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Microjets may complicate air travel, regulators say. The Transportation Department and Federal Aviation Administration say very light jets could pose problems for air-traffic control. Controllers will have to handle three times as many takeoffs and landings than they currently do if VLJs become popular. Aviation officials fear privately owned VLJs will use the airport infrastructure without having to pay for it, leaving commercial carriers to shoulder a disproportionate share of the cost. Aug 27, 2006

Pilots, lawmakers raise concerns about UAVs. Some pilots and lawmakers worry that the growing number of drone planes flying in the U.S. could compromise flight safety. Some large unmanned aerial vehicles are allowed to enter civilian airspace, and President George W. Bush supports using them for border patrol. Aug 27, 2006

Boeing

Boeing unveils new radar jamming jet. Boeing on Thursday unveiled the Navy's first EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. The plane, a next-generation radar jamming jet, will take its first flight later this month and join the Navy's fleet in 2009. Boeing will produce 90 planes as part of a $9 billion project. Aug 27, 2006

Boeing

Air Force reviews C-17 payment to Boeing. The Air Force is continuing its review of a $412 million contract adjustment Boeing received on the C-17 aircraft program in November 2000. The Air Force may eventually ask Boeing to return a portion of the payment if it determines the payment was excessive. A Boeing spokesman says the entire sum could be subject to renegotiation. Aug 27, 2006

Boeing

Boeing would build tankers in Everett. Boeing would build Air Force supply tankers in Everett, Wash., if it wins the contract, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's James Wallace writes. The Air Force next month is expected to issue a request for proposals, and a final request is expected in January. Aug 23, 2006

Boeing

Air Force says problems will delay GPS satellite launch. The Air Force says problems Boeing is having completing the latest generation of global positioning system satellites will delay their launch by at least 16 months. In a statement, Boeing says the difficulties, which include technical issues and late hardware deliveries from a subcontractor, "were not atypical for advanced spacecraft development projects." Aug 23, 2006

Boeing

Boeing announced the rollout of the first 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter last week in Taipei. It is the first of three aircraft that will transport major assemblies for the 787. It will undergo initial flight testing this month in Taipei before finishing in Seattle. Aug 22, 2006

Boeing

Boeing apparently also has decided to lengthen the 747-8 Intercontinental to the same length as the 747-8F to meet demands for greater capacity. Currently, the passenger variant has a 3.6-m. stretch and the freighter is stretched by 5.6 m. Lengthening the passenger version to match the freighter adds 20 seats, plus an additional 12 when combined with overhead galley cart storage, lifting passenger capacity to 496 in a standard Boeing three-class configuration. It is expected that the stretch will be confirmed at a 747-8 airline conference to be held in Hong Kong the first week of September. Boeing has been working with 25 carriers interested in the passenger version to determine range/payload definition. Range of the larger 747-8 will remain the original 8,000 nm. after wind tunnel gains earlier this year lifted the baseline aircraft to 8,300 nm. The manufacturer has sold 143 747-400s and 747-8s since early 2000 and 74 in the past 18 months. Aug 22, 2006

Boeing

Boeing set to announce new 747-8F customers, stretched Intercontinental. Boeing looks set to announce more customers for its 747-8F as it closes the case for stretching the Intercontinental version.According to US sources, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, parent of Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo, will order up to 12 747-8Fs. The carriers currently operate a combined fleet of 37 747s including 20 Classics. Last week, Atlas President and CEO William Flynn said that airline would announce a freighter order shortly. This website also understands that another freight operator is close to an order for both dash 8Fs and 777Fs. Aug 22, 2006

Boeing

Boeing logged another 787 order for its BBJ unit, bringing the number of Dreamliners sold as VIP transports to three. Aug 21, 2006

Boeing

End of Boeing's C-17 program will result in job cuts. Thousands of U.S. aerospace workers could lose their jobs as Boeing shuts down its C-17 cargo plane program. Boeing plans to start producing planes at a slower pace and end the program by mid-2009. Aug 21, 2006

Boeing, Connexion

Connexion gives Boeing a lesson in diversification. Boeing's decision to shut down its Connexion high-speed wireless unit demonstrates how difficult it is to diversify operations, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Bill Virgin writes. Still, he says total reliance on a single core business has risks, and the failure of Connexion is not likely to deter Boeing from seeking new businesses. Aug 22, 2006

