Prop Plane Pilots Exposed to Tanning-bed Radiation Levels

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Flying for an hour at 30,000 feet exposes pilots to as much ultraviolet radiation as they would get from 20 minutes in a tanning bed, according to a new study. “We performed UV measurement at the pilot seats inside a general aviation plane,” measuring the cosmic radiation coming through the windshield, said Dr. Martina Sanlorenzo […]

U.S. Aerospace Sector Sees Big Opportunities in Cuban Thaw

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President Barack Obama’s decision to restore U.S. diplomatic ties with Cuba could yield big opportunities for the U.S. aerospace sector, which builds parts and provides maintenance for commercial aircraft, a top industry official said Wednesday. Marion Blakey, president and chief executive officer of the Aerospace Industries Association, welcomed the president’s announcement and said it was […]

Boeing To Make 754 Commercial Jet Deliveries in 2015

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Boeing Co will deliver a record 754 commercial aircraft in 2015, an increase of up to 5.5 percent, the U.S. Aerospace Industries Association forecast on Wednesday, reflecting expectations of steadily rising production at the world’s biggest plane maker. The Washington, D.C.-based trade group said its forecast is based on information supplied by Boeing, and comes […]

Are Airlines Making Too Much Money?

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First time in more than five years, you can actually smile when you fill up, as gas prices fall below $2.80 per gallon. You aren’t smiling, though, when you go online or call a travel agent to book an airline ticket these days. Prices seem to know only one direction: up. It’s not just the […]

No Gas Money: Low-cost SpiceJet Grounds Flights

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No Gas Money : Low-cost Indian airline SpiceJet grounded all flights Wednesday after oil companies stopped supplies of jet fuel to the financially beleaguered carrier. No SpiceJet flights had taken off Wednesday and passengers were making arrangements to shift to other airlines, a Delhi airport official said speaking on condition of anonymity because he was […]

Boeing 777 Production: To Cut Or Not To Cut?

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Airbus is facing quite a challenge lately with filling its production line for the Airbus A330, and competitor Boeing is facing a similar challenge for the Boeing 777. The current Boeing 777 has been one of the best-selling wide-body aircraft ever, if not the absolute best. But with the 777X coming to market in 2020, […]

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Celebrates Five Years of Flying

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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the skies over Washington 787 First Flight K64825-03for the very first time exactly five years ago today. Despite major delays that caused the first flight to occur two years behind schedule, December 15, 2009 was a dream come true for Boeing. The maiden flight departed Snohomish County Airport in […]

Boeing will expand seating on its new 777-9X by 20 seats

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An authoritative aviation industry web site says Boeing, at the suggestion of a Mideast airline customer, will add 20 more seats to its planned 777-9X aircraft. Aspire Aviation reports that Boeing will lengthen the fuselage of the updated plane by some 8 inches and reconfigure the interior to accommodate those additional seats. The extra seats […]