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10 Apr 2019 | 5:24 PM

FAA to award first drone airline licence in the next month: official

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expects to award the first licence to operate a drone airline in the next month, an official at the regulator said on April 10.

FAA documents associated with the application said Wing Aviation was proposing to conduct package deliveries using small fixed-wing drones in a rural area of the United States. — Reuters
5 Apr 2019 | 4:25 AM

Explainer: Ethiopia crash raises questions over handling of faults on Boeing 737 MAX

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Ethiopia's insistence that its pilots followed procedures when their Boeing Co 737 MAX nosedived before a deadly crash, and Boeing's recent declaration that a new software fix makes a "safe plane safer," have set the stage for a lengthy fight over the roles of technology and crew in recent 737 MAX crashes.

3 Apr 2019 | 2:04 PM

Ethiopian Airlines pilots initially used Boeing emergency procedures before crash - WSJ

SINGAPORE/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The pilots of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX jet that crashed last month had initially followed Boeing Co's emergency procedures but later deviated from them as they tried to regain control of the plane, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday.

20 Mar 2019 | 2:52 PM

Exclusive: Cockpit voice recorder of doomed Lion Air jet depicts pilots' frantic search for fix - sources

JAKARTA/SINGAPORE/PARIS (Reuters) - The pilots of a doomed Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX scoured a handbook as they struggled to understand why the jet was lurching downwards, but ran out of time before it hit the water, three people with knowledge of the cockpit voice recorder contents said.

16 Mar 2019 | 5:09 AM

Airlines with buyers' remorse may use Boeing 737 MAX ban to revise orders

DUBLIN/SINGAPORE/MONTREAL (Reuters) - The grounding of Boeing's global 737 MAX fleet has brought headaches for airlines that need to find alternative aircraft to fly in their place, but it has given some carriers a welcome opportunity to re-evaluate orders for the plane.

12 Mar 2019 | 4:26 PM

Singapore, Australia, China, Indonesia ground Boeing's 737 MAX 8 as concerns mount

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore and Australia suspended operations of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in and out of their airports on Tuesday, and Indonesia and China grounded their fleets of the U.S. planemaker' s latest model after it suffered a second fatal crash in less than five months.

4 Mar 2019 | 2:21 PM

Eyes on the sea - companies compete for Australian maritime surveillance contract

AVALON, Australia (Reuters) - Major global defence contractors want to sell Australia on cutting-edge technology such as high-altitude, solar-electric powered drones and optionally manned aircraft to keep an eye on the oceans.

30 Nov 2018 | 4:00 PM

Optional warning light could have aided Lion Air engineers before crash - experts

SINGAPORE/SEATTLE (Reuters) - An optional warning light could have alerted engineers about mechanical faults on Lion Air's Boeing 737 MAX jet that crashed last month, experts said, sparking an industry debate over whether installing the system should become mandatory.

16 Nov 2018 | 12:37 AM

Explainer: Unravelling the Boeing 737 MAX Lion Air crash

(Reuters) - The crash of a Boeing Co 737 MAX jet in Indonesia on Oct. 29 has raised questions on whether the manufacturer shared enough information with regulators, airlines and pilots about the systems on the latest version of its popular narrow-body plane.

30 Oct 2018 | 6:16 PM

Indonesian jet flew with unreliable speed readings the day before it crashed

SINGAPORE/JAKARTA (Reuters) - The Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX jet that crashed in Indonesia on Monday flew erratically the previous evening and its airspeed readings were unreliable, according to an accident investigator and a flight tracking website.