Bombardier

Bombardier has delivered 1,360 regional jets since spearheading the development of the CRJ format in 1992. Over that time, it has delivered 226 units of the original CRJ-100 50-seat model and 709 of the comparable CRJ-200. The Montreal-based manufacturer, which also makes business jets and has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Belfast, Northern Ireland, also makes 70-seat and 90-seat regional jets and turboprop aircraft. Aug 27, 2006

Comair, Bombardier

Bombardier said it had not yet been provided with a tail number for the aircraft involved in the fatal accident. Bombardier would not speculate on the cause of the crash but said it would be cooperating with the US Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board. The Kentucky crash appears to be the second-worst in terms of fatalities involving a Bombardier regional jet. In November 2004, 47 passengers and six crew members died in the crash of a Bombardier regional jet flown by China Eastern Airlines in Baotou, in China's northern Inner Mongolia region. One person was killed on the ground. Aug 27, 2006

Comair, Bombardier

Bombardier, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer, said the 50-seat CRJ-100 regional jet in Sunday's crash in Lexington, Kentucky, was delivered new to Comair in 2001. Bombardier, the world's third-largest civil aircraft maker, said the plane that crashed was acquired new in January 2001 and was delivered January 30 of that year to Comair, a regional carrier operated by Delta Air Lines, and had a clean maintenance record, Bornhorst said. The aircraft had performed 12,048 takeoff and landing "cycles," he said. The crew was well rested and the weather did not appear to be a factor, he said. The plane's flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were both recovered, according to media reports. Aug 27, 2006

Comair, Bombardier

Kentucky Plane Crash - 49 Dead. A small airliner carrying at least 50 people crashed and burst into flames on Sunday shortly after taking off from Lexington's Blue Grass Airport, killing all but one on board, officials said. The plane was carrying 47 passengers and a three person crew but may also have been carrying an off-duty crew member. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash of Comair Flight 5191, which was bound for Atlanta, though visibility was good and it was not raining at the time, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said. Local media said the plane, a Bombardier Canadair CRJ-100 jet that seats 52 passengers, may have departed from a runway that was too short -- half the length of the airport's longest 7,000-foot runway. There was no indication that terrorism was involved, a US Transportation Security Administration official said. One man survived and was in critical condition, a University of Kentucky Hospital spokesman said. It was not immediately known if the survivor was a passenger or a crew member. The local coroner, Gary Ginn, said the fire burned "very hot." All the bodies had been removed, he said. A Federal Aviation Administration official said the plane crashed in a farm field in rugged terrain and the fuselage was largely intact. The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the crash investigation. Flights resumed at Lexington's 64-year-old airport, which serves half a dozen carriers, about four hours after the crash. Kentucky officials were on hand at a staging

area at the adjacent Keeneland Race Course trying to determine if state workers might have been on board the flight. Aug 27, 2006

Crane Aerospace

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Honeywell Aerospace

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Lockheed

High-speed weapons program completes test, Lockheed says. Lockheed Martin successfully completed tests demonstrating tactical suitability of the Revolutionary Approach To Time-critical Long Range Strike system. The goal of the RATTLRS program is to improve performance for expendable supersonic vehicles. Aug 27, 2006

Lockheed

Lockheed cut from cargo aircraft competition. The Army has eliminated Lockheed Martin from a competition to build 100 small cargo aircraft. The Army told Lockheed that the manufacturer's submission, a version of the C-130J Hercules, did not meet the competition's standards. Aug 27, 2006

Lockheed

Lockheed's F-22 Raptor remains top priority for Air Force. The Air Force remains enthusiastic about the F-22 Raptor despite delays and cost overruns. "We're ready now," says Lt. Col. Wade "Troll" Tolliver, commander of an F-22 squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va. "If the call and flag went up today, they could call us tomorrow and we could deploy to anywhere in the world." Aug 27, 2006

Lockheed

Lockheed to cut 300 F-35 positions in coming months. Lockheed Martin says it will eliminate about 300 positions assigned to the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet program. The company will make the cuts over the next few months, but not all affected workers will be laid off. Aug 24, 2006

Lucent, Boeing

Lucent joins Boeing team on bid for border security pact. Boeing has included Lucent Technologies in its team competing for a $2 billion Department of Homeland Security contract to develop systems to help secure U.S. borders. Lucent will bring its wireless and network management and integration expertise plus Bell Labs research capabilities to the effort. Aug 27, 2006
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