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Rough Cross Wind Landings…and one just right!

Were all those bad? Actually no; numbers 8-5 were fine. Another example of why those who don’t “do” should not critique! Proper technique is to let the wind weather vane you until you get close (100 feet or so and

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Boeing 787 repairs to be complete mid-May: NTSB not convinced

Boeing will have FAA approved fixes to the B-787 battery system completed by mid May. Ethiopian Airline will fly the first revenue flight Saturday, test flights resumed in April. Delivery of new aircraft will resume at the beginning of May.

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Discovery Curiosity Series: Plane Crash, credited with saving passengers during Lion Air crash

A recent article on ABC News Explore credits Broken Wing’s B-727 crash with possibly saving lives during the Lion Air crash. While flattering, I think it is still too early in the investigation to determine that. Certainly the brace position

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Boeing 787 back in the air

The FAA approves the battery fix for the Boeing 787. Boeing began pre-delivery flights late last week. The fixes are designed to address more than just the overheat problem. Commercial service will not return until the fixes are implemented and

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Discovery/Broken Wing gets a Wikipedia page!

A new Wikipedia page on the Discovery Curiosity Series documentary: Plane Crash mentions Broken Wing. Well, tangentially actually, as an owner of Big Flo (N293AS) the aircraft used. While technically accurate, Broken Wing did own the aircraft, much was left

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Full moon over MD-80

I took this photo just before a morning launch in Tampa. It was a beautiful day, all the way to Chicago. On days like this you really appreciate the view from the MD-80 office. chip facebook Twitter Amazon Youtube

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Follow Boeing’s 787 flight test

Click here to follow the first flight test of the 787 battery system fix. chip facebook Twitter Amazon Youtube

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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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