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Did Boeing Outsmart Airbus on Super-Jumbo Jets?

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No new orders last year for 747 or A380. Boeing has had meaningful play with the 777-9X appears to be a solid vote from the market. (247wallst.com) Mer...

Boeing looks to car industry expert for jet production savings

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(Reuters) - Boeing BA.N plans to use newer and more standardised manufacturing techniques for its new 777X jetliner, paving the way for "significant" savings as it gradually feeds the changes back into existing assembly lines, a senior executive said. The approach will draw increasingly on lessons learned from outside the aerospace industry and comes as the focus of the intense rivalry between Boeing and Airbus AIR.PA shifts toward production strategies after a record boom in orders. (ca.reuters.com) Mer...

Flying More Climate-Friendly Than Driving

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Flying in a plane is not only safer than driving a car, it's also better for the environment... Michael Sivak of the U-M Transportation Research Institute found that it takes twice as much energy to drive than to fly. H/T: reason.com (www.rdmag.com) Mer...

Ultrathin membrane makes plane cabins 100x quieter

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While air travel is quicker and safer than driving, it's also louder. The continuous low-frequency drone of the engines is why some people invest in noise-canceling headphones. To help reduce that non-stop hum, researchers at North Carolina State University and MIT have developed a thin membrane to be inserted into the lightweight honeycomb structure of planes and helicopters. (www.engadget.com) Mer...

Air fair? Why low-cost carriers can’t overcome Delta’s dominance

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Hold up—weren’t we supposed to already have all that thanks to Southwest Airlines? When the Dallas-based carrier gobbled up AirTran Airways for more than $1 billion in 2010 and started its own service at Hartsfield-Jackson in 2012, hoopla ensued. Experts predicted the “Southwest Effect” would push all airfares down and make hometown heavyweight Delta Air Lines sweat. With the Southwest and AirTran merger complete, it’s time to take stock. Did fares drop? Did we get more flights to more places?… (www.atlantamagazine.com) Mer...

F-35 Engines from United Technologies called Unreliable

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GAO report indicates deep flaws with powerplant and says has limited progress for program going forward (www.bloomberg.com) Mer...

US Inspectors to Fly Over Russia

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American and Norwegian specialists will fly over the territory of Russia under the Treaty on Open Skies on April 27-30, head of Russia's National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Sergei Ryzhkov has announced. (sputniknews.com) Mer...

What The U.S. Can Learn From Europe's Growing Commercial Drone Industry

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Drones are an auspicious future technology that can service a vast number of professional industries. Businesses around the world are discovering the great benefits that drones can provide. However there is a notable difference in the economic growth of the drone industry in Europe compared to the rest of the world. (techcrunch.com) Mer...

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