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FAA approves 787 battery fix…REALLY?

A headline from USA Today: FAA approves Boeing plan to fix 787 Dreamliners And now from the Bizjournel: Boeing gets FAA approval to test proposed 787 fix Do they say the same thing? Even close? Obviously not. Approval for a

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#: 787 Update; root problem not found for battery fire

CNBC reports the NTSB has not found the root problem of the 787 battery problem. As noted in previous articles; the 787 has been plagued with design and out sourcing problems. This means a quick fix is probably not an

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LISTMANIA!–All things AVIATION: aircraft, pilots and flight from Test to Travel

LISTMANIA! I created a list of Aviation based books. From my favorite classics to some of the latest published; check them out I think you will like everyone. If you have one you want added, let me know. chip facebook

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EA-18G Growler at sea

While I’m still active in Aviation: Airline Pilot, Flight Test and General Aviation. My Naval Aviation days are timing out. Above is the replacement for the last aircraft I flew in the Navy that is still in service. The EA-6B

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End Game in final edit!

The third book in my Project 7 Alpha Trilogy, set in WWII is in final edit. End Game in the Pacific is in tension on the catapult. I’m also working on another video; below is the one for Vengeance at

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Flying on the EDGE!

I’ve done just about every type of flying there is in my career: Test, Naval Aviation, Commercial, GA, Airline, Cargo, remote, riding through someone else flying remotely, crashing an airliner on purpose; even Army Airborne and Sky Diving. But this

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Discovery Curiosity Series; Plane Crash (Video Short)

Some of my readers have asked about the Test Project I worked on for years. For those that didn’t see Discovery’s Plane Crash documentary this is a great video summary of the project. Enjoy! chip

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Art Imitating Life

Or is it: Life Imitating Art? Full circle actually. Chapter 22 of Project Seven Alpha is about Ding Hoa, a puppy adopted by the pilots flying the hump in WWII. Ding was found living near a DC-3 fuselage converted to

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2012 a Fantastic Year!

I’ve been very fortunate in my writing career thus far, (although I have recently lost the first 5 chapters of my fourth novel, with no copies) and 2012 was a fantastic year. In fact my best year as a writer

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Discovery Channel’s Curiosity Series: Plane Crash; where is Big Flo (Boeing 727)?

Regular readers of Airways Magazine got the inside story of Discovery Channel’s Documentary Plane Crash. The article series included everything except where Big Flo (B-727) ended up. Here she is; recycled as a future restaurant. That came as quite a

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