Thoughts about the FAA-Boeing 787 program review

Here is the Airworthiness Directive. As the Boeing 787 problems evolve from annoying, in-service teething issues into a fire, a full program review by the Federal Aviation Administration, a second battery issue and  now a grounding, the program… Read More

Odds and Ends: KC-46A vulnerable to cuts; SPEEA talks resume today

While the aviation world is absorbed with the Boeing 787 drama, there actually is more going on. KC-46A Defense Cuts: We were the first to report this when the White House issued its Sequestration hit list, but with… Read More

SPEEA, Boeing talks go downhill

Talks didn’t exactly break off between Boeing and its engineers’ union, but by all appearances, it seems pretty close to doing so. The two sides are to meet next week, but SPEEA put out this press release today:… Read More

Federal 787 review adds new dimension to Boeing-SPEEA talks

The formal Federal Aviation Administration review adds a new dimension to the stalled contract talks between Boeing and its engineers’ union, SPEEA. Talks Thursday didn’t go well, with SPEEA issuing a short press release laste yesterday afternoon: SPEEA… Read More

Odds and Ends: SPEEA talks; 787 Update; Bombardier raises $2bn

SPEEA Talks: Boeing and SPEEA both issued brief statements late yesterday that talks resumed and will reconvene today at 9 am PT. The absence of any rhetoric of any kind suggests the absence of tension in yesterday’s session–or… Read More

SPEEA-Boeing talks resume today; grim outlook

Flashback to 2000 strike: KPLU takes a look. The war of words resumed yesterday in advance of contract talks that restart today at 1pm PT in Seattle between Boeing and its engineers’ union, SPEEA. Even before parties reconvened,… Read More

Odds and Ends: PNAA Aviation Conference; AA-US merger review; UAVs in USA; SPEEA-Boeing; 2013, Part 2

PNAA Conference: The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance holds its annual conference Feb. 12-14 in Lynnwood (WA), north of Seattle. This event is now the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and the first or second largest… Read More

Leeham on-line poll: 61% expect no contract agreement with SPEEA, Boeing; 57% expect strike

We put two polls into the public domain this week, asking whether SPEEA and Boeing will reach an agreement next month; and if not, will SPEEA strike (a target date is Feb. 1). The results are in: 61%… Read More

Odds and Ends: CSeries and London City Airport; new life for BAe-146; SPEEA’s next step

It’s Christmas Eve but there is some news despite this being a slow day. CSeries and London City Airport: The downtown airport is a highly challenging one. Aircraft have a challenging approach. The runway is short. British Airways… Read More

Boeing’s Charleston land buy is bad news for Washington State

Update, Dec. 21: A story on this topic: Charleston Post-Courier: a much longer, in-depth piece than its original report linked below. Original Post: Boeing has agreed to buy a lot more land in Charleston (SC) to expand its… Read More