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Investigators probe Southwest 737 CFM56 engine failure 
Investigators delving into the highly unusual failure of the left CFM56-7B engine on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 on Aug. 27 are hoping for some quick answers as to why the engine’s inlet cowl detached in midair, causing it to be shut down as well as significantly damaging the airframe.
Legendary 747 designer Sutter dies age 95 
Joe Sutter, who was dubbed “Father of the 747” by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, has died at age 95.
Boeing chief: 777X stretch would be easy to do 
Boeing confirmed it is studying a further stretch of the 777X family currently in development, and says such an extension would be relatively easy to accomplish.
Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN is EASA certified 
The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New Technology) engine, which will power the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, has gained European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification.
Mega Twin 
In the world of large new commercial airliner development, three-and-a-half years is no time at all. That’s why, with the Boeing 777X targeted at entry-into-service at the turn of the decade, initial engine tests have begun and the first structural components are already in development.
737 MAX-8
Boeing’s first production 737 MAX to emerge from Renton facility 
Despite being months away from entering service, the first production version of the 737 MAX is scheduled to emerge from Boeing’s Renton facility this month as part of a plan designed to ensure a trouble-free manufacturing and assembly build-up.
Engine Alliance ponders GP7200 upgrade for A380neo  1
The GE Aviation/Pratt & Whitney joint venture Engine Alliance said it remains in contention to power the potential re-engined Airbus A380neo with a comprehensive upgrade to the GP7200, but it noted the timing of such a move is dependent on Airbus.
Life Extension 
Ever careful with its stewardship of the cash-generating 777 program, Boeing is planning a series of upgrades to ensure the aircraft remains competitive in the long-range market well after the 777X derivative enters service.
Bombardier CSeries 300
Bombardier touts CSeries, but lessors remain cautious 
With flight tests of the long-delayed Bombardier CSeries past the half-way stage and certification now on track for year end, key leasing companies say the airliner’s longer term success hinges on execution of the final approval phase to service entry as well as building credibility by attracting big orders.
Boeing 777
Boeing rolls out 777 upgrade plan  1
Boeing is planning a series of upgrades to ensure the 777 remains competitive in the long-range market well after the 777X derivative enters service.
NTSB uncovers uncommanded feather deployment in SpaceShipTwo crash 
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation team probing the cause of the Oct. 31 crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo spaceplane said two seconds before beginning to break-up in midair the vehicle’s two moveable tail booms unexpectedly began to deploy into a “feathering” position.
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crashes during flight test 
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2) has crashed into the Mojave Desert after experiencing an inflight “anomaly” during the first test of a new hybrid rocket motor at Mojave, California on Oct. 31.
Airbus A380 flies over the Farnborough Airshow
Engine Alliance studying future A380 engine options  2
The Engine Alliance (EA), a General Electric-Pratt & Whitney joint venture, plans later this year to define a new set of performance upgrade packages to the Airbus A380’s GP7200 engine as Airbus continues to evaluate future propulsion options ranging from incremental improvements to re-engining.
Airbus A380 flies over the Farnborough Airshow
Engine Alliance studying future A380 engine options 
The Engine Alliance (EA), a General Electric-Pratt & Whitney joint venture, plans later this year to define a new set of performance upgrade packages to the Airbus A380’s GP7200 engine as Airbus continues to evaluate future propulsion options ranging from incremental improvements to re-engining.
Rendering of 777X
Boeing opts for 787-like cabin altitude for 777X 
Boeing has decided to develop the 777X, its next-generation 777 derivative, with the same lower cabin altitude as the 787, despite the continuing use of a conventional aluminum fuselage structure.
Blogs & Commentary
Sep 30, 2016
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Delta responds to commentaries on JetBlue government route award

Earlier in September, I wrote two blog commentaries about Delta Air Lines’ complaint against JetBlue Airways being awarded a pair of US federal employee travel routes. Delta wrote to the US General Service Administration (GSA) - which manages government operations, including travel for federal employees – complaining about route awards granted to New York-based JetBlue....More
Sep 29, 2016
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Safety videos: An adorable Air China Panda & a stylish new American Airlines

Back on to one of my favorite subjects – flight safety videos – and I want to share these two with you, one by Air China and the other by American Airlines....More
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