking system as industry, NASA seek to ease safety fears

NEW YORK, March 10 (Reuters) – U.S. aerospace company Exelis
Inc is close to unveiling a low-altitude surveillance
system for drones, the latest sign of how a “highway in the
sky” is likely to evolve.

The system, whose existence has not been previously
reported, shows how Exelis and other companies are racing to
create technology that enables drones to safely fly over long
distances to do everything from inspections of remote pipelines
to surveys of crops or delivery of packages.