With 69 exemptions granted, but 771 petitions still in the queue at the end of March, FAA is moving to streamline its process for approving low-risk commercial unmanned-aircraft operations under Section 333 legislation.
The fifth and final test vehicle for the initial CS100 version of Bombardier’s CSeries airliner has begun flying, but additional aircraft will be used in the test program in a bid to meet the target of certification toward the end of the year.
In a sign of the increasing maturity of Bombardier’s CSeries airliner, the first test aircraft for the stretched, 135-seat CS300 variant flew for about five hours on its maiden flight from Mirabel, near Montreal, Feb. 27.
Whether they are being spotted on the approach to a busy airport, dropping on to the White House lawn or crashing while carrying drugs in Tijuana, the issues raised by unmanned aircraft arguably are the most controversial in aviation for decades.
Bombardier has unveiled plans to raise new financing as Pierre Beaudoin steps down to be replaced as president and chief executive officer by outsider Alaine Bellemare, until recently head of United Technologies’ Propulsion & Aerospace business.
Bombardier has completed flutter, cold-weather and passenger-evacuation testing as CSeries flight tests pass the 900-hour mark en route to the 2,400 hours expected to be required for certification of the initial CS100 version.
Greg Morris, head of additive manufacturing strategy for GE Aviation, likes to talk about his Angel Trumpet engine. This tiny gas turbine will never power an aircraft, but previews how 3D printing could be applied throughout a future full-size commercial turbofan.
A biofuel producer that will provide jet fuel to Cathay Pacific Airways is one of three companies to receive funding from the US government as it moves to kick-start large-scale production of drop-in biofuel alternatives for jet and ship fuel for military and commercial customers.
Bombardier has relocated a second CSeries test aircraft to Wichita, Kansa, from Montreal to take advantage of better weather for flight testing as it works to recover from a 100-day grounding following an engine failure during ground tests.
Bombardier has resumed flight tests of the CSeries airliner after a hiatus of more than 100 days following an engine failure during ground testing, but an analyst is warning the company may be forced to push back the already-delayed entry into service.
Republic Airways Holdings is “in a stabilized approach” toward reaching a new labor agreement with its pilots, though “difficult stuff” still needs to negotiated, chairman, president and CEO Bryan Bedford said....More
The US government is “taking very seriously” the request Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and their labor groups have made that consultations begin with the governments of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar on alleged subsidies for the airlines from those countries, a US Department of State official said....More
The US airline industry must safeguard itself against “atypical employment practices,” which could threaten safety as well as destroy the compact between employer and employee, a labor leader said here....More