aviation

Audio Postcard
2:55 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Volunteers Restore Historic Jet In Everett

A DeHavilland Comet is undergoing restoration in Everett.
KUOW Photo/Sarah Waller

Volunteers at the Museum of Flight Restoration Center in Everett have been working diligently since 1995 to restore one of the last DeHavilland Comets. The Comet was the world’s first commercial jetliner, and its body shape inspired the jets of today.

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World Cruiser Christening
7:04 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Dream About To Take Flight For Seattle Couple

Seattle pilots Bob and Diane Dempster with their Douglas World Cruiser replica, 2013.
Credit Courtesy of Bob and Diane Dempster

In 1924, Seattle’s Sand Point was the site of one of the greatest aviation milestones of all time. But the event was eclipsed by other aviators like Charles Lindbergh and the Wright Brothers. Now, a Seattle couple wants to breathe new life into that momentous time with their own pioneering project.

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787
8:14 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Airbus Scores On Boeing Before Paris Air Show

The wide-body Airbus 350 completed its maiden flight in Toulouse, France on June 14.
Credit Airbus Industrie

The Paris Air Show opens today. It’s where manufacturers show off their new planes – and where Boeing and Airbus try to best each other.

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Aviation Safety
11:01 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Boeing Certification Flight Complete

A Boeing 787 takes off from Everett's Paine Field April 5 for the certification flight that could return the 787 fleet to service.
Courtesy/Boeing

Boeing's 787 certification flight has landed.

The flight was Boeing's final certification test for the battery system it redesigned following smoke and fire incidents in January. Boeing Co. said the test would show the Federal Aviation Administration that the new system performs as intended "during normal and non-normal flight conditions."

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Seattle Air Disaster
8:03 am
Fri February 15, 2013

70 Years Ago: Remembering The Crash Of Boeing’s Superfortress

Firefighters and other emergency personnel respond to the crash of a B-29 prototype at the Frye Meat Packing Plant on February 18, 1943. A total of 32 died on the plane and in the fire.
Courtesy MOHAI/Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection

The Boeing Dreamliner was been grounded since Jan. 16 as authorities try to sort out problems with the plane’s high tech batteries and electrical system. Meanwhile, it was 70 years ago this coming week that an earlier Boeing plane caught fire over Seattle during a test flight, causing one of the worst air disasters in the city’s history.

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Dreamliner Fire Hazard
5:56 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Battery At Heart Of Safety Review Was "Key" In 787 Development

The National Transportation Safety Board released this photo of the battery involved in the Japan Airlines 787 fire last week.
NTSB Photo

The Boeing 787’s lithium-ion batteries are now the subject of intense scrutiny. The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded the entire 787 fleet in the US until it can get to the root cause of a fire hazard involving the batteries.

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Airplane Issues
12:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Will Grounded Dreamliners Be A Nightmare For Boeing?

All Nippon Airways planes including a Boeing 787, right, are parked at Haneda Airport in Tokyo Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 16, 2013.
AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

Airlines around the world have grounded their Boeing 787 Dreamliners after yesterday’s emergency landing in Japan. Officials are looking into the cause of a battery malfunction that caused smoke to appear in the cabin of the aircraft. Ross Reynolds gets the latest news on Boeing from NPR reporter Wendy Kaufman.

Developing Story
4:35 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Boeing Stands By 787 Despite FAA Grounding

All Nippon Airways planes including a Boeing 787, right, are parked at Haneda Airport in Tokyo Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 16, 2013.
AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

The Federal Aviation Administration is grounding all Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the US. That’s after a 787 in Japan was forced to make an emergency landing Wednesday because of a battery problem.

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Boeing Emergency Landing
7:33 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Two Japanese Airlines Ground Boeing 787s After New Problems

Fire trucks surround a Boeing 787 with emergency slides deployed on a runway in Japan.
Japan Broadcasting Corporation

Major global news services are reporting that two Japanese airlines have grounded all of their Boeing 787 jets. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines made the announcements following an emergency landing Wednesday morning in Japan.

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Fire Investigation
6:51 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Dreamliner Electrical System Focus Of FAA Review

787 Dreamliner in flight.

Federal regulators are pledging a full-scale review of the design and build of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In a news conference, the Federal Aviation Administration said it will get to the root cause of a set of problems, including last week’s fire on a Dreamliner at Boston's Logan Airport.

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