U.S. FAA

By Ben Goldstein
The FAA has issued final airworthiness criteria for Archer Aviation’s Midnight electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicle.
Advanced Air Mobility

By William Garvey
The aircraft departed on wings but returned by flatbed six decades later.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Sean Broderick
More than 40% of the in-service Boeing 787 fleet will require inspections to identify incorrectly made parts on fittings that connect floor beams to the fuselage.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Sean Broderick
How much did the U.S. Congress pack into the new FAA Reauthorization Act?
Safety, Ops & Regulation

By Christine Boynton
A provision within the 1,000-plus-page law will exempt 10 new slots from the 1,250 mi. perimeter rule applied to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
Safety, Ops & Regulation

By Graham Warwick
Our roundup of the main aerospace and defense stories making the news this week.
Missile Defense & Weapons

By Sean Broderick, Jens Flottau
Launch customer Lufthansa Airlines has added uncertainty to Boeing’s public claims that the 777-9, already five years late, will be certified in 2025.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

By Ben Goldstein
The text of the latest FAA Reauthorization Bill contains numerous provisions intended to advance the adoption of advanced air mobility.
Advanced Air Mobility

By Sean Broderick
The FAA plans to mandate inspections of certain structural fittings on some Boeing 787s after learning from Boeing the parts are made from the wrong material.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

By Sean Broderick, Guy Norris
The 787 faces new quality assurance woes, but the need to add a freighter to the family has eased.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

By Michael Bruno, Sean Broderick
Prosecutors said Boeing breached obligations under the agreement, failing to design and enforce compliance to ward off future violations of U.S. fraud laws.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

By Bill Carey
The five-year reauthorization bill was passed by the Senate and is expected to win approval in the U.S. House.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

By Irene Klotz
SpaceX’s plan to launch its Starship-Super Heavy reusable Mars-class space transport from KSC will require a full environmental impact statement, the FAA said.
Space

By Sean Broderick
The U.S. Senate approved a five-year FAA reauthorization bill after shutting down a late push to change a provision that adds flights to DCA.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

By Sean Broderick
Boeing’s eternal conflict pits optimistic words against delayed actions.
Aircraft & Propulsion

By Sean Broderick
Auditors from the U.S. Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General will evaluate the FAA’s surveillance of United Airlines maintenance activity.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

By Ben Goldstein
Joby continues to advance toward type certification, submitting test plans for its S4 air taxi, while continuing with certification tests of components.
Advanced Air Mobility

By Guy Norris
Tucked in the U.S. FAA reauthorization bill there is an item that could give Boeing an extra five years in which to develop a freighter version of the 787.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

By Ben Goldstein
U.S. startups Archer and Joby commit to beginning urban air mobility services as early as 2025.
Advanced Air Mobility

By Guy Norris
Certification plans firm up as turbo-compressor and humidifier changes pave the way for the next flight-test phase.
Emerging Technologies

By Garrett Reim
Chevron Pipe Line and American Aerospace Technologies won a waiver from the FAA to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight flights of a drone to inspect pipelines.
Advanced Air Mobility

Christian A. Klein
A look at the rules, people and technology behind the scenes that enabled Taylor Swift’s safe air travel from Tokyo to the 2024 Super Bowl.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

By Graham Warwick
Distributed-propulsion testbed flies; Airbus hydrogen APU demo; uncrewed delivery corridor; another Chinese eVTOL; and Wright’s megawatt-scale electric engine.
Emerging Technologies

By Sean Broderick
Boeing has disclosed it needs to inspect undelivered and in-production 787s after an employee discovered certain tests to validate work were not conducted
Air Transport

By Sean Broderick
The special conditions (SC) are needed to account for the tank’s design, which includes walls that also serve as external airplane skin.
Safety, Ops & Regulation