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Boeing 737 Max won’t fly again until mid-2020, production halted

Boeing 737 Max won’t fly again until mid-2020, production halted

It may have been its best-selling model but the 737 Max could now become the plane that destroys Boeing. The plane has been grounded for almost a year now and it seems it will take more than a year before it can spread its wings again. But even if it finally gets the green light, Boeing might have some trouble restarting its pipelines now that it has put the production of the problematic plane on hold.

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Boeing employees knew about problematic 737 Max before fatal crashes

Boeing employees knew about problematic 737 Max before fatal crashes

Boeing is already under a lot of heat for technical problems with its beleaguered 737 Max plane and the last thing it needs is a PR disaster caused by its own ranks. Unfortunately for the company, that is exactly the case thanks to documents coming from Boeing itself as part of its required disclosure about the design and development of the plane. Suffice it to say, some people inside the company knew exactly about the problems that would tragically cost 346 lives later on.

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FAA proposes new rule to easily ID rogue drones – and track the rest

FAA proposes new rule to easily ID rogue drones – and track the rest

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published its Remote ID rule proposal, detailing the system it envisions for identifying and locating the vast majority of drones operated in the United States. Under the proposed rule, drones that weigh more than 0.55lbs, including ones used exclusively for recreation, would be required to broadcast identifying information using one or two different acceptable methods.

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UPS drone delivery subsidiary is the first to get major FAA certification

UPS drone delivery subsidiary is the first to get major FAA certification

In an announcement today, the FAA revealed that it has granted UPS Light Forward, a subsidiary of delivery company UPS, with both air carrier and operator certification. This makes UPS Flight Forward the first company to get the full Part 135 Standard certification for operating a 'drone airline,' paving the way for an expansion of the company's existing drone delivery efforts across many industries.

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Recalled 15-inch MacBook Pros banned on flights for fire risk

Recalled 15-inch MacBook Pros banned on flights for fire risk

Ever since the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, regulators and airlines have become wary of lithium batteries on planes, be it as checked in baggage or especially in cabins. The US Federal Aviation Administration even created special instructions in 2016 to address that particular issue. And to be fair, Samsung isn't being singled out by authorities. The FAA has just reminded airlines of those guidelines which basically prohibits 2015 15-inch MacBooks from going on flights.

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FAA approves design for larger middle seats on airplanes

FAA approves design for larger middle seats on airplanes

Airplanes are notoriously uncomfortable, but no one suffers quite as much as the person stuck in the middle seat. Without room to lean toward the wall or the aisle, the middle seat traveler is forced to pull their arms in and hope no one encroaches on their very limited space. A newly approved airplane seat design fixes that problem, offering more space without reducing the number of seats that can be installed within an aircraft.

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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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