Airplanes

Thanksgiving Travel Rush Likely to Shatter Records

Record throngs of travelers are expected to jam into airports over the Thanksgiving break and airlines are adding hundreds of flights a day in response. The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it expects to screen more than 26.8 million passengers between Nov. 22 and Dec. 2, a 4% increase over last year. The busiest days figure to be the…

Famous Boeing B-17 “Madras Maiden” Lands in Montgomery

You have a chance to ride in a part of history in Montgomery this weekend. As part of its 2018 Salute to Veterans tour, the non-profit Liberty Group is displaying its famous Boeing B-17. 73 years after WWII, The “Madras Maiden” is visiting Montgomery for its first time. Captain Don Roney is the Air Operations Officer for the Red Tails…

Boeing to Issue Layoff Notices to Hundreds of Employees

Boeing will issue hundreds of layoff notices to engineers in Washington state this week. The Daily Herald reported Monday (https://goo.gl/BWosp) that a memo from the company’s vice president of engineering for Boeing Commercial Airplanes John Hamilton says the cuts are necessary to stay competitive. Hamilton also said in the memo that more cuts in engineering could come later this year….

U.S. Regulators Aim to Keep The Ban On In-flight Phone Calls

Federal regulators aim to maintain the ban on in-flight cellular calls. The Federal Communications Commission is looking to kill an effort it started in 2013 to give airlines the option of installing on-board cellular equipment for calls and other services. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai appears to have enough votes to axe that plan, which he considers “ill-conceived.” Pei says keeping…

Appeals Court Sides With Boeing in Whistleblower Lawsuit

A federal appeals court has sided with Boeing and one of its suppliers in the whistleblower lawsuit brought by three ex-workers at the aircraft manufacturer’s former plant in Wichita. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed on Monday with a federal judge’s decision that the former workers failed to show Boeing defrauded the U.S. government in a $1.6 billion…

UN Agency Proposes Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rules for Planes

WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.N. panel says it is proposing greenhouse gas emissions standards for planes that fly internationally beginning in 2020 for new aircraft designs and three years later for designs already in production. The International Civil Aviation Organization said the agreement reached by 170 international experts sets a cutoff date of 2028 for the manufacture of planes that…