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Boeing 737 MAX close to returning to service insists company

Boeing 737 MAX close to returning to service insists company

"Don't fix what ain't broke" is not an excuse not to try to innovate but neither is innovation an excuse to break things. That's true for foldable phones and even truer for airplane control systems. Unfortunately, Boeing learned its lessons at the expense of lives but it is persistently clawing at those problems. Now it seems to suggest that it is close to earning its wings back once the 737 MAX clears the last hurdles that the FAA has set up for its re-certification.

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Lilium Jet all-electric five-seater air taxi takes its first flight

Lilium Jet all-electric five-seater air taxi takes its first flight

All the fuss around foldable phones and tablets and even self-driving cars may have taken the attention away from the other holy grail of transportation. Lilium, however, is trying to get the spotlight back on that stage, specifically the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) stage. Building on the prototype it successfully flew two years ago, the German startup is proudly proclaiming that is has delivered what it promised back then: a five-seater version of its unique air taxi jet.

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Stratolaunch giant aircraft completes historic first flight

Stratolaunch giant aircraft completes historic first flight

Companies like Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin dream of making space travel and shipments more economical. While they have mostly focused on reusable rockets, their vehicles are still limited by the same factors as any other rocket has: launching pads. To his two avians with one rock, Stratolaunch Systems Corp. devised a platform that takes of like a plane and, for the first time, gigantic aircraft not only took off but also landed safely, just like a plane.

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NASA’s incredible smart wing can morph as it flies

NASA’s incredible smart wing can morph as it flies

NASA is developing a flexible carbon fiber wing that could morph into new shapes mid-flight, paving the way for mesh intelligence woven through the aerodynamics of future aircraft. The project, dubbed MADCAT, combines advanced processing, new injection molding techniques, and cutting-edge materials.

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Boeing 737 MAX MCAS update won’t be installed until FAA says go

Boeing 737 MAX MCAS update won’t be installed until FAA says go

With its entire 737 MAX fleet grounded across the world, Boeing is undoubtedly working around the clock and racing against time to earn back its wings. Last week it announced the availability of an update to the problematic MCAS that is the eye of this storm but, despite its wording, it's still waiting for FAA approval. Now the FAA has issued a statement that basically tells Boeing, "not so fast."

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Boeing 737 MAX MCAS updated to prevent future crashes

Boeing 737 MAX MCAS updated to prevent future crashes

One aphorism that should never be used in aviation is "better late than never". Considering the safety of hundreds of lives, plane makers and regulators have the legal and moral obligation to ensure that new technologies are error-free before they are used, not after they have cost lives. That's the tragedy that Boeing is hoping won't happen again after it rolls out an update to its MCAS on the 737 MAX, introducing checks that, in retrospect, should have probably been there right from the start.

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Boeing 737 Max stall-prevention to be less aggressive with new fix

Boeing 737 Max stall-prevention to be less aggressive with new fix

You'd think that, after all this time, we'd get the flying thing down to a "T". The Boeing 737 Max proved that isn't the case. The development of new aviation technologies might be a natural part of progress but it's not something that can be taken lightly considering the hundreds of lives involved. Sources claim that Boeing is ready to roll out sweeping changes to correct flaws in the stall-prevention system of the grounded new fleet but questions remain on why they passed certification in the first place.

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All Boeing 737 Max flights suspended in Europe, but not USA (yet)

All Boeing 737 Max flights suspended in Europe, but not USA (yet)

After the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 accident this week, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) banned all Boeing 737 MAX operations in Europe. This goes for all commercial major and third-country operators both in and out of the European Union. This was announced as an official Airworthiness Directive, in effect as of 19:00 UTC, March 12th, 2019.

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Reasons why the Airbus A380 failed

Reasons why the Airbus A380 failed

On 14 February 2019, Airbus announced their A380s have been cancelled, with production ending in 2021; After 12 long years of shaky business and development, its closure didn’t come as a surprise, but rather a sigh of relief for a company burdened by the weight of its own ambitions - The dream is over for the world’s largest passenger airliner.

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Airbus A380 aircraft deliveries to end in 2021

Airbus A380 aircraft deliveries to end in 2021

Airbus is one of the biggest manufacturers of aircraft for commercial aviation in the world. The company has announced that it will be ending production of the A380 aircraft in 2021. The end of production for the aircraft comes as Emirates airlines decide to reduce the number of A380 aircraft it had ordered by 39 units.

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Boeing’s autonomous air taxi has a successful first test flight

Boeing’s autonomous air taxi has a successful first test flight

Boeing has announced that it has completed the first successful test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle or PAV. The test flight was performed in Manassas, Virginia and the PAV is a vehicle aimed at urban air mobility. PAV is an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, and the aircraft maker plans to continue to test and advance the safety and reliability of on-demand and autonomous air transportation.

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Boeing’s updated transonic wing concept offers ‘unprecedented’ efficiency

Boeing’s updated transonic wing concept offers ‘unprecedented’ efficiency

Boeing has taken the wraps of its latest Transonic Truss-Braced Wing, a new configuration that the company says offers an unprecedented efficiency at Mach 0.80 speeds during flight. The new design paves the way for faster flights at higher altitudes, though the entire development process is still in its conceptual phase. Among other things, the wing is ultra-thin and braced with a truss, which helps support the extra length.

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