FBI Reportedly Joins Investigation into Certification of B737 MAX

According to a report in the Seattle Times by Steve Miletich, the FBI is joining “the criminal investigation into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX, lending its considerable resources to an inquiry already being conducted by U.S. Department of Transportation agents, according to people familiar with the matter.” The article says the federal grand…

Boom is Searching for Manufacturing Site for Mach 2.2 Airliner

Boom Supersonic, the Colorado company building a supersonic airliner, announced that it has selected Hoar Program Management (HPM) to lead its program to locate, plan, design, and build its first U.S. manufacturing facility. In this facility, Boom will build a Mach-2.2 supersonic commercial airliner, dubbed Overture, that they hope will fly hundreds of transoceanic routes.…

AAR Awarded New Additional Worldwide Aviation Support Services Site

AAR received notification from the Department of State awarding the company a new site under the Worldwide Aviation Support Services (WASS) program. Under the task order, the new site in Costa Rica will provide host nation aviation training. “The WASS program continues to perform very well, and we are excited to expand our support of…

Boeing Statement After Report from Ethiopian Transport Minister

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg issued the following statement regarding the report from Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Mogesput: “First and foremost, our deepest sympathies are with the families and loved ones of those onboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. Boeing continues to support the investigation, and is working with the authorities to evaluate new…

DoT Investigating FAA’s B737 MAX Certification

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) is investigating the FAA’s approval of Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft. The inquiry is looking into possible lapses in federal safety approvals for new aircraft and focuses on the safety system that was implicated in the Lion Air crash in October.…

AMFA and Southwest Reach Agreement in Principle

An Agreement in Principle was reached on Saturday, March 16, 2019 between the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) and Southwest Airlines. Next steps include more meetings the week of March 18 with the goal of a tentative agreement to be put up for a vote. Southwest sent the following letter outlining the highlights of the…

Reports Say Software Fix Coming in Ten Days for 737 MAX

Reports say Boeing plans to introduce and implement a software upgrade for its 737 Max aircraft in 10 days. The FAA is expected to approve Boeing’s software changes to the aircraft’s flight system on March 25, according to sources and news reports. It has been established by listening to ATC recordings of the communications between…

Delta Opens World’s Largest Engine Test Cell

Delta Opens World’s Largest Engine Test Cell

After only a short 18 months since breaking ground, Delta completed construction on the world’s largest jet engine test cell at the Hartsfield Jackson Intl. Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. The test facility is 48 feet tall and has inlet and exhaust sections measuring 66 feet and 78 feet respectively. Their new test cell is capable…