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Guest Isaac Alexander gives us a taste of aviation action in the Pacific Northwest. In the news: updates on the Boeing/Embraer deal, more WOW Air woes, Virgin Galactic test flight, MRJ engine final assembly in Japan, the Northrop Grumman Firebird MALE, an airline turnback to deliver a heart, and a pet fish. Plus David’s holiday story, Voyager spacecraft, and first flight comments.
Aviation geek Isaac Alexander is a freelance aviation writer who blogs, tweets, and posts as Jet City Star from the Pacific Northwest. In the past, Isaac was on the committee for the weekend-long Aviation Geek Fest held annually in the Greater Seattle area.
Isaac tells us about the aviation scene in the Pacific Northwest, including some of the aerospace companies based there, the senior roles held by women in area organizations, new scheduled service, must-visit museums and other attractions, recent aviation events, and some events coming up in 2019.
Follow Isaac on Twitter at @jetcitystar and see these sites to learn more:
- Aerospace Competitive Economics Study [PDF]
- UW celebrates centennial of aeronautics instruction
- Tickets for first flights out of Everett’s Paine Field go on sale
- Growth’s impact on Lake Union: More flights — and a seaplane runway
- The Boeing Historical Archives
- Flying Heritage & Combat Armour Museum
- Museum of Flight
- Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum
- Western Antique Aerospace & Automobile Museum WAAAM
- Roanoke Street Mini Park
Brazil court overturns injunction against Boeing-Embraer deal
Last week we reported that four congressmen with Brazil’s left-wing Workers Party won an injunction in Brazilian federal court preventing the Embraer/Boeing deal from going forward. Now a Brazilian federal appeals court has overturned the injunction.
Embraer and Boeing Approved the Terms of Strategic Aerospace Partnership, Seek Brazilian Government Approval
Both companies have come to an agreement: “The approved terms define the joint venture comprising the commercial aircraft and services operations of Embraer, in which Boeing will hold an 80 percent ownership stake and Embraer will hold the remaining 20 percent. The transaction remains subject to approval by the Government of Brazil, after which Embraer and Boeing intend to execute definitive transaction documents. The closing of the transaction will then be subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.”
Embraer Welcomes Brazil’s Filing of its First Written Submission Challenging Canada’s Subsidies to Bombardier
The dispute settlement panel at the World Trade Organization is examining subsidies received by Bombardier from the Governments of Canada and Quebec. The Brazilian Government (and Embraer) say the 19 subsidies violate Canada’s WTO obligations. More details about Brazil’s First Written Submission are available in the DS522 — FACT SHEET [PDF].
Enjoy your Holiday Laser-light Display-Responsibly
Each holiday season for the past several years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received reports from pilots who said they were distracted or temporarily blinded by residential laser-light displays.
Flying with WOW Air? You might need to rebook as airline sells off planes, lays off employees
Budget carrier WOW Air is taking measures to keep the company in business. They announced a cut back in the number of airplanes from 20 to 11, they plan to sell four Airbus A321s, and reportedly the airline laid off 111 employees.
Virgin Galactic gets set for SpaceShipTwo flights that aim for space — but how high?
Virgin Galactic has been flight-testing its VSS Unity rocket plane, carried by SpaceShipTwo.
Mitsubishi completes first assembly of GTF PW1200G engine for MRJ jet
The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) is exclusively powered by the Pratt & Whitney PW1200G engine. In Komaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines (MHIAEL) has completed their first final assembly of the engine for the MRJ flight test program. Pratt & Whitney’s Mirabel Aerospace Center in Canada will also assemble and test the engine.
MHI completes capital bail-out of MRJ
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) bailed out/restructured debt by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MAC).
Video from Farnborough 2018: MRJ’s delays are over, says Mitsubishi
More flying footage: The Elegant ANA Mitsubishi Regional Jet MRJ Flying at Farnborough UK
Northrop Grumman Plans To Upend Aerial Surveillance Market With Their Optionally Manned Firebird
Northrop Grumman is developing a Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft called the Firebird. It’s being developed for aerial surveillance missions and its history goes back to Northrop Grumman subsidiary Scaled Composites that built an optionally manned demonstrator which first flew in 2010.
We now know where Seattle’s airborne heart was headed after Southwest flight was turned around
Someone forgot to unload a human heart from a Southwest Airlines in Seattle. During a subsequent flight of that plane, the error was discovered and the plane was forced to return to Seattle.
Student heartbroken, humiliated after being forced to give up pet fish prior to Southwest flight
“Cassie,” the student’s beloved pet betta fish, was refused boarding on a Southwest flight, despite being allowable according to the TSA website, and previous travel on the airline.
David Vanderhoof tells us a Christmas story filled with historical figures.
Drone shatters passenger jet’s nosecone & radar during landing (PHOTOS) and the Tweet with photos.
JPL Voyager Mission Status page.
The Flight Claims of Gustave Whitehead
Instagram photo of DC-3 by @mikeymcbryan.
Outtro by Bruno Misonne.