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Boeing Super Hornet Demonstrates Ski-jump Launch Capability

The F/A-18 Super Hornet can operate from a “ski jump” ramp, demonstrating the aircraft’s suitability for Indian aircraft carriers. The demonstrations, held at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, showed that the Super Hornet would do well with the Indian Navy’s Short Takeoff but Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) system and validated earlier simulation studies by Boeing. “The first successful and safe launch of the F/A-18 Super Hornet from a ski jump begins the validation process to operate effectively from Indian Navy aircraft carriers,” said Ankur Kanaglekar, India Fighter Sales lead for Boeing. “The F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet will not only provide superior war fighting capability to the Indian Navy but also create opportunities for cooperation in naval aviation between the United States and India.

Alaska Airlines Increases 737 MAX Orders and Options to 120 Jets

Alaska Airlines is buying 23 more 737-9 airplanes, building on its original order and an agreement last month to acquire new 737-9s through lease. The new deal brings Alaska Airlines’ total 737 MAX orders and options to 120 airplanes, which will give the fifth-largest U.S. carrier the scale, efficiency and flexibility to expand as air travel recovers. “We are extremely proud to be announcing this transformative agreement with Boeing,” said Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Air Group.

737 Max Returns To US Airline Passenger Service

The 737 Max has returned to scheduled passenger service with Tuesday’s flight by American Airlines from Miami to La Guardia. The flight reportedly carried more than just some trusting passengers after the aircraft came out of nearly 2 years of limbo, it also carried the wife of the Captain, the first officer’s mother, and American Airlines President Robert Isom. No pressure, right? The schedule calls, initially, for one Miami-New York round trip a day until January, when more will join the flock. When the Max was cleared to start the process of returning to service, AAL noted that, “We know that restoring our customers’ confidence in this aircraft will come with time and importantly, transparency and flexibility.

Embry-Riddle Adds 17 New Aircraft to Fleet

As demand for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s collegiate professional Aviation programs continues to grow, the university has introduced 17 new aircraft to its training fleet. Since March 2020, 12 new Cessna 172 Nav III “SkyHawk” aircraft, from Textron Aviation, and three Diamond DA42 NG VI “Twin Star” aircraft, from Diamond Aircraft Industries (Canada), have been added to the fleet at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus

VMFA 314 Declares Initial Operational Capability (IOC) For F-35C Lightning II

In a time characterized by rapidly evolving tactics and modernized equipment, the Marine Corps has taken the next step in maintaining air superiority as Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 declares their initial operational capability (IOC) for the F-35C Lightning II. Initial operational capability declaration marks a significant accomplishment for 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), enabling VMFA-314 to deploy the F-35C onto aircraft carriers where they will be able to support combat operations anywhere in the world.

Brigadier General Chuck Yeager Has Gone West

The tweet was characteristically short… but spoke volumes, from Mrs. Yeager, @VictoriaYeage11, ‘It is w/ profound sorrow, I must tell you that my life love General Chuck Yeager passed just before 9pm ET. An incredible life well lived, America’s greatest Pilot, & a legacy of strength, adventure, & patriotism will be remembered forever.’ The first man to break through Mach One, a WWII fighter pilot, and a symbol to millions around the world, Yeager’s legend was a remarkable piece of American history. He passed away Monday evening, 12.07.20. NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine noted that, “Today’s passing of Gen.

Canada Will Add Special Conditions To 737 Max Approvals

Transport Canada’s Minister Garneau has already weighed in on the Canadian responses to the ungrounding of the 737 Max… “Our government remains committed to keeping Canadians, the travelling public, and the transportation system safe and secure. “We acknowledge that the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released an Airworthiness Directive for the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Through this directive, the FAA is mandating its approved changes made to the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and confirms it can return to service in U.S. airspace.

Ungrounded: Boeing Breathes Sigh Of Relief… Prepares For Aircraft Deliveries

The FAA has rescinded the order that halted commercial operations of Boeing 737-8s and 737-9s. The move will allow airlines that are under the FAA’s jurisdiction, including those in the U.S., to take the steps necessary to resume service and Boeing to begin making deliveries. “We will never forget the lives lost in the two tragic accidents that led to the decision to suspend operations,” said David Calhoun, chief executive officer of The Boeing Company.

The Long Sad Saga Ends… 737 Max Returns To Service

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson has signed an order that paves the way for the Boeing 737 MAX to return to commercial service. Administrator Dickson’s action followed a comprehensive and methodical safety review process that took 20 months to complete. During that time, FAA employees worked diligently to identify and address the safety issues that played a role in the tragic loss of 346 lives aboard Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.

Non-Deployed Naval Aviation Units Hold Safety Stand Down After Accidents

It’s been a tough week for Naval aviation… Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, Commander, Naval Air Forces, directed all non-deployed U.S. Navy aviation units to conduct a safety stand down Oct. 26. This stand down provides an opportunity for aviation commands to focus on how to further improve operational risk management and risk mitigation across the Naval Aviation enterprise.