Why we think a fire on MH370 is unlikely; 777 has lots of smoke/fire detection to give ample warning; hypoxia theory

One of the early theories about the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 has been the prospect of a fire in the electronics bay, or elsewhere in the airplane, that led pilots to begin pulling circuit breakers to… Read More

MH370, Day 5: 777 has five radios, two transponders

The Boeing 777 is equipped with five radios and two transponders, making it next to impossible for failures to be due to electrical or other mechanical failures, a Boeing 777 captain and training instructor tells us. The ACARS… Read More

Lessons learned from A380, 787 benefit A350

By Leeham Co EU Lessons learned by Airbus on its A380 production and development by arch-rival Boeing of the troubled 787 appear to be paying off with the A350 XWB. There are now two A350s operational in the… Read More

Guest column: envisioning the next round of airplanes

By James N. Krebs Leeham News recently forecast that the next all new Boeing airplane will be a 757 successor with an entry-into-service around 2025, followed by a smaller NSA (New Small Airplane), a 737 MAX/A320 neo successor,… Read More

Airline Passenger Experience: PEDs, in-flight entertainment, expanding services

Stowage and Retention of PEDs: The US government shutdown will delay rules from the Federal Aviation Administration on the trend toward allowing gate-to-gate use of Personal Entertainment Devices, or PEDs. A special FAA committee sent its recommendations to… Read More

Questions to answer in the Ethiopian 787 fire

Note: we refer Readers to this analysis with diagrams. Note: The Wall Street Journal has this in-depth piece (found via Google News, so Readers should be able to access it) that says: The fire was in the overhead… Read More

Ethiopian 787 fire: the day after

Update, 12n PDT: The British Air Accident Investigation Board has issued its first press release. No apparent connection to the APU or batteries, but otherwise a standard we’re-working-on-it statement. Unrelated to Ethiopian: Fascinating animations of the Asiana Flt… Read More

Boeing’s webcast from Japan on 787 battery fix

Here is the PDF presentation. Ray Conner, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Mike Fleming, VP and Chief Engineer for EIS of the 787 and Mike Sinnett, vice president and chief project engineer for the Boeing 787, provided an… Read More

FAA approves Boeing plan for 787 battery fix; it is a “path” to resume service

From the FAA: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today approved the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company’s certification plan for the redesigned 787 battery system, after thoroughly reviewing Boeing’s proposed modifications and the company’s plan to demonstrate that the system… Read More

FAA Authorizes 787 Test Flights

Statement from Secretary LaHood and FAA Administrator Huerta: As part of our ongoing efforts to determine the root cause of recent Boeing 787 lithium-ion battery incidents, the FAA will permit Boeing to conduct test flights of 787 aircraft… Read More