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10:00 am
Wed May 8, 2013

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Movie poster for "The Great Gatsby," to be released May 10.

News From Up North
Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest from Canada.

"The Great Gatsby"
The latest film adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gatsby" opens Friday. Film critic Robert Horton reviews the “strangeness” of Baz Luhrmann’s filmmaking and whether or not the anachronistic elements of the film worked.

The Successes And Failures In Local Business
Boeing is sending some engineering work to South Carolina, Microsoft is rethinking design elements of Windows 8 for PCs, and State Farm will begin hiring up to 1,000 jobs in Tacoma. Michael Parks has the latest on business news.

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Replacing Old Jets
8:51 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Air Force Says New Air Refueling Tanker Program On Track

Corey Parrish US Air Force

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 5:06 pm

Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane is planning a public memorial service for three of its airmen killed in a mid-air explosion over central Asia. The cause of the air refueling tanker accident last Friday remains under investigation. The crash renews attention on a Boeing Company contract to replace the Air Force's aging tanker fleet.

The doomed Fairchild Air Force Base crewmates were flying a KC-135 Stratotanker built by Boeing in the early 1960s. By all accounts, Air Force mechanics keep the 50-year-old tanker fleet in good condition.

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Repairs To Start Immediately
12:02 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

FAA Accepts Boeing's 787 Battery Fix

A 787 destined for All Nippon Airways waits to be retrofitted and delivered at Boeing in Everett, WA.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

This story was last updated on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed it has accepted Boeing's proposed fix to the 787 battery system. It says next week it will issue instructions to operators for making changes to the aircraft.

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Pink Slips
7:29 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Boeing Engineering Layoffs To Start Friday

Boeing plane manufacturing.
Credit Courtesy/Boeing Company

Boeing officials say pink slips will go out Friday to about a hundred engineers in the Puget Sound area. It’s the first round of more expected cuts for the engineering staff, which Boeing said it plans to reduce by 1,500 to 1,700 positions through layoffs and job openings that will not be filled.

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The Two-Way
7:01 am
Mon April 15, 2013

FAA Orders Inspection Of Boeing 737s

An American Airlines 737-800 aircraft in January. The 737-800 is one of several variants the FAA has ordered to be inspected.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 9:45 am

Federal aviation officials have ordered that more than 1,000 Boeing 737s be examined to see if a key part on the plane's tail section needs to be replaced, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued the airworthiness directive for a pin that holds the 737's horizontal stabilizer to the rest of the tail, to see if it is in danger of failing prematurely. The horizontal stabilizer — also known as the tail plane — enables the pilot to control the aircraft's pitch.

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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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The Final Exam
7:12 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Boeing Says Certification Flight Is Days Away

A 787 destined for All Nippon Airways waits at Boeing's airplane delivery center in Everett, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Boeing says a 787 Dreamliner destined for LOT Polish Airlines will take the certification test that could return the 787 fleet to the skies worldwide.

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Aviation Workforce Reduction
4:44 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Boeing Machinists Optimistic Despite Layoffs

A Boeing 747-8 being readied for its first flight at Paine Field in Everett, Washington..
Flickr Photo/Chuck Taylor

Boeing has announced it will lay off 800 machinists in the Puget Sound area this year. The company says workforce needs on two of its newest jet programs have been reduced.

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Relaunching The 787
3:44 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Boeing Says It Can Install A Better Battery

Boeing presented a graphic to the public to demonstrate proposed improvements to the 787 battery.
Boeing

The Boeing Co. unveiled what executives called a "proposed permanent solution to the 787 battery issue" Thursday  night. The company’s 787 fleet has been grounded for two months because of safety concerns over the plane’s lithium-ion batteries. Two batteries in the fleet’s first 50 planes have had smoke and fire incidents.

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Breaking Dreamliner Update
2:22 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

FAA Gives Boeing Go Ahead To Test New Battery System

The lithium-ion battery that started a fire on a 787 at Boston Logan Airport. An NTSB report said the fire injured one firefighter and was hot enough to melt steel.
NTSB Photo

Last Updated: March 12, 2013 5:30 p.m. 

In a statement, the FAA said Boeing could go ahead with its plan to test a redesigned battery system for the 787. The FAA also gave the green light to limited flights for two aircraft that will have test versions of the new systems.

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787 Crisis
5:16 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Boeing's Battery Fix: Containment

The lithium-ion battery that started a fire on a 787 at Boston Logan Airport. An NTSB report said the fire injured one firefighter and was hot enough to melt steel.
NTSB Photo

  The National Transportation Safety Board says it still does not know the root cause of the battery fire that triggered the grounding of the Boeing Co. 787 fleet.

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Nature
9:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Bird Talk: Not Always As Pretty As It Sounds

SMAC attacks.
Credit Photo/Caglar Akcay

Just as humans aren’t born knowing how to talk, birds aren’t born knowing what songs to sing. Take the song sparrow: Their songs are combinations of buzzing, trilling and music notes. Each song sends a message: “This is my territory,” or “Don’t mess with me.”

An aggressive sparrow mimics another bird's song, like a sort of playground argument. “Stop copying me.” “Stop copying me.” “Stop it!” “Stop it!” – until it comes to blows. Michael Beecher has been studying sparrow communication for nearly 30 years. Katy Sewall joins him in the field to start a sparrow fight.

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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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787 Dreamliner Crisis
7:09 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Dreamliner Investigation Continues In Two Countries

In Seattle, NTSB investigators and Boeing engineers examine the type of lithium-ion battery involved in the battery fire in Boston last month.
courtesy National Transportation Safety Board

The hunt for a solution to the 787’s battery woes continues. Investigators are crisscrossing oceans looking for a cause to the battery overheating problems that have grounded the Dreamliner since January 16. Teams of investigators are fanning out and crossing paths.

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Commercial Air At Paine Field
8:53 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Flights To Vegas Via Everett? Not If Mukilteo Can Stop It

Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine
Sara Lerner KUOW Photo

The cities of Mukilteo and Edmonds filed an appeal this week to the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to allow commercial flights out of Paine Field in Everett.  The appeal is the latest move in a debate that stretches back more than two decades.

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