To travel or not to travel? It's the existential question of this pandemic summer
To travel or not to travel?That existential question is afflicting many Americans in this strange summer of 2020, as we wonder whether to take a trip, and if so how and where.In the past few days, I’ve been Googling flights to Oregon even as the voice of caution says, “Stop it. You’re not crazy enough to fly somewhere in the midst of a pandemic.”As I keep Googling, the voice asks. “Are you?”“No,” I whimper dutifully to myself, but still I keep checking out flights.I do it in part the way I flipped through travel magazines in a pre-digital age, as a way to dream and remember. But I also do it b...
FAA begins re-certification flights on Boeing 737 Max
SEATTLE — A few minutes before 10 a.m. Monday, a Boeing 737 Max took off from Boeing Field with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot at the controls, the start of three days of re-certification test flights that mark a major step toward returning the aircraft to passenger service.Though substantial additional work to gain FAA approval remains once these flights are completed, clearance for the Max to return to service in the U.S. — assuming no further unexpected holdups — could come around mid-September.The plane flew east and landed one hour and 20 minutes later at Moses Lake. It is ...
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Foreign regulators demand substantial new changes to Boeing 737 MAX flight controls
Aviation safety regulators in Europe and Canada have demanded design changes to the flight control systems on Boeing’s 737 MAX that go beyond fixing the flawed system that ultimately brought down the aircraft in two fatal crashes.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has told Boeing it must come up with design upgrades to satisfy these concerns.Yet all three regulators have agreed Boeing will be required to make these additional design changes and retrofit the worldwide fleet only after the MAX returns to service.The required changes to the flight control systems highlight weaknesses in th...
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