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Another Boeing 737 MAX flaw tipped to delay upcoming test flight

Another Boeing 737 MAX flaw tipped to delay upcoming test flight

The Federal Aviation Administration has identified another alleged risk with Boeing's grounded 737 MAX aircraft, a new report claims. This alleged additional risk will need to be fixed before the company can conduct a certification test flight, the sources claim, ensuring there aren't any future tragedies associated with the jets. Assuming the leak is correct, the test flight won't happen until July 8 at the earliest.

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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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Huge commercial drone registration surge forces FAA to revise forecast

Huge commercial drone registration surge forces FAA to revise forecast

The FAA's latest aerospace forecast anticipates a massive uptick in commercial drone numbers, according to the newly released report. The US saw more than 175,000 new drones registered with the FAA by commercial operators in 2018, a huge 170-percent increase over the previous year. This surge in registration far exceeded what officials had anticipated, paving the way for the FAA's new strong growth prediction leading up to 2023.

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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 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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Small drones in the US will require an external ID starting February 23

Small drones in the US will require an external ID starting February 23

Starting on February 23, the Federal Aviation Administration will require small drones in the US to have an external identifier, making it safer for law enforcement to identify a drone operated in restricted airspace. Under the regulation, sUAV owners will need to put their registration numbers on the outside of the drones, which is a change from the FAA's original permission to put the identifier in the device's battery compartment.

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FAA may relax drone rules about flying over crowds and at night

FAA may relax drone rules about flying over crowds and at night

The Federal Aviation Administration made a surprise announcement today: it has proposed new drone rules that would allow the aerial vehicles to be operated over crowds and at night without waivers. The change wouldn't completely eliminate the restrictions, but rather open the door for operating drones in these situations under specific conditions without first seeking explicit permission from the FAA.

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Airline seat size rule request dismissed again by FAA

Airline seat size rule request dismissed again by FAA

The FAA has refused to force airlines to offer more legroom, rejecting calls for legal minimums and dismissing concerns that cramped seating in cabins could present an evacuation risk. The Federal Aviation Administration had been forced to reconsider regulatory requirements for airplane seating, after a judge ruled in favor of a consumer group in a lawsuit last year.

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Boeing 777X jetliner folding wing design gets FAA approval

Boeing 777X jetliner folding wing design gets FAA approval

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved Boeing's futuristic folding wing design intended for future 777X jetliners. Once launched, these will be the first commercial jets to feature hinged wings, which will rotate and point skyward after the plane touches down.

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FAA will restrict drone flights near nuclear energy sites next week

FAA will restrict drone flights near nuclear energy sites next week

The FAA is about to restrict the areas in which you can fly your drones. Starting next week, it will be illegal to fly your drones anywhere near one of seven nuclear energy sites, a ban established in the interest of national security. This is the first time the FAA has issued a drone ban at the request of the Energy Department, which asked the FAA to use its authority to create the restricted airspace.

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FAA proposal seeks global airline ban on checked consumer gadgets

FAA proposal seeks global airline ban on checked consumer gadgets

It's no secret that lithium-ion batteries can be dangerous if they overheat, and now the FAA is warning that they pose a serious risk for airplanes if checked into baggage. Aircraft cargo sections are equipped with a system designed to put out any fires that start. However, a series of 10 tests conducted by the FAA determined that if a fire happens next to an aerosol can, it could ignite an explosion that happens before the system puts out the fire.

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DJI challenges FAA’s low-risk drone maximum weight limit

DJI challenges FAA’s low-risk drone maximum weight limit

Drone company DJI has challenged the Federal Aviation Administration’s maximum weight limit for so-called “low risk drones,” saying it is too low. As it stands, the FAA says that low-risk drones must have a maximum weight of 250 grams. That’s at odds with a new white paper published by DJI claiming that, per its own research, low-risk drones can have a max weight limit as high as 2.2kg (4.9lbs).

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