The idea of drones buzzing the skies, delivering packages and spreading seeds, has set off a race among 24 U.S. states to win permission to open testing facilities to see whether unmanned aircraft can co-exist with passenger jets.
On the evening of Dec. 10, 2007, pilot Kenny Edwards got the order to fly a Continental Airlines Inc. commuter flight from Tampa, Florida, to West Palm Beach. He told his dispatch supervisor he wouldn’t do it.
Alarms sounded in the cockpits of a Continental Airlines Inc. plane carrying 100 people and a Gulfstream II business jet, warning the pilots that they were headed for a collision more than 24,000 feet over Maryland.
Almost 400 General Electric Co. aircraft engines must be inspected more frequently for cracks to prevent failures, federal aviation regulators told U.S. airlines following “urgent” recommendations by a safety board.
Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner, the world’s first composite-plastic commercial jet, finished its 20- month flight-test program in the final hurdle toward approval for passenger service that could start next month.
Rolls-Royce Group Plc has yet to reopen a site used to trial jet engines for Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner model and the rival Airbus SAS A350 after a $17 million turbine blew up on the test bed three weeks ago